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William Robert Warren

After Francis Street emigrated to Australia in 1838, for about four years the poor of Bow were looked after by a succession of doctors from Morchard Bishop or Crediton. Born in Ottery St Mary in 1815, William Robert Warren was the son of Rev John Warren and Frances Hicks. His father was headmaster at The King’s School in Ottery.

 

William was probably educated in his father’s school, as his father had been before him. By 1839 he was a pupil to Exeter surgeon John Tucker. (John Tucker was also from Ottery where his father was a solicitor.) He then moved to Uffculme. He married Emma Bussell de Mey in 1841 in Heavitree Church with his father conducting the service.

 

Their first daughter, Frances, was born while they lived in Uffculme. They moved to Bow in about 1843, where their first son, John, was born. At first they stayed at Grattons, but from 1851 lived at Winsor House. Warren was to provide some stability to medical care, staying in Bow until 1868. Their third child, William, was born in Bow in 1844.


Their last seven children, all born in Bow, died under the age of five and were buried at Bow.

 

Emma their mother died aged 42 of "malignant scarlet fever" in 1856. She and the seven children are commemorated in a stained glass window in Bow Church.

Children of William and Emma Warren

 

 

born

died

Age at death

Frances Hicks

1841

1905

63

John

1843

1912+

69+

William Robert de Mey

1844

1910

66

Sarah

1845

1845

0

Emma Louisa

1846

1848

2

Robert Hicks

1848

1848

1

Adeline de Mey

1849

1852 (buried

together)

4

Mary Jane

1851

1

Gwen Agnes

1852

1856

4

George Henry

1853

1854

1