John HAINES senior (1796–1865)
His wife Mrs Susannah HAINES, née Harris (1797–1872)
Their three sons George HAINES (1826–1849),
Henry HAINES (1823–1872),
and Frederick Cooper HAINES (1832–1903)
St Michael section: Row 10, Grave C51

George Haines



WHO DIED SEP. 3, 1849

BORN JAN. 16, 1796
DIED DEC. 9, 1865.

BORN MAY 11, 1823
DIED MARCH 28, 1872.

BORN FEB. 24, 1797
DIED NOV. 24, 1872.




This grave dating from 1849 is one of the oldest surviving ones in the cemetery, which opened in September 1848

John Haines (senior) was born in Witney on 16 January 1796 and baptised there on 20 March, the son of Robert and Mary Haines.

Susannah Harris was born in Elsfield on 24 February 1797 and baptised there on 25 March, the daughter of J. and S. (probably Joseph and Susannah) Harris.

On 9 November 1820 at St Mary-the-Virgin Church in Oxford, John Haines senior married Susannah Harris, and they had the following children:

  • John Haines junior (born at Broad Street, Oxford on 4 September 1821 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 26 September)
  • Henry Haines (born at Broad Street, Oxford on 11 May 1823 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 28 May)
  • William Haines (born at Broad Street, Oxford in 1825 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 7 August)
  • George Haines (born at Broad Street, Oxford in1826 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 12 November)
  • Frederick Cooper Haines (born in Holywell, Oxford in 1831 and baptised at St Cross Church on 26 June)
  • Ellen Mary Haines (born in St Michael's parish, Oxford (probably at Turl Street) in 1834 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 6 July)
  • Caroline Susan Haines (born in St Michael's parish, Oxford (probably at Turl Street) in 1836 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 1 January 1837).

John Haines senior was the butler of Dr Cooke, the President of Corpus Christi College, until his death near the end of 1823. At the baptisms of his children in September 1821 and May 1823 he was described as a college servant of Broad Street.

By the time his next two children were baptised in August 1825 and November 1826, John was still living in Broad Street but was now an attendant at the Radcliffe Library. Around this time he was appointed Assistant Clerk of the Magistrates.

At some point between 1826 and 1831 the family moved from Broad Street to nearby Holywell parish, and in June 1831 John Haines was described as Keeper of the Radcliffe Library.

By July 1837 the family had moved to Turl Street in St Michael’s parish, where John Haines was also working as a bookseller. He can be seen living there in the 1841 census with his wife Susannah and his seven children. The eldest, John (19) was working as a librarian.

John Haines senior’s fourth son George Haines died at the age of 22 on 6 September 1849:

† George Haines died at Turl Street at the age of 22 on 3 September 1849 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

The address of the family was specified as 12 Turl Street in 1851. John (55), described as both a bookseller and the Keeper of the Radcliffe Library, was living there with Susannah (54) and his six surviving children. John junior (29) and Henry (27) were his assistants; William (25) was a clerk in a banking house; Frederick (19) was a solicitor’s clerk; and Ellen (17) and Caroline (14) were at school.

John Haines senior’s third son was married in 1857:

  • On 29 July 1857 at St Peter-in-the East Church, Oxford, William Haines married Arabella Mary Castle, a tobacconist’s daughter, and both were described as being of that parish.

In 1861 John Haines (65), bookseller & librarian, was still living at Turl Street with his wife and his three unmarried children: Henry (37), who was a bookseller; Ellen May (27); and Caroline Susan (24), who was a governess. Soon after this the family must have moved to 9 Park Place. (Park Place was at the south end of the Banbury Road, running north from opposite St Giles's Church: map.)

John Haines senior died there in 1865:

† John Haines senior died at 9 Park Place at the age of 70 on 9 December 1865 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 13 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

His effects came to nearly £3,000.

The following obituary appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 16 December 1865:


It will be seen from our obituary this week that Mr. Haines died suddenly at his residence in St. Giles’s on Saturday last. He was a man who, throughout a long and blameless life, was so entirely esteemed that we cannot forbear paying a passing tribute to his memory. Mr. Haines was a native of Witney in Oxfordshire; and from thence he came to Oxford, at an early part of this century, to be the butler of Dr. Cooke, the then President of Corpus. At this period, and for subsequent years, Dr. Cooke was one of the most active Magistrates of the County; all the central Petty Sessional business of the County, and the adjournments of the Court of Quarter Sessions, being conducted at the President’s Lodgings. Mr. Haines, from his upright conduct, his intelligence, and trustworthiness, by degrees became the confidential Clerk not only of the President, but of the Magistrates who assembled at his house – (including especially the late Mr. Ashhurst, and Mr. Henley, still the leading Member for, and a learned Magistrate of, the County.)

As soon, however, as Magisterial business came to be more systematically and more publicly conducted, Mr. Haines was associated with Messrs. Walsh, as Assistant Clerk of the Magistrates; and, in this position, he has given great aid and valuable service to the County Magistrates meeting at Oxford, for nearly fifty years. He was peculiarly conversant with Magisterial Law, untiring in his work, accurate in all detail, and ever observant of great amenity to the suitor of the Court.

At the meeting of the Bench at the County Hall, on Saturday last, a common regret at his decease, and a marked respect for his memory, were shewn by the numerous Magistrates who attended. The present respected Clerks of the Bench (Messrs. Dayman and Walsh) will, we apprehend, with difficulty supply Mr. Haines’s place. Those gentlemen regarded him with a respect, and treated him with a kindness, due alike to his practical knowledge and his long services.
But, passing from Mr. Haines’s quasi legal position, we must add that he has, for many years, fulfilled, with honor [sic] and advantage, the place of Sub-Librarian of the Radcliffe Library – recently removed to the Museum – and that every one in the University, of whatever standing, always found Mr. Haines to be a kind, obliging, and intelligent officer in his duties.

Suffice it to say that he was respected by all as an uniformly punctual, honourable [sic], upright, and most worthy man.

At the time of the 1871 census John Haines senior’s second son Henry, an unmarried man of 47 who was now an assistant librarian at the Bodleian, was living at 9 Park Place, St Giles: he was the head of the household, and living with him were his widowed mother Susannah (74); his brother Frederick (39), who was a law clerk out of employment; and his sisters Ellen (37) and Caroline (34). They had one servant.

Henry died less than a year later:

† Henry Haines died at 9 Park Place at the age of 48 on 28 March 1872 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

His effects came to under £1,500, and his executors were his sister Caroline who lived with him, and his brother John who lived at 1 Blackhall Road.

His mother died later the same year:

† Mrs Susannah Haines née Harris died at Park Place at the age of 75 on 24 November 1872 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Her effects came to under £3,000, and her executor was her daughter Caroline.

At the time of the 1881 census Ellen (47), Caroline (44), and Frederick (49), now described as a retired solicitor’s clerk, were living at 9 St Giles’s Road with one servant. In 1891 they were all living at 18 Banbury Road (which may be the same house, and their niece Ellen had come to live with them. They were all still there in 1901.

Frederick, who never married, died in 1903:

† Frederick Cooper Haines died at 68 Walton Street at the age of 71 on 13 April 1903 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Surviving children of John Haines senior and Susannah
  • John Haines junior (born 1821): see separate grave
  • William Haines (born 1825) was the only one of the seven children to continue the family line. He and his wife Arabella had seven children: William Francis (1858), Mary Katherine (1860), Walter Charles (1862), Margaret (1864), James (1868), George Henry (1870), and Edward Maurice (1871). . At the time of the 1861 census William was a banker’s clerk of 35, living at 55 St John Street with his wife and first two children and their nursemaid. By 1881 they had moved to 14 St John Street and their family was complete. In 1901 William (75) had retired, and he and his wife were living at 10 Stanley Road in east Oxford with three of their grown-up children and a servant. William Haines died there three months later on 29 June 1901. His effects came to £559 12s. 3d.
  • Ellen Mary Haines (born 1834) and Caroline Susan Haines (born 1836): see separate grave



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