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Tuesday 14 February 2012

Finch Family Grave - Snow Angel

The snow laden angel of 'The Finch Family Grave'. All Saints Maidenhead Cemetery, All Saint's Avenue, Maidenhead Berkshire.

"William Michael Finch died 27th July 1919 aged 79 years.
Emily Finch died 29th July 1902 aged 61 years

Also of their only son William Alexander Finch died 18th August 1925 aged 59

Monument by Emmanuel Harris & Son, Monumental Masons, Beaumont Street London."

William Michael Finch was born in Hackney London in 1840 to Alexander Finch, a carpet planner, and his wife Caroline Harvey.  William later became a zinc worker by trade.

In 1841 nine-month-old William can be found living with his parents and elder siblings, Caroline Elizabeth, Alexander, and James in Ann's Place, Pritchard's Road, Hackney, London.

In 1851 the ten-year-old schoolboy William is still living with his parents at Ann's Place in Pritchard's Road; however, the family has grown to include George, Susannah and John.  Sadly, just two years later William's farther Alexander was to pass away in 1853, aged just 42. 

Pritchard's Road, Hackney, c1903

1861 finds the twenty-year-old William, now a zinc worker, living with his widowed mother and younger siblings, now including nine-year-old Caroline, at 29 Marian Square, Bethnal Green, London.

In 1864 William married Emily Prockter in Shoreditch London and on August 5th 1866, they were blessed with the birth of their only child William Alexander Finch.

In 1871 the young family can be found living at 271 Hackney Road, Hackney London. Where William and his wife Emily were still residing during the 1881 Census.  By this time William Alexander has left the family home and is now studying at Margate High School, in Kent.

In the 1891 Census William Snr was listed as living by own means at 76 Victoria Park Road, South Hackney, London along with his wife Emily, their son William, by now an architect and surveyor and their housekeeper Emily Lee.

On 26th August 1896 William Alexander married Emeline Blundell in Westminster, London

By 1901 William Michael, now retired, is still residing at 76 Victoria Park Road, South Hackney with his wife Emily.  Sadly, just a year later on 29th July 1902, Emily passed away.

Victoria Park Road, South Hackney.

Their son William and his wife Emeline are listed as living at Ray Park Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire.  On 27th February 1908, William Alexander and Emeline celebrated the birth of their child Michael William Finch.

In 1911 William Alexander and his young son can be found living at Ravenshoe, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire without Emeline, who I have been unable to trace.  That same year William petitioned Emeline for a divorce, citing a Theodore Gilsdorf. 

By 1911 the widowed William Snr is still residing 76 Victoria Park Road, South Hackney. Living with him and working as his housekeeper is his widowed sister-in-law, Emily's sister, Harriet Williamson. Also staying with them is Harriet's daughter Emily Williamson.  William Snr was to pass away just eight years later on 27th July 1919.

William Alexander was to pass away at his home, Ravenshoe in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire on 18th 1925.

Micheal William Finch would later move to Cornwall where he married Gertrude Joan Jones in 1977 at the age of 69. Sadly, Michael was to pass away that same year on 27th April.

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