George Walter WEBB (1837–1895)
His wife Mrs Amelia WEBB, née Lockwood (1838–1899)
Their daughter Miss Winifred May WEBB (1876–1900)
[With a mention of their son Ernest Walter WEBB (1866–1895, who died in South Africa.
and their daughter Margaret Ethel WEBB (1874–1899), who died in Yorkshire]
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 12, Grave D62
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
GEORGE WALTER WEBB
DIED DECEMBER 21, 1895
DIED MAY 23, 1899,
AGED 60 YEARS
WINIFRED MAY WEBB
DIED MARCH 3, 1900
[The following are buried
in South Africa and
ERNEST WALTER WEBB
DIED AT QUEENSTOWN, S.A.
JULY 20, 1895, aged 29.
MARGARET ETHEL WEBB
DIED AT HULL MAY 12, 1899
George Walter Webb was born in Kensington, London in 1837 and baptised there on 20 December. He was the son of George and Elizabeth Webb: his father was born in London and his mother in Shillingford. At the time of George Walter's baptism his father was a London pawnbroker, but by 1861 he was was a gunsmith in Oxford. The 1861 census shows young George Walter Webb (23) living at 85 High Street, Oxford (now Antiques on High) in St Peter-in-the-East parish with his parents George and Elizabeth, who were both aged 52, and his four siblings who were also born in the London area: Anne (19), who was a governess, and Ellen (14), Kate (13), and Laura (8), who were still at school. George and his father were both gunmakers. Very soon after the census, George Walter Webb must have moved to 19 High Street in All Saints' parish to start his own business, as he is listed as a gunmaker there in directories from 1861.
Amelia Lockwood was born at Observatory Street, Oxford near the end of 1838 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 30 June 1839. She was the daughter of the tailor Henry Lockwood and Johanna Manders. For more about her parents, see their separate grave, which is next to this one and in exactly the same style (right). In 1841 Amelia (2) was at home with her parents at Observatory Street; and by 1845 she had moved with them to 51 Broad Street, and can be seen there aged 12 in the 1851 census. Her father died on 23 March 1854, and her mother continued to run the tailor's business. Amelia was still living at home with her mother in 1861.
On 17 July 1865 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford , George Walter Webb, described as a gunmaker of All Saints parish, married Amelia Lockwood, and their marriage was announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal. They had the following children:
- Ernest Walter Webb (born at 19 High Street, Oxford in May 1866 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 17 June)
- Gertrude Mary Webb (born at 19 High Street, Oxford in 1868 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 12 April)
- Wilfred George Webb (born at 19 High Street, Oxford in 1870 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 22 May)
- Margaret Ethel Webb (born at 4 Cheshunt Terrace, Iffley Road, Oxford in 1874 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 12 April)
- Winifred May Webb (born at 4 Cheshunt Terrace, Iffley Road, Oxford in 1876 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 8 October)
- Dorothea Kate Webb (born at 82 Iffley Road, Oxford in 1882/3 and baptised at All Saints' Church on 14 January 1883)
George and Amelia remained at 19 High Street until 1870, but by the time of the 1871 census they were living at Cheshunt Terrace in the Iffley Road (in Cowley St John parish) with Ernest (4), Gertrude (3), and Winifred (1), plus two servants.
Their house was renumbered 82 Iffley Road by the time Dorothea was baptised in early 1883, and it has since been renumbered again and is now 187.
By 1881 George (43), described as a gunmaker employing one boy, was living at 187 (then 82) Iffley Road with his wife Amelia (42) and all five of their children, namely Ernest Walter Webb (14), Gertrude Mary Webb (13), Wilfred George Webb (11), Margaret Ethel Webb (7), and Winifred Mary Webb (4), plus one servant. Their last child Dorothea was born near the beginning of 1883.
On 13 October 1884 heir son Ernest Walter Webb (18), who had attended Oxford Boys' High School at Gloucester Green, was matriculated at the University of Oxford as a non-collegiate student: he described his father as a gentleman. He won a scholarship at Keble College in 1885, and obtained a Third in History in 1888.
Their daughter Margaret Ethel Webb died at Hull at the age of 15 on 12 May 1889 and was probably buried there. She is mentioned on this grave.
At the time of the 1891 census George and Amelia were described as visitors in the home of Amelia's sister Miss Mary Ann Lockwood at 53 Broad Street. Their daughter Gertrude (23), who was now a school governess, lodged with her aunt, and three of George and Amelia's other children accompanied them: Wilfred (21), who was now a gunmaker like his father, and Winifred (14) and Dorothea (8). They appear to have remained in this house until 1899.
Their son Ernest Walter Webb is hard to find in the 1891 census and may already have been in South Africa. He died there at Queenstown on 20 July 1895 at the age of 29, and was buried there. He is mentioned on this family grave.
George Walter Webb died in 1895, five months after his son:
† George Walter Webb died at 53 Broad Street at the age of 58 on 21 December 1895 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 24 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
Mrs Amelia Webb died in 1899:
† Mrs Amelia Webb née Lockwood died at 53 Broad Street at the age of 60 on 23 May 1899 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
Her effects came to £296 5s. and her daughter Gertrude was her executor.
Mrs Amelia Webb's sister Miss Mary Ann Lockwood died at 53 Broad Street just six days later on 29 May 1899.
George and Amelia Webb's daughter Winifred was living at 218 Banbury Road but died at a different address in 1900:
† Miss Winifred May Webb died at 4 Wellington Place at the age of 23 on 3 March 1900 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 March burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
Her effects came to £211 19s. 4d., and her executor was her sister Gertrude.
Surviving children of George and Amelia Webb
- Gertrude Mary Webb (born 1868) was aged 33 and working as a schoolmistress in 1901, lodging at 107 Southmoor Road with the family of the tailor Thomas Soanes. On 20 August 1910 at St Margaret's Church, Oxford, Gertrude (42), who was living at 171 Woodstock Road, married Frederick James Cook, a printer's clerk of 5 St Bernard's Road and the son of the printer George Joseph Cook. At the time of the 1911 census Gertrude (43) and Frederick (50) were living at 14 Farndon Road with one servant. Mrs Gertrude Mary Cook died in 1962.
- Wilfred George Webb (born 1870) emigrated to New Zealand, where in 1900 he married his first cousin Laura Elsie Lowe, the daughter of John Lowe and Kate Maria Webb (Kate was the daughter of George Webb, gunmaker of 85 High Street). He died in 1905 and is buried in Waikuku.
- Dorothea Kate Webb (born 1882/3) was aged 18 and the companion to Mrs Amy Foote (34) at 55 Chalfont Road in 1901. In 1911 Dorothea (28), described as a hospital-trained private nurse, was paying a visit to friends in Bournemouth. She is hard to trace after that date.