Emily’s elder brother, Albert Scurfield Jackson, was born in Darlington on 2 December 1861, four years after the marriage of his parents William Askew Jackson and Elizabeth Jackson.

It is thanks to Albert that Letters from Emily Jackson survived. It appears that he kept each of them as a record of the money that he lent or gave to support the family finances. It is clear that he was a man of substantial means. He was able to provide quite substantial amounts of money by return of post at Emily’s request. However her letter of May 20th 1896 reveals that he was concerned about ever seeing his money again.

The career of Albert Scurfield Jackson

Albert started his working life as an Apprentice Engine Fitter with the North-Eastern Railway Company. Having served his time he moved into marine engineering, presumably using his knowledge of steam engines. He worked for a time as an Improver with Blair of Stockton-onTees and then spent seven years at sea as an engineer and chief engineer with companies based in Hartlepool and later in Cardiff. His activities during this period of his career are unclear but he worked for Pyman Watson & Co, a coal and timber shipping company with its roots in Hartlepool, who established a second company in Cardiff in 1874. He may have worked for both parts of the business.

Albert spent two years working for Lloyds’ Register of Shipping as a surveyor but the South Wales connection played an important part in his life. On 1 June 1895 he married Mary Elizabeth Sibbering Williams at the Church of St John the Baptist, Newton Nottage near Bridgend in Glamorgan (Emily’s letters frequently refer to Bessie).

Home of Albert Scurfield Jackson on The Parade in BarryThe 1901 Census found him living at 9 The Parade in Barry, a substantial house on the seafront (shown here, to the left of centre), where he had a live-in housekeeper.

His occupation was recorded in the Census as a consulting engineer of his own account. He had started his own company in Cardiff working for shipowners and underwriters. However Bessie and their young child, Eunice Maud Marion Jackson (born in 1896) lived elsewhere at the time – in Bournemouth at 16 Alton Terrace on Tregonwell Road.

In 1890 Albert was appointed as representative in the Cardiff area for T Richardson & Sons of West Hartlepool. They were prominent developers of steam engines for shipping. He was also elected to the North-east Coast Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in March 1896 and was an active member of the committee of the Institute of Marine Engineers.

Albert’s death

Unfortunately Albert’s health was not good. He spent some time at the Buxton Hydropathic Hotel, receiving treatment for a heart problem, where he died on 8 March 1903 aged only 41. He was buried in Buxton Cemetery two days later. He left an estate valued at £4,275, equivalent to around £426,500 today according to the Bank of England Inflation Calculator.

In 1925 his daughter Eunice married George Stubley and they lived in St Aubin, Jersey. Bessie did not remarry. She moved to Maidenhead where she died in 1940.

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