Miss Sarah Harriet Florence REED (1850–1875)
St Giles (Ss Philip & James) section: Row 28, Grave J30
only daughter of
CHARLES & SARAH REED
of Westerfield, Canterbury,
BORN 1ST MAY 1850
DIED 7TH JUNE 1875.
“THY WILL BE DONE.”
Sarah Harriet Florence Reed was born a British subject at sea on 1 May 1850, the only daughter of Charles Reed and Sarah Jane Andrews (born in Exeter in 1819/20). Her parents were married in Kingsbridge, Devon in 1847, and had at least two children:
- Sarah Harriet Florence Reed (born at sea on 1 May 1850)
- Charles F. Reed (born at Canterbury, New Zealand in 1854/5)
At the time of the census in March 1851 Sarah (ten months) was living at Fore Street, Kingsbridge with her mother Sarah (31), an annuitant described as both the head of the household and married, and her widowed grandmother Mrs Harriet Andrews (67). They had one servant. It is quite likely that her father was in New Zealand, and soon afterwards he must have been joined by his wife, as his son Charles was born there in 1854/5.
Sarah’s gravestone states that at the time of her death her parents lived at Westerfield, Canterbury, and so her father is probably the Charles Reed of Westerfield Run in Canterbury, New Zealand whose ambition to ultimately work the place like an English country estate and let the land in farms is reported here.
Mrs Reed evidently came back on her own to England with the two children, and in 1861 she was described as the wife of a landed proprietor and living near Torquay at a house called Haytor at St Mary Church with Sarah (10), Charles (6), and two servants. She does not appear in the 1871 census, and had probably returned to New Zealand.
It is unclear why her daughter Sarah was living in Park Town (the smartest area of Oxford) at the time of her death in 1875:
† Sarah Harriet Florence Reed died at 11 Park Crescent at the age of 25 on 7 June 1875 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 10 June (burial recorded in the parish registers of Ss Philip & James’s and St Giles’s Church).