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Name: Sophia Ferguson

Burial Number: 0214

Gender: Female

Occupation: Governess

Distinction: Typhoid Victim

Born: 08/03/1831

Died: 22/08/1893

Buried: 23/08/1893


Sophia Frances Ferguson was born on 8th March 1831, she was baptised at All Saints, Poplar, London, on 25th April 1831. She was the daughter of Charles Augustus Ferguson, 33yrs, Mast Maker and Ship Owner, and Sophia Frances, 25yrs, nee Richardson, and was 1 of at least 8 children.

Sophia lived with her family in Lee, Kent, until she was about 20yrs, and then she began a career as a private governess. In 1871, aged 39yrs, she was employed by a Landowner’s family in St. Leonard’s, Hastings, and in 1881 she was governess to the children of a Silk Merchant & Manufacturer in Eltham, London.

Sophia remained single, and in 1891, aged 59yrs, she was staying with her married sister, Julia, who lived in Madeira Avenue, Worthing, Sussex. She died in Worthing, on 22nd August 1893, aged 62yrs.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Sophia Ferguson

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 7 Plot: 15

Exact Location (what3words): bind.finely.oldest

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Sophia Frances Ferguson who fell asleep Aug 22nd 1893 "Right dear in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints"

Further Information


Name: Sophia Frances Ferguson

Gender: Female

Born: 08/03/1831

Town: Poplar

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 22/08/1893

Cause of death: Typhoid Fever

Address line 1: 5

Address line 3: Milton Street

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


Living at Lee Terrace, Lee, Kent. Charles A. Ferguson, Mast Maker/Ship Owner, wife, Sophia F. 44yrs, 8 children, Mary 23, Sophia 19, Emily 18, Ellen 16, Julia 11, Edgar 4. Alice 2, Female 8 days.


Living at Madeira Avenue, Worthing, Sussex. Frank Ford, 57yrs, living on own means, wife, Julia, 51yrs, sister-in-law, Sophia Frances Ferguson, 59yrs, Aunt, Elizabeth L. Ferguson, 86yrs, living on own means, plus 1 domestic servant.

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.