Mrs Anne WIBLIN, née Clifton (1827–1867), first wife of Charles Wiblin
Their daughter Miss Harriett Eliza WIBLIN (1854–1872)
Wiblin’s daughter (by his second wife), Miss Amelia Florence Clifton WIBLIN (1868–1892)
St Paul section: Row 11, Grave B24 [St Paul ref T.8]
IN MEMORY OF
ANNE THE WIFE OF
WHO DIED MAY 28, 1867.
AGED 38 YEARS.
HARRIETT ELIZA WIBLIN
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED SEPT. 13, 1872.
AGED 17 YEARS
AMELIA F. C. WIBLIN.
WHO FELL ASLEEP IN JESUS
JANUARY 7, 1892.
AGED 23 YEARS.
This headstone is made of Pennant sandstone
Charles Wiblin the Younger was born in London Place, St Clement’s, Oxford in 1830 and baptised at St Clement’s Church on 30 May He was the son of the butcher/poulterer Charles Wiblin the Elder and his wife Frances English, who were married at St Peter-le-Bailey Church, Oxford on 20 April 1829. His brother John Wiblin was creator of the famous Oxford Sausage.
By the time of the 1851 census Charles Wiblin the Younger (20) was working as a footman at 64 High Street, Oxford, the house of Thomas Whorwood (Lord of the Manor of Headington) and his widowed mother Mary. His duties were not onerous: there was a standing joke in Oxford about Whorwood’s servants, “whose service was perfect freedom”.
His first wife, Anne Clifton or Cliffin, was born at George Street in 1827 and baptised at St Mary Magdalen Church on 14 April. She was the daughter of William Cliffin and Elizabeth Price, who were married at that church on 8 August 1810. For more about Anne and her family, see her father's grave. At the time of the 1851 census Anne (23) was a house servant at Upton Lea Farm, Upton-cum-Chalvey, Eton in the home of the Nash family.
In the third quarter of 1852 at Eton, Charles Wiblin married Anne Clifton, and they had the following children:
- Harriett Eliza Wiblin (born in Aston, Warwickshire in 1854, reg. fourth quarter)
- Anne Frances Wiblin (born at Wood Street, Oxford in 1856/7 and baptised at St Ebbe’s Church on 29 March 1857
- Emily Jane Wiblin (born at Castle Street, Oxford in 1858/9 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 6 March 1859); died in infancy, burial on 30 June recorded in parish register of St Peter-le-Bailey
- Charles Tom Alexander Wiblin (born at Castle Street, Oxford in 1860 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 5 September)
- Emily Jane Wiblin II, usually known as Emma (born at St Clement’s Street in 1861 and baptised at St Clement’s Church on 8 December).
Charles Wiblin and his first wife Anne appear to have started off their married life at Aston, near Birmingham, where their first daughter was born, but had moved back to Oxford by early 1857, when Charles was still working as a servant, and they lived at Wood Street, St Ebbe’s.
By 1859 Charles Wiblin had become a butcher in Castle Street: Charles (30) and Ann (32) can be seen there at the time of the 1861 census with Harriett (6), Anne Frances (4), and Charles Tom (eight months). When their youngest child, the second Emily, was baptised at the end of that year, however, Charles was described as a butcher of St Clement’s High Street. Emily died in June 1859, she was probably buried at Osney Cemetery, as her burial is recorded in the St Peter-le-Bailey parish register.
Charles Wiblin’s first wife Anne died at St Ebbe’s in 1867, and it is a mystery why she is buried in the St Paul's section of St Sepulchre’s rather than in Osney Cemetery, as it is hard to see any connection with the St Paul’s district chapelry:
† Mrs Anne Wiblin, née Clifton died at St Ebbe’s at the age of 38 on 28 May 1867 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 3 June (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
Just seven months later, on 1 January 1868 at St Mary Magdalen Church, Oxford, Charles Wiblin married his second wife, Eliza Clifton. Eliza Clifton or Cliffin (born at George Street in 1829): she was his deceased wife's sister, so the marriage was illegal. They had the following children:
- Amelia Florence Clifton Wiblin (known as Minnie, born at Castle Street, Oxford in 1868 and baptised at St Peter-le-Bailey Church on 6 December)
- Effie Gertrude Wiblin (born in Oxford in 1871/2, reg. first quarter of 1872).
At the time of the 1871 census Charles Wiblin (42) was a butcher, living over his shop at 3 Cowley Road with his second wife Eliza (38) and their daughter Amelia (2), plus his children Emily and Charles from his first marriage. (He should not be confused with another butcher called Charles Wiblin, who married Maria Morris in 1863 and had a shop in St Clement’s, and who went bankrupt in 1892, stating “meat being at such a high price that there has not been a living profit to be got on it”). His daughter Anne (14) was living with her aunt, the laundress Miss Harriett Clifton, at 7 Gloucester Green.
At around this time Charles Wiblin left his second wife Eliza, to whom he was not actually married. Eliza went to live at Gloucester Green with her stepchildren and children. Charles’s eldest daughter by his first wife, Harriet, died there in 1872 and was buried with her mother:
† Miss Harriet Eliza Wiblin died at Gloucester Green at the age of 17 on 13 September 1872 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 18 September (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
In 1874 Charles’s second daughter Annie Francis Wiblin (17) was sent to Canada on the Scandinavia, arriving in Quebec on 5 October.
In the fourth quarter of 1878 at St Saviour's Church in London, while his second “wife” Eliza was still alive, he married his third wife, Mrs Sarah Randall. This was actually a legal marriage rather than bigamy, however, as his second marriage was invalid. He brought his new wife Sarah back to Oxford to live with him over his Cowley Road shop.
On 6 March 1880, the following report appeared in Jackson’s Oxford Journal: “Charles Wiblin, butcher, Cowley-road, was summoned by the Local Board for furiously driving a pony in High-street, St. Clement’s, on the 20th of Feb.; the Bench being divided, the case was dismissed.”
At the time of the 1881 census Charles Wiblin (50) was living at 202 Cowley Road with his third wife Sarah (52). Meanwhile his second wife Eliza, who described herself as both married and the head of the household, was living at 36 Gloucester Green: she was working as a laundress, her stepdaughter Annie (19) was working as a dressmaker, and her daughters Amelia (12) and Effie (9) were at school. They employed a 16-year-old servant girl. Charles’s daughter Emily (20), who was working as a machinist, was paying a visit to a lady in St Ebbe’s.
† Charles Wiblin died of acute rheumatism and delirium tremens at the Radcliffe Infirmary at the age of 56 on 20 August 1886 and was buried at St Clement’s churchyard the next day. His address at the time of his death was given as the Port Mahon pub. His personal estate came to £310 3s. 8d., and his executor was his youngest son Charles, who was also a butcher.
His son Charles was married in 1888:
- On 14 August 1888 at St Clement’s Church, Oxford, Charles Tom Alexander Wiblin (28) married Rose Emma Goddard (25) . He was described as a butcher of 1 Penson’s Gardens, and Rose was the daughter of Alfred Goddard, a beer retailer at 30 St Clement’s Street.
At the time of the 1891 census Charles Wiblin’s second “wife” Eliza was living at 28 Alma Place in east Oxford with her daughters Amelia (22) and Effie (18), who was a pianoforte teacher. Eliza (60) described herself as a retired laundress and a widow.
Her elder daughter Amelia died the following year:
† Miss Amelia Florence Clifton Wiblin (known as Minnie) died at 28 Alma Place, St Clement’s at the age of 23 on 7 January 1892 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 12 January (burial recorded in the register of St Paul’s Church).
A lace dress set made by Minnie in the 1870s was given to the Oxfordshire Museums Service by her sister Effie.
Charles Wiblin’s father of the same name died at 62 Cowley Road six years after his son on 24 April 1892, at the age of 83: his effects came to £141 15s., and probate was granted to his widow Maria.
Charles’s third wife Mrs Sarah Wiblin (formerly Mrs Randall) died on 5 May 1892, and the following announcement was inserted in Jackson’s Oxford Journal: “May 5, at 22, Princes-street, Cowley-road, Sarah, widow of Charles Wiblin, and relict of the late James Randall, aged 66”.
Charles’s second “wife” Mrs Eliza Wiblin, née Clifton was living at 50 Lonsdale Road, Summertown with her unmarried daughter Effie Gertrude (39) at the time of the 1911 census. Eliza died in 1916 at the age of 84 (reg. Headington district first quarter).
Charles Wiblin’s surviving children
- Anne Frances Wiblin (born 1856/7) remained in Canada, and was living in Hamilton, Ontario when on 24 May 1876 at the age of 19½ she married Thomas Groves Wilson, a grocer, at Barton, Ontario.
- Emily Jane Wiblin, known as Emma (born 1861) was working as a lady’s maid in Leamington Priors in 1891, aged 29. Ten years later she was a lady’s maid to a different family in Stourhead.
- Charles Tom Alexander Wiblin (born in 1860) was a master butcher at 6 Kingston Road, but at the time of the 1911 census, when he was aged 50, he was a bookkeeper employed by another butcher: he and his wife Rose then lived at 141 Walton Street with their three children: Dorothy (20), who was a butcher’s clerk; Alexander George Alfred (19), who was the apprentice of a mechanical engineer; and Minnie (17), who was a dressmaker’s apprentice. His widowed mother-in-law Mrs Elizabeth Goddard also lived with them, and they had one servant. Charles died at Sandford Crossing, Radley on 28 September 1914, and his personal estate came to £1,782 8s. 5d. His eldest son Alexander died in the First World War the following year at the age of 23.
- Miss Effie Gertrude Wiblin (born 1871/2), the only surviving child from Charles’ Wiblin’s second marriage, never married, and was still living in her mother’s house at 50 Lonsdale Road in 1962. She died at Oseney Court, Botley Road on 18 April 1964, and her wealth at death was £8,318.