Portrait of Harriet Mathews

Name: Harriet Mathews

Burial Number: 1836

Gender: Female

Born: 27/10/1859

Died: 30/01/1951

Buried: 07/03/1951

Ellen Burt

Henry Marsh

Family No: 1310


Harriett Marsh was born on the 27th October,1859 to farmer Henry Marsh and his wife Ellen (nee Burt) in Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire. Henry and Ellen married in July 1851 in Witchampton, Dorset, and had 13 children….. They both were from farming backgrounds. Ellen was born in Witchampton in 1829. Her father, Aine Burt, was a Miller and Farmer of 350 acres. Both Aine and his wife, Jane, were Witchampton folk.

On 9th February, 1882 in Mere, Wiltshire, Harriett married farmer Thomas Mathews from Eastham, Essex. Her Uncle Thomas was one of their witnesses. Thomas Mathews was said to be a Farmer, living in Harlow, at the time. Born in East Ham, Thomas was the son of Thomas and Charlotte Mathews, also Farmers.

The couple went on to have seven children: Thomas Gurney, John Kenneth, Stanley, Charles Bernard, Winifred, Harold and Edith Marion, all born in Harlow.

In 1917, Thomas was described as a Gentleman, at the marriage, at St Peter’s Church Cranley Gardens in London, of his daughter Edith Marion to John Myddleton Ashcroft, a Lieutenant in the Indian Cavalry, his address being London SW. His father William Ashcroft, was also a Gentleman. Thomas died in 1927.

When Harriett died, aged 92, her address was the Hollies, 204 Heene Road, though she died at Hopedean in Wordsworth Road. She left £13,430 13s 11d. Probate was given to Stanley Matthews (retired Lt Colonel), Edith Marion Ashcroft (Widow) and Cyril Laud Baddeley (Solicitor)

Son Stanley was a Captain and later a Major, then Lt.Col., in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. His wife was Australian – Beryl de Courcy Hamilton

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 7 Plot: 3

Exact Location (what3words): senses.glad.boil

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves - Ashes buried with Louise Madeleine Stone


"Jesu Mercy" in loving memory of Louise Madeleine Stone who passed on December 8th 1926 and of Florence Mary Edwards April 22nd 1935

Further Information


Name: Harriet Mathews

Gender: Female

Born: 27/10/1859

Town: Sutton

County: Wiltshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Marsh

Marriage Date: 9/02/1882

Spouse First Name: Thomas

Spouse Last Name: Mathews

Town of Marriage: Mere

County of Marriage: Wiltshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 30/01/1951

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: The Hollies

Address line 2: 204

Address line 3: Heene Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £13430 13 s 11 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Henry was living in Heytesbury with his widowed mother Elizabeth who was farming 1700 acres, and employing 55 Labourers. Henry and his younger brother Charles were ‘farmers’, and the family had 3 House Servants.


Living at Sutton Mandeville, were Henry, a Farmer of 554 acres, and employer of 13 men and 2 boys, born Heytesbury, Wiltshire, Ellen, with their 6 children, a Governess, and 3 female Servants. Harriett then had 5 siblings: Ellen, Elizabeth, Charles, Henry and William, all born in Sutton Mandeville.


12-year-old Harriett and her 5-year-old brother Edward, were staying with Farmer Thomas Harding in Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire, and his wife, Henrietta, their Aunt.


In 1881, now 22, Harriett was still with the Hardings, in Rodmead Farm House, described as having ‘no profession’. She was ‘brought up’ by her Aunt Henrietta.


Living at Old Road, Harlowbury – Harriett and Thomas, a Farmer, had 5 children, Stanley, 6, Charles Bernard, 5, Winifred, 3, Harold, 1, and Edith, less than 2 months. They also had a Nurse and Under-Nurse, a Housemaid and a Cook.


Thomas was living at Montfort House, Chigwell, farming with his father Thomas and younger brother John. Meanwhile Harriet was living in School House Road, Codford St Peter, Wiltshire, with Thomas Gurney, Winifred and Edith, all Pupils. There was a Governess, a Housemaid and a Cook there too. In the same Household was the National School Teacher, Frank Clarke, aged 25.

Codford is in the Whyke Valley, South of Salisbury, now named Codford as the result of the merger of Codford St Peter with Codford St Mary.

This is now ‘Old School House’ Codford.


the family was back together, in Codford. Thomas, Farmer, Harriet, Thomas Gurney (Farmer’s son working on the farm), Charles Bernard, a Civil Engineer, Winifred and Edith Marion. They had a Housemaid, Cook and Domestic Maid.


Harriet was living in Beaumont Road, Worthing, on her own means. There also were Edith (in the Land Army) and Jean Ashcroft (ages 48 and 20) and Gladys Beck, single and a Draper and Housekeeper.

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.