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Name: Emma Peasgood

Burial Number: 1626

Gender: Female

Occupation:   Apple grower.

Born: 00/09/1844

Died: 27/12/1935

Buried: 30/12/1935


Emma Manby was born in Spittlegate, Lincolnshire, in 1844, September quarter; her parents were, William Manby, 29yrs, Writing Clerk, and Elizabeth, 36yrs. She had a brother, George, born 1843. When Emma was just sixteen, she planted 5 apple pips of unknown variety and accidentally created a famous cooking apple, (full story below).

Emma, 21yrs, married John Francis Peasgood, 24yrs, on 24th October 1865 at Grantham, Lincolnshire, they had 4 children, Arthur b.1866, Emma Francisca, (died in infancy), 1868, Annie F. b.1870, and William F. b.1874. In 1871 John was manager of a drapery shop in Lincoln High Street but by 1875 he had moved the business to Upper Street, Islington, where he advertised as John Francis Peasgood, London/Paris House, and had what appeared to be a successful drapery business. Over the next ten years he moved on from the drapery trade but ended up in the bankruptcy court in 1886.

Emma and John then moved to Croydon with their family and in 1911 they were living in Hounslow, London, at some later point they moved to Worthing, Sussex, where John died, on 19th May 1920, aged 79yrs. Emma appears to have moved along the coast and she died in Hove on 27th December 1935, aged 91yrs.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 13 Plot: 3

Exact Location (what3words): scenes.slam.level

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Sacred to the memory of John Francis Peasgood late of Stamford died 19th May 1920 aged 79. Also of Emma his wife died 27th December1935 aged 91.

Further Information


Name: Emma Peasgood

Gender: Female

Born: 00/09/1844

Town: Grantham

County: Lincolnshire

Country: England

Occupation:Apple grower.


Maiden Name:Manby

Marriage Date: 24/10/1865

Spouse First Name: John

Spouse Second Name: Francis

Spouse Last Name: Peasgood

Town of Marriage: Grantham

County of Marriage: Lincolnshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 27/12/1935

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Hove

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Value of effects in 2020: Not calculated

Census Information


Living at London Road, Spittlegate, Lincolnshire. William Manby, 35yrs, Writing Clerk, wife, Elizabeth, 44yrs, son, George, 7yrs, and daughter, Emma, 6yrs.


Living at Bridge End Road, Spittlegate, Lincolnshire. William Manby, 45yrs, Clerk in Iron Foundry, wife, Elizabeth, 56yrs, son, George, 17yrs, Turner and Fitter, daughter, Emma, 16yrs, no calling.


Living at 56, High Street, Lincoln. John F. Peasgood, 29yrs, Draper and Town Councillor, wife, Emma, 26yrs, 2 children, Arthur F. 4yrs, Annie F. 11month, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at 17, Stavordale Road, Islington, London. John F. Peasgood, 39yrs, Manager of Drapery, wife, Emma, 35yrs, 3 children, Arthur F. 14yrs, Annie F. 10yrs, William F. 7yrs, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Manby, 74yrs, boarder, Joseph Holdom, 25yrs, Theology Student.


Living at 4, Maberley Road, Croydon, Surrey. John F. Peasgood, Agent for Saddlery, wife, Emma, 46yrs, son, Arthur F. 24yrs, Stock Jobber’s Clerk, daughter, Annie F. 20yrs, son, William F. 17yrs, Auctioneer’s Articled Clerk, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Manby, 84yrs, visitor, Ada Patchett, 19yrs, Milliner’s Assistant.


Living at 21, Sunny Bank, Croydon, Surrey. John F. Peasgood, 59yrs, Secretary, wife, Emma, 56yrs, son, William, 27yrs, Estate Agent.


Living at 104, Bath Road, Hounslow, London. John F. Peasgood, 69yrs, Promoter and Manager of Exhibitions, wife, Emma, 66yrs.

Miscellaneous Information

Emma Manby was the accidental creator of the Peasgood Nonsuch apple. She was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1844. When she was 16, she planted 5 pips of an unknown cooking apple variety in her garden. Only one pip germinated but it grew into a healthy tree. 5 years later she married John Francis Peasgood and moved to Stamford taking her still fruitless tree with her. The tree didn’t produce any apples until 1870 but when it did eventually fruit each apple was of such a size; each one over a pound in weight that on 6th September 1872 Emma entered the apples in the Agricultural show at Burghley Park. She won first prize.

The fruit was presented to the Royal Horticultural Society and was awarded a first-class certificate. The notoriety of the fruit increased and during a show at the Guildhall, London a specimen weighing 1lb 12 Oz was presented to Queen Victoria.

Laxton’s marketed the fruit from 1872 and described it as “one of the most handsome apples in cultivation”.