Mrs Mary STANBROOK, née Pullen (1824–1875)
St Giles section: Row 28, Grave K39
TO THE MEMORY OF
MARY THE BELOVED WIFE
OF HENRY STANBROOK
WHO DIED MAY 7TH 1875
AGED 51 YEARS
Mary Pullen was born at Warfield near Bracknell, Berkshire in 1824 and baptised there on 23 May. She was the daughter of William Pullen and Ann Horsenaile, who were married at Warfield on 11 April 1814 and had three other daughters: Elizabeth (1826), Emily (1828), and Esther (1830). Mary's father died in 1833 and her mother in 1836.
In 1841 Mary (16) was a house servant at Warfield. She appears to have given birth to an illegitimate child, William Bowns Pullen, who was born at Upton-cum-Chalvey, near Slough, Buckinghamshire in 1847 and baptised there on 11 August that year.
By the time of the 1851 census Mary (26) was the cook at Upton House School in Upton-cum-Chalvey, and William Bowns Pullen (3) was being brought up in Upton by Thomas and Maria Horsenaile, who must have been related to Mary's mother. He was described as their nephew, and was still with them twenty years later, when he was a carpenter.
On 23 January 1854 at the Old Church at Upton-cum-Chalvey, Mary Pullen married the gardener Henry Stanbrook (sometimes recorded as Stanbrooke). He was born at Clewer, near Slough (then in Buckinghamshire, but now in Berkshire) in 1830, and was the son of the market gardener John Stanbrook and his wife Maria.
At the time of the 1871 census Mary (46) was working as a laundress and living at 2 Purser's Cottages, Slough with her husband Henry (40), who continued to work as a gardener. They do not appear to have had any children.
Mary Stanbrook and her husband Henry moved to Oxford soon after that census, and Mary died in hospital there in 1875:
† Mrs Mary Stanbrook née Pullen died in the Radcliffe Infirmary at the age of 51 on 7 May 1875 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).
The following year, on 9 September 1876 at St Paul's Church, Oxford, her husband Henry Stanbrook, described as a gardener of 104 Walton Street, married his second wife Emma Green, the daughter of the labourer James Green.