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Tuesday 4 December 2012

Catherine and John Henry Woodbridge - Siblings

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

Monument to Catherine and John Henry Woodbridge, Methodist Church, High Street, Maidenhead Berkshire.

"In affectionate remembrance of Catherine third daughter of William and Amelia Woodbridge who died July 18th 1862 aged 19 years.


John Henry second son of the above who died July 12th 1880 aged 30 years."

Catherine Woodbridge was born on 13th March 1843 in Maidenhead, Berkshire to William Woodbridge, a carpenter and builder and later on Mayor of Maidenhead, and his wife Amelia Jones.

On the 1851 Census, eight year old Catherine can be found living with her parents at Park Road in Maidenhead.  1861 Census, just over a year from her death Catherine is still living with her parents and siblings at Park Road in Maidenhead, no occupation is listed for her, but her elder sister Sarah Jane is listed as milliner (hat maker).  It is possible that Catherine helped her sister.  Sadly Catherine was to pass away on 18th July 1862.


John Henry Woodbridge was born on 20th September 1849.  One year old John can be found on the 1851 Census with his family at Park Road, Maidenhead and again aged 12 in 1861.  in 1871 the family has moved to Queen Street in Maidenhead.  There is no occupation listed for John, but it is probable that he helped his father in the building industry.  1871 was a busy year for William Woodbridge as he was contracted to build Maidenhead's first main railway station.
In 1872 in Sussex John Henry married Jane Ann Pacy, known as Jeanie. in 1873 their only child was born Charles Albert Woodbridge.  Seven years later  John Henry was to pass away on 12th July 1880.  The recently widowed twenty six year old Jeanie and eight year old Charles can be found on the 1881 Census living at 1 Grenfell Road (near to the recently built Maidenhead Rail Station).  Jeanie took in lodgers at her home to make ends meet.  Charles was to follow in his grandfather William's footsteps to become a carpenter and builder.  He later named his first born son John Henry after his father.
In 1893 Jane Ann remarried John Herridge, a carpenter from Maidenhead.
Both Catherine and John Henry are interred in the vaults beneath the Methodist church in Maidenhead High Street.

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