The Hush-Hush Don’t Tell! – My Great Grandmother Was a Kept Woman

During Percy’s early life after marriage, he and Maud probably would rather the story of her Mother and Father’s relationship was not spoken about.

It seems to be a fact (although I have not seen any independent evidence, and this is purely what I have been told) Maud’s Mother (Elizabeth Anne “Bessie” Andrews) was a kept woman, also known as a Mistress.

She never married her partner Charles Benjamin Hartley. (Woodham? – To our side of the family I think he was simply known as Grandpa Woodham).

Elizabeth Anne Andrews

Lantern Slide Extra! A Photo contributed by Dennis

Elizabeth Woodham nee Andrews 1904 Mother of Annie Maud Norah & Florence

Charles Benjamin Hartley

Charles (“Grandpa Woodham” to me.). He was a wholesale greengrocer (according to a note on my old family tree), and was from Birmingham.


Wikipedia explains the meaning of “kept woman” here.

Generally, the relationship is stable and at least semi-permanent, but the couple does not live together openly and the relationship is usually, but not always, secret. There is often also the implication that the mistress is sometimes “kept” – i.e. that her lover is contributing to her living expenses… via Wikipedia

Lantern Slide Extra! A Photo contributed by Dennis

Charles Benjamin Hartley
Charles Benjamin Hartley. ( Looking after his flowers, at home, I assume – Steve)

From the Geni website:
Elizabeth Anne Andrews
Birthdate: circa 1859
Birthplace: Evesham, Worcestershire, UK
Death: circa 1942 (74-91)
Immediate Family:
Daughter of John Andrews and Mary Hannah Andrews
Partner of Charles Benjamin Hartley
Mother of Annie Wiggins-Davies; Maud Evans; Norah Ramsey; Doris Elizabeth Hartley and Florence Cooper


See the Geni Family Tree here.

Am I correct in thinking that Judyth Evans would have been the person to have created the records in the family tree at the above link?

If anyone knows more, please comment below, or get in touch.

Please, download this page as an ebook and keep it for the memory.

If after 30 minutes the email has not arrived please check in your email spam, and if it’s not there Facebook Message me, or email me, and I’ll gladly send you the link myself – Steve (

Enter your NameEnter your Email Address
Tags: ,
Previous Post

Evans Family Cars – 1920s to 1960s

Next Post
Percy his Mum, brother and Sister on the beach.

Percy’s Day on Bournemouth Beach Circa: 1901


  1. Reply

    Correction! This page now shows the correct image of Elizabeth Woodham! The original slide has been moved to its rightful place, and is even more interesting as it is now clear that it is of Percy’s Mother. I’ve now made a page for Percy’s parents.

    • Sue burbidge
    • April 28, 2020

    I think it’s one of jydytgs sons who updates the Geni family tree,. Sue x

    1. Reply

      Hi! Yes. Dennis has sent me an email today saying it is Luke who is the guy who has done a good job building the family tree on the Geni website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: