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Eliza Emma

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Revesby Abbey

Thomas Crowson was born in 1840 in Tetford, Lincolnshire.   By 1867, he was a "husbandman" at Stixwould; by 1881, a farm foreman at Revesby; and later the Earl of Ancaster (Lord Stanhope)'s baliff. 

In 1865, Thomas, by then a widower, married Jemima Butler of Horncastle. He died of cardiac failure and senile decay in Lincoln in 1921.

Their daughter, Eliza Emma,  was educated alongside the Stanhope children at Revesby Abbey, and the Stanhopes later paid for her to become a dressmaker (courturier) in Horncastle. She died in Lincoln in 1959.

The first Revesby Abbey was a Cistercian Abbey, built in 1142, to the south of the village. It is believed that the Abbot had a house approximately mid-way between the main A155 road and the present building; it was on this site that the Howard family built a mansion which they named Revesby Abbey. This building, along with the estate, was purchased by the Banks family in 1714, and inherited in 1761 by the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, who sailed with Captain Cook in the 18th Century. However, as he died childless, the estate passed to the Stanhope family.


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