published by Derrick Norton on Fri, 27/03/2015 - 15:43
My Great Grandfather was widowed in Paddington, Middlesex and moved to Weston in 1902 for family reasons. I then lose track of him. All I know after his move is that he is buried in Milton Road Cemetery. Long ago I saw the gravestone which said, "George Norton 1904". I was told by family that it was a pauper's grave.
I understand from www.workhouses.org.uk that in the Axbridge Union there were a number of small workhouses, including in Weston.
Thomas LARNER (1792/93-2.6.1838) married Jane LACEY at Compton Martin on 3.3.1816,
there were 3 children born of the marriage.
When Thomas LARNER's son George was baptised at Chew Stoke in 1817, Thomas was described as a Gentleman. In his will dated 3.6.1836 he described himself as a Yeoman of Moreton in the parish of Compton Martin. On his Death Certificate he is described as a Farmer aged 45, leaving property in Chew Stoke.
I can find no trace of Thomas's baptism at Compton Martin, Chew Stoke or Chew Magna or details of his parents.
One of my ancestors was a Samuel Urch who was born circa 1753, he died aged 92 years old of General Decay in Long Ashton Workhouse on the 24 January 1845, a good age in those days.
I have hit a brickwall as to his place of birth and his parents. I have long believed he was born in Westbury sub Mendip, there is a missing page in the Westbury sub Mendip Parish Register (confirmed by Somerset Heritage Centre) which has missing records from 16 July 1754 and 9 May 1756 and I believe his parents could be Thomas & Frances Urch but of course I have no proof.