1) Mary Louisa Gadd Chr. 27 Mar 1892 (Mar Q 5c/466 Wells) Coxley, cook, d.o. Thomas and Marianne Gadd

Mary was a visitor at the house of Alfred and Fanny Higgins in 1911. In 1901 she had lived with her parents in Coxley, near Wells. She married Ernest M. H. Higgins, their son, in 1913 (Dec Q 5c/1009 Wells). #


1) Richard Gale Chr. 2 Feb 1698 Baltonsborough, s.o. Thomas and Joan Gale, bur. 8 Feb 1779 Baltonsborough

Elizabeth Hayward may have been born in Butleigh but if so she falls in the Parish Register gap of 1677 – 1714. The Evercreech Elizabeth's father being Peter and that also being one of her sons suggests a possible link.

1a) Thomas Gale Chr. 29 Dec 1724 Baltonsborough [bur. 19 Jul 1788 Baltonsborough - this Thomas? - or bur. 11 Jan 1789]

The Bennet family of Butleigh fall into the Parish Record gap but it is possible that Hannah Bennet was a daughter of Noah Bennet, or a brother of his post 1677, and that Jane was the daughter of a son of the next generation. Bennet is often confused with Barnett in the registers.

2) Rev. William Wilkins Gale minister Chr. 26 Jun 1810 Ashwick, s.o. Edmund Edward and Alice Elizabeth Gale, d. 1872 (Mar Q 5c/373 Yeovil) aged 70

Graduate B.A. of Pembroke College, Oxford, 1822, M.A. 1825, ordained priest 1827, Officiated at wedding service in Butleigh in April 1833. Instituted to the Rectory of Pylle 1840 by the Bishop of bath & Wells, Patron Lord Portman. Elected chairman of the Shepton Mallet Board of Guardians 1851. Must have been fairly wealthy since he gave a mortgage of £3,500 to George Parsons to buy the Parrett Works, Martock in 1854. In 1866 on nomination of Lord Portman, Rev. Henry Fitzharding Berkeley Portman M.A. of Magdalene instituted at Pylle from Farnham. William W. Gale went to Forscote.

3) Elijah Sidney Gale b. 1833 Box, Wiltshire, policeman, hotel porter, s.o. Thomas and Prudence Gale, d. 26 Jan 1892 (Mar Q 5c/521 Bath) 17, Beauford Sq., aged 58

After the birth of their daughter Alice, Emily returned to her widowed mother in Bath (by the 1861 census), while Elijah appeared with Alice and his parents in Lyncombe. Alice died shortly after. In 1871 and 1881 Elijah and Emily lived together in Bath where Elijah was then a hotel porter. By 1891 Elijah was widowed and retired, living at Walcot where he was a 'check taker at a music pavilion'. The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 25 Feb 1886 reported the suicide of Thomas Gale, 73, at the address they shared of 11, Monmouth Street. Thomas had worked for 40 years for the Great Western railway company but suffered from bronchitis and asthma and for the previous three or four months hadn't left the house. He cut his throat with a potato knife. Thomas was a native of Box and had, published an account of the construction of the great Box tunnel. In it he says 100 men were killed in different parts of the works, and as many injured, some for life. He was employed in the making of the tunnel from the commencement to the finish, afterwards remained on the railway in various capacities, until finally he came to Bath in 1852 as office porter, a situation which he held until 1880. During this time, in the words of Mr. R. E. Peach, in short preface to the book on the Box Tunnel, “his conduct was most exemplary. His attention to his duties generally, and his readiness to promote the comfort of local passengers by receiving and taking care of parcels, and in other respects attending to their various wants, ensured the esteem and good wishes of a large number of persons."

5) Winifred Jane Gale b. 20 Sep, Chr. 20 Oct 1885 Pimlico, d.o. Harry and Elizabeth Matilda Gale , ashes interred 12 Jun 1970 (Jun Q 7c/1244) Butleigh

Winifred died at Copperfields, Butleigh. She seems to have been a widow, not a spinster. A Winifred J Vigers (b. 1885 (Dec Q 1a/423 St. Geo. Han.Sq) married Charles V. Gale in 1923 (Sep Q 1a/1154 St. Geo Han.Sq) and they had a son Cecil V. b. 1924 in Wandsworth. Charles died in 1947 in Croydon and Cecil married a Muriel M. McNamee in 1951 in Eastbourne. The latter had three children – but no explanation why Winifred should be buried in Butleigh.


1) Arthur Gall b. 1865, Hatfield Broadoak Essex, d. 1943 Wincanton

In 1891 the couple lived at Epping where Arthur was a clerk & time keeper. Arthur is called 'Public House Manager' when staying at the Public House in Sparkford in 1901 run by William Brockliss. Arthur had wife Anna with him and three 'nieces' from Epping. Arthur Gall is listed as manager of the Rose and Portcullis public house in Kelly's Directory of 1902. In 1911, 1913 he appears on registers at the Virginia Ash Hotel, Henstridge. On the 1911 census the 'neices' are now daughters and marriage listed as1889


1) a John Galler [surname Callow?] paid £3 3s on the 1581 Subsidy Roll [SRS Vol. 88].


1) Mr. Richard [Robert?] Galpin

In March 1778 the OOP paid him for Richard Abbott. The OOP paid him £1 7s 0d in April 1778 for John Oldedge. A doctor?



1) Samuel Galton Esq 1753 – 1832, of Dudson House [Duddeston Hall], Warwickshire, s.o. John and Bridget Galton

Samuel paid rates on Kings Sedgemoor Grounds from 1796 with Mr. Hart of Huish as occupier. His family were Quakers but also gunmakers (they had factory in Birmingham). Samuel retained the Sedgemoor lands beyond the 1827 OOP records and in 1815/16 it seems that his son Samuel may also have acquired land there. The farmer occupiers changed several times.

DD/S/BT/10/3/19 1] Samuel Galton of Dudson House, Warwick 2] James Baron Glastonbury 3] Gen. Richard Grenville of Butleigh Assignment of land in Kings Sedgemoor in Butleigh. [Above 3 documents tied together] 1819


(Gamlon – Gamlin – Gamilon – Tamblen - Gamblin)

1) John Gamlen

In 1748/49 a Mr. Gamlen/Tamblen began paying rates on a property 'part of Mr. Talbots'. In 1749/50 the name give for the same property was John Gamlen and he paid until 1751/2. Two John Gamlens were buried in Othery, 1760 and 1761 – and a John Gamblin at East Brent 1764 – so far the only such people found in any proximity in Somerset.


1) Agnes Gane married Butleigh 10 May 1610 Edward Jones #

2) Emalena Gane married Butleigh 27 Feb 1612 Christopher Pirrye #

3) Stephen Gane bur. 7 Nov 1658 Butleigh

Thomas Gane must have been disabled or incapacitated in some way since from 1673 until 1684 he had all his clothes bought or made for him, his rent paid and his washing done for him – his carer was Richard Holman. Mary (Maria) received money from the Kelway fine in 1683 and relief from the OOP in 1685 and attendance in her sickness.

3a) Stephen Gane Chr. 21 Aug 1626 Butleigh

Stephen paid rates from 1673 – 1692 after which it passed to Richard Holman (see next). A Stephen Gane married in Doulting on 16 Apr 1654 but the bride's name uncertain.

3b) George Gaine Chr. 13 Nov 1631 Butleigh of Buttley, bur. 7 Sep 1659 Butleigh

4) Edward Gane

appears in 1699 in the churchwarden's accounts when he killed 4 polecats. His birth falls in the 1677-1714 PR 'Gap' as does the Thomas Gane who killed a hedgehog in 1704. They are some of the 'missing links; between the generations. A warrant was taken out concerning Edward in 1685 by the Overseers of the Poor.

5) Sarah Gane bur. 1 Nov 1722 Butleigh

Sarah received bequest money, relief, clothes and rent at various times from 1705 to her death. (OOP) In 1719 she was 'washed' several times in her sickness. In 1720 Dr. Periam was paid for curing her leg and in 1722 the OOP paid for someone to attend her.

6) John Gane

A John Gane married an Elizabeth Barence in Doulting on 31 Oct 1730 – unlikely?]

7) Edward Gane

8) Amelia Gane [Chr. 30 Oct 1791 Baltonsborough d.o. James and Elizabeth Gane] [– the Amelia Gane who d. 4 Mar 1879 at Horton aged 82? [Leeds Times 8 Mar 1879]

Amelia was taken by horse and cart to Somerton in Oct 1815 for examination. (OOP). An Amelia Gane lived at the Hamlet of Woodland, Baltonsborough with the Jacobs family in 1841. Sister of James next.

9) James Gane [Gann] Chr. 6 Apr 1800 Baltonsborough, labourer, s.o. James and Elizabeth Gane, bur. 6 May 1881 (Jun Q 5c/376 Wells) Butleigh 41-13, 51-27, 61-52, 71-76, 81-96

In June 1825 the OOP paid James Gane of Bradley for taking James Scott's bastard. In Feb 1833 the OOP paid the Overseers of Dagenham, Essex for James Gane's order. In March 1833 he was 'ill' and received5/- from the OOP.

In 1841 this family lived at Pond Head on Butleigh Hill but by 1851 James and Ann were lodging in Oddway with Charles Richmond and his wife Ann. They seem to have taken over the dwelling after the couple died in 1851/2. Son Joseph lodged with George Turner, shepherd on Butleigh Hill.

Joseph appeared in 1891 with his wife Sarah [Hoskins] (b. 1837 Wells - m. 1856 Jun Q 5c/983 Shepton Mallet?) in Stratford, West Ham, Essex at 87, Gibbins Rd., where he was a stationary engine driver. His son William H. was born 1874 in Georgia, U.S.A. which explains the family's absence on earlier censuses. A daughter Ellen E. b. 1887 Clerkenwell, London gives a date by which they had returned to England.

Ann may have married (or emigrated!). Elizabeth Gane married the fishmonger William James Sanders from London in Butleigh on 30 Sep 1858 (Sep Q 5c/916 Wells) - nfi.

In 1861 and 1871 James and Ann remained in Oddway. Ann Gane died in 1878 and James stayed in Oddway up to the next census in 1881 when, as a retired engine driver, he lived alone. He died the same year, 1881.

10) Robert Maidment Gane Chr. 7 Feb 1841 West Bradley (Mar Q 10/436 Shepton Mallet) abode East Pennard, farmer, died 10 Apr 1908 (Jun Q 5c/281 Shepton Mallet) 01-137

In 1841 John Green was a farmer at Millhouse, ['in the Chapelry of Chesterblade' at her birth] Evercreech and he lived there with his wife Ann and six children including Ellen. She was still with her parents in 1851 and 1861.

In 1851 Robert Maidment Gane lived with his grandfather, Samuel Maidment, widower, (b. 29 May 1792 North Barrow, s.o. Robert) who farmed 200 acres at West Bradley. Samuel and wife Mary (nee also Maidment) had eight children with them in West Bradley on the 1841 census, plus an Anna Gane aged two. Need birth certificate to identify parents of Robert M.

In 1861 they still lived together and the property was noted at Parbrook and consisted of 70 acres (the rest having gone to Samuel's sons presumably). Robert and Ellen married in 1864.

By 1871 Robert was farming 46 acres at Lottisham and was married to Ellen. They list both their children but gave Ann's birthplace then as Lottisham.

In 1881 Robert Gane lived in Lottisham with his wife and children (though his and his wife's birthplaces are reversed on the census) where he farmed 8 acres. They lived next to James Pearce and his wife Ann at Manor Farm, and James's sister Mercy Gane, (64) widow of Alban, also lived there (related?). Ann's birthplace was given as Tisbury on that census. The Western Gazette 24 Nov 1882 reported that Robert and Henry Corp of Baltonsborough had become drunk at Robert's house on 12th Nov and then gone on to the Greyhound Inn run by Mr. Silcox. He refused to serve them and they then went outside and had a fight. Fined 13s each including costs. In October 1888 swine fever broke out on Robert's farm [Western Gazette 5 Oct 1888].

In 1891 Robert lived with Ellen and son Robert J. plus sister Lucy Maidment (46) and nephew Sidney Maidment (17). An example of what the farm produced was the sale in June of 20,000 cattle cabbage plants at 3s per thousand [Western gazette 18 June 1897]

In 1901 Robert and Ellen lived with their two unmarried children in Higher Rockes Farm. Robert and Ellen both died in 1908. Robert James Gane married Alice Maud Swanton in 1901 (Jun Q 5c/955 Wells). The Swantons farmed at East Street, West Pennard.

Oddly, an Elizabeth Ann Gane married also in 1901 - at Tisbury (Jun Q 5a/425 Tisbury) - to a James Maidment. There were Gane families in Tisbury from the early part of the 19th century and a related branch in Monkton Farleigh as well as a family from Evercreech that lived in Trowbridge in the 1850's.

Robert's sister Annie Gane (b. 1867) Tisbury was the niece of George and Elizabeth Millard at Park Farm and visited them at the census of 1891. # She married William John Roe [b. 1867 (Sep Q 5c/577 Wells) West Pennard] in Butleigh on 23 April 1901 (Jun Q 5c/937 Wells) and they then lived at Southtown, West Pennard.

10a) Robert James Gane b. 1870 Lottisham, farmer, died 16 Jun, bur. 20 Jun 1949 (Jun Q 7c/247 Wells) Butleigh 01-138

Alice Swanton had lived with her widowed mother Eliza in East Street, West Pennard in 1901. Robert used the name James on later records. In 1911 'James' lived with Alice at Higher Rocks with their four children plus two servants, Emily Cottle and Clara Nurse. Robert entered his horses and livestock in many shows and competitions over the years, often walking away with the top prizes [see Western Gazette 13 Sep 1918]. His family still have many of the silver trophies that he won including the Champion Prize at the Glastonbury Fat Stock Show in December 1924.

Kathleen was involved in a fatal motor car accident in March 1929 when she collided with a motorcycle driven by Frederick George Cozens, son of a former mayor of Glastonbury. It happened at the crossroads by Marshall's Elm and Frederick died at the scene. [Western Daily Press 11 Mar 1929]. Robert was still farming at Higher Rockes in 1935 and 1939 (Kelly's Dir.)

Cyril James died aged 31 at Lower Rockes in 1939. Robert died at 'The Hollins' Wells Rd. Glastonbury in 1949, his wife having died 5 years earlier in Street. His eldest son John Robert married Lorna Alice Elizabeth Clegg in 1933. Kathleen May married 1942 (Dec Q 5c/1053 Wells) Ralph Slocombe (b. 12 Oct 1913) who died 8 Mar 2001 Butleigh. They had a son Peter b. 1945 (Dec Q 5c/469 Wells)

10a1) John Robert Gane b. 8 Oct, Chr. 23 Nov 1904 (Dec Q 5c/395 Wells) Butleigh , d. 21 Jun, bur. 28 Jun 1976 (Jun Q 16/2134 Tonbridge, Kent) Butleigh

John Robert is listed at Bridge farm in Kelly's directories of 1935 and 1939. In Feb 1947 Mr. John Gane paid rent of £7 16s 0d per year on 50 Butleigh according to the Estate sale catalogue. The property shared a well with No. 49 for water. He also rented No. 54 Butleigh for £7 16s 0d – sharing a well with No. 53 and washhouse with 52 and 53. No.s 23 and 23s High Street Butleigh were also let to J. Gane at £15 12s 0d with water coming by pump from a well. The main property was Bridge Farm which was rented for £138 16s 0d p.a. John Robert lived at Rockes Farm in 1976, the year of his death.


Further research needed Gapper family had strong links to the Webb family of Butleigh from the 1600's. Robert Gapper, gent, Dean of Windsor. Will of Henry Gapper of Baltonsborough 22 Aug 1677 PROB 11/354/457 latter is probably the Henry Gapper married to Joan Gapper who defended a case against Christian Clothier, widow of East Pennard in 1652.

1) Rev. Edmund Gapper Chr. 12 Jun 1753 Charlton Adam, s.o. Reverend Edmund and Charity Ann Gapper, bur. 23 Sep 1809 Charlton Adam

Edmund witnessed several OOP accounts in the early 1800s. In Sep 1793 Edmund Gapper of Charlton received a certificate of game Duty, next in the list was Henry Gould of Butleigh.

IR 26/290 Abstract of Will of Edmund Gapper of Charlton Adam, Somerset. Proved in the Court of Bath and Wells. December 18 1809


1) Joseph G. G. Gard b. 1846 Bath, plumber & painter s.o. Jane, stepson of William Lambert.

Matilda Witcombe was the daughter of Pamela and George Witcombe who lived in Walton in 1851 but after George's death in 1856 (Jun Q 5c/390 Wells) her mother moved to Butleigh with several of her children and married William Wilcox in 1857 (Dec Q 5c/1013 Wells). #

In 1861 Joseph lived with his mother and stepfather in Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville. A William Lambert had married a Jane Witcomb in 1859 Langport district. No birth recorded for a Joseph Gard, only Joseph Gares. In 1851 a Jane Gard b. 1817 Montacute [as Joseph's mother] lived with husband George Gard in Middle Street, Montacute with five children – but no Joseph. Oddly, William Lambert's wife in 1851 was also a Jane born 1818 in Montacute.

In 1871 Joseph, Matilda and Harry lived at 17, Redland Terrace, Frome. By 1881 they lived in Bristol. Harry died in 1885 (Dec Q 2c/91 Petersfield) aged 15. His parents lived in Petersfield, Hampshire 1891 - 1901.

Gardiner - Gardner

1) Richard Gardener

2) Nathaniel Gardner

In Aug 1791 Nathaniel was paid for attending the quarter sessions. There were several Nathaniel Gardner/Gardiner/Gardeners but the one Chr. 3 Mar 1761 Charlton Mackrell, s.o. Nathaniel and Mary Gardiner, seems a likely candidate

3) James Gardner 'of Ditcheat' [a John Gardener who d. 13 May 1821 Ditcheat aged 76 may have been this James' father?]

A James Gardner of Ditcheat married Elizabeth Gregory in 1774 who may be the parents of Jeremiah. The Elizabeth from Keinton Mandeville may be the person Chr. 19 Jul 1760 in Keinton, d.o. Henry and Elizabeth [nee Evil] Gregory. Her parents married 7 Feb 1760 in KM just five months before her Christening and since her age at marriage would only be 13/14 if born in 1760, she may have been born before her parents marriage? Interestingly, Jerome/Jeromiah was an Evil family name – see in Butleigh under Evil#.

Another possible marriage was a James Gardner and Elizabeth Way [Chr. 2 Dec 1750 Haselbury Plucknett d.o. John and Ann Way] on 11 Oct 1776 Haselbury Plucknett, 11 miles from Curry Rivel – but that doesn't account for the child of James born 1774. This latter couple had a daughter Jane Chr. 10 Oct 1783 Haselbury Plucknett [who seems to have married in HP in 1816] – which possibly mitigates against them being the above couple.

James Gardner was having children in Curry Rivel from 1774 but no mother's name was given.. James must have died between 1783 when Sarah was born and 1785 when an Elizabeth Gardner married widower George Scott.# Her daughter Joanna, by George Scott, had her marriage to James Down witnessed by Jeremiah Gardenerwho would then have been Joanna's half-brother if his widowed mother was indeed this Elizabeth Gardener who married George Scott. This would also account for his residence in Butleigh. Jeremiah's sister Sarah Gardner [Chr. 25 May 1783 Curry Rivel] married John Attyeo in Butleigh on 13 Aug 1805 with James Down as witness.

3a) Jeremiah Gardiner Chr. 14 Mar 1781 Curry Rivel s.o. James and Elizabeth Gardner

The witnesses to the marriage were James Down and Benjamin Grey and Jeremiah's Parish was given as 'Butleigh'. See under James Down and George Scott. Six children of this couple are recorded as baptised in St. Johns Glastonbury 1806 – 1822, the surname varying from Gardner to Gardener and Gardiner. Jeremiah and Mary appear on the 1841 census in Bove Town Glastonbury

4) Mary Gardner b. 1844 West Charlton, servant, daughter of Joseph and Caroline Gardner 61-55

Mary was kitchen maid at the Vicarage in 1861. In 1851 she had lived with her parents in Charlton Mackrell. Her father was a thatcher. Probably the Thirza Mary Chr. 6 Oct 1844 Charlton Mackrell d.o. thatcher Joseph and wife Mary.

5) Elizabeth Gardiner Chr. 12 Feb 1854 (Mar Q 5c/495 Langport) Charlton Mackrell, servant, d.o. John and Jane Gardner 71-81 .

Elizabeth was kitchen maid at the Vicarage in 1871. She was a cousin of (4) Mary Gardner (their fathers were brothers, and sons of John and Sarah Gardner). In 1861 she lived with her parents in Charlton Mackrell. Her father was a thatcher and mother a glover. In 1881 she was cook at 57, Ennismore Gardens, St. Margaret's London, home of Lord D. U. B. H. Cochrane Capt. of 2nd Life Guards. She may have married thereafter - nfi


Gear Goare Gore Guyer [see also Gane]

1) Thomas Goare bur. 6 Jan 1668 Butleigh

2) Elizabeth Gare married John Surfield in West Buckland on 14 Apr 1707 - both of Budley (?)

The above couple had a child John Chr. 2 May 1708 in West Buckland.

3) John Gare bur. 13 Feb 1764 Butleigh?

The two people listed as 'sojourners' buried in ButleighRichard Gare on 18 Aug 1757 and John Gare on 18 Mar 1769 - seem unlikely to be the sons of John – not listed as such.

4) John Gare/Geare Chr. 6 Jan 1791 High Ham, farmer, s.o. William Gare and Elizabeth (Betty) Chard, died Low Ham 16 Jul 1860, bur. 21 Jul 1860 (Sep Q 5c/332 Wells) Butleigh 51-30

John Gare was farming in Pitney during the 1841 census but several of his children were working away from home; George was acting as servant to Mary Dobin (his aunt?) a farmer in High Ham, Frederick was lodging with Thomas Barnard, tailor, in Low Ham. On the 1841 census there was also a child Francis (15) – probably the same Francis Gare married to Rowena having children in Pitney in the 1850's. The family seem to have regrouped and by 1851 John Gare (60) lived in Gilbert's Farm [Lower Hill Farm] with his wife Elizabeth (60) and sons George (33) and Joseph (29) both born West Pennard, John (25) and Frederick (23), a tailor - both born Long Sutton and Josiah (20) and his sister Mary (17) both born Pitney. The birthplaces indicate where the family had lived prior to this period. A visitor was Charles Dobin (57) from High Ham who was probably Elizabeth's brother (several of her children having Dobin as a middle name). John Gare snr died at Low Ham on 16 Jul 1860 and his son George took over this property and with his wife and most other children moved to Higher Hill farm. Joseph, John's second son, married and farmed 136 acres in Castle Cary (Queen Camel). Joseph married Anne, youngest daughter of Thomas Stacey of Wales Farm, Queen Camel on 3 Feb 1859 at Queen Camel.

In 1861 Elizabeth Gare (70), widow, now at Higher Hill Farm farmed 356 acres together with John (36), Josiah Dobin (31), Mary Dobin (29). Elizabeth died in 1868 and her son John took over the farm.

In 1871 John Gare (46) farmed 370 acres with his brother Josiah (42) at Higher Hill Farm while his sister Mary Dobin Gare (39) acted as housekeeper. Josiah Gare married Jane (b. 1841 Horsington) (1c). John also married, Sarah Ralls (b. 1835 Street), # and farmed 116 acres in Westonzoyland (house No. 81) - with niece Elizabeth (b. 1877 Butleigh). In 1891 his property was called "Raywards" and Elizabeth was absent but two new children were Ethel (8) and Reginald (6). John died in 1896 (Mar Q 5c/330 Wells) but his wife and son stayed on in Westonzoyland by 1901. In 1881 Mary Dobin Gare (48) lived with her cousin Charlotte Dobin (53) and niece Mabel Mary Gare (6) born Butleigh on Butleigh Hill. Mary Dobin Gare retired to No. 7, Field View, Cannards Grave Rd., Shepton Mallet (1891) where she died in 1895 (Mar Q 5c/406 Shepton Mallet).

4a) George Gare Chr. 12 Jun 1816 West Pennard, Chr. 31 May 1830, farmer, bur. 20 Mar 1879 (Mar Q 5c/452 Wells) Butleigh 51-30, 61-54, 71-76

George lived with his parents in 1851 but sometime after his marriage in 1854 at Wincanton, took over Lower Hill Farm where he appeared in 1861 - with his mother having moved to Lower Hill Farm. On 19 Aug 1854 he was already at Hill Farm because he advertised in the Sherborne Mercury for a stolen or strayed brown Hackney aged 6 and offered a handsome reward. Mare George Gare (44) farmed 130 acres together with his wife Tryphina (34) and widowed father-in-law Thomas Stacey (61).# Tryphina's mother had the same forename and in 1851 the Stacey family had farmed in Queen Camel. Tryphena's mother had died in 1855. Her father Thomas Stacey died in 1866 (Jun Q 5c/363 Wincanton). A child Tryphina was born, and died, in 1867.

By 1871 George Gare (54) farmed 197 acres at Lower Hill Farm and lived with wife Tryphina and son George Henry. George died in 1879 and Tryphina died in 1880. The children were cared for by their relatives.

Their son George Henry was at school in Castleton, Dorset in 1881 and in 1891 he lodged in St Pancras while a student at Law. In 1901 he lived at 24, High Street, Lymington, Hamps., and practised as a Pharmacist Chemist. He was still there in 1911 but had married Katherine Ann Booth in 1902 (Jun Q 2a/1340 Tonbridge) and had two children. George Henry died in 1939 (Mar Q 2b/825 Portsmouth).

4b) Josiah Dobin Gare Chr. 31 May 1830 Pitney, farmer, d. 1901 (Mar Q 5c/336 Shepton Mallet). d. 1901 (Mar Q 5c/336 Shepton Mallet) 51-30, 61-54, 71-77

The Sherborne Mercury of 30 August 1864 recorded the verdict of the Somerton Petty Sessions and the case of Josiah Gare a farmer of Butleigh who was summoned for assaulting his workboy Henry Talbot of the same place. It appeared from evidence that the boy, Henry Talbot [two possibilities – one aged 9 one 10] offended his master by some means [drinking too much cider according to Western Gazette 27 Aug 1864] when driving a reaping machine. The master thereupon took a stick and beat him unmercifully on the bare back, so much as to draw blood. Fined 12 shillings including costs.

Jane Thorn was a farmer's daughter and still at home prior to her marriage. She married Josiah in 1874. Josiah farmed 154 acres of land at Weston Bamfylde in 1881 but no children were at home. Mable Mary, had gone to live with her aunt Mary Dobin Gare in 1881 but appears with her parents in 1891 at Evercreech. Mabel Mary was later a Lady's help at Saltmoor House, Stoke St. Gregory in 1901. Elizabeth aged 4 stayed with her uncle John Gare (b. 1825 Long Sutton) in 1881 at his farm in Westonzoyland. In 1891 she was a boarding pupil at the Collegiate School at 33, High Street, West Lydford, run by Emma Maidment. In 1901 she was a governess boarding with the school Principal at 20, St. John's Street, Chichester, Sussex. In 1911 Mabel Mary ran a boarding house 'Wardour House' Penzance and her sister Elizabeth lived with her, a school mistress.

5) Thomas Gare Chr. 5 Jun 1803 High Ham, cordwainer and shoemaker, s.o. Thomas and Joan Gare (?), the Thomas Gayer/Gare bur. 14 Mar 1855 (Mar Q 5c/539 Wells) Butleigh aged 50 41-6, 51-32

At his wedding, Thomas Gare named his father as being Thomas Gane, and Thomas was a journeyman shoemaker living in Butleigh High Street in 1841. An Eliza Briston with father Thomas (mother Grace) appearred in 1841 in Kingsbury Episcopi, and an older Eliza Bristor (b. 1806) in Barrington. The middle name of the short-lived daughter Dinah is variously given as Perrard/Gerron/Jerrett!

In Silver Street in 1851 Thomas Gare (44) lived with his wife Eliza (40) plus Elisha (8), Joseph (1). Thomas died in 1855. In 1861 Eliza lived with Joseph and Mary but then she died in 1865.

Elisha was an apprentice shoemaker living at 32 High Street, Street in 1861. He married Mary Ann Toulman (b. 1846 Allowenshay) in 1867 (Mar Q 5c/633 Chard), and was with her in 1871 plus two children. She must have died because he then married Emma Maria Bull (b. 1841 Frome) in 1879 (Sep Q 1a/744 St. George Hanover Sq.) and they lived in Orchard Row, Street by 1881. # They were still there in 1891 and remained in Street by the census of 1901.

Joseph lived with his mother in 1861 but thereafter moved to Street, as a 'Clicker [shoe]' where he appears as a boarder in 1871. By 1881 he had married Jane Wall (b. 1862 Walton) and lived in the High Street, Street with wife and two daughters, Mabel (5) and Ethel (4). He died in 1891 (Jun Q 5c/369 Wells) aged 41. Mary Ann appeared in Pound Lane, Street in 1871 as 'servant in charge' at the house of Albert Edwards, retired grocer. She married Edwin Cousins (b. 1852 Street) in 1872 (Sep Q 6a/218 Clifton) and they lived in Street (1881).

6) Jonathan Gare b. 1821 Somerset, yeoman, [Chr. 6 Nov 1819 North Perrot, s.o. William and Elizabeth Gear?] 41W-16

The family appeared in Wootton village in 1841 next to John Paul (30) and his wife Mary - also from Ireland, and they seem to be related in view of Tom's middle name. # Jonathan emigrated with his family to the United States in 1844, to Waukesha Co., Wisconsin, and he died there in 1847. His wife and children. moved to La Crosse County in 1856, lived in Bangor for five years where Matthew took up farming until 1874 before moving to the city. The widowed Jane Gear married firstly a Robert Luke of Eagle on 9 Jun 851 and then secondly a Mr. Gay in Bangor in 1859.

"Tom Paul Gear, a well-known resident of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, and one of the pioneer settlers of the same, was born in Butleigh Wootton, Somersetshire, England, June 3, 1841, and is the son of Jonathan and Jane (Paul) Gear, natives also of that country.  The family left England in 1844 and sailed for America, first locating in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and later settled in Waukesha County of this State.  There the father died when Tom was but six years of age, and left another child, Matthew William, who is now a grocer of North La Crosse.  The mother was afterward married twice, first to a Mr. Look, who lived but one year, and then James Gay, now an old soldier.  They now live on a farm in Lewis Valley, Wisconsin.

   Mr. Gear was reared in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, and was early initiated into the duties of farm life.  He received but a limited education, and after growing up spent one season in the pine woods of northern Wisconsin. He came on his present farm in 1869, and as this joins the city limits it is very valuable.  He has a roomy and very convenient house, and his barns and outbuildings are kept up in good shape.  He also owns forty acres of good land in Clark County, Wisconsin and more land in Lewis Valley.  He has been twice married, his first wife being Miss Jane Pratt, a native of Ohio, who bore him one daughter, Clara Augusta.  (The latter died at a little over six years of age.)  His second marriage occurred in 1877 to Miss Margaret A. Kern, an intelligent lady of a good family, who is a native of Boone County, Indiana.  She is the daughter of Jesse and Mary E. (Beck) Kern, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Indiana.  Mr. Kern died in Boone County, Indiana, but the mother is still living and makes her home in Clark County, Wisconsin.  She was born in 1829.  Mr. and Mrs. Gear's marriage was blessed by the birth of five children: Jessie Maud, Myrtle May, William Arthur, Ethel Adella, and Ruby Belle.  

   Mr. Gear is a Republican in politics but has never aspired for office, preferring the peaceful life of the farm instead.  He is genial and hospitable, and has a host of warm friends.  He delights in hunting and has killed many deer and one bear in La Crosse County.

- Biographical Hist of LaCrosse, Monroe, and Juneau Counties, WI..., 1892, Chicago: Lewis Pub Co., (Sketch of Tom Paul Gear)

Matthew W. Gear was married in 1865, at Sparta, Monroe Co., Wis., to Lorilla Richardson. Her father, Freeman Richardson, was a native of New York; came to Wisconsin in 1850, and died Feb. 13, 1868, 65 years old. Her mother, who was a native of Franklin Co., Mass., was still living in La Crosse, at the age of 73. Mr. and Mrs. Gear had three children - Elsie E., Ella M. and Edna L. Mr. Matthew Gear became one of the Justices of the Fifth Ward.


1) Frances Garland married Butleigh 1 Sep 1641 Thomas Gill #

A Francis Garland (female) d.o. Bartholomew Garland was Chr. 17 Nov 1608 Baltonsborough

2) Mary Garland

Mary appeared in Nov 1787 OOP accounts when she was examined as to her 'settlement', and Thomas Grough was apprehended, Mary taken to Walton and the couple taken to Middlezoy where the OOP paid for them to be married – on 13 Nov 1787 at the Holy Cross church. Name of groom in Middlezoy register is Thomas Grove. One witness was George Turner (mistake for the Overseer of Butleigh John Turner who took them to Walton?). See under Grove.#

3) Jacob Garland Chr. 28 Sep 1851 (Sep Q 10/530 Wincanton) Lovington, carpenter, s.o. Isaac and Elizabeth Garland, d. 1921 (Mar Q 6a/207 Thornbury) 91-120

Jacob first appeared with his parents in Lovington in 1851 where his father was a carpenter. He was still with them in 1871 but his brother John had married and set himself up as a carpenter at a different premises in Lovington and Jacob probably needed to find new custom elsewhere. The Western Gazette 28 Nov 1873 lists him as Brother Jacob – a Good Templar, Mid-Somerset Lodge. He married Emily Hodge in 1878 and though living with her in Lovington in 1881 he travelled as a journeyman carpenter. They moved to Baltonsborough (c. 1882 - 5) before arriving at Butleigh where in 1891 he occupied No. 25, Cornishes.

At some time in the mid 1890's the family moved to Gloucestershire where in 1901 they appeared at Gillingstool, Thornbury.

In 1901 Agnes was a housemaid at the Close, Thornbury. Thomas, a carpenter, was boarding at Broadwell Terrace, Dursley, Gloucs., Alice was a scullery maid at East Wood Park, Falfield, Gloucs., and Jane was a housemaid at Elberton vicarage. In 1911 Jacob and Emily lived at Sibland, Thornbury with William, Jane, Florence, May and grandson Thomas. William Jacob applied for a passport in the U.S.A. On 25 Feb 1921 and his residence then was Waukegan, Illinois. He had returned to England by 1924 when he married in Thornbury.


1) Elizabeth Ann Garrett b. 1869 (Jun Q 5c/471 Yeovil) Ilchester, Chr. 21 Jan 187o Chilthorne Domer d.o. publican Mark and Rhoda Garrett, dairymaid 91-114

Elizabeth worked at Lower Rocke's Farm in 1891. In 1896 she was a chambermaid at a hotel in Symonds Yat and gave evidence of the adultery of a Mr. Henry Ruck of Cheltenham [Worcestershire Chronicle 2 May 1896]. Since she had previously been chambermaid at the Rock Lea Hotel in Symonds Yat in 1893 and gave the same evidence regarding the adultery of a Mrs. Watson and the same Mr. Ruck [Worcester Journal 21 Jul 1894] one suspects that she assisted in arranging divorces for unhappy couples? In 1911 she seems to be the dairywoman, still single [pob Chilthorne Domer near Yeovil], living as assistant to Henry George Bethell and his wife Sarah Ann, both of Glastonbury running 'the Dairy, Woolverstone Park, near Ispwich'.


1) George Gascoyne artist, b. 22 Sep 1862 (Dec Q 2a/613 Milton, Kent) Sittingbourne, Kent, s.o. William Whitehead and Augusta Plimley (nee Buckner) Gascoyne, died 28 May 1933 (Jun Q 2c/309 Hungerford) PHOTO

A painter and etcher, George Gascoyne painted landscapes, genre and literary subjects. He studied at the Slade School. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1883 with works such as “The Knife Grinder”, “The Good Samaritan”, and “The Miry Beasts Retreating frae the Plough”—Burns. Gascoyne also exhibited at Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; New English Art Club; Royal Society of British Artists; Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers; Ridley Art Club; Royal Institute of Oil Painters; and the Royal Scottish Academy. He was a Member of the Royal Society of Painters and Etchers. [Peter Nahum biography]

His father had been a farmer and J.P. in Sittingbourne, and George was brought up being familiar farm animals. His brother Edward became a Land Agent and was still in Sittingbourne in 1911. George's first wife had been the daughter of a military man [from Nursted House, Hants] A child Mary born in St. Newington seems to have resulted from this first marriage [and possibly resulted in the death of her mother] and she appears to have been brought up by George's widowed mother, with whom she appears on the 1901 census. [This daughter Mary married a Vernon Harbord (b. 1895 Egham, Surrey, d. 1971 Suffolk) in 1920 in Kent]

In 1900 George married Ethel Slade King the daughter of a very substantial farmer. On the 1901 census Ethel S. Gascoyne appears at 8, Cheyne Court, Chelsea with her widowed mother Sarah King, sister Nora F. King, and described herself as an 'artist' – she is listed as such in a book of British and Irish Paintings in public collections. Her younger sister Nora King was also described as an artist (sculptress) on the 1901 census. Ethel Gascoigne (nee King) is also listed in the British Society of Master Glass Painters vol. XIX, 66. In the 1880's she had produced several portraits in crayons of the Higgens family at Woodmansterne. Her husband was staying at 40, Arts Club, Dover Street, St. George, Hanover Square on the night of the 1901 census. They seem to have had no children. In 1909 Ethel received a letter dated 29th Oct addressed to her at Bridgwater which places them in Somerset. Both were absent from the 1911 census and it isn't known when they arrived in Butleigh. They were probably at Holmans before 1914 [In the 1914 Kelly's Directory there with Eli Newman as gardener] since George's name appears (with address at Holman's) as a subscriber to the 1915 edition of John Swarbrick's “Robert Adam & his brothers; their lives, work & influence on English architecture, decoration and furniture”, which would suggest that he probably became a subscriber the year before printing. Mrs. Gascoyne of Holmans, Butleigh advertised in the Western Gazette 21 Jun 1918 for two servants. On 28 Jan 1916 she had advertised for a Cook.

One painting by George Homewards” - is inscribed on the reverse Butleigh, Glastonbury, 1919. It was sold at Christies East in 1995 for $7,500. George is listed as artist at Holmans in the 1919 Kelly's Directory. He did many other rural sketches and etchings in a similar vein whilst in Butleigh and was still there the following year when on 27th March 1920 he wrote to the painter Frank L. Emmanuel [secretary of the Society of Graphic Arts] on notepaper with Holman's address imprinted Letter

"It seems absurd to write formally to an old friend so I am not doing so - but will you please convey to the Provisional Committee of the, Society of Graphic Art' my great appreciation of their invitations to become an original member + will you tell them that I have very much pleasure in accepting it - Between you + myself I have become so accustomed to the life of a Pelican that it is with a feeling of gratitude mixed with surprise that one should be wanted in anyway - it seems to me an Excellent [!] idea + should be a great help to some of us - Tell how you are getting on? I have not the slightest doubt that you did your bit in the war - it has been a sore loss of time.

It isn't known exactly when they left Butleigh but Stanley J. B. Adams took over Holmans in 1923 and the Gascoynes were in Aldbourne, Wiltshire in the early 1920's. George also used the aliases Georges Gascoigne and George Gascoine. He was a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers - Fellow 1885, Hon. Fellow 1922.

George, of Beech Knoll, Aldbourne Wiltshire died on 28th May 1933 and Probate was given London 15 August to Richard Edward Gascoyne, farmer and Vernon Harbord, metallurgist. Effects £32,105 12s.

Other possible Butleigh related etchings are: Tilling the Upland 1913'', An etching of man with fork on hillside muck spreading with man ploughing with team of four horses in distance, pencil signed George Gascoyne, 1913, 27 x 43cms , Harvest time 1915 [etching 9.5x15.5”], the Plough team (early 1920's – poss. Wiltshire). There is also an oil painting of five Jersey cattle which could well have been painted in Butleigh.

Other titles 'The way to the Farm', 1910 pencil etching, 'The song of the swain', 'Geese on the way to 'weiher' 1886', 'in the shade', 'The Wanderer' 1885, 'Watermill',

Queens Rd Academy, Bristol 1888 exhibited the “Harrow” and “Ploughing” - La Gardeuse des Vaches exhibited and sold at Leeds City Art Gallery Private view Feb 1894. 'Ulster Queen and foal [St. Reine] by St. Simon' 1890 – oil on canvas.

“Autumn work” exhibited Royal Society of painter-etchers and engravers April 1900. In March 1899 there he exhibited a large “Study of Trees”. In 1892 at the 19th Century Art Society he exhibited a small picture “Carding wool – Brittany”. “Wind and Storm” was exhibited no 125 at the Royal Academy 1895 and it was mentioned that he had already dealt with the subject in an etching.


1) George Irving Gass M.A. (Oxford), JP schoolteacher b. 1883 (Dec Q 5c/456 Wincanton) Bruton s.o. David Irving and Helen (nee Murray) Gass, died 12 Nov 1947 (Dec Q 7c/224 Wells) Broadway, Butleigh [Obit Western Gazette 21 Nov 1947]

George's father was a Congregational Minister [both parents came from Scotland] and Norah's a Royal Irish Constable. George was the eighth of nine children. Fortunately, the family did not adopt a double barrelled surname! George was teaching in Falmouth, Cornwall, in 1911. During the War he served with the Worcester Regiment (Lieutenant) then Captain in the Hampshire Regiment and was wounded at Messines. He served until 1920.

Mrs. Gass was advertising for a servant in Butleigh Wootton in April 1921. George later became headmaster of Chaloners School, Braunton, Devon and afterwards Headmaster of Tavistock Grammar School (1932 – 1943). He retired to Broadway, Butleigh. He was a member of the Wells RDC, President of the Butleigh Branch of the British Legion and member of the Parish Council. He died in Butleigh Hospital

Murray's name appears on the second World War memorial in Butleigh Church – he died in action at Malta flying a Spitfire. His name also appears on the Commonwealth Air Forces Memorial, Malta: 'Murray Irving GASS, 1190047, Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force (V.R.), 249 Squadron, died 4th October 1942, aged 20 years. Son of George I. and Norah E. Gass, of Butleigh Wootton, Somerset.' Interestingly, the Gass surname is derived from the Scottish place Gask near Edinburgh where three clans lived – the Murrays, Irvines and Carruthers.


(Gathern, Gathren, Gattrin, Gatten)

1) Richard Gatterin [bur. 31 Aug 1700 Pitney 'August ye last']

Richard is mentioned in the OOP accounts for 1680 as landlord of the widowed Mary Backhouse. In 1688 and 1689 he received a years relief on behalf of Steven Stoney. In 1696 they both received relief from the OOP in their sickness and a shroud for Steven Stoney. Nfi on Richardpossible father of next two. All fall in the PR gap 1677 – 1714. A Richard Gatterne of Pitney had a son Henry Chr. 9 July 1665 Pitney and another son [unnamed – possibly William] Chr. 16 Jul 1665 Pitney listed as 'brother of Henry'.

1) Henry Gathern bur. 7 Aug 1742 Butleigh

Henry paid rates jointly with Joane Smith from 1691 until 1696. From 1697 his partner was John Willcox until 1707 after which he paid the rates on his own account, as did John Willcox. Henry was churchwarden in 1710-11. He was also recorded as killing 7 hedgehogs. Name also spelt Gaterin. Henry paid the rates until 1725/6 then jointly, with William Gatterin until 1741 after which William paid them alone until 1747. In the Churchwardens rates William is recording as paying rates on Coxes ground in Southmoor in 1725 and Henry from 1726-8. The Henry and William pre-1725 were probably brothers.

In 1717 Henry was landlord to Frances James (OOP) and Overseer of the Poor in 1718. In 1721 the overseers paid him rent for Elinor Talbot.

DD/S/BT/11/2/7 - 1] William Fisher of Somerton, tallow chandler 2] Henry Gattern of Butleigh Wootton, yeoman Assignment of 1a 3yds at Blackthorne, Butleigh. [Above 2 documents tied together]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1718.

2) William Gattern bur. 11 Jun 1747 Butleigh

Will Gatherine killed a hedgehog in 1707 according to the churchwarden's accounts. He paid rates on a property from 1717-25 and paid rates jointly from 1726 with Henry then alone from 1742-47. In 1747 'late William Gathern'. He was churchwarden in 1740. The OOP paid his expenses to travel to Bridgwater to obtain a warrant in 1739.

In 1727/28 (CW) William provided three oaks to help make the bell cage of the church (£2 19s 3d). In 1743 the OOP paid Mr. Suttons costs in Wells Court in a case against William Gattern and John Stock. He is mentioned in John Cannon's diary [Money p. 266] when Cannon wrote a note of hand John Court butcher to William Gateren of Butleigh: John Giblet of Meare [Chr. 30 Mar1588 Meare?] drowned in a drunken accident at Thomas Wear bridge between Glaston and Meare.

DD/S/BT/6/6/6 - 1] John Pope of Sts. Philip and James, Glos., sergemaker and wife Esther, widow of Thomas Sam 2] William Gattern of Butleigh Wootton, yeoman Assignment of Jacklett's 2a and Turner's 2a in Westwood, Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT Date: 1715.

DD/S/BT/6/6/7/ 1] Samuel Sweet the elder of Butleigh carpenter 2] Henry Pope the elder of Butleigh, yeoman 3] William Gattren of Butleigh Wootton, yeoman Assignment of 3a arable in Westwood, Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1724.


1) John Gawler bur. 5 Feb 1591

D\D/CTA/G32 – John and Joan Gawler husbandman of Butleigh 1591


1) Francisca Gaylarde d.o. Elizei Gaylarde Chr. 13 Dec 1596 Butleigh

Nfi but an Elizens Keymer married an Elizabeth Gaylord in Yarlington 21 May 1608 – Elizens = Elizei rather than being a mother's name?


1) Walter Gaywarde bur. 21 Dec 1584 Butleigh



1) Richard Genge Chr. 22 Mar 1818 Hardington Mandeville, s.o. Richard and Grace (nee Denty) Genge, labourer, 41-13

Richard was an agricultural labourer who lodged with William Lemon on Butleigh Hill in 1841. The surname is uncertain - but he is almost certainly the same person whose name reads Genge on his marriage in 1841. In 1851 they lived at Piddle Town, Haselbury Plucknett.

The family emigrated to New Zealand on the ship 'Kate' in 1854/55 but Elizabeth died on the voyage causing the family to disembark in Sydney for a while before continuing the journey. Richard married again and went on to have a further ten children in New Zealand.

Mary married Francis Charsley Searancke (b. c. 1839 Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland) in Trentham, NZ on 29 Dec 1864 and they had seven children, all born Upper Hutt. One contact says that Francis abandoned Mary and went with a Mrs. Richard Barton while Mary later had three children by a Thomas Elias Jones (not yet verified).


See also Gare

1) Mary Geare b. 1855 (Mar Q 5c/448 Wells – Gear?) Baltonsborough, d.o. John and Jane Geare 91-124

Mary Geare was the sister-in-law of Joseph Maidment, sister of his wife Fanny (Chr. 20 Apr 1839 Balt.) who appeared with their parents on the 1851 census) and visited them at Lower Hill Farm in 1891. # Sister Miss Sarah Coles Geare (Chr. 26 Feb 1847 Balt.) played the piano at the Butleigh Grand Concert at the National Schoolroom Thursday 29th December 1864. [Sherborne Mercury 10 Jan 1865]


1) Frances George paid rates (CW) 'or occupiers' for late Susannah Roe from 1732 – 1734.

2) Louisa George Chr. 25 Apr 1847 (Jun Q 10/500 Wells) Coxley, servant, d.o. Charles and Eliza George 61-56

Louisa was working at the home of Alexander Higgins in the High Street in 1861. On the 1851 census she appeared with her parents at Wick, Wells where her father was a labourer. In 1871 she was a parlour maid at Stoke House, Stoke Lyne, Somerset. She may be the Louisa George who married in 1871 (Jun Q 5c/903 Shepton Mallet).

3) Anna George b. 1852(4) (Dec Q 10/384 Frome - Anne Maria?) Frome, housemaid, d.o. William and Sarah George 71-81

In 1861 Anna lived in Vallis Way, Frome with her parents - her father a shoemaker and her mother a laundress. Anna (Anne) was a housemaid at the Vicarage in 1871. The Anne George who married in 1876 (Dec Q 5c/913 Frome)?


1) William Gerald – was paid for tiles and freestones used in the rebuilding of the church roof in 1750-51. (CW)

Germansee Jarman

1) William Germa(n) paid £3 3s on the 1581 Subsidy Roll [SRS Vol. 88] possibly Jarman.


1) William Gerrard

A police constable William Gerrard (b. 1806 Bedminster) married an Elizabeth (b. 1801 Walton) and they had a daughter Sophia (b. 1840 Street) who may well be this couple. Tarzwells were living in Street in 1800 and a Dinah baptised at the baptist church in Street was d.o. a George and Martha Tarzwell.


1) John Gybbes Will 6 May 1543 pr. 12 Jun 1543

All the above plus brother William (next) mentioned in the Will. Witnessed by Sir John Dowle, John Stote and John Mayster. John himself had witnessed the will of William Kytts.The Alice bur. 22 Jul 1580 Butleigh [wife of John]is probably Austyce.

1a) John Gybbs bur. 30 Apr 1588 Butleigh Will 9 Mar 1587, pr. 5 Jun 1588 [Somerset Record Society (SRS) volume 62]

In his will John mentions his son and his grandchildren Stephen and Joan - (4)? He also mentioned William Hinde. Witnesses: Thomas Rocke, clerk and Stephen Pirry. John appears paying £6 6s on the 1581 Subsidy Roll [SRS Vol. 88]

1a1) John Gibbes bur. 16 Jun 1621 Butleigh

Joanna married Butleigh 2 Nov 1609 William Stroude and Maria Gibbs married Butleigh 4 May1620 Roger Clapp. # John Gibbs donated 1/- towards the erection of Chelsea College in 1617.

2) William Gibbes brother of John Gybbes

A witness to the will of John Pyper of Butleigh in September 1546. William and his daughter Wilmot mentioned in the will of Johan Gregory 1550

4) Joan Gibbes married Butleigh 10 Oct 1588 William Tyzard

5) Juliana Gibbes widow bur. 12 Jan 1595 Butleigh Will 25 Nov 1594, pr. 31 May 1595 [Somerset Record Society (SRS) volume 62]

The following mentioned in her will; John Talbott, Stephen White, William Ham, Frances Seymore, Julyan Bartlett, 'my two daughters and daughter-in-law', Thomasine Gromes, Thomas Talbott senior and his son John, Thomas Rocke, clerk, John Ham. Witnesses: Thomas Rocke, John Hame and Thomas Seymor. Juliana [Julling Gibbs] paid £3 3s on the 1581 subsidy Roll [SRS Vol. 88] suggesting that her husband died before that date [i.e. could have been the widow of Christopher].

A child was Chr. 7 Feb 1617 Butleigh to an unknown Gybbs.

6) Joanna Gibbes widow bur. 29 Sep 1595 Butleigh

Juliana and Joanna are probably the widows of sons of the John Gybbes who died 1543.

7) Barbara Gibbs married Butleigh 30 Sep 1605 John Spurryer

8) Jacob Gibbs bur. 25 Jan 1738 Butleigh

Jacob was churchwarden in 1704. He paid rates (OOP) from 1702 – 1719. He paid rates on South Moor grounds from 1709 – 23. Jacob received OOP assistance for one year in 1733 and subsequently up to his death. He was also bought a pair of hose and shoes in '33. In July 1737 Samuel Sweet was paid for attending upon Jacob in his extremity.

Several documents refer to Gibbs tenement from c. 1766 - 1770 and rates were paid on 'Gibbs house' from 1778.

9) Thomas Gib paid in July 1784 by the OOP for thatching the Poor House at Wootton.

10) Emma Ann Gibbs Chr. 20 Apr 1826 Butleigh, bur. 25 Jun 1826 Butleigh d.o. John and Elizabeth Gibbs


1) John Gibson of Ashcott paid 1720/1 for killing 3 foxes, 1735/6 for one fox, and 1736/7 for killing 10 foxes and three badgers (CW).


1) George Gifford b. 6 Dec 1786, Chr. 5 Jan 1787 Blackford, s.o. George and Mary (nee Ford) Gifford, died 9 Dec 1825 Butleigh, bur. Blackford

George farmed Sedgemoor Common ground for Lord Glastonbury from 1815. Jane is the Mrs. Gifford on the assessment list of 1827 who paid rates on several properties, one being 6 commons on the moor, another 'James Cook's' and another 'Great Tithes'. Anna married John Morgan Dyke on 7 Jul 1834 at Charlton Musgrove and they had six children. Jane married her first cousin Thomas Richards of Wincanton on 3 Apr 1837, a sickly person who became a grocer and an architect who did many good works in Wincanton.

In 1841 Jane lived with daughters Elizabeth and Charlotte at Lower Farm, Blackford.

George, a grocer, lived in Sherborne in 1851 with his wife Mary Ann (b. 1825 Sherborne) and son George (b. 1847 Marlborough) and daughter Mary Ann (b. 1848 Sherborne). In 1861 he lived with wife Mary Ann and children in King Green Cottage, Gillingham. In 1871 he was a grocer (tallow chandler) in Castle Street, Mere, Wiltshire. By 1881 they were in Peacemarsh, Gillingham, Dorset where George was a grocer's assistant. His sister Anna Dyke (b. 1814 Butleigh Wootton) lived with him then.

In 1851 Samuel lived with his widowed aunt Anna Coward (née Gifford, b. 1792 Blackford and her sister Charlotte Gifford (b. 1797 Blackford) in East Hall Farm, Blackford. West Hall Farm was run by George Gifford. Samuel married Selina Harris (b. 1835 Exford) in 1856 (Sep Q 5c/571 Dulverton). By 1861 they lived at Chapple Cottage, Exford. In 1871 George, now a gamekeeper, and Selina lived at Wood House, Marshwood Dorset with two young daughters who were born there. By 1881 they had moved to Greenway, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset where Samuel farmed and a further daughter was added. They were still there in 1891. In 1901 Samuel and Selina lived in Shell Cottage, Whitchurch Canonicorum - he being described as a grocer and his wife a corn carrier!

Charlotte married the Bailiff William Dunning (b. 1811 Catstick, Dorset) on March 26th at Compton Pauncefoot and they both lived with her mother in Compton Pauncefoot in 1851. By 1861 Charlotte was a widow and had become a lodging house keeper, living in Wincanton. In 1871 she was at Batch House, Wincanton and had her mother Jane Gifford (81) with her, plus three of her children (all born Horningsham, Wilts). In 1881 Charlotte lived with just one daughter, Jane (23), in West Street, Wincanton. In 1891 at No. 2, Bath Road, Rowde, Wiltshire with two middle aged sons.

Gigs (?)

1) Margery Gigs(?) - mentioned in the will of Edith Burdome 1571 – unc. surname.


1) Thomas Gilbert s.o. Thomas Gilbert of Glastonbury, d. 1771/2? [A Thomas Gilbert was bur. 17 Feb 1784 St. John Glastonbury, father or son? Another on 3 Mar 1790]

Thomas Gilbert started paying rates on property previously belonging to Mrs. Agnes Pope from 1759. He paid until 1763/4 when that property went to James Grenville and Thomas just paid rates instead on 'part of Periams' [a different property] which he seems to have acquired in 1760 [as part of Mrs. Pope's]. He paid rates then until 1771/2 when 'or occupiers' was added. This lasted until 1778 when the rates were paid by Ann Gilbert and later (1779) 'Ann and sister' (on coming of age?). In 1778/9 'part of Mr. Haydens' was added to the rated property, in 1779/80 'Mr. Hayden or occupier'. In 1790 they paid rates on two parts, their main holding plus 'Pope's mead' but in 1791 their names were crossed out and no more rates were paid in the Gilbert's name.

A Mary Gilbert married John Lucas in Butleigh on 18 Sep 1786

DD/S/BT/7/6/12 - 1] William Wilcox of West Lydford, yeoman and wife Annis, Thomas Gilbert the younger of Butleigh, joiner, and wife Betty, John Wilcox of Glastonbury hosier and Ann. Annis, Betty and Ann are executrixes of Henry Pope the younger decd, executor of Henry. Date: 1759.

DD/S/BT/7/8/14 - 1] Thomas Gilbert the elder of Glastonbury, carpenter, Thomas Gilbert the younger of Butleigh and wife Betty, John Willcox the younger of Glastonbury stockingmaker and wife Ann and William Willcox of West Lydford and wife Agnis (Betty, Ann and Agnis etc Date: 1760.

DD/S/BT/24/6/3-15 Papers including bonds and mortgages relating to James Grenville's financial dealings with the Gilbert family of Glastonbury and Butleigh. 1760 - 83

DD/S/BT/7/8/25 - 1] Ann and Mary only children of Thomas Gilbert and Betty 2] James Grenville of Butleigh Release of equity of redemption in a messuage and 90a 1p, Broadmoor (1a 1yd, 4a), two closes at Staddlecombe, Eastmead (4a), Long Lane (1a), 3yds at Staddlecombe Corner Date: 1782. Other docs dated 1781-3 for Ann and Mary Gilbert.

2) Justine Gilbertpaid 1s by the overseers for signing a certificate.

3) Joseph Gilbert Chr. 19 Jan 1787 High Ham, farmer, s.o. William and Hannah Gilbert, bur. 18 Dec 1867 (Dec Q 5c/369 Wells) Baltonsborough, aged 81

Witness to the marriage was Grace Gotfrey. A Grace Hamblin had married a Thomas Gotfery in Othery on 21 Oct 1809 [4 months after the birth of her illegitimate son Thomas], probably Elizabeth's brother and she was witness to the marriage. Joseph paid rates from 1823/4 - 1825 on two Butleigh properties, one being 'late Colmers' – not later. He paid one years rent for the Middle Drove in 1825 and again on 25th March 1827. In the rate assessment of 1827 he paid on his house, 'Grenvilles' and 'Holmans common'. In 1827, 28 Sep., he appears on an Indenture concerning land held in the Othery segment of the Kings Sedgemoor, together with 'Thomas Nettleship of Grocers Hall, London; Charles Kemeys Kemeys Tynte; Thomas Gotfrey of Othery; and Sir William Wyndham [sold on Ebay Jan 2013] – Thomas Gotfrey was presumably the brother of Joseph's wife Elizabeth.

Note: An Elizabeth Godrey bur Othery 18 Mar 1826 aged 80 (mother?), Grace Godfrey bur 30 Jun 1827 aged 56, William Gitfrey bur. 3 Jun 1837 aged 55, Thomas Godfrey bur. 24 Mar 1860 (Mar Q 5c/342 Bridgwater) aged 74 [Thomas married an Ann Hurd, widow on 29 Jan 1831 in Othery]. Thomas Gotfrey acquired the Sedgemoor land from a Charles barrington of Knapp in 1812.

Of Joseph Gilbert's children, James and Caroline were already living together in Butleigh by 1841 while William, who still lived with his parents in Baltonsborough in 1841, moved to Butleigh by 1851. Alfred b. 1824 became the miller in Baltonsborough and in 1856 (Sep Q 5c/934 Wells) married Ann Hannah Lamport (b. 1826 Baltonsborough). His nephew Robert, s.o. William, worked for him at the time of the 1861 census. Sarah who was also born in Butleigh married farmer John Churches in Butleigh on 12 May 1846 (Jun Q 10/801 Wells) and lived with her husband in Meare. # Caroline married James Connock in Butleigh on 3 Mar 1842 (Mar Q 10/751 Wells). # Joseph died in 1867 aged 81.

3a) James Godfrey Gilbert Chr.14 Jun 1813 Othery, butcher and farmer, bur. 13 Jan 1866 (Mar Q 5c/447 Wells) Butleigh 41-8, 51-31, 61-61

In 1841 James Gilbert and his sister Caroline lived in Water Lane (?). Caroline married James Connock in 1842 and moved to Silver Street. James married Mary Kelway in 1843. In 1851 James Gilbert (38) and Mary (31) lived with their daughter Anna b. Feb 1851 in Water Lane. He farmed 8 acres with two labourers. Mary died in 1857. James married again in 1860 - to Elizabeth Millard. In 1861 James, with 8 acres and wife Betsy (Elizabeth) (42) lived with daughter Anna (10). James died in 1866 aged 52 and Betsy remained in Water Lane. Their only child Anna married George James Tanner (s.o. Edward Harwood Tanner Esq of Montrose Villa, Cotham Grove) in 1871 (Mar Q 6a/243 Clifton) and they lived at East Brent.

In 1871 in Water Lane Betsy Gilbert (52) now widowed and an annuitant lived with a lodger, Jane Kelway (69), also a widow and annuitant. Jane Kelway was the widow of William, a retired gardener (and father of Mary Gilbert, James' first wife) and she seems to have died in 1888 (Mar Q 5c/356 Wincanton). Betsy, afterwards called Elizabeth, lived at Pouncy's Villa in 1881 then in 1891 and 1901 in Oddway and until her death in 1906. In 1881 she had lived together with her sister Marina and her sister's second husband, Joshua Hockey. Marina was widowed before 1891 and appeared living with Betsy on both those later censuses too.

3b) William Gilbert b. 1820 Somerton, Chr. 16 Aug 1824 Butleigh, baker, died in 1857 (Mar Q 5c/440 Wells) 51-31

Eliza was the brother of John Churches who married William's sister Sarah Gilbert in Butleigh on 12 May 1846.

In 1851 Wiliam Gilbert (31) baker, and his wife Eliza (32) lived with children Robert b. 1847 and Emily b. 1850. William and Eliza then had four more children, the last being Amelia b. 1858. She was born posthumously since William had died in 1857 - it is possible that the birth record was made quite some time after the actual birth date. Eliza moved into the village High Street by 1861 when she was a seamstress, with her five children. Robert appeared in 1861 living with his uncle Alfred Gilbert, miller, in Baltonsborough (as a servant). He was involved in the Butleigh riot of 16th Oct 1866 [Western Gazette 26 Oct 1866]. In 1871 he was in Butleigh but Robert then married Elizabeth Griffiths (widow) from Bristol and they moved to 23, Cairns St., Cardiff by the 1881 census. By 1891 Robert was a Dock labourer and they had four children.

Emily Gilbert died aged 31 in 1880 (Mar Q 5c/429 Wells). Perhaps the 'shop' in Butleigh was leased since from 1871 Eliza was back in Water Lane, and from 1891 was there with just her daughter Sarah. They were still there in 1901. Eliza died in 1902 aged 86 and Sarah, who remained unmarried, died in 1916 (Jun Q 5c/546 Wells) and was bur. 7 Apr Butleigh. She had appeared living alone on the 1911 census in Butleigh, with 'no occupation'

3b1) Joseph Gilbert Chr. 3 Jan 1853 Butleigh, coachman, died in 1891 aged 38 (Mar Q 5c/333 Langport) 61-60, 71-82

Joseph was a gardener lodging with George Radnedge in Dinder in 1881, and whose daughter Emily (Photo) he married. He died in 1891 and Emily is found in 1891 living with her son William and widowed father in Somerton. A child Joseph Gilbert born 1877 and bur. 11 Jul 1879 Butleigh may be connected to this Joseph. William became a policeman in London and married Ellen 'Nellie' M. Ives in 1913 (Mar Q 3b/609 Bedford). After Joseph's death Emily remarried and had a daughter Gladys Marjory Rebecca Brett (b. 1897 Sep Q 3a/812 Newport Pagnell). (Photo Emily-William-Gladys).



1) John Gyles

A John Gyles married an Edith Brooke of Theale in Wedmore on 25 Jun 1597 – no link known. Similarly a John Giles married Joan Morris in Wedmore 5 May 1614 and an uncertain xx Giles married a Joan Benett in Glastonbury St. John on 14 Jan 1611.

2) Johanna Giles married 23 Nov 1728 Butleigh John Board #

3) Frederick Giles b. 1872 (Sep Q 6a/767 Wellington Sal) Hadley, Salop, labourer, s.o. Thomas and Cordelius Giles [Frederick J. Giles d. 1949 (Dec Q 9a/185 Shrewsbury) aged 77?]

Chemical works labourer Fredrick Giles married Emma Jane Allen in 1898 and they lived in three rooms in Wombridge, Oakengates, Shropshire, in 1901, with Emma's sister Harriet. Nfi the only Emma J. Giles death is in 1965 (Mar Q 7a/30 Camelford, Cornwall) aged 96.


[see also Gillam, Gilliam]

1) Levi Gilham b. 1820 Penn[ard?], labourer, s.o. William Gilham, bur. 20 Jul 1857 (Sep Q 5c/335 Wells) Butleigh 41-13, 51-29

Levi, still single, lodged in 1841 with Thomas Rose on Butleigh Hill. Sarah Castle lived with her brother in Compton Street. They married in 1843. By 1851 Levi Gilham (31) lived with his wife Sarah (33) and sons Frederick b. 1845, Edward b. 1849 and Levi b. Feb 1851 near Hill Farm. A child Robert had died in infancy in 1847. In 1853 a new child called Robert was born but then in 1857 Levi died.

By 1861 Sarah and her children were found in Water Lane. Sarah was forced into agricultural labour to feed her children and the two oldest boys were similarly employed, Edward being just 12. Levi and Edward took part in the Butleigh riot of 16 October 1866 [Western Gazette 26 Oct 1866].

In 1871 Sarah Gilliam and her three oldest children were agricultural labourers. Robert was absent - died? nfi. Frederick while working as a carter on the Squire's estate was cutting chaff with a machine powered by a horse when he lost both his hands – reported in the Western Gazette 27 Feb 1864 - he became a gamekeeper thereafter. At the Glastonbury Great Market of December 1871 Frederick was awarded £1 for 17 years service on the farm of Robert Neville Grenville.
jnr married Mary Jane Eckett in 1876 (Dec Q 5c/943 Shepton Mallet), a local girl. In 1881 they lived in Shepton at 89, Cowl Street where he was a labourer - with two children By 1891 he was a publican running "The Pack Horse Inn" in Shepton Mallet and still there in 1901.

Edward married Barbara Bailey in 1879 (Sep Q 4a/549 Braintree) and in 1891 (and 1901) they lived at Great Saling, Essex where he was a gardener. Both these latter sons had several children. In 1911 Edward, his wife and daughter Olive (he had had 4 children) lived at Chestnut House, Great Saling.

By 1881 living at No. 38, Water Lane Sarah Gilham (63) was an outdoor labourer and her handicapped son Frederick (36), a gamekeeper. In 1891 Sarah Gilham (73) was on Parish Relief. She and her son Frederick (40) lived in 4 rooms. Sarah died in 1892 and her son Frederick in 1898. They both won awards (at Glastonbury Great Market) for long service to the Butleigh Court Estate – Frederick £1 10s in Dec 1895 for 39 years service.


1) Harry G. Gilks Chr. 24 Jul 1864 (Jun Q 3a/448 Aylesbury) St. Mary, Aylesbury, Bucks, Chief Petty Officer, R.N., s.o. James and Mary Ann Gilks [d. 1936?]

In 1881 Harry lived with his parents in 123, New Town St. Luton, Beds. And aged 17 was already a sailor in the Navy, his father was a general labourer.

The two Gilks girls were baptised as 'adults' in Butleigh and their father listed as an 'Innkeeper'. In 1901 they had lived with their parents in Cuba Cottage, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, and their father was still in the Navy. On the 1911 census they lived at 'The Rose & Portcullis' inn.

Ada aged 21 married the 46 year old baker Leonard Classey in Butleigh on 24 Feb 1916 (Mar Q 5c/857 Wells). # Emily married Mark Lester Crate of Butleigh in 1918 (Sep Q 2b/1447 Portsmouth)#. In 1940 [before her husband's death] she married Sydney Curl in Hackney.


1) Clemens Gill married Butleigh 21 Jan 1605 Mark White #

2) John Gill bur. 29 Nov 1638 Butleigh

3) Thomas Gill bur. 3 Aug 1631 Butleigh

Thomas received Poor relief in 1606 and 1613. He probably had a son Thomas [by Elizabeth?] see next.

3a) Thomas Gill bur. 7 Nov 1669 Butleigh

3a1) John Gill Chr. 6 Feb 1642 Butleigh died c. 1705? [When his son began paying rates?]

John (the father) is mentioned in the OOP accounts for 1681 as receiving rent on behalf of Ralph Gill and he paid rates on grounds at South Moor from 1690 -96. He was an overseer of the Poor in 1700.

Possible marriages: John Gill of Glastonbury? m. 1 Jan 1661 Bridgwater Eliz Phiping, John Gill of Castle Cary m. 2 * 1665 Ansford Jone Penn, John Gill of Wookey m. 26 Jun 1661 Wedmore Jane Poole, John Gill m. 3 Nov 1666 Crowcombe Mary Ingroom

3a1A) John Gill see (4b1B)

The John who started paying rates in 1706 must be this son of John. He paid the rates until 1763 (thereafter the 'late John Gill'). A John Gill was paid by the CW for killing 10 hedgehogs in 1737-9. A John Gill received rent from the OOP in 1748/9. The OOP paid 'for four score and 3 reed sheaves for John Gills house'. A Mary Gill had house rent paid 1755. The OOP paid for glazing at John's house in 1655/6.In 1755/6 Mary's house rent paid and John allowed 2/6d for wood. Mary house rent paid 1757, '58/9, '59/60, 60/61. In 1760/61 a waistcoat was made for John and sheaves bought for his house roof – and his taxes (?) paid. I 1761/2 Mary's rent and John's rates paid. 1763 Lords rent and taxes for late John Gills house. Mary's house rent paid 1763 – 1769/70 – then Nfi.

3b) Ralph Gill Chr. 20 Sep 1618 Butleigh bur. 1686 Butleigh (OOP)

Ralph received relief in 1674 from the overseers and again in 1675 when his son Ralph was apprenticed to William Webb and his daughter Mary to William Colmer. He received relief each year and often 'in his sickness'. Ralph the father died in 1686 (shroud and grave paid for by the Overseers) and Christian was in receipt of relief from then until her death – a major recipient, and her burial was also at the expense of the overseers (OOP). Christian was unusual in that she could write and she was paid by the overseers twice, in 1673 and 1681 for her writing skills.

3b1) Ralph Gill Chr. 24 May 1658 Butleigh, bur. 21 Feb 1720 Butleigh

Thomazine Abbott was apprenticed to Margaret Cooke in 1675 (OOP) but had an illegitimate child by 1687 when a warrant was taken out by the overseers to have her examined about the matter. No further mention of her or the child but a likely candidate to marry Ralph. Ralph was apprenticed out to William Webb in 1675 and in 1683 a warrant was taken out against him for causing a nuisance (OOP). In 1686 he was sick alongside his father and Mary Rayment was paid to look after the family during their illness. A warrant taken out against him in 1687 and in '89 he was sick again (and received new clothes). In 1690 and '91 he was the subject of three more warrants. Ralph killed a polecat in 1695 according to the churchwarden's accounts and was sick again in '96 (OOP). In 1697 he received relief twice for himself and his family 'in his wife's sickness'. In '98 and '99 Ralph's house rent was paid by the overseerrs and in the latter year they paid for burying one of his children. In 1700 Ralph and his wife were paid for attending on Christian Gill in her sickness. In 1702 two waistcoats and a frock (+ a change) were paid for his children. 1703 he was sick again. In 1704 his chldren received 2 coats and he received (as on other occasions) Symcockes bequest money (for the poor). In 1705 he and his wife received money for their family's relief 'in their trouble'. They received more help in 1706 though 'house rent' was crossed out! In 1707 Thomasin began to receive money herself as well as Ralph 'in sickness' and for his children. She was also 'cured' by Dr. Periam. In 1608 'the Gill's boy' was kept by the overseers who also bought him clothes and took out indentures for him. A boy John is mentioned in the churchwarden's accounts in 1700 and 1711 for killing 3 polecats and he seems to be a son of Ralph. He was apprenticed to William Meade in 1709. Ralph continued to receive relief, money (and ointment) and in 1714 Ralph received relief and his 'maide' received clothes, in 1715 the same but his maid Mary was also treated by Dr. Periam for a problem with her arm. In 1716 Ralph's rent was paid to Stephen Slade. In 1719 he received a coat and a pair of breeches and two payments to relieve him in his sickness. In 1720 the the overseers paid for his shroud and burial, and that of his daughter Mary. From 1721 Thomazin started receiving relief and clothes from the Overseers – also called widow Gill. In 1724 the overseers paid 4s to relieve Thomazin's daughter in her sickness (name not given) though in 1725 they gave 1s to Elinor Gill to relieve her in sickness. In the years 1721-37 Thomazin must have had absolutely no income and the overseers paid for rent and every item of clothing, heating that she needed plus extra in times of necessity or sickness. In 1731 the OOP refers to her living at Mr. Young's pound house together with Joan Davis and Hannah Barnes. She received regular assistance and rent until her death and in 1737 the OOP paid Samuel Sweet to make her coffin.

3b1A) Ralph Gill bur. 16 Dec 1753 Butleigh

In 1720 Ralphs house rent had been paid and a warrant taken out in his name [states Pollet & Gills house rent]. OOP House rent paid also in 1722, 23. In 1729 the overseers paid for 1½ bushels of wheat and gave him 6d in his necessity. In 1730 Ralph received 2s to relieve him and his wife 6d in her sickness. In 1742 the CW paid him 7/- for seven days work. Ralph was paid for making an affidavit in 1833 and the OOP paid for his wife's coffin. Ralph was paid 5/- towards the house rent of his mother in April 1738. In 1741 Ralph received two bushels of barley from the OOP and his rent was paid. Rent paid in 1745. In 1750/51 rent paid by OOP. Rent paid 1752, 1753, 1753/4.

3b1B?) John Gill bur. 31 Jul 1772 Butleigh

A John Gill was paid for his 'plow labour' work to repair the roads 1766/67. Feb 1766 his taxes paid by OOP. Paid for 3 days labour in Feb 1767 and 2/- in July. In Nov 1768 John received 2/- in his distress and from the December seems to have received monthly pay from the OOP until July (2 weeks paid in August a/c) 1772. He had required 'dressing and attendance in May 1769.

Elizabeth is the Betty Gill who received assistance from Nov 1799. In April 1778 the OOP paid Betty and Thomas Gill's house rent (10/-) [the Thomas next?]. From July 1786 payments were made to Thomas Gill. In April 1802 Betty was 'removed' and again in May. She was paid monthly until May 1826 (from Mar 1820 she lived with Jane Withers). James Blacker was paid for digging her grave. She may have been the mother of Henry Gill since there may have been some connection between Betty and Henry's wife Jane. Up to Betty's death perhaps Betty and Jane Withers shared accommodation with Jane Gill and after her death Jane Gills son's illegitimate child seems to have moved in with her.{hypothetically!]

3b1Bi) Thomas Gill Chr. 26 Mar 1742 Butleigh bur. 26 Apr 1818 Baltonsborough aged 77

He married Mary Lester in Baltonsborough and they had five children. Some of the offspring of this generation descended from Thomas emigrated to New Zealand. From July 1786 OOP payments were made to a Thomas Gill. Payments were made in March and April 1811 and his goods and bed carried [to Butleigh?]. Monthly payments thereafter made – in Feb 1813 payment made to Thomas Gill and sister. In late 1813 Thomas is coupled with Betty in OOP relief payments, and in December Thomas disappears and only Betty survives receiving OOP aid. In Dec 1813 the OOP paid William Sweet to make Thomas' coffin.

Another Thomas Gill who died in Baltonsborough on 26 Apr 1818 aged 77 could have been this Thomas. Ages at death are often unreliable.

4) Elizabeth Gill bur. 13 Nov 1756 Butleigh?

5) Thomas Gill bur. 25 Jan 1742 Butleigh

Thomas Gill paid rates on Southmoor Grounds 'Coxes' in 1725 and until his death (though still listed as late as 1744).. He took Richard Masters as an apprentice in 1729. Overseer in 1733.

6) Joan Gill bur. 25 May 1750 Butleigh

7) Thomas Gill bur. 28 Nov 1813 Butleigh aged 84 [i.e. b. 1729]

This Thomas or next probable son of (5)?

8) Thomas Gill b.c. 1710, bur. 17 May 1786 Butleigh

A Thomas (this one?) received money (Butleigh OOP) for looking after 'Barber's boy' in March 1774. In Nov/Dec 1774 he received further pay for keeping Barber's boy. Jan 1775 he was paid again. Ann was paid in Aug 1803 for putting Mary Rowley to bed.

Thomas Gill 'ye elder' received 8/- in necessity in Dec 1782, Feb - Dec 1783 [sometimes called 'senior' and sometimes 'and wife'] and his rent was paid by the OOP. 1784. In June 1786 the payments were made to Thomas Gill's wife later called just Ann Gill. An Elizabeth and an Ann Gill received coal 'for the poor' in Dec 1792. Ann received assistance until her death in 1810. She was reported to have been 103 years old [Bath Chronicle 14 Mar 1936]. Jane Gill [must have been born post 1869?] was paid to attend her mother at the end.

8a) Jacob Gill Chr. 29 Mar 1734 Butleigh 'of Charlton Mackrell' bur. 30 Apr 1797 Virgin Mary, Charlton Mackrell aged 67

9) Mary Gill bur. 7 Jun 1737 Butleigh

10) Henry Gill b. c. 1760 [illeg. son of Elizabeth Gill?] bur. 13 Jan 1811 Butleigh

Hennerey Gill and John Pollet were paid by the OOP for pulling down 'the old purinen end (Poor house end?)and clensen away the same' plus re-building materials. Jane Gill delivered the baby of Jane Withers in Mar 1799. In Nov 1800 she delivered the baby of Andoe's wife. In April 1802 she attended on Judith Pollett. I Mar 1804 Jane delivered the child of J. Cooling's wife. In Sep 1804 she delivered Betty Talbott's child. In April 1805 she delivered John Rowley's wife and in July Betty Shoemarck. In Aug 1805 she delivered two more children. In July 1806 she delivered John Crafts wife. In August she delivered Ann Burch's child. In Aug 1807 she delivered William Periam's wife.In Jan 1809 she delivered Richard Wheeler's wife. In Dec she delivered Jane Withers. In Feb 1810 she delivered Rebecca Shrowles. In June she delivered Grace Birch. Henry had his rent paid in 1811. In Feb 1811 the OOP 'allowed' Jane £1 to bury her husband. In April 1812 she delivered Ann Brice. In 1812 - 14 rent for 'the Hockey girl' was paid to her. In Nov/Dec 1812 she was paid for taking Robert Pike as a lodger. Jane delivered Rebecca Knowles in Aug1815, James Ruddock's wife in April 1816, Amy Harvey in May. In Feb 1817 she was paid for looking after Eliz. Hockey – who she looked after for months from then on [Elizabeth had an illegitimate child by her son John Gill]. She also continued her midwifery duties until Dec 1821 she is in receipt of monthly OOP aid herself.. Jane had rent paid from 1818 – 1826+.. In 1841 Jane lived in Butleigh with her daughter-in-law Elizabeth.

10a) John Gill Chr. 30 Apr 1780 Butleigh, labourer, buried 30 Jun 1824 Butleigh

In Feb 1818 Elizabeth Hockey [John Hockey's daughter] and John Gill were summoned and a justice meeting held for Elizabeth. She been in the care of John's mother for a year. John began paying bastardy pay in January 1818. The child was later called Gill's bastard or Jane Gills. John Gill received aid when ill in March 1820 and in May and June 1824 was taken to Bridgwater Infirmary. His wife received aid from the OOP in her distress in May to July 1824. The OOP paid for William Higgins to make John a coffin after he died and in July '24 John Blacker for burying him. From June 1824 payments no longer made to John Gill but to 'John Gill's wife' and 'John Gill's bastard'. Bastardy payments listed as John Gill continued up to April 1826 are short-hand for 'to John Gill's bastard' – the term used after that date. The child seems to have lived with her grandmother [from May 1826 – after grandmother Betty Gill's death] and their names are adjacent in the accounts, whereas John Gill's wife is placed apart. His widow was on monthly pay from his death. First called 'widow' in the accounts in Nov 1828. In Nov and Dec1829 the OOP gave aid for Betty Gill's boy. She was called Betty in Jan 1830 OOP accounts but then is absent and her boy seems to receive aid alongside his his grandmother (and half-sister). In Jul 1731 John Gill's bastard child now called Jane. In 1832 mention that young Jane was at Wootton. From 1833 no further payments to young Jane.

Elizabeth and her mother-in-law Jane lived together in 1841 but after Jane's death Elizabeth took in lodgers (1851). She was a Parish Pauper out of relief. In 1851 she married her lodger Joshua Andow. She died in 1857.

10a1) Henry Gill Chr. 3 Sep 1820 Butleigh, staff sergeant of the Militia, died 1891 (Dec Q 5b/44 St. Thomas)

In 1881 Henry lived at Paragon Place, Exeter Holy Trinity with his wife Mary (b. 1830 Bolton, Lancs) two children plus son Thomas (23) and his son's wife. In 1871 Henry and Mary had lived at Berry's Place, 82, Cowick Street, St. Thomas, Devon. His eldest daughter Mary Jane b. 1857 was born in Ireland. In 1891 Henry and Mary lived in two rooms at 40, Union Street, St. Thomas, Exeter, Devon.

11) Mary Ann Gill b. 1858 (Sep Q 5c/595 Wells) Baltonsborough, domestic servant 81-100

Mary worked at Higher Rockes Farm in 1881. Probably the Mary Ann born in West Pennard, d.o. Henry and Mary Ann Gill. She married Edwin Allen in 1883 (Jun Q 5c/840 Wells). # Photo

12) Sidney William Gill b. 1875 (Mar Q 5c/571 Wells) Baltonsborough, agricultural labourer, s.o. Frank and Ann Gill 91-124

In 1881 Sidney lived with his parents at Strides Farm, Lottisham. In 1891 he worked at Lower Hill Farm in Butleigh. Probably the Sidney William Gill who died aged 18 in Holborn, London 1893 (Mar Q 1b/521 Holborn).


1) William Henry Gillespie b. 3 Oct 1847 Hermitage Clones, Ireland, Doctor, died 31 Oct 1897 (Dec Q 5c/313 Wells), bur. 4 Nov Butleigh 91-123 OBIT

Freeman's Journal 3 Feb 1870 recorded William's passing his exams at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1881 Dr. Gillespie was the surgeon Deputy Medical Superintendent at the Dorset County Lunatic Asylum, Charminster. Sarah was the daughter of an ironmonger and in 1881 lived with her widowed mother in Clyde House, Queens Road, Kingston On Thames. The doctor married Sarah in 1883 and after the birth of their two children Dr. Gillespie arrive at the Cottage Hospital, Butleigh around 1887 as successor to Dr. Perkins. He appears in the census of 1891 with his wife and children. He is listed in the 1897 Kelly's Directory as surgeon, medical supt. Sir G. Bowles Hospital and public vaccinator, West Bradley District, Shepton Mallet Union. Unfortunately, the much respected Dr. Gillespie caught the 'flu' which stressed his heart (obit.) and he died on 31 Oct 1897 aged 49 - a plaque was erected in Butleigh church to his memory. Reginald was sent to Clifton College Bristol (1901) but his mother and sister were off the census. A Reginald H. Gillespie born 1917 in Richmond Surrey (mother's name Winslett) is probably Reginald's son. Sarah, William's widow, died in 1903 in Llandrindod Wells, but was buried beside her husband in Butleigh.


1) Robert Gillet

A Robert Gillet married Agnes Tette on 19 Jan 1589 Crewkerne but unlikely to be the above since the latter had a son Sydrach Chr. 23 Mar 1599 in Crewkerne. More likely is that Joanna next was his wife.

2) Joanna Gyllet widow bur. 4 Feb 1612 Butleigh

3) Mary Gillet married Butleigh 16 Apr 1746 John Squire #

4) Emma Gillet Chr. 6 Nov 1820 High Ham, d.o. Joseph and Mary Gyllet, d. 1902 (Sep Q 5c/269 Wells) 41-7

Emma was servant to Charles English in the High Street in 1841. She is probably the same person as the Emma Gillett b. 1824 High Ham, servant, who was serving time as a prisoner in Shepton Mallet gaol in 1851. This Emma is also the person who married William Mancell (b. 1833 Glastonbury) in 1858 (Sep Q 5c/939 Wells). In 1861 they lived in prospect building, Glastonbury with Emma's illegitimate daughter Mary Ann (14) and their son George Gillett. Aged 80 she lived in 2 rooms at 19, Bere Lane, Glastonbury in 1901 and died in 1902.

5) Martha Gillet Chr. 7 Jul 1861 (Jun Q 5c/658 Wells) West Pennard, servant, d.o. Giles and Elizabeth Gillett 81-94.

Martha worked at Butleigh Court in 1881. In 1871 she lived with her parents at Lower Somerton where her father was a mason. In 1891 she was a housemaid at 3, Codrington Place, Brighton. Nfi


1) Edward Gillingham b. 1807 Corscombe, Dorset labourer 51-31

Edward, a widower, lodged with John Webber in Church Street in 1851. In 1861 he was in Stoford Hamlet, Barwick, Somerset with his daughter Elizabeth (16) and son Edward (13) where he is described as a Hurdle and Spar maker. His neighbours on both sides were also named Gillingham; William (27) and Robert (25) who are probably his sons. In 1871 he was a lodger in Stowford, Barwick and died in 1878 (Sep Q 5c/276 Yeovil).


1) William Ewart Gladstone politician, Prime Minister, b. 29 Dec 1809 Liverpool, s.o. Sir John and Anne Gladstone, d. 19 May 1898

Gladstone became related to the Neville-Grenville family of Butleigh when he married the daughter of George Neville-Grenville's sister Mary [who had married Stephen Richard Glynne] in 1839.

Gladstone entered government in 1832 and served in the cabinet of Sir Robert Peel and after the split with the Tories became a Peelite and in 1859 they merged with the Whigs to form the Liberal Party. Gladstone visited Glastonbury and the Abbey Ruins on Saturday 18th August 1866 while in Opposition and spent a few days as the guest of Ralph Neville-Grenville at Butleigh Court. Gladstone is said to have played the English concertina and it is recorded that his daughter Mary accompanied on the piano Lord Balfour on concertina. The concertina being the only musical instrument invented by an Englishman and the compiler of this note being an inhabitant of Butleigh Court and a concertina player thinks it worthy of note!


1) William Glendenning sojourner, bur. 29 May 1749 Butleigh

A John Glendenning bur. 6 Jul 1748 Butleigh may have been an adult relation rather than a second child.


1) Francis Glover Chr. 11 Jan 1824 Aller, pensioner, s.o. James and Mary Glover, d. 1905 (Dec Q 5c/235 Langport)

Sarah Ann was the widow of John Charlton. In 1881 the couple lived at King's Elm Field, Street where Francis is described as a labourer. In 1891 they were in Aller


1) Sir Stephen Glynn 9th Baronet of Hawarden b. 22 Sep 1807, d. 17 Jun 1874

The Cheltenham Looker-On newspaper reported on 12th Oct 1839 that Sir Stephen was leaving the Plough Hotel for Butleigh. He was the son of Stephen Richard Glynne (1780 – 1815) and his wife Mary Aldworth Neville Griffin, sister to George Neville-Grenville of Butleigh Court. Sir Stephen's sister Catherine married William Ewart Gladstone, the future Prime Minister. He was a famous antiquary and student of British Church architecture. His father had died in 1815 (at Nice) aged just 35 and Stephen inherited Hawarden castle and estate in Flintshire. Gladstone's father, Sir John Gladstone, helped him when he faced bankruptcy after the failure of the Oak Farm brick and iron works at Stourbridge and the castle and estate were left to William Henry Gladstone, his nephew. Many of his notes on churches in England have been published including: McGarvie (ed.), Michael (1994). Sir Stephen Glynne's Church Notes for Somerset. Somerset Record Society. 82. Taunton: Somerset Record Society


1) John Goddard

John Godred paid £3 6s in bastardy pay for Hester Periam's child in Oct 1801. A letter from John was received by Mr. Welch (OOP) in Nov 1801. John paid 7 months bastardy pay in 1801/2 (OOP) and £1 16s 0d in 1802.


1) Richard Godfrey

Richard paid rates from 1673 until 1692 (then late Godfreys) and then the rate was then paid by William from 1695 until 1729.

2) Joseph Godfrey

A warrant was taken against Joseph in Jan 1783 and Ann Wheller taken to Walton for examination. Joseph appears in the OOP accounts for July 1785 when a warrant was taken out at Wells concerning his fathering of the child of Ann Wheeler/Whellerthe child Joseph Wheeler. An order was taken out against him in September 1785. Joseph's started paying bastardy pay in August 1785 and his last bastardy payment seems to have been in March 1796 though he himself received assistance after that. Ann Wheeler seems to have worked in Compton and became pregnant again in 1785 with a child by Richard Farnham of Compton, who she eventually married. In May 1787 Joseph was arrested and imprisoned and the OOP paid to take a case to sessions opposing his discharge. He must have been a reluctant payer – in Jan 1788 the OOP travelled to Somerton and Walton to get warrants against him and to Glastonbury to have the warrant backed by the Mayor. In March warrants were taken out in Somerton and Walton again to apprehend him, have people swear on oath and then the OOP received some money from him. Joseph received aid in Aug and Dec1796. He received aid in 1797 Jan, - March. In April a payment was made to Joseph Godfrey's son.

The Joseph Godfrey marriage to the widow Mary Barge took place on 1 Nov 1773 at Compton Dundon – he was a batchelor. A Joseph Godfrey, sojourner, married an Elenor West in St. Johns Glastonbury 3 Apr 1783 – also possibly a candidate.

DD/S/BT/19/10/4 1] Mary Barge of Compton Dundon 2] Joseph Godfrey of Street, yeoman 3] Joseph Goodden and John Tarzwell of Compton Dundon, yeomen Marriage settlement of Mary Barge and Joseph Godfrey comprising Mead Horne (1a), Dry Close (3a), cottage and 3a, 1/2a arable, Meadhurne (5a) in Compton Dundon, messuage, 9a closes, 23a arable in Walton fields. 1773


see Gould?

1) William Gold


1) Elizabeth Goldsbrough/Goldstrong bur. 10 Jan 1744 Butleigh nfi


1) Jacob Gollidge of St. John's, Glastonbury [Jacob Golledge bur. 10 Mar 1806 Ditcheat aged 80?]

2) John Golledge b. 22 Nov 1783, Chr. 11 Jan 1784 Ditcheat, s.o. Benjamin and Hester Golidge, of 'Butleigh', farmer of Ditcheat [bur. 27 Nov 1856 Ditcheat aged 72, or bur. 2 Jan 1841 Ditcheat 'from Wraxhall'?]]

A John Golledge bur. 10 Sep 1810 Butleigh is likely to have been a first child of this couple as is Jacob bur. 17 Dec 1820 Butleigh aged 18 months and described as of 'East Pennard'.

John Gollege appears farming on Sedgemoor Commons in 1814 (property of Jane Hodges and Aaron Wheeler, Callow and Lucas). In 1851 John farmed 30 acres at East Pennard and lived with Jane and William, who was farming 14 acres - they all gave their birthplace as Butleigh. In 1841 they had appeared in East Pennard with William plus John (b. 1821), Thomas (b. 1821) Elizabeth (b. 1820) Benjamin and Ann (both b. 1826).

DD/S/BT/10/3/2 - 1] William Eades of Butleigh, yeoman, John Tucker of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Mary, Elizabeth Goodson of Butleigh, James Barnes of Butleigh and wife Ann, John Golledge of East Pennard, yeoman and wife Jane, John Avery of Butleigh. cordwainer and wife Date: 1824.

3) Edward Golledge b. 1797 Ditcheat, labourer 51-25

Edward lodged with James Lye in the Keepers Lodge in 1851. He may be the Edward Golledge who lived with 14 year old Hannah Golledge in Wheathill (near Castle Cary) in 1841, if so, then he was lodging in the High Street, East Lydford in 1861 - a farm labourer aged 62. He died in 1878 (Jun Q 5c/312 Langport) aged 78. Several Golledge families lived in Ditcheat.

4) William Joseph Golledge b. 1877 (Mar Q 5c/523 Shepton Mallet) Chr. 28 Jul 1878 West Bradley, labourer s.o. Edward and Dinah Golledge 91W-116

Abode of parents at his birth was Lottisham. Aged 14 William worked for Joseph Fox on Looks Farm in Wootton in 1891. Nfi


Gooden - Goodwin

1) William Gooden/Goodwin

William paid rates from 1707 – 1718 (OOP). Nearest local person with this name was William Goodden buried 30 Jun 1746 Compton Dundon.

2) Thomas Gooding [unc Chr. 10 Mar 1749 Weston Zoyland s.o. Alexander and Sarah Gooding?]

No Johanna found but in Middlezoy a Fanny Chr.15 Sep 1745 illegitimate daughter of Zipporah Hitchfield. Johanna was aged 95 when she died. A daughter Ruth Chr. 12 Apr 1812 WZ to Thomas and Joanna must be a granddaughter. Ruth married james Andrees in Butleigh on 9 Apr 1821.

2a) Thomas Gooden/Gooding Chr. 25 Feb 1781 Westonzoyland, died 1847 (Mar Q 10/307 Bridgwater)

In Jan 1817 the OOP paid aid to Thomas. He was examined by Mr. Welch in Somerton in January 1817. In March two order were made for his removal and a horse and cart took him, his wife and goods to Westonzoyland. Stephen Hockey was paid the same month for having buried their son. In 1841 Thomas and Amey (called Emma on census) lived in Westonzoyland with William (13), Jane (9) and Ellen (5). Thomas died in 1847. The widowed Amey (a pauper) lived in Westonzoyland in 1851 with her children William (23) and Ellen (13) who were born there.

2a1A) Thomas Gooding b. 17 Dec 1844 Westonzoyland, servant, s.o. John and Jane (née Brawley) Gooding 61-54

Thomas was a servant at Lower Hill Farm in 1861. Thomas's father was a journeyman carpenter and they lived at Moorlinch in 1851. By 1871 he had married Charlotte East (widow), ten years older and with two step children. Their own daughter, Alice, was born in 1869. Thomas died in the 1870's and his widow became a nurse at the 'Infirmary' Salmon Lane, Bridgwater in 1881.

3) Rebecca Goodin

Rebecca was treated by Dr. Grant in April 1812. (OOP). There was a Rebecca Godden (Chr. 12 Feb 1792 Bower Hinton) a Rebecca Gooding (Chr. 11 Jul 1802 Chard) – but nfi about this person.

4) Robert Gooding b. 1867, bur. 1 Feb 1940 [(Mar Q 5c/1316 Wincanton) aged 73] Butleigh

Robert's address was 2, Council House, Lydford on Fosse. Probably the Police Constable b. East Anstey, Devon, married to Ellen Johanna, living in Redhill, Wrington Som. in 1911 with son Thomas Henry (b. 1898 Alford Som.). He placed an advert in the Western Gazette 27 Nov 1925 wanting to rent a cottage with 4 or 5 rooms, orchard and paddock near a town or bus route – address Butleigh.


1) Richard Goodrole

This Surname is clear in the Butleigh Parish registers but must be a miss-spelling of a different name e.g. Gathrell/Gawtrell – possibly Gutteroll as found in Montacute e.g. marriage of William Gutteroll and Quinn Cody on 5 Jun 1559.


1) John Goodson Baltonsborough, tanner, bur. 7 Oct 1766 Baltonsborough [or bur. 1 Apr 1767 Baltonsborough?]

Baltonsborough Manor was sold by a Thomas Walter in 1724 to the Goodson family. The tanneries were in Martin Street.

Mentioned in CW accounts 1724/5 for 'haire' – 2/4d. In 1746/47, 48 paid for 'leather used about the bells'. In 1749 paid for leather for Edward Periam. In 1750-51 he supplied more (horse-) hair for the rebuilding of the new church roof. His bill to the CW paid in 1763-65. He was Overseer in 1765. In April 1766 he was paid for going to Wells to sign the book and get a warrant.

In 1758 John Goodson replaced John Lymbry and began paying rates on 'Jarvises' in Butleigh and began paying rates on Southmoor Ground (in succession to Mr. John Lymbry). In 1767 he was 'the late John Goodson'. The properties then passed to Mr. William Willcox of West Lydford. In 1770 Thomas Goodson took over Late Mrs. Ewens and Allets field in Butleigh and Late Mrs. Ewens 10 acres in South Moor.

DD/S/BT/24/7/8 1] John Goodson of Baltonsborough, tanner 2] Thomas Goodson of Baltonsborough, yeoman, son of John and Ellen Hodges daughter of John Hodges of Baltonsborough, yeoman 3] John Close of Baltonsborough, yeoman and William Goodson of West Lydford, surgeon and apothecary Copy marriage settlement of Thomas and Ellen comprising a house and land in Baltonsborough. 1765

1a) Thomas Goodson [bur. 4 Jan 1812 Baltonsborough?]

In 1770 Thomas Goodson took over Late Mrs. Ewens and Allets field in Butleigh and Late Mrs. Ewens 10 acres in South Moor from William Willcox of West Lydford who had succeeded John Goodson in 1769. Jervises however and 10 acres of southmoor went to Jackey Goodson. However, this latter person disappears by 1772 and Thomas Goodson 'or occupiers' paid the rates on all the properties. In 1772 he was to take Robert Looke as an apprentice if his ticket was chosen under the John Rocke scheme. From 1777 the ratepayer is Thomas Goodson and in 1778 the accounts note that it was for four articles (in Butleigh) and 20 acres in Southmoor. In 1792 the Southmoor grounds had their rates paid by Thomas Goodson junior until in 1799 John Reynolds was noted as occupier. Rates paid on Butleigh properties until 1799 when Edward Burge began to be listed as occupier of Jervices and Miss Sarah Rock for the commons. This was the situation until 1806 when Mrs. Elizabeth Hood took over all the Butleigh Goodson properties. In Southmoor the 20 acres 'late Thomas Goodson' went to William Vowles.

In Jun 1802 the OOP paid a Mr. Goodson for a 'straight waistcoat' [straight-jacket?] for Judith Pollett (who was then removed from Wootton to Barton).

The Goodson estates in Baltonsborough passed to James Goodson (b. 1774), by the 1840's. [Will of James Goodson 1847 DD/S/BT/26/3/20] – bur. 28 Oct 1852.

DD/S/BT/24/7/8 1] John Goodson of Baltonsborough, tanner 2] Thomas Goodson of Baltonsborough, yeoman, son of John and Ellen Hodges daughter of John Hodges of Baltonsborough, yeoman 3] John Close of Baltonsborough, yeoman and William Goodson of West Lydford, surgeon and apothecary Copy marriage settlement of Thomas and Ellen comprising a house and land in Baltonsborough. 1765

DD/S/BT/25/4/15 Copy marriage settlement of Ellen daughter of John Hodges of Baltonsborough, yeoman and Thomas Goodson of Baltonsborough, yeoman, comprising messuage and meadow lands in Baltonsborough. 1765

DD/S/BT/26/11/81 1] William Melliar of Wells 2] John Goodson of Jamaica, now of Glastonbury, shopkeeper, Thomas Champeny Goodson of Jamaica, Henry Tucker of Glastonbury, labourer, and wife Mary Ann, Esther Ann Goodson of Baltonsborough 3] James Goodson of Baltonsborough, yeoman and John Tucker of Butleigh, yeoman 4] Thomas Goodson of London 5] William Goodson of Baltonsborough, yeoman 6] James Goodson 7] Thomas Lawrence of Glastonbury, carpenter widower of Eleanor [Goodson] decd 8] Same Thomas as executor of wife Usher or Ursula [Goodson] decd 9] William Goodson of Baltonsborough 10] Lucy Charlotte Amelia Near of Baltonsborough 11] John Dauncey of Baltonsborough yeoman 12] George Champeny Goodson 13] Samuel Prat of Glastonbury Copy release of two houses and lands in Baltonsborough. 1836

3) William Goodson

A Doctor Goodson's bill paid by OOP for treatment to Edward Davis' wife and Mary Pollet's daughter 1757. The William Goodson of East Lydford was married to Mary and had children born in the 1760's. William Goodson m. 13 Sep 1756 St. Johns Glastonbury Mary Taunton of West L:ydford.

In 1764/5 the OOP paid a William Goodson for wool cloth for Joseph Avery and his 'bill in 1765/6. In 1766 his bill for clothing the poor was paid [a second person to the Doctor?]

DD/S/BT/24/7/8 1] John Goodson of Baltonsborough, tanner 2] Thomas Goodson of Baltonsborough, yeoman, son of John and Ellen Hodges daughter of John Hodges of Baltonsborough, yeoman 3] John Close of Baltonsborough, yeoman and William Goodson of West Lydford, surgeon and apothecary Copy marriage settlement of Thomas and Ellen comprising a house and land in Baltonsborough. 1765

4) Elizabeth Goodson b. 1776 Butleigh 41-13

Elizabeth was servant to William Eades on Butleigh Hill in 1841. In 1851 she was visiting Fop Road, West Lydford (home of John Avery) when she was described as widow, formerly in 'Farm House'. She is probably the Elizabeth Goodson who died was bur. 18 Oct 1853 Baltonsborough aged 77.

DD/S/BT/10/3/2 - 1] William Eades of Butleigh, yeoman, John Tucker of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Mary, Elizabeth Goodson of Butleigh, James Barnes of Butleigh and wife Ann, John Golledge of East Pennard, yeoman and wife Jane, John Avery of Butleigh. cordwainer and wife Date: 1824.

5) Elinor Elsie Goodson b. 1907 (Mar Q 5c/388 Wells) Baltonsborough

Elenor was the niece of George and Edith Turner and was staying with them on census nigh 1911 at 'Sweets'. She was the daughter of Reginald James Brooks Goodson and Elsie Lilian (nee Murrow) Goodson who lived in Lubborn, Baltonsborough.


(Gousney, Gosney)

1) John Gousney

John paid rates from 1673 – 1694. Elsewhere in the village from 1694 rates were paid by John Browning and then Browning and Gousney from 1695 (see next). Most Gosney/Goosneys seem to come from either Bruton or Shepton Mallet at this time – a John was Chr. 15 Oct 1655 s.o. James and Alice Gosney in Shepton.

2) Elizabeth Goosney married Butleigh 11 May 1676 John Browning #

Browning & Gousney paid rates from 1695 until 1707 (thereafter 'late John Browning & Gousney'). In 1709 the property was owned by John and William Browning.


Gormans are few and far between close to Butleigh. An Elizabeth Gorman married 5 Apr 1697 Kingweston a Robert Stone from West Camel and a John Gorman was buried in 1705 in Barton St. David. Earlier, a Joane Gorman married 28 Nov 1594 Ditcheat a Wuilliam Coales.

1) William Gor(e)man

2) Richard Gorman

3) Nicholas Gorman appears in the churchwarden's accounts for 1693 when he killed 2 hedgehogs.


[Gismore, Gismoor, Gossmore]

1) Elizabeth Gosmer will proved 12 May 1560

Elizabeth's will also mentions Margery Rayment, William Locke, John Hunt and his three children and Thomas Withrall. Witnesses John Hoggs, Henry Pope and Robert Mayne. A Margaret Gosmore married Thomas Cook 10 Jun 1578 Butleigh.

1a) John Gosmore bur. 25 Apr 1614 Butleigh

There may be more than one John Gosmore involved here. A John Gosmore paid £3 3s on the Subsidy Roll of 1581 [SRS Vol. 88]. No mother's name recorded at children's births. Ursula married Butleigh 25 Apr 1611 John Boord. Elizabeth married William Foxe Butleigh 10 Jan 1602.

2) Robert Gosmore of West Lydford, bur. 1700 Butleigh (OOP)

Robert paid rates from 1673 until 1691. His situation deteriorated and in 1699 he and his wife needed the attendance of Mary Rayment, after which she died. When Robert was buried in 1700, after 22 weeks sickness, a wake was held at Thomas Symcockes house and the overseers spent 2 shillings on beer. His effects were sold to defray the expenses - “rec’d for a coverled an old bedsteed an old berde & frame & some other old small things which wase Robert Gosmers - £1 4s”.

3) Samuel Gosmore b. 1796 Walton, agricultural labourer, bur. 24 Dec 1859 (Dec Q 5c/406 Wells) Butleigh 41-11, 51-26

Samuel [of Greinton) first appears in the OOP accounts when he received aid in sickness in Feb 1827 and they paid his doctor's bill. He was in distress in Nov 1828. In April 1831 Samuel received £1 10s 0d from the OOP. In August he received 10/- and in October 5/- plus £2 5s rent. He received a further 3/- in November and in December 5/- plus 15/6d for work at Sealys Row. From then on there are occasional references to 'no work' or small jobs carried out for the OOP and assistance they gave him. In 1832 the OOP paid for shoes for his wife and two children. In Feb 1834 shoes were made for his daughter and 6/- given his wife. She was given 3/- in March and further sums that year and the next. Her husband may have been absent working elsewhere – in Oct 1834 the OOP paid his poor rates and again in March 1835. No payments to wife in May 1835 and in June payment to Samuel who was ill.

1841 Samuel Gossmore (45) lived in the High Street with his wife Mary (45) and children Eliza (12), Mary (10), Martha (7) and Joseph (5). In 1851 the family were joined by a grandson Henry, (11 months), the illegitimate son of Eliza who was born and baptised in the Wilts Union Workhouse. Samuel died in 1859.

Eliza married John Willis in Butleigh on 16 Apr 1857 (Jun Q 5c/1004 Wells), her sister Mary Ann married John Fry 1857 (Jun Q 5c/1005 Wells) and their sister Martha married shoemaker Thomas Arnold in Butleigh 5 May 1859 (Jun Q 5c/975 Wells). # The latter lived in Benedict Street in 1861 with their blind daughter Eliza. In 1871 - 1881 they were in Baltonsborough (9, Mill Street) and by 1891 Martha was a widow.

In 1861 Mary, the mother lived with Joseph (23) and grandson Henry (11). Joseph died in 1868 aged 33 (Dec Q 5c/385 Wells) so that by 1871 Mary just had Henry (21) plus a friend, widow Mary Oldish (76) living with her. Both Marys survived and stayed together by the next census.

Henry Gosmore appears in 1881 as a carter lodging at 33 Henry St., Birkenhead, Cheshire. By 1901, married to Mary A. from Somerton he was a Publican living at 87 George St., Chester with five children.

In 1881 Mary Gossmore (89) widow lived with just Mary Oldish (88) widow. Mary Oldis died in 1884 (Mar Q 5c/389 Wells) aged 89 and her friend Mary Gosmore died in 1885 aged 96.

Neither Sarah nor Betty (b. 1827) appeared on the 1841 census as children of Samuel and Mary.


A) Christopher Gould

1631 Ilchester Sessions case brought: Uppon complainte made unto this Court by one Christofer Gould that whereas he havinge benn reteyned in the service of one William Atwell of Butley by the space of five yeares and halfe and the said William Atwell havinge turned him the said Gould out of service, and uniustly and fraudilently deteyninge of his wages from him not givinge him quarter[ly] waminge, whereby the said Gould is now destitute of service, and gretly impoverished through the uniustly deteyninge of his said wages ; yt is therefore ordered by this Courte that the Overseers of the poore of the said parishe of Butley shall provide for the mayntennce of the said Christofer Gould as for other the poore of the said pishe of Butley untill the said Willm Atwell shalbe ordered by this Courte.

1) George Gould

2) Richard Gould owned Butleigh Hill Farm in 1758 [Wells died 10 Dec 1793 aged 71 – monument in Wells Cathedral – the same?]

Richard took over James Abbott's property in 1747/8 and began paying rates. An X appears next to his name sometimes (usually Indicates a non-Butleigh resident) and paid the rate until 1758 – thereafter the property belonged to James Grenville.

In May 1763 a Counsellor Gould was consulted and paid for his work at Sessions.(OOP).

A Richard Gould married Susanna Maundrel of Bridgwater in Chilton Trinity 19 Sep 1745 and began having children in Bridgwater from 1746 and the last was in 1759. He was possibly the Richard Gould Chr. 22 Aug 1725 Selworthy. One son Henry could be (3) next

DD/S/BT/5/3/16 1] Revd William Dodd 2] James Abbot 3] Richard Gould of Bridgwater Assignment of a messuage and lands, Pyle Close (2 a), Bolster (1a), 5 yds in Elder Bush Furlong, 1/2a in the West field and 1.5a in Charlen Way, Butleigh. Endorsed Gould 1758. With bond. 1747

DD/S/BT/10/2/1-2 1] John Slade of South Cadbury 2] Abigail Prowse of Berkeley 3] Richard Gould of Bridgwater Lease and release of Glovers (2a) in Butleigh. 1750

DD/S/BT/7/4/7 1] James Ayres of Butleigh, carpenter 2] Richard Gould of Bridgwater Mortgage of 1/2a in Butleigh West field and 3yds a in the East field. 1750-51

DD/S/BT/8/7/20-1 1] Richard Gould of Bridgwater 2] James Grenville of Butleigh Release in fee of Glovers 2a on Butleigh hill, with covering slip. 1758

DD/S/BT/5/3/17-18 1] Richard Gould 2] Jas Grenville of Butleigh 3] William Ekins Peirs of Wookey Assignment of a messuage, closes of meadow and pasture (16a), 9-a close of arable and 4a arable in the East field, Pyle Close (2 a), Bolster (1a), 5 yds in Elder Bush Furlong, 1/2a same in the West field and 1.5a in Charlen Way, Butleigh, endorsed late Abbots, Butleigh Hill, in trust for Grenville. With covering slip. 1758

DD/S/BT/10/2/3 1] Richard Gould of Bridgwater 2] James Grenville of Butleigh Lease for a year of Glovers (2a) in Butleigh. 1758

DD/S/BT/12/1/29 1] Richard Corp of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Richard Gould of Wells 2] James Grenville of Butleigh 3] Revd Samuel Hood of Butleigh Assignment in trust of Ivyleafe house and 2 1/4a arable in Butleigh. 1763

DD/S/BT/21/7/4 1] Henry Fane of Bradford, Dors. 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

3) Henry Gould b. 1754, Vicar of Butleigh 1777-1828 patron James Grenville, died 21 Aug 1839

This might be the Henry Chr. 19 Jan 1754 Bridgwater, s.o. Richard and Susanna (2) above.

The Reverend Henry Gould signed the OOP accounts for 1777/8 and paid rates from 1778 (£2 3s 9d). Notice in the Bath Chronicle 18 May 1780 states: On Thursday passed the great sealof dispensation to the Rev. Henry Gould M.A. Chaplain to the Duke of Cumberland, enabling him to hold the vicarage of Butleigh, together with the rectory of East Chinnock, both of this County.

In Feb 1784 the OOP paid one guinea (£1 1s) in respect of Mr. Gould's late servant at Ilchester. The reverend, later the Reverend Canon Gould paid rates up to 1827 when the OOP records end. In the assessment of 1827 paid rates on his house, the Grenvilles garden and his Vicarial tithes (£11 10s 8d in all). The Bath Chronicle 5 Nov 1795 reported: The Lord Bishop of this diocese has collated the Rev.Henry Gould, rector of Butleigh, to the Prebend of Coombe, the fourth in the Cathedral church of Wells, void by the death of the Rev. Mr. Pearce. From 1796 Henry is recorded as paying rates on commons on the Kings Sedgemoor Ground (occupier John Tinney of Walton).

In Wells Cathedral is a tablet 'erected in memory of the Reverend Henry Gould, A.M. Canon Residentiary of this Cathedral for the space of fourty four years. “He was of an ancient and Honorable house in the County of Somerset on whose name he shed lustre by many admirable qualities He was an elegant Scholar and accomplished Gentleman and he departed this life sincerely respected and deeply lamented by his family on the 21st day of August in the year of our Lord 1839 at the advanced age of 85” He died unmarried. Henry was also vicar of East Chinnock and Baltonsborough.

A reference to him appears in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 15 Sep 1791 'Henry Gould, clerk, Butley – issued with a certificate for Game duty 13th Aug to 6th Sep 1791.

DD\WBS/8 Three yards of meadow in Walcombe Field on the east side of the church path leading from Wells to Walcombe, three yards of meadow lying on the west side of Bristol Way leading to Walcombe and one yard of meadow in the combe above Walcombe, 1786; deed of exchange with John Payne Tudway of this land for a close of meadow called Burgeham near Coxley Pound bounded on north with Wells River and on south and east with lane leading to Week, 1803; leases of 1807 and 1826 of Burgeham to Rev. Hy. Gould of Butleigh and Rev. Richard Thomas Whalley of Yeovilton. 1786-1803

DD/S/BT/24/5/12-13 Letters from Henry Gould to Lord Glastonbury concerning Brue drainage, alterations to Butleigh House, a gothic door to his seat in church and local affairs. 1800

DD/S/BT/15/4/5-6 1] Richard Gardner of Moorlinch nephew of Charles Winter decd 2] Lt. Gen. Richard Grenville of Butleigh 3] George Bickham of Stogumber son of George decd 4] Revd Henry Gould of Wells Lease and release of moiety of 3a in Hulkmoor, Glastonbury and assignment of term.1811

4) Thomas Gould Wells

DD/S/BT/10/4/8-9 1] William Buckler of Boreham, Warminster, devisee of Dorothy Bull of Yeovil decd 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of William Hodges decd 3] James Grenville of Butleigh 3] Roger Swyer of Charlton Horethorne, shopkeeper 4] Thomas Gould of Wells Lease and release of the 50th and 51st lotts in Southmoor and 3a arable in Harfyland, 3a meadow, Fishwell (5a) and 1a 3yds at Mountshill in Butleigh. 1769

DD/S/BT/10/4/5-6 1] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth 2] James Grenville of Butleigh 3] Roger Swyer of Charlton Horethorne, shopkeeper 4] Thomas Gould of Wells Lease and release of 3yds arable at Cross, 4a in the West field and Yonder Fishwell (3a) in Butleigh. 1769

DD/S/BT/10/4/4 1] Ann Raymond of Sock, Mudford 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of William Hodges and Ann decd and sister of William Hodges decd, their son William Hodges Withers, John Moore of West Coker and John Rock of Butleigh 3] James Grenville of Butleigh 4] Thomas Gould of Wells Assignment of 41st and 42nd lotts (6a) in Southmoor, 1a in Little Furlong, Harepitts (2a), 3/4a under Down, 3/4a in Long Gaston, 3/4a in Mountshill, 1/2a in Petty Gaston, 3.5a in Whitland, 1/2a in Longhill and 1/2a in Sugg, Ashmead Brook (12a), Fishwell (3)0 and Little Furlong (1/2a) in Butleigh. 1769

5) John Gould of Street the twin Chr. 29 Feb 1784 Street s.o. William and Mary Gould

Probably the John Gould (b. 1784) and Ann (b. 1779) who farmed in Barton St. David in 1841? Different than the John Gould of Somerton, surgeon [b. 1740, bur. 26 Dec 1827 Somerton] mentioned below.

DD/S/BT/10/8/5 1] Edmund Barnes of North Cadbury, yeoman 2] Richard Toghill Hodges and Thomas Hodges of Butleigh, yeoman 3] John Gould of Somerton, surgeon 4] Aaron Wheller of Ashcott Assignment of allotment 57a in Kings Sedgemoor, Butleigh. 1814

6) William Gould – possibly William Isaac Gould above

Reported in the Leamington Spa Courier 8 Nov 1845: As Mr. William Gould was returning from Glastonbury market on Monday evening, he was met at Butleigh Wooton by three men, who pulled him from his horse, tied his legs, blinded his eyes, stopped his mouth, and threatened, if he made the least resistance, to knock out bis brains. They then rifled his pockets of a cheque for £32. and seven £5 bills, amounting altogether to £67 ; also an engine-turned silver watch, pair of silver spectacles, a pocket-knife with two blades, and one other knife with two blades, and a comb and pencil-case, with which the rascals made off across the fields in the direction of Glastonbury, leaving Mr. Gould to extricate himself as he could. As yet, the scoundrels have escaped detection, although several persons have been apprehended on suspicion.

7) Thomas Gould Chr. 2 Apr 1820 Westwood, Bradford, Wilts, bricklayer , s.o. William and Sarah Gould 51-29

This family appeared in Spring Gardens in 1851. The children were born at Longbridge Deverill (1861 census) except Rhoda who was born at Frome, showing that in 1851 they had only just arrived in Butleigh. Thomas was a Master mason in Nunney by 1861 and the fact that a daughter Ruth was born there in 1852 shows that the Butleigh stay was very short.

8) Esau Gould Chr. 29 Jul 1832 West Bradley, Som., farm labourer, s.o. James and Leah Gould, died 1896 (Mar Q 5c/329 Shepton Mallet) 51-37

At his birth Easu was given the abode East Pennard. Esau (spelled Easua on census) lodged at 4, Quarry House in 1851. He married Charlotte Stock in 1856 (Dec Q 5c/1071 Shepton Mallet) and he joined the army. He must have served in China because his daughter Jane was born there in 1864. They appeared at the Citadel Barracks, Western Heights, Kent in 1871 when Esau was a private in the 67th Regiment. In 1881 Esau was a pensioner and they lived in Witheral, East Pennard with Charlotte's mother Martha Stock (a pauper). By 1891 they lived in Parbrook, West Bradley and Esau died in 1896 aged 63.

If he is to be identified with the 'Edwin' Gould at West Bradley on the 1841 census then his parents were James and Leah Gould and grandfather Joseph Gould.

9) Edward Gould b. 1866 Parbrook, agricultural labourer [Chr. 16 Nov 1865 Wells St. Cuthberts s.o. Eliza Gould of Wells Union Workhouse] 91-115

Edward was related to Esau above, and lived with his widowed grandmother Leah Gould in Parbrook in 1871. He was a servant in Mansford Farm, West Bradley in 1881. He Lodged with George Small in Rowley Lodge in 1891. In 1900 (Jun Q 5c/915 Shepton Mallet) he had married the widow Eliza Ann Bond (b. 1856 Lottisham) and they lived together with her two sons at West Bradley.

10) George Edward Gould b. 1872 Uphill, Som., police constable, s.o. Lawrence and Jane Gould

George and his brother Walter boarded in Ystradyfodwg, Glam., in 1891 where they both worked as coal miners. Bessie lived with her mother and siblings at Huntspill Rd., Catcott in 1881 and by 1891 was a servant to the Rev. Henry Good at 2, Knapton Villa, Severn Rd., Weston-Super-Mare. George was the arresting officer in the case of the murderer Charles Weaver in Butleigh in April1898. The couple lived at North Coker in 1901 with their three children. By 1911 George Edward and Bessie lived at Chew Stoke with all of their now seven children.

11) Ann Gould pauper, formerly coal miner's wife b. 1777 Butleigh – appears on the 1851 census at Moons Brook, Ashwick Somerset [Shepton Mallet]



1) Alfred Hammett Gover Chr. 1 Nov 1846 (Sep Q 10/467 Wells), Street, carpenter, s.o. Richard Hammet and Eliza Gover

Alfred lived with his parents in Street in 1861, his father was a carpenter. After their marriage in 1867 this family lived in Street in 1871. They emigrated to Lyme, Huron, Ohio before 1880.

2) William Govier b. 1796 Somerset, Servant 41W-16

William worked at Wootton House in 1841. He may be the William Govier, unmarried, b. Bishops Lydeard who in 1851 lodged in Wells. Nfi


1) Robert Scrivener Graburn Chr. 6 Apr 1803 Barton Upon Humber, Lincs., gentleman, s.o. William Gesy and Hannah Graburn, d. 25 Dec, bur 28 Dec 1883 (Dec Q 7a/294 Lincoln) 81-94

At his marriage Robert lived at Branswell Cottage near Sleaford, Lincs. He was overseer of the 900 acre farm of the Marquis of Bristol. He resided at Brauncewell in 1837. In 1838 he lived at Brunswick Cottage, Sleaford, Lincs. He was a Guardian of the Sleaford Union in 1842. In 1849 he was agent to Earl Fortescue, a relative of George Neville-Grenville of Butleigh.

Robert worked with the squire in the 1840/50s and must have lived some of that time in Butleigh. In 1846, while living at Walton-in Gordano, he wrote (Lincolnshire Chronicle 3 April 1846/also Journal of the Agricultural Society 1846 p. 488/9] 'On drilling maiden earth for turnips' to show how the fertility of heavy clay soils could be improved with dramatic results by using fertilizer'as seen at Butleigh'. He also published on 1st Jan 1859 'Report on the Agricultural Management of the Philanthropic Farm School, Redhill' [see also North Devon Journal 13 Feb 1851]. In the Western Times of 25 Mar 1854 he put his name to a testimonial advertising Lawes's superphosphate of Lime as a fertilizer saying that the Dean of Windsor had used it regularly for the previous eight years with great success. [Lawes's superphosphate invented by Sir John Bennet Lawes was the first chemical fertilizer - developed in 1842 on his Rothamstead estate]. One of Robert's passions was the introduction of new and improved varieties of farming implements

Robert Graburn had been a substantial farmer in Mells (Mells Down Farm) in 1861 and Assistant High Bailiff to the Lincolnshire County Court in 1871. He seems to have advised the squire and his father on new farming methods over a long period, and visited Ralph at Butleigh Court on census night 1881. Robert had a brother Marmaduke (b.c. 1795) who emigrated to Canada. His son William was working for the Government in Fiji at the time of his father's death.

Robert Graburn came to the conclusion that the soils of Lincolnshire were being destroyed by the use of chemical fertilizers as opposed to natural ones and that after the initial increases in production, fertility rapidly declined. An account of Roberts methods can be found in an article entitles 'A trip to North Devon' by Alderman Mechi [extracted from his new work entitledHow to farm profitably”] in the North Devon Journal 3 Mar 1859.

Graburn Family deed DD/X/VIN/2 - Release to trustees of marriage settlement of Robert Scrivener Graburn and Johanna Mary Uppleby (including Ralph Neville Grenville of Butleigh Court), by William Graburn of Melbourne, Australia.. [Somerset Archive and Records, Deeds, etc.... Date: 1857.


1) Richard (Ricus) Grafton bur. 7 Mar 1621 Butleigh

A John Grafton who married 19 Oct 1621 Kingsdon may be a son of this couple.


1) Isaac Graham b. 1886 (Mar Q 5c/436 Wells), bur. 18 Mar 1892 (Mar Q 5c/436 Wells) Butleigh

Various possibilities for the parents of this child - brother of the next?

2) Tom Graham b. 10 Sep, Chr. 30 Oct 1892 (Dec Q 5c/462 Wells) Butleigh, s.o. Robert and Catherine Graham, bur. 11 Jan 1893 (Mar Q 5c/380 Wells) probably.

Robert Graham was a labourer and the couple may have come from the N.E. or Scotland - absent from 1891 or other censuses.

Grandon – see Crandon


1) Thomas Granger b. 1858 (Jun Q 5b/25 Honiton) Broadhembury, Devon, butler, s.o. Edward and Sarah Granger, bur. 27 Jan 1940 (Mar Q 5c/1503) Butleigh 01-134

Several Butleigh people came from Broadhembury - Eliza Canniford and Jane Dyer to name but two. Thomas was the son of Edward Granger, a master mason. In 1901 he lived at 11 High Street with his wife and they were still there, childless, in 1911. At the Estate sale of Feb. 1947 the widowed Betsy rented No. 11 at £10 p.a. and her water was obtained from a well in the garden. Betsy Granger was cook at Butleigh Court until 1929.


1) Jeferia Grant/Grannt

Mary Grant of Buttley married James Fisher of Charlton Adam in Pitney on 3 Jan 1666 (Phill.).

2) Jeffery Grant [probable son of last] bur. 1682 Butleigh (OOP)

The Alice Grant who received relief from 1698 and was buried 1705 Butleigh (OOP) was possibly Jeffery's daughter, but maybe of Jeffery senior. She sat with Elner Rowley at his death in 1698. In 1704 she received Symcockes bequest money.

Jeffery received 2s 6d. from poor rate for rent of house in 1673 (it was paid to Robert Symcockes). In 1682 the overseers paid for relief for Jeffery and his wife in their sickness and Jeffery's shroud and burial. Gartene may be a corruption of Katherine (could be the Katherine in receipt of OOP relief – see d.o. Edward?). Probably the child of widow Grant for whom she received relief in 1685 (when she was also sick). The Katherine Grant (with) child mentioned in the churchwarden's accounts of 1692? [a warrant was taken out about her in 1690 – OOP]. [see the possible daughter of Edward next]

Richard Grant appears in the churchwarden's accounts in 1696, and 1711 and was possibly a child of Jeffery, falling into the PR gap 1677-1714. Richard received Rocke bequest money in 1705, relief in his sickness in 1706, Richard & Katherine from 1707 -11. A John mentioned in the churchwardens account of 1704 is probably a son of Jeffery.

In 1686 a Grace Grants child received shoes. Grace Grant was in receipt of relief from 1683 to 1706, with her two children. Seems unlikely that it was the wife of Jeffery, possibly wife of John below?

2a) Richard Grant bur. 12 Jul 1747 Butleigh

Richard paid by the CW in 1735/6 for cleaning some rubbish out of the church (1/-). Richard was paid several times in 1737 to relieve him (OOP), and his house rent paid. He received further assistance in 1737 and 1738, sometimes in wheat, barley etc. In April 1738 the OOP paid Richard Grant 7/6d 'to go fishing for a livelihood'. His house rent was also paid. In 1739 he began to receive regular pay from the OOP. Paid 1740, 1741, 1742. A Joane Grant received aid from the OOP in April 1742 in her sickness, and attended three weeks. In 1743, 1744, 1745, 1746 Richard and Joane had their rent paid together. In May 1747 the OOP paid for Richard's coffin.

3) James Grantbound out as an apprentice and given clothes in the summer of 1714 (OOP) – not certain whose child.

4) Edward Grant

Edward's house rent was paid in 1673 (OOP), in '74 he received money for his relief and easement, from 75 – 81 his rent + relief (sick in '80). In 1683 he received Kelway fine money (for not burying his wife in woollen). In 1685 the overseers paid for the burial of his daughter (not named). Edward received relief for most of the years up to 1705 when he last appears. Katherine received 2s 6d from the Webb fine (for being buried in linen and not woollen) in 1713. Katherine received 1s to relieve her in sickness in 1726 and was paid a year's relief by the OOP in 1727, plus wood and relief in her sickness. She also received a coat and material. In 1728 she received relief, wood and then the overseers paid for her coffin, shroud and grave. A list of poor receiving relief included an Edward Grant receiving 6/- (end of OOP rate book).

5) John Grant

John Grant appears in 1685 when his child was cared for by John Talbott. Shoes were bought for John at William Talbott's in 1686. In 1686 and '87 the child was in the care of William Talbot.In 1689 the child was named as Mary. Mary received clothes and aid in 1690. In 1691 she received relief in the care of William Talbott. She received relief again in 1692 and '93. In 1694 she became apprenticed to Thomas Pope and also had her shoes repaired (OOP). Mary Grant of Butleigh married James Pollard in Charlton Mackrell on 1 Jan 1732.

In the document below John is called attorney – possibly a brother of Jeffery above but also possibly the John Grant clerk who married 3 jan 1671 St. Decumans Alice Norris? In which case the latter could be the Alice Grant - above – see (2) receiving relief from the OOP and buried 1705.

C 6/385/21 Short title: Beaton v Grant.Plaintiffs: Stephen Beaton gent of Somerset. Defendants: John Grant attorney, of Butleigh, Somerset, John Taunton and James Rawlings. Subject: The plaintiff's bonded debt owed to the defendant Grant property in Bruton, Somerset. Document type: answer only. 1678

6) Henry Grant

Henry Grant paid by the churchwardens in 1726/7 for making the third bell wheel – 12/-. He was paid in 1728/9 for mending the churchyard gate, timber and labour. In 1736 he made a turn for Charity Sutton (OOP).

7) William Grant [senior of Butleigh?] bur. 23 Apr 1768 Butleigh [see (10)]

In 1728 he received half a bushel of barley and half a bushel of wheat to relieve him in his necessity. In 1729 he received a shilling to relieve him in his sickness. In 1730 he received 27 weeks relief for his two children. In 1743/4 a William Grant was paid for the church way (CW). In 1744-45 he was paid again for this same job several times. Ditto 1746-47, 48. In 1759 – 60 he was paid again for cleaning the church path 6 times. Further bill paid in 1763-65. Hannah was paid in 1733 for looking after Elinor Callow when she was sick. In 1735 Elizabeth Davis was paid for looking after Hannah and Samuel Sweet paid for making her coffin and Mrs. Periam for making her shroud. William received £1 1s to relieve his son Thomas in 1835. A Thomas Grant received 27 weeks pay in June 1735. Thomas received 27 weeks in the first half of 1736 and Williams' son Thomas 28 week in the last half of 1736. Thomas received a years relief again in 1737, 1738 and 1739. See (10) below for confusion of William 'senior' and William of Wootton. BUT in June 1768 payments resumed to William Grant in Wootton and William Grant the elder. However in July William Grant of Wootton died and there is no further mention of William the elder.

8) William Grant [bur. 24 Dec 1780 Butleigh (no. 7?) need Will to sort out the Williams]

This son William's father may also have been another William – or a another marriage of the father. There may be another William Grant since on 4 Sep 1749 Butleigh an Elizabeth wife of William was buried. {a William Grant m. 27 May 1693 Crowcombe Elizabeth Whitlock - ?}

In 1741 a William Grant was carried to prison by the OOP. In April 1742 Mr. Rocke's bill at Wells assizes in the case against Grant, Pollet and Callow was paid by the OOP. Mr. Rocke's bill at Taunton assizes against Grant were also paid in April 1742.

After the gap from 1768 a William received aid in his distress in Aug 1773 – he received regular payments from Nov. 1773 – June 1778 when 'and wife' is added. From March 1780 William's wife needed constant attendance in her sickness and two payments were made until January 1781 after which, in February it was Jone Grant alone and attendance in her sickness. In August 1781 there was an OOP expense of horse hire to Bridgwater to answer the complaint of Joan Grant. In Oct 1781 it was mentioned that it was Honor Hockey 'tending' Jone. She received aid and attendance money until April 1785 when she died.

9) Charles Grant Chr. 11 Dec 1720 s.o. Henry and Jane Grant [bur. 13 Jun 1756 Barton St. David – could be father or son]

10) William Grant [bur. 10 Jul 1768 Butleigh (of Wootton)?]

William paid for 'drawing stones' in 1755/6. A William Grant's house rent paid in 1760/61, 1763/4, '64/5, '65/6, 1766. 1767 and then replaced by Joan Grant. Rent paid to Jane until 1775/6 after which she married - from 1773 paid to her 'and her sister'. In 1772 rent paid to a William Grant may be to her son. In 1773 2/- was paid to William Grant by order of the Justices at Langport. Rent paid for William 1773/4 -

In Feb 1765 3/- given to William's wife in her sickness and a bushel of wheat. In March 1766 he received wheat and 1/- in cash. Feb and June '67 ½ bushel of wheat, Sep 3 Peck of wheat(William of Wootton), in Oct 1/- and 3 peck in necessity.[In November first distinction between William senior of Butleigh and 'of Wootton' they may not have been father and son – see entry in Dec 1767 where ther are entries concsecutively for William of Wootton, 'his father' and William 'senior' of Butleigh ] Nov 3/- to senior 9/6 to 'Wootton'. Late Nov., Dec '67, Jan '68 to march '68 - 4/- to 'senior' and £1 to Wootton each month. Old William also received several ½ bushells of barley. In May 1768 the 'elder William – deceased' was paid for two weeks. Thereafter in May 1768 William Grant's wife paid .In July Jane Grant and four children received aid, shroud, coffin paid for William Grant of Wootton and sexton paid to bury him. Jane and her four children received monthly aid until March 1769 when they received aid after catching smallpox from which one child died and was buried by the sexton, coffin and shroud paid for by the OOP. The family received four weeks attendance. From April 1769 payments made to Jane and her three children were made until June 1773 . In July 1769 she also had three weeks attendance.

When John was buried his mother Jane was referred to as 'widow'. In 1772 Emanuel was apprenticed to James Grenville Esq under the 'John Rocke scheme'. (OOP) Honor married Stephen Hockey in Butleigh on 11 Apr 1780. Emanuel received payments from the OOP in November and December 1786. He received further payments in June 1787, July (kept by Mary Davis for six weeks),

[In 1784 William Grant started paying rates and did so until after 1827 (when the OOP records end). In 1793/4 rates included 'John Talbots', in 1799 he began also paying rates on land in the Kings Sedgemoor. In 1805 his Butleigh property called 'late Betty Brooks'. In 1822 he paid rates on 'new cottages' in Butleigh. In the rate assessment of 1827 he paid on House and Orchard 'Dykes' and also four tenements he had built. Another listing was for 'Grenvilles'.] A property late William Grant passed to John May in 1800. - see (19)]

In June 1784 William Grant started paying bastardy pay [a warrant taken out at Wells against him in that month]. The mother of the child was Bridget Look [b. 22 Oct 1784 d.o. William Look - see OOP July 1786 – son William Chr. 5 Apr 1779]. It was probably only because the mother had died in February 1784 that William was forced to pay bastardy. A warrant taken out about him in April 1787. His last payment seems to have been made in May 1792.

Other Grant burials in Butleigh

  1. Elizabeth Grant bur. 22 Sep 1777 Butleigh

Probably the Betty Grant who kept Joseph Warr for seven weeks in May, June 1769 and every month to December. From 1770 January - Dec she kept Joseph Warr and in addition in April she also kept Cribbs child. From Jan - Dec 1771 she continued to keep Joseph Warr. In 1772 she continued to keep him and in addition from March also kept Mary Tar Colmer's child – until June 1772 (her name crossed out in July). (OOP).In Sep 1774 she received expenses regarding Ann Barber.

ii) Amelia Grant bur. 29 Jul 1825 Butleigh aged 7

11) Charles Grant sojourner

12) George Grant

George 'cured' Edmund Lye's son's leg in June 1799. In April 1807 paid for inoculations. (OOP) He paid rates on Sedgemoor Ground from 1806 - 1825/6, which was initially occupied by William King. April 1812 Mr. Grants bill paid (OOP) for Rebecca Goodin.

13) Joseph Grant b. 26, Chr. 30 Dec 1784 Barton St. David, s.o. James and Joan Grant, died 4 Oct , bur. 9 Oct 1854 Barton St. David

In Feb 1817 Joseph received aid from the OOP. In Mar 1817 Joseph was given aid in distress and paid for going to Somerton – a warrant was issued. In April he was taken to Somerton again and an order made for his removal. A horse and cart was hired to take him to Barton St David with his family. Relief was paid to Joseph in May 1817. [A Joseph began paying rates in 1824/5 on part of 'Thomas Windsors'. He was also occupier of Mary Scotts since 1824 – see (17)]

Son Samuel, a carpenter, married Ann Gane (b. 1817/21 West Pennard) on 6 Apr 1840 (Jun Q 10/653 Wells) and lived in Barton St. David by 1851 with their three young children. They lived at 19, Silver Street, Barton St. David in 1861 and 1871 having had 7 children in all. His wife Ann died 27 Mar 1879 and by 1881 Samuel was married to Eliza Martin (b. 1831 West Malling, Kent) and they had two granddaughters living with them; Sophia Grant (13) and Elizabeth Newell (4) plus Ellen Gane (19) a niece.

Daughter Betsy {Elizabeth] married George Cullen on 15 May 1832 at Barton St. David and had eight children. Daughter Eliza seems to have married Frederick Green but when he died she married butcher Henry Morris in 1847 (Dec Q 10/847 Wincanton) and in 1851 lived with him in Queen Camel with their son William (2), daughter Anna (1) plus her children Charlotte Green (14) and Robert Green (4). Eliza had a further five children by Henry. In 1841 Jacob appeared with his sister Eliza and Frederick Green in Wells in 1841.

Daughter Ann married on 21 Oct 1838 (Dec Q 10/609 Langport) Charles Barber b. 1818 Kingweston, Stone mason who died in 1881 (Mar Q 5c/321 Langport). # In 1861 they lived in Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville with seven children (of their total of 9, all born in Barton St. David). When in Barton, in 1851, Ann's pob was given as Barton. In 1871 her pob given as Butleigh. Ann died in 1877 (Jun Q 5c/296 Langport).

13a) Silas Grant Chr. 9 Aug 1812 Butleigh , s.o. Joseph and Charlotte Grant, d. 6 Apr 1867 (Jun Q 5c/293 Langport) Barton St. David

Silas, a farm labourer, lived in Barton St. David in 1851 with his wife Sarah Appleby (b. 1818 'Butleigh') and two of their eventual six children - they were still there in 1861, with five children but both parents died in the 1860's.

13b) Jacob Grant Chr. 10 Aug 1828 Barton, carpenter, d. 1903 (Dec Q 5c/225 Langport)

In 1841 Jacob appears with his sister Eliza and her husband Frederick Green in 'Green Ore', Wells, St. Cuthbert Out. Eliza Edith Gane lived in Parbrook East Pennard with her parents, father a farmer. In 1851 Jacob appeared in Barton St. David with his wife Edith and son Charles, living with his widowed aunt Margaret Grant b. 1795 Barton St. David. In 1861 at Mill Street Jacob and Edith lived with their two children.

13b1) Charles Jacob Grant Chr. 9 May 1852 (Jun Q 5c/483 Langport) Barton St. David, carpenter and joiner, s.o. Jacob and Eliza E. Grant 81-103

Charles lived with his parents in Barton in 1871 where his father was a carpenter. Bessie (or Betsy on '61 census) lived with her parents in 1861 where her father is described as a thatcher - but a dairyman at her marriage. Charles married Bessie in 1876. In 1881 Charles (28) lived in an uncertain part of Butleigh with her aged 25 and daughter Frances. In 1891/1901 he lived in Barton St. David at 21, Mill Road. His daughter was there called Florence. Florence married Henry W. Golledge in 1896 (Dec Q 5c/659 Langport).

14) Hannah Grant  Chr. 3 Mar 1793 Butleigh, d.o. John and Virtue Sealy, laundress, bur. 3 Jul 1875 (Sep Q 5c/339 Wells) Butleigh 41-5, 51-34, 61-57, 71-78

Hannah Sealy had married Soloman Grant [b. 2 Mar 1792 Barton St. David s.o. James and Joan Grant] in Barton St.David on 17 May 1813. From 1813 there is no further trace of Solomon and it is very likely that Hannah his wife is this Hannah – Solomon may have died elsewhere or abandoned her.

Hannah received aid from the OOP from August 1818 – an order was taken out. In Dec 1819 she was paid for attending Joseph Burton's wife. In April 1829 an order was made for her removal. Hannah was a 'widow' by the time of the 1841 census when she lived with her 10 year old daughter Amelia - though on the latter's birth record her father is stated as Philip Coles. A daughter Mary Ann had married William Merrick in 1837. # In 1851 Hannah and Amelia lived in the Meeting House with Albert Merrick her grandson b. 1844 Glastonbury (Dec Q 10/199 Wells).# Alberts parents lived in Glastonbury in 1841 with William's brother Frederick (20) and two children; Elizabeth (3) and Henry (1). Albert's mother Mary must have been ill and she died in 1852 (Sep Q 5c/389 Wells) and her husband remarried (Rebecca).

Amelia (who gave no father's name on her marriage certificate) married railway porter Frederick James Higgins in 1851 (Sep Q 10/692 Wells) # and they lived in Glastonbury with four children in 1861, the first two Butleigh born. They were at 10, Victoria Buildings in 1871 and had six children with them. They were at Hill Head in 1881 but by 1891 Amelia was widowed and living at 16, Northload Street with several daughters and grandchildren. She died in 1904 (Jun Q 5c/299 Wells) aged 75. Hannah, a laundress, had lived alone in Butleigh in 1861 and at Selley's Row in 1871 with granddaughter Susan Higgins. She died in 1875 aged 83.

15) John Grant Chr. 7 Feb 1800 Keinton Mandeville, carpenter and wheelwright, s.o. John and Ann Grant bur. 30 May 1879 Keinton Mandeville

Emma lived with her parents and siblings between 1841 - 61 in Queen Street, Keinton Mandeville. Her father was a carpenter and wheelwright. In 1881, unmarried, she lived at 9, Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville with her sister Keturah (pob Keinton).

16) Job Grant b. 1812/17 Butleigh, dock labourer, ship night-watchman [s.o. Job Grant b, 1787 Barton St. David, the Job who married Mary Ward 27 Jan 1817 West Lydford?]

This could be the Job Grant of Barton St. David, with a child Henry Chr. 5 Oct 1842 and wife Elizabeth.

In 1851 Job and family lived at 12, Whitmore Lane, Newtown, Cardiff. He lived with his wife Elizabeth at 37, Hamburg St., Cardiff St. Mary in 1861 (also recorded as lodged at 6, Old Sea Lock, Cardiff St. Mary in 1861). In 1871 he lived with her sister(-in-law) (b. 1814 Somerset) and wife at 33, Evelyn Street, Cardiff.

17) Joseph Grant b. 8 Sep 1788, Chr. 5 Jan 1789 Barton St. David, carpenter, s.o. John and Rebecca Grant, d. 2 Apr, Charlton Adam, bur. 4 Apr 1862 (Jun Q 5c/307 Langport) Butleigh 41W-15, 51W-38

In Aug 1815 Joseph made a new window frame for Sealy's Row. (OOP) In Oct 1816 he made repairs to the barn used for storing the Parish turf. In the 1827 rate assessment a Joseph Grant paid rates of 7/8d on his property. Probably the Joseph Grant who started paying rates in 1824/5 for part of Winsors. Also seems to have occupied Mary Scotts property from 1824.

Joseph and Sarah lived in Wootton village with the youngest six surviving children in 1841. By 1851, at an address given as 'Glastonbury Road', just Eliza and Joseph of their children lived with them, plus Joseph's jnr's wife and first child. By 1861 Joseph and Sarah had migrated to Charlton Adam, where they lived alone and died. Joseph's death reported in the Wells Journal 12 Apr 1862.

Elizabeth had died in 1841 and Isabella in 1843. Sophia married one Richard Steel in Frome in 1847 and they had three children in Wells before Richard's death in 1854.

Emma lived with her parents in Butleigh Wootton in 1841 and married Matthew Cook in 1861 (Mar Q 5c/677 Langport) and they lived in Keinton Mandeville thereafter. Eliza married John Rice in 1856 (Sep Q 5c/946 Wells) and they lived in Wells then Charlton Adam where John died in 1860 (Sep Q 5c/332 Wells). Eliza died in 1869 (Dec Q 5c/306 Langport) aged 40. William Grant married: Eliza (b. 1832 Aberdeen, Scotland) and in 1881 this couple lived at 64, Bolsover Street, All Souls, Marylebone, London.

Sarah and several of her children appear in the wills of her father William Seymour 1854/6 and brother Stephen 1864.

17a) Sophia Seymour Grant Chr. 16 Aug 1820 Butleigh, died 1893 (Dec Q 11a/180 Cardiff)

After her first marriage, Sophia lived in Teetotal Row in 1851, with daughters Ann (1) and newborn Mary. After her husband's death she married the much older James Westcott and lived in Wells. In 1881 she lived with her daughter Mary S. Friend and her daughter's husband John. Mary Sophia Steel had married John T. Friend (b. 1857 Newport, Mon) of Roath, Glam., Wales, in 1878 (Dec Q 6a/174 Bristol).

In 1891 they all lived together in Hereford. Sophia died in Cardiff in 1893.

17b) Joseph Grant Chr. 27 Jan 1822 Butleigh Wootton, carpenter, bur. 17 Apr 1854 (Jun Q 5c/385 Wells) Butleigh 41W-15, 51W-38

In 1851 Joseph and Hannah lived with Joseph's parents. Joseph died in 1854 aged 30 and Hannah and her children went to live with her parents (1861) in Wootton. Her daughter Elizabeth died in 1869 aged 18. Hannah was still there with Susan in 1871 but died that year aged 45. Susan died in 1875 aged 22. An unfortunate family!

18) William Grant of Pilton

The following references may not be of this William [could be son of (10)]. This family may have emigrated – no trace found so far.

DD/S/BT/13/3/22 1] William Curtis of Butleigh 2] Hannah Curtis of Butleigh 3] George Coombs of Butleigh, labourer 4] William Grant in service of Lord Glastonbury Mortgage of two messuages and orchard, Bolster corner (2a) and Whitewell (3a.). 1818 [This or next William?]

dd/s/bt/13/3/27-8 1] Richard Holman of Butleigh 2] George Coombs of Butleigh, yeoman 4] William Grant of Butleigh 4] James, Lord Glastonbury 5] Revd Henry Gould of Glastonbury Lease and release of Bolster corner (2a), Butleigh with assignment of term to attend the inheritance. 1818

DD/S/BT/13/3/26 1] William Curtis of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Hannah Curtis of Butleigh 3] George Coombs of Butleigh, labourer 4] William Grant in service of Lord Glastonbury Further charge on two tenements, Bolster corner (2a) and Whitewell (3a.), Butleigh. 1822

19) William Grant see notes to (10)

William paid rates on the Kings Sedgemoor Ground from 1796, occupier Laver of Meare and paid until post 1827.

DD/S/BT/10/8/4 1] William Grant of Butleigh 2] Aaron Wheller of Berill, Ashcott, yeoman Conveyance of allotment 54 in Kings Sedgemoor, Butleigh. 1814

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1) Lilly Emma Gready b. 1891 (Sep Q 11a/386 Cardiff) Cardiff, housemaid, d.o. Arthur and Emma Gready

In 1911 Lily worked at Butleigh Court. In 1901 she lived in Stockland, Devon with her parents – her father was born in Staple Fitzpaine, Somerset.


1) Sarah Green b. 1792, bur. 26 Aug 1827 Butleigh aged 32

2) William Green b. 1784 Alford, farm labourer, bur. 17 Jun 1865 (Jun Q 5c/399 Wells) Butleigh 41-6, 51-35, 61-48

The OOP paid Mr. Burgess to attend the inquest (Nov 1829) on Green's child – John.

William, Hannah and daughter Sarah lived in the High Street in 1841, with a lodger Betty Cook (who died in 1849). Sarah married Thomas Higgins in 1846 (Dec Q 10/768 Wells). Her parents address was given as Fore Street by 1851 and after Hannah's death in 1860 William lodged with Thomas Higgins at 8, High Street in 1861. He died in 1865.

Mary was a servant in the house of Joseph Richards on Butleigh Hill in 1841. She was the housemaid b. 1822 Butleigh working at Lewisham House, Lewisham Village, Kent in 1851 and 1861. She was then a ladies maid in 1871 aged 47 working at Dursham House, Lewisham, Kent.

2a) Thomas Green b. 3 Sep, Chr. 1 Oct 1820 Butleigh, died 11 Jun 1890 Bobin, Australia P

Thomas, Maria and son William John emigrated to Australia on board the "Emma Eugenia" in 1850 and they had seven more children there. Thomas must have died before his parents emigrated - 1849 (Jun Q 10/315 Shepton M). William John married Elizabeth Cant (nee Townes) in 1874 in Bobin, Australia – the first marriage recorded in the new Anglican church of St. Marks, Bobin. His son Thomas Samuel Green played a part in apprehending the bushranger (outlaw) Jimmy Governor in 1900.

3) William Green of Pilton, farmer [William Griffin Green Chr. 9 Dec 1788 Pilton s.o. William and Sarah Green?]

William farmed both Southmoor and Sedgemoor Common belonging to Lord Glastonbury in 1813/14 and became Overseer in 1815 for Lord Glastonbury's estate. In Oct 1821 William was paid for carrying loads of turf and stones to Sealy's Row (Poor House). In the 1827 rate assessment William was rated at 'Grenvilles', the North side of the Commons moor, 'Hodges' 'Ann Curtis' and 'Great Tithes'. In June 1835 the OOP paid him for travelling to Langport and Shepton on various Parish cases. In 1841 the family lived at Pen Hill Farm, St. Cuthbert Out, Wells. At homes were William, Elizabeth and children Matilda, Louisa Ann and Alfred James.

Possibly this Mr. Green of Butleigh who lost his entire dwelling house to fire plus 80 fleeces of wool on 1st Aug 1820 [Bath Chronicle 3 Aug 1820].

Caroline married John Coles in 1843 (Dec Q 10/609 Langport) and by 1851 they lived in Kingsdon. Possibly the Caroline Coles who died in 1852 (Sep Q 5c/294 Langport). Louisa married Thomas John Merrett 1847 (Dec Q 7/293 Portsea Island) and they lived in Hambledon. In 1861 at Bedhampton they had a dairymaid servant, widow Charlotte Jones (24) from Butleigh, - a niece? Alfred James was an errand boy at Towns End, Shepton Mallet in 1851.

3a) Frederick Green Chr. 3 Sep 1809 Pilton, d. 1847 (Jun Q 10/408 Wincanton)

In October 1835 Eliza Davis was paid bastardy pay for Henry, the child of Frederick Green. In Nov. 1835 the OOP paid 'Mr. Welch for an order on Frederick Green about his bastard child' and he paid bastardy pay from then on. On the 1841 and 1851 censuses son Henry lived with Charles Davis, his grandfather – see Davis (17a, 27). His mother may be the Eliza Davis who later seems to have married Robert Pike? # - or did she marry Frederick?

An Eliza was (on 1841 census) married to Frederick Green (b. 1811) and lived with him in Wells. A Jacob Grant (aged 15) lived with them – her brother? Frederick died in 1847 and Eliza married the much younger butcher Henry Morris in 1847 (Dec Q 10/847 Wincanton) and in 1851 lived with him in Queen Camel with their son William (2), daughter Anne (1) plus her children Charlotte Green (14) and Robert Green (4). On the 1861 census her dob 1816/7 Butleigh. In 1861 living at Bruton she gave her dob as 1819 Butleigh. In 1871 at Quaperlake St., Bruton her dob 1818 Butleigh.

3b) William Dyke Green Chr. 3 Feb 1820 Butleigh, button factor s.o. William and Elizabeth Green

William lived at 8, Hanging Street, St. Mary Radcliffe, Bristol in 1851 with his wife Elizabeth (b. 1811 Wells) and six children. He had married Elizabeth Stephen in 1840 (Mar Q 11/11 Bath). In 1861 William was a grocer and lived with his family at 82, Redcliffe Street, Bristol. In 1871 he was a farmer of 45 acres and lived with his wife and family at Old Church Rd., Clevedon. By 1881 William was a 'retired grocer' living at Onega House, St. Michael's Hill, Bristol St. Michael with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Keturiah (25). The same three lived at 116, Hampeton Rd., Westbury on Trym in 1891

3c) Alfred James Green Chr. 31 Aug 1834 Butleigh, Police Officer

Alfred married Ellen Green (b. 1834 Oxon, Synsham) in 1856 (Sep Q 3a/803 Oxford) and lived with her and their daughter Ellen (3) at 6, Parkland St., St. Thomas, Oxford in 1861. In 1871 Alfred was a University Marshall and he lived at 13, Worcester Terrace with his wife and three children. In 1881 Alfred was at 54, Cornmarket Street, Oxford and his wife was now Mary Ann (b. 1838 Oxford) and four children lived with them. In 1901 they lived at 121 Walton Street, St. Giles, Oxford where Alfred was a 'Confectioner' and his son Alfred W. (32) a College Clerk.

4) George Green Chr. 14 Sep. 1789 Pilton, s.o. George and Elizabeth Green, d. Butleigh but bur. 8 Jul 1822 Pilton

George Overseer in 1820 for Mr. Rocke's estate.

In 1841 William White lived at Moor Leaze Farm, Witham Friary with Elizabeth, Sydney and William George White. Elizabeth married Abraham Candy (b. 1818 Doulton) in 1843 (Jun Q 10/659 Frome) and they lived at West Pennard in 1871 with three mature children. Abraham was the son of Christopher and Mary Candy and in 1841 had lived with his parents. In 1881 Elizabeth was absent but her mother Anna White was visiting, Elizabeth died in 1897 in West Pennard.

Sydney lived together with his brother-in-law, farmer George White and wife Ann Maria (b. 1823 Doulting) in Hart Plain, Catherington, Hampshire in 1851. In 1871 he lived at Shepton Mallet Turnpike Rd., West Pennard. He was then a grocer and Local Weslyan Preacher. His wife was Martha Walwin b. 1823 Leigh on Mendip, who he had married in 1853 (Sep Q 5c/971 Wells) and they had two children.

5) George Green b. 1840 (Mar Q 10/461 Shepton Mallet) Pilton, blacksmith, s.o. George and Charlotte Green, d. 1862 (Dec Q 5c/407 Wells)? 61-53

In 1851 George had lived in Pilton Lodge, East Town, Pilton with his parents including brother Henry (next). His father was also a blacksmith. George lodged with William Look in Oddway in 1861. Nfi.

6) Henry Green b. 1843 Pilton, shopkeeper, s.o. George and Charlotte Green died 1919 (Mar Q 5c/565 Langport) 71-72

Henry Green had been an agricultural labourer in Pilton in 1861. He married Mary in 1868, the daughter of the deceased William Cannon who had previously run the Parsonage House (Home Farm) and then the Post Office in Butleigh. In 1871 Mary Cannon, (66) widow was now the postmistress living with her daughter Mary and son in law Henry Green, who was at that time a baker. Mary Cannon died in 1872 and her daughter Mary Green died in 1878, aged just 33. Henry didn't waste much time and married Delilah Kick from Butleigh [of Barton St. David on marriage record], daughter of William Kick, shopkeeper and Minister of the Chapel, a few months later in 1878. He next appeared in Barton St. David in 1881 as a master baker with Delilah and two baby children.

Annie, the daughter from his first marriage, was a boarding pupil of the School at Turnpike, Pilton in 1881. In 1891 she was an assistant in a draper's shop in the High Street, Bruton. By 1891 Henry and his second family were at 1, Park Lane, Barton with six children and Henry was by then a farmer. They were still there in 1901, at Bredstone Farm, with five children. In 1911 they were still in Barton St. David with three of the 7 children that they had had. Henry died in 1919 aged 76. Annie was probably the spinster aged 35 working as a domestic in Mangotsfield near Bristol in 1911.

7) Elijah Green Chr. 27 May 1842 (Jun Q 10/412 Frome), Leigh on Mendip, dairyman, s.o. John and Martha Green of Leigh 61-49

In 1841 Elijah lived with his parents at Whiteshale Farm, Leigh. In 1861 Elijah lodged with Mary Treasure at the Dairy House, Butleigh, who, in 1841 had been a dairywoman in Leigh on Mendip with two children, Benjamin (10) and Ann (7). It is possible that she was related to Elijah - an aunt? Nfi

8) Annie Green b. 1879 (Mar Q 5c/531 Shepton Mallet) East Pennard, servant, d.o. Mark and Phillis Green 91-124

Annie aged just 12 was a servant at Lower Hill Farm belonging to Joseph Maidment in 1891. In 1881 she had lived at West Bradley with her parents - her father was a thatcher. In 1901 she was a servant at Southwood, Baltonsborough on the farm of Francis Creed.

9) Ethel M. Green b. 1873 Bushey, Middlesex, housemaid, d.o. Thomas and Maria Green 91-124

Ethel was a 'temporary housemaid' working at the Cottage Hospital in 1891. Nfi

10) Rebecca Green Chr. 5 Jul 1874 (Jun Q 5a/239 Shaftesbury) Iwerne, Dorset, scullery maid, d.o. Absalom and Sarah Green 91-115

Rebecca worked at Butleigh Court in 1891. In 1881 Rebecca had lived with her parents at Iwerne Courtnay where her father was a labourer. Rebecca married in 1896 (Mar Q 5a/299 Shaftesbury).

11) Elizabeth Green b. 1846 South Chilton 71W-87

Elizabeth, married, lodged with Amos Webb in Butleigh Wootton in 1871. Nfi

12) Thomas Shepherd Green b. 1853 (Sep Q 5c/439 Langport) Chr. 8 Oct 1854 Compton Dundon [as Thomas Raphael], labourer, s.o. William and Mary Green

In 1871 Thomas lived with his widowed mother and sisters Elizabeth (12) and Mary Ann (9) in Compton Dundon. After their marriage they lived in Thirty Acres, Street. By 1891 Thomas was a greengrocer in the High Street, Street. By 1901, childless, they lived at the "Red Lion Inn" West Pennard with brother-in-law Frank K. Grinter and his wife Charlotte (née Martin). Anna was called Hannah in 1901.

It is impossible to explain why in the PR Anna's father was listed as John instead of George.

13) Amelia Green Chr. 13 May 1855 (Jun Q 5c/643 Wells) Butleigh, bur. 5 Jun 1855 (Jun Q 5c/417 Wells) d.o. Walter and Amelia Green

Walter Green was a watchmaker, born in Weston, Somerset in 1832. He appeared as a visitor in Church Street, Banwell in 1851. His partner Amelia was born in 1830 in Cripplegate Without, London. He was only 23 (16 according to the 1861 census!) when their daughter Amelia was born and their temporary sojourn in Butleigh is hard to explain. Their daughter was born out of wedlock, since Walter married Amelia Fish only in 1856 (Jun Q 5c/1021 Wells) and perhaps Butleigh, a long way from London and Weston was the ideal place to have the child, then subsequent marriage. In 1861 they lived Pump Street, Aberystruth, Monmouthshire with a daughter Sabina who had been born there the previous year. Baby Amelia had died in 1855 shortly after her birth. The couple must have pretended to be married to both use the surname Green at the baptism.

14) George Green Chr. 6 Sep 1868 Compton Dundon, farmer, s.o. Mark and Elizabeth Green

George had lived with his parents in Middle Drove, Compton in 1891. After their marriage the couple lived in Compton Street, Compton Dundon and are found there in 1901 with their two children. In 1911 they were at Willeys Farm, Compton Dundon with their two surviving (of 3) children.

15) Frederick Edwin Green b. 1867 (Sep Q 5c/604 Axbridge) Weston Super Mare, schoolmaster, s.o. Frederick and Mary Symons Green, d. 1942 (Jun Q 2a/1943 Dover)

Frederick's father had been an acting Sergeant of Police in 1871 when the family lived at 2, Market Terrace, Weston. He is missing from the 1891 census but at marriage gave his abode as Holt, Wilts. After marriage the couple went to live in Northbourne, Kent where Frederick was a master at St. Augustine's School. A son Henry was born there in 1900 (but called George Frederick in 1911). They were still there in 1911 with a second son Arthur Ashley b. 1902.

16) May Green b. 1872 Westbury sub Mendip, housekeeper

In 1911 May was housekeeper at Broadway Farm, Butleigh Wootton. Nfi. Probably Mary – she was single – not on earlier censuses.

17) Jemima Green b. 1856, d. 6 Aug, bur. 10 Aug 1936 (Sep Q 5c/375 Wells) Butleigh

Nfi – probably a non-Somerset marriage and non-Somerset census up to 1911?.

18) Mrs. Eva Annie Green b. 1879, bur. 15 Nov 1952 (Dec Q 7c/182 Norton Radstock) Butleigh

Eva rented No. 14 High Street at £8 9s 0d p.a., at the sale of the Estate in Feb. 1947. Water obtained from communal tap at Post Office. She died at Cambrook House, Clutton.


1) John Greenham

In the Western Gazette of 16 Feb 1866 case of George Lewis of Somerton, mason v. John Greenham late of Butleigh. £3 12s 0d for wages. Lewis said that Greenham had employed his son and agreed to pay him 1s and supply board and lodgings. He employed him for 11 months at Butleigh but paid him nothing. Greenham removed himself to Somerton and sent the boy home. He claimed the 1s per week and 7s a week for boarding him at home. Greenham did not appear at the court and case adjourned. All the John Greenhams in Somerset 1861-71 seem to come from Yeovil.


1) John Timothy Greenhouse b. 1875 (Jun Q 11b/164 Presteigne) Presteigne, Radnorshire, gardener, s.o. Samuel and Mary Ann Greenhouse, [1958 (Dec Q 9a/39 Hereford) aged 83?] 01-134

In 1881 John lived with his parents in Norton Square, Norton, Radnorshire. His father was a shoemaker. By 1891 John was a servant at Castle House, Stapleton, Herefordshire and in 1901 he was working at the Vicarage.


1) Ellen Greenland b. 1837 Butleigh, servant 61W-63

Ellen, single, was a servant at the farm of Henry Maidment in 1861. This pob was probably wrongly given and she may be the Ellen Greenland (b. 1837 Coleford) who married William Andrews, and who, in 1881, lived in Hemington. No other Ellen found, but she could be related to the Elizabeth Greenland who married James Allen. #

2) John Greenland b. 1835 Frome

Henry lived in 1871 with his parents at 16, Redland Terrace, Frome - his father was a painter. In 1881 they all lived at 18, High Street, Warminster, Wilts. Henry married Rosa Maria Sweetland (b. 1869 Warminster) in 1889 (Jun Q 5a/236 Westbury). By 1891 Henry lived in Jasmine Cottage, Bugley, Warminster with Rosa and by occupation he was a grocer's assistant. In 1901 he was keeper of the "New Inn", Warminster - and they had three children by then.


1) uncertain Gregory

1a) Matthew Gregory Will 31 Jul 1550, pr. Sep 1550 [Somerset Record Society (SRS) volume 62]

At the time of his Will, Matthew's three brothers, sister and both parents were still living. He had servants Julian, John Harris and William Ellin. Will witnessed by Phillippe Guppy and Sir John Arnold.

Johan's Will mentions cousin Christian Withie and her daughter, John Seaver, John Cooke, William Cooke, servant Julian, Popples(?) Stones wife, William Haywarde, Richard Atyowe, Johan Roche, Johan Hucker, Edward Jacklett and his daughter Katherine Hodges, William Gibbes and Wiklmot his daughter, Peter Leverage, George Pirrie, Robert Burden, Johan Seymour and daughter Julian (?), Johan Stone, Johan Adams and her child, Agnes wife of Simon Burdon and her two children, John Arnott, cousin Julyan, kinswoman Agnes Joyce, Philip Guppy, George Rodney esquire. Witnesses Philip Guppy, John Joyce and Thomas Pirrie.

1b) Stephen Gregory fl. 1556 brother of Matthew

In the Will of Matthew, Stephen, his wife and children afre mentioned.

A Stephen Gregorie was bur. 20 Jul 1570 Stogumber and a Stephan bur. 16 Nov 1579 Nunney. A Margery bur. 19 Mar1572 North Wootton – no clues as yet whether there are links to any of them.

DD/S/BT/11/1/1 - 1] Sir Edmund Peckham 2] Stephen Gregory Lease for 299 years of a messuage, orchard (3p), 9.5a meadow and pasture, 20a of arable in the fields and 2a in West wood, Butleigh. Rent 8s 8d and suit of court.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT Date: 1556.

2) Joan Gregory married Butleigh 6 Sep 1665 William Walton #

3) Henry Gregory ironworker bur. 28 Aug 1743 Butleigh

Henry appears in the churchwarden's accounts 1686-1695, mainly for his work on the church bells and bell cage. He also killed a fox for which he was paid. In 1688 the overseers noted that a child of Henry Gregory was buried. Another Gregory's boy paid for killing a polecat in 1715 (CW). The Henry Gregory who was joint Overseer with John Gregory in 1727 and Overseer of the Poor in 1738? In 1739 he was paid to travel to Ivelchester for a warrant (OOP).

3a) Henry Gregory butcher, bur. 28 Aug 1783 Butleigh

In 1743 Henry Gregory senior and Henry Gregory junior started paying CW rates on two properties previously paid by John and William Gregory. A James Gregory also paid rates beginning the same year. In 1745 the rates paid by a) late Henry Gregory's children (until 1772+) b) Henry Gregory (for his house) and c) James Gregory (see below). In 1751 the rates paid by just Henry disappear – 'Mr. Hawkins for Gregory house' appears in 1750/51. In 1759 Henry Gregory reappears and in 1760 the ratepayer becomes James Gregory & Thomas Cooke. In 1762/3 rates paid by Henry alone again. In 1768/9 the property identified as 'Whitwills (Whitefield in 1773)'. In 1670 he is called alias John Cook. [as John Cooke he paid rates from 1674 until 1678. Several OOP pages are missing or torn but from 1683 some of his property is listed as 'lands late John Cooke' – note the Thomas Cooke link to James Gregory]

A Henry was paid by the CW for killing 2 dozen sparrows and a hedgehog. It was the son Henry who was probably the Henry Gregory, soldier in Lord Effingham Howard's regiment of foot who died in action in 1759 causing 13 acres of meadow and 2 acres of Sansom's wood to revert to John Periam and the Wootton estate. In 1728 Henry Gregory was joint overseer with John Gregory. John Cannon mentions Henry Gregory [Money p. 520] when Mrs. Pope of Lydford wanted him to pursue Mr. Rocke of Butleigh and his partner Henry Gregory who owed her money from their time as Overseers of the Poor.

DD/S/BT/10/6/1 - 1] Henry Gregory of Butleigh, butcher, Thomas Cooke of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Mary [Gregory] and son John 2] John Curtis of Butleigh, yeoman Lease for 80 years of 1/2a at Sower Down, Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1770.

4) John Gregory

John appears as joint ratepayer in 1687 with Stephen Symes.but thereafter Symes paid the rate alone. In 1695 the family were sick and received relief and clothes from the overseers but both John's wife and child died. In 1698 relief was paid to John and shoes bought or repaired for him and his sister Hannapresumably the children of John. In 1699 John received relief and clothes, and Gregory's maid also received relief and clothes while a Mary was paid 6d for a 'nomination warrant by the overseers – another daughter? This suggests that their father John himself was absent or dead. In 1709 Mary received Symcockes legacy money. In 1710 a John received relief for himself and his family which suggests it may be the older John. An uncertainly dated slip in the OOP register had a Mary bound apprentice to a Mr. Mouhane (?).

4a) John Gregory bur. 2 Apr 1733 Butleigh (or previous?)

Uncertain sequence here (see next). A Richard Gregory was paid for killing 8 dozen sparrows in 1743 (CW). In 1743/4 he was paid for 7 doz. Sparrow heads. A Mary Gregory was paid house rent of £1 2s 6d by the OOP for James Oldish in 1735.

5) John Gregory [possibly of Kingweston?]

This sequence of Johns is not proven since these last two Johns seem to be contemporary. In 1711 the overseers paid 2 shillings to a John Gregory for making their monthly rate – which person may be different than the impoverished John above (he also witnessed the accounts) In 1711, 12 and in 1713 he also paid rates. In 1717 John Gregory was paid for making the Overseers monthly rate. In 1728 John Gregory sen was joint overseer with Henry Gregory. In 1728 John senior paid CW rates on part of late John Sheats property. In 1729 John became an OOP and CW rate payer. John was paid for going to Wells to get the indentures for three apprentices and for going to Wootton. He paid rates again in 1730[alongside William Gregory) – 1734 thereafter 'the occupiers' then William Gregory..

DD/S/BT/7/8/3 - 1] John Gregory of Butleigh, husbandman and wife Sarah, daughter of William Keeping the younger of Butleigh and wife Grace decd 2] Henry Pope of Butleigh, yeoman Assignment of Broadmoor (4a), Butleigh part Peckham lease (1562). Rent 5s.. [Somerset Archive Date: 1703.

C 6/382/13 Short title: Boureman v Gregory. Plaintiffs: William Boureman esq, of Brook, Hampshire. Defendants: John Gregory yeoman of Somerset. Subject: sale and purchase of a manor. Having entered into an agreement the defendant was unable to proceed with his purchase and the plaintiff claimed he had been put to great expense and inconvenience: property in Barton St David, Somerset; Brook, Hampshire; Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Butleigh, Somerset. Document type: bill, answer (scedule of account included). 1712

DD/S/BT/6/8/5 - 1] Richard Hiatt of Kingweston and wife Amy daughter of John Gregory decd 2] John Gregory of Butleigh, yeoman and son of John decd 3] John Reynolds the elder of Kingweston, yeoman Assignment of 1a at Nurslinge gate in the West field and 1a at north end Date: 1715.

C 11/2250/51 Short title: Roach v Gregory. Document type: Bill and answer. Plaintiffs: John Roach, husbandman of West Pennard, Somerset (nephew and executor of John Sheat, yeoman deceased late of Butleigh, Somerset). Defendants: John Gregory and Sarah Gregory his wife and Richard Sheat. Date of bill (or first document): 1729

DD/S/BT/8/2/5 - 1] John Slade of Butleigh, yeoman, son of Elizabeth wife of Philip Avery 2] John Rocke and John Gregory of Butleigh Assignment of Dunhill and Hobbses Hill (3a), and Burdham's tenement in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS Date: 1730.

DD/S/BT/25/8/8 - General release by John Gregory the elder of Butleigh. yeoman to Henry Young and wife Ann.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1732.

6) William Gregory bur. 24 Sep 1739 Butleigh

William appears in the Churchwardens accounts paying rates from 17301740 after which the properties rates were paid by the occupiers of the late John and William Gregory. In 1743 the rates were paid by Henry Gregory and Henry Gregory junior (see (3a).

DD/S/BT/7/4/2 - 1] William Gregory of Butleigh, husbandman 2] James and Emmanuel Cooke of Butleigh, husbandmen sons of Thomas 3] John Kellway the younger Assignment of Frames Croft (5a) and Littlefield (5a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT Date range: 1726-1727.

7) Mary Gregory bur. 1691 Butleigh (OOP)

8) Stephen Gregory

Stephen appears in the OOP accounts for 1715 when Dr. Periam was paid for 'curing' his foot. In 1729 the overseers paid for keeping Stephen's wife and children in meat and drink and lodging. They gave her £2 to 'get off to her own hand' (?). In 1728/9 the CW paid 1/- to the 'expenses of sending away Stephen Gregory's wife'. [the Honour Gregory who died in Nov 1729 – see below?] They also paid for keeping his two children for one week. In 1730 his children's shoes were mended and two gowns were made for them, stockings and shoes. He received relief for them for 27 weeks. In 1731 Ann Callow was paid for keeping Stephen's children for various periods. [In 1731 a change was made for Jane Gregory one of Stephen's children?]. In 1732 a coat was made for one of his children (and a gown and apron made for Jane Gregory]. Jane was kept by Henry Callow in 1733 and she was bought a pair of shoes. 1734 the CW paid for Stephen's children's keep. For Jane a gown, coat and pair of bodices were made. In 1735 Jane received 5 weeks pay and then was indentured as an apprentice to Thos. Browning. [see 3a for Browning connection]

9) Mary Gregory married Butleigh 26 Apr 1724 Nicholas Doudney #

10) Mary Gregory widow bur. 13 Mar 1715 Butleigh

11) Rebecca Gregory wife of William bur. 4 Apr 1726 Butleigh

Probably the mother of the Rebecca Gregory who married John Bartlet Butleigh 18 Mar 1752 #

12) Honour Gregory bur. 28 Nov 1729 Butleigh

13) James Gregory bur. 26 Nov 1784 Butleigh [this James?]

In 1743 a James Gregory was paid by the CW for killing a hedgehog. A James Gregory started paying CW rates in succession to William Gregory in 1743. In 1748 the rate paid by James Gregory and Thomas Cooke. In 1760 rates paid by James and Henry Gregory then just James again or James and Thomas Cooke until 1762/3 then Henry Gregory alone.

No mention of James after 1762 but from May 1768 an Elinor Gregory begins to receive OOP aid in necessity (in June - Sept she is called James' Gregory's wife). She was paid until March 1772 when the OOP paid for her coffin, grave and the ringing of the bell.

14) Mary Gregory married Butleigh 11 Dec1753 John Trevine

15) John Gregory bur. 12 Jun 1772 Butleigh [same as (5)?]

A John Gregory received 2/- for house rent and firing in 1736. In March 1738 a John Gregory and wife were paid for house room and help given to a woman 'out of the Parish' before she was sent on her way. In 1741 John Gregory received barley from the OOP. John's rent paid in 1746 (OOP). John Gregory's house rent paid 1750/51, 1751/2, 1753, 1754. 1755.Sack of coal from the OOP in 1755/6. Rent paid 1757, '58/9, '59/60, 60/61, 63/4 (plus coat made for him), '64/5, '65/6 [and wife]. Rent paid 1766 – 1772. In April 1769 the OOP account mentions that the previous year his goods had been hauled from Wootton to Butleigh. In 1773 rent paid to Mary Gregory and in 1773/4 to Mary rent and attendance. The OOP paid assistance to John Gregory and wife 1762- July 1772 including 'washing' for them both in the final years. In 1772 the OOP paid for his coffin, digging his grave etc. Mary paid until June 1774 when William Periam was paid for making her coffin.

16) Susannah Gregory

Susannah was paid for attending Joan Blenman's son in May and June 1765. As Susan paid for 5 weeks caring for George Periam's family in distress. In March 1766 paid 3 weeks attendance on Brice's wife during her 'lying in'.

17) Mr. Gregory at Barton St. David

A doctor? In June 1802 Judith Pollett was taken to him from Butleigh Wootton [in a straight jacket?] (OOP). He was paid in Feb 1803 and her goods brought back. Several possible Gregorys in Barton – e.g. Joseph bur. 5 Nov 1817 aged 70.

18) George Gregory b. 1838 Midsomer Norton, coal miner, labourer, d. 15 Feb, bur. 24 Feb 1900 (Mar Q 5c/426 Wells) Butleigh 91-125

In 1861 the family shared Waterside Cottage, Midsomer Norton. By 1871 they were at Harris Bolton, Kilmersdon and in 1881 they were at Ham Wood, Pilton.

In 1891 George, Elizabeth and their three youngest children lived in 3 rooms at 75, Butleigh Hill. George died aged 61 in 1900. William, who was a groom disappears but may have died in 1895 (Frome). Bessie seems to be the girl called Louisa who married William Higgins (a groom from Salisbury, 'of Forde Wells, West Pennard') in Butleigh on 7 Nov 1898 (Dec Q 5c/913 Wells) #.

In 1901 Elizabeth (60), widow, still lived with her two sons, George and Ernest on Butleigh Hill. George was a labourer and Ernest a shepherd. By 1911 Ernest, now a gardener, lived with just his mother. George Henry, a groom, married Elizabeth Mary Greaves in 1908 (Sep Q 5c/753 Yeovil) and they lived at 20 Hendford, Yeovil in 1911. Elizabeth Sarah died aged '83' in West Street, Bridport but was buried in Butleigh.

18a) Edward James Gregory b. 1876 (Dec Q 5c/487 Shepton Mallet) Butleigh, shepherd [91-125], 01-138

Though his birthplace differs and he gives a middle name, this must be the son of George Gregory above. They lived in four rooms in Oddway in 1901. Annie had lived with her parents in Overleigh in 1881 and 1891 - her father was a shoemaker and she became a shoe binder too. In 1899 Edward was described as a shepherd to Robert Neville-Grenville when he apeared as a witness in the trial of two poachers. [Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser 27 Sep 1899]. By 1911 Edward and Annie had eight children and lived with them at Buxton Deverill, Wilts. Ernest was also credited with a Butleigh birth on that census. George Stephen married Jessie I J Linington in 1923 (Dec Q 5a/307 Warminster).

18b) Ernest Frank Gregory b. 1883 (Jun Q 5c/498 Shepton Mallet) Croscombe, gardener, d. 1964 (Dec Q 7c/203 Taunton) 91-125, 01-139

Ernest played the part of David in the 1906 Butleigh Revel.

19) William George Gregory b. 1875 Butleigh coachman [1874 (Jun Q 5c/539 Frome)]

In 1911 this couple lived at Hound St., Sherborne with their four children born there. On the 1901 census William gives his birthplace, probably more correctly, as Radstock.

20) Owen Gregory watchmaker of Exeter, son of William Arthur Gregory of Exeter, d. 2 Oct 1919 ?

See under Grinter – in the Western Times 6 Apr 1909 Beatrice given the surname Cave. In 1911 the couple lived at Bungalow Warren, W Starcross, West Dawlish, Devon – with daughter Christine Maud (b. 9 Apr b. 1910). In 1903 Owen had a watch stolen from him and appeared in a case about it in Exeter Police Court. [Western Times 24 Oct 1903] Notice in Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 10 Oct 1919 of death of Owen Gregory of 6, Sheffield Place, Mumbnles, late of 2, High Street, Exeter.


FAMILYTREE -and links

1) James Grenville b. 12 Feb 1715, d. 14 Sep, bur. 23 Sep 1783 Butleigh fourth s.o. Richard Grenville and Hester Temple, Countess Temple IMAGE

James Grenville was the executor and heir to Catherine Riggs (nee Webb) who died in 1738 – she had a brother, James Webb, who had a claim to the Butleigh estate but he was paid £200 by James Grenville to renounce any claim, and the estate came into the Grenville family. The Grenvilles were the most prominent aristocratic family in the south-eastern English county of Buckinghamshire in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For much of this time they supplied one of the two parliamentary representatives of Buckinghamshire and both of those from the town of Buckingham. James was elected for Old Sarum 5 Jan 1842; for Bridport from 25 May 1747 and from 1754 to 1768 was the representative for the town of Buckingham and then Horsham to March 1770.

Rt. Hon. James Grenville was educated at Eton (1728 – 32), the Temple (1734) being called to the Bar in 1738. He was for some time one of the lords commissioners of trade and plantations, and deputy pay-master of his Majesty's forces (from 1745); but retired in December, 1755, and remained out of place until the following November, when he was appointed one of the lords of the treasury. He resigned again shortly after but on 2 July 1757, was re-instated at the treasury board, and continued there until 1761, when he was appointed cofferer of his Majesty's household. On 23 April that year, he was sworn in as a Privy Counsellor, and kept the place of cofferer until the next October, when he thought proper to give it up ; but continued to enjoy the office of receiver of the crown and fee-farm rents for the counties of Warwick and Leicester.

As a parliamentarian he acted on Lord Temple's interest and supported William Pitt, even against his own brother George Grenville. He was generally regarded as a tedious speaker except for the time [24 Nov 1763] when Richard Rigby condemned Lord temple as instigator of Wilkes and the mob during the recent riots – on that occasion he flew into a violent rage, throwing his arms about him and narrowly missed hitting Rigby who sat below him. After resigning his seat he wrote that did so because, he regarded himself as being “of too little capacity or consequence to do any good, and from having an invincible dislike of doing harm.”

There are innumerable references to his land acquisitions in the Parish Records and the sequence can be easily compiled from the rates he paid to both the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor. When time allows I shall produce tables of these acquisitions. In 1750 – 51 he provided 1¼ tons of elm for the new church roof. In 1762-63 he supplied 2 oaks for the repair at Wallyeate Bridge. Neither of his sons married. His obituary is published in the Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 53.

There are many papers in the SRO relating to James Grenville senior and junior; 88017 - Grenville family of Butleigh Somerset (Butleigh, etc) deeds and papers Somerset (Butleigh, etc) deeds, legal papers, manorial records and estate papers Date range: 1471 - 1942.

DD/S/BT/3/6/8 Survey and valuation of the demesne farm of Butleigh manor with note of rooms in the house and outbuildings.  post 1670

DD/S/BT/25/8/9-10 Account of goods sold at public sale at Butleigh and inventory of Butleigh house.  1736

DD/S/BT/24/3/12 Copy will (1737/8) of Katherine Riggs of St. George's Hanover Square leaving Butleigh manor to James Grenville, proved 1737.

DD/S/BT/14/3/23 1] John Elbridge of Bristol and James Grenville of Inner Temple 2] Richard Grenville of Wooton Underwood, Bucks, brother of James, Lease for a year of Butleigh manor, a messuage at Nodway, 3a close, 2a at Horsies, 3a at Newmead, 2a at Darksham, 5a at Allers field, 2a at Hendlie, 2a at Fishwell, Harepitts newly inclosed and 4a in Westwood, Moorhouse, Shellcroft (3a) Hill closes (14a) and 30a in Butleigh fields, Cowhorses (3a), Okey Close (20a), 1/2a orchard at Battshays, 3a in Normead with house, 3a at Coply, Woolswood (5a), cottage, cottage called Nackers Hole, Mill close wherein windmill lately stood (40a), Pickett Close (3a), 2a at park Gate, Copley (5a), 3-a close at Biggs, 6a arable at Wickhams Cross in West field and 1a at Bearehill part Callow's tenement, cottage and 1a 1yd, 2a 3yds in West field, 1.5a in East field, Cornish's messuage and 2.5a Footlands (2a), 1.5a at Coply, 3a in Southmoor, 1.5a in Horseys, 2a at Darksell, 25a arable in the fields, the Poundhouse, cottage and 1/2a, 2 messuages, 3a in Southmoor, 6a arable, Pilehill (4a), messuage and 2a, 27a arable late Colmer, 2 messuages, 2 closes (9a), 6a in Wootton field, Catwell (4a), Berrell (2a), messuage and 67a, Roley messuage, 4 messuage, 6a arable in Wootton field, 14a 3yds arable, 2a pasture, messuage and 1a, messuage and 5a arable, messuage and 3a, Charlhurn (4a), messuage, messuage and 3.5a, 9.5a arable, messuage and 2a in West wood, tenement and 26a arable, 5a of meadow, 3a pasture, 4a in Westwood, messuage and 13.5a pasture, 7a meadow and 60a arable, messuage and 9a meadow and pasture, and 20a arable, 3a at Rodway, tenement and 1p, Newmead (2a), 2.5a arable and orchard adjoining, Biggs (4a), Broomsyate (5a), 10a arable, 2a in Westwood, tenement and 24a arable, 4a meadow and 3a pasture, 2a in Westwood, messuage and 1 3/4a, toft and fardel, Higgshays (1a), toft and fardel at Wootton, toft adjoining (1a), 4a in Butleigh mead, 1a 3yds in East mead, closes of pasture (5.5a), Park Yate (2a), 54.5a, 3a at Catwell in Westwood, tenement, toft, 6.5a at Biggs, 4a 3.5p adjoining, 4a at Broadmoor, Haly (9a), Sadlecombe (6a), 3-a close, 84a arable in fields, 3a at Catwell in Westwood, advowson of Butleigh, 220a in Southmoor, Butleigh and Whitley hundred. 1738

C 11/1552/26 Grenville v Webb Document type: Bill and answer. Plaintiffs: James Grenville, esq, of Inner Temple London (surviving executor of Catherine Riggs (widow of Thomas Medlycott Riggs, esq late of St George Hanover Square, Middlesex; and only daughter and heir of John Webbe 1739

C 11/538/30 Perriam v Grenville. Document type: Two bills and five demurrers. Plaintiffs: James Perriam, Thomas Callow, Edward Callow, William Looke, Richard Corpe junior, William Curtis senior, William Curtis junior, John Mallens, Zachariah Periam and Barnard Haggett, yeoman of Butleigh,Somerset tenants of part of the estate of John Webb, esq deceased. Defendants: James Grenville esq, Thomas Rooke and James Webb. Date of bill (or first document): 1739 1740

DD/S/BT/26/8/16-17 - 1] James Webb, purser on the Liverpool, son and heir of Thomas decd, brother of John Webb of Butleigh decd 2] James Grenville of Lincolns Inn Fields 3] George Grenville of Inner Temple Copy lease and release of claim to the manor and advowson of Butleigh Date: 1742.

DD/S/BT/12/1/9 - 1] James Grenville, lord of Butleigh manor 2] Richard Holman of Butleigh, yeoman Lease for lives of Rowley tenement, Butleigh. Rent £1 5s. [Tied together with DD/S/BT/12/1/10-12]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1748.

DD/S/BT/7/6/12 - 3] James Grenville of Butleigh, 4] George Grenville his brother, Assignment of term in trust to attend the fee of 7/8 of Pope's coppice in Butleigh West wood.1759

DD/S/BT/24/8/2 James Grenville's account with Thomas Rooke, steward of Butleigh and Whitley Hundred. 1760-62

DD/S/BT/12/1/27-8 - 1] James Bishop of Worle 2] James Grenville of Butleigh 3] Revd Samuel Hood of Butleigh Assignment in trust of a messuage and 1a south of Cinclers Lane, 6a arable in Butleigh fields and a cottage at Nodway. Enclosed assignment (1765) by John Bishop of Date: 1762.

DD/S/BT/12/1/48 1] James Grenville and sons James and Richard 2] John Rocke of Butleigh Deed to declare uses of a fine on Gibb's tenement, site of Steynings messuage, Goose orchards, two commons (6a), Knowle's or Helyar's tenement and many inclosed arable lands in Butleigh. 1770

DD/S/BT/21/6/37 Grenville James Probate of the will (1782) of of Butleigh..

PROB 11/1110 Grenville James Will of James Grenville Butleigh , Somerset Date: 1783.

1a) James Grenville, 1st Baron Glastonbury, PC, b. 6 Jul 1742, d. 26 Apr, bur. 6 May 1825 Butleigh (corpse brought from London) IMAGE

James was a politician, who was a member of both houses of Parliament during his career. He was the eldest son of James Grenville MP (12 February 1715-14 September 1783) and a first cousin of George Nugent-Temple-Grenville, 1st Marquess of Buckingham. The family produced some prominent national political figures, including two Prime Ministers (George Grenville and William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville). They were also related to William Pitt the Elder and William Pitt the Younger.

James was educated at Eton College (1754-8) and Christ Church, Oxford (1759). As a politician he generally followed his family connection up to 1801 and after 1806, but between those years he continued to support William Pitt the Younger instead of becoming closer to Charles James Fox as most of his politically active Grenville relatives did.

Grenville served as Member of Parliament for the Yorkshire borough of Thirsk 1766-1768. He sat for his family borough of Buckingham 1770-1790. He then represented the county seat of Buckinghamshire 1790-1797.

He held junior ministerial office as a Lord of the Treasury March 1782 - March 1783. William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne offered to make Grenville Chancellor of the Exchequer or Secretary at War, but he declined these appointments. He was sworn of the Privy Council on 26 December 1783. He was a member of the Board of Trade from 1784 until his death. A letter of the 15th Nov 1794 addressed to the Honourable James Grenville at Butleigh was sent by a William Gould informing him that Justice Buller [Sir Francis Buller 1746 – 1800] was in ill health and about to travel from Westminster to Bath the next morning to take the waters. He obviously thought this news of some importance to James.

On 20 October 1797 he was created Baron Glastonbury [with remainder to Lieutenant-General Richard Grenville and the heirs male of his body, lawfully begotten]. Lord Glastonbury never married and the title became extinct on his death in 1825. He left his estate (thought to be worth £200,000 according to the Newcastle Courant 7 May 1825) to his first cousin Thomas Grenville, with a remainder to the Reverend George Neville of Windsor. By taking the surname Grenville, George Neville-Grenville acquired the Butleigh estates. (Letters), Letters (2)

Thomas Grenville left London to visit Butleigh in August 1822 [Morning Post 20 Aug 1822] – perhaps that visit persuaded him that he didn't want to accept what would become his inheritance.

Wilts & Swindon Archives 161/142 Petition of Rt. Hon. James Grenville, patron of Church of Butleigh, Som. to Edward, Bishop of Bath and Wells, asking for permission to take part of church to his use and reduce size of aisle. 1773

DD/S/BT/22/14 Journal of James Grenville at Pinner, Msex with many observations on horses, the weather, plants and the garden, recipes for horse medicines, inventories of stables, cellar, linen and china and an essay on libel. 1762 - 65

DD/S/BT/23/1 James Grenville's account book for the Butleigh Estate 1783 – 1790 [see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=168-ddsbt_2&cid=-1#-1 for other Court Estate books etc]

DD/S/BT/23/5/42-6 Vouchers for work done for James Grenville on Butleigh House including details of carpentry and joinery, roofing, guttering.  1772-1774

D/S/BT/25/5/11 James Grenville's account book including expenses at Bath, gambling losses, clothing, ferrets, travelling and payment to servants; receipts at the back. 1772

DD/S/BT/9/3/14 - 1] Samuel, Lord Hood and Sir Alexander Hood 2] Ann Hood of Butleigh, Edward Walker of Exeter and wife Elizabeth and William Hood Walker their son 3] James Grenville of Butleigh Assignment of the late Edmund Perry's messuage in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive Date: 1789.

DD/S/BT/24/3/42-3 Legal bills in Grenville v. Howe 1793-4 [see letter in my possession]

DD/S/BT/24/5/12-13 Letters from Henry Gould to Lord Glastonbury concerning Brue drainage, alterations to Butleigh House, a gothic door to his seat in church and local affairs. 1800

DD/S/BT/22/6/1-46 Rentals of Butleigh Manor with poor rates, accounts and butchers bulls. Covering slip endorsed with sketch plan for cottages. 1803-19

PROB 11/1699 - Will of The Right Honorable James Baron Glastonbury Butleigh , Somerset. Dated 21 Jan 1824. Date: 1825.

The Will of the late Right Hon. James Baron Glastonbury was registered in Doctors' Commons, on 21st April. probate being granted the Hon. Thomas Grenville, the sole executor. The personal estate was sworn under £250,000 in value. The will has 34 codicils annexed to it; they contain many legacies to friends and servants, some of whom have handsome annuities. Lord Nugent has £3000; the Right Hon. Sir W. W. Wynn, £6ooo Hon. Thomas Grenville, £8000, besides other bequests; Hon. Catherine Neville, £300 per annum, charged upon the estates in Lancashire, which are also made subject to other annuities, and devised to the Ret William Smyth, jun. and his heirs male. The estates in the counties of Somerset, Surrey, and Bedford, arc devised to the Hon Thomas Grenville and his issue male. The will is dated Jan 21 1824

DD/S/BT/21/1/21 1] Thomas Grenville of Cleveland Square, Msex, devisee of Lord Glastonbury 2] Revd George Neville of Hawarden, Flints, second son of Richard, Lord Braybrooke decd and devisee of Lord Glastonbury 3] Anthony Goodeve of Grays Inn Lease and release of life interest in late Lord Glastonbury's freehold estate in Butleigh and elsewhere in Somerset, Surrey and Bedford, and an undertaking to hold the contents of the mansion house at Butleigh in trust with proviso that if Thomas has any sons they shall inherit on his death. 1825

Extract from catalogue number 354 issued by Myers and Co. (Booksellers) Ltd., 80 New Bond Street, London W1, December 1948.
47 BUCKS. Braybrooke (Richard Aldworth Griffin, 2nd Baron). 1750-1825. Statesman. A REMARKABLE SERIES OF UPWARDS OF 250 Autograph Letters Signed, Written from Wotton, Billingbear, Audley End, London, etc., 1780-1824, inlaid, to his kinsman James Grenville, Lord Glastonbury of Butleigh, with the latter's replies loosely inserted; a delightful correspondence touching on country life at Audley End and Stowe, Family and County affairs, George III and Queen Charlotte, Queen Caroline, death of the Princess Charlotte, Pitt and Fox, the Theatre, Sheridan, India and Tippoo, Buonaparte, Eton, Nelson, Wellington, etc. 3 volumes, folio, half red morocco
(Braybrooke was successively M.P for Buckingham and Reading; Lord-Lieutenant and Vice-Admiral of Essex and Recorder of Saffron Walden. His son was the first editor of Pepys).
Acquired in Feb 1950 from Sotheby & Co. by Berkshire Record Office

DD/S/BT/24/10/1-39 Papers concerning invasion scare including list of males between 15 and 60, persons willing to serve as soldiers or pioneers, militia list with occupations, number of children, service and disabilities, list of people to remove the infirm and livestock or act as guides, enrollment notice for Polden Hill Volunteers with names of officers, inventories of farmers' livestock and waggons in Butleigh. Also minute of the first troop of East Somerset Regiment concerning the conduct of Adjutant Dowell in dispute with Revd. Leir. 1803-4

HO42/31/144 - Folios 311-318. Letter from James Grenville, magistrate of Butleigh, near Somerton, Somerset, enclosing information relating to 2 men, Thomas Stone and Thomas Meakins, whom Grenville has committed to prison to await trial at the assizes for making seditious utterances amounting to treason. He believes them to be 'missionaries' sent out by the London Societies, and suggests that similar circumstances may prevail in other parts of the kingdom. The informant Reynolds has been bound over to prosecute and West to give evidence. Enclosed is the information of James Reynolds of Kingweston, Somerset, innholder, and William West, mason, sworn on 17 June before Grenville and Revd. Henry Gould, regarding the seditious utterances of Stone and Meakins and their attempt to recruit West. Also enclosed is a record of the examination of Thomas Stone, husbandman of Bulphen [Bulphan], Essex and his cousin Thomas Meakins, shoemaker of Hornchurch, Essex, to which are appended copies of further witness depositions. 22 Jun 1794

I have a letter to James from his solicitors,White, Williams and Brooks dated 14 Nov 1794 referring to a case Grenville v. Howe which might be connected to the above case – needs further research.

Note: The London Corresponding Society were a group that wanted Parliamentary Reform by giving the working man a vote and were active 1792-5. They issued handbills which also attacked the government's foreign policy. The founder was Thomas Hardy, a London shoemaker and the first meeting was on 25th January 1792. By the end of 1793 the Society had contacted growing groups in all the other major cities and Scotland. The arrests began and two delegates sent to Scotland were tried for sedition and sentenced to fourteen years transportation. The leaders tried to organise a convention and Hardy, Thelwall and Horne-Tooke were arrested and put in the Tower of London and tried at the Old Bailey in October 1794 but the jury found them 'not guilty'. Habeas Corpus was then suspended which allowed the government to detain prisoners without trial. The Seditious Meetings Act was passed and then a Corresponding Societies Act making meetings illegal and the London Corresponding Society came to an end in 1799. John Thelwall (1764-1834), after his release from prison, had given a talk to 100,000 people at a meeting in London on 26 Oct 1795. He walked from London to visit Coleridge at Nether Stowey in July 1797 and also visited Wordsworth at nearby Alfoxden in Somerset.

(1) Resolutions passed by the London Corresponding Society in January, 1793.
(I) That nothing but a fair, adequate and annually renovated representation in Parliament, can ensure the freedom of this country.
(II) That we are fully convinced, a thorough Parliamentary Reform, would remove every grievance under which we labour.
(III) That we will never give up the pursuit of such Parliamentary Reform.
(IV) That if it be a part of the power of the king to declare war when and against whom he pleases, we are convinced that such power must have been granted to him under the condition, that he should ever be subservient to the national advantage.
(V) That the present war against France, and the existing alliance with the Germanic Powers, so far as it relates to the prosecution of that war, has hitherto produced, and is likely to produce nothing but national calamity, if not utter ruin.
(VI) That it appears to us that the wars in which Great Britain has engaged, within the last hundred years, have cost her upwards of three hundred and seventy million! not to mention the private misery occasioned thereby, or the lives sacrificed.
(VII) That we are persuaded the majority, if not the whole of those wars, originated in Cabinet intrigue, rather than absolute necessity.
(VIII) That every nation has an unalienable right to choose the mode in which it will be governed, and that it is an act of tyranny and oppression in any other nation to interfere with, or attempt to control their choice.
(IX) That peace being the greatest blessing, ought to be sought most diligently by every wise government.
(X) That we do exhort every well wisher to this country, not to delay in improving himself in constitutional knowledge.

1b) Richard Grenville General, b. 1 Mar 1744, d. 22 Apr 1823 Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, bur. 3 May 1823 Butleigh IMAGE

Richard Grenville acquired property and lived in Butleigh as well as at Burlington House in London. He had joined the army in 1759 [as an ensign in the 1st Foot Guards] and at his death was second in the list of Generals. In 1760 he became a Captain by raising an independent company and on the 7th May 1761 was transferred to a company of the 24th Foot. He served the campaigns of 1761 and 1762 in Germany as Aide-de-Camp to the Marquess of Granby. In 1772 he purchased a company in the Coldstream Guards. He became an elected member of Parliament for the town of Buckingham in 1774 [until1780]. He served with the Coldstream Guards in America from 29 Apr 1776 [American Independence was declared on 4 Jul 1776] to July 1777 arriving back in England on August 17th. A captain in the Coldstream regiment of foot-guards, he became Colonel on 19th Feb 1779 a major-general on Nov 12th 1782. He became a colonel of the 23rd Foot April 21st 1786, a lieutenant-general on May 3rd 1796 and general on January 1st 1801. In 1798 as Lieut. General he had temporarily commanded the garrison of Plymouth in the absence of the Governor. In the Peninsula War 1812/13 volunteers recommended for commissions in the Regiment [later the Royal Welch Fusiliers] were men, mostly veterans, who had obtained references from General Sir Richard Grenville of the 23rd Regiment. The Regimental Colonel of the 23rd Foot at Waterloo (18th Jun 1815) was General Richard Grenville.

From circa 1781 – 1787 Richard was in charge of the Duke of York's establishment in Hanover and was appointed Comptroller and Master of his Household in 1788. Between September 1788 and October 1789 the 23rd Regiment of Foot under General Richard Grenville was based at Windsor specifically to assist with the royal works there, although much of their time was spent laying out new rides in the park and forest, it was intended that they would be employed in building the new roads in the Virginia Water area. As the land purchases in the area of the proposed roads had not been concluded, in June 1789 it was suggested that the 23rd Regiment should instead be put to work completing the backing of the pondhead. The Regiment was reviewed in the Little Park in Oct/Nov 1788 and in the following year on the plain near the old Horse Course or Exercising Ground in the Great Park.

Richard never married and failed to succeed to the title Lord Glastonbury by dying before his brother.

Below are some references (incomplete) to his activities in Butleigh. (Letter)

The General first appears paying OOP rates in 1797 for 'late Slades' – until 1798/99 when it was sold to his brother James. He paid rates again in 1805 - for late Withers estate, George Coombes footlands, and William Rowling's (later called Rowlands). By 1806 he had added ' late Mrs. Ann Hoods and Avery's tenement. By 1808 he had passed on Mrs. Hoods and Avery's to James, his brother. In 1822/23 William Green noted as occupier of Footlands.

On his death the General left a bequest [see p. 319 of the Overseers of the Poor, Vol. IIIb] and the Charity still exists – Reg. No. 201268 'For the relief of the Poor of the Parish' – address The Old Post Office, High Street Butleigh.

A second portrait in oils of the General painted by Gilbert Stuart of North Kingstown, Rhode Island (1755-1828) Boston was sold by Capt. Richard Neville at Christies, London on 5 April 1946 for 380 guineas to Polak, with Leggatt Brothers. Eventually sold to Dr. and Mrs. Francis D. Fowler, sold Christies New York 2012, [2657] Old Masters II, lot 278. [76.2 x 63.2 cm Portrait in red coat, bust-length in a painted oval – oil on canvas].IMAGE

DD/S/BT/4/4/15 1] George Reynolds of Kingsdon, yeoman and wife Catherine daughter of John Coombe decd and next of kin to her aunt Ann Limbery decd, executrix of John Limbery decd husband of Ann and administratrix of her grandfather John Coombe decd 2] John Coombe of Butleigh, yeoman, brother of Catherine 3] Col. Richard Grenville of Butleigh Assignment of 3a in Allermoor and 2a at Westwood part of Peckham lease (1562) of Chambers tenement, Butleigh Wootton. 1779

DD/S/BT/5/4/28 1] John Evered of Bridgwater 2] Edward Talbot of Butleigh, yeoman 3] Major Gen. Richard Grenville of Butleigh Copy release of 3a in South moor called Veerings common, Butleigh. 1782

DD/S/BT/9/5/6-7 1] John Evered of Bridgwater 2] Edward Talbot of Butleigh 3] Maj. Gen. Richard Grenville of Butleigh Lease and release of Veerings Common (3a), Butleigh. 1783

DD/S/BT/6/9/35-8 1] George Coombes of Butleigh, gent 2] Gen. Richard Grenville of New Burlington St., London Assignment of Gardners Close (3a), piece of West wood, Little Langley (3a) and Footlands (2a) in Butleigh. Enclosed grant of annuity by George Coombes to Maria Coombes (1798), land tax certificate (1789), copy entry (1803) of a fine levied by James Withers and Elizabeth (1765) [The above 6 items tied together) 1799

DD/S/BT/16/3/32-40 1] John Winter of Tolland and wife Mary 2] Gen. Richard Grenville of Great Burlington Street, London 3] William Ryall of Butleigh Conveyance of allotments 304, 307-11, 313, 315-21, 325-7, 329-37 in Hulkmoor, Glastonbury. Enclosed assignment of term to Grenville, pair of fines, general release, bond of indemnity, John Winter's affidavit that his brother Charles died intestate, copy will of their uncle Charles Winter (1785), and note acreage of land (45.2.12) 1802

DD/S/BT/6/9/33-4 1] Thomas Looke of Butleigh, gent 2] Gen. Richard Grenville of New Burlington St., London Lease and release of Guppies Farm house and 4a and Bloodsley (2a) in Butleigh. [Tied together with DD/S/BT/6/9/35-8] 1803

DD/S/BT/13/3/4 1] William Periam 2] Thomasin Periam of Butleigh, widow of John Periam 3] James, Baron Glastonbury 4] Gen. Rich Grenville Release of Pharswood (6a) arable in Butleigh fields with assignment of term to attend the inheritance. [Above 4 documents tied together] 1803

DD/S/BT/16/4/2-3 1] Mary Chapman of Glastonbury 2] Richard Chapman late of Ivythorne, Street 3] John Harris of Long Sutton 4] Lt. Gen. Richard Grenville of Butleigh 5] Richard Welsh of Somerton Lease and release of Linches (8a) at Torr Hill, Glastonbury. 1808

DD/S/BT/13/3/14-15 1] Gen. Richard Grenville 2] Churchwardens and overseers of Butleigh Lease for lives of six cottages called Sealy's Row lately erected in Butleigh with workshop and privy. Rent £11 15s. enclosed insurance policy (1813) for Sealy's Row and poorhouse. 1814

DD/S/BT/16/3/41-2 1] William Masters and James Jacobs churchwardens of St. John's Glastonbury 2] Gen. Richard Grenville 3] Joseph Lawrence of Glastonbury, carpenter 4] William Ryall of ButleighLease for lives of parish allotments in Hulkmoor, Glastonbury. Rent 15s 11d. Seal of St. John's Glastonbury affixed. Enclosed letter from Samuel Pratt to William Ryall concerning the lease 1817

D\P\but1/13/2/3 Summary monthly accounts with a few more detailed entries. Intermittent accounts of house rents paid and bastardy money received. Vestry minutes relating to appointment of mole-catcher, 1811; repair of Butleigh Drove, 1817; investment of legacy of Gen. Richard Grenville, 1824.

DD/S/BT/23/7/9-10 Certificate for Old South Sea annuities and account of the benefaction to the poor of Butleigh under the will of General Richard Grenville (decd. ) 1824

DD\C/68 Gen Richard Grenville (Bequest) 1901 - 07; 1914 – 36; Sir George Bowles' Hospital 1901 - 06; 1909; 1915 - 19; 1921 + 22; 1924; 1926 - 32; 1943 - 46 [Charity Commissioners]

2) Thomas Grenville b. 31 December 1755 the third son of George Grenville (1712-1770) and Elizabeth (d. 1769), daughter of Sir William Wyndham.(1755–1846), politician and book collector, d. 17 December 1846

He was educated at Eton College from 1764 until 1771, and then entered Christ Church, Oxford, as a gentleman commoner, matriculating on 9 December 1771. In 1778 he was appointed ensign in the 2nd foot guards, and in October 1779 was gazetted as lieutenant in the 86th regiment of foot. Denied further advancement by North's government, Grenville resigned his commissions in 1780. In 1779 he was elected member of parliament for Buckinghamshire. Called upon by Fox in the following session to describe to the house the ill treatment he had received when seeking promotion in the infantry, Grenville made a statement which was very damaging to the ministry, but helpful to Fox, who was attacking the government for political bias in military appointments. Grenville joined Fox's party, and subsequently became his good friend. This placed him in opposition to the politics of his family, from whom he became estranged until the period of the French Revolution, although the strong family loyalty and affection so characteristic of the Grenvilles remained largely intact. Grenville was prepossessing in appearance and a good speaker. Pitt sought his support, and Fox's high opinion of his abilities was such that, according to one account, if the India Bill was passed he meant to appoint him governor-general (GM, 197).

In 1782 Grenville was entrusted by Fox with negotiating the terms of the treaty with the United States. He went to Paris and made some progress, but was suddenly recalled on the death of Lord Rockingham. He remained loyal to Fox, and supported the coalition ministry. After the dissolution of 1784 he lost his seat, but was returned for Aldeburgh in 1790. In 1791 he brought forward a motion against the increased naval force after the Ochakov crisis, but his resolution was defeated by 208 to 114. While member for Aldeburgh he joined the Portland whigs and gave general support to Pitt. In 1793 he supported the Aliens Bill and other government measures, and in the following year he was sent with Earl Spencer as minister-extraordinary to the court of Vienna. At the elections of 1796 he was returned for the family borough of Buckingham, which he continued to represent until 1810. In 1798 he was sworn of the privy council.

In 1799 Grenville accepted the post of ambassador to Berlin to propose an alliance against France. The ship carrying him was driven back by ice, and the Proserpine, to which he transferred, was wrecked off Newerke Island and several of the crew perished. Grenville escaped with difficulty, losing everything but his dispatches. The English ambassador's enforced delay had enabled the French directory to dispatch Sieyès to Berlin, thereby frustrating Grenville's purpose. The king of Prussia having been persuaded by the French to adhere to his neutrality, the British mission returned to England.

In 1800 Grenville received the sinecure office of chief justice on eyre south of Trent, with a salary of £2000. He was the last to be appointed to this office, which was abolished in 1817. He opposed the Addington administration and the peace of Amiens, against which he voted in a small minority of twenty with William Windham. The Grenvilles and the Portland whigs came together in opposition with the Foxites in 1804, Grenville playing the role of go-between. In 1805 he voted for the prosecution of Lord Melville. Following the death of Pitt the recently allied parties took office together in the ‘ministry of all the talents’ in February 1806, but Grenville did not immediately take office, even though his brother, William Wyndham Grenville, first Baron Grenville, was prime minister. In the following July he became president of the Board of Control on the appointment of Lord Minto as governor-general of Bengal. After the death of Fox he was appointed first lord of the Admiralty. On the fall of the ‘talents’ ministry at the end of March 1807 Grenville, whose ambition for office had never been strong, practically withdrew from public life. He voted on only three further occasions, in favour of Catholic emancipation, for the repeal of the income tax, and for his nephew Charles Watkin Williams Wynn in the speakership election of 1817. In 1813 he was again returned for a Buckinghamshire seat, to keep it warm for his young great-nephew, Richard Grenville, later second duke of Buckingham and Chandos. He duly retired from parliament in 1818, and from that time until his death he lived in the company of his friends and his books, and devoted himself to the formation of his splendid library.

When Lord Glastonbury died in 1825 he left Thomas Grenville, his cousin, all his landed and funded property for life, with a remainder to his nephew, George Neville (chaplain to Queen Victoria, later dean of Windsor). Grenville immediately gave up the landed property to George on his taking the surname Grenville. His pursuit of book collecting began early in life, and he claimed that when in the guards he bid at a sale against a whole bench of bishops for a scarce edition of the Bible. He was appointed a trustee of the British Museum.

Grenville, who never married, died in London at Hamilton Place, Piccadilly, on 17 December 1846. His large benefactions became known after his death. He had originally bequeathed his library to his nephew the duke of Buckingham, but revoked this bequest in a codicil, stating that as his books had been in great part acquired from a sinecure office, he felt it right to leave them to the British Museum. He was doubtless also motivated by what might happen to his collection if the duke's precarious finances were to topple, as well as by his close friendship with Antonio Panizzi, the museum's librarian. The British Museum thus received upwards of 20,000 volumes, which were notable for their fine condition and were valued at more than £50,000. The collection consisted chiefly of printed books. The most valuable classes of the collection were the works of Homer, those of Aesop (of which there were also some manuscripts), works by Ariosto (early voyages and travels), works on Ireland, classics—both Greek and Latin—and old Italian and Spanish literature. Also included were a fine copy of the first folio of Shakespeare and other old English books. A catalogue of the library by H. J. Payne, H. Foss, and W. B. Rye was published in three volumes as Bibliotheca Grenvilliana between 1842 and 1848. [amended from the DNB]


1) John Morewood Gresley b. 1816, buried 23 May 1866 (Jun Q 7a/56 Ashby de la Zouch), Over Seal

The family ancestors had lived at Drakelowe Hall (demolished in 1926). The Rev John Morewood Gresley (b. 1816), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, married a great granddaughter of Dr. William Stukeley, the antiquary, and hence the name given to their son William. In 1851 John, the Rector of Seile (Seal) in Leicestershire, lived with his wife and first child at Long Street, Ashby de la Zouch. After his wife's early death in 1858 the children seem to have been brought up by relatives. The family are seemingly absent from th 1861 census. In 1871 Laurence was at school in Burton on Trent and William lived with an aunt (see below). Laurence became a clergyman and never married – he was vicar at Birdsall St. Mary in Yorkshire between 1891 and 1911. Geoffrey was considered too delicate to go to school or university but was sent as a tea planter to Ceylon where he became seriously ill and had to return to England. While in Ceylon he painted several watercolours e.g.of Negombo and the Southern Plain Picture (courtesy of (www.wayfarersbookshop.com ). He was ordained in 1879, curate Newport Pagnell 1878 – 1883 and then went to Cape Town (amongst his duties he was assistant chaplain on Robben Island 1894-7) he founded the church of St. Michael and All Angels Parish, Cape Town, in 1899, and the font was sent by his brother Roger from St. Andrews Rowbarton, Taunton (where he was then rector). In 1891, aged 39, he had appeared on the census in Loughborough with his widowed aunt Augusta Middleton and a watercolour exists by him dated 1889 of a view in the Peak District.. DOC or for a detailed history of the interesting Cape Town story see http://www.stmichael.org.za/index.php/history-and-liturgy

The Rev. J. M. Gresley was rough-handled by a mob at Ashby de la Zouch during an election campaign in 1865 and died shortly afterwards. A collection of his papers on the history of the Gresley family is in the Bodleian Library (MSS Eng hist b.153-70) and were used by Falconer Madan for his book 'The Gresleys of Drakelowe' Oxford 1899. Canon Geoffrey Ferras 'Graseley' of Butleigh made a picture of Glastonbury Abbey ruins in wool which he presented to the Cottage Hospital in 1933 [Western Times 24 Nov 1933] – possible confusion with Roger in the newspaper!

1a) William Stukeley Gresley Chr. 19 Dec 1852 (Dec Q 7a/92 Ashby de la Zouch) Over Seal, Leics, mining engineer, died 1923 (Dec Q 6b/407 Burton) [Obituary in the Geological Soc. QJ 80 1924]

In 1871 William lived with his maiden aunt Frances Gresley in Ashby and was still with her in 1881 – when Maria Elizabeth Archer was his aunt's housemaid. Maria's father was a shepherd in Drakelowe, Derby in 1871. After their marriage the couple seem to have emigrated to America and are absent from the 1891 and 1901 censuses. William wrote 'A Glossary of terms used in coal mining' in 1883. In 1893 he wrote 'Central-Station Electric Coal-Mining Plant in Pennsylvania, U.S.A." and other mining related works.

By 1911 William, Maria and son William had returned to England and lived at 'Winterdine', Middlesex Rd., Bexhill. William stated that he and Maria had had four children with three still living. Son Nigel was a printer's clerk lodging at “Bank View”, Milford Rd, Duffield, Derbyshire in 1911 and his brother Stukeley was a bank clerk living at Bridge St., Belper, Derbys. In Butleigh churchyard is the grave of Maria Elizabeth which includes details of her son Stukeley – a Lance Corp. Royal Fusiliers, 26th Battalion, killed in action 18 Sep 1916 in France/Flanders aged 26. He had latterly been a clerk at the Midland Bank, Eastbourne and has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Maria died at Butleigh Vicarage. Her brothers-in-law (Nigel, Geoffrey and Roger) also died in Butleigh but there is no grave memorial to them nor record of burial.

1b) Rev. Roger St. John Gresley b. 19 Jun, Chr. 26 Jul 1854 Over Seal, Leics. Died 23 Aug 1935 (Sep Q 5c/453 Wells) Butleigh PHOTO Photo of Canon and Father Roger Gresley

Unmarried in 1881 he was a curate of the Baptist church and lodged in High Street, Glastonbury. He became the first vicar of St. Andrew's Rowbarton, Taunton when that church was completed in 1881. In 1891 he was at the Clergy House, Rowbarton, Taunton and remained there until 1901. In 1901 he was at Birdsall vicarage, Yorkshire then vicar in West Pennard 1901 - 1911 but went to work in Africa with his brother Geoffrey (see above). From there he came to Butleigh and was inducted as vicar in Sept. 1916 by Archdeacon Brymer.. He was the vicar of Butleigh 1916-1918. The Western Gazette 12 Apr 1918 advertised the sale of his [and that of W. S. Gresley and others] surplus household furniture and effect at Butleigh Vicarage. The Kelly's Directory of 1919 still listed him as vicar.A Mrs. Turner [housekeeper?] at the vicarage advertised for a nurse for a 4½ yr old child on 10 May 1918 in Western Gazette – suggesting that another family had already moved in.# The Western Daily Press 5 Aug 1918 recorded that he had been presented by the Bishop of Bath and Wells to the Prebend or Canonry of Easton-in-Gordano in Wells Cathedral. He attended the unveiling of the Butleigh War Memorial in 1919 and after the Peace Celebrations said farewell as he intended to leave for South Africa.

His death was announced in 1935 (died 23 Aug) at his address (Kelly's Directory) of the Hermitage, Butleigh. A brass plaque in the church commemorates his ministry.

In “Somerset Voices” (2010) an account of the 'Vimto Boys' is given. This was a youth club run by the Rev. Gresley for boys aged 14 – 16 who played board games in his lounge and also tried their hand at skittles and bell-ringing. They were called the Vimto boys after the drink they were supposed to imbibe – a photograph of them c. 1930 is on p. 113.

Sir Herbert Nigel Gresley (1876 – 1941) was a relative of the above and one of Britain's most famous steam locomotive engineers and as such was probably well acquainted with Butleigh's squire, Robert Neville-Grenville.



1) Joseph Grey Chr. 26 Oct 1817 West Pennard, farmer, s.o. James and Elizabeth Grey, bur. 13 Apr 1882 West Pennard 71W-85

Joseph had farmed 40 acres in West Pennard in 1851 and had a nephew, John B. Cabbell (b. 1841 Cheddar) living with him. By 1861 he lived with Harriet but they had no children at that time. The Barton Farm estate occupied by Joseph was sold in April 1866 [Sherborne Mercury 24 Apr 1866] and this must be when the family moved to Butleigh. Joseph lived with his family in the 'Farm House' in Butleigh Wootton and farmed 80 acres employing 1 man in 1871. He was listed as a farmer there in 1872 [Morris' Directory 1872]. Joseph junior appeared as a Railway lamp man lodging in Wormhill, Derbyshire in 1881. Harriet was living alone at Pilltown [Pilton], West Pennard in 1881 and census noted 'husband lunatic in Asylum'.

Harriet is probably the person who died 1891 (DecQ 5c/339 Yeovil) aged 67 – surname Gray.


1) Thomas Griffin bur. 20 Jun 1739 Butleigh

2) Mary Griffin bur. 5 Aug 1781 Butleigh

3) Jesse Griffin b. 1874 (Sep Q 6a/154 Clifton) Easton, clicker in shoe factory, s.o. William Griffin

Little found on Jesse though his parents may be the William (b. 1843 Pylle, Som.) a waterman, and Susanna (b. 1843 Easton) who lived in Easton in 1901. William's profession may indicate why this family are absent from most censuses - Jesse and Bessie were absent in 1901.


1) John Gromes

Thomasine Gromes appears in the will of Julyan Gibbs 1594 as does Thomas Talbot senior and his son John. A John Grimstead was having children in Baltonsborough from 1591.

2) George Grimes buried 1676 Butleigh (OOP)

The Overseers recorded the burial of George in 1676 and the clothing of his daughters while his son Humphrey was apprenticed out to Thomas Looke – his daughters were cared for by William Homan and the widow Callow. In 1677 the girls were still looked after by the widow Callow and were re-clothed. Also in that year the Overseers went to court sessions about George Grimes business and his three children. In 1678 the girls were bought coats, waistcoats and chemises. Humphrey appears in the churchwarden's accounts for 1682-4 when he killed 2 polecats. A Humphrey Grimes had several warrants issued against him in 1691/2 ordering his removal – and a guardsman Humphrey Callow, was paid for two days and a night to hold him. Horses were hired to carry him away. A Humphrey Grimes died in 1691 Butleigh (OOP). Dorothy isn't mentioned again but Alice must have been unable to fend for herself and was in receipt of clothes, rent and relief from 1677 to post 1721 when she was taken from Simon Hoopers house and the OOP paid for her coffin.


1) Richard Grimstead Chr. 19 Jul 1629 Baltonsborough, s.o. Humphrey and Alice Grimstead [successor of William of Will below] bur. 27 Dec 1680 Baltonsborough

Richard paid rates from 1673 – 1681 and thereafter they were paid by Humphrey, presumably his son. They lived next to Mary Splott widow. See the Will of Katherine, wife of William Grimsted of Baltonsborough below for her son Humphrey – probable father of (1) and mention of daughter Dorothy (3)?

Katherine GRIMSTEED, widdowe, of Baltonsburowe, SOM Will date: 21 March 1623 Probate date: PRO Ref :11/143 Image Ref: 460

In the name of god Amen: The one and twentieth day of March in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand six hundred twenty and three I Katherine Grimsted of Baltonsburowe in the County of Somset. Widdowe Beinge sicke of body but of good and pfect memory thankes I give unto Allmightie god, Doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testamte. In manner and forme as followeth First I bequeath my soule into the hande of Allmighty god and my bodye whensoever it shall please the maker to [dissolue] it to be buried in the Churchyard of Baltonsburrowe aforesaid Item I give to St. Andrewes Church in Wells twelve pence It I give to the poore aged and impotent people of the same Prshe twenty shillinge, Whereas my husband William GRIMSTED did  by his last will and Testamt. give and bequeath to his Four daughters to wit Elizabeth Ellenor Dorothie and Joane to each of them one hundred pound and by the same will this money was to be putt in [cleare] at eighteen pence the pound at the discrettion of the Overseers, and because the money have not beene also imployed I have given and payd unto Elizabeth my daughter her hundred pound wth three [scoaut] pounde increase Itm I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Twenty shillinge one crocke that I bought at Mr. Waltons the second best pann three platters and three pottengers and one Chest standinge in the Chamber over the buffer[ ] Item I give unto William HOPKINS the sonne of my daughter Elizabeth one heafer of two yeares age that is nowe wth Calfe, Item I give unto Ellenor for the increase of her hundred pounde Threescore pounde one Crocke that I bought of Joane [LEAVELL] the third best panne one newe featherbed one payre of shette one payre of blankette one Coverled one parre of pillows three platters and three pottengers all wch money and legacies to be payd wthin sixe monthes after her marriage Item I give unto Dorothy for the increase of her hundred pounde Threescore pounde one crocke and my best brasse pan one featherbed one paire of sheete one paire of blankette one paire of pillows one Coverled three platters and three pottengers all wch legacies to be paid when shee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty yeares or be married Itm I give unto Joane my youngest daughter for the increase of her hundred pounde Threescore pounde Alsoe I give unto Joane my gould ringe one featherbed one paire of sheete one paire of blankets one paire of pillows one Coverled my best Crocke one brasse pan three platters and three pottongews All wch legacies to be paide when shee shall accomplishe the age of One and twentie yeares or be married Item I give unto Willm my youngest sonne one blacke mare of the age of three yeares One heaffer of two yeares of age Ite my will is that all my wearing apparell shall be equalie devided betweene my Fouer daughters Item I give unto Ellenor my daughter the presse that standeth in the broad Chamber. All the rest of my goode moveabell and unmoveabell as well Reall as personall my funerall expence my debte and legacies paid I give to my sonne Humfry whome I make my Whole and sole Executor by this my last Will and Testament Allso I request Humfry COWARD and Robert [MAYNES] to have the oversighte of this my last will and testamt. to see the same pformed accordinge to the true intent of this my last will ans testmant. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the daye and yeare above written in the presence of us whose names are underwritten the marke of Kathern GRIMSTED ./ Rob. [MAYNE], the mark of Thomas [DOWNES] ./ Probate: Humfridi GRIMSTEED Date: 5 May 1624 Quinto die mensio May Anno Domin Millesimo Sexcentesimo vicesimo quarto

Elizabeth of the Will married John Hopkins in Baltonsborough 15 Jul 1622,

DD/S/BT/4/6/1-2 1] William Colmer of Butleigh 2] Robert Grimstead of Baltonsborough, yeoman Lease for 220 years of Benhorseys (3a), Butleigh. Rent 5s. With counterpart. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date range: 1626 - 1627 PROB 11/236 Will of Humfry Grimsted Yeoman Baltonsborough, Somerset Date: 1654.

DD/S/BT/7/5/1 - 1] Thomas Splott of Butleigh, yeoman and Mary Splott of Butleigh, widow 2] Richard Grimsted the elder of Baltonsborough Feoffment of three closes called Easthill (40a) in Butleigh Wootton.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date range: 1671 - 1672.

1a) Humphrey Grimstead of Baltonsborough, Chr. Sep 1660 Baltonsborough, bur. 3 May 1694 Baltonsborough

Married: Joane Pope died Butleigh 1689 (listed in OOP) bur. 27 Jan 1690 Baltonsborough [marriage falls in 1677-1714 PR gap]

Child: 1) Joane Chr. 17 Jan 1690 Baltonsborough m. 1711 Dr. John Warren

Online PROB 11/423 Will of Humphry Grimsteed or Grimsted Yeoman Baltonsborough, Somerset Date: 1694.

Will of Humphry Grimsteed 17 Mar 1689

In the name of God Amen. I Humphry Grimsteed of Baltonsburough in the County of Somersett yeoman being sick and weake of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks bee given unto Allmighty God for the same doe make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following ffirst and principally I give my soul unto the hands of Allmighty God my maker in hopes of a joyful resurrection unto eternall life at the last day in and through the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour and my body to bee buried in such decent manner as to the discretion of my Executors hereafter named shall bee thought fit and for what worldly goods and estate the Lord in his mercy hath lent mee. I give and bequeath will and devise as followeth Imprimis whereas I stand indebted unto severall persons in severall summes of money by specialtyes and without specialties I doe hereby give out and bequeath will and devise all my lands and tenements in the parish of Baltonsburough aforesaid and Butleigh in the County aforesaid except what lands I have heretofore setled on Joane my late wife deced as her Joynter unto Richard Grimsteed of Baltonsburough aforesaid yeoman William Boulton of Theale in the said County gentleman and John Hussey of Baltonsburough aforesaid gentleman To have and to hold the said lands and tenements aforesaid (except before excepted) unto them the said Richard Grimsteed, William Boulton and John Hussey their heires and assignes forever for them and the survivor of them to sell and dispose of the same lands and tenements to any person or persons whatsoever according to the discretion of the said Richard Grimsteed, William Boulton and John Hussey and to the best advantage for the payment of my debts due as aforesaid.

Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Baltonsburough aforesaid ffive shillings to bee paid within one yeare next after my decease All the rest residue and remainder of my goods and chattells I likewise give and bequeath unto them the said Richard Grimsteed, William Boulton and John Hussey for them to sell and dispose thereof at their wills and pleasures and the money soe thereof raised likewise to goe towards the payment of my said debts And the overplus of such moneys that shall hereafter remaine of my said lands and goods I give unto Joane my daughter and doe request and devise my Executors hereafter named that what money which shall soe remaine after the said lands and tenements and goods sold and disposed of and my executors hereafter named defrayed such charges and expenses as they shall expend lay out or bee put unto in and about the management of this trust in them reposed by mee I doe desire and request that such money that shall soe remaine in the hands of my executors hereafter named and the defraying of their cost as aforesaid shall bee put out unto at interest by them for the best advantage of the said Joane my daughter and the said money and the interest thereof to be paid to the said Joane my daughter at her age of one and twenty yeares or day of marriage which shall first happen and my will and meaning is that my executors hereinafter named shall have the full power and sole management of all the estate belonging to Joane my said daughter after my decease and likewise the education of Joane my daughter during her minority And I doe hereby constitute and appoint my trusty and welbeloved ffreinds and kinsmen the said Richard Grimsteed, William Boulton and John Hussey executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by mee made in witness whereof I the said Humphry Grimsteed have hereunto set my hand and seale the seventeenth day of March in the ffirst yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God King and Queene over England etc Anno Dom. one thousand six hundred eighty nine, Humphry Grimsteed sugned sealed and published in the presence of John Coward William Marsh Edward Spenser William Symes his marke

Humphrey paid the rates from 1682 until1695 and in that year rates were also paid by Joane Grimsteadhis daughter. From 1692 to 94 Humphrey had paid rates on two properties, one of which was taken over by Grace Keeping in 1695. From 1696 – 1717 the rate was paid by Joan Grimstead alone. Joane Grimstead married John Warren in 1711 and in 1712 sold her Baltonsborough estates to Thomas Healey.

3) Dorothie Grinsteed [Chr. 18 Dec 1648 Baltonsborough d.o. William and Elizabeth Grimsted?] bur. 28 Nov 1654 Butleigh

4) Elizabeth Grinsteed [Chr. 11 Aug 1644 Baltonsborough d.o. Humphrey and Alice Grimsted?] married Butleigh 21 Jun 1663 Edward Spencer [see witness to Humphry Grimsteed Will of 1694)


1) Josiah Grinter Chr. 30 May 1830 Othery, shoemaker, s.o. Alfred (Schoolmaster) and Mary Ann Grinter, died 1858 (Dec Q 5c/432 Wells)

As Virtue Classey, Virtue appears in 1841 living with her uncle Charles Classey and his wife Elizabeth at Beulah House, the bakery in the High Street. She became her aunt's assistant after her uncle died in 1848 and appears thus on the 1851 census. Virtue married Josiah Grinter in 1854 and they had two children, Charles (b. 1855) and Elizabeth (b. 1858). Josiah had lived with his parents in Godswell Lane, Street in 1841-51 where his father was a grocer. He died in 1858.

Virtue Grinter continued to run a shop in Butleigh in 1861. Her son Charles must have left Butleigh because he isn't on the 1871 census but is next found in Swansea. His mother was still in Butleigh in 1871 with her nephew and niece Albert and Eleanor Classey but she then joined her son in Swansea where she died in 1878. Her son tragically died the next year aged only 24 - 1879 (Jun Q 11a/407 Swansea).

Charles had had a daughter Maud Beatrice Grinter b. 1880 (Mar Q 11a/634a Swansea) who later married watchmaker Owen Gregory (b. 1877 Exeter) in Butleigh on 27 Mar 1909 (Mar Q 5c/721 Wells). In the Western Times report of 6 Apr 1909 she was given the surname Cave and father deceased.

Elizabeth Ann married Walter March in 1889 (Sep Q 5c/822 Wells) and they lived in Street.

2) William Grinter b. Taunton, Chr. 24 Oct 1867 (Dec Q 5c/536 Wells) Butleigh, bur. 21 Nov 1867 (Dec Q 5c/369 Wells) Butleigh s.o. Henry and Catherine Grinter.

Henry Grinter was a carpenter from Taunton (b. 1847) and his wife Kate (Catherine) was born in Bruton in 1845. In 1871 they appeared in Rowbarton, Taunton with William and a seven month old daughter Kate. William remained with his parents in Taunton until by 1891 he had become a servant in South Petherton.

Gromessee Grimes


1) Edward Ground? Chr. 21 Aug 1725 Butleigh s.o. John and Elizabeth (see Bound) YS reads P-rourd


(Grove - Grough)

A) James Grove d. before 1759

Somewhat confusing with the two sons of the son James, called James dying in 1755 and 1759. The PR gap is probably responsible for the missing data.

DD/S/BT/12/1/22-3 3] Charity Gitter of Woodland, Berks, Catherine Pinny of North Barrow, Elizabeth Pope and Margery Looke of Butleigh, Humphrey Meaker of Barton St. David husbandman and wife Christian, Isaac Lester of West Pennard, husbandman and wife Grace, James Grove of Butleigh, labourer, son and heir of Ann Grove decd widow of James Grove decd. Charity, Catherine, Elizabeth, Margery, Christian, Grace, Anne with Charles Pope were the children of Edward Pope the elder of Butleigh, butcher decd who were living at his death. 1759

1) John Groves

In 1735/6 the Church Wardens paid Stephen Barns in part of John Groves expenses to Eleanor Callow. In 1737/9 and 1740 John Grove was paid for glazing the church windows, for running the weight of the church clock and new lead. John would have probably been a brother of James Grove senior.

2) James Grove bur. 18 Dec 1803 Butleigh

If Anne Sweet was the d.o. Andrew Sweet then she had had an illegitimate child William in 1751 that died in 1754.

James' house rent paid 1765/6 until 1775/6 (OOP) then until 1803. He received £1 in his distress in March 1766 and wheat in Feb 1767. In June '68 he received aid in necessity and in July for is three children with smallpox. In March '74 the family received assistance in sickness. Aid to James Grove's wife in May '74. Family received monthly pay from Sep 1775 - 1776 in sickness, and the OOP paid for his wife's coffin in November. In Sep 1797 the OOP paid 1/- to James Grove senior. In Oct he received 6d and small amounts from then on, then regular monthly pay. The OOP paid William Sweet for his coffin, Stephen Hockey for burying him in December 1803.

In Jan/Feb 1785 an Ann Grove needed attendance (OOP). She was buried in 1791 by the OOP. Possibly this daughter Ann. The Ann Grove who looked after Mary, daughter of Edward Roley in June 1814 would seem to be unattributable at the moment. For Mary see next.

2a) James Grove Chr. 23 Mar 1761 Butleigh, bur. 20 Aug 1836 Butleigh aged 76

In June 1781 James Grove began receiving assistance again, though this may have been the son because in October 1781 the OOP paid assistance to James Groves and wife and it is often 'and wife' from then on. Rent paid 1778/9, '89/90. James was in receipt of coal (for the poor) in Dec 1792. By 1800 he received periodic 'distress' money. James had his rent paid by the OOP from 1794/5. In April 1801 the OOP bought his son a 'round frock'. From 1825 James began receiving frequent assistance from the OOP.

Mary Corpe had given birth to a son William Chr. 5 April 1781 Butleigh (fathered by Edward Nutt) and this William died 12 Jul 1804 Butleigh. In the OOP account this William was called William Grove when they paid for his coffin and burial. In September 1810 the OOP paid for Mary's coffin. In Aug 1784 the OOP had to travel to Wells to answer a complaint against them by Mary.

Ann married John Davis in Butleigh on 25 Sep 1809 #. James Birch b. 1818 Butleigh gives his father as James Groves when he married in 1846 – presumably the son here rather than the father – but his mother is unknown. In Aug 1794 the OOP paid for Mary Grove's boy (called James Grove's boy in Jun 1795) i.e. William Corpe, but thereafter Mary Groves boy again when he was in receipt of aid. The payments from Oct 1797 for the Groves were to; a) James Grove, b) Mary Grove's son, c) Mary Grove and d) James Grove senior - June 1800 sees a payment to Mary Grove junior [must be daughter of James senior] and this must be the singled out Mary In June 1798 payments made to James Grove's wife and also Mary Grove suggesting that they may not be the same person. In In May 1800 payments to James Grove junior's wife. . Last payment to Mary Grove's son was in November 1802 (then payments to James Grove).

In Sep 1817 James Grove was issued with a summons and an order made against him. In October 1817 James Grove started paying bastardy pay. [child James Birch born Aug 1817 s.o. of Ann Burch – given as his father on son's marriage]. In Mar 1820 James was put in gaol. In July 1820 the OOP paid the expenses of a constable in regard to 'Groves'. From Oct 1826 payments are made to 'John Grove's bastard.

In April 1821 George Groves was ill and received aid from the OOP and monthly pay thereafter. In April 1822 the OOP paid for beef for him and a visit from Dr. Lewes of Shepton Mallet. He was then attended by Betty Talbot. In June he was taken by horse and cart to Bridgwater Hospital. The OOP paid for a shirt for him, his washing and two months pay to the hospital in July. In Oct 1822 he was taken to Dr. Lewes in Shepton Mallet. In Dec he was taken back to Bridgwater Hospital , bandages and clothes bought and his sister in attendance. In March 1823 the OOP paid for calico (callecow) and hessian (hessing) for him. In Jan 1824 the OOP paid for his coffin.

John Groves served in the 9th Foot Regiment, Somerset Militia from 1809 and was discharged aged 42 in 1835 [WO 97/306/25 National Archives].

3) Thomas Grove

Mary Garland appeared in Nov 1787 OOP accounts when she was examined as to her 'settlement', and Thomas Grough was apprehended. Mary taken to Walton and the couple then taken to Middlezoy where the OOP paid for them to be married – at the Holy Cross church. The name of groom in Middlezoy register is Thomas Grove. One witness was George Turner (mistake for the Overseer of Butleigh John Turner who took them to Walton?). See also under Garland.

4) Henry Groves b. 1855 Evershot, Dorset, groom and gardener 91-126

In 1891 at No. 64, Oddway - Henry Groves (36), Groom & gardener, lived with his wife Elizabeth (38) plus children Tyet L. (13), Ada L. (8), Sarah K. (6), Emily B.(3) and Harry (1). Henry Groves was previously a groom at Ugborough, Devon (1881) and after his marriage his children's birthplaces indicate his peripatetic occupation. In 1901 the family are found in Salisbury Rd., Chilmark, Wilts. Their stay in Butleigh was brief, Harry being born in Charlton Horethorne in 1890 and a son Arthur came next born 1892 in Chilmark.

5) William Groves woodcutter b. 1797 High Ham

The family lived in Shapwick in 1851. A William and Mary Groves had four children in Wells between 1815 and 1827 which may be this same couple.


1) Charles Gummer b. 1817 Bedminster, farmer of 350 acres, d. 13 Sep 1879 47, Lower Brigstocke Rd, St. Paul's Bristol aged 61?

A James Edgell Gummer was Chr. 1 Jan 1806 Bedminster, s.o. John and Hester [nee Edgell] Gummer – probably the parents of Charles.

At his marriage Charles was described as 'late of Priston'. In 1851 Charles and family lived in Corston where he was a substantial farmer (350 acres) and his older brother a 'proprietor of houses'. In 1871 Sarah and Helen were governesses at 8, New King St., Lansdown, Walcot.

Sarah married Thomas Levertin Stenner, Professor of Music in 1880 (Dec Q 6a/327 Barton Regis) and they lived at Westbury on Trym in 1881. In 1891 Sarah called herself a 'Professor of Languages' and her pob as Yeovil. On that census they were recorded as living at 141, Cotham Brow, Bristol and had two sons. Caroline died at Hagley House, Cheltenham Road – the residence of her daughter.

1a) James Edgell Gummer Chr. 23 Apr 1843 (Mar Q 10/519 Wells) Butleigh

James' parents farmed 350 acres at Corston in 1851. There is no further reference to James.


1) Phillip Guppy Will 30 Oct 1557, pr. 2 Aug 1557 [Somerset Record Society (SRS) volume 62]

Left four oxen, six other cattle [one speckled] three pigs, three mares and a colt etc.– his most valuable possession being his brewing vat with a leaden furnace he left to his wife.

Will mentions his first wife's son John Knowles plus nephew William Guppy; Thomas Hyet, Agnes Knowles, William Byrdge, John Arnalde, John Bennet, Agnis Barret, Margaret Haget, Richard Morleyge, John Harris. Witnesses William Seller, Thomas Hyet, William Colmer and John Masters. Philip also appears in the will of Johan Gregory in 1550.

2) William Guppy d. 1557

See under John Rocke for case heard in the 'Court of Star Chamber: Proceedings, Elizabeth I STAC 5/K14/27' when John Rocke and Edward Knolles of Little Hempston sought redress from William Ewens, William and Philip Guppy and John Williams and others concerning the appropriation of land in Butleigh and assault. See(6) below for a Guppy – Ewens marriage. Te William concerned must be the next and Philip, Margaret possibly siblings nephews and niece of this William?

Court of Chancery 6 Clerks Office C 1/1394/47 Short title: Withers v Gouppey. Plaintiffs: William WITHERS, vicar of Butleigh. Defendants: William Gouppey. Subject: Lease of the said vicarage by John Whyte, late vicar, deprived for marriage. 1553

DD/S/BT/4/1/1 1] Sir Edmund Peckham 2] William Gouppye Lease for 299 years of a messuage, 7a of meadow and pasture adjoining the house, in Benhorseys and Cowhorseys, 4.5a meadow in Estemeade, 73a of arable in two fields in Butleigh formerly held by John Sammell the younger, and 5a in West Wood north of Bloddesley. Rent 38s 2d and suit of court. 1556

PROB 11/39/142 Will of Willyam Gouppy or Guppy Butleigh, Somerset Date: 3 May 1557.

April 12th 1557William Gouppy of the parish of Butleigh. My body to be buried in the churchyard of Butleigh. To the same church 2s. To our mother church of Wells 4d. To Thomas Evens one payer of whelles. To Margery Knowlles £5 at her marriage. To William Knowlles 33s 4d. To Eleanor Evens a sparked boll. To William Yeate a young mare. To Johane Berde, a heyfer yerlinge. To Johane my wife four oxen, three kyne and calves, two mares, a horse colte, a gelding, two yerlings, a heyfer, three pigges, a wayne, a fetherbed, two dustebeddes, two crockes, a brewing leade with all manner of treen vessell, one carpet clothe with all manner of stayned clothesand £17 11s 8d of my debts and also three pounde of fee which I have during John Perses lief with the mede and two colttes lese in West Pennard. To Sir Richard Berser, curat, 3s 4d. The residue to John Perce, clarke of the Checke to the King and Queen Maties garde (executor). Overseers: Philipp Gouppy and Gouppie the elder. Witnesses: Sir Richard Berser, curate, Phillipp Gouppie, Robert Gosmer, John Knowlles, Rihard Barrate Proved May 3rd 1557.

3) William Guppy 'junior' bur. 12 Apr 1617 Butleigh (or son?)

Bridedy = Bridget Guppy who married Samuel Hooper Butleigh 3 Mar 1616. William paid £5 5s on the 1581 Subsidy Roll as William Coppie. [SRS Vol.88]

4) John Guppy bur. 3 Aug 1621 Butleigh

The name survived with the property they had owned, known as Guppeys on the 1672 commoners list.

5) Andrew Guppy

A list of commoners of 1672 lists 'Guppy's' suggesting that it referred to the occupants of their previous house rather than an existing member of the family.

6) Margaret Guppye married 14 Apr 1597 John Ewens #

7) Margaret Guppye married Alexander Symcox early 1600's.

8) Maria Guppy bur. 10 Nov 1638 Butleigh


1) John Gutch a JP

In 1653 John Gutch supervised the election of John Clapp, a tailor, as 'Parish Register'. In 1666 a Henry Gutch, a mercer, was issuing tokens in Glastonbury.

EXCHEQUER E134/9Chas1/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 Date range: 1633 - 1634.

DD/S/BT/17/4/9 - 1] Richard Tomlins of London, stationer and Gawen Lawry of London, merchant 2] Christopher Hopkins, Robert Lane, Peter West, Henry Gutch, John Austen, Richard King and Richard Vayle, inhabitants of Glastonbury Bargain and sale in trust for poor of Glastonbury Date: 1666.

For research: John Gutch b. 1568 Tisbury,Wilts., d. Apr 1646 Chelwood, Som.

Ryckard Gutch of Swallowcliffe Co Wilts. Yeoman. Mentioned in the wills of his Grandfather 1562 and brother Clement 1632 (then deceased). Will dated 14 April 1614 proved 27 May following. Cecille Mentioned in the will of her husband of 1614. Buried at Swallowcliffe 23 October 1638 John Gutch of Chelworth and Pensford Co Somerset. Yeoman. Mentioned in the Will of his brother Clement 1632. Churchwarden of Chelwood 1635/6. Will dated 15th Sept 1645, proved 1 May 1646 (PCC) <1st wife of John Gutch> Avis Buried at Chelwood Co. Somerset 6 Aug 1635 1st Wife Samuel Gutch Executor to his father 1648 Other issue <2nd wife of John Gutch> Barberye Buried at St Cuthberts Wells Co Somerset 2 Janry 1679 Robert Gutch of the parish of St Johns Glastonbury Co Somerset, Yeoman. Mentioned in the wills of his Brother Richard 1614 and Clement 1632. Will dated 17 Feb 1647 proved 4 May 1649 (PCC) <1st wife of Robert Gutch> Katherine Buried 1 Dec 1616 at St Johns Glastonbury Co Somerset <2nd wife of Robert Gutch> Margaret Somer married 9 January 1616/17 at St. Johns Glastonbury aforesaid Agnes Mentioned in the will of her Grandfather 1562. Buried at Tisbury Wilts 27 March 1593. Elsabethe Mentioned in the will of her Grandfather 1562 and as Wife of William Belling in that of her Brother Ryckard 1614 <Children indicated, no details given> Clement Gutch of Glastonbury Somerset. Baptd at Tisbury Wilts 16 April 1565. Mentioned in the will of his Brother Ryckard 1614 of which he was an Executor. Will dated 16 October 1632 proved at Wells 1632 Son of Clement: Stephen Gutch eldest son. Mentioned in his Fathers will 1632 and in that of his Uncle Richard Gutch 1614 other issue


1) John Guy [the John buried 14 Oct 1827 Frome [Rosemary Lane] aged 57]

In Jul 1796 the Overseers paid the Overseers of Frome Selwood for relieving the wife and child of John Guy who was the substitute for James Terrell [militia]. There is no record of a James Terrell in Butleigh – a James Terrell was Chr. 2 Sep 1751 South Petherton – so far the only likely candidate found.