Edward MALE (1817–1897)
His wife Mrs Elizabeth MALE, née Geldard (1819/20–1884)
(Ss Philip & James) section: Row 50, Grave K40
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
WIFE OF THE REV. EDWARD MALE,
WHO DIED MARCH 23, 1884
AGED 64 YEARS.
THEM THAT ARE MEEK SHALL HE GUIDE IN
JUDGMENT, AND SUCH AS ARE GENTLE
THEM SHALL HE LEARN HIS WAY. Ps. xxv.
ALSO OF EDWARD MALE, PRIEST,
BORN MARCH 31, 1817,
DIED JANUARY 25, 1897.
DEUS PROPITIUS ESTO MIHI PECCATORI
[God be merciful to me, a sinner]
Edward Male was born in Birmingham on 31 March 1817 and baptised the same day at St Philip’s Church there. He was the son of the physician George Edward Male and his wife Eliza. He had three younger brothers, Christopher, Dudley, and Robert, and four sisters, Georgiana (Mrs Amphlett), Anna Eliza, Mary, and Emily (Mrs Mapelton).
Edward first attended a Birmingham School, and then boarded at Rugby. He went up to Caius College, Cambridge as a scholar at the age of 19 in 1836, obtaining his B.A. in 1840. His brother Christopher Parr Male followed him to Cambridge (Christ’s College) in 1839.
Edward Male was ordained Deacon at Worcester on 20 December 1840, and served as Curate of Cofton Hackett in Worcestershire from 1840 to 1843. At the time of the 1841 census he was staying at the Old Bell at Northfield in Worcestershire.
Edward’s mother died on 21 May 1841 Newhall Street, Birmingham; and his father died there on 26 July 1845. The Morning Post on 8 January 1846 reported that his father had left personal property amounting to £16,000, and devised his freehold in New Street, Birmingham to Edward.
Edward Male was ordained priest at Worcester on 19 December 1841.
At the time of the 1851 census when he was an unmarried man of 33, he was the Curate of Northfield, staying in the home of the Rector of Northfield, where he was described as a visitor. He was Lecturer at Leeds Parish Church from 1853 to 1854; Vicar of Rathnell-in-Craven, Yorkshire from 1854 to 1855; and Curate of Wilmcote, Warwickshire from 1856 to 1858.
Elizabeth Geldard was born in Giggleswick, Yorkshire in 1819/20, the daughter of John Geldard (born in Giggleswick in 1777/8) and his wife Elizabeth (born in Long Preston, Yorkshire in 1786/7). At the time of the 1851 census she was aged 31 and living at Cappleside House, Giggleswick with her parents and her older sister Hannah (39): the family had four servants, including a groom, and her father was described as a landed proprietor.
In the Settle district of Yorkshire in the second quarter of 1856, Edward Male married Elizabeth Geldard , and they had one daughter:
- Caroline Elizabeth Male (born Leamington, Warwickshire in 1860 and baptised at Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire on 12 August).
The Males were evidently in Warwickshire in 1860, but by the time of the 1861 census Edward (44) was the curate of Lea in Lincolnshire, and he and his wife Elizabeth (41) and their daughter Caroline (eight months) were boarding at the Rectory there.
Edward Male was admitted “comitatis causa” to the University of Oxford on 12 March 1868, and by the time of the 1871 census the family had moved to North Parade Villa at 77 Banbury Road (on the northern corner of North Parade Avenue, below). His wife was here with her daughter and three servants on census night, but Edward was paying a visit to Mrs Elizabeth Cane (46), a farmer of 850 acres at Merton in Oxfordshire.
All three of them were home at North Parade Villa in 1881, where Mrs Male died three years later:
† Mrs Elizabeth Male née Geldard died at North Parade Villa, Banbury Road at the age of 64 on 23 March 1884 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 March (burial recorded in the parish register of both St Giles’s and Ss Philip & James Church).
Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 29 March 1884 read simply: “March 23, at Oxford, Elizabeth, wife of the Rev. Edward Male, aged 64.”
At the time of the 1891 census Edward Male (74), described as a Diocesan Licensed Preacher, was living at 77 Banbury Road with his daughter Caroline (30) and their two servants. In 1893 Skeffington & Son published his book St. Thomas Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer. Translated from the Latin by the Rev. Edward Male, M.A.
Edward Male died in 1897:
† Edward Male died at North Parade Villa, 77 Banbury Road at the age of 79 on 25 January 1897 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 January (burial recorded in the parish register of both St Giles’s and Ss Philip & James Church)
His death notice in the Standard on 28 January 1897 read simply: “MALE.—Jan. 25, at 77, Banbury-road, Oxford, Rev. Edward Male, M.A., aged 79.” His effects came to £5,799 17s. 6d.
The only daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Male
- Caroline Elizabeth Male (born 1860) never married. In 1901 when she was 40 she was living in the Droitwich area of Worcestershire at Wychbold Villa, Dodderhill with her uncle Robert Male, a widower of 75 who was also a Church of England clergyman, plus two servants. She was still with her uncle in 1911: he was then 85 and a sick nurse was living at the house. She died at The Croft, Wychbold at the age of 85 on 15 February 1946. Her effects came to £66,705 8s. 2d.