Charles William MAXEY (1826–1887)
His wife Mrs Emily MAXEY, née Randall (1830–1886)
St Paul's section: Row 23, Grave E17

Charles Maxey




WHO DIED OCT. 6, 1886
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WHO DIED JULY 13, 1887
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Charles William Maxey was born at the High Street, Wallingford (then in Berkshire) in 1826 and baptised at St Peter's Church there on 2 July (with his surname recorded as Maxse). He was the son of the tailor William Maxey and his wife Grace. Charles's sister Ellen Maria was baptised at the same church in 1828, and then the family moved to St Mary's Lane in Wallingford, where Charles's next two brothers were born: William Robert (1830) and George Harry (1832): they were baptised at St Mary le More Church, Wallingford. The family then moved to Fish Street, where Charles last three siblings were born: Jesse Waite (1835), Jemima Mary Grace (1837), and Mary Neal (1839): they too were baptised in St Mary-le-More Church. Jemima died aged aged 3 in 1840.

At the time of the 1841 census Charles (14) was living in Moreton, Berkshire with his parents and his younger siblings Ellen (12), William (10), George (8), Jesse (6), and Mary (2). By 5 April 1845 when his youngest sister Ruth was baptised at St Ebbe's Church, he had moved with his family to Paradise Square in Oxford. Charles was a tailor living at Jericho Terrace in St Paul's District Chapelry, Oxford by the time of his marriage in 1847.

Emily Randall was born in Cold Harbour to the south of Oxford (then in the county of Berkshire) in 1830 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 1 August. She was the daughter of the tailor Henry William Frederick Randall and Hannah Humphreys, who were both living at Sunningwell, Berkshire when they were married at St Leonard's Church there on 19 April 1824. Emily's older sister Harriet was baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 15 March 1825.

On 5 September 1847 at St Paul's Church in Oxford, Charles William Maxey (21) married Emily Randall (17), and they had the following children:

  • Hellen Emily Maxey (born in Oxford on 24 August 1851, probably at Walton Street, but not baptised until 25 August 1869, when she was 18 years old: she was then living at 35 Paradise Square, so the baptism took place at St Ebbe's Church)
  • Harriette Leah Maxey (born in St Ebbe's, Oxford in 1854)
  • Henry Jesse Maxey (born in St Ebbe's, Oxford in 1857)
  • Emma Mary Maxey (born in St Ebbe's, Oxford in 1860)
  • Emily Randall Maxey (born in St Ebbe's, Oxford in 1865)
  • Maria Frances Maxey (born in St Ebbe's, Oxford in 1867 but not baptised until 24 January 1887, when she was about 20: she was then living at 94 Woodstock Road, so the baptism took place at St Giles's Church).

At the time of the 1851 census Charles (24) was a tailor, living with his wife Emily (21) in the part of Walton Street that fell in the St Paul's district chapelry. His father William Maxey was described as a tailor at 46 St Ebbe's Street in Gardner's Directory for 1852, and Charles was probably still in partnership with him there.

By 1861 Charles (34) was described as a master tailor, and had probably taken over his father's business. He was living at 35 Paradise Square in St Ebbe's with his wife Emily (31) and their children Hellen (9), Harriette (5), Henry (3), and Emma (nine months).

Charles's father William Maxey died at St Ebbe's Street on 23 February 1866. His effects came to under £200, and Charles was his executor.

In 1871 Charles (44) and Emily (41) were living at 6 St Giles's Terrace (which ran north on the east side of the Woodstock Road from just north of the Royal Oak). Five of their children were still at home: Harriette (16), Henry (13), Emma (10), Emily (5), and Maria (3). The sixth, Hellen (20),was living at Grove House, Llanelli, where she was the governess to the daughter of the independent minister Denias Daw and his wife Jane whose son, Edwin Jones Daw (20), a painter, also lived with them, and Hellen married him in Wales later that year:

  • In the third quarter of 1871 at Merthyr Tydfil, Hellen Emily Maxey married Edwin Jones Daw.

The only son of Charles & Emily Maxey was married in 1880:

  • Near the beginning of 1880 in the Chesterton district of Cambridgeshire, Henry Jesse Maxey married Kate Sarah Millward.

At the time of the 1881 census Charles (54) and Emily (51) were still living at the south end of the Woodstock Road with two of their children: Emma (20), who was a dressmaker, and Emily (15) and Maria (13), who were at school.

Their daughter Harriet (25) was working as a machinist and boarding in Windsor at the time of the 1881 census, but she came home to be married in July that year:

  • On 13 July 1881 at St Giles's Church, Oxford, Harriette Leah Maxey married John Archibald Cole, an agent who lived nearby at the south end of the Woodstock Road and the son of the timekeeper Henry Cole;

Mrs Maxey died in 1886:

† Mrs Emily Maxey née Randall died at the south end of the Woodstock Road at the age of 56 on 6 October 1886 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 9 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

It is unclear why she is buried in the St Paul's section of the cemetery rather than the St Giles's one; possibly they had reserved a plot while they were living in Walton Street.

Her husband died the following year:

† Charles William Maxey died at the south end of the Woodstock Road at the age of 61 on 13 July 1887 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).

His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read: “July 13, at 94 Woodstock-road, Oxford, after long suffering from cancer, Mr. Charles William Maxey, tailor, aged 61.” His effects came to £910 7s. 4d., and his executor was William Greenaway, a bookmaker of St Ebbe's.

Children of Charles and Emily Maxey
  • Hellen Emily Maxey, Mrs Edwin Daw (born 1851) and her husband are hard to trace after their marriage in 1871, and may have emigrated.
  • Harriette Leah Maxey, Mrs Cole (born 1854) later became known as Mrs Parish, as her husband John Archibald Cole changed his name to John Archibald Parish. In 1901 Harriett (45) was living at 4 Dugdale House, Lambeth with her husband John (45), who was a gas works weighing clerk, and their children Wilfrid (18), Horace (17), Philip (9), Raymond (5), and Jesse (2), and Harriett's sister Maria (33) was also living with them. In 1911 Harriett and her husband were living at 121 Bushey Hill Road, Camberwell, and their sons Hubert Francis Parish (22) and Philip Maxey Parish (19) were still at home. She is presumably the Harriette L. Parish who died in Pwyllheli at the age of 87 in 1942.
  • Henry Jesse Maxey (born 1857) was a grocer's assistant in 1881, living at 27 Stratton Road, Gloucester with his wife Kate and their son Henry junior (six months). In 1891 Henry (33) was a stock jobber, living at County House, Brockworth, Gloucestershire with Kate (35) and their daughter Alice (7), plus their housekeeper and housemaid. In September 1886 he was admitted as a City of London broker, but a receiving order was made against him in March 1893. He was admitted to the London Lunatic Asylum on 28 May 1894 and died there on 21 January 1895 (with surname misspelt as Maxby in register). He was buried at Whaddon, Gloucestershire on 26 January 1895. The receiving order against him was rescinded in August 1897: he was then described as having been a stock and share dealer of 70 Bishopsgate Street and Ethelburga House, Wormwood Street in London and of 14 Endymion Street, Finsbury Park, Middlesex.
  • Emma Mary Maxey (born 1860) married William Freshney In Nottingham in the fourth quarter of 1888, and they had just one child, Eva Frances Mary Freshney. At the time of the 1891 census Emma (30) and William (43), who was a draper's assistant, were living at 15 Gresham Street, St Mary le Wigford in Lincolnshire with their daughter Eva (four months). They were at 10 Charles Street West in 1901, and William was now a milliner & fancy draper. In 1911 they were living at 31 Henson Street, Lincoln and their daughter Eva (20) was a music teacher. Mrs Emma Mary Freshney died at the Lindum Nursing Home in Lincoln at the age of 87 on 19 October 1947. Her effects came to £1,437 17s. 11d.
  • Emily Randall Maxey, Mrs Parrish (born 1865) was a 25-year-old elementary teacher in 1891, boarding at Keighley, Yorkshire. In the second quarter of that year in Keighley she married John Bywell Parrish. At the time of the 1901 census Emily (34) was living at 3 Carlingham Hill, Batley, Yorkshire with her husband John (36), who was a schoolmaster. They were still there in 1911 with their son John Maxey Parrish (9). Mrs Emily Randall Parrish died at Northampton General Hospital on 27 November 1958 at the age of 93. Her effects came to £350 16s. 2d., and probate was granted to her son John Maxey Parrish, who was now a publisher.
  • Maria Frances Maxey (born 1867) was aged 33 and living in Lambeth with her sister Mrs Harriet Parish in 1901. She is hard to trace after that date.



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