Memorial to William Higgs, Henry Higgs and Elizabeth Higgs, St Michael's Churchyard, Bray, Berkshire, England.
"Sacred To The Memory Of
Who Died Decr 18th 1841 Aged 17 years
Father Of The Above
Who Died March 31st 1854 Aged 62 Years
Wife Of Henry Higgs
Who Died Novr 13th 1854 Aged 63 Years."
Henry Higgs was born in Bray, Berkshire on 7th July 1792 to John Higgs and his with Mary Anderson
On 25th March 1821 Henry married Elizabeth McCurley. Elizabeth was born in St Pancras, London in 1800.
Together they had eight children, Mary born in 1822, Elizabeth born in 1824, William born in 1825, Henry born in 1827, John in 1830, James born in 1833, Edward born in 1835 and Ellen born in 1837.
The family appears on the 1841 Census living in Maidenhead High Street, Berkshire where Henry Sr is working as a Veterinary Surgeon. Sadly on 18th December that year seventeen year old William passed away, possibly from tuberculosis.
On the 1851 Census, Henry and Elizabeth have moved to Braywick Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire along with Mary, John, James and Edward. Elizabeth and Ellen are visiting the home of Charles Patfield in Sy Martin in the Fields, Middlesex. Elizabeth is working as a milliner (hat maker). I am unable to locate Henry Jr on the 1851 Census.
Sadly on 31st March 1854 Henry Snr passed away from Phthisis Pulmonalis more commonly known as tuberculosis. Henry Snr had suffered with the condition for 12 months before his death.
Eight months later on 13th November 1854 Elizabeth followed her husband to the grave.
After the death of their parents, Henry and Elizabeth's children emigrated to Australia where they lived out their lives.