Richard GILES (1811/12–1874)
His wife Mrs Ann GILES, née Hosier (1811/12–1883)
Their son Thomas William GILES (1839–1921)
Thomas's wife Mrs Sarah GILES, née Saxton (1846–1943)
St Giles section: Row 16, Grave B29
ERECTED IN MEMORY
WHO DIED JUNE 7, 1871
AGED 63 YEARS
MUCH LAMENTED BY HIS FAMILY
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED JUNE 21, 1888
AGED 72 YEARS.
THOMAS WILLIAM GILES
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED OCT. 21, 1921
AGED 83 YEARS.
ALSO OF SARAH
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
DIED DEC. 2, 1943
AGED 98 YEARS.
Richard Giles was born in Oxford in 1811/12 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 15 January 1812. He was the son of the tailor Thomas Giles and Hannah Crapper, who were married at St Giles's Church on 2 September 1804. Richards's six siblings were also baptised there: Elizabeth (1805), Thomas (1806), Elizabeth (1807), Mary Elizabeth (1813), Charles (1815), and Thomas (1824).
Ann Hosier was born in Oxford in 1811/12, the daughter of the servant William Hosier and Martha Such, who were married at St Martin's Church in Oxford on 6 October 1811: they were both then living in that parish. Martha probably originated from Enstone, as she had Ann, who was her first child, baptised there on 26 January 1812. Ann's younger siblings were all baptised at St Martin's Church in Oxford: William (1814), Robert (1817), Elizabeth (1819), and Mary (1820). For more on her brother William Hosier, see his grave.
On 1 January 1839 at St Giles's Church in Oxford, Richard Giles married Ann Hosier: both were then living to the north of St Giles's Street. They moved to Pusey Lane (then called Alfred Street) after their marriage, and had just one child:
- Thomas William Giles (born in Pusey Lane in 1839 and baptised at St Giles's Church on 17 November).
Richard was a clothes cleaner at the time his son was baptised. At the time of the 1841 census he was living at Victoria House with his wife Ann and his son Thomas (1), plus their servant girl.
By the time of the 1851 census Richard Giles (49) stated that he was a tailor and retailer of beer and was living at 8 North Parade with his wife Ann (also 49) and their son Thomas (11). He is duly listed as a beer retailer in Gardner's Directory for 1852.
The situation was similar at the time of the 1861 census, and Thomas (21) was now a clothier's salesman. Thomas was married in 1868 (see his separate section below).
Richard and Ann were still at 8 North Parade in 1871, and Richard was still described as a clothes cleaner and publican.
They moved to St Bernard's Road (then called St John's Road) soon after that census, and Richard died there in 1874:
† Richard Giles died at St Bernard's Road at the age of 63 on 7 June 1874 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles' Church).
Mrs Ann Giles was living at St Bernard's Road in 1881 with a boarder and a servant. She died in 1883:
† Mrs Ann Giles née Hosier died at St Bernard's Road at the age of 72 on 21 June 1883 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles' Church).
Their son Thomas William Giles and his wife Sarah
Thomas William Giles was born in Pusey Lane in 1839: see above. In 1868 he was still living with his parents in North Parade and working as a clothier's salesman.
Sarah Saxton was born in Wolvercote in 1846 and baptised there on 26 April. She was the daughter of the blacksmith Stephen Saxton and his wife Elizabeth Ann Wren, who were married at Wolvercote Church on 23 December 1844, with Sarah's older brother Edwin born within a few months of the wedding. Her six younger siblings were also baptised at Wolvercote: Eliza (1848), William (1849), Fanny (1853), Frederick (1857), Albert (1859), and Howell (1860). At the time of the 1851 census Sarah (2) was at home in Wolvercote with her parents and her brother William. Her father was still described in the baptismal register as a blacksmith in 1859, but as a publican in 1860. The family is hard to find in the 1861 census.
On 2 September 1868 in Wolvercote, Thomas William Giles married Sarah Saxton, and they had the following children:
- Eliza Ann Giles (born in Oxford in 1869, reg. Headington district fourth quarter); died 1874
- Louisa Giles (born in Oxford in 1871 but not baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church until 11 September 1873)
- Emily Giles (born at 43 Plantation Road in 1873 and privately baptised by Ss Philip & James's Church on 21 July; received into the church on 11 September)
- William Stephen Saxton Giles (born at 43 Plantation Road in 1876 and baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church on 15 March)
- Richard Edwin Giles (born at 43 Plantation Road in 1878 and baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church on 4 August)
- Thomas Percy Giles, known as Percy (born at 43 Plantation Road in March 1879 and baptised at Ss Philip & James's Church on 23 December 1880).
At the time of the 1871 census Thomas (31) was an upholsterer's salesman, living in Plantation Road with his wife Sarah (25) and their daughters Eliza (1) and Louisa (one month).
Their daughter Eliza Ann Giles died at Plantation Road in 1874 at the age of four and was buried on 10 May, probably in the children's area of the St Giles's section in St Sepulchre's Cemetery.
In 1881 their address was specified as 43 Plantation Road, and they now had the following children: Louisa (10), Emily (8), William (5), Richard (3), and Thomas Percy (2).
The family had moved to 14 St Bernard's Road by the time of the 1891 census (possibly in the house formerly occupied by Thomas's parents). All five surviving children were then still at home: Louisa (20) was a dressmaker, Emily (18) was a dresmaker's apprentice, William (15) was an upholsterer's apprentice, and Richard (13) and Thomas Percy (12) were still at school.
The 1901 census shows Thomas (61), who was still working as an upholsterer's salesman, living at 14 St Bernard's Road with Sarah (55) and three of their children: Louisa (30), who was a dressmaker; Richard (23), who was a tailor's assistant; and Thomas Percy (21), who was a coachbuilder's clerk.
Thomas & Sarah Giles were still there in 1911 with two of their children: Louisa, and Thomas Percy, who was now the manager at a tailor's outfitter's. William (34) was a still single and was a draper's assistant at Marshall & Snelgrove in Marylebone, living over the shop with many other employees.
Thomas William Giles died in 1921:
† Thomas William Giles died at 14 St Bernard's Road at the age of 83 on 21 October 1921 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 24 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles' Church).
His wife Sarah died in 1943:
† Mrs Sarah Giles née Saxton died at 14 St Bernard's Road at the age of 97 on 2 December 1943 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 6 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles' Church).
The burial register states specifically that Sarah was buried in St Giles's Cemetery, which was becoming much less usual at this date.
Their eldest daughter Miss Louisa Giles continued to live at 14 St Bernard's Road until her death at the age of 87 in 1958.