Monument to Sarah Milbourne, Bray Parish Cemetery, Holyport Berkshire.
"In loving remembrance of
Who entered into rest
Feb 16th 1911 aged 63 years."
Sarah Milbourne was born Sarah Morgan in 1848 in Norton St Philip, Somerset to William Morgan, a labourer, and his wife Martha Meader.
Sarah first appears aged four years on the 1851 Census, living in Ringwell, Norton St Philip, Somerset with her parents and elder sisters, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and Rebecca. In 1861 she can be found living with her mother Martha while her father works away from home.
On the 1871 census return Sarah is listed as a cook and domestic servant for the Rev Henry Burney and his family at Vicarage House in Norton St Philip, Somerset. In 1872 Sarah married coachman Edward Milbourne.
By 1881 they had moved from Somerset to Langley Berkshire with their three children, Edith Elizabeth, Martha and William Edward.
Sometime between 1881 and 1899 Edward and Sarah Milbourne moved to Oakley Green in Bray, Berkshire where they made their living farming Oakley Green Farm.
On Firday 21st January 1898 a fire broke out in a cottage at Oakley Green Farm which was attended by the Windsor fire Brigade at 4:40am. The fire had been subdued by farm hands and was quickly extinguished. However the two ground floor rooms of the cottage had been completely gutted. While the cottage was insured through Sun Insurance, the furniture that was destroyed was not.
In 1899 Edward Milbourne was fined 5s for driving without a light through Eton. The Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer reported on 22nd April 1899:
Edward Milbourne, of Oakley Green, was summoned for driving (a horse and cart) without a light at Eton. Police-constable Stevens said at nine p.m. he saw the defendant driving through Eton College without a light. Defendant said the lamp accidentally went out just as he got to Eton. He was walking very carefully and there was no traffic about. Fined 5s."
1901 finds the family living and farming at Oakley Green Farm in Bray Berkshire. The family had now expanded to include Walter, Herbert, Annie and Ethel.
Sarah was failing in health by 1908 when her husband Edward placed an advert in the Hastings and St Leonard's Observer requesting a servant to "Attend a delicate or invalid lady or assist the lady in the house".
Sadly they were to experience the loss of their eldest son William Edward at the age of 29 in 1910.
Sarah passed away on 16th February 1911 not long before the 1911 census was taken in April. The recently widowed Edward can still be found at Oakley Green Farm along with his four younger children. Edward was to eventually join his wife and elder son at the age of 70 in 1916. I have yet to find where they are buried.
Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer
Hastings and St Leonard's Observer
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