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On 20 February 1850 George Pile died at Queen Haven in Westbourne, his death certificate shows him as a 48-year-old farm labourer and that he died of Morbus Coxie, chronic abscess and “general exhaustion”! (Morbus Coxie means literally disease of the hip and could possibly be septic arthritis). He was buried in the parish churchyard four days later; his grave however appears not to be marked, however many of the gravestones in Westbourne churchyard are very badly worn and weathered and most are totally illegible.

In 1851 the next census was taken; this gives far more detail than its 1841 predecessor. Widow Martha Pile is found “in the village” with her children William, aged twenty eight and a farm labourer; Jane, nineteen years old and twelve year old Charlotte who is described as a scholar. Martha is recorded as 61 years old and born at Petworth in Sussex. Also with them is a lodger, Hannah Sparks an eighty-year-old widow born at Chidham. David was by now in Grantham, but no trace of Ann or George has yet been found in this or subsequent censuses.

Also in Westbourne in 1851 is Fanny Pile aged 16 and working as a kitchen maid at Aldsworth House in the employ of John Parnell a perpetual curate minister. According to the census Fanny was born in Westbourne around 1835 but there is no record of her baptism in the parish records and therefore no indication of her parents.

William Pile and his daughter Kezia, 25 are also “in the village”. William, now a widower is aged sixty and described as a dealer and farmer employing two labourers, his birthplace is recorded as East Meon in Hampshire.

Henry Martin, Martha Pile’s son by her first marriage, appears to have married around this time as two baptisms are recorded at Westbourne; Sarah in 1854 and David Albert in 1861; their mother’s name is Sarah Anne.