CRUSO, Revd Henry Edmund Tilsley

1842 - 1929

Henry Edmund Tilsley Cruso, was born at Hook Norton, Oxfordshire in 1842, son of Edmund Cruso, a surgeon, and his wife Louisa née Parry, who married at Hook Norton on 9 April 1838. In 1841, his 30 year old father Edmund, was resident surgeon at Hook Norton Lunatic Asylum with his wife and their 9 month old daughter Catherine Mabel. In 1851, living at 1 Old Town Stratford-upon-Avon with his widowed mother Louisa and were still there in 1861 with siblings, 20 year old Catherine and 18 year old Henry. On 1 June 1860, aged 17, he matriculated at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1864 and taking holy orders, in 1866 was curate at St Andrew and St Mary, Bredmar, Canterbury. He was an assistant master at King's School, Canterbury and in 1867 took the curacy of Basted, Sevenoaks, Kent. His mother Louisa, died at Sevenoaks in 1868, aged 61. Henry married at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent on 12 February 1867, Frances Mary Oke Alford and from May 1869 was vicar of Bramford with Burstall, Suffolk. In 1871, giving his age as 32, was vicar of Bramford, near Ipswich living at the Vicarage with his 32 year old wife and 1 year old daughter Louisa Mabel [q.v.]. In 1894 he was instituted to the rectory of Tunstall, Faversham, Kent and in 1901, giving his age as 58, was living at the rectory at Tunstall, Faversham. His wife died at Tunstall Vicarage in 1904, aged 66, and Henry died at 5 Lonsdale Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Kent on 3 November 1929, aged 87. A founder member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club [q.v.] in 1874, his daughter was Louisa Mabel Cruso [q.v.] and his son was Henry Alford Antony Cruso (1874-1947), father of Thalassa Cruso.