Charles was a watchmaker, silversmith, jeweller and optician and a business partner of William Boby.


Born: 1808, Ipswich.



Sophia Schulen, born 1807, Ipswich. Sophia died August 1889, of St. Margaret’s, Ipswich. Laid to rest 23rd August 1889, Ipswich Old Cemetery.


On the 2nd September 1833, at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, Charles married Mary Holden, born 17th June 1806, Ipswich, baptised 9th February 1820, at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich – daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Holden, of Ipswich.


Father: Samuel Holden, born 1771. Samuel Holden died 29th October 1837, of apoplexy, at Ipswich. Laid to rest at St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Ipswich. Samuel was a Quarter Master of the East Suffolk Militia.

Mother: Rebecca Holden (nee Chapman), born 1779, Wetheringsett, Suffolk. Rebecca Holden died 9th April 1858, Ipswich. Laid to rest with Samuel at St. Margaret’s Churchyard, Ipswich.


Also laid to rest with Samuel and Rebecca was their daughter Caroline Holden, born 1820, Ipswich – died 1st November 1845, Ipswich.


Mary Schulen died 17th December 1843, Ipswich. Laid to rest at St. Stephen’s Churchyard, Ipswich.


On the 13th August 1859, at Claydon, Suffolk, by the Reverend George Drury, Charles married Mary Ann Chaplin (nee Crisp), of St. Matthew’s, Ipswich, a widow, born 14th January 1819, Wherstead, Suffolk, baptised 7th March 1819, at Wherstead – daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Crisp, of Ipswich.


Father: Thomas Crisp, born 1795, Suffolk. Thomas Crisp died 10th March 1851, Ipswich. Laid to rest at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Wherstead.

Mother: Mary Ann Crisp (nee Upcraft), born 1797, Wherstead. Mary Ann Crisp died 1859, Ipswich. Laid to rest alongside Thomas, at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Wherstead.


Mary Ann was the widow of William Jackson Chaplin, born 1811, Ipswich, a wine merchant, brewer and a corkcutter. They had married in 1839, Ipswich and had 3 sons:

William Crisp Chaplin, born 1841, Ipswich.

Arthur Edward Chaplin, born 26th April 1844, Ipswich, baptised 21st August 1844.

Charles John Chaplin, born 1848, Ipswich.

On Thursday, 3rd July 1851, during a two-day visit to Ipswich by His Royal Highness Prince Albert, William Chaplin broached the Douro vat of port wine, containing 306 gallons of the vintage of 1847, the largest ever landed in Ipswich. A bottle was filled by the Mayor of Ipswich, Mr. Peter Long, and with a suitable inscription, was placed before the Prince at luncheon. On Friday morning, a second bottle was filled by the Reverend Stephen J. Rigaud, to commemorate the laying of the foundation stone of the Grammar School.

William Jackson Chaplin died 23rd October 1857, Ipswich – he named Charles Schulen as one of his executors.





Suffolk Chronicle – Saturday, 4th November 1871.

The Mayoralty of Mr. George Sampson will be memorable for securing to the corporation a rich and massive gold chain fir its mayors – a chain in all respects becoming the dignity of the office and the importance of the borough. The magistrates and several of the members of the corporation contributed to its purchase, the order was entrusted to Messrs. Schulen and Boby, of the Cornhill; and a splendid chain it is. The style is that known as the Renaissance. The principal links are oblong, and are connected by alternate round and oval links, whose plain surfaces agreeably diversify the effect. The initial form of the shield, to which the chain may be said to run, is a graceful oval, emblazoned with the arms of the borough in proper colours, and raised in gold upon it are the armorial bearings. It narrows towards the top to a slender neck for the ribbon, and again widens to form a support for the borough crest, the demi-lion holding in his paws the ancient three-masted gallery. The supporters of the shield are two sea horses, with silver heads and gold bodies, enamelled in the veritable sea-green, which indicates their origin, and the disposition of these horses, in their rampant mood, is both fanciful and effective, whilst their bright colours and glittering scales add much to the brilliancy of the composition. Underneath the shield is the venerable head of Neptune, the god of the deeps, appearing in front of the setting orb, with his long sweeping beard from which fishes are seen emerging. In the composition of his marine crown hulls of vessels and sea shells are introduced, whilst various emblems of the sea fill up a very happy design. The general form of the badge itself is that of a section of a ship, and it has been carried out harmoniously with the naval spirit of the heraldic symbols. The chain throughout is a fine specimen of the goldsmith’s art, and in these days when it is fashion to decry modern jewellery as being far behind the productions of the old masters in metal work, it is pleasant to see a decoration of this kind, which, in its happy conception and artistic execution, goes far to refute the accusation. We feel sure the corporation and people of Ipswich will ratify the opinion we have formed and be also gratified at seeing their chief magistrate wearing insignia becoming the dignity of his position. The chain will be on view at Messrs. Schulen and Boby’s during the week.




1841   Tacket Street, St. Stephen’s, Ipswich.


Charles was 30 years old, a Watchmaker. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 30.

William Boby, 15, a Watchmaker’s Apprentice.

John Bales, 15, a Watchmaker’s Apprentice.

1 female house servant.


1851   2, Tacket Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 41 years old, a Watchmaker – employing 1 man and 1 apprentice. He was a widower and head of the household.

Walter Garritt, 20, a Watchmaker’s Apprentice.

1 female house servant.


William Boby was a neighbour.



1861   2, Tavern Street, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.


Charles was 51 years old, a Watchmaker, Jeweller and Optician. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 42.

1 female house servant.


1871   152, Norwich Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Charles was 61 years old, a Watchmaker and Optician. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 52.

sister – Sophia Schulen, 64, born Ipswich.

2 female domestic servants.


1881   152, Norwich Road, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.


Charles was 71 years old, a Silversmith and Optician. He was married and head of the household.

Mary Ann, 62.

1 visitor.

1 cook.

1 general domestic servant.

Charles Schulen died 17th December 1883, from weakness of his heart at his residence 152, Norwich Road, Ipswich. Laid to rest Friday, 21st December 1883, at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section L.


Probate to Edward Spenceley Charles Alexander – nephew, of Victoria Park, Shipley, Yorkshire, and Charles Alexander – nephew, of 16, Museum Street, Ipswich – Woolstaplers and Wine and Spirit Merchants.


On the 29th January 1884, at an auction held by Sexton and Grimwade, Auctioneers, at Shorten’s Repository, 14, Museum Street, Ipswich, by the orders of the executors of the late Charles Schulen, a well-known brown mare 15.h.h quiet in harness plus two sets of plated harness, and a park phaeton, by Catt, in good condition were sold.


Mary Ann Schulen, formerly of London Road, Ipswich, died 1st March 1885, at the home of her son, Arthur Chaplin, of Leyspring, Trumpington Road, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section L.


Probate to Arthur Edward Chaplin – son, of Cambridge, and Charles John Chaplin – son, of Walthamstow, Essex – both Drapers.

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