Montague Bertie BELLAMY (1830–1882)
Zilpah BELLAMY née Butwell (1828–1887)
Their son Frederick BELLAMY (1852/3–1878)
Zilpah Marquitta BELLAMY (1855–1892)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 10, Grave D57
?SECOND ASSISTANT AT THE]
DIED MAY 11TH 1878
AGED 25 YEARS
ALSO MONTAGUE B. BELLAMY
DIED AUG 12TH 1882
AGED 52 YEARS
ALSO ZILPAH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED FEB 12TH 1887
AGED 59 YEARS
ALSO ZILPAH MARIQUITA
[ELDEST] DAUGHTER OF
MONTAGUE AND ZILPAH BELLAMY
DIED JUL 30TH 1892
AGED 36 YEARS
Montague Bellamy was born in Oxford in 1830/1, the son of Edward Bellamy, a bookbinder, and his wife Maria. He was not baptised at birth, but in 1840 Edward and his five brothers were all baptised at St Michael’s Church: Edward on 5 January together with Frederick, Arthur, and James, and then baby Septimus William separately on 4 March.
At the time of the 1841 census Montague (11) was living in Friar’s Entry with his parents Edward and Maria Bellamy, and his younger brothers Edward (8), Frederick (6), Arthur (4), James (3), and Septimus (2). His father was a bookbinder.
Zilpah Butwell was born in Minster Lovell in 1826 and baptised there on 9 July. At the time of the 1841 census she was aged 15 and living in Merton Street, Oxford and working as the servant of John Bruce (a groom at Merton College) and his wife. They had the following children:children.
On 24 December 1849 at North HInksey Church, Montague Bellamy married Zilpah Butwell. They were both living in Thames Street, Oxford at the time of their marriage, and as this was to the south of the River Thames, it was technically in Berkshire and so the marriage was registered in the Abingdon district. They had the following children:
- Montague Edward James Butwell Bellamy (born at Thames Street, Oxford in May 1850 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 7 July)
- Harry Bellamy (born in Oxford in 1851/2 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 25 March 1852; died aged 15 months and buried in St Mary’s Cemetery, Osney on 20 April 1853)
- Frederick Bellamy (born at Thames Street, Oxford in 1852/3 and baptised at St Aldate’s Church on 26 March 1853)
- Zilpah Marquitta Bellamy (born at Albert Place, St Ebbe’s, Oxford in 1854, reg. fourth quarter, and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 14 January 1855). (There are many variations of her middle name: at her birth registration it was Marquitta, and at her death registration it was Mariguite)
- Ada Maria Bellamy (born at Albert Place, St Ebbe’s, Oxford on 7 February 1857 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 17 May)
- Harry Ernest Bellamy (born at 57 St John Street, Oxford in 1861, reg. second quarter, and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 25 July 1861)
- Frank Arthur Bellamy (born at 57 St John Street, Oxford on 17 October 1863 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 27 January 1864).
At first Montague and Zilpah Bellamy continued living in Thames Street, but by 1854 they had moved to Albert Place in St Ebbe’s.
By the time of the 1861 census Montague (30) and Zilpah (32) were living at 57 St John Street in St Mary Magdalen parish with their first four surviving children: Montague (10), Frederick (8), Zilpah Marquitta (6), and Ada Maria (4). When Zilpah’s mother Mrs Hannah Butwell died there at the age of 65 on 7 February 1869, a notice was inserted in Jackson’s Oxford Journal.
Up until 1864, Montague was described simply as a bookbinder, but after that date he was also working as a college butler. At the time of the 1871 census he was still living in St John Street and employing seven people in the bookbinding trade, including his eldest son Montague (20). His next son, Frederick (17), was now working as a librarian, and Zilpah (16), Ada (15), Harry (10), and Frank (7) were also still at home.
On 17 October 1874 their second son, Frederick, aged 21, was matriculated as a Commoner at the University of Oxford from St Mary Hall, and was also appointed Second Assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory. By 1878 the family had moved to Wellington Square, and Frederick died there that years later:
† Frederick Bellamy died at 44 Wellington Square on 11 May 1878 at the age of 25. He was buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 16 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
The following notice was inserted in Jackson’s Oxford Journal on 18 May 1878:
May 11, at his residence, Wellington-square, Oxford, after a short illness, Frederick, second son of Montague and Zilpah Bellamy, Commoner of St. Mary Hall, and second assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory, aged 25.
Three months later their son Montague junior was married.
- On 13 August 1876 at All Saints Church, Oxford, Montague Bellamy, then a bookbinder of All Saints’ parish, married his first wife, Mary Castell.
By 1881 Montague Bellamy senior was a lodging-house keeper, living 44 Wellington Square (in St Giles’s parish) with his wife and his daughters Zilpah Marquitta (26) and Ann Maria (23), and Frank (16), who was a pupil at Magdalen College School.
Theis son Harry (20), who had taken his brother’s place as Second Assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory, was in 1881 living with the family of his brother Montague at Kingston Road, but soon after that he joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.
In July 1881, just a few months before his eighteenth birthday, their son Frank was appointed Second Assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory.
Montague Bellamy died in 1882:
† Montague Bertie Bellamy died at 44 Wellington Square in August 1882 at the age of 52 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
His wife only survived him by less than five years:
† Mrs Zilpah Bellamy née Butwell died at 44 Wellington Square in February 1887 at the age of 59 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
Their son Frank, at the age of 22, became head of the household and had to look after his two unmarried sisters Ada and Zilpah. By the time of the 1891 census the three of them were living at 4 St Bernard's Road (then called St John Street).
Zilpah died there in 1892:
† Zilpah Marquitta Bellamy died at 4 St Bernard’s Road and at the age of 36 on 30 July 1892 and was buried with her parents at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 3 August 1892 (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
Her death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read: “July 30, at 4, St. John's-road, Oxford, after a long and pianful illness, Zilpah Mariquita [sic] (May) Bellamy, aged 36.”