Horace WHITMAN (1839–1910)
His wife Mrs Rosina WHITMAN, née Miles (1843–1901)
Their son Ernest Edwin WHITMAN (1873–1897)
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Henry SMITH (1858 –1927) and their daughter
Mrs Frances Lottie SMITH, née Whitman (1865–1935)
St Paul's section: Row 17, Grave A21
(OF THE 10TH ROYAL HUSSARS)
THE BELOVED SON OF
HORACE & ROSINA
DIED AT CAMBRIDGE HOSPITAL
ALDERSHOT OCT. 15TH 1897
AGED 24 YEARS.
“GOD'S WILL BE DONE”
MOTHER OF THE ABOVE
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS DEC. 1ST 1901,
AGED 58 YEARS
[TWO LINES OF TEXT]
ALSO HORACE WHITMAN
[DIED 1910 AGED 72]
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[Reverse of headstone: for
photograph, see end of page]
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF
F. L. SMITH
WHO FELL ASLEEP DEC 19, 1927
AGED 69 YEARS.
R. I. P.
[FRANCES LOTTIE SMITH]
[DIED SEP. 1935, AGED 69]
Horace Whitman was born in Littlemore on 3 July 1839 and baptised there before 4 August (precise date missing from the register). He was the son of the bookbinder Charles Whitman and his wife Anne (surname unknown, born in Littlemore in c.1806). (As his parents were living in Reading after their marriage, they could be the Charles Southcote Whitman and Anne King who were married at St Mary's Church in Reading on 28 July 1832.) Horace's older siblings William and Ann were born in Reading and his next sister Sarah was born in Abingdon. His two younger siblings were baptised at Littlemore: Festus in 1841 and Elizabeth in 1843. At the time of the 1841 census Horace was 18 months old and living at Littlemore with his parents and his older siblings Charles (14), William (10), Anne (7), and Sarah (3). By 1851 Horace (12) was at school and living at the Cowley Road, Littlemore with his father Charles (47), described as a master bookbinder, his mother Ann (44), and four of his siblings: William (20) was a printer, Ann (17) was a paper bag maker, and Festus (10) and Elizabeth (8) were at school. By 1861 the family was living at the other end of the Cowley Road in the St Clement's area of Oxford: Horace (21) was now a shoemaker, and his father was both a printer and stationer. Three of his sisters were at home: Ann (26) was an unemployed cook, Sarah (23) was a domestic servant, and Elizabeth (17) assisted her father. By 1861 Horace had become a cricket-ball maker.
Rosina Miles was born at Friars Street, Oxford in 1843 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 9 August. She was the daughter of the bootmaker or cordwainer William Miles and his wife Eliza (surname unknown). Her two older siblings had also been baptised at that church: Valentine Edwin Miles in 1838 and Walter James Miles in 1840. By the time of the 1851 census Rosina (7) was living in Ealing Lane, Old Brentford, Middlesex with her father William and mother Elizabeth, but by 1861 the family was back in Oxford, living at 13 Penson's Gardens: Rosina (18) was a dressmaker, and her father William (60) was still working as a cordwainer.
On 7 September 1863 at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, Horace Whitman married Rosina Miles (20): they were both then living in Penson's Gardens. They had the following children:
- Rosina Elizabeth Whitman born in Oxford in 1864, registered Headington district third quarter)
- Frances Lottie Whitman (born at Penson's Gardens, Oxford in 1865 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 14 January 1866)
- Horace William Whitman (born at Penson's Gardens, Oxford in 1867 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 28 April)
- Alice Maud Whitman (born at Penson's Gardens, Oxford in 1868 and baptised at St Ebbe's Church on 27 December);
died in Lambeth at the age of two near the end of 1870
- Frederick Charles Whitman (born in London in 1870 and baptised at St Mark's Church, Kennington on 4 January 1871)
- Ernest Edwin Whitman (born at 1 Cleaver Street, London in 1873 and baptised at St Mark's Church, Kennington on 9 July)
- Albert Edgar Whitman (born in east Oxford in 1877 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 13 November)
- Festus Henry Whitman (born in east Oxford in 1879/80 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 19 January 1880);
died at Henley Street at the age of four months and buried in Cowley St John churchyard on 16 March 1880
- Lily Maud Whitman (born in east Oxford in 1882 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 2 April);
died at Princes Street at the age of 14 months and buried in her grandmother's grave at Cowley St John churchyard on 16 April 1883
- Harry James Whitman (born at Cross Street, east Oxford in 1883 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 8 April)
- Percy Walter Whitman (born at 44 Marston Street, east Oxford in 1884 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 1 June); died aged 13 months and buried at Cowley St John churchyard on 14 March 1885.
The family began their married life in Oxford, and by 1865 they were living at Penson's Gardens in St Ebbe's.
By the time of Frederick's birth in about September 1870, the family had moved to London. The 1871 census shows Horace (30), who continued to work as a cricket-ball manufacturer, living at 1 Cleaver Street, Lambeth with his wife Rosina (27) and their children Rosina Elizabeth (6), (Frances) Lottie (5), (Horace) William (4), and Frederick (six months).
By 1877 the family was back in Oxford, living in Cowley St John parish, with their address given as Henley Street in early 1880.
At the time of the 1881 census Horace (39), who was still working as a cricket-ball manufacturer, was living at Henley Street with Rosina (37) and their children Frances (15), Horace (14), Frederick (10) and Ernest (8), who were all still at school, and Albert (3). Their eldest daughter Rosina Elizabeth (17) was a servant in the home of Webber Patterson at 44 Broad Street.
By early 1883 the family had moved to Cross Street, and by June 1884 they were living at 44 Marston Street, both in east Oxford.
Their daughter Frances was married in 1890:
- On 25 December 1890 at St Clement's Church, Oxford, Frances Lottie Whitman married Henry Smith
(for more on this couple and their family, see the other side of this headstone, below)
By the time of the 1891 census Horace (49) was working as a shoemaker again, and living in Queen's Lane in St Peter-in-the-East parish with his wife Rosina (47) and three of their children: Rosina Elizabeth (26), Albert (13), and Harry (8).
By 1897 the family appears to have moved to 24 Great Clarendon Street in Jericho, as this was given as the home address of their son Ernest who died at Aldershot in 1891 while serving in the 10th Royal Hussars:
† Ernest Edwin Whitman died at the Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot at the age of 24 on 15 October 1897 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 19 October (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
Three of their children were married in the 1890s:
- On 5 June 1892 at St Barnabas's Church, Oxford, Horace William Whitman (24), a cricket-ball maker, married Florence Catherine Jewell (22), the daughter of the plumber William Jewell. [Florence died in 1896 at the age of 26, and in 1897 he married his second wife, Emily Angela Brooks.]
- On 18 November 1894 at St Peter-in-the-East Church, Oxford, Rosina Elizabeth Whitman (30) married the widower
Eli Papel (42), the son of the gardener William George Papel;
- On 23 March 1893 at St Clement's Church, Oxford, Frederick Charles Whitman (23) married Esther Annie Clarke (23), the daughter of the carpenter George Clarke: both were described as living at 11 Alma Place.
At the time of the 1901 census Horace (58), described as a “bootmaker & other retail”, was living at 1 Union Street in Jericho with his wife Rosina (57) and their son Albert (23), who was also a bootmaker.
Rosina died at the end of 1901:
† Mrs Rosina Whitman née Miles died at 24 Great Clarendon Street at the age of 58 on 1 December 1901 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 6 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
Horace died in 1910:
† Horace Whitman died in 1910 at the age of 72 and his death was registered in the Headington district in the fourth quarter. His burial is not recorded in the expected register.
Although his name is on this headstone, he is not listed in the burial register of either St Paul's or St Barnabas's Church, so It is possible that he was buried elsewhere and that his name is just recorded here on the headstone.
Henry SMITH (1858 –1927) and his wife (and daughter of the above)
Mrs Frances Lottie SMITH, née Whitman (1865–1935)
Reverse of headstone
Henry Smith (also Harry) was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1858, the son of the publican John Smith and his wife Mary Ann.
At the time of the 1861 census Henry (2) was living at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Winchester Street, Basingstoke with his father John (48), his mother Mary Ann (38), and his siblings Ellen (6) and Alfred John (5). By 1871 his mother had died and Henry (12) was living in Reading with his father John (58), who was still a publican, his stepmother Annie (36), and his brother Arthur (8). By 1871 Henry (22) was a gardener, living at Ashford, Middlesex with his father John (68), a retired widower, and his brothers Arthur (19), who was a shopman, and Albert (7).
Henry was still working as a servant in Ashford when on Christmas Day 1890 at St Clement's Church, Oxford he married Frances Lottie Whitman (the daughter of Horace & Rosina Whitman, see above).
At the time of the 1891 census Harry (31) and Frances (25) were living at Ashford in Kent, and Harry was described more precisely as a boots at an inn. They had two children:
- Francis Horace Henry Smith, known as Horace (born in Staines, Middlesex in 1892)
- Rosina Lottie Smith (born at Boulter Street, Oxford in 1894 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 26 August).
They were evidently in Staines in 1892, but by March 1894 Henry Smith had got a job in Frances's home city of Oxford and they were living at 51 Holywell Street. By August 1894 he was described as a manservant. They had moved to Boulter Street in east Oxford by the time Rosina was born in 1894.
At the time of the 1901 census Henry (41), a cab driver, and Frances (35) were living at 20 Wellington Street with their children Horace (8) and Rosina (6).
In 1911 they were living at 43 Wellington Street with their daughter Rosina (16), who was an upholsteress.
Henry died in 1927:
† Henry Smith died at 43 Wellington Street at the age of 69 in December 1927 and was buried at St Sepulchre's Cemetery on 19 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Barnabas's Church).
His wife Frances died in 1935:
† Mrs Frances Lottie Smith née Whitman died at 43 Wellington Street at the age of 69 in September 1935 and was buried at St Sepulchre's Cemetery on 16 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Barnabas's Church).