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Three Chinamen of Oxford?

Notes: William Strange of All Saints, Oxford, chinaman, 22au, & Mary Hope of Holywell, Oxford, 22au. 16 May 1771. At Holywell, Oxford (Oxford Diocesan Marriage Bonds). William Strange, bach of All Saints Oxford, & Mary Hope spinster of this parish, m at St Cross, Oxford, by lic., 21 May 1771 (witnesses: Francis Morley, Sarah Young). He was buried at All Saints, Oxford, 21 Nov. 1800.

Apprenticeships:
William Strange, son of Francis Strange of Lyford Berks, (so he was probably from Lyford also) Yeoman apprenticed to Wm Strange, chinaman for 7 years from 1st May last Enr 20 Mar 1759 (Oxford City Apprentices, ref 2183).

Sam Sutton, son of Sam Sutton of Chipping Norton, Oxon, Woolcomber, apprenticed to William Crump of All Saints psh, glass & chinaman for 7 years from 29 Aug last Enr 27 Aug [1792]. Margin - Transfer of app to Wm Strange of All Saints psh glass & chinaman 4 Apr 1796. (Oxford City Apprentices, ref 2954). Oxford RI 1785 Trinity, no.20 [11 April: Wm Cubbige of Nettlebed, potter, 20; Wm Strainge of Oxford, glassman, & Plater smith of Nettlebed, victlr., 10, for peace with his w. Sarah]   (Oxford Quarter Sessions).

On the twenty eight day of November 1800 Letters of Administration of all and singular the goods Chattels and Credits of William Strange late of the city of Oxford China Man deceased, were granted to Mary Strange Widow the Relict of the said Deceased, being first sworn duly to administer [Bishop of Oxford's Probate Court, 109.79. Oxfordshire Record Office]  (there was another William Strange who had a "Staffordshire Warehouse" (china) in Kingston on Thames, Surrey in the 1790s. I don't know if he is any relation to your William, but since it was quite common for a number of family members to follow the same or similar trades, there might be a connection.)
Children:
i. William, bp at All Saints, Oxford, 22 July 1772; he was perhaps the William Strange bur 1800
ii. Mary, bp at All Saints, Oxford, 29 June 1773; bur. there, 23 Sept 1774
iii. Anne, bp at All Saints, Oxford, 8 June 1774; bur. there, 9 May 1775
iv. Sarah, bp at All Saints, Oxford, 24 Jan 1776
v. George, bp at All Saints, Oxford, 12 March 1777; bur there, 7 May 1779
vi. Thomas, bp at All Saints, Oxford, 6 Jan 1779; bur. there, 14 May 1779

From: Ed Hanson , 21 Feb 2003
A few months back we had a discussion about William Strange, the chinaman of Oxford, and I offered the possibility
that the original William Strange was baptized at Hanney, 19 Dec 1714, and taken back there for burial, 10 Oct 1786, from the Parish of All Saints' Oxford. He married Ann Woodward at Hanney, 27 June 1765, and she was buried there, 19 Nov. 1770.  He took his nephew William Strange (son of Francis) as an apprentice in 1759. I think this part still holds, but this week I downloaded his will from the PRO site, and it seems to offer something else about the next two generations:

Will of William Strange the Elder of Oxford, chinaman, made 30 Nov 1781 with an undated codicil (acknowledged by the witnesses, 23 Oct 1786, and proved with the will at London 2 Nov 1786) mentioned his sister Eleanor Collins; nephew
William Strange; William Strange (the son of my said nephew); Robert Godfrey; nephew William Collins of East Hanney; nephew Francis Strange; niece Catherine Clifford (wife of Thomas Clifford); niece Elizabeth Coles; niece Mary Godfrey; Catherine Clifford and Mary Pearte (the wife of John Pearte), the sisters of my said nephew William Strange; nephew John Coles. Nephew William Strange and Robert Godfrey named as executors; when the will was proved Godfrey was named as the surviving executor. The codicil mentioned his nephew William Strange (conditionally, unless he should die before attaining the age of twenty one); his two nieces; Francis Strange; servant Mary Boswell; sister-in-law Mary Strange; kinsman Thomas Jones; and Mary "Godfre" (PROB 11/1147).

(Note:  Check if Catherine, above, was in fact married to Thomas or John CLIFFORD)

When William made his will in 1781, his nephew William Strange (bp 1742) and Robert Godfrey were named as the executors, but when the will was probated in 1786 Godfrey was called the "surviving executor." So, it appears that William (1742) was actually the one who was buried 4 Aug 1783 at All Saints' Oxford; and he was the one who married Mary Hope in 1771 (and that she then married Joseph Holland in 1804).

This seems to imply that the second William's son -- who was also named William (bp 1772) -- was the "nephew" (actually great-nephew) named in the codicil to the 1781 will, and not yet age 21 when the codicil was made. He was probably the one who married Mary Jessett at North Hinskey in 1796; and also the one who was buried at All Saints, Oxford, 21 Nov 1800. Administration on the estate of "William Strange late of the city of Oxford China Man deceased" was granted to his widow Mary on 28 Nov 1800.

So, it seems that there were indeed three men named William Strange, each of whom followed the chinaman trade in Oxford -- the uncle William (1714-1786), his nephew William (1742-1783), and his son William (1772-1800).

Any thoughts?

From Bettty Judge:
But I think the shop/china business was left to William the elders sister Eleanor and when she died to his nephew William , (who died before the elder) then Williams son.

The shop was listed in 1784,Bailey British Directory, "The Merchants & Trades Useful Companion 1784 in 4 volumes. William Strange occupation China and Glassman,Earthenware/glass Vol 1 London; Vol 2 Western Directory; Vol 3 Northern Direcory; Vol 4 Eastern Directory." He was known as William Strange, All Hallows, Oxford.

I have found an Elizabeth Strange who married a John Godfrey feb `10 1774 under Headington Parish records.Oxford , with Thomas Godrey & Hannah Strange witnesses,but I think she is the daughter of Richard Strange of Headington, who left a will, (he owned lots of land where the big hospital is now) The Godfreys are related somehow. (see the will)

It is so confusing as there is a family in Cholsey and they had a niece staying with them from Bridewell. (Not on my tree as yet??)

From Ed Hanson:
Subject: Fw: The chinaman's will
A transcription, the four nephews and four nieces listed are: William Strange, William Collins, Francis Strange, John Coles, Catherine Clifford (wife of Thomas Clifford, Elizabeth Coles, Mary Godfrey and Mary Pearte (wife of John Pearte). Catherine Clifford and Mary Pearte are specifically named as sisters of nephew William (even though we don't have marriage records for them, they neatly appear in the baptismal records as his sisters, although with their other brother Francis, who is also named). Eleanor (Strange) Collins, as you pointed out would be the mother of William Collins. So that leaves John and Elizabeth Coles. Now, William the elder had three younger sisters, Mary, Elizabeth, and Katherine, for whom I have baptisms but no marriage. We can assume that one of them married Mr Coles and was mother of John and Elizabeth. But which one?  Haven't come across any of the marriages anywhere in Oxfordshire or Berkshire....yet.

Public Record Office: PROB 11/1147]: numbers in square brackets indicate page breaks

In the Name of God Amen. I William Strange the Elder of the City of Oxford Chinaman being in perfect health and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but reflecting on the uncertainty of human life do for settling my worldly affairs make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I desire to be decently buried by my Executors hereafter named and order and direct that all my just debts and ffuneral expences shall be pay off and discharged by my said Executors immediately after my decease. I give devise and bequeath all that my ffreehold messuage or Tenement and appurtenances situate in the parish of All Saints in the City of Oxford now in the occupation of my nephew William [2] Strange unto my Sister Eleanor Collins and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease unto my said nephew William Strange and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and after the decease of the survivor of them I give and devise the said premises to William Strange (the son of my said nephew) his heirs and assigns for ever. I give and devise all that my ffreehold Estate which I lately purchased situate lying and being at East Hanney in the County of Berks now in the occupation of William Herman unto my said nephew William Strange and Robert Godfrey of East Hanney aforesaid yeoman their heirs and assigns to for and upon the several uses Truste Ends Intents and purposes herein after mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say) to the use of my nephew William Collins of East Hanney aforesaid and his assigns and from and after his decease to the use of my nephew ffrancis Strange and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and after the determination of that Estate to the use of the said William Strange and Robert Godfrey and their heirs during the natural life of the said ffrancis Strange In Trust to support and preserve the Contingent uses and Estates hereinafter limited from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as the case may require yet nevertheless to permit and suffer the said ffrancis Strange to receive and take the rents and profits thereof for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his Decease to the use of the first second third and all and every other son and sons of the Body of my said nephew ffrancis Strange lawfully to be begotten severally successively and in remainder one after another as they and every of those shall be in seniority of age and priority of birth and the several and respective heirs of the body and Bodies of all and every such son and sons lawfully assuming the elder of such sons and the heirs of his Body to be always preferred and to take before the younger of such sons and the heirs of his and their Bodys Issuing and for default of such Issue to the use of my Niece Catherine Clifford (the wife of Thomas Clifford) and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after the determination of that Estate to the use of the said William Strange and Robert Godfrey and their heirs during the natural life of the said Catherine Clifford In Trust to Support and preserve the Contingent uses and Estates hereinafter limited from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose to make Entries or bring actions as the case shall require yet nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Catherine Clifford to receive [3] and take the rents issues and profits thereof during her life and from and after her Decease to the use of the first second third and all and every other son and sons of the Body of my said Niece Catherine Clifford lawfully to be begotten severally successively and in remainder one after another as they and every of them shall be in seniority of age and priority of Birth and the several and respective heirs of the body and bodies of all and every such son and sons lawfully Issuing the Elder of such sons and the heirs of his body to be always preferred and to take before the younger of such son and sons the heirs of his and their bodies Issuing and for default of such Issue to the use of all and every the Daughter and Daughters of the Body of my said Niece Catherine Clifford lawfully to be begotten and to be equally divided between or among them (if more than one) share and share alike to take as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants and the several and respective heirs of the Bodys of all and every such daughter and daughters lawfully Issuing and in case one or more of such Daughters shall happen to die without Issue of her or their Body or Bodies then as to the share or shares of her or their so dying without issue  to the use of the surviors or survivor and others or other of them to be equally divided between or among them (if more than one) share and share alike to take as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants and the several and respective heirs of the bodies of such survivors or survivor or others or other of them and if all such Daughters but one shall happen to die without Issue of their Bodies or if there shall be but one such Daughter to the use of such surviving or only Daughter and the heirs of her body and for default of such Issue to the use of my own Right heirs forever and to or for no other one Trust interest or purpose whatsoever I give and Bequeath unto my Niece Elizabeth Coles the sum of one hundred pounds secured to me by a mortgage of the Tolls taken at Saint Clements Turnpike by the Commissioners of the Oxford Paving Act I give and bequeath unto my nephew John Coles the sum of fifty pounds secured to me also by a mortgage of the said Tolls as aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my said nephew William Strange and Robert Godfrey one other hundred pounds secured to me by a mortgage of the said Tolls as aforesaid In Trust to pay the Interest thereof to my Niece Mary Godfrey and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life for her sole and separate use exclusive of her present or any future husband and wherewith he or they shall not Intermeddle or have any thing to do and direct that her receipt alone shall be a sufficient discharge for the payment [4] thereof and from and after her decease I Give and Bequeath the said last mentioned hundred pounds unto and amongst all and every the child and children of my said niece Mary Godfrey equally to be divided between them share and share alike to give and bequeath unto the said Catherine Clifford and Mary Pearte (the wife of John Pearte) the sisters of my said nephew William Strange the sum of one hundred pounds by me lent unto my said nephew equally to be divided between them share and share alike. I Give and Bequeath unto my nephews ffrancis Strange and John Coles the sum of fifty pounds each and direct the same to be paid by Executors within twelve months next after my decease I Give and Bequeath unto my Executors the sum of twenty five pounds due to me from Thomas Jones of [Garsington?] In Trust to receive and pay the sum of twenty five shillings yearly unto my niece Mary Godfrey for the term of twenty five years if she shall so long live and incase she shall happen to die before the expiration of the said term of twenty five years I will and direct that the remainder of the said sum of twenty five pounds which shall be then unpaid shall be paid yearly unto and amongst all and every the child and children of the said Mary Godfrey equally share and share alike and it is my Will and meaning that the said Thomas Jones his Executors or administrators shall not be compettable to pay the same sooner or otherwise provided he duly pays the twenty five shillings a year but if he or they neglect so to do then my Executors shall be intitled to sue for and recover the whole that shall be then unpaid upon the Trusts aforesaid to give and Bequeath unto my said nephew William Strange and the said Robert Godfrey the sum of two Guineas each as a recompense for the Trouble they will have in the execution of this my will and all the rest and residue of my personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and Bequeath unto my said sister Eleanor Collins and my said four nephews and four nieces equally share and share alike and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said nephew William Strange and the said Robert Godfrey Joint Executors of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament provided always and my Will and mind is that my said Trustees shall not be answerable or accountable the one for the other of them or for the acts deeds or defaults of the other of them but each for his own acts deeds and defaults only provided also that it shall and may be lawful for them my said Trustees by and out of the said Trust Estates and monies to deduct and reimburse themselves all such losses [5] Costs charges and Expences as they shall sustain expend or be put unto for or by reason of the said several Trusts hereby in them reposed or in the execution of this my will. In Witness whereof I the said William Strange the Elder the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in three sheets of paper to the two first sheets thereof set my hand and to the thid and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this thirtieth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty one. Wm Strange (ls) signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator William Strange the Elder as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses. The alteration in the number of nephews and nieces being first made. Geo Ballachey Prince Tubb John Hedges [undated codicil : note the change in spellings, which become phonetic in the codicil] I Give to my 2 Neses fiftey pounds each as menchened as in the hands of my nephew Wm. Strange out of my Goods & Chatels if the sayd hundred pounds shuld be paid in if not then as menched in the a Bove or paid out of the house I give the house to my nephew Wm Strange But if he should dey Before he shall attaine the age of twenty one or Dey with out Ishew Lafuley Begotten then the said house to ffrancis Strange his ayers or asins I Give to my sarvante Mary Boswell shuld she live with me at my decese ten pounds. I give to my sister in Law Mary Strange Ten pounds, I Give to my Kinsman Thos. Jones five pound out of the five & 20s & only to Marey Godfre one pound a year till the hole is paid my Executors In Trust. Robert Godfree John Cocke Adam Cowldry Appeared Personally Elizabeth Williams (wife of William Williams) of Oxford in the county of Oxford [mason?] said Elizabeth Godfrey of Oxford aforesaid spinster and under oath that they knew and were well acquainted with William Strange the Elder late of the City of Oxford deceased and with his manner and character of handwriting and subscription having often seen him write and subscribe his name and thereby came to know and be well acquainted with his manner and Character of handwriting and having carefully viewed and perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be a codicil to the last will and Testament of the said deceased the said Codicil beginning thus. I give to my 2 Neses fiftey pounds each and ending my Executors in Trust Robert Godfree John Cocke Wm Cowldry. They say that they do verily and in their Consciences believe the whole series and contente of the said Codicil to be all of the proper handwriting of the said [6] William Strange deceased. Elizabeth Williams Elizabeth Godfrey on the 23d Day of October 1786 the said Elizabeth Williams and Eliz Godfrey were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit by virtue of the Commission hereto annexed before me Wm Kennedy Commissioner This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the second Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Robert Godfrey the surviving executor named in the said will and John Cox otherwise Cocke and Wm Couldrey the Executors named in the said codicil to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to admster.


From: "Betty Judge
I have been trying to solve Will Strange the elder (Chinaman of Oxford) nieces & nephews mentioned in his will. I had Eleanor Stange married William Collins 3 oct 1836, and their son Wm. But though I have been through the Church Records of West Hanney with a toothcombe, cannot find a STRANGE wedding for Catherine to Thomas Clifford; nor any Strange marriages to Peart, Godfrey, Coles. I did find that Mr Will Collins Yeo. East Hanney, (his father has an Estate of 50 pound per annum,) married Elizabeth Bowl(s) daughter of Edwin Bowl(s) 28 Oct 1701 West Hanney. Son William Collins bap 17 April 1707, West Hanney, I presume is the Wm Collins married to Eleanor Strange. Daughter Frances Collins bap 13 Oct 1709 West Hanney married Robert Godfrey 29 Oct 1730 West Hanney, who could be the executor. It s a mind blowing exercise to match it all up., as there is a niece Catherine, and another called Mary. So do I presume they married Clifford & Peart,

By the way there is another Wm STRANGE married by banns to Hannah Waller 2 Oct 1826 All Saints Oxford. Could this be a son of William & Mary Jessett ?


From Betty Judge
I was reading the article on the 3 Chinamen of Oxford. and have some more info to complete it I hope.
Eleanor Strange b 1711 East Hanney daughter of Wm & Catherine (Wise) married William Collins 3 oct 1736 West Hanney Church. Her sister Elizabeth Strange m Richard Eggleton 12 Sep 1743 Brightwell, Berks. They are Sisters of the William the elder the Chinaman.

I think the family had moved to Brightwell.as the of Mary Strange ( b 1744 East Hanny (Lyford) died 1793 Brightwell, buried St Bartholomews Church Brightwell. ) married Thomas Peart (b abt 1745 Brightwell died Brightwell 80 buried St Bartholomews Church Brightwell) on 19 November 1765 at St Bartholomews Church Brightwell Berks.

Her sister Catherine Strange ( b 1746 East Hanney (Lyford) married John Clifford 10 May 1771 at St Bartholomews Church, Brightwell.

Their brother was the William apprenticed to the Chinaman.Their parents Francis & Mary (Day) Strange of Lyford .

This may now help to solve the mystery of Stans ancestors.