Patience Usher was born 20 March 1805 in Clapham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom to Thomas Hyde Fentiman (1756-1818) and Ann Usher (1775-1871) and died 6 November 1873 at 3 Foots Row in Battersea, Surrey, England, United Kingdom of paralysis acute bronchitis. She married William Aris (1801-1867) 23 February 1824 in Clapham, Surrey, England. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
Patience Fentiman was born on 20 March 1805 and christened on 11 April of that year, at Clapham. She was the illegitimate daughter of Newington gentleman Thomas Hyde Fentiman (1756-1818) and Ann Usher (1775-1871), a servant from Kent. Patience was raised by her mother in Clapham. Although Thomas was required to pay child support to Ann, neither she or Patience were mentioned in his 1818 will. Instead, he left monetary bequeathals to several servants, and left various properties to his nephew Thomas Fentiman, who was living in the West Indies. Ann Usher had three further children, one being Frances Tucker, who was born and died in 1810; the next was Anne Usher, born in 1815, who lived with her mother until the elder's death in 1871; and George, whose children were raised by Ann. The Usher household was already full, and in addition Ann took in boarders, and the younger Anne adopted a son.
Patience married William Aris, a coach- and blacksmith, on 23 February 1824, in the same church Patience was christened in. The couple settled in Kennington, where William worked as a smith. By 1827 they were living in Lambeth. In the late 1830s the family moved to Southwark, but began christening their children back in Clapham. The 1841 census shows the family living in Jane Place, Southwark.
William Aris died in 1867 aged 66. Patience continued to live in their home in Sleaford Street, Battersea. In her widowhood she worked as a laundress.
Interestingly, her Cockney accent can be determined from the 1871 census: as the enumerator asked the questions, Patience said her surname was "Aris". Dutifully, the enumerator wrote down "Harris"!
Patience's mother Ann died in 1871, aged 95 (claimed age was 101). Patience lived for only two more years, passing away after a short paralysis due to acute bronchitis on 6 November 1873 aged 68.