Alfred Thomas DICKESON (1853–1886)
His daughter Annie Louisa DICKESON (1884–1885)
St Giles section: Row 44, Grave J31
IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF
ALFRED THOMAS DICKESON
WHO DIED FEB. 4, 1886
AGED 33 YEARS
ALSO OF HIS ONLY CHILD
ANNIE LOUISA DICKESON
AGED 10 MONTHS
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Alfred Thomas Dickeson was born in Oxford in 1853 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 25 March. He was the youngest child of John William Dickeson and his first wife Louisa Maria Betteris, who were married at St Mary Magdalen Church on 2 January 1845. His father, who was running the Turl Coffee House at the time of his birth, later became a billiard-table keeper. For more on Alfred’s parents and many siblings, see separate grave.
Alfred’s mother died on 20 October 1861 when he was eight years old, and in 1868 his father married his second wife, Harriet Mary Slade, by whom he had already had two children, and was to have six more.
In 1871 Alfred (17) was a jeweller’s apprentice, living at 34 Windsor Road, Islington with his uncle William Dean Dickeson, who was a bottled beer merchant. He became a watchmaker & jeweller, and at the time of the 1881 census he was boarding at Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare.
In the third quarter of 1883 in Gloucester, Alfred Thomas Dickeson married Annie Aquiline Martill, and they had one child:
- Annie Louisa Dickeson (born in Somerset in 1884, reg. Axbridge district, which included Weston-Super-Mare, third quarter)
Alfred evidently settled in his wife’s area of Somerset after their wedding. Their daughter only lived ten months, and died there in 1885. The gravestone gives the impression that she was buried in Oxford, but this seems unlikely, as her burial is not recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church:
† Annie Louisa Dickeson died at Weston-super-Mare at the age of ten months in 1885 (reg. second quarter) and appears to have been buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery (but no burial recorded).
Alfred himself must have moved to 28 Wellington Square in Oxford by the beginning of 1886 (next door to his father at No. 27), and he died there on 4 February:
† Alfred Thomas Dickeson died at 28 Wellington Square at the age of 33 on 4 February 1886 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
His personal estate came to £89 6s., and in his probate records he was described as being formerly of 80 Meadow Street, Weston-super-Mare, but latterly of 28 Wellington Square, Oxford. His will was proved by his widow Annie, who was back in Weston-Super-Mare in November 1886.
At the time of the 1891 census Alfred’s widow Mrs Annie Aquiline Dickeson (34) was living with her elderly parents Frederick and Annie Martill at Weston-super-Mare and running their lodging house. In the third quarter of that year she married her second husband in the Aston district of Warwickshire.