Lillian Henrietta Jinkinson, wife of Frank Ernest Mastin
(Born at Sheffield on 13th August 1884. Died at Chesterfield 29th September 1973.)
Lillian Mastin, née Jinkinson, of Sheffield
We know little or nothing of her early life until she was courting Frank Ernest Mastin, when he made some diary entries - we know that they were courting in 1901 as he has several entries about seeing L.J. The 1881 Census shows the Jinkinson family living at 14 Clarke Street, Ecclesall Brielow, but by the time of her marriage they were living at 322 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield. The census shows she had at least 3 brothers: Harry, born 1877; Ernest, born 1878; and Amos, born 1880. She also had at least 3 sisters: Rosie (who married Jack Colgrave and had a daughter, Mabel), Aida (who married George Brearley) and Hettie (who had a daughter called Silvia).
Her father, Amos, had his own business, Amos Jinkinson and Son, Cardigan Works, Neepsend, manufacturers of augers, joiners and edge tools. According to reports in the 1900 Sheffield City Directory, this would seem to have been a thriving business. From a 1938 article in the Sheffield Telegraph and Star, we also know that Lillian's mother, Rosa, (and subsequently Lillian's sister, Aida), kept the sweet shop at "The Old Weigh House" at Banner Cross, Sheffield until its demolition in 1938.
I do not know how or when she met Frank Ernest Mastin but they married on 29th October 1902 at St. Augustine’s Church, Endcliffe. The time when Frank Ernest became ill must have been very difficult for her. She had married a man who was a Director of one of Sheffield’s largest contractors, and her father had his own business, so trying to cope with these problems and young children must have caused a great change in life-style.
After Frank Ernest’s death she continued to live at Darley Dale. Some time later she moved to a bungalow where there was a warden at South Darley. As she got older and less able, she moved to The Spinney, sheltered accommodation at Chesterfield. She died in hospital in Chesterfield, and is buried with Frank Ernest in Edensor churchyard. There is a stone marking the grave.
It is from the time while she was living at Darley Dale that I saw most of her. She was still a very forceful lady. While she was living at The Spinney, we had her with us for two or three Christmases, so we had 4 generations of the family together.
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