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Name: Emily Dodsworth

Burial Number: 1798

Gender: Female

Distinction: Wesleyan Worshipper

Born: 15/2/1854

Died: 24/01/1946

Buried: 29/01/1946


Emily Florence Riggall was born on 15th February 1854 at Wandsworth, Surrey, to Edward Riggall 36yrs, MRCS, and Emily 34 yrs. Her brother, Frank Edward, was born in August 1858 but died at 9 days. The family lived in Paddington, and in 1868 Emily’s mother died, she then lived with her father until her marriage in 1876 at 22yrs of age. She married Robert Hardwidge, 33yrs, Bank Clerk, in Kensington, they had no children and Emily was widowed in 1892 when Robert died, aged 48yrs. In 1900 Emily’s father died and she inherited his estate, making her a very wealthy woman.

She continued to live in London and in 1904 Emily Florence Hardwidge 50 yrs. (nee Riggall) widow, married Reverend Jeremiah Dodsworth 60yrs. widower, Weslyan Minister, at St. Luke’s Church, Paddington on 3rd December. Emily, Jeremiah and his daughter, Gertrude, moved to Worthing and lived at 9, Queen’s Road, where, in 1909, aged 29yrs, Gertrude died.

Emily was widowed again in 1916 when Jeremiah died, aged 72yrs. She continued to live in Worthing until her own death, in a nursing home at 14, Queen’s Road, aged 85yrs.                                                                       Probate was granted to George Frederick Wildash, chartered accountant, and Augustus Gordon Jarrett, Capt. RN. She left estate of £35,832 10s 10d. Value 2019 – £1.5m.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 9

Exact Location (what3words): gains.clip.period

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Complete maintenance


In loved memory of Gertrude Annie daughter of Rev. J. Dodsworth died July 24th 1909 aged 29 years. In ever loving memory of Emily Florence wife of Rev. J. Dodsworth died January 24th 1946 aged 91. In ever loving memory of Rev. J. Dodsworth died Sep 26th 1916 aged 73

Further Information


Name: Emily Florence Dodsworth

Gender: Female

Born: 15/2/1854

Town: Wandsworth

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name:Riggall

Marriage Date: //1876

Spouse First Name: Robert

Spouse Last Name: Hardwidge

Town of Marriage: Kensington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 3/12/1904

Spouse First Name: Jeremiah

Spouse Last Name: Dodsworth

Town of Marriage: Paddington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 24/01/1946

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Nursing Home

Address line 3: Queens Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £35832 10 s 10 d

Current value of effects: £1500000

Census Information


Living at 65, Queen’s Road, Paddington. Edward Riggall 43yrs, MRCS, and General Practitioner, mother, Emily 41yrs, Emily F. 7yrs, and two servants, Sarah E. Chambers 29, Ellen Trinder 18.


Living at 65, Queen’s Road, Paddington. Edward Riggall, 53yrs, MRCS, Emily F. 17yrs, and two servants, Margaret Reid 23, Housemaid and Emma Maltby 28, Cook.


Emily Florence 36 yrs. and Robert Hardwidge, 47 yrs. are in a boarding establishment at Marine Parade, Broadwater. He is a Bank Clerk.


Living at 28, Elgin Crescent, Kensington, Emily Florence 46yrs. (widow), 2 servants, Lucy Watts 44, Cook and Edith Taylor 24, Housemaid.


Living at ‘Freda’ 9, Queen’s Road, Worthing, Sussex. Jeremiah Dodsworth, 66 yrs. Retired Minister, Emily Florence 56yrs, wife, Mary Sharpe 29, Cook/Housemaid.


Living at ‘Freda’ 9, Queen’s Road, Worthing, Sussex.

Emily Florence Dodsworth
Female 1856 65 Home Duties
Emily Charlotte Bunett
Female 1876 44 Home Duties
Ada West
Female 1872 General Domestic Servant


Emily Florence Dodsworth 85 yrs. was resident in a Nursing Home at 14 Queen’s Road, Worthing. She was of independent means.

Miscellaneous Information

Worthing Herald June 7th 1946.
Mrs. Emily Florence Dodsworth, of 9, Queen’s Road, Worthing, who died on January 25th last, widow of the Reverend Jeremiah Dodsworth, left £35,832 10s 10d with net personalty £27,622 3s 9d, (Duty paid £6355).
She left £200 conditionally to Heene (Worthing) parish church for the upkeep of the graveyard. £200 for distribution among Metropolitan Police poor boxes; £200 to the Church Army; £200 to the British and Foreign Bible Society; £100 each to the Methodist Missionary Society (women’s branch) and the Worn-Out Minister’s Fund; her wireless set and table to the Worthing Home for the Blind; £100 each to Ethel W. Dearle and Alice Peak, as a slight recognition of their skill and many acts of kindness to her while in their Home, and a further £10 to Ethel W. Dearle for her kindness and skill during a recent illness; £200 to George F. Wildash, chartered accountant, as a small token of her appreciation of his trouble and kindness in looking after her affairs and comfort during her illness.
£3,500 to Florence M. Jarrett, £500 to Florence I. Sandy, £2,000 and her residence to Emily C. Bennett; other legacies amounting to about £1,600 and some specific bequests, and the residue to the London Hospital.