The Ferry family of Burton Bradstock and Southampton

 

John Ferry = Sarah Bonnel

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John Ferry = Elizabeth Trevett

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Richard Ferry = Ann Trevett

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Alice Jane Ferry = Walter Baggs

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Ruth Elizabeth Baggs = Reuben Alexander Beck

 

G1. ALICE JANE BAGGS born FERRY

Alice Jane (Ferry) BaggsAlice Jane Ferry was born on the 24th August 1846 in Burton Bradstock, Dorset. She was baptised in the parish church of Burton Bradstock on the 3rd September, and on the 17th was received into the church.1

In 1851 "Jane" was a scholar, living with her parents at 4 St Mary's, Southampton. In 1861 "Alace" was still a scholar, now living, with her parents, at 12 Amoy Street, Southampton. In 1871, now with no occupation shown, she was still living with her parents, now at 15 Liverpool Street, Southampton.2

On the 31st October 1877 she married [E2] Walter Baggs at St Luke's parish church, Southampton, at which time she was living at 2 Upper Dover Street, Southampton. Their children were: Walter William (1879–1931), Alice Margaret (1881–1970), [E1] Ruth Elizabeth (1882–1949), and Frank Henry John (1888–1944); all except John were born in Southampton, John being born in Tavistock, Devon.3

By 1879 she was living at 15 Lower Dover Street, Bevois Town, Southampton. She is found there, with her family, in the 1881 census.4

In 1888 she was living in Princetown, Lydford, in the district of Tavistock, Devon.5

In 1891 she was living with her family in prison quarters, at H.M. Convict Prison, Gillingham, Kent.6

In 1901 she was living with her husband and three children at 2, H. Quarters, Portland Prison, Dorset.6A

In 1911 she was living with her husband and daughter at 433 Canterbury Rd, Gillingham; 5 rooms.6B

She died of pneumonia on the 20th April 1918, at 31 Marlborough Road, Gillingham.7

Alice Jane Ferry was the eldest child of [G2] Richard and [H1] Ann Ferry.8

 

1 birth certificate; parish register; TNA: PRO RG 12/665 f121 p44 gives place of birth as Southampton; 1911 census return gives place of birth as Sherbourne, Dorset, and a birth year calculated to 1851—TNA: PRO RG14PN3952 RG78PN150 RD47 SD2 ED23 SN25R

2 PRO HO 107/1669 f237 p20; PRO RG 9/677 f20 p33; RG 10/1187 f35 p19

3 marriage certificate; information from Sidney Beck—John; RG 11/1205 f45 p26; RG 13/1997 f79 p43

4 census returns; children's birth certificates

5 son's birth certificate

6 PRO RG 12/665 f121 p44

6A RG13/1997 f79 p43

6B RG14PN3952 RG78PN150 RD47 SD2 ED23 SN25

7 death certificate

8 birth certificate; RG 9/677 f20 p33

 


G2. RICHARD FERRY

Richard Ferry was born about 1821, in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, and baptised there on the 6th December 1821.1

In 1841 he was a rope maker's apprentice, living in Southover, Burton Bradstock, with his mother, as well as his aunt, and brother. In 1841 there were only two ropemakers in Burton, but many Burton men worked at various trades, including rope making, at Bridport Harbour (now known as West Bay). It seems probable that his experience was very similar to that of another Burton boy, known to have been apprenticed, as a ropemaker, in 1840, to Ephraim Matthams and Co., Ropemakers, of Bridport Harbour—a seven year apprenticeship, in which he received 3/- a week in his first year, rising to 7/- a week in his final year.2

signature of Richard FerryHe married, first, [H1] Ann Trevett, on the 29th December 1845, at Burton Bradstock parish church, after banns, at which time he was a ropemaker in Burton; he signed his name. He was still a ropemaker there in the following year. Their children were: [G1] Alice Jane (1846–1918), John (1849–1943), Amelia (1852–1854), Harry (1855–1927), Annie (1857–1934), and Catherine (1860–1914). Alice Jane was born in Burton Bradstock, the others in Southampton.3

Shortly after 1846 the Ferrys moved to Southampton. In 1849 Richard was still a ropemaker, living with his family at St Mary’s Street, Southampton. He continued working as a ropemaker until at least 1852, but by May 1854 he had become a railway porter.4

By May 1857 he had moved to 23 Amoy-street, Bedford Place, Southampton, and by February 1860 to 12 Amoy Street (though possibly the street was simply renumbered)—where he is found in the 1861 census, living with his wife and five children. The 1861 Post Office Directory records "Richard Ferry, S.W.R." at 1 Dover Street, Bevois Town, Southampton; and Cox’s 1871 Directory gives him the same ascription, but at 15 Liverpool Street, Bevois Town. This is where the census also found the household, unchanged from 1861. The initials "S.W.R." confirm that his employer was, as might be expected for the location, the London & South-Western Railway. Richard’s wife Ann died in August that year. At the time of his daughter’s marriage in 1877 Richard was still a railway porter.5

On the 22nd December 1878 Richard married, secondly, Harriett Lavington, at the East Street Wesleyan Chapel, Southampton, following the rites and ceremonies of the Wesleyan Methodists. His bride was a 45 year old widow (cal 1834–1915), of 41 Rockstone Lane, Southampton, daughter of Charles Bell, carrier, and the widow of Thomas Lavington, tinman. Richard was described as a railway servant, now of 15 Dover Street, Southampton.6

Clearly he moved in with his new wife, as the 1881 census finds him living at 41 Bevois Place, Rockstone Lane, Southampton. He was again described as a railway servant, living with his and Ann's daughter Catherine, his second wife, and her two children. At the marriage of his daughter Annie, in June 1881, he is still described as a railway porter, though by December, when his son Harry married, he is described as a writer, which I take to mean a clerk.7

By 1884 41 Rockstone Lane had been named "Rockstone Cottage". Richard died at home there on the 1st July 1884, having suffered from a cerebral tumour for two months, culminating in four days effusion. Though his death certificate (and his daughter’s marriage certificate from two months earlier) described him merely as a railway servant, it is clear by a delayed entry in the local directory that by the time of his death he had become superintendent of the railway coal department in Southampton.8

Richard Ferry was the sixth child, and fifth son, of [G3] John and [G4] Elizabeth Ferry (John's tenth child and eighth son).9


 

1 census; parish register. TNA: PRO HO 107/280/16 f22 p5 suggests birth year 1821–6, PRO RG 9/677 f20 p33 returns suggests 1820–1, RG 11/1205 f94 p29 suggests 1822–3.

2 PRO HO 107/280/16 f22 p5; Elizabeth Buckler Gale (1984) Farmers, Fishermen & Flax Spinners: The Story of the People of Burton Bradstock (2e) 77, 111

3 marriage certificate; children's birth certificates; parish register; banns book; GRO index

4 letters to me from Maurice Ferry; HO 107/1669 f237 p20; 1853 and 1855 Post Office Directories; children's birth certificates; daughter's death certificate

5 1859 and 1863 Post Office Directory; Cox’s 1871 Directory; RG 9/677 f20 p33; RG 10/1187 f35 p19; wife’s death certificate; daughters’ birth and marriage certificates

6 2nd marriage certificate; GRO index

7 census returns; daughter’s and son’s marriage certificates (in 1890 his son John gave his late father’s occupation as railway clerk

8 death certificate; daughter’s marriage certificate; Stevens's Directory of Southampton (1884 & 1887); Hampshire Advertiser, 1884-07-05

9 parish register; censuses


G3. JOHN FERRY

John Ferry was probably born in 1771. He was baptised on 22 August 1771, at Compton Valance, Dorset.1

He married, first, Elizabeth Bridle (? – 1802), on the 28th August 1797, after banns, at Burton Bradstock, where he then lived; he marked his name. They had three children: Ann (1798–1880), Joseph (1800–1805), and George (1802–1802), all born at Burton Bradstock.2

the mark of John FerreyHis wife died in 18023; and he married, secondly, [G16] Elizabeth Trevett, on the 26th February 1805, after banns, at Bothenhampton, Dorset. He was said to be a resident of Burton Bradstock. Their children were: William (1806–1842), James (1808–1888), Jane Trevett (1810–1830), Joseph (1812–1867), Robert (1815–1884), Samuel (1816 – ?), Charles (1818–1911), [G2] Richard (1821–1884), and Sarah (1825 – after 1871); all were baptised at Burton Bradstock.4

He worked as a labourer.5

Of Burton Bradstock, his body was buried in the churchyard there on the 1st April 1836.6

John Ferry was the eldest child of [G4] John and [G9] Sarah Ferry.7


1 letters to me from Maurice Ferry; OPC Dorset; England and Wales Christening Records

2 parish register—named spelt 'Ferrey'; GRO index; censuses; parish register

3 bur. at Burton Bradstock on the 12th December

4 parish register; GRO index; censuses

5 parish register; son's marriage certificates of 1843, 1845 and 1878

6 parish register

7 parish register; GRO index; censuses; information from Linda Sheraton-Davis; Our Family tree


G4. JOHN FERRY

John Ferry was baptised at Stinsford, Dorset, on 1 July 1741.1

On 21 February 1770, a shepherd, of Winterborne Abbas, Dorset, he married [G9] Sarah Bonnel there, by banns. He is elsewhere described as a labourer.2

The couple had twelve children: [G3] John (1771–1836), William (1773 – ?), Mary (1774 – ?), Robert (1777–1847), James (1779 – ?), George (1781–1864), Clementina (1783–1852), Samuel (1784 – ?), Isaac (1785–1785), Sarah (1787 – ?), Elizabeth (1793 – ?), and Charlotte (1796 – ?); the first three were baptised at Compton Valence, the remainder at Burton Bradstock, Dorset.3

From 1808 to 1810, and in 1814, John Ferry was a proprietor in Burton Bradstock, assessed for Land Tax of 1d. Of Burton Bradstock, his body was buried there on 4 February 1825.4

John Ferry was the 2nd child and 2nd son of [G5] Robert and [G8] Mary Ferry.5

 

1 parish register

2 parish register; letters to me from Maurice Ferry; information from Linda Sheraton-Davis

3 Compton Valence and Burton Bradstock parish registers; GRO index; censuses; Our Family tree

4 Land Tax returns, Dorset History Centre Qde(L)23/1-44; parish register

5 parish register; information from Linda Sheraton-Davis

 


G5. ROBERT FERRY

Robert Ferry was probably born in 1714 in Winterborne Steepleton, Dorset, where he was baptised on 3 October that year.1

Of Winterbourne Steepleton, he married [G8] Mary Rogers on 13 February 1737/8, at Compton Valence, Dorset. Their children were: James (1738 – ?), [G4] John (1739–1825), Hannah (1744 – ?), Elizabeth (1745 – ?), Jane (1749 – ?), William (1750–1), William (1754 – ?), and Mary (? – 1763); all were baptised at Stinsford, Dorset.2

In 1758, a labourer, he was listed as fit to serve as a militia man in the parish of Stinsford and Bockhampton.2A

His body was buried at Stinsford on 17 February 1799.3

Robert Ferry was the second child and eldest son of [G6] John and [G7] Mary Ferry.4

 

1 parish register

2 Compton Valence parish register; Stinsford parish register

2A Dorset Militia Lists, L/A 4/1/1

3 parish register

 


G6. JOHN FERRY

John Ferry married [G7] Mary ____. Their children were: Ann (1711 – ?), [G5] Robert, James (1716–1782), William (1718/9 – ?), Hannah (1721 – ?), and John (1724 – ?).1

 

1 parish register

 


G7. MARY FERRY born ____

Mary ____ married [G6] John Ferry. Their children were: Ann (1711 – ?), [G5] Robert, James (1716–1782), William (1718/9 – ?), Hannah (1721 – ?), and John (1724 – ?).1

 

1 parish register

 


G8. MARY FERRY born ROGERS

Of Winterbourne St Martin, Dorset, Mary Rogers married [G5] Robert Ferry on 13 February 1737/8, at Compton Valence, Dorset. Their children were: James (1738 – ?), [G4] John (1739–1825), Hannah (1744 – ?), Elizabeth (1745 – ?), Jane (1749 – ?), William (1750–1), William (1754 – ?), and Mary (? – 1763); all were baptised at Stinsford, Dorset.1

Her body was buried at Stinsford on 5 November 1770.2

 

1 Compton Valence parish register; Stinsford parish register

2 parish register; the register also notes "and her child sometime before"

 


G9. SARAH FERRY born BONNEL

Sarah Bonnel was born around 1751–2, and baptised at Winterborne Abbas, Dorset, on 8 July 1753.1

She married [G4] John Ferry on 21 February 1770, at Winterborne Abbas, by banns, marking her name. The couple had twelve children: [G3] John (1771–1836), William (1773 – ?), Mary (1774 – ?), Robert (1777–1847), James (1779 – ?), George (1781–1864), Clementina (1783–1852), Samuel (1784 – ?), Isaac (1785–1785), Sarah (1787 – ?), Elizabeth (1793 – ?), and Charlotte (1796 – ?); the first three were baptised at Compton Valence, the remainder at Burton Bradstock, Dorset.2

Her body was buried at Burton Bradstock on 30 October 1816.3

Sarah Bonnel was the 2nd child and 2nd daughter of [G10] George and [G11] Mary Bonnel.4

 

1 information from Linda Sheraton-Davis; parish register

2 Compton Valence and Burton Bradstock parish registers; GRO index; censuses; Our Family tree

3 parish register

4 information from Linda Sheraton-Davis

 


G10. GEORGE BONNEL

George Bonnel married [G11] Mary Best at Winterborne Abbas, Dorset, on 15 January 1739. Their children were: Clement (1743 – ?, b. Chilfrome, Dorset), Jane (1747 – ?), and [G9] Sarah (1753–1816) (both b. Winterborne Abbas).1

The body of George Bonnell was buried at Winterborne Steepleton on 13 November 1783.2

 

1 parish registers

2 parish register

 


G11. MARY BONNEL born BEST

Mary Best was baptised at Winterborne Steepleton on 6 September 1712.0

She married [G10] George Bonnel at Winterborne Abbas, Dorset, on 15 January 1739. Their children were: Clement (1743 – ?), Jane (1747 – ?), and [G9] Sarah (1753 – 1816) (both b. Winterborne Abbas).1

The body of Mary Bonnell was buried at Winterborne Steepleton on 13 August 1785.2

Mary Best was the daughter of Robert and Honour Best.3

 

0–3 parish register

 


G12. ROBERT BEST

Robert Best was baptised on 25 March 1691, at Witchampton, Dorset.0

Robert Best married [G15] Honour Trivett. Their children were: [G11] Mary (1712–1785), and Robert (1714 – ?), both bapt. Winterborne Steepleton.1

The body of Robert Best was buried at Winterborne Steepleton on 28 February 1719/20.2

Robert Best was the only known child of William and Avis Best.3

 

0 Witchampton parish register

1–2 Winterborne Steepleton parish register; Long Bredy parish register (as Robert Bess)

3 Witchampton parish register

 


G13. WILLIAM BEST

William Best married [G14] Avis ____. Their only known child was [G12] Robert (1691–1720).1

His body was buried at Witchampton, Dorset, on 22 August 1704.2

 

1 Witchampton parish register

2 Witchampton parish register

 


G14. AVIS BEST born ____

Avis ____ married [G13] William Best. Their only known child was [G12] Robert (1691–1720).1

Her body was buried on Witchampton, Dorset, on 20 September 1720.2

 

1 Witchampton parish register

2 Witchampton parish register

 


G15. HONOUR BEST born TRIVETT

Honour Trivett was baptised at Litton Cheney, Dorset, on 11 August 1660.0

She married [G12] Robert Best. Their children were: [G11] Mary (1712–1785), and Robert (1714 – ?), both bapt. Winterborne Steepleton.1

The body of Honour Best was buried at Winterborne Steepleton on 26 [illeg. month] 1724.2

Honour Trivett was the youngest child of [H7] Robert and [H8] Martha Trivett.3

 

 

0 parish register

1–2 parish register; Long Bredy parish register

3 Litton Cheney parish register

 


 

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