Mrs Ellen LISEMORE, née Arnold (1843–1884)
Her children Eleanor LISEMORE (1867–1874),
William LISEMORE (1872–1882), and
Maud LISEMORE (1876–1879)
St Paul section: Row 30, Grave H16 (St Paul ref. K27/28)




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BORN APRIL 30, 1843,
DIED JAN. 9, 1884

BORN APRIL 23, 1867,
DIED JAN … 1874

BORN … 1872
DIED APRIL …, 1882

BORN … 1879


E. L.
E. L.
W. L.
M. L.



Ellen's husband John Lisemore is not buried here; he remarried after her death and would have been buried with his second wife

John Lisemore was born in Leicester in 1837 and baptised at St George's Church there on 22 February, the son of William Lisemore and his wife Mary Poultney, who were married at St Nicholas's Church, Leicester on 29 January 1832. At the time of the 1841 census he was aged 4 and living at Reeding Street, Leicester with his parents and his sisters Eliza (7) and Emma (2): his father was a cotton brace maker, and his mother a brace sewer. By 1861 the family was living at 10 Watling Street, Leicester: John (24) was a licensed hawker, as was his father and brother William (16); his sister Mary Ann (18) was a shoe binder, and his younger sisters Emma (13) and Harriet (7) were at school. Soon after this census his parents moved down to Oxford.
For more about his parents and siblings, see separate grave.

Ellen Arnold (or Arnell or Arnall) was born in Camelford, Cornwall on 30 April 1843, the daughter of Frederick Arnold. By the time of the 1861 census Ellen (17) was a general servant at the Union Hotel in St Austell Street, St Clement, near Truro.

On 10 September 1864 at St Clement near Truro, John Lisemore married Ellen Arnold (with his surname spelt Lismore on the certificate). They had the following children:

  • John Henry Lisemore (born in Jericho Street, Oxford in 1865 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 8 October)
  • Eleanor or Lena Lisemore (born in Leicester on 23 April 1867 and baptised at St Paul's Church, Oxford on 5 March 1871; died 1874)
  • Edwin Lisemore (born in Leicester in 1868/9 and baptised at St Paul's Church, Oxford on 5 March 1871)
  • Beatrice Ellen Lisemore (born in Leicester in 1870, reg. fourth quarter)
  • William Lisemore (born at 16 Albert Street, Oxford in 1872 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 26 January 1873; died 1882)
  • Ada Eliza Lisemore (born at Jericho Street, Oxford in 1874 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 12 July)
  • Amy Lisemore (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford in 1875 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 19 December)
  • Frederick Lisemore (born at 33 Jericho Street on 23 January 1877 and baptised at St Barnabas's Church on 12 March)
  • Maud Lisemore born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford in 1878 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 29 July, died 1879)
  • Minnie Lisemore (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford in 1879 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 22 October)
  • Ernest Lisemore (born at 33 Jericho Street, Oxford in 1881 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 30 March)
  • Arthur Lisemore (born at 33 Jericho Street Oxford on 4 January 1884 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 7 January).

The couple evidently began their married life in Oxford but had moved to Leicester by 1867. They returned to Oxford between late 1870 and early 1871.

At the time of the 1871 census John Lisemore (34), who described himself as a china dealer, was living at 16 Albert Street, Jericho with his wife Ellen (28) and their children John (5), Eleanor (3), Edwin (2), and Beatrice (six months). They also had a young carpenter boarding with them.

The Congregationalists opened the original Central Boys' School behind their church in George Street in 1871, and as the Lisemores' youngest son attended in the 1880s, it is likely that the other children also went there.

They were living at King Street in Jericho when their young daughter Eleanor died in 1874:

† Eleanor Lisemore died at King Street, Jericho at the age of six in January 1874 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Eleanor's first name was recorded as Lena in both the parish burial register and on the death certificate:

The family had moved to 33 Jericho Street by July 1874.

Their daughter Maud was born there in 1878, but died early the next year:

† Maud Lisemore died at 33 Jericho Street at the age of nine months in February 1879 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

At the time of the 1881 census Ellen Lisemore (37) was living at 33 & 34 Jericho Street with her husband John (44), who had reverted to describing himself as a hawker rather than a china dealer, and their children Beatrice (10), William (8), Ada (6), Amy (5), Frederick (3), Minnie (1), and Ernest (one month). John (16) and Edwin (12), both already described as china dealers, were staying at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Cirencester.

Their young son William died in 1882:

† William Lisemore died at 33 Jericho Street at the age of nine in April 1882 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Mrs Lisemore gave birth to her last child, Arthur, at 33 Jericho Street on 4 January 1884. It was probably a difficult birth, as he was baptised just three days later, and she died when he was five days old:

† Mrs Ellen Lisemore née Arnold died at Jericho Street at the age of 40 on 9 January 1884 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

Three of her children were married in the second half of the 1880s:

  • On 7 November 1887 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, Beatrice Ellen Lisemore (19) of 64 George Street married Frederick Heritage (21), a china salesman of the same address and the son of George Heritage;
  • In 1888 (reg. second quarter) in Basingstoke, Edwin Lisemore married Minnie Rusher;
  • On 11 April 1889 at St Paul's Church, Oxford, John Henry Lisemore, an auctioneer of 14 Union Street, married Ellen Mary Hoare (21) of St Helen's parish, Abingdon, the daughter of the publican Joseph Hoare.

53 & 54 St Giles's Street

Following his second marriage, John Lisemore opened a new china and ironmongery shop at 53 & 54 St Giles's Street (left, now part of Regent's Park College).

At the time of the 1891 census John Lisemore, a widower of 64, was living in George Street, and his daughter Beatrice (28), was also living there with her husband Frederick Heritage and acting as her father's housekeeper. Six other children were still at home: Ada (16), who was an assistant in the shop, and Amy (15), Frederick (14), Minnie (11), Ernest (10), and Arthur (7). It appears that his son-in-law Frederick Heritage helped him run his shop in St Giles' until his sons Frederick, Ernest, and Arthur were old enough to take it over.

Later in 1891 in the Dewsbury district of Yorkshire (reg. fourth quarter), John Lisemore married his second wife Mary Jane Harrison.

By 1899 John Lisemore had moved to 4 Regent Street in east Oxford, and at the time of the 1891 census he was still described as a china & hardware dealer at the age of 74 and was living there with his second wife Mary (46) and his two youngest sons, Ernest (20) and Arthur (18), who were assisting in the trade.

His youngest sons were married in 1905 and 1907:

  • On 31 January 1905 at Cowley St John Church, Ernest Lisemore, described as a china & glass merchant of Henley-on-Thames, married Florence Silence Smith of 51 Hurst Street, the daughter of the market gardener Andrew Smith;
  • On 11 February 1907 at St Barnabas's Church, Oxford, Arthur Lisemore (23) married Elizabeth Maud Shuter (24), the daughter of the stonemason Richard Henry Shuter.

John Lisemore died at 4 Regent Street, Oxford on 3 February 1909. His effects came to £9,712 12s. 8d., and his sons Edwin and Frederick were his executors (although Frederick only outlived him by three months).

From 1910 his business at 53 & 54 St Giles's Street was run by his sons Ernest & Arthur Lisemore, and then to 1932 by Ernest alone.

Surviving children of Ellen Lisemore and her husband John
  • John Henry Lisemore (born 1865) was a dealer in livestock in 1891, and he and his wife Ellen were staying with Ellen's parents at their pub, the George & Dragon at 9 Stert Street, Abingdon. In 1901 John (36) was back in Oxford working as an assistant in the family china shop and living at 6 Catherine Street with his wife Ellen (31) and their children Daisy (9) and Violet (6). By 1911 he was a hardware dealer, living at 39 King Richard's Road, Leicester with his wife and their three surviving children Mary (20), Violet (17), and Winifred (10). John Henry Lisemore died in Leicester at the age of 45 in 1913 (reg. second quarter).
  • Edwin Lisemore (born in 1868/9) began his married life at 81 Cardigan Street. Their son Harold was born there on 1 June 1907 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 5 July. By the time of the 1901 census Edwin was a clothier's draper working on his own account at home and living at Weldate Street, Reading with his wife Minnie, their son Frank (5), and two boarders. In 1911 he was back in Oxford, working on his own account as a fish fryer in a fried fish shop at 121 Cowley Road and living over the shop with his wife and his sons Frank (15) and Harold (3). Edwin Lisemore died in Oxford at the age of 75 near the beginning of 1945.
  • Beatrice Ellen Lisemore, Mrs  Frederick Heritage, later Mrs Arthur Aldridge (born 1870) was widowed near the beginning of 1901. At the time of the census in the spring of that year Beatrice (30) was living at Rose Hill with her children Minnie (13), Madge (10), Percy (9), and May (6). In 1905 she married her second husband Arthur Aldridge at High Wycombe, but does not appear to have had any more children. At the time of the 1911 census she was living at West Leigh, Sonning Common, Oxfordshire with her husband Arthur Aldridge, who was a milk vendor, and three children from her first marriage: Madge (19), Percy (17), who assisted his stepfather, and May (16).
  • Ada Eliza Lisemore (born 1874) never married, and lived with her younger unmarried sister Amy for the rest of her life. At the time of the 1911 census Ada (36) had independent means and was living with her sister at 132 Divinity Road (the house where her brother Frederick lived until his death in 1909). Ada Eliza Lisemore died at Field House, 2 High Street, Cumnor, Berkshire at the age of 63 on 19 January 1938. Her effects came to £2,194 2s. 4d., and her executors were her brother Ernest, who was still a china & glass dealer, and her sister Amy.
  • Amy Lisemore (born 1875) never married and lived with her older unmarried sister Ada. At the time of the 1901 census Amy (35) was working as an assistant in her brother's china & glass business, and was living at 132 Divinity Road with her sister. She remained at Field House, 2 High Street, Cumnor, Berkshire after Ada's death in 1938 and died there herself at the age of 74 on 15 January 1950. Her effects came to £6,170 12s. 11d., and her executors were her nephew Arnold Ernest Lisemore, who was a progress checker, and the Revd John Henry Lisemore.
  • Frederick Lisemore (born in Oxford in 1876/7) is hard to locate in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. He was still working as a china & hardware dealer when he died at 132 Divinity Road at the age of 31 on 29 May 1909. His effects came to £437 11s. 9d., and his executor was his sister Ada.
  • Minnie Lisemore (born 1879) never married. At the time of the 1911 census she was an assistant teacher of 31 living at 7 Morning Road, Tooting Common, and another teacher was boarding with her. She probably moved in with her other unmarried sisters Ada and Amy at Field House in Cumnor, as she died there at the age of 55 on 15 August 1934. Her effects came to £3,105 8s. 2d., and probate was granted to her brother Ernest and sister Ada.
  • Ernest Lisemore (born 1881) was a china & glass and hardware dealer in 1911, living at 15 Minster Road, Oxford with his wife Florence and his children Rosa Silence Lisemore (5) and Arnold Ernest Lisemore (1), and their servant. Ernest Lisemore died at 119 Southern Bypass, North Hinksey at the age of 63 or 64 on 1 March 1945. His effects came to £5,457 12s. 5d., and his executors were his wife Florence Silence Lisemore and their son Arnold. Florence was living at Puddleton in Dorset when she died in hospital at the age of 85 on 15 May 1965.
  • Arthur Lisemore (born 1883) was a china & glass dealer living with his wife Elizabeth Maud and their servant at 21 Minster Road in 1911, and their son Frederick John Lisemore was born at 21 Minster Road on 16 July that year and baptised at St Barnabas Church on 17 September. They had moved to 19 Southmoor Road by 5 November 1917 when he was killed on active service in France at the age of 33. His effects came to £1,472 16s. 11d., and his wife was his executor. He is remembered on the war memorial of the Central Boys' School.



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