My GGG Grandmother was Elizabeth (Betty) PARKER, died 20 Jul 1868, Weston-super-mare. She was married to George PARKER, Blacksmith, died Weston-super-mare 4 Oct 1845. She and George were married in Bleadon on 22 May 1808 and her maiden name SALVIDGE. So far, so good, but I am stuck following Betty’s SALVIDGE line back. Can anyone help?
The age on her death certificate (87) suggests she was born 1781. The 1851 Census shows her born Bleadon (inferred 1779), the 1861 Census shows her born West Harptree (inferred 1781). I have looked at all SALVIDGE ‘events’ in Somerset and can find no baptism for Elizabeth anywhere.
There are only 3 SALVIDGE families with baptisms c1780. One at Winscombe, one at Chewton Mendip and then James and Sarah SALVIDGE who were baptising children at Bleadon 1771-80. This may well be the same James and Sarah SALVIDGE whose first six children were baptised at Litton (near Chewton Mendip) 1763-1770. To support this theory the only marriage I can find for James Salvidge in the relevant period is at Shipham, on 17th Nov 1759, between James SALVIDGE, farmer, of Litton, and Sarah TUTTON of Shipham.
My theory is that Betty SALVIDGE is the daughter of James and Sarah. Others of James and Sarah’s children were baptised ‘privately’ and only later in Church and recorded in the Register, so did this happen in Betty’s case, but she didn’t have the later public baptism? Both Betty’s parents were dead before she was four years old – is that a factor? (James SALVIDGE buried, Bleadon, 4 July 1782 and Sarah SALVIDGE buried, Bleadon, 5 March 1784) The Bleadon location would square with what the 1851 Census says for Betty’s birthplace? But what about the 1861 Census showing West Harptree as Betty’s birthplace? I know the SALVIDGE ‘clan’ can be found right along the Mendips and if Betty was orphaned, was she looked after by other family? James and Sarah, her parents, had lived in Litton, only 3 miles from West Harptree before they moved to Bleadon ? Perhaps Betty herself didn’t know exactly where she was born? I’d welcome any thoughts or if anyone has any information?
This leads to my next enquiry about Betty SALVIDGE’s mother! Assuming Betty’s parents were James SALVIDGE (d1782) and Sarah (d1784) I can find that Sarah’s father is most likely Samuel TUTTON. The TUTTON maiden name theory is backed because several of James’ and Sarah’s children (Betty’s siblings) have the middle name ‘Tutton’. The fact that Sarah’s father’s name was Samuel appears backed by an entry in the Bleadon parish register that states “I received of the above-named Mr. James Salvidge, as Executor of the above-named Samuel Tutton, gent, this Thursday the 5th day of September 1771 one guinea for the burial of the said Samuel Tutton, widower, his late wife Mary Tutton, and Mr. Salvidge’s above-named infant daughter, christened, Mary Tutton, in our Church’. Surely this must indicate James was Samuel’s son-in-law and Sarah’s father? This is also backed up by the fact that James’ and Sarah’s eldest son (and Betty’s oldest brother), Cornelius SALVIDGE, actually got a private Act of Parliament in 1786 to change his name to Cornelius TUTTON ‘pursuant to the Will of Samuel Tutton Esquire’!!!
All this creates another question, because the only marriages I can find for a Samuel TUTTON (Betty’s potential father) before 1750 are for the marriage by licence of Samuel TUTTON ‘Yeoman of Banwell [about 6 miles east of Bleadon)’ and Mary BENNETT of ‘Bladon’ (Bleadon?) 19 Oct 1747 at Bath Abbey or a marriage between Samuel TUTTON and Betty PIERCE at Chew Magna on 26 Mar 1749 . Surely the first one is more likely, because we know Samuel as a ‘Gent’ when he died?… And yet, if her parents only married in 1747 and Sarah TUTTON married James SALVIDGE in Shipham in 1759(!) she would only have been 12 when she married and had her first child at 16 – she is described as a ‘Minor’ in the parish register but even so??? Again, any thoughts or observations would be welcome!
I am more than happy to share any information I have or will learn about the SALVIDGEs and TUTTONs
Thanks, Chris Martin