THE (FIELDER) JENKINS FAMILY

Victorian Studio Photos
Victorian Studio Photos


Fielder Osmer Jenkins and his family lived at Woodcote Green, Epsom. Fielder was born in about 1808 in Bloomsbury, son of another Fielder and his wife Sarah (nee Pope). Both Fielders were described as merchants, but I think they were actually Lloyd's underwriters. Junior married surgeon's daughter Ann Eliza Freeman at St Martin in the Fields, London on 24 October 1854, by which time he was already living in Epsom. There were three children, who were Fielder (9 March 1857), Osmer (5 August 1858) and Winifred Annie (22 March 1861). In the 1861 census they were all at Woodcote Green, with Winifred only 16 days old. Fielder Senior died on 16 March 1864, not having made a valid will, leaving effects of about £ 8,000: he was buried at St Giles, Ashtead. We think that the photos below would have been taken just before Fielder's death - otherwise Mrs Jenkins would almost certainly be in mourning garb.

Fielder Jenkins Junior
Fielder Jenkins Junior
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Mrs Ann Eliza Jenkins and Osmer Jenkins
Mrs Ann Eliza Jenkins and Osmer Jenkins
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Mrs Ann Eliza Jenkins and Winifred Annie Jenkins
Mrs Ann Eliza Jenkins and Winifred Annie Jenkins
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

By 1871 the boys were pupils at Aldenham Grammar School, Hertfordshire, whilst Ann was taking pupils at Fairfield Hill House, Leatherhead, although, apart from daughter Winifred, only two were actually in residence at the time. In 1881 all three children were there but Ann was away. By 1891 she and her sons, both unmarried, had moved to a house they named Woodcote at South Nutfield, near Redhill. Winifred had married local farmer Thomas Dann the year before: Thomas was a widower and had several children, although they were either teenagers or nearly so. However, by 1901 he had become a book-keeper and the Danns were living in Addison Road, Hove with their eight year old son, Osmer Lawrence Dann. Ann and Osmer Jenkins were also in Hove, but at 16 Hove Park Villas. Ann died on 9 October 1902, aged 83. Winifred died on 4 December 1930, having been widowed in 1915.

Osmer Jenkins had married Edith Taylor in 1901 and they had one child, Reginald Osmer (born 1902 Hove). Osmer died on 15 January 1934, then living at Woodcote, Hurstpierpoint (you do get the feeling that this family rather hankered after their original Epsom home), followed by Edith on 27 November 1948.

As for Fielder Junior, who worked in insurance, he married Grace Evelyn Paine at Englefield Green on 18 August 1891 and they had three children, being Donald Fielder (1893-1913), Phyllis Evelyn (1894 -1948) and Brian Fielder (1895-1960). Fielder died on 19 July 1941, still at Englefield Green, Grace having predeceased him in 1936.

Linda Jackson 2018