Sarah Draper

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 27/01/2021

Sarah Draper



Sarah Bristow was born on 18th May 1830 she was baptised on the 26th May 1830 in Peterborough Northampton and was the daughter of John & Jane Bristow (nee Smart) who were married in the parish church of St Margaret Fletten Huntingdonshire on 15th October 1818.

Other children of John & Jane were:

George Smart c1819  

Mary Ann c1821  

John c1823  

Elizabeth Smart c1825 

 Jane c1827  

Hannah c1832

The 1841 census records Jane Bristow (40), Schoolmistress, George (20), Painter, Jane (13), Sarah (11) and Hannah (9), living in Cumbergate (in the parish of St John the Baptist) Northamptionshire


Sarah married Edward Draper in 1859 by licence

Marriage details:

Place:  St John the Baptist Peterborough Northamptonshire

Date: 14th June 1859

Groom: Edward Draper, aged 24, Bachelor, occupation: Railway Clerk, Abode: Wentworth Street

Bride: Sarah Bristow, aged 28, Spinster, Abode: Wentworth Street

Fathers: Henry Draper, occupation: Farmer and John Bristow, occupation: Cabinet Maker

Witnesses: Jane Bristow and Richard Hatt Auty

After they were married they moved to Heckington Lincolnshire (The Railway Hotel South Street)   where Edward worked as a Licenced Victualler and Merchant. Sarah gave birth to a son, George Edward in 1860 and a daughter, Sarah Jane in 1861 while living in Lincolnshire. The family moved to Berkshire (Reading) and whilst living in Reading Sarah gave birth to three more children, a daughter Clara Jessie in 1863 and two sons Fred Herbert 1865 and Arthur 1867. By 1869 the family were living in Newbury where Sarah gave birth to her youngest child. Florence born c1869

Edward and Sarah’s son Fred Herbert died aged 4 in 1869 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 9th October 1869

A few weeks after Fred’s death Sarah became a widow, her husband Edward died aged 34 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 11th November1869.

The following year Sarah’s daughter Florence died aged 1 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 2nd June 1870 then in 1877 Sarah’s son Arthur died aged 9, he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 27th March 1877

After her husband’s death Sarah worked as a Goods Agent for G W R she was recorded  living in Newbury, St Mary’s Hill (1871), Cheap Street (1881) and Lincoln House Queens Road (1891 and 1901) she died aged 77 on the 5th September 1907 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 10th September.  



DRAPER Sarah of Lincoln-house Queens-park Newbury Berkshire widow died 5th September 1907 Probate London 18th December to Sarah Jane Draper and Clara Jessie Draper spinsters Effects: £1017 10s 3d


Sources:as above

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