Mrs Rebecca SHRIMPTON (c.1775–1860)
Her daughter-in-law Mrs Hannah SHRIMPTON, née Wall (1803–1877)
Her granddaughter Mrs Hannah Maria HINE, née Shrimpton (1839–1867)
St Giles section: Row 8, Grave B42

Rebecca Shrimpton


In loving Memory
Died Aug 15, 1860




Grandaughter [sic] of the above
who fell asleep in Jesus
JULY 7th 1867

[Two lines of italic text]



[JUNE … 1877]


Rebecca was born in Woolwich in c.1775, but her surname is uncertain. She married John Shrimpton (born in St Peter-le-Bailey parish, Oxford in c.1769), and their children included the following:

  • Thomas Shrimpton (born in Oxford on 30 April 1806 and baptised at St Thomas’s Church on 12 June)
  • John Shrimpton junior (born in Oxford in c.1811)
  • Ingram Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1812 and baptised at St Thomas’s Church on 22 November)
  • George Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1817 and baptised at St Ebbe’s Church on 2 February).

Rebecca’s husband John Shrimpton was a bookbinder, and they began their married life in St Thomas’s parish but had moved to St Ebbe’s by 1817, and were based in Pembroke Street by 1823. John Shrimpton was listed as a bookbinder in St Ebbe’s in Pigot’s Directory for 1830.

Their son Ingram was apprenticed to the printer William Baxter on 2 November 1838.

Four of their sons were married in the 1830s:

  • On 18 February 1833 at St Thomas’s Church, Oxford, Ingram Shrimpton married Jane Acott: both were living in that parish;
  • On 8 April 1833 at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, Thomas Shrimpton of St Thomas’s parish married Hannah Wall of St Michael’s parish;
  • On 4 June 1838 at Christ Church with St Marry & St Stephen, Spitalfields, London, George Shrimpton, described as a bookbinder, married Amy Emma Goodwyn, the daughter of the bookmaker Henry Goodwyn: both gave their address as 210 Brick Lane;
  • On 25 March 1839 at Dronfield, Derby, John Shrimpton junior married Amelia Leca.

In Robson’s Commercial Directory for 1839, John Shrimpton continued to be listed as a bookbinder at Church Street, St Ebbe’s.

At the time of the 1841 census Rebecca was living at Church Street, St Ebbe's with her husband John and his nieces Caroline and Ann Fisher. (The Misses Fisher were the daughters of his sister, another Rebecca, and her husband Benjamin Fisher, who were both living in Abingdon when they were married at St Nicholas’s Church there on 8 February 1819. Caroline was born in 1821 and Ann in 1829, and both were baptised at St Ebbe’s Church, along with their four siblings.)

By the time of the 1851 census Rebecca (74) was living in Observatory Street in St Giles’s parish with her husband John (82), now a retired bookbinder. John’s nieces Caroline (27) and Anne (20) were still living with them and both worked as book folders & sewers, almost certainly at the University Press.

Rebecca’s husband John Shrimpton died in St Giles’s parish in January 1854 at the age of 84 and was buried on 20 January, but not at St Sepulchre's Cemetery: his burial is recorded in the register of St Peter-le-Bailey Church, the parish where he was born: he may have been buried in a family grave there.His parents are likely to have been Mary Shrimpton who died in 1818 aged 79 and Thomas Shrimpton, whitesmith of 36 Castle Street, who died in 1830 aged 95, who were both buried in St Peter-le-Bailey churchyard (now Bonn Square).

Mrs Rebecca Shrimpton died in 1860:

† Mrs Rebecca Shrimpton died at St Giles’s Street at the age of 85 on 15 August 1860 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Children of Mrs Rebecca Shrimpton née Hicks
  • Thomas Shrimpton (born 1806): see his separate grave.
  • John Shrimpton junior (born 1811): see separate grave of his son Wilfred for more about his married life and his children
  • Ingram Shrimpton (born 1812) worked as a printer. He and his wife Jane began their married life at Gloucester Green and had six children baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church: John Ingram Shrimpton (1833), Fanny Jane Shrimpton (1835), Eliza Ann and Walter George Shrimpton (1839), Frederick Charles Shrimpton (1841) and Clara Elizabeth Shrimpton (1843). Their next two children were Francis (1845), and Herbert (1847), followed by two who were baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church: Sydney Mark Shrimpton (1849) and Christopher William Shrimpton (1852). Ingram Shrimptons business was then in Cornmarket. He was printer to the Architectural and Archaeological Societies of England, and won awards at the Great Exhibition of 1851. He sent his son John Ingram Shrimpton out to New Zealand in 1850 when he was only 17 to produce a newspaper, the Lyttelton Times, for the new colony at Canterbury. By the time of the 1851 census Ingram and his family were living at Long Wittenham, Berkshire. Ingram and his wife (accompanied by his brother John and his family) emigrated to New Zealand to join their son John Ingram Shrimpton in 1853. John Ingram Shrimpton died at the age of 23 on 18 April 1857 when his brother Walter tripped while duck-shooting with him at the Waikuku Creek and accidentally shot him: the inquest is fully reported in Jackson’s Oxford Journal of 25 April 1857. His father Ingram Shrimpton remained in New Zealand and died in Timaru on 7 April 1899, aged 86.
    See biography of Ingram Shrimpton
    in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (1966)
  • George Shrimpton (born 1817): see his separate grave.

Hannah Wall (Mrs Shrimpton), Rebecca’s daughter-in-law

Hannah Wall was born in Eynsham in 1803 and baptised at St Leonard’s Church on 5 June. Her parents were Thomas Wall and Mary, who had eight other children baptised at that church: James (1790), Mary (1792), William (1794), George (1796), Thomas (1802), Sarah (1807), Josiah (1808), and Rachel (18110.

On 8 April 1833 at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, Hannah Wall married Thomas Shrimpton, the son of Mrs Rebecca Shrimpton above, and the witnesses, William and Rachel Wall, were probably her siblings.

For details about Hannah’s subsequent life and her children, see the separate grave of her husband, where he is buried with his second wife.

Mrs Hannah Shrimpton died in 1877, and was buried in the grave of her mother-in-law and her daughter Mrs Hannah Maria Hine (see below) who predeceased her:

† Mrs Hannah Shrimpton née Wall died at Broad Street at the age of 74 in June 1877 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 20 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

Hannah Maria Shrimpton (Mrs Hine), granddaughter of Mrs Rebecca Shrimpton

Hannah Maria Shrimpton was born in Oxford in 1839 (4th qr), the daughter of Thomas Shrimpton and his wife Hannah Wall (see her father’s grave for more about her early life).

On 30 August 1866 in Oxford, Hannah Maria Shrimpton married William Hine. The marriage announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “August 30, Mr. William Hine, third son of Mr. Hine, tailor, High-street, to Hannah Maria, eldest daughter of Mr. Shrimpton, bookseller, Broad-street.”

They had no children, and Hannah died the year after her marriage:

† Mrs Hannah Maria Hine née Shrimpton died at Little Clarendon Street at the age of 27 on 7 July 1867 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).

The parish register states “Office of the Church not used” at her funeral. She was buried in her grandmother’s grave.

In 1871 her husband William Hine, a widower of 35, was working as a tailor and living at 11 Richmond Road (then 11 Worcester Terrace) with a lodger.



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