Wren, Sophia

Inscription

THIS STONE
IS INSCRIBED AND PLACED HERE
IN MEMORY OF
SOPHIA WREN

AND IS A TOKEN OF ESTEEM AND
RESPECT FROM HER FRIENDS
WHO WERE ???TED WITH HER
IN THE NATIONAL SCHOOL
IN THIS PARISH AND DISTRICT
DURING A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS

SHE DEPARTED AT THE EARLY AGE OF
21 YEARS IN HUMBLE BUT ASSURED
HOPE OF THE RE[SURRECTION]
[TO ETERNAL] LIFE THROUGH HER LORD
AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
OCTOBER 1ST 185[9]

PATIENT IN TRIBULATION ROMANS 12[12]

Other Information

Birth recorded for Sophia Wren, Jul-Sep 1838, St. George Hanover Square, London, Vol 1, page 6.

Birth date: 14th July 1838, Baptism: 5th August 1838, Ranelagh Presbyterian, Chelsea, London, England. 
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In the 1841 census, Sophia Wren (b.1839, Middlesex) was living in West Street, Pimlico in the City of Westminster, parish of St George, Hanover Square. She lived there with her father William, mother Sophia and 1 month old sister, Ann.
They lived in the same property as the family of George Copas, a labourer.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 732; Folio: 13; Page: 19; Line: 9; GSU roll: 438834.

In the 1851 census, Sophia (b.1839, St.Georges, Middlesex) was living in Church Lane, Highfield in the home of her grandparents, William Wren (b.1789, South Stoneham) and Ann Wren (b.1799, Michalmard, Hampshire). William was an agricultural labourer. 
The rest of her family were also there, father William (b.1816, Stepney, Middlesex), mother Sophia (b.1806, St.Georges, Middlesex) and sisters Elizabeth(b.1842, St.Georges, Middlesex) and Francis (b.1847, South Stoneham). William (jnr) was a general mechanic. Sophia and Elizabeth were scholars.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1670; Folio: 165; Page: 47; GSU roll: 193578.

The 1853 Post Office Street Directory has an advertisement on page 54 for William Wren (from London) as a Patent Scalemaker, operating from premises near All Saints burial groundin Southampton, but living in Back Lane, Portswood (an alternative name for Church Lane, Highfield).

Sophia Wren was a pupil teacher at Highfield National School on Church Lane, Highfield. She was mentioned in the minutes of a meeting of the South Stoneham & Portswood School Committee on Thursday November 12th At 12 o’clock, that her indentures were to be transferred from Mrs Winser to Mrs Sheaf. In February 1859, she was at training college and the school may have been holding a place for her. See the biography of headmaster Robert Sheaf on this site.

Death recorded for Sophia Wren, Oct-Dec 1859, South Stoneham, Vol 7, p. 31.

Sophia Wren (aged 21) of Highfield was buried on 9 October 1859.
Source: Burial Register for Christ Church, Portswood, 1850-1899

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