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Name: Abraham Leake

Burial Number: 0048

Gender: Male

Occupation: Timber Merchant, Importer and Contractor

Born: 00/12/1829

Died: 16/09/1879

Buried: 20/09/1879


Abraham was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, the son of Thomas and Sarah. He was baptised in Spalding on 3rd December 1829. Abraham was apprenticed to a timber merchant in Birmingham. During the 1850’s he was in partnership with Henry Avins and together they ran a timber merchants in Erdington. This partnership was dissolved in 1854 and Abraham moved to Bristol. Here he ran a timber importers with James Howell and Charles Gibson. The company had a contract with The Admiralty. Abraham became a Freemason and was initiated into the Sussex Lodge of Hospitality in Bristol on 12th October 1859. Later that same year Abraham travelled to New York. On 7th February 1860, he was presented by Lord Lyons to the US President James Buchanan at a levee held at the Executive Mansion. The following year, Abraham was back in England as his partner James Howell had died. On 27th January 1863, Abraham married Sarah Emma Bartley at St George’s Church, Hanover Square. Their son Charles George was born in 1863 followed by Albert Pierce Leslie in 1867. By 1871, the family were living in Brighton. Abraham died at 6 Victoria Terrace, South Road (Marine Parade) Heene on 16th September 1879. The building, now part of The Cavendish was on the corner of Queen’s Road. He had been suffering from consumption (TB) for the past five years. No probate.

Sarah returned to Hove and died in 1910.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 5 Plot: 41

Exact Location (what3words): comical.ranges.single

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Dear to the memory of Abraham Leake who departed this life Septr. 16th 1879 aged 49 years "Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life"

Further Information


Name: Abraham Leake

Gender: Male

Born: 00/12/1829

Town: Spalding

County: Lincolnshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 27/1/1863

Spouse First Name: Sarah

Spouse Second Name: Emma

Spouse Last Name: Bartley

Town of Marriage: Hanover Square

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 16/09/1879

Cause of death: Consumption (TB)

Address line 1: 6 Victoria Terrace

Address line 3: South Road (Marine Parade)

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Back of the Hole in Wall, Spalding, Lincolnshire

Thomas aged 35, gardener. Sarah aged 35. Abraham aged 11. Caroline aged 9. Alfred aged 6. Sarah Ann aged 4. Eliza aged 1.


7 Cambridge Street, Birmingham

Abraham aged 21, timber merchant’s clerk. Sarah Jobson aged 60, housekeeper




37 Clifton Road, Brighton

Abraham aged 41, timber merchant. Sarah Emma aged 34. Charles G aged 7. Albert P aged 4. Plus 2 servants

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