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Eldred Weeden / Ann Treadaway
Eldred Weeden and Anne Treadaway

This is information I have on the Weeden side of the family, an interesting insight into the times is a set of newspaper cuttings from a scrapbook I was given with articles on the deaths of a number of the family members. Which papers they came from I have no idea, it may have been a local paper for Ickenham which has long since gone. The scrapbook contained many more cuttings that don't seem to be related to the family that may help other researchers in this area - e-mail me and I will see if I can help.



"Genteel in personage, conduct and equipage, Noble by heritage, generous and free."
On Sunday afternoon last, just about three o'clock, Mr. Eldred Weeden departed this life, aged 77 years - at least he would have reached that ripe age had he lived to the 24th of the present month.
Up till about 18 months ago the deceased had always a busy, active, useful life, serving to the best of his ability those amongst whom his lot bad been cast, working earnestly and constantly for the common good, which he greatly promoted, holding several public positions, serving his constituents well on the Board of Guardians, on the Hillingdon Highway Board, and as a member on the Assessment Committee. Mr. Weeden will, perhaps, be best remembered as a Guardian of the poor and a member of the Uxbridge Rural District Council, on which bodies he for many years keenly watched over the interests of Ickenham, and was most assiduous in his attendance. As year increased he became a little deaf, and unable readily to follow the discussion, but unless he thoroughly understood the question submitted, he made a point of refraining from voting. Although specially interested in the affairs of his constituents, his long experience and thoroughly practical acquaintances with all parts of the outlying districts made him a very valuable member of those bodies, and when the letter announcing his final retirement was read, Mr. C. Woodbridge, the Clerk, paid a high compliment to him, passing an eulogium upon him as a most useful public servant. Laid aside by sickness he ultimately resigned his seat about 12 months since, and afterwards on November 7, 1898, the sudden death of his wife, Mrs. Weeden, prejudicially affected his already delicate health, and since that time he has practically been confined at home, at Long Lane Farm, where he has been attended to by Dr. Roberts and Dr. Charpentier.
In addition to the public offices already mentioned, Mr. Eldred Weeden was for many years churchwarden at the parish church, and also one of the managers of the schools, and with him to hold office was to thoroughly attend to the duties pertaining thereto. Mr. Weeden was born at Ruislip, and lived at Ryefields Fann, Hillingdon, many years, but for the last 30 years he has lived at Long Lane Farm. His family connections with Ickenham date back over 200 years, and several sons of deceased are still resident there, where name of Weeden is a familiar family word.

The Funeral
Took place on Thursday afternoon at Ickenham, where the remains of the deceased gentleman were interred near the grave of his late wife in the churchyard. The cortege left Long Lane Farm just before half past three o'clock, the coffin being borne on a hearse, and the principal mourners, who followed on foot, were Mr. Henry Weeden, Mr. William Weeden, Mr. George Weeden (sons), Mr. William Woodland (grandson), and Mr. W. Hamaton (son-in-law), Messrs. W. Taylor, A. Andrews, and D. Finch (servants on the farm). At the church gates there also joined the funeral party Messrs. T. Collins and S. Matheson (old colleagues on the Uxbridge Rural District Council), A. Foot, H. Ewer, H. J. Ewer, D. Brickett, E. Johnson, J. Seabrook (Kings End), B. Johnson, W. H. Halliwell, A. Edlin, W. A. Cook (Uxbridge), and many ladies. The Rev. C. B. M. Read, of St. Andrew's, Uxbridge, was the officiating clergyman, and whilst the sad ceremony was being perf6rmed the neighbors and friends all drew their blinds, out of respect for the deceased and sympathy for the friends. There would, doubtless, have been a much larger attendance bad it not been Uxbridge market day. The coffin was of polished elm, with brass fittings, and contained an inscription as follows -" Eldred Weeden, died September 3rd, 1899, aged 77 years."
Some very nice wreaths were placed on the coffin, including: -
A last token of love to dear father, from Mary and children.
In loving memory of a dear and good father, from Page and Minnie.
In loving remembrance from a dear and good father, from Will and Alice.
In loving memory of a dear dad, from Harry and Sissie
In loving memory of dear Granddad from Archie and Toddles.
To dear Grandpa, from Reggie and Vera.
In kind remembrance of a kind master, from Andrews and Taylor.
Very loving memories of a dear friend, Kate Bonaker,
From Mrs. Weeden, King's End Farm, with deep sympathy for the family.
The funeral arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Mr. J. Sims, of Ickenham. Fortunately the weather, which had been threatening, cleared off before the time for burial.



Mr. Eldred Weeden, whose death we record in another column, has all his lifetime lived and moved amongst the people of Ickenham, Ruislip, and Hillingdon, in the interests of which he has always taken a deep personal interest, and where his family boast of 200 years' connection. His great age is one more proof of the extreme health-giving properties of the district. He was a gentleman much esteemed and respected, and though his death was anticipated, it nevertheless cast a gloom over the village.