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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Adeline Blanche and Thomas Young



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Monument to Adeline Blanche Young and Thomas Young, All Saints Church, Bisham, Berkshire.


"In Loving Memory of Adeline Blanche wife of Thomas Young who Died November 14. 1922.  Aged 52 years.  Also of Thomas Young who Died May 18th 1932 in his 70th year."



Adeline Blanche Young was born Adeline Blanche Strafford on 3rd February 1870 in Middlesex to Thomas William Strafford, an insurance clerk at Westminster Fire Office and Eliza Rutland.  Adeline remained with her family until she married Thomas Young on 2nd June 1904 at the age of 41.  On the 1911 census Adeline can be found living with her husband Thomas at Warren House, Bisham, Berkshire.  Eleven years later Adeline was to pass away at the age of 52.

Thomas Young was born in Hackney, London in 1863 to Thomas Young and his wife Margaret.  On the 1911 census Thomas's occupation is listed as surveyor of insurance.  Maybe Thomas Young worked at the same company as Adeline's father.  Unfortunately I was unable to find out much more about Adeline and Thomas.




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16 comments:

  1. Beautifully decorated headstone! Even the raised words and unusual framing of them is fascinating!

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    1. I love it when I find ususual stones. This was indeed a beautifully carved one. Sadly it is suffering from some weathering. So who knows how much longer its beauty will remain.

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  2. Interesting --- and nice photos! It's nice that the carvings on this stone are so clear.

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    1. Thank you. The stone is lucky enough to be sheltered by trees and the other stones surrounding it. More exposed stones in this churchyard were not so fortunate and have completely weathered through.

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  3. Interesting stone with the raised lettering. Not sure if I've seen one like that before. With the dark color on the lighter background, it makes for a dramatic piece.

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  4. choosing where to place your headstone - and in which direction - should be a consideration if you want it to last an eternity.

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    1. It should be. It's such a shame to see so many old stones that are now unreadable.

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  5. Lovely photos & story. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your comment

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  6. well, it was unlikely that they had any children. I hope their brief time together was happy, if not fruitful.

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    1. The 1911 census suggests that they didn't. However 41 is a very unusual age to get marriedc for the first time.

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  7. Yes, at that age, in that era, they were lucky to have found each other, be it for a short time. A beautiful name: Adeline Blanche ...

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    1. It is a rather beautiful name. sadly you don't see names like it much anymore.

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  8. Interesting stone - very late to get married and not together that long. Pity there wasn't more information available - quite intrigued.

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    1. It is frustrating when little information can be found. I'm sure they both had interesting stories to tell.

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