John DAY (1809/10–1868)
His wife Mrs Mary Anne DAY, née King (1808–1883)
Their daughter Miss Mary Anne DAY (1842–1877)
St Michael section: Row 16a, Grave D46
the Memory of
who died June 13, 1868
Aged 58 years
Also of Mary Anne,
eldest daughter of … …
Died 12 May 1877
[The third inscription, to
[Mrs] Mary Anne Day
who died on 7 August 1883
at the age of 74
is now obscured by the footstone]
John Day was born in Oxford in 1809/10 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 19 January 1810. He was the son of the ropemaker William Day and his wife Ann Heading, who were married at St Michael's Church on 8 October 1805: they were both then living in that parish. They had three other children baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church: Ann (1808), Harriet (1812), and Martha (1815), the last giving their address given as George Street (then George Lane),
Mary Anne King was born in Oxford in 1808 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 30 March. She was the daughter of the builder Benjamin King and his wife Susannah, who had five other daughters baptised at that church: Susannah (1796), Jane (1799), Sarah Ann (1801), Jane Elizabeth (1805), and Emma (1811).
On 13 January 1842 at Wolvercote Church, evidently in haste, John Day, described as a rope maker of St Michael's parish, married Mary Ann King, a seampstress of Wolvercote. They had the following children:
- Mary Anne Day (born in Oxford in 1842 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 18 May)
- Norah Elizabeth Heading Day (born in Oxford in 1849 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 31 October)
At the time of the 1851 census John Day (40), who described himself as a roper and dealer in corn, was living at 11 Market Street with his wife Mary Anne (41) and their daughters Mary Anne (8) and Norah (1). A servant and an assistant also lived with them.
In the 1861 census John Day described himself as a rope-maker employing five men and was living at the same address with his wife and daughters.
John Day died in 1868:
† John Day died at 11 Market Street at the age of 58 on 13 June 1868 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).
His effects came to under £1,500, and letters of administration were granted to his widow.
At the time of the 1871 census Mrs Mary Anne Day (61) was still living at 11 Market Street: she was carrying on her husband’s business as a rope maker, and her daughters Mary (27) and Norah (21) were still at home.
By 1877, she had retired to 40 Leckford Road with her two daughters. Her daughter Mary died there that year:
† Miss Mary Anne Day died at 40 Leckford Road at the age of 34 on 12 May 1877 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 17 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).
Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read simply, “May 12, at 40, Leckford-road, St. Giles’s, Mary Anne, eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Day, of Market-street, Oxford.”
In 1881 Mary Anne Day was living at 40 Leckford Road with her surviving daughter Norah (31) and one servant.
Mrs Day died in 1883:
† Mrs Mary Anne Day née King died at 40 Leckford Road at the age of 74 on 7 August 1883 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 August (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).
Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “Aug. 7, at 40, Leckford-road, Oxford, Mary Ann, widow of the late Mr. John Day, of Market-street aged 74.”
The surviving daughter of John & Mary Anne Day
- Norah Elizabeth Heading Day (born 1849) married the Summertown ropemaker Frederick Horn at Ss Philip & James’s Church on 6 December 1883, four months after her mother’s death. They had three daughters: Esther Kathleen Horn (1885), Bertha Mildred J. Horn (1886), and Norah Stephanie Lavinia Horn (1887). At the time of the 1891 census Norah was living a7 67 Southmoor Road with her husband and their three children. By 1901 she was a widow, living with her children at 21 Cricket Road in east Oxford; and in 1911 she was living in the home of Miss Rose Lavers at 1 Western Road, south Oxford with Bertha and Norah. She died there on 24 October 1928. Her effects came to £407 19s. 4d., and her executor was her daughter Miss Esther Kathleen Horn.