Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Taphophile Tragics - Mary Ann and Henry Hance
Monument to Mary Ann and Henry Hance, All Saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
"In Loving Memory of Mary Ann Hance beloved wife of Henry Hance of Cox Green. Died February 6th 1900 aged 80 years. Also of Henry Hance. Died January 8th 1914 aged 85 years - Rest In Peace-"
Mary Ann Hance was born Mary Ann Kimble in 1820 in Hare Hatch, Berkshire. I have been unable to find any information on Mart's parents or her early life.
Henry Hance was born in 1823 in White Waltham, Berkshire .
In 1846 Mary married Henry Hance, a gardener, in Maidenhead, Berkshire. The 1851 Census finds both Mary and Henry are living with and working for Isaac Wills, a retired publican at Folly Hill, Henry as a gardener and Mary as a general domestic servant.
1861 and Henry and Mary Ann are living with and working for Charles Harence, a barrister, at Bath Villa, Castle Hill, Maidenhead. Henry is working as a gardener and Mary Ann as a cook.
In 1871 Henry is unemployed as a gardener, however Mary Ann is still working as a housekeeper. On the census return both Henry and Mary can be found visiting Mary Aldridge at the home of Annie Druce, in London.
I am unable to locate either Henry or Mary Ann on the 1881 Census.
1891 and Henry has had a change of occupations from gardener to wheelwright. Both he and Mary are now living at 12 Farm Villas, Cox Green, Maidenhead. Sadly on 6th February 1900, Mary passes away.
Henry then seems to vanish from the records, until his death in 1914.