Mrs Sarah BREATHWITT, nee Jones (1853–1929)
Her father John JONES (1823–1898)
Her mother Charlotte JONES (1820–1901)
St Paul section [St Barnabas]: Row 40, Grave H21

Sarah Breathwitt


In loving Memory of






R. I. P.


Sarah Jones was born in Oxford in 1853 (reg. third quarter), but was not baptised at St Giles's Church until 3 February 1867, when she was aged 13. She was the daughter of John Jones (born in Bicester in c.1825) and Charlotte Kirtland (born in Charlton-on-Otmoor, Oxfordshire in 1818 and baptised there on 25 September) who were both living in North Parade when they were married at St Giles's Church on 14 November 1850.

At the time of the 1851 census Sarah's parents were living in Great Clarendon Street Oxford: her father was a journeyman plasterer, and her mother a dressmaker. They must then have moved to Bicester, where their first child Ann was born in 1851, and returned to Oxford by the time of Sarah’s birth in 1853. Their son John was born in Oxford in 1855/6, and William in 1859.

At the time of the 1861 census Sarah (7) was at home with her parents and siblings at 38 Nelson Street, Jericho. At the time of her baptism in 1867 she appears to have been living in St Giles's Road (the south end of the Woodstock and Banbury Roads).

Her brother John Jones died at the age of 12 in March 1868 and was buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 29 March (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church). The church’s reference for his grave was L27.

In 1871 Sarah (17) was still at home with her parents and working as a dressmaker, while her sister Ann (19) was a servant, and her brother William (11) was still at school.

Richard Benjamin Breathwitt (born in 1854) was the only son of Richard & Sarah Breathwitt (see separate grave). Richard junior was already established in his trade as a carpenter when his father plunged to his death in an accident at Keble College in November 1874, and so he remained in Oxford when his mother and two sisters returned to London. He appears, however, to have been living in Derbyshire at the time of his marriage.

On 11 September 1877 at St Barnabas's Church, Sarah Jones (23) of 38 Nelson Street married Richard Benjamin Breathwitt of Normanton, Derbyshire. They had two children:

  • Richard William John Breathwitt (born in Oxford on 8 December 1878 and baptised at St Barnabas’s Church on 25 February 1879)
  • Martha Rosa Helen Breathwitt (born in Oxford on 9 February 1880 and baptised at St Barnabas’s Church on 1 April).

At the time of the 1881 census Sarah (21), together with her children William (2) and Rose (1), was living with her parents at 38 Nelson Street and working as a dressmaker. The situation was much the same ten years later in 1891, and it appears that Richard Benjamin Breathwitt had left his wife and children.

In 1898 Mrs Breathwitt’s father died:

† John Jones died at 81 Great Clarendon Street at the age of 75 on 2 March 1898 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 March (burial recorded in parish register of St Barnabas’s Church).

Three years later her mother also died, and was buried with her husband:

Mrs Charlotte Jones died at 81 Great Clarendon Street at the age of 81 on 7 March 1901 and was at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Barnabas’s Church).

At the time of the 1901 census Sarah Breathwitt (49) (incorrectly) described herself as a widow and was living with their two children at 19 Nelson Street in Jericho: Richard William (22) was a carpenter, as his father and grandfather had been before him, and Rosa (21) was a book folder at Oxford University Press.

By 1911 they had moved to 69 Great Clarendon Street and Sarah again described herself as married, despite being the head of the household. She was working as a dressmaker, and both her children were still single and at home, with the same occupations as ten years earlier.

Mrs Breathwitt remained at this house until her death in 1929, when she was buried with her parents:

† Mrs Sarah Breathwitt died at 69 Great Clarendon Street in November 1929 at the age of 75, and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 November (burial recorded in parish register of St Barnabas’s Church).

Husband of Mrs Sarah Breathwitt
  • Richard Benjamin Breathwitt died in London in 1931 at the age of 78
Children of Mrs Sarah Breathwitt
  • Richard William John Breathwitt (born 1878/9) died at 69 Great Clarendon Street, Oxford on 30 April 1936 at the age of 57. His effects came to £96 17s. 6d., and his executor was his sister, Miss Martha Rosa Helen Breathwitt.
  • Martha Rosa Helen Breathwitt (born 1880) never married. She died in Chipping Norton in 1954 at the age of 74.



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