Elizabeth FOWLER (c.1809–1863)
St Giles section: Row 47, Grave 25½
IN MEMORY OF
WHO DIED JUNE 17TH
Elizabeth Fowler lived in Chelsea, but must have been paying a visit to Oxford in 1863, when she had a sudden stroke and was taken to the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she soon died.
She is likely to be the Mrs Elizabeth Fowler (51), born at St George’s, Middlesex, who at the time of the 1861 census was living at 20 Exeter Place, Chelsea with her two sons, who were both born in Chelsea: Richard (21) was a carpenter, and Joseph (20) was a plumber. She was described as married; but back in 1851, when her daughter Louisa (19) was also with her, she described herself as a widow, and so it is possible that she was never married.
Her hospital record states that she had been suffering from apoplexy for just one day, and that she had an extensive amount of blood in her ophthalmus (which simply means eye).
† Elizabeth Fowler died in the Radcliffe Infirmary at the age of 54 on 17 June 1863 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Her burial record confirms that she came from Chelsea in London; but as the Radcliffe Infirmary was in St Giles’s parish, she had the right to be buried in the St Giles’s section of St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, and her family must have chosen this option rather than bring her body back to London.