Edward CREWE – 22 years gardener at Trevalyn Hall

by Wayne Piotr Cronin-Wojdat

Location of the gravestone – All Saints Church, Gresford, Wrexham, Wales

“Sacred to the memory of Edward Crewe of Marford in this Parish and for nearly 22 years gardener at Trevalyn Hall. Died February 14th 1868 Aged 68 years”

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Depending on the historical records viewed, Edward Crewe was born in either 1800, or 1801, in Burton, Denbighshire, Wales.

At the time of the 1851 Census, Edward Crewe gave his occupation as a gardener. He was living in Rossett, as a widower.  He had four of his children living with him,

Margaret Crewe, born 1823, Burton, Denbighshire, Wales

Elizabeth Crewe, born 1826, Burton, Denbighshire, Wales

Jane Crewe, born 1829, Rossett, Denbighshire, Wales

William Crewe, born 1831, Rossett, Denbighshire, Wales

Also resident in the household is Jane Crewe, a widow,born 1754 in Rossett.  This may be an exaggerated age as this would make her 97 years old! Although it can not be proved at this time, it is possible that this could be Edward’s mother.

In 1854 Edward Crewe re-married.  He married Margaret Robert who was born in 1821, in Gresford.  Margaret was 20 years younger than Edward, and she was only 2 years younger than his eldest daughter who was also called Margaret.

In the 1861 census, Edward Crewe again gave his occupation as a gardener.  By this time Edward and his wife Margaret had set-up home in Marford. 

Edward Crewe died on the 14th February 1869 and was buried in the churchyard at All Saints, Gresford.

On the 18th March 1869 Edward Crewe’s will was proved by means of his wife Margaret, who was acting as an executor, taking an oath.  Edward Crewe’s effects were valued at under £100.

In 1871, Edward’s widow, Margaret, was still residing in Marford. Like many widows she still needed an income so she worked as a washer woman.

Source: Historical Gems – Wayne Piotr Cronin-Wojdat