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Friday 26 October 2012

George and Emma Hunt - Our Mother, Our Father

Taphophilia is a passion for and enjoyment of cemeteries. The singular term is a taphophile.

Monument to George and Emma Hunt, Bray Parish Cemetery, Holyport Berkshire.

"In loving memory of our mother Emma Hunt who died May 13th 1925 aged 78 years
also of
our father George Hunt who died at Aldershot December 5th 1889 aged 44 years"

George Hunt was born in St Pancras London in 1846 to James Hunt, principle keeper at London Zoological Gardens, and Elizabeth Greenaway.  On the 1851 census, five year old George can be found living with his parents, older siblings Elizabeth and Martha as well as his grandmother Elizabeth Greenaway at the Zoological Gardens in Regent's Park, London.  By 1861 James had retired as a keeper and by 1871 had taken up accountancy.  George was to become a confectioner.

On 19th April 1873 George married Emma Misselbrook at St Pancras.  Together they had six children; James Benjamin, Elizabeth, Minnie, Kate Misselbrook, George James and May.  James Benjamin, Elizabeth and George James were to all die tragically young, Emma and George both aged 30 years and James in infancy.  George was to also die young, aged 44 in 1889.

Emma Hunt was born Emma Misselbrook to Benjamin Misslebrook, a head keeper at London Zoological Gardens, and Jane Goulden.  After George's death Emma went into domestic service with her daughter Kate Misselbrook Hunt.  The last time she appears in the records is 1901 as a domestic housekeeper in Sturt Green, Holyport.  In 1911 Emma is living with her youngest daughter May.  Emma remained in Holyport until her death

This one family really did suffer its fair share of tragedy .

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