Family History Jottings

Thursday, 8 April 2027 10:35 pm
kjthistory: (Poole)
This site doesn't pretend to be a "Family History Website" - it's just a collection of bits and pieces, a Work in Progress.

I'll be posting narratives for various of my ancestors as and when I get round to tidying them up. Names which are underlined in bold will at some point be hyperlinked to narratives for those people.

If you'd like to make contact, click on the blue pencil above to reply to this post. Comments are screened to protect your privacy.


Narratives: 

William ANDREW 1793 - 1849 (brother of ggg-grandfather James ANDREW)

Edward COLE (sr) 1831 - 1860 (ggg-grandfather)

Frederick John COOK 1879 - 1940 (great grandfather)

Frederick HAYDON 1858 - 1912 (great-grandfather)

Betsy McPHERSON 1865 - 1935 (great grandmother)



Wills and Testaments: 

Thomas ANDREW of Woolfardisworthy, d1838 (brother of 4g-grandfather James Andrew)

John BASKERFIELD of Woughton on the Green, Wheelwright, d1753

Joseph BASKERFIELD of North Crawley, Iorn-Smith, d1752

Richard BASKERFIELD of North Crawley, Husbandman, d1671

William BASKERFIELD of North Crawley, Husband, d1715

William BASKERFIELD of Woughton on the Green, Blacksmith d1772

Thomazin CLEVERDON (née SHORT) of Woolfardisworthy, d1840 (5g-grandmother)

Mary ESTMENT/Eastment (née BASKERFIELD) of Woughton on the Green, 'Widow Woman', d1763

Kirby FRANCIS of Canterbury, Plumber, Glazier and Painter, d1843 (brother of 4g-grandfather George Francis)

George McPHERSON of Milngavie, d1845, (brother of ggg-grandfather Donald McPherson)

William PENGILLY of Clovelly, d1819 (4g-grandfather)



Overseers of the Poor:

William ANDREW b1793 - Settlement Examination 1823

William ANDREW b1793 - Removal Order 1823



Family Tree Diagrams:

Matilda OXFORD b1853



Certificates: 

COWANs of Dundee
kjthistory: (Poole)
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This is the last Will of me John Harris of number 2 Wesley Villas Studley Trowbridge Wilts Retired police superintendent

I appoint my friend Fred Milsom Garlick of Trowbridge aforesaid Butcher sole Executor hereof and I bequeath unto him ten guineas (duty free) for trouble.

I devise all that freehold piece of land situate in the Tything of Studley in the Parish of Trowbridge aforesaid being part of a close of ground called Lower Pilewell and all that dwellinghouse and outbuildings on the said piece of land or on some part therefore known as number 2 Wesley Villas formerly in the occupation of George Andrews but now in my own and all other my real estate (if any) unto my natural son John Wheeler otherwise Harris of Bradford Wilts Blacksmith. To hold the same hereditaments unto him the said John Wheeler otherwise Harris his heirs and assigns forever.

I give as follows (that is to say)

To my brother Henry Tilsed Harris* living in the Bay of Islands Saint John's Newfoundland North America five hundred and forty pounds (duty free). But should the said Henry Tilsed Harris die in my lifetime then such legacy of five hundred and forty pounds (duty free) to all his children then living equally.

To my sister Susan Rumble* of 68 Ossery Road, Old Kent Road, Surrey London Widow five hundred and forty pounds (duty free) but should she die in my lifetime then such sum (duty free) to all her children then living equally.

To John Rumble a son of the said Susan Rumble my gold watch and appendages.

To my sister Louisa Beckett* now living with me my linen china books pictures furniture and other household effects in and about my house wherein I reside and five hundred pounds (all duty free). But should the said Louisa Beckett die in my lifetime then such pecuniary legacy of five hundred pounds (duty free) to all her children living at her death equally.

To my nephew Harvey Harris one hundred and fifty pounds (duty free) but should he die in my lifetime then such legacy (duty free) to my nephew Walter Pavey Harris.

To the said Walter Pavey Harris one hundred and fifty pounds (duty free) but should he die in my lifetime then such legacy (duty free) to the said Harvey Harris which said Harvey Harris and Walter Pavey Harris are the two sons of my brother Joseph Harris supposed dead

All the rest and residue of my money and personal Estate of whatever description (including my clothes and wearing apparel) I give to my natural son the said John Wheeler otherwise Harris.

But subject to the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expences I direct that the said John Wheeler otherwise Harris shall suffer the said Louisa Beckett to occupy the said house and premises number 2 Wesley Villas aforesaid for a period of six calendar months after my decease without any charge for rent or otherwise In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty seventh day of June one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight.

John Harris

Signed and acknowledged by the said John Harris the testator as and for his last and only will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Jacob Taylor Trowbridge Gentleman.

John William Culverhouse, Photographer, 7a The Parade Trowbridge.

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BE IT KNOWN, that at the date hereunder written, the last Will and Testament of John Harris, late of No 2 Wesley Villas Studley Trowbridge in the County of Wilts Retired Police Superintendent deceased, who died on the 8th day of June 1890 at No 2 Wesley Villas aforesaid was proved and registered in the Principal Probate Registry of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice, and that administration of the personal estate of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to Fred Milsom Garlick of Trowbridge aforesaid Butcher the sole Executor named in the said Will, he having been first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same.

Probate dated the 1st day of August 1890. Gross value of Personal Estate £2418 7s 0d

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*Susan Harris married Henry Sayer Rumble 8th December 1839 in Newington, London. Her brother Anthony Tilsed Harris was one of the witnesses.

* Louisa Harris married Erastus Beckett 19th August 1855 at St Pancras, Liverpool Street, London. In 1877 Erastus abandoned her and went to the USA, where he settled in Connecticut and died in 1916.

*Henry Tilsed Harris, born 1825 in Christchurch, Hampshire, England, seems a good fit for Henry T Harris born England, died Newfoundland 3rd March 1910 aged 86. (Research Ron Feniak, information from ngb.chebucto.org) He married Olivia Noel 16th Nov 1854 and their known children are George Apsey Harris b1855, Elizabeth Agnes Harris b1856, Louisa Harris b1858, William Tree Harris b1860, Eliza Harris b1871 and Priscilla Harris b1875. It seems likely that the Henry T Tilsed (born about 1864) who married Caroline Whalen 9th January 1888 is also theirs, as he fits into the ten-year gap between William and Eliza.
kjthistory: (Poole)
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From what looks like the original copy of this will, it was written on 13th October 1628.      

In the name of God Amen: I Christian Tilsed* being of good and perfect memory thankes be given to Almightie God do make & appoynt my last will & testament in manner followinge. First I bequeath my soule into the handes of God my Savioure & redeemer ?Cbolseberinge? by his merite the remission of my sinnes & evlastinge life, my body to be buried in the pish church or churchyard of Beere according to the discrecon of mine executor.

Itm I give unto the Church of Beere five shillings & to the poore of the same give two shillinge.

Itm my will is that the ??£100?? bedspreede & valence in the lower chamber shall remayne unto the house.

Itm I give unto my sonne James Tilsed the best bed & bed?stead? in the upper chamber, the Chest therein, the Cupbord in the hall the best table ?boxe? halfe a dosen of the best pewter x^d ?forme? belonging to the table bord, a brasse kettle in the kitchin, a dripping pan, a ?stimer? & a chafindish.

Item I give unto my daughter Anne Clench* my best gowne, my best cloake, & a peticoate, my second tablebord & a forme, the greate brasen panne, the copper in the kitchin, a pestle & mortar, dogge & andirons.

Itm I give unto Roger Tilsed the sonne of Lewes Tilsed a ?bruckle? bedsteed, a sidebord & a ioyned chaire in the hall.

Itm I give to Mary Clench a?crock?.

Itm I give unto Anne Clench & Mary Bushrode* my daughters all my linnen equally to be devided & the rest of my apparerell not formerly given.

Itm I give unto Christian Goold my goddaughter sixe shillings.

Item I give to my brothers John Goold & Thomas Goold each of them a platter.

Itm I give unto my sonne Lewes a bed & bedsteed from ?ishedim? the chamber over the hall, a brasse ?furnace? pan.

Item I give unto Christian Norris, Anne Norris, Mary Norris, Robert & Thomas Norris, the children of my late daughter Christian Norris* late deceased twentie nobles to be devided amongst them when they shall come to the age of one & twentie yeares, to be ?mburied [?imployed?] according to the discrecion of my executors & in the meantyme to be kept in the hands of my executors & improved for the best advantage of the said children.

Itm I give unto my daughter Anne Clench three poundes to be paid within halfe a yeare after my decease. Itm I give to my daughter Anne Clench her four children twentie shillings apeece. Itm I give unto my other grandchildren ten shillings apeece.

The rest of my goods I give unto my sonnes Lewes & James Tilsed whome I make executors of this my Will.


Witnesses:   John Rogers Clerke,
                    John Clench

Christian Tilsed her mark.

Probate (in Latin) - Christian Tilsed of Beere Regis in Dorset 4th August 1629. Admin to Lodovico Tilsed one of the executors


* Christian Tilsed née Gould - husband not yet identified for certain, but probably Roger Tilsed son of Lewis.
* Anne Clench née Tilsed    - married to Thomas Clench the younger
* Mary Bushrode née Tilsed  - married to John Bushrode
* Christian Norris née Tilsed  - late wife of Tobias Norris
kjthistory: (Poole)
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1622 Will of Willam Gould )

1624 codicil to will of William Gould )

Probate ... PCC 7th June 16?4? to Lodovici Tilsed named in the will [Johanne Harbin also mentioned]
 
kjthistory: (Poole)
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I don't yet know what relation William was to me; I do know that he was the son of John Tilsed, Cordwainer, and Jane (née Trim) of Poole, and the brother of John Tilsed of Horselydown, Surrey (1766-1811), captain of the Alfred and the Friends in the Lisbon/Newfoundland trade. If William ever had a wife or children, there is no sign of them in the Will.

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Will_of_William_Tilsed_of_Lamaline )

Codicil_1_-_Letter_to_John_Aldridge )

Codicil_2_-_Letter_to_Butler_Aldridge )

Probate_Proceedings )
kjthistory: (Poole)
Originals held by Hampshire Record Office. Translated from Latin by R.Samways.


Probate administration of John Tilsed of Holdenhurst, Hampshire, mariner (1730AD/130)

The 14th day of December in the year of our Lord 1730

On this day the administration of all the goods, rights and credits of John Tilsed, late of Holdenhurst in the county of Southampton and the diocese of Winchester, sailor, deceased, was granted to Mary Luxwell, the lawful mother of the said deceased. And the said Mary made oath that all the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased do not amount to the sum of £20 as it is believed.

Before me Gab. Ayscough


Probate administration of John Tilsed of Holdenhurst, Hampshire, mariner (1731AD/135)

29th October 1731

On this day the administration of all and singular the goods, rights and credits of John Tilsed, late of Holdenhurst in the county of Southampton, mariner, and in the diocese of Winchester, having died intestate, was granted to Elizabeth wife of Thomas Jacob of Middle Gussage in the county of Dorset, yeoman, late Elizabeth Tilsed, sister of the aforesaid John. And that all the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased do not amount to the sum of £20 as it is believed.

Sworn before me Thomas Price
kjthistory: (Poole)
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This will appears to be in Gyles'; own handwriting, and has only one witness. I don't yet know how, or whether, Gyles Tilsed's family intersects with mine.

1679 Will of Gyles Tilsed )
kjthistory: (Poole)
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This Will appears to be from a clerk’s copy book rather than an original. With thanks to Wiltshire Archives’ website for alerting me to its existence, and Bere Regis village website for having the images available online.

I don’t yet know how, or whether, Lewis Tilsed’s family intersects with mine.

1581 Will of Lewis Tilsed )
kjthistory: (Woughton_Baskerfield)
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Richard Baskerfield is in my opinion a strong candidate to be the father of William Baskerfield, Husbandman of North Crawley who was 8g-grandfather to my children.

(Two Baskerfield wills of North Crawley each name a William as the oldest son: that of Thomas Baskerfield, Husbandman dated 1655 and that of Richard, shown below, dated 1669/70. William the son of Thomas was apprenticed to a Plumber in London, while William the son of Richard inherited the tools of “my employments of husbandry”.)

I have made a reasonable attempt to preserve the original spelling of the will, but my main concern was simply to have a more accessible record of the contents.


Will of Richard Basterfeild of North Crawley )
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: (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: (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: (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: (Clovelly)

I had a bit of luck recently; an article in a Family History magazine put me onto the Friends of Devon Archives website., where I came across a reference to a Will for William Pengilly of Clovelly, dated 1819. A photocopy was available from North Devon Archives for only £1-20 plus 50p p&p, and it arrived within a few days.

 


Extract from Will of William Pengilly of Clovelly, Devon, Yeoman. )

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