Mayor 1895 – 1896.


Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

George was elected to the Council in 1889 as one of the representatives of the St. Margaret’s Ward.


Born: 17th March 1846, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.

Baptised: 8th May 1846, at St. Mary at the Tower Church, Ipswich.



Elizabeth Josselyn, born 1833, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, baptised 12th October 1833, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. In 1859, Ipswich, Elizabeth married Thomas William Salmon, born 21st August 1830, Weston Longville, Norfolk, a Solicitor. Elizabeth and Thomas had 5 children. Thomas Salmon died 16th March 1886, Diss, Norfolk. Elizabeth Salmon died 1912, 25, Horton Court, High Street, Kensington, Middlesex.


John Henry Josselyn, born 17th December 1834, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich. A Solicitor, with his father’s practice Josselyn & Sons, at Tower Street, and later with his brother, George Francis Josselyn, at 10, Queen Street, Ipswich. John was a member of the Conservative Party, and in 1869 he was elected to Ipswich Council. He served as Mayor of Ipswich 1888 – 1889, and later a Justice of the Peace. John Josselyn died 22nd January 1905, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.


Mary Ann Josselyn, born 13th May 1836, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 21st May 1836, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Mary Anne lived with her sister Rose Josselyn. Mary Anne died 21st March 1905, at her home, 21, Berners Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest with brother John Henry Josselyn, Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.


George Josselyn, born 20th September 1837, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 1st October 1837, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. George Josselyn died 31st August 1845, Ipswich. Laid to rest at All Saints’ Churchyard, Sproughton.


Rose Josselyn, born 12th February 1839, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 5th March 1839, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Rose studied at the Ipswich School of Art, in March 1862, she exhibited an oil painting of a girl, with a simple rural face, returning from the harvest and a second oil painting of a sea scene. Rose lived with her sister Mary Anne Josselyn. Rose died 20th November 1910, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Section H, Ipswich Old Cemetery with sister Mary Ann Josselyn and brother John Henry Josselyn.


Catherine Emily Josselyn, born 11th July 1840, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, baptised 25th August 1840, St. Mary Le Tower Church, Ipswich. Catherine died 16th August 1889, Ipswich, formerly of 74, Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington, Middlesex. Laid to rest at All Saints’ Churchyard, Sproughton.


Frederic Josselyn, born 19th August 1842, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 19th August 1842, St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Frederic was a Civil Engineer and Iron Founder who, at one time was connected with the engineering department of the Great Eastern Railway. After which he became a member of the firm of Messrs. Allen Ransome, agricultural machinery, and saw-mill manufacturers, of King’s Road, Chelsea. For many years Frederic was an extremely active member of the Conservative party in Chelsea and later served as chairman of the Chelsea Conservative Association. On the 21st October 1868, at All Saints’ Church, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Frederic married Mary Elizabeth Oswell, born 1841, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, daughter of the Reverend Henry Lloyd Oswell, M.A., vicar of All Saint’s Church, Shrewsbury and Catherine Oswell (nee Murray). Mary and Frederic had 11 children, 7 survived to adulthood. Mary Josselyn died 26th October 1884, 74, Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington, Middlesex.

On the 14th November 1889, at All Soul’s Church, Langham Place, Westminster, Frederic married Frances Harriet Bartlet, born 23rd February 1841, Ipswich, youngest daughter of Alexander Henry Bartlet, Medical Doctor and Surgeon at the East Suffolk Hospital, and County Gaol and Mary Caroline Bartlet (nee Cobbold), of Lower Brook Street, Ipswich.

Frederic had suffered from heart disease for a few years, whilst attending a meeting of his old regiment, the 1st Middlesex Engineer Volunteers he caught a chill and pneumonia supervening proved fatal. John Josselyn died Sunday, 7th January 1900, 74, Redcliffe Gardens, Brompton, South Kensington. The first portion of the funeral service took place Thursday, 11th January 1900, at St. Mary’s Church, The Boltons, Kensington, where Frederic worshipped. The polished oak coffin was then conveyed to Ipswich by train, arriving at 2:30 in the afternoon. The coffin was transferred to a glass-panelled hearse and driven to Sproughton for interment at St. All Saints’ Churchyard, the grave being lined with ivy by the gardener at The Cottage, Mr. A. Rivers.

Frances Harriet Josselyn died June 1932, of 113, Ranelagh Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk.


In 1868, Frederic Josselyn went into partnership with Allen Ransome, born January 1833, Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk. Allen was a Civil Engineer, who earlier in 1868, had become a senior partner of Messrs. Samuel Worssam & Col ., a small factory in King’s Road, Chelsea making saw-mill machinery. Frederick and Allen changed the factory’s name to A. Ransome & Co. Together they acquired a foundry in Battersea, and managed with an additional partner, Vincent Sydney Woods, born February 1856, Paddington, London, as Ransome, Josselyn & Woods. In 1893, the two businesses were amalgamated – A. Ransome and Co., Ltd, woodworking machinery manufacturers. After Frederic’s death in 1900, A. Ransome & Co. moved to Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.

Frances Harriet Bartlet’s brother, John Henry Bartlet, was a medical doctor, governor, and surgeon of the East Suffolk & Ipswich Hospital. John was interested in the idea of convalescent homes for patients to recover and provide respite from surgery, injury or trauma, in pleasant locations providing fresh air and rest. John, of Birkfield, Ipswich died in May 1917, he entrusted his trustees with a generous fortune for the purpose of building and maintaining a convalescent home. The trustees chose land at Felixstowe, and local architect, Henry Munro Cautley designed the convalescent home on the remains of Martello Tower ‘R,’ a small coastal artillery fort built between 1810 – 1812, with a walled moat. The Bartlet Convalescent Home was built between 1924 – 1926.


James Edward Josselyn, born 6th July 1844, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 17th July 1844, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. James was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Ipswich. In January 1863, James gained the high distinction of being amongst the number of successful candidates in the late examination for admission to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, as a Gentleman Cadet. There were 20 selected out of 200 candidates. After his training ended in July 1865, James was ranked a Lieutenant for the Royal Artillery. He retired in October 1901 as Colonel in command of the artillery forces in the North-Eastern District. James died 29th February 1924, of 64, Curzon Street, Mayfair, London. Laid to rest with his brother George Francis Josselyn at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.










1851   Tower Street, St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich.


George was 5 years old and living with his mother and siblings.

Elizabeth, 44, a Solicitor’s Wife.

Elizabeth, 17.

Mary Anne, 14.

Rose, 12.

Catherine, 10.

Frederic, 8.

James, 6.

1 footman.

2 nursemaids.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.


In 1851 George’s father, 44 year old George Josselyn, a Solicitor was 1 of 7 lodgers at the Bell Inn, Market Square, Winslow, Buckinghamshire – Innkeeper, Brewer and Malster, 34 year old William Neal.


1861   17, Tower Street, St. Mary le Tower, Ipswich.


George was 15 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

George 54, a Solicitor.

Elizabeth, 54.

John, 26, a Solicitor.

Mary Anne, 24.

Catherine, 20.

Frederic, 18, a Civil Engineer.

James, 16.

1 upper servant,

1 cook,

1 house maid,

1 under servant.


1871   Sproughton, Suffolk.


George was 25 years old, an Attorney and Solicitor. He was living with his mother and siblings.

Elizabeth, 64.

Mary Anne, 34.

Rose, 32.

Catherine, 30.

Sister – Elizabeth Salmon (nee Josselyn), 37.

Niece – Edith Elizabeth Salmon, 7, born Diss, Norfolk.

Nephew – Edward Mowbray Salmon, 5, born Diss, Norfolk.

1 footman.

1 cook.

1 housemaid.

1 underhousemaid.


In 1871 George’s father, 64 year old George Josselyn, a Solicitor and Land Owner, was a visitor to 41 year old Henry Jervis-White-Jervis, a Member of Parliament and retired Colonel, Royal Artillery, at his family home – Queens Road, Brentwood, Essex.


1881   10, Queen Street, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.


George was 35 years old, a Solicitor. He was living and working with his brother

John, 46, a Solicitor.

Catherine Bianchi, 54, widow, Housekeeper and Cook.

1 housemaid.

1 kitchenmiad.


1891   10, Queen Street, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.


George was 45 years old, a Solicitor – employer. He was living and working with his brother.

John, 56, a Solicitor – employer.

1 housekeeper and cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemaid.


1901   10, Queen Street, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.


George was 55 years old, a Justice of the Peace and Solicitor – employer. He was living and working with his brother.

John, 66, a Justice of the Peace and Solicitor – employer.

1 housekeeper and cook.

1 house/parlour maid.

1 under housemaid.



Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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