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THE WHITES

OF STRETTON ON FOSSE

notes by P John Partington

 

WILLIAM WHITE (bef. 1639 - 1672) AND HIS FOREBEARS

The ‘White’ family from whom we are descended lived for many generations in Stretton on Fosse, a village just off Fosse Way on the southern border of Warwickshire.   Of them, our earliest known ancestor was William, buried in 1672.  He had various children, including William and Edward.

 

THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM  (bef. 1639 - 1672)

William had at least two sons.  His first, also named William, married Jane:   they had at least three children – Thomas baptized in 1672, John in 1674 and another William (details below).  William (Jane’s husband) died in 1713, and was buried in Stretton-on-Fosse.   The elder William’s second son was called Edward.

 

THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM  (bef. 1657 - 1713)

William’s first son, Thomas, was baptized in Stretton on Fosse in 1672;   nothing else is known of him at present.

William’s second son, John, was baptized at Stretton in 1674.  He married Elizabeth, and they had at least one child, Edward born in about 1713 (details below).  John was buried in 1723.

William’s third son, William, was married twice.  By his first wife he had a daughter, Mary, baptized in Stretton in 1705;  by his second, Elizabeth Gibbes, he had a daughter, Jane, baptized in Stretton in 1721.

 

THE CHILDREN OF JOHN  (c. 1674 - 1723)

John’s son Edward was born in about 1713.   He married Elizabeth Durham in 1741, and they had nine children:   William baptized in 1742, Sheila in 1743, Richard in 1745, John in 1748, Isaac in 1750, Robert in 1752, Sarah in 1754, Betty in 1756 and Mary in 1757 (details below).  The date of Edward’s death is unknown, but Elizabeth died in 1795.

 

THE CHILDREN OF EDWARD  (c.1713 - aft. 1756)

Edward’s first child, William, was baptized in Stretton on Fosse in 1742, and his second child, Sheila, in 1743.  Nothing further is known of them at present.

Edward’s third child, Richard, was baptized in Stretton in 1745 and buried there on 21 December 1828.  Nothing else is known of him at present

Edward’s fourth child, John, was baptized in Stretton in 1748.   Nothing further is known of him at present.

Edward’s fifth child, Isaac, was baptized in Stretton in 1750.  He married Anne Savidge (born in Toddington), and they had five children:  Mary baptized at Stretton in 1776, William in 1778, Hannah in 1781, Jane in 1783 and Mary in 1787 (details below).  Isaac died in 1820, and was buried at Stretton on 24 September.

Edward’s sixth child, Robert, was baptized in Stretton in 1752, his seventh child, Sarah, in 1754, his eighth child, Betty, in 1756 and his ninth, Mary, in 1757.  Nothing further is known of them at present.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ISAAC  (1749/50 - 1820)

Isaac’s first child, Mary, was born (baptized?) at Stretton-on-Fosse on 13 October 1776.  In 1798, still in Stretton, she married Stephen Summerton.

Isaac’s second child, William, was born (baptized?) at Stretton on 11 October 1778.  He married Sarah Keen, with whom he had ten children:  Ann born in about 1803, William in 1804, Jane in about 1806, John in about 1807, Isaac in about 1811, Robert in about 1812, Richard in about 1815, Mary in 1817, Edward in about 1819 and Thomas in 1821 (details below).   William died in October 1831, being buried in Stretton on the twenty-sixth of that month.

Isaac’s third child, Hannah, was born (baptized?) in Stretton on 4 February 1781, his fourth child, Jane, on 17 August 1783 and his fifth, Mary, in 1787.  Nothing further is known of them at present.

 

THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM  (1778 - 1861)

William’s first child, Ann, was baptized in 1803.  She apparently had three illegitimate children:  Daniel baptized in Stretton on Fosse in 1825, Elizabeth in 1825 and Adam in 1828 (details below).  Nothing further about her is known at present.

William’s second child, William, was born (baptized?) in Stretton on 23 December 1804.  Nothing further is known of him at present.

William’s third child, Jane, was born (baptized?) in Stretton in 1807.  In 1826 she had an illegitimate child, William, who died aged two weeks and was buried at Stretton on 13 August.  On 19 May the following year she married Jonas Thompson, still at Stretton.  They had at least four children:  William, born in 1830/1 in Stretton, Charles in 1837/8 in Bearley, George in 1839/40 in Wolverton  and Mary Ann in 1844/5, also in Wolverton.  In 1851 the family were living in Wolverton, and ten years later Jane and Jonas were still there with Mary Ann:  Jonas was a farm labourer.

William’s fourth child, John, was born (baptized?) in Stretton on 28 May 1809.  In 1833 he married Mary Wilkes, and they had eight children:  Sarah Ann born in 1834, Mary Ann in 1837, William in 1841, John and Ellen in 1845, Joseph in 1849, Richard in 1852 and Alfred in 1855 (details below).   In 1841, 1851 & 1861 the family were living in Stretton:  John was working as a sawyer.  In 1871 & 1881 John & Mary were still living in the village, with John now recorded as a farm labourer.

William’s fifth child, Isaac, was baptized in Stretton in 1811.  In 1835 he married Emma (surname unknown), and they had five children:   William born in 1836, Sarah baptized in 1837, Ann Susannah  in 1840, John also in 1840 and Caroline in 1843 (details below).  The 1841 census records him as living in the village, working as an Agricultural Labourer.  Emma was buried in Stretton on 27 July 1847.  By 1861 Isaac seems to have married again – a Mary – and the couple were living in Handsworth, with Isaac working as a ‘labourer’.  In 1871 the couple were in West Bromwich, while in 1881 & 1891 Isaac was there with servant Ada Davidson – a widower again.

William’s sixth child, Robert, was baptized in Stretton in 1813.  He married Elizabeth Gale, and they had seven children:  William born in about 1833, Robert in about 1838, Elizabeth in about 1840, Benjamin William in about 1842, John in about 1845, Emma in 1847 and Thomas in 1848/9 (details below).  The 1841 census records the family in the village: Robert is an Agricultural Labourer.  In 1851 the family were living at Tunnel House in Stretton:  Robert is now described as a Brick Maker, while in 1849 he was a “toll keeper” at Tunnel Gate;  two years later he was still there, now a ‘brickmaker’.  In the early 1850s the family moved to Wilnecote, in the north of the county, and in 1861 they were living in “Watling Street Road”;  Robert was a “pipe burner”.
 
William’s seventh child, Richard, was baptized in Stretton in 1815.   He married Elizabeth, and they had eight children:  William born in about 1839, Sarah in about 1841, Thomas in about 1843, James in about 1846, Ann in about 1848, Mary Anne and Lucy baptized in 1855 and Edwin in 1856 (details below).  In 1851 Richard, Elizabeth & family were living in Stretton:  Richard is described as a sawyer, and Elizabeth as a charwoman.  Ten years later Richard & Elizabeth were still in the village;  their granddaughter ‘Annie’ was with them.   In 1881 & 1891 Richard & Elizabeth were still living in the village:  Richard is described as a farm labourer.  Twenty years later he is a “gardener”.  He died, still in the village, in 1905, being buried on 17 November;  his wife had died three years earlier.
 
William’s eighth child, Mary, was born in 1816/7. On 28 June 1835 she married John Brain, and they had eleven children:  Richard born in 1835, Sarah in about 1838, John in 1840, George in 1841, Ann in 1843, Anthony in 1845, Richard in 1846, William in 1848, Robert in 1850, Mary in 1852 and Jesse in about 1855.  In 1841 she was living at Stretton with John and their first three children.   Soon afterwards the family moved to Glascote, on the edge of Tamworth, where Mary died in 1883. Apparently the bakery in Quarry Hill, White’s, which closed in the 1970s was founded and run until her death by Mary.

William’s ninth child, Edward, was born in Stretton in 1819 and baptized that same year.  He married Jane, and they had six children:   Sarah born in about 1840, Mary Ann in about 1842, Mary in about 1844, Ann in about 1848, Hannah in 1853 and Joel in 1858 (details below).  In all the nineteenth century censuses Edward & Jane were living in Stretton:  Edward is described as an Agricultural Labourer.  In 1881 Edward & Mary were still in the village with their son Joel;  Edward is still a farm labourer.  Jane was still in the village in 1901, living with twenty-seven year old Mary Jane White, a ‘feeble-minded’ lodger.  Jane died in 1905, being buried at Stretton on 9 February.

William’s tenth child, Thomas, was baptized in Stretton in 1821, and buried there in 1835.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ANN  (c.1803 - aft. 1826)

 Ann’s first child, Daniel, was baptized in Stretton on Fosse in 1825.  In 1841 he was living in the village with his uncle and aunt John & Mary Brain.

Ann’s second child, Elizabeth, was baptized in Stretton in 1825.  Nothing further is known of her at present.

Ann’s third child, Adam, was baptized in Stretton in 1828.  In 1851 he was living in Claverdon, working as a “house servant” for the Galton family.

THE CHILDREN OF JOHN  (1809 - aft. 1880)

John’s first child, Sarah Ann, was born (baptized?) in Stretton-on-Fosse on 8 December 1834.  In 1851 she was living with her family in the village.

John’s second child, Mary Ann, was born (baptized?) in Stretton on 26 July 1837.  The 1841 & 1851 censuses record her living with her family in the village.

John’s third child, William, was born (baptized?) in Stretton on 1841.   The censuses of that year and 1851 record him living with his family in the village. In 1861 he was still with them, working as a sawyer.  He married Ann (born in 1844 in Wellesbourne, Warw), and they had five children:  William born in 1863/4, Elizabeth in 1866/7, Alfred in 1872/3, John in 1875/6 and Richard in 1878/9 (details below).  In 1881 the census records the family living in the village;  William was still working as a sawyer.

John’s fourth child, John, was born in Stretton on 14 September 1845.  In 1851 & 1861 he was living with his family in the village – in the latter year working as a sawyer.  He married Jane, and they had at least ten children:  Selina Annie born in about 1871, Roshannah in about 1872, Henry Herbert in 1875/6, Sarah Elizabeth in 1876/7, Fanny in about 1878, Frederick John in 1881, Alfred in 1883/4, Kate in 1884/5, Miriam in 1887/8 and Ralph in 1888/9 (details below).   In about 1880 the family moved to Enderby in Leicestershire:  the 1881 census records them in Moors Lane, with John working as a “stone quarryman” and Jane as a “stitcher.  Ten years later they were still there:  John was working as a gardener and Annie as a laundry maid.

John’s fifth child, Ellen, was born in Stretton on 14 September 1845 – a twin to John.  In 1851 she was living with their family in the village.  Ten years later she was in Shipston, working as a servant in the Ellis household.

John’s sixth child, Joseph, was born in Stretton in 1849/50.  In 1851, 1861 & 1871 he was living with his family in the village.  He married Mary Ann (surname unknown, born 1850 in Stretton), with whom he had at least three children – Mary Jane born in 1873/4, Frederick in 1875/6, Anne Mirah in 1876/7 and Rose Hannah in 1879/80 (details below).  In 1881 the family were living in the village.  Joseph died in 1889, being buried in Stretton on 14 June.

John’s seventh child, Richard, was born in Stretton on 26 September 1852.  In 1861 & 1871 he was living with his family in the village.  He married Emma, with whom he had at least three children:  Thomas, born in Stretton in 1872/3;  Henry A, born in Glascote in 1874/5;  and George W, born in Glascote in 1876/7.  In 1881 the family were living in East View, Glascote:  Richard was a “general labourer”.

John’s eighth child, Alfred, was born in Stretton on 29 July 1855, and six years later was recorded with his family in the village.  In 1871 he was still with them there, working as an “agricultural labourer”.  He moved to Tamworth, and on 8 October 1876 married Martha Spencer there.  The couple had at least six children:  Herbert, born in 1877/8,  Reginald in 1879/80, Alfred in 1881, Mary E in 1883/4, Annie in 1888/9 and Joseph in 1891/2 (details below).  In 1881 the family were in New Street, Fazeley:  Alfred was working as a groom.  Ten years later they were in Wilnecote, with Alfred now working as a gardener, while in 1901 they were in Glascote, with Alfred a farm labourer.

 

THE CHILDREN OF WILLIAM  (1841 - aft. 1882)

William’s first child, William, was born in Stretton on Fosse in 1863/4 and baptized in 1864.  In 1881 he was living with his family in the village and working as a farm labourer.  In 1897 he married Anne, and they had twin sons – George & Frank, baptized in 1898.

William’s second child, Elizabeth, was born in Stretton in 1866/7 and baptized in 1867.  In 1881 she was living in the village with her family.  In 1888, still in Stretton, she married James Huckling.

William’s third child, Alfred, was born in Stretton in 1872, and baptized there that same year.  In 1881 he was living in the village with his family.

William’s fourth child, John, was born in Stretton in 1875/6 and baptized in Middle Ditchford in 1876.  In 1881 he was living in the village with his family.   He later married Edith Annie.

William’s fifth child, Richard, was born in Stretton in 1878/9 and baptized there in 1879.  In 1881 he was living with his family in the village.  In December 1903 he married Fanny Rebecca Sellman at Weston-sub-Edge.   The couple had three children – Rose, born in 1909, Walter Robert in 1911 and Alice in about 1914.  The family left Stretton at about the time of the First World War, moving first to Edgcote and then to Chipping Warden, near Banbury.

William’s sixth child, George, was baptized in Stretton in 1881, and his seventh child, Frank, was baptized there in 1884.  Nothing further is known of them at present.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ISAAC  (c. 1811 - aft. 1840)

Isaac’s first child, William, was born in 1835/6 and baptized in Stretton-on-Fosse in 1836.  In 1841 the census records him living with his family in the village.

Isaac’s second child, Sarah, was baptized in Stretton in 1837 and buried there in 1840.

Isaac’s third child, Ann, was born in 1838/9 and baptized in Stretton in 1840.  In 1841 the census records her living with her family in the village.

Isaac’s fourth child, John, was born in 1840 and baptized in Stretton that year. In 1841 he was recorded as living with his family in the village.  In 1870 he married Jane Batchelor and they had three children:  Frank baptized in Stretton in 1871, Silvani in 1872 and Rosanna Jane in 1874.

Isaac’s fifth child, Caroline, was baptized in Stretton in 1843.   Nothing further is known of her at present.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ROBERT  (c.1812 - aft. 1850)

Robert’s first child, William, was baptized in 1833 and died in 1836.

Robert’s second child, Robert, was born in Stretton in 1838/9, and is recorded with his family by the 1841 census.  In 1851 he was living with the rest of his family at the Tunnel House, Stretton on Fosse, working as a ploughboy.  By 1861 he was living in Wilnecote.  He married Frances, and they had seven children:  Maria born in 1861/2, Fanny in 1868/9, Arthur in 1870/1, Mary in 1873/4, Caroline in 1875/6, Oliver in 1878/9 and Frank in 1880 (details below).  In 1881 the family were living in Watling Street Terrace, Wilnecote:  Robert was a “brickyard labourer”.

Robert’s third child, Elizabeth, was born in Stretton in 1841 and baptized there that same year.  In 1851 she was living with the rest of her family at the Tunnel House, Stretton on Fosse.

Robert’s fourth child, Benjamin William, was born in Stretton in 1842/3 and baptized there in 1843.  In 1851 he was living with the rest of his family at the Tunnel House, Stretton on Fosse.

Robert’s fifth child, John, was born in Stretton in 1845/6 and baptized there in 1846.  In 1851 he was living with the rest of his family at the Tunnel House, Stretton on Fosse.  He married Jane, and they had six children:  Selina Annie born in 1871/2, Roshannah in 1872/3, Henry Herbert in 1875/6, Sarah Elizabeth in 1876/7, Fanny in 1878/9 and Frederick John in 1881 (details below).  In about 1880 the family moved to Enderby in Leicestershire:  the 1881 census records them in Moors Lane, with John working as a “stone quarryman” and Jane as a ‘stitcher’.

Robert’s sixth child, Emma, was born in 1847, and died the following year, being buried at Stretton on 10 May.

Robert’s seventh child, Thomas, was born in Stretton in 1848/9, and in 1851 was living with the rest of his family at the Tunnel House, Stretton on Fosse.  By the late 1860s he had moved to Wilnecote, and married Mary A (surname unknown):  they had seven children:  Robert born in 1867/8, John H in 1870/1, Thomas E in 1873/4, Jesse in 1875/6, Albert in 1876/7, Dester in 1879/80 and Caleb in 1881 (details below).  In 1881 the family were living in New Road, Wilnecote:  William was working as an “Engine Driver for Builder & Contractor”.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ROBERT  (1838/9 - aft. 1880)

Robert’s first child, Maria, was born in Wilnecote in 1861/2.  In 1881 she was unmarried and living with her family at Watling Street Terrace:  the census describes her as a “Domestic Serv Nurse”.

Robert’s second child, Fanny, was born in Wilnecote in 1868/9;  his third child, Arthur, was born in Wilnecote in 1870/1;  his fourth child, Mary, was born in Wilnecote in 1873/4;  his fifth child, Caroline, was born in Wilnecote in 1875/6;  his sixth child, Oliver, was born in Wilnecote in 1878/9;  his seventh child, Frank, was born in Wilnecote in 1880.  In 1881 all the children were living with their parents at Watling Street Terrace.

 

THE CHILDREN OF JOHN  (1845/6 - aft. 1880)

John’s first child, Selina Annie, was born in Stretton on Fosse in 1871/2;   his second child, Roshannah, was born in Stretton in 1872/3;  his third child, Henry Herbert, was born in Stretton in 1875/6;  his fourth child, Sarah Elizabeth, was born in Stretton in 1876/7;  his fifth child, Fanny, was born in Stretton in 1878/9;  his sixth child, Frederick John, was born in Enderby, Leics, in 1881.  That year the census records the family living in Moors Lane, Enderby, Leicestershire.


THE CHILDREN OF JOSEPH  (1849 - 1889)

Joseph’s first child, Mary Jane, was born in Stretton on Fosse in 1873/4;  his second, Frederick, in 1875/6;  his third, Anne Mirah, in 1876/7;  and his fourth, Rose Hannah, in 1879/80.  In 1881 they were all living in the village with their parents.

 

THE CHILDREN OF ALFRED  (1855 - aft. 1880)

Alfred’s first child,  Herbert, was born in Wilnecote in 1877/8.  In 1881 he was living with his family in Fazeley;  twenty years later he was with them in Orchard Street, Glascote – a “washerman at brewery”.

Alfred’s second child, Reginald, was born in Fazeley in 1879/80.  In 1881 he was recorded there with his parents, and ten years later was with them in Wilnecote.  In 1901 he was with them in Glascote – a “brewery labourer”.

Alfred’s third child, another Alfred, was born in Fazeley in 1881.   In 1891 he was living with his parents in Wilnecote;  ten years later he was with them in Glascote – a “brickyard labourer”.

Alfred’s fourth child, Mary E, was born in Tamworth in 1883/4;  in 1891 she was living with her parents in Wilnecote. 

Alfred’s fifth child, Annie, was born in Kettlebrook in 1888/9.  In 1891 she was living with her parents in Wilnecote, and ten years later was still with them, in Glascote.

Alfred’s sixth child, Joseph, was born in Kettlebrook in 1891/2.  In 1901 he was with his family in Glascote.

 

THE CHILDREN OF THOMAS  (1848/9 - aft. 1880)

Thomas’ first child, Robert, was born in Wilnecote in 1867/8.  In 1881 he was living in New Road with his family, and working as a “Butcher Boy”.

Thomas’ second child, John H, was born in Wilnecote in 1870/1;  his third child, Thomas E, was born there in 1873/4;  his fourth child, Jesse, was born there in 1875/6;  his fifth child, Albert, was born there in 1876/7;   his sixth child, Dester, was born there in 1879/80;  his seventh child, Caleb, was born there in 1881.  In 1881 the census records all the children as living in New Road with their parents.

 

THE CHILDREN OF RICHARD  (1815 - aft. 1880)

Richard’s first child, William, was born in Pebworth, Glos (his mother’s home village) in 1839/40.  In 1851 he was living with his family in Stretton.  Nothing else is known at present.

Richard’s second child, Sarah, was also born in Pebworth, in 1841/2.   In 1851 she was living with her family in Stretton.  In 1872 she married John Allen in Stretton.

Richard’s third child, Thomas, was born in Stretton in 1843/4.  In 1851 he was living there with his family.  Nothing else is known at present.

Richard’s fourth child, James, was born in Stretton in 1847.  In 1851 he was living there with his family.  He died in 1862, being buried on New Year’s Eve.

Richard’s fifth child, Ann, was born in Stretton in 1848/9, and was recorded there with her family in 1851.  She died in 1853, being buried on 21 April.

Richard’s sixth child, Mary, was baptized in Stretton in 1855.  In 1886, still in the village, she married Joseph Brain.

Richard’s seventh child, Lucy, was baptized in Stretton, also in 1855.   In 1881, still in the village, she married John George Gregory.

Richard’s eighth child, Edwin, was baptized in Stretton in 1856 and buried there on 28 June of that year.

 

THE CHILDREN OF EDWARD  (1819 - aft. 1880)

Edward’s first child, Sarah, was born in Brailes, Warwickshire (her mother’s home village) in 1840/1 and baptized in Stretton-on-Fosse in 1841.  In 1851 she was living with her family in Stretton.  In 1868, still in the village, she married George Padbury.

Edward’s second child, Mary Ann, was baptized in Stretton in 1842, and buried there that same year.

Edward’s third child, Mary, was born in Stretton in 1844/5.  In 1851 she was living with her family in the village.  In 1862, still in Stretton, she married Alfred Parnell:  they had eight children – William A born in Stretton in 1864/5, Alice Mary & John Henry in 1867/8, Anne in 1870/1, Rose Ann in 1873/4, Albert E in 1875/6, Mary Jane in 1878/9 and Lizzy in 1881.  In 1881 the family were living in the village:  Alfred and the two oldest boys were farm labourers, while Alice Mary was a “general servant”.

Edward’s fourth child, Ann, was born in Stretton in 1848 and baptized there that same year.  In 1851 she was living with her family in the village.  Nothing else is known at present.

Edward’s fifth child, Hannah, was baptized in Stretton in 1853.  In 1876, still in the village, she married Albert Parnell (brother of Alfred above).  They moved to Albert’s home village of Ebrington and had at least two children – Elizabeth Jane born in 1877/8 and Edward in 1879/80.  In 1881 the family were living in Ebrington:  Albert was a carter & farm labourer and Hannah was an agricultural labourer.

Edward’s sixth child, Joel, was born in Stretton in 1858/9.  In 1881 he was living with his parents in the village, working as an agricultural labourer.

 


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