Mrs Eleanor STALLWOOD, née Cross (1836–1883)
St Paul section: Row 19, Grave E9½ [St Paul ref. S16]
HE GIVETH HIS
LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
Jan. 12 1883 AGED 46 YEARS
HENCEFORTH THERE IS LAID UP
FOR ME A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
WHICH THE LORD, THE RIGHTEOUS
JUDGE, SHALL GIVE ME AT THAT DAY.
Eleanor Cross was born in Combe, Oxfordshire in 1836 and baptised there on 11 December. She was the daughter of Robert Cross of Wootton and Elizabeth Pierce of Long Combe who were married at Wootton on 3 May 1834. Her next four siblings were also baptised at Combe: Elizabeth Cross (1838), David Cross (1840), Mary Ann Cross (1842), James Cross (1844), and Esther Cross (1846). Her last two siblings, Harriet Cross (born 1847/8), and Ann Cross (born 1849), however, were not baptised there.
Eleanor’s father was described as a labourer at the time of her birth. At the time of the 1841 census Eleanor (4) was living in Combe with her parents and her younger siblings Elizabeth (2) and David (1) in the house of her grandparents, James and Esther Pierce.
By 1851 Eleanor (14) had left school and was helping out at home. She was living at Combe with her father Robert (39), who was now described as a farmer of ten acres, her mother Elizabeth (40), and her siblings Elizabeth (12), David (10), Mary Ann (9), James (6), Esther (4), Harriet (3), and Ann (1).
On 25 March 1865 at Combe church, Eleanor Cross, described as a dressmaker of Combe, married the bootmaker John Stallwood (born at York Town, Frimley, Surrey in 1842), with her brother David and sister Mary Ann as witnesses. They do not appear to have had any children.
By the time of the 1871 census Eleanor (34) and John (29), who continued to work as a bootmaker, were living in London at 27 New Compton Street, St Giles-in-the-Fields.
At the time of the 1881 census Eleanor Stallwood (44) described herself as married but had come back to Oxford and was lodging alone in the house of the widow Annie Rawbone at 16 Cranham Street, Jericho. She died there less than two years later:
† Mrs Eleanor Stallwood née Cross died at Cranham Street at the age of 46 on 12 January 1883 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 15 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her husband John Stallwood is hard to trace.