Mabel Alberta Inkster1,2

#15590, (1908 - 1983)
FatherWilliam Cullen Inkster3 (1882 - 1955)
MotherBessie Lydia Archer3 (1882 - 1962)
RelationshipGreat-granddaughter of William Inkster
ChartsDescendants of John Inkster & Abigail Marion
James Albert Inkster & Margaret, then Mary, Cullen descendants

Children of Mabel Alberta Inkster and Reginald Edward Frewen

  • William Edward Laton Frewen4
  • Lydia Jane Mary Frewen4

Life Events

Called Mabel did not like her name, so went by the name Inky.4 
BirthMabel Alberta Inkster was born on 4 Aug 1908 in Ontario.3,2
(with Parents) 1911 CensusMabel Inkster appeared on the 1911 Census of Marmora Village, Hastings County, Ontario with her parents. She was 2 years old and born in August 1909 in Ontario.3 
(with Parents) 1921 CensusMabel appeared on the 1921 Census of Marmora, Hastings County, Ontario with her parents. She was 12 years old and attended school.5 
OccupationMabel went to McGill and became a nurse.4 
Passenger ListMabel Inkster was listed on a manifest dated 9 Jun 1935 for the SS Lady Rodney, arriving in Montreal from Hamilton, Bermuda. She was 25, single, born in Marmoro [sic] Ont, of Scotch origin, and returning home to Havelock, Ontario.6 
Passenger ListMabel was listed on numerous manifests traveling between Bermuda and New York. She was a nurse accompanying those who hired her to do so. She entered New York March 1934, April 1934, January 1936, October 1936, June 1937, and June 1938. Closer examination of the records would likely yield more trips. 
Passenger ListHer husband-to-be was listed on a manifest dated 27 Aug 1938 for the SS Samaria, sailing from Liverpool to New York, arriving Sept 5th. Details from the list: Reginald Edward Frewen, 32, single, schoolmaster, birthplace Cornwall England, last permanent residence Hamilton Bermuda, nearest relative in England, Edward L Frewen (father, 96 Piccadilly London, final destination Bermuda via NY, carrying $200, last in the US in June 1938 transiting through NY, staying 10 days, final destination Saltus School, Hamilton Bermuda, height 5' 10", dark complexion, brown hair, brown eyes.7 
MarriageShe married Reginald Edward Frewen on 6 Sep 1938 in New York.8,9
Newspaper Published 7 Sep 1938 in the New York Times.

Daughter of Ontario Couple Wed to Reginald E. Frewen at Grace Church Here Dr. W. R. Bowie Officiates, Couple Will Sail Tomorrow for Bermuda, Where He Is Master at Saltus School Knickman-Lanner

Miss Mabel A. Inkster of Havelock, Ontario, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Inkster, was married here yesterday to Reginald Edward Frewen of Glenlea, Devonshire, Bermuda, in the chantry of Grace Church. [end of article preview]9
Newspaper Published 24 Sep 1938 in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer.

Son of two well-known Northiam residents, Mr Reginald Edward Frewen, of Glenlea, Devonshire, Bermuda, has been married in Grace Church, New York, to Miss Mabel A Likster [sic], of Havelock, Ontario.
Mr Frewen, who is a master at Saltus Grammar School, is the eldest son of Captain E L Frewen, RN, and Mrs Frewen, of Brickwall, Northiam.
It was in Grace Church, New York, that Mr Morton Frewen, the bridegroom's uncle, was married in 1887 to Miss Clare Jerome, sister-in-law of the late Lord Randolph Churchill.10
Mabel was indeed adventurous and having been then head nurse of a ward in Montreal decided to do private duty nursing, looking after the very rich!! and apparently one year she travelled to Bermuda 32 times with patients, being wined and dined to the upmost and very much pampered as these nurses were at the time - not at all 'hired hands' oh no, but part of the family and well respected - my mother was an awful snob and wouldn't have had it otherwise!!! - well a little bit so anyway.
It was working for the wife of this very 'select' private boys school in Bermuda that she met my father, who was the Latin and Greek teacher at the school, having come out from England. She thought he was VERY snooty and decided to 'take him down a peg or two' . They went out only 4 times, became engaged, then she dashed off to Canada for 3 months to tell her parents and he went back to England to tell his. They re-met in New York and were married there and returned to Bermuda right after and Dad resumed his post as Classics Master at the boys' school.4
Note.The Frewen family lived in Bermuda before and after WWII but went to Canada during the war.4 
DeathMabel died in 1983 in England.2
Last Edited25 Jun 2014


  1. E-mails from Dianna Inkster to Jennifer Kolthammer, 20 April 2005.
  2. GRO Indexes to Deaths, images viewed at Ancestry. Mabel Alberta Frewen, born 4 Aug 1908, Sept Q 1983, Hastings RD.
  3. 1911 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at 80 Hastings West, sd 15, ed 1, page 16.
  4. E-mails from Jane Gough to J Kolthammer.
  5. 1921 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ontario, Hastings West, SD 46, Page 13.
  6. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada images, viewed at Ancestry. SS Lady Rodney, arrived Montreal June 1935.
  7. New York Passenger Arrivals, images ( "Reginald Edward Frewen, SS Samaria, arrived 5 Sep 1938."
  8. Website Access to Archives (, Reference: FRE/4189
    Letters to Mr and Mrs Frewen from their grandchildren Reginald, John and Molly Frewen held in Archive of Frewen family of Brickwall, Northiam, East Sussex located at the East Sussex Record Office.
  9. The New York Times Archives, online, containing abstracts of articles, with entire article available for a fee , September 7, 1938, Wednesday; Page 28, 286 words.
  10. Hastings and St Leonards Observer [East Sussex, England], Saturday, 24 September 1938, Page 12. Image accessed online at Find My Past.