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William & Frances Bishop
of Cley-next-the-Sea

William Benjamin Bishop, son of Robert and Elizabeth, was born in Blakeney on 7 June 1822.  He served as a mate in the merchant navy.

Frances Ramm, daughter of James and Elizabeth, was baptised in Cley-next-the-sea on 23 August 1822.

William married Frances in Cley-next-the-sea on 28 May 1844 and they had the following children baptised in Cley:

William Benjamin 15 Jan 1845 buried  7 Feb
William Howard no baptism found buried 12 Sep 1847
(assumed theirs)
Eliza Elizabeth Bear 24 Oct 1849 buried 17 Dec
William Henry 17 Aug 1851  
Anna Maria 18 Jul 1854  
Arthur Peace 9 Jun 1856  
Robert Benjamin 23 Jan 1859 born 28 Aug 1858
Howard James Ramm 26 Jan 1862 born 29 Jun 1861
Florence Elizabeth 26 Jul 1863  

The 1851 census showed William and Frances living on their own in Quay Street, Cley, their first three children having died in infancy.

The 1861 census for ships taken at Walker, Newcastle, Northumberland, shows A B Seaman William Bishop as part of the four man crew of the vessel ‘Good Intent’, probably a fishing boat. Frances and their four children; William, Anna, Arthur and Robert were living at High Street, Cley.

William is said to have been blinded in an accident on a ship about five years before he died.  He was buried in Cley on 12 June 1870 aged 48.

In 1871 Fanny Bishop, widow and dressmaker, was living on the East side of the High Street with her five younger children.  In 1881 she was still living there with Arthur, Howard and Florence.  Arthur and Howard were shown as fishermen.  By 1891 only Arthur was still living there with Frances.  Frances was buried on 21 January 1899.

Of their children:

  • William married Maria Cornwell in Cley in 1872 and they had four children baptised there:
    Maria Elizabeth 8 Jun 1873  
    Anna Sarah 7 Feb 1875  
    Alice Mary Ramm 15 Oct 1876  
    William George 15 Jan 1888  
    William was a mariner during the 1870's and is believed to have been to Russia.  In 1881 he was shown as an agricultural labourer and in 1891 as a merchant's labourer both times living in Stirgess Yard.  In 1901 he was shown as a fowler and fisherman living in Howes Yard.  He may have died in about 1917.
    • Maria may have married in 1897.
    • Anna Sarah married her 2nd cousin James Jackson in 1891.
  • Anna Maria married Francis Lewis, a sailor, possibly in 1878 but they do not appear to have had any children until 1892 when Frances James Lewis was born.  Robert and Hephzibah’s first child, Mary Ann Beatrice, appears to have lived with them as she is shown there in 1881 (incorrectly as daughter) and 1891 (as Beatrice, niece).  By 1891 Francis was shown as a merchant’s labourer living in Porritt’s Yard and in 1901 as a general labourer living in Hollin’s Yard.
  • Arthur was a fisherman and probably did not marry. He died in 1933.
  • Robert married Hephzibah Gooch Cornwell in 1878.
  • Howard married Lydia from Salthouse and they had the following children mostly baptised in Cley:
    Rosa Ann 1884  
    Frederick James 15 Jan 1887  
    Walter Robert 20 Feb 1891  
    Ellis Howard 19 Feb 1893  
    Georgina 1895  
    Arthur 16 Apr 1898  
    Edgar Robert 20 Nov 1900  
    Valentine Bertie 14 Feb 1903  
    Sidney James 14 Jun 1905  
    The 1891 and 1901 census records show Howard and Lydia and their children living in a house at Hill Side, Cley.  Howard's occupation was agricultural labourer.
    • Rosa was a housemaid in Mitcham, Surrey, in 1901.
    • Fred married Millicent Martha Stone in 1915 but apparently died during the First World War.
    • Walter married Charlotte Elizabeth High from Salthouse in 1915 and they lived in Cley.  Walter was buried there in 1971 and Charlotte in 1985.
    • Ellis married Mildred Jane Fuller in 1913. They lived in Cley and were buried there in 1977 and 1976 respectively.
    • Arthur married and had children and was buried in Cley in 1938.
    • Edgar married Beatrice Eggleton in 1919.
    • Valentine died in 1941.
  • Florence married James William Broughton, a mariner from Blakeney, in Cley on 20 May 1884. By 1899 they had moved to South Shields, County Durham. In 1901 and 1911 they were living at 233 South Eldon Street.  Their children were:
    Anna Mary B Q2 1885 Cley
    James William Howard Q4 1886 Cley
    Arthur Robert F Q2 1889 Cley
    Percy Ernest  Q1 1893 Cley
    Stanley Roland Q2 1896 Cley
    William Marshall Q2 1899 South Shields
    Florence Annie Q3 1902 South Shields
    John Thomas Q3 1904 South Shields
    Septimus Peter S Q1 1907 South Shields
    Florence died in 1940.
    • Anna married John Storey in 1907.
    • James married Jessie Hazel in 1908.
    • Arthur married Catherine Fryer in 1921.
    • Percy married Hannah Mansfield in 1918.
    • Stanley married Florence Mansfield in 1921.
    • Florence married Robson Wayman in 1923.
    • John married Annie Fraser in 1928.
    • Septimus married Ruth Smith in 1934.

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