Mrs Mary HULLYER, née Allard (c.1813–1882)
Her daughter Mrs Phebe Ann FROST, née Hullyer (1845–1894)
Her son-in-law John FROST (1848/9–1914)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 28, Grave L68

Hullyer & Frost




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FEBRUARY 3, 1882,








DIED SEP 7, 1914, AGED 66



Mary Allard was born in Kirtling, Cambridgeshire in c.1813.

Her husband William Hullyer was born in Carlton-cum-Willingham, Cambridgeshire 1814 and baptised there on 4 September. He was the son of the labourer William Hullyer and his wife Ann Wiseman, .

On 17 December 1836 at Carlton-cum-Willingham,Mary Allard married William Hullyer, and they both signed the register with a cross.

At the time of the 1841 census William was a farm labourer, living at Carlton-cum-Willingham in Cambridgeshire with his wife Mary and five children who appear to have been William's nephews and nieces, as they were all the children of James and Mary Hullyer and baptised at Carlton-cum-Willingham: Ann (13), John (10), Charlotte (7), James (4), and George (1). They also had a 15-year-old servant boy.

They appear to have had just one child of their own:

  • Phebe Ann Hullyer (born at Carlton-cum-Willingham on 1 December 1845, registered with her name spelt as Phoebe Ann Hullier, and baptised there on 7 February 1846).

At the time of the 1851 census William and Mary were still at Carlton-cum-Willingham with their daughter Phebe (5), and a niece on Mary's side, Sarah Allard (12).

William Hullyer died at Willingham Green soon after that census at the age of only 36, and was buried in Carlton-cum-Willingham churchyard on 4 June 1851.

Mrs Mary Hullyer (49) was working as a charwoman at the time of the 1861 census, lodging in Carlton with a shepherd and his wife. Her daughter Phebe Ann (16) was living at the Rectory in Carlton, where she worked as the general servant of the Curate.

Mrs Mary Hullyer is hard to find in the 1871 census. Her daughter Phebe Ann (26) was now working as a maid at Foley House, Hampstead.

Phebe Ann Hullyer’s future husband John Frost was born at Meldreth, Cambridgeshire in 1848/9, the son of a horse dealer or farmer of the same name. At the time of the 1861 census he was 13 years old and still at school, living at Meldreth with his parents and his elder sister (14) and four younger siblings: only initials are given for their forenames.

On 6 August 1872 in Harrow, Phebe Ann Hullyer (25) married John Frost (26). They were both working as college servants at the time of their marriage: John in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, and Phebe in Harrow, Middlesex. They moved to Oxford soon after their marriage, and at first John Frost worked as a college servant, living at 4 St Bernard's Road (then called St John's Road). They had just one child:

  • Percy William Frost (born at 4 St Bernard's Road, Oxford in 1873 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 29 December).

By the time of the 1881 census John Frost (32) was the publican at the Gloucester Arms at 21 Friars Entry, and was living there with his wife Phebe (34) and son Percy William (7), plus a general servant.

It seems that Phebe’s mother Mrs Mary Hullyer came to Oxford live with them at the pub, as she died there the next year:

† Mrs Mary Hullyer née Allard died at Friar’s Entry at the age of 68 on 3 February 1882 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

At the time of the 1891 census John Frost was still the publican of the Gloucester Arms, living there with his wife Phebe and son Percy (17), who was an ironmonger’s assistant.

His wife Phebe died at the pub three years later in 1894:

† Mrs Phebe Ann Frost née Hullyer died at the Gloucester Arms, 21 Friars Entry at the age of 46 on 31 October 1894 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

Her son Percy was married in 1897:

  • On 27 December 1897 at North Hinksey Church, Percy William Frost (23) married the Oxford-born (Sarah) Harriet Dubber (24).

At the time of the marriage Percy was described as a publican living at 21 Friars Entry (the Gloucester Arms), while Sarah lived at 8 Cobden Crescent in south Oxford (which was then in Berkshire, hence the choice of church for their marriage): she was the daughter of the deceased baker James Dubber

His father John Frost left the pub to his son and had a change of career. When he himself was married again at Cumnor Church on 27 December 1897 he described himself as a farmer. His second wife was Miss Ellen Lambourn or Lamborne (42), born in Cumnor, Berkshire in 1854, the daughter of the market gardener Charles Lamborne.

At the time of the 1901 census John Frost (52) described himself as a farmer and dairyman living at Farmoor with his wife Ellen (45); but by the time of the 1911 census they had come down in the world, and were living at 29 Clifton Terrace, Brighton, where they both worked as caretakers.

John Frost was living in east Oxford in 1914, and was buried in this grave with his first wife:

† John Frost died at 21 Catherine Street in east Oxford at the age of 66 on 7 September 1914 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 10 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

Only child of John & Phebe Frost
  • Percy William Frost (born 1873) and his wife Sarah do not appear to have had any children. At the time of the 1901 census Percy and his wife were living with his widowed mother-in-law, Mrs Rebecca Dubber (66) at 8 Cobden Crescent, and he was then a 27-year-old traveller. In 1911 Percy (38, but recorded as 33) was the head barman at the Princess Alexandra pub, 186 Barking Road, Canning Town: it appears that his wife had left him, as she was living with her mother again at 8 Cobden Crescent. His wife died at 55 Holywell Street on 11 June 1945: her effects came to £240 1s., and her executor was her relation Emily Ann Dubber. She described herself as a widow, and probably believed her husband was dead: but he is likely to be the Percy William Frost who died in the St Pancras area near the beginning of 1948 aged 74.



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