Thomas BOOTH (c.1786–1869)
His wife Mrs Jane BOOTH, née Scrivener (c.1790–1862)
St Giles section: Row 7, Grave B41
IN MEMORY OF
SEP. 2, 1869
AGED 83 YEARS
ALSO OF JANE
THE BELOVED WIFE
OF THE ABOVE
JULY 24, 1862
AGED 72 YEARS
THANKS BE TO GOD WHO GIVETH
US THE VICTORY
THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
1 CORINTHIANS, CHAPTER 15, VERSE 57
Thomas Booth was born in Northamptonshire in c.1786 (with his place of birth in that county given as Welford in 1851 and Brackley in 1861). He was living in Warwickshire at the time of his marriage in 1816.
Jane Scrivener was born in c.1790, with her place of birth given as Gresse Green, Northamptonshire in the 1851 census and as Oddington, Oxfordshire in 1861. Northamptonshire seems more likely, in which case she is probably the Jane Scrivener, daughter of Richard & Ann Scrivener, who was born on 13 March 1790 and baptised at the Independent Chapel at Pottespury & Yardley Gobion, Northampton on 4 April. Jane came from a prominent Baptist family and is likely to be related to both the Eleanor Scrivener who married Michael Underhill (parents of Charles Underhill, Mayor of Oxford) at Oddington on 10 November 1812, and to the Jane Elizabeth Scrivener who married Stephen Best (the illegitimate son of Mary Best, later the wife of Joseph Baylis) at St Giles's Church on 19 August 1849. Jane appears to have been living in Oddington (which lies midway between Islip and Charlton-on-Otmoor) by 1816.
On 26 November 1816 at Oddington Church, Thomas Booth married Jane Scrivener, and the witnesses to the wedding included Sir James Scrivener, Bart; Job Scrivener, Esq.; and Joseph and James Scrivener. They had at least two children:
- William Booth (born at Welford Lodge, Northamptonshire on 12 January 1817 and baptised at Welford Independent Chapel on 19 October)
- Alfred Scrivener Booth (born at Welford Lodge, Northamptonshire on 22 July 1818 and baptised at Welford Independent Chapel on 24 August)
- Job Booth (born at Welford Lodge, Northamptonshire on 15 September 1820 and baptised at Welford Independent Chapel on 27 November)
- Jane Booth (born at Charlton-on-Otmoor, Oxfordshire on 11 June 1826 and baptised at Bicester Independent Chapel on 6 August)
- Mary Eleanor Booth (born at Charlton-on-Otmoor, Oxfordshire on 11 June 1828 and baptised at Bicester Independent Chapel on 21 September.
At the time of the 1851 census Thomas Booth (66) was living at 3 Egremont Place, Hastings, Sussex with his wife Jane (61), and their daughter Jane (23). He is described as an agricultural labourer rather than a farmer, which seems odd: but this seems to be the right family, especially as their daughter Jane was listed as being born at Charlton-on-Otmoor.
At the time of the 1861 census Thomas Booth (75) was described as a retired farmer and was living at Charlton-on-Otmoor with his wife Jane (71). Their daughter Jane (34) was now the housekeeper at 64 Great Dover Street, Newington, London to her older brother William, a widower of 44 who was a grocer's traveller.
Mrs Booth died at Charlton-on-Otmoor the following year:
† Mrs Jane Booth née Scrivener died at Charlton-on-Otmoor at the age of 72 on 24 July 1862 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
As they did not live in Oxford, it is hard to see how the Booths were able to get a plot in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery.
Thomas Booth evidently moved to Staines, Middlesex after his wife’s death, perhaps to live with one of his children. He died seven years later, and his body was returned to Oxford to be buried with her.
† Thomas Booth died at Staines, Middlesex at the age of 83 on 2 September 1869 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).