My great grandfather was Frank Batty a boot and shoemaker who married Emmeline James(b. 1871 Hull) in 1897. The only official record (the 1901 census) shows his birth as Hull 1872 and he therefore cannot be Frank born 1875 son of Daniel, the subject of a number of messages.
Emmeline's family, however, were originally from London and indeed provide the shoemaking connection via her grandfather William Augustus (b. 1806). Frank appears in the Hull Directory of 1893 with two addresses and family legend claims that he had three shoeshops in the early 1900s and lost them through gambling. His son Harold (b. Hull 1900; d. 1964), having had a nursemaid (along with his sister Ivy May b. Hull 1899; d.1987) ended up working on the railways and living in a council house. There are believed to have been 11 other children of which I can find no confirmed record.
This would suggest that we are not related. (I am the daughter of Harold's only child Francis b. Hull 1933; d. Newport Gwent 1974). It would be interesting to know, however, if you have found any more clues about Frank. I have identified a 'Frank' born 1872 but he is from a coffee house-keeping set of Battys from Bow and so not born in Hull as 'my' Frank is.
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