Benjamin & Ann Manners of Blackland, Calne

Benjamin Manners, the son of Joseph and Sarah, was baptised in Blackland in 1761.

Anne Glead, daughter of Robert and Martha, was baptised in Calne on 8 July 1759.

Benjamin Manners married Anne Gleed in Calne on 8 April 1782.

Benjamin and Anne had the following children, all of whom were mentioned in Benjamin’s will of 1835:

Joseph

ca. 1785

James

ca. 1787

Elizabeth

31 May 1790

bap 13 June

Hannah

bap. 24 Dec 1794

Blackland

Benjamin

ca. 1797

Ann Manners died at the age of 39 on 16 August 1799 and was buried on 20 August 1799 in Blackland churchyard where her headstone still stands.

headstone for Ann Manners

In
memory of
ANN wife of BENJAMIN MANNERS
who died August 16th 1799
aged 39 years

Benjamin Manners married Elizabeth Butcher in Calne on 22 March 1802. Their children, some mentioned in Benjamin’s will, are believed to have been:

John

bap. 27 July 1803

Calne

Ann

 

bur. 14 Nov 1804 Calne

Harriet

bap. 8 Jun 1806

Calne

Ann

bap 23 Sep 1807

Calne

David

 

buried 8 Jan 1810 Calne

David

bap. 17 April 1811

Heddington, born 21 Feb 1811 twins

Sarah

bap. 17 April 1811

Heddington, born 21 Feb 1811 twins

Mary

bap. 15 Nov 1813

Heddington

Jacob

Leah

bap. 5 Jan 1818

Heddington

Benjamin made a will in 1835 and died early in 1837. It is clear from his will that Benjamin was a farmer.

In 1841 Elizabeth was staying with her son John in Quemerford. She died in 1849.

Of Benjamin’s children:

  • Joseph married Elizabeth Reeves in Calne on 13 May 1815 and they had the following children:

    Julia

    bap. 1 Jun 1817

    Heddington

    Louisa

    bap. 1 Jun 1817

    Heddington

    James

    ca. 1819

    Benjamin

    ca. 1821

    George

    ca. 1823

    William

    ca. 1825

    Susannah

    bap. 12 Aug 1827

    Heddington

    In 1837 his father bequeathed Joseph a cottage in Blackland, occupied by Henry Wheeler. Joseph was a farm worker living in Heddington in 1841 with his wife and 4 youngest children. Also with them was his married daughter Julia Lee with her own daughter. By 1851 Joseph was shown to have an 8 acre farm in Heddington which he was farming with his son George. Joseph died in 1854.

  • James was a carpenter, married Sarah Pearce in Heddington on 19 July 1810, and they may have had these children:

    Henry

    1811

    Joseph

    1816

    Jane

    6 Oct 1816

    Heddington

    Anne

    2 May 1819

    Heddington

    Harriet

    23 Dec 1821

    Heddington

    Charles

    1824

    James

    1827

    Sarah

    14 Dec 1828

    Heddington

    Eliza

    ca.1831

    James

    ca.1835

    William

    ca.1839

    James and Sarah lived in Sandy Lane, Whetham, near Calne. By 1871 Sarah had died (1866) and James was living with his married daughter Sarah Weston. James died in 1872.

  • Elizabeth married Cain Duck in 1811 and lived in Blackland, Calne. When her father died in 1837 she was bequeathed the cottage adjoining that bequeathed to her brother Joseph.
  • Hannah married James Duck in Heddington on 26 May 1814 and Joseph Manners was one of the witnesses. James and Hannah lived in Bromham where they had 9 children baptised:

    William

    5 Jan 1815

    Joseph

    29 Dec 1816

    must have died young

    James

    17 May 1818

    born 29 April 1818

    Joseph

    21 Jan 1821

    Jane

    21 Dec 1823

    Mary Ann

    16 Jul 1826

    Isaac

    22 Feb 1829

    Henry

    9 Apr 1832

    Elijah

    19 Feb 1837

    James Duck died in 1838 and in later census records all his sons were shown as blacksmiths so it is assumed that was James Duck’s trade. In 1861 even Hannah was recorded as a smith! Hannah died in 1866 at the age of 72.

  • Benjamin was referred to as a wheeler in his father’s will of 1835 although in all the census records he was shown as a carpenter living in Heddington. He married Hannah Hughes in Heddington on 17 July 1821 and they are believed to have had the following children, all born in Heddington:

    Caroline

    bap. 29 Dec 1822

    Henry

    ca. 1823

    Alfred

    ca. 1825

    Mary Ann

    bap. 4 Mar 1824

    Elizabeth

    bap. 29 Mar 1829

    Daniel

    ca. 1831

    Eliza

    bap. 7 Apr 1833

    James

    ca. 1835

    Sarah

    bap. 25 Dec 1836

    Jesse

    late 1838

    Julia

    bap. 3 Oct 1841

    Benjamin died in 1874, aged 77.

  • John may have married Hannah Ford in Calne on 21 December 1834 although she appears to have died young and no children are known. John lived in a cottage in Quemerford, eventually bequeathed to him in 1837 by his father along with the adjoining cottage occupied by William New. In 1841 he had his mother living with him in Quemerford. He married Esther Powell in 1845 and they had a son:

    George John Powell

    1848

    Calne

    In 1851 John was a railway carrier living in Calne with Esther and George, but Esther must have died as in 1857 John married Eliza Townsend and in 1861 they were living in Greenham, Berkshire, with John’s son George. They had a further son:

    Mark

    1861

    Greenham

    In 1871 John was living at Greenham with Eliza and Mark. John died in 1877, aged 74.

  • Harriet is believed to have married in 1823 and was mentioned as the widow of Jacob White in her father’s will of 1835 but nothing more is known about her.
  • Ann is believed to have married Charles Romain in 1823 and they are known to have had at least 2 children:

    Charles

    16 May 1824

    Southbroom

    Mary Ann

    30 Jul 1830

    Devizes

    However, Ann must have died before 1835 as she was not mentioned in her father’s will and in February 1836 Charles Romain remarried in Devizes.

  • David was said to be a shoemaker when mentioned in his father’s will of 1835, but by 1851 he was a shopkeeper selling groceries in Quemerford Common. He had married Sarah Bailey in 1837 and they are known to have had 3 children:

    Henry

    1838

    Blackland

    Frances

    1839

    Blackland

    David

    1844

    Calne

    The family have not been traced after 1851.

  • Sarah was a dressmaker according to her father’s will of 1835 but nothing more is known about her.
  • Mary married Henry Shepherd in 1841 and they are known to have had 5 children:

    Ann Caroline

    1841

    Chippenham

    Wiliam

    ca. 1844

    Corsham

    John Henry 

    1847

    Bridgwater, Somerset

    Robert

    ca. 1850

    Bath, Somerset

    George D

    ca. 1854

    Cirencester, Gloucester

  • Jacob was recorded as a publican living in Quemerford in 1851 but has not been traced after that.
  • Leah married George Watts in 1840 and they had one son:

    Jesse

    Dec/Jan 1840/41

    Calne

    In 1841 they were in Quemerford and by 1851 the had moved to Bishops Cannings. In 1871 they were near Blakeney in Gloucestershire. Leah’s death was probably registered in Cardiff in 1882.