Butleigh People

The following files are arranged in Surname alphabetical order. In my original printed version it was cross referenced with page numbers but here, since html files do not support 'pages', I have replaced these page references with # which will eventually be linked to the other references.

All Christenings, Marriages and Burials that occur in the Butleigh Parish Registers are shown in red thus: Butleigh. [but see NB below] Where the person is recorded on another census and claims Butleigh birth but their Christening doesn't appear in the PR then it generally remains in black type. If the person appears on one of the Butleigh Censuses then it is shown thus: 41-15 where the first number in bold type refers to the census 1841 and the second number the page number in my original typed copy of transcriptions. I have added these page numbers to the census transcription pages. Spouses are often shown in Bold Italic.

Houses, streets and place occurring in Butleigh are shown in Italics e.g. Wootton House. For list and maps click here.

Other references such as 1901 (Mar Q 5c/123 Wells) are General Register Office references referring to Birth, Marriage and Death records which can be obtained direct from the GRO at


I would be grateful if any person who acquires such certificates (or has obtained them already) would be willing to share their contents with me if they add to the information which I have gathered here.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

The system I have used for the generations is as follows;

First recorded generation 1, second generation 1a, 1b, 1c etc., third generation 1a1, 1a2 etc., fourth 1a1A, 1a1B etc, and fifth generation 1a1Ai, 1a1Aii etc. All the descendants of 1a will be dealt with before turning to 1b then 1c. As I transcribe more Parish Registers and am able to sort out the accurate relationships of the pre-1837 generations I may need to re-number these references.

There are many wives who claim Butleigh birth on censuses from other parts of the country whose maiden names have not yet been identified. I have listed these for now under the letter Z above.

National Archive References

There is a great deal more research which can be done, especially for the pre-1837 family history, and the National Archives have masses of papers, wills, manuscripts relating to Butleigh. These are mostly kept in the Taunton Record Office where you can study them after giving the reference for the material that you require. I have given many of these references (often beginning DD/S/BT) but you can look up more such references by going online at:


Should anyone follow up on any of this research and be prepared to share the essence of it, then I shall be happy to include it on this site.

NB: I have kept most information about living people or details post 1920 off these pages (or reduced names to initials) but have a fuller working version containing additional post 1920 family details which I can share with those family members if desired.

To appreciate how many of the Butleigh folk lived, particularly in the century 1850 – 1950 a trip to the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury is highly recommended [in the Abbey Barn] and a book that is essential to read to capture the flavour of the times from personal reminiscences is “Somerset Voicesby Ann Heeley, Louise Clapp and Liz Snelgrove, published by the Friends of the Somerset Rural Life Museum, 2010.