Matilda Goodman

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 31/05/2021

Matilda Goodman



Mary Matilda Bowne was born in Newbury she was baptised on the 24th June 1831 at St Nicolas Church Newbury the daughter of James and Sarah Bowne (nee Webb) who were married in Cookham Berkshire in 1829.

Matilda’s father James was a Baker. He was born c1802 in Buckinghamshire he died aged 71 in Newbury and was buried in the NRC on the 12th January 1872.

Her mother Sarah was born c1798 in Witney Oxfordshire she died aged 73 in Newbury and was buried in the NRC on the 7th July 1871.

James and Sarah also had the following children:

Sarah c1830

Albert c1833

Alfred c1835

Edwin John 1838

Harriet 1843

In 1841 James (35), a Journeyman Baker, Sarah (35), Sarah (11), Mary (10), Albert (8), Alfred (6) and Edwin (3) were living in Northbrook Street Newbury (Family name recorded as Bourne on ancestry)

In the 1851 census James (49), Sarah (48) their children, John (Edwin John) (12) and Harriett (8) and James mother Ann (67) were recorded living in Wash Common Newbury (no record found for Mary Matilda in the 1851 census).

The 1861 census records James (60), as a Master Baker, living in Bath Road Speen with Sarah (61) and their daughter Harriet (16). (Surname recorded as Boron on ancestry)

The 1871 census records James (71) and Sarah (73) living in Granger’s Yard Newbury.


Mary married Joseph Goodman (born c1836 in Newbury son of James and Sarah Goodman) in Newbury in 1857. She gave birth to their only child, Frederick James later that year.

In 1861 Joseph (25), a Journeyman House Carpenter, Mary (26) and Frederick (3) were living in Dibley’s Yard Newbury.

Mary Matilda died aged 30 in 1862 she was buried (as Matilda) in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 25th April

After Mary’s death Joseph and Frederick moved to Reading

Joseph died aged 43 in 1888 in Reading Berkshire

Sources: as above

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