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The third of the Cole sisters and the one about which most is known. Along with Ann she appears to have been shunned by the Cole family for marrying below their perceived society level! It is not known whether there were more siblings in this generation.

Ada, married James Townsend (1867-1928), and bore seven known children, Jane, Jim, Ada, Emily, Harry, William and Violet.
Although James spent most of his working life as a plumber, he originally served his time in the confectionary trade, - a sweet-maker (or sweet boiler) and retained this as a part-time interest.

Ada and James first moved into a house at Mortham Street, Stratford London E15, then to Cheshunt Road, Forest Gate, London E7 before finally, in 1917, settling into 26 Belton Road, Forest Gate, London E7.

The house stayed in the family when son Will and his wife Beat took it over and they lived there until Will died in the late 1980s. Will and Beat’s son Terry was born there in November 1935.

Belton Road, E7 figures prominently in this part of the family. For not only were the seven children born and raised there but daughter Emily moved in next door at number 28 after marrying her husband Richard (Dick) Sandford.

Em and Dick’s daughters, Evelyn and Doris were both born at No. 28 and lived there until 1938 when the family moved several streets away, to 18 Skelton Road, Forest Gate E7.

Information provided by Trevor Green.