Joseph FAULKNER (1812/13–1903)
His wife Mrs Ann FAULKNER, née Horn (1813–1894)
Their second daughter Miss Ann FAULKNER (1841–1934)
Their youngest daughter Miss Emily FAULKNER (1851–1933)
St Giles [Ss Philip & James] section: Row 31, Grave K45

Joseph Faulkner



AGED 81.











Joseph Faulkner was born in Oxford in 1812/13, the son of the butcher William Faulkner. He may be the William Faulkner, son of William and Sarah Faulkner, who was baptised at St Thomas's Church in Oxford on 17 May 1812; this couple had three other sons baptised at St Thomas's – John (1795), Samuel (1798), and an earlier Joseph (1808) – and are probably the William Faulkner and Sarah Holloway who were married there on 6 October 1794.

Ann Horn was born in Oxford in 1813 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 15 August. She was the daughter of Richard Horn and Catherine Walker, who were both of that parish when were married at that church on 27 September 1808. Seven of her siblings were also baptised at that church: Catherine (1812), Ann (1813), Elizabeth (1815), John (1818), Edward (1820), William (1822, died aged five months), Mary Margaret (1823), and William Henry Horn (1830).

Ann’s father Richard Horn was a baker & confectioner at 13 Cornmarket Street (just to the north of Market Street, now demolished) from at least 1823, and probably earlier. His died in 1836 at the age of 52 and was buried at St Michael’s Church on 15 September and her mother continued to run the business. For more about her family, see the grave of her brother William Henry Horn.

On 14 August 1837 at St Michael's Church, Joseph Faulkner, described as a college cook of St Ebbe's parish, married Ann Horn of St Michael's parish. They had the following children:

  • Mary Anne Faulkner (born at Union Place, St Ebbe’s in 1838 and baptised at St Ebbe’s Church on 5 May and received into that church on 15 August; died aged ten months and buried at St Thomas’s Church on 29 March 1839, with a note in the register stating that she had died in St Ebbe’s)
  • Elizabeth Faulkner (born at Union Place, St Ebbe’s in 1839 and baptised at St Ebbe’s Church on 25 November)
  • Ann Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1841 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 16 July)
  • Sarah Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1842/3 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 9 July 1843)
  • Joseph William Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1844 and baptised as William Joseph at St Aldate’s Church on 11 November)
  • Kate Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1846 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 29 April)
  • Ellen Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1848 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 8 August; died aged two, buried at St Aldate’s on 26 August 1850)
  • Mary Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1850 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 10 April)
  • Emily Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1851 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 15 August)
  • Samuel Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1854 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 3 December).

At the time of his first daughter’s baptism in 1839, Joseph Faulkner was a college cook, living at Union Place, St Ebbe’s. By early 1841 he and his wife had moved to St Aldate’s, and they can be seen there in the census that year with Elizabeth (1) and Ann (two months).

At the time of the 1851 census Joseph Faulkner (38) was still a college cook, and he and his wife Ann (37) were still living in St Aldate’s Street with their children Elizabeth (11), Ann (9), Sarah (8), Joseph (6), Kate (5), and Mary (1), plus a nursemaid and a house servant. Gardner’s Directory for 1852 reveals that he was the cook at Christ Church, and that his precise address was 16 St Aldate’s Street. This house no longer exists, but must have been on or near the site of the Christ Church War Memorial Garden.

Gardner's Directory for 1852 confirms that Joseph Faulkner was the cook at Christ Church.

In 1861, Joseph, still described as a college cook, and his wife Ann were living at 16 St Aldate’s Street with six of their children, plus two servants. The two missing children were Joseph junior (16), who was lodging in Cambridge where he was the apprentice to a college cook; and Kate (15), who was a boarder at the Seminary of the Misses Howe & Beaufoy at 60 St Giles’s Street.

Their daughter Sarah was married in 1864:

  • On 4 August 1864 at St Aldate’s Church, Oxford , Sarah Faulkner married Lee Lee [sic], a merchant of Salford. (Three years earlier in 1861, Lee Lee (32), born in Chorley, Lancashire, was staying in Blackpool with the family of a Scottish-born draper called Robert Faulkner (34); but that surname may just be a coincidence.)

In 1871 Joseph junior (26) was back with his parents on census night, and four of his sisters were also at home: Elizabeth (31), Kate (25), Mary (21), and Emily (19). Two of the unmarried children were missing: Samuel (16) was an apprentice boarding in the house of a teacher at Salford; and Ann (29) was paying a visit to her married sister Sarah Lee in Salford.

In 1873 his daughter Kate was married:

  • On 23 December 1873 at St Aldate’s Church, Oxford, Kate Faulkner married Robert Clayton Heslop, the Curate of Brough, Westmorland.

Joseph Faulkner was described as the Manciple of Christ Church in the marriage register.

Early in 1880 Joseph Faulkner retired, and the following piece appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 7 February 1880:

TESTIMONIAL. – On Tuesday, February 3, a testimonial consisting of a substantial silver salver with the donors’ names inscribed thereon, was presented to Mr. Joseph Faulkner, on his retirement from Christ Church. The donors, the number of whom was about seventy, were all members of the House, among whom were the Dean, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Prince Leopold, &c., &c. The salver was presented by the Dean in person in the New Common Room, but the proceedings were altogether of a private character.

In 1881 Joseph Faulkner, described a retired Steward, was still living at 16 St Aldate’s Street with his wife Ann and daughters Elizabeth (38), Ann (36), and Mary (30). Also staying with them was their granddaughter Ethel M. K. Heslop (born in Stainmore, Westmorland in 1875/6), and they had a cook and a housemaid.

By mid-1883 they had moved to north Oxford and were living at Ashdown, 25 Farndon Road.

Their daughter Sarah, who was widowed in 1879, married her second husband in 1883:

  • On 28 July 1883 in Manchester, Mrs Sarah Lee married the Revd Charles Wesson, and the following announcement appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 28 July:

July 23, at St. Paul’s, Kersel, Manchester, by the Rev. Prebendary Macdonald, assisted by the Rev. T. C. Skeggs, M.A., of St. Ambrose, Pendleton, the Rev. C. Wesson, M.A., to Sarah, widow of the late Lee Lee, Esq., of Norwood, Broughton Park, Manchester, and daughter of Joseph Faulkner, of “Ashdown”, Farndon-road, Oxford.

In 1891 Joseph Faulkner (78), described as a retired College Manciple, and his wife Ann were living at 25 Farndon Road with Elizabeth (41), the eldest of their unmarried daughters, and a servant.

Three years later Mrs Faulkner died there:

† Mrs Ann Faulkner née Horn died at 25 Farndon Road at the age of 81 on 29 March 1894 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 April (burial recorded in the parish registers of St Giles’s and Ss Philip & James’s Churches).

A very brief notice of her death appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal. Her daughter Mrs Sarah Wesson died in Lancashire later the same year.

At the time of the 1901 census Joseph (88) was still living at 25 Farndon Road, now with two of his unmarried daughters: Elizabeth (51) and Emily (40), plus a servant. He died two years later:

† Joseph Faulkner died at Ashdown, 25 Farndon Road at the age of 91 on 28 January 1903 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 31 January in the parish registers of St Giles’s and Ss Philip & James’s Churches).

His wealth at death was £1,793 10s. 6d. Probate was granted to his unmarried daughter Emily, who had been living with him, and the records described him as a gentleman.

Miss Emily Faulkner

The youngest daughter of Joseph & Ann Faulkner, Emily (50), was still living in the family home at 25 Farndon Road in 1911 with one servant. She gave her occupation as “boarding house”, but there were no boarders. By 1928 she was living at 9 Kineton Road in south Oxford, but at the time of her death in 1933 she was living at 83 Southmoor Road:

† Miss Emily Faulkner died at the Cowley Road Hospital, 205a Cowley Road at the age of 80 or 81 on 30 December 1933 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 3 January 1934 (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church)

Her effects came to £62 16s. 6d., and administration was granted to her sister Annie.

Miss Ann (Annie) Faulkner

The second daughter of Joseph & Ann Faulkner, Annie (69), was described as independent in the 1911 census. She was then lodging at 130 Kingston Road. In 1928 she was living at 83 Southmoor Road, and appears to have moved again, as her death in 1934 is recorded as taking place at 22 Southmoor Road:

† Miss Ann Faulkner died at 22 Southmoor Road at the age of 93 on 25 August 1934 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 30 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Probate was granted to Mrs Ethel Maud Kate Butt, widow, and her effects came to £65 16s. 3d.

The other children of Joseph & Ann Faulkner
  • Elizabeth Faulkner (born 1839) never married. She is probably the Elizabeth Faulkner whose death was recorded in the Headington registration district in the first quarter of 1907, even though the recorded age at death (72) does not exactly match.
  • Sarah Faulkner, Mrs Lee, later Mrs Wesson (born 1842/3) was living in Salford in 1871 with her first husband Lee Lee and children Joseph Faulkner Lee (5), Lee Lee (3), Percy Faulkner Lee (2), and Robert Kelsall Lee (five months). Her husband Lee Lee died at the age of 51 in 1879, and at the time of the 1881 census she was living in Lancashire at 2 New Promenade, North Meols with the three youngest of her six sons Robert Lee (10), Charles Lee (8), and Norman Lee (6). She married her second husband, the Revd Charles Wesson, in the Salford district on 28 July 1883, and they had one son, Frederick C. Wesson (born in Manchester in 1884/5). At the time of the 1891 census Sarah and Charles were living at the Vicarage at Waterfoot, Rawtenstall, Lancashire with Sarah’s son Norman (16) and their son Frederick (6). Sarah died at the age of 51 in 1894, and her second husband died the next year.
  • Joseph William Faulkner (born 1844) was still at home in 1871 at the age of 26. He is hard to find in the censuses from 1881 onwards.
  • Kate Faulkner, Mrs Heslop (born 1846) had four children. She was deserted by her husband, who got into debt and ran off to Peru, and by 1880 she had come back to Oxford with her children. For her full story, see the grave of her son Reginald Heslop, who was drowned in the Thames.
  • Mary Faulkner (born in 1850) never married. In 1911 when she was aged 61, she was the lady superintendent of the Girls’ Friendly Society Lodge at Falmouth, Cornwall, and lived with the assistant matron and two trainees.
  • Samuel Faulkner (born in 1854), who was boarding in Salford in 1871 at the age of 16, is hard to trace after that date.



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