I purchased this postcard sometime ago off ebay as it was of Padstow. I had no idea it was going to provide a mystery story to savour.
For a bit of fun I started researching the Miss J. Williams who the card was sent to. I discovered that she was Jessie Rawle Williams, born in Padstow in 1881 and her father farmed at Tregonna in Little Petherick (PL27 7QT). The farmhouse on the 1911 census had 9 rooms so it was quite large.
In 1901 Jessie was 20.
I thought that perhaps it was sent by an admirer and I searched to see if I could find her subsequently marrying someone with those initials. Sadly that was not to be, but I did discover something which deserved further investigation. Eight years later in 1910 she married Henry Francis Whitefield who was 77 and, on the 1911 census, among the resident staff was a "sick nurse" !
This is where my love of attending murder mystery weekends takes over and speculation runs rife. What could her motive for marriage be ?
Maybe she wanted his money ? Well, I discovered he died at their home of "Tolcarnia" in Newquay eighteen months later leaving an estate, in today's money, worth £1,612,000. I ordered a copy of his Will and apart from some relatively small pecuniary legacies (including provision in trust for looking after his aged sister - see below - and something to a cousin and her family in Canada) the bulk of the estate was left in trust absolutely to Jessie.
Maybe they were in love ?
Henry was an interesting person. He was a retired Solicitor and had not previously been married. Perhaps the reason for this is that he had previously led a life of being a Carer. Not only did he live with a brother who was blind and 13 years older than him (until this brother died in 1882) but also he had a sister slightly older than him and they were still living together (with two young servant girls) on the 1901 census. She died in 1912 having moved to another large house in Newquay.
TO DO : Visit Tolcarne Beach in Newquay TR7 2QN