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Name: Mary Alexander

Burial Number: 0975

Gender: Female

Occupation: Philanthropist

Distinction: Anti-slavery Benefactor

Born: 29/05/1836

Died: 03/01/1920

Buried: 07/01/1920


Heene Hallmark

Mary Anne Alexander 1836 – 1920

Anti-slavery Benefactor

Mary Anne was born in Stoke Newington, the daughter of George William and Sarah Cleverley nee Horsnaill (his first wife). Her birth was recorded at the monthly meeting of the Quakers in Gracechurch Street. George was a member of a prominent Quaker family who were also brokers and philanthropists. The family lived in Kent and Mary Anne was sent to a private school in Brighton. On 20th August 1864, she was baptised as an adult at St Jude’s Church, Whitechapel. After her father was widowed, Mary Anne acted as his hostess at various formal occasions. George held meetings of the Foreign and Anti-Slavery Society at his home and many well known supporters would have attended the meetings including William Wilberforce. George was also mentioned by name in Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair. When he died in 1890, Mary Anne inherited £50k (approx £4 million in today’s money). She was also given £10k to spend as she liked. In 1901, Mary Anne stayed at Fulmer House in Worthing. She liked the property so much that when it became available, she moved in with a companion and five servants. Mary Anne died on 3rd January 1920. Probate was granted on 3rd March to Robert Ernest Alexander and Philip Pembroke Alexander bankers and Sir John Watney knight. Effects £108669 3s 3d.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: WB Row: 1 Plot: 25

Exact Location (what3words): works.bigger.water

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Mary Anne Alexander eldest daughter of the late C.W. Alexander of Reigate born 29.5.36 died 3.1.20

Further Information


Name: Mary Anne Alexander

Gender: Female

Born: 29/05/1836

Town: Stoke Newington

County: Surrey

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/01/1920

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Fulmer House

Address line 3: Boundary Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £108669 3 s 3 d

Current value of effects: £3158000.00

Census Information


Pipe’s Place, Shorne, Gravesham, Kent

George aged 35, bill broker. Sarah aged 35. Mary aged 5. Robert aged 3. William aged 1. Catherine aged 35, sister. Plus 5 servants


27 Montpelier Crescent, Brighton

Mary Ann aged 14, pupil at school run by Miss Emilie Schnell


Back of High Street, Lewes

Mary Ann aged 24, visitor, daughter of bill broker. Visiting the household of John Richman, coal merchant and family


Mount Mascal House, North Cray, Kent

Mary Ann aged 34, visiting her brother Robert and his family. (they had 13 servants including a governess, two nurses, two nursemaids, butler, housekeeper, footman and kitchen staff)


“The Willows” Paradise Row, Stoke Newington

George William aged 78, widower, banker. Mary Ann aged 44. Plus 9 servants including butler, housekeeper and cook


Wellington Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells

Mary Ann aged 54, visitor to the hotel


Fulmer House, Boundary Road, Worthing

Mary Ann aged 64, own means, boarding at the house owned by James McManus


Fulmer House, Boundary Road, Worthing

Mary Ann aged 74, private means. Louisa Caroline Strong aged 49, lady’s companion. Plus 5 servants

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