Amanda Taylor's Genealogy

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  • ID: I791
  • Name: John WITNEY
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 OCT 1701 in possibly Great Missenden, Bucks. England 1
  • Residence: Blewberry, Berkshire, England 2
  • Occupation: Agricultural Labourer 2
  • Note:
    John was 25 and Mary 27 years of age when they married in Blewberry, Berkshire, England and were known to have had a family of six children, all sons, John (1728) married Anne GRAY, Francis (1730) married Sarah WRIGHT and became a Breeches and glove maker, William (1733) married Martha NICHOLLS, Thomas (1737) married Jane GOODEY, Richard (1740) our direct ancestor married Mary DIMMOCK, and James (1745).

    The Icknield Way runs from East Anglia to the Salisbury Plain and where it cuts across the A417 road on the Berkshire Downs, is where the lovely village of Blewbury is found. A sensible visitor would park the car and walk as Blewbury has grown up round a network of streams and footpaths within four encircling roads. You should allow time to wander as this would be the only way to see the real village comprising ancient thatched walls, old houses, orchards and waterways. The great battle of Ashdown was fought by King Alfred near Lowbury Hill at the junction of the Blewbury, Aston Tirrold and Compton boundaries in an an area referred to in the Domesday Book as 'The Hundred of the Naked Thorn'. In Saxon times
    Grim's Dyke was dug across the down parallel to the Ridgeway. Local folklore has it that the devil ploughed it in one night and created two large mounds with his plough scrapings and the clod thrown at his imp because it drove a crooked furrow. A plaque at Chum Nob records that St. Birinus preached to the heathen from this spot in 634 A.D.

    The village had several inns worth visiting. The Blewbury Inn, renamed the 'King William' and now known as The New Inn, once had a sinister reputation which gives a whole new meaning to the fertiliser blood and bone! Apparently travellers were robbed, murdered and buried in the orchard and a new fruit tree was planted on each grave. Then there was the cheekily named 'The Load of Mischief' and the traditionally named 'Red Lion'.

    The Vicar of Blewbury from 1781 to 1824, a Welshman aptly called Morgan Jones was known as 'Blewbury Jones the Miser'. His coat had been patched until not even a shred of the original remained. His other clothes were generally borrowed from scarecrows and he always visited his parishioners at mealtimes where he was naturally invited to partake of the food. When he died back in Wales, he left an estate of 18,000, a large sum for the the early 19th century. He was the inspiration for 'Blackberry Jones', the character created by Charles Dickens in 'Our Mutual Friend'. Blewbury has always attracted artists and writers. Luke Fildes, Blandford Fletcher and T.F.M. Sheard all painted characters from the village. Novelists Dick Francis, Marguerite Steen, G.B. Stem and Barbara Euphen Todd have been residents and Kenneth Graham of 'Wind in the Willows' fame lived here for some years. A modem housing estate was even named after his much-loved story. Steve Donaghue once trained horses in Blewbury and the famous Ribero is one of many winners who have worked out on the gallops above the village.

    Marriage 1 Mary HUGGILL b: 1700 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England
    • Married: 8 OCT 1727 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England 2 3
    • Note:
      IGI Individual Record FamilySearch International Genealogical Index v5.0 British Isles Search
      MARY HUGGILL Female Marriages: Spouse: JOHN WITNEY
      Marriage: 08 OCT 1727 Blewbury, Berkshire, England
      Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the marriage date. Source Information:
      Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:
      M002311 1588 - 1789 0599897 Film 6908250 Film

      Sheet: 00
    1. Has No Children John WITNEY b: 1728 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England
    2. Has No Children Francis WITNEY b: 1730 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England
    3. Has No Children William WITNEY b: 1733 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England
    4. Has No Children Thomas WITNEY b: 1737 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England
    5. Has Children Richard WITNEY b: 1740 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England c: 21 JAN 1740 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England
    6. Has No Children James WITNEY b: 1745 in Blewberry, Berkshire, England

    1. Author: Rosemary O'NEILL (Witney, Ratley, Chown, Narroway, Franklin, White, Beard, Vials, Dorrill, Keen)
      Rosemary is descended via Edmund WITNEY and Elizabeth RATLEY, via their son
      Henery (Henry) WITNEY (1829), John Edward WITNEY (1850) dau Helen Rose WITNEY.
    2. Author: Elizabeth Gadd (Chown, Witney, Narroway , Dimmock, Huggill, Franklin, Scholes , Belson, Potts, Dutton, Pope and Dytton)
      Thomas CHOWN (1725) son Robert (1756), dau Phoebe (1791 via son Thomas HEALEY (1819). Liz is also descendend via Thomas (1725) via his youngest son William (1764) son
      Richard (1799), Francis CHOWN (1824) who
      married Lucy WITNEY [dau of William Witney
      (1781) and Mary NARROWAY (1776)] to Mark
      Chown (1850),Mark Chown (1878),Freda (1908)
    3. Author: LDS Family Search IGI v5.0
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