1) Andrew Wadham b.c. 1488 Merefield, s.o. Sir Nicholas and Joan (nee Hill) Wadham

Wadham had the farm and parsonage at Butleigh post 1544 in succession to Thomas Strode. He was in charge of Sharpham Park from 1540 after the Dissolution of Glastonbury Abbey, on behalf of the Crown. In his father's will of 1542 he was left "my 2nd best horse and apparel" also £100. Seems not to have married and had no issue.

Henry VIII papers 1541: Andrew Wadham. Annuity of £20 for life, out of the manor of Walton, Somers., in compensation for two annuities of £10 each granted to him by Richard the abbot and the convent of St. Mary, Glastonbury, Somers., by two deeds which were invalidated by the said abbot's attainder. Hampton Court, 13 Feb. 32 Hen. VIII. Del. Westm., 15 Feb.—P.S. Pat. p. 5, m. 52.

October 20th 36 Hen VIII. Thomas Strowde, esquier, one of the gentleman ushers to the Queen's grace. In that it hath pleased the King's majesty's highness to appointe me to doo his grace and his realm service in his warres on the see..... I make my will in manner following. My body to be buried where it please God. My whole right and estate in my farm and parsonage of Butley and Baltonsborough to Andrew Wadham, esquire, one of the gentleman ushers to the Queen's grace, so that he pay to John Strowde my brother £20, and to Elizabeth Hewyke £20, which I owe. To Sir Thomas Whiting £5. The residue to my executor John Strowde my brother. Overseer Richard Weston gentleman of the Mydle Temple in London. Proved March 24th 1544.

Wainright - Wainwright

1) Marcus Francis Wainright b. 1831 Ash, Woking, Surrey, Lieut., East India Services (Bombay Army), died 11 Jun 1866 Colaba, Bombay India, s.o. Henry Maxwell and Louisa Letitia (Prescott) Wainwright

Marcus Wainright appears on the 1841 census in Ash Street, Ash with his parents and their then six children of which he was the eldest. His son Lawrence was mentioned in the Gazette July 1874 as sub-Lieutenant, India cadet. In October 1876 Lawrence was promoted to Lieutenant of the 102nd Foot.

In 1911 the widowed Katharena and her spinster daughter Alicia lived at Corner House Butleigh with a servant, Ellen Maria Eldridge (b. 1873 Icklesham Sussex). Katharena stated that she had had five children of whom 3 were still alive. Her marriage had lasted 11 years. Katherina was of Armenian extraction and married the widowed Marcus Wainright, who had two children, when she was just 16. The family lived together in Pinchbeck in 1861. In 1871 Lawrence was at school in Marlborough and Katherina in St. Giles, London. In 1901 Katharena and daughter Alicia had lived in Lymington Hamps with servant Ellen Eldridge who stayed with them when they moved to Butleigh. The 1939 Kelly's Directory listed amongst the private residents, Miss Wainwright, Corner House.

In 1891 daughter Katherina lived in Ipswich with husband [Master of Fox hounds, Stockbroker] Philip Barthropp and in 1901 at the Kennels, Bray, Berkshire while daughter Emily lived in St. Marylebone with her architect husband Frederick Pownall and three sons – by 1901 two daughters had been born in addition.

2) Charles Rawlinson Wainwright b. 22 Nov 1790, Chr. 12 Jan 1791 Stoke Damerel, Devon, s.o. John and Elizabeth Wainwright, bur. 24 Jul 1852 Christon, Somerset.

In the 1830's he designed the additional North Porth (vestry) for Butleigh Church and alterations to the chancel and vestry windows. A plan of the alterations is RIBA 67711 in the Library Drawings Collection. It was obviously designed after the 1828 family pews were added for the Hon. and Rev. George Neville Grenville by Edward Blore (1787 – 1879). His namesake son was a Land Agent in Shepton Mallet. (2a). Charles was Lord of the Manor of Christon, Loxton, Somerset.

IR 30/30/79 Tithe map of Butleigh (parish), Somerset. Shows buildings, fences, orchards, parkland, plantations and woods (both coloured), named roads, drains, waterbodies. Scale: 1 inch to 6.36 chains; 1 inch to 420 feet; one part at 1 inch to 3 chains [1:2376]. By Charles Wainwright 1843

2a) Charles Rawlinson Wainwright of Shepton Mallet, b. 13 Feb., Chr. 28 Feb 1823 Shepton Mallet, Land Agent and Surveyor, s.o. bur. 30 Mar 1893 Christon Somerset

Steward of the Wootton estate in the 1870s and 1880's. His son of the same name was also a Land Agent and Surveyor. Probably this son was referred to when in 1879 he presented a silver salver to Edward Colston on his marriage “ as a small memento of the pleasurable connection that has existed between his family and Mr. Colston's ancestors for a long period of years, as land agents for the West Lydford and West Pennard Estates – Feb. 1879”


1) Humphrey Wake

2) Abraham Wake bur. 3 May 1752 Butleigh

Child of last? An Abraham Wake was Chr. 25 Feb 1735 s.o. John and Mary in Wyke Champflower.

3) John Wake

In Dec 1823 John was paid for making the Militia List for the OOP. Possibly the brother of William Masters Wake? A John Wake was born 30 Sep 1771 Ditcheat son of James Wake.

Related?: DD/S/BT/27/8/40/Will of John Wake of Somerton, yeoman. 1849 DD/S/BT/26/11/123 Extract of the will (1853) of John Wake of Somerton (d. 1854), proved 1854. This must be the John Wake b. 1773, widower of New Street, Somerton on the 1851 census.

4) Agnes Kate Wake Chr. 11 Mar 1877 (Mar Q 5c/523 Shepton Mallet) East Pennard, kitchenmaid, d.o. William and Charity Wake 91-124

Agnes worked at the Cottage Hospital in 1891. She married Herbert Chinnock in 1896 (Jun Q 5c/880 Shepton Mallet) and they lived in the Dairy House, Wraxall, Ditcheat in 1901. She was the sister of Elizabeth (next)

5) Elizabeth Mabel Wake Chr. 1 Sep 1875 (Sep Q 5c/509 Shepton Mallet) West Pennard, servant, d.o. William and Charity Wake 91-115

At age 15, Elizabeth served at the Home Farm Lodge in 1891. Elizabeth was the sister of Agnes and she married grocer and shopkeeper, William Henry Collins in 1895 (Mar Q 5c/657 Shepton Mallet) and in 1901 they lived at 6, Peter Street, Shepton Mallet.

6) William Masters Wake b. 1 May 1763 Ditcheat, Somerset, labourer, s.o. James Wake, bur. 11 Feb 1842 (Mar Q 10/381 Wells) Butleigh 41W-15

Several possible Betty/Elizabeth Oslers but none in Ditcheat and the chronologically closest is Elizabeth Chr. 10 Nov 1765 South Petherton d.o. William and Betty Osler

At his birth William's father's abode was given as Lottisham. In March 1801 William received relief from the OOP. William appears in the OOP records as occupying the land of Lucy Masters from 1806 until 1810 when it was 'late Masters' and he paid the rates alone [sometimes called Weake]. He was still paying, for his own house and garden, when the OOP records end in 1827. A Betty Weake attended the elderly John Street in Feb 1808. In Dec 1821 the OOP paid relief to a Betty Wake. In Jan 1822 relief to 'William Wakes wife ill'. In 1841 William lived with his son Robert, Robert's wife and children in Butleigh Wootton. William died in 1842.

6a) Robert Wake Chr. 13 May 1792 Pilton/West Pennard, labourer, died 1875 (Dec Q 5c/452 Bath) 41W-15, 51W-39, 61W-64

Robert and his family lived with Robert's father William in Butleigh Wootton in 1841. In 1851 Robert and Rachel lived alone in Back Street, Wootton. Rachel died in Butleigh Wootton 1858 [Wells Journal 24 Jul 1858] and by 1861 Robert lived with his son William. In 1871 he was found living with his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Charles Strawbridge. Robert died in 1875 aged 83. His pob given as West Pennard but actually Christened in Pilton.

Mary married sawyer, Thomas Othery in 1842 (Mar Q 10/769 Wells) and they lived in Street. James became a private in the Royal Artillery and in 1851 was stationed at the Woolwich Dockyard, Greenwich.

ADM 157/1000/7 - Folios 7-8. James Wake, born: Butleigh, Somerset; Age at attestation: 20; Attested: Woolwich; Joined in: 1848; Discharge reason: Paid £15; Discharge year: 1856. Date: 1856.

6a1) John Wake Chr. 15 Sep 1816 Compton Dundon, policeman

John, (giving pob as Butleigh), lived in Chapel Street, Marylebone with daughter Ann (11) born Exeter, in 1851. In 1861 the parents lodged alone in Marylebone but by 1871 they had returned to Somerset and lived at 2, Boyds Cottage, Lyncombe & Widcombe, Bath, with John as a Metropolitan Police Pensioner.

6a2) William Wake Chr. 2 Nov 1828 Compton Dundon, labourer, s.o. Robert and Rachel Wake, died 1909 (Mar Q 5c/330 Wells) 41W-15, 51W-40, 61W-64

After their marriage in 1848, the couple lived in 1851 at Bowerings, Farm Street, Butleigh Wootton. In 1861 in the village they had been joined by William's father Robert. By 1871 they had moved to Barnes Field, Street.

Henry became a policeman and boarded at 94, Paddock Walsall, Staffs. in 1871.

In 1881 William and Eliza lived in Lower Leigh, Street with a daughter Mary (b. 1865 Street) and a (grand-?) son Henry b. 1875. Eliza's father and brother, George and William Shoemark, also lived with them. In 1891 William and Eliza still had son Henry (18) and brother William Shoemark with them in Hind Hayes, Street. By 1901 the four were joined by young Henry's wife Ann (b. 1876 Street). For Robert there is nfi.

Sidney became a railway porter and married Eliza[beth] Ann Wake of Butleigh (6b(2) next) in 1876 (Jun Q 6a/95 Bristol) and lived in part of 28, Rosetta Street, Lambeth, London in 1881. In 1901 they were at 39, Heyford Avenue, Lambeth when Sidney was a Gas Fitters labourer. In 1891 he was a timekeeper and lived at the same address.

George had lived with his parents in Street in 1871 but married Mary (b. 1858 Derbyshire) and lived in 1881 with their two children in West End, Street. They were still there in 1891, in Orchard Row, but Mary died and George changed from being a shoemaker to being an ostler and as a widower lodged at 7, BellaryAnne St., Merthyr Tydfil in 1901. By 1911 he was in Wells Union Workhouse.

6b) John Wake Chr. 20 Jan 1795 Pilton/West Pennard/Butleigh, stone mason, s.o. William Wake, died 1875 (Jun Q 5c/257 Williton) 41-10, 51-24

John was paid for lime in Aug 1830. John Wake lived at 11, High Street in 1841 and his servant was Elizabeth Hewlitt. Even though she was only 16 and John Wake was 45, they married in 1841. In the PR his forename given as James for the baptism of his 2nd and 3rd children. In Butleigh Wootton at the time was Robert Wake (b. 1793 West Pennard) who was probably John's brother and also William Wake (b. 1765), his father (died 1848, March Q 10/353 Langport). John and Elizabeth lived in Church Street in 1851. John, aged 66 and family, including four more children, moved to West Quantoxhead, Stogursey (Elizabeth's birthplace) in 1856 (according to the birthplaces of their children) where John was then a miller and baker.

James became an assistant miller at Shafton Mill, Spaxton, Somerset by 1861. Nfi. John and Elizabeth lived in 1871 in E. Quantoxhead with Albert, Louisa, John, Robert and Florence (b. 1867). Elizabeth Ann became a cook at 86, Lansdowne Road, Kensington, London in 1871 and her sister Mary Jane aged 25 was a nursemaid at 43, Addison Gardens, Kensington, London in 1871.

Mary married in 1874 (Mar Q 1a/145 Kensington) - Robert Woolbright?. Elizabeth Ann married her cousin Sidney Wake (b.1851 Butleigh Wootton, - s.o. William and Eliza 5a1-5) a railway porter, in 1876 (Jun Q 6a/95 Bristol) and they lived with children Louisa (3) and Henry (1) born Bristol, at 28, Rosetta Street, Kensington in 1881, together with Fanny Wake (b. 1860 East Quantoxhead), a niece.

Susan married baker William Feltham (Chr. 14 Jan 1838 E. Q) in East Quantoxhead in 1870 (Mar Q 5c/457 Williton). As a widow Susan was still in East Quantoxhead with one of her sons in 1911 – she had had 8 children of whom four were still living then.

Charles Wake had joined the Royal Navy on 12 July 1866 and in 1871 was an Ordinary Seaman on board the "HMS Bristol", off Funchal Bay, Madeira. In 1881 he was boatswains mate on the "Albatross".

Albert, a carpenter, married Isabel Kearsons (b. 1860 Ipswich, Surrey) and lived at 1, Ivy Terrace, Lancroft Road, Camberwell, London with his brother in law Alexander Kearsons in 1881. In 1911 they lived at 67, Chaucer Rd., Herne Hill with six children.

Online Doc ADM 139/779 Name Wake Charles Butleigh, Somerset b. 1851, 37850A 12 July 1866


1) Frederick Walburn

Freddie worked at the cider house for Robert Neville-Grenville after the Great War. Worked with Frank Talbot.


1) William Walford bur. 22 Apr 1611 Butleigh

A William Walford was Chr. 14 Jan 1549 Kingsdon s.o. John Walford, and another William Chr. 27 Sep 1572 Kingsdon s.o. John Walford – the most likely candidates.


1) Edward Walker b. 1719 St. John's, Exeter, apothecary, sheriff (1760, 1764), Mayor and alderman (1763) [Chr. 2 Aug 1719 St. Mary Major, Exeter, s.o. John and Martha Walker?] [still alive in 1801? JP and alderman Edward Walker, brother-in-law to Earls St. Vincent and Vixcount Hood, from 'The City of Exeter')

Edward seems to be first mentioned as a bailiff in Exeter in 1753, 1758. Occurs in a deed of 1799. William Hood Walker was an alderman in Devon for a while Ist Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of Infantry freeman of Exeter 17 Jan 1785. A Benjamin Honeycombe Walker, mayor of Exeter in 1777, 1781 and 1784 was a relative.

Samuel Hood Walker died 5 Oct 1780 in a shipwreck off San Domingo in the 'Great Hurricane'. He was Commander on the Badger from 22 Mar 1780 to 26 Aug 1780 when he became Captain of the Scarborough.

DD/S/BT/9/4/15-16 1] James Grenville 2] Samuel, Lord Hood and Sir Alexander Hood 3] Ann Hood of Butleigh, Edward Walker of Exeter and wife Elizabeth and William Hood Walker their son Lease for 73 years of a messuage and 1.5a in Butleigh. Enclosed agreement (1789). Date: 1790.

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/9/3/17 - 1] Samuel, Lord Hood and Sir Alexander Hood, executors of Revd Samuel Hood decd 2] Elizabeth Walker of Exeter daughter of Edward Walker decd and half sister of William Hood Walker decd brother of Samuel Hood Walker decd 3] James, Baron Glastonbury 4] Revd. Date: 1805.

Will of Anne Hood of Butleigh, Somerset, spinster, dated 25 Sept., 1790, codicil 4 Oct. same year; proved 23 May,1796: To be interred in Butleigh church, near my parents. My two brothers, Admiral Lord Hood and Admiral Sir Alexander Hood. Sister Elizabeth Walker and her husband, Edward Walker, Esq., Nephew Hon. Henry Wood, and his wife. Nephew William Hood Walker. Cousin Anne Hoskins now living with me. To my brother Sir Alexander Hood two pictures in the hall, one our great-grandfather of our mother's said, Maxmilian Gollop, and great-grand-uncle Mr. Poulden, both merchants. (P. C. C. Harris 254.)

2) Margaret Walker b. 1819 Lydford, housemaid 51W-39 [b. 10 Apr, Chr. 19 Apr 1812 West Lydford, d.o. John and Elizabeth Walker]

Margaret worked at Wootton House in 1851. She married William Ridewood 29 Apr 1852 Lydford.


1) Isabella Wall married Butleigh 28 Nov 1582 John Gosmore

Probably misread Elizabeth since the latter, wife of John Gosmore buried 5 Jan 1614 Butleigh. Wall was a common surname from an early date in Wedmore – possible origin of this family? A John Gosmore was having children baptised in Axbridge in the first decade 1600.

2) George John Wall Chr. 12 Apr 1829 Shapwick, waggoner, s.o. Thomas and Anne Wall, shoemaker, died in 1899 (Jun Q 5c/245 Bridgwater).

In 1891 George, Angelina (called Annie) and granddaughter Mary Baulch lived together in Shapwick where George was a general labourer. George died in 1899. By 1901 the widowed Angelina lived in Main Street Bridgwater with her granddaughter Mary Baulch (b. 1882 Butleigh). In 1911 Angelina lived with granddaughter Mary Cox and her two children at Shapwick.

3) Hazell Thomas Wall b. 1880 (Dec Q 5c/483 Wells) Street, Chr. 19 Mar 1882 Street, shoemaker, s.o. William and Sarah Wall, d. 1947 (Mar Q 7c/369 Wells)

In 1901 Hazel lived with his shoemaker father, mother and siblings at 25 Orchard Row, Street and in 1911 was still at the same address but now with his wife and daughter. Ethel Minnie married Arthur C. Terrell in 1924 (Sep Q 5c/932 Wells) and had three children.


1) James Wallis died 1672 or before?

James appears on the list of commoners in 1672 but must have died then or before since his widow Joane paid the rates from 1673 to 1682. Thereafter it was 'occupiers of Wallis/Wales tenement'.

2) Emily Ann Wallis b. 17 May 1877, Chr. 23 Jun 1897 Compton Dundon, servant, d.o. Tom and Jane Wallis 91-114

Emily aged 14 served at Home Farm in 1891. In 1881 she had lived with her parents in Compton Dundon where her father was a wheelwright. Married 1895 (DecQ 3b/315 Wellingborough) Stephen Kirby.


see also Walton

A) Laurence Walter - appears in the will of Edith Burdome in 1571.

B) Francis Walter see under Walton

1) Anthony Walter bur. 31 Dec 1619 Butleigh

2) Robert Walter

Possibly the Robert Walter at Charlton Mackrell?

3) George Waltera warrant was issued for him in 1675 by the Overseers of the Poor.

4) John Walter

John helped restore the house of Mary Hodges in 1809 and his bill was paid by the OOP. [A John Walter b. 1782 was buried 2 Sep 1844, aged 62, St. John's Glastonbury – lived at the Men's Alms house]

5) Richard Walter b. 1809 Glastonbury, sawyer, bur. 23 May 1885 (Jun Q 5c/385 Wells) Butleigh 61-49, 71-73, 81-99

A Richard Walter married an Ann Heal at St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol 6 Apr 1835 – possible. An Ann Hill Chr. 11 May 1806 St. John Glastonbury d.o. William and Ann Hill? Richard Chr. 11 Jul 1811 Martock s.o. Richard and Mary Walters?

In 1843 Richard and Ann lived at Cart Lane, Glastonbury (Bishop's Transcript). Richard and Ann had appeared with Ann and Benjamin in Glastonbury on the 1841 census. The boys appeared with their parents in Barton St. David in 1851 before moving to Butleigh where they appeared at Keepers Cottage, part of Moorhouse, in 1861. Son Benjamin lodged with William Look in Oddway at the time. George married Emma Stickland (b. 1841 Pylle) in 1868 (Sep Q 5c/768 Shepton Mallet) and they lived first in Ditcheat where George was a gardener. In 1891 George was gardener on the Eastbury estate, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset (owned by Henry Farquhardson MP). They later lived in Caundle Bishop.

In 1871 Richard Walter (62) unemployed, lived in Butleigh with his wife Ann, son Benjamin and granddaughter Emma Louisa b. 1868 . Benjamin, a sawyer, married Fanny (b. 1846 Ditcheat) and they moved to Wales where they appeared in 1881 at 39, Meteor Street, Roath, Glam., with three young children. In 1881 Richard Walter (72) and wife Ann lived with William Hockey (32) an unmarried lodger. Richard died in 1885. Ann is found in 1891 visiting Edmund Hawkins at Watchwell but she died in late 1891.

6) Philip Walter b. 1821, servant 41-11

In 1841 Philip served farmer Thomas Newport at Bridge Farm in the High Street. He is probably the Philip Walters b. Stoke under Ham who appeared in 1851 at Church Street, Milborne Port, married to Sarah, also from Stoke, and both were glovers. The only other possibility is that he is the Philip, b. Somerton, who married Jane from Cornwall and enlisted as a private with the Royal Marines - appearing in 1851 at 62, George St., East Stonehouse, Devon.


(see also Wilton)

a) Thomas Walton the Younger of Shapwick bur. 22 Apr 1611 Shapwick

The above may be the progeny of two Thomases, senior and junior [in PR called armiger, gent and jun]

Will dated May 6 1610, proved Apr 29 1611, by his brother William Walton during minority of Richard, his son. To be buried near my wife in the chancel of at Shapwick church. To my daughters Honour, Elizabeth & “Andrewe” £500 each. All my lands & tenements in Butleigh, Wootton, Compton Dundon, Street &c to my son Richard Exdr. John Maye esq., my brother Wm Walton & R. Hadley, clerk, Overseers.

1) William Walton gentleman died 18 Feb 1617 Shapwick

PROB 11/129/741 - Will of William Walton Gentleman, Butleigh, Somerset Date: 6 Jun 1617. William Walton, of Wooton Butleigh, Somt. gent. Jany. 28 1616-17. Proved by Ann Walton, relict, during the minority of Francis Walton. [59 Weldon.~] To my wife Ann Walton, 90, now in the hands of Giles Gilbert, gent., of Dunweare, Som'. Bond of 100 to be paid by Walter Popom, gent. Also £l6 10. to be paid by John Walton, gent, of Shapwicke. Also averages for one annuity due to me by Richard Walton, of Glastonbury [bur. 17 Jun 1620, St. Johns], which is in the hands of Mr Edward Rogers, of Cannington, Esqr, of 60. Also the Tithes of Moorlinch, parcel of the Rectory of Shapwicke, Mary Coke, my kinswoman. My son Francis Walton Exr.

1a) Francis Walton [read by YS as Walter]

3) Elizabeth Walton married Butleigh 27 Apr 1637 George Cary #

4) William Walton bur. 19 Sep 1669 Butleigh

With the death of their parents in 1669 the surviving Walton children were taken in by other parishioners. In 1673 Susan Talbott, Edward Nowell, John Sparks and James Periam took turns in caring for them [misnamed Walken children in OOP] They received shoes and hose but one of the girls died. Luce Talbott looked after the two remaining children in 1674 and Roger Clap in 1675. In 1675 Stephen became an apprentice of the vicar Mr. John Rocke. Joane was cared for by Roger (then Elizabeth) Clapp from 1675-84. In 1685 she was cared for by Ann Samwayes and others. In 1688 it was John Chasey looking after her. In all those years she received clothing and shoes etc. She is absent from the OOP records in 1689 and 90. In 1691 she received relief in her sickness and in 1692 'a warrant was issued for ye overseers of Balstonbowredge (Baltonsborough) about Joane Walton'. She also received relief in her sickness that year – nfi.

5) David Walton

6) Lockyer Wilton/Walton Chr. 24 Jun 1776 Somerton, s.o. Henry and Sarah (nee Lockyer) Walton, bur. 2 Nov 1832 Street aged 57

Lockyer was Overseer for Lord Glastonbury in 1802. From 1806 - 1818 he farmed land on the Kings Sedgemoor Ground belonging to Mr. James Rocke [later belonging to Mr. Atkins] as well as Mr. Rocke's 'Moxham's' land in Butleigh [from 1806 – post 1827?]. In the 1827/8 rate assessment he paid rates on Mr. Rocke's and James Rocke's wood. If the second marriage is correct then Lockyer was from Street at the time. On Wednesday the 5th November 1828 the late James Rocke's Farm at Broadway, occupied by Mr. Lockyer Walton was auctioned off at the White Hart Inn, Glastonbury. A Mary b. 1799 bur. 5 May 1815 Street aged 16 may be a daughter of this couple.

A John Walton married Elizabeth Trout 28 Aug 1822 Somerton (?) bur. 29 Nov 1834 Street, abode Littleton, Compton Dundon, aged 37?

6a) James Walton Chr. 18 Nov 1802 Butleigh, s.o. Lockyer and Ann Walton, bur. 18 Dec 1850 Street aged 49, abode Butleigh Wootton 41W-17

A James married Sarah Hoddinott in Somerton on 31 Dec 1827 – witnesses Vile Board and Harriet Chant. James, of Independent means, lodged with Thomas Periam in 1841.


1) Jane Warburton mentioned in the churchwarden's accounts in 1696 for killing a polecat and receiving 4d.

2) William Warbutton carpenter, of Beercrocombe

Wiliam paid rates in 1741 [in succession to John, Jane and Mary Periam]. He paid until 1753/4 and then the rates were paid by John Witch (Weech). A Jane Warbutton married in Beer Crocombe in Sep 1730 and a Betty in Jun 1775.

DD/S/BT/11/2/34 1] Thomas Merriott of Glastonbury and wife Hannah formerly widow of William Moxham, James Clothier of Street, yeoman and James Salter the younger of Podimore, yeoman, surviving executors of William Moxham decd 2] William Warbutton of Butleigh Wootton, carpenter, executor of Ann Pope decd 3] John Perry of Glastonbury, yeoman Mortgage of the Common (3a), Butleigh. 1741

DD/S/BT/12/1/17 1] Giles Vinnicott of Greinton, yeoman, executor of John perry decd 2] William Warbutton the elder of Beercrocombe, carpenter 3] Joan Semer of Butleigh 4] John Limbry of Compton Dundon 5] William Rood the elder of Street and John Rock of Butleigh, yeomen Assignment of term to attend the fee of the Common (3a), Butleigh. 1751

DD/S/BT/12/1/15-16 1] William Warbutton of Beercrocombe, carpenter 2] John Limbry of Compton Dundon Lease and release of the Common (3a), Butleigh. 1751

DD/S/BT/12/1/20 1] William Warbutton of Beercrocombe, wheelwright and carpenter and Florence Edwards of Butleigh 2] Thomas Periam of Butleigh Wootton, yeoman Assignment of Moore mead (2a 1p) in Butleigh. 1754

3) Frederick Thomas Warburton b. 1870 Banwell, s.o. Joseph and Sarah Warburton, d. 1958 (Dec Q 7c/277 Wells) bur. 1 Jan 1959 Butleigh 81-99

Frederick was the son of the widowed Sarah Warburton who married Arthur Prince in 1875 (Sep Q 1b/697 Hackney) # and he lived with them at Bakers Grave in 1881. His mother Sarah was born Sarah Clark in Banwell, 1841, d.o. Philip and Mary Clark (father a 'Gentleman's servant') and in 1861 she was a servant at Holywell House (home of Rev. E. Cardale) at Flax Bourton. She had married Joseph Warburton (b. 1840) in 1869 (Mar Q 5c/848 Axbridge) but he died 1870 (Dec Q 5c/442 Axbridge). They next appeared in Millbrok, Hampshire - Sarah Warburton, housekeeper, b. 1841 Weston, Som., (close to Banwell) widow, worked in Millbrook Hampshire while a Frederick aged one was lodged, also in Millbrook, nearby - his birthplace is given as Branswell, Lincs - a mistake for Banwell? Sarah then married Arthur Prince.

In 1891 Frederick was a footman at 63, Gloster Place, St. Marylebone, London and by 1901 was a brewery labourer boarding at 18, Paul Street, Shepton Mallet. In 1911 Frederick was a Malsters labourer and lived at 9a West Shepton, Shepton Mallet with his wife and two sons. Frederick had married cook Jane in 1904 and they lived at Fishponds by 1913. They were still renting 'Fishponds' at £6 10s 0d per annum at the time of the 1947 estate sale. Both died there.

Their son Philip had been under-gardener at the Court in the 1930's and Millie Burgoyne said that he was allergic to primulas – catching eczema if he touched them. He died aged 36 and his military grave stone in Butleigh cemetery bears the inscription Per Ardua ad Astra 1402462 Aircraftman 1st Cl. P. A. G. Warburton Royal Air Force 31st May 1942 aged 36 + In fond remembrance'.


1) Joseph Ward

Uncertain occupier (Mr. Ward) of the Kings Sedgemoor Ground belonging to William Sweet in 1815. Probably the Joseph Ward who began paying rates in 1819/20. From 1823 - 1827+ William Allen was occupier. In 1824/25 name written Joseph Warr. In the rate assessment of 1827/8 a Harry Ward was assessed for rates.

2) Harry Ward

See previous – paid rates in 1827/8 assessment.

3) Mary Ann Ward b. 1863 Butleigh 71-77

Mary was the granddaughter of John and Elizabeth Howard of Butleigh Hill and was visiting them in 1871. Nfi Daughter of Elizabeth Howard (b. 1833)? Probably married by 1881.


1) William Ware of High Ham

William was probably the one Chr. 16 Mar 1711 High Ham, s.o. John (d. 1728) and Elizabeth (d. 1742) Ware. A William Ware died in High Ham on 28 Jun 1752. The above marriage is also registered in High Ham PR on same date. No children recorded.

2) James B. Ware b. 1864 Over Stowey, gardener, s.o. William and Eliza Ware [d. 1920 (Jun 5c/402 Bridgwater)?] 81W-106

James lodged with Charles Davis in Wootton in 1881 and then married Emma (b. 1852 Butleigh) and by 1891 was a coachman living at 12, Middle Street, Taunton St. James. By 1901 they lived in Glebe Cottage, West Bagborough seem to have had no children. A James Brinley Ware married Amelia Head in1881 (Dec Q 2b/826 Portsea Island) and this may be the Eliza Amelia Head Chr. 1 Dec 1861 (Dec Q 5c/566 Wells) Butleigh. # [Elizabeth A. Ware d. 1937 (Mar 5c/575 Wells)]

3) Jane Ware b. 1868 (Jun Q 6a/159 Clifton) Gloucester, servant 91W-116

Jane was single and worked for Charles Croom at Home Farm, Wootton in 1891. In 1901 she seems to be the machinist (trouser finisher) living alone in 2 rooms at 5, Lorne Cottage, Twerton.


1) John Warman of Barton St. David [John bur. 9 Feb 1755 or John bur. x Oct 1758 Barton St. David]

Mr. Warman was paid by the OOP for 'drawing the breviatts & attending at Taunton Sessions & counsells'. In August 1777 the OOP paid the bill for his son's coffin, grave bell and other expenses. An earlier Thomas Warman was bur. 16 Nov 1744 in Barton St. David.

Humphry Meaker, the son of Elizabeth's sister Mary (wife of Jacob) lived in Butleigh where their son John was born in 1746. Other Meakers also lived in Butleigh in the 1740-1770's.

DD/S/BT/5/7/3 - 1] Jacob Meaker of Barton St. David, husbandman and wife Mary daughter of Robert Stone decd, John Warman of Barton St. David, husbandman and wife Elizabeth daughter of Robert Stone decd 2] John Squier the elder of Butleigh, broadweaver Assignment of 5yds Date: 1716. [Parents?]

2) William Warman Chr. 4 Feb 1816 Walton, carpenter, s.o. John and Charlotte Warman

William's father was a labourer and the surname sometimes spelt Worman in Walton PR

Mary lived with the Ag Lab/carpenter William Warman in Walton In 1841 they had a daughter Sarah (aged 7) and a son John (aged 4) living with them. In view of her age it may be that Sarah was a child of William's by a previous spouse – though more likely is that Mary was born several years before she was Christened. By 1851 four more children, all born in Walton, had been added to the family. Sarah Warman was a servant in Street in 1851 but of the rest of the family there is no trace until 1871 when they appear in Main Street Cottage, Walton.


1) David Warner


1) William Warr bur. 5 May 1769 Butleigh

From 1750/51 - 65 the OOP paid rent for William Warr. In 1759 the OOP paid for his son to be 'Bound to Sea Service'. In Nov 1762 the OOP paid 2/- to William's wife in her distress. Hester Warr [for Ward] received assistance in her sickness from 1767. The parents died within a week of each other and their shrouds and coffins were paid for by the Overseers of the Poor (14 shillings and 3d each plus 2/- for the sexton). The OOP paid assistance to Hester Warr's children in May 1769. In Nov 1771 Margaret Warr received relief from the OOP in her distress.

Richard went to his uncle Richard Sheat who the OOP paid to look after him and Joseph went to Betty Grant. John died in the July 1769 and the OOP paid for his burial. Joseph was looked after by Betty Grant. From Feb 1771 Betty looked after both children but in Jan 1772 it was only one child – and only until May. Joseph was apprenticed to Mr. Moor and others under the 'John Rocke scheme' in 1772. (OOP). In Dec 1773 Richard Warr first received OOP relief in necessity.

Richard Sheat married Betty Ridout in 1783 but she died and was buried 7 May 1784 Somerton, Richard was buried 1 Apr 1835 Somerton aged 80.

Referring to the papers below – a Thomas Warre married to Edith had a child in Wedmore Chr. 11 Jul 1799 called Mary. Alice Sheat (nee Abbott) was the second wife of Hester's brother Richard.

DD/S/BT/14/2/37 1] James Grenville of Butleigh 2] Alice Sheat of Butleigh and Thomas Warr of Wedmore Conveyance to Grenville of a hovel in Butleigh. [DD/S/BT/14/2/34-41 tied together]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1787.


1) Mr. John Warren gent.

A property previously held by Joane Grimstead (viz) had rates paid in 1718 – 1719 by Joane Warren who had married Dr. John Warren c. 1717. John Warren then paid the rates 1720 – 44 - and thereafter Mrs. Warren. From 1746/7 the rates paid by 'Late Mrs. Warren' until 1753/4 when the property was acquired by James Grenville.

In 1729 Mr. Warren took John Wilkins alias Burton as an apprentice in Butleigh.

2) Thomas Warren Chr. 12 Jul 1812 Winsham, Somerset, gamekeeper, s.o. Charles and Ann Warren, died 1855 41-3

Thomas Warren and his wife Mary lived with their children Elizabeth, Susan and Angelina in Quarry Lane in 1841 next to the Underwood children (Mary's siblings). Several more children were born in Butleigh. In 1851 Jemima and her sister Sarah were scholars boarding in Somerton with John B. Chant, schoolmaster.

The family, except for Angelina who had died in 1847, transferred itself to Somerton by 1851 where a son John was born.

Thomas died in 1855 but his wife Mary still lived with Susan and several younger children in Somerton in 1861. Henry Charles appears at the Rookery, Keepers cottage, Dorking, Surrey in 1871 with wife Eliza Stovell (b. 1855 Effingham, Surrey – d.o. Blacksmith Thomas Stovell) and three children plus his brother William Thomas as assistant keeper. [married 1867 (Jun Q 1d/873 Camberwell)] In 1881 Henry was at Bupham Hall, Billinge Higher End, Lancashire, as gamekeeper, and in 1891 at Coryhill House, Coryton, Devon, then in 1901 at Lewtrenchard, Devon where he ran the "Lewdown Inn". William had meanwhile married Sarah Glyde (b. 1859 Ipswich) in 1874 (Mar Q 4a/816 Ipswich) and in 1881 lived 18, Priory Street, Ipswich as a machine operator. Nfi

Jemima Warren married James Henry Thomas in 1873 (Mar Q 1b/342 Islington London). They lived in Islington 1881 - 1901 and had their niece Sarah Warren (b. 1882) staying with them in 1891. In 1911 at 130 Englefield Rd, Islington James and Jemima lived with spinster daughter Alice (27) and James' sister Emma.

Sarah may be the Sarah Warren who married salesman Walter George Lacy (b. 1845 London) in 1868 (Jun Q 1d/911 Rotherhithe) lived in St. Pancras 1871. Child b. 1869 Middlesex Still in Middlesex in 1881

3) Jenny Warren b. 1846 Butleigh, barmaid (Jemima as last?)

Jenny appeared in 1871 at 60, High Street, St. John, Marylebone, London. A misspelt Jemima? Several Jemima Warrens married in London in the 1870's.

4) William Warren b. 1813 Ware, Hertfordshire, coachman 51W-39

William, unmarried, worked at Wootton House in 1851. By 1881 he was living at 42, Hyde Park Gardens Mews, Paddington with his wife Flora (b. 1822 Keinton Som) and two children.

5) Ernest J. Warren of East Pennard b. 1884 Buckhorn Weston, Dorset s.o. Joseph and Ellen Warren

Leonard was one of eight children, the first two registered at Wells, the rest at Shepton.

6) Miss Warren – Ladies Maid at Butleigh Court in the 1930's

Principal servant to Mrs. Gertrude Grenville in succession to Nanny Tutt. She was a friend and distant relative of the school teacher and organist, Mr. Clegg.

7) Mr. Warren - ran an evening school in Butleigh in 1897 - 1901 [Taunton Courier 11 Sep 1901]


A) William Wason held the St. Clare estate Butleigh c. 1290 up to his death in 1336.

?Daughter Joan was the mother of Robert Appleton (d. 1521) held the manor of Butleigh. In 1475 Robert had held land in Compton Dundon formerly belonging to William Wason.

B) William Wasy of Bottele

In 1468 Thomas Lyte brought an action in the Court of Common Pleas against John Talbot the younger of Botteley, c. Somerset, gentleman, and Joan his wife, relict of John Lyte and daughter and co-heiress of William Wasyn of Bottele to recover a debt of £10.

1) John Wason Vicar of Butleigh 1488 - 1523

2) Weason no forename given, a labourer, is mentioned in the churchwardens accounts in 1686

x) William Wasen b. 1766 bur. 15 Jan 1835 West Pennard aged 69

William was possibly the father of Richard (below) or possibly adopted him at his marriage to his mother - and she named him after her father?

3) Richard Wason Chr. 13 Apr 1795 West Pennard, died 1872 (Mar Q 5c/420 Wells), illegit. s.o. Shusanna Helier

Richard was the son of Shusanna Helier and baptized on the same day that his mother married William Wason. On the 1841 census Richard and his family appeared in West Pennard under the name Hellier but later appear as Wason. They are missing from the 1851 census. In 1861 Richard and Jemima lived in Pill Town, West Pennard next door to their son Richard and his wife Jane. Their son John Wason, married to a Jemima, lived at Pilton and daughter Caroline Wason was a servant in East Pennard. Walter was absent from the census in 1861.

In 1871 Richard and Jemima lived at Laverley and by then Richard was bed-ridden and on Parish relief - Jemima was described as a Midwife.

3a) Walter Wason Chr. 28 Nov 1830 West Pennard, herdsman, bur. 5 Jun 1884 (Jun Q 5c/385 Wells) Butleigh 81W-107

Walter had married Clara Heal in 1855 and in 1871 they appeared in East Pennard, Parbrook Cottage, with their five sons, Albert (14) Henry (12), Thomas (10), Edwin (7) and Arthur (5) all born in Glastonbury. In 1858 they lived at Haviatt and in 1860 at Hartlake Bridge.

Thomas married Annie Waite (b. 1858, d.o Thomas Waite) in Butleigh on 21 Apr 1885 (Jun Q 5c/901 Wells) – in 1888 he was fined £1 for being drunk and disorderly in Horse Lane, Butleigh [Bristol Mercury 19 Jun 1888] – arrested by P. C. Giles James. nfi. Mary Ann married Lot Puddy? in 1886 (Jun Q 5c/597 Wells).

By 1881 when Walter appeared in Watchwell they had had in addition three more children; Mary b. 1868 (Glastonbury), Robert b. 1872 Parbrook and John b. 1879 Butleigh. Walter died in 1884 aged 50 and Clara then married the Chelsea Pensioner Edmund Hawkins and they lived in two rooms at Watchwell together with her son John before moving to Moorhouse where they appeared in 1891. John seem to be missing from the 1901 census but in 1911 he appeared with his mother at Moorhouse. Clara died aged 87 in 1923.

3a1) Arthur Wason b. 1867 Edgarley, labourer and herdsman, d. 12 Aug., bur. 15 Aug 1923 Butleigh 81W-107, 91-127, 01-145

In 1881 Emily Jane lived with her parents at 19, Denmark St., St. Augustine, Bristol where her father was a shoemaker. Emily was a mantle maker. Daniel Heal was Arthur Wason's mother's brother making Emily his first cousin. Arthur (25), agricultural labourer, married Emily J. Heal from Bristol in 1891 and they shared Watchwell with his mother and stepfather, having two rooms for each family.

By 1891 Arthur and Emily had all Watchwell to themselves and their five children. On census night 1891 Charles had stayed with his grandmother Clara Hawkins at Moorhouse. In 1911 the whole family were living in the four rooms of Watchwell. Ada Jane had a daughter Yvonne Wason born 1936 and became the partner of Walter George Vowles who died in 1967 at Watchwell#. No marriage actually traced but Ada buried as Ada Jane Vowles on 26 Apr 1974 Butleigh.

George was still living in Watchwell when we arrived in Butleigh in 1979. George had lost a leg in a motorcycle accident [accident reported in Taunton Courier 6 Jan 1940]. He would arrive to collect his pension at Butleigh Post Office on a Tuesday, often carrying a shotgun to 'keep off the Germans!'.

3a1A) Charles Daniel Wason b. 12 May 1891 (Jun 5c/518 Wells) Butleigh, d. 1 Feb, bur. 4 Feb 1971 (Mar Q 7c/1452 Wells) Butleigh 01-145

The only Elizabeth Linham that I could find was born 1896 in Southampton and who, in 1901, was living in Wells Union Workhouse with her unmarried mother Adelaide aged 31 (b. Bridgewater [actually Street]) and brother Christian George (b. 1897 Southampton) and sisters Rosella M. H. (b. 1898 Wells) and Adelaide (b. 1900 Wells). The mother seems to be the Adelaide b. 1869 (Dec Q 5c/557 Wells) who in 1871 lived in Street with her parents Dinah and John Linham - her father being a shoemaker. Her mother Dinah Turner (b. 1845 (Sep Q 5c/461 Wells) came from Butleigh and this makes this link probable. She married the widowed John Linham in 1864 and he still had two children living with him from his first marriage. Dinah Turner was the daughter of John Turner (Chr. 2 Sep 1810 Butleigh) and Mary Ann Lane (Chr. 14 Dec 1808 Baltonsborough – illegit.) who married in Butleigh on 21 April 1834. John Turner was the son of William and Hester Turner. Charles Daniel died at 2, Jocelin Rd., Glastonbury.

An alternative would be an Elizabeth Harriet Major.


1) Ruth Wastows? - the OOP issued a warrant for this person in 1677 – nfi.


1) Frederick Watkins b. 25 Nov 1865 Ashwater, Devon, s.o. Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Watkins, d. 23 Jan 1947 Australian

A diary purchased in Australia and published on the internet relates the story of Frederick's journey from Butleigh to Maryborough, Queensland and begins: 1885 To Queensland Page one. [Born 25 Nov 1865 Aged 21 years] My Voyage and life to Maryborough Queensland x Monday October 4th Left Butleigh 7,30 to Glastonbury Station at 8.35 left in third class carriage for Waterloo arrived at 3 o'clock .....then to Fenchurch Street by cab Took train to Blackwall arrived at 4 o'clock which after a long day's ride was very tired and weary and in with a lot of strange people made me ..... [worse?] I took some tea at the home at 5 o'clock then out looking about for some time to the ships and boats which was a lot of excitement. All though it is raining we stayed in London for some time then to bed there were about 200 or more to sleep This has been a day of very lonely hours All though I enjoyed the country ride. I am afraid you will never read this queer writing'

It isn't known why Frederick was in Butleigh to start his journey but his brother Isaac (b. 27 Jul 1860) also emigrated to Australia where he died of flu in 1927.


1) Mrs. Weaden

In Aug 1797 the OOP paid her for 'her day work'. In Dec 1799 she was paid for looking after Sarah Ruddock's boy and was still caring for him in July 1803

2) Sophia Weadon b. 1792 Butleigh, washerwoman

Sophia must be the daughter of (1) and she married sawyer James Wilmott (b. 1791 Compton Dundon) on 7 Apr 1812 Charlton Adam [witnesses Mary Sophia and Anthony Gapper + R. C. Gapper] and in 1841 lived in Charlton Adam with son James b. 1827 and daughter Mary b. 1830 plus mother Elizabeth Wilmott b. 1761.

In 1851 they lived in Charlton Adam with just their two daughters Anna b. 1826 [mistake for James?] and Mary Anne b. 1831 [both born Charlton Adam]


1) James Weaver Chr. 24 Mar 1826 Farmborough, butcher, s.o. Thomas and Betsey Weaver, died 1911 (Jun Q 5c/234 Langport) 61-58, 71-83, 81-103, 91-124, 01-144

In 1841 James lived in Farmborough with his parents and sister Caroline (of eleven children). # In 1851 James and his wife Caroline lived in Farmborough with children John and Emma plus Ann Whiting (69) widow and retired grocer. In the Wells Journal 11 Dec 1858 the dwelling house 'now a beer house called the Globe”with stable barn, garden and capital orchard adjoiningsituate on the High Road.. and now in the occupation of James Weaver … to be sold. The whole of the buildings are of recent erection ...the trades of butcher and beer house keeper being now extensively carried on therein. [the lease for the Globe was first granted to Virtue Baker by George Neville-Grenville in April 1851].

In 1861, James Weaver (35) butcher, and his wife Caroline (35) lived with John (12), Emma (10), Charles [Rood] (1) and were visited by his brother and sister Porscilla (Priscilla) Weaver (21) and John Weaver (19) in the High Street. In addition one of their lodgers was still the aforementioned Ann Whiting (78), widow.

Priscilla (daughter of Thomas and Betsy Weaver) seems to be listed twice in 1861 - she was also listed at Weaver Buildings, Farmborough (her birthplace) - her family members seem to be either butchers or carpenters. She married George James Biggs in 1865 (Sep Q 5c/1080 Bath) and they lived in Farmborough.

John was also similarly listed twice. He married Elizabeth Ford (of Butleigh) # and they were found in Farmborough in 1871 with Elizabeth's mother Ann (at the "New Inn" in 1861). Ann Whiting, who died in 1865 (Mar Q 5c/483 Wells) was a Weaver relative since she had lodged with James Weaver previously in 1851 at Farmborough and her surname is given to John as a middle name - she was by then a retired grocer. The Bath Chronicle recorded her death in Butleigh aged 82 andnoted “for many years the faithful and attached housekeeper of the late Edward Langford Esq.”

Western Gazette Friday 30 Mar 1866 Transfer of License of the New Inn from Ann Ford to James Weaver.

In 1871 the family may have been in Sub Road? and were still there in 1881 though John Whiting Weaver had married Jane Earl (b. 17 Sep 1848 West Pennard, d.o. William and Sarah Earl) on 21 Oct 1873 (Dec Q 5c/1023 Wells) West Pennard and lived in the High Street, Street where he was a butcher. They were there in 1891 but moved to Ditcheat by 1901 (childless) where they ran the "Arthur's Bridge Inn". Jane was the sister of Richard Earl of Butleigh Hill. # In 1878 James was prosecuted for keeping a dog without a license but the case dismissed [Western Gazette 4 Oct 1878].

Emma married Ernest Augustus Jacob in 1879 (Jun Q 5c/846 Wells) and in 1881 they were found living at 3, Mill Street, Baltonsborough where Ernest was 'renting cows and selling milk'. #

In 1881 James (55), a farmer and dealer, lived with Caroline (55) and Charles (20) at Boon's near the "Rose and Portcullis Inn"(?). They were still there in 1891 but Charles was now a cattle dealer. Caroline Weaver died in 1897 and James married again in 1900. The Taunton Courier 30 May 1900 advertised the sale of the small farm opposite the Cottage Hospital and some detached closes in the tenancy of James Weaver and Hamilton Treloggen. In 1901 James (76) and wife Elizabeth (52), lived in four rooms in Butleigh. James died in 1903 (Dec Q 5c/231 Langport) aged 77.

In Broadmoor District Asylum on the 1901 census was a prisoner C.W., b. Butleigh 1858, butcher - and this was Charles Weaver. Charles' father was becoming increasingly worried about his son, particularly after his wife had died in December 1897 after years of insanity. Charles was prone to bouts of violence and depression such that his father sought specialised medical help for him from as far afield as Bath. The only recourse was to have his son admitted to an asylum. On the 15th April 1898 his father asked William Killen, landlord of the Rose and Portcullis Inn to keep an eye on his son while he went to obtain a document to have his son admitted to the asylum at Wells. Killen left the house momentarily only to return on hearing the sound of screaming. The doors of the house had been locked and Killen and a neighbour Mr. Cox broke the door down with a hammer. Inside the house they found Charles sitting on the housekeeper Anne Brownsell repeatedly stabbing her in the throat with a small table knife. She had put up a valiant struggle and had been also stabbed with a carving knife – three fingers were almost severed as she had tried to protect herself but the main artery in her neck had been cut and she soon expired after muttering “Oh my dear”. Dr. Knivell was summoned from Butleigh Hospital but it was too late. Charles was taken to Glastonbury Police Station then Shepton Mallet gaol. He was examined by Dr. A. Law of Wells asylum and at the County Assizes, Wells on June 9th 1898 he informed the Lord Chief Justice Rt. Hon. Charles Lord Russell that the prisoner was insane and unable to plead. The trial did take place, however and the prisoner found insane and to be held in strict custody under the pleasure of the Crown. There is a report of the incident and trial in the Bristol Mercury 18 April 1898 and 22nd April. Other reports are in the Western Gazette 22 Apr 1898 and taunton Courier 15 Jun 1898. An illustration and report appeared in the Illustrated Police News 23 Apr 1898. IMAGE

The fateful advert answered by Anne Brownsell was that in the Western Gazette 14 April 1893 “Person (respectable) wanted, who understands housework and cooking. Age not under 30 – Address, stating salary, Mr. Weaver, Butleigh, Glastionbury.

Home Office: Reg. Papers Supp. HO 144/939/A60112/ Weaver, Charles Sentenced at Wells for Murder – 1898 to be detained during H.M. Pleasure. He was still imprisoned in 1911 – Broadmoor Asylum Criminal Lunatic, Crowthorne, Easthampstead, Berks.. He died in 1915 (Mar Q 2c/746 Easthampstead) aged 56 having served 17 years.

At the Somerset Assizes in January 1900 James Weaver brought an action of slander against John Murch of Charlton Mackrel. The latter was owed £6 by James and advised another farmer not to accept James' cheque for sixty sheep because his son was on trial for murder and hadn't paid the £6 because of the expense of the trial. The judge found for James and he was awarded £40. [Bath Chronicle 25 Jan 1900]. In The Western Gazette 25 Jan 1901 James offered four cottages for sale in Butleigh, with good gardens, stabling, orchards.

The Bath Chronicle reported 22 Aug 1907 that James Weaver of Butleigh was brought before the Glastonbury Police Court because he had threatened the Hon. Mrs. F. S. Allen, daughter of the late Lord Hood, [ on 13th August] demanding money which he felt was owed him after the sale of some property. He was bound over in the sum of £50 to keep the peace for 12 months and the constable at Butleigh was 'to keep an eye upon him'.


1) John Webb b. 1611, Little Britain, Smithfield, London, s.o. James Webb and Katherine Webb (née Dutton of Cheshire), d. 30 Oct 1672, bur. 4 Nov 1672 Butleigh

NOTE: Those in bold were mentioned in John Webb's will and still alive in 1672. Gregory Alford (b. 16420) of Haye House, Lyme Regis was the son of Richard Alford, a Royalist and mayor of Lyme in 1685. Anne was his second wife. He died in 1697. "Gregory Alford of Lyme Regis, in the co. of Dorset, Merchant, 1701. Died interstate 1697. Letters of administration granted February 1701 to Annie Alford, his widow."

Inigo Jones never married and was supposed to be childless but left his estate to his 'kinswoman' [called cousin-german or first cousin by James Webb] Anne Jones who had married his architechtural disciple, John Webb. Jones and Webb are credited together with designing the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall and Wilton House, Wiltshire. John, from St. Martins in the Fields, London, educated at Merchant Tailors School, acquired the Butleigh estate for £8,320 (EFS) in 1653. In 1654 John Webb designed the classical portico at the Vyne in Hampshire, a Palladian portico dating to 50 years before the birth of Lord Burlington. He jointly with Inigo Jones designed Wilton House near Salisbury and they worked on the Queens House, Greenwich and Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Webb but solely designed Gunnersbury House in Ealing and designed the rebuilding of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.

At the inception of the English Civil War Inigo Jones left London to be with the King at Oxford. John Webb remained in London, having been appointed Deputy Surveyor by Inigo Jones. He acted as a spy for the Royalist party and sent them plans of London''s new fortifications, together with the number and location of the parliamentarian guns. Webb authored a work entitled “Vindication of Stonehenge Restoredand in 1669 a treatise on the Chinese language – the first such work in Europe. Charles II by Letters Patent, dated July 3rd, in the 11th year of his reign, granted him the office of Surveyor of Works, Castles, &c., after the decease of Jno. Denham Esq., with wages at 2s. per day and 6d. for a clerk.

John appears in the overseers accounts 1672-3 as occupying, besides his own lands, the Parsonage and Westwood as well as Shore's tenement. Anne is mentioned as a donor towards the building of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1680 (churchwardens accounts) and she paid the rates on their properties (together with James) from 1673 to 1679. William appears as Gent. on the commoners list of 1672 and witnessed the overseers accounts from 1673 and the churchwardens accounts between 1676 and 1685. From 1674 he ran the mill and Shore's tenement but died 1689-90 in which latter year he was referred to as the 'late William Webb' (20 Apr 1690). Posthumously his property was once listed as land 'late Captain Webb'. Anne must have died in 1680-1 because her name disappears from the Overseers record by April 4th 1681.

John Webb left a Will [DD\TRAN3/2/89 (SRO]). He had inherited the library and drawings of Inigo Jones to which he had added his own and this library was bequeathed to his son William with instructions to "keepe them intire together without selling or imbezzling any of them". William was already selling them in 1675 and his widow sold most of the drawings to John Oliver, City Surveyor of London, though a few escaped and were bequeathed to Worcester College, Oxford. An Inigo Jones notebook was discovered at Butleigh when the old Court was taken down and sold in 1946 [see Court contents sale catalogue) – it is now the Somerset Record Office.

The family are mentioned in a case concerning the Will of John Webb: Subj: settlement of the testator's will (John), the repayment of a debt owed to his daughter (Anne Alford), one of the plaintiffs, and the marriage agreement of his eldest son (James) involving his estate of mainly copyhold and leasehold property. Mentions his mother Anne Webb and took place 1675-7 at Shores, Butleigh – C 6/369/90. See also under Thomas Strong. This might be Mrs. Anne Jegowe as mentioned in the will, the daughter of John, and her daughter Frances. One of the daughters seems to have married John Billingsley of London.

Elizabeth seems to have married John Radford vicar [the Rev. Radford who didn't keep any records from 1676 – 1714!] and was buried as Mrs. Eliz Radford 4 Oct 1720 in Butleigh.

A good biography occurs in A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Vol 15, Tibbett to M. West by Philip H. Highfill etc.

DD/S/BT/24/3/13-25 Webb pedigree, copies of parish register entries and memorial inscriptions from 1671 and other notes relating to the family. 1739

DD/S/BT/4/3/19 1] Thomas Symcockes, Robert Meller of Little Bredy, Dors., Wolley Meller of Upcerne, Dors., and William Coward of Wells 2] John Webb, Henry Browne, and John Westley Grant in fee of tenements in Butleigh held in trust for Thomas's younger children. Consideration £1,500 Date: 1653

DD/S/BT/4/3/17 - 1] Thomas Symcockes and wife Dorothy, his mother Alice, widow of Thomas Pawlett 2] Mary Butcher 3] John Webb of St. Martin in the Fields Grant in fee of Butleigh manor and advowson, and Whitley hundred, with attached schedule of leases. Consideration £8, Date: 1653.

C 5/39/102 Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Bridges. Short title: Strong v Webb. Plaintiffs: Thomas Strong. Defendants: John Webb. Subject: manor of Butleigh, Somerset. Document type: bill, answer. 1662

DD//S/BT/7/7/1 – 1] Charles Crooke of Stourton, Wilts 2] William Webb of Butleigh and William Westley of Wells Assignment of lease (1654) of a messuage and 61a and Hutchings (8a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1676

DD/S/BT/24/2/3 William Webb's account with his mother 1676

DD/S/BT/11/1/19 - 1] Henry Webb of London 2] William Webb of Butleigh Quitclaim to Butleigh rectory fee farm rent. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date range: 1676-1677.

DD/S/BT/14/1/4 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh and wife Anna 2] James, John, William and Henry Webb, sons of John, John Billingsley of London and William Westley of Wells 3] Robert Aldworth of Lincolns Inn, Thomas Earle and Shersha Cory of Bristol, merchants, Nathaniel Haggatt Date: 1670.

E 134/23 & 24 Chas2/Hil23 Richard Cabell, Richd. Helyar, John Rock, clerk, John Norton, Robt. Talbott, John Raymond, John Chasey. v. Sir Thomas Mack-worth, Bart., John Webb, Richard Tomlyns, Gawen Lowry.: Manors of Butley, Street, and Glastonbury, and the moore or waste ground called "South Moore" alias "Alder Moore" (said to be parcel of the late abbey of Glastonbury), lying in or near the parishes of Butleigh, Street, and Glastonbury. Touching the inclosure of moor, and allotments made to Chas. 1., to the lords of the manors, and to those having right of common on the manor. Common of estovers, &c., &c.: Somerset

DD/S/BT/24/3/1-2 Copy (1702) will (1672) of John Webb of Butleigh, proved Nov 26 1672 by Ann Webb, the relict. With accounts (1672-9) of his widow Anna. 1672-1702

Expresses his wish to be interred at Butleigh To his wife Anne 'all my jewels &c.' Some valuables and household goods going to his wife and also son James. To his daughter Katherine Webb he left all the furniture and paintings in her bedchamber. His son William was given various properties in Butleigh as well as his father's library of books, prints cuts and architechtural drawings. It was John's desire that the collection be kept intact, though he noted that any duplicates among his books could be given to his son James. William was to pay a legacy of £200 to his sister Martha within two years of John Webb's death. It was Webb's intent that bequests to his son William should be full satisfaction 'of all legacies given to him by Master Inigo Jones deceased'. To son Henry he left £800 - £600 to be collected from debtors and £200 to be raised out of fines due from tenants on Webb property. Henry was also to have all of Webb's household goods at Greenwich, where Webb owned property. Rentals worth £12 p.a. were to go to his son William. His daughter Elizabeth Webb was to have £800 and all legacies left to her by Inigo Jones and others. Daughter Martha was to have £400 added to £200 which she had previously received. Rebecca Webb was bequeathed £600. Other bequests were to grandchildren: Elizabeth [d.o. Dr. Westley] and Frances [d.o. Mrs. Anne Jegowe] were to receive 20s each for mourning rings. His silver case of mathematical instruments at Greenwich to grandson John Webb. Webb's wife Ann was made executrix and residual legatee – among other items not otherwise bequeathed that she would fall heir to were Webb's corn and cattle.

PROB 11/340/421 Webb John Will of John Webb Butleigh, Somerset Date: 1672.

C 6/369/90 Short title: Alford v Goodale. Plaintiffs: Gregory Alford merchant, of Lyme Regis, Dorset and Anna Alford (alias Anna Webb) his wife. Defendants: Anna Webb widow, James Webb, William Webb, Henry Webb, John Billingsley vintner, of London, William Westley gent, of Wells, Somerset, Thomas Boone and Richard Goodale.Subject: Settlement of the will of John Webb esq, of Butleigh, Somerset, the repayment of a debt owed to his daughter, one of the plaintiffs and the marriage agreement of his elderst son involving his estate of mainly copyhold and leasehold property: Shores, Butleigh, Somerset. 1675 see also C 6/67/39 [John Billingsley, vintner (landlord of 'The Bell' in St Nicholas' Lane, treasurer of the Vintners Hall) of London will 28 Mar 1681 PROB 11/365/364]

C 6/66/36 Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Collins. Short title: Webb v Symcoks. Plaintiffs: William Webb . Defendants: Robert Symcoks . Subject: rectory of Butleigh, Somerset. Document type: bill, answer. 1678

C 6/369/87 Short title: Alford v Allen. Plaintiffs: Gregory Alford esq, of Lyme Regis, Dorset and Anna Alford (alias Anna Webb) his wife. Defendants: Anna Webb widow, James Webb, William Webb, Henry Webb, William Westley and Katherine Allen (alias Katherine Farmer). Subject: Settlement of the will of John Webb esq, of Butleigh, Somerset, deceased, the repayment of a debt owed to his daughter, one of the plaintiffs, the marriage agreement of his eldest son and the management of the trust into which his estate was put. 1681

C 6/369/13 Short title: Alford v Westley. Plaintiffs: Gregory Alford esq and Anna Alford (alias Anna Webb) his wife. Defendants: William Westley gent. Subject: Settlement of the will of John Webb, deceased, the repayment of a debt owed to his daughter, one of the plaintiffs and the marriage agreement of his eldest son, James: property in Butleigh, Somerset. 1682 see also 6/369/11

C 6/369/14 Short title: Alford v Webb. Plaintiffs: Gregory Alford esq and Anna Alford (alias Anna Webb) his wife. Defendants: Henry Webb gent. Subject: Settlement of the will of John Webb esq, deceased, the repayment of a debt owed to his daughter, one of the plaintiffs and the marriage agreement of his eldest son, James: property in Butleigh, Somerset. 1682

DD/S/BT/7/7/4 - 1] William Westley of Wells [See under James' dau. Mary] and William Webb of Butleigh 2] William Coward of Wells and Anthony Mowry of Nether Ham Assignment of lease (1654) of a messuage and 61a and Hutchings (8a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS Date range: 1676 - 1677.

DD\SE/8/2 Bruton papers. A paper slip bearing note beginning "Mr. Willm. Coward produced a coppy of an Acquittance of myne [Lord John Fitzjames] to Mr. John Webb for 8170 li. for purchase monney for ye Mannor of Butley....." [Undated] Records of the visitors of Hugh Sexey's Hospital, Bruton

DD\SE/48 Various papers of Thos. Symcocks concerning Wm. Butt and John Webb, and affecting the manor of Butleigh, etc. e.g.DD\SE/48/6 between Thos. Symcockes of Butleigh, and John Webb of St Martins in the Fields (co. Middx.), gent.; for the conveyance to J.W. of the fee simple of the manor of Butleigh, hundred of Whitley, Butleigh Farm, etc. [with reservations] for the payment of £8320 to T.S. and £100 to his wife.

1a) James Webb Chr. 21 Oct 1641 St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, died Butleigh 1690 buried in wool (Overseers accounts)

James matriculated at Christ Church Oxford on 9 Dec 1659. His son Ralph matriculated 7 July 1705 He was, says Foster, Rector of Tubney, Berks, in 1724; Vicar of Berkeley, Glos., 1728-9 ; and Rector of Aston Tirrel, Bucks, until his death in 1733. In the pedigree of the Henley family of Leigh (Somerset) it is stated that Catherine, sister of Antony Henley of the Grange in Hampshire, married Ralph, son of James Webb, of Butleigh. Catherine died 25 Feb 1730.

James Webb is listed together with his mother Mistris Ann Webb as ratepayer in 1674 in the Overseers accounts while his brother William ran the Mill and paid rates for Shore's tenement. James is listed separately as paying rates for land on South Moor Grounds from 1673 until his death (in 1694 the property noted as 30 acres – rates paid by Katherine Webb widow). In 1675 Mistris Web had the Mill while William had the Parsonage and Westwood and this was how it remained for the ensuing years. In 1675 James was paid £1 15s 1d for taking on Charles Owen as an apprentice. His brother William took on Ralph Gill as an apprentice – for £2. James was squire alone from April 1681 his mother Anne having died before that date and paid the Butleigh rates to 1690. William his brother was referred to as the 'late' by 20th April 1690. James acquired much of the Butleigh estate through his mother-in-law Katherine Allen who came by them from her second husband, William Allen.

1685 saw the first mention of the Webb family (James) paying to the Overseers the interest money of £2 2s from the legacy of Dyer Symcockes. In 1686 James was paying the rates for the 'lands late Christopher Symcockes and others'. He also paid the rates for the tenement late Bryant Pope from that year. James paid Dyer Symcox's legacy in 1686.In 1687 James added the tenements 'late Henry James' and 'late James Periam deceased' to the properties on which he was paying rates and he paid the £2 2s interest from Dyer Symcokes' legacy again. He paid the interest from the legacy again in 1689 and in that year the Overseers noted how the money had been spent and on whom. In 1690 the money was paid again and accounted for but before 1691 James had died and his widow Katherine took over the estate, her son John being not yet of age. Katherine paid Dyer Symcockes legacy in 1691 but it is missing for 1692 and in 1693 it was paid by William Smith. In 1693-4 Katherine was one of the Overseers of the Poore. In 1695 her son John jointly listed as ratepayer for the estate. No further mention is made of the Dyer Legacy until 1700 when it was again received from 'Madam Webb'. The overseers noted in that year that Madam Webb had £35 of Dyer Symcockes' legacy money in her hands from which the interest was being earned. No payments recorded for 1701 but paid and detailed in 1702, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09 (but not detailed). From 1710 the widow Katherine Webb not included in the rates – but the Symcockes legacy was paid. In 1711 the Southmore Grounds rate no longer paid by the Webbs and in the Overseers account the entry - 'paid for John Webb Esq & Katherine Webb widdow the last year £1 19s 11d obs which money lyes yett in arrear & unpaid to us which we now crave to have it allowed'. The Overseers entry followed by “ (£1) paid for horse hire & expences to goe severall journeys to Wells & other places to advise what to doe concerning the law about getting of the £1 19s 11½d which Mr. Webb & his mother would not pay the last year. The following year, 1712 saw the death of Katherine and the following entries for John- Mr. Dyer Symcockes’s interest money and Mr. John Rockes interest money disbursted. The Scotchmans money fforfittes for travelling without licence gave to the poore by John Webb Esq., Chapmans money for stealing wool gave to the poore by John Webb Esq., John died the same year as his mother – and money was distributed to the poor (detailed in the Overseers accounts for 1713) after her burial – in linen. Thomas (see below) is recorded as the brother of John and his son Captain James Webb became the heir of John's daughter Catherine.

Catherine's Will was proved 11 Dec 1712. An entry added at the bottom of the PR for 1672 has 'John Webb buried (crossed out) baptised (feint) 30 October 1677 – and probably refers to this John son of James (no records made from late 1677 – 1714). Mary married John Westley of Dublin s.o. Thomas and Anne (née Allen of Oxford) Westley of London and is also listed as the wife of Rev'd Henry Gapper of Pitminster. Anne married Henry Young of Plymouth. James witnessed the churchwardens accounts between 1676 and 1686 – he was also a donor towards the building of St. Paul's in London. Katherine occurs in the wardens accounts in 1691,5 and 8 – also as a witness. Anne and her husband Henry Young (viz) acquired a lot of property in the village (Anne in her own name initially) which all went to Anne's niece Catherine when she came of age.

C 6/222/55 Short title: Webb v Webb. Plaintiffs: James Webb and John Billingsley. Defendants: Anne Webb, Abigail Strong, Thomas Strong, William Strong and Dorothy Strong. Subject: manor of Butleigh, Somerset.Document type: answer only. 1677

C 5/439/94 Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office: Pleadings before 1714, Bridges. Short title: Allen v Webb. Plaintiffs: Katherine Allen widow. Defendants: James Webb and Katherine Webb his wife. Subject: property in Butleigh, Somerset. Document type: bill. SFP. 1683 see also 5/439/99

DD/S/BT/24/3/3-6 Agreement between John Webb and Katherine Allen concerning mortgage of Butleigh manor. With account of James and John Webb's debt to Katherine Allen and proposals for further agreement (1677-91).

DD/S/BT/24/3/7 Will of Katherine Allein widow of Bristol, dated 6 May 1691 [see under Allen]

To the eight children of my daughter, Katherine Webb, £2000 — amongst them at ages of 21. My grandson, John Webb, one guinea. Securities in the Manor of Butleigh Somersetshire, &c. Residue to my daughter, Katherine Webb, Executrix.

DD/S/BT/24/3/8-9 Copy will (1710) of Katherine Webb of Wells, proved 1712, leaving property in Bristol. In a wrapper dated 1774 with the above copy of her mother's will 1712 - 1774

DD/S/BT/14/1/6 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh, son of James decd by Katherine 2] Joseph Yate and Richard Longford of Middle temple 3] William Westley of Wells and Peter Davis of Lincolns Inn Deed to lead to uses of a recovery of Butleigh manor and demesnes, the advowson, Whitley Date: 1699.

DD/S/BT/14/3/6-7 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh son and heir of James decd 2] Katherine Webb of Wells, widow of James and executrix of Katherine Allen decd 3] Thomas Medlicott the elder and Edmund Medlicott of Abingdon, Berks Assignment of mortgage of Butleigh manor to attend Date: 1709.

DD/S/BT/11/2/4 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh 2] Katherine Webb 3] Ralph Webb of Wells Lease for lives of a messuage at Nodway, 3-a close, 2a at Horsies, 3a at Newmead, 2a at Darksham, 5a at Alersfield, 2a at Hendlie, 2a at Fishwell, Harepitts newly inclosed and 4a in Westwood., Date: 1711.

DD/S/BT/24/3/8-9 Copy will (1710) of Katherine Webb of Wells, 1712 , leaving property in Bristol. In a wrapper dated 1774 with the above copy of her mother's will proved Dec 11 1712 To be buried at Butleigh between my husband and my mother. To my children John, Catherine, Ann, Mary, Ralph & Hanna £1,000 each”.

C 11/1989/28 Short title: Webb v Webb. Document type: Bill and answer. Plaintiffs: Ann Webb, spinster of Pilminster, Somerset (daughter and surviving executrix of Katherine Webb, widow deceased; and sister and sole executrix of Katherine Webb, spinster deceased). Defendants: Elizabeth Webb, widow, Katherine Webb, infant (by Henry Martin, gent) and Robert Gapper. Date of bill (or first document): 1717

C 11/2287 119 Short title: Young v Webb.Document type: Bill only. Plaintiffs: Henry Young, gent of Stoke Damerel, Devon and Ann Young his wife. Defendants: Elizabeth Webb, Katherine Webb, James Medleycott and Robert Gapper and Thomas Medleycott. 1721

C 11/2309/24 Short title: Webb v Young. Document type: Depositions. Plaintiffs: Catherine Webb, infant (by Elizabeth Webb, her mother). Defendants: Henry Young and Anne Young his wife (late Anne Webb, executrix of Catherine Webb, deceased, her mother), Hannah Webb, spinster, Henry Gapper and Mary Gapper his wife, Goodenough Earle, esq and Robert Gapper. 1723 see also C 11/2002/35 1722

DD/S/BT/14/3/18 - 1] Ann Webb of Pitminster executrix of her mother Katherine and sister Katherine 2] Revd Henry Gapper of Pitminster and wife Mary and her sister Hannah Webb, daughters of Katherine decd and sisters of Ann 2] Goodenough Earle of Barton Assignment of two messuages in Butleigh leased to Ralph Webb Date: 1721. [also 25/7/28 - 1721]

DD/S/BT/25/7/32 1] Goodenough Earle of Barton 2] Robert Gapper of St. Andrew Holborn, Msex 3] Henry Young of Plymouth and wife Ann [Webb], Revd Henry Gapper of Pitminster and wife Mary and Hannah Webb 4] Catherine Webb of Butleigh only child of John Webb decd 5] John Elbridge of Bristol 6] Thomas Elbridge and Henry Bodman of Bristol Copy assignment of two messuages in Butleigh. With agreement to pay interest and schedule of deeds delivered to Mr Elbridge.
Date: 1732.

1a1) John Webb Chr. 24 Jul 1673 Butleigh, bur. 15 Nov 1712 Butleigh

John Webb matriculated at Trinity Oxon on 25 Oct 1689 aged 17. A student at Lincoln's Inn 1689. He is mentioned in the churchwardens accounts (which he witnessed) 1693-1708 and many times in the overseers accounts (see above – paid rates 1697-1712). Elizabeth witnessed the churchwarden's accounts in 1713 and as widow was paying the rates on the estate from that year. She took over paying the interest on the Dyer Symcockes legacy in 1713 but afterwards no further payments seem to have been made. Elizabeth acquired more tenancies from 1714 onwards, such as; late, Masters, Cornish, Symcockes and Samwayes, some of which she may have sold or exchanged. She was paying rates for grounds at Southmoor from 1720 again. She last paid rates in August 1734. Her aunt Anne Webb began acquiring properties in 1720 and after her marriage to Henry Young from 1721 they acquired even more property which all went to Catherine, daughter of John and Elizabeth on her attaining her majority.

In 1702 John attempted to become MP for Ilchester but despite winning the vote, the town bailiff returned his opponent. He appealed and petitioned parliament on 24 Oct 1702 but his opponent was confirmed and he himself was condemned for bribery and taken into custody by the serjeant at arms. In 1705 he stood again and was elected unopposed. He was considered as 'Low Church' and a gain for the Whigs but by 1708 was on lists as a Tory. He didn't stand again in the 1708 election.

DD/S/BT/14/1/6 1] John Webb of Butleigh, son of James decd by Katherine 2] Joseph Yate and Richard Longford of Middle temple 3] William Westley of Wells and Peter Davis of Lincolns Inn Deed to lead to uses of a recovery of Butleigh manor and demesnes, the advowson, Whitley hundred and enclosure in Southmoor (30a). Endorsed with notes of reading in trial in Kings Bench 1740. Date: 1699

DD/S/BT/4/3/35-7 - Post nuptial marriage settlement by lease and release of John son of James Webb decd and his wife Katherine of Wells, and Elizabeth only daughter of Thomas Medlycott the elder of Abingdon, Berks of the manor and advowson of Butleigh and Whitley hundred. Date: 1709.

DD/S/BT/8/4-5 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh, son and heir of James decd and Katherine Webb, widow of James 2] James Medlycott master in Chancery and Thomas Medlycott of Westminster 3] Henry Pope of Butleigh, yeoman 4] John Pope the elder of Butleigh, yeoman Lease and release Date: 1710. Also 25/7/21 -21/2/5 – 4/5/35

1a1A) Catherine Webb b. 9, Chr. 18 Dec 1710 Butleigh d. 23 Mar 1738 “of a dead palsy” at Butler Street, Piccadilly, London.

Catherine was paying the rates on the estate from August 1735 until 1737. Prior to her marriage to Thomas, Catherine had drafted a Will in 1735 intending to leave her estate at that time to "my loving cousin Edward Riggs second son of the Honourable Edward Riggs Esq one of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Revenue in Ireland". In the draft Will, she intended to appoint Edward's mother Ann and Ann's father Thomas Medlycott (who was also Catherine's uncle) as executors and "guardians of my said cousin Edward Riggs during his minority". Thomas and Catherine died, childless, within four days of each other in 1738. Catherine's Will, dated 20 Mar 1738 and proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 23 Mar 1738, left her entire "personal estate together with my Mannor (sic) of Butleigh in the county of Somerset" to James Grenville of the Temple, London, the sole executor. James Grenville died in 1783 and the estate passed to his sons James and Richard. Catherine's cousin James Webb had accepted 200 guineas in agreement not to contest her Will and make a claim for the estate. Captain James Webb (d. 14 May 1761 Plymouth) had joined the Navy in 1728, in 1745 was commander of the Jamaica and later that year Captain of the Surprise. In 1760 he became commander-in-chief and Colonial Governor of Newfoundland. He was responsible for renaming Chateau Bay in Labrador as York Harbour. He died a wealthy man leaving a wife, Grace, and an only daughter. This must be the Grace Webb who made a drawing of the Court.

By April 1738 James Grenville was paying rates on all the Webb properties in Butleigh.

C 11/22236/1 Short title: Webb v Webb. Document type: Two bills and three answers. Plaintiffs: Katherine Webb, spinster aged 8 years of Butleigh, Somerset (only daughter and heir of John Webb, esq deceased late of Butleigh, eldest son and heir of James Webb esq, eldest son and heir of John Webb, esq deceased late of Butleigh), infant (by Elizabeth Webb her mother, also as by Henry Martin, gent of Somerton, Somerset). Defendants: Henry Gapper, clerk and Mary Gapper his wife, Anne Webb, Hannah Webb, Thomas Edwards, Ralph Webb, James Medlycott, Thomas Medlycott, Francis Annesly and John Warner. A later bill dated 1721. Plaintiffs: Ann Webb, spinster. Defendants: Robert Gapper, gent and Thomas Medlycott, esq. 1718

DD/S/BT/25/1/10 - Case concerning estate of Catherine Webb of Butleigh infant daughter of John Webb decd.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1722.

DD/S/BT/25/7/38 - Draft will of Catharine Webb of Butleigh who wishes to be buried beside her mother in Walcott and leaving Whitley hundred, Butleigh manor etc to her cousin Edward Riggs, a legacy to the Revd Sparrow, vicar of Walcott to her steward and others. Somerset Date: 1735.

DD/S/BT/14/4/3 - 1] Thomas Medlycott of Dublin 2] Henry Young of Plymouth and wife Ann [Webb], Revd Henry Gapper of Pitminster and wife Mary and Hannah Webb 3] Catherine Webb of Butleigh only child of John Webb decd Quitclaim to Whitley hundred and long leaseholds in Butleigh. Date: 1732.

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

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/14/1/13 - 1] James Webb of Plimpton, Devon late captain of Surprise, son and heir of Thomas decd, brother of John Webb of Butleigh decd, and heir to Catherine Riggs decd 2] James Grenville of Old Burlington St., St. James, Westminster Bargain and sale of manor and Date range: 1749 - 1750.

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/10/3/16-17 Webb Catherine [Riggs] widow of Thomas Medlicott Riggs Probate of will (1737/8) 1737 - 1738.

DD/S/BT/24/3/13-25 Webb pedigree, copies of parish register entries and memorial inscriptions from 1671 and other notes relating to the family. 1739

DD/S/BT/24/3/26-31 Papers relating to Webb estate at Butleigh including James Grenville's accounts as administrator of Thomas Medlycott Riggs with his father Edward Riggs 1737-39

DD/S/BT/24/3/32-41 Papers in James Grenville's litigation over the inheritance of Butleigh manor, including copies of correspondence for 1712, information on Webb family, Butleigh lands and mortgages and draft deed of settlement (1749)

2) Mary Webb

In May 1810 the OOP paid her for treatment of Eliz Rowley's head.

3) William Webb [a William Webb b. 15 April, Chr. 21 Apr 1799 Ditcheat s.o. James and Rosanna Webb? - had brother James, see witness], yeoman, farmer, dairyman, died before 1841

William snr and Mary lived at Brookhouse, Ditcheat for the birth of their first two children and West Pennard for the third and fourth. William lived with his widowed mother and five sisters in Milton Clevedon, Bruton in 1841, where his mother was a dairywoman. He lived with his sister Mary Collins in Walcot in 1851 and with his mother Mary at 7, Hatfield Buildings, Widcombe in 1861. In 1871 he was at Oystermouth, William was still single, a manservant. He seems to have married Ellen Whelan in 1873 (Jun Q 11a/945 Swansea). In 1881 William was married to Eleanor b. 1824 Wales (same person as Ellen?) and lived at 13, Norton Row, Oystermouth, Glamorgan.

4) Mark Webb Chr. 21 Dec 1837 Long Sutton, labourer, s.o. Charles and Ann Webb

Emma was the fourth child of the peripatetic labourer Mark Webb and in 1871 they lived at Long Sutton, Mark's birthplace. In 1881 Emma lived with her widowed father at 61, Upper Oxford Street, Normanby in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. Mark was then described as a steel worker (pob. Pitney). She married iron moulder Ruben Whitehouse and in 1901 they lived at 76, Presson Street, Ormesby, Yorkshire with three young children and visitor Frederick C. Webb (b. 1863 Pitney), her older brother. In 1911 they lived at 24, Pennyman St., North Ormesby with six children.

5) Amos Webb b. 1836 Atherstone, Warwick, labourer, s.o. Robert and Ann Webb, d. 1924 (Dec Q 5c/466 Wells) 71W-87, 81W-106, 91W-117, 01W-141

In 1861
Amos Webb and Elizabeth Green were fellow servants working for James Jacobs, farmer, at Northover, Glastonbury. They married in 1861 and by 1871 had settled in Butleigh Wootton with their first five children. Harry Austin probably died as an infant - no birth nor death recorded. In 1881 Amos and Elizabeth lived with their nine surviving children in Wootton. The Western Gazette reported 21 Oct 1881 that Amos was fined 1s by the Wells Union School Attendance Committee for not sending one of his children to school. In Dec 1889 the Western Gazette recorded that he had been awarded £3 3s at the Glastonbury Great Market for bringing up nine children without recourse to Parochial relief. By 1891 the couple had a new child, Hannah, but only two other daughters still living with them.

In 1901 just Hannah remained with her parents. Robert was a shoemaker lodging 6, Glaston Rd., Street in 1891 and by 1901 was living at 3, Wilfred Terrace, Wilfred Rd, Street with his wife Caroline and brother Frank (who in 1891 was boarding in Hind Hayes, Street). Of William and Albert there is nfi.

Amos Frederick was a shepherd in November 1887 when accused of stealing apples on 14th October from Mr. Croom, his employer. Fined 7s 4d. He joined the Army and in 1891 was at the District Battalion Infantry, Farnborough, Hampshire. Mary became a servant in Littleton, Compton Dundon in 1891. She married Edward Ackerman in 1892 (Mar Q 5c/571 Langport) and they lived in Compton Dundon.#

Bessie (as Elizabeth) married Jesse Griffin in Butleigh on 3 Apr 1899 (Jun Q 5c/953 Wells).# Hannah married shoemaker Hazel Thomas Wall (b. 1880)# in Butleigh on 23 Nov 1903 (Dec Q 5c/919 Wells).

Ellen (Eleanor) married Policeman John Stapleton (b. 1875) of Sennen (Cornwall) in Butleigh on 12 Jul 1904 (Sep Q 5c/839 Wells) and in 1911 they lived at Nancledra, Long Rock, Penzance with son John (b. 1908 Street). Eliza probably married too - nfi.

In 1911 Amos and Elizabeth lived at 18 Butleigh Wootton with a lodger – Charles Herbert Oxon (b. 1876 Middlesborough, Yorks) a chauffeur. A notice in the Western Gazette 11 Mar 1921 gave details of a sale of Amos' household goods for sale at 18, Butleigh Wootton due to his having left the neighbourhood.

Frank was caretaker of Street cemetery and lived at the Cemetery Lodge, Street with his wife Louisa Fisher who he had married in 1902 (Sep Q 5c/883 Wells) and a couple of boarders.

6) Annah Webb b. 1836 Ilminster 71W-85

Annah worked for Joseph Grey at Wootton 'Farm House' in 1871. Nfi

7) Maud E. Webb b. 1870 Stafford, Staffs., 01-134

Maud was a visitor at the Vicarage in 1901. Uncertain, possibly the daughter of Mary Ann Webb, schoolmistress who lived at Mount Pleasant, Castle Donnington, Leics., in 1891.

8) Frederick John Webb Chr. 23 Nov 1872 Pitney, labourer, cowman, s.o. James and Mary Ann Webb

In 1901 Frederick and 'Annie' lived at Kingsdon with two sons and his brother Charles Webb (23). In 1911 they lived at High Ham.with brothers Bert (22) and Sidney (26) and brother-in-law William West (23). Dorothy married George H. Moon in 1940 (Jun Q 5c/1485 Wells).

Webber (Weber)

1) John [Philip] Webber b. 1794 Bath, shoemaker, died 1882 (Mar Q 5c/366 Wells) 41-6, 51-30, 61-55, 71-81

John Webber (45), shoemaker, lived in 1841 with his sons William (15), Benjamin (9), Robert (6), and Henry (4) and daughters Mary (15) and Eliza (7). His wife Ann (45) was lodging in Oddway with William Coombs in 1841 because William's wife (Ann's sister?) was sick.

Mary Ann married the baker Edward Classey in 1849 (Jun Q 10/843 Wells) and in 1851 they lived in Sadler Street, St. Cuthbert, Wells. In 1851 John (57) lived at No. 9, High Street [Church St.] with his wife Ann (56) shop keeper, and sons William (27) and Robert (17).# Benjamin lodged in 1851 at 34, Cochrane Terrace, St. Marylebone, London, occupation gardener - nfi.

Henry was found in 1851 in Wells, Sadler Street, living with Edward and Mary Ann Classey. He was Mary's brother and an apprentice baker to Edward Classey.

Eliza went into service and in 1851 was ladies maid to the Rev. Edmund Peel, vicar of Wargrave, Berkshire [who had married Frances Catherine Neville, the squire's daughter] - stating her age as 20. In 1855 (Sep Q 5c/890 Wells) she married Benjamin Davies (b. 1831 Evesham, Worcester) and they lived in Wells St. Andrew where in 1861 they were visited by their nephew Edward C. Classey. In 1871 they were in Walwyns Castle, Wales in Magor, where Benjamin was a Baptist minister.

In 1861 John (66) shoemaker and grocer, lived with Ann and son William. Son Robert was in Liverpool Workhouse in 1891, a widower and dock labourer and in 1901 when he was in Kirkdale Workhouse, Lancs., he was classified as a cotton porter at the docks. Ann Webber died in 1869.

In 1871 John Webber (79) lived with his unmarried son William who was described as a shoemaker in Morris' Directory of 1872. In 1881 John lived with his daughter Mary Ann Classey (54) and her husband Edward Classey, in Westbury.

William was a visitor at Richmond Lodge, Falkland Rd., Tormoham, Devon in 1881. He was still in Tormoham in 1891, but at Braddons Road East, "Braddon Court" where his occupation has changed from gardener to boot maker. Probably the William who died in 1896 aged 72 (Mar Q 5b/100 Newton Abbot). John Webber died in 1882 aged 93.

1a) John Webber Chr. 21 Aug 1821 Butleigh, cordwainer, d. 2 Apr, bur. 8 Apr 1859 (Jun Q 5c/411 Wells) Butleigh 51-32

John Webber (29) lived in Silver Street in 1851 with his wife Harriet (30) and daughter Fanny b. 1850. John died in 1859 and in 1861 Harriett and children, Fanny plus Robert and Ellen, lived in Baltonsborough (where she was a laundress). Henry aged 9 was at London Orphan Asylum, Clapton, Hackney, Middlesex in 1861. Called Harry on the 1871 census, he was a clerk at Battle, Sussex in the drapery and cabinet maker's shop Kenward's in the High Street. In 1871 Harriett lived at 3, Royal Oak Passage, St. Thomas, Winchester with the same three children.

2) George Webber [a George Webber d. 1838 (Sep Q 10/299 Wells)?]

Honor lodged with Ann Petty [previously Ann Pike widow] in Quarry Lane in 1841. An Honora Pike Chr. 22 Mar 1807 Butleigh, the daughter of Robert and Ann Pike may be this person. # Probably the Honor Webber, widow, dressmaker, living in Bristol in 1851 - the same Honor, needlewoman, (pob Glastonbury) who was still in Bristol in 1881, aged 74.

3) Kate Webber b. 1876 Newhaven, Sussex, d.o. John and Jane Webber 81-96

Kate was a visitor aged 5 at the home of George and Sarah Locke in Oddway in 1881. Kate was related to Sarah Locke - her father, innkeeper of the Ship Hotel, 6, High Street, Newhaven, was John Webber from Monkton whose wife Jane was Sarah's sister.

4) Maud A. Webber b. 1881 (Mar Q 5a/251 Sturminster) Sturminster Newton, Dorset, house and parlourmaid 01-145

Maud worked at Corvyle in 1901. Nfi.

5) Gesina Weber b. 1895 Monmouth, housemaid

In 1911 Gesina worked at Butleigh Court. In 1889 a 66 year old Gesine Weber had died in Southampton – her grandmother?


1) John Webly bur. 1721

John appears first in 1719 when the OOP paid £1 1s to relieve him at several times, and paid his house rent. In 1720 and '21 he was given a year's relief in addition to his house rent. In 1721 he received money in his sickness then the OOP paid for his coffin, shroud and brandy for the people to stretch him and lay him in the coffin. In 1722 and 1723 the Overseers paid the rent for the Widow Elizabeth Webley. In 1725 and 1726 the overseers paid the house rent for Ann Webley. In 1729 Elizabeth Webley received money at several times to relieve her in sickness plus firewood at several times. In 1730 widow Webley and daughter received house rent and Elizabeth received 20 weeks relief and then the OOP paid for her shroud and coffin. In 1740 an Elizabeth Webley received 4 weeks relief and Elizabeth Callow attended her in her sickness.

In Kingweston a John Webley had married Virtue Fricker on 12 May 1709 – second wife of this same John? In Barton St. David a John and Virtue Webly were baptised together 14 Mar 1736 children of John and Mary Webly – presumably the son John born 1699.


1) Walter Percy Reid Webster b. 7 Nov 1894, d. 5 Sep, bur. 10 Sep 1956 (Sep Q 5d/285 Marylebone) Butleigh

Address at death of Walter was living at 150, Clarence Gate Gardens, London but Isabel and John died at Butleigh House. See under Bates. Walter was made a temporary second Lieutenant in 1914.


1) Gladys Rose Wedderburn b. 14 Apr Camberwell, Chr. 18 Jun 1894 (Jun Q 1d/443 Lambeth) Butleigh d.o. Alfred John and Rose Emily Wedderburn

At Gladys' baptism, her father Alfred's address was given as 9, Maria Road, Camberwell, London and his occupation as compositor. He was born in 1866 (Jun Q 1d/457 Wandsworth) at Clapham, the son of William, a post office clerk, and Eleanor Wedderburn. He had married Rose Emily Moore (b. 1867 Somerset) in 1892 (Mar Q 1d/415 Lambeth). In 1901 they lived with their four daughters at 81, Poplar Walk Road, Brixton, Lambeth together with Alfred's brother William (plus his wife and two children). In 1911 Gladys Rose was a general servant at 16, Ardberg Road, Herne Hill, Camberwell. She married Joseph H. Dalmage in 1917 (Sep Q 1d/1571 Camberwell) but they do not appear to have had children.


[Wych, Weich, Witch]

1) John Witch d. 1758?

John started paying rates from 1754/55 in succession to William Warbutton. He paid until 1758 and in 1758/59 was the late John Witch. He was followed by Samuel Sweet.

2) James Weech b. 22 Feb 1801 Somerton, s.o. James and Sarah (nee Masters) Weech, died 1881 (Dec Q 5c/248 Langport)

On the 1841 census James and Elizabeth lived in Somerton with sons George, Edwin, Charles and Samuel plus daughter Mary. In 1851 Joseph, also now lived with his parents in Longacre Lane, Somerton, together with Edwin, Charles, Mary and Samuel. Edwin married Eliza Ireland #on 7 April 1855 in Bridgwater and in 1857 emigrated to Australia on the “Carnatic. Joseph (Witch) labourer, lodged with Henry Reynolds in Banbury Lane, Butleigh in 1861. Joseph Witch is next found boarding at 7, Charles Row, Maesteg, Glamorgan in 1871. He died in 1910 (Jun Q 11a/64 Bedwelty, Mon.). Samuel also seems to have migrated to Wales – the Samuel Weeks of Somerton lodging at Llanganoyd, Monmouthshire in 1871?

3) Thomas Henry Weech b. 1852 (Jun Q 5c/483 Langport) Compton Dundon, labourer, s.o. George and Eliza (nee Norton) Weech [Wich on some censuses], d. 4 Mar 1932 Street 81-97

The Nutts were substantial farmers in Somerton. In 1861 Henry lived with his parents, two brothers and sister, in Compton Dundon where his father was an Ag. Labourer, his mother a washerwoman and his ten year old brother William was a shepherd. In 1871 Henry was an agricultural labourer still living in Compton with his parents.

Henry Weech (25), labourer lived with his wife Jane and children Emily, William John, Elizabeth Ann, and Eliza Jane on Butleigh Hill in 1881. A child Kate which was born and died in 1874 may belong to this couple. Jane died in 1890 and Thomas married Bridget in 1891.

In 1891 Elizabeth Ann lived with her parents Thomas and Bridget and six other children in two rooms (!) at St. Clears, Somerton. Included amongst these were a stepson Edward Ash (15) and a stepdaughter Edith Tatchel (10). Elizabeth is the Elizabeth Wych (20) who in 1901 was a servant at Walton Farm, 55, Main Street, Walton. She married Frederick Stuckey in 1909 (Dec Q 5c/1013 Wells) and in 1911 they appear at Huish Bldg, High Street, Street where Frederick was a manufacturer of hand rugs. A visiting nephew was Henry Victor Quandell Weych (b. 1909 Newport, Mon.)

Emily Annie married Frederick William Hughes in 1899 (Jun Q 5c/703 Langport - Wych) and on the 1901 census was visiting William Witch in Newport Mon.

In 1901 Henry and Bridget were at 29, Goswell Rd., Street, with step-daughter Edith (now married and called Webb) and her daughter Lily.

Eliza may be the Lizzie Wych (b. 1884 Butleigh) who was a servant at 22, Waverley Rd., Bournemouth in 1911. Eliza Jane Wyche married Edward Taswell in 1914 (Jun Q 5c/994 Wells). When Thomas Henry died he had been caretaker at the Street sewage farm for 25 years.



1) James Weekes

This James may be related to the next?.

DD/S/BT/6/9/11 1] Humphrey Colmer the elder of Butleigh, yeoman 2] James Weeks of Walton, yeoman Assignment of 2.5a in Mounshill, 1/2a at Petty Gaston and 3.5a in Whiteland in Butleigh [Tied together with DD/S/BT/6/9/12-15] 1667

2) John Weeks

John More paid rates jointly with Joane James in 1726 but in 1727 he paid them with John Weekes and did so until 1729. In 1730 they paid the rate separately and John Weekes paid the rate up to and including 1731. In 1731 an appeal was made at Bridgwater against John Weekes, John Kelway and James Periam's account by Mr. Rocke, Mr. Hood and William Hodges.

DD/S/BT/5/6/12 - 1] John More of Butleigh, grandson of John James decd 2] Dame Edith Phelips of Montacute 3] John Weekes of Butleigh, yeoman and Edward Slade of Wells, grocer Assignment of mortgaged 4.5a pasture at Outer Horses, Bean Horses and Bolster (9a) and 3a of inclosed.common, Butleigh, part Peckham lease (1562). Date range: 1726 - 1727

DD/S/BT/5/6/14 1] John More of Stoke sub Hamdon 2] Henry Talbot of Butleigh Wootton 3] Edward Slade of Wells, grocer 4] John Weekes of Butleigh, yeoman Assignment of 4.5a pasture at Outer Horses, Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1728.

DD/S/BT/5/6/15 1] John Weekes of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Henry Talbot of Butleigh Wootton Mortgage of 4.5a pasture at Outer Horses, Butleigh. 1728

DD/S/BT/5/6/16 1] John Weekes of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Henry Talbot of Butleigh Wootton Release of equity of redemption in 4.5a pasture at Outer Horses, Butleigh 1731

DD/S/BT/8/7/15 1] John Weekes of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Anne, George Close of Baltonsborough, yeoman 2] Joan James of Butleigh Assignment of 3a in Southmoor, Butleigh. [DD/S/BT/8/7/15-19 tied together]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1731.

3) Hannah Weekes b. 1790 Butleigh [Chr. 16 May 1790 Rodney Stoke d.o. John and Mary Weekes] - Pauper and 'cripple' [died aged 81 in 1870 Jun Q 5c/410 Wells)?]

Hannah lived in Westbury in 1841 & 51 with brother-in-law Joseph Dann and his wife Leah Sarah (née Weekes) b. 1805 Rodney Stoke. Leah Sarah was b. 21 Mar, Chr. 26 Mar 1805 Rodney Stokes twin of Rachel and both d.o. John and Mary Weekes. Not known why Hannah gave her birthplace as Butleigh. In 1861 she was still with her sister, called Annah and her pob given as Draycott!

Maybe the link is to one of the following? When Joseph Dan married Leah Weekes on 16 may 1825 at Westbury-sun-Mendip the witness was John Weekes who married Hester Vowles on the same day.

4) Stephen Weekes [Wykes]

An Edward Weekes was witness in Butleigh to a marriage on 9 May 1803. A Stephen Wykes married a widow Jane Francis at Ditcheat 15 Jun 1807.

6) John Weeks [d. 1839 (Jun Q 10/349 Wells)?]

Child Ann given mother as Mary at baptism but at burial mother is Ann. Mistake or different couple? A John Weekes [not necessarily this one] occupied and farmed land on Kings Sedgemoor from 1796-1802 owned by Mr. John Moore. See earlier John and Moore connection.

6a) Obed Weekes Chr. 27 Dec 1801 Butleigh, draper, died 1880 (Jun Q 5c/385 Axbridge) PHOTO

Obed and Margaret lived in Draycott in 1823 where he was a shopkeeper. Between 1823 and 1836 they had seven children. They appear first on a census in Draycott, Cheddar in 1841 with no children. Obed and Margaret next lived in 1851 in Turnpike Road, Cheddar with four children, all born Draycott. In 1871 he and wife Margaret were at Draycot St., Cheddar. Obed died aged 79 in 1880.

7) Dinah Weeks Chr. 5 Sep 1852 (Sep Q 5c/618 Clutton) Farmborough, d.o. James and Ann Weeks 81-103, 91-121

Dinah Weeks had lived with her parents in 1861 but by 1871 was a servant at Kingwell Hall, High Littleton. She then went to work for her cousin, Henry Silcox at his bakery in 1881 and 1891. They married in 1894 (Dec Q 5c/991 Bath). #


1) Mr. Welsh

A legal officer. In Nov. 1794, Jan 1796, April 1796 and May '96 [paid for counsel's and court's fees at Wells in a case of bastardy] and other isolated occasions he is paid for warrants and orders. He occurs sporadically thereafter – April 1801. In Nov 1809 he issued a summons then an arrest warrant for Henry Rayes. In Oct 1811 he applied to get money back from the Receiver General for the militia men. In Feb 1814 Mr. Welch committed William Periam to Ilchester prison. In Jan 1815 Mr. Welch's bill for Frances trial at Wells sessions. In Aug 1816 Mr. Welch committed William Isaac to Shepton Mallet prison. Mr. Welch made further commitments in 1818 – 1826.

In the rate assessment of 1827/8 this person paid rates on common land in the South Moor. A John Welsh b. 1776, a farmer, lived at Melsbury Farm, Wells in 1841 with his brother James b. 1773. Another possibility is Richard Welch of Evercreech who married Mary Gear in Baltonsborough on 20 Jan 1812?

DD/S/BT/24/7/11 1] Richard Lewis of Lantillio Grosenny, Monm 2] Thomas King of Glastonbury 3] Richard Welsh of Somerton 4] Robert Welsh of Wells - Draft feoffment of Sutton Bourne or Sutton St Cleers manor, with the capital messuage and lands, Long Sutton. 1807

2) Mr. John Welch

The Wells Journal 29 Oct 1853 records the imprisonment of 15 year old William Rawlins for stealing 2 pecks of peas from Mr. John Welch senior of Butleigh.

The Wells Journal of Saturday 11th March and Sat. 18th March 1854 carried an advertisement for Butleigh Hill Farm, Butleigh, that Mr. T. Hardwich has received instructions to sell by auction on Thursday 23rd March a very superior flock of sound cross-bred sheep, dairy cows, barren heifers, horses, colts, sows and pigs, 15 very choice elts and other store pigs, cider implements in husbandry and various other effects of Mr. John Welch declining the farming business. The items were then described in much more detail. There are at least five possible candidates for this John Welch, four of them farming near Wells in 1851. Farm passed to G. Gare.

DD/S/BT/26/4/40-4 Papers in a case of assault on John Welch the younger at Butleigh. 1853 [related?]



1) John Weltchman 'of Butleigh' Chr. 15 Jan 1759 Barton St. David, s.o. John and Elizabeth (nee Phelps) Welchman [who had married in Barton St. David 12 Dec 1757?], bur. 23 Nov 1837 (Dec Q 10/804 Langport) Barton St. David

John was nominated as Overseer in 1789 for James Grenville's estate. He also witnessed OOP accounts. John was the brother of a Thomas Welchman of Barton who married there in 1799. Both John and his father John (who was married to Elizabeth) were sent to Ilchester Gaol for debt in November 1824 and were released in March the following year.

2) Mary Welshman b. 29 Jan 1792 Ditcheat, d.o. Jonas and Mary (nee Maby) Welshman, nurse 51W-41 Mary Welchmans died in 1858, 59 and 1867 in Wells registry

Single at age 56, Mary was caring for Prudence Tagford, an invalid in Garden Allottments, Wootton in 1851.

3) Sarah Elizabeth Welchman b. 6 Apr, Chr. 9 Oct, 1883 (Dec Q 5c/385 Langport) Barton St. David, housemaid, d.o. Joseph and Mary Welshmans 01-145

Sarah worked at the Cottage Hospital in 1901. In 1891 she lived with her parents at 6, Silver Street, Barton St. David - her father was a quarryman. In 1906 she married (Jun Q 5c/913 Wells) [Robt. J. Griffen or Ed Thos. Lane]


1) Mr. S. Wells of Wanborough

Wells was the Overseer in Wanborough from whom the Butleigh Overseers received bastardy pay for Agnes Dymock. - (see May 1802)


1) Maria West received Poor relief in 1613

2) William West Kingweston b. 1739, bur. 28 Jun 1794 Kingweston aged 55

3) Elizabeth West [b. 1738] d.o. [uncertain + Mary who died 18 Aug 1754] d. 19 Aug, bur. 20 Aug 1780 Butleigh

Gravestone inscription reads “ aged 36 years and likewise Elizabeth their daughter who died the 19th August 1780 aged 42 years” The other half of the gravestone refers to the death of the wife of Nathaniel Look in her 78th year on May 15th 1844.

Marys buried just before and after 18 August 1754 are: Mary Hodges 10 Aug, Mary Hodges 27 Sept. Unfortunately neither burial is allocated to a particular Hodges family and no West connection found. The only1738 Mary baptisms are surnames Gill [died young?], Withers and Gregory. Both the latter had illegitimate children and don't seem to have married.

4) Samuel West [of Kingweston] bur. 21 Nov 1854 Kingweston aged 76

Samuel's bill for work on repairing Mary Hodges house in 1809 was paid by the OOP.

5) Edward Henry West b. 1848 Wells, mason s.o. Joseph West, d. 1928 (Jun Q 5c/501 Wells) aged 85 91-124

In 1881 Edward was a lodger at 1, Ham Street, Baltonsborough. Edward was a patient at the Cottage Hospital in 1891. He married a much younger Lucy Jeanette Hill (b. 1869 West Pennard) in 1897 and they lived in four rooms in Ham Street in 1901.

6) Henry West b. 15 Sep 1839 Barton St. David, labourer, s.o. William and Phoebe [Phillis?] West, d. 19 Mar 1876 (Mar Q 5c/336 Langport) Barton St. David

Charles and Henry lived with their parents at Cary's Row, Barton St. David in 1871. Their parents William West and Phoebe Bond had married 11 May 1833 Barton St. David and William was buried 21 Apr 1877 aged 73 there. After their father Henry's death, aged 36, they left and their mother remarried [to James Rawlings]. Charles, a carter on a farm, and missing 1881/91, lived with his mother Charlotte, widowed for the second time, at Barton Stone in 1901.

6a) Henry Edward West b. 17 Apr 1870 (Mar Q 5c/462 Langport) Barton St. David, cattleman, s.o. Henry and Charlotte (née Barber) West, died 20 Oct, bur. 24 Oct 1932 Butleigh 01-143

Henry had lived in 1881 with his widowed grandmother, Phoebe West, a laundress, at 1, Plot Gate, Barton St. David. Henry and Frances lived in Water Lane, Butleigh in 1901 with their two children. Henry's mother Charlotte married James Rawling after her husband Henry had died and moved to Butleigh. She died in 1915.

In 1911 the couple and their two children lived in 4 rooms at 38 Butleigh. Mrs. F. A. West rented No. 37 and 38 Butleigh [as one cottage] at the time of the Feb. 1947 estate sale for £8 9s 0d per annum. Water was obtained from an estate supply on tap at No. 40 Butleigh. Frances died at 57 Butleigh.

6b) Charles William West, Chr. 18 Feb 1872 Barton St. David, labourer, carter, s.o. William Henry and Charlotte West (Rawlings) #

In 1901 Charles had lived with his mother Charlotte Rawlings at Barton Stone, Butleigh. In 1911 Charles and Louisa lived with Fred, Grace and Lottie at 54 Butleigh while Rose was staying with her grandmother Eliza Crate (Craft) at 67 Butleigh.

7) Frederick West b. 1857 (Sep Q 5c/577 Wells) Street, shoemaker, s.o. John and Sarah West 91W-117

Frederick boarded in Portway in 1881. He married Mary Ann in 1887 they lived in four rooms in Wootton by 1891 with their first two children. They had moved to Baltonsborough by 1901. Frederick seemed to lose a year or two in age at each census. In 1911 George was a Malsters Labourer boarding at 38, Town lane, Shepton Mallet. His parents lived at East Pennard in 1911 with daughter LilianFrederick was a jobbing gardener.

8) Irene West (Miss) District Nurse – 1935 Kelly's Directory


1) Robert Westcombe bur. 13 Aug 1758 Butleigh

Robert had his rent paid in 1757/58. Between 1759/60 – 1761/2. Betty Westcombe had her rent paid. Betty or Elizabeth [Wescombe, Wescomb etc.] was paid several times in 1766 then monthly until August 1769 for caring for George Periams' family. Elizabeth received relief from the OOP in her distress in Dec 1771. In Jan 1772 she was paid for washing and attending Mary Fac Colmer as she died. In Feb 1774 Elizabeth received relief in necessity and fairly regularly thereafter until Oct 1775 but she mustn't have been entitled to the relief because in that month she paid 26 weeks (£2 12s 0d) back!

An Elizabeth Westcombe married John Clarke on 12 Apr 1773 Butleigh. This latter was the daughter who proceeded to have seven children [see under Clarke] between 1773 and 1785 and both she and her husband were 'examined' for philandering during that period. She and a Henry Higgins were removed to Edington in 1785.


1) Ann Westcott b. 1774 Butleigh, shoe binder, single, died 1854 (Sep Q 5c/295 Wells)

Ann lived with her illegitimate daughter Hester (b. 1806 Wells) in John Street, Wells in 1851. In 1841 another daughter, Lucy b. 1801 had lived with them - and a 'grandson' Joseph b. 1827.


1) Grace Westlake married Butleigh 31 Jul 1745 Samuel Chapple #

Grace was b. 14 Oct 1720, Chr. 16 Oct 1720 Pitney d.o. John and Grace Westlake, bur. 7 Jul 1796 Baltonsborough


a) William Westley b. 1635 died 23rd Sep., bur. 26 Sep 1719 aged 84

Both the above are buried and commemorated in Wells Cathedral. William Westley, formerly of Wells left a charity by Indenture on 16th June 1714 and annuity of £5 p.a. 'to be issuing out of his messuage and farm called East Street in the parish of West Pennard. “This William Westley appears to have used two shields of arms, for among the parish documents of St. Cuthbert are two with his signature and seal ; in one case the seal has a shield charged with three cross-crosslets ; the other document, date 1704, has these arms on the seal, viz., Per fess six escallop-shells, three and three, counter- changed. Crest, an escallop-shell charged with a cross-crosslet. No colours are on the seal, but we find on a monument in the cloister, Lovell impaling for Westley, Per fess arg. and gu., six escallop-shells, three and three, counter changed, and this coat is also quartered by Salmon (Sa., three salmons hauriant arg.) on a monument in the Church of St. Cuthbert, for William Salmon.” [Wells Cath. Records]

A William Westley Esq married 13 Apr 1710 at St. Cuthberts the widow Frideswid Brickenden [son or father?]

Other Westley burials: Ann bur. 27 Dec 1610 Wells; 9 Mar 1731 William, s.o. The Rev. Mr. Westley; 11 Jan 1786 Mrs Mary Westley of Close Hall; 5 May 1792 Mrs. Margaret Westley

DD/S/BT/4/3/19 1] 1] Thomas Symcockes, Robert Meller of Little Bredy, Dors., Wolley Meller of Upcerne, Dors., and William Coward of Wells 2] John Webb, Henry Browne, and John Westley Grant in fee of tenements in Butleigh held in trust for Thomas's younger children. Consideration £1,500 Date: 1653

DD/S/BT/14/1/4 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh and wife Anna 2] James, John, William and Henry Webb, sons of John, John Billingsley of London and William Westley of Wells 3] Robert Aldworth of Lincolns Inn, Thomas Earle and Shersha Cory of Bristol, merchants, Nathaniel Haggatt Date: 1670. [John Billingsley,vintner of London will 28 Mar 1681 PROB 11/365/364]

DD/S/BT/7/7/4, - 1] William Westley of Wells and William Webb of Butleigh 2] William Coward of Wells and Anthony Mowry of Nether Ham Assignment of lease (1654) of a messuage and 61a and Hutchings (8a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS Date range: 1676 - 1677.

DD//S/BT/7/7/1 – 1] Charles Crooke of Stourton, Wilts 2] William Webb of Butleigh and William Westley of Wells Assignment of lease (1654) of a messuage and 61a and Hutchings (8a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1676

DD/S/BT/14/1/6 1] John Webb of Butleigh, son of James decd by Katherine 2] Joseph Yate and Richard Longford of Middle temple 3] William Westley of Wells and Peter Davis of Lincolns Inn Deed to lead to uses of a recovery of Butleigh manor and demesnes, the advowson, Whitley hundred and enclosure in Southmoor (30a). Endorsed with notes of reading in trial in Kings Bench 1740. Date: 1699

DD\BR\Ich/6 [and 7] Shepton Mallet Deeds 1575 – 1868 including Westley of Shepton Mallet and Bristol.

PROB 11/570/508 Will of William Westley of Wells 3 Oct 1719

C 110/119 and C 110/120 Chancery Master Horne's exhibits Westley v. Julian Copy will of William Westley, Som 01 January 1719 - 31 December 1719

1) Thomas Westley vicar of St. Cuthberts, Wells, died at Butleigh 1661/2

The above table is speculative at present! Thomas could be a brother of William Westley of Wells [or father?] A Thomas Westley married Mary Lovell 16 Aug 1620 Stogursey.

The Rev. Thomas Westley, above, was instituted to St. Cuthbert's Vicarage 13 November 1634, and died at Butleigh, then being a Canon Residentiary of Wells. His will was proved 25 October 1662 by his son Thomas Westley. In it he names his son William, dau. Dorothy, and brother Billingsley.

John Webb left a bequest to his granddaughter Elizabeth d.o. Dr. Westley in his 1672 will. Possibly the Elizabeth Westley, daughter of Thomas Westley of Shepton Mallet gent., and sister of Martha Lovell [died 27 Aug 1752, wife of Rev. Edmund Lovell] who died 15th Oct 1752 [both buried Wells]. See Westelys of Shepton Mallet below.

An Elizabeth wife of Thomas Westley buried 1 Aug 1660 Wells. This latter Thomas is probably the one buried 18 Feb 1707 Wells

Will of Thomas Westley, deceased at Butleigh Will dated Aug or Sep 1661 proved Oct 25 1662 by his son Thomas Westley. My son William £300. My daughter Dorothy. My brother Billingsley [possibly son or grandson of Henry Billingsley [d. 1606] mayor of London?]. Also PROB 11/309/286

DD/S/BT/14/1/6 - 1] John Webb of Butleigh, son of James decd by Katherine 2] Joseph Yate and Richard Longford of Middle temple 3] William Westley of Wells and Peter Davis of Lincolns Inn Deed to lead to uses of a recovery of Butleigh manor and demesnes, the advowson, Whitley Date: 1699.

DD/S/BT/25/7/32 1] Thomas Medlycott of Dublin 2] Henry Young of Plymouth and wife Ann [Webb], Revd Henry Gapper of Pitminster and wife Mary and Hannah Webb 3] Catherine Webb of Butleigh only child of John Webb decd Copy quitclaim to Whitley hundred and long leaseholds Date: 1732. also 14/3/19-20

DD\CC\A/25020 T. Westley Church Commissioners 1739

Note: Westleys of Shepton Mallet – related?

a) Thomas Westley Gent.

Will of Eleanor Westly of Shepton Mallet, late wife of Thomas Westly, gent., of Chilcot, co. Somerset. Will dated 28 Sept. 1721 ; proved at Wells 9 Dec. 1723 by her son Thomas Westley. Names Thomas Westley of Shepton Mallet, mercer, sole heir and executor. Seal. Plain, no arms.

A William Westley of Shepton Mallet, clothier, married 4 May 1728 in Wells Cathedral Elizabeth Cheeseman of Exeter, a Martha Westley m. Rev. John Sampson in SheptonMallet on 31 May 1757 – witness Abraham Gapper]. William Westley, s.o. the Mr. Rev. William Westley bur. 9 Mar 1732 Wells.

PROB 11/782/79 Will of William Westley of Shepton Mallet, clothie 16 Aug1750

PROB 11/903/173 Will of William Westley of Shepton Mallet, clothier 24 Oct 1764

Westwind see Westcombe


1) John Weston Chr. 29 Aug 1733 Somerton s.o. Richard and Sarah Weston

No further sign of this couple in Somerton or Butleigh but a John and Betty (sometimes Elizabeth) Weston had children in Bath (1763), Kelston (1767) Bath (1769 and 1775) who might be the same. (?)

2) George Weston of Butleigh fined 5s for drunkenness [Sherborne Mercury 24 Aug 1858]

Several possibilities for this George, such as the one b. 1834 Bath, a mason, who might have been in Butleigh working on the construction of the Court.

3) Blanche Weston 1939 Kelly's Directory lists her as (Miss) district nurse. [succeeded Irene West in 1935 Directory]

The Blanche S. B. H. Weston who married Lawrence T. Fisher 1942 (Sep Q 5c/1127 Wells)? Blanche Sybil Barbara H. Weston b. 1905 (Dec Q 6d/643 Stratford on Avon, Warw)


1) Marge Whaleone of the two housemaids at Butleigh Court, 1920/30.


1) Richard Thomas Whalley Rev. JP, b. 1779, s.o. Rev. Richard Chapple and Elizabeth Whalley, bur. 27 Sep 1830 Yeovilton aged 51

R. T. Whalley signed the OOP accounts in 1821/22. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 24 Jul 1823 records him as rector of Yeovilton and Ilchester and Prebendary of Wells. His eldest son the Rev. Richard Whalley died of apoplexy aged 36 on Feb 6 1846 at Thornbury.

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. 1826

Whatley (Watley)

1) Richard/Robt Whatley

A Richard Whatley and wife Betty had a son Richard Chr. 20 Mar 1774 Kilmington – possibly same family?


1) Arundell Blount William Whatton b. 1863 Eastbourne, s.o. Arundell Blount and Maria E. Whatton, d. 23 Dec 1942 (Dec Q 3a/353 Brentford) aged 80

In 1871 Arundell lived at 51, Portland Place, Marylebone, London with his widowed mother and two elder brothers. His father had died in 1862 (Jun Q 1a/284 Marylebone) just before he was born. In 1881 he was at private school in Charlcombe Manor, Somerset. He married in 1896 and in 1901 was a priest in Kensington. In 1911 he lived at Tyer's Hotel, Chiselhurst with his wife and son. Arundell was Vicar of Butleigh from 21 Mar 1913 – 1916. Author of “Doctrine and Duty – Sundry Sermons”, 1896. In the Western Gazette 28 Mar 1913 Mrs. Whatton advertised for a parlourmaid and in 4 Dec 1914 she advertised for a cook and housemaid stating there were four in the family and four servants kept.

In March 1916 he became Chaplain to the Army and the Rev. G. W. Berkeley of Cranbourne temporarily returned and conducted the services in Butleigh. A new vicar took over in the September – Rev. R. St. J. Gresley.



1) John Wheeler b.c. 1728 Compton Dundon, died 1806 Butleigh

Up to 1749/50 Elizabeth Masters paid rates on a property [part of Gatterens] jointly with Thomas Holman. After her marriage this property then had its rates paid by Thomas Holman and John Wheeler/Wheller until 1775/6 when the rates were paid by John Newport & John Wheller. In 1791 it was changed to Mary Newport & John Wheller and in 1809 the rate was paid by Mary Newport alone. The OOP paid for 'keeping Wheeler's child/ren' in Jan and Feb 1763. In 1764 the child 'kept' is specified as John's child and John given several bushels of wheat. The OOP paid for son David's coffin in 1769. In Jul 1778 the OOP paid relief to John's family and in August they paid again in 'his absence'.

This couple probably had an earlier son John b. 1751 who married Ann Cannon on 19 Sep 1778 in West Pennard. Daughter Ann had an illegitimate child Joseph in 1783 [the OOP paid for her lying in in April 1783] and in Jan 1783 Ann was examined and a warrant issued against Joseph Godfrey - in July 1785 Ann Wheller examined again and a warrant was issued against Joseph Godfrey who then began to pay bastardy pay for the child from August '85 until March 1796. The OOP paid for several items of clothing etc. for Joseph Wheeler in the 1790's, calling him Godfrey's bastard. In September 1785 the OOP examined Ann again, in Street and then took up Richard Farnham. In Dec '85 the OOP went to Wells sessions about Richard Farnham. In April 1786 Bridget Look was paid for delivering Ann's baby. In May 1786 the OOP paid for Ann's 'extraordinary expenses' in April and received from the Compton overseers pay for Richard Farnham's bastard. April 1787 the OOP received bastardy pay from Richard. Ann Wheller married Richard Farnham of Compton Dundon in Butleigh on 29 Apr 1790.

A John Wheeler occupied Sedgemoor land belonging to Mary Newport from 1803.

In 1764/5 John Wheller was paid by the OOP for packing apples. An un-named child was Chr. 5 Feb 1770 Butleigh and maybe this was the same as Richard. John Wheller's daughter received 1/-d in her distress in March 1775. Sarah Wheller received relief from the OOP from March 1793 until her death in May 1810.

Mary married John Ramsey (b. 4 Aug 1771 West Pennard) in Priddy on 5 Apr 1804 St. Nicholas', West Pennard and she was the widow living with her daughter Mary (b. 1811) in West Pennard in 1841 and living with son John (b. 1817 West Pennard) in Newtown West Pennard in 1851. Her husband had died on 8 Dec 1838 West Pennard and Mary died on 31 Dec 1853 West Pennard. They had three daughters and a son, John, the latter emigrating to North Dakota in 1856 with his wife Jemima Simmons (b. 14 Jan 1821 Priddy) and their five children born West Pennard. Four subsequent children born in the U.S.A. and Ontario, Canada.

In 1787 the OOP paid Champeny Rocke's bill towards the care of William Wheeler at Wells (1b2?). In Oct 1788 Mr. John Rocke of Wells's bill for 'carring' William Wheller was paid (£4 4s 0d). Sarah Wheeler received OOP relief in March 1800 and up to her death in May 1810.

In July 1804 the OOP gave 5/- to a William Wheller's wife, of Frome. Relief paid to William Wheller [and children] from Aug to Nov 1804. In Nov 1804 the OOP also paid for his lodging. Relief paid until Feb 1805 when the OOP paid for his burial. William's wife and children received relief in March, April 1805 and clothes for the children. Nfi but a letter received in April from Wm Wheller was probably from the widow. In Dec 1805 the OOP sent 14/6 to Ann Wheeler in Frome. In March 1806 they sent 18 weeks relief plus clothing to Frome via Mr. Holman [who also paid Thomas Eastment's house rent there]. Periodic payments to Ann e.g. in May 1807 for 'up to 11th April 1807'. A William Wheeler had married an Ann Pickford in Frome on 4 Nov 1793 (at St. John the Baptist) – they had sons George (aged 8), James (aged 3) and John (aged 1), all Chr. 12 May 1802. In May 1811 the OOP paid for the burial of one of Ann's children at Frome. In April 1813 besides her regular rent and relief the OOP paid her funeral expenses.

In Jun 1817 the OOP bought a George Wheller a spade and cross axe.

1a) David Wheeler Chr. 12 Mar 1786 Butleigh Wootton, labourer, illegit. s.o. Ann Wheeler, farmer's labourer, bur. 18 Feb 1853 (Mar Q 5c/460 Wells) Butleigh 41W-16, 51W-40

David's mother was almost certainly the Ann d.o. John and Elizabeth Wheeler. In June 1801 David received OOP relief. In 1841 David and Ann lived with Samuel and James in Butleigh Wootton but son John was absent. In 1851 John had returned but James was in another part of Wootton working for Thomas Periam while Samuel was absent from the census. David Wheeler died in 1853 and Ann continued to live with her two sons John and James in Butleigh Wootton village in 1861.

In 1871 Ann lived with her daughter Ann and son-in-law John Davis in Butleigh while John and James lived together, both unmarried in Butleigh Wootton. Ann died in 1872 and her son James died in 1879 aged 52. John appeared on his own, aged 58, in 1881 but died sometime afterwards

1a1) Samuel Wheeler b. 1821 Compton Dundon, labourer, bur. 2 Feb 1892 (Mar Q 5c/427 Wells) Butleigh 41W-16, 61-51, 71-74, 81-100 Wheller 91-125

1b) Richard Wheller Chr. 14 Apr 1770 Butleigh, s.o. John and Sarah (née Wilmot) Wheller, bur. 23 Jan 1831 Butleigh

Richard married Martha Oldis in 1791. In March 1801 Richard received £2 9s 0d from the OOP (in distress) plus beef and wine. He received monthly relief from then. In Aug 1801 a Thomas Pearse was paid to carry him to Shepton. He must have been ill since in Sep the OOP paid for his return from Bath. Martha was given 6 yds of dowlas in Jan 1802. In May 1803 the OOP paid Richard 1/- for going to Street. The OOP paid for his child's coffin in Sep 1806. In July 1810 Richard was paid by the OOP for keeping the Reddick family.

Richard was a widower when he married Ellen but no burial found for Martha [unless she was bur. with daughter Jane in 1806?]. He began paying rates on property in Butleigh in 1806 and was still paying in 1827/8 when the OOP records end. In the rate assessment of 1828 he paid his rates on a house and garden in Butleigh. In 1811 the Vestry elected him 'molecatcher';

We the undersigned at a Vestry held at the Parish Church of Butleigh this twenty fifth day of November one thousand eight hundred and eleven. Do agree to imploy Richd Wheeler for the purpose of destroying the moles in the Parish of Butleigh and we do hereby agree in giving him the yearly sum of seven pounds two shillings and sixpence for effectually destroying the same and that the sum be paid him by the Overseer or Overseers, out of the Poors stock. - and the said Richd Wheeler agrees to compleat the same in a proper manner to the satisfaction of all parties concerned. The said yearly salary to be paid him at the equal payments in each year Viz’ the first payment to be made on or about the 2nd Feby: and the other payments to be made on or about the 24th of June in each year. And it is hereby understood that all the lands in the South Moor which are occupied by persons in the Parish of Butleigh & which lies in the Parish of Street or elsewhere are included in the agreement. This agreement is to continue for seven years, from this time, provided he shall execute the office in a proper manner and to the satisfaction of the parties concerned or otherwise..to be void.

In Oct 1812 Richard was paid £3 11s 3d for catching 'wants' and in May 1813 £1 7s 0d. The OOP paid for the coffin for James Wheller in Jan 1816. In Sep 1817 Richard received relief from the OOP because he was ill.

In 1841 the widowed Ellen was found living on her own in the High Street. In 1851 she was living at Pond Head with her daughter Martha who had married John S. Eades in Butleigh on 3 Mar 1829. # John Eades died in 1857 and Ellen Wheeler (80) continued to live with her widowed daughter Martha Eades and her children until her death in 1862. The fact that James Eades (b. 1831) lodged with John Eades in 1841 suggests that both these Wheeler families were related.

1b1) John Wheller Chr. 17 Aug 1795 Butleigh shoemaker

Not certain that this father John is the same as the son of the Richard above.

1b2) William Wheeler Chr. 2 Apr 1797 Butleigh s.o. Richard and Martha Wheeler, bur. 13 May 1837 Butleigh

William Wheeler and wife both ill in Aug 1822 – William received rent from the OOP in 1824/25.

In 1841 the widowed Ann lived with her three unmarried daughters, Sarah, Jane and Elizabeth in part of Watchwell. Sarah was the mother of the illegitimate Caroline Wheller. This unfortunate died in 1842. Another child born to Sarah in Watchwell was the short-lived Mary Jane. In 1851 Ann lived with just Sarah and is herself described as a 'Poor person living in the Moor'. Her daughter Jane may have married in 1856 (Jun Q 5c/1027 Wells) [Richard Dunmell/James Drew]. Her daughter Elizabeth was found in the Wells Union Workhouse in 1851 together with a child, Elizabeth aged 1, described as an orphan (which died in 1857?). Daughter Jane might be the mother living at Littleton who had the illegitimate child William Frederick Wheeler Chr. 11 Jan 1852 Compton Dundon.

In 1861 Ann Wheeler (73) had two unmarried daughters living with her - Sarah (43) and Elizabeth (28), who had returned, as well as a grandchild Mary Ann (4). Mary Ann may be the illegitimate child of Elizabeth, who also later had a son William Lloyd.

Ann died in 1867. A bit late in the day, Sarah married the labourer Benjamin Taylor in Butleigh 8 Sep 1863 (Sep Q 5c/940 Wells) and they lived in Baltonsborough until 1901 - Benjamin latterly described as a 'cripple'.

Elizabeth married labourer Eli Oram in Butleigh on 23 Jan 1868 (Mar Q 5c/795 Wells) and they appeared on Butleigh Hill in 1871, together with William Loyd who was then called just Loyd Oram. #

1c) Aaron Wheller Chr. 24 Mar 1777 Butleigh s.o. John and Sarah Wheller

In 1804 Aaron occupied land on Sedgemoor Common belonging to Samuel Galton. In 1805 he also farmed land on the common belonging to William Everett and in 1806 he also acquired his own, and paid rates on, some Sedgemoor Ground. He seems to have exchanged this situation after 1813/14 by starting a new farming venture. Aaron seems to have moved from Butleigh to Ashcott in 1814.

DD/S/BT/10/8/1 - 1] John Castle of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Aaron Wheller of Butleigh, labourer Assignment of Nive Batch in Kings Sedgemoor, Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1801.

DD/S/BT/10/8/6 - 1] Elizabeth Hood of Butleigh Wootton 2] Aaron Wheller Lease for 500 years of allotments in Kings Sedgemoor, Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1814.

2) Jane Wheller bur. 16 Jun 1793 Butleigh

4) George Wheller Chr. 11 Sep 1820 Butleigh s.o. labourer William and Rose Wheller

William Weller of Butleigh was listed in the Bath Chronicle of 5 Jul 1832 as having been cured of sciatica with Bath water.

5) James Wheeler b. 1831 Somerset 41-6

James Wheeler (9) was lodging next door to Ellen Wheeler, with John Eades. James would seem to be related to the Eades family and Wheelers but it is hard to be sure which of the Jameses that occur in the next censuses is him, if any. James, son of David Wheeler was 6 years older but the ages of the James in Butleigh Wootton various considerably. One must assume that this James left Butleigh and went elsewhere. One James died 1909 (Sep Q 5c/257 Wells) - One of this age from Wells became a servant in London in 1861. One born Butleigh 1821 (married but no wife evident) was a watercress gatherer in Cheddar in 1871. One from Somerton of the same age is found in Plymouth in 1881. The 1841 census gives no clue as to birthplace.

6) James Wheller/Whiller of Walton

Overseer of Walton who received relief sent by the Butleigh Overseers for the James Andow family (see June 1802). Probably the James buried 22 Mar 1803 Walton.

7) Patty WheelerIn Jan 1809 the OOP paid for her coffin.


1) Edward Whippy Chr. 13 Jan 1671 Street, s.o. Edward and Elizabeth Whippy, bur. 19 Feb 1738 Street

Important details fall in the PR gap 1677 – 1714.

Edward and his son were paid by the Overseers in 1727/8 for sawing and hauling timber to be used in the church restoration (bell-cage etc.). Edward and Sarah had sons John (Chr. 23 Jun 1703), James (Chr. 13 Aug 1704), Thomas (b. 1713) and John (b. 1716) plus four daughters. Another possible son called Edward married a Mary Hutchins on 30 Dec 1714 in Street. Edward senior also had an illegitimate daughter Anne Chr. 4 Nov 1705 by Joan How.

DD/S/BT/8/1/3 1] Edward Whippy of Street, carpenter and wife Sarah, Thomas Pope of Street, husbandman and son of Christopher deed 2] Henry Pope the elder of Butleigh, yeoman Assignment of 1a in the East field at Stones Bush, ½a in the West field at Sower down and half acre in the same at Bean Slade, Butleigh, part Peckham lease (1556). Date: 1727

DD/S/BT/7/3/8 Letters of administration of the property of William Pope of Butleigh decd granted to nephew Thomas Pope and Edward Whippie husband of niece Sarah. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1726.


(see Witcombe)


A) Stephen Whiteappears in the will of Julyan Gibbs 1594

1) John White Will 3 Dec 1540, proved 15 Sep 1541 [Somerset Record Society (SRS) volume 62]

In the Will all the above mentioned plus John Adams, Richard Benye and Agnes, daughter of John Howse. Wtnesses: Sir John Dowle, vicar, Thomas Hayward, John Wylton, John Talbot. In Johan's will only sons Thomas, William and Robert mentioned.

2) Joanna White married Butleigh 7 Jul 1588 Henry Barton#

3) Isabella White married Butleigh 3 Apr 1592 William Twoose #

4) Joanna White married Butleigh 22 Feb 1608 Adrian Vicaryes #

5) John White bur. 10 May 1597 Butleigh

Chancery C1/1394/47 William Withers, vicar of Butleigh, v. William Gouppey.: Lease of the said vicarage by John Whyte, late vicar, deprived for marriage.: SOMERSET.Date range: 1553 - 1555. [This John?]

6) Helena White widow bur. 24 Sep 1597Butleigh

7) Katherine White widow bur. 19 Jun 1601 Butleigh

8) Thomas White bur. 14 Dec 1609 Butleigh

Elizabeth married Butleigh 12 Jun 1609 Thomas Jones, a Maria married Butleigh 27 Oct 1623 William Browning #

Star Chamber Proceedings Eliz. I Addenda STAC 7/16/16 Plaintiff: Whyte, Thomas. Defendant: Thomas Hyet, James Younge, Stephen Gibbes, and Gregory Keysar. Place or Subject: Butleigh: Manor. County: Som . Plaintiff: Whyte, Thomas. Defendant: Thomas Hyet, James Younge, Stephen Gibbes, and Gregory Keysar. Place Date range: 1558 - 1603. Same?

9) Peter White

10) Thomas White bur. 7 Nov 1613 Butleigh [Thomas of Rowley]

An Elizabeth White received Poor relief in 1613 and 1614 – this Elizabeth? A Thomas received relief in 1606-1613.

DD/S/BT/4/5/1 -1] Christopher Symcockes of Butleigh and wife Mary 2] Thomas White of Rowley, Butleigh and daughter Elizabeth Lease for lives of Rowley house, Woodsplot (4a), 4a lately inclosed in Westwood, Rowley (10a), Oldburye (20a), 15a ar in West field, Butleigh. Date: 1606.

11) Marci/Marti White bur. 9 Dec 1638 Butleigh

Mark received Poor relief in 1613 - 1616

12) Thomas White bur. 4 Apr 1622 Butleigh

13) John White

The John receiving Poor relief in 1606-1616?

14) Joanna White bur. 10 Sep 1610 Butleigh d.o. Adrian White of Buckland (?)

15) Elizabeth White married Butleigh 12 Jul 1656 Philip Masters

16) Richard White

Richard paid rates 1673 – 1684 and was followed by Elizabeth White (Whitt) in 1685 (probably his widow). Rebecca White then occupied the property and paid the rates until 1708.

17) Daniel White

Woodworker – mentioned in the churchwardens accounts in 1679 – son of Richard?

18) Rebecca White widow bur. 21 Jun 1717 Butleigh

See previous – probably widow of Thomas.

19) Mathew White bur. 18 Dec 1742 Butleigh

On a different property in 1710 rates were paid by David Masters & White until 1714. On a different property again from 1714 Matthew White paid rates on 'Late Hodges' property until 1718. In Feb 1789 a Mathew White reimbursed the OOP for the costs of the funeral of Joseph Periam.

20) Christopher White bur. 10 Mar 1754 Street

Christopher was from Street and had five children baptised there between 1709 and 1721. In 1723 they resided with Samuel Sweete in Butleigh and the Overseers gave them wheat, barley and money to relieve them in their necessity and sickness until officers from Street came to enquire about them. 1724 - 'pd at Wells sessions and Ivelchester sessions in expences on the witnesses and for horses to carry the witnesses forth and back and paying the witnesses to prove ye way in the behalfe of our Sovraigne Lord the King against the inhabitants of Streate and removal of Xtopher White and his family from Butleigh to Streat'. The Overseers were still paying bills in 1724.

21) Mary White bur. 8 Dec 1728 Butleigh

A Mary White was a ratepayer in Butleigh in 1738 – for just part of this year – not known who she could be.

22) James White bur. 15 Apr 1733 Butleigh

23) Thomas Whit(e) – in 1742/43 the OOP paid for going to Bridgwater sessions against this person.

24) Catherine WhiteReceived relief from the OOP in Nov 1777.

25) Richard White b. 1827 Somerset 41-10

Richard White was an apprentice to the tailor William Knight in the High Street in 1841. He may be the Richard who became a soldier and appeared at Mount Wise barracks, Stoke Damerel Devon in 1851.

26) Charles White b. 1813 Ireland, professor of drawing, d. 1881 (Mar Q 6a/306) Cheltenham) 51-25

Charles White (38) and wife Catherine (38) lived with their children Frederick (17), Emma (15), Clara (12), Rhoda (10) and Charles E. (7) at 18, High Street in 1851. Living in was Matilda Andrews, Catherine White's unmarried sister (50) a shopkeeper who appeared on the 1841 census with Charles' son Frederick. #

Catherine (and Matilda) came from Wincanton and Frederick was born there in 1834 but their marriage had taken place at Old Church, St. Pancras, London on May 4th 1833. In 1841 the family lived at Bowerhill Lodge, Melksham and Charles was an 'Artist'. Charles junior was born in America. Perhaps Charles tried emigration around 1841 and Frederick was sent to stay with his aunt at that time. Charles and the rest of the family were absent from the census in 1841. Matilda Andrews had died in 1858.

In 1861 Charles and family lived in Peterborough Villas, Fulham, with Clare being a music teacher and Rhoda a governess. Adolphus is probably the Charles Adolphus White who died in 1864 (Dec Q 6a/271 Cheltenham). Charles Edward married Ada Josepha Green in 1864 (Mar Q 1a/27 Kensington).

In 1871 the rest of the family lived in Cheltenham - Ellenborough House, 71, Oriel Terrace with Clara and Rhoda called 'principal of Ladies school'. Charles died in early 1881 and the widowed Catherine was at 5, Oriel Terrace, Cheltenham, without family members, in March 1881. Clara and Rhoda retired to Newquay by 1901. Charles Edward was an accountant living at 112, Liverpool Rd., S. Birkdale, Formby Lancs in 1911 – with his wife of 47 years and three of his 5 surviving children (of 6).

27) Job White Chr. 27 Apr 1817 Compton Dundon, farmer, s.o. John and Betsy White 71-74, 81-96

In 1841 Job was farming in Compton Dundon with his seven brothers and sisters - no parents. By 1851 this had been reduced to two brothers. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Fry and on the 1861 census they lived at Baltonsborough.

In 1871 Job White (53) farmed 200 acres, and lived at Park Farm with his wife Elizabeth and children Charles Job (13), George Fry (11) and John James (9) and Alice Ann (3).

Charles disappeared after this census. In 1881 Job (64) and wife Elizabeth (55) still lived with sons George (22), John (20) and daughter Alice Ann (15). In November 1881 he advertised 62 acres of good grass for sale. Elizabeth White died in 1884 and the rest of the family must have emigrated - no further trace!

28) John White carpenter

29) Joseph White b. 1816 Compton Dundon, landed proprietor, d. 1891 (Dec Q 4a/215 Billericay)? 41W-17

In 1841 Augustus is shown as the one week old baby of Joseph and Hannah White in Butleigh Wootton. Hanna died in 1842 and Joseph married her sister, Martha, who was the widow of Giles Frampton. The family lived in Long Lane, Walton in 1851. In 1861 they lived in Little Burstead, Essex and Joseph's wife was then called Sarah.

29a) Augustus White Chr. 27 Jun 1841 Butleigh Wootton, painter, died 1896 (Dec Q 11a/194 Cardiff)

In 1871 Augustus White lived in Glastonbury with his wife Elizabeth and her three daughters from her previous marriage plus Arthur and Hannah White. In 1881 grocer Ernest White (b. 1841 Glastonbury) and his wife Elizabeth (b. 1835 Glastonbury) lived at 53 Cathays Terrace, Cardiff with stepdaughter Jane (b. 1861 Glastonbury) and the above Agnes and Mary Ann (both b. Glastonbury) and the above White children - plus a son Arthur. By 1891 Augustus was a widower and lived in 106, Woodville Rd., Cardiff with his unmarried children and step children - the oldest being Mary Ann Look (b. 1862 Butleigh Wootton). Also living with them was widowed aunt Ann Giblett (70) born Glastonbury (née Voisey, widow of William, a tailor - in 1841 she lived with the Harringtons).

30) Alonzo Maynard White Engine Driver b. 1816 Walton, died 17 Jan 1874 (Mar Q 5c/435 Wells) aged 58

In May 2013 Lawrences of Crewkerne offered a lot of 10 Friendly Society Brasses for sale including one of Butleigh bearing the name of Alonzo White. Named brasses are very rare and usually belonged to the officers of the Society. Alonzo resided all his life in Walton [Private House, Main Street] and his children were all born there. He presumably was employed by Robert Neville-Grenville and worked on his steam engines – and must have joined the Butleigh Friendly Society as a result and the brass dating pre-1874. Obituary in the Western Gazette 23 Jan 1874 where it stated he died after a few days illness of inflamation of the lungs.

31) Charles H. White b. 1856 (Sep Q 5c/443 Langport)? Or Charles Henry 1857 (DecQ 5c/576 Wells) Butleigh s.o. John and Charlotte White.

Charles lived with his parents, John and Charlotte, in 1861 in the village Lodge, Beckenham, Kent. In 1871 he appeared with his blacksmith father in Upper Vobster, Mells. Nfi This doesn't seem to be the Charles H. White next.

32) Charles H. White [b. 1859 Chew Magna, s.o. Thomas and Ann (nee Mapstone) White]

This couple went to live in Bishop Sutton where they had four children. On the 1891 census Charles gave his pob as Bishop Sutton. By 1901 they lived in Bristol where Charles was a vanman.

33) William White b. 1796 Castle Cary [William Chr. 20 Jan 1792 s.o. Thomas and Margaret White?]

33a) William George White b. 1825, Chr. 23 Mar 1826 Butleigh, farmer of 167 acres, s.o. William and Anna White

William lived at Moor Leaze Farm in Witham Friary in 1841 with his parents, plus half-siblings Sydney and Elizabeth Green. In 1851 he lived in Hart Plain, Catherington, Hampshire, with wife Ann Maria - visited by Sydney Green. Their sister Elizabeth Ann Green had married Abraham Candy, Maria's brother. #

In 1861 they lived with four children at Timsbury and Bolton Farm, Timsbury, Som., where they farmed 100 acres. In 1877 William was in Wootton Bassett, Wilts where his son Richard had been born. The marriage of a William George is recorded in 1879 (Jun Q 5c/834 Wells) to either Jane Batt or Martha Paul. Unfortunately he isn't found in 1881/91 to confirm this event (see under Paul #). In 1901 William appeared with a younger wife, Catherine J. (b. 1849 Marlborough, Wilts) living in Sandy Lane, Worth, East Grinstead, Sussex.

34) Walter White Chr. 24 Apr 1854 Compton Dundon, s.o. Albert and Elizabeth (nee Brewer) White 81W-107

Walter farmed 270 acres at Nythe Farm, Sedgemoor in 1881 By 1891 the family were at Law's Farm in Compton Dundon with their much enlarged family and remained there in 1901. Ellen appeared on later censuses as Elizabeth B. White b. 1880 Ashcott and in 1891 lived with her parents in Compton Dundon. In 1901 she was housekeeper for her uncle James Burrough, her mother's brother, in Butleigh Wootton. #

35) Frank White b. 1868 Butleigh Wootton, s.o. Thomas and Ann White

Frank's father was a butcher from Street and all his other children, bar the last (b. Bristol) were born in Street. In 1871 when living in Street his pob was given as Street. In 1881 they lived in 7, Hampton Place, St. Philip & Jacob Out, Bristol. Nfi

36) Thomas Rood White Chr. 10 Oct 1809 Compton Dundon, farmer, s.o. Joseph and Elizabeth White

This couple married in Butleigh but later lived in Ivythorne, Street (1851) where they had several children. Betsey may have been the daughter of George and Martha Scott who married in 1813 and lived in Butleigh Wootton from circa 1820 until the late 1860's. An illegitimate Betsy Scott Chr. 17 Sep 1815 Butleigh, d.o. servant Amelia Scott is also a possibility – could still have been fathered by George.

37) Martha White b. 1855 Trowbridge, Wilts, ladies maid, d.o. Mary White 01-134.

Martha had lived in Somerset in her childhood when she appeared on the 1861 census at High Ham, living with her grandparents, John and Ann Hatton. In 1871 she lived with her widowed mother Mary and four siblings at Hilperton Road, Trowbridge where Martha was described as a cloth worker. On the censuses 1881 to 1891 Martha served at the Heald Grove, Moss Side, Manchester home of Henry Cooke J.P. Martha served at Butleigh Court in 1901 and was still there in 1911 as ladies maid.

38) Catherine WhiteHousemaid at Butleigh Court c. 1930


1) John Whitehead (alias Chinnock) b. 1783, bur. 6 Aug 1844 Baltonsborough

John was listed as a cheese dealer in Baltonsborough in the 1840 County Gazette Directory, and also as a wool dealer and wine & spirit merchant. The Penny Black stamp was introduced on May 1st 1840 but some letters were still issued without them for a while such as this one from John to his son Albert posted 23rd Oct 1840 from Winchester, LETTER

1a) Albert Whitehead Chr. 20 Dec 1820 Baltonsborough

1a1) John Whitehead Chr. 29 Sep 1850 Baltonsborough s.o. Albert and Susan Ann Whitehead, d. 1915

At the baptism of Albert the family lived at Park Farm, West Lydford.

1a1A) John Whitehead Chr. 8 Feb 1885 Hornblotton (Mar Q 5c/528 Shepton Mallet) West Lydford, s.o. John and Annie Ida Whitehead, d. 8 Dec, bur. 11 Dec 1957 Butleigh

In 1911 John was still living with his parents at Lydford Park, Castle Cary, Somerset. His father was born in Baltonsborough in 1851 and his mother Ida Annie (nee Martin) came from Lottisham. They had a second, younger son Albert b. 1888 West Lydford. The Gazetter of 1914 placed John Whitehead in Butleigh. At the Shepton Mallet Fat Stock sale of 1916 [Western Daily Press 18 Dec 1916] the major buyer of all prize bulls was Mr. J. Whitehead of Butleigh Hill. The 1919 Kelly's Directory gives him as farmer, Lower Hill farm. The 1935 and 1939 Kelly's Directories give him as farmer of Lower & Higher Hill Farms.

In Feb. 1947 at the sale of the Butleigh Court Estate John was paying rent on; Higher Hill Farm at a rent of £102 per annum; Lower Hill Farm on which he paid £56 7s 0d including the four cottages 74, 75, 78 and 103 Butleigh; No. 95 [Chapel Lane] at £10 p.a. Water supplied from an outside tap. He also paid rent on No. 48 Butleigh £15 12s 0d per year – water from a well at 43-6 Butleigh. These properties let out to sub-tenants. John also had 60 and 61 Butleigh at £7 10s 0d each according to the 1947 estate catalogue. He bought numbers 59, 60 and 61 for £450 at the sale. A cottage on the corner of Henley Lane and Oddway (lot 42) was also let to J. Whitehead according to the 1947 estate catalogue – at £7 16s 0d p.a. The adjoining lot 66 Butleigh on Henley Lane was also let to him at the same rent. He rented 71 Butleigh at £7 16s 0d and bought 69 – 72 at the sale for £320. Also let to him was 'Bethel Cottage', 101 Oddway at £7 16s 0d p.a. Other properties let to John Whitehead were 84 Butleigh and Keepers Cottage (lots 54 and 55) both with shooting rights – the tenancy expiring on both on 1 Feb 1947.

John (called Jack) farmed Lower and Higher Hill Farm 1935 (Kelly's). They had no recorded children. Amy died in Bristol Hospital, living at 6, Butleigh Hill and John died at Lower Hill Farm. Rod Mattock was bailiff to JackWhitehead.


1) Ann Whiting b. 1783 Shapwick, grocer, died 1865 (Mar Q 5c/483 Wells) 61-58

Ann (78) was a widow and lodged with James Weaver in the High Street in 1861. She was a relative of James's and was his lodger in 1851 in Farmborough. One of his sons bore the middle name 'Whiting'. She may have been the wife of Thomas Whiting, apothecary, of 11, York Street, St. James, Bath. The Bath Chronicle recorded her death in Butleigh aged 82 and noted “for many years the faithful and attached housekeeper of the late Edward Langford Esq.”


1) John Whitnell of Ashcott

The OOP paid relief to John Whitnall wife and child in March, April 1788. They also made a separate payment to his child of 1/6d. They had John taken to Wells to be examined [probably as to his Parish]. His child received 4/- then 6d in May 1788. In June a warrant was issued for John and the OOP made journeys to Queen Camel, Huntspill, Somerton and Wells [not all necessarily about John]. He was examined and an order made [about him]. nfi

2) Joseph Whitnell bur. 18 Jan 1788 Butleigh

3) Thomas Whitnell b. 5 Jan 1767 Ashcott, s.o. William and Catherine Whitnell, d. 1 Oct Ashcott, bur. 7 Oct 1839 Street

In Sep 1813 Thomas was pad for supplying the OOP with 8 loads of turf.


1) D. C. Whittaker matron

Miss D. C. Whittaker listed in the 1919 Kelly's Directory as matron at the Sir George Bowles Hospital.


3) Robert Whitton [death duty 1819 Somerset IR27/171]



1) Jane Whitty

From April to July 1795 Jane Whitty was looking after and washing William Lemon in Glastonbury.

2) John Whitty

In April 1808 the OOP paid the doctor's bill for John Whitty's wife. See Withey for possible alternative surname.

3) Robert Whitty b. 1794 Butleigh, pauper, lime burner

In 1861 Robert lived at Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum Workhouse. He seems to have been in Wells in 1871 but back in Blandford in 1881 as a 'lime burner' aged 87! Possible the Robert Whitty who died Blandford in 1893 [aged 70].

4) George Witty b. 1799 Etton s.o. George Witty, York, land agent and bailiff, d. 17 May, bur. 24 May 1873 (Jun Q 5c/375 Wells) Butleigh 61-49, 71-73

In 1861 George Whitty (62) Land agent, born Yorkshire, lived with his young wife Ann (40) and a servant Mabel Taylor (15) at the Corner House also called The Bailiff's House in the High Street. They had two visitors, the unmarried Sarah Cannon (37) and her nephew George W. Cannon b. 1855. In 1871 Sarah Cannon lived with her brother Charles, George W.'s father, in Babcary. George Whitty's wife Ann was born in Babcary and she was Sarah and Charles Cannon's sister. George and Ann (Witty) had lived at Vicarage House, Ouston, Yorks in 1851 together with Georges sister Ann. In the Wells Journal of 2nd and 9th May 1863 George offered to let : a genteel residence consisting of two front rooms, kitchen and washouse, and 5 bedrooms also a garden. (Witty)

In 1871 George and Ann were joined in Butleigh by George's sister Ann (69). George was listed as steward to Ralph Neville-Grenville in Morris' Directory 1872 but died in 1873. His sister Ann had called herself 'Lady' in 1861 when visiting a Methodist minister on census night. She never married and is probably the Ann Witty who died in 1877 in York. George's widow Ann didn't remarry and in 1901 lived in Keinton Mandeville with her nephew Charles Cannon, a cattle dealer. She died there in 1909 aged '91' and was then buried in Butleigh. Witty on headstone.


1) Stuart Malcolm Whyte b. 1976 Yeovil [mother Ferrar]

Widcomb - see Witcombe


1) Edgar George Wiffen b. 1880 (Dec Q 4a/446 Halstead) Pebmarsh, Essex, footman, d.o. Shadrach and Eliza Wiffen 01W-141

Edgar worked at Wootton House in 1901. In 1891 he had lived with his parents in Tevinstead Rd., Pebmarsh.


1) Rev. William Wightwick

William Wightwick approved and signed several OOP accounts in the early 1800's. The Rev. Walter Wightwick (b. 1727) referred to below, was buried 11 Jun 1807, Somerton. Possibly clerical error since no William Wightwick traced – Walter was in Bruton and then Somerton from the 1760's.

DD\TW/15/2  Personal letters to the Rev. William Wightwick of Somerton and daughter.   1789; 1815

DD/S/BT/21/4/3 3] Revd. Walter Wightwick of Somerton 1796

MS 28/761,/762,/763 28 and 29 September 1796 'Leases and releases in fee' Rev. Walter Wightwick of Somerton, Clerk

DD\DN/17 Manor, Barton St. David, purchased by Wm. Dickinson of the Rev.Walter Wightwick of Somerton for £5, 1806.

PROB11/1584 Will of Reverend Walter Wightwick Clerk Somerton , Kent . 1816.


1) Henry 'Wilbourn' Chr. 16 Aug 1840 Butleigh, s.o. Emma Lane

Henry appeared with his mother, step-father, and siblings in Charlton Adam in 1851. His father was a labourer. This surname has been misread on censuses - it is actually Hilborne.(viz)



A) Alice Wilcocks of Butleigh married Robert Brook of Baltonsborough 1 Feb 1703 Baltonsborough#

B) Joan Wilcox [Williams?] married 29 Sep 1716 Butleigh Stephen Periam #

1) William Wilcox

William paid rates from 1673-1678/9 jointly with John Periam. The records for 1679-80 are lost. In 1681 it was John Wilcox who paid the rates jointly with John Periam until 1694 from when, in the OOP, it is curtailed to John Periam and Willcox.

1a) John Wilcox b.c. 1660?, bur. 10 Nov 1749 Butleigh

John was churchwarden in 1687, 8 and 1710. He paid rates from 1680/81 jointly with John Periam until 1694 or later (his forename not given '95. In 1697 elsewhere in the village Henry Gaterin who had paid jointly with Joane Smitth now paid jointly with Willcox and in 1698 John Willcox began paying rates on land in South Moor (to 1715). In 1702 John's forename is given with John Periam and in 1704 it is John with both Periam and Gaterin. In 1708 John Willcox junior begins to pay rates as neighbour of Henry Gatherin and a second John (presumably junior) paid rates on South Moor land (just once). In 1714 John Periam disappears and we have just John Willcox senior and junior in Butleigh (and no John in South Moor). From 1728 John junior is absent. In the same place, John senior (later just called John) continued until 1749 becoming the late John Willcox in 1750. It seems improbable that John/John senior could have paid rates continuously from 1681 to1649 – 68 years, but not impossible. Rates paid from 1749 – 1759 as 'Late John Wilcox' then from 1760 as Mr. John Wilcox or 'Late Mr. John Wilcox senior' (or variations). That particular property ceased in 1768. [Elsewhere a William Wilcox began paying rates on a different property in 1760]

1a1) John Wilcox bur. 24 Dec 1728 Butleigh ('son' added)

For rate paying see above.

2) Henry Wilcox bur. 4 Aug 1743 Butleigh

Probably a son of John (1a) above.

4) Israel Wilcox bur. 27 Feb 1807 Butleigh

Sarah Williams was probably the sister of Robert Williams who married Elizabeth Periam in Butleigh 17 May 1748 and were possibly Butleigh born but they fall into the PR gap 1677 – 1714. Likewise Israel probably a son of John or Henry Wilcox but the record absent.

Israel Wilcox had his house rent paid in 1757/8. Israel Wilcox and family received three peck of wheat in March during the smallpox outbreak of 1769. He appears on a list receiving rent in 1783. From 1788/89 Israel received rent from the OOP - up to 1806. He is probably the Israel Wilcox of Wootton. Sarah's coffin was paid for by the OOP in Nov 1794. Jane is possibly the mother of the child born 1780 fathered by William Craft – or one of the Janes below – (5)? In Jan 1802 the OOP was paying relief to Israel Wilcox senior and did so until his death. In Jan 1820 the OOP paid relief to Jane Wilcox at Lottisham [this Jane or (12)?]. In Sep 1821 the OOP paid for her burial.

4a) Henry Willcox b. 1747, bur. 12 Aug 1835 Butleigh

The identity of Mary Bown is uncertain – see under Bown (and Down!). This Henry Wilcox might be the ratepayer who began paying in 1820 – 1827+ on a cottage (OOP). A Henry Wilcock however was receiving monthly relief from the OOP from Dec 1789 into 1790's. In October 1790 the OOP lent Henry 14 shillings which he promised to pay back at 6 shillings per week. Henry Wilcox senior and wife received relief from the late 1790's.

4a1) Henry Wilcox Chr. 30 Dec 1774 Butleigh, s.o. Henry and Mary (née Bown) Wilcox, stone cutter, bur. 22 Jun 1859 (Jun Q 5c/415 Wells) Butleigh 41-8, 51-29

Henry's parents had married in Butleigh on 17 Apr 1770. Henry Wilcox junior received rent from the OOP in 1800. He was in receipt of relief from Nov 1799. In April 1800 relief given to Henry Wilcox junior, wife and child. The OOP paid for the coffin of Henry's first wife in April 1819. In June 1826 the OOP paid for the doctor to attend Henry Wilcox's wife on Butleigh Hill. Henry received relief from August 1826. The OOP paid for Henry's sons coffin in Jan 1831 – Henry received relief in distress.

Henry and Ann lived in Butleigh with Sophia, Henry and William in 1841 but at an uncertain address. In the Parish Register, Sophia was listed as the child of Mary Ann Wilcox (no father given) and was probably therefore Henry's niece or even grandchild (maybe he had a daughter from his first, or an earlier marriage?). He was at Hoods Cottages in 1851 aged (78), a retired stone cutter, with wife Ann (62) plus their son William (21) and granddaughter Angelina (9). Angelina was the illegitimate daughter of Sophia and at her marriage (when only 15) she gave her father's name as Daniel Barber. Henry's son Henry, married, lived in Oddway. Sophia married Hugh Pike in 1846 (Dec Q 10/767 Wells).# His other son William married in 1857 and lived on Barton Road and Angelina Wilcox married James Baulch in 1856 (Mar Q 5c/851 Wells). # Henry himself died in 1859. Ann died in 1875 aged 91.

4a1A) Henry Wilcox Chr. 14 Mar 1824 Butleigh, labourer, bur. 1 Feb 1905 (Mar Q 5c/357 Wells) Butleigh 41-8, 51-36, 61-53, 71-79, 81-100, 91-123, 01-143

In 1851 Henry and Sarah lived in Oddway with their oldest two children plus Sarah's mother Agness Pike (80) who was on Parish relief. They were all still together there in 1861. Agnes died in 1868 (Dec Q 5c/383 Wells).

Sarah Ann became a servant at the "Angell Inn" in the Market Place, Mere, Wiltshire in 1871. She married a shepherd, George Gray in Butleigh on 1 Jan 1872 (Mar Q 5c/863 Wells). In 1881 they lived at Mere, Wilts [Grey] and in 1891 they lived at Donhead Lane, Donhead St. Andrew, Tisbury, Wilts with six children.

Dinah was a servant in Ardington, Berks in 1871, Coombe Hill House, Keinton Mandeville in 1881 and Burton Vicarage in Christchurch, Hamps. in 1891. She married the widower Charles Oram in Butleigh on 16 Apr 1895 (Jun Q 5c/873 Wells). # Sarah died in 1904 and Henry died in the Wells Union Workhouse in 1905.

4a1Ai) Michael Wilcox Chr. 26 Mar 1848 Butleigh, labourer, bur. 9 Mar 1910 (Mar Q 5c/323 Wells) Butleigh 51-36, 61-53, 71-79, 81-97, 91-124, 01-140 PHOTO

Harriet Grenter had lived with her parents in 1871 in a cottage in the Main Street, Walton - her father was a labourer. In 1871 Michael was living with his parents, Henry and Sarah, at Barton Stone. He married Harriet in 1876. In 1881 Michael Wilcox (33), farm labourer, lived with his wife Harriet (24) and children Florence Ma[r]y, Delilah [Delia on PR] and Charles on Butleigh Hill. In 1891 Michael (42) and Harriet (34) lived at No. 79, Quarry Lane, with children Lily (12), Charles (10), Walter (8), Elizabeth (7), Kate (5) and Henry (1). They were still there in 1901. Florence May became a nurse maid at 49, Main Street, Walton in 1891. She married 'watercress labourer' John Joyce (b. 1876 Greenclose, Dorset) in Butleigh on 25 Jul 1900 (Sep Q 5c/809 Wells) and they lived in Bere Regis, Dorset. # Lily (Delilah) became a servant at the vicarage in Hockworthy, Devon in 1901. She married labourer Arthur Edgar White of Charlton Mackrell in Butleigh on 22 Oct 1902 (Dec Q 5c/925 Wells).

Elizabeth was kitchen maid at The Hall, Hunston, Suffolk in 1901. She married coachman Henry Warr (b. 1878 Norton Sub Hamden) in Butleigh on 1 Jul 1907 (Sep Q 5c/899 Wells). In 1911 on census night they lived at Great St., Norton sub Hamdon, Som with 6 week old daughter Rhoda.

Kate was servant to the schoolmaster at Englands Lane, Queen Camel in 1901. In 1911 she was a servant at Naish Lodge, Brightstowe Rd., Burnham. She married Gas worker William Slocombe from Burnham in Butleigh on 31 Mar 1913 (Mar Q 5c/889 Wells) and they lived in Burnham [see under Slocombe]..

Charles was absent from the 1901 census and Florence from 1891. Walter was a casualty in WWI.

In 1911 Harriett lived in five rooms with sons Charles, Walter, Henry, George and Lewis plus daughter Lena. Henry was stable boy at Butleigh Court where he tended the horses and in WWI joined the Royal Army Veterinary Corps serving in France and Belgium. He served 2 years and 255 days before being invalided out 'unfit' on 18th July 1919. He married the kitchen maid Mary E. Fox [b. 4 Jan 1897] from Butleigh Court in 1922 (Jun Q 5c/823 Yeovil) [she died 1993]. They had no children. [Medal card WO 372/21/157532]. Henry Wilcox rented No. 8, High Street at £7 16s 0d per annum at the time of the Estate sale in Feb. 1947. He and his brother George both died there.

Lena married Harry J Ford 1915 (Sep Q 5c/1027 Wells)

4a1B) William Wilcox Chr. 25 Oct 1829 Butleigh, labourer, died 1882 (Sep Q 5c/311 Wells) 41-8, 51-29, 61-53, 71-79

Pamela was the widow of George Witcomb who died in 1856 (Jun Q 5c/390 Wells). She had married him in 1844 (Sep Q 10/719 Wells) and they had lived in Walton in 1851 with their three children - Henry, Sophia and Matilda (see Witcombe). Pamela married William Wilcox in 1857 and they lived in Barton Road in 1861. With them lived Pamela's sons Henry Widcomb (15) and Alexander Widcomb (7), plus their own children Adelaide Tr* Wilcox and George Widcomb. In 1871, in Barton Stone, William Wilcox (41) and wife Pamela (45) lived with Adelaide (12), George (10), Frank (8) and Sarah Jane (4). William became a shoemaker and the whole family moved to Cranhill Road, Street by 1881 including Adelaide who married Charles Day from Durston. William died in 1882. In 1891 Frank and his widowed mother Pamela lived with Adelaide and Charles Day in the High Street, Street. By 1901 Frank [Willcox] had become a butcher and married Emily Frampton (b. 1862 Walton) in 1892 (Dec Q 5c/982 Wells) and lived at 26, West End, Street with three children plus Sophia Wilcox (33) sister in law (single - Sarah Jane?). George W. married Kate Seymour (b. 1863 Street) and lived in 1891 in the High Street, Street with her, their daughter Marion and his mother-in-law Mary Seymour. In 1901 they were at 13, Goswell Terrace, High Street, Street without Mary Seymour.

Sarah Jane married boot maker William Henry Cousins (b. 1863 Street) in 1884 (Jun Q 5c/979 Wells) and they lived in Street (1891) later moving to Clevedon where they appear in 1911 at 4, Station Road with four of their five children.

In 1911 George Widcomb was a visitor at Bank Street, Newquay, Cornwall - he was married and a travelling 'boot'.

4b) John Willcox Chr. 12 Feb 1752 Butleigh, bur. 13 Mar 1834 Butleigh

Wife Jane Periam could be Jane Chr. 8 Aug 1748 Butleigh d.o. Thomas or more likely the Jane Chr. 30 Jan 1751 d.o. Edward Periam.

A John Wilcox had his rent paid by the OOP from 1774. In May 1814 the OOP paid Mr. Hawkins bill for the cure of John Wilcox's hand and arm. John and Jane Wilcox were attended by James Wilcox's wife in March 1821. A John Wilcox had his rent paid by the OOP in 1827.

In May 1801 the OOP paid for the coffin and burial of an Eddy Wilcox [could be meant for Edith? - an earlier child of Ann Wilcox? Bur. 3 May 1801 Butleigh]

4b1) James Wilcox b. 1782, Chr. 6 Jan 1783 Butleigh, labourer, s.o. John and Jane (nee Periam) Wilcox, bur. 12 Nov 1865 (Dec Q 5c/293 Langport) Butleigh 41-8, 51-32, 61-48

In June 1805 James' wife received Volunteer Bounty Money of 6/- fro herself and child whilst her husband was away serving. A James Wilcox received rent from the OOP in 1809 – 1811, 1818 – possibly this James, or (7)? James' parents had married in Butleigh on 7 Jun 1773. James and his second wife Rachel lived probably in the High Street in 1841. James's son Joseph was absent. In 1851 they were in Water Lane and Joseph had rejoined them. Rachel died in 1855 and James lodged in the High Street with James Pollet in 1861. James Willcox died in 1865 aged 86. Joseph surfaced again in 1871 - as a pauper and farm labourer in Wells Union Workhouse (age given as 54).

4b2) Edith Wilcox Chr. 9 May 1803 Butleigh (Eade), illegitimate d.o. Ann Wilcox, bur. 24 Sep 1890 (Sep Q 5c/296 Wells) Butleigh 41-6, 51-32, 61-56, 71-80, 81-95

Edith's mother was almost certainly the Ann Chr. 8 Nov 1781 Butleigh, d.o. John and Jane Willcox, sister of James (1b1). Edith Wilcox (30) lived with her son Henry (9) in the High Street in 1841 - on the Parish Register the father is named as George Harding. Henry, a carter, lodged in Teetotal Row, Street in 1851 [thereafter NFI but could be the Henry who died 1859 (Jun Q 5c/415 Wells)?] while Edith lived alone in Fore Street Butleigh. In 1861 Edith lived in the High Street as a laundress and with a lodger, Mary May. In 1871 Edith (68) unmarried lived with her aunt Sarah Higgins (78), née Wilcox, a widow. Sarah died in 1872. Edith was still in the High Street in 1881 living alone. She died in 1890 aged 87 when her abode was given as Wells (Workhouse?).

5) John Wilcox [born pre-1714 PR gap?]

Ann married Edward Marsh from Baltonsborough in Butleigh on 29 Jan 1767. In Oct 1780 the OOP paid Jean Willcocks during her lying in – almost certainly the mother of Deborah Chr. 10 Sep 1780 Butleigh (10). In Nov 1780 the OOP paid for horse hire and expenses with William Craft # to East Pennard to obtain the charge of Jean Wilcox. In Jan 1781 the OOP went to East Pennard to get an order on William Craft and a warrant to summon him and Jean Willcocks before Mr. Martin.

In 1764 a John Wilcox began paying rates on a property previously owned by Robert Balch (of Bridgwater?) – he [probably father and son] paid continuously until 1814 when the property was rated 'John Wilcox now Mary Tucker' [until 1819]. From 1778 he is identified as John Wilcox of Butleigh [as opposed to the John and George Wilcox of Lydford paying rates at the same time].


Two daughters of Henry and Elizabeth Pope married Wilcoxes. Agnis married William Wilcox of W. Lydford and Ann married John Wilcox (Xb) of Glastonbury. Another Glastonbury Wilcox was Henry Wilcox.

X) William Willcox of West Lydford [of St. Johns Glastonbury at marriage] bur. 9 Feb 1771 West Lydford

William Willcox of West Lydford began paying rates on Southmoor Grounds in 1765/6 in succession to Mrs. Pope. William Willcox began paying rates on part of Mrs. Elizabeth Pope's property in Butleigh in 1760. In 1768 he also began paying rates on properties acquired from John Goodson (d. 1767) a tanner. There are several family connections between the Willcox, Lymbry, Pope, Walter and Goodson families – all evident in these properties. Goodson's properties included 'Jervices' and Rocke's Common'. In 1770 Jervices went to Jackey Goodson and another Son, Thomas Goodson acquired neighbouring properties. In 1771 the Willcox properties rated; a) John Willcox or occupiers and b) ditto George Willcox or occupiers. In SouthMoor he was called 'the late William Willcox' from 1771. In 1777 a Mr. Brown was occupier of George's property and John Newport of William Willcox's SouthMoor Grounds. In 1777/8 John Colmer occupied George's grounds. In 1778 John Willcox paid the rates on late William's properties.

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 Pope the elder decd 2] 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 Charity, 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 are the children of Edward Pope the elder of Butleigh, butcher dec'd who were living at his death 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/12/1/22-3 1] Thomas Periam the elder of Butleigh, blacksmith, devisee of Henry Pope the younger decd 2] 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 deed, executor of Henry Pope the elder decd 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 Charity, 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 4] James Grenville of Butleigh Lease and release of 7/8 of Pope's coppice in Butleigh West wood. 1759

DD/S/BT/7/8/17 1] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper 2] Thomas Gilbert the younger of Glastonbury, carpenter 3] Margaret Jeanes of Barford in Enmore Mortgage of Broad Close (4a), 1.5a in New Mead, 1a in the East field, 1/2a in the West field at Sower down and half acre in the same at Bean Slade, Broadmoor (2a 1p, 4a), Eeastend (1a), messuage and 1a, Staddlecombe (6a) and 2a adjoining, Common Drove (1yd), 1a in Hare Pitts furlong in East field, 2a in West field, Butleigh. 1760

DD/S/BT/7/8/12-13 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 are daughters and coheirs of Henry Pope decd) 2] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper Lease and release to partition a messuage and 90a 1p, Broadmoor (1a 1yd, 4a), two closes at Staddlecombe, Eastmead (4a), Long Lane (1a), 3yds at Staddlecombe Corner in the West field, Henly (3a), 1a at Foxhanger in the East field, Horses (6a), Butleigh, messuage and 7a, 17a in the North field, 14a in the South field, Blackland (19a) Huntswell (2a), Nayden (4a) Great Naydon (6a), New Close (7.5a), Great Clandon (4a), Little Clandon (2a), Sill mead (3a), 2a 1yd inclosed out of common mead, messuage and 1a, Bicknam (10a), cottage and half acre, Gerrards Hay (3 yds), a tenement and half acre and Greatly (4a) in West Lydford, Foss closes (4a), Moore Close (3a), North Hurdbrooks (5a) and Hurdbrooks (3a) in East Lydford, Hony Mead (8.5a) and Southover (10a) in Baltonsborough and a 4-a close and its tithes in Glastonbury. 1760

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 are daughters and coheirs of Henry Pope decd) 2] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper Assignment of leaseholds in trust for Thomas Gilbert the younger including messuage, Broad Close (4a), 1.5a in New Mead, 1a in the East field, 1/2a in the West field at Sower down and half acre in the same at Bean Slade, Broadmoor (2a 1p, 4a), Eeastend (1a), Staddlecombe (6a) and 2a adjoining, Common Drove (1yd), 1a in Hare Pitts furlong in East field, 2a in West field, Butleigh. 1760

DD/S/BT/7/8/15-16 1] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper 2] Thomas Gilbert of Glastonbury, carpenter 3] Margaret Jeanes of Barford in Enmore Mortgage of a messuage and 90a 1p, Broadmoor (1a 1yd, 4a), two closes at Staddlecombe, Eastmead (4a), Long Lane (1a), 3yds at Staddlecombe Corner in the West field, Henly (3a), 1a at Foxhanger in the East field, Horseys (6a), Butleigh 1760

DD/S/BT/7/3/12-13 1] Thomas Gilbert the elder and Henry Willcox 2] William Willcox and wife Agnes, Thomas Gilbert the younger and wife Betty, John Willcox the younger and Ann Pair of fines on property in West and East Lydford, Butleigh, Baltonsborough and Glastonbury. 1760

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 are daughters and coheirs of Henry Pope decd) 2] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper Assignment of leaseholds in trust for Thomas Gilbert the younger including messuage, Broad Close (4a), 1.5a in New Mead, 1a in the East field, 1/2a in the West field at Sower down and half acre in the same at Bean Slade, Broadmoor (2a 1p, 4a), Eeastend (1a), Staddlecombe (6a) and 2a adjoining, Common Drove (1yd), 1a in Hare Pitts furlong in East field, 2a in West field, Butleigh. 1760

DD/S/BT/7/8/12-13 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 are daughters and coheirs of Henry Pope decd) 2] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper Lease and release to partition a messuage and 90a 1p, Broadmoor (1a 1yd, 4a), two closes at Staddlecombe, Eastmead (4a), Long Lane (1a), 3yds at Staddlecombe Corner in the West field, Henly (3a), 1a at Foxhanger in the East field, Horses (6a), Butleigh, messuage and 7a, 17a in the North field, 14a in the South field, Blackland (19a) Huntswell (2a), Nayden (4a) Great Naydon (6a), New Close (7.5a), Great Clandon (4a), Little Clandon (2a), Sill mead (3a), 2a 1yd inclosed out of common mead, messuage and 1a, Bicknam (10a), cottage and half acre, Gerrards Hay (3 yds), a tenement and half acre and Greatly (4a) in West Lydford, Foss closes (4a), Moore Close (3a), North Hurdbrooks (5a) and Hurdbrooks (3a) in East Lydford, Hony Mead (8.5a) and Southover (10a) in Baltonsborough and a 4-a close and its tithes in Glastonbury. 1760

DD/S/BT/16/3/3 1] John Willcox of Glastonbury, hosier 2] John Swanton of Glastonbury, yeoman Assignment of allotment 328 in Hulkmoor, Glastonbury. 1784

DD/S/BT/16/3/1-2 1] John Willcox of Glastonbury, hosier 2] John Swanton of Glastonbury, yeoman 3] John Down of Glastonbury, yeoman Lease and release of allotments 327, 329-30 in Hulkmoor, Glastonbury. 1785

Xa) Thomas Wilcox -

From 1798 a Thomas Wilcox of Glastonbury was paying rates on property in Butleigh [next to Henry Wilcox of Glastonbury]. In 1806 it was 'late' Henry Wilcox but Thomas continued to pay until 1813 when both properties paid rates in the name of Thomas [a John Wilcox was also paying rates at this time].

From 1815/16 several occupiers paid the rates {richard Holman, William Eades, Nathaniel Look] then in 1818/19 the properties belonged to Mrs. John Down or John Down 'late' Thomas Wilcox. John Down had married Jane Wilcox on 12 Mar 1799 Glastonbury. John Down was the ratepayer until 1826 when 'Thomas Wilcox' again was recorded as ratepayer.

A Thomas Chr. 16 Feb 1733 St. John Glastonbury was son of John and Betty Wilcoxbrother of: William Chr. 23 Jan 1724, Henry Chr. 1 Jan 1731 [bur. 17 Nov 1773 or 12 Apr 1794 St. John Glastonbury father/son] and George Chr. 31 Jan 1740. John buried 5 Apr 1766 St. John, Glastonbury and Elizabeth/Betty on 8 Jul 1776.

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 are daughters and coheirs of Henry Pope decd) 2] John Strode of Glastonbury, stockingmaker and Henry Wilcox, shopkeeper Assignment of leaseholds in trust for Thomas Gilbert the younger including messuage, Broad Close (4a), 1.5a in New Mead, 1a in the East field, 1/2a in the West field at Sower down and half acre in the same at Bean Slade, Broadmoor (2a 1p, 4a), Eeastend (1a), Staddlecombe (6a) and 2a adjoining, Common Drove (1yd), 1a in Hare Pitts furlong in East field, 2a in West field, Butleigh. 1760 linked to Thomas Wilcox?

Xb) John Willcox of Lydford/Glastonbury b. 1726 bur. 8 Mar 1787 West Lydford

In 1778 John Willcox of Lydford began paying rates on Mrs. Pope's mead as well as the late William's property – both in Butleigh and SouthMoor. From 1783 he is called 'late John' in just the Southmoor Grounds for some years. In 1790 both John's properties had their rates paid by Henry Willcox of Glastonbury. In 1806 the ratepayer was 'late Henry Wilcox'. In 1812/13 the ratepayer in Butleigh was Thomas Wilcox for late Henry though remained Henry Wilcox in SouthMoor. A series of occupiers names occurs. In 1818/19 the ratepayer is ['late'] Thomas Wilcox (now Mrs. John Down). See next This continued but a Henry Wilcox began paying rates in 1820 (4a?).

X1) George Willcox of Glastonbury [Chr. 31 Jan 1740 St. John Glastonbury s.o. John and Elizabeth Wilcox] buried 25 May 1779 St. John, Glastonbury

In 1771 the Willcox properties rated; a) John Willcox or occupiers and b) ditto George Willcox or occupiers. In 1777 a Mr. Brown was occupier of George's property. In 1777/8 John Colmer occupied George's grounds. In 1780/81 the rates paid by Thomas Willcox of Glastonbury. In 1778/9 Thomas was replaced by William Willcox of Glastonbury but in 1790 back to Thomas. A series of occupiers names occurs. In 1818/19 the ratepayer is ['late'] Thomas Wilcox (now Mrs. John Down).

6) Simon Wilcox

Simon had his rent paid by the OOP in 1757 [Israel?]

8) James Wilcox

A James Wilcox received rent from the OOP in 1809 – 1811, 1818 – possibly this James, or (4b1)?

9) Edward Wilcox [Eddy Wilcox bur. 3 May 1801 Butleigh ?]

In May 1801 the OOP paid for the coffin and burial of Eddy Wilcox [could be meant for Edith? - an earlier child of Ann Wilcox – see above]

10) Deborah Wilcox Chr. 10 Sep 1780 Butleigh illegitimate, no parents names given but Jean Wilcox was paid during her lying in Oct 1780. Fathered by William Craft [see (5) above]

The OOP paid for Deborah's lying in , examination and warrants in Feb 1801. A William Isaac paid bastardy pay to the OOP in Feb 1801, 1802 (5 months and 1 week, then 6 months). This was for the child of Deborah Willcox – Sarah. In 1803 he paid 4 months.

11) Mary Wilcox b. 1781 Somerset 41-9

Mary was one of the servants looking after Butleigh House in 1841. A Mary Willcox who died in 1849 (Sep Q 10/333 Wells) could be this one but she is more likely to be the lady who married James May on 30 Oct 1843 in Butleigh. # A Mary Wilcox Chr. 11 Feb 1780 Butleigh was the daughter of Henry and Mary Wilcox. She could be the widow of (4) if I have mistakenly conflated the marriages of two Henrys.

12) Jane Wilcox b. 1783 Somerset 41-4

Jane was a servant at Holmans in 1841. Possibly the Jane Willcox, born Huntspill 1783, who lodged in Huntspill in 1851 and in North Petherton in 1861.

13) Israel Willcox [An Israel Willcox died in 1842 (Mar Q 10/327 Langport)]

Possibly this Israel (rather than the very elderly one (4)) who appears paying bastardy pay for one week in July 1793. He paid monthly until the child died in March 1794. The illegitimate child buried that month was Mary, daughter of Hannah Pollett. In Oct 1795 Israel was arrested (mittamus). In Nov 1795 William Clarke was paid by by the OOP for taking and keeping Israel in custody 'and having him to prison'. From Feb 1796 Betty Withers b. 1776 (18) was paid relief for Israel's bastard.

In April 1802 an arrest warrant was issued against Israel. Israels' wife received relief in illness from Nov 1824 – during her 'lying in'. No sign of a child birth/death but relief paid monthly from then until June 1829 and then her name given in July 1829 as Mary Ann Wilcox and relief payments made until post 1836 [no record thereafter surviving]. Possibly the Mary Wilcox (11) though separate paymenst were made to a Mary Wilcox in this period.

John may be the father of the Israel Wilcox Chr. 15 May 1831 Midsomer Norton, mother Mary.

13a)? An Ann Willcox Chr. 19 Nov 1820 Butleigh, d.o. Israel and Margery Wilcox may be related to this family due to the unusual forename?

Ann married Joshua White (b. 1818 Charlton) in 1843 (Sep Q 10/579 Langport) and they lived in Somerton. He died in 1855 (Mar Q 5c/106 Langport) and thereafter she lived there with her mother-in-law, Mary Ann White, and in 1871 was Chapel keeper. She later moved to Street with her daughter.

14) Joseph Wilcox b. 1817 Butleigh, agricultural labourer, died 1880 (Dec Q 5c/354 Wells)

Joseph, single, was in Wells District Workhouse in 1861 and still there in 1871 [Willcox], dying aged 63 in 1880.

15) John Willcox b. 1821 Dorset, servant 71-74

John, a widower, served at Great Park Cottage the dairy, in 1871 with Oliver Wilcox (12) also working there - related? Nfi

16) Frederick Wilcox b. 1844 (Mar Q 10/374 Bridgwater) Middlezoy, baker, s.o. John and Betsy Willcox 61-50

Frederick (17) was apprenticed to Charles Classey, the baker in the High Street in 1861. In 1851 Frederick had lived with his parents - his father was a farmer of 17½ acres. In 1871 he lived at 174, Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, Hackney, married to Fanny Tucker. He was a baker there.

17) Oliver Wilcox b. 1858 (Dec Q 5c/426 Bridgwater) Middlezoy, servant 71-74

In 1871 Oliver served at the dairy, Great Park Cottage. Nfi.

18) Mary Ann Wilcox b. and bur. 14 Sep 1846 (Sep Q 10/326 Wells) Butleigh - nfi

19) Elizabeth [nee Cleall] Willcox b. 1784 Broadwinsor, Dorset, bur. 3 Oct 1877 (Dec Q 5c/378 Wells) Butleigh

In 1841 Elizabeth lived with her husband James, an Innkeeper, in Glastonbury. As a widow in 1861 she lived in Glastonbury with her sister Mary Pouncy (b. 1792 Broadwinsor, Dorset) and they were still together in 1871.# On tombstone reads died 26th October 1877 aged 92 [on the back of the same slab as Robert Cleal Pouncy].

20) John Wilcox b. 1815 Butleigh, carter

John lived in Knook, Wilts. with wife Arabella (b. 1810 Heytsesbury) and two children in 1861 - oldest daughter Susan b. 1849 Knook. By 1871 Arabella was widowed and lived in Heytesbury as a washerwoman, with her grandson William (1). In 1881 she lived with her daughter Mary Eliza Pugh in Heytesbury. The 'Butleigh' origin may be a mistake since in 1851, at Upper Knook, John's pob was listed as Bugley - a place near Warminster, Wilts. His wife was listed then as Isabella and the oldest child was William b. 1835 Heytesbury. It is questionable therefore whether there is a John b. 1815 Butleigh.

22) Arthur Reginald Willcox b. 21 Oct 1905, reg. 1906 (Dec Q 5c/302 Langport), stone quarryman, s.o. Walter and Eva Ball, d. 1976 (Jun Q 23/1418 Taunton Deane)

Arthur came from Somerton. No children traced. Arthur's mother was Eva Willcox who had subsequently married Walter Ball or Bale.

23) Willcox, Pinneger and Ainsworth listed in the 1939 Kelly's Directory as Physicians and surgeons attending Butleigh Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 2.30 pm.


1) John Wilkins bur. 25 Dec 1626 Butleigh

Possibly descended from the John Wilkins bur. 3 Oct 1544 Baltonsborough. A John son of John and Edith Willkins Chr. 6 Jan 1665 Baltonsborough may also be related. These are the only Wilkins listed 1500-1700 in the five local villages [Baltonsborough, Barton, Compton and Kingweston].

2) Thomas Wilkins

The OOP paid for a warrant in 1719 to take him to answer Susannah Burton [that he was the father of her child] - The child appears in the OOP accounts as John Wilkins als Burton and was apprenticed in 1729, but also died that year – see Burton.

3) Edward Wilkins [an Edward Wilkince was Chr. 12 Mar 1737 Shapwick s.o. Thomas and Sarah Wilkince]

In Jun 1780 the OOP paid the rent for Edward Wilckence and in 1781 to Elizabeth. In October 1780 William Withers was paid by the OOP for hauling Elizabeth's goods to Butleigh from Wootton. In late October, November she received relief for herself and children. In Nov 1780 the OOP examined Mary Periam in East Pennard and issued a warrant against Edward Wilkins. The child born [delivered by Bridget Look] was William Periam Chr. 7 Jan 1781 Butleigh. Elizabeth continued to receive relief for herself and children from December 1780 until March 1783 when the OOP bought her and her two children some new clothes and paid for them all to go to London. They had returned by October 1783 when the OOP paid for sheeting and new clothes for them, for washing their clothes and carrying them from Wootton. It reads as though they were in a bad way – relief was resumed monthly as was the washing of the children's clothes – and attendance on Elizabeth.

In Dec 1783 the OOP bought her a bedstead, bedmat, bedcord, rug and bolster, and paid for tending and washing. In Jan 1784 Bridget Look delivered Elizabeth of two children and material for a Whittle and dowlas was purchased for her other children. In February the OOP bought a pound of treacle and ½ lb of brimstone for Elizabeth and the children. To no avail – in the same month the OOP paid for Elizabeth's coffin and two coffins for the newborn twins, the digging of three graves and carrying the dead to church. In March 1784 the OOP paid a tax of 9d for burying Elizabeth and her two children and in April paid for thread tape to bind and mend the two surviving children's clothes. From March 1784 the OOP paid for relief for the remaining two children until April 1793 and then bought a pair of stockings for the maid and two for the boy. In May 1788 the OOP had paid 1/- for the cure of the leg of one of the children. In Oct 1790 the OOP bough John a waitcoat. In March 1793 the OOP bought Jane 6 yards of dowlas and 7 yards of camblet. In Jun '93 they bought John 3 shirts. In Dec 1793 they bought him a hat and stockings.

The OOP paid bastardy pay to Mary Periam for 'Wilkin's bastard' until Oct 1787. No explanation as to why they stopped – and no sign of Edward Wilkins after 1780 – he must have been in London and presumably fathered the twins born 1784 during his wife's visit in 1783 – but maybe not, since the earlier (?) children called 'bastard'.


1) Miss Cecilia E. Willbond b. 24 Dec 1882 (Mar Q 7b/340 Nottingham), d.o. George Baines and Elizabeth Susan Willbond, d. 1964 (Jun Q 7c/250 Wells)

In 1901 Cecilia was a boot shop assistant in Nottingham. She was one of 14 children. She worked as a nurse then became matron at the Sir George Bowles Hospital in Butleigh for 21 years, retiring in August 1947, and never married. The 1939 Kelly's Directory lists Miss Cecilia Willibond as matron of the Sir George Bowles Hospital.


1) Grace Willett married Butleigh 10 Apr 1662 William Kippen #

2) Mary Willatt married Butleigh 11 May 1672 John Homan [Holman] #

No other reference to the Willett family found,


A) a John William appears in the 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 under Rocke.

1) William Williamsa warrant issued by the OOP in 1677 for this person – nfi.

2) Robert Welliams [see Westcombe – possible misreading]

A Robert and Elizabeth had children in Cannington after this date but no proveable or obvious connection and the Westcombe marriage seems most likely.

3) Thomas Williams of Great Elm, near Frome, farmer b. 1806

Possibly the Williams who paid rates on Sedgemoor land with C(ornelius?) Willy in 1827/8? In 1841 the family appear together at Great Elm but William ran off to Australia around 1842 (with a Hannah Stickler) leaving his wife and children behind. In 1851 Ann appears 'in the village' of Great Elm with her children, occupation 'annuitant'. On the 1861 census James lived at Great Elm as a carpenter and church sexton with his sister Gertrude as 'Lady's maid out of situation'.

4) Mary Williams [b. 1753, bur. 10 Dec 1838 (Dec Q 10/322 Wells) Butleigh aged 85]

This could be the Mary Williams buried 1838. She was paid by the OOP for caring for the three Callow bastard children (by Esther Callow?) from 1776. In Sep 1777 the OOP bought Mary a blanket and sheet and housed at John Jones'. In October she was 'examined' and a warrant issued for William Callow. From March 1778 the OOP paid Mary for her child by Callow and monthly thereafter. A William Callow was obliged to pay Bastardy Pay in October 1778 and the OOP noted that this was for the child of Mary Williams [from March 1778]. In 1782 Mary received half a year's rent..

In Oct 1788 the OOP paid the midwife's and doctor's bills for Mary Williamsalmost certainly for the Elizabeth Williams next. In Sep 1793 she received relief and was also paid for attending Stephen Hockey's wife. Mary Williams' daughter received 2 yds linsey in Feb 1800 and relief in Feb 1808 – this may be the Ann Williams who received more regular relief from June 1811 to her death in Oct 1834 [possibly mentally ill in some way and certainly physically ill from 1830] – Mary was also receiving regular relief from 1812 to 1836 and probably on to her death. In May 1801 Mary's boy received 2 yds dowlas. In 1815 Mary received a blanket from the OOP and was paid 8 shillings for looking after John Oram's wife for 4 weeks on more than one occasion and she and daughter Ann appear regularly in the Overseer's accounts. Mary received rent in 1824/25 from the OOP

Mary's son John may have been fathered by Joseph Turner or another Turner since he took that surname as an alias [also used Periam as an alias] see under John Turner. He had a son Solomon b. 1825 using the surname Williams and also a Betsey b. 1827 – this may suggest that there was a Wedmore/Williams connection [see Uriah and Joel below].?

4a) Elizabeth Williams b. Nov 1788, bur. 14 Sep 1834 Butleigh aged 45

Elizabeth received 8 yds hasting from the OOP in Jan 1806 and a bed cord in February. In Nov 1806 the OOP paid Elizabeth Williams relief for the first time.The daughter Elizabeth (Chr. 1812) is probably the Betsy Williams b. 1806, bur. 21 Aug 1825 Butleigh. In April 1810 they paid for James Lewis' treatment of her breast. Relief was periodically paid to Elizabeth or Betty and in April 1811 specifically to Betty, mother and sister. Betty was absent for most of 1812- 15 from the Overseers accounts and may have left Butleigh. A summons was issued to Elizabeth Williams in May 1816 and attendance at Somerton [usually regarding bastardy – about her third child?]. In May 1817 she was paid for looking after Edmund Lye's wife.

4a1) Uriah Williams Chr. 17 Aug 1812 Butleigh, labourer, illegitimate s.o. Elizabeth Williams, d. 25 Feb 1899 Ringarooma, buried 27 Feb 1899 at Christ Church Longford Tasmania Aus 41-7 PHOTO

Elizabeth Beach's parents went on to have several more children – see next.

In Nov 1835 Uriah cleaned out the well at Sealy's Row and Jonah Connock supplied him with cider. Uriah lived in the High Street in 1841. Henry in the PR is probably a mistake for Mary (i.e. only one child). The family emigrated to Australia leaving London 7 Nov 1841 aboard the vessel Arabarriving in Launceston on 31 March 1842.  They went on to have a further 6 children in Tasmania. Below is a clipping concerning the arrival of the 'Arab';

The Arab has brought out a large number of immigrants, chiefly agricultural labourers, selected in England by the friends of those colonists to whom the servants are indentured, and shipped under the superintendence of Mr. Dowling. There are 205 men, women and children. Three children died on the passage, and five were born on board the Arab. In looking over the applications for a free passage sent to the Land and Emigration Commissioners, we were gratified to find that not one of the applicants had been in the receipt of Parish relief. Their robust healthy appearance reflect great credit on those who selected and those who have had the care of them; and we have no doubt they will be found a valuable acquisition to the colony. The Indian sailed two days before the Arab with a similar selection.

The Arab passenger list gives Uriah and Elizabeth with children John, Betsy and Mary with an Isaac Williams [the younger brother of Uriah?] also aboard was John Higgins of Butleigh . On board the 'Indian' which left a few days earlier were William Isaac Andoe and Frederick Look Frampton from Butleigh.

5) Joel Williams 'scottish labourer' Chr. 9 Jun 1791 Wedmore, s.o. Joseph Williams, d. 1865 (Jun Q 5c/402 Axbridge)

In 1841 Joel and Mary lived in Wedmore with Joel (20), John (19), Solomon (15) Henry (13), Anne (11), Robert (8) and Thomas (7). The 'Scottish' epithet refers to the place called Scotland in Wedmore where they lived [on present Scotland Lane]. Joel and Mary lived with granddaughter Sarah Jane at Scotland, Wedmore in 1861

William and Solomon lodged at Riggs House in Fore Street in 1851. Solomon appears, married to Frances, in Meare in 1861 with sons Thomas and Benjamin, back in Scotland, Wedmore in 1871 and in Westbury as a labourer in 1881, 1891 and 1901. William may have died (two recorded at Axbridge, one at Wells) befoe 1861.

Jane Williams b. 1829 Butleigh unmatrried house servant who appears in North Wootton in 1851 may be a member of this family?

6) Thomas Williams b. 1840 Corston, carpenter 61-58

Thomas visited James Weaver in the High Street in 1861. He was the son of the widow, Hannah Mercer, a retired baker, and had lived with her in Corston in 1851. By 1881 he was married to Martha and lived in Farmborough with her and their four children.

7) Martha Williams b. 1867 Westhay, servant, d.o. William and Ellen Williams 81W-107

Aged 14, Martha worked for Walter White at Nythe Farm, Sedgemoor in 1881. In 1871 she had lived with her parents at Mudgley, Wedmore. Martha Williams probably married in the late 1890's - nfi.

8) Peter Warren Williams b. 1850 (Jun Q 9/87 Falmouth) Falmouth, Cornwall, accountant, s.o. William and Mary Williams, d. 1919 (Jun Q 5c/180 Falmouth) aged 65

In 1881 the family lived at 3, Armyn Cottages, Falmouth, Cornwall. In 1891 Peter, Emma and Blanche lived at 7 Albany Road, Falmouth but by 1901 Blanche had returned to her mother's home of Somerset and boarded as a telegraphist at the Post Office in Bow Street, Langport. Her parents remained in Falmouth (1901) at 2, Upland Terrace. In 1911 Peter, Emma and daughter Olive lived at 6, Lansdowne Rd., Falmouth. Meanwhile Blanche Louise married in 1903 (Jun Q 5c/281 Falmouth) Harry Herbert Hole and in 1911 they lived at Bow Street, Langport with their five children.

12) Capt. George Conway Williams Chr. 14 Nov 1884 Briton Ferry Glam s.o. Thomas and Eliza Williams

In 1911 lived at Baglan House, Briton Ferry with his widowed mother. At that time was a Civil Engineer. Of Butleigh House member of the Somerset War Agricultural Executive Committee. Issued a directive for gassing rabbits 9 Apr 1942. [Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 11 Apr 1942]


1) Edgar Willoughby

Ethel lived at 8, Looks Lane, Butleigh Wootton when she died.



1) Thomas Wills? Bur. 5 Apr 1655 Butleigh

2) Jestin Wills bur. 6 Aug 1655 Butleigh

3) Hellen Wills Chr. 21 Feb 1741 Butleigh d.o. John and Amy Wills, sojourners

Helen also called a sojourner, is probably the one who married John Callow in Butleigh on 29 Jan 1761. #

4) Stephen Willis Chr. 12 Feb 1826 Lovington, farm labourer, s.o. Thomas and Hannah Willis, died 1892 (Mar Q 5c/419 Shepton Mallet) 51-31, 51-35, 61-50,71-74, 81-100

Stephen appeared with his mother Hannah (35) in Lovington in 1841 - and his father (?) Thomas Willis (65), a labourer. He married Ann Turner in 1848 and they lived at Sealy's Row, No. 2 in 1851 with their six month old son Thomas [listed twice on the census]. They were at No. 26 High Street, in 1861 - Stephen Willis (36) and wife Ann (40) with Thomas (10), Henry (8) Stephen (6) Elizabeth Hannah (5), John C. (4) and Anne (1). Stephen was fined 10 shillings with 7/6d cost for using false measuring weights when he appeared at Somerton Petty Sessions 26th April 1863.

In 1871 Thomas lodged at 68, Ripon St., Bradford, Yorks., the house of police constable Henry Preston. He married Emily Jane Ashman (from Bath) in 1872 (Dec Q 5c/1159 Bath) and by 1891 they lived at the 'Nutters Orphanage, Cousin Rd., Institution', Bradford. His wife was the matron and he was described as police officer and messenger in the Town Clerk's Office. Their niece Ellen Asherman (from Merthyr) was assistant matron. They were still there in 1901 but Thomas was retired and two more relatives were helping run the Institution. In 1911 the couple lived alone at Osborne, Newbridge Rd.West, Bath.

In 1871 Stephen lived in the High Street with his wife Ann plus Henry, John and Annie. Stephen was a servant at Lower Rockes farm in Compton Street. Elizabeth Hannah was a servant in Springfield Park Road, Bingley in 1881 and she married Henry Witty (b. 1860 Malton) in 1894 (Mar Q 9b/307 North Bierley, Yorks) and lived in Bingley. In 1911 they were at 152, Main St., Bingley and Henry was a caretaker – they never had any children.

Stephens's wife Ann died in 1875 and was buried on the same day as her daughter Ann. Presumably they had both caught the same illness. At the Somerton Petty Sessions on March 15th 1880 Stephen, described as a molecatcher, was charged with stealing a quantity of iron cultivator points from Robert Neville-Grenville and selling them on to William Sibley, marine store dealer of Somerton. RNG declined to prosecute the case and it was dropped.

In 1881 Stephen Willis (52) widower, lived alone in Barton Stone. Stephen then married Mary Hughes (b. 1852 East Lydford) and in 1891 they lived in Church Lane, East Lydford with a two year old daughter Emily. Their neighbours on one side were Anna Hoddinott and her three Butleigh-born children, and on the other were John and Fanny Hannon living with grandaughters Annie Hughes and Mable Willis (5), their other daughter. Stephen died there in 1892 and his widow then married James Higgins (b. 1850 Butleigh) and lived in Baltonsborough.

Stephen, his son, had married Sarah Jane Hatton from Rochdale, Lancashire in 1877 (Dec Q 9b/271 Bradford) and they settled in Tong, Yorkshire where he lived at Cutler Heights Lane in 1881, as a general labourer. In 1891 they were at Park Top Lodge, Bingley, Yorkshire where he was a gardener and they had five children - they were still there in 1901, at 23, Harold Street. In 1911 they were at 31, Myrtle Ave., Bingley, Yorks.with daughter Annie.

John lodged with his brother Henry in 1881 and married Caroline Napper (d.o. Joseph Napper) of Compton Dundon in 1882 (Sep Q 5c/599 Langport). The couple moved to Wales and lived in Clydach Glamorgan (1891 census) The 1901 census has the family living in Ystrad, Rhondda where John was a Coal Miner Hewer.

4a) Henry Willis Chr. 3 Oct 1852 (Dec Q 5c/442 Langport) Butleigh, coal merchant, bur. 29 Dec 1900 (Dec Q 5c/284 Wells) Butleigh 61-50, 71-74, 81-94

Henry lived with Mary Turner but not legally married. [could be the Mary b. 1828, sister of Ann who married Henry's brother Stephen]. Part of John Arthur's house, Perriams Cottage, was sublet in 1881 to Henry Willis (38) coal merchant, with his 'wife' Mary (42) and brother John (22). Henry was actually 28 and had perhaps 'aged' himself in order to lessen the gap between his and his wife's ages. He and his wife moved to 3, Church Road, Barton St. David (1891) where he became a carrier and where his age was the given as 42, a bit closer to his real age! Two horses and carts, implements, hay and furniture were sold Jan 5th 1901 of the late Henry Willis [Western Gazette 4 Jan 1901]

5) Elizabeth Wills b. 1799 Wells, ladies maid 51W-39

The unmarried Elizabeth worked at Wootton House in 1851. In 1861 she lodged in the High Street, Wells.

6) Frederick Wills b. 1858 Taunton, s.o. James and Betsy Willis 71-73

Frederick was a pupil teacher aged 13 living with George Pitt at the Schoolmaster's House in the High Street in 1871. Frederick seems to be listed twice - he is also listed with his parents in Black Horse Lane, St. James, Taunton. His father was a nurseryman. In 1873 he was a prize student teacher 2nd year [Bath and Chron. Weekly Gazette 23 Jan 1873]. In 1901 he appeared at 12, Crescent Ave., Plymouth with his wife Elizabeth (b. 1867 Pembroke) where his occupation was 'Bookstall manager'.


1) James Willey

DD/S/BT/12/1/13 1] James Willey of Stembridge, Kingsbury, yeoman, nephew of Henry Coate decd 2] William Curtis of Butleigh, yeoman Release of 7a in Butleigh West field and 1/2a in the East field. 1750

2) Mr. Willy/Willey [Cornelius Willey b. 1775, bur. 2 Jan 1856 Compton Dundon]

This person began paying rates on the Kings Sedgemoor Ground from 1815 until post 1827. In the rate assessment of 1827/8 the rates were paid by Willy and Williams of Sedgemoor. In 1821 he has the initial C. Willy when farming land on Sedgemoor belonging to William Grant. A Cornelius Willey lived in Compton Dundon. In Mar 1833 Mr. Willy supplied 19 dozen and three sheaves of reed for the Poor houses. (OOP)

3) Elizabeth Willy b. 1849 Compton Dundon, d.o. Cornelius and Elizabeth Willey 61-51

Elizabeth aged 12 was a servant at Bethel Cottage in Oddway in 1861. On the 1851 census her father was aged 76 and her mother 32!



1) Thomas Wilmott of Boulting

A child William s.o. Thomas Willmont? bur. 12 Feb 1629 Butleigh is probably the same family? A Mary bur. 25 Nov 1624 in Baltonsborough with surname Wilmitun[no parents forename given] could be a child of this family too.

2) Hannah Willmoth

In 1710 the OOP paid for 'taking up' and searching Hannah.

3) John Wilmot b. 1813 Downhead, woodman, bur. 25 Oct 1888 (Dec Q 5c/308 Wells) Butleigh 51K-43, 71-76, 81-104 [a John and Mary Wilmot having children in Downhead in the 18-teens]

In 1851 John Wilmot was a labourer working for Eliza Bailey in Kingweston. His wife [described as a knitter at marriage] and children were presumably in Stoke Lane, Shepton Mallet, but are off the census. They all appear there in 1861, at East End, Stoke but by 1871 John Wilmot (60), woodman, and wife Elizabeth (57) lived with daughter Martha (21) and sons James (18), Tom (14) and Edmund Charles (13) on Butleigh Hill. Another son Frederick was employed as a labourer and lodged with James Craft in Oddway. John and Elizabeth moved to Dumb Lane (42 Sub Road) by 1881. John died in 1883 aged '70' and Elizabeth died in 1890 aged 73 - as Willmott.

Frederick, married to Elizabeth from Pilton, appeared in 1891 in Rock Bedwelty, Monmouthshire as a quarryman. Martha became a nurse and worked at the Lambeth District Workhouse Infirmary, London in 1881.

3a) Mary Wilmot Chr. 24 Jan 1847 Stoke Lane, bur. 2 Sep 1867 (Sep Q 5c/347 Wells) Butleigh

Mary appeared with a sister Ann (b. 1842) at Stoke Lane, Shepton Mallet in 1861, as a silk winder. They seem to have been daughters of John and Elizabeth above.

4) Thomas Wilmot b. 1847 Woodley, Berks, footman, s.o. Charles and Letitia Wilmott 71-72

Thomas was a footman at Butleigh Court in 1871. In 1861 he had lived with his parents at Mustard Lane cottage, Sonning and Woodley, Berkshire where his father was a gardener. Nfi


1) Robert William Wilson b.1862 Trumpington, Cambs., coachman, s.o. Joseph and Martha Wilson

In 1891 Robert was coachman to Col. Lewis Hough retd., and Ellen his housekeeper. In 1901 the family appeared at 18, Westbourne Place, Aldrington, Lewes, Sussex where Robert ran stables as a Fly operator. Ellen's sisters Hannah and Martha Talbot from Butleigh were staying with them. In 1911 Martha was still with them.

Lewis married Charlotte E. Sudsbury in 1922 at Edmonton.


[de Wilton]

1) Alice Wilton married Butleigh 19 Nov 1587 George Talbott #

2) Joanna Wilton married Butleigh 9 Feb 1589 Waymund Talbott #

3) Robert Wilton fl. 1556, bur. 16 Feb 1588 Butleigh

A Joanna bur. 3 Oct 1587 Butleigh may well be Robert's wife. Robert paid £3, 3s Tithing on the Subsidy Roll of 1581. [SRS Vol. 88]. He witnessed several Butleigh wills in the 1550's

DD/S/BT/11/1/2 1] Sir Edmund Peckham 2] Robert Wylton Lease for 299 years of a messuage and orchard (1a), 7a3p meadow and pasture, 20a of arable in the fields and 1a in West wood, Butleigh. Rent 12s and suit of court. 1556

3) John Wilton bur. 19 Aug 1638 Butleigh

John donated 8d towards the building of Chelsea College in 1617

4) Elizabeth Wilton bur. 24 Apr 1639 Butleigh could have been the wife of Thomas or John's second wife

5) Dunstan Wilton bur. 18? Apr 1636 Butleigh

6) Thomas Wilton [alias Wilkings] bur. 20 Oct 1639 Butleigh

DD/S/BT/5/4/1 - 1] Thomas Estmond of Butleigh and wife Dorothy 2] Thomas Wilton of Butleigh, yeomen Assignment of 4.5a arable in the common fields of Butleigh part Peckham lease (1562).. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1633.

DD/S/BT/5/7/1 1] Valentine Clapp of Butleigh, tailor 2] Thomas Wilton of Butleigh, husbandman Assignment of 5yds in Butleigh West field. Rent 4d. [Tied together with DD/S/BT/5/7/2 and 5/7/3]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1636.

7) Tyllei Wilton?

8) Lucia Wilton married Butleigh 11 Jan 1641 Robert Talbott #

DD/S/BT/5/6/2 - 1] Robert Talbot of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Edmund Hole of Butleigh, yeoman Mortgage of Blackthorne (1.5a) in Butleigh, part of Peckham lease (1556) belonging to Robert's wife Lucy Wilton, to provide for Robert's daughter Joan wife of Edmund Hole. Rent 2s. Date range: 1665 - 1666.

9) Richard Wilton

10) John Wilton

11) Thomas Wilton

12) Henry Wilton

The OOP paid him for going to Dr. Shersten to collect medicine in Jan 1798.

13) Richard Field Wilton Chr. 13 Apr. 1800 Westonzoyland, dairyman, s.o. George Field and Alice Wilton 51-25

Richard Wilton (51) and his wife Ann (49) lived with servant Sarah Backe (Beake - possibly a relative - also from Westonzoyland) in the Dairy House in 1851. In 1841 this person seems to be the Richard who had lived with Ann and a sister Delia and son Charles (10) in Dunwear, Bridgwater. No further trace.

14) Charles Wilton b. 1827 Montacute, stone mason, s.o. Hannah Wilton 51-37

Charles lodged with William Look at No. 3, Quarry House in 1851. In 1841 he had lived with his widowed mother in Montacute - she was a charwoman. He may be the Charles Wilton who died in 1854 (Jun Q 5c/388 Wells).

15) Robert Wilton b. 1847 (Dec Q 10/434 Wells)?, Compton Dundon s.o. Francis Wilton, stone mason 91W-117, 01W-141

A Robert Wilton was Chr. 5 Nov 1748 s.o. Francis and Charlotte Wilton.

Robert's first wife Ruth died in 1879 aged 37 and he married again in 1880. In 1881 the family lived in Compton Dundon. By 1891 the family lived in three rooms at No. 14 Butleigh Wootton and by 1901 were in four rooms in Wootton. Emily Edith became a maid and in 1901 was in service at Sandle Lodge, South Heath, Fordingbridge, Hamps. She married the widower Charles Scriven (b. 1850 High Ham) a retired Peace Officer from High Ham in Butleigh on 12 Oct 1901 (Dec Q 5c/895 Wells).

Abbellena (Abilena) was a housemaid at Butleigh Vicarage in 1901. She married stoker James Richard Evans of Pontlottyn, in Butleigh on 26 Dec 1908 (Dec Q 5c/999 Wells). In 1911 Robert and Emily lived in three rooms at 14 Butleigh Wootton with daughter Annie (housemaid).

Annie Amelia married Reginald Louis Dyer from Stoke-in-Teignhead, Devon, in Butleigh on 19 Oct 1915 (Dec Q 5c/1077 Wells).#

16) Delilah Wilton Chr. 29 Oct 1854 Street, d.o. Samuel Bee and Jemima Wilton 71W-85

Aged 16, Delilah was visiting her uncle Henry Stevens at the Carpenter's Shop, Wootton in 1871. Her father was a groom and they had lived in Street High Street in 1861. By 1901 Delilah was still single and a servant in Norbins Road, Glastonbury


1) John Wiltshire

In Feb 1813 John Wiltshire received 2 guineas for the local [militia] from the OOP.

2) John Wiltshire b. 1819 Horningsham, Wilts., gardener, died 1874 (Jun Q 5c/392 Wells) 71W-86

In 1861 this couple had lived in Gaer Cottages, Newport St. Woollos, Monmouthshire. In 1871 they had lived in Butleigh Wootton but after John's death in 1874, aged 56, Sarah returned to live in Evercreech where she had been born and appeared there in 1881, dying in 1888.



1) Thomas Winsor Low Ham [a Thomas b. 1762 bur. 9 Apr 1845 High Ham – of Low Ham, aged 83]

Thomas paid rates on the Kings Sedgemoor from 1796 – 1827+. In the rate assessment of 1827/8 a property on the South side of the common was rated to a James Winsor. He began paying rates on 'late Hanns' in Butleigh in 1806 and did so until 1824. If the above details are facts then Thomas may have left his Butleigh property on the death of his wife and returned to Low Ham and his Sedgemoor properties then had their rates paid (without a break) by his son Thomas while a relative (brother) James paid rates on a different property (south side of the Sedgemoor common)?

2) Thomas Windsor Chr. 14 Sep 1794 High Ham, s.o. Thomas and Anne (née Smith) Windsor 41W-15, 51W-41

There may be other children besides these. When the moorland was cleared at Sedgemoor, a portion was allocated to Butleigh Parish and Nith/Nyth Farm was part of it. Thomas was there with his family in 1841 and with his two youngest daughters in 1851. In 1861 he lived with his daughter Anna (Hannah) and her husband Henry Thomas at High Ham. He is probably the Thomas Windsor who died in 1872 aged 78 (Mar Q 5c/321 Bridgwater).

DD/S/BT/10/3/15 1] Thomas Windsor of High Ham, yeoman 2] Robert Edwards of Somerton, yeoman 3] James, Baron Glastonbury Assignment of 1a yds at Blackthorne, 3a near West wood, 2a former coppice at Turners wood, 2a formerly part of West wood, Butleigh, with schedule of deeds. 1821

2a) William Windsor Chr. 12 Dec 1823 High Ham/'Butleigh', labourer, bur. 15 Dec 1900 (Dec Q 5c/284 Wells) Butleigh 41W-15, 51-23, 61-47, 71-71, 81-93, 91-114

William appeared with his father at Nyth Farm, Sedgemore in 1841. In 1848 he married Bridget, the widow of James Blacker who had died Jun Q 1842 10/343 Wells. She was eight years older than William and had three children already (Henry, Samuel and William). These children lived with William plus his own daughter Sarah (who died in infancy in 1851), at [No 6,] Compton Street [Bears plaques RNG and 1863 - now united with No. 7 - called presently Foresters Roe]. Lodging with the family was George Jeans (22) from Clapham.

After 1851 William's stepsons left; Henry Blacker seemed to disappear.. Samuel became a school teacher, first in Oxford then Wandsworth and William went to London where in 1871 he was a seed sorter in a warehouse (Covent Garden) and in 1891 was a labourer in Clapham. In 1861 the house was numbered No. 75. William and his wife Bridget now had three more children of their own. They were all still there in 1871 but Bridget died in 1877 and by 1881 William lived alone

Paul Edwin - in 1881 he was visiting his aunt Sarah Reakes in Ditcheat a few doors from the widow Amy Ann Lintern (32), described as pauper. # He married this Amy Ann Lintern in 1882 (Sep Q 5c/759 Wells), and in 1891 was a carpenter in West Bradley and then later in West Pennard (1901). In 1911 Paul and Amy lived at Steambow, Pilton, Shepton Mallet with their son Ernest Windsor (b. 1891) a cowman. Amy died 1922 (Sep Q 5c/445 Wells) and Paul in 1940.

Benjamin J. - became a brewers dray groom and lived in Battersea by 1891 and in 1891 (Dec Q 1d/1280 Wandsworth) married Henrietta Clementina Balstone (b. Corfe Castle) and they lived together in 1901 in Battersea. In 1911 they were at 41, Verona St., Battersea with wife's son Frederick Balstone and step-son Alfred Dainter (42) and his two sons.

Albert was a footman in Thruxton Hampshire in 1881 and a servant at Brigstock, Northamptonshire in 1891. In 1899 (Dec Q 11a/517 Cardiff) he married Sarah Ann Hayward (b. 1870 Shifnal, Shrops.), and by 1901 worked as a porter in a draper's shop at 18, Harpur Street, St. Mary's, Cardiff.

In 1891 the house was numbered No. 6 [Compton St.] and William is recorded as occupying just 2 rooms. At the Glastonbury Great Market in December 1894 he was awarded 1st prize of £2 10s for 39 years labour on the farms of Mr. Robert Nebville-Grenville. He died in 1900 and the house remained unoccupied by the next census.

3) William Windsor b. 1793 Babcary, farm servant, bur. 21 Dec 1869 (Dec Q 5c/406 Wells) Butleigh 41W-15, 51W-38, 61W-65

In Jul 1826 William's wife was ill and received OOP relief. William had his rent paid by the OOP in 1827. The widowed William lived in Butleigh Wootton in 1851 with his three children. William senior was a farmer's servant at Rowley Farm which at that time was included under Butleigh on the census. In 1861 he lodged in Wootton with his daughter Jane and her husband Jacob Cary - they had married in 1848 (Mar Q 10/754 Wells).# An Ann [Winsor] single and a servant, worked at Leigh, Street in 1871. Of William jun. there is nfi.

4) John Windsor b. 1819 Babcary, labourer, s.o. William Winsor

John Winsor is absent from the 1861 census and may have died before then. Baptisms seem absent from the records.

The two sisters Martha and Emily worked at Wootton House in 1871 (Martha's age mistaken on census). Another sister, Mary Ann was a servant in 1861 in Barton St. David to Ann Pryor Indoe. She married Francis Culling Chr. 12 Apr 1835 Barton in Barton on 26 Sep 1863. Maria had previously worked at Hill Farm in 1861.

5) John/George Windsor

A G. Windsor who was gardener at Orchard Neville, Baltonsborough, witnessed an Indenture concrning Cicely Neville dated 1882,. This was probably John Neville Windsor b. 1845 South Berrow who described himself as gardener, servant, living at 2, Martins Street, Baltonsborough in 1881. He had a son George b. 1873 in Baltonsborough, and may have called himself George rather than John. He was still in Baltonsborough in 1891, 1901 and still a gardener.


1) Alfred Wingate Chr. 16 Jul 1843 (Jun Q 5/22 Dartford, Kent) Hodsolle Street, Kent, foreman over steam plough, s.o. William and Jane (nee Relph) Wingate, bur. 3 Aug 1911 (Sep Q 5c/575 Wells) Butleigh 81-93, 91-114, 01-133

In 1861 Emily lived with her parents in Meopham Green, Meopham, Kent where her father was Parish Clerk. In 1861 Alfred, who was the son of William and Jane Wingate, his father being a gardener and groom, was a farm servant at nearby Ash and in 1875 he married Emily Ann. They must have arrived in Butleigh before 1876 where their oldest child Frances Agnes is recorded as having been born. Alfred Edward their eldest son was born in 1878 and Robert in 1880 probably shortly after they moved into No. 2, Compton Street [the first people to occupy this house, built in 1879 and presently called Cusworth].

In 1881 Alfred (37) described as 'foreman over steam plough' and his wife, listed as 'family dressmaker' lived at No. 2, Compton Street with their first three children. By 1891 Alfred and Emily had expanded their family; Alfred E. [Wingate] aged 13 was a groom in 1891 lodging at 3, Monatlands,Taunton St. Mary but by 1901 he was a steam roller driver at Brompton Regis. He died in Knowle Bristol on 30 Nov and was bur. 3 Dec 1927 Butleigh. The new additions to the Wingate household were; George Herbert, Eveleen Alice, William Richard, Esther Grace and Horace.

In 1901 Alfred was still a manager of steam rollers, aged 57, and he remained in Butleigh until his death in 1911. By 1901 Alfred and Emily had added two more children to their collection: Margaret Mary and Gertrude. Of their sons, Alfred jun., as mentioned, was living in Brompton Regis, Robert had left home but was absent from the census (in the Royal Artillery? - see below). George was still at No. 2 in 1901 working as a carrier and William was a Grocer's shop assistant. Horace was still of school age as were his sisters Margaret and Gertrude. Of the older sisters; Frances in 1901 was a domestic nurse in Scarborough, Yorkshire but later returned to Somerset and in 1911 was in service at Rock Farm, Sutton Bingham, Yeovil. She died in Wells in 1943.

Her sister Eveline was a cook in domestic service in Kensington, London (for Lady Isabella Keane) in 1901, she married Clarence Baxter there in 1907 (Jun Q 1d/1387 Camberwell) and they had a daughter Margaret born in 1910. In 1911 they lived at 48, Chatham St., Walworth, Southwark and sister Esther Wingate worked there as a servant. Eveline died in 1924. George married Eileen Payne in 1905 (Dec Q 5c/945 Wells) but died in Wells in 1936.

Esther aged 13 in 1901 was a servant at 606, Chiswick High Road, Acton, Middlesex, the home of Arthur Silcox, dairy shop manager from Butleigh she died in 1964.

In 1911 Alfred and Emily lived at 2 Butleigh (Compton St) with Alfred, William (gardener), Horace (thatcher) and Gertrude. Other family members were listed on the census but crossed out since they were not living at home. Margaret Mary was a servant living at 40, Lowndes St. Knightsbridge in 1911. Robert was a Lance Corporal, Artillery Band, at Royal Artillery barracks, Woolwich in 1911. Her married Winifred Austin in 1912 (Dec Q 2c/1013 Berkshire) and died in Basingstoke in 1963. William Richard spent some time in Ecuador and left there for Canada arriving on 11 Jun 1922 Quebec.

Emily Ann died in 1930 in Street. She was buried with the ashes of her son William Richard who had died in Canada. Private Horace Wingate S.L.I. was a casualty on the Somme battlefield during WWI on 16 Aug 1916. [Western Gazette 1 Sep 1916] Margaret Mary married sawyer Albert Norton of 2, Compton Street in Butleigh on 2 Jul 1919 (Sep Q 5c/1067 Wells) and died in 1976. Gertrude married John G. White in 1925 (Jun Q 3a/319 Brentford).

1a) George Herbert Wingate Chr. 23 Apr 1882 (Jun Q 5c/597 Wells) Butleigh, Mill waggon driver, d. 1936 (Sep Q 5c/376 Wells) 91-114, 01-133

In 1911 the family lived at Northfield, Baltonsborough. Margaret married Samuel R. Plumley in 1930 (Jun Q 5c/951 Wells). Their son Douglas Robert Plumley b. 17 Oct 1935 died Nov 1984.


1a) Laura Merriall Winsloe b. 1887 (Mar Q 8b/185 Toxteth Park) Liverpool, d.o. Louis Slade and Mary (nee Rayner) Winsloe 01-134

1b) Charlotte Mary Windsloe b. 1888 (Jun Q 8b/231 Toxteth Park) Liverpool 01-134

In 1891 the sisters had lived with their parents at 6, Belvedere Road, Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Their mother had died 18 Dec 1894 aged just 32. Louis married Jessie Josephine Stewart in 1897. These two sisters were boarding pupils at the Vicarage in 1901. Their father was a general merchant and chemical manufacturer Charlotte married Leo A. Rayneau in 1918 and Laura married Cecil A. Joll in 1924.


1) George Winstone b. 1 Mar 1896 (Jun Q 5c/675 Bedminster) Winford, s.o. James and Amelia Winstone, d. 2 Aug, bur. 5 Aug 1977 (Sep Q 23/0950 Mendip) Butleigh

In 1911 George worked on his father's farm at Felton, Winsford, Long Ashton. He was later farm bailiff to Robert Neville-Grenville (Kelly's 1935) having moved to Butleigh around 1923. His wife died in childbirth. Three years later he married Margaret Fry.

The couple were living at 6, Compton Street when Margaret died but George died at Church Farm, Babcary.


1) John Winthers/Wirthers [Witthers?]

John received money from the OOP in his necessity in 1741 and his house rent. Ditto 1741/2

2) John Winter b. 1871 Wiveliscombe, carpenter, s.o. Charles Winter (butcher) and Mary

John lived with his widowed mother Mary and grandmother Matilda Collard in Wiveliscombe in 1881. In 1891 he is found on the census as a visitor at the house of his aunt Jane Collard, owner of a Coffee Tavern in 8, Little Britton, St. John Baptist, Devizes, Wilts. Emma's father was the innkeeper (and a blacksmith) of the "New Inn", Golden Hills, Wiveliscombe. In 1891 she was a dressmaker visiting an aunt, Frances Sutton, in Weston. Why they married in Butleigh is unknown. None of the many Davis members in the village seem to have had a Wiveliscombe connection.

After marriage the couple lived in Taunton Road, Wiveliscombe - his mother's old address, where John was now a dairyman. By 1901 they had two sons, Edward and Frederick.


1) John Wiseman


[see Weech]


1) Mary Ann Witcock Chr. 23 Aug 1846 Butleigh, illegitimate daughter of Edith Witcock - no other trace

This surname is unrecorded locally - mistake for Witcombe? - an Edith Witcombe (Nee Dauncey, b. 1801 Barton St. David) lived at Keinton Mandeville - though she had a husband James Whitcombe [married Barton 25 Jun 1837]


[Witecombe Widcomb]

1) Anne Witcombe married Butleigh 18 Dec 1760 John Craft #

2) Jonathan Whitcombe Chr. 17 Sep 1749 Compton Dundon s.o. John and Betty Whitcomb, bur. 5 Sep 1839 Compton Dundon aged 90

2a) Solomon Whitcombe Chr. 23 May 1802 Compton Dundon, s.o. Jonathan and Jane Whitcomb, bur. 31 Aug 1881 (Sep Q 5c/295 Wells) Street aged 80

*At the birth of Samuel the clerk noted that: 'This couple said to be married but the woman's husband is alive in New South Wales' and the mother's name given as Eleanor Indoe. On 15 Jun 1834 a child Emily March had been baptised at Walton, the illegitimate daughter of Eleanor Andoalmost certainly the same mother. Eleanor Marsh had married Uriah Andow [Indoe] at Walton on 8 Apr 1822 and they had a child George Chr. 27 Mar 1826 at Walton. This could well be the George 'b. 1830' above.

Solomon and an Ellen lived in the High Street, Street in 1841 and lived at 40, High Street, Street in 1851 with their youngest four children. Solomon appears on the 1861 census in Gape Lane, Street with wife Ann and children Joshua (13), Sarah (12) and step-daughter Jane Woodborne (11). No trace of partner Eleanor Indoe after 1851.

2a1) Emily Ann Witcombe b. 1839 (Sep Q 10/382 Langport) Baltonsborough, servant, d.o. Solomon and Ellen Witcombe 51W-39

Emily's age was given as 17 in 1851 when she worked for William Knight on Back Street Farm, Wootton, which suggests that she was really the daughter Emily first Christened in Walton 1834 as illegtitimate daughter of Eleanor Andow before becoming Solomon's partner. She never married and in 1891 was still single and working as a dressmaker in Compton Dundon.

3) George Witcomb Chr. 27 Apr 1822 Walton, s.o. Job and Honor Witcombe, labourer, bur. 28 Apr 1856 (Jun Q 5c/390 Wells).

George was probably the 15 year old manservant working in Shapwick in 1841 (for George Warry).

The two boys were the sons of Pamela Wilcox, with whom they lived, in Barton Road in 1861. Pamela was the widow of George Witcomb who had died in 1856. The Witcombs had lived in Walton in 1851 with their three children - Henry, Sophia and Matilda. Pamela married William Wilcox in 1857 (Dec Q 5c/1013 Wells).

In 1881 Henry Witcomb was a shoemaker living at Somerton Road, Street with his wife Sarah J. (b. 1847 Street) while Alexander lived at 51, Albert Street, St. Paul's, Bristol with his wife Elizabeth (b. 1852 Meare) where he too was a boot and shoe maker. By 1891 Alexander and Elizabeth had also moved to Street, to Cranhill Road.

4) Alfred Witcombe b. 1818 Compton Dundon, stone mason, s.o. William and Sarah Witcombe, bur. 30 Nov 1852 (Dec Q 5c/397 Wells) Butleigh 51-34

This couple lived together in Dumb Lane in 1851. Alfred was the brother of Albert who also lived in Butleigh but Alfred is only found on the 1851 census. He died in 1852 and then Mary married James Trollop, another resident of Dumb Lane (lodging with Charles Petty). #

5) Albert Whitcombe Chr. 24 Jun 1824 Compton Dundon, stone cutter, s.o. William and Sarah Witcombe, bur. 28 Dec 1899 (Dec Q 5c/351 Wells - Witcombe) Butleigh 91-124

Emily Handel had lived with her parents in East Street, Taunton in 1841 - her father was a shoemaker. Albert and his brother Alfred lived in Keinton Mansfield in 1841 with their parents and Phoebe (15) Edwin (20) Mary (13) and Paul (10).

In 1881 Albert and Emily lived at 24, The Row, High Street, Keinton Mandeville (which Albert also gave as his birthplace) with seven children (plus Blanche and Daisy but minus Tom). They had been in Keinton since the 1861 census.

In 1891 Albert Whitcombe (62) and his wife Emily (54) and children William (32), Tom (31), Henry (22), George (18), Maud (13) and Eva (10) lived at the Quarry. Albert died in 1899 aged 68 and in 1901 Emily (63) lived with just her sons Tom (40) and Henry (28). In Kelly's Directory of 1897 Albert is listed as quarry owner and lime burner.

William married Ruth from Frome and they lived at 15, Flora Street, Cardiff where he was a mason in 1901.

Maud became a parlour maid and lived with her sister Daisy, a housemaid at 18, Crescent Road Alverstoke, Hamps., where they were in service in 1901. Eva became a housemaid at the Rectory, Limington, Som. in 1901.

In 1911 Emily, Tom and Henry still lived in Quarry Lane. Emily is probably the person who died in 1916 (Jun Q 5c/433 Langport) though stated to be 73 years old. Daisy Beatrice had married someone called Hawkes and after his death she married widower William Frederick Floyd in Butleigh on 24 Dec 1925.

5a) Frederick Charles Witcombe b. 1866 (Dec Q 5c/425 Langport) Keinton Mandeville/Glastonbury, stone cutter, bur. 21 Jan 1928 Butleigh 81-97, 91-126, 01-136

In 1881 Frederick was a visitor staying with Tom Cox at Roods on Butleigh Hill. In 1890 he married Mary Richards and in 1891 they lived at Oddway with father-in-law James Richards (65). James died in 1895 (Sep Q 5c/286 Wells). Frederick and Mary then moved to Butleigh High Street by 1901 with their two children, where they lived in just four rooms.

On census night 1911 Robert (factory hand at a rug factory) was a patient in the Sir George Bowles Cottage Hospital. His parents lived with Margaret and Ellen at their home in Butleigh. Frederick stated that they had had six children of which two had died. Winifred was a servant to William Green, tailor, of 60, High Street, Street.

Winifred married miner Charles Wride in Butleigh on 25 Dec 1920. He came from Llandudno and their first child Charles was born 1923 (Dec Q 5c/658 Axbridge).

In Butleigh 15 Mar 1942 (Mar Q 5c/1357) Albert H Adams married Nell Hinch widow, d.o. Frederick Charles Witcombe. Her husband was aged 35, a sheet mill employee from Yeovil. This must be Ellen or Nell who must have previously married someone called Hinch but no marriage found. In 1942 she gave her age as 31.

6) Thomas Witecombe Chr. 5 Feb 1838 (Mar Q 10/408 Langport) Compton Dundon, farm servant, s.o. Thomas and Betsey Witcomb, died 1903 (Jun Q 5c/229 Langport) 51-35

In 1841 Thomas lived with his father Thomas, mother Bestey and sisters Ann (b. 1834) Ellen (b. 1836) and Mary (b. 1840) in Compton Dundon.

Thomas lodged with Alfred Chapple in Oddway in 1851. In 1861 he lived in Compton with a Jane Helbone (b. 1829 Compton Dundon) as his housekeeper. In 1881 they were in West Lydford but by 1891 were at Dundon Hayes, Compton Dundon (next to the uninhabited "Decoy Dairy Hound"). A single Jane Hilborne Chr. 6 Jan 1827 Compton Dundon d.o. George and Mary Hilborne was his housekeeper. The Jane Stillwell [b. 1821] above had married a Solomon Hilbourne in Compton Dundon on 17 Jun 1847 and they had two boys given Stillwell as middle names. Solomon died 9 Nov 1855 Compton Dundon – so Thomas exchanged his housekeeper with a wife who had the same name but was 8 years older.

7) Sophia Witcombe b. 1826 Compton, widow [Chr. 11 Jun 1826 Compton Dundon d.o. Robert Napper] laundress 81-103

The widowed Sophia lived alone in Water Lane in 1881. Probably the daughter of Robert Napper (of Compton Dundon) who had married William Whitcombe on 19 Jun 1845 (Jun Q 10/699 Langport) Compton - he had appeared on the 1851 census at Compton (Witcomb) with Sophia absent. It seems that William had died in 1860 (Jun Q 5c/335 Langport). Sophia may be the Sophia Witcombe who died in 1900 (Dec Q 5c/221 Langport) aged 70? See under Napper for other marriages between members of these two families.

8) Henry Osborne Witcombe b. 1854 (Jun Q 5c/666 Wells) Butleigh, dairyman, s.o. Henry Witcombe, dairyman and Hannah Witcombe, d. 1917 (Dec Q 4a/69 West Ham) aged 63

Henry was born in Butleigh when his parents lived there but Chr. 21 May 1854 in Doulting – abode given as Butleigh.

Henry had lived with his parents in Shillingstone, Dorset in 1861. Henry's father was a dairyman b. 1824 Doulting and his mother born 1824 Holcombe. In 1871 the parents lived at Broad Leaze Dairy House, West Coker.

In 1871 Henry lodged in Woodcock Street, Castle Cary. He married Mary Ann Hobbs (b. 1861 Birmingham) in 1876 (Mar Q 6a/820 Kington). Henry joined the Customs Service and in 1881 was an Out door officer CSHM Customs, Durham, on the ship "Active". In 1901 he and his wife and five of their children lived at 52, Lucas Rd., Plaistow, West Ham. In 1911 they lived at 10, Elmhurst Road, Forest Gate, Essex with three adult children.

9) Caroline Witcomb b. 1829 Somerset, servant 41W-16

Caroline worked for John Acreman in Wootton in 1841. Nfi - she could be one of several possible Carolines.

10) Tryphina Witcombe Chr. 5 Sep 1852 Compton Dundon, servant, d.o. Thomas and Elizabeth Witcombe 71W-87

In 1861 Tryphena lived with her parents in Compton Dundon - her father was a labourer. In 1871 she worked in Wootton in the farmhouse of Charles Maidment. Another Tryphena b. 1855 Coleford, a cook, married James Dredge in 1879 (Jun Q 8d/55 Salford) but this Tryphina is probably the servant of Charles who committed suicide after being abandoned by her lover. She drank poison. See Western Gazette 14th March 1873.

11) Robert Whitcombe b. 1867 (Sep Q 5c/576 Wells) Walton, cowman, s.o. William and Anna M. Whitcombe, bur. 25 May 1949 (Jun Q 7c/244 Wells) Butleigh 01W-141

In 1891 Robert had lived with his widowed mother in Goswell Lane, Street. Mary Ann Taswell lived at the same time with her married sister Sarah Higgins in Keen's Elm Lane Cottage, Street. They married in 1894 and they lived at No. 17, Butleigh Wootton with their young family by 1901.

In 1911 Robert and Mary lived at 17 Butleigh Wootton with Myra, Albert, Charles, Florence, Jessie, Fred, Rose and Edward plus father-in-law Joseph Taswell (71)

Charles was a casualty in WWI.

11a) Albert William James Whitcombe b. 25 Mar 1897 (Jun Q 5c/438 Wells) Street, d. 1983 (Sep Q 23/1590 Yeovil) 01W-141


A) William Withers, vicar of Butleigh 1554-8

A William Wither was having children in Baltonsborough during this period. A fairly common surname there.

Court of Chancery 6 clerks C1/1394/47 William Withers, v. William Guppy: Lease of the said vicarage by John Whyte, late vicar, deprived for marriage: SOMERSET. Date range: 1553 - 1555.

B) Christian Withie and her daughter – mentioned as cousin in the will of Johan Gregory 1550 [possiby IS Withy, not Withers]

Many of the following Withers BMDs are impossible to find due to the lack of Butleigh records 1677 – 1714. Since the Withers do not predate this record gap they probably originated in Baltonsborough, the closest village, where the surname was common.

1) John Withers bur. 4 Apr 1715 Butleigh

2) John Withers of Baltonsborough [the uncertain male Chr. 10 Sep 1674 s.o. John and Alice Withers?]

Martha married Thomas Look of Butleigh on 20 Apr 1747 in Butleigh

3) Sarah Withers bur. 18 Feb 1733 Butleigh

4) Jane Withers? bur. 15 May 1725 Butleigh

5) Thomas Withers bur. 10 Apr 1751 Butleigh

6) Cary Withers bur. 23 Jan 1744 Butleigh

This forename known in Baltonsborough [son of Robert Chr. 1769]

7) William Withers of Bradley bur. 21 Aug 1759 Butleigh

8) Nathaniel Withers a bachelor of Meare Parish bur. 28 Jun 1774 Butleigh

Possibly the Nathaniel Chr. 17 Jan 1765 East Lydford, s.o. Walter and Elizabeth Withers [? the only Nathaniel found so far!]

9) William Withers - see unc. burials below

10) John Withers bur. 7 Mar 1770 Butleigh

Chinn isn't a Butleigh surname until much later and Elizabeth Chinn is possibly the d.o. Isaac and Elizabeth Chinn Chr. 30 Jan 1714 Middlezoy. The only other contender I could find so far being Betty Chinn d.o. Thomas and Joane Chr. 30 Mar 1714 Chedzoy.

Robert Withers began receiving OOP relief in May 1773 as Robert Blake and as Robert Withers in June 1773 and did so until Dec 1773. In May 1773 Robert Blake received relief in his necessity and in 1773/4 Thomas Barnaby received £2 18s 0d 'for Robert Blake's bastard' indicating that this was the father of Robert Blake Withers.

In Feb 1774 Elizabeth or Betty Withers began receiving relief from the OOP. In May 1774 payment made to Betty Withers daughter in necessity [probably Jane] – and to Eliz. Withers in distress? In Jan 1775 the OOP paid a Jane Withers her lying in charges and in Feb, March to Jone Withers in her distress. The OOP paid for the coffin of Jane Withers child in Apr 1775 and paid her relief in her distress. Not all the children allocated to Jane may be to the same Jane. In June 1779 the OOP had Jane examined at Wells as to the father of her child. Robert Harrison began paying bastardy pay for his namesake child from 1779 until the child's death. In Feb 1782 the OOP paid for Jean Withers to be examined at East Pennard and then for her and John Hockey 'ye younger' to be taken to Evercreech to obtain a bastardy order and second examination of Jean. The child concerned was Richard and bastardy pay was paid until March 1796. Jane was in receipt of relief from the OOP from Dec 1788 [together with Elizabeth – then from Jan 1789 alone].

Martha (a pauper) married James Eyres Butleigh on 2 Oct 1781 #

From Jan 1799 a Jane Withers received relief from the OOP and in March the OOP paid Jane Gill to deliver of her child. In April 1801 Susan Davis was paid for curing her of 'the itch'.

The daughter Betty Withers could be the Betty who married John Weston in Somerton on 7 Jul 1756 [but more likely the Betty Chr. 15 Jun 1738 Butleigh d.o. William and Mary].

10a) John Withers Chr. 4 Feb 1741 Butleigh, bur. 13 Aug 1820 Butleigh

John Withers received a blanket and relief in Nov 1782 and his wife assistance during her 'lying in'. The OOP paid for John Wither's wife's coffin in Dec1799. A John Withers had his rent paid from 1800 - 1801. (OOP). A young John Withers was paid 8 guineas in Oct 1803 by the OOP for his service in the Royal 5th Regiment Reserve. In May 1810 a John Withers had his hand treated by Rachel Peares. In May 1811 his hand was treated by Mr. West. The Old John Withers receiving relief in Dec 1814. John Withers senior received relief e.g. in Aug 1816, March 1817. A John Withers received a smock from the OOP in Oct 1818. The OOP paid for his burial in 1820. [however, in Oct 1820 payments made for smock frock and coverlet for old John Withers]

11) William* Withers (see unc. burials)

A Betty Withers of Butleigh married John Weston in Somerton on 7 Jul 1756 (Phill.). A Jane married widower William Hodges in Butleigh on 1 Jan 1794 - but may be the daughter of James?

DD/S/BT/6/9/15 - 1] Anne Henshaw of Glastonbury 2] William Curtis the younger 3] William Withers of Butleigh, baker Assignment of 6.5a arable in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive & Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] 1749.

DD/S/BT/9/2/8 1] Joseph Avery of Butleigh 2] William Withers of Butleigh, baker Assignment of two half acres in Butleigh West field. 1751

Uncertain Withers burials

a) William bur. 25 Sep 1754 Butleigh

b) William bur. 12 Sep 1780 Butleigh

c) Anne bur. 27 Sep 1789 Butleigh

d) John bur. 3 Jul 1795 Butleigh

e) John bur. 26 May 1808 Butleigh

12) Elizabeth Withers [ a first wife of James, next?]

13) James Withers bur. 23 Sep 1777 Butleigh

The deeds below clearly state that a James married Elizabeth Hodges but the only marriage clearly gives her surname as Toghill. The families were contemporary but baptisms fall in the PR gap – Jane Toghill of Butleigh married William Hodges in 1738 in Charlton Mackrell. Impossible to resolve at present.

In 1748/8 a James Withers began paying rates [nearby a ratepayer was William Withers of Baltonsborough?] and did so until 1777 [in 1777/78 called James Withers junior] then William Withers paid the rate. There were two Williams paying rates from 1778 - one of Baltonsborough and one of Butleigh. This is the Butleigh resident who died in 1786 and from then the rate is paid by 'Late James or occupiers' until 1787 when it disappears – occupied by Thomas Look.

In 1766/67 the OOP paid James Withers house rent 'for two families in full'. The last child born must have belonged to one of the daughters, or another couple - James and Betty. In 1771 James was paid by the OOP for hauling stones for the repair of the Poor House and garden wall.

The Betty b. 1757 may be the Elizabeth who married William Horner in Butleigh on 4 Feb 1779. Her sister had married John Horner and both went to live in Castle Cary. Unfortunately Elizabeth seems to have had an affair with a James Horner and returned to Butleigh with his child. In 1782/83 the OOP paid Mr. Melliar's charge from Castly Cary for James Horner's bastard. (2 guineas). In April 1783 payment made to James Horner's bastard and regularly from then on. In Jul 1785 the OOP paid assistance to James Horner's child. The mother referred to as either Elizabeth/Betty Withers or Elizabeth Horner. First note of her problem came in October 1782 when the OOP sought to have her remanded back to Castle Cary. Sep 1784 OOP paid charges of going to Castle Cary to collect the charge of James Horner's bastard. Payments continued or a warrant would be issued against James – until April 1792. In the early references Edward Vagg was also remanded but in bastardy payments later the father is always James Horner. An Elizabeth Withers received house rent from 1788/89 – 1796/7. In May 1792 the pay made to just Eliz Horner and money in distress to Betty Withers/Betty Horner. Payments continued. In March 1793 Elizabeth Horner looked after Stephen Hockey's family in their sickness.

In Dec 1788 the OOP paid relief to Elizabeth & Jane Withers [(10)] together. As Betty Withers the relief paid until her death in 1797. A Betty Weathers (the child b. 1788?) received rent from 1813. The Betty Withers who was summonsed in July 1808?

DD/S/BT/5/1/16-17 1] John Slade of South Cadbury, gent 2] Abigail Prowse of Berkeley, widow 3] James Withers of Butleigh yeoman Lease and release of Bloudsley (2a), Yonder Fishwell (3a) and Bolster wood (1a) in Butleigh. Endorsed Look 1803. 1749

DD/S/BT/9/2/6-7 1] John Slade of South Cadbury 2] Abigail Prowse of Berkeley 3] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman Lease and release of 3yds in Croft, 1a arable in Whiteland, 4a arable and 1a arable in Butleigh West field. 1750

DD/S/BT/14/2/26 Bond for payment of £100 by James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman to Roger Swyer of Charlton Horethorne. 1757

DD/S/BT/9/2/9 Letters of administration of the property of William Hodges of Butleigh granted to his sister Elizabeth wife of James Withers. 1758

DD/S/BT/10/4/1 - 1] William Withers of Bradley, yeoman 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman brother of William Assignment of two half acres in Butleigh West field.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1758.

DD/S/BT/7/1/21 1] Jane Talbott of Butleigh granddaughter of Mary Avery of Butleigh decd. 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman Assignment of a half acre of arable in Butleigh West field. 1759

DD/S/BT/8/7/22 1] Thomas Taunton of West Lydford 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of Ann Hodges decd 3] Richard Holman of Butleigh, yeoman Copy assignment of the Common (3a), 2a in West wood, Little Langley (3a), Butleigh. 1761

DD/S/BT/9/2/12 1] Margaret Arnold of Wells 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth 3] Thomas Wills of Middle Chinnock, yeoman Assignment of mortgage of 41st and 42nd lotts (6a) in Southmoor, Butleigh. 1761

DD/S/BT/9/2/11 1] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of William Hodges and wife Ann decd 2] Thomas Wills of Middle Chinnock, yeoman Mortgage of house and Scotts (12a), Fishwell (3a) and 1/2a in Little Furlong in Butleigh. 1761

DD/S/BT/6/9/20 - 1] Thomas Taunton of West Lydford 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of Ann Hodges decd 3] Richard Holman of Butleigh, yeoman Assignment of the Common (3a), 2a in West wood, Little Langley (3a), Butleigh. [Tied together with Date: 1761.

DD/S/BT/6/5/32-4 - 1] Thomas Wills of Middle Chinnock, yeoman 2] James Withers of Butleigh yeoman, and wife Elizabeth daughter of William Hodges decd and Ann decd and sister of William decd and Ann decd 2] Charles Marsh of Glastonbury, innholder Assignment of mortgage of Date: 1763.

DD/S/BT/10/4/2 1] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of William Hodges and Ann decd and sister of William Hodges decd 2] John Moore of West Coker and John Rock of Butleigh Assignment in trust of 41st and 42nd lotts (6a) in Southmoor and 3a in West Wood in Butleigh. 1765

DD/S/BT/6/5/35 1] James Withers of Butleigh yeoman, and wife Elizabeth 2] Dorothy Bull of Yeovil Mortgage of Guppies farm house and 4a, 50th and 51st lotts in Southmoor, 3a arable in Harfyland, 3-a close of meadow and Fishwell (5a). 1765

DD/S/BT14/2/30 1] John Davey 2] James Withers and Elizabeth - Fine on an estate in Butleigh. 1765 [see also 14/2/29, 9/2/13 for 1765]

DD/S/BT/6/9/35-8 - copy entry (1803) of a fine levied by James Withers and Elizabeth (1765) [The above 6 items tied together]. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1799.

DD/S/BT/6/5/36-7 1] Charles Marsh of Glastonbury, innholder 2] James Withers of Butleigh yeoman, and wife Elizabeth 3] Ann Raymond of Sock, Mudford Assignment of mortgage of the 41st and 42nd lotts (6a) in Southmoor, 3a in West Wood, 1a in Little Furlong, Harepitts (2a), 3/4a under Down, 3/4a in Long Gaston, 3 1/4a in Mountshill, 1/2a in Petty Gaston, 3.5a in Whitland, 1/2a in Longhill and 1/2a in Sugg in Butleigh. Bond enclosed. 1766

DD/S/BT/10/4/3 1] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth daughter of William Hodges and Ann decd and sister of William Hodges decd 2] John Moore of West Coker and John Rock of Butleigh Appointment in trust of 41st and 42nd lotts (6a) in Southmoor and 3a in West Wood, 10 3/4a in common fields, two half acres in the West field, Ashmead Brook (12a), Fishwell (3a) and Little Furlong (1/2a) in Butleigh. 1769 [see also 10/4/8-9, 10/4/5-6, 7]

DD/S/BT/6/9/22-4 1] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman 2] Nathaniel Butler Bratton of Yeovil Mortgage of Bloudsley (2a), Whitland (1a) and Bolster (2a) with bond. [Items DD/S/BT/6/9/22-30 tied together] 1772

DD/S/BT/9/2/14-17 1] William Buckler of Boreham, Warminster, Wilts, devisee of Dorothy Bull of Yeovil decd 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth 3] Ann Raymond of Sock, Mudford Mortgage of a messuage and 4a known as Guppies farmhouse, Butleigh. Enclosed bond and further charge (1778). 1775

DD/S/BT/6/9/25-6 1] Nathaniel Butler Bratton of Yeovil 2] James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman 3] Margaret Mines of Yeovil Assignment of mortgage of Bloudsley (2a), Whitland (1a) and Bolster (2a). [Items DD/S/BT/6/9/22-30 tied together] 1777

DD/S/BT/10/7/1-2 - 1] Margaret Mines of Yeovil 2] William Hodges Withers of Butleigh yeoman, only son of James Withers of Butleigh, yeoman decd 3] Edmund Batten of Yeovil Lease and release of Whitland (1a) and Bolster (2a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH Date: 1778. see also DD/S/BT/6/9/27-8

DD/S/BT/10/7/3-4 1] Edmund Batten of Yeovil 2] William Hodges Withers of Butleigh yeoman 3] Richard Abbott of Yeovil, yeoman Mortgage of Whitland (1a) and Bolster (2a) in Butleigh. 1779

DD/S/BT/10/7/5 - 1] John Horner of Castle Cary and wife Ann, Elizabeth Horner, Jane Withers, sisters and coheirs of William Hodges Withers decd 2] James Grenville Feoffment of Bolster (2a) in Butleigh.. [Somerset Archive and Records, BUTLEIGH COURT PAPERS] Date: 1786.

DD/S/BT/7/4/14 1] William and John Periam of Butleigh, yeomen, Jonas Lucas of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Elizabeth late widow of Richard Periam decd, John of Butleigh, yeoman and wife Jane Periam, Thomas Periam Withers of Butleigh yeoman devisee of Elizabeth Periam decd. William, John, Richard, Jane and Elizabeth were children of Thomas Periam decd 2] James Grenville of Butleigh Assignment of Francis Croft Wood (5a) and Hockeys Eastwell (4a), Butleigh. 1791 [related?]

DD/S/BT/10/8/7 1] Aaron Wheller 2] Decima Withers of Wells 3] James Lord Glastonbury 4] Revd Henry Gould, canon of Wells Assignment of allotments in Kings Sedgemoor, Butleigh. 1814 [RELATED?]

13x) William Withers and James Withers of Baltonsborough

A James Withers was Chr. 14 Jul 1720 in Baltonsborough [no parents given] and a William Chr. 2 Jul 1699 [again no parents given]. Could well be the James and William in Butleigh.

William Withers paid rates from 1743/4 [following John Hockey] until 1783. In 1775 – 77 listed as 'or occupiers or Thomas Hockey occupier'. James 'of Baltonsborough' paid rates from 1783/4 in Butleigh until 1800.

A William Withers married Elizabeth Tucker on 7 Feb 1730 in Baltonsborough and a William married Mary Colmer in Baltonsborough on 5 Jul 1737 – connected?

DD\BR\ho/21 2 mess., orig. belonging to Hockey and Slade families of Butleigh. Sale bill and contract, 1838. Probate will, William Withers of Baltonsborough, 1784.

14) Richard Withers Chr. 22 Jan 1782 Butleigh, labourer, illegit son of Jane Withers and John Hockey, bur. 3 Feb 1820 Butleigh

If the above marriage is correct then Richard was a widower at this marriage. In Feb 1820 the OOP paid for Richard's burial and for the inquest taken at his death.

15) Henry Withers

The OOP paid for the coffin of a Mary Withers in Oct 1818.

16) George Withers [Chr. 11 Jul 1757 Baltonsborough s.o. John and Ann Withers?], bur. 7 Jul 1808 Butleigh

In Jul 1780 George was due to serve in the Militia but was substituted by George Bond of Glastonbury who was paid £2 12s 0d for 52 weeks service. George received 'coal for the poor' in 1792. In 1793 his wife required several months attendance before she was delivered of a child – by Dr. Rocke (paid for by the OOP in November). George received rent from the OOP from 1796 – 1800. In June 1800 he received OOP relief. In July 1808 the OOP paid for a jury of 12 men to consider the death of George Withers and the OOP paid for his coffin and burial.

16a) George Withers Chr. 28 Aug 1785 Baltonsborough, labourer, bur. 17 Apr 1828 Butleigh

George's baptism not recorded in Butleigh but his parents were almost certainly George Withers and Mary Higgins who married in Butleigh on 29 Oct 1781 - these two are the only George Withers appearing in the PR. In Feb 1813 the OOP paid George 2 guineas for the local [militia service ?]

Ellen Withers (45) widow lived with her sons John (15) and Thomas (15) and daughter Ann (20) in Barton Stone in 1841. Ellen (Eleanor) Withers lived in Oddway with her daughter Sarah and son-in-law Henry Reynolds in 1851. # About John, Tom and Ann - nfi.

Ellen lived alone in 1861 and worked as an agricultural labouring woman (aged 67) and died in 1869 aged 75.

17) Thomas Withers [several potential Thomases born in Baltonsborough that fit]

18) Elizabeth Withers b. 1776 [+/- 5] Somerset, 41-9

In Feb 1796 it was probably this Betty Withers who looked after Israel Wilcox's bastard, a child delivered to her by Bridget Look (paid Mar 1796). She received relief thereafter.

In February 1801 the OOP paid 10 shillings and 6 pence for the relief of Betty Withers and in March 17 shillings plus the cost of her delivery. Her son John was bapt. 8 Mar 1801 in Butleigh. In April the OOP paid a constables bill of 14 shillings concerning Charles Coggins and in May 2 warrants were issued against him and an order against Betty Withers. By July he was arrested and held for one night, made to pay for Betty's 'lying in' and ten weeks maintenance and then began paying regular 'bastardy' money. He was identified as the father in the OOP account for October 1801. Three marriages in Somerton refer to a Charles Coggan – on 26 Oct 1777 to Susannah Hopkins, on 29 Jan 1781 to Ann Hodges and on 27 Jun 1796 to Jane Hurd.

There were several payments to Betty Withers (sometimes her 'son') in 1812/13. The OOP pad for her daughter's coffin in April 1816. In Sep, Oct 1829 the OOP paid relief to Betty Withers senior and Betty Withers junior – mother and daughter?

Elizabeth lodged with Robert Pike in 1841 in the High Street. The Betty Withers (no age given) from Wells Union Workhouse, bur. 28 May 1845 (Jun Q 10/357 Wells) Butleigh.

19) John Withers b. 1796 [Chr. 10 Jun 1792 s.o. John & Hester Withers?] bur. 4 Aug 1858 Baltonsborough aged 62

A John Withers received relief from the OOP in Feb 1813 and severally thereafter. John Withers and Sarah lived in Windsor Cottage, Baltonsborough in 1841 with four children and mother Betsy Selwood (b. 1770). # Sarah lived at Northwood, Baltonsborough in 1851 with just her son Joseph . By 1861 she was a widow and lived with her son John in Baltonsborough.

20) James Withers

A James Withers married Mary Sheat in Baltonsborough on 10 Dec 1781 and they had two children there, Anne Chr. 26 Sep 1784 and James Chr. 5 Nov 1786 but nothing thereafter. They could well be this couple having moved to Butleigh. Witness to his wedding was John Westonprobably the same person who had married Betty Withers in Butleigh 1756.

A Jane Withers b. 1791 Butleigh, d. 1858 (Mar Q 5c/514 Wells). A Jane had married William Laver in Glastonbury 30 Mar 1812 and they appeared there in 1851 with son Richard. In Dec 1809 Jane Gill delivered a Jane Withers of a child [this Janeprobably too young?] - the child may be the Elizabeth (24)? This is probably the Jane Withers of Wootton receiving relief in 1813.

Mary Withers bur. 25 Oct 1785 Butleigh d.o. James and Mary Withers

21) William Withers Chr. 24 Jul 1818 Butleigh s.o. labourer James and Mary Withers - nfi

22) Elizabeth Withers b. 1808 Butleigh, sempstress, died 1888 (Sep Q 5c/287 Wells)

In 1881 Elizabeth was an unmarried sempstress aged 73 who lived in Northload Street, Glastonbury (b. 1808 Butleigh). She was 77 when she died in 1888. Not to be confused with the Betsy b. 1814 (24) below.

23) Elizabeth [Betsy] Withers b. 1813 Butleigh, illegitimate d.o. Jane Withers and Henry Corp 41W-16, 51-24, 61-48

Elizabeth was called Betsy in 1851, and 'daughter' when she appeared with James Pollet in Butleigh Wootton. She was the illegitimate daughter of James' wife Jane Withers (mother not described as widow at marriage) who had died in 1849 (Sep Q 10/332 Wells) - they had appeared together in Butleigh Wootton in 1841. Her mother was Chr. 31 May 1795 Butleigh, d.o. James and Mary Withers. Elizabeth was the 'daughter-in-law' of James Pollet (81) and lived with him at 15, High Street in 1861. As Betsy she married Edmund Hawkins in 1861 (Sep Q 5c/923 Wells) and gave her father's name then as Henry Corp. # The only Henry Corp in Butleigh at the time seems to be the one b. 1761 who died 1844 (Mar Q 10/412 Wells) bur. 16 Mar Butleigh.

24) Stephen Withers b. 1802, bur. 26 Oct 1839 (Mar Q 10/360 Wells) Butleigh aged 37

Stephen and Grace Withers were the parents of this group of five children and their early demise left the children orphaned and living with the Periam family. Grace is possibly the Grace Chappel Chr. 25 Dec 1806 High Ham d.o. William and Mary Chappel – her sister 'Betty' Elizabeth Chappel Chr. 17 Jun 1798 High Ham had married George Craft of Butleigh in 1822. No Stephen Withers baptism traced. – could he be the John Chr. 8 Mar 1801 Butleigh to Elizabeth Withers?

In 1841 Mary and her siblings lived with John and Mary Periam to whom they may have been related. Mary married the Devon born coachman Thomas Gooding (s.o. Thomas Gooding, miller) in Butleigh on 1 Aug 1849 (Sep Q 10/705 Wells) and lived in Wells in 1851 and at Cliff St., Cheddar in 1861 with seven children. By 1881 they lived in Babington with three children.

John is absent from the censuses but may be the John born in Somerset who became a collier in Llangattock, Wales by 1881, married to a local girl Harriett (b. 1848 Llangattock).

James lodged in 1861 with William Wake and then in 1871 with his brother Thomas. He appeared in 1901 in Roath, East Cardiff, a widower with a son aged 23.

Elizabeth, after 1841, lodged with the Perriam family at Garden Allottments in 1851, together with her brother James, and then married John Halliday in 1863 (Mar Q 6a/220 Clifton) and lived in Clifton.

24a) Thomas Withers Chr. 18 Jan 1835 Butleigh, labourer, died 1906 (Dec Q 5c299 Wells) 41-17, 51W-38, 61W-64, 71W-86, 81W-107

An Elizabeth was Chr. 17 Sep 1852 Martock to Emily Butcher, a spinster, and is probably this Elizabeth above. Another child James was Christened in May 1853 to an Emelia Butcher [possibly the James bur. 11 Jun 1853 Martock] and a John Butcher Chr. 6 Apr 1855 Martock to the same Amelia [the John 5 months bur. 29 May 1855 Martock as John Withers]. A further baptism took place on 14 Sep 1856 of an Elizabeth Butcher who was born 17 Apr 1852 to Emily Butcherthis would appear to be a second baptism of the first Elizabeththe mother is again described as a spinster though the Emily who married Thomas Withers did so in 1854. Amelia was Chr. 8 Jun 1834 Martock to William and Hannah Butcher and this would seem to be the Emily/Amelia referred to in all these cases. An Emma Butcher was Chr. 11 Jun 1837 to Eli and Mary Butcher – but she is a different person though she seems to have been the witness at Emily/Amelia's wedding.

In 1851 Thomas was a servant at Wootton Hill Farm. He married Emily in 1854 and they appeared on the 1861 census in Wootton village with four children. By the next census, 1871, the eldest two children seem to have died as did another, Henry George, but a new Henry had been born and there were three more children too.

Henry George died in 1862 (Jun Q 5c/399 Wells). An Elizabeth Withers died in 1862 (Dec Q 5c/402 Wells). However, a correspondent informs me that Elizabeth Butcher, d.o. Emily Butcher married in Ayrshire in 1887 and this would seem to be the Elizabeth above and explain her absence from the post 1861 censuses.

Sarah Withers (b. 1856 Butleigh), servant aged 15 on 1871 census Sarah served in the "Swan Hotel" in Wedmore. The Sarah Ann Withers who married Henry George Higgins? [1881 Jun Q 5c/849 Wells - Henry John Higgins] - possibly the Ann, above, d.o. Thomas and Emily Withers. #

In 1881 two more children had arrived but the older ones began to depart. Rose was a servant at Coxbridge Rd., Baltonsborough, in 1881. Rose is probably the Rosa Withers who married James Henry Mackintosh in 1886 (Jun Q 3a/92 Brentford) who appears as Mackintosh R, b. 1864 Butleigh Wootton married to J. (b. 1854 St. Pancras) in 1901 they had a child of 13.

Celia married George William Payne (b. 1871 Leicester) in 1889 (Mar Q 5c/839 Wells) and they lived in Street from 1891. By 1911 Celia was a widow, George having died in 1902 (Sep Q 5c/263 Wells) aged 31, and she lived with three 'daughters' at 6, Stone Hill, Street. She had had two sons also but one had died. The daughters were all born after he husband's death – possibly the offspring of her deceased son?

Louisa married shoemaker George Badman 1890 (Sep Q 5c/811 Wells) and they lived in Overleigh, Street in 1901 and 1911 – and had 15 children!

Steven Tom, called Thomas, boarded in Orchard Row, Street with the Rawlings family in 1891. Nfi

In 1891 Thomas and Emily were found at Marshall's Elm, Street - living with just their son Henry (given age of 29 – when he joined the Royal Navy birth date given as 7 Apr 1861). Emily died in 1897 aged 61. In 1901 Thomas lived his two grown up, but single, sons Henry and John, at 1, Overleigh, Street. They too were general labourers. With them was Thomas's grandson William Payne (b. 1889 Street). William was the child of George and Celia Payne. In 1911 John was a resident of Wells Union Workhouse.

Thomas died in 1906 aged 72.

ADM 188/154/371 Withers Henry 119585 Butleigh Wootton, Somerset Date: 1861.

25) Care Withers Chr. 15 Nov 1840 Baltonsborough, gardener, s.o. Robert and Elizabeth Withers, d. 1917 (Jun Q 5b/204 Totnes) aged 76

Care lived with his parents in Baltonsborough in 1861. His father was a labourer from Newcastle upon Tyne and mother from Baltonsborough though on later censuses the pobs are as above. Care and family lived in Illcombe, Kilkhampton, Cornwall in 1881 - their daughter Adah was born there in 1873. In 1891 they were still there with three more children but son Robert was a gardener lodging at Pilton Street, Pilton, Devon, in 1891. In 1901 Care and Annie were still at Illcombe, with daughter Alice (21), a schoolmistress. Robert married Ada Maud Legg (b. 1875 London – Sark Channel Islands) and in 1911 they lived at the Granville Nurseries, Willsbridge, Bristol. Robert Charles a florist and Ada emigrated to Australia.

26) George Withers b. 1830 Quantoxhead, mason, s.o. William and Jane Withers 51-33

George lodged with James Blacker in Dumb Lane in 1851. In 1861 George lived in Kilve with his wife Jane and three children. They were still there in 1881.

27) William Blenman Withers b. 1842 Almondsbury, Gloucs., groom, died 1896 (Dec Q 1a/241 Chelsea) 91K-128

This family was in East Coker in 1881, in Lyatts Cottage, where William was a coachman. William died and Martha next lived with coachman son Samuel at the Stables, All Saints Rd., Clifton, Bristol in 1901. William died 24 Oct 1896 at the cancer hospital Brompton aged 54 'late Kingweston'.


1) Christian Withie and her daughter – mentioned as cousin in the will of Johan Gregory 1550 [possiby Withers?]

2) John Withey - paid rates jointly with Mr. Martin in 1709 (OOP)

3) John Withey b. 1810 Butleigh, labourer

An Elenor Withey received relief in Jan and Feb 1830 – mother of John? In 1861 John Withey b. Glastonbury appears in Hill Head with wife Ann and three children - the oldest being John b. 1842 Glastonbury. He appeared with pob Butleigh, married to Ann, in Hill Head, Glastonbury in 1871. They were still there in 1881 but the surname spelt Withy. A Thomas Withey b. 1822 lived in Kingweston in 1841.



Woldridge - Wooldridge


1) Thomas Wood Chr. 26 Aug 1722 Butleigh illegit. s.o. Hester, borne at Street near Glastonbury

2) William Wood b. 1807 Great Braxted, Essex, coachman, bur. 12 Apr 1871 (Jun Q 5c/389 Wells) Street aged 61 51-35, 71-71

William was coachman to Squire Ralph Neville in 1851 (at Holmans). His wife lived at 15, St. James's Place, Westminster with their daughter Elizabeth (b. 1837 Gt. Braxted, Essex). In 1841 their son aged 1 had lodged in Great Braxted with George and Ann Nunn. In 1861 Priscilla Wood (51), the coachman's wife, and their son William, a harness maker born in Essex lived in the Coachmans Cottage (part of the Lodge), Butleigh Court while her husband William was absent from the census and may have been 'on the road'. In 1871 William Wood and wife Priscilla occupied part of the Cottage at the Court Lodge, Butleigh. William died in 1871 and Priscilla went to live with her son William in Wiltshire, where he was a harness maker, and they appeared together in 1881 on the census there before she died later in the year.

3) John Wood b. 1865 Stadhampton, Oxon, butler 91-122

In 1891 John Wood (26) a butler from Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, lived in 2 rooms in Dumb Court with his wife Ellen. They didn't stay long since their first child Henry was born in 1892 in Staines, Middlesex, and the next two in Ashford but they did return to Somerset by 1901 when John was a butler in Trull

4) Ann Burt Wood b. 1846 Butleigh lodged in Long Sutton in 1861. Nfi. [see James Barber b. 1809]


1) Edwin Woodburn [Chr. 21 May 1817 West Pennard, s.o. Jane Woodburn] d. May 1835 Butleigh, buried 1 Jun 1835 Street [Woodburns]

In May and June 1835 Edwin received relief from the OOP when ill and was attended by John Perriam. John's expenses were paid regarding Edwin's burial. Of Butleigh Wootton according to the Street Holy Trinity Register.


1) Walter Richard Woodcock b. 1856 Newton St. Faiths, Norfolk, coachman, s.o. Ann Woodcock 91-115

In 1881 Walter had been a groom in Fareham Hampshire. He married Ellen Reeves in 1884 but she died in 1889. [Ellen Reeves, b. 1858, may herself have been a widow - of William Reeves]. In 1891 the Lodge at Butleigh Court was occupied by Walter Woodcock, widower (35), coachman, with his children;

Nellie b. 1885 Hants. Aged 16 in 1901 when she was a domestic servant in Stoke upon Trent. Walter John who went with his father to Burslem where he appeared in 1901. Hugh b. 1888 Butleigh died aged 6 and his death was registered in Shaftesbury, but buried in Butleigh. Also: Emma Howard (half sister aged 20) - daughter of William Howard and Ann (widow Woodcock). An artcle in the Taunton Courier of 14 May 1890 refers to George Woodcock, coachman at Butleigh Court [witness to a case of drunken driving] which must be a mistake for Walter.

Walter married Alice Lucas from Charlton Mackrell in 1892 and then went to live in Burslem, Staffs, still as a coachman (1901). In 1911 Walter and Alice lived at the Stables, Shotton Hall, Harmer Hill, Shropshire with Richard and Harriet. Walter John absent from census.


1) William Woodhouse b. 1633, d. 20 Sep 1642

Vicar of Butleigh, patron King Charles I. On a flat stone in the Chancel of Kingweston church – inscription:'Here resteth the body of William Woodhouse Clerk, M.A., late Prebendary of Warminster and Vicar of Butleigh [Butley] who died 20th Sept 1642'. [Collinson Hist. & Antiquities of Som. Vol 2, 1791]

DD\SE/48/1 Thos. Symcocks of Littlebridge (co. Dorset), esq., Thos. Samwaies of Butleigh, farmer, and Wm. Kippin of same, parchment-maker, to Wm. Woodhouse, vicar of Butleigh ; for the payment of £52 8s. 1638/9

PROB 11/191 Will of William Woodhouse Clerk Master of Arts, Butleigh, Somerset .Date: 1643.


1) William Woodland b. 1845 [Chr. 23 Sep 1849 Ilton St. Peter's, aged 2] Stocklinch, farm labourer, s.o. Joseph Woodland 71-77

In 1871 William Woodland (26), farm labourer, and wife Jane (24) lived with Eliza Ann, Caroline and John on Butleigh Hill. William and Jane had five more children born in Butleigh and thereafter they moved to Caterham, Surrey where they are found on the 1881 census. In 1891 they were at Hill-Top Cottage, Chaldon, Surrey and in 1901 at Willey Farm, Chaldon where William was bailiff. They had three post-1881 Surrey-born children living with them then (Walter, William and Mabel). Bessie was a nursemaid at 21 Ashburton Road Croydon, Surrey, the household of Henry Greenway, in 1891

Eliza Ann married James George Ireland in 1894 (Mar Q 2a/227 Reigate). In 1901 Bessie Louisa was a parlour maid at 'Haling Cottage', Brighton Road, Croydon, while both Emily and Laura J. were servants at 'Red Lodge', Essendene Rd, Caterham. James married Emily Roffey (b. 1875 Bletchingley) in 1898 (Dec Q 2a/363 Reigate) and in 1901 they lived with their daughter Lillian (1) in Whitecross Green, Cuckfield, Sussex. Caroline married Henry Philip Todd (b. 1874 Croydon) in 1898 (Jun Q 2a/355 Reigate) and lived Kingston on Thames. In 1911 they lived at 89 Chaldon Rd., Caterham with two children. Emily married Arthur Trigg in 1906 (Dec Q 2a/371 Reigate) and in 1911 they lived at Woodlands Wood, Mansterne Rd., Coulsdon, Surrey with son Arthur.

William and Jane lived at Willey Farm House, Chaldon in 1911 with Laura Jane, Mabel (b. 1889) and son William Archibald Woodland (b. 1887) and his wife Edith and his two children.

Bessie Louisa married Thomas Henry Saunders in 1903 (Dec Q 2a/383 Reigate) and in 1911 they lived with their daughter at 18a Chapel Rd., East Preston, Sussex

2) Thomas 'Tom' Woodland Chr. 7 Apr 1839 Welton, Midsomer Norton, collier, s.o. Edwin and Ann (née Langford) Woodland, d. 1913 (Jun Q 11a/537 Pontypridd)

Thomas was almost certainly a relative of William Woodland since they both had children baptised on the same day and Thomas must have made a special trip from Wales to attend the occasion. His family may be the one living in Midsomer Norton in 1851, the parents being Farnham Woodland (b. 1822 Midsomer Norton), a collier, wife Ann with children Thomas (b. 1843), Mary Ann, Mercy and William (b. 1850 - the above William?) - but the father's surnames don't match.

Shortly after their marriage Thomas and Anne lived in 1861 at Midsomer Norton (aged 22 and 20) living in part of a house right next to the Coal Works on Welton Hill. They moved to Wales before 1869 and were still there in 1871 where they lived at 6, Bruce Street, Llanwonno, Glamorgan. The opportunity was taken by Frederick's parents to return to his mothers parents in Butleigh [and visit her brother-in-law] - and baptise him in 1877. In 1881 Thomas and Anne still lived in Llanwonno, Glamorgan with their five youngest children, all born there. By 1901 just Edwin lived with his parents, and a nephew from Bristol. Frederick had died in 1887 aged 10. In 1911 Tom and Anne lived with Edwin at Ithaca House, Llanwonno – Tom was a pensioner and Edwin unmarried and a collier. Also living with them was cousin Henry G. Turner b. 1874 Butleigh.


1) Richard Woodman



1) Sarah Woolcot of Butleigh married William Ware of High Ham in High Ham on 10 Apr 1746 (Phill.)


1) Arthur Wooldridge b. 1873 East Garston, Newbury d. 1912 aged 39

Emily E. S. Atyeo married in and had seven children by 1911 when they appeared at Shepton Mallet. She had been a servant since before the 1891 census – in Islington, London in 1901 where she gave her pob as Charlton Adam. She died in Yeovil Hospital.



1) James Woolley b. 29 May, Chr. 4 Aug 1833 Shepton Mallet, carpenter, s.o. James and Elizabeth Woolley, d. 1902 (Dec Q 5c/307 Wells) 71-84