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Linking our 18th-century William Trewin to John Trewin (b. cir. 1530)

In a late-February post, a commenter left a message saying that most Trewins hailed from a group of families who resided near Bude, Cornwall.  Discovering recently that William & Alice Trewin’s children were born in Launcells and  Poughill (1779-1791) confirmed a link to that area.  “The majority [of those Trewins],” he said, “descend from a John Trewin who was from St. Gennys Parish and moved to Week Saint Mary prior to 1569 where he died in 1606.”

Well, I “googled” the name of one of William’s children, Joshua. I picked Joshua because the name was a departure from the common Trewin names, e.g. Thomas, William, and John. One of my search results brought me to the Ancestors of Robyn Bray website; here the existence of 700+ Trewins is documented. And without too much trouble, I found all the links back to the “original” John Trewin of St. Gennys Parish.

Bude area of Cornwall, 1794. See locations of Kirkhampton, Week St. Mary, Bude Haven, Poughill, St. Gennes [St. Gennys]. Map credit below.

Having not seen all the records myself, of course, I can’t say that all the details are accurate. But this website owner has put a ton of research (and  her obvious passion for genealogy) into this site and has provided copious documentation of her sources, so I am inclined to trust this information and, over time, will attempt to review the actual transcribed records on a site like FamilySearch. Laying eyes on the original records may take a lot more doing.

One site I came across in the process of researching the locations of some of these Bude-area hamlets was Cornwall Online Parish Clerks; it’s packed with useful information for anyone interested in Cornish genealogy. One item of interest to me was information regarding family naming patterns, and it helped explain why I have come across so many Thomases, Williams, and Johns. From their website:

Over the centuries, some families used the following naming pattern:

  1. The first son was named after the father’s father
    The second son after the mother’s father
    The third son after the father
    The fourth son after the father’s eldest brother
  2. The first daughter after the mother’s mother,
    The second daughter after the father’s mother
    The third daughter after the mother
    The fourth daughter after the mother’s eldest sister

Others named children after people who had been influential in their lives, such as friends and neighbours. Not everyone adhered to the above patterns, especially if some family relationships were “strained”! Biblical names were also popular for some time, as were those of famous heroes such as Napoleon and Nelson.

For children, it is very important to check for burial records as, when infant mortality rates were high, if a child died the next child born in the family (of the same sex) was often given the same name. These apparent duplications are very common.

When the use of second (middle) names became more common (sometimes due to the increasing population and the necessity to distinguish between individuals) the maiden name of the mother was often used. Therefore, a name such as Henry Yeo Trewegen gives a very good clue to the mother’s maiden name.

The site also discusses what happened with regard to naming the children of unmarried mothers.

Well, this post has gone on long enough, so, without any further ado, below are the first 11 generations of our Trewin line, leaving off with our ancestors who came to the US in 1857: Thomas & Mary Anne Trewin and their children, Thomas, William, & Emma. (To view the extended tree, which includes brothers & sisters of these newly discovered grandparents, click on the “S-U” page at the top of this blog page. There is still more to be added to it.)

1-John Trewin b. Abt 1530, St. Gennys, Cornwall, England, d. 29 Nov 1606, 
 St.  Mary's Week,  Cornwall, England
 +Marie 
|--2-John Trewin b. Cir 1561, d. 14 Jun 1636, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|   +Jone d. 8 Mar 1625, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|  |--3-John Trewin b. 1582, Cornwall, England, d. 14 Jan 1636, Week St. Mary 
|  |    Cornwall, England
|  |   +Unknown 
|  |  |--4-John Trewin b. 7 Sep 1606, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England, d. 27 
|  |  |    Aug 1692, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|  |  |   +Katherine Bond b. Jul 1603, St. Dominic, Cornwall, England, d. 1 Feb 
|  |  |    1693, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |--5-John Trewin b. 2 Mar 1636, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |   +Jane Tucker b. Cir 1640, d. Bef 21 Feb 1663, Week St. Mary, 
|  |  |  |    Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |   +Mary French 
|  |  |  |  |--6-George Trewin b. 1 Oct 1668, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, 
|  |  |  |  |    England, d. 30 Jan 1747, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |  |   +Agnes Mildren b. 13 Mar 1662, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, 
|  |  |  |  |    England, d. 19 May 1713, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |  |  |--7-Thomas Trewin b. 9 Jun 1702, Week St. Mary, Cornwall, 
|  |  |  |  |  |    England, d. 1 Apr 1774, Kilkhampton, Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |  |  |   +Joan Johns b. 23 Mar 1717, Kilkhampton, Cornwall, England, 
|  |  |  |  |  |    d. 28 Jan 1788, Kilkhampton, Cornwall, England
|  |  |  |  |  |  |--8-William Trewin b. 10 Feb 1750, Kilkhampton, Cornwall, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |    England
|  |  |  |  |  |  |   +Alice Walkey b. 18 May 1752, Trevalga, Cornwall England
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |--9-Thomas Trewin b. 11 Jul 1785, Launcells, Cornwall, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    England, d. Bef Nov 1857
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |   +Sarah Larcom b. 1791, Pool, Dorsetshire, England, d. 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    After 1851
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |--10-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    England, c. 7 Sep 1817, Wesleyan Methodist Church, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 19 Sep 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |   +Mary Anne Phillips b. 1820, Deptford, Co. Kent, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    England, d. 30 May 1878, Elizabeth, Union, New 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Jersey, bur. 2 Jun 1878, Evergreen Cemetery, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Hillside, Union, NJ
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |--11-Thomas John Trewin b. 31 Dec 1839, 9 Powis 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Street, Woolwich, Co. of Kent (now Greater 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    London), d. Jul 1913, bur. 31 Jul 1913, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |--11-William Trewin b. 21 Mar 1847, Hardin Street, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Woolwich Dockyard, Co. Kent (now Greater 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    London), England, d. 4 Dec 1916, Elizabeth 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    General Hospital, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    bur. 7 Dec 1916, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Union, NJ
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |--11-Elizabeth Trewin b. 12 Apr 1848, 18 Maxey Rd., 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Plumstead, Charlton, Co. of Kent, d. Bef 1857
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |--11-Emma Trewin b. 4 May 1850, Campbellwell, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    England, d. 9 Jun 1933, Elizabeth, Union Co., 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    NJ, bur. 12 Jun 1933, Evergreen Cemetery, 
|  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |  |    Hillside, NJ

MAP CREDIT: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection:
Cary’s New Map of England And Wales, With Part Of Scotland. On Which Are Carefully 
Laid Down All the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, the Course of the Rivers And 
Navigable Canals … Delineated from Actual Surveys: and materially assisted From 
Authentic Documents Liberally supplied by the Right Honourable the Post Masters 
General. London: Published Jun 11th 1794 by J. Cary, Engraver & Map-seller, 
No. 181 Strand. TMC 43, pp 40-47.
Categories: Bude, Corwall, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, Kirkhampton, Cornwall, Launcells, Cornwall, Poughill, Cornwall, St. Gennys, Cornwall, Trewin, Week St. Mary, Cornwall | Leave a comment

Taking our Trewin line back another generation

1851 Census record for Thomas and Sarah Trewin, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent (Record HO107, piece1588, folio215, page 22)

I came upon an 1851 census record that holds key information: the places of birth of Thomas and Sarah Trewin! The record also lists their ages which makes it possible to calculate a year of birth for each. In 1851, they were living at 63 Prospect Row in Woolwich, Co. Kent, England. He was 66 and she was 60. We know that his will was proved in 1857, which means he lived to roughly 72.

Red balloon marks the possible location of Prospect Row in Woolwich, Co. Kent, England

Suspicions that Cornwall was at least one of the birth places was confirmed. Thomas (shipwright, b. 1785) came from a tiny hamlet named Launcells, which is just 3 miles to the east of the coastal town of Bude. Ironically, on a tour that included Cornwall about a decade ago, I visited Bude briefly before heading back up along the coast towards Cardiff. Had I only known then what I know now about the Trewins’ origins!

Sarah (b. 1791) was born in Poole, Dorset. I have seen her surname listed in a christening record for son William as both Larsen and Larcom. Who knows how Thomas and Sarah would have met each other given the considerable distance between Poole and Launcells. Perhaps their families were both involved in ship-building and that caused their paths to cross. Perhaps Sarah’s father worked in Poole in ship-building and Thomas came to Poole looking for work.

Poole, Dorset is on the right. Launcells is a considerable distance away, on the northwest coast of Cornwall just east of Bude. (Map Credit: see below)

Poole, Dorset, on the north side of Poole Harbour (Map Credit: see below)

NW corner of Cornwall; Launcells is just below “STRATTON” (Map Credit: see below)

Well, the best news of all is that I went on Family Search and found Thomas’s christening record; it confirms his birth as 11 July 1785, and provides the names of his parents: William and Alice! That enabled me to find Thomas’ siblings: Hannah, Joshua, William, Elizabeth, and an unnamed male. The latter two children were born in a hamlet called Poughill, which is a mile north of Bude.  So, given that William and Alice were probably born around 1755-1760, we’re now back to the mid-1700s on our Trewin family line! Hooray!

Thomas Trewin Christening record found on Family Search

1851 Census record for Thomas and Sarah’s son Thomas’ family; Sophia Cottages, Wellington Rd, Lambeth (Record HO107, piece1574, folio 563, page10)

1841 Census record for Thomas and Mary Ann (Phillips) Trewin; Thomas was one of Thomas and Sarah Trewin’s three sons.

And, on a side note, I may as well mention here my discovery of an 1851 census record for Thomas and Sarah’s son Thomas’s family. They were living in Lambeth at the time, and listed are my grandfather William (age 5; born in Woolwich) and his two siblings, Thomas (11; born in Woolwich) and Emma (5 months; born in Lambeth). Ten years prior to that Thomas and wife Mary Ann were living in Woolwich; Thomas (the youngest) was just a baby. That’s all for today. See below for an updated Trewin tree showing the first four generations. Now hoping to get back even further!

Distance from Woolwich (A) to Lambeth (B)

1-William Trewin
+Alice

|–2-Hannah Trewin b. 15 Sep 1779, Launcells, Cornwall, England
|–2-William Trewin b. 4 Jun 1781, Launcells, Cornwall, England
|–2-Joshua Trewin b. 14 Jul 1783, Launcells, Cornwall, England
|–2-Thomas Trewin b. 11 Jul 1785, Launcells, Cornwall, England, d. Bef Nov 1857
| +Sarah Larcom b. 1791, Pool, Dorsetshire, England, d. After 1851
| |–3-William Trewin b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle
| | Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
| |–3-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep
| | 1817, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England,
| | d. 19 Sep 1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, Evergreen
| | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | +Mary Anne Phillips b. 1820, Deptford, Co. Kent, England, d. 30 May
| | 1878, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, bur. 2 Jun 1878, Evergreen
| | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | |–4-Thomas John Trewin b. 31 Dec 1839, 9 Powis Street, Woolwich, Co. of
| | | Kent (now Greater London), d. Jul 1913, bur. 31 Jul 1913, Evergreen
| | | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | |–4-William Trewin b. 21 Mar 1847, Hardin Street, Woolwich Dockyard, Co.
| | | Kent (now Greater London), England, d. 4 Dec 1916, Elizabeth General
| | | Hospital, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. 7 Dec 1916, Evergreen
| | | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | |–4-Elizabeth Trewin b. 12 Apr 1848, 18 Maxey Rd., Plumstead, Charlton,
| | | Co. of Kent, d. Bef 1857
| | |–4-Emma Trewin b. 4 May 1850, Campbellwell, England, d. 9 Jun 1933,
| | | Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. 12 Jun 1933, Evergreen Cemetery,
| | | Hillside, NJ
| |–3-Sarah Trewin b. 29 May 1822, c. 23 Jun 1822, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
| | William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
| |–3-John Trewin b. 10 Jun 1824, c. 4 Jul 1824, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
| | William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
| |–3-Mary Ann Trewin b. 23 Nov 1825, c. 9 Apr 1826, Wesleyan Methodist
| | Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
| |–3-John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
| | William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. After 1881
| | +Susannah Barrett Coad b. 1832, Lambeth, Surrey, London, c. 20 Aug 1832,
| | China Terrace Wesleyan Church, Lambeth, Surrey, England
| | |–4-Sarah J. Trewin b. Abt 1854, Poplar, London, England
| | |–4-Thomas Trewin b. Abt 1856, Bromley, London, England
| | |–4-Henry Trewin b. Abt 1858, Plumstead, Kent, England
| | |–4-Jessie Trewin b. Abt 1860, Bromley, London, England
| | |–4-William Trewin b. Abt 1862, Bromley, London, England
| | |–4-Merriam Trewin b. Abt 1865, Poplar, London, England
| | |–4-John Trewin b. Abt 1867, Poplar, London, England
| | |–4-Arthur Trewin b. Bef 1870, Bromley, London, England
| |–3-Joseph Trewin b. 22 Jul 1831, c. 14 Aug 1831, William St, Wesleyan
| | Methodist Church, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 9 Apr 1833
|–2-Trewin b. 10 Jun 1788, Poughill, Cornwall, England
|–2-Elizabeth Walkey Trewin b. 20 Mar 1791, Poughill, Cornwall, England

MAP CREDIT: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection:
Cary’s New Map of England And Wales, With Part Of Scotland. On Which Are Carefully Laid Down All the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, the Course of the Rivers And Navigable Canals … Delineated from Actual Surveys: and materially assisted From Authentic Documents Liberally supplied by the Right Honourable the Post Masters General. London: Published Jun 11th 1794 by J. Cary, Engraver & Map-seller, No. 181 Strand. TMC 43, pp40-47.

Categories: Bude, Corwall, England 1851, Launcells, Cornwall, Phillips, Poole, Dorset, Trewin, Woolwich, Greater London | Leave a comment

An Update on the Thomas & Sarah Trewin Family of Woolwich, Co. Kent

Two posts ago, I was wondering what became of my great great grandfather Thomas Trewin’s brothers, William and John. There was quite an age difference between the brothers. William was roughly five years older than Thomas, and John was roughly ten years younger. Thomas emigrated to the US via Canada, and I’d thought perhaps one or both of the brothers may have done the same. Well, I am still not sure about William, but I found three World Connect family trees corroborating that John, house and ship joiner, was already married (Sept 1852) to Susannah Barrett Coad of Lambeth (Surrey, London) at the time Thomas Sr.’s will was written and proved. Susannah was also of the Wesleyan Methodist faith as is evidenced by her baptism on August 20, 1832, at the China Terrace Wesleyan Church in Lambeth. Her parents were originally from Cornwall, her father having been born in Polperro, and her mother in Talland.

Cornwall, 1830 Map; Talland can be seen closer to the northeast corner (for map credit, see below)

Census records presumably (I say presumably, because I have not seen these records with my own eyes) indicate that John and family lived at 4 Watkins Terrace, Bow, Bromley, in 1861; at 62 Fore Street, St. Anne, Limehouse, in 1871; and at New Cross, 33 Brunswick Rd., St. Leonard, Bromley, in 1881. The 1871 Census shows Susannah keeping a coffee shop.

Proximity of Polperro and Talland, Cornwall, UK

John and Susannah had nine children according to all three World Connect Trees; only one tree lists the children and that list contains eight children, so I don’t know about the ninth. The eight listed are Sarah, Thomas, Henry, Jessie, William, Merriam, John, and Arthur. By the 1881 Census, Henry is working as a warehouseman, and William as an “asst. measurer” at the docks. Eldest daughter Sarah married Walter James Odgers Jane in Stepney, London, in 1877. She had five children: John, Edith, Mabel, Lillie, and Arthur.

London Map from 1831, with Woolwich, Lambeth, Limehouse, Bromley and Poplar circled in red (for map credit, see below)

My impression is that these World Connect trees were done by individuals researching the Coad family. Unfortunately, they provide no clues that can take us back to prior generations of our Trewin line. I am going to search the census records to see if I can find older brother William. I doubt he emigrated as age and family commitments probably would have ruled out such a huge undertaking, but you never know. Below is an updated tree showing what we now know about the three brothers.

 Thomas & Sarah Trewin Children*  
1-William Trewin b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
1-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep 1817, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 19 Sep 1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|   +Mary Anne Phillips b. 1820, Deptford, Co. Kent, England, d. 30 May 1878, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, bur. 2 Jun 1878, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|     |–2-Thomas John Trewin b. 31 Dec 1839, 9 Powis Street, Woolwich, Co. of
|     |    Kent (now Greater London), d. Jul 1913, bur. 31 Jul 1913, Evergreen
|     |    Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|     |–2-William Trewin b. 21 Mar 1847, Hardin Street, Woolwich Dockyard, Co.
|     |    Kent (now Greater London), England, d. 4 Dec 1916, Elizabeth General
|     |    Hospital, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. 7 Dec 1916, Evergreen
|     |    Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|     |–2-Elizabeth Trewin b. 12 Apr 1848, 18 Maxey Rd., Plumstead, Charlton, Co.
|     |    of Kent, d. Bef 1857
|     |–2-Emma Trewin b. 4 May 1850, Campbellwell, England, d. 9 Jun 1933, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ,
|     | bur. 12 Jun 1933, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ
1-John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|   +Susannah Barrett Coad b. 1832, Lambeth, Surrey, London, c. 20 Aug 1832, China Terrace Wesleyan Church, Lambeth, Surrey, England
|     |–2-Sarah J. Trewin b. Abt 1854, Poplar, London, England
|     |   +Walter James Odgers Jane b. Sep 1852, Limehouse, Middlesex, England
|     |     |–3-John W. Jane b. Abt 1878, Poplar, London, England
|     |     |–3-Edith S. Jane b. Abt 1881, Paddington, London, England
|     |     |–3-Mabel J. Jane b. Abt 1883, Paddington, London, England
|     |     |–3-Lillie M. Jane b. Abt 1886, Paddington, London, England
|     |     |–3-Arthur T. Jane b. Abt 1890, Paddington, London, England
|     |–2-Thomas Trewin b. Abt 1856, Bromley, London, England
|     |–2-Henry Trewin b. Abt 1858, Plumstead, Kent, England
|     |–2-Jessie Trewin b. Abt 1860, Bromley, London, England
|     |–2-William Trewin b. Abt 1862, Bromley, London, England
|     |–2-Merriam Trewin b. Abt 1865, Poplar, London, England
|     |–2-John Trewin b. Abt 1867, Poplar, London, England
|     |–2-Arthur Trewin b. Bef 1870, Bromley, London, England

*There were additional children who did not survive to adulthood. See S-U tab of this blog for full tree.

Below are some photos of the children of Thomas and Mary Anne (Phillips) Trewin who left England in 1857. At the time, Thomas Jr. would have been about 18, William about 10, and Emma about 7.

Thomas John Trewin (Jr), bookbinder, son of Thomas and Mary Ann Trewin; Thomas never married and, in his later years, lived with his sister Emma and brother-in-law. (PHOTO COURTESY of Ruth Kirby Dean, descendant)

William Trewin, son of John & Mary Ann Trewin; William married Edith Fry who died after giving birth to their third child; William then married Elizabeth Sargent with whom he had one child, Zillah.

William Trewin, son of John & Mary Ann Trewin; William married Edith Fry who died after giving birth to their third child; William then married Elizabeth Sargent with whom he had one child, Zillah.

Emma Trewin, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Trewin

Emma Trewin, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Trewin

Jersey City, NJ, where the Thomas Trewin Family eventually settled after leaving England in 1857

Maps from David Rumsey Map Collection Cartography Associates:

  • Cornwall close-up: England IV. Published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Published by Baldwin & Cradock, 47 Paternoster Row, June 15th. 1830. J. & C. Walker, sculpt. (London: Chapman and Hall, 1844)
  • East London close-up: The environs of London. Drawn & engraved by H. Waters. Published by Baldwin & Cradock, Paternoster Row, under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, February 1st, 1832. (London: Chapman & Hall, 1844)
Categories: Bromley, London, Coad, England 1861, England 1871, England 1881, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, Lambeth, Surrey, Limehouse, London, London, Trewin, Wesleyan Methodist, Woolwich, Greater London | Leave a comment

George Wills (b. 1793): Last Will and Testament

Image from private family archives. George Wills original portrait was inherited by his daughter Martha according to the will

Image from private family archives. George Wills original portrait was inherited by his daughter Martha according to the will

Thanks to Tim Laker, a George Wills descendant, for discovering George’s Last Will and Testament on file at the UK National Archives. It dates back to July 1857 and was proved in London on November 14, 1857. Among other things, this document reveals what happened to George’s business when he passed away. My past posts on the matter had been inconclusive, but here we find out for certain that George did indeed split his business between his son Jabez and his son-in-law William Slaymaker. (William Slaymaker was married to George’s daughter Mary. William and Mary Slaymaker changed their surname to Sargent before immigrating to the US in 1870.)

Son-in-law William Slaymaker inherited George Wills' business in Northampton

Son-in-law William Slaymaker inherited George Wills’ business in Northampton

Jabez inherited George’s business in Wolverton, while William inherited George’s business in Northampton. The will is very difficult to read, but here is what I have gleaned so far. Dots indicate text I was unable to decipher and in many cases I have made a “best guess”:

This the Last Will and Testament of one George Wills of Northampton in the County of Northampton Mason made this second day of July in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven in the following … viz … I will that all my just debts be payed and my burial expenses be paid … I give and … to my son Jabez Wills my house and premises at Wolverton in the County of Buckingham. I give and bequeath my business at Northampton house yard and premises to to my son-in-law William Slaymaker. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mrs. Phoebe Simpson of Roade in the said County one Cottage. I give and it bequeath to my Daughter Martha Capon Gasgoine [spelling?] of …. in the County of Warwick one Cottage, also I give and bequeath her my portrait (viz/ the said Martha Capon Gasgoine [spelling?]). I give and bequeath to my late Daughter Ann ??’s [Spelling of married name hard to decipher; I’d always thought it was “Grear,” but this looks different] four children one Cottage. I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Zillah Simpson one Cottage. The Cottages are situated in what is … St. Siz [?] Street Northampton. I will that the whole of my … debts and …. be sold and the money be applied for payments of my … at my … I will that the Bibel presented to me by the ……….. of Ashton in the said County be given to William Slaymaker. Lastly I make and constitute and appoint my …. Mr. George Wills of Broad Lane Northampton Builder and my daughter Phoebe Simpson of Roade in the County as … my Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I hereby empower them to collect all monies due to me in … bills or otherwise at my … and to retain and pay themselves all that is due to them and all expenses related to their said Trust in which hereof I have hereunto set my hand this day and year first as above written ——–GEORGE WILLS —-Signed sealed published and delivered by the herewith Testator as and for this his Will and Testament in the presents of us who at his request and in his presents and in the presents of oath and oath other have have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto————Witness Samuel Pasenall —— John Parbery

PROVED at London 14th Nov. 1857 before the Judge by the Oath of George Wills and Phoebe (in the appointment written Phoeby Simpson, Widow, the Daughter, the Executors to whom …. was granted to having been first sworn by common duty to administer

Phoebe Wills Simpson, co-executor of George's will

Phoebe Wills Simpson, co-executor of George’s will

Zillah Simpson (1843 - 1920), George Wills' granddaughter

Zillah Simpson (1843 – 1920), George Wills’ granddaughter


Yew Tree Cottage, Roade, Northamptonshire--home of Zillah Simpson circa 1910; presumably inherited from her mother Phoebe, who presumably inherited it from her father George Wills

Yew Tree Cottage, Roade, Northamptonshire–home of Zillah Simpson circa 1910; presumably inherited from her mother Phoebe, who presumably inherited it from her father George Wills

The will leaves me with some questions and general thoughts:

  • I’d always had George’s year of death listed as 1856, but obviously it was 1857.
  • My date of death of daughter Ann Gadsden Wills Grear [last name correct?] must also be wrong (d. 1 Nov 1858); she obviously predeceased her father George.
  • Daughter Martha Capon inherited George’s portrait. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a photo of the full-color original? Of course, it’s fantastic to at least have the version in tones of gray; I don’t have any information on Martha’s descendants, and perhaps one of them still has this portrait. Maybe they will find us through this blog someday.
  • William Slaymaker is mentioned as inheriting a Bible. I have no idea what happened to that Bible. If it was taken to America when the family relocated, it must have ended up with someone other than daughter Elizabeth, my great grandmother; we’ve never seen it or heard of it prior to this.
  • Lastly and most interestingly, who is this George Wills the executor? I can’t make out the word before his name. George had a son on 10 Mar 1827 who was named George Sampson Wills. Our records always showed that this son died the following year, but perhaps not. Any thoughts on whether this was indeed George’s son, George?

I’ll close for now, but please feel free to share your ideas and knowledge on any of the above! Many heads are definitely better than one!

Categories: Capon, England, Gadsden, Gasgoine, Last Wills and Testaments, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Roade, Northants, Sargent, Simpson, Slaymaker, Wills, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire | Leave a comment

Thomas & Sarah Trewin Family of Woolwich, Co. Kent, England

I was excited to discover that the June 22, 1854, will of Thomas Trewin (the elder) is available online through the UK National Archives.

The document is very difficult to read but so far I have been able to make out the names of three sons—William, Thomas (my ancestor who immigrated to the US with wife Mary Anne Phillips and children in 1857), and John. The fact that a William was listed seems to confirm a previous post’s suspicions that the William Trewin born in Gosport, Hampshire, to a Thomas and Sarah Trewin and christened at the Wesleyan Church there, was indeed the William of this family. Previous research I did showed that Thomas and Sarah had four children who died as infants: two sons, John (the 1st) and Joseph, and two daughters, Mary and Sarah, and that all fits with the three brothers being the sole surviving heirs:

  • William Trewin  b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
  • Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep 1817,  Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 19 Sep 1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
  • John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England

Section of an 1832 map* of London; see Woolwich & Plumstead on the right, well beyond what were then the borders of the city and surrounded by marshes and fields. You can see the Tower of London along the river (upper left corner).

Age-wise they would have been 42, 38, and 26 when the will was drawn up. The document was proved several years later on 12 November 1857. By then the “boys” would have been 45, 40, and 30.  Thomas would have left for Quebec City, Canada, on the ship Ion, with his family some four months prior to that, in July 1857 (they later relocated to Jersey City, NJ. See previous posts for details on the circumstances and journey). I have yet to see mention made in the will of Thomas Sr.’s wife Sarah. It seems likely she predeceased him.

In any case, I am going to try to transcribe the will for posting here. It mentions properties in Plumstead and Woolwich (neighboring areas) and a gift to the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Woolwich. It will take some head-scratching, but I will do my best to decipher it.

I would love to know what brought Thomas Sr. and Sarah from Gosport to Woolwich; I presume it was work-related–perhaps to work at the Royal Arsenal or to help build the Wesleyan Chapel in Woolwich. I’d also love to know what  happened to William and John, whether they remained in the Woolwich area, moved elsewhere, or also emigrated to North America.  Are there any descendants out there?

So there is plenty more to learn, but the will provides wonderful new evidence of their lives in Woolwich. Stay tuned…

SEE FOLLOW-UP POST: https://chipsofftheoldblock.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/thomas-trewin-will/

*Map is in the public domain and available for sharing for non-commercial purposes under Creative Commons.

Categories: Death, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, Gosport, Hampshire, Jersey City, Hudson Co., Last Wills and Testaments, Quebec City, Quebec, The Ion, Trewin, Wesleyan Methodist, Woolwich, Greater London | 4 Comments

Matthias Woodruff — Letter from Sheyenne Valley, Dakota Territory, October 7, 1882

Official Railroad Map of Dakota, 1886

Below is the last letter I have written from the hand of Matthias Woodruff, younger brother of my great grandfather William E. Woodruff. Like the previous two posted, this one is written from Dakota Territory, but this time to William rather than to father Francis Woodruff. For previous posts on Matthias, please search his name using the search box to the right.

Sheyenne Valley, October 7th 1882

Dear Brother

I did write to you once but did not direct it wright so that it came back again. I got your letter and was glad to hear from home. I am glad Father keeps well. I have been very busy since I came to this country. in fact everyone you see is all very [?] taken up north their prospect but they will be a good many of disappointed [?] for they all expect a real road [?] in a few miles of them but won’t get it. there is a great lot of young and old coming to this country to farm. the land is certainly very good for wheat, in fact any small grain. i hear you want to come out. is that so. if it is when are you coming and do you intend to engage in raising wheat? they are surveying now we have had a very dry summer [?] but it is raining all the time now. i have been sick almost all summer so that I could not do much. then i lost my team right in breaking season so that it was a big loss to me. I have got seventy acres broke and still have 60 acres backsett [?] but I have had so much work for my self that I do not know what I am going to do this winter for [?]. I have plenty of hay but no grain nor money. but if I live to see next harvest I shall be on my feet again. I am glad to hear that your colt is doing well and that you have done well farming this year. the farming here is different from there. there is no little things you know what to do every day. this is a kind of ruff life to lead but I rather enjoy it. there is plenty of game and I do my own stewing so then I know how it is done and don’t leave my fault to find with the cook.  if you still have a notion to come on, let me know and I will be on the lookout for something for you. ther is no land to take up and even if there was it don’t pay to go so far from a settlement. it is raining very hard here  now. it is very dismal weather so that I cannot do much. am in hopes that it clears up in a day or two. I think a young man  with a little money can do better here than on east even if he should buy a house he can pay for it in a year or two.  the wheat is a sure crop. you have to work hard in summer  but it is different from following a walking plow. it is tiresome, but  when you get up you are rested. this is going to be a good country in a few years. it will soon be all settled up. land is worth around Larimore 10 dollars per acre even at that it is a good investment. Well it is getting late & I must close. With love to all I am as ever your loving Brother. Good bye for this time.

MW

Matthias Woodruff letter to William E. Woodruff, Oct. 1882, pages 1 and 4

Matthias Woodruff letter to William E. Woodruff, Oct. 1882, pages 2 and 3

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Freaky Friday

The old NJ farmhouse in 1963

OK, this is a bit of a digression from my usual postings, but I can’t resist. The other day we rented We Bought a Zoo from Netflix, and when we watched it, I had to do a double take. In one of the scenes where Matt Damon and daughter are touring the old house that’s for sale, they stop off with the realtor in one of the bedrooms. And that bedroom has wallpaper that looks exactly like the wallpaper that was in my old bedroom in the 1774 NJ farmhouse my parents purchased in 1958. We sent the DVD back, but I took a look at the trailer, and I swear it looks awfully similar! Check it out and see what you think. For the trailer, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuHFEhpxFPMre. Go to 2:29.

NJ farmhouse purchased in 1958; wallpaper in one of the bedrooms at time of purchase

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GSV Wills’ Memoirs

I have added more pages to the post containing George Sampson Valentine Wills’ memoirs.

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The Fate of Mary (Wills) Sargent–Cause of Death

Last year I did a series of posts about what became of Mary Wills, daughter of George and Mary Wills,  who was born in November 1829 in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire; met and married William Slaymaker in Blisworth, Northamptonshire; and then lived in Northampton, before moving with her husband and children to the US in 1870. They settled in Jersey City, New Jersey (click here for some historic images of the city). They changed their surname to Sargent before leaving England. I’ve no idea why they picked that surname. Slaymaker sounds okay to me.  According to Family Facts for Slaymaker at Ancestry, it’s an occupational name for a maker of slays. Altered form of German Schleiermacher, an occupational name for a maker or shawls or scarves, from Middle High German sleier ‘scarf’, ‘shawl’, ‘veil’ + macher ‘maker’. Surname Database has its own thoughts on the matter—-perhaps, makers of shoes or sleighs.

In any case, here is a list of past blog posts, the main ones anyway, about Mary and her family.
Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Update Post, Most recent Post1

I always felt badly for her, being dragged away from her family in England at age 41 at her husband’s insistence, he wanting to make his fortune during post-Civil War reconstruction. At least that is what my great grandmother (Mary’s daughter) passed down. Husband William’s business affairs failed miserably and the family was on public assistance for a while. She also allegedly gave birth to 12 children over the course of her somewhat brief life, including 2 sets of twins, my great grandmother being one of them (her twin died). I presume that all those births happened when Mary was still living in England. The four of the twelve children who survived–Samuel, Elizabeth, William, and Sadie–emigrated to the US with her.

I’d always wondered how Mary died, because she was only in the US for seven years before she passed away. Well, today my answer arrived in the mail. The death record sent along to me by the NJ Dept. of Health Archives. And though lots of scenarios had played out in my mind with regards to a cause of death, I’d never thought of this: “stomach cancer, encephaloid variety.” My heart goes out even more to Mary; this must have been a very painful illness. There was no cure. According to a medical dictionary, encephaloid cancer is a very malignant form of cancer that manifests itself as a tumor of brain-like consistency. Encephaloid means “resembling the brain.”

Prior to June 1, 1878, individual certificates were not issued by the state of NJ, so Mary’s record appears in the ledger format used from May 1848 until May 1878.
Date of Death: 6 December 1877
Name of Deceased: Mary C. Wills
Age: 48
Occupation: none given
Place of Death: 96 Chestnut Ave.
Place of Birth: England
Names of Parents: George Wills and Mary C.
Cause of Death: Cancer of the stomach; Encephaloid family

I’d hoped the record would indicate a place of burial, but unfortunately it does not. On a positive note, her name appears with the middle initial “C.”—perhaps for “Capon,” her mother’s maiden name. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a middle initial for her.

The ledger format reveals so much about “life and death” in Jersey City in 1877. Listed are lots of infants and babies taken by meningitis, convulsions, cholera, diptheria, hydrocephalus, bronchitis,and asthenia (lack of body strength). A 16-year-old laborer died of a fractured skull from an injury working for the railroad, a 40-year-old mother died of exhaustion after “instrumental delivery,” other adults died of phthisis (per Merriam-Webster’s: a progressively wasting or consumptive condition; especially : pulmonary tuberculosis), uterine cancer, typhoid, and asthenia. Only one person on the list, a 79-year-old laborer from Germany, died of “old age.”

Mary Wills Sargent Death Record

The Practitioner, published 1897

Description of Stomach Cancer from the book The Practitioner, published in 1897, 21 years after Mary’s death

Mary Wills Sargent’s place of death (see red balloon)

Categories: Blisworth, Northamptonshire, Death Certificates, Jersey City, Hudson Co., New Jersey, Sargent, Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire, Wills, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire | Leave a comment

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