William MANDER (1768–1856)
His wife Mrs Sarah MANDER, née Kimber (1774–1853)
St Paul section: Row 11, Grave A12 (St Paul ref. I/J.8)
Died May …, Mdcccliii
Died January … Mdccclvi
The footstone (above) reads:
The LORD grant
unto them that they
may find mercy
of the LORD
in that day
William Mander was born at Grendon Underwood near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire in 1768 and baptised there on 5 June: his parents were William Mander senior and his wife Anne
Sarah Kimber was born in Fairford, Gloucestershire in 1774 and baptised at Fairford on 9 October.
On 13 May 1819 at Southrop, Gloucestershire, William Mander married Sarah Kimber. They do not appear to have had any children.
At the time of the 1841 census William Mander (aged about 72 and described as independent) was living at Walton Place in Oxford with his wife Sarah (aged about 67) and the sempstress Miss Anna Kimber (32), who is likely to be a relation of Sarah. He is listed in the Gentry list of that year’s Post Office Directory of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, with his address given as 14 Worcester Place (indicating that Walton Place and Worcester Place were one and the same).
By 1851 William (82) was described as a proprietor of houses and land and was living with his wife Sarah (77) and Miss Elizabeth Hall (22), his wife’s niece, whom they had brought up. Their address was now given as 15 Worcester Place.
Mrs Mander died in 1853:
† Mrs Sarah Mander died at Worcester Place at the age of 78 in May 1853 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
The sexton recorded in his book that she was buried in this grave (in the area that St Paul's described as J.8) at a depth of 9 feet.
William Mander died less than three years later, and the sexton recorded his burial at 8 feet:
† William Mander died at Worcester Place at the age of 87 in January 1856 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 25 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Mander’s will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 11 February 1856, and it included arrangements for his burial. He stated:
My body I desire to have buried in a decent and inexpensive manner in the Cemetery or new burial ground of Saint Sepulchre in the Parish of Saint Giles Oxford at the side of the remains of my late dear departed wife.
He also stated that he had been in the habit of attending public worship at St Paul’s Church for some years past, and left nineteen guineas for the Revd Alfred Hackman, Vicar of St Paul’s to erect “some suitable memorial in stone brass or stained glass to be erected to our memory” in St Paul’s Church. (In the event of Hackman’s predeceasing him, Mander’s friend Thomas Combe was to have this duty.)