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Sunday 3 March 2024

Grandmother and Granddaughter - Eliza King and Helena Margaret Kempton

All Saint's Cemetery
Maidenhead Berkshire

"Eliza King. Born September 19th 1828 ~ Died April 9th 1915. Helena Maragret Kempton. Born January 19th 1890 ~ Died February 28th 1962."

Eliza King was born Eliza Taplin in Thame, Oxfordshire, England on 19th January 1828. In 1859 Eliza married Thomas Beckensale King, an Outfitter of clothing, in Eton, Berkshire, England.

The newly married couple can be found on the 1861 Census living at 24 Gold Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, along with their 8-month-old son Thomas Taplin King, their servant Annie Hillyard, and Thomas's Assistant Outfitter, Thomas Sands.

Gold Street, Northampton,

Eliza and Thomas's daughter Helena Eliza King was born in 1864 in Maidenhead, Berkshire. On the 1871 Census she is listed as Eleaner E King, aged 7, a visitor at the home of Charles Denison, a Shorthand Clerk living at 5 Park Terrace, Islington, London.

By 1871 the family had moved to Harcourt Villa, Broadway, Maidenhead, England, where the family had expanded to include, William born in 1863, Frank born in 1867, and Herbert Sidney born in 1868.

On the 1881 Census, Helena can be found living with her mother, elder brother Thomas Taplin, and younger brother Herbert Sidney at Harcourt Villa, Broadway, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Thomas Sr, now listed as a Commercial Traveller, can be found at Blossoms Hotel, 10 Foregate Street, Cheshire, 

Blossoms Hotel, Foregate Street, Cheshire.

Helena married William Kempton, a Grocer's Assistant in Maidenhead in 1887. Their son Lionel Francis Kempton was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1889, and their daughter Helena Margaret Kempton followed on 19th January 1890.  The young family can be found on the 1891 Census living at 51-53 High Street, Maidenhead.

High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

1891 sees Thomas King, now without an occupation, and Eliza now a running a registry office for domestic servants, living at 5 Elm Terrace Broadway, with their servant, Fanny Matthews.  Thomas Beckensale King passed away in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1898 aged 67.

The recently widowed Eliza can be found living at 44 Broadway, Maidenhead on the 1901 Census, along with her 12-year-old grandson Lionel. Living at 42 Broadway were Helena Eliza Kempton, an assistant in her mother's domestic servant registry business, Helena Margaret aged 11, Nora born in 1892, and William Herbert born in 1894.  By 1901 William Kempton Snr was a patient at Berkshire District Lunatic Asylum (Fair Mile Hospital) in the village of Cholsey. William was to pass away at Fair Mile Hospital on 25th February 1930.

Ward at Fair Mile Lunatic Asylum c1920s

By 1911 Helen Eliza Kempton had moved in with her mother at 44 Broadway, Maidenhead, Berkshire, along with her daughter Helena Margaret then aged 21, and her son William Herbert then aged 17.  On the 9th of April 1915, Eliza King was to pass away, leaving 44 Broadway to her daughter and granddaughter.

The 1939 Register shows both Helena Eliza and her daughter Helena Margaret still living and working from 44 Broadway. Lodging with them is Hylda Fox, a Confectionary Shop Manager, and her young son Cyril E Smallbone. 

Helena Eliza was to lose her daughter Helena Margaret on 28th February 1962 aged 72.  She was laid to rest with her grandmother at All Saint's Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Helena Eliza was to be reunited with William when she passed away on 1st September 1962 aged 97, they are buried together a short distance from Eliza King and Helena Margaret Kempton.

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  1. Very interesting looking forward to more articles.


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