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William and Mary Preece of Stoke Prior


THE PREECE FAMILY OF BYTON, KINGSLAND, EYE AND STOKE PRIOR



 

(?) Evan Price alias Preece and Mary Higgins (?)

of Titley, Herefordshire

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John Preece (1773-) and Elizabeth Davis

of Byton, Herefordshire

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William Preece (1808c-1887) and Mary Rawlings (1816c-1894)

Labourer of Kingsland, Eye and Stoke Prior, Herefordshire

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 Mary Preece (1843-1897) and Thomas Duffell

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 Ann Duffell and Arthur John Noad

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Florence Noad and Edward Percy Barton

 


 

WILLIAM PREECE, Great III Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of John Preece and Elizabeth (nee Davis)

Husband of Mary Rollings

Father of Mary Duffell

Also Father of John, William, Elizabeth Millichap, Thomas, James and Eliza Hart

William Preece was born on 16th April 1806 according to his eleven-year-old son’s Family Bible. He was probably baptised on 2nd May 1808 at Byton in Herefordshire. His parents were given as John and Elizabeth Price.

On 8th May 1838 William Preece married Mary Rollings, a minor, at Kingsland Parish Church. William was of full age and a Labourer of Cobnash, Kingsland and Mary was a spinster and from Becknall in the same parish. Neither of them could sign their names. William was described as the son of John Preece, a Labourer and Mary was described as the daughter of John Rollings, a labourer. The witnesses were John Rollings and Jane Goodwin and both made their mark.

Their older children were baptised at Kingsland in 1839, 1843 and 1845 and 1848. In the 1841census return William and his family were living at Aston in the Parish of Kingsland. William was described as a thirty-year-old Agricultural Labourer and Mary, his wife, was twenty. Their son, John, was aged two years.

Their eldest daughter, Mary was born at 10am on 18th January 1843 at Kingsland, the daughter of William Preece and his wife Mary Preece, formerly Rollings. Her father, a labourer, was the informant and he was unable to sign his name. Richard Powell, Registrar, registered the birth on 26th March. Mary was baptised on 12th February 1843 at Kingsland Parish Church.

By the time of the 1851 Census they had moved to Moreton in the Parish of Eye and William was described as a forty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton in Herefordshire. He was working for William Yates who was farming 135 acres with twenty-four labourers. Mary Preece, his wife, was described as thirty-four and born in Kingsland. The children included John, aged ten; Mary, aged eight; William, aged five and Elizabeth, aged two. All of the children were recorded as born in Kingsland. They also had a lodger living with them, Haggar Bicker, a sixty-year-old pauper who had been born in Bumfield.

They can only have lived at Eye for a period between November 1848 and October 1854 and no children seem to have been born there. The younger children – Thomas, James and Eliza – were born between 1854 and 1862 according to the Family Bible. The eldest son, John, mysteriously disappeared during his youth, which caused the family considerable anguish. The second son, William, had no hands and was buried at Stoke Prior on 9th November 1859, aged fourteen years

From the time of the 1861 census return we discover that the family had been living at Stoke Prior since about 1854. William was described as a fifty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton. Mary was now forty-four and their children included twelve-year-old Elizabeth born in Kingsland, six-year-old Thomas and two-year-old James. The two boys were both born in Stoke Prior.

In the 1871 census the family was still in the village of Stoke Prior. William was shown as a sixty-five-year-old farm labourer and his wife as a fifty-five-year-old ‘Farm Workwoman’. Living with them was their daughter Eliza who was described as a nine-year-old scholar born in Stoke Prior.

In 1881 William and Mary were living with their sons Thomas and James. William was described as an ‘out pauper’ who had formerly been a labourer. He was aged seventy-five years and he stated that he had been born in Byton, Herefordshire. Mary, his wife, was aged sixty-five, was working as a general farm servant and she said that she was born in Kingsland. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior. Sometime between 1881 and 1887 their son, Thomas, moved away to work as a railwayman in Bolton.

William Preece died on 13th October 1887 at Stoke Prior aged eighty-one years. He was described as an Agricultural Labourer. The cause of death was given as Senile Decay and Exhaustion and was certified by Octavius Edwards L.R.C.P. Arthur Gregory, Registrar, registered the death on 14th October 1887 and the informant was James Preece, his son, who was present at the death and also lived at Stoke Prior.

William Preece was buried in Stoke Prior Churchyard. He has a fine gravestone.

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Grave of William and Mary Preece at Stok Prior

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According to probate records William Preece of Stoke Prior, labourer, died on 11th October 1887 and administration was granted on 28th April 1892 to Mary Preece, widow. Effects were valued at £33-10-0d.

His Bible:

‘William Preece Stoke Prior Herefordshire 24th March 1850’

Family Entries in the Bible of his son Thomas (aged eleven years):

‘Thomas Preece his book June the 14 1866’

‘June 2nd 1865 William Preece Born April 16th 1806’

‘Mary Preece Born October 11th 1816’

‘Mary Preece born Jan 1888’ (?)

‘William Preece in his 60 year

(Next 7 entries duplicated)

Mary Preece in her 51 yeare

John Preece in his 28 yeare

William Preece in his 20 yeare

Elisabeth Preece in her 17 yeare

Thomas Preece in his 12 yeare

James Preece in is 7 yeare

Elisa Preece 4 years old

John Preece Born April 4th 1837

Mary Preece Born January 10th 1841

Elizabeth Preece Born October 5th 1848

Thomas Preece Born October 5th 1854

James Preece Born October 12th 1858

Eliza Preece Born February 1st 1862’

 


MARY PREECE, Great III Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of John Rollings and Mary (nee Wanklin)

Wife of William Preece

Mother of Mary Duffell

 Also Mother of John, William, Elizabeth Millichip, Thomas, James and Eliza Hart

Mary was probably baptised at Kingsland on 14th March 1819. She was the eldest of six children of John and Mary Rollings or Rawlings. According to her eleven-year-old son’s Family Bible she was born on 11th October 1816, nearly two years before her parents were married, but this is possibly an inaccurate record. John Rollings was an agricultural labourer of Becknall in Kingsland, Herefordshire. Her mother had an illegitimate child, Elizabeth in 1811.

On 8th May 1838 Mary Rollings, a minor, married William Preece at Kingsland Parish Church. He was described as of full age and a Labourer of Cobnash, Kingsland and she was a spinster and from Becknall in the same parish. Neither of them could sign their names. William was described as the son of John Preece, a Labourer and Mary was described as the daughter of John Rollings, a labourer. The witnesses were John Rollings and Jane Goodwin and both made their mark.

Children were baptised at Kingsland in 1839, 1843 and 1845 and 1848. In the 1841census return William and his family were living at Aston in the Parish of Kingsland, close to the Rawlings at Becknall. William was described as a thirty-year-old Agricultural Labourer and Mary, his wife, was twenty. Their son, John, was aged two years.

Their eldest daughter, Mary, was born at 10am on 18th January 1843 at Kingsland, the daughter of William Preece and his wife Mary Preece, formerly Rollings. Her father, a labourer, was the informant and he was unable to sign his name. Richard Powell, Registrar, registered the birth on 26th March. Mary was baptised on 12th February 1843 at Kingsland Parish Church.

By the time of the 1851 Census they had moved to Moreton in the Parish of Eye and William was described as a forty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton in Herefordshire. He was working for William Yates who was farming 135 acres with twenty-four labourers. Mary Preece, his wife, was described as thirty-four and born in Kingsland. The older children included John, aged ten; Mary, aged eight; William, aged five and Elizabeth, aged two. All of the children were recorded as born in Kingsland. They also had a lodger living with them, Haggar Bicker, a sixty-year-old pauper who had been born in Bumfield.

They can only have lived Eye for a period between November 1848 and October 1854 and no children seem to have been born there. The younger children – Thomas, James and Eliza – were born between 1854 and 1862 according to the Family Bible. The eldest son, John, mysteriously disappeared during his youth, which caused the family considerable anguish. The second son, William, had no hands and was buried at Stoke Prior on 9th November 1859, aged fourteen years.

From the time of the 1861 census return we discover that the family had been living at Stoke Prior since about 1854. William was described as a fifty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton. Mary was now forty-four and their children included twelve-year-old Elizabeth who had been born in Kingsland, six-year-old Thomas and two-year-old James. The two boys were both born in Stoke Prior.

In the 1871 census the family was still in the village of Stoke Prior. William was shown as a sixty-five-year-old farm labourer and his wife as a fifty-five-year-old ‘Farm Workwoman’. Living with them was their daughter Eliza who was described as a nine-year-old scholar born in Stoke Prior.

In 1881 William and Mary Preece were living with their sons Thomas and James. William was described as an ‘out pauper’ who had formerly been a labourer. He was aged seventy-five years and he stated that he had been born in Byton, Herefordshire. Mary, his wife, was aged sixty-five, was working as a general farm servant and she said that she was born in Kingsland. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior.

William Preece died on 13th October 1887 at Stoke Prior aged eighty-one years. He was described as an Agricultural Labourer. The cause of death was given as Senile Decay and Exhaustion and was certified by Octavius Edwards L.R.C.P. Arthur Gregory, Registrar, registered the death on 14th October 1887 and the informant was James Preece, his son, who was present at the death and also lived at Stoke Prior.

William Preece was buried in Stoke Prior Churchyard. He has a fine gravestone.

The administration of his estate was granted to Mary Preece on 28th April 1892 and the value was assessed at £33-10-0d. The date of his death was given as 11th October 1887.

In the 1891 census return Mary was living with her son James at Stoke Prior. She was described as a seventy-five-year-old widow and her son was a thirty-five-year-old agricultural labourer.

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Ada Preece believed this to be a photograph of her grandmother Mary Preece, my Great III Grandmother

Mary Preece died at Stoke Prior on 17th January 1894 in the Village of Stoke Prior aged seventy-nine-years. She was described as the Widow of William Preece, an Agricultural Labourer. The cause of death was given as a Malignant disease of the Stumoch, Haematemesis and Exhaustion and the death was certified by Wm. White M.R.C.S. Arthur Gregory, Registrar, registered the death on 18th January 1894 and her son, James Preece, was the informant and in attendance at the death. He also lived in Stoke Prior village.

Mary Preece was buried with her husband in Stoke Prior Churchyard and a gravestone was erected in their memory.


  1. JOHN PREECE, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

 

John Preece was baptised on 7th April 1839 at Kingsland. According to his Bible he was born on 4th April 1837. In 1841 he was recorded as two-years-old in the census return and in 1851 he was described as ten-years-old and living at home. He does not appear in the census for Stoke Prior in 1861. He apparently disappeared from the family causing great anguish to them for many years. The date in his Bible – 29th April 1859 – may be significant.

His Bible:

 

‘John Preece Stoke Prior April 29 1859’

‘John Preece Born April 4th 1837’


 

  1. WILLIAM PREECE, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

 

William Preece was baptised on 28th September 1845 at Kingsland. In the 1851 census he was described as a five-year-old who had been born in Kingsland. He had no hands. He died on 9th November 1859 and was buried at Stoke Prior.

  1. ELIZABETH MILLICHAP, Great III Aunt of Richard Barton

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Elizabeth Preece was baptised on 5th November 1848 at Kingsland. According to her brother’s Family Bible and her grave stone at Birley she was born on 5th October 1848. The 1851 census return describes her as a two-year-old who had been born in Kingsland. In the 1861 census return she was twelve years old and living with her parents. Her place of birth was again given as Kingsland.

She married George Millichap on 24th May 1870 at Kingsland in the Leominster Registration District. George was born on 19th April 1849 according to his grave stone at Birley and a George Millichap was born in Weobley Registration District during the second quarter of 1849, son of Benjamin Millichap.

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The 1871 census return has them living at Knapton in Birley parish and describes George as a twenty-one-year-old Agricultural Labourer, born in Weobley; Betsey, his wife, was aged twenty-two-years, and born at Kingsland. Their son, George, was aged one month and born at Birley. From about 1872 until 1878 the family was living at Dilwyn.

Some time between 1878 and 1880 George and Elizabeth moved to what is known as Lady Grove Lodge. It is still largely untouched and has commanding views over Dilwyn, Birley and the surrounding area.

At the time of the 1881 census Elizabeth was living with George in a house next to the Vicarage at Bush Bank, Birley, Herefordshire (presumably Lady Grove Lodge). Elizabeth was described as a thirty-two-year-old wife who had been born in Kingsland. Her husband was a year younger, an Agricultural Labourer and his place of birth was given as Weobley. They had six children. George, the eldest was born in Birley in 1871, Louisa was born in about 1872 at Dilwyn, Benjamin was born in about 1875 at Dilwyn, Mary was three years-old and born in Dilwyn, Lizzy was aged two years and was born in Dilwyn and John, aged two months was born in about 1881 at Birley.

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Lady Grove Lodge

The 1891 census return finds George and Elizabeth at Lady Grove Lodge, Bush Bank, Birley. George was described as a forty-one-year-old Groom and Gardener born at Weobley and Elizabeth was now forty-two-years-old and born at Kingsland. The children who were living with them included Lizzy aged twelve years, Ann aged eight years, James aged five years and Dora aged three years. Lizzy, the eldest was a scholar, born in Dilwyn, whilst the three younger children were all born in Birley.

In the 1901 census return George and Elizabeth are still living at Lady Grove, Birley. George was now a fifty-one-year-old groom and gardener born at Shawls Bank; Elizabeth was aged fifty-three-years and born at Kingsland; Benjamin aged twenty-six-years, a farm labourer, born at Dilwyn; James aged fifteen years, a farm labourer, born at Birley; Dora aged thirteen and born at Birley and Jane was aged eight years and born at Birley.

In 1911 George and Elizabeth Millichap were living in four rooms at the Old Vicarage, Birley. He was described as sixty-one-years-old, a farm labourer, married for forty years with fifteen children of whom nine (or ten – a confusing alteration) were still alive. George was a worker born in Weobley. Elizabeth was sixty-three-years-old and had ten children who still living and she was listed as born at Kingsland.

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George Millichap died on 13th April 1918 and was buried next to three of his children at Birley. His widow, Elizabeth Millichap, died on 18th May 1926.

 


 

 

  1. THOMAS PREECE, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

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Thomas Preece was born on 5th October 1854 according to his Family Bible. The 1861 census return shows Thomas at home with his parents and aged six-years. His place of birth was given as Stoke Prior. In the 1881 census his parents, William and Mary Preece, were living with their sons Thomas and James at Stoke Prior. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior.

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Thomas was a Railwayman and it was probably in connection with his work that he moved from Stoke Prior to Bolton. Here he married Caroline Conroy in 1884 within the Bolton Registration District. The family moved to Swinton between the birth of their elder daughter in 1889 and the night of the 1891 census.

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By the time of the 1891 census the couple were living at 88 Manchester Road, Worsley, Swinton, Barton-upon-Irwell. Thomas was described as a Foreman Plate Layer, aged thirty-six-years, and born in Stoke Prior. His wife was thirty-one-year-old Caroline who had been born in Bolton. With them was their two-year-old daughter Betsy who had also been born in Bolton. Also in residence was Betsy Conroy, Caroline’s mother who was described as a sixty-year-old widow, also born in Bolton.

Ten years later in 1901 Caroline was described as a thirty-nine-year-old widow and she was living at 484 Wardley Lane, Worsley, in the parish of St Peter’s Swinton. With her were her two daughters Bessie and Edith. Bessie was twelve and born in Bolton and Edith aged three (clearly a mistake – should be eight!) and born in Swinton. Ling with them as lodgers were Thomas Yarwood a fifty-year-old coal miner – a hewer and John Smith a thirty-year-old plate layer.

Thomas Preece died in 1900 in Barton-on-Irwell Registration District. It is a family tradition that Thomas was killed on the railway.

The administration of Thomas Preece of 484 Wardley Lane, Worsley, a foreman plate layer, who died on 7th July 1900, was granted on 24th August 1900 at Manchester to Caroline Preece, widow, His effects were valued at £25. He was buried at Swinton Cemetery.

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Caroline died on 16th February 1911 aged fifty-years in Barton-in-Irwell Registration District.

His Bible:

‘Thomas Preece his book June the 14 1866’

‘June 2nd 1865’

‘William Preece Born April 16th 1806’

‘Mary Preece Born October 11th 1816’

‘Mary Preece born Jan 1888’ (? 1838)

‘William Preece in his 60 year

(Next 7 entries duplicated)

Mary Preece in her 51 yeare

John Preece in his 28 yeare

William Preece in his 20 yeare

Elisabeth Preece in her 17 yeare

Thomas Preece in his 12 yeare

James Preece in is 7 yeare

Elisa Preece 4 years old

John Preece Born April 4th 1837

Mary Preece Born January 10th 1841

Elizabeth Preece Born October 5th 1848

Thomas Preece Born October 5th 1854

James Preece Born October 12th 1858

Eliza Preece Born February 1st 1862’

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  1. JAMES PREECE, Great III Uncle of Richard Barton

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James Preece was born on 12th October 1858 according to his brother’s Family Bible. James was two-years-old at the time of the 1861 census and his place of birth was given as Stoke Prior. He was not at home with his parents on the night of the 1871 census. In the 1881 census William and Mary Preece were living with their sons Thomas and James. Thomas was aged twenty-six and James aged twenty-two years. Both were working as Railway labourers and both were born in Stoke Prior.

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He was in attendance at the death of both his parents but on both occasions that he informed the registrar he was unable to sign his name.

In the 1891 census return Mary was living with her son James at Stoke Prior. She was described as a seventy-five-year-old widow and he was a thirty-five-year-old agricultural labourer.

He married Eliza Meredith during the second quarter of 1896 within Leominster Registration District and they had four children. He was a Railwayman of Leominster.

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In the 1901 census return James and Eliza Preece were living at Pound Cottage, Eaton, in the out parish of Leominster. James was described as a thirty-nine-year-old Railway Plate Layer – a worker – who had been born in Stoke Prior. His wife Eliza was also described as thirty-nine-years-old and born in Leominster. Their two children were both born in Leominster out parish – Charles J. aged three years and Elizabeth S (sp?) aged one year.

In 1911 James and Eliza were living at Pound Eaton, Leominster. James was a forty-five-year-old Railway Plate Layer. He had been married for fifteen years had four children who were all alive and he was born in Stoke Prior. Eliza was forty-seven and born in Leominster. Children included Charles James aged thirteen-years, at school and born in Eaton; Elizabeth Sarah aged eleven at school, and born at Eaton; Ada Jane aged nine years and born at Eaton and Elsie Mary aged six and again born at Eaton.

‘Mother’ signed Lizzie’s Autograph Book

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Eliza died on 6th January 1942, aged eighty, and her husband, James Preece, died on 18th December 1943 aged eighty-five-years. They were buried at Stoke Prior.

The administration and will of James Preece of Greylands, Ryelands Road, Leominster, who died on 19th December 1943 (sic) was granted on 28th April 1944 to Elizabeth Sarah Preece, spinster. Effects were valued at £569-16-11d

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7. ELIZA HART, Great III Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Eliza Preece was born on 1st February 1862 according to her brother’s Family Bible. In the 1871 census return she was described as a nine-year-old scholar, born in Stoke Prior, and living with her parents.

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Ten years later in 1881 she was working as a general servant at Ladymeadow, Yarpole. This was a 273 acre farm run by John C. Hinton, a twenty-nine-year-old farmer with four labourers and a boy. Living at Ladymeadow was his thirty-three-year-old sister Mary Hinton and an indoor farm servant, fourteen-year-old John Oliver. Eliza Preece was herself described as a nineteen-year-old general servant born at Stoke Prior.

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On 28th June 1884 Eliza Preece, aged twenty-two-years, daughter of William Preece married Henry Hart, aged twenty-seven-years, son of Thomas Hart, was married at Holy Trinity, Bolton-Le-Moors, Lancashire.

 

Henry was the son of Thomas Hart (1822-1890) and Mary Nuttal (1826-1912) and born on 5th December 1856.

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In 1861 they were living at 51 John Taylor Street, Bolton. Henry was aged four and born in Bolton. His father was an iron turner.

 

In 1871 they were living at 52 Sidney Street in Holy Trinity Parish, Bolton-Le-Moors. Thomas was a forty-nine-year-old iron turner and his wife was a shopkeeper. Henry was a fourteen-year-old cotton piecer. His brother, William, sixteen, was an iron turner and Robert, eleven, and Mary, three, were scholars. All were born in Bolton.

 

In 1881 Harry was still at home at 18 Roundcroft Street, Bolton, a twenty-four-year-old foundry labourer.

 

A son Thomas was born in 1884 and was baptised at Holy Trinity, Bolton-Le-Moors on 31st December 1884.

 

Eliza died during the last quarter of 1888 in Bolton.

 

Henry probably married Elizabeth Foster during 1889 in Bolton.

 

In 1891 Thomas and Elizabeth Hart were living at 23 Harris Street, Bolton. He was described as a thirty-four-year-old metal planer working for an engineer. His wife was aged thirty-four and born in Liverpool. Thomas was a six-year-old scholar born in Bolton and James was under a year and born in Bolton.

 

In 1901 they were at 67 Plover Street, St Bartholomew’s, Bolton-Le-Moors. Henry was aged forty-four, an iron planer; Elizabeth was aged forty-three, a cotton winder born in Liverpool; Thomas was a sixteen-year-old boiler maker born in Bolton; James aged ten, Beatrice and Elsie were aged nine and were born in New York, USA and Ethel aged five was born in Bolton.

 

In 1911 they were living at 22 Holder Street in three rooms. Henry and Elizabeth had been married for twenty two years, five children were alive and one had died.Henry was a fifty-two-year-old iron planer born in Bolton; Elizabeth, aged fifty-one, was a housewife born in Liverpool. James was aged twenty, a moulder’s apprentice at an iron works and was born in Bolton. Beatrice and Elsie were nineteen and born in New York. Beatrice was a fly tinter (?) at a cotton mill and Elsie a winder at a cotton mill. Ethel was aged eighteen, a setter for a framer at a cotton mill born in Bolton.

 

 


MARY DUFFELL, Great II Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of William Preece and Mary (nee Rollings)

Wife of Thomas Duffell

Mother of Ann Noad

Also Mother of William, Thomas Duffell and Elizabeth Harris

Mary Preece was born at 10am on 18th January 1843 at Kingsland, the daughter of William Preece and his wife Mary Preece, formerly Rollings. Her father, a labourer, was the informant and he was unable to sign his name. Richard Powell, Registrar, registered the birth on 26th March. Mary was baptised on 12th February 1843 at Kingsland Parish Church.

Mary Preece was the second child and eldest daughter of William and Mary. According to notes written in a Family Bible by Thomas Preece, her brother, in 1866 Mary was born on 10th January 1841 but this is clearly inaccurate information.

Her parents, William and Mary Preece, at the time of the 1841 census, were living at Aston in Kingsland Parish. William Preece was then employed as an Agricultural Labourer.

By the time of the 1851 Census the family had moved to Moreton in the Parish of Eye and William was described as a forty-four-year-old Farm Labourer who had been born at Byton in Herefordshire. He was working for William Yates who was farming 135 acres with twenty-four labourers. Mary Preece, his wife, was described as thirty-four and born in Kingsland. The children included John, aged ten; Mary, aged eight; William, aged five and Elizabeth, aged two. All of the children were recorded as born in Kingsland.

The Preeces can only have lived at Eye for a period between November 1848 and October 1854 and no children seem to have been born there. From the 1861 census return we discover that the family had been living at Stoke Prior since about 1854.

In the 1861 census return Mary was working at Bury Farm, Stoke Prior, as a House Maid – servant. The farm had 320 acres and was owned by forty-nine-year-old William Hinton. Mary was described as eighteen-years-old and born in Kingsland.

On 26th May 1864 Thomas Duffell married Mary Preece at King’s Caple Church in Herefordshire. Mary was described as a twenty-one-year-old spinster of Kings Caple, the daughter of William Preece, a labourer. She was baptised at Kingsland on 12th February 1843. Thomas Duffel (sic) was described as a twenty-seven-year-old Labourer of Kings Caple, son of ‘Thomas Duffel, Labourer’ – but he was unable to sign his own name. The witnesses were William Morris and Alice Davis.

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Mary Duffell

 

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Believed to be Mary Duffell

From 1864 until the 1871 census Thomas and Mary Duffell were living at High House, King’s Caple and Thomas was working as an Agricultural Labourer. Thomas and Mary had four children between 1865 and 1870. When Ann was born on 8th August 1866 at High House, Kings Caple, she was described as the daughter of Thomas Duffell (sic) and Mary Duffell, formerly Preece. Her father’s occupation was given as a farm labourer and her mother was the informant when the event was registered on 13th September.

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Thomas Duffell

Their eldest son, William Duffell, died between April and June 1877, aged twelve years, in the Ponypool Registration District which would suggest that the family had moved to Llanbaddock, near Usk, by that time.

Thomas Duffell died at Llanbaddock on 16th February 1880, aged forty-one years. In the death certificate he was described as a Labourer and his widow, Mary, was present at the death.

 In the 1881 census return Mary, now described as a widow, was working as a Washer Woman at Little Heine (sp?) Lllanbaddock and her age was given as thirty-eight years. Her place of birth was given as Kingsland. Two of her children were still at school and Annie was by then in service in Usk.

In the 1891 census return Mary was living at 24 Bridge Street, Usk, with Elizabeth Williams a sixty-eight-year-old widow who was employed as a Caretaker. Mary was employed as a general domestic servant. Her age was given as fifty and she was described as a widow.

Mary Duffell died on 15th March 1897 at the Crown Inn, Lyndhurst, Hants, and her age was given as fifty-four-years on the Death Certificate. She was described as the Widow of Thomas Duffell, a Farm Labourer, and the cause of death was given as Phthisis pulmoralis. Her son, Thomas Duffell of Morton Hall, Boschurch, Shropshire, was the informant. The death was registered on 18th March by William Holloway, Registrar.

Lyndhurst – A Brief History and Guide, by Georgina Babey and Peter Roberts, 2003:

‘Crossing the Romsey Road junction, the pavement narrows considerably and then mounts steps to the Crown Hotel. In front of the Crown there is a plaque carrying the date 1600. This is, possibly, when the Crown was first established, not the date of the current building which is late 19th Century…

By the eighteenth century the Crown was well established as the place where much Forest business was done… Extended a number of times as trade increased the last major rebuild was in 1896/7 when Mrs Mary Jones was the Hotel keeper.’


 

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This entry was posted on June 1, 2016 by in Duffell and tagged , , , , , , .
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