SHERIFFE, Harriet

1793 - 1869

Harriet Sheriffe, was born at Uggeshall, Suffolk on 25 June 1793, daughter of Revd Thomas Sheriffe (1759-1842), rector of Uggeshall, and his first wife Charlotte, daughter of Revd Gilbert Affleck, rector of Dalham, near Newmarket, Suffolk, who married at St Mary the Wall, Colchester, Essex on 19 September 1787. Harriet's mother was buried on 7 November 1798 and on 11 March 1809 her father married again, Sarah Bennett. Harriet lived with her parents in Uggeshall until the death of her father in 1842 when, together with her step-mother, they moved to Southwold, Suffolk where Harriet played a prominent part in Southwold society. As Miss Sheriff of Southwold, an art pupil of Henry Bright [q.v.] sometime between 1836-1856. She inherited most of wealthy father's estate and on the death of her stepmother was also her major beneficiary. In 1851, a 58 year old 'landed proprietor', living at South Green, Southwold with ten indoor servants including a butler and a coachman. Harriet died at Centre Cliff Lodge, Southwold on 13 December 1869 and buried at Uggeshall on 20 December. Her will left an amount of around 30,000.