The Children of George Ponting and Hester Cullimore
George Ponting, son of William Ponting and Mary Ponting nee Pearce (Chapter 2), married Hester Cullimore on 9 May 1811 at Charfield.
The couple had five sons and eight daughters.
- Hester Ponting. Baptised 13 November 1811 at Berkeley.
- George Ponting. Baptised 3 December 1812 at Berkeley.
- Hannah Ponting. Baptised 15 December 1814 at Berkeley
- Ann Ponting. Baptised 15 December 1814 at Berkeley
- Mary Ponting. Baptised 29 January 1817 at Berkeley.
- Eliza Ponting. Baptised 19 September 1818 at Berkeley.
- Elizabeth Ponting. Baptised 19 September 1818 at Berkeley.
- William Ponting. Born around 1821 and baptised on 29 March 1822 aged 1 at Berkeley
- Sarah Ponting. Baptised 29 March 1822 at Berkeley
- Charles Ponting. Baptised 12 November 1823 at Berkeley
- James Cullimore Ponting. Baptised 4 September 1825 at Berkeley.
- Annis Ponting. Baptised 23 December 1827 at Berkeley.
- Emma Ponting. Baptised 10 November 1830 at Berkeley.
Of which the following is known
Hester Barber formerly Smith nee Ponting.
Hester was baptised on 13 November 1811 at Berkeley, the daughter of George Ponting, dairyman.
On 3 May 1838, 28 year old Hesther daughter of George Ponting, farmer married Elias Smith, aged 45, farmer of Woodford, son of Joseph Smith, farmer. The witnesses were George Ponting and Sarah Smith.
Elias Smith had been baptised on 7 March 1792 at Berkeley, the son of Joseph Smith and Mary Millard who married on 12 January 1786 at Berkeley. Elias had an elder sister Harriett Smith who was baptised on 10 November 1790 at Berkeley (see below).
Elias and Hester had a son James William Smith baptised on 30 June 1839 at North Nibley.
Elias Smith was a farmer at Southend Farm, North Nibley. In 1841, Hester's brother George and sisters Sarah & Emma Ponting were living with them.
In 1851 Southend Farm was a 72 acre farm increasing to 100 in later years.
In 1861 Hester's sister Annis Ponting was living with them. She is described as a "relative" and gives her occupation as dairymaid. Also at the address was Elizabeth Ponting, niece, aged 12. Elizabeth is still with them in 1871. I believe that Elizabeth was the daughter of Hester's brother George (see below).
Elias Smith late of Southam in the parish of North Nibley, farmer, died on 19 April 1874 aged 82. He was buried on 25 April 1874 at North Nibley. Probate of the will and codicil was granted to Charles Ponting, Berkeley and Lawford Lea of North Nibley (see below), both farmers, his executors, his estate was worth less than £1,000. in his original will, a rather complicated affair made 28 May 1862 he
- appoints Henry Barber and Charles Ponting as executors
- bequeaths his wife £50 and all his household goods, plate, linen and other household effects
- bequests the remainder of his estate to Henry Barber and Charles Ponting to sell "my real estate together or in parcels at auction or private contract" and to invest the money in their names in their choice of "public stocks, funds or securities of the United Kingdom or any real security in England or Wales"
- The annual income from these investments are to be received by his wife and invested in her lifetime.
- After her death the trustees are to pay a proportion of the annual income (as they see fit) "toward the lodging, clothing and maintenance of my son during his life" with discretion to pay the residue to his wife and children.
- After his son has deceased the funds are to be held in trust for his grandchildren "equally as tenants in common the share of each female legatee to be for her sole and separate use".
- There is also mention of his nephews and nieces and his sister in law Alice Ponting, but I am not sure who she is as Hester did not have a sister called Alice and none of her brothers married one.
- The will also sets out how his grandchildren should be assisted with their education or by establishing them in business.
This all seems to suggest a greater estate than that actually left by Elias on his eventual death.
There is something further of interest, a codicil dated 23 October 1872 which
- Revokes the appointment of Henry Barber as a trustee and appoints Lawford Lea in his place.
- Alters the discretionary powers of investment to include "Railway Debentures and Foreign and Colonial Trust Fund Bonds"
- Allows the trustees to carry on or to permit my wife to carry on my farming business for her benefit and use hold and enjoy the stock and implements belonging to me at my decease instead of disposing of them.
What have bought about these changes? Lawford Lea had married Hester's sister Annis Ponting (could this be Alice) in 1867 (see below), but perhaps more interestingly Elias's widow Hester later married Henry Barber.
I assume the other executor, Charles Ponting was Hester's brother (see below). However he died on 11 December 1874, a few months after probate was granted, presumably leaving Lawford Lea to administer the estate.
Thank you to Susan Ross for providing me with a copy of Elias's will and a lot of the information relating to the Smith's and Barber's.
Hester Smith remarried on 29 May 1878 at St James, Bristol. Her second husband was Henry Barber, the former executor of her late husband's estate. Henry a 62 widower, a gardener gives his address as Dighton Street. He was the son of John Barber, farmer (deceased). Hester was a 66 year old widow, the daughter of George Ponting, farmer (deceased). She also gives her address as Dightion Street, Bristol. The witnesses were Lawford Lea and Annis Lea. Annis was Hester's sister (see below).
Henry Barber had been baptised on 25 March 1816 at Berkeley the son of John Barber and Harriett Smith. John was a farmer from Bevington. Harriet was Elias Smith's sister (see above). John Barber had married Harriet Smith on 24 August 1815 at Berkeley.
Henry Barber had previously been married to Hannah Taylor. They had married on 22 March 1836 in St James, Bristol. They had at least 5 daughters and one son including daughter Sarah Jane Barber who married Samuel Thomas Hawkins Leonard. Samuel Thomas Hawkins Leonard was the great grandson of Samuel Leonard & Mary Wetmore (see Appendix I - Part I). Hannah Barber had died on 11 November 1873 at Blisbury Farm, Ham.
Henry Barber, late of Blisbury Farm, Berkeley died on 2 April 1886 at Blisbury Farm. His will was proved by John Barber, farmer of Berkeley, an executor and brother of the deceased.
In 1891 Hester Barber was living at Northfield, North Nibley. The entry reads
- Charles Mason, head, aged 70, farm labourer, born Dursley (born 1821)
- Elizabeth Ponting, niece, single, aged 65, born Woodford (born 1826)
- Hester Barber, sister, visitor, aged 77, born Woodford (born 1814).
This appears to be "our" Hester even though the ages are slightly incorrect. The relationship between Charles, Elizabeth and Hester is unclear!. Elizabeth is believed to be Hester's sister (see below).
Hester Barber died aged 85 and was buried on 7 November 1896 in North Nibley.
A little is known about Elias and Hester's son James William Smith.
- James William Smith and Eliza Ann Hunt
James William Smith was living with his parents until 1861. Later that year, on 10 October 1861 he married Eliza Ann Hunt in Wooton Underage. James was a farmer from North Nibley. Eliza was the daughter of Thomas Hunt "Living room keeper" of Wooton Underage. Both were of full age and both parties signed the marriage register.
The couple had the three children
- Francis Frederick Smith. Baptised 11 January 1863 at North Nibley.
- Edith Eliza Smith. Baptised 25 March 1864 in North Nibley
- Albert Edward William Smith. Baptised 13 June 1869 in North Nibley.
In 1871 James was a farmer of 5 ½ acres at the time living at North Nibley.
James William Smith died aged 34 and was buried on 23 September 1873 at North Nibley.
James and Eliza's daughter Edith Eliza Smith died aged 12 years old and was buried on 4 August 1876 at North Nibley. Despite only being 12 there is a probate record for her. This shows Edith Eliza Smith of North Nibley had died on 31 July 1876. Administration was granted to Eliza Ann Gabb (wife of Thomas Gabb). Her estate was valued at £193.8s.2d! What was this?, an inheritance from her grandfather?
Eliza Ann Smith had remarried on 21 April 1877 at North Nibley. Her new husband was Thomas Gabb. In 1881 they were living at Smarts Green, North Nibley where 41 year old Thomas was a butcher, only "William" a 12 year old scholar remained at home. Thomas Gabb died in 1907 and was buried on 31 March 1907 at North Nibley. In 1911 Eliza, a 72 year old widow is described as an "old age pensioner" living by herself at North Nibley. Eliza A Gabb died in 1929.
In 1881 James and Eliza's son Francis Frederick Smith is 20 years old and an unemployed general labourer boarding with Simon Fry, his wife Hannah and their family at Charfield. Francis married Simon and Hannah's daughter Sarah Fry on 12 April 1881 at Charfield Parish Church.
In 1891 they were living at Wickwar Road, Kingswood, Dursley and James was an agricultural farm labourer. By 1901 they were living at Walkman Lane, Dursley. In 1911 the family were living at Charfield Road, Wooton Under Edge, Charfield. 49 year old "Frederick" is a cowman. The census records that the couple had 8 children, 7 of whom survived.
- Frank Smith. Born 16 March 1882. Baptised 23 April 1882 in Charfield. Frank married Emily Wyatt on 25 May 1901 at Wooton Under Edge. In 1901 and in 1911 was living with his wife Emily at Old Town, Wooton Under Edge and their three children. He was an elastic weaver. In 1939 they were living at 233, Brook Lane, Coalville, Leicestershire. Frank was a "overlooker (elastic web)!
- George Smith. Born 9 July 1884 in Charfield. Baptised 20 August 1884 at Charfield. In 1901 George was a member of the crew of the "Impregnable". Single he is described as a "boy". In 1939 George was living with his mother (see below). George may have died in 1966 in Thornbury.
- Florence Smith. Born 1887 in Charfield. Florence may have died aged 16 and was buried on 6 December 1902 at Kingswood, near Wooton Under Edge.
- William Smith. Born 1889 in Charfield.
- Charles Smith. Born 18 May 1892. Baptised 7 October 1892 at Charfield. In 1911 he may have been a private in 3rd Gloucestershire Regiment. In 1939 he was still living with his mother (see below). Charles Smith died in 1974 in Cheltenham.
- Edward Smith. Baptised 16 June 1895 in Charfield.
- Frederick Smith. Born 18 May 1898 in Kingswood. Frederick Smith married Blanche Evelyn Wise on 12 December 1931 in Briscombe. Frederick was a 33 year old postman, the son of Frederick Francis Smith, farm labourer. Blanche was 24 years old, the son of James Wise, farm labourer. In 1939 they were living at Rectory Road, Dursley and Frederick was an auxiliary postman. Blanche Evelyn Smith died in 1992 in Stroud.
- Lillian Smith. Born 1902 in Kingswood.
Francis Frederick Smith died in 1936. In 1939. His widow Sarah was living at The Row, Charfield Road, Dursley, son George was living with her and was a general labourer in a cider factory, son Charles is also living with her and is described as "incapacitated".
Finally James and Eliza's son Albert Edward William Smith married Sarah Payne on 12 March 1894 at Tetbury. Albert was a bachelor of "full age", son of James William Smith, deceased. Sarah was also of "full age" son of George Smith, labourer. Sarah Smith, a 23 year old married woman from Tetbury was "bound over" on 10 April 1895 following a committal for housebreaking on 6 March 1895 at Wooton Under Edge. Could this have been our Sarah? Albert and Sarah had a son Albert George Smith who was born on 19 June 1896 and baptised on 12 August 1896 at St Mary's, Tetbury. In 1911 they were living at Puttcourt, North Nibley. "William" was a casual labourer, Sarah was a charwoman and son Albert, aged 14 was an apprentice fitter. Albert Edward William Smith died in 1943 and was buried on 2 September 1943 in North Nibley. Their son Albert George Smith married Lilian Mary Savery on 23 July 1921 in Berkeley. Albert was a 25 year old engineer. Lilian was 27 years old, the daughter of James Savery, labourer. Albert died in 1977 in Stroud.
George Ponting and Marianne Harris
George Ponting was born on 3 December 1812 and was baptised 3 December 1812 at Berkeley, son of George Ponting of Woodford, dairyman.
By 1841 George had become a bailiff and had was living with his sister Hester Smith and her husband Elias Smith at Southend Farm, North Nibley. Also at the address were George's sisters Sarah and Emma.
On 31 December 1846 George Ponting married Marianne Harris at Alveston Parish Church. Both George and Marianne were "of full age". George was a farmer, son of George Ponting, farmer. Marianne was the daughter of William Harris, farmer. The witnesses were George Ponting, Mary Boulter and Eliza Hobbs.
The couple had eight children
- Elizabeth Harris Ponting. Born 1847. Baptised 9 December 1847 at Alverston.
- Sophia Ponting. Born 17 February 1849. Baptised 18 March 1849 at Alverston.
- William Harris Ponting. Born 1851 . Baptised on 5 October 1851 at Thornbury.
- Emma Ponting. Born and baptised 18 November 1855 at Thornbury. Buried 20 November 1855 aged 1 day.
- George Charles Ponting. Born 1857 and baptised on 18 November 1857 at Thornbury.
- Edward John Ponting. Born 1859 and baptised on 21 April 1859 at Thornbury.
- Sidney James Ponting. Born 1862 and baptised on 1 February 1863 at Thornbury.
- Annie Mary Ponting. Born 1865 and baptised on 5 March 1865 at Thornbury.
The family lived at High Street, Thornbury and at the time of the 1851 census return George is described as a relieving officer. He is also listed in the 1850 Slater Directory as "Clerk to Workhouse Board of Guardians". The 1856 Thornbury Trade Directory shows he was an insurance agent for the Agriculturist Insurance Company. In the 1858/59 Slater directory a George Ponting is also listed as a "cattle agent" and "Welsh Provincial agent".
By 1861 the family had moved to 5, St John Street. George was then Clerk to the Board of Guardians and Relieving Officer. A conveyance between John and George Hodges dated 1857 found in the deeds of 19 Pullins Green refers to the fact that George Ponting was a tenant of John Hodges at that time.
In 1871 George and family are living at St Mary's Street, Thornbury and George gives his occupation as a water bailiff. He is also listed in the 1876 Morris & Co directory a water bailiff at 42 Castle Street, Thornbury. Their eldest son William Harris Ponting was a attorney's clerk.
The 1881 census confirms that the family had moved to 42 Castle Street and George is still employed as a water bailiff and gardener. A water bailiff is responsible for enforcing fishing laws. Living with them were sons Edward, a plumber aged 22 and Sidney, a solicitors clerk aged 18.
Marianne Ponting died on 22 December 1882 aged 57 years and was buried at Thornbury on 27 December 1882
So by 1891 George he is a 78 year old widower living alone at Cockmead, Kingmead Road, Thornbury where he was living in one room, but he is still employed as a water bailiff.
George Ponting died on 30 December 1892 aged 80 and was buried at Thornbury on 2 January 1893.
For more information see www.thornburyroots.co.uk/families/pontings/
- Elizabeth Harris Frape nee Ponting
George and Marianne's daughter Elizabeth Harris Ponting married John William Evans Frape at Dorsey on 26 May 1878. John was 8 years younger than Elizabeth and a farmer from Nibley.
In 1881 they were living at Nibley Green Farm where John was farming 30 acres. The family were still there in 1891.
The couple had two daughters
- Edith Frape, born 1 October 1878. Baptised 1 November 1878 at North Nibley, and
- Eleanor Mary Frape, born 22 October 1885.
In 1901 they were farming Bassett Court Farm in Nibley Green and living with them was Elizabeth's sister, Sophia Ponting, aged 51, a certified school mistress.
In 1911 William and Elizabeth were farming at The Green, North Nibley. Both Edith and Eleanor were still single and living at home.
William J E Frappe died in 1931 (Reg Gen March 1931 Dursley 6a 400).
Elizabeth Harris Frape of Knoll View, North Nibley died 29 May 1939. Probate was granted to Edith Frape and Eleanor Mary Frape, both spinsters. Her effects were worth £2,888 13s 7d.
At the time that the 1939 register was taken daughters Edith and Eleanor were living together at the Street, North Nibley, Dursley RD. Both are described as doing "unpaid domestic duties".
Eleanor Frape of Knoll View, The Street, North Nibley died on 28 December 1962. Administration of her estate was originally granted to Edith Frape on 19 February 1963. Her estate was valued at £9,234 10s. A further grant was made on 4 July 1863, this time to Arthur Herbert Jotcham, solicitor and Sophia Annie Victoria Webb, widow. Her estate was then valued at £4,462. 12s.
Edith Frape of Knoll View, North Nibley, spinster died on 1 March 1963 at The Hospital, Thornbury. Probate was granted to Herbert Jotcham, solicitor and Sophie Annie Victoria Webb, widow. Her estate was valued at £19,007. 9s.
- Sophia Ponting
In 1871 George and Marianne's 22 year old daughter, Sophia Ponting, was a governess boarding at Easton with Ann Smith, farmer.
Miss Sophia Ponting was listed in the 1876 Morris & Co directory as a "Mistress of the Fitzhardinge schools at Canonbury Street, Berkeley".
In 1881 she is described as a "certified school mistress" and is lodging at Salter Villa, Berkeley with Robert Gregory and his wife.
In 1891 and still described as a school mistress, Sophia is visiting Andrew Moffatt and his family at Salter Street, Berkeley.
By 1901 Sophia was living with her sister Elizabeth and her husband at Bassett Court Farm. She is described as a "certified school mistress".
In 1911 Sophia was living c/o Mr E Y Bennett of Woodmancote, Dursley. Under relationship to head of household she states "occupant of apartments". Still single at 61, Sophia is the headmistress of an elementary school.
Sophia never married. She later returned to Thornbury to live at Elmhurst, 62 Gloucester Road with her sister, Annie Mary.
Sophia and Annie Mary are listed as living in Elmhurst in the 1937 electoral register. The house was previously owned by their brother William Harris Ponting who died in 1936.
In 1939 Sophia Ponting, a retired school mistress and Annie Mary Sully, retired were living at Gloucester Road, Thornbury.
Sophia died on 10 December 1952 aged 103 years old. (https://stjohnstreet.thornbury roots.co.uk).
- William Harris Ponting and Jemima Spiller Sully
In 1871 19 year old William Harris Ponting was still living with his parents, George and Marianne and is employed as an "Attorneys clerk".
On 28 March 1878 William Harris Ponting acquired several properties from Charlotte Morgan for £1,300. The property included
"the messauge late in the occupation of James Screen and now of Charlotte Morgan which said messauges are situate on the East side of High Street' but also included the adjoining messauge " wherein James Ford formerly dwelt situate on the East side of the High Street" and James Michael lately dwelt and James Merrett Michael doth now deal". and also "all that late stable sometime long since converted by Thomas Morgan deceased into three cottages late in the several occupations of Mary Woodward, James Collier and Elizabeth Robertson and now in the respective occupations of Mark Williams, John Smith and (blank) Bendall as tenants adjoining St Mary Street otherwise the Back Street".
William moved in to occupy property, but continued to let the property next door to James Merrett Michael.
On 18 October 1880 William married Jemima Spiller Sully at Stogumber in Somerset. William was 29 and employed as an accountant. His father George is a water bailiff. Jemima was 31 years old and from Stogumber. Her father was Benjamin Sully, land steward. The witnesses were John Sully and Sarah Jane Sully.
￼William had several occupations. He was a draper and milliner by trade, but the 1881 census lists William as a solicitors general clerk. He was living at the gabled house adjoining 59 High Street. Trade Directories around this time show him as Deputy Superintendent Registrar and agent for Norwich Union and the Gresham Building Society.￼
William also went into business as a coal merchant with Frederick William Nalder. They used the premises in the rear fronting St Mary Street as a coal depot The building had been a "late stable sometime long since converted by Thomas Morgan into three cottages................which said cottages were afterwards converted into a coach house and now used as a coal depot situate in St Mary's Street otherwise Back Street and now in the occupation of Messrs Ponting and Nalder, coal merchants"
The "1885 Special Drainage District of Thornbury Special expenses Rate Book" shows William Harris Ponting as owning and living at a house and yard in High Street, Thornbury, and also shows him as owning a house and yard in the High Street occupied by James M Michael and houses in St Mary Street, Thornbury occupied by Joanna Murphy, John Pymm
On 25 March 1887 William Ponting agreed with Edward Stafford Howard to allow him to lease the loft extending over the kitchen for 21 years. He planned to convert the loft to a room for holding dinners in connection with the proposed new Castle Coffee Tavern next door.
By 1891 William and Jemima had three surviving children,
- Richard Sully Ponting, born 1883 and was baptised 17 October 1883 at Thornbury.
- Herbert Harris Ponting born 24 February 1886 and was baptised 24 March 1886 at Thornbury
- Ralph Ponting. Born 2 November 1889 and baptised on 27 November 1889 at Thornbury.
Their eldest son Arthur Ponting who had been baptised on 24 August 1881 at Thornbury was buried there on 13 August 1885.
William was described as an accountant when all of his children were baptised but by 1891 he is now a draper and coal merchant. His sister Annie is living with him at 43 High Street, Thornbury and working as a drapers assistant.
On 22 December 1892 William Harris Ponting bought Norwich House, 43 High Street, Thornbury for £600. William is described as a coal merchant at the time of the purchase, but he seemed to want to use it as a drapers shop and lived above the shop. By 1910 he had let the shop to Basil William Bryant. This ties in with the 1911 census which suggests that by that date William had retired as a draper. From about 1916 the shop was leased to Henry Talbot. On 21 March 1923 William Harris Ponting sold the property to Harry Talbot for £1,350.
On 1 February 1893 William sold the fully licensed premises next door to his other property in the High Street to the tenant James Merrett Michael for £995. James also bought the three cottages fronting Chapel Street. William was required to build a wall to divide off the premises to be retained by himself. James Michael did not acquire the cistern, but was allowed to use it for 6d per year.
On 24 June 1893 William sold the old building to Josiah Bennett for £630. It was still being described as a messauge, shop and premises, but there was a condition attached to the sale that it should not be used for the sale of drapery or millinery for a period of 12 years from June 1893. The sale included the coach house used as a coal depot by Ponting and Nalder, the large room let out to E Stafford Howard and rainwater cistern let to Mrs Smith next door. Even though William sold the property to Josiah Bennett in 1893 he continued to rent the property, from which he and Nalder continued to trade under the name of Thornbury Coal Company.￼
In 1899 William Harris Ponting , draper and milliner, had supplied Emily Ponting, the widow of his second cousin Sydney (Chapter 11). At the time William was trading from Norwich House, Thornbury.
In 1901 49 year old William is still a draper/shopkeeper in High Street, Thornbury and he is still employing his sister. William and Jemima's son's Herbert Harris Ponting and Ralph, aged 15 and 11 are still at home and "at school". Their eldest son Richard Sully Ponting was a 17 year old drapers apprentice to Herbert Lovell at 118 Regent Street, Teignmouth, Devon.
As suggested above, by 1911 William Harris Ponting has retired. Aged 59 he describes himself as a retired draper. Wife Jemima is 62 years old. Both Richard Sully Ponting and Herbert Harris Ponting are living at home in Newton, Thornbury. Richard, 27, is a drapers assistant and Herbert, 25, a farmer. Their other son Ralph, aged 21 is employed as an engineers draughtsman and is boarding with Walter Purnell and his family at Wooton Road, Gloucester.
Jemima Spiller Ponting died on 28 December 1921 aged 72 years old. She was buried in Thornbury.
I have been told that William remarried, his second wife being Fanny Jane Broughton who he married in the Cardiff area in 1922.
In the 1923 Kelly's directory, William Harris Ponting is listed as living at Elmhurst, Morton, Thornbury.
William Harris Ponting of Elmhurst died on 13 October 1936 aged 85 years. He shares a grave with his wife at Thornbury. Probate of his will was granted to Herbert Harris Ponting, farmer and Edgar Walter Pitcher, solicitors clerk. His effects were worth £331 7s 6d.
A lot of the information relating to William Harris Ponting (and Mary Meredith - see below), particularly the property transactions comes from Thornbury Roots.
In 1939 his widow Fanny Jane Ponting was living at 31, Ely Road, Cardiff with Beatrice De -Rousset Hall, both widows, both living on private means.
Fanny Jane Ponting of Ely Road, Cardiff died on October 1943. Probate was granted to Beatrice Mary De-Rousset Hall, widow and William Boughton, railway engineer inspector. Her effects were worth £812 16s.
William and Jemima's son Richard Sully Ponting married Ada Eleanor Bruce Trotman at St Stephens, Cheltenham on 24 October 1917. Richard, described as a private in the 6th Gloucestershire Regiment in 1917. Ada, a 28 year old spinster was the daughter of Augustus John Trotman (deceased) (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1917 Cheltenham 6a 995).
He was married for less than 2 months when he died fighting in World War I. Private Richard Sully Ponting, 266985 2nd/6th Bn, Gloucestershire Regiment died on 2 December 1917, aged 34, and is commemorated at the Cambrai Memorial, Louver as "son of William Harris Ponting and Jemima Spiller Ponting of "Elmhurst", Thornbury, wife of Ada Eleanor Ponting of "Oakdene", Albany Road, Cheltenham".
￼Richard Sully Ponting is also commemorated on the roll of honour and the war memorial at Rockhampton. Administration of his estate was granted to Ada Eleanor Bruce Ponting, his widow. His estate was worth £231 14s 3d.
William and Jemima's son Herbert Harris Ponting married Celia May King on 13 August 1913 at Berkeley. Celia, a 31 year old spinster was the daughter of William King, deceased.
The couple had four children:
- Cedric William Ponting. Born 1914 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1914 Thornbury 6a 456). Died 1914 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1914. Thornbury 6a 244).
- Ethel Ponting. Born 6 August 1915. Ethel married James Leslie Pearce in 1939 in Bristol. In 1939 they were living at High Street, Thornbury where James was a shopkeeper. A son, born in 1936 suggests James had been married previously. James Leslie Pearce of Hilltop, Old Gloucester Road, Alveston died on 8 October 1990. Ethel Pearce of Glebe House Nursing Home, Almondsbury died on 29 August 2012.
- Richard King Ponting Born 17 May 1918. In 1939 Richard King Ponting was living at The Firs, Thornbury with his parents. Richard King Ponting of Peach Cottage, North Nibley died aged 48 on 16 July 1966 and shares his parents grave at Rockhampton. Probate was granted to his sister Ethel Pearce, married woman and Arthur William Ponting, farmer, indicating Richard never married. His effects were worth £15,131.
- Arthur William Ponting. Born 5 December 1920. Arthur married Cecilia Hester Grimes in 1949. In 1951 they were living at Millmans Farm, Southend. Arthur died in 1980. Cecilia Hester Ponting died in 2004.
Herbert is listed in 1935 Kelly's Directory as a farmer at The Firs, Rockhampton. In 1939 he is still a dairy farmer at The Firs, his wife Celia is on household duties and son Richard, assisting his father is also RAF reserve. Herbert Harris Ponting of Millmans Farm, North Nibley died on 7 March 1957 aged 71 years old. Probate of his will was granted to James Leslie Pearce, grocer and Richard King Ponting, farmer. His estate was worth £11,875 9s 6d. His wife Celia May died on 10 January 1957 aged 76. Both are buried in Rockhampton.
William and Jemima's son Ralph Ponting married Dorothy Olive Pothecary on 2 August 1915 at Holy Trinity, Stroud. Ralph, aged 25 was an engineers draftsman, son of William Harris Ponting, draper. Dorothy was 24 years old, the Arthur Pothecary, engine driver. In 1939 they were living at Horring, Thornbury and Ralph was "head of aircraft research department". Ralph Ponting of The Ramblers, Eastcomb, Stroud died on 16 April 1988 aged 98. Dorothy Olive Ponting of The Ramblers, Eastcomb died on 21 December 1989 aged 99 years.
- George Charles Ponting and Mary Elizabeth Phillips
In 1871 George and Marianne's son, George Charles Ponting was a 13 year old scholar living at home with his parents.
In 1881, now aged 23, he was a railway clerk boarding at 7 Cray Street, Botchergate, Carlisle with Hannah Moses, an annuitant.
In 1891, George is still a railway clerk now in Carlisle, and at the time the census was taken was visiting John Phillips and his wife at 2 River Street, Rickergate, Carlisle.
George married Mary Elizabeth Phillips in Carlisle later that year (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1891 Carlisle 10b 729).
In 1901 they were living at 12 Burghley Road, St Pancreas. Mary had been born in Carlisle and the couple had married in Carlisle, but they had moved south by the time their son was born. George Charles Sydney Ponting, was born on 30 October 1892 at St Pancreas. He was baptised on 4 October 1893 at St John the Baptist, Kentish Old Town.
In 1911 George, aged 53, still a railway Clerk and his wife Mary Elizabeth were living at 12 Burghley Road, St Pancreas. Also at the address is their 18 year old son George Charles Sydney Ponting, a draughtsman. They were still at that address in 1922.
At some point they returned to George's native Gloucestershire where George Charles Ponting of Sibland, Thornbury died on 22 August 1927. He was buried at Thornbury on 25 August 1927. Probate was granted to his widow Mary Elizabeth Ponting. His estate was valued at £306 13s 5d.
In 1939 Mary was living at 143, Huddleston Road, Islington with her son George and his wife. Mary Elizabeth Ponting of Stanmore, Middx was buried on 21 January 1949 at Thornbury.
George and Mary's son George Charles Sydney Ponting married Violet Miriam Bainbridge in 1924 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1924 St Pancreas (1902-1977) 1b 91). In 1939 they were living in Islington and George was a toolmaker (guage). George's mother was living with them. Violet Miriam Ponting of 79 Coles Crescent, South Harrow died on 2 August 1965 at Oxley Grove Hospital, Hatch End. Probate was granted to George Charles Sydney Ponting, retired draughtsman. George Charles Sydney Ponting of 79, Coles Crescent, South Harrow died on 1 September 1969).
- Edward John Ponting and Mary Meredith
George and Marianne's son, Edward John Ponting was still living with his parents in 1881 and was working as a plumber.
In 1885 he is shown as the owner and occupier of a house and garden in High Street, Thornbury (1885 Special Drainage District of Thornbury Special Expenses Rate Book).
On 17 April 1888, 29 year old Edward married Mary Meredith at Iron Acton. 30 year old Mary Meredith of Latteridge, Iron Acton was the daughter of Mark Crossman Meredith, farmer. The witnesses were Edward Meredith and Annie Knapp Meredith. Edward Meredith had married Edward's aunt Sarah Ponting in 1864 (see below) ￼
Edward and Mary had four daughters,
- Beatrice Valentine Ponting. Born 14 February 1889. Baptised 11 March 1889 at Thornbury.
- Mabel Mary Ponting, baptised 4 October 1891 at Thornbury
- Hannah Ada Emily Ponting, baptised 4 March 1894 at Thornbury and
- Sophia Annie Victoria Ponting. Born 27 July 1897. Baptised 5 December 1897 at Thornbury
In 1890 Edward went bankrupt with unsecured debts of £355 4s 10d. As reported in the "Bristol Times and Mercury" he had been operating as a plumber, glazier and gas fitter for about 10 years. He had set up the business with £30 capital, but he had borrowed a further £300, of which almost £200 had been spent on the house. He blamed his situation on insufficient capital and high expenses connected with County Court proceedings.
In both 1891 and 1901 the family are living at High Street, Thornbury. In 1891 Edward is described as a plumber and gasfitter and in 1901 as a plumber/shopkeeper. He had done work for Emily Ponting in 1899 (Chapter 11).
Edward is listed in 1894 and 1897 Kelly's directories as a plumber at High Street, Thornbury.
￼On 21 February 1896, Mary acquired two houses in St John Street (no 7 & 9) which she bought for £140 following the death of her parents. Mark Crossman Meredith had died in 1894. His wife Mary Ann Harding Meredith died intestate exactly one year later on 5 January 1895. Their children who inherited the property were Hannah Harding Crossman of Kingswood, Edward William Meredith of Mill Farm, Tytherington, Thomas Meredith, farmer of Latteridge, Mary Ponting, wife of Edward Ponting, Thornbury plumber and glazier, Ann Knapp Taylor of Home Farm, Littleton on Severn, William Knapp Meredith farmer of Latteridge, Ernest Richard Meredith of Kingswood and Frederick John Meredith, formerly of Kingwood, now of the Exchange Hotel, William Street, Melbourne, Australia, farmer.
In August 1895 there was a newspaper advertisement for the sale of what was described as Gloucester Villa (now the Georgian House) and the other properties in St John Street that were inherited. They agreed to sell 7 and 9 St John Street to Mary for £140.00.￼
The rate books from 1899 onwards confirm that Mary continued to own and let both properties.
In 1899 Edward was appointed as one of the two ale-tasters for Thornbury at the annual Court Leet
In 1911 Edward is still at High Street Thornbury. Aged 52 he is described as a plumber shop keeper. His 53 year old wife is his assistant. Also still at home was 17 year old Hannah, a drapers assistant and 13 year old Sophia, still at school.
Edward continued to be listed as a plumber in the High Street in various Thornbury trade directories up to 1923. The 1925 valuation list confirms that Edward still owned and occupied these premises.
Edward John Ponting died on 16 August 1926 aged 67 years. He was buried in Thornbury parish church.
Mary Ponting was listed in the 1926 Rate Book as the owner of 22 High Street as well as 7 and 9 St John Street. The 1927 electoral register shows that Mary had moved to Sibland Farm.
Mary Ponting died on 3 February 1927 aged 69 years. She was buried at Thornbury parish church. In her will probated 23 June 1897 she had appointed as her executors, Thomas Meredith - farmer of Earthcott Green and Edward Meredith. Edward had pre-deceased Mary, so it was Thomas Meredith who was left to sell 7 and 9 High Street for £200. It is not known when 22 High Street was sold or to whom.
Edward and Mary's daughter Beatrice Valentine Ponting married Joe White on 28 February 1911 at Thornbury. Joe was a 36 year old civil servant, son of Robert Osborne White (deceased) , Post Master.
At the time the census was taken they were living at Leeds House, High Street, Chard, Somerset. 36 year old Joe, a general office clerk was 14 years older than Beatrice. In 1939 Joe and Beatrice were still living at Leeds House. Joe was a government official - retired. Joe White of Leeds House, High Street, Chard died on 5 March 1940 in Chard, Somerset. Probate was granted to his widow Beatrice. His estate was valued at £1,686 6s 4d. Beatrice Valentine White of Dungell Mead, Beer Road, Seaton, Devon died on 27 July 1974.
In 1911 Edward and Mary's daughter, Mabel Mary Ponting was 20 years old and employed as a drapers assistant. She was boarding with Lillian Radcliffe at Queens Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire. She married Horace Ewart Packer on 16 September 1913 at Berkeley, son of Louis Packer, clerk.
Horace Ewart Packer, 194996, Base Signal Dept, Royal Engineers died on 2 November 1918 aged 31 years and was buried in Villiers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France. Administration of his estate (with will) was granted to his widow Mabel Mary Packer. His effects were worth £732 7s 2d.
In 1939 Mabel Mary Packer was a "widow" living at 113 Redland Road, Bristol. She was living on "private means". Margaret J Ewing was living with her. Mabel Mary Packer of Pine Ridge, Hill Road, Hashemite, Surrey died on 24 October 1947 at Stonycrest Nursing Home, Hindhead, Surrey aged 56 years and was buried with her parents in Thornbury. Probate of her will was granted to Margaret Joan Ewing (wife of Edward Gregory Ewing). Her effects were worth £4,655. 9s. 1d.
Edward and Mary's daughter Hannah Ada Emily Ponting married Charles Arthur Holloway on 27 September 1920 in Thornbury. Charles, a 29 year old clerk was the son of Frederick Holloway, gentleman.
In 1939 Charles and Hannah were at 4, Glentworth Road, Bristol. Charles was a sack company ledger clerk. Charles Arthur Holloway of 4 Glentworth Road, Redland, Bristol died on 2 June 1955 at Stapleton Hospital. Probate was granted to Hannah Ada Emily Ponting, his widow. His estate was valued at £388. 16s. 8d. Hannah Ada Emily Ponting of 9 Grove Park, Redland died on 12 January 1959 at Manor Park Hospital, Bristol. Probate was granted to Kenneth Holloway, public accountant. Her estate was valued at £2,035.3s.2d.
Edward and Mary's daughter Sophia Annie Victoria Ponting attended the council school and was awarded a free place at Thornbury Grammar School. She started there on 16 September 1909 and went through to the sixth form there before leaving on 11 April 1913. When she left school she started working as a bookkeeper for a dairyman. Sophia married Cecil Edward Webb on 1 November 1926 in Thornbury. Cecil was a 25 year old furnishing manager, son of Ernest Charles Webb, tiler & plasterer.
In 1939 Cecil and Sophia were living at 24 Chelsea Road and Cecil was a grocer, "shopkeeper master". Cecil Edward Webb of 24 Chelsea Road, Easton died on 2 March 1946 aged 44 at The Royal Infirmary, Bristol. Probate was granted to his widow Sophia. His effects were worth £395 14s 7d. Sophia Annie Victoria Webb of 14, Severn Drive, Thornbury died on 1 January 1985.
- Sydney James Ponting
In 1881 George and Marianne's son, Sydney James Ponting was still living with his parents and is employed as a solicitors clerk, but by 1891 Sidney is in London and is working as a dairyman and lodging with Adolphus Edkins at 5 Englefeld Road, Hackney.
In 1901 39 year old Sidney remains unmarried. He is still a dairyman working on his own account and now living at 74 Chatsworth Road, Hackney with a housekeeper, an assistant dairyman and a general servant.
Sydney is still employed as a dairyman and living at 74 Chatsworth Road in 1911 with a housekeeper and general servant.
At some point Sidney returns to Gloucestershire. On 21 December 1923, Sydney James Ponting of Peyton Combed, Rockhampton died and was buried at Rockhampton. Probate was granted to Amelia Cam, spinster and George James Douse, solicitor. His effects were worth £33,174 11s 2d.
- Annie Mary Sully nee Ponting
Finally, George and Marianne's daughter Annie Mary Ponting. In 1881 the "Bristol Times and Mercury" reported that a daughter of George Ponting, aged about 15, (so I assume this to be Annie Mary) was attacked in the High Road near Tytherington by a tramp. She was going to visit her aunt, Mrs Meredith and when on top of Stowe Hill she was accosted by a tall powerful fellow who asked for a penny. After she gave him the coin, he asked for another and then another which she refused to give. He then knocked her down and on her screaming put his hands over her mouth and ran off.
In 1891 and 1901 Annie was living with and working for her brother William Harris Ponting as a drapers assistant.
In 1911 Annie Mary Ponting aged 46 was a milliner's assistant lodging with Basil Bryan, general draper shop keeper at Norwich House, High Street, Thornbury. It would appear Basil took over William Harris Ponting's business
In 1912 Annie married Robert John Sully. Robert was a 60 year old builder, the son of Benjamin Sully, builder. Annie was a 47 year old spinster. Robert John Sully was the brother of Jemima Sully who had married Annie's brother, William Harris Ponting.
Robert and Annie had a daughter Kathleen J Sully, born in 1916 in Bristol. The index confirms that the mother's maiden name had been Ponting.
Robert John Sully (otherwise "John") of Zinch, Stogumber died on 31 May 1930. Probate to Annie Marie Sully, widow.
So by 1936 Annie had been widowed and returned to Thornbury. In 1937 she was living with her sister Sophia Ponting, in Elmhurst, the previous home of their brother who died in 1936.
Annie Mary Sully of Gloucester Road, Thornbury, widow, died on 30 September 1946 at Sunnyside Nursing Home, Coldharbour Road, Bristol. Probate was granted to Herbert Harris Ponting, farmer and Ralph Ponting, engineer. Her effects were worth £7,152 14s 2d.
Hannah King nee Ponting
Hannah Ponting, one of twin daughters of George and Hester Ponting was baptised on 15 December 1814 at Berkeley. Father George is described as a yeoman of Woodford.
At the time that the 1841 census was taken, Hannah may have been living with her cousin Charles Ponting at Taynton Farm, Pound, Taynton (Appendix C).
By 1851, 36 year old Hannah is back at the family farm in Woodford and is employed as a dairymaid. In 1861 Hannah is working as a housekeeper for John Darney at Middle Town Farm, Upleadon. In 1871 Hannah is back in Woodford living with her brother Charles who was running the family farm.
In 1872 Hannah Ponting married William King, widower, farmer of New Park. William was the son of George King, farmer. The witnesses were Edward Meredith (see below) and Mary Adams. Hannah would have been 58 at the time she married and William was 66 years old.
In 1881 William and Hannah were living with Joseph King, William's son and a farmer of 297 acres employing 5 men at Ham, Berkeley.
William King, late of New Park Farm, Berkeley died on 18 April 1884 at New Park. Probate was granted to William John King, of Talbot End Farm, Cromhall and Joseph King of New Park Farm, Berkeley, the sons of the executors. Presumably these were William's sons from his earlier marriage.
Hannah King died aged 76 and was buried at Berkeley on 2 January 1891 when she is described as being of "New Park Farm".
Hannah's twin sister Ann Ponting was baptised 15 December 1814 at Berkeley.
In 1841 I believe Ann was staying with her uncle Henry Ponting at Mobley, Berkeley (Chapter 3). By 1851 Ann was housekeeper to Thomas Cadle, a farmer in Adsett Tything, Westbury on Severn. In 1861 she was housekeeper to Charles Ford at Upleadon Farm, Upleadon.
Anne Ponting, late of Newton in Rockhampton died on 15 July 1875 and was buried at Rockhampton on 20 July 1875.Probate was granted to William Adams, farmer of Newton and William Harris Ponting, of Thornbury, attorney's clerk and nephew of the deceased. Her effects were worth less than £450.
Mary Adams nee Ponting
Mary Ponting was baptised on 29 January 1817 at Berkeley, the daughter of George and Hester Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a farmer.
Mary was still in the family home in 1861. On 7 May 1862 Mary married William Adams at St Thomas, Bristol. William and Mary were both about 45 years old. Neither party appear to have been married before.
In 1871 William and Mary were living in Rockhampton and William was farming 36 acres with the help of 1 man and 1 boy. By 1881 the couple are living at Newton, Rockhampton where William is farming 21 acres. Mary's niece, Ella Mary Adams was staying with them at the time. By 1891 William was a retired farmer and the couple were living at Hills Road, Rockhampton.
William Adams died on 12 January 1893 aged 75. William Adams of Hill Road, Rockhampton was buried on 17 January 1893 at Rockhampton. Probate was granted to Albert Adams, draper. His effects were worth £121 11s 9d.
Mary Adams died on 17 December 1899 aged 82. Mary Adams of Berkeley was buried on 22 December 1899 at Rockhampton.
Eliza Ponting was baptised 19 September 1818 at Berkeley, the daughter of George and Esther Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a yeoman and this appears to be the couple's second set of twins.
It appears that Eliza never married. In 1871, 1881 and 1891 she was living with her brother James Cullimore Ponting and in 1901 aged 81 is living on her own means at Nibley Street.
Eliza Ponting of Black Hall, Nr Berkeley died on 29 June 1906 aged 87. She is buried in Berkeley with her sister Emma Ponting. Probate was granted to John Cole Cox Ponting (see below), ironmonger and Joseph Bennett, farmer. Her effects were worth £430 5s 7d.
Eliza's twin, Elizabeth Ponting was baptised on 19 September 1818 at Berkeley, the daughter of George and Esther Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a yeoman.
It appears that Elizabeth had a child outside wedlock. John Cole Cox Ponting was baptised on 18 April 1851 at Stone, the son of Elizabeth Ponting of Woodford.
John Cole Cox Ponting's father may have been John Cole Cox who later married Anne Hewett daughter of Thomas Hewett and Esther Wetmore (Appendix F). Elizabeth Ponting and Esther Wetmore were first cousins, both granddaughters of William Ponting and Mary Pearce (Chapter 2) .
Elizabeth never married.
In 1861 she appears to have been living with William Jones Ponting and his wife Jane Whitehouse Ponting at Hamfield. Elizabeth describes herself as a "cousin", 40 years old, born Woodford, working as a housekeeper. If this is Elizabeth she understates her age by about 3 years. William Jones Ponting was the son of George's brother William Ponting and Fanny Jones (Appendix C), so they were cousins.
In 1871 she was now living at Long Ashton, Somerset with the Jane Whitehouse Ponting, the widow of her cousin William Jones Ponting. She gives her age as "46", so again understates it, this time by 7 years. Under occupation, both show "money invested"!!
In 1881 Elizabeth was living at Bassett Court Farm, North Nibley with her sister Annis Lea and her brother in law, Lawford Lea (see below). She is described as a "visitor", no occupation is given and she gives her age as "55", again understating her age by 7 years.
In 1891 she is still at North Nibley, now at Northfield. The entry reads
- Charles Mason, head, farm labourer, aged 70, born Dursley
- Elizabeth Ponting, niece, single, aged 65, born Woodford
- Hester Barber, sister, widow, aged 72, born Woodford.
Hester Barber was Elizabeth's older sister (see above). The relationship with Charles Mason is unclear. Again Elizabeth understates her age!!
Elizabeth Ponting, spinster. of Brick House, North Nibley died on 25 November 1898 aged 80. Probate was granted to John Cole Cox Ponting, ironmonger. Her effects were worth £1,696 11s 10d.
- John Cox Cole Ponting
In 1861, John Cox Cole Ponting, aged 10 was a scholar boarding at Talbots End, Cromhall.
In 1871 20 year old John is lodging at High Street, Whitechapel, London. He is described as a "drapers salesman" and is 1 of 8 similarly occupied at the same address. There is no head of household, but the first person listed is Maria Willis, a 69 year old housekeeper. It is unclear from looking at their neighbours whose John's employer might have been.
By 1881 John has returned to Gloucestershire and is living with his aunt Emma at Woodford (see below). John is 30 years old and now employed as a farm manager.
In 1887 he married Mary Anne Croombe (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1887 Thornbury 6a 366) and by 1891 they had two children
- Elizabeth Ann Ponting. Born 28 May 1888 in Clifton.
- Charles Ponting. Born 25 February 1890 in Clifton
The family are living at 181 Hotwell Road, Clifton, Bristol where John is now an ironmonger working on his own account. The family are still at the same address and John is similarly employed in 1901.
In 1911 the family are still at 181 Hotwell Road, Bristol. John, now 60, is described as a chandler. His wife is shown as assisting in the business. Their daughter Elizabeth Ann, aged 22 remained at home. She gives her occupation as a shorthand typist.
John Cole Cox Ponting of Wheatley Farm, North Petherwin, Devon died on 24 November 1922. Probate was granted to Mary Ann Ponting, his widow and Charles Ponting, electrical engineer. His estate was worth £1,728 12s 1d.
John Cole Cox Ponting is pictured below. This photo it taken from ancestry.co.uk where it was posted by RPontingJC.
￼Mary Anne Ponting nee Croombe of South Wheatley, North Petherwin died on 14 February 1937. Probate was granted to Charles Ponting, electrical engineer. Her estate was valued at £109 8s 5d.
￼John Cole Cox Ponting and Mary Anne Croombe's daughter Elizabeth Ann Ponting married John Thomas Jones in Bristol on 13 November 1912 at St Andrew The Less, Gloucestershire. John was a 28 year old farmer from North Petherwin, Devon, the son of William Jones (deceased) farmer. Elizabeth Ann Ponting was 23 years old. They had a son Stanley John Gilbert Jones, born on 13 November 1913 in Launceston, Cornwall. John Thomas Jones of South Wheatley, North Petherwin died on 16 January 1935. Probate was granted to his widow Elizabeth Ann Jones. His effects were worth £2,307 1s 7d. Stanley John Gilbert Jones married Doris Muriel G Heard in 1936 in Camelford, Cornwall. In 1939 Stanley and Doris were living at Lower White, Broadwoodwidger where Stanley was farming. His mother Elizabeth was living with them. ￼Elizabeth Ann Jones died in March 1967 in Launceston, Cornwall. Stanley John G Jones died in 1997. Doris M L Jones died in 2002 in Penzance.
In 1911, John Cole Cox Ponting and Mary Anne Croombe's son Charles Ponting was a 21 year old electrical engineer living at 39a Rothbury Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Charles Ponting married Gladys Marguerite Geraldine Madge Cottell on 16 April 1912 at Montpelier, Gloucestershire. In 1939 they were living at Esplanade Road, Ardenne, Portishead where Charles was a Charge Engineer, Elect. general. Also at the address was Rosa Cottell, a retired post office clerk. Charles Ponting died in 1954. Gladys died on 8 February 1963 at 1 Longfield Road, Bishopston, Bristol. Probate was granted to Douglas John Ponting, insurance clerk. Her effects were worth £10,635 16 9d.
William Ponting and Jane Evans
William Ponting was baptised on 29 March 1822 aged 1 at Berkeley, son of George and Hesther Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a yeoman.
In 1851 30 year old William is a Carter still living with his parents in Woodford. He is still at the family farm in 1861 but this is now being run by his brother, Charles. He gives his age as 42.
Much of the information which follows including the photographs and illustrations have been provided by Warwick Roberts who is the great grandson of William Ponting.
William Ponting married Jane Evans on 16 August 1863 at Birmingham Register Office. William was a farmer, the son of George Ponting, deceased. He states his age is 38, although he would have been closer to 41 years old. Jane was 31 years old, the daughter of James Evans, farmer. Both give their address as Berkeley. It is not clear where Jane was at the time of the 1861 census, but she may have still been in Wales.
William and Jane's first child was born shortly after their marriage. They went on to have five children in all:
- Francis Frederick Ponting. Born 5 October 1863. Baptised on 18 November 1863 at Berkeley.
- Albert Edward Ponting, Born 1865 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1865 Thornbury 6a 189)
- Percy Evans Ponting. Born 1867 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1867 Dursley 6a 207)
- Ella Mary Ponting. Born 21 October 1868. Baptised 14 May 1883 aged 14.
- Eliza Alice Ponting. Born 1873 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1873 Dursley 6a 216)
The children when baptised are all described as children of William and Jane Ponting of Newton.
In 1871 William and Jane are living at Hillsley Road, Kingswood where William is a "former farmer", but whilst Jane's gives her age as 38, William states that he is 40 whereas in reality he was closer to 50. However both give their correct places of birth.
In 1881 William and Jane are living at Tilput Cottages, Kingswood with their children. William gives his age as 50 (rather than 60) and Jane correctly states that she is 48. William is of "no occupation". At the time 17 year old Francis, 16 year old Albert, 13 year old Percy and 7 year old Eliza were still living at home. Ella Ponting was staying with her aunt and uncle, William Adams and Mary Adams (see above).
However in 1891 William and Jane were living at Charfield Road, Kingswood where they were living off their own means. William Ponting states that he is 68 (which is closer to his true age) and Jane gives her age as 58. The only child at home is daughter "Alice" Ponting who was then aged 17.
William is pictured below:
William Ponting died in 1894 aged 75 years old (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1894 Dursley 6a 117) and was buried on 25 August 1894 at Kingswood.
In 1901 68 year old Jane, born St Asaph's is living alone at Charfield Road, Kingswood. She gives her occupation as "cook". Jane is pictured below:
Jane Ponting died in 1907 aged 74 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1907 Bristol 6a 160). Her death was reported
Of their children:
- Francis Frederick Ponting
In 1881, Francis Frederick Ponting was an 18 year old railway servant living with his parents in Kingswood.
The "UK Railway Employment Records" show that Francis Frederick Ponting was to commence work as a gateman at Gloucester Station on 28 August 1884. The record shows that Frederick who had been 20 on his last birthday on 5 October, stood 5 feet 8 ½ inches and was due to be paid 16 shillings. However he "failed to commence work".
On 21 April 1887 The Times, London reports "Outrage at Thornbury". At Thornbury Petty Sessions Francis Frederick Ponting of Kingswood was charged on suspicion of murdering octogenarian Richard Rugman at his cottage on 7 April 1887. William Cook testified that whilst discussing the case in a beerhouse in Tockington, Francis had confessed. He was followed from the alehouse and the Constable found bloodstains on his clothes, but Francis denied making the confession and the crime. He was cautioned and remanded in custody for a week.
When the inquest resumed the following week, it turned out that Frederick had been no where near the scene at the time. There was some speculation as to whether Eliza Smith, Rugman's 74 year old housekeeper who was badly injured in the incident had been guilty, the crime being a result of a violent argument between the two, but this idea was dismissed. The verdict was murder but by persons unknown.
Nothing more is known about Francis Frederick Ponting.
- Alfred Edward Ponting
In 1881 Alfred Edward Ponting was 16 years old living in Kingswood with his parents. He was a groom and gardener.
I had originally thought that he married Annie Maria May in 1890 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1890 Highworth 5a 16), but the parish register shows that this Alfred, a bricklayer was the son of John Ponting, mason. That being the case, nothing more is known about William and Jane's son.
- Percy Evans Ponting
In 1881 Percy Evans Ponting was a 13 year old scholar living with his parent in Kingswood. Nothing more is known about Percy Evans Ponting.
- Ella Mary Kinsey nee Ponting
William and Jane's daughter Ella Mary Ponting, aged 23 was employed as a milliner in 1891. She was working for sisters Anne Wilde, Elizabeth Wilde, Sarah Wilde and Fanny Wilde who were running a drapers and milliners at 16, Pride Hill, Shrewsbury, Wilts.
Ella married John Kinsey on 14 August 1894 at St Chads, Shrewsbury. John was 38 years old, the son of Thomas Kinsey.
In 1901, John and Ella were living at Willow Cottage, St Chad, Shropshire where 40 year old John was a grocers manager. He and 32 year old Ellen had two children
- Ethel Christina Mary Kinsey. Born 18 August 1895
- Ella May Kinsey. Born 29 December 1898.
Also living with the family at the time was John's 19 year old niece Rhoda A Kedward.
In 1911 the family were living at 8 Mardol Head, Shrewsbury where John was a provision merchant. Both daughters were at home.
John Kinsey of Fairfield, Bayston Hill, died on 30 November 1936 aged 81 years old. Probate was granted to his widow, Ella Mary Kinsey and Ella May Kinsey, spinster.
In 1939 Ella Mary Kinsey was living at Fairfields, Atcham, Shropshire with her youngest daughter Ella, Both are shown as occupied with "unpaid domestic duties".
Ella Mary Kinsey Of Fairfields, Bayston Hill died on 8 December 1956. Probate was granted to Lloyds Bank and Ella May Kinsey, spinster.
John and Ella's daughter Ethel Christina Mary Kinsey married George Cope in 1922 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1922 Atcham 6a 1586). In 1939 Ethel Cope is living at 152 Broadhurst Gardens. She is shown as married, but her husband is not listed. She is listed with 10 others, mainly women and many described as "refugees". Ethel gives her occupation as "writer - fiction". Ethel Christina May Cope died aged 67 years old and was buried on 8 May 1962 in Harrow. George Cope had died earlier that same year, but in Shrewsbury.
Ella never married. Ella May Kinsey of Sabrina House, Longden Road, Shrewsbury died on 5 March 1989 aged 90.
- Eliza Alice Pointon nee Ponting
William and Jane's youngest daughter Eliza Alice Ponting was born on 21 June 1871 at Kingswood. Eliza was Warwick Roberts' grandmother and again he has provided the illustrations and pictures in this section.
Eliza Alice Ponting attended the local school at Kingswood. This picture is believed to have been taken around 1880.
On 17 June 1902 she married Alfred Thomas Pointon, at the Parish Church of Priorslee, by banns The certificate shows that Eliza was 23, although she would have been closer to 28 years old. She may have understated her age to bring it closer to her husbands. Alfred was a 22 year old joiner living at Westley Brook, the son of Thomas Pointon, farmer. The witnesses were Alfred Thackes and Louisa Gregory.
The Pointon family came from the Shifnal area of Shropshire where the family had lived since the 1500s. Alfred was born at Shifnal, his parents were Thomas Pointon and Esther Phillips.
In 1911 the family were living at 53 Victoria Road, Shifnal where 30 year old Alfred was a master builder. They had one daughter Clarice Evelyn Pointon who had been born on 8 August 1903.
In 1939 the family appear to be living at 12 Victoria Road, Shifnal, but Eliza still seems to be having problems with her age! The entry reads
- Thomas A Pointon. Born 18 June 1888. Builder
- Alice Pointon. Born 21 June 1878. Housewife
- Clarice Evelyn Roberts. Born 8 August 1903. Housewife.
Eliza Alice Pointon (otherwise Alice) of Woodford, 12 Victoria Road, Shipnal, Shropshire (wife of Alfred Thomas Pointon) died 2 February 1950 and was buried on 6 February 1950 at Shifnal. Probate was granted to Alfred Thomas Pointon, retired builder and contractor and Clarice Evelyn Roberts.
Alfred Thomas Pointon of Woodford, 12 Victoria Road, Shipnal, Shropshire died on 7 August 1950 and was buried on 4 September 1950 at Shifnal. Probate was granted to Clarice Evelyn Roberts.
Clarice Evelyn Pointon had married Reginald Leonard Roberts in 1927. In 1939 Clarice was living with her parents. The next entry is "officially closed". Reginal F Roberts, a newspaper representative is listed at 27 Hawthorn Croft, Oldbury, Worcs.
Reginald Leonard Roberts of Woodford, 12 Victoria Road, Shifnal died on 28 July 1988 aged 83 years old.
Clarice Evelyn Roberts of Highclere, 28 Avenue Road, Stratford Upon Avon died on 17 October 1994 aged 91 years.
Warwick Roberts is Reginald and Clarice's son.
Sarah Meredith nee Ponting.
Sarah Ponting was baptised on 29 March 1822 at Berkeley, the daughter of George and Hesther Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a yeoman.
In 1841, Sarah was living with her sister Hester Smith and her husband Elias Smith at Southend Farm. By 1851 29 year old Sarah is back living at the family home.
On 21 June 1864 Sarah married Edward Meredith, a 48 year old farmer of Tytherington, the son of Edward Meredith, farmer The witnesses were Chas Ponting and Emma Ponting. (Reg Gen June Qtr 1864 Thornbury 6a 310).
In 1871 Edward and Sarah are living at Mill Farm, Tytherington. Edward gives his age as 56 and Sarah as 45 which seems understated.
Edward Meredith of Tytherington died on 21 February 1875. Probate was granted to Mark Crossman Meredith of Latteridge, his brother and Lawford Lea of North Nibley, farmers. His effects were worth less than £5,000.
Sarah Meredith is still at Mill Farm in 1881 and 1891. In 1881 she is described as a farmer of 150 acres employing 3 men and 1 boy. She gives her age as 48 years old, which is even more greatly understated. Living with her was her 25 year old nephew, Edward Meredith, a farm bailiff. In 1891 Sarah is still farming Mill Farm. Nephew Edward Meredith, aged 37 is still living with her and visiting is Sarah's 31 year old niece Annis Meredith. Sarah gives her age as 60, so again she is significantly understating her true age.
Sarah Meredith of Tytheringham died on 5 July 1891 aged 68. Probate was granted to Lawford Lea of North Nibley, farmer and William Harris Ponting of Thornbury, coal merchant, nephews of the deceased. Her estate was valued at £7,308 17s 9d.
Charles Ponting was baptised on 12 November 1823 at Berkeley, son of George and Esther of Woodford. George is described as a yeoman.
He is still in the family farm in Woodford in 1861 and 1871. By 1861 he is shown as a farmer, the head of the household and in 1871 he is described as a farmer of 208 acres.
Charles Ponting appears to he been an executor and trustee of his brother in law Elias Smith's estate after he died on 19 April 1874 (see above).
Charles Ponting late of Woodford Green Farm died on 11 December 1874 aged 51 and was buried in the family vault at Berkeley. Probate was granted to Edward Meredith of Tytherington and Robert Stephen Cox of Stone, farmers. His effects were worth less than £3,000.
James Cullimore Ponting and Emma Camm
James Cullimore Ponting was baptised on 4 September 1825 at Berkeley, son of George and Hester Ponting. George is described as a yeoman.
James was still in the family home at Woodford in 1851, when aged 25 he was "working on a farm". By 1861 he is still at Woodford, but is parents have died and his brother Charles is shown as head of household.
On 15 May 1866 James Cullimore Ponting married Emma Camm at North Nibley. James was a farmer of full age from North Nibley. Emma, of full age was the daughter of William Camm, farmer.
James and Emma had one daughter Ellen Ponting baptised on 24 August 1867 at North Nibley.
Emma Ponting died in 1869 aged 30 and was buried on 7 July 1869 at North Nibley.
In 1871 James C Ponting, a 39 year old widower living in Green Farm, North Nibley with his 3 year old daughter Ellen. James was farming 50 acres employing 2 men. James sister Eliza was living with the family and is described as a housekeeper.
In 1881 James is still farming 50 acres with two men but is now in Charfield. Had they actually moved or had parish boundaries changed. James sister Eliza now gives her occupation as "dairymaid".
James C Ponting is included in the 1890 Electoral Register for Gloucestershire by virtue of "Freehold land & gardens" at The Green, Charfield.
In 1891 James is farming Hill House Farm, Charfield. His sister is still living with him but his daughter Ellen had left home.
James Cullimore Ponting of Hillhouse Farm, Charfield died on 7 January 1892 aged 65. Probate was granted to Lawford Lea, farmer (see below) and Augustus William King, gentleman. His effects were valued at £414.9s.
- Ellen Daniell nee Ponting
James' and Emma's daughter Ellen Ponting had married Frederick William Daniell on 19 February 1887 at Wapley, St Peter. Frederick William Daniell was a saddler "of full age", son of Thomas Daniell, farmer. Ellen was also "of full age", daughter of James Ponting, farmer.
Frederick William Daniell had been born in 1865, the son of Thomas Daniell and Eliza Daniels. He was the brother of Thomas Daniell who married Marion Jones Ponting (Appendix C). Both Ellen Ponting and Marion Jones Ponting were the great granddaughters of William Ponting and Mary Pearce and so the Daniell brothers married second cousins.
Frederick and Ellen had a son Charles Ponting Daniell born on 2 March 1888 at Berkeley. Frederick gives his occupation as a "master saddler" at the time he registered his son's birth.
Ellen Daniell died on 20 March 1888 aged 20 at Berkeley. The cause of death was double pneumonia but was this sufficiently soon after the birth of her son to be in some way connected. The death certificate shows Ellen as the wife of Frederick William Daniell "master saddler". The informant however was her father James C Ponting who was present at death but gives his usual place of abode at Charfield.
In 1891 Frederick Daniell, a 24 year old widower is living with his parents, 62 year old Thomas Daniell and 60 year old Eliza Daniell at The Hill, Charfield. Frederick's occupation is a "saddler". Father Thomas, now aged 62 is still a farmer. Frederick's son, 3 year old Charles Ponting Daniell is living with William A King, aged 62 and his wife Caroline at Melrose House, Charfield. Charles P Daniell is described as their "adopted son".
Whilst Frederick is only related through marriage he appears to have led an interesting life so I have included more by way of detail.
Frederick William Daniell remarried on 2 October 1895 at Wickwar Parish Church. His new wife was Miranda Jane Bennett. Frederick was a 30 year old saddler. Miranda was a 39 year old widow, son of Moses Smith, farmer, She had previously been married to Joseph Bennett. who had died in 1884 aged 31 years. The marriage did not last long. Miranda Jane Daniell (wife of Frederick William Daniell) of Popular Farm, Wickwar, died barely 2 months later on 19 December 1895. She was buried on 23 December 1895 at Wickwar. Administration of her estate (limited) was granted to Frederick George Smith, auctioneer. Her effects were valued at £185 13s 4d.
Frederick remarried again on 21 June 1900 in Bristol (Reg Gen June Qtr 1900 Bristol 6a 67). His third wife was Mary Limbrick Isaac. Mary was a 53 year old widow, her father was Joseph Barton (deceased). Mary was a widow. She had previously married Henry Isaac on 30 March 1889, but he had died on 4 February 1900, aged 60. This seems to have been Mary's third marriage as well. Frederick was 38 when he married Mary.
In 1901 Frederick and Mary were farming at Poplar Farm, Wickwar. Frederick's son 13 year old Charles, a "school boy" was back living with his father. Frederick was 37 years old, but his wife Mary was 50.
In 1911 Frederick William Daniell is still at Poplar Farm, Wickwar, aged 55, he is shown as married, but his wife is not listed. Rose Jane Satchell, aged 31 and single is shown as a housekeeper "assisting in the business". Three children are listed:
- Hilda Daniell. Born 22 April 1903. The birth of Hilda D Satchell was registered in 1903. When Hilda married she was still using the name Satchell. Hilda Satchell married John Baber in 1927
- Frederick Daniell. Born 7 February 1907. Frederick William Satchell was baptised on 14 July 1907, the son of Frank William Daniell and Rose Satchell. Frederick adopted and married using the name Daniell, seemingly using it throughout his life.
- Uriah Daniell. Born 27 July 1909. The birth of Uriah Daniell Satchell was registered in 1909. Uriah appears to have adopted the surname Daniell using this when he married and throughout his life..
With his son Charles with his first wife Ellen, this is the four children that the census refers to.
So within 3 years of his third marriage Frederick was fathering children outside of the marriage.
It appears that a further child was born of this union. Mary Joyce Daniell Satchell was born in 1916. Mary Joyce Daniell, daughter of Frederick William Daniell married on 2 April 1938 in Wickwar.
In 1911 Mary Limbrick Daniels is perhaps not unsurprisingly! living apart from her husband at Wisteria Lodge, Iron Acton. She is shown as head of the household. Originally her marital status was shown as "separated", but this is crossed out and "married" written in its place. Presumably "separated" didn't have the status it does now? She has also said she is a "British national by parentage", but this has been crossed out, presumably because it is not required. Ann Welham a 70 year old widow is boarding with her.
Mary Limbrick Daniell (wife of Frederick William Daniell) of Wisteria Lodge, Iron Acton, Gloucestershire died on 27 November 1928. Probate was granted to Thomas James and George Eli Grey, farmers. Her effects were valued at £2,244 0s 7d.
Frederick W Daniell remarried in 1929. His fourth wife was Rosanna Jane Satchell "Rosie". Rosanna was the daughter of William Satchell (Reg Gen March 1929 Bristol 6a 251), Frederick's former housekeeper and the mother of most of his children.
In 1939 Frederick W Daniell, a retired farmer and his wife Rosie are living at "The Chestnuts", Wickwar. His son Uriah is still living with him, but had married and his wife is also listed. His son Frederick W Daniell (and his wife Rosina) are now farming Poplar Farm.
Frederick William Daniell died on 11 December 1943 at The Chestnuts, Wickwar. Probate was granted to Charles Ponting Daniell, farmer, Arthur Herbert Jotcham, solicitor and Hilda Baber (wife of John Baber). His estate was worth £21,900. 8s. 10d.
Rosanna Jane Daniell (otherwise Rosie Jane) of Field Barn Farm, Westonbirt, Tetbury on 7 January 1974 at the age of 95 and was buried on 11 January 1974 at Wickwar.
Frederick and Ellen's son Charles Ponting Daniell married Amy Edwards on 7 December 1910 at St James, Horton. Charles was a 23 year old farmer. Amy was 25 years old, the daughter of Edwin James Edwards, farmer. The witnesses were Frank Edwards, Ethel Edwards and James King, so none of Charles's family. In 1911 they were living at Castle Farm, Sodbury Road, Wickwar where 23 year old Charles was farming. They had two children
- Stuart Charles Daniell. Born 24 February 1912. Charles Stewart Daniell was baptised on 19 May 1912 at Wickwar. Stuart married Sybil L Isaac in 1955 in Sodbury. Stuart Charles Daniell of Duzzels Cottage, Horton, Chipping, Sodbury died on 6 June 1992 aged 80 years old.
- John Edward Daniell. Born 5 October 1916. John married Margaret Florence E Lane in 1941. Margaret died in 1997. John died in 2001 aged 84 years old.
In 1939 they were living at Tungrove Farm, Horton, Nr Bristol (where they had been since at least 1918). Charles was a dairy farmer, as was son Stuart. Son John is described as farmer, assisting his father. A further daughter had been born
- Ellen A Daniell. Born 9 September 1924. Ellen married Douglas Herbert Lionel Pearce in 1946. Douglas died in 1997. Ellen died on 2 November 2013.
Charles Ponting Daniell of Southfield, Wickwar, died on 1 January 1958 at Mill Farm, Tytherington. He was buried on 4 January 1958 at Wickwar. Probate was granted to Stuart Charles Daniell, John Edward Daniell and Douglas Pearce, farmers. His effects were worth £13,772 9s 10d. Amy Daniell of Mill Farm, Tytherington died on 4 March 1969 aged 84 years old and was buried on 8 March 1969 at Wickwar.
Annis Lea nee Ponting.
Annis Ponting was baptised on 23 December 1827 at Berkeley, daughter of George and Hester Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a yeoman.
In 1861 Annis is a dairymaid living with her brother-in-law Elias Smith and her sister Hester Smith at Southend Farm, North Nibley.
Annis Ponting married Lawford Lea, farmer of North Nibley. Lawford was the son of Charles Lea, farmer on 23 April 1867. The witnesses were John Cornock, Eliza Ponting, John Taylor Lea and Elizabeth Harris Ponting.
In 1871 Lawford and Annis are living at Bassett Court Farm, North Nibley where 29 year old Lawford is farming 115 acres with 3 men.
Lawford Lea appears to have been appointed executor and trustee of his brother in law Elias Smith's estate after he died on 19 April 1874 (see above).
Still at Bassett Farm in 1881, Lawford is now described as a farmer of 112 acres employing 2 men and 1 boy. Also at the address was 55 year old Elizabeth Ponting, described as a visitor, Annis' sister.
The couple are still farming Bassett Court Farm in 1891. Lawford is now 48 years old and Annis 58 years old.
Annis Lea died aged 65 and was buried on 8 November 1897.
Lawford Lea of North Nibley died on 18 May 1899 aged 56. He was buried on 25 May 1899 in North Nibley. Probate was granted to John Taylor Lea, yeoman, Robert Taylor Lea, farmer and Tom Henry Lea, bank clerk. His estate was originally valued at £4,427 13s 3d, but was resworn in February 1900 at £8,590 10s 10d.
Emma was baptised on 10 November 1830 at Berkeley daughter of George and Hester Ponting of Woodford. George is described as a farmer.
In 1841 Emma was living with her sister Hester Smith and her husband Elias Smith at South End Farm.
Emma is back living at the family farm in Woodford in 1861.
Robert Ponting, son of Emma Ponting of Woodford a single woman was baptised at Berkeley on 21 February 1864.
In 1871 Emma is still living at the family farm, but her brother Charles is running the farm. Her 7 year old son, Robert is boarding with Thomas and Hannah Powell at Stone. Robert is described as a scholar. There is also another scholar, 6 year old John Wilks boarding with them at the time.
After Charles' death it seems Emma took over the running of the farm. Miss Emma Ponting is listed in the 1876 Morris & Co directory as a farmer at Woodford Green Farm, Berkeley.
In 1881 Emma is at Woodford with her 30 year old nephew John Cole Cox Ponting, her sister Elizabeth's son. She is described as a farmer of 200 acres employing 5 men.
In 1891 Emma living at Woodford with 35 year old Robert Allen, a cattle dealer who also assisted on the farm and 23 year old Lucy Browning, a general servant.
In the 1894 and 1897 Kelly's directories Emma is listed as a farmer at Holts Farm, Alkington, Berkeley. This is confirmed by the 1901 census. However on each of the previous 3 census Emma had been increasingly understating her age, and by 1901 what had started as understating by 3 or 4 years increased to 17 years! However I am sure we are looking at the same person.
Emma Ponting of Blackhall, Berkeley died on 26 February 1909 aged 78. She is buried on 3 March 1909 in Berkeley with her sister Eliza Ponting. Probate was granted to John Cole Cox Ponting, ironmonger. Her effects were worth £303 12s 9d.
It is not clear what happened to Emma's son Robert Ponting.