Oakhill

People and names connected to Ashwick and Oakhill, pre WWI

Names of people associated with Ashwick.


Researched and compiled by Peter Langmaid - 2014


Note on Ashwick and Oakhill Parish Boundaries.

The present day parish of Ashwick is situated in the eastern area of the Mendip Hills, four miles north of the town of Shepton Mallet, and six miles north-east of the City of Wells.   The parish is quite dispersed, with Oakhill village being the largest populated area, with small hamlets at Benter and Neighbourne.  The parish also includes part of Nettlebridge and Gurney Slade (Binegar) along with a cluster of houses around Ashwick Church.

However back in 1841 the Tythe maps show that part of Oakhill village was in Shepton Parish, the boundary running down the centre of the High Street with all properties on the south side being in Shepton, not Ashwick parish.

In 1897, 60 Oakhill residents petitioned for the boundary to be moved;  this was granted and the Ashwick parish boundary was moved south to the old Frome-Wells road and in 1933, it was moved again, southwards to Yelling Mill Lane where it remains today.

As part of Oakhill village was in Shepton parish, it is difficult to determine which records apply to 'Oakhill residents' and which to those living in Shepton town, some 4 miles distant.  Therefore the following list excludes all Shepton Parish references, even though some of these might well refer to Oakhill residents.   prl.  December 2014

Courts of Quarter Sessions records

Witness:   Richard Burr, Publican of the Mendip Inn, Ashwick.  September 1901
Witness:   Eliza Ford, William Ford and Henry Payne, Police Constable, all of Ashwick, William Ford of Ashwick.   September 1858
Witness:   James Brown, Constable, of Ashwick.  September 1857
Witness:   Edward Hobbs of Ashwick.  November 1855
Witness:   Edward Hobbs of Ashwick concerning the theft of a box and a padlock, value four shillings, property of Henry Davis of Wells. November 1855
Witness:   James Hall, Constable, of Ashwick.   November 1854
Witness:   Mary Bees, aged thirteen, of Ashwick, Ann Padfield of Radstock and John Simmons of Midsomer Norton, concerning the sexual assault of Mary Bees at Midsomer Norton, by John Langley.  June 1854
Witness:   Eliza Taylor, Thomas Chapman and James Hall, Constable, all of Ashwick, concerning the theft of one gallon and one pint of milk, value ninepence, property of Eliza Taylor, by Charles Burfitt  April 1854
Witness:   Lavinia Bamford of Ashwick, George Bale, Robert Kelley, and George Russell and William Richardson, both Constables, concerning the theft of a silk purse and other articles, property of Robert Carter Bamford of Ashwick, by Seth Creed May 1852
Witness:   Richard Sheppard of Ashwick, concerning the obtaining of 30/- by false pretences by William Colborn  June 1852
Witness   concerning the theft of a quantity of hay property of William Willcox of Ashwick April 1852
Evidence of William Willcox and John Brown both of Ashwick concerning the theft of a quantity of hay, property of William Willcox, by Christopher Wade April 1852

... William Ford, farmer and James Hall, constable, both of Ashwick April 1848

Order for the removal of James Burr and his children Caroline, Eli, Elizabeth and Albetr from the Parish of Binegar to the Parish of Ashwick  November 1847

... of Hannah Snook, wife of William Snook of Ashwick, coalminer who states that three neck handkerchiefs, two shirts, one ironing box, a pocket knife, some soap and some tea were stolen from her house.  May 1800
... of Joseph Emery of Ashwick, mason who states that two shirts and a pillowcase were stolen from his hedge  May 1800

Conviction - William Richards and Richard Balch of Ashwick, Waggoner's, for blocking the highway at Clutton   Sept 1799
Information of Samuel Bailey of Ashwick, concerning the theft of oats from his house, which he traced to John Powell  December 1797
Order for Mary Perkins, singlewoman, to be removed from Ashwick to Stratton on the Fosse.  Dec 1795
Information of James Marchant of Ashwick, butcher, concerning the theft of flour from George Stock of Midsomer Norton, miller, which he saw taken by Edward Perry the younger of Chilcompton, labourer  Sept 1795


Order for John Bendle, Joanna his wife and their children Mary, Elizabeth and John to be removed from Ashwick to Shepton Mallet. January 1795
Order for James Carter, Hannah his wife and their son John to be removed from Ashwick to Shepton Mallet.  August 1794
Order for Martha Papps, John Papps and James Papps, the children of James Papps deceased, to be removed from Ashwick to Doulting.  March 1793
Order for Joan Evans, widow, to be removed from Ashwick to Emborough.  April 1789
Order for John Bendall, Joanna his wife and their children Mary, George, Elizabeth and John, to be removed from Ashwick to Shepton Mallet. Nov 1787
Order for Betty Chapple alias Hoare, to be removed from Shepton Mallet to Ashwick  September 1787

Barstardy Order for John Fear of Ashwick, coalminer, to maintain the base female child of Hannah Hiscox otherwise Sawig of Ashwick.   May 1786

Order for Joseph Tarr, Mary his wife and the three base children of Mary, to be removed from Ashwick to Crediton.  August 1786
Order for Joseph Carrier, Hannah his wife and their children John, Joseph, Stephen, Elizabeth and Jenny, to be removed from Shepton Mallet to Ashwick.  March 1786
Order for Thomas House be removed from Ashwick to Midsomer Norton.  December 1785

Conviction: John Hooper of Ashwick, labourer, for selling beer without license.  February 1785

Apprenticeship indenture of William King of Ashwick to Joshua Hill of Ashwick, hosier.  January 1784

Conviction: Thomas Morris of Ashwick, yeoman for having in his possession two pounds of dyed fabric and William Norman of Shepton Mallet, labourer, for having in his possession two pounds of dyed fabric.  August 1782
Conviction:  George Norris of Ashwick, yeoman, for having in his possession wires for catching game.  February 1782

Order that Richard Norman, his wife Grace, and their child Ann, 5, be removed from Ashwick to Wells St Cuthbert, this being their last place of legal settlement  February 1778
Order that John Bendal, Coalminer, his wife Joanna, and their children Hannah, 16, James, 13, Mary, 12, and George, 7, be removed from Ashwick to Shepton Mallet, this being their last place of legal settlement.  March, 1777

Conviction:  Mary Book of Ashwick, Singlewoman, is convicted of selling beer without being duly licensed.  July 1776
Conviction:   George Champion of Ashwick, Coalminer, is convicted of selling beer without being duly licensed.  July 1776Conviction:  Susanna James of Ashwick, Widow, is convicted of selling beer without being duly licensed.   July 1776

Order that William Book, his wife Hannah, and their daughter Elizabeth, be removed from Compton Bishop to Ashwick, this being their last place of legal settlement.   May 1775

Conviction:   Henry Huish of Ashwick, Alehouse Keeper, is convicted of selling beer without being duly licensed.  December 1774
Conviction:   John Gould the younger of Ashwick, Labourer, is convicted of cursing 14 profane curses.   April 1770

Evidence given by Thomas Parsons of Gurney Slade, Binegar, Blacksmith, against Jacob Emery of Ashwick and Jacob Goold of Stock Hill, Midsomer Norton, concerning an attempt to sell this informant a pickaxe.   October 1767
Evidence given by Henry Selway of Binegar, Labourer, against Jacob Emery of Ashwick and Jacob Goold of Stock Hill, Midsomer Norton, concerning the theft of a pickaxe belonging to this informant.  October 1767
Evidence given by Joseph Fagin, Servant to James Cannings Junior, against James Kerton of Ashwick, Coal Driver and his son,  concerning the theft of hay belonging to this informant's master.   March 1766

Order that Caleb Upratt and his wife Ellinor be removed from Shepton Mallet to Ashwick, this being their last place of legal settlement.  June 1765

Conviction:   William House of Ashwick, Labourer, is convicted of selling ale, beer, or other liquors without being duly licensed.  August 1759
Conviction:   Charles Huish of Ashwick, Woolcomber, is convicted of selling ale, beer, or other liquors without being duly licensed.  August 1759
Conviction:   John Goull (also Gould) of Ashwick, victualler, is convicted of swearing 40 profane oaths.  August 1754

Order that Judeth James, Widow, be removed from Shepton Mallet to Ashwick, this being her last place of legal settlement.  October 1753

Conviction:   John Kerton of Ashwick, Labourer, is convicted of cursing 9 profane curses.  August 1753
Conviction:   Edward Kerton of Ashwick, Labourer, is convicted of cursing 16 profane curses.  August 1753

Order that Sarah Moon, Widow, be removed from Ashwick to Holcombe, this being the last place of her legal settlement.  January 1753
Order that John Burgess, his wife Elizabeth, and their children George, 11, John, 4, Grace 3, and Mary, 12 months, be removed from Ashwick to Stoke Lane (Stoke St Michael), this being their last place of legal settlement.  January 1752
Order that Richard Hunt, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Martha, 6, Grace, 4 and a half, and Anne, 2 and a half, be removed from Mells to Ashwick, this being their last place of legal settlement.  November 1751

Evidence given by James Spender of Westbury, Wiltshire, that he was born in Westbury, that he has used the seas for about 11 years, and that he did beg relief in Ashwick.  March 1751
Evidence given by Samuel James, Church Warden of Ashwick, against George Carter and James Spender, that they begged relief of this informant in the parish of Ashwick.  March 1851
Evidence given by George Carter of Aldgate, London, that he was born in Aldgate, London, that at the age of 9 he went to Philadelphia, America, with his father, that he has been a sailor for the last 15 years, that he has not done anything to gain a legal settlement since his birth, and that he confesses to begging at Ashwick.  March 1751

Order that James Carter, his wife Mary, and their children Mary, Elizabeth, James, John, Sarah, Grace, and Rebecca, be removed from Ashwick to Holcombe, this being their last place of legal settlement.  July 1750
Order that James Carter, his wife Mary, and their children Mary, 16, Elizabeth, 14, James, 12, John 9, Sarah, 4, and Grace, 3, be removed from Ashwick to Kilmersdon, this being their place of legal settlement.  May 1750
Order that James Carter, his wife Mary, and their children Thomas, Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, James, John, Sarah, and Grace, be removed from Ashwick to Midsomer Norton being their legal place of settlement.  November 1749
Order that Henry Burr, his wife Elizabeth, and their children James, Jane, and Elizabeth be removed from Binegar to Ashwick being their last place of legal settlement.  June 1749
Order that Joseph Buck, his wife Mary, and their children William, Mary, Susanna, and Mary, be removed from Binegar to Ashwick being their last place of legal settlement.  June 1749
Order that Charles Ashman to be removed from Stratton on the Fosse to Ashwick.  April 1744

Evidence given by Mary Sutton (52 years old), widow, apprehended for begging in Bedminster by Edward Lyne. States that she was born in Ashwick. About 8 years ago she married Richard Sutton of Frome Selwood at Doulton church near Frome. Since her husband's death in May 1741 she has been living inBristol.  December 1741
Evidence given by Mary Fear of Ashwick, spinster, in a case concerning the alleged sexual assault of Mary Fear by James Deane of the city of Wells, gardener.  November 1741

Richard Buck to be removed from Ashwick to Ston Easton.  December 1741

Certificate of highway repair.  Confirmation based upon the oath of Edward Hippisly of Ashwick that the highways of Ashwick have been repaired.  April 1741

Examination and Confession:  Evidence given by Joseph Salmon of Ashwick in a case of sheep stealing in which he was involved with his brother Daniel Salmon (now in Shepton Mallet Gaol). The theft was carried out in ground belonging to Madam Mary Hooper of Ashwick. Refers also to the house of the [unnnamed] mother of the Salmon brothers and ground belonging to John Gould, both lying at Nettlebridge, Ashwick.  January 1741

Order that Jonas Patfield, collier, his wife, Jane, and their children, Mary, Richard, Sarah and Joseph, to be removed from Stratton on the Fosse to Ashwick.  April 1740
Order that John Gane and his wife, Sarah, to be removed from Ashwick to Kilmersdon.  April 1740
Order that Mary Lovell and Benjamin, her 'base born son' aged about two years,  to be removed from 'Aishweek' [Ashwick] to Bath Saint Michael.  April 1740  ('base born' means illegitimate or bastard)

Evidence given by Daniel Salmon of Ashwick, (taken at Mells), in which he confesses to stealing a sheep from the estate of Mrs Hooper in Ashwick. Refers also to John Gould of Ashwick.  January 1740

Order that John Bond, his wife, Charity, and their children, Joshua and Betty, to be removed from Ashwick to Shepton Mallet.  January 1740

An account of events following the arrest of James Gould of Midsomer Norton who was named by Sarah Champion of Ashwick as the alleged father of her bastard child. Refers to the attempts of Edward Gould, father of James Gould, and Isaac Gould, James' uncle, to free James from the custody of the tithingman and parish officers  circa 1736-37

Order that Mary Robins, singlewoman, and her bastard daughter (11 days old), to be removed from Cossington to Ashwick.  May 1725

Evidence given by John Rowse junior of Croscombe, weaver, in a case concerning the alleged theft of sheep belonging to Thomas George of Croscombe by John Stoake of Little London, Ashwick, John Kirton of Emborough and George Robins of Emborough, coal drivers.  November 1704

Evidence in a case concerning disputed ownership of a sheep. William Plaister of Stoke Lane (Stoke St Michael) states that he bought nine lambs from Lazarus Huish of Ashwick, five of which were delivered to him by Huish's grandson, Lazarus Burges (the rest could not be found). Details of ear marks and redding marks are given. These lambs (with others) were taken to Wells Fair to be sold by Plaister, but one was seized by Clement Huish of Shepton Mallet as his own property. Includes information given by Lazarus Burges concerning the identity of the lamb, and Clement Huish, junior, who identifies the lamb as one he lost from the Forest of Mendip, which was later seized by his brother, Thomas Huish, in Wells Fair.  June 1699

Evidence of George James of Ashwick concerning threats made against him by Elizabeth, wife of George James.  October 1686
Evidence given by Mary Boultinge, wife of Thomas Boultinge of Easton, Wells St Cuthbert, that her husband has lost diverse sheep, and that viewing the sheep bought by Roger House of Ashweeke [Ashwick] she found 2 of them with ear marks used by her husband and patches of wool cut away where her husband's mark had been.  March 1664
Evidence given by Roger House of Ashweeke [Ashwick], Husbandman, that he bought 8 sheep from Edward Buxton of Westbury at Wells market, and that 2 of the sheep are now claimed to belong to Thomas Boultinge. Also evidence given by Edward Buxton of Westbury, Carpenter, that the sheep he brought to market belonged to his brother James Buxton of Easton, Wells St Cuthbert.  March 1664

Order for the settlement of Christopher Heale and his children in the parish of Ashwick.  April 1668

Evidence of Elizabeth Bowell of Dinder, singlewoman, in a bastardy case against Clement Stidman of Ashwick, who had the carnal knowledge of her body in his mother's house.  July 1656

Order for William Lovell of Ashwick to maintain his female child by Elizabeth Bush, servant to Henry Stevens of Doulting.  June 1655

Examination of Ralph Holmes of Ashwick, weaver, concerning the accusations made by Elizabeth Sherwood the wife of Lawrence Sherwood, that the examinant would weave stolen thread for her.  April 1636
Examination of Elizabeth Sherwood the wife of Lawrence Sherwood of Shepton Mallet, burlar, who states that her husband brought some wool which she carried to the house of Ralph Holmes of Ashwick.  April 1636
Examination of John Penny concerning the theft of two shirts from Henry James of Ashwick, which Penny claims he purchased from William James, a traveller.  May 1634

Petition of the inhabitants and parishioners of Aishweek [Ashwick], who state that William Joyce has lately left the parish, leaving behind five children, and that Alice Normans has delivered a base child, the reputed father being Robert Barnes of Stoke Lane [Stoke St Michael], but the parish of Aishweek having lately suffered a 'grevious contagious sickness', is unable to maintain the poor.  1631

Certificate stating that Windfred the base child of Alice Norman of Ashwick had died.  September 1631

Confession of John Gould of Ashewyke [Ashwick], husbandman, detailing his recent movements and stating that the spoons he carried he got from a pedler.  November 1625

Petition of the inhabitants of Ashwick concerning the good behaviour of John Tucker, compared to the bad behaviour of John Cooke.  c1624

Bond of Thomas Ludloe of Ashwick, husbandman for his appearance at the next sessions.  May 1624

Petition of the inhabitants of Ashwick concerning the Richard Bendle's loss through a recent fire.  1623

Examination of Howell Joanes of Ashwick, collier, who states that he saw Agnes Sawmon wife of John Sawmon of Ashwick, milking the cow of John Normans.  November 1622
Examination of Philip Dallimore of Whatley, baker, and John Hill of Ashwick, collier concerning an assault by the latter who denies it saying he was working in a coalpit called Reynolds mead with his partners.  December 1611

Bastardy Order:   Order for John White to maintain Grace his daughter by Thomasin Abbington of Ashwick.  November 1609

Link to Ashwick Legal document references.