A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

William Barton (1784-1842), the tragic life of a failed farmer who drowned in the River Avon

Rownham Fields


John Barton I (-1544)


John Barton II (-1577) and Isabel Ady (-1553)

of Thornbury


John Barton III (1553-1607) and Mary Sertch (1563-1617?)

                                Butcher of Rowles, Thornbury                                          


William Barton I (-1619?)

Butcher of Thornbury


Robert Barton (1604-1663) and Susannah Holway (-1684)

Yeoman of Thornbury


John Barton IV (1636-1687) and Mary Thurston (1645-1691)

 Yeoman of Thornbury


John Barton V (1672-1727) and Sarah Winstone (1679/80-1745)

Butcher of Thornbury


Thomas Barton (1714-1774) and Sarah Giles (Fosket) (-1788)

Butcher of Thornbury


Richard Barton (1741-1801) and Anne (Hannah) Watts (1754-1820)

Farmer of North Nibley


William Barton II (1784-1842) and Mary Dommett (1789-1870)

Farmer and Butcher of Churchstanton, Woodford, Easton-in-Gordano


John Barton VI (1818-1878) and Sarah Perrott (1820c-1909)

Blacksmith of Cambridge and Slimbridge


William Barton III (1854-1936) and Ellen Pick (1857-1930)

Blacksmith of Slimbridge


Edward Percy Barton (1891-1977) and Florence Noad (1891-1968)

Blacksmith of Slimbridge and Farmer of Cambridge


WILLIAM BARTON II, Great III Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of Richard Barton and Hannah (nee Watts)

Husband of Mary Dommett

Father of John Barton VI

Also Father of William, Elizabeth, George, Elizabeth, Eliza, Henry and Richard

William Barton II was baptised on 7th November 1784 at St Martin’s Parish Church, North Nibley. He was the ninth child of Richard Barton, a yeoman farmer of Starvall Farm, North Nibley, and the third son of Richard’s second wife, Hannah. Two of William’s first cousins also shared the same Christian name – William Barton (1796-1851), a farmer of Cromhall, and William Barton (1784-1835), a labourer of Milbury Heath, Thornbury.

Richard Barton was forty-three-year-old when his son William was born and in 1790 he made his will in which he refers to William Barton as one of his twelve children. William’s father was buried on 17th May 1801 leaving an estate of less than £1,000. The will was proved on 14th November in that year. William would have received £100 from his father’s estate in1805 when he reached the age of twenty-one-years.

On 12th November 1811 William Barton II married Mary Dommett at Churchstanton on the Devon/Somerset border. They were married by licence and the witnesses were Robert Dommett and Mary Parry (?). Both bride and bridegroom signed their names. William’s brother David, who was four years his junior, married in the same church in November 1809 so it is possible that the two brothers moved together to the Blackdown Hills to pursue lives as farmers. Their cousin Susannah Barton married James Hurford at Churchstanton on 10th April 1810.

William’s bride, Mary Dommett, was born in about 1788 (death certificate). She was probably the daughter of William and Mary Dommett and if so was christened on 19th July 1789. William and Mary Dommett also had a son, Robert Dommett, who was born in July 1790 and later became a yeoman of Willand, Churchstanton. Both William and his son, Robert Dommett, died in 1847.

The eldest child of William and Mary Barton was William who was baptised on 25th June 1812 at Churchstanton. A further child, Elizabeth, was baptised at Churchstanton on 21st April 1813 but she died and was buried on 4th June that year. Her father was described as a farmer of Bear Hill (sometimes Beer Hill), Churchstanton. Their second son, George, was baptised at Churchstanton on 10th December 1815 and by this time his father was described as a labourer of Bear Hill, Churchstanton.

William and Mary moved back to Gloucestershire in 1816 or 1817. His move from farmer to labourer may indicate that his farming venture was a failure otherwise the family’s move may have been connected with the involvement of William’s younger brother, Anthony, six years his junior, in the Berkeley Poaching Affray which occurred on 19th January 1816. It is quite probable that their eldest son, young William, remained in Devon with his grandparents.

William and Mary’s third son, John, was born in Gloucestershire and he was christened on 14th January 1818 at St Mary’s Church, Berkeley. William Barton was described in the register as a farmer of Woodford, Berkeley. John stated in the census returns from 1851 to 1871 that he was born at Morton (a tithing of Thornbury).

On 8th January 1819 William Barton’s youngest brother, Henry, ten years his junior, made his will in which we find the following reference -‘Upon trust for my nephews namely…John and George sons of my brother William Barton…’

Further baptisms of the children of William and Mary followed at Berkeley – Elizabeth in 1820 and Eliza in 1821. Now the children’s father, was described as a butcher of Woodford.

We find no more baptisms of the children of William and Mary Barton until 1829 when a Henry Barton was baptised at St Martin’s Church, North Nibley. The christening of their youngest son, Richard, on 9th December 1835, again at North Nibley, followed this event. The entries in the baptismal register detail the father as William Barton, a butcher of North Nibley. Young Richard was buried a few days later on 16th December 1835 and his age was given as four years. Two days after Richard’s burial there was a further one of a Louisa Barton who was aged twelve years.

Another reference to William Barton is from the year 1832 when he is described in a Land Tax Return for North Nibley as a tenant of his half brother, Richard Barton.

It is difficult to establish any further information about William and Mary during this period except that their second son, George Barton, married Eliza Bennett at Falfield in November 1837. George’s father was described on the marriage certificate as William Barton, a butcher. This George Barton was himself a butcher and later a labourer, of Falfield where he lived with his family until at least 1881.  The various census returns record George’s place of birth as Devon (1851), Falfield (1861 and 1871) and Wickwar (1881).

This reference to Wickwar may indicate that George’s parents, William and Mary Barton, spent time there between 1822 and 1829. Returning to the burial of twelve-year-old Louisa, above, there is nothing to directly connect her but there is a tantalising entry in the Wickwar baptismal register, dated the 2nd January 1824, of a Louisa, the daughter of Charles Barton, a butcher of Wickwar, and his wife Mary. Should this be William Barton rather than Charles Barton? Gwen Barton, a descendent of George Barton, was told by her own father of a family tradition that George’s father had owned a farm of 300 acres at Wickwar, known as Church Farm.

William Barton and his wife Mary are recorded in the 1841 census return as living at St George or Easton-in-Gordano in Somerset. At Duck Lane, not far from Sheep House Farm and Fishery, we find William, aged fifty-six-years. He was working as an agricultural labourer and he was born outside of the county of Somerset. With him was his wife Mary, aged fifty years and also born outside of the county. Still at home was their youngest son, Henry, aged thirteen-years and again born out of the county. In the same house was Thomas Yeets or Yiels, an eighteen-year-old agricultural labourer.

In the 1841 census return their eldest son, William, was described as a twenty-five-year-old grinder working for Martin Rake, a miller of Hinton St Mary, Devon.

Meanwhile their third son, John Barton, was recorded in the same census as aged twenty-three-years and working as a labourer for John Gabb, a nailsmith of Pitcourt, North Nibley.

In April 1842 John married Sarah Perrett at North Nibley and his father’s details were recorded on the certificate as William Barton, a Labourer. The joyful celebrations in North Nibley must have been marred by events that were unfolding in Bristol.

The Bristol Times and Bath Advocate for Saturday 30th April 1842 includes the following Inquest report:

Held before J. B. Grindon, Esq., Coroner.

‘On Tuesday at the Rownham Tavern, on the body of Wm. Barton, aged 56. – Mary Barton, widow of the deceased, stated that she lived at St George’s Somersetshire; her husband left home on the 25th February, to visit his friends in Gloucestershire, and left Sodbury on the first of March; he was seen to cross Rownham Ferry on the evening of  the first of March, and he walked part of the way up Rownham-hill, with Mr. Wade, of Leigh; being very much in liquor, he did not keep up with Mr. Wade, and was left behind. The next morning he again crossed the ferry to search for a bundle which he said he had lost when he was drunk the night before. From that time the witness has seen nothing of him till she was shown his dead body, yesterday. – James Tanner, waterman, proved picking up the body floating in the river by Broad Pill. Verdict – Found dead.’

From ‘The Bristol Mirror and General Advertiser’, Saturday 30th April 1842:

‘The body of a man found at Broad Pill was brought to Mr. Sims’s, Rownham Tavern, Hotwells, on Monday last, in a very decomposed state, having been in the water two months. An inquest was held the following day, and Mr. Sims received the usual orders from the Coroner for burying the corpse, but the overseers of Clifton refused to comply with the order, and the corpse still lies at Mr. Sims’s house. Mr. J.N. Sanders, the Magistrate,  called on the Overseers and offered to pay a portion of the expenses, but they refused to comply unless the whole was guaranteed.’

The death certificate inaccurately states that William died on 26th April 1842 in the River Avon. He was a fifty-six-year-old farmer who was found dead in the Avon. The informant was J.R.G. Smith, Coroner of Bristol, and the death was registered on 29th June 1842 by John Princep, Registrar.

William Barton, by coroner’s warrant, ‘found drowned’, was buried on 28th April 1842 in the L.G. (Lower Ground?) of the burial ground of St Andrew’s Clifton, aged fifty-six years, by John Vincent.

When the eldest son William married in June 1843 his father was described as a deceased farmer and when the youngest surviving son, Henry, married in May 1866 he described his father as a farmer.

There is no further reference to William until his wife Mary died on 16th September 1870 at Slimbridge, aged eighty-two-years. Her daughter-in-law, Sarah Barton, was present at the death and the deceased was described on the death certificate as being the widow of William Barton, butcher.

MARY BARTON, Great III Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of William Dommett and Mary (nee Trood)

Wife of William Barton II

Mother of John Barton VI

Also Mother of William, Elizabeth, George, Elizabeth, Eliza, Henry and Richard

Mary Dommett, was born in about 1788 (death certificate). She was almost certainly the daughter of William and Mary Dommett and if so was baptised on 19th July 1789 at Churchstanton. Baptism Book 2, Entry 874: ‘Mary Dommett daughter of William and Mary’.

William and Mary Dommett also had a son, Robert Dommett, who was born in July 1790 and later became a Yeoman of Willand, Churchstanton. Both William and his son, Robert Dommett, died in 1847.

Another Mary was baptised at Churchstanton on 30th August 1789. Baptism Book 2, Entry 876: Mary Bowerman, bastard daughter of Joan Domatt. A Mary Bowerman married Richard Wyatt on 13th February 1810 (banns 21st January) at Upottery.

On 12th November 1811 Mary Dommett, married William Barton, by now a twenty-six-year-old farmer at Churchstanton, Devon (now Somerset). The Rector, Buckland Bluet married the couple by licence and both of them signed their names and were described as of the parish. One of the witnesses was a Robert Dommett but this may not be significant as Robert Dommett and Joan Dommett witnessed other Churchstanton weddings at this time.

The couple had at least seven children between about 1812 and 1831. By 1818 her husband was a farmer and later a butcher of Woodford, Berkeley, but there is no further reference to Mary (except for her death) or her family in Gloucestershire after the burial at North Nibley of her son, Richard, on 16th December 1835, aged four years.

In the 1841 census return Mary was living with her husband and son, Henry, at Easton-in-Gordano. She was described as fifty-years-old. During the following year she is mentioned in relation to her husband’s tragic death.

In the 1851 census return we find a Mary Barton, a widow and servant, living at Blindmore, Buckland St Mary, Somerset. She was described as fifty-eight-years-old and born in Church Stanton, Devon. Her employer was Samuel Pym, aged thirty-eight-years, who was farming sixty-eight acres.

In 1861 Mary was still at Buckland St Mary. She was described as a sixty-three-year-old housekeeper to Samuel Pym who farmed fifty acres at North Blindmore. His age was given as forty-four-years-old. By 1871 Samuel Pym had married Lucy. By then Mary had left the farm and returned to Gloucestershire. Samuel was described in the 1871 census return as a fifty-four-year-old farmer of Little Blindmore with sixty acres, and his wife was shown as two years older and born at Pitminster.

Samuel Pym was born in about 1817, son of Robert Pym who was born at Buckland St Mary in 1777.

From Pamela Hull,  9th May 2009:

 ‘I can, however, enlarge a little on Samuel Pym of North Blindmoor Farm, where Mary was living as housekeeper after her husband’s death. Now known as Blindmoor Farm, it is right next to us so I have quite an interest in it!

Samuel Pym was baptised at Buckland St Mary on July 7th 1816. He was the son of Robert and Betty Pym of Westcombeland, an old name for this area of B.S.M. He had, I think, several brothers and sisters, mostly older than himself. A Robert Pym, from B.S.M. married Betty Middleton at Pitminster on 27th June 1799 and some of the older children were born in the early 1800s (providing I have the right couple as so many of the family share Christian names.) so this could be the right ones.

The Pyms appear to have been ambitious business men purchasing large amounts of land in B.S.M. parish, some of which was let. We have a family named Pym here now at Higher Blindmoor Farm but there appears to be no connection with Samuel’s family.

My notes say that Samuel married Mary (possibly Wyatt) in June 1869 but I have, as yet, no evidence of this or to where or when she died. There was a very large family of Wyatts in B.S.M. around this time, some of them were also at Churchstanton and there was doubtless some intermarriage.

Samuel moved to Taunton at some stage and died at 3 Park Street on 23rd November 1895 and buried at B.S.M. on 29th November. He had no children and his property was inherited by his brothers’ descendents. Samuel Wyatt Pym inherited Shires Farm (just up the road from us).

Robert Pym had Whitlands, or Wheatlands Farm, now included in Blindmoor Farm. Daniel Pym had Court Farm at Churchstanton.

This Samuel Pym died at Staple Fitzpaine in 1913 and left Shires Farm to his wife Elizabeth. The Board family bought it from the Pym family when Elizabeth died in 1932 and their descendant still lives there and his brother lives at (North) Blindmoor, (their fields adjoin) and which the family bought in 1957. The Pym family sold (North) Blindmoor early in the 1900s, I think. The last member of this Pym family, another Samuel, (maybe son to the Samuel who died in 1913 – I haven’t checked this) died within the memory of some of our older inhabitants, having lived in a cottage about a mile from here’

Mary Barton died, aged eighty-two-years, on 16th September 1870 at Slimbridge. The death certificate described her as the eighty-two-year-old Widow of William Barton, Butcher. The cause of death was given as ‘Gangrena Senilis and this was certified. George Leonard, Registrar, registered the death on 19th September and the informant was (her daughter-in-law), Sarah Barton of Slimbridge, who was present at the time of the death.

WILLIAM BARTON, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

William was baptised on 25th June 1812 at Churchstanton.

A William Barton aged twenty-three was tried for embezzlement at Bristol on 4th April 1836 and was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment.

In the 1841 census return he was described as a twenty-five-year-old unmarried grinder working for Martin Rake, a forty-year-old miller of Hinton St Mary, Devon. Working with him was twenty-year-old George Jeffrey, who was described as a baker. Martin Rake’s family included his wife Rachel and children Charles, Henry and George.

On 1st June 1843 he married Ann Rose after banns at Sturminster Newton Parish Church. William was described on the certificate as Miller of Hinton St Mary, son of William Barton a deceased farmer. Ann was a dressmaker of Sturminster Newton, daughter of Joseph Rose, deceased tailor. Both bride and groom signed their names and the witnesses were James and Dinah Rose.

In 1851 William was described as a thirty-eight-year-old miller of Church Street Sturminster Newton. His place of birth was given as Churchstanton, Devon. His wife, Ann, was aged thirty-seven-years and born at Hinton St Mary. Their children included Charles aged seven years and born in Hinton St Mary; Eliza aged six years and born in Sturminster; Mary Maria aged five years and born in Hinton St Mary and Martha Ann aged one year and born in Marnhull.

In 1861 William was described as a forty-eight-year-old Miller, born in Churchstanton, Devon. Ann was aged forty-seven and born in Sturminster; Charles was aged seventeen years and born in Hinton St Mary; Mary Maria was aged fifteen years and born in Hinton St Mary and Martha Ann was eleven years and born in Sturminster.

In the 1881 census William Barton was a sixty-eight-year-old retired baker living at Lily Cottage, Wyndham Road, Christchurch, Hants. His place of birth was given as Taunton in Somerset. Ann was also shown as sixty-eight and born at Sturminster Newton; Martha was aged thirty years, unmarried, and born at Marnhull. With them was their ten-year-old grandson, William Barton, who was born at Springbourne, Christchurch, Hants.

William died in the second quarter of 1890 at Christchurch, Hants.

Henry Barton was born in the third quarter of 1852 at Sturminster

Martha Ann was born in the second quarter of 1850 at Sturminster

William Henry was born in the second quarter of 1855 at Sturminster

William Barton died in the third quarter of 1850 in Dorset

William Barton died in the second quarter of 1854 at Sturminster

ELIZABETH BARTON, Great III Infant Aunt of Richard Barton

Elizabeth was baptised on 21st April 1813 and buried on 4th June 1813 at Churchstanton.

‘4th June 1813 – buried Elizabeth Barton, infant, Beer Hill’

GEORGE BARTON, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton


George the second son of William and Mary Barton, was baptised at Churchstanton, Devon, on 10th December 1815. In the will dated 8th January 1819 George was to receive a substantial legacy from his Uncle Henry Barton of North Nibley when he reached the age of twenty-one-years – probably in 1836.

On 9th November 1837 George Barton married Eliza Bennett at Thornbury Parish Church. He was described as a butcher of Falfield and of full age. His bride was described as a minor of Falfield, the daughter of William Bennett, a labourer. George’s own father was described as William Barton, Butcher. The witnesses at the wedding were John and Hannah Bennett and like the bride and groom they both made their mark.

 The bride, Eliza Bennett, was the daughter of William (1796-) and Unity Bennett (nee King) (1798-1874) and was born sometime between 1817 and 1819 at Falfield. Her grandparents were James and Sarah Bennett who at the time of the 1841 census were living at Moorslade, Thornbury and were both aged seventy-five-years.

On 15th September 1839 their eldest child, William, was baptised at Falfield Church and George Barton was described as a Butcher of Falfield. Eighteen months later, on 7th March 1841, their second child, Emma, was baptised at Falfield but on this occasion George was described as a Labourer of Whitfield. These details were repeated in 1843. The birth certificate for their son, Henry George, dated 23rd April 1844, states that George was a Farm Labourer of Falfield.

In the census returns George Barton said that he was born in Devon in 1851, Falfield in 1861 and 1871 and Wickwar in 1881. In 1841 George was described as twenty-five-years-old and his wife, Eliza, as twenty. Their children were given as William aged two years and Emma aged three months.

In the 1851 census return George was described as a thirty-six-year-old agricultural labour born in Devon. His wife Eliza was aged thirty-two years and born at Falfield and their children were given as Emma aged ten; Mary Ann aged seven years; Fanny aged four years and Elizabeth aged two years. All of the children were described as Falfield born and as scholars. On the night of the census William aged eleven years and George aged six years were both staying with their grandparents, William and Unity Bennett, in the adjoining property. William Bennett was a fifty-two-year-old agricultural labourer and his wife was aged fifty years. Both were born in Thornbury.

In the 1861 census George was aged forty-three, a labourer, and born in Falfield. His wife Eliza was aged forty-four years and the children were Maria aged nineteen; George aged seventeen; Fanny aged fifteen; Sarah aged seven and Persha aged two years.

A George Barton became a member of Mount Pleasant Chapel on 1st November 1863 and then went on to become a Chapel Trustee in 1873.

In the 1871 census return George was aged fifty-seven years and born in Falfield. Eliza was aged fifty-three years. Their children at home included George, a twenty-six-year-old haulier; Sarah aged sixteen and Persha aged twelve years.

In the 1881 census George was described as a sixty-seven-year-old agricultural labourer, born in Wickwar. His wife Eliza was born in Falfield and their children at home included Sarah a twenty-four-year-old invalid and Persha a twenty-two-year-old dressmaker.

In 1891 George and Eliza were living at Heneage Lane, Falfield. George was a seventy-seven-year-old agricultural labourer born at Falfield and Eliza was aged seventy-six-years and born at Falfield.

George died on 24th October 1895 and was buried at Mount Pleasant Chapel (aged eighty three years – CHECK!). His wife Eliza died on 9th May 1903, aged eighty-three years.

In 1901 John and Emma Rake were living at Rudgway, Alveston. John was a sixty-two-year-old carter on a farm (horse) and born at Marnhull, Dorset. Emma was sixty-one-years-old and born at Whitfield and staying with them was her mother, Eliza Barton, widow, aged eighty-one-years, a widow, born at Falfield.

This family is fully documented in “The Bartons” by Gwen Barton (1981)

ELIZABETH BARTON, Great III Aunt of Richard Barton

Elizabeth Barton was baptised on 9th March 1820 at Berkeley. She was described as ‘of Woodford’.

Did she marry James Pope at St Paul’s Bristol on 26th April 1843?

ELIZA BARTON, Great III Aunt of Richard Barton

Eliza Barton was baptised on 16th March 1821 at Berkeley



HENRY BARTON, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton


Henry Barton was baptised on 5th January 1829 at North Nibley. His parents, William and Mary Barton are recorded in the 1841 census return for Easton-in-Gordano in Somerset. At Duck Lane we find William Barton, aged fifty-six-years, an agricultural labourer, born out of the county of Somerset. With him was his wife Mary, aged fifty -years and born out of the county. Their son Henry was aged thirteen-years and again born out of the county.

In the census returns for 1861 to 1901 I have found details of the life and career of a Henry Barton who was born in Wick, Gloucestershire, in 1829 but I cannot find him listed in the 1851 census.


In 1861 Henry Burton (sic), a thirty-two-year-old bachelor Butler at Homend House, Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire, the home of Katherine Poole. Henry was born at Wick in Gloucestershire. Katherine Poole was aged seventy-five-years and born at Beckford. Living in the house was Hannah Holmes, a thirty-three-year-old Lady’s maid, born at Knightsford, Worcestershire.

On 8th May 1866 Henry Barton married Hannah Holmes at St Lawrence’s Church, Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire on May 8th 1866. Both were of full age and Henry was described as a farmer of Whitbourne, son of William Barton, a farmer. Hannah, of Shelton, was the daughter of John Holmes, a farmer. The witnesses were George Lowe and Ann Holmes.

In 1841 Hannah was living at Grove Farm, Knightswick, Worcestershire where her parents John and Mary Holmes were farming. Her parents were both aged fifty years and she was aged fifteen years. She had two elder sisters at home on the night of the census and all members of the family were born within the county. Ten years later Anna (sic) was a servant at the Court House, Canon Frome, her employer being the Vicar of the parish, John Hopton. She was listed as a twenty-three-year-old housemaid, born at Knightswick.

In 1871 Henry Barton, a forty-two-year-old farmer of 106 acres, was living at a cottage situated between The Grundys and Yearsett Court at Linton-in-Bromyard, Herefordshire. His wife, Anna, was described as forty-five-years-old and she was born at Knightwick in Worcestershire.

Kelly’s Directory for 1879 lists Henry Barton in the commercial column for Linton. He was shown as a Farmer and Hop Grower of Yearsett Court.

In the 1881 census return Henry was living at Yearsett Court and was described as a farmer of 183 acres employing three labourers and a woman. His age was given as fifty-eight-years (surely 52) and again born at Wick, Gloucestershire. Hannah was listed as a fifty-five-year-old farmer’s wife.

In the 1891 census return Henry and Hannah were still living at Yearsett Court, Linton-in-Bromyard. Henry was described as a sixty-two-year-old farmer born in Wick, Gloucestershire. His wife Hannah was shown as sixty-five and born in Knightswick, Worcestershire.

Hannah Barton died during the final quarter of 1891 within the Bromyard Registration District aged sixty-six-years.

In 1901 Henry Barton was still living at Yearsett but not at the court. He was described as a seventy-two-year-old widower and retired farmer and his place of birth was given once again as Wick, Gloucestershire.

A Henry Barton died in Martley Registration District in 1906 aged eighty-three-years

From Brian Rollings, Bromyard, 14th July 2010:


BARTON family

I cannot find any entries for Bartons in the Bromyard church registers. However, as Yearsett was as near to Whitbourne parish as to Bromyard (about 4 miles) I checked their burial rgisters. One entry exists:

Hannah BARTON buried Dec 18th 1891. Address “Leigh”, aged 66 years.
No subsequent entry for husband Henry about but there is a civil Death record for a Henry Barton in Martley registration district, Dec qtr 1906 aged 89 (actually it is 83). The age does not quite match your Henry, but the Martley district covers the parish of Leigh in Worcestershire. I cannot check their registers as Worcestershire is outside our catchment area. Why he was not buried with Hannah is a mystery.
Your marriage date details for Henry’s marriage to Hannah are correct but the church is wrong. Our marriage index shows they married in St Lawrence’s Church, Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire on May 8th 1866. These registers are available at the Hereford Record Office. Stretton Grandison is where Henry and Hannah Holmes were in service at Homend House on the 1861 census so it makes sense they were married in that parish.

It is worth checking for grave stones and burial details for Henry and Anna at Bromyard. Any obituaries?

RICHARD BARTON, Infant Great III Uncle of Richard Barton


Richard Barton was born in about 1831. He was baptised on 9th December 1835 at North Nibley and buried aged four years on 16th December 1835.

(?) LOUISA BARTON (?) Great III Aunt of Richard Barton


A Louisa Barton was buried on 18th December 1835, aged twelve years, at North Nibley. There is nothing directly to connect her with William and Mary but….

A Louisa Barton was baptised at Wickwar on 2nd January 1824, daughter of Charles Barton, a Butcher of Wickwar, and his wife Mary. Should this be William Barton rather than Charles Barton and does this tie in with George Barton of Falfield’s place of birth, which was given as Wickwar in the 1881 census???

JOHN BARTON III, Great II Grandfather of Richard Barton

John Barton was baptised on 14th January 1818 at Berkeley as is referred to in his Uncle Henry Barton’s will, which was dated 8th January 1819.

See Blog ‘Barton Family of Slimbridge’


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