Bessie Wallis Warfield

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Bessie Wallis Warfield was born on [[June 19]], 1896 in Square Cottage, Monterey Inn, Blue Ridge Summit, Franklin County, [[Pennsylvania]], as the daughter of [[#Teackle Wallis Warfield|Teackle Wallis Warfield]] and [[#Alice M Montague|Alice M. Montague]].  They were at that resort due to a futile attempt to cure Teackle's tuberculosis.  He died a few months later.  Alice and Bessie moved in with Teackle's mother in Baltimore, [[Maryland]] but the two woman could not agree and so Alice and Bessie moved again.  "In the end the two women were supported by Teackle's wealthy brother Solomon Warfield." (see Answers.com) "She was christened Bessie but when she grew up, she dropped the Bessie and called herself Wallis" (''The Amiable Baltimorians'')  Bessie Wallis was evidently named Bessie for Alice's favorite older sister, and Wallis for her husband's middle name.
 
Bessie Wallis Warfield was born on [[June 19]], 1896 in Square Cottage, Monterey Inn, Blue Ridge Summit, Franklin County, [[Pennsylvania]], as the daughter of [[#Teackle Wallis Warfield|Teackle Wallis Warfield]] and [[#Alice M Montague|Alice M. Montague]].  They were at that resort due to a futile attempt to cure Teackle's tuberculosis.  He died a few months later.  Alice and Bessie moved in with Teackle's mother in Baltimore, [[Maryland]] but the two woman could not agree and so Alice and Bessie moved again.  "In the end the two women were supported by Teackle's wealthy brother Solomon Warfield." (see Answers.com) "She was christened Bessie but when she grew up, she dropped the Bessie and called herself Wallis" (''The Amiable Baltimorians'')  Bessie Wallis was evidently named Bessie for Alice's favorite older sister, and Wallis for her husband's middle name.
  
Much has been said about Bessie's supposed background of poverty.  But poverty to those authors evidently means not living in splendor.  The records prove that her family was firmly upper class if perhaps "lower-upper" as they say.  In 1908, her mother Alice remarried to John Freeman Rasin, an insurance broker and "son of the Democratic boss of Baltimore", and the family lived in Baltimore, Maryland. More details on the Rasin family can be found in the book [http://books.google.com/books?id=pPZom7xkp3gC&pg=PA764&lpg=PA764&dq=warfield+freeman+rasin&source=web&ots=1LVnI_fJph&sig=l_YblZTwEzmDD4rFnDUQl8J3Q8s#PPA764,M1 ''Baltimore : It's History and It's People''].  (In particular it shows how John Freeman Rasin descends, through the Wingfields, from [[Richard Cecil]] and from [[Edward I, King of England]].)  
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Bessie's family was firmly upper class if perhaps "lower-upper" as they say.  In 1908, her mother Alice remarried to John Freeman Rasin, an insurance broker and "son of the Democratic boss of Baltimore", and the family lived in Baltimore, Maryland. More details on the Rasin family can be found in the book [http://books.google.com/books?id=pPZom7xkp3gC&pg=PA764&lpg=PA764&dq=warfield+freeman+rasin&source=web&ots=1LVnI_fJph&sig=l_YblZTwEzmDD4rFnDUQl8J3Q8s#PPA764,M1 ''Baltimore : It's History and It's People''].  (In particular it shows how John Freeman Rasin descends, through the Wingfields, from [[Richard Cecil]] and from [[Edward I, King of England]].)</td></tr></table>
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Bessie married Earl Winfield Spencer Jr. on [[Nov 8]], 1916 at Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, Baltimore, [[Maryland]]. She and her first husband had moved to England.  They were divorced on [[Dec 10]], 1927. She married secondly Ernest Aldrich Simpson on [[Jul 21]], 1928 in Chelsea Registrar's Office, Chelsea, London, England.
 
Bessie married Earl Winfield Spencer Jr. on [[Nov 8]], 1916 at Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, Baltimore, [[Maryland]]. She and her first husband had moved to England.  They were divorced on [[Dec 10]], 1927. She married secondly Ernest Aldrich Simpson on [[Jul 21]], 1928 in Chelsea Registrar's Office, Chelsea, London, England.

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