Henry GREEN (1808–1861)
His wife Mrs Sarah GREEN, née Round (1807/8–1898)
St Paul section: Row 12, Grave A8 (St Paul ref. F9)

Henry Green





… … …
MARCH 30, 1861, AGED 54 YEARS



AUG. 16, 1898, AGED 83 YEARS


R. I. P.


This is one of a pair of identical graves: the slightly earlier grave of their three unmarried daughters is in the adjoining plot in front of this one.

Unusually, both grave markers face west

Henry Green was born in Oxford in 1808 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 24 April. He was the son of the shoemaker Thomas Green and his wife Martha, who lived in Friar's Entry and had five other children baptised at that church: Mary Ann (1799), James (1801), William (1806), and twins William and Elizabeth (1813). Henry became a printer/compositor and was admitted free on 19 July 1830.

Sarah Round was born in Oxford in 1807/8 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 3 January 1808. She was the daughter of Henry Round, an Oxford coal merchant, and Mary Higgins, who were married at St Cross Church on 10 October 1802. For more about her background, see the grave of her brother, Joseph Round.

On 3 December 1832 at St Giles's Church, Oxford, Henry Green married Sarah Round, and they had the following children, the first born a few months after the wedding:

  • Elizabeth Green (born at Jericho Terrace on 27 April 1833 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 16 June)
  • Henry James Green (born at Jericho Terrace in 1836 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 6 November)
  • Emily Green (born at Jericho Terrace in 1841 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 21 February)
  • Joseph Round Green (born at Jericho Terrace in 1843 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 7 May)
  • Mary Round Green (born at Clarendon Place in 1850 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 17 March)

Henry and Sarah Green started their married life at Jericho Terrace (which is possibly Observatory Street): the terrace was initially in St Giles's parish, but in 1837 it became part of the new district chapelry of St Paul, and the children's place of baptism changed accordingly.

At the time of the 1841 census Henry, described as a printer, was living at Jericho Terrace with his wife Sarah and their first three children Elizabeth (8), Henry (5), and Emily (seven months).

By 1850 the family had moved to 9 Clarendon Place in Upper Walton Street (probably No. 44), and at the time of the 1851 census Henry and Sarah were at home with Elizabeth (18), Henry (13), Emily (10), Joseph (7), and Mary (1).

Their eldest daughter Elizabeth died at the age of 24 on 25 November 1857 and was buried in a separate grave immediately to the west of this one.

Henry Green died early in 1861:

† Henry Green died at Clarendon Place, Upper Walton Street at the age of 54 on 30 March 1861 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 4 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read: “March 30, aged 54, after a short but painful illness, Mr. Henry Green, of Upper Walton-street, in this city, for many years clerk of St. Paul's Church, much respected by all who knew him, and deeply lamented by his family.” His address in the burial register was given as Clarendon Place and in the newspaper as Upper Walton Street, but the census taken just three days later identifies the house as the present 44 Walton Street.

The sexton's notebook confirms that he was the first buried in this grave in the area that St Paul's described as F.9.

At the time of the 1861 census the newly widowed Mrs Sarah Green (54) was home with three of her four surviving children: Emily (19), Joseph (17), who was a pupil teacher, and Mary (11); and the Curate of St Paul's Church, Charles Anderson, was lodging with them.

Her elder son Henry (24) was working as a cook in Brighton and lodging there with a carpenter's family at the time of the 1861 census. He was married in London in 1863:

  • On 3 September 1863 at St Andrew's Church, Holborn, Henry James Green, described as a cook, married Emma Kersting, the daughter of the writing engraver Henry William Kersting: both were staying at Furnival's Inn at the time of their marriage.

Her younger son Joseph was admitted free in Oxford on 26 June 1868. He was married near the beginning of 1871:

  • In 1871 (reg. first quarter) in the Faringdon district, Joseph Round Green married Eliza Harper.

By 1871 Mrs Green described herself as running a lodging house at 44 Walton Street, and her daughters Emily (28) and Mary (20), who was a dressmaker, were still at home. Her only lodger on census night was the schoolmaster Charles Moss (38).

Mrs Green still described herself as a lodging house keeper at 44 Walton Street in 1881, but only her two surviving daughters Emily and Mary were at home.

At the time of the 1891 census, Sarah, now in her eighties, and her daughters Emily (50) and Mary (39) were still living at 44 Walton Street, but were living off private means and no longer running it as a guest house.

Mrs Green died the following year:

† Mrs Sarah Green née Round died at 44 Walton Street at the age of 83 on 16 August 1898 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 20 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

The sexton's notebook confirms that she was the second person buried in this grave.

Her effects came to £1,884 15s. 11d., and her executors were her sons Henry Green, who was a lodging house proprietor, and Joseph Round Green, who was a coal merchant.

Surviving children of Henry and Sarah Green
  • Henry James Green (born 1836) described himself as a professional cook in 1871, and was living at St Pancras with his wife Emma and their children Henry (6), William (5), and Annie (one month). By 1881 he and his wife were lodging house keepers at 21 Lower Grosvenor Street, Westminster, and had four children at home: Henry (16), who was an articled clerk to a civil engineer; William (15), who was a house agent's clerk; Frederick (4); and Bertram (three months). They employed a nursemaid, housemaid, porter, under-housemaid, and kitchenmaid. In 1901 they had a lodging house at 50 Jermyn Street, London and employed a parlourmaid and kitchenmaid. In 1911 Henry (75) was retired and lived alone with Emma (71) at 21 Herbert Road, Preston Park, Brighton. He died at 60 Leicester Road, Finchley at the age of 82 on 22 July 1919. His effects came to £210, and probate was granted to his son Bertram and his daughter Annie.
  • Emily Green (born 1841) never married: see separate grave
  • Joseph Round Green (born 1843) was working as a coal merchant's clerk and living at Kingston Road in 1871 with his new wife Eliza. By 1881 Joseph (37) was a coal merchant, living at 8 Kingston Road with his wife Eliza (35) and his children Joseph (9), Louisa (7), and Percy (4), plus a 16-year-old servant girl. In 1884 he became the first leaseholder of a fine Wilkinson & Moore house at 20 Farndon Road, and the family can be seen there in the 1891 census: his son Joseph (19) was an ironmonger's apprentice and his daughter Louisa (17) was a milliner's assistant, and another son, Reginald (7) had been born. Joseph Round Green died at 20 Farndon Road at the age of 54 on 1 January 1898. His effects came to £3,540 3s.
  • Mary Round Green (born 1850) never married: see separate grave



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