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    The late Chris Scott wrote an article on a woman named Sarah Lewis whose descendants believed was the witness who gave evidence at the inquest of Mary Jane Kelly in November 1888. The article appeared in Ripperologist 133
    http://www.ripperologist.biz/pdf/ripperologist133.pdf

    I just wanted to explore other women named Sarah Lewis in this thread, particularly one I came across in the marriage regsiter of Christ Church Spitalfields who has not come up before as far as I know.

    A researcher who sometimes goes by the name San Fran mentioned the details of Charles Pateman, City Missionary, who he said had claimed to have helped over 200 couples of the lodging house class of Spitalfields, to marry.

    Looking through the marriage registers of Christ Church Spitalfields for the year 1884 to 1902, Charles Pateman's name does appear as a witness to several marriages, along with another man named James John Underwood who also had links to the City mission and a woman named Charlotte Fitzmaurice.

    One marriage that caught my eye was this one:

    Sept 17th 1888 Parish Church of Christchurch Spitalfields.

    Groom: George William Lewis, age 39, widower, occupation Hawker, address 6 George St [lodging house in Spitalfields] father's name Joseph Lewis, shoemaker.

    Bride: Sarah Ann Pike, age 33, spinster, address 6 George Street. Father' name Thomas Pike, walking stick maker.
    Both signed with an x mark.

    The witness was the Charles Pateman mentioned earlier and also Eliza Greaves who signed with an x.

    Some census and biographical information about Sarah Lewis nee Pike has already been posted on this JTRForums thread:

    http://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?t=29950
    ,,`,, Debs ,,`,,

    I am not DJA. He's called Dave.

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    In summary, this woman became Mrs Sarah Lewis in Sept 88 and the couple have firm connection to Spitalfields both before and after 1888. They were of the lodging house class of people encouraged by City Missionaries to become respectable married couples. Sarah Pike's father was also an inmate of the Whitechapel Infirmary at times up to 1885 when he was treated for an ulcerated leg and often gave his address as a lodging house in Flower and Dean st.
    ,,`,, Debs ,,`,,

    I am not DJA. He's called Dave.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Debra A View Post
      In summary, this woman became Mrs Sarah Lewis in Sept 88 and the couple have firm connection to Spitalfields both before and after 1888. They were of the lodging house class of people encouraged by City Missionaries to become respectable married couples. Sarah Pike's father was also an inmate of the Whitechapel Infirmary at times up to 1885 when he was treated for an ulcerated leg and often gave his address as a lodging house in Flower and Dean st.
      as usual stellar stuff Debs!!! : )

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Debra A View Post
        In summary, this woman became Mrs Sarah Lewis in Sept 88 and the couple have firm connection to Spitalfields both before and after 1888. They were of the lodging house class of people encouraged by City Missionaries to become respectable married couples. Sarah Pike's father was also an inmate of the Whitechapel Infirmary at times up to 1885 when he was treated for an ulcerated leg and often gave his address as a lodging house in Flower and Dean st.
        There can't have been all that many women of that name living in the immediate area at the right time, Debs. Great find. Thanks for posting.
        "It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins twisting facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (as Sherlock Holmes).

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          Thanks Abby and Colin.
          ,,`,, Debs ,,`,,

          I am not DJA. He's called Dave.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Debra A View Post
            Thanks Abby and Colin.
            : ) : )

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