William HOSIER (1814–1892)
His wife Mrs Elizabeth Walklett HOSIER, née Bliss (1819–1888)
Their son Charles HOSIER (1845–1865)
St Giles's section: Row 8, Grave B37

William Hosier

















William Hosier was born in Oxford on 28 June 1814 and baptised at St Martin's Church on 5 July. He was the son of the servant William Hosier and Martha Such, who were married at St Martin's Church in Oxford on 6 October 1811: they were both then living in that parish. William's older sister Ann was baptised in Enstone on 26 January 1812, but his younger siblings were all baptised at St Martin's Church in Oxford: Robert (1817), Elizabeth (1819), and Mary (1820).
(William's sister Ann Hosier married Richard Giles at the beginning of 1839: see separate grave.)

Elizabeth Walklett Bliss was born at Broad Street in 1819 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 11 April. She was the eldest daughter of the house painter James Bliss and his second wife Sarah Walklett who were married at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 18 September 1815.
For more about her parents and ten siblings, see her father's grave.

On 23 December 1839 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, William Hosier married Elizabeth Walklett Bliss. They had the following children:

  • William James Hosier, known as James (born at Jericho Terrace, Oxford in 1840 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 27 September)
  • Henry Hosier (born at Bliss Yard, Broad Street, Oxford in 1842 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 1 May)
  • Frederick Hosier (born at Bliss Yard, Broad Street, Oxford in 1844 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 16 February)
  • Charles Hosier (born in Kidlington in 1845 and baptised there on 15 October)
  • Elizabeth Hosier (born in Kidlington in 1847 and baptised there on 23 June)
  • George Hosier (born in Kidlington in 1849 and baptised there on 8 April)
  • Emma Hosier (born at North Parade, Oxford in 1850, and baptised at St Giles's Church on 8 September);
    died aged one
  • William Hosier (born at George Street, Oxford in 1852 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 28 July)
  • Sarah Hosier (born at George Street, Oxford in 1855 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 16 April)

The couple began their married life at Jericho Terrace, but by 1841 had moved to Bliss Yard (or Row, or Court), which was reached via a passage that ran down the middle of the current Blackwell's shop, and was in St Mary Magdalen parish.

At the time of the 1841 census William Hosier, who was a tailor, was living at Bliss Court with his wife Elizabeth and their son William James (eight months) They were still there in early 1844.

By the autumn of 1845 they had moved to Kidlington, but were back in Oxford in 1850 and living at North Parade.

By the time of the 1851 census William (36) was living at 47 George Street in St Mary Magdalen parish with his wife Elizabeth (32) and their children William James (10), Frederick (7), Charles (5), Elizabeth (4), George (2), and Emma (six months), plus a 15-year-old servant girl. Henry (8) was staying with his grandparents James & Elizabeth Bliss at 9 Bliss Row, Broad Street.

Their baby daughter Emma Hosier died at George Street six months after the census, and was buried on 5 September 1851, probably in the St Mary Magdalen area of St Sepulchre's cemetery set aside for infants.

Mace bearer

In 1853 Charles Foster, the City Mace Bearer & Mayor's Sergeant, died, and Hosier was appointed in his place.

Right: The City Mace bearer in 2006, holding the same mace that William Hosier would have carried on his shoulder. Dating from 1651, it is the largest civic mace in Britain, and is almost a replica of the House of Commons mace.

At the time of the 1861 census William (46) was living at 4 St Giles's Terrace (the south end of the Banbury Road) in St Giles's parish with his wife Elizabeth (42) and their children Henry (19) and Frederick (17), who were apprentices; Charles (16), who was a college servant; and George (12), William (8), and Sarah (6), who were at school. The two missing children were William James (20), who was a footman in Liverpool, and Elizabeth (13), who was paying a visit to William & Ann Handcocks at 3 St Giles's Terrace.

William & Elizabeth Hosier's fourth son Charles died in 1865:

† Charles Hosier died at St Giles's Road at the age of 19 on 21 March 1865 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 25 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

Two of their sons were married later in the 1860s:

  • On 31 March 1866 at St Peter-le-Bailey Church, Oxford, Henry Hosier, described as a painter of St Ebbe's parish) married Emily Jane Weaving (born in Bourton-on-the-Water but living in Frewin Hall at the time of her marriage), who was the daughter of the deceased labourer John Weaving
  • On 25 December 1869 at St Paul's Church, Deptford, Frederick Hosier married Lydia Harris (who was then of that parish but had been born in Bristol); her father Joseph Harris was described as a gentleman.

At the time of the 1871 census William (56) was still the Mayor's Sergeant and living at St Giles's Terrace with his wife Elizabeth (51) and four of their children: Elizabeth (23), who was a laundress; George (22), who was a carpenter; William (19), who was a carpenter's apprentice; and Sarah (15), who was a dressmaker.

Two more of their children were married in the 1870s:

  • On 13 July 1873 at St Giles's Church, Oxford, Elizabeth Hosier married William Jones Anstey, the son of the florist Simon Anstey: William was born in the Old Kent Road, London and was then a farrier of 32 St Bernard's Road;
  • On 28 November 1875 at St Matthew's Church in Islington, George Hosier of 59 Mildmay Street married Elizabeth Deag of 46 Mildmay Street, who was the daughter of the jeweller William Deag.

In 1881 the address of Willilam and Elizabeth Hosier was more precisely given as 31 St Giles's Road West (the south end of the Woodstock Road), and William was described as the mace-bearer and mayor's sergeant. Two of their children were at home: William (27), who was a carver & gilder, and Sarah (25), who was a dressmaker, as well as their granddaughter Edith Emily Anstey (5).

Mrs Hosier died at Richmond Road (then called Worcester Terrace) in 1888:

† Mrs Elizabeth Walklett Hosier née Bliss died at Richmond Road (Worcester Terrace) at the age of 69 on 6 October 1888 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 10 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

At the time of the 1891 census William Hosier (76) was living at 4 Richmond Road (then 4 Worcester Terrace) in the Jericho area of Oxford with his three unmarried children: William James (50), who was living on his own means; William (38), who was a gilder & picture frame maker; and Sarah (36), who doubtless kept house for them all.

William Hosier died at 4 Richmond Road in 1892:

† William Hosier died at 4 Richmond Road (4 Worcester Terrace) at the age of 77 on 4 January 1892 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read simply: “Jan. 4, at 4, Worcester-terrace, William Hosier, late Mayor's Sergeant, aged 77 years.”

Surviving children of William and Elizabeth Hosier
  • William James Hosier, known as James (born 1840) never married. In 1901 he was living at 4 Richmond Road with his sister Sarah; they were both still there in 1911. William James Hosier died in Oxford at the age of 81 in 1922.
  • Henry Hosier (born 1842) was a house painter in 1881, living at 39 St Bernard's Road with his wife Emily and their children Ellen (14), Henry William (13), Cyril Jesse (10), Rosa Susan (6), and Percy Charles (3), plus a boarder. In 1891 their address was given as 44 St Bernard's Road, and their children were all still at home: Ellen (24); Henry William (23), who was a college servant; Cyril (20), who was a jeweller; Rosa (16), who was a dressmaker; and Percy (13), who was still at school. Henry was a widower in 1901, living at the same address with Ellen (34), Rosa (26), who was still a dressmaker, and Percy (22), who was now a college servant; they had a 12-year-old servant girl. Henry Hosier died at the age of 62 near the beginner of 1905.
  • Frederick Hosier (born 1844): see separate grave.
  • Elizabeth Hosier, Mrs Anstey (born in 1847) was living at 128 Cowley Road in 1881 with her husband William, who was still a farrier, and their daughters Lizzie Maud Anstey (3) and Florence Lily Anstey (1), plus their 17-year-old servant girl; their eldest daughter Edith Emily Anstey (5) was staying with her Hosier grandparents above. By 1891 Elizabeth and William Anstey were living at 9 Cardigan Street in Jericho with Edith (15), who was a pupil teacher; Lizzie (13), who was a dressmaker's apprentice; and Florence (11), who was still at school. On 9 April 1903 at St Giles's Church their daughter Lizzie Maud Anstey married William Richard Morris (the future Lord Nuffield). In 1911 Mrs Elizabeth Anstey (63) was at home at 14 Woodstock Road without her husband but with her daughter Florence (31). She died in Oxford near the end of 1917.
  • George Hosier (born 1849) remained in London working as a carpenter and joiner for the rest of his life. His first Wife Elizabeth Hosier née Deag died in Islington at the age of 31 near the end of 1877. On 23 March 1879 in Bromley, Kent, he married his second wife, Esther Greengrass, who was born in Keston in Kent. At the time of the 1881 census they were living at 66 Morrison Street, Battersea with their daughter Edith (1) and a lodger. By 1891 they had moved to 97 Tyneham Road, Battersea and had four children: Edith (11), Jessie (9), Ethel (7), Hilda (5), and George (2). In 1901 they were living at 55 Southfields Road, Wandsworth with five of their children: Jessie (19) was a ladies-maid, Ethel (18) was a shop assistant, and Hilda (13), Nellie (11), and Margaret (7) were at school. George's wife Esther died in 1905, and in 1911 he was living at 55 Southfields Road looked after by his daughter Margaret (17). He is probably the George Hosier who died in the Battersea district in 1933 at the age of 84.
  • William Hosier (born 1852) was described as a gilder of 41 St Aldate's Street when he married Alice Mary Holton at St Aldate's Church in Oxford on 14 March 1895. At the time of the 1901 census William (43) was a self-employed gilder, living at the south end of the Woodstock Road (in the house then numbered 24) with his wife Alice (37) and their children Hilda (4) and Charles (2). They were still there in 1911 with their two children. William Hosier died in Oxford at the age of 73 in 1924.
  • Sarah Hosier (born 1855) never married. In 1901 she was aged 46 and living at 4 Richmond Road with her brother William James Hosier. They were both still there in 1911. Sarah Hosier died at St John's Home at St Mary's Road in east Oxford at the age of 91 on 23 June 1946. Her effects came to £475, and her executor was her niece, Miss Florence Lily Anstey.



Please email stsepulchres@gmail.com
if you would like to add information

These biographies would not have been possible without the outstanding transcription services
provided by the Oxfordshire Family History Society

© Friends of St Sepulchre’s Cemetery 2012–2017