Vistoria Seymour - Author

Victoria Seymour's books
Letters from Lavender Cottage
Letters to Hannah
Court in the Act
The Long Road to Lavender Cottage
Host Families Wanted
The Slow Turning Tide
Victoria Seymour - Author of Letters from Lavender Cottage, Letters to Hannah, Court in the Act and The Long Road to Lavender Cottage

Family Genealogy

VIOLET ROSE HANNAH BURKINVIOLET ROSE HANNAH BURKIN (nee BRISTOW), born 29th July 1894 at 3 MELON PLACE CAMBERWELL LONDON, birth registered in the district of PECKHAM LONDON UK in the September quarter. Her father was JAMES, known as ALFRED BRISTOW; he may have been descended from Huguenot immigrants; his location and employment as a weaver hints at this. He later worked in the sheepskin and leather industry. Alfred's wife was SOPHIA BRISTOW nee BACHELOR. Violet is pictured here, aged 16, when in 1911 she was a live-in general domestic servant to the four-person PERRY family at 14 AURIOL ROAD WEST KENSINGTON LONDON. Violet married ROBERT KIMBERLY BURKIN in 1923 and had three children; DERRICK ROBERT BURKIN 1924, RONALD STANLEY BURKIN 1926 and SHEILA IRENE VIOLET BURKIN 1934. Violet continued in domestic service of various kinds throughout her life until the age of 72. She lived to be 98 and five months, dying in Worthing Hospital on 21st December 1992.


Violet's older brother and only sibling was ALFRED BRISTOW, presumed DOB 1883, and known to his nieces and nephews as "Uncle Mac." He worked in the sheepskin industry and at one point was on the stage as a strong man; it is said that due to his small stature he was billed as "The Mighty Midget." Albert is pictured here in the uniform of the Royal Flying Corp, in which he served in WWI, date unknown. He did much of his service in Egypt as an aircraft rigger. He married ETHEL BARBER, who was related in some way to the music hall theatre family KIFF/KIEV/KEEF. Alfred and Ethel had two children, STANLEY BRISTOW and IRENE BRISTOW. Alfred died in 1946/47.

Danks' Store

VIOLET and ALFRED BRISTOW were related to, possibly as cousins, the DANKS family, who owned the general and provisions store, (pictured) exact address unknown but probably London