Simeon GREEN (1845–1868)
His brother Benjamin GREEN (1848–1897)
and Benjamin’s wife Mrs Marian Field GREEN, née Grantham (1849–1898)
St Giles (Ss Philip & James) section: Row 47, Grave K39
In the midst of life
we are in death
TO THE MEMORY OF
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
AUGUST 20, 1868 IN THE
23RD YEAR OF HIS AGE
ALSO BENJIMON [sic]
DIED JAN 28TH, 1897 AGED 48
ALSO MARIAN WIFE OF B. GREEN
DIED MAY 17TH, 1898 AGED 49
R. I. P.
Simeon Green was born in Cumnor (then in Berkshire) on 18 September 1845 and baptised there on 18 October. His brother Benjamin Green was born in Cumnor in 1848 (reg. fourth quarter) and it is likely that the illegible entry in the baptismal register near the beginning of November that year is his.
Simeon and Benjamin were the two youngest sons of Frederick Green and Ann Phipps, who were themselves both born in Cumnor and were married at Cumnor Church on 7 April 1828: they also had their seven older children baptised at Cumnor: George (1829), Frederic (1832), James (1834), Mary Ann (1836), Richard (1839), Samuel (1841), and Joseph (1842).
At the time of the 1851 census Simeon (5) and Benjamin (3) were at home with their parents and their six older siblings at Hill End, Cumnor. Their father was working as a dealer for a wood & faggot maker, and their brothers George (22) and James (17) were faggot makers.
By 1861 the family had moved to Walton Street, where Frederick Green was a publican, but he appears to have continued to deal in wood as well. Simeon (15) was now a faggot maker (as were his older brothers Richard, Samuel and Joseph), while Benjamin (12) was still at school.
Simeon Green died in 1868:
† Simeon Green died at Walton Street at the age of 22 on 20 August 1868 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
At the time of the 1871 census Benjamin Green (22) was a wood dealer, living with his parents at St Bernard’s Road (then called St John’s Road); his father now described himself as a publican and wood dealer.
Marian Field Grantham
Marian Field Grantham was born at Westbourne Park, Paddington in 1849 (reg. second quarter) and baptised in Beckley on 1 November 1852 when she was three years old. She was the daughter of George Grantham (born in Quainton, Buckinghamshire) and Eliza Field (born in Beckley), who were married at St James's Church in Paddington on 7 February 1847.
At the time of the 1851 census Marian (2) was living with her parents and her maternal grandfather William Field in Beckley. Her father and grandfather were both basket-makers.
In 1855 the family was living in Headington, and Marian’s sister Sophia was baptised at St Andrew’s Church there soon after her birth on 28 January 1855.
By 1861 Marian (12) was living with her parents and grandfather and six-year-old sister Sophia at Cherwell Street in St Clement’s, and her father was still a basket-maker.
In 1871 Marian’s parents were living at Pensons Gardens in St Clement’s with her sister Sophia (16). Marian (22) was working as a barmaid at the Swan Hotel, Thames Ditton, Surrey, but it seems likely that soon afterwards she came to work at the Sadler’s Arms in Kingston Road, where both she and Benjamin were living at the time of their wedding.
On 25 June 1872 at Ss Philip & James’s Church in Oxford, Benjamin Green, described as a wood dealer, married Marian Field Grantham. They had three children:
- Florence [Grantham] Green (born at Walton Terrace in 1874 and baptised at Ss Philip & James’s Church on 6 August)
- Francis Green (born at Walton Terrace or St Clement’s in 1876 and baptised at Ss Philip & James’s Church on 15 March)
- Marian Louise Green (born at 65 Great Clarendon Street on 17 October 1878 and baptised at Ss Philip & James’s Church on 1 January 1879)
Benjamin and Marian Green evidently began their married life in Walton Terrace, but had moved to 65 Great Clarendon Street by 1878.
Benjamin was still a wood dealer in early 1879, but by the beginning of the following year he was working as a cab driver, probably working for his father. Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 31 January 1880 reported the following case in the Oxford city court:
CAUTION TO CABMEN.— Benjamin Green, cab-driver, was charged with plying for hire with a vehicle without having a number affixed to it, and also for not having the table of fares inside the same, as ordered by the Local Board, on Carfax, on the 19th inst.; he pleaded guilty, and was fined 1s. and 6s. costs.
At the time of the 1881 census Benjamin (32) was living at 24 Cardigan Street with his wife Marian (32) and their children Florence (6), Francis (5) and Marian Louise (2).
On 16 January 1886 it was reported that “Benjamin Green and Matthew Grierson were fined respectively 1s. and 6s. costs for loitering with a horse and cab.”
In 1891 the family’s address was given as 25 Cardigan Street, and Benjamin was described as a Hackney carriage driver and his wife as a dressmaker. Their son Francis (15) was a college servant, and their daughter Marian Louise (12) was still at school.
Benjamin Green died in 1897 and was buried with his brother Simeon:
† Benjamin Green died at 25 Cardigan Street at the age of 48 on 28 January 1897 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 3 February (burial recorded in the parish registers of St Giles’s and Ss Philip & James’s Church).
His wife died the following year:
† Mrs Marian Green, née Grantham died at 25 Cardigan Street at the age of 49 on 17 May 1898 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 May (burial recorded in the parish registers of St Giles’s and Ss Philip & James’s Church).
All three children moved to Maidenhead. Her younger daughter Marian Louise Green died there at the age of 20 in 1898 (reg. second quarter), which was just a year after her mother's death.
Father of Simeon and Benjamin Green
Frederick Green was a widower in 1881 living at 78 Blackfriars Road, St Ebbe’s in 1881 with three of his children (James, Rose, and Annie): he described himself as a cab proprietor. In 1911, when he was 79, he was living at 15 Green Street, off the Cowley Road, with his daughter Annie Akerman and her husband, and described himself as a retired publican. He died later that year.
Surviving children of Benjamin and Marian Green
- Florence [Grantham] Green (born 1874) married Samuel Augustus Walker at St George’s, Hanover Square in the second quarter of 1898, very near the time of her mother’s death, but they do not appear to have had any children. In 1901 they were living at 86 Queen Street in Maidenhead: Samuel (31) was a hairdresser. They were still at that address in 1911: Samuel was now a commission agent as well as a hairdresser, and Florence assisted in the business. They remained in Maidenhead and both died there: Samuel at the age of 71 in 1941, and Florence at the age of 77 in 1951.
- Francis Green (born 1876) was aged 25 in 1901, when he was living with his sister Florence and her husband in Maidenhead and working as a hotel porter. He married Annie Wilkinson shortly after that census, and in 1911 he was working as a turf agent’s confidential clerk and living at 8 Oakthorpe Road, Paddington, with his wife and their nine-year-old son Benjamin Frank Green. Francis Green died in Maidenhead at the age of 75 in 1951.