Chapter 1 

The Early Years

Charles Pontin and Sarah Scott

Some researchers have suggested that Charles Pontin was was the son of Henry Pontinge (Born 1605. Died 1655) and Alice Dymock who married on 10 April 1629 at Siston, Gloucestershire. Their son Charles Ponting was baptised on 9 July 1637 at Siston. Siston is about 13 miles from Cromhall and over 20 miles from Berkeley. 

I have been told that Charles Pontin had first married Mary Hume on 10 November 1672 at Cromhall, Gloucestershire. This was during the reign of Charles II, just 13 years after Cromwell had died and 11 years after the restoration. Mary died in 1673

Cromhall is a village in South Gloucestershire in the union of Thornbury, the Upper division of the hundred of Berkeley and about 3 1/2 miles east of Thornbury and 7 miles from Berkeley. 

Charles married Sarah Scott on 27 April 1674

They had a son Charles who was baptised in Berkeley on 11 May 1679 (see below).

Sarah, wife of Charles Pontin of Ham was buried 3 October 1691 at Berkeley.

Charles Pontin, yeoman of Ham, died on 22 July 1706 and was buried at Berkeley. If he was born in 1637 he would have been 69 when he died. He shares a memorial stone with his grandson Thomas. His burial is recorded in "Calendar Of Gloucester wills provided in the Court of the Bishop of Gloucester".

Charles left a will but this is written in Latin so I can provide no detail, but there is also an inventory. The inventory was approved by Ralph R Pierce, Thomas Smith and Henry Heathfield. There seems to be a reference to possibly Caroline Ponting, but it is not clear how she fits in. 

In his inventory, Charles' possessions are described as follows:

  • £5.0s.0d - Wearing apparel
  • £6.0s.0d - Goods in parlour
  • £3.0s.0d - Goods in hall
  • £1.10s.od - Kitchen
  • £1.6s.8d - Hall chamber
  • £0.18s.0d - Kitchen chamber
  • £2.0s.0d - Parlour chamber
  • £60.0s.0d - Ground being leasehold
  • £50.0s.0d - Ground being leasehold to Peter Mischols
  • £3.0s.0d - Other goods
  • Total - £132. 14s. 8d

Charles Pontin

Charles Pontin was baptised on 11 May 1679 son of Charles Pontin and his wife Sarah.

I have been unable to trace Charles's marriage, but he may also have been married to a Sarah. Sarah Pontin, wife of Charles Pontin of Ham was buried at Berkeley on 11 September 1727. Was this Charles's wife?

On 26 June 1709 Charles Pontin of Ham, Berkeley, yeoman, along with Walter Abevan of Berkeley, yeoman, his wife Jane, Thomas Hopper of Berkeley, yeoman and James Bevan of Berkeley, yeoman were party to a deed declaring the uses of a fine on 3 Cottages, Lugdowne, the homes (7 acres) in Westfield, Berkeley (Gloucestershire archives D2957/41/60)

A further document at Gloucestershire record office (GDR/B4/2/P71) may relate to our Charles.

Charles Pontin of Ham died on 10 July 1728 and was buried at Berkeley.

Charles had the four children

  • Thomas Pontin.

Thomas was baptised on 11 March 1703 at Berkeley, the son of Charles Pontin, yeoman from Ham. He married Jane Taylor of Berkeley on 10 November 1731 at Berkeley. 

Thomas Pontin of Ham died 29 January 1739 and was buried in Berkeley.

  • William Pontin.

William was baptised on 27 March 1705 at Berkeley, the son of Charles Pontin, yeoman from Ham. (see below)

  • Charles Pontin.

Charles was baptised on 12 December 1707 at Berkeley, the son of Charles Pontin of Ham.

Charles Pontin of Ham died in 1738 and was buried in Berkeley on 29 October 1738.

  • Sarah Cherington nee Pontin.

Sarah was baptised 18 January 1711 at Berkeley, the daughter of Charles Pontin of Ham.

She married Samuel Cherington on 22 June 1735 at Berkeley.

The couple had five children

  • Thomas Cherington. Baptised 24 May 1736 at Berkeley son of Samuel Cherington of Wanswell.
  • Sarah Cherington. Baptised 18 November 1738 at Berkeley, daughter of Samuel Cherington, of Wanswell Court. 
  • Sarah Cherington. Baptised 15 November 1740 at Berkeley, daughter of Samuel Cherington of Wanswell Court. Born 15 September 1740, 
  • Samuel Cherington. Baptised 9 January 1741 at Berkeley, son of Samuel Cherington of Wanswell Court
  • Charles Cherington. Born 1742

but only the one son Thomas Cherington is believed to have survived into adulthood.

Samuel Cherington of Hamsfield died on 4 February 1768 and was buried at Berkeley.

His widow, Sarah Cherington of Hamsfield, died 23 October 1768 and was buried at Berkeley on 26 October 1768

Thomas Cherington had a daughter with Mary Herd. Their daughter Mary was baptised on 7 January 1761 at Berkeley. Her parents marriage has not been traced.  Mary Heard is believed to have married Robert Ponting on 7 April 1785 in Tortworth,    

Robert Ponting is believed to have been baptised on 31 December 1740 at Wooton Under Edge. He was the son of Sam Pontin and Eliz. It is not immediately obvious if or how they are related to our main Ponting line. 

William Pontin and Sarah Watts

William was baptised on 27 March 1705, the son of Charles Pontin, yeoman from Ham.

William married Sarah Watts in October 1726 at Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire.

Sarah Watts may have been baptised 19 November 1703 at Berkeley, daughter of George Watts, husbandman of Wanswell.

William Pontin of Ham died on 18 August 1744 and is buried at Berkeley. His widow Sarah (of Ham) died on 14 March 1748 and is buried in Berkeley.

William and Sarah had two children

  • Betty Pontin.

Betty was baptised on 26 December 1727, daughter of William Pontin of Pedington, at Berkeley.

  • William Ponting.

William was baptised on 15 May 1740 son of William Ponting of Ham.

On 24 August 1766 William married Mary Pearce . Details of the couple and their children can be found at Chapter 2.

This seems to be the point at which the spelling of the surname changed.

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