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Name: Mary Sandys

Burial Number: 0965

Gender: Female

Born: 02/07/1846

Died: 29/10/1919

Buried: 01/11/1919


Mary Alice Sandys (nee Till) was born on 2nd July 1846, Gnosall Staffordshire to John and Elizabeth Till (nee Copestake).



Her Father, John Till (1810-1901) was a Vicar at Gnosall Staffordshire.  He was admitted to Queen’s College, Cambridge, on 2nd June 1835 and ordained a Deacon in 1840, he gained his BA in 1841.  He was ordained a priest in 1843 for Lichfield.  He was curate of Adbaston, Staffordshire in 1840 to 1842, and gained his MA in 1845. He took over as Perpetual Curate of Gnosall in 1845, and spent 46 years in service at the church in Gnosall.




He was responsible for the building of the parsonage house in an Elizabethan style (now called Parkside) in 1850 at the cost of £1100 for which he contributed £400 and the rest was subscription.



In 1890 he was presented with a silver inkstand to mark his 50th year of ordination. He became one of the oldest clergymen in England, and on his 90th Birthday the parishioners gave him an easy chair and a lamp, as well as a purse of money.  After John Till’s death in 1901 the parishioners resolved to restore the ancient chapel in the north transept of Gnosall church in memory of John Till’s 60 years of ministry.

In 1861 Mary Alice is living with her Cousin, Sarah Taylor at 3 Edith Cottages, Fulham, Middlesex, she is attending school. In 1871 she is living with her Grandmother, Mary Copestake in Duffield Road, Babington, Derby.  Mary married Henry Stair Sandys on 29th April 1880 Gnosall, Staffordshire, they had 1 child called James Del Sandys born in 1885.  Henry was a Royal Navy Captain, and in 1868 was part of the Niger Expedition. Henry already had 5 children from his previous marriage to Frances Beatrice Sandys, but she had died on 1st April 1879.      In 1881 Mary and Henry and their children lived in 35 Hartington Street, Babington, Derby.  By 1891 the family have moved to Moor Street,  Spondon, Derbyshire. Then in 1901 they moved to 116 Osmaston Road, Babington, Derbyshire, Henry now had a job as an Inspector of Weights and Measures.     Henry and the family moved to ‘Winterbourne’ Winchester Road, Worthing in 1909.

Henry died 12th May 1912 Worthing.  He left £1490 1s (£43295 in 2020), with probate to Edmund Rushworth Abbott, Solicitor and Katherine Annie Sandys (Daughter). Mary Alice died on 29th October 1919 in Worthing, still living in Winchester Road, Worthing.  She left £240 15s 1d (£6975 in 2020), with probate to Edmund Rushworth Abbott, Solicitor.

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Mary Sandys

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 5 Plot: 17

Exact Location (what3words): jazz.turns.poker

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In memory of Henry Stair Sandys Captain R.N. at rest May 12th 1912. Also Mary Alice Sandys his wife who fell asleep October 29th 1919 aged 73.

Further Information


Name: Mary Alice Sandys

Gender: Female

Born: 02/07/1846

Town: Gnosall

County: Staffordshire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Till

Marriage Date: 29/4/1880

Spouse First Name: Henry

Spouse Second Name: Stairs

Spouse Last Name: Sandys

Town of Marriage: Unknown

County of Marriage: Staffordshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 29/10/1919

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Winterbourne

Address line 3: Winchester Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Staffordshire Advertiser 20 July 1901

Gnosall – Death of the Vicar

We regret to record the death of the aged Vicar of this parish, the Rev. John Till, M.A. which took place on Thursday morning. The rev. gentleman, who was in his 92nd year, had been in indifferent health for some time past, but was able to attend church on Sunday and read the lessons. His declining years were saddened by the death of his youngest son, Trooper A.G. Till, of the 6th Company Staffordshire Imperial Yeomanry, who succumbed to enteric fever at Ladysmith in January last. This was a blow which the rev. gentleman felt fer keenly. He was one of the oldest clergymen in England, and on the attainment of his 90th birthday in October 1899, was presented by the parishioners with an easy chair and lamp, as well as a purse of money in commemoration of  the event and as a mark of respect and esteem. Mr Till came to Gnosall 56 years ago, and during that period various improvements in connection with the church, the organ, the bells, and the vicarage have been effected. Early in his career he was in the service of the East India Company, and was stationed at St Helena as chaplain for four years, returning to England in 1831. He was stated to be the oldest pensioner of the company, having been on the list over 70 years. His death is greatly regretted by the parishioners and by a wide circle of friends. The funeral takes place on Monday.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £240 15 s 1 d

Current value of effects: £6975

Census Information


Parsonage House, Gnosall, Staffordshire

John Till (Head) age 41, Elizabeth (Wife) age  30, Mary Alice (Daughter) age 4, John Stanley (Son) age 11 months, plus 3 servants



3 Edith Cottages, Fulham, Middlesex

Sarah Taylor (Head) age 43, Amy R Taylor (Daughter) age 14, Mary A Till (Cousin) age 14, plus 1 servant


27 Duffield Road, Derby

Mary AG Copestake (Head) age 71,  Sampson (Son) age 43, Mary AG (Daughter) age 42, Jane (Daughter) age 39, Mary Alice Till (Granddaughter) age 24, plus 2 servants


35 Hartington Street, Babington, Derby, Derbyshire

Henry Stair Sandys (Head) age 39, Mary A (Wife) age 34, Emily B (Daughter) age 13, Katherine A (Daughter) age 11, Helen M (Daughter) age 8, Florence W (Daughter) age 5, Sybil M (Daughter) age 2, plus 4 servants


Moor Street, Spondon, Derbyshire

Henry Stair Sandys (Head) age 49, Mary Alice (Wife) age 44, Emily B (Daughter) age 23, Katherine A (Daughter) age 21, Helen M (Daughter) age 18, Florence W (Daughter) age 15, Sybil Maud (Daughter) age 12, James D (Son) age 5, plus 5 servants


116 Osmaston Road, Babington, Derbyshire

Henry Stair Sandys (Head) age 59, Mary Alice (Wife) age 54, Florence W (Daughter) age 25, James D (Son) age 15, plus 3 servants


‘Winterbourne’ Winchester Road, Worthing, Sussex

Henry Stair Sandys (Head) age 69, Mary Alice (Wife) age 64, Katherine Annie (Daughter) age 41, Helen Mary (Daughter) age 38, Florence Wotton (Daughter) age 35, Sybil Maud (Daughter) age 32, plus 2 servants

Miscellaneous Information

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