Rev. Edgar Silver

Perpetual Curate – 1880-1903

Edgar Silver was born to Stephen Winckworth Silver and Frances Susan Silver on 21 July 1829. His father was a merchant and they lived on Circus Road. He was baptised at Christ Church, Marylebone on 12 August 1829.
Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives, Christ Church, Saint Marylebone, Register of baptisms, P89/CTC, Item 007

In the 1841 census, Edgar was living in Marylebone. Also present were merchant Stephen W Silver (b.1821), Maria Silver (b.1826), Hugh Adam Silver (b.1826), Walter Silver (b.1831), Septimus Silver (b.1836) and Mary Ann Silver (b.1801) of indenpendent means. There were 4 servants listed.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 678; Page: 29; Line: 6; GSU roll: 438794.

In 1851, Edgar Silver (b.1830, London) was listed as a commoner at Oriel College, Oxford.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1728; Folio: 102; Page: 55; GSU roll: 193637.

Edgar Silver, 4th son of Stephen Winckworth Silver matriculated at Oriel College on 2 December 1847, aged 18. He received his BA in 1852 and MA in 1855.
Source Information: Foster, Joseph. Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1715-1886 and Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford, 1500-1714. Oxford: Parker and Co., 1888-1892. accessed on

Marriage recorded for Edgar Silver to Isabella Diana Emma Davis in South Stoneham, Apr-Jun 1854, Vol 2c, page 90.

Edgar was ordained in 1853 and became curate at Shirley, Hampshire (1853-1855), followed by Bitterne (part of South Stoneham) from 1855-1860.
He was subsequently appointed as Perpetual Curate at Holy Trinity, Cowes, Isle of Wight (1860-1867) then as Rector of Medsted, Hampshire (1867-1880) before becoming Perpetual Curate of Christ Church, Portswood in 1880.
Source: Crockfords Clerical Directory, 1895

Edgar and Isabella had at least 7 children; Ida Marion (b.1856, Bitterne), Constance Emily (b.1858, South Stoneham), Edgar George (bap. 1860, Cowes, Isle of Wight), Agnes Margaret (bap.1861, Cowes), Ernest Wollaston (b.1862, Cowes), Godfrey Stephen (bap. 1865, Cowes) and Walter Barrington (bap.1866, Cowes).

In the 1881 census, Edgar was shown as Perpetual Curate of Christ Church, living in Highfield Vicarage. He was there with his wife, Isabella D.E. (b.1830, Holyhead, Anglesey) and unmarried daughter, Ida M. They had a visitor staying with them and five domestic servants.
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 1219; Folio: 90; Page: 18; GSU roll: 1341298.

Later that year their son Godfrey Stephen Silver died in Hertfordshire, where he had been boarding at school in that years census.

In 1891, Edgar Silver was described as Perpetual Curate of Highfield and Rural Dean of Southampton. Their home was described as The Parsonage. Living with him were his wife, Isabella, single daughter, Ida M and great-niece, Mary E.H. Silver (b.1874, Worcestershire). 5 domestic servants were listed.
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 926; Folio 97; Page 3; GSU roll: 6096036.

In 1901 the census showed 71 year old Reverend Silver living at the vicarage in Highfield with his wife and two unmarried daughters; Ida and Agnes. Agnes was a ‘Nurse General’. Granddaughter Frances D. (b 1900, southampton) was also with them. They had 5 domestic staff listed.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1068; Folio: 158; Page: 16.

Reverend Silver left Highfield in 1903. During his time at Highfield church he saw the introduction of a Parish Council and the parish magazine.
Source: Highfield Church Southampton 1847-1997, by Elizabeth Reader

Death recorded for Edgar Silver (aged 75), Isle of Wight, Apr-Jun 1905, Vol 2c, page 380.

Death recorded for Isabella D.E. Silver (aged 83), Isle of Wight, Jan-Mar 1913, Vol. 2b, page 864.

Inscription on table:

Table in Highfield Church inscribed with dedication to Rev. Silver

1880 – 1903