Miscellaneous Snippets

Found some odd trivia about Eversholt and don’t know where to put it? Dump it here,
with a reference to the original material, and maybe sometime it will come in useful.Sorry, this page was particularly mangled in moving from the old Google Sites server to WordPress. Somebody ought to fix it.

The astonishing thing [EJW] is that so much of the proceedings of parliament in the
19th century seems to have been taken up with the workings of the Poor Law. Nothing
about development to stop people being poor. Everything about relief for those that
were. Are we in the same boat now?


Children of Ann and James Parnham are:
+John Parnham, b. Bef. 27 Oct 1794, Evershall, Bedfordshire16, d. 16 Apr 1858, 9
Great Chart Street, Hoxton New Town, Middx*17.
Henry Parnham, b. Bef. 24 Jul 1796, Eversholt, Bedford, d. date unknown.
Elizabeth Parnham, b. Bef. 15 Jul 1798, Evershall, Bedfordshire18, d. date unknown.
Thomas Parnham, b. Bef. 18 Jan 1804, Eversholt, Bedford19, d. date unknown.
George Parnham, b. Bef. 12 Jan 1806, Eversholt, Bedford20, d. date unknown.

From http://www.willtranscriptions.co.uk/surnames/g-h-i/gregory_ambrose_g44.htm

The Will of Ambrose Gregory
In the name of God Amen the ffirst Day of June in the year of our Lord 1640 I Ambrose
Gregory the son of Humphry Gregory yongest of Evershalt in the Countie of Bedff
yeoman sick in body but of perfect memorie I praise god for it I make my Last will
& Testamt as followeth: ffirst I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almighty god
& my body to Christian burial Imprimis my will is I give & bequeath unto my
Sister Marie Gregory ten pounds of good & Lawfull english money to be paid unto
her within six moneth after my Decease Also I give my two best C…..s And further my
Will is that she shall if she wills bee & remaine in my house the space of one
whole yeare after my Death & have fier wood Sufficient to burne for that time
Also I give and bequeath unto my brother John Gregory my house & all my free Land
in Evershall Also I give unto the poore of Evershall vid [six pence???] further my
will is that the sume of xxxs [30 shillings?] bee bestowed funeral & 3s 4d upon
the Ringer. The rest of my goods unbequeathed I give unto my Brother John Gregory
whom I make Sole Executor to pay my Debts & legacies and L… my funeral And I
request my good freinds Richard Symons and George Gregory to bee my Overseers &
assist my Executor to see that this my will be fulfilled And that this is my last
will & testamt I the saide Ambrose Gregory have set my hand & seale the Day
& yeare above written
Ambrose Gregory Marke
Witnesses hereof
Richard Symons
Ambrose Gregory
Christopher Symons
Proved 28 May 1641

The Health Exhibition literature: Volume 1
International Health Exhibition, 1884,
via google snippets, so not very reliable:

There is a valley to the east of the Abbey at Eversholt, where, beyond the circuit
of the property of the Duke of Bedford, may be seen cottages of the type of
Lowmarsh, with both the virtues and the faults of the tenements described there.
There are the orthodox two rooms above and below, the upper with only some 600
cubic feet of space, the bedroom of a cheery couple, the man, of eighty-three, has
lived there in health and happiness these sixty years, and would be heartbroken to
leave this picturesque abode, full of the associations that belong to a large
family brought up in contentment, in their little crowded home or lives of labour.
Not far off may be seen a recent example of the Duke’s anxious care to discover the
rules for constructing an abode most fit for the peasant labourer. The old cottage
just described is rented for a shilling a week; the latter, the result of every
careful thought, for sevenpence more. It is a type of a simple unadorned structure,
massive, and considered carefully in every point It has overhanging eaves for
dryness of foundations, hard-brick causeway surrounding it ; a yard of asphalte
laid on concrete, a little barn and wash-house and earth-closet ; the rain-water
tank and protected well, with covered pump. The wooden floors and staircase, and
ample rooms, two below and three above, contain everything which a moderate family

and there my abuse of google snippets came to a ful stop. “Lowmarsh” is a
place much discussed in the book. I wonder where these cottages were. Are they still

There is more than you could ever wish to know about Cyril Rayner, born 1 January
1907 in Eversholt, at http://www.carnamah.com.au/ca36.html.
Cyril emigrated to Australia in 1924 – he was 17 – and successfully farmed land
there. He died on 13 Feb 2009 in Three Springs, Australia, aged 102. He’d been
married 66 years. Cyril’s father, Frederick, was a cowman. The family lived at New
England in

From http://memory.loc.gov/award/upbover/dia5577/dia5577.sgm
which is a very weird collection, hard to read because the file types are strange.
The text in square brackets below has been taken by EJW from the source and
rearranged because the source is machine-readable gobbledegook. Now it’s
human-readable gobbledegook…

Smith, Job. Diary and autobiography, 1849-1877
Handwritten diary and autobiography. Smith writes about his conversion to the
Mormon Church in England, his emigration to the United States in 1843, and life
at Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, and Winter Quarters. The account is retrospective
until 1849 and some of the early materials are written in Pitman shorthand. Smith
returned to England in 1849 and served as president of the Bedfordshire Branch
for five years. Smith concluded his mission in 1854 and made the overland trip to
Utah that summer by ox team. The diary mentions several deaths from cholera,
encounters with Dakota Indians, and Smith’s duties as captain of the company.
Smith also writes about his life in Salt Lake City, particularly financial
troubles and family relations between his polygamous wives.
May 12, 1852 Next day visited Br [Brother] Linfield at Eversholt.
June 20, 1852 Women; Death; Discipline; Diseases
Sunday 20th
Attended a
council of the officers of the Studham and Kensworth Branches. In the evening
attended meeting at Hamstead. Br Day [Day, Thomas, 1814-1893] and wife and
several of the Luton Saints were present and expressed a desire to be reunited
with the church [The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]. After asking
them some questions which they answered to the satisfaction of the Hamstead
branch of the church, they received consent from that Branch to rebaptised. I
received two letters from Kansas, North America. One from my father which stated
that he had a rough passage had left my sister Mary [Mary Smith] in the St Louis
C&C. The other letter was from Br Spiers [John Spiers]. I was also informed
of the accident of the Saluda [ship] at Lexington, by which several persons of my
acquaintance had been killed. I felt very angry at my sister stopping in St
Louis, and felt in my heart that the blame belonged in some measure to my father
and stepmother.
During the week passed through the branches as usual. Called at Br Linfield’s at
Eversholt. His wife is one of the most remarkable women I ever saw. She has been
sick many years and her bones are so rotten that they easily break, and
frequently do.
August 5, 1852 Women; Diseases
On Thursday I paid Br Linfield a visit at Eversholt. His wife is still very
sick. I prayed that she might soon be released from her pain.
Wow! A mormon in Eversholt in 1852! There are some Linfields scattered about, but
no obvious candidate in the 1851 or 1861 census. What’s a C&C?

William Jennings of Eversholt
gave £500
, a considerable sum, to the British and Foreign Bible Society in


Which actually seems to be from

1824. Report from the Select Committee on Poor Rate Returns.,

The select vestry well attended; much good has resulted from this, as likewise from
the services of an assistant overseer. The number of unemployed labourers has not
been diminished this year. It has been proposed in vestry, that the unemployed
labourers should be severally distributed amongst the occupiers of land, each
occupier paying at the weekly rate of 3 s per man during the winter months; the
plan was approved of but not adopted. The plan of sending unemployed labourers upon
the parish roads is fraught with mischief of various kinds; but this mode is
generally pursued throughout the hundred for want of a better. A steady and useful
labourer earns here about 7 s per week.

[A “vestry” can be a business meeting of the members of a parish.]


Calendar of Trust Deeds Relating to Charities
Eversholt, co. Beds. A piece of land at, for Wesleyan Methodists

Roll reference 1849 65 9.

1856 data:
£3244 Gross estimated rental
£3037 Rateable Value
£758 Expended for relief of the poor
4s 8d Rate in the £ of the relief to the poor on gross estimated rental

5s Rate in the £ of the relief to the poor on rateable value

This from

where someone is asking about places that extend across boundaries. Eversholt
doesn’t, but it happens to be where the High Constable of the Hundred lives, J
Hundred of Manshead
Eversholt near Woburn July 28th 1825
ACCORDING to your desire have sent you every parish or place in my division in
the hundred of Manshead as below and have sent your letter to the other high
constable of the said hundred for him to make his return according to your wish
J Goodman
One of the High Constables of the hundred of Manshead
First Division
Apsley Guise a small part in the county of Bucks
Milton Bryant
Chautton parishes to Toddington
Husborn Crawley

Foot-and mouth in Eversholt in 1883. Here are some statutory notices:

Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878. Return in
pursuance of the provisions of section 59 of the Contagious Diseases
(Animals) Act, 1878, as regards England, Wales, and Scotland.,

follows : 1. Each of the Areas described in the Schedule
to this Order is hereby declared to be an Area infected with
foot-and-mouth disease. 2. This Order shall take effect from and
immediately after the seventh day of September, one thousand eight
hundred and eighty-three. (signed) HERBERT M. SUFT. SCHEDULE.
(1.) An Area comprising the parishes of Potsgrove, Battlesden, Milton
Bryant, Eversholt, Hockliffe, Tilsworth, Toddington, and
Houghton Regis, in the county of Bedford. (2.) An

Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878. Return in
pursuance of the provisions of section 59 of the Contagious Diseases
(Animals) Act, 1878, as regards England, Wales, and Scotland.,

ordered, as follows : 1. The Area described in the
Schedule to this Order is hereby declared to be an Area infected
wi£h fookaud-mouth disease. 2. This Order shall
take effect from and immediately after the twenty- seventh day of
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Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878. Return in
pursuance of the provisions of section 59 of the Contagious Diseases
(Animals) Act, 1878, as regards England, Wales, and Scotland.,

Schedule to this Order, and the’ several Areas
described’ intne”First Schedule to this Order are hereby
declared to be Areas infected with foot-and-mouth disease; 2. Each of
the Areas described in the Second Schedule to this Order is
hereby declared

all of which include Eversholt as an infected area. They’re all issued
by a chap called Suft and are some of very many issued that year.


Contagious Diseases (Animals)
Act, 1878. Return in pursuance of the provisions of section 59 of the
Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act, 1878, as regards England, Wales, and
Scotland., 1884

2995. (28 Nov.
1883.) Infected Area No. (22.) was declared free, except : — ‘
• (30:) The parish of Eversholt; in the county of Bedford ;
and (31.) The parish of Hockliffe, in the county of Bedford ; and

Where was the Six Bells?

From connected histories – track this down in time.

Friendly societies. Report of the Registrar of Friendly
Societies in England., 1856

Union Benefit Society. 18/2/1853. Plough
Inn, i Egginton. ‘ 4 42 Friendly Society. Friendly Society. Michaelmas, 1795.
Six Bells Tavern, Eversholt. Falcon Inn, Eversholt. 13/7/1814 29/2/1844.
149 Friendly Society. Red Lion Inn, Eversholt. 17/9/1839 21/12/1843. 256
Friendly Society. Black Horse

Venetia Barrington points out that there is a window dedicated to George
Willaume Green, brother of Edward Aveling Green, in the church. She also points
us at

which says, with OCR errors rehashed into new errors:
894.— 1857— OFFICERS, 13th N. L. I. Inscription .-—Sacred
to the memory of Major C. F. Bruere, Captain R. B. Francis, Lieutenant G. W.
Green, Ensign R. L. Inglis of the Hon’ble East India Company’s 13th Regiment
Native Infantry, who fell whilst serving with their Regiment in the defence
of Lucknow in 1857. Also of Captain A. M. Turnbull, who died in the Cawnpore
entrenchment, and Lieutenant E. W. Barwell, killed at Hissar. This monument
is erected by their brother-officers as a testimony of the respect and
affection with which they cherish their memory.
[Major Bruere was slightly wounded at Chinhat. During the defence he was shot
on top of the Brigade Mess in picking off a rebel rifleman. He was himself a
splendid shot and greatly loved by his men. His Brahman sepoys insisted on
carrying his corpse to burial in spite of the loss of caste it involved.
Charles Fleming, son of Captain J. Bruere, was born at Bedford in 1812 and
joined the service in 1829. Robert Bransby Francis, son of E. B. Francis,
Surgeon H. C. S. (Bengal), was born in 1824 and joined the service in 1842.
He commanded the Brigade Mess and lost both his legs by a round shot. “Not a
murmur escaped him: his only anxiety being that the authorities would bear
testimony that he had performed his duty.” George Willaume, son of John Green
of Woburn, Beds, was born in 1835 and educated at Marlborough. He
distinguished himself in the sortie against Johannes’ House on the 7th July :
he died of dysentery on the 8th October. Robert Loveday, son of Lieutenant J.
Innes [Inglis?], was born at Simla in 1839. He was wounded in the defence: it
is not known when he died. The 13th, 48th and 71st are now the 16th Rajputs
(the Lucknow Regiment.)

Index of Chancery Proceedings
notes that, some time in 1603-1625,
there were some lawsuits:

plaintiffs: Matthew Amont and Sarah, his wife, and William Williamson and
Mary, his wife
defendant: Thomas Hillersden, lord of the manor
description: tenure by custom of a cottage and land, parcel of manor of
Eversholt, descended to plaintiffs Sarah and Mary from their father and
mother, Edmund and Joan Whittamore.
plaintiffs: George and John Gregory
defendant: John Salack and Henry Millett
description: Messuage and land in Whitesend in Eversholt
plaintiffs: John Gibbs
defendant: Edward Gibbs
description: Messuage and land in Eversholt held under lease from Ralph

The wonderful Trove found
Account of Timbuctoo…
which alerted us to the fact that James Willis,
Esq., late British Consul for Senegambia, lived in Eversholt in 1792. It looks
a fascinating book. Will somebody please read it?

Here’s a very sad story about an Eversholt chap. I wonder what happened to him?
Nobody I asked remembered anything about this. Most of this comes from the
Singapore public library, whose online snippets are extremely limited. Anyone
going to Singapore or Hong Kong soon, can you please find the rest of this
story? From the Singapore
Free Press
, 14 May 1953

Murder Charge
Private Bernard Cox, 23, is to be tried on a charge of murder on May 18 in
the Hong Kong Supreme Court. Private Cox was committed on April 17 to stand
trial on charges of killing an army medical orderly, Pvt. John Needs, in
the New territories on March.
British soldiers testified in the murder trial of Private Bernard Cox
yesterday in Hong Kong that he was foaming at the mouth and nose and
hysterically laughing and crying at the time he ran amok with a rifle in a
Hong Kong army …
Mother to testify
HONG KONG. Wed. The trial of Private Bernard Cox accused of murdering
Private John Needs was adjourned until next Tuesday to await the arrival of
witnesses from England. Defence lawyers have asked the accused’s mother,
Mrs. O. Cox. of Buckingham, be flown here by British Army…
(AAP) — A seven-man jury in the Hong Kong Supreme court to-day found
Korean veteran soldier private Bernard Cox, 23, of Eversholt
(Bedfordshire), guilty but insane on a charge of having murdered medical
orderly John Needs at the Royal Norfolk Regiment’s camp on March 21.
Soldier is guilty but insane
HONG KONG. Thurs.—
Private Bernard Cox, 23, of Eversholt. Bedfordshire, was today found guilty
but insane of the murder of Private John Needs, a medical orderly. Justice
C. Recce, of the Hongkong Supreme Court, ordered that Cox be detained
during Her Majesty’s pleasure. Private Needs… (171 words)

One has to feel sorry for the victim here. The event was newsworthy enough to
make it all the way from Eversholt to
The Advertiser, Adelaide, South Australia, of 8 November 1924

A goat tethered near a wasp’s nest at Eversholt (Beds) has been found stung
to death.

This description from
History and Description of Woburn and its Abbey
by J D Parry MA, 1831.

Situated two miles S.E. of Woburn, on the borders of the park, is a very
respectable village, consisting of several different clusters of houses,
which, together, contain about nine hundred inhabitants, including some
respectable families. A house near the church, belonging to Miss Monoux,
has a fine conservatory. In Doomsday Book, Eversholt was divided into two
portions; two hides and a half belonging to the Bishop of Baieux in
Normandy, and seven and a half, with a manor, to Hugh de Beauchamp. There
are now three manors, all of which belong to the Duke of Bedford. The
church is a neat edifice, consisting of three aisles and a chancel, which
has small some ancient windows on the south side, a vestry, and a tower
with six bells. Gilbert de Eversholt, a monk of St. Albans, was employed by
the abbot, John of the Cell, about the year 1205, to superintend the
rebuilding and enlargement of the abbey church.—Matt. Paris.

In 1638, the Earl of Cleveland owned some land in Eversholt, according to a
note in here.

From Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, 12 September 1883:

At the Ampthill Police-court a young farmer, named William Higgs, was
recently summoned by an artist named Henry Stannard, of Eversholt, for an
assault. The complainant, who is unable to walk without crutches, had taken
the shooting over the defendant’s father’s farm. He went down with his son
to look over the farm, carrying his gun full cock with him. On making his
appearance on the farm he was saluted by the defendant’s father with
“Here’s crutches, Bill.” Not having any authority with him, and the farmer
not having received an intimation from his landlord that the complainant
had taken the shooting, he ordered him off the land. The complainant
refused to go, and the defendant then came and ordered him off, and
threatened to throw him into a pond. The complainant asserted that the
defendant also struck him, in which statement he was supported by his son,
but several witnesses on the part of the defendant contradicted it and the
Bench decided to dismiss the case.

Cattle Plague

From The Bristol Mercury, and Western Counties Advertiser, 9 Sep 1865:
Cattle Plague …
The county of Bedford, which has been hitherto free from disease, is at
last visited by the infection. Two calves were purchased at Leighton market
by two farmers, one of Eversholt and the other of Lidlington, which were
put to cows; both calves were seized and died, and the cows took the
infection, and are either dead or dying. Those who bought the calves had
previously declined joining the cattle assurance association, and now the
association refuses to admit them as members.

From Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper, 27 July 1890

Lost Relatives
John Hodskins, of Eversholt, Beds., a merchant seaman, sailed from
Liverpool in the Markapolo bound for Australia in August, 1856. His deaf
and dumb bother seeks him.

That text was reprinted in the
Australian Town and Country Journal of 13 September 1890

The Brisbane Courier, 28 Jan 1903
, Queensland (bottom right of page,
the automatic highlighting is wrong)

Willis, Abraham E., left Eversholt, Beds., Eng., in 1887, and was last
heard of in Gympie, Q., in 1892: mother seeks you. For further information,
write to Advertising Manager, “Daily Telegraph”, Sydney.

From Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 21 Mar 1857:

A good plain cook. Wages, £12 per annum. Apply at Eversholt Rectory,
two miles from Woburn, Beds.

This wasn’t much money – less than 5 shillings a week! A farm
labourer might earn 10s. Maybe it included accommodation and food?

From The Morning Chronicle, 29 October 1852:

The Bishop of Lincoln has … instituted the Rev. Edward Milner Barry, M.A.,
late curate of Eversholt, Bedfordshire, to the vicarage fo Scothern,
Lincolnshire, on the nomination of the Earl of Scarborough.

From Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 11 May 1842: the National Society for Promoting
the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church notes that
Eversholt is one of about 40 schools to share in a total grant of £1332
towards building, fitting and enlarging schools.

From Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 20 June 1835:
Two barns, two hovels, and a cart destroyed by fire Wednesday night on the
premises of Mr. W. Gresswell, at Eversholt, Beds – the live stock preserved –
active inquiry as to origin of fire now going forward.

From Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 12 July 1834:

At Eversholt,
Bedfordshire, Mr. William Daniel, of that place, to Miss Sarah Inskip, of

From Jackson’s
Oxford Journal
, 8 July 1843:

At Christ Church, Marylebone,
Wm. Richardson, Esq. of Oxford Terrace, Hyde Park, to Eleanor, youngest
daughter of the late John Bolding, Esq. of Eversholt.

From The Morning
, 12 August 1851:

On the 7th inst., at Eversholt,
Bedfordshire, John James Matthey, eldest son of A. Matthey, Esq., of Messina,
to Frances, daughter of the late William Turquand, Esq., of Norwood,
From The Morning Chronicle,
30 April 1855:
On the 27th inst., at Eversholt,
Bedfordshire, Arthur Hutcheson Bailey, Esq., to Emily, sole surviving
daughter of John Martin, of Froxfield, Esq.
From The Liverpool Mercury,
24 September 1864.
Cunningham – Tanqueray
Sept. 22, at Eversholt,
Bedfordshire, by the Rev. Truman Tanqueray, rector of Tingrith, uncle of the
bride, assisted by the Rev. W. S. Baker, rector of Eversholt, John Usher
Cunningham, Esq., Claughton, Cheshire, to Eliza Frances, eldest daughter of
Williams H. Tanqueray, Esq., Bloomsbury. (No cards.)
What is the significance of “no
From The Daily News, 28 july
Hudson – Pearson
July 25, at Eversholt Church,
Woburn, Mr. F. Hudson, of Ludgate-hill and Highbury-terrace, to Mary Walton,
daughter of the late Mr. J. Pearson, of the island of Jersey.
From The Pall Mall Gazette,
12 April 1876:
Gisborne, Susan E. A., widow of
Rev. John B., Rector of Yoxall, Staffordshire, at Eversholt, near Woburn, April
Is this actually Eversholt House, Woburn, and not Eversholt? From The Ipswich
, 13 August 1870:
Deaths …
3rd Inst,. at Eversholt, Woburn, Beds., aged 14 days, Alice Gertrude, infant
daughter of Major Charles F. Roberts, Royal Artillery.

That text was reprinted in the
Empire of Sydney, Australia, on 3 Oct 1870
and in the
Sydney Morning Herald of 3 Oct 1870
. Oh, goodness, here’s the birth

Births …
July 20, at Eversholt, Woburn, Bedfordshire, the wife of Major Charles F.
Roberts, Royal Artillery, prematurely, of a daughter.
That was, confusingly, printed in the
Sydney Morning Herald of 7 Oct 1870
RAYNER, — On August 7, 1935, at Perth, Austin Alfred, beloved husband of
Edith Rayner, of Birkshire Valley, Moora, loving son of Mrs. Ann Rayner
(Eversholt, Beds, England), loved brother of William and Amy (Canada), James
and Albert (England) and Cyril (Oarnamah, W.A.); aged 49 years.
Oh, teach me from my heart to say,
Thy Will be done.

From The Morning Chronicle, 28 July 1815. A collection in the parish of
Eversholt, organised by G. Wynter, raised £19 1s 5d for the Waterloo
Subscription, which gave money, presumably, to veterans of the battle of Waterloo.

From Jackson’s Oxford Journal, 19 November 1825. George Jacob Wynter, of
Eversholt, Esq., was appointed a new sheriff of Bedfordshire.

From The Morning Chronicle, 6 Mar 1813:

J. Smith of Eversholt,
Bedfordshire, grocer, March 14, 16 and April 17, at one, at Guildhall. Attornies,
Messrs. Robinson and Hine, Charter House square.

And then from the London
Gazette of 27 July 1813. Poor J Smith was clearly a man of some means, and now he’s
in jail!

THE Creditors who have proved
their Debts under the Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued against John
Smith, now a prisoner in the Gaol of Bedford, and late of Eversholt, in the
County of Bedford, Grocer and Cheesemonger, Dealer and Chapman, arc desired to
meet the Assignees of the estate and effects of the said Bankrupt, on Friday the
6th day of August next, at One o’clock in the Afternoon precisely, at the Office
of Messrs. Robinson and Hine, Solicitors, No. 32, Charterhouse-Square, London, in
order to assent to or dissent from the said Assignees carrying into effect and
completing the sale by auction, made by the Bankrupt before the issuing of the
Commission, of three freehold cottages or tenements and premises, situate at
Eversholt aforesaid; and also to assent to or dissent from the said Assignees
selling, by private contract, certain other freehold cottages, tenements, and
premises, part of the Bankrupt’s estate, situate at Eversholt aforesaid, if they
shall think expedient so to do; and also to assent to or dissent from the said
Assignees commencing, prosecuting, or defending any suit or suits at law or in
equity, for the recovery of or relating to any part of the said Bankrupt’s estate
and effects; or to the compounding, submitting to arbitration, or otherwise
agreeing any matter or thing relating thereto; and also to the Assignees paying,
out of the Bankrupt’s estate, the Solicitor’s bill of charges, fees, and
disbursements, for issuing a Commission of Bankrupt (previous to the Commission
now in prosecution) against the said Bankrupt, and also for the meetings of
Creditors and otherwise relating to the Bankrupt’s estate; and on other special

and from the London Gazette
of 9 May 1815 – and he’s still in jail!

The Commissioners in a
Commission of Bankrupt, bearing date the 12th day of February 1813, awarded and
issued forth against John Smith, now a prisoner in the Gaol of Bedford, and late of
Eversholt, in the county of Bedford, Grocer and Cheesemonger, Dealer and Chapman,
intend to meet on the 3rd of June next, at One in the Afternoon, at Guildhall,
London, to make a dividend of the Estate and Effects of the said Bankrupt; when and
where the Creditors who have not already proved their Debts , are to come prepared
to prove the same, or they will be excluded the Benefit of the said Dividend. And
all Claims not then proved will be disallowed.

and yet again from the
London Gazette of 14 March 1818 – and, yes, he’s still in jail!

The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt, bearing date the 12th day of
February 1813, awarded and issued forth against John Smith, now a prisoner in the
Gaol of Bedford, and late of Eversholt, in the county of Bedford, Grocer and
Cheesemonger, Dealer and Chapman, intend to meet on the 11th of April next, at One
in the Afternoon, at Guildhall, London, in order to make a final dividend of the
Estate and Effects of the said Bankrupt; when and where the Creditors who have not
already proved their Debts, are to come prepared to prove the same, or they will be
excluded the Benefit of the said Dividend. And all Claims not then proved will be

and that was copied into The Morning Chronicle, 16 Mar 1818:

Bankrupts – Dividends

J. Smith of Eversholt,
Bedfordshire, grocer – April 25 [but why was the date different?]

The process of bankruptcy and
the meaning of the three dates is more clearly shown in this extract from the London
Gazette of 27 August 1757:


From the Daily News, 29 January 1862.

Bankrupts …
Last Examination …
Feb. 14, J. Millard, Eversholt, Beds., steam engine proprietor.

From the Liverpool Mercury, 15 June 1868:

Bankrupts …
Smith, Samuel, Eversholt, Bedfordshire, carrier. [or possibly currier]

The Liverpool Mercury of 12 january 1883 has an item under “Ecclesiastical News”
which notes that F.D.How, from Eversholt, is to be a missionary at a mass gathering of
shoe operatives in Peterborough.

Great blog about the old rectory: http://trucialstates.blogspot.com/

From Allegations
for marriage licences issued from the Faculty office of the Archbishop of Canterbury at
London, 1543 to 1869

1701-2 … Feb. 11 Thomas
Prichard, of St Mary Aldermary, London, Bachelor, 24, & Sarah Taylor, Spinster,
18 ; the consent of her father Humphrey Taylor, of Eversholt, Beds, Gent., attested
by her mother Sarah Taylor ; at St Clement Danes, Middx.

Hinton and related family history

Hinton and related family history - Google Books


A calendar of some Bedfordshire wills,
collected from various sources, relating chiefly to the gentry and clergy of the County
of Bedford; with references, showing where printed abstracts of many of the same are to
be found

The dates are proof of probate, not death.
William Staunton, Eversholt, yeoman, 7 Dec 1582, DPC, BNQ iii 278 [BNQ=Bedfordshire
Notes and Queries, DPC=District Probate Court, Northampton]
Matthew Staunton, Eversholt, yeoman, 25 Oct 1557, DPC, BNQ iii 244
Michael Gibson, Eversholt, Merchant tailor, 31 Jan 1615, DPC, GB 376 [GB=Genealogia
Bedfordiensis, F A Blaydes, 1890]
James Dutton, Eversholt, rector, 6 mar 1698, DPC, GB 376
Robert Abbott, Eversholt, merchant tailor, 14 Aug 1650, PCC, 129 Pembroke
[PCC=Prerogative court of Canterbury]
Aha! And BNQ is now online, after a long delay. So from
Bedfordshire Notes and Queries
Matthew Staunton, of Eversholt, yeoman, 16 Sept. 
1557. To be bur. in church or churchyard of Eversholt 
All his moveable goods to be divided into three equal 
parts ; 1 to wife Anne, other 2 parts to his 4 children, 
Francis his eld. s., Mary and Lettice his daurs., & George 
his youngest s. Appoint as exors. Richard Sam, brother 
John Staunton bayly of Woburn, brother Thomas Staunton. 
Appoints exors. as is aforesaid (sic) Richard Borne, brothers 
John & Thomas Staunton ; brother William to be overseen 
Proved at Ampthill, 25 Oct. 1557.
William Staunton, of Eversholt, yeoman, 20 June, 
1 582. To Frances my wife my dwelling-house, da. Marger>', 
Edward & William my sons, a messuage, Brother Edmund, 
Frances & Elizabeth, children of John Wright & Agnes 
my da. Residue to wife, sole extrix. Proved 7 Dec 
€t)ersI)olt. 1628. 


Gibson, John, the minister of Eversholt, bur. 

Hinton, Ann, d. of Mr. Thomas, bapt. 

Plumer, Laurence, s. of W'm, bapt. 

Plumer, Mary, wife of W'm, bur. 

Button, Ann, d. of John, bapt. 

Styles, Malyne, d. of \Mlliam, bur. 

Charnocke — Audley, Robert, 6^ Ales, mar. 

Hinton, Thomas, bur. 

Charnocke, Robert, s. of Robert, bapt. 

Button, Ehzabeth, d. of Thomas, clerk, bapt. 

Charnocke, Robert, s. of Robert, bur. 

Styles, Nicholas, s. of William, bapt. 

Charnocke, James, s. of Robert, bapt. 

Button, lohn, s. of Thomas, clerk, bapt. 

Button, i'heodore 6- James, sons of Thomas, clerk, bapt. 

Charnocke, James, bur. 

Charnocke, John, s. of Robert, bapt. 

Styles, Mary, d. of Richard, bapt. 

Button, Eliiabcth, wife of Tho., bur. 

Charnocke, William, s. of Robert, bapt. 

Button, Ellen, wife of John, bur. 

Charnock, Hugh, s. of Robert, bur. 

Button, Alice d. of John, bur. 

Styles, Nicholas, bur. 

Charnock, Tho., s. of Robert, bapt. 

Stile, Priscilla, d. of William, bapt. 

Button — Poulton, John, 6-" Marie, mar. 

Hinton, Frances, d. of John, bapt. 

Charnocke, Marie, d. of Robert, bapt. 

Fountayne, Elizab., d. of Robert, bapt. Bur. 28 Oct. 

Fountayne, Anne, d. of Robert, bapt. 

Hinton, Frances, d. of Geo., bur. 

Hinton, George, s. of Mr. George, bapt. 

Stanton, Ehzabeth, d. of Mr , bapt. 

Charnocke, Elizabeth, d. of Robert o^ Alice, bapt. 

Hinton, Mary, d. of George, gent., &> Mary, bapt. 

Sanders, Edward, bur. 

Charnocke, Christopher, s. of Robert iS^ Alice, bapt 

Button, I'^liz'th, d. of Tho., junr., &= Elizth., bapt. 

Hinton, Frances, d. of George or- Mary, bajit. 

Button, John, bur. 

and here are the wills
108 — I. Michael Gibson, citizen c^ merchant taylor of London, will dated 16 
Nov. 1615 ; to be bur. in ch. or ch-yard of Eversholt, to mother 
Margaret wife of Mark Turner, of E. ;^2o, to 2 sisters Johanna &= 
Hannah Godchild & niece Judith, d. of my brother Christopher G., 
sister Hannah Turner, William Blowfeilde, of London, clothworker, 
loving friend Thomas Button, servant to Mr. James Colbron. 
Residue to brother Christopher, sole exor. — Pr. 31 Jan. 1615. 

„ 33. Eld. s. of George Hynton, of Eversholt, by Mary his wife, d. of Geo. 
Foster, of Flitwick. — H. xix, 119. 
109 — 17. Ambrose Reddall, of Eversholt, gent., will dated 20 Aug. 1668, to 
wife Rebecca furniture of best chamber, plate, &c., to poor of Ever- 
sholt £2)' of Litlington 40J., to wife free lands in E. mentioned in 
settlement made by me when I granted my uncle Thomas a yearly 
rent of ;^4o ; to s. Ambrose for life lands &c. in E., 6- a cottage in 
Litlington ; to 2 s. Richard messuage d-= lands in Litlington, he 
paying thereout to my da. Lydia ^300, &^ ^15 per ann. to my 
brother Richard ; to s. Thomas 6^ his heirs messuage c^- lands in 
Northampton d^ .;^2So; to d. Mary ^^400 ; friend George Baker of 
Cranfield, gent. ^50, brother-in-law John Bedcott, d-^ brother 
Thomas R. to be overseers, s. Ambrose, exor., to sister Mary Bedcott 
20J-. Cod. dated 28 Oct. 1668, — Uncle Thomas, one of the trustees 
having died before sealing of will, the £40 bequeathed to him to go 
to children ; appoints friends Thomas Christie, of Bedford, gent., 
&= Thomas Gregory, of Woburn Abbey, gent., my kinsman, joint 
trustees. — Cod. dated 22 Jan. 1668, — George Baker, one of the 
trustees having died, Stephen Whitbread, gent., to be overseer in 
his stead. — Pr. 6 Apr. 1669. 

„ 26. Humphrey Taylor, of Harpenden, co. Herts, gent., widr. m. Mrs. 
Rebecca Reddall of Eversholt, wid., m. 1. dated 22 Oct. 1669; to 
be m. at Chalgrave, co. Beds. — H. xxiii, 169. Thomas Prichard, 
of St. Mary, Alderman, London, bachr., 24, &> Sarah, d. of Humphrey 
Taylor, of Eversholt, Beds, gent., spr. 18, m. 1. dated 11 Feb. 1701 ; 
to be m. at St. Clement Danes, Middx. — H. xxiv, 241. 

„ 43. James Button, elk., Rect.. will dated 19 Mar. 1693. — Pr. 6 Mar. 1698.


„ 40. Thomas Gregory, of St. Martin's in Fields, gent., bachr., abt. 30 m. 
Elizabeth Nash, of Eversholt, spr., abt. 20, with consent of mother, 
Elizabeth Gregory, alias Nash of same, m. 1. dated i Sept. 1668. — H. 
xxiii, 155.
308—27. John Marburie, of Warden, Esq., nunc, will dated 17 Aug. 1615, all 
my goods to wife Dorothy, to da. Anne ^160, appoints wife sole 
extrix. — Pr. 22 Dec. 1615. 
„ 59. Thomas Winne, of Wardon, gent., will dated 3 Sep. 1623 ; to be bur. 
in W. ch. near my dear children, to s. Charles houses 0^ lands in St. 
Edmonds burye, which came to me at the death of my brother Lete, 
to d. Margaret W. a house at Westwood, also lease of Okefield in 
Graveley, to grandchild Elizabeth Spenser ^^5, wife to be sole 
extrix., bequeaths her the advowson of the parsonage of Eversholt, 
after wife's death, lease of Parkhouse to his 3 children, Charles, 
Bridget, e^ Margaret W. in equal shares; Nicholas Spenser, Esq., 
Mr. And. Dennis, 6^ Mr. Wilson to be supervisors. — Pr. 2 Dec. 
1623, admon. granted to Elizabeth, relict. 

Genealogia Bedfordiensis; being a collection of...-2

and from BNQ:
ELSTOW. — Indenture dated 26 April 165 1 being the 
Articles of Agreement between Thomas Hillersdon Esq. 
of Eversholte, Sir William Lytton of Knebworth, co. 
Herts, Knight, and Sir Thomas Hewett of Pishoeberry, 
CO. Herts, Knight, guardians of the said Thomas Hillers- 
don, of the one part, and John Huxley of Edmonton, co. 
Middx. Esq. of the other part. Recites that a marriage 
is intended to be solemnised between Thomas Hillersdon 
and Elizabeth eldest da. of John Huxley and that the 
said Sr. Wm. Lytton as guardian had received the sum of 
£2'\QO to be paid to Thos. Hillersdon on his attaining the 
age of 21 years, and that Sr. Thos. Hewett by his marriage 
with Margaret the mother of the said Thomas Hillersdon 
and executrix of the last Will and Testament of Thos. 
Hillersdon Esq. deed, father of the said Thos. Hillersdon 
had received the sum of £\l\9 2s, gd, to be paid to Thos. 

Bedfordshire Notes and Queries. 58$ 

Hillersdon on his attaining the age of 21 years. Covenant 
on the part of Thos. Hillersdon to charge his estates in 
the parishes of Eversholte, Badlesdon, Tingriff, Tudding- 
ton, Maldon, Stcppingley, Kempson, and Hockley with 
a sum of ;f 350 per ann. by way of jointure and dower for 
his intended bride. Covenant on the part of John Huxley 
that so soon as the said intended marriage shall have 
taken place that he will settle the sum of £2^00 on his 
daughter Elizabeth as a marriage portion. 

Signed Thomas Hillersdon, W. Lytton, Thos. Hewytt. 

Bedfordshire notes and queries
Bedfordshire notes and queries-1

cantabrigienses; a biographical list of all known students, graduates and holders of
office at the University of Cambridge (Volume pt 1 vol 2)

DUTTON, THOMAS. Adm. sizar at Emmanuel, Apr. 5, 1588. 
B. in Lanes., c. 1572. Matric. 1588; B.A. (? 1591-2); M.A. 
1595. Afterwards at King's. Ord. deacon and priest (Lincoln). 
Oct. 2, 1595. R. of Eversholt, Beds., 1602. Perhaps Master 
of the Free School, Buckingham, 1638. 
DUTTON, WILLIAM. Adm. pens, at Jesus, June 1, 1626. Of 
London. Matric. 1626; B.A. 1629-30; M.A. 1632 (on King's 
visit). One of these names 5th s. of Sir Thomas, late of Isle- 
worth, Midds., Knt., deceased ; adm. at Lincoln's Inn, Aug. 5, 
1635. But see Al. Oxon. for a contemporary. 

DUTTON, WILLIAM. Adm. Fell. -Com. at Jesus, Apr. 22, 1629. 
Of London. Perhaps the same as above. 

DUTTON, . Matric. Fell.-Com. from King's, Lent, 1598-9. 

DUTYNG, . B.A. 1523-4. 

Some Selected Reports from the St.James’s Chronicle Saturday, March 4, to Tuesday
March 7, 1775.
TO be SOLD by AUCTION, by THOMAS SHAW, at the George Inn, Woburn, in the County of
Bedford, on Wednesday the 15th inst. beginning punctually at Eleven o’Clock, in nine
Eversholt, in the County of Bedford, Esq. deceased, situate lying and being in the
several Parishes of Eversholt and Toddington, in the said County of Bedford;
consisting of three Farms, well inclosed, and in good Repair; two Cottages, and
Homesteads, and sundry Pieces and Parcels of Land. At the same Tome will be sold, a
Copyhold Messuage, situate at Ivenghoe, in the County of Bucks. Likewise a
Reversionary Right in certain Lands lying at North Crawley, in the said County of
Bucks. Printed Particulars to be had of Mr. Fothergill, in Bedford-Row, Holborn,
London; and of Thomas Shaw, Auctioneer, at Woburn, Bedfordshire.

Beds historical record society, published 1917?:
Don’t know quite what this means.
No book in original format, unfortunately.

1830 Jury List: Eversholt Wynter, Jacob George, Esquire. Axam, John, Grazer. Pepper,
Isaac, Carpenter. Welch, Joseph, Farmer. Drake, Francis, Farmer. Harris, Samuel,
Farmer. Watkins, Richard, Farmer. Cook, Thomas, Farmer. Smith, James, Carrier. Bates,
William, Gent. Gresswell, William, Farmer. Goodman, James, Butcher. Sparrey, William,
Grocer. Daniel, Daniel, Grazer. Woods, Green, Grazer. T. Daniel, Churchwarden. J.
Goodman, J. Welch, Overseers Thos. Side, Assist. Overseer. 1830 Freehold. Freehold.
Poor Rate. Poor Rate. Freehold. 1830 Freehold. Poor Rate. Freehold. Poor Rate. Poor
Rate. Poor Rate. Poor Rate. Poor Rate. Freehold. Freehold. Poor Rate. Freehold.
Freehold. Poor Rate. Freehold.

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Click to access uk_bl_ethos_369358.pdf

search for eversholt in the above


which is just a mention, but robert had stopped being rector of eversholt by then.


which is just installing ralph as rector but needs handling.



has a tyrel


has, oct 1279, William de la mare dying as parson of harlington.

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