IN MEMORY OF
OF GLEN EYRE, NEAR SOUTHAMPTON
WIDOW OF THE LATE
COL EYRE JOHN CRABBE
OF HIGHFIELD IN THIS PARISH
SHE DIED AT THE HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE
BELLAGIO, LAKE OF COMO,
OCT 12TH 1888, AGED 77 YEARS
LORD NOW LETTEST THOU
THY SERVANT DEPART
LUKE II, XXIX
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF HARRIET LOUISA CRABBE THE BELOVED
WIFE OF COL EYRE JOHN CRABBE KH WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE THE XVIII OF JUNE ?????. ACTUATED BY HER SINCERE PIETY AND LOVE TO GOD SHE MAINLY
ASSISTED BY LARGE DONATIONS TO THE BUILDING OF THIS
CHURCH. UNOBTRUSIVE IN HER NUMEROUS CHARITIES TO THE POOR, KIND AND AFFECTIONATE IN ALL HER RELATIONS OF LIFE, SHE DIED LAMENTED AS SHE LIVED, BELOVED AND RESPECTED.
BEHOLD GOD IS MY SALVATION
I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID
TO YE MEMORY OF EYRE JOHN CRABBE COLONEL LATE COMMANDG YE LXXIV
HIGHLANDERS IN WHICH REGIMENT HE SERVED XXIX YEARS, KN OF YE
HANOVERIAN GUELPHIC ORDER, JUSTICE OF YE PEACE FOR YE COUNTY
OF HANTS. ALSO FOR YE BORO OF SOUTHAMPTON. WHO DEPARTED THIS
LIFE IN THE FAITH OF OUR LORD JESUS X MARCH XIXTH MDCCCLIX AGED
LXVIII YEARS. WHOSE BODY LIES IN YE ADJOINING CHURCHYARD.
IN MEMORY OF COLONEL EYRE JOHN CRABBE
In 1839 Eyre John Crabbe was a Major in the 74th Foot Regminent of the Birtish Army.
Source: A list of the officers of the army and of the corps of royal marines By Great Britain War Office
A series of letters from Eyre John Crabbe to his mother and sister are kept at Southampton Archives. These include letters on military life and regarding the Hollis family (see below).
In the 1841 census, Harriet Hollis (b.1796) was living with Askew Hollis (b.1766, Hampshire), a retired naval admiral in Highfield, described as part of the tything of Portswood, Southampton.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 417; Folio: 14; Page: 23; Line: 18; GSU roll: 288813.
Death recorded for Askew Pafford Hollis, Apr-Jun 1844, South Stoneham, Vol 7, page 152.
Marriage recorded for Eyre John Crabbe to Harriet Louisa Hollis, Jul-Sep 1846, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, Vol. 18, page 555.
Harriet Crabbe death recorded Apr-Jun 1848, South Stoneham, Vol 7, page 161
In the 1851 census, Eyre J Crabbe (b.1791, Liverton, Devon) was shown as a widow and in receipt of income as a retired Lt.Colonel. He was living in the home of his mother Sarah Crabbe (b.1762, Gosport, Hampshire) at 28 Portland Street, Southampton. She was an annuitant. Also at the address was her unmarried daughter, Eliza (b.1787) who was a share holder. They had 3 servants, a cook, housemaid and nurse.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1669; Folio: 809; Page: 10; GSU roll: 193576-193577.
(Portland Street is now in the centre of Southampton, just off the main shopping streets. One side is a row of Georgian style town houses, which are of a style indicating they would have been present at the time of this census. The other side of the street is a modern redevelopment.)
At this time Elmina Spooner (b.1812, Bath, Somerset), a widow and shareholder was living at Oak Villa, Grosvenor Square, Southampton. 6 domestic servants were listed living with her including a coachman, footman, cook and lady’s maid.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1669; Folio: 681; Page: 1; GSU roll: 193576-193577.
Marriage recorded for Eyre John Crabbe to Elmina Spooner, Apr-Jun 1851, St.Georges Hanover Square, London/Middlesex, Vol. 1, page 34.
Birth record for Eyre Macdonnell Stewart Crabbe, Apr-Jun 1852, South Stoneham, Vol 2c, page 37.
Eyre John Crabbe death recorded Jan-Mar 1859, South Stoneham, Vol 2c, page 35
Eyre John Crabbe (aged 68) of Highfield was buried on 26 March 1859.
Source: Burial Register for Christ Church, Portswood 1850-1899
In the 1861 census, Elmina Crabb (b.1813, Bath, Somerset) was a widow living at Bassett Common, South Stoneham with her son, Eyre M.S. Crabb (b.1852, Highfield, Southampton). Her income came as a fund holder.
They had 7 servants, described as butler, governess, ladies maid, groom, cook and 2 housemaids.
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 684; Folio: 129; Page: 17; GSU roll: 542684.
In 1871, Elmina Crabbe lived at Glen Eyre House, Bassett, South Stoneham. Her occupation was described as private individual. Also living there were sons, Eyre M.S.Crabbe and Henry S. Spooner (b.1837, Southampton) and 6 servants (a butler, groom, ladys maid, cook and 2 housemaids).
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 1201; Folio: 69; Page: 20; GSU roll: 827817.
In the 1881 census, Elmina Crabbe was an annuitant living in New Bassett, South Stoneham with her unmarried son, Henry S Spooner and 6 domestic servants.
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 1223; Folio: 100; Page: 23; GSU roll: 1341299.
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Birth, Marriage & Death records obtained from Freebmd.org.uk.
For war dead the burial information was obtained from CWGC.org