Mayor 1888 – 1889.


Member of the Conservative Party.

A member of the established church – Church of England.

John was elected to the Council in 1869 as one of the representatives of the Westgate Ward.


Born: 17th December 1835, St. Mary-le-Tower, 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.


Mary Anne 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 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, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. Catherine died 16th August 1889, Ipswich, formerly of 74, Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington. Laid to rest at All Saint’s Churchyard, Sproughton, Suffolk.


Frederic Josselyn, born 19th August 1842, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 19th August 1842, at 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 suffered from heart disease, 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 & Co., 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.


George Francis Josselyn, born 1846, St. Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich, baptised 8th May 1846, at St. Mary-le-Tower Church, Ipswich. A Solicitor, with his father’s practice Josselyn & Sons, at Tower Street, and later with his brother John, at 10, Queen Street, Ipswich. George was a member of the Conservative Party, and in 1889 he was elected to Ipswich Council. George served as Mayor of Ipswich 1895 – 1896 and a Justice of the Peace. George Josselyn died 19th August 1908, at Bude, Cornwall, of 10, Queen Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section H.





1841   Tower Street, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk.


John was 6 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

George, 30, a Solicitor.

Elizabeth, 30.

Elizabeth, 7.

Mary Ann, 5.

George, 3.

Rose, 2.

Emily, 11 months.

2 male servants.

4 female servants.


1861   17, Tower Street, St. Mary Le Tower, Ipswich, Suffolk.


John was 26 years old, a Solicitor. He was living with his parents and siblings.

George 54, a Solicitor.

Elizabeth, 54.

Mary Ann, 24.

Catherine, 20.

Frederick, 18, a Civil Engineer.

James, 16.

George, 15.

1 upper servant,

1 cook,

1 house maid,

1 under servant.


1871   10, Queen Street, St. Nicholas, Ipswich.


John was 36 years old, an Attorney and Solicitor. He was head of the household.

Catherine Marie Bianchi (nee Massingham), 44, widow, Housekeeper and Cook, born Holt, Norfolk.

housekeeper’s son – George Henry Bianchi, 19, Under Gradulate at Cambridge University, born Ipswich.

1 housemaid.

1 under housemaid.


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


John was 46 years old, a Solicitor. He was living with his brother and head of the household.

George, 35, a Solicitor.

Catherine Bianchi, 54, widow, Housekeeper and Cook.

1 housemaid.

1 kitchenmiad.


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


John was 56 years old, a Solicitor – employer. He was living with his brother and head of the household.

George, 45, a Solicitor – employer.

1 housekeeper and cook.

1 parlourmaid.

1 housemaid.


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


John was 66 years old, a Justice of the Peace and Solicitor – employer. He was living with his brother and head of the household.

George, 55, a Justice of the Peace and Solicitor – employer.

1 housekeeper and cook.

1 house/parlour maid.

1 under housemaid.

Justice of the Peace, Ipswich Session court, the Town Hall.

The Ipswich Journal – 10th February 1900 – A ROWDY TRIOAt Ipswich Police Court, Ernest G. Brunning, of 113, Woodhouse Street; Robert Irving, of 22, Wells Street; and Charles Newson, of 20, Pottery Street, were before Col. J.H. Josselyn (chairman), Mr. J. May, Mr. S.R. Anness, and Mr. R.D. Fraser, charged with wilfully obstructing the pathway on Monday evening. Sergeant Johnson saw the defendants coming along the path in Westgate Street with their arms around each other, and their “heads down.” They turned everybody off the path, or rather everybody had to get off. When they reached the Cornhill Sergeant Johnson requested them to get into the road. Charles Newson and Robert Irving who were the worse for drink, did so, but Ernest Brunning would not. They walked towards St. Helen’s, where Sergeant Johnson saw them “go swop into three young women,” who made no complaint. The obstructing trio then adjourned to the County Hotel, where Sergeant Johnson followed them and obtained their names and addresses. Each defendant was fined 10s., with costs 16s., or 14.

11th November 1916, aged 37, ERNEST ST. GEORGE BRUNNING, was to die of wounds – No. 5. General Hospital, France while serving with the Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.


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

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