Memorial to Sarah and Richard Blackwell, St Michael's Churchyard, Bray, Berkshire, England.
"In Loving Memory Of
Wife of Richard Blackwell
Died May 4th 1888 aged 69 years
They Rest From Their Labours
Died Feb ? years
"Sacred To The Memory Of
Youngest daughter of
Richard and Sarah Blackwell
Died July 4th 1884
Aged 26 Years."
Richard Blackwell was born in 1825 in Beaconsfield, Berkshire to Sarah Blackwell, a publican from Beaconsfield. On the 1841 Census, fifteen year old Richard can be found living with his mother in Beaconsfield, Berkshire where he is working as a carpenter's apprentice.
Sarah Blackwell was born in 1819 in Woolhampton, Berkshire. I have been unable to find out anything about Sarah's early life or located a marriage for Richard and Sarah.
In 1847 they celebrated the birth of their first child, a son Herbert, followed by his brother William Henry in 1850.
On the 1851 Census, the young family can be found living at Wycombe End in Beaconsfield. Sadly six year old Herbert passed away in 1853. In 1854 another son, Walter Alan joined the family followed by a daughter Alice in 1856 and Kate in 1858.
By the 1861 Census, Richard, Sarah and their children had moved to Braywick in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Sarah has started working as a dress maker to boost the family's income.
By the 1871 Census the family has moved to King Street in Maidenhead where Richard is working as a carpenter along with his eldest surviving son, twenty one year old William. Seventeen year old Walter is working as a general printer and fifteen year old Alice is helping her mother as a dress maker.
In 1878 William Henry Blackwell married Hannah Mariah Brown in Kensington London.
By the 1881 Census Richard, Sarah and their son Walter have moved to 14 Grove Road in Maidenhead. William Henry and his wife Hannah are living at 27 Risborough Road with their young children Herbert William aged one and Gertrude aged just eight months. Alice and Kate are boarding in the home of Mary J Rankin at 20 Conduit in Chelsea, London, where they are working as dress makers
in 1883 Walter Alan married Amy Goodman in Somerset.
Sadly just a year later in 1884 at the age of twenty six, Kate Blackwell passed away. Her mother Sarah followed her to the grave in 1888 aged sixty nine.
In 1891 the widowed Richard is living with his son Walter and daughter in law Amy and their children Kate Ethel and Mary Alice at 16 Grenfell Avenue, Maidenhead, Berkshire, where he remained until his death in 1908.