John ALLAM senior (c.1784–1856)
His second wife Mrs Mary Ann ALLAM née Saunders (c.1785–1855)
His grandsons William James ALLAM (1840–1859)
and Alfred Henry Allam (1850–1888)
His great-granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Marsh (1869–1886)
St Paul section: Row 16, Grave A21 [St Paul ref O12]
[Curved line of Gothic script,
including the words
“the dead all shall be”]
died the v July 1855
… [June] 1856
WILLIAM JAMES ALLAM
… [May] 1859
W. J. A.
Bostock was able to read two other sets of initials, which are no longer visible:
E. A. M. 1886
(Elizabeth Ann Marsh, great-granddaughter of John Allam senior)
A. H. A. 1888
(Alfred Henry Allam,
grandson of John Allam senior)
John Allam or Allum senior was born in Sandford-on-Thames, then in Berkshire, in c.1784, according to the age given in the censuses and on his headstone; but the only John Allam baptised there was born earlier (the son of William and Ann, baptised on 4 October 1778).
On 2 February 1806 at St Michael's Church in Oxford, John Allam senior married his first wife Ann Parker, and they were both described as being of that parish. They had the following children:
- Sarah Allam I (born in Oxford on 10 August 1806 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 30 December);
presumably died in infancy
- Sarah Allam II (born in Oxford on 4 June 1808 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 5 June)
- John Allam junior (born in Oxford on 28 July 1810 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 30 July).
John's first wife Ann Allam died at the age of 45 and was buried in St Michael's churchyard on 31 December 1815.
Mary Ann Saunders was born at Broad Street, Oxford in c.1793, but it is hard to trace her origins.
On 13 September 1827 at St Michael's Church, Oxford, the widower John Allam married Miss Mary Ann Saunders: they were both then living in that parish. They do not appear to have had any children.
John's second daughter given the name Sarah died in early 1828 at the age of 19 and was buried in St Michael's churchyard on 17 February.
At the time of the 1841 census John Allam, who was a corn dealer, was home on his own at Jericho Farm in Walton Street.
In 1851 John (66) and Mary Ann (57) were at home together in Adelaide Street.
Mary Ann died in 1855, and was the first to be buried in the Allam family's double plot:
† Mrs Mary Ann Allam née Saunders died at Walton Street at the age of 70 in July 1855 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
It was probably at the time of Mary Ann's death that John Allam senior purchased a double plot for in this cemetery for his family.
John died the following year:
† John Allam senior died at Walton Farm at the age of 72 in June 1856 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 8 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
For more about John's son John Allam junior and his two wives and children, see the separate adjoining grave.
John junior's eldest son William James Allam (son of John Allam junior) died in 1859 and was buried here with his grandfather:
† William James Allam died at Walton Street at the age of 19 in May 1859 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 8 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
After an interval of 27 years, the inscription noted by Bostock shows that this grave was used again, first for a great-granddaughter and then for a grandson of John Allam senior:
Elizabeth Ann Marsh (1869–1886)
Lizzie, who was baptised at St Michael's Church on 10 October 1869, was the daughter of Sarah Amelia Marsh, the granddaughter of John Allam junior, and the great-granddaughter of John Allam senior. When her mother died at the age of 26 on 8 September 1873 she and her father John Marsh went to live with her grandmother Mrs Ann Allam.
At the time of the 1881 census Lizzie (11) was living at 82 Cranham Street with her grandmother and her father John Marsh (33), who was a tent proprietor; her only brother John (10) was living with his paternal grandparents Thomas & Emma Marsh at 15 Friars Entry.
Lizzie died at her grandmother's house in 1886:
† Elizabeth Ann Marsh died at 82 Cranham Street at the age of 16 in July 1886 and was buried at St Sepulchre's Cemeter on 7 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
Alfred Henry Allam (1850–1888)
John Henry Allam was born at Hayfield's Hut in 1850 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 31 March. He was the son of John Allam junior and his wife Ann Gumm: see their separate grave.
He was a general labourer in 1881, living at 4 King Street, Jericho with his wife Elizabeth (28) and his mother-in-law Jane Best (65), who were cloth finishers, and his one-year-old son William Alfred John Allam. They had two more children: Percy Frederick Allam in 1881 and Sarah Ann Amelia Allam in 1884 (all three children were baptised at St Paul's Church.)
Alfred died at his mother's house in 1888 and was buried here with his grandfather:
† Alfred Henry Allam died at 82 Cranham Street at the age of 38 in March 1888 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).