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Name: Mary Agnew

Burial Number: 0383

Gender: Female

Occupation: Private means

Born: 26/8/1811

Died: 8/02/1902

Buried: 12/02/1902


Mary was born in Beckenham, the daughter of Rt. Hon. Thomas Peregrine Courtenay and his wife Anna Wynell-Mayow Courtenay. Thomas was MP for Totnes and brother of the Earl of Devon. She was baptised at Beckenham on 23 Nov 1811.
In 1841, her father drowned whilst swimming at Torquay. He was buried at Powderham church in the family vault.
Mary married Rev. Henry James Wharton at Beckenham in 1846. She was his second wife. Henry was vicar of Mitcham in Surrey where he used the vicarage as a school. One of his pupils was William Darwin the son of Charles Darwin.
Henry died on 15 May 1859. Mary moved to Willesden with her sons. In 1863, she married Major Charles Agnew at St James, Westminster on 25 Dec. Tragedy struck in 1868 when Mary’s son George, a civil engineer died in Sydney aged 27 and the following year her husband Charles died on 10 Mar.
Mary moved to Hampstead and lived there for over ten years before finally settling in Worthing. She lodged with the Carter family at “Auckland House” in Rowlands Road occupying three rooms.
Mary died on 8 Feb 1902. Probate was granted on 3 Jun to Leonard Cyril Wharton assistant at the British Museum and Charles Courtenay Wharton electrical engineer.
Effects £239 2s 4d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Mary Agnew

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 1 Plot: 13

Exact Location (what3words): clever.handle.save

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



Portland Cross and Bases as selected. Set of Portland Stone Kerb to enclose space 8ftx4ft. Inscription of 100 and 8 letters to the late Mary Agnew. Fixed at Heene Cemetery £19.1s.4d.


Sacred to the memory of Mary widow of Major Charles Agnew and relict of the Rev. Henry James Wharton died Febry 1902 aged 90

Further Information


Name: Mary Agnew

Gender: Female

Born: 26/8/1811

Town: Beckenham

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name:Courtenay

Marriage Date: //1846

Spouse First Name: James

Spouse Second Name: Henry

Spouse Last Name: Wharton

Town of Marriage: Beckenham

County of Marriage: Kent

Country of Marriage: England

Marriage Date: 25/12/1863

Spouse First Name: Charles

Spouse Last Name: Agnew

Town of Marriage: Westminster

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 8/02/1902

Cause of death: Pneumonia

Address line 1: "Auckland House"

Address line 2: Rowlands Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £239 2 s 4 d

Current value of effects: £19000

Census Information


The Vicarage, Mitcham, Surrey

Henry 52yrs Vicar of Mitcham, Mary 39yrs, George H 8yrs, Edward H 6yrs, Henry J 4yrs, Charles B 2yrs plus 6 pupils including William, the son of Charles Darwin, plus 7 servants.


2 Willesden Villas, Willesden

Mary 49yrs widow, landed proprietor, George 18yrs Civil Engineer, Edward 16yrs, Henry 14yrs, Charles 12yrs, plus 2 servants


10 Boundary Road, Hampstead

Mary 59yrs widow, income from dividends, plus 3 servants


10 Boundary Road, Hampstead

Mary 69yrs widow plus 4 servants


Auckland House, Rowlands Road, Worthing

Mary 79yrs lodger occupying two rooms, living on own means in lodging house of George Carter


Auckland House, Rowlands Road, Worthing

Mary 89yrs occupying three rooms, living on own means in lodging house of Amelia Carter, plus 1 servant

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.