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Name: Maria Stevenson

Burial Number: 0492

Gender: Female

Born: 7/3/1827

Died: 08/03/1906

Buried: 13/03/1906


Maria Lucy Keene was born to William, a farmer, and Mary Ann, nee Swallow, on 7th March 1827, Hambledon, Buckinghamshire. She was baptised on 10th July 1827, at Maidenhead, Berkshire, in a Non-Conformist/Non-Parochial ceremony at New Chapel – Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion.
The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in 1783 by Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, as a result of the Evangelical Revival.
In 1847 she married Thomas Deverell, 40yrs., of Henley, Oxford; he was a farmer, 20yrs her senior. Although he was born in1807 he was baptised in the Non-Conformist Church in 1826, aged 19yrs. Thomas farmed 290 acres and employed17 labourers at Upcott Farm, Sydenham, Oxfordshire.
Maria and Thomas had 4 children, Louis Keene Deverell, born 1852, Jessie M. born 1854, Mary Caroline Deverell, born 1856, and Thomas, 1863. They continued to live at Upcott Farm until Thomas’s death, aged 66yrs. on 19th August 1873. He left estate ‘under £20k’ – value £2.1m -2020.
Maria Lucy Deverell, nee Keene, widow, 47yrs, married Rev. John Gilchrist Stevenson, 42yrs, in 1874, Lambeth.
John Gilchrist Stevenson was born in 1832 in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, to Alexander (1891) and Elizabeth (1896), he was I of 5 children. In 1871 he was an Assistant School Master, 39yrs, living at Woodcock Hill, Pannal, Yorkshire.
In 1881 John and Maria were living at Oakdean Lodge, Thornton Heath, Croydon, with her son, Louis K. Deverell, 18yrs, clerk; they employed a housemaid. John Gilchrist Stevenson is a Congregational Minister without Pastoral Charge.
In 1891 they had moved to Hastings, Sussex, where John, 59yrs, was a Congregational Minister at St. Mary in the Castle.
By 1901, the family had moved to Worthing, and were living at Grasmere, Manor Road. Maria Lucy was now 74yrs old and suffering from serious ill health; a night nurse, Elizabeth R. K. Francis, had been employed to turn her at night for the last three years. They also employed a Cook and a Housemaid.
In February,1905, the night nurse died suddenly – (Worthing Gazette report attached.)
Maria Lucy Stevenson died, aged 79yrs, on 8th March 1906, Worthing.
Grasmere was sold in May 1906 and John Gilchrist Stevenson, now retired from Ministry, returned to Yorkshire where he died in 1911.

Researcher: Maggie Martin

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Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 5 Plot: 20

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"And hath made us kings...unto God" Sacred to Maria Lucy the beloved wife of Revd. John Gilchrist Stevenson who entered into eternal rest March 8th 1906 aged 79. "I am He that liveth and was dead: and behold I am alive for evermore. Amen. And have the keys of Hell and of death" "With Christ"

Further Information


Name: Maria Lucy Stevenson

Gender: Female

Born: 7/3/1827

Town: Unknown

County: Buckinghamshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Keene

Marriage Date: //1847

Spouse First Name: Thomas

Spouse Last Name: Deverell

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Unknown

Information at Death

Date of Death: 08/03/1906

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Grasemere

Address line 3: Manor Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


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Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Hambledon, Buckinghamshire – William Keene, 50yrs, Farmer, wife, Mary Ann, 45yrs, 4 children, Alfred 20, Caroline 20, Richard 15, and Maria 14.


Upcott Farm, Oxfordshire, Thomas Deverell, 40yrs, Farmer, wife, Maria, 24yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Upcott Farm, Oxfordshire, Thomas Deverell, 53yrs, Farmer of 292 acres, wife, Maria, 34yrs, daughter, Mary Caroline, 5yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Upcott Farm, Oxfordshire, Thomas Deverell, 63yrs, Farmer of 285 acres, employing 12 men and 2 boys, wife, Maria, 44yrs, Louis K. Deverell, 18yrs, Jessie M. Deverell, 16yrs, Thomas Deverell, 8yrs, plus 1 servant.


Oakdene Lodge, Croydon, John G. Stevenson, 49yrs, Congregational Minister without Pastoral Care, wife, Maria L. Stevenson, 54yrs, Thomas A. 18yrs, Stepson, Surveyor’s Clerk, plus 1 domestic servant.


9, Pelham Crescent, St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings. John G. Stevenson, 59yrs, Congregational Minister, Boarder, wife, Maria L. 64yrs, plus 1 domestic servant.


Grasmere, Manor Road, Worthing. John G. Stevenson, 69yrs, Congregational Minister, wife, Maria L. 74yrs, Louis K. Deverell, 48yrs, living on own means, plus a Housemaid, Cook, and Night Nurse.

Miscellaneous Information

From the “Worthing Gazette” Wednesday, 08 February 1905.
The sudden death of Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe Kind Francis, a nurse, aged seventy four of 2,Western Terrace, West Street, necessitated a Coroner’s inquiry, which was held at the Rose and Crown Inn yesterday afternoon, being conducted by Mr. A. W. Rawlinson, the Deputy Coroner for West Sussex.
Mrs. Florence Upperton, of 2, Western Terrace, daughter of the deceased, stated that her mother was living with her; her husband, John Ray Francis, a traveller, living at Horsham. For some time past her mother had been acting as night nurse at the Rev. J. G. Stevenson’s. Up till Sunday last she appeared in good health, but Mr. Stevenson brought her home on that morning, as she was complaining of not feeling well. She lay down, and witness brought her a cup of cocoa, and then left her, deceased remarking that she should not want anything more until dinner-time. Witness went up at one o’clock, and thought she had then fainted, but when a doctor was fetched he pronounced her dead.
A Fainting Fit.
The Rev. John Gilchrist Stevenson, of Grasmere, Manor Road, a retired Congregational Minister, deposed that deceased had been attending Mrs. Stevenson as night nurse for eight years and a half. She told him on Sunday morning when he came down to breakfast that she had a kind of a fainting fit just before she had turned Mrs. Stevenson, and she felt something move in her throat, causing her acute pain, and soon afterwards the fainting fit came on. He subsequently accompanied her home.
Cause of Death.
Mr. Philip John Le Riche, of 96, Marine Parade, said he was called to Mrs. Francis about half past one on Sunday, and found her lying on the bed, dead. He had since made a post-mortem examination, and found the muscular tissue of the heart extremely thin, and the heart was dilated. The brain was in a very anaemic condition. He attributed death to syncope caused by the weak state of the heart, which was probably accelerated by the strain of turning Mrs. Stevenson.
The Jury, of which Mr. A. A. Frazer was foreman, returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”