John Warmington

John Warmington was born in about 1766 probably in Hook Norton in Oxfordshire. His father was Joseph Warmington, farmer and yeoman. The Warmington family can be traced back several hundred years in north Oxfordshire and are probably linked with the village of Warmington just north of Banbury.

His mother Mary Warmington died in 1774, when he was only about 8. His grandmother Mary Young died a few months later and her will of that year allows a few insights into the family. It mentions his elder sister Sarah.

In 1777 John Warmington is recorded as starting an apprenticeship as a butcher in nearby Banbury, a career that was to take him to the City of London and the Butchers company there.

On 30 May 1785 in Banbury he married, Elizabeth Devonshire, the second daughter of Abraham Devonshire, the younger, and his first wife, Ann Rolls. The Devonshire’s were a non conformist family involved in the wool trade.

The Warmingtons were also dissenters, probably Baptists. Hook Norton had a longstanding Baptist community. John Warmington’s grandfather was John Young, who was probably the John Young who helped build the first full time Baptist Church in Hook Norton in 1717.

John Warmington’s business interests extended far beyond butchery to take in the allied trades of hides, tanning and cattle breeding. By 1783 John Warmington and his wife Elizabeth moved to the East End of London on the edge of the City which was a centre for many London dissenters. Six of their nine children were born and baptized in Cripplegate. By 1801 the family moved out to the more rural village of Plaistow that continued to have a collection of like minded individuals.

He was admitted to the freedom of the City of London in 1787. On 2nd January 1792 the London Gazette records the dissolution of a partnership between Thomas Holbeach and John Warmington of Fore Street, Cripplegate. Here John Warmington is described as a “Hyde Salesman”

John Warmington is recorded as being a Baptist ‘Minister’ involved in the newly founded North Street Chapel in Plaistow in 1807. He had helped found this chapel with Robert Humphrey Marten who was a close neighbour up the hill at Broadway House. His eldest daughter, Eliza, married Robert Humphrey Marten’s eldest son, Robert Giles Marten.

John Warmington was a member of the City Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Butchers, rising to be Master in 1815.

John Warmington was still alive in the 1841 census where he is described as a ‘Grazier’. Maps show he certainly owned several pastures around Balaam Street in Plaistow where the current day eponymous Warmington Street is located in E13.

The only other mention of John Warmington is in the testimonial writtten by Robert Humphrey Marten in 1810 concerning a ‘city’ scheme to insure cattle. This was a venture, seemingly supported by John Warmington, that failed and cost RHM an investment of £100. In announcements in the London Gazette there can be found mention of a John Warmington, who is a director of the Hope Assurance Co of Ludgate Hill. This, we can conclude, is almost certainly him. He appears to have been a director from about 1800 until his ‘disqualification’ in 1843.

He died on 25 July 1845 in Plaistow and left a number of distinguished grandchildren. He is recorded as being 79 years of age. In the absence of a baptism record, this is the only concrete indication of his actual birth year.

The descendants of Robert Giles Marten are documented on this site. His daughter Caroline married into the Eisdell family, important tanners, in Colchester. His son Edward Warmington married Mary Payne, an important Quaker family with which the Warmingtons intermarried several times. Edward’s descendants include Sir Cornelius Marshall Warmington QC and a Warmington baronetcy.

Family of John WARMINGTON and Elizabeth DEVONSHIRE

Husband:John WARMINGTON (c. 1766-1845)
Wife:Elizabeth DEVONSHIRE (c. 1763-1833)
Children:James WARMINGTON (b.1786, bur.1789)
John WARMINGTON (b.1787, bur.1788)
Alfred WARMINGTON (b.1788, bur.1788)
Joseph WARMINGTON (1789-1868)
Caroline WARMINGTON (1791-1850)
Eliza WARMINGTON (1793-1865)
John WARMINGTON (1796-1860)
James WARMINGTON (1800-1878)
Ann Devonshire WARMINGTON (1801-1881)
Edward WARMINGTON (1803-1871)
Ebenezer WARMINGTON (b.1805, bur.1832)
Samuel Young WARMINGTON (1806-1834)
Marriage30 May 1785Banbury, Oxfordshire

Husband: John WARMINGTON

Father:Joseph WARMINGTON (bap.1737, d.1797)
Mother:Mary YOUNG (b.1730, bur.1774)
Birthc. 1766Hook Norton1
Residencefrm 1786 to 1790 (age 19-24)Fore Street, Cripplegate
Residencebtw 1803 and 1820 (age 36-54)Balaam Street Plaistow2
Occupation1807 (age 40-41)Hide Dealer; Baptist Minister North Street Chapel with RH Marten
Residence1820 (age 53-54)Warmington Street E13 named after his residence
Occupation1841 (age 74-75)-; Census 1841 shows a Grazier in Plaistow
Death25 Jul 1845 (age 78-79)Plaistow3

Wife: Elizabeth DEVONSHIRE

Name:Elizabeth DEVONSHIRE4
Father:Abraham DEVONSHIRE (1728-1799)
Mother:Ann ROLLS (1726-1770)
Birthc. 1763Banbury
DeathFeb 1833 (age 69-70)Plaistow, Essex
Burial11 Feb 1833Bunhill Fields

Child 1: James WARMINGTON

Burial30 Apr 1789Bunhill Fields

Child 2: John WARMINGTON

Birth27 Jul 1787St Giles, Cripplegate, London
Baptism6 Aug 1787 (age 0)Bicester Market End, Water Lane, (Ind)
Burial19 Jun 1788Bunhill Fields

Child 3: Alfred WARMINGTON

BirthSep 1788
Burial29 Oct 1788Bunhill Fields

Child 4: Joseph WARMINGTON

Spouse 1:Hannah BLYTH ( -1821)
Spouse 2:Eliza Guyer HORSEY (1797-1875)
Birth24 Oct 1789Cripplegate, London
Death16 Jun 1868 (age 78)Lee Kent

Child 5: Caroline WARMINGTON

Name:Caroline WARMINGTON
Spouse:Joseph Carter EISDELL (1786-1854)
Birth28 May 1791Cripplegate, London
Death4 Dec 1850 (age 59)Plaistow (Mr Chaplin’s)5

Child 6: Eliza WARMINGTON

Spouse:Robert Giles MARTEN (1792-1839)
Birth22 Jan 1793Cripplegate, London6
Residence1841 (age 47-48)Grove Place, Camberwell recently widowed
Residence1851 (age 57-58)DeCrespigny Terrace, Dulwich, Camberwell
Residence1861 (age 67-68)Woverhampton with son Henry
Death4 Jul 1865 (age 72)Parkfield House, Wolverhampton, Staffs

Child 7: John WARMINGTON

Birth10 Aug 1796Cripplegate, London
Death1860 (age 63-64)Smyrna

Child 8: James WARMINGTON

Spouse:Mary BAYLISS (1808- )
Birth25 Apr 1800Streatham, Surrey
OccupationHide and Skin Broker
Death1878 (age 77-78)

Child 9: Ann Devonshire WARMINGTON

Name:Ann Devonshire WARMINGTON
Spouse:William Dermer SADDINGTON (1808-1871)
Birth19 Nov 1801Cripplegate, London
Census1841 (age 39-40)Unmarried daughter ‘Sarah’ living with father John in Plaistow
Residence1881 (age 79-80)Lee Kent7
Death12 Jul 1881 (age 79)Lewisham, Kent

Child 10: Edward WARMINGTON

Spouse:Mary PAYNE (1806- )
Birth6 Dec 1803Plaistow, Essex
Occupation1851 (age 47-48)Leather Dealer; Leather Seller presumably in partenership with JC Eisdell
Death29 Mar 1871 (age 67)Colchester Essex

Child 11: Ebenezer WARMINGTON

Name:Ebenezer WARMINGTON
Birth22 Jan 1805Plaistow, Essex
Burial29 Aug 1832Bunhill Fields

Child 12: Samuel Young WARMINGTON

Name:Samuel Young WARMINGTON
Birth30 Aug 1806Plaistow, Essex
Death18 Dec 1834 (age 28)Plaistow, Essex


1There is a Lee, Kent connection for the Devonshires and the Warmingtons – Robert Humphrey Marten of Lee is a descendant.
2“Curwen, Old Plaistow, 1904”.
3“The Gentlemans Magazine, 1845 p 323”. Text From Source: Obituary Aged 82
4Devonshire because of her daughters name and confirmed nby the Marten family tree.
5“Gentlemans Magazine, 1850”. Text From Source: Wife of J C Eisdell of Colchester, aged 58, Obituary eldest daughter of the late John Warmington of Plaistow
6Dissenters Birth Certificate MS7744/P/29
7The 1881 census is the only one to give Ann Devonshire Saddington (nee Warmington) place of birth as Cripplegate. This ties in with the Marten family tree that gives her sister’s place of birth as Cripplegate too. This is a key link to the Devonshire name.