Crews DUDLEY (1846–1893)
His sister Elizabeth Jane Crews DUDLEY (1842–1905)
St Michael section: Row 42, Grave M52
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
NOVEMBER 25TH 1893
ALSO OF ELIZABETH
JANE CREWS DUDLEY
DIED NOV. 8TH 1905
AGED 63 YEARS
AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES; AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING: FOR THE FORMER THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY
For more information see also the separate graves of:
(1) their parents and
Elizabeth Jane Crews Dudley was born at 28 St John Street, Oxford in 1841/2 and baptised at St Giles’s Church on 27 April 1842, and her younger brother Crews Dudley was born at 28 St John Street, Oxford in 1846 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 4 May 1847.
They were children of the Oxford solicitor John Crews Dudley, a solicitor of St Michael's parish in Oxford, and his first wife Elizabeth Stevens of Beaufort House, Chelsea who were married at St Luke's Church, Chelsea on 23 July 1839.
Their mother Elizabeth died on 3 March 1850 when Elizabeth Jane was eight and Crews was three, and they were brought up with their other siblings by their father and servants.
Their father John Crews Dudley married his second wife Selina in 1861, but less than three years later their stepmother also died. Elizabeth, the eldest daughter, was then aged 20, and probably took over the care of the household.
In 1871 her brother Crews Dudley (21), an articled clerk to a solicitor, was lodging at 61 Denmark Road, Northampton with an accountant’s clerk and his wife.
At some point between 1871 and 1881 Crews Dudley appears to have married Janet Elizabeth Thomson: she was born in Edinburgh in 1850, so the marriage may have taken place in Scotland.
At the time of the 1881 census Crews (34) and Janet (31) were paying a visit to his sister Althea and her husband Henry Elwell, who was curate of St Mary Magdalen Church in Harlow.
Their father died in 1874, leaving Elizabeth Jane Crews Dudley free. She became the first leaseholder of 6 Winchester Road in 1875, and at the time of the 1881 census she was living there with her unmarried sister Martha and one servant: both were described as annuitants.
By 1891 the brother and sister were together again and living at 27 Wellington Square in Oxford: Elizabeth (49) was described as living partly on her own means and Crews (44), who appears to have separated from his wife, was back to being a solicitor’s clerk. He evidently had mental health problems, as when he died two years later he was in Littlemore Asylum:
† Crews Dudley died in Littlemore Asylum on 25 November 1893 at the age of 46 and was buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).
He was described as being late of Wellington Square in his death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal.
At the time of the 1901 census his sister Elizabeth was living at 27 Wellington Square with three boarders and two servants. She died in 1905:
† Elizabeth Jane Crews Dudley died at 27 Wellington Square at the age of 63 on 8 November 1905 and was buried with her brother Crews in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).
Her effects came to £1,986 10s. 4d., and her executors were her brother-in-law the Revd Henry Elwell and her nephew the Revd Henry Edward Elwell.