Jane OLIVER, our 2x gt grandmother, connects to the SQUIRES
family via her marriage to Richard TAYLOR . Their daughter, Jane TAYLOR , married Charles Dunlop SQUIRES.

(See Ancestral Tree)


Jane's parents were John OLIVER and Sarah Ann JEPHCOTT. She was born in 1835 and baptised in Barby, Northamptonshire on 15th November 1835.

Jane had 2 children prior to her marriage to Richard Taylor.

baptised 17 March 1852

baptised 11 July 1854,
but died in October the same year

Jane married Richard TAYLOR on 29th October, 1855 at St. Michael's, Coventry.

Their daughter Jane TAYLOR was born 14th October, 1870 in Coventry. She was baptised on 9th November, 1870 at St Michael's, Coventry.

Richard and Jane had a further 12 children

  • William
             Born c1856
             1871 Elastic Web Weaver

  • Charles H
             Born c1858
             Died Jan 1883, All Saints Workhouse
             Buried 4 Feb 1883, London Rd Cemetery

  • Caroline
             Born c1863

  • John
             Born c1865

  • Sarah Ann
             Born 26 Jun 1867, White Friars Lane, Coventry

  • Sarah Ann
             Born c1868

  • George
             Born Nov 1869, Brick Kiln Lane, Coventry
             Died 30 Nov 1869, aged 2 weeks
             Buried 1 Dec 1869, London Road Cemetery

  • Rosina
             Born c1873 Brick Kiln Lane, Coventry
             1891 Silk Winder

  • Walter H
             Born March 1875
             Died 20 July, aged 4 months 1875
             Buried 25 July 1875, London Road Cemetery

  • Clara
             Born c1877
             1891 Silk Winder

  • Amy E
             Born c1879
             1901 Pneumatic Tyre Maker
             Married Arthur Trickett
             Died 1974

  • Arthur R
             Born c1882
             1901 Cycle Ball Maker

Silk Filler 1861age 26
Silk Filler 1871 age 36
Silk Weaver 1881age 46


Coventry had been involved in the silk trade since the 17th century.

Originally silk was woven on hand-looms in people’s houses but eventually factories replaced home-working.

By the middle of the 19th century, half the working population of Coventry was employed in the silk industry, using imported silk to make ribbons for trimming Victorian ladies’ dresses and bonnets and other articles.

More information can be found at

Our Warwickshire - Silk Industry
Our Warwickshire - Riots and Ribbons


Jane OLIVER died 1914 in the Workhouse Infirmary, All Saints, Coventry. She was buried in London Road Cemetery, Coventry on 31st July.


By the time of the 1841 Census,

John and (Sarah) Ann were living in Gosford Street, Coventry with their four daughters,

  • Elizabeth (born 1833, Willoughby),
  • Jane (born 1835, Barby),
  • Mary Ann (born June Qtr 1838, Barby)
  • Catherine (born 1840, Coventry).
John is described as a labourer.


The family were still living in Gosford Street, Coventry in 1851 but John is not recorded at home.

Sarah Ann is a Laundress, Emma is a Filler Silk, and both Mary and Charlotte are Nurse Servants.

Jane was not recorded with the family. She is instead to be found at the Bell Inn, Warwick Lane, Coventry staying with her grandmother Elizabeth JEPHCOTT.

If she was living there then perhaps that is where she met her future husband, Richard as he was living in St Johns Street, a "stones throw" away!

Elizabeth      widow      Licenced Vitualler
John son Smith
William son Engine Driver
Jane granddaughter      Servant


Sarah Ann is living alone in Court 43, House 6, Gosford Street Coventry. She is still recorded as a laundress.

Jane is living with her husband Richard, a silk weaver, and four children at Whitley Common, Coventry.


Jane and Richard are living in Hood Street, Coventry in 1881 with their six children. By 1891 they had moved to 33, Far Gosford Street, Coventry.

In 1901 Jane and Richard are living at 1 Harnell Row, Coventry without any children at home.

Richard died at home in 1903 and was buried 14th June in London Road Cemetery.

  • UK Censuses (Ancestry .co.uk)
  • Warwickshire, England Burials 1813-1910 (Ancestry .co.uk)
  • Warwickshire England Baptisms 1813-1910 (Ancestry .co.uk)
  • England, Births & Christenings 1538-1975 (Ancestry .co.uk)
  • IGI www.familyseach.org
  • England Select Marriages 1538-1973 (Ancestry .co.uk)