FARQUHAR, JESSIE LEADEN of New Zealand 1896 to 1957
This was my grandmother. She married WILLIAM ARTHUR WILDEN in 1922. They had three children, EDITH, WILLIAM and PEARL, the latter still alive. They divorced. Jessie gave birth to another child in 1917, HAZEL LINDSAY FARQUHAR who was brought up by foster parents.
I believe she also gave birth to another child, possibly a boy, and probably before 1917. I only have anecdotal information on this and cannot find another birth for Jessie. However, I did find a mention of a Jessie Leaden Farquhar being prosecuted in Invercargill in June 1920 for ’Concealment of a Birth’. The full information is not public until June 2020. I found a mention in the Southland Times on 7 June 1920 about a young woman appearing for sentence on this charge and sentenced to two years’ probation. The baby was stillborn. No mention of who this young woman was so could have been Jessie. I cannot find any record of a birth for Jessie alive or stillborn.
I also found a record of someone with this name living in Tapanui around that time, hence the prosecution in Invercargill. I believed she always lived in Dunedin but could have travelled away to have the baby. She worked as a cook later in life so could have always done that work. She died aged 61 from cancer.
Does anyone have any information on Jessie please and in particular did she have another child?