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William Ives (d.1738)


William Ives was described as being of St Martin’s parish when he married Elizabeth Pearson (also of that parish) at Christ Church Cathedral on 15 September 1696. The next month (24 October 1696), Ives was matriculated as a “Pharmacopola”.

Ives and his wife had the following children:

  • Ann Ives (baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 8 August 1697)
  • Joseph Ives (born on 6 July 1698, baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 14 July 1698)
  • Elizabeth Ives (born on 24 December 1699, baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin later the same month)
  • Esther Ives (born on 22 February 1700/1, baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 9 March 1700/1)
  • Mary Ives (born on 25 October 1702, baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 28 October 1702, buried there on 1 December 1703)
  • William Ives I (born 15 October 1704, baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 16 October 1704, buried there on 2 May 1708)
  • Sarah Ives (born 16 January 1705/6, baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 17 January 1705/6, buried there on 24 May 1708)
  • WilliamIves II (baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 12 August 1709)
  • John Ives (baptised at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on 11 September 1711).

Thomas Hearne mentions that Sir Philip Sydenham lodged at “Mr. Ives the Apothecarie’s” on 17 February 1711.

Ives’s wife Elizabeth was buried at St Mary the Virgin on 2 January 1732/3, and Ives himself was buried there on 28 December 1738. There is a monument high on the south wall of the tower leading to the nave commemorating William and Elizabeth Ives, and their nine children (“quattuor fratres et quinque sorores”).

The “Will of William Ives, Apothecary of University of Oxford” (date of probate 9 April 1739) was deposited at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury: ref PROB 11/695.


Ives’s surviving children

Joseph (1698–1733) took up his father’s trade, and was matriculated as a “Pharmacopola” on 20 February 1721/2. His wife died young: Ann Ives, “wife of Mr Ives apothecary” was buried at St Mary’s on 16 May 1730. He had a second marriage to a woman called Grace, but was himself buried at St Mary’s soon afterwards on 13 April 1733

William (1709–1764) was apprenticed to a grocer, and was to become Mayor of Oxford in 1738 and again in 1763.

Esther married Henry Brooke of All Souls College at Christ Church Cathedral on 7 April 1738

Elizabeth married John Stevens of Fawley, Bucks at Lower Heyford on 12 October 1738

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