Miss Mary Ann NUNNEY (1819–1904)
St Michael section: Row 25, Grave G48½

Mary Anne Nunney



Mary Ann Nunney was born in Oxford in 1819 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 27 June. She was the daughter of the slater William Nunney and Martha Coombs, who were married at St Aldate's Church on 27 June 1779. Her nine siblings were also baptised at St Michael's Church. For full details about them, see her mother's grave.

Mary Ann's father William Nunney died at George Street (at the the south-east end that fell within St Michael's parish) at the age of 65 and was buried on 11 May 1838, presumably in St Michael's churchyard.

Her mother Martha moved to St Bernard's Road (then called St John's Road) in St Giles's parish, and Mary Ann (20) was living there with her at the time of the 1841 census.

Mary Ann's mother Martha Nunney died at St Bernard's Road at the age of 70 and was buried on 27 May 1850 in a separate grave in St Sepulchre's Cemetery (link as above).

By the time of the 1851 census Mary Ann (31) had gone live with her unmarried brother Thomas Nunney (35), who was a basket-maker employing two men and one boy at 13 Market Street.

In 1861 she was still living with her brother, and was described as his housekeeper.

Thomas died at 13 Market Street at the age of 49 and was buried on 31 July 1865. His burial is recorded in the St Michael parish register, and it is possible that he too is buried in this grave. Mary Ann took over her brother's business, and at the time of the 1871 census when she was aged 51 she was described as a basket maker and living in part of 13 Market Street with her servant Henrietta Castle (17), the daughter of the basket maker Frederick & Harriet Ann Castle.

At the time of the 1881 census Mary Ann (61), described as a basket warehouse keeper, was living at 13 Market Street with Henrietta Castle, who now served in the shop. The situation was exactly the same in all censuses up to 1901, when Mary Ann was aged 80.

Mary Ann died at the end of 1904:

† Miss Mary Ann Nunney died at 13 Market Street, Oxford at the age of 85 on 24 December 1904 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael's Church).

Her effects came to £287 9s. 11d., and her executors were the Misses Emily and Eliza Nunney.



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