Charles HICKMAN (1800–1873)
His wife Mrs Martha HICKMAN, née Simmonds (1797/8–1873)
Their son Charles Edwin HICKMAN (1836–1870)
St Paul section: Row 17, Grave B23 (St Paul ref. J14)
to the memory
Charles Edwin Hickman
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also of Martha Hickman
Mother of the above
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also of Charles Hickman
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Charles Hickman was born in Oxford in 1800 and privately baptised by St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 2 April. His parents were Henry Hickman and Anne Harting, who were married at that church on 10 October 1796: his mother could sign her name, but his father made his mark in the register with a cross. Charles's older sister Mary was also privately baptised by that church on 17 November 1797. On 9 August 1825 Charles was apprenticed to the cabinet maker Richard Rouse.
Martha Simmonds was born in Noke in 1797/8 and baptised there on 4 February 1798. She was the daughter of the labourer Thomas Simmonds and Sarah, who had seven other children baptised at Noke: Anne (1795), Elizabeth (1800), William (1802), Charlotte (1805), Thomas (1808), Suzanna (1811), and Joseph (1814).
On 15 July 1827 at St Mary Magdalen Church in Oxford, Charles Hickman married Martha Simmonds: they were both then living in that parish. They had the following children:
- Ann Hickman (born in Oxford in 1828 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 21 September);
- Louisa Hickman (born in Oxford in 1830 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 22 August);
died at Castle Street aged 5 and buried in that churchyard on 17 September 1835
- Henry Anthony Hickman (born in Oxford in 1833 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 2 June)
- Charles Edwin Hickman (born at Broken Hayes, Oxford in 1836 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 31 January)
- Amelia Hickman (born at Broken Hayes, Oxford in 1839 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 24 February).
The family was living at Castle Street in September 1835, but by the beginning of 1836 had moved to Broken Hayes: both homes were in St Peter-le-Bailey parish. Charles's mother Ann Hickman died at Broken Hayes in August 1833 at the age of 63, and his father Henry Hickman died there in October 1837 at the age of 73, and Charles and Martha may have moved into their house.
At the time of the 1841 census Charles and Martha were living at Broken Hayes with their children Ann (12), Henry Anthony (8), Edwin (5), and Amelia (2). Also living with them was the widowed laundress Mrs Alice Alder (50).
By 1851 Charles (50) and Martha (52) were living at Broken Hayes with Ann (22), Henry (18), Charles Edwin (15), and Amelia (12). Martha and her daughter Ann were working as laundresses; Henry was a confectionery cook; Charles Edwin was a waiter; and Amelia was still at school.
Their eldest daughter Ann was married soon after the 1851 census:
- On 20 April 1851 at St Peter-le-Bailey Church, Oxford, Ann Hickman married the labourer John Clewley, also of Broken Hayes.
Ann gave birth to a daughter, Annie Louisa Clewley, around the beginning of 1852 and she was baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 2 May. Less than three months after her daughter was baptised, Mrs Ann Clewley née Hickman died at Broken Hayes, aged 23, and was buried in St Peter-le-Bailey churchyard on 30 July 1852.
In 1861 Charles and Martha Hickman were living at 8 George Street Mews, which is likely to be the same house as before, since the address is later again given as Broken Hayes. Charles (61) was described as a journeyman cabinet maker, but Martha seems to have given up taking in laundry. Two of their three surviving children were still at home: Charles Edwin (26), was now a printer/compositor and Amelia (22) was working as a sempstress. They were also bringing up their motherless granddaughter Annie Louise Clewley (9). Their unmarried son Henry (27) was living at 3 Cornmarket Street, where he worked as the porter of the tailor Ephraim Pottage.
On 9 June 1865 their eldest son Henry was admitted free.
Their daughter Amelia was married in 1865:
- On 17 August 1865 at St Peter-le-Bailey Church, Oxford, Amelia Hickman of Broken Hayes became the second wife of Thomas Snell Grierson, a commercial traveller of St Giles.
Their son Charles Edwin Hickman was living at Walton Street when he died in 1870:
† Charles Edwin Hickman died at Walton Street at the age of 34 in December 1870 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
At the time of the 1871 census Charles (71), who was still working as a cabinet maker, and Martha (73) were living at George Street Mews Cottage with their unmarried son Henry (38), who was still working as a porter. Their granddaughter Annie Louisa Clewley (19) was working as a barmaid and staying in the home of the Griersons, her uncle and aunt, at 72 Observatory Street.
Charles Hickman died in 1873:
† Charles Hickman died at Broken Hayes at the age of 73 in February 1873 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 8 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
Their granddaughter Annie Louisa Clewley gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Louise Annie Clewley, around this time, probably at their house, and she was baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 9 April 1873.
Mrs Martha Hickman died five months after her husband:
† Mrs Martha Hickman née Simmonds died at Broken Hayes at the age of 75 in July 1873 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 5 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
At the time of the 1881 census their unmarried son Henry (47), who was working as as an assistant in a tailor's shop, was living at 8 George Street Mews with his unmarried niece Annie Louisa Clewley (27), Annie's daughter Louise Annie Clewley (8), and his niece Ann Grierson (6).
Surviving children of Charles and Martha Hickman
- Henry Anthony Hickman (born 1833) never married. At the time of the 1901 census Henry (68), a retired shopman, was living at 8 Southmoor Road with his unmarried niece Annie Louisa Clewley (48), and his nephews Henry Ottley and Frederick Grierson. Henry died in Oxford on 27 August 1891, and his effects came to £112 5s.: his niece Miss Annie Louisa Clewley was his executor.
- Amelia Hickman, Mrs Grierson (born 1839): see her separate grave