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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   John Edgar Stillman
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   08 April 1921
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   Clifton Road, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 053
Record number: 10021
Official at burial:
   L.R. Majendie (Rector)
Source of information:
  Burial Register

Memorial Details

  John Edgar STILLMAN
  05 April 1921
  Large cross with base and kerbs (Cross broken off in 2019 by tree branch)
  Base: John Stillman / died Jan 21st1881 / aged 53 years / For 20 years Parish Clerk of Newbury / Well-known and much respected / in the Town and Neighbourhood as a diligent and faithful servant of the church / This memorial has been erected to his memory by Public Subscription / Also of Sarah / wife of the above / died Jan 19th 1905 / aged 83 years / Also of Edwin Frome / his son born Dec 24th 1852 / died Sept 21st 1888 / Also of John Edgar / their son / born Sept 14 1856 / died April 5 1921
  Green but good condition, kerbstone sunken
  CH15 (D)
  12 October 2016
  JB & SK
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Edwin Froome STILLMAN



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    03 March 1927
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News




From the Local Chit-Chat column of the Newbury Weekly News, 3rd March, 1927

This month and year marks the centenary of the Stillman family's official association with the Parish Church. Four generations have successively held the position of parish clerk, which in later years appears to have lapsed in actual appointment, and is now designated as vestry clerk and verger. In former times it was an important office, carrying a freehold vote, and involving responsible duties. The occupants of the office have been:-

1827-1864: George Stillman
1864-1881: John Redford Stillman
1881-1910: John Edgar Stillman
1911- .. : William George Stillman

George Stillman, who was a typical old parish clerk of the venerable order, was born in 1795, being the grandson of Shute Stillman, who was married in Newbury Parish Church in 1762. George was apparitor to Dr. Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, and travelled the diocese with him, the wand which he carried being still in the possession of the family. George was factotum to Dr. Binney during his Rectorate, and his sonorous responses were quite impressive.

John Stillman, who succeeded in 1864, was well-known in local life, and particularly in connection with Christ's Hospital in the days when the scholars were elected by the Vestry. John was well informed as to the pedigree of West Kindred, and supplied them with particulars necessary to qualify for election to the school or for pensions.

John was a Freemason and Hearts of Oak member.

One of his recreations was to fatten crayfish in the mill-tail, and despatch to Sweeting's London restaurant, where they were regarded as great delicacies.

At his death in 1881 he was succeeded bu his son Edgar, and on his retirement, the appointment went to William George, a grandson of George and an old Christ Hospital boy. He is still in possession, carrying on the traditions of the family which for a hundred years has been so closely linked with the parish church.

George Stillman's brother Thomas emigrated to theUnited States, and there founded an American family, which has made much money and some amount of fame. The Newbury representatives have never yet been successful in establishing the connection sufficiently to share in the millions, and have had to earn their own livings.

Newbury has always been the home of the family, although the name is to be seen here and there in various parts of the country, where the family have carried it in search of fortune.

This obituary entry is awaiting verification.
The Late Mr. Edgar Stillman.
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    07 April 1921
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News



The Late Mr. Edgar Stillman.
The death of Mr. John Edgar Stillman, which occurred at Norfolk-villas, Clifton-road, early on Tuesday morning, removes the third member of a family which held the parish clerkship of Newbury.

His grandfather, George, whose period of office extended back into the rectorate of the Rev. James Roe, died in 1864, and John Redford, who succeeded him, held it to 1881, when his son, John Edgar, was appointed.

He resigned in 1911, through ill-health, and during the last ten years has been failing. He was an ardent musician, and was organist at Shaw Church, also to the daily choir at St. Nicholas. A skilled change-ringer at St. Nicholas, nothing delighted him more than to take his place among the members of the Guild in the tower when a peal was in progress, and his love for the bells, indeed, everything connected with the old church, was very great.

It was with the greatest sorrow that he was obliged to sever his official connection therewith. During his long illness he has been devotedly nursed by his sister, Mrs. Peerless. The funeral takes place tomorrow afternoon at three o’clock in Newbury cemetery.

The late Mr. John Edgar Stillman.
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    08 April 1921
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News



The late Mr. John Edgar Stillman.
The funeral of the late John Edgar Stillman, formerly parish clerk, whose death was reported last week, took place on Friday afternoon at Newbury cemetery.

The Rector (Rev. L. R. Majendie) officiated, and amongst those present were Mrs Peerless (sister), Rev. A. Blissard Barnes, Messrs. Adrian Hawker and R. Martin. jun. (church wardens of St. Nicholas), Messrs. F. H. Stillman, W.G. Stillman, T. H. Stillman, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Stillman, Mr. David Geater, Mr. Edward Geater, Rev. J. H. and Mrs. Green, Mrs. A. Church, Miss Kate Harrison, Mrs. Whiteman, Mrs. G. Walters, Mr. and Mrs. B. Walters, Mrs. Evett, Mrs. Cottrell and Mrs. New.

The internment was in the grave of his father, mother and brother, and close to the grave of his grandfather, who was parish clerk of Newbury for 38 years.

The plain oak coffin was inscribed: “John Edgar Stillman, died April 5th, 1921, aged 64.

Floral offerings placed on the coffin included those by his sister, composed of primroses from her garden, a wreath from Mr. Harry Parsons, an old friend, Mr. C. Crawford, and Mr. and Mrs. Whiteman.

The intimation had been given that flowers should not be sent. During the funeral the Parish Church ringers paid a tribute of respect to their late colleague by ringing a full-muffled peal and a half-muffled peal in the evening. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Hart and sons.


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John Edgar Stillman
Gravestone in Newtown Road Cemetery,Newbury
John Edgar Stillman
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John Edgar Stillman
Gravestone sadly damaged when a branch from the cedar tree fell and broke off the cross
John Edgar Stillman
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John Edgar Stillman
Gravestone sadly damaged when a branch from the cedar tree fell and broke off the cross
John Edgar Stillman


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