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Maria Webster [we.11]

Maria Webster was the seventh known child of John Webster & Elizabeth Compton Hearne christened January 24th, 1813 at Burnham.

Maria married Thomas Henry Johnson on January 24th, 1838 at Burnham, Bucks. Thomas was christened January 7th 1816 at St Margaret’s, Uxbridge, Middlesex, son of Sarah & Thomas Johnson, a linen draper.  He was known as "Gaiters" because he always wore brown leather leggings. An Essay in Uxbridge Library entitled "Peregrinations of a Kiddy"? described him as "A busy man, church warden for several years, and in other ways enterprising." (Ref Esther Byrt)

In 1841 Thomas & Maria were living at High St, Uxbridge where Thomas was a draper. They had 2 children – Thomas Webster (2) & Maria Elizabeth (10 months).

They were still living at the High St in 1851 & Thomas was a linen draper. The children at home were Annie Frances (8), Emily Jane (4) & John (2). Son Thomas was visiting his grandparents, Thomas & Sarah Johnson, at the time of the census who also lived at the High St, Uxbridge.

Maria & Thomas were still living at High St in 1861 & Thomas was a draper employing 1 man. At home were children Thomas, Maria & John. Daughter Emily was at school at Colham House, Hillingdon, Uxbridge.

Daughter Maria Elizabeth married Henry James Grainge, an ironmonger, on February 3rd, 1863 at Hillingdon Parish Church. It was a double wedding as daughter Annie Frances married John Charles Rayner, a chemist, on the same day.

Son Thomas Webster married Elizabeth Ann Wichelow in April-June 1870 at Brentford, Middlesex.  Thomas Webster also worked as a draper & he & Elizabeth had a daughter Elizabeth Alice in 1874. 

At the time of the 1871 census Maria & Thomas were living at ‘Fairfield’, Harefield Rd, Hillingdon, a house that he had built & Thomas continued to be a draper. Daughter Emily was still at home.

Maria died in December 28th, 1872, aged 59, her death being recorded at Uxbridge.

The children of Maria Webster & Thomas Henry Johnson were:

we.11.1 Thomas Webster Johnson christened April 26th 1839 at St Margaret’s at Uxbridge; died July-September 1908 at Uxbridge
we.11.2 Maria Elizabeth Johnson christened August 7th, 1840 at St Margaret’s, Uxbridge, died January 20th, 1924
we.11.3 Annie Frances Johnson christened June 10th, 1842 at St Margaret’s, Uxbridge, died January 23rd, 1929
we.11.4 Emily Jane Johnson christened September 4th, 1846 at St Margaret’s, Uxbridge; died October 25th, 1929 at Llandudno, Carnarvonshire, Wales
we.11.5 John Johnson born Jan-March 1849 & christened March 29th, 1850 at St Margaret’s, Uxbridge

On May 21st, 1873 Thomas, aged 57, married Elizabeth Newman, a 35 year old spinster, at the Parish Church of Cowley, Middlesex.  Elizabeth was born c1838 at Brighton, Sussex, the daughter of Mary & Charles Newman, gentleman (formerly a coach proprietor).

In 1876 son John married Maria Crisp Oliver at St Pancras, Middlesex.  John followed his father in his profession as a draper.

In 1877 daughter Emily Jane married Richard Phillip Chantler, a chemist, on April 10th at St Stephen’s, Paddington, London.

By 1881 Thomas, aged 65, had retired & he & Elizabeth were living at Harefield Rd, Hillingdon.

Thomas died on May 23rd, 1885, aged 69, at Fairfield, Hillingdon  & was buried on May 29th, 1885 at St Margaret’s, Uxbridge.  His will was proved on July 3rd, 1885 by executors widow Elizabeth, George Glanville Newman of 2 Holles St, Cavendish Square, Middlesex, retired engineer & Francis Newman of 45 St Andrew’s, Middlesex, a clerk in the Truth Newspaper office.  Thomas’ estate was £1,755.2s.11d.

Elizabeth died on June 17th, 1889 at Fairfield, Hillingdon.  Her will was proved on July 23rd, 1889 by her brothers George Glanville Newman, gentleman & Francis Newman, gentleman, of Hillingdon Rd.  Her estate was valued at £567.13s.3d & resworn in 1890 as £634.16s.1d.

Sadly son Thomas Webster was found in the Uxbridge District Workhouse in 1891 & was described as a draper’s assistant.


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