Burge Family in Whatley
Henry and Fanny Burge
Parish Church of St George, Whatley
b. circa 1755, Whatley? Somerset
7 June 1779, Whatley, by Banns.
Burge, John Broom
b. circa 1755 Whatley? Somerset
Henry Burge was a carpenter and wheelwright,
and lived in Whatley, Somerset, near Frome. He was the first I know of
in a line of four generations of carpenters, and it is likely that his
father before him was a carpenter as well... but time will tell that -
if I'm very lucky. It's unlikely I will go back further in time than Henry,
the records at Whatley church are in very poor condition for the mid 1700's
and Henry's birth and parentage appear to be lost in the ravages of time.
However, there were these Whatley Burge's
marriages and baptisms in nearby Cloford. It is very likely that they were
James BURGE (m) Sarah COOK both of Whatley
20 May 1742.
Mary daughter of James and Sarah BURGE of
Whatley baptised 6 May 1743, Cloford.
John son of James and Sarah BURGE of Whatley
baptised 27 December 1745, Cloford.
...and then a potential sister of the above
John LANSDOWN of Mells (m) Jane BURGE of
Whatley 3 September 1747 in
A James BURGE, son of John and Mary, was baptised
at Whatley in April 1720. He is very likely the same that married Sarah
Henry's will, written on 30 August 1815, and
proved on 15 July 1823, had his wife Fanny and daughters Elizabeth and
Harriot as beneficiaries. No other family members were mentioned as such,
although the will was witnessed by 'Samuel Burge', and the trustee of an
amount of 100 pounds to be held for the benefit of Fanny, was 'James Burge,
farmer, of Whatley'. I believe this James, a yeoman, to be a brother of
Henry. I am in contact with his ancestors and have extensive records of
his family. He and his wife Sarah and family may be seen in the 1841 census
for Whatley here.
I have no idea if any of Henry and Fanny's
children other than Elizabeth and Harriot (who would inherit if their mother
did not outlive Henry) had survived up to 1815 - none of them being beneficiaries
makes it quite possible that they did not. I'm hoping to find this out!
Check back in a few months and I may know by then... It is also possible
that Henry believed they were sufficiently well off to go without - or
perhaps they had been disinherited! Fanny survived Henry and collected
her 100 pounds as well as his other 'various goods, cattle and personal
effects'. He did not leave any property.
Their children were as follows:
|Date of Baptism
7 November 1779
8 February 1783 in Frome
13 March 1785
4 November 1787
14 April 1793
23 December 1796
9 June 1799
23 August 1801
Lacey family appeared to be well-to-do, and owned considerable property
in the area.
There are a few obvious
choices of possible members of this family from marriage indexes and in
the 1841 census, and although I've not confirmed all of them as being 'mine'
it is certainly worth putting them on here. If anyone can confirm these
- please let me know!
The marriage of Henry
Burge and Hester Hobbs took place in Whatley on the 22 April 1822 - Henry's
age would have been 'rounded down' to the nearest five years in the 1841
census, as below.
Henry Burge aged 40
Occ. Smith. b. Somerset
Hester Burge aged 35,
Eliza Burge aged 15
Mishchik Burge (boy)
aged 13 b. Somerset
Frances Burge aged
10 b. Somerset
Richard Burge aged
7 b. Somerset
Henry Burge aged 3
Arthur Burge aged 1
Samuel Burge married Elizabeth Barter Wise
on 31 May 1827 at Nunney.
Witnesses James Wise, Ann Seviour.
Samuel Burge aged 37
Cabinet Maker, b. Somerset
Elizabeth Burge aged
40. b. Somerset
(the age is normally
rounded down to the nearest 5 on the 1841 census. I question the 37 for
Samuel - the age *should* read 40).
An Elizabeth Burge married
Joseph Noble in Whatley in 1818, she seems rather old to be marrying at
that time... 'my' Elizabeth would have been 31 at the time, but she didn't
appear to be married in 1815, from the wording of Henry's will, so maybe!
1841 census for Blatchbridge, FROME.
John Burge. Aged 50. Occ. Blacksmith. b.
Hester Burge. Aged 52. b. Somerset
THis page is a work in progress... more
to come on this later.... come back in a few weeks!