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Tuesday 28 August 2012

Ann Green - 106 Years Young





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Monument to Ann Green, All Saints Churchyard, Bisham Berkshire.


"In Memory of Ann Green.  For many yeard the faithful housekepper at Temple House.  Who departed this life the 4th of February 1862 aged 106 years."




Ann Green was born in Ireland around 1756 which makes researching her ealry life very difficult.  She appears on the 1861 Bisham cenus aged 105 as a widow boaring with Thomas and Maragret Smith near Temple Lodge, Bisham Berkshire.  As I don't have a maiden name for Ann and I haven't been able to find her on the 1841 and 1851 census returns, my research has hit a brick wall.


Temple House, Bisham

Temple house was a large manor house built by Samuel Wyatt for the mill owner Thomas Williams in the late 18th century.  The Williams were a very important family in Bisham with many of the men entering into politics.  It seems that they were very fond of Ann, making sure she had a beautiful marker for her final resting place.


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10 comments:

  1. Annoying, isn't it, when research hits a wall. This is such a juicy tit-bit of a memorial stone. But, as you say, 1756 is a very big ask ...

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    1. Unfortunately her birth place of Ireland makes it much more difficult as Irish records are not available online.

      I'm sure she lead and interesting life.

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  2. She must have been very high up as a housekeeper. Makes you wonder just how many years and where was she living when she died - surly not still at Temple House? But then again, maybe...

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    1. Unfortunately the 1861 census only gives her address as Bisham, but the property previously listed is Temple House. So I suspect she was still living within the manors grounds. Possibly a workers cottage. They must have held her in high regard. If only the stones could talk.

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    2. Hi. Have u got facebook page. Lily

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  3. 106 years old! in that time! as a housekeeper! amazing...
    i wonder until what age she held that job...
    very interesting find.

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    1. It would have been interesting to find out. But I couldn't find any records available online and I doubt the local library would hold such information. One of those frustrating finds where you wish you could find out more.

      Of course it could be possible that Ann simply lied about her age.

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