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4th Generation (children of Joseph and Emily)

Richard (bap.2710.1831). Richard was a butcher at the time of the 1851 census, and was living at home. He died in Wedmore of phthisis (TB) on 26.2.1862, and was buried on 6.3.1862.  His occupation was given as journeyman butcher on his death certificate.

Emma (bap.9.2.1834). Emma was a domestic servant living at home at the time of the 1861 census. She died of epilepsia on 30.4.1862 at Wellesley Farm, St Cuthbert's Out, Wells. Emma was buried in Wedmore on 6/5/1862.

Elizabeth (bap.9.2.1834). Married John Harding, a servant, (she was a dressmaker) in Wedmore on 5.4.1862. Both signed the register. 5 children - John (b.c1869), Sarah Ann (b.c1869), James (b.c1879), Frank (b.c1872), Thomas (b.c1878). 1881 census - living Wedmore, husband is an agricultural labourer.

Henry (bap.20.1.1839). Married Jane Athay of Cheddar. 2 children - Emma (b.1877) and Oliver (b.c1879). 1881 census - living Quab lane, Wedmore, working as an agricultural labourer. 1901 census - living Church Hill Cottage, Timsbury, Somerset, working as a highway labourer, living with Jane, son Oliver (coal miner wagoner below ground) and 8 year old grandson Joseph.

Joseph (bap.18.7.1841). Joseph died of phthisis (TB) on 20.8.1872, at Guildhall, Wedmore. The death certificate records that he was a general labourer and that his father Joseph was present at his death. Joseph was buried in Wedmore on 27.8.1872. 

Charlotte (bap.38.3.1848). Married (on 25.11.1878 in Wedmore) Price John Blair, known as John P. Blair, a Liverpool-born photo artist 11 years her senior living in Wedmore/Weston-Super-Mare at the time of his marriage, Charlotte was living in Chapel Allerton. 1881 census - in a lodging house in Dartmouth with John. 1901 census - Charlotte and John living at Crystal Palace Studios, 29 Chapel Street, Petersfield, Hampshire. The photo at the top of the main Fisher page was taken here. No children. Charlotte died aged 58 at 19 Lavant Street, Petersfield on 31.7.1906 of Morbis Cordis (gangrene) and cerebral haemorrhage. John Pryce Blair died on 25.1.1914 in The Crown Inn, 2 Sussex Road, Petersfield (where he was lodging at the time), of malignant disease of the mediastinal glands and exhaustion. His niece, Mary Fisher, was in attendance. Her address is given on his death certificate as Heathmere, The Avenue, Petersfield.

Surrenah (bap.6.6.1850). Married Joseph Sheppard of Mark on 10.4.1873 in the Wesleyan Chapel, Mark. Joseph's occupation was carpenter. 5 children - Gilbert George (b.c1874), Emily (b.1875), Walter (b.1885), Beatrice (b.c1887), and Bessie (b.c1889). 1881 census- living Mark Street, Mark. Joseph was a carpenter and shopkeeper. 1901 census- Joseph was a draper, grocer and carpenter. There is a photo of their shop in Pamela Slocombe's book, "Mark: A Somerset Moorland Village." Surrenah died 9.2.1905, Joseph on 27.6.1916. They are buried in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Cross, Mark.

Edna (b.1852). Edna had an illegitimate son, Charles Tyley, on 28.10.1873. She died of pneumonia on 5.5.1875. She was working as a domestic servant at the time of her death. Her son Charles was brought up by her brother Lot and his wife Emily.

Walter (b.1857). Married Mary Ann Kingsbury of Weare in 1880. 12 children: Alice Mary (b.26.8.1880), Sarah Ann (b.8.1.1881), Bertie (b.13.9.1882) Walter (b.16.6.1884), Albert Edward (b.25.5.1886), Elsie Sarah (b.16.4.1888), Norman (b.8.4.1890), William Henry (b.14.1.1892), Charlotte (b.16.1.1894), Margaret Ellen (b.12.4.1896), (Dorothy) May (b.27.5.1898), and Beatrice (b.c1901). 1881 census - living Coombe Batch, Wedmore, agricultural labourer. Address given for baptisms from Alice to Albert (1880 - 1886) was Coombe Batch, Wedmore, so it would appear that around 1886 they moved to Quab Lane. 1901 census - living Quab Lane, farm labourer. 

5th Generation (children of Lot and Emily) 

Emily Ann (b.1870). Working as a nurse (sick) in Petersfield Union Workhouse, Petersfield, Hampshire. The Petersfield connection: Emily's aunt Charlotte was living in Petersfield at the time with her photographer husband (Price) John Blair, and we know from photos of the Fishers taken in his Petersfield Studio that they must have visited them there. Emily was aged 35, unmarried and working as a children’s nurse when she died on 7.6.1906 of pulmonary tuberculosis (about 6 months) at the Lunatic Asylum in Wells.

Eliza (b.28.1.1872). Died 9.4.1878 of measles (18 days) and bronchitis.

Charles (b.28.10.1873). Married Elizabeth Leakey in 1894. His mother Edna died when he was 2 and he was brought up by Lot (his mother's brother) and Emily Fisher. At the time of the 1901 census he and Elizabeth (name gven as Ellen on the census) were living at Bloomfield, Timsbury, Somerset with their 3 year old daughter Edna. His occupation is given as coal miner hewer underground.

Richard (b.1873). Married (1) to Elizabeth Kingsbury, a nanny to the vicarage, who died 14.8.1902; (2) to Rosena Hall. He emigrated to Canada in 1909 and settled near Creelman, Saskatchewan. They moved to the Froude district in 1921.

Elizabeth (b.18.4.1875, known as Lib). Lib married Rees Evans c1900. They had one son. Rees, a soldier, was killed in 1906. Around 1912, Lib moved to Canada, where she married Albert George Chapman and had 2 more sons. 

Mary Charlotte (b.4.11.1876). at the time of the 1901 census, Mary was working as a housemaid domestic for Richard Mackay (a blocking press manager) and his family, and living with them at 7 Cotham Park, Bristol. Mary married Edwin Thomas Huggins, known as Tom (son of Abraham Huggins, a labourer), in the parish church, Wedmore, on 30.11.1918. At the time of his marriage, Tom was living in Backwell and working as a platelayer. No occupation is given for Mary.

Lot (b.1878). Married Emily Baker in 1900. Emily's brother Will married Lot's sister Li. Lot was a builder and moved to Chapel Allerton for building work. The family lived in Scotland House, Scotland Lane, Chapel Allerton, which is still standing today. Lot would shape and trim the stone quarried locally. He built and repaired the wall around the church in Chapel Allerton. On the 1901 census his name is given as Ernest Lot and he is living with Emily and their 1 month old daughter Edith in Coombe Batch, Wedmore, and working as a building mason.

John (b.1879, known as Jack). Married Sarah Jane (known as Jin). Jack and Jin's house was Moor View, in Clewer (near Cheddar), which they built for their retirement. Their Canadian nephews stayed there during WW1. Jack was a keen footballer and played for the Wedmore team. He helped his father Lot build roads.

Eliza (b.6.12.1881). Known as Li. Married Will Baker (b.6.2.1883) - his sister Emily married Li's brother Lot. They moved to Fishguard, Pembrokeshire in 1911 and ran a successful boot and shoe business. Took lots of caravanning holidays with their children and dog Floss. Will was a Jehovah's Witness, and he and a distant relative set up the Fishguard branch of the JWs.

George Henry (b.20.8.1886). Died of pneumonia aged 21 months on 30.5.1888, buried on 3.6.1888 in Wedmore.

Selina (b.16.4.1884, known as Sren). Married (Arthur) John Hine of Warwickshire on 2.4.1917. Selina and John emigrated to Canada around 1923. John was a successful farmer of Percheron horses.    

George Henry (b.14.5.1889). George, like several of his siblings, went to live in Canada. He joined the army and enlisted in Arcola, Saskatchewan. He was working as a wheelwright at the time of his enlistment. He is described on his Attestation Papers as 5’ 7” tall, with a sandy complexion, blue eyes and brown hair; his chest measurement was 37¾” with a 2½” range of expansion. His religion is given as C of E. Lot Fisher is named as his next-of-kin. He earned $1 a day, rising to $1.10 at the end of his service. He initially joined the 46th Battalion (Arcola Detachment) but later served with the 13th Battalion Canadian Infantry, Quebec Regiment, The Royal Highlanders of Canada. His service number was 426791.

He was killed in action on 8.8.1918 and is buried in the Hangard Wood British Cemetery near Amiens, France. Bertha remembers having to read the telegram breaking news of his death to his parents as neither of them could read or write.. He is commemorated on a plaque on the wall of St Mary's Church, Wedmore. Click here to see his record of commemoration on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. The Canadian National Archives site has his attestation paper available to view online. Click here to see the front page and here to see the back page.  

6th Generation(Children of Joseph and Annie)

Evelyn (b.1.6.1908). Died aged 5 on 15.6.1913 of peritonitis and exhaustion.

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