Frederick FAULKNER (1807–1880)
His second wife Mrs Ann FAULKNER, née Leeson (1820/1–1860)
Their children Lauretta, Emily, Julia, and Charles FAULKNER
St Michael section: Row 8, Grave C50

Frederick Faulkner

 

TO THE MEMORY
OF

 

FREDERICK FAULKNER
WHO DIED JANUARY 25, 1880,
AGED 72 YEARS.

 

ALSO OF ANN HIS WIFE
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 1, 1860,
AGED 39 YEARS.

 

ALSO OF THEIR CHILDREN

LAURETTA ELIZ.
DIED MARCH 17, 1860,
AGED 6 YEARS.

EMILY BRIDGETT
DIED MAY 10, 1861,
AGED 14 YEARS

JULIA ANN
DIED MAY 24, 1861,
AGED 12 YEARS

CHARLES DUDLEY
DIED OCT 17 1863
AGED 8 YEARS

 

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Frederick Faulkner was born in Falmouth, Cornwall on 29 October 1807 and baptised there on 13 November. He was, the son of the labourer Matthew Faulkner and his wife Bridget.

He must have moved to Oxford by 29 January 1835, as he was described as being of St Mary Magdalen parish when on that day he married his first wife, Harriet Babbage, at Sherborne, Gloucestershire. They had one child:

  • Ann Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1838 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 12 September).

In Robson’s Commercial Directory 1839, Frederick Faulkner was listed as a broker & appraiser at 1 George Street, which was on the corner of Cornmarket and in St Michael’s parish.

Mrs Harriet Faulkner died at George Street in January 1840 at the age of 33 and was buried in St Michael’s churchyard on 13 January. Her daughter was then just over one year old, and her father probably sent her out to be fostered.

At the time of the 1841 census Frederick was working as a broker and living alone at George Street with a housekeeper and another couple. His little daughter Ann is hard to find.

Ann Leeson was born in Granborough, Buckinghamshire in 1820/1, the son of Thomas Leeson and his wife Eleanor. At the time of the 1841 census she was living at Friars Street, St Ebbe’s with her father Thomas Leeson, who was a mason, her mother Ann, and her younger sister Emma.

On 14 July 1842 at St Ebbe's Church, Frederick Faulkner married his second wife Ann Leeson. They had the following children:

  • Eliza Eleanor Faulkner (born in Oxford in 1845 and baptised at St Michael's Church on 19 November
  • Emily Bridget Faulkner (born at George Street in 1846, reg. third quarter, and baptised at St Michael’s Church at the same time as her younger sister Julia on 12 August 1849)
  • Julia Ann Faulkner (born at George Street in 1848/9 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 12 August 1849)
  • Frederick Leeson Matthew Faulkner (born at George Street in 1851 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 25 February)
  • Harry Thomas Faulkner (born at George Street in 1852, reg. second quarter and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 30 July 1854 at the same time as his younger sister Lauretta)
  • Lauretta Elizabeth Faulkner (born at George Street in 1854 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 30 July)
  • Charles Dudley Faulkner (born at George Street in 1855 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 4 November)

At the time of the 1851 census Frederick (41), described as a “broker etc employing 1 boy” was living at the south-east end of George Street (which was in St Michael’s parish) with his wife Ann and their children Eliza (6), Emily (4), Julia (2), and Frederick (two months), plus a 16-year-old servant girl. His daughter by his first marriage, Ann (12) was at boarding school in Linslade, Bedfordshire.

In just three years from 1860 to 1863, Frederick Faulkner lost not only his wife but also four of his children. His youngest daughter, Lauretta, was the first to die:

† Lauretta Faulkner died at George Street at the age of 6 on 17 March 1860 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Frederick's wife died five months later:

† Mrs Ann Faulkner née Leeson died at George Street at the age of 39 or 40 on 1 September 1860 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 6 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

At the time of the 1861 census, Frederick (52) was living at George Street and was described as a master cabinet maker. His daughter Eleanor (16) was acting as his housekeeper, and looking after the other six children who were all still at school: Emily (14), Julia (12), Frederick (10), Harry (9), and Charles (5).

Emily and Julia died within two weeks of each other just after that census:

† Emily Bridget Faulkner died at George Street at the age of 14 on 10 May 1861 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

† Julia Ann Faulkner died at George Street at the age of 12 on 24 May 1861 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Two years later Frederick’s youngest son also died:

† Charles Dudley Faulkner died at George Street at the age of 8 on 17 October 1863 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 20 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Frederick's daughter Ann by his first marriage was married in 1864:

  • On 19 January 1864 at St Michael's Church, Ann Faulkner (24) married Albert Edward Wisby (22), who was a tea dealer from Surrey.

By the time of the 1871 census Frederick Faulkner had moved to the part of George Street in the parish of St Mary Magdalen. Two of his children were still at home with him: Eliza (25), who was his housekeeper, and Harry (18), who was his assistant. Also living with him was Mrs Ann Wisby (32), the daughter of his first marriage, who appears to have left her husband Albert (29), who was living at Cambridge Villa, Camberwell with his widowed sister-in-law Mrs Elizabeth Wisby (47)

Mrs Ann Wisby née Faulkner died at George Street at the age of 38 in 1877 and was buried on 12 February. It is likely that she too is buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, but her grave has not been recorded.

Frederick Faulkner died in 1880:

† Frederick Faulkner died at 28 George Street at the age of 72 on 25 January 1880 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 29 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

His personal estate came to under £3,000, and one of his executors was his unmarried daughter Eliza, who lived with him.


Surviving children of Frederick and Ann Faulkner
  • Eliza Eleanor Faulkner (born 1845) never married. She was living in George Street, probably at her father’s old house, at the time of the 1881 census. She was described as having an income from dividends, and employed a 16-year-old servant girl. She was still there with a young servant in 1891, when she was aged 45. She died in Oxford at the age of 90 in 1935.
  • Frederick Leeson Matthew Faulkner (born 1851) disappears from the UK censuses after 1861, and his death is not registered there, suggesting that he may have emigrated.
  • Harry Thomas Faulkner (born 1852) married Mary Ann Carver in St Pancras in the fourth quarter of 1882. At the time of the 1891 census he was working as an ironmonger and living at 15 British Street, Poplar his wife and their children Edith Faulkner (7) and Herbert Carver Faulkner (three months). By 1911 he was working as a carpenter and living at 1 Caxton Street, Bow with his wife and Edith (27), who was an assistant school mistress, and Herbert (20), who was a builder’s clerk. Harry died in Poplar near the beginning of 1934.

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