John ALLAM junior (1810–1860)
His second wife Mrs Ann ALLAM, née Gumm (c.1819–1898)
Their second daughter Mrs Sarah Amelia MARSH, née ALLAM (1847–1873)
Their third daughter Elizabeth ALLAM (1852–1859)
Their youngest daughter Mary Ann ALLAM (1855–1871)
St Paul section: Row 16, Grave A20 [St Paul ref Q13]

John Allam junior

 

SACRED to the Memory of
JOHN ALLAM
who died Nov. 1, 1860
Aged 50 Years.

And of ELIZABETH
his third daughter who died
Nov. … 1859 Aged 7 Years.

MARY ANN
Youngest daughter of the above
who died September 22, 1871
aged 15 Years

 

 

Bostock was able to read
two more inscriptions:

SARAH AMELIA MARSH
[Second daughter]
Died 8 September 1873, aged 26

ANN
[Wife of John Allam]
Died 18 December 1898, aged 79

 

John Allam or Allum junior was born in Oxford on 28 July 1810 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 30 July. He was the son of John Allam senior and his first wife Ann Parker, who were married at St Michael's Church on 2 February 1806.
For more on his parents and siblings, see his parents's grave, which adjoins this one. He must have had a short early marriage, as he was already a widower when he married his wife Ann. (His first wife was possibly Elizabeth Crake, who married a John Allam at St Peter in the East Church on 13 October 1834.)

Ann Gumm was born in Bath, Somerset in c.1819 (although her age fluctuates in the censuses). She was the daughter of the ostler Robert Gumm.

On 18 November 1839 at St Paul's Church, John Allam junior, described as a widower and a farmer's labourer of Jericho Road, married his second wife Ann Gumm, who was then living in Jericho Terrace. They had the following children:

  • William James Allam (born at Hayfield's Hut in 1840 and privately baptised by St Giles's Church on 22 September);
    died aged 19
  • Alfred Allam (born at Hayfield's Hut in 1843 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 25 January);
    died aged fifteen months and buried in St Giles's churchyard on 28 April 1844
  • Ann Allam (born at Hayfield's Hut in 1845 and privately baptised by St Giles's Church on 29 January)
  • Sarah Amelia Allam (born at Hayfield's Hut in 1847 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 22 August)
  • Alfred Henry Allam (born at Hayfield's Hut in 1850 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 31 March)
  • Elizabeth Allam (born at Walton Street in 1852 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 29 November);
    died aged nine
  • Mary Ann Allam (born at Walton Street in 1855 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 23 December);
    died aged 15

At the time of the 1841 census John Allam was an agricultural labourer, living at Hayfield's Hut with his wife Ann and their first son William (nine months).

In 1851 John (41) described himself as a farmer's son, and was a farm labourer working for his father. He was now living at Wellington Street with his wife Ann (recorded as aged 35) and their children William (10), Ann (6), Sarah (4), and Alfred (2).

John Allam's mother died in 1855 and his father in 1856, and henceforth John Allam junior described himself as a farmer. On 3 January 1857 Jackson's Oxford Journal reported on a pigeon shoot that took place over two days on the ground of Mr John Allam. Allam himself took part, and hit five birds.

His eldest son William James Allam died at Walton Street at the age of 19 in May 1859 and was buried in his grandparents' adjoining grave on 8 May.

Their third daughter Elizabeth Allam died seven months after her brother:

† Elizabeth Allam died at Walton Farm at the age of seven on 6 December 1859 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Her death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read: “Dec. 6, after a short illness, in the 8th year of her age, Elizabeth, third daughter of Mr. John Allam, Walton-road, St. Giles's.”

John Allam junior died in 1860, just four years after his father's death:

† John Allam junior died at Walton Terrace at the age of 50 on 1 November 1860 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 8 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

His effects came to under £1,500, and his executors were his wife Ann and the innkeeper Joseph Higgins.

At the time of the 1861 census his widow Ann Allam (recorded as aged 40), described as a proprietor of houses & land, was living at 58 Walton Street with her daughter Ann (17), who was curiously described as a retired teacher, and her youngest daughter Mary Ann (5), who was at school. Their two other children, Sarah Amelia (17) and Alfred (14), are hard to find in 1861.

Two of her children were married in the 1860s:

  • On 27 January 1862 Ann Allam, a minor of Observatory Street, married the widower
    Robert Hanks Fortescue
    of Ship Street, the son of the miller John Fortescue;
  • On 15 December 1868 at St Paul's Church, Sarah Amelia Allam of Upper Walton Street married John Abraham Marsh (20), a publican of Broad Street and the son of the publican John Marsh.

Sarah went to live with her husband at the North Star public house, 2 Broad Street, and their two children were born there. They were baptised at St Michael's Church: Elizabeth Ann Marsh on 10 October 1869, and John Abraham Marsh on 23 July 1871.

At the time of the 1871 census Ann Allam (recorded as aged 50), who was living off the rents of houses, was at home in Walton Street with her widowed mother Mrs Elizabeth Jones (84); her son Alfred (21), who was a cabinet maker; and her youngest daughter Mary Ann (15), who was at school.

Their daughter Mary Ann died later in 1871:

† Miss Mary Ann Allam died at Walton Street at the age of 15 in September 1871 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 25 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

The St Paul's grave reference for Mary Ann is different from all the other members of her family listed on this gravestone (B2, which may be an error for O2, the reference for the adjoining Allam grave), and she may in fact be buried in her grandparents' grave.

Her second daughter Mrs Sarah Amelia Marsh died in 1873, and was buried in the grave of her little sister Elizabeth and her father:

† Mrs Sarah Amelia Marsh née Allam died at Leckford Road at the age of 26 on 8 September 1873 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Mrs Ann Allam's son Alfred was married in 1875:

  • In the fourth quarter of 1875 in Oxford, Alfred Henry Allam married Elizabeth Best.

At the time of the 1881 census Mrs Ann Allam (recorded as aged 56) was living at 82 Cranham Street, and her son-in-law John Marsh, a widower of 33 who was a tent proprietor, and her granddaughter Elizabeth Ann (Lizzie) Marsh (11). Lizzie's brother John (10) was living with his paternal grandparents Thomas & Emma Marsh at 15 Friars Entry. Elizabeth Ann Marsh died at Cranham Street at the age of 16 in July 1886 and was buried in her grandfather's grave.

Her married son Alfred Henry Allum died at her house in 1888 at the age of 33 and he too was buried in his grandfather's grave.

In 1891 Mrs Ann Allam (72) was living on her own at 82 Cranham Street.

Mrs Allam died there in 1898:

† Mrs Ann Allam née Gumm died at 82 Cranham Street at the age of around 79 on 18 December 1898 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Her effects came to £1,435 11s. 6d., and her executors were the law clerk Thomas Wellington Hedges and the insurance agent George Parsons.


The only surviving child of John Allam junior and his wife Ann
  • Ann Allam, Mrs Fortescue (born 1845) was working as a domestic servant at 4 St Margaret's Road in 1871, living apart from her husband. In 1881 Ann (36), who was working as a sempstress, and her husband Robert (63), who was a distemperer, were living at 1 King Street Jericho with their son Frederick (18), who was a cabinet maker's apprentice. In 1891 Ann (45) was a surplice maker, living at 117 Kingston Road with her husband: they now had two sons, Frederick (28), who was an ironmonger's assistant, and Reginald (4). By 1911 Ann (66) was a widow, and running a lodging house at 117 Kingston Road. She died in Oxford at the age of 92 in 1936.

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