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Lilian Clare Cheetham

Lilian Clare Cheetham

Female 1874 - 1944  (70 years)

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  • Name Lilian Clare Cheetham  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Residence 1913-08-17 
    Players Club, 16 Granmely Place, New York, New York, New York 
    Born 1874  Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Physical Appearance 1874 
    Dark brown hair, fair complexion and blue eyes 
    Residence 1881  Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1891  High Street, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 1895  [1, 2
    Playwright and Actress 
    Occupation 1901  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Actress & Comedienne  
    Residence 1901  220 Hope Street, Blythswood, Glasgow St Stephens, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1911  94 GREGORY BOULEVARD, HYSON GREEN, NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    1911 Census for England and Wales 
    JAMES RICE AND LILLIAN CLARE CASSIDY LILIAN
    JAMES RICE AND LILLIAN CLARE CASSIDY LILIAN
    Widowed 11 May 1927  11 Albert Street, St Pancreas, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death of husband James after 32 years of marriage 
    Record ID Number 427 
    _HEIG 1933 
    5'3 
    _MDCL 1933 
    Suffered from chronic mental illness delusional/confusional insanity over fourteen year period. Oesteoporosis.  
    _WEIG 1933 
    9 Stone 2lbs (58.1 Kg) 
    Died 2 Dec 1944  Storthes Hall Psychiatric Hospital Thurstonland Kirkburton Hudderfield Yorkshire England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • oesteoporosis and arteriosclerosis
    Person ID P164  Brennancass
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2016 

    Father Robert Cheetham,   b. 1830, Crompton Lancashire England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After:1901-00-00 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Ann Wilson,   b. 1836, Huddersfield Yorkshire England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1891-03-00, Huddersfield, Yorkshire England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1867-06-00  Oldham, Lancashire England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F96  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James Rice Cassidy,   b. 27 May 1863, Mill Street, Selkirk, Selkirkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1927, 4 Kings Road, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 11 December 1895  St Annes R.C. Church, Park Lane, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Last Modified 1 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos 7 photos

    Documents
    J. Rice Cassidy 'The Crater' Review
    J. Rice Cassidy "The Crater" Review

    Histories
    James Rice Cassidy Actor and Comedian
    James Rice Cassidy Actor and Comedian

  • Notes 
    • Notes for Lilian Clare Cheetham:
      Lillian Clara Cassidy Playwright, Actress and Mad Woman
      This remarkable lady had both an amazing and tragic life, she was born Lillian Clara Cheetham in Huddersfield in 1874 the only daughter of Robert and Mary Ann Cheetham. She had one full brother James Robert and two half brothers William and James Calvert Wilson. Lillian’s mother died when she was very young and she lived with her father who was employed as a plush silk cutter. Her brother James started off working as a draper’s assistant although he later owned his own wholesale drapery business.
      By 1895 Lillian had met and married a young Scottish actor James Rice Cassidy. It was to be a highly successful partnership and one that spanned over thirty years until Rice Cassidy’s death in 1927.
      They started their own theatre company and toured all over Britain. They even made it as far as Broadway New York. James was not the most handsome of men and was essentially a comedian /character actor. Almost all his roles reflected this and he often played the bumbling fool, the servant or the village priest.
      Lillian was not only the leading lady, she also wrote many of their plays. Her plays were mostly melodramas but often topical reflecting issues pertinent to the time they lived in. “In Holy Russia” for instance Lillian’s character Renee Rubinoff is being transported to Siberia with her parents when she escapes and joins a gang of would be revolutionaries’ intent on blowing up the Czar. This play was written and performed a good many years before the Russian revolution and although it was essentially a comedy the humour was most definitely of a satirical nature. They also performed other writer’s plays and one of their most successful was “The God of War” by Charles Whitlock. This was yet another topical piece about the Cuban American War. The God of War played to packed houses and was performed all over the country over a ten year period.
      After thirty two years of marriage James died in London leaving Lillian very much alone. She returned to her native Huddersfield and lived with her brother James for a while. In April of 1930 she was admitted to Deanhouse institution which was basically a poor house with an infirmary attached. She was suffering from confusional insanity and obviously her brother could no longer cope with her condition. The illness was chronic and it appears she was suffering from manic depression as she would have periods of elation and then suddenly become very morose and depressed. She was transferred to Storthes Hall Psychiatric Hospital in June the same year and was to spend the last fourteen years of her life there.
      Lillian’s brother James committed suicide in August 1931. He had been found dead in the street having consumed a toxic substance with corroded his throat and intestines. Just six weeks before his death he had written to the hospital requesting that his sister be allowed her own clothes and her trinkets. They agreed to her having some of her clothing but refused to let her have her trinkets. He had also requested more regular visits with his sister. The Medical Superintendent wrote back to James agreeing to more visits but added that “frequent visiting does not assist the patient but under the circumstances you can come once a fortnight, but not oftener, on any of the visiting days“
      More About Lilian Clare Cheetham and James Rice Cassidy:
      Marriage: 11 Dec 1895, St Annes R.C. Church, Park Lane, Leeds.
      [CASSID~2.FTW]

  • Sources 
    1. [S-2128415711] CASSID.
      Date of Import: 21 May 2007

    2. [S-2128415712] CASSIDYZ1.FTW.
      Date of Import: 21 May 2007

    3. [S-2138645872] The Bristol Times And Mirror (Bristol, Gloucestershire, England), Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - The Bristol Times And Mirror. Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper.Original data: The Bristol Times And Mirror. B).

    4. [S-2128652958] 1881 England Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. 1881 British Isles Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the), Class: RG11; Piece: 4381; Folio: 100; Page: 8; Line: ; GSU roll: 1342046.
      Birth date: abt 1874 Birth place: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

    5. [S-2128653058] 1891 England Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1891. Data imaged from The National), Class: RG12; Piece: 3566; Folio 84; Page 7; GSU roll: 6098676.
      Birth date: abt 1830 Birth place: Oldham, Lancashire, England Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England

    6. [S-2128655373] 1901 Scotland Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data - Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.Original data: Scotland. 1901 Scotland Census. Reels 1-446. Gene).
      Birth date: abt 1875 Birth place: Glasgow, Lanarkshire Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Glasgow St Stephens, Lanarkshire, Scotland

    7. [S-2138647036] 1911 CENSUS , National Archives, (1911census.co.uk), RG14PN20610 RG78PN1231 RD430 SD4 ED18 SN235).

    8. .
      Robert Cheetham married Mary Ann Wilson in Oldham in 1867. ( Oldham 8d 892 )[CASSID 2.FTW]


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