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.

Early LifeEdit

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.

Married LifeEdit

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.


Offspring of Patience Usher and William Aris (1801-1867)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edward Aris (1825-1903) 5 April 1825 Clapham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1903 Wandsworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Sarah Jane Peacock (c1831-1903)

Anne Aris (1827-?)
Fanny Aris (1829-?)
Sarah Aris (1831-?)
William Aris (1833-1906) 1833 Clapham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1906 Lambeth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom Jane (c1835-)

John Aris (1837-?)
Martha Aris (1842-1901) 28 January 1842 Wandsworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1901 Wandsworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom John Robert Wharram (1840-1909)

Jane Aris (1842-1895) 22 March 1844 Wandsworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1895 Hampton, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom Charles Williams (1840-1922)

Harriet Aris (1846-1915) 20 August 1846 Wandsworth, Surrey, England, United Kingdom 1915 Islington, London, England, United Kingdom Robert Waters

Elizabeth Aris (1850-1913)

Later LifeEdit

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.