It has been a long time since I wrote a Tombstone Tuesday blog post, but yesterday’s newspaper article prompted me to think some more about William Trower and his wife Mary who were the victims of the crime.
This is the headstone for my 4x great-grandmother Mary, the wife of William Trower. The church in the background is St. Peter’s Church in Henfield, Sussex. Mary was buried on the 8th November 1855, her husband died nearly twenty years later and presumably he is buried in the same grave, although his death is not mentioned on the headstone.
The inscription is not particularly clear on the photo or on the actual stone, the lower part of the stone has a quotation which I don’t have a record of, but the top half reads:
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY WIFE OF
WHO DIED NOV 3RD 1855
AGED 63 YEARS
Three daughters of my 3x great-grandparents Henry and Jane TROWER of Henfield, Sussex have been causing me some concern. In truth I had forgotten about my problems with them, except for Mercy TROWER, until I started searching in the 1911 census.
Fortunately the disappearance of Mary TROWER has been more or less solved now, with the discovery of her marriage to Emanuel MARX. Mercy is still a bit of a puzzle, but I am hoping to resolve that in the very near future.
The other daughter that has given me some problems is Jane. Jane TROWER was born in 1862, apparently in Henfield. I have entries for her in the 1871 and 1881 census, but then she disappears (or at least I can’t find any trace of her) until her death, somewhere in the Horsham Registration District in 1922.
She actually died on the 16th December 1922, or at least that is the date recorded on her gravestone in Henfield Cemetery. It stands next to that of her parent’s Henry and Jane, so I am certain that it is the correct one.
So it doesn’t look like she married, so that is not the reason why I can’t find her in the 1891, 1901 and now the 1911 census. Interestingly I didn’t find an entry for Jane TROWER in the Henfield burial records, so perhaps she was buried under another name, I am going to have to double check that, make sure there was no other Jane buried around that time.
To be honest I had forgotten about Jane, I had a start and end to her life and that seemed enough, but it is now bugging me that I don’t know what happened in the middle. My brain has already started try and fill in the gap.
Did she marry and then divorce? Did no-one know her married name? Did the stone mason make a mistake? Did she leave the country and only come back later in life? Did she spend time in prison, or an asylum (it is Madness Monday after all)?
It looks like the only source left to turn to is her death certificate, I think once I have resolved my problems with Mercy TROWER I will move on to her sister and order a copy of her death certificate to examine for clues.