Leah Dunn
Dun / Dunn / Dunne Families
Herefordshire : Radnorshire : Shropshire : Staffordshire


Leah Dunn 1900

Leah Dunn daughter of Edward Dunn and Ann Bathurst, was born 1880 in Aldridge, Staffordshire. She appeared in the 1881 and 1891 census with her parents and siblings Edward, Alice Jane, Edwin, Reuben and Andrew David Dunn.

Leah Dunn was the second wife of Giovanni Battista Bacciarelli. The photograph on the right was taken around the time of their marriage in 1900 at the Catholic Church of St Mary, Harwich, Essex.

In the 1901 census they resided at The Criterion Restaurant, Gt Clacton, Harwich, Essex where husband Giovanni Bacciarelli was co-proprietor with fellow Italian business partner Antoneo Mastaglio. The partnership was later dissolved, Leah became a co-owner and they went on to have 5 children Andrew, Silvia and my grandfather Ronald, plus twins Benjamin and Joseph, the latter sadly died at birth in 1902.

By 1911 they had moved to Dalston, London and in 1914 were living in Clerkenwell when stepdaughter Gina (daughter of Giovanni from his first marriage), married Henry Arthur Moxon. Leah and Giovanni divorced in 1921 and she remarried in 1922 to Walter Samuel Rogers in Hackney, London.

As shown in our family photographs, she was a very stylish woman.... This image was taken shortly after her marriage to Giovanni Bacciarelli in 1900. The second image was taken later sometime in the 1920's, when she was married to Walter Rogers.

Leah Dunn 1925 Her father Edward (b 1844 Lingen, Presteigne, Herefordshire, England) was born and raised on a farm and spent most of his working life as a farm labourer. He met wife Ann Bathurst when he was working as an Underwaggoner for the Nott family. Her brother John Bathurst resided next door with his family.

He was named after his father Edward Dunn who was born around 1806 in Cascob, Presteigne, Herefordshire, Old Radnor, Radnorshire, Wales who married Ann Morgan 1836 in Lingen. They lived at Cwm Crave where he was a tithed farmer of 14 acres between 1851 - 1881. His wife Ann died in 1855. He sadly died in 1892 in the workhouse.

There is mention of Edward Dunn, farmer, Cwm Crave, Lingen in 1876 from an extract of Littlebury's Directory and Gazetteer of Herefordshire, 1876-7 (available at Hereford Central Library) where he is listed among the commercial residents. The overview states that The Rev. John Edwards is lord of the manor and chief owner of the parish.

Thanks to Ruth Beaton, we have discovered quite a lot about Edward, but sadly his parentage remains a mystery!

SO3568 : Hillside south of Cwm-Crave Wood
by Raymond Perry
SO3568 : Hillside south of Cwm-Crave Wood by Raymond Perry
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