Showing posts with label Burlescombe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Burlescombe. Show all posts

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

John Kerslake and Mary Ann Beedell

Mid Devon : Higher Pitt Farm
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John Kerslake married Mary Ann Beedell, in Tiverton, in 1880. The marriage record names her merely as Mary Beedle (sic), but on each of their children's baptisms, she's listed as Mary Ann and on each of the civil registrations of the births, her maiden name is Beedell (a name we've encountered before, when Temperance Southcott married her second husband, Francis Thomas Beedell.) So far, I haven't been able to find the births or parents for either John or Mary Ann to be able to establish the link (if there is one) between these people.

John and Mary Ann Kerslake had ten children: 
  1. Jane Kerslake born 19 Mar 1880, bap. 4 Jan 1881 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. Their abode at the time of Jane's baptism was Clayhanger.
  2. Ernest John Kerslake born 5 Aug 1881
  3. Alice Elizabeth Kerslake born 21 Jun 1883
  4. Lewis William Kerslake born 16 Nov 1885, bap. 31 Dec 1885 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. At that time their residence was in Burlescombe.
  5. Albert Henry Kerslake born 6 Dec 1887
  6. Edwin Beedell Kerslake born 2 Jan 1890
  7. Geoffrey Kerslake born 1892. (Died aged 3 months and was buried on 29 Jun 1892 in Washfield.)
  8. Florence Ellen Kerslake born 1894, bap. 2 Dec 1894 in Loxbeare. On this baptism, the family's address was given as Buttermoor Farm, Washfield, where John Kerslake was a Dairyman Farmer.
  9. Manuel Charles Kerslake born 17 Nov 1900, bap. 24 Dec 1900 at St George's Church, Tiverton. Their residence at that time is listed as Castle Barn (Castle Barn Farm, Exeter Hill.)
  10. Frederick Kerslake born 5 Nov 1902, bap. 4 Dec 1902 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. Their address then was East Bicknell Farm, Cove. Once more John's profession is listed as Dairyman.
Mid Devon : Cattle Grazing
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Cattle grazing on a grassy hillside near Cadeleigh.

In 1881, John Kerslake (35) is a Farmer of 30 acres at Goldsmoor [Farm], Sampford-Peverell, with Mary Kerslake (25), Jane Kerslake (1), William Kerslake (4) Visitor and 'Eles' Biddle (13) Servant.

In 1891 at Higher Pitt Farm, Washfield, are John Kerslake (43) Farmer, Mary Kerslake (33), Jane Kerslake (11), John Kerslake (9), Alice Kerslake (7), Lewis William Kerslake (5), Albert Henry Kerslake (3) and Edwin Beedell Kerslake (1).

In 1894, five of the children were enrolled at Loxbeare Church of England School: Ernest John Kerslake, Elizabeth Alice Kerslake, Lewis William Kerslake, Albert Henry Kerslake and Edwin Beedell Kerslake. 

In 1901 at Castle Barn Farm, Tiverton, there are John Kerslake (55) Farmer, Mary A Kerslake (42), Jenny (Jane) Kerslake (21), William (Lewis William) Kerslake (15) Tailor's Apprentice, Edwin Kerslake (11), Florence E Kerslake (6) and Charles M (Manuel Charles) Kerslake (0).

With so many changes of address, I have visions of them driving their cattle almost incessantly around the narrow lanes of Devon!

John Kerslake, finally of Luttrell FarmBampton, Devonshire, died on 30 Nov 1903, leaving his effects of £271 5s (worth around £33,800 in 2021) to William Henry Beedell, Innkeeper. As yet, I don't know which inn he kept. One can perhaps assume that William Henry Beedell was a relative of Mary Ann's, but again, I've not been able to find out how they might be related. 

In 1911, Mary Ann Kerslake, Widow, Needle woman, was living at 1 The Works, Tiverton with Edwin Beedell Kerslake (21) Gardener, Florence Ellen Kerslake (16) School teacher, Charles Emanuel Kerslake (10) and Frederick Kerslake (8). Jane Kerslake (listed as Jenny) (29) was working as a Cook to the family of Henry William Gould, Solicitor, at Compass Cottage, Stoke Hill, Heavitree.

In 1939, Jane Bowden (Jane Kerslake had married Frank Bowden in 1917) Widowed, was living with her mother, Mary Ann Kerslake, at 1 Castle View, Tiverton. Mary Ann Kerslake (née Beedell) died in 1951, aged 93.

Tiverton : The Works
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The Works road in Tiverton with the Baptist Church Hall in view.


Friday, 16 July 2021

Sidney William Hitchcock and Florence May Stone

Bishops Lydeard
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The crossroads on what could be called the village centre

Florence May Stone, the seventh child of Frederick James Stone and Loveday Jane Land, married Sidney William Hitchcock, in Tiverton, in 1920. Without buying a copy of the marriage certificate - not economically attractive for any but direct ancestors - I have no more details currently on date or venue. 

Interesting though that I'd found this marriage and felt it had to be right, but had no other record to confirm it, until reading that Mrs F Hitchcock, an aunt, was one of the family mourners at her nephew's funeral in 1932. That newspaper report also told us that she lived in Bishops Lydeard, otherwise, I'd never have known, because this couple seem to have evaded the 1939 Register.

Sidney William Hitchcock (b. 1899), was the son of Walter Simon Hitchcock and his wife Ann Stone. Is this yet another circular branch on the family tree? 

Walter Simon Hitchcock and Annie Stone had married in 1880 and had lived at Red Ball in 1881 and 1891. "W. S. Hitchcock, labourer, Redball" is listed under the Cottagers - a term, the meaning of which, has changed enormously in the intervening 127 years - in GREGORY'S DIRECTORY OF 1894. Back then, it had nothing to do with homosexual practices in public toilets, or following Fulham Football Club. A Cottager was a person who lived in a cottage, one of the levels of serfdom in feudal societies. In 1901, Walter Hitchcock (40) then a Traction engine driver, from Culmstock, Devon, still lived at Red Ball Cottages, 1, Nicholashayne in Culmstock. Wife Ann (38) was from Burlescombe.  

Walter Simon Hitchcock (b. 1858) was the son of William Hitchcock (b. 1827), Shoemaker, and his wife Susana. And this William Hitchcock was the son of William Hitchcock (b. 1798) Shoemaker, and his wife Sarah.

Ann Stone (b. 1862) was the daughter of William Stone (b. 1813) and Ann Croyden who had married on 15 Dec 1840, in Burlescombe. William Stone, Husbandman, was the son of Samuel Stone, Quarryman and his wife Grace. Ann Croyden, Seamstress, was the daughter of John Croyden, a Sawyer. But, if there's any link between Ann Stone and the rest, it's in earlier generations.

Sidney William Hitchcock died, in Taunton district, in 1952, aged 53.

Florence M Hitchcock died in 1967. She will have been 73.

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