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Terrett Engineers of Kingswood Part I

THE TERRETT FAMILY


 

William Terrett (1785-1812) and Susannah Dunn (1781-1843)

Labourer of Wotton-under-Edge

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 Daniel Terrett (1809-1876) and Hannah Palser (1807-1879)

Millwright and Engineer of Wotton-under-Edge and Kingswood

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Henry Terrett (1850-1908) and Ellen Smith (1862-1930)

Millwright, Engineer and Publican of Kingswood

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William Edward Terrett (1898-1965) and Grace Margaret Eley (1897-1940)

Watchmaker & Jeweller of Tetbury and Storekeeper of Cam

 


See my blog: Terrett Engineers of Kingswood Part II: https://wp.me/p4BX9P-2ZB


WILLIAM TERRETT, Great III Grandfather

Husband of Susannah Dunn

Father of Daniel Terrett

Also Father of Eliza Pitt

William Terrett was born in about 1785. It is possible that his parents were Joseph and Judith Terrett but there is no entry for him in the baptismal register at the Parish Church.

On 6th February 1809 William Terrett married Susannah Dunn at St Mary’s Parish Church, Wotton-under-Edge. The officiating minister was P.M. Cornwall and the witnesses were Jacob Hill and William Trotman. Both William and Susannah signed their names. William Terrett was described as a Labourer of the Chipping.

William Terrett died at the age of twenty-seven-years and was buried on 18th August 1812 at Wotton (Grave No. 17 14yds).

The children of William and Susanna included Daniel who was born on 12th February 1809 and Eliza who was born on 11th February 1811. Both children were baptised at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church on 3rd March 1813, by then seven months had passed after the death of their father. They were described as children of William and Susanna Terrett of ‘The Chipping’.

When his daughter Eliza married in 1839 William Terrett was described as a ‘servant’ and on the 1849 certificate as ‘Ostler’.


SUSANNAH TERRETT, Great III Grandmother 

Daughter of William Dunn and Elizabeth nee Wilkins

Wife of William Terrett

Mother of Daniel Terrett

Also Mother of Eliza Pitt

Also mother of Edwin Dunn

Susannah Dunn was baptised at St Lawrence’s Church, Stroud, on 18th February 1781. She was described as daughter of William Dunn by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of James Wilkins.

On 3rd July 1808 Edwin Dunn, illegitimate son of Susannah Dunn was baptised at Kings Stanley Parish Church.

On 6th February 1809 Susannah Dunn married William Terrett at St Mary’s Parish Church, Wotton-under-Edge. The officiating minister was P.M. Cornwall and the witnesses were Jacob Hill and William Trotman. Both William and Susannah signed their names. William Terrett was described as a Labourer of the Chipping.

William Terrett died at the age of twenty-seven-years and was buried on 18th August 1812 at Wotton.

The children of William and Susanna included Daniel who was born on 12th February 1809 and Eliza who was born on 11th February 1811. Both children were baptised at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church on 3rd March 1813, by then seven months had passed after the death of their father. They were described as children of William and Susanna Terrett of ‘The Chipping’.

At the time of the 1841 census Susan Terrett was living at Cainscross. She was described as aged sixty years, engaged in washing, and born in the county. Living with her was her daughter Eliza Brambley, aged twenty-five-years, who worked as a dressmaker. In the same household we find Hannah Dunn, aged thirty-five-years, a laundress, with children Luiza (sic) Gurney, aged ten years and William Gurney, aged seven years. Next door we find Elizabeth Dunn, aged fifty, engaged in woollen cloth cutting and Esther Dunn, aged forty-five-years, a charwoman.

Susannah Terrett died on 7th January 1843 ‘at the Parish of Stonehouse’. She was described on the death certificate as a sixty-two-year-old widow who was accidentally burnt. The informant was John G. Bell the Coroner of Minchinhampton and the death was registered on 20th February by John Cooper Grimes, Registrar.

The Inquest Book (CO 3/2/2 Gloucestershire Archives) reveals that Susannah Terrett, aged sixty-two-years was accidentally burnt and the Inquest was conducted on 9th January at the Golden Cross Inn. Costs included 8/- for the jury and 2/6 for the constable. The burial took place at St Matthew’s Cainscross on 12th January.


ELIZA PITT, Great III Aunt  (With thanks to Robin Lansbury)

Eliza was born on 11th February 1811 (Wotton Heritage Centre transcript) and baptised on 3rd March 1813 at Wotton Parish Church with her brother William, nearly seven months after the burial of their father, William, on 18th August 1812 aged twenty-seven-years. At the time of the baptism they were described as children of William and Susanna Terrett of ‘The Chipping’.

On 14th November 1839 Eliza Terrett married Henry Brambley at Bedford Street Chapel, Stroud, according to the rites of the Congregationalists. Henry was described on the marriage certificate as a bachelor of full age and a soldier of Walbridge in the Parish of Painswick. His father was John Brambley, an innkeeper.Eliza was described as of full age, a spinster and laundress of Farr Hill in the Parish of Painswick. Her father was given as William Terrett,, servant and the witnesses were Maria Dunn and John Taylor, John Burder was the minister, and Samuel Henry Clissold, the registrar. Neither Henry Brambley or John Taylor could sign their names. The witness, Maria Dunn, was probably the twenty-year-old who was at the time of the 1841 census living with Ann Dunn, aged fifteen, and Rhoda Dunn, aged fourteen.

The second quarter of 1841 was marked by the birth and death of a nameless daughter.

At the time of the 1841 census Eliza was living with her mother in Cainscross

Susannah was described as aged sixty years, engaged in washing and born in the county. Living with her was her daughter Eliza Brambley, aged twenty-five-years, and a dressmaker. In the same house was Hannah Dunn, aged thirty-five-years, a laundress, and children Luiza (sic) Gurney, aged ten years and William Gurney, aged seven years. Next door we find Elizabeth Dunn, aged fifty, engaged in woollen cloth cutting and Esther Dunn, aged forty-five-years, a charwoman.

On 7th July 1849 Eliza Brambley, a widow of full age, married John Pitt (1804-1854), a bachelor and builder of full age, at Stroud Register Office before Caleb Smith, registrar. Both bride and groom were living in Stroud. Their parents were John Pitt, builder and William Terrett was an Ostler. Both bride and groom signed their names and the witnesses were John Selby Howell and Elizabeth Wood.

Eliza Pitt died on 17th October 1850 at Stroud and was buried in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church, Stroud. The gravestone reads:

‘In memory of Eliza Pitt the beloved wife of John Pitt of this Town, Builder, who departed this life the 17th day of Oct 1850, aged 39 years. Blessed are the dead who died in the Lord. Hamlett’

In 1841 John Pitt was living at Bath Parade with his family. His father, John Pitt, was described as a sixty-two-year-old builder with a wife, Elizabeth, aged sixty-five-years. John, junior, was aged thirty and William aged two years. Both sons were working as masons.

Ten years later John Pitt, junior, was living in London Road. He was listed as a forty-year-old mason builder, John Pitt (1846-1903) was aged four and Elizabeth Pitt (1848- ) aged three years. Mary Burton, a sixty-five year old servant was also in residence.

A further child Thomas was born (1850-1932)

On 16th December 1851 John Pitt married Mary Ayers at Stroud. Mary was born in Avening in about 1816 and was a milliner and dressmaker of Stroud.

John Pitt died on 6th February 1854 and the cause was certified as continued fever for twelve days and delirium for two days.


DANIEL TERRETT, Great II Grandfather

Son of William Terrett and Susannah (nee Dunn)

Husband of Hannah Palser

Father of Henry Terrett

Also Father of Eliza Grimes, Emily Millard, William, Julia, Joseph, Daniel and Daniel

Daniel Terrett was born on 12th February 1809 at Wotton-under-Edge, the son of William and Susannah Terrett of the Chipping. On 6th February his parents had married. Two years later his sister, Eliza Terrett, was baptised on 11th February 1811. Daniel’s father died in 1812 at the age of twenty-seven years and was buried on 18th August 1812 at Wotton-under-Edge (Grave No 17, 14 yds). leaving a widow and two infants. William was baptised with his sister Eliza on 3rd March 1813 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Wotton-under-Edge.

In 1980 an article in the Stroud News & Journal claimed that the Terrett family engineering company had been in business for 162 years but this can hardly be possible unless the young widow, Susanna Terrett, married a blacksmith or engineer. In 1826 William Dunn, an engineer of Water Lane, Wotton-under-Edge was listed in Pigot’s Directory. Is this a brother or even father of Susanna?

‘Terretts have been in engineering for well over a hundred years, and originated in Synwell, Wotton-under-Edge as a small blacksmith’s shop… The firm moved to Vineyard Lane Mill in the early 1800’s (sic) and then after some years to Charfield Road.’

This unlikely dating is confirmed in a family obituary of 1920:

Dursley Gazette 28th August 1920:

 ‘Death of  Mr. Dan. Terrett… He belonged to a well-known local family, being the eldest surviving son of the late Mr. Dan Terrett, formerly wheelwright and engineer of Kingswood. The business still carries on and has been run by the family of upwards of a century.’

On 6th February 1831 Daniel Terrett married Hannah Palser at St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge, and the witnesses to their marriage were Richard and Jane Palser. Daniel and Richard signed the register and Hannah and Jane made their mark. Between 1831 and 1850 Daniel and Hannah had eight children. Only the elder Daniel died in infancy and the Wotton burial register states that he was buried in November 1844 aged one year eight months. His sister Julia died in 1859 aged twenty-one years.

rom as early as September 1831, Daniel Terrett is described as an engineer of Wotton-under-Edge in the baptismal registers of the Parish Church. The registers also reveal that in February 1841 they were living at Ragwell and in May 1843 at Coombe Road. The baptisms of their sons Joseph and Daniel were joint christenings with two the children of Rowland and Jane Lacey.

Daniel and Hannah Terrett of Kingswood Road were parents of William who was a pupil of the Bluecoat School. They were candidates for clothes in 1836 and 1835. William was aged nearly ten years in 1835 and aged ten years and a second class candidate for clothes in 1836. Both entries were deleted in the lists. (Glos. R.O. D1193/15/8). Dates don’t fit!!!

In the 1841 census Daniel Terrett was described as a thirty-year-old engineer of Ragnal in Coombe, Wotton-under-Edge. His wife, Hannah, was a thirty-five-year-old cloth burler. Their children included Eliza aged nine years; Emily aged seven; William aged five, Julia aged three and Joseph aged six months. The whole family was recorded as born in the county.

In 1843 they were described as living in Coombe Road. The burial register for St Mary’s Church would suggest that by November 1844 they had moved to Kingswood but they still had their son Daniel baptised at Wotton in May 1846.

 In the 1851 census Daniel Terrett was again described as an engineer and he was living with his family in Kingswood. He was forty-one-years-old and his place of birth was given as Wotton-under-Edge. Hannah was a forty-one-year-old cloth worker and their children at home included William a sixteen-year-old apprentice Engineer who was born in Wotton-under-Edge; Julia aged thirteen and born in Wotton; Joseph an eleven-year-old scholar born in Wotton; Daniel a five-year-old scholar born in Kingswood and Henry aged two and born in Kingswood.

In the 1861 census Daniel Terrett was living with his wife and three children at Wotton Road, Kingswood. Their house was situated two up from the Turnpike House near to Vineyard Lane. Daniel was described as a fifty-two-years-old engineer smith born in Wotton-under-Edge. His wife Hannah was aged fifty-four-years, a woollen cloth worker, born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their children at home   included Joseph, a twenty-year-old engineer smith born in Wotton; Daniel, a fifteen-year-old engineer smith, born in Kingswood and Henry, a ten-year-old scholar, born in Kingswood.

In the 1871 census Daniel was described as a sixty-one-year-old millwright of Abbey Street, Kingswood, born in Wotton-under-Edge. Hannah was sixty-four-years and born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their son Joseph was living with them. He was described as a married millwright, aged thirty years, and born in Wotton.

As early as 1868 Slater’s directory refers to ‘David (sic) Terrett & Son, Millwright and Engineers’ of Kingswood. Four of his sons, William, Joseph, Daniel and Henry became involved with the family engineering business and were also local publicans.

Daniel Terrett died on 7th February 1876 at Kingswood. He was described as a sixty-seven-year-old Engine Smith and Millwright. The cause of death was given as Paralysis and Benjamin Simmons MRCS certified this. His son Joseph Terrett of Kingswood was present at the death and informed the registrar who was also Benjamin Simmons on 11th February.

Daniel Terrett was buried on 12th February 1876 at St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge with his daughter, Julia. Their substantial gravestone is situated on the right as one approaches St Mary’s Church and it reads:

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Gravestone at St Mary’s Churchyard, Wotton-under-Edge:

‘Julia, daughter of Daniel and Hannah Terrett of Kingswood, died January 17th 1859, aged 20 years. Daniel Terrett of Kingswood who died February 7th 1876, aged 67 years. Also Hannah his wife who died on February 11th 1879, aged 73.’

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He made a will on 31st January 1876 and this was proved on 24th March 1876 and his estate was valued at less than £300.

The Stroud News & Journal for 27th November 1980 reported that:

‘Terretts have been in engineering for well over a hundred years, and originated in Synwell, Wotton-under-Edge as a small blacksmith’s shop… The firm moved to Vineyard Lane Mill in the early 1800’s (sic) and then after some years to Charfield Road, before going to Walk Mills (now Inchbrook Printers) in about 1890’.

Will of Daniel Terrett:

‘I, Daniel Terrett of Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, being of…do make this my last will…I bequeath the whole of my property of whatsoever nature it may consist, to my wife Hannah Terrett for her lawful use during her life and after her death, I will that the remainder of my property be divided among my children if one and the same be dead the share of such …are to be given to the child or children of the same. And I will that Mr Daniel Knight of Wortley Road, Wotton-under-Edge & Mr W.A. Long junior of Kingswood, be the executors of my last will.

Witness this my mark X, D. Terrett, Jan 31st 1876.

Witnesses: James Fowler & Henry Jones.

Proved Gloucester 24th March 1876 by the oath of Daniel Knight & William Alex Long the Younger to whom Admin granted. The Testator was late Millwright and died 7th Feb 1876 at the parish, aforesaid’


HANNAH TERRETT, Great II Grandmother

Daughter of Richard Palser and Hannah (nee Humphreyes)

Wife of Daniel Terrett

Mother of Henry Terrett

Also Mother of Eliza Grimes, Emily Millard, William, Julia, Joseph, Daniel and Daniel

Hannah the daughter of Richard Paull (sic) and Hannah his wife was baptised at Rowland Hill’s Tabernacle at Wotton-under-Edge on 3rd August 1808. The entry in the register states that she was born on 21st July 1806. The other transcribed register reads ‘Hannah daughter of Richard and Hannah (no surname given) born on 21st July 1808 and baptised on 3rd August 1808’ by Rev. Wm Potter. Later census returns confirm that Hannah Palser was born in about 1807 at Wotton-under-Edge and she was described as a cloth worker in the census returns for 1841, 1851 and 1861. Her father, Richard Palser, was a spinner of Bradley Street in 1819 and a brickmaker of Coombe Road by 1851.

On 6th February 1831 Hannah Palser married Daniel Terrett at St Mary’s Church and the witnesses to their marriage were Richard and Jane Palser. Richard signed his name. Between 1831 and 1850 Daniel and Hannah had eight children. Only the elder Daniel died in infancy and the Wotton burial register states that he was buried in November 1844 aged one year eight months. His sister Julia died in 1859 aged twenty years.

From as early as September 1831, Daniel Terrett is described as an engineer of Wotton-under-Edge in the baptismal registers of the Parish Church. The registers also reveal that in February 1841 they were living at Ragwell and in May 1843 at Coombe Road. The baptisms of their sons Joseph and Daniel were joint christenings with two the children of Rowland and Jane Lacey.

In the 1841 census Daniel Terrett was described as a thirty-year-old engineer of Ragnal in Coombe, Wotton-under-Edge. His wife, Hannah, was a thirty-five-year-old cloth burler. Their children included Eliza aged nine years; Emily aged seven; William aged five, Julia aged three and Joseph aged six months. The whole family was recorded as born in the county. Their son Joseph was baptised on 14th February 1841 at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church with his cousin Mary Jane Lacey.

In 1843 they were described as living in Coombe Road. The burial register for St Mary’s Church would suggest that by November 1844 they had moved to Kingswood but they still had their son Daniel baptised at Wotton in May 1846.

In the 1851 census Daniel Terrett was again described as an engineer and he was living with his family in Kingswood. He was forty-one-years-old and his place of birth was given as Wotton-under-Edge. Hannah was a forty-one-year-old cloth worker and their children at home included William a sixteen-year-old apprentice Engineer who was born in Wotton-under-Edge; Jula aged thirteen and born in Wotton; Joseph an eleven-year-old scholar born in Wotton; Daniel a five-year-old scholar born in Kingswood and Henry aged two and born in Kingswood.

In the 1861 census Daniel Terrett was living with his wife and three children at Wotton Road, Kingswood. Their house was situated two up from the Turnpike House near to Vineyard Lane. Daniel was described as a fifty-two-years-old engineer smith born in Wotton-under-Edge. His wife Hannah was aged fifty-four-years, a woollen cloth worker, born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their children at home  included Joseph, a twenty-year-old engineer smith born in Wotton; Daniel, a fifteen-year-old engineer smith, born in Kingswood and Henry, a ten-year-old scholar, born in Kingswood.

In the 1871 census Daniel was described as a sixty-one-year-old millwright of Abbey Street, Kingswood, born in Wotton-under-Edge. Hannah was sixty-four-years and born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their son Joseph was living with them. He was described as a married millwright, aged thirty years, and born in Wotton.

As early as 1868 Slater’s directory refers to ‘David (sic) Terrett & Son, Millwright and Engineers’ of Kingswood. Four of his sons, William, Joseph, Daniel and Henry became involved with the family engineering business and were also local publicans. An 1871 directory refers to ‘Daniel Terrett & Son, Millwright and Engineers’.

Daniel Terrett died on 7th February 1876 at Kingswood. Hannah survived her husband by three years but died on 11th February 1879 at Kingswood. She was described as the seventy-three-year-old widow of Daniel Terrett, Millwright. The cause of death was given as Bronchitis and Benjamin Simmons M.R.C.S.L certified this. Her son Joseph Terrett of Kingswood was present at the death and informed the registrar, also Benjamin Simmons, on 14th February 1879.

Hannah survived her husband by three years but died of bronchitis on 11th February 1879 aged 73 years. She was buried with her husband and daughter, Julia, in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Wotton-under-Edge.

Hannah Terrett was buried with her husband and daughter, Julia, in the churchyard of St Mary’s, Wotton-under-Edge.

Gloucestershire Chronicle Gloucestershire, England

22 Feb 1879

Deaths….son of the Rev. C. M. Roberts, of the Monmouth Grammar School, aged 17 years. Feb. 11, j*t Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, Hannah, widow of Mr. Daniel Terrett, aged 73. Feb. 11, at the Wallhouse Farm, Ross, Mr. William Welling*, aged years. Feb. 11…

Gravestone at St Mary’s Churchyard, Wotton-under-Edge:

‘Julia, daughter of Daniel and Hannah Terrett of Kingswood, died January 17th 1859, aged 20 years. Daniel Terrett of Kingswood who died February 7th 1876, aged 67 years. Also Hannah his wife who died on February 11th 1879, aged 73.’


Their children:

1. ELIZA GRIMES, Great II Aunt

Eliza was baptised on 18th September 1831 at Wotton-under-Edge. In the 1841 census return she was at home and nine-years-old. In the 1851 census return she was described as a twenty-year-old cloth worker like her mother and her sister Emily. Her place of birth was given as Wotton-under-Edge.

On 22nd November 1857, at St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge, she married Joel Grimes. The marriage certificate records that he was a labourer of full age of The Butts, Wotton-under-Edge and his father was John Grimes, a labourer. The bride was described as of full age, a servant, of Adeys Lane, Wotton-under-Edge, and her father was Daniel Terrett, an engineer.

Joel Grimes was born on 19th September 1824 and baptised on 20th July 1825 at the Rowland Hill Tabernacle. He was described as the son of John and Esther Grimes.

Her father-in-law, John Grimes (1787 – 4th January 1858) was also a labourer, and her mother-in-law was Hester (nee Workman) (1786-1866). John Grimes was described elsewhere as a Thatcher and also a Sunday School Teacher of North Nibley.

At the time of the 1851 census Joel Grimes was an agricultural labourer living with his parent at ‘The Butts’, Wotton-under-Edge. He was described as twenty-six-years-old and born in Wotton. His father, John Grimes, was a sixty-three-year-old labourer, born in North Nibley and his mother was Hester Grimes, a sixty-four-year-old woman who was also born in North Nibley.

 Joel and Eliza Grimes lived at The Butts Farm, not far across the valley from Adeys Lane. Eliza died on 26th August 1864 whilst giving birth to her son, Hugh. Joel was left a widower and brought up their four children. He died on 25th February 1900.

Harry Grimes wrote in 2004:

‘Eliza Terrett married Joel Grimes who was the son of John Grimes, they lived at The Butts Farm which was not far across the valley from Adeys Lane. She died in 1864 giving birth to Hugh. Joel Grimes brought the children up himself. Hugh had a wet nurse by the name of Hardy. As you can appreciate it was quite a struggle for Joel, he had said he would never have another woman and he stuck to his word. Unfortunately Hugh died in 1899 and his father in 1900.’

Their children were:

 1. ESTHER (HESTER) CLARK

Esther Grimes was born on 31st January 1858 and baptised on 4th April 1858 at Wotton Parish Church. She was in service and married Henry Clark on 23rd December 1895. Henry or Harry Clark was born in Monmouth in 1857 and died in 1907. His widow, Esther, survived until 1920.

 2. HARRY GRIMES

Harry Grimes was born on 24th May 1860 and baptised on 24th June 1860 at Wotton. He married Elizabeth Organ (-1928) and they lived at 9 Bradley Street, Wotton-under-Edge. Harry died in 1923.

3. JOHN GRIMES

John Grimes was born on 25th May 1862. He farmed at Butts Farm, Wotton-under-Edge and died in 1931 at Charfield Market.

Excerpts from ‘Market Day in the 1930s’ by Joel Grimes in ‘Remember this? – Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society Millennium Book’: Charfield Market

‘There was an old boy who always put up a trestle table outside The Tavern, sold leather boot laces and belts and trouser braces, claiming that the braces contained so much elastic that if you fell down they would pick you back up again. However, in 1928, my great uncle John, whilst purchasing a pair of leather boot laces from him fell down dead of a heart attack – he presumably wasn’t wearing the braces!’

4. HUGH GRIMES

Hugh Grimes was born on 26th August 1864 and died in 1899.


2. EMILY MILLARD, Great II Aunt

Emily was baptised on 14th July 1833 at Wotton-under-Edge. In the 1841 census she was living at home and aged seven years. In the 1851 census she was again at home and described as an eighteen-year-old cloth worker like her mother and her sister Eliza. Her place-of-birth was given as Wotton-under-Edge.

She married George Millard at Kingswood on 25th December 1855. George Millard was described on the marriage certificate as a thirty-year-old clothworker of Kingswood, son of George Millard a machinist. Emily was a spinster, of full age, of Kingswood, daughter of Daniel Terrett and engineer.

According to the 1851 census return for Kingswood George Millard was born in Westbury, Wilts. And he was aged twenty-six-years. He was described as a Dresser of Woollen Cloth. Living with him was his mother, Mary Millard, born in Westbury and aged fifty-five and his sister, Mary, aged twenty-two-years, a Milliner and Dressmaker, born in Wotton-under-Edge.

On 12th May 1856 George’s sister, Mary Millard, was married at Kingswood. The bridegroom was Thomas Farmiloe, a twenty-five-year-old mason of Wotton-under-Edge, son of Joseph Farmiloe, a labourer. The bride was a spinster of Kingswood, daughter of George Millard, a machinist.

George was described as a cloth dresser of Kingswood in 1856. Between 1858 and 1861 the family moved to Bradford-on-Avon and then on to Trowbridge by 1881.

In the 1861 census the family was living at 5,Leigh Road, Holt, Bradford-on-Avon. George was described as a thirty-six-year-old ‘Woollen Cloth Dresser’. His wife, Emily, was twenty-eight and their two children were given as Georgianna aged four, a scholar, and Julia aged two years. According to the enumerator all the family had been born in Wotton-under-Edge.

William was baptised in Kingswood and according to the 1871 census return he was also born there. This means that his family may have returned to Kingswood for a while from Bradford.

In the 1871 census return we find that they had moved to another house at Holt near to Bradford-on-Avon, called ‘Three Lions’. This was probably in a terrace and they probably lived at the first one in the row with an inn situated at the far end. ‘Three Lions’ was situated near to ‘The Walk’. George was now forty-six and still working as a woollen cloth dresser. His wife was thirty-eight. Their three children were Georgianna who was fourteen and apprenticed to a dressmaker; Julia a scholar of twelve and William a scholar of eight. The children were all listed as being born at Kingswood rather than Wotton-under-Edge which is consistent with their baptism details.

In the 1881 Census return they were shown as living at 63 Ashton Street, Trowbridge in St James’s Parish. George was described as a forty-eight year-old unemployed wool dresser and his forty-five-year-old wife was shown as a grocer. Their daughter, Georgianna was with them at home working as a woollen cloth finisher.

In 1891 George and Emily were living at Victoria Cottages, Hilperton Marsh, Trowbridge (probably No 2). George was described as a sixty-two-year-old woollen cloth dresser and his wife was now fifty-six-years-old. A George Millard, aged seventy-four-years, died in the Melksham (check?) Registration District during the second quarter of 1899.

In 1901 Emily was living as a sixty-eight-year-old widow at 8 Adcroft Street, Trowbridge (the road leading up to the hospital). She was living from her own means and had a seventy-eight-year-old widow boarding with her, namely Elizabeth Lucas, who was born in Frome.

EmilyMillard may have died in 1911 in Buckinghamshire.

Their three children:

  1. ELIZA GEORGIANNA POPE

Georgianna Millard was born on 14th October 1856 and baptised on 28th December 1856 at Kingswood. In 1861 she was described as a four-year-old scholar living at Leigh Road, Holt, near to Bradford-on-Avon with her parents. In 1871 she was fourteen, apprentice to a dressmaker, and her place of birth was given as Kingswood. Ten years later she was living with her parents at 63 Ashton Street in Trowbridge and was working as a Woollen Cloth Finisher.

In the fourth quarter of 1881 she married William Henry Pope in the Melksham Registration District, in fact on 26th December 1881 at Staverton Church, Wiltshire. He was born on 22nd November 1856 at Beckington. At the time of the 1891 census they were living at 2 Naishes (sp?) Frome, Somerset and William Henry was described as a thirty-four-year-old Metal Engraver who was born in Beckington, Somerset. Eliza Georgianna was aged thirty-four-years and born in Kingswood. Their children were listed as George Stanley, aged two years; Florence Emily aged seven years; Mabel Annie aged six years; Lily Margaret aged five years, Katherine Francis aged one year and Edith Georgianna aged four years (or months – check?). all the children were born in Frome.

In 1901 the family was living at 7 Long Row, Frome. William H. Pope was a forty-four-year-old Metal Engraver born at Beckington, Somerset. His wife, Eliza G. Pope, was aged forty-four-years and born in Kingswood. Their children included Florence E. a seventeen-year-old Stationers Shop Assistant; Mabel A. a Nurse Domestic; George S. aged twelve years; Catherine F. aged ten years; Ethel M. aged eight years; Eleanor M. aged five years; Edgar N. aged four years and Ralph E. aged one year. All the children were born in Frome.

Eliza died on 11th February 1947 at Pheonix Terrace, Frome and her husband William Henry Pope on 11th February 1947 at Victoria Hospital, Frome.

  1. JULIA BERRETT, cousin of William Edward Terrett

Julia Millard was baptised on 14th November 1858 at Kingswood. In 1861 she was living with her parents at Holt near to Bradford-on-Avon and was aged two years. Ten years later she was with them at ‘Three Lions’, Holt, Bradford-on-Avon and was described as a twelve-year-old scholar who had been born in Kingswood.

At the time of the 1881 census Julia was working as a twenty-three-year-old Parlour Maid at Steeple Ashton Vicarage. She was described as born in Kingswood, Glos. The Vicar was Alfred Hartley. Within the parish was William Berrett, a forty-five-year-old widower who lived in Back Street with his five younger children. His occupation was given as a Thatcher and he was born at West Ashton although his children were all born in Steeple Ashton. William had three other children who were living with their maternal grandfather Charles Young, a farmer of ten acres at 41 Cold Harbour, Great Hinton, who was himself a widower and born in Seend. Of these grandchildren the eldest was William who was described as a twenty-two-year-old Agricultural Labourer, born at Steeple Ashton. William’s brothers and sisters included Rosa a general servant, Abner a carpenter’s apprentice, May Jane, Lilly, Alfred George, Elizabeth and three-year-old Edmund.

Julia Millard married William Thomas Berrett, Junior, in the fourth quarter of 1884 in either Melksham or Westbury Registration Districts (check! probably 22nd October). At the time of the 1891 census they were living at Devizes Road, Potterne. William was described as a thirty-year-old farmer, born in Steeple Ashton; Julia was a thirty-one-year-old and born at Kingswood, Glos. Their children included Lucy E.J. Berrett, aged five years and born at Steeple Ashton; William C. Berrett, aged three years and born in Potterne and Walter G. Berrett, aged one year and born at Potterne.

In 1901 William and Julia were farming Littleton Green Farm, Littleton, near Semington, Wiltshire, which they owned and occupied. Their children included Emily aged fifteen and born at Steeple Ashton; William aged thirteen; Walter aged eleven; Ethel aged eight; Ernest aged six and Julia aged four years. The five younger children were all born at Potterne.

We can deduce from these returns that William and Julia moved to Potterne in about 1887 and then moved to Littleton some time between 1897 and 1901.

  1. GEORGE WILLIAM MILLARD

George William Millard was probably born in the first quarter of 1862 in Dursley Registration District and baptised on 24th May 1863 at Kingswood. In the 1871 census return William was living at home with his parents at ‘Three Lions’, Holt, Bradford-on-Avon. He was described as an eight-year-old scholar who had been born in Kingswood.

In 1881 we find George William Millard lodging at Ham Buildings, Radstock, with Mary Ann Hitchens of No. 31. He was described as a nineteen-year-old Railway Porter, born at Kingswood, Glos.

In 1901 George W. and his wife Mary A. Millard were residing at 22 Railway Terrace, Slough, Buckinghamshire. George was described as a thirty-nine-year-old Railway Guard born at Kingswood, Glos. His wife was aged thirty-five-years and born at Westbury, Wilts. Their children included George H. aged seven years and born at Slough and Emily M. aged ten years and born at Slough.


3. WILLIAM TERRETT, Great II Uncle

William Terrett was baptised on 18th March 1835 at St Mary’s Church, Wotton-under-Edge. He was at home aged five years at the time of the 1841 census.

Daniel and Hannah Terrett of Kingswood Road were parents of William who was a pupil of the Bluecoat School. They were candidates for clothes in 1836 and 1835. This William was aged nearly ten years in 1835 and aged ten years and a second-class candidate for clothes in 1836. Both entries were deleted in the lists. (Glos. R.O. D1193/15/8). Dates don’t fit!!!!

In the 1851 census he was recorded as sixteen-years-old and living at home and working as an Engineer Apprentice. His place-of-birth was given as Wotton-under-Edge.

On 22nd February 1857 William Terrett, aged twenty-one-years, son of Daniel Terrett married Bedela Smith, aged nineteen-years, daughter of Henry Smith in Bristol.

Bedela was born in about 1838 at Wotton and she was also baptised there. Madela (sic), daughter of Henry and Louisa Smith, was baptised on 7th November 1838 at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church. The register states that Henry was a tailor of Back Lane.

We also find this entry for her in the 1851 census for Back Lane, Wotton-under-Edge: Henry Smith a tailor aged forty-nine-years, born Wotton. Louisa his wife aged thirty-two and born Cam. Sidney a fourteen-year-old scholar. Bedela a clothworker aged twelve years. Both children were born in Wotton.

By the time of the 1861 census William Terrett and his wife Bedela were living at the Crown Inn, in the Churchyard at Kingswood. He was aged twenty-five years and described as a Millwright born in Wotton-under-Edge. His wife, Bedela, was a twenty-one year-old, beer house keeper, born in Wotton. The 1868 Slater’s Directory lists William Terrett as a publican of the New Inn, Kingswood.

In the 1871 census the couple was living in the Charfield Road, Kingswood in a house one up from his younger brother Daniel and his wife Ann. William was aged thirty-four-years and his wife was aged thirty-one. William was a thirty-four-year-old millwright born in Wotton-under-Edge. His wife Bedela was aged thirty-one-years and born in Wotton.

North Nibley Apprenticeship Roll:

6/5/1871 for 7 years, Holborn Watts, son of Edwin Fowler Watts, to William, Joshua and Daniel Terrett of Kingswood, machinist

In the 1881 census William and Bedela had moved to Terrett Works Cottage, Kingswood, which was situated between Stones Cottages and Tilput Cottage off the Charfield or Wotton Roads (not far from Merryford Farm).  William was described as a forty-four-year-old millwright, born at Wotton. Bedela was aged forty-one-years and born in Wotton-under-Edge.

The various trade directories refer to ‘Terrett Bros, Millwrights and Engineers’ in 1879, and then later as simply ‘Terrett Bros’ in editions for 1885, 1889 and 1894.

‘Terrett Bros. Engineers, Machinists, Millwrights, etc. Makers of Over-shot Water Wheels. Patterns in stock from 6 feet to 36 feet diameter. Makers of Double and Single Fullers for Cloth Manufacture. Portable and Stationary Engines Repaired, and in Stock for Sale or Hire. Agents for all kinds of Agricultural Implements and Machines. Lawn Mowers Ground and Set. Dealers in English Oak, Cut and Supplied to order by Circular and Horizontal Saws. Walk Mills, Kingswood, Near Wotton-under-Edge, Glos.’

2632 THE LONDON GAZETTE, MAY 15, 1891.

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore existing between William Terrett, Joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett, and Henry Terrett, carrying on business as Millwrights and General Machinists, at Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, in the county of Gloucester, under the name or style of Terrett Brothers, is dissolved as from the 25th day of March, 1891. The said Joseph Terrett retires from the business, which will in future be carried on by the said William Terrett, Daniel Terrett, and Henry Terrett, under the name or style of Terrett Brothers.—Dated this 24th day of April, 1891.

WILLIAM TERRETT. DANIEL TERRETT. JOSEPH TERRETT. HENRY TERRETT.

In the 1891 census William and Bedelia (sic) were living in Charfield Road, Kingswood. William was a fifty-eight-year-old (53?) millwright, born in Wotton-uder-Edge. Bedelia was aged fifty-four-years and born in Wotton.

William died on 30th May 1894 aged 57 years and he was buried on 2nd June in the churchyard at Kingswood.

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Dursley Gazette 2nd June 1894:

 

After a long illness, the death of Mr. William Terrett at the age of 58, took place at Kingswood on Tuesday. He was the senior member of the firm of Terrett Bros. Engineers and Millwrights (a business commenced by his late Father, the late Mr. D. Terrett), an important industry in the locality.

The deceased was greatly respected. He was for successive years Rector’s churchwarden. He was also a member of the School Board from its formation but owing to ill-health, he had, of late, been unable to attend to the duties of the office.

Dursley Gazette 9th June 1894:

Funeral of Mr. W. Terrett. The funeral of the late Mr. Terrett whose death was announced in our last issue, took place on Saturday, when a large number followed the remains to their last resting place.

The deceased was widely known and much respected and the whole of the inhabitants felt they had lost a true friend.

Chief Mourners: Mr. D. Terrett and Mr. H. Terrett (brothers); Mr. D. Terrett, Mr. W. Terrett, Mr. F. Terrett, Mr. H. Grimes, Mr. J. Grimes (nephews); Mr. J. Grimes (brother-in-law)

Among those present: Mr. Henly (solicitor), Mr. Hunt, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Ford, Mr. Weeks, Mr Roach, Mr. Bendall, Mr. J. Lovell, Mr. Hayward, Mr. Sandys, Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Musley and others.

The cortege left the house at 3 o’clock and was met at the entrance of the Parish Church by Rev. Mr. Young (Vicar) who also conducted the service in the church and in the churchyard where the deceased was buried. The coffin was of polished oak and made by Mr. A. Hart who carried out the funeral arrangements. Much sympathy  is felt for the widow in her sad bereavement.

His memorial stone was a substantial cross with a spray of carved lilies. It reads ‘In loving remembrance of William Terrett who died on 30th May 1894 aged 57 years and Bedela his wife who died on 9th October 1913 aged 78 years’. There is also a wall plaque in the church, which reads:

‘In Loving Remembrance of William Terrett who departed this life May 30th 1894 aged 57 years. Also Bedela, his wife who died on Oct 9th 1913, aged 78 years. Thy will be done’

Terrett Brothers – Documents deposited at Wotton Heritage Centre:

Sale of the Estate of the Late Messrs. Terrett Bros:

Particulars:

Estate of the Late Messrs. Terrett Bros.

Sale of Valuable Freehold Properties. Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos.

Messrs George Fry & Son

Are favoured with instructions to sell by auction, on Monday, 4th October, 1920, at the Dog and Badger Inn, Kingswood, at 6.30 o’clock in the evening, namely:-

Lot 1. – A block of three well-situate Freehold Cottages together with very large productive gardens, at Crow Meadow, Kingswood, adjoining property belonging to Mr. Joseph Bennett and others, now in the respective occupation of Messrs. Walker, Sargent and Vick. There is a good supply of Hard and Soft Water on the premises.

Lot 2. – Two valuable Freehold, Well-Built, and conveniently situate Semi-Detached Dwelling Houses, known as the ‘Abbey Cottages,’ Kingswood, together with Outbuildings, Stable, Large Pleasure Lawn and Kitchen Garden (enclosed with good wall and ornamental Iron Fence on top), now in the respective occupation of Messrs. Stephens and Cook. This lot is well supplied with hard water.

Lot 3. – A large Freehold Warehouse situate at the rear of Lot 2 and adjoining property belonging to the Stroud Brewery Co.

Lot 4. – A Freehold, Compact, conveniently situate and well-built Detached Dwelling House, together with a good Kitchen Garden enclosed by a Brick Wall, at Bruton’s Lane, Kingswood, now in the occupation of Mr. John Slade.

Lot 5. – Two Freehold Cottages and Garden Ground adjoining each other, situate at The Walk, and close to Lot 2, now in the respective occupations of Mr. James Denning and Mr. Tanner.

To view, apply to respective Tenants. To view Lot 3, and for further particulars as to all the lots, apply to the Auctioneers or to Messrs. Goldingham and Chaffers, Solicitors, Wotton-under-Edge. Offices: Old Town, Wotton-under-Edge 2251

The tenure of Lots 1 & 5 is freehold and of Lots 2,3, and 4 is leasehold

Conditions: The deposit shall be at the rate of £10 per centum of the purchase money and the purchase shall be completed and the balance of the purchase money paid at the Office of Messrs. Goldingham & Chaff3ers, solicitors, Wotton-under-Edge on the 31st day of Decr. 1920.

The Abstract of the Title shall be delivered within ten days from the date of the Sale, and the Title shall commence as to Lot 1 with an Indenture of Conveyance dated the 9th day of May between Benjamin Wyatt & others of the one part & William Terrett, Joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett & Henry Terrett of the other part, as to Lots 2,3, & 4, with an Indenture of assignment dated the 3rd day of November 1880, & made between the Exors of the Will of David (sic) Terrett and others of the one part and William Terrett, joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett & Henry Terrett of the other part, and as to Lot 5 with an Indenture of Conveyance dated the 22nd day of August 1882, & made between J.H. Knight and his Mortgage and William Terrett, Joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett & Henry Terrett

  1. The Purchaser of Lot 3 shall at his own expense properly build up the existing doorway between Lots 2 & 3, between Lot 3 and the Parish Room.

The Contract: This Agreement made the 4th day of October 1920 between Messrs. Goldingham & Chaffers, Solicitors, Wotton-under-Edge, as Agents the Vendors of the one part, and Arthur Harry Jotcham of Wotton-under-Edge aforesaid Builder the Purchaser of the other part.

Witnessed that the Purchaser has purchased the property described (as lot 3) in the foregoing Particulars at the price of Sixty Pounds…

Further Notes gleaned from correspondence: Terrett Sale Lot 3 – The property abuts on the public court yard at the back of the old Abbey Gateway.

Lot 3 – Difficult to identify the old warehouse sold to you clients. Our knowledge confirms that the description in the Abstract which is taken from the deed of 3rd November 1880 is correct. It did exist once as two cottages. It is now become very dilapidated and is difficult to recognise…

The Conveyance:

Dated 1921 Mr. W.J. Terrett & others to the Stroud Brewery Co. Ltd. Conveyance of a Freehold warehouse situate at Kingswood at Wotton-under-Edge in the County of Gloucester. Little & …, Stroud, Glos.

This Indenture made the …day of 1921 Between William James Terrett and Theophilus Tandy of the first part; Edith Jane Terrett, Spinster, of the second part; Frederick Henry Terrett of the third part and Ann Terrett widow, Henry Terrett, Daniel Terrett, Edward Terrett and Alice Terrett Spinster of the fourth part and the Stroud Brewery Company Ltd whose registered office is situate at Stroud in the County of Gloucester (hereafter called  “the Company”) of the 5th part. Whereas on the dates of their … hereinafter … William Terrett, Joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett and Henry Terrett all of Kingswood near Wotton-under-Edge within the County of Gloucester were … of the hereditiments in … simple in possession from … as tenants in common in equal share And whereas William Terrett his will dated the 20th day of April 1875 devised and bequeathed all the real and personal estate to which he should be entitled at the time of his decease to his wife Bedela Terrett absolutely and appointed her sole Executrix of that his will. And whereas the said William Terrett died on the 30th day of May 1894 without having altered or revoked his will which was duly proved by the said Executrix on the 9th day of August 1894 in the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice. And whereas the said Joseph Terrett by his will dated the 24th day of August 1894 appointed the said William James Terrett and Theophilus Tandy to be Executors and Trustees thereof and devised and bequeathed all his real and personal estate unto the said W.J. Terrett and T. Tandy their executors administrators and assigns upon trust for sale and con… as thereto maintained. And whereas the said Joseph Terrett died on the 1st day of July 1895 without having altered or revoked his said will which was duly proved by the executors on the 15th day of July 1895 in the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice. And whereas the said Henry Terrett by his will dated the 21st day of March 1905 after appointing his wife Ellen Terrett and his son Frederick Henry Terrett to be the Executors and Trustees thereof … and devised his share in the hereditiments being assured and to his daughter the said Edith Jane Terrett absolutely. And whereas the said Henry Terrett died on 27th day of October 1908 without having revoked or altered his will which was duly proved by the executors on the 6th day of January 1909 in the Gloucester District Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice. And whereas the said Ellen Terrett and Frederick Henry Terrett executors to the division… in the said will of the said Henry Terrett to the said Edith Jane Terrett and the said F. H. Terrett as…executor of the said will doth hereby acknowledge. And whereas

the said Bedela Terrett by her will dated the 15th day of May 1907 after appointing her friends Charles Fewster Bendall and the Reverend Charles Robert Cottell Executors thereof devised to her nephew Frederick Henry Terrett the fourth share in the hereditiments to which she became entitled under the will of her late husband and known as (inter alia) “The Abbey”. And whereas the said Bedela Terrett died on the 9th day of October 1913 without having revoked or altered her said will which was duly proved by the said Executors on the 5th day of November 1913 in the Gloucester District Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice. And whereas by a document in writing dated 14th day of July 1914 the said Charles Fewster Bendall and Charles Robert Cottell executed the devise contained in the will of the said Bedela Terrett, of the hereditiments being assigned. And whereas the said Daniel Terrett duly made his will dated the 5th day of July 1918 and … appointing his wife the said Ann Terrett his sons Henry Terrett, Daniel Terrett (part in trust) and Edward Terrett and his daughter the said Alice to be executors and trustees thereof devised bequeathed and appointed his one fourth share in the hereditments being … his trustees upon trust for sole and … as therein mentioned. And whereas the said Daniel Terrett died on the 28th day of August 1920 without having revoked or altered his will accepting a codicil dated the 23rd day of August 1920 which does not affect the disposing herein … was duly proved by the executors therein named on the 22nd day of October in the Gloucester District Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice. And whereas by the means aforesaid the parties hereinafter … four parts are now entitled to have.. . and dispose of the hereditiments and premises in the respective shares and manner following (that is to say)    one equal undivided fourth share is vested in the said W.J. Terrett & T. Tandy as trustees of the will of the said Joseph Terrett deceased in trust for sale. The said Edith Jane Terrett is entitled to one other fourth sharer in her own right, the said Frederick Henry Terrett is entitled to one other fourth share in his own right and then the one remaining one fourth to share is vested in the said Ann Terrett, Henry Terrett, Daniel Terrett, Edward Terrett and Alice Terrett as Trustees of the will of the said Daniel Terrett deceased in trust for sale. And whereas…

Sixty pound split between four parties.

Convey unto the Company All That warehouse formerly two messuages or dwelling houses situate at Kingswood near Wotton-under-Edge in the County of Gloucester adjoining the “Plume of Feathers Inn”

Summary:

Part 1: William and Bedela (C.F. Bendall and C. R. Cottell) Frederick Henry Terrett

Part 2: Joseph (William James Terrett and Theophilus Tandy)

Part 3: Daniel (Ann, Henry, Daniel, Edward and Alice Terrett)

Part 4: Henry (Ellen and Frederick Henry Terrett) Edith Jane Terrett

14th May 1914 Assent by the Executors of the Will of Bedela Terrett deceased to devise of real estate to F.H. Terrett:

Charles Fewster Bendall of Wotton-under-Edge, Gent. and Charles Robert Cottell late of Kingswood now of St Gabriel’s vicarage, Bristol, executors of the will dated 15th May 1907. Bedela died 9th October 1913.

Devise to her nephew Frederick Henry Terrett of a quarter share in the hereditaments to which testrix became entitled under the will of her late husband. “The Walk Mills and Cottages”, “The Abbey” and “Crow Meadow”. Signed 14th May 1914 by C.F. Bendall and Charles R. Cottell. G.E. Jobbins, Clerk of Goldingham & Lloyd, Solicitors

Extract from Sale of Terrett Brothers Property in 1920:

And whereas William Terrett his will dated the 20th day of April 1875 devised and bequeathed all the real and personal estate to which he should be entitled at the time of his decease to his wife Bedela Terrett absolutely and appointed her sole Executrix of that his will. And whereas the said William Terrett died on the 30th day of May 1894 without having altered or revoked his will which was duly proved by the said Executrix on the 9th day of August 1894 in the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice.

The deeds of Huntley House, 11 Locombe Place, Hermitage, Sinwell Lane include a mortgage dated 30th November 1905 for Bedela Terrett of Kingswood, widow, signed with her mark and seal (Wotton Heritage Centre 1991.7.1. (F. Legal)).

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In the 1911 census Bedelia Terrett was living in eight rooms at Rose Villa and was described as a seventy-two-year-old widow of private means born in Wotton. Deleted in the entry were George Smith, a forty-one-year-old retired seaman, born in Cromhall, and Edith Jane his thirty-five-year-old wife, born at Kingswood. They had been married for less than a year.

She died at her home, Rose Villa, Charfield Road, on 9th October 1913 aged 75 years and was buried on 13th October in the churchyard at Kingswood. She made a will on 15th May 1907 and this was proved on 5th November 1913.

Bedela Terrett of Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, widow, died on 9th October 1913. Probate was granted at Gloucester on thatday to Charles Fewster Bendall, gentleman, and the Reverend Charles Rowland Cottell, clerk. Effects were valued at £2,732-19-10d

The Will of Bedela Terrett (Widow):

‘I appoint my friends Chas Fewster Bendall of Wotton-under-Edge & the Rector of Kingswood Rev Charles Robert Cottell. I bequeath to each of them if they carry out my will the sum of £5 free of legacy duty, as acknowledgement of their trouble. I bequeath to my niece Edith Jane Terrett now living with me, my dwelling house and garden at Kingswood, the building used as Wheelwright’s shop now in the occupation of Terrett Bros & piece of land now in the occupation of Chas Musty, both adjoining & near to my said dwelling house & garden. And also two cottages & gardens situate near the Abbey in Cowleys Road, all my furniture, plate and plated articles, linen, glass, china, books, watches, jewellery, trinkets, personal ornaments & wearing apparel, consumable stores, provisions, garden tools & implements.

I devise to my nephew Frederick Henry Terrett the quarter share to which I became entitled under the will of my late husband known as Walk Mills & cottages, the Abbey & Crowmeadow, Kingswood.

Pecuniary legacies to Edith Jane Terrett £200, niece Julia Mary Outfell (?) of Paignton £600, or if she die, to her child or children at 21 years of age; niece Annie Louise Werrett £10; child or children of my brother-in-law the late Joseph Terrett, £200 between them; nephew Henry Grimes £50; nephew Daniel Terrett £100; nephews William Edward Terrett, Sidney George Terrett and niece Lucy Ethel Terrett, Alice Maud Terrett and Florence Emily Terrett, the children of my brother-in-law Henry Terrett, £25 equally between them if more than one; to my friend Lucy Fitzherbert Mogg of Bridgwater £25 and to Joyce Frances Lloyd, daughter of Evelyn Charles Lloyd of Wotton-under-Edge £15. I devise & bequeath the residue, whether real or personal, unto the said Edith Jane Terrett, absolutely. 15th May 1907

 Mark X of Bedela Terrett.

Witnessed by E.C. Lloyd and G.E. Jobbins.’

Extract from the Sale Papers of Terrett Bros in 1920:

And whereas the said Bedela Terrett by her will dated the 15th day of May 1907 after appointing her friends Charles Fewster Bendall and the Reverend Charles Robert Cottell Executors thereof devised to her nephew Frederick Henry Terrett the fourth share in the hereditiments to which she became entitled under the will of her late husband and known as (inter alia) “The Abbey”. And whereas the said Bedela Terrett died on the 9th day of October 1913 without having revoked or altered her said will which was duly proved by the said Executors on the 5th day of November 1913 in the Gloucester District Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice. And whereas by a document in writing dated 14th day of July 1914 the said Charles Fewster Bendall and Charles Robert Cottell executed the devise contained in the will of the said Bedela Terrett, of the hereditiments being assigned.

14th May 1914 Assent by the Executors of the Will of Bedela Terrett deceased to devise of real estate to F.H. Terrett:

Charles Fewster Bendall of Wotton-under-Edge, Gent. and Charles Robert Cottell late of Kingswood now of St Gabriel’s vicarage, Bristol, executors of the will dated 15th May 1907. Bedela died 9th October 1913.

Devise to her nephew Frederick Henry Terrett of a quarter share in the hereditaments to which testrix became entitled under the will of her late husband. “The Walk Mills and Cottages”, “The Abbey” and “Crow Meadow”. Signed 14th May 1914 by C.F. Bendall and Charles R. Cottell. G.E. Jobbins, Clerk of Goldingham &Lloyd, Solicitors

Gravestone at Rowland Hill Tabernacle:

‘In loving memory of Charles Fewster Bendall who died August 17th 1917 aged 69 years.’


4. JULIA TERRETT, Great II Aunt

Julia was born in about 1838. In the 1841 census she was at home aged three years. In 1851 she was aged thirteen years and born in Wotton-under-Edge. She died on 17th January 1859, aged twenty years, and was buried on 22nd January 1859 in St Mary’s Churchyard at Wotton-under-Edge. The Bristol Mercury for 22nd January 1859 included an obituary notice: ‘January 17th at Kingswood, Julia, youngest daughter of Mr. Daniel Terrett, aged 21 years’. A fine tombstone was erected in her memory and her parents were later buried with her.

Gravestone at St Mary’s Churchyard, Wotton-under-Edge:

 ‘Julia, daughter of Daniel and Hannah Terrett of Kingswood, died January 17th 1859, aged 20 years. Daniel Terrett of Kingswood who died February 7th 1876, aged 67 years. Also Hannah his wife who died on February 11th 1879, aged 73.’


5. JOSEPH TERRETT, Great II Uncle

Joseph was baptised on 14th February 1841 at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church with his cousin Mary Jane Lacey.

The 1841 census records him as being at home in Coombe and aged six-months-old. Ten years later he was at home and described as an eleven-year-old scholar, born in Wotton-under-Edge. In the 1861 census he was still living at home with his parents and two younger brothers. He was described as a twenty-year-old engineer smith, born in Wotton-under-Edge.

On 23rd May 1863 he married Mary Ann Jenkins at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. Mary Ann was the daughter of Nicholas Jenkins, a shepherd, and she born at Woodway, Oldbury-on-the-Hill, in about 1840.

Turning back to the 1851 census we find Nicholas Jenkins living at Woodway, Oldbury-on-the-Hill. He was described as a forty-seven-year-old shepherd born in Shipton Moyne. His wife, Mary, was forty-seven and born at Cold Ashton. With them were James, aged nineteen years, an agricultural labourer, born at Knockdown and William aged six years, born at Knockdown. Mary-Anne was aged nine in the census return and was staying with William Sessions in Didmarton Village. Her place of birth was given as Sherston.

Joseph Terrett was living at Abbey Street, Kingswood, with his parents in the 1871 census and was described as a married thirty-year-old millwright, born in Wotton-under-Edge. His wife and eldest son were staying at Knockdown Road, Oldbury-on-the-Hill with his parents-in-law. Nicholas Jenkins was then a sixty-eight-year-old shepherd, born at Shipton Moyne. His wife, Mary Anne was also aged sixty-eight-years and born at Cold Ashton. Their cottage was two away from Woodway House. Mary Anne Terrett, their daughter, was described as a twenty-nine-year-old married woman born at Knockdown. William J. Terrett was aged six years and born at Oldbury-on-the-Hill.

Joseph Terrett was present at the time of the deaths of both of his parents in the years 1876 and 1879.

In the 1881 census Joseph Terrett and his wife were living at the Crown Inn, Kingswood. Joseph was described as a forty-year-old millwright and Beer Retailer, born in Wotton. Mary. A.Terrett, his wife, was also aged forty years and born in Woodway, Gloucestershire. Their children at home included Albert, a five-year-old scholar; Bessie aged three years and Walter aged one year. All were born in Kingswood. An 1885 director described him as a beer retailer of Kingswood.

2632 THE LONDON GAZETTE, MAY 15, 1891.

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore existing between William Terrett, Joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett, and Henry Terrett, carrying on business as Millwrights and General Machinists, at Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, in the county of Gloucester, under the name or style of Terrett Brothers, is dissolved as from the 25th day of March, 1891. The said Joseph Terrett retires from the business, which will in future be carried on by the said William Terrett, Daniel Terrett, and Henry Terrett, under the name or style of Terrett Brothers.—Dated this 24th day of April, 1891.

WILLIAM TERRETT. DANIEL TERRETT. JOSEPH TERRETT. HENRY TERRETT.

In 1891 Joseph Terrett was living at Abbey House, Kingswood. He was described as a fifty-one-year-old millwright, born in Wotton. Mary Anne was also aged fifty-one-years and born in Woodway. Their children included Bessie aged fifteen; Walter an eleven-year-old scholar; Louisa a nine-year-old scholar and Julia, a four-year-old scholar. All four were born in Kingswood.

Joseph Terrett died on 30th June 1895 at the age of fifty-four-years and was buried at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood, on 4th July 1895.

Dursley Gazette 6th July 1895:

After an illness of 3 or 4 years, the cause being paralysis, the death of Mr. Joseph Terrett, a member of the firm of Terrett Bros, Engineers, of Kingswood took place on Sunday. It is not long since the death of the eldest of the four brothers, William, occurred.

The memorial stone in the churchyard reads: ‘In Loving Memory of Joseph Terrett died on 30th June 1895, aged fifty-four-years, also of Joseph, son of the above, who died on 1st December 1890 aged seven years’

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The family seems to have left Kingswood and it is possible that the sale of the Abbey Gateway and adjoining cottage to the parish in 1897 by Terrett Bros. was associated with their departure.

Extract from the Sale Papers of Terrett Bros in 1920:

And whereas the said Joseph Terrett by his will dated the 24th day of August 1894 appointed the said William James Terrett and Theophilus Tandy to be Executors and Trustees thereof and devised and bequeathed all his real and personal estate unto the said W.J. Terrett and T. Tandy their executors administrators and assigns upon trust for sale and con… as thereto maintained. And whereas the said Joseph Terrett died on the 1st day of July 1895 without having altered or revoked his said will which was duly proved by the executors on the 15th day of July 1895 in the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice.

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In 1911 the family was living in six rooms at No 1 Albert Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan. This was in the Miskin Ward, ecclesiastical parish of St John and civil parish of Llanwonno. Mary Ann, aged seventy-two-years, was head of the household and was described as a widow, with eight children, two had died since birth, and she was born in Knockdown (?) in Gloucestershire. Living with her were her children – William James aged forty-six-years, a single, stoker (boilers) in a colliery (worker), born at Didmarton, Gloucestershire; Walter aged thirty-one-years, a single stoker (boilers) in a colliery (worker) born in Kingswood and Julia aged twenty-four-years, single and born at Kingswood

Joseph Terrett’s widow died in about 1924.

Their eight children:

1. WILLIAM JAMES TERRETT 

William James Terrett was born during the second quarter of 1864 in Tetbury Registration District at Woodway, Oldbury-on-the-Hill. At the time of the 1871 census he and his mother were staying with his grandparents at Woodway. He was described as their six-year-old grandson.  William was later an engineer of Wales. He was best man at his brother Albert’s wedding at Kingswood in 1888. The family followed their brother William to Wales as it is said that there was very little work in Kingswood at that time. William was executor of his father’s will with Theophilus Tandy.

In 1911 the family was living in six rooms at No 1 Albert Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan. This was in the Miskin Ward, ecclesiastical parish of St John and civil parish of Llanwonno. Mary Ann, aged seventy-two-years, was head of the household and was described as a widow, with eight children, two had died since birth, and born in Knockdown (?) in Gloucestershire. Living with her were her children – William James aged forty-six-years, a single, stoker (boilers) in a colliery (worker), born at Didmarton, Gloucestershire; Walter and Julia.

In 1930 they sent a wreath to Ellen Jones’s funeral – ‘Will, Walt and Lottie (Mountain Ash).

Walter Terrett of 32 Bailey Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, died on 14th January 1932. Probate was granted at Llandaff on 5th February to William James Terrett, colliery stoker, and Louisa Terrett, spinster. Effects valued at £286-12-4d.

  1. (?) JULIA TERRETT

An eighth child was mentioned in the 1911 census return as having died before that date. A Julia Terrett was born in Dursley Registration District in last quarter of 1871 and died during the second quarter of 1882 aged twelve years. Julia was certainly a family name.

  1. ALBERT TERRETT

Albert Terrett was born on 7th December 1875 (? but registered during the first quarter of 1876 in Dursley Registration District) and baptised on 5th March 1876 at Kingswood. In the 1881 census return he was described as at home and a five-year-old scholar born in Kingswood. He married Lucy Ethel Terrett, sister of William Edward Terrett Lucy was born on 11th January 1888 and baptised at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood, on 1st April in that year.

In the 1891 census her father Henry was a publican and millwright of the Star Inn, Kingswood. He was aged forty-years. His wife, Ellen, was aged twenty-eight-years and born at Earthcott. Ethel was aged three years and born in Kingswood. In the 1901 census she was at home, aged thirteen years and born in Kingswood. She married her first cousin, Albert Terrett on 29th September 1909 at Kingswood.

Albert Terrett joined the Hong Kong Police in 1897. He was killed in the execution of his duty in 1919 on his way to Canton to make an arrest. When he died he held the rank of Detective Chief Inspector.

Ethel Terrett lived in Bath and died on 8th October 1961. (2nd October 1971 at Solihull aged 83 years?)

The local newspaper reports:

‘Interesting Wedding at Kingswood, Terrett-Terrett. An interesting and pretty wedding took place at St Mary’s Parish Church, Kingswood, on Wednesday, Sept 29th, when the officiating clergyman was the Rev. C.R. Cottell, who united in holy wedlock, Mr Albert Terrett (Detective Sergeant. of the China Police) and second son of the late Mr Joseph Terrett of Kingswood, and Miss Ethel Lucy Terrett, 3rd daughter of the late Mr. H. Terrett, Kingswood (both being of the family of the well-known engineering firm of Terrett Bros.) The bride, who was given away by her brother, Mr Frederick Henry Terrett, was charmingly attired in an Empire Gown of Chinese Crepe Silk, with train of similar material, the trimming being guipure lace, with pearl, silver and gallon finish. She wore an embroidered tulle veil and a wreath of orange blossoms, while she also carried a beautiful shower bouquet of roses, lilies, fern, etc., the gift of the bridegroom. She was attended by two bridesmaids, these were Miss Maud Alice Terrett (sister of the bride), and Miss Louisa Terrett (sister of the bridegroom). Both were prettily dressed in pale blue satin striped delaine, trimmed with Peau-de-Soie silk, lace and passementerie, with hats to match both dresses and trimming. They carried bouquets of roses, sweet peas, and maiden-hair fern, and wore novel gold brooches, the gifts of the bridegroom. The duties of best man were undertaken by Mr. William Terrett (brother of the bridegroom). There was an exceedingly large congregation to witness the nuptials, both families being very well known, while there was also a large number of guests.

Upon leaving the Church the bridal party was liberally showered. They were at once driven to the home of the bride’s mother at The Chipping, Kingswood, where a large number of guests sat down at the wedding breakfast, and after the usual good wishes, and receiving many hearty congratulations, Mr and Mrs Terrett left for a tour in the South of England, via Weymouth, where they arranged to spend the first week of the honeymoon. The bride’s travelling dress was of saxe blue cloth trimmed with black silk and black ouida, with hat to match. She also wore a Chinese silver waistband, the gift of the bridegroom. After their tour, Mr and Mrs Terrett who were the recipients of about 100 presents of a useful and costly variety, will return to Kingswood, and then leave for their future home, which will be at Hong Kong, China.’

Provisional List
Hong Kong Police Deaths in the Course of Duty (1841-1941)

Albert TERRET* Detective Inspector 5.6.1919 Drowned in the East River, Guangdong, whilst on the way to Ho Yuen, to locate a suspect

Inscriptions for cemetery sections 17-47

This list was compiled by Patricia Lim with the help of Cliff Atkins. It is part of the research for Patricia’s recently released book, Forgotten Souls: A Social History of the Hong Kong Cemetery. Thank you to Patricia for generously letting us publish the list so that everyone interested in Hong Kong’s history can benefit from it.

1—/01/02- In loving remembrance/ of/ Albert Terrett/ native of Kingswood/ Gloucestershire/ late detective inspector of/ Hong Kong Police Force/ who was drowned in the East River/ near Waichow/ June 4th 1919/ aged 43 years/ Sleep on our loved one and face thy rest/ we loved thee well/ but Jesus loved thee best/ erected by his loving wife CEW & Co. Ltd. # 8360HK

On January 22, 1918, the violent deaths of five police officers shocked Hong Kong, in one of the most sensational incidents to have ever taken place in the territory.

Commonly referred to as the “Siege of Gresson Street”, this description does not fully reflect the scope of the encounter. Initiated by an apparently routine execution of a search warrant to locate the proceeds of an inside robbery, it led to a running gun battle through the streets of Wanchai, before the remaining culprits were surrounded in their lair, at No. 6 Gresson Street. In the aftermath, five Police Officers were dead, including Detective Inspector Mortimer O’Sullivan, Detective Sergeant A87 Henry Goscombe Clarke, Detective Constable C88 Kwong Kui, Detective Constable C29 Kwong Sang and Police Constable B402 Moola Singh. Five other Police Officers were wounded. Three of the culprits were killed and another shot and apprehended. A number of bystanders were also injured.

The siege phase of the incident was remarkable for a number of things. Firstly, and probably for the only time, a Governor of Hong Kong attended a crime scene and personally negotiated with a barricaded and armed suspect. Sir Francis Henry May had, of course, served as the Captain Superintendent of Police between 1893 and 1901. Secondly, the Royal Garrison Artillery was used to “bomb” out the last member of the gang, who had refused to surrender. The full story of this incident has yet to be told, with many of the details lost with the destruction of Force records during World War II.

The grandsons of Sergeant Henry Goscombe Clarke visited the Force in January. Simon Clarke from England was visiting his brother Dennis who lives and works in Hong Kong. The family has extensive links with the Force. Their father Goddard Goscombe Clarke joined the Force in the 1930s (and was posted to the current Wanchai Police Station just after it was built), as did their uncle Jack Goddard. They visited Gresson Street, Wanchai Police Station, and the vacated Central Police Station complex. They also met retired Senior Superintendent, Wally Scragg who had been interned in Stanley Internment Camp (where Dennis was born) with their father and uncle during WWII. Their grandfather is buried in the Hong Kong Cemetery in Happy Valley. They also have a brother who did not survive internment, and is buried in Stanley Military Cemetery.

Also on hand to meet the Clarke family at Central Police Station were Inspector Wally Murison of Marine Police Headquarters, the grandson of Chief Detective Inspector William Murison, and Dominic Stead, currently living and working in Hong Kong, who is the great-grandson of Chief Inspector (later Assistant Superintendent) James Kerr. Chief Inspectors Murison and Kerr both received King’s Police Medals at a presentation ceremony in Central Police Station on July 8 1921 from H.E. the Governor Sir Reginald Edward Stubbs. At that time, they were the only two Chief Inspectors in the Force. Both had joined in the 1890s, and had risen through the ranks. William Murison who took part in the investigation into the Gresson Street case, retired in 1923. James Kerr had an eventful career, with Police Launch 4 sinking under him in 1896, as well as being in command of the Fire Brigade in 1918, at the time of the fire that destroyed the Jockey Club stands in Happy Valley killing over 600 people. He was the first officer in the Force to rise from the rank of Constable to Assistant Superintendent, and retired in 1925 when he was in command of the Water Police.

(Article contributed by Mr Richard Morgan, member of Force Museum Advisory Committee)

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Photo: Hong Kong Police detective staff in 1914: (front row left to right) Sergeant Pincott, Sergeant Mills (wounded at Gresson Street), unknown, Inspector William Murison, Chief Detective Inspector Collett, Inspector Albert Terrett; (second row left to right) Sergeant Murphy, Sergeant Henry Goscombe Clarke (killed at Gresson Street), Sergeant Reynolds, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Sergeant Kendall.

  1. BESSIE KNIGHT

Bessie of Bessy Terrett was born during the last quarter of 1877 in the Dursley Registration District and baptised on 9th June 1878 at Kingswood. She was described as three-years-old and born at Kingswood in the 1881 census return. In 1891 she was aged fifteen years and born in Kingswood. She became the wife of Edgar Daniel Knight during the first quarter of 1903 in Merthyr Tydfil Registration District.

In 1911 Bessie and Edgar Knight were living in six rooms at 11 Hughes Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash. Bessie was described as thirty-three-years-old and born at Kingswood had been married for eight years and of their four children two were still alive. Edgar Daniel was aged thirty-two-years, working as a Fitter (Surface  Colliery) and born at Mountain Ash. Children included Doris aged five years and Eric aged two years, both were born in Mountain Ash. Living with them was Charles Meredith, a fitter’s labourer in the Colliery from Hereford.

  1. WALTER TERRETT

Walter Terrett was a bachelor. He was born in the third quarter of 1879 in Dursley Registration District and baptised on 7th September 1879 at Kingwood. In the 1881 census he was at home, aged one year, and born at Kingswood. In 1891 he was described as an eleven-year-old scholar, born at Kingswood.

In 1911 the family was living in six rooms at No 1 Albert Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan. This was in the Miskin Ward, ecclesiastical parish of St John and civil parish of Llanwonno. Mary Ann, aged seventy-two-years, was head of the household and was described as a widow, with eight children, two had died since birth, and born in Knockdown (?) in Gloucestershire. Living with her were her children – William James; Walter aged thirty-one-years, a single stoker (boilers) in a colliery (worker) born in Kingswood and Julia.

He became an engineer in Wales. In 1930 he sent a wreath to Ellen Jones’s funeral – ‘Will, Walt and Lottie (Mountain Ash).

Walter Terrett of 32 Bailey Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, died on 14th January 1932. Probate was granted at Llandaff on 5th February to William James Terrett, colliery stoker, and Louisa Terrett, spinster. Effects valued at £286-12-4d.

  1. LOUISA TERRETT

Louisa Terrett, a spinster, was born during the third quarter of 1881 in Dursley Registration District and baptised on 29th May 1887 at Kingswood. In the 1891 census Louisa was at home, aged nine years, a scholar and born in Kingswood. She died in about 1967. In 1930 they sent a wreath to Ellen Jones’s funeral – ‘Will, Walt and Lottie (Mountain Ash).

Walter Terrett of 32 Bailey Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, died on 14th January 1932. Probate was granted at Llandaff on 5th February to William James Terrett, colliery stoker, and Louisa Terrett, spinster. Effects valued at £286-12-4d.

  1. JOSEPH TERRETT

Joseph Terrett was born during the third quarter of 1883 in Dursley Registration District and was baptised on 29th May 1887 at Kingswood. He died on 1st  December 1890 aged seven years. He was buried at Kingswood on 13th December 1890.

  1. JULIA TERRETT, cousin of William Edward Terrett

Julia Terrett was born during the second quarter of 1887 in the Dursley Registration District and was baptised on 29th May 1887 at Kingswood. In the 1891 census return she was at home, aged four years and born at Kingswood. In 1911 the family was living in six rooms at No 1 Albert Street, Miskin, Mountain Ash, Glamorgan. This was in the Miskin Ward, ecclesiastical parish of St John and civil parish of Llanwonno. Mary Ann, aged seventy-two-years, was head of the household and was described as a widow, with eight children, two had died since birth, and born in Knockdown (?) in Gloucestershire. Living with her were her children – William James; Walter and Julia aged twenty-four-years, single and born at Kingswood.


6. DANIEL TERRETT, Infant Great II Uncle

Daniel was baptised on 7th May 1843 at Wotton Parish Church with his cousin Henry Ratcliffe Lacey. Daniel was buried on 15th November 1844 aged one year and eight months. By this time the family were living at Kingswood.


  1. DANIEL TERRETT, Great II Uncle 

Daniel Terrett was baptised on 31st May 1846 at Wotton Parish Church. He first appears in the 1851 census as a five-year-old scholar, at home, and was born at Kingswood. In the 1861 census he was recorded as being fifteen-years-old and living at home with his parents and brothers Joseph and Henry. His occupation was given as Engineer Smith and his place of birth as Kingswood.

On 29th October 1870 he married Ann Woodward at Kingswood. The marriage certificate described the bridegroom as Daniel Terrett aged twenty-three-years, a bachelor and millwright of Kingswood, son of Daniel Terrett a millwright. His bride Ann Woodward was aged nineteen-years, a spinster of Kingswood, and daughter of Thomas Woodward a labourer. They both signed their names and the witnesses were Henry Terrett, Henry Eatwell, Caroline Woodward and Sarah Eatwell. Henry Eatwell and Caroline Woodward were both first cousins of the bride.

Ten years later Ann’s first cousin, Ellen Smith, was to become a servant in the home of Dan’s brother, Henry Terrett, and later she became his wife. Then the Terrett brothers had wives who were first cousins.

In the 1871 census he was living at Charfield Road, Kingswood. He was described as being twenty-four-years-old millwright, born at Wotton-under-Edge (check!). He was living with his nineteen-year-old wife, Ann, who was born in Lower Stone. Two doors away were William and Bedela Terrett.

In the 1881 census Daniel and Ann were living at the Star Inn, Kingswood. He was described as a thirty-five-year-old millwright and beer retailer. Ann was twenty-eight-years-old and born in Stone. Their children included Harry aged nine; Ellen aged eight; Daniel aged four and Alice aged three years. All were described as scholars born in Kingswood.

At the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee (1897), the Abbey gatehouse and cottage at Kingswood were offered by Messrs Terrett Brothers for around £130 to a Jubilee Memorial Trust. In the event, a sum of £80 was raised and accepted on the condition that the property was held in trust as a parish property and regularly used for meetings of the Parish Council.

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In the directories Daniel Terrett is described as a beer retailer in 1879 and again in 1889.

2632 THE LONDON GAZETTE, MAY 15, 1891.

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore existing between William Terrett, Joseph Terrett, Daniel Terrett, and Henry Terrett, carrying on business as Millwrights and General Machinists, at Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, in the county of Gloucester, under the name or style of Terrett Brothers, is dissolved as from the 25th day of March, 1891. The said Joseph Terrett retires from the business, which will in future be carried on by the said William Terrett, Daniel Terrett, and Henry Terrett, under the name or style of Terrett Brothers.—Dated this 24th day of April, 1891.

WILLIAM TERRETT. DANIEL TERRETT. JOSEPH TERRETT. HENRY TERRETT.

In the 1891 census Daniel and Ann were living at Walk Mills, next to the Dog and Badger Public House. Daniel was described as a forty-five-year-old millwright born in Kingswood. Ann was aged thirty-nine-years and born in Stone. Their children at home included Henry, aged twenty-years, a millwright; Daniel aged fourteen years, a mill hand; Alice aged thirteen, a scholar; Edward aged five years, a scholar and Sidney, aged two years. All the children were born in Kingswood.

In the 1901 census Daniel Terrett was at Walk Mills. He was described as a fifty-five-year-old millwright of Kingswood. His wife Ann was aged forty-eight-years and born in Stone. Their children included Alice aged twenty-three; Edward, a fifteen-year-old apprentice and Sidney aged twelve years. All three were born in Kingswood. Living with them was their grand-daughter, Florence Winifred Wyatt, aged four years, who was born in Charfield.

In 1906 Dan and Ann Terrett (or his son Dan) were living at the New Inn, Kingswood. They then moved to Sunny Bank at Wotton-under-Edge.

At the time of the 1911 census Daniel Terrett Sen. Was living in six rooms at Sunny Bank, the Butts, Wotton-under-Edge. He was described as aged sixty-five-years. He had been married for forty years and four of his eight children were still alive. He was described as a millwright and as an employer and born at Kingswood, Wotton-under-Edge. His wife Ann was aged fifty-nine-years and born at Stone. Their daughter Alice was aged thirty-two-years, was single and at home. She was born in Kingswood.

On 5th July 1918 he made his will:

The Will of Daniel Terrett:

 

‘The Last Will and Testament of Daniel Terrett, late of Kingswood and now of Sunny Bank, Wotton-under-Edge, retired Machinist. I appoint my dear wife Ann, my sons Henry, Daniel and Edward, and my daughter Alice to be my executors.

To my grand daughter, Florence Winifred Wyatt, the child of my late daughter Ellen, a legacy of £100 free of all duty. My freehold house, Sunny Bank, with garden, land adjoining and I give and bequeath my furniture, goods, chattels and effects to my Trustees to allow my said wife and daughter to have the beneficial use and occupation during their joint lives, and if my wife dies then the house, land etc to my said daughter absolutely. If my daughter dies my wife has the use to the end of her life. If she dies the property shall be part of the residuary estate and dealt with as here. Westfield Cottages, Charfield, a quarter share in other Kingswood properties, ordinary shares in Arnold Perret & Co Ltd, and anything else I own, to my Trustees, to convert into money, to pay my dues, and then, the residuary estate be divided between my said wifeand my said children Henry, Daniel, Edward and Alice provided that if any die, their children shall equally share the legacy intended for their said parents, at the age of 21. Witness my hand 5th July 1918. H. Goldingham, Solicitor and G.E. Jobbins.

Codicil 1st: In my will I gave my West View Cottages at Charfield and other real and personal property, to my Trustees. I now revoke the will so far as West View Cottages only is concerned; the same to be devised to the Trustees to permit my wife Ann Terrett to receive all benefits during her lifetime. Upon her decease, to form part of my residuary estate to be dealt with as before. In all other respects I confirm my will. 23rd August 1920. H. Goldingham Solicitor and John Grimes, Farmer.’

Daniel Terrett died on 25th August 1920 at Sunnybank, Wotton-under-Edge, aged seventy-four-years. He was the last of the Terrett brothers.

Dursley Gazette 28th August 1920:

 

Death of Mr. Dan. Terrett. The death occurred at Sunnybank, The Butts, Wotton-under-Edge on Wednesday of Mr. Dan Terrett, who succumbed to the effects of a seizure on the previous day. Mr. Terrett, who was 74, leaves a widow, daughter and 3 sons.

He belonged to a well-known local family, being the eldest surviving son of the late Mr. Dan Terrett, formerly wheelwright and engineer of Kingswood. The business still carries on and has been run by the family of upwards of a century. Mr Terrett retired about 15 years ago, since when he has resided at Sunnybank his later years of retirement, however, having been somewhat marred by infirmity. He was held in high esteem throughout a wide district. Mr. Terrett’s loss will be keenly felt. The funeral has been fixed for Tuesday afternoon at Kingswood Church.

Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic Saturday, September 4th 1920

Berkeley Vale Gleanings

A well-known resident of Wotton-under-Edge passed away in the person of Mr. Daniel Terrett, who succumbed to the effects of a seizure. He belonged to an old local family being the eldest surviving son of the late Mr. Dan Terrett, formerly engineer, of Kingswood. The business, still carried on, has been run by the family for upwards of a century. Mr. Terrett retired about 15 years ago since when he has resided at Wotton-under-Edge, his latter years of retirement, however, having been somewhat marred by infirmity.

The memorial stone in Kingswood Churchyard reads ‘In Loving Memory of Daniel Terrett who died on 25th August 1920 aged 74 years also of Ann Terrett, wife of the above, who died 24th February 1927, aged 74 years. Thy will be done. Also, their daughter, Alice, died 3rd February 1961 aged 82 years.’

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Daniel’s will was proved on 22nd October 1920. He was described as a retired machinist and his wife, Ann, and sons – Henry, Daniel and Edward, together with their sister, Alice, were his Trustees.

Ann Terrett, his widow, died on 24th February 1927 aged seventy-four-years. She was then living at ‘The Butts’

In a separate grave their other children – ‘Frank Terrett died 27th April 1876 aged 1 year 10 months, Charles William Terrett aged 29th March 1883 aged 10 months, Ellen Louisa Terrett died 9th April 1900 aged 27 years and Sidney Terrett died 14th October 1901 aged 12 years’

KINGSWOOD, Nr. WOTTON UNDER EDGE

New Inn, 7 Wotton Road

The New Inn was once a tied house of the Forwood Brewery (Playne & Sons), Minchinhampton. Latterly it sold Stroud Brewery Ales. It had an annual rateable value of £8.0s.0d. in 1891 and £9.0s.0d. in 1903. (closing time 10 p.m.). It was valued by the Stroud Brewery for £1,000 in 1900. 

                1906 Terrett

                1919 Thomas Reed

The Stroud News & Journal article adds:

 

‘At Walk Mills ‘English timbers were hauled, cut and converted at the Mill, with power coming from a waterwheel… In the early days, the main work was concerned with water and steam power when the firm manufactured and installed water wheels with wood teeth gearing. This is a craft which has long gone, but one example is still working today at Kilcot Mill where it is used to ground corn. The firm was also well known for its installation of wind pumps and Hydrams – waterwheel pumps – and these can be seen in many parts of the county, where several are still in operation. When steam power was widely used, the firm became involved in steam engines of all types, from agricultural horse-drawn portables to large show engines. After a huge fire demolished the timber mill, the firm moved to Crow Meadow in about 1920 and has traded there until present time.’

Walk Mill later became a coal yard owned by Sid Terrett.

Their eight children:

  1. HENRY TERRETT

Henry Terrett was baptised on 3rd September 1871 at Kingswood. In the 1881 census return Harry Terrett was listed as at home, aged nine years, a scholar, born at Kingswood. In 1891 he was still at home and described as a twenty-year-old millwright, born in Kingswood.

On 28th September 1895 he married Annie Georgianna Cornock at Kingswood. His bride was born in 1871 at Wotton-under-Edge. Her sister, Margaret Cornock, married Frederick Henry Terrett of Kingswood, her husband’s first cousin. In 1896 Henry Terrett was described as a millwright.

In the 1901 census Henry was at Station Road, Wickwar. He was described as a thirty-year-old brewer’s engineer, a worker, born at Kingswood. His wife Annie G. Terrett was aged twenty-eight-years and born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their children at home included Alfred H. aged five and born at Kingswood; Jeffery aged three years and born at Wickwar and Clarence E. aged two months and born at Wickwar.

In 1902 Henry was a brewer’s engineer for Arnold Perrett & Co in Wickwar.

In 1910 he was living at Hillside Villas, Wickwar.

At he time of the 1911 census Henry and his family were living in five rooms at Station Road, Wickwar. He was described as a thirty-nine-year-old Engineer working for a Brewer and born in Kingswood. His wife was aged thirty-seven-years, married for sixteen years with five children one of whom had died. She was born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their children included Alfred Henry, a fifteen-year-old Brewer’s Clerk; Jeffery Herbert a thirteen-year-old Apprentice to Engineering; Ernest Edward (sic) aged nine years a scholar and Daniel Charles aged two years. All the children were born in Wickwar.

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Henry Terrett and his wife outside their shop in Berkeley

In 1927 Henry Terrett was an Ironmonger of 24 Canonbury Street, Berkeley. He died on 27th February 1932 at the age of sixty years and was buried on 2nd March at Berkeley. His widow died at Berkeley on 21st February 1964 aged 92 years.

Extract from ‘Berkeley – A town in the marshes’ by David Tandy (2005):

24 Canonbury Street

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‘Here the advertisement “Terrett and Sons” can be seen painted on the brick work. It was a hardware shop of repute, being run by a Mrs Annie Terrett in 1931 also during and after the Second World War, right up to her death. Parishioners remember as they put it, “That lovely smell of paraffin”! Telephone number in those days was just 17 (Berkeley 17). Her son continued to run it after her death… 1939- H.J. Terrett Engineer and Agricultural Ironmonger’

  1. ELLEN LOUISA WYATT

Ellen Terrett was baptised on 1st June 1873 at Kingswood. In the 1881 census return Ellen was at home, aged eight years, a scholar, born at Kingswood. At the time of the 1891 census she was in service at 147 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, the home of Joseph Almond, a retired iron merchant. She was described as a nineteen-year-old nurse and domestic servant. Her place of birth was given as Kingswood.

She married Rowland Wyatt on 6th April 1896. She died on 9th April 1900 aged twenty-seven-years and was buried on 14th April 1900 at Kingswood.

See blog on ‘Rowland Wyatt, Builder of Sinwell and Kingswood’

  1. FRANK TERRETT

Frank Terrett was baptised on 6th September 1874 at Kingswood and died on 27th April 1875 aged 1 year 10 months. He was buried at Kingswood on 1st May 1875.

  1. DANIEL TERRETT

Dan Terrett was baptised on 6th May 1877 at Kingswood. In the 1881 census return he was aged four years, a scholar, born at Kingswood. In 1891 he was still at home and described as a fourteen-year-old mill hand, born at Kingswood.

On 10th November 1896 he married Emily Wilks at Wotton-under-Edge. She was the daughter of Thomas Wilks, a farmer.

The 1901 census return records Daniel and Emily as living at Park Mill House, Kingswood. He was described as a twenty-four-year-old millwright and farmer, born at Kingswood. He was a worker. His wife was twenty-five-years-old and born at Berkeley. Their children at home included Lily R. M. aged three years and Francis J. aged two years. Both were born at Kingswood.

In 1901 and 1903 Dan was at Park Mill, Wotton-under-Edge. In 1904 Daniel Terrett was listed as an engineer of Park Mill Farm, Kingswood. He or his father may have been at the New Inn, Kingswood, in 1906.  In 1908 and 1912 he was at Walk Mill, Kingswood. In 1925 he was a timber merchant and in 1931 a Farmer of Nind.

In 1911 Daniel and Emily were living in six rooms at the Saw Mills, Kingswood. He was described as a thirty-four-year-old Millwright working in an Ironworks and born at Kingswood. Emily was aged thirty-five, born at Kingswood, married for fourteen years with five children all of whom had survived. Four of these were at home on the night of the census and they were all born in Kingswood. They included Francis Thomas aged twelve and at school; Lucy Wilks aged nine years; Sidney aged seven years and Hannah Emily aged two years.

Daniel Terrett died on 17th January 1931 aged eighty-three-years. His widow, Emily Terrett, died on 30th November 1946 at Culverhay, Wotton, aged seventy years.

The Citizen, Monday January 19 1931

‘Fatal Stumble into Stream – Kingswood Man’s Death – while walking with wife

A sense of profound shock was experienced throughout the Wotton-under-Edge district when it became known that the body of Mr. Dan Terrett, of Nind Bungalow, Kingswood, had been recovered from a stream which runs near his home.

Mr. Terrett, who was 53, was walking home through fields on Saturday evening, and had just been met by his wife near their home. Mrs. Terrett turned to walk with him when he appeared to stumble and the next moment he was in the stream. The night was pitch dark, and there was no protecting hedge. Mrs. Terrett summoned help, but the body was not recovered until P.S. Cook and P.C. Rylands arrived from Wotton-under-Edge.

Formerly a well-known timber merchant, Mr. Terrett had of late taken over a small holding. Popular to a remarkable degree, he will be greatly missed, while deep sympathy will be extended to the wife and family.

It is assumed that either Mr. Terrett had a seizure and fell-in or that in falling he was rendered unconscious.’

  1. ALICE TERRETT

Alice was baptised on 9th June 1878 at Kingswood. In the 1881 census return she was at home, aged three years and born at Kingswood. In 1891 she was at home aged thirteen years, a scholar, born in Kingswood. In 1901 she was still at home, aged twenty-three-years, and born at Kingswood. She died on 3rd February 1961 aged 82 years.

Harry Grimes wrote in 2004:

‘Dan’s daughter Alice went to live at The Butts Farm with my second cousin Helen Clark after her uncle John Grimes died in 1931. I spent many hours with both Helen and Alice. Helen was the daughter of Esther Grimes who had married Harry Clark. Later on in the sixties I purchased land from Sid Terrett and built an estate of houses, this land had been part of Richings Farm which Sid had purchased. I used to visit Sid and Nina at Woodford.’

  1. CHARLES WILLIAM TERRETT 

 Charles who died on 29th March 1884 aged ten months. He was buried at Kingswood on 4th April 1884.

  1. EDWARD TERRETT

Ted Terrett was baptised on 2nd January 1887 at Kingswood. In the 1891 census he was at home, aged five years, and born at Kingswood. In 1901 he was a fifteen-year-old apprentice, at home and born at Kingswood.

On 22nd August 1906 he married Emma Lippiatt at Kingswood. From 1908 he was at Walk Mills, Kingswood and later worked for F.H. Terrett.

In 1911 Edward and Emma Terrett were living in four rooms at Barleycroft, Walk Mills, Kingswood. He was aged twenty-five-years, married for four years and with three children who had all survived. He was working as a Millwright’s Engineer at an Ironworks. His wife Emma was aged twenty-six-years and born at Thornbury. Their children included Gladys Ellen aged four years, Edward Henry aged three years and Vera Mary aged two years. Father and children were all born in Kingswood.

He died on 17th December 1932 aged 46 years. His wife died on 20th November 1961 aged 76 years at Barleycroft, Kingswood.

  1. SIDNEY TERRETT

Sid Terrett was baptised on 1st September 1889 at Kingswood. In the 1891 census he was at home aged two years and born at Kingswood. In 1901 he was at home, aged twelve years and born at Kingswood. He died on 14th October 1901 aged 12 years. He was buried on 19th October 1901 at Kingswood.

 

HENRY TERRETT, Great Grandfather

Son of Daniel Terrett and Hannah (nee Palser)

Husband of Ellen Smith

Father of William Edward Terrett

Also Husband of Clara Jones

Also Father of Julia, Edith Jane Smith, Annie Louise Werrett, Frederick Henry, Edward Frank, Lucy Ethel Terrett, Alice Maud Herrick, Florence Emily Milner and Sidney George

Henry Terrett was born on 12th December 1849 at Kingswood and he was baptised on 3rd February 1850 at St Mary’s Wotton-under-Edge. He was the eighth child and fifth son of Daniel and Hannah Terrett. His father was an Engineer and his mother a Clothworker of Kingswood. Edward Page registered his birth on 16th January 1850 and the informant was Henry’s mother who made her mark….

For more information see my blog:

Terrett Engineers of Kingswood Part II

https://wp.me/p4BX9P-2ZB

 


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FAMILY CONTACT: btsarnia@gmail.com

 

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