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Isabella Pearson Johnson nee Vasey (1865-1951)

Married Sergeant Johnson, a worker at Stanhope Prisoner of War Camp in 1917

Isabella Pearson Vasey married Sergeant Andrew Johnson who worked at the Stanhope Prisoner of War Camp in June 1917.

Isabella was born in Shildon, Auckland in 1865 and was baptised on 6 December 1865. She was the eldest daughter of engine driver John and Elizabeth Vasey nee Pearson, who married on 4 February 1865. Records would suggest that Isabella’s mother remarried between 1871 and 1881 at which point the family moved to Stanhope. At the time of the 1881 census, Isabella is listed as a step-daughter to the head of the family and is living with a number of her step-siblings along with her brother, Frederick William.

The family remained in Stanhope and in 1911 Isabella was living at Pearl House in Stanhope with her widowed father and her sister Clara Elizabeth. On 28 June 1917 Isabella’s marriage to Sergeant Andrew Johnson was reported in the Auckland Chronicle. Sergeant Johnson worked at the Stanhope Prisoner of War Camp and the couple were married in Weardale.

At the time of the 1939 register Isabella, now a widow, was living at Pearl House, Stanhope where she remained until her death on 7 November 1951.

Civil Parish: Stanhope Urban

Birth date: 1865

Death date: 7-Nov-1951

Armed force/civilian: Civilian

Residence: Alma Road, Shildon (1871 census)
Front Street, Stanhope (1881 census)
Pearl House, Front Street, Stanhope (1891, 1911 censuses, 1939 Register)
Dale’s Street (1901 census)

Family: Parents: John Vasey, Elizabeth Vasey
Siblings: Frederick William Vasey
Step siblings: Ann Thompson, Sarah Thompson, Clara Elizabeth Thompson, John P. Thompson
Husband: Andrew Johnson

Gender: Female

Contributed by Fiona Johnson - Durham