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Annie Louisa Andrews
Nursing, St. John Ambulance Brigade

Annie Louisa Andrews, nee Roe, was born on 24th February 1880 to Timothy and Elizabeth Roe and baptised at St. Andrew in Keighley. She was the third daughter, after Sarah M and Laura, and an older brother Albert who had died aged four, three years previously. The family lived at 24 Campbell Street, Keighley.
In 1881 the family address was still 24 Campbell Street. Timothy was a mechanical fitter. Along with Timothy, Elizabeth and the three girls, there was boarder too.
By 1891 the family had moved to 20 Sarah Street. Timothy was now a worsted frame fitter, and the two older girls were in employment as a worsted twister and a sticking knitter. There are two additional children – John C and Elizabeth Roe. Other records indicate that John’s middle name was Cockshott – his mother’s maiden name.
The family had moved again by 1901, to 24 Scott Street, and Timothy was now a warehouse manager. Oldest girl Sarah has moved on, Annie was a restaurant waitress at this time.
Annie married George Andrews, who was six years her senior, on 13th April at the Parish Church, Keighley. They do not appear to have had any children. In 1911 they are living at 6 West Bank, George works as a gear fitter. Electoral rolls show the couple stayed at this address until 1921/22 – when they moved to 42a Hebble Row.
Annie worked as a nurse part time, including some night duty, from 1915 to 1919, at Morton Banks War Hospital. She was employed by St. John Ambulance Brigade.
Alehouse licences show licences issued to George and then Annie after George’s death, at the age of 48. George was buried on 11th November 1922 at Oakworth Crematorium.
Immigration records show that Annie travelled to Canada, on the ship Laconia which docked on 25th October 1924. She was intending to stay for a temporary visit, with a friend Mrs M. A. Bolton in Toronto. She documented her nearest relative in England as her sister, Mrs Laura Utley, of Bradford, and her occupation as a sales clerk. The next record sees Annie crossing the border at Niagara Falls on 18th October 1928. Her name is Annie L. Andrews, alias Webb, of Keighley, England. Her last permanent address according to this record, was in Toronto. She was intending to stay in the USA for two days, with a friend Mrs Louie Pryce, in Maplewood, New Jersey.
On 18th July 1930 Annie Louisa married a 32 year old man named Robert McElwee in York, Canada, he had also emigrated to Canada from Ireland some years before. They appear to have moved to the west coast of Canada some time after, as voting lists show the couple as living at 4236 McGill Street, Burnaby-Coquitlan in British Colombia in 1953 and 1957.
There is a death record for 80 year old Annie Louise McElwee on 6th December 1881 in Coquitlam, British Colombia. I have not found a record of Robert’s death at this stage.

Source information:
Annie Louisa Andrews:

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births & Baptisms, 1813-1910
West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
1881 England Census
1891 England Census
1901 England Census
1911 England Census
West Yorkshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1840-1962
West Yorkshire, England, Alehouse Licences, 1771-1962
England & Wales, Civil Death Registration Death Index, 1916-2007 (husband George)
Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924 (separate ones for Annie and husband Robert)
U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960
Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1938
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980
BC, Canada, Death Index, 1872-1990
1939 England & Wales Register (brother John)
UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s – Current (parents and brother Albert)Birth, Marriage and Death records
Red Cross VAD card

This research has been carried out by volunteer Carole Hodge.

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