Miss Ann TREDWELL (1788/9–1860)
Her sister Miss Mary Ann TREDWELL (c.1809–1875)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 7, Grave D68

Ann Tredwell



Ann Tredwell was born in Oxford in 1788/9 and baptised at St Giles’s Church on 16 January 1789. She was the daughter of Elias Tredwell (born in Swalcliffe in 1769 and baptised there on 25 July) and Mary Boulton (born c.1765), who were married by special licence at Chipping Norton on 23 September 1786. Elias was described as being of Sibford Ferris and Mary of Chipping Norton at the time of their marriage. They had the following children:

  • Nanny Tredwell (born in Oxford and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church in 1787);
    probably the Hannah Tredwell who died aged 15 and was buried there on 29 March 1801)
  • Ann Tredwell (born in Oxford in 1788/9 and baptised at St Giles’s Church on 16 January 1789)
  • Elizabeth Tredwell (born in Oxford on 1 May 1792 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 5 May);
    died aged seven weeks and buried there on 23 June)
  • Mary Tredwell (born in Oxford on 25 January 1794 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 31 January)

Mary Ann Tredwell, who is described as Ann Tredwell’s sister in the 1851 census, was born in Oxford in c.1809, according to her age given at death, but no baptism has been found.

The Tredwell family evidently lived in St Mary Magdalen and St Giles parish in the 1780s and 1790s, but early in the nineteenth century their father Elias Tredwell started to run a waggon office at the north-west end of Cornmarket in St Michael’s parish. Tredwell’s Yard with five households was still listed between the George Inn on the corner of George Street and 33 Cornmarket in the 1881 census.

Elias Tredwell died at the age of 63 in 1822 and was buried in St Michael’s churchyard on 28 May. His eldest surviving daughter Ann continued to run his business after his death, and is listed in Robson’s Directory for 1839 as: “Tredwell Ann, 31 Corn mkt st, Waggon & Van Office”. (The numbering at this end of Cornmarket was still unsettled, and the number 31 probably refers to the above-mentioned yard.)

The 1841 census shows the Misses Ann and Mary Tredwell living at their office premises in Cornmarket: Ann was described as an office keeper, and Mary as her servant.

Miss Ann Tredwell retired in 1843, when she was aged about 54,

and inserted the following notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 16 December that year:

I, ANN TREDWELL, having given up the Business of my WAGON OFFICE, situate in Corn Market-street, to Mr. Steane, whom I beg most respectfully to recommend as my successor, take this opportunity of apprising the public generally that I have no connection whatever with S. Cockbill, my late porter, and beg to caution the public not to entrust him, the said S. Cockbill, with any more money or Goods in my name; and that all goods sent to my late office, to the care of Mr. Steane, will be duly attended to, and forwarded with dispatch to any part of the kingdom.

Mr S. R. Cockbill retaliated the following week with an advertisement for his general van and wagon office at the Ship Inn in Ship Street, stating that he had had no connection with Miss Ann Tredwell’s wagon office for two years.

Ann and Mary Ann’s mother Mrs Mary Tredwell appears to have moved to the north side of Broad Street, where she died at the age of 81 at the beginning of 1847: she was buried on 9 January in St Mary Magdalen churchyard.

At the time of the 1851 census the Misses Ann and Mary Ann Tredwell were living at George Street in St Mary Magdalen parish. (The number is given as 70 in this census, as 50 in 1851, and as 68 in 1875, so its position is uncertain.) Ann was described as a house proprietor, and Mary Ann as an annuitant, but the ages recorded for them (57 and 33) are quite wrong. They had no servants.

Miss Ann Tredwell died in 1860:

† Miss Ann Tredwell died at George Street at the age of 71 on 31 December 1860 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 January 1861 (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read simply: “Dec. 31, Miss Ann Tredwell, of George-street, in this city.” Her effects came to nearly £3,000, and her executor was Moses Holliday, Bailiff of Corpus Christi College, who lived nearby at Victoria Court in George Street.

In 1861 Mary Ann Tredwell was living alone at George Street. By the time of the 1871 census she had been admitted to the Warneford Asylum in Headington, where she is listed by her initials M.A.T. and described as a lunatic aged 62, the daughter of a carrier. She died there in 1875:

† Miss Mary Ann Tredwell died at the Warneford Asylum, with her age given as 66, on 26 October 1875 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 29 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).

Her death announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “Oct. 26, at the Warneford Asylum, Mary Ann Tredwell, formerly of 68, George Street, aged 66.” She does not appear to have left a will.



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