Joseph TIDMAS (1764–1851)
His wife Ann TIDMAS, née Staley (1771–1863)
Their daughter ANN TIDMAS (1798–1853)
St Paul section: Row 13, Grave A14 [St Paul ref. L.10]
TO THE MEMORY OF
DIED JUNE 8TH 1851
AGED 87 YEARS.
ALSO ANN HIS DAUGHTER
DIED OCTOBER 20TH 1853
AGED 55 YEARS.
ANN, WIFE OF THE ABOVE,
DIED FEBRUARY 7TH 1863
AGED 92 YEARS
Joseph Tidmas was born at Hampton-on-the-Hill, Warwickshire in 1763/4.
Ann Salmon Staley was born at Bierwell Farm, Curbridge, near Witney in 1770 and baptised at Witney on 2 May that year. She was the daughter of Thomas Staley and his wife Eleanor,
On 1 April 1793 at Witney, Joseph Tidmas married Ann Salmon Staley: he was then living at Bourton-on-the-Water. Their children included the following:
- Joseph Tidmas (born 1795/6)
- Samuel Tidmas (born at Nether Worton, Oxfordshire and baptised at the church there on 2 December 1804);
died aged 22 days and buried there 24 December 1804)
- Ann Tidmas (born at Nether Worton, Oxfordshire in 1807/8)
- Elizabeth Tidmas (born at Nether Worton, Oxfordshire and baptised at the church there on 10 May 1808)
- Jane Tidmas (born at Nether Worton, Oxfordshire and baptised at the church there on 2 March 1810; died aged two days and buried there 4 March 1810)
- Samuel Tidmas (born at Worton, Oxfordshire on 9 February 1812 and baptised at the church there on 25 February)
The family was evidently living at Nether Worton near Deddington in Oxfordshire in the period between 1804 and 1812, and Joseph was a farmer there.
At the time of the 1841 census Joseph Tidmas (77), described as independent, was living in Observatory Street, North Oxford, with his wife Ann (70) and their unmarried daughter Elizabeth (32).
In 1851 Joseph (87) was described more precisely as a retired farmer, and was living in Observatory Street with Ann (80), Elizabeth (42), who was a dressmaker, and his unmarried son Samuel (39), who was a baker.
A few months later Tidmas was dead:
† Joseph Tidmas died at Observatory Street on 8 June 1851 at the age of 87 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Jackson’s Oxford Journal recorded his death thus on 14 June 1851: “Jun 8, at an advanced age, Mr. Joseph Tidmas, of Observatory-street.” The sexton's notebook records that he was buried in area L.10 at a depth of 7ft 6in.
His daughter died just two years later:
† Miss Ann Tidmas died at Observatory Street on 20 October 1853 at the age of 55, and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 26 October in her father’s grave (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
The Sexton's notebook states that she was buried at a depth of 6ft 6in.
In the 1861 census, the family’s address is given more precisely as 41 Observatory Street. Ann Tidmas (90), described as a farmer’s widow, was living with her daughter Elizabeth (54), who was still a dressmaker, and her grandson Joseph Tidmas (23), who had been born in Cirencester and was a clerk in a carrier’s office: he was the son of Joseph Tidmas junior, who worked as a wharfinger, and his wife Sarah.
Mrs Tidmas died early in 1863:
† Mrs Ann Tidmas née Staley died at Observatory Street on 7 February 1863 at the age of 92 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
The Sexton's records her burial in this grave, but does not give a depth.
Miss Elizabeth Tidmas (born 1808)
Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph and Ann who lived with them all her life, was aged 72 in 1881 and working as a dressmaker and living at 42 Observatory Street with a female lodger. She died early the following year:
† Miss Elizabeth Tidmas died at 42 Observatory Street on 19 April 1882 and was buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
There is no obvious headstone for her, but the St Paul’s burial register gives her grave reference as K.10, so she was probably been buried in or near this Tidmas grave, which is L.10.
Her effects came to £153 2s. 6d., and her executor was Mrs Sara Tidmas of Dalston, Middlesex.