Walter George BENNETT (1848/9–1893)
His wife Mrs Penelope BENNETT, née Parker (1848–1927)
Their son Alec William BENNETT (1879–1903)
St Paul section, Row 18, Grave E7½

Walter Bennett



Loving Memory
… …

[DIED JUNE 8, 1893]


[AGED 79]


DIED FEBRY 11, 1903



Walter George Bennett was born at Gloucester Green, Oxford in 1848/9 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 28 January 1849. He was the son of the dyer George Bennett and Eliza Barnett, who came respectively from Northampton and Penn and were married at that church on 4 August 1846. In 1951 Walter (2) was living with his parents and older brother Benjamin (3) at Gloucester Green; and in 1861 with his parents and all six of his siblings, namely Benjamin (13) Eliza (9), Alfred (7), Julia (6), Frederick (4), and Ann (3). His mother died early in 1869. In 1871 Walter (22) was living at 65 George Street with his father and four of his siblings.
For more about Walter's parents, see their separate grave.

Penelope Parker was born in Oxford in 1848 and baptised at St Aldate's Church on 22 December. She was the only child of Joseph Parker, a broker and his second wife Penelope Parker senior, who were married at All Saints' Church in Fulham: both originated from there and may have been cousins. At the time of the 1851 census Penelope junior (3) was living in Oxford at St Aldate's Street with her parents. By 1861 they had moved to George Street, and by 1866 Penelope's father was the publican of the Oddfellows Arms there: Penelope (22) was living over that pub with her parents in 1871.
For more about Penelope's parents, see their separate grave.

On 17 September 1874 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Walter George Bennett, described as a dyer of that parish, married Penelope Parker of St Peter-le-Bailey parish, and they had the following children:

  • Walter Cunningham Bennett (born at 33 George Street on 25 June 1875 and privately baptised by St Mary Magdalen Church on 12 July 1875); died 1878
  • Philip Parker Bennett (born in Oxford in 1877 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 23 November)
  • Alec William Bennett (born at 38 George Street on 20 August 1879 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 25 September)
  • Harry Bruce Bennett (born at 34 Walton Crescent on 26 October 1880 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 9 December)
  • Ida Penelope Bennett (born in Oxford on 16 October 1883).

Their eldest son Walter Cunningham Bennett, whose birth had been announced in Jackson's Oxford Journal, died at the age of two years and nine months, and was buried in his grandfather Joseph Parker's grave on 26 April 1878.

At the time of the 1881 census Walter (32) was a general clerk rather than a dyer, living at 34 Walton Crescent with his wife Penelope (32) and their children Philip (3), Alec (1), and Harry (five months), as well as his mother-in-law Mrs Penelope Parker.

In 1891 Walter (42), who was now a music warehouse clerk, was living at 36 Juxon Street in Jericho in 1891 with his wife Penelope (42) and their children Philip (13), Alec (11), Harry (10), and Ida (7).

Walter George Bennett died in 1893:

† Walter George Bennett died at 36 Juxon Street at the age of 44 on 8 June 1893 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 10 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

His effects came to £63 12s. 4d., and his wife was his executor.

At the time of the 1901 census Penelope (52) was a lodging house keeper at 33 Kingston Road, and her four surviving children were still at home: Philip (23) and Alec (21) were both clerks in a printing office; Harry (20) was a student; and Ida (17) was a telegraph clerk.

Her son Philip was married in 1902:

  • On 30 January 1902 at St Paul's Church, Oxford, Philip Parker Bennett (24) of 33 Kingston Road married Eva Nellie May Chessman (22) of 52 Walton Crescent, the daughter of the coachman Harry Chessman.

Her son Alec died in 1903:

† Alec William Bennett died at 33 Kingston Road at the age of 23 on 11 February 1903 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Her son Harry was married in 1905:

  • In the fourth quarter of 1905 in the Elham district of Kent, Harry Bruce Bennett married Helen Mary Bushell (born in Whitstable, Kent in 1880/1).

Her youngest daughter Ida was married in 1908:

  • On 21 April 1908 at Ss Philip & James's Church, Oxford, Ida Penelope Bennett (24) of 133 Kingston Road married Albert William Godfrey (27), a telegraphist of 13 Spurles Road, Brockley, London, the son of the postmaster Frederick Godfrey.

In 1911 Penelope was a lodging house keeper at 147 Kingston Road, and her two cousins, the Misses Jessie and Kate Parker, were living with her.

Penelope was still living at that address when she died in 1927:

† Mrs Penelope Bennett née Parker died at 147 Kingston Road at the age of 79 in November 1927 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Surviving children of Walter George and Penelope Bennett
  • Philip Parker Bennett (born 1877) was a printer's clerk aged 32 in 1911, living at 62 Southmoor Road with his wife Eva (30) and their daughter Marjorie Phyllis Bennett (6). Philip died in Oxford at the age of 89 in 1967.
  • Harry Bruce Bennett (born 1880) was a grocer's clerk aged 30 in 1911, living at 38 St Mark's Road, Maidenhead with his wife Helen (30) and their daughter Muriel Noel Bennett (4). Their daughter Sybil Joyce Bennett was born at Maidenhead, Berkshire on 25 August 1914. Harry died in Maidenhead at the age of 85 near the beginning of 1966.
  • Ida Penelope Bennett, Mrs Godfrey (1883) was aged 27 in 1911 and living at Oriel, Albert Road, Hendon, London with her husband Albert Godfrey (29), who was a telegraphist. Ida died in Oxford at the age of 87 near the beginning of 1971.



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