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Name: Eliza Morris

Burial Number: 0559

Gender: Female

Born: 00/7/1841

Died: 3/3/1908

Buried: 06/03/1908

Story

Eliza Annie Sole was born in 1841 in St Neots Huntingdonshire, the Daughter of William and Ann Sole (nee Anslow).

The following was taken from The Sole Society website-

William Sole was born in Caldecote, Cambridgeshire in about 1803 and was the only son of Francis Sole and Elizabeth Cole. When Francis, a farmer, died in 1815, he left his ‘personal estate’ for the use of his wife during her life and after her death it was to be shared between their daughters, but his ‘landed estate’ (property or land that generates an income without the owner having to do the work of the estate) was bequeathed to William with the stipulation that until William reached 21 the profits from the land were to be used for his education and maintenance.  It was presumably the money from the estate that enabled William to train to be a doctor: he studied at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and at the University of Paris and became an FRCS (fellowship of the Royal college of Surgeons). By 1851, William was a general practitioner and was living in St Neots, Huntingdonshire, with Anne and their children. They had two daughters (Eliza Anne and Mary) and five sons (William Anslow, Francis, Ernest Samuel, Arthur Baron and Robert S Lindsay).

Eliza married Haywood Morris on the 1st June 1869 at Christ Church, Wellington, Shropshire. Haywood was born in 1841 in Enfield Middlesex, by 1865 he was studying at St Peter’s College, Cambridge and he obtained a B.A. in 1861 and a M.A. in 1865. He was ordained a deacon in 1867 and a priest in 1868.

Eliza and Haywood had 7 children-

Arthur Haywood Morris b 1872 d1908 Johannesburg, South Africa

Edith Mary Haywood Morris b 1873 d1921

Mabel Haywood Morris b1874 d1950

Annie Haywood Morris b1876 d1877

Martin Haywood Morris b1879 d1944

Catherine Haywood Morris b1880

Julia Haywood Morris b1882 d1967

By 1871 Haywood and Eliza were living at 1 Mill Street, Bridgenorth, Hereford, Shropshire.  Haywood was a Curate at St Mary Magdelene church in Bridgenorth a position he held from 1870 to early 1873.

 

By mid-1873 Haywood became Curate in Charge of St Mary’s Church, Stottesdon, Shropshire.  The family lived in the Vicarage which was next door to the church, and they held many fetes and tea parties in the garden.  Hayward remained at St Mary’s, Stottesdon for 21 years until his death in 1894.

After Haywood’s death, Eliza and her family would have had to move out of the Vicarage at Stottesdon, so she moved with her Daughter Julia to 41 Mill Street, Warwick, Warwickshire.  They sold the furniture and various items from the vicarage at an auction on 6th March 1894.  The items included a Piano, sideboard and dining table plus chairs, also Watercolour paintings  and 100 ounces of silver.  They also sold a Hereford cow, 2 wheel pony cart and other garden items.

Between 1901 and 1911, Eliza moved to ‘Penlee’ St. Michael’s road Worthing, her Daughter Edith Mary Hayward Morris was also living at the same address.  Her other Daughter Mabel Haywood Morris was also living in Worthing, she was working as a sick nurse with the Margesson Sisters in Liverpool Gardens, Worthing. Mabel Haywood Morris also qualified as a Masseur and Medical Electrician (A Medical Electrician was a person that gave electric shock treatment)and was on the CSMMGC National register (Chartered society of massage and medical gymnastics society)

Eliza died on the 3rd March 1908 while living at St Michael’s Road, Worthing.  She left £4007 11s 3d (£313,000 in 2020) with probate to Edith Mary Haywood Morris (Daughter) and Mabel Haywood Morris (Daughter).

 

 

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 6 Plot: 16

Exact Location (what3words): bags.zips.years

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

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Inscription:

In loving memory of Annie Haywood Morris born September 2nd 1841 died March 3rd 1908 "O death where is thy sting, O grave where is thy victory. In Thy presence is fulness of joy"

Further Information

Birth

Name: Eliza Annie Haywood Morris

Gender: Female

Born: 00/7/1841

Town: St Neot's

County: Huntingdonshire

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name:Sole

Marriage Date: /4/1869

Spouse First Name: Haywood

Spouse Last Name: Morris

Town of Marriage: Wellington

County of Marriage: Somerset

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 3/3/1908

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Penlee

Address line 3: St Michaels Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £4007 11 s 3 d

Current value of effects: £313000

Census Information

1851

Market Hill, St Neots, Huntingdonshire

William Sole (Head) age 47, Anne Sole (Wife) age 34, Anne (Daughter) age 9, William (Son) age7, Francis (Son) age 5, Ernest (Son) age 4, Mary (Daughter) age 2, plus 4 servants

1861

Maybridge, Hadley, Shropshire

Anne Sole (Head) age 44, Anne (Daughter) age 19, William (Son) age 17, Frank (Son) age 16, Mary (Daughter) age 12,  Arthur (Son) age 6, Robert (Son) age 4, plus 1 Governess and 2 servants

1871

1 Mill Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Haywood Morris (Head) age 30, Eliza Anne (Wife) age 29, plus 1 servant

1881

The  Vicarage, Stottesdon, Shropshire

Rev. Haywood Morris (Head) age 40, Eliza A (Wife) age 39, Arthur H (Son) age 9, Edith M (Daughter) age 8, Mabel H (Daughter) age 6, Martin H (Son) age 2, Catherine H (Daughter) age 11 months, plus 1 governess and 3 servants

1891

Vicarage House, Stottesdon, Shropshire

Haywood Morris (Head) age 50, Eliza A (Wife) age 49, Martin H (Son) age 12, Catherine H (Daughter) age 10, Julia H (Daughter) age 9, plus 2 servants

1901

41 Mill Street, Warwick, Warwickshire

Eliza A Morris (Head) age 59, Julia H (Daughter) age 19, plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

Bridgnorth Journal – Saturday 17th February 1894

Funeral of the Rev. H Morris at Stottesdon – For the past 21 years the Rev. H. Morris, who was highly esteemed by the parishioners of Stottesdon, held the office of curate in charge at the Vicarage, and during that period he gained many friends. For some months past the rev. gentleman has been in failing health and in spite of all that his medical adviser, Dr Rhodes, could do for him, he died on Friday last, aged 53 years. The funeral took place at Stottesdon Churchyard on Tuesday last in the presence of a large number of friends of the deceased gentleman. The mournful procession left the vicarage at four o’clock in the following order:

Rev. W. Pritchard, Rev. H.K. Southwall, Mr J. Lane, Mr G. Hodges.
Six Bearers: Daniel Bourne, Humphrey Wallings, Rheuben Link, Samuel Jones, George Hodnett, Frank Taylor.
Mourners: Rev. W. Sole, Mr Ernest Sole, Rev. Arthur Sole, Mrs Morris, Miss Morris, Miss Mable Morris, Miss Kittie Morris, Miss Leile Morris, Mrs Elliott, Mrs King and servants of the household, Mr Howells, Mr John Deswell.
Churchwardens: Mr Holbeech, Mr W Jones

A large number of parishioners and friends from a distance were present in the Church, amongst whom we noticed the Rev. A.J. Warren, Rev. J.H. Farquhar, Mr. A.P. Trow, Mr C.R.E. Cresswell, the Misses Dorrell, Mrs Gittins (Hinton), Mr W Dorrell, Mrs J Dorrell, Rev. Thos. Riley, Mrs Parton, etc.

The funeral service was impressively read by the Rev. H.K. Southwell; two hymns were sung in the church and one at the grave. Mr Holbeach presided at the organ. The coffin, which was of panelled massive elm, was made by Mr James Lane, of Stottesdon, and was fitted with handsome brass furniture. The breast plate was inscribed: H.M. Born, October 4th 1810, Entered into rest February 9th 1894.
The grave a plain earth one, had been very beautifully prepared by Miss Lane. It was lined with moss and snowdrops and around the top was a bordering of snowdrops, tied in bunches, 200 bunches being counted. The floral tributes sent by sorrowing relatives and friends were very handsome. there were crosses “Froom the sorrowing wife and children”; “In loving memory of a dear friend, Church House, Cleobury Mortimer”; “In loving memory and sympathy from Lissie Clenton”; and “Mr and Mrs John Dorrell with much sympathy”; a floral heart, “A token of respect and esteem from Col. and Mrs Heath” Wreaths: “With Corrie’s love and true sympathy, in loving memory of her beloved cousin”; “With deepest sympathy from A Wheeler and M Rought”; “In loving memory from two cousins”; “With heartfelt sorrow and deep sympathy”; “With sincere sympathy, Mr Hinton”; and “With much sympathy from Blundell”
The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr W Jones, Waterloo House, Bridgnorth.

Bridgnorth Journal – 3 March 1894

Tuesday Next – The Vicarge, Stottesdon, 9 miles from Bridgnorth and 6 from Cleobury Mortimer. Sale of Well-Made Household Furniture, Plate and Plated Goods, Outdoor Effect’s, etc.

Nock, Cooper, Nock and Deighton respectfully announce their instructions from the representatives of the late Rev H Morris, to dispose by Auction, on Tuesday March 6th 1894
The principle portion of his excellent Household Furniture, Including fine toned full compass Cottage Pianoforte, Mahogany Sideboard, Ditto Dining Table. Well made Mahogany and other Chairs, Water colour Drawings and Engravings, about 100 ounces of Silver, including Antique Cream Jug, Tankard, etc. quantity of Bed Room and other Furniture, Kitchen and Pantry Requisites, etc.
The Outdoor Effects include Well Bred Hereford In-Calf Cow early to calve, 2 wheel Pony Cart, Lamps, etc. 40 Iron Hurdles, Greenhouses, Lawn Mower and other useful items, for full particulars see Catalogues from the Auctioneers, Bridgnorth.
Sale commences at 12 o’clock prompt.
The Silver may been seen at the Offices of the Auctioneers, Bridgnorth.

My Beautiful Bookcase

By Iris Lloyd

This article was originally published in the December 2004 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society

On 23rd May 1990, I visited nearby Hungerford (Berkshire), well-known for its plethora of antique shops, in search of a bookcase, and entered the prestigious showrooms of Malthouse Antiques. There I found just what I was looking for!

“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” said the owner. It certainly was – two shelves behind glass doors and two small drawers above, two small and three large drawers below – and not too large. “And look,” she continued, “it has a secret.”

She pulled out the bottom drawer and turned it round. Written on the back was the life story of the bookcase. Wow! I couldn’t resist it! Since then it has been filled with interesting old books above, video tapes in the drawers, and has graced a corner of my lounge.

This is what I read:

John Lavy January 1822

Anne Anslow January 1822

Anne Eliza Sole Christmas 1854 when the Book Case was added

Came to the daughters of Eliza Anne Morris (nee Sole) at her death March 3rd 1908

Edith Mary Haywood Morris (decd. Oct. 3rd 1921)

Mabel Haywood Morris (died 1950)

Catherine Haywood Morris (married to H.T. Curtis June 1908)

Julia (Leila) Haywood Morris

Came to the daughters of Mary Elliott (nee Sole) 1951

I have added my own details and am leaving it to my granddaughter in my Will.

Being greatly interested in the family that had owned the bookcase for almost 170 years, I decided to investigate further, and obtained the following certificates, which I found easily; I did not go to great lengths to discover those that eluded me:

Birth

1873 Edith Mary Haywood Morris

1874 Mabel Haywood Morris

1882 Julia Haywood Morris

Marriage

1840 William Sole/Anne Anslow

1869 Haywood Morris/Eliza Anne Sole

Death

1908 Eliza Anne Morris

1921 Edith Mary Haywood Morris

Recently, when clearing out old Family History magazines, I noticed details of the Sole One-Name Society and contacted Fred Sole. He has sent me a copy of the above Branch of the Sole family tree and I have sent him details of the certificates I obtained.

Probably, John Lavy was the cabinet maker. It was a great surprise to find that the piece was not made as a whole and that the top part was added thirty years later. In 1950, Mabel died and the bookcase was passed to her cousins. Forty years later, it turned up in Hungerford.

Incidentally, I have written a play about it, entitled THE BOOKCASE. It is a murder mystery and the bookcase is the central character. A lost Will is found hidden between the two sections when it was restored a century after the top was added, and it was evident that the large estate had been inherited by the wrong branch of the family. The play didn’t win the competition I entered, but I enjoyed writing it. Are any readers involved in amateur dramatics?

So – thank you, Sole family, for my lovely bookcase – and it’s not for sale!

Biographical note:

William Sole and Anne Anslow were members of a Fenland family whose origins can be found in the villages around Ely.

William Sole was born in Caldecote, CAM, in about 1803 and was the only son of Francis Sole and Elizabeth Cole. When Francis, a farmer, died in 1815, he left his ‘personal estate’ for the use of his wife during her life and after her death it was to be shared between their daughters, but his ‘landed estate’ was bequeathed to William with the stipulation that until William reached 21 the profits from the land were to be used for his education and maintenance.

 

It was presumably the money from the estate that enabled William to train to be a doctor: he studied at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and at the University of Paris and became an FRCS. By 1851, William was a general practitioner and was living in St Neots, HUN, with Anne and their children. They had two daughters (Eliza Anne and Mary) and five sons (William Anslow, Francis, Ernest Samuel, Arthur Baron and Robert S Lindsay)

Of the sons, Francis died when he was 17, William and Arthur became Church of England clergymen, Ernest a cotton broker and Robert an Army surgeon. William died of cancer in 1855 and in later life Anne lived in Winchester with son Arthur’s family. She died there in 1899.