Tuesday, 13 November 2012
John and Susanna Burdett
Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile.
Monument to John and Susanna Burdett, Bray Parish Cemetery, Holyport Berkshire.
"In loving memory of John Burdett. Who fell asleep May 2nd 1905. Aged 78 years - His End Was Peace.
Susanna Burdett. Wife of the above died Decr 27th 1917. Aged 90 years - Thy Will Be Done."
John Burdett was born in Chilton Berkshire in 1827. Unfortunately I am unable to trace John's parents. In 1851 John is living on his own and working as a gardener in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. In that same year John married Susanna Taylor Lee.
1861 see John and Susanna (listed as Susan) living at Bray Weir in Berkshire. John is still a gardener and the family has expanded to include four children, Susanna aged 8, John aged 6, William aged 3 and 1 year old Emma.
By 1871 John and Susanna have moved to Bridge Street in Maidenhead. John is now a Nursery Man. 1881 sees John's business expand and he is now employing 2 men. The family has also expanded to include Ellen Alice aged 12 and Frances aged 8. Living with the family is their daughter Emma, her husband Frank Burnham and their son Frank aged 1. In 1891 John is listed as a Florist.
By 1901, now elderly and infirm John and Susanna are inmates of The Jesus Hospital in Bray Village, Berkshire. The Jesus Hospital is a red-brick group of almshouses, founded in 1627 by William Goddard, whose full-size effigy stands over the entrance, to house thirty-four of the aged poor of Bray and six of the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers.
Sadly John was to pass away four years later. However Susannah remained at The Jesus Hospital until her death in 1917.
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