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Re: William Parker Blackmore
Posted by: gail st john-moore (ID *****1595) Date: September 16, 2007 at 06:04:32
In Reply to: Re: William Parker Blackmore by Tanya of 1004

Hi there Tanya - Hope you got the message I posted last night. What great news eh? I knew that you had to be connected somehow it was just finding which of Louisa`s children you descended from. Due to my computer glitch last night I thought better than to give you the following information in that email.

Due to the illegitimate bit, you would have hit a brick wall which I did, but thanks to my grandmother who was alive in the 1970`s saying after my grandfather died `you should go and see an old friend of ours, Mrs Thomas, who lives in Iron Acton and she may be able to help` I would be no better off today. It turned out that even my grandmother had not realised that Mrs Thomas was family also. She was in her eighties back then and she and Edwin, her nephew, who had taken it upon himself to write up the family history were able to tell me so much. My grandmother also told me a lot about Albert`s brothers and sisters as she knew them all.

My interest started due to a slip of paper found in my grandfather`s drawer after he died showing the family tree in his handwriting but a `question mark` was above Albert denoting that Albert`s parents were not known. I cant believe that in truth, as my grandparents lived with Albert and Catherine, his wife, for the first five years of their marriage and Albert would have known his parent`s names! Obviously, being of illegitimate descent was not viewed well in the 1900`s so my grandfather was not about to make it public.

Anyway, here is a start on the family tree.

William Parker married Mary?

they had a son named:
William Parker b.1737 d.1835 Frampton Cotterell
married Bithia Hathway b.1753 d. 23.11.1828
(William in 1792 was a Yeoman Farmer of 60 acres at Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell. He died at 97 years of age and was buried next to Bithia. Bithia is the name on her tombstone, but it is spelt different ways on other documentation - Bathia, Bathiah, Bethiah. She was 43 years old when she had William)

they had a son and a daughter:
Mary Ann Parker
b.30.9.1792 d. 1834 Frampton Cotterell
she married Robert Tucker b.1797

William Parker b.4.9.1796 Frampton Cotterell
married Eleanor Tucker b.1806 d.26.7.1830 (sister of Robert and I presume she died childbirth related due to dates but a family story says she fell from a horse - )
In 1825, William listed as Yeoman Farmer at Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell.

They had two daughters:
Bethia Parker b.25.11.1827 m.10.1.1852Charles Cottle d.1904
and had a daughter called Georgina Bethia Cottle.
Phoebe b.8.7.1830 d.2.9.1850 died from Typhoid
(Robert and Eleanor were the children of William Tucker and Phebe Burgess, Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne?)
William was always called `Sheddie` short for Shedrick for some reason. Bethia and Phoebe were both educated and attended Frenchay School run by Sarah Carpenter, who in the 1841 is aged 25 and either living with or next door to William Parker???

However, in 1852, Louisa Blackmore went to live at Toveys Green with William Parker as his Housekeeper!

Divina or Davina or even Stivina b.13.1.1853 d.18.11.1926
Born deaf but could lipread. Known as `Stivie`, she wa tall, thin, rather prim and wore gold-rimmed glasses. After William`s death lived with Louis and Phoebe until they died in 1893 and then lived with William and Edith until 1912 (their Billy was the one taken from the pram by Emily Everetta)and then went to live with niece Victoria Mary Williams (Isaac` daughter)in the schoolhouse owned by Isaac (your ancestor). She was very much the spinster, brothers and sisters took responsibility for her but it is believed she did not have much of a life. Left 10 annuity by her father.

William Parker Blackmore b.25.3.1854 d.20.12.1923 married Edith Hatcher. Had three children, Eleanor (Nellie), William (Billy)and Kathleen. Willaim is noted as being a Farmer/Quarrymaster and by 1891 a Cabinet Maker.

Phoebe Alice Blackmore b.13.5.1855 d.21.3.1893. Never married, committed to Fishponds Asylum later known as Gloucester Mental Hospital. Left 10 annuity by her father

ISAAC PARKER BLACKMORE B.16.8.1856 D.27.4.1925 married Elizabeth Stone. In 1881 Isaac was at Goose Green working as a Farmer`s labourer. Isaac and Elizabeth had 7 children - Elizabeth Louisa b.2.8.1879/8.6.1929 m. John Curtis, Albert George Reginald 11.7.1891/19.4.1956 m. Lydia Ockenden, Lawrence Isaac 16.7.1889/15/8/1968 m. Jessie Neville, Victoria Mary b.12.5.1887/24.2.1964 m. Ethelbert Williams (their grandson is Edwin), WILLIAM see below, Rosina 8.5.1883/29/10/1955 m. George Adams, Beatrice Maud 16.7.1881/22.10.1963 m. Walter Huff Curtis (it was their daughter Daisy Thomas that I went to see.)

Isaac bought the old schoolhouse in 1910 after it had closed down and also bought the Ring of Bells pub which was run by your William.

This is what I have for your William:
b. 16.2.1885 d. 28.9.1984
m. 1 Mabel Hek
m. 2 Molly Thomas
m. 3 Olive Dando

Had two children:
Alma Mary Rosina b. 6.8.1913 m. William Rodgers. They had 2 children: Terence b.6.8.1913 m. Donatella Machetto, they had two children Christian b.10.4.1970 and Arianna b.3.5.1972

William b.26.8.1929 married Jean Crewe. Have no other information about that line - is this yours?

Mary Ann Blackmore b. 1.3.1858 Born Deaf Unmarried d.7.7.1926. Dressmaker. Had very dark hair came to London to live with Edward and rest of family at 132 Adelaide Road, West Hampstead and was involved in Blackmore patterns. Received considerable financial compensation for her arm being broken by the gate-boy on the tube opening the gate while the train still moving.

Edward Parker Blackmore b.13.7.1860 d.30.7.1939
Professionsal Teacher of Shorthand, paper pattern manufacturer. Had very dark hair, tall, dark, and handsome according to my grandmother and solid looking. Could be `gruff` and a bit of a `stick in the mud`. Never married but very close to his brother Robert and his wife Beattie. They went on the 2nd voyage of the Queen Mary together to America and after Robert died, Edward lived with Beattie. Edward always looked after his unmarried sisters and Emily, Florrie and Mary Ann all lived with him until they died.

ALBERT PARKER BLACKMORE B.22.4.1859 D.24.5.1937
married Catherine Anne Phillips had two children.
Drapers Assistant, Commercial Traveller, Paper pattern manufacturer. Albert was the first of the children to come to London. Had very dark hair, very kind, courteous,and a real gentleman.

Two children: Doris Edith b.11.1893 married 3 times.
Edward Phillip Blackmore started Practical Fashions along with Albert having been let down by Billy
b.26.2.1895 d.7.11.1972 married
Ruby Vida Greenwood 22.10.1921.
They had two children:
Alan Grenville Blackmore b. 1928 race-horse trainer/paper pattern manufacturer m. Pat Beresford
They had 2 children: Christopher and Michael (Michael was a jockey and died in horse racing accident at Warwick Races and made national front page news because of his unusual injuries.

John Phillip Blackmore b. 10.5.1922 paper pattern manufacturer/RAF pilot teaching ATC boys to fly at weekends until he retired at 65 m. Dorothy Smith and they had two children:
Gail Elizabeth Blackmore 1951 (ME)m. Nicholas St John-Moore
and had two children: Laura Rebecca and Daniel James.

Can fill you in even more if interested

Emily Everetta b.12.2.1862 born deaf d.19.4.1947. She was first educated at local school and then went to boarding school (William and Louisa not short of money) She had very red (ginger) hair. She is the one who took Billy from the pram. She also lived with Edward and after he went to live with Beattie, she went to live with Billy and his wife Vera. This was not successful so Billy bought 72 Hendon Way for her.

Arthur Parker Blackmore b. 17.6.1864 Unmarried d. 30.6.1942
Arthur initially educated at village school and then attended Wickwar Grammar School as a Boarder. He became a qualified Chemist and worked in Mr Scott`s chemist shop for a while. He had very dark hair. He also worked for Blackmore Patterns but after a while Mr Scott financed Arthur and Harry to set up Scott`s patterns. In 1922 William Curtis, grandson of Isaac came to live with Arthur and Harry and he inherited Scotts Patterns.

Harry Parker Blackmore b. 9.6.1866 Unmarried d. 18.4.1942
Paper pattern manufacturer. Born deaf. Attended Wickwar Grammar School as a Boarder. Had fair skin and slightly ginger hair. Harry was rather witty and his favourite saying was `If you`ve got one foot in the workhouse, we`ll hang on to the other!`

Florence Laura Blackmore b.9.6.1868 Unmarried 24.1.1928.
She came to London to live with Edward in the early 1890`s became a Mannequin (model) for a fashion house on the corner of Oxford Circusw. She was tall, very elegant with very dark hair (she apparently of all the children was most like her mother, Louisa) At one time she was engaged to a doctor but broke it off.

Robert Blackmore b. 21.2.1871 d.24.5.1937 married Beatrice Garland. Born deaf and had no children. Had fair-ginger hair, was very aristocratic and the story is that when he commuted from Brighton to London in later life the porters would touch their caps to him. The impression was that they thought he was an Earl. The story also goes that Robert was not William`s son but the son of the Duke of Beaufort. Robert was not in William`s will which was made after Robert`s birth! Robert stayed with Edward running Blackmore Patterns in spite of other brothers splitting off and starting competitive companies i.e. Scotts and Practical Fashions.

This is a lot to digest and is certainly a lot for you to be getting on with so I will leave the information about Louisa for another time.

I hope this helps. On all of Louisa`s childrens birth certificates, there is no mention of William so you would have never known where the Parker came from. THANK YOU EDWIN, or I would never have known.

With kindest regards.


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