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Sunday 14 April 2024

To Memory Ever Dear, Friend of the Sick and Suffering - Jennie (Keziah) Wilton the Fishmonger's Wife

All Saints Cemetery, Maidenhead,
Berkshire, UK.

All Saints Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.


"In Memoriam

The Beloved Wife of David Wilton
Who Died December 1st 1899
Aged 50 Years
To Memory Ever Dear."

Jennie was born Keziah Ann Brown in 1847 in Worplesdon, Surrey to Frederick Brown, a Labourer, and Mary Calligan.

Jennie first appears on the 1851 Census as Keziah living with her parents, elder sister Mary, and two younger brothers, Frederick and James in Worplesdon, Surrey. Sadly, Jennie's father Frederick was to pass away in 1858.

1861 finds Jennie listed as Ann Brown living in Wood Street, Worplesdon, Surrey with her mother Mary and stepfather James Lemon, however I have been unable to locate a marriage record.

Worplesdon, Surrey, UK.

In 1871 Jennie has moved to Maidenhead where she is living and working as a Cook at Vicarage House, Boyn Hill for the Vicar of Boyn Hill Chruch, William Gresley. Jennie married David Wilton, a Fishmonger and Poulterer in 1873 in St Saviour, Southwark, London.

Boyn Hill Vicarage House and Alms Houses,
Boyn Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

By 1881 Jennie and David have moved to 99 High Street Maidenhead, where they live with their young daughter Lizzie, and their Domestic Servant, Susan Hunt.

1891, Jennie and David have moved to 93 High Street, Maidenhead, Lizzie does not appear to be living with her parents and I am unable to find any record of her on the 1891 Census. Living with the family however is David's cousin Edward Randell, a Fishmongers Assistant, Fanny Maher a Bookkeeper, and Sarah Keely a Domestic Servant.  Visiting on the night of the Census are Kate Marshall, and her daughter Katie Marshall.

Jennie was to pass away on 1st December 1899 aged 52 not 50 as her gravestone states, if her Baptism record of 1847 is correct.

The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on Jennie's death as follows:

"Death of Mrs Wilton. The Sick and Suffering Poor Lose Another Friend.

It is with feelings of profound regret that we record the death of Mrs. Wilton, the wife of our esteemed townsman, Mr. d. Wilton (Deputy-Mayor), which occurred suddenly Friday afternoon at her residence, High-street. For some considerable time past Mrs. Wilton had suffered from occasional attacks of asthma and congestion of the lungs, and was subsequently much confined to her house. She was in a very fair state of health on Tuesday and spent a little time out of doors. Not feeling so well on Wednesday, she remained in-doors and went to bed early in the evening. On Thursday she seemed much worse, and in the afternoon her condition was such as to give rise to feelings of alarm, and Dr. Moore regarded the case as one of very serious character. 

The deceased breathed her last in the presence of her sorrowing husband and daughter. The primary cause of death was failure of the heart's action, contributed to by asthma and congestion of the lungs. By the death of Mrs. Wilton the sick poor have lost a practical friend, and she will be greatly missed by very many.

The funeral of the late Mrs. Wilton took place yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, and was one of the largest private funerals every known int he town and neighbourhood, and the enormous collection of wreaths, no less than the numerous attendance of people of all classes, testified of the love and respect for the deceased lady, the great regret at her death, and the heart-felt sympathy for Mr. Wilton and his daughter (Mrs Markham) in the bereavement they have sustained." - Maidenhead Advertiser, Wednesday 6th December 1899.

On the 1901 Census, the widowed David can be found still living at 93 High Street, Maidenhead, along with Annie Hester a Bookkeeper, Annie Mines, a Domestic Servant, and Ellen Butler, a Cook.  David got remarried in Wandsworth in 1910 to Freda De La Mare. By the 1911 Census they had moved to 8 Comyn Road, Clapham Junction, London.

Clapham Junction, London, UK.

In the October of 1911 David and Freda welcomed their only child, David. in 1939 the family had moved to 38 Richmond Street in Bournemouth, where David Senior is listed as being a Retired Steward of Club, Fredia listed as Winifred is a Stewardess, and David Jr is a Architect and Civil Air Guard.

David Snr was to pass away in 1940 aged 89 years old.

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