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Name: Jane Parsons

Burial Number: 1140

Gender: Female

Distinction: Born in Low Moor

Born: 3/8/1843

Died: 22/09/1923

Buried: 25/09/1923


Jane Douglas Lawrie was born on 3rd August 1843, she was baptised at Holy Trinity, Low Moor, Yorkshire, on 19th October 1843. Her parents were, Alexander Lawrie, 36yrs, Royal Naval Engineer, and Ann Earl, 37yrs, nee Douglas; she had 2 siblings, James b.1845, and Matilda b.1849. When Jane was very young the family moved to Kent where her father was based at HM. Dockyard, Chatham. Jane remained single until 1895, when, aged 52yrs, she married widower, Francis Henry Parsons, M.D, 58yrs, on 29th July at St. Saviour’s, Paddington.

Francis had been resident in Worthing, Sussex, with his late wife, for over ten years, he was a prominent member of the community, but no longer a practising doctor, Jane and Francis lived at his property, The Hurst, in St. Botolph’s Road.

In 1905 Francis died, aged 68yrs. Jane inherited his estate (£1.5m. 2021 value) there being no children from his first marriage, and she lived alone at The Hurst for the remainder of her life. She died on 22nd September 1923, aged 80yrs, probate was granted to Mabel Jane Russell, widow, effects £2358 8s 2d. Value 2021 – £146K.

Researcher: Unknown

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Jane Parsons

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 5 Plot: 17

Exact Location (what3words): good.saving.ropes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy.


In loving memory of Francis Henry Parsons M.D. who died October 25 1905 aged 68 years "He giveth his beloved sleep" Also Jane Douglas wife of the above who died September 22 1923 aged 80 years

Further Information


Name: Jane Douglas Parsons

Gender: Female

Born: 3/8/1843

Town: Bradford

County: West Yorkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Lawrie

Marriage Date: 29/7/1895

Spouse First Name: Francis

Spouse Second Name: Henry

Spouse Last Name: Parsons

Town of Marriage: Paddington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/09/1923

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: The Hurst

Address line 3: St Botolph's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2358 8 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £146000

Census Information


Living at HM Dockyard, Chatham, Kent. Alexander Lawrie, 43yrs, Chief Engineer, RN, wife, Ann Earl, 44yrs, 3 children, Jane, 7yrs, scholar at home, James, 5yrs, and Matilda, 4yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Lowlands Farm, Hoo St. Mary, Kent. Jane, 17yrs, and sister, Matilda, 14yrs, were visiting Farmer, Rob Allen and family.


5, Spring Bank, Manningham, Yorkshire. Jane, 37yrs, was visiting her married sister, Matilda Coates and family.


Living at The Hurst, St. Botolph’s Road, Worthing, Sussex. Francis H. Parsons, 64yrs, Retired Physician, wife, Jane D., 54yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Living at The Hurst, St. Botolph’s Road, Worthing, Sussex. Jane Douglas Parsons, 67yrs, widow, Private Means, plus 1 domestic servant.

Miscellaneous Information

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