Portrait of Abigail  Jonathan

Name: Abigail Jonathan

Burial Number: 1727

Gender: Female

Occupation: Doctor

Distinction: Indian born Doctor

Born: 00/00/1877

Died: 19/09/1940

Buried: 23/09/1940


Heene Hallmark

Abigail Jonathan 1877 – 1940

Indian born Doctor


Abigail Jonathan was born in Lahore, India, in 1871. In 1889, aged 18yrs, she was in Buckinghamshire, where she was described as a missionary of the Zenana Society, having been an assistant teacher in the Punjab. Abigail studied medicine at Lahore Medical College, then at Edinburgh University, passing the third part of her examinations in 1910.



Photo of San Marcos houseHer first official appearance in English records is in the 1911 census when she is a visitor, staying with Mary Amelia Layton, spinster, 70yrs, at San Marcos, 50, Shelley Road, Worthing, Sussex; she was a medical student. In 1921 they are still living at the same address, Abigail is still listed as a visitor, with no occupation, and she appears to have remained living with Mary, who died, aged 86yrs, on 13th December 1927. The following October 1928, Abigail sailed from Liverpool to Bombay, India on the Anchor Line vessel “California”. Abigail returned to Liverpool on the Anchor Line “Circassia” and is listed as a doctor. Miss Sheila Peters returned on this journey at the age of 8 years and is also listed as living at San Marcos, Shelley Road. (See photo)

Abigail was granted probate of Mary’s estate and continued to live at San Marcos until her own death, aged 69yrs, on 19th September 1940. Probate was granted to Percival Reader, retired bank overseer, and Norman Edward Kelly, solicitor, effects £5637 7s 4d. Value 2022 – £336,231.


Researcher: Sue Standing

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Abigail  Jonathan

Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 20

Exact Location (what3words): safe.bike.scuba

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Mary Amelia Layton who passed away December 13 1927 aged 86 years. Also of Abigail Jonathan died Sept. 19th 1940 aged 63 years.

Further Information


Name: Abigail Jonathan

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1877

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: India


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 19/09/1940

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: San Marcos

Address line 2: 50

Address line 3: Shelley Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £5637 7 s 4 d

Current value of effects: £336231

Census Information


Living at San Marcos, Shelley Road, Worthing – Mary Amelia Layton 70yrs single Private Means, Abigail Jonathan 40yrs Visitor Medical Student, Elsie Warren 28yrs Visitor Medical Student, Maud Louisa Holden 30yrs Domestic Servant, Winifred Edney 18yrs Domestic Servant


Living at San Marcos. Shelley Road, Worthing, Sussex.

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age in years Birth place Occupation Employer
Mary Amelia Layton
Female 1841 80 London, London, England None
Abigail Jonathan
Female 1871 50 United Provinces, India None
Annie Lewis
Female 1867 54 Hackney, Middlesex, England Domestic Service Private
Winifred Mustdin
Female 1901 20 Findon, Sussex, England Domestic Servic

Miscellaneous Information

In November 2017 we were very excited to meet Sheila Peters, aged 96 years, and show her the grave of her benefactor. Sheila had very fond memories of the person who adopted her and brought her to England for a better start in life.