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Mary Ann (Herbert) Towers (1815 - 1885)

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Mary Ann Towers formerly Herbert
Born in Reading, Berkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 8 Dec 1847 in St Luke, Chelsea, Londonmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Richmond, Surrey, Englandmap
Profile last modified 4 Mar 2019 | Created 10 Jun 2015
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Mary Ann the daughter of Thomas Herbert, labourer, was born at Reading in Berkshire in 1815. She made her way to London and took up with labourer, Solomon Towers, bearing him a son, William in 1839. [1]They had three children and were living at 6 Lawrence St, Chelsea when they decided to marry which they did at St Luke Chelsea on 8 December 1849. Neither Solomon nor Mary wrote their names. [2] Over the years six more children were born. They were living at 3 Garden Grove, Chelsea in 1851 and Solomon worked as a bricklayer's labourer and Mary as a laundress. Their son, 12 year old William, was employed as an errand boy. [3]

They had moved to 6 Batten's Place by 1861 [4] and were living at West Sheen Vale in 1871. [5]

Solomon died in 1877 and Mary was living alone at 17 Alexander Road in 1881 working as a char. She died in Richmond Union Workhouse in 1885 aged 69 and was buried on 25 February in Richmond.


  1. 1841 Census of England
    Lawrence St, Chelsea, Middlesex, England
    First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
    SolomonTowers--Male25 LabourerNot Middlesex
    MaryTowers--Female20WhitsterNot Middlesex
  2. Marriage certificate (Parish Church of St Luke, Chelsea, Solomon Towers of full age bachelor, labourer of 6 Lawrence St son of William Towers, labourer married Mary Ann Herbert spinster of full age of 6 Lawrence St daughter of Thomas Herbert, labourer 8 December 1849. Both made a mark. Witnesses Samuel Alexander and James Tiffin)
  3. 1851 Census of England
    3 Garden Grove, Chelsea, Middlesex, England
    First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
    SolomonTowersHeadMarriedMale34 Bricklayer's labourerRichmond, Surrey
    MaryTowersWifeMarriedFemale33LaundressReading, Berkshire
    WilliamTowersSon-Male12Errand boyChelsea, Middlesex
    MaryTowersDaughter-Female10ScholarChelsea, Middlesex
    ThomasTowersSon-Male2-Chelsea, Middlesex
  4. 1861 Census of England
    1 Botten's Place, Richmond, Surrey, England
    First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
    SolomonTowersHeadMarriedMale45 Bricklayer's labourerRichmond, Surrey
    Mary AnnTowersWifeMarriedFemale43-Reading, Berks
    Mary AnnTowersDaughterUnmarriedFemale19-Chelsea, Middx
    HannahTowersDaughter-Female7-Richmond, Surrey
    EmmaTowersDaughter-Female2-Richmond, Surrey
    JamesBachelorVisitorUnmarriedMale21Bricklayer's labourerAscot Heath, Berks
  5. 1871 Census of England & Wales
    17 West Sheen Vale, Richmond, Surrey, England
    First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
    SolomonTowersHeadMarriedMale55 LabourerRichmond, Surrey
    Mary AnnTowersWifeMarriedFemale54-Chelsea
    ElizabethTowersDaughter-Female9ScholarRichmond, Surrey
    ThomasReadfordLodgerUnmarriedMale35 LabourerRichmond, Surrey
    . Mary Ann's given birth place of Chelsea is in conflict with what went before.
  • Census of England 1871, 1881
  • England and Wales marriage index
  • Burial record, St Mary Magdalene, Richmond
  • * England and Wales death index

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