3rd Generation (children of William and Mary Thomas)
Mary (bap.16.1.1826). Married William Graddon in Minehead on 23.1.1847. She was buried on 5.12.1896. They had 10 children: Mary Ann (bap.30.5.1847), Elizabeth (bap.4.3.1849), Thomas (bap.4.5.1851), William Thomas (bap.3.7.1854), Samuel (bap.24.2.1856), John Thomas (bap.21.4.1861), Georgina (bap.5.7.1863), Walter (bap.5.2.1865) and Harriett (bap.12.1.1868). William was a mason - 1881 census. At the time of the 1891 census, Mary and William (a mason) were living at 15 Church Street, Minehead, with their daughter Harriet and granddaughter Amelia Davey. Their son William (a plasterer) lived next-door with his wife Emma and children Richard (7), Alice (4), and baby son Frank.
James (bap.13.1.1828). Married Mary Woodman in Minehead on 22.5.1855. One child, Laura Georgiana (bap.9.3.1856).
Richard (bap.13.12.1835). On 4.1.1858 in the parish church Wellington, Richard, a post boy at that time living in Wellington, married Mary Hefford, daughter of Thomas Hefford, a fishmonger. 1881 census - innkeeper of Victoria Inn, North Street, Wellington. They had 4 children - Mary (b.c1859), Bessie (b.c1863), Willie (b.c1866), and James (b.c1869). 1891 census – Mary was aged 71, a widow, living on her own means in Wellington, with a companion Emma Catford (aged 46, single, occupation companion) and a servant, Elizabeth Broomfield, aged 25.
4th Generation (children of William and Sarah Thomas)
Mary Moggridge (bap.26.2.1853). 1881 census - working as a servant in Wells. Married Ambrose Court on 28.10.1884 in Dunster. Ambrose signed with a 'X.' 1891 – Mary and Ambrose were living in Marsh Street, Dunster. Ambrose was a labourer. 1901 - Ambrose was a carter on a farm, living Higher Marsh, Dunster. Mary died 2.7.1915, Ambrose died 3.11.1941. They are buried in the burial ground of St George's Church, Dunster. 2 children - William John and Lily, both baptised 2.6.1885.
Elizabeth Ann (bap.23.7.1854). Married John Davey in Dunster on 17.4.1875. Both signed the register with a 'X.' 1881 - they were living at The Rectory, Withycombe, and John was a farm labourer. 11 children - Emis Mary (bap.13.6.1875), William Thomas (bap.20.6.1876), George (bap.17.2.1878), John (bap.25.4.1880), Sarah Jane (bap 26.3.1882), Frederic James (bap.27.1.1884), Herbert (bap.25.4.1886), Richard (bap.29.7.1888), Edith Mary (bap.28.12.1890), Edward Alexander (bap.28.12.1890), and Sarah Jane (bap.5.7.1896). Huge thanks to Chris Clarke for the following information:
"John Davey was a shepherd for the Case family of Withycombe Farm and he was always known as "Noble" Davey, although no-one can remember why. In the early years of the 20th century he used to cut the hair of the village men and boys, using his sheep-shears! Later he was often referred to as John Davey senr to distinguish him from his son John. John junr, also known as Jack, married and lived nearby, in the cottage where his son Dick still lives. John senr and his wife later moved to High Park in Rodhuish (by then a part of Withycombe) because he was finding village life a bit too hectic! His family lived in what is known as Scout Cottage in West Street, which had been their family home throughout much of the 19th century (since one of the family married into the Milton family who had previously owned it). For most of this period, although quite a small building, it was used as two dwellings, having originally been - I suspect - two adjoining cottages. The two parts were generally used by separate Davey family units and I think it likely that your ancestors (Robert Thomas & family) probably lived in one part during their brief stay in the village. John was a son of George and Harriet Davey, whose branch of the family included several men whose occupation was horse- or colt-breaker. They had been established in Withycombe since at least the 18th century. It is hard to be sure before then, because their surname would almost certainly have been Davis, although pronounced "Davey" locally. Some of the older residents today still do something similar with the name Griffiths, pronouncing it "Griffey". The cover of The Book of Withycombe will show a picture of Scout Cottage: I am sure that Elizabeth Davey is the lady standing outside the front door of it, while little Jane is in the road outside. (Yes, she was baptised Sarah Jane, but used the middle name alone, like one or two others of her siblings). Jane is believed to have suffered form some crippling childhood ailment, which meant that she had to walk with a stick. Ned Davey almost made it to the end of WW1 having served on the Westen Front, fighting with the Somersets. He was killed in action." Click here to see Ned's record of commemoration on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
At the time of the 1891 census, Elizabeth and John (a labourer) were living in Withycombe with their children William, George (both labourers), John, Sarah, James, Herbert and Richard (all scholars).
Chris has found the Davey family on the 1901 census, from the schedule they are still living at Scout Cottage, and John is working as a carter on a farm. His sons George (22), John (20) and Richard (13) are all working as agricultural labourers.
Emily (bap.9.12.1855). Married John Poole on 2.7.1874 in Dunster. Emily signed the register with a 'X.' 13 children - Rosa (bap.6.3.1875), Rosina (bap.9.7.1876), Mary (bap.13.7.1878), Robert Thomas (bap.4.12.1880), Ellen (bap.13.5.1883), William (bap.11.6.1885), John (bap.17.7.1887), Emily (bap.3.6.1889), Edith (bap.15.2.1892), Walter (bap.15.4.1893), Amelia (22.9.1894), George (bap.4.4.1896) and Lilian (bap.6.7.1899). 1881 - living Higher Marsh, Dunster, John was an agricultural labourer. 1891 – living in Marsh Street, Dunster with their children Mary, Robert, Ellen, William, John and Emily.. John was a labourer, Emily a laundress. 1901 - living West Street, Dunster. John was a labourer on a farm. In 1907, Emily was the informant on her mother Sarah's death certificate, at this time Emily was living at West Cottage, Dunster.
Ellen (bap.5.7.1863). Married William Webber on 16.10.1883 in Dunster. Both signed. 11 children - William George (bap.23.10.1883), Elizabeth (bap13.7.1885), Emily (bap.18.7.1887), Rosina (bap.16.5.1889), Robert James (bap.24.12.1890), Alice (bap.15.5.1893), Harry (bap.21.12.1895), Sidney (bap.9.4.1898), Ernest (bap.14.10.1899), Ellen (b.2.9.1901) and Mabel. 1891 census – living in Vine Cottage, St George’s Street, Dunster with husband William (a groom) and children George, Elizabeth, Emily, Rosena and Robert. 1901 census - living West Street, Dunster, William was an agricultural labourer.
Rosa (bap.21.7.1867). Died aged 8 on 6.7.1874, cause of death unknown - her death certificate states that no medical examination took place (not a legal requirement until c1875) - this may have been because the family could not afford a doctor.
Lucy (bap.31.10.1869) - At the time of the 1891 census, Lucy was lodging with her aunt Mary and uncle Ambsose Court at Marsh Street, Dunster. 1901 census, visitor to a laundress in Creech. On 31.3.1902 in the Chapel of Williton, Lucy married William Grabham, a 49 year old blacksmith. Both were residing in Williton.
5th Generation (children of Robert and Sarah Thomas)
Meg, Ethel and Mary
William Henry (b.10.7.1886). Known as Will. He was a police sergeant in Cardiff, married a Belgian lady called Jenny, 3 children.
Robert James (b.2.2.1888). Known as Bob - sometimes "Bob the Jewel Thief" after running off with the contents of the window display at the jewelers where he worked! He initially left Dunster for Cardiff and ran a pool hall in Park Lane. Also worked for a car factory in the Midlands. Married Gladys, 1 child, a son, Claude, who was an air gunner in the RAF. Click here to see Claude's commemoration on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
Sam (seated) and Jack Thomas John (b.19.3.1889). Known as Jack. He lodged with Mary and Charles until he joined the Army Medical Corps. At the time of his enlistment for WW1 (4.12.1915 in Swansea), he was working as a Billiard Marker in the Cameron Hotel, High Street, Swansea. My grandfather Jack Denman (Mary Thomas's son) is named after him. Jack’s Army Service Record gives a good physical description of him: he was 26 years old, 5’ 8¾” tall, his girth when fully expanded was 38 inches, and his expansion range was 4 inches. He had tattoo marks on his right arm and his “left arm finger”. His medical history, taken on 8.11.1915 records that he had a corn on his left foot, and false teeth in his upper jaw. Another medical history, taken 7.3.1916 in Cardiff, gives his weight as 145 lbs and states that he was of good physical development. He was vaccinated 3 times in infancy. Vision in his right eye was 6/12 and in his left 6/9. He had tattoos on his right arm and left ring finger. It also mentions the corn on his left foot and notes that the third toe on his left foot was slightly deformed. He had false upper teeth, dental treatment required. He had prominent veins in both legs.
Jack was a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery during WW1 and was injured and held captive According to information from the International Red Cross, Jack was captured in Craonne on 25.5.1918 during The Battle of The Aisne and interned in the PoW hospital at Worms, Hochheim Hill, Germany. The information from the Red Cross states that his rank was that of Private at the time of his capture.
He died in captivity of dysentery on 26.9.1918 and was buried in the cemetery of Worms-Hochheim in Germany. Jack's name is inscribed on a screen wall in the Allied Plot. There is no individual grave marking. He is also commemorated on a plaque inside St George's Church, Dunster, and on the plaque on Dunster Memorial Hall. This is the plaque inside St George’s Church, Dunster: He is commemorated on a plaque inside St George's Church, Dunster, and also on the plaque on Dunster Memorial Hall. Click here to see his commemoration on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.
Emily (b.15.10.1891) died aged 2 months after suffocating in bed at night. An inquest was held on 11.12.1891.
Sarah Margaret (b.11.4.1890). Known as Margaret or Meg. Margaret was in service at Dunster Castle for a time - the Minute Book of the Parish Council Meetings records the award of one pound to Margaret Thomas, a domestic servant not more than 16 years old at the end of her one year's service." She married Arthur Hobbs, an army man, and lived in Cardiff. 4 children.
Richard (bap.15.4.1893). Richard died aged 8 on 12.9.1901. The cause of death was "fracture of the base of the skull caused by being crushed between a timber wagon and a wall at Dunster." An inquest was held on 16.9.1901, the verdict was misadventure.
Alice (bap.12.10.1895). The Minute Book of the Parish Council Meetings records in 1913 the award of one pound to Alice Thomas, a domestic servant not more than 16 years old at the end of her one year's service." If this Alice is Robert and Sarah's daughter, she would have been 18! Many of the family were in service at the Castle. Alice married Bill Maddox. One daughter.
Samuel (bap.23.1.1897). Sam fought in WW1 but was injured and demobbed. afterwards he worked as a fireman in Cardiff. He married, possibly to a lady called Hetty, and had 2 daughters. He is mentioned on the plaque on Dunster Memorial Hall.
Edwin (bap.4.6.1898). Known as Eddo. Eddo used to work for Parham's, a grocer's shop in Dunster. He worked there all his life, initally doing his rounds by hand cart or bicycle, and later progressing to a motor vehicle. Eddo was gassed during WW1 (he is mentioned on the plaque on Dunster Memorial Hall). After the war he returned to his job at Parham's, where he worked until he retired.
Herbert (bap.7.10.1899). Herbert was born on 4.6.1899, and baptised on 7.10.1899.
Ethel Maud (bap.15.1.1902). Lived in Alma Street, Taunton, for a while, near her sister Mary. She later married Bert Chalker and moved to Torquay. Bert was the manager of a grocery shop. 4 children. Died around 1950.
Alma (b.19.7.1903). Alma was in service at Dunster Castle for a while, and later was in service in Cardiff, where she met and married Alfred Clarke. They had one son.