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Saturday, 21 August 2021

Richard Tooze and Eliza Disney

Sampford Peverell: Grand Western Canal and church
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Martin Bodman - geograph.org.uk/p/68659

Richard Tooze (bap. 24 Jul 1803), son of Thomas Tooze and Joan Potter, married Eliza Disney, at St John the Baptist ChurchSampford Peverell, on 22 Jan 1827. The marriage record suggests that Richard, who would only have been 24 at the time of this marriage, was widowed previously. Not impossible, of course, but I've not found any evidence of a previous marriage.

Unfortunately, I've not been able to find a baptism or identify the parents of Eliza Disney either, which is a shame, as I was hoping to establish if there was a family link to the Mariah Disney, allegedly ravished by John Stone. Mariah Disney (b. 1859), was daughter of John Disney (b. 1827), who in turn was the son of John Disney (b. anywhere from 1802 to 1806). This older John Disney said he was from Stawley, Somerset. Eliza Disney (b. 1807) who married Richard Tooze, was likewise from the Somerset border. They could have been siblings, or cousins, but, frustratingly, I've been unable to prove it.

Records suggest that Richard and Eliza had at least nine children, who were all baptised at All Saints' Church in Holcombe Rogus
  1. Caroline Tooze bap. 22 Feb 1829
  2. Samuel Tooze bap. 17 Feb 1831 
  3. James Tooze bap. 2 Feb 1834 (Died and was buried on 22 Nov 1835)
  4. Richard Tooze bap. 10 Jul 1836
  5. James Tooze born 1839, bap. 5 Dec 1841
  6. Emma Tooze born 1841, bap. 5 Dec 1841
  7. Ann Tooze born 1844, bap. 21 Mar 1844
  8. George Tooze bap 22 Aug 1847 (Died and was buried 30 Sep 1848)
  9. Elizabeth Tooze born 1851, bap. 25 Mar 1853
Richard Tooze' trade is listed on all the baptisms as Chairmaker.

In 1841, at Tinckham, Holcombe Rogus, are Richard Tooze (35) Chairmaker, Eliza Tooze (30), Caroline (12), Samuel (9), Richard (5) and James (2).

Cottages, at Twitchen
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Roger Cornfoot - geograph.org.uk/p/1268080

In 1851, at Twitchen, Holcombe Rogus, we find Richard Tooze (47) Chairmaker, Eliza Tooze (44), Samuel Tooze (19) Chairmaker, Richard Tooze (14) Chairmaker, James Tooze (10) Errand boy, Emma Tooze (9) and Ann Tooze (7). Caroline Tooze (22), in 1851, was working as a General servant to Sarah Shackell (67) Widow, Butcher in Lower Town, Sampford Peverell.

No.46 Timewells, Holcombe Rogus
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Andrew Riley - geograph.org.uk/p/5833994

In 1861, Richard Tooze (56) Chairmaker, Eliza Tooze (54) Lace Mender, and Elizabeth Tooze (9), were living at Timewells Cottage, Holcombe Rogus.

Still at Timewells Cottage, Holcombe Rogus, in 1871, are Richard Tooze (67) Chairmaker and Eliza Tooze (64). 

Eliza Tooze died, aged 72, and was buried on 18 May 1879, in Holcombe Rogus. Richard Tooze died the following year, aged 77, and was buried, on 2 May 1880, also in All Saints Churchyard, Holcombe Rogus.

All Saints church, Holcombe Rogus
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © David Smith - geograph.org.uk/p/5100720

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