Wilfred SHRIMPTON (1848–1850)
His cousins Reginald Arthur SHRIMPTON (1855–1919)
and Fanny Beatrice SHRIMPTON (1859–1936)
St Michael section: Row 5, Grave 51

Wilfred Shrimpton

 

 

WILFRED SHRIMPTON.
DIED 10TH JAN. 1850,
AGED 2 YEARS & 4 MONTHS.

 

 

REGINALD ARTHUR
SHRIMPTON
.
DIED 19TH OCT. 1919.
AGED 64 YEARS.

 

 

FANNY BEATRICE SHRIMPTON,
SISTER OF THE ABOVE.
FELL ASLEEP FEB. 1ST 1936.

 

 

Wilfred Shrimpton was born in Oxford in 1848 and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 4 October. He was the son of John Shrimpton junior (born in Oxford in c.1811) and his wife Amelia Leca (born in Walsall in 1820/1), who were married in Dronfield, Derby on 25 March 1839. His father was in turn the son of John Shrimpton senior and his wife Rebecca Hicks (see Rebecca Shrimpton's grave for more about him), and the elder brother of the bookbinder George Shrimpton.

20 Broad Street

 

Young Wilfred’s father John was a carver & gilder, and was also described as a manufacturer of church furniture in Gardner’s Directory for 1852. He evidently began his married life in Sheffield, but by 1845 he had brought his wife back to Oxford, where he opened a shop at 20 Broad Street (now Broad Canvas, right).

Walter’s parents John & Amelia Shrimpton had the following children:

  • John George Shrimpton (born at Crookesmoor, Sheffield on 5 February 1840 and baptised there without registration, received into
    St Michael’s Church on 9 February 1845)
  • Walter Shrimpton junior (born at Sheffield on 18 December 1841
    and baptised there without registration, received into
    St Michael’s Church on 9 February 1845)
  • Ernest Alfred Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1845
    and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 9 February)
  • Reuben James Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1846
    and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 13 November)
  • Wilfred Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1848 and baptised
    at St Michael’s Church on 8 October); died 1849
  • George Frederick Shrimpton (born in Oxford on 7 April 1849
    and baptised at St Michael’s Church on 4 May)
  • Lavinia Amelia Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1850 and
    baptised at St Michael’s Church on 18 December)
  • Mary Jane Shrimpton (born in Oxford in 1852 and
    baptised at St Michael’s Church on 2 July)

Wilfred died when he was still a toddler:

† Wilfred Shrimpton died at 20 Broad Street at the age of 2½ on 10 January 1850 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 13 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

At the time of the 1851 census the following year, Wilfred’s parents John (40) and Amelia (30) were living at 20 Broad Street with four of their children: Walter (9) Ernest (6), Reuben (4), and Lavinia (five months), plus a servant. Their eldest son John George (11) was a chorister boarding at a little school in Marylebone, but George (2) is hard to find.

They family emigrated to New Zealand in 1853 with John’s brother Ingram Shrimpton. John Shrimpton died in New Zealand in 1895.


For 69 years this grave only contained little Wilfred, and then he was joined by two of his cousins, Reginald Arthur Shrimpton and Fanny Beatrice Shrimpton, who were born after him and lived to grow old, but never married. These were the son and daughter of Wilfred’s father’s brother George Shrimpton and his wife Amy Emma Goodwyn (see their grave for more information about this family).

Reginald Arthur Shrimpton (born 1855) was at boarding school in Islington in 1871, when he was aged 16. He is then hard to find in the censuses, until in 1911 a Reginald Arthur Shrimpton, aged 56, was living in Ireland at Gardiner’s Place, Rotunda, Dublin. He died in 1919, and was buried in the grave of his tiny cousin who had died nearly fifty years earlier:

† Reginald Arthur Shrimpton died at 103 Woodstock Road at the age of 64 on 19 October 1919 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

His brother Harold was his executor, and his effects came to £454 13s. 6d.

Fanny Beatrice Shrimpton (born 1859), Reginald’s younger sister, was at boarding school in Watlington in 1871, when she was aged 11. In 1881, when she was 21, she had no occupation, and was paying a visit to her sister, Mrs Amy Daniell, in Lambeth; and in 1891 she was the governess of the children of mill manager Stephen Wakefield at Newland Lodge, Eynsham.

In 1901 she was a teacher, looking after her widower father in Oxford. In 1911 she was still a teacher in Oxford, boarding at 4 Newton Road, Grandpont.

At the end of her life she went to live at 2 Stones Hospital, St Clement’s and was living there at the time of her death in hospital in 1936. She was buried with her brother in the grave of the little cousin who had died just over 85 years earlier:

† Miss Fanny Beatrice Shrimpton died at the Radcliffe Infirmary at the age of 76 on 1 February 1936 (date given in probate record and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on the same day, which may be an error (burial recorded in the parish register of St Michael’s Church).

Her effects came to £591 16s. 7d.


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