Sarah Ann Paulin (1830-1915) was the only daughter of George Paulin and Sarah Clements. She was born about 1830 in Henley-on-Thames, where her father worked as a hairdresser. The family was prosperous and upperly mobile. Her father expanded his business operations to become a stationer, land owner, and sales agent, eventually also becoming mayor of Henley. They lived in the newer and posher part of town with two servants.
Sarah married George Bennett (1832-1910) in 1857. He appears to have been from Henley also, but by 1861 both were living in Derby. George worked as an ironmonger. Together they had eight children, seven of whom survived to adulthood. None of her children appear to have married, and three of her daughters were living with their widowed mother in the 1911 census.
On the death of her father in 1894, Sarah inherited half his considerable estate. She shared it with her brother Frederick, but while he had to deal with his part of the money in a highly restrictive trust, Sarah inherited it outright. A sign that her father trusted her, and her husband, who acted as executor. Sarah died in the spring of 1915, in Derby.
Will of George Paulin, York Registry, 1894
Marriage Registers, Binmead, Berkshire
BMD Register, England
UK Census, 1841-1911