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Name: Mary Houfe

Burial Number: 0145

Gender: Female

Occupation: Wife of Henry Houfe

Born: 28/2/1824

Died: 11/10/1888

Buried: 16/10/1888


Mary Ann Houfe, formerly of Stapleton House, Waddon, Surrey, died in 1888 while staying at Seacroft, The Parade, Worthing, with her single daughter Eliza and her son Charles Albert, a Tutor.
She was born Mary Ann Schofield, in 1824 in Bradford, Yorkshire.
In Bradford, in 1858, she married Henry Houfe, a Draper, who was born about 1819 near Harrogate, of farming folk.
In 1851, Henry, by then a Linen and Woollen Master Draper, was living in High Street, Knaresborough, with an Assistant, two Apprentices and a Servant.
In 1861, Henry was in Wetherby with his parents, while Mary Ann was in Rusholme, Lancashire, with their daughter Eliza and son John Henry (died 1881), both born in Knaresborough, and two Servants. She was described as a Merchant’s wife.

In 1871, the family were back together, in Islington. With them were four of their children – Eliza, William Walter (born in Huddersfield in 1866), Louise Janette (born in Islington in 1866) and Alfred Ernest (born in Islington in 1867). Henry was by now described as a Wholesale Retail Draper. They also had two Domestic Servants. Son Charles Albert, born in Rusholme, Lancashire, in 1862, was a pupil in a Preparatory School in Chiswick at this time.

They had moved a short distance again in 1881 – to Stapleton Hall, Hornsey, Middlesex – about 3 miles. Henry, General Draper and Furnisher, is described as having defective sight and hearing. Eliza, Charles Albert, Tutor, Louise and Albert were with their parents, and one female Domestic Servant. In 1888, the family were living at Stapleton House in Waddon, Surrey.

The 1891 census at Seacroft, 3, The Parade, South Road, Worthing has Henry living in the Household of his unmarried son Charles, Schoolmaster and Cambridge Graduate – he graduated from Queens College. It seems that Charles was Head of a School. He was at the Parade (now Marine Parade) from about 1888 to 1892, so the school proved to be short-lived. Brother Albert was a Schoolmaster – and a Cambridge Undergraduate – and sister Louisa was Assistant Dormitory Housekeeper. There was another Tutor, nine Boarders and four Servants.

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Mary Houfe

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 5 Plot: 30

Exact Location (what3words): buddy.seat.tubes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



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Sacred to the memory of Dear Mother Mary Ann Houfe Died Oct. 11th 1888 Aged 64 years Also of my beloved husband Walter William Houfe Died November 21st 1936 aged 73 years. Third son of the above.

Further Information


Name: Mary Ann Houfe

Gender: Female

Born: 28/2/1824

Town: Bradford

County: Yorkshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Schofield

Marriage Date: 02/02/1858

Spouse First Name: Henry

Spouse Last Name: Houfe

Town of Marriage: Bradford

County of Marriage: Yorkshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 11/10/1888

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Seacroft

Address line 3: The Parade

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £667 10 s d

Current value of effects: £54768.00

Census Information


North Bank Terrace, Bradford, Yorks.

Richard aged 50, agent, dyer. Hannah aged 50. Charles aged 14. Mary aged 15. Elizabeth Coates aged 3. Plus 1 servant.


61 Hanover Square, Bradford, Yorks.

Richard aged 63, widower, general agent. Mary Ann aged 26. Plus 1 servant.


Moon Grove, Rusholme, Lancs.

Mary aged 36, merchant’s wife. Eliza aged 2. John H aged 1. Plus a nurse and 1 servant.

(Henry was visiting his parents in Allerton).


4 Lyddall Terrace, Islington, Middx.

Henry aged 52, wholesale retail draper. Mary aged 46. Eliza aged 12. Walter aged 7. Louise aged 5. Alfred aged 5. Plus 2 servants.


Stapleton House, Stapleton Hall Road, Hornsey.

Henry aged 64, general draper and house furnisher. Mary aged 56. Eliza aged 22. Charles aged 19, tutor. Louise aged 15. Alfred aged 14. Plus 1 servant.

Miscellaneous Information

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