GROSS, Charles

1813 - 1894

Charles Gross was baptised at St Helen's Church, Ipswich on 24 November 1813, son of Charles Gross (1779-10 April 1859), a solicitor, and his wife Maria née Catt, who married at St Lawrence Church, Ipswich on 10 September 1810. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1834, when he was tutored by Henry Davy and in 1841, was living at Lower Brook Street, Ipswich. He resigned as the Ipswich Town Surveyor in 1843 and, as of Bramford, near Ipswich he married at Halifax, Yorkshire on 22 September 1843, 21-year-old Elizabeth Ranson (1822-1877), second daughter of Robert Gill Ranson of Ipswich. In 1851, a 37-year-old government surveyor & poor law auditor, living at South Street, Cambridge Terrace, Greenwich, Kent with his 29-year-old wife Elizabeth and three children, Alice 4, born at Brandeston, Suffolk, Charles Arthur 2, born at Leicester and a newly born unnamed daughter, born at Greenwich. He had several more children born in various towns, but his wife died at Dartford in 1877 and in 1881, Charles was a widower and a retired civil servant, living at Kensington Villa, St Mildreds Road, St Lawrence, Thanet, Kent. Charles Gross died at 11 Probyn Road, Tulse Hill, Surrey on 7 August 1894, aged 80.