Mrs Rosetta Maria TURRILL, née Smith (1815–1891)
Her daughter Miss Susannah TURRILL (1849–1874)
St Paul section: Row 8, Grave A18 [St Paul ref O6 or F7]

Susannah Turrill











This is a mother with her daughter

Her husband James Turrill and another daughter Maria are buried in the adjoining vault:
Row 8, Grave A17


This grave is unusual in that it is a vault which not only has a cross on top but also has kerbs

Rosetta Maria Smith was born in Garsington in 1815 and baptised there on 5 February, the daughter of the farmer Thomas Smith and his wife Mary.

On 8 January 1844 at Garsington Church, Rosetta Mary Smith married the poulterer James Turrill of Brookhampton (a hamlet of Stadhampton).

They began their married life in Brookhampton, where their first two children were born, and then opened a poulterer’s shop 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). Their other four children were born there, including Susannah (also known as Susanna or Susan) in 1849.

For the early history of this family, and a list of all the children, see the adjoining grave
where Mrs Turrill’s husband and her daughter Maria are buried.

By 1861 the family had moved to 28 Walton Street.

In 1871 their daughter Susannah (21) was a pupil at a school at 5 Albion Villas, West Keal, Kent. She died at her family home in 1874:

† Miss Susannah Turrill died at 28 Walton Street at the age of 24 on 24 April 1874 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

Her death announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “April 24, at 28, Walton-street, Oxford, after a short and severe illness, aged 24 years, Susannah, third daughter of Mr. James Turrill.”

There was now one sister buried in each of the two adjoining graves, and when their father died in 1880 he was buried in the other grave with his daughter Maria.

At the time of the 1881 census Mrs Rosetta Turrill (64) and her unmarried son Alfred (30) were living at Narborth in Kingston Road in the home of her son James (33) and his family. Living next door at Lynton were her son Walter Turrill (39) with his family, and her unmarried daughter Sarah (35).

In 1884 her son James Turrill took out the first lease on 31, 33, 35, 37, and 41 Walton Well Road; and In 1886 her son Walter took out the first lease on 69 and 71 Southmoor Road.

Her son Alfred was married in 1889:

  • In the third quarter of 1888 in the Christchurch district of Hampshire, Alfred Turrill married Mrs Annie Smith, née Eggleton (also known as Mary Ann).

At the time of the 1891 census Mrs Rosetta Maria Turrill was living at 11 Kingston Road with her daughter Sarah, plus a nurse and housemaid. She died there three months later:

† Mrs Rosetta Maria Turrill née Smith died at 11 Kingston Road at the age of 76 on 5 June 1891 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 9 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read simply: “June 5, at 11, Kingston-road, Oxford, Rosetta Maria, widow of the late James Turrill, aged 76.”

She was buried here with her daughter Susannah, in the grave next to that of her husband. Her personal estate came to £1,557 7s. 4d., and her executors were her sons James, who was then living at 31 Walton Well Road, and Walter, who was living at 69 Southmoor Road.

Surviving children of James and Rosetta Maria Turrill
  • Sarah Turrill (born 1844) was aged 56 and a patient at The Retreat, a private asylum in Fairford, Gloucestershire, in 1901. She spent the rest of her life there, and died there at the age of 68 on 1 June 1913. Her effects came to £2,838 9s.: probate was granted to her brother Walter, and his address of 234 Woodstock Road was given as her home address.
  • James Turrill junior (born c.1847) was living at Narborth in Kingston Road at the time of the 1881 census with his London-born wife Emma (34) and their children James (5), George (3), and Emma (1). James Turrill died at 31 Walton Well Road on 3 December 1897 at the age of 50. His effects came to £12,863 2s. 8d., and his wife Emma was his executor. At the time of the 1901 census his wife Emma was living at 36 Walton Well Road with their six of their children: George (23), who was a poulterer’s assistant; William (19), who was an articled civil engineer; Florence (18), who was a milliner’s apprentice; and Ellen (16), Lillie (14) and John (12). The Turrill Sculpture garden in Summertown is named after two gardeners in his family.
  • Alfred Turrill (born 1850) was a lodging house keeper in 1891, living at Melrose Villa, Holdenhurst, Bournemouth with Mary Ann (Annie) and her son William (7), who was also known as Alfred, and their children Alice (1) and Ellen or Nellie (five months), plus Annie’s widower father James Eggleton. In 1901 they were running a boarding house together at Walton Villa, Bournemouth, and as well as Ellen’s son they now had three other children: Alice (11), Nellie (10), and Florence (8). In 1911 Alfred (60) described himself as a retired poulterer and was living at 9 Lowther Place, Bournemouth with his wife Annie (48) and their daughters Alice (21), who was a milliner, and Florence (18). James is probably the James Turrill who died in the Kingston district of Middlesex at the age of 79 in 1930.
  • Walter Turrill (born 1851/2): see separate grave
  • Emily Turrill (born 1856), spent 37 years in the Warneford Lunatic Asylum, and died there at the age of 58 on 29 August 1914.



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