Mary Ann Curtis Treffry was born Mary Ann Curtis Cullern on 4th September 1789, the second daughter of Thomas Cullern, a well respected tradesman in Maidenhead and his wife Ann Curties. On 17th January 1820 Mary Ann married Robert Walker Snr in Dudley Worcestershire. Both Mary Ann, her husband Robert Snr, son Robert and her step daughter Jemima Griffin Walker were extremely active Wesleyan Methodists and can be credited with the building of a Methodist Church in Maidenhead.
On 14th June 1830, Robert Walker Snr died and Mary Ann became a widow. It was this that prompted her to move back to Maidenhead from Dudley to be closer to her son Robert and step brother John Higgs. On 28th June 1835 Mary Ann became the teacher of the Methodist Sunday School. On 9th November 1838 Mary Ann married Rev Richard Treffry at Hoxton London, where she lived with her new husband until 1833 when upon his retirement due to illness they moved back to Maidenhead. Rev Treffry suffered greatly with sickness from 1833 until his death on 18th September 1842. Mary Ann continued to be active in the Wesleyan Methodist community and completed man works for charity until her death from illness on 16th December 1864. Mary Ann Treffry was interred in the family vault beneath the Methodist church in Maidenhead High Street, next to the remains of her grand-daughter Jemima.
In 1866 her relative James A Macdonald complied Mary Ann's memoirs into a book entitled Heavenward: Memorials of Mrs M. A. C. Treffry of Maidenhead.
John Higg was born in Maidenhead on 29th June 1800 to John Higgs and his wife Ann Cullern. John marries Jemima Griffin Walker on 10th December 1827. In 1841 John Higgs is a Chemist living and working in Maidenhead High Street. at the time of the 1841 Census, his sisters second husband Rev Richard Treffry is living with John and Jemima. 1851 and John and Jemima have moved in with their nephew/step brother Robert Walker. John's occupations is now listed as magistrate, chemist and postmaster. in 1861, 6 years before John's death the family is now living at Castle Hill Villa on St Mark's Road, Maidenhead. John is now listed as a Justice of the Peace and local wesleyan preacher. John Higgs passed away on 3rd June 1867. John Higg was interred in the family vault beneath the Methodist church in Maidenhead High Street.
Jemima Griffin Higgs was born Jemima Griffin Walker in Dudley Worcestershire in 1807 to Robert Walker and his 1st wife Elizabeth Griffin. Jemima remained in Maidenhead after her husband's death. She lived alone with only one general servant for company until her own death on 3rd November 1886
On 13th November 1886 the Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer reported:
"Death of Mrs J. G. Higgs - In the removal by death of Mrs Jemima Griffin Higgs, of 3 Orchard Villas, Castle Hill, widow of the late John Higg.s Esq., J.P., who died on 4th June 1867, the local wesleyan body have lost another great supporter of their cause. Mrs. Higgs had been in ill-health for many years, and at times could only get about with assistance, and this necessitated her being for the most part confined to her house. On Wednesday, the 3rd Inst., the deceased lady appeared if anything a little better than usual, but shortly after going to rest she had a fit of coughing and ruptured a blood vessel. Dr. Plume and Mr. Montgomery were at once summoned, but their aid was of no avail, and the sufferer passed away at around 9 o'clock, having attained the age of 79.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, at the Wesleyan chapel, in the presence of a large number of persons. It was of the simplest possible description, which was in accordance of the oft-expressed wish of the deceased. Not a single flower being placed on the coffin."
Jemima G Higgs joined the rest of her family in the vault beneath the Methodist church in Maidenhead High Street.
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