- JESSE SYSON -
Jesse was born at Cossall Nottinghamshire, his Mother Eliza Ball Syson dying in 1877 when he was two years of age. His Father John remarrying in 1878 to Mary Ann Booth.
We have no knowledge of his childhood in Cossall or elsewhere apart from him belonging to the Boys Life Brigade in Kimberley. (See Richards description)
Jesse was a miner from eleven years of age.
Here we see other lads, as young as 11 enjoying their 'snap'. They are probably drinking water or cold tea. Their sandwiches would most likely be jam or dripping. Before the introduction of snap tins they would have wrapped their snap in a snap-cloth. They made sure they were hung well away from the floor, out of the reach of rats.
After Jesse married Matilda Morley (b. 1877 d. 1966) in 1896 at Kimberley. Basil b1900 and Norah b.1902 were born at Kimberley. Then we think that they moved around for a while as their daughter Martha (Pat) was born at Maltby near Doncaster in 1910. So we assume that they moved to 9, Station Avenue Gedling sometime after she was born, but we have no dates.
Norah (1902) Jesse, Matilda with Martha and Basil (1900)
His grandchildren remember them both as keeping Sunday as a day of rest, no games to be played. Sunday morning to church in Gedling also in the evening, and the grandchildren to Sunday school.
All the grandchildren were in awe of them, as manners were paramount and private lives and problems were not discussed. They were all for keeping up appearances. Both Jesse and Matilda had very strong opinions about the issues of the day but they were never discussed with the children as they should be seen and not heard. We remember Norah talking about her childhood and Jesse keeping a strap behind the door to deter them from being naughty. And it was certainly used at times.
Mathilda was a good homemaker, an expert needlewoman and excellent cook. All the linen had to be washed and starched and ironed plus all the goffering ironing, so it was very hard work. She was very house proud and children were not allowed to touch in case of breakages.
Jesse was a miner for most of his life, but grandchildren remember a sweet shop, which they thought, was in either Gedling or Carlton that he owned, but there is no proof of this.
Jesse came to own five houses over a period of time on Station Avenue including the one that they lived in. Jesse didnt have any hobbies that we know of apart from gardening. Although grandchildren remember him playing draughts and dominoes.
Their holidays were spent at Cleveleys, near Blackpool and Scarborough before the war, and later in life at Skegness. (Probably at the Miners Welfare Holiday Camp) He was also a verger at Gedling Church for sometime.
At the Gedling mine he worked himself up to the position of Gaffer and employed a team of men, who were paid by him for digging nine yards of coalface. At the age of sixty-five he moved to the Cinderhill mine and stayed there until he retired in 1945 at the age of seventy.
Spring Terrace Nottingham Road Nuthall
On retirement Jesse and Matilda moved to Spring Terrace Nottingham Road Nuthall into a bungalow with a very large garden, which was terraced and was always ablaze with colour, from the huge display of flowers grown. Jesse also had an allotment where he grew vegetables for the house and surprisingly for those days, sweet corn was grown. Grandchildren came to visit here and were put into another room to play, while the adults talked, or sent out for a walk
Newdigate Street Kimberley |
27, Hardy Street Kimberley
Jesse and Matilda then moved from Nuthall sometime in the fiftys to Newdigate Street Kimberley. From there they went to live with Martha (Pat) and her husband Josef at Mapperley, and eventually went back to a small house at 27, Hardy Street Kimberley, where Jesse died in 1957.
Matilda continued to live there until her death in 1966.