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Tuesday 16 July 2013

Taphophile Tragics - Worsters of Cookham, Berkshire

Monument to Henry Worster, Ann Ester Worster, Annetta Worster, Martha Worster and Henry Worster, Holy Trinity Church, Cookhma, Berkshire, England.

"To The Memory Of Henry Worster died June 7th 1860 Aged 68 Years.  Also Ann Ester Aged 9 Years, Annetta Aged 21 Years - Daughters of the above - Also Martha Worster - Wife of the above - Died Feb 17th 1868 Aged 75 Years.  Also Henry Worster - Eldest son of the above Died Aug 20th 1896 Aged 73 Years."

Henry Worster was born in 1792 in Cookham, Berkshire to Henry Worster and his wife Hester Hancock.

Henry was Christened on 27th May 1792 in Cookham, Berkshire.  On 11th June 1820 Henry married Martha Lanaway in Westminster in London.

He first appears on the 1841 Census aged around 40, living in and working as a master butcher in Cookham with his wife Martha and children Annette aged 20, Henry aged 18, Thomas aged 10, Ann Ester aged 8, Emily aged 6 and Edward aged 3.

Sadly in 1842 both Annette and Ann Ester pass away aged 21 and 9.

On the 1851 Census the family is still living and working in Cookham, however Henry Jr can be found lodging at 12 New Cavandish in Marylebone, London.

Henry Snr was to pass away 9 years later on 7th June 1860.

Just under a year later on the 1861 Census, the recently widowed Martha can be found visiting friends in Kensington, London.  Young Edwards is working as a grocers apprentice for Philip Mason in Swindon, Wiltshire.  I have been unable to locate Henry Jr on the 1861 Census.  Just 7 years later, in 1868, Martha joined her husband.

It is at this point that I will leave Thomas and Emily's story for a later post.

1871, Edward is a grocers assistant for Benjamin Christopher, living at 11 Abbey Gate Street, Bury, St. Edmunds in Suffolk.  Henry jr, now aged 47 is working as a Butler at Cross Hayes Hall in Yoxall, Staffordshire.

I have been unable to locate Henry on the 1881 Census.

In 1891 Henry has returned home to Cookham and is living at Newton House with his servant Sarah Woods.  Living next-door is Henry younger brother Edward and his family.

Henry then passes away on 20th August 1896 aged 75 years.

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  1. Nice work but I presume the date of 1972 was ment to be 1792 or he aged 200 years in a short time

    1. Agh. I'm always doing that. It's too hot to think at the moment

  2. It is interesting that Henry Jr and his brother eventually moved back to their home town and lived next door to each other. I will await for the further adventures of the other two siblings!

  3. Interesting that the stone looks so clear after all this time -- maybe it has been restored? Always nice to read your posts -- thanks for sharing on Taphophile Tragics!

  4. Any relationship to Worster Rd Cookham ?


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