Henry ALDRED (1810–1883)
His wife Mrs Sarah ALDRED, née Berry (1803–1885)
His wife's sister Miss Mary Ann BERRY (1802–1886)
St Giles (Ss Philip & James) section: Row 50, Grave K36
LATE OF CHARLBURY
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
12TH SEPTEMBER 1883
AGED 73 YEARS
ABSENT FROM THE BODY, PRESENT
WITH THE LORD
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO ENTERED INTO REST
23RD JUNE 1885,
AGED 82 YEARS
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD THAT DIE IN
[Other side of headstone:
see image below]
In Loving Memory of
MARY ANN BERRY,
DIED OCTOBER 3, 1886,
AGED 84 YEARS
THEM ALSO WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS
WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM.
Henry Aldred was born in Bedingham, Norfolk on 2 January 1810, the son of John Aldred and Rebekah Haward. He and his younger sister Rachel (born 12 May 1811) were baptised together at the independent chapel in nearby Denton on 2 August 1811.
Mary Ann Berry was born at Great Rollright in 1802 and baptised there on 2 February, and her sister Sarah Berry was born there in 1803, privately baptised on 30 May, and received into the church on 12 June. They were the daughters of the farmer John Berry and his wife Ann Couling, who were married at Great Rollright on 8 June 1801 and had four other children baptised there: Richard (1804), Elizabeth (1806), Jane (1808), and John (1812). At the time of the 1841 census both Sarah and Mary Ann were in their late thirties and still living at Great Rollright with their parents and their younger brother Richard.
In the fourth quarter of 1841 in the Chipping Norton district (probably at Great Rollright), Henry Aldred married Sarah Berry. They do not appear to have had any children.
At the time of the 1851 census Henry (41) was described as a “Draper & Tailor & Tea Dealer” and was living in Charlbury with his wife Sarah (46). A draper's assistant and a draper's apprentice were living with them, and they had a house servant.
In 1861 their address was specified as Sheep Street, Charlbury, and Sarah's sister Miss Mary Ann Berry (59), described as a farmer's daughter, had come to live with them.
On 24 March 1866 the partnership between Henry Aldred and Robert Miller, both drapers of Charlbury who were trading as Aldred & Miller, was dissolved by mutual consent.
At the time of the 1871 census Henry (61) remained a draper & tea dealer in Sheep Street, Charlbury, and his wife Sarah (67) assisted him in the business. Sarah's sister Mary Ann Berry (69) was still living with them, and they had one servant.
On 12 September 1873 Aldred's home and shop was auctioned at the White Hart Inn in Charlbury, and was described thus in the advertisement in Jackson's Oxford Journal on 30 August:
Lot 1.– A MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, Stone-built and Slated, situate in Sheep-street, Charlbury (partly occupied as a private Dwelling House and partly as a Woollen Draper's Shop), with convenient out-buildings, wash-house, and garden, in the occupation of Mr. Henry Aldred.
Lot 2.– A MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, Stone-built and Slated, near to the above, also situate in Sheep-street, with a stable, coach house, wood house, and other out-buildings, in the several occupations of Mr Aldred and Mr. Geo. Ruddle. Also a BUILDING adjoining thereto, now used as a Chapel, but easily converted into a Cottage.
Lot 3.– A CLOSE OF PASTURE LAND adjoining to each of the above Lots, at the rear thereof and bounded one one side by the Playing Close, from which there is convenient access. This Lot contains about 2 Roods and 16 Perches (more or less), and is in the occupation of Mr. Aldred. The Outgoings are very small.
In 1874 the Aldreds retired to Oxford and Henry became the first leaseholder of Clifton Cottage, 33 Kingston Road.
At the time of the 1881 census Henry (71), described as a retired draper, was living at Clifton Cottage with his wife Sarah (78) and Sarah's sister Mary Ann Berry (79), plus their cook and housemaid.
Henry died in 1883:
† Henry Aldred died at Clifton Cottage, 33 Kingston Road at the age of 73 on 12 September 1883 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's and Ss Philip & James's Church).
His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read simply: “Sept. 12, in Kingston-road, Oxford, Mr. Henry Aldred, aged 73.”
His personal estate came to £375, and his wife Sarah was his executor.
Sarah died less than two years later:
† Mrs Sarah Aldred née Berry died at Kingston Road at the age of 82 on 23 June 1885 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's and Ss Philip & James's Church).
Her personal estate came to £201 1s. 4d., and her executor was William Willis, gentleman of Ilfracombe Villa, Farndon Road.
Mary Ann Berry
Mrs Aldred's sister Mary Ann Berry continued to live her sister's house, and died there three years later:
† Miss Mary Ann Berry died at Kingston Road at the age of 84 on 3 October 1886 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's and Ss Philip & James's Church).
Her name was inscribed on the back of the headstone (right).
Her effects came to £239 2s. 9d., and her executor was her nephew Richard Berry, a yeoman of Great Rollright.