|Martha Jane Elcocks|
Elizabeth (Bess) Blaney’s parents, Harry Blaney and Martha Jane Elcocks were married July 9, 1895 in Birmingham, England; he was nineteen and she was eighteen. With the exception of a year in Canada (1929-1930), they lived out their lives in Birmingham. Harry lived to the age of seventy-nine and Jane until age eighty-four. Life was difficult due to little income, the quick start of their family and it remained so throughout. Also, public records indicate that Jane was pregnant at the time of the wedding which would have been scandalous in these Victorian times.
She described her Dad as her hero and on his passing March 13, 1955 she wrote:
At the age of ninety-one she recalled that one of her mother’s sisters was good to her “when things were battling at home”.
Bess’s mother, Martha Jane Elcocks was born in 1877, the youngest in a family of ten children. She had eight sisters and one brother. Jane’s father was William Elcocks and her mother was Martha Bellingham.