Mrs Anne Bamford DIBBIN, née Ormiston (1810–1851)
St Giles section: Row 18, Grave F31

Anne Dibbin



WHO DIED 17 MAY 1851




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Anne Bamford Ormiston was born in Bristol on 2 June 1810 and baptised at St Mildred’s Church, Bread Street, London on 21 October. She was the daughter of James Ormiston and Pleasant Sarah Shrubb, who were married at Lambeth on 18 August 1798. As well as three older sisters, she had four younger siblings: Eliza Ormiston (1813), Edward Ormiston (1814), Sophia Louisa Ormiston (1815), and Priest Shrubb Ormiston (1817).

On 25 July 1835 in London, Anne Bamford Ormiston married the London wine merchant Henry Edward Dibbin, and the following announcement of the wedding appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal:

Yesterday se’nnight was married, at St. Mildred’s Church, Bread-street, by the Rev. Dr. Ackland, Mr. Henry Dibbin of Basing-lane, brother of Mrs. J. Farbrother, of this city, to Anne Bamford, 4th daughter of James Ormiston, Esq., of Bread-street, London.

(From at least 1833 the sister of Anne’s husband, Mrs John Farbrother, the formerly Mary Dibbin, had been living with her husband at Beaumont Street, Oxford. By 1836 they were living at 55 St John Street, where John Farbrother ran a school, and five of their numerous children were baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church.)

Anne and Henry Dibbin had just two daughters, with the births of each announced in The Times:

  • Anna Louisa Dibbin born at Gerrards Hall, Basing Lane, London on 14 February 1836 and baptised at St Mildred’s Church on 13 March);
  • Mary Dibbin (born at Gerrards Hall, Basing Lane, London on 4 May 1840 and baptised at St Mildred’s Church on 31 May).

At the time of the 1841 census Anne (30) was living at Basing Lane in London with her husband Henry Edward Dibbin (31), who was a wine merchant, and their daughters Anna (5) and Mary (nearly 1), plus two servants.

Anne’s husband died on 11 June 1847, and the following notice was placed in Jackson’s Oxford Journal: “June 11, aged 38, Mr. Henry Edward Dibbin, of Basing-lane, London, brother of Mrs. J. Farbrother, of this city.”

By the time of the 1851 census Mrs Anne Bamford Dibbin (40), described as a fundholder, had moved to Oxford: possibly she was already ill and wanted to be near her sister-in-law Mrs Farbrother at St John Street. She was then living at 4 Blenheim Place (at the south end of the Woodstock Road) with her daughters Anna (15) and Mary (10), plus one servant. She died just six weeks after that census was taken:

† Mrs Anne Bamford Dibbin née Ormiston died at Blenheim Place at the age of 40 on 17 May 1851 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read simply: “May 17, at her residence in Blenheim-place, aged 40, Anne Bamford, widow of the late Mr. Henry Edward Dibdin, of Basing-lane, London.”

It is hard to find her unmarried daughters in 1861: they were not with the Farbrothers, who were now running the Oxford House School in Reading.

The two daughters of Anne Bamford Dibdin and her husband Henry Edward Dibbin
  • Anna Louisa Dibbin (born 1836) was aged 34 and staying at 17 Russell Street, Reading at the time of the 1871 census with her two cousins, the widowed Mrs Arabella Farbrother (30), who ran the Russell House School at her home, and Arabella’s brother William Henry Atkinson Emra (27), the Curate of Mapledurham. Less than six months later Anna married her cousin William in Bruton, Somerset , and the marriage was announced thus in Jackson’s Oxford Journal: “Aug. 15, at Bruton, the Rev. W. H. A. Emra, of Russell House, Reading, to Anna Louisa, eldest daughter of the late H. E. Dibbin, Esq., of London.” They had five children: Eirene Charlotte Emra (born 1872, died in infancy), Mildred Alice Mary Emra (1874), Cyril Ormiston Emra (1877), Winifred Lucy Emra (1878), and Frederick Harcourt Emra (1881). By 1881 Louisa’s husband was the Master of Salisbury School, where they were living with their children. Anna’s husband died in 1893 at the age of 43, and by the time of the 1911 census she andg her daughter Winfired (32), who was a fashion artist, were living at 3 Dynevon Road, Richmond, Surrey with Anna’s son Cyril (35), who was an unmarried bank clerk. Mrs Anna Emra died at this house at the age of 76 on 28 November 1915. Her effects came to £383 14s. 6d., and her son Cyril was her executor.
  • Mary Dibbin (born 1840) is hard to find in the 1871 census. In 1876 at Kensington, Mary Dibbin married Arthur Edward P. Bovill. They had three children: Mary Josephine D. Bovill (born Richmond 1877), Leonora Mary Bovill (born Clapham 1879), and Wilfred Joseph Bovill (born Clapham 1881/2). At the time of the 1881 census Mary (40) was living at 26 Fitzwilliam Road, Clapham with Arthur (37), who was working as an insurance agent, their two daughters, and a boarder and a servant. In 1891 Mary and Arthur, who now described himself as a civil engineer, were living in part of 11 Courthope Road, St Pancras. In 1901 Arthur was a stoker at the hospital, and their son Wilfred (19), a stockbroker’s clerk, was living with them. Mrs Mary Bovill died at St Pancras early in 1911 at the age of 69, and her husband died in Brentford at the age of 73 in 1917.



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