George SHRIMPTON (1816–1908)
Mrs Amy Emma SHRIMPTON, née Goodwyn (1818–1900)
St Michael section: Row 8, Grave C44

George Shrimpton





BORN DEC 2[?], 1816,
DIED NOV 2, 1908



[BORN … 1818,
DIED JAN … 1900]


George Shrimpton was born in Oxford in December 1816 and baptised at St Ebbe’s Church on 2 February 1817. He was the son of the bookbinder John Shrimpton and his wife Rebecca Hicks, and had three older brothers who were baptised at St Thomas’s Church: Thomas in 1806, John in 1811, and Ingram in 1812. George became a bookbinder like his father. For more about his family, see his mother's separate grave.

Amy Emma Goodwyn or Goodwin was born in St Michael’s parish, Oxford in 1818 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 18 October. She was the daughter of the cordwainer Henry Goodwin and his wife Elizabeth Willson, who were married at St Aldate’s Church on 5 March 1818 and had two other children baptised at St Michael’s: John in 1820, and Rebecca in 1821. Her father is probably the Henry Goodwin who died at the age of 39 and was buried at St Michael’s Church on 16 February 1823.

On 4 June 1838 at Christ Church with St Mary and St Stephen, Spitalfields, George Shrimpton married Amy Emma Goodwyn, and they had the following children:

  • Mary Shrimpton (born at Gloucester Green, Oxford in 1839 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 27 December); died at the High Street aged four in 1843 and buried in St Peter-in-the-East churchyard on 6 June)
  • George Shrimpton (born at the High Street, Oxford in late 1840 and privately baptised on 29 March 1841); he was admitted to St Peter-in-the-East Church on 13 October, but died aged about one and was buried at that churchyard on 26 December
  • Amy Emma Shrimpton (born at the High Street, Oxford in 1842 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 12 October)
  • Harold George Shrimpton (born at the High Street, Oxford in 1846 and baptised at St Peter-in-the-East Church on 1 July)
  • Herbert Shrimpton (born at the High Street, Oxford on 4 September 1847 and privately baptised by St Peter-in-the-East Church on 17 September); admitted to that church on 29 December
  • George Frederick Shrimpton, also known as Frederick George Shrimpton (born at 12 Market Street, Oxford on 7 April 1849 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 4 May)
  • Mary Jane Shrimpton (born at 12 Market Street, Oxford in 1852 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 2 July)
  • Reginald Arthur Shrimpton (born at 12 Market Street, Oxford in 1855 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 18 February)
  • Fanny Beatrice Shrimpton (born at 12 Market Street, Oxford in 1857 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 7 June);
    died in infancy and buried on 28 March 1858, probably at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, as the burial is recorded in the register of St Michael’s Church
  • Fanny Beatrice Shrimpton (born at 12 Market Street, Oxford in 1859 (reg. third quarter).

George and Amy Shrimpton began their married life at Gloucester Green, but by 1841 they were living at 83 High Street in the parish of St Peter-in-the-East, Oxford with their son George (two months), who died later that year. Their daughter Mary (1), who died in 1843, is curiously missing from that census.

Between 1846 and early 1851 the family moved to 12 Market Street in St Michael’s parish, where Mrs Amy Shrimpton took over her father’s business, while her husband George went into partnership with his brother Thomas Shrimpton to run a bookshop at 23 & 24 Broad Street.

At the time of the 1851 census George was described as a bookseller and binder employing six men and three women, while his wife Amy (32) was described as a bootseller employing one man. They were living at 12 Market Street with their children Amy (9) and Harold (5), plus a house servant.

In 1861 the Shrimptons were at 12 Market Street, where Amy was still working as a shoe seller. George was still working as a bookseller, and directories from 1866 to 1883 directories list “G. Shrimpton. Bookseller & stationer” at 94 High Street (the site of the present Quod Restaurant). Six of their surviving children were at home in 1861 Amy (18), who probably looked after the children; Harold (15), who was a bookbinder; (George) Frederick (12), Mary Jane (8), Reginald (5), and Fanny (1). They had one servant. The missing child Herbert (13) was boarding at the Diocesan School in Temple Cowley.

At the time of the 1871 census the family was still living at 12 Market Street, with George Shrimpton described as a bookseller and Amy as a cordwainer. Only two children were now at home: Amy (26) and Harold (24). Mary Jane (18) was living at Betterton Farm in Ardington, where she was the governess of Ann Whitfield, the eight-year-old daughter of the farmer there; (George) Frederick (22) was a chemist’s assistant living at 5 Castle Street, Swansea; and Herbert (23) was paying a visit to the Daniell family in Finsbury. The other two children were at boarding school: Reginald (16) at Islington, and Fanny (11) at Church Mead, Watlington.

Five of their children were married in the 1870s:

  • On 5 March 1872 at St Michael's Church, Oxford, Amy Emma Shrimpton married David Daniell, a bookseller of 13 Park Side, Knightsbridge;
  • On 26 December 1873 at St Andrew’s Church, Hastings, Herbert Shrimpton married Elizabeth Mary Reeves (marriage announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal);
  • On 26 December 1876 at St Michael’s Church, Oxford, Mary Jane Shrimpton married Frank Restall, a tobacconist of Turl Street (marriage announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal);
  • On 24 December 1878 at St John the Baptist Church (Merton College Chapel), Oxford (with announcement in Jackson’s Oxford Journal), George Frederick Shrimpton (born 1849), a chemist of 21 New Inn Hall Street, married Harriett Elizabeth Sheldon, the daughter of the butler William Sheldon;
  • Near the beginning of 1879 in the Cheltenham district, Harold George Shrimpton married Lucretia Fairhead.

By 1881 George and Fanny Shrimpton were living alone with one servant at 12 Market Street: he was 64 and described as a bookseller employing one man, while Amy (62) was no longer employed.

By 1891 they were both retired and living at 15 Western Road, Grandpont.

They had moved to 31 Norreys Avenue in New Hinksey by the time of Emma Shrimpton’s death in 1900:

† Mrs Amy Emma Shrimpton, née Goodwyn died at 31 Norreys Avenue, New Hinksey at the age of 82 in January 1900 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 13 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

In 1901 George Shrimpton was still living at 31 Norreys Avenue with his unmarried daughter Fanny (41), who was working as an elementary school teacher. By the time of his death in 1908 he was living at 9 Bedford Street:

† George Shrimpton died at 9 Bedford Street, Oxford at the age of nearly 92 on 2 November 1908 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 November (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Surviving children of George and Amy Shrimpton
  • Amy Emma Shrimpton, Mrs Daniell (born 1842) and her husband David, who was an auctioneer’s cataloguer, had five children: George Edward (1877), Amy Elizabeth (1878/9), Arthur David (1882), Nellie Gertrude (1883), and Frank Percy (1885). At the time of the 1881 census they were living in Lambeth, and in 1891 they were in Camberwell. Her husband died at the age of 49 in 1894, and in 1901 Amy was living in Lewisham with her three youngest children. In 1911 she was living at Clapham Common with her son Arthur. She is probably the Amy E. Daniell who died in the Staines district in 1921.
  • Harold George Shrimpton (born 1846) and his wife Lucretia had five children: George Harold (1880), John Fairhead (1881), Edwin Harold (1883), Lucretia Mildred (1883), and Reginald Frank (1887). At the time of the 1881 census Harold was a bookseller living with his family at 45 St Giles Road West (the south end of the Woodstock Road); by 1891 he was a cataloguer to a literary auctioneer. His wife Lucretia died in 1910 and at the time of the 1911 census he was still living in Lewisham, with his daughter Lucretia Mildred acting as his housekeeper. Harold Shrimpton died in the Woolwich district at the age of 83 in 1929.
  • Herbert Shrimpton (born 1847) and his wife Elizabeth had three children: Herbert (1874), William Howard (1878), and George J. (1879/80). At the time of the 1891 census Herbert was an ironmonger living with his family at Camberwell; in 1901 he was a hardware stocktaker living at Newington. Herbert appears to have died in 1902 at the age of 54 in the Epsom district.
  • George Frederick Shrimpton (born 1849) and his wife Harriett had six children: Frederick Lionel (1879), Edith (1880), Hilda May (1882), Harold Sheldon (1887), Cyril Bertie (1891), and Grace Marguerite (1893). At the time of the 1881 census George was a chemist at 21 New Inn Hall Street, where he lived with his family; by 1891 they were living at 6 Grove Street in central Oxford; and in 1901 they were living at Dispensary House in St Mary Magdalen parish and had another daughter Grace (8). By 1911 they had moved to Andover in Hampshire, and George was still working as a chemist.



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