Thomas NEWTON (c.1814–1892)
His first wife Mrs Ann NEWTON, née Martin (c.1814–1864)
Their daughters Selina NEWTON (1847–1864)
and Lucy Kate NEWTON (1854–1879)
His second wife Mrs Mary Ann NEWTON (c.1815–1902)
St Giles section: Row 10, Grave B26½
To the Memory of
the beloved Wife of
who departed this Life
March 20TH, 1870
aged 56 Years
Daughter of the above
who died May 9TH 1864
aged 17 Years
LUCY KATE NEWTON
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 15TH 1879
AGED 25 YEARS.
[On the reverse of the
headstone, shown below]
WHO DIED JAN. 17TH 1892,
AGED 78 YEARS
WIFE OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED APRIL 26TH 1904
[error for 1902]
AGED 87 YEARS
Thomas Newton was born in Denham, near Uxbridge, Buckinghamshire in 1813 and baptised there on 14 November, the son of Daniel Newton and Eleanor Wright.
His first wife Ann Martin was born at Tunbridge Wells, Kent in c.1814.
On 8 September 1846 at St Mary’s Church, Cheltenham, Thomas Newton married Ann Martin, and they had the following children:
- Selina Newton (born in Cheltenham in 1847, reg. third quarter)
- Mary Ann Newton (born in Cheltenham in 1848, reg. fourth quarter)
- Eliza Jane Newton (born in Cheltenham in 1851, reg. third quarter)
- Lucy Kate Newton (born in Cheltenham in 1854, reg. second quarter)
- Frank Edgar Newton (born in Islip in 1856, reg. second quarter).
The family evidently lived in Cheltenham at the start of their marriage. At the time of the 1851 census Thomas Newton (37) was described as an annuitant, and was living in Leckhampton near Cheltenham with his wife Ann and their first two children Selina (3) and Mary Ann (2).
They appear to have moved to Islip in Oxfordshire by 1856, as their youngest son was born there.
By the time of the 1861 census Thomas (47) was a dealer in china and glass and was living at 33A St Giles’s Street (the shop that is now the southern part of the Royal Bank of Scotland) with his wife Ann (47) and their children Mary Anne (12), Eliza (9), Lucy (6), and Frank (4), all of whom were at school.
Their daughter Selina died in 1864:
† Miss Selina Newton died at St Giles’s Street at the age of 17 on 9 May 1864 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
The parish register records that because Selina was not baptised, the office of the church was not used.
The first Mrs Newton died in 1870:
† Mrs Ann Newton née Martin died at St Giles’s Street at the age of 56 on 20 March 1870 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 25 March (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
The parish register records that the office of the church was not used, by the wish of her husband.
At the time of the 1871 census Thomas Newton, a widower of 57, was living at 33A St Giles’s Street (wrongly listed as 34) with his children Eliza (19), Lucy (16), and Frank (14). His other surviving child, Mary Ann (22) was working as a milliner for a draper, and living in the Reading home of her employer.
In 1875 Thomas Newton, described as a china merchant, became the first leaseholder of the newly built 4 Leckford Road. Also in that year his daughter Eliza was married:
- In the fourth quarter of 1875 in Oxford, Eliza Jane Newton married Asaph Pauling.
Thomas Newton's unmarried daughter Lucy Kate Newton died at Walton Street in 1879 (with the address given as 25 Upper Walton Street in the parish register, and as 50 Walton Street in the death notice):
† Miss Lucy Kate Newton died at the north end of Walton Street at the age of 25 on 15 June 1879 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 19 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Again, the parish register records that because Lucy was not baptised, the office of the church was not used. Her death notice in Jackson’s Oxford Journal read: “June 15, at 50, Walton-street, Oxford, Lucy Kate, daughter of Mr. Thomas Newton, china dealer, aged 26.”
Thomas Newton and his second wife Mary Ann
Mary Ann (surname unknown) was born in Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire in c.1817.
At some point between 1871 and 1881 she became the second wife of Thomas Newton. It is likely to have been her second marriage, as she was aged 54 in 1871.
At the time of the 1881 census Thomas Newton (67), was still working as a china & glass merchant and living at 4 Leckford Road with his wife Mary Ann (64) and his two unmarried children: Frank (24), who was a partner in his father’s business, and Mary Ann (32). (The family’s surname is mistakenly recorded as Morton in the original census.)
Two of Thomas Newton’s children were married soon after that census:
- On 27 December 1881 at St Giles’s Church, Oxford, Frank Edgar Newton (25), described as a china merchant of 4 Leckford Road, married Annie Lizzie Pottage (22), the daughter of the tailor Samuel Pottage of Bramham Villa, Banbury Road.
- In the second quarter of 1882 in Oxford, Mary Ann Newton (44) married William Henry Robinson, the second assistant at the Radcliffe Observatory. They went to live at 60 Kingston Road, of which Thomas Newton had become the first leaseholder in 1883.
Frank Edgar Newton took over his father’s china business at 33A St Giles’s Street, but in February 1885 he went into receivership.
At the time of the 1891 census Thomas Newton (77), now retired, and his second wife Mary Ann (74) were still living at 4 Leckford Road.
Thomas Newton died in Oxford in 1892:
† Thomas Newton died at 4 Leckford Road at the age of 78 on 17 January 1892 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 21 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
The parish register records that a burial certificate was supplied by his son-in-law Asaph Pauling.
In 1901 Thomas Newton’s second wife Mary Ann was aged about 84 and living in two rooms in the house of a college servant at Juxon Street. She died there in 1902:
† Mrs Mary Ann Newton died at 2 Juxon Street at the age of about 87 on 26 April 1902 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 3 May (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Surviving children of Thomas and Ann Newton
- Mary Anne Newton, Mrs Robinson (born 1848) had no children. At the time of the 1891 census she was living at 60 Kingston Road with her husband William and their 16-year-old servant girl. They were still there with a servant in 1901, and their London-born niece Ellen Woodruffe (10) had come to live with them. Mary Ann Robinson is hard to find after 1901.
- Eliza Jane Newton, Mrs Pauling (born 1851) and her husband Asaph Pauling, who was a tailor’s cutter, were living at Cheltenham House, Kingston Road in 1881 with their son Victor Ernest Newton Pauling (3). He died aged four, and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 7 February 1882. At the time of the 1891 census their address was given as 8 Kingston Road, and they had two more children: Eva Kate (7) and Elsie Margaret (3), plus a 13-year-old servant girl. They were still there with Eva (17) and Elsie (13) in 1901; and in 1911 only Elsie (24) was at home with them. Asaph Pauling died in 1939 and his wife Eliza Jane (Lizzie) Pauling in 1942. They are buried in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery with their son Victor (St Giles section: Row 49, Grave K36).
- Frank Edgar Newton (born in Islip in 1856) and his wife Annie were living at 27 Lower Stone Street, Maidstone at the time of the 1891 census in the house of Annie’s brother Samuel Pottage, and Frank was a manager for a wine merchant. They had one son, Edgar Frank Newton, born in Oxford on 26 January 1883 and christened at New Inn Hall Street Methodist Church on 11 March. At the time of the 1901 census they were living at 134 Blackheath Hill, Lewisham, and Frank was now a Secretary to a Public Company and Annie was a confectioner’s manageress. Their son Edgar (18) was a shorthand typist: he married his cousin Eva Kate Pauling in 1909. In 1911 Annie was living with her son Edgar and his wife in Wealdstone. Frank is missing and they appear to have separated: he may be the Frank Edgar Newton who early in 1913 crossed the border from Canada to Michigan in the USA.