Sarah Mason

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 17/05/2021

Sarah Mason


Sarah Warner was born on the 2nd August 1843 in Newbury she was baptised on the 31st August at St Nicolas Church Newbury the eldest child of Henry and Hannah Warner (nee Foster) who were married on the 9th October 1842 at St Mary (The Minster) Reading Berkshire. (Both were single and living in Howard Street, Henry was a Shoemaker and Hannah, a Servant).

Sarah’s father and grandparents:

Henry Warner was born c1818 in Newbury the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Warner (nee Batchelor) who were married on the 15th April 1818 at St Nicolas Church Newbury. Thomas was a Labourer.

Henry died aged 70 in 1889 he was buried in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 2nd March

Sarah’s mother and grandparents:

 Hannah Foster was born c1809 in Newbury the daughter of James and Frances Foster (nee Chubb) who were married on the 1st February 1802 at St Nicolas Church Newbury. James was a Sawyer.

Hannah died aged 79 in 1889 she was buried in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 21st February.

The Warner family and Sarah’s early life:

Henry and Hannah also had the following children:

Matilda 1845

William 1846

Thomas Henry 1848

Elizabeth 1851

1851 Sarah (7) was living in the Rose and Thistle Yard, Northcroft Lane, Newbury with her parents and siblings. Her father was recorded as a Master Boot and Shoemaker

The 1861 census records Sarah (17) as a General Servant living in Northcroft Lane Newbury with her family. Her father was recorded as a Boot Maker

Her parents Henry and Hannah were recorded living in Northcroft Lane in both the 1871 and 1881 census and in both census records Henry was recorded as a Labourer.

Sarah married in 1869.

Marriage details:

Place: St Nicolas Church Newbury

Date: 25th December 1869

Groom: Tom Massom, full age, bachelor, occupation: Cooper abode: Marlborough

Bride: Sarah Warner, full age, spinster, abode: Newbury

Fathers: John Massom, occupation: Mail Man and Henry Warner, occupation: Shoemaker

Witnesses: G Dore and R Lovelock

Bride and Groom both signed


Tom’s family and earlier life:

 Tom was a Cooper he was born in Newbury in 1843 (surname recorded as Masom on the GRO website and Mason on freebmd) the son of John and Mary Mason (nee Kimber) who were married in 1831 in Overton Wiltshire.

In 1841 the Mason family (family name recorded as Wason on ancestry) were recorded living in Northbrook Street Newbury, John was recorded as a Postman.

The 1851 census records Tom Maton (7) living in Parr’s Yard Newbury with his parents John (48), a Post Office Messenger and Mary (48) and his siblings, John (18), a Post Office Messenger, Edward (16), an Errand Boy, Jane (14) and Henry (12), an Errand Boy

Tom’s father died aged 49 on the 26th August 1852 (surname recorded as Masson on freebmd) he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 30th August (surname recorded as Mason in burial accounts and Massom on Memorial Inscription)

In 1861 Tom (17) was living with his widowed mother Mary (63) and brother Henry (22) in Simmons Yard Newbury (family surname recorded as Massone on ancestry)

Tom’s mother Mary Massom died aged 78 in 1875 in the Workhouse, she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 22nd March.

Tom and Sarah:

Tom and Sarah had the following six children:

Tom Leslie Masom born in 1870 birth registered in Marlborough

Bessie Clorinda Masom born c1872 birth registered in Marlborough

Matilda Masom born 2nd April 1875 birth registered in Marlborough

Margaret Ellen Masom born in 1878 birth registered in Hungerford

Sarah Jane Mason born 24th January 1882 birth registered in Hungerford

Eveline Mary Mason born 31st August 1885 birth registered in Hungerford


In 1871 Tom Masom (27), Sarah (27) and their son Tom Leslie (6 months) were living in Holts Row Marlborough Wiltshire.

The 1881 census records the family living in The Mall Hungerford (family name recorded as Masom).

Their daughter Margaret Ellen Mason died aged 9 in 1887 in Hungerford she was buried on the 5th December at St Lawrence Hungerford (mistakenly recorded as Mary Ellen on the NBI 3rd Edition)

 In 1891 the family were still living in Hungerford but had moved to Church Street (family name recorded as Mason)

Tom Mason died aged 56 in 1900 in Hungerford he was buried on the 19th January at St Lawrence Hungerford.

Sarah after she was widowed:

The 1901 census records Sarah (56) as a Laundress living in Church Street Hungerford with her daughters Sarah (19), a Laundress and Eveline (15). (Family surname recorded as Madow on ancestry)

By 1911 Sarah (68), a Laundress, was living at 116 Cordwallis Road Maidenhead Berkshire with her daughters Matilda (35), Sarah Jane (29) and Eveline Mary (25). All three daughters were working as Dressmakers.

Sarah’s daughter Bessie Griffin (married Francis William Griffin in 1903) died aged 50 in 1922 in Easthampstead

By 1939 Sarah was living in Newbury (196 Andover Road) with her daughters, Matilda, Sarah Jane and Eveline Mary.

Sarah’s son Tom died aged 72 on the 26th December 1942 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 30th December.

Sarah died aged 103 on the 15th February 1947 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 18th February

Two of Sarah’s daughters, Sarah Jane (67) and Eveline Mary (63) (name at death spelt Evelyn) died in 1949 in Newbury both were buried in Shaw Cemetery. Sarah Jane was buried on the 15th March and Evelyn (Eveline) Mary was buried on the 22nd March.

Sarah’s daughter Matilda she died aged 85 in 1960 in Newbury

Sources: as above

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