The grave of George Neave (1803-1871) is in the churchyard of St. Peter’s Church in Hoveton. He was born in Smallburgh and he spent his life working as an agricultural labourer, initially living in Neatishead. George was listed on the 1841 census, living with his wife Elizabeth in Cangate Common in Neatishead, along with his 12-year old daughter Mary, his 10-year old daughter Clarisy, his 7-year old son William, his 5-year old son James and his 1-year old daughter Emily.
In 1851, George was living with Elizabeth, as well as with his 16-year old son William, who worked as an agricultural labourer, his 12-year old daughter Emily, his 9-year old daughter Emma, his 6-year old daughter Sarah Ann, his 5-year old daughter Susan, his 1-year old daughter Jane, and his grandson William, aged 5. All of George’s children, and his grandson, had been born in Neatishead. Looking through the burial records at Neatishead, there is a 3-year old, Ann Neave, recorded as having been buried in the church in 1858 and this could have been one of George’s children.
In 1861, George was living with Elizabeth, along with his 16-year old daughter Sarah, his 14-year old daughter Susan and the new-born George, who was George senior’s grandson. Unlike the others who had been in Neatishead, George, the grandson, had been born in Salhouse. That must have seemed just a little bit exotic….
By the 1871 census, he was listed as living near the Common in the village, along with his wife Elizabeth and Hannah Hales, a servant out of situation. A few months after the census was taken, George died at the age of 68.
George’s entry in the burials register for the church, the vicar was from the local Blofeld family of Hoveton Hall and the burial took place on Tuesday 30 May 1871. Elizabeth, his wife, was buried with George following her death in 1889, at the age of 85.