****** Updated 29th September 2009 ******
This is the grave stone of Jeremiah Crutchley of Bloxwich. He was born on January 13th 1809 to William and Sarah Crutchley (nee Poyner) of Great Wyrley. He was baptised on February 7th 1809 at Wednesbury Methodist chapel.
Jeremiah married Ellen Morgan at St Matthew's Parish Church, Walsall on September 29th 1831. They had two children, Thomas and William.
On February 5th 1838, Jeremiah, now a widower, married Sarah Starkey again at St Matthew's Church, Walsall. His occupation at this time, according to the marriage certificate was miner.
The 1840 tithe map for Bloxwich indicates that Jeremiah was the tenant landlord of the Vine Inn at Short Heath. According to the 1841 census for Bloxwich, Jeremiah was a Publican. The 1851 Directory Of Walsall lists him as the keeper of a Beer House.
In 1851, the census records that Jeremiah was a Retail Broker and Coal Miner. The 1861 census shows that he was a grocer and broker.
On May 10th 1855, Mary Ann Somerfield gave birth to Jeremiah's son, also called Jeremiah.
On July 10th 1876, again a widower, he married Ann Summerfield, once more at St Matthew's Church, Walsall. At this time, his occupation, according to the marriage certificate was general broker.
The 1881 census for Bloxwich describes Jeremiah as a grocer.
Jeremiah died on August 19th 1883 aged seventy four. In his will, he left the sum of £128 13s 6d to his wife Ann Crutchley.
The inscription on Jeremiah's headstone reads: 'In affectionate remembrance of Jeremiah Crutchley of Bloxwich, who died August 19th 1883 aged seventy six years. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord'.
|January 13th 2009 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jeremiah Crutchley. To mark the occasion three generations of the present day Crutchley family visited his grave in Bloxwich on Saturday 17th January 2009, and the photograph below records the event. Present were Sidney Crutchley (65), Gary Crutchley (40), Lewis Crutchley (12), Cory Crutchley (7) and Miles Crutchley (5).|