Thomas READE (1832–1871)
His niece Amy MUNDY (1870–1872)
St Michael section: Row 26, Grave L51
IN MEMORY OF
WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 4, 1871,
AGED 39 YEARS
HIS END WAS PEACE.
DIED … 1872 ]
[Text read by Canon Bostock, but
now obscured by footstone]
T. R. 1871
A. M. 1872
Thomas Reade (1832–1871)
Thomas Reade was born in Shillingford in 1832, the son of Henry Reade (born in Baulking, Berkshire in 1795/6) and Amy Elbrow (born in Shillingford in 1806). His parents were married at Shillingford Church on 4 June 1827 and had the following children:
- Elizabeth Reade (born in Shillingford in 1828 and baptised there on 16 November)
- Robert Reade (born in Shillingford in 1830/1 and baptised there on 16 January 1831)
- Thomas Reade (born in Shillingford in 1832 and baptised there on 11 November)
- Mary Reade (born in Shillingford in 1834 and baptised there on 25 November)
- Ann Reade (born in Shillingford in 1836 and baptised there on 6 November)
At the time of the 1861 census Thomas Reade (29) was unmarried and living at Crookham End House in Thatcham, where he was the groom of the former Royal Navy Commander George Fowler.
Between 1861 and 1871 Thomas Reade must have come to Oxford to work, probably for someone who lived in St Michael’s parish; but he evidently fell on hard times, as at the time of the 1871 census, although he was described as a stableman, he was an inmate of the Oxford Workhouse in the Cowley Road. He died later that year, probably in the workhouse:
† Thomas Reade died at St Clement’s at the age of 39 on 4 September 1871 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 9 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).
It seems likely that his more prosperous elder sister Elizabeth (Mrs Mundy), who was living in Oxford at the time of his death and the following year had her youngest daughter buried with him, paid for the grave.
Amy Mundy (1870–1872)
Amy Mundy was born in South Hinksey in 1870, the daughter of James Mundy (born in Culham in 1828/9) and his wife Elizabeth Reade (born in Shillingford in 1828, sister of James Reade above), and was evidently named after her maternal grandmother Amy Elbrow. Her parents were married in the St Giles’ district of London in the second quarter of 1853 and had the following children:
- Mary Ann Amy Mundy (born in Culham in 1853/4 and baptised there 20 March 1854)
- James Cole Robert Mundy (born in Sandford-on-Thames in 1855 and baptised there on 21 December)
- John Robert Mundy (born in Sandford-on-Thames in 1856/7 and baptised there on 19 April 1857)
- Emily Jane Mundy (born in Sandford-on-Thames in 1858 and baptised there on 2 December)
- (Stephen) Edward Boddington Mundy (born in Sandford-on-Thames in 1860 and baptised there on 6 January 1861)
- Martha Maria Mundy (born in Sandford-on-Thames in 1862 and baptised there on 24 August);
died aged six months and 14 days, and buried there on 30 January 1863
- Laura Mundy (born in Sandford-on-Thames in 1863/4, privately baptised there on 6 January 1864 and received into the church on 24 April)
- Bertha Mundy (born in Iffley in 1865 and privately baptised there on 5 November)
- Ada Mundy (born in South Hinksey in 1867 and baptised there on 29 September)
- Amy Mundy (born in South Hinksey in 1870 and baptised there on 24 April)
At the time of the 1851 census Amy’s mother Elizabeth Reade (22) was working as a lady’s maid at Waterstock House, while her future husband James Mundy (22), who was born in Culham, was living with his widowed mother Mary Mundy (50) at Manor Farm, Culham. He appears to have come from a prosperous family: his mother was described as a farmer of 400 acres employing 45 men, and James was helping her farm.
The couple evidently began their married life in Culham, and James was described as an innkeeper there when his first daughter was baptised in early 1854.
By the end of 1855 James Reade had taken over the King’s Arms at Sandford-on-Thames (right), and also operated the ferry there.
The 1861 census shows James and Elizabeth living at the King’s Arms in Sandford-on-Thames with James (5), Emily (2), and Stephen Edward (seven months). The two missing children Mary (8) and John (5) were paying a visit to their maternal grandparents Henry and Amy Reade, who were living at the farm house in the village of Culham: Henry (65) was a farm bailiff of 14 acres employing ten men and one boy, and Amy (51) was a dairywoman.
By the end of 1865 the family had moved to Iffley, and James was described as a gentleman at the time of his daughter Bertha’s baptism; but by 1867 James was once again working as a publican, this time at South Hinksey, where the family remained until at least April 1870.
By the time of the 1871 census James Mundy (42) was a provision dealer living at St Ebbe’s Street with his wife Elizabeth (42) and their nine surviving children Mary (17), James (15), John (14), Emily (12), (Stephen) Edward (10), Laura (8), Bertha (5), Ada (3), and Amy (1).
Their youngest child Amy died at the age of two in 1872, and her death was registered in Oxford in the second quarter:
† Amy Mundy died at Oxford at the age of two near the beginning of 1872 and she was buried with her uncle Thomas Reade at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery. Her burial is not, however, recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church.
By 1 May 1876, when Amy’s father James Mundy was buried, her family had moved to 158 Walton Street in St Mary Magdalen parish. It is likely that this burial took place in St Sepulchre’s Cemetery, but no gravestone has been identified. His effects came to nearly £800, and his widow Elizabeth was his executor.
Two of Amy's siblings were married in the 1880s:
- On 26 October 1885 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, Emily Jane Mundy married Charles Franklin of Eynsham;
- On 14 February 1887 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, John Robert Mundy married Rose Jane Thurstan.
Her brother Stephen was married in 1906:
- On 28 March 1906 at St Clement's Church, Oxford, Stephen Edward Boddington Munday (45), described as a butcher of 12 William Street (now Tyndale Street) married the widow Mrs Alice Sarah Peach of 163 Walton Street, the daughter of the upholster John Smith.
Amy’s mother Elizabeth Mundy died in the Headington registration district at the age of 81 in 1910.
Amy's brother Stephen Edward Boddington Mundy died at 92 Walton Street, Oxford at the age of 74 in 1935 and was buried in the St Mary Magdalen section of St Sepulchre's Cemetery on 24 September in the grave of his wife Alice Sarah Munday, who had died in 1914 at the age of 57 (Row 35, Grave L56½)