Charles Phillips


Charles Phillips was from Godshill on the Isle of Wight, and became a gardener at Shibden Hall.

On 20th November 1827, he married (1) Elizabeth Dyer.


  1. Eliza
  2. Ann
  3. George
  4. Hannah
  5. Jacob
  6. Elizabeth

The family lived at Sandown.

His wife, Elizabeth, died giving birth to baby Elizabeth.

On 2nd November 1844, he married (2) a widow, Amelia McDowell, on the I.O.W. Amelia had 2 children:

  1. Margaret
  2. Barry

They had 2 further children:

  1. Emilia [b 1846]
  2. Emily [b 1850]

The family lived at Brading [1851].

In 1859, his wife, Amelia, died.

On 21st May 1860, he married (3) a widow, Ellen Reeves, at Sion Chapel, Newport, I.O.W.

Charles was an agricultural labourer [1851] and (possible)  coachman to Dr John Lister who travelled between his home on the Isle of Wight and Shibden Hall [1859]. In 1861, Charles was living at Shibden Hall as the gardener with his wife, Ellen, and daughter, Emily, (and his mother-on-law). The Listers were residing in London and Charles's son, Jacob, was with them as a servant.

In 1871, Charles was living at Garden House, Shibden Hall with his wife, and his granddaughter, Jane, whose mother Eliza had died of typhoid fever [in 1862] leaving 4 children; Jane was working as a maid at the Hall.

Charles's health began to fail and they returned to the Isle of Wight. He died of apoplexy at his home at Station Road, Sandown

Before his death, many letters passed between Charles and the Listers – Dr John Lister and his son John – at Shibden Hall.

Pauline Golds has transcribed one of these; the spelling, punctuation and grammar here are Charles's own

16 Station Road
June 18 1873

My Dear Sir

We was very glad to have a letter from you to day it was allright a thousan thanks to you for your kindness to us it will be allright I can easey get it cashed hear.

Dear Sir we are happy to hear you have had such a treat you neaded a change it must been a very great treat for you I hope you will want another treat soon and pay us a visit we should be happey to see you or aney one from there we are happy to hear you found all well when you returned I hope Dear Dear Sir you will write again soone your kind letter today cheared mee and comforted mee much I should a letter from aney one there I hope Mr Charles will write I shall be so glad I hope you will remember me kindly to all the dear friends both in the house and out

I saw Miss [Harreson and Buckler?] yesterday the talked very kind to mee to chear mee up as I was not so well but I am much better to day I am much better of my [businees?] I hope I shall be eabel to work soone

I am glad to hear the sheep are behaveing them selves by staying in ther [own libertay?] It is a good time for shearing It is very hot hear poor thing the will be glad to have there winter coat off I hope the Lord will bless you and yours I hope I shall meet the dear friends again if not down hear in a [?] and a better clime even then this

My wife sends her very best respects to all

I remain your humbel Servant C Phillips

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