William WHITE (c.1811–1881)
His wife Mrs Mary Ann WHITE (c.1821–1857)
Ellen Stroud WHITE (born and died 1857)
and Mary Ann WHITE (1854–1860)
Their son William WHITE (1852–1924)
and his wife Mrs Esther Ann WHITE née Earl (c.1851–1929)
St Paul’s section: Row 16, Grave A4 [St Paul ref. B13]
In Memory of
SERGEANT OF THE OXFORD MILITIA
LATE OF THE ROYAL MARINES
WHO DIED JUNE 5. 1881.
AGED 70 YEARS.
ALSO OF MARY ANN,
BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 25, 1857
AGED 36 YEARS
ALSO OF THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS,
DIED AUG. 26, 1857,
AGED 2 MONTHS
DIED FEB. 2, 1860,
AGED 5 YEARS AND 5 MONTHS
Reverse of headstone
(see image at end of this page)
In Loving Memory of
MY DEAR HUSBAND
WHO FELL ASLEEP OCT. 13 1924
AGED 72 YEARS
A LOVED ONE SLEEPING
ESTHER ANN WHITE
WHO DIED OCT. 4TH 1929
AGED 78 YEARS
William White was born at Over Norton near Woodstock in 1810/11. As a young man he served with the Royal Marines.
His first wife Mary Ann was born in Islington in c.1821. (She may be the Mary Prichard who married William Joseph White in Islington in the first quarter of 1850, but the middle name Joseph does not appear elsewhere.)
William and Mary White had the following children:
- William White (born at Cwmavon in the Parish of Michaelston-super-Avon in Glamorgan in 1852, reg. Neath district third quarter)
- Mary Ann White (born at Wellington Street, Oxford in 1854, and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 8 October);
died aged six
- Ellen Stroud White (born at Portland Place, Oxford in 1857 and baptised at St Paul’s Church on 5 July after the death of her mother); died aged two months.
At the time of the 1851 census, soon after their marriage, William and Mary Ann White were living in the house of a schoolmaster in Lower Road, East Islington, and each was described as a housekeeper. They had evidently moved to Cwmavon in Wales by autumn of the following year.
By the autumn of 1854 they were living in Jericho at Portland Place (the lower end of Cardigan Street), and William was serving as a Sergeant of the Oxford Militia.
His wife Mary Ann died in 1857, shortly after giving birth to her third child, Ellen:
Mrs Mary Ann White died at Portland Place at the age of 36 in June 1857 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 29 June (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
Her husband William White appears to have moved immediately to the Fareham district of Hampshire, possibly to live with someone he knew from his days in the Royal Marines, as his baby daughter Ellen died there less than two months after his wife's burial:
† Ellen Stroud White died in the Fareham district at the age of two months on 26 August 1857. She may have been buried in the same grave as her mother at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery; but although she is named on the gravestone, the burial is not recorded in the register of St Paul’s or St Barnabas's Church.
Baby Ellen’s older sister Mary Ann also died in childhood, and is probably the Mary Ann White whose death was registered in the Portsea district of Hampshire in the first quarter of 1860:
† Mary Anne White died at the age of five years and five months on 2 February 1860. Again although she is named on the gravestone, the burial is not recorded in the register of St Paul’s or St Barnabas's Church.
Soon after his first wife’s death William White married his second wife, who was called Elizabeth, and was born in Fareham in 1821/2.
At the time of the 1861 census William (49), who now described himself as a Greenwich pensioner, was living at 6 Albert Street in Jericho with Elizabeth (39) and his son John (8). A girl aged 10 named as Elizabeth White, born in Alverstoke, Hampshire in 1850/1, was also living with them: she was presumably the daughter of his second wife, and probably took her stepfather’s surname. (It is of course possible she was William’s illegitimate daughter, as he obviously had connections in Fareham.)
By the time of the 1871 census William and Elizabeth were living in Cardigan Street with William junior (18), who was now working as a compositor. The address was given as 39 Cardigan Street in 1881, and William junior (28) was now an unemployed printer.
Willilam White senior died in Jericho in 1881:
† William White senior died at 59 Cardigan Street at the age of 70 on 5 June 1881 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Barnabas’s Church).
William White junior and his wife
On 11 August 1885 at St Frideswide’s Church, Oxford, William White junior (33), a printer living at 136 Kingston Road, married Esther Ann Earl (30) of 1 West Street, Osney. Esther was born in Oxford in 1850/1, the son of Samuel Earl and his wife Sarah. At the time of the 1881 census when she was aged 20 she was living at 14 West Street with her parents and her older sister Harriet (20), who was a governess. Although her father was then himself an unemployed servant, they had the means to employ a servant girl of their own.
William and Esther had two children, but both died in infancy. At the time of the 1891 census they were living at 20 Plantation Road with Esther’s nephew Arthur Southgate Earl (8) and her widowed mother Mrs Sarah Earl (77). The latter was working as a laundress, and a servant laundress and well as a general servant also lived in the house.
In 1901 William was still working as a printer and living at the same house with Esther and her nephew Arthur, who was now aged 18 and working as a tobacconist’s assistant. They now had two domestic servants.
By 1911 William (58) had retired, and Arthur (58) was a cigar merchant’s manager. They now had a boarder, and Esther (54) was working as a laundress, and as well as a boarder and a domestic servant, two servant laundry maids employed by Esther lived in the house.
William White junior died in 1924:
† William White junior died at 20 Plantation Road, Oxford at the age of 72 on 13 October 1924 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 15 October (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
His effects came to £631 10s., and his executor was his wife's nephew, the tobacconist Arthur Southgate Earl
His wife Esther died in 1929:
† Mrs Esther Ann White née Earl died at 20 Plantation Road, Oxford at the age of 78 on 4 October 1929 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 October (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
Her effects came to £682 16s. 7d., and again her nephew Arthur Southgate Earl acted as executor.