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Sunday 23 June 2024

Sad Boating Accident - Seth Charles Ward - Drowned at Boulter's Weir

All Saint's Churchyard,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

"In Holy Memory of
Seath Charles Ward
For 19 Years A Chorister in This Church
Caled To His rest June 4th 1878 Aged 69

His mercy is on them that fear Him throughout all generations."

Seth Charles Ward was born in on 15th May 1809 in Camberwell, Surrey, England, to parents Seth Stephen War, and Maria Black.  On the 26th September 1840 Seth married Rose Barraud at Saint Giles, Camberwell Church Street, Southwark.  Seth is listed on his marriage certificate as being a Clerk in court in Chancery. 

On the 1841 Census Seth and Rose can be found living in Queen's Row, Grove Lane, Camberwell, Southwark. On the 22nd August 1841 they celebrated the birth of their son Percival Seth Ward. Their daughter Marion Rose Ward followed in 1843 and another son, Bernard Stephen Ward on 5th August 1846. The family is still living in Queen's Row in Grove Lane, Camberwell in 1851. In 1854 another daughter Dora May ward was born but sadly she was to pass away in 1855.

By 1861 the family had moved to Maidenhead and were living in Castle Hill. Seth is listed as a clerk of records and writs in the High Court of Chancery. Percival is now an undergraduate of the College of Oxford (Oxford University). 

In 1871 Seth, his wife Rose, and their daughter Marion are still living in Castle Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Percival has married Annie Trueman and moved away to Farnborough, Warwickshire, where he is training to become a vicar. Bernard, now and organist and pianist, had moved out to Dresden, Germany, where he met and married Susan Theresa Davey Holdich. 

Seth Charles Ward was to pass away on 4th June 1878, by drowning in the Thames at Taplow, Buckinghamshire. The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on the accident: 

"Serious Occurrence

We regret to have to have to announce a shocking accident which occurred yesterday (Tuesday) morning to a boating party who were out on the river under Taplow woods. Mr. P. S. Ward [sic], an aged gentleman, residing on Castle Hill, (this is a mistake in the reporting as P. S. Ward was Seth Charles's son, and lived until 1925) and was well known and generally respected in this neighbourhood, (so well known and respected in fact, they go his name wrong in the report), took with him yesterday morning, on an excursion on the river, his daughter and two nieces. They engaged a boat at Mr. Rose's, and went down the river and spent some time in enjoyment of the beauty of the scenery. They then appear to have gone to the weir to examine the sluices, and to have got out there. Returning to the boat, they turned into the backwater, and the boat, getting clear of the point, was carried broadside on to the sluice nearest the Bucks shore. The danger became manifest in a moment, and one of the ladies jumping ashore, dragged the second after her, and the third, having hold of the dress of the second, the three escaped, just as the boat capsized. Mr. Ward, however, was carried under and lost to view. A man on the shore saw the accident, and ran to Lord Dangan's and set to the lock for aid, and the ladies promptly rescued. A search was also made for the body of Mr. Ward, but without avail. All the afternoon and evening parties were out dragging for the unfortunate gentleman, but up to the time of our going to press the body had not been recovered. 

The man who witnessed the occurrence is named Charles Tuckwell, and he gives the following account:- at about 12 o'clock, I was sitting on the bank of the river and I saw a gentleman and two ladies near the weir. I saw them go near the centre sluice and land on it and look around. They then go into the boat again, and rowed around the backwater between the sluices. As soon as the boat got clear of the point, it was drawn broadside onto the sluice nearest the land on the Bucks side of the river. I saw one of the ladies jump ashore and pull another, the third having hold of the second one's dress. I also saw the gentleman's feet up out of the water, as though he was being drawn under. The ladies signalled to me that he had gone under, and I ran to Lord Dangan's (Henry Arthur Mornington Wellesley, 3rd earl Cowley J.P.) for assistance, and sent a boy to the lock to tell the man there.

The boat was broken into fragments, and these have been recovered in various places at a considerable distance from the scene of the accident. Lord Dangan rendered prompt assistance to the ladies, and conveyed them to his residence, and he afterwards placed a carriage at their disposal to return homeward.

Mr. Ward was an active member to the choir and the congregation of All Saint's. His sad and sudden death is a subject of deep and general sorrow, and the sincere sympathy of many friends is given to the bereaved and mourning relatives."  Maidenhead Advertiser, Wednesday 5th June 1878.

Maidenhead (Boulter's) Weir
where Seth Charles Ward drowned
on 4th June 1878

Seth's body wasn't recovered from the river until the 10th of June, his inquest was held at the Ray Mead Hotel near the river.  The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on the discovery of the body and the inquest as follows:

"Sad Boating Accident - The Inquest.

We gave last week an account of the sad boating accident at the weir above Boulter's Lock, by which Mr Seth Charles Ward, and aged gentleman, residing at Boyn Hill, was unfortunately drowned. The search for the body of the deceased commenced shortly after the accident, was continued without success until Monday morning. A reward was offered, and several punts were out each day, and the river was carefully dragged for a considerable distance; but no trace could be found of the body, and the general opinion was that it had been sucked down and retained in one of the holes or ledges underneath the bank near the weir. On Saturday morning, by the permission of Captain Etheridge, superintendent of the Thames Conservancy, the water was drawn off to a depth of nearly two feet, but the body still remained undiscovered. At about four o'clock Monday morning, however, a man named Harmand was out with a punt in the back stream near the gas works, and saw a dark object near the bank in the vicinity of the fish baskets, nearly facing Mr. Rose's boathouse. He put down his punt pole to it, and found it was the body of the unfortunate gentleman; it was thereupon lifted into the punt, and being conveyed therein to the gas works, where Mr. Harmand is employed, it was removed to the Ray Mead Hotel, and subsequently by the coroner's permission, to the deceased residence, near Boyn Hill Church.

Here an inquest was held at 3 o'clock, before W. Weedon, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, of whom Mr. F. Hillersdon was foreman. The first witness was Marian [sic] Rose Ward, who said: I am the daughter of the deceased. He was 69 years of age, and engaged in the Record and Writ Office. On the 4th of this month the deceased, I, and my two cousins were out boating. Mt father and I were rowing. He was accustomed to rowing, and I was fond of it, he knew the river quite well. We got out of the boat to look at the weir above Boulter's Lock, and he stood in the boat holding it. We got in again, and he sat down to his oar, but missed his stroke, and fell back into the boat. Instantly, he got up again, saying that it was all right; but by this time the boat was drifting close to the weir. As we came quite close to it we all caught hold of the beam there. I knew the danger, and my father told me to get out. My cousins stepped out on to the land, and I followed them. I saw the boat filling with water and quite on one side : at that moment he went down, feet foremost, as I just landed. 

"Do you, " asked the Coroner, "attribute the accident to his losing the stroke?" - "Yes," was the reply, "I attribute a good deal to losing control of the boat in that way; or I think he would have prevented it, he had just time to say 'Sit still.'"
"Was it by his wish that you went to the weir?" - "It was : I ought to say, we had been to the weir more than a dozen times before, I should think."
"He did not rise again?" - "No ; I thought I at first saw a hand and arm, but it must have been the oar; the oars were very white."
"You and your cousins didn't get into the water?" - "No."
"What happened next?" - "We called for help. There was a little boy on the opposite side of the river, and I think he ran to the lock. In about a quarter of an hour several men came, and a gentleman and a lady in a sort of canoe. The boat went into three pieces as he sank."

Charles Tuckwell, the next witness, said: "I am a labourer. On Tuesday I was standing on the bank of the river just above the weir, and I saw a gentleman and three ladies past in a boat. I did not know who they were. I saw them go near the pier, and the three ladies got out. They got in again, and the gentleman began pulling. It appeared that he wanted to go down the dead water; instead of that, the stream caught the head of the boat, and as he pulled it brought the boat right across the stream, which took him down to the weir. The stream was too strong for him, and took him the contrary way to what he wished. When he got to the sluice, as far as I could see, one side of the boat tipped up, and the ladies saw the danger and stepped out onto the brickwork. I heard the boat crush, but I did not see where the gentleman went. I fancied I saw his legs as he went down, and I called to the ladies a dozen times, I should think; to know if he had gone down. I then sent a boy to the lock, and went myself to Lord Dangan's for assistance. The gentleman seems to row very well. I helped search for the body, but could not find it.

By the Jury: If the ladies had been one minute later, they would have been swamped altogether.

Henry Harmand said: "I am a stoker at the Gas Works. About four o'clock this morning I found the body. I started away from the Gas Works at about three o'clock, and found it in about an hour, against the old bucks, near Mr. Rose's. It was over quarter of a mile from the weir. I saw the deceased's coat first, and lifted the body into the punt and took it down to the Gas Works. It was taken to the Ray Mead Hotel."

The Coroner said this appears to be all the evidence needful. No doubt, he added, the occurrence was an accident, for which no-one was to blame. At this point Rev. Percy Ward, son of the deceased gentleman, asked leave to say a few words to the jury. The Coroner acquiesced, and Mr. Ward observed: "Of course, in cases of accident of this kind there may be suspicions of carelessness or want of skill, and I should like to say of my dear father that there never was a man more careful than he was; and I assure you, as to the skill, that 40 years ago he was considered to be one of the best oarsmen on the Thames. And he was especially careful when he had ladies with him. He had become accustomed to go to that very spot when the sluices were shut, and when the water had not such a head on."

The Coroner said that the family of the deceased had his sympathy under these sad circumstances.  The Foreman added to this that the jury sincerely sympathised, as did indeed, the whole neighbourhood, with the deceased's relatives in their said bereavement. The Jury at once returned a verdict that the deceased was accidentally drowned by the upsetting of a boat at the weir near Boulter's Lock; on the Thames; and at their request, the Coroner promised to write to the Conservancy, suggesting that "Danger" boards should be put up at either end of the weir. They handed their fees (13s) to the Editor of the Maidenhead Advertiser for presentation to the funds of the Cottage Hospital.

The remains of the deceased were interred yesterday afternoon in the churchyard of All Saint's, Boyn Hill, amid great expressions of sorrow." - Maidenhead Advertiser, Wednesday 12th June 1878.

Ray Mead Hotel, Maidenhead, Berkshire. 

Seth's widow Rose would continue to live in Maidenhead until her death in 1905.

Sunday 16 June 2024

Dairyman of Kidwell's Park - Henry Lovejoy

All Saints Cemetery
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

 "In Loving Memory
Henry Lovejoy
Who Passed Away
November 28th 1908
Aged 74 Years
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth."

Henry Lovejoy was born in Bray Berkshire in 1834 to Parents Peter Lovejoy, and agricultural labourer, and his wife Hannah.

Henry first appears on the 1841 Census, aged 7, living in Oakley Green near Fifield, Berkshire, with his parents and siblings, George already an agricultural labourer at 10 years old, Sarah, Caroline, and baby Mary. Henry's older brother James Lovejoy, a carpenter, is boarding in the house of Sarah Langley in Victoria Street, New Windsor, Berkshire. In 1851 the family, including James are still living near Fifield, Berkshire. All the boys are listed as agricultural labourers along with their father.

In 1857 in Henry married Martha Grove and in 1861 the newlywed couple can be found in an area called Builder's Wells near Tithe Barn, Berkshire. The road has since been renamed Westbrook. Henry is listed as being a garden labourer and living with them is their 7-month-old daughter Clara Ann who was born in 1860. Later Annie was born in 1863. Sadly, Martha Lovejoy was to pass away in 1865 due to complications after giving birth to her third daughter Martha, the baby Martha was also to pass away. A year later in 1866, Henry's mother Hannah passed away. Later in 1867, Henry married Emma Bosher.

In 1871 the family had moved to the Green Beer House, in Holyport, Berkshire. Henry is listed as being a Dairyman. Living with the family are Clara Ann, Annie, and Emma and Henry's daughter Louisa.

1881 finds the family now living in Kidwells Lodge in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Henry is now a Dairy Farmer farming 100 acres and employing 6 men and 3 boys. Living with the family is Henry's widowed father Peter Lovejoy. in 1885 Clara Ann Lovejoy married William Thomas Rolfe and left the family home.

In August 1890 Henry took two young boys to court for property damage to his trees. The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on the 27th August 1890 as follows:

"A Whipping.

John Saunders, and Waldeck-terrace, and James Gomm of Reform-lane, each 10 years of age, were said to have done wilful damage to some trees (willow-pollards) belonging to Mr. Henry Lovejoy.

Mr. Lovejoy, who is a farmer living at North Town, stated that on the 11th inst. he went towards his meadows in Sunnymead-lane at 10.30 a.m., and he saw three boys in one of them. He stood watching the boys, and saw some branches falling from the centre of one of his pollard trees. He went towards the tree and caught Gomm, but Saunders ran away. Gomm said, "If you'll forgive me, Mr. Lovejoy, I'll teel you all about it."  He asked him who cut the branches from the trees, and he replied, "Saunders. I was going to, only we saw you coming." He found his pollard damaged, and he put the damage at a shilling. Mr/ Lovejoy explained that there were two younger boys (named Laily) there, but he had not summoned them, and that he only summoned the defendants because he wished to put a stop to the damage being done to his property.

The parents were asked if they would whip their sons, if they were let off. Gomm said he would thrash his boy, but Mrs. Saunders said she could not beat her son. Asked if she would allow Gomm to do so she said "Yes," and Gomm promised to whip the two boys in the presence of the police, the case dismissed." - Maidenhead Advertiser, 27th August 1890.

1881 finds the family now living in Kidwells Lodge in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Henry is now a Dairy Farmer farming 100 acres and employing 6 men and 3 boys. Living with the family is Henry's widowed father Peter Lovejoy. in 1885 Clara Ann Lovejoy married William Thomas Rolfe and left the family home.  Henry's father Peter was to pass away in 1883 aged 86 years.

By 1891 the family had moved to North Town Farm in Maidenhead, where Henry is listed as just a farmer. That same year Lousia, known a Louie, married William Thomas Lynn.

1901 just 7 years before Henry's death he can be found living with his wife Emma, and daughter Annie at 25 Marlow Road, Maidenhead Berkshire. Henry is now a retired farmer. Visiting the family at the time is Ann Smart 

Henry was to pass away on 28th November 1908 aged 74. The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on his death as follows:

"Death of Mr. Henry Lovejoy

One of maidenhead's oldest and best-known passed away on Saturday last - Mr. Henry Lovejoy, who died at his residence "Ænon," Marlow-road, at the age of 74 years. Mr. Lovejoy had been failing in health for some time, but was able to get about and take walks within two days of his death. Mr. Lovejoy was highly respected in the town and neighbourhood, being of a kindly, sympathetic disposition, and in the best sense of the term a Christian gentleman. He came to Maidenhead in 1870, and until some eight years ago he was a dairy-farmer at Kidwell's Park, North Town farm, and Redstone Farm. About eight years ago he retired from business. He was at the time of his death a sidesman for St. Mary's Church, which position he filled for many years. He was pressed to succeed the late Mr. R. Clifton Davy as the Churchwarden, but owing to his failing health declined the honour. He took a keen interest in the work of the church, and the loss of his assistance will be very much felt...

The funeral will take place to-day (Wednesday), at Maidenhead Cemetery." - Maidenhead Advertiser, December 2nd 1908.

Emma and Annie Lovejoy were to remain at Ænon, Marlow Road, Maidenhead until their deaths in 1909 and 1932. Annie never married.

Sunday 9 June 2024

Bakers - Thomas Henry and Jane Ashby Bromley

All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

"In Loving Memory 
Thomas Henry Bromley
who entered into rest
November 22nd 1897
Aged 61 Years
Also of
Jane Ashby Bromley
the dearly loved wife of the above
who fell asleep on June 3rd 1915
Aged 80 Years
Thanks Be Unto God Which Giveth Us The Victory
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ"

Thomas Henry Bromley was born in Shinfield, Berkshire in 1836 to parents William Bromley, a baker, and Essey Herbert. Thomas can be found on the 1851 Census living with his parents and siblings in the village of Three Mile Cross in Shinfield, Berkshire. Jospeh is working as a baker at his father's shop in Three Mile Cross. Thomas remained at the family home until his marriage to Jane Ashby in Reading Berkshire in 1862.

Jane Ashby was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire in 1834 to parents William Ashby, a grocer, and Ann Catlin. Jane first appears on the 1841 Census living with her parents and siblings in Bushey, Hertfordshire. In 1851 Jane is a dressmaker's apprentice at the home of Mary Jane Wade in Watford, Hertfordshire. 1861 finds Jane as a visitor at the home of John Stevens, a farmer, in Swallowfield, Berkshire

By 1871 Thomas and Jane have moved to Maidenhead High Street where Thomas is a baker. Living with the family are their children, Beatrice Mary born in 1864, Arthur Ashby born in 1866, Elizabeth Jane born in 1870, and Ann Louise (Baby Bromley on the Census) born in 1871. Thomas was a steward at the High Street Methodist Church.

1881 and Thomas has moved his family and business to 17 Bridge Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Joining the family is Ernest Henry born 1878. Arthur is working as a baker for his father. The family would remain at 17 Bridge Street until Thomas's death on 22nd November 1897 aged 61. Jane would make a donation to the Methodist Church's One Million Guinea Fund in memoriam to Thomas.

The widowed Jane is living with her son Ernest Henry, his wife Florence, and their unnamed week-old baby daughter, in Farnham Lane, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire. Jane has a sick nurse called Sarah North living with her at her son's home.

By 1911 Jane has moved back to Maidenhead and is living at 1 St Luke's Road along with a boarder Elizabeth Bolton, and their servant Evelyn Mable Anstiss. Jane would later pass away on 3rd June 1915 aged 80.

Sunday 2 June 2024

Musical Genius, Church Organist and Builder - Joseph Love Silver and Elizabeth Silver

All saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

to the Memory
Joseph Love silver
Who Entered Into Rest
On September 16th 1911
In His 72nd Year.
'There Remaineth Therefore A Rest To The People Of God'. Heb. IV 9
Also In Loving Remembrance of 
Widow Of The Above
Who Fell Asleep On Oct 7th 1919
In Her 81st Year.
'The Night Is Passed. And Lo, It Is Day'."

Joseph Love Silver was born in Tittle Row, Maidenhead, Berkshire om 29th January 1840 to parents Richard Silver, a carpenter and builder, later Alderman and Justice of the Peace for Maidenhead, and Mary Kay. 

Joseph's mother and two sisters are buried at St James the Less, Stubbings. You can read about them here: Silver - Believeth.

Joseph can first be found on the 1841 Census living with his parents in Tittle Row, Berkshire. The family ran a building business called Silver and Sons. In 1844 Silver and Sons built the St John the Baptist Church in Cookham Dean

In 1851 the family is still living in Tittle Row, but has expanded to include Augusta born in 1842, Kate born in 1846 (living with her aunt and uncle Sarah and James Silver in 1851), Agness born in 1848, and Annette born in 1850. Sadly, Augusta was to pass away in 1860, and Annette in 1861. Visiting the family at the time of the 1851 Census is Maria Ashwell King.

In 1856 Silver and Sons manufactured the bricks used in the construction of All Saint's Church, Boyn Hill Maidenhead. Silver and Sons owned a brick and tile works in believed to have been in Bisham.

1861 Jospeh, now a builder working for his father, is still living with his family, now including James Edward born in 1852, in Tittle Row. In 1862 in Bray Berkshire Joseph married Eliza Susannah Mills. 

Elizabeth Susannah Mills was born in 1839 in Stepney, Middlesex to parents Robert Mills, a grocer, and Martha Fletcher. In 1841 the family can be found living in Great Titchfield Street, Marylebone, London. 

By 1851 Eliza has moved with her family to Maidenhead High Street where they run a grocery shop. Eliza's mother Martha would pass away in 1856. In 1861 Eliza is still living with her widowed father and younger brother in Maidenhead High Street.

In 1871 Joseph and Eliza can be found living in Maidenhead High Street, where Joseph is listed as a builder and organist. Joseph had since taken over the family business of Silver and Sons. Living with them are their children, Alice Augusta 1865, Helen Annette born 1868, Eva Mary born 1869, and Amy Martha born in 1871. Joseph was the organist and choir master for St Luke's Church, Maidenhead. In 1874 resigned as choirmaster and organist for St Luke's. The Musical Times and Singing Circular reported:

"Maidenhead - In a meeting in the National Schools on the 19th ult., the choir of St. Luke's Church presented Mr. J. L. Silver, organist and choirmaster, on his resignation, with a very elegant Album (in which is to be placed a portrait of each member) in appreciation of his professional ability and kindness of manner to them on all occasions."  - The Musical Times and Singing Circular, Vol 16, No. 375, May 1st 1874. - A History of the Parish.

In 1879 Joseph's business Silver &Sons was contracted to build St Joseph's Church in Cookham Road, Maidenhead.

"In 1879 Canon John Scannell acquired a 'finely situate' acre of land as the site a Parish Church and set about raising funds at erect a building to accommodate the town's growing Catholic population. The eminent architect Leonard Stokes was appointed and the builders were Messrs Silver and Sons and Filewood." 

By 1881 Joseph and his family have moved back to Tittle Row, including Arthur Richard born in 1874, and Kate born in 1877. 1891 and the family remain in Tittle Row, the address of the house given as Fountain Cottage where Joseph remained living until his death in 1911. in 1894 Silver and Sons erected the Bath Stone spire of St Luke's Church, Maidenhead.

In 1904 Joseph was involved in a serious accident. The Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer reported on 22nd October 1904:

"Serious Accident At Maidenhead

On Friday morning last a somewhat serious trap accident occurred on Castle Hill, Maidenhead. Mr. T. A. Durrant's son Colin was returning from delivering meat in the Castle Hill district and when about halfway down the hill, between the railway bridge and Messrs Cooper and Son's, the band of the harness gave way, and the startled horse, in breaking free from the harness and cart swerved the latter round and overturned a trap coming in the opposite direction, and in which was Mr. Joseph Silver, of Altwood-road, and his man Marsh who was driving. Mr. Silver was badly shaken, while Marsh sustained an injury to one of his shoulders, and was incapacitated for work. Mr. Silver had only recently recovered from a severe illness, and he had to take his bed again on his arrival home in a cab. The trap was badly damaged, Mr. Durrant's horse, getting free bolted down the High-street and Bridge-street, and proceeding by the riverside returned to the High-street via North Town and Market street. It was stopped at the Saracen's Head, after a quarter of an hour's good gallop, during which it kicked off a couple of shoes and injured its legs. Fortunately, no further personal injury was sustained. It was lucky that the animal did not drag the cart with it as it careered down the High street, as a good deal of traffic was about, and a serious collision would have been inevitable. Mr. Silver, we are glad to say, is progressing satisfactorily." - Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer, 22nd October 1904.

Joseph was to pass away on 16th September 1911 aged 71 years old. Elizabeth was to follow Joseph later on the 7th October 1919. 

The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on 20th September 1911 as follows:

"Death of Mr. Joseph Silver

We much regret to have to record the death of one of the oldest and most esteemed residents of Maidenhead, Mr. Joseph Love Silver, A.R.C.O. (associate of the Royal College of Organists), eldest son of the late Alderman R. Silver J.P., of Tittle Row, Maidenhead. Mr. Joseph Silver had been unwell for some years, but it was only a few days before his death that his condition gave any cause for anxiety. He had been addended some years by Dr. Moore, who did all that medical skill could suggest to prolong his patient's life. Mr Silver was able to transact business up to within a short time of his death, but ominous developments ultimately rendered it necessary for him to keep his bed. Unfortunately, his condition did not improve, and he passed away peacefully on Saturday last, at the age of 71.

Mr. Silver was born on 29th January 1840, at Tittle Row. Early in life he was seen to be possessed of considerable musical talent, and his parents encouraged him all they possibly could in his musical studies. Subsequently, he became associated with the Royal College of Organists, and took the degree of A.R.C.O. in 1872. He was organist at St. Luke's Chruch, Maidenhead, for ten years, resigning through stress of business in 1877. He served as organist under two Vicars of St. Luke's - the late Rev. W. B. Hole and the Rev. W. G. Sawyer. Previous to this he was an organist at Maidenhead Congressional Church. West-street, during the pastorate of the eat Rev. John Mcfarlane. On resigning his post at St. Luke's, presentations were made to Mr. Silver by the clergy and congregation in recognition of his valuable services and as a mark of esteem and goodwill.

He was quite an enthusiast in musical matters and a recognised authority on organ-building, in connection with work he was frequently consulted and prepared plans and specifications. Mr. Silver was a college-friend of Dr. Bridge of Westminster Abbey, and was well known by all the leading organists of the time. He was also a composer of organ-music, and some of his compositions are still favourites in local churches. These include chants and settings to the Te Deum Kyrie, Venite, and other portions of the Church Service. Mr. Silver was very gifted in extempore playing and many of our readers will recall with pleasure recitals given by him in various churches, more especially at St. Lukes, St. Pauls, and St. Peter's. It is not too much to say that he was a musical genius; his whole soul entered into his playing, and the service of praise was always marked by the truest reverence and devotion and real sympathy when he was seated at the keyboard of the organ. To the musical world, Mr. Silver's death is a great loss. He was a Christian gentleman in the highest sense of the term, and was greatly loved by all who were privileged to enjoy his friendship. The deceased was throughout the greater part of his life a valued member of the well-known firm of Messrs. Silver and Sons builders, etc., Altwood Works, and at the time of his death was one of the firm Messrs. Silver and Sons Ltd.

The deepest sympathy is felt with Mrs. Joseph Silver - who we regret to say is an invalid - and family in their great bereavement. The funeral with take place this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 3.30, at Maidenhead Cemetery." Maidenhead Advertiser, 20th September 1911. 

Sunday 26 May 2024

The Ricardos of Ray Mead Cottage

All Saint's Cemetery
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.


Loving Memory 
Albert Ricardo
of Ray Mead Maidenhead
Dec 23 1908.
Charlotte Frances Ricardo
his wife
Sep 20 1906."

Albert Ricardo was born in Lambeth, London in 1820 to parents Jacob James Ricardo, a member of the London Stock Exchange, and Harriet Levy. Albert was a keen sportsman who played cricket and was a member for the I Zingari team and the Marylebone Cricket Club. He was also a steeplechase rider who went on to win the Cambridgeshire Stakes in 1847 on a horse named The Widow. Albert also enjoyed amateur dramatics and co-founded a society called The Windsor Strollers. Albert was an avid hunter and kept a pack of hunting beagles called the Ray Mead Pack for hunting hares.

Charlotte Frances Ricardo was born Charlotte Frances Tyrwhitt in Bridgnorth, Shropshire in 1828 to parents Sir Thomas John Tyrwhitte Jones, 2nd Baronet of Stanley Hall and a member of the British Parliament, and Eliza Walwyn Macnamara.

Albert is first found on the 1841 Census living at 5 Upper Eccleston Street, St George Hanover Square, London with his widowed mother Harriet and his siblings. On 6th of August 1850 Albert Ricardo married Charlotte Frances Tyrwhitt in St Goerge Hanover Square, London.

1851 finds the newlywed couple living at 3 Charles Street, Chelsea, London, where Albert is listed as a Merchant and Foreign Stock Dealer. Working for the family are Mary Ann Deighton a cook, Lousia Basaillae a lady's maid, Sarah Woods a housemaid, and Thomas Frys the butler.

In 1861 Albert and Charlotte are visitors at the home of Lady Eliza Webster, a fundholder, at Granard House, Putney Park Lane, Surrey. On the 30th December 1861 they celebrated the birth of their son Charles Tyrwhitt Ricardo.

The next record found in the 1881 Census. Albert and Charlotte have moved to Ray Mead Cottage in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Albert owned Ray Mead Cottage for his entire life. Living with them are their domestic servants, Charles Road, Annie Jones, Eliza Creed, and Emma Silvery.  Charles Ricard is away from home studying at The Royal Agricultural College, The School of Business and Entrepreneurship in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Albert and Charlotte Ricardo
at the doors of Ray Mead

In 1890 Charlotte Ricardo was involved in a carriage accident near the Red Lion Pub in Maidenhead. The Reading Mercury reports:

"ACCIDENT - On Tuesday afternoon, in endeavouring to avoid a collision whilst passing a van near the "Red Lion," the wheel of a light carriage driven by Mrs. Ricardo, of Ray Mead, came in contact with the kerb and overturned the carriage. Fortunately, Mrs. Ricardo retained possession of the reins, and the pony did not bolt. Assistance was rendered by P.C. Boulter and Mr, Simpson, but beyond being bruised and shaken Mrs. Ricardo was not injured." - Reading Mercury 1890 

The family including Charles remained at Ray Mead Cottage until Albert's death. Charlotte Frances Ricardo was to pass away on 20th September 1906 her obituary in the Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer, read as follows:

"We very much regret to have to record the death of Mrs. Ricardo, wife of Mr Albert Ricard J.P., which occurred at her residence opposite Boulter's Lock on Thursday in last week, after a brief illness. Mrs. Ricardo was 72 years of age. She was a lady widely-known and universally esteemed, and her familiar figure and cheery voice will be greatly missed by frequenters of Boulter's Lock. By her death the Maidenhead Cottage Hospital, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and other charitable and deserving causes lose and active and generous supporter, and her death will be heard on every hand with much regret. Mrs. Ricardo was one of those kindly, sympathetic, generous ladies a community can ill afford to lose, and Maidenhead will be poorer by her demise. Funeral to place at the cemetery on Monday last." - Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer. 26th September 1906.

Albert was to follow Charlotte on the 23rd of December 1908. His obituary in the Australian Star for Sydney and NSW reads as follows:

"Mr. Albert Ricardo, of Raymead, Maidenhead, opposite Boulter’s Lock, died last month. Mr. Ricardo, who was 89 years of age, had been in ill-health for some years. Born in 1820, he spent the early years of his life in Paris. He was keenly interested in racing in France, and rode in the first steeplechase ever held in that country. Afterwards he raced in the old country, and in 1847 won the Cambridgeshire with The Widow.
A keen cricketer, Mr. Ricardo was an original member of the I. Zingari, which started as a dramatic as well as a cricket club, the members often associating private theatricals with the matches which they played all over the country. Mr. Ricardo captained the Zingaris for twenty years in their annual match on the last day of Ascot Week against the Household Brigade, at Windsor, and he played frequently with the old and famous Maidenhead Cricket Club, in which he always showed consistent form, both as a batsman and in the field. He was also a member of the Windsor Strollers, and for many years acted with them in their autumn plays in Windsor. In the ‘fifties and ‘sixties Mr. Ricardo and his wife—who was a daughter of Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt—entertained a great deal in their Maidenhead residence.
From his earliest days Mr. Ricardo had been extremely fond of the river, and only eight or ten years ago took a morning plunge in the Boulter’s weir, however cold the water might be. Indeed he gave up his morning swim only when latterly his infirmities compelled him.
As showing the change that has come over the River Thames, the “South Bucks Free Press” recalls that on a summer Sunday many years ago Mr. Ricardo was the only man out boating who took his skiff round to the lock. A man stopped him, and indignantly asked him whether he knew what day it was, telling him in very plain language his opinion of a person who used the river on Sunday. Where one boat was out on the river in those days thousands now pass through Boulter’s Lock in a season." - Australian Star 20th February 1909.
Charles Tyrwhitt Ricardo moved away from Maidenhead after the death of his parents. In 1911 he can be found living in a house names Ray Mead in Bembridge, Isle of Wight. He later renamed the home Catlands. Charles was to pass away in the Isle of Wight on 5th of January 1941.
For more information and photographs on Albert and Charlotte's life, please visit The Ricardo Album.

Sunday 19 May 2024

Boots, Booze, Boats, Heroes and Villains - Samuel and Emily Rose

All Saint's Cemetery
Maidenhead, Berkshire UK.

 "In Loving Memory of
Samuel Rose
Who Died March 6th 1905
Aged 82 Years
'The days come and the years pass.
But you are ever in my thoughts, dear.'
Also of
Emily Wife of the Above
Died July 23rd 1926
Aged 82 Years."

Samuel Rose was born in Suffolk in 1824 to parents Jonathan Rose, a Boot and Shoemaker and his wife Mary.  

In 1841 Samuel can be found living with his parents and younger brother Josuha at Dowsett Farm in South Weald, Essex. on the 20th of August 1849 Samuel married Sophia Gates at St James Church, Clerkenwell, Islington, London. Samual occupation on his marriage certificate is listed as a Shoemaker.

By 1851 Samuel had moved to Stondon Massey in Essex and had a change in carer as he is now the Licensed Victualler of the Bricklayers Arms, as well as Boot Maker. Living with Samuel and Sophia is their two-month-old daughter Maria, and Sophia's younger brother Frank Gates, a Baker. Sadly, little Maria was to pass away in the same year. Samuel and Sophia would welcome and lose another child, John in 1852. The Rose family stayed at the Bricklayer's Arms until 1855.

Bricklayer's Arms
Stondon Massey, Essex, UK.

On the 1861 Census Samuel is now in charge of The Fox and Goose public house at 584, London Road, West Thurrock, Essex.  Living with Samuel and Sophia are their children, Mary Ann Rose born in 1855, Sophia Rose born in 1857, Harry Rose born in 1858, and Samuel Rose Jnr born in 1860. Lodging at the Fox and Goose are Agricultural Labourers, Thomas Scrivner, John Baker, Walter Smith, John Kemp, Henry Farnsworth, John Hosley, John Flack, and Sophia's younger brother James Gates.

1871 the family has moved to 8 Causeway Cottage, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, where Samuel is now a Boat Builder. Samuel and Sophia have since welcomed into the family Francis Rose born 1863, Robert Rose born 1864, and Eliza Rose born 1866. Lodging with the family is Benjamin Cowan, a Painter.

By 1881 Samuel, Sophia and their younger children Harry, Robert, and Eliza have moved to Riversdale Cottage, Ray Park, Maidenhead. Samuel is still listed as a boatman, Harry is now a Carpenter, and Robert a Waterman. Sophia was to pass away in 1885 aged 60-year-old. She is buried at St Luke's Churchyard in Maidenhead. 

Samuel Rose Snr appeared in a report in the Slough, Eton and Windsor Observer on 25th August 1888. The report was as follows:

"Twice Saved From Drowning

On Saturday afternoon last, at about 4 o'clock, as a little boy aged seven years, named Walter Plummer, son of Mr. R Plummer, jun., was playing on the river wall opposite the old bathing-place at Maidenhead, he accidentally fell into the water. A young man named George Henry Harvey noticed the boy struggling in the water and promptly jumped in and rescued him. This is the same boy whom Mr. Samuel Rose saved from drowning at the same spot on August 15th, 1882. A girl then who was in charge of the little one, took him out of the perambulator and allowed him to walk, when he fell a distance of 6ft down the bank into the river. Mr. S. Rose, who was in a boat a hundred yards off, heard screams, and observing something in the water proceeded to the spot and rescued the child, who was then only 20 months old. Beware the third time!" - Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer, 25th August 1888.

Rescuing drowning people from the river Thames seems to have been a family affair as on the 22nd September 1888, the Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer reported on Samuel's son, Samuel Rose Jnr as follows:

"Reward for Bravery

On Thursday the 13th, inst., at noon, Mr. Samuel Rose, jun., of Maidenhead, was publicly presented in the Town Hall with the Royal Humane Society's Honorary Testimonial 'for having on the 22nd of July, 1888, gone to the rescue of Edgar Cross, who was in imminent danger of drowning in the River Thames at Maidenhead, and whose life he gallantly saved.' The circumstances of the rescue were reported by us. The presentation was made by the Mayor (Ald. Mackie) in suitable terms, and Mr. Rose thanked the Mayor for his remarks, and the ladies and gentlemen who had honoured him with their presence. The testimonial was enclosed in blue cloth covers, on which were the words in gilt characters, 'Presented by the Royal Human Society.' It was on vellum and surmounted by the arms of the society. The inscription recorded the specific act for which the certificated was granted. There was a large attendance of the public." - Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer, 22nd September 1888.

The report on the incident and rescue was as follows:

"Narrow Escape From Drowning

At about 5.45 on Sunday evening last, as Edgar Cross whose parents live at Barge Farm, Taplow, and who is seven years of age, was walking along the river wall, accompanied by an elder brother, he suddenly lost his balance and fell into the river. A gentleman in a punt jumped into the water and swam towards the boy, but the stream was so strong he could make little headway. In the meantime, Mr. S. Rose, who was at the time of the mishap on a raft a hundred yards off, rank along the bank, and without stooping to divest himself of any clothing, plunged into the river and rescued the drowning boy, after the latter had disappeared under water for a second time. Mr. Rose had some difficulty himself to get out of the water, owing to there being nothing in the wall for him to cling to, and he had to be assisted out by three or four persons. The boy was taken to Mrs. Benningfield's , The Lawn, where every possibly kindness and attention were shown him. Cross's parents were made acquainted with the mishap, and the promptly sent some clothing and a vehicle to convey him home. Several persons on the bank witnessed the accident and rescue, and Rose was deservedly praised for his very timely aid, without which the life of the boy might have been lost. Mr. G. R. Cross has written as follows:- 'Sir, on Sunday last one of my boys fell off the river wall and most narrowly escaped drowning. Indeed, had it not been for the intrepid conduct of Mr. Charles Hawtrey and Mr. S. Rose, I should now be mourning the loss of one very dear to Mrs. Cross and myself. Surely, Sir, it is time that some protections should be afforded against the possibility of such accidents. The river wall is nothing more not less than a death-trap. Either a railing should be run along it or the top of the wall coped, to prevent children and grown-up persons walking on it. I noticed it is proposed to run a chain along the side of the wall, but what avail would this have been Sunday last, and what avail will it be in the future? Protection is required for those who use the river side road, and if something in the nature of my suggestion is not speedily done, and a fatal accident occurs, the Corporation of Maidenhead will be to blame."- Slough, Eton , and Windsor Observer, July 28th 1888.

However, Samuel Rose Jnr's heroic reputation was not to last when in 1896 he was tried at the Maidenhead Borough Police Court for the neglect of his children Samuel aged 10, Beatrice aged 7, and Edith aged 5. Samuel Jnr had become intemperate after the breakup of his business partnership with his brother Harold Rose, and the loss of this business at The Bull Public House in Wycombe. Samuel had sent his three small children to live with Mrs Agnes Such, a widow and storekeeper at 52 Bridge Street who had three children of her own, with the promise of paying 5 shillings a week for their care. Samuel paid a total of 15 shilling for the first three weeks and nothing after. Samuel's father and brother gave evidence against him in court and Samuel was fined £1 with costs of 12 shillings or 14 days imprisonment with hard labour.

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Emily Rose was born Emily Woodhouse in Bray, Berkshire in 1844 to parents William Woodhouse, a Farmer, Inn Keeper, and Registrar of Births and Deaths, and his wife Sarah Purton. 

Emily first appears aged 7 on the 1851 Census, living in Bray Berkshire with her parents and siblings. The family are still in Bray in 1861

Postcard of Bray Village High Street c1905

In 1871 Emily is visiting the home of Elizabeth Burgress at 107 Strand, Westminster. In 1881 she is back with her parents, living at 2 Thames Villa, Bray, Berkshire.

After the death of his first wife Sophia, Samuel remarried in 1886 to Emily Woodhouse, twenty years his junior.

1891 Samuel and Emily Rose are living at The Hut, Ray Lea Road, Maidenhead. Samuel is now living by his own means. In 1898 Samuel and Emily took Mr Cecil A Lumley to court for allegedly stealing roses from their garden at Westview, Ray Lea Road on 18th September 1898. The court found in favour of Samuel and Emily and Mr Lumley was fined 20 shillings, with 10 shillings costs. The fine was immediately paid.

On 6th March 1905 Samuel was to pass away aged 82 years.

The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on the death of Samuel Rose as follows:

"Death of Mr. Samuel Rose. We regret to have to inform of the death of an old inhabitant, Mr. Samuel Rose, which occurred at his residence in Ray Lea Road on Monday last, at the advanced age of 81 [sic]. Mr. Rose, who took a keen interest in local affairs, successfully carried on the business of a boat-builder, &c., at the Riverside for over 20 years, but retired from the business many years ago. He was succeeded by his son Mr. Harry Rose. The deceased gentleman had been in ill-health for some time. The funeral takes place at the Cemetery on Friday afternoon next." - Maidenhead Advertiser.

In 1911 the widowed Emily is still living at The Hut, Ray Lea Road, living with her is her servant Mary Elizabeth Davies. Emily was to pass away on 23rd July 1926 aged 82 years.

Sunday 12 May 2024

A Father and Disowned Son - Thomas and William Owen Stuchbury

"Mr Thomas Stuchbery.  Who died 26th August 1874.  Aged 85.  Sarah.  His wife.  Died 26th April 1848.  Aged 60.  William Owen.  Their youngest son.  Died 8th May 1869.  Aged 46.  Thomas.  Their eldest son.  Died 26th May 1845.  Aged 33 - Interred at Highgate -  Maria Pegg.  Their eldest daughter.  Died 31st July 1882.  Aged 67 - Interred at Cores End -  Richard.  Their second son.  Died 30th January 1893.  Aged 79 - Interred at Maidenhead Cemetery - Elizabeth their third daughter.  Died 4th February 1896.  Aged 74 - Interred at Maidenhead Cemetery.  Lucy.  Their youngest daughter.  Died 30th September 1907.  Aged 83 - Interred at Maidenhead Cemetery - Sarah.  Their second daughter.  Died 11th July 1917.  Aged 97 - Interred at Maidenhead Cemetery - "

Thomas Stuchbery Snr was born 5th March 1789 to William Stuchbery and Elizabeth Webster, the eldest son of ten children.  1802 Thomas joined his uncle James in his High Street ironmongery store which was established in 1760.  On the 6th July 1811 Thomas married Sarah Swallow, daughter of Richard Swallow and Maria Poulton. Together they had seven children, Thomas, Richard, Maria, Sarah, Elizabeth, William Owen and Lucy.

Thomas Snr and Sarah were devout Countess of Huntingdon Connection followers (a Methodist movement in England and Wales), with Thomas becoming a lay preacher in Maidenhead.

The 1841 Census finds Thomas Snr listed as a Grocer, living with his wife Sarah and daughters Sarah and Elizabeth at Maidenhead High Street.

Sarah was to pass away on 26th April 1848

On the 1851 Census the recently widowed Thomas Snr, now listed as an Ironmonger, is still living in Maidenhead High Street. Living with him at the time are his children, Maria, Sarah, William (listed as Owen) an assistant in his father's business, Lucy, and Rachel his seven-year-old granddaughter. Also lodging with the family are Thomas Newman an Ironmonger's Assistant, John Messenger a Servant, and Sarah Stafford a Housekeeper.

In 1856 William Owen angered his father when he married outside of the Countess of Huntingdon Connection, to Jane Thompson, daughter of Peter Thompson and Sarah Reynolds in Wargrave.  The union caused Thomas Snr to cut his son out of his will, but Thomas Snr was to outlive his son. 

Thomas Snr is still living in Maidenhead High Street in 1861, along with his daughters Sarah, Elizabeth, and Lucy. Lodging with the family is Mary Butler a Servant, William Courtney an Ironmonger's Assistant, Henry Plumber an Ironmonger's Assistant, and Joseph Baldwin a Servant.

By 1861 William and Jane have moved to Ware in Hertfordshire where William is now a Grocer living at Ware High Street. Living with then is their three-year-old daughter Sarah Stuchbury, and their Servant Betty Hale. Visiting the family is Jane's younger sister Elizabeth Thompson. Before his death, William returned to Maidenhead and ran the Stuchbury Ironmongery store. William Owen died in 1869 and the business passed into the ownership of his wife Jane.

The 1871 Census finds the elderly and retired Thomas Stuchbury Snr living at Castle Hill, Maidenhead with his daughters Sarah, Elizabeth and Lucy. Living with the family is Hilda Wheeler a Servant. 

The recently widowed Jane Stuchbury can be found on the 1871 Census listed as a Grocer and Ironmonger in Maidenhead High Street, living with her children Jane born in 1863 and Thomas William born in 1867. Lodging with the family is Alfred Bennett an Ironmonger's Assistant, William Richardson a Grocer's Assistant, and Jane Harris a General Servant. Living next door to Jane is her brother Nathan Curtis Thompson, a Grocer, and his family.  In 1874 Jane went into partnership with her brother Nathan Curtis Thompson and began trading under the name of Stuchbery & Thompson.  However, their partnership was dissolved by mutual consent on 9th May 1881.

Thomas Stuchbury Snr was to pass away on 26th August 1874 aged 85. 

in 1881 Jane Stuchbury is still living next to her brother Nathan in Maidenhead High Street. Staying with her at that time was her eight-year-old niece Lina Thompson. Also living at the home was Mary Snell, a General Servant.

Jane later married Richard Silver in 1883 and lived in Eturia House (named after the Roman Villa excavated on the site), Grenfell Road, where my husband's great grandmother, Martha Jane Sealey, lived with the Silver family as a Domestic Servant. Jane Silver was to pass away in Maidenhead aged 75 in 1907.

Sunday 5 May 2024

Sketcher of Mesopotamian Antiquities - William and Eliza Boutcher

All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

"William Boutcher
Born at Broadclyst, Devon
Aug 29th 1828
Died at Elbury, Maidenhead, Dec 14th 1900
Also of
Eliza Boutcher
Dearly Beloved Wife of the Above
Died May 24th 1922 Aged 86 Years,"

William Boutcher was born on 29th August 1828 in the village of Broadcylst in Devon to parents William Boutcher and Jane Newton.

William can first be found on the 1851 Census as an Architect's Clerk living in Upper Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent.

In the 1850's William was employed by the British Museum as an artist on W K Loftus's archaeological excavations in the city of Niveah, Mesopotamia. The collection of William's drawings can be found here, British Museum Catalogue.

Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent.

Eliza Boutcher was born Eliza Milliship on 30th November 1835 in Marylebone, London to parents George William Milliship a builder, and Margaret Sweetman. 

Eliza first appears on the 1841 Census living at Portman Place, Marylebone, London, with her parents and siblings. Living with the family are Mary Ann Burton and Mary Ann Hitchins, both domestic Servants. By 1851 the family had moved to 13 Paddington Green, Paddington, London.

Eliza's father George Milliship passed away in the October of 1855.

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On the 29th November 1860 at Saint Saviour Church, Warwick Avenue, Westminster, London, William Boutcher married Eliza Milliship.

Saint Saviour Church, Warwick Avenue,
Westminster, London.

In 1861 the now married William and Eliza Boutcher can be found living at 7 Kensington Park North Terrace, Kensington, London with their Domestic Servant, Matilda Rodgers. in 1862 William and Eliza welcome their first child, a son Alan George Boutcher, he was followed by his sister Edith Mary Boutcher in 1864. Liliam Mabel Boutcher arrived in 1865, followed by Harold William Boutcher in 1868, and Douglas Leolin Boutcher in 1870.

The 1871 Census finds the family along with Eliza's widowed mother Margaret Milliship, living at 125 Lancaster Road, Chelsea, London, along with their two servants Emma Bartlett and Ellen King.

William and Eliza were to have two more children, Ernest Noel Boutcher born in 1872, and Hilda Margaret Boutcher in 1874.

1881 and the family has moved to 128A Lancaster Road, Chelsea, London. Living with them are their servants, Hannah Peck a Cook, and Matilda White a Housemaid.

By the 1891 Census the family has moved to the village of Cores End, Wooburn, Buckinghamshire. The family are listed as 'living by own means', with the exception of Harold William Boutcher who is an Artist in Painting and Sculpture, and Ernest Noel Boutcher who is a Student in Chemical Laboratory. Living with the family are their two servants, Maria Clements, and Fanny Woodley.

On 14th December 1900 William Boutcher was to pass away at suddenly at his home, Elbury, Ray Park Avenue, Maidenhead, Berkshire.  The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on Wednesday 19th December 1900 as follows:

"Death of Mr William Boutcher

We regret to record the death of an esteemed townsman, Mr. William Boutcher, of "Elbury," Ray Park-avenue, who passed away somewhat unexpectantly at about noon on Friday last. Some three or four years ago Mr. Boutcher had a stroke of paralysis, but up to within a day of his death he was able to get about fairly well, and was frequently to be seen in the town and at Marlow at cricket, football, and tennis matches, in which he took considerable interest. On the day before his death he was about the house as usual, but on the following morning he developed alarming symptoms and his medica adviser deemed it necessary to suggest the summoning of members of the family, and this was done. Mr. Boutcher passed away, however at noon. The deceased gentleman had resided in Maidenhead for some years, and he had a great deal to do with the development of the Ray Lodge estate, now one of the most picturesque residential parts of the town.

Before coming to Maidenhead, Mr. Boutcher resided for ten years at Bourne End, prior to which he lived in London, where he took great interest in parochial and more public affairs. He was for some time Chairman of the Works Committee of the Kensington Vestry and was a member of the Metropolitain Board of Works. The British Museum contains testimony of Mr. Boutcher's research in respect of antiquities on Nivevah, as he went out with an expedition which brought back stones and other things relating to the buried city of considerable antiquarian interest, plans and sketches of which Mr. Boutcher made before the stones were separated for dispatch to England, in order that they might be re-erected here as originally discovered. Mr Boutcher subscribed liberally to local institutions, and took a keen interest in the affairs of the town. His death will be heard with great regret. The funeral took place on Monday at the Cemetery." - Maidenhead Advertiser, Wednesday 19th December 1900.

1901 finds the recently widowed Eliza and her daughter Hilda Margaret Boutcher still living at Elbury, Ray Park Avenue with their servant Rose Merlands.

By 1911 the now elderly Eliza has moved in with her artist son Harold William Boutcher and his wife Nellie Constance "Daisy" Boutcher, at The Vine, West Byfleet, Surrey

West Byfleet, Surrey c1914

Eliza was to pass away on 24th May 1922, aged 86 in Surrey, England.

Sunday 28 April 2024

Beloved Wife - Lilian Mabel Humfrey

All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

"In Loving Memory of
Lilian Mabel
The Beloved Wife of 
James Herbert Humfrey
Born July 21st 1865.
Died March 12th 1909."

Lilian Mabel Humfrey was born Lilian Mabel Boutcher on 21st July 1865 in Paddington, London, to parents William Boutcher an Architect, and Eliza Milliship. She was baptised on 22nd November 1865 at All Saint's Church, Kensington, London.

Lilian first appears on the 1871 Census living at 128a Lancaster Road, Kensington, London, with her parents and siblings. Living with the family is Eliza's mother Margaret Milliship, and two servants Emma Bartlett and Ellen King.

1881 Lilian is still living at the family home in Lancaster Road, Kensington, with her parents and siblings. Also at the address is Hannah Peck a Domestic Cook, and Matilda White a Housekeeper.

Lancaster Road, Kensington, London.

By 1891 the family had moved to the village of Cores End in Wooburn, Buckinghamshire. On April 20th 1899 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, Lillian married James Herbert Humfrey an Auctioneer.

1901 finds the couple living in College Avenue with their servant Edith Vernon.  Their first child, a daughter Eileen Lilian Humfrey was born in 1901, a son Brian Boutcher Humfrey followed in 1902, and the youngest child, a son Eric Bertram Humfrey was born in 1905.

Sadly, Lilian was to pass away four years after the birth of Eric, on 12th March 1909.

By 1911 the widowed James Humfrey has moved his family to Rosemont, 9 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Living with the family is Florence Emma Stone, who James would later marry on 1st June 1911 at Christ Church, Lancaster Gate, Paddington, London.

Sunday 21 April 2024

Until the Day Break and the Shadows Flee Away - Mary Jane and John Theophilus Scott M.B.E

All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.


"In Loving Memory
Mary Jane Scott
Who Fell Asleep
June 12th 1926
In Her 63rd Year
'Unti the day break, and the shadows flee away.'

Also of John Theophilus Scott M. B. E
'Called Home' March 25th 1930
'Absent from the body, present in the Lord.'
'Jesus hath vanquished death and all it's powers.'

Mary Jane Scott was born Mary Jane Griffin in Trowbridge, Wiltshire to parents James Griffin a Carman (a horse drawn delivery vehicle or tram), and Elizabeth Culverhouse in 1863. She was baptised on 2nd April 1871, along with her sisters Ann Elizabeth and Martha Ada at St Barnabas Chruch, Kensington, London.

St Barnabas Church, Kensington, London.

Mary and her family can be found on the 1871 Census living at 19 Warwick Road, Kensington. Sadly, Mary's father James was to pass away in 1878.  By 1881 the widowed Elizabeth Griffin has moved with her daughters, Mary Jane, Elizabeth Ann, Martha Ada, and little Jessie Georgina to what appears to be a house of multiple occupancy, 78 Springvale Terrace, Kensington.

On 7th February 1884 at St John's Church in Chelsea, Mary married John Theophilus Scott, a company Time Keeper.

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John Theophilus Scott was born in 1862 in New Brompton, Kent to parents George Gordon Scott a soldier, and Louisa Maria Bristow.  John's father George passes away sometime between 1862 and 1864 as Lousia marries again in 1864 to an Edward Luke.

The 1871 Census finds the young John boarding at the house of George Luke (possibly a relative of Edward Luke) an Inspector of the Railway and Mary his wife at 18 Craven Cottages, Hammersmith, London. Visiting at the time of the Census is John's elder brother George Gordon Scott, a Railway Clerk.

1881 and John has moved to the home of Stephen Ralph's a Crane Fitter on Railway, house at 137 Droop Street, Chelsea, London. John is listed as an Assistant Inspector on the Railway.

~ ~ ~

1881 finds John and Mary living at 48 Rednall Terrace, Hammersmith, London, where John is listed as a Sub Inspector of Machinery at Railway. Living with John and Mary are their children, George Gordon born 1885, Douglas John born 1883, and Henry James born 1889. Visiting the family is Mary's younger sister Ann Elizabeth Griffin who is listed as Mother's Help.

By 1901 the family had moved to 143 Grenfell Road, Maidenhead Berkshire. John is now a Railway Inspector of the permanent way and works, looking after the railway track and keeping it in good repair. John and Mary had welcomed another son into the family in 1891, Alfred Keith. Living with the family are Mary's younger sister Jessie Georgina as a Mother's Help, and Rose Alice Emily Webb a Dress Marker's Assistant, Mary's younger half-sister.

The family are still living at 143 Grenfell Road, now named Keith Villa, where John is listed as a Railway Inspector, Civil Engineering Department. Douglas John and Alfred Keith are Railway Clerks, and Henry James is an Assistant Civil Service Clerk.

Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.

On 16th January 1916 Sergeant Henry James Scott died from his wounds in France. Less than 9 months later Sergeant Major Alfred Keith Scott D.C.M, was killed in action during the Somme on 13th October 1916. Alfred was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy. 

Sergeant Major Alfred Keith Scott

On the 30th of April 1918 Sergeant Douglas John Scott was killed in action while serving in Isarel and Palestine. Each of the brother's epitaphs is, 'Until the Day Break and the Shadows Flee Away.'  The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on May 15th 1918:

"The Supreme Sacrifice

Mr. and Mrs. Scott of King's Grove, Maidenhead, yesterday, received notice from the War Office that their son Sergt. Douglas John Scoot, of the 2nd Battalion London Scottish, was killed in Action on April 30th, while serving with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Palestine." - Maidenhead Advertiser, Wednesday 15th May 1918. 

Sergeant Douglas John Scott

John Theophilus Scott was awarded the Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order, M.B.E for his services to ensuring safety as a Permanent Way Inspector for the Great Western Railway, on July 3rd 1925. Less than a year later, Mary Jane was to pass away on June 12th 1926. John soon followed Mary on 25th March 1930.

On the 26th March 1930 the following appeared in the Births, Marriages, and deaths column of the Maidenhead Advertiser:

"Scott - On March 25th at 5 St Luke's-road, Maidenhead, John Theophilus Scott, M.B.E., (for many years Permanant Way Inspector for G.W.R.) "Called Home." Funeral at 3p.m., at Maidenhead Cemetery." - Maidenhead Advertiser, Wednesday 26th March 1930.

George Gorden Scott was the only child of John and Maty's not to pass away in World War one. By 1912 he had moved to Gloucester, Gloucestershire, and married Ethel Ricketts. George and Ethel had two sons, Henry Douglas Keith born in 1916, and John Theophilus born in 1919. George continued to work for the railway until his own death in 1953.

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