Mrs Sarah Jane HALL, née Alden (1829–1882)
Her children Emma Jane HALL (1853–1866)
and Henry John HALL (1856–1864)
St Paul section: Row 7, Grave A19 [St Paul ref. P4]
IN AFFECTIONATE REMEMBRANCE
[?DEARLY] BELOVED WIFE OF
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
JAN 17, 1882, AGED 52 YEARS
HENRY JOHN HALL
SON OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY 5, 1864
AGED 7 YEARS
EMMA JANE HALL
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED MAY …, 1866
AGED 12 YEARS
Sarah Jane’s husband James Hall is almost certainly buried in the St Paul section of St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, as his burial is recorded in the St Paul’s register, even though he then lived in another parish.
Since he is not mentioned on this headstone, he is more likely to be buried in the separate grave of their son William Percy Hall (not yet located)
Sarah Jane Alden was born in All Saints parish, Oxford (probably at Bear Lane) on 19 September 1829, and was enrolled at New Road Baptist Church on 30 September. She was the daughter of the butcher John Alden (born at Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire in 1796) and his first wife Jane Chillingworth (born in Oxford in 1807), who were married at St Giles’s Church on 12 November 1827.
For more on her parents, see the separate grave of her father, John Alden.
Sarah Jane grew up over her father’s butcher’s shop in Walton Place. Her two brothers died in infancy, and her mother died of consumption at the age of 24 on 5 September 1832.
Her father married again, and in 1841 Sarah (11) was living at 13 Walton Place with her father, her stepmother Caroline, and two half-siblings; by 1851 Sarah had six half-siblings.
James Hall was born in Friar Street, St Ebbe’s, Oxford on 1 March 1831, and his birth was recorded in the Register of Births used by Protestant Dissenters kept at Dr Williams’s Library in London. He was the son of the builder Jehu Hall and Sarah Young (the daughter of Samuel Harris Young, a farmer of Epping). He had four older siblings whose births were all recorded on 10 February 1830 at New Road Baptist Chapel: Sarah (born 1821), Mary (born 1823), Rebeckah (born 1825), and Joseph (born 1828). He also had a younger brother John (born 1833).
At the time of the 1841 census James (10) was living at Friars Street with his father Jehu, now described as a carpenter rather than a builder, his mother Sarah, and his siblings Rebeckah (15) and Joseph (12). By 1851 James (21) was himself a carpenter & joiner and living in Marylebone.
In 1853 in Oxford (reg. third quarter), Sarah Jane Alden married James Hall, and they had the following children:
- Emma Jane Hall (born in Oxford in 1853, reg. fourth quarter; died 1866)
- Henry John Hall (born in Oxford in 1856, reg. fourth quarter; died 1864)
- Mary Beatrice Hall (born in Oxford in 1860, reg. second quarter)
- Frederick James Hall (born in Oxford in 1863, reg. fourth quarter)
- William Percy Hall (born in Oxford in 1866, reg. third quarter)
- Albert Joseph Hall (born in Oxford in 1871, reg. Headington district fourth quarter).
At the time of the 1861 census Sarah Jane was living at 18 Walton Street with her husband James, who was a carpenter and joiner, and their first three children Emma (6), Henry (4), and Mary (1), plus a housemaid.
Their son Henry died in 1864:
† Henry John Hall died at Walton Street at the age of 7 on 5 May 1864 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Their daughter Emma died in 1866:
† Emma Jane Hall died at Walton Street at the age of 12 in May 1866 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 11 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
As the two children have the same St Paul grave reference as their mother, it suggests that they were actually buried in this grave (rather than in the communal plot for children).
In 1871 Sarah Jane (41) and James (40) were at 18 Walton Street with their three surviving children: Mary (11), Frederick (7), and William (4). Their youngest son Albert was born at the end of the following year.
In 1881 Sarah Jane (51) and James (50) were still living at 18 Walton Street with Mary (21), Frederick (17), who was a cabinet maker’s apprentice, and William (14) and Albert (9), who were at school. Soon after this they moved next door to 17 Walton Street, and Sarah Jane’s brother Isaac and his family moved into No. 18.
Mrs Sarah Jane Hall died in 1882:
† Mrs Sarah Jane Hall née Alden died at 17 Walton Street at the age of 52 on 17 January 1882 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 23 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church).
Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “Jan 17, at 17, Walton-street, Oxford, Sarah Jane, the beloved wife of Mr. James Hall, surveyor, and eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Alden, butcher, of this city, in her 53rd year.”
The eldest surviving daughter of James and Sarah Jane Hall was married in 1884:
- In the second quarter of 1884 in Oxford, Mary Beatrice Hall married Frederick James Youngman.
Their son William Percy Hall died on 1 February 1888 at 17 Walton Street at the age of 21, and his death was announced in Jackson’s Oxford Journal. He was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 6 February (St Paul section E6), but his grave has not yet been located.
Their son Frederick was married in 1890:
- In the third quarter of 1890 in the Chipping Norton district, Frederick James Hall married Susan J. Arthur, with their banns called at Fifield and St Paul's Churches.
At the time of the 1891 census Sarah Jane’s husband James Hall (60) was living at 17 Walton Street with his son Frederick James Hall (27), who was a carpenter, and his son’s wife Susan. His other unmarried son, Albert Joseph Hall (19) was then a draper’s assistant, lodging over the shop at 147/149 King Street, Hammersmith.
James Hall died at 57 Southmoor Road at the age of 64 on 26 July 1895 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 29 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul’s Church). He is likely to be buried with his son William Percy Hall who died seven years earlier (see above, grave not yet located).
Surviving children of James and Sarah Jane Hall
- Mary Beatrice Hall, Mrs Youngman (born 1860) was living in Idle, Yorkshire in 1891 with her husband Frederick, who was a hosier, and their first child Harold James Youngman (4). In 1901 they were living at 14 Fortescue Place in Plymouth: Frederick was now working as an insurance agent, and they had another son Ernest Youngman (7). Mrs Mary Beatrice Youngman died at 25 Edgecumbe Park Road, Plymouth at the age of 50 on 9 January 1911. Her effects came to £554, and probate was granted to her sons Harold (who was a sculptor) and Ernest (who was a photographer) in 1926, fifteen years after her death.
- Frederick James Hall (born 1863) was a carpenter & joiner in 1901, living at 19 Bullingdon Road in east Oxford with his wife Susan (32) and their children Cecil James Hall (8), Elsie Mary Hall (6), Frederick Harry Hall (4), and Reginald Arthur Hall (1). His first wife Susan died at the age of 32 near the beginning of 1902, and in the third quarter of 1902 he married his second wife Edith Wilks. At the time of the 1911 census he and Edith were living at Cowley with three of his children: Cecil (18), who was a butcher’s salesman; Frederick (14), who was a butcher’s errand boy; and Reginald (11), as well as Edith’s son Harold Victor Wilks-Hall. Frederick James Hall died In Oxford at the age of 76 in 1939.
- Albert Joseph Hall (born 1871) married Clara Emily J. Lockwood at St George’s, Hanover Square in 1897. In 1901 Albert (29) was described as living on his own means over 112 Effra Road, Wimbledon with his wife Clara (31) and their sons Cyril (2) and Harold (nine months). In 1911 Albert (39) was a newsagent & tobacconist in Gravesend, Kent living with Clara (42) and their five children Cyril Albert Hall (12), Ernest Harold Hall (10), twins Leslie Frederick Hall and Eric Charles Hall (8), and Phyllis Dorothy Hall (6). Albert Joseph Hall was living at 36 London Road, Norfleet, Kent when he died at Gravesend Hospital at the age of 60 on 5 October 1932. His effects came to £817 4s. 11d., and probate was granted to his son Cyril Albert Hall, who was a newsagent, and his daughter Mrs Phyllis Dorothy Mew.