Lucy Kahn was born on 7th June 1861 at 78 Elizabeth Street, Liverpool, the daughter of Victor and Mathilda Kahn. Her birth certificate actually records her name as Luci Henrietta Kahnn (with the double-n). Her name is cited as Lucy in the 1871 census (at 15 Crown Street, West Derby) and changes to Lucea for the 1881 census. By this time the surname has become Kahn.
In the second quarter of 1882, Lucy married David Matthews, a shop fitter born in Liverpool about 1858. By the 1891 census they were living in Tollemache Street, Southview Drive, Liscard, Cheshire (Wallasey) and had three children: Esther (Hettie) b. Liverpool 1883, Madeline (Mattie) b. Liverpool 1885 and Louis b. New Brighton 1890. Lucy’s father, Victor, lived with the family until 1899 when he died, his wife Mathilde having died 16 years earlier. In 1901 Lucy and family were still in Liscard and in 1911 were at 57 Rowson Street, New Brighton, which is part of Liscard.
There the trail goes cold, although we do have a few potential records subject to verification:
- David Matthews probably died in 1916 at Birkenhead (Wallasey) and Lucy appears to have died at Wallasey in the second quarter of 1936
- Esther could have married James Titterton in Stockport at the end of 1901 and probably had three children, Harold (1901), James Allan (1907) and Ettie (1909)
- According to family hearsay, Madeline married Courtenay Taylor, but perhaps she married Charles Soden in 1910 (in Croydon) and had two children: Victor W. Soden (b. 1911) and Irene G. Soden (b. 1912) – both born in Somerset.
- Lucy probably died in 1936 at Wallasey, aged 73 or 74
The details in these four bullet-points are tentative and subject to confirmation. What happened to the Matthews family? Are they still on Wallasey or have subsequent generations moved elsewhere? We’d like to know.
Update: we now know for certain that Madeline (Mattie) Matthews married Courtenay Taylor. The Soden connection was an inadvertent red herring.