Henry SADLER (1830–1871)
His wife Mrs Matilda Elizabeth SADLER née Hinton (1838–1918)
Their son Henry John SADLER (1867–1942)
St Giles section: Row 6, Grave B42

Henry Sadler



In Loving Memory of






[DIED 19 MARCH 1942]




H. S.

M. E. S.

H. J. S.


Henry Sadler was born in St Mary Magdalen parish, Oxford in early 1830 and baptised at Northmoor on 11 April. He was the son of the labourer John Sadler (born in Benson in c.1800) and Emma Russel (born in Northmoor in c.1798), who were married at Northmoor Church on 15 June 1823.

Henry's eldest brother James Sadler was born in Northmoor shortly after his parents' marriage and was baptised there on 24 August 1823. By 1829 the family had moved to St Mary Magdalen parish in Oxford, where Henry's older brother George was born in 1828 and his younger sister Maria in 1833: again both were baptised at Northmoor.

By the time of the 1851 census Henry Sadler (21) was an assistant college servant at Brasenose College, living in Amsterdam Court, which ran through the middle of the site of the college's newer High Street frontage and was in All Saints parish.

In 1861 Henry (31) and his older brother James (37), who were both college servants, were living at Plantation Road, Oxford with their father John Sadler (60), who was a labourer, and their mother Emma (62).

Matilda Elizabeth Hinton was born in St Thomas's parish, Oxford in 1838 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 1 August. She was the first of five children of a single woman, Mary Hinton (born in Waterperry in 1817). On 19 August 1840 when her mother's second child, John William Hinton, was baptised at St Giles's Church, they were lodging in part of a house in Plantation Road, and the three of them can be seen there in the 1841 census. When a third child, Thomas Hinton, was baptised at St Paul's Church in 1845, they were living in Union Street in Jericho. The next two children baptised there were born at 6 Jericho Terrace in Walton Street: Jemima Sarah Hinton in 1847 and Emma Amelia Hinton in 1850.

At the time of the 1851 census Matilda's mother Miss Mary Hinton (33), who now described herself as an annuitant, was still living in Walton Street with Matilda (12), Thomas (5), Jemima (3), and Emma (1).

By 1861 they were living at 10A St Bernard's Road (then called St John's Road): Matilda (22) was now working as a dressmaker, her mother Mary was a college servant, and (Jemima) Sarah (13) and Emma Amelia (11) were still at school. Miss Mary Hinton died at St Bernard's Road at the age of 44 later in 1861, and was buried on 5 December, and doubtless Matilda then had to look after her two youngest siblings.

Early in 1867 at St Stephen's Church, Westminster, Henry Sadler married Matilda Elizabeth Hinton. They were both then staying in that parish, and it was Matilda (due to give birth to their first child before the end of March) who on 12 February 1867 took out the marriage licence. They had the following children:

  • Henry John Sadler (born in St Bernard's Road, Oxford before April 1867 and baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church on 4 August)
  • William George Sadler (born at Amsterdam Court, Oxford in 1868 and baptised at All Saints Church on 19 July)
  • Emma May Sadler (born at Amsterdam Court, Oxford in 1869 and baptised at All Saints Church on 11 July)
  • Walter Norton Sadler (born at Amsterdam Court, Oxford in 1870 and baptised at All Saints Church on 30 December)

Matilda appears to have gone back to her mother's house in St Bernard's Road (now in the new parish of Ss Philip & James) to give birth to her first child, but Henry continued to work as a servant at Brasenose College and they continued to live at Amsterdam Court, where their next three children were born in quick succession.

Henry's mother Emma Sadler died at the age of 70 in 1869: her funeral on 28 June was recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church, so she is likely to have been buried in St Sepulchre's Cemetery. By 1871 his father John Sadler was lodging in Plantation Road on outdoor poor relief.

Henry Sadler suffered from depression, and was found drowned in the canal near Polstead Road on the morning of Saturday 4 February 1871:

† Henry Sadler drowned in the canal at the age of 41 on 3 February 1871 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 9 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

The parish register states that his home was in All Saints parish (i.e. Amsterdam Court, as he was still working for Brasenose College); but he died in St Giles's parish, and his father still lived there. His effects came to under £200, and probate was granted to his widow Matilda.

There was an inquest into his death, reported thus in Jackson's Oxford Journal on 11 February 1871:

A COLLEGE SERVANT DROWNED.—On Saturday morning last, a boat builder, named John Williams, was walking along the towing path of the Canal near the second drawbridge, and not far from Heyfield's Hut, when he saw the body of a man, clothed, standing in the water, the man's head being an inch or two below the surface. Williams procured a “hitch,” or boat hook, and pulled the body to the path, and with assistance it was carried to the Heyfield's Hut Tavern [now the Anchor], to await an inquest. An inquiry was held there the same day, before W. Brunner, Esq, Coroner, when Mr. T. H. Hinton, compositor, of Summertown, said that the body was that of Henry Sadler, late a servant at Brasenose College, and his brother-in-law. The deceased had been unwell for some time, and was very much depressed in spirits. He left his home between six and seven o'clock on Friday evening, as if for a walk, and was never afterwards seen alive. The finding of the body having been also proved, the Jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned.”

At the time of the 1871 census just weeks later his widow Matilda (32) was working as a college servant, (presumably at Brasenose) and living at Amsterdam Court with her young children Henry John (4), William George (3), Emma May (1), and Walter Norton (four months). She had a lodger and employed a 14-year-old servant girl.

By 1881 Matilda (42) was a lodging house keeper, living at 3 Museum Terrace (later renamed 26 Museum Road, and finally 5 Museum Road). Her four children were all still at school, and her sister Emma Hinton had come to live with her.

In 1891 Matilda was still at the same house in Museum Road. Three of her children were still at home: Henry (24) was a solicitor's clerk; Emma (21) was a schoolmistress; and Walter (20) was a builder & ironmonger's assistant).

In 1901 Matilda (62) was again living at 5 Museum Road with three of her children: Henry (34) was a solicitor's clerk; Emma (31) was an assistant schoolmistress; and Walter (30) was a civil engineer's clerk. William (33) was a commercial clerk in London, boarding at 140 Cambridge Street.

Her son William was married near the beginning of 1908:

  • In 1907/8 in the district of St George's, Hanover Square, William George Sadler married Agnes Amelia Flanders

Matilda was still at 5 Museum Road in 1911 with her three unmarried children Henry, Emma, and Walter, plus her sister Miss Emma Hinton.

Mrs Matilda Sadler died in 1918:

† Mrs Matilda Elizabeth Sadler née Hinton died at 5 Museum Road at the age of 80 in December 1918 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

Her son Henry John Sadler and daughter Emma Sadler continued to live at 5 Museum Road.

Henry died at that address on 12 March 1942:

† Henry John Sadler died at 5 Museum Road at the age of 75 on 19 March 1942 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).

The parish register specifically states that he was buried in St Sepulchre's Cemetery (becoming unusual at this late date unless there was room in an existing grave). His effects came to £652 1s. 5d., and his executor was his sister, Miss Emma May Sadler.

Miss Emma May Sadler was still living at 5 Museum Road when she died at the Cowley Road Hospital at he age of about 80 on 12 June 1949. She was not buried in St Sepulchre's Cemetery, and may have been cremated. Her effects came to £738 4s. 1d., and her executor was Miss Mary Elizabeth Sadler (the daughter of her brother William: see below).

The other two children of Henry and Matilda Sadler
  • William George Sadler (born 1868) was working as a caterer's clerk in 1911, living with his wife Agnes at 9F Grove End Road, Marylebone. They had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sadler, born in 1912/13. His wife Agnes died in the Marylebone district at the age of 44 near the beginning of 1918. Near the beginning of 1927 in the Marylebone district he married his second wife Gertrude Milly Hawtree: their son William was born in 1927/8 and their daughter Patricia Sadler in 1928/9. William George Sadler died in Blackpool near the beginning of 1956 at the age of 88.
  • Walter Norton Sadler (born 1870), who was still living with his mother in 1911, does not appear to have married. He died in Oxford in 1957 at the age of 84.



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