Mrs Eliza BATEMAN, née Conway (1856–1905)
Her daughter Miss Laura BATEMAN (1894–1918)
St Paul (St Barnabas) section: Row 30, Grave H18

Eliza Bateman


DIED JUNE 9TH, 1905,





DIED DEC. 10TH, 1918,



Eliza Conway was born in London on 7 October 1856 and baptised at St Dunstan's Church, Stepney on 20 November. She was the daughter of the butcher Alfred Conway and Mary Sarah Tyrrell who were married at St John's Church, Hackney on 18 May 1852. At the time of the 1861 census Eliza (4) was living at 9 White Horse Lane, Stepney with her father Alfred (42), her mother Mary (32), and her siblings Alfred junior (8), Mary (6), Eliza (4), and Louisa (1). Two young butchers who worked for her father also lived with them, and they had a maid of all work. By 1871 the family had moved to 197 Mile End Road, and Eliza (14) had four more siblings, namely Matilda (9), Helen (7), Ada (3), and Edwin (eleven months).

On 1 November 1886 at St Philip's Church, Stepney Eliza Conway of 197 Mile End Road married William Bateman. He was born in Kidlington, the son of the grocer William Bateman senior and his wife Martha, and baptised there on 14 April 1847. By the time of his marriage William junior was described as a farmer of Kidlington, and Eliza moved there with him. They had the following children:

  • William Conway Bateman (born in Kidlington in 1887 and baptised there on 12 July; died aged one month and buried there 11 August)
  • Bessie Tyrrell Bateman (born in Kidlington on 30 June 1888 and baptised there on 27 July)
  • Alfred Bateman (born in Kidlington on 28 September 1891 and baptised there on 8 November)
  • Laura Bateman (born in Kidlington on 25 November 1894 and baptised there on 16 December).

At the time of the 1891 census Eliza (34) and her husband William (44) were living at Cherwell Cottage, Kidlington with their daughter Bessie (3). William is described as a market gardener/nurseryman in the parish registers when his four children were baptised.

By 1899 William Bateman had given up market gardening and had moved with his family to Oxford to open up a corner grocery shop at 25 Canal Street, Jericho.

By the time of the 1901 census William (53) was living over the shop at 25 Canal Street with his wife Eliza (44) and their three children Bessie (12), Alfred (9), and Laura (6).

Mrs Bateman died there in 1905:

† Mrs Eliza Bateman née Conway died at 25 Canal Street at the age of 48 or 49 on 9 June 1905 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Barnabas's Church).

At the time of the 1911 census William Bateman (65) was a still working as a grocer at 25 Canal Street, and all three of his children were at home: Bessie (22) who probably kept house for him; Alfred (19), who was a corn merchant's shop assistant; and Laura (16), who was a book sewer, almost certainly at Oxford University Press.

His daughter Laura died in 1918:

† Miss Laura Bateman died at 25 Canal Street at the age of 23 or 24 on 10 December 1918 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 16 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Barnabas's Church).

William Bateman was still a shopkeeper at 25 Canal Street in 1924.

On 1 June 1925 at St Barnabas's Church, Bessie Tyrrell Bateman (37) married the grocer Owen Mobley (37), the son of the deceased butcher Fred Mobley. By 1928 they were living at 25 Canal Street and running the grocer's shop there, which implies that Bessie's father William Bateman had died, but it is hard to find a record of this. Owen Mobley was still living over the shop in 1967, but appears to have given up the business; and a B. Mobley was listed there in 1973.



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