A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
A full history has been researched and compiled by Andrew J. Plaster
I am indebted to Andrew Plaster for all his help and also Doreen Myerscough who discovered the baptism of Susanna Trotman, the bride of Jonas Organ II
Richard Orgayne I (-1559)
Richard Organ II (-1613) and Perpetua Eylls (-1573)
Edward Organ (1663-1615) and Agnes (-1620)
Richard Organ III (1591-1642) and Joane (-1662)
Morrice Organ I (1625-1682) and Sarah Long (1635-1697)
Maurice Organ II (1659-1721) and Elizabeth (-1759)
of North Nibley
Jonas Organ I (1696-1765) and Frances (-1754)
Jonas Organ II (1726-1786) and Susanna Trotman (1726-1797)
Susanna Organ and Abraham Perrett
William Perrett II and Rebecca
Sarah Perrett and John Barton III
William Barton II and Ellen Pick
Edward Percy Barton and Florence Noad
Son of Jonas Organ I and Frances
Husband of Susanna Trotman
Father of Susanna Perrett
Also Father of Jonas, Ann, Thomas, Betty Vizard, Ann Edwards, Edward, Rebecca Merritt, Isaac and Joseph
Also Husband of Elizabeth
Also Father of Peter, Samuel, John, Jane Hurlestone and Martha
Jonas Organ II was baptised on 29th September 1726 at North Nibley. He was the fourth child and third son of Jonas and Frances Organ. Jonas married Elizabeth in 1746, and they had at least five children who were born between 1747 and about 1754. Elizabeth was buried on 1st August 1757 leaving Jonas a widower with young children.
He then married Susanna Trotman on 17th January 1758 at North Nibley and they had at least ten children, the youngest Joseph being born in 1776.
Jonas Organ II died on 9th September 1786 at North Nibley and was buried there on 12th September. His estate was administered by his son-in-law, Edward Vizard, a clothmaker of Nibley, together with William Smith, a staymaker of Gloucester and William Trotman, a ‘hoisler’ of Gloucester. The estate was valued at less than £100.
6th August 1790 was the date of Jonas’ first administration and for some reason this was done again on 17th August 1798 after the death of his widow who had failed to carry it through.
Susanna Organ, his widow, survived him and died on 4th February 1797. She was buried at North Nibley on 7th February.
Inscription on Tombstone at North Nibley:
‘Sacred to the memory of Jonas Organ of this parish who died September 9th 1786 aged 61 years. Also of Susanna his relict who died February 4th 1797 aged 62 years. Verse. Also Joseph their son who died May 29th 1815 aged 36 years.’
Administration of Jonas Organ II:
‘Edward Vizard of North Nibley in the County and Diocese of Gloucester Clothmaker Edward Organ of the same place Yeoman, William Smith of the City of Gloucester Staymaker and William Trotman of the same City, Hoisler are held and firmly bound unto Richard, Lord Bishop of Gloucester in the Sum of Two hundred Pounds… Dated Thirteenth Day of August in the Thirty eighth Year of the Reign of George III 1798.
That if Edward Vizard and Edward Organ, above bound or legal representatives Administrators of all goods chattels and credits of Jonas Organ, late of North Nibley in the County and Diocese of Gloucester, Rug Maker deceased, unadministered by Susannah Organ his late Widow deceased … Signed Edward Vizard, Edward Organ, Wm Smith, The mark of William Trotman.
13th August 1798 In which day personally Edward Vizard and Edward Organ and alleged that Jonas Organ late of north Nibley in the Diocese of Gloucester Rugmaker decd died intestate that administration of all and singular his goods, chattels, rights and credits was duly granted to Susannah Organ his widow That the said Susannah Organ before she had fully administrated the said goods and chattels also departed this life having first duly made and published her last will and Testament in writing and appointed the said Edward Vizard and Edward Organ the Executors thereof who have since duly proved the same will and are thereby become the representatives of the said last will and testament of the said Susannah Organ, deceased.
Whereof they pray that administration … Of all and singular the goods chattels rights and credits of the said Jonas Organ deceased left unadministered as aforesaid may be granted and committed to them on giving such good and sufficient … as in this behalf is required. Let Administration … be granted as above prayed. Thos Rudge surr. Sworn less than £100.’
Andrew Plaster, 31st May 2008:
Last time, I contacted you that I had a doubt why there was a second administration of Jonas Organ in 1798, a year after his widow Susanna’s will was proved in 1797. A few months ago, I found a reason why this happened. As extracted from the book’s 11-page chapter 7d that I wrote:
Susanna’s will proved on 11th March 1797, was contested by her two step-sons Peter and Samuel Organ and step-daughter Jane Hurlestone of Dursley, all of whom were not mentioned in the will. A citation dated 25th March 1797 was issued to the executors Edward Organ and Edward Vizard. An Inventory and account of the case of Organ and Hurlestone versus Organ and Vizard was drawn up on 27th April 1797. The executors and two other people William Smith and William Trotman were granted administration of the unadministered part of the estate on 13th August 1798.
Daughter of Thomas Trotman and Susan (nee Parsley)
Wife of Jonas Organ II
Mother of Susanna Perrett
Also Mother of Jonas, Ann, Thomas, Betty, Ann Vizard, Edward, Rebecca Merritt, Isaac and Joseph
Susanna, daughter of Thomas and Susan Trotman was baptised at Stinchcombe on 22nd February 1734.
Susanna Trotman married Jonas Organ II on 17th January 1758 at North Nibley and they had at least ten children, the youngest Joseph being born in 1776.
Jonas, her husband, died on 9th September 1786 at North Nibley and was buried there on 12th September. The widow, Susanna, made her will on 25th January 1797 and died on 4th February 1797. She was buried at North Nibley on 7th February. The will was sworn at Gloucester on 11th day of March 1797. Her son, Edward Organ and her son-in-law, Edward Vizard were the joint Executors and valuation was given at less than £300.
The Will of Susanna Organ:
‘By the Permission of Almighty God, I Susanna Organ of North Nibley in the County of Gloucester Widow, being sick and weak in Body but (blessed be God) of sound disposing mind memory and understanding, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I will and direct that all my just debts and Funeral expences be fully paid and satisfied Also, I give and devise unto my son Jonas Organ all that my now erec5ted tenement or dwelling house situate and being in North Nibley aforesaid wherein he now lives with the grader ground and outlet now by him occupied therewith, and at my close piece or parcel of ground with the appurtenances called the Ragg situate and being in North Nibley aforesaid to Holy to my said son Jonas and his assigns for the term estate and interest which shall be to come thereon at the time of my decease. Also I give and devise unto my son Edward Organ and my son-in-law Edward Vizard All and every other my leasehold messuages tenements mills lands and hereditaments situate and being in North Nibley aforesaid, with their and every of their rights mom… and appurtenances, to Hold to them my said son Edward Organ and son-in-law Edward Vizard their Executors Administrators and assigns as tenants in common for all the term or term estate and interest which shall be to come thereon respectively at the time of my decease subject nevertheless to the payment of six equal shares (the whole being divided into eight equal shares) of the full value of the same last mentioned leasehold premises unto my said son Jonas, and my son Isaac, and Joseph, and my Daughters Ann, Susanna and Rebecca respectively within six months next after my decease such valuation to be made by such person or persons as the majority of the parties interested in the premises by virtue of this my will shall choose, nominate or appoint. Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Edward Organ my eight day Clock, with the case weights and appurtenances belonging to the same Also I give and bequeath unto my said three sons Edward, Isaac and Joseph and my said daughter Susanna a silver table spoon each. All the rest and residue of my household goods and furniture I give and bequeath unto my said sons Edward and Joseph and my said daughter Rebecca to be equally divided between them share and share alike. And as to all the rest and residue of my goods, chattels, monies, living and dead stock, and all other my personal estate whatsoever, herein before disposed of, I hereby will and direct that an Inventory and Valuation shall be made and taken of the same as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, such valuation to be made by the same person or persons as to be chosen, nominated or appointed as aforesaid The amount of which said Inventory and Valuation (my said debts and funeral expences being first satisfied and discharged) I hereby direct shall be divided into eight equal parts or shares, and six equal parts or shares thereof I give and bequeath unto my said six children Jonas, Isaac, Joseph, Ann, Susanna, and Rebecca, and to be paid to them respectively within three months next after my decease, And the remaining two shares or parts thereof I give and bequeath unto my said son Edward Organ and son-in-law Edward Vizard to whom I do hereby constitute and appoint joint executors of this my will And hereby revoking all and every will or wills by me at any time heretofore made I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament (the whole whereof is contained in two sheets of paper) to the first sheet thereof set my hand and to this second and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the twenty fifth day of January in the Year of Our lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven. Susanna Organ.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the testatrix Susanna Organ as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us The mark of Hester X Perrett, Charles Whittard
11th day of March 1797 The abovementioned Edward Organ and Edward Vizard the joint Executors were duly sworn before me Thomas Rudge sur. Sworn to less than £300.’
Daughter of Jonas Organ II and Susannah (nee Trotman)
Wife of Abraham Perrett
Mother of William Perrett II
Also Mother of David, Isaac, Henry, Eli, Hannah Maria, Peter, Ann Limer, Susannah, Susannah Wilkins and Hester
Susannah Organ was baptised on 7th January 1770 at North Nibley. She was a daughter of Jonas and Susanna Organ of North Nibley. Her father was a rug-maker of North Nibley. She married Abraham Perrett at North Nibley on 26th December 1791.
Abraham and Susannah Perrett had at least eleven children born between 1792 and 1815. At least two of them – Susannah the elder and Hester died in infancy. Isaac, who was one of his eleven children, was transported to Australia in 1818 on the Hadlow. Abraham Perrett was buried on 3rd September 1839 at North Nibley, aged sixty-nine-years. His widow, Susannah Perrett was living with their son William Perrott and his family at Break Hart Hill at the time of the 1841 census and at the time she was aged seventy years.
Susanna Perrett died on 4th February 1847 at North Nibley. She was described on her death certificate as the seventy-seven-year-old ‘Widow of Abraham Perrett, Farmer’. The cause of death was ‘Decay of Nature – not certified’. Edward Page, Registrar, registered the death on 8th February and the informant was E. Perrett of Bourn Stream, Wotton-under-Edge, who was present at the death. Susanna was buried at North Nibley on 10th February 1847, aged seventy-seven years.