1) Elizabeth Dab married 2 Aug 1719 Butleigh Thomas Barnet [see Barnard (25) – Elizabeth may have died 6 Oct 1728 as Elizabeth Barnard]

An Elizabeth Dab was Chr. 24 Mar 1694 St. Decumans d.o. John and Anne Dab – no proven connection


1) Edwin Dabinett b. 1842 (Jun Q 10/435 Langport), Kingsdon, blacksmith, s.o. Henry and Caroline Dabinett (of Kingsdon), died 12 Oct 1885 (Dec Q 5c/265 Langport) Kingweston. 71-73, 81K-108

Edwin appeared with his parents at the Farm House, Kingsdon on the 1851 census. By 1861 he was boarding with blacksmith James Piddle at Kirkham Street, Somerton, where presumably he learned his trade.

This family appear on the 1871 census at 19, High Street [Peckham Row]. All the children were born in Butleigh up to 1873 after which the family were in Kingweston. Alice married William Cornelius in 1890 (Sep Q 5c/698 Yeovil) and they lived in Thurlbear. William was a chauffeur and by 1911 they had six children and lived with four of them at Horsington, Templecombe, Wincanton.

Minnie was a lady's maid at "The Grange", Somerton in 1891 and at Charlton Park House in 1901. Minnie married William John Mundy of Somerton in 1909 (Mar Q 2b/1004 Christchurch, Hamps) and in 1911 lived at 9, Grosvenor Rd, Easton, Portland, Dorset together with her widowed mother Elizabeth Ann Dabinett. Elizabeth died in 1916 aged 75. Adelaide (Annie) also travelled to Hampshire and in 1901 was working as a restaurant waitress in Bournemouth. She married Frank Holloway in Bournemouth in 1929 (Jun Q 2b/1526 Bournemouth).

1a) Edwin William Dabinett Chr. 30 Nov 1864 (Dec Q 5c/588 Wells) Butleigh, blacksmith and hot water engineer, died 27 Mar., bur. 30 Mar 1951 (Mar Q 7c/133 Bridgwater) Kingweston 71-73, 81K-108, 91K-128, 01K-146

Edwin appears in several shows winning prizes for his chickens in the 1880's and 1890's even as far away as Morecombe. Honor and her parents had lived in Compton next door to James Edgar (b. 1788 Compton Dundon) and Onor Edgar (b. 1788 Baltonsborough – Honora Rowley Chr. 17 Jun 1787 Balt.) who must have been her grandparents. Edwin and Honor lived in Kingweston. They were still there in 1911 with their three children plus Ann Edgar (b. 1835 Compton Dundon), Honor's mother.

Oswald married Ada I. Tarr b. 1892 Kingsdon in 1918 (Jun Q 5c/621 Langport). Harold Edwin married Constance Smith in 1920 (June Q 5c/1330 Axbridge). Ivy never married.


This family also appear at Wedmore with the name Cutler or Daggell. A Tristram Daggell (Cutler) married Ursula Rodford at Wedmore 13 Jan 1607 and had children: Symon (Chr. 12 Apr 1612 Wedmore) Robert (Chr. 3 Dec 1615 Wedmore). This double alias surname appelation seems to continue in Wedmore throughout the 1600's. Other early records are: Alicia Daggell, widow butried 6 Mar 1619 Wedmore. Cutlers alias Smith lived in Baltonsborough in the 1500's.

1) Nicholas Dagle (alias Cutler)

2) John Dagle (alias Cutler)

This could be the Joanna Cutler or Dagle who married Johes Flacher at Wedmore on 3 Aug 1629 and they had a daughter Maria Fflacher Chr. 5 Jan 1630 and a son Johannes Fflecher Chr. 26 May 1633.

Dagment/Daymentsee Diment


1) Mary Daltonpaid by the OOP for attending Edward Nowell in his sickness in 1673 and herself received Symcockes bequest money in 1683 - nfi


1) Ann Dando Chr. 8 May 1825 Baltonsborough, bur. 8 Jan 1906 (Mar Q 5c/327 Wells) Butleigh 01-136

Ann Dando was the mother of Elizabeth Latcham and lived with her and her husband Edwin in 1881 when her name was still Ann Burge # - therefore before she 'married' Dando (she is missing from the 1891 census – no marriage traced). She lived with them again in 1901 in the High Street and she died in 1906.

2) Lilian Blanche Dando b. 1877 (Sep Q 5c/536 Axbridge) Wedmore 01-139 d. 1959 (Dec Q 7c/11 Bath)

Lilian worked as a farm helper in 1901 at the farm of Fanny Maidment on Butleigh Hill. In 1881 she lived at Mill Lane Wedmore with her parents plus Amy Jane (b. 1876) and Effie (b. 1879, next). In 1891 she had lived with her parents, Robert Dando, a farmer, and his wife Jane plus five other children at Knowle, Bristol. She married Francis G. Ford in 1916 (Jun Q 5c/877 Wells)

3) Euphemia [Effie] Dando b. 1879 (Dec Q 5c/503 Axbridge), Wedmore, d.o. Robert and Jane Dando, bur. 20 Jan 1969 (Mar Q 7c/509 Taunton) Butleigh

In 1911 Euphemia was a servant at Park Farm, Evercreech. Euphemia is buried with her sister Amy Jane Skardon (viz.). No children recorded from marriage.


1) Rev. John Warren Danford b. 1842 (Sep Q 2/180 East London) London, Middlesex, s.o. Warren and Sarah Danford. d. 1919 (Dec Q 5c/542 Axbridge) 81-95

J. W. Danford was living with his wife (Augusta Caroline then) and son Warren (8) in Belle Vue, St. Paul, Newlyn, Cornwall in 1871 and described as of no occupation. His father at the time was master of the National Training School of Cookery, South Kensington [Leeds Mercury 22 Jul 1878]. The Western Times of 23 Dec 1878 noted his ordination as priest, Literate by the Bishop of Truro in Truro Cathedral. The Cornishman 8 Jan 1880 reported on his leaving Newlyn for Butleigh. The couple appeared at Corner House, High Street in 1881. As the Curate of Butleigh church, the Rev. John Danford lived with his wife Caroline Augusta (41) and a young visitor, William Clifford (12). Mr. R. Laver, auctioneer sold his furniture, piano etc by auction on 5 April 1881 as the Reverend was 'leaving the neighbourhood'. He next appears in Oct 1883 officiating at a wedding at Holy Saviour's, Tynemouth Priory. An Arthur Warren Danford presumably his son, was fined £3 including costs at the Police Court at Weston-Super-Mare in Dec 1891 for unlawfully assaulting and beating one Edgar William Bryant. [Bristol Mercury 19 Dec 1891].

In 1901 the Rev. Danford was a visitor described as 'single' at the home of a 40 year old spinster in Clapham. The Western Times 5 Nov 1901 reported for the Diocese of Exeter that John Warren Danford would be curate for Malborough and South Huish. The Cornishman 19 Mar 1908 reported for the Diocese of Truro his appointment at Marazion. In June 1911 the Cornishman reported that the Rev. J. Warren Danford would preach the sermon at St. Hilary Parish Church for Coronation Day [he preached there in February too, having recovered from 'his recent indisposition'}. A Warren A. W. W. Danford married in Pontypool Gwent in 1918 and must be the son absent from censuses 1881 -1901. His mother is missing in 1891 and 1901.

The Western Daily Press 22 Oct 1919 printed his obituary. He had moved to Weston-Super-Mare on his retirement. The obituary gave his address as Grove Park Road and stated that his broad-mindedness came from his having followed the profession of the sea, visiting many little known places of the earth before taking up Holy Orders. Besides Butleigh he had served in Cornwall, Durham, and London.


1) Rev. George D'Angibau b. 18 Aug 1867 (Sep Q 5c/684 Bath), vicar, s.o. William and Esther D'Angibau, d. 23 Dec 1933 (Dec Q 5a/398 Sherborne) P

George's obituary [Western Gazette 29 Dec 1933} reported that he went from Malvern to Emmanual Coll., Cambridge where he rowed for his college and gained his B.A. in 1888 and M.A. 1892. He received his ministerial training at Wells Theological College and was ordained Deacon in 1891 and Priest two years later at Norwich Cathedral. George married Katherine Ulrika King in 1892 and was the curate of North Creake, Fakenham Norfolk from 1892-1902 after which he became the vicar of Queen Camel. He arrived there with his wife and three daughters in 1902. He played the part of St. Dunstan in the Revel of 1906. He was still vicar in Queen Camel in 1911 living with his wife and three daughters. His wife owned library furniture which once belonged to Lady Byron, a distant relative, and which was sold in 1934. [Western Daily Press 9 Feb 1934]


1) Edward Daniels - occurs in the churchwardens accounts for 1695 when he received 8d for killing two polecats. Probably born and died in the PR gap.

Dantonsee Daunton and Dobin


1) Mr. Danstonpaid by the OOP in Oct 1794 for 10 loads of turves. In 1801 Thomas Dauben/Dobin was paid for the turf house (OOP). - same person – name misread? - see under Dobin


1) Cyril Ewart W. Darke b. 2 Sep 1892 (Sep Q 5b/243 Plymouth) Plymouth, Devon, pupil on farm, s.o. John Robert and Eliza Darke, d. 1973 (Sep Q 6a/160 Maidenhead)

In 1911 Ewart worked on Broadway Farm for Henry Swanton. He married Nina Woodburn (b. 1890 East Ham) in 1912 (Sep Q 1b/1325 St. Giles, London). A postcard addressed to Mrs. J. R. Darke , Belle Vue Lodge, Burgess Hill, Sussex on 13 September 1911 refers to him sending his parents a duck, his shortly attending Tor Fair, and the front bears a picture of Butleigh Court - it was printed by Walter Tully of Glastonbury [embossed stamp in the rh corner]. Ewart's father was a commercial Traveller and in 1911 the parents lived with three daughters born in Manchester, Chiswick and Wolverhampton. Besides Ewart there was another child also.


1) Edward Darvall b. 15 Jun 1838 s.o. Joseph and Sarah Darvall of Reading, d. May 23 Burnham on Sea, bur 1 Jun 1921 (Jun Q 5c/515 Wells) Butleigh

Edward was a commission agent of independent means. He was a widower by 1891 when he lodged in Hackney. In 1901 and 1911 he lodged with a wine merchant in Barrow-on-Soar. Not known why he was buried in Butleigh.

Daubin - see Dobin


1) Charles Dauncey Chr. Jul 1771 Barton St. David, s.o. Tassell and Mary Dauncey, buried 2 Apr 1836 Butleigh East Charlton

Charles was Overseer (for Lord Glastonbury's estates) in 1806. From 1806 both Charles and Joseph Dauncey occupied commons on the Kings Sedgemoor owned by Lord Glastonbury. Both had acted as his Overseer and were probably brothers. He occupied the land until 1810. Charles presented a bill of 1 guinea for his work on repairing Mary Hodges house in 1808. Another bill paid for M. Hodges house by the OOP in May 1810. From 1814, 15 when Charles was again Overseer for Lord Glastonbury he occupied the Sedgemoor common of his employer until the record ends in 1828 and probably until his death. He paid 1 years rent for the Drove (9/-) at Lady's Day – from 1816 onwards – and other bills paid by the OOP include '2 days work with puts carrying earth to the Drove' (1818). In 1817 and 1822/3 he was Overseer again. Churchwarden in 1825. In the assessment of 1827, 28 (OOP) paid rates on three properties including 'Lane Parish' and 'Great Tiches – Sedgemoor'. In Jun 1816 the OOP paid Mr. Bond's bill of £1 9s 6d for Charles Dauncey's servant. In Oct 1817 Charles was paid for carrying a load of potatoes from Greinton. The Manchester Mercury 2 Sep 1817 reported that he petitioned for the bankruptcy of cattle dealer John Dauncey of Baltonsborough. In March 1825 Charles was paid Trivet [iron stand or bracket for holding a cooking vessel!?] money by the OOP.

Ann b. 1777 Butleigh was with son John in 1841. Ann Dauncey, a widow, lived on independent means at Isle Brewers in 1851 with grandchildren Charles (b. 1839 Charlton) and Marina (b. 1845 Muchelney) Hallett. Eliza had married dairyman John Hallett and their first child Edwin was b. 1835, then came Charles and Merina before John died in 1847 (Mar Q 10/370 Langport). In 1851 Eliza was a housekeeper in Ilminster while her mother looked after the children.

In 1861 her son Charles was working away but his widowed mother Eliza, laundress, had returned and she, her mother Ann and Marina lived at East Street, Ilminster. In 1871 Ann still lived with her daughter Eliza Hallet and granddaughter Marina - though on the last censuses her pob is given as Glastonbury - she died that same year aged 94. Eliza's sister Merina had married William Hole on 14 Apr 1829 at Charlton Mackrell and they lived in Weston Bamfylde in 1851. By 1861 they were at 12, Back Street, West Camel and in 1881, when Merina was a widow, she was visited by her widowed sister Eliza Hallett. In 1891 Merina lived in Chilton Cantelo.

Isabella married George Hoddinott in Butleigh on 5 Mar 1832 and they lived at Somerton by 1841. # Julian Culliford has proposed that mothers Ann and Elizabeth are one and the same person and that there is just this one father Charles. These two children certainly fill the gap in the series of children to Charles (1) and Ann. In 1851 Isabella Dauncey and her husband George Hoddinott lived just three doors away from Ann (who would be her mother) and Isabella witnessed the marriage of Marina Dauncey to William Hole. Her wedding was witnessed by John Hallett and Eliza Dauncey. Eliza and Marina were the daughters of Charles and Ann.

Marina was also the witness to the marriage in Butleigh on 25 Jul 1825 of Elizabeth Dauncey (b. 1802 Kingweston) to John Eades.

DD/S/BT/20/2/2 - 1] Charles Dauncey of Kingweston, yeoman 2] Joseph Dauncey of South Barrow, yeoman Covenant to produce deeds of Dry Close, Drang and several parcels of arable in Keinton Mandeville, with schedule of deeds.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT Date: 1797.

1a) Frederick Thomas Dauncey Chr. 12 May 1816 Butleigh, auctioneer, died 1871 (Sep Q 5a/230 Beaminster)

In 1841 Mary was a schoolmistress in Stoke Abbott and her husband a butcher. Frederick had become an auctioneer in Stoke Abbott by 1851 and his sister-in-law Lucy Symes lived with them. In 1861 they lived in Mount Pleasant, Burstock, Dorset. Symes relatives lived just two doors away. They were still at this address in 1871 when Frederick died aged 55. Ann married John White in Sep Q 1873 Beaminster and they lived in Colyton.

2) Joseph Dauncey Chr. 30 Sep 1776 South Barrow s.o. Joseph and martha Dauncey

Henry Bartlett who ran Hill Farm and Lower Hill Farm Butleigh, was overseer for the poor 1799 – 1805 and again in 1813 and may have been related to the Elizabeth who married Joseph.

Joseph was Overseer (for Lord Glastonbury's estates) in 1808. From 1806 both Charles and Joseph Dauncey occupied commons on the Kings Sedgemoor owned by Lord Glastonbury. Both had acted as his Overseer and were cousins. Joseph occupied the land until 1810/11, a few months longer than Charles. Joseph presented a bill to the OOP in 1808 for his work on repairing Mary Hodges house (£1 5 10½d). In May 1811 the OOP paid 9/- for 'William Davis to Joseph Dauncey'.

Sarah married Mark Humphries #at Wellow on 4 May 1827 and they had seven children. She died in 1897 at Hemmington. For Joseph see note to (1)a Joseph Dancey (b. 1781) appears in Barton St. David in 1841.

2a) John Dauncey Chr. 17 Aug 1806 Butleigh, sawyer, died 1895 (Mar Q 5c/378 Wincanton)

In 1841 John and wife Elizabeth lived in Lovington with their first three children but Elizabeth died in 1848. The widowed John Dauncey still lived at Lovington in 1851 with five of his youngest children. In 1853 (Mar Q 5c/871 Wincanton) he married Mary (b. 1817 North Barrow) and by 1861 they lived with just his son Daniel. In 1871 John, listed as married, was visiting his son Joseph and his wife Eliza in 18, Well Lane, Sherfield Upon Loddon, Hampshire. In 1881, a widower again, John, now a labourer, lodged in Lovington with Theophilus Cook. In 1891 he lived in Queen Camel with his daughter Mary Ann and her husband James Payne. He presumably stayed with them until his death in 1895.

2b) Thomas Dauncey Chr. 25 Dec 1816 Keinton Mandeville, labourer, died 1856 (Jun Q 5c/390 Wells) bur. 3 May Butleigh 41-14, 51-25

Thomas and later his wife lived with her father John Craft firstly at Moorhouse in 1841 then at the Gardener's Cottage in 1851. After her husband's death in 1856 Ann Dauncey married Henry Hucker (b. 1811 Middlezoy) and lived with him and his children at Walton until at least 1881.

5) William Dauncey of Walton

6) Margaret Dauncey b. 1798 bur. 26 Jan 1818 Butleigh aged 20 – mistake for Mary Ann d.o. Charles (1) above?


Probably all members of the same family, falling in the PR gap 1677 - 1714

1) Catherine Dantonin 1675 Catherine's house rent was paid by the Overseers of the Poor (5 shillings) plus she received 1 shilling relief.

2) Alce Dantonin 1680 the OOP took out a warrant and an order against this person. Nfi

3) Mary Daunton bur. 1708 Butleigh (OOP)

Mary first appears in 1687 when she received one years relief from the OOP at 1s 6d per week. She received relief until1708, at 1s 6d a week (raised to 1s 9d during 1694 but back to 1s 6d in '99, up again in 1701) plus the occasional 'change' (of clothes) and attendance when she was sick. In 1706 she is called 'widow' Dantton and for 42 weeks her allowance was raised from 1s 9d to 2s 9d (she also received a rug, sheet, coat, 2 changes and wood). In 1708 she recived 26 weeks relief at 2 6d, a change, a whittle and a sheet – then a shroud, cost of stretching her out and her burial.


1) Florence Davenport b. 29 Feb 1855 Islington, died 21 Apr 1908 (Jun Q 5c/292 Wells) bur 24 Apr Butleigh

Widow of Edward Davenport (b. 1846 Handsworth, Staffs) a newspaper reporter.- nfi. They had a son Edward H. b. 1889 Kensington. In 1891 they lived in Birmingham but are absent from the 1901 and 1911 censuses. Florence Hennessy married Edward Hall Davenport in 1887 (Jun Q 4a/34 West Ham, Essex).


1) Phyllis Davey b. 10 Oct, Chr. 23 Oct 1803 Godstone, Surrey, housemaid, d.o. James and Elizabeth 61-48

Phyllis seems to have been left in charge of Butleigh Court in the absence of the squire in 1861 [the Neville family seem to have moved into the Court only later during that year]. She was unmarried - nfi but probably one of the ladies of that name who died in 1863.

2) Elizabeth Davey b. 1821 Not Somerset, servant 41W-14

Elizabeth lodged with and worked for Edward Mogg at Sedgemore Farm in 1841. Nfi

3) John Davey gardener/groom

In the Western Gazette 28 Jan 1887 John, married (wife laundress) with one child – of Butleigh – was seeking employment. The details fit a John Davey b. 1852 living with wife Elizabeth Ellen and son Henry John in 1891 at 29, Somerton Rd, Street described as coachman domestic servant.


1) George C. Davidson b. 1820 Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, carpenter 51-24

George was a journeyman carpenter who lodged with Charles Dyer in the High Street in 1851. Nfi.


[and/or Davies, often misread David]

One of the commonest surnames in Butleigh in the 1700's and mostly amongst the poorer strata of the village, often in receipt of relief from the Overseers of the Poor. Just one is recorded as a ratepayer - a Mrs. Davis who died in 1763 and this must be the so-titled Mrs Elizabeth Davies bur. 12 May 1763 Butleigh.

NOTE: The Overseers of the poor accounts regularly made payments to the Davis families and there were several Johns, Joanes and Marys who are proving hard to separate. From 1717 the Johns would often be distinguished by an epithet such as 'senior', 'hooknose' (shortened to nose) or 'leathers' while the Joanes could be have 'senior,' 'widow' or 'short' as an epithet. The Marys could be 'senior', 'junior' or 'young' but often just the forename. This family still needs some work!

1) James Davis (Daves – Dawes?)

See next for an account of the Joanes and Johns of these Davis families.

2) John Davis died before 1675

Widow Davis received relief from the Overseers in 1675 and John was apprenticed to Thomas Pope. In 1676 Joane Davis received relief and in 1681 widow Davis and her daughter received relief in their time of sickness. A John Davis killed three hedgehogs and received payment according to the churchwarden's accounts, in 1683. In 1692 a warrant was issued for John Davis. In 1693 Joane received relief from the OOP and in '95 money in her sickness. In '98 she received a new pair of shoes. In 1702 a case was heard at Wells sessions concerning John Davis and Bennett. In 1703 a coat and 2 changes were paid for by the OOP for Joane. In 1705 the overseers hired a horse in order to go to 'Brintt & Somerton about John Davis'. In 1705 John received Symcockes and Rocke bequest money and in 1706 Rocke money plus attendance to his wife during 'her fitte'. He received Rocke money again in 1707 and '08 plus 8 weeks relief in the latter year. In 1708 Joane received a rug, bed, bolster and two sheets. In 1709 John and Joane Davis received Rocke money. In 1710 John is listed twice (2 Johns?) as receiving Rocke money and also relief and attendance for his family. Joane received Rocke money plus a new coat and sleeves. John Davis junior received money in his lamesness in 1711 as did John Davis senior and Doctor Strode paid for curing them. 4 yards of cloth were bought for John and both Johns and Joane received Rocke money. Money paid to Joane Davis in her sickness.

In 1713 a John and a Joane received Symcocke and Webb bequest money. In 1713 also Joane is called widow and received 50 weeks relief and extra for her sickness. John Davis received money in sickness and his wife 46 weeks relief for her and her (three) children including two weeks attendance in her absence [Doctor paid for curing John Davis' wife's breast]. There were three more references to Joane Davis receiving things in her sickness or clothes. In 1714 relief and rent money was received by Joane Davis widow, John Davis' wife and children and John Davis himself in his sickness plus his house rent and also the rent of John and Margaret Davis. In 1714 also is mention of Samuel Roe of Glaston being paid £2 to take John Davis ' a soldier' [possible a son or other John?]. In 1715 the relief, and rent, went to Joane Davis widow and her children, John Davis received a change (of clothes) and rent was paid for a) John & Margaret Davis and John & Roger Davis. In 1716 the rent for Joane Davis widow was paid to Humphrey Vering and the rent for John & Margaret Davis to Madame Webb. John & Roger Davis rent was paid to Will. Hodges. In 1717 Joane Davis received clothes. The OOP payments for 1718 are absent but the years 1719-30 are as follows for the different names;

John Daviseither no title or senior (not necessarily all the same person – 1716, 19 house rent paid (+ family), 1720 coffin for John Davis child. Shoes for John Davis son. House rent paid.1722 House rent paid. 1723 Doctor Periams bill for treatment to broken arm and hips of boy. House rent paid. 1724 House rent paid. 40 weeks relief for wife [of hooknose?]. 1725 house rent paid.1726 house rent paid. 1728 money wheat and barley, pair of shoes. House rent. 1729 Shroud and coffin for John. Grist and a bushel of barley. Further bushel of barley and a peck of beans. Waistcoat for John Davis (sen). House rent paid. 1730 Relief (twice) in sickness and heating, House rent paid.

John Hooknose – [1716 house rent paid?] 1719 house rent paid, 1720 house rent paid. 1721 House rent paid. 1722 house rent paid. 1723 midwife for wife and her relief plus bushel and half of wheat. Extra money in relief and bread etc. for wife. House rent paid. 1724 order for and relief of family. House rent paid. 1725 house rent paid. 1726 house rent paid. 1727 house rent paid. 1728 house rent paid. 1729 House rent paid.

John leathers – 1721 new coat, house rent paid. 1722 bushel of wheat to relieve his family in his absence. 1727 house rent paid. 1728 relief at several times for him and family. Half bushel each wheat and barley. Rent paid 1732 and '33 but which John not specified. House rent paid 1734. Money paid to John Slade for John Davies rent. 1736 rent of £1 10s to Mr. Slade for John & Will Davies. 1737 rent to Mr. Slade for John and Will Davis. Ditto for 1738. 1740 rent 15/- paid to James Grenville for part of Jackletts house for John. 1741 Will Davis 2/6 in necessity. 2/- for John in necessity – but also John Davis senr cured by Joane Periam (see also Elizabeth). Will one months pay – then OOP paid for Wills shroud, coffin and burial etc.[see William Davis death 23 Nov 1740?]. Barley for Will Davis 1741 (a second Will?). 1741 rent paid for Jackletts house for John & Will to James Granville. Will Davis in necessity March 1741 and relief several times up to Oct 1741.

Joane -no title – 1719 rec'd coat sheet and 50 weeks relief.!s to relieve her and 1s 6d in her sickness. She was also carried to Sharpham Park regarding John Tutton [poss. Father of her child – Charity?] and house rent paid. 1720 midwife charges and attendance paid, [warrant re-Ralph Gill and Davis?], coat bought. Change for Joane Davis son. House rent paid. 1722 relief in sickness, house rent paid. 1723 55 weeks relief, coat, gown and mantle, change, house rent [tenant of Richard Barns? As in '22?]]. 1724 51 weeks relief. 1725 51 weeks relief. Wool, cloth etc. to make clothes. Taken to Sharpham Park and Wells concerning base born child by Irishman. 1726 48 weeks relief paid plus 54 weeks for Tuttons child. A change. 1727 shoes, house rent paid [for short?]. 1728 to take her to the justice to say who begot her with child. Paid during her lying in. 1730 House rent paid. 1730 expenses about taking her to Bridewell [prison], horse hire fee about taking her to Shepton and relief for her child whilst she was in prison. In 1731 CW paid for the arrest warrant issued for Joun Davis and [her] being brought from Bridewell (prison) to Mr. Rock in 1730.

Joane Davis (1) - widow or sen [two people]– 1719 widow house rent paid. 1720 gown for Joane sen, house rent paid (wid). 1721 change (sen), house rent paid (wid). 1722 50 weeks relief (sen), a change (sen), coat and waistcoat (sen). 1724 two changes. 1726 change (sen), coffin, shroud and ringing of the Bell (sen). Joan Davis bur. 15 Feb 1726 Butleigh

Joane Davis (II) short – 1720 expense at Wells sessions. 1721 rug, shoes bought, warrant issued. Relief in necessity. House rent paid [+ plaster from Dr. Periam]. 1722 a change, new shoes, house rent paid. 1723 house rent paid (not stated short). 1724 house rent paid. 1725 rent paid. 1726 a change, house rent paid. 1728 house rent paid. Joan Davis bur. 18 Mar 1728 Butleigh

Joan/Jane Davis having illegitimate children - may be more than one Joane one being same as above?

See the Joanes above – a child Charity Turron was taken into the care of a James Davis [not listed above] in 1738 and still in his care in 1739. The Thomas Hodges who fathered the last childis priobably the Thomas Hodges of Butleigh Wootton, tanner.

2a) Edward Davis Chr. 11 Mar 1658 Butleigh died c. 1698

The OOP paid for canvas 'dowlis' and stocking for Edward in 16754. In 1683 he received money from the Kelway fine (for not burying his wife in Woollen) and in 1684 and 1685 he received relief for himself and his wife and children and their sickness mentioned. In 1685/6 the Davis family suffered from 'smallpox' and received relief in their sickness but Edward's wife died and was buried at the expense of the OOP. The family were sick again the following year and a child died and was buried at the cost of the Overseers. (OOP). In 1697 Edward's house rent was paid. Edward may have married again (unless it is a son Edward) because in 1698 Edward Davis' wife died as did one of their three children. In 1699 another child died leaving just one child alive. This last child died in 1701 Butleigh (OOP). No mention of Edward after 1698 and his children were cared for by others thereafter – he had either died or left.

2b) John Davis bur. 15 Sep 1728 Butleigh

A Grace Davis who married Edmund Callow in Butleigh on 30 Jul 1732 # may also have been a child of this couple. In 1728 an Elizabeth was paid for cleaning and tending to Margaret Chasey. In 1729 she received relief in her sickness and a bushel of wheat from the Overseers. In 1730 she was called widow Elizabeth with two children and received a pair of shoes and a change for each child. She also a pair of shoes and received a payment to relieve one of her children in its necessity as well as money for Elizabeth. Her rent was paid and her goods carried to a new house and her clothes had to be redeemed by the overseers. See (2) for an account of the 'Johns'. In 1732 Elizabeth's rent was paid by the OOP. In 1733 she received 20 weeks assistance and 6d in her necessity and 2s in her sickness plus house rent of 12/-. In 1734 she received house rent 1734 relived in sickness several times – she was paid 6/- for attending on Hannah Grant. In relief she rec'd 15 weeks at 1/- per week. The rent was paid and specified that she lived at 'Nackers hole'. 1736 rent paid at Nackers Hole. Eliz. Davis 'ye younger' relief 16 weeks 1/- per week – same? A guinea was paid to Dr. Rocke for his cure for Elizabeth's leg in 1736. 1737 she received 24 + 26 weeks relief at 1/- per week. Rent of 12/- paid to Madame Webb for Nackers Hole. 1737/8 3/6d in May in her distress, 4/6 in July and 6/- relief on July 31st.and again in Sep.- Dec (+ firing 6d Dec). 6/- per month from Jan 1738. In March Elizabeth was paid for three weeks and then the OOP paid for her coffin, shroud and burial.

A) Uncertain Davises (all OOP except OOPd = disbirsments)

Ann Davispaid in Sep 1765 for her attendance on Joseph Hayden's wife. The OOP has a widow Ann Davis receiving house rent in 1772 and may be this person. OOPd paid assistance from June 1772 until Jan 1776. Rent paid 1773/4. 1774 rent paid [to Emanuel Ewens]. Ann bur. 19 Jan 1775 Butleigh

Edward Davis 1757 Dr. Goodson's bill for Edward Davis paid. 1762 – for keeping Edwards children (OOPd), 1763,

Elizabeth Davis (1) - In 1713 the house rent was paid for an Elizabeth Davis An Elizabeth bur. 21 Jun 1719 Butleigh probably an adult – she received relief from the Overseers in the year she died and they paid for her coffin.

Emily Davisbell and digging of grave in March 1763 (OOPd)

Margaret Davis received relief from the OOP from 1701 – 1716. Her name is often coupled with John Davis when her rent was paid. She may have been elderly at her first appearance – receiving a blanket, coat. waistcoat, linen and 'firing' (heating). In addition to relief and rent Margaret was also occasionally in receipt of Rocke or Symcockes bequest money. In 1702 the OOP mention her children and in '03 the children received two coats (2 children?) - see also the Margaret who died 1746.

Mary (sometimes senior)1714 was bought a new waistcoate and given a 'change'. 1719 new shoes, 1720, bodice and mending shoes, relief in her lameness. 1722 child's coffin. 1727 shoes. 1729 coat (sen). 1730 a change (sen) 1731 (unc. Davis 44 weeks relief) – a change for Mary

Mary junior – 1728 7 weeks relief. 1729 50 weeks relief, a change. 1730 27 weeks relief. A change. 1731 55 weeks relief. 1732 (CW) a change 1733 28 weeks relief, 22 weeks at 1s. In 1734 a change and 27 weeks relief, 1/- to relieve her and ' 1/6 to the mounte bag (Mountebank – quack) doctor in Somerton! 1735 4 weeks at 1/- 20 at 1/3d. 27 week s at 1/6d. Firing, a gown and coat were made for her too. (jun) and a change [the two Marys not separated here but there must have still been two since only on some is she called jun]. 1736 fireing, change and 28 weeks relief at 1/6. 1737 24 + 26 weeks relief at 1/6 per week. 4 yds dowlas. 1737 one months pay 6/- each month from May.- Dec. 6/- per month from Jan 1738. In March and April 1738 'young' Mary Davis rec'd 2/- in help in her necessity. [seems to be two people now] in April Mary (no young) received 3 weeks relief at 1/6 per week.1738/9 28 weeks at 1/6d, change for Mary (jun), new shoes for young Mary and 16/6d to relieve her of necessity several times. Mary Davis 27 weeks at 1/6d. Elm wood and shoes for Mary (not jun/young). 1739 Mary 24 weeks at 1/6d 1740 26 weeks. 1741 Mary paid 6/- p.m. Peck of barley and a change. 1741 cereals plus medicines and curing her. Change for Mary Davis jun 1741. 1741/2 Mary Davis (dunis?= junis?) to relieve her 5/9. March – Oct 1741 bought Mary a pair of shoes. 1742 shoes for 'young' Mary. 1743 house rent paid for Mary Davis (and Mary Chanel 10/-) and Mary Davis (and Sarah Davis £1) – therefore 2 Marys. Several possibilities for the Sarah (no obvious link to a Mary). 1743 shoes for Mary. In 1744 rent paid for Mary + Mary Pawlet (£1 10s) and Mary and Sarah Davis (+Hester Atwool - £1). 1744/5 Mary plus Mary Pollett rent paid (£1 10s) only. Same in 1745/6 and 1s paid to Mary when James Oldess died. Rent paid 1746/7. Shoes for Mary then shroud, coffin and burial - Mary bur. 2 Jan 1748 Butleigh 1749/50 Mary in distress 2/6d. 1750/1 rent paid.

Mary Davisreceived OOP aid in necessity from June 1775. In Aug 1784 received 3 yds linsey. In July 1797 the OOP paid for Emanuel Grants 'biden' at Mary Davis' six weeks. A Mary Davis received relief in Jul 1791, Feb 1792. - These later payments may be to the wife of John Davis. In April 1792 they were paid next to each other in the accounts. However, a Mary received separate payments until 1800.(in 1799 attended by John Davis' wife – Mary and in June called 'his mother') and in April a Mary Davis paid 1/6d for attending her mother – presumably this was John's wife. Mary Davis bur. 27 Apr 1800 Butleigh The OOP paid William Sweet for Mary's coffin and Stephen Hockey for burying her in May 1800..

Richard Davis - a half a bushel of wheat was give to Richard and his family to relieve them in their sickness and necessity 1727 (OOP).

Sarah Davis 1744 rent paid, 1750/51 rent paid, 1751/52 rent paid. 1752/53 rent paid.

Susanna received 3s 5d in 1698 for relief in her sickness and 3s 6d in 1700 for a 'change' of clothes. In 1701 she received a coat and Whittle (West Country cape) and in 1702 a pair of shoes. In 1703 she received a change, bodices and a coat. Nfi

3x) Elizabeth/Betty (2) Davis bur. 11 Jan 1778 Butleigh

In April rent paid for Elizabeth Davis at Nacker's Hole to James Grenville [two Elizabeths then?]. 1740 Eliz. Davis 6d to relieve her. Elizabeth was placed with Samuel Hood, vicar, in 1740. 1741 3/- in necessity and Joan Periam5/- for curing her face. Eliz Davis jun received 4/5½d in necessity 1741. Also a change. [see (7)]. March – Oct 1741 paid for Eliz. Relief, sickness and for attending on Margaret Chasey. 1744 house rent pd. 1744/5 rent paid. 1745/6 rent paid to 'Bett Davis'. Rent paid 1746/7. 1747/8 gown and coat made for Betty. 1748/9 Mr. Champeny Rockes bill (doctor) paid for Bett Davis. 1749/50 blnktting and a shift for Eliz. Davis. Eliz Davis rent paid 2 years (£2 10s) 1754/55. 1756/57 rent paid. 1757/58 rent paid. 1758/59 rent paid. 1759/60 rent paid. 1760 rent paid. (OOPd) 1762 - 78 pay for Elizabeth & children (just one Eliz – called Betty in April 63 - + daughter in 63/4). Several OOPd payments for coal, firing etc. Elizabeth ½ years rent paid 1764, 1764/65 ½ years rent paid. Betty Davis goods carried to new address. 1766 OOPd paid ½ years rent to Andrew Larcomb for Betty. In 1766 wood was sold to Elizabeth and house rent paid for her and her daughter. 1767 Betty Davis rent paid (to Andrew Larcomb) OOP/OOPd. Daughter not mentioned after June 1767 (OOPd pay). Rent paid 1768, 1769 ditto. 1770, 1771/2 & daughter rent paid [daughter mentioned again in OOPd] - 1772/3 rent paid. Odd statement of 'wife's coffin' in Sep 1772 (OOPd). 1773 2 shifts made for Elizabeth. In 1773 (OOPd) an Elizabeth paid for attending Ann Meaker. 1774 rent paid. 1775 rent paid (OOP) and bedstead repaired by William Sweet (OOPd) – see also next – in October 1775 paid 'Elizabeth Davis with her daughter's lying in charges'. From Dec. 1775 two Elizabeths listed next to each other – one the 'younger'. Paid. 1776 rent paid. In Feb. and Nov. 1777 the OOPd paid for a riding horse for Elizabeth (to visit doctor? - could be her daughter).1777/78 rent paid. 1778/79 rent paid. Buried as Betty in Jan 1778 – the OOP paid for her coffin and carrying her to church (Feb OOPd).

3xa) Elizabeth Davis (3) the younger, bur. 8 Mar 1811 Butleigh

In Sep 1775 Betty was taken to Wells for examination and in Oct her lying in expenses paid to her mother Elizabeth (above). From Dec 1775 she received aid from the OOPd until Jul 1785. In Sep. 1785 payments made to Elizabeth Davis and bastard, later Elizabeth and daughter. In Feb 1778 the OOP paid for a bed tie and bedstead (and making) for Elizabeth Davis junior. The OOP also paid her rent in 1778 to Charles Champion. In July the OOP bought her a new bedmat and in Aug 14½lb of old feathers for her bed. In Jan. 1779 she was bought a linsey coat and bolster cloth. Quarter house rent also paid in Dec 1779. In Oct 1780 the OOPd paid for a change for her child. Rent paid 1780 and in May 1781 her goods 'taken from one house to another' and a dowlas change paid for. The OOP was paying her rent each year after 1781 and periodic 'changes' until her death in March 1811. Final payments and coffin paid by the OOP in April 1811. In March 1783 Elizabeth and her child were bought clothing in dowlas and linsey. In April 1784 Bridget Lucke (Look) was paid for delivering Elizabeth Davis of a child [not baptised, name unc.– possibly wife of Edward?]. In Jul '84 5 yds linsey bought for Eliz. and child. In August 1785 the OOP made payments to Elizabeth Davis and bastard. In Oct linsey was bought for Bet. Davis bastard and Elizabeth Davis – two people? In December 1793 coal given to a) Bettey Davis and also Elizabeth Davis (therefore two people?).

Unity first mentioned when she looked after Shoemark's wife in Sep 1794. She received assistance in Jan 1796 from the OOP [the same month they paid for a Betty Davis to be buried]. Unity was taken to Somerton to be sworn in April 1798 and Bridget Look paid for delivering her baby. Unity received regular assistance from this time until December when her name was crossed out (OOP accounts). In November Thomas Stroud, the father of her child began paying bastardy pay [see p. 388 OOP Oct 1801]. He paid until May 1808. Not known what happened to son Thomas.

In Oct 1800 Unity rec'd assistance again and for several periods thereafter. She was also paid for attending Edward Roley and his daughter in 1804/5. Unity married Joseph Britton in Butleigh on 19 Apr 1807 # As Unity Britton/Burton [see under Britton] she sometimes received money from the OOP - e.g. March 1810 'for attending her mother' and a final time in March 1811 for attending her before the OOP paid for Elizabeth's coffin (paid April 1811) and burial (as Betty Nov. 1811?).

3y) John Davis

A Jane Davis married Butleigh 28 Dec 1750 Thomas Hayme

3z?) John Davis bur. 6 Jan 1742 Butleigh

See above for an account of the Johns. 1741/2 CW account entry lists 4/4d to John Davis for his work. 1741/2 relief for John and Mary Davis for 28 weeks at 3/- per week.

4) James Davis bur. 28 Jun 1730 Butleigh [? or child of John b. 1719?]

James received cloth to make clothes, thread, button plus shoes, stockings and breeches in 1713 from the Overseers. The James who cared for Charity Tutton from 1738 – 1742+ (?).

5) Roger Davis bur. 31 Jan 1731 Butleigh ? [poss. too old to be this one?]

Roger worked with lead on the church and occurs in the churchwardens accounts in 1676 and again in 1710 (latterly for killing a polecat). Roger was in receipt of relief from the overseers of the poor in 1678 and his rent was paid in 1680 and '81. Nearly a decade later he appears again when he received beef from the Symcockes bequest in 1690. He received money from the Symcockes bequest in 1693. From 1696 his rent was paid or he received relief (and bequest money) until 1730. In 1706 his wife died and the OOP paid for the funeral. In 1714 Dr. Periam was paid for 'curing' Roger. In the next sixteen Roger received relief several times 'in his necessity' or in his sickness and his clothes, shoes etc. were paid for by the Overseers and his washing was done. An uncertain CW payment made to Roger Davis in 1731 (page torn) – for making clothes? He was paid in his sickness and he was also washed and his shroud, coffin made in 1731 and he was buried at the expense of the OOP.

A Thomas Davis worked on the church bells and appears in the churchwarden's accounts 1687-1700 – see next. A Mary Davis was buried in 1690 Butleigh (OOP) – daughter of Roger? In 1706/7 Roger & Joane Davis received Rocke bequest money – man & wife? - but Roger's wife died in 1706.

6) Thomas Davis i) bur 1701, ii) bur. 1712

Thomas first appears in 1690 when the Overseers paid for a warrant for his removal and further warrants were taken out in 1691 and 1696. In the latter year and 1697 a Thomas Davis was paid by the Churchwardens for 'keeping the bells'. The OOP paid for the shroud and grave of a Thomas in 1701 who may have been an older or different person. In 1704 a warrant was taken out against Thomas Davis who is seemingly the earlier Thomas. In 1705 an arrest warrant [mittemus] was taken out against Thomas. In 1706, 07, 08 and '09 he received Rocke bequest money and also money in his sickness. There may be two Thomases at this time since in 1709 rent was paid twice. Rent paid for Thomas in 1710 + an extra 6d and Rocke money. In 1711 he received Rocke money plus relief in his sickness and then in 1712 he received some rent and: for his reliefe in his sickness and for his entendance & beere brandy suggar treacle & other things streching of him out a coffin carrying of him to church making of his grave & ringing of the bell £1 13s 4d and for making a affidavis 6d in all

7) Emanuel Davis (PR misread - Edmund?) bur. 28 Sep 1752 Butleigh? (Emanuel)

Probably the brother of the next few Davis males. In 1741 received 6 pecks of barley from the OOP. March – Oct 1741 received two months relief. Mrs. Davis paid window tax on 2nd June 1759. In 1759/60 she paid a rate of 4d on her property (in succession to Hester Fisher?). Rates paid 1760 (2½d) until 1762/3 and in 1763 becomes the 'late Mrs. Davis' and Samuel Hood takes over the property. Unity's coffin made by James Periam was paid for by the OOP in 1763.

An Elizabeth married John Barber Butleigh on 7 Aug 1769 # This could be the mother and the daughter Elizabeth could be the same as 3x above.

8) Charles Davis bur. 20 Oct 1796 Butleigh

A Charles received a pair of shoes, coat, waistcoat, stockings, pair of breeches and a hoat from the overseers in 1729. Oddly a son John was Chr. 4 Aug 1735 to Charles and Mary in the Butleigh PR then re-written to Charles and Elizabeth on the same day, two entries later - this couple? In 1736 OOP account 2/- paid for Charles Davis 'to drink whe he was maryed'. 1741 a bushel of barley for Charles 'ye 3 month'. March – Oct two months more relief. 1747/8 Charles rent paid. 1750/51 rent paid. 1751/52 rent paid. 1752/53 paid. 1753/54 rent paid. 1754/55 rent paid (£1). 1755 house rent paid (15/-). 1756/57 rent paid £1 5s). 1757/58 rent paid. 1760 rent paid. 1761/62 rent paid. 1763/64 rent paid. Rent paid 1764/65. Rent paid 1765/66 and 1766. 1767 rent paid. ½ bushel wheat in 1767 and 2/6 in necessity in June (OOPd). 1768 ½ bushel and aid when sick in Sep. Regular pay from Dec 1768 (OOP) Charles and family 1769. Rent paid 1768, 1769 ditto. OOP paid sexton to bury Charles child Mar 1769 [plus coffin and shroud] and in June for a doctor for himself. 1771, 1772 ditto. Rent paid 1772/3. Rent paid 1773/4. 1774 rent paid. 1775 rent paid.1776 rent paid. 1777/78 rent paid. 1778/79 rent paid. 1779, 1780 onwards rent paid (OOP). In 1788/89 Charles rent was paid (OOP). 1790 rent paid and then until 1796 when he died. Charles and his wife were in regular receipt of relief from the OOPd during the 1780's and '90's. In 1796 Jane Gill and Judith Pollett were paid (Nov) for looking after Charles at his end.

A Jane Davis received assistance from the OOP from May 1811 until August 1815 and must be the Jane who died then – and the same Jane as this one?

A Henry Davis and wife had an order for their removal signed December 1775 (OOP) but this is more likely to be a non-Butleigh Henry.

9) William Davis bur. 22 Apr 1742 Butleigh?

According to a page in the Churchwarden's A/c a poor child Susanna Davis was bound and apprenticed to James Withers in 1750. 1755 Susanna had a turn made by Samuel Sweet (OOP). Susanna 1763 Feb Susanna in distress (OOPd), Called Susan in March. In sickness – last mention July 1763 when she received a peck of wheat. Then Feb. 1767 Susan Davis in Wells. Called Such (Feb 69 – attending Bown family in smallpox), Suck (Mar '69 – in her sickness) Susan in April '69 (lastly whne she attended Thomas Hockey's family in the smallpox). In April 1794 Shushannah Davis received 9/6d in aid from the OOP and regularly from then on until her death. Susan was paid in April 1801 for curing Jane Withers and the Roley family of the itch. Signs she was sick began in June 1802 when the OOP paid for Susannah and nurse. In Nov 1806 Mary Periam was paid for looking after her for 9 weeks and in Jan 1807 for 4 weeks. In June 1807 the OOP paid for a blanket and for her to be removed. The OOP paid for her funeral and coffin.

A) Burials of adults, or children of the above couples?

a) Ann bur. 3 Mar 1739 Butleigh - probably an adult rather than an earlier child?

b) William bur. 23 Nov 1740 Butleigh (linked with a John Davis when receiving aid from OOP)

c) Margaret bur. 2 Feb 1746 Butleigh

In 1741 Margaret Davis house rent paid to James Grenville. Her rent paid again in 1744 and 1745/6.

d) Andrew bur. 25 Aug 1754 Butleigh

Andrew received OOP money to relieve him in his sickness in 1726, paid Dr. Periam for curing his broken leg.. In 1744/5 he was paid for killing vermin (CW). In 1752/53 the OOP paid for s shirt to be made for him (6d) and his house rent was paid (2 guineas).

e) Capt. Robert Davis bur. 16 Feb 1758 Butleigh

f) Isaac Davis 21 Jan 1759 Butleigh

9) Roger Davis bur. 6 Apr 1772 Butleigh

In 1752/53 a bill (doctor?) was allowed for Roger Davis' wife. Roger and Rachel were both probably widowed. Roger Davis house rent paid 1754/55. 1757/58 rent paid. 1758/59 rent paid. 1759/60 rent paid. 1761/62 rent paid. Rent paid 1762/3. Rent paid 1764/65. In April 1772 the OOP paid Roger Davis' wife in necessity.

9a) John Davis [Chr. 25 Feb 1747 Butleigh, s.o. Roger and Sarah bur. 22 Oct 1820 Butleigh aged 74?]

A Thomas was in receipt of OOP assistance from Feb 1816. In Dec 1824 he received assistance from the OOP when ill then William Higgins was paid for making his coffin. This could be the Thos Davis of Butleigh who was thrown out of a cart at West Pennard, injured his spine and died shortly after – inquest reported Bath Chronicle 13 Jan 1825.

A John Davis received assistance from the OOPd in 1782 and house rent and ½ years house rent from the OOP in 1783/84. In June 1782 the OOP paid for the delivery of Mary's child. John received more assistance in necessity in 1784 (OOPd). In April 1784 his wife received a yard of shag to make a whittle. In June '84 the OOP paid towards her 'lying in' with child. In Sep '84 John was paid for his work in 'highway composition'.[John sometimes linked to William Davis]. In Aug 1785 the OOP again paid for John's wife lying in and delivery. In Oct '85 John received dowlas and his wife received linsey. In Nov '85 Edward Roley paid for burying John Davis' child. In May 1789 five payments made to John Davis suggest there may be more than one John receiving payment but reverts to just one payment per month or so thereafter. Mary Davis delivered of a child Feb 1791 by Bridget Look (OOP) – in th same month the OOP paid for a child's coffin. In 1792 OOP paid for delivering his wife again. In May 1797 called John Davis senior (OOP) and next month payment to John Davis sons. A son of John buried June 1797 [a William Davis bur. 13 Jun 1797 Butleigh ?]. In May 1798 William Baker paid for 'taking John's children to have their heads 'cured'. In May 1799 John Davis's wife paid for attending Mary Davis – in June '99 called his mother'. Question if John s.o. Roger. Aug 1799 Bridget Look delivered Mary Davis of a baby [no baptism recorded] – Sep '99 a coffin paid for by OOP for John Davis child. Nov '99 Mary Baker paid for curing three of his children's heads. Dec. '99 paid Mary Davis for attending her mother – these payments continued up to May 1800 when the 'mother' Mary died. In May 1802 the OOP paid the Overseers of Somerton £1 for Samuel Martin family sake (who) was the substitute for John Davis (in the militia?). In July 1819 Mary had three examination orders taken out about her. April 1820 Mary was ill. In Nov and Dec 1820 John Davis' wife equated to Mary Davis and she was in receipt of regular OOP assistance. In Dec 1822 the OOP records her 'expense of funeral'.

See below for John and Jane Davis [15A] – in 1808 a Jane Davis had a child (Feb.) which was buried in the March – could be the Jane above. A Mary married James Nicholas Cox of Woolavington in Butleigh on 16 Apr 1829 # John Davis' wife senior received aid from the OOP in Jan 1817. A 'John Davies mason' mentioned in OOP accounts in Feb 1817 and John Davis stonecutter in Feb 1818. Seems to be distinguished from the John Davis and wife 'both ill' of Jan 1818? In Mar 1818 one finds in the OOP accounts both John Davis wife ill and John Davis junior wife ill as well as John Davis stone cutter and again in the same month John Davis senior, junior, stonecutter and 'daughter bad hand'. The 'John Davis ill' who repeatedly appears in the OOP accounts was buried 'with their help' and a coffin made - paid Nov 1820.

9a1) John Davis Chr. 21 May 1780 Butleigh, bur. 17 Apr 1831 Butleigh

Two John's were baptised - one in 1780 and the other in 1782 [to Philip and Jane - see (15a) below] and it uncertain which is which though this John seemed to be the elder - needs further confirmation. Ann's sons received assistance after May 1835. A son of a John Davis was buried by the OOP in Dec 1826 – if this John which child? John was buried by the OOP in May 1831 - William Higgins made the coffin and James Blacker buried him. In 1835 Ann seems to have become ill and in Feb Cilly Periam was paid by the OOP for 'doing for' her. In April the carer called Kitty Periam. In April Ann was buried by James Blacker – paid by OOP. This must be this Ann because in May 1835 Kitty Periam was caring for Ann Davis's boys. [The Ann with illegit. Children (16) had a boy and a girl]. The OOP paid assistance to the boys thereafter. The Grove link is shown in Jan 1836 when Kitty Periam was paid by the OOP for a residence for James Grove (b. 1760, Ann's father) and Ann Davis' children.

The son James was probably the James who fathered James Kelly Davis by Ann Kelly in 1834 - see #. William married Eliza Welchman in 1848 (Dec Q 10/824 Wells).

9a1A) John Davis Chr. 30 Jan 1812 Butleigh, labourer, s.o. John and Ann Davis, bur. 3 Feb 1859 [aged 50 - birth year of his deceased namesake brother] (Mar Q 5c/462 Wells) Butleigh 41W-15, 51-29

In 1841 John was living at Butleigh Wootton as lodger, as was Jemima Harris. They married in 1848. In 1851 they lived at Pond Head. At the Glastonbury Agricultural Exhibition of December 1857 Jemima was awarded £1 by Sir Alexander Hood for her 23 years servitude. John died in 1859 and Jemima returned to live in Butleigh Wootton and worked as a servant at Rowley Farm where she appeared in 1861 and '71. She died in 1874

The unusual cause of John's death was reported in the Western Daily Press 11 Feb 1859. John was employed by Mr. Knight, farmer, of Butleigh Wootton “ and expired last Sunday afternoon, under circumstances of rather a peculiar nature. It appeared that the deceased had assisted a man about a week previous, in killing a pig, when the animal, suddenly jerking, caused the knife to run into his finger; taking but little notice of it, he went about his usual work. Symptoms of insanity manifested themselves very gradually towards Sunday January 22nd and on the following Thursday it was with difficulty two men could hold him in bed. He became ill till he expired.”

9a1B) George Davis Chr. 27 Apr 1823 Butleigh, labourer 41-4, 51-25

George was a servant at Corville in 1841 and a labourer lodging with James Lye at the Keepers Cottage in 1851.

9a1C) Thomas Davis Chr. 22 May 1825 Butleigh, died 1906 (Sep Q 5c/212 Langport) 41-9, 51-37

Thomas Davis was a servant at the home of Charles Strode in 1841 and a farm labourer lodging with Charles Petty in Dumb Lane in 1851. By 1861 he lived in Street with his wife Jane Warman (b. 1845 Walton) and by 1871 they had three children. They lived in Goswell Lane, Street in 1881 with four children plus unmarried stepdaughter Fanny Warman and her daughter Emily Warman (7 weeks old). He lived in Hunts Building, Glastonbury in 1891 with wife Jane and children William b. 1871 Street, George b. 1873 Warminster, and Frank b. 1875 Glastonbury. In 1901 Thomas (73) lived in Stalcombe, Somerton with his son Henry. He died in 1906.

9a2) Stephen Davis Chr. 11 Nov 1787 Butleigh, s.o. John and Mary Davis, labourer, bur. 23 Dec 1868 (Dec Q 5c/384 Wells) Street aged 83

In Feb 1808 the OOP paid for a blanket for Stephen – this Stephen? A Hannah Davis occurs several times in the OOP accounts in 1821 attending the G. Knight family.

Stephen and Hannah lived at Bowling Green, Street in 1851 with three children (all Street born) - in 1841 they had had five children. They were still there in 1861 but at Mead, Street and Stephen's birth year given as 1787. He lived in 1861 next door to his son William Davis and his wife Eliza Welchman. When he died in 1868 his age was given as 83.

9a2A) William Davis Chr. 1 Jan 1826 Butleigh [bur. 24 Sep 1891 Street aged 67]

In 1881 and 1891 William, a leather dresser, was still with Eliza, a shoe binder in Mead, Street. Seem to be called 'Upham' on 1871 census due to enumerator writing 'ditto' under the previous name and not putting 'Davis'!

9b) Philip Davis Chr. 18 Mar 1750 Butleigh bur. 20 Jan 1811 Butleigh

The OOP paid Philip Davis for removing (his?) goods in May 1808. In 1809/10 Philip Davis paid rates on property previously 'Jane Hodges now Davis' and from 1811/12 the rates were paid by Jane Davis. In 1814/15 the rates paid by 'Hodges Jane Davis John' and in 1815/16 John for late Jane Davis – see next.

The 'John Davis son' receiving aid from the OOP from Feb 1811 might be the following, in March 1811 Philip's wife was in receipt of aid.

9b1) John Davis Chr. 5 Nov 1782 Butleigh, labourer, s.o. Philip & Jane - the John bur. 2 Jun 1855 (Jun Q 5c/417 Wells - Day) Butleigh? 41-5, 51-34

In Feb 1808 the OOP paid Sarah May for delivering a child of Jane Davis – probably this Jane. No record of a baptism but in March 1808 the OOP paid William Sweet for a coffin for Jane Davis child and Stephen Hockey to bury it. [but see 9a]. In Nov. 1808 the OOP received 15/6d as rent from a John Davis.

A John Davis junior was in receipt of relief from the OOP in 1817 – this John? Rent paid again in 1819. In Feb 1813 Mr. Buckland was paid for curing the daughter of a John Davis. In April the OOP paid assistance to John Davis and daughter.

In 1814/15 John Davis began paying rates (1/3d) on a property 'late Jane Davis'. He paid rates at least up to 1828 when the records (OOP) ceased. Not likely to be the same John who was receiving OOP assistance? In Aug 1818 a John Davis paid for his work on Sealy Row. John Davis wife appears several times – in Nov 1821 Amy Harvy attended Davis's wife. Nov 1824 – John Davis boy ill. A son of a John Davis was buried by the OOP in Dec 1826 – if this John which child? Possibly William? See 15x/16 below

John lived with his family in the High Street in 1841 and at the named Riggs House in 1851. In 1841 Honor Hockey (b. 1758) lived with them - probably Jane Davis' mother - she died in that year - 1841 (Dec Q 10/342 Wells). Also living with the family was their grandchild Maria, the daughter of Elizabeth, and they appeared togther as nurses in 1861 at Dinder parsonage - though both given pob Butleigh Wootton. Caroline married Robert Lye Trump of Street in Butleigh on 5 Aug 1844 (Sep Q 10/705 Wells). # A John jnr worked as a butler at 23, Royal Crescent, Walcot, Bath in 1851 with Page, Henry Spenser #

A Jane Davis died in 1847 and was buried in Butleigh, which is almost certainly this one. Their son John, a Stone Cutter, lodged in West Street, Long Sutton in 1851. He was unmarried. In 1861 he lodged in Baltonsborough - thereafter nfi. William went to live in East Lane, Street with his new wife Eliza (from Barton St. David) and they had a son James there in 1850. He was still there in 1861 and also in 1881 when he was described as a 'leather dresser' - his birthplace sometimes given as Butleigh Wootton. Mary married John Palmour (Palmer) in 1848 (Mar Q 10/643 Langport) but was quickly widowed after having a daughter, Jane. Mary Palmer then married William Broughton in 1855 (Dec Q 5c/1022 Wells). # In 1851 John Davis (67) widower lived with his widowed daughter Mary Palmour (27) and her daughter Jane (3). John died in 1855. Elizabeth Davis appeared as a servant either at Dinder Rectory or at Chamberlain Way, Wells, in 1851. She seems to have married the elderly Thomas Martin (b. 1800 Somerton) in 1859 (Mar Q 5c/735 Langport) but he died in 1872 and as Elizabeth Martin, widow, she then married the widower William Hockey in 1872 in Butleigh.#

On the death of the father John his daughter Elizabeth then at Mells Park put an announcement in the Wells Journal of 9 Jun 1855 seeking the whereabouts of her brother John to inform him of the death of their father.

9x) Amey/Immay/Emma Davis [no Amy death traced 1837 – 45 but an Emma bur. 1843 (Mar Q 10/380 Wells) is a possibility?]

Amey received rent from the OOP in 1824/5, 1826 [latterly as Emma with Mary Williams]. She received assistance from the OOP from Dec 1824 to May 1829 and then mention of Amy Davis' maid. In 1828 name spelled Immay and Emma. In the assessment of 1827, 28 (OOP) Amy Davis paid rate on her cottage and garden. In Dec 1828/Jan 1829 Amy's daughter ill then Amy and daughter ill. Amey still receiving assistance in Jan 1836 when the records ceased.

9y) Jane Davis b. 1791 Butleigh, died in 1859 (Jun Q 5c/412 Wells) 41-9, 51-32

Jane appears receiving assistance from the OOP from Feb 1825.A Jane Davis paid for looking after M. Rowley in Feb 1827 (OOP) – she was also ill that month. A Jane Davis ill in Oct 1828. From Jan 1829 - 1836 Jane and Ann Davis no work or in need of assistance (OOP).

Jane (50) and William (23) appear together in 1841, lodging in Fore Street with George Brice (35). Jane still lodged with George Brice in 1851 but the William (b. 1821 Butleigh) as visitor there seems to be a different person than the William (b. 1817) who seemingly appeared in Walton with his wife Betsy and three other children, the earliest born 1843. (but see 9a1) However, the Edward b. 1841 does seem to be the son of William (1817) and in 1881 George Brice is called Edward's grandfather. Jane Davis (60) was under Parish Relief in 1851 and she probably died in 1859. The William Davis in Butleigh in 1851, unless he is listed twice is therefore uncertain - he could be the William b. 1819, s.o. Ann or the one b. 1826 son of John and Jane [then living in Street] on a visit See next

10) Thomas Davis Chr. 20 Aug 1750 Butleigh illegit. s.o. Jane Davis

A mysterious Thomas U. Davis married Elizabeth the third daughter of Walter Brind Esq of Paternoster Row, London at the Church of Saint Michael-le-Quern on 26 Feb 1824 [Morning Post 27 Feb 1824]

More uncertain burials

f) Phileas?bur. 7 May 1773 Butleigh

g) John Davis bur. 2 Aug 1776 Butleigh

h) William bur. 16 Jul 1786 Butleigh

i) Edward Davis bur. 3 Apr 1792 Butleigh

An Edward Davis received aid from the OOP in Feb 1783 and in March 1784 received assistance from the OOP. In April 1784 the OOP paid for 7 weeks lodging for him and his wife. [in OOP accounts follows entry for cost of delivering Eliz. Davis child]. An Edward Davis paid bastardy pay Feb. 1786 to May 1786. He had his rent paid by the OOP in 1791. In April 1781 the OOP lent him 11/-. In Mar 1792 he rec'd 5/6d assistance. The OOP paid for his coffin in April 1792. In December 1793 his wife received coal.

k) William Davis bur. 13 Jun 1797 Butleigh

l) William Davis s.o. John and Jane bur. 15 Aug 1799 Butleigh

m) Elizabeth Davis bur. 6 Jan 1810 Butleigh

n) Charles Davis bur. 23 Oct 1813 Butleigh aged 1

o) Sarah Davis b. 1809 bur. 2 Jul 1820 Butleigh aged 11

p) Maria Davis b. 1814, bur. 9 Oct 1834 Butleigh aged 20

For more Davis deaths see below (32)

13) William Davis bur. 17 Feb 1808 Butleigh

A William Davis received ½ peck of wheat in 1767 February. (OOPd) 2/6d in necessity in June 1767. In Feb. 1769 he and his family received aid in smallpox (OOPd). March 1769 child buried by sexton – paid by OOP (smallpox epidemic?). William received 6/- in his distress in Feb. and March 1778. Periodic receipts in distress from the OOP 1784, '85. A payment in Feb 1789 and again in November – in sickness. Payments made sporadically in 1790 – 1803 (including William Davis and son, or 'and family'). A William Davis had his rent paid by the OOP from 1790 – 1808 and is this person. From Dec 1808 payments made to William's wife by the OOP until Feb 1810. From May 1812 payments made to a Mary Davis – possibly another person.

14) William Davis b. 1754, buried 19 Mar 1839 (Mar Q 10/362 Wells) Butleigh aged 85 (?)

No William Davis seems to have been born in Butleigh that fits this person nor an Elizabeth Symons and both may have been new arrivals in Butleigh shortly before their marriage. In May 1781 the OOPd paid a William Davis junior in his necessity 2/-. In June 1781 a William Davis [this one or previous?] was summoned to East Pennard to answer a charge of bastardy in the case of Hannah Pollettson William Pollett Chr. 8 Nov 1781 Butleigh. This William paid bastardy pay from then on. In July 1785 the OOP paid 'William Davis bastard' and subsequently. May 1798 William Davis daughter 3½ yds dowlas. A William Davis began receiving assistance from June 1810. In May 1811 the OOP paid 9/- for 'William Davis to Joseph Dauncey'. In1823 James Blacker was paid for lodging William Davis (OOP).

14a) Edward Davis Chr. 20 Feb 1778 Butleigh, stone cutter, s.o. William and Elizabeth Davis, bur. 22 Jun 1848 (Jun Q 10/370 Wells) Butleigh 41-7

An Edward received 10/- (rent?) from the OOP in 1817. [In March 1813 an Elizabeth Davis received OOP assistance.]

Edward and Ann, both widowed, married in 1839 and lived in the High Street in 1841. Both died before the next census. Ann died in 1845 and Edward in 1848.

14b) James Davis Chr. 25 Dec 1786 Butleigh, stone cutter, labourer, s.o. William and Elizabeth Davis, bur. 2 Jul 1863 (Jun 5c/471 Wells) Butleigh 41-7, 51-33, 61-59

Possibly this James Davis who paid the OOP £2 12 6d for a years house rent due Lady Day 1814. In Aug 1814 the OOP paid for a new lock for the door of James Davis and repairing his window. In 1817 he received £4 10s from the OOP. His name occurs occasionally in receipt of assistance from the OOP from 1818. Rent paid in 1819 and 1824, 1825. In Sep 1819 Sarah May was paid for having delivered James Davis' wife. (OOP). James' wife ill in Jan 1820. August 1824 Stephen Hockey was paid to redeem the goods of James by order of Mr. Gould. In Sep 1826 the OOP paid towards James' son being ill. This son died in October and the OOP paid for his coffin. There is no record in the PR but this must have been Jeremiah of whom there is no further record. In Dec 1825 the OOP gave assistance to James who had 'no work'. James received assistance in Nov. 1830 and was ill in the December. In July 1835 James was again ill.

In 1841 James Davis, wife Elizabeth and son George appear in an uncertain place linked to the High Street but since from 1851 - 71 they are at Brittons Court (Water Lane) it is likely that this was their earlier address too. In 1841 their son George married and sometime between 1845 and 1848 he moved to Baltonsborough. James was already living elsewhere in the High Street in 1841. Caroline married coach smith John Aldrich in 1844 (Sep Q 2/257 West London) and in 1851 they lived at 2, Drury lane, St. Giles in the Fields, Finsbury.

In 1851 James and Elizabeth had their grandson William (b. 1840) with them. He was the son of James and Ann.

In 1861 James and Betty seem to be living at 41 or 42 Sub Road (as now is) and they had their granddaughter Catherine (12) with them, who died in 1866. She was also the child of James Davis jnr and in 1841 was called Kate on the census. James died in 1863 and Betty went to live with her son George in the High Street where she appears in 1861 and 1871 only to die in that latter year.

14b1) James Davis Chr. 11 Aug 1814 Butleigh, labourer, bur. 3 Jun 1876 (Jun Q 5c/399 Wells) Butleigh 41-9, 51-36, 61-60, 71-77

James Davis, an agricultural labourer, was first recorded in Compton St., in 1841 with his wife Ann and children Emily (2) and son William born 1840.

In 1851 James (32) lived at Quarry Lane and was then a sawyer of timber. His daughter Emily was in service at the home of William Higgins in Dumb Lane in 1851 and in 1852 she married a soldier, Reuben Charles Helyar in Chelsea #. In 1871 she reappeared as a widow (using her maiden name) and lived with her parents.

James' son William stayed with James Davis snr, his grandfather, in Brittons Court in 1851 but died in 1858. A later child born the next year was called Robert William. Four new children had appeared on the 1851 census with James; Edward b. 1844 who lodged with his grandparents in 1861. (9a1)

In 1861 Fanny was a servant on the farm of George Birkett in the High Street. Nfi Kate lived with her grandparents in 1861 (as Catherine). She died in 1866.

Henry stayed with his parents in 1861 but he appeared with John Earl at Butleigh Wootton in 1871 as a gardener. By 1881 he was married to Ellen (b. Lowdham, Notts) and living at Hempshall Road, Nuthall, Notts. His widowed mother Ann lived with them, probably until she died in 1886. By 1891 he was living at Hopwell Cottage, Hopwell Derbyshire with their three children. In 1901 they lived at 24, Markham Cottages, Sutton and Duckmanton, Derbys., with their six children. In 1911 Henry was gardener at Dykes Hall, Hillsboro, Sheffield – they lived in the gardener's cottage with three of their six children.

James and Ann had lived at Water Lane in 1861 with Henry plus three new children;

Caroline b. 1852 became servant at Claremont Road, Kingston Surrey in 1871 and a ladies maid in 1881 at 69, Elizabeth St., Belgravia, the house of John D. Pender, ship builder. She then married Alfred Potter in 1886 (Mar Q 1a/142 Kensington) and they lived in Kensington.

Lucy - nfi - possibly died elsewhere whilst in service?

[Robert] William was with his parents in Butleigh in 1871 but by 1881 was a carpenter's labourer in Putney, lodging at 20, Elizabeth Place. He married Sarah Ann Foster in 1885 (Dec Q 1a/164 Kensington) and in 1891 calling himself William Robert Davis he lived with his wife Sarah Ann. and their two children at "Westons", Itchingfield, Horsham, Sussex - still a general labourer. In 1901 they were at Rose Cottage Itchingfield, with the same two daughters, Florence and Kate - but William was now a bricklayer. In 1911 they were at Hammer Pond, Manning Heath, Horsham and William was a gamekeeper.

In 1871 James Davis lived on Butleigh Hill (53), with his wife Ann plus Emily Davis, widowed daughter (should be surnamed Helyar) aged 32, and son William (13). James died in 1876 and his widow Ann (as mentiuoned above) went to live by 1881 with her son Henry and his wife Ellen at Hempshall Road, Nuthall, Notts. She is the Ann who died in 1886 aged 67 at Basford.

14b1A) Edward Davis Chr. 7 May 1843 (Sep Q 10/477 Wells) Butleigh

This family lived in Keen's Elm Field, Street in 1871 with their four children, next door to Samuel Westlake Sweet, Sarah's brother.

By 1881 three more children had been added (not listed here) and in 1891 with still three more children their address was given as Keens Elm Lane Cottage, Street. They were still there in 1901 and joined by Sarah's sister, Mary Sweet (b. 1835 Butleigh).

Ellen married the Roman cook Aurelio Spaccatrosi in 1884 (Sep Q 1a/727 St. George, Hanover Sq.) and they lived in Battersea at 42, Roseneau Rd (1891). In 1901 Aurelio was absent from home. In 1911 they were at the same address with four sons and a daughter [of the nine children born]. As a patient in the 3rd London Hospital Wandsworth a sketch was made for their magazine “The Happy Hospital” [March 1916] of Aurelio - plus the the comments “Pte. Spaccatrosi has seen many adventures. He was through the S.A. War, when he cooked for Lord Kitchener, Lord Roberts, and General Buller. In this war he has been at the Front in France; he then went to Lemnos, Suvla Bay, Salonika, and Egypt. On the Gallipoli Peninsula he carried on his art under conditions of the greatest danger and difficulty - but contrived to invent twenty different dishes made from bully beef. Pte. Spaccatrosi, who has had the honour of being presented to King George and Queen Mary, has four sons serving in the British Army.”

In 1891 Kate was a housemaid at 8, Cambridge Gate, Regent, St. Pancras, London. She married Frederick Higgins (b. 1862, s.o. William and Emma) of Butleigh in 1892 (Mar Q 6a/135 Barton Regis, Glos). #

Joseph Sweet Davis became a Police Constable and in 1901 lived at the Police Station, Petworth, Sussex with his wife Mary J. (b. 1866 Ireland) and their two children.

14b2) George Davis Chr. 14 Feb 1819 Butleigh, labourer, bur. 27 Feb 1900 (Mar Q 5c/426 Wells) Butleigh 41-7, 61-55, 71-74, 81-101, 91-119

George and Hannah married in 1841, Hannah was probably the Hannah Whitcomb, servant, working at the home of Margaret Booth, Innkeeper in Glastonbury High Street in 1841. They had two children in Butleigh. Charles b. 1842 and Delilah b. 1845 before moving to Mill Street, Baltonsborough where son John was born in 1848 and Albert in 1850. They all appear in Baltonsborough in 1851 but returned to Butleigh by 1861 when three children were added to the family, Susan, Juliana and William. Son Charles lodged with Jane Higgins, a few doors down in Butleigh High Street - he married and set up home in Selley's Row in 1871.

Delilah probably went into service and married carpenter Alfred H. Gover in 1867 (Dec Q 6a/266 Clifton, Glos.) and they thereafter lived in Street.# John is probably the person from 'Glastonbury' who joined the Royal Navy and in 1871 and was serving aboard 'The Fawn' at sea - nfi. By 1871 Susan was a servant with her sister Juliana at the home of Dr. Robert Culling, Keinton Road, West Lydford. Susan Annie married paper stainer William Dudney [Deudney] (b. 1853 London) in 1881 (Mar Q 1b/737 Holborn) and they then lived in St. Luke, Finsbury, London from 1881. Juliana, sometimes called Julia, next appears as a parlour maid at Meyrick Rd., Christchurch, Hamps. in 1881 and, after marriage to John Emery in 1882 (Jun Q 2b/1017 Christchurch) and widowhood (in 1891 already a widow when housekeeper in Ower, Eling, Hants.) reappeared in Butleigh and lived with her mother by 1901 as Julia Emery. #

In 1871 George and Hannah lived in the High Street with Albert (21), William (13), Elizabeth Ann, Alfred, Frank and Betty Davis (90), George's widowed mother. Betty died in 1871.

In 1881 George and Hannah lived with Albert (30), William (21), Elizabeth A. (18), Alfred H. (16) and Frank (11). Elizabeth Ann went into service and was a housemaid at 12, Upper Belgrave St., London, home of the baronet John T. Butler Duckworth in 1881. She married footman Frederick Pratt. (b. 1862 Capel, Surrey) in 1888 (Sep Q 5c/792 Wells) and they lived in Bude, Cornwall by 1901. According to the census entry, the family may have lived in part of Classeys in the High Street in 1891 - George with wife Hannah and son Albert (40) baker, Alfred (26), Frank (21) and granddaughter Louisa Emery (6) from Bournemouth. Louisa's mother Julia Emery was widowed and acting as housekeeper to John Krost, postmaster at Ower, Eling, Hamps at the time. George died in 1897.

In 1901 Hannah Davis had her daughter Julia Emery living with her in addition to her granddaughter Louisa, plus son Alfred (35). Albert had married and was living at No. 18. Hannah died in 1905 aged 79 and her daughter Julia Emery died in Butleigh and was bur. 24 Jul 1911 (Sep Q 5c/574 Wells). Frank married Harriet Ellen Joy (b. 1871 Sparkford) in 1893 (Sep Q 5c/765 Wincanton) and lived in Woodcock St., Castle Cary in 1901 where he was a coachman - they had three children, all born in Evercreech. They had four children by the 1911 census but one was not at home – Tor bay, Castle Cary.

Harry, called Alfred still in 1911, lived at 24 Butleigh (he was under keeper) and his sister Julia Emery acted as his housekeeper. As Harry he was living in Rosewood Cottage, Barton when he died - he was bur. 16 Jan 1956 Butleigh. #

14b2A) Charles Davis b. 1842 Chr. 8 Jan 1843, (Dec Q 10/485 Wells) Butleigh, labourer, d. 16 Jun, bur. 20 Jun 1893 (Jun Q 5c/329 Wells) Butleigh 61-55, 71-78, 81W-106, 91W-117

Charles was the son of George Davis and Hannah who in 1851 had lived in Mill Street, Baltonsborough. He was born in Butleigh in 1842 and returned there by 1861 when he lodged with Jane Higgins. Charles was fined 10 shillings with 7/6d cost for using false measuring weights when he appeared at Somerton Petty Sessions 26th April 1863.

Subsequently Charles married Jane Hodges in 1863 and they lived in Selley's Row in the High Street in 1871 with four children;

William George b. 1863 - William George Davis was called George on the 1881 census and in 1891 he was a Tin Plate worker lodging at Orchard Terrace 5, Glastonbury and he is probably the William George who died in 1908 (Jun Q 5c/271 Frome). Probably the George Davis fined £1 6s 6d by the Somerton Petty Sessions on Oct 23rd 1882 for letting off fireworks opposite the vicarage in Butleigh. He didn't attend the sessions as he had joined the militia.

Alice Mary was a servant in 1881 to William Vernon, retired grocer of Park Terrace, Glastonbury. She seems to have married William Purnell and lived at Wandsworth in 1901 but the marriage has not so far been traced. # Tom b. 1866 - In 1881 he appeared as Thos. Davis working as an indoor farm servant on Blagrove Farm, Street under Thomas Mallett. In 1891 he was a stableman in St. George's, Hanover Sq., London. By 1901 he had married Hannah Isaacs (b. 1879 Abergavenny) and they lived with their two children at 110 Loram St, Newington, London - his occupation was stableman and then called Thomas.

Frank b. 1869 - remained in Butleigh Wootton. He was recorded as being lame with a diseased leg in 1881 and died in 1887.

In 1881 Charles and Jane were living in Butleigh Wootton with [William] George, Frank, Harry, Ernest and Louisa. Harry died aged 11 in 1874 (Dec Q 5c/342 Wells). Probably the Charles Davis employed by Mr. Croom of Butleigh who was driving a wagon and three horses from Wells to Glastonbury in March 1881when one of the horses shied as they were passing the cemetery. Charles tried to get off the waggon and fell down and a wheel passed over his body breaking several of his ribs. He was attended by Dr. Edwards.

In 1891 Charles and Jane lived in Butleigh Wootton with Ernest, Louisa and Julia. Charles died in 1893 aged 50 in a repeat accident to his previous one. The Western Gazette 22 Jun 1893 reported that he was a carter in the employ of Mr. James Burroughs, farmer of Butleigh Wootton and on returning from Street Heath with a load of turf, accompanied by his son Ernest Albert, with a wagon and three horses in single file – the son held the fore horse and his father the hinder when the latter began kicking. His son ran round and told his father to let go as he could be killed, the horses were going so fast. After 20 yards his father fell and two of the wheels went over his chest. Ernest Albert ran to him and found he was dead. The verdict was accidental death. In 1901 Jane lived with just Ernest. In 1901 Louisa was the cook in the home of Col. Edward Chadwick at Chetnole, Dorset and Julia a housemaid at Priory Lodge, Church Road, Barnes, Surrey - home of Edward Terry, the actor. In 1911 she was a servant at 61, Clifton Hill, St. Johns Wood. Her mother Jane died in 1911 aged 68.

Ernest married Eliza Foxwell (next) and Louisa Jane married labourer Eli Ford (b. 1877) from West Pennard in Butleigh on 19 Sep 1904 (Sep Q 5c/839 Wells) and in 1911 they lived at 53 Butleigh with widowed mother Jane as monthly nurse.

14b2A1) Ernest Albert Davis Chr. 7 Oct 1877 (Sep Q 5c/534 Wells) Butleigh Wootton farm labourer, died in Yeovil on 11 Feb and was bur. 14 Feb 1963 (Mar Q 7c/589 Wells) Butleigh 81W-106, 91W-117, 01W-141

In 1911 Ernest and Eliza lived with their two children in four rooms in Butleigh. Rose Agnes married Arthur Ernest Cave in Butleigh on 16 May 1932 (Jun Q 5c/857 Wells).# Charles died at Kingsland, Butleigh, as did his mother.

13b2B) Albert Davis Chr. 31 Mar 1850 (Mar Q 10/514 Wells) Baltonsborough, labourer, bur. 22 Jan 1929 [Mar Q 5c/694 Wells)] Butleigh 61-55, 71-74, 81-101, 91-119, 01-135

Albert, a baker, had lived with his parents until past middle age and Marina too is found living in Baltonsborough in 1891, aged 35 and unmarried, with her widowed mother Eliza. They married in 1894 and in 1901 lived together at 19, High Street, Butleigh in two rooms. Their address in 1911 was identified then as 18a Butleigh. In 1881 [Western Gazette 29 July] Albert had advertised for a situation as a baker but was obviously unsuccessful.

14c) William Davis b. 1797 Butleigh [Chr. 16 Aug 1789 Butleigh], labourer, shepherd, bur. 17 Feb 1868 (Mar Q 5c/410 Wells) Butleigh 41W-16, 51W-41, 61W-65

From 1815 a William Davis paid bastardy money of 1/6d per week [first payment 24 weeks up to Sep 17th 1815). 40 weeks up to June 1816 cost £3. William paid bastardy pay to the OOP in 1817 – Feb 1828. A William Davis ill Feb 1820, received rent from the OOP in 1826.

The child Mary Ann died as the result of a tragic accident at Butleigh Wootton when a barrel rolled over her from a cart as she was playing with another child. The other child 9unnamed0 was also expected not to recover [Bath Chronicle 2 Jun 1825]

William's age varies on the censuses but the only William baptised in Butleigh in this period was the son of William and Elizabeth Davis (20) b. 1823, and I suspect that he is the son of this William.

William and Ann appeared in Butleigh Wootton in 1841 with Charles (aged 15, see (13) # son or nephew?), Ann and Mary Louise. Their daughter Ann married Levi Tucker in 1850 (Mar Q 10/641 Wells) and in 1851 they all lived together at South Moor, Watchwell.#

Sarah was a servant at the home of Richard Holman, grazier, in 1841 and at the home of William Dyke at Barton Stone in 1851. Nfi

Mary Louise married Train Inspector William T. Newport in 1867 (Dec Q 7a/223 Market Bosworth).#

Ann died in 1860 and in 1861 just William was left at Watchwell, with his granddaughter Harriet Tucker (10) as housekeeper. He died in 1868.

In 1871 Betsy Davis (b. 1821 Butleigh Wooton) was a nurse working at 23, St. Thomas Street, Winchester, Hamps., and in 1881 she was at 15, Royal Terrace, Melcombe Regis, Dorset. In 1901, giving pob as Butleigh Wootton she was a nurse at 14, Stratton Place, Budock, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Harriet was a servant in Marlstone Syhting, Bucklebury, Berkshire in 1851. A fellow servant was John Tocock (b. 1821 Bramshill, Hants) the coachman. Harriet married Jesse Tocock in Butleigh on 28 Feb 1852 (Mar Q 5c/883 Wells) and they lived in Sandhurst, Berks in both 1861 and 1871. p347 John and Jesse are probably the same person.

16) Ann Davis

Ann Davis appears in the OOP accounts in 1819 and in June Mary Willcox delivered her of a child, the William Christened in August. A George Scott paid 14 weeks bastardy up to July 18th 1819 – possibly for this child. From Dec 1822 into 1823 an Ann Davis attended George Grove when he was ill. (OOP). George died in Dec 1823 and Ann began caring for John Davis' wife. [see 9a1 – Anne Grove, wife of John Davis]. James Scott's bastard was taken in by James Gane of Bradley in June 1824.

In April 1825 the OOP paid for an Ann to be examined, and summons and journey to Langport with Charles Seymour. Sep 1725 lying in expenses for Ann and William Higgins paid by the OOP for taking Charles Seymour - Unity Burton (Britton) paid for attending Ann - Ann received 15 weeks pay. Oct '25 the OOP paid for a coffin and burying her child.

Jan, Feb 1829 - 1836 Ann and Jane Davis no work. In April 1830 the OOP bought her son calico and half boots. In June 1830 Ann was paid by the OOP for making M. Riddock a shift. Nfi

16a) Edward Davis b. 1841 Walton, s.o. William and Betsy Davis, labourer, bur. 14 Dec 1893 (Dec Q 5c/379 Wells) Butleigh 51-32, 61-55, 71-81, 81-95, 91-124

When Edward married Mary Castle in 1860 he had already been lodging with George Brice for over a decade and the arrangement continued. They appear together in Fore St. in 1861. By 1871 Edward and Mary, with a growing family, lived in the High Street with their first five children.

In 1871 Edward Davis (30) and wife Mary (30) plus children Elizabeth Ann b. 1861, William b. 1863, Francis b. 1865, John b. 1867 and Tom b. 1869 lived in the High St.

Elizabeth Ann is reported in the Western Gazette [6 Oct 1882] as being taken ill in Butleigh Church on the Sunday, aged 20, and expired on the Monday.

In 1881 Edward is described as a carter and he and his wife Mary had the following children at home;

William Frederick who remained with his parents until after the 1891 census (12a1);

Frances Mary married George Thomas Locke in 1889 (Jun Q 5a/493 Poole) and lived at Easton in Gordano (in 1891) and in 1911 at 61, Amber Vale east , Clifton Frances Mary and her husband and all eight of their children lived with Mary Davis her mother.

John was a Railway porter in 1901, at 21 Silver Street, Barnstaple, married with two children;

Tom stayed his parents until after 1891; Matilda was a servant at Vale Farm House in Queen Camel in 1891 - she married commercial traveller William Samuel Milliar in 1897 (Jun Q 6a/205) and they lived in St. Pauls, Bristol. By 1911 they lived at 10, Franklyn St. St. Paul's with 3 sons – two other children having died.

Eva was visiting her uncle William at Stone Hill; Street in 1891 - she died and was bur. 14 Apr 1900 Butleigh aged 23; Harry b. 1878 Rosa Jane b. 1878 and Lily b. 1879 lived with their parents in 1881 plus George Brice (80), Edward's grandfather. # In 1891 the family lived at The Quarry - Edward (50) and wife Mary (50) with children William (27), Tom (21), Harry (13), Rose (11), Lily (11). Edward died in 1893.

Thomas married Alice K. of Muchelney and in 1901 they lived at 37, Brighton Road, Clifton Bristol, he was a milk carrier by occupation. Their son John E. Davis was called 'stepson'.

By 1901 in Quarry Lane Mary Davis (62) widow still lived with her children Harry (23) and William (39) plus the latter's wife Sarah (29) and daughter Helen Violet Criddle b. 1894 (Jun Q 5c/277 Williton) - see next. In 1911 Mary was living with her daughter Frances Mary Locke in Bristol (see above).

16a1) William Frederick Davis Chr. 4 Oct 1863 (Sep Q 5c/602 Wells) Butleigh, bur. 12 Sep 1923 Butleigh 71-81, 81-95, 91-124, 01-140

Sarah Criddle and her brother Henry (b. 1867) were found in the Williton Workhouse in 1881 though her age was given as 12. It is probably the same girl who was a servant in Wiveliscombe in 1891. Helen Violet was the illegitimate daughter of Sarah Criddle. The three lived with William Frederick's mother in 1901. In 1911 William, Sarah and Violet lived together in Quarry Lane and Violet was identified as Sarah's daughter [see under Criddle]. Sarah Ann died in Wells Infirmary.

16a2) Harry Davis Chr. 3 Jan 1878 Butleigh, d. 12 Jan, bur. 22 Jan 1951 (Mar Q 7a/387 Wells - Harold) Butleigh

In 1891 Emily Ann Chinnock lived at the Cottage, Hornblotton with her parents and siblings. Her father was an agricultural labourer. She was a general servant at Park Farm in 1901. Harry Davis was chauffeur to John Whitehead. In 1911 Harry and Emily lived alone, their first child not arriving until 1912. Harry died as a result of falling off a wagon. On his gravestone Harry's birthday given as 27 January 1878!, and his death seems to read 1956! Gladys married RAF Air Craftsman Dennis George Rawles (b. 29 Jun 1920 s.o. Joseph Rawles, Barton St. David) in Butleigh on 18 Jan 1941 (Mar Q 5c/1211 Wells). He died 3 Apr 1986. Emily Ann lived in Barton St. David at her death.

Taunton Courier 28 Jan 1956 reports the death in Taunton at the home of his daughter Mrs. G. Rawles of Harry Davis of 61, Barton Road who had lived in Butleigh all his life. He had been chauffeur to John Whitehead of Butleigh Hill for 40 years. Address at burial given as Spring Gardens.

16a2A) Edward Alfred [Arthur?] Davis b. 10 Feb, Chr. 4 Apr 1912 (Mar Q 5c/761 Wells) Butleigh farm labourer

Edward was possibly the Ted Davis who was garden boy at Butleigh Court around 1930, responsible for carrying coal into the Court kitchen. Edward A. Davis rented 'Pounceys Villa' 102 Oddway at the time of the 1947 estate sale – for £7 10s 0d p.a.

17) John Davis [Chr. 13 Oct 1759 Butleigh, butler, s.o. William & Mary, bur. 16 Nov 1823 Butleigh?]

If the John who died 1823 this would make sense since a Betty Davis received OOP rent in 1824, 1825, 1826 (called Betty Davis of Wootton). June 1828 has Betty Davis ill (OOP). A Betty Davis appears from May 1834 looking after Ann Humphries until May 1835.

17a) Charles Davis Chr. 5 Feb 1797 Butleigh, labourer, s.o. John Davis, bur. 11 Feb 1882 (Mar Q 5c/374 Wells) Butleigh 41-9, 51-23, 61-47, 71-83, 81-103

Fanny Sealey had had an illegitimate child John Sealy Chr. 28 Jan 1810 Butleigh before her marriage to Charles – the probable father having been William Eades whose surname John later took.

A Charles Davis received house rent of £4 from the OOP in 1817. - this Charles? Again in 1818. In July 1817 Charles also received assistance from the OOP. In Mar 1820 Charles and George Coombes were paid by the OOP for taking James Grove and Richard Higgins to gaol. Apr 1820 Charles ill. Fanny Davis son received 3 yds calico from the OOP in Aug1820. Fanny mentioned several times in 1820 with her children. In March 1831 the OOP paid Charles for his work on guttering at William Talbot's house. In Oct 1833 Charles was paid for taking up Thomas Periam. OOP paid him the Common fine in Oct 1833. In Dec 1833 Charles paid for lodging John Wilcox. In Feb 1834 Charles Davis' wife paid for looking after John Wilcox up to his death.

In 1841 Charles Davis (46), a stone cutter, lived in Compton Street with his wife Fanny, their children Louisa (15), Eli (10) and Henry (6) plus an elderly Henry Corp (a relative?) aged 80. The latter died in 1844. Charles' wife Fanny died in 1849. Henry Chr. 28 Dec 1834 Butleigh was the illegitimate son of Eliza and Frederick Green # Eliza later married Robert Pike? # From Oct 1835 the OOP paid 'Elizar Davis for Frederick Green' and must refer to this illegitimacy.

In 1851 Charles, now a widower and agricultural labourer lived with just Eli and Henry (both labourers). Louisa was visiting Esau Jacobs in Pilton in 1851. She married Samuel Newport in Butleigh on 21 Apr 1853 (Jun Q 5c/1057 Wells). # By 1861 the house was numbered No. 74 and Charles, again listed as a stone cutter, had remarried - in 1853 to Eliza Brooks, a widow who in 1851 had lived in Keinton Mandeville with three of her children (the oldest being 26!). They had a son Alexander aged 7. Eli was living in Shepton Mallet where he was a guard at the Gaol. He married Elizabeth B. Hiscox (b. 1846 Shepton Mallet) in 1866 (Jun 5c/935 Shepton Mallet), and by 1871, was a schoolmaster in the Shepton Mallet prison. In 1881 he was a prison warder and lived at 2, Harleston Terrace, Shepton Mallet with wife and son Clement (12). They were still there in 1891. By 1901 he and Elizabeth had retired to 21, Victoria Terrace, Burnham. Henry not further traced. By 1871 Charles (80) and wife Eliza (65) lived with son Alexander (17) and grandson Alexander B. Higgins (12) in the New Road. Despite Eliza being younger than her husband she died in 1879 and then Alexander married in 1880. They probably remained in the same house together and Charles died there in 1882 aged '92'.

17a1) Joshua Davis Chr. 6 Oct 1816 Butleigh, stone cutter, s.o. Charles Davis, bur. 12 Sep 1878 (Sep Q 5c/335 Wells) Butleigh 41-9, 51-34, 61-59, 71-83

Joshua and Eliza appeared in Butleigh High Street in 1841 with their two children. By 1851 the family were in Dumb Lane and remained there in 1861 when Levi became a stonecutter like his father. Jemima was a dress staymaker. By 1871 Joshua plus wife Eliza and Jemima - dressmaker, still lived together but Levi Davis was a soldier at Tower of London barracks (St. Botolph without Aldgate) – he had married Alice Higgins in 1869 (Dec Q 1a/122 Kensington). In 1881, married to Alice, he was a warder 'convict Dept' in St. Margaret's London and by 1891 a warder in the prison service at Aylesbury, Bucks. By 1901 Levi was a warder at Parkhurst Prison, Northwood, Hampshire and lived in the prison at 4, East Terraces with his wife Alice. In 1911 Levi was a pensioner and he and Alice lived at Sidney Cottage, Stride, Newport, I.O.White.They had had one child but it had died.

Joshua died in 1878 and Eliza in 1880 leaving Jemima alone - she never married and remained in Butleigh until she died in 1919 aged 77. Her address on the 1911 census was given as 20 Butleigh [2 rooms].

17a2) Alexander Davis Chr. 6 Nov 1853 (Sep Q 5c/578 Wells) Butleigh, s.o. Charles & Eliza Davis, bur. 22 Feb 1919 (Mar Q 5c/736 Wells) Butleigh 61-47, 71-83, 81-103, 91-122, 01-144 PHOTO

Alexander and Henrietta married in 1880 and appeared in New Road in 1881 with Alexander's father Charles (91) who died in 1882. By 1891 they Lived at No 43 Butleigh with their children Edith Matilda b. 1881, Robert Charles b. 1884 and Lillian Mary b. 1886. In 1888 at the Glastonbury Great Fair Alexander was awarded a premium of £1 10s for 22 years and two months service on the farm of Mr. R. Neville Grenville.

By 1901 Alexander Davis was an engine driver and now lived with Henrietta and children Robert (17), Lillian (14) and Leonard b. 1891. In 1901 their eldest child Edith Matilda was a housemaid at Boyton Manor, Boyton, Wilts. - she later married brick-moulder Jesse Joseph Shearing (b. 1881 Fordingbridge) in Butleigh on 20 Apr 1909 (Jun Q 5c/916 Wells). In 1911 they lived at Sandleheath, Fordingbridge with two children. Leonard played several parts in the Butleigh Revel of 1906 [see photos above] and his father Alec appeared as an ancient Briton, as did Lilian.

Her sister Lilian Mary married groom Ernest Edward Farr (b. 1885 Kingsdon) in Butleigh on 31 Aug 1909 (Sep Q 5c/881 Wells) and in 1911 they lived at No. 3 Kingsdon with their six month old daughter Daisy. .

In 1911 Alexander and Henrietta lived at 43 Butleigh with Robert (mechanical engineer – steam roller) and Leonard.

Leonard, a school teacher, married Mildred May Hewlett of Sherborne in Butleigh on 14 Aug 1916 (Sep Q 5c/735 Wells) and their first child Maurice was born in Southwark, London. In 1941 they celebrated their silver wedding at 7, Brookhampton, N. Cadbury. A Henrietta M. Davis d. 1914 (Mar Q 2c/103 South Stoneham, Hamps) aged 63.

17a2A) Robert Charles Davis b. 3 Jan, Chr. 16 Mar 1884 (Mar Q 5c/500 Wells) Butleigh died in Bath on Dec 30th 1956 (Dec Q 7c/70 Bath) but was buried 3 Jan 1957 Butleigh 91-122, 01-144

Robert's wife was actually called Ellen Janethe name appearing on her gravestone. (she died in Butleigh Hospital). They lived at Yard Lodge, Butleigh Robert died in Manor Hospital, Bath.

18) Philip Davies b. 1812/21 Butleigh, agricultural labourer, stone cutter, died 1888 (Mar Q 5c/258 Taunton)

In 1851 he was shown as a stone cutter married to Charlotte (b. 1811 Ilton, Som.) and living at Stapleton, Martock, whereas in 1841 they were at Drayton. They do not seem to have had any children. On the 1861 census Philip lodged at Rock Hill, North Curry, and called himself single and gave his dob as 1814. He 'married' Elizabeth sometime after and in 1871 the couple lived in Wrantage Road, North Curry. Philip appeared in 1881 in Wrantage, North Curry, a widower.

19) Charles Davis b. 1815 Butleigh, gardener, 41-14, 51-25

Charles Davis lived with Mary at Moorhouse in 1841 but shared the house with her 4 children. She wasn't listed as a widow at their marriage but was actually the widow of John Talbot who had died in 1833 aged 32. The children were; George Talbot (14), James (12) Ann (10) and Eliza (8). In 1851 Charles lived alone in the High Street but with several lodgers and visitors. Charles may have died in 1885 (Mar Q 5c/427 Wells) aged 72, but is not on the intermediate censuses. An earlier death possible but only if further afield. Mary may have re-married since she disappears from the censuses and no death is found.

20) John Davis b. 1821 Butleigh, labourer, bur. 6 May 1909 (Jun Q 5c/286 Wells) Butleigh 51-35, 61-51, 71-74, 81-98, 91-126, 01-138

Ann Wheeler's parents lived in Butleigh Wootton in 1841 but Ann seems to have been elsewhere in service and the most likely person is the Ann Wheeler in Wedmore, working in White Horse Lane with her older sister Eliza.

After their marriage in 1843 and their first two children being born in Walton (births registered at Bridgwater?), the couple moved to Butleigh and in 1851 and lived at No. 7, Selley's Row - John Davis (30) lived there with his wife Ann (27) with Elizabeth (6), William (4) and Elizabeth Ann (2).

In 1861 the family, with the addition of George and Hannah, lived in Oddway, except for Ann Elizabeth who married Henry Brain in Butleigh on 24 Jan [month not given in PR] 1861 (Mar Q 5c/884 Wells) after which they lived in Barton St. David with his parents in 1861 before returning to Butleigh to live #. It is possible that Ann may have been illegitimate - at marriage she gave no father's name and was 'of full age' in 1861 suggesting that her birth may have predated her mother's marriage in 1843. An Ann Davies servant to Mr. Hoddinott farmer was sentenced to six weeks hard labour in May 1860 for having stolen ½ a peck of flour. [Wells Journal 12 May 1860]

John and Ann stayed in Oddway in 1871 but William was absent, though he may have been working away in Yorkshire (see below). Elizabeth Ann was a housemaid at Charlton House (Charlton Mackrell) and then married the labourer Obed Hill in 1878 (Sep Q 5c/793 Wells) after which they lived in Shepton Mallet. In 1911 Elizabeth was a widow but lived with her son Joshua Hill at 29, Commercial Rd., Shepton Mallet.

George was an agricultural labourer boarding with John Rose at the Old Farm House in Barton St. David.

A new addition to the family was Alfred Henry b. 1865/6 but there is some possible confusion with Alfred Harry, the son of George, born 1865. # The Alfred who joined the Royal Navy gave his birth date as 1 Jan 1867. On the 1871 census John's son is called 'Alfred (4)' while in 1881 he is 'Henry (16)'. A Henry Davis was born 1863 (Mar Q 5c/655 Wells). Also living with the family was Ann Wheeler (80) John's mother-in-law but she died in 1872 (Mar Q 5c/421 Wells).

Hannah married Charles Vincent in Butleigh on 8 Jul 1878 (Sep Q 5c/777 Wells). #

In 1881 John (62) and wife Ann (57) lived with son Henry (16). Ann died in 1890 and John lived alone in three rooms in Oddway in 1891. 'Henry' was off the census but is certainly the Albert H., gardener, living in the gardener's cottage to Yoxall Hall, Yoxall, Staffs in 1891. He shared the cottage with Sidney Hodges (25) from Butleigh. In 1901 as Albert H. he lived in the Lodge to "Fairmile Hatch", Cobham, Surrey with his wife Edith (b. 1873 Staffs) and two daughters. In 1901 John Davis (79) lived with his son William Davis (54) and wife Eliza. He died in 1909 and his son in 1917.

ADM 188/204 Davis Alfred Name Davis Alfred 144993 Butleigh, Somerset Date: 1867. (?)

20a) William Davis b. 1847 Walton [George William b. 1848 Sep Q 10/495 Wells?], labourer, bur. 4 Jan 1917 (Dec Q 5c/591 Wells) Butleigh 51-35, 61-51, 81-98, 91-122, 01-138

In 1861 Eliza Pike and her parents lived in Church Lane, West Pennard but by 1871 she was a servant there on the farm of Henry Morris at Woodland. In 1871 William was the 'excavator' living in the Railway Huts at Marske, Yorkshire (described as from Glassenbury). Eliza married William Davis in 1874 and they lived at Barton St. David before settling in Butleigh by 1878.

In 1881 they lived in Oddway with their oldest two children. In 1891 they lived in Dumb Lane in four rooms with Charles William (16), Margaret Louise (11) and Harold (3). By 1901 Margaret was a servant in the house of the artist Wilfred Ball in Godalming, Surrey. The rest of the family returned to Oddway, as it was now called, and William's father John Davis (79), now widowed, lived with them. In 1911 William and Eliza lived with just their son Charles. William died in 1917.

Margaret married coachman, chauffeur James Frederick Metherell (b. 1873) of Clifton in Butleigh on 26 Aug 1903 (Sep Q 5c/875 Wells). In 1911 they lived at Abbot's Leigh near Clifton but were still childless.

Harold became a boiler maker and in 1911 he lodged with John Henry Varley and his wife Margaret (nee Talbot b. 1864 Butleigh) and their nephew Stanley Talbot (b. 1891 Butleigh) in Doncaster. Harold married Kate Say in Jun 1912. Charles Davis rented 72 Butleigh in 1947 (estate sale catalogue) at £4 per annum.

20a1) Harold William Davis b. 5 Oct, Chr. 27 Nov 1887 (Dec Q 5c/495 Wells) Butleigh, bur. 22 Jan 1951 (Mar Q 7a/387 Wells) Butleigh 91-122, 01-138

Kate had a son before her marriage to Harold. # An H. Davis paid rent of £13 per annum on 'Spring Gardens' at Banbury Lane at the time of the 1947 estate sale – his son Cecil died there aged 29 in 1945. Kate lived on Barton Road when she died.

20b) George Davis Chr. 17 Aug 1851 (Jun Q 10/538 Wells) Butleigh, agricultural labourer, bur. 27 Jan 1910 (Mar Q 6a/24 Bristol) Butleigh 61-51, 81-97, 91-114, 01-133

1881 George lived on Butleigh Hill with wife Ellen and children George, Mary and Fred plus John Rose (69) widower and father-in-law. George had appeared with his parents John and Ann in Oddway in 1861 and was in Barton St. David in 1871 where he boarded with John Rose of the Old farm House, whose daughter he married in 1874. After Ellen's death in 1889 aged 36, George moved to 4 Compton St., with his children plus John Rose where they appeared in 1891. Little Fred died as a baby in 1881 and young Bessie was lame from birth. John Rose died in 1895 (Dec Q 5c/320 Wells). At the same address in 1901, George, now a carter on a farm, had just his son George, a labourer, Bessie, a dressmaker, and Rose at home with him. Alfred was boarding in Rotherhithe, London where he was a drapers porter. He later lived in 4, Compton Street and was bur. 3 Nov 1953 Butleigh. Mary Elizabeth and her sister Ada were both housemaids at Charterhouse School, London but Emily could be either the servant in Bath Road, Wells or the Emily from 'Glastonbury' who was a servant in St. Pancras, London, probably the latter. Ada married coachman James Jacob Stanford in 1906 (Jun Q 1a/563 Fulham) and in 1911 they lived in the Lodge, Chessington Place, Surrey with son James (4) and step-daughter Cicely (6).

George died in Bristol in January 1910 (PR).

Stephen George is the George boarding with John Matthews at 60 Butleigh in 1911 and he was bur. 28 Feb 1919 (Mar Q 5c/733 Wells) Butleigh. Alfred (horse driver-carter) was boarding with Sidney Small at 40 Butleigh in 1911. Bessie lived in 1911 with her sister Mary who had married Robert Daniels in 1903 (Mar Q 1d/276 St. Olave Bermondsey) and they lived at 23 Glenrosa St., Fulham, London also with their daughter Ellen (b. 1905 Fulham). Rose was a counter hand boarding at 35, Page St, Westminster, London in 1911.

20b1) Alfred Davis Chr. 11 Sep 1881 (Sep Q 5c/500 Wells) Butleigh bur. 3 Nov 1953 (Dec Q 7c/238 Wells) Butleigh

Ann [Annie] Brass had lived with her parents at 21 Bere lane, Glastonbury in 1891 [No. 15 by 1911] – her father was an agricultural labourer.

21) Thomas Davis b. 1847 (Sep Q 10/421 Wells? as Tom) Baltonsborough 61-55

Thomas was a servant at Henry Hoddinott's Farm (Lower Rockes) in Compton Street in 1861 but doesn't appear on the 1851 census. He may well be the Tom Davis serving in the Royal Navy in 1871 on board the 'Egmont' in harbour at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, later married to Elizabeth and living at Princes St. Court, Morice, Stoke Damerell, Devonport (1891), working as a Hall Porter. He gave his birthplace as 'Glastonbury'.

22) Louisa M. Davis b. 1861 Forest Hill, Surrey, private Governess, d.o. Henry and Martha Davis 91-124

Louisa M. Davis taught the Maidment children at Lower Farm, Butleigh Hill in 1891. In 1871 she had lived with her parents and siblings at 1, Albert Villas, Stratford, West Ham, Essex. In 1881 she seemed to be in Crondall Hampshire where she was already classified as 'school teacher'. Nfi.

23) Edith Davis b. 1878 Weybridge, Surrey, housemaid 01-134

Edith served at Butleigh Court in 1901, aged 23. Nfi

24) Florence Mary Davis Chr. 15 Oct 1882 (Sep Q 5c/530 Wells) Butleigh, d.o. William George and Arabella Emily (b. 1864 Hemyock, née Wright) Davis [parents m. 1881 (Dec Q 5c/651 Bridgwater)]

In 1891 William Davis, a tram conductor, and wife Emily lived at Camberwell, Peckham, who seem to be Florence's parents. In 1891 Florence lived with her grandparents John (59) and Mary Wright (60) at Huntspill. In 1901 she lived with her mother and stepfather James Cox, a bricklayer, at 3, Abingdon Street, Burnham. She married Arthur Butt in 1904 (Sep Q 5c/897 Axbridge) and in 1911 they lived at 5, Bray Rd., Guildford with their two children. Arthur was a motor car tester and examiner.

25) Charles Davis Chr. 21 Sep 1823 Butleigh Wootton, labourer, s.o. William and Elizabeth Davis, died 1893 (Jun Q 5c/329 Wells) 41W-16, 51W-39

In 1851 Charles and Mary lived with her mother Mary Ford (b. 1786 Coxley), a Parish pauper, at Old Farm, Butleigh Wootton. # The mother died before the next census. Charles may be a son of William and Ann (9c)? #

26) James Kelly Davis Chr. 23 Nov 1834 Butleigh Wootton, woodman, s.o. Ann Kelly and James Davis

James, the nephew of Benjamin and Elizabeth Filer, was visiting them in the Coombe, Compton Martin in 1861 together with niece Jane Kelly (b. 1855 Wells) who was still with them in 1871. James Kelly married Charlotte Bush (b. 1841 Combe Martin) in 1861 (Sep Q 5c/1032 Clutton) and by 1871 they were master and matron of Aylesbury Union Workhouse, Bucks. By 1881 they ran the Salford Union Workhouse, Regent Rd, Salford, Lancs.

27) Henry Davis Chr. 28 Dec 1834 Butleigh, illegitimate son of Eliza Davis [d.o. Charles and fanny Davis (17a)] and Frederick Green, bur. 19 Mar 1865 (Mar Q 5c/506 Wells) Butleigh 41-9, 51-23, 61-50 #

Henry lived with Charles Davis in 1841 and 1851 and was latterly called his 'son'. His mother Eliza was probably a daughter of Charles. On marriage Henry gave his father's name as Frederick Green. After their marriage in 1858, Henry and Elizabeth plus son John (2) lodged in the High Street by 1861 with Mary Diment (84) widow and grocer. Mary Diment died in 1863 (Jun Q 5c/469 Wells). Henry died in 1866 aged '34'. In 1871 Elizabeth Davis (35), needlewoman, and widow lived at Moorhouse with her son John. H. Davis. John and Elizabeth lived at 5, St. Ostrey, Shepton Mallet in 1881 with John a Carpenter. By 1891 John lived at 32, Town Street, Shepton Mallet with his wife Mary (b. 1861 Shepton Mallet) and they had a son Ewart G. Davis (b. 1887 Shepton). John became a schoolmaster at Wandsworth Prison by 1901 and lived at 58 Officers 2nd Block, Wandsworth with his wife and son Gordon. His mother Elizabeth seems to have died in 1891 (Mar Q 5c/421 Wells) aged 55. John was still teaching at Wandsworth Prison in 1911 but lived at 77, Melody Road.

28) Stephen Davis Chr. 12 Oct 1860 Butleigh, s.o. William & Elizabeth Davis, bur. 15 Oct 1860 (Dec Q 5c/386 Wells) Butleigh

No further information on this family. A William and Elizabeth Davis lived in Somerton.

29) Arthur Davis Chr. 10 Dec 1866 (Dec Q 5c/552 Wells) Butleigh, s.o. William & Ann Davis - nfi

Nfi on this family.

30) Mary Davies b. 1801, bur. 24 Oct 1844 (Dec Q 10/359 Wells) Butleigh

Nfi on this Mary - possible PR mistake in age and - wife of Charles Davis (7) or daughter of John (Chr. 1804)? From May 1812 payments made to a Mary Davis – possibly another person.

31) David Walter Davies b. 1873 Carmarthen, Wales, farmer, s.o. John Harris and Amy Davies

In 1891 David appeared with his widowed mother Amy at Sheepways Moor Farm, Portbury, where they had resided for around nine years, based on the youngest child's birthplace. Florence and her parents lived at Lower Rockes Farm, Butleigh in the 1890's. After their marriage they lived, by 1901, at Gable Farm, Wraxall, Somerset. By 1911, still at Gable Farm, they had three sons and three daughters.

32) James Davis b. 1821 Butleigh, agricultural labourer [see - 9a1]

James and Priscilla appeared in Bath Road, Wells in 1851 with their first four children (all given pob Wells). In 1861 when Priscilla appeared at the Wells Union Workhouse, her birthplace and that of all her children was given as Butleigh. In 1871 Priscilla (Precillia) was a widow and labourer living at Meare and her pob was given as Priddy as was that of all her children, except the last two additions. In 1881 she appeared at Wormiston Down, Dulcote, Wells, with just John and James - plus husband James Davis born Butleigh 1821!

A James Davies widower of East Wells married a Priscilla Simmons in Wells St. Cuthberts on 22 May 1849 – he was the son of John Davies and she the daughter of James Simmons.

C) The following Davis burials in Butleigh refer to uncertain people;

i) Eliza Davis b. 1843, bur. 1 Nov 1852 (Dec Q 5c/395 Wells) Butleigh

ii) Eliza Davis b. 1850, bur. 1 Jun 1867 (Sep Q 5c/358 Wells) Butleigh from Wells Union Workhouse [this or last could be a child of James and Priscilla above]

iii) Charles Davis b. 1871, bur. 13 Nov 1874 (Dec Q 5c/396 Wells) Butleigh

iv) Annie b. 1849, bur. 18 Jun 1926 Butleigh aged 77

33) Annie Davis b. 1852 Butleigh

On the 1911 census Annie, a widow, lived at Restmore Cottages in 4 rooms. She was a laundress but not satisfactorily identified yet. She had a child still living – nfi.[possibly the unidentified Annie vi]

34) Mabel Kate Davis b. 1893 (Mar Q 5c/430 Wincanton) Bruton, dairy maid, d. o. John and Jane Davis

In 1911 Mabel worked at Bridge Farm for John Francis Millard.

To sort} Mrs. A. Davis rented No. 4 Compton St at £8 9s 0d per annum at the time of the estate sale of 1947 – must be Mr. Alfred Davis (20b (4)) or Ann who died at No. 4 Compton Street bur. 11 Jul 1980 aged 95 (b. 1885). Property bought by J. Davis for £180.

35) Joseph Davies

The address of the couple at the birth of John and Ann was given as 'Butleigh Drove'.

36) Eli Davis PHOTO

Eli was a schoolmaster in Glastonbury and played Archbishop Asser in the Butleigh Revel of 1906.

37) William Myrddin Davies


[Daubin – see also Dobin]

1) William Joseph Dawbin b. 23 Apr, Chr. 22 May 1888 (Jun Q 5c/495 Wells) Butleigh, s.o. William and Juliane Dawbin, d. 22 Aug 1915

William was a visitor to the house of George Fry in Laburnum House, Middlezoy, Som., in 1891. Also there was George's sister-in-law Susan Dawbin (60) widow, and John Dawbin (17) nephew. In 1901 Susan Dawbin lived with her son John and his wife Alice who had a son William F. Dawbin b. 1898.

William's parents had appear in 1891 in Yeovil Marsh, his father William (b. 1860 Stoke St. Gregory) was a farmer and his mother (b. 1854 Upton) had borne a daughter Bessie just 9 months before.

There is no trace of William or his family on the 1901 census – they had probably emigrated to New Zealand by then. William seems to have died in 1915 in Hampshire (Sep Q 2c/93 South Stoneham). A headstone in Compton Dundon cemetery has “In ever loving memory of trooper William Joseph Dawbin Wellington Mounted rifles, Makino, Fielding, New Zealand, son of William and Juliana Dawbin formerly of Compton Dundon wounded at Gaba Tepe Dardanelles May 27 1915 died at Netley Hospital August 22 1915 aged 27 years.



A) Valentius Dawe [possibly surname Dyer/Dier?]

1) Harry Dawe b. 1822 Trull, mason 51-33

Harry lodged in Dumb Lane with William Higgins in 1851. Nfi. A Jonas Dawe b. 1829 who lived in Trull on the 1841 census was probably his brother. No Harry Dawe found on the 1841 census

2) Thomas Dawes b. 1847 Seelford, Staffs., coachman, s.o. Henry and Ann Dawes

Agnes lived with her parents in 1881 at Bentley, Hampshire where her father was a gardener. By 1891 Agnes and her father were at Wigmore Cottage, Capel, Surrey. Her father was then a coachman and Agnes was a 'general servant'. They are next found at 2, Wigmore, Capel, Surrey in 1901 with Agnes as her father's 'personal servant'. There were also three younger children by then.

3) Rev. Henry Dawes b. 1860 (Jun Q 1c/337 Whitechapel) Westminster, London P

Henry Dawes conducted services at the Westgate Chapel of the Baptist Union, Bradford in October 1884. [Liverpool Mercury 9 Oct 1884]

Henry Dawes was married and widowed by the age of 32 when he appeared lodging in Battersea as a 'clerk in Holy Orders'. He is the Rev. Henry Dawes referred to in the Daily Gazette for Middlesborough 1 Sep 1887 who had travelled with his wife, the daughter of the Rev. F. W. Ruxton of Willington, to British Guiana in 1887 where she became sick. She died on their return to Willington. Henry worked at 'All Saints in Battersea' from 1890 - 92 when he transferred to Baltonsborough, becoming vicar there from 1895. [Western Gazette 6 Sep 1895] He lived there with his new wife Florence Annie (b. 1865 Waterloo) and their adopted daughter Norah Dawes (b. 1889 Chelsea). He played the part of Abbot Whyting in the Revel. He and his wife were still in Baltonsborough for the 1911 census but shortly after he was removed for his misconduct. The parishioners carried out a 'Skimmington Ride' by banging on drums, pans and kettles etc. day and night for three days until he left.

4) Frank Dawe b. 1906/9, died Wookey, bur. 21 May 1963 (Jun Q 7c/251 Wells) aged 54 Butleigh

Nfi about Frank or Daisy. [Francis Alfred Dawe b. 1908 (Jun Q 5c/290 Taunton) Norton Fitzwarren s.o. Alfred and Elizabeth Dawe?] Both died at Wookey.


1a) Ada Louise Dawkins b. 15 Feb 1885 (Jun Q 3b/491 Cambridge) Cambridge, parlour maid, d.o. Alfred William and Ada Louise (nee Arch) Dawkins, bur. 16 Nov 1967 (Dec Q 7c/495 Wells)

In 1911 Ada was a visitor at the home of Frederick and Kate Higgins. She married Jesse Higgins # in April 1911 (Jun Q 6a/72 Bristol) in Gloucestershire. Her younger sister probably also worked at Butleigh Court and married a local boy too.

1b) Florence Dawkins b.7 April 1887 (Mar Q 3b/470 Cambridge) d.o. Alfred William and Ada Louise Dawkins, d. 1942 (Sep Q 5c/418a Wells)

Florence married on 26 Dec 1912 (Dec Q 5c/1235 Cambridge) St.Andrew the Less, Ernest Frank Gregory of Butleigh. #


1) Alexander Day [an Alexander Day Chr. 22 * 1696/7 Compton Dundon s.o. Thomas and Ann Day]

Alexander appears in the Overseers accounts in 1720 when they took a case to Justice Gould about him and his removal and paid 10s to Philip Avery on the order of the Justice. In 1721 Philip Avery was paid again, £1 14s 'concerning Alexander Day's prosecution (?) of Ffrances James'. Elinor Talbott was paid 3s 8d for Alexander's wife and Henry Gattern 14s for her rent and carrying her goods [to his house?] - she also received 7 weeks relief. Sarah was paid 42 weeks relief at 6d a week in 1722 plus the house rent for her and her child. She received a further 36 weeks relief and rent in 1723 then is absent from the records. Ann seems to have married Thomas Oldis in Butleigh on 2 Mar 1747 #

2) John Day Chr. 7 Sep 1794 Banwell, Somerset, blacksmith, brightsmith, s.o. Thomas and Susanna Day [b. 1760 Banwell] 41-6

John Day appears in the OOP accounts in April 1825 when he made joint irons for John Periam's leg. Mrs. Day paid by the OOP for Oram's daughter Sep 1833.

This family lived in the High Street in 1841. They next appeared 1851 in Baltonsborough - John and Mary Ann plus Luke, Matthew and John, they had a visitor – 7 year old Henrietta March from London. Mark seems to be the carpenter lodging at 14, Addington Street, York Rd., St. Mary Lambeth in 1851 but gives his place of birth as Congerston Martin, Somerset.

A Luke Day, blacksmith, giving his birthplace variously as Glastonbury and Crewkerne, married Catherine Lee in 1854 (Dec Q 1b/527 St. Giles, London) and appears in London from 1861 - 91. John Day, a baker, appears in 1861 at 8, Durnford Place, Kentish Town, St. Pancras with his wife, three children and widowed sister Sarah A. Smith (35). He had married Caroline White (b. 1826 Bruton) in 1855 (Sep Q 1b/559 St. Giles) and they went on to have nine children in all. Of the rest of the family nfi though a Matthew Day married Eliza Lee in 1854 (DecQ1b/547 St. Giles), presumably the sister of Luke's wife.

3) Sam Day b. 1879 Walsall Wood, Staffs., s.o. Thomas and Mary Day

Sam boarded with Lawrence Higgins, the Brewer, at Wootton House in 1911. His father was a coal miner and Sam became a soldier in 1898 (trooper Household Cavalry – at Regents Park Barracks, St. Pancras, in 1901).


1) Nicholas Dayler/Cutler Chr. 4 Nov 1598 Butleigh s.o. John Cutler alias Dayler (Dwelly's PR) – see Dagle.


(Demant, Dimond – see Diment)


1) John Deane s.o. Thomas Deane of East Bryt, bur. 14 Apr 1624 Butleigh

In East Brent a John s.o. Thomas was Chr. 18 Dec 1569 but more likely is the John Chr. 20 Aug 1592 s.o. Thomas.


1) Mr. Debley was advanced £2 to pay Ann Wheeler 10 weeks pay in Feb 1808 [in Frome].


1) James Death

Paid bastardy of £25 on 18th May 1814 to OOP – this relinquished him of any future charge regarding the child of Hester Evans whose child he acknowledged was his. He would pay extra the costs of her lying in and drawing the order. In Sept. the OOP paid for a journey to Somerton to attend a justice meeting regarding James and Hester. [A James Dath Chr. 26 May 1776 in Middlezoy seems to be the only Somerset born candidate? Possibly non-Somerset]

Deffordsee Difford


1) Dorothy Denman Chr. 14 Dec 1701 Charlton Mackrell, d.o. Henry Denman, married 9 Oct 1721 Butleigh Thomas Colmer [see Colmer (10)]

Dennis [see Dinnes]

1) Thomas Dennis b. 1728 was bur, 23 Nov 1814 Butleigh (aged 86)

An Elizabeth Dennis b. 1736 and bur. 17 May 1818 Butleigh was probably Thomas' second wife? A Thomas Dinnis received his rent from the OOP 1801 – 1816/7 and is probably this Thomas. The OOP paid him relief from May 1800 and called him 'of Compton'. In Jan 1807 George Summers was paid for 'riting the house where Thomas Dinnis lives' (2/6d). In Jan 1801 payments made to Thomas Dennis and wife. These payments continued until November 1814 then they were made to Betty Dennis. Betty received payments until May 1818 and the OOP then paid her 'furnell' expenses. In April 1818 a payment was made to 'Samuel Dennis' mother Stapleton' of 10/6d – possibly a son of wife No. 2?


1) John Densham b.c. 1796 farmer of Dinder [d. 1842 (Jun Q 10/299 Shepton Mallet)? John Densham of Croscombe bur 10 May 1842 aged 47].

A possible Martha Cox is the one Chr. 3 mar 1799 Pensford d.o. Hohn and Hester Cox.

John Densham appears as a witness to the OOP accounts as early as July 1817. In the assessment of 1827, 28 (OOP) John Densham paid rates on two properties – one being Great Tithes (Sedgemoor). He was elected to be Overseer for 1820 for Lord Glastonbury and 1829 (for Rev. George Neville Grenville's estate). Mentioned in a petition of September 1821 for making a turnpike of and repairing etc the road leading from the SE corner of a close of land in the Parish of Butleigh in the occupation of John Densham called Browning Bush and Cowbridge Drove communicating with the Wells Turnpike Road at or near the dwelling house of William Browning. [Bath Chronicle 27 Sep 1821]

In 1841 John and Martha lived at Milton Farm (?), Wells with sons John (16), Henry (8) and Herbert (5) plus daughters Sarah (12) and Emily (10). Henry was a servant in Shepton Mallet in 1851 and a groom in Langport in 1861. Herbert may be the Albert H. Densham born 1836 Milton who was a railway porter in Bedminster (1871) and a tobacconist in Marylebone in 1881.

A John Densham and John Densham junior with a Harriet Densham witnessed the marriages in Butleigh of Anne Densham to Samuel Barnes of Castle Cary (9 Jan 1821), of Caroline Matilda Densham (b. 1803 Derby, d. 1839) to Samuel Harrison Lichfield of Middlesex (on 18 Oct 1821 – see under Litchfield) and of Emma Densham [fifth daughter] to William L. Viner of Walcot on 13 Jun 1822. The latter couple lived in Market Lew Street Terrace, Madron, Penzance Cornwall in 1851. William Viner, b. 1791 Bath was a professor of music. Emma was b. 1798 Heavitree, Devon - not known if these families are connected. John Densham may have farmed in Butleigh in the 1820's see next:

1633A/PO 529/21 Jane Davy Now in Upton Pyne she was born in Crediton but her father belonged to Cheriton Fitzpaine, she was never apprenticed, when she was 11 her parents sent her to Mr John Densham in Butleigh, Somerset, she served 3 years but she does not know the agreement. Date: 1822.


1) Emma Denty Chr. 18 Dec 1830 Butleigh, d.o. George and Ann Denty.

Emma's father was a labourer and when they left Butleigh isn't certain but in 1832 an Emily Danty was Chr. 11 Nov in Closworth with the same parents, father a carter. On 1841 George and Ann lived with Emma and three other children in Brampton near Yeovil. In 1851 Emma was in lodgings in Yeovil and in 1856 (Sep Q 5c/837 Yeovil) she married Alfred Cheeseman. After his death in 1865 (Mar Q 2a/351 Maidstone), she married the widower Joseph Marchant (b. 1827 Bibury, Glos.) in 1866 (Mar Q 1a/269 Kensington) and in 1871 they lived in Paddington.


1) Ethel Mary Devenish b. 1906, d. 3 Mar, bur 8 Mar 1962 (Mar Q 7c/288 Taunton) Butleigh

Ethel's connection to Butleigh uncertain and two possible candidates for husband [a John and a Walter].


A) Justina Due? Chr. 16 Apr 1625 Butleigh d.o. Edith Due?

1) John Dew [John Chr. 27 Dec 1682 Baltonsborough s.o. Humphry and Joan Due] the 'old John' bur. 9 Jun 1735 Baltonsborough?

The surname seems clear, but may be Den - see also Day. A Mary Dew married Robert Chapple in Butleigh on 1 Mar 1720 – related? #

Deweysee Rose-Dewey

Dickford (Pickford)


1) Caleb Dickinson b. 1716, d. 6 Apr, bur. 17 Apr 1783 Kingweston, s.o. Caleb and Sarah (nee Vickris) Dickinson

Caleb was the grandson of Captain Francis Dickinson who was granted 6000 acres in Jamaica for his part in taking the island from the Spanish in 1655. The latter had three sons, Ezekiel, Caleb and Vickris. Caleb II was brought up a Quaker and on 7 Jan 1733, aged 16 was apprenticed to Graffin Prankard for the sum of £200 and he ended up marrying his daughter just five years later. He became a prominent Bristol merchant and shared with his brother Vickris and others two ships which acted as privateers in the 1740's. Besides his Bristol and Jamaican properties Caleb bought the Kingweston estate in 1741 from Mr. Stradling [who had married the heiress of Edmund Bower of Somerton] and enlarged the farmhouse there from the early 1740's and purchased properties and land in the vicinity – in East Lydford 1747-9 and 1761, Baltonsborough 1759, Lympsham 1766, Butleigh 1772 and Glastonbury 1779, 1782.

In fact Caleb started paying rates on land in Southmoor, Butleigh in 1759/60 (£1 14 4d). In May 1765 the OOP paid him for the 'Highway Bill'. In 1765/66 He started paying rates on a property in Butleigh acquired from John Periam. From 1766/67 the property was called Mr. Dickinson's common. Caleb should have been Overseer in that year but the function was carried out for him by Solomon Reynolds. In 1777 his Butleigh property was occupied by John Cannon and his previous Southmoor property by William, John & Thomas Reynolds but he also acquired more common land on Southmoor occupied by Messrs. Clarkes or Reynolds. In 1777/78 the Overseers noted that Mr. Dickinson had refused to pay for his Moor ground and two commons because the rate 'hadn't been ratified'. His son paid the rates from 1783/84.

Caleb had a difficult personality and liked to interfere in local affairs causing some discord evidenced in Parish records (see OOP p. 306 for 1772 Butleigh – pp. 48/9 of 'Winging Westward' for his confrontations in Baltonsborough). In the John Rocke scheme for apprentices in 1772 Caleb Dickinson was supposed to take John Underwood as apprentice. On p. 306 above mentioned Caleb complains of the system of apprentices – on that page by lot he drew No.3 and was to take Jack Woodman as apprentice. Amongst the idea put forward by Caleb Dickinson were measures to move all the poor into one house to save money, a room per family and a common room for eating/heating. He wanted to reduce the pay to Doctors by sending patients to Taunton infirmary, to reduce the pay to Overseers. He wanted to remove the costs of highways from the Poor Rate, and make the poor pay for their own clothes and shoes (though these items were bought in the poor's necessity'). He thought a stock of wood for heating the proposed common room in the poor house would save money and stop the poor stealing wood from the landed proprietors (himself). He also thought that a plot of potatoes could be planted on waste ground to feed the poor as the Overseers thought fit (a system was introduced for a while but the potatoes do not seem to have been properly stored and went bad, losing a lot of money!).

1a) William Dickinson b. 13 Jul 1745 Kingweston, died 26 May 1806 London, bur. 5 Jun 1806 Kingweston

William inherited all his father's properties but turned from the former's merchant interests to those of politics. He became Member of Parliament for Great Marlow (Bucks) when aged only 23. He rebuilt Kingweston House c. 1783, removed the village to create a park and diverted several roads. He paid rates on his two commons in Butleigh and 2 in Southmoor from 1783/84. William became knight for the Shire of Somerset in 1796 up to his death. A Simon Hoddinott farmed his 'Clarkes moor' land at Southmoor from 1805. In 1808/9 he paid rates on a further common in Southmoor which 'Farmer James Tinknell' occupied, in 1811 replaced by William Tinknell. William Tinknell also occupied his Butleigh commonin 1813. In 1813/14 Tinknell relinquished the Southmoor grounds which were then occupied by U. Lucas and William Dyke and by 1814 Uriah Lucas occupied the commons in both places previously occupied by Tinknell, though William Dyke reappears as joint occupier with him on Southmoor grounds from 1815. In 1823 the occupier of the Butleigh grounds was James Welch and Southmoor William Dyke and Mr. Hogg. In 1824/5 the latter person called Mr. Mogg. William Dyke died aged 97 in Corville House on 4 Apr 1878.

1a1) William Dickinson b. 1 Nov 1771, d. 19 Jan 1837 Naples

William was educated at Oxford and awarded an MA in 1795 from Christ-Church college and B.C.L as a member of All Souls in 1799. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn Feb 6th 1796 and returnd as MP for Ilchester in the same year. In 1802 he was elected for Lostwithiel in conjunction with his brother-in-law Col. Hans Sloane. In May 1804 he was nominated one of the Lords of the Admiralty on the return of Mr. Pitt to office and re-elected as member for Lostwithiel. Aftere the death of his father he succeeded to the position of Knight for the Shire in 1807, 12, 18, 26 and 31; when, disapproving of the Reform Bill, he lost his seat.

1a1A) Francis Henry Dickinson b. 6 Jan 1813 Kingweston, d. 17 Jul, bur. 23 Jul 1890 aged 77

On the 1841 census Francis appears in St. Marylebone with his mother Sophia, sister Caroline as well as his wife Caroline and four children. In 1851 the children appeared at 8, Upper Harley Street with governesses and servants. On the 1871 census they were at St. Georg Sq., Westminster with 10 servants. Mary Dickinson of Kingweston married Thomas Charles Agar-Robartes of Lanhydrock in 1878 (Jun Q 1a/704 St. Geo. Hanover Sq). They had met at a Ball held at Butleigh Court in 1875. In 1881 they appear at Kingweston House with seven servants. Caroline appears at 'Mansion, East Park' Kingweston in 1891 as a widow with five of her children and 10 servants.

1a1Ai) William Dickinson b. 20 Aug Overton Hampshire, Chr. 29 Sep 1839 Kingweston d. 1914 (Sep Q 5c/369 Langport) aged 74

In 1871 Helen Isabella lived at Harley Street, Marylebone with her sister Georgina at her uncle John McLennan's house. In 1881 William lived at 121, St. Georges Sq, London with his wife, two children and brothers Reginald and Edmund. In 1891 son William was at school in Epsom while his widowed father was staying at the Grand Hotel, Brighton with his other three sons. On the 1901 census William and second wife Isabella lived alone at 16, Pelham Place Seaford, Eastbourne, Suffolk. While Hugh and George were at Boyne House, College Road, Cheltenham.

1a1Aia) William Francis Dickinson b. 20 mar 1877 St. Marylebone, Middlesex d. 1964 (MarQ7c/108 Bridgwater) aged 86

William appears on the 1911 census as an architect, single, at 40, Cambridge Street, St. George. Mrs. Dickinson of Corner House was an organiser for Alexandra Day [Taunton Courier 15 Aug 1942]and in March 1945 was seeking a housekeeper for The Corner House Butleigh [Western Gazette 16 Mar 1945]. Mr. W. F. Dickinson was the Hon. Sec of the Incorporated Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen's Help Society in Butleigh.

Diersee Dyer


1) Joseph Difford died 1701

Joseph was churchwarden and overseer of the poor in 1697. In 1685 Joseph was responsible for the care of Alce Grimes (OOP). He started paying rates in 1695 and did so until 1701. His wife Joane then paid the rate from 1702 until 1728 and their son John from 1726 (CW) – 1737. From 1719-23 Joane had paid the rate jointly with Samuel Sweete junior.

DD/S/BT/4/5/30 1] John Webb and Katherine Webb 2] Joseph Difford of Butleigh, yeoman Lease for lives of messuage, cottage and 1a 1p, 2a 1p at Moore mead, 1/2a in Dunhill, Eastmead, 15a in arable fields, Butleigh. Rent 10s 11d. 1693

DD/S/BT/4/5/30 - 1] John Webb and Katherine Webb 2] Joseph Difford of Butleigh, yeoman Lease for lives of messuage, cottage and 1a 1p, 2a 1p at Moore mead, 1/2a in Dunhill, Eastmead, 15a in arable fields, Butleigh. Rent 10s 11d.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH Date: 1693. DD/S/BT/5/1/15 - Letters of administration of the goods of Joseph Difford of Butleigh decd granted to his widow Joan.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1709.

DD/S/BT/6/5/20-22 - 1] John Helyar of Yeately, Hants., and wife Christian, 2] William Day of Somerton and John Fisher of Somerton, apothecary, 3] Revd Francis Martin of South Cadbury, John Pope and Henry Talbot of Butleigh Wootton, Charles Strode and William Browning of Butleigh, yeomen, Thomas Samm of Butleigh, whitebaker, John James and James Chapman of Butleigh yeomen, Samuel Sweet of Butleigh carpenter, Humphrey Colmer and John Kelway of Butleigh, yeomen, Joan Difford of Butleigh, John Vagg of Butleigh, husbandman and Edmund Date: 1706.

DD/S/BT/7/3/7 - 1] Joan Difford of Butleigh widow of Joseph Difford 2] James Periam the younger of Butleigh Wootton, gent, John Smithfield the elder of Butleigh, yeoman and Anne Vagg of Butleigh widow of John Vagg 3] Anne Pope of Butleigh Assignment of Moormeade close Date: 1723.

1a) John Difford carrier, bur. 23 Nov 1751 Butleigh

John was churchwarden in 1716. John paid the rates from 1726 (CW) and 1729 (OOP) until 1737. In 1721 he was paid for carrying 490 faggotts of wood to the poor people and in 1723 for carrying stones (CW accounts). In 1724 he was paid for carrying poor people's goods [to other addresses]. In 1728 he was paid by the Overseers for having carried Elizabeth Rowley's maids to West Pennard before Easter in 1727. In 1730 carried the goods of three people in receipt of rent from the overseers to new addresses. In 1736 the OOP paid him 10/9d , 9/5d and 19/3d to fetch Hannah Blinman from Bath, take her back and a second visit to Bath for her. In March 1738 a chimney sweeper died while at John Difford's stall – several villagers sat with him until he died then stretched him out when dead. After John's death his property was acquired by James Grenville.

Amy/Mary Difford married Joseph Barnard sojourner in Butleigh on 25 Jan 1746 # The Joseph Difford who was paid twice in 1743 for killing a total of 6 dozen sparrows was probably this son of John. He was responsible for a further 11 dozen sparrow heads (wit Willia Look) in 1744. In 1745 he was paid for killing hedgehogs and sparrows. After his father's death Joseph Difford began paying rates on 'part of Haydens' in 1778 (1/2d). James Grenville had acquired 'late Difford's common'. Joseph was also paid 15/- by the OOP for ½ years house rent for Amy Bown and Meecer. In 1779 he paid rates for a half year only. Maybe he left Butleigh then? However, part of the Dinnes property (late Mr. James see note below) whose rates were paid by the occupier were paid by Joseph in 1785, though from 1786 until 1793 (his death) he is listed and paying rates separately - in the OOPd April 1787 a payment for Joseph Difford's house was made.

Amy Difford paid for giving rooms to Stephen Holman's daughter in Nov 1764 (OOPd). In 1774 she was paid a quarter's house rent for Samuel Ford. In June 1786 the OOP refers to an agreement about her receiving house rent (for poor occupiers).

An Amy/Ammy Difford paid rates on land in the Kings Sedgemoor from 1796 – 1804 after which it was taken over by Aaron Wheeler. Uncertai who this could be.

NOTE: Slip interleaved in Overseers book between pages 44/45 (1747);

Mr. John Dyke,

Please to take notice that you as Overseer of the Poor for the Parish of Butleigh do cause to be quitted and yeilded up unto me or my agent at Lady Day next all that tenement and premes in the said Parish now in the occupation of Hannah Dominy where she resides on sufferance of the sd Parish under this penalty of paying double the rent which is now given, from and after Lady Day next the time allowed for quitting the same.

29 Sepr 1787 witness my hand Josh Difford

note on back of same slip? Fiche shows it between pp 66/7

3d½ the singel rate charged on late Mr. Samuel James ground att Butleigh

DD/S/BT/13/1/27 1] Anne Dinnes of Somerton, granddaughter of Thomas Trayne decd 2] Joseph Difford of St. Andrew, Msex, housepainter Assignment of 1a arable in Lower Barrel, Butleigh. [Tied together with DD/S/BT/13/1/28-30] 1785

DD/S/BT/13/1/28-30 1] James Grenville 2] Joseph Difford Lease by Grenville to Difford for 75 years of Fishwell (3r) in Butleigh at 6d rent and assignment by Difford to Grenville of 1a in Lower Berril. Both in original wrapper. [Above 4 documents tied together] 1786

PROB 11/1229 - Will of Joseph Difford Liveryman of London, 2nd Captain in the Orange Regiment of London Militia, Butleigh, Somerset Date: 14 Mar 1793.

DEEDS DD\SAS\C/795/SE/24 Butleigh Copy of Will of Joseph Difford of Butleigh, citizen and liveryman of London, 2nd Capt. in the Orange Regt. of London Militia. [Fcap] W. 18 Feb.1787

2) Henry Difford

Henry was paid 15/- by the OOP in 1774 for Samuel Ford's house rent.

3) James Difford - [at Meare?] The OOP paid him for 12 loads of (peat) turves in Sep 1803. A James Difford, farmer, b. 1759 appears at Walton on the 1841 census.


1) Freke Dilks [officer in the 40th 2nd Somerset Regiment 1766/7]


(Dymond, Dymont also Deamen, Demant, Dimond and Diamond)

1) John Dayment/Dimond

This person supplied cider to the bellringers in 1747-8. Dimond/Diamond families lived in Street at this time. A John Doment (Diment?) was paid 8/- for looking after Mary Abbott in 1733 when she suffered from smallpox. In April 1738 an entry in the OOP accounts states that Simon Hooper was paid £1 10s 4d for serving one year extraordinary for the Tything Office for John Demond to be paid by the next Overseer. It must be this John Diment who is mentioned in a document (Chris Locke) dated 14th Nov 1767 concerning an exchange between James Grenville and John Domont of land lying in the common east and west fields of Butleigh. Witness John Rocke.

1a) Edmund Deamon Chr. 2 Apr 1724 Butleigh bur. 2 Jan 1775 Butleigh

This is the Edmund Demant who was No. 38 in rotation on the 1779 list of commoners houses to serve as Tythingman. Chris Locke has documents dated; 11th Jun 1777 – an ndenture between Thomas Cribb and Edmund Dymont re lands in Butleigh.; and dated 23rd Jun 1777 concerning the mortgage of lands in Butleigh between Edmund Dymont and Edward Abbott.

Will of Edmund Dimant dated 5 Aug 1788 – Beneficiaries; his sister Sarah wife of William Sweet, (includes a house in which Amos Higgins lives), also land formally owned by Mr Grenville; husband of Sarah, William Sweet; his niece Elizabeth wife of Gabriel Baker. [the Gabriel Baker of Croscombe who married Elizabeth Sweet 20 Apr 1786?]

2) Jane Dymont b. 1741 bur. 3 Feb 1820 Butleigh aged 79

In March 1801 the OOP paid her 4/- in distress and 9/6 in April. 4/- was also paid for Jane Dyment and daughter's examination. In May a payment of 7/- was made to Jane and then 3/- to a John Dyment and finally 11/- for a further examination and order and 7/- to carry Jane home. A final payment to John in June 1801. The John Dyment may be the next person?

3) John Diment b. 1770 Thorncombe, Devon, agricultural labourer, died 12 Oct, bur. 17 Oct 1855 (Dec Q 5c/369 Wells) Butleigh 41-10, 51-25

A John Deymant was Chr. 30 Jul 1769 Thorncombe s.o. John and Jenny Diment.

John Dyment received assistance from the OOP in July 1804. In the assessment of 1827, 28 (OOP) John appears as a ratepayer. Mary Dimonts bill paid by the OOP in Sep 1830. John and Mary lived in the High Street in 1841 and 1851 but on the latter census John was described as a 'shopkeeper'. He died in 1855 and his widow Mary took over as 'grocer' on the 1861 census. She died in 1863. John was a servant in his early years to Ann Hood, daughter of the vicar Samuel Hood and he recorded his reminiscences, and stories told him by others, to Squire Neville Grenville [p. 12 'The Admirals Hood” by D. Hood, 1942] Text

3a) John Diment Chr. 1 Feb 1801 Butleigh, labourer, bur. 1 Dec 1884 (Dec Q 5c/283 Langport) Barton St. David

A Hannah Montacute married a John Diment on 4 Dec 1821 in Montacute.

John witnessed the marriage of William Grant in Butleigh on 7 Feb 1826. John and Hannah lived initially in Butleigh but by the 1830's lived in Barton St. David where they appeared in 1851 with their five children, all born there. By 1861 John was widowed and lived with his son Nathaniel. In 1881 at 1, Mill Road, Barton, John was a grocer and he lived with his daughter Jemima and her husband Thomas Jeffery and their three children.

3a1) Nathaniel Diment Chr. 10 Jun1838 (Jun Q 10/402 Langport) Barton St. David, agricultural labourer, died 1896 (Sep Q 5c/228 Langport) 81-98

Previously in Baltonsborough, this couple had married in 1861 and appeared there in 1871. On the 16th Jan 1873 Nathaniel was found lying down drunk in the road at Butleigh, and incapable. His excuse was that he had just been paid his share of the funds of the Butleigh Friendly Society and “I suppose gentlemen I had a little too much” - fined 7s 6d including costs. [Western Gazette 17 Jan 1873]. In 1883 he was fined for damaging property belonging to Alfred Millard in Baltonsborough. [Western Gazette 2 Mar 1883]

In 1881 they lived in Oddway and in 1891 they lived in Barton St. David at No. 6, Butleigh Road [a continuation of Oddway] with Elizabeth's mother Mary. Daniel died in 1896. They appear to have had no children.

4) Frank Diment b. 1875 (Jun Q 5c/433 Langport) Godney, farm bailiff, s.o. Samuel and Emma Diment 01W-143

Frank was working at Rowley's farm in 1901. He had appeared with his parents and their other eleven children in Glastonbury (Godney/Glastonbury Heath) in 1881.


[Dimmock, Dymock]

1) Joseph Dymock

Joseph Dimmok was paid in 1752/3 for killing 1 dozen sparrow heads. (CW)

1a) Abraham Dymock Chr. 25 Apr 1769 Butleigh, s.o. Joseph and Mary Dymock, died 31 Mar 1845 (Mar Q 6/150 Hungerford)

Abraham was paid in Nov. 1795 by the OOP for making a list of the poor inhabitants of the Parish. The baptism register is quite clear that the mothers of the children were Alice and Anne but no deaths or marriages recorded apart from the one to Agnesand she is the only one recorded in the village. Agnes received 12/- assistance from the OOP in Jan. 1801 and further such payments thereafter, and 15 weeks pay at 4s per week from the Overseers in 1801. In June 1802 the OOP paid Agnes and children. She received payments until January 1805. In Oct 1803 OOP accounts is the record 'I rec'd a letter from Stephen Wells (Overseer) of Parish Wanborough (Wilts) with 17 months 2 weeks pay for Agnes Dymock children from 18th April 1802 up to the 21st August 1803 at 2s per week' In May 1805 a further letter from the Wanborough Overseer with a money order on the postmaster at Somerton to pay for the children to Jan 1805. The family moved to Aldbourne. In 1841 Abraham seems to appear at Lambourne, Berks (Hungerford) with Mary (his daughter or second wife?).

1a1) Abraham Dymock Chr. 26 Jul 1790 Butleigh, s.o. Abraham and [Alice/Agnes] Dymock, journeyman carpenter, d. 1865 (Mar Q 2c/190 Hungerford)

In 1841 Abraham and wife Mary lived in South St., Aldbourn, Hungerford, Wilts with all four of their children and in 1851 with sons Abraham (28) and Joseph (19). Abraham lived with his son John, a bricklayer and Primitive Methodist Local Preacher (b. 1821 Wilts) and son's wife, Ann, at 32, High Street, Lambourn, Berks in 1861. In 1841 an Abraham Dymock (b. 1767) lived in Lambourn, Hungerford, who was probably this Abraham's father and died in 1845. His son died in 1865.

1a2) Sarah Dymock Chr. 4 Dec 1796 Butleigh, labourer.

Sarah lived in South Street, Aldbourn, Wilts., in 1851 with three lodgers and was still unmarried at age 59. Then, aged 63 she married the 23 year old William Martin (b. 1832 Aldbourn) in 1855 (Jun Q 2c/379 Hungerford) and in 1861 was living together with his mother Martha, who was 7 years younger than his wife! They were still together in 1871 but she died in 1876 or 1877.

2) John Dymock b. 1819 Marcham, Berks, land surveyor, s.o. Joseph and Mary Dymock

John is found living with his father Joseph (b. 1793 Kingston, Hampshire) and mother Mary (b. 1781 Standlake Oxon) in Fyfield Manor House, Fyfield, Abingdon, Berks in 1841 and 1851. In 1851 and 1861 Agnes was a parlour maid in Walcot. In 1871 the couple are found in Appleton Berkshire where John was a land surveyor. They had two small children, Edward and Arthur, both born in Appleton.

3) Timothy Dimmick b. 1837 Barrington, labourer, s.o. Titus and Hannah (née Glover) Dimmick, died 18 Dec, bur. 22 Dec 1914 (Dec Q 5c/431 Langport) Butleigh 61-54, 71-75, 81-96, 91-120, 01-137

Timothy was the son of Titus Dimmick (labourer) and Hannah (a glover) and in 1851 they lived in the hamlet of Hambridge (Curry Rivel). Betsey, a glover, also lived with her parents in Barrington in 1851. After their marriage in 1859 they moved to Gib's Cottage, Butleigh Hill where they appeared in 1861 with their first child. By 1871 the family lived in Nodway and then at Cornishes, No. 36 by 1881. Beatrice is called Ellen in 1881. John may be the John Dimmock who died in Islington in 1887 (Dec Q 1b/216 Islington) aged 27.

Ellen was a cook in 1891 at 17, Endless Street, St. Edmund, Salisbury and she married Albert James Bailey in 1893 (Sep Q 5c/843 Wells). They lived in Green Law, Fordingbridge, Hamps in 1901 with their two daughters. #

George became a police constable in St. Augustine. Clifton, Bristol by 1891 and by 1901 had married Ellen from Whitchurch, Dorset - they lived at 3, Hillside Place, Bristol. In 1911 he and his wife (childless) lived at 15, Church Lane, Clifton.

Mary Ann was a servant to Eliza Killen in Butleigh in 1881 - she married George Henry Millington in Butleigh on 8 Aug 1889 (Sep Q 5c/791 Wells). #

In 1891 at No. 36 Timothy Dimmick and wife Betsy had just their two sons Albert and William living with them. Sarah, who was to return to Butleigh later, was a servant at 16, High Street Glastonbury (home of Joseph Edghill, boot maker). In 1901 Sarah (28), unmarried, returned to look after her parents. She married shepherd Frank Pope (b. 1866 (Mar Q 5c/522 Langport) of Kingweston in Butleigh on 22 Oct 1902 (Dec Q 5c/925 Wells).

In 1911 Betsy and Timothy lived at 36 Butleigh. Betsy died in Wells Asylum in 1912 aged 76 and Timothy died in 1914 whilst living in Lower Somerton. Albert seems to have moved to Kent where in 1894 he married Lydia Elizabeth Read and lived with her and their two sons Albert and William in Luck's Lane, Brenchley in 1901. His occupation was 'plate layer'. In 1911 with three children he lived at Keylands Gate House (Railway Crossing House), Paddock Wood, Kent.

Sarah Jane married shepherd Frank Pope in 1902 (Dec Q 5c/925 Wells) [s.o. George Pope] and in 1911 they lived in Kingweston with sons Arthur George and Charles Percival.

William had married and moved to Dumb Lane (3a) where he died in 1953.

3a) William Robert Dimmick Chr. 16 Jan 1876 (Mar Q 5c/576 Wells) Butleigh, cattleman, died 30 Dec 1953, bur. 5 Jan 1954 (Mar Q 7c/97 Bridgwater) Butleigh 81-96, 91-120, 01-143 PHOTO

In 1891 Georgina Lumber lived with her mother Elizabeth A. and her stepfather Malachi Wellstead in the Weslyan Chapel, Chapel Row, Batcombe. Her stepfather was a woodman. Her mother Elizabeth Lumber (b. Kilmersdon 1852) had been a single woman, lodging as housekeeper at Longleat Cottage, Batcombe in 1881. Interesting situation when Marjorie May and her aunt Dorothy May both married the same Ernest Duck. See under Duck. In 1894 at the Glastonbury Great Market William had been awarded 3rd prize of 10s for his 6 years and 4 months work on the farm of Mr. G. Millard.

After their marriage the couple are found in 1901 living in Dumb Lane with their one month old baby John. William played a noble in the Butleigh Revel of 1906. In 1911 they lived at 35 Butleigh with their first four children. John might have had a musical bent because in the Western Gazette 18 May 1923 he had a tenor trombone for sale. The Western Daily Press reported 11 Aug 1937 the verdict of death by misadventure at the inquest on Stanley William Dimmick (29) builder's labourer. He met with an accident when motor cycling from Somerton to Langport on the evening of August 6th 1937.

In Feb 1947 at the estate sale Mr. W. Dimmock was renting 39 Butleigh at £10 per annum. Estate water obtained from a tap at No. 40 Butleigh. Robert lived at The School House, Kingsbury Episcopi when he died. Georgina died at 'The School House', Stembridge, Langport


(see Dennis)

1) Mary Diness

Mary was the subject of a warrant by the Overseers of the Poor in 1677 - nfi

2) Thomas Dinnissee Dennis

3) John Dinnes of Compton [witness to marriages in Compton 1771/5] [bur. 15 Sep 1778 Somerton]

John Dinnes (Dinnice) started paying rates on the property 'Late Thomas Trayne' in 1764. He paid rates until 1775/76 when the rates were paid by 'John Dinnes of Compton or occupier'. In 1779 he was the 'late' John Dinnes and part of his property was occupied by someone 'late James – part Dinnes' from 1780. In 1788 it was Mrs./Miss Dennis /Dinnis or occupier. In 1802 the rate payer was Miss Dinnis occupier Thos Johnson – then no more reference. In Compton Dundon a John Dinnes appears as a witness at several weddings 1770-1775 and a Thomas Dinnes in 1776. When Anne died she left her lands to her friend Frances Penny.

DD/S/BT/13/1/27 1] Anne Dinnes of Somerton, granddaughter of Thomas Trayne decd 2] Joseph Difford of St. Andrew, Msex, housepainter Assignment of 1a arable in Lower Barrel, Butleigh. [Tied together with DD/S/BT/13/1/28-30]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT Date: 1785.


1) William Dobyn bur. 7 Apr 1597 Butleigh

2) Charles Dobin Chr. 29 Jun 1792 High Ham, yeoman, s.o. Charles and Mary (née Wallis) Dobin 51-30

Charles Dobin was a visitor at Gilbert's Farm, Butleigh Hill on census night 1851. He was related to the Gare family with whom he stayed and Dobin is a frequent middle name in the Gare family. He was the brother of Elizabeth Gare. # The Dobin family farmed at High Ham but James Dobin (b. 1806) seems to have been the principal farmer while Charles (his brother?) seems to have been living on Guernsey, St. Peter Port. Charles' parents had married in High Ham on 26 Apr 1784.

3) Thomas Dobine b. 1777, bur. 26 Sep 1817 Butleigh

In Oct 1794 a Mr. Danston was paid by the OOP for 10 loads of turves. In April 1801 Thomas Dauben/Dobin was paid for the turf house (OOP). - same person – name misread? In Nov 1804 paid by the OOP for the turf house. In Feb 1805 a pair of shoes was bought for Thomas Dobin's son. In May 1814 the OOP paid Mr. Hodges bill and John Reynolds for Thomas Daubins arrears of bastardy which was allowed by vestry April 11th 1814.

4) Thomas Dobin b. 1799, bur. 23 Feb 1839 (Mar Q 10/361 Wells - Dubbins) Butleigh Nfi.

5) Charlotte Dobin b. 1828 Somerton, cook 81-97

Charlotte (53) spinster was a cousin and visitor of Mary Dobin Gare living on Butleigh Hill in 1881. In 1871 she was cook at 18, Kensington Garden Terrace, Paddington, home of Telford Field, Engineer and Shipbuilder. Before that in 1861 she was the cook at 28, Portman Square, St. Marylebone


1) Henry Dodappears in the will of John Acowrte in 1568.


many varied spellings

1) James Dodymead b. 1770, buried 24 May 1841

James may be the person Chr. 4 Jan 1778 Sparkford son of Samuel and Ann Dodimead

1a) Jeremiah Dodimead b. 1801/5 Baltonsborough died, buried 14 Jan 1875 Baltonsborough PHOTO with children

1a1) William [Ashman/Ashmore] Doddimeade Chr. 4 Aug 1850 Baltonsborough s.o. Jeremiah and Harriet Doddimead, labourer, died 1914 (Dec Q 5c/544 Wells) 01-139

William snr had appeared with both his parents in 1861 in Baltonsborough. At his first marriage William [with middle name Ashman] was a ploughman and his wife a servant. William Doddimeade had lived with his wife Elizabeth and son in Scotch Bank, Baltonsborough in 1891, next door to his mother Harriet (b. 1813 - died 1892) and his sister Mary. In 1881 they had lived in Coombe Hill Road, Keinton Mandeville, where William Frank was born. However, the marriage of Elizabeth to William took place after William's birth and a previous marriage is recorded for William. It would appear that William Frank's mother was therefore this first wife Frances who died in 1878. William first appears on the Butleigh electoral register in 1894, at Oddway.

On the 1911 census William and Elizabeth lived with all three children. On the 1914 electoral register they lived at Oddway. Albert was a grocers assistant, Frank a farm labourer and father William a dairy man. William died in 1914 aged 64. Frances Doddimead married a William Goldring in 1946, Bridgwater.

On the 1939 Register William Frank was still single, a gardener on an estate and living at 1, Council House, Barton St. David with his sister Frances [later Goldring] and invalid widow Elizabeth Doddimeade b. 24 Sep 1856, his step-mother, Frances's mother. Frances Ellen Goldring died in 1961 and is buried at Henley Road Cemetery, Caversham, Berks. – on 20 Feb 1961.

Albert appears on the 1939 Register, also as a gardener, at 44, Zinzan Street, Reading with his wife Florence b. 29 Apr 1900.


1) Harold Gordon. Dodds b. 20 Dec 1894, reg. 1895 (Mar Q 10b/155 Newcastle upon Tyne), d. 1970 (Mar Q 1b/636 Newcastle upon Tyne) bur. Butleigh


1) Johan Doll appears in the will of Avice Kytes in 1555 [surname possible Dole or Doel]


1) James Dolman b. '1821' Repton, Derbyshire, groom

Henry Beeby was a stable lad at Pimperne, Dorset in 1851 and by 1861 was a coachman in Chawton, Hampshire - nfi. Laura, a dressmaker, appeared with her parents and siblings in Ilminster in 1841 (very feint census record). She lived with her parents at Ricks Court, Eastover, Bridgwater in 1851 [misread Colman on census]. Her father was a servant and his children were born in various places, Major b. Glastonbury, Laura Butleigh and Clara b. Wincanton. Laura married harness maker Henry Paull (b. 1826 Ilminster, Som.) in 1853 (Sep Q 1c/822 Whitechapel) and they lived firstly in Marylebone (1861 - 81) and later Battersea.

DD\X\BGS/1 – Correspondence and accounts of James Dolman of Butleigh c. 1825 - 1850


Unceertain name Domio/Dumio in early PR may be a form of this surname

1 Jacob Dumio

Elizabeth married Butleigh 6 May 1635 John Look #

2) John Dominy died Sep/Oct 1785

In June 1769 John and wife received assistance from the OOP and again in July in their sickness. John Dominy's house rent was paid by the OOPd in 1774 and OOP in 1775, 76, 1777/78, 1778. ½ bushel of wheat bought for John in May 1777 and in July that year to him and his child in sickness, in Nov. in his distress. In Feb 1778 the OOP paid for the attendance on Hannah and delivery of her child. In March the OOP paid John and his wife in sickness. He continued to receive aid in 1777, '78 and '79. His rent was paid in 1779 and in the ensuing years alongside assistance in his necessity etc. In Jan 1782 Ann Oldish was paid by the OOPd for curing Hannah's knee. In 1783/4 ½ years house rent was paid. In 1785 a new turn was made for Hannah Dominy. In Oct '85 Hannah received money from the OOP in distress and John was carried to church, coffin made by William Sweet and buried by Edward Roley. In 1788/89 Hannah's rent was paid by the OOP. Her rent was then paid from 1790 – 1811 and she received monthly assistance up to this time too. A page or extraordinary payments made in 1786 lists Hannah each Sunday of June and July. In May 1812 the OOP paid for Hannah's coffin and funeral and in April paid Stephen Hockey for burying her. Some payments to Hannah Dominy and daughter in 1800 may have been to the wife of Thomas (below)?

A Hannah Dominy married Richard Sweet in Butleigh on 13 July 1789 – must be the the daughter since her mother continued to receive assistance in her own name until her death. Payment of 1/- made to Sarah Dominy in June and July 1801. Sarah married Edward Davis in Butleigh on 9 May 1803 # Son John Chr. 14 Feb 1790 Butleigh (Richard and Hannah 'Dominy' error for Sweet).

Aboy John Dominy Chr. 14 Feb 1790 Butleigh s.o. Richard and Hannah Dominy is probably a child of the daughter Hannah and Richard Sweet.

NOTE: Slip interleaved in Overseers book between pages 44/45 (1747);

Mr. John Dyke,

Please to take notice that you as Overseer of the Poor for the Parish of Butleigh do cause to be quitted and yeilded up unto me or my agent at Lady Day next all that tenement and premes in the said Parish now in the occupation of Hannah Dominy where she resides on sufferance of the sd Parish under this penalty of paying double the rent which is now given, from and after Lady Day next the time allowed for quitting the same.

29 Sepr 1787 witness my hand Josh Difford

note on back of same slip? Fiche shows it between pp 66/7

3d½ the singel rate charged on late Mr. Samuel James ground att Butleigh.

3) Jane Dominy b. 1788 bur. 26 Feb 1823 Butleigh

4) Mary Dominy

A warrant was issued about Mary in Nov. 1789 and horse and expenses to Wells, and again in December. She had a bastard child by John May for which he paid bastardy pay from then. This must be the John Dominy Chr. 28 Nov 1789 Butleigh with no adult parent given. A Mary was bur. 1 Nov 1797 Butleighthe same day that two children of Thomas (next) were baptised. Jan 1790 orders were take out about Mary and she was moved to Glastonbury. The last bastardy payment seems to have been made in May 1791 and possibly the child died then.

5) Thomas Dominy bur. 13 Jan 1811 Butleigh

Thomas paid rates to the OOP from1758 – 1811 later including part Mr. Periams and part John Talbots. In Nov 1772 he rec'd rent for 'Barber'. He was Overseer in 1781/2 (for John Roods estate). From 1813 the rates were divided and paid by his sons Thomas for house and orchard, Samuel for land called Cats and Solomon for Cats house and land. On the Kings Sedgemoor Thomas owned land from 1796 and the rates were paid on it in this name until 1818 (presumably by his son Thomas from 1811 – 18, in 1811 the land was occupied by John Cox). In Butleigh in 1815 Thomas Dominy's land was 'now George Scott junior' and Samuel was 'late' and his land occupid by Nathaniel Look. In 1817/18 Solomon disappears as a ratepayer too.

In 1841 a Samuel Domony b. 1793 Butleigh lived at Meare with wife Maria and sons Samuel (b. 1832 Meare), Solomon and George. In 1851 Samuel Dominey in Meare stated his pob was Butleigh, 1793 and occupation sawyer. By 1861 Samuel was a widower and stated his pob was Meare. He died in 1864 (Sep Q 5c/384 Wells).

A Hannah Dominy widow, married. She was born 1762.

6) Thomas Dominy b. 1792 Glastonbury

In 1841 this couple lived in Harter's Hill, Wells with their three daughters and in 1861 lived in Martin in Mear, St. Cuthbert Out, Wells. Thomas 'Domino' was an Ag. Lab. Matilda Jones Domino married tailor James James (b. 1818 Ashcott) in 1841 (Jun Q 10/817 Wells) and in 1851 they lived at Westhay with their four children born Street and Meare. It may be that the three daughters Matilda, Elizabeth and Ann on the 1841 census were the children of son Thomas?

7) John Dominy


1) Ada Sarah Dorey Chr. 26 Nov 1876 (Dec Q 5a/289 Wareham) West Lulworth, Dorset, cook, d.o. James George and Mary Dorey 01-145

Ada was the cook at Corvyle House in 1901. She had lived with her parents in West Lulworth in 1881 and her father was a groom and labourer. She married Harry Wearne in 1914 (Mar Q 2b/923 I.O.W)


1) Elizabeth Ann Dors Chr. 13 Mar 1870 (Mar Q 5c/597 Wells) East Horrington, servant, d.o. John and Ann Dorse 91-115

Elizabeth had appeared with her parents in East Horrington, Wells in 1871 and 1881. She worked at Rowley Farm in 1891. Then she married John Howell in 1892 (Mar Q 5c/769 Wells) and they appeared in 1901 in West Horrington with their four children.



1) Nicholas Doudney Chr. 28 Nov 1697 Glastonbury St. John, s.o. Nicholas Dowdene, bur. 7 Nov 1766 Glastonbury St. John

Mary Gregory will have been born in Butleigh in the PR gap of 1677 – 1714.

2) Joseph Dowden/Dudney Mason b. 1780, bur. 16 Jan 1853 Sutton Mallet aged 73

Witnesses at marriage were John Underwood and James & George Brooks – Joseph was described as 'of Butleigh'. He could be the Joseph Dowden Chr. 27 Aug 1780 Cossington s.o. Joseph and Mary or possibly the Joseph Dewdney Chr. 10 Oct 1784 Curry Rivel s.o. Joseph and Susannah. In Butleigh was a John Underwood b. c. 1783, a stone cutter, and Susannah may have been his sister?


1) Nicholas Douthwaite

Nicholas paid rates on South Moor Grounds from 1678 until 1694. In 1695 he was called 'the late'. Probably a resident of Glastonbury

C 3/306/5 Short title: Dowthwayte v Symcockes. Plaintiffs: William Dowthwayte. Defendants: Alice Symcockes widow. Subject: parcel of the manor of Butleigh, Somerset. Document type: two bills, answer.1620

E 134/9Chas1/Mich8 Phillip Perry, William Perry. v. William Noy (Attorney-General), James Levingstone, Thos. Pawlett, Andrew Whittington, Thomas Brooke, John Gutch, Wm. Dowthwaite.: Manor and vicarage of Butleigh, and the moor called "South Moor" or "Aller Moor" belonging (Somerset). Common of pasture. Inclosure of moor.: Somerset


1) Sir John Dowle Vicar of Butleigh 1540-1554 under the patronage of King Henry VIII

Witnessed several Butleigh wills e.g. John White 3 Dec 1540, William Burdham 2 Oct 1546

2) Thomas Dowle

In Dec 1797 the OOP paid 1/- assistance to Thomas who 'had had his tongue cut out'. [possibly having been captured in Turkey or North Africa?]


1) John Down Chr. 23 Feb 1694 Glastonbury St. John [bur. 15 Nov 1751 or 9 Oct 1765 Glastonbury]

Marriage not found but the Ann could be Butleigh born in the 1677 – 1714 PR gap as would be the marriage. The two John burials could well be the father and the son.

2) Samuel Down Chr. 23 Feb 1732 Glastonbury St. John, s.o. William and Margaret Down

Uncertain who Bridget Hodges was but a Bridget was Chr. 2 Oct 1730 Bridgwater d.o. Edward and Jane Hodges – but seems unlikely.

3) John Down Chr. 16 Oct 1746 St. Benedicts Glaston, s.o. John & Mary [nee Gardiner] Down, died 21 Dec1829 Glastonbury

The grandparents of this John Down were Robert Down (b. 1671, s.o. Robert Down and Joane) and Ann Perry (b. 1677).

John Down was Lord Mayor in 1804, bought the Glastonbury Abbey site in 1808-9 and sold it to John Fry Reeves in 1825. John Down sen.[Chr. 16 Oct 1707 Glastonbury] married Mary Gardiner on 10 Oct 1742 St. Johns Glastonbury and died 15 Sep 1751 Glastonbury..

NOTE: John Cannon reports pp 613, 618 that John Down [this John's father] began building a windmill in 1641 on Wyral (Wearyall) Hill near the Holy Thorn with a 72 ft diameter at the foundation. During its construction in June 1742 Cannon reported the sudden death of a wheelwright called Frampton 'renowned for feats of strength and ingenuity' who had been working on the building for a year.

3a) John Down b. 1770 Glastonbury

A brother of Jane Wilcox was William Swanton Wilcox Chr. 3 Feb 1769 St. Johns Glastonbury. Jane seems to have married Robert Brown 31 May 1787 St. Benedicts

John Down jun. was Mayor of Glastonbury in 1811. The baptism of Jane is unusual because John was church warden of Glastonbury St John's so why go to Butleigh, unless perhaps his wife had come from Butleigh?. This first daughter Jane may have died because in 26 Feb 1811 he baptised a daughter Jane in St John's but this may have been a re-baptism since on the same day his son Thomas aged three was also baptised.

In 1818/19 a property in Butleigh belonging to Thomas Wilcox of Glastonbury on which he had paid rates since 1798 [and from 1813 on property 'late' Henry Wilcox of Glastonbury] was called 'now Mrs. John Down' and from 1819 to 1826 was paid by John Down junior 'late Wilcox'. From 1819 John Down also paid rates on Southmoor Grounds. Rates were paid by John Down until post 1827 though with several different occupiers.

DD/S/BT/16/3/1-2 1] John Willcox of Glastonbury, hosier 2] John Swanton of Glastonbury, yeoman 3] John Down of Glastonbury, yeoman Lease and release of allotments 327, 329-30 in Hulkmoor, Glastonbury. 1784

DD/S/BT/28/7/16 Copy Chancery bill of complaint of Robert James of Glastonbury, John Down the younger of Babcary and Ann Down of Glastonbury concerning land in Butleigh bought by Revd. George Neville Grenville. 1834

3b) James Down of St. John's, Glastonbury, b. circa 1785 Glastonbury, s.o. John and Ann (nee Fear) Down

A witness at James' marriage was a Jeremiah Gardiner [half-brother of his wife, James had witnessed Jeremiah's wedding in 1804] and James himself witnessed the second marriage of George Scott, his widowed father-in-law in 1808 in Butleigh. James Downs paternal grandmother was Mary Gardiner who married John Down in 1742 [courtesy Ed. Harrison]. James was a Yeoman in Market Place, Glastonbury in 1823 and Magdalene St. in 1824. According to the Glastonbury Mayors book in Som Record Office he had 5 children or more and he emigrated to the USA on the 'Cosmo' arriving 11 May 1835 with two of his sons by his first marriage. In 1837 he was listed as a mason in Buffalo NY and then moved to Brantford Ontario where he had another 3 children, including Lucy Anne Downs b. 9 Jul 1837.. His wife Elizabeth and 2 infant children died in Canada. James' second marriage was by licence and the witnesses were William and Mary Ann (nee Smart) Swanton [b. 1811, William Swanton was the son of James Swanton and Ann Down – James' sister, and the proprietor of the Bell Inn, Glastonbury – he and his wife also emigrated to the USA].

Francis Scott Down married Elizabeth Whitcombe and they had three children in Glastonbury (one of which died) before they emigrated. Edward married an Ann Robertson after emigrating as did Alfred (James) who married an English girl Mary Tucker. Daniel married Lany Ayers in London Upper Canada on 27 Oct 1851. Lucy Anne married Robert Mitchell on 31 Dec 1860 in Brantford Ontario. [info. c.o. Ed Harrison, Doug Downs and John Pidgeon]. James and Elizabeth Down seem to be absent from the 1851 Canadian census and may have died by then – Lucy Downs (14) was living in Brant County [where she eventually married] with a family called Backer/Barker. On the 1851 census an Alfred Down of Brantford was living with the family of a James Scott (b. 1791) from England. This latter may be the James Scott Chr. 15 Nov 1791 in Curry Rivel, s.o. Christopher and Diannah Scott – possible relatives of George Scott?

Sarah Gardner, James' sister-in-law, married John Attyo in Butleigh on 13 Aug 1805 and James Down was the witness. James was witness to the Butleigh marriage of Ann Vile (nee Barber) and George Knight on 15 Oct 1806 – not known what connection there was to this couple.

4) Elizabeth Down b. c. 1816 41-19

In 1841 an uncertain Elizabeth Down was listed as a family servant at the house of James Welch in Kingweston. It seems unlikely that she was the wife Elizabeth of James Down (4) who was in Canada (in 1837). It may well be that it is sheer coincidence that an Elizabeth Down appeared so close to Butleigh in 1841 [that census gives only a rounded up age and no clue to marriage status] and she may in fact be one of the two unmarried Elizabeth Downs who married in Wells registration district in 1843 [this one unlikely since she married a 'gentleman' Henry Gillard from Bristol!] or the one who married in 1844 [hmm – in fact she was a widow, d.o. John Cleal and married innkeeper James Wilcox] rather than be the abandoned or returned wife/widow of the above James. An Elizabeth Down b. 18 Jul, Chr. 3 Sep 1811 St. Johns, Glaston, d.o. William and Elizabeth Down would be a candidate for this other Elizabeth.


1) Richard Downynge?

The father was Rici and the daughter Rabedga – but the surname seems certain - nfi

Dowthwaytesee Douthwaite


1) William Drake grazier, Butleigh – listed as unsecured creditor [for £105] of the bankrupt William Hasted, butcher of Alresford, in July 1860. [Hampshire Telegraph 28 Jul 1860] Could be the usual reporter's typo [Derrick, Dark, Darch – all common surnames] but a William Drake of this period in this part of Somerset is hard to find

2) William Charles Drake b. 17 Sep, Chr. 13 Dec 1885 Butleigh Wootton, s.o. Charles and Elizabeth Hannah Drake

William's father was a labourer. William is probably the child b. 1885 Fisterton de la Mere, Wilts (Dec Q 5a/202 Wilton), s.o. Charles and Elizabeth. This Charles was a cowman (b. 1854 Hilton Dorset) and his wife was b. 1844 Sherborne (a widow - Elizabeth Hannah Marsh). Elizabeth's mother was Ruth Rowe (b. 1823) from Stoford, Somerset. William Charles Drake aged 15 was a farm servant in Binfield, Berkshire in 1901.

3) Mrs. Drake

Rented 53 Butleigh in Feb 1947 at the time of the Estate sale – at £7 16s 0d per year. Water from No. 53 joint washhouse.


1) Harry/Henry Drane/Draine b. 1863 (Dec Q 1a/227 St. George) Paddington, footman, s.o. Elizabeth Drane, d. 1948 (Dec Q 4a/459 Colchester)

In 1881 Harry and Elizabeth were in service together in St. James', London. In 1891 Elizabeth lived with her three children in Butleigh Wootton 'on her own means' but by 1901 was a servant in Berrow, without her children. Elizabeth Kate married Daniel Botwright in 1916 (Jun Q 3a/998 Edmonton, Essex). Florence married Leonard J. F. Cooper in 1919 (Dec Q 5c/1243 Axbridge).


1) Henry Drewe?

An unread Latin note added to the birth

2) John Drewappears in receipt of assistance from the OOP in June 1820.


1) Ann Drewett b. 1832 Tinhead, Wilts, dairymaid 61-55

Ann was a servant at Norwood Farm, Norton St. Philip, Som. in 1851. In 1861 she worked at Lower Rockes Farm. The Mary Ann Drewett who married James Oram in 1863 (Dec Q 5a/272 Westbury).

Duccan see Duggan


1) John Duckappears in the Churchwarden's accounts in 1727/28 (though referring to later period?) when he cast 67 lb of brass at 1s per lb and bought new brass at 1/6d per lb.

2) Ernest Arnold Duck b. 1912 (Dec Q 5c/555 Langport), smallholder, s.o. Frederick Duck, d. 1953 (Jun Q 7c/72 Bridgwater) aged 40


1) George Duffill Chr. 18 Sep 1831 Worlaby, Lincoln, bailiff, s.o. John and Elizabeth Duffill, d. 2 Sep, buried 7 Sep 1904 (Sep Q 5c/267 Wells) Butleigh 61-47, 71-71, 81-93, 91-114, 01-135 PHOTO

In 1861 George Duffill was farm foreman at Parsonage Farm, Butleigh, living in part of the farm with his wife Elizabeth and son William Charles. They had married in 1858. By 1871 George was the Farm and Estate bailiff to Ralph Neville-Grenville, and he and Elizabeth had five more children.

Tom Ashley was a Queens scholar at St. Sidwells training College, Exeter in 1881. Possibly died in 1901 in Western Australia?

Mary - in 1891 she was a dairymaid at Hothfield Place, Hothfield, Kent. She married Estate clerk Frederick William Pickard in Butleigh on 21 Apr 1900 (Jun Q 5c/933 Wells) and lived in Butts Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire. #

Sarah Ada was maid in 1891 to Viscountess Folkestone, who was visiting her parents-in-law at Longford Castle, Britford, Wiltshire. She married William Holman in Butleigh on 28 Apr 1900 (Jun Q 5c/933 Wells) # just one week after her sister Mary had married, and went to live at Downton, Wilts.

Henry John b. 1867 nfi after 1881. Anne Elizabeth married schoolmaster Frederick Edwin Green (b. 1868 Weston Super Mare) in Butleigh on 18 Aug 1897 (Sep Q 1897 5c/827 Wells) and they went to live in Northbourne, Kent. #

In 1881 George Duffill appeared as a widower since Elizabeth had died in 1880 but before she died they had had two more children; Margaret who became a trained hospital nurse. George who appeared in 1891 as George Duffile - a pupil at Long Ashton School, Long Ashton, Bedminster.

Charles [William] Duffill was an assistant schoolmaster lodging in the High Street in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire in 1881.

By 1891 Parsonage Farm was known as Home Farm. George Duffill had remarried, to Margaret Moore (born 1838, Isle of Man) and they lived there with his youngest daughter Margaret. The whereabouts of all their other children is uncertain from this date.

George Duffill retired and in 1901 lived with his wife and daughter in the Corner House, High Street where he died in 1904. Margaret, George's widow, died in Downton, Wilts [home of her stepdaughter Sarah Ada Holman] in 1905 (Mar Q 5a/127 Salisbury) but was buried in Butleigh.

A Margaret Duffill d. 1966 in Macclesfield, Cheshire aged 94 who may be George's daughter – absent from the 1911 census.


1) Annie Duggan b. 1867, Cork Ireland, died 23 Aug, bur. 26 Aug 1940 Butleigh

Annie died at Wootton House. On her grave is mention of Major and Mrs. Donald Robertson Paton (b. 1873 Scotland) being her friends. On the 1911 census she is listed as servant, nurse and governess to the Paton children when they stayed with their grandfather William White Fllint in Folkestone.


1) George Dukes of North Cadbury, widower

At the birth of their child the PR entry has 'a few days old' note in regard to the child and parish of Galhampton as abode for the father. A George and Ann Dukes had three children in Castle Cary 1773 – 1777.



1) Henry Dulley b. 1818 Badecliff, Bristol, patten maker 51W-39

Henry, married, lodged with Robert Wake in Back Street, Butleigh Wootton in 1851. Nfi


1) Jane Dummett b. 1845 Butleigh. [d. 1920 (Dec Q 5a/375 Sherborne aged 74)?]

Jane had a son Richard C. Dummett b. 1863 (Jun Q 5c/653 Wells) [illegitimate?] and then married John Gould in 1867 (Dec Q 5c/966 Wells). At first they lived in Wells but later moved to Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Since Jane was only 18 when she bore her son it is possible that she wasn't married before she met John Gould - but as Jane Dummett cannot be traced. Richard Dummet d. 1940 (Jun Q 5a/591 Blandford, Dorset) aged 77.


1) Rev. Dunford of Butleigh May 1880 [Western Gazette 4 Jun 1880 mentions him attending the annual Friendly Society dinner at Rowley Farm on May 27th] – [Rev. John Warner Dunford? moved to Tynemouth]


A) Joanne Dunkerton

Joanne's birth would fall before the Butleigh records begin but if she came from a nearby village there were three possible Joane Dunkertons born in West Pennard, in 1558, 1562 and 1567, who could be the mother. In fact another illegitimat child of a Johane was Chr. 28 Jun 1595 in West Pennard, called Mary.

1) Charles Dunkerton b. 1796 West Pennard, blacksmith, died 1876 (Mar Q 5c/423 Shepton Mallet)

No Charles baptism found in West Pennard [only a Charlotte on 6 Aug 1798 d.o. james and Sarah] and in the register at marriage he is called sojourner.

Mary lived with her parents Charles and Elizabeth in West Pennard on the censuses of 1841 - 51 but they had previously lived in Butleigh. In 1861 Mary was a housekeeper at Quarry Hill Farm, Witham Friary.

Ann Dunkerton married James Foxwell in 1850 (Jun Q 10/875 Wells) and they lived in Mudford.

1a) James Dunkerton Chr. 30 Apr 1826 Butleigh, innkeeper and farrier, s.o. Charles Dunkerton

James ran the "Ship Inn" in Silver Street in Shepton Mallet in 1851. He lived there with his wife Mary Ann and 9 month old Mary. By 1861 they had six children and James was then a blacksmith and ironmonger, living in Town Street, Shepton Mallet. In 1891, an engine smith, James and Mary lived at No. 13, New Road, St. Mary Extra, Hampshire. Nfi

2) Benjamin Dunkerton b. 1839 Baltonsborough [not in PR, not registered], blacksmith, son of William and Sarah Dunkerton of Baltonsborough. 61-56

Benjamin lodged with Jacob Blake, blacksmith in the High Street in 1861. After his marriage in London to Jacob's daughter they returned to Butleigh where their daughter was born but then the family emigrated to the USA - see under Blake. On the 1841 census Benjamin appears with his parents, older sister Mary (aged 4) and a brother, Albert b. 1841 who died in 1849. Sister Mary b. 1837 is found 'in service' in Baltonsborough in 1851. Their mother Sarah died in 1842 and father William married Ann Newport in 1844 (the parents of next).

3) Frank Dunkerton Chr. 11 Jun 1846 (Jun Q 10/532 Wells) Baltonsborough, blacksmith, s.o. William and Ann Dunkerton, bur. 9 May 1931 Butleigh 81-101, 91-119, 01-136

Frank Dunkerton was the son of William and Ann Dunkerton of Baltonsborough (1851) but in 1853 Ann died and in 1861 his father's wife is shown as Esther (his third wife). Frank was the half-brother of the Benjamin above (1). In 1871 Fanny Higgins had been housekeeper to her brother George at Bullplot Cottage (?), East Pennard.

After Frank and Fanny married in 1873 they lived in Overbury, Worcester where they had their first three children. A fourth child was born in Baltonsborough before they settled in Butleigh where they appeared in 1881 at 27 High Street. In June 1882 Frank was advertising for a young man yo assist him as 'improver to shoeing and jobbing work.

Mary left to become a dairymaid at 'The Manor Farm' Doulting (1891) and Ellen died in 1883 (Dec Q 5c/345 Wells) aged just 7.

By 1891 Frank and wife Fanny had added three new children; Harry, Charles and Leila. In 1901 Frank Dunkerton and Fanny had Hester, Alice, Colston, Harry and Leila living with them. Charles had died in 1892 (Mar Q 5c/436) aged 7. In 1906 Leila and her brothers Colston and Harry played in the Butleigh Revel. PHOTO

In 1911 Frank and Fanny had Alice, Colston Harry and Leila living with them at 27 Butleigh. Fanny Dunkerton died in 1912 aged 69. Frank died at 27, Butleigh in 1931 aged 85.

Harry and Colston took part in the Butleigh Revel - in the trial of Abbot Whyting. Colston married Alma Louisa Fry in 1927 (Mar Q 5c/737 Axbridge) and they lived at 27, High Street, the Smithy, where they both died - Alma was bur. 27 Nov 1958 Butleigh and Colston 27 Feb 1963 Butleigh. Colston listed in Kelly's Directories of 1935 and 1939. At the sale of the Butleigh Court Estate in Feb. 1947 Colston was shown as paying £14 10s 0d p.a. rent .Water obtained from a pump on a well in the wash house.

Leila married William J. Hodges in 1937 (Dec Q 5c/971 Wincanton) and died at Rose Cottage, West Bradley, bur. 14 Jan 1957 Butleigh.


- see Charlotte Gifford

1) Dr. DunningThe OOP paid Thomas Curtis in July 1811 by order of Canon Gould and Doctor Dunning.


1) John Dunster b. 1783 [Chr. 25 Dec 1782 Ilminster s.o. John and Ann Dunster?], of Somerton, plumber and grazier, bur. 28 Dec 1826 Somerton

Mary Ann Gregory must have had a Butleigh conection but who she was is uncertain – a Mary Gregory was Chr. 24 May 1795 Ashwick d.o. James and Dolly Ashwick. Another Mary was Chr. 12 Jun 1790 Barton St. David d.o. William and Susanna.

A Mr. Dunster was paid £16 15 7½d by the OOP in Dec 1815 for supplying 7 cwt 2 qr 15 lb of sheet lead. After Mary Ann's death in 1820 John Dunster married the sister of his brother Thomas' wife and had several more children.


1) James Dunton b. 1812 Olney, Bucks, bailiff, died 1897 (Mar Q 5c/286 Langport) 71-75, 81-98, 91-125

In 1871 James Dunton (59) was a bailiff farming 40 acres and lived at Broadmoor Farm with his wife Mary (56) and sons George Robert (21) and William James (16) plus granddaughter Alice Cornelia Reynolds (2). James and Mary came from Mouth Mile Farm, Clovely, Devon where he had also been a bailiff. They had six children on that census record (1861). Alice was the daughter of Sarah (b. 1842, née Dunton) and Henry Reynolds living in Barton St. David. #

In 1881 James lived with his wife Mary and son William (25). George sailed on the “Lady Jocelynfrom London on 28 Oct 1874 arriving in Lyttelton New Zealand on 21 January 1875. He married a Sarah Ann Wilson in NZ in 1880 and they had five sons and six daughters. His obituary states 'He was an excellent farmer and his property at Aongatete was one of the best in the district'. He died in October 1937 in Tauranga.

In 1891 the widower James (81) still lived with his son William (37). James died in 1897 aged 87. William married Lucy Look and they lived in Oddway. #

1a) William J. Dunton b. 1854 (Mar Q 5b/440 South Molton) South Molton, farmer, bur. 18 Oct 1941 Butleigh 71-75, 81-98, 91-125, 01-138

In 1901 William Dunton (46) and wife Lucy (47) lived in four rooms in Oddway. William was previously single and living at Broadmoor Farm with his parents. Lucy had been living with her father at 63, Oddway in 1891. They remained childless and in 1911 were at 63 Butleigh. Cooper & Tanner sold the contents of his house, 63, Locks Hill, Butleigh on 31 Dec 1941.


1) Hilda May Durden b. 1889 (Jun Q 5a/346 Dorchester) Hermitage, Dorchester, Dorset, cheesemaker, d.o. George and Emily Ann Candy (nee Hall) Durden

May worked at Rowley Farm according to the 1911 census. In 1901 she had lived on Church farm, Hermitage, with her parents. [Possibly married Joseph S. Johnston 1919 (Dec Q 5a/995 Dorchester]


1) Edmund Durnford b. 1808 Chilbolton, Hants., curate

Edmund was curate in Butleigh for the first six months of 1834 and witnessed OOP accounts. In 1841 he was at Lockerley, Hampshire and in 1851 he was Rector of the Parish of Monxton, Hants. He had married Mary James in Alverstoke on 22 Oct 1850 (Dec Q 7/38 Alverstoke, Hampshire).


1) Ann Durrant Chr. 16 Oct 1831 Caundle Stourton, Dorset, cook, d.o. Daniel and Hannah Durant 51-30

Ann was the cook at the Vicarage in 1851. She also seems to be listed in Caundle-Stourton in 1851, where she was called a glover. This Ann may have married Shadrach Hannam in 1853 (Mar Q 5c/973 Wells).


1) Durston

When the Kings Sedgemoor Ground was opened a family Doolson, Dosson, Dorson, Durston of Ashcott occupied the land owned by Thomas Look (1796) and Durston of Shapwick occupied the land of William Sweet (1797). In 1799 just Dosson senior of Shapwick was in occupation of Sweets ground but in 1804 was replaced by Samuel Clark. In Ashcott a Samuel Durston lived at this time. In Oct 1817 a Mr. Durston supplied 12 loads of turf to the OOP.

2) Rhoda Norris Durston Chr. 18 Nov 1831 Meare d.o. John and Mary Durston [father's abode Whitchurch, farmer]

On some censuses Rhoda gives her pob as Butleigh but on others as Lovington or Meare. Probably not Butleigh born. In 1841 she lived with her parents in Lovington. She married Carpenter James Kingston (b. 1832 Hansford, Som) in 1854 (Sep Q 5c/841 Wincanton) and lived in Exeter in 1861, but in Wookey by 1881.

3) Bet Durstonservant (under housemaid) at Butleigh Court in the 1930's.


1) Andrew Dier d. 1590

Andrew Dyer acquired an interest in Butleigh Wootton estates from Robert Hyett and his son Edward Dyer sold it in 1613 to pay his debts. It came into the hands of the Periams probably as early as 1649 (VCH). Link to marriage read Valentius Dawe [possibly surname Dyer/Dier?] Butleigh 27 May 1583 to Elinora Pirry?

2) Thomas Dyer b. c. 1612 Shepton Mallet, clothmaker, Tavern owner, deacon, Captain, d. 4 Nov, bur. 15 Nov 1676 Boston, Suffolk Co. MA

The Reed family and Thomas emigrated to Weymouth, Massachusetts arriving before 1643 when their first child was born. The couple had nine children, all born in Weymouth, Norfolk Massachusetts. Thomas rose to some prominence in Weymouth. A Thomas Dyer was Chr. 27 Oct 1611 Barton St. David s.o. Robert.

3) Henry Dyer Chr. 27 Nov 1803 Walton, farmer 'of Walton', s.o. Isiah and Mary Dyer, d. 1875 (Mar Q 5c/487 Wells)

In 1841 this couple lived at Walton without any children. In 1861/71 at Asney Farmhouse, Walton a Henry Dyer (b. 1804) lived with wife Elizabeth A. In 1861 she was 54 b. Butleigh, in 1871 Henry's wife Elizabeth was 24, b. Compton Dundon!

4) Charles Dyer b. 1809 Somerton, saddler and harness maker, bur. 18 Oct 1894 (Dec Q 5c/306 Wells) Butleigh 41-10, 51-24, 61-48, 71-72, 81-94, 91-118

This family occupied No. 17, High Street (later the Post Office) during the entire census period 1841 - 1911. A Charles Dyer Chr. 6 Jan 1810 Frome s.o. James and Martha Dyer a possibility for this Charles? Elizabeth Payne from Langport was the daughter of John Payne, tailor, and Frances Dabige. The family story is that Frances Dabige was a Spanish governess with whom John Payne eloped only to be ostracised by his family (info courtesy Rose Figgins).

Charles was a saddler and he and Elizabeth appeared first in 1841 with two children, Elizabeth Ann and Henry. Their son Henry died in 1841 before his first birthday.

In 1851, besides Elizabeth Ann, there were three new children; Adah, Charles and William John - oddly, on the census the last child wasn't named but a birth was also recorded for a 'male' (presumably died?) for 1851 (Mar Q 10/539 Wells). Mrs Mary A. Lye (41) a nurse, was living in to look after mother and child.

In 1861 Charles and Elizabeth had at home just Charles (as his apprentice), Adah and William John. Elizabeth Ann (as Anne Elizabeth) was a servant in 1861 in Tanworth Warwickshire, at the rectory of the Rev. Charles A. St. J. Mildmay (who had married Harriet Neville, the squire of Butleigh's daughter). She married Care Withers in Butleigh on 14 Nov 1867 (Dec Q 5c/945 Wells). #

Ada later became a schoolmistress in Toot Baldon, Oxfordshire, lodging with a dairyman John Wigmore (1871). She married Sidney Britton of Butleigh in Butleigh on 23 Aug 1874 (Sep Q 5c/849 Wells). #

In 1871 Charles (25) and William John (20) were still living with their parents, both as saddlers but there were no lodgers or visitors. Since Charles would inherit the business William must have left in the early 1870's after marrying Jane Rachel Betty from Langport on 5 Aug 1874 (Sep Q 5c/613 Langport) St. Mary's, Huish Episcopi. She had been a ladies maid at Butleigh Court. Their first stop was Trowbridge where their son Cyril was born in 1876 and Hilda in 1877, then Queens Park, Middlesex where Olive was born 12 days before the census of 1881 - William was a messenger (Civil Services). In 1891 they were still at 64, 3rd Avenue, Chelsea, the same address, with five children. In 1901 William was listed as staying at the India Office, Whitehall, as a messenger. In 1911 they lived at 1, Milton Road, East Sheen, Richmond and still had two of their 8 children with them (2 had died).

By 1881 Charles Dyer, now 73 and Elizabeth 70, must have been effectively retired. They lived together with their son Charles, his wife and four children.

In 1891 Charles snr and Elizabeth still occupied part of the house and then Charles died aged 86 in 1894 and his wife aged 84 at the same time (Dec Q 5c/306 Wells). They were buried on the same day. In the 'Revel' of 1906 at least two Dyers took part - Charles' grandsons Wilfred and Charles.

DD/S/BT/27/6/11 - Agreement between Revd George Neville Grenville and Charles Dyer of Butleigh, saddler for letting a cottage in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1841.

4a) Charles Dyer Chr. 22 Mar 1846 (Mar Q 10/530 Wells) Butleigh, harness maker, bur. 18 Nov 1909 (Dec Q 6a/7 Bristol)? Butleigh 51-24, 61-48, 71-72, 81-94, 91-118, 01-135

Charles lived all his life at No. 17, High Street and inherited it after his parent's death in 1894. His wife Jane Canniford had lived with her parents in Broadhembury in 1851 and was a servant at Langford Court, Cullompton, Devon in 1861. She was absent from the 1871 census but married Charles in 1873 in Devon. She described herself as 'formerly a cook'. Four of their five children were born by the 1881 census. By 1891 Charles (45), harness maker, was now also Subpostmaster and a new son had been added to the four children previously recorded; Charles jnr. Charles snr's parents died in 1894.

Annie, a telegraphist at home on census night, married John Buxton in Butleigh on 6 Sep 1898 (Sep Q 5c/813 Wells) and in 1901 they lived at 10, Merfield Rd, Knowle, Bristol where her husband was a postal sorting clerk and telegraphist - they had a baby, Wilfred, born Feb 1901. #

Annie's sister Edith, also a telegraphist, was boarding in 1901 in Egham, Berks as a Post Office Clerk. She married clerk Edward John Luscombe (b. 1875 s.o. Edward Luscombe) of Egham in Butleigh on 27 Sep 1904 (Sep Q 5c/840 Wells). In 1911 they lived at 35, Claremont Rd., The Causeway, Egham, Staines.

In 1901 Charles Dyer (55) and Jane (57) lived in what was then called on the census 'The Post Office' though Charles' profession was still harness maker as well as sub-postmaster. Their daughter Mary was a telegraphist and the two boys Wilfred and Charles harness makers. Living with them was Jane's older sister Ann Crocombe (60) a widow and domestic cook. Mary married solicitors clerk Charles Jones (b. 1882 Egham s.o. Henry Jones) in Butleigh on 10 Apr 1909 (Jun Q 5c/915 Wells) # Charles senior died in 1909, seemingly in Bristol where he was probably visiting his son-in-law John Buxton. In 1911 at 17 Butleigh [the Post Office] Wilfrid lived with his widowed mother and an assistant Lottie Louisa Shergold.

A series of photographic postcards exists of Butleigh scenes from c. 1904 with C. Dyer Jun, Butleigh printed on the front. The Western Gazette Friday 18th Sep 1925 lists a sale at Park Farm on October 15th of all live and dead farming stock of, Mr. J. Dyer who is declining business during winter ownig to ill health,. [error for Mrs. Jane Dyer]

4a1) Wilfred Dyer Chr. 30 Jan 1881 (Mar Q 5c/527 Wells) Butleigh

Until his marriage, Wilfred ran the Post office with his sister Annie. In the 1919 Kelly's Directory he is listed as assistant overseer, his mother being the principal. Wilfred rented the Post Office and Sadler's shop at £16 14s. 0d p.a. at sale of the Estate in Feb. 1947. Water obtained from pump in the scullery. Wilfred ran the post office at 17, High Street, Butleigh until around 1953. By 1956 the Post Office was run by Reginald Charles Biggs.

4a2) Charles Dyer b. 13 Apr, Chr. 20 May 1888 (Jun Q 5c/492 Wells) Butleigh postman, d. 13 Jul 1977 (Sep Q 23/0999 Mendip) 91-118, 01-135

On the 30th Mar 1911 the couple sailed for Canada where Charles had a job as an electrical engineer. (possibly on the Banff hotel). They returned to England in 1914 before WW1 broke out, stayed briefly in Staines with Edith and Edward Luscombe - Charles' sister and brother in law - before moving back to Butleigh to live with Jane Dyer (his mother) and brother Wilf. In Kelly's 1919 Directory the post office and saddlers was owned by Charles Dyer & Son – presumably Charles junior included in this case. In 1932 Charles wsa recorded at 18, Butleigh but Charles rented 97 Butleigh at £13 p.a.. in 1947. This latter must be 'Restmore' where they are recorded from 1937 to 1953. Margaret was known as Peggy.

Edith trained as a nursery nurse when she left school at 14/15. Once she reached 18 she began her 3 year training to become a State Reg. Nurse. In 1938 with the threat of war she enrolled with the Territorial Army Nursing Service. When war was declared she was called up to join Queen Alexandra's Nursing Corps. She served in India, Iraq and Ceylon through the six years of the war. After her discharge from the Army at the end of WW2 she took a course to gain a certificate in Industrial Nursing. She found employment after her additional training and it was at this company (in Welwyn Garden City, Herts) that she met her husband.

5) William Dyer d. 1878

William lived at Carville House and his effects, pigs, poultry, potatoes, piano household furniture etc. were sold by auction on 18th Nov 1878 [Western Gazette 15 Nov 1878]. A William Dyer b. 1808 Martock, bur. 25 Dec 1878 (Dec Q 5c/318 Yeovil) Long Load appears on the 1871 census as Ag Lab, a widower and his daughter a glover. Seems unlikely. Another William Dyers was buried 19 Apr 1879 Charlton Adam aged 69.

6) Reginald Louis Dyer b. 30 Nov 1892 Chudleigh, labourer, s.o. George Dyer, d. 1973 (Mar Q 7a/2633 Torbay)

Reginald came from Stoke-in-Teignhead, Devon at his marriage.

7) Eliza Jane Dyer b. 1862, bur. 8 Nov 1941 (Dec Q 5c/910 Wells) Butleigh

Eliza died at Clematis Cottage in Butleigh. Uncertain who she was but possibly the wife of Henry Dyer, labourer, living at Otterhampton in 1901 with five children [of eight she stated as giving birth to on the 1911 census].


1) John Dyke of Babcary Chr. 14 Sep 1747 Babcary 'son of widow Garland begot by Robert Dyke', died before 1783/8?

Benjamin Bowring arrived in Butleigh and is mentioned in January 1797 when he received £5 as a result of having been chosen by ballot to serve in the militia. He married Mary Dyke in Butleigh on 15 Apr 1800 and also started paying rates in 1800-1801 on a property 'late John Talbot'. On 25th Mar 1800 he was witness to the wedding in Butleigh of an Edith Dyke to Robert Tarzwell of Street – Robert Tarzwell was witness to Benjamin's wedding. A James Dyke witnessed another marriage in Butleigh on the same day. Other Dyke weddings in Butleigh were: Hester Dyke 25 Mar 1806 to Charles Richmond# of Shepton Mallet and Elizabeth Dyke 9 Apr 1806 to William Green of Pilton. Mary Dyke gave her birthplace variously as Butleigh, South Brent and West Pennard.

1a) John Dyke of Butleigh Chr. 29 Jun 1772 North Barrow, died 25 Aug 1849 Street aged 78

Thomas Look of Butleigh married Mary Tarzwell in Street on 12 Feb 1782. See below for further Tarzwell/Dyke/Bowring and Look links.

Overseer 1787 Butleigh according to note [see under Difford and Dominy]. He was the Overseer serving for James Grenville's estate in 1792, 97, 1803 and 1810. Called Far[mer] Dyke in March 1795 when he supplied a load of coal to the OOP. John occupied Lord Glastonbury's land on Southmoor (listed from 1801). John occupied five commons belonging to Lord Glastonbury on the Kings Sedgemoor Grounds in 1806 and two commons belonging to William Grant. He occupied these commons until 1808 – he relinquished the Wm Grant common by 1808 (taken over by William Dyke from 1814) but kept the Lord Glastonbury Commons until 1814. John Dyke was again Overseer in 1816/17. In 1818/19 John paid rates on 'late [Richard] Corpe's' property [William paid on 'late Jarviss']. He paid rates until the records end in 1827 – paying rates on 'Carville' and 'late Bishop's orchard' from 1819. [by 1841 Corville was occupied by Daniel Bartlett].

1b) William Dyke Chr. 4 Dec 1780 West Pennard/Butleigh, farmer, d. 3 Apr, bur. 9 Apr 1878 (Jun Q 5c/391 Wells) Butleigh 51-36, 61-61, 71-79 Tully PHOTO

Probably the William Dyke who occupied the common of William Grant on the Kings Sedgemoor from 1814. He expanded the land he occupied to include ex-Sweet commons and several commons owned by Elizabeth Hood. He was still occupying Sedgemoor Grounds in 1828 when the OOP records come to an end. In 1817, 18 he started paying rates on land 'late Mr. (Frank) Ralph'. In 1818/19 he was paying rates on 'late Jarviss' while John Dyke paid on 'late Corpe's'. In 1819 again property called late Ralphs and rates paid until 1827+. In 1821 he also paid rates on Fishwell and 'late Colmers'. William was Overseer in 1824/5. In the assessment of 1827, 28 (OOP) William paid rates on his main property and two commons in the Southmoor.

William Dyke appears in 1841 at Lytes Cary, Charlton Mackrell living with Mary plus his nephew Robert, who was born blind and of 'no occupation', and also a niece Caroline Green (20). They seem to have left for Butleigh sometime after 1848 (when he appears in a jury list as churchwarden in Charlton Mackrell parish).

In 1851 William and Mary still lived with Robert (50), at Barton Stone. William was a farmer of 160 acres. In 1853 William was listed as one of the partners of the West of England and South Wales District Bank. The Wells Journal 30 Aug 1856 reported his loss of a ten ton rick of hay by fire near Street farm. The Wells Journal reported on 25 Sep 1858 that William had had his pocket picked by John Lee and John White who were sent Shepton Mallet gaol to await trial.

By 1861 the Dykes had moved into Corville House. Mary died in 1870. Robert may have died and been buried in Street on 24 May 1867 aged 64 because he wasn't on the next census. In 1871 William Dyke aged 90, lived with his niece Mary [Elizabeth] Hobson (23) single, as housekeeper. She came from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. William died in 1878 and the Neville's took over Corville House [Corvyle – even Carvile in the Morris' Directory of 1871]. PHOTO of William aged 98 and 6ft 3inches tall!

Could Robert have been the son of Robert (b. 1796) and Elizabeth Dyke of Keinton Mansfield (part of Keinton Mandeville)? Mary Elizabeth Hobson was the daughter of Robert Hobson (b. 1816 Derbys.) and Eliza (b. 1817 Staffs., Maud) – Eliza being the daughter of Sarah Hodgkinson, Mary Dyke's sister. (inf. Courtesy Celia Mycock CM)

Sale Catalogue CORVILLE HOUSE. Sale of live and dead stock, implements, cider.... late the property of Mr. Wm. Dyke. There are 89 lots listed with prices and total realised, W. Harrold, Auctioneers. Sm 8vo notebook, printed wraps, embossed stamp of auctioneers on top wrap and first leaf. 27th May, 1878. Then, Western Gazette 8 Nov 1878 auction of pigs poultry hay, straw, implements, harness, apples, cider, casks, potatoes, household furniture, goose-feather beds, piano and other valuable effects – sale on 18th November.

2) John Dyke b. 5 May 1889 (Jun Q 5c/382 Langport) Keinton Mandeville, farmer, s.o. Reginald Frank and Mary E. Dyke, d. 1974 (Jun Q 23/1357 Taunton Deane)

John's father was a stone cutter living at 19, Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville in 1891 and became a milkman and butcher by 1901 and an Innkeeper-farmer in 1911.John was still at home in Keinton in 1911. Ellen's family were already living in Butleigh by 1911. After their marriage John and Ellen lived at Park Farm. They appear there in Kelly's Directory of 1919. Winifred married Frederick Walter Furze (b. 1914, s.o. Walter H. Furze and Beatrice Bishop ) in 1937 and Donald married Frederick's sister Mary M. Furze (b. 1920) in 1942 – both marriages in Bridgwater registration district.


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