Miss Constance Henrietta SEALY (1860–1874)
St Giles section: Row 31, Grave K36
Front, facing camera: In Loving Memory of Constance Henrietta younger daughter of
Right edge: Major Gen. Sealy R.A.
Back: Born 28 February 1860. Died 29 December 1874
Left edge: Thy will be done
Constance Henrietta Sealy was born in India at Ahmednuggur, Maharashtra on 28 February 1860, the daughter of George Prince Sealy and Anne White, who were married at St Pancras Old Church in London on 4 October 1842.
Constance's father was in the army, and she had eight older siblings all born in the Bombay area: Charles William Henry Sealy and George White Sealy (twins, born in Ahmednuggur in 1846); Helen Georgiana Sealy (born in Bawda, Maharashtra in 1848); Arthur Prince Sealy (born in Bombay in 1849, died the following year); Anne Marion Sealy (born in Neemuch in 1851); Alfred Thomas Hicks Sealy and Henry Arthur Sealy (twins, born in Kurachee in 1854), and Amy Evans Hamilton Sealy (born in Poona, in 1857).
At the time of the 1871 census Constance (11) and her sister Amy (13) were boarding at 1 Preston Villas in the Banbury Road, Oxford with the widow Mrs Georgihanna Cotes (48) and her nine children.
Constance died suddenly at Mrs Cotes’s house in 1874:
† Miss Constance Henrietta Sealy died at 1 Preston Villas at the age of 14 on 29 December 1874 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 31 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Her death was announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal thus: “Dec. 29, suddenly, at 1, Preston Villas, The Parks, Oxford. Constance Henrietta Sealy, youngest daughter of General G. P. Sealy, Royal (late Bombay) Artillery.” It was also announced in the Guardian on 6 January 1875.
Her father George Prince Sealy died at 1 Kent Avenue, Ealing at the age of 80 on 11 November 1892. His effects came to £3,689 1s. 11d., and his wife was his executor.
Her mother Anne Sealy died at 18 Waldeck Road, Ealing on 14 October 1896. Her effects came to £7,244 12s. 2d., and her executors were her youngest daughter Amy Evans Hamilton Sealy and the retired brigade surgeon William Edmonson Dudley.