Adolphus Rouvray (1806 - 1845)

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Adolphus, third son of  Joseph and Sarah, was born 30 August 1806 and christened 5 November 1806 in the Parish Church of St Mary-Le-Bone, Middlesex, England.

Adolphus Descendants 1845 Marriage to Hannah Hardeman
Adolphus Descendants 1845 marriage Hannah Hardeman

On 21 Feb 1831 at Old Church St Pancras, Adolphus married Harriet Stone, with Adolphus’ brother  James as witness. Both signed the register.

After Harriet died in early 1845, Adolphus married Hannah Hardeman, a spinster, later that year at at the church of St John the Evanglist, Westminster.

Hannah was born in Marston, Worcestershire, daughter of Alice Baldwin and James Hardeman, a farmer, and was christened 7 Dec 1812 at Barcheston, Warwickshire. She was from a Quaker family, well known in the Warwickshire area. After her marriage to Adolphus, it would seem that Hannah was quite well provided for.

Adolphus was recorded on the 1851 census as living at 5 Churton Place, St George Hanover Square and being a journeyman cabinet maker.  Adolphus was a member of the Chairmaker’s Guild. M. K. Ashby’s book ‘Joseph Ashby of Tysoe’ (written by Hannah’s great niece) notes,  "Just inside Hannah's door hung a tiny, deep rosewood frame containing a print-- the certificate of Adolphe Rouvray's admission to the Chairmaker's guild, dated 1829.”

Ashby refers to her sending her friend Elizabeth “an occasional small parcel, containing something good - fine tea or a few yards of good cloth”. After Adolphus’ death, Hannah returned to Tysoe in Warwickshire where her nephew Joseph, “went on errands to his Aunt Hannah Rouvray. Her cottage, [in the Upper Town] a fine large one, was furnished with rosewood and mahogany. There were many small pieces of china, with hand-painted flowers and moulded fruits. The path from her garden gate to her door was bordered deep with flowers. The only work Joseph ever saw her do was her fantastic patchwork and such gardening as could go with wearing of a full black silk dress. … On her little fortune in the Funds the widow lived very completely to herself. She was not very neighbourly, but she was good-natured, kindly-mannered.“

Adolphus’ died 5 June 1864 [registered at St George Hanover Square]. Hannah passed away 27 January, 1897 aged 84, in Middle Tysoe, Warwickshire, and was buried in the Tysoe parish church yard on 29 January. Her death was registered at Shipston on Stour.

It appears that there were no children from either of Adolphus’ marriages.

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