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Name: Mary Vaughan

Burial Number: 1237

Gender: Female

Occupation: Milliner, Nurse

Born: 00/00/1839

Died: 20/04/1926

Buried: 23/04/1926

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Mary was born in Preston, the daughter of George and Ellen Heathcote. George was a librarian and he and Ellen had seven children. The family lived in a lane called Main Spirit Wiend. The name relates to cock fighting. By 1861, George had moved the family to Fishergate Hill and was now a postman. In 1868, Mary married William Turner Dunn at Kirkham. The couple moved to Manchester where William was an agent for a sewing machine manufacturer. They had two children and to supplement their income, took in a couple of lodgers. In 1872, William was arrested for theft of silk and wool from his employer. He was caught trying to sell the items in a pub. After a spell in prison, he left Mary Jane and took to the road. Newspaper reports during the 1880’s tell of William begging in Norfolk, Portsmouth and London. Between 1894 and 1896, he was in and out of the Workhouse hospitals either drunk or suffering from pleurisy. He disappeared from the records about 1896. Mary Jane moved to Lytham and then to London with her daughter Minnie. In 1891, Mary Jane was living with Minnie and her son in law George Culver in Islington. By 1901 Mary Jane had changed her name to Vaughan and is described as a widow in the census. No marriage seems to have taken place and no trace of a husband. In 1911, Mary Jane, her daughter Minnie and grandchildren were living in Eton Road. Mary died there in 1926. She left no will.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

No headstone image available

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 7 Plot: 11

Exact Location (what3words): royal.gain.beans

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves


None Found - Listed in Heene Cemetery Index of Graves

Further Information


Name: Mary Jane Dunn Vaughan

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1839

Town: Preston

County: Lancashire

Country: England


Maiden Name:Heathcote

Marriage Date: 22/04/1868

Spouse First Name: William

Spouse Second Name: Turner

Spouse Last Name: Dunn

Town of Marriage: Kirkham

County of Marriage: Lancashire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 20/04/1926

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: 24

Address line 3: Eton Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


36 Main Spirit Wiend, Preston, Lancs. (the name relates to cock fighting. The wiend was also known as Minspitt Lane, Cockpit Alley or Pettycoat Alley. It still exists).

George aged 43, librarian. Ellen aged 45. Sam aged 18, joiner and builder. Mary J aged 12. Margaret aged 9. Ann aged 7. John aged 4. George aged 2. Joseph aged 1.


41 Fishergate Hill, Preston.

George aged 52, postman. Ellen aged 53. Mary J aged 22, milliner. Margaret aged 19, school teacher. Anne aged 17, pupil teacher. George aged 12. Thomas aged 10. Charles H Ward aged 35, boarder, curate of St George, Preston.


16 Grafton Street, Stretford, Manchester.

William aged 24, agent for sewing machines. Mary J aged 30. Annie aged 5. Minnie aged 1. George Heathcote aged 22, clerk for Clarenden Club. John Hethersall aged 19, clerk for Reform Club.


23 Henry Street, Lytham, Lancs.

Mary J aged 40, nurse. Minnie aged 12. Lodging with Joseph Bennett, stone mason and family.


Unable to trace. Mary changed her surname before 1901 although there is no record of a marriage with a Mr Vaughan.


12 Ferme Park Mansions, Hornsey.

Mary Vaughan aged 62, widow, own means. Minnie Culver aged 31, widow, own means. Harold George aged 10. Doris aged 7.


“Anco” Eton Road, Worthing.

Mary Jane aged 72, widow. Minnie aged 41, widow. George Harold aged 20, nurseryman’s improver (fruit grower). Doris aged 17.


‘Areo’, Eton Road, Worthing, Sussex

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
Minnie Culver
F 1869 51 Yorkshire, England Household Duties
Doris Culver
F 1893 27 Hornsey, Middlesex Government Temporary Clerk In H M Inspector Taxes
Mary Jane Dunn
F 1839 82 Preston, Lancashire None

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