Jones of New Park
Our line is directly descended from Henry Ponting and Jane Jones who married on 23 April 1839 at Berkeley Parish Church (Chapter 4). Not much is known of her lineage but what there is helps to explain some of the relationships mentioned elsewhere particularly those between the Pontings, the Jones' and the Cullimores
Much of the information which follows has come from the "Scribes Alcove" a website listing parish records for a small number of parishes around Thornbury and census returns. The information from Scribes Alcove has, in the main, not been checked against the actual records.
As Jones is a common name there are some assumptions in what follows particularly in attributing the Jones children born at Wanswell to those born at New Park.
John Jones and Sarah Bennett
Jane's grandfather appears to have been John Jones. He was born around 1745 at New Park, Berkeley. There are three possible baptisms in Berkeley which could relate to "our" John
- John Jones baptised 4 August 1744 son of Phillip Jones of Hinton
- John Jones baptised 14 March 1745 son of David Jones of Bevington
- John Jones baptised 5 June 1745 son of John Jones of Halmore.
John Jones of Berkeley married Sarah Bennett by licence on 11 November 1773. The licence reads that "10 day of November 1773 which day appeared personally John Jones of the parish of Berkeley.........................and being foresworn upon Holy Evangelists alleged and made oath that he was over the age of 21 years and a bachelor and intends to marry Sarah Bennett of the parish of Thornbury.............aged 19 years, spinster". Sarah's father William Bennett also appeared and "made oath that he was the lawful father of Sarah Bennett and consented of the marriage"￼
John Jones and Sarah Bennett were my great x 6 grandparents.
Sarah was the daughter of William Bennett and Sarah Bailey. Sarah was baptised on 5 January 1754 at Berkeley.
Her father William Bennett had been baptised on 17 April 1724 at Ham. He died or was buried on 17 April 1796 in Henbury, Gloucestershire. His wife Sarah Bailey had been born in 1720 in Cam, Gloucestershire and died or was buried on 11 June 1805 at Henbury, Gloucestershire.
It may be that William Bennett was the son of John Bennett and Ashfield Cullimore. John Bennett was baptised on 19 November 1687 at Tortworth and may have been the son of William Bennett and Anne Hathaway. William Bennett had been baptised on 22 July 1649 at Tortworth. He married Anne Hathaway on 18 May 1687 at All Saints Stone. William died in 1708 in Tortworth. Anne may have been born in 1646 in Tortworth the daughter of John Hathaway (born 1620) and Martha (born 1627). John and Martha Hathaway were my great x 10 grandparents.
Ashfield Cullimore was born in 1692, the daughter of Joseph Cullimore (born 1647. buried 26 May 1707 at Tortworth) and Mary Collins (born 1650. buried 1707 at Thornbury). John and Mary Cullimore were my great x 9 grandparents.
Back to John Jones and Sarah Bennett, the couple had seven children
- Fanny Jones, baptised at Berkeley on 17 February 1775, daughter of John Jones of Wanswell Court.
- Sarah Jones, baptised at Berkeley on 16 December 1776, daughter of John Jones of Wanswell Court.
- John Jones baptised in Berkeley on 24 June 1778, son of John Jones from Wanswell.
- William Jones, baptised 20 November 1780 at Berkeley, son of John Jones of Wanswell.
- Daniel Jones, baptised 19 September 1782 at Berkeley, son of John Jones, yeoman of New Park. Daniel Jones of New Park, son of John Jones, yeoman was buried on 7 September 1783 at Berkeley.
- Mary Jones. Baptised 17 June 1787 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, yeoman of New Park.
- Betty Jones. Baptised 19 April 1789 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, yeoman, Newport.
Land Tax Redemption Records for 1798 show John Jones as the occupier of land at New Park owned by the Earl of Berkeley and the sum assessed as £8.12s.
Sarah Jones, wife of John Jones of Hill died on 17 January 1812 aged 57 and was buried in Hill on 23 January 1812. John Jones died aged 91 years and was buried at Hill on 6 October 1836. There is a memorial to them in St Michaels Church, Hill.
Fanny Ponting nee Jones
Fanny Jones was baptised at Berkeley on 17 February 1775, daughter of John Jones of Wanswell Court. Her mother was Sarah Bennett.
Fanny married William Ponting on 28 March 1801 at Berkeley Parish Church. William was the son of William Ponting and Mary Pearce (Chapter 2)
William and Fanny had ten children:
- William Jones Ponting. Baptised 18 February 1802 at Berkeley
- Fanny Ponting. Baptised 13 November 1803 at Berkeley.
- Mary Ponting. Baptised 26 June 1805 at Berkeley
- Ann Ponting. Baptised 29 April 1807 at Berkeley .
- Charles Ponting. Baptised 10 May 1809 at Berkeley
- George Ponting. Baptised 27 May 1810 at Berkeley .
- Henry Ponting. Baptised 24 May 1812 at Berkeley .
- John Ponting. Baptised 15 June 1814 at Berkeley
- Elizabeth Ponting. Baptised 15 December 1816 at Berkeley.
- Annis Ponting. Baptised 25 October 1818 at Berkeley.
Their lives are detailed at Appendix C.
Sarah Ponting nee Jones
Sarah Jones was baptised at Berkeley on 16 December 1776, daughter of John Jones of Wanswell Court. Her mother was Sarah Bennett.
On 15 March 1810 Sarah Jones from Hill married Thomas Ponting of Bedminster at Hill. The witnesses were Betty Jones and John Jones. Thomas was 7 years his wife's junior.
Thomas and Sarah had a daughter Mary Ponting who was born around 1811 and who died on 16 September 1830 aged 19 years and was buried at Berkeley on 22 September 1830.
Their lives are detailed in Chapter 2.
John Jones and Mary Hewett
John Jones baptised in Berkeley on 24 June 1778, son of John Jones from Wanswell. Wanswell Court is approximately a mile north of Berkeley. His mother was Sarah Bennett.
John Jones of Berkeley married Mary Hewett of Hill at Berkeley on 29 June 1805. The witnesses were Elizabeth Hewett, W Ponting and Henry Clark.
Mary Hewett was baptised 3 December 1781 at Hill, the daughter of Thomas Hewett and Elizabeth/Betty Gazard. Some research has been done on the Hewett family and this is detailed at Appendix L.
John Jones and Mary Hewett had eleven children:
- John Jones. Baptised 22 January 1807 at Berkeley
- Mary Jones. Baptised 22 January 1807 at Berkeley
- Charles Jones. Baptised 20 April 1810 at Berkeley
- Eliza Jones. Baptised 1 February 1811 at Berkeley
- Jane Jones. Born 21 February 1812. Baptised 30 August 1814 at Berkeley
- Sarah Jones. Baptised 9 September 1815 at Berkeley
- Caroline Jones. Baptised 18 June 1817 at Berkeley .
- George Hewitt Jones. Baptised 8 March 1819 at Berkeley
- Henry Jones. Baptised 4 March 1821 at Berkeley
- Daniel Jones. Baptised 24 August 1823 at Berkeley
- Samuel Jones. Baptised 3 July 1825 at Berkeley
By 1841 only the following family members were still living at New Park
- John Jones, aged 60,
- Mary Jones, aged 57
- Sarah Jones, aged 25
- Caroline Jones, aged 20
- George Jones, aged 20
- Daniell Jones, aged 15
In 1851, The Jones family were still at New Park
- John Jones, head, married, aged 72, farmer - 350 acres employing 15 labourer's, born Berkeley
- Mary Jones, wife, aged 69, born Hill
- Daniel Jones , son, unmarried, aged 26, farmers son, born Berkeley
- Thomas Ponting, grandson, aged 11, born Berkeley
John Jones of Peddington, late of New Park, died on 15 March 1859 aged 81 years old. Probate was granted to John Jones of Clapton, his son and sole executor.
His wife Mary died on 23 January 1860 aged 78 years old. Both are buried at Stone.
￼The following is known about John and Mary's children.
- John Jones and Mary Ponting
John Jones was baptised 22 January 1807 at Berkeley son of John Jones, dairyman, of Newport. (Again all the references to Newport that follow could be New Park transcribed incorrectly although there is a hamlet called Newport in the parish of Berkeley).
On 18 October 1838, John Jones, aged 33, farmer from Berkeley married Mary Ponting, also 33 from Berkeley. John Jones is described as the son of John Jones, farmer. Mary Ponting as the daughter of William Ponting, farmer. The witnesses were Thomas Hewett and Mary's mother, Fanny Ponting (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1838 Thornbury 11 657). This was a marriage of first cousins, Mary's mother, Fanny Jones was the sister of John's father (see above).
Their lives are detailed at Appendix C.
- Mary Wetmore nee Jones
Mary Jones was baptised 22 January 1807 at Berkeley son of John Jones, dairyman of Newport. .
On 18 October 1838, Mary Jones married William Wetmore, a 40 year old farmer from Hill. William was the son of John Wetmore, farmer and the brother of Hesther who married Henry Ponting in 1809.
Their lives are detailed at Appendix I
- Charles Jones and Mary Wetmore
Charles Jones was baptised on 20 April 1810 at Berkeley, son of John Jones, dairyman of Newpark.
On 11 May 1836 Charles Jones of Berkeley married Mary Wetmore from Hill. The witnesses were Wm Wetmore and Mary Jones.
- Eliza Cullimore nee Jones
Eliza Jones was baptised on 1 February 1811 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, dairyman of Newport.
On 4 April 1841 Eliza Jones married William Cullimore at Berkeley. Both bride and groom are described as of full age. William was a farmer from Shepherdine, the son of William Cullimore also a farmer. Eliza was from New Park the son of John Jones, farmer. The witnesses were Wm Wetmore and Caroline Jones.
At the time, the 1841 census was taken, William and Eliza Cullimore aged 35 and 30 respectively were living at Rockhampton. William is described as a farmer and living with them were two 15 year old farm labourers.
William and Eliza appear to have had three children
- William Cullimore. Baptised 24 March 1842 at Rockhampton
- John Cullimore. Baptised 8 February 1845 at Compton Greenfield, Gloucestershire.
- Elizabeth Cullimore. Baptised 17 February 1847 at Almondsbury.
In 1851 the family were living at Almondsbury. William is described as "a gentleman farmer of 176 acres with 2 and 5 outdoor labourers". Also living with them were four servants a carter, dairy maid, farm servant and house maid.
William Cullimore of Almondsbury had died aged 53 and was buried at Thornbury on 2 March 1855.
In 1861 Eliza was living at Rockhampton. She is described in the census as a 50 year old widow, farmer of 50 acres employing 1 man and 1 boy. Living with her are her sons
- William Cullimore aged 19, farmers son, born Berkeley, and
- John Cullimore, aged 16, articles clerk at Messrs Crossman and Lloyd of Thornbury, born Almondsbury.
William and Eliza's daughter, Elizabeth, aged 14, was a pupil at Arlington Villas, Clifton, Bristol.
In 1871 Eliza Cullimore, aged 60 is still in Rockhampton. She is now farming 63 acres employing 1 man and 1 boy. Living with her are her son, William, now aged 29 and daughter Elizabeth, aged 24 and two employees, a dairymaid and a housemaid. Her son John is a solicitor and managing clerk lodging with Margaret Dean, widow of a woollen draper and her family at 67 Upper Northgate Street, Chester.
In 1881 70 year old Eliza Cullimore was living at "Gloster Road", Thornbury with companion 65 year old Sarah Ashton (her sister - see below) and Annis Powell, a 27 year old domestic servant. Eliza is described as a retired farmer. Sarah Ashton was a retired draper. Both have been widowed.
Eliza Cullimore died on 9 January 1891 aged 81 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1891 Thornbury 6a 166). Eliza Cullimore of Upper Morton was buried on 13 January 1891 at Thornbury. Probate of the will of Eliza Cullimore, formerly of Shepherdine, Rockhampton, but late of Moreton, Thornbury was granted to William Cullimore of Moreton and John Cullimore of Chester, her sons and executors. Her estate was valued at £1,342.18s.9d.
In 1881 William and Eliza's son, William Cullimore was living next door to his mother at "Gloster Road", Thornbury. He was aged 39 and unmarried, a farmer of 220 acres employing 6 men and 1 boy. Also in the house are a housekeeper and 3 servants. In 1891, now aged 49, he is still single and is living at Morton Farm, Thornbury with his housekeeper and three other domestic servants. In 1901 William, now 59, was staying with his brother John at Faulkers Lane, Christleton. William Cullimore of Morton, Thornbury died on 6 July 1907 . Probate was granted to John Cullimore, gentleman. His effects were worth £6,178 3s 9d.
Although William was staying with brother John at the time the 1901 census was taken, the farm at Thornbury was still in the family. It is understood that the Cullimore family had farmed (what must have become) Manor Farm, Morton for many centuries and following his brother William's death, the farm passed to his brother John. While John Cullimore continued to live in Chester he and his family spent a month at Morton every summer and kept a tight rein on the estate.
In 1881 William and Eliza's son John, aged 36, a solicitor was unmarried and living at Saignton, Gloucestershire with two servants, Edward Lawrence, aged 30, coachman and Anne Lawrence, aged 37, housekeeper. Also at the address was Emily A Wright, aged 19, a waitress in domestic service. John Cullimore married Mary Elizabeth Dale on 24 January 1885 at Stoke Newington. Mary was the daughter of James Dale, engineer, who witnessed the marriage. John's father is shown as a deceased gentleman. John a solicitor from Chester was 39 years old and his wife 32 years old (Reg Gen March Qtr 1885 Hackney 1b 571).
In 1891 John and Mary were living at Faulkner's Lane, Christleton, Cheshire. John, 46 is a solicitor and a JP. His wife Mary is aged 38. Also at the address were their three eldest children and 23 year old Sarah Jones, a domestic waitress, 21 year old Ann Griffith, domestic cook, domestic and 22 year old Harriet Taviner, a domestic nurse. John and Mary had five children
- James Cullimore. Born 28 September 1886 at Christleton
- William Cullimore. Born 1889 at Christleton
- John Cullimore. Born 1890 at Christleton (Reg Gen March Qtr 1890 Chester 8a 401). Died 1892 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1892 Chester 8a 341).
- Charles Cullimore, Born 1892 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1891 Chester 8a 390)
- John Cullimore, Born 1895 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1894 Chester 8a 386)
In 1901 John and Mary are still living at Faulkers Lane, Christleton, but by this time their home is named as "Faulkners Lodge". 56 year old John is still a solicitor. Their eldest son James, now 14, was boarding at St Andrews, Rugby. Their second son William was still at home. Their third son John had died in 1892 aged 2 years old Charles and their youngest son John were still at home. Also staying with them at the time was John's 59 year old brother William Cullimore. The household had three live-in staff, 22 year old Caroline Gregory, a housemaid, 19 year old Catherine Gregory, a housemaid and 19 year old Sarah A Diamond, cook.
Throughout the period covering 1879 to 1901 and beyond John Cullimore was acting for Emily Ponting and other family members. Correspondence in this connection is detailed in Chapter 11 and elsewhere in the main body of this account.
In 1911 John and Mary are still at Faulkner's Lodge, Christleton, Cheshire. Their son William, aged 22, was a solicitors articled clerk and son Charles, aged 19 was a student at Cambridge University. They had three live in servants at that time, a parlour maid, a cook and a housemaid. Son John, aged 16 was a pupil at Marlborough College.
John Cullimore of Faulkners Lodge, Christleton died on 17 July 1931. Probate was granted to Mary Elizabeth Cullimore, widow, James Cullimore, engineer, William Cullimore, solicitor and Charles Cullimore, engineer. His estate was valued at £29,789. 15s. 6d (worth about £1.7M today).
Mary Elizabeth Cullimore died 3 November 1948 at Christleton aged 96 years old. Probate was granted to James Cullimore, engineer, William Cullimore, solicitor and Charles Cullimore, company director. Her effects were worth £2,674.1s.8d. I am guessing this is significantly less than her husbands estate because the bulk of this was left in trust.
John and Mary's son James Cullimore married Mary Dorothy Heighway in 1918 (Reg Gen Sept 1918 Bucklow 8a 396). On 7 June 1924 they sailed for Melbourne, Austrailia on the "Ullyses". James was a 37 year old engineer. Their address in the UK was Holly Bank, Mornington Road, Sale, Cheshire. It is not clear how long they were away, but on 14 June 1925 they returned to the UK on "Darro" from River Plate, Argentina presumably a separate trip. James Cullimore of 37 Argyll Avenue, Curzon Park, Chester died on 14 July 1954. Probate was granted to his widow, Mary Dorothy Cullimore, and George Knight Stratton, engineer. His effects were worth £34,355. 19s 1d. Mary Dorothy Cullimore of 37 Argyll Avenue, Curzon Park, Chester died on 9 March 1966. Probate was granted to William Rae Cullimore and Robert Edward France Hayhurst, solicitors. Her estates was valued at £37,363. 0s. 0d.
John and Mary's son, William Cullimore married Ivy Kember in 1 January 1917 at St Alban, Acton Green. William was a 24 year old solicitor of 2/5 Cheshires, Yarmouth, the son of John Cullimore, solicitor. Ivy was a 32 year old spinster of 46, St Albans Avenue, Bedford Park. Ivy was the daughter of Harold Kember (deceased) , gentleman. They had one son William Rae Cullimore born in 1919. William Cullimore of Christleton House died on 2 November 1949. Probate was granted to Ivy Emma Cullimore, widow and William Rae Cullimore, solicitor. His effects were worth £22,332. 8s. 6d. Ivy Emma Cullimore of Christleton House, Christleton, widow died on 28 June 1958 at The Royal Infirmary, Chester. Probate was granted to William Rae Cullimore, solicitor and Henry Langton Birch, solicitors clerk. Her estate was valued at £8,804. 0s.1d.
Telephone directories show W Rae Cullimore living at Faulkers Lodge and it appears that he may have inherited this from his uncle Charles who died in 1958 and he continued to live there until the 1970's. It was W Rae Cullimore who deposited the "Cullimore" papers referred to in Chapter 11 with Gloucestershire Archives in 2002. William Rae Cullimore died on Saturday 11 August 2012, aged 93.
John and Mary's son Charles Cullimore of Faulkners Lodge, Christleton died on 19 March 1958. Probate was granted to William Rae Cullimore, solicitor and Cyril Henry Thompson, solicitors clerk. His effects were worth £40,872. 10s. 6d. This suggests that he never married, but remained in the family home all his life, passing it to his nephew when he died.
Finally John and Mary's son John Cullimore, a lieutenant in the 8th battalion of the Cheshire Regiment had died of wounds on 16 April 1916 at Amara Mesopotamia. John was buried at Al Amarah Maysan, Iraq. Administration of his estate was granted to John Cullimore, solicitor. His effects were worth £422 15s 2d.
Returning to William Cullimore and Eliza Jones' last child, their daughter Elizabeth Cullimore of Shepperdine married Robert Comely on 12 March 1873 at Rockhampton. Elizabeth was 26, the daughter of William Cullimore, farmer. Robert was 31 years old, a farmer from Oldbury on Severn, the son of William Comely, farmer. The witnesses were M A Jones and John Cullimore.
In 1881 Elizabeth Comely, aged 34 was living at Cowhill Farm, Cowhill, Thornbury with her 39 year old husband, Robert. Robert is described as a farmer of 291 acres employing 5 labourers and 2 boys. The couple had six children all living at home. Also at the address was a governess, two household servants and two farm servants.
Robert and Elizabeth had six children:
- Mary Comely. Baptised 10 March 1874 at Oldbury
- Ann Comely. Baptised on 2 February 1875 at Oldbury
- Robert Comely. Baptised 17 April 1876 at Oldbury
- William Cullimore Comely. Baptised 4 November 1877 at Oldbury
- Elizabeth Comely. Born 1880
- Susan Comely. Born 1881
When their children were baptised Robert Comely is described as a yeoman of Cowhill
Robert Comely late of Westend, Oldbury on Severn, gentleman, died on 15 March 1885. Probate of his will was granted to Elizabeth Comely, his relict, Walter Comely, of Cowhill, his brother and John Cullimore of Chester, gentleman. His effects were worth £590. 2s. 8d.
So by 1891, 44 year old Elizabeth is a widow living at Morton Farm, Thornbury, seemingly in separate accommodation at her brothers farm. All of Elizabeth's children are at home except 15 year old Robert Comely who was a pupil boarding at 1 College Grounds, Great Malvern, Worcester and their daughter Susan Comely who had died in 1881 before her first birthday (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1881 Thornbury 6a 132).
In 1901 Elizabeth Comely, now aged 54 was living at 19 Oakfields Grove, Clifton, Bristol. She is described as "living on her own means". Her daughters Mary, aged 27, and Elizabeth, aged 21 and her son Robert aged 25 and described as a law student were living with her. Also listed are Eliza Young, aged 75, visitor "living on own means", and Bertha Dobson, a 22 year old servant.
In 1911 Elizabeth Comely, a 64 year old widow was living with her daughter Elizabeth, aged 31 and her son Robert, aged 35, a solicitor, at 1 Florence Park, Redland, Bristol. Her daughter Mary, aged 37, single and living on private means was boarding at Penzance, Cornwall. Her son William Cullimore Comeley was living at Goosegreen, Yate. Still single at 33, he was an agriculturist.
Elizabeth Comely died on 22 August 1923 at 50 Devonshire Road, Bristol. Probate was granted to John Cullimore, solicitor. Her effects were valued at £538 0s. 7d.
Robert and Elizabeth's daughter Mary Comely of 3 Howard Road, West Park, Bristol, spinster died on 12 November 1931. Probate was granted to Ann Comely, spinster. Her effects were worth £1,158 12s 10d. This was later resworn at £1,376.
Her sister, Ann Comely, spinster, of 83 Devonshire Road, Westbury Park, Bristol died on 25 July 1936. Probate was granted to William Cullimore, solicitor. Her effects were worth £3,129. 0s. 2d.
Robert and Elizabeth's son Robert Comely of Camp Cottages, Oldbury on Severn died on 18 January 1925 at Gloucester County & City Mental Hospital . Administration of his estate was granted to Ann Comely, spinster. His effects were valued at £596. 7s. 6d.
Robert and Elizabeth's son Wm C Comely, a 34 year old farmer is shown on the passenger list of the "Beltana" which sailed for Sydney on 9 July 1912. In 1914 William was living in Mildura, Wimmara, Victoria where he was a farm worker. On 6 July 1915 William enlisted in Australian Imperial Force, 3rd Reinforcements, 23rd Battalion. William was 37 years old and gives his occupation as a labourer.￼ His next of kin was his mother Elizabeth Comely of 50 Devonshire Road, Westbury Park, Bristol. In 1919 he is living at Tynong, Bunyip, Flinders, Victoria where he is farming. He is still there in 1924 and through to 1936. In 1942 William Cullimore Comely was living at 22, Warby Street, Wangaretta, Australia. Under occupation he states 'nil'. It seems he never married. William Cullimore Comely, retired farmer late of Tocumwal, New South Wales died on 20 September 1950 intestate. Administration was granted on 7 November 1952. This was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 28 November 1952 but no details are given of who administration was granted to.
Finally Robert and Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth, who also never married and who died on 23 January 1952 at 66, Gloucester Road, Patchway . Probate was granted to James Cullimore, company director. Her effects were valued at £1,652.12s.2d.
- Jane Ponting nee Jones
Jane Jones was born on 21 February 1812 and baptised 30 August 1814 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, yeoman and Mary Jones of Newport.
On 23 April 1839 Jane Jones married Henry Ponting at Berkeley. Jane Jones of Mobley was 27 year old. Her father was John Jones, farmer. Henry was aged 29, a farmer from Mobley. His father was Henry Ponting, farmer. The witnesses were Thomas Wetmore (Henry's maternal uncle - Appendix I - Subsection 1) and Sarah Jones (Jane's sister) (Reg Gen June Qtr 1839 Thornbury 11 520).
Henry and Jane had eight children:
- Thomas Hewett Ponting; baptised 4 March 1840 at Berkeley (Chapter 5)
- Mary Jane Ponting; born 11 February 1841 (Chapter 6)
- Susanna Ponting; born 9 March 1842 (Chapter 7)
- John Jones Ponting; born 10 April 1843 (Chapter 8)
- William Ponting; born 1844 (Chapter 11)
- Anne Ashfield Ponting; born 17 July 1845. Died 1847 (Chapter 3)
- Sydney Ponting; born 11 May 1847 (Chapter 9)
- Ashfield Ann Ponting; born 12 May 1848 (Chapter 10)
Further detail is in Chapter 4 and the remainder of the main account.
- Sarah Ashton nee Jones
Sarah Jones was baptised 9 September 1815 at Berkeley the daughter of John and Mary Jones of Newport. John Jones is described as a yeoman.
In 1841 she is aged 25 and living with her parents, sister Caroline and brothers George and Daniell at New Park.
On 6 June 1843 at Berkeley Sarah Jones married widower Thomas Ashton of Great Torrington, Devon. Both are described as "of full age". Thomas was the son of Thomas Ashton, yeoman. John Jones is described as a "gentleman". The witnesses were Charles Baker and J T Ghostly.
Thomas Ashton had formerly been married to Ann Ponting, daughter of William and Fanny Ponting of Hamfield who had died in 1838 (Appendix C).
Thomas and Sarah had three children
- Mary Jane Ashton. Born 1844 in Great Torrington
- Thomas Ashton. Born 1848 in Great Torrington (Reg Gen March 1848 Torrington 10 289). Died 1856 (Reg Gen June 1856 Torrington 5b 316)
- John Jones Ashton. Born 1849 in Great Torrington (Reg Gen December 1849 Torrington 10 286). John Jones Ashton had died in 1852 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1852 Torrington 5b 373)
In 1851 Thomas and Sarah are living at High Street, Great Torrington, Devon. The entry includes
- Thomas Ashton, head, aged 45, draper and auctioneer, born Merton, Devon
- Sarah Ashton , wife, aged 35, born Berkeley
- Mary J Ashton, daughter, aged 6, scholar, born Great Torrington
- Thomas Ashton, son, aged 3, born Great Torrington
- John Ashton, son, aged 1, born Great Torrington
- Elizabeth Ashton, niece, aged 16, drapers apprentice, born Hartland, Devon
- Thomas Tree, aged 14, drapers apprentice
- Elizabeth Smale, aged 24, general servant
- Ann May, aged 16, housemaid
By 1861 Thomas, a 55 year old merchant and auctioneer and his 44 wife Sarah are living at South Street, Great Torrington. Their only surviving child Mary Jane Ashton was a 16 year old scholar.
Thomas Ashton, draper, of Great Torrington died on 11 August 1868 aged 63 years old. Probate was granted to his relict Sarah Ashton. His effects were worth less than £200.
So by 1871, 56 year old Sarah had been widowed and was visiting Margaret Foxwell, a 55 year old widow at Castle Street, Great Torrington. Margaret was the widow of Edwin Foxwell, the son of John Burford Foxwell and Betty Jones and so was a cousin through marriage (See below)
In 1881 65 year old Sarah Ashton, widow was living at "Gloster Road", Thornbury and is shown as a companion to the 70 year old Eliza Cullimore (her sister - see above). Sarah is described as a retired draper. Eliza as a retired farmer.
Sarah Ashton of Moreton, Thornbury died on 18 October 1887 aged 72 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1887 Thornbury 6a 145). Probate was granted to Mary Jane Bridgewater, wife of Edward Bridgewater of 42 Aubert Park, Highbury, Middx, daughter and only next of kin. Her effects were worth £525 17s 6d.
Mary Jane Ashton had married Edward Bridgewater in 1864 in Torrington. In 1871, 42 year old Edward, a glove manufacturer and is 26 year old wife Mary Jane were living at 6 College Hill, Islington with Matilda Longe, a 22 year old general servant. In 1881 Edward Bridgewater, now described as a glove importer was living with his wife Mary at 6 Aubert Street, Finsbury and 22 year old general servant, Priscilla Bell.
By 1891 Edward, aged 63, had retired and he and his 46 year old wife Mary Jane were staying with Thomas Day Till and his wife Mary. Mary Till was the daughter of William Wetmore and Mary Jones (see above and Appendix I - Subsection 1) and as such was Mary Jane Ashton's cousin. By 1901 Edward and Mary Jane Bridgewater had moved to Upper Morton, Thornbury. In 1911, Edward, now aged 82 and his 66 year old wife were living at 3 Combe Park, Weston, Bath with two servants, a cook and housemaid.
Edward Bridgewater of Combe House, Weston, Bath died on 11 July 1917. Probate was granted to his widow, Mary Jane Bridgewater, William James Berriman, solicitor and Charles Ponting Ashton, grocer. His estate was valued at £5,089. 13s. 9d. Charles Ponting Ashton was the grandson of Thomas Ponting and his first wife Ann Ponting (Appendix C) and so was Mary Jane Bridgewater's first cousin once removed.
- Caroline Ponting nee Jones
Caroline Jones was baptised on 18 June 1817 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, yeoman and Mary Jones of Newport.
In 1841, 20 year old Caroline Jones, was living with her parents, John and Mary, sister Sarah and brothers George and Daniell at New Park.
Caroline Jones married John Ponting, farmer, on 29 April 1846 at Berkeley. Both state that they are of full age. Caroline gives her residence as New Park and her father as John Jones, yeoman. John Ponting describes himself as a farmer resident in Hamfield, the son of William Ponting, yeoman (Appendix C). The witnesses were Jn Jones and Annis Ponting. (Reg Gen June Qtr 1846 Thornbury 11 621).
John and Caroline had six children,
- Caroline Ann Ponting. Born 1847 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1847 Thornbury 11 486)
- Robert Ponting. Born 1848 (Reg Gen March Qtr 1848 11 470). Baptised 27 February 1848 at Berkeley.
- Samuel Jones Ponting. Born 1849 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1849 Thornbury 11 499). Baptised 20 June 1849 at Berkeley.
- Alfred Pearce Ponting. Born 1850 (Reg Gen Sept Qtr 1850 Thornbury 11 477). Baptised 24 July 1850 at Berkeley.
- Jane Matilda Ponting. Born 1851 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1851 Thornbury 11 473). Baptised 10 December 1851 at Berkeley
- Lucy Maria Ponting. Born 1853. (Reg Gen March Qtr 1853 Thornbury 6a 165). Baptised 23 February 1853 at Berkeley
Full details of the family can be found at Appendix C
- George Hewitt Jones and Mary Ann Till
George Jones was baptised on 8 March 1819 at Berkeley, son of John Jones, yeoman and Mary Jones of Newport.
In 1841 George was still living at New Park with his parents John and Mary, sisters Sarah and Caroline and brother Daniel .
On 21 January 1845 George Jones, farmer from Burford, married Mary Anne Till from Thornbury. Both are described of full age. George is the son of John Jones, farmer. Mary Anne is described as the daughter of William Till, farmer. The witnesses were William Till and Elizabeth Till
Mary Ann Till had been baptised on 27 November 1820 at Thornbury. She was the daughter of William Till and Mary Ann Day who married on 16 November 1819 at Thornbury. She was the sister of
- Fanny Till who married George's brother Daniel Jones on 2 June 1852 at Thornbury (See below).
- Thomas Day Till who had married Mary Wetmore daughter of William Wetmore and Mary Jones on 9 June 1864 at Hill (See above & Appendix I - Subsection 1)
In 1851, 32 year old George and 30 year old Mary were living at Doddington. George is described as a farmer of 258 acres employing 16 labourers.
It is believed that George and Mary Ann Jones had seven children:
- John Jones. Baptised 15 March 1848 in Doddington
- William Till Jones. Baptised 31 October 1849 in Doddington
- George Hewitt Jones. Baptised 17 December 1850 in Doddington
- Emma Till Jones. Baptised 7 January 1855 in Doddington
- Mary Jane Jones. Baptised 23 May 1860 in Doddington.
- Charles Jones. Baptised 26 May 1863 in Doddington
- Ellen Till Jones. Baptised 5 May 1865 in Doddington
In 1861, George Hewitt Jones, aged 42, farmer, born Hill is living with his wife Mary Ann Jones, aged 40 at Lyde Farm, Doddington with their children, all born Doddington and 4 servants. The only children not recorded are the time are Will who I presume had died in infancy and George Hewitt Jones
In 1871 the family were still living in Doddington where 54 year old George was farming 400 acres. All the children are at home except Will and daughters Emma and Mary Jane Jones.
George Hewitt Jones late of Lydes Farm, Doddington died at Lydes Farm on 3 May 1879 aged 60 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1879 Chipping Sodbury 6a 117). Probate was granted to his widow and relict Mary Ann Jones, John Jones of Codington and George Hewitt Jones of Lydes Farm, sons of the deceased and farmers. His effects were valued at less than £2,000.
So, by 1881 Mary Ann Jones was a 60 year old widow, but she was still living at Lyde Farm, Doddington with her son, George Hewitt Jones, aged 29, who is described as a farmer of 472 acres employing 10 men and 4 boys and her daughters Emma Till Jones aged 24 and Ellen Till Jones, daughter, aged 16.
In 1891 Mary A Jones, now aged 70 is living at Farm House, Little Badminton with sons George H Jones, son, aged 39, farmer and Charles Jones, aged 28, farmers brother and her daughters Emma T Jones, aged 34 and Ellen Jones, aged 25.
In 1901 Mary, now aged 80 was living at The Farm, Little Badminton with her 50 year old son, George, farmer and her daughter Emma, aged 36. Also at the address was 16 year old Gilbert Barton, under relationship to head of household is "pupil" and servant 19 year old Rhoda Gingell.
Nothing more is known about Mary Ann Jones or her eldest sons John Jones or William Till Jones.
In 1911 George Hewitt Jones, aged 59, farmer is living at Little Badminton with his sisters Emma Till Jones, aged 54 and Ellen Jones, aged 45 plus two servants. George Hewitt Jones of Little Badminton died on 8 October 1918. Probate was granted to John Edward Jones, farmer and William Cullimore, Lieutenant Cheshire regiment. His estate was worth £46,220 18s 10d (worth about £2.2M today).
Emma Till Jones of 3 Cotswold Hill, Sodbury, Gloucestershire died on 7 May 1931. Probate was granted to William Cullimore, solicitor and John Edward Jones, farmer. Her estate was valued at £7,288 10s 3d.
Mary Jane Jones married William Charles Wilcock on 11 April 1883 at Wapeley, St Peter. They had one daughter Annie Louise Wilcock who was born in 1886. In 1891 the family were living at Lyles Farm, Doddington where 42 year old William was a farmer. Staying with them at the time were 50 year old Elizabeth Wilcock, William's aunt and John H Wilcock, 22 , his cousin. Two farm servants are also listed. In 1901 they were living at Old Sodbury House, Old Sodbury, where 52 year old William was farming. They were still there in 1911, but by then William had retired. William Charles Wilcock of Old Sodbury House, Old Sodbury died on 2 April 1916. Administration of his estate was originally granted on 21 August 1916, but was the re-granted on 9 February 1956 to William Frederick Bennett, retired farmer and William Henry Cook, solicitor. His estate was valued at £1,113. 0s. 8d.
William and Mary's daughter Annie Louise Willcock married William Frederick Bennett in 1915. Annie Louise Bennett of Verdun House, Iron Acton, (wife of William Frederick Bennett) died on 28 February 1941 at Chesterfield Nursing Home, Bristol. Probate was granted to William Frederick Bennett, retired farmer and Archibald George Jones, motor engineer. Her estate was valued at £18,550 17s 11d. Mary Jane Willcock died on 4 December 1954. Probate was granted to William Frederick Bennett, retired farmer and William Henry Cook, solicitor on 3 August 1955. So it appears that probate of her husband's will was re-granted after both his wife and daughter had died. William F Bennett died aged 81 years old (Reg Gen July 1962 Sodbury 7b 499). Probate shows that William Frederick Bennett otherwise Frederick William Bennett of Ringswood Yate died on 21 April 1962. Administration of the estate was granted to Joseph Henry Bennett, company director, his brother.
By 1901 Charles Jones had married Lizzie M C and was living in Great Badminton where 37 year old Charles was a provision merchant. They had three children:
- Cyril Montague Jones. Born 1896 in Badminton
- Oswald Vaughan Jones. Born 2 January 1899 in Badminton.
- Brenda Delphine Jones. Born 1905 in Badminton
By 1911 Charles Jones and his family were was living at Ingledine, Grosvenor Road, Caversham, Oxford. George, aged 47 was a retired corn merchant. The census return suggests that Charles and Lizzie had married in 1896.
Nothing more is known about Cyril Montague Jones.
Oswald Vaughan Jones married Irene Lupton on 22 September 1915 (Reg Gen Sept 1915 Wirral 8a 1115). They had a daughter Sheila Vaughan Jones born on 31 December 1917 (Reg Gen March 1918 Wirral 8a 589). Oswald died in 1983 in Horsham, West Sussex (Reg Gen Dec 1983 Horsham 18 1980).
Nothing more is known about Brenda Delphine Jones.
- Henry Jones and Jane Arthur
Henry Jones was baptised on 4 March 1821 at Berkeley, son of John Jones, yeoman and Mary Jones of Newport.
In 1851, the Jones family were still at New Park, but Henry, unmarried, aged 30 , farmers son, born Berkeley, was living with his sister the widowed Jane Ponting and her children at Appleridge, Berkeley (see chapter 4).
Henry is believed to have married Jane Arthur in 1852 (Reg Gen June Qtr 1852 Abergavenny 11a 109)
By 1861 Henry Jones was living in Wales at Deep Holm, Monmouthshire with his welsh born wife Jane and their children
- Jane Jones. Born 1854
- John Arthur Jones. Born 1856
- Eliza Ann Jones. Born 1857
- Mary Susan Jones. Born 1859
Henry is described as a farmer of 207 acres employing 4 men and 2 boys. There were 3 servants living with the family.
The family are all at Deep Holm in 1871. Henry is still farming his 207 acres but now with 5 men. Mary S Jones, now aged 12, is described as a scholar.
In 1881 the family were living at Little Anker Hill, Monmouth. Henry has clearly died in the intervening years and the head of the household is now Jane Jones, aged 60, a farmer of 45 acres. Children, Jane, John and Eliza were at home when the census was taken. Whilst Jane and John remain single, Eliza has married and had a 4 year old son, Samuel Young.
Eliza Ann Young died on 28 December 1915 at Worthing, West Sussex.
Nothing else is known about the family.
- Daniel Jones and Fanny Till
Daniel Jones was baptised on 24 August 1823 at Berkeley, the son of John Jones, yeoman and Mary Jones of Newport.
In 1851, Daniel was living with his parents, and nephew, Thomas Ponting, aged 11 (Chapter 5) at New Park
On 2 June 1852 29 year old Daniel Jones, a farmer, married 23 year old Fanny Till at Thornbury. Daniel is described as the son of John Jones, farmer. Fanny was the daughter of William Till, farmer (see above). The witnesses were William Till Jnr and Emma Till
Fanny Till was baptised on 9 September 1829 the daughter of William Till and Mary Ann Day who married on 16 November 1819 at Thornbury. She was the sister of
- Mary Ann Till who had married Daniel's brother George Hewitt Jones on 21 January 1845
- Thomas Day Till who had married Mary Wetmore daughter of William Wetmore and Mary Jones on 9 June 1864 at Hill (See above & Appendix I - Subsection 1).
By 1861 Daniel was running New Park Farm. The census shows this was 300 acres and he was employing 4 men and 1 boy. The couple had no children, but there were two herdsmen and a housemaid living with them.
In 1871 Daniel and Fanny were living at Stock Farm, Thornbury, a farm of 97 acres. They had a son John Jones who had been baptised on 22 September 1864 at Stone. There were two servants living with them.
In 1881 they were living at Whitehouse Cottage, Naite Road, Thornbury and Daniel was a farmer of 7 ¼ acres. Their 16 year old son John remained at home.
Daniel Jones died in 1885 aged 63 years (Reg Gen March Qtr 1885 Thornbury 6a 172).
Fanny Jones died in 1896 aged 68 (Reg Gen Dec Qtr 1896 Barton Regis 6a 107)
- Samuel Jones and Gertrude Annie Gosnell
John and Mary's youngest son Samuel had been baptised at Berkeley on 3 July 1825. He does not appear with the rest of the family in the 1841 census. However had he died I would have expect to see his burial in Berkeley, but he is not listed in transcripts at scribes alcove.
I can trace two 15 year old Samuel Jones in Gloucester in the 1841, one in Gloucester City and one in Ruardean, both some distance north of Berkeley. The 1841 census does not list relationship, but both Samuel's appeared to be living away from family and in Ruardean Samuel was living with a number of other agricultural labourers.
There is no trace of Samuel in 1851 and 1861.
Samuel Jones "of age" a warehouseman from Stoke Newington married Gertrude Annie Gosnell of Islington on 19 August 1868 at Stoke Newington. Samuel was the son of John Jones (deceased) and Gertrude was the daughter of John Gosnell, perfumer.
In 1871 Samuel and Gertrude visiting at Glenthorn Lodge, Wanstead. The census lists
- Joseph Adolphus Rattan, head, aged 36, stoke and share broker, member of stock exchange, born London
- Elizabeth Sinclair Rattan, wife, aged 25, born London
- Samuel Jones, visitor, aged 45, Manchester warehouseman, born Berkeley
- Gertrude Annie Jones, visitor, aged 26, born London
In 1881 the couple are visiting at Hart Plain House, Catherington, Hampshire. The census lists
- Ann Friend, head, aged 71, widow, annuitant, born Hambledon
- Adelaide Bastard, niece, aged 49, annuitant, born Gosport
- Samuel Jones, visitor, aged 55, income from private property, born Berkeley
- Gertrude A Jones, visitor, aged 36, born Islington.
In the space of ten years Samuel has gone from a warehouseman to living on income from property. What had happened in the interim?
Again in 1891, Samuel and Gertrude are still not in their own home, they are living at 164 Highbury, New Park where they are staying with Samuel's brother -in- law. The census entry lists
- Herbert C Gosnell, head, aged 34, Solicitor, born Ponders End, Middx
- Alice A, Gosnell, wife, aged 30
- Robert Gosnell, son, aged 9
- Muriel A Gosnell, daughter, aged 6
- Madeline R Gosnell, daughter, aged 3
- Harold C Gosnell, son, aged 1
- Samuel Jones, brother in law, married, aged 65, living on own means, born Berkeley,
- Gertrude Jones, sister, married, aged 46
- And three servants.
Gertrude Jones died in 1893 in Kensington, London. Nothing more is known about Samuel Jones.
William Jones and Elizabeth Wetmore
William Jones was baptised on 20 November 1780 at Berkeley, son of John Jones of Wanswell. His mother was Sarah Bennett.
William married Elizabeth Wetmore from Hill at Hill on 21 May 1807.
William and Elizabeth had four sons
- William Jones. Baptised 30 March 1808 at Hill
- Henry Jones. Baptised 20 April 1810 at Berkeley. Henry Jones was buried on 1 April 1812 at Berkeley, the son of William Jones, dairyman.
- John Jones, born 13 July 1811, baptised 28 July 1811 at Hill
- Henry Jones, baptised 13 October 1816 at Hill.
Mary Jones was baptised on 17 June 1787 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, yeoman of Newport. Her mother was Sarah Bennett.
Mary is believed never to have married and died 17 January 1868. Mary Jones of Alkington was buried on 23 January 1868 at Berkeley.
Betty Foxwell nee Jones
Betty Jones was baptised on 19 April 1789 at Berkeley, daughter of John Jones, yeoman, Newport. Her mother was Sarah Bennett.
Betty Jones from Hill married John Burford Foxwell from Wotton Under Edge on 16 May 1811 at Hill. The witnesses were John Jones and Maria Matilda Foxwell.
It appears that John and Betty had at least five children
- Jane Foxwell. Baptised 18 December 1814 at Minchampton
- Edwin Foxwell. Baptised 18 August 1816 at Minchampton
- Daniel Foxwell. Baptised 5 April 1818 at Minchampton.
- Emily Foxwell. Baptised 21 November 1819 at Minchampton
- Matthew Foxwell. Born 28 March 1821. Baptised 29 April 1821 at Minchampton
Nothing further is known about Betty Foxwell and it can only presumed that she died and her husband John Burford Foxwell remarried on 4 January 1831, his new wife being Henrietta Rickards,
In 1841 John and Henrietta were living in Dursley with 20 year old Daniel Foxwell,
In 1851, 68 year old John and 54 year old Henrietta were living in Lower Mills Cottage, Dursley. Also staying with them was 62 year old Elizabeth Harding who is described as his 'wife's sister'. John is a retired cloth manufacturer.
John Burford Foxwell died in 1855 aged 72 years old (Reg Gen June 1855 Dursley 6a 136).
Henrietta Foxwell late of the parish of Dursley died on 9 August 1869 aged 73 years old. Probate was granted to Daniel Harding, assistant overseer and Caleb Harding, tailor.
Nothing more is known about Jane Foxwell or Emily Foxwell.
- Edwin Foxwell and Margaret Jane Adams
Edwin Foxwell married Margaret Jane Adams on 24 February 1843 at St Pancreas, Middx.
In 1851 Edwin and Margaret were living in Southgate Street, St Mary Crypt, Gloucester. Edwin was 34 years old and a mercer and draper. The census shows his wife had been born in Torrington, Devon. Also at the address 22 year old Ann Adams and Agnes Wills, aged 12, both visitors. They were still at the same address in 1861 where Edwin was a silk mercer.. Living with them were three assistant shop men, a cashier, housemaid, cook and errand boy.
Edwin Foxwell died on 5 September 1869, surprisingly at Northwoods Lunatic Asylum. Probate was granted to Frederick Holwill, manager to the Rolls Canal Company for the use and benefit of Margaret Jane Foxwell, widow, sole executrix and Universal Legatee . His effects were valued at £14,000. There is a note that "the grant ceased and expired. Probate passed in October 1879". It is not at all clear what would have happened here
In 1871 Margaret Foxwell, a 52 year old widow was living at Castle Street, Great Torrington. Visiting was Sarah Ashton, a 56 year old widow. Sarah was the daughter of John Jones and Mary Hewett and the widow of Thomas Ashton and so was Margaret's cousin through marriage.
In 1881 Margaret was living at No 1 Halsden Terrace, Great Torrington, a 62 year old widow with "income chiefly from dividends". Also at the address is Henry Holville, her 26 year old nephew, a commercial clerk.
In 1891 Margaret is living at 4 Halsden Terrace "on her own means" and living with her is her 29 year old niece, Mary E Holville, housekeeper and her nephew, 19 year old Henry Holville, a drapers apprentice.
Margaret Jane Foxwell of Halsden Terrace, Torrington, widow died on 16 March 1892 (Reg Gen March 1892 Torrington 5b 460). Probate was granted to John Adams, retired grocer and Edwin John Foxwell and Walter Day Adams, gentleman. Her estate was valued at £25,791. 16s.5d. This was later resworn in September 1892 at £25,934.4s.1d.
- Daniel Foxwell and Hannah Fox
Daniel Foxwell had married Hannah Fox on 8 September 1846 at St Brides, Fleet Street, London. Both were of full age. Daniel is a card manufacturer, the son of John Burford Foxwell, a woollen manufacturer and Hannah was the daughter of Samuel Fox, a "steel film" manufacturer. The witnesses were Samuel Fox, Sarah Ann Robinson and Maria Gillott (Reg Gen Sept 1846 West London 2 267).
In 1851 Daniel and Hannah were living at 1 Park Place, Chetham, Manchester. Daniel was a card manufacturer. Their two eldest children had been born. Hannah's father, Samuel Fox a 59 year old retired clerk was staying with them at the time.
Daniel and Hannah had five children:
- Fanny Foxwell. Born 30 September 1847 in Manchester
- Daniel Foxwell. Born 1851 in Manchester
- John Burford Foxwell. Born 1857 in Manchester
- William Henry Foxwell. Born 1857 in Manchester
- Jane Ann Foxwell. Born 30 June 1859 in Manchester
Daniel and Hannah's son Daniel died in 1858 (Reg Gen Sept 1858 Manchester 8d 264). He would have been around 7 years old
I can find no trace of Daniel and Hannah in the 1861 census but he was listed in a number of trade directories around that time.
In 1871 the family were living at 179 Lower Broughton Road, Salford, where Daniel was a 53 year old merchant.
Daniel Foxwell, late of Redbank, Manchester and Scarisbrick Street, Southport died on 13 October 1876 at Scarisbrick Street, Southport. Probate was granted to his widow Hannah. His estate was valued at less than £8,000.
In 1881 Hannah, a 63 year old widow described as a "lady" was living at Bryden Row, Denbighshire with Fanny, aged 33, John, aged 24 and Jane, aged 22.
Hannah Fox formerly of Chorlton Upon Medlock in the City of Manchester, but late of Bryn Derwen, Llangollen died on 18 June 1887. Probate was granted to Fanny Foxwell, spinster and Jane Ann Gray, widow, both of Bryn Derwen. Her effects were valued at £361 5s 3d.
Daniel and Hannah's daughter Fanny Foxwell appears never to have married. In both 1891 and 1901 Fanny is living in Willes Terrace, St Mary's, Leamington "on her own means" . Fanny Foxwell of Fairlight, Radford Rd, Leamington died on 25 May 1908 aged 60 (Reg Gen June 1908 Warwick 6d 351). Probate was granted to William Henry Foxwell, merchant and Jane Ann Gray. Her effects were valued at £6,803 6s 7d.
Daniel and Hannah's son John Burford Foxwell married Jessie Maude Johnson in Ormskirk in 1881. In 1891 John and Jessie were living at 16 Circular Road, Withington. John aged 34 was machinery agent and lamp maker. John and Jessie lived in the United States for a period and their second and third sons were born there. J B Foxwell originally sailed for New York on 16 November 1885 on the "Alaska". There is no record of his wife and son accompanying him. At some point he returned and the family, John B Foxwell, Mrs Foxwell and three children aged 5, 3 and a few months arrived in New York on the "City of Chester" on 21 October 1887. I have been in contact with Garth Foxwell, Daniel's great great grandson, who confirms that John and Jessie had seven children and provides much of the information below:
- Lionel Foxwell. Born 1882 in Eccles, Manchester. He is believed to have emigrated to Western Australia in January 1906. He died 19 July 1954 in Leedenville, Pert, West Australia.
- Doris Foxwell. Born 24 January 1884 in England. Died 9 February 1889 in East Orange, New Jersey.
- Marjorie Foxwell. Born 26 February 1885 in England. Died 27 April 1886 in East Orange, New Jersey.
- Eric Foxwell. Born 18 February 1886 in East Orange State, USA. Eric relocates to Canada in June 1906, but returns to the USA, when in November 1914, Eric Foxwell, farmer and his wife Ida crossed the Canadian border to New York and onto Florida. It may be that Ida died here. Eric is found in Detroit in 1917 and Portland OR where a 'Draft' registration card is completed 12 Sept 1918. A widower by 1920, 33 year old Eric is living in Los Angeles Assembly District 64, Los Angeles, California where he was employed as a clerk. He remains in ins in Los Angeles. In many listings from 1928 to 1947, he is stated as being an 'Artist', although in 1930, he is employed as a waiter, lodging in Los Angeles District 1590. Eric died on 5 February 1961 in Los Angeles.
- Cyril Foxwell. Born 23 July 1889 in East Orange State, USA. Cyril joins the Army in Febuary 1915, wades ashore at Gallipoli, where he is injured and becomes ill. In hospital in UK, he meets and 6 weeks later marries Alice Bradley Briddon in Bath (Reg Gen June 1916 Bath 5c 1062). Alice had been born in Burma. She had been in England in 1901, a pupil at Park Road, Ashton Upon Mersey and in 1911, visiting a seemingly unconnected family in Berkshire. In 1913 she had sailed from Liverpool to New York on route to Canada. It is not clear when she returned to the UK. On 28 July 1916 Cyril sailed for Australia. He gives his occupation as soldier and his proposed place of permanent residence as Fremantle. Alice is not listed as a passenger, but I understand she sailed with him. They have a son Frederick Burford Foxwell (9 May 1919 to 18 August 1980). In 1925 Cyril and Alice are living at Curtis Street, Osborne Park, Freemantle where Cyril was working as a gardener. In 1937, Cyril and Alice were living at 55 Forrest Avenue, Perth and Cyril was working as a driver. In 1949 Cyril and Alice were living at 36 Teague Street, Swan, Western Australia. Cyril is now a soldier!! Alice died in 1950. Cyril remarried, widow Louisa Clegg and they died within two weeks of each other. Cyril Foxwell died on 30 October 1961 in Scarborough, Perth, Western Australia. The record confirms that Cyril was the son of John and Jessie. Interestingly I had found in 1954, 74 year old A B Foxwell returned from Sydney, Australia to London, England. Her intended place of residence was the United Kingdom and she gave her proposed address as 27, Cromford Road, Wandsworth, SW1 and then the death of Alice B Foxwell in 1960 in Wandsworth (Reg Gen June 1960 Wandsworth 5d 706), which I had assumed was Cyril's wife, but this is clearly not the case. Cyril and Alice were Garth Foxwell's grandparents.
- Colin Foxwell. Born 1890 in Witherington, Lancashire. Colin is believed to have died in 1891 (Reg Gen Sept 1891 Fylde 8e 434).
- Roy Foxwell. Born 1892 in Ormskirk, Lancashire. After his father's death Roy initially lives with his Aunt Jane, but he too moves to West Australia in 1909. He goes on to become a quite successful wool producer. Died 6 June 1956 in Kojonup, Western Australia.
The family returned to the United Kingdom and in 1901 the family were living at 126 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy, Witherington. John, now 44 is a mechanical engineer (pumping engineer) working on his own account. Although he is still shown as married, Jessie is not listed and is understood to have died on 30 June 1895 (Reg Gen June 1895 Ormskirk 8b 514). John Burford Foxwell of 126 Burlow Moor Road, Chorlton cum Hardy died on 26 August 1906 aged 50 (Reg Gen Sept 1906 Chorlton 8c 444). Probate was granted to William Henry Foxwell, merchant and Jane Ann Gray, widow. His effects were worth £1,012 8s 2d.
Daniel and Hannah's daughter Jane Ann Foxwell married Alfred Thomas Gray (Reg Gen Dec 1881 Corwen 11b 609), but by 1891 she had been widowed and was living with her sister Fanny and her children at 6 Willes Terrace, St Mary's, Leamington. In 1901 Jane was living at 38 Atol Road, Witherington with her sons, 18 year old Vernon, bank clerk and 17 year old Alfred, apprentice. In 1911 she is living at 15 Manchester Road, Chorlton Cum Hardy. Alfred remains at home, now 27, he is a traveller in cloth. Jane Ann Gray died in 1935 aged 76 years old (Reg Gen Sept 1935 Southport 8b 723). Alfred and Jane had two sons:
- Vernon Foxwell Gray. Born 1 September 1882 in the Shail Settlements, Singapore. Although census returns suggest that Vernon was born in Singapore, I can find no other evidence of this and I am unclear what would have taken Alfred and Jane to Singapore? Vernon does not appear to have remained in the UK. In 1910 he was living in India when he writes to his cousin Cyril reporting that "the monsoons are upon us" and wishing him "best saleems"
- On 2 April 1919, 36 year old Vernon Foxwell Gray married Bertha Marie Stevens Meikle in Calcutta, Bengal, India. On 15 May 1919 Vernon and Bertha sailed from Bombay to London on the "Loyalty". Bertha Marie Foxwell Gray of Unicorn House, Prestbury (wife of Vernon Foxwell Gray) died on 12 January 1928 (Reg Gen March 1928 Macclesfield 8a 171) and was buried on 16 January 1928 at Prestbury, Cheshire. Probate was granted to Vernon Foxwell Gray, company director. Her effects were valued at £457. 12S. 8d. Vernon died not stay in the UK for long, for on 2 September 1929 Vernon Foxwell Gray, widower, remarries. His new bride is Maria Agnes Conley and again the marriage takes place in India, this time in Bombay. It is not clear where they settled, but Vernon must have returned to the UK at some point for on 9 October 1937 Vernon sailed from London to Bombay on "Viceroy of India". He is travelling alone and gives his address as C/O Post Box 37, Manchester and his occupation as "company director". In 1965 Vernon writes to his old school and the letter is published in "The Magazine of the Old Silhillians Association". "I spent over 30 years in India, mostly in Commerce, and was lucky to be awarded the C.I.E. by H.M. King George V and consequently my career appears in Who's Who and such like Directories. My younger brother, Alfred, was awarded the Military Cross in the first World War, and is now retired in Devonshire. I retired 20 years ago , V. F. Gray, Esq., Whittam, Hartley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. Sir, 27th February 1965.My brother and I were at Solihull, I left around 1898 or 9 and my brother a year later. We were both very happy there, my Headmaster was Dr. Wilson and during my later terms we were in Mr. Page's House.in Cheshire and was fortunate enough to get some hunting for 10 years, but have had to give that up as I am 82 years old now. Yours sincerely, VERNON FOXWELL GRAY", Vernon Foxwell Gray died in 1978 in Old Trafford, Cheshire (Reg Gen Dec 1978 Trafford 39 1886).
- Alfred Gray. Born 1884 in Wittington, Llangollen. Alfred was still living with his mother in 1911. He is mentioned in his brothers letter to their old school, but nothing further is known about him.
- Matthew Foxwell and Druscilla Barrat.
Matthew Foxwell married Druscilla Barrat on 19 December 1848 at Exhall, Warwickshire. Matthew was a 28 year old linen draper, the son of John B Foxwell, gent. Druscilla was 23 years old the daughter of John Barrat, farmer.
In 1861, Matthew and Druscilla were living at the Manor House, Upper Bond Street, Hinckley. Matthew, aged 40 was a wholesale clothier. They were still at the same address in 1871 and Matthew is now a wholesale cloth manufacturer. They had four children
- Edwin John Foxwell. Born 1853 in Bilston, Staffordshire
- Matthew Henry Foxwell. Born 1856 in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
- Lettita Druscilla Foxwell. Born 7 November 1859 in Hinckley, Leicestershire
- Arthur Clement Foxwell. Born 1862 in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
Drusilla Foxwell died on 15 December 1872 in Hinckley (Reg Gen December 1872 Hinckley 7a 37).
Matthew Foxwell remarried on 20 January 1874. His new bride was Sarah Davis (Reg Gen March 1874 Hinckley 7a 89).
In 1881 Matthew and Sarah were still living at the Manor House. Matthew was 60 years old , a merchant clothier. His new wife was 39 years old. Matthew and Sarah had a daughter of their own, Marian Davis Foxwell, born in 1875. By 1891 they had a further son, 3 year old Ernest Foxwell, born 1888. His sister Marian was a 16 year old student at St Pauls, Bedford.
By 1901 Matthew, 80 years old is a retired clothing manufacturer still living at the Manor House. Their son Arthur Clement Foxwell, aged 38 is still living with his parents and is a clothing manufacturer, presumably having taken over his father's business. Marian Davis Foxwell, aged 26 is also listed.
Matthew Foxwell of the Manor House, Hinckley, gentleman, died on 22 March 1906 (Reg Gen March 1906 Hinckley 7a 45). Probate was granted to Reverend Edmund Phillips, congregational minister and Samuel Willcox, Solicitor, His estate was valued at £15,782.12s.5d.
In 1881 Matthew and Druscilla's son Edwin John Foxwell, is 27 years old, single, he is still living at home, but is described as a farmer. Edwin married Fanny Barrs in 1891 (Reg Gen Dec 1891 Market Bosworth 7a 229). By 1901 Edwin John Foxwell was working as a manager of a clothing manufacturer and is living with his wife Fanny at 9A Hinckley Road, Nuneaton. Edwin was the original executor of his brother Arthur's estate when his died in 1906. Edwin John Foxwell of Hinckley, manufacturer, died on 13 January 1910. Probate was granted to Fanny Foxwell, his widow and Hugh Montague Green Wood, bank clerk. His effects were valued at £4,122. 14s.
Nothing more is known about Matthew and Druscilla's son Matthew Henry Foxwell after 1861 when he was just 5 years old. It is likely he died in early childhood.
Letitta Druscilla Foxwell married Samuel Bilson Noon on 26 November 1884 at the Congregational Church, Hinckley (Reg Gen Dec 1884 Hinckley 7a 145). In 1891 the family were living at 9 Landsdown Road, Knighton, Leicestershire where Samuel, aged 34 is a retired solicitor. In 1901 they were still living at the same address. In 1911 Samuel Bilson Noon, aged 54, an uncertified solicitor was boarding David Madeley, an insurance agent and his family at 75 Victoria Road, Leicester. Samuel is still shown as married but Letitta is not listed. Samuel B Noon died on 22 March 1926 at 44 Hutchinson Road, Leicestershire (Reg Gen March 1926 Leicester 7a 296). Letitta Druscilla Noon of 6 Ipswich Road, Norwich died on 9 January 1936. Probate was granted to Charles Noon F.R.C.S and Walter Savige, solicitor. Her estate was valued at £777. 19s.8d. Samuel and Letitta had a son Charles Noon who had been born on 22 November 1885 at the Laurels, Knighton. Charles married Cecily Elizabeth Ellen South on 18 July 1926 at Crawley, West Sussex. Charles Noon, F.R.C.S of 6 Ipswich Road, Norwich died on 19 January 1957. Probate was granted to Leonard Marsh, solicitor, Cicely Elizabeth Ellen Noon, widow , Charles Frederick Noon, surgeon and Henry Robinson, chartered accountant. His effects were valued at £72,177. 14s.4d. Cecily Elizabeth E Noon died in 1978 (Reg Gen June 1978 Bromley 11 1007)
Arthur Clement Foxwell of Hinckley, Leicestershire, Clothier died on 7 June 1906. Probate was originally granted to Edwin John Foxwell, retired clothier, his estate was valued at £2,568. 3s. 9d. Following his brothers death it was re-granted on 25 February 1910 to Letitia Drusilla Noon (the wife of Samuel Billson Noon). The estate was valued at £115.3s.4d.
Marian Davis Foxwell married Charles Augustus Elmislie Rodgers on 15 December 1907 at St Pauls, Esholt, Yorkshire. Charles had been born in Amritsar, Punjab, India on 20 October 1870 and baptised on 15 January 1871 in Amritsar, Bengal, India. In 1911 Charles and Marian were living at Woodbank, Esholt and 40 year old Charles was an assistant secondary school master. Marian's mother a 68 year old widow was living with them. Charles Augustus Elmislie Rodgers of Woodbank Road, Station Road, Esholt died on 6 December 1919 and was buried on 9 December 1919 at Esholt, Yorkshire. Probate was granted to Marian Davis Rodgers, widow. His estate was valued at £2,111.19s.
Ernest Foxwell married Edith Marjorie Bolton in 1920 in St Andrews, Scotland. Ernest died on 1 November 1936. Edith Marjorie Foxwell died in 1974 (Reg Gen June 1974 Gloucester 22 1862).
Click here to go to "Appendix L - Hewett of Stone"
To find out more about Fanny Jones and William Ponting, John Jones and Mary Ponting, Caroline Jones and John Ponting and their descendents click here go back to "Appendix C - The children of William Ponting and Fanny Jones"
To find out more about Sarah Jones and Thomas Ponting click here to go to back "Chapter 2 - William Ponting and Mary Pearce"
To find out more about Mary Jones and William Wetmore as well as William Jones and Elizabeth Wetmore click here to go to "Appendix I - Wetmore of Hill".
To find out more about Charles Jones and Mary Wetmore click here to go to "Appendix F - The children of William Wetmore and Ann Ponting"
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