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Name: Thomas Farmer

Burial Number: 0260

Gender: Male

Occupation: Army Captain;

Born: 15/6/1821

Died: 15/02/1896

Buried: 19/02/1896

Story

The Farmers of Shoreditch founded their fortunes in India with the East India Company and in Scarlet Dyeing, which they ran from their premises in Hogg Lane (now Worship Street) Shoreditch. Thomas’ Grandfather Samuel Farmer, served his apprentiship and took over the Dye works with his Father’s partner, Chamberlin Goodwin. Samuel a Gentleman of great wealth bought Nonsuch Park Cheam Surrey in 1799. He then employed Jeffry Wyatt to rebuild it in a Tudor style in 1802.

 

William Meeke Farmer

 

William Meeke Farmer (Thomas’ Father) was born in 1778 Cheam Surrey lived at Nonsuch Park for many years. He was the MP for the borough of Huntingdon; he then received the stewardship of the Chilterns Hundreds. He died after many years of painful illness.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Mclean Farmer was born on 15th June 1821 in France. He married Ellen Cherry in 1853 in Bradfield, Berkshire. Thomas was a captain with the 41st regiment of foot, he obtained the role of Lieutenant then Captain by purchase. (The purchase system was the most common means of promotion within the army in the 19th century but was stopped in 1871).  He served in the East Indies between 1839 and 1843 during the first Afghan war of 1839.  Britain sought to secure the north western borders of British India by establishing Afghanistan as an ally and buffer from Russia.

From the 41st regiment of foot Thomas transferred to the 51st regiment of foot, and from there transferred again in 1850 to the 14th regiment of foot as Captain, and was posted in Canada.

 

Thomas and Ellen had 2 children-

Ella born 1855 in Canada

Annie born 1858 Hitchen Herts

 

In 1861 the family are living with Ellen’s Father at the Rectory Burghfield. They then moved to Sussex and by 1871 they have moved to Findon Street, Findon Sussex, Thomas had retired from the army, and their 2 children Ella and Annie are attending school.   They moved to Church House, Washington, Sussex by 1881, their children are still living at home. Thomas is not earning an income and is probably living on private means and an army pension. In 1891 they are living at London Road Cuckfield.   They have one daughter, Annie, still living at home. They also still have 2 servants.

Thomas died on 15th February 1896 at Homesdale, Gratwicke Road Worthing Sussex.

He left £18134 8s 9d, probate to rev. Charles Henry Conybeare

Ellen died on 9th May 1905 whilst living at Haddon House, Shelley Road Worthing Sussex

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

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Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 16 Plot: 2

Exact Location (what3words): waddled.seats.hills

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

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Inscription:

In loving memory of Thomas McLean Farmer died February 15th 1896 aged 74 years Also of Ellen his wife died May 9th 1905 aged 76 years "The master is come and calleth for thee" "Death is swallowed up in Victory"

Further Information

Birth

Name: Thomas McClean Farmer

Gender: Male

Born: 15/6/1821

Town: Paris

County: Unknown

Country: France

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1853

Spouse First Name: Ellen

Spouse Last Name: Cherry

Town of Marriage: Bradfield

County of Marriage: Berkshire

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 15/02/1896

Cause of death: Unknown

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

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Personal Effects

Money left to others: £18134 8 s 9 d

Current value of effects: £1417500

Census Information

1861

Burghfield Rectory, Burghfield, Berkshire

Thomas, Ellen and Daughter Ella living with Ellen’s Father

1871

Findon Street, Findon, Sussex

Thomas Farmer (Head) age 49, Ellen (Wife) age 42, Ella F (Daughter) age 16, Annie A (Daughter) age 13, Alicia Cherry (Sister in law) age 19, plus 3 servants

1881

Church House, Washington, Sussex
Thomas Mclean Farmer (Head) age 59. Ellen (Wife) age 52, Ella Frances (Daughter) age 26, Annie Alicia (Daughter) age 23, Alicia Cherry (Sister in Law) age 29, plus 2 servants

1891

London Road, Cuckfield, Sussex
Thomas Farmer (Head) age 69, Ellen (Wife) age 67, Annie (Daughter) age 22, Alicia cherry (Sister in Law) age 39, plus 2 servants

 

Miscellaneous Information

William Meake Farmer - father of Thomas Farmer

The Farmers of Shoreditch founded their fortunes in India with the East India Company and in Scarlet Dyeing, which they ran from their premises in Hogg Lane (now Worship Street) Shoreditch. Thomas’ Grandfather Samuel Farmer served his apprenticeship and took over the Dye works with his Father’s partner, Chamberlin Goodwin.

Samuel a Gentleman of great wealth bought Nonsuch Park Cheam Surrey in 1799. He then employed Jeffry Wyatt to rebuild it in a Tudor style in 1802.

 

William Meeke (Thomas’ Father) was born in 1778 Cheam Surrey lived at Nonsuch Park for many years. He was the MP for the borough of Huntingdon; he then received the stewardship of the Chilterns Hundreds. He died after many years of painful illness.