The Bloxham Family

In July 2000, Arthur Fraser from Australia emailed the Badsey Website with the following message:
"I am particularly interested in Badsey, as my GG Grandfather, The Rev Charles Bloxham, was the minister at St James Church, for a number of years from 1820. Most of his family having been born there, also his wife died during this time and is probably buried in the church graveyard. It was great to see pictures of the church and village, as I very much doubt I will ever be able to make the trip over."

In St James' Church, there is a list of the Ministers and Assistant Curates at Badsey. From 1807 until 1852, Charles Phillott, MA, was the Minister, but was non-resident. Charles Bloxham, MA, was Assistant Curate from 1820 to 1839, followed by Thomas Robert Griffith, BA, from 1839 to 1845. This is the panel which actually appears in the church, and yet the 1841 Census still has Charles Bloxham living in Badsey as a Clerk. Having checked the 1841 Census for Griffith, I see that Thomas, described also as a Clerk, was living in Badsey with his wife and two young children. I guess there may have been two Clerks for a period.

BAPTISMS - FROM THE REGISTER OF BAPTISMS, 1813-1865 (on microfilm at Worcestershire Record Office)
Date of Baptism Child's Forenames Child's Surname S/D Father's Forenames Mother's Forenames Parents' Surname Abode Occupation Birth Date
1820 Jul 13 James Selwyn Bloxham Son Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clergyman Not known
1822 Jul 08 Edward John Bloxham Son Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clergyman Not known
1823 Oct 04 Harry Dear Bloxham Son Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clerk 1823 Sep 6
1825 Apr 05 Arthur Bloxham Son Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clerk Not known
1828 Jan 10 Horace Hope Bloxham Son Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clerk 1827 Dec 14
1829 Aug 15 Sophia Caroline Bloxham Daughter Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clerk 1829 Jul 12
1831 Sep 28 Amy Louisa Bloxham Daughter Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clerk 1831 Aug 31
1833 DEC 24 Mary Hope Bloxham Daughter Charles Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey Clerk Not known

BURIALS - FROM THE REGISTER OF BURIALS, 1813-1906 (on microfilm at Worcestershire Record Office)
Date of Burial Forenames Surname Abode Age Notes
1824 May 08 Sophia Louisa Bloxham Badsey 5 yrs 3 mths Burials were often conducted by the Curate, Charles Bloxham; in this case it was conducted by The Rev H Cooper, Vicar of Evesham
1836 Nov 05 Mary Hope Bloxham Badsey 39 Burial done by Rev John Marshall,Vicar of Evesham, instead of C Bloxham, Curate

1841 CENSUS - Reference HO 107/1191/6 f 3, p 2, Schedule 9
Address Surname Forenames Gen Age Occupation County
Badsey Bloxham Charles M 45 Clerk No
Badsey Bloxham Arthur M 15 - Yes
Badsey Bloxham Horace M 10 - Yes
Badsey Bloxham Amy F 8 - Yes
Badsey Bloxham Mary F 7 - Yes

In a further e-mail, Mr Fraser wrote that a cousin in Sydney has put together a book entitled The Bloxham Lineage. From his information:

"The Rev Charles was instituted at St James in 1820, in 1850 he was made PC (Perpetual Curate) at Swadingcote, Derbyshire (Gentleman's Magazine, 1850). He died 1 March 1860 at 5 Horwell Terrace Haverstock, Middlesex. He married Mary Hope nee Ouchterlony, born Jamaica 1797, daughter of Robert Ouchterlony. She died 31 Oct 1836 at Badsey Vicarage (Gentleman's Magazine). Research in Jamaica has not found a birth for Mary.

There is also a story of a painting donated to the church, in memory of Mary Hope, by one of her sons????
The majority of Chas & Mary's family came to Australia from about the 1840s."

Indeed, the painting is still in the church, with a small plaque beneath as the pictures below show. There is also a marble wall tablet in memory of Mary Hope Bloxham.

"The above picture by OTTO VENIUS, representing "The Raising of the Widow's Son, was given by a Mr Bloxham (probably a son or other near relative of the Rev Chas Bloxham, Curate of Badsey & Wickhamford 1820-1839) when this church was re-opened after restoration in 1885. Otto Venius or Van Veen (1556-1634) was a pupil of ZUCCHERO and master of RUBENS, and many of his pictures may be seen at Antwerp and Brussels."

"Below lie the remains of MARY HOPE the beloved wife of the Reverend CHARLES BLOXHAM. She died October 31 1836 aged 39 years. Stonemason: SHEPPARD Sc. Bretforton."

 


Updated 18 August 2002. Contact email: History@Badsey.net