Vicar – 1852-1864
Rev. Gerald Stephen Fitzgerald, married Susan Anne Beresford, daughter of Rev. Hon. George Beresford and Susan Gorges, on 2 June 1842.
This was Susans second marriage,
her first marriage was to Matthew O’Reilly in February 1830.
Susan’s grandfather, William Beresford, was 1st Baron Decies.
Source: Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th
edition, volume 1, page 1062, quoted on ThePeerage.com
In the 1851 census, Gerald S. Fitzgerald (b.1811, Haverfordwest,
Wales) was Curate of All Saints, Southampton and lived at 1 Rockstone Terrace. He lived with his wife, Susan (b.1810, Ireland), daughter, Susan J. (b.1847, Ireland) and son, Gerald B. (b.1849, Southampton). They had 4 domestic staff listed; a cook, nurse, housemaid and nurserymaid.
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1669; Folio: 705; Page: 48; GSU roll: 193576-193577.
The Parsonage at Highfield (now located in Cranford Way) was built in 1852 and the Fitzgeralds were the first to live there. In 1855, the church was extended adding the north aisle and in 1863, gas lighting was installed.
Source: Highfield Church Southampton, 1847-1997, by Elizabeth Reader.
In the census of 1861, the family are shown living at Parsonage House, Highfield in South Stoneham. Reverend Fitzgerald was described as ‘Clergyman Church of England, Rector of Christchurch’ (sic). He was there with his wife Susan, children; Gerald & Susan, and neice, Harriet (b.1830, London) who was described as an imbecile. (This is assumed to be Harriet Beresford, see 1871 census). Five domestic servants were listed; a cook, ladys maid, parlour maid, childrens maid and house maid.
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 682; Folio: 107; Page: 17; GSU roll: 542684.
In the 1871 census, Gerald Fitzgerald was Rector of Wanstead, living at the Rectory with his wife Susan, and neice, Harriet L. Beresford (noted by the taker to have been an imbecile from birth). Five staff were listed; a butler, ladys maid, ladys attendant, housemaid and cook.
NB: The adjacent building was titled the Weslyan Free Church, but whether this was his church, cannot be confirmed.
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 1635; Folio: 102; Page: 44; GSU roll: 829936.
Death registered for Gerald Stephen Fitzgerald, Jul-Sep 1879, West Ham, Greater London, Vol. 4a, page 59.