Joseph Harry CARROW (1848–1868)
St Paul’s section: Row 3, Grave A20 (St Paul ref. Q.1)

Joseph Carrow

 

SACRED

TO THE MEMORY OF

JOSEPH HARRY
CARROW

UNATTACHED STUDENT
OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF OXFORD

WHO DEPARTED
THIS LIFE
OCT. 28 1868

AGED
20

 

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Joseph Harry Carrow was born at Loxton, near Weston-super-Mare in 1848 and baptised there on 9 June. He was the third son of Harry Carrow (born in Redlands, Gloucestershire in 1813/14) and his first wife Leah Hicks Cooke. His mother died at the age of 38 on 11 March 1848 just after his birth.

Joseph’s father had been appointed Curate of St Andrew’s Church at Loxton in Somerset in 1842, and early in 1850 became Rector there. In the fourth quarter of 1850 at Wilmslow, he married his second wife, Amelia Cleather (born in Ceylon in 1816/17). At the time of the 1851 census Joseph’s father (37) was living at the rectory at Loxton with his new wife Amelia (34) and the four children from his first marriage: Elizabeth (9), Richard (6), William Galton (4), and Joseph Harry (3).The family had a housemaid-cum-parlourmaid, and a governess for the two older children and a nurse for the two younger ones.

In 1861 Joseph’s father and stepmother were still at Loxton Rectory with his two sisters, and he now had a young stepbrother, George Edward Carrow (2). Meanwhile his brother Richard (16) was paying a visit to the family of the Rector of Witchampton in Dorset, while William (14) was a naval cadet on the Britannia; but Joseph himself, who would have been 13, is hard to find.

In the autumn of 1864 Joseph won a prize in Mathematics at King’s College School, London.

In 1865 Joseph’s father ceased to be Rector of Loxton. By 1868 he had been appointed a lecturer at “St James’s Aldgate”, presumably in London. Joseph was matriculated as a non-collegiate student at the University of Oxford on 16 October that year at the age of 20, and lived at 17 Walton Street. An Act of 1868 allowed students who were not connected to any college to matriculate as members of the University, keeping their required terms of residence in houses or licensed lodging in Oxford.

Just twelve days after he matriculated, Joseph died there. This may have been his family home, as his father was living there at the time of his death; or he may just have had lodgings there, and his father came to stay when his son became seriously ill.

† Joseph Harry Carrow died of phthisis (tuberculosis) at 17 Walton Street, Oxford at the age of 20 on 28 October 1868 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 November (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).

There does not appear to be a notice or report of Joseph’s death in any local or national newspaper.


Joseph Henry Carrow’s father

In 1871 Joseph’s father Harry Carrow was living with his second wife Amelia, plus his daughter Jane (28) from his first marriage and his son George (12) from his second, at Tapster Street in Barnet, Middlesex.

Amelia died in Wales at the age of 62 in 1880/1881 (death registered in Gower district first quarter of 1881), and at the time of the 1881 census Harry Carrow was living at 50 Trafalgar Terrace, Swansea with his daughter Elizabeth (39), who was acting as his housekeeper, and his son George Edward Carrow (22), who was a student of metallurgy.

Harry Carrow appears to have moved back to Somerset, and he died on 30 September 1887 at the age of 74 at Park Place, Weston-super-Mare.


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