HOW OUR FAMILY BEGAN
HOW OUR FAMILY BEGAN
1841 Ann Maria lived with her parents William and Catherine at Helier Cottage,
North Bodmin Hill in Lostwithiel where her father was an agricultural labourer.
Her sister, Susan was born there on 26 March,1841.
1851 they were still at North Bodmin Hill, probably in a different property. By
this time her father was a miner and their grandfather John Beswetherick had
moved in with them.
1861 they had moved to Lewis's Court and Ann Maria was still living with them,
working as a dressmaker. She had a son that year and named him William
John. She had another child, Louisa, born 15 January 1863.
Maria was a domestic servant and she gave birth to Maud Mary on August 4 1869 at
The Union Workhouse.
1871, she had returned to her parents at Lewis's Court with her children and on
August 25 1873, she gave birth to Caroline at The Union Workhouse at Bodmin.
John Beswetherick (Beswarick)
was born in Lewis's Court, Lostwithiel, on 10th June, 1860 and had no
father registered on his birth certificate.
was living with his grandparents, William and Catherine while his mother, Ann
Maria, worked as a dressmaker In 1871 William was still living with his
grandparents and mother at Lewis's Court .Also appearing on the Census are two
more children of his mother Ann Maria, Caroline and Maud Mary. Neither of these
children have a father named on their birth certificate. The 1881 census shows
William, aged 20 years and working as a mortar mason. He continued to live
with his grandparents and also his sister, Caroline, aged 7 years. In 1891, he
was living in lodgings at Salford and working as a mason.
William George Blackler
was born on 24 April 1935 at Glastonbury.
Beswetherick, Jesse Lionel Geoffrey Hancock, Beatrice Susan Hancock, Nancy ,
William and Eliza Beswetherick
Beswetherick with Jim Blackler
was born on 15 January 1863 at Lewis's Court, Lostwithiel where she joined her
brother William, then 3 years old. Her father was also unnamed on her birth
certificate. By the time of the 1871 census they were joined by another sister,
Maud Mary in 1870. Louisa was then 8 years old. By the time of the 1881 census,
Louisa was in service at 8 Market Street, Bodmin. She was working for Emma
George, a widow of a clerk from the probate office. Emma George had 11 children
whose ages ranged from 1 to 20. The older children whose ages ranged from 13 to
20 were all employed in a range of occupations from the eldest son who appeared
to have his late father's job as clerk in the probate office, to post office and
solicitor's clerk to dressmaker's apprentice. She moved to Kent and by the1991
census she was a servant to Henry and Eliza Garrett at Chatham, Kent.
Between Oct and Nov 1892, she married Charles William Lancaster in the Medway,
Kent. He was born in 1866 and was from Camber, Winchelsea, Sussex. By 1901, they
were living at Chatham Dockyard, Gillingham. They lived at 1, Police Quarters
because Charles was a Police Constable for Metropolitan Police Force. By then
they had 3 children, Frederick born in 1895, Charlotte born in 1896 and Ernest
born in 1898, all born at New Brompton.
Mary Beswarithick (Jeffery)
Mary Beswarithick was born on 4 August 1869 at The Union Workhouse, Bodmin. Her
father was also not named on the birth certificate. In the 1871 census, Maud was
living with her mother who was a dressmaker then and her grandparents Catherine
Beswarick, born 1809 and her husband William born in 1812. They were still
living at Lewis's Court, Lostwithiel. She had her brother William John aged 10
years, sister, Louisa aged 8 years In 1881 Maud was living with her mother
now named a charwoman and her sisters, Sarah Eliza, aged 4 years, Edwina Maria
aged 3 years and Stella Anne aged 10 months at 17 Fort Lane, Brading on the Isle
of Wight. This is at Sandown, close to the beach and the old fort. Her step
father, William, had been stationed there whilst working in the Miner's militia.
They were left manning the forts around the country from their Bodmin base. He
was stationed around the country and was away for long periods. Maud had her
first child very young, aged 17 years. Beatrice Susan was born on 12 October,
1886 at Tangier, Lanlivery. Maud was now calling herself by her mother's married
name of Jeffery and the baby was named that as no father was named on the birth
certificate. The circumstances of this birth we believe to be a great family
secret as nobody ever mentioned it and certainly Beatrice was known as a sister
and brought up by Ann Maria and William as their own child.
had another two daughters. They were living at 7B High Street, Stonehouse. They
had 2 daughters, Lilian Isabella Maud known as Molly was born on 31 May 1898,
and in 1901, Violet Evelyn known as Betty arrived. Maud Mary married Edmund
Barnard Lobb and lived at 14, Nevern Place in Kensington, and married at The
Register Office in Kensington, London in 1908. They lived for some years
in Kutchery Road in Karachi which was then in Pakistan. Edmund was a manager of
a telephone company, an engineer and an agent for the Bombay telephone Company.
His father was a civil engineer called Theophilus Lobb, who was born in 1843 and
Edmund's grandparents were Anne Mary Lobb, born in 1803 in Gosport and Ellis
Goode Lobb born in 1807 in Islington. They lived at St Michel le Querne,
Middlesex and they had 4 servants working for them in the 1851 census. Molly and
Betty spent most of their childhood in Karachi and then returned to live at
Ferrer's Lodge, Newton Ferrers, Devon.
Molly and Betty
with Molly and Betty in Pakistan circa 1903
Molly and Betty
married Jack Campbell in 1920. He was in the Royal Navy and later rose to the
rank of captain and was noted for his work around Australia during WW2.
wedding to Jack Campbell
had two boys, John born in 1923 and Peter Duncan born in 1924. Peter died whilst
training in the Royal Air Force number 1388191 in 1942. He is understood to have
crashed in his plane. It was a completely devastating event from which Molly
never recovered. John born in 1923, married Avice and had 4 children, Heather
(born around 1955/6), Peter, Guy and Roger. They lived for some years at Ramla,
Altwood Drive, Maidenhead. Betty married Gerald Hinds Duffield, who was born in
1896, and who was from Stourbridge in Worcestershire, at Newton Ferrers
Church on 1 September 1925.
was in the army at some time, although he was listed as a secretary at the time
of their marriage. They lived in Bagshot for many years where they bred
Cocker Spaniels under the kennel name of Lofield. Then they retired with 3
remaining black Cockers, Midnight, Magic and Margaret to Alderney in the Channel
Islands where they bought a bungalow and some land at Blue Stones, Longy Bay.
After about fifteen years they decided to sell up and return to Devon. They
bought a bungalow at 3, Oldlehill Grove, Abbotskerswell. Betty died in December
1980 and Gerald the following year.
and Avice with Heather circa 1955/6
Mary moved after the death of Edmund and lived at 13 Alleyne Gardens in Hartley
Vale, Plymouth. She then moved into a nursing home at Plympton where she died of
old age on 5 April 1953.
Susan Hancock, Thelma Jean Hancock, Karen Hancock, Avice Campbell, Heather
Campbell ,unknown friend and children and Molly Campbell
Caroline was born on 25 August 1873 at The Union Workhouse, Bodmin. She lived
with her grandparents at the time of the 1981 census as her mother and step
father had moved to the Isle of Wight. She was then only seven years old. We are
unable to track her after that, although we do have the record of a 'Catherine'
Beswarick living as a servant in the 1891 census at Plymouth in the Charles
district for the Waters family. They were Abigail and Richard Waters. We
are unable to comprehend why her mother, Ann Maria, left her when she went to
Sandown on the Isle of Wight.
and her grandmother Catherine Beswetherick nee Stephens
Sarah Eliza Jeffery
Jeffery with sister Sarah Eliza and her husband Charles Harrison
known as Kitty married WJ Littleton who was a plumber in the Royal Navy and who
died on HMS Duke of York in 1943, aged 38 years. He is buried in Newton Ferrers
think that this is the only war grave in Newton Ferrers churchyard.
and her husband had 5 children. They were Beryl circa 1922, Vernon (circa 1923),
a daughter who died (circa 1924), Brian (born 1927) and Norman (1929). Wilfred
was known as Leslie.
Leslie Littleton, Sarah Eliza and Beatrice Susan. (1930s – 40s)
Sara, Karen and Linda
known as Hetty, was born on 6th February, 1878 at Brading, Isle of
Wight. She married a private Royal Marine, Thomas Harvey (born 1869) on June 4th
1900 and they were then living at Waterloo Street, Stoke, Plymouth and the
following year at Admiralty Street, Plymouth. Their daughter Violet was born 4th
May, 1914 in Swansea, Wales. Edwina died in Chatham, Kent on 22 August, 1955.
She had a grandson who reported her death who was S Williams.
- Nancy and Hetty
Ann, known as Nancy or Nance, was born on 20th June 1880 at Tangier,
Lanlivery, Cornwall. On 22nd June, 1903, she married Henry Adams. who
was born 4th January 1979 in Spilsbury, Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, at
St George’s Church, Devonport. They had three daughters, Beatrice Dorothy,
known as Dot, on 4th April 1905, Irene Stella, known as Rene, born 30th
October 1910 and Noel Ceris born 22 December 1912 and who sadly died the
following day. Dot’s partner was Leonard Holmes, known as Len. He worked for
Fox and Eliot and was a long term member of the Plymouth lifeboat team. His
brothers were also members of the lifeboat crew. Len died suddenly at work in
1955. Rene married Derek, John, Noah Webb, born 22nd August 1911.
They had one daughter, Linda on 7th February, 1941. Linda married
Alexander Albert Hardie on 5th September, 1960. Their daughter,
Theresa was born on 15th July 1961. Linda and Alec later divorced in
1975. Theresa married Barry Keith Stephens on 5th June, 1982 and
after seven years they too divorced. Theresa and partner Andrew Paul Carn, born
27th May, 1952 had their son Thomas Luke Carn on 29th
Pascoe Glanville Jeffery
known as Ned, was born on 3rd January 1883 at Fort Lane, Sandown,
Isle of Wight. He became a metropolitan policeman, in 1905, whilst stationed at
Islington. He married Esther Florence Brunnen on 20th July, 1911. She
was born 18th August 1892. Initially they lived in Samuel Road,
Walthamstow and later moved to The White Hart Inn at Wimbish, Essex on his
retirement from the Metropolitan police. Their children were Edward born 1916,
Robert known as Bobby was born in 1918 and died 1943, Joan born 1920, Lorna born
12th September, 1922 and Dennis born in 1924. We know very little
about Edward. Bobby married Alice but who unfortunately died young during the
war which makes us think that he died during war service. We know nothing about
Joan except that she was married to George and lived at Thaxted. Lorna had a son
Bernard in 1939 and later married Arthur Grice, born 1896 and died 1987 and who
lived locally in the village. Their son was Trevor was born in 1949 and who died
in 1987. Trevor married Helen Phillips, born 1951 and who sadly died in 2008.
Their daughters were Mandy born 1969 and Tracey born 1970. Mandy married Stuart
Blows and had Rebecca and Jordan and Tracey had a son Nicholas Bridges and later
married Richard Byrne and had three more children Toni, Daniel and Alexander.
Helen had one more daughter Suzette and a son, David with her second husband.
Trevor married Barbara Marsden, born 1955 and they had two sons, Adam and
Stephen. Dennis married Diane and had a daughter Annette who married David
Charles Whittaker about 1970.
Dennis and family
Ned and family
Susan ( Beat or Susie) was born on 12th October 1886. She was born to
Maud Mary Jeffery but was brought up as her sister and thought of Ann Maria and
William as her parents. She was later to marry Jesse Lionel George, known as
Dick at St Pancras Church, Pennycross, Plymouth on 30th December,
1908. They were living at 35 Barn Park Road at the time. He was in the Royal
Navy and then they later became publicans, owning The Jubilee Hotel on The
Barbican Plymouth. They had two sons, Jesse Edwin Georrge (Eddie) on 18th
June, 191 and Jesse Lionel Geoffrey (Geoff) on 16th January 1925.
Dick died suddenly in 1936. She died on 20th December 1960. During
the war they both joined the RAF. Geoffrey was a Flight Lieutenant, training on
B27s in Canada and Eddie went on through wartime squadron 32 to become a
Squadron Leader and then to be awarded the DFC whilst also being mentioned in
dispatches. Geoffrey returned to Plymouth and became an environmental health
officer for Plymouth city council. Eddie was a bachelor until 1960 when he
married local hotelier and widow, Doris Heath. Geoffrey married Thelma Bickham
on 24th January 1947 and had one daughter, Karen, on 18th
March 1952. Karen married Andrew Charles Tingle, born 14th November,
1951, on 27th July 1974 at Gloucester register office. They had two
children, Hannah Claire Tingle born on 2nd August, 1980 and Adam
James Tingle, born 22nd November, 1985. Unfortunately they were to
divorce in 2001. Hannah marries her partner Michael Donnington on 28th
May 2011 and they are proud parents to Ella May, born 23rd December,
2007 and James Andrew, born 27th January, 2010. Adam and Partner
Natalie Roseann May Wilkinson, born 22nd January 1990, have a son,
Vinnie Charles, born on 14th November, 2010. Karen married Stephen
James Johnson on 27th May 2003.
Geoffrey and Thelma Hancock