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Showing posts with label Southcott. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Southcott. Show all posts

Monday, 16 August 2021

John Hurley Coombe and Mary Jane Southcott

East side of St Peter's Church, Tiverton
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John Hurley Coombe, son of James Coombe and Sarah Hurley, married Mary Jane Southcott, daughter of William Southcott and Temperance Cosway, at St Peter's Church, Tiverton, on 7 Sep 1869. 

John and Mary Jane had six children:

  1. John William Southcott Coombe b. 1869 in Tiverton. (Died aged 7, in 1876, in Tiverton.)
  2. Sarah Jane Coombe born 1871, bap. 19 May 1872 in Shoreditch. (Died aged 5 and was buried on 19 Sep 1876 at Victoria Park Cemetery, Hackney.)
  3. Fanny Maria Coombe born 1874 in Shoreditch
  4. Frederick Coombe born 1876 in Shoreditch
  5. Charles Henry Coombe born 1878 in Holborn
  6. James Coombe born 1883 in Holborn (Died in 1884, aged 0)
In 1871, John H Coombe (24) Tailor, Mary J Coombe (18) and John H S Coombe (1) had been living with his father, James Coombe, who had married Mary Jane's mother, Temperance, in 1866, in Kiddles Court, Tiverton, Devon.

In 1881, John Hurley Coombe (35) Journeyman tailor, Mary Jane Coombe (28), Fanny Maria (7), Frederick (5) and Charles Henry (3) were living at 10, Green Street, St Andrew Holborn. 

Mary Jane Coombe (née Southcott) died in 1887, aged 33, so in 1891, John H Coombe (45) Widower, was living in Leigh Street, Holborn, with Fanny Maria (17) Packer soap factory, Frederick (14) Printer's boy and Charles H (12).

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Temperance Cosway and William Southcott and Francis Thomas Beedell and James Coombe

Fore Street, Tiverton
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On wonders if Temperance Cosway was a poor relation of the Tiverton-born portrait painter of the Regency era, Richard Cosway. (The town even has a Cosway Road.) Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find the record of her birth and the first record we find for Temperance is the 1841 census, which doesn't explain the relationship between members of a household, but we find her then, in Fore Street, Tiverton in the household of Mary Cosway (60) Dairy Keeper (who may be her mother); Mary Cosway (25) (conceivably a sister); Temperance Cosway (21), Elizabeth Cosway (2), Eliza Copp (25) Dressmaker (a lodger, perhaps) and Elizabeth Harmer (65) 'Ivd' - I'm reading that as Invalid. A dairy, there in the centre of town will have been important to the population.

The baptism record reveals that the two year old Elizabeth Cosway, born 22 Feb 1839 and baptised on 19 May 1839, at St Peter's Church, Tiverton, was the daughter of Temperance Cosway. Sadly, Elizabeth Cosway died at the age of three and was buried, on 18 Aug 1842, also at St Peter's Church, Tiverton.

On 24 Mar 1845, Temperance Cosway married William Southcott, also at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. All we know from the marriage certificate is that William was a Wheelwright. His father's name was left blank, which is entirely consistent with the record of his baptism, in Witheridge, on 24 Feb 1822, where he's described as the Base Child (illegitimate) of Mary Southcott. 

Temperance Cosway's father is listed as Thomas Cosway. There was a Thomas Cosway of the right vintage, aged 60 (born 1780), buried on 19 Apr 1840 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton, who would fit the circumstances. Under his name on the burial record is, "destroyed himself", presumably they mean suicide

William and Temperance Southcott had six children:
  1. William Southcott born 7 Jan 1846, bap. 24 Feb 1846 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. (Died aged 6 and buried on 11 Apr 1852 at St Peter's Church)
  2. Walter Southcott born 1847. (Died 1864, aged 18)
  3. Robert Southcott born 1849. (There was a Richard Southcott, aged 1, died in 1850, for whom there appears to be no corresponding birth record.)
  4. Frederick Southcott born 1851
  5. Mary Jane Southcott born 1854
  6. Lucy Southcott born 1856. (Died 1859, aged 2.)
Tiverton : Town Scenery
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Looking down towards the town with the museum and Beck's Square in view

In 1851, William Southcott (29) Carpenter, Temperance Southcott (30), William Southcott (5), Walter Southcott (3), Maria Trump (20) House Servant and John L Dunsford (34) Lodger, were all living in Becks Square, Tiverton.

Then in 1856, William Southcott died at the age of 33. 

In 1860, Temperance Southcott married Francis Thomas Beedell (b. 30 Jul 1823, bap. 17 Aug 1823), son of William Beedell and his wife Elizabeth. Francis had previously married Elizabeth Tucker, daughter of Robert Tucker, on 29 Oct 1852 at the parish church in Butterleigh. They'd had one child, Henry Robert Beedell, in 1853, but Elizabeth Beedell had died in 1854, aged 24. 

In 1861, Francis J Beedell (35) Tailor, Temperance Beedell (36), Walter Southcott (14) Carpenter's Apprentice, Frederick Southcott (9), Mary Jane Southcott (7) - described as Wife's sons and Wife's daughter, respectively - and Ann M Limborough (29) House Servant, had their address listed as Vercoc's Court, Fore Street, Tiverton. Francis Thomas and Temperance Beedell added one son, Francis Southcott Beedell, born in 1862. (When he was listed at Heathcote School in 1873, their address was Havill's Court, Fore Street.)

Then Francis Thomas Beedell died, in 1865, aged 42. 

So, in 1866 Temperance Beedell married for a 3rd time to James Coombe

James Coombe (b. 1811), Butcher, son of John Coombe, had previously married Sarah Hurley, daughter of John Hurley, Carpenter, on 22 Mar 1838, at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. James and his wife set up in Newport Street, Tiverton, where they were in 1841. By 1851 and in 1861, he had become a Dairyman in Frog Street, Tiverton (Bampton). 

Finding the blended family in 1871 (while researching Arthur Southcott, son of Frederick Southcott, second husband of Emma Jane Northcott), led me to investigate, as on that 1871 census return, the 19 year old unmarried Frederick Southcott was described as Son-in-law (to the head of the household) and that didn't make sense at all. Clearly, he is James Coombe's step-son. However, there's no wonder they were confused, because James Coombe and Sarah Hurley's son, John Hurley Coombe (b. 1845) had married Mary Jane Southcott, daughter of William Southcott and Temperance Cosway, in 1869. She was then both James Coombe's step-daughter AND his daughter-in-law.

Listed at Kiddles Court, Fore Street, Tiverton, in 1871 were: 
James Coombe (59) Dairyman
Temperance Coombe (50)
John H Coombe (24) Son, Tailor
William H Coombe (22) Son, Whitesmith (unemployed)
Mary J Coombe (18) Daughter-in-law (wife of John H Coombe)
Mary A Coombe (22) Daughter-in-law (wife of William H Coombe)
Frederick Southcott (19) Son-in-law (Step-son) Dairyman's assistant
Frederick Coombe (13) Son, Errand Boy
Francis T Beedle (sic) (8) Son-in-law (Step-son)
John H S Coombe (1) Grandson (Son of John Hurley Coombe and Mary Jane Southcott)
William H Coombe (0) Grandson (Son of William Henry and Mary Ann Coombe, born 20 Jan 1870, bap. 26 Dec 1870 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. Mother's maiden name Land.)
Then in 1876, James Coombe died, aged 65.

In 1881, the now thrice-widowed Temperance Coombe (62) Dairy woman, is still living in Kiddles Court, Tiverton, with her son from her first marriage, Frederick Southcott (29) Milk carrier and his wife Eliza (25), as well as her son by her second husband, Francis Beedell (18) also a Milk carrier. 

And after all that, Temperance Coombe, previously Beedell, formerly Southcott, née Cosway, simply disappears. She could have married again, but there's no record of it. More likely, nobody was left when she died.

Friday, 13 August 2021

Frederick Southcott and Eliza Harris

Tiverton : Former Belmont Hospital
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Now known as Perreyman Court, this used to be a hospital and workhouse.

Frederick Southcott, son of William Southcott and Temperance Cosway, married Eliza Harris in Tiverton, in 1879. They had five children: 

  1. Lucy Southcott b. 30 Aug 1880, bap. 13 Sep 1880 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. (Died in the first quarter of 1881, aged 0.)
  2. Alice Southcott b. 22 Mar 1882, bap. 14 Apr 1882 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. (Died at the beginning of 1885, aged 3.)
  3. Arthur Southcott b. 30 Jul 1883, bap. 9 Aug 1883 at St Peter's
  4. Frederick William Southcott b. 27 Feb 1886, bap. 28 Mar 1886 at St Peter's Church, Tiverton. (Died in the 2nd quarter of 1886, aged 0.) 
  5. Bessie Southcott b. 1889, bap. 12 Feb 1892 at St Peter's, Tiverton.

In 1881, Frederick Southcott (29) and his wife Eliza (25) were living in Kiddles Court, Tiverton - off Fore Street - and he was employed as a Milk Carrier (these listings of Victorian Occupations 'helpfully' lists this as "Someone who carries milk" - no doubt from dairy to customer in a hand cart as shown here.)

However, already on the 1886 baptism, under what is usually the father's occupation, was listed "Inmate of Workhouse". And on Bessie's baptism in 1892, their address was given as Tiverton Union, i.e. Workhouse too. 

In 1891, Frederick, Eliza, Arthur and Bessie had all been Inmates at The Tiverton Union Workhouse. It becomes clear why they were there, as the records explain that Frederick Southcott, former milk carrier, had become "Blind not from birth".

Without buying all the death certificates, it's not possible to know for sure what it was, but clearly something happened within the five years between 1881 and 1886. The fact that two of the children died around the same time, in 1885 and 1886, tends to suggest - to me anyway - that disease, rather than an accident, was implicated. Smallpox was a common killer in nineteenth century Britain, and was responsible for a third of all human blindness. The risk of death after contracting the disease was about 30%, with higher rates among babies.

Unsurprisingly, Arthur went to sea, joining the Royal Navy in March 1899, when he will have been 15½. While Bessie was enrolled in Elmore School in 1899, with her address on the school records once again listed as "Workhouse".

Bessie and her parents were still in the Workhouse in 1901, after which she just disappears. Art Southcott (17), in 1901, was a Boy 1st Class, part of the crew of HMS Nile, while she was the coast guard ship at Devonport

Frederick died in 1906. Arthur served in the Royal Navy until 4 Jun 1908, when he was Invalided, so by 1911, Arthur Southcott (27) was back in the Tiverton Union Workhouse. Eliza was still in the Workhouse in 1911 and died in 1913. 

Utterly heart-breaking that accident or illness had consigned them to what was undoubtedly a miserable existence for the rest of their lives. 

Monday, 9 August 2021

William Northcott and Emma Jane Wood

Fore Street, Cullompton with the grade II listed White Hart
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William Northcott married Emma Jane Wood, daughter of Henry Wood and Mary Jane Melhuish from Kentisbeare, Devon, in 1896. Five years earlier, in 1891, William Northcott (19) Blacksmith, had been a lodger at The White Hart, Fore Street, Cullompton, but I haven't been able to find him before that. 

William and Emma's children included: 
  1. Maud Wood, Emma's illegitimate daughter, born 1894 and baptised on 19 Feb 1895, when she was 14 months old, in Kentisbeare
  2. William Henry Northcott born 8 Mar 1897 (not seen after 1911)
  3. Arthina Northcott born 14 Oct 1898, bap. 2 Nov 1898 in Cullompton
  4. Elizabeth Northcott born 1900 (died 1900 aged 0)
  5. Charles John Northcott born 23 Feb 1902, bap. 23 Mar 1902
  6. Albert James Northcott born 30 Aug 1903, bap. 16 Sep 1903 in Cullompton (died 1904, aged 0)
  7. Florence Northcott born 25 Oct 1907, Emma's illegitimate daughter
The retreat, Cullompton
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The neighbouring house in the row on the left, also listed, is Church Cottage.

In 1901, William Northcott (31) Blacksmith Journeyman from Branscombe, Devon (not identified relevant birth), wife Emma Jane (30) from Kentisbeare, along with Emma's daughter, Maud Wood (7), William Henry Northcott (4) and Arthenia Northcott (2) were living at Church Cottages, Cullompton.

William Northcott (33) died and was buried on 15 May 1904, in Cullompton.

Charles John Northcott was registered at Elmore School, Tiverton in 1908, with his address shown as Elmore Workhouse. In 1911, Emma Northcote (sic) (37) Widow, Laundress was living at 7 Rices Court, West Exe South, Tiverton with William (14) Errand Boy, Arthina (12), Charles (9) and Florence (3). 

Charles John Northcott (17) joined the Royal Tank Corps on 19 Aug 1919.

In 1917, Emma J Northcott had remarried to Arthur Southcott. What were the chances?

Arthur Southcott, born 30 Jul 1883, bap. 9 Aug 1883 at St Peter’s Church Tiverton, therefore 12 years younger than his wife, was the son of Frederick Southcott and Eliza Harris

Arthur Southcott died in 1935, in his early 50's.

In 1939, Emma J Southcott, Widowed again, was living at 7 Bartows Causeway, Tiverton with Dorothy A Evans (Arthina Northcott had married Ernest F J Evans in 1918), Laundress, and Dorothy Florence Northcott (b. 16 Nov 1916 - mother's maiden name was Northcott, so appears to be Arthina's illegitimate daughter), who worked at the Lace Factory and one other person. Emma Jane Southcott died in 1947. 

Tiverton : Bartows Causeway
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If you're related to any of the people written about, I'm guessing you'll recognise them from the surnames. If you are, do please get in touch.