Sunday, 10 January 2016

Pickett, Boyce, and Curtis Brickwall

I have been working on some loose ends in my family tree. I thought it was time I gave this a wider audience.

The 1851 census gives William Pickett's birth place as Merone in Devon, this place name is not found in the Devon Gazetteers,, The best fit for William is the baptism of William Peckett, son of William and Grace baptised on 11 Mar 1770 in Monkokehampton.

William Pickett circa 1770 in Devon, with Elizabeth, born Weymouth, had four children baptised in Millbrook, Southampton.

Louise b. 1807, Stephen b. 1809, George b. 1810 and Caroline 1812.  A marriage not found.

Caroline Pickett b. 1812 is my 3 x Great Grandmother, she married firstly, George Boyce in Millbrook on 30 Jan 1830.

George died that same year in the April. They had one son George b. 18 Oct 1830, my 2 x Great Grandfather.

Caroline married secondly, William Curtis on 23 Dec 1832 in Millbrook.
They had a son William 1834 - 1836, Caroline died on 16 Oct 1836.

William then married Caroline's elder sister Louisa on 14 Jan 1838 in St Mary Portsea.
They had two children Joshua in 1841 and Caroline in 1843. Both bapt., in Millbrook.

William Curtis died in 1844 and Louisa in 1848, hence the children are with the grandparents on the 1851 census at Four Posts, Millbrook, Southampton

It was against the law to marry your dead wife's sister, but, when did that stop folk! There are such cases in my family, one well documented, as a court case followed, one on the Isle of Wight where the vicar baptised the subsequent children as base born.   

I would think that is why the marriage was in Portsea.   Interestingly there is a marriage in Portsea of William Peskett to Elizabeth Lane on 21 Jun 1804 ? Needs some more work.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Koko, "Red Dog"

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A Kelpie called Koko to play the role of "Red Dog"

Monday, 13 July 2009


I am chuffed at how much pleasure my hens bring me, they are fascinating to watch and very friendly too!!

Plus I get the added bonus of about 6 to 10 eggs per day. Over the last 20 years I have always tried to have a few hens running around, my father started it off when he gave me some Bantams, but sadly the darn fox clears me out on an all too regular basis, just hate it.

Recently a chum of ours offered me rescue hens from a large poultry farm, and a local Doctor wanted to reduce his flock. So I had to devise a way of making the chickens safe from the fox. A search on the internet led me to buying a roll of electric netting designed to keep chickens safe. I must say this is working very well and also stops the Kelpies, Roo and Rusty from rounding them up!!

I have 6 black hens which I think are Orpington or may be Australorp, and 8 brown hens that you see in the big free range units. The Brown hens lay brown eggs and the black ones lay white.

Would love to know what breed they are, if you know, pleased leave a comment.

The best time is going to collect the eggs with my two grandsons, wonderful to see their faces.

I am feeding them on mixed corn and layers pellets, with grit and shell. They live in two rather old field poultry sheds, and this seems ideal.

I am amazed at just how much you can buy for keeping a few hens, seems to be a very popular hobby.

Sunday, 31 May 2009

John and Sarah HARTLEY

John HARTLEY, who on the 1851 census states he was born in 1799 at Little Borton, Oxfordshire, this village is a bit of a mystery to me, may be it is the village of Little Bourton near Cropbredy, the spelling in the 1851 census is clearly Little Borton.

Other possibilities are:

The village of Middle Barton has no Church, it uses the churches of Steeple Barton & Westcote Barton. Little Barton was often called Westcote Barton.

A part of Headington, Oxfordshire is called Barton. The Headington area included the three villages of Old Headington, New Headington, and Headington Quarry, as well as Headington Hill, the Marston Road area, Barton, and Sandhills. The parish registers are on the IGI, but no John Hartley there.

I am wondering if he was of the Catholic faith, but when he moved to Hampshire in around 1818 he christened his children in the parish churches at Sherfield English, Hampshire and West Wellow, Wiltshire.

His wife was Sarah, on the 1851 she states she was born 1796 in Bucknell Oxfordshire, I have not found their marriage, or her baptism, the eldest child I have for them is Anna Maria 1819 in Sherfield English Wiltshire.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

My Keplies. Pictures speak louder than words !!



Rusty & Roo

Roo & Rusty

Rusty & Roo

Roo & Rusty

"Bob the Kelpie"

This is such a cute little ditty.