The Family of Thomas Wyborn (Chemist)

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Thomas was born 19 April 1811, and baptised 5 May 1811 at Ramsgate Chapel, a son of Thomas Wyborn and Mary deceased [formerly Castle].

He (bachelor) married Jane Elizabeth Pearce (spinster) after banns at St John the Evangelist, Waterloo Road, Lambeth, 11 August 1834. The witnesses were James Green and Robert Brown.

In 1837 he was living in a dwelling valued at 17 pa in the High Street/Lewis Grove area of Lewisham.

In the 1841 census of Western Road, Brighton, Thomas was aged 30 - 34, a chemist, Jane was aged 35 - 39, Jane was aged 3 and Tom was aged 3 weeks. Thomas and Jane senior were not born in the county but their children were. There was also a female servant.

Jane Elizabeth Wyborn died 16 February 1847 at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and was buried 25 February, aged 40.

Thomas married secondly Eliza Mitten, after banns, on 29 October 1848 at Croydon Parish Church. Thomas was a widower, of full age, a chemist of North End, Croydon, a son of Thomas Wyborn, a leather cutter. Eliza was a spinster, also of full age and of North End, Croydon, a daughter of Edward Mitten, gentleman. The witnesses were Joseph William Rice and William Tidy.

In the 1851 census of High Street, Eton, (next but one to the Turks Head Inn), Thomas was aged 39, a chemist and druggist, born at Ramsgate, with his wife, Eliza, aged 31, born at Hurstpierpoint, and Thomas's children Thomas, aged 9, born Brighton, Louisa, aged 7 and Stephen aged 2, both born at Hurstpierpoint. There also appeared to be a servant (not legible), born at Eton.

In Slaters Directory of Berkshire 1852, Thomas is listed as a dispensing and family chemist and patent medicine vender (sic), High Street, Eton.

Thomas Wyborn died 29 September 1856 at High Street, Eton. He was aged 48, a chemist and druggist. He died of bilious remittent fever 10 days.

A notice of his death appeared in the Windsor Express, 4 October 1856: "SUDDEN DEATH -We regret to record the sudden decease of Mr. Thomas Wyborn, chemist of Eton, which took place on Monday morning last. Mr. Wyborn had suffered for some weeks from pains in his legs, and had but a short time since returned from a watering-place. The change, however, did not benefit him, although he attended his daily avocations until late on Saturday last. He retired to rest as usual on Sunday night, but on Mrs. Wyborn's awaking about three o'clock on Monday morning she found deceased in a dying state. Medical aid was immediately summoned, but it was of no avail. Mr. Wyborn was a kind friend to the poor for whom he often prescribed gratuitously. He was likewise an active member of the Eton Board of Health. He has left a widow and seven children to mourn his loss." [These would appear to be Jane Elizabeth, Thomas Harrison, Louisa Emily, Stephen Mogg, Samuel Bargrave, Annie and Edward.]

The 1861 census of 100 High Street, Eton gave Elisa Wyborn as a widow aged 32, a chemist and druggist, born at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. With her were Louisa, aged 17 (daughter, sic) and Eliza's child Stephen, aged 12, both born at Hurstpierpoint, and Eliza's children Samuel, aged 10, Annie, aged 8 and Edward, aged 5, all born at Eton.

Apparently Eliza Wyborn married again in the September quarter 1863 to Charles Spencer.

Letters of administration for Thomas's estate were granted 9 June 1864 at the Principal Probate Registry to Thomas Harrison Wyborn, of Eton, grocer's assistant. His effects were valued at under 100 . (In 1925, Stephen Mogg Wyborn stated that Thomas left nothing but debts when he died.)

In the census of 1871, at 25 Adelaide Square, New Windsor, Eliza Spencer was Head (with 'wife of' added above), aged 41, a chemist's wife and born at Hurstpierpoint. With her was Stephen Mogg Wyborn, unmarried, aged 22, an architect's assistant and born in Hurstpierpoint, and Edward Wyborn, aged 15 a scholar, born at Eton.

In the 1881 census of Sussex Chambers, St Albans Street, New Windsor, Stephen M Wyborn, was head and unmarried, aged 32, a printer artist architecture, born at Brighton, Sussex. With him was Eliza Spencer, his mother, aged 50, a chemist's wife, born at Brighton, Sussex and brother Samuel Wyborn aged 30 a medical student born at Eton. (Brighton is the largest town near Hurstpierpoint, about 6 miles away.)

In the 1891 census of 1 Thanet Villas, Alma Road, Clewer, New Windsor, Eliza Wyborn is head, married, aged 64, living on her own means and born at Brighton, Sussex. With her was her son, Stephen M. unmarried, aged 42, an architect and born at Brighton, Sussex.

Eliza died 15 December 1898 at Calabria, Frances Road, New Windsor, aged 73. She was described as the widow of Thomas Wyborn [not Charles Spencer], a chemist. She died of senile decay and syncope and was certified by S Wyborn MRCS (presumably her son Samuel). Her death was registered by her son S Wyborn of Clifton House, Sheet Street, New Windsor (this was also Samuel).

Thomas and Jane Elizabeth's children were:

  1. Thomas Harrison, baptised 4 September 1836, at St Mary Lewisham.
  2. Jane Tahereza, baptised 2 September 1837 at St Mary Lewisham.
  3. Jane Elizabeth, born 23 September 1838 and baptised 21 October 1838 at St Mary Lewisham.
  4. Thomas Harrison, born 15 May 1841 at 159 Western Road, Brighton (chemist) .
  5. Louisa Emily, born 1844 at Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex.
  6. Theresa Emily, buried 1847 at Hurstpierpoint, aged 2 months.

Thomas and Eliza's children were

  1. Stephen Mogg, born 11 January 1849 at Hurstpierpoint (Chymist).
  2. Samuel Bargrave, born 1850/1 at Eton.
  3. Annie, born 1853 at Eton.
  4. Edward, born 25 March 1855 at Eton.

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Posted 18 January 2007