Miss Jane WILKINSON (1790–1869)
Her sister Miss Charlotte WILKINSON
St Giles section: Row 5, Grave B32
IN MEMORY OF
DIED MAY 14, 1874
?IN THE 79TH YEAR
OF HER AGE
ALSO OF CHARLOTTE
WHO DIED APRIL 13 1875
J.W. and C.W.]
Jane Wilkinson (or Wilkenson) was born in Medley, near Oxford in 1790 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 26 July, and her sister Charlotte Wilkinson was born there in 1793 and baptised on 31 March 1793. They were the daughters of James Wilkinson and his wife Rose, who had six other siblings baptised at St Thomas's Church: Sarah (1783); then Elizabeth (1784) and Mary Ann (1785), who were both buried in its churchyard soon after birth; and William (1786), Eliza (1796), and a second Mary Ann (1798).
In 1851 Jane Wilkinson (60), described as an unemployed house servant born in Medley, was visiting the Glovers in 7 Park Place St Giles.
At the time of the 1861 census she was living with two other almswomen in an almshouse at 2 Fisher Row, St Thomas’s. By 1869 she appears to have moved to Tawney’s Almshouses in St Clement’s:
† Miss Jane Wilkinson died at Tawney’s Almshouses at the age of 78 on 14 May 1869 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Although the burial register says she died at Tawney’s Almshouses, her probate record says she died at Upper Fisher Row. Either way, it is unclear how she was able to get a burial plot in the St Giles parish section of St Sepulchre’s, but it is possible that she worked as a servant in that parish in the 1850s and booked a plot then. Her effects came to under £200, and her executor was Alfred Maltby, a bookbinder of Plantation Road.
There was a Charlotte Wilkinson, with her age recorded as 43, living with the family of Thomas Carter, probably as a servant, in St Mary Magdalen parish in 1841.
Charlotte is hard to find in the 1851 and 1861 censuses, but in 1871 when she was aged 78 she was described as an annuitant and was boarding in the home of a butcher in Paradise Square. She died there four years later:
† Miss Charlotte Wilkinson died at Paradise Square at the age of 82 on 13 April 1875 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 14 April (burial recorded in the parish register of St Sepulchre’s Church).