From c.1850 until 1897 Rebecca and her husband ran the Post Office at Egerton, Kent. He then died and she ran it herself until c1910. She was described to me by my father and uncles as "a bit of a Tartar" because of the way she had treated their mother (her niece) when she lived with and worked for Rebecca. They said that their mother had to be up at 5 o'clock in the morning to start her jobs and would often not finish until 10 or 11 at night and sometimes would fall asleep on the stairs, not reaching her bed, as she was so tired. (Although her aunt treated her harshly she apparently got on well with Mr. Luck.) Rebecca seems to have used various family members as cheap labour during the many years she and her husband ran the Post Office and grocer's shop at Egerton. One unforeseen benefit of this is that it has helped me identify a number of relationships by means of census returns. Those recorded as living with and/or working for her are : 1851 - James Walter (her brother, my great-grandfather), 1861 - Samuel Thomas Walter (nephew, son of brother Samuel), Charlotte W. Baldwin (niece, daughter of her sister Charlotte Walter), 1871 - Arthur Walter (nephew, son of her brother Samuel ), Edmund Habby (?) (nephew of husband John Luck), 1881 - Arthur Walter (nephew, son of brother Samuel), Walter Stanley (great-nephew, son of Charlotte Baldwin [as above, 1861]), 1891 - A visitor named Ernest Walter (age given as 30 but this is probably an error and should read 20, in which case he would be her nephew, the youngest child of brother Samuel). Charlotte Walter, my grandmother, her niece (daughter of James) was employed by her during the later 1890s but does not appear there in the censuses. (I was told that my grandmother visited her aunt Rebecca when she was 14 (1893/1894) for two weeks holiday and ended up staying there as an employee until she was married in 1900.) 1901 - Samuel Thomas Walter, (great-nephew, son of Frank, son of her brother Samuel), Rosa May Luck (her grand-daughter). Her nephew George (son of brother Samuel) was also working for her but living with his family at a different address in Egerton. He later took over the business. Oliver-4952 03:09, 24 July 2016 (EDT) Rebecca died at Five Oak Green, Capel, Tonbridge, Kent (the home of her niece Charlotte Stanley) in January 1917 aged 89. She was buried on 1 February at Egerton.Oliver-4952 14:05, 20 August 2016 (EDT)
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