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Sunday 31 March 2024

Jesus Hospital - Thomas, Amelia and Edward Prince

Monument to Thomas Prince, Amelia Prince and Edward Prince, All Saints Churchyard, Boyne Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
"In Loving Memory Of
Thomas Prince
Who departed this life Feby 20th 1907
Aged 81 Years
Amelia Prince
Wife of the above who died Feby 5th 1912
Aged 88 years
-They Rest From Their Labours-
And Of
Edward Prince."
Thomas Prince was born in 1823 in Winterbourne, Berkshire to Thomas Prince, a Farm Labourer, and his wife Letitia Head.
Thomas first appears on the 1841 Census as a Labourer working on Charles Roby's farm in the village of East Hendred in Berkshire.

East Hendred, Wantage, Berkshire.

I am unable to locate Thomas in the 1851 Census, however, on 30th April 1854 in Wantage, Berkshire, Thomas married Amelia Cullimore.
Amelia Cullimore was born in 1831 in Peasemore, Berkshire to Thomas Cullimore, a farm labourer and his wife Amelia.
Amelia first appears on the 1841 Census aged 10, living with her parents and younger siblings in the village of Peasemore.  However, in 1851 Amelia can be found lodging in the home of James and Hannah Brewer in Peasemore.

Peasemore Village, Newbury,

Thomas and Amiela had two children prior to their marriage in 1855, William born in 1851, and Elizabeth born in 1852. Later in 1855 they welcomed a son they named Edward George, and Henry followed in 1858.

On the 1861 Census the family had moved next door to Thomas's parents in Winterbourne, Berkshire.  Thomas is listed as being and Agricultural Labourer. 
In 1871 Thomas and his family were still living near his farther Thomas Snr in Winterbourne. Letita doesn't appear to be living with the 75-year-old Thomas Snr, sharing his home are his daughter Sarah Gaddes and her 2-year-old son Charles Hill. Thomas Jr, now a Coachman, and Amelia had welcomed three further children, Mary Jane born in 1864, John born in 1866, and Charles born in 1869. Sadly, Elizabeth was to pass away in 1877 aged just 25.
William has left the family to work as a Journeyman Baker, for William Hughes at 102 Northbrook Street, Newbury Berkshire.

In 1879 Henry Prince marries Eunice Wallis Head in Newbury, Berkshire.

By 1881 Thomas and his family have moved to Tittle Row, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, where Thomas is listed as being a Domestic Servant Coachman. Edward now aged 24 is listed as a Builder's Labourer, and John aged just 16, a Gardener.  Henry is now living at Englemere Farm in Sunninghill, Berkshire, with his wife Eunice and their baby daughter Rose Lousie.  Henry is listed as being a Farm Servant. Mary Jane is working as a housemaid at Heywood Lodge, White Waltham, Berkshire.

In 1887, Edward married Annie Maria Holloway in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

1891 finds Thomas and Ameila now living at 1 Flint Cottages, Boyn Hill, Maidenhead. Thomas has become a Gardener. Living with the family after the breakdown of his marriage is their son Henry, also a Gardener. Eunice has moved to Harmondsworth, Staines, along with the couple's children, Rose, Walter born in 1882, and little Eunice born in 1884. Eunice has listed herself as a widow, which was perhaps wishful thinking on her part. Henry on the other hand has listed himself as merely single.

Edward and his young family, Annie his wife and baby daughter Ethel May Maria, have moved to Boyn Hill, Maidenhead, where Edward is listed as a Farm Labourer.

Boyn Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire

By 1901 Edward and Annie had moved to 5 St Mark's Road, Maidenhead, where Edward is now listed as a Builder's Labourer. Two further children have joined the family, Rose Emily born in 1895, and Albert Edward William. Boarding with the family is Edward Godfrey, a House Painter and Decorator.

Just six years before his passing, Thomas and Ameila can be found as inmates of the Jesus Hospital (Almshouses), Bray, Berkshire in 1901. Henry has since married Emily Jane Holmes and has moved to 109 Edgehill Street, Reading, Berkshire, with his new family.

Jesus Hospital, Bray, Berkshire, UK

Amelia is still a resident of the Jesus Hospital in Bray in 1911 aged 88, just before her passing in 1912. Edward can be found lodging in the home of John and Emma Gomme, Farm Cottages, Bray, Berkshire where Edward is now a Jobbing Gardener. Annie has moved with her children, Rose, Albert, Lillian born 1901, Jessica born, 1902, Cecil born 1905 and interestingly the lodger Edward Godfrey, to 66 Mount Street, Reading, Berkshire.

Edward was to pass away in Maidenhead in 1938 at the age of 84. Annie remained in Mount Street, Reading, until her death in 1967.

Sunday 24 March 2024

"No Greater Honour and No More Worthy" - James and Eleanor Burnham

All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire UK


"In Loving Memory of James Burham Died 1914 and of his wife Eleanor Burham Died 1929 and of their grandaughter Veronica Stenberg Born 1929 Died 1993 a dear wife to Rudy Stenberg Born 1930 Died 2018."

James Burnham was born in 1852 in Maidenhead, Berkshire to parents William Burnham, a Printer and Stationer, and Matilda Brown. James was an active member in the Maidenhead community, a keen rower and a member of the Maidenhead Rowing Club, he also served as a volunteer fireman for the Maidenhead Fire Brigade, rising to the rank of Chief Officer before his death.

James first appears on the 1861 Census living in Maidenhead High Street with his parents and his four brothers, William, Joseph, Tom, and Frank. In 1867 their mother Matilda Burnham passed away aged 50. William was remarried in Maidenhead in 1868 to Jane Fenner.

Maidenhead High Street

1871 finds the family still living in Maidenhead High Street.  James's occupation is listed as a General Printer working for his father along with his elder brother Joseph, and younger brother Frank.

The 1881 Census shows James, now a Compositor living at 93 High Street Maidenhead with his father, stepmother and their Domestic Servant Lousia Madewell. Visiting the family is Jane's sister Elizabeth Fenner. 

Eleanor Burham was born Eleanor Eliza Davy in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1854 to parents Ephraim Davy, a School Master, Town Clerk, and Clerk of the Board of Health for Maidenhead, and Frances Back.

Eleanor can be found on the 1861 Census living with her parents, siblings, and twin brother William Frances in Maidenhead High Street. 1871 finds the family have moved to Market Street in Maidenhead. By 1881 the family had moved to 1 York Villas. James Burnham married Eleanor Eliza Davy at Maidenhead in 1881.

Derelict York Villas since demolished. c2015 

1891 James and Eleanor had moved to 4 Grays Villa, The Crescent, Marlow Road Maidenhead. James is now listed as a Stationer.  Living with the family are their children, William James born in 1884, and Albert Victor born in 1888. Also living with the family are Eleanor's sister Louisa Harriet Davey, and brother Walter Milton Davey.

Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

1911 James and Eleanor have moved to 3 Craufurd Rise, Marlow Road, Maidenhead. Living with then is their son William James, now 27 years old, an assistant in his father's business.

James passed away in 1914 aged 63, Eleanor was to follow him in 1929 aged 76.

James was a well loved and respected member of the Maidenhead Community. The Maidenhead Advertiser reported on his funeral as follows:

"Funeral of Late Mr. James Burnham. Imposing and Impressive scenes.

No greater honour and no more worthy and appropriate tribute of respect for one who during his life had rendered most valuable service for the good of the community among who he lived, could have been accorded by that by the townspeople on Thursday afternoon at the funeral of late Mr. James Burham, who on the 27th July passed away at his residence, Hope Villa, Marlow-road, Maidenhead, after a long illness. Generally, there seemed to be a desire on the part of the inhabitants to publicly express their regret at the loss of a good fellow-citizen, and to pay their last respect to one who had been so highly esteemed, and who won the affection of all with whom he came into contact. Thousands of people of all classes were present in the streets and at the Cemetery, and the funeral was a profoundly impressive spectacle. The members of the Maidenhead Fire Brigade laid their late Chief Officer to rest with all honour due to a fireman, and, moreover the deceased, who had served with distinction in the Maidenhead Company of the Berkshire Volunteers, and who ranked as an hon, lieutenant of the Maidenhead companies of the Berkshire National Reserves, was accorded the privilege of a military burial."


 Further on in the article the Maidenhead Advertiser reported on the military salute at the graveside of Mr. Burnham:

"The ceremony had not yet concluded; the military rites had yet to be observed. The firing party fired three volleys over the grave and then the buglers of the Coldstream Band sounded the 'Last Pos.' And so with the greatest honour that could be accorded to a citizen-soldier, the mortal remains of one of Maidenhead's prominent townsmen was laid to rest."

Sunday 17 March 2024

And I Will Give You Rest - John and Mary Ann Thomas - Fairground Proprietors


All Saint's Cemetery,
Maidenhead, Berkshire,

"Come unto to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, And I will give you rest.
In loving memory of John Thomas who passed peacefully away Nov 2nd 1914 aged 53 years.

Farewell dear wife my life is past.
I loved you well while it did last.
Mourn not for me, nor sorrow take.
But love my children for my sake.

A loving husband, a father dear.
A faithful friend when he was here.
He lived in hope and died in peace.
We hope his joys will never cease.

Mary Ann Thomas, wife of John Thomas, passed peacefully away July 17th 1935 aged 77.

Rest in Peace."

John Thomas was born in Walworth, Surrey in 1861 to parents Evan John Thomas, a Travelling Hawker from London, and Sarah Ann. On 23rd of August 1880 at Holy Trinity Church, Newington, Surrey, John Thomas married Mary Ann Smith.

Mary Ann Smith was born in Blackwater Hampshire in 1858 to parents William Smith, a Travelling Hawker and later a Steam Circus (Fairground) Proprietor, and Mary Ann.

In 1881 the newlyweds John and Mary Ann can be found living with Mary Ann's parents on Chertsey Road, Windlesham, Surrey, in three fairground carts. Both John and Mary Ann's occupation is listed as Games Assistant.

Types of Living Waggons

1891 finds both the Smith and Thomas families living in a collection of caravans on the Bath Road in the village of Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire. Living with John and Mary Ann are their children, Mary Ann born in 1881, Lavinia born in 1882, Sarah born in 1885, John (Jonto) born in 1887, and Lousia born in 1889.  Two further children were to join the family, Albert in 1891 and Willaim Lewis in 1892.

No trace of the family can be found on the 1901 Census, which is not unusual for travelling or fairground families. However, in 1904 Mary Ann was summoned to court in Windsor for noise nuisance at Windsor Fair. The Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer reports as follows:

"Mary Ann Thomas, William Hastings, Samuel Jones, Richard M. Warrick; and William Biddell were summoned at Windsor under a new bye-law for causing to be made by an organ a loud and continuous noise to the annoyance of residents and passengers.

Detective officer McLain said: I went to the fair being held opposite the 'Duke of York' past Mr. Garlick's, in consequence of information received. On approaching I heard a great noise. There were a number of shows and roundabouts. There were organs to the shows and roundabouts, and the motive power was steam. The first show was in charge of Mrs. Thomas, and she was taking the money. I asked her who was the owner, and she said her husband was, and they lived at Church-street, Woking. There were cymbols [sic] attached to the organ and a whistle." Slough, Eton, and Windsor Observer, November 5 1904.

It was decided in court that the by-law could not be enforced on the vacant land the fair took place on and the case was dropped.

John and Mary reappear on the 1911 Census living in caravans at Fair Field, Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey. John is listed as being a Fair and Roundabout Proprietor and Mary Ann as an Assistant to the Business. Living nearby in another caravan is their son William Lewis Thomas, his wife Lillian, and their one-year-old son William. It is possible John and Mary Ann, and their son were in Guildford Street for the annual Black Cherry Fair, held in Chertsey.

Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey

Colourised Photograph of the Black Cherry Fair,
Chertsey, Surrey.

John was to pass away in Reading, Berkshire, on 2nd November 1914 aged just 53. Mary Ann passed away in Reading, Berkshire, aged 77 in 1935.

Sunday 10 March 2024

Left Me for a Little While - Jane Hughes


All Saint's Cemetery
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK

All Saint's Cemetery
Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK

"In Ever Loving Memory of my dear wife Jane Hughes who left me for a little while on Febry 18th 1903 aged 66."

Jane Hughes was born Jane Green in 1837 in Dorchester, Oxfordshire, England. In 1859 Jane married Samuel John Hughes in Stepney, London.

The first record found on Jane and Samuel is the 1871 Census where Samuel is the Master and Jane is the Matron of the West Ham Union Workhouse. Samuel and Jane are still Master and Marton of the Union Workhouse in 1881, living with them are their daughter Caroline born in 1863, and their son Frank born in 1873. In 1891 their daughter Kate, a High School Mistress born in 1864 has joined her parents in living at the Workhouse.

By the 1901 Census both Samuel and Jane have retired to College Avenue in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Jane was to pass away on 18th February 1903. After that Samuel seems to disappear from the records.

Sunday 3 March 2024

Grandmother and Granddaughter - Eliza King and Helena Margaret Kempton

All Saint's Cemetery
Maidenhead Berkshire

"Eliza King. Born September 19th 1828 ~ Died April 9th 1915. Helena Maragret Kempton. Born January 19th 1890 ~ Died February 28th 1962."

Eliza King was born Eliza Taplin in Thame, Oxfordshire, England on 19th January 1828. In 1859 Eliza married Thomas Beckensale King, an Outfitter of clothing, in Eton, Berkshire, England.

The newly married couple can be found on the 1861 Census living at 24 Gold Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, along with their 8-month-old son Thomas Taplin King, their servant Annie Hillyard, and Thomas's Assistant Outfitter, Thomas Sands.

Gold Street, Northampton,

Eliza and Thomas's daughter Helena Eliza King was born in 1864 in Maidenhead, Berkshire. On the 1871 Census she is listed as Eleaner E King, aged 7, a visitor at the home of Charles Denison, a Shorthand Clerk living at 5 Park Terrace, Islington, London.

By 1871 the family had moved to Harcourt Villa, Broadway, Maidenhead, England, where the family had expanded to include, William born in 1863, Frank born in 1867, and Herbert Sidney born in 1868.

On the 1881 Census, Helena can be found living with her mother, elder brother Thomas Taplin, and younger brother Herbert Sidney at Harcourt Villa, Broadway, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Thomas Sr, now listed as a Commercial Traveller, can be found at Blossoms Hotel, 10 Foregate Street, Cheshire, 

Blossoms Hotel, Foregate Street, Cheshire.

Helena married William Kempton, a Grocer's Assistant in Maidenhead in 1887. Their son Lionel Francis Kempton was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1889, and their daughter Helena Margaret Kempton followed on 19th January 1890.  The young family can be found on the 1891 Census living at 51-53 High Street, Maidenhead.

High Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

1891 sees Thomas King, now without an occupation, and Eliza now a running a registry office for domestic servants, living at 5 Elm Terrace Broadway, with their servant, Fanny Matthews.  Thomas Beckensale King passed away in Maidenhead, Berkshire in 1898 aged 67.

The recently widowed Eliza can be found living at 44 Broadway, Maidenhead on the 1901 Census, along with her 12-year-old grandson Lionel. Living at 42 Broadway were Helena Eliza Kempton, an assistant in her mother's domestic servant registry business, Helena Margaret aged 11, Nora born in 1892, and William Herbert born in 1894.  By 1901 William Kempton Snr was a patient at Berkshire District Lunatic Asylum (Fair Mile Hospital) in the village of Cholsey. William was to pass away at Fair Mile Hospital on 25th February 1930.

Ward at Fair Mile Lunatic Asylum c1920s

By 1911 Helen Eliza Kempton had moved in with her mother at 44 Broadway, Maidenhead, Berkshire, along with her daughter Helena Margaret then aged 21, and her son William Herbert then aged 17.  On the 9th of April 1915, Eliza King was to pass away, leaving 44 Broadway to her daughter and granddaughter.

The 1939 Register shows both Helena Eliza and her daughter Helena Margaret still living and working from 44 Broadway. Lodging with them is Hylda Fox, a Confectionary Shop Manager, and her young son Cyril E Smallbone. 

Helena Eliza was to lose her daughter Helena Margaret on 28th February 1962 aged 72.  She was laid to rest with her grandmother at All Saint's Cemetery, Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Helena Eliza was to be reunited with William when she passed away on 1st September 1962 aged 97, they are buried together a short distance from Eliza King and Helena Margaret Kempton.

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