John GARLICK senior (c.1815–1851)
His second wife Mrs Charlotte GARLICK, née Cooke (c.1819–1899)
His son from his first marriage, John GARLICK junior (1840–1878)
His son from his second marriage, George GARLICK (1850–1856)
St Michael section: Row 19, Grave D48½

Garlick family




WHO DIED MARCH 26 • 1851,






WHO DIED MAY 18 • 1856



John Garlick senior was born c.1815, the son of a college servant of the same name. He is probably the John Garlick, son of John & Hannah Garlick, who was born in Didcot and baptised there on 29 January 1815.

John Garlick senior married his first wife, Harriett Muskett, at St Clement’s Church on 23 July 1839, and they had two children:

  • John Garlick junior (born in Oxford in 1840 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 12 July)
  • Bessey Harriett Garlick (born in Oxford in 1846/7 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 20 January 1847).

John was the porter at Jesus College at the time his children were born. He spent the census night of 1841, when he was about 25, at Jesus College, while Harriet and baby John were in lodgings in New Inn Hall Street. (It is likely that he normally lived there with his family, but happened to be on duty on census night.)

His first wife died before their next child, Bessey, was a year old:

Mrs Harriet Garlick née Muskett died at the age of 35 in October 1847 (before St Sepulchre’s Cemetery was opened), and was buried on 7 October, probably at St Michael’s Church, as her burial is recorded in its register.

John Garlick married his second wife, Charlotte, just a year later.

Charlotte Cooke was born in North Leigh near Witney in 1818 and baptised there on 8 November, the daughter of the labourer James Cooke and his wife Mary. At the time of the 1841 census she was aged 22 and living at New Yatt, Hailey with her parents James (46) and Mary 45), and her younger siblings Elena (19), Alfred (15), George (13), Frederic (10), and Mary (5).

On 20 December 1848 at Summertown Church, John Garlick senior, described as a college porter and widower of St Michael’s parish, married Charlotte Cooke, and they had two children:

  • George Garlick (born in Oxford in 1850 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 7 April)
  • Mary Maria Garlick (born at Clarendon Place, Oxford in about September 1851 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 5 October)

John Garlick senior died six months before his daughter Mary’s birth:

† John Garlick senior died in St Michael’s parish at the age of 36 on 26 March 1851 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 30 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

The newly-widowed Charlotte (31) spent the census night of 1851 as the visitor of the servants in the Lodgings of the Principal of Jesus College. It is hard to find her one-year-old son George in the census. Later in 1851 Charlotte moved to Clarendon Place in St Paul’s parish (the houses in Upper Walton Street north of Great Clarendon Street), and her second child Mary was born there. She did not bring up her husband’s two children by his first marriage (see box below).

She had evidently moved to Observatory Street by 1856, as her son George died there in that year, and was buried with his father:

† George Garlick died at Observatory Street at the age of six on 18 May 1856 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, apparently on the same day (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

The 1861 census shows Charlotte (43) living at 17 Observatory Street with her only surviving child Mary (9) and working as a laundress, with the help of one general servant. Her situation was much the same in 1871, except that there was now no servant, and she was probably aided by her daughter.

The two children from John Garlick senior’s first marriage, 1850s–1870s

These children were not brought up by their father following his first wife’s death

John Garlick junior

Garlick’s son by his first marriage, who was born in 1840, was aged ten at the time of the 1851 census and was being looked after by the laundry maid who lived in the servants’ quarters of the President’s Lodgings at St John’s College. He followed his father’s footsteps: in 1861 when he was twenty, he was working as a college servant at Jesus College and living with the porter in the lodge.

On 21 August 1866 at St Peter-in-the-East Church, Oxford, John Garlick Junior married Katharine (or Catherine) Jane Hodgkins (born in Oxford in 1838/9, the daughter of the tailor William Frederick Hodgkins): they were both then living in that parish. At the time of the 1871 census John (30), who was still a college servant, and Catherine (32), a dressmaker, were living at 20 Longwall Street with their one-year-old son, a third John. They employed a thirteen-year-old servant girl.

In 1878 John Garlick junior died and was buried with his father and little half-brother:

† John Garlick junior died at 18 Richmond Road (then 18 Worcester Terrace) in the St Paul’s district at the age of 39 on 1 November 1878 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read: “Nov. 1, at 18, Worcester-terrace, Oxford, after a short illness, Mr. John Garlick, aged 39.”

His widow Catharine continued to work as a dressmaker, and in 1881 was living in Bath with their only child John.

Bessey (or Bessie) Harriet Garlick

In 1861 Bessey (14) was living at 81 Holywell Street with her uncle William Merritt, a college servant, and his wife Elizabeth, and was still with them in 1871. She married Edmund Arthur Foster, the son of the coachbuilder Charles William Foster, at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 1 January 1878.

In 1881 and 1891 Mrs Charlotte Garlick was still working as a laundress at 17 Observatory Street together with her daughter Mary. She died there in 1899:

† Mrs Charlotte Garlick, née Cooke died at 17 Observatory Street at the age of 80 on 27 January 1899 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 30 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

The two surviving children of John Garlick senior and his second wife Charlotte
  • Bessey Harriett Garlick (Mrs Foster) (born to John’s first wife in 1846/7) was living at Rougemont, Iffley in 1881 with her husband Edmund Arthur Foster, who was a deaf engraver, and their children Minnie Beatrice Foster (2) and Sidney Charles Edmund Foster (1), plus a servant. They then moved to Cowley St John, where their son Edgar Laskey Foster was born in 1884/5. By 1891 they had moved to Portsea in Hampshire and were living at 39 Marmion Road. They were still there in 1901 and 1911: in the latter year all the children were still at home: Minnie (32) probably helped in the house; Sidney (29) was a printer; and Edgar (26) was an engraver & printer. Bessey died at the age of 68 (death reg. Portsmouth district first quarter of 1916, with name spelt Bessie).
  • Mary Maria Garlick (born to John’s second wife in 1851) never married. In 1901, when she was 49, she was living on her own means at Ducklington in the home of her cousin, the carpenter Joseph Turner and his wife Emma. In 1911 she was living in two rooms at 17 Allison Road in Hornsey. She died in London at the age of 82 in 1933 (death reg. Hornsey fourth quarter).



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