Charles William King 1800-1858

Author: C Gambles
Date published: 23/09/2022

Charles William King


Charles William was born on the 12th July 1800, he was baptised on the 18th February 1803 in Newbury, the son of Joseph and Anne King (nee Bunce) who were married on the 3rd October 1787 at St Mary’s Church Thatcham (Joseph was recorded as a widower of Newbury on the marriage record, he had at least two children, Sophia Rosetta and Maria with his 1st wife (name unknown).

Joseph and Anne also had a daughter Mary, baptised in 1795 in Newbury.

In 1815 Charles was recorded as a boarder (along with 74 other boarders, (possibly a boarding school for boys)) on the east side of Northbrook Street, Newbury. His father was recorded aged 60 living in Dibley’s Yard on the west side of Bartholomew Street Newbury. Joseph died aged 60 later that year and was buried on the 26th December 1815 at St Nicolas Newbury. (Joseph left a will, probate dated 9th April 1816, available to view on Ancestry)

Charles was recorded as a Grocer in 1827, by 1829 he was a Chemist/Druggist. He married Elizabeth Sawyer on the 9th September 1826 at St Nicolas Church Newbury. (Elizabeth was born c1806 in Netheravon Wiltshire.)

Charles and Elizabeth had the following children:

Emily, baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury on the 17th October

Joseph, baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury on the 25th March 1829

William, Wimpey baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury on the 1st July 1831 (died in 1890, laid to rest in a consecrated private grave in the NRC on the 27th June)

Agnes born 1841

Ellen born c1849

In 1841 Charles (40) was living in Kimber’s Court, Newbury with Elizabeth (30) and their children Emily (18), Joseph (12), William (10) and a James Sawyer (25) (surname recorded as Lawyer on ancestry).

The 1851 census records Charles (50) living in Bartholomew Street, Newbury with Elizabeth (45) and their children William (19), a Solicitor’s Clerk and Ellen (2).

Charles died aged 57 in 1858, he was laid to rest in a consecrated private grave in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 24th February.

The 1861 census records Elizabeth (54) as a Chemist’s Widow living in West Street, Newbury with her children, William (29) an Attorney’s Clerk, Ellen (10) (recorded aged 19 on ancestry)) and Agnes (12).

In 1871 Elizabeth (66), William (39) a Solicitor’s Managing Clerk, Agnes (28) and Ellen (22) were recorded living in Bartholomew Place, Newbury.

The 1881 census records Elizabeth (73) as an Annuitant, living in Bartholomew Street, Newbury, her daughter Ellen (32) was still living with her and was also recorded as an Annuitant.

By 1891 Elizabeth (86) was living in Durham (28 Hudworth , Castle Eden) with her daughters Agnes (48), Ellen (41) and four servants, a Cook, a Groom, a Housemaid and a Kitchenmaid. All three women were recorded living on their own means.


Elizabeth died aged 94 in 1898 (death registered in Easington Durham)


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