APPENDIX K

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 would have been 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.  

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.

The following is known about their children and subsequent generations:

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 (Chapter 6)

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. 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.

Mary is believed to have been the daughter of William Wetmore and Ann Ponting (Appendix F). Ann Ponting was the daughter of William Ponting and Fanny Jones (Appendix C) so this was the marriage of first cousins once removed. 

Their lives are detailed at Appendix F. 

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. She 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.


  • William Cullimore

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. 

  • John Cullimore and Mary Elizabeth Dale

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

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. Baptised 21 November 1886 at Christleton.
  • William Cullimore. Born 1889 at Christleton
  • John Cullimore. Born 1890 at Christleton. 
  • Charles Cullimore, Born 30 September 1891. Baptised 27 November 1891 at Christleton.
  • John Cullimore, Born 1895

Their third son John had died in 1892 aged 2 years old.

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 remaining sons, William, Charles and 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).

In 1939 Mary Elizabeth Cullimore was still living at "Faulkners Lodge", but the head of the household is now shown as her son Charles, a director of a food producer. Mary is living on 'private means'.

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. On 4 October 1921, James a 35 year old engineer arrived in London from Bombay with his wife on the "Dongola". On 7 June 1924 they sailed for Melbourne, Australia 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. In 1939 James, a mechanical engineer and his wife Mary were living with brother Charles at the family home "Faulkners Lodge". 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.

In 1939 John and Mary's son Charles Cullimore was still single, a director of a food producer living at Faulkners Lodge with his widowed mother and his brother James. On 28 January 1955 Charles left Wellington, New Zealand for Hull on the South Africa Star. He is described as a yeoman. It is not known how long he was in New Zealand. 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.

  • Eliza Comely nee Cullimore

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 never married. 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 also never married. Annn 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 - Part 1) and Sarah Jones (Jane's sister). 

Henry and Jane had eight children:

  • Thomas Hewett Ponting; baptised 4 March 1840 at Berkeley (Chapter 6)
  • Mary Jane Ponting; born 11 February 1841 (Chapter 7)
  • Susanna Ponting; born 9 March 1842 (Chapter 8)
  • John Jones Ponting; born 10 April 1843 (Chapter 9)
  • William Ponting; born 1844 (Chapter 10)
  • Anne Ashfield Ponting; born 17 July 1845. Died 1847 (Chapter 4)
  • Sydney Ponting; born 11 May 1847 (Chapter 11)
  • Ashfield Ann Ponting; born 12 May 1848 (Chapter 12)

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. For more details of their marriage and Thomas Ashton's family see Appendix C.

Thomas and Sarah had five children

  • Mary Jane Ashton. Born 7 November 1844 in Great Torrington
  • Sarah Ann Ashton. Born 25 December 1846. Died 24 January 1847 in Great Torrington.
  • Thomas Ashton. Born 20 December 1847 in Great Torrington. Died 13 May 1856.
  • John Jones Ashton. Born 20 November 1849 in High Street, Great Torrington.  John Jones Ashton died on 30 March 1852. 
  • Lucy Ashton. Born 27 September 1855. Died 12 January 1860 at South Street, Great Torrington.

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. Probate was granted to Mary Jane Bridgewater, wife of Edward Bridgewater of 42 Aubert Park, Highbury, Middx, daughter and her only surviving child. Her effects were worth £525 17s 6d.

  •  Mary Jane Bridgewater nee Ashton

Mary Jane Ashton had married Edward Bridgewater on 19 March 1864 at Great Torrington. 

They had no children. 

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 - Part 1) and as such was Mary Jane Ashton's cousin. 

By 1901 Edward and Mary Jane Bridgewater had moved to Upper Morton, Thornbury. 

Edward Bridgewater is pictured below. The photographs of Edward and his wife Mary were provided by Mike Ashton, the great (x 2) grandson of Thomas Ashton and his first wife Ann Ponting (Appendix C)

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. Mary Jane Bridgewater is pictured below:

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.

Mary Jane Bridgewater of Harris Hotel, Queens Square, Bath,  widow died on 22 October 1924. Probate was granted to William James Berriman, solicitor and Charles Ponting Ashton (Appendix C), grocer for £2,919. 1s. 3d.  

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 (Appendix I - Part 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. Born 27 April 1863. Baptised 26 May 1863 in Doddington
  • Ellen Till Jones. Baptised 5 May 1865 in Doddington

Their son William Till Jones died on 6 November 1859 aged 10 years old and was buried on 11 November 1859 at 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 William  who 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. Emma was a pupil at Westbury on Trym. 

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. Son Charles, aged18, was boarding at The College, Weston Super Mare.  

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 T 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.

Mary Ann Jones possibly died in 1904. 

The following is known about their children:

  • John Jones and Ellen Emma Willcox

George and Mary Ann's son John Jones married Ellen Emma Willcox on 28 March 1883 at Doddington. John was a farmer of "full age" (he would have been around 35) son of George  Hewitt Jones, farmer. Ellen was 20 years old, the daughter of William Willcox, farmer. 

In 1891 they are living at Buck House, Hill where John was farming. There were no children, but two domestic servants listed. They had three children

  • William George Jones. Baptised 14 April 1884 at St Peter, Wapley with Codrington. His father John was a farmer. 
  • John "Edward" Jones. Born 1886 in Hill. 
  • Mary Jones. Baptised 30 September 1894. Her father John is described as "father and church warden". 

In 1891 William was staying with Ellen's widowed father, William Willcox at Meadlands, Hill. It is not clear where "Edward" would have been at the time that the 1891 census was taken. 

In 1901 they were living at Court Farm, Horton, with their daughter Mary and two servants. William and Edward were pupils at Brighton House School, 22 Redland Park, Bristol. 

John Jones of Horton, Gloucestershire died on 12 September 1902. Probate was granted to his widow Ellen. 

In 1911 Ellen is still farming at Court Farm, Horton. Her son "Edward" and daughter Mary are still at home. 

Ellen Emma Jones of Box Hedge Villa, Old Sodbury, widow, died on 19 June 1934 aged 72 and was buried on 22 June 1934 at Horton.  Probate was granted to John Edward Jones, farmer and Mary Jones, spinster. 

John and Ellen's son William George Jones married Mary Ella Smith on 14 April 1909 at Sherston Magna, Wiltshire. William, was a 25 year old farmer. Mary, also 25 was the daughter of Thomas Smith, farmer.  In 1911 they were living at Cleeve Farm, Grovesend, Thornbury where William was farming. William George Jones of The Den, Sherston, Malmesbury died on 25 May 1934. Probate was granted to his widow, Ella Mary Jones. Ella Mary Jones of the Den, Sherston died on 17 December 1956. Probate was granted to Edwin Francis Smith, John James Smith and Thomas Arthur Taylor Hetherall, farmers. 

John and Ellen's son John Edward Jones married Edith Mary King on 9 October 1912 at Cromhall. John was a 26 year old farmer. Edith was 28 years old, the daughter of William John King, farmer.  In 1939 they were living at Woodway House, Didmartin, Badminton where John was an arable farmer. They had a daughter

  • Margaret B Jones. Born 9 November 1915. Margaret married Herbert G Tucker in 1940 in Cirencester. 

Also living with them at the time was a cook and parlour maid and presumably lodging with two female civil servants who were clerical officers at the air ministry. Nothing more is known about John & Edith. 

Finally John and Ellen's daughter Mary Jones was still single in 1934 when she was an executor to her mother's estate. Nothing more is known. 

  • George Hewitt 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

In 1901 Emma was living with her widowed mother and brother at Little Badminton and then in 1911 she was there with her brother George Hewitt Jones (see above). 

Emma Till Jones of 3 Cotswold Hill, Sodbury, Gloucestershire died on 7 May 1931 aged 74 and was buried on 9 May 1931 at Doddington. Probate was granted to William Cullimore, solicitor and John Edward Jones, farmer. Her estate was valued at £7,288 10s 3d.

  • Mary Jane Willcox nee Jones

Mary Jane Jones married William Charles Willcox on 11 April 1883 at Wapeley, St Peter. William was a farmer "of full age", the son of William Willcox. William was the brother of Ellen Emma Willcox who married Mary Jane Jones brother John Jones (see above). 

They had one daughter Annie Louise Wilcock who was baptised 16 May 1886 at St Mary's Dodington. 

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.

Mary Jane Wilcox of Old Sodbury House, Old Sodbury died on 4 December 1954 aged 94. She was buried at Old Sodbury. Probate was granted to William Frederick Bennett, retired farmer and William Henry Cook, solicitor on 3 August 1955. Her estate was valued at £10,043. 2s. So it appears that probate of her husband's will was re-granted after both his wife and daughter (see below) had died. 

William and Mary's daughter Annie Louise Willcox married William Frederick Bennett on 16 February 1915 at Old Sodbury. William was a 34 year old farmer, the son of Thomas Limbrick Bennett, farmer. In 1939 they were living at Wootton Road, Sodbury. William was a retired dairy farmer. 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. William Frederick Bennett otherwise Frederick William Bennett of Ringswood Yate died on 21 April 1962, aged 81 years old. Administration of the estate was granted to Joseph Henry Bennett, company director, his brother.

  • Charles Jones and Eliza Maria Cole  

Charles Jones married Eliza Maria Cole on 29 April 1895 at All Saints, Kensington. Charles was a 32 year old provision dealer, the son of George Hewett Jones, farmer. Eliza was 30 years old, the daughter of Charles Cole, provision merchant. 

In 1901 Charles and "Lizzie" were living in Badminton Street. Great Badminton where 37 year old Charles was a provision merchant. The census confirms Charles was born in Doddington. They had three children:

  • Cyril Montague Jones. Baptised 12 June 1896 at Great Badminton, son of Charles and "Lizzie".
  • Oswald Vaughan Jones. Born 2 January 1899. Baptised 31 March 1899 at Great Badminton, son of Charles and "Lizzie".
  • Brenda Delphine Jones. Born 27 September 1904. Baptised 23 October 1904 at Great Badminton, daughter of Charles and "Lizzie Maria"

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 shows Charles had been born in Doddington and he and Lizzie had been for 15 years. 

In 1939 Charles Jones was living at 37, Kings Road, Horsham, Sussex. Born 27 April 1863 he was a retired provision merchant. He was living with Sarah Kate Jones, born 26 May 1886 who I assume to be his second wife. Oswald Vaughan Jones, born 2 January 1899, single, electrical engineer was living with them.   

Nothing more is known about Cyril Montague Jones.

The 1939 register suggests Oswald Vaughan Jones was single and living with his parents in Horsham. Oswald died in 1983 in Horsham, West Sussex. 

Nothing more is known about Brenda Delphine Jones.

  • Ellen Till Jones

In 1911, aged 45 is living with her brother George Hewitt Ponting and her sister Emma at Little Badminton (see above)

Nothing more is known about her.  

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 (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. Baptised 8 February 1854 at Rockfield
  • John Arthur Jones. Born 1856
  • Eliza Ann Jones. Born 1857
  • Mary Susannah Jones. Baptised 22 February 1859 at Rockfield.

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.

Henry Jones died in 1879 in Abergavanny aged 59 years old. 

In 1881 the family were living at Little Anker Hill, Monmouth. 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.

In 1891 Jane Jones was still farming at Little Anker Hill. The children have all left home and an 18 year old farm student is living with her. Her daughter Eliza A Young, a 33 year old widow is farming at Trevalla, Llangwm Isha. Her son, Henry Young, aged 14 is living with her. As is her brother James A Jones, aged 36, also described as a farmer. 

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. 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 (see above) 
  • Thomas Day Till who had married Mary Wetmore daughter of William Wetmore and Mary Jones on 9 June 1864 at Hill (Appendix I - Part 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).

Nothing more is known with any certainty about their son John. 

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 full 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). Gertrude was the daughter of John Gosnell, perfumer. It is possible this was John and Mary's son.

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? His parents had both died before 1871.  

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 on 21 May 1807 at Hill. .

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.

Their lives are detailed at Appendix I (Part 2)

Mary Jones.

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

Jane Foxwell of Dursley died at the age of 9 years and 4 months and was buried in Dursley on 4 November 1824. 

Betty Foxwell of Dursley died aged 39 years and was buried in Dursley on 21 June 1828. 

John Burford Foxwell remarried on 4 January 1831, his second wife was 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.

The following is known about their children:  

Edwin Foxwell and Margaret Jane Adams

John and Betty's son 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 were 

  • Ann Adams, aged 22, visitor, born Torrington, Devon 
  • Agnes Willis, aged 12, visitor, scholar, born Torrington, Devon
  • Gilbert Babbage, aged 27, mercer, born Ashreigney, Devon
  • Burlep Wallie, aged 22, mercer, born Clapham, Surrey
  • James Harding, aged 19, apprentice, born Dursley, Gloucestershire 
  • William Jones, aged 15, apprentice, born Gloucester
  • Elizabeth Carter, aged 26, cook, born Eastingham, Gloucestershire
  • Susan Hatch, aged 21, general servant, born Hensbury, Gloucestershire
  • George Riddiford, aged 41, visitor, chief clerk in Clerk of the County Offices for Gloucestershire, born Wooton Underwood, Gloucestershire (see below), 

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 (see above) and so was Margaret's second 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. I assume that these are related through Margaret's family and not the Foxwells. 

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

John and Betty's son 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 

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, presumably John's twin. 
  • 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. Fanny was the only child at home. 

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.

  • Fanny Foxwell

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. Probate was granted to William Henry Foxwell, merchant and Jane Ann Gray. Her effects were valued at £6,803 6s 7d.

  • John Burford Foxwell and Jessie Maude Johnson

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 arriving on 16 November 1885 on the "Alaska". There is no record of his wife and son accompanying him. At some point he returned to the UK and he and the family, John B Foxwell, Mrs Foxwell and three children aged 5, 3 and a few months return to the USA arriving in New York on the "City of Chester" on 21 October 1887. Travelling with them is "Miss Ashworth", a nurse. 

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. 
  • Doris Foxwell. Born 24 January 1884 in England. 
  • Marjorie Foxwell. Born 26 February 1885 in England. 
  • Eric Foxwell. Born 18 February 1886 in East Orange State, USA. 
  • Cyril Foxwell. Born 23 July 1889 in East Orange State, USA. 
  • Colin Foxwell. Born 1890 in Witherington, Lancashire. 
  • Roy Foxwell. Born 1892 in Ormskirk, Lancashire. 

Their daughter Majorie died on 27 April 1886 in East Orange, New Jersey.

Their daughter Doris died on 9 February 1889 in East Orange, New Jersey.  

Their son Colin is believed to have died in 1891 (Reg Gen Sept 1891 Fylde 8e 434). 

The family were certainly back in the United Kingdom by 1901 when they 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 . Probate was granted to William Henry Foxwell, merchant and Jane Ann Gray, widow. His effects were worth £1,012 8s 2d. 

John and Jessie's son Lionel Foxwell is believed to have emigrated to Western Australia in January 1906. He married Rose McKeone in Murray, Western Australia in 1909. In 1910 Lionel and Rose were living at No 6, The Mill, Jarrahdale. Lionel was a "teamster", In 1922 they were living at Moore Street, Bumbury and Lionel was a labourer. Rose Foxwell died in 1942 in Wellington. Lionel died on  19 July 1954 in Leedenville, Perth, West Australia. 

John and Jessie's son Eric relocates to Canada in June 1906, but returns to the USA in November 1914, when Eric Foxwell, farmer and his wife Ida crossed the Canadian border to New York and onto Florida. It may be that Ida died here. In 1917 Eric is in Detroit and then in Portland, Oregon where a 'Draft' registration card is completed on  12 Sept 1918. He gives his nearest relative as his Aunt "Mrs Jenny Gray" in the UK. Certainly 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 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.

John and Jessie's son Cyril Foxwell joins the Army in February 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. 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. Born 9 May 1919. Died 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. Cyril and Alice were Garth Foxwell's grandparents. 

John and Jessie's son Roy Foxwell initially lives with his Aunt Jane after his   father's death, but he too moves to West Australia in 1909. He goes on to become a quite successful wool producer. Roy died on 6 June 1956 in Kojonup, Western Australia.

  • William Henry Foxwell

In 1881 Daniel and Hannah's son William Henry Foxwell was visiting Harry Alexander, a gentleman farmer at Outwood Hall, Cheadle. He was 23 years old and described as a "machinery, etc exporter".

William Henry Foxwell of 20 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury. Lancashire died on 4 December 1928.  He was buried on 8 December 1928 at Chorlton Cum Chorley. Probate was granted to Annie Foxwell, widow. 

  • Jane Ann Gray nee Foxwell

Daniel and Hannah's daughter Jane Ann Foxwell married Alfred Thomas Gray on 24 November 1881 al Llangollen, Denbigh. Alfred was a 34 year old merchant, son of Thomas Whiteley Gray, cashier. Jane was 22 years old, daughter of Daniel Foxwell, merchant. 

They had two sons: 

  • Vernon Foxwell Gray. Born 1 September 1882 in the Shail Settlements, Singapore. 
  • Alfred Gray. Born 1884 in Wittington, Llangollen. 

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? 

However by 1891 Jane 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 of 28, Promenade, Southport, widow died on 2 July 1935 aged 76 years old. Probate was granted to Alfred Gray, clothing factory manager. 

Alfred and Jane's son Vernon Foxwell Gray 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 died on 12 January 1928 and was buried on 16 January 1928 at Prestbury, Cheshire. Probate was granted to Vernon Foxwell Gray, company director.  Vernon did 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. In 1936 Vernon Foxwell Gray is awarded the Companion of the Indian Empire. He is an employee of The East India Company. It is assumed that they settled in India, 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". 

V. F. Gray, Esq., Whittam, Hartley Road, Altrincham, Cheshire.

27th February 1965. 

"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. 

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 of Kilpeacon House, Grey Road, Altrincham, died on 27 October 1978.  

Alfred and Jane's son Alfred Gray was still living with his mother in 1911. He is mentioned in his brothers letter to their old school. Alfred married Edith Winifred Brittain. In 1939 they were living at 2 Clive Road, Southport where Alfred was a buyer for a wholesale garment manufacturer. They had two sons. Edith Winifred Gray of 1, Brookside, Pathfinder Park, Tedburn St Mary, Nr Exeter died on 16 August 1965 at The City Hospital, Exeter. Probate was granted to Vernon Brittain Gray, flight lieutenant, RAF and Ross Foxwell Gray, company director.  Alfred Gray died on 12 April 1968

Emily Riddiford nee Foxwell

On 19 October 1840 John and Betty's daughter Emily Foxwell "of full age" son of John Burford Foxwell married George Riddiford, widower "of full age", accountant, son of Aaron Riddiford, grocer at Dursley. The witnesses were John Burford Foxwell and Annis Ponting.

In 1841 George and Emily were living at Dursley and George was an "attorney's clerk". 

In 1851 Emily is living at Long Street, Dursley with three of her children. The eldest four had been born, but daughter Kate is not listed. Her husband George Riddiford was visiting Emily's brother Edwin Foxell and his wife Margaret at Southgate Street, St Mary De Crypt, Gloucester at the time. Aged 41, he was chief clerk in Clerk of the Peace Offices for Gloucestershire,  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerk_of_the_Peace

In all they had seven children: 

  • George Francis Riddiford. Born 1842 in Dursley
  • Kate Jones Riddiford. Born 1847 in Dursley
  • Jane Riddiford. Born 1849 in Dursley
  • Mary Riddiford. Born 1851 in Dursley
  • John Percy Riddiford. Born 1854 in Gloucester
  • Helen Riddiford. Born 1856 in Gloucester
  • Charles Riddiford. Born 8 November 1857 in Gloucester. 

In 1861 George and Emily were living at London Road, Gloucester where George aged 50 was a deputy clerk of the peace. 

Emily Riddiford died in 14 August 1876.

George Riddiford died on 4 November 1877 in Thornbury.  

  • George Francis  Riddiford and Winifred Helen Balfour

George and Emily's son George Frances Riddiford married Winifred Helen Balfour on 29 September 1870 at St Nicholas, Gloucester. George was a solicitor of "full age". His father George was "Deputy Clerk of the Peace for the county of Gloucester" . Winifred was also 'of full age', the daughter of William Balfour "Clerk in orders". 

In 1871 they were living at Park Parade, South Hamlet, Gloucester where George was "Attorney Deputy Reg. Gloster County Council". Winifred was 22 years old. Her 12 year old sister Isabella Balfour was living with them, along with a cook and general servant. 

In 1881 they are living at Road, Barnwood and George is simply a "solicitor. His wife and a housemaid are also listed. 

George Francis Riddiford died of Barnwood Lodge died on 6 November 1889 aged 48 and was buried on 9 November 1889. Interestingly William Balfour, Winifred's father was the officiating minister and not the usual curate of the parish. 

In 1891 Winifred, a 45 year old widow was "living on her own means" at Barnwood Lodge. Her cousin Evelyn W Rayswell, aged 26 was living with her. She was still there in 1901, but by now her cousin Hilda M H Wells, aged 39, as well as companion Mary J Dowman, aged 26 were with her, as well as the cook and housemaid. In 1911 Winifred, aged 62 and Mary Grace Dowman, aged 35, companion are listed at Chalfont, Barnwood.  

In 1939 Winifred, who would have been around is listed at "Chalfont", Barnwood with Grace Dowman and Margaret Dowman, both on "unpaid domestic duties". 

Winnifred Helen Riddiford of Chalfont, Barnwood, widow died on 12 December 1944. Probate was granted to Elizabeth Mary Bennett, widow. 

  • Kate Jones Iles nee Riddiford 

George and Emily's daughter Kate Jones Riddiford married Daniel Iles on 24 September 1868 at Christ Church, South Hamlet. Daniel of "full age" was a surgeon, son of Daniel Iles, gentleman. Kate, of "full age" was the daughter of George Riddiford, gentleman. 

In 1871 and 1881 they were living at High Street, Fairford (with two servants) where Daniel was a surgeon. Daniel was 17 years Kate's senior. 

In 1891 Daniel and Kate were The Retreat, High Street. It appears they had a son Francis George Vernon Riddiford who had been born on 27 September 1877 and baptised on 21 October 1877 at Fairford. In 1881 he had been staying with Kate's sister Jane (see below). They are listed with 26 patients and 13 servants. The transcript below posted on Ancestry.co.uk provides some history of The Retreat. 

Daniel Iles of Fairford, Gloucester, surgeon died on 31 January 1899 aged 57 and was buried on 4 February 1899 at Fairford. Probate was granted to his widow, Kate Jones. 

In 1901 Kate, a 54 year old widow, living on her own means was boarding at the Belmont, Ventnor, The Isle of Wight along with 12 others, mostly all 'living on their own means'.  Was this simply a holiday or a way of life?  

In 1911 was living at 27. Alexandra Road, Gloucester with Dora Luce, a 26 year old companion, cook and housemaid. Dora had been with Kate in the Isle of Wight 10 years previously. 

Kate Jones Iles of 27 Alexandra Road, Gloucester, widow died on 5 February 1912. She was buried at Fairford on 9 February 1912. Probate was granted to the Reverend George Francis Iles, clerk, Helen Blanche Riddiford, spinster and John Pleydell Wilton Haines, solicitor. Her effects were valued at £25k. 

In 1891 Daniel and Kate's son Francis George Vernon Iles was  a student living with his parents at High Street, Fairford. It is not clear where he was 10 years previously. Francis attended Cambridge where he obtained a B.A. in 1900 and a M.A. in 1903. The Cambridge University Alumni shows he was 

  • Ordained a deacon (Sodor and Man) in 1903;
  • Ordained a priest in 1905;
  • Chaplain of Braddan, Isle of Man, 1903 to 1906.
  • Chaplain of St John-the-Evangelist, Wortley, Yorks., 1906 to 1908.
  • Chaplain of St Clement's, Bristol, 1908 to 1909.
  • Chaplain. of St Luke's, Bedminster, Somerset, 1909 to 1913. 
  • Vicar. of South Marston, Wilts., 1915 to 1934

Francis married Minnie Etches in 1899 in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire. In 1901 they were living at 38 Chesterton Road, Chesterton and Francis, age 29 was a divinity student at C.C.C.A (Rudley Hall). They had two daughters: 

  • Beatrice Mary Iles. Born 3 September 1902. Baptised 24 September 1902 at  All Saints, Hockley. Their address at the time was 363. Lodge Road. Beatrice married Ernest C Gorton in 1928 in Swindon. In 1939 they were living at Church Farm, Highworth, Wiltshire where Ernest was a dairy farmer. They had one daughter. Beatrice Mary Gorton of Hidden Cottage, 85 Monkton, Farleigh died on 8 February 1974.  Ernest Charles Gorton of Hidden Cottage, Monkton died on 8 October 1987
  • Kate Marjorie Iles. Born 18 December 1905 in Braddon, Isle of Man. In 1928 Kate was entered on the Registrar of Nurses by examination at Bristol. In 1939 Kate was living with her sister at Church Farm. On 21 September 1935 Kate sailed for Mombasa to Kenya, where she states she was to be resident. Kate married Herbert Hugh Elliott later in 1939 in Wandsworth.  Herbert Hugh Elliott, Pilot officer in RAF from Bourne End, Buckinghamshire died on 13 July 1942 and was buried at Nanyuki War Cemetery, Kenya. Kate Marjorie Elliott of 16, Elm Court, Truro died on 9 November 1972.  

In 1911 Francis, Minnie and their daughters were living at 19, Lilymead Avenue, Knowle, Bristol where 39 year old Francis was a "clerk in Holy orders, curate of St Lukes, Bedminster". Minnie Iles of The South Marston Vicarage died on 18 February 1933 at The South Marston Vicarage. Probate was grantede to her husband and John Wilton Haines, solicitor. Reverend Francis George Vernon Iles of The South Marston Vicarage, Wiltshire, clerk, died on 19 February 1934. Probate was granted to John Wilton Haines, solicitor. 

  • Jane Riddiford 

In 1881 George and Emily's daughter Jane Riddiford was living at Hillfield Park, Wooton St Mary's. Both her parents had died and she was now head of the household. Her sisters Mary and Helen were living with her. They were all living on "income from dividends". Also at the address was Frances G V Isles, Jane's nephew, Kate's son (see above). 

In 1891 and 1901 Jane, Mary and Helen were living at  6 Alexander Terrace, Alexander Road, Gloucester. They were all "living on their own means". 

In 1911 Jane Riddiford is living with Florence Lavinia Pegley, a 21 year old domestic servant at 4 Spa-Villas, Gloucester. I wonder why she was no longer living with her sisters? 

Jane Riddiford of 4 Spa-Villas, Gloucestershire died on 21 November 1916. Probate was granted to John Pleydell Wilton Haines and John Wilton Haines, solicitors. 

  • Mary Emily Riddiford

In 1881 George and Emily's daughter Mary Emily Riddiford was living at Hillfield Park, Wooton St Mary's. with her sisters Jane and Helen. They were all living on "income from dividends". Also at the address was Frances G V Isles, Jane's nephew, Kate's son (see above).

In 1891 and 1901, Jane, Mary and Helen were living at 6 Alexander Terrace, Alexander Road, Gloucester. They were all "living on their own means".

In 1911 Mary and Helen were living at "Edgehill", 29, Alexandra Road, Gloucester. Mary was 60 years old, of "private means. 

Mary E Riddiford died in 1925.  

  • John Percy Riddiford and Ellen Ridley

John Percy Riddiford emigrated to Australia arriving in Melbourne on 1 July 1875. He married Ellen Ridley on 2 April 1879 in All Saints Church, Sydney, New South Wales. John was a draughtsman, the son of George Riddiford, gentleman,  and Emily Foxwell. Ellen had been born in Sydney, the daughter of Thomas Ridley, gardener and Ellen Richmond. 

They had five children: 

  • Blanche Ellen Riddiford. Born 5 November 1880 in Paddington, New South Wales. 
  • Richmond Foxwell Riddiford. Born 1882 in Paddington, New South Wales.
  • Minnie Kate Riddiford. Born 25 December 1883. Baptised 13 February 1884 at St Matthais, Centennial Park, Paddington. 
  • Adelaide Martha Riddiford. Born 22 May 1885. Baptised 1 July 1885 at St Matthais, Centennial Park, Paddington.
  • Elsie May Riddiford. Born 19 October 1886. Baptised 1 December 1886 at St Matthais, Centennial Park, Paddington.

In 1892 John was living 83, Elizabeth Street, Paddington, Sydney. 

John Percy Riddiford died on 7 March 1900 aged 46 years old in Paddington, New South Wales. Administration of his estate in the UK was not granted until 1949 (at the same time as his son). It was granted to John Wilton Haines and John Robert Haines, solicitors and the attorneys of Minnie Kate Riddiford, Adelaide Martha Riddiford and Elsie May Riddiford. Why 1949?  

In 1930 and 1933 Ellen was living at 5 Arthur Street, Darlinghurst, East Sussex. Daughters Minnie, Adelaide, a dressmaker, and Elsie, a forewoman and son Richmond, a clerk remained at home. 

Ellen Riddiford died on 12 November 1939 on Woollahra, New South Wales. 

John and Ellen's daughter Blanche Ellen Riddiford died on 4 February 1906 aged just 25 years old. 

John and Ellen's son Richmond Foxwell Riddiford of Paddington , New South Wales died on 8 September 1934 at Travincore Private Hospital, Ocean Street, Woollahra, New South Wales (see above). 

John and Ellen's daughter Minnie Kate Riddiford died on 14 December 1967 at Rozelle Psychiatric Centre aged 83 years old. 

John and Ellen's daughter Adelaide Martha Riddiford died on 17 January 1978 aged 92 years old. 

Finally John and Ellen's daughter Elsie May Riddiford died on 15 December 1979. 

So seemingly, none of their children married and this was the end of the line for this particular branch of the family in Australia. 

  • Helen Blanche Riddiford

In 1881 George and Emily's daughter Helen was living at Hillfield Park, Wooton St Mary's. with her sisters Jane and Mary. They were all living on "income from dividends". Also at the address was Frances G V Isles, Jane's nephew, Kate's son (see above).

In 1891 and 1901, Helen, Jane and Mary were living at 6 Alexander Terrace, Alexander Road, Gloucester. They were all "living on their own means".

In 1911 Helen and Mary were living at "Edgehill", 29, Alexandra Road, Gloucester. Helen was 54 years old, of "private means".  

Helen Blanche Riddiford of "Edgehill", 29 Alexandra Road, Gloucester died on 26 April 1929. Probate was granted to Arthur John Hitchman Iles and John Wilton Haines, solicitor. 

  • Charles Digby Riddiford 

In April 1876 George and Emily's son Charles Digby Riddiford started work for the Great Western Railway. 

In 1881 he was lodging at 70, Bridge Street, Cricklade, Swindon with John Cavill, an engine fitter and his wife. Charles was a mechanical engineer. 

In 1891 he was boarding with Charles Keel, a carpenter and his family at 1 Exmouth Terrace, Swindon New Town. Aged 33, he is still employed as a mechanical engineer, seemingly still for the Great Western Railway. 

Charles Digby Riddiford of Swindon, Wilts died on 30 January 1892 at Fairford, Gloucestershire. Probate was grated to Kate Jones Iles (wife of Daniel Iles) and Mary Emily Riddiford, spinster. 

Matthew Foxwell and Druscilla Barrat.

John and Betty's son 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 described as 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. Probate was granted to Reverend Edmund Phillips, congregational minister and Samuel Willcox, Solicitor, His estate was valued at £15,782.12s.5d.

In 1911 Sarah Foxwell, a 68 year old widow was living with her daughter Marian and her husband at Woodbank, Esholt. 

Sarah Foxwell of Woodbank, Atation Road, Esholt died on 17 July 1918 aged 75 and was buried on 20 July 1918 at St Pauls, Esholt. Probate was granted to Marion Davis Rodgers  (wife of Charles Augustus Rodgers). 

  • Edwin John Foxwell and Fanny Barrs

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). They had one son

  • Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell. Born 8 December 1892. Baptised 28 December 1892 in Nuneaton. 

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.

In 1911 Fanny, aged 40, was living with at Maun Hains, Hinckley. Her son Geoffrey, aged 18 was a leather factors apprentice.  

In 1939 Fanny Foxwell, widow was living at The Lawns Hotel, 3 Adelaide Mansions, Hove. She is one of 55 people list, some staff, but mainly guests and most, like Fanny, "on private means". 

Fanny Foxwell of 55, Hove Park Villas, Hive, Sussex, widow died on 30 November 1943. Probate was granted to Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell. chemical engineer. 

Their son Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell married Marion Lowe in 1916 at Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire West Riding. In 1939 they were living at 1 Wellesley Crescent, Twickenham. Geoffrey was a consulting fuel technologist and industrial chemist, the London manager of a large engineering concern. They had at least three children.  In 1957 they were living at Thorncliffe, Oakfield Road, Epsom.  Geoffrey Edwin Foxwell of Thorncliffe, Oakfield died on 26 April 1957. Probate was granted to his widow Marion. Marion Foxwell died in 1986. 

  • Matthew Henry Foxwell 

 Matthew and Druscilla's son Matthew Henry Foxwell died in 1880 in Hinckley. 

  • Letitia Druscilla Noon nee Foxwell

Matthew and Druscilla's daughter Letitia Druscilla Foxwell married Samuel Bilson Noon on 26 November 1884 at the Congregational Church, Hinckley (Reg Gen Dec 1884 Hinckley 7a 145). 

Samuel and Letitia had a son Charles Noon who had been born on 22 November 1885 at the Laurels, Knighton. 

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 Letitia is not listed and to date I cannot trace her. Their son Charles was a house surgeon in the City of London.  

Samuel B Noon died, aged 69 on 22 March 1926 at 44 Hutchinson Road, Leicestershire.  

Letitia 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. 

Their son Charles Noon married Cecily Elizabeth Ellen South on 18 June 1921 at Crawley, West Sussex. In 1939 they were living at 6, Ipswich Road, Norwich where Charles was a surgeon. 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. Interestingly probate was also granted in Australia suggesting that he had assets there. For obituary see here. Cecily Elizabeth E Noon died in 1978 (Reg Gen June 1978 Bromley 11 1007).

  • Arthur Clement Foxwell

In 1901 Matthew and Druscilla's son Arthur Clement Foxwell was still living with his parents at the Manor House, Hinckley. . Aged 38 and single he is a clothing manufacturer.  

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.

  • Marion Davis Rodgers nee Foxwell 

Matthew and Sarah's daughter 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. He was assistant master at Bradford Grammer School for many years 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.

Marion Davis Rodgers of Lypiatt Lawn Nursing Home, Cheltenham, widow died on 11 May 1958. Probate was granted to Lloyds Bank Ltd.  

  • Ernest Foxwell and Ada Margaret Griffiths/Edith Marjorie Bolton. 

Matthew and Sarah's son Ernest Foxwell married Ada Margaret Griffiths on 19 August 1911 in Wandsworth. They had two children

  • Margaret Doris Foxwell. Born 15 January 1913 in Aston
  • Alma Foxwell. Born 25 January 1916 in Aston

Thanks to Dee Connolly for this information. 

Ernest married again, his second wife was Edith Marjorie Bolton and I have been told that they married in 1920 in St Andrews, Scotland, but have been unable to trace a record. 

They had a daughter Jean C Foxwell, born 1925 

In 1933 Ernest and Edith were living at 21, Melbourne Street, Gloucester. 

Ernest Foxwell died on 1 November 1936.  

In 1939 Ernest's first wife Ada and their daughter "Doris M" were living at 18, Hale Road, Wallasley. Doris was a bread shop assistant. 

Ada M Foxwell died in 1956

In 1948 Edith was still living at Melbourne Street, Gloucester with her daughter Jean.   

Edith Marjorie Foxwell of 21, Melbourne Street, Gloucester died on 6 May 1974.

Ernest and Ada's daughter Margaret Doris Foxwell married John J Potter in 1946. They had four children. 

In 1939 Ernest and Ada's daughter Alma Foxwell was living at 71, Dunsmore Road, Hackney where she was a printers assistant. She married Robert Chard in 1940 and they emigrated to Canada. Robert and Alma both died in Toronto, in 1997 and 2006 respectively.

In 1941 Ernest and Edith's daughter Jean started work for the British Postal Service. In 1948 she was living with her mother in Melbourne Street. On 15 February 1953, Jean Foxwell, theatrical artiste of 21, Melbourne Street, Gloucester sailed from Southampton to New York on "S.S. Ryndan". The purpose of the trip was unclear but it was not her intention to reside there. She returned on 9 April 1953

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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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