1) William J. Fack [for Fagg? Faux?]

Appears receiving £1 assistance from the Overseers in April 1787 probably a son of one of the following rather than their father.

2) Mary Fack bur. 29 Jan 1772 Butleigh

This is the person usually called Mary Fack Colmer in the OOP accounts – see under Colmer. She had at least one illegitimate child.

3) Jane Fack bur. 22 Jan 1804 Butleigh

This is the person usually called Jane Fack Colmer in the OOP accounts – see under Colmer. She had at least one illegitimate child.


1) John Faircloth b. 1857 Middlesex, London, bur. 21 Mar 1865 (Mar Q 5c/485 Wells) Butleigh 61-52

John (Fairclough?) was a boarder aged 4 at the home of Martha Eades at Pond Head in 1861. There may be a family link but the only slight match on the census is a George John Fairclough b. 1856 Dalston, Middlesex who lived at Ramsden Crays St., Ramsden Crays, Billericay, Essex in 1901. Nfi though the surname is commonest in Northamptonshire.


1) Henry Fane/Vane

DD/S/BT/21/7/4 1] Henry Fane of Bradford, Dorset and Inigo Jones of Bristol, later of Soho 2] Jas Grenville and Richard Gould, devisees of William Ekins Peirs of Wookey decd Quitclaim to a cottage in West Bradley late of William Peirs of Baltonsborough decd. 1776 [Unrelated to the people below]

1) John Fanesupplied several tonnes of tiles in 1750-51 for the new church roof (CW)

2) Dr. Fare/Fane'cured' James Pollett in 1761 (OOP)


1) Ralph Farmer of Bath and Bristol, d. before 1672

A Ralph Farmer was a Parish Minister of St. James' who had a personal feud with a leading Quaker convert George Bishop in Bristol and wrote 'The Great Mysterie of Godlinesse and Ungodlinesse' London 1655. He was executor of his brother Thomas' will and administered 'Thomas Farmer's Gift' to Christchurch in Bristol of 50 shillings per year plus £20 p.a. 'for ever' to the blue-coat school called St. Elizabeth's Hospital [plus more - the bequests in all were extremely substantial].

An Arthur Farmer was High Sheriff of Bristol 1647, mayor in 1657, and in 1668 left money for 6 poor households in the Parish of St. James in perpetuity. A Thomas Farmer [d. Nov 1624 aged 83] was Sheriff 1602, Mayor 1616 and probably father of Ralph, Arthur and Thomas.

Info relating to doc. Ref. no. 30631/1 3 April 8 James I Copart lease of mess. in Redcliffe Street in occupation of Ralph Farmer and John Addison, vintner. Rent: £9.2s. 1) Thomas Lovell, brewer 2) Ralph Farmer, brewer.. [Bristol Record Office, Redcliffe Street] 1610

ditto 30631/4 May 12 James I Grant of mess. in which Ralph Farmer now lives Consideration: £120 1) John Taunton, alias Baylie, of Bradford & Elizabeth his wife, heir of Thomas Lovell 2) Ralph Farmer. 1614 see also 30631/3 1614

Confirmation P/St.J/D/5/2 1. Ralph Farmer of Bristol, gent. executor of the will of Arthur Farmer, decd. 2. Churchwardens, vestry and overseers of St.James That payment of £40 bequeathed to the parish in the will of Arthur Farmer has been paid. The interest to be divided annually 1668

Security P/St.J/D/5/2 1] Ralph Farmer of Bristol. gent., executor of Thomas Farmer, his brother, decd. 2. William Grigg, sr. and jr., Andrew Hooke, Gabriel Deane, Arthur Taylor, Richard Nethway, John Lloyd, Barnaby Skinner, Richard Christmas, Richard Baugh, Henry Lloyd, Thomas Philipps and Robert Hooke of Bristol 3. Feoffees of St.James Premises: messuage and appurtenances in Old Market Place (abuttments given). St.Philip & Jacob, held by 2 as trustees under the will of Thomas Farmer, to secure a rentcharge of 50 shillings p.a. Devised by Farmer to the poor of St.James 1669 see also P/Xch/Ch/7 1669

Doc DD/S/BT/14/1/4 1) 1] John Webb of Butleigh and wife Anna 2] James, John, William and Henry Webb, sons of John, John Billingsley of London and Westley of Wells 3] Robert Aldworth of Lincolns Inn, Thomas Earle and Shersha Cory of Bristol, merchants, Nathaniel Haggatt of Middle Temple and Katherine daughter of Ralph Farmer of Bristol decd by Katherine and niece of Thomas Earle Marriage settlement 1670

Bristol Record Office 5918/4 Deed to declare the uses of a fine. (i) John Willoughby Esq. one of the Aldermen of the City of Bristol and Samuel Willoughby of Bristol, merchant, son and heir apparent of the said John Willoughby and Elizabeth wife of Samuel Willoughby (ii) William Allen of Bristol, gent. and Katherine, his wife (iii) Jeremy Hollway and Thomas Ellis of Bristol, merchants.Quotes deed of 20th January between John and Samuel Willoughby and Katherine Farmer of Bristol, widow (now Katherine Allen). Bargain and sale of house in Redcliffe Street, St. Thomas, Bristol in occupation of Henry Elliott of Bristol, merchant and then of John Willoughby, between a house in the tenure of widow Challoner and late of the widow Yate on the south side and a house sometime in the occupation of John Kinge, cooper and John Tomlinson on the north side. Seals cut off. Signed by John Willoughby, Samuel Willoughby, Elizabeth Willoughby, William Allen, Katherine Allen, Jeremy Hollway and Thomas Ellis. 1671

Bargain and sale P/St.P and J/D/9(i) 1. Herbert Vaughan of Bristol, gent, and Joan his wife 2. Thomas Steevens, Alderman, and others, feoffees of St.Philip and Jacob; Thomas Farmer, gent, son of Raphe Farmer of Bristol; Shershaw Cary, Thomas Earle and Robert Henley, merchants, and Francis Yeamans, jun. gent all of Bristol 1671 [Sir Thomas and Lady Eleanor, manor of Northstoke – will of Sir Thomas Earle of Bristol, Merchant 1695 Bristol Record Office 8017/38 [1696 May 8 Thomas Earle oh Bristol, Merchant. My sons Robert and Gyles. My son in law Henry Creswick, Sir Thomas Cann, Richard Moorton and Robert Wilmot. My wife Ellinor.Proved 15 Jul 1696 by his son Gyles Earle.] 8017/43 will of his son Thomas Earle junior 22 Aug 1700

DD/S/BT/21/5/4  1] James Webb of Butleigh and wife Katherine daughter of Ralph Farmer decd brother of Thomas decd 2] Katherine Allen wife of William Allen of Bristol 3] Henry Merrett of Bristol, goldsmith
Assignment of mortgage of two sevenths of four tenements and 90a in Towerhead, Banwell.


(Fanham, Farham, Varnham)

1) Richard Farnham b. 1761 Compton Dundon, Somerset, bur. 25 Jul 1845 (Sep Q 10/295 Wells) Butleigh 41W-15

Richard had an illegitimate child with Ann Wheller in 1785. In September 1785 the OOP examined Ann again, in Street and then took up Richard Farnham. In Dec '85 the OOP went to Wells sessions about Richard Farnham. April 1787 the OOP received bastardy pay from Richard. In May 1786 the OOP paid for Ann's 'extraordinary expenses' in April and received from the Compton overseers pay for Richard Farnham's bastard. Richard paid fairly regular monthly payments in 1786. In Jan 1788 Ann received regular bastardy pay and in Feb Richard paid 27 weeks back pay. Ann's last bastardy pay appears in the May 1790 OOP accounts. In May the OOP paid for the costs of the pair's marriage - £4 6s 0d. The OOP bought Ann a spinning turn in May 1790. Ann was paid relief until May 1796 then in June it was paid to Ann Farnam's son.

Richard, aged 80, lodged with Job Hawkins in Wootton in 1841. Ann Farnham wasn't buried in Butleigh. Her illegitimate son David Wheeler remained in Butleigh – see under Wheeler (1a). David married and had his children baptised in Compton Dundon using the surname Farnham [e.g. John Wheller Farnham Chr. 24 Nov 1816 Compton Dundon] but in Butleigh they all used the surname Wheeler/Wheller.



1) Richard Farr bur. 20 Mar 1785 Baltonsborough

An Edith Lappam Chr. 1 Jan 1713 Kilmington d.o. Harry Lappam could well be the second wife.

2) Alice Louisa Farr Chr. 26 Feb 1865 (Mar Q 2c/19 Southampton) Holy Trinity, Southampton, cook, d.o. James and Elizabeth Farr 01-134

Alice was the daughter of James Farr, writer and gravier and lived with her parents in 1871. In 1881 she was in service at the home of Alderman Charles Dyett J.P. at Market Place, Romsey Infra, Hamps. By 1891 she was already a cook and working at the Manor House, Horsington, Somerset. She was still single and the cook at Butleigh Court in 1901. She may have married in 1906 (two possibilities)

3) Ernest Charles Martin Farr b. 12 Feb 1885 (Jun Q 5c/445 Yeovil) Limington, gardener, s.o. Charles William and Mary Jane Farr, d. 1980 (Sep Q 23/1199 Taunton Deane)


1) Walter Edwin Farrant Chr. 17 Oct 1875 Lovington, farmer of Higher Hill Farm , s.o. Henry John and Emily Farrant, d. 16 Jul 1931 Bath aged 56

Walter's father was a miller and in 1881 lived at Madey ills, Martock. Walter had farmed Home Farm, Maperton in 1901 and Clapton Farm, Cucklington near Wincanton in 1911. He was buying lambs for his farm in Butleigh in early 1914. Mr. W. E. Farrant gave up farming completely and his complete stock and implements were sold on 20 Mar 1916 [Western Gazette 17 Mar 1916] – and the family left to farm at Warleigh Farm, Bathford.


1) Robert Fathers

Faulkes - Foulkes


1) Susan Fayter b. 28 Mar 1847 Ottery West Hill, Devon, ladies maid, d.o. Thomas Fayter and Elizabeth Jane White, died 19 Mar 1936 91W-117

Susan worked at Wootton House in 1891. Her first appearance in 1861 was as housemaid in Waterloo Road, Lambeth, London. She probably worked in many houses and in 1881 was ladies maid at Calcot House, Tilehurst, Berks. After her time in Butleigh Wootton she returned to London and became housekeeper at 1, Shalton St., Mayfair and Knightsbridge by 1901.


see Vearing


1) Grace Feele [Veal?] married Richard Rolly [Rowley]# of Butleigh in East Pennard on 11 Jan 1730 (Phill.)


1) Grace Felkes married Butleigh 31 Jan 1675 Edward Talbott #


1) Sophia Feltham b. 4 Oct, Chr. 12 Nov 1837 Shepton Mallet, kitchen maid, d.o. John and Fanny Feltham 61W-63

After living in Shepton with her parents in 1841, Sophia aged 13 was a nurse maid at the home of William Barnes in Town Lane, Shepton in 1851. Sophia worked at Wootton House in 1861. Nfi


1) Edwin Fernee b. 1828 Hornsea, Middlesex, butler, died 1889 (Mar Q 1a/167 Fulham) 61-53

Possible connection to the governess at the vicarage in Butleigh in 1861, Elizabeth Viotiler?

The family lived at Road in 1861. Fanny was a British Subject born in Switzerland. In 1851 Edwin had been a waiter living with his parents George and Chrissy Fernee in Islington. The family must have been in Mortlake in the 1870s with three further children born there. In 1881 Fanny, described as the wife of a traveller (absent) lived with their children at 42, Lilian Road, Barnes, Surrey. Edwin Charles, working on the stock exchange, married in 1885 (Mar Q 1a/351 Fulham). His father died in 1889 in Fulham.

In 1891 at 15, Queen Street, Croydon, Fanny, the mother, lived with Florence and a daughter Ann M. (b. 1868 Mortlake), son Joseph (b. 1872 Barnes) and a granddaughter Alice (b. 1890 Croydon). Fanny died in 1897 aged 66. In 1901 Florence, Joseph and Ann lived together at 225, White Horse Lane, Croydon. Joseph was a stockbroker and in 1911, aged 39 lived with his spinster sister Florence (50) at 7, Lincoln Rd, S. Norwood, Croydon.


(Fiddole, Fidsholes, Fidoll, Tidhole)

1) James Fidhole bur. 15 Jul 1757 Butleigh

This person was possibly a child of Richard and Hester but could have been Richard's father?.

2) Richard Fidhole/Tidhole of Dunding (Compton Dundon) bur. 15 Jan 1764 Butleigh

The CW paid Richard 2/- for killing two foxes in 1743/3. In 1752-53 they paid Hester Fiddole for weeding the church path. In 1749 Fidsholes rent paid to Geo. Craft by the OOP. Rent paid 1752. In 1752/3 Jane Chancellor was paid for 'curing' Hester Fidole. 1753 Richard Fidole house rent paid and a payment of 9/- to Mr. Robins for Richard. House rent paid 1754. Rent paid 1755. In 1759 the OOP paid Richard for rent in arrears. In July 1763 the family received ½ bushell wheat and in Jan 1764 4/- in distress. They also gave Hester 1 bushel of wheat in Feb 1764, 4/- in cash, paid for her husband's coffin, for the sexton and shroud and to carry her and her goods (there follows an entry of horse hire to Bristol but since she continues to receive monthly payments she may herself have gone to the Poor House). She received ½ cwt of wood in March 1764. Paid 10/- a month from March 1764 rising to 14/- after her child born – until March 1769. She also received 'math and hoops May '64, delivery of her child and lying in Jun '64, ½ bushel wheat Aug '64, house rent Oct '64, use of Mrs Slade's mare Jan '66. In November 1766 Hester received ½ bushel of wheat and the OOP paid for the burial of her son Samuel.

The payments to Hester next were as follows; 1767 – monthly pay (c. 8/- pm) plus extras in necessity and 'glazing at her vennings', 1768 – monthly pay, 1769 – Jan – March then in May payment 2/- to Hester Fidhole's daughter who was paid to August then nothing. In 1770 – January payment to Hester in distress (3/-). In March to May she was paid for keeping Burton's child. 1771 no payments until July when John Jones paid for keeping Mary Fidhole for 11 days and for lodging James and Mary Fidhole. In August to October payment to Hester Fidhole's child. The children/family seem to have left Butleigh because the next entry is in May 1773 when the OOP paid 'Joh Brooks for bread for Fidholes children when they came from Bristol. In June payment of 3/- made to Hester Fidhole's children. In December 2/- paid to Elizabeth Fidhole and 4/- to her in Jan 1774. In Feb payments to Elizabeth and Fidhole's boy. From March to December payments made to Elizabeth. 1775 – payments every month to Elizabeth, 1776 – January to May payments. In Nov and Dec payments to Betty Fitholl. 1777 – Jan – Dec payments, 1778 Jan – April payments to Betty. 1779 March payment in sickness. Nfi

In 1774/5 house rent was paid for Hester Fidoe (though this may be a mistake – later payments made to Hester Craft)..A payment made to Hester Fidhole (Tidhole) in May 1787 and another in April 1791. She received aid in May 1791

A James and wife Elizabeth Tiddle, paupers, had a child Richard Chr. 11 Oct 1790 at Holy Trinity, Walton – possibly related?


1) Frances Feilde married William Cocks Butleigh 21 Nov 1622 (Dwelly's PR) #

2) William Field b. 1856 Maltby, Yorkshire, coachman, d. 13 Aug, bur. 16 Aug 1927 (Sep Q 5c/403 Wells) Butleigh 01W-142

William was a groom living in the Duke of Portland's Coach House, Woodhouse Hall, Notts in 1881. By 1891 he and Elizabeth had married and lived at 18, Winchester Mews, Hampstead where he was listed as coachman. William and Elizabeth lived in three rooms of Wootton Lodge in 1901. In 1911 William lived at Harepits and was a farmer on his own account. They noted that they had had 3 children, all of whom had died by 1911.


1) John Fielderpaid in 1743-44 for his lead and solder work (CW). In 1747 – 48 his plumbing bill paid.

2) Elizabeth Hamilton Fielden of Church Close, Butleigh fined for obstruction – Taunton Courier 9 Jul 1960 [check]


1) Finlen James Reformer, Orator, activist and Fenian. b. 1829 s.o. 'Patrick Finlen', died - unknown

This is the life of a largely forgotten working-class man who played a part in bringing about the freedoms and rights which are enjoyed by people today but which were absent in his day. His origins are a little obscure but he seems to be the son of an Irish Catholic couple who had migrated to England but who had disappeared or died in his childhood. We know from his own writing that he became a French polisher by trade from the age of 15, probably as an apprentice. He lived with his sister and they appear together on the 1851 census in London lodging with a George Hoppey and his wife. Hoppey was a master French polisher and a Chartist who played an important part in Finlen's family life and who later adopted his daughter. It was almost certainly Hoppey who introduced Finlen to Chartism, which became his principal motivation in life. Finlen was an autodidact with a special talent in communicating with his working class fellows. He could sing, act, had a prodigious memory, was well-read and kept up to date with current national and world affairs, and was a great orator. He brought the message of Chartism to thousands of workers throughout the country, informing them of their rights and giving them aspirations - workers who were largely illiterate or ill-informed.

In 1851, aged 21 he would have qualified as a master French polisher and he took six months out from London to work at Butleigh Court, where I live, in Somerset. On his return he gave more and more time to his political interests which were, fortunately for this study, covered in the few newspapers that were interested in Chartism and reform. In 1852 he was elected by the National Charter Association as a lecturer at 30 shillings per week to tour the country and proselytize their message of reform. His career as a French polisher was largely abandoned as he began his exhausting lecturing tours throughout England, Scotland and Wales., often to gatherings of hundreds or even thousands.

In 1857 he attempted to expand his interests, and probably improve his uncertain income, by becoming involved publishing, editing. and opening bookshops, one in London and two in Glasgow. Unfortunately one of the Glasgow shops burnt down and all these enterprises eventually failed, principally because he was spending too much time lecturing and attending meetings.

In 1858 he moved to Manchester and married a young girl from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, grand-daughter of a Weslyan minister and prominent grocer. They had a son there but Finlen's political ambitions were not succeeding and in 1860 he returned, with his pregnant wife and son to London. He also returned to French polishing which indicates his inability to survive from his income lecturing and his other activity at the time, selling Assurance policies to fellow workers. From 1861 - 66 he pursued his political activities and lecturing on a smaller scale, by which time he had six children and a wife to cater for. By 1866 there was a revival as his work in the Reform League was taking off. He was attending and organising mass protests in Hyde Park and on Clerkenwell Green, and in November he was elected again as a paid lecturer, at £2 per week, for the League. He set off on another tour of the country.

At this point disaster struck. His wife, now 30, was unable to cope with their six children alone, the youngest being just 2 months old, and with no husband helping or in attendance. She was committed to an asylum and never returned to her family, dying in 1883. There was no one to care for the children and Finlen had to pay neighbours to look after them. Finlen was almost penniless - he tells us that the League didn't give him a farthing after January 1867 and in May a local warrant officer went to see the children and reported that they were practically naked and that there was little food in the house. Finlen, far from giving up his political work, became more obsessed with spreading his message and, despite receiving no pay, set off on another tour. He may have become somewhat unbalanced by all the stress and seeing that protest without action was achieving nothing, began a more positive approach. He was becoming more perturbed by other injustices, particularly to the Irish. In May he visited the minister Gathorne Hardy at the Home Office to urge respite for the condemned Fenian Burke.

In October his 2½ year old son Jonathan died and we hear nothing more of the one year old Lincoln Finlen - most likely he had been given up for adoption. Finlen was becoming notorious and this was largely because of his support for the Irish causes, though he himself was not a Fenian member. He held more mass marches and cornered Gathorne Hardy again in his office, trying this time, to save the Manchester Martyrs from being hung. He was unsuccessful, they were hung and the vilified name of Finlen became so toxic that many of the Reformers turned against him, as it seems, did employers of French polishers. Finlen personally organised a mass demonstration as a mock funeral for the Martyrs which gained him even more opprobrium in the Press. His misery was compounded when on December 13th Fenians blew up the prison wall of Clerkenwell Prison, killing several innocent people, in an attempt to free a prisoner. Clerkenwell was where Finlen had lived and despite calling for meetings to protest against the Fenian outrage and having absolutely nothing to do with it he was tarred with having previously supported their cause and the gutter press of the day linked him closely to it. It was all getting too difficult for Finlen and he made it known that he would like to emigrate to America, the land of the Free, though he was still arranging meetings on Clerkenwell Green and tried to carry on as before.

In May 1868 his four remaining children were again taken to the workhouse and languished there for three weeks before Finlen could release them. He had taken work in Kent as a French polisher to earn enough to keep them and payaid for neighbours to supervise them. His sister had kept them some of the time but she also worked for a living and when Finlen hadn't returned or paid her she took them to the workhouse. Finlen had descended into living in a slum by this time.

Finlen lead a delegation to see Gladstone and was received by him in a friendly manner. Finlen supported Gladstone over both Reform and Irish issues - but the opposition used the meeting and Finlen's reputation as a 'Fenian' to cast aspersions on Gladstone. In July Finlen's landlord tried to get him removed from his lodgings [in view of his Fenian leanings as much as rent arrears] and the legal struggle continued until August when Finlen and his children were thrown out and taken to the workhouse again. It was at this time that Finlen wrote his 'Defence of Himself'. Still Finlen continued to try and pursue his fight for justice but in April 1869 he had reached rock bottom - living in a wretched cellar in the wretchedest locality. His children were once again taken into the workhouse. After this Finlen's daughter Mary was taken in by George Hoppey and his wife who then adopted her. In September 1869 a gathering was held to collect funds for Finlen "who has definitely arranged to sail from Liverpool for the New World, on the 12th of October." Not all the money was collected and Finlen didn't go. He appears on the 1871 census with his three sons living in London under a false name 'James James', still calling himself a French polisher.

Apart from a brief appearance in 1879 in Barnsley he disappears completely. George Howell reported meeting him in 1888 living under an assumed name in Lancashire and noting that he was ill in a Warrington Hospital in 1889 - then nothing. Without knowing his assumed name we will probably never know when he died. His son James (born 1858 Manchester) died after a drunken brawl in 1890, His son William (born 1860 Hackney) served an apprenticeship as a tailor then emigrated to Australia in 1885 and has several descendents; son Frank (born circa 1862 London) also eventually emigrated to Australia and died the week before his brother William, without issue. Daughter Mary Caroline (born 1863 Islington) after having her surname changed to Hoppey then Fagg disappears though she may also have emigrated to Australia.

The first Chartist movement ended with its proponents being transported, jailed or persecuted by the government and their ideals only survived into the 1850's due to people such as Finlen keeping them alive. Their work lead to the later creation of the Unions and political reforms. The working class reformers themselves, however, often ended their lives in obscurity, poverty or by emigrating. Finlen met Karl Marx and shared a platform with him but didn't have an Engels to support him nor leave a large written legacy, but he did physically speak to many more people than Marx did and sowed the seeds and ideas that would later flourish after his unknown demise. He deserves to be recognised.

For the completer story and the final tumultuous years of this radical reformer visit JAMES FINLEN Chartist, Reformer, Fenian and working-class hero.


1) John Fish

John paid rates from 1674 – 1678 (OOP) – in 1673 Agnes Middel had been the ratepayer. He also paid rates on South Moor land 1674-7 though the last two years were 'or the occupiers thereof'. Any children and burials fall in the PR gap.

2) George Thomas Fish b. 1860 (Jun Q 5c/687 Clutton) Radstock, s.o. James and Martha Fish 81-101

George visited Frances Hickman at the Laurels in the High Street in 1881 for 'health' reasons. His father was a coal miner and his mother a milliner and dressmaker - they are found together on the 1861 census in Radstock. His father was called a coal-miner bailiff in 1871. No further trace of George.


1) Richard Fisher

A Judith Fisher married a William Woodyer in Pitney on 26 Dec 1659 – both parties came from Somerton and this is very likely the above Judith.

2) Robert Fisher bur. 9 Nov 1658 Butleigh

In Chedzoy a Robert Fisher married Mary Keene on 11 Jul 1640 and they had six children 1641 – 1652 and since neither Robert nor Mary were buried there it seems quite possible that this family moved to Butleigh.

3) Elizabeth Fisher bur. 23 May 1666 Butleigh

4) James Fisher died 1714/5? [probably falls in PR gap]

In the churchwardens accounts for 1712 James is recorded as paying 6s 3d to have Ann Hopkins buried in the church and in the Overseers accounts 1 shilling was paid for him to be carried to Somerton. In 1713 he was joint ratepayer with William Fisherhis son? William Fisher was paying the rates alone from 1715 -1726 to be followed in 1727 by Hester and Elizabeth Fisher. In 1730 Hester was paying the rate jointly with Elizabeth CureElizabeth had married Robert Cure # in Somerton 6 Jan 1731. This arrangement continued to 1740 when just Hester's name appeared and in 1741 it was Hester Fisher & Cure. Hesther continued to pay the rates until 1758. In 1720 a Doctor Fisher treated John Looke (OOP)– possibly William but more probably just a doctor elsewhere [several Fishers in Somerton].

5) Elizabeth Fisher of Butleigh married William Pitman in Chedzoy on 9 May 1771 #

There is no further evidence but an Elizabeth Fisher [no parental details given] was Chr. 9 May 1743 Somerton.

6) Horace Fisher [b. 1888?] Chesham, Bucks, butler [d. 1966 (Dec Q 7c/256 Wells)

In 1901 Eveline lived with her parents and four siblings at Solomons Temple, Baltonsborough.


1) Albert Fishpool b. 1884 (Sep Q 6a/267 Newent) Taynton, Gloucester, footman, s.o. William and Mary Fishpool 01-134

Albert was in service at Butleigh Court in 1901. In 1891 he had lived with his parents at Taynton Villa, Taynton, Forest of Dean, Glos. His father was a gardener.


1) Thomas Flack b. 1809, bur. 12 Aug 1830 Butleigh aged 21

Not a common name in Somerset – the only families bearing it in 1841 and 1851 lived in Bath or Bedminster. Thomas may have been in service in Butleigh. A servant Flack family recorded baptisms in Bath from 1814.


1) James Fletcher mason b. 1790 Compton [the James Flatcher Chr. 23 Nov 1788 Compton Dundon s.o. Joseph and Ann Flatcher]

In 1841 the family lived in Coombe Down, Lyncombe & Widcombe. Only James and Willliam of the above children were still with them plus a younger Jacob, Joseph and a Sarah. In 1851 this couple lived in Quarry Cottage, Lyncombe & Widcombe, Bath. Sarah was probably a Higgins in view of son William's middle name. A James Fletcher married to a Sarah Higgins had sons Jacob and Isaac Chr. 12 Jul 1830 Weslyan, Midsomer Norton.

A James Flatcher married an Ann Urch at Banwell on 25 Mar 1809 – possibly the Compton Dundon 1788 James – but maybe they separated and hence no marriage found for Sarah?


1) Mr. Fflower – paid by the CW for three bell ropes in 1743-44 (15/-).


1) Jane Foghill of Butleigh married William Rogers in Charlton Mackrell on 5 Mar 1738 (Phill.) Surname actually Taghill (viz), Toghill or Tagwell


1) Grace Folkes married Butleigh 31 Jan 1675 Edward Talbott #

This surname could be a miss-spelling of Foulkes or even Fox but no Grace traced so far.


1) Hannah Folley b. 1783 Charlton Mackrell, nurse, bur. 6 Feb 1865 (Mar Q 5c/473 Wells - Foley) Butleigh 61-57

Hannah appears in the High Street in 1861 as a retired nurse and widow - looking after the 'imbecile' Emma Eades. She died in the Wells Union Workhouse. Possibly Hannah James Chr. 25 Mar 1785 Charlton Mackrell d.o. George and Mary James?


1) Mr. William John Foot b. 19 May 1897 (Sep Q 5c/505 Wincanton), died East Lydford, bur. 15 Jan 1974 (Mar Q 7c/1254 Taunton) Butleigh

This person was listed at Holman's Farm in Kelly's Directories of 1935 and 1939, and probably immediately followed Stanley Adams there who left in 1933. He paid the rate of £12 per year at the time of the Feb. 1947 estate sale for 98 Butleigh [Lot 24 part]. He had estate water supplied. He also rented [and probably sub-let] No. 41 Butleigh at £13 per annum – water obtained from a well. His main property was Holmans Farm which he rented at £170 per annum. Dorothy died there aged 60. During the War the couple took in evacuee Norman Hanson. For picture see p. 129 “Somerset Voices”.


(Fword, Furde etc. Vord)

1) Edward Forde married Butleigh 17 May 1641 Rachell Cradocke #

2) Samuel Ford bur. 9 Nov 1806 Butleigh

A Samuel Ford married an Elizabeth Oldman in Milborne Port on 24 Sep 1752.

Samuel (and family) had his rent paid from 1771/2 – 1778/9.(OOP). He received OOP assistance in Feb and March 1769 with 'smallpox'. In Dec 1771 and Jan/Feb 1772 he received assistance in his distress. In Dec '72 he received a bushel of wheat and a bushel of barley in Feb '74. In March '74 he was given wheat.

In April 1774 the OOP paid for a coffin for Samuel Ford's boy. Family received 1½ bushel of wheat in May 1774. In Sep 1774 Samuel received aid during his child's sickness and in October during the family's distress. In March 1775 he received another bushel of barley. June 1775 paid again. OOP paid for his wife's 'lying in' during Nov 1775 and more regular OOP assistance given from then on to 1776. Occasional payments made in 1776/77 then in Nov 1777 payment to his wife in sickness and 'deliverin Betty Fword'. Periodic payments to Samuel in distress thereafter. Samuel's children received linsey 'capbeapes' in March 1780. In August 1780 a shift was bought for his child and in the same month a coffin. In Jan 1782 the OOP clothed Samuel and his family.

Last mention for some while of aid to Samuel is in Mar 1782. House rent paid to William Hodges for Samuel Ford in 1782, 1783 and 1784 but not 1785.. In Sep 1785 Mary Roley was paid for attending Samuel Foard's wife. Samuel Ford received aid in Feb, April 1795, May 1800, Dec 1802. His rent paid 1803, 1804, 1805 and 1806. The OOP paid for his coffin in Dec 1806. In 1807 the rent was paid for Betty Ford and every year up to 1810. In Feb 1810 the OOP paid for her coffin.

Mary F/Vord was paid in April 1793 for attending on Betty Lye. In Jun '93 she was paid for 6 weeks attending George Withers' wife and three weeks in July [name resembles Nord = Vord]. Mary was paid for two weeks attending Higgins wife (OOP). In Jan 1834 she received 3/- in assistance and was on monthly pay from the OOP thereafter. In Feb 1834 the OOP paid for her carriage to Somerton (by Joseph Grant) to be examined. In 1841 Mary Ford (70) appeared in Barton Stone and was still there in 1851 when she was on Parish Relief and lodged with William Pyke. Mary Ford died in 1851.

4) Ann Ford

In June 1812 Ann Ford was paid for ointment and journeys to Riddick's child. Paid again in Sept 1812.

5) John Ford b. 1791 Wells, farmer and inn keeper, d. 12 May, bur. 17 May 1862 (Jun Q 5c/397 Wells) Butleigh 41-12, 51-30, 61-53

John Ford first appears in Butleigh on 3 Apr 1820 when he and Mary Reynolds witnessed the marriage of her sister Sarah and he appears again on 11 Oct 1831 when he and Ann Higgins witnessed the marriage of her brother John Higgins.

John Ford was the Publican of the "New Inn", the present "Rose & Portcullis". In 1841 called a farmer, he lived with his wife Ann and first three children. In 1851 his premises was called the "New Inn" and besides Eliza and William he had Samuel F. (7), Elizabeth H. (5) and visitor William Higgins (70) widower (his father-in-law) living with him.

Susan began a life of 'service' and in 1851 was a scullery maid at 35, Eaton Place, Belgrave, Middlesex (home of Samuel Jarvis). She never married and appeared in 1881 visiting her sister Elizabeth Weaver at the Lodge, Farmborough where her brother-in-law was a butcher, and she was still there in 1891 (see below).

William John died aged 15 in 1855. In 1861 John and his wife Ann lived with son Samuel (18) and daughter Elizabeth (15) plus niece Mary A. Higgins.

John Ford died in 1862 and his daughter Elizabeth married John Weaver and they went to live in Farmborough, where he was a butcher. Elizabeth's mother Ann lived with them there until 1871 but died there, in Farmborough, the same year but was then buried in Butleigh. # In 1911 the widowed Elizabeth lived at Weavers Barton, Farmborough with her daughter Ethel (23). In the Western Gazette 30 Mar 1866 the licence of the New Inn was transferred from Ann Ford to James Weaver. #

Eliza Ann is probably the person who died in 1874 aged 37 (Mar Q 5c/416 Shepton Mallet).

Samuel, a carpenter, was found lodging at 32, Markham St., Chelsea in 1871. He lodged in St. George's, Hanover Square, London as a carpenter in 1881 but must have married Mary Jane from West Coker soon after, since their first child Ada was born in 1882 (in Bristol). In 1891 they lived at 1, Beal Villas, Upton St. Leonard, Glos. where Samuel had become a furniture packer.

6) George Ford Chr. 3 Oct 1830 Somerton, labourer, s.o. Abraham and Ann Ford, died in 1900 (Mar Q 5c/416 Wells) 51-29, 61-57

George Ford and Thomas Oldis had lodged together in 1851 at Butleigh Hill Farm. George married Mary Oldis, Thomas's sister in 1856. In 1861 George and son William lodged with George's mother-in-law Mary Oldis in the High Street. Mary was with their other two children in Barton Road on census night.

In 1871 they were at Stoppers Lane, Wells where they had five children born in Coxley in addition to those above (and George and Mary's ages out by nearly 10 years!). By 1881 they lived in Colliery Wick, Wells. George was a labourer and Sarah, their daughter was an unemployed servant living with them. In 1891 they lived at Coxley with just a daughter Alice (15). George died in 1900. In 1901 Mary lived with her son Henry (30) a boot maker, in Coxley.

William Ford became a cordwainer and in 1871 was living with his uncle James Oldis and wife Mary Ann at 25, Regent Terrace, St. Philip, Bristol. He then became a Bootmaker and by 1881 lived with his new wife Ellen in Goswell Lane, Street. Sarah married John Thomas Hill (b. 1863 Bristol) in (1887 Mar Q 6a/121 Barton Regis) and they lived in Bristol. In 1911, widowed, Sarah lived with 2 of her 4 surviving (of 6) children at 35, Byron St., Redfield, Bristol.

Albert was a coachbuilders apprentice in 1871 (in Wells) but a bricklayer in Stapleton, Gloucs., in 1881 (married 17 May 1880 Bristol to Mary Ann Batt) and then a mason in Penarth, Wales in 1901 where they had six children. In 1911 at 18, Shropshire Place, Penarth with four children. Albert died in 1930 of Strichnine poisoning.

7) Mary Ford b. 1786 Coxley 51W-39

Mary was a widow and Parish pauper lodging with Charles Davis at 'Old Farm' Wootton in 1851.# She is the Mary of Butleigh buried 14 Jun 1852 (Jun Q 5c/422 Wells) Coxley aged 67.

8) William Thomas Ford b. 1868 (Mar Q 5c/594 Wells) West Pennard, Chr. 8 Mar 1868 Butleigh, labourer, s.o. Job and Priscilla (nee Higgins) Ford 91W-117 #

In 1881 William was still living with his parents in West Bradley. He married Sarah in 1889. In 1891 William and family lived at No. 13, Butleigh Wootton but by 1901 the family had moved to 52, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. Irene had died in 1900 aged 4. Annie married Melbourne Simpson Holly, s.o. Elizabeth Russell # and George Simpson Holly. In 1911 William and Sarah lived at 61, Chilkwell St., Glastonbury with five of their six surviving children (two born in Glastonbury, Winifred and Kathleen). Grandparents Priscilla and Job still lived in Woodlands, West Pennard in 1911 with a son Ernest Charles (b. 1888 W. Pennard).

9) Eli Ford b. 1877 (Sep Q 5c/528 Wells) West Pennard, farm labourer, s.o. Job and Priscilla Ford, d. 30 Apr, bur. 5 May 1954 Butleigh

In 1911 the family lived in 3 rooms at 53 Butleigh with Jane Davis mother-in-law (b. 1842 Wells). Eli was the brother of William (No. 8) and worked at Bridge Farm. Eli died at 50, Butleigh and his wife at Kingweston.


1) Elizabeth Forest d.o. Elizabeth of Isabella Forest

PR has 'born Wootton, in the house of Thomas Ludloe'.


1) Roger Forte

C 3/224/81 Short title: Forte v Hancock. Plaintiffs: Roger Forte and others. Defendants: Joan Hancock and others. Subject: property in Compton Dundon, Butleigh, Weeke, Parham,etc, Somerset. Document type: bill only. 1591


1) Hugh Fortescue 1st Earl Fortescue b. 12 Mar 1753, d. 12 Mar 1841 s.o. 2nst Baron Fortescue, Matthew Fortescue and Anne Campbell

DD/S/BT/16/4/9 1] William Ryall of Butleigh 2] Revd. George Neville Grenville of Butleigh 3] Hugh, Earl Fortescue of Castle hill, Devon and son George 4] Henry Karslake of St James's, Westminster Assignment of term in Norwood Park farm, Glastonbury. 1835

DD/S/BT/16/4/7-8 1] Revd. George Neville Grenville of Butleigh 2] Hugh, Earl Fortescue of Castle hill, Devon and son George Mortgage of Norwood Park farm (60a), Cutlers Close (8a), chief rent of Justins, 40a and plots 17-18, 548-64 and 682 in Heathmoor, Glastonbury. 1835

DD/S/BT/13/3/35 1] Revd. Francis Lunn of Butleigh 2] Revd. George Neville Grenville of Butleigh 3] Hugh, Earl Fortescue of Castle hill, Devon and son George 4] Henry Karslake of St. James's, Westminster Assignment of terms in trust to attend the inheritance of Whites farmhouse and land in Butleigh as further mortgage, with schedule of lands. 1838

DD/S/BT/13/3/34 – 41 various documents relating to Whites farmhouse and other properties in Butleigh Hugh Earl Fortescue and Revd. George Neville-Grenville 1838

1a) George Matthew Fortescue of Boconnoc and Dropmore b. 21 May 1791, d. 24 Jan 1877 P

The Boconnoc estate near Lostwithiel was purchased by Thomas Pitt with the proceeds of the Pitt Diamond which was sold to the Regent of France and ended up in the hilt of Napoleon's sword. Pitts grandson was the Prime Minister William Pitt and the estate bequeathed to George by his Aunt Lady Grenville shortly after his marriage. He inherited Dropmore in 1864.

Louisa made a large number of watercolours and sketches before her marriage to William Westby Moore on June 25th 1863 and her early death nine months later. She was her parent's first child and often called 'Annie' after Lady Anna Grenville - her father's aunt [daughter of Thomas Pitt, 1st Lord Camelford] and wife of Lord Grenville of Dropmore, Foreign Secretary in William Pitt's administration. In July 1855 she stayed at the newly built Butleigh Court and made a sketch of the entrance Hall, which is now in the Hampshire Record Office. [reference 115M88/D10/17 1855] In 1851 she lived with her parents at Boconnoc Mansion, Boconnoc, Cornwall which her father had inherited from his aunt Lady Anna Grenville. She married William Westby Moore and they had a daughter Constance.

DD/S/BT/25/12/16 Order in Neville v. Fortescue declaring Thomas Grenville entitled to receive proceeds of funds in specie. 1848

DD/S/BT/25/13/32 Letter concerning Fortescue Trust 1848

DD/S/BT/25/13/13 Letter concerning Lady Fortescue's estate 1848

DD/S/BT/16/4/10 1] George Fortescue of Boconnoc, Cornwall 2] Revd. George Neville Grenville of Butleigh Reconveyance of Norwood Park farm, Cutlers Close (8a), chief rent of Justins, and land in Heathmoor, Glastonbury 1849.


1) Aaron Foster b. 1764 Wells, vicar, s.o. Aaron and Ann (nee Slade) Foster, d. 26 Nov 1851 Kingston aged 88

Aaron was the officiating minister at several burials in Butleigh in December 1829. Before 1828 he was vicar of Winscombe and in 1828 he became the incumbent at Mudford near Yeovil. At his marriage his address was 'The Close, Wells' and still vicar at Mudford. In 1841 he was the vicar of Kingston, Taunton living with his wife 'Elizabeth'. In 1851 they were still there with their daughter Elizabeth Ward (40) a clergyman's wife.

2) William George Foster b. 26 Jul, Chr. 14 Aug 1887 (Sep Q 5c/504 Wells) Butleigh, s.o. George and Mary Anne Foster

Aged three, William was staying in 1891 with his uncle William Heal (57) U.S.A. Army pensioner and wife Amelia in Cinammon Lane, Glastonbury. In 1901 they were still together, at Cinnamon Lane and William was working as a servant. In 1911 William was a labourer living at Landore near Swansea with his wife Alma Elsie Hancock (b. 1890 Swansea) who he had married in 1910 (Jun Q 11a/1395 Swansea). Alma died 1969 (Jun Q 8b/3255 Swansea)



1) Henry Drury Foulkes b. 1 Sep 1871 (Sep Q 1a/68 Kensington) Kensington, d. 17 Aug, bur. 21 Aug 1958 (Sep Q 7c/207 Wells) Butleigh

In 1881 Henry appears at 13, Radnor Place, Paddington with other scholars and two governesses. He scored top marks in his class at Sandhurst Examinations in 1890 – the only pupil sent up. In 1892 he was at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Henry was a Lieut Col. In the R.A. He was commissioned Lieutenant on 22 July 1895. Author of “Angass Manual: grammar and vocabulary” 1915. Aged 30 he had played a cricket match for the 'Indian Gentlemen' team. Brother of Maj Gen Charles Howard Foulkes, RE, CB, CMG, DSO (1875-1968). He died at 8, Butleigh Wootton.


1) George Henry Fowen Chr. 8 Jan 1845 (Mar Q 10/537 Wells - Fowell) Glastonbury St. John, labourer, s.o. Henry and Matilda Fowen, d. 1908 (Jun Q 5c/257 Wincanton) 71-82

George is given mother Matilda at baptism and address North Load Street. Henry Foen had married Matilda Court on 8 Aug 1842 Glastonbury St. John. Henry's father was labourer George Foen and Matilda's father butcher Matthias Court.

A George Fowen, born Glastonbury, had appeared in Wells workhouse in 1861 with widow Catherine (b. 1803) and brother Stephen [possibly a different George]. George married Emily Blacker from Butleigh in 1865.

In New Road in 1871 George Fowen (26) lived with his wife Emily (28), children Frances, Henry and Sidney Charles.

In 1881 the family were recorded in Land Pitts, Charlton Mackrell but a daughter Alice was b. 1873 in Barton St. David and a son Robert in 1875 in Butleigh, showing that the move to Charlton took place after the last event. The family lived in various places but most members later died or married in Wincanton.

Francis married widower Frederick Hamblin in 1889 (Sep Q 5c/691 Wincanton) and in 1891 they lived at Hadspen, Pitcombe. They were visited by Henry there [Hone!]. In 1901 they lived in France House, Castle Cary with five children plus Robert Fowen and his wife Matilda. In 1911 Frances and Frederick (a labourer) lived at Western Bampfyle, Sparkford with their four sons, their only daughter was in service elsewhere.

In 1891 George and Emily appeared with Alice and Robert at Cary Hill Road, Ansford [Fowers]. By 1901 George and Emily were reduced to living in two rooms in Cumnock Road, Castle Cary [Fowle]. Emily Fowen died in 1909 aged 64. Alice married George Greatwood in 1897 (Jun Q 5c.815 Wincanton) and lived in New Road Cottages in Castle Cary by 1901. In 1901 Robert Fowen and his wife Matilda B. [Clements] (b. 1882 Charlton Adam) lived in France House, Castle Cary with their brother-in-law Fred Hamblin. Robert was a farm labourer and Matilda a flax spreader in a factory. [the only marriage for Robert is in Wincanton in 1901 – but not to Matilda!].


1) Joanna Fowler? Widow bur. 4 Jul 1605 Butleigh

2) Albert William C. 'Bert' Fowler b. 1914 (Dec Q 5c/687 Wells), s.o. Cecil W. and Grace A. (nee Maddams) Fowler, d. 7 Jul 2007 Yeovil

Initially this couple lived at 11, High Street for about 30 years then settled at St James' Cottage, 44 St. James' Square in 1990 where they still lived at the millennium. Their children attended local schools.

Fowlessee Vowles


1) William Foxe

A Richard Chr. 30 Jan 1606 West Pennard s.o. William Fox could be related but there are other possible William Foxes.

2) Joanna Foxe d.o. Thomas Foxe of Selwolly bur. 5 Jun 1604 Butleigh


3) Catherine Fox married Butleigh 11 Apr 1745 John Austin #

4) Jane Fox b. 1826 Trowbridge, Wilts., laundry maid 51-30

Jane was laundry maid at the Vicarage in 1851. A Jane Fox b. 1829 Bath married William Talbot in Butleigh 23 Dec 1852 (Dec Q 5c/1058 Wells) and this could be her. #

5) Joseph Fox Chr. 30 Aug 1835 Compton Dundon, farmer, s.o. William and Johanna Fox 91W-116

Joseph's father was a sexton when he married the 22 year old Anna Merriot of Dundon Hayes, Anna being a servant at the time. In 1871 the couple lived in Compton Dundon with both their children. In 1881 Joseph and Annice were servants at Heale, Curry Rivel while Sarah was housemaid there. Annie had left and may be the girl who died aged 20 in 1882 (Mar Q 5c/376 Wells). The 1889 Kelly's Directory lists Joseph as a farmer in Butleigh. In 1891 the family lived at 'Looks Farm', Butleigh Wootton. They are listed in Butleigh Wootton as farmers in the 1897 Kelly's Directory. The three were still together in 1901 when they lived at Yeovil Marsh and Joseph was a cattleman, Annice a dairy and poultry woman and Sarah a dressmaker.


1) Richard Frampton Chr. 5 Oct 1708 Walton, s.o. Richard and Sarah (nee Chick) Frampton

Richard was paid by the OOP in March 1738 for 'curing' Sarah Martin's bad leg. Richard was the father of Giles Chr. 21 Apr 1756, who married Sarah White on 25 Dec 1780, Walton, parents of the next. In 1741 Richard was paid again for curing Sarah Martin's leg.

2) Giles Frampton Chr. 7 Aug 1796 Walton, s.o. Giles and Sarah (nee White) Frampton, died 22 Oct 1834 Walton

William and Giles Frampton began occupying and farming land at Sedgemoor ground in 1814 (property of James Rocke and James Castle). The former property was also farmed by 'Farmer Crossman'. They farmed together until 1816 and then Giles farmed alone. From 1819 until post 1827 the farmer called simply Mr. Frampton and could be William next.(record ends there)

Martha was a widow in 1841 when living with Kezia who then married William Crossman in Walton. Frederick and Sophia were working as servants at the home of Joseph White in Butleigh Wootton in 1841. Frederick emigrated to Tasmania from London on 5th Nov 1841 on the vessel the 'Indian' which also carried William Isaac Andoe from Butleigh and arrived on 6 Apr 1842, the week after the 'Arab' containing Uriah Williams' family from Butleigh. and worked near Longford for 10 years then with James Hingston (brother-in-law) and John Cruse joined the goldrush at Sandhurst, afterwards named Bendigo. They were fairly successful, and after four months decided to return to Tasmania, on the SS City of Melbourne.
In Bass Strait the ship was caught in a storm and wrecked on King Island, on August 7, 1852. All the passengers and crew, 250 in all, reached the shore safely. The mate and two sailors volunteered to row a whaleboat to Stanley in an endeavour to procure a ship. It was six weeks before the shipwrecked people were back in Tasmania.
Frederick then rented land at Buttley Hill near Cressy. In 1856 he came to the Leven, as Ulverstone was called and purchased 640 acres of bushland at five pounds per acre from Alexander Clarke. Later, when the Gawler - North Motton road was surveyed, he purchased a further 26 acres for a frontage on the road. He had married Elizabeth Jane Hingston on 12 Jun 1850 at Wesleyan Chapel, Longford, Tasmania (died 20 May 1913) and they had three sons and four daughters.

Sophia married John Crossman in Walton on 8 Jun 1848 and they emigrated to Australia arriving on 7 Sep 1851 – they had 13 children. Joseph White was Martha's brother-in-law but when his wife Hannah died he married her sister, Martha.

3) William Frampton Walton? [the William bur. 27 Oct 1862 Walton aged 87?]

William farmed with Giles Frampton at Sedgemoor from 1814 – 1816. In the rate assessment of 1827 he paid on the South side of the Common. Possibly therefore the 'Mr. Frampton' farming on Sedgemoor Common. In 1856 a part of the Butleigh Allotment in King Sedgemoor was described as 'in the occupation of Mr. Elihu Frampton of Walton' [the Elias next?].

4) Joseph Frampton Walton

Joseph farmed commons on Sedgemoor Ground from 1797 on land owned by Jarman until 1803. In 1850 an Elias Frampton was a tenant on land on the Kings Sedgemoor. [Elias Chr. 26 May 1806 Walton s.o. Giles and Sarah Frampton? Brother of the Giles (2)]

5) Uriah F. Frampton Chr. 29 Jul 1860 (Sep Q 5c/572 Wells) Walton, Street, butcher, s.o. Joseph and Ellen Frampton 91-121

In 1871 Uriah had lived with his parents in Street where his father farmed 90 acres. By 1881 his father had moved to Church Farm, Barton St. David where he farmed 200 acres. Uriah married in 1886. Mary Pike was the daughter of James Pike, butcher and grocer of West Lydford (1881). Uriah lived at 39, Water Lane in 1891 and by profession was a butcher too. In the Western Gazette 25 Sep 1891 Mrs. Frampton advertised for a 'nurse girls' wanted at once – fond of children. In the Western Gazette 20 November 1891 there was a notice that Uriah Frampton was leaving the neighbourhood and that on the 21st Nov all live and dead stock, hay, feed, butchering plant, roots and furniture etc. would be auctioned off at Sycamore Place, Butleigh by Mr. Dan Knight. The Huddersfield Chronicle 22 Apr 1893 carried notice of Uriah, of Keinton Mandeville, being declared bankrupt.

By 1901 Uriah was a butcher in the High Street Keinton Mandeville where two more children were born, Doris in 1896 and Reginald in 1898. Gladys married Albert Henry Brain in 1910 (Sep Q 5c/689 Langport) and in 1911 lived at Coombe Farm, Barton St. David with Albert's widowed mother. Gladys is recorded as having had a child but it had died.


1) Annie Francisjointly paid rates on South Moor land 1683-85 with Thomas Randell (OOP)

2) John France

John France appears in Jan 1809 OOP accounts when Joseph Dauncey kept him and brought him before the justice. In distress he received 15/- from the OOP in Jan 1811. In Feb 1811 John Francis and family received assistance and in March, April, May. On 23rd April J. Baines bill was paid by the OOP for attending John Francis' trial. £4 10s was paid to redeem Francis' goods.

In Jan 1813 Ann Frances paid by the OOP for attending her mother. In April 1814 the OOP account records that F. Bowring paid 12/- on account of Francis. In Jan 1815 is 'paid Mr. Welch's bill for Francis trial at Wells sessions which was omitted …...in Aug 1814'.

3) Samuel Frances b. 1823 Charlton Adam, stone mason, son of Lucy Francis 51-23

Samuel lived with his widowed mother Lucy in Charlton Mackrell in 1841. He lodged at Parsonage House in 1851 and was probably engaged on the building at Butleigh Court. He was married shortly after, to Mary Ann from Stoke Newington and by 1861 lived at 1, Southampton Street, Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, London. He was still a mason in 1891 when he and Mary Ann lived at 61 Christopher Buildings, Marylebone, London.

4) Thomas William Francis Farm Bailiff, Butleigh b. 3 Mar 1893 (Jun Q 5c/491 Wells) Meare, s.o. George and Catherine Emily Francis, d. 1971 (Jun Q 7c/1304 Wells)

Identified his brother George Francis (49, b. 1878) a fishmonger of Woodlands, West Pennard who was driving a trap when run over by a three-ton lorry on Northwood Railway Bridge. George, a teetotaller, was killed instantly as was his pony which had been startled and crossed in front of the lorry. [Western Daily Press 29 Oct 1926]

5) Leslie Ronald Francis b. 10 Apr 1913 (Jun Q 5c/698 Shepton Mallet), grocer, s.o. Ernest Frederick Francis, d. 26 Apr 1998 (Apr 7263A/A08/153/498 Yeovil) Butleigh

Mrs. Francis paid £6 10s 0d per year rent on No.s 33, 34 Butleigh (one house) in Feb 1947 at the time of the Estate sale. Water was supplied by the estate. Ivor was still living at the house called “White Lawns, Barton Road, at the millennium and still there in 2011. The Francises bought White Lawn from the baker Classey family who themselves had acquired it in payment of a 'bread debt'!


1) John Ffrench married Butleigh 30? Jun 1595 Thomazina Look

2) Mr & Mrs. Paul French quality assessor

This couple lived at 25, High Street at the Millennium. Nfi – rented? In 2008 an application to fell trees at the address was in the name of M. G. Vearncombe, Houndwood Lodge, Water Lane, Butleigh.


1) Joanna Ffreyday married Butleigh 6 Nov 1589 Robert Chapell #


1) Beryl Emmeline Friend b. 29 Aug 1885 Shortlands, Kent, d.o. Frederick Friend, d. 1979 (Mar Q 30/0053 Clun, Shropshire) 01-134 P

Beryl had lived with her widowed father at Woolett Hall, North Cray, Kent in 1891. Her father was an export merchant. She was a pupil boarding at the Vicarage in 1901 and the 'B. Friend' who played 'Gundred' in the Butleigh Revel of 1906. By then she was a teacher taking English and History classes alongside Mary Berkeley. She never married. She is mentioned in the Bath Chronicle 21 Aug 1902 (Seniors third class honours) and on 20 Aug 1903 amongst recipients of examination certificates – English Class 3 – Beryl E. Friend, Butleigh Vicarage House School.



1) James Frigger [Fricker] sojourner [Chr. 2 May 1733 Brean, s.o. Stephen and Elizabeth Fricker?]

At his baptism the place of abode of his parents given as Butleigh. Nfi – A Grace Fouracre was bur. 20 Aug 1784 Wellington from the Workhouse.


1) Robert de Fromona rector of Butleigh Church circa 1315 [Western Gazette 20 Jun 1890]


1) Isaac Frost

In Ilminster a Sarah d.o. Isaac Frost was buried 26 Aug 1747 and a daughter Mary buried 8 Mar 1767 – would suggest that the link with the next may be correct.

1a) James Frost of Ilminster


1) Richard Fry? Married Butleigh 24 Oct 1608 Maria Seymer Chr. 23 May 1586 Butleigh d.o. John and Alice Seymer #

A Richard Frye had a son John Chr. 6 May 1610 Street. Possibly the same Richard bur. 31 May 1629 Street. Link to the Mary below? A gap exists in the Street registers 1610 – 1621 [i.e. no Dorothy]

John Jacklett and Dorothy Frie marr. 27 May 1641. (Mary Frye of Street widow. Will dated 10 March 1650 . To the parish church of Street 3s. 4d., and to the poor 3s. 4d. Son William Frye. Grandchild Mary Jacklett £20. GrandsonsThomas and John Jacklett 40s. each. A chattle lease of 1 acre 1 rood Meadow in Wottons Mead in Butleigh parish for 2000 years to daughter Mary Jackett during her widowhood, then to her son John JacklettMary Masters 1s. Elizabeth White 1s. A lease of two acres of wood in Butleigh from Robert Hebditch for a great number of years, for the same purpose. Residuary legatee and executor daughter Dorothy Jacklett. Proved 10 Jan 1660. [SPRp.14] Jewers Notes 33

2) Margery Fry bur. 9 Mar 1655 Butleigh

3) William Fry (poss. misreading John) [a William was Chr. 24 Jan 1606 Street s.o. William Fry]

Margaret had had an illegitimate child Agnes Chr. 18 Jan 1629 Butleigh. No Street baptisms in the name of Fry post 1639.

4) Philip[pa?] Frye married Butleigh 5 Jun 1662 Robert Simson

5) Mr. Fryno forename given – paid rates in 1673-5, the last two being 'or occupiers thereof'. (OOP)

6) Mrs. Fry

In 1785/6 OOP paid her bill for shop goods. In 1786/7 Mirse Fry's bills were paid by the OOP. In Oct 1789 Mrs. Fry's bill for clothing paid. Sep 1792 her bill paid again.

7) John Fry b. 1790, bur. 14 Apr 1845 (Jun Q 10/353 Wells) Butleigh

John received assistance and had a bed, bed tick, mat and bolsters made for him in Feb 1816. (OOP) He was examined at Somerton to identify his parish and 'settlement'. In March 1816 Robert Pike's wife was paid for looking after him for three weeks [and several times thereafter + Martha Airey's bill in March]. In Oct 1816 he was noted as having 'no work'. He received aid from then on and various items such as shoes, bolsters. He was often 'ill and in July 1820 was several times taken to a doctor in Yeovil over four consecutive months. He received rent from the OOP in 1820, 1821, 1825 and 1827. In April 1824 his goods were moved by Robert Stickfold and in July he was bought a smock and taken to Bath Hospital. He was constantly 'ill' or out of work thereafter, sometimes needing attending. In Aug 1828 he was taken to Bridgwater Hospital. The OOP paid for him there further in October and then Feb 1829. Despite years of no work in June 1830 John was paid for helping John Lucas dig a drain at Sealy's Row (Poor house) and a further two days work in July. John died in Wells Union Workhouse.

8) Tom Bailey Fry Labourer

Betty had an illegitimate child [Sarah Ann Eastment] born in Butleigh in 1828. No Tom appears in the Overseers or other accounts in Butleigh but the above John Fry appears from 1828 to 1835 (when he was given assistance for having no work) – he was from Bridgwater.

9) Mary Fry b. 1800, bur. 29 Apr 1828 Butleigh

This was possibly Tom Bailey Fry's first wife?

10) George Fry Chr. 27 Feb 1784 Cossington s.o. William and Rachel Fry

James appeared in 1841, called yeoman, with his sisters Rachel and Elizabeth boarding with an Elizabeth Wilmott (45) farmer, in Cossington, his birthplace. He occupied Moorhouse Farm in 1851 as James Fry (30) farming 183 acres with his two sisters, employing 5 men and 3 boys. On the census their birthplaces were given as Ashington. It seems likely that he is the James Fry who died in 1875 (Sep Q 5c/334 Wells) though he may well be the James Fry who emigrated to Australia [Western Gazette, 31 Aug 1888]. The latter was a one-time tenant farmer of Butleigh who emigrated to Australia and became a very rich farmer there. In 1888 the Melbourne Journal of Commerce published a balance sheet of James Fry & Co. with a capital value of over £200,000.

The Wells Journal 21 Jan 1865 reported the sale of 194 acres of grass at Blagrove Farm with other produce, waggons, horses etc., 'as Mr. J. H. Fry is leaving the farm'. The farm was then offered to let from Lady Day 1865. Elizabeth Fry married Job White in 1853 (Jun Q 5c/721 Bridgwater), she died 1884 (Mar Q 5c/388 Wells). #

11) Charles [Samuel '1871'] Fry b. 1821 Weston Super Mare, saddler, s.o. John Fry (Naval Captain), died 1904 (Mar Q 5c/352 Wells)

Charlotte Knight had lived in Butleigh Wootton with her father George in 1841 and married Samuel Fry in 1844. In 1851 the family lived in the High Street, Street, and in 1861 in East Lane, Street. In 1871 the parents lived at East Street, Street and son Alfred and his new wife Elizabeth Chard (b. 1847 Crewkerne) [married 1871 Mar Q 5c/631 Chard] lived with them. Charles and Charlotte had a granddaughter Adele (b. 1875 Butleigh) living with them in 1881 when they lived at Somerton Road, Street. In 1891 they lived alone at 20, Somerton Road, Street, but next door to Harry Fry, saddler (b. 1855 Street).

By 1881 Alfred, a boot & shoe maker, and Elizabeth had moved to Hogshill Street, Beamister, Dorset and had five children. In 1891 they ran the 'Public Benefit Boot shop' in Gawlers Court, Chard. By 1901 Alfred was a hotel proprietor living at 37, St. James Parade, Walcot, Bath with four children. In 1911 Alfred and Elizabeth had retired and lived with a daughter and two grandchildren at 35, Livingstone Rd., Bath. They had had 8 children of which 7 were still living in 1911.

Mary Sophia was in service at the Vicarage in 1871. By 1881 she was a lodging house keeper at 32, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Glos. Nfi.

12) Mary Denning Fry b. 1859 (Mar Q 5b/425 Tiverton) Cullompton, Devon, schoolmistress, d.o. Robert and Ann Fry 81-100

Mary boarded in 1881 with Joseph Hoddinott at Higher Rockes Farm in the High Street. In 1861 and 1871 she had lived with her parents in Collumpton where her father was a painter and glazier. Mary married in 1892 (Sep Q 5b/721 Tiverton).

13) Fanny Fry b. 1861 Stawell, d.o. George and Sarah Fry 71W-86

Fanny was a boarder at the National School, Butleigh Wootton in 1871. In 1881 she was with her dairyman father and the rest of her family in Sutton Mallett. In 1891, aged 30, she was still with her now widowed father in Sutton Mallet and was herself a dairymaid. By 1901 she had married carter Oliver J. Biffen and lived at East Bower, Bridgwater-without, together with her father.


1) Alice Fudge married Butleigh 26 Nov 1621 William Parker #

2) Elizabeth Fudge married Butleigh 16 May 1623 John Stroud #

3) William Fudge

C 5/413/49 Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Bridges. Short title: Rocke v Fudge. Plaintiffs: Thomas Rocke. Defendants: William Fudge. Subject: personal estate of the deceased Thomas Rocke of Butleigh, Somerset. Document type: bill, answer. 1653

4) Frederick Fudge Chr. 13 Nov 1814 Chedzoy, labourer, s.o. Ann Fudge, d. 14 Mar, bur. 21 Mar 1888 (Mar Q 5c/412 Wells) Butleigh 51W-40, 61W-63, 71W-87, 81W-106

Elizabeth was the widow of Thomas Sawley, with whom she had lived in Butleigh Wootton in 1841, with their six children. Frederick stated 'father unknown' at his marriage in 1845. After her marriage to Frederick Fudge four of her daughters from her first marriage lived with them alongside her two children by Frederick in 1851. By 1861 another child, Joseph, was added but only Dinah Selway from the first marriage remained at home (see under Selway). Thomas Fudge was charged with having assaulted John Holland of Butleigh on 13th June 1864 and fined 8s 6d including costs [Sherborne Mercury 19 Jul 1864]. Joseph enlisted in the Royal Navy on 2 Sep 1869.

By 1871 Frederick and Elizabeth lived alone at Butleigh Wootton shop. They were still there in 1881 with Elizabeth being described as grocer. No trace of Joseph. Emma became a housemaid at Crooms Farm, Chilcote, Wells in 1861. She died in 1869 aged 22. Of the other children - nfi.

Grant of Probate T/PH/drt/7 - Elizabeth Fudge of Butleigh, widow.. [Somerset Archive and Records, COPIES OF OFFICE COPY...] Date: 1888.

ADM 188/55 Fudge Joseph Name Fudge Joseph 70092 Butleigh, Somerset Date: 1853.

5) John Fudge Chr. 25 Feb 1827 Staplegrove, policeman, s.o. David and Anne Fudge

John married Jane in Butleigh and by the time they appeared in Bruton in 1861 he was a labourer. By 1891 John was a shoemaker and they remained childless. In 1871 Jane's widowed mother had stayed with them.

6) Annie Fudge b. 1891 (Dec Q 5a/238 Blandford) Shroton, Dorset, housemaid, d.o. Charles and Maria Fudge

Annie worked at Butleigh Court in 1911. In 1901 she lived with her parents in Iwerne Courtney, Dorset.


1) Maria Fussell

Joan Fussell married John Poyntinge Butleigh 27 Apr 1637 (Dwelly's PR). Mary received Poor relief in 1613, 1614 and 1616.

2) John Fussell

3) John Fussell of Baltonsborough