• Ann’s People

    John Snaith Rymer

    A short biography of Ann Walker’s solicitor, John Snaith Rymer. By Ashleigh KobevkoTwitter: @adneydrt Early life and career John Snaith Rymer was born on 5th December 1806 in Wolsingham, Durham to Christopher Rymer and Jane Watson. The family moved 270 miles to London when Rymer was a boy.1 Rymer became a prominent Solicitor and on July 23rd 1853 was appointed to be a London Commissioner to administer oaths in the high court of Chancery by the Lord Chancellor. During his career, Rymer was a partner at the well-established firm Murray, Rymer & Murray and later Rymer, Murray, Rymer & Jackson. He married Sally ‘Emma’ Underhill in Kent on 2nd September…

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    Lydia Fenton (née Wilkinson)

    Updated 3/7/2023 This research blog post explores the long-standing friendship between Ann Walker and Lydia Fenton (née Wilkinson). Early Years Born in 1796, Lydia was the fourth daughter of Rev. Robert Wilkinson and his wife Sarah Robinson, of Heath, just outside Halifax. They had a large family of eight children, five daughters and three sons. The sons and one daughter never lived to adulthood. Rev. Robert Wilkinson was the curate of Lightcliffe from 1782 and Master of Heath Grammar School. He baptized Ann Walker in 1803. Lydia was educated at Crofton Hall near Wakefield where she was a childhood friend of Elizabeth Firth, who would become Anne Brontë’s godmother. She…

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    Medical Research into Ann Walker’s Death

    By Leitner Daleen (Twitter: @DaleenLeitner https://twitter.com/DaleenLeitner) Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this research was to seek a clearer definition and precise medical explanation based on the evidence we could find of the circumstances of Ann Walker’s death in 1854. Trigger Warning: illness, death Our search began with the death certificate, which listed “Congestion of the brain, Effusion” as the cause of death. Many of the terms used in 1854 describing the illness that befell Ann Walker are no longer used in medical practice today, presenting the researcher with a unique set of challenges. As a result of our research, it was determined: Perplexed, I sifted through hundreds of pages…