Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Harriet and Joseph Morten Gurney - Pinkneys Farm
Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries.
Monument to Harriet and Joseph Morten Gurney, St James the Less Churchyard, Stubbings Berkshire.
"Sacred to the memory of Harriet the wife of Joseph Morten Gurney who died February 8th 1882 aged 77 years. Also of Joseph Morten Gurney who died September 17th 1895 aged 88 years - Lord Remember Me."
Joseph Morten Gurney was born in 1807 to William Gurney and his wife Mary. In 1844 Joseph marries Harriet Wright baptism records show that Josepth and Harriet had at least one son called William Parker, who died in infancy and one daughter called Mary Elizabeth.
On the 1861 Census, Joseph, Harriet and Mary are living and working at Pinkneys Farm in Pinkney's Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Joseph is a farmer of 367 acres employing 11 men and 4 boys. In 1866 their only surviving child Mary marries chemist Charles Henry Thompson and moves to Castle Hill in Maidenhead.
1871, Joseph and Harriet are still farming Pinkney' Farm. This time only 345 acres, employing 12 men, 3 boys and 2 women.
In 1881, a year before Harriets death, both Joseph and Harriet are living at Woodley Farm in White Waltham where Joseph's occupation is listed as a retired farmer. 1891 sees the widowed Joseph still living at Woodley Farm House. Joseph passed away in 1895.
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