Charles Spackman

Charles Spackman (1791—1842) was a Dyer in the cloth-making town of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.  He had married Augusta Sophia Timbrell of the extensive and prominent local Timbrell family, and had as partner a Charles Timbrell; the company traded for many years as ‘Spackman and Timbrell’. Charles Spackman senior was successful in business, enough to send his eldest son, Charles junior, to Oxford University, albeit as a servitor. Although Charles senior did not live to see his son graduate, he was clearly proud of him as in a codicil to his will he left Charles junior an extra £1000 over the legacies in the main will to set himself up after graduation.

Charles junior got his BA in 1845, was ordained in 1846 and received his MA in 1850. In 1852 he was appointed vicar of Long Itchington in Warwickshire and the next year he married his cousin Katherine Crabbe, daughter of George Crabbe and his mother’s sister Caroline Timbrell.  In 1856, the couple had a daughter, also called Katherine, who was baptized just nine days after her mother’s funeral.

The young Katherine died in 1864 shortly before her eighth birthday, “after four days’ illness”.  After his daughter’s death, Charles gave up his place in Long Itchington and became rector of Iddesleigh in Devon, where he remained until his death in 1904.  He never remarried.

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