Appendix D

The Children of James Merrett 
and Martha Ponting

Martha was baptised on 22 December 1773 at Berkeley daughter of William Ponting of Hamfield (Chapter 2).

Martha Ponting married James Merrett of Slimbridge on 7 April 1798 in Berkeley. 

James and Martha had eleven children:

  • James Merrett. Baptised 12 August 1798 in Slimbridge 
  • William Merrett, Baptised 15 December 1799. Buried 20 January 1809 in Slimbridge
  • John Merrett. Born 19 April 1801 in Slimbridge
  • Thomas Merrett. Buried 15 January 1803 at Berkeley.
  • Henry Merrett. Baptised 24 November 1805 in Slimbridge
  • Charles Merrett. Baptised 24 November 1806 in Slimbridge 
  • Eliza Merrett. Baptised 30 August 1807 in Slimbridge. 
  • George Merrett. Baptised 12 June 1809 in Slimbridge.
  • Edwin Merrett. Baptised 11 May 1811 in Slimbridge
  • Daniel Knight Merrett. Baptised 1 April 1813 in Slimbridge
  • Mary Ponting Merrett. Baptised 28 May 1815 in Slimbridge 

Their son William died on 20 January 1809 aged 9 and was buried at Berkeley on 26 January 1809. The monumental inscription also makes reference to an infant son Thomas, but no age or date of death is given. This would appear to be Thomas Merrett who was buried on 15 January 1803 at Berkeley. The register records that he was the son of James Merrett of Slimbridge, yeoman, but again gives no age.

James Merrett (senior) died on 27 January 1839 aged 72 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1839 Wheatenhurst 11 357). He was buried on 2 February 1839 in Berkeley. 

In 1841 Martha is farming in Clapsgate, Arlingham. Her sons Charles, George and Edwin remained at home .

In 1851 she is still farming in Arlingham, but, aged 78, she is shown as the joint occupier of 133 acres with her son Charles. George remains at home and is described as a farmers son.

In 1861, aged 87, she is now shown as farming 123 acres at Clapsgate, Arlingham with the help of 3 men and 1 boy. Sons Charles aged 53 and George aged 50 remain at home, but Charles is shown as a fisherman and George, as working on a farm.

Martha Merrett died on 18 April 1865 at Arlingham aged 92 years old. She is described as the widow of James Merrett, farmer. The cause of death is "old age and general decay". The witness was Ann Merrett who was only able to make her mark. (Reg Gen June Qtr. 1865 Wheatenhurst 6a 181).

This picture of Martha Merrett is believed to have been taken on her 90th birthday in 1863. It is one of a number of photographs from the Burcher family's personal collection and is reproduced with their permission. It can also be found in "Antiquities of Arlingham", produced by Arlingham PCC and is copyrighted to them. Thank you to Jon Shaw for providing me with links to these and many of the photographs that are included in this section, and also for obtaining permission for these to be used. 

Jon tells me that the family farm at Clapsgate, Arlingham was rented by James & Martha Merrett from the Fryer family from circa 1820 and that they moved to Arlingham from the nearby village of Longney (ancestral home of the Fryer family) where they lived briefly after leaving Slimbridge. They were at Clapsgate in 1826 as there is a record of them making a payment to the parish church. Back then there would have been seven first floor bedrooms and four large habitable attics (one accessed separately for a maid), presumably all put to good use with their large family.

After their parents death, sons Charles and George Merrett continue to farm at Clapsgate, Arlingham. In 1871 Charles was 65 and George 62 years old and it seems that they never married. Both are described as farmers of 150 acres employing 2 men and 1 boy.

Charles Merrett, late of Clapsgate Farm, Arlingham died on 25 November 1879 aged 74 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1879 Wheatenhurst 6a 220). Probate was granted to James Merrett, farmer and his nephew (son of Henry Merrett - see below) and John Vernon, butcher, (John Vernon was the village butcher, living at Cross House, Arlingham, next to the Red Lion Inn) both of Arlingham. His effects were valued at under £1,500.   

This picture of Charles Merrett was also provided by the Burcher family and can also be found in "Antiquities of Arlingham", produced by Arlingham PCC and copyrighted to them.  

George Merrett late of Arlingham died on 19 May 1887 aged 78 years old (Reg Gen June Qtr 1887 Wheatenhurst 6a 197). Probate was granted on 17 June 1887 to Thomas Burcher (husband of Elizabeth Merrett who was the daughter of Henry Merrett, George's brother - see below), farmer of Arlingham. His estate was valued at £578 8s 3d

Martha Merrett (nee Ponting) and her two sons Charles and George are buried in the same family grave in Arlingham churchyard next to the boundary wall with Church Farm.

Of James and Martha's other remaining children:

James Merrett and Mary Williams/Eliza Moore.

James Merrett was baptised on 12 August 1798 in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, the son of James and Martha Merrett.

James Merrett married Mary Williams at Arlingham on 30 December 1824. They had a son James Merrett who was baptised on 10 June 1827, but was buried on 20 February 1828 both at Arlingham, when he is described as an infant. Other researcher suggest that they had two daughters Eliza Merrett (born 1825) and Emma Merrett (born 1832), but I cannot find any evidence that they were their children. Mary Merrett died aged 55 years old and was buried on 26 October 1839 in Arlingham. 

It is possible that in 1841 James was living at Elmore, about 10 miles from Arlingham. He was a 45 year old agricultural labourer. In 1851 James was still a widower, now living at High Street, Arlingham and employed as an agricultural labourer. Living next door to him was 62 year old Elizabeth Moore and her daughters Eliza Moore, aged 26 and Emma Moore, aged 19 and her grandchildren Jane Moore aged 7 and Ann Moore aged 1. The two grandchildren were: 

  • Jane Moore had been born on 20 May 1843 and was the daughter of Mary Moore, presumably another of Elizabeth's daughters. No details of the father are on the birth certificate.
  • Frances Ann Moore had been born on 27 October 1849 at Arlingham. She was the daughter of Eliza Moore. No details of the father are given. Eliza was the informant and was only able to make her mark. Frances Ann was baptised on 23 December 1849 at Arlingham, the daughter of Eliza Moore, single woman. 

In 1861 62 year old widower James, agricultural labourer is still living in Arlingham and next door to the Moores. By now 36 year old Eliza Moore is head of the household and although unmarried has four children. Frances Ann Moore (see above) plus

  • Augustus Merrett Moore. Born 1852. Baptised 25 April 1852 at Arlingham. 
  • Martha Moore. Born 1854. Baptised 8 October 1854 at Arlingham
  • Edwin Merrett Moore. Born 1858. Baptised 26 September 1858 at Arlingham

It seems Eliza had two further sons, neither of which survived: 

  • Augustus Moore. Baptised 2 April 1848, bastard son of Eliza Moore, single woman.  Augustus Moore was buried on 29 October 1848 at Arlingham, aged 10 months. 
  • Edwin William Moore. Baptised 4 January 1857 at Arlingham, but did not survive. Edwin Merrett Moore was buried on 26 September 1858 at Arlingham.

In 1871 72 year old James and 45 year old Eliza were living together in Arlingham. Eliza had taken James surname although it appears that they did not marry until 1872. Three more children had been born and along with Edwin were still living at home:

  • William John Merrett Moore. Born 1861 in Arllngham. Baptised 28 July 1861 at Arlingham
  • Elizabeth Ellen Moore. Born 1863 at Arlingham. Baptised 20 May 1864 at Arlingham
  • Edith Emily Moore. Born 16 February 1867. Baptised 11 August 1864 at Arlingham

Although the children were all using the surname Merrett at the time the census was taken, it appears they were all born out of wedlock and registered with the surname Moore. I suspect that Eliza Moore's older children, Frances Ann, Augustus, Martha and Edwin were also all James's children?

On 30 June 1872, 74 year old widower James Merrett married Eliza Moore a 45 year old spinster at Arlingham Parish Church. James was the son of James Merrett, farmer and Eliza was the daughter of William Moore, labourer. Whilst James signed the register, Eliza was only able to make her mark (Reg Gen June Qtr 1872 Wheatenhurst 6a 515)

James Merrett died aged 81 and was buried on 19 April 1879 at Arlingham. 

In 1881 56-year-old Eliza Merrett is living with her daughter Elizabeth Ellen Moore in Arlingham in a cottage since demolished on the site of what is today Passage Farm House in Passage Road, Arlingham. Elizabeth is a domestic servant.

Eliza Merrett died aged 58 and was buried on 14 November 1883 in Arlingham. 

The following is known about their children: 

  • Frances Ann Fawkes nee Moore

Eliza Moore (and James Merrett?) daughter "Ann Frances" Moore married Richard Fawkes on 1 August 1869 in Horsley. Richard was a 23 year old shepherd, son of Thomas Fawkes, shepherd. "Ann Frances" was 20 years old, the daughter of "James Moore", labourer. Despite her name and her father's name, later censuses suggest I have attributed the correct marriage to Frances.  

In 1871 Richard and Frances Annie (born Arlingham) were living in Cottage, Sopworth, Wiltshire where Richard was shepherd. Their eldest daughter was 5 months old.  

In 1881 they were living at Montford Village. Richard was still a shepherd. A further four children had been born.

In 1891 they were living at Harrington Hall, Sutton Maddock and Richard, aged 40 was  farm shepherd. Their daughter Sarah was a parlour maid (presumably at the Hall), son Frederick, aa farm labourer, son Arthur a shepherd and son Herbert, aged 15, an under gamekeeper.  Richrd and Frances had eleven children in all

  • Sarah Jane Fawkes. Born 15 October 1870 in Sopworth
  • Frederick Charles Fawkes. Born 1873 in Leighterton
  • Arthur Edward Fawkes. Born 13 November 1873. Baptised 8 February 1874 in Westonbirt
  • Herbert Walter Fawkes. Baptised 18 June 1876 in Horsley
  • William Ewart Fawkes. Born 6 March 1880 in Montford 
  • Walter Bright Fawkes. Born 1882 in Atcham.
  • Archie Fawkes. Born 21 August 1883 in Yardley
  • Ernest Chamberlain Fawkes. Born 10 May 1885. Baptised 7 June 1885 in Yardley 
  • Charles Percy Fawkes. Baptised 2 October 1887 in Yardley
  • Cecil Hawkes. Born 3 September 1889 in Harrington
  • Winifred Gertrude Fawkes. Born 9 January 1892. Baptised 14 February 1892 at Shifnal.

Frances Ann Fawkes of Moat House Farm, Coventry Road, Yardley (wife of Richard Fawkes) died on 29 December 1892 aged 45 years old. Administration was granted to her husband, RIchard Fawkes, shepherd. Her effects were valued at £153. 15s 7d. This seems unusual for a married woman of her status. 

In 1901 Richard Fawkes, a 53 year old widower was living at Shrawadine, Shropshire. Her remained a farm shepherd. Daughter Sarah, aged 30, sons Walter, aged 19, an under shepherd, Ernest, Charles and daughter Winifred all remained at home.  

In 1911 Richard was living with his son Herbert at Holker. Herbert had been married, widowed and left with a three year old son. Also at the same address was daughter Sarah, still single and  domestic servant. 

Richard Fawkes of 1 Clifton Road, Gloucester died 27 April 1929 at the Union Infirmary, Gloucester. Probate was granted to Louisa Jane Lane (wife of Thomas Clifford Lane) and Henry John Hopewell, retired fitter. Was this our Richard?  

In 1911 Richard and Frances daughter Sarah Jane Fawkes was still single. a domestic servant she was living with her brother Herbert at Holker. In 1939 she was  smallholder (dairy farmer) living at Longford Turning with Alfred P Fawkes, born 27 August 1907, a smallholder, working on his own account.  Alfred was Sarah brother's Herbert's son (see below). Sarah Jane Fawkes of 10, Longford Turning, near Market Drayton, spinster, died on 26 December 1955. Probate was granted to Alfred Percy Fawkes, farmer.  

In 1891 Richard and Frances son Frederick Charles Fawkes was an 18 year old farm labourer living with his parents. On 24 July 1894 "Fred C Fawkes", a 22 year old shepherd arrived in New York on the S.S.Tauric. He was travelling with Thomas Matcham, a 34 year old horse trainer!!. Frederick clearly returned to England because Frederick married Cecilia Agnes Lloyd in 1907 in Ellesmere. In 1909 Frederick, a 35 year old shepherd arrived from Canada, moving to the USA. On 2 July 1910 Frederick, Cecilia and their 1 year old daughter arrived on the S.S. Campania  from Liverpool. They were bound for Nantwich to stay with Cecilia's father. On 16 February 1913 "Fred", Cecilia, Winnifred and Godfrey arrived back in USA from Liverpool. Their last permanent residence had been in the USA but they were bound for Canada where Fred was a farmer. The 1921 (1 June 1921) census for Canada shows F. C. Fawkes and his family at Senneville, Montreal where Frederick is a shepherd. The census shows that they arrived in Canada in 1914. They had three children:

  • Winifred Dora Fawkes. Born 13 December 1908 in Shrewsbury. Winifred married John Edward Harland on 5 November 1936. They had three children. John Edward Harland died on 7 January 1982 in Cornwall. Winifred died on 26 May 2004 in Lancaster and was buried in Williamstown.  
  • Godfrey Fawkes. Born 1912 in Ellesmere. In 1940 Godfrey was a farmer in Spencerville, Grenville, Dundas, alongside his parents. 
  • Claude Herbert Fawkes. Born 23 March 1915 in England!! Claude married Doria Almyra Sands. They had three children. In 1965 they were living at 1, Kingston. Claude was a packer and Doris, a seamstress. Claude died on 2 July 1984. Doria Almyra Fawkes died on 15 November 2008. Both are buried at Frontenac, Ontario.   

In 1924 Frederick and Cecilia, aged 48 years, cross from Canada to the US with their children Winifred and Godfrey. It's not clear where Claude would have been. In 1940 Fred and his wife were farming at Spencerville, Grenville  along with their son Godfrey. Cecilia Agnes Fawkes died on 12 May 1960 in Spencerville, Ontario. 

Richard and Frances son Arthur Edward Fawkes married Alice Maud Branch on 25 August 1897 in Addington, Surrey. Arthur was a 23 year old shepherd. Alice was 22 years old, the daughter of James Branch, labourer

In 1901 they were living in 4, New House Cottages, Sutton Maddock, Shropshire. Arthur was a shepherd on a farm. Their eldest son was seven months old. In 1911 they were living at High Street, Waddesden, Bucks and Arthur was a shepherd. A further five children had been born. They had seven children in all:

  • Harry Baden Fawkes. Born 25 August 1900. Baptised 7 October 1900 in Shropshire. In 1925 Harry arrived back in London from La Plata on S.S. Highland Rover, he was a 26 year old shepherd. Harry married Ethel Margaret Anne Finnis in 1927. They had at least two children.  In 1939 they were living at Longners, Northchurch Common, Berkhamstead. Harry was a shepherd.  Harry Baden Fawkes died in 1969 in Elstree. Ethel Margaret Anne Fawkes died on 26 August 1973 in Blenheim. 
  • Alice Joyce Fawkes. Born 13 January 1903 in Wolverhampton. In 1939 Alice was a patient in Kent County Mental Hospital. Alice never married and died in 1984 in Canterbury. 
  • George Fawkes. Born 1905 in Wolverhampton. On 2 June 1939 George arrived in Vancouver, Canada from Auckland, New Zealand. He was a stud farmer. On 18 July 1941 he arrived in the USA from New Zealand. He was a stock agent and was on a temporary business visa.  On 20 September 1947 George sailed from Liverpool to New Zealand. He was a 43 year old, stud stock agent. He had previous been resident in "other parts of the British Empire" and intended to become permanently resident in New Zealand. George married Evelyn Joyce Pittaway on 3 April 1948 in Palmerston, Otago. On 10 May 1954 Evelyn Joyce Fawkes sailed from Wellington to Southampton on M.V Ruahine. George is not listed. On 3 September 1954 they both returned from London to New Zealand on RMS Rangitane. In 1954 they were living at 7a Dufferin Street, Island Bay. In 1957 they are living at Old Renwick Road, Blenheim and George is a farmer. George died on 19 September 1958 in Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.  In 1981 Evelyn Joyce Fawkes, widow is living at 104, Kitchener Road, North Shore. Evelyn died on 18 April 1999 in North Shore, Auckland. 
  • Ernest Thomas Fawkes. Born 31 March 1908 in Litchfield. Ernest married Frances Emma Draper on 21 March 1935 in Great Gaddesdon. In 1939 they were living at 56, Bridens Camp, Hemel Hempstead and Ernest was a shepherd. They had one daughter at that time. Ernest Thomas Fawkes died in 1986 in Dacorum, Herts. Frances Emma Fawkes of 56, Bridens Camp, Great Gaddesdon died on 21 April 1990
  • Arthur Edward Fawkes. Born 13 June 1910 in Litchfield. In 1930 Arthur was living with his father and stepmother at Shawlands Cottage, Tandridge. Arthur married Ellinor Stoakes in 1939 in Hollingbourne and when the register was taken they were living in Gibraltar Cottages, Chatham and Arthur was a cowman. Arthur Edward Fawkes of Newdigate Nursing Home, Newdigate Street, West Hallam, Derbyshire died on 3 February 1990. Ellinor Fawkes of Newdigate Nursing Home died on 23 April 1992
  • Winifred Maud Fawkes. Born 29 September 1912 in Aylesbury. Winifred married Frederick Percy Milsted in 1935 in Hollingbourne, Kent. In 1939 Winifred was living with her parents. Frederick may have been with his parents at New Brickyard, Eastry. Frederick Percy Milsted of 2, Mill Road, Wingham, Canterbury died on 2 March 1987 in Wingham, Kent. Winifred Maud Milsted died in 1998 in Canterbury. 
  • Cecil Charles Fawkes. Born 1914 in Aylesbury.  It's possible that Cecil returned to the UK from Chile on 29 October 1933. He was a 19 year old farmer.  On 18 October 1934 he emigrated to New Zealand on the "Rangitune". He was a 20 year old shepherd. In 1941 and 1942 he is listed in the army rolls as single and a stud stock expert  He married Alma Eileen Maud Goldfinch. Alma had been married previously in 1936, Her first husband was Daniel James Cullinane who died on 31 January 1942 aged 36 years. In 1957 Cecil and Alma are listed at Orgini, Pahiatui where Charles is farming.  Alma Eileen Maud Fawkes died on 23 November 1974 aged 66 years. She shares a grave with her first husband at Mangatera Cemetery, Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay. Cecil Charles Fawkes died on 25 August 1994 and was buried at Taradale Cemetery, Napier City, Hawkes Bay. 

Alice Maud Fawkes died on 20 December 1917 in Huddersfield, aged 42 years old. Arthur remarried in 1920 in Malling, Kent. His second wife was Frances Sears. In 1930 they were living at Shawlands Cottage, Tandridge. In 1939 they were living at Wield View, Maidstone Road, Hollingbourne. Arthur was a retired shepherd. Daughter Winifred had married, but was living with her parents (see above).  Arthur Edward Fawkes of Weald View, Headcorn died on 1 February 1946. Probate was granted to Harry Baden Fawkes, shepherd.  

Richard and Frances son Herbert Walter Fawkes married Susan Cooper on 29 June 1902 at Shustoke. By 1911 he had been widowed and was living at Holker with his widowed father and sister Sarah Jane. The census shows that he had two children, both living, but only one is listed. 

  • Herbert William Fawkes. Born 10 December 1902 in Shustoke. Herbert married Laura May Spacey in 1935 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. In 1939 they were living at 177a Anglesey Road, Burton on Trent. Herbert was a railway goods guard. Laura's mother was living with them. Laura Mary Fawkes of 177a Anglesey Road died on 18 January 1969. Herbert William Fawkes of 64, Henley Crescent, Braunstone died on 13 February 1987.
  • Alfred Percy Fawkes. Born 27 August 1907 in Coleshill, Birmingham. In 1911 Alfred was staying with Herbert's sister Sarah Jane Fawkes (see above).  In 1939 Alfred was still living with his aunt Sarah Jane Faulds at 10, Longford Turning where he was assisting his aunt on a smallholding. Alfred Percy Fawkes of Longford Turning, Market Drayton died on 14 November 1986

Susan Fawkes had died in 1910 aged just 27 years old. Herbert Walter Fawkes of New Barns Farm, Coventry Road, Fillongley died on 24 July 1948. Probate was granted to Lloyds Bank Ltd.  

Richard and Frances son William Ewart Fawkes married Ada Edwards on 29 September 1904 at St John the Evangelist, Shirley, Surrey. William, aged 24 was a stud groom, Ada, aged 28 was the daughter of George Edwards, gardener. 

In 1911 they were living at Rollstones Cottage, where William was a stud groom. They had two daughters 

  • Daisy Fawkes. Baptised 4 July 1905 in Woodperry, Oxon. Daisy had a son born out of wedlock (see below). Daisy married Henry Gregory Paul on 21 June 1934 in Leicester. They had two sons. In 1939 they were living at 62, Main Street, Blaby where "Harry G" was a motor driver and handy man at a brush factory. Daisy Paul died in 1981 in Rhuddlan, Clwyd. Harry Gregory Paul died in 1991 in Glyndwr, Clwyd.   
  • Gladys Fawkes. Born 16 September 1906. Baptised 6 January 1907 in Stanton, St John. Gladys married Thomas Price in 1933 in Leicester. In 1939 they were living at 8, Charnwood Drive, Blaby, Leicestershire where Thomas was a despatch foreman for soft goods and furniture business. Thomas Price died in 1989. Gladys Price died in 1993 in Leicester.  

In 1939 William and Ada were living at 14, Station Road, Blaby where William was a jobbing gardener. Frederick Fawkes, a brushmaker, born 8 November 1921, was living with them. He is believed to have been daughter Daisy's son. William Ewart Fawkes died on 4 October 1959 in Leicestershire. Ada died in 1963. 

Richard and Frances son Walter Bright Fawkes married Florence Cleaver in 1909 in Atherstone. In 1911 they were living at Tyn Rhewl, Dinerth Road, Colwyn Bay. Walter was a shepherd. His brother Cecil Fawkes, a 21 year old shepherd was living with them (see below) . In 1939 they were living at Cas Nant, Morfa Cross Road, Adergade where Walter was a smallholder. Their son was a post office engineer. 

  • Cecil Fawkes. Born 13 January 1919.  Baptised 28 March 1919 on Trefnant, Denbighshire,

In 1965 Walter and Florence were living at 122, Chingford Avenue, Chingford. Florence Fawkes of 122 Chingford Avenue died on 9 July 1965 in Chingford. Walter Bright Fawkes of 68, Hampton Road, Chingford died on 13 August 1968 and, like his wife, was buried in Chingford Mount Cemetary. 

Richard and Frances son Archie Fawkes emigrated to the USA, sailing from Liverpool on 15 August 1903. He was joining his brother. He married Mary McCarthy on 28 September 1904 in Cooperstown, New York. Later censuses suggest that she was Irish and had arrived in the USA in 1906!!. In 1910 they were living at  William Rocker Fellows Estate, Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, USA. Mary Fawkes and her two eldest children visited the UK in 1910 returning to New York on SS Campania leaving Liverpool on 15 October 1910. They had four children 

  • Frances Rachel Fawkes. Born 6 June 1905 in New York. Frances was still living with her parents in 1940 when she was a graduate nurse. Frances never married and died on 20 June 1962 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery.
  • Walter Fawkes. Born 1907 in New York. Walter died on 8 July 1914 at Mount Pleasant. aged 7 years.
  • Archie Cecil Fawkes. Born 16 June 1915 in New York. Archie married Madlyn Tilton in 1950 in Lakewood.  They had one son. Madlyn Fawkes died on 8 September 1986 and was buried at Woodlawn. In the 1990's Archie was living at Walter Road, Brick, New Jersey. Archie Cecil Fawkes died on 19 December 2010 and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lakewood, Ocean County. 
  • John Charles Fawkes. Born 18 January 1918 in New York. John married Ann Koeli on 5 October 1943. They had three children. John Charles Fawkes died on 19 March 1969 and was buried in Toms River, New Jersey. Ann Koeli died on 26 April 2012 in Toms River. 

When Archie enlisted in World War 1 in 1919 he was an employee of William Rocker Fellow. In 1920 the family were living in Tarrytown, Westchester, New York where Archie was a shepherd. In 1940 they were in living in East Ridge Avenue, Lakewood, Ocean, New Jersey.  Archie was a labourer, "Cecil". a mechanic, Frances was a "graduate nurse" and John was a labourer. Archie Fawkes died on 13 July 1949. Mary Fawkes died on 25 May 1977 and was buried at Woodside, Queens County, New York.

On 1 March 1905 Richard and Frances's son Ernest Chamberlain Fawkes started work for the Great Western Railway as a porter at Abertillery station. On 3 August 1906 he became a "brakeman" at Aberbeeg. On 26 August 1910 he became a pilot guard and on 23 October 1911 a goods guard, both at Rogerstone. Railway records show his wages started at 17s rising to 65s on 1 July 1922, the last date recorded.  In 1911, Ernest, a 25 railway guard was was one of four boarders, lodging with Phoebe Ann Wilcox, a 54 year old widow at 16 Glandwr Street, Aberbeeg, Monmouthshire. Ernest married Amy Elizabeth Cleaver in 1912 in Nuneaton. In 1939 they were living 10 Part Avenue, Magor and St Mellons, Monmouthshire, where Ernest was still a railway guard. they had two children. Their son was a painter. 

  • Doris Fawkes. Born 25 March 1913 in Rogerstone.
  • Edward Ernest Fawkes. Born 15 August 1915 in Rogerstone. Edward married Lilian D Smith in 1942 in Caerleon. Edward Ernest Fawkes of 2, Park Avenue, Rogerstone died on 23 December 1985. 

Ernest Chamberlain Fawkes of 19, Park Avenue, Rogerstone died on 25 August 1953 at The Royal Gwent Hospital. Probate was granted to Amy Elizabeth Hawkes, widow and Newton Lloyd Wade, solicitor.  Amy Elizabeth Fawkes of Parklands, Malpas Cleaver died on 31 July 1982.  

Richard and Frances son Charles Percy Fawkes emigrated to Australia arriving on the Persic on 30 July 1903 aged just 15 years old. He was a shepherd. He married Iris Gwendoline Whately in 1915 in Chatswood, New South Wales.  The New South Wales Police Gazette of 30 May 1923 reports that a warrant was issued for the arrest of Charles Percy Fawkes charged with wife desertion. 

It seems they divorced. In 1928 Charles Percy Fawkes, electrician and Holly Fawkes, home duties were living at Talbot Road, Launceston. Iris Gwendoline Fawkes remarried in 1929. Her second husband was Victor Matthews. In 1935 they were living at 1 Bremor Court, Frederick Street, Rockdale. Iris Gwendoline Matthews died on 12 November 1944 in Rockdale, Sydney. Charles Percy Fawkes died on 1 February 1946 and was buried in Kings Meadows, Launceston City, Tasmania.

Richard and Frances son Cecil Fawkes emigrated to the USA, possibly leaving Liverpool for Boston on the "Cymric" arriving on 27 July 1911. He registered for the draft in World War I on 5 June 1917 in Westchester.  His previous occupation had been "caring for sheep" and his employer "John D Rockefeller". He claimed exemption on the grounds that he needed "to support his wife".  As far as I can tell he married Maud E Turner on 10 May 1917 in McLennan, Texas and in 1925 they were living in Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York. Their son was 2 years old. 

  • Cecil Turner Fawkes. Born 10 July 1922 in Lakewood, Ocean County.  Cecil married Helen Hood Beggs. Cecil died on 29 February 1992 in Forestdale, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Helen Fawkes died on 18 February 2004 in Dennis, Barnstable, Massachesetts. 

In 1930 Cecil and Maud were still living at Mount Pleasant, Westchester and Cecil was a shepherd. On 16 August 1933 the family returned from  Southampton to New York on the S.S. "Europa". Their address was 11, Frank Street, Pocantico Hills, New York. In 1940 they were living at Park Avenue, Greenburgh, Westchester, New York.Cecil was a gardener on  private estate. In 1942 when Cecil registered for World War II he shows his employer as "New York Schoolfor the Deaf". Cecil Fawkes died on 19 April 1963 in Wytheville, Wythe. Maud Fawkes died in December 1984 in Irvington, Westchester County, New York nd was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleu. 

In 1939 Richard and Frances daughter Winifred Gertrude Fawkes was a "mental patient" at Salop Mental Hospital. She appears to have never married. Winifred Gertrude Fawkes of Shelton Hospital, Shrewsbury died on 15 October 1970. 

  • Augustus Merrett Moore and Maria Lane

Eliza Moore (and James Merrett's?) son Augustus Merrett Moore married Maria Lane in 1878 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1878 Westbury on Severn 6a 415). In 1881 they were living in Parkend, West Dean where 28 year old Augustus was a railway signalman. They were still living there in 1891. Augustus and Maria had five children:

  • Percy Richard Moore. Born 30 June 1879 in Sewdley, East Dean. 
  • Ernest William Moore. Born 22 July 1881. Baptised  14 August 1881 in Parkend, West Dean
  • Louis Augustus Moore. Born 13 February 1883. Baptised 18 March 1883 at Parkend, West Dean
  • Frank Moore. Born 27 May 1884. Baptised 18 January 1885 in Parkend, West Dean
  • Ralph Moore. Born 13 March 1890. Baptised 4 April 1890 at St Paul, West Dean.

By 1901 the family were still at Parkend, but living in the Stationmaster's House. 49 year old Augustus was Station Master. His 21 year old son Percy was a clerk at the plateworks, 19 year old Ernest was a platelayer, 18 year old Louise, a collier and 16 year old Frank a clerk on the railway. Two further children had been born

  • Millicent Moore. Born 8 August 1892. Baptised 4 September 1892 at St Paul's, Parkend, West Dean
  • Tom Raymond Moore. Baptised 3 April 1896 at St Paul, Parkend, West Dean.

In 1911 the family are still at Parkend, Gloucester, but Augustus is now employed as a general haulier.

Augustus Moore of Parkend was buried on 7 September 1914 at St Pauls, Parkend, Gloucester. His wife had died earlier the same year. 

Augustus and Maria's son Percy Richard Moore married Maud Mary Bond on 29 April 1908 at Llanfihangel Genau'rglyn, Cardiganshire. Percy was a 28 year old colliery agent. His father was a coal merchant. Maud, aged 27 was the daughter of John Bond, a clerk in the holy orders! 

In 1939 Percy and Maud were living at Chapel Hill House, Lydney, Gloucestershire. Percy describes himself as a "company director - colliery". Percy Richard Moore of Chapel Hill House died on 24 May 1947 and was buried on 28 May 1947 at Maud died in 1969 in the Forest of Dean.  

Augustus and Maria's son Ernest William Moore married Emily Maria Hill in 1916 in Monmouth. In 1939 they were living at West Dean and Ernest was a surface colliery labourer. His brother Louis A Moore was living with them and was also a surface colliery labourer. Emily was buried on 12 March 1947 at Bream. Ernest William Moore of 6 Knox Road, Brookhollands was buried on 18 December 1949 at Bream. 

Augustus and Maria's son Louis Augustus Moore served in the Labour Corps during World War I. In 1939 he was living with his brother Ernest (see above). Louis Augustus Moore of Chapel Hill Cottage, Whitecroft near Lydney died on 10 February 1956 at Westbury Hall, Westbury on Severn. Administration of his estate was granted to Frank Moore, brewers agent. 

Augustus and Maria's son Frank Moore married Alice May in 1905. In 1911 they were living at 10 Malvern Terrace, Risca, Monmouthshire where Frank was a clerk at a galvanised sheet works. The census shows that they had four children of which three survived. They later had at least one more child. 

  • Ralph Sidney Moore. Born 7 June 1905? Sidney Ralph Moore married Lily Archer on 15 February 1932 at Blaenavon, Monmouthshire. His father was Frank Moore. Was this "our" Frank? Sidney and Lily were living at The Police Station, Chepstow in 1939 and Sidney was a police constable?  Sidney Ralph Moore of Bryngwyn Nursing Home, Newbridge, Gwent died on 7 November 1993
  • Lillie Kathleen Moore. Born 1906. Lillie died in 1921 aged 14 and was buried at Risca on 5 April 1921. 
  • Reginald Morton Moore. Born 1910. 
  • Jack Moore. Born 25 August 1914. Jack married Enid Elizabeth Durban in 1940 in Caerleon.  Enid Elizabeth Moore died in 1975. Jack Moore of 17 Ebbw Street, Risca died on 23 February 1979 in Risca, Gwent.

In 1939 Frank and Alice were living at Risca, Monmouthshire and Frank was a "brewers traveller". Son Jack remained at home and was an engine driver. Frank Moore died on 4 May 1951. Alice May Moore died in 1970 in Caerleon. 

Augustus and Maria's son Ralph Moore married Florence Edith Madge Smith in 1920. In 1939 Ralph and Florence were living Rhyswg Road, Abercan. Ralph was a cashier with a brewery company.   Ralph Moore of 26, Rhyswg Road, Abercan died on 8 August 1956 at St Woolos Hospital. Newport. Probate was granted to his widow Florence.  Florence Edith Madge Moore of Plas-Newydd, 3 London Road, Bozeat, Northamptonshire died on 4 November 1962. Probate was granted to Ada Frances Eliza Drags, married yeoman and John Terence Dregs, assistant tannery manager. 

Augustus and Maria's daughter Millicent Moore married Sidney Harry Joyce on 25 May 1922 at St Philip, Holy Trinity, Bristol. Sidney, aged 33 was a railway signalman, the son of George Joyce (deceased) labourer. Millicent was 29 years old, her father was already deceased but had been a station master. 

Sidney and Millicent had three sons 

  • Tom Raymond Joyce. Born 3 March 1923. Tom married Maureen L Rowles in 1969. He died on 17 September 1993 in Bristol. 
  • John Joyce. Born 28 December  1927. John died in 1969 in Chippenham.
  • Sidney Robert Joyce. Born 28 April 1930. Sidney Robert Joyce of 21, Lower Station Road, Staple Hill, Bristol died on 1 July 1991 and was buried on 8 July 1991 at St Bartholomew's, Bristol. 

In 1939 Sidney and Millicent were living at 121, Avondale Road, Mangotsfield. Sidney was a railway signalman. Son Tom was a junior clerk at the local Co-op. Sidney Harry Joyce of 160, Ovendale Road, Downend, Bristol died on 31 August 1954 at Lower Mauldin Street, Bristol. Millicent Joyce died on 2 June 1980 at Bristol.  

Finally Augustus and Maria's son Tom Raymond Moore was a Lance Corporal in the Gloucestershire Regiment during World War I. He was killed in Germany on 15 October 1918. His effects were given to his mother. 

  • Martha Merrett Davies nee Moore

In 1871 Martha Moore, Eliza Moore (and probably James Merrett)'s daughter was a 17 year old farm servant living with Hayward Vernon, farmer of 160 acres employing 2 men and 2 boys and his sister in law Eliza Vernon, widow.  

In 1881 Martha Merrett, a 27 year old cook was living with and presumably working for Henry Herbert Heth, a South American merchant and his family at "Oakchurch", Hampstead, London.   

Martha married George Davies in 1883,

In 1891 they were living in 7, Buckland Crescent, Hampstead and George was  police constable, Three children are listed: 

  • Evelina Davies. Born 1884 in Battersea
  • George Davies. Born 1886 in Hampstead
  • Walter James Davies. Born 10 January 1887 in Hampstead

In 1901 Martha was living at West Heath Lodge, Branch Hill, Hamstead, she is described as the "caretaker", she is shown as married, but her husband is not listed. Evelyn and Walter are living with her.  

In 1911 George and Martha were living at 54, Fifty Plus Avenue, London, NW. George, aged 54 was a pension poloice constable. They had been married 28 years and had four children, of which two had survived.

George and Martha's daughter Evelina Davies married Ernest Arthur Robinson Marriott in 1906 in St Michael, HIghgate.  In 1911 they were living at The Poplars, 68 Holdenhurst Avenue, North Finchley where Ernest was  bank accountant. They had a three year old daughter

  • Hilda Florence Marriott. Baptised 10 November 1907 at St Paul's, Finchley.  Ernest ws a bank clerk.

On 24 March 1916 Ernest Arthur Robinson Marriott was initiated into Grand Lodge of the Freemasons. He was a 2nd Lieutenant. Eveline Marriott of Ivy Dene, Altenborough, Nottinghamshire died on 14 September 1917 at Nursing Home, Nottingham.Administration was granted to Ernest Arthur Robinson Marriott, Lieutenant Royal Fusiliers. She was buried on 17 September 1917 in Camden.  Ernest remarried in 1920, his second wife was Helen Tillotson. Ernest Arthur Robinson Marriott of 14, Hamlet Road, Wallasley died on 15 April 1954 at St Catherine's Hospital, Birkenhead.  Probate was granted to widow, Helen Marriott. 

Nothing more is known about George and Martha's son George Davies after 1891 with any certainty. 

In 1939 George and Martha's son Walter James Davies was one of many living at Public Assistance Institition, Great Western Road, Gloucester. He was a railway platelayer.

  • Edwin Merrett Moore and Annie

I had thought that there was no trace of Edwin Merrett Moore after 1871 (when he was a 13 year old agricultural labourer living with his parents. Eliza Moore and James Merrett) until 1911. In 1911 Edwin Moore, aged 52, a Great Western Railway Inspector, born in Arlingham is living with his family at 15 Montgomery Street, Roath Road, Cardiff. The census suggests he married his wife Annie in 1879. However earlier censuses show the family at 11 Agate Street, Roath in 1881  and 10 Adelaine Road, Roath in 1891, but on both occasions Edwin first name is recorded as "Edward". In 1881 he is a railway brakeman and in 1891 a railway  guard. Again both censuses confirm that he was born in Arlingham, but is this the correct family? In 1901 he is recorded as Edwin Moore, now a railway foreman and the family are living at 113 Inverness Place, Roath. 

Edwin and Annie had eight children

  • William Moore. Born 1881 in Lydney, Gloucestershire
  • Albert Moore. Born 1883 in Cardiff, Glamorgan
  • Arthur Moore. Born 1886 in Cardiff, Glamorgan
  • Edith May Moore. Born 1889 in Cardiff, Glamorgan. Edith possibly died in 1911 in Cardiff. 
  • Frederick Moore. Born 1892 in Cardiff, Glamorgan
  • Percy Moore. Born 1894 in Cardiff, Glamorgan. Percy Moore of the Royal Welsh Regiment died of wounds on 25 February 1917.  
  • Ivor Clifford Moore. Born 1895 in Cardiff, Glamorgan
  • Oliver Walter Moore. Born 1898 in Cardiff, Glamorgan

Edwin Moore died in 1935 in Cardiff. 

Nothing further is known about the family.

  • William John Merrett Moore and Elizabeth West

Eliza Moore (and probably John Merrett)'s son William John Merrett Moore married Elizabeth West in about 1885. In 1891 they were living at 64 Rycroft, Barton St Mary with their two eldest children. William, aged 30, was a railway porter.  Also at the address was Elizabeth's mother Mary A West, a 50 year old widow and 2 lodgers, both railway porters.

By 1901 the family are living at 165 Barton Street, Gloucester where 40 year old William remains a railway porter. In addition to Harry and Mabel they three more children. William's mother in law Mary is still living with them. 

William and Elizabeth had five children: 

  • Harry Moore. Born 22 December 1887. Baptised 11 January 1880 at All Saints, Gloucester.
  • Mabel Annie Moore. Baptised 29 January 1890 at All Saints, Gloucester. 
  • Flora Elizabeth Moore. Born 29 June 1891. Baptised 18 August 1891 at All Saints, Gloucester
  • William Harold Moore. Born 21 February 1897
  • Stanley Edwin Moore. Born 19 October 1898. Baptised 6 November 1898 at All Saints, Gloucester.

In 1911 the family were living at 35 Easton Road, Bristol. William M Moore was a 50 year old railway guard. His eldest son Harry, aged 22 was a railway fireman, daughter Mabel , aged 21, a tailoress, daughter Flora Elizabeth, aged 20, a dressmaker, sons William Harold aged 14 and Stanley Edwin, aged 12 were both scholars. 

William J M Moore died in 1932. Nothing more is known about Elizabeth. 

William and Elizabeth's son Harry Moore married Minnie Beatrice Price on 24 May 1915 in Bristol. In 1939 they were living in 29 Beechwood Road, Bristol and Harry was a railway engine shed foreman. They had at least one son

  • Royston Merrett Moore. Born 25 May 1920. In 1939 he was an "army 5th survey regiment". Royston married Dorothy Grey in 1944. Royston Merrett Moore of 18 Beatty Avenue, Roath Park, Cardiff died on 17 April 1990.

Harry Moore of of 24 Trym Road, Westbury on Trym died on 29 December 1969. Minnie Beatrice Price of 18 Beatty Avenue, Roath Park died on 21 May 1973

It is possible that William and Elizabeth's daughter Mabel Annie Moore never married. Mabel Annie Moore of 7 Holly Hill, Iron Acton died on 26 October 1986 and was buried at Iron Acton on 30 October 1986.

William and Elizabeth's daughter Flora Elizabeth Moore married James Eli Bruton on 18 February 1914. James was a 39 year old schoolmaster, the son of James Bruton, builder. Flora was 23 years old and her fathers occupation given as a railway guard.  James enlisted in the RAF in World War I, serving as an air mechanic in 1918 and 1919. James and Flora had two children: 

  • Eric Moore Bruton. Born 5 August 1915. Baptised 30 April 1916. Eric married Anne V Britton in 1950. He died on 8 December 2000 in Colchester. 
  • Beryl Bruton. Born 5 June 1918. Beryl married Anthony Percival Lillis in 1940. In 1952 they were living in 21, Pasture Close, Sudbury, Wembley.  

In 1939 they were living 24 St Andrews Avenue, Wembley. James gives his occupation as "Principal App Hornsey Lots L C Commercial Inst".  James Eli Bruton of 29 Roxborough Park, Harrow on the Hill died on 28 January 1968

William and Elizabeth's son William Harold Moore married Gladys Maud Harris on 26 September 1925 at Holy Trinity, Bristol. William, aged 28 was a police fireman, his father was a railway guard. Gladys, aged 30 was the daughter of William Harris an electrical engineer. William Harold Moore  died in  1969 in Swansea. 

Finally William and Elizabeth's son, Stanley Edwin Moore married Elsie Hilda Young in 1924 in Christchurch. In 1939 they were living at 43, Bengal Road, Bournemouth where Stanley was a commercial traveller (paper).  They had two children. Stanley Edwin Moore of 11 Fernside Road, Winton, Bournemouth died on 19 September 1965 at The Royal National Hospital, Bournemouth. Probate was granted to his widow Elsie and Philip Henry Rees Evans, solicitor.  

  • Elizabeth Ellen Merrett Phillips nee Moore.

In 1881 Eliza Moore (and probably John Merrett)'s daughter Elizabeth Ellen Moore was living with her widowed mother and employed as a domestic servant.

On 25 December 1886 Elizabeth married William Charles Phillips in Bedminster, Somerset (Reg Gen Dec 1886 Bedminster 5c 1214).

In 1901 they were living at 9 Bailey Street, Bedminster, Bristol. Living with them were Martha Francombe, 82 years old and a widow, and 10 year old Daisy Edith Rother, their niece. Daisy was the daughter of Elizabeth's sister Edith (see below).

In 1911 William and Elizabeth were living at 5 Batley Street, Bedminster. William is described as a mariner. They had been married 24 years and had no children. Their niece, Daisy Edith Rother, aged 21, a factory worker in a tobacco manufacturers was living with them.

  • Edith Emily Rother nee Moore.

In 1881 Eliza Moore (and probably John Merrett)'s daughter Edith "Merrett" was a 14 year old servant living with her employer, innkeeper William Greening at the Sloop Inn, Bollow, Westbury on Severn.

Edith Emily Moore married Julius Rother on 12 December 1889

In 1891 24 year old Julius and Edith were living at Carburton Street, St Marylebone, London with their 8 month daughter. Julius gives his occupation as a waiter and states he was born in Germany.

By 1901 Julius and Edith were living at 33 Thornhill Crescent, Islington with their children, except Daisy who as staying with her aunt. 33 year old Julius still described as a waiter. This picture of Edith was posted on by Chris Rowley.

They had seven children:

  • Daisy Edith Rother. Born 13 August 1890 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1890 Marylebone (1837-1901) 1a 515). Baptised 6 September 1890 at St Andrew's, St Marylebone. 
  • Mabel Annie Rother. Born 3 December 1892. Baptised 11 May 1893 at St George, Bloomsbury (Reg Gen March Qtr 1893 St Giles 1b 651)
  • Amy Winifred Rother. Baptised 27 December 1895 at St Andrews, St Marylebone (Reg Gen March 1896 Marylebone 1a 506). Died 1898 (Reg Gen June 1898 Marylebone 1a 344)
  • Julius Rother. Born 8 February 1897. Baptised 26 February 1897 at St Andrews, St Marylebone (Reg Gen March 1897 Marylebone (1837-1901) 1a 534)
  • Ernest Charles Rother. Born 19 February 1899. Baptised 16 June 1899 at St Pauls, St Pancreas (Reg Gen March 1899 Pancreas (1837-1901) 1b 182)
  • Harold Rother. Born 23 February 1900 in Barnsbury, Islington. Baptised 27 August 1909 at St Pauls, St Pancras (aged 9)  (Reg Gen June 1900 Pancreas (1837-1901) 1b 96)
  • Frank Leslie Rother. Born 2 May 1909. Baptised 27 August 1909 at St Pauls, St Pancras. 

In 1911 the family was living at 41 College Place, Camden Town. 42 year old Julius is a waiter and when asked where born states "Prussia resident". Their daughter Mabel, now aged 18 is a dressmaker. Their son Julius, aged 14 is an office boy. The remaining children would still have been at school. Also at the address was 4 boarders Karl Mety, a 20 year old waiter, a Banniger resident, William Koeglmaur, a 18 year old waiter born Muchen, Edward Hausler, a 28 year old barman, born Bohemia and Rudolf Milty, a 19 year old waiter, born Wien.

On 26 December 1914, 45 year old Julius Rother, a waiter born in Germany sailed from Liverpool to New York on the Franconia. No other family members appear to have gone with him, but the records confirm that his wife Edith Rother, his next of kin, remained in the UK in Kentish Town, London. He arrived in New York on 5 January 1915 but was held for special enquiry and it looks like he was deported on 29 January 1915. No reasons were given, but this was just after World War I began. He returned to England, and in 1921 they were at 33, Ospringe Road, London NW5. Julius, aged 52 was a restaurant waiter at Pl. Vincenti, Queens Road, Bayswater. Son Julius, aged 24 was a fitter for Earls Ltd engineering company in the Vale, Hampstead. Son, Ernest, aged 22 was an out of work fitter, son Harold, aged 21, was a piano worker for Brooks Ltd, a firm of piano action makers. Son Frank is also listed, aged 12 he is still a scholar. Julius Rother died in Hendon, in 1931

In 1939 Edith E Rother was living at 25, Minehead Road, Bristol. This is the same address as her daughter Daisy, but they are shown as separate households. Edith Rother died on 22 November 1943 in Gloucestershire (Reg Gen Dec Qtr Bristol 6a 104). 

Julius and Edith's daughter Daisy Edith Rother married Albert Edward Howell on 27 August 1917 at Baptist Chapel, East Street, Bedminster, Bristol. They had two children:

  • Reginald Sidney Howell. Born 2 June 1918. At 17, Reginald was working for the Great Western Railway. Reginald Howell married Jessica Burton on 23 August 1941 in Pontefract, Yorkshire. Jessica died in January 1994. Reginald died on 31 March 1996 in Bristol.  
  • Kathleen Helen Joyce Howell. Born 19 October 1923. Kathleen married Keith Phillip Pullar in 1969. Keith died in 1980. Kathleen died in 2009

In 1939 Albert and Daisy were living at 25, Minehead Road, Bristol. This is the same address as Daisy's mother, but they are shown as separate households. Albert a "railway checker". Their son Reginald was a railway porter and daughter Kathleen was a chocolate packer. Daisy Howell died in 1948 in Bristol. Albert Edward Howell died on 19 June 1967 at Ham Green Hospital, Easton in Gordian (Reg Gen June 1967 Weston Super Mare 7c 324). 

Julius and Emily Rother's daughter Mabel Annie Rother, a dressmaker appears to have emigrated to Australia, leaving London on the "Norseman" on 30 January 1914 bound for Sydney. She married Frederick Herrington in 1914 in Newtown, New South Wales.   Frederick had emigrated from the UK in 1912. They had at least one son:

  • James Desmond Herrington. Born 4 March 1915 and baptised on 23 June 1915 at St Thomas, Balmain West. James enlisted in the army in World War II. He married Alma Lucy Bruce on 23 November 1940 at St Thomas's, in North Sydney. James was a "green keeper" and Alma was on home duties. They had four children. James died in 1985 at 44 Pitt Water Road, Sydney. Alma died on 13 June 1991.

In 1935 and 1958 Frederick and Mabel were living at 63, Clanalpine Road Mossman, Warringah, New South Wales and Frederick was a "zoo attendant".  Frederick Herrington died in 1965. Mabel died in 1975

Julius and Emily Rother's son Julius Rother enlisted in the Labour Corp in World War I. He married Ivy Maud Robinson in 1927 in Pancras. In 1939 they were living at 25, Yewtree Road, Beckenham Road. Julius was a "Turner & Brazier - typewriter mechanic and repair". Julius appears to overstate his age. His brother Harold and his wife were living with them. Ivy Maud Rother of 25 Yew Tree Road, wife of Julius Rother, died on 2 October 1958 at Farnborough Hospital. Probate was granted to Julius Rother, typewriter mechanic. Julius Rother (otherwise Julian) of 25 Yew Tree Road, Beckenham, Kent died on 18 March 1962 at the Linton Hospital, Kent. Probate was granted to John Cecil Hillman, signalman.

Julius and Edith's son Ernest Charles Rother married Florence Ida Andrews on 25 December 1923 at Christchurch, Battersea. Ernest was a 25 year old bachelor, the son of "James Rother", waiter. Florence was a 26 year old spinster daughter of William Charles Andrews, decorator (deceased). It is not clear why Ernest's fathers name is recorded incorrectly. In 1939 they are living at 335 Wightman Road, Hornsey. Ernest is an upholsterer (cinema theatres). They appear to have three children. Ernest Charles Rother of 335 Wightman Road, Hornsey, London died on 11 July 1960. Probate was granted to his widow Florence Ida Rother. Florence Ida Rother died on 14 June 1973.

Julius and Edith' s son Harold Rother was in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1917 and 1918. He married Kathleen Burt in 1928. In 1939 they were living at 25, Yewtree Road, Beckenham Road with his brother Julius (see above).  Harold was an assistant superintendent at the Natural History Museum. Harold Rother of 142, Raleigh Road, Ashcroft, Bristol died on 22 October 1970 in Bristol. He was buried at St Francis's, Bristol on 28 October 1970

In 1939 Julius and Edith's son Frank Leslie Rother is living at 63, Shoe Lane substation A.F.S, London. He is shown as married, but his wife is not listed. There are 35 men listed with various occupations, Frank being a fitter at the water works and 4 seemingly unconnected females. Frank had married May Maud Hutchinson in 1928 in Pancras. They had at least six children. May Maud Rother died in 1995 in Camden.   Frank Rother died in 1998

John Merrett and Marianne Phipps/Hannah Scudamore

John Merrett was baptised on 19 April 1801 in Slimbridge, the son of James and Martha Merrett.

John appears to have married twice. His first wife was Marianne Phipps. They married on 30 April 1835 at St Mary's Church, Arlingham. Marianne was born on 22 January 1812 and baptised on 23 February 1812 at Barnsley, Gloucestershire, the daughter of James Phipps (1783 to 1855) and Elizabeth Arkell (1783-1840), who married on 13 October 1804 at Bilbury, Gloucestershire. John and Marianne's daughter Marianne Merrett was baptised on 10 March 1836 at Arlingham. Marianne Merrett died aged just 25 years old and was buried on 10 November 1836. Their daughter Marianne was buried on 4 May 1837

John married for a second time on 11 August 1840 when John Merrett, widower, a farmer from Arlingham married Hannah Scudamore at Flaxley. Hannah had been born around 1812, the daughter of John Scudamore, farmer. The witnesses were George Scudamore and Martha Sarah Ann Bissett.

On 8 March 1841 Martha Merrett daughter of John and Hannah Merrett was baptised at Arlingham. John is shown as a farmer. Martha Merrett, infant was buried at Arlingham on 22 April 1841. 

In 1851 John "Moorett" and his wife Hannah were at HIgh Street, Arlingham. John was a farmer of 36 acres employing two labourers.  Samuel Taylor, farm servant and Ann Mitchell, house servant, both 16 were living with them. 

In 1861 John "Moorett" and his wife Hannah were still living at High Street, Arlingham. John was a farmer of 86 acres employing 3 men and 1 boy. 

By 1871, 70 year old John, a retired farmer was living with 59 year Hannah in Arlingham (5 doors away from brother James). John Merrett of St Augustine's Farm is pictured below. 

This picture of John Merrett was also provided by the Burcher family and can also be found in "Antiquities of Arlingham", produced by Arlingham PCC and copyrighted to them.

John Merrett of Arlingham died on 29 December 1876. He was buried on 5 January 1877. Probate was granted to James Merrett, farmer, his nephew (son of Henry Merrett and Sarah Abell - see below) and Harry Greenus, gentleman of Longhope. His effects were worth less than £3,000.

In 1881, his widow, possibly, 69 year old Hannah Merrett is living in "private house", Arlingham with her 27 year old niece Emma Smith. John's nephew James Merrett, son of Henry Merrett and Sarah Abell took over the tenancy of St Augustine's Farm, Arlingham after John's death. 

Nothing else is known about Hannah. 

Henry Merrett and Sarah Abell

Henry Merrett was baptised on 24 November 1805 in Slimbridge, the son of James and Martha Merrett.

Henry married Sarah Abell on 27 May 1830 at Arlingham. 

Henry became the village school master, an occupation which seems out of line with others of his relations. It was here he met fellow teacher Sarah who became his wife.  

In 1841, Henry and Sarah were living in Arlingham. Henry was a school master. The 1851 census shows 47 year old Henry Merrett, school master living with his wife Sarah, also a school mistress, at High Street, Arlingham, next door to Henry's brother John (see above).    .

Henry and Sarah had eleven children, all baptised at Arlingham.

  • Henry Merrett. Baptised 10 April 1831
  • Sarah Merrett. Baptised 8 April 1832
  • James Merrett. Baptised 5 January 1834
  • Edwin Merrett. Baptised 12 July 1835.
  • Elizabeth Merrett. Baptised 30 July 1836
  • William Merrett. Baptised 24 September 1837
  • John Merrett. Baptised 20 January 1839
  • Martha Merrett. Baptised 15 March 1840
  • Ellen Merrett. Baptised 1 January 1843
  • Daniel Merrett. Baptised 24 March 1845
  • Charles Merrett. Baptised 8 August 1847.

At the time that the 1851 census was taken only Henry, James, Elizabeth, Ellen and Daniel remain at home. Henry and James are agricultural labourers, Elizabeth is "employed at home" and Ellen and Daniel are scholars.

This picture, taken in the early 1860's shows Henry, his wife Sarah and Sarah's mother Sarah Abell. Again. this was provided by the Burcher family and can be found in "Antiquities of Arlingham", produced by Arlingham PCC and copyrighted to them.

Henry and Sarah's daughter Ellen Merrett was only 20 when she died and was buried on 12 January 1863 at Arlingham.  

Whilst recorded as a school master at the baptism of each of his children and in 1851 census, by 1871 Henry and his family were living at Warth Farm, Arlingham where Henry was farming 160 acres with 4 men and 1 boy including son Daniel. Henry is still married but his wife is not listed. His daughter Elizabeth had married, but at the time the census was taken was staying with her father with her 3 month old daughter Elizabeth Burcher. Jon tells me that it was Henry Merrett who built the current farmhouse, now owned by the Burchers, which can be seen here (see below).  

Sarah Merrett died in 1874 (Reg Gen Dec 1874 Gloucester 6a 185)

In 1881 77 year old Henry is still farming at Warth Farm. Living with him are son-in-law Thomas Burcher, farmer, daughter Elizabeth Burcher and grandchildren Elizabeth Burcher, aged 10 and John Henry Burcher, aged 8 (see below).

The picture of Henry Merrett of Warth Farm, pictured below, was provided by the Burcher family and can be found in "Antiquities of Arlingham", produced by Arlingham PCC and copyrighted to them.

Henry Merrett, late of Warth Farm died on 23 February 1891. Probate was granted to Thomas Burcher, of Warth Farm, Arlingham and Henry Merrett of Friday-Street Farm, Arlingham. His estate was valued at £3,019. 9s 7d. 

Nothing further is known of children Sarah, Edwin, William, John, Martha and Charles Merrett and as they are not shown in the 1851 census it is probable that they all died in infancy

  • Sarah Merrett, infant was buried at Arlingham on 14 February 1833 
  • Edwin Merrett, infant, was buried at Arlingham on 9 August 1835. 
  • William Merrett, infant, was buried at Arlingham on 19 October 1837.
  • John Merrett, infant, was buried in Arlingham on 27 March 1839
  • The death of a Martha Merrett is recorded with the Registrar General at Wheatenhurst in 1840 (June Qtr 11 3927), the area in which Arlingham falls, no age is given 
  • Charles Merrett died at 9 months was buried in Arlingham on 15 April 1848. 

Of Henry and Sarah's remaining children:

  • Henry Merrett and Mary Ann Chandler

Henry and Sarah's son Henry Merrett married Mary Ann Chandler on 16 September 1858 at Arlingham. Henry is 27 years old, a yeoman, son of Henry Merrett, yeoman. Mary Ann is 25 years old, the daughter of Robert Chandler, yeoman. 

Mary Ann Chandler had been born on 10 August 1833 and baptised on 16 September 1833 in Arlingham, the daughter of Robert Chandler (1792 to 1879), yeoman and Jane Buston (1799 to 1872) who married on 1 March 1824 in Hartpury. Robert was already a widower. Robert Chandler farmed at Friday Street Farm, Arlingham (sometimes referred to as Chapel Farm) and the Chandler family were there at the time that the 1841 and 1851 censuses were taken.

At the time the 1861 census was taken Henry and Mary Ann were living in Friday Street, Arlingham and Henry is described as a "farmers son employed on his fathers farm". Their eldest two children had been born, the youngest was 3 months old and Susan Jones, a 56 year old nurse was living with them. The next entry shows Robert Chandler and his family, also at Friday Street, and describes him as a "farmer of 100 acres employing one man and two boys" They had five children

  • Mary Ann Merrett. Baptised 28 August 1859 at Arlingham.
  • Robert Henry Merrett. Baptised 7 April 1861 in Arlingham.
  • Ellen Merrett. Baptised 28 February 1864 at Arlingham
  • John Merrett. Baptised 16 September 1866 at Arlingham
  • Joseph Merrett. Born 23 July 1871. Baptised 12 November 1871 at Arlingham

In 1871 Henry, Mary Ann and children are just shown as living at Arlingham where 41 year old Henry was farming 13 acres on his own account, but he is believed to have taken over the tenancy of Friday Street Farm and his father in law Robert Chandler was now farming at Chase Land Farm, Kingswood. In 1881 Henry and Mary Ann were still living at Friday Street Farm House, Arlingham where Henry was farming 90 acres employing 1 labourer. In 1891 the family are still farming Chapel Farm (otherwise Friday Street Farm), Friday Street, Arlingham. All their children are living at home, but a grandson, Lenord Merrett, aged 6 is also shown on the census. This was daughter Ellen's son (see below).  

Henry Merrett of "Fryday Street Farm", Arlingham died on 23 June 1895 aged 65 years old. Probate was granted to Robert Henry Merrett and John Merrett, farmers. Mary Ann Merrett died in 1899 also aged 65 years. 

In 1901 Henry and Mary Ann's eldest daughter Mary Ann Merrett remained single and aged 42 she was living with and acting as companion to 49 year old Mary Lawrence in Arlingham. Mary who originated from London was living "on her own means". Mary Ann Merrett married Alfred Ernest Wintle on 27 September 1904 at Arlingham. In 1911 they were living at Pound Farm, Taynton where 47 year old Alfred was farming. His wife Mary, at 52, was 5 years his senior. Alfred Ernest Wintle of The Villa, Highnam died on 17 December 1934 aged 71 and was buried on 21 December 1934.  Probate was granted to Joseph Merrett and Arthur Clutterbuck (see below), both farmers.  Mary Ann Wintle of Highnam Villa, Highnam died on 23 February 1938. Probate was granted to Joseph Merrett, farmer. 

Henry and Mary Ann's son Robert Henry Merrett married Annie Williams on 19 April 1893 at St Mary's Church, Arlingham, Robert was a 32 year old farmer. Annie was 24, the daughter of William Williams, farmer. Annie Merrett died within months of her marriage and certainly by the end of June of that year. Robert married again on 31 January 1900 in Whitminster, Gloucester, his new bride was Bessie Susanna Parker. Robert, was a 38 year old widower, a farmer, son of Henry Merrett, farmer. Bessie was 34, the daughter of John Parker, farmer. 

In 1901 Robert and Bessie were living in Arlingham where Robert was farming on his own account. By 1911 they were farming Poplar Farm, Shurdington, Nr Cheltenham and 50 year old Robert and 45 year old Bessie Susanna and their young daughterAlso living with them at the time was Lillian Mabel Parker, Bessie's sister. They had one daughter:

  • Betty Parker Merrett. Born 19 January 1909. Betty married Eric Cecil Maynard on 5 October 1932 at Shurdington. Eric was a 28 year old farmer, son of Cecil Hay Maynard, a retired manufacturer. In 1939 Eric and Betty were living at Poplars Farm, Cheltenham, where Eric was a dairy farmer. They had at least two children. Betty Parker Maynard of Poplars Farm, Shurdington, Cheltenham died on 4 July 1959. Probate was granted to Eric Cecil Maynard. Eric Cecil Maynard of Poplars Farm, Shurdington died in the General Hospital, Cheltenham on 18 January 1960. Probate was granted to Lloyds Bank. His estate was worth £24,713.9s.9d. 

Robert Henry Merrett of Poplars Farm, Shurdington died on 13 September 1922. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow Bessie. Bessie Susannah Merrett of Whitminster died on 25 August 1939. Probate was granted to Betty Parker Maynard. 

In 1901 Henry and Mary Ann's remaining children John, Joseph and Ellen Merrett were still farming at Friday Street. John is shown as the head of the household. Also at the address was 16 year old nephew Leonard Merrett (see below)

Henry and Mary Ann's daughter Ellen Merrett had a son, born out of wedlock

  • Leonard Merrett. Born 22 November 1884. Baptised 12 April 1885 at Arlingham. Leonard appears in the photograph of Arlingham Cricket Club from 1904 (see below). Leonard married Gladys Emily Fluck on 9 July 1917 in Arlingham. Leonard was a 32 year old soldier. No father is listed. Gladys, was the 29 year old daughter of Henry James Fluck, farmer.  They emigrated to Canada, arriving 6 July 1919 on the Metagama. Leonard Merrett died on 15 March 1959 and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Gladys died on 2 August 1971 and was buried at Burnaby. 

Ellen Merrett married Frank Harland Parker on 29 April 1902 at Arlingham. Frank, was a 29 year old farmer, the son of John Parker, farmer. Ellen was 38 at the time, some 9 years older than Frank. In 1911 Frank and Ellen were living at Walk Farm, Frampton Upon Severn, Stonehouse where Frank was farming They had three children: 

  • Ellen Amelia Mary Parker "Millie". Born 15 May 1903. Baptised 5 July 1903 at Whitminster. Ellen married Arthur James Clutterbuck on 15 June 1929 at Whitminster. Arthur was 25 years old, a farmer son of Frank Clutterbuck, farmer (see below, Frank's sister was married to Charles James Merrett, Ellen senior's cousin). They had a son and a daughter. In 1939 Ellen was living with her father Frank Harland Parker at Walk Farm. She is shown as married, but her husband is not listed. Ellen Amelia Mary Clutterbuck of Woolaway Bungalow, Slimbridge died on 2 April 1986. She was buried on 17 April 1986 at Slimbridge. Arthur James Clutterbuck of Woolaway Bungalow, Slimbridge died on 17 December 1989.
  • Frank Harland Parker. Baptised 1 May 1905 at Whitminster. in 1939 Frank may have been a patient at Gloucester County Mental Hospital. Frank Harland Parker died at the age of 36 and was buried on 7 February 1941 at Whitminster. 
  • Ethel Louise Parker. Baptised 7 April 1907 in Whitminster.  Ethel Louise Parker of Walk Farm died aged 26 years and was buried on 3 July 1933

in 1921 Frank and Ellen were still at Walk Farm, aged 49 Frank was a dairy farmer. Ellen was 58 years old. Daughter Ellen, aged and son Frank, aged 16 were both assisting their father on the farm. Daughter, Ellen, 14 was at school. Ellen Parker died aged 59 and was buried on 17 September 1923 at Whitminster. In 1939 Frank was still farming at Walk Farm. His daughter Ellen was living with him. Frank Harland Parker of Walk Farm, Whitminster died on 25 January 1946 at Rollo Court Farm, near Cambridge, Dursley, Gloucestershire. He was buried on 29 January 1946 at Whitminster. Probate was granted to Henry John Morland, solicitors managing clerk. 

Henry and Mary Ann's son John Merrett married Georgina Ballinger on 7 April 1904 in Arlingham. John was a 37 year old farmer. Georgina was 28 years old, the daughter of George Ballinger, farmer of Oldbury Farm, Overton Lane, Arlingham. 

Georgina was the daughter of George Ballinger (20 March 1831 to 28 March 1897) and Sarah Chandler (19 September 1831 to 26 December 1901) who married on 27 January 1859 in Arlingham. Sarah was the daughter of Robert Chandler (1792 to 1879) and Jane Buston (1799 to 1872). She was the sister of Mary Anne Chandler (John's mother) so this was a marriage of first cousins.

By 1911 John and Georgina were farming at Friday Street Farm (sometimes known as Chapel Farm), Arlingham and his brother Joseph was still single and living with them. They had three children

  • Stanley John Merrett. Born 15 April 1905. Stanley never married and stayed at Friday Street Farm. Stanley John Merrett of Friday Street Farm, Arlingham died on November 1988 aged 83.
  • Hilda Mary Merrett. Born 18 January 1908. Hilda never married and in 1939 she was living with her brother Stanley and uncle Joseph at Friday Street Farm. Hilda Mary Merrett died in February 1997 aged 89.  
  • Henry "Gordon" Merrett. Born 4 February 1914.  "Gordon", as he was always known had a son and daughter, who were bought up on Friday Street Farm by their uncle Stanley and aunt Hilda.  Henry Gordon Merrett died in 1997 in Gloucester. His son still farms at Friday Street Farm. 

John Merrett is pictured in Friday Street with his brother Joseph and two eldest children by the gates to Friday Street Farm having finished threshing in 1913. This photograph and the five that follow were provided by and are reproduced with the kind permission of John and Jackie Merrett.

(L to R): John Merrett; Hilda Merrett; Stanley Merrett; Richard Dangerfield and Joseph Merrett 

And one of Hilda and Stanley Merrett - most likely taken on the same day. 

And here John Merrett of Friday Street Farm is pictured with local school children in this photograph titled "Arlingham School Milking Class at Friday Street Farm 1915". 

(L to R): John Merrett of Friday Street Farm; Mr Hollingsworth; Chas Cooper, Head of Arlingham School.

Boys (L to R): Thomas Martin; James Edwards; John (Jack) Carter; Ivor Goulding.

John's wife Georgina and their son Stanley are pictured below in a photograph entitled "Dairy Farming and cheese making at Friday Street Farm.

(L to R) are: Mrs Dangerfield; Stanley Merrett (standing centre picture and his mother; Georgina Merrett (née Ballinger)

The 1921 census shows John aged 54 and Georgina, aged 46 still farming at Friday Street. Son Stanley, aged 16 is employed on the farm and his employers are "John and Joseph Merrett". Hilda, 13 and Henry, aged 7, are both at school. John's brother Joseph, aged 49, farmer is also listed. 

John and Georgina's three children, Hilda, Stanley and Gordon are pictured below, probably taken in the mid 1930's. 

And "Gordon" is pictured below at Friday Street Farm on his 1933 500cc Sunbeam model 9. This photo is also reproduced by kind permission of John and Jackie Merrett. The building at the centre rear is the village chapel. 

John Merrett of Friday Street Farm, Arlingham died on 8 January 1926, aged 59. His brother Joseph Merrett and John's widow Mrs Georgina Merrett are listed in the 1927 Kelly's directory at Friday Street Farm, Arlingham. Georgina Merrett died in 1928 (Reg Gen June 1928 Wheatenhurst 6a 376). They both died young and John's brother Joseph stayed at Friday Street Farm, to guide their children. Neither of their eldest two children, Stanley or Hilda married. 

Following the death of his parents Henry and Mary Ann's son Joseph Merrett remained at Friday Street Farm, in 1901 he was living with his brother John and sister Ellen. Joseph is pictured below in 1904 as part of Arlingham Cricket Club, along with others highlighted elsewhere in this account.

Back Row (L to R): Edward Greenway; Arthur Greenway; Henry Goulding; William Cousins; Edgar Hayward; Leonard Merrett; Sam Aldridge. Centre Row (L to R): John Hayward; Ted Butt; Giles Hayward; Joseph MerrettFront Row (L to R): Paul Greenway; George Hobbs.

And in 1906 as part of Arlingham Football Club. He is second from the right in the back row, next to the man in the suit. Thanks to Jon Shaw for permission to use these photographs. 

In 1911 Joseph is living with his brother John, his wife Georgina and their children at Friday Street. He and his brother were farming. He is still there in 1921 and the census suggests the farm was being run jointly. In 1939, Joseph was dairy farming at Friday Street Farm with his nephew Stanley and niece Hilda. Joseph is pictured below at Friday Street Farm, again with thanks to John and Jackie Merrett for allowing me to use their photograph.  

Joseph Merrett of Friday Street Farm, Arlingham died on 23 December 1948. Probate was granted to Stanley John Merrett, farmer and Hilda Mary Merrett, spinster.   

  • James Merrett and Esther Charlotte Phipps.

Henry and Sarah's son James Merrett married Esther Charlotte Phipps on 21 June 1866 at Whiteshill. Both were of full age. James was the son of Henry Merrett, farmer. He would have been around 32 years old at the time.  

Esther Charlotte Phipps was baptised on 12 November 1837, the daughter of Edwin Phipps, farmer and Charlotte Copner who married on 5 April 1836 in Standish. They had at least eight children. Esther's siblings included:

  • Amelia Selina Phipps. Baptised 19 August 1850 at Whiteshill. At the age of 23, Amelia met a tragic death, murdered on 17 August 1873 (see below) and was buried on 23 August 1873 in Whiteshill. 
  • Joseph Philomenon Phipps.  Born 25 May 1853 in Stroud. Joseph married Clara Carter on 5 August 1879 in Edge.  The had six children including Ethel Amelia Phipps who was born on 3 December 1887 in Painswick.  Ethel married Edgar Lionel Reginald Hawkins on 17 June 1913 at Pitchcombe. Edgar was the son of .Frederick Nathaniel Hawkins and Martha Merrett who married on 20 October 1875 at Cheltenham. Martha Merrett had been baptised on 21 June 1846, the daughter of Edwin Merrett and Ann Rowles who married on 6 February 1843 at St Georges, Bristol (see below).   Frederick Nathaniel Hawkins and James Merrett were 1st cousins meaning Ethel married her uncle's 1st cousin (once removed) I think!!

Edwin Phipps, late of Stokenhill died on 14 March 1875. Probate was granted to his widow, Charlotte, son Thomas Samuel Phipps and James Merrett. Charlotte Phipps of Stokenhill Farm, Whiteshill died aged 65 and was buried on 26 March 1883 in Whitehill. Both were predeceased by their daughter Amelia.  

James and Esther Charlotte Merrett had seven children

  • William Phipps Merrett. Born 22 March 1866. Baptised 25 December 1866 in Arlingham
  • Walter Henry Merrett. Baptised 1 November 1868 in Arlingham
  • Charles James Merrett. Born 15 April 1870. Baptised 5 May 1870 in Arlingham
  • Ellen Amelia Merrett. Baptised 15 May 1873 in Arlingham
  • Charlotte Elizabeth Merrett. Baptised 15 August 1875 in Arlingham
  • Maurice John Merrett. Born 2 March 1879. Baptised 6 April 1879 in Arlingham
  • Moreton Thomas Merrett. Baptised 25 September 1881 in Arlingham.

In 1871 "Charlotte" Merrett (as she is referred to when all her children were baptised) is living at St Augustine's. She is shown as married, but James is not listed. He was visiting his in-laws Edwin and Charlotte Phipps who were farming at Stokenhill Farm, Whiteshill, Gloucestershire. James and Esther's three eldest sons are named and a fourth child, a 1 day old infant as yet unnamed, is also listed. Esther's sister Amelia S Phipps, aged 20, "farmers daughter" is staying at the time. Amelia is pictured below (taken from "Gloucestershire Murders" by Linda Strattman).

Tragedy struck three years later when Amelia was murdered on 17 August 1873. Edward Butt, aged 22, shot and killed 20 year old Amelia Selina Phipps out of jealousy because she would not have a long term relationship with him. They were near neighbours on adjoining farms at Arlingham. Amelia was friendly towards Edward but he seemed unable to accept that she did not want a relationship with him. They had at least two violent quarrels and in the end he blasted her with a shotgun. He was arrested and charged, coming to trial at Gloucester Assizes on 24 December 1873. The jury rejected his contention that the shooting had been an accident. Part of the account which appeared in the "Argus" in Melbourne, Victoria!! reads: 

"Thomas and Philemon Phipps (her brothers), Richard Hill (her cousin), and Henry Goddard, walked to Merrett's house, where they remained half an hour, and then returned to Mr. Phipps's house, where the deceased and Butt walked on the lawn together, and while there Merrett heard Miss Phipps call, "James, James." He went out, and deceased said to him, "This fellow (Butt) is going to murder me with his knife." Merrett remonstrated with him, when the accused said, "Amelia, you have deceived me," to which Miss Phipps replied, "I have told you scores of times, Edward, I should never have you." He again appealed to her to accompany him to Gloucester, but she still refused, and he said, "Then I'll do to you as I told' you, I'm - if I won't," repeating it two or three times. Notwithstanding this threat the deceased some little time afterwards consented to walk with the accused on the lawn he taking her by the arm. They entered into conversation in the course of which Mr. Merrett overheard Miss Phipps say to Butt that "she did not care for one more than another and that she talked to anyone." In about a minute afterwards Merrett, who was leaning over a gate, with his back towards the two young people heard the report of a gun and on looking round he saw Miss Phipps lying on the ground struggling. She had been shot through the head and the lower portion of her jaw was clean cut away. She died in a few minutes. Butt made off and it was thought he had ended his own existence by drowning himself in the Severn but he succeeded in getting away to a place near Abergavenny, where he hired himself out as a common labourer and lived undetected for some two or three days. His friends however were communicated with; but the correspondence was very cleverly intercepted by Mr Griffin, deputy chief constable of Gloucestershire, and the prisoner was apprehended while looking on at some athletic sports near to the place where he secreted himself".

Edward Butt was found guilty and sentenced to death. The sentence was carried out on 12 January 1874 at Gloucester Gaol where a pit was dug to accommodate the triple hanging of Butt, Mary Ann Barry and Edwin Bailey.  


James Merrett was executor of his uncle Charles Merrett's (late of Clapsgate Farm, Arlingham) estate when he died on 5 November 1879.

By 1881 James, Esther and all the family are shown at St Augustine's Farm, Arlingham where James was farming 100 acres employing 2 labourers. Maria Price, a 24 year old domestic servant is also living with them. James Merrett is pictured below (taken from "Gloucestershire Murders" by Linda Strattman). 

James and Mary Ann's daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Merrett died in 1887 aged 11 years old (Reg Gen March Qtr 1887 Wheatenhurst 6a 239)

Their son Walter Henry Merrett died in 1890 aged 22 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1890 Wheatenhurst 6a 213).

In 1891 the family were at St Augustines Farm and only William, Ellen, Maurice and Moreton remained at home. James took on the tenancy of St Augustine's Farm after his Uncle John Merrett died with no-one to succeed him there.

In 1901 James and Esther were at High Street, Arlingham where 67 year old James was still farming. Sons Maurice and Moreton and daughter Ellen remained at home.

James Merrett of St Augustine's Farm, Arlingham died on 25 August 1901. Probate was granted to William Phipps Merrett and Charles James Merrett, farmers. His effects were worth £743.

Esther Merrett of St Augustines Farm, Arlingham died on 1 February 1909. Probate was granted to Ellen Amelia Merrett, spinster and Maurice John Merrett, farmer. Her effects were worth £302 4s 9d.

James and Esther's son William Phipps Merrett married Emma Smith on 3 March 1896 at Christchurch, Gloucester. William was a 29 year old farmer, son of James Merrett, farmer. Emma was 45 years old, the daughter of William Smith, farmer (deceased). In 1901 were living in High Street, Arlingham. where 34 year old William was a "Farm Act Overseer". In 1911 44 year old William and his 59 year old wife Emma were farming at Wilston House, Arlingham. The census shows that they had been married 15 years and had no children. This picture, showing William Phipps Merrett outside Wilston House, had kindly been provided by Jon Shaw. 

William Phipps Merrett also rented St. Augustine's Farm from the Arlingham Court Estate acquiring it from the Estate in 1919. As indicated elsewhere,  his father James Merrett and his Great Uncle John Merrett had farmed there before him. Although when he purchased it, along with other farms in 1919, he immediately leased St Augustine's to his brother Maurice Merrett. The 1921 census shows William Phipps Merrett and wife Emma at Wilston House. William was 54 years old, a "farmer, Wilston Farm and surveyor of the level". Emma was 68 years old. Dorothy Jane Pocket, aged 27 and described as a "companion/help" was living with them. Dorothy Jane Pockett was born on 1 July 1893 and was the daughter of Walter Fowles Pockett and Sarah Elizabeth Merrett (see below). Dorothy's grandfather Daniel Merrett was a first cousin of William Phipps Merrett. Emma Merrett of Wilston House died on 9 November 1934 aged 86 years old. Probate of her will was granted to William Phipps Merrett and Robert Smith, farmers. 

Wm Phipps Merrett is listed as a farmer in the "1935 Kelly's Trade Directory". He remarried on 12 June 1935. His second wife was Grace Vernon Smith, a 55 year old widow, the daughter of Daniel Merrett (deceased) . Daniel Merrett was the brother of James Merrett, William Phipps Merrett's father making this a marriage of first cousins (see below).  

The photographs of William Phipps Merrett and Grace Vernon Smith's wedding below are courtesy of the Michael Curtis collection in Gloucestershire County Records Office.

Wedding guests outside Cross House are (L to R): John Burcher; Cyril Merrett; William Vernon (W.V.) Merrett; Maurice Merrett and Tom Burcher.

In 1939 William and Grace were living at Wilston House, Arlingham where William was a farmer and fruit grower.  Dorothy J Pockett, born 1 July 1893, domestic help, Marguerite Dewing, born 4 September 1891 and Benjamin H Chadd, born 16 June 1874, basket maker were at the same address. William Phipps Merrett of Wilston House, Arlingham died on 8 November 1950 aged 83. Probate was granted to Maurice John Merrett and Percy Samuel Jewell, farmers. His effects were worth £38,938 18s 7d. In 1962 the electoral registers show that Grace Vernon Merrett was still at Wilston House with Dorothy J Pockett. Grace Vernon Merrett of The Bungalow, Friday Street, Arlingham died on 24 March 1974. 

In 1891 James and Esther's 20 year old son Charles James Merrett was visiting Joseph Philemon Phipps, a 38 year old farmer and his family at Tocknells Farm, Painswick. Joseph was one of Esther's siblings (see above). On 3 September 1900 Charles married Sarah Elizabeth Clutterbuck at Fretherne, Gloucestershire. Sarah was the daughter of  Frederick Clutterbuck (16 February 1827 to 24 May 1888) and Sarah Harding (1840 to 1917) who married on 26 April 1860 at Berkeley. Sarah had a brother Frank Clutterbuck (23 October 1869 to 26 April 1947) who married Gertrude Louisa Dickensen (16 February 1880 to 1970) whose son Arthur James Clutterbuck married Ellen Amelia Mary Parker (see above). Ellen's mother Ellen Merrett was Charles James Merrett's first cousin. In 1901 Charles and Sarah were living at Clapsgate, Arlingham where Charles was a farmer. In 1911 Charles and Sarah were farming at Hill House, Arlingham and they had two children

  • Joyce Merrett. Born 6 September 1901. Joyce Merrett never married and died in 1982 (Reg Gen June 1982 Stroud 22 2087
  • Morton Merrett. Born 16 November 1905. Morton Merrett married Louise Elizabeth Burcher on 25 September 1937 at Arlingham. Morton was a 31 year old farmer. Louise was 28 years old, the daughter of John Henry Burcher, farmer. John Henry Burcher was the daughter of Elizabeth Merrett, so this was a marriage of 2nd cousins (see below). In 1939 they were farming at Church Farm, Arlingham, Gloucester. They had three children, a daughter and two sons.  Moreton Merrett of Woodlands, Overton, Arlingham died on 2 August 1975. His wife, Louise Elizabeth Merrett of Croft Cottage, Friday Street, died on 18 February 1991This picture of Arlingham Football Club taken in 1948 shows Morton Merrett of Overton Farm. and Herbert Merrett of The Dairy, Church Road, Arlingham, his 2nd cousin once removed, son of William Ethelbert Merrett (see below). Morton is the first on the left  kneeling in the front row of this picture. Herbert is next to him. This was kindly provided by Jon Shaw, whose father is standing at the far left of the back row.

The 1921 census shows Charles, 51, and Sarah, 49 at Overton Farm, with Joyce, aged 19 and Morton, aged 15. Sarah's mother, Sarah Clutterbuck, an 81 year old widow was living with them. In 1939 Charles and Sarah were still farming at Overton Farm.  Their daughter Joyce was still living with them, as were Ella J Gordon (born 13 February 1864) and Janet M Gordon (born 4 September 1897), all on "unpaid domestic duties". Charles James Merrett of Overton Farm, Arlingham died on 3 January 1943. The informant washer son Morton Merrett. Probate was granted to his widow Sarah Elizabeth Merrett. His estate was worth £8,000. 19s. Sarah Elizabeth Merrett of Croft Cottage, Arlingham died on 23 April 1949. Probate was granted to Morton Merrett, farmer and Joyce Merrett, spinster. Her effects were worth £5,440. 13s. 8d. 

In 1911 James and Esther's daughter Ellen Amelia Merrett was living with her uncle William Lawrence Phipps, a farmer at Stokenhill Farm near Stroud. She is shown as a housekeeper. In 1921 Ellen was living in High Street, Arlingham with Pamela A Bowl, a 66 year old retiree who was visiting.  In 1928 she was living alone in Arlingham High Street. In 1949 she is living at St Augustine's Cottage, Arlingham. Her brother Maurice occupied the farm (see below). Ellen Amelia Merrett of 37 Midland Road, Gloucester died on 25 October 1956 aged 83 years. Probate was granted to William Carter, chemist and Eric John Smith, local government officer. Her effects were valued at £272.11s.4d.

James and Esther's son Maurice John Merrett had also been part of Arlingham Football Club, but earlier than his nephew Morton (see above). This picture shows the team in 1899 -1900  and was kindly provided by Jon Shaw. 

Back Row: Bill Wright, Fred "Magic" Hobbs; Maurice Merrett; John Hayward; Gilbert Wright

Centre row: - Bill Goulding; Alfred Holder; George Hobbs; Bill Hayward

Front row: - Arthur Greenway; Henry Goulding; Tom Merrett

In 1911 Maurice was still single, aged 32, he was farming at St Augustine; Farm, Arlingham. In 1916 he married Ethel Meats Ruddle (Reg Gen Dec 1916 Gloucester 6a 695). In 1939 they were still faming at St Augustines. They had two daughters. 

  • Margaret Ethel Merrett. Born 12 May 1918. In 1940 Margaret married Percy Samuel Jewell. Percy of St Augustine's Farm died on 15 July 1980 and his widow in 2004
  • Eveline R Merrett. Born 1922.

In 1921 Maurice and Ethel were farming at St Augustine's Farm. Their eldest daughter had been born. Ethel's mother, Rosa A Ruddle, a 71 year old widow was living with them. Maurice John Merrett of St Augustine's Cottage, Arlingham died on 14 February 1956 (Reg Gen March 1956 Gloucester 7b 653). Ethel Meats Merrett of Newsham House, Stroud Road, Gloucester died on 4 October 1982. 

Nothing further has been traced about James and Esther's son Moreton Thomas Merrett after 1901 when, aged 19, he was still living at home. I am wondering if he was the "Tom" Merrett shown in the above photograph of Arlingham Football Club.  It is believed that he died on 17 September 1904, aged 22 years. 

  • Elizabeth Burcher nee Merrett.

Henry and Sarah's daughter Elizabeth Merrett married Thomas Burcher on 19 October 1870 at St Mary's, Cheltenham. Thomas was a farmer from Iron Acton, son of John Burcher, farmer. 

Thomas Burcher was baptised 6 January 1839, the son of John Burcher and Mary Elisabeth Vick. who married 28 May 1835 at St Mary De Crypt, Gloucester. John Burcher was the son of William Burcher (1778 to 23 June 1864) and Joannah Blewett (1785 to 16 November 1870).

At the time the 1871 census was taken Elizabeth Burcher was staying with her father, Henry Merrett at Warth Farm, Arlingham. It is likely that Thomas Burcher was working as a farm bailiff in Iron Acton but is also understood to have worked at Warth Farm for Henry Merrett.

Thomas and Elizabeth had two children.

  • Elizabeth Burcher. Baptised 16 January 1871 at Arlingham
  • John Henry Burcher. Born 1 July 1872 at Arlingham.

Daughter Elizabeth had been 3 months old at the time the 1871 census was taken. 

In 1881 Thomas and Elizabeth and their children are living with Elizabeth's father at Warth Farm, Arlingham. The farm is 180 acres employing 2 labourers and 1 boy. Thomas is described as "employed on the farm". His wife Elizabeth is described as a "housekeeper" presumably to her father. 

By 1891, Elizabeth's father, Henry had died, and it is Thomas and Elizabeth Burcher who are now farming Warth Farm, Arlingham.

Thomas Burcher of Arlingham died on 13 March 1895. Probate was granted to his widow Elizabeth Burcher. His estate was valued at £2,002. 3s. 

The picture of Thomas Burcher, was provided by the Burcher family and can be found in "Antiquities of Arlingham", produced by Arlingham PCC and is copyrighted to them.

Thomas and Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth Burcher of Arlingham died on 4 January 1896 aged 25 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1896 Wheatenhurst 6a 211). Administration of her estate was granted to her mother, Elizabeth Burcher, widow. Her effects were worth £105.2s. 2d. This photo of Elizabeth was posted on by Paul Cheetham. 

So by 1901 it is just Elizabeth Burcher (senior) and her son John Henry Burcher still living. Elizabeth continues to farm at Arlingham and her son John Henry, now 28 is a farm bailiff. 

The photograph below shows Elizabeth Burcher seated outside the front door of Warth Farm. It has been provided by and is reproduced with the kind permission of John and Ann Burcher. 

Elizabeth Burcher of Warth Farm, Arlingham died on 24 January 1907 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1907 Wheatenhurst 6a 253). Administration of her estate was granted to John Henry Burcher, farmer. Her effects were worth £1,427.

Thomas and Elizabeth's son John Henry Burcher had married Louise "Ethel" Parker on 21 February 1905 at Frampton on Severn. John was 32 years old, a farmer. Louise Ethel Parker was 26 years old, the daughter of Charles Henry Parker, farmer. In 1911, 28 year old John Henry Burcher was farming Warth Farm, Arlingham. Living with him was wife Louise Ethel and their children

  • Thomas Henry Burcher "Tom". Born 14 December 1905. Thomas Burcher married Margaret Kate Prout in 1942. They had two children, John Burcher and Jeanette Burcher. In 1965 the entire family were living at Warth Farm, Thomas Henry Burcher of The Paddock, High Street, Arlingham died on 4 May 1990 aged 84 years old. Margaret Kate Burcher died in May 2005.  Between 2003 and 2007 their son John Burcher was still listed at Warth Farm. 
  • Reginald John Burcher "Reg". Born 20 May 1908. Reginald married Elsie Grace Smith on 7 September 1932 in Arlingham. Reginald was a 24 year old farmer. Elsie was 26 years old, the daughter of Henry Lionel Smith, master mariner. Her mother was Grace Vernon Merrett, the daughter of Daniel Merrett and Elizabeth Vernon. Daniel Merrett was the brother of Elizabeth Merrett, Reginald's grandmother, making this a marriage of 2nd cousins (see below). They are pictured on their wedding day below. In 1939 they were living at Puckpool Farm, Gloucester where Reginald was a dairy farmer.  They had four children. Reginald John Burcher of Greensleeves, 6 Brook Ave, Warsash died on 1 April 1981 aged 72 years old. Elsie Grace Burcher died in 1996 in Southampton. 
  • Louise Elizabeth Burcher "Louise". Born 1909. Louise married her second cousin Morton Merrett on 25 September 1937 at Arlingham (see above).  In 1939 they were farming at Church Farm, Gloucester. Moreton Merrett of Woodlands, Overton, Arlingham died on 2 August 1975. Louise Elizabeth Merrett of Croft Cottage, Friday Street, died on 18 February 1991.   
  • Ethel Mary Burcher "Mary". Born 17 January 1911. Ethel Mary Burcher died in 2003 aged 92 (Reg Gen Sept 2003 Gloucester A70 483/1A 108) and was buried at Arlingham.  

Also at the address was three servants including a mothers help. John Henry Burcher is pictured below at Warth Farm. Shortly afterwards this horse was commandeered by the military and taken to France in WW1. This photograph (and others below) was provided by John and Ann Burcher and are reproduced with their kind permission. 

John Henry and "Ethel"s son's Tom and Reg Burcher are pictured below at Warth Farm. Photograph courtesy of John & Ann Burcher.  

These two school photos, one from 1914 or 1915 and one from 1922 (provided by Jon Shaw), both include Mary and Louise Burcher with the earlier onealso including brothers Tom and Reg as well as many other familiar names.

Back Row (L-R): Jack Carter; Ivor Goulding; Tom Martin; James Edwards; Harold Withers; Frank Pockett.

Fourth Row (standing L-R): Violet (Cis) Goulding; Rosie Hayward; Kate Hayward; Doris Gabb; Mabel Greenway; Olive Dangerfield; Miss Gwladys Cooper (teacher); Lucy Greenway; Annie Ayland (teacher); Kitty Merrett; Ivy Edwards; Joyce Merrett; Irene Greenway; Rene Gabb; Rita Aldridge; Ada Butt; Hilda Merrett; Ena Greenway; Phoebe Price; Beatrix Brown; William Merrett; Sidney Merrett; Charles Cooper (Headmaster); Oliver Dangerfield; Tom Dangerfield;

Third Row (L-R): Ruby Wright; Sibyl Greenway; Lily Hayward; Arthur Edwards; Charlie Ballinger; Reg Burcher; ?; Bert Wright; George Greenway; Cyril Butt.

Second Row (L-R): Mabel Aldridge; Kate Wright; Katie Gabb; Vena Williams; Mary Burcher; Louise Burcher; Gladys Goulding;

Front Row (L-R): Harold Smith; Wilfred Greenway; Heber Greenway; Joseph Greenway; Morton Merrett; Leslie Woodman; Jack Aldridge; Tom Burcher; George Sendall; Charlie Greenway; Charlie Butt; Cyril Ballinger; Stanley Merrett

Back Row (L to R): Amos Hayward; Charlie Ballinger; John Knight; Lionel Clutterbuck; Lance Greenway; Cyril Wright; Bert Wright; Stanley Bubb; Kenneth Bubb; Bill Stevens.

Middle Row (L to R): Mrs Gwladys Vernon; Daniel Merrett; Florence Lord; Mary Burcher; Mabel Aldridge; Eileen Stone; Louise Burcher; Kathleen Holder; Gwen Hayward; Frances Wright; Alice Lord; Garland Holder; Miss Daisy Clutterbuck.

Front Row (L to R): Kate Wright; Tom Lord; Bert Stone; Vincent Aldridge; May Holder; Melvina Coates; Dorothy Stone; Bill Holder.

The Burcher's purchased Warth farm in 1919 and the family are still farming there today.  

The 1921 census shows John Henry Burcher, aged 49, farming at Warth Farm, Louise Ethel Burcher, aged 43, employee John Butt, aged 53, labourer and children Reginald, aged 13, Louise, aged 11 and Ethel, aged 10, all scholars. 

The four photographs below are courtesy of John & Ann Burcher.

Taken in the late 1920's or early 1930's shows John Henry Burcher (far right), his wife "Ethel" (third from right) with her brother John Parker between them. The cars are a bull nosed Morris (left) and a Baby Austin.  Their son "Tom" Burcher at the wheel of the Baby Austin. 

And this one, taken around 1930 at Warth Farm, shows (from left to right) John Burcher with his two daughters "Louise" and "Mary". Photograph courtesy of John & Ann Burcher

And below, the wedding of their son Reg Burcher and Elsie Smith on 7 September 1932. Cousin of the bride William Ethelbert (Bert) Merrett (see below) is in the trilby looking on with his son Henry as page boy. The bridesmaid is his daughter Margaret who was always known as Molly

.The Bridal Party below

Back Row (L to R): Louise, Mary, Tom and Reg Burcher, Elsie Smith; Dorothy Jane Pocket; Doris Epton. Front Row (L to R): Mr and Mrs John Burcher; Henry Merrett; Molly Merrett; Grace Smith; Harold Smith.

In 1939 John Henry Burcher and wife Louise Ethel are at Warth Farm and son Thomas, also described as a farmer, and daughter Ethel remain at home. John Henry Burcher of Culver House, Arlingham died on 24 February 1959. Probate was granted to Louise Ethel Burcher, widow, Thomas Henry Burcher and Reginald John Burcher. His effects were worth £19,955 3s 5d. Louise Ethel Burcher of Culver House, Arlingham died on 12 May 1970 aged 92. 

  • Daniel Merrett and Elizabeth Vernon.

Finally of Henry and Sarah's children, in 1871 son Daniel Merrett was 26 years old living and working with his father Henry at Warth Farm, Arlingham. Later that year, on 12 April 1871 he married Elizabeth Vernon at Fretherne. Daniel is a farmer from Arlingham. Elizabeth, a servant of full age was the daughter of William Vernon, farmer. 

In 1881 36 year old Daniel and 43 year old Elizabeth were farming 29 acres at Slowe Pool Farm House, Arlingham. Living with them were their children:

  • William Vernon Merrett. Born 9 May 1872. Baptised 11 June 1872 at Fretherne, Gloucestershire.  
  • Sarah Elizabeth Merrett. Baptised 9 November 1873 at Arlingham.
  • George Daniel Merrett. Born 18 September 1875. Baptised 10 October 1875 at Arlingham. 
  • Grace Vernon Merrett. Born 9 September 1879. 

In 1891 the family were living in Cranham, Gloucestershire where 46 year old Daniel was farming and his wife and children are all described as "assistants".

Daniel Merrett of Olden Hall, Storehouse, Gloucestershire died on 23 June 1895 aged 50. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow Elizabeth. His effects were worth £172 17s 6d.

By 1901 Elizabeth Merrett, now 63 years old, was living on her own means in High Street, Arlingham. Visiting at the time was 43 year old George Pell, preacher. Her sister -in-law Elizabeth Burcher (see above) was living next door.

Elizabeth Merrett of The Cross, Arlingham died on 8 September 1921 at 84 years old. Probate was granted to William Vernon Merrett and George Daniel Merrett, farmers. Her effects were worth £647 3s 9d.

Daniel and Elizabeth's son William Vernon Merrett married Esther Ann Driver in 1894 (Reg Gen March Qtr. 1894 Stroud (1837 onward) 6a 539). In 1901, 28 year old William and 30 year old Esther Ann were living at Bucklewood, Brimpsfield. By 1911 they were at Longney, Gloucestershire where William was employed as a farm bailiff. William and Esther had seven children:

  • William Ethelbert Merrett "Bert". Born 2 February 1895. He married Daisy Margaret Knight in 1920 (Reg Gen December 1920 Wheatenhurst 6a 851). In 1939 they were living at The Cross, Arlingham, where William was farming. Three of their four children are listed, including daughter Margaret "Molly" who was a dressmaker. William lived at The Dairy, which is at Arlingham Cross. William Ethelbert (Bert) Merrett and two of his and Daisy's children Henry and Molly are included in the wedding photographs of Reg Burcher and Elsie Smith (above) on 7 September 1932. Another son Herbert is pictured above in the photograph of Arlingham Football Club taken in 1948 taken with his 2nd cousin (once removed) Morton Merrett. Daisy M Merrett died in 1956 (Reg Gen Sept 1956 Gloucester Rural 7b 383). William Ethelbert Merrett of The Cross, Arlingham died 29 September 1963. Probate was granted to Henry William Knight Merrett, farm manager and Herbert James Merrett, lead pig man. His effects were worth £1,584
  • Constance Maud Merrett. Born 3 August 1896. Still living at home and a "household assistant" in 1939, Constance married Henry E Birt in 1941 (Reg Gen Dec 1941 Forest of Dean 6a 957). Constance Maud Birt of 34 Wedgewood Drive, Longlevens died on 23 July 1976
  • Elizabeth Myrtle Merrett. Born 1 April 1898. Elizabeth married Henry James Granger in 1924 (Reg Gen Sept 1924 Gloucester 6a 837). In 1939 they were living at 3 Bell Cottage, where Henry was a railway labourer. They had two children. Henry J Granger died in 1953. Myrtle Elizabeth Granger of Henlow Court, Henlow Drive, Dursley died on 14 March 1988 aged 89 years old.
  • Vera Grace Merrett. Born 8 August 1900. Still living at home in 1939 she was assisting her father with farm duties. Vera Grace Merrett never married. Vera Grace Merrett of 87 Bondend Road, Upton Street, St Leonard, Gloucester died on 21 January 1991 aged 90.
  • Muriel Ethel Merrett. Born 8 February 1903. Muriel married Charles Maurice Mitchell on 15 September 1920 in Stroud. In 1921 Muriel and her 4 year old child Maurice were living with Muriel's parents. In 1939 they were living at the Old Vicarage, Gloucester where Charles was in the RAF service police. They had at least one son. Charles Maurice Mitchell died in 1981 (Reg Gen Dec 1981 Gloucester 22 2037). Muriel Ethel Mitchell of 144 Seymour Road, Gloucester died on 21 February 1984 aged 81 years old.  
  • Vernon Merrett. Born 9 May 1906. Vernon married Amy Ruby Marion Rushton in 1936. In 1939 they were living at Pressmead Farm, Gloucester where Vernon was a dairy farmer.  Amy died in 1965. Vernon Merrett of 20, Kimberley Drive, Lydney, Gloucestershire died on 16 January 1989 aged 82 years old.
  • Daniel Henry Merrett. Born 19 November 1911. In 1939 he was still living with his parents at Stowfield Farm. He married Phyliss Daisy Walby in 1943. Daniel Henry Merrett of 9 Park Court, Court Road, Stroud died on 4 November 1976. Phyliss Daisy Merrett died on 22 June 2007 in Barrow in Furness. 

In 1921 they were at the Grove, Church Street, Arlingham William was a 49 year old farmer, his wife Esther was 50 years old. Myrtle, aged 23, Vera, aged 20, Muriel, aged 18, Vernon, aged 15 and doing farm work and Daniel, aged 9, a scholar all remained at home. Daughter Muriel had married and had a child Maurice Valentine Mitchell, aged 4 and William and Ethel's grandson. In 1939 William and Esther Merrett were living at Stowfield Farm, West Dean where William was farming. Four of their children remained at home. Esther A Merrett died in 1952 aged 82 years old (Reg Gen December 1952 Forest of Dean 7b 389). William Vernon Merrett of the Avenue, Whitminster died on 17 August 1954 aged 82. Probate was granted to Vernon Merrett, farmer and Vera Grace Merrett, spinster. His effects were worth £3,374.0s.10d.

Daniel and Elizabeth's daughter Sarah Elizabeth Merrett married Walter Fowles Pockett in 1893 in Stroud (Reg Gen June 1893 Stroud 6a 682). A daughter Dorothy Jane Pockett was born on 1 July 1893 at Wateridge Farm, Cranham, Painswick (Reg Gen September 1893 Stroud 6a 332). It seems likely that Sarah Elizabeth Pockett died shortly thereafter, for Walter Fowles Pockett remarried in 1900. He was a widower and his second wife was Caroline Holden. In 1901 Walter and Caroline were living at 35, Daglingworth with 7 year old Dorothy. Walter was an "engine driver on farm, general agricultural worker". In 1911 Walter Fowles Pockett was a bailiff on a farm at Park Corner, Duntisbourne Rouse. Its not clear where daughter Dorothy was at that time, but in 1921 and 1939 she was living at Wilston House, firstly with William Phipps Merrett and then his widow Grace Vernon Merrett (see above). In 1921 Walter Fowles Pockett and his wife Caroline were living at Quenington. Fairford. Walter died in 1925 aged 74 years old. His widow appears to have gone into service in Ealing, London where she was in 1939, but she died in 1943 in Brixworth, Northamptonshire. According to Electoral Registers Dorothy remained at Wilston House and was still listed there with Grace Vernon Merrett in 1962.  Dorothy Jane :Pockett of The Bungalow, Friday Street, Arlingham died on 12 August 1982

Daniel and Elizabeth's son George Daniel Merrett married Florence Evelyn Parker on 11 January 1899 at Whitminster. George was a 23 year old farmer. Florence, a 23 spinster from Arlingham was the daughter of John Parker, farmer. By 1901 George was farming Hill Farm, Newnham. In 1911 George, Florence and family were living and farming at Packthorne, Whitminster, near Stonehouse.  William Parker, aged 40, their brother in law was staying with them. George and Florence had three children

  • Cyril John Merrett. Born 11 March 1899. Cyril married Margaret Rosina Dangerfield on 24 July 1935 at Bisley, Gloucestershire. Cyril was a 36 year old farmer. Margaret was 31 years old, the daughter of John Edward Dangerfield, farmer. In 1939 they were "dairy and mixed" farming at Packthorne Farm. They had three children. Cyril John Merrett of Packthorne Farm, Whitminster died on 26 October 1986 aged 87 years.  Margaret Rosina Merrett of Packthorne Farm, Whitminster died on 26 July 1994. 
  • Doris Eveline Merrett. Born 22 August 1900. Baptised on 28 October 1900 at Newnham. Doris married Ivor John Douglas Carter "Doug" on 29 May 1929 at Whitminster Parish Church. "Doug" was a 30 year old farmer, the son of John William Carter, deceased, farmer and Johann Burcher.  Johann was the daughter of Daniel Burcher (1820 to 1888) and Mary Anne Vernon (1820 to 1881). Daniel was the brother of John Burcher and the uncle of Thomas Burcher who married Elizabeth Merrett (see above), In 1939 "Doug" and Doris were living at Ham Farm, where "Doug" was a dairy farmer. They had at least one daughter. Doris Eveline Carter of Treetops, Coaley, Gloucestershire died on 14 May 1978 aged 77. Ivor John Douglas Carter of Treetops, Coaley died on 19 March 1982. "Doug", his brother Jack and their mother Johanna Carter (nee Burcher) at home at Puckpool Farm are pictured below. The photograph below is courtesy of the Michael Curtis collection in Gloucestershire County Records Office
  • Eileen Florence Merrett. Born 12 December 1903. Baptised 13 March 1904 at Newnham. Eileen Merrett died in 1998 aged 94 years (Reg Gen Oct 1998 Ross 16B 5241 270).
In 1921 George, aged 45, was farming. His wife Florence was 43 years old. Son Cyril, aged 22 was farming on his own account, daughter Eileen was 17 years old and a scholar. Florence's brother William J Parker, aged 51 was living with them and working for George. George Daniel Merrett is listed in the "1939 Kelly's Directory" as a farmer in Whitminster.  The register shows that they were living at the Gables and George was a dairy farmer. Florence E Merrett of The Gables, Whitminster died on 25 June 1945 aged 70 years old. Probate was granted to her husband. George Daniel Merrett of The Gables, Whitminster died 27 October 1958 at Church Field, Packthorne Farm, Whitminster, Gloucestershire. Probate was granted to Cyril John Merrett, farmer, Doris Eveline Carter, married woman and Ellen Florence Merrett, spinster. His estate was valued at £19,582 7s 7d. 

Finally in 1901, Daniel and Elizabeth's daughter 21 year old Grace Vernon Merrett is living with her aunt and uncle John and Elizabeth Vernon at High Street, Arlingham. Grace gives her occupation as a nurse, Uncle John is a farmer. Also at the address is John and Elizabeth's niece Sarah Smith. In 1904 Grace married Henry Lionel Smith. Henry Lionel Smith was born in 1877, the son of  Henry Lionel Smith (1854 to 5 February 1926) and Sarah Jane James (1857 to ?). In 1911 31 year old Grace is living in Arlingham with her children

  • Elsie Grace Smith. Born 18 April 1906. Elsie married Reginald John Burcher on 7 September 1932 at St Mary's Arlingham (see photos above). Reginald was a 24 year old farmer, the son of John Henry Burcher, farmer and Louise Ethel Parker. John was the son of Thomas Burcher and Elizabeth Merrett. Elizabeth Merrett was the brother of Daniel Merrett making this a marriage of 2nd cousins (see above). In 1939 Reginald and Elsie were living at Puckpool Farm, Gloucester where Reginald was a dairy farmer. They had four children. Reginald John Burcher of Greensleeves, 6 Brook Ave, Warsash died on April 1981 aged 72 years old. Elsie Grace Burcher died in 1996 in Southampton.  
  • Harold Henry Smith. Born 4 October 1907. He married Doris M Epton. In 1939 he was living at The Cross. He is described as "helping step-father on farm". Harold died in Gloucester in 1986.

Henry' name was originally listed on the 1911 census but then 'crossed out', but Grace is still shown as married.  Henry L Smith, aged 56 "master", Henry L Smith, aged 32 "mate" and Christopher C Smith "A B Seaman", aged 21 are listed as crew on the "David", a ketch sailing ship moored in Bridgewater. The nature of the trade was "coasting". Earlier censuses show that Henry (Snr) was a master mariner and it seems both sons Henry and Christopher were sailors. 

Pictured outside Cross House, Arlingham (next door to the Red Lion Inn) are Grace Vernon Smith (née Merrett); her mother-in-law Mrs Smith; Captain Henry Smith; Constance Merrett; John Vernon; Harold Smith and Elsie Smith. John Vernon was an uncle to Grace.. He had previously run the village butchers from Cross House. He died in June 1928 aged 91 years. Photograph is courtesy of the Michael Curtis collection in Gloucestershire County Records Office.

Henry Lionel Smith of The Cross, Arlingham died on 18 March 1929.  Probate was granted to Grace Vernon Smith, widow. 

Grace Vernon Smith remarried on 12 June 1935. Her second husband was William Phipps Merrett, a 68 year old widower, the son of James Merrett (deceased). James Merrett and Grace's father, Daniel Merrett were brothers making this a marriage of first cousins (see above). 

In 1921 and 1939 William and Grace were living at Wilston House, Arlingham where William was a farmer and fruit grower. William Phipps Merrett of Wilston House, Arlingham died on 8 November 1950 aged 83. Probate was granted to Maurice John Merrett and Percy Samuel Jewell, farmers. His effects were worth £38,938 18s 7d. Grace Vernon Merrett of The Bungalow, Friday Street, Arlingham died on 24 March 1974.

Eliza Vimpany nee Merrett.

Eliza Merrett was baptised on 30 August 1807 at Arlingham, the daughter of James and Martha Merrett.

Eliza married Amos Vimpany of Morton Valence on 10 March 1829 at Arlingham. 

Amos and Eliza had seven children 

  • Edmond Vimpany. Born 1829 in Moreton Valence. Baptised 11 February 1830 at Saul, Gloucestershire. 
  • Henry Vimpany. Born 1831. Nothing more is known about Henry after 1841 and it is likely that he died in childhood. 
  • Daniel Vimpany. Born 1833.
  • Thomas Vimpany. Born 1835 in Moreton Valence.
  • Eliza Vimpany. Born 1837 in Moreton Valence.
  • Richard Vimpany. Baptised 23 May 1839 at Moreton Valence. 
  • Edwin Vimpany. Born 1842 in Moreton Valence. 
  • Mary Ann Vimpany. Baptised 10 March 1844 in Saul. Gloucestershire.  
  • Martha Vimpany. Baptised 9 January 1848 in Bream, Gloucestershire.

In 1841 the family were living at Framilodge, Moreton Valence, Gloucestershire where 40 year old Amos was a farmer. The next entry is for More Farm, Moreton Valence and living there were 27 year old Daniel Merrett, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Hesther who I suspect are relations, although the link has not yet been established.

In 1851 Amos and Eliza were at Bream, Newland where Amos was a farmer of 119 acres employing 1 labourer. In 1861 they were at Downing Farm, Longney where Amos was farming, now 60 was farming 110 acres with 2 labourers and 1 boy. 

In 1871 Amos and Eliza were still living in Longney and Amos was a "retired farmer". Sons Daniel and Edwin remain at home. Daniel and Edwin are farmer of 119 acres with 3 men, 1 woman and 1 boy. rosa Price, 16, a domestic servant was living with them. 

Amos Vimpany died on 16 June 1872. The will of Amos Vimpany, late of Longney was proved by Daniel Vimpany of Longney, farmer, Richard Vimpany of Newland, farmer and Edwin Vimpany of Longney, farmer, sons of the deceased. Amos's effects were worth less than £1,500.

In 1881, 73 year old Eliza Vimpany was living with her unmarried son Daniel Vimpany and they were farming 100 acres at Downings Farm, Langley. Also at the address was Martha Longney, Eliza's daughter, aged 33 (see below) and his nieces Ann Batten, aged 20 and Edith Longney, aged 6 (see below).

In 1891 82 year old Eliza Vimpany was still living with her son Daniel at Downings Farm, Longley. Martha Longney was also still with them, although by now she had been widowed (see below) .

Eliza Vimpany of Down End Farm died on 2 April 1899 aged 91. Probate was granted to Edmund Vimpany, retired farmer. Her effects were worth £294. 11s. 

Her son Daniel Vimpany had predeceased her, Daniel Vimpany of Longney, farmer died on 26 April 1896 aged 63 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1896 Wheatenhurst 6a 209). Probate was granted to Richard Vimpany, farmer and Martha Longney, widow. 

The following is known about Amos and Eliza's surviving children;

  • Edmond Vimpany and Frances Elizabeth Cook

    Edmond Vimpany married Frances Elizabeth Cook on 8 October 1853 at West Dean. Edmond was a 23 year old farmer from Bream. Frances was an 18 year old spinster, daughter of William Cook, farmer.   

Edmund and Frances had seven children

  • Edmund William Vimpany. Baptised 26 August 1864 at Parkend.
  • Frances Elizabeth Vimpany. Baptised on 30 December 1866 at Parkend . Died 1886 aged 20 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr Monmouth (1837-1938) 11a 20)
  • Martha Vimpany. Baptised on 22 August 1868 at Parkend. Died 1885 aged 17 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1885 Monmouth (1837-1938) 11a 9)
  • Anna Vimpany. Baptised "Hannah" on 30 October 1870 at Parkend.
  • Thornton Richard Vimpany. Born 16 April 1872. Baptised 22 September 1872 at Parkend.
  • John Cook Vimpany. Born 12 January 1874. Baptised 1 March 1874 at Parkend.
  • Amos Vimpany. Born 16 January 1876. Baptised 26 March 1876 at Parkend.

When most of Edmund and Frances's children are baptised they are described as "farmers from Pillowell". When their last son Amos was baptised they are of "Yorkley Court Farm"

By 1881 the family was living at Yorkley Court, Newland, Gloucestershire where 51 year old Edmund was a farmer of 218 acres employing 6 men and 1 woman. In 1891 the family were living in West Dean, of the children - Anna, Thornton, John and Amos remained at home.

Frances Elizabeth Vimpany of Whitecroft near Lydney (wife of Edmund Vimpany) died on 15 March 1896 aged 60.  Frances Elizabeth Vimpany of Whitecroft was buried on 19 March 1896 at Parkend. Administration of her estate was granted to her husband Edmund Vimpany, retired farmer, but not until 13 December 1904 some eight years after her death!!

Edmund Vimpany died in 1906 aged 76 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1906 Monmouth (1837-1938) 11a 9). Edmond Vimpany of Whitecroft was buried on 19 April 1906 at Parkend.

In 1887 Edmund and Frances's son Edmund William Vimpany was living at Whitecroft, Lydney. It is possible that he emigrated to Canada arriving on the 'Ontario' on 3 May 1888. Nothing more is known. 

In 1901, Annie Vimpany, aged 30 and unmarried was a housekeeper to Henry Meadows, a retired pharmaceutical chemist living in Gloucester. This could have been Edmund and Frances' daughter, but it is more likely that the entry relates to Richard and Ann Vimpany's daughter (see below). In 1911 Hannah Vimpany was living with her brother Thornton (see below). Aged 40, she was a headmistress at a council school working for Bristol Council. Hannah Vimpany of 6 Folly Lane, Stroud died on 2 January 1951. Probate was granted to Thornton Vimpany and Charles Herbert Hargest, both civil servants. Her effects were worth £4,593. 14s. 7d.

Edmund and Frances' son Thornton Richard Vimpany married Emma Jemima Parsons on 29 August 1894 at Drybook.  Thornton is a 22 year old farmer, the son of Edmund Vimpany, grocer and farmer. Emma Jemima Parsons was a 25 year old school teacher, the daughter of Isaac Parsons, colliery proprietor. The witnesses were George Bryant and Hannah Vimpany. In 1901 they were living at Pills Well, West Dean where 28 year old Thornton was running his own grocers shop. In 1911 they were living at Whitecroft, Lyndey. Thornton, aged 38, was a "grazier farmer". Thornton's sister Hannah was living with them. Thornton and Emma had four children: 

  • Frances Elizabeth Vimpany. Born 14 August 1895. Baptised 20 October 1895 at Parkend. In 1939 Frances was living with her widowed father at Whitecroft, Nr Lydney. She was a schoolteacher Frances Elizabeth Vimpany died in 1978 aged 83 (Reg Gen Dec 1978 Gloucester 22 1876). 
  • Isaac Edmund Parsons Vimpany, Baptised 10 January 1897 at Parkend. Isaac Edmund Parsons Vimpany (named as Edmund P Vimpany) in the 1911 census, was a private in the South Wales Borderers. He was killed in action on 8 August 1917 aged just 20 and buried at the Belgium Battery Corner Cemetery. 
  • Frederick Thornton Richard Vimpany. Born 2 January 1903. Frederick married Kitty Mortimer on 30 June 1929 in Parkend. Frederick was 26, a garage proprietor, an occupation he shared with his father. Kitty was 26, the daughter of George Mortimer, garage proprietor. In 1945 they were living at 162, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester. Frederick Thornton Vimpany of 8 The Firs, Heathville Road, Gloucester died on 22 February 1976 aged 73 years. Kitty Vimpany of 7, Silverdale Court, Silverdale Road, Sheffield died on 2 March 1978
  • Ursula Mary Vimpany. Born 27 September 1908. "Mary Ursula Vimpany" was baptised on 17 December 1908 at Parkend. Ursula M Vimpany married Charles Thomas Hargest on 15 September 1934 in Parkend. Charles was a 26 year old clerk, the son of William Hargest, inspector. In 1939 they were living at 6, Coplands, Stroud where Charles was a travelling sales representative (P.O. Telephone). They had one son. Charles Thomas Hargest died in 1973 (Reg Gen March 1973 Stroud 7b 1825). Ursula Mary Hargest of Whitehall Post Office, 59 Middle Street, Stroud died on 16 July 1988.   

Emma Jemima Vimpany died in 1923 (Reg Gen March 1923 Monmouth 11a 20). In 1939 Thornton was living at Whitecroft, Nr Lydney. He gives his occupation as a motor haulage contractor. Thornton Richard Vimpany of Whitecroft died on 23 August 1952. Probate granted to Frederick Thornton Richard Vimpany, civil servant, Frances Elizabeth Vimpany, spinster and Ursula Mary Hargest (wife of Charles Thomas Hargest). His estate was valued at £2,708 10s 7d.  

Edmund and Frances's son John Cook Vimpany married Florence Eleanor Smith on 28 January 1902 in Cam, Gloucestershire. John, a 28 year old bachelor was a farmer at Tytherington. Florence a 26 year old spinster was the daughter of Arthur Basil Smith, farmer. 

They had three children, the first born in 1911, all born in Victoria, Columbia. It is not clear when they emigrated. Florence Eleanor Vimpany died on 16 May 1933 in Saanich, British Columbia. John Cook Vimpany died on 18 December 1846 aged 72 in Victoria, British Columbia (Reg 1946-09-013776) and was buried at St Lukes, Victoria.

Finally, in 1911, Edmund and Frances son Amos Vimpany was living at 10 Walton House, Thames Villas, London. He was 35 years old and working on his own account as a financial agent. He had married Bertha, who was 5 years his junior around 1906. Bertha had been born in Germany. In 1920, 1922 and 1929 Electoral registers Amos and Bertha are listed at 36 Charlotte Street, St Pancras. In 1933 Amos returned to the UK on the "Guildford Castle". He was aged 56 and a mining engineer, he gives his place of last residence as "South Africa" and his address in the UK as 36, Charlotte Street. There are records of an A Vimpany (a cook) sailing for South Africa in 1898 and then of an Amos Vimpany serving in the Boer War (1899 to 1902) as a guide. Could this have been "our" Amos?

In the 1936 electoral register Amos and Bertha were again listed at 36 Charlotte Street. In 1939 they were still in Charlotte Street and Amos was a mining engineer. Amos Vimpany of 36 Charlotte Street, London, W1 died on 23 October 1951 aged 75. Probate was granted to Bertha, his widow. His estate was worth £496 1s 11d. Bertha died in 1966 aged 85 (Reg Gen Sept 1966 Lambeth 5d 142).

  • Daniel Vimpany

Daniel Vimpany never married and in 1881 and 1891 Daniel was living with his mother at Downings Farm, Longley.

Daniel Vimpany of Longney, Gloucestershire, farmer, died on 26 April 1896 aged 63. Probate was granted to Richard Vimpany, farmer and Martha Longney, widow,. His effects were worth £1,640 8s 1d.

  • Thomas Vimpany and Keziah Davis, Caroline Davis and Sarah Long

Thomas Vimpany seems to have married three times. His first bride was Kezia Davis who he married at Badgeworth Parish Church on 25 October 1860. Both bride and groom were 26 years old and from Badgeworth. Kezia was the daughter of William Davis, farmer. The witnesses were Richard Vimpany and Caroline Davis. (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1860 Cheltenham 6a 759).

Thomas and Keziah had two children

  • Susan Vimpany. Born 10 May 1863. Baptised 21 June 1863 in Hempstead, Gloucestershire. 
  • Richard Vimpany. Born 10 November 1864 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1864 Cheltenham 6a 362). 

Richard is believed to have died the same day. He was buried on 18 November 1864 at Badgeworth. Keziah Vimpany nee Davies died in childbirth, presumably on 10 November 1864. She too was buried at Badgeworth on 18 November 1864.

On 26 June 1865 Thomas married Keziah's sister Caroline Davis in Condicote, Stow in the Wold (Reg Gen June Qtr 1865 Stow on the Wold 6a 660). 

It was common practice for a bereaved father to marry a relative of his deceased wife and to marry her quickly, as he would need a mother for the surviving small children, as well as a housekeeper. However a marriage to such a close relative was not legal. Prior to 1835 marriage between certain people connected by marriage had been regarded as improper. The Marriage Act of 1835 hardened the law into an absolute prohibition until The Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907 was passed. The 1835 act was not popular and the desire of widowed men to marry the sister of their deceased wife became the subject of particular agitation from the 1860's onwards and strong feelings were roused on both sides. However such marriages did go ahead despite the ban and these were usually achieved by the parties going 'out of area' to marry. In Thomas's case the second marriage took place in Stow-on-the-Wold which was quite a way from Badgeworth.

In 1871 Thomas and Caroline were living at Great House Farm, Churchdown where Thomas was farming 94 acres with two men and two boys. The census notes that he was a landowner. His daughter, Susan was living with them. Thomas and Caroline had four children of their own.

  • Tom Charles Vimpany. Born 1866
  • Harry Vimpany. Born 3 July 1868. Baptised 30 August 1868 in Churchdown. 
  • Eliza Vimpany. Baptised 21 January 1870 at Churchdown. 
  • Elizabeth Vimpany. Baptised 24 September 1871 at Churchdown.

Caroline Vimpany died on 13 June 1872 aged 41 at Badgworth, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. She is described as the wife of Thomas Vimpany, farmer. The cause of death is "cancer not certified" (Reg Gen Sept 1872 Cheltenham 6a 237).

Thomas Vimpany again remarried shortly after his second wife's death. In 1873 he married Sarah Long (Reg Gen March Qtr 1873 Gloucestershire (1837 onwards) 6a 433). In 1881 the family were living at 17 Flannel Street, Abergavenny where Thomas was a farmer and dairyman.

Thomas and Caroline's son Tom died in 1875 aged 9 years old (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1875 Cheltenham 6a 313). According to a post of, Tom died after he ran away from his governess out into the paddocks and his foot was injured by a threshing machine. 

Thomas Vimpany of White House, Llanvapley, Monmouthshire died on 13 October 1890 aged 58 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1890 Abergavenny 11a 33). Administration of his estate was granted to Sarah Vimpany. His effects were worth £73 12s 9d.

In 1901 73 year old Sarah was living with her stepson Harry and his wife at Farm Road, Glanfrywdd, Monmouthshire. Sarah Vimpany died in 1904 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1904 Abergavenny 11a 27).

Thomas and Keziah's daughter Susan Vimpany married 24 year old Albert James Hunt on 21 December 1889 at the "Primitive Methodist Chapel", Middlesbrough. Albert was a general labourer of 90 Lord Street, Middlesbrough, son of James Hunt, engine driver. Susan was a 25 year old spinster from Woodlands Road, Middlesbrough. The witnesses were both members of the Hunt family. In 1891 Albert and Susan Hunt were living in Middlesbrough with Albert's parents. Albert was a basin grinder at the steelworks. By 1901 they had a place of their own, 24 Portman Street, Middlesbrough and they had a 9 year old daughter. In 1911 the family were living at 173, Cannon Street, Middlesborough and "James" was a grocer and general dealer. His wife and eldest daughter were helping in the business. Albert and Susan had two children:

  • Elsie May Hunt. Born 19 December 1891. Baptised on 12 January 1892 in Middlesborough. Elsie married Amos Tye in 1915 in Middlesborough. They had two children.  In 1939 Amos and Elsie were living at 4 Southfield Road, Middlesborough where Amos was a club steward. Amos Tye died in 1960
  • Florence Phyliss Hunt. Born 31 July 1903. Florence married Leslie Osborne Smith in 1924. In 1939 Leslie and Florence were living at 100 Union Street, Middlesborough. Leslie was an electricians labourer. Leslie Osborne Smith died in April 1980. Florence died on 4 December 1980. 

Albert James Hunt of 100 Union Street died on 12 March 1927. Probate was granted to his widow. In 1939 Susan Hunt was living with her daughter and son in law at 100 Union Street. Susan Hunt of 100 Union Street, widow, died on 21 January 1945. Probate was granted to Philip Thomas Jackson, contractor and Thomas Waine Riley, solicitors clerk. 

Thomas and Caroline's son Harry Vimpany had married Susan Alice Taylor in 1896 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1896 Abergavenny 11a 96). In 1901 Harry and "Alice" were living at Farm Road, Glanfrywdd, Monmouthshire. 1n 1911 they were living at Baron Street, Usk and Harry was a farm labourer.  Harry and Alice had eight children::

  • Sarah Elizabeth Maude Vimpany. Born 1897. Died 1897
  • Harry Vimpany. Born 1 May 1899. In 1939 Harry Vimpany was living at "Old Prescoutt", Llanbadac. Harry was a "government farm bailiff". Also listed is Dorothy Morgan, a married woman born 18 May 1916 and his housekeeper. Harry Vimpany of Glynsiw Farm, Llanllwch died on 30 August 1985.
  • Ernest Edmund Vimpany. Born 12 January 1901. Ernest Edmund Vimpany married Edna May Hatchard on 23 February 1929 at Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire. Ernest was a 27 year old farmer. Edna was 20 years old, the daughter of Alfred Hatchard, miner. In 1939 Ernest (and his brother Ivor) were living at 12 James Street, Surbiton, seemingly in lodgings and both were employed as contractors labourers. Edna May Vimpany along with their son appear to have been staying with her mother, Maud Hatchard, widow, at 257 Hill Crescent, Cwmynymoy. It appears that the couple split up and Edna remarried in 1944. Ernest Edmund Vimpany of Yew Tree Farm, Upper Cwmbran on 30 January 1970. 
  • William Charles Vimpany. Born 18 February 1903. Baptised 28 May 1903 at Llanddewi Rhydderch. William married Violet Doreen Rayner in 1923 in Pontypool. In 1939 they were living at Rock Cottage, Pontypool where William was a factory foreman. They had two children. Violet D Vimpany died in 1967. William Charles Vimpany of Ffynnon-newydd, Bronwydd Arms, Carmarthen died on 17 February 1984. 
  • Ivor George Vimpany. Born 27 February 1906. In 1939 Ivor was living in Surbiton, Surrey, still single he was working as a contractor labourer. Ivor George Vimpany died in 1978 (Reg Gen March 1978 Hastings & Rother 18 0942).
  • Harold Stanley Vimpany. Born 22 May 1907. Baptised 30 August 1907 in Usk. Harold married Elsie M Gwitkin in 1936. In 1939 they were living in Pull Meyruck Cottage, Goytre. Harold was a concrete leveller. Harold Stanley Vimpany of Parc Bach Farm, Mamhilad, Pontypool died on 19 December 1975. Elsie died in 1995. 
  • Flossie May Vimpany. Born 31 March 1910. Flossie May Vimpany died aged 32 and was buried on 15 February 1943 at Goytre, Monmouthshire, Wales.   
  • Dorothy Eva Vimpany. Born 16 February 1914. Dorothy Eva Vimpany married Thomas Frederick Winter in 1940. Thomas Frederick Winter died on 20 October 1996. Dorothy Eva Winter died on 27 August 2010. 

In 1921 Harry and "Alice" were living at Cefnminog, Goytre, Nr Abergavenny. Harry, aged 54 was a farm labourer working for L D Whitehead at Goytre Hall, as was their 22 year old son Harry. Alice was 45 years old and engaged on "home duties". Son Harold, aged 14 was "helping in gardens".  Daughters Flossie, aged 11 and "Ena", aged 7 were in full time education. In 1939 Harry and Susan were living at Haymeadow, Pontypool. Harry was a retired farmer and Susan was a market gardener working on her own account. Their daughters Flossie, aged 29 and Dorothy remained at home. Dorothy was a drapers shop assistant. Harry Vimpany died in 1946 in Pontypool, Wales. Susan Alice Vimpany of 5 Llewefron Lane, Abergavenny died aged 80 and was buried in Goylie on 2 April 1954

Thomas and Caroline's daughter Eliza Vimpany married Hannibal Nicholas Chinn on 26 December 1892 at Roath Parish Church. Hannibal was 21 years old, a shop assistant, son of Thomas Chinn, Iron moulder. Eliza was 23 years old. In 1895 Kelly's Directory for South Wales Hannibal is listed at 8 Richard Street, Barry Dock, Cardiff. Barry Street, Hannibal and Eliza had four children:

  • Hannibal John Nicholas Chinn. Born 12 July 1894. Hannibal married Alice Dorman Baynes on 26 December 1915 at Langstone. Hannibal was a 22 year old hairdresser, his father was an outfitter. Alice was 22 years old, the daughter of James Wilson Baynes a market gardener. They had a daughter, Mary Winnifred Chinn in 1918.  In 1964 they were living at The Retreat, Back Lane, Mickleton, Gloucester. Hannibal Chinn died on 25 July 1978 in Inverness. Alice died on 27 March 1995 in Pershore, Wilts. 
  • Albert Edward Thomas Chinn. Born 7 May 1897. Albert married Elizabeth Hannah Williams on 27 June 1925 at Parkend. Albert, aged 27 was a male nurse. Elizabeth, aged 26, was the daughter of Richard Williams, collier. In 1939 Albert and Elizabeth were living at 30, Holtham Avenue, Drive, Gloucester and Albert was a "railway goods general worker". They had three children. Albert Edward Thomas Chinn of 50 Holtham Avenue, Cheltenham Road, East Gloucester died on 23 April 1971.  Elizabeth Hannah Chinn of 22A Charlton Street, Cheltenham died on 6 November 1981 aged 81 years old. 
  • Winifred Elsie May Chinn. Born 2 December 1903. Winifred married John Allan Jones on 28 March 1925. They had two children. In 1939 they were living at Fairview Bungalow, Chepstow where John was farming. Winifred Elsie May Jones died on 13 July 1980 (Reg Gen Sept 1980 Newport 28 0449). John Alan Jones died in 1992
  • Richard Ernest Chinn. Born 7 February 1908. Baptised 22 March 1908 in Christchurch. Richard Ernest Chinn married Bessie May Smith in 1936. Sargeant Richard E Chinn died on 5 June 1940 whilst serving with the Royal Artillery in the France and Belgium Campaign of 1939/1940

Hannibal died in 1914 (Reg Gen March 1914 Bedwelty 11a 155). Eliza remarried in 1915, to George Smith, but it is understood that they separated in the early 1920's. Eliza Smith is believed to have died in 1929 (Reg Gen Sept 1929 Bristol 6a 42).

Thomas and Caroline's daughter Elizabeth Vimpany married Richard Henry Smith on 1 July 1894 at St German, Roath. Richard was a 23 year old labourer, son of Henry Smith, labourer (deceased). Elizabeth, also 23, was the daughter of Thomas Vimpany, deceased.  Nothing further is known.

  • Eliza Batten nee Vimpany

Amos and Eliza's daughter Eliza Vimpany married George Batten on 22 March 1856 at St James, Bream, Gloucestershire. George Batten of Breem Tufts was a farmer of full age, the son of George Batten, shoemaker. Eliza was a minor (i.e. less than 21). The witnesses were Thomas Ames and Mary Ann Batten.

In 1861 George and Eliza were living at Newland where 27 year old George was a farmer of 21 acres. They had the four children:

  • Edwin Batten. Baptised 13 July 1856 at Bream. Buried 12 March 1857 at Bream aged 8 months.
  • Francis Edwin Batten. Born 5 January 1858. Baptised 7 February 1858 at Bream
  • Ann Batten. Baptised 7 October 1860 at Bream.
  • Walter Henry Batten. Born 20 October 1862. Baptised 16 November 1862 at Bream.

By 1881 George was a 47 year old widower employed as an agricultural labourer and living with his 18 year old son Walter at Firlands, Newland, Bream. His wife, Eliza Batten had died on 17 June 1870 aged 33 years (Reg Gen Sept 1870 Wheatenhurst 6a 237). In 1891 George was still living with his son Walter in Bream, but Walter was now married and head of the household. 

George Batten died on 9 September 1898 and was buried on 12 September 1898 at Bream. Administration of both George and Eliza's estates was granted to Annie Batten, spinster, but not until 1901. Eliza's effects were worth £49 1s 9d and George's were worth £51 1s 9d. Why the delay?

George and Eliza's son Francis Edwin Batten emigrated to the USA. He sailed on the St. Louis from Liverpool to New Orleans arriving on 1 May 1881. He became a naturalised American citizen on 18 May 1887. The 1900 USA Federal Census shows Francis, aged 42 and a stationary engineer living in a rented house at Justice Precinct no 1 Val Verde Texas. The census shows that he had married, I am told, Elizabeth Ann Buchanan.  In 1910 Francis (Frank) and Elizabeth (Lizzie) were living in Justice Precinct no 2, Uvalde, Texas with their son, Albert G, aged 20 and their daughter Elcie, aged 6. I understand that Francis and Elizabeth had six children

  • Fannie E Batten. Born September 1885 in Texas
  • Fred Batten. Born 11 June 1887 in Sabrinol, Texas. Fred Batten enlisted in the army in World War 1. At the time he was married with one child and he was employed as a heating engineer. He clearly survived the war and in 1920, 33 year old Fred was living with his wife Florence, 31 and their 9 year old daughter Mary Batten in Milwaukee. Fred was an inspector for an insurance company. In 1930 the US State census shows 39 year old Fred, still in the same job living in Milwaukee with his 39 year old wife Florence, a clerk in a department store and their 19 year old daughter Mary C Batten. They are in rented accommodation costing $75 per month. Fred is believed to have died in Milwaukee in June 1981. Nothing more is known about his wife and daughter.
  • Albert George Batten. Born 20 January 1890 in Sabrinol, Texas. Albert George Batten claimed exemption from draft. At the time he said he was married and self employed in the garage trade. He claimed exemption "on account of my wife". It is not clear what this meant, but on 7 December 1918 he applied for a passport as he was going to Mexico to demonstrate tractors and automobiles. In 1920 30 year old A G Batten was living at Eagle Pass, Maverick, Texas with his wife Josephine, aged 23. They were living in a rented home and Albert was a window dresser in a goods store. Nothing more is known about the family. Albert George Batten died on 3 July 1936 at San Antonio, Texas. His wife at the time was Vivian Thompson Batten
  • Annie E Batten. Born 18 December 1893. Died 3 June 1901, buried in Westlake Cemetary, Del Rio, Val Verde, Texas.
  • Elsie Batten. Born 19 January 1904. Died on 29 December 1992 in Uvalde, Texas.
  • John E Batten Born 1914. Nothing is known of their son John E Batten after the 1930 census.

In 1930 72 year old Francis Batten and 63 year old Elizabeth were living at Uvalde, Texas with children, 26 year old Elsie and 16 year old John E Batten. Francis Edwin Batten died on 4 July 1939 in Sabrinol, Texas. So by 1940 Elizabeth had been widowed and was living in Justice Precinct no 2 with her daughter Elsie. Elizabeth Ann Batten died on 27 April 1959 at Sabinal, Uvalda, Texas. 

George and Eliza's daughter Ann Batten does not appear to have married, but she may have had two children out of wedlock

  • Edith May Batten. Born 20 January 1907. Baptised 26 August 1908 at Bream, daughter of Annie Eliza Batten, Mount Pleasant, Bream, single woman. 
  • Morris Henry Batten. Baptised 26 August 1908 at Bream. Buried 20 April 1910 at Bream.

Anne Batten was buried on 24 July 1947 at Bream, aged 86 years old. 

Finally, George and Eliza's son Walter Henry Batten married Emma Hill.  In 1891 they were living in Barrow Well Lane, Bream and Walter was an agricultural labourer. In 1901 the family are living at Mount Pleasant, Bream and 38 year Walter is a stockman on a farm. Emma died and was buried on 2 June 1903 at Bream. In 1911 Walter was living with his children at Mount Pleasant, Bream and was employed as a farm labourer. Walter and Emma had nine children:

  • Anna Eliza Batten. Born 1887
  • Lily May Batten. Born 31 July 1889. Baptised 1 September 1889. Lily married Stanley Herbert Tyler on 20 December 1914 at Bream. Stanley died in 1916 aged 33 years and was buried on 17 August 1916 at Bream. In 1939 she was living at Mount Pleasant, West Dean with her father. Lily had not remarried before 1942 when she was granted probate of her late fathers estate, but she may have later remarried, her second husband being Fred Ellis.
  • Henry Amos Batten. Baptised 14 September 1891. Henry was a driver in the Royal Field artillery, but was discharged because of disability on 18 July 1918. In 1925 he was living with his father and brother George at Mount Pleasant. In 1938 he was living at The Tufts, Bream with his brother Thomas and his wife. Henry died in 1942 and was buried on 10 September 1942 at Bream.
  • Alice Emma Batten. Baptised 27 August 1893 at Bream. Alice died in 1894 and was buried 13 October 1894 at Bream.
  • George Alfred Batten. Born 7 July 1893. Baptised 27 August 1893 at Bream. George Alfred Batten of Mount Pleasant, Bream enlisted in 18th Service Battalion Fusiliers in 1915 at the age of 21. He was single and a collier. He survived the war and on 27 September 1926 he married Doris Lily Robinson at Awre. George was a 32 year old farmer worker. Doris was 26, the daughter of Levi Robinson, farmer. In 1939 they were living at 3 Devil Chapels Cottages, Westbury and George was a colliery onsetter (underground). George died on 17 December 1955 and was buried on 21 December 1955 at Bream. Probate of his will was granted to Ronald Levi Robinson. Doris Lilian Batten died in 1994. 
  • Thomas William Batten. Born 25 October 1894. Baptised 5 December 1894 at Bream. Thomas married Gertrude Jane Short in 1922 (Reg Gen Sept 1922 Monmouth 11a 74). They had eight children. In 1939 they were living at the Tufts, Bream where Thomas was a coal hewer. Thomas William Batten of Rose Cottage, The Tufts, Bream died on 8 April 1986. Gertrude Jane Short of Rodley House, Lydney died on 23 November 1989. 
  • Albert Edwin Batten. Born 19 March 1897. Baptised 28 April 1897. Albert died in 1898 and was buried on 30 June 1898 at Bream. 
  • Mary Ann Batten. Born 15 May 1899. Baptised 16 July 1899 at Bream. Mary married Ernest Johns on 21 December 1918 at Bream. Ernest was a collier, son of Mark Johns, Woodman. They had three children. In 1939 they were living at The Tufts, Bream and Ernest was a coal getter. Mary A Johns died in 1946 aged 47 years old. Ernest Johns of The Tufts, Bream died on 6 April 1955 and was buried on  9 April 1955 in Bream. Probate was granted to Joan Ursula Rudge (wife of harry Lesley Rudge) and Llewellyn Johns, collier. 
  • Albert Edwin Batten. Born 23 February 1902. Baptised 6 April 1902 at Bream. Albert married Florence May Winn on 3 March 1923 at Monmouth Register Office. They had six children. Albert Edwin Batten died on 5 December 1985 in Lydney, Gloucestershire. Florence May Batten died on 29 September 1991 in Coleford, Gloucestershire.

In 1939 Walter, widower  was living at Mount Pleasant, Bream with his daughter Lily May Tyler. He was a retired farm labourer. Walter Henry Batten of Mount Pleasant, Bream died on 17 October 1942 and was buried in Bream. Probate was granted to Lily May Tyler, widow and George Alfred Batten, collier. His effects were worth £498 11s 11d.

  • Richard Vimpany and Ann Land/Sarah Gregory 

Amos and Eliza's son, Richard Vimpany married Ann Land on 24 May 1866. Richard was a 27 year old farmer. Ann was 22 years old, the daughter of Benjamin Land, farmer (Reg Gen June Qtr 1866 Gloucester (1837-1937) 6a 459).

Richard and Ann had five children

  • Annie Vimpany. Born 12 June 1867. Baptised 5 August 1867 at Bream,
  • Richard Laud Vimpany. Baptised 12 October 1868 at All Saints, Viney Hill.
  • Herbert Vimpany. Baptised 17 July 1870 at Bream. Died 1870.
  • Herbert Edward Vimpany. Born 1872 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1871 Monmouth (1839-1939) 11a 33). Baptised 17 January 1872 at Bream
  • Henry Vimpany. Baptised 11 April 1873 at Bream

When the children were baptised Richard is described as a farmer from Yorkley/Yorkley Court.

In 1881 Richard and Ann and their family were living at Bridgemacote, Longney where Richard was farming 172 acres employing 2 men and 1 boy. Living with them was Mary Land, Richard's mother in law.

Ann Vimpany died in 1885 aged 41 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1885 Wheatenhurst 6a 197).

Richard Vimpany remarried on 12 June 1894 at Christchurch, Mayfair, in London. His bride was Sarah Gregory. Richard is a 55 year old farmer, a widower of Bridgemacote,  Longney, Gloucester. Sarah was a 53 year old spinster of 4 Derby Street presumably in the parish of St George, Hanover Square, where they married. Her father was James Gregory, deceased, a farmer. The witnesses were Job Gregory and Emma Collins.

In 1901 Richard, aged 61 is still farming at Bridgemacote with his 56 year old wife Sarah. Richard's son Richard now 31 years old was still living at home. In 1911 Richard Vimpany, aged 72 and Sarah Vimpany, aged 66 were still farming at Bridgemacote, Wicks Green, Longney. Their son Richard was still with them. Aged 42 he gives his occupation as "rate and tax collector". I am told that Richard farmed at Bridgemacote throughout his working life. He acquired it through his wife Ann Land and it was passed to his son Richard Land Vimpany whose sister Annie sold it on his death (see below).

Richard Vimpany died on 8 November 1920 at Longney Elmore, Gloucestershire. Administration of his estate was originally granted on 8 December 1920. It was re-granted in 1944 to his daughter Annie Vimpany, spinster. At this time his effects were worth £2,014.

It is assumed that his estate was originally held in trust. His wife Sarah Vimpany died on 22 September 1921. Probate was granted to Emma Collins (wife of Frederick Collins). Her effects were worth £1,349 1s 6d

Whilst I have also attributed the entry to Anna, daughter of Edmond and Frances Vimpany (above), but it is possible that in 1901 Richard and Ann's daughter Annie Vimpany was housekeeper to Henry Meadows retired pharmaceutical chemist living in Gloucester. Annie gives her age as 30 which is slightly understated, but in the census she says that she was born in Yorkley, Gloucestershire. In 1932 Annie had been living at Bridgemacote with her brother Richard. In 1939 Annie Vimpany, aged 72 was living at Wicks Green Villa, Longneys. Also listed are Elsie Mary Ellis, born 8 September 1888 and Mary H Stevens, born 18 May 1869. Elsie shows her occupation as "unpaid domestic duties", Annie and Mary just write "nil". Annie Vimpany of 95 Charlton Road died on 17 November 1955 at Charnwood House, Nursing Home. Probate was granted to Francis Arthur Chamberlayne, farmer and Howard Alfred Gibson, solicitor. Her effects were worth £1,176.9s.1d.

Richard and Ann's son, Richard Land Vimpany of Bridgemacote Farm, Elmore (see above) died on 8 March 1938. Probate was granted to Annie Vimpany, spinster. His effects were worth £2,461 18s 10d. This was later resworn at £3,754 1s 1d.

In 1892 Richard and Ann's son, Herbert Edward Vimpany, aged 21, sailed from Liverpool to Quebec on the Parisian arriving on 27 August 1892. The passenger list shows he was bound for Helena, Montana. In 1910 Herbert aged 38, still single, is living in Township 9, Montana, Jefferson, US and he gives his occupation as prospector. The prosperity of a number of parts of Montana was built on its mining communities. By 1920 47 year old Herbert had married and was living at Lump Gulch, Jefferson, Montana. He is still a prospector and farmer. Herbert had married Emma Constance Edwards on 16 June 1917 in Helena, Montana. Emma had been born in England on 31 October 1878 and emigrated to the USA in 1901. In 1920 they were living at Lump Gultch, Jefferson. Emma C Vimpany died on 12 February 1924 in Montana. Herbert remarried on 2 September 1925. His new wife was Anna Agnes Mues who had been born in Nebraska on 2 February 1878. In 1930, Herbert and his new wife were living in Montana and Herbert is employed as a miner. In 1940 Herbert and Anna are still in Helena, Montana. Anna Agnes Vimpany died on 3 August 1945 and was buried in Helena. Herbert E Vimpany died on 21 September 1956 in Richland, Montana aged 85. He was buried in the IOOF Cemetery, Lewis and Clark County, Montana.

Richard and Ann's son Henry Vimpany had already emigrated to the USA arriving in 1890. He married Hannah Anderson who was Swedish. In 1910 the family were living in 12th Precinct, Lewis & Clark, Hemont. Henry was a cashier at a freight office. Henry Vimpany died on 5 February 1911 aged 38 in Montana, USA. Henry and Hannah had four children:

  • Sherwood Lee Vimpany . Born 14 November 1899. Sherwood was drafted into the USA army in 1917-1918 war. He survived the war and in 1922 was a switchman living at 2230 Columbia Avenue, Helena, Montana. On 18 March 1925 he married Ada Ram Kennedy in King County. Sherwood Lee Vimpany died on 6 November 1956 aged 56 at Multnimah, Oregan. His widow, Ada Ram Vimpany died on 4 October 1986 aged 91 at Multnomah, Oregan.
  • Richard Henry Vimpany. Born 3 August 1902. In 1930, 27 year old Richard was living in District 22, Rimini, Lewis and Clark, Montana where he was employed as a mine labourer. He had married Lela Merle Roberts on 4 March 1925 in Boulder, Jefferson. Merle was Canadian but of Welsh and American parentage. They had two daughters and a son.  In 1940 they were living at College Place, Lewis & Clark, Montano. Richard was an engineer. Richard H Vimpany died on 3 December 1967 aged 65 in Montana.
  • Daniel Andrew Vimpany. Born 11 May 1904. Daniel married Joyce Prescott on 11 November 1927 in San Francisco. In 1930 they were living in Haight Avenue, Portland, Multnomah.In 1940 they were living at E Precinct 75, Portland, Multnomah. Daniel was a newspaper mailer.  Joyce died on 1 December 1972. Daniel A Vimpany died in 1986.  
  • Anna Victoria Vimpany. Born 8 May 1907. Anna married Martin Lawrence Wolstien on 12 May 1926 in Helena, Lewis & Clark, Montana. They had three sons. In 1940 they were living at School District 40, Longview, Helena.  In 1953 the family were living in Helena, Montana and Martin was a bartender at the Western Bar. Martin Lawrence Wolstien died on 12 April 1983 aged 83 years in Montana. Anna Victoria Wolstien of Butte, Silver Bow, Montana died on 14 April 2001 aged 93. 

  • Edwin Vimpany and Lois Jane Longney

Amos and Eliza's son Edwin Vimpany married Lois Jane Longney on 8 May 1873 at Longney, Gloucestershire. Lois Jane Longney was the daughter of William Longney, farmer. 

Lois Jane Longney was a cousin of Walter Longney who married Martha Vimpany (see below). 

Edwin and Lois had a daughter Kate Ellen Vimpany in 1874 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1874 Gloucester (1837-1937) 6a 294), but tragically Edwin Vimpany of Elmore died on 19 January 1875 aged 33 years old. Probate was granted to Richard Vimpany, his brother and Albert Longney of Elmore, farmers. His effects were worth less than £1,500. Probate was re-sworn in January 1877 at under £3,000.

In 1881, Lois, a 32 year old widow was employed as a housekeeper and was living with her brothers Albert and Eli at Bellamy's Farm, Longney. Her 7 year old daughter Kate was a scholar at boarding school in Stonehouse.

Lois Jane Vimpany remarried in 1883 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1883 Gloucester (1837-1937) 6a 423). Her new husband was Sydney Soule. By 1881, Sydney, aged 45 and Lois, aged 41 were living at Arbours, Longney with daughter Kate Vimpany aged 17 years old.

Sydney Soule of Longney died on 13 February 1897 aged 51. Probate was granted to his widow, Lois Jane Soule. His effects were worth £33 6s. 

Lois Jane Soule of Talgarth, Tweenbrook Avenue, Gloucester died on 30 October 1900 aged 51. Probate was granted to Eli Longney, farmer and Arthur William Jenner, solicitor. Her effects were worth £2,310.7s.4d

Edwin and Lois daughter, Kate Ellen Vimpany married Robert Ellis on 12 September 1900 in Longney. Robert was a 31 year old farmer, the son of Albert Ellis, farmer. Kate Ellen Vimpany was 26 years old. In 1901 they were living in Bow Lane Farm, Longney. By 1911 Robert and Kate were living and farming Manor Farm, Longney with their children

  • Gertrude Lois Mary Ellis. Born 3 August 1901. Gertrude married Harold Withers on 10 October 1926 in Longney. Harold was a 24 year old farmer. No details are given of his father. Gertrude was 25 years old. In 1939 Harold and Gertrude were living at Townsend Farm, Thornbury where Harold was the farm manager. Gertrude died in 1958 in Quedgeley. Harold Withers  of 10, St James Close, School Lane, Quedgeley died on 13 December 1981.  
  • Alfred Edwin Ellis. Born 24 June 1903. Alfred married Olivia Mary Camm on 27 April 1938 at Elmore. Alfred was a 34 year old farmer (at Manor Farm). Olivia was a 36 year old housekeeper, the daughter of John Charles Camm, farmer. In 1939 they were living at Manor Farm where Alfred was a farmer, arable and pasture. Olivia Mary Ellis of Manor Farm, Longney died on 14 November 1967. Alfred Edwin Ellis of The Old Vicarage, Church End, Frampton upon Severn died on 17 January 1991
  • Robert Sydney Arnold Ellis. Born 3 March 1905. Baptised 29 March 1905. In 1939 Robert was single and living with his sister Kathleen and her husband (see below). In 1961 Robert was at Lyncombe Farm, Stroud. Robert Sidney Arnold Ellis of Lyncombe Farm, Cheltenham Road, Painswick died on 10 December 1993. 
  • Kathleen Marjorie Ellis. Born 25 February 1909. Baptised 28 March 1909 at Longney. Kathleen married Henry Browning on 19 December 1936 at Longney. Henry was a 27 year old miller, the son of Henry Adolphus Browning, master mariner. In 1939 Henry and Kathleen were living at Waterend Farm where Henry was "milling cereals" and Kathleen was "farming - milk". Henry Browning died in 1984. Kathleen Marjorie Browning of Southfield, Longney died on 7 March 1991. 
  • William Stanley Ellis. Born 17 September 1910. Baptised 15 October 1910. In 1939 William was still single and living with his sister Kathleen and her husband. William S Ellis married Violet A Blakemore in 1942. In 1955 he was at High Green Farm with his wife Alice V Ellis.  William Stanley Ellis of High Green, Longney died on 16 June 1991 

Kate Ellen Ellis of Manor Farm, Longney (wife of Robert Ellis) died on 5 January 1938. Probate  was granted to William Stanley Jenner, farmer and Gertrude Lois Mary Withers (wife of Harold Withers). In 1939 Robert was living at Waterend Farm, Longney with his daughter Kathleen and her husband (see above). He was retired. His sons Sidney, a poultry farmer and William, farmer and milk roundsman remained unmarried and were living with them. Robert Ellis died in 1951 aged 82 years (Reg Gen March 1951 Gloucester Rural 7b 758). 

  • Mary Ann Vimpany

In 1851 Mary Ann Vimpany was a 7 year old child living at home with her parents, Amos and Eliza. 

In 1861, now 16, she was living with her parents at Downing Farm.  

Mary Ann Vimpany died in 1870 aged just 26 years old (Reg Gen March Qtr 1870 Wheatenhurst 7a 259)

  • Martha Longney nee Vimpany

Amos and Eliza's daughter Martha Vimpany married Walter Longney on 22 June 1869 at Longney, Gloucester . Walter was a farmer from Longney, son of John Longney, farmer. Walter was a cousin of Martha's brother Edwin's wife Lois.

In 1871 Walter and Martha were living at Bridgenorth where Walter was farming 80 acres with 2 men and 1 woman. Their eldest two children had been born. Their niece Annie Batten (see above) was staying with them. 

In 1881 Martha was living with her widowed mother and brother Daniel at Downings Farm, Longney, along children Edith and Henry. Her husband, a farm agent was staying with his mother Elizabeth Longney at Longney Farm.  Her sons, Ernest and Daniel were both at boarding school is South Hamlet, Gloucester when the census was taken.

Walter and Martha Longney had four children

  • Ernest John Longney. Born 1870
  • Daniel Walter Longney. Born 17 April 1872 at Longney.
  • Edith Eliza Longney. Born 1874
  • Henry Longney. Born 1878

Walter Longney died in 1882 aged 40 years old. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Martha. His effects were valued at £648.2s.6d

In 1891 Martha was living with her brother and mother  and her children at Downings Farm, Longney. Of her children, Daniel, Edith and Henry all remained at home. In 1901, now aged 53, she was still at Downings Farm with her children, 26 year old Edith and 23 year old Henry and her 9 year old grandson Walter J Longney.

Martha Longney of Longney, widow, died on 24 January 1910 aged 62. Probate was granted to Richard Vimpany and Ralph John Browning, farmers. Her effects were worth £3,816 17s 11d.

Walter and Martha's son, Ernest John Longney had married Eliza Mary Webb on 20 January 1891 in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire. Ernest was a 21 year old farmer. Eliza, aged 23 was the daughter of  Thomas Isaac Webb, farmer of Hardwicke Farm. Later that year they were farming Velthouse Farm in Longney. They had three children: 

  • Walter John Longney. Baptised 26 July 1891 in Elmore.  Walter married Minnie Violetta Gower in 1909. In 1911, Walter and Minnie were living at Water End, Longley. Walter was aged 20, his wife, at 31 was 11 years his senior. They had a son.  Minnie V Longney died in 1920 aged 40 years old. Walter remarried on 15 November 1924, his new wife was Emily Sims.  They had a son. In 1939 they were living at Downend Farm and Walter is described as a "smallholder". Walter John Longney of Longney Farm died on 30 August 1963. Probate was granted to his widow Emily and Harold John Longney (their son), farmer. Emily Longney died in 1972.  
  • Blanche Edith Longney. Born 8 November 1896. Baptised 20 December 1896 at Westbury on Severn. Blanche married Alexander McNiven Hay on 17 September 1921 at Hardwicke. Alexander, a 30 year old electrical engineer was the son of Robert Erskine Hay, a "retired gentleman". On July 1928 Alexander, Blanche and their three children, sailed for Port Said in Egypt. In 1930 Alexander, Blanche and their three children again sailed for Egypt on the "S.S. Barrabool", Alexander was an engineer and their intended place of residence was Egypt. Their previous address had been Charnside, Innillan, Argylle. Alexander died in 1960 in North Bucks. Blanche Edith Hay of Foxglove Cottage, Akeley Wood, Akeley had died on 3 March 1973
  • Wilfred George Longney, Born 26 April 1899. Baptised 30 July 1899 at Westbury on Severn. Wilfred died on 19 December 1904 and was buried on 23 December 1904 at Westbury on Severn. 

In 1901 Ernest and his wife Eliza were living at Westbury on Severn with two younger children. Their eldest son Walter, aged 9, was staying with his grandmother, Martha Longney. In 1911 Ernest John Longney, a married fruit dealer was living at Pattinhill House, Longney and Eliza Mary Longney was staying with her parents, Thomas Isaac and Mary Webb at Hardwicke Farm, Hardwicke. Their daughter Blanche was staying with her Uncle and Aunt, Harold Stratton Davies and Amy Buckingham Davies at Home Cottage, Hardwick. At the age of 46, Eliza May Longney sailed to Canada to visit her brother, arriving in Quebec on 23 August 1914. Ernest John Longney of Downend Farm, Longney died on 14 November 1938. Probate was granted (on 1 March 1946!) to Walter John Longney, farmer. In 1939 Eliza is shown as living at the Gables, Gloucester, but the entry is crossed out with a note "see page 19". Had she been entered twice? Why? The other entry has not been located. Eliza  Mary Longney of the Bungalow, Elmore, Longney died on 24 January 1969 aged 101 years. 

Walter and Martha's son Daniel Walter Longney married Laura Helen Jones on 12 October 1898. Daniel was 26 years old, a cattle dealer and farmer. Laura was 28 years old, the daughter of Gilbert Jones, farmer. In 1901 Daniel and Laura, both aged 29! were farming in Arlingham. In 1911, aged 38 they were living at Downend, Longney where Daniel was a farmer. Also at the address was Edith Eliza Longney, Daniel's 36 year old sister and 28 year old Ellen Gertrude Munro, a resident sick nurse. It is not clear why she would have been required. In 1939 Daniel and Laura were living at The Ferns, Elmore and Daniel was a retired farmer. Daniel Walter Longney of the Ferns, Elmore died on 30 May 1941 at The Royal Infirmary, Gloucester. Probate was granted to Alfred Charles Guilding, ironmonger and William Charles Cull, grocers assistant. His estate was valued at £880. 14s. 7d. Laura H Longney of Sandhurst Road, Gloucester died on 6 December 1947. Probate was granted to Alfred Charles Guilding, Ironmonger. Her estate was worth £2,339 10s 11d.

Walter and Martha's daughter Edith Eliza Longney, spinster, of Southwold, 98, Tuffley Avenue, Gloucester died on 22 January 1945. Probate was granted to Ellen Gertrude Munro, spinster and Hilda May Rooker (wife of William Edward Rooker). Her estate was valued at £3,488.1s.8d.

Walter and Martha's son Henry Longley married Emma Cadmore on 26 April 1905 at The Holy Trinity, Stroud. Henry was a 28 year old farmer. Emma was 36 years old, the daughter of William Cadmore, farmer. In 1911, Henry, aged 33 and Emma, aged 42, were living at Lake House, Elmore Back, Gloucester where Henry was farming. Emma Longney died in 1934 (Reg Gen March 1934 Gloucester 6a 436). In 1939 Henry Longney, widower was living at Holmwood House, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury. He (and numerous others) are described as inmates. Henry Longney of Gloucester Road, Hartpury died on 13 December 1940. Probate was granted to Walter John Longney, farmer . His effects were worth £299 3s 6d.

Edwin Merrett and Ann Rowles.

Edwin Merrett was baptised on 11 May 1811 in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, the son of James and Martha Merrett.

In 1841 Edwin was still living at home with his widowed mother. 

On 6 February 1843 he married Ann Rowles at St George, Brandon Hill, Bristol. Edwin is a bachelor, a farmer of full age. No details of his father are given!! Is this because he was deceased? Ann was a servant, of full age, the daughter of Charles Rowles, carpenter

In 1851 they were living in Church Street, Arlingham and Edwin was a fisherman. In 1861 they were living in House Croft Cottage at Arlingham where 50 year old Edwin was a basket weaver. They had four children.   

  • Mary Merrett.  Baptised 19 May 1844 at Arlingham. 
  • Martha Merrett. Baptised 21 June 1846 at Arlingham. 
  • Esther Rowles Merrett. Baptised 4 June 1848 at Arlingham.
  • Edwin Merrett. Baptised 28  December 1850 at Arlingham.

Edwin also gave his occupation as a fisherman at the time all his children were baptised.  

In 1871 60 year old Edwin and his wife Ann are still living in Arlingham where Edwin remained a basket weaver. Living with them is their 22 year old daughter Esther, her husband Daniel Hayward and their daughter Beatrice M Hayward aged 7 months. Also listed is a further grandchild Albert Merrett, aged 3 who appears to be Esther's child (see below).

Ann Merrett died on 10 August 1875 aged 61 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1875 Wheatenhurst 6a 199). Edwin Merrett died on 19 February 1878 aged 66 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1878 Wheatenhurst 6a 221). Both are buried in Arlingham Parish Church.

  • Mary Hayward nee Merrett

Edwin and Ann's daughter Mary Merrett married Frederick Hayward on 3 December 1878 at St John the Baptist, Gloucester. 

Frederick Hayward was baptised 1 February 1852 in Arlingham the son of Samuel Hayward and Elizabeth. It is possible that Frederick was the son of Samuel Hayward and "Betsey" Cave Ayland who married on 16 September 1845 at Cainscross, Gloucestershire.  Samuel was a fisherman, the son of Samuel Hayward. Betsey was the daughter of George Cave Ayland, butcher. If this is the case, then it was Frederick's brother Daniel Haywood (born 1848) who married Mary's sister Esther Rowles Merrett (see below).  When Betsey died in 1885 her executors were her sons Daniel Hayward, innkeeper and Frederick Hayward, yeoman both of Arlingham, the sons and two of her next of kin. In 1871, Samuel and Betsey were  at the New Inn, Arlingham. Their son Frederick Hayward is still living at home with them. He is unemployed and his father Samuel is a licensed victualler. 

In 1881 Frederick and Mary were at the Cottage, Arlingham and Frederick was an agricultural labourer. Their eldest two sons had been born and the youngest was just four months old. The census shows that Frederick was 29 and his wife was 36 years old which seems to confirm that Frederick married when he was only 16!!! 

They had four children

  • Ernest Frederick Hayward. Baptised 21 March 1880 at Arlingham, son of Frederick & Mary of Arlingham. Frederick was a labourer. 
  • Francis John Hayward. Born 15 November 1880.  Baptised 17 March 1881 at Arlingham. 
  • Arthur Henry Hayward. Born 17 July 1882. Baptised 20 December 1883 at Arlingham. 
  • Gertrude Elizabeth Hayward. Born 28 September 1884
  • Edith Ann Hayward. Born 4 January 1887

In 1891 (after Frederick's mother had died) they were living at Hanegrove, Cranham where "Fred" was farming. In 1901 they were at Manns Court, Cranham and 59 year old Frederick was still farming. 

In 1911 Frederick was still farming in Cranham. Only daughter Gertrude remained at home.  

Frederick Hayward of Manns Court Farm, Cranham died on 26 April 1920. Probate was granted to Ernest Frederick Hayward and Francis John Hayward, farmers. 

Mary Hayward died in 1926. 

In 1911 Frederick and Mary's son Ernest Frederick Hayward, aged 31, may have been a farm bailiff living with (and working for?) Laura Powell, farmer at Breadstone, Berkeley. Robert Hayward, aged 59, a retired farmer was visiting them. The connection between Ernest and Robert has not been established.  Ernest Frederick Hayward of Manns Court, Cranham died aged 51 and was buried in Cranham on 3 June 1931.

In 1911 Frederick and Mary's son Francis John Hayward may have been boarding with Annie Leonard at Pool Farm, Halmore, Berkeley.  Aged 30, "Frank" was a farm bailiff. He married Rosa Anne Charlotte Hignell in 1927 in Stroud. In 1939 they were living at Manns Court and Francis was a dairy farmer. It is likely that they had two children. Francis John Hayward of Mann's Court Farm, Cranham  died on 18 September 1954. Probate was granted to Giles Hayward, farm worker. Rosa Anne Charlotte Hayward of Manns Court Farm, Cranham died on 25 March 1956. Probate was granted to Florence Victoria Lilian Livingstone, widow.  

Frederick and Mary's son Arthur Henry Hayward married Mabel Alice Woodfield on 8 March 1911 at Cranham. Arthur was a 29 year old farmer. Mabel was 32 years old, the daughter of Thomas Woodfield, farmer. On 29 March 1911 Arthur and Mabel arrived in St John, New Brunswick, Canada on the Pomeranian. They were heading for Wolseley where they would be farming. In 1916 they were living at Montmand,  Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan and Arthur was indeed farming. Arthur and Mabel had four children: 

  • Ethel Alice Hayward. Born 14 April 1913 at Saskatchewan. Ethel married Ursel Dyer in 1954
  • Joseph Donald Hayward. Born 11 June 1914 at Saskatchewan. Joseph married Doreen Ellen Hextall on 19 February 1955. They had 3 children. Joseph died on 27 July 1989 in Wolseley, Saskatchewan . Doreen died on 2 November 2017 in Wolseley, Saskatchewan, aged 84 years old.
  • Theodore Henry Hayward. Born 13 December 1915 .at Saskatchewan. Thomas crossed into the USA on 24 February 1946. He died on 27 March 1992 and was buried at Moffatt, Saskatchewan
  • Cecil Thomas Hayward. Born 23 July 1917 at Saskatchewan. Cecil married Susan De Bryune. They had 2 children. He died on 29 November 2007, aged 90 and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Susan Hayward died on 10 February 2019. 

On 1 June 1921 they were living at 5, Montmartre Municipality, Qu'Appelle-Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, and Hayward was a farmer. This photo of Arthur and his children was posted on by Harper E94 and is to good not to share. 

Mabel died on 9 January 1935 and was buried at Moffat. Arthur Henry Hayward died on 12 March 1945 and was buried with his wife at Moffat, Regina Census Division, Saskatchewan.  

In 1939 Frederick and Mary's daughter Gertrude Elizabeth Hayward  was single, a guest house proprietress living at Cotswold House, Stroud. She was running the guest house with her sister Edith Abbie Hayward (see below) and Beatrice May Hayward, her cousin (see below).  Gertrude Elizabeth Hayward  of Cotswold House, Pitchcombe near Stroud died on 6 March 1955 at The Royal Hospital, Southgate Street, Gloucester. Probate to Edith Annie Hayward, spinster. 

In 1911 Frederick and Mary's daughter Edith Annie Hayward was boarding at Stawell, Sutton Mutton, with Jane Wilkins, a 63 year old widow who was farming on her own account. Edith was a supplementary teacher for the county council. In 1939 Edith was still single, a guest house proprietress living at Cotswold House, Stroud. She was running the guest house with her sister Gertrude Elizabeth Hayward (see above) and her cousin Beatrice May Hayward (see below).  Edith Annie Hayward of Eastington Park, Eastington, Stonehoyse died 11 April 1982, aged 95 years old. 

  • Martha Hawkins nee Merrett

In 1871 Edwin and Ann's daughter Martha Merrett, aged 24 was a housekeeper for Daniel D Heaven, a farmer and maltster occupying 675 acres and employing 15 men, 5 woman and 6 boys, his wife and 7 children at Colthrop Farm, Standish, Gloucester.

Martha Merrett married Frederick Nathaniel Hawkins on 20 October 1875 at St Marys, Cheltenham. Frederick was a farmer, of full age, the son of Williams Hawkins, gentleman. Both he and Martha are described "of full age".  Frederick was the son of William Hawkins and Anne Longney who married on 22 April 1830 at Longney. 

In 1881 Frederick and Martha were living in Elmore where Frederick was a farmer. In 1891 Frederick and Martha were still living at Elmore where Frederick was still farming with his wife and children:  

  • Horace Edward Hawkins. Born 1876 in Elmore. 
  • Maude Mary Hawkins. Born 1877 in Elmore
  • Oswald Henry Hawkins. Born 14 April 1880. Baptised 8 January 1880 at Elmore
  • Ernest Frederick Hawkins. Baptised 14 November 1880 at Elmore. Died aged 2 years old and was buried 17 February 1883 at Elmore.  
  • Edgar Lionel Hawkins. Born 30 October 1883. Baptised 20 February 1884 at Elmore.
  • Helene May Hawkins. Born 4 May 1885 in Elmore.
  • Dora Ethel Frances Hawkins. Baptised 13 June 1888 at Elmore. 

In 1901 Frederick and Martha were living at Camp Farm, Miserden where Frederick was a 56 year old farmer. Sons Horace, Oswald & Edgar and daughter Dora remained at home.

In 1911 "Fred" and Martha were living in Bedfield Drive, Stroud and Fred was a farmer. Oswald and Edgar remained at home and were working on the farm. Helene and Dora were also both single and still living at home. 

Frederick Nathaniel Hawkins of Fennells Farm, Bisley, Gloucester. died on 9 February 1925. Probate was granted to his widow.  

In 1933 Martha was living at Fennells Farm with her daughters Maude Mary Hawkins and Dora Ethel Frances Hawkins. 

Martha Hawkins of Fennells Farm, Bisley died on 3 January 1934

Frederick and Martha's son Horace Edward Hawkins of Honeycombe Farm, Miserden died on 17 January 1921. Administration of his estate was granted to his father Frederick Nathaniel Hawkins, suggesting that he had not married. He was 44 years old.  

In 1933 Frederick and Martha's daughter Maude Mary Hawkins was living with her mother and her sister Dora at Fennells Farm, Stroud, Nothing more is known about Maude.  

Frederick and Martha's son Oswald Henry Hawkins married Elizabeth Slatter on 27 April 1922 at Mickleton, Gloucester. Oswald was a 43 year old farm. Elizabeth was 28 years old, the daughter of Charles Slatter, farmer. They had two children:   
  • John Stuart Hawkins. Born 4 April 1925 in Chelmsford. He married Margaret H Smith in 1951. They both died in 1995.  
  • Elizabeth Francis Hawkins.  Born 16 August 1926. Elizabeth married William Lewis Sell in 1948. William died on 5 December 2006 in Bromley. Elizabeth died in 2019

Oswald Henry Hawkins of Horcott Farm, Fairford died on 25 January 1934 and was buried on 29 January 1934 in Fairford. He was 54 years old. Probate was granted to his widow. Elizabeth died aged 77 and was buried on 23 August 1971 at Fairford. 

Frederick and Martha's son  Edgar Lionel Reginald Hawkins married Ethel Amelia Phipps on 17 June 1913 at Pitchcombe. Edgar was a 29 year old farmer. Ethel was 25, the daughter of Joseph Philemon Phipps of Wragg Castle Farm, Pitchcombe. She had been baptised on 22 January 1888 at Sheepscote. As above Joseph Philemon Phipps (1853 to 1930) was the son of Edwin Phipps (10 January 1813 to 14 May 1875). One of his sisters was Esther Charlotte Phipps (12 November 1837 to 1 February 1909) who married James Merrett (see above).  James was a first cousin of Edgar's mother Martha. Edgar and Ethel had three children 

  • May Hawkins. Born 5 May 1914. May married Walter Keith Ferguson on 15 May 1937. Walter was a 25 year old architect, the son of William Leslie Ferguson, joinery manufacturer.  In 1939 they were living at 49, Uphill Grove, Hendon and Walter was a registered architect. Walter Keith Ferguson of 289 Milton Road, Cambridge died on 4 August 1980
  • Doris Hawkins. Born 28 July 1915. Doris married Harry Joseph Keene on 8 October 1938 at Whitehill. Henry was a 28 year old builder and decorator, the son of Harry Keene.   In 1939 they were living at St Leonards Well, Gloucester where Harry was a builder/decorator working on his own account. Harry Joseph Keene of Thyneswood, Ryelands, Randwick, Stroud died on 12 May 1976. Doris died in 2002
  • Herbert Phipps Hawkins. Born 23 December 1916, Herbert married Kathleen P J Coates in 1941 in Stroud. Herbert died in 1985 and was buried on 8 February 1985 at Whiteshall. 

In 1939 Edgar and Ethel were farming at Stokenhill Farm, Stroud. Herbert was still at home and also described as a farmer. Edgar Lionel Reginald Hawkins of Stokenhill Farm died on 15 December 1956 at The Royal Hospital, Southgate Street, Gloucester. He was buried on 20 December 1956 at Whiteshill. Probate was granted to his widow and Herbert House, solicitor. Ethel Amelia Hawkins died on 11 March 1974. 

In 1901 Frederick and Martha's daughter Helene May Hawkins was a pupil boarding at a Girls Private School  at The Chipping. Tetbury. In 1911 she was back living with her parents. Helene married Herbert Bailey Hawkes on 21 July 1913 at Miserden. Herbert was a 40 year old contractor, son of Edward Hawkes. Helene was 28 years old. Herbert Bailey Hawkes of The Firs, Caincross Road, Stroud, haulage contractor died on 22 October 1920. Probate was granted to his widow Helene and Sidney Dudbridge, incorporated accountant. So by 1939 Helene had been widowed nearly 20 years. She was still living at the Firs and is shown as occupied by "unpaid domestic duties", but it appears she may have been running some sort of lodging house for also listed at the address are: 

  • Dennis John Plint. Born 7 December 1916. Technical representative (conveyance)
  • William M Brown. Born 21 January 1919. Order clerk (stationary) 
  • Phyliss Hawkes.  Born 20 October 1916. Shorthand typist. Phyliss married Arthur P Lawrence in 1940 in Stroud.
  • Frederick Cochrane. Born 20 April 1877, Technical engineer (conveyance). 

It seems Phyliss was Herbert and Helene's daughter. It is not clear how the others are connected. Helene May Hawkes died in 1956 in Sutton Coldfield. 

It appears that Frederick and Martha's daughter Dora Ethel Hawkins never married. In 1933 she was living at Fennells Farm, Bisley with her mother and her sister Maude Mary Hawkins. Dorothy Ethel Francis Hawkins of Fennells Farm died on 2 July 1935. Probate was granted to Edgar Lionel Reginald Hawkins and Helena May Hawkes, widow. 

  • Esther Rowles Hayward nee Merrett

Edwin and Ann's daughter Esther Rowles Merrett had a son out of wedlock. On 16 June 1867, Albert Merrett, the son of Esther Rowles Hayward was baptised at Arlingham. 

On 8 March 1870 Esther Rowles Merrett married Daniel Hayward at St Lukes Church, Gloucester. Daniel was a 22 year old farmer son of Samuel Hayward, farmer.  

Daniel had been baptised on 9 January 1848 in Arlingham, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth. Daniel gives his occupation as a brickmaker"!! In 1851 "Sam" and "Betsey" are living in Church Street, Arlingham with their three year old son Daniel. In 1861 they are living at the "New Inn", Arlingham and Daniel was still at school. It is possible that Daniel was the son of Samuel Hayward and "Betsey" Cave Aylard who married on 16 September 1845 at Cainscross, Gloucestershire. Samuel was a fisherman, the son of Samuel Hayward. Betsey was the daughter of George Cave Ayland, butcher. If this is the case, then it was Daniel's younger brother Frederick (born 1852) who married Esther's sister Mary Merrett (see above). 

In 1871 Daniel and Esther were living with Esther's parents at West End Farm, Arlingham. Their eldest daughter had been born. No occupation is given.  

By 1881 they were living at the Red Lion, Arlingham where Daniel was the innkeeper. Esther's son Albert appears to have briefly adopted his stepfathers (?) name. By 1891 the family were living in Church Road, Arlingham. Daniel is by now a general labourer

Daniel and Esther had ten children:

  • Beatrice Mary Hayward. Born 31 August 1870. Baptised 12 February 1871 in Arlingham (see above)
  • Sidney Hayward. Baptised  12 January 1873 in Arlingham
  • John Hayward. Baptised 24 June 1874 at Arlingham
  • Frederick Hayward. Baptised 10 September 1876 at Arlingham. 
  • Walter Hayward. Baptised 11 August 1878 at Arlingham.
  • Ethel Annie Hayward. Baptised 21 March 1880 at Arlingham.
  • Samuel Hayward. Born 2 July 1881. Baptised 12 March 1882 at Arlingham. 
  • Lillian Blanche Hayward. Born 8 May 1883. Baptised 20 December 1883 at Arlingham. 
  • Edwin Hayward. Born 1886 at Arlingham. 
  • Giles Hayward. Born 8 February 1890 at Arlingham. 

In 1901 Daniel and Esther Hayward are still in Arlingham where 53 year old Daniel is now a self-employed gardener. The only children at home are 26 year old John, a carrier and coal merchant, 15 year old Edwin and 11 year old Giles.

Daniel Hayward died in 1902 aged 54 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1902 Wheatenhurst 6a 256)

So in 1911, Esther Rowles Hayward, widow, aged 62 was living at Church Street Arlingham with her sons Walter, aged 33, a general labourer and Giles, aged 21, a farm labourer. The census shows she had 12 children, of which 9 survived!!

Esther Rowles Hayward died in 1926 aged 77 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1926 Wheatenhurst 6a 439). 

Esther 's eldest son, Albert Hayward (Merrett) may have been lodging with James Watherm and his family in 1891. The census shows he is a 26 year old carpenter, born Arlingham although he was actually only 23 at the time.  Albert Merrett, a 28 year old carpenter married Mary Anne "Molly" Greenway on 6 April 1896. No details are given of his father. Mary Anne was a 29 year old spinster daughter of Thomas Greenway, bricklayer & mason. 

In 1901 Albert and Mary Ann Haywood appear to have been living at 21 Falconer Street, Gloucester. Albert was 33 years old, a carpenter and joiner, born Arlingham.  They had three children who subsequently use the name "Merrett"

  • Reginald Albert Merrett.  Born 10 January 1897.  On 2 June 1924, Reginald, a 27 year old chauffeur married Minnie Emma Pullen at St Nicholas, Gloucester. In 1939 they were living at 72, Howard Street, Limbrick and Reginald was a taxi driver. They had two children. Reginald Albert Merrett of 72 Howard Street died on 16 July 1958 aged 61 years at Standish Chest Hospital. Probate was granted to Ivor Reginald Merrett, electrician.  Minnie Emma Merrett of Magdalen House Nursing Home, London Road, Gloucester died on 15 September 1995 aged 100.  
  • Doris Marie Merrett. Baptised 17 April 1898 at St James, Gloucester. Doris married Arthur Percival Harrison on 9 April 1925 in Arlingham. Arthur was 27 years old, an engine fitter, son of Harry Harrison, a brick burner. In 1939 they were living at 11, Windsor Road, Dursley and Harry was a service engineer.  Doris died in 1979. Arthur died in 1984. 
  • Gladys Kate Merrett. Baptised 23 June 1901 at St James, Gloucester. Gladys married Albert Samuel Shayle in 1936 in Gloucester. In 1939 they were living at 15, Whitehall Lane, Newent and Albert was a van driver for the County mental hospital. Albert Samuel Shayle of 15 Whitehall Lane, Rudford died on 3 April 1985 aged and was buried on 11 April 1985 at Rudford. Gladys K Shayle died in 2000 aged 99 years. 

By 1911 it seems that Albert had reverted to using his birth name, Merrett. A further three children had been born

  • William Edward Hayward Merrett. Born 15 September 1902. Baptised 9 October 1902 at St James, Gloucester. William married Gertrude Olive Moon in 1924 in Gloucester. In 1933 they were living in The Street, Gloucester. In 1939 they were at 5 Rosebury Park, Dursley and William was a machinists labourer (electrical).  Gertrude died in 1984. William Edward H Merrett of 9 Shelley Road, Dursley died on 22 October 1985
  • Sidney Heber Haywood Merrett.  Born 24 October 1903. Baptised 15 November 1903 at St James, Gloucester. Sidney married Mary Merryweather Peglar in 1939. At the time the register was taken they were living at Cranleigh, Dursley and Sidney was a bricklayer. Sidney Heber Merrett of 16 Springhill, Cam, Dursley died on 3 November 1974. Mary Merryweather Merrett died in 1988
  • Leonora Annie Haywood Merrett. Baptised 7 May 1905 at St Stephen, Gloucester. Leonora married Joseph Lewis in 1933

In 1911 Albert is a 43 year old "carpenter and joiner" living with his family in Arlingham. The census shows that they had been married 15 years and had six children, all of whom survived and were all at "school". Their Aunt, Emma Creed a 68 year old widow was living with them.

Their sons William and Sidney appear in the 1914/15 Arlingham school photograph included further up the page. Their son Sidney also appears in this 1915 photograph of the Arlingham Drum and Fife Band, along with his third cousin Morton Merrett and his second cousin once removed Stanley Merrett. He is also part of the 1920/21 Arlingham Football Team along with is nephew Walter Hayward(see below) These photographs are two of many kindly provided by Jon Shaw. 

(L to R): Heber Greenway; Leslie Woodman; William Merrett; Charles Greenway; Charlie Butt; Frank Fletcher; Percy Aldridge; Sidney Merrett; Tom Martin; Joseph Greenway; Chas Cooper; Stanley Merrett; Ira (Jack) Aldridge; Ivor Goulding; George Greenway; Morton Merrett; Harold Smith; Richard Woodman; Gilbert Wright; Harold Withers; Tom Burcher and George Sendell.    

This following picture of Albert and "Molly"'s family was posted on by Peter Marsh shows:

  • Back row - Sidney Merrett, Kitty (Gladys) Merrett, Reginald Merrett, Bill (William) Merrett, Nora (Leonora) Merrett, Doris Merrett
  • Front row - Albert Merrett (father) and Mary Ann Greenway (mother)

In 1939 Albert and "Molly" were living at Greenfield Cottage, Church Road, Arlingham. Albert had by then "retired". Albert and "Molly" are pictured outside Greenfield probably in the mid 1940s This photograph is from the Michael Curtis collection in Gloucestershire Archives.  Jon's parents bought Greenfields from them in 1948 and he was born there.

Mary Anne Merrett died on 31 March 1949. Albert Merrett died in 1951. They were both buried in Rudford 

In 1891 Daniel and Esther's daughter Beatrice Mary Hayward had been working as a servant to a retired colonel of Royal Engineers in Cheltenham. By 1901, aged 30, she was housekeeper to William C Harding, farmer and his family at Saniger Farm, Hinton, Gloucestershire. In 1911, 40 year old Beatrice is a housekeeper to William Lancelot Weighill, veterinary surgeon at 48 Southgate Street, Gloucester. In 1939 Beatrice was living St Cotswold House, Stroud where, single, she was a guest house proprietress with her cousins Gertrude Elizabeth Hayward and Edith Abbie Hayward (see above). Beatrice Mary Hayward died in 1947 (Reg Gen September 1947 Gloucester Rural 7b 360).

In April 1895, at the age of 22, Daniel and Esther's son Sidney Hayward  enlisted in the South Wales Borderers. In 1897 Sidney Hayward was serving in the British Army in India where he served for five years reaching the rank of Lance Corporal. He died aged 30 years on 31 October 1902 of Idiopathic Anaemia in the Station Hospital, Peshawar in what was then India, now Pakistan (From 'Where the River bends' copyright St Mary's PCC, Arlingham). His effects were split between his mother and siblings.

Daniel and Esther's son John Hayward is pictured in both the 1899-1900 Arlingham Football Team Photo and 1904 Arlingham Cricket team photographs (see above). He married Myra Jane Ayland on 24 April 1905 at Arlingham. John, aged 31, was a coal merchant. Myra, aged 24, was the daughter of John Ayland, gardener. In 1911 they were living in Church Street, Arlingham, where John was a coal dealer, poultry farmer and market gardener. They had three children:

  • Stanford John Hayward. Born 1907. In 1935 he was farming in Sinclair. Stanford died on 22 September 1984 and was buried at Sinclair, Manitoba, Canada.
  • Ellise Winifred Hayward. Baptised 31 January 1909 at Arlingham. Ellise married Oliver Harold Peto on 27 June 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 
  • Kenneth R D Hayward. Born 1911.  In 1935 he was farming in Sinclair.  Kenneth died on 14 January 1978  and was buried at Sinclair, Manitoba, Canada.  

As can be seen, the family emigrated to Canada arriving in Nova Scotia in 1912. They were destined for Oak Leaf where John was to become a farmer.  In 1916 the family were at Brandon, Manitoba where they were farming. Still there in 1921, the family had two further children

  • Myra Hayward. Born 1916 in Manitoba. In 1940 Miss Myra Hayward was a nurse at Brandon Mental Hospital. 
  • Laura Hayward. Born 1919 in Manitoba. 

John and Myra appears to have returned to the UK on a couple of occasions in the 1930's and 1940's. John Hayward died in 1949. Myra Jane died in 1957. Both are buried at Virden Cemetery, Manitoba. 

In 1901 Daniel and Esther's son Frederick Hayward is a "yardman on farm" working for and living on the Frederick Arkell's farm at Ashleworth, Gloucestershire. Nothing more is known about him. 

In 1911 Daniel and Esther's son, Walter Hayward was working as a carter on a farm for Emmanuel and Sarah Morgan at Llanbaddock, Monmouthshire. Walter is pictured below with the 1920/21 Arlingham Football Team. This photograph (courtesy of the Michael Curtis collection in Gloucestershire County Records Office) was taken in the courtyard between the Red Lion and the old skittle alley where the team changed. At this time the team played in black and amber stripes and were known as the "Doughcobs".

Back row (L to R): Victor Young; Gilbert Wright; Walter 'Dashy' Hayward; John (Jack) Stevens (landlord of the Red Lion); Tom Martin; Harry Aldridge; Carter Greenway

Third row (L to R): Frank Fletcher; Nebo Fletcher; Frank Ryder; Fred Holder; Roland Woodman

Second row (L to R): Leslie Woodman; Sidney Merrett; Charles Greenway

Front row (L to R): Ivor Goulding; Heber Greenway; Joe Greenway

Walter, nicknamed 'Dashy' wasn't a sportsman but followed the fortunes of the village football team and consequently he got in on the photograph of Arlingham Football Club. Jon remembers 'Dashy' as a next door neighbour in the early 1960s. He thinks that it was the severe winter if 1962/63 that led him to be unable to sustain living alone in his small cottage next to Greenfields. He moved to what was then termed an 'Old People's Home' but (not unusually) this was the same building that had been the local Union Workhouse at Eastington until about 1930. Old habits die hard so everyone said that Walter/'Dashy' had gone to the workhouse. Jon's father would sometimes collect him and bring him home for tea as he so missed the village. Walter would have died in Eastington in mid 1963 so that would have made him about 85 years when he passed away.

In 1901 Daniel and Esther's daughter Ethel Annie Hayward was working as a servant, one of 16 laundry maids at Colney Hatch London County Lunatic Asylum. Built in 1851 to ease overcrowding at Middlesex's other lunatic asylum, by 1856 it had 1,500 inmates. By 1903 it housed closer to 3,000, many in wooden wings. On 27 January 1903, 52 people, all female lost their lives when a fire, starting in the wooden Jewish wing, swept through the building. The asylum closed (or was just re-named) in 1918 and became Colney Hatch Mental Hospital. Nothing more is known about Ethel Annie Hayward.

In 1901 Daniel and Esther's son Samuel Hayward was a farm boy living and working on Ernest Brunden's farm "Hesters Nay" at Cheltenham. In 1939 he was a farm carter, living at Lyncombe Farm, Stroud and working for Caroline Hawkins, farmer. His brother Giles was farm bailiff at the same farm (see below). 

In 1901 Daniel and Esther's daughter Lillian Blanche Hayward was a general servant to Sidney Roberts, a market gardener and farmer at Sandhurst Road, Longford, Gloucester. Lillian married Isaac Woodman in 1920. In 1939 they were living at Slowne Pool, where Isaac was a builders labourer. 

In 1911 Daniel and Esther's son Edwin Hayward was aged 26 and still single, he was working as a farm labourer and living with Frederick and Anna Maria Arkell and their children at Box Bush Farm, Ashleworth. Edwin Hayward died of wounds at  Gallipoli on 21 November 1915. He was a private in the Worcestershire Regiment 4th Battalion. he was buried at Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta.  His effects were left to his mother Esther. Edwin is pictured below. 

Finally in 1911 Daniel and Esther's son Giles Hayward was a 21 year old farm labourer living with his parents. Giles is pictured as part of the 1904 Arlingham Cricket Team (see above). In 1939 he was a farm bailiff, living at Lyncombe Farm, Stroud and working for Caroline Hawkins, farmer. His brother Samuel was farm carter at the same farm (see above). Giles Hayward of Gadfield Elm, Staunton died on 26 January 1977.

  • Edwin Merrett and Emma Knight

Finally in 1871 Edwin Merrett was a 20 year old apprentice cooper living in London Road, Chippenham with George Hathaway a cooper who was running his own manufacturing business employing 3 men and 2 boys. The census shows that he was born in Arlingham. 

Edwin Merrett married Emma Knight on 13 June 1874 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham. Edwin was a cooper, of full age, son of Edwin Merrett, fisherman. Emma was the daughter of John Knight, carpenter. Edwin's father is recorded as a fisherman the time all his children were born and at the time of the 1851 census, although he is later recorded as a basket maker.  

Other researchers have suggested that Edwin Merrett married Mary Monica Cook on 28 February 1869 in St Marks in the City of Gloucester, but this Edwin John Merrett was an 18 year old labourer, son of Edwin Merrett, labourer. Although the right age, the occupations do not seem to fit and later censuses confirm that this Edwin was born in Gloucester. 

By 1881, Edwin and his 27 year old wife Emma are living at Langley Burrell, Wiltshire where Edwin is employed as a cooper. The census confirms that Edwin had been born in Arlingham. They were still in Langley Burrell in 1891 and Edwin remained a cooper. Edwin and Emma had eight children;

  • Edith Mary Merrett. Baptised 7 January 1877 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham. 
  • Ada Charlotte Merrett. Born 17 March 1878. "Charlotte Ada" was baptised on 2 June 1878 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham.
  • Ernest Albert Merrett. Born 16 June 1880. Baptised 1 August 1880 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham. 
  • Edwin John Merrett. Born 24 December 1881. Baptised 5 March 1882 in Langley Burrill, Wiltshire
  • Elsie Merrett. Born 18 April 1886. Baptised 6 June 1886 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham.
  • Lillian Rose Merrett. Born 15 November 1888.  Baptised 3 February 1889 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham. 
  • Emily Merrett. Born 13 April 1891. Baptised 7 June 1891 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham.
  • Walter Henry Merrett. Born 5 March 1895 in Langley Burrill, Wiltshire. Baptised 2 June 1895 

In 1891 their 14 year old daughter Edith is already described as a dressmaker. Their son Ernest had died aged 8 years old and was buried on 25 May 1888 at St Paul with Allington Mission, Chippenham. 

In 1901 the family are still in Langley Burrell but the only children remaining at home are Elsie, Lillian, Emily and Walter Henry.

In 1911 Edwin Merrett, aged 60 is described as a "hand maker of churns". He is living at 6 Park Field with his wife Emma , aged 58 , his daughter Elsie, aged 24, daughter Emily, aged 19 a burler at a cloth mill and son Walter Henry, aged 16, a machinist at signal works. Their eldest daughter Edith, now married and widowed was living with them.

I can find no trace of Edwin Merrett's death. Emma Merrett may have died in 1935. 

In 1901, Edwin and Emma's daughter Edith Mary Merrett was a domestic waitress living at The Cliff, Langley Road, Chippenham. She was employed by Caroline S Ross, a 65 year old widow living on her own means. It seems that between 1901 and 1907 Edith had married and been widowed. By 1911, 34 year old Edith Mary Martin, a dressmaker working on her own account, was back living with her parents and her sons aged 3 and 7 at 6 Park Field, Chippenham. Edith had two children: 

  • Percy John Martin. Born 1904 in Chippenham.  
  •  Arthur Martin. Born 1907 in Chippenham

Edith Martin may have died in 1959 (Reg Gen March 1959 Chippenham 7c 509). 

In 1901 Edwin and Emma's daughter Ada Charlotte Merrett was a general servant to Oliver Burnett, a 63 year old grocer living at New Road, Chippenham. On 26 December 1910 Ada married Albert Smithers at St Paul with Allington. Albert was a 26 year old labourer, the son of James Smithers, labourer, Ada was 32 years old. In 1911 they were living with Albert's mother, Ann Maria Smithers, a widow, at 72, Hythe Road, Egham. Albert was a general labourer at a linoleum works. In 1938 they were living at 108 Wendover Road, Egham. In 1939 they were at 104 Wendover Road, Egham and Albert was a general labourer. They had at least one child: 

  • Katie Joan Smithers. Born 16 September 1917. In 1939 Katie was working at a hand laundry. Katie married Richard Griffiths in 1941. Katie died in 2001.

Albert Smithers of 104, Wendover Road, Egham died 13 October 1941. Probate was granted to his widow. Ada C Smithers died in 1961 aged 82 years old.

In 1901 Edwin and Emma's son Edwin John Merrett was lodging with Arthur Riches and his family at Lower High Street, Shirehampton, Gloucestershire. Edwin was employed as a general labourer. In 1911 he was still lodging with Arthur Riches, but the family had moved to Richmond Terrace, Aylesworth. Edwin was a general labourer working in the Bristol Dock Company. In 1914 Edwin John Merrett of 13 Richmond Terrace, Aylesworth, Wiltshire enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery. He gives his occupation as a boiler man. The same year he married Arthur's daughter, Perdita Isabella Mary Riches. In 1939 they were living at 50 Kings Weston, Bristol and Edwin was a motor launch driver. They had four children: 

  • James Anthony Merrett. Born 22 January 1916 in Bristol. Baptised 6 February 1916 in Shirehampton, Bristol. James died in 1917 in Bristol. 
  • Roy Merrett. Born 6 October 1917 in Bristol. Baptised 22 November 1917 in Avonmouth, Bristol.  By 1939 he had married, but when the register was taken he was living with his parents and was an electricians mate. His wife, Margaret Frances Boyett  is not listed. They had four children. Roy died in 1995. 
  • Lionel Merrett. Born 3 December 1918 in Bristol. When the 1939 register was taken he was also an electricians mate living with his parents. He was single, but later that year Lionel married Ethel May Redmore. In 1947 they were living at Rose Cottage, Broadoak, Newnham. Lionel died in 1991. Ethel died on 10 April 2014
  • Arthur J Merrett. Born 1934 in Bristol. 

Edwin John Merrett of King Weston Avenue, Shirehampton died on 25 November 1952. Probate was granted to his widow. Perdita Isabella May Merrett died in September 1982. 

In 1911 Edwin and Emma's daughter Elsie Merrett, aged 24 was living with her parents at 6, Park Fields, Chippenham. She married Frederick James Thatcher in 1919. Frederick Thatcher died in 1954. 

In 1911, Edwin and Emma's daughter Lillian Rose Merrett was a domestic servant living with Albert Charles Collyer and his family at 4 Maurice Road, Bristol. In 1939 she was living with her sister Emily at 6 Park Fields, Chippenham. Emily was a "transformer assembler". Also at the address was Henry Farrell, born 29 September 1917, aircraft worker. Lillian Rose Merrett of 6 Park Fields, Chippenham died on 13 April 1949 at St Andrews Hospital, Chippenham. Probate was granted to her sister Emily Merrett, spinster. 

Edwin and Emma's daughter Emily Merrett never married. In 1939 she was living with her sister Lillian Rose Merrett  at 6 Park Fields, Chippenham and was a "transformer assembler".  Emily died in 1978 aged 87 years old (Reg Gen June 1978 Chippenham 23 1745)

Edwin and Emma's son Walter Henry Merrett married Florence Helga Perry in 1925. In 1939 they were living at 24, Marshall Street, Chippenham where Walter was a "universal grinder" at an engineering works. They had two children: 

  • Margaret M Merrett. Born 1 May 1926, Margaret married Ronald Thomas Wakeley in 1947. Margaret died in 1952. Ronald Thomas Wakeley of 15 Barons Mead, Chippenham died on 30 August 1991.
  • Michael Walter Merrett. Born 10 November 1931. Michael married Ann P Heavan in 1959. Michael Walter Merrett died on 13 May 2003

Walter Henry Merrett died on 18 November 1967. Florence Helga Merrett died in 1996 in Bath. 

Daniel Knight Merrett

Daniel Knight Merrett was baptised on 1 April 1813, the son of James and Martha Merrett.

Daniel Knight Merrett was buried on 25 March 1841 in Great Bolton, Manchester. He was 28 years old (Bolton Le Moors GB127.L243/1/5/11). It is unclear how he came to be in Bolton at the time  of  his death.  

Mary Ponting Payter nee Merrett

Mary Ponting Merrett was baptised on 28 May 1815 in Slimbridge, the daughter of James and Martha Merrett.

On 18 September 1838 Mary, aged 23, the daughter of James Merrett, farmer, married Henry Payter at Arlingham Parish Church. Henry, aged 24, was a cabinet maker and joiner, the son of Thomas Payter, a miller. The witnesses were Robert Bird and Margaret Burwater. 

In 1851 Henry and Mary are living at Chandler Street, Everton, Lancashire with their children

  • Joseph William Payter. Baptised 23 December 1838 in Arlingham, Gloucestershire 
  • Emily Payter. Born 26 August 1840. Baptised 20 September 1840 in Arlingham, Gloucestershire.
  • Martha Louisa Ponting Payter. Born 20 November 1852. Baptised 3 April 1853 in Everton Lancashire
  • Elizabeth Burraston Payter. Born 16 June 1855 in Williamstown, Victoria.

The family emigrated to Australia, arriving on the 'Boomerang' at Portarlington in Victoria on 22 January 1854. Henry, aged 39 was a cabinet maker/joiner and Mary, aged 38 was a housekeeper. They came on Assisted Passage and were engaged by McRuby & Parker on their property on the Goulburn River on 27 January 1854 for £150 for twelve months with rations.

After completing their requirement to work on the land and to repay the cost of their Assisted Passage they shifted south to live in Williamstown which was the thriving port for Melbourne on Port Phillip Bay.

The Williamstown Directories show that Henry and Mary and family had resided at Ann Street and his shop was at 18 Cole Street on the corner of Osborne Street.

Henry and Mary's daughter Elizabeth Burraston Payter died in 1866 and was buried on 28 November 1866. I have been in contact with Jeannine Nolan who has provided much of the personal insight in this and the following sections and also kindly allowed me to include photographs that she has posted on including this one of Elizabeth below and that of the Payter children.  

Mary Ponting Payter died in 1870 in Victoria and was buried on 31 May 1870 at Williamstown Cemetery. Henry Thomas Payter died in 1871 and was buried on 24 September 1871 at Williamstown.

  • Joseph William Payter and Helen Desbrowe Annear.

Henry and Mary's son Joseph was 15 when he arrived in Australia in 1854. At 19 in 1858 he was a clerk at the "Sandridge Electric Telegraph Station" located at Bay Street in North Williamstown. As he was on the Civil List his name appears every year in the Directories until 1892 when he was 51 years old. While based at Cape Otway he was near the Glen Aire Station run by Jonathan Chappell.

Joseph married Helen Desbrowe Annear on 8 October 1879. They had four daughters none of whom married. They were

  • Dorothea Helen Lansell Payter. Born 1880 in Melbourne, Victoria. Dorothea was educated at Hadleigh College, Melbourne. She was the editor of The B.P. Magazine from 1928. She died on 29 August 1951 in Heidelberg, Victoria.
  • Muriel Mary Ponting Payter. Born 1882 in Richmond, Victoria. Died 1963 in Park, Victoria .
  • Stella Marguerite Payter. Born 1884 in Richmond, Victoria. Died 1967 in Chel, Victoria
  • Irene Josephine Payter. Born 1886 in Hawthorn, Victoria. Died in 1964 in Victoria.

They all lived in suburban Melbourne for the rest of their lives.

Joseph died in 1920 and was buried on 15 April 1920 - and with that and the death of his wife and daughters - the surname of Payter died out.

  • Emily Chappell nee Payter.

Emily Payter married Joseph Chappell in 1869 in Victoria. Joseph Chappell was the son of Jonathan Chappell.

They had six children:

  • Percival Payter Chapell. Born 10 April 1873 in Williamstown, Victoria.
  • Josephine Gertrude Margaret Chappell. Born 18 August 1875 in Williamstown, Victoria.
  • Rupert Alleyne Chappell. Born 2 December 1876 in Williamstown, Victoria. Buried 22 November 1877 in Williamstown.
  • Jonathan Oswald Noel "Jack" Chappell. Born 1878 in Williamstown, Victoria.
  • Charles Ponting Chappell. Born 1882
  • Geoffrey Joseph Justin Chappell. Born 11 May 1883

Jeannine advises that this photograph was taken around 1893 in Melbourne and shows from left to right: Charles, Josephine, Percival, Jonathan and seated Geoffrey. 

Joseph and Emily His parents moved to their home 'Lumeah' in Rochester where the children grew up. 

Joseph Chappel died on 12 April 1902 at Rochester, Victoria. Emily died in 1933 in Elhore, Victoria.

Jeannine has posted the following account of Joseph and Emily's son Percival life - He "was educated at the Bendigo School of Mines studying accountancy. He sailed on the 'Marloo' from Melbourne to Fremantle arriving 1902. His brother "Jack" was at Sandstone and two of his Chappel uncles - Ezra and Ralph - had already been there to the Kalgoorlie goldfield and returned home again. Percy's first job was working as a clerk at the Bunbury Railway Station, played cricket in a local team, then was transferred to Kalgoorlie, Northam and Geraldton. He joined his brother "Jack" at the Murchison and was known to have moved around the district including the remote Lawlers (now Agnew), Mt Magnet, Cue and Sandstone goldfields. He prospered at Lawlers. Those who knew of this place gasped at the thought of it as it was harsh country. Anyone who attempted to go there had to be very tough to survive. No commercial transport would take you there because it was so remote. Percy married Agnes Mary Hornsby on 24 March 1910 in Sandstone witnessed by Jack's young widow Mollie. Percy worked as a clerk on the Maninga Marley goldmine some 30 miles (48 kms) south of Sandstone and gathered sandalwood to sell as a sideline. Before Percy left Sandstone, he received this letter from his mother:

"Dear Dody, I wish you to plant a wattle tree on poor Frog's grave, now is the season. Frog's little boy has grown a lovely child in every way and you wouldn't recognise him. Love, and yours affectionately, Mother'

They had three children: Eileen May Chappel born 3 Jun 1911 in Perth, Geoffrey Ponting Chappel born 20 Jun 1913 in Perth, and Arthur Hornsby Chappel born 20 Jul 1919 in Collie.

He moved the family to Collie where he was the book-keeper at the Collie Co-operative Store during the war years. By 1919, he took up Nelson Blocks 9055 and 9057 on the Graphite Road in Manjimup and named the property 'Otway' at his mother's request. He remained on the farm until his death on 20 Aug 1951 aged 76".

As above Joseph and Emily's son Percival Payter Chappell married Agnes Mary Hornsby on 24 March 1910 in Sandstone. They had three children:

  • Eileen May Chappell. Born 3 June 1911 in Perth. Eileen married Charles Loftus Bentley in 1939. Eileen died on 16 April 1994 in Perth.
  • Geoffrey Ponting Chappell. Born 20 June 1913 in Perth. Geoffrey died on 26 June 1956 in Perth, aged 43 years old.
  • Arthur Hornsby Chappell born 20 July 1919 in Collie. Arthur enlisted in World War II in the "Army Citizen Military Forces".  

In 1925 Percival, Agnes and family were living at Block 9187 Nelson, Forrest, and Percival is described as a "settler". In 1937 they were are Glenoran, Nelson and Percival was "farming".  Eileen and Geoffrey remained at home. In 1943 they were still at Glenoran and their son Arthur was at home. Percival Payter Chappell died on 20 August 1951. Agnes Mary Chappell died on 30 May 1967 in Perth.

Jeannine tells me  that Joseph and Emily's daughter Josephine Gertrude Marguerite Chappel studied music at the Melbourne Conservatorium and earned her living by teaching piano. She lived for a time with her brother Charles in Elmore until his death in 1932 and also with her brother Geoff and his wife Olive in Toorak until his death in 1948. She died in 1960 aged 85 in a nursing home in Burwood, a Melbourne suburb. 

Joseph and Emily's son Jonathan Oswald Noel Chappell "Jack", was educated at the Bendigo School of mines and it seems likely that it was about 1902 when he went to the Murchison (Western Australia) goldfield at Sandstone prospecting. He later worked at the Oroya Mine. In 1906 he married Mary Elizabeth Sutherland "Mollie" in Sandstone. They had two children: 

  • Helen Josephine Esdaile Ormond Chappel born 11 Jan 1908
  • Noel Geoffrey Chappel born 24 Jan 1910. 

Jonathan died on 2 January 1910 of meningitis and he was buried in Sandstone. Mollie was left a widow with Esdaile and Noel who was born after his fathers death. Soon after Jack's death Mollie came south to Perth. She found it difficult to support her two children so she decided to send the baby Noel over to his grandmother Emily Chappel to look after until she was better placed. Noel also lived in Rochester with her until 1926 when he was 16. Esdaile was put into the care of the nuns for a period of time. Noel enlisted on 9 Nov 1939 in World War II and served with 2-11th Australian Infantry Battalion. He was captured and spent four years as a prisoner-of-war on Crete. Following his discharge on 22 Aug 1945 he married a widow Maisie Eileen Desmond with one son named Ronald Desmond who kept his own name. There were no children of this marriage. Noel died on 16 June 1976. Esdaile married Daniel Pill in Queensland. He was a widower with two daughters. Esdaile and Daniel had one daughter.

Joseph and Emily's son Charles Ponting Chappell never married and died on 13 July 1932 in Elmore, Victoria, aged 50 years old.

Finally Joseph and Emily's son Geoffrey Joseph Justin Chappell enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 15 June 1916. He was 33 years old and a clerk of the Court. His mother Emily was his next of kin.  Geoffrey survived the war and married Olive Frances McBean in 1929 in Victoria. In 1937 they were living at 206 Williams Road, South Yarra. Geoffrey died on 15 August 1948 in Toorak. he was a clerk at the time. Olive died in 1975 in Kew, Victoria. 

  • Martha Louisa Ponting Payter.

Martha Louisa Ponting Payter never married.  and died in Elmore Victoria on 10 August 1919. She was buried in Williamstown. The 1919 census shows that she had been living at Railway Place East, Elmore. 

Jan Nolan has provided this photograph of Martha Louisa Ponting Payter taken around 1900. 

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