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james  Mason & Emily Peters

James and Emily Mason (Nee Peters) I believe to be the parents of Eve Mason

who partnered Stephen Bull,and sister to Hannah Mason who married Silas Lakey.

And gave James Mason as her father on the marriage certificate and was recorded

as a minor while Silas Lakey was of full age.

Hannah who is recorded as the "Gypsy Queen " is pictured right........>

As always with genealogy with-out positive proof by way of birth certificats or other

legal certs and documents and other recorded  Information such as can be gleaned

from  old newsapapers as one example, then one can only Hypothesis, and as

always would apreciate where possible welcome any corrections or new Information .


Going by ages given in census Eve's birth date (1836 according to 1861/71 census)

1891 Census - Age 64 =1827 and her death age was given as 70 in 1902 which is

very close to a baptism for Eve Mason :-

Eve Mason :Baptism 13 Apr 1834 :Penton-Mewsey, Hampshire

Father: James Mason Mother: Emily


Also in Hampshire are further bapism;s a Mary 1830 and a James in 1833.


The earlier baptism  for  Hannah Mason January 1825 d/o 1st parent Mason & 2nd parent Peters, in the Parish of  Hannington  Hampshire Notes* Gypsies Living in Burets? barn , surely is the Hannah "Queen of the Gypsies"

And  Hannington  was on the 1881 census entry for Hannah's  place of birth, ( in 1891 she stated Hammersmith!)


Fellow researcher and gg-grand daughter of Eve Mason Sue Pink (In 2008) kindly also set me the baptism for :- Francis Peters 27 March 1827 Foxcott s/o emily Peters traveller.


Hannah died  25 oct 1903 age 84 years ,and was buried on the 29th Oct at Furzey Lodge, Boldre, Hampshire

Below is a report from a Newspaper :-




Mrs. Lakey, who was known in the New Forest as “Queen of the Gipsies,” died a few days ago.  She was a native of Andover, her maiden name being Benson,and she married over 60 years ago.  For a number of years she and her husband, G. Lakey, lived in the Forest, camping in various parts, but for the past few years deceased has occupied a small cottage near Beaulieu, where she breathed her last at the ripe age of eighty-eight years.  The funeral took place at East Boldre Churchyard. The remains were conveyed in a hearse from Lymington, and the “Queen” was followed to her grave by forty-five of her subjects and a few ladies who had taken an interest in her in her latter days."


(Errors in the newspaper report  as her maiden name was given as Benson and her husband was of course S. Lakey and not G Lakey!)



james  Mason & Emily Peters

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