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Name: John Crowfoot

Burial Number: 1233

Gender: Male

Occupation: Prebendary Canon

Distinction: Canon

Born: 16/10/1841

Died: 29/03/1926

Buried: 01/04/1926


In 1841, John Henchman Crowfoot was born on 16th October in Beccles, Suffolk, the second son of William Edward Crowfoot, b.1806 and Ellen, nee Miller. His older brother, William Miller Crowfoot was born in 1837 and in 1845 his brother, Edward Bowles Crowfoot was born. He had 3 sisters, Mary, Ellen and Catherine. Their father was a Surgeon/GP and JP.
He was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Oxford, graduating in 1864; he was ordained in 1866 and was a Fellow of Jesus College from 1866 to 1872. From 1867 to 1871 he spent 3 years in Delhi at the S.P.G. Mission. (Society for the Propagation of the Gospel).
On the 8th August 1872, John married Mary Elizabeth Bayly, 24yrs. in Brighton, Sussex; she was the daughter of Robert Bayly, Barrister-in-Law of the Inner Temple. Two years later, John’s older brother, William Miller Crowfoot, married Mary’s twin sister, Catherine Anne Bayly.
In 1881 John Henchman Crowfoot, 39yrs. was Prebendary of Buckden, living at the Bishop’s Hostel, Lincoln, with Mary Elizabeth, 32yrs. and son, John Winter,7yrs. and daughter, Agnes Mary, 6yrs. Their daughter, Ellen Monica, born July 1878 sadly only lived for 1 day, and in 1882 another daughter, Margaret Eva, was born.
A prebendary is a member of the Anglican or Roman Catholic clergy, a form of canon with a role in the administration of a cathedral or collegiate church.
John continued his clerical career in Lincolnshire over the following 20 years, succeeding to the Chancellorship of Lincoln Cathedral in 1898. In 1911, aged 69yrs, John lived in a 23 roomed accommodation, in the sub-deanery of Lincoln, with Mary, 62yrs, and a staff of 5, Cook, Parlour-maid, 2 Housemaids and a Kitchen-maid.
The Reverend Canon John Henchman Crowfoot retired in 1913 and moved to Ravenscourt, Mill Road, Worthing. He died on the 29th March 1926, aged 84yrs, at Caer Gwent, Wykeham Road, Worthing.
His funeral was held at Heene, on 1st April, a simultaneous memorial service was conducted in the Choir of Lincoln Cathedral, which was attended by his son-in-law, Reverend Richard Aston and his grand-daughters, the Misses Winter.
He left estate of £6188 17s. 2d. (value 2020 – £380K.) leaving all the property to his wife for life, and then between his 2 daughters, his son, John, bringing into account £2000 already settled on him.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

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"Jesu Mercy" John Henchman Crowfoot Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral 1898-1913 died at Worthing 29th March 1926 aged 84

Further Information


Name: John Henchman Crowfoot

Gender: Male

Born: 16/10/1841

Town: Beccles

County: Suffolk

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 8/8/1872

Spouse First Name: Mary

Spouse Second Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Last Name: Bayly

Town of Marriage: Brighton

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/03/1926

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Ravenscourt

Address line 3: Mill Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


The following obituary was from the Lincolnshire Echo – 29th March 1926.

The death took place this morning of Canon John Henchman Crowfoot, M.A. at his residence, Ravenscourt, West Worthing, Sussex, aged 84.
Canon Crowfoot was a scholar of Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1864, and a Fellow of Jesus College from 1866-72, having been ordained in the former year. From 1867 to 1871 he was at the S.P.G. Mission at Delhi, and was Rector of Wigginton, Oxfordshire, 1872-75. In 1874 he came to Lincoln as Vice-Chancellor of the Cathedral, an office now suppressed, being made Prebendary of Buckden in the same year. From 1874 to 1876 he was Curate of St. Peter-in-Eastgate. In 1896 he succeeded to the Chancellorship and became Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln and head of the Cancellarii. From 1902 to 1908 he also acted as Commissary to the Bishop of Zanzibar. He resigned the Chancellorship in 1913, being succeeded by the late Dr. Johnstone, and went to live at Worthing. He ceased to be a Prebendary when he became Chancellor but, on his retirement, he was made Prebendary of Milton Manor with Binbrook.
His two daughters both reside in Lincoln, one being the wife of Dr. Winter, and the other the wife of the Rev. R. Aston, Vicar of St. Faith’s. His son, Mr. John Winter Crowfoot, C.B.E., has been Director of Education to the Sudan Government and Principal of Gordon College, Khartoum since 1914. He is also a Member of the Governor General’s Council in the Sudan.

Report from the Lincolnshire Echo – 1st April. 1926.

Simultaneous with the funeral service at Heene Church, Worthing, Sussex, today, a memorial service was held in the choir of Lincoln Cathedral this afternoon to Canon John Henchman Crowfoot, a former Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, and Prebendary of Milton Manor with Binbrook. Canon Crowfoot, whose two daughters still reside in Lincoln, one being the wife of Dr. Winter and the other the wife of the Rev. R. Aston, Vicar of St. Faith’s, died at his residence, Ravenscourt, West Worthing, on Monday in his 85th year.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £6188 17 s 2 d

Current value of effects: £380000

Census Information


Living at New Market, Beccles, Suffolk. William E. Crowfoot, 54yrs, Surgeon, FRCS. GP, wife, Ellen, 54yrs, 4 children, William M. 23yrs, Surgeon, Mary S. 21yrs, John H.19yrs, Undergraduate, Oxford, Ellen, 17yrs, visitor, John H. Deane, 36yrs, Professor of Music, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at the Bishop’s Hostel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. John Henchman Crowfoot, 39yrs; wife, Mary Elizabeth 32 yrs; 2 children, John Winter 7yrs; Agnes Mary 6yrs;


Living at the Bishop’s Hostel, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. John Henchman Crowfoot, 49yrs, Clerk in Holy Orders, wife, Mary Elizabeth 42 yrs, son, John H. 17yrs, daughters, Agnes M. 16yrs, and Margaret E. 9yrs, plus 18 students and domestics.


Living at Minster Yard, The Subdeanery, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. John Henchman Crowfoot, 59yrs, Clergyman C. of E. wife, Mary Elizabeth, 52yrs, daughters, Agnes Mary, 26yrs, Margaret Eva, 19yrs, plus 9 domestic servants.


Living at Minster Yard, The Subdeanery, Lincoln, Lincolnshire. John Henchman Crowfoot, 69yrs, Clergyman, Established Church, wife, Mary Elizabeth, 62yrs, plus 5 domestic servants.

Miscellaneous Information

The Crowfoot family is recorded in Burke’s Family Records – this is a record of the genealogy of the junior houses of British nobility.
The “cadets” or younger sons of a noble family did not usually receive inherited lands or titles and their descendants were often overlooked by lineage records of the peerage.
Details of family origins, surnames, events and locations are recorded for about 300 British cadet lines, some are accompanied by coats of arms.
The Crowfoot history begins with John Henchman Crowfoot’s Great Grandfather, John Crowfoot, 1753-1812, but it was his wife, Susan Henchman, who gave the name and the church tradition to the family. She was the daughter of the Reverend Joseph Henchman.
The Crowfoot family motto “Cavendo tutus” – Safe(ty) through caution – is the motto of the Dukes of Devonshire of Chatsworth, Derbyshire; this title is held by members of the Cavendish family, one of the wealthiest aristocratic families since the 16th century. The Cavendish family descends from Sir John Cavendish who took his name from the village of Cavendish, in Suffolk in the 14th century.
Suffolk, therefore, would appear to be the historic connection between the Crowfoots and the aristocracy.