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notes by P John Partington


No Neales figure amongst our ancestors (as far as I know), but because the family intermarried with at least three of our ancestors’ families (the Corbetts, the Powells and the Shipps) it has seemed worthwhile to make these notes about some of them.


BENJAMIN NEALE  (1738 - 1800)

Benjamin was born in 1738, the son of John Neale and Sarah née Batten.  He married Sarah Cole and had three children:   John born in 1762, Benjamin in 1767 and Sarah in 1778 (details below).   Benjamin died in 1800 and Sarah in 1812.



Benjamin’s first child, John, was born in Yate, Gloucestershire, in 1762.   A  “yeoman of Goose Green ”, he married Nancy Corbett on 6 May 1784 at Stt Peter & James Church, Bristol.  The couple had nine children:  Susannah born in 1787, Henrietta in 1789, Sarah and Mary in 1790, John Corbett in 1792, Ann in 1796, Benjamin in 1798, Harriet in 1801 and Martin in 1806 (details below).  Nancy died in 1838, and John in 1842, both still in Yate.

Benjamin’s second child, another Benjamin, was born in 1767.  Nothing further is known of him.

Benjamin’s third child, Sarah, was born in 1778.  On 10 March 1800, in Yate, she married Samuel Cox, by whom she had at least five children – Richard Bence born in 1801, Ruth in 1806 (who married Joseph Shipp), Jane in 1810, John Neale in 1820 and William in 1828.


THE CHILDREN OF JOHN  (1762 - 1842)

John’s first child, Susannah, was born in about 1787.  She married Joseph Powell, and had nine children:  Hannah born in 1806, John in 1807, Joseph in 1809, Alban in 1811, Susan in 1813, Mary in 1815, Benjamin Neale in 1817, Robert in 1819 and Thomas in 1821.  She died in Wickwar in October 1825, the same year as her husband.

John’s second child, Henrietta, was born in Yate in 1789.  She was named in her grandfather Jonathan Corbett’s will to inherit a half-share in Pease Leaze pasture;  but after she married a labourer, James Batt, Jonathan enacted a codicil leaving this instead on trust, the proceeds to be “given into the proper hands of Henrietta Batt apart from and distinct from her said husband and not to be subject or liable to his debts, control or engagements”.  In the event Henrietta didn’t live for long with James, setting up home instead with Edmund Shipp, by whom she had a number of children – and whom she eventually married, aged eighty-one, on her husband’s death in 1861.

John’s third child, Sarah, was born in October 1790.   On 2 February 1813 she married Samuel Shipp, a farmer and the brother of the Edmund in the paragraph above, in Yate.  They had five children, all baptized in Yate:  Robert Neale born in 1813, John in 1815, Martin in 1816, Sarah Ann in 1819 and Henry Neale in 1823.   Sarah died, still in Yate, in 1825 and Samuel in 1849 – “sudden death by the visitation of God” – and both were buried at Yate.  Sarah had kept records of the family in a prayer book, in which her son Martin subsequently recorded his parents’ deaths:  “Sarah Wife of Saml Shipp Died Jany 9 1825;   Samuel Shipp Died Oct 18 1849;  I hope they ar [sic] in heaven. Martin Shipp”.

John’s fourth child, Mary, was born in Yate in 1790 – a twin to Sarah.   Nothing further is known of her.

John’s fifth child, John Corbett, was born in Yate on 1 August 1792.  On 7 December 1816 he married his cousin Tryphena Corbett in Yate.   The couple had five children:  Matilda Corbett born in 1817, Robert in about 1819, Jonathan in about 1821, Alfred in about 1827 and Jonathan in about 1831 (details below).  John died on 30 May 1853, and Tryphena on 21 May 1876.

John’s sixth child, Ann, was born in Yate in 1796.  She died in 1858.

John’s seventh child, Benjamin, was born in Yate in 1798.  Nothing further is known of him.

John’s eighth child, Harriet, was born in or shortly before 1801.  She died in 1890.

John’s ninth child, Martin, was born in Yate in 1806.  Nothing further is known of him.



John Corbett’s first child, Matilda Corbett, was born in Yate on 17 August 1817.  In 1841 she married James Hatherell at Chipping Sodbury.  The couple had four children:  John Corbett Neale born in 1842, Sarah Louisa in 1845, William Francis Albert in 1853 and Tryphana in 1855.  James died in 1862 and Matilda 1878, both still in the Tetbury area.

John Corbett’s second child, Robert, was born in Yate in about 1819.   He married Ann (surname unknown, born in about 1823 in Chipping Sodbury) and had eight children: Sarah Jane born in Chipping Sodbury in 1843, Robert Rufus in Chipping Sodbury in 1846, Tryphena in Chipping Sodbury in 1847, John Alexander in Chipping Sodbury in 1849, Lucy Ann in Chipping Sodbury in 1850, Eliza A in Chipping Sodbury in 1855, Mary G in Corsham, Wilts, in 1863 and Benjamin Gabriel in Chipping Sodbury in 1867.  Robert died in Yate on 5 May 1878.

John Corbett’s third child, Jonathan, was born in 1821 and died, still in Yate, on 15 July 1830.

John Corbett’s fourth child, Alfred, was born in Yate in 1827. A “lieutenant on HMS Dauntless”, he died of yellow fever “at Barbadoes” in November 1852.

John Corbett’s fifth child, another Jonathan, was born in Yate in 1832.  He died on 19 November 1893.


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