James TURRILL (1816–1880)
His daughter Maria TURRILL (1844–1858)
St Paul section: Row 8, Grave A17 [St Paul ref. G or N5]

Jaes and Maria Turrill









This is a father with his daughter

His wife Rosetta and another daughter Susannah are buried in the adjoining vault:
Row 8, Grave A18


James Turrill was born in Garsington in 1816 and baptised there on 18 August. He was the son of the mason John Turrill and Sarah Hooper, who were both lodging in Oxford when they were married at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 6 June 1797. His parents had eight other children baptised at Garsington: Joseph (1798), Sarah (1804). John (1806), William (1808), Richard (1810), Henry (1812), Mary (1814), and Maria (1818).

Rosetta Maria Smith was born in Garsington in 1815 and baptised there on 5 February. She was the daughter of the farmer Thomas Smith and his wife Mary. Her parents had seven other children baptised at Garsington: twins Louisa and Charlotte (1817), Elias (1819), Thomas (1820), Thomas Slatter (1821), Maritta (1824), and Elizabeth (1826).

On 8 January 1844 at Garsington Church, James Turrill, described as a poulterer of Brookhampton (a hamlet of Stadhampton), married Rosetta Maria Smith of Garsington. They had the following children:

  • Maria Turrill (born in Brookhampton in 1844 and baptised at Newington on 15 December); died 1858
  • Sarah Turrill (born in Brookhampton in 1845/6 and baptised at Newington on 1 March 1846)
  • James Turrill junior (born at New Inn Hall Street in 1847 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 7 November)
  • Susanna[h] or Susan Turrill (born at New Inn Hall Street in 1849 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 20 June)
  • Alfred Turrill (born in Oxford in 1850, reg. Headington district fourth quarter)
  • Walter Turrill (born at 60 Cornmarket in 1852 and baptised at St Martin’s Church on 11 April)
  • Emily Turrill (born at Walton Street in 1856 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 11 January 1857).

The couple began their married life in Brookhampton, and James was described as a higgler at the baptism of his first daughter and as a poulterer at that of his second daughter there.

The family moved to Oxford between 1846 and 1847, living first at New Inn Hall Street.

On 29 March 1851 James Turrill inserted the following advertisement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal:

BEGS to return thanks to his numerous customers for their long-continued patronage, and to apprise them that he is REMOVED to No. 60, CORN MARKET STREET, where he most respectfully solicits a continuance of their kind favours, which he will endeavour to merit by strict attention and punctuality.

At the time of the 1851 census James (34) was a poulterer and butter factor at 60 Cornmarket (one of the three small shops at the south-west end in St Martin’s parish demolished to make way for the present Moss Brothers). He and his wife Rosetta were living over the shop with their children Maria (6), Sarah (5), James (3), Susan (1), and Alfred (six months). Also living with them were Rosetta’s sister Martha Smith (22), a 15-year-old servant girl, and a poulterer’s clerk.

They appear to have been living in Walton Place (now Walton Street) when their daughter Maria Turrill died in 1858:

† Maria Turrill died at Walton Place (now Walton Street) at the age of 13 on 16 April 1858 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

At the time of the 1861 census James Turrill (46), who was still a poulterer, was living at 28 Walton Street with his wife Rosetta (45) and their six surviving children: Sarah (15), James (13), Susannah (11), Alfred (10), Walter (9), and Emily (4). They had a fourteen-year-old servant girl.

In 1863 James Turrill was elected a Churchwarden of St Paul’s Church.

The family was still at 28 Walton Street in 1871 with five of their children: Sarah (25), James (23) and Walter (19) who were poulterers like their father, Alfred (20), who was an ironmonger, and Emily (14), who was still at school. Susannah (21) was a pupil at a school at 5 Albion Villas, West Keal, Kent.

Their daughter Miss Susannah Turrill died at the age of 24 on 24 April 1874 and was buried in the grave next to this one on 28 April.

Two of their sons were married in the 1870s:

  • On 29 December 1874 at St Marylebone Church in London, James Turrill married Emma Baker, the eldest daughter of James Baker, Shouldham Street, Bryanston Square, with the marriage announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal;
  • On 3 August 1876 at St Paul’s Church, Oxford, Walter Turrill (24), a poulterer, married Sarah Jane Wheeler (22) of 4 Bevington Road, the daughter of the printer Rowland Wheeler.

In 1877 the poulterers James and Walter Turrill obtained the first lease on four houses in Kingston Road: James on Nos. 61 and 62, and Walter Turrill on Nos. 67 and 68.

Their sister Emily was admitted to the Warneford Lunatic Asylum in Headington on 4 October 1877 at the age of 31.

Their father James Turrill died in 1880:

† James Turrill died at 28 Walton Street at the age of 63 on 13 January 1880 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 19 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

His death announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read simply: “Jan. 13, at 28, Walton-street, Oxford, James Turrill, aged 63.”

His personal estate came to under £20,000, and his executors were his wife, and his sons James and Walter, who were now living respectively at 12 Richmond Road (then 12 Worcester Terrace) and at 2 Graham Villas, Kingston Road.

For the continuation of the story of his wife and his surviving children, see the adjoining grave.



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