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Tuesday 23 April 2013

Taphophile Tragics - Joseph and Sarah Hammerton - Grocers

Memorial to Joseph and Sarah Hammerton, All saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead Berkshire.

"In Memory Of - Joseph Hammerton - Born April 14 1810 - Died June 30 1861 - Thou art with me;  Thy rod and they staff comfort me.  Also Sarah - wife of the above - Born March 1 1814 - Died January ?? 1875 - Rest illegible."

Joseph Hammerton was born on 14th April 1810 in White Waltham, Berkshire.

Sarah Hammerton was born Sarah Harbut on 1st March 1814 to George Harbut and his wife Ann Smith.

On 14th April 1846 Joseph Hammerton and Sarah Harbut married in the parish of Bryanston Square in Middlesex

Joseph first appears on the 1841 Census as a grocer living with his wife Sarah, born in Chilworth, Hampshire and their children , Sarah born in 1848 and Joseph born in 1850, in Pope's Lane in Maidenhead Berkshire.  Sadly Pope's Lane no longer exists, but at the time is was a small cramped alley way full of shops and houses.

In 1861, just a few months before Joseph's death, the family have moved to the High street in Maidenhead.  Lucy Ann had been born in 1853 and George Andrew in 1853.  Sadly Joseph Snr passed away on 30th June 1861.

1871 finds the widowed Sarah and her children, Joseph, Sarah and Lucy still living and working at the grocer's shop in Maidenhead High Street.  Unfortunately I am unable to trace George Andrew on the 1871 Census, but he does appear on the 1881 Census as a valet for the Byles family in London.

Sadly Sarah was to join her husband in the grave as she passed away in the January of 1875

Just a year after her mother's death, Lucy Ann Hammerton marries Samuel Rudd in Brighton.  In 1881 Lucy, her husband Samuel, their daughter Sarah Lucy and son Samuel are living at 4 Cambridge Gate Mews in London.  Visiting them at the time is Lucy's elder brother Joseph, who is currently an unemployed messenger.

In 1881 Sarah Jnr is working as a domestic servant for Doctor Alfred Playne working from the High Street in Maidenhead. 

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  1. Hey welcome back I've missed your posts and Cemetery Sunday.

  2. As always, nice to see all the details you include with your post! :) and - Thanks for linking up on Taphophile Tragics. :)


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