Richard HALL (1803–1869)
His wife Mrs Elizabeth HALL, née Strange (c.1803–1863)
St Mary Magdalen section: Row 14, Grave D56½
Of Elizabeth the beloved Wife
Of Richard Hall
Of this City.
She died April xxix Mdccclxiii
Aged Lix years
Also of Richard Hall
Who died June 8, 1869
Aged 64 Years
The footstone (below) has been moved to the back of the headstone, and reads:
E H / 1863
R H / 1864
Richard Hall was born in Oxford on 29 March 1801 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 18 April. He was the son of John Hall, a smith & farrier, and Elizabeth Smith who were married at that church on 29 June 1789.
Elizabeth Strange was born in Lechlade, Gloucestershire in 1803 and is probably the Elizabeth Strange who was baptised there on 8 December, the daughter of Robert Strange and his wife Ann.
On 7 May 1825 at St Nicholas's Church in Abingdon, Richard Hall married Elizabeth Strange: they were both then living in that parish. They had the following children:
- Elizabeth Ann Hall (born in Oxford in c.1827)
- Richard William Hall (born in St Peter-le-Bailey parish, Oxford in 1828 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 27 April); died 1848
- Henry John Hall (born in Oxford in 1829 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 1 November)
- Sarah Hall (born in Oxford in 1831 and baptised privately by St Mary Magdalen Church on 19 October and received into the church on 5 November)
- Edward James Hall (born in Oxford in 1834 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 2 February)
- Mary Jane Hall (born at New Inn Hall Street in 1835 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 4 September; died aged five weeks and buried there on 13 September)
- Amelia Hall (born at New Inn Hall Street in 1837 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 29 December)
- Kate Hall (born at New Inn Hall Street in 1839 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 19 May; died aged two months and buried there on 7 July)
- Laura Hall (born at New Inn Hall Street in 1842 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 5 April; died aged nine weeks and buried there on 16 May)
- Charles Hall (born in Oxford in 1843 and baptised at St Michael;s Church on 22 April)
- George Frederick Hall (born at 14 New Inn Hall Street, Oxford on 5 August 1845 and privately baptised on 6 August; mistakenly rebaptised at St Michael’s Church on 20 December 1848).
Richard Hall’s father John Hall died in 1829, and left everything to his wife, and after her decease to their son Richard, who was presumably their only surviving child.
Richard Hall was described as a farrier, or smith & farrier, at his children’s baptisms, but as a veterinary surgeon at the time of the 1841 census. He and his family lived in St Peter-le-Bailey parish at the start of their marriage, but by 1835 had moved to New Inn Hall Street in St Michael’s parish (the eastern turn which is now called St Michael’s Street): but they consistently had their children baptised and buried at St Mary Magdalen Church.
At the 1841 census Richard and his wife Elizabeth were living at New Inn Hall Street with their children Elizabeth (14), Richard (13), Henry (11), Sarah (9). Edward (7), and Amelia (3), plus an office clerk and a servant.
Their eldest son Richard William Hall died at New Inn Hall Street in St Michael’s parish on 7 July 1848 at the age of 20 and was buried in St Mary Magdalen churchyard on 11 July. (He was one of the last to be buried in that overcrowded churchyard, as burials there ceased when St Sepulchre’s Cemetery opened on 23 September that year.) A notice of his death was placed in Jackson's Oxford Journal.
In 1851 their address was more precisely given as 14 New Inn Hall Street. Richard (50) and Elizabeth (47) were at home with six of their seven surviving children: Elizabeth (22); Henry (21), who was now a veterinary surgeon with his father; and Sarah (19) Edward (17), Charles (8), and George (5), who are all shown as being at school. Amelia (14) was staying in Kidlington with her uncle and aunt, George and Mary Ashley.
In 1852 Gardner’s Directory listed Richard Hall just as a veterinary surgeon and not as a farrier.
Their eldest surviving son Henry was married in 1853:
- On 30 August 1853 at Holton, Oxfordshire, their eldest surviving son Henry John Hall married Harriet Chapman (born in Brill, Buckinghamshire in c. 1829, the daughter of the farmer Joseph Chapman).
Soon after the wedding Henry took over his father’s farrier business, which he transferred to George Street.
At the time of the 1861 census Richard Hall (60), now described as a retired veterinary surgeon, was living at 14 New Inn Hall Street with his wife Elizabeth (58) and three of their children: Amelia (25); Charles (18), who was a draper’s assistant; and George (15), who was a china merchant’s assistant. They had one servant.
Mrs Hall died in 1863:
† Mrs Elizabeth Hall née Strange died at New Inn Hall Street at the age of 59 on 29 April 1863 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 2 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
Her death notice in Jackson's Oxford Journal read simply: “April 29, in her 60th year, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. Richard all, veterinary surgeon, New Inn Hall-street.”
Richard Hall died of pulmonary disease six years after his wife, in 1869:
† Richard Hall died at New Inn Hall Street at the recorded age of 64 [actually 68] on 8 June 1869 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Mary Magdalen Church).
His eldest daughter Elizabeth was married just six weeks after his death:
- On 20 July 1869 at Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire, Elizabeth Ann Hall (40) married Thomas Edwin Deverell (25), a farmer's son of Kingston Blount.
Surviving children of Richard and Elizabeth Hall
- Elizabeth Ann Hall, Mrs Deverell (born 1827) and her husband Thomas do not appear to have had any children. At the time of the 1871 census Elizabeth (41) and her husband Thomas (30), who was a grocer, were living in Little Weldon, Northants. She appears to have died in the Gloucester district at the age of 52 in 1879. (The Elizabeth Ann Deverell of much the same age who died in 1886 and is buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery (St Paul section: Row 3, Grave B24) is a different woman who was born in Bath and married Daniel Deverell.)
- Henry John Hall (born 1829) was described as a veterinary surgeon in 1861, and he and his wife Harriet were living in George Street with two of their children and one servant. By 1871 they had moved to Grandpont Villas, just over the then border in Berkshire, with their seven children: Richard (15), who was now his father’s assistant in the veterinary business; and Elizabeth (12), Edward (11), Rupert (9), William (6), Albert (4), and Lilian (2), who were at school. Henry John Hall died in Oxford at the age of 50 near the beginning of 1880.
- Sarah Hall (born 1831) is hard to find after the 1851 census. It is possible that she got married, but there are too many possibilities.
- Edward James Hall (born 1834) emigrated to Antigua, where he worked as a veterinary surgeon and married Martha Leech Cockburn in 1859. He died there at the age of 33 in 1867.
- Amelia Hall (born 1837) disappears from the censuses after 1861. It is possible that she got married, but there are too many possibilities.
- Charles Hall (born 1843) and George Frederick Hall (born 1845) are hard to find after the 1861 census, and may have gone abroad as their brother Edward did.