Elizabeth Glenister | Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Biography:
Elizabeth Glenister
1832 –1901

Elizabeth Glenister

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Unmarked grave Elizabeth Glenister  (1832-1901)

Elizabeth was born in 1832 in Chesham to Elizabeth and John Glenister. John was an agricultural labourer and Elizabeth was a straw plaiter. She was their second child and the eldest of their four daughters.

In 1841 the family were living in Botley, a hamlet due east of Chesham.

Elizabeth never married and, like many daughters of labouring families, became a domestic servant.

In 1851, aged 18, she was a “house servant” at Bury Farm, Great Missenden, the only domestic staff employed by the Carter family, parents and son. Three ploughboys were also “living in”.

Ten years later she was one of two domestic staff employed by Alexander Parker, a land agent and surveyor and his family in Tring.

In 1871 Elizabeth was still a servant, but was not living in her employer’s household. Instead she was a lodger in Albert Street, Tring, in the household of an infant school mistress. Also there was Kate Glenister, aged 14, born in Aldbury. It is possible that she was Elizabeth’s daughter, which was why she was not a “live-in” servant.

Elizabeth eventually became a cook, which had been her occupation when she was recorded for the March 1901 census as an inmate at the Union Workhouse at 241, High Street, Berkhamsted where she died in November that year, aged 69.

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Unmarked grave Elizabeth Glenister  (1832-1901)

Elizabeth was born in 1832 in Chesham to Elizabeth and John Glenister. John was an agricultural labourer and Elizabeth was a straw plaiter. She was their second child and the eldest of their four daughters.

In 1841 the family were living in Botley, a hamlet due east of Chesham.

Elizabeth never married and, like many daughters of labouring families, became a domestic servant.

In 1851, aged 18, she was a “house servant” at Bury Farm, Great Missenden, the only domestic staff employed by the Carter family, parents and son. Three ploughboys were also “living in”.

Ten years later she was one of two domestic staff employed by Alexander Parker, a land agent and surveyor and his family in Tring.

In 1871 Elizabeth was still a servant, but was not living in her employer’s household. Instead she was a lodger in Albert Street, Tring, in the household of an infant school mistress. Also there was Kate Glenister, aged 14, born in Aldbury. It is possible that she was Elizabeth’s daughter, which was why she was not a “live-in” servant.

Elizabeth eventually became a cook, which had been her occupation when she was recorded for the March 1901 census as an inmate at the Union Workhouse at 241, High Street, Berkhamsted where she died in November that year, aged 69.

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