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Aaron Cook III (1798-1856) of Purton

COOK FAMILY OF BERKELEY

 


Aaron Cook I (-1748) and Mary Tripling (-1748) (?)

of Riddleford, Purton

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William Cook (1723-1786) and Mary Everett (1732-1812) 

Yeoman and Dairyman of Saniger and Riddleford,

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James Cook (1751-1829) and Hannah Underwood (1766-1816)

Labourer of Purton

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 Aaron Cook III (1798-1856) and Hannah Vizard

Labourer and Sawyer of Purton

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Selina Cook (1833-1895) and Isaac Pick

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 Ellen Pick and William Barton

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Edward Percy Barton and Florence Noad


AARON COOK III, Great III Grandfather of Richard John Barton

Son of James Cook

Husband of Hannah Vizard

Father of Selina or Selena Powell

 Also Father of Henry, Caroline, Edmund Thomas, Augustus, Ellen and Mark

Aaron Cook III was baptised on 20th May 1798 at Berkeley. He was the second son of James Cook, a labourer of Purton. He married Hannah Vizard at Berkeley on 7th April 1819. The witnesses were James Cooke and Henry Clarke.

In the 1841 census return Aaron is described as a forty-year-old Agricultural Labourer of Purton and his wife is given as forty-years-old. Their children were Henery aged fifteen; Augustus aged ten; Ellen aged nine; Selina aged seven and Mark aged four years. All were born in the county.

Aaron was described in the 1851 census return for Purton as a fifty-two-year-old Agricultural Labourer, born in Purton. His wife, Hannah, was aged fifty-three-years and her place of birth was given as Tedbury, Wilts. With them was their son Mark, who was aged thirteen and his place of birth was also given as Tedbury, Wilts.

In 1853, at the time of the marriage of his daughter Selena, he was described as a Sawyer.

His death certificate records that he died on 4th November 1856 at Purton, Hinton. He was described as a fifty-eight-year-old (could be read as fifty!) Agricultural Labourer. He died of ‘Apoplexy – 4 days – certified’. The informant was Hannah Powell of Purton who was present at death but unable to sign her name. Anselm John Griffiths registered the death on 8th November.

Aaron Cook III was buried on 9th November 1856 aged fifty-eight years at Berkeley.

When Selina married Edward Goodere Powell in 1889 she described her father’s occupation as ‘carpenter’.


HANNAH COOK, Great III Grandmother of Richard John Barton

Daughter of Vizard

Wife of Aaron Cook

Mother of Selina Powell

 Also Mother of Henry, Caroline, Edmund Thomas, Augustus, Ellen and Mark

Aaron Cook married Hannah Vizard at Berkeley on 7th April 1819. In the 1851 census return her place of birth is given as Tedbury, Wiltshire.

This does not make any real sense but there is a baptism for Hannah, the daughter of Mary Vizard, which has been found at Rodmarton. This Hannah was born on 14th and baptised on 28th July 1799.

 

NAME: Hannah Vizard
GENDER: Female
BIRTH DATE: 15 Jul 1799
BAPTISM DATE: 28 Jul 1799
BAPTISM PLACE: Rodmarton,Gloucester,England
MOTHER: Mary Vizard
FHL FILM NUMBER: 417158

 

John illegitimate son of Mary Vizard was born on 3rd October and baptised at Cherington on 17th October 1802.

Aaron and Hannah had at least ten children between the years 1820 and 1839 but little is known about any of them. Both Emma and Jane died in infancy.

In the 1841 census return Aaron is described as a forty-year-old Agricultural Labourer of Purton and his wife is given as forty-years-old. Their children were Henry aged fifteen; Augustus aged ten; Ellen aged nine; Selina aged seven and Mark aged four years. All were born in the county.

Aaron was described in the 1851 census return for Purton as a fifty-two-year-old Agricultural Labourer, born in Purton. His wife, Hannah, was aged fifty-three-years and her place of birth was given as Tedbury, Wilts. With them was their son Mark, who was aged thirteen and his place of birth was also given as Tedbury, Wilts.

In 1853, at the time of the marriage of his daughter Selina, Aaron was described as a Sawyer of Purton.

Aaron Cook died on 9th November 1856 aged fifty-eight years and was buried at Berkeley.

Her son, Mark Cook, died on 24th June 1857 at Purton in Hinton in Berkeley District. He was described as the twenty-year-old son of Aaron Cook, Labourer, deceased. He died of Phthisis (certified). The witness was Hannah Cook who made her mark and was present at his death. She was of Purton, Hinton. The death was registered on 25th June 1857 by Anselm John Griffiths, Registrar.

Her date of death is not known. IT IS NOT THE ONE REGISTERED FOR HANNAH COOK IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1856 IN WHEATENHURST DISTRICT


Their children were Great III Aunts and Uncles:

 

HENRY COOK, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Henry Cook was baptised on 1st October 1820 at Berkeley. He was at home and aged about fifteen years in the 1841 census return.


CAROLINE COOK, Great III Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Caroline Cook was baptised on 22nd September 1822 at Berkeley. She was not at home for the 1841 census.

A Caroline Cook, aged eighteen years was a female servant in the home of Alfred Wiltshire, a veterinary surgeon of King Street, Stroud. She was born in the county.

 


 

 

EDMUND THOMAS COOK, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Edmund Thomas Cook was baptised on 6th November 1825 at Berkeley. Edmund was not at home for the 1841 census.

An Edmund Cook, born at Gloucester, was working as a shopman at 182 / 183 Piccadilly, aged twenty-four, at the time of the 1851 census.


AUGUSTUS COOK, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Augustus Cook was baptised on 19th October 1828 at Berkeley. He was at home and aged about ten years on the night of the 1841 census. The 1861 census return shows an Augustus Cook, aged twenty-eight-years, who was a waterman and boarding with Thomas Nicholas at Purton Road, Hinton.

Augustus married Eliza Stockden at Berkeley on 12th April 1864. Augustus was described as a thirty-five-year-old waterman, the son of Aaron Cook, a mariner, and his bride a twenty-five-year-old spinster, daughter of William Stockden, a Labourer. The witnesses were Thomas Nicholls and Selina Pick.

In September 1864 Augustus was described as a labourer of Halmore and in September 1867 Augustus was described as a Pilot of Hinton.

Augustus was buried on 11th August 1867 aged thirty-nine-years and was described in the register as ‘of Hinton’. He died before the baptism of his son Augustus who was christened on 1st September 1867.

On 25th April 1880 Eliza married James Nelmes at Berkeley. She was described as a thirty-two-year-old widow, daughter of William Stockden, labourer. James was a twenty-five-year-old labourer, son of James Nelmes, labourer. Both lived at Berkeley Heath and the witnesses were Adam King and Catherine Nelmes.

In 1881 James and Eliza Nelmes were living at Berkeley Heath. He was described as a twenty-six-year-old agricultural labourer born in Berkeley and she was listed as aged thirty-three-years and from Littleton-on-Severn. In 1891 they were still living at Berkeley Heath. He was shown as a thirty-five-year-old Farm Labourer and she was aged forty. Both were shown as born at Berkeley. Ten years later they were at Heathfield, Berkeley. James was a fifty-year-old Carter on a farm and his wife was aged fifty. She was shown as born at Berkeley and he at Breadstone.

Their children were cousins of Ellen Barton, Great Grandmother:

 

EMILY ELLEN COOK, infant cousin of Ellen Barton

 

Emily Ellen was baptised on 4th September 1864 at Berkeley. She was described as the daughter of Augustus, a labourer, and his wife Eliza, of Halmore. She was buried on 5th February 1867, aged two years six months.

 

AUGUSTUS COOK, cousin of Ellen Barton

 

Augustus Cook was born during the first quarter of 1867 in Thornbury Registration District and baptised on 1st September 1867. He was described as the son of Augustus, a pilot, and his wife Eliza, of Hinton. In 1871 a four-year-old girl, Augusta Cook, was boarding with Thomas Nelmes and family at Halmore. She was born at Berkeley. Could this be him??? In 1881 Augustus was a servant at Swanley Farm House, the home of James Cullimore. The young man was described as a fourteen-year-old indoor farm servant born at Berkeley.

On 28th March 1897 Augustus married Mary Barrett at Berkeley. Augustus was described as a twenty-eight-year-old plate layer of Newport, son of Augustus Cook, a seaman. Mary was a twenty-year-old spinster of Berkeley Heath, the daughter of James Barrett, a labourer. The witnesses were William Cole and Ada Louise Savory.

In 1901 Augustus A. Cooke was living at Breadstone with his wife Mary and family. He was described as a thirty-three-year-old Plate Layer on the Railway born in Berkeley. His wife Mary was aged twenty-four-years and born at Berkeley too. Their children included Charles aged three years Violet V. Cooke aged one and a half years.

An Augustus Aaron Cooke died during the final quarter of 1904 in the Thornbury Registration District.

Their children were second cousins of Edward Percy Barton:

 

Charles Cooke was born at Newport, Gloucestershire, in about 1897 and was at home for the 1901 census

Violet V. Cooke was born at Newport, Gloucestershire, in about 1899 and was at home for the 1901 census


 

 

ELLEN COOK, Great III Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Ellen Cook was baptised on 6th April 1831. She was at home and aged nine years on the night of the 1841 census.

On 22nd July 1847 Ellen Cook, a seventeen-year-old servant of Purton was charged with feloniously stealing a pair of cotton stockings. She was described as having brown hair of different shades; full blue eyes; an oval visage; and a light complexion. She had a cut mark between the thumb and first finger on her left hand. She was much freckled on her nose, cheeks and forehead.

She was probably the one charged with feloniously stealing at Hucclecote on or about 12th March 1847 a pair of cotton stockings the property of Ann Mayer. She was committed by W.P. Price esq. and was found guilty and sentenced to three calendar months of hard labour in a penitentiary. She was discharged on 4th November 1847 when the term had expired.

She was described as a native of Purton, near Berkeley. ‘I lived with Mrs. Welsh or Walch of Church Down but for the last four months have been living with my mother.’ She was associated with Berkeley Church. Her conduct was described as orderly. Q/Gc 6/1

In 1851 an Ellen Cook was listed as a twenty-year-old house servant in the home of Haniph Holden, a cheesemonger, of 5 Pitfield Street, Old Street Road, Shoreditch. She was born at Purton, Gloucestershire.


MARK KAY COOK, Great III Uncle

 

Mark Kay Cook was baptised on 11th June 1837 at Berkeley. He was described as at home and four-years-old in the 1841 census return. In 1851 he is still at home and his age is given as thirteen years. His place of birth was given as Tedbury, Wilts.

He died on 24th June 1857 at Purton in Hinton in Berkeley District. He was described as the twenty-year-old son of Aaron Cook, Labourer, deceased. He died of Phthisis (certified). The witness was Hannah Cook who made her mark and was present at his death. She was of Purton, Hinton. The death was registered on 25th June 1857 by Anselm John Griffiths, Registrar.

Mark was buried on 28th June 1857 at Berkeley, aged twenty years. He was described as ‘of Purton’


 

SELINA or SELENA POWELL, Great II Grandmother of Richard Barton

 Daughter of Aaron Cook and Hannah (nee Vizard)

Wife of Isaac Pick

Mother of Ellen Barton

 Also Mother of Mary Pick

Also Wife of John Carter and Edward Goodere Powell

 Selina Pick was baptised on 20th October 1833 at Berkeley. She was the seventh child and second daughter of Aaron and Hannah Cook of Purton. Her father was a labourer and later a sawyer.

Isaac Pick married Selena Cook on 19th December 1853 at Berkeley Parish Church and both were described as of Purton. Isaac was a bachelor, of full age and working as a shoemaker. His father was Jacob Pick, a carrier. His bride, Selena, was aged twenty-years, a spinster and daughter of Aaron Cook, a Sawyer. They had at least two children – Mary who was born in 1855 and Ellen in 1857.

In the 1861 Census Return the family was living at Prior’s Wood, Halmore, Berkeley.

Isaac was described as an Agricultural Labourer, aged thirty-two-years and born at Berkeley. Selina was aged twenty-seven-years and their children were Mary aged five years and Ellen aged three years. All were born in Berkeley.

Isaac Pick died on 26th February 1862 aged thirty-three years The death certificate informs us that he died at Halmore, Hamfallow, and that he was an Agricultural Labourer. He had suffered with Gastritis for seven days and his widow, Selina, was at the time unable to sign her name. His burial took place at Berkeley on 2nd March. Her daughter, Mary, died on 10th March 1862 aged six years. She was described on her death certificate as the six-year-old daughter of Isaac Pick and the informant was again her mother, Selina Pick. She was buried at Berkeley on 16th March and in the church register she was described as ‘of Halmore’.

In the 1871 census Selina was described as a thirty-seven year-old-widow, born in Berkeley, and was boarding with the Philips family at Berkeley Heath. Her daughter, Ellen Pick, was working as a domestic servant at Church Farm, Breadstone (although it would not have been called that then as St Michael’s tin church was not opened until 1878).

On 11th May 1875 Selina married John Carter, a Coal Merchant of Wanswell, at Berkeley Parish Church and both were of full age. He was described on the marriage certificate as a widower and the son of William Carter, a Carrier, whilst she was described as a widow and daughter of Aaron Cook, a labourer. The witnesses were Matthew Cook and S.Z. Price. The latter was probably the Susannah Z Price who was thirty-two-years-old and married to George Price, Innkeeper of the Salmon Inn, Wanswell, in both the 1871 and 1881 census returns.

In Morris & Co’s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer for 1876 we find reference to John Carter, Shopkeeper, of Purton, Berkeley.

This second marriage did not last very long as John Carter died, aged sixty-five-years, at Purton, Berkeley, on 17th October 1878. He was described on the death certificate as a Grocer and the cause of death was given as Scirrhus of liver for five months and was certified by Robert E. Burges, M.D. Henry Codrington, Registrar, registered the death and Ellen Barton, ‘his daughter-in-law’ (sic), was present at the death.

John Carter was buried on 22nd October at Berkeley and was described in the register as sixty-five-years-old and ‘of Purton’. He had made a will on 9th September in which he was described as a Shopkeeper of Purton and the will was proved on 6th November 1878.

Will of John Carter:

This is the last will and testament of me John Carter of Purton in the Parish of Berkeley in the county of Gloucester, Shopkeeper – I give and bequeath all property whatsoever of which I may die seized possessed or entitled or of which I may have power to dispose by will unto my wife Selina Carter absolutely for her own sole and separate use benefit and disposal and I appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight. John Carter. Signed by the said testator John Carter and by him declared to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who were both present at the same time and who in his own and each other’s presence and at his request have hereto subscribed our names at witnesses. J.H. Jones, Solicitor, Gloucester and Edwin Franklin, Clerk to Messrs. Jones & Richards, Solicitors, Gloucester. Proved at Gloucester the 6th day of November 1878 by the oath of Selina Carter, widow, the relict and sole executrix to whom admin was granted. The testator John Carter was late of Purton in the parish of Berkeley in the County of Gloucester Shopkeeper and died on the seventeenth day of October 1878 at Purton aforesaid. Under £200 F. W.Jones, Solicitor, Gloucester.


Who was John Carter?

On 9th October 1837 John Carter married Mary Jones at Kidderminster Parish Church. He was described as of full age, a bachelor, a waterman, living at Stourport. His father was William Carter, a Carrier. His bride was described as of full age, a spinster of Stourport, daughter of Joseph Jones, a carpenter. John Carter signed his name and Mary made her mark. The witnesses were Sarah Rowley and Thomas Jones who made his mark.

John Carter’s Family: The marriage of William Carter ‘Dr.’ and Elinor Beats (sic) both of Arlingham took place on 10th November 1808 at Arlingham Parish Church and the groom could sign his name. The addition of ‘Dr.’ is a strange suffix to the surname Carter. William and his wife Eleanor had children Harriet baptised 26th November 1809, Susannah baptised 17th March 1811, John baptised 27th June 1813 son of William and Elenor (sic) Carter Dr. of Overton, Mary baptised on 4th June1815, Jane baptised 8th February 1818, Anne baptised 16th June 1822, Mary born in 1815, Joseph Denton baptised 27th August 1826, and Patience baptised 23rd December 1827.

John’s father, William Carter (1779-1844), was himself the son of Phillimore and Jane Carter (nee Aldridge) of Arlingham. According to Clare Morgan (on Ancestry.co.uk) William Carter was baptised on 30th October 1779 at Arlingham.

William Carter was described as a hallier (sic) in 1813 and labourer in 1818 and 1822 whilst his son’s wedding certificates of 1837 and 1875 describe him as a Carrier.

In 1841 we find William and Eleanor Carter living at Fretherne. William was described as a sixty-year-old Hallier (sic) born in the county of Gloucestershire and his wife was aged fifty-six-years and also a native of Gloucestershire. In 1851 Eleanor was living at Colt Hill, Arlingham. She was then a sixty-four-year-old widow at home and born at Standish. Her lodger was Joseph Goold a widower and forty-six-year-old agricultural labourer. Ten years later they were still together at Colt Hill, near Milton End, Arlingham. Eleanor died in Saul and was buried there on 31st January 1869 aged eighty-two-years whilst her husband had died in Arlingham in 1844. There is a burial for William (Doctor) Carter of Arlingham, who died aged sixty-three-years and was buried on 20th July 1844.

Mary Carter’s Family: At the time of the 1841 census we find Joseph Jones, a fifty-five-year-old carpenter, living at Grimley, Worcestershire. With him was his wife Ann aged sixty and son William, an agricultural labourer, aged fifteen years. All were born in the County of Worcester.

John and Mary Carter: On the night of the 1841 census we find John Carter living at Severn Terrace, Lower Mitton, Stourport, with his wife Mary. He was described as a twenty-five-year-old Waterman, born outside of Worcestershire. His wife Mary was born within the county and aged twenty-five-years.

I have been unable to find John Carter in the 1851 census but his wife, Mary, was at Severn Lane, Lower Mitton. She was described as a thirty-year-old beer seller’s wife, born at Grimley. With her was her father Joseph Jones, a sixty-six-year-old carpenter, born at Grimley. Also we find in residence a forty-four-year-old boat builder.

At midnight on 7th April 1861 John Carter and his wife Mary were on the vessel called ‘The Avon’ and moored in St Peter’s Parish, Worcester. The vessel was a 45 ton coasting trow registered at Bristol. John was described as being the Master, he was married, forty-eight-years-old and born at Harlingham (sic) in Gloucestershire. His wife, Mary, was the ‘Master’s wife’, aged fifty years and born at Grimley in Worcestershire. The crew included four seamen who were natives of Worcestershire or Shropshire. With a clear hand John Carter signed and completed the return, which he had been handed at Bristol on 1st April.

On the night of 27th March 1871 John Carter was aboard the Waterwitch and moored at Sharpness Point. He was described as the Master of this 38 ton trow which was registered at Gloucester and used for general purposes. John is further recorded as being married, aged fifty-eight-years, and as having been born at Saul.

At the same time we find his wife Mary Carter at Severn Lane, Lower Mitton, Stourport. She was described as a waterman’s wife, aged fifty-nine-years and born at Grimley.

Finally during the second quarter of 1873 a Mary Carter, aged sixty-four-years, died within the Kidderminster Registration District. Her death certificate reveals that she died on the 17th June 1873 at Severn Lane, Lower Mitton, aged sixty-six-years. She was described as the wife of John Carter, a waterman, and her death was certified as having been caused by Cancer of the breast and exhaustion. John Carter was at home and present at her death. He informed the registrar of his wife’s death and registration took place on 19th June 1873.


In the 1881 Census Return Selina Carter was described as a Grocer and Widow of Purton. Her age was given as forty-seven-years. She was living near to St James’s Church.

On 3rd June 1889 Selina married Edward Goodere Powell at the Worcester Register Office. He was described as a fifty-six-year-old widower, a marine engineer, son of Samuel Goodere Powell (deceased), law stationer. Selina Carter who only made her mark, was described as a fifty-five-year-old widow, daughter of Aaron Cook, a carpenter. Both the bride and bridegroom were living at Hylton Road, St Clement, Worcester and the witnesses were J. Easton (?) and G. Fletcher. Both Registrar and Deputy Superintendent Registrar were present.


 

Who was Edward Goodere Powell?

Edward Powell was born in about 1831 in Poplar, London. In the third quarter of 1857 he married Hester Neal Vincent within St Margaret’s Registration District of Westminster.

Hester was the daughter of William and Eleanor Vincent. In 1841 William was working as an Exchequer Messenger and was living in Regent Place, in St John the Evangelist Parish, Westminster. He was then described as thirty-years-old and born elsewhere. His wife Eleana was aged thirty years and again born outside of Westminster. Their children included Emma aged eight years; Hester aged five years; Henry aged three and Susannah aged one year.

In 1851 the family was living at Whitehall Yard in the Exchequer Office. William was a Messenger, aged forty-three-years, and born in Worlingworth, Suffolk. With him were E.J. Newland Vincent aged nineteen years; Hester N. Vincent aged sixteen years and Susanna C. Vincent aged eleven years. The children were all born in Westminster.

In 1861 William and Eleanor were residing at 37 Old Palace Yard. He was described as a fifty-three-year-old Messenger born at Worlingworth and his wife Eleanor was a Messenger’s wife, aged sixty-years and born at Watten, Norfolk.

A William Newton Vincent died in the first quarter of 1867 aged sixty-one-years, in Westminster Registration District. Eleanor, his wife, was apparently the illegitimate daughter of Mary Murrell of Watton. (see gilliandowse now.)

Returning to Edward Goodere Powell at the time of the 1861 census he was serving on H.M.S. Oberon and he was described as a married, thirty-year-old assistant engineer, third class, in the Royal Navy. H.M.S. Oberon was an iron paddle sloop launched in 1847, used as a gunnery target after 1870, sunk in 1874 during experiments with naval mines, raised in 1875 and sold in 1880.

Ten years later, in 1871, the census return described Edward Powell, a thirty-eight-year-old Marine Engineer, who was born in Poplar, and was living at 34 Sabbarton Street, All Saints’ Poplar, with his wife Hester. She was described as thirty-four-years-old and born in Westminster.

In 1881 Edward and Hester Powell were living at Back Street, Marshfield. He was described as a forty-eight-year-old Chief Engineer. The words ‘Seaman M.S.’ were written over the occupation and under address the word ‘Customs’. Hester was by now aged forty-four-years.

Hester Neal Powell died on 7th March 1889 at 90 Bridge Place, St Clement, Worcester, having suffered with Bright’s Disease and certified by Jos Sarjant, M.R.C.S. She was described on her death certificate as the fifty-two-year-old wife of Edward Goodere Powell, a marine engineer. Her husband was the informant and was present at her death.


At the time of the 1891 census Edward and Selena (sic) Powell were living at Church Street, Bromyard. Edward was described as an engine fitter, aged fifty-eight-years, born in London Poplar. Selena was aged fifty-seven-years and born in Perton (sic) Gloucestershire.

Selina Powell died on 11th Janauary 1895 at Park Cottage, Norton, Bromyard. She was aged sixty-one-years and described as the wife of Edward Goodere Powell, a mechanical engineer. The cause of death was given as ‘Mitral and Aortic Disease of the heart’ and was certified by T.H. Gillam, S.R.C.P. London. The Informant was her husband who was of the same address and present at the death. The death was registered on 13th January by William Burrow Wilkes, registrar.

In the 1901 census return reveals that Edward G. Powell was living at Park Cottage, Bromyard Downs, Norton. He was a sixty-nine-year-old engine fitter. His housekeeper was Emma Church who was born in Wapping.

Edward Goodere Powell died on 10th April 1903 at Park Cottage, Norton, Bromyard, aged seventy-years. He was described as a mechanical engineer and the cause was given as ‘Congestion Renal and Hepatic Peritonitis’ and was certified by T.H. Gillam, S.R.C.P. London. The informant was H.W.Millyard who was present at the death. The death was registered on 14th April by William Burrow Wilkes, registrar.

From Brian Rollings, Bromyard, 14th July 2010:

POWELL family.

Selina and Edward Goodere Powell were both buried in St Peter’s churchyard, Bromyard.
Selina on Jan 15th 1895 and Edward on April 14th 1903. Both were listed as being from “Park Cottage”, Norton.

Norton is one of three townships covering Bromyard and is the area nearest to the Downs. I understand that  no headstones exist in situ, as these were removed many years ago, and those still readable placed against the perimeter walls. I will check this out tomorrow when I visit the church.The Herefordshire FHS did a graveyard survey some time ago and I have found an entry for Selina on her grave.  It read:

‘In loving memory of Selina Powell late of Purton, Gloucestershire the beloved wife of Edward Powell who died January 11 1895 aged 69 (61 years?) years.’
“Father in thy gracious keeping
leave we not thy servant sleeping”

(No mention at a later date of Edward)

I checked the local  Bromyard newspaper but no obituary found. There were entries under the BMD column announcing the deaths.

The name Park Cottage is very popular in Bromyard but my colleague believes the one Edward and Selina lived in was off the B4203 road from Bromyard to Great Witley and Kidderminster. I attach a map showing the area today. She believes the cottage still exists and is up towards Buckenhill area on the map. She is trying to find out more details.

I also attach a photograph of Church Street in about 1900. I would think your family lived in one of the small terraced houses on the right.

Which house in Church Street? Where exactly is Park Cottage, Norton? Where are they buried? Any obituaries?


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