Joseph PATTISON (c.1802–1869)
His wife Mrs Elizabeth PATTISON, née Weatherhead (1800–1876)
His wife's sister Mrs Ann LEGG, née Weatherhead (1798–1857)
St Giles (Ss Philip & James) section: Row 22a, Grave F43
TO THE MEMORY OF
[DIED 10 SEPTEMBER] 1869
[AGED 67 YEARS]
ELIZABETH [WIFE OF] THE ABOVE
[DIED 18 OCTOBER] 1876
[SISTER OF THE] ABOVE
DIED [… FEBRUARY 1857]
J. P. 1869
E. P. 1876
A. L. 1857.
Joseph Pattison was born in Newcastle in c.1802. By 1829 he had moved to Oxford and was working for the ironmonger Jonathan Browning at his shop at 57 Cornmarket Street, and he was to remain his foreman for over forty years until his death.
Elizabeth Weatherhead was born in Roddam, Northumberland in 1800, the daughter of Thomas Weatherhead and his wife Jane, and her older sister Ann Weatherhead was born there in 1798: they were both baptised at nearby Ilderton. By the time of her marriage in 1830 she was living in London.
On 6 November 1830 at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London, Joseph Pattison married Elizabeth Weatherhead. They do not appear to have had any children.
At the time of the 1851 census Joseph (49), who described himself as an ironmonger, was living at St John Street with his wife Elizabeth (49).
Elizabeth's sister Mrs Ann Legg was staying at their house in Oxford when she died in 1857:
† Mrs Ann Legg née Weatherhead died at St John Street at the age of 58 in February 1857 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 24 February (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).
In 1861 Joseph (59) and Elizabeth (60) were living at 40 St John Street with one servant.
In 1869 Joseph collapsed and died in Oxford's public library (which was then situated in the old Town Hall):
† Joseph Pattison died at Oxford's Public Library at the age of 68 on 10 September 1869 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 13 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's Church).
An inquest into his death was held at the Town Hall the next day. His brother-in-law, Joseph Weatherhead of Newcastle, said he was paying the family a visit and at about 8.30pm on Friday 10 September he and Pattison had walked down to Oxford's Public Library. They were reading newspapers at different stands when Pattison fell to the floor. Mr Hussey the surgeon was summoned, but Pattison died soon after being placed on a table. His employer, Alderman Browning, said that Pattison had been liable to gouty affections and had been troubled by gout in the stomach a short time before, and also had never quite recovered from the shock of the fire in Cornmarket Street in 1863. (This was the fire that totally destroyed the Grimbly, Hughes, & Dewe premises at No. 55 & 56 next to Browning's shop.) The verdict of the jury was that the deceased had expired from disease of the heart.
His effects came to under £2,000, and letters of administration were granted to his widow, but in January 1871 the will was contested by Anthony Pattison, who was probably Joseph's brother.
At the time of the 1871 census Elizabeth (69) was living alone at 40 St John Street with her 17-year-old servant girl, but she had moved to Kingston Road by the time of her death in 1876:
† Mrs Elizabeth Pattison née Weatherhead died at 3 St Paul's Terrace, Kingston Road at the age of 76 on 18 October 1876 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 27 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles's and Ss Philip & James's Church).
Her effects came to under £200, and probate was granted to her niece Mrs Margaret Duckett, née Weatherhead.