Henry Whiting HAMLYN (c.1806–1872)
His daughter Mrs Rebecca Sophia WARLAND (formerly Mrs Holland), née Hamlyn (1831–1922)
St Giles section: Row 18, Grave F30

Henry Hamlyn










DIED MAY 2, 1922



Henry Whiting Hamlyn was born in London in c.1806. He was living in St Mary Magdalen parish in Oxford when on 23 August 1824 at St Ebbe’s Church he married Mary Chaundy, also of that parish, and they had the following children:

  • Mary Anne Hamlyn (born at Witney in 1825 and baptised there on 25 September)
  • William Henry Hamlyn (born at Witney in 1826 and baptised there on 12 November)
  • Julia Hamlyn (born at Witney in 1828/9 and baptised there on 4 April 1831 with her next sister
  • Rebecca Sophia Hamlyn (born at Witney in 1831 and baptised there on 4 April)
  • Rosena Hamlyn (born at Gloucester in 1834/5).

Henry Whiting Hamlyn was described as a book-keeper at the baptism of Mary, and as a servant at that of William. The family was evidently living at Witney between 1825 and 1831, and in Gloucester by the beginning of 1835.

By the time of the 1841 census the family had moved to Hadsor in Worcestershire, and Henry, described as a clerk, was living at the Chapel House in he parish of St Peter with his wife Mary and their five children: Mary (15), William (14), Julia (12), Rebecca (10), and Rosena (7).

Two of his children were married in Warwickshire in 1849:

  • In 1849 (fourth quarter) in the Dudley district, his second daughter Rebecca Sophia Hamlyn married her first husband Jedidiah John Holland (born in Manchester in c.1825).
  • On 25 December 1849 at St Nicholas’s Church, Kings Norton, William Henry Hamlyn married Caroline Berwick

See below for more about Rebecca’s married life.

By the time of the 1851 census the family had moved again, to Aston in Warwickshire. Henry (50), described as a corn factor, was living at 50 Lombard Street there with his wife Mary (46) and their youngest daughters Julia (22) and Rosena (16).

Henry Whiting Hamlyn was again described as a corn factor when on 13 August 1856 he was granted a patent for improved methods of constructing or building hay and other ricks.

By 1861 he was the publican at the Angel Inn, 73 Coleshill Street, Birmingham, where he lived with his wife and his youngest daughter Julia.

In 1864, when his daughter Rebecca married her second husband, Henry Whiting Hamlyn was described as being Winson Green near Birmingham and was given the title Esquire.

His youngest daughter was married in 1866:

  • On 25 February 1866 at West Bromwich parish church, Julia Hamlyn (35) married the widower William Turner (60), who was an engine fitter.

By 1869 Henry Whiting Hamlyn had moved to Oxford and was living at The Mount, 7 St Bernard’s Road (then called St John’s Road).

On 25 November 1869 at the Independent Chapel in George Street, Oxford, Henry Whiting Hamlyn married his second wife, Mrs Elizabeth Jones of Oxford (born in Quenington, Gloucestershire in c.1809), and the following notice appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal:

Nov. 25, by licence, at the Independent Chapel, George-street, by the Rev. David Martin, Mr. Henry Whiting Hamlyn, of The Mount, 7, St John’s-road, to Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, of Westbury-villa, Norham Manor, relict of Mr. Thomas Jones, builder, of this city.

At the time of the 1871 census Henry (65) was working as a brewer’s agent and living at No. 2 Riversdale, Woodstock Road (also described as being in Walton Manor), with his second wife Elizabeth (60), plus a general servant.

Henry Whiting Hamlyn died the following year:

† Henry Whiting Hamlyn died at Riversdale at the age of 66 on 16 January 1872 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

His effects came to under £2,000, and his executor was Samuel Tombs of Droitwich..

Rebecca Sophia Hamlyn, then Mrs Holland, then Mrs Warland (1831–1922)

Third child of Henry Whiting Hamlyn, above

Rebecca was born in Witney in 1831, and grew up in Worcestershire.

On 18 November 1849 at St Edmund's Church in Dudley, Worcestershire, Rebecca Sophia Hamlyn married her first husband Jedidiah John Holland (whose first name is sometimes spelt Jedediah). He was born in Manchester and baptised at the cathedral there on 23 April 1826.

They had two sons:

  • Alfred Holland (born in Birmingham in about September 1850)
  • Walter Hamlyn Holland (born at Hayter Street, Balsall Heath, Kings Norton, Warwickshire and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Bordesley on 11 October 1851: birth registration not found; died at King's Norton near the end of the same year)

At the time of the 1851 census Rebecca (20) and Jedidiah (25), described as a warehouseman in an umbrella factory, were living in Kings Norton, Worcestershire at 9 Haddon Street, with their son Alfred (seven months) and a 16-year-old servant girl.

In 1853 Jedidiah (26) sailed for Australia on the Mohamed Shah, but the ship caught fire near Tasmania. It is recorded that he was received in the depot at Hobart on 6 May 1853, “the ship having been burnt at sea”, and that he remained in that colony. His wife appears to have followed him to Tasmania later.

On 31 January 1855 Jedediah (29), described as a labourer, departed alone on the City of Hobart for Melbourne. By 1856 the family was living at the Beach Tavern back in Tasmania: Rebecca assisted in keeping the house and serving at the bar, while Jedidiah worked as an accountant and salesman. They were given notice to leave early in 1856, but Rebecca refused to accompany her husband until he found somewhere for them to live that was not a lodging house. He stayed in lodgings with a person named Stewart, and when Rebecca did not come to visit him as he had expected, he travelled with Mrs Stewart on the Brown's River coach, arriving at the Beach Tavern at about 4pm. He attempted to cut Rebecca's throat, but only inflicted a slight wound, and then committed suicide by cutting his own throat, dying on 3 March 1856. A verdict of temporary insanity was returned at the inquest (another report here).

Rebecca returned to England, and at the time of the 1861 census she was a widow of 30 (although stating that she was 28) and working as a governess. She was living at Redlands Place, Kings Norton with her older brother Henry (34), who was a traveller in vinegar, soap, etc., and his wife and five children. It is unclear what happened to her own son Alfred, who would have been ten years old: it is possible that he had died in Tasmania.

On 29 August 1864 at All Saints Church in Birmingham, Mrs Rebecca Sophia Holland, née Hamlyn, described as the youngest daughter of H. W. Hamlyn, Esq. of Winson Green near Birmingham, became the second wife of Henry Saunders Warland. He was a grocer who lived over his shop at the south end of the Woodstock Road in Oxford, and the marriage was announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal. For more about him, see his separate grave.

Rebecca took on all seven of her second husband’s children, and was living over the shop with them in 1871 and 1881.

Her husband went bankrupt in 1890, and at the time of the 1891 census Rebecca (60) was living with her husband John Warland (71) and two of his grown-up daughters at 31 Polstead Road in the parish of St Margaret.

Rebecca’s husband Henry Saunders Warland died in 1909 and was buried with his first wife and son. She remained at 31 Polstead Road, and died there in 1922. She was buried in her father’s grave:

† Mrs Rebecca Sophia Warland, née Hamlyn, formerly Mrs Holland died at 31 Polstead Road at the age of 91 on 2 May 1922 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Her effects came to £297 16s., and her executor was her stepson Frederick William Warland, who was a clerk.



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