Annie Caroline PETERS nee JOHNSON

Life story written by Judy Williams

Annie Caroline was my Great Grandmother. She was born in Pangbourne to Jane and John JOHNSON and baptised on 14th October 1855. Jane and John are both buried in St James the Less Church in Pangbourne.

Annie was the second wife of Mathew Henry PETERS and mother of Sidney Victor PETERS and Annie Amelia PETERS, my Grandmother. Mathew was a carpenter and they lived at 14 Cambridge Street, Reading. Annie died of phthisis and diarrhoea. When she died , her sister Mary Francis, known as Aunt Polly, who was profoundly deaf, helped to look after the children and then helped with all her great nieces and nephews. She died in 1940.

Annie Caroline is buried in Reading Old Cemetery.

Annie Amelia, her daughter, was married on 30th January 1908 to Henry George Edward GOFF.

Annie and Henry went on to have 12 children: Hubert Harry, Albert Edward, George Henry, Eric Ronald, Gilbert Sidney, Lilian Mary, my mother, Frederick Gerald, Flora Annie, Irene Muriel, Bernard Stanley, Norman William and Arthur Leslie. When they were first married they lived in Brighton. Then, they moved to Reading and lived in Cholmeley Place, Lavender Street and finally Buckland Road.

Gilbert Sidney GOFF was born on 26th November 1913 and died on 26th January 1914. He is buried in an unpaid common grave with many other occupants in Division 42, G15920 (Book 9, page 142-Reading Old Cemetery records).

Bernard Stanley GOFF was born on 19th December 1925 and died on 15th March 1927. He is also buried in an unpaid common grave with other occupants called Peters and his grandmother in Division 22, Grave 5377 (Book 3, page 490-Reading Old Cemetery records).

Norman William GOFF was born on 20th April 1928 and died on 18th May 1929. He is buried in the same grave as his brother Bernard.

family buried in unmarked graves in Division 22 and 42