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Name: Maria Prickett

Burial Number: 1616

Gender: Female

Born: 00/10/1860

Died: 04/06/1935

Buried: 08/06/1935


Maria Stuart Treffry was born in October 1860 in Fowey, Cornwall. She was the 8th child of the Reverend Edward John Treffry, 50yrs, and his wife, Ann, 45yrs, nee Steel. They lived at Place House, Fowey, an imposing, fortress-like building, complete with a turreted tower that has been the Treffry family home since the 13th century. Her father died on board his yacht, near Fowey, in 1880.

On 5th July 1882 in Fowey, Cornwall, Maria Stuart Treffry, 22yrs, married William Robert Prickett, 29yrs, a Major in the Royal Artillery. They had 2 children, Doris, born 1884 in Kensington, and Lancelot, born on 3rd September 1888, in Ilfracombe. By 1891, William was a retired Army Major, Royal Artillery, and the family had moved to Worthing, living at Worfield, St. Botolph’s Road.

William and Maria’s only son, Lancelot, entered the Royal Military Academy in 1908 and saw action in the 1914 War in France. He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps and whilst training as a pilot he was tragically killed in an aircraft crash in Wiltshire, in 1916.

Maria was widowed when William Robert Prickett died, aged 64yrs, on November 19th, 1917, in Worthing. She remained at St. Botolph’s Road until her death on 4th June 1935, aged 74yrs.                  Probate was granted to Doris Baker (wife of Reverend Alexander George Baker). Effects £553 17s 1d. Value 2020 – £40K.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SB Row: 1 Plot: 2

Exact Location (what3words): create.land.petty

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy


In loving memory of Lancelot Prickett Captain R.G.A. and R.F.C. only son of Major W.R. Prickett Late R.A. born Sept 3 1888, killed June 2 1916 in a Flying accident at Nertheravon. Also of William Robert Prickett Major Late Royal Artillery born August 25th 1853 died November 19th 1917. Also of Maria Stuart wife of Major W.R. Prickett died June 4th 1935 R.I.P.

Further Information


Name: Maria Stuart Prickett

Gender: Female

Born: 00/10/1860

Town: Fowey

County: Cornwall

Country: England


Maiden Name:Treffry

Marriage Date: 5/7/1882

Spouse First Name: William

Spouse Second Name: Robert

Spouse Last Name: Prickett

Town of Marriage: Fowey

County of Marriage: Cornwall

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 04/06/1935

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Worfield

Address line 3: St Botolph's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £553 17 s 1 d

Current value of effects: £40000

Census Information


Living at Place House, Place Road, Fowey, Cornwall. Edward John Treffry, 51yrs, Clergyman in Holy Orders without care of souls, wife, Ann, 45yrs, 7 children, Charles 18, Zoe 11, Joseph 9, Edward 6, Spencer 4, John 2, Maria 5 months, plus 8 domestic servants.


Living at Place House, Place Road, Fowey, Cornwall. Edward John Treffry, 61yrs, Clergyman in Holy Orders without care of souls, wife, Ann, 55yrs, Harry 23, Sailor, Zoe 21, Joseph 19, Maria 10, mother-in-law, Ann Steel, widow, 76yrs, plus 6 domestic servants


Living at 1, Albert Terrace, Fowey, Cornwall. Spencer Treffry, 24, No calling, brother, John Treffry, 22, Merchant, sister, Maria Treffry, 20yrs, No calling, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at 14, Torr’s Park, Ilfracombe, N. Devon. William R. Prickett, 37yrs, Retired Major, Royal Artillery, wife, Maria,30yrs, daughter, Doris, 7yrs, son, Lancelot, 2yrs, plus 3 domestic servants


Living at Worfield, St. Botolph’s Road, Worthing. William R. Prickett, 47yrs, Retired Major, Royal Artillery, wife, Maria, 40yrs, daughter, Doris, 17yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.


Living at Worfield, St. Botolph’s Road, Worthing. William R. Prickett, 57yrs, Retired Major, Royal Artillery, wife, Maria S. 50yrs, Doris, 27yrs, plus 2 domestic servants.

Miscellaneous Information

The house is still privately owned by the Treffry family as it has been since the 13th century.

The oldest part of the existing building is the tower dating back to the 15th century. The castellation isn’t just for effect either, the house was defended in 1475 from the French, allegedly single handedly by the lady of the house, Dame Elizabeth Treffry.

The house was inherited by the Rev Edward Treffry in the nineteenth century. He is said to have been preaching a sermon when a wrecked vessel was reported. Being keen to share in the spoils, he told his congregation to remain seated while he made his way to the porch. Then saying “Right, now we can all start fair”, he joined his congregation in sprinting to the shore