kjthistory: (Woughton_Baskerfield)
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Having found the Will of Joseph Baskerfield, and given the occurrence of the names Susannah and Rebecca amongst the children of Thomas Baskerfield of Woughton on the Green, Blacksmith, I am now fairly confident that William Baskerfield the Elder is the father of Joseph and the said Thomas.

Will of William Baskerfield the Elder d1715 )
kjthistory: (Woughton_Baskerfield)
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I bought this Will with several other random Baskerfield Wills, in the rather unrealistic hope that one of them would mention "my brother Thomas Baskerfield in Woughton on the Green", or some such. To my delight, this one literally did say that!

Will of Joseph Baskerfield d1752 )
kjthistory: (Bideford)

This document is a temporary version of William’s narrative; I am working on a longer and more detailed version, incorporating slightly more background information and relevant history. In the meantime, comment below if you would like more details of the sources used.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

William Andrew was a younger brother of my ggg-grandfather James Andrew. He has his own narrative because I have been lucky enough to find plenty of detail on him, and that detail is interesting. For example, he is the only proven transported convict linked to our tree, and as at January 2011 he is also the only related person for whom I have found a Settlement Examination.



William ANDREW, 1793 - 1849 )
kjthistory: (Canterbury)
Kirby Francis was the eldest sibling of my 4g-grandfather, George Francis. This Will is derived from a Copy book.

Will of Kirby Francis d1843 )
kjthistory: (Bideford)
I have cut down some of the legal verbiage here for clarity.

To the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Ashwater in the County of Devon and to the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Woolfardisworthy in the said County and to each and every (sic) of them.

Removal Order - William ANDREW, Catherine his wife, Asa and Ann their children )
kjthistory: (Bideford)
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From the evidence of his birth place, parents’ abode, father’s death date and children’s names, I am confident that this William Andrew(s) is the younger brother of my ggg-grandfather James Andrew.

From the evidence of their mother’s will (“to my son William Andrew currently under sentence of transportation”) and the occupation of School Master given in transportation records, I am reasonably confident that this man is that William Andrew(s) who was found guily of larceny on 21st July 1838 and transported to Van Diemen’s Land.


The original document has no paragraph breaks; for clarity I have inserted paragraph breaks at every change of abode.


Settlement Examination for William Andrew born East Putford ~1793 )
kjthistory: (Dundee_Waterfront)
George McPherson, b1804 in Laggan, Inverness, was brother to my ggg-grandfather Donald McPherson, b1799 in Laggan. George died Intestate, ie there was no Will.


The document below is a Testament under Scottish Law. After a death, the appointed Executor or his/her representative “compears” (presents him/herself) before a suitably qualified Commissary to present the Will, if there is one, together with the inventory of effects. The Testament is essentially a record of the proceedings, and includes the text of the Will itself where appropriate.

My objective is to show the property involved and the family relationships rather than necessarily the original wording of the document. The Testaments I have seen so far tend to the verbose, and the text below is in some places paraphrased or abridged.

Inventory of the Personal Estate of G. McPherson )
kjthistory: (Woughton_Baskerfield)
My children are descended from Birds and Baskerfields of Woughton on the Green in Buckinghamshire. They were Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights. The testator's sister, Rebecca Baskerfield, is my children's 6g-grandmother.

The text below is in some places paraphrased or abridged.


I, Mary Estment of Woughton in the County of Bucks Widow Woman...

I give and dispose in the following manner:

To my sister Rebecca Baskerfield, the sum of Ten Pounds

To my sister Martha James, the sum of Four Pounds and my bed and bedding for her use and ??behoof??

To my brother William Baskerfield, Fifteen Pounds and one Gold Ring to his use and ??behoof??

To my three sisters, Susanna Higgins, Rebecca Baskerfield and Martha James, all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between them

To my sister Rebecca Baskerfield, my sister Martha James and my brother William Baskerfield, all my household goods to be equally divided between them, except for my Clock, my great Kettle and my largest Brass Pott

To my brother Thomas Baskerfield, all my dwelling house in which my father Estment now dwells

All my money in pocket, and debts due to me, and my Clock, my great Kettle and my largest Brass Pott previously excepted, to my brother Thomas Baskerfield, who I appoint to be my Sole Executor.

Signed: 14th February 1763

Witnesses: William Underwood, Richard Hall, William Pierce

Proved: 6th April 1763
kjthistory: (Woughton_Baskerfield)
My children are descended from Birds and Baskerfields of Woughton on the Green in Buckinghamshire. They were Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights. The testator's brother, Thomas Baskerfield, is my children's 7g-grandfather.

The text below is in some places paraphrased or abridged.

Will of John Baskerfield d1753 )
kjthistory: (Poole)
Matilda Oxford was my great-great-grandmother; although she herself was born in Blandford St Mary in Dorset, she was of a long-established Sturminster Marshall family. During the course of the 19th Century the trend appears to have been net movement out of the village and towards Wimborne as people left the land.

Diagram of Matilda's Ancestry )
kjthistory: (Woughton_Baskerfield)
My children are descended from Birds and Baskerfields of Woughton on the Green in Buckinghamshire. They were Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights. I'm not currently sure where this particular Baskerfield fits into their tree.

The text below is in some places paraphrased or abridged.


Will of William Baskerfield d1772 )
kjthistory: (Bideford)
Thomas Andrew was a younger brother of my 4g-grandfather, James Andrew, and as far as I know, he was the first of the children of my 5g-grandmother Thomazin Cleverdon née Short, to die. Some of the legal verbiage has been abridged and paraphrased.


Will of Thomas Andrew d1838 (brother of 4g-grandfather) )
kjthistory: (Bideford)
Cleverdon was Thomazin's second married name. Her son by her first marriage, James Andrew, was my ggg-grandfather. Her maiden name was probably Short, but I have no proof of that so far.

Will of Thomazin Cleverdon d1840 (gggg-grandmother) )
kjthistory: (Bideford)


Frederick was my great-grandfather.

 

This document is my complete version, including notes as to how I came to discover various pieces of information, together with my theories and speculations. At some point I will produce a cut-down version showing only the known facts, with sources where appropriate.

 

 

Frederick Haydon, Part 1 )

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Edward Cole senior was my great-great-great-grandfather. 

 

Edward Cole sr 1831 - 1860 )

kjthistory: (Dundee_Waterfront)

 

Betsy McPherson was my great-grandmother; she was very proud indeed of being a McPherson, and that pride has been passed down through the family, even to her Dorset grandchildren.

 

FAMILY TRADITION

 

According to Tilly, who got it from her Aunty Betty, Betsy was “a lady; she had been beautiful; she had lovely hair, real Rob Roy hair [red], which she kept long till the day she died, and washed it every day”.

 

Betsy McPherson 1865 - 1935 )
kjthistory: (Canterbury)

 

Frederick was my great-grandfather. I need to add in the births of his children to this narrative.

 

 

FAMILY TRADITION

 

Frederick’s eldest daughter, my grandmother Violet May Cook, told her niece, June, that Frederick came from Canterbury, and that his father kept a shop. Frederick was apparently the black sheep of the family, and ran away to sea, fetching up in Poole. At this stage he met Eliza “and the roaming had to stop”.

 


kjthistory: (Dundee_Waterfront)
My Cowan family of Dundee turn out to have Irish antecedents; there appear to have been a lot of Irish immigrants in Dundee, but they seem to have been amongst the poorer part of the population, and amongst people brought up in Dundee having Irish ancestors doesn't seem to be something to be owned up to. They're still there, though. Mark and Bridget were born and married in Sligo, leaving for Scotland some time after 1845.

William's Birth Certificate

Thomas's Death

Thomas and Betsy's Marriage

Thomas's Birth Certificate

Mary Cone's Birth Certificate. In 1855, oh yes.

Mark's Death Certificate

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