Paul PACEY (1809–1877)
His daughter Miss Mary Haddon PACEY (1840–1875)
With a mention of his wife Mrs Martha PACEY née Norris (c.1807–1888), buried in Lancashire
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 25, Grave G67

Paul Pacey



[DIED 25 JUNE 18]75



[DIED] JAN. 26, 1877



[DIED … 1888]
[+ possible mention of fact
that she is buried in Bolton]



Paul Pacey was born in Marylebone, London on 11 October 1809 and baptised at St Marylebone Church on 5 November. He was the son of Paul Pacey and Sarah Augusta Shankster.

Martha Norris was born in Luton, Bedfordshire in c.1806.

On 31 December 1835 at St Peter-le-Bailey Church, Oxford, Paul Pacey married Martha Norris: they were both then living in that parish. They had the following children:

  • Sarah Augusta Pacey (born in Oxford in 1838, reg. third quarter)
  • Mary Haddon Pacey (born in Oxford in 1840, reg. third quarter)
  • Henry Paul Pacey (born in Oxford in 1843, reg. second quarter)
  • Frederick William Pacey (born in Oxford in 1846, reg. second quarter)
  • Emily Martha Pacey (born in Oxford in 1850, reg. third quarter).

At the time of the 1841 census Paul was a bookseller's assistant, living at the eastern end of Oxford's High Street in St Peter-in-the-East parish with his wife Martha and their daughters Sarah (2) and Mary (ten months), plus their 15-year-old servant girl.

in 1851 Paul (41) was a stationer's assistant living at 26 Speedwell Street with his wife Martha (43), who was a straw bonnet maker, and their children Sarah (12), Mary (10), Henry (7), Frederick (4), and Emily (eight months). Baby Emily Martha Pacey died there at the age of eleven months and was buried on 24 June 1851, probably in Osney Cemetery.

By 1859, when the following display advertisement appeared in Jackson's Journal, they had moved their shop and home to 6 Magdalen Street:

Periodicals regularly supplied.

Their daughter Sarah was married in 1859:

  • In 1859 (reg. second quarter) in Oxford, Sarah Augusta Pacey married the widower Benjamin Valentine Scott.

In 1861 Paul (51), now described as a bookseller, was living in Magdalen Street with his wife Martha (54), their daughter Mary (20) and their sons Henry (17), who was a schoolmaster, and Frederick (14), who was at school.

Both their sons were married in the 1860s:

  • In 1867 (reg. third quarter) in the Portsea district of Hampshire Henry Paul Pacey married his first wife Louisa Mary Godfrey;
  • On 7 July 1868 at St Helen's Church, Abingdon, Frederick William Pacey married Lydia Mary Beston, the eldest daughter of the late Joseph Newitt of Foxcombe Hill, Berkshire: the marriage was announced in Jackson's Oxford Journal:.

In 1871 Paul (61), again described as a “bookseller, stationer &c.”, was living at 6 Magdalen Street with his wife Martha (64) and their daughter Mary (30), who was an assistant in the business. Their married daughter Sarah (31) died that year: see below.

Their unmarried daughter Mary died suddenly in 1875 when taking tea with Mrs Griffiths at 12 Observatory Street:

† Miss Mary Haddon Pacey died at 12 Observatory Street, Oxford at the age of 34 on 25 June 1875 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

Because she died in the parish of St Giles, which fell within the Headington registration district, her death was registered there, rather than the Oxford district.

An inquest into her death was reported in Jackson's Oxford Journal on 3 July 1875:

On Friday the 25th ult., at the residence of Mr. Griffiths, 12, Observatory-street, on the body of Miss Mary Haddon Pacey, daughter of Mr. Pacey, stationer, &c., Magdalen-street, aged 34, who had died in an awfully sudden manner the previous day, as briefly mentioned in our last week's paper.

Elizabeth Belcher, assistant in Mr. Pacey's shop, stated that the deceased had suffered from nervous debility since September last. Dr. Jenkins saw her several times, and afterwards Dr. Guinness attended her. She had lately been away from home for change of air, and when she returned, about a fortnight ago, she appeared better. On the previous afternoon she left home to pay a visit at the house they were then in, and when she started she seemed rather better than usual. Witness did not see her alive again.

Mrs. John Griffiths said that she had known the deceased from her infancy, and she also knew that she had not been well for some months past. On the previous day the deceased came to see her, about half-past four, when she seemed cheerful. They had tea together, after which they walked in the garden for about half-an-hour, and then returned to the room. Deceased sat by the window and took up a book, and shortly after complained of feeling unwell. Witness spoke to her, and she appeared to try to answer, but she did not speak distinctly. Witness asked her if she would go into the garden, and she replied “Yes.” She was assisting her to walk across the room when she found that she faltered very much, and was not able to stand. Witness allowed her to sink gently to the floor and then bathed her temples with water; she also sent a neighbour for a doctor, but the deceased never rallied, and died before medical aid arrived, or in about ten minutes after being attacked. She appeared much convulsed as she lay on the floor, and a little froth came to her lips. She had nothing with her tea but a little bread and butter and seed cake.

A verdict of “Died by the visitation of God” was returned.

On 7 October 1876 Paul Pacey put the following announcement in Jackson's Oxford Journal:

PAUL PACEY, Bookseller, Stationer, and News Agent, begs to inform his Friends and the Public that he has REMOVED to FRIAR'S-ENTRY, adjoining Mr. F. Hewett's premises, where he hopes for a continuance of the favours received by him during the past eighteen years at No. 6, Magdalen-street.
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Just over three months after moving his shop, Paul Pacey was dead:

† Paul Pacey died at 2 Friars Entry at the age of 67 on 26 January 1877 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 30 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

His death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read simply: “Jan. 26, at his residence, Friars' Entry, Oxford, Mr. Paul Pacey, late of 6, Magdalen-street, aged 67.”

His effects came to under £800, and his widow Martha was his executor. He was described in his probate documents as being formerly of Observatory Street and of 26 Speedwell Street but late of 2 Friar's Entry.

By 1881 Martha had moved up to Bolton, Lancashire to live with her son Frederick and his family.

Mrs Martha Pacey died in Bolton at the age of 81 near the end of 1888 and appears to have been buried there.

Surviving children of Paul and Martha Pacey
  • Sarah Augusta Pacey, Mrs Scott (born 1838) was living at 5 Market Street, Oxford in 1861 with her husband Benjamin Scott (32) who was a “botanic medical practitioner” and her stepchildren Benjamin (8) and Mary (6), plus their servant girl. In 1871 Sarah (32) was at the same address with Benjamin (42) and her stepson Benjamin junior (18), who was now assisting in the business. Sarah died towards the end of that year at the age of 33.
  • Henry Paul Pacey (born 1843) was a surveyor of taxes in 1871, living at St Bartholomew's Parsonage, Durham Road, Portsea in the home of his parents-in-law (the Revd Nathaniel and Caroline Godfrey) with his first wife Louisa (25) and their daughter Ethel (one month). In 1881 Henry (37) was still a surveyor of taxes and lodging at 16 Sadler Street Wells, Somerset. Henry's first wife Louisa died in the Wells district of Somerset at the age of 37 in 1883. In 1885 (reg. third quarter) in the Barton Regis district of Gloucestershire, Henry Paul Pacey married his second wife Catherine Sarah Worcester. In 1891 Henry (47) was living at 72 Tavistock Street, Bedford with Catherine (44), his son Arthur Frederick Pacey (10) and John Edward Pacey (8) from his first marriage and Charles Worcester Pacey (4), and Leonard Paul Pacey (2) from his second. In 1901 Henry (57), now retired, was living at 12 Spencer Street, Bedford with Catherine (54) and their son Charles (18), who was a mechanical engineer's apprentice. They were at the same address in 1911 with their son Leonard (22), who was an engineer's fitter, plus Catherine's niece and two servants. Henry died at 12 Spenser Road, Bedford at the age of 78 on 2 December 1921. His effects came to £366, and his executor was his widow Catherine.
  • Frederick William Pacey (born 1846) was an organist and teacher of music & singing in 1871, living at 2 Denmark Villas, Sutton Wick, near Abingdon in 1871 with his wife Lydia (30) and their servant. By 1891 Frederick (34), who was still a music teacher, was living at 57 Manchester Road, Bolton with Lydia (40) and their children Herbert (9), Philip (7), and Agnes Mary (5), plus their servant; and his mother had moved up from Oxford to live with him. Frederick's wife Lydia died on 17 January 1907. In 1911 Frederick (64) was still living at the same address in Bolton with his unmarried daughter Agnes (35) and their servant. He died there at the age of 72 on 24 May 1919. His effects came to £721 3s. 3d., and his executor was his daughter Agnes.



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