Baby Phoebe makes it five generations in Grantham family

Five generations of women in the same family - clockwise from left, Ruth Toole, Ann Fox, Faith Ballaam and seated, 97-year-old Irene Miller holding baby Phoebe Toole, aged just six weeks at the time of the photo.
Five generations of women in the same family - clockwise from left, Ruth Toole, Ann Fox, Faith Ballaam and seated, 97-year-old Irene Miller holding baby Phoebe Toole, aged just six weeks at the time of the photo.

The birth of a baby is always a special occasion for any family, but the recent birth of Phoebe Emma Toole was even more of a special occasion, marking five generations of the same family.

Baby Phoebe was born on August 28, much to the delight of her great-great-grandmother, Irene Miller, who had the privilege of meeting her great-great-granddaughter aged 97 years old.

The family, made up of five generations of women, includes Irene’s first born, Ann Fox, now aged 71 years old, who is Phoebe’s great-grandmother, Ann’s first child, Faith Ballaam, aged 53 years old, who is Phoebe’s grandmother and her two daughters, Marie and Ruth. It was Ruth, aged 29, who had baby Phoebe.

Ruth said: “Since the birth of Phoebe this year, we have found ourselves in a rather unique situation.

“My husband and I were thrilled to have a baby girl, knowing how special it would be to have five generations of women in our family.

“Phoebe is very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful women and I hope that she finds them as inspiring as I have.”

Ruth and her husband, Sam Toole, who married last year, have lived in Grantham ever since Ruth first qualified as a nurse and started work at Grantham Hospital six years ago.

Phoebe’s great-great-grandmother, Irene, was born in Owmby by Spital in 1917, and spent most of her life living in the surrounding villages of Lincoln. Ann was born at Normanby by Spital.

She married Peter Fox and lived in the rectory at Hougham, where they had their first child, Faith.

Faith and her brother Mark both attended Marston Thorold Charity Primary School. The family moved into Grantham for a short time before settling in Marston, 42 years ago.

Faith married Karl Ballaam, and continue to live in Marston. Their two daughters, Marie and Ruth, used to both attend Marston Thorold school, where Faith still works.