Ann Aston

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Ann Aston

Ann Aston, née Ann Howell, born October 1832 at Broadwell Lane End, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

She and her husband emigrated to Australia in 1855. Her daughter Tilly Aston noted down one of her songs, 'Sylvia' (or 'As Sylvie was walking'), and sent it to W. Percy Merrick. It was included in the [Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society] Vol. 1, No. 1, December 1932, and then in Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

Biographical details at https://www.brh.org.uk/site/articles/as-sylvie-was-walking/