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Peter Park, Farmer of Kingswood

PARK FAMILY OF KINGSWOOD

  


(?) Peter Park I (?)

 

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Thomas Park (1650? – 1723) and Sara Williams (? dates)

of Kingswood

 

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Peter Park II (1686-1747) and Edith (Horwood) (? dates)

of Kingswood

 

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Daniel Horwood Park (1714-1784) and Elizabeth Davis (Richins) (1730-1798)

Farmer of Dayhouse Farm, Kingswood

 

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Peter Park III (1754-1822) and Elizabeth Trotman (1767-1821)

Yeoman of Kingswood

 

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Sarah Park (1806-1859) and Thomas Eley (1794-1864)

Farmer of Lower Morton, Thornbury

 

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James Eley (1836-1874) and Anne Shield (1837-1934)

Farmer of Mireford Farm, Kingswood

 

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Ernest Edward Eley (1869-1950) and Emily Yarnold (1865-1951)

Farmer of Haroldsfield Farm, Kingswood

 

 


 

 

PETER PARK III, Great IV Grandfather of Richard Barton

 

Son of Daniel Horwood Park and Elizabeth

Husband of Elizabeth Trotman

Father of Sarah Eley

 

Also Father of Thomas, Mary Pinnell, Elizabeth Philpott, Rebecca Pitt, Martha Dalton, William, Peter, Peter, Ann Cullimore, Louisa Bell, Hester Knight, John Trotman

 

Peter Park III was baptised on 27th June 1754 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Kingswood. His parents were Daniel Horwood and Elizabeth Park. In 1797 his mother Elizabeth, by then a widow, was living at Dayhouse Farm, Kingswood. Peter Park III was a Yeoman like his father and, at the age of thirty-three years, he married Elizabeth Trotman on 10th February 1788 at Hawkesbury.

Peter and Elizabeth were to bring up thirteen children, four of their sons later being farmers in Kingswood and eight of the daughters married. Only one of the children, the elder Peter, seems to have died in childbirth.

Elizabeth Park died on 16th July 1821 aged fifty-six-years and was buried on 19th July at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. Peter died on 4th July 1822 aged sixty-eight-years and he was buried with his wife on 7th July. They have a fine table-top monument in the churchyard.

‘Sacred to the memory of Peter Park of this parish who departed this life July 4th 1822 aged 68 years. Also of Elizabeth his wife who departed this life July 16th 1821 aged 56 years’


ELIZABETH PARK, Great IV Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of Nicholas Trotman IV and Elizabeth (nee Allen)

Wife of Peter Park III

Mother of Sarah Eley

 

Also Mother of Thomas, Mary Pinnell, Elizabeth Philpott, Rebecca Pitt, Martha Dalton, William, Peter, Peter, Ann Cullimore, Louisa Bell, Hester Knight, John Trotman

Elizabeth Trotman was baptised on 29th January 1767 at Hawkesbury. She was the daughter of Nicholas Trotman IV, a Yeoman of Hawkesbury, and his wife Elizabeth nee Allen. She married Peter Park II at Hawkesbury on 10th February 1788, which meant that she was only twenty-one at the time of her marriage.

Peter and Elizabeth were to bring up thirteen children, four of their sons later being farmers in Kingswood and eight of the daughters married. Only one of the children, the elder Peter, seems to have died in childbirth.

Elizabeth Park died on 16th July 1821, aged fifty-six years and was buried on 19th July at Kingswood.

Their children were Great IV Aunts and Uncles:

 

Notes from Anne Eley of 1917 to her nephew Frank Marling:

 

‘Peter had seven sisters and they all married. John Pinnell’s mother was one. John Bell’s another, Emma Dalton; another but I cannot remember her name just now. She had one daughter dead some years ago. Mrs Dalton’s daughter I don’t know if she is still living. Mrs Bell had two sons and a daughter – all dead. Mrs Pinnell had two daughters Pollie – Mrs Bell and Bessie dead some years. Aunt Pinnell had two sons John and Thomas. I don’t know Thomas dead years ago, left any children and I never knew how many children Aunt Philpotts had. I know Willie the one in London and one of his sisters or I did many years ago’


Their children were Great IV Aunts and Uncles:

Notes from Anne Eley of 1917 to her nephew Frank Marling:

‘Peter had seven sisters and they all married. John Pinnell’s mother was one. John Bell’s another, Emma Dalton; another but I cannot remember her name just now. She had one daughter dead some years ago. Mrs Dalton’s daughter I don’t know if she is still living. Mrs Bell had two sons and a daughter – all dead. Mrs Pinnell had two daughters Pollie – Mrs Bell and Bessie dead some years. Aunt Pinnell had two sons John and Thomas. I don’t know Thomas dead years ago, left any children and I never knew how many children Aunt Philpotts had. I know Willie the one in London and one of his sisters or I did many years ago’

THOMAS PARK, Great IV Uncle

Thomas was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood, on 5th July 1789. On 28th March 1831 he married Elizabeth Hopkins by licence. He farmed Highwood Farm, Kingswood.

In 1841 Thomas Park was farming Highwood Farm, Kingswood, aged fifty years, and his wife Elizabeth was of the same age. With them was John Pinell, described as an agricultural labourer, aged twenty years. This would be his nephew, John Park Pinnell.

The Will of his Uncle, Samuel Trotman, was proved on 4th February 1843 and the estate was valued at less than £1500. The Will had been drawn up in 1842 and in it Uncle Samuel left much of his property to his nephews, the Park Brothers of Kingswood. He gave £400 to his nephew, Thomas Park, so that the interest of it could be used for the benefit of his housekeeper, Elizabeth Williams, during her lifetime. He also left his housekeeper the use of his cottage at Hawkesbury Common, ‘now in the occupation of my tenant Henry Hayward’. After her death the money and the property were to be divided between Thomas, William, Peter and John Park. Samuel Trotman also left his man-servant, Edward Jobson, £6 and ‘the bed, bedstead and bed clothes in his sleeping room’.

He also left his Park nephews the three cottages at Hawkesbury Common in the occupation of James Isaac, Mary Thompson and Robert Ratcliffe with the proviso that three shillings from the rent should go each week to his sister, Sarah Allen. His niece, Louisa Bell, the wife of John Bell, was to receive £40 and all the other property was to be divided amongst the four Park nephews. Thomas and William Park were the executors.

In the 1851 census he was farming 110 acres at Highwood Farm, Kingswood. He was described as aged sixty-two-years and born in Kingswood. His wife Elizabeth was described as aged sixty-seven-years and born in Charfield. They had two servants, Ann Millsom aged twenty-four, a house servant, from Old Sodbury and Thomas White, aged sixteen, a general servant, from Wickwar.

In 1861 Thomas Park was farming 110 acres at Highworth Farm at Kingswood with one labourer. Thomas was aged seventy-two-years and born at Kingswood. His wife Elizabeth was aged seventy-seven-years and born at Charfield. Also recorded was a sixteen-year-old dairymaid.

On 25th September 1862 Thomas made his own will leaving property to his nephew John Peter Trotman Park, making provision for his wife and a legacy of £20 to Thomas Pinnell.

On Sunday 28th November 1869 P.C. Riddiford recorded in his diary:

‘Patrolled Kingswood. Visited Public and Beerhouses and attended Church and Chapel Yards during Divine Service…

Night Duty. Patrolled over the Wotton and Breakheart Hills to the Dursley Station with a report of an outbreak of the Foot and Mouth disease on Mr. Thomas Park’s Farm at Highwood’ (1993.176.2 Wotton Heritage Centre)

In the 1871 census return Thomas Park was described as a farming one hundred acres with a man, a girl and a boy at Highwood Farm, Kingswood. He was described as aged eighty-two-years. His wife Elizabeth was aged eighty-seven-years, born at Charfield. Their niece, Emma Dalton, aged thirty-one-years and born in Middlesex was living with them as an attendant.

According to probate records Thomas Park, late of the parish of Kingswood, yeoman, died on 17th January 1873 at Kingswood and was buried at Kingswood. The will was proved at Gloucester on 25th March 1873 by Peter Park, farmer and brother of the deceased, one of the executors. His estate was valued at less than £600.

In his will Thomas Park refers to the property at Hawkesbury Common which he had received in part from the estate of his uncle, Samuel Trotman. He also makes provision for his widow, leaves £20 to his nephew Thomas Pinnell and divides his estate amongst his family: a tenth to Hester Knight (sister); a tenth to William Park (brother); a tenth to Rebecca Pitt (sister; a tenth to Thomas and James Eley between them (nephews); a tenth to Martha Dalton (sister); a quarter of a tenth to the three children of his late nephew Isaac Philpotts and three quarters of a tenth between William, Alfred and Henry Philpotts (nephews); a tenth to Louisa Bell (sister); a tenth to Peter Park (brother); a tenth to John Park (brother) and a tenth to John and Thomas Pinnell, children of late Mary Pinnell (nephews).Peter and John Park, his brothers, were to be the executors.

Thomas Park’s widow, Elizabeth, was buried with him at Kingswood on 29th April 1879 aged seventy five years (surely ninety-five??).

According to probate records Elizabeth Park, late of Kingswood, widow, died on 24th April 1879 at Kingswood and administration was granted on 1st July1879 at Gloucester to Charles Witts, of Charfield, gentleman and nephew and one of the next of kin. Her estate was valued under £50.


MARY PINNELL, Great IV Aunt

Mary Park was baptised on 20th May 1793 at Kingswood and died before her brother, John’s will of 1873. She married Pinnell and had two sons.

Their children were cousins of James Eley IV, Great II Grandfather:

JOHN PARK PINNELL, cousin of James Eley IV

John Park Pinnell was born in about 1816 at Wotton-under-Edge.

In 1841 his uncle Thomas Park was farming Highwood Farm, Kingswood, aged fifty years, and his wife Elizabeth was of the same age. With them was John Pinell, described as an agricultural labourer, aged twenty years. This would be his nephew, John Park Pinnell.

He married Elizabeth Limbrick during the second quarter of 1845 at Bristol.

In 1851 they were farming 64 acres at Culls Farm, Yate with one labourer. He was described as married, aged thirty-six-years, and born at Wotton-under-Edge. His wife Elizabeth was aged thirty and born at Hawkesbury. Their daughter Mary Ann was aged four years and born at Kingswood.

In 1861 he was farming 155 acres with two men and two boys at Culls Farm, Yate. He was described as aged forty-five-years and born in Wotton-under-Edge. His wife Elizabeth was aged forty-three-years and born in Kingswood. His two daughters were Mary-Ann, aged fourteen years and born in Kingswood and Elizabeth, aged five years and born in Yate.

Their daughter Mary Ann Bell was a beneficiary in her Great Aunt Ruth Park’s will.

In the 1871 census return John Park Pinnell was farming two hundred acres with four men and a boy at Upper Barns Farm, Kingswood. He was then fifty-five-years-old and his wife Elizabeth was fifty-two. Their daughter Elizabeth Pinnell was now sixteen-years-old. Staying with them was his grandson, John W. Bell, aged two years and born at Luckington.

In 1881 John Park Pinnell was staying with his daughter, Mary-Ann Bell, and his son-in-law, Thomas Bell, at Huntingford Farm, Wotton-under-Edge. He was described as a sixty-five-year-old retired farmer who was born in Wotton-under-Edge.

According to probate records John Park Pinnell, of Huntingford, Wotton-under-Edge, farmer, died on 14th March 1888. Administration was granted at Gloucester on 23rd January 1909 to Mary Ann Bell, widow. His effects were valued at £80.

Their children were second cousins of Ernest Edward Eley:

Mary-Ann Bell was born in the last quarter of 1846 at Kingswood. In the 1861 census return she was at home, aged fourteen years and born at Hawkesbury (?).

Mary Ann married Thomas Bell son of her aunt Louisa Bell, nee Park. This meant that Mary-Ann was the daughter of Thomas Bell’s cousin. Thomas Bell was born in about 1843 at Luckington and baptised there on 1st January 1844. In the 1851 census return he was at home and described as nine-years-old and born at Luckington. In the 1861 census he was described as seventeen-years-old, doing farm work and born at Luckington. In the 1871 census Thomas Bell was farming 84 acres with a man and a boy at Huntingford Farm, Wotton-under-Edge. Thomas Bell was described as twenty-seven-years-old and born in Luckington. Mary Ann was aged twenty-four-years and born in Kingswood. Their children were Edward Thomas Bell, aged one year and born in Wotton-under-Edge and Francis George Bell who was nine months old and born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their servants included Jane Bennett, a seventeen-year-old dairymaid and domestic servant born in Dursley and Fanny Palmer, an eleven-year-old housemaid from Luckington. On the night of the census their son, John W. Bell, was staying at Upper Barns Farm, Kingswood, with his grandfather, John Park Pinnell. Thomas Bell was an Executor and Trustee of James Eley’s estate from 1874. His daughter, Louisa Elizabeth Bell was buried on 24th December 1874 having died at Huntingford Farm, aged two years and four months. Thomas Bell was mentioned in his Uncle William Park’s will in 1876. In the 1881 census return Thomas Bell was farming eighty acres at Huntingford Farm with one man. He was described as a thirty-three-year-old born in Luckington and his wife Mary Ann was born in Kingswood. Their children were John William, a twelve-year-old scholar, born in Luckington; Thomas Edward, aged eleven years and born in Wotton; Francis G. aged ten years and born in Wotton and Maud Mary, aged three years and born in Wotton. With them was John Park Pinnell, Thomas Bell’s first cousin and father-in-law. He was described as a sixty-five-year-old retired farmer, born in Wotton. In 1891 the family was still at Huntingford. Thomas was described as a forty-seven-year-old farmer, born at Luckington, Wiltshire. Mary A. his wife was aged forty-four and born at Kingswood. The children included John W. aged twenty-four and born at Luckington; Thomas E. aged twenty one, born at Huntingford – both farmer’s sons. The girls who were all born at Huntingford included Maud M. aged thirteen, Amy B. aged eight and Elsie M. aged six. In the 1901 census return Thomas Bell was still farming Huntingford Farm. He was described as aged fifty-eight-years and born at Luckington. Mary-Ann was aged fifty-four-years and born in Kingswood. Their children were Edward, aged thirty-one-years; Blanche aged seventeen-years and Elsie aged fifteen years. All three were born at Huntingford. A Thomas Bell died in Dursley Registration District during the third quarter of 1903 aged fifty-nine-years. Mary Ann Bell was buried at Kingswood and died on 10th October 1917. According to probate records Mary Ann Bell of Huntingford, Wotton-under-Edge, widow, died on 10th October 1917. Probate was granted to Albert John Werrett, Farmer. Her effects were valued at £1158-3-8d. Their children included John William Bell who was born in about 1868 at Luckington. In the 1871 census return he was aged two years and was staying with his grandfather, John Park Pinnell at Upper Barns Farm, Kingswood. In the 1881 census John William was described as at home, a twelve-year-old scholar, born in Luckington. Edward Thomas Bell was born in about 1869 at Huntingford. He was at home for the 1871 census return and was described as one-year-old and born at Wotton-under-Edge. In 1901 Edward Bell was at home and was described as thirty-one-years-old and born at Huntingford. He died in 1946 at Charfield. He married Patience Mary Weaver and they had three children. Francis George Bell was born in about 1870. In the 1871 census return he was at home, nine-months-old and born at Wotton-under-Edge. He was at home, aged ten years, and born at Wotton for the 1881 census. Louisa Elizabeth Bell was buried on 24th December 1874 having died at Huntingford Farm, aged two years and four months. Maud Mary Bell was born in 1877 at Huntingford. Amy Blanche Bell was born in about 1884 at Huntingford. She was described as seventeen-years-old and born at Huntingford in the 1901 census return. Elsie May Bell was born in about 1886 at Huntingford. She was described as a fifteen-year-old and born at Huntingford in the 1901 census return. She died in 1970.

Elizabeth Pinnell was born in about 1855 at Yate. She was at home at the time of the 1861 census and was described as five-years-old. In 1871 she was again at home and aged sixteen years.

THOMAS PINNELL, cousin of James Eley IV

Thomas Pinnell was born in about 1820. He was staying with his Aunt, Sarah Eley at Lower Morton on the evening of the 1841 census and was described as a twenty-year-old agricultural labourer. In the 1851 census return he was living in Morton tything and working as a labourer. He was married to Harriet, aged thirty-years and born in Falfield. Thomas died before 1918.

According to probate records Thomas Pinnell, late of Thornbury, who died on 6th May 1878 at Thornbury. His will was proved at Gloucester by Harriet Pinnell, of Crossways, Morton, near Thornbury, widow and relict and sole executrix. The estate was valued at under £200.

Their children were second cousins of Ernest Edward Eley:

Albert Thomas Pinnell was born in about 1846. At the time of the 1851 census he was described as aged four years, a scholar, born in Thornbury

John Pinnell was born in about 1848. At the time of the 1851 census he was described as aged two years and born in Thornbury. John Pinnell had died without issue before 1918. Both children were beneficiaries in their Great Aunt Ruth Park’s will.

Mary Ann Allen was a beneficiary in her Great Aunt Ruth Park’s will. On 16th November 1882 John Allen, aged thirty-six-years, a bachelor gardener of Hill married Mary Ann Pinnell, aged twenty-eight-years. She was a spinster of Morton, daughter of Thomas Pinnell, labourer. The witnesses were John Pinnell and Mary Elizabeth Slade.


ELIZABETH PHILPOT(T), Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

Elizabeth Park was baptised on 7th June 1795 at Kingswood and died before her brother, John’s will of 1873. She married William Philpot, a Basket Maker.

At the time of the 1841 census William and Elizabeth were living in the High Street, Thornbury, next to the White Hart. William was aged forty-two-years and Elizabeth was aged forty-seven. They had six children, namely John, a twenty-one-year-old Basket Maker; William a sixteen-year-old Carpenter; Isaac aged fourteen; Alfred aged twelve; Martha aged seven and Henry aged five years.

William Philpott probably died in the second quarter of 1849 in the Thornbury Registration District.

At the time of the 1851 census Elizabeth, a fifty-seven-year-old Widow was working as a Basket Maker at the same premises in the High Street, Thornbury, next to the White Hart. She was described as a native of Kingswood. With her were her seventeen-year-old daughter Martha, a Dressmaker, and her son Henry, a Basket Maker, aged fifteen years. Both of them were born in Thornbury. On the night of the census her son Isaac, a twenty-five-year-old Basket Maker was staying with Thomas Robinson, a Farmer of North Nibley.

Elizabeth probably died during the third quarter of 1852 in the Thornbury Registration District.

See Thornbury Roots: Philpot House, High Street:

We are delighted to find a reference to Philpot the Thornbury basket maker in an article written in 1898 by Joseph Bennet for the Musical Times and Singing Class Circular.  He remembered Philpot as

Their children were cousins of James Eley IV, Great II Grandfather:

WILLIAM PHILPOTT, cousin of James Eley IV

William Philpott was born in about 1825 and was at home for the 1841 census when he was described as a Carpenter. He probably died between the will of his Uncle William Park and the will of his Aunt Ruth. In one of the wills (William’s?) there is suggestion of possible ‘lunacy’.

JOHN PARK  PHILPOTT, cousin of James Eley IV

John Park Philpott was born in about 1819 at Thornbury. He was at home, aged twenty-one-years, and described as a Basket Maker at the time of the 1841 census. In 1851 he was at High Street, Wickwar, running a business as a Basket and Sieve Maker. He was described as thirty-two-years old and born in Thornbury. With him was his servant, Leonard Cordy, an errand boy, born in Wickwar. John probably died before 1861 when his brother Henry seems to have taken over the business.

John made his will on 6th October 1853 and it was proved at London on 23rd June 1855. He was described as a basket maker of Wickwar and he referred to the messuage or dwelling house where he resided together with garden and appurtenances thereto belonging which he had purchased from William Barber. The sole executor was William Park and beneficiaries included his brother William Philpott, his brother Henry Philpott, his brother Alfred Philpott and his sister Martha Philpott who were each to receive one fifth part of his estate. His brother Isaac Philpott was to receive a further fifth less £5 which was to be given to Martha.

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ISAAC PHILPOT(T), cousin of James Eley IV

Isaac Philpott was born in about 1825 at Thornbury. He was at home for the 1841 census and in 1851 he was staying with Thomas Robinson, a forty-five-year-old Farmer of seventy acres at North Nibley. Thomas was a native of Kingswood and his wife, Ann, aged thirty-nine-years was from Yate. Isaac Philpott was described as a twenty-five-year-old Basket Maker, born at Thornbury. With them was John Frape, another visitor, a Game Keeper from Yate.

Isaac married Angelina Cooke during the last quarter of 1853 in Thornbury Registration District. They had three children.

Isaac probably died during the last quarter of 1860 in Thornbury Registration District.

At the time of the 1861 census Angelina Philpott, a thirty-one-year-old Widow, born at Kingswood, was a Basket Maker of  High Street, Thornbury. With her were her three children Elizabeth aged seven years; Ann aged four years and William aged two years. All three were born in Thornbury.

Isaac Philpott certainly died before 1862 leaving three children who were beneficiaries from the estate of their Great Uncle Thomas Park.

Angelina Philpott married James Francis Hitchens in Bridgwater Registration District during the first quarter of 1865.

In 1871 James Francis Hitchens and his wife Angelina were living at 20 London Wall in the parish of St Michael, Bassishaw. He was described as a twenty-seven-year-old poice officer born in Truro and Angelina was aged thirty-three and born at Kingswood, Gloucestershire. With them were Anne Philpot, aged fourteen, born in Thornbury and William John Philpot aged twelve, an errand boy, born at Thornbury. Other children were Elizabeth Helen Hitchens aged four, born Notting Hill; George Hitchens aged two years born in Ironmonger Lane, City and Alfred James Hitchens, aged seven months and born at St Michael’s Bassishaw.

In 1891 James F. Hitchens and his wife Angelina were living at 27 Finsbury Circus. He was a forty-eight-year-old police constable born in Truro. Angelina was aged fifty-two and was born at Lynd (Nind?). With them were their three children George, Susan and Lily.

Angelina died during the final quarter of 1909 in the Holborn Registration District.

William John Philpott and Mrs Annie Mansfield were two of these children and both were named in their Great Aunt Ruth’s will, but Annie Mansfield had died before 1918 when the monies were distributed from it.

I have a photograph of ‘Mrs Philpotts and her three children’ which is probably Angelina and her three children but the youngest child looks rather like a girl!

See Thornbury Roots: 1 Castle  Street:

ALFRED PARK PHILPOTT, cousin of James Eley IV

Alfred Philpott was born in about 1829 at Thornbury. He was at home aged twelve years at the time of the 1841 census. In 1861 Alfred Park Philpot was living with his family at 12 Edward Street, Marylebone, London. He was described as a forty-year-old Gas Fitter, born in Thornbury. With him were his wife Eliza, aged forty, and born in London and their daughter Eliza, aged eight months and born in Marylebone.

In 1871 Alfred was living at 104 Wigmore Street, Marylebone and working as a Gas Engineer, employing three men and a boy. Again he was shown as born in Thornbury. His wife Eliza was aged forty-nine-years; Louisa aged ten years and Emily aged eight years. All three women were born in Marylebone.

In 1881 Alfred was still at the same address in Wigmore Street but was now described as a fifty-three-year-old Ironmonger, born in Thornbury. Eliza was now sixty-one; Louisa P. aged twenty and Emily L. aged eighteen.

Both of Alfred’s children benefited from the will of their Great Aunt Ruth and received special bequests of silver in addition. Eliza received four silver salts and Emily a silver pint cup.

Their children were second cousins of Ernest Edward Eley:

Eliza Louisa Park Philpot was born during the third quarter of 1860 in Marylebone Registration District. She was at home for the censuses from 1861 to 1881 and was shown as eight months, ten and twenty.  She benefited from the will of her Great Aunt Ruth and received special bequests of silver in addition. Eliza received four silver salts. According to probate records Eliza Louisa Park Philpot of 1 Queen Adelaide Villas, Wordsworth Road, Penge, Kent, spinster, died on 5th December 1921. Probate was granted at London on 18th February 1922 to Emily Sarah Soden Philpot, spinster. Her effects were valued at £10,948-13-7d.

Emily Sarah Soden Philpot was born during the second quarter of 1863 in Marylebone Registration District. She was at home for the 1871 and 1881 censuses and was shown as eight years and then eighteen. She benefited from the will of her Great Aunt Ruth and received special bequests of silver in addition. Emily also received a silver pint cup. According to probate records Emily Sarah Soden Philpot of 1 Queen Adelaide Villas, Wordsworth Road, Penge, Surrey, spinster, died on 7th November 1924 at 2 Sydenham Avenue, Sydenham, Kent. Probate was grnated to Arthur Neville Stephens and Richard Henry Stephens, solicitors. Her effects were valued at £25, 320-17-9d.

MARTHA PHILPOTT, cousin of James Eley IV

Martha Philpott was born in about 1833. She was at home at the time of the 1841 census and was aged seven years. She was a beneficiary from the estate of her brother John Park Philpott in 1855.

DANIEL HENRY PHILPOTT, cousin of James Eley IV

(Daniel) Henry Philpott was born in about 1836 at Thornbury. He was at home for the 1841 census and was described as aged five years. In 1851 he was still at home and was a fifteen-year-old Basket Maker.

In 1861 Henry was working as a Basket and Sieve Maker at High Street, Wickwar. He was described in the census return as aged twenty-four-years and born in Thornbury. His wife, Sarah, was aged twenty-two-years and born in Berkeley. Their son Arthur was aged one year and born in Wickwar.

In 1871 they were living in Bradley Street, Wotton-under-Edge. Henry was now a thirty-four-year-old Basket Maker, born in Thornbury and Sarah was aged thirty-three-years and born in Berkeley. Their children included Arthur and eleven-year-old scholar; Edward aged nine years; Mary aged six years; William aged four years and Elizabeth aged two years. All of the children were born in Wickwar.

In 1891 Henry Dan Philpott was an inmate in the County Lunatic Asylum in Wootton, Gloucester. He was described as a fifty-three-year-old basket maker born in Thornbury and a lunatic.

Henry died before 1918. He was mentioned in the wills of his Uncle Thomas and of his Aunt Ruth. William Philpott, presumably his son, was his Administrator.

Their children were second cousins of Ernest Edward Eley:

Arthur Philpott was born in 1860 at Wickwar. He was at home aged one year in the 1861 census and a scholar aged eleven at the time of the 1871 one.

Edward Philpott was born in about 1862 at Wickwar. He was at home for the 1871 census aged nine years

Mary Philpott was born in about 1864 at Wickwar. She was at home for the 1871 census aged six years

William  Philpott was born in about 1866 at Wickwar. He was at home for the 1871 census aged four years. He was probably the administrator of his father’s estate.

Elizabeth Philpott was born in about 1868 at Wickwar. She was at home for the 1871 census aged two years.


REBECCA PITT, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

Rebecca Park was baptised on 6th June 1797 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. She married Thomas Pitt who was born at Hawkesbury.

In 1841 Thomas and Rebecca were living at Oldbury, Thornbury. Thomas was described as a forty-five-year-old carpenter and his wife as the same age. Their daughter Rebecca was aged four years. All were born in Gloucestershire.

In 1851 they were living at Littleton-on-Severn. Thomas was described as a fifty-six-year-old Journeyman carpenter, who was born in Hawkesbury. Rebecca was aged fifty-eight-years and had been born in Kingswood. Their daughter, Rebecca, was fourteen years and born in Thornbury. With them was a lodger Margaret Mullington, a forty-nine-year-old seamstress.

In the 1861 census return Thomas and Rebecca were living at Church Hill, Olveston. Thomas was described as a sixty-three-year-old carpenter born in Hawkesbury. Rebecca was aged sixty-two-years and was described as a sixty-two-year-old laundress, born in Kingswood.

Rebecca Pitt was alive in 1862 and a beneficiary of her brother Thomas Park’s will but had died before her brother William’s will of 1876. A Rebecca Pitt died in Thornbury Registration District during the first quarter of 1865.

In the 1871 census Thomas Pitt was a lodger and carpenter living at Lye Lane, Olveston, with the family of Thomas Baker and agricultural labourer. Thomas Pitt was described as seventy-six-year-old retired carpenter, a widower, born in Hawkesbury.

Thomas Pitt died during the second quarter of 1878 in Thornbury Registration District aged eighty-four-years.

Their child was a cousin of James Eley IV, Great II Grandfather:

REBECCA PITT, cousin of James Eley IV

Rebecca Pitt was aged four in 1841 and fourteen years in the 1851 census. In the 1861 census return she was staying at the home of her aunt, Martha Dalton, in Long Street, Wotton-under-Edge. She was described as a twenty-three-year-old dressmaker who was born in Oldbury. She is not mentioned in her Great Aunt Ruth’s will which may mean that she had died before the will was made.


MARTHA DALTON, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

Martha Park was baptised on 23rd March 1800 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. She married Dalton.

In the 1851 census she was described as a fifty-year-old widow and as a grocer of Long Street, Wotton-under-Edge. She had been born in Kingswood and  was living with her fourteen-year-old daughter, Emma, who had been born in Middlesex, London.

In the 1861 census return for Long Street, Wotton-under-Edge, Martha Dalton was a sixty-one-year-old grocer, born in Kingswood. With her was her thirty-three-year-old daughter, Emma, who was described as a grocer’s daughter, born in St George’s, Middlesex. With them was Martha’s niece, Rebecca Pitt, a twenty-three-year-old dressmaker.

Martha was still alive in 1862 but she had died by 1876 when her brother William made his will. A Martha Dalton died in Dursley Registration District during the first quarter of 1865.

Their child was a cousin of James Eley IV, Great II Grandfather:

EMMA DALTON, cousin of James Eley IV

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Emma Dalton was aged fourteen in the 1851 census and living with her mother at Long Street, Wotton-under-Edge. She had been born in Middlesex. In the 1861 census return for Long Street, Wotton-under-Edge, thirty-three-year-old Emma Dalton was described as a grocer’s daughter, born in St George’s, Middlesex. With Emma was her mother and her cousin, Rebecca Pitt, a twenty-three-year-old dressmaker.

In the 1871 census return her uncle Thomas Park was described as a farming one hundred acres with a man, a girl and a boy at Highwood Farm, Kingswood. He was described as aged eighty-two-years. His wife Elizabeth was aged eighty-seven-years, born at Charfield. Their niece, Emma Dalton, aged thirty-one-years and born in Middlesex was living with them as an attendant.

In 1881 Emma was an unmarried companion of Eliza S. Williams in High Street, Thornbury. Emma was described as forty-years-old and born in Berkeley Square, London.

In 1891 an Emma Dalton was lodging at 3 Hamilton Terrace, St George, Bristol. She was described as spinster of fifty-three-years, a retired laundress, born in Middlesex.

Emma was alive in 1918 and benefited from Great Aunt Ruth’s will. I have a photograph of her.

According to probate records an Emma Dalton of 17 Cambridge Road, Westbury-on-Trym, spinster, died on 14th February 1920 at 26 Belvoir Road, St Andrews, Bristol. Probate was granted on 9th April 1920 to William John Taylor, draper, and Maud Mary Bell, spinster. Effects were valued at £499-17-6d. An Emma Dalton who died during the first quarter of 1920 in Bristol Registration District was aged eighty-three-years.


WILLIAM PARK, Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

William Park was baptised on 9th May 1802 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood.

In 1841 William and Peter Park were farming at Neathwood Farm, Kingswood. William was described as a thirty-five-year-old farmer and Peter as a farmer aged thirty. With them was Ruth Ricketts a twenty-year-old female servant together with two others aged fifteen years.

In the 1851 census return William Park was farming 115 acres at Neathwood Farm, Kingswood, with his brother Peter Park. He was described as forty-five-years-old and born in Kingswood. His brother was aged thirty-nine and also born in Kingswood. With them were Ruth Rickerds, their twenty-eight-year-old housekeeper, Sarah Auckland a twenty-year-old house servant and Francis Leaster a seventeen-year-old general servant.

In 1853 William Park was appointed as sole executor of the will of his nephew John Park Philpott and on 23rd June 1855 this will was proved at London.

During the second quarter of 1855 William Park married Ruth Pullin in Dursley Registration District.

In 1861 William and Ruth Park were living at Charfield. William was described as a fifty-nine-year-old retired farmer born at Kingswood. Ruth was aged sixty-five and born at Charfield.

In the 1868 Slater’s Directory William Park is entered under ‘Gentry’.

At Tortworth there is a gravestone in memory of Ruth, the wife of William Park, who was buried, aged 75 years, on 17th February 1868. She was described as the relict of William Pullin of Charfield Hall Farm who had died on the 8th April 1842 aged 48 years, who is buried with her. His parents William Pullin (bur 6th July 1815 aged 60 years) and Ruth (bur. 23rd Dec 1823 aged 68 years) of Charfield were also buried at Tortworth.

William Park was at Hillesley Road, Kingswood in the 1871 census, a widower and retired farmer aged sixty-eight-years, and his housekeeper was Mary Hill, aged thirty-four years and born in Cirencester..

1999.68 Accounts in an Exercise Book for William Park 1878. (Wotton Heritage Centre)

On 31st August 1876 William Park made his will. He died on 2nd June 1879, aged seventy-six-years, and was buried on 6th June at Kingswood with his brother Thomas and his wife Elizabeth.

William’s will was proved at Gloucester on 27th June 1879 and his estate was valued at under £1,000. William Pullin, a yeoman of Charfield Hall (his step-son??) and Joseph Cullimore Barber of Pincott, Wickwar, both yeomen, were his executors.

In the will William Park refers to a share in property at Hawkesbury Common which he left to his nephew John Peter Trotman Park and property at The Butts, Wotton-under-Edge. He left a seventh of his estate to John Peter Trotman Park (nephew); a seventh to Emma Dalton (sister); Rebecca Pitt (sister); a seventh between John Park Pinnell and Thomas Pinnell (nephews); a seventh between Thomas and John Bell (nephews); a seventh between Thomas and the children of James Eley (nephews) and a seventh between William, Alfred and Henry Philpotts.



PETER PARK, Infant Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

Peter Park was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood on 13th September 1802. He presumably died as an infant.


 

ANN PARK (CULLIMORE?), Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

Ann Park was baptised on 6th October 1803 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. She may have married Martin Cullimore by licence at Kingswood on 10th July 1825 but there is no further mention of her in family wills etc.


PETER PARK, Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

Peter Park was baptised on 25th December 1807.

In 1841 William and Peter Park were farming at Neathwood Farm, Kingswood. William was described as a thirty-five-year-old farmer and Peter as a farmer aged thirty. With them was Ruth Ricketts a twenty-year-old female servant together with two others aged fifteen years.

In the 1851 census return he was a farming 115 acres at Neathwood Farm, Kingswood, with his brother William Park. Peter Park was aged thirty-nine and was born in Kingswood. William Park was described as forty-five-years-old and also born in Kingswood. With them were Ruth Rickards, their twenty-eight-year-old housekeeper, Sarah Auckland a twenty-year-old   house servant and Francis Leaster a seventeen-year-old general servant.

Peter Park married Ruth Ricketts, who was born in about 1820. The marriage certificate records that the wedding took place on 13th June 1855. Peter was described as a forty-six-year-old bachelor farmer of Kingswood, son of Peter Park a farmer. His bride, Ruth Ricketts, was described as a spinster of full age of Kingswood, daughter of Thomas Ricketts a farmer. Both signed and the witnesses were Samuel Partridge and Owen Wiltshire.

They had two children John Peter Trotman Park and Mary Elizabeth Ricketts Park who died aged eight in 1864.

In 1861 Peter and Ruth Park were farming 116 acres with three labourers at Neathwood Farm, Kingswood. He was described as a fifty-year-old farmer born in Kingswood. His wife, Ruth, was aged thirty-nine-years and born at Cromhall. Their daughter Mary was aged four years and their son John was aged one year, both born in Kingswood.

On 9th April 1869 Peter made his will and his brother John Park and his friend Joseph Cullimore Barber of Pincotts were designated as Executors. He left £1,000 to his son John at the age of twenty one and the rest was left in trust for his wife, Ruth with an immediate payment of £100. He added a codicil to the will dated 28th July 1875 in which he changed the executors to William Park, his brother, Samuel Ricketts of Bristol, his brother-in-law, and in due course his son John Park.

P.C. Riddiford recorded the name of Peter Park, Heathwood, in a diary entry for 2nd December 1869. (1993.176.2 Wotton Heritage Centre)

1999.68 Accounts in an Exercise Book for Peter Park 1875. (Wotton Heritage Centre)

In 1871 Peter and Ruth were farming 118 acres at Neathwood Farm with a girl and two labourers. Peter Park was described as a sixty-two-year-old farmer born in Kingswood. His wife was aged fifty-one-years and born at Cromhall. Elizabeth Ricketts, his forty-eight-year-old sister-in-law, an annuitant, was also in residence, unmarried and born in Cromhall. John P.T. Park was aged eleven years, a scholar, born in Kingswood.

On 16th August 1875 Peter Park died aged sixty-eight-years, and he was buried at Kingswood on 20th August. His will was proved on 9th October 1875 at Gloucester by Joseph Cullimore Barber of Pincotts, in the parish of Yate and William Park, of Kingswood, the brother, farmers and Samuel Ricketts of 5 Bath Buildings, Stokes Croft, in the City of Bristol, Gentleman, the executors. The estate was valued at less than £6,000.

In 1881 Ruth Park, a widow, was living at 11 Auburn Road, Westbury-on-Trym. She was described as a sixty-one-year-old widow, born at Cromhall. With her was her son, John P.T. Park, a twenty-one-year-old clerk to a corn broker, born at Kingswood. With them were Ruth’s sisters Ann and Elizabeth Ricketts.

In 1891 Ruth Park was still living at 11 Auburn Road. She was described as a seventy-one-year-old widow living off her own means and born at Cromhall and with her was her sister Elizabeth Ricketts, aged sixty-nine-years.

Ruth Park, his widow died on 6th December 1895 aged seventy five years, at 11 Auburn Road, Redland, Bristol. Her administration (with will) was proved at Bristol on 13th February 1896 and granted to Elizabeth Ricketts, spinster. Her effects were valued then at £1116-5-9d. The estate was finally settled on 31st January 1918 when her total estate was valued at £775.

Their two children were cousins of James Eley, Great II Grandfather:

MARY ELIZABETH RICKETTS PARK, cousin of James Eley IV

Mary Elizabeth Ricketts Park was born in about 1856 and died on 8th April 1864 aged eight years. The Bristol Mercury for 16th April 1864 included an obituary notice: ‘April 8th at Neathwood Farm, Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, aged 7 years, Mary Elizabeth Ricketts, beloved daughter of Peter Park’.

JOHN PETER TROTMAN PARK, cousin of James Eley IV

John Peter Trotman Park was born in about 1859 at Kingswood. In 1871 he was at home aged eleven years and was described as a scholar. He became a corn merchant of 11 Auburn Road, Redland, Bristol and died on 22nd September 1886 aged twenty six years. He was buried at Kingswood. His will was proved on 6th December 1886 by William Wesley Evans, of Bristol, corn merchant, and Robert York Dyer Ellis of Clifton, Bristol, commercial traveller, the executors. His effects were valued at £4,727-3-8d


HESTER KNIGHT, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton.

 

I do not have the date of baptism for Hester Park but she was probably born in about 1801. She married Alban Ainge of Uppingham, Rutland, on 29th March 1832 at Kingswood. He died during the first quarter of 1840 at Uppingham.

In 1841 she was living with William Stokes and his household at Pilton in Rutland. She was described as forty-years-old, independent and not born in the county. He was a twenty-year-old farmer.

During the second quarter of 1844 Esther Ainge married John Hopkins Knight in Dursley Registration District. He was born on 21st September 1808 at Kingswood.

In the 1851 census return there is a Hester Knight but she was described as a fifty-nine-year-old annuitant who had been born in Kingswood and was married. She was staying with Daniel Park, a farmer of sixty acres, of Dodington Lane. He was described as sixty-three and born in Hawkesbury. His wife Christianna, was sixty-one and had been born in Cam. Their two Farm servants were Alfred Pritchard, aged fifteen, of Old Sodbury and Sarah Everett, aged seventeen, of Berkeley.

Meanwhile in 1851 her husband, John Hopkins Knight was farming ninety-seven acres at Park Farm, Wotton-under-Edge. He was aged forty-one-years and born at Kingswood. With him were two servants namely Phoebe Hillier and John Sallwood.

In the 1861 census return Louisa Bell was an innkeeper and farmer the Bell Inn, Luckington, employing one boy. She was described as a fifty-year-old widow who was born in Kingswood. With her were her seventeen-year-old son, Thomas Bell, a farm worker, born in Luckington and her daughter, Louisa, a scholar, born in Luckington. With them was a visitor, Esther Knight, her sister, who was described as aged sixty years and born in Kingswood. In the same census John Hopkins Knight was farming 150 acres at Haw Park Farm, Wotton-under-Edge with two men and a boy. He was aged fifty-years, married, and born at Kingswood.

Hester Knight is mentioned in her brother Thomas’s will of 1862.

According to probate records Esther Knight, (wife of John Hopkins Knight) late of the parish of Wotton-under-Edge, deceased, died on 6th July 1863 at Wotton-under-Edge. On 10th August 1863 the will was proved at Gloucester by the oaths of Peter Park of the parish of Kingswood, farmer, and John Park of the parish of Kingswood, aforesaid farmer, the brothers the executors. Probate was granted under certain limitations. The effects were valued under £800.

In 1871, aged sixty-one-years, John Hopkins Knight was still farming 119 acres at Park Farm assisted by his nephew John Charles Hopkins Knight and four labourers and a boy. Ten years later he was a seventy-two-year-old annuitant lodging at Nibley House, North Nibley. In 1891 he was lodging at Orchard Street, Wotton-under-Edge with the family of John Webb, a tailor. He was described as an eighty-three-year-old retired farmer, a widower, born at Kingswood.

John Hopkins Knight died during the first quarter of 1895 in Dursley Registration District aged eighty-seven-years.


LOUISA BELL, Great IV Aunt of Richard Barton

Louisa Park was baptised on 26th February 1811 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. She married John Bell of Luckington near Malmesbury in Wiltshire. In the 1841 census return for Luckington we find John Bell a twenty-five-year-old dealer, his wife Louisa, his mother Hester Bell, aged sixty-five-years and his twenty-year-old sister, Elizabeth Bell. She was a beneficiary of her Uncle Samuel Trotman’s will of 1842 – ‘£40 to my niece, Louisa Bell, the wife of John Bell’.

In the 1851 census return for Luckington John Bell was described as a dealer in cattle and a farmer, aged forty-three-years and born in Luckington. His wife, Louisa, was aged forty years, a dealer’s and farmer’s wife, born in Kingswood and aged forty years. John’s sister, Elizabeth Bell, was living with them as a thirty-five-year-old annuitant, born in Luckington. Their children included John aged nine years; Thomas aged seven years and Ethel Louisa, aged three years. Living with them was Elizabeth Warner, a house servant, born in Hullavington.

John Bell probably died in Malmesbury Registration District during the second quarter of 1853.

In the 1861 census return Louisa Bell was an innkeeper and farmer the Bell Inn, Luckington, employing one boy. She was described as a fifty-year-old widow who was born in Kingswood. With her were her seventeen-year-old son, Thomas Bell, a farm worker, born in Luckington and her daughter, Louisa, a scholar, born in Luckington. With them was a visitor, Esther Knight, her sister who was described as aged sixty years and born in Kingswood. Mary Ann Davis was an eighteen-year-old general servant. Also in 1861 her son John Bell was visiting James Rawlings, a farmer of 295 acres at Landridge Hill, Melksham. He was described as aged eighteen years and born in Luckington.

Louisa Bell was alive in 1862 but had died by 1876. A Louisa Bell died in Malmesbury Registration District during the final quarter of 1865.

Her son, John Bell, was farming forty-three acres in Luckington at the time of the 1871 census.

Their children were cousins of James Eley IV, Great II Grandfather:

JOHN BELL, cousin of James Eley IV

John Bell was born in about 1841 at Luckington and baptised there on 1st January 1842. In the 1851 census return he was described as at home, aged nine years and born at Luckington. In the 1861 census return he was not at home but visiting James Rawlings, a farmer of 295 acres at Langridge Hill in Melksham. John was described as an eighteen-year-old visitor, born in Luckington.

In 1871 we find John Bell farming 43 acres with one labourer at Luckington. He was described as twenty-nine-years-old and born in Luckington. His housekeeper was Ann Lounsbury, aged sixty-five-years, who was born in Sherston.

In the 1881 census return John Bell was living at 47 Warwick Street, Woolwich, London and he was working as a milkman. He was described as thirty-nine-years-old and born at Luckington. His wife, Ann, was aged twenty-five-years and born at Dyrham in Gloucestershire. Their children were Ernest Jno, aged five years and born in Luckington and William Jno, aged one year, born in Middlesex. Martha Cuxley, aged fifteen years was their domestic servant.

In the 1891 census return we find John and Sarah A. Bell at 123 Wrotham Road, Gravesend. John was described as a general labourer and born at Luckington, and his wife as thirty-three-years and born at Durham (sic), Gloucestershire. With them were their children Ernest J. Bell aged fifteen years, born at Luckington; William J. Bell aged eleven years,  born at Minorie, London: Albert C. Bell aged eight years, born at Woolwich; Louisa B. Bell aged six years, born at Woolwich; Walter H. Bell aged four years, born at Woolwich and Maud E. Bell aged one year and born at Gravesend.

In the 1901 census return John and Sarah A. Bell were still at 123 Wrotham Road, Gravesend. John was a fifty-nine-year-old jobbing gardener, born in Luckington. Sarah A. was aged forty years and born in Dyrham. Their children were Ernest J. a shoemaker or bootmaker, aged twenty-five-years, born in Luckington; William J. aged twenty-two-years, a railway porter on the London-Tilbury line, born in Minories; Albert E., aged eighteen years, a bicycle maker, born in Woolwich; Louisa B aged seventeen years and born in Woolwich; Maud E. aged twelve years and born in Gravesend; Percival J. aged seven years and born in Gravesend and Florence M. aged four years and born in Gravesend.

According to probate records John Bell of 123 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, died on 10th April 1907. Administration was granted to Sarah Ann Bell, widow, at London on 2nd December 1908. His effects were valued at £222-8-5d.

Their children were second cousins of Ernest Edward Eley:

Ernest Jno. Bell In the 1881 census return he was at home, aged five years and born in Luckington. In 1891 he was aged fifteen years at home and again born at Luckington. In 1901 he was still at home, a shoemaker or bootmaker, aged twenty-five-years, born in Luckington;

William Jno. Bell In the 1881 census return he was at home, aged one year and born in Middlesex. In 1891 he was aged eleven years at home and described as born at Minories. In 1901 he was at home, aged twenty-two-years, a railway porter on the London-Tilbury line, born in Minories.

Albert E. Bell In the 1891 census he was aged eight years at home and described as born at Woolwich. In 1901 he was at home, aged eighteen years, a bicycle maker, born in Woolwich.

Louisa B. Bell In the 1891 census she was aged six years at home and described as born at Woolwich. In 1901 she was still at home, aged seventeen years and born in Woolwich.

Walter H. Bell In the 1891 census he was described as at home and born in Woolwich. He was four-years-old. In the 1901 census return he was aged fourteen years and apprentice to a carpenter.

Maud E. Bell  In the 1891 census return she was described as aged one year, born in Gravesend. In the 1901 census she was still at home, aged twelve years and born in Gravesend.

Percival J. Bell In the 1901 census return he was at home, aged seven years and born in Gravesend.

Florence M. Bell In the 1901 census return she was at home, aged four years and born in Gravesend.

THOMAS BELL, cousin of James Eley IV

Thomas Bell was born in about 1843 at Luckington and baptised there on 1st January 1844. In the 1851 census return he was at home and described as nine-years-old and born at Luckington. In the 1861 census he was described as seventeen-years-old, doing farm work and born at Luckington.

Thomas Bell married Mary Ann Pinnell, daughter of John Park Pinnell (1816-1888) and his wife Elizabeth Park who was farming at Upper Barns Farm, Kingswood. This meant that his wife, Mary-Ann was the daughter of his cousin and that she was born in the last quarter of 1846 in Dursley Registration District.

In the 1871 census he was farming 84 acres with a man and a boy at Huntingford Farm, Wotton-under-Edge. Thomas Bell was described as twenty-seven-years-old and born in Luckington. Mary Ann was aged twenty-four-years and born in Kingswood. Their children were Edward Thomas Bell, aged one year and born in Wotton-under-Edge and Francis George Bell who was nine months old and born in Wotton-under-Edge. Their servants included Jane Bennett, a seventeen-year-old dairymaid and domestic servant born in Dursley and Fanny Palmer, an eleven-year-old housemaid from Luckington. On the night of the census their son, John W. Bell, was staying at Upper Barns Farm, Kingswood, with his grandfather, John Park Pinnell.

Thomas Bell was an Executor and Trustee of James Eley’s estate from 1874. His daughter, Louisa Elizabeth Bell was buried on 24th December 1874 having died at Huntingford Farm, aged two years and four months.

Thomas Bell was mentioned in his Uncle William Park’s will in 1876.

In the 1881 census return Thomas Bell was farming eighty acres at Huntingford Farm with one man. He was described as a thirty-three-year-old born in Luckington and his wife Mary Ann was born in Kingswood. Their children were John William, a twelve-year-old scholar, born in Luckington; Thomas Edward, aged eleven years and born in Wotton; Francis G. aged ten years and born in Wotton and Maud Mary, aged three years and born in Wotton. With them was John Park Pinnell, Thomas Bell’s first cousin and father-in-law. He was described as a sixty-five-year-old retired farmer, born in Wotton.

In 1891 the family was still at Huntingford. Thomas was described as a forty-seven-year-old farmer, born at Luckington, Wiltshire. Mary A. his wife was aged forty-four and born at Kingswood. The children included John W. aged twenty-four and born at Luckington; Thomas E. aged twenty one, born at Huntingford – both farmer’s sons. The girls who were all born at Huntingford included Maud M. aged thirteen, Amy B. aged eight and Elsie M. aged six

In the 1901 census return Thomas Bell was still farming Huntingford Farm. He was described as aged fifty-eight-years and born at Luckington. Mary-Ann was aged fifty-four-years and born in Kingswood. Their children were Edward, aged thirty-one-years; Blanche aged seventeen-years and Elsie aged fifteen years. All three were born at Huntingford.

A Thomas Bell died in Dursley Registration District during the third quarter of 1903 aged fifty-nine-years.

Mary Ann Bell was buried at Kingswood and died on 10th October 1917. According to probate records Mary Ann Bell of Huntingford, Wotton-under-Edge, widow, died on 10th October 1917. Probate was granted to Albert John Werrett, Farmer. Her effects were valued at £1158-3-8d.

Their children were second cousins of Ernest Edward Eley:

John William Bell was born in about 1868 at Luckington. In the 1871 census return he was aged two years and was staying with his grandfather, John Park Pinnell at Upper Barns Farm, Kingswood. In the 1881 census John William was described as at home, a twelve-year-old scholar, born in Luckington.

Edward Thomas Bell was born in about 1869 at Huntingford. He was at home for the 1871 census return and was described as one-year-old and born at Wotton-under-Edge. In 1901 Edward Bell was at home and was described as thirty-one-years-old and born at Huntingford. He died in 1946 at Charfield. He married Patience Mary Weaver and they had three children.

Francis George Bell was born in about 1870. In the 1871 census return he was at home, nine-months-old and born at Wotton-under-Edge. He was at home, aged ten years, and born at Wotton for the 1881 census.

Louisa Elizabeth Bell was buried on 24th December 1874 having died at Huntingford Farm, aged two years and four months.

Maud Mary Bell was born in 1877 at Huntingford.

Amy Blanche Bell was born in about 1884 at Huntingford. She was described as seventeen-years-old and born at Huntingford in the 1901 census return.

Elsie May Bell was born in about 1886 at Huntingford. She was described as a fifteen-year-old and born at Huntingford in the 1901 census return. She died in 1970.

ESTHER LOUISA BELL, cousin of James Eley IV

Esther Louisa Bell was born in about 1847 in Luckington and baptised there on 1st January 1848. In the 1851 census return she was aged three years and born in Luckington. In the 1861 census return she was described as a fifteen-year-old scholar, born in Luckington. She may have died on 24th December 1865 at Malmesbury.


JOHN TROTMAN PARK, Great IV Uncle of Richard Barton

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John Trotman Park (1812-1873)

 

Great IV Uncle, of Merryford Farm, Kingswood.

John Trotman Park was born on 5th May 1812 and baptised on 12th July 1812 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood.

In the 1851 census he was farming seventy acres at Mireford Farm, Kingswood. He was described as thirty-eight-years-old and born in Kingswood. With him were twenty-seven-year-old Hannah Stiff, his housekeeper; Elizabeth Mathews a nineteen-year-old general servant and William Richings a seventeen-year-old servant.

In 1861 John Perk (sic) was farming 102 acres at Mireford Farm, Charfield Road, Kingswood with one man and a boy. He was described as a forty-eight-year-old farmer born in Kingswood. He had a housekeeper, a farmservant and a dairymaid in residence.

He married Mary Witts of Haroldsfield Farm, Kingswood, on 12th September 1867 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. He was described as a yeoman of Kingswood of full age, the son of Peter Park, a yeoman. His bride was of full age, a spinster of Kingswood, and daughter of John Witts, a farmer. Both signed and the witnesses were Charles Witts and Susanna (?).

John Park made his will on 3rd August 1868 and left his property to his widow for her lifetime and then to his nephew John Peter Trotman Park. He left his brother Thomas £100 and also £100 to each of his nephews and nieces Charles Witts, a friend, was one of his executors.

P.C. Riddiford recorded the name of John Park, Mireford, in a diary entry for 2nd December 1869. (1993.176.2 Wotton Heritage Centre)

In the 1871 census return Mireford Farm was described as then consisting of 100 acres and John Park was employing one man and a boy. He was described as a fifty-nine-year-old married farmer born in Kingswood. Also in residence were three servants. We also find a record in the same census for Long Street, Kingswood. Charles Witts is listed as farming twenty-seven acres and employing a labourer. He was seventy-eight-years-old and born in Kingswood. His nephew John Park aged seventy-eight (surely fifty-eight) was farming 100 acres with one labourer. His wife Mary was aged fifty-five and both were born in Kingswood.

John Park died on 7th October 1873, aged sixty one years but was not buried at Kingswood until 1st November. According to probate records John Park of Kingswood, yeoman, died on 27th October 1873 (sic) and his will was proved on 27th December 1873 by Peter Park, farmer, the brother, and Charles Witts, the younger, gentleman, executors. The estate was valued at less than £5,000.

Mireford or Merryford Farm was taken over by his nephew James Eley and his wife Anne.

In 1881 Mary Park was living in the Street, Kingswood, a widow aged sixty-five-years and born in Kingswood. She had a nineteen-year-old general servant. Ten years later in 1891 she was still there, now aged seventy-five-years and she had Jessie Witts living with her and a servant. In 1901 she was at the same address aged eighty-four-years and living off her own means. She had a nurse and a servant.

Mary Park, widow, was buried on 29th December 1906 aged 91 years. I have a photograph of John Trotman Park.

Extract from a Letter of Kenneth Marling:

‘My mother (wife of F.G.M.) took me to Kingswood to see “Aunt Park” widow of John Park, who was a brother of Sarah Park. Aunt Park, nee Mary Witts was born at Haroldsfield later the home of Ernest Eley. Her nephew Charlie Witts, took Tortworth Farm after Grandma Eley left’

Mystery….

Who was the Henry Park who was staying at Lower Morton with Thomas and Sarah Park on the night of the 1841 census? He was approx 15 years and born in London!


9. SARAH ELEY, Great III Grandmother

Daughter of Peter Park and Elizabeth (nee Trotman)

Wife of Thomas Eley

Mother of James Eley IV

 

Also Mother of James and Selena

Sarah Park was the fifth daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Park of Kingswood and was baptised at the Parish Church there on 26th February 1806. Sarah’s parents had both died many years before her wedding and she was one of thirteen children. Her father had been a Yeoman and her mother was a daughter of Nicholas Trotman, a Yeoman of Hawkesbury. Three of Sarah’s brothers farmed at Kingswood and these included Thomas, the eldest, at Highwood Farm, Peter at Neathwood Farm, and John Trotman Park at Mireford or Merryford Farm, Kingswood. When Uncle John died in 1873 his nephew, James Eley, younger son of Thomas and Sarah Eley, took over Merryford Farm.

Sarah became a member of Hillesley Baptist Church and it is possibly through the Baptist Church that she met Thomas Eley of Lower Morton, Thornbury. On 22nd May 1833 Thomas Eley married Sarah Park at St Mary’s Parish Church, Kingswood.

On 4th September 1833 Sarah became a Member of Thornbury Baptist Church having been dismissed from Hillesley Baptist Church. In the 1841 Census her husband was described as a Farmer of Lower Morton living with his wife Sarah, sons, Thomas and James, and a three year old daughter, Selena. Henry Park, aged 15yrs was staying with them and 20 year old, Thomas Pinnell, presumably his nephew, was working as an agricultural labourer.

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Sarah Eley died on 10th August 1859, according to Thornbury Baptist Church records, leaving her husband, Thomas, a widower.


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