Thomas & Elizabeth Adams of Coate, Chiseldon

Thomas Adams, son of Mark and Hester, was baptised at the church of St Peter & St Paul in Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 9 February 1800.

Thomas first married Hannah Woodham in Ramsbury on 9 November 1819 and they are believed to have had the following children:

Harriet

12 Nov 1820

bapt. Ramsbury

Mary

ca.1823

Mark

ca.1825

Thomas

ca.Dec 1827

died April 1828

However Hannah died in 1928 as the following burials were recorded in Chiseldon; Thomas Adams aged 18 weeks on 19 April 1828 and Hannah Adams aged 30 on 4 December 1828.

Elizabeth Gosling, daughter of John and Mary, was born on 23 October 1808 and baptised in Chiseldon, Wiltshire, on 11 December.

Thomas married Elizabeth in Chiseldon on 30 May 1829; witnesses were James Adams and Sarah Davies. They are known to have had the following children:

Ann

8 Mar 1830

bapt. 11 Apr 1830 Chiseldon

Ellen

23 Mar 1832 

bapt. 29 Sep 1833 Chiseldon

Ruth

8 Sep 1834

bapt. 29 Sep 1834 Chiseldon

John

8 Sep 1834

bapt. 29 Sep 1834 Chiseldon

Thomas

27 Jan 1837

bapt. 28 Feb Prim. Meth. Brinkworth

Jane

ca. 1839

John

bapt. 17 Feb 1842

Wesleyan, Swindon

Alfred

bapt. 28 Apr 1844

Wesleyan, Swindon

Elizabeth

bapt. 24 Dec 1846

Chiseldon

Louisa

bapt. 12 May 1850

Chiseldon

William

ca. 1853

Chiseldon

The first 4 christenings state that Thomas was a labourer. The last 2 state that he was a publican living in Coate. However, on Ann’s marriage certificate in 1849 Thomas’ occupation was given as Machine Maker.

In 1841 Thomas, a machine maker, and Elizabeth were living at Badbury Wick with Mary and Mark, children by Thomas’ first wife, and Ann, Ellen, Ruth, Thomas and Jane. It is assumed that Ruth’s twin brother, John, had died young.

In 1851 Thomas was again shown in the census as a machine maker living at Coate with Elizabeth and 7 of their children; Ruth, Thomas Jane, John, Alfred, Elizabeth and Louisa.

In 1861 Thomas was in Wanborough and was shown as a miller. With him were Elizabeth and their youngest 3 children plus a grandson John Norris.

By 1871 Thomas was a cow keeper, still in Wanborough, with Elizabeth, children Louisa and William and grandson John Adams.

Thomas Adams’ death was registered in Highworth in the 4th quarter of 1879.

In 1881 Elizabeth, a widow described as a gentlewoman, was living at Lower Town, Wanborough, Wilts, with her 25-year-old nephew, Albert Gosling. She continued to live with Albert Gosling and his family until she died, aged 99, in 1907.

Of Thomas' children:

  • Mark became a carpenter and married Sarah Yarrington in 1845. Their known children were:

    Ann

    1847

    Chisledon

    William Robert

    1849

    Chisledon

    Mary Jane

    1851

    Lambeth

    Emily

    1853

    Chisledon

    Mark

    1855

    Chisledon

    Ellen

    1857

    Chisledon

    John

    1859

    Chisledon

    In 1851 Mark was working in Lambeth, London, and Mary was born there. However, he returned to Badbury, Chiseldon, and in 1861 he was recorded as a carpenter on the railway. He was still in Badbury in 1871 although by this time Sarah had died and he had remarried to Jane Cove in 1863. Mark and Jane had one daughter:

    Lucy Harriet Jane

    1867

    Chisledon

    Mark died in 1886.

  • Ann married a policeman, Matthias Duck, in Swindon in 1849 and lived for a while in Wootton Bassett.
  • Thomas, a machine maker like his father, married Ann Sellwood in 1856 and they lived in Badbury with their children:

    Charlotte Annie

    1857

    Chisledon

    Ellen

    1859

    Chisledon

    Elizabeth

    1861

    Chisledon

    Walter Sellwood

    1865

    Chisledon

    Agnes Hannah

    1867

    Chisledon

  • John became a miller and married Mary Miflin in 1859. They appear to have had at least two children:

    Edwin John

    ca.1860

    Wanborough

    William Alfred J

    ca.1868

    Kensington

    By 1881 John had married Susannah and they had a further 8 children:

    Ellen Frances

    1878

    Wanborough

    Louise

    ca.1879

    Wanborough

    John

    ca.1881

    Clapham

    Elizabeth

    ca.1884

    Clapham

    Charles

    ca.1887

    Stockwell

    Susanna

    1888

    Stockwell

    Margaret

    1890

    Stockwell

    Henry

    1892

    Stockwell

  • Alfred was a miller lodging with Edward Cook in Lambourn, Berkshire, in 1861.
  • Elizabeth married John Kent in 1869 and they were in Hinton Parva in 1871.
  • Louisa married Edwin Holyoak in 1872 and their children were:

    William Henry Thomas

    1873

    Lechlade

    Dorcas Louise

    1874

    Eton

    Edward Albert

    1876

    Eton

    Jonas John Bert

    1879

    Eton

    Thomas

    1882

    Battersea

    Florence Blanche

    1886

    Twickenham

    Edwin was a dairyman and dealer, but by 1901 they had moved to Brinkworth, where Edwin was the publican of the Wagon & Horses.

  • William married Elizabeth Carpenter in 1873, farmed at Moore Leaze, Liddington Wick, and they had the following children:

    Amy Louisa

    1875

    Purton

    Ellen Annie

    1877

    Purton

    Walter Ernest

    1881

    Liddington

    William Jonathan

    1884

    Liddington

    Percy James

    1888

    Liddington

    May Elizabeth

    1891

    Liddington

    By 1901 he had moved to Manor farm, West Kington.