Monument to Emma Lipscombe, All Saints Cemetery, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead. Berkshire.
Who fell asleep in Jesus
March 13th 1886 . Aged 69 Years.
For I reckon that the sufferings of the present
time, are not worthy to be compared with the
glory which shall be revealed in us."
Emma Lispcombe was born Emma Illsley on 21st September 1817 in Maidenhead, Berkshire to John Illsley a waggoner and carrier, and his wife Mary Kay.
On 4th September 1838 at St John the Baptist church, in Hoxton, Middlesex, Emma married Issac Lipscombe, a butcher. They celebrated the birth of their first child, a daughter, Katherine Lousia Lipscombe in 1841. The 1841 Census shows the young family living at Pitfield Street in Hoxton, Middlesex, where Issac worked as a butcher employing three assistants, one of which was Emma's younger brother Richard Illsley. Sadly that same year little Katherine passed away.
In 1843 Emma and Issac celebrated the birth of their son Richard, followed by a second daughter Emma in 1844. Sadly little Emma was to pass away two years later in 1846. A third daughter for Emma and Issac was born in 1849, Mary Ann Lipscombe. The 1851 Census finds the family living and working at Waymouth Terrace West in Haggerstone, Middlesex.
1853 saw the birth of another daughter in the Lipscombe family, Katherine Lucy Lipscombe, followed by her sister Elizabeth Emma Lipscombe in 1856.
The 1861 Census shows Emma Lipscombe visiting her elder brother, John Illsley, at his home in Maidenhead, Berkshire. However she also appears on the same Census living at No.1 Bedford Cottages, Lambeth, Surrey, with her husband and three young daughters, Mary, Kathrine (Lucy) and Elizabeth. On 24th May 1868 Richard Lipscombe marries Mary Ann Middleton at the Independent Chapel, Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Oddly in 1871 Issac appears as living in the common lodging house of Ann Argent at 182 Osborn Place in Tower Hamlets, London. Issac's marital status is listed as being a widower. Emma however is running her own boarding house in York Street, maidenhead along with her youngest daughter Elizabeth. Issac seems to completely vanish from the records after the 1871 Census entry. I cannot even locate a death for him. Perhaps there was some sort of break down in their relationship.
In 1881 Emma can be found living at 3 Park Terrace in Maidenhead, Berkshire along with her eldest surviving daughter Mary and her youngest daughter Elizabeth. Visiting at the time is Emma's now married daughter Katherine Lucy Bradford. Emma's occupation is listed as being an Annuitant.
After Emma's death on 13th March 1886, Mary Ann Lipscombe went to live with her sister Katherine Lucy Bradford, her husband Samuel and their children in Lewisham, London.
Unfortunately I have been unable to trace Elizabeth Emma Lipscombe after the 1881 Census.