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Park Family 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

 

 


 

 

THOMAS PARK, Great VII Grandfather of Richard Barton

 Son of Peter Park I and Margery (nee Hodges)

Husband of Sara Williams

Father of Peter Park II

Also Father of John, William, Thomas, Joseph and Samuel

 Thomas was possibly baptised on 24th March 1650 at Alderley. If so his parents would be Peter Park I and Margery Hodges who married on 4th September 1640 at Kingswood. A Peter Park married Elizabeth Allin, a widow, on 1st October 1676 at Kingswood, which may be a second marriage, and also a Peter Park was buried on 23rd November 1690.

Thomas Park, himself, married Sara Williams at Kingswood on 27th October 1672 and they had at least six sons who were baptised at Kingswood between 1676 and 1692. Thomas Park Senior was buried on 16th July 1723 at Kingswood.


SARAH PARK, Great VII Grandmother of Richard Barton

Wife of Thomas Park

Mother of Peter Park II

 Also Mother of John, William, Thomas, Joseph and Samuel

 Thomas married Sara Williams at Kingswood on 27th October 1672 and they had at least six sons who were baptised at Kingswood between 1676 and 1692.


The children of Thomas and Sara Park were Great VII Uncles and Aunts:

 JOHN PARK, Great VII Uncle of Richard Barton

John Park was baptised on 16th December 1676 at Kingswood


WILLIAM PARK, Great VII Uncle of Richard Barton

William Park was baptised on 12th June 1681 at Kingswood


THOMAS PARK, Great VII Uncle of Richard Barton

Thomas Park was baptised on 30th March 1684 at Kingswood. He was buried there on 17th January 1711.


JOSEPH PARK, Great VII Uncle of Richard Barton

Joseph Park was baptised on 5th November 1690 at Kingswood


SAMUEL PARK, Great VII Uncle of Richard Barton

Samuel Park was baptised on 25th August 1692 at Kingswood

 

 


PETER PARK II, Great VI Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of Thomas Park and Sara Williams

Husband of Edith Horwood

Father of Daniel Horwood Park

Also Father of John, Edith Lucy, Mary, Martha, Obadiah, William, Judith and Sarah

Peter Park II was baptised on 18th November 1686 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. He was the fourth son of Thomas and Sara Park of Kingswood. He married Edith Horwood and they had at least nine children who were baptised at Kingswood between 1714 and 1738. Their third daughter, Martha, died aged two years in 1726. When he was buried on 25th June 1747 a note was placed in the Kingswood Parish Register saying that he was killed by a cart overturning and was “a great neglecter at Divine Service”.


EDITH PARK, Great VI Grandmother of Richard Barton

Wife of Peter Park II

Mother of Daniel Horwood Park

Also Mother of John, Edith Lucy, Mary, Martha, Obadiah, William, Judith and Sarah

Peter Park II married Edith Horwood and they had at least nine children who were baptised at Kingswood between 1714 and 1738. Their third daughter, Martha, died aged two years in 1726.

Thornbury Quaker Records: May be relevant?


Their children were Great VI Aunts and Uncles:

JOHN PARK, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

John Park was baptised on 23rd September 1716 at Kingswood


EDITH LACY, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

Edith Park was baptised on 1st March 1719 at Kingswood. She married James Lacy of Dursley on 4th December 1746 at Kingswood and had a son.

Their son was a cousin of Peter Park III, Great IV Grandfather:

PETER PARK LACY, cousin of Peter Park III

Peter Park Lacy who was baptised on 21st August 1748 and buried on 28th March 1749 at Kingswood.


MARY PARK, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

Mary Park was baptised on 20th August 1721 at Kingswood


MARTHA PARK, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

Martha Park was baptised at Kingswood on 20th November 1723 and buried there on 25th May 1726.


OBADIAH PARK, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

Obadiah Park was baptised on 5th June 1726 and married Hannah Oakes at Kingswood on 6th March 1753.


WILLIAM PARK, Great VI Uncle of Richard Barton

William Park was baptised on 21st February 1731 at Kingswood


JUDITH PARK, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

Judith Park was baptised on 26th September 1736 at Kingswood


SARAH PARK, Great VI Aunt of Richard Barton

Sarah Park was baptised on 4th January 1738 at Kingswood

 

 


DANIEL HORWOOD PARK, Great V Grandfather of Richard Barton

Son of Peter Park II

Husband of Elizabeth Davis (nee Ritchins)

Father of Peter Park III

Also Father of William, Edward, Thomas, Rebecca Dorney, William, Ann Lock, Elizabeth Amos, Mary (?) and Sarah

 Also Husband of Mary Taylor

 Also Father of James, Peter, Ursula Walkley, John, Ann and Mary

Daniel Horwood Park was baptised on 11th May 1714 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. He was the eldest son of Peter and Edith Park. His mother’s maiden name was Horwood, hence his second forename. When his father was killed in 1747 by a cart overturning he was described in the death register as “a great neglector at Divine Service”.

On 3rd November 1739 Daniel Horwood Park of Kingswood married Mary Taylor of North Nibley and they had at least five children. John was buried in 1747 at Kingswood and was described as ‘of North Nibley’. Ann, only survived three days in 1749. Mary Park, their mother, died at the age of twenty-nine-years and was buried on 27th December 1750 at Kingswood.

Bigland: ‘Mary, Wife of Daniel Horwood Park –Dec 1750, aged 29’

On 20th August 1751 or 1750. Daniel Horwood Park married a widow, Elizabeth Davis (nee Richins), at Kingswood who had been born in 1730. She was the widow of Thomas Davis of Hawkesbury. This marriage between Daniel and Elizabeth resulted in ten children but William survived only a few days. Three of their daughters married including Rebecca who married Thomas Dorney whose son-in-law was later hanged as a result of his involvement in the Berkeley Poaching Affray of 1816.

Daniel Horwood Park was buried on 31st January 1784 at Kingswood and is buried under a table-top monument behind the church. His widow, Elizabeth, survived him.


The children of Daniel and Mary Park were Great V Aunts and Uncles and half brothers and sisters of Peter Park III, Great IV Grandfather:

URSULA HOROOD WALKLEY, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

Ursula Horood Park was baptised on 30th August 1742 at North Nibley. Ursula Walkley of Horsley was described as a ‘daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Park in her will of 1797.


JAMES HOROOD PARK, Infant Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

James Horood Park was baptised on 3rd November 1743 at North Nibley and buried there on 24th November 1745.


PETER HOROOD PARK, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

Peter Horood Park, son of Daniel and Mary Park was baptised on 7th September 1744 at North Nibley.


JOHN HOROOD PARK, Infant Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

John Horood Park, son of Daniel and Mary, was baptised at North Nibley on 1st November 1745. A John Park was buried at Kingswood on 23rd July 1747 and was described as of Kingswood.


ANN PARK, Infant Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

Ann Park was baptised on 6th June 1749 and buried on 9th June 1749 at

Kingswood


(?) DANIEL PARK (?)

Daniel Park, a blacksmith of Wickwar, is described, as a ‘son-in-law’ of Elizabeth Park in her will of 1797.

Descendents may well include blacksmiths Daniel and James Park:

Daniel was a Blacksmith in Wickwar in the 1851 census return. He was described as aged sixty-two-years and Ann Park a sixty-six –year-old. Both were born in Wickwar. Their children who were all born in Wickwar as well included Elizabeth, a dressmaker, aged thirty-four-years; Daniel, a blacksmith, aged thirty-two-years and Henry, a blacksmith, aged twenty-six-years. With them were two grandchildren born in Kingswood, namely scholars Ann aged six years and Sarah aged two years. These were probably children of James and Elizabeth Park of Kingswood below.

In the 1851 census return James Park was a blacksmith of Kingswood. He was described as aged thirty-nine-years-old and born in Wickwar. His wife, Elizabeth, was a thirty-four-year-old dressmaker born in Kingswood. Their son Harry was aged four years and born in Kingswood. With them was James Park’s brother, Samuel Park, a twenty-eight-year-old blackmith, born in Wickwar.

James Park, blacksmith of Wickwar, was aged forty-nine-years in the 1861 census and was married to Elizabeth, aged forty-five-years and they had children Annie, Harry, Sarah and Lucy.

Daniel Park of Sherwood House, 13 Ludgate Hill, Wickwar, retired postmaster, entered into an agreement to lend £100 with interest to Rowland Lacey as security of a house in the Steep, Sherwood house. Jointly with Osborne Dauncey 27th July 1867.

(Wotton Heritage Centre records).

James Park, Blacksmith of Kingswood, witnessed an agreement between the Long and Wilcox Families in 1873. Elizabeth Park died on 18th November 1891 aged 76 years and her husband, James Park, died on 25th November 1893 aged 81 years. They are buried together at Kingswood.

(?) A Park wedding recorded at Wickwar during the 1850s was for a … Horwood Park, son of Daniel Park, blacksmith.

In 1901 Samuel Horwood Park, aged seventy-eight-year-old grocer and retired blacksmith was living at Wotton Road, Charfield, on his own account. He was described as born in Wickwar and his wife Ann, aged seventy-five-years-old, was a native of  Cubert (sp) Cornwall.



ELIZABETH PARK, Great V Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of John Richens and Anne (nee King)

Wife of Daniel Horwood Park

Mother of Peter Park II

Also Mother of William, Edward, Thomas, Rebecca Dorney, William, Ann Lock, Elizabeth Amos, Mary (?) and Sarah

Also Wife of Thomas Davis

Also Mother of Thomas Davis

Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of John Richens and his wife Anne (nee King) of Horton who was baptised on 4th May 1730 at Hawkesbury. John Richens was born in 1697 probably in Horton, and, at Hawkesbury, on 29th March 1722 he married Anne King who was born in 1695. Anne was buried at Horton on 1st October 1774 and John was buried at Horton on 3rd October 1777. They had at least eight children Ann, Elizabeth, John, Mary, Richard, Sarah, Thomas and William.

On 20th August 1750/1 Daniel Horwood Park of Kingswood, a widower, married Elizabeth Davis, at Kingswood. She was born in about 1730. Elizabeth was then the widow of Thomas Davis of Hawkesbury. Thomas Davis, who was baptised at Hawkesbury on 9th May 1748, was the son of this first marriage. Elizabeth’s husband, Thomas Davis was buried on 15th July 1749 at Hawkesbury.

This marriage between Daniel and Elizabeth resulted in ten children but William, their second son, survived only a few days. Three of their daughters married including Rebecca who married Thomas Dorney whose son-in-law was later hanged as a result of his involvement in the Berkeley Poaching Affray of 1816.

Daniel Horwood Park was buried on 31st January 1784 at Kingswood and is buried under a table-top monument behind the church. His widow, Elizabeth, survived him.

His widow, Elizabeth Park, made her will on 2nd August 1797 and she was described as a widow of Dayhouse Farm, Kingswood. She left her son-in-law Daniel Park, a blacksmith of Wickwar, five guineas, she left the same to her daughter-in-law Ursula Walkley, a widow of Horsley, and five guineas to her son Thomas Davis of Hawkesbury. Her sons Thomas, William and Edward Park all received thirty pounds apiece. Her three daughters, Rebecca, wife of Thomas Dorney, Ann the wife of John Lock and Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Amos all received thirty pounds. The residue of the estate was to be given jointly to her son and daughter Thomas and Sarah Park or if Sarah decided to move from him then she was to receive £100. Thomas Park was appointed as executor. Elizabeth was unable to sign the will.

Elizabeth Park was buried, aged 68 years, on 10th March 1798 and was laid to rest with her husband, Daniel, at Kingswood.


The son of Thomas and Elizabeth Davis was a Great V Uncle and a half Uncle of Peter Park III, Great IV Grandfather, and cousin of John Isaac Gt IV Grandfather:

 

THOMAS DAVIS, Half Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Thomas Davis was baptised on 9th May 1748 at Hawkesbury. He was an executor of his grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 and was a beneficiary of his mother’s will in 1797. He was a butcher

 

He seems to have married Hannah Cooper, daughter of a Great VI Uncle. Hannah was baptised on 6th August 1749 at Horton. The marriage of Hannah Cooper and Thomas Davis took place at Hawkesbury on 27th June 1773. Thomas was baptised at Hawkesbury on 9th May 1748.

 

Their daughter was a half first cousin of Sarah Eley, Great III Grandmother and second cousins of Mary Shield, Great III Grandmother

 

MARY DAVIS

 

Mary Davis was baptised on 18th April 1774 and died on 11th January 1777.

 

THOMAS DAVIS

 

Thomas Davis was baptised on 3rd February 1777 at Hawkesbury

 

MARY DAVIS

 

Mary Davis was baptised on 30th December 1778 at Hawkesbury

 

ELIZABETH DAVIS

 

Elizabeth Davis was baptised on 5th November 1780 at Hawkesbury

 

JOHN DAVIS

 

John Davis was baptised on 12th January 1784 at Hawkesbury

 

HANNAH DAVIS

 

Hannah Davis was baptised on 28 or 25th October 1787 at Hawkesbury. She was alive in 1851 at Hawkesbury aged sixty-four-years.

 

JOSEPH DAVIS

 

Joseph Davis was baptised on 23rd May 1790 at Hawkesbury and married Kezia Trotman on 21st April 1834 at Hawkesbury. Keziah Trotman was baptised at Hawkesbury on 14th October 1804. Joseph Davis’s will was made on 14th May 1853 and he died on 14th January 1854.

 

Also to the memory of Joseph Davis son of Thomas and Hannah Davis of this parish and son in law of the above Thomas and Rebecca TROTMAN who departed this life Jany 14th 1854 aged 65 years.

 

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

 

Elizabeth Davis was baptised on 26th July 1835 at Hawkesbury

Thomas Davis who was baptised on 15th March 1846 aged eight years at Hawkesbury. He married Jane Toghill on 12th October 1859 at Hawkesbury and had at least four children – Amy C.J. Davis (1860-), Fanny T. Davis (1862-), Robert Cuthbert Davis (1867-) and William T.D. Davis (1869-)

 

ANN DAVIS

 

Ann Davis was baptised on 12th January 1793 at Hawkesbury.


The children of Daniel and Elizabeth Park were Great V Aunts and Uncles:

WILLIAM PARK, Infant Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

William Park was (born on 13th January?) baptised on 2nd August 1753 at Kingswood and buried there on 25th August 1753.


MARY PARK, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

Mary Park was born in about 1757 (born or baptised 6th January 1763 Kingswood?) She was a beneficiary of her grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5. She died on 28th November 1793 aged 36 years. She was buried with her parents in Kingswood Churchyard.


EDWARD PARK, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

Edward was (born or baptised on 2nd September 1773 at Kingswood) alive in 1797

Not mentioned as a beneficiary of his grandfather, John Richens will of 1776.


WILLIAM PARK, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

William Park was (born or baptised on 13th January 1765 at Kingswood?). He was a beneficiary of his grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5. He was alive in 1797. He married Mary Amos, daughter of Moses Amos and Mary Powell on 19th May 1791 at Wickwar. William was buried on 7th February 1832 at Wickwar and his widow, Mary, on 19th November 1834.


THOMAS PARK, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

Thomas Park was (born or baptised on 27th June 1754 at Kingswood?). He was a beneficiary of his grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5.  Thomas was alive and unmarried in 1797


SARAH PARK, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

Sarah Park was baptised on 19th April 1767. She was a beneficiary of her grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5. Sarah was alive and unmarried in 1797


REBECCA DORNEY, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

Rebecca Park was a beneficiary of her grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5. She married Thomas Dorney, a widower of Kingswood Grange, at Kingswood on 13th July 1790. He was born on 31st January 1751 and was the son of John Dorney and Jane Fryer. His sister Nancy married John Ford on 5th January 1779. His brother William (1760-1839) was the founder of Mount Pleasant Chapel at Falfield.

Susan Nuttall has written in August 2008:

 

Mount Pleasant Chapel: Foundation and Early History

The Independent Chapel in Falfield is first recorded as founded and built in 1813 as Mount Pleasant Union Chapel, but little is known of its first building and early life. However there survives a Plaque, now incorporated into a garden wall at the back of the Chapel, which tells of William Dorney, founder of the Chapel:

In Memory of

WILLIAM DORNEY

who died March 23, 1839 Aged 79 Years.

The Cause of Christ at this Place was Founded

by him and at his death he left the sum of

L603 in the 3 per Cent Consols the interest of which

to be appropriated towards the support of the

Ministry of the Gospell in this Chapel.

Also of SARAH his Wife

who Died June 7, 1843, Aged 90 years

 

Research in the International Genealogical Index has revealed William Dorney, born 17 March 1760 at Stone, son of John Dorney and Jane Fryer. William married Sarah Luce on 16 April 1786. In Jean Young’s History of Stone, John Dorney, Carpenter, (William’s father or grandfather?) helped to build the Vicarage at Stone in 1843.   According to the Plaque, William Dorney had died before the Earl Ducie began the rebuilding of the Chapel, and his widow died shortly before the rebuilt chapel was opened.

Jean Young via Susan Nuttall 30th August 2008:

John Dorney (baptised 29th August 1713 at Stone) married Jane Fryer at Nympsfield on

31 August 1742. Their known children were Mary b.1745, John b.1746, Joseph b.1747, Hannah b.1749, Thomas b.1750, Betty b.1752, Joseph b.1754, Sarah b.1755, Nancy b.1757, Betty b.1759, and William b.1760. [JY]

Thomas Dorney was previously married to Catherine Hooper on 24th December 1780 and they had three children: Elizabeth who was born in 1781 and died on 30th May 1802; Ann who was born in 1781 and William who lived from 1787 until 1856. The children’s mother, Catherine Dorney, died on 29th December 1789.

Ann Dorney married John Allen and they had a daughter, Ann. John Allen was executed on 13th April 1816, at Gloucester Prison, as a result of the Berkeley Poaching Affray. His daughter, Ann Allen, married Edwin Knapp at The Clifton Register Office (?) on 28th May 1839.

Some notes concerning John Allen and the Poaching Affray from an article on the Knapp Family largely based on notes in Gloucestershire Notes and Queries:

‘ Edwin Knapp was born on the 20th April 1817 and was baptised on 28th May 1817. In 1851 he was still living in the High Street but he later moved to Bristol thus severing a century old connection with Thornbury.

He was married twice. Firstly at the Clifton Register Office on 28th May 1839 he married Ann, daughter of the late John Allen of Morton in Thornbury and Ann, daughter of Thomas Dorney of Kingswood Grange. According to family tradition, Ann had never known her father who had apparently died in the hunting field. It is true that she never knew her father for she was a posthumous daughter and was brought up by her mother, a member of the well-to-do Dorney Family. (The marriage Settlements of he uncle William Dorney and her cousin Hester are at the G.R.O. together with a number of other deeds relating to the Dorney Family. One of these mentions  ‘a Deed Poll or Release dated the 2nd January 1823 made by Ann Allen of Morton, Thornbury, widow, daughter of Thomas Dorney the elder deceased’).

However, John Allen certainly did not die in the hunting field. His story sheds fascinating light on the social conditions prevailing in the early 19th century and although John Allen was not, of course, a descendent of the Knapps, his many descendents through his daughter Ann Knapp will doubtless be interested in the following account of his life and death.

John Allen, the second son and youngest child of a Thornbury farmer named James Allen, was born in 1787. When 21 years old, he married, as we have seen, the daughter of a wealthy Kingswood man named Thomas Dorney and by 1815 was the father of a daughter and two sons. Four inches short of six feet, he was a man of great strength and greatly admired by his friends. Above all he enjoyed shooting, of which he made no secret and indeed, he took out a certificate for it. A young man of violent, though proud, disposition, he is alleged to have said that ‘he would rather die than be taken for he could not bear the thought of prison and would sooner shoot a man than be taken’. And William Rolph, the Thornbury attorney, said that he ‘always understood him to be fond of game’. His liking for game and his proud nature were to cause him trouble’.

But it was his hatred of the landed proprietors which really caused his downfall. In the Vale of Berkeley, Miss Flora Langley of Hill Court, Lord Ducie of Tortworth and Colonel Berkeley of Berkeley Castle were the chief landowners. The people of the district may have been unfortunatew in having as a landlord William Fitzharding Berkeley who has been described as ‘one of the most repulsive cads and ruffians in the annals of the peerage’ and by Charles Greville as ‘an arrogant blackguard…notorious for general worthlessness’.

After the magnificent harvests of 1814 and 1815, the markets became flooded and the re-opening of the European ports after the Napoleonic Wars caused further hardship to the farmers. Tenants throughout the country defaulted in paying their rents. Whilst the farmers found themselves in such dire straits, the large landowners lived in comparative luxury. But the activity which seemed to aggrevate and affect the tenants to the greatest extent was that of field sports and the game laws were enforced with an untmost severity by a magistracy which had a most definite interest in upholding them. For instance, a man could be transported for seven years for catching a hare or rabbit.

In November 1815 a labourer named Thomas Till had been killed by the discharge of a spring gun on Lord Ducie’s estate. Although the setting of such a gun was not made illegal by statute until 1827, it was generally considered that a person setting a spring gun, which resulted in the death of a person, was guilty of murder. However, in this case, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. This incident seemed to rouse certain young men of the district to take revengeful action and they found a leader in John Allen.

The night fixed for a poaching expedition was that of Thursday 18th January, 1816. John Allen had apparently written to Miss Langley of Hill Court warning her of the expedition and advising her to see that her keepers were kept in doors.

The conspirators were to meet at John’s house at Lower Morton near Thornbury. In the early evening John had ordered William Greenaway ( a servant of his father’s who had been working for him for the past six months) to saddle his horse and while he was doing this he asked him if he would ‘go out’ that night and told him to come up again at a quarter to nine…

…leaving William Ingram dead and six or seven wounded…

On the Sunday, John was committed to the County Gaol and by the 29th all but four of the offenders were in custody, largely due to the efforts of Col. Berkeley assisted by Vickers from Bow Street. America, the West Indies and Ireland were the refuges of the four who escaped.

One can well imagine the excitement and scandal caused by the affair. As the Gloucester Journal put it (the trial of) ‘eleven young men, nine of whom were farmer’s sons and respectably connected…could not but create an interest of the highest degree in the feelings of the public.’ The final examination took place at the County Gaol in the presence of about twenty magistrates and the offenders were committed to the Lent Assize, which opened at Gloucester on April 3rd.

The prisoners’ attorney, Mr. Hasell, had secured a strong contingent of Thornbury men to give evidence as to character – Osborne Wetmore, John Thurston, Richard Scarlett and George Luce, all prominent in Thornbury affairs of their day, were among them and from Oldbury came James Comely. Their evidence was of little avail, however, for all the prisoners were found guilty of murder and all except John Allen and John Penny were recommended for mercy. Col. Berkeley was in Court and associated himself with the recommendation.

On April 10th the prison Chaplain noted in his Journal that he visited Allen and Penny and on the following two days until the 13th when he officiated in the Chapel at Holy Communion previous to the ‘tragic scene to be acted on the horrid platform’ as Dr Jenner the discoverer of vaccine described it. A little before one o’clock they ascended the scaffold and briefly addressed the multitude, admitting   that they were present when the murder was perpetrated but steadfastly affirming their innocence of its actual commission. Having embraced each other and taken leave of each other, they were, in the euphemistic, yet remarkably apt words of the Gloucester Journal, ‘launched into the presence of that Being whose laws they had so impiously outraged’. The Chaplain noted that they met their fate with more tranquil resigned disposition than he had reason to expect from their conduct on the two preceding days.

On the following day, both of these unfortunate men were buried in the churchyard at Thornbury.’

To return to Edwin Knapp, he married secondly in November 1869 Mary Ann David by whom he had no children. By his first wife, Ann Allen, he had eleven children.

Returning to Rebecca Dorney, she died on 28th January 1819 aged 63 years and her husband, Thomas Dorney, died on 11th June 1822.

(Descendent: Alan Knapp who lives on ‘the other side’ of the memorial hall at Oldbury-on-Severn. See letter of Judith and Andrew Sayers of 22-7-04)

Thomas Dorney and his second wife, Rebecca, had a child who was a cousin of Sarah Eley, Great III Grandmother:

SARAH VIZARD FOXWELL, cousin of Sarah Eley

Sarah Dorney married William Vizard Foxwell and had six children.

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

Stella Ford (14th April 1815 – 6th July 1895) married Charles Ford (6th April 1817 – 16th October 1899) at St Paul’s Bristol on 18th July 1841and they had a son, Thomas Dorney Vizard Foxwell, who was born at Bluegates Farm, Rockhampton, on 24th December 1856. He died at Stinchcombe on 30th November 1944 having married Mary Jenkins of Rockhampton and having a child, Henry Foxwell.

Thomas Dorney Foxwell (8th May 1816 – 20th October 1900) who married Sarah Cheshire on 29th January 1845 and had seven children: Alfred H.(1846c-); Ellen J.(1848c-); William Thomas Dorney(1850c-); Edward A.(1852c-); Francis Dorney (12th April 1853 – 14th October 1891)who married Susannah Carpenter on 30th June 1879 and had children; Catherine L.(1855c-); Walter Cheshire (1858c-) and Charles.S. (1859C-)  The first wife of Thomas Dorney Foxwell died on 19th May 1882 and he married his second wife, Matilda Sandercock on 1st November 1891. She died on 20th February 1929.

William Vizard Foxwell (10th June 1817 – 2nd March 1874)

Sarah Foxwell (18th September 1818 – 29th April 1851)

Philip Orlando Foxwell (23rd April 1820 – 5th September 1880)

John Foxwell (23rd September 1821 – 16th August 1823)

THOMAS DORNEY(?) Another child (?) Cousin of Sarah Eley

A Thomas Dorney may have been born in 1794 and died on 28th January 1863 aged 69 years and was buried with his mother at Kingswood (check inscription)


ANN LOCK, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

Ann Park was a beneficiary of her grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5. She married John Lock on 27th October 1792 at Minchinhampton. She was alive in 1797.

 


 

ELIZABETH AMOS, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Elizabeth Park was a beneficiary of her grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5. She married Thomas Amos of Wickwar on 9th April 1787 at Kingswood


PETER PARK III, Great IV Grandfather of Richard Barton

Peter Park was baptised on 27th June 1754 at St Mary’s Church, Kingswood. He was a beneficiary of his grandfather, John Richens will of 1776 – £5 – and of his mother’s will of 1797.


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