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Mary Lister

Birthdate: (74)
Death: 1894 (74)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Jackson Lister and Isabella Lister
Wife of Rickman Godlee
Sister of John Lister; Isabella Sophia Lister; Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister; William Henry Lister; Arthur Hugh Lister and 1 other

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About Mary Lister

The Mary Lister to whom Ellen Alexander wrote in 1840 was the eldest child of Joseph Jackson Lister and Isabella Harris, and thus the eldest sister of Joseph (later Lord) Lister, the famous surgeon. Mary was born in 1820 at Upton House in Essex, making her 20 years old at the time of the letter. She later (1851) married Rickman Godlee, a Quaker barrister of Lincoln's Inn, and they had six children. The second child, later Sir Rickman John Godlee, became a distinguished neurosurgeon and wrote the principal biography of his uncle Lord Lister. Another son, Francis Godlee, founded a successful cotton milling firm and later financed the first telescope for Manchester Unversity's Astronomy department; the present Godlee Observatory at Manchester is named in his honour

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Mary Lister's Timeline

Age 74