John HUGHES (1806–1867)
His wife Mrs Ann HUGHES, née Maltby (1814–1872)
Their daughter-in-law Mrs Emma Catherine HUGHES, née Tanner (1850–1876)
St Giles section: Row 5, Grave B30

John Hughes and family





APRIL 21, 1867


NOV 10, 1872


WHO DIED MAY 22, 1876


John Hughes was born in Oxford in 1806, the son of John & Mary Hughes, and was baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 7 November; his older sisters Charlotte and Mary had been baptised there in 1803 and 1805 respectively. By 1837 he was a printer living at 6 Richmond Road (then 6 Worcester Terrace) in the Jericho area of Oxford.

Ann Maltby was born in 1814 at Lamb & Flag Yard (off St Thomas’s Street in west Oxford) and baptised at St Thomas’s Church on 9 October. She was the daughter of James Maltby (who in turn was the son of the coachman Christopher Maltby) and Sarah Lucas, who were married at Binsey Church on 5 August 1810. Nine of her siblings were also baptised at St Thomas’s Church: Jane (1811), Emma (1812), James Arthur (1816), William (1818), Henry (1821), Edwin (1824), John (1825, died aged one month), another John (1827), and Thomas (1830). At the time of her baptism her father was a tailor, but by 1816 he was the parish clerk, and by 1821 was living at the school house of John Combe’s School in St Thomas’s. He may have already been the schoolmaster then, but he is not actually named as schoolmaster until 1824. Ann was still living at the school with her family in 1837.

On 1 July 1837 at St Thomas’s Church, Oxford, John Hughes married Ann Maltby, and they appear to have had only one child:

  • James Arthur Hughes (born in St Peter-le-Bailey parish in 1840 and baptised in his mother’s parish church of St Thomas on 6 August).

At the time of the 1841 census John Hughes, a printer, was living at Walton Place (now Walton Street) with his wife Ann and their son James (1).

Ann’s mother Sarah Maltby died at the age of 55 in 1845 and was buried at St Thomas’s Church on 5 September. On 7 September 1847 her father James Maltby, who was still the schoolmaster at John Combes’s School, married his second wife Miss Caroline Payne, and they had another eight children (of whom four died).

At the time of the 1851 census John Hughes (48) was living in Little Clarendon Street with his wife Ann (36) and their son James (10), and Anne’s brother Henry Maltby (29), who was a bookbinder (doubtless with the firm Alfred Maltby & Son Ltd).

They were all still there in 1861, and James (20) was now a printer like his father.

Ann’s father James Maltby died in 1866 at the age of 77, and was buried in St Thomas’s churchyard on 30 November; and within four months her husband John Hughes was also dead:

† John Hughes died at Little Clarendon Street at the age of 60 on 21 April 1867 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 25 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

His effects came to under £300, and his widow Ann was his executor.

At the time of the 1871 census Ann (56) was living at 12 or 13 Walton Crescent with her son James (30). She died the following year:

† Mrs Ann Hughes née Maltby died at 13 Walton Crescent at the age of 58 on 10 November 1872 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Her effects came to under £450, and her executor was her son James Arthur Hughes, who was described as a Reader at the Clarendon Printing Office.

Mrs Emma Catherine Hughes, née Tanner

Emma Catherine Tanner was born in Bridport Street, Oxford in 1850. For more about her parents Richard Charles Eyre Tanner and Elizabeth Walker, as well as her siblings and early life, see the grave of her parents.

At the time of the 1871 census Emma (20) was living at 19 Walton Crescent with her parents, and her father, who had formerly been a carpenter, was now a surveyor.

On 25 December 1872 at St Paul’s Church, Oxford, Emma Catherine Tanner (23) of 20 Walton Crescent became the first wife of James Arthur Hughes (32), described as a printer of 13 Walton Crescent. They had two children:

  • Florence Catherine Hughes (born at 13 Walton Crescent, Oxford in 1874 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 3 June);
  • Ernest Conrad Hughes (born at Walton Crescent, Oxford in 1876 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 25 May.

Emma probably died as a result of childbirth, as she did not live to see her son Ernest baptised:

† Mrs Emma Catherine Hughes, née Tanner died at Walton Crescent at the age of 26 on 22 May 1876 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Subsequent history of Emma’s husband James Arthur Hughes (born 1840, the son of John & Ann Hughes)

On 29 May at St Barnabas’s Church, James Arthur Hughes (born 1849) married his second wife, Agnes Ann Money (born Faringdon c. 1850): they had no children. James was described as a printer reader in 1881, when he was living at 13 Walton Crescent with Agnes and his son from his first marriage, Ernest Conrad Hughes (4). They were still there in 1891, again with Ernest (14), who was the apprentice of a carpenter & joiner.

In 1901 and 1911 James and Agnes were at 13 Walton Crescent on their own.

James Arthur Hughes died at 13 Walton Crescent at the age of 71 on 1 March 1912. He was almost certainly buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, as his burial on 6 March is recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church; but his grave is hard to locate. His widow Agnes Ann Hughes died at the London Road Hospital at the age of 88 and was buried on 11 March 1838, probably with her husband, as again her burial is recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church. Curiously, probate for James’s will was not granted to his son Ernest until a quarter of a century later, after his mother’s death, on 2 February 1939, and his effects came to £205.

Emma and James Hughes’s two children
  • Florence Catherine Hughes (born 1874) appears to have gone to live with her maternal grandparents Richard & Elizabeth Tanner. She was with them at their home at 40 Walton Crescent at the time of the 1881 and 1891 censuses, and by 1891 was a teacher of drawing. Her grandparents were both dead by 1899, and in 1901, when she was 26, she was living with her uncle and aunt, Thomas & Charlotte Cowing, at 63 Inderwick Road, Hornsey. Florence (36) was still with her widowed aunt Charlotte Cowing in 1911, and now described herself as an artist. It seems likely that she married a man with the surname Brooks, as a Mrs Florence Catherine Brooks was her brother's executor in 1965.
  • Ernest Conrad Hughes (born 1876) married Annie Edith Wort in the Aston district in 1898 and they had two children: Florence Catherine Hughes (born in Smallheath, Birmingham in 1899) and Stanley Conrad J. Hughes (born in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire in 1906). In 1901 Ernest was working as a carpenter and living at 177 Walford Road, Aston, Birmingham with his wife and first child. At the time of the 1911 census Ernest was an insurance assistant superintendant, and the family was living at 50 Bullingdon Road in east Oxford. Ernest Conrad Hughes was living at 33 Staunton Road in Headington when he died at the Cowley Road Hospital 10 April 1965. His effects came to £5,374, and probate was granted to Mrs Florence Catherine Brooks.



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