Rev John Dent Fish 1828-1868

Rev JOHN DENT FISH 1828 - 1868

TIMELINE - John Dent Fish 

Age 0 — Birth Sep 1828 • Macao, Tongcheng, Anhui, China

Age 6 — Birth of Brother John Crockett Fish 14th September 1834 (1834–1889)

 • Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England 
Age 14 — Baptism 22 Feb 1843 
• Kilsby, Northamptonshire, England - father named as Lancelot Dent - child referred to as adopted son of lancelot Dent
Age 23 — Residence 1851 CENSUS • Cambridge St Botolph, Cambridge- shire, England Relationship: Lodger

Age 25 — Death of Father Lancelot Dent (1799–1853)
28 Nov 1853 • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 
Age 31 — 1st Marriage Henrietta Barnes Chesterman (1839–1861) 17 Jul 1860 
• Banbury, St Mary, Oxfordshire, England 
Age 32 — Birth of Son Venerable Lancelot John Fish (1861–1924) July 1861 • Whitchurch, Shropshire 

Age 33 — Death of Wife Henrietta Barnes Chesterman (1839–1861)

16 Oct 1861 • Fitzroy Square, St.Pancras, London 
Age 33 — Residence CENSUS 1861 • Whitchurch, Shropshire, England 
Age 36 — Death of Father Capt John Fish (1797–1865)

Age 38 — 2nd Marriage 1st May 1867 Mary Bredin (nee Field) Banbury South Christchurch1st May 1867 • Banbury, Oxfordshire
DEATH REV JOHN DENT FISH 22 Sept 1868 • 28 Fitzroy Square, London, United Kingdom 

Birth  Sep 1828 • Tongcheng, Anhui, China, father Lancelot Dent mother Mary Colledge from Kilsby England.
(CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY REF: at the time John Dent Fish went to Cambridge University the following appears in his student record "the son of a merchant sea captain Capt John Fish (of Kilsby)"


Baptism JOHN DENT FISH - 22 Feb 1843 • Kilsby , Northampton, England, Baptism Register below (adopted son of Lancelot Dent Esquire, Merchant, Canton China)

* a note at the bottom of the baptism page for the mistake in the original entry
"an accidental mistake being made in the entry 521. I judged it best incidently to erase the whole and reenter it into 522 correctly as given to me by one of the sponsors.   C Gilibee 22nd Feb 1843

1843 John Dent Fish baptised here at St Faiths Church Kilsby Northamptonshire

Blackheath Proprietary School 

1846 Caius College Cambridge below, on the 18th May 1846 awarded his B.A. 
in 1850 his M.A. 

1851 census - aged 23 • Residence Botolph, Cambridgeshire, England Relationship: Lodger

1851 Ordinated deacon of Lichfield in 1851, 
a priest in 1852, curate of Brereton, Staffs. from 1852 to 1853, 
curate of C. of St Mary's Banbury, Oxon. from 1857 to 1860
Without cure, 1861-8. C. of St Sepulchre's, Northampton
In the 1861 census, he has become the curate of Whitchurch Banbury

1853 Death of Father Lancelot Dent (1799–1853) picture below

1st Marriage
17 Jul 1860 • Banbury, St Mary, Oxfordshire, England Hennrietta Barnes Chesterman (1839–1861) 

Birth of Son Venerable Lancelot John Fish (1861–1924)
July 1861 • Whitchurch, Shropshire

Death of Wife Henrietta Barnes Chesterman (1839–1861)
16 Oct 1861 • Fitzroy Square, St.Pancras, London

1861 CENSUS Residence
1861 • Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
Relationship: Head

Death of Father Capt John Fish (1797–1865)
30 mar 1865 • Warwickshire, United Kingdom

2nd Marriage 1st May 1867 • Banbury South, Christchurch, Oxfordshire, England 
Mary Fish Bredin (Field) (1836–1909) Born about 1836 in Grimsbury / Warkworth, Notts., England

Died 04 January 1909 in Eton, Berks., England. 

1868 - Birth of Son Robert Dent Fish (1868–1870)
25 Feb 1868 • Northampton, Northamptonshire

Died in 1870 in Banbury, England.

1854 Rev John Dent Fish (not DART as below) and his father Capt John Fish were Freemasons at the RUGBY Lodge of Rectitude

Death  Rev John Dent Fish 22nd Sept 1868 • 28 Fitzroy Square, London, United Kingdom

Rev John Dent Fish died at his natural father Lancelot Dent's house 
at 8  Fitzroy Square London (light blue door on the left)

Rev John Dent Fish lived here at Langham Place before his death.


Below is a modern layout of langham place, I expect it was different 150 yrs ago

Rev John Dent Fish was the Curate at Christ Church South Banbury after 1861

1870 Death  Robert Dent Fish died in September 1870 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, when he was 2 years old. 
Sep 1870 • Banbury, Oxfordshire, England 

CHRIST CHURCH South Banbury was Deconsecrated in 1970


A few stained glass windows were rescued at the time which were donated to the Banbury Library and I believe the windows may have ended up at the Banbury Museum

I am actively researching where these windows are right now and if the Good Samaritan Windows were saved, please see below what data I have found so far wrt the where about of the Stained glass windows from CHRIST CHURCH South Banbury.

The Architect, A Journal of Art, Civil Engineering and Building, Volume 5, January to June 1871, London. Page 240.  6th May 1871

“Christ Church, Banbury.- A stained window has been placed in the organ chapel of Christ Church, South Banbury, in memory of the late Rev. J D Fish, for sometime curate of the parish, and the donor of the organ there erected. The window, supplied by Messrs. Clayton & Bell, represents six scenes in the story of the Good Samaritan:- 1. The Attack of Robbers. 2. The Priest Passing 3. The Levite looking-on. 4. The Good Samaritan, raising the waylaid victim and binding up his wounds. 5. The Good Samaritan placing the wounded man upon his beat and conveying him to an inn. 6. The arrival at the inn, giving the victim in charge of the innkeeper. Underneath these figures is the following inscription:- “To the honour of God and the memory of his servant John Dent Fish, sometime curate of this parish, who entered into rest September 22, 1868; aged 40.”

The last sentence in the article above gives us some hope that some stained glass windows survived. It may not be the Good Samaritan Windows, but there is very small possibility that it might have survived!!
So we are actively pursuing this line of research at the moment till we find out if it survived or not.

I think this is an image of Borough Librarian Mr Alan Pain trying to save some stained glass windows. May I ask if someone recognises these windows or the area this window is in the church, would you please get in touch with me ( my name is Walter), IS THIS THE GOOD SAMARITAN windows??, IS THIS the Organ Chapel area of the church??

Borough Librarian Mr Alan Pain and Assistant Museum Curator at the time trying to save some stained glass windows in 1970.

The newspapers which mention Rev. John Dent Fish are:
  • Derbyshire Courier, Saturday 25th December 1852- Ordination of John Dent Fish
  • Morning Post, Monday 26 August 1861- Birth of a son to the wife of Rev. John Dent Fish
  • London Evening Standard, 19th October 1861- Death of Henrietta Barnes, wife of the Rev. J D Fish, aged 22 years
  • Northampton Mercury, Saturday 9th March 1867- Presentation to Rev. J D Fish of a very handsome silver salver, massive in weight and elegant in workmanship of the value of twenty-five guineas by the parishioners of South Banbury
  • Reading Mercury, Saturday 11th May 1867- Marriage of Rev. John Dent Fish to Mary Field of Grimsbury
  • Morning Advertiser, Saturday 29th February 1868- a son born to the wife of Reverend John Dent Fish
  • London Evening Standard, Thursday 24th September 1868- Obituary- death of Reverend John Dent Fish aged 40 years
  • Banbury Guardian, Thursday 19th November 1868- ‘Notice is hereby given that the creditors and all other persons having any claims or demands to the estate of the Reverend John Dent Fish… whose will was proved… on the 17th day of October 1868’.
  • Oxford Times, Saturday 12th December 1868- ‘it is in contemplation to erect in Christ Church, South Banbury, a memorial window to the late Rev. John Dent Fish… a design… by Mr T Drury, of Warwick’
  • London Evening Standard, 20th May 1891- marriage of Lancelot John Fish son of the late Rev. John Dent Fish to Mary Girdlestone
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Will of Rev John Dent Fish 1868

This is an analysis of the 10 Wills and Testaments of people around Rev John Dent Fish during his lifetime. Please email me if you would like a readable pdf file of the image above for a higher resolution copy to view the people mentioned in the wills above.

Mary Fish Bredin (née Field) wife of Rev John Dent Fish

Married John Dent Fish in 1867 in Banbury, England. 
Married Edwin Bredin 08 April 1874 in Leamington Priors,Warwick, England.
Register Vol. 6d Page 813
Died 04 January 1909 in Eton, Berks., England. Born about 1836 in Grimsbury/Warkworth, Notts., England
Five years old at the time of the 1841 census, Mary Fields was the eldest child of Robert Fields, a master miller, and his wife Phebe Atkins. Born and brought up at the millhouse in Grimsbury, she left home to marry the Rev. John Dent Fish, vicar of nearby Banbury, some time after 1861. This was the good vicar's second marriage and she seems to have developed a close relationship with her stepson Lancelot John Fish over the years.
Step-brother of Ethel Mary Channon, née Bredin, born 2nd August 1861 at Kilsby, Northants, after the 1861 census.
The Rev. John Dent Fish died in 1868 and she returned to live a widow's life with her parents in Grimsbury, where she is recorded as living at the time of the 1871 census.
Quite how she met her second husband, the Rev. Edwin Bredin of Rathdowney, Ireland, is a matter of conjecture. Their daughter Ethel Mary was born in Ireland in 1875, so she must have met and married and moved to Ireland around 1873. Six years later she was in the Mairie de Biarritz arranging a burial plot in the cemetery for Edwin Bredin. Rather mysterious and very sad.
She returned to England and her father's house in Grimsbury, widowed again, but this time with her daughter Ethel Mary. 
At the time of the census of 1891, now 55 years old, she and Ethel Mary were sharing a house at 39 Carrisbrooke, Hastings with her brother, Robert Henry, retired master miller at 47, head of the house, of course, and sister Catherine Louisa, both unmarried. Mary Fish Bredin is described as 'living on her own means'. They had nine servants to look after them.
At the 1901 census, she is living in St.Giles, Nr. Newbury, Berkshire and head of the house at 6, Christchurch Gardens. Ethel Mary is with her, 25 years old, as well as her youngest married sister Elizabeth Cooper (53). They were looked after by two servants, Emma and Louisa, housemaid and cook.
In 1906 she was living at 61, London Road, Reading.
She died at Eton in 1909, where she had presumably spent her last years or months at least being looked after by her daughter Ethel Mary. Her will says "formerly of 76, Chesterton Road, Cambridge", the only clue we have as to how her daughter Ethel MAry Bredin met the Rev. Francis Granville Channon in the early 1900s. 
Most of her worldly goods she left to her stepson Lancelot. Lancelot John Fish m
arried Mary Girdlestone in 1891 in Bath, England. Lancelot died 29 September 1924 death ref 5C 987, England, aged 63. Cleric, archdeacon of Bath at his death.

His brother John Crockett Fish (1834-1889), a doctor, also went to Cambridge. JCF in brief:

Adm. pens. at CAIUS, May 27, 1852. S. of John Fish, Capt. in the merchant service. B. Sept. 14, 1834, at Datchet, Bucks. School, Blackheath Proprietary and private. Matric. Michs. 1852; Scholar, 1853-6; Prizeman; B.A. 1856; M.B. 1862; M.D. 1870. At St Bartholomew's Hospital. M.R.C.P., 1862. Physician, Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, City Road. Senior Assistant Physician at The West London Hospital. Author, medical. Of 92, Wimpole Street, London, W. Died London June 29, 1889.28 Nov 1853 • Cheltenham, GloucestershireSource: Venn, II. 308; Medical Directories.
* John and J.A. Venn Alumni Cantabrigienses from the earliest times to 1900 (Cambridge University Press, 1922-54) 10 volumes.Born 02 August 1861 in Whitchurch, Salops., England





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