Thursday, 31 May 2012

Maria Blomfield

Anna Maria Blomfield (nee Heath)’s only surviving child, Maria, married Henry Brown M.A., canon of Rochester, rector of Woolwich, and rural dean. They had 31 years marriage and (at least?) 9 children including using the family names: Henry Blomfield, Charles James and Maria.

28 Oct 1843 Marriage Allegation: Reverend Henry Brown Incumbent in St James's Curtain Road Shoreditch Age: 21 Maria Blomfield Spouse's Age:21 Spouse's Parish: Fulham Reference Number: Ms 10091/220 "and prayed a licence for the solemnisation of Marriage in the Parish of Fulham"
(note: 'age 21' means 'at least' 21 - viz: able to marry without parental consent)

Saturday 11 November 1843 Yorkshire Gazette (also syndicated) - On Thursday, the 2nd inst. the parish church of All Saints, Fulham, by the Rev. R. G. Baker, the Rev. Henry Brown, M.A., of Balliol College, Oxford, and Incumbent of St. James's, Curtain-road, to Maria, eldest daughter of the Right Hon. and Rev. the Lord Bishop of London.

1851 census: 49, Rectory Place, Woolwich, Greenwich age 37 with spouse 46 Henry Brown Rector Of Woolwich (b St Georges Middlesex 5 children (first 5 below) and 5 servants (nurse, nursery maid, footman cook housemaid)

ALICE MARGARET BROWN birth: c1845 (Reg Q1 1845 London v 2 p160) baptism 12 Jan 1845 Shoreditch St James father: clerk incumbent of this church 6 West street Finsbury Park
MARIA GEORGINA BROWN birth: 1846 b Boreham Essex baptism: 14 Apr 1846 Boreham St Andrew
CONSTANCE ISABELLA BROWN birth: c1848 b Boreham Essex baptism: 13 Feb 1848 Boreham St Andrew
HELEN MARY BROWN b 1850 Boreham Essex baptism 17 Jun 1849 Boreham St Andrew
HENRY BLOMFIELD BROWN birth: c1851 Reg Q1 1851 Chelmsford Volume: 12 Page: 51 baptism 16 Jan 1851 (age 2 months @1851 census)
ADA DOROTHY BROWN birth: 15 July 1852 baptism 7 Aug 1852 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene details as below
ETHEL LOUISA BROWN birth: 2 Nov 1854 baptism 5 Dec 1854 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene details as below
FREDERICK BALFOUR BROWN birth10 April 1856 baptism 13 May1856 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene details as below
CHARLES JAMES BROWN birth: 24 Jan 1859 Rectory House/Rectory Place baptism 2 Mar 1859 Woolwich St Mary Magdalene father clerk Rector of Woolwich

Saturday 08 May 1875 (syndicated extracts from various newspapers)
The Rev. Henry Brown, M.A., canon of Rochester, rector of Woolwich, and rural dean, died suddenly on Sunday morning at Woolwich Old Church, during Divine service. The rev. gentleman entered upon the service to all appearance in his usual health, but it was observed that he suddenly retired to the vestry, the Rev. F. Harrison, his curate, continuing the prayers. Ten minutes later Mr. Harrison was informed that the rector had expired in the vestry, and was so much overcome by the intelligence as to be unable to proceed further, and the congregation, hearing of the mournful cause, dispersed. ... The Church bells were tolling solemnly during the whole of the afternoon, and the sad event has caused the most profound regret in the locality. ... The deceased clergyman was son-in-law of the late Bishop Blomfield / The deceased clergyman had been married to a daughter of the late Bishop Bloomfield 31 years. (sic) .... For twenty-five years he had held his living at Woolwich with the universal esteem of his parishioners. He was previously incumbent of Boreham, Essex, having taken his degree at Balliol College, Oxford. He was 71 years of age.

?Deaths Mar 1884 BROWN Maria age 69 Woolwich 1d 699

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