Henry LEVERETT (1818–1880)
His wife Mrs Sarah LEVERETT, née Reeks (c.1815–1895)
St Paul section: Row 39, Grave M15 [St Paul ref L35]

Henry Leverett



WHO DIED DEC. 16, 1880


WHO DIED DEC. 14, 1895





Henry Leverett was born in West St Helen's Street, Abingdon in 1818 and baptised at St Helen's Church on 11 December. He was the son of the baker Joseph Leverett and Ann Couling, who were married at Wootton, Berkshire on 19 March 1814 with their marriage announced in Jackson's Oxford Journal. Henry's six siblings were also baptised at St Helen's Church: Stephen Couling Leverett (1815), Lavinia (1816), Joseph (1817), Caleb (1820), Fanny Maria (1822), and Mary Louisa (1827).

Sarah Reeks was born in Wimborne, Dorset in c.1815 and is probably the Sarah Reeks who was baptised at Wimborne Minster on 25 June, the daughter of Richard Reeks and his wife Sarah.

On 20 August 1843 at Portsea, Hampshire, Henry Leverett married Sarah Reeks. They had the following children:

  • Sarah Lavinia Leverett (born in Southampton in 1844, reg. fourth quarter)
  • Henry Leverett junior (born in Southsea in 1846/7, reg. Portsmouth first quarter of 1847)
  • Fanny Louisa Leverett (born in Southsea in 1849, reg. Portsmouth second quarter)
  • Alfred Leverett (born in Wellington Street, Oxford in 1851/2 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 1 February)
  • Edwin Leverett (born in Wellington Street, Oxford in 1854 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 3 September)
  • Mildred Albertine Leverett (born in Upper Walton Street, Oxford in 1857 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 2 August).

The family was evidently living in Southampton by 1844, and then in Southsea until at least 1849.

By the time of the 1851 census they had moved back to Henry's home town of Abingdon, and he and Sarah were living at the Vineyard in St Helen's parish with their first three children: Sarah (6), Henry (4), and Fanny (1).

Soon after that census the family moved to Oxford, and lived in Wellington Street in Jericho from at least 1852 to 1854. By 1857 they had moved to Upper Walton Street.

At the time of the 1861 census Henry (42) was a carpenter & joiner living at 101 Walton Street in St Giles's parish with his wife Sarah (45) and their six children: Sarah (16), who was a dressmaker; Henry (14), who was an apprentice to an engineer & smith; and Fanny (11), Alfred (9), Edwin (6), and Mildred (3), who were at school.

By 1867 the family had moved to Cranham Street. Their eldest daughter was married that year:

  • On 30 April 1867 at St Paul's Church, Oxford, Sarah Lavinia Leverett married Thomas King, who was a college servant also living in Cranham Street, the son of the veterinary surgeon John King, and their marriage was announced in Jackson's Oxford Journal.

At the time of the 1871 census the family's address was given as 31 Cranham Street in Jericho. Henry (52) was still working as a carpenter & jointer and now employed two men and one boy, and he lived there with Sarah (55) and three of their children: Fanny (21) was a dressmaker; Edwin (16) was a carpenter's apprentice; and (Mildred) Albertine (13) was a dressmaker's apprentice. Their son Henry (24) was an engine smith, lodging at 23 Gutteridge Street, Banbury, and Alfred (19) was a carpenter, boarding with the carpenter Joseph Green and his family at 20 Adelaide Street.

Three of their children were married in the 1870s:

  • On 15 May 1871 in South Banbury, Henry Leverett junior (24), described as an engine smith of South Banbury,married Eliza Maile, who was born in Birmingham, the daughter of the carpenter William Maile. She too was stated to be residing in South Banbury, but she had been working as a maid at the Randolph Hotel at the beginning of that year;
  • On 7 September 1872 at St Paul's Church, Fanny Louisa Leverett (23) married Thomas Richard Sayer (23), who was a clerk and the son of the college servant Luther Thomas Sayer, and their marriage was announced in Jackson's Oxford Journal;
  • On 22 February 1879 at South Hinksey Church, Alfred Leverett, described as a joiner of Duke Street in West Oxford, married Annie Sawyer of South Hinksey, the daughter of the labourer James Sawyer.

Henry Leverett senior died in 1880:

† Henry Leverett died at Cranham Street at the age of 63 on 16 December 1880 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 19 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

His personal estate came to under £400, and his son Alfred was his executor.

At the time of the 1881 census Sarah (65) was living at 78 Cranham Street with her youngest daughter Mildred (23), who was a mantle maker, plus a boarder. Her unmarried son Edwin (26), who was a joiner, was lodging with the gardener in the lodge of The Mount on the Banbury Road.

Her youngest daughter Mildred was married in 1888:

  • On 16 April 1888 at St Paul's Church, Oxford, Mildred Albertine Leverett (30) married Daniel Blagrove (30), who was a photographer of Lewes and the son of the photographer Daniel Blagrove, and their marriage was announced in Jackson's Oxford Journal.

In 1891 Mrs Leverett was living at 78 Cranham Street with a lodger. She died there in 1895:

† Mrs Sarah Leverett née Reeks died at 78 Cranham Street at the age of 80 on 14 December 1895 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 19 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Her death was announced briefly in Jackson's Oxford Journal.

Children of Henry and Sarah Leverett
  • Sarah Lavinia Leverett, Mrs King (born 1844) was a dressmaker in 1871, living at 21 Cambridge Street, Oxford with her husband Thomas King, who was a college servant, and their children Percival (3) and Thomas (1), who were looked after by a 12-year-old servant girl. Her husband died at 17 Cambridge Street on 17 July 1879 at the age of 39: his effects came to under £200, and Sarah was his executor. In 1881 Sarah, a widow of 36, was still working as a dressmaker and living at 17 Cambridge Street with Percival (13), who was a printer's reading boy, and Thomas (11), Florence (9), Ethel (6), and Gertrude (4). Sarah was still at that address working as a dressmaker in 1901 with all five of her children: Percival (23) was a printer, Thomas (21) was a tailor, Florence (19) was a dressmaker, Ethel (16) was a pupil teacher, and Gertrude (14) was an apprentice dressmaker. Only Florence (29) was at home with her in 1901. Mrs Sarah Lavinia King died at 17 Cambridge Street at the age of 60 on 29 December 1904. Her effects came to £802 16s., and her son Percival was her executor.
  • Henry Leverett junior (born 1846/7) and his wife Eliza had one child. They are hard to find in the 1881 census. In 1891 Henry (44) was a confectioner living at 16 Lloyd Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, but Eliza and their child were away. In 1901 Henry (54) was a baker & confectioner, living at 8 Lloyd Street, Altrincham with Eliza (64). Henry's wife Eliza died near the beginning of 1910, and in 1911 Henry (64) was living alone at 17 Russell Street, Altrincham and running a toffee shop.
  • Fanny Louisa Leverett, Mrs Sayer (born 1849) was living at West Street in Osney in 1881 with her husband Thomas Sayer, who was a college servant, and their daughter Fanny (7). By 1901 her husband Thomas was a college clerk, and they were living at 24 Western Road Grandpont with their daughter Violet (17), who was a milliner, and their son Bertie (3). They were all still at that address in 1901 and 1911. Thomas must have taken a job at Trinity College, as Mrs Fanny Louisa Sayer died at The Cottage, Trinity College, Broad Street on 10 December 1918. Her effects came to £305, and her husband was her executor.
  • Alfred Leverett (born 1851/2) was a carpenter employing one boy by the time of the 1881 census, living at 11 Juxon Street with his wife Annie and their daughter Annie Lily (1). By 1891 they were living at 23 Juxon Street and had three children: Annie Lily (11), Maud (5), and Alfred junior (3). By 1901 they were living at 78 Cranham Street with their three children. Alfred died at that address at the age of 53 on 25 September 1905, and his funeral was held at St Paul's Church on 29 September. His effects came to £285, and his wife Annie was his executor: he was described as an undertaker in his probate record.
  • Edwin Leverett (born 1854) does not appear to have married in the UK, and is hard to find in the 1891 and 1901 censuses. He died in the Headington registration district (probably in Oxford) at the age of 52 near the beginning of 1907.
  • Mildred Albertine Leverett, Mrs Blagrove (born 1857) was living at 25 New Road, Lewes, Sussex in 1891 with her husband Daniel (33), who was a photographer, and their children Archie Pierron Blagrove (1) and Daisy May Blagrove (two months). By 1901 they had moved to 11 Talbot Terrace, Lewes and had a third child, Jessie Beatrice Blagrove (7). In 1911 they were living at 73 High Street, Lewes. Mrs Mildred Albertine Blagrove died at that address at the age of 76 on 28 July 1933. Her effects came to £133 6s. 6d., and her husband was her executor.



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