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Brown Family of Wotton-under-Edge and Gearing Frith

THE BROWN FAMILY OF WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE AND GEARING FRITH

 


 

Charles Brown I (1712-1790) and Elizabeth Pearce (1708-1778)

of Wotton-under-Edge

 

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Charles Brown II (1746-1799) and Margaret Minett (1740-1816)

Farmer of Gearing Frith, Yate

 

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Catherine Brown (1774-1841) and John Isaac

Farmer of Hall End Farm, Yate

 

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Mary Isaac and James Shield

Farmer of Barber’s Land, Tytherington

 

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Ann Shield and James Eley IV

Farmer of Lower Morton, Kingswood and Tortworth

 

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Ernest Edward Eley and Emily Yarnold

Farmer of Kingswood, Berkeley, North Nibley etc

 

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Grace Margaret Eley and William Edward Terrett

 


 

 

CHARLES BROWN I, Great VI Grandfather of Richard Barton

 

Husband of Elizabeth Pearce

Father of Charles Brown II

 

Also Father of Robert, Mary, John and Thomas

 

Charles Brown was born circa 1712.

 

Charles Brown married Elizabeth Pearce at Dursley Parish Church on 9th March 1738/9. The marriage register reads:

1738/9: March 9: Charles Brown & Elzh. Pearce, foreiners, nupt.

They were described as ‘foreigners’ i.e. not of Dursley. Elizabeth Pearce was the daughter of Robert and Hannah Pearce of Wotton-under-Edge and she was baptised at the Parish Church there on 4th April 1708.

By 17th February 1739/40 Charles and Elizabeth were living in Wotton-under-Edge where they had five children between the years 1739 and 1744. These included Mary who died aged seven years in 1748.

The Churchwardens’ Account Book for Wotton-under-Edge, 1756-1792 (Glos Archives P379 CW2/1), contains the following entries relating to Charles Brown:

1765: Charles Brown, Sinwell, rated at 9d.

1767: Charles Brown, Sinwell, rated at 6d.

1769: Charles Brown, Sinwell tithing, rated at 6d.

1771: Uncollected, Charles Brown, 6 3/4d

The money raised by this rate was used for the maintenance of the parish church.

A terrier of Wotton-under-Edge, dated 1763 (Glos Archives ref. PC 366) shows a property in Old Town, Wotton, which was in the proprietorship of Elizabeth Brown, Mary Wood and Robert Pierce (Pearce). The property, known as ‘The Brands’, was situated at the top of the Old Town, being the first property after Bear Lane Corner. Robert Pearce was Elizabeth’s brother.

Elizabeth died before her husband and there is a burial for her on 7th April 1778 in Wotton churchyard aged seventy. Her husband, Charles Brown I, was buried at Wotton on 18th December 1790, aged seventy-eight years.

Charles may have had a brother, Thomas Brown (-1774) of Wotton-under-Edge who married Ann Cook (1718-1789) at Wotton on 14th May 1744. They had children

Robert J. Haines wrote this extract in his article ‘And now for the Browns… Has anyone seen Charlie Brown?’

 

‘Charles senior had married Elizabeth the daughter of Robert Pearce of Wotton, at Dursley parish church on the 9th March, 1738/9. Unfortunately I do not possess any reference to his trade or calling. The Wotton churchwarden book refers to Charles Brown who was rated for a house in Sinwell, Wotton, in the 1760s. Presumably this refers to Charles Brown snr.

I am now attempting to trace the birth of this Charles Brown. He was buried at Wotton on the 18th December 1790, ‘aged 78’, which suggests he was born circa 1712. However, he does not seem to originate from the Wotton area…’


ELIZABETH BROWN, Great VI Grandmother of Richard Barton

 

Daughter of Robert Pearce and Hannah (nee Benell)

Wife of Charles Brown I

Mother of Charles Brown II

 

Also Mother of Robert, Mary, Thomas and John

 

Elizabeth Pearce was the daughter of Robert and Hannah Pearce of Wotton-under-Edge and she was baptised at the Parish Church there on 4th April 1708.

Charles Brown married Elizabeth Pearce at Dursley Parish Church on 9th March 1738/9. The marriage register reads:

1738/9: March 9: Charles Brown & Elzh. Pearce, foreiners, nupt.

They were described as ‘foreigners’ i.e. not of Dursley.

By 17th February 1739/40 Charles and Elizabeth were living in Wotton-under-Edge where they had five children between the years 1739 and 1744. These included Mary who died aged seven years in 1748.

The Churchwardens’ Account Book for Wotton-under-Edge, 1756-1792 (Glos Archives P379 CW2/1), contains the following entries relating to Charles Brown:

1765: Charles Brown, Sinwell, rated at 9d.

1767: Charles Brown, Sinwell, rated at 6d.

1769: Charles Brown, Sinwell tithing, rated at 6d.

1771: Uncollected, Charles Brown, 6 3/4d

The money raised by this rate was used for the maintenance of the parish church.

A terrier of Wotton-under-Edge, dated 1763 (Glos Archives ref. PC 366) shows a property in Old Town, Wotton, which was in the proprietorship of Elizabeth Brown, Mary Wood and Robert Pierce (Pearce). The property, known as ‘The Brands’, was situated at the top of the Old Town, being the first property after Bear Lane Corner. Robert Pearce was Elizabeth’s brother.

Elizabeth died before her husband and there is a burial for her on 7th April 1778 in Wotton churchyard aged seventy. Her husband, Charles Brown I, was buried at Wotton on 18th December 1790, aged seventy-eight years.

 


 

Their children were Great VI Aunts and Uncles:

ROBERT BROWN, Great VI Uncle

Robert Brown was baptised at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church on 17th February 1739/40. He married Hannah Tognell (1739-) and they had seven children.

Robert made a will on 31st March 1806. The will was witnessed by William Wilson, Thomas Derrett and John Witchell. The will is held at Glos Archives (ref. GDR Add. Wills, 1806/123). There is no date of probate on the will. Robert died in January 1809.

Their children were cousins of Catherine Isaac, Great IV Grandmother:

JOHN BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

John Brown was baptised on 12th July 1761 at Wotton-under-Edge. He married Eliz’th Hicks at Wotton on 19th November 1780 and they had three children.

Their children were second cousins of Mary Shield, Great III Grandmother:

John Brown was born on 15th August 1781 and baptised on 19th September 1781 at Wotton-under-Edge.

Hannah Brown was born on 26th August 1784 and baptised on 20th March 1785 at Wotton.

Edward Brown was born on 16th May 1786 and baptised on 1st November 1786 at Wotton.

ROBERT BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Robert Brown was baptised on 31st October 1762 at Wotton-under-Edge. He was married at Wotton Parish Church on 30th October 1791, the same day as Joseph Brown (below)

JOSEPH BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

We have no baptism for Joseph, however, he was married at Wotton Parish Church on the very same day as Robert Brown and shared the same witnesses. Joseph married Betty Long (1770-) on 30th October 1791.

Their children were probably second cousins of Mary Shield, Great III Grandmother:

Lucian Brown (1792-1814)

William Brown (1795-)

Jacob Brown (1797-1857)

Anne Brown (1800-)

Charles Brown (1806-)

Joseph Brown (1810-)

BETTY JOTCHAM, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Betty Brown was baptised on 17th December 1764 at Wotton-under-Edge. She married Jno Jotcham at Wotton on 23rd September 1791. John Jotcham died on 13th January 1849 at Wotton, aged eighty-five years. He was suffering from a retention of urine and his son, Charles Jotcham, was present at the death. John’s widow, Betty Jotcham, died on 12th January 1850.

Their children were second cousins of Mary Shield, Great III Grandmother:

William Jotcham was born in Wotton in 1791 and died there on 17th January 1857. He married Louisa Moody on 14th December 1817 and they had at least four children. She died in 1855.

John Jotcham was born in 1793 at Wotton and died there on 3rd January 1867. He married Dinah Purnell at North Nibley on 7th January 1817. Dinah was born in Wickwar in 1796 and died in 1877 at Wotton. They had fourteen children

Hannah Jotcham was born in Wotton in 1795 and died there on 17th January 1865.

Charles Jotcham was born in 1799 at Wotton and died there on 5th January 1877. He married Hannah Seabourne (1798-1873)

Emma Jotcham was born on 10th August 1800 at Wotton and died there on 27th January 1816.

Louisa Jotcham was born on 17th January 1804 at Wotton and buried there on 28th January 1875.

Llewellyn Jotcham was born on 3rd December 1805 at Wotton and died there on 7th January 1888. He married Sarah WHite on 27th October 1833 and they had at least four children.

RICHARD BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Richard Brown was baptised on 28th September 1768 at Wotton-under-Edge.

HANNAH BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Hannah Brown was baptised on 10th October 1775 at Wotton-under-Edge.

THOMAS BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Thomas Brown was baptised on 12th April 1775 at Wotton-under-Edge.

CHARLES BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Charles Brown was baptised on 19th October 1777 at Wotton-under-Edge.


MARY BROWN, Great VI Aunt

Mary Brown was baptised on 9th February 1741/2 at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church and buried in the churchyard there on 27th August 1748.


JOHN BROWN, Great VI Uncle

 John Brown was baptised on 13th April 1744 at Wotton-under-Edge. He married Elizabeth Bury on 30th April 1767 at Wotton and they had children. John Brown was buried on 19th July 1787 at Wotton

Their children were cousins of Catherine Isaac, Great IV Grandmother:

ANN BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Ann Brown was baptised on 29th June 1767 at Wotton-under-Edge

WILLIAM BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

William Brown was baptised on 28th November 1768 at Wotton and buried there on 27th May 1769.

JOHN BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

John Brown was baptised on 17th July 1770 at Wotton.

MARY BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Mary Brown was baptised on 27th February 1772 at Wotton and buried there on 8th April 1773.

WILLIAM BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

William Brown was baptised on 17th September 1773 at Wotton.

JAMES BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

James Brown was baptised on 3rd April 1776 at Wotton.

MARY BROWN, cousin of Catherine Isaac

Mary Brown was baptised on 2nd August 1778 at Wotton and she may have been buried there on 30th July 1781.


CHARLES BROWN II, Great V Grandfather (See further on)

Charles Brown II was baptised on 27th June 1746 at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church.


THOMAS BROWN, Great VI Uncle

Thomas Brown was baptised on 12th November 1749 at Wotton-under-Edge Parish Church. Thomas was buried in the churchyard there on 10th May 1774, aged twenty-five-years. The account book of the churchwardens of the parish church of Wotton show that, in 1771, Thomas Brown paid a rate of 2s 3d for his property in the parish (Glos Archives ref. P379 CW2/1)

 


CHARLES BROWN II, Great V Grandfather of Richard Barton

 

Son of Charles Brown I and Elizabeth (nee Pearce)

Husband of Margaret Minett

Father of Catherine Brown

Also Father of William, Charles, Joseph, Margaret Daniell and Betty

 

Charles Brown II was baptised on 27th June 1746 at Wotton-under-Edge. He was the fourth child of Charles Brown I, and his wife, Elizabeth (Pearce).

Charles Brown II married Margaret Minett at Wickwar on 4th August 1772 and at the time he was described as a butcher of Wotton-under-Edge. They settled at Gearing Frith, Yate, where Charles was a tenant farmer.

Charles was Churchwarden of Wickwar from 1797-1799. Charles and Margaret had at least six children the eldest, Catherine was baptised at Wotton-under-Edge on 25th January 1774. The five younger children were all baptised at Wickwar between 1775 and 1782. The youngest, Betty, died aged four years.

Charles Brown II made his will on 24th August 1798 and died on 15th January 1799, aged fifty-four-years. His burial took place at Wickwar on 18th January where a table tomb was erected. The inscription to Charles Brown is now illegible but Bigland gives it as in memory of Charles and his daughter Betty, also to Margaret, his wife, who died in 1816. Their son, Charles, was buried with them in 1828.

Margaret Brown, widow of Charles Brown II, died on 21st March 1816, aged seventy-seven years and was buried on 29th March when she was described in the Wickwar Register as “of Yate”.

Charles Brown’s will was proved at Gloucester on 20th June 1801 and the estate was valued at less than £1,000.

 

Mary Isaac: ‘Yate Farms – A Record of Yate Farms in the former parish of Yate, Gloucestershire’

 

‘Frith Farm – The farmhouse is believed to have been built during the 1500s. Mr & Mrs J. Tomes were the occupants in 1677, followed by Mr & Mrs Gerrings in 1691. James, Lillie and Thomas Stokes purchased the farm from Mr & Mrs Shellard in 1744. Gabriel Amos was the tenant, followed by Charles and Margaret Brown from 1780. Mr & Mrs W.C. Higgs were farming Firth (sic) Farm in 1851…’

Bigland – Wickwar Churchyard:

 

‘This Memorial inscribed to Charles Brown of Gearing Frith, in the Parish of Yate, Yeoman, who died Jany 15, 1799, in the 54  Year of his Age. Also Betty, his daughter, who died on Oct. 21, 1786, Aged 4 Years 6 Months.’

The Will of Charles Brown II:

 

‘This is the Last Will and Testament of me Charles Brown of the Parish of Yate in the County of Glocester Yeoman. First I will and direct that my ffuneral expences the charges of proving this my will and all my debts be paid and disc… I give and bequeath unto Margaret my Wife all that mefsuage or tenement wherein I now dwell with the outhouses buildings gardens orchards closes lands and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the Parish of Yate aforesaid in the said County and to which I hold my lease for a term of twenty one years imb… Mrs Elizabeth Stokes to hold to my said Wife during so many years and so long as the said term of twenty one years as she shall live and continue my Widow and unmarryed. And as to all the rest and residue of my goods chattels and personal estate of every nature and kind I Give the use interest and improvement then to the said Margaret my wife during her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow and unmarryed and from and after her decease or second marriage which shall first happen then I give and bequeath the same residuary personal estate absolutely and also the then residue and remainder of my estate for… and interest which shall be then to come of  and in the leasehold estate unto my five children Catherine, William, Charles, Joseph and Margaret equally between them as tenants in common and to become vested interests in them respect… at my decease. And whereas I have already advanced to my said daughter Catherine or to her husband John Isaac the younger since their marriage in money and effects the sum of ffifty four pounds. Now it is my will and I hereby declare that the said sum shall be deemed and taken as part of the share of my said daughter Catherine of and in my said personal estate and be deducted from her said share therein as also any other or further sum or sums of money or effects which I may happen to advance or give to my said daughter Catherine or her said husband and I also declare it to be my will that I do or shall at any time hereafter advance a sum or sums of money to any or either of my said children William, Charles, Joseph and Margaret that the same shall be deemed and taken as part of his or her or their respective share of & in my said personal estate and be deducted there from accordingly. And I do appoint the said Margaret my wife to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills or testaments by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Eight.  Charles Brown.

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator Charles Brown … for his last will and testament and in the presence of each other here under subscribed our names as witnesses thereto

Geo Rolph, Thos Shipway.’


 MARGARET BROWN, Great V Grandmother of Richard Barton

Daughter of Joseph Minett and Margaret (nee Cousins)

Wife of Charles Brown II

Mother of Catherine Isaac

 

Also Mother of William, Catherine Bennett, Joseph, Margaret Daniell and Betty

Margaret Minett was baptised on 10th November 1740 at Berkeley. She was the seventh child of Joseph and Margaret Minett of Baynham Farm, Berkeley. Margaret married Charles Brown II on 4th August 1772 at Wickwar. They settled at Gearing Frith, Yate where Charles was a tenant farmer. Charles was Churchwarden of Wickwar from 1797-1799. Charles and Margaret had at least six children the eldest, Catherine was baptised at Wotton-under-Edge on 25th January 1774. The five younger children were all baptised at Wickwar between 1775 and 1782. The youngest, Betty, died aged four years.

Charles Brown II made his will on 24th August 1798 and died on 15th January 1799, aged fifty-four-years. His burial took place at Wickwar on 18th January where a table tomb was erected. Charles Brown’s will was proved at Gloucester on 20th June 1801 and the estate was valued at less than £1,000.

The monumental inscription to Charles Brown is now illegible but Bigland gives it as in memory of Charles and his daughter Betty, also to Margaret, his wife, who died in 1816. Their son, Charles, was buried with them in 1828.

Margaret Brown, widow of Charles Brown II, died on 21st March 1816, aged seventy-seven years and was buried on 29th March when she was described in the Wickwar Register as “of

Yate”.


Their children were Great V Aunts and Uncle

 

 

  1. WILLIAM BROWN, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

 

William Brown was baptised on 4th August 1775 at Wickwar. On 7th March 1799 he married Eleanor Prout, by licence, at Wickwar

Bigland – Wickwar Churchyard:

 

‘In Memory of Eleanor, the Wife of William Brown, of the Town, She died Jany 29, 1800, Aged 43 Years . Also of Mary his Daughter, She died Decr. 31 1799 aged 61 (? 6 months) Years

William Brown of Yate, a widower, married Mabel Bennett at Thornbury, by licence, on 26th March 1801. Mabel’s younger sister Anne had married William Brown’s younger brother, Charles in 1799.

Mabel was born in 1771  the sixth child of Daniel Bennett (c. 1726-1799) and his wife Mary (nee Limbrick). According to James Bennett, Daniel lived in Eastwood Green House, and indeed his gravestone describes him as “of Eastwood”. Mary Bennett died on 24th February 1777 and her husband Daniel Bennett died on 14th May 1799. Mabel may have had an illegitimate son, William, some time before 1798, who was mentioned in her father’s will.

William died on 14th July 1808, aged thirty-three years, and a table tomb was erected at Wickwar in his memory.


  1. CHARLES BROWN, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Charles Brown was baptised on 10th or 18th (?) March 1777 at Wickwar. He married Anne Bennett on 1st January 1799 at Thornbury or Wickwar (?). Anne was born in 1775 and was the eighth child of Daniel Bennett (c. 1726-1799) and his wife Mary (nee Limbrick). According to James Bennett, Daniel lived in Eastwood Green House, and indeed his gravestone describes him as “of Eastwood”. Mary Bennett died on 24th February 1777 and her husband Daniel Bennett died on 14th May 1799. Anne’s elder sister Mabel later married Charles’s brother, William Brown in 1801.

Charles Brown died on 25th February 1828, aged fifty-one years and he was buried at Wickwar on 29th February.

 


  1. JOSEPH BROWN, Great V Uncle of Richard Barton

 

Joseph Brown was baptised on 12th May 1778 at Wickwar. He married Deborah Gabb at Berkeley, by licence on 11th September 1810. Joseph was at the time a Farmer of Yate and his brother, Charles Brown of Wickwar, witnessed the marriage allegation and licence. Deborah Gabb was baptised on 16th October 1785 at North Nibley. From 1810 until 1817 Joseph Brown was described as a Yeoman of Wanswell and then in the 1820s and 30s as a labourer of Cold Elm. Joseph and Deborah moved to North Nibley where they were both buried, Joseph on 23rd April 1849 and Deborah in 1857.


  1. MARGARET DANIELL (or DANIELS), Great V Aunt

 

Margaret Brown was baptised on 8th August 1780 at Frith Farm, Wickwar. She married William Daniell at Yate on 9th May 1799 and they had at least thirteen children.

They seem to have farmed at Yate until some time between 1802 and 1808 when they moved to Tortworth. William may have been descended from Thomas Daniell of Tortworth who died on 5th August 1780 aged fifty-two-years and his wife Anne who died in 1806 aged seventy-three-years who are buried at Tortworth near to William and Margaret. There is a baptism at Tortworth for William the son of Thomas and Ann Daniell on 5th December 1775.

‘Mr William Daniels of Tortworth in the said County of Gloucester, Yeoman, and Mr. John Minett of West End in the parish of Wickwar in the said County of Gloucester Yeoman’, were the executors appointed by brother-in-law, John Isaac II, in February 1821.

Margaret died on 18th February 1833 and was buried at Tortworth Parish Church on 23rd February aged fifty-two-years. An inscription included the words:

‘A faithful friend lies buried here

A mother kind a wife sincere

The loss is great that we sustain

We hope made death her gain’

At the time of the 1841 census William Daniell, a sixty-year-old Farmer, born in Gloucestershire, was farming at Tortworth next to Elm Tree Farm. With him were his daughters Elizabeth aged twenty-five-years, Elizabeth aged twenty years and Ann aged fifteen years. Their brother, Henry, aged fifteen years, was living with them at Tortworth.

William Daniell died on 8th October 1844 aged seventy years and was buried at Tortworth on 11th October aged sixty-nine-years. The inscription on his gravestone reads:

‘Grant him good Lord the joys that never cease

Grant him to drink fromn wisdom’s fountain clear

Those living streams for which he panted here…’

Buried with them was their great granddaughter Bessie Griffiths aged five months, the infant child of A & K Griffiths (sp?) – ‘of such is the Kingdom of Heaven’.


 

BETTY BROWN, Great V Aunt of Richard Barton

 

Betty was baptised on 29th April 1782 and she died on 21st October 1786 aged four years and six months. She was buried at Wickwar.

 


 

CATHARINE ISAAC, Great IV Grandmother of Richard Barton

 

Daughter of Charles Brown and Margaret (nee Minett)

Wife of John Isaac II

Mother of Mary Shield

 

Also Mother of Margaret Williamson, Nathaniel, John, Catherine Shield, Jessie, Joseph, Charles, Hannah Daniell, Anne Pullen, Cornelius and Elizabeth

 

Catharine Brown, the eldest daughter of Charles and Margaret Brown, was baptised on 5th January 1774 at Wotton-under-Edge. On 22nd November 1796 she married John Isaac ‘the Younger’ at Yate Parish Church. The wedding took place on 22nd November 1796 at Yate and Catharine was living at her parents’ home, Gearing Frith, Yate. In the Will of Charles Brown, of 1798, John Isaac is referred to as ‘The Younger’ and reference is made to loans made to him and his wife by her father, the testator.

John and Catharine had twelve children and the eldest six were all baptised at Wickwar between 1798 and 1807. Three children married into the family of James and Sarah Shield of Tytherington. The youngest of their children, Elizabeth, was deaf and dumb.

John Isaac II was buried on 13th August 1821 at Wickwar, only a year after his father, John Isaac I. Catharine Isaac, his widow, died on 28th April 1841 at Wickwar. She was described as the sixty-seven-year-old widow of John Isaac, Farmer. The cause of death was given as ‘Disease of the Ovary’. John Roberts, the Registrar, registered the death on 1st May 1841 and the informant was Sophia Cole of Wickwar who was present at the death. Catharine Isaac was buried on 18th April 1841 at Wickwar


 

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