1947: Aged Evacuee From Training Area – Mrs. C. Miller – Dies at Stoborough

An evacuee from the much discussed battle training area of the Isle of Purbeck, whose exclusion from her lifelong home at Warbarrow Bay has aroused the sympathy of all interested in the “battle” of Purbeck. Mrs. Harriet Deborah Miller, has died at her home at Stoborough. The fate of the only home she knew in her sixty odd years of married life has still to be decided by the Government.

Mrs. Miller, who was 93, was evacuated in December 1943, and within a week her 93 years old husband, Mr. Charlie Miller, died. By permission of the military authorities, he was buried in his home parish of Tyneham, and ever since his widow has grieved that she has been debarred from visiting his last resting place.

In view of all the circumstances Mrs. Miller decided that her last resting place should be at the cemetery adjoining Wareham Parish Church, where her relatives could visit and tend her grave.

So it was that Mrs. Miller was buried at Wareham, separated from her husband, with whom she lived in the little cottage at Warbarrow for the 63 years of her married life. A native of Kingston, she was for some time before her marriage a teacher at Tyneham School.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Frith, and chief mourners were Mrs. J. Hodge, Mrs. A. Head, Mrs. G. Mudford, Mrs. E. Woadden, Miss E. Houliston (nieces), Mr. G. White, Mr. A. Head, Mr. F. Hodge (nephews), Mrs. Houliston (sister-in-law), Miss Minnie Miller (cousin), Miss B. Minterne and Miss. W. Minterne (friends and former neighbours at Warbarrow). Others present included Mr. and Mrs. W. R. G. Bond, Mrs. Pryce (representing Wareham and Purbeck Rural Council) and Mr. C. F. J. Durant-Lewis, clerk to the Council), Mrs. H. C. Money, Mr. and Mrs. P. Brachi, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hart and Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Reeks.

Western Gazette – Friday 5 September 1947

Notes: Harriet was the daughter of William White and Elizabeth Kingsbury White nee Fry who lived at Willwood. Harriet taught at Kingston School for a while and appeared twice in the 1871 Kingston census, both at home with her parents and boarding with blacksmith Thomas Goodchild’s widow Mary. Harriet’s nephew Gerald White from Kingston was present at her funeral.

1934: Obituary: Sarah THOMPSON nee GOODCHILD

Mrs. S. Thompson Claimed by Death – Oldest Surviving Member of Episcopal Church Dies This Morning

Mrs. Sarah Thompson 82 years of age, oldest surviving member of the Christ Episcopal Church, expired at 9 o’clock this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Bradley, 503(?) East Mason street. Mrs. Thompson had been ill for five weeks, and during that period had been at the Bradley residence. A little over four weeks ago, while getting up in the night, she fell and sustained a fractured hip, and had rapidly failed since then. Death was attributed to results of the fracture and infirmities. Arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made yet, but it is believed that it will be held at the Knapp & Smith Funeral Home on Monday.

Mrs. Thompson was born in Kingston, England, on February 10, 1852, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Goodchild. She was raised and educated in her native country and was married there in 1871 to Robert Thompson. They came to America shortly following their marriage, settling near Windsor, Ont. Four or five years later Mr. and Mrs. Thompson came to Michigan, settling in Ovid where they made their home for two years before coming to Owosso. They have lived there since then. For many years Mr. Thompson was employed by the Woodard Furniture Company. He died in 1900. Since Mr. Thompson’s death, Mrs. Thompson made her home among her children, or lived alone. Four children survive. They are William D. Thompson, Harry Thompson, Allie Thompson, and Mrs. Bradley, all of Owosso. A daughter, Mrs. Elmer Rose, died in 1902. There are eight grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren.

Mrs. Thompson was the youngest, and the last of a family of 14 children. All her life she had been a member of the Episcopal Church.

[Please note: The obituary says she was the youngest of 14 children of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Goodchild. The ‘Henry’ appears to be a mistake. She was baptised as the daughter of Thomas Goodchild, Blacksmith of Kingston, and Mary Goodchild (nee Wiseman) on 25 Apr 1852 who had 14 children.]

21 September 1934