John WIGZELL (1789–1870)
His second wife Mrs Ann WIGZELL, née Calcutt Spiers (1807–1863)
St Paul section: Row 8, Grave A14 (St Paul ref L5)

John Wigzell



[28 DECEMBER 1863]
[AGED 55]




21 JULY 1870


John Wigzell was born in Ightham, Kent on 24 September 1789 and baptised there on 4 October, the son of Richard Wigzell and Sarah Edlow. At the time of the 1841 census he was a civil servant based at Woolwich Barracks, and already a widower.

Ann Calcutt Spiers was born in Combe, Oxfordshire in 1807 and baptised there on 25 October. She was described in the baptismal register as the baseborn daughter of Charlotte Spiers, but the Finstock farmer David Calcutt acknowledged her as his daughter, and she became known as Ann Spiers Calcutt.

On 20 December 1841 at Christ Church, Marylebone, John Wigzell (52), who described himself as a gentleman of Plumstead, married his second wife Ann Spiers Calcutt (34), who was living in St George’s Street. (She switched her second two names and stated that her father was David Calcutt.) They do not appear to have had any children.

At the time of the 1851 census John (61) was already retired, and living with Ann (43) at Plantation Road (probably at No. 8, which was confirmed as their address in 1870) with their 14-year-old servant girl.

In March 1853 Ann’s father added a codicil to his will stating, “My Executors are to give £100 to Ann the wife of John Wigzell of Summertown Oxford” (not mentioning that she was his daughter, although he did describe another of his legatees, Henry Calcutt otherwise Louch, as his illegitimate son). He died the following year.

In 1861 John and Ann Wigzell were still living at Plantation Road, now with a 13-year-old servant girl.

Mrs Wigzell died in 1863:

† Mrs Ann Wigzell née Calcutt Spiers died at Plantation Road at the age of 55 on 28 December 1863 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 1 January 1864 (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “Dec. 28, at her residence, Plantation-road, St. Giles’s, after a long and painful illness, Ann, the beloved wife of John Wigzell, in her 56th year.”

John Wigzell died in 1870:

† John Wigzell died at 8 Plantation Road at the age of 80 on 21 July 1870 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 25 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).

His death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “At his residence, 8, Plantation-road, Oxford, Mr. John Wigzell, aged 80, formerly of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, greatly respected.”

His probate record describes him as a civil service pensioner, and his effects came to £800, which included a legacy of £10 10s. to the Radcliffe Infirmary. His executors were George Cowderoy and George Frederick Young, and an Order of the High Court of Chancery in the cause Cowderoy v. Cowderoy was made into the matter of his estate.



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