Miss Eleanor LARGE (c.1797–1872)
Her son Stephen LARGE (1816–1876)
Her daughter-in-law Mrs Elizabeth LARGE (c.1816–1879)
St Paul section: Row 18, Grave F24 [St Paul ref S15/T15]
DEPARTED THIS LIFE
FEB. 15, 1872,
AGED 75 YEARS
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD,
WHICH DIE IN THE LORD.
WHO DIED [MARCH 3, 1876]
AGED [60 YEARS]
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Eleanor Large was born in Longcot, Berkshire in c.1797. She was living at Longcot Wharf, Longcot when on 21 January 1816 she gave birth to her son Stephen Large, who was described as baseborn when he was baptised at Longcot church on 4 February 1816. Eleanor never married, and had no other children.
Her son Stephen Large is likely to have married his wife, Elizabeth (born at Studley, near Chippenham, Wiltshire in c.1816) in about 1849, but their marriage has not yet been found. They had no children.
Stephen Large was a boat builder, and by 1848 he was living in Oxford, as an advertisement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of October 1851 mentioned that an oak-built canal boat for sale, capable of carrying 34 tons of coal, had been built about three years previously by Stephen Large of Oxford.
The 1851 census shows Stephen (35), described as a boat builder, living in Plantation Road with his wife Elizabeth (34). A ten-year-old girl, Elizabeth Wales (who was born in Marshfield, Gloucestershire and whose surname was probably Wells) was paying them a visit.
At the time of the 1861 census Stephen (45) was described as a boat builder employing three men and two boys, and was living at 67 Walton Street with his wife Elizabeth (45) and their 14-year-old nephew Robert Gunning (again born in Marshfield, Gloucestershire, the son of William Gunning and Sarah Wells), who was working for his uncle as an assistant boat-builder.
In 1870 Stephen Large, boatbuilder, was granted the first lease on Nos. 168 and 169 Kingston Road, but he does not appear to have lived there.
At the time of the 1871 census Stephen Large (55) was described as a boat-builder employing three men and one boy, and was again living at Walton Street with his wife Elizabeth (55) and his mother Eleanor Large (76).
Stephen Large’s mother died in 1872:
† Miss Eleanor Large died at Walton Street at the age of 75 on 15 February 1872 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her effects came to under £200, and her son Stephen was her executor. Tellingly, he is described as her brother in her probate record, and this is probably how she passed him off in Oxford.
Stephen Large died just four years after his mother in 1876:
† Stephen Large died at Walton Street at the age of 60 on 3 March 1876 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 10 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
His effects came to under £1,500, and his executors were Josiah Munday Crapper, a schoolmaster of 47 St Bernard's Road, and Mrs Elizabeth Molecock, a widow of 85 Walton Street.
His wife died in 1879:
† Mrs Elizabeth Large died at 18 Walton Street at the age of 63 on 11 December 1879 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “Dec. 11, at 18, Walton-street, Oxford, Elizabeth, widow of Mr. Stephen Large, aged 63.”