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John & Mary Gosling
of Chiseldon

John Gosling appears to have been born in Wiltshire in about 1771.

Mary Lewis, daughter of Jonathan and Mary, was baptised in Chiseldon, Wiltshire, on 7 June 1772.  She may have been the Mary who married John although the marriage has not yet been found and from her burial record John’s wife appears to have been born in about 1767. The first two children’s baptisms name their mother as Mary Lewis.

John and his wife Mary had the following children:

Robert 28 Jul 1796 bap. 25 Dec 1796  Chiseldon
John 31 Oct 1799 bap. 17 Nov 1799  Chiseldon
William 26 Sep 1802 bap. 10 Oct 1802   Chiseldon
Jonathan 30 Nov 1804 bap. 25 Dec 1804  Liddington
Mary 26 Jul 1807 bap. 27 Jul 1807 Chiseldon
Elizabeth 23 Oct 1808 bap. 11 Dec 1808  Chiseldon

Mary Gosling of Coate, aged 58, was buried at Chiseldon on 13 April 1826.

John Gosling of Coate, aged 62, was buried at Chiseldon on 27 July 1834.

Chisledon church


The Church at Chiseldon
viewed from close to the
three headstones shown below

Of their children:

  • Robert and his wife Maria had the following children baptised:

    John 2 Mar 1823 Crayford, Kent
    Shadrach 19 Sep 1824 Crayford, Kent   died young?
    Robert 8 Jan 1826 Crayford, Kent
    Henry Thomas 3 Feb 1828 Crayford, Kent
    James 2 Dec 1829 Crayford, Kent
    William 23 Feb 1834 Crayford, Kent
    Walter 18 Dec 1836 Bexley, Kent
    Mary 1 Apr 1838 Bexley, Kent
    Elizabeth 1842 Northfleet, Kent
    George Robert 1844 Northfleet, Kent
    Robert was a general dealer living in Bexley in 1841, but soon afterwards moved to Northfleet where, in 1851, he was the ‘Beer Shop Keeper’ at ‘The North Star’ in or near Providence Place. However, by 1861 he had moved to Gravesend where he was recorded as a labourer. He died there in 1864.
  • John married Mary Hitchcock in Wanborough on 24 May 1830 and they are believed to have had the following children:
    Henry ca. 1831  
    Mary Susanna bap. 12 Jul 1832 Swindon
    Maria bap. 24 Jul 1833 Swindon
    William ca. 1834  
    James ca. 1836  
    Elizabeth ca. 1837  
    Ellen ca. 1839 Stratton St Margaret
    John May/June 1841 died?
    John 1842 Stratton St Margaret
    Ruth 2 Oct 1844 bap.22 Oct Brookthorpe, Glos.
    Joseph 29 Sep 1846 bap.11 Feb 1847 Brookthorpe
    Frank/Francis 31 Jul 1848 bap.15 Jul 1849 Brookthorpe
    Albert 25 Jul 1850 bap.25 Aug Brookthorpe
    Eliza 27 Apr 1853 bap.26 Jun Brookthorpe
    In 1841 John was a labourer living in Startton St Margaret. He moved to Brookthorpe in Gloucestershire and in 1851 was a railway labourer. He was still working on the railway in 1861 when he was living in Cranham, Gloucestershire.
  • William and his wife Hannah (born Kempsford, Glos, ca.1802) are known to have had the following children, all born in Badbury Wick, south of Swindon:
    Ann ca. 1831  
    Mary ca. 1833  
    Ruth ca. 1835 died 1865
    Elizabeth ca. 1837  
    Jonathan ca. 1839  
    William ca. 1841  
    Ellen ca. 1845  
    In 1841 William was recorded as a butcher but by 1851 he was farming 100 acres at Badbury Wick and employing 5 labourers.  He was farming 100 acres at Coate, Liddington, in 1861. This may have been the same farm as Coate is very close to Badbury Wick.
    Hannah died in 1873.  William Gosling of Coate, Lyddington, aged 73, was buried at Chiseldon on 22 April 1876.  Their headstones and one to their daughter Ruth are shown below.

    As thy days so shall thy strength be
    Remembrance Of
    (of Coate, Swindon)
    who peacefully
    departed this life
    April 18th 1876
    Aged 73 years
    He that believeth in me, though
    He were dead, yet shall he live
    And whosoever liveth and believeth
    In me shall never die.    John XI.25.26
    Headstones in Chisledon churchyard
    As thy days so shall thy strength be
    Remembrance Of
    Wife Of
    (of Coate, Swindon)
    who peacefully
    departed this life
    January 23rd 1873
    Aged 72 years
    Blessed are the dead which die in
    the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith
    the Spirit, that they may rest from
    their labours; and their works do
    follow them.    Revelations XIV.13


    Affectionate Remembrance Of
    RUTH daughter of
    of Coate
    who died February 26th 1865
    Aged 27 years
    Forebear dear friends, forebear to weep
    Serenely in the grave I sleep
    Tho short my life God saw it best
    To take me home with him to rest
  • Jonathan Gosling of Coate, aged 28, was buried at Chiseldon on 21 December 1834.
  • Elizabeth married Thomas Adams in 1829.

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