Richard JESSOP senior (1824–1881)
His second wife wife Mrs Emma JESSOP, née Reville (1836–1927)
With a mention of their infant children Fanny Emma JESSOP (died 1860)
and Rose Ellen JESSOP (died 1868)

St Paul’s section: Row 16, Grave A18

Richard & Emma Jessop


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Theiir infant children daughter Fanny Emma (d.1860) was buried in the grave of Richard Jessop’s first wife (also named Emma), and her sister Rose Ellen (d.1868) probably was too, so this one was not opened until 1881.

This is one of a group of three adjoining graves in Row 16 belonging to the Jessop family.


Richard Jessop senior was born at Paradise Street in Oxford in 1824 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 6 June. He was the son of John Jessop, a butcher in the Covered Market, and his wife Mary (who are probably the John Jessop of Yarnton and Mary Williams who were married at Witney on 24 April 1820.)

Richard’s sister Elizabeth was baptised at St Ebbe’s Church in 1822, but his four younger siblings were all also baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church: Catherine (1827), Thomas (1830), Mary Ann (1832), and Henry (1836).

At the time of the 1841 census Richard (17) was already a butcher, living at 10 Paradise Street with his parents and his siblings Catherine, Mary Ann, and Henry.

When Richard Jessop married his first wife Emma Jelfs at All Saints’ Church on 29 January 1846, he was described as being of St Peter-le-Bailey parish, and was probably still living in Paradise Street with his parents.

Richard soon had his own shop in the Covered Market, and in October 1850 was fined 20s. with 8s, costs for “exposing and selling meat out of the market”.

His first wife with the name Emma Jessop died in 1854: for more on her and their children, see her separate grave.

Emma Reville or Revill was born in Colwall, Malvern, Herefordshire in 1836, and baptised there on 15 August. She was the daughter of Henry Reville and his wife Ann Whittaker. For more about Emma’s parents and her siblings, see separate grave of her mother. At the time of the 1851 census Emma was 14 years old and living with her mother and younger brother Henry (10) in Lydney, Gloucestershire: her father was away on census night. By 1856 the family had moved to Oxford, where her father had taken on the position of a college servant, and they lived at 49 Holywell Street (one of the houses demolished to make way for Hertford College’s Holywell quadrangle).

On 2 December 1856 at Holywell Church, Oxford, Richard Jessop senior (32) married his second wife Emma Reville (19). The announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “Dec 2, at Holywell Church, by the Rev. H. B. Walton, Mr. Richard Jessop, of this city, to Emma, only daughter of Mr. Henry Revill, of Holywell Street.”

They had the following children:

  • Richard Jessop junior (born at Clarendon Place in 1858 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 21 February)
  • Fanny Emma Jessop (born at Clarendon Place in 1860; died aged one week and buried on 18 March in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, St Paul section O.13)
  • Joseph William Jessop (born at Walton Street in 1862 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on Whit Sunday)
  • Rose Ellen Jessop (born at upper Walton Street in 1868 and privately baptised by the Revd Edward Male on 25 June);
    died aged two months and buried on 28 July in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, St Paul section O.13
  • Emma Jessop (born in Oxford in 1871, reg. third quarter).

Richard and Emma began their married life at Clarendon Place in Upper Walton Street. This was probably 49 Walton Street, as by the time of the 1861 census that was given as their address. Richard (37), described as a butcher employing one man and one boy, was living there over the shop with his second wife Emma (24) and their son Richard (3), as well as his two surviving children Betsey (10) and John (8) from his first marriage.

In 1865 and 1866 Richard Jessop was appointed an overseer of the poor in St Thomas’s parish.

On 19 October 1867 Jackson’s Oxford Journal reported:

The tender of Mr. Richard Jessop, of Oxford, which was accepted for the supply of meat to the Prison during the past quarter, was cancelled, in consequence of his delivering unwholesome meat and refusing to exchange it.

They were at the same address in 1871 with the two surviving children from each of his marriages: Betsey (20) and John (19), who was now a butcher like his father, from the first; and Richard (13) and Joseph (8) from his second.

In 1879 Richard Jessop’s tender for supplying meat to the Oxford Workhouse was accepted.

By the time of the 1881 census Richard (57) was described as a retired butcher. He was still living at 49 Walton Street with his wife Emma (44), and Betsey (30) and Richard (28) from his first marriage, and Joseph (18), and Emma (9) from his second.

Richard Jessop died later in 1881:

† Richard Jessop died at 49 Walton Street at the age of 57 on 26 August 1881 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 1 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

His death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read simply: “Aug. 26, at 49, Walton-street, Oxford, Mr. Richard Jessop, butcher, aged 57.”

His personal estate came to £5,440 9s., and his widow Emma was his executor.

His only surviving son was married the following year:

  • On 25 April 1882 at Ss Philip & James’s Church, Oxford, Joseph William Jessop (21), described as a butcher of Cardigan Street, married Lavinia Elizabeth Margaret Mary Soanes (18) of Leckford Road, the daughter of the tailor Thomas Arnold Soanes.

At the time of the 1891 census Mrs Emma Jessop, a widow of 50, was living on her own means at 49 Walton Street with her daughter Emma (19) and one servant. Her only other surviving child Richard (22) was staying at Knowle in Warwickshire with his cousin John Jessop and family.

Her mother Mrs Anne Reville died at 112 Kingston Road in 1893 and was buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery:
see separate grave

Mrs Emma Jessop is hard to find in 1901, but her daughter Emma (29) was living at her old home at 49 Walton Street with her stepsister Betsey Emma Hale, whose husband William was now running a baker’s shop there.

Her son Richard Jessop junior died at 74 Southmoor Road in 1909 and was buried in the same grave as his maternal grandmother: see separate grave.

In 1911 Mrs Emma Jessop (74) was lodging at 66 Southmoor Road, and her daughter Emma (29) was an assistant in a hotel in Aylesbury.

Mrs Emma Jessop, the second wife of Richard, probably went to live with her daughter in Aylesbury, as she died there in 1927:

† Mrs Emma Jessop née Reville died at 5 Ripon Street, Aylesbury at the age of about 90 on 27 September 1927 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 1 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

The two surviving children of Richard Jessop and his second wife Emma
  • Joseph William Jessop (born 1862) died in 1946. For more about his subsequent life and his fourteen children, see the separate grave of his wife Lavinia Soanes and his son Reginald
  • Emma Jessop (born 1871) was presumably still in Aylesbury in 1927, but is hard to trace after that. She may be the Emma Jessop who died in Newton Abbott at the age of 75 in 1944.

Richard Jessop had just one surviving child by his first wife, Mrs Betsey Emma Hale:
see the grave
that she shares with her mother and husband.

Three Jessop graves The three adjoining Jessop graves: unusually, they all face west rather than east



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