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Tuesday 13 August 2013

Taphophile Tragics - Marmaduke and Eliza Mary Hitchcox, Saddlers of Marlow Buckingamshire

Memorial to Eliza Mary and Marmaduke Hitchcox, All Saints Churchyard, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England.

"Sacred to the memory of Eliza Mary Hitchcox who died Sept.er 10th 1834 aged 30 years - Also of  Marmaduke Hitchcox, Husband of the above who died Feb.ry 13th 1845 aged 47 years."

Eliza Mary Hitchcox was born illegitimately Eliza Mary Heine to George Albert Heine and Elizabeth Chapman in 1803.

In 1825 Eliza married Marmaduke Hitchcox on 19th September in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. 

Marmaduke Hitchcox was born in Chadlington, Oxford in 1796 to Samuel Hitchcox and his wife Sarah.

Together they had six children, Mary born in 1826 who sadly died in 1827 and was buried on 14th January, Maria born 1827, George Albert born in 1829, Martha born in 1831, Samuel Sands born in 1832 and Menella Chapman born 1834.

Eliza Mary was to die soon after Menella's birth.  It is possible that her death was due to complications following the birth of her daughter.  Eliza Mary was buried at All Saints Churchyard on 14th September 1834.

On the 1841 Census the widowed Marmaduke appears, living on Spittal Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.  Marmaduke's occupation is given as a saddler, someone who makes saddles and harnesses for horses.  Living with Marmaduke are his children Maria, George, Martha, Samuel (listed as Sands) and Menella.  Also living with the family is Eliza Mary's mother, Elizabeth Heine.

Marmaduke was to pass away on 13th February 1845 aged just 47 years old. 

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  1. It would seem that Eliza's parents eventually married. How awful must it have been to go through life with that 'illegitimate' stigma attached to your name.

  2. Marmaduke - that's a name you don't see often. Sad that Eliza died shortly after childbirth, but that was fairly common. Also sad that Marmaduke died at a relatively young age, as well.

    Thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics. :)


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