Cain & Elizabeth Duck of Blackland,  Calne

Cain Duck, son of Thomas and Priscilla, was baptised in Calne, Wiltshire, on 23 June 1776.

Elizabeth Manners, daughter of Benjamin and his first wife Anne, was born on 31 May 1790 and baptised in Calne on 13 June 1790.

Both families lived in Blackland, a hamlet to the south of Calne. St Peter’s church in Blackland park, was probably a chapel of ease for Calne parish and it is very likely that all the baptisms and marriages took place at St Peter’s rather than in Calne itself. There are certainly a lot of the Duck and Manners family members buried in the small churchyard.

Cain Duck married Elizabeth Manners in Calne on 23 September 1811. Their children's baptisms, recorded in Calne, were:


17 May 1812

born 12 Apr


7 Aug 1814

born 7 July


25 Aug 1816

born 21 July


13 Mar 1821

born 16 Feb


17 Aug 1823

born 18 Feb


9 Oct 1825

born 26 Aug


21 Sep 1828


Isaac Strong

23 Sep 1832


St Peter's Church, Blackland
St Peter’s church, Blackland
Located in Blackland Park the church appears to have
acted as a chapel of ease for the parish of Calne,
as the parish registers appear with those for Calne.

In 1837 Elizabeth’s father, Benjamin Manners, died and in his will he left her one of a pair of cottages in Blackland, which 18 months earlier had been in the occupation of William Dew.

In 1841 Cain and Elizabeth were living in Blackland Tithing, Calne, with their 3 youngest children; Nathan, Abraham and Isaac. Cain, Nathan and Abraham were all shown as agricultural labourers. Enoch, Ann and Elijah were living in Stockley, Matthias was a carpenter staying with his uncle Abel, also a carpenter, in Corsham, and Priscilla was a servant in Compton Bassett.

In 1842 Cain was bequeathed the sum of five pounds when his brother Abel Duck died.

Elijah married in 1847, Matthias and Priscilla in 1849.

In 1851 Cain and Elizabeth were at Calstone, and Cain was again shown as an agricultural labourer. Nathan was in Stockley with his brothers; Abraham and Isaac, all labourers. In 1861 Cain and Elizabeth were shown at New Buildings, Blackland and Cain died two years later aged about 87.

headstone in the churchyard of St Peter, Blackland, near Calne
In Blackland churchyard

Died March 4th 1863
Aged 84 years
Also ELIZABETH, relict of the above
Died July 6th 1874 aged 84 years
Also ENOCH, son of
Died March 3rd 1848
Aged 34 years
Who have fled for refuge – Heb. 6c 18v

Nathan and Abraham do not seem to have married but worked together as bakers in Stockley and in 1871 they had their widowed mother, Elizabeth living with them, along with Matthias’ daughter, Louisa. Elizabeth died in 1874, aged 84.

Of Cain and Elizabeth’s children:

  • Enoch was a witness to William Carpenter’s will of January 1847 but he appears to have died within a month or so of this as his death was registered in Calne in the same quarter. He is remembered on his parents’ gravestone but his date of death should read March 3rd 1847. He is not known to have married.
  • Ann married a policeman, Alfred Beaven, in 1850 and they are known to have had two children:


    Q2 1851

    Ham, Wilts


    Q2 1854

    Ham, Wilts

    Ann died in 1903 aged 88.

  • Elijah married Elizabeth Creber in 1847 and farmed near Corsham. They are known to have had the following children baptised:

    James Cain

    16 Apr 1848


    Enoch Creber

    Q2 1849


    Elizabeth Agnes

    29 Sep 1850


    Walter Henry

    8 Jul 1855

    Corsham - died 1855

    Lucy Harris

    17 Aug 1856



    12 Mar 1858

    Corsham - died 1858

    In 1847 Elijah, farmer of Corsham formerly of Stockley, was named as a trustee and witness of the will of William Carpenter of Roughlease Farm, Calne. In 1851 and 1861 Elijah was farming 63 acres at Thingley farm. He then moved to Pitts farm which was recorded in 1871 as 90 acres and 1881 as 100 acres. By 1881 he was a widow, Elizabeth having died in 1879, and his unmarried son, Enoch, and daughter, Lucy, were living with him. By 1891 he was a retired farmer living at Church Farm, Corsham, still with Enoch and Lucy, and he died later that year, aged 75.

  • Matthias married Ann Adams in Swindon in 1849.
  • Priscilla married James Carpenter in 1849. James was the son of William Carpenter of Roughlease Farm and was a trustee and executor of his will. James was a farmer and they appear to have had 6 children:


    Q3 1849



    bap 22 Sep 1850



    bap 25 Dec 1852



    Q1 1855


    William James

    Q2 1861


    Louisa Priscilla

    bap 14 Feb 1864


    In 1851 they were in Stockley, but at some point they moved to Purton. In 1861 they were farming at Bentham, in 1871 at Alma Farm, Bentham, and in 1881 at Stoke, all in Purton. By 1891 they had retired and were living in Stockley and in 1901 they were staying with Priscilla’s brother, Nathan. Priscilla died in 1904.

  • Nathan and Abraham did not marry but spent their lives in Stockley working as bakers and mealmen. Abraham died in 1898, aged 70, and by 1901 their sister Priscilla and her retired farmer husband James Carpenter had moved in with Nathan. Nathan died in1907, aged 82.

    MI of Abraham Duck 1898
    In Blackland Churchyard

    loving memory of
    Died Aug 31st 1898
    Aged 70 years
    Thy will be done
    Died July 29th 1919
    Aged 61 years
    The Lord is my shepherd

  • Isaac married Mary Ann Sloper in 1857 and lived in Cherhill where their children were all baptised:

    Thomas Sloper

    22 Feb 1858


    Fanny Sloper

    9 Jun 1861


    Albert William

    22 Mar 1863


    Ernest Simon

    19 Feb 1865


    Mary Alice Elizabeth

    10 Mar 1867


    Joseph James

    25 Dec 1871


    John Lindsay

    25 Dec 1874


    In 1861 Isaac was recorded as Innkeeper and farmer of 70 acres living at the Bell Inn public house in Cherhill. He appears to have farmed there all his life and died in 1908, aged 77.