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Tuesday 20 May 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Lousia Munns, Elementary School Teacher

Memorial to Louisa Munns, All Saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
"Louisa Munns
Who fell asleep in Jesus
On Sunday Sept 9th 1883
Aged 22 Years."
Louisa Munns was born in Maidenhead in 1860 to Stephen Munns, a tallow chandler, and his wife Phoebe Smith.
Louisa first appears on the 1861 Census aged only six months, she is living in Braywick Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, with her parents and elder siblings Henry Stephen and Phoebe
In 1871 Louisa, now aged ten, and her family have moved to 32 King Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Photo of Maidenhead, King Street 1904 - Francis Frith.
In 1881 Louisa, now twenty years old, is lodging at Alexandra Terrace, Windsor, Berkshire.  Her occupation is listed as an elementary school teacher.
Sadly just two years later on 9th September 1883, Louisa Munns passes away aged just 22 years.
Little than a year later on Friday 30th May 1884, Louisa's father had a serious accident at his home.  The Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer reported on Saturday 31st May 1884:
"A Fall - Whilst Constable Cullen was on duty at 9:40 in King's Street, on Friday evening, he heard screams and cries for help proceeding from the house of Mr. Stephen Munns, and on going there he ascertained that Mr. Munns had fallen down a flight of 13 stairs with two buckets of whitewash.  His head was on the floor whilst his legs lay on the bottom stair.  The constable who some time since passed an Ambulance examination for First Aid to the Injured, well sponged the mans face and rendered other necessary aid, and then sent for a surgeon.  Mr. Montgomery promptly attended, and found that Munns has sustained a fracture to the base of his skull, and an injury to one of this shoulders.  His life was at first despaired of, but he rallied, and he is now going on well."
Stephen lived for a further 16 years after his accident, passing away in 1900 in Maidenhead, Berkshire.


Slough Eton and Windsor Observer
Francis Frith

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