The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

The Big One!

Family History Research Report

Smith Family

Introduction - Bower/Collier Family Tree

When I set out to study the Bower/Collier Family Tree, my initial aim was to identify my 8 Great Grandparents (Bower) and my wife Chris’ 8 Great Grandparents (Collier). Though I have tended to study the Family History of the 16 Great Grandparents, I have also sought to find out the additional 16 Great Great Grandparents’ family names, and any 3 x Great Grandparents along the way!

The names that I have identified to date are:

Bower/Brecht Family Tree

Great Grandparents

Bower
Jones
Hayes
Gardner

Brecht
Walland/Worland
Saunders
Seabourn(e)/Saban

2 x Great Grandparents

Pitts
Counter
Bradbrook
Tunstell/Tunstill
Somes/ Piper
Hutley
Neville
Holbrook

3 x Great Grandparents

Pinnion
Spence
Mason
Robinson
Reynolds
(?) Howard

4 x Great Grandparents

Bates
Cock
Venice
Siggins

Venice
Siggins

5 x Great Grandparents

Wyat
Odell

6 x Great Grandparents

Amears

7 x Great Grandparents

Amore
Mills

Mills

Collier/Hunt Family Tree

Great Grandparents

Collier
Gardiner
Peryer/Perrier
Smith

Hunt
Farrow/Pharoah
Marjoram
Ransome(e)

2 x Great Grandparents

Adams
Goodchild
Goodchild
Mitchell
Nye
Sheldrake
Smith
Rookyard
Aldous or Alhous/Ollis

3 x Great Grandparents

Mason
Ridett
(?) Snelling
Spall
Shepherd
Allen
More

4 x Great Grandparents

(?) Trigg

My research has included a One-Name Study into the name Brecht, my mother’s maiden name.

Names Index

The additional surnames in this Report have been listed in the Names Index below.

Smith Family

Progress To Date

Great Grandparent: Martha Smith
- Her Parents: Elisha Smith & Mary Ann Nye
- Her Grandparents: Thomas Smith& Sarah (Smith)

Mini Family Tree (Direct Ancestors)

The Smith family tree to date may be summarised:

Thomas Smith b c 1770
Married c 1795
Sarah (Smith) b c 1770

Elisha Smith b 1805 bp 14.7.1805
Married 27.10.1826
Mary Ann Nye b c 1806/7

Martha Smith b 1850
married West Clandon 14.11.1869
James Peryer bp 09.03.1836
d 18.04.1907 (Age 72)

Mary Peryer/Perrier b 02.12.1869
d 10.02.1949 (Age 79)
married St Luke’s, Hackney 13.05.1894
Walter James Collier b 09.06.1862
d 10.2.1942

Leonard Stanley Collier b 30.11.1909 d 9.5.1988
Married 6.06.1936
Phyllis Marjoram Hunt b 6.06.1912 Died 1991

Christine Elizabeth Collier
Married 15.10.1966
Colin Bower

Summary of research undertaken to date

Martha Smith, who married James Peryer in West Clandon, West Surrey in 1869, was Chris great grandmother. James Peryer was a Labourer/Carpenter at Clandon Park (the Onslow estate).

This is a summary relating to the Smith family in West Clandon; Smiths in other parts of the country have been encountered during research into other family names.

Surprisingly, reasonable progress was made in investigating a name like Smith, because the family lived in the West Clandon area for some years. Having said that, extraordinarily there were two Elisha Smiths born in West Clandon about the same time!

During a visit to West Clandon, we found gravestones in the Parish churchyard but have as yet not been able to link the individuals with other records held:

Visit to West Clandon

Birth Marriage & Death Certificates Held (see Appendix 1 below)
- Births: 1 (Fanny Smith – Martha’s sister)
- Marriages: 1 (Martha Smith & James Peryer)
- Deaths:

Census Records Obtained (see Appendix 2 below)
- 1841
- 1851 Elisha & Mary Ann Smith & family
- 1861 Elisha & Mary Smith & family
- 1871 Elisha & Mary Smith & family
- 1881
- 1891
- 1901

Other Research Undertaken
- IGI (see Appendix 3 below)
- Parish Records - St Peter & St Paul, West Clandon (see Appendix 4 below) - Wills
- Businesses
- Correspondence – with a member of Send& Ripley History Society
- Visits - West Clandon
- Photographs – Martha (Smith) Peryer and West Clandon

Martha (Smith) Perrier outside the Butt & Ben Cottages, West Clandon

 

- Misc Info/Documents – information from Send & Ripley records (see Appendix 5 below)

Progress in Early Years

On 27 September 1987, I drove my wife Chris, her father, Len Collier, and our son Steve for a memorable visit to West Clandon and Clandon Park. We found the Butt and Ben Cottages in West Clandon where Martha Smith lived.

We also found a number of grave stones in the graveyard of the local church - St Peter and St Paul:

- William John Smith d 10.01.1891 (age 50) b c 1840
(Parents could be William & Sarah per Parish Records)
- Esther Smith d 12.01.1929 (age 71) b c 1858
(Could be William’s wife)

In February 2000, I obtained the birth certificate of Fanny Smith, Martha’s sister, which gave her mother as Mary Ann Nye.

In September 2000, I published a summary of my progress to date in the journal of the West Surrey FHS, Root and Branch.

This produced a really useful response from a member of the Send & Ripley History Society including a chronological sequence of the family via the 1841-1871 censuses.

Progress 2008

Entries from the 1861 and 1871 Censuses were added.

Progress 2009/10

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Progress 2011

I wrote this report as part of the Big One! project.

Things we wish we knew

Who the following were:
- John and Mary Smith, witnesses at Martha Smith's wedding
- William John and Esther Smith buried at St Peter & St Paul's, West Clandon
Martha Smith's birth certificate 1850

Also see Summary of Records Held (Completed & To Do) – attached.

Summary of Records Held - Smith Family

Summaries

Where they were & what they did

The attached table summarises the name of Chris' ancestors, where they lived and their occupations

Smith - Where they were & what they did

Family Tree Maker Sheets

The family details of Thomas Smith and Elisha Smith have been summarized in the attached Family Tree Maker sheets which I may enter into the relationship database Family Tree Maker in the future.

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Thomas Smith

Family Tree Maker Sheet - Elisha Smith

Names Index

following surnames appear in this Report in addition to the names in Page 1:

Baines
Everitt
Hersey
Nash
Warren

Colin Bower
1 January 2012

Appendices

Direct ancestors have been highlighted

1. Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates Held

Full name: Fanny Smith
Born at: West Clandon (Date: 13/7/1846)
Father: Elisha Smith (Occupation: Agricultural Laborer)
Mother: Mary Smith (Maiden Name: Nye )

Full name: James Peryer (of: West Clandon)
Occupation: Labourer (Age: 33)
Father: Henry Peryer, Labourer

Married at: Parish Church, West Clandon (Date: 14/11/1869)
Spouse: Martha Smith (of: West Clandon)
Occupation: (Age: 20)
Father: Elisha Smith, Labourer

Relevant Witnesses: John Smith, Mary Smith

2. Census Records Obtained

1851 Census

West Clandon

Elisha Smith Head 45 born West Clandon
Mary Ann Smith Wife 34 born Godalming

John Smith Son 12 born West Clandon
Mary Ann Smith Daughter 10 born West Clandon
Harriet Smith Daughter 7 born West Clandon
Fanny Smith Daughter 4 born West Clandon
Martha Smith Daughter 8 months born West Clandon

West Clandon families

1. Elisha 45 (b West Clandon) Mary Ann 34 (Godalming) John 12 (West Clandon)
Mary Ann 10 (West Clandon) Harrier 7 (West Clandon) Fanny 4 (West Clandon)
Martha 8m (West Clandon)..............................................................................1594 f. 299v

2. Jane 80 (West Clandon)...................................................................................1594 f. 298r

3. John 67 (West Clandon) David 28 (West Clandon)..........................................1594 f.302v

4. Richard 46 (West Clandon).............................................................................1594 f.301r

5. Sarah 82 (Ripley) Fanny 53 (Holy Trinity Guildford) Ann 13 (West Clandon)...1594 f.298r

6. Thomas 50 (West Clandon)............................................................................1594 f.299r

7. William 50 (West Clandon) Jane 50 (Elstead) Mary 21 (West Clandon)..........1594 298r

1861 Census

Village, West Clandon, Surrey

Elisha Smith (53) Agricultural Labourer born West Clandon, Surrey
Mary Smith (42) born Godalming, Surrey

Martha Smith (10) born West Clandon, Surrey
George Smith (8) born West Clandon, Surrey
Hannah Smith (5) born West Clandon, Surrey
Ellen Smith (3 months) born West Clandon, Surrey

1871 Census

West Clandon

Elisha Smith (63) Labourer born West Clandon, Surrey
Mary Smith (52) born Godalming

George Smith (17) Laborer born West Clandon, Surrey
Ellen Smith (10) born West Clandon, Surrey

3. IGI

West Clandon..........1805 (19 May)...........Elisha........s.........Thomas & Mary

West Clandon..........1805 (14 July)............Elisha........s.........Thomas & Sarah

East Clandon...........1772 or 5 (29 Oct).....Elisha........s.........William & Sarah

About 1799 or 1813....Elisha........m........Mary Nash of Chessington

1825 (15 Oct).............Elisha........m........Mary Baines,Bisley

West Clandon..........1826 (27 Oct)..........Elisha........m.........Mary Ann Nye

Send & Ripley...........1837 (14 May)..........Elisha........s.........Elisha & Mary

East Clandon............1803 (19 March)........Elijah........s.........David & Sarah

Godalming...............1819 (31 Oct).............Mary Ann Nye....James & Jane Nye (see Note)

Note

If this is to be the correct Mary Ann Nye, it would have to be an adult baptism as “our” Mary Ann Nye married Elisha Smith in 1826.

4. Parish Records

Extracts from the Parish Registers of West Clandon

(i) Thomas Smith son of Richard and Jane Smith bp 4.10.1762

Either (ii) Thomas & Mary Smith..............or (iii) Thomas & Sarah Smith
b c 1765, m c 1790...........................................b c 1770, m c 1795

Children.....................................................Children

William...bp 3.04.1791...............................John bp 26.03.1797
James........bp 12.08.1792..........................Sarah bp 18.05.1800
Elizabeth....bp 25.05.1794..........................George bp 01.04.1804
Thomas.......bp 29.09.1799........................Elisha bp 14.07.1805
Mary.........bp 27.03.1803
Elisha.......bp 19.05.1805
?George......bp 13.12.1807
? William....bp 20.01.1811

(iv) Elisha & *Mary Smith..........................(v) Elisha & Mary Ann (Nye) Smith (Martha’s parents)
b c 1800, m c 1825.......................................b c 1805/6, m c 1838

Children......................................................Children

Jane.........bp 26.02.1826............................John bp 24.6.1838
?Maria.......bp 07.04.1828

*Subsequently married George Hersey

For Other Parish Records see attachment:

Other Parish Records

5. Misc Information/Documents Obtained

Information from Send & Ripley Records

Entries in Censuses:

1841 – Send & Ripley

Elisha.........35......ag lab.....b Surrey

Mary.........35...................b Surrey

Mary.........10...................b Surrey

Hannah........8..................b Surrey

William........6..................b Surrey

Elisha..........4..................b Surrey

James.........1..................b Surrey

1851 Census - Woking

Elisha.......78.................b West Clandon

1851 Census - Send

Mary..........44...Widow............born Clandon

Jane...........25...Unmarried dau.born Clandon

William.......16...ag lab son.......b Send

Elisha.........13...ag lab son.......b Send

James........11...ag lab son.......b Send

Ellen...........7...scholar dau......b Send

George.......6...scholar son......b Send

Richard Woods.23..ag lab unmarried visitor.....b Send

1861 Census - ?Send

George Hersey..38.head, married ag lab.........b Send

Mary Hersey....54.wife..................................b Pirbright

Ellen Smith.......17.step dau servant...............b Send

George Smith...16.stepson farmer’s boy........b Send

1871 Census - ?Send

George Hersey..46.head ag lab.....................b Send

Mary Hersey....64........................................b Pirbright

Elisha Smith...35.stepson, unmarried farm lab..b Send

Baptisms & Burials – Send (S) & Ripley (R )

Baptisms

1836R...........Henry................s.......Henry & Priscilla

1836S...........James................s.......William & Ann

1837R...........Henry...............s.......George & Mary

1836/1837S..James...............s.......William, Sawyer & Ann

1838R..........Fredk Warren...s.......William Everett & Mary (born 1836)

1838R.........Alfred Everitt.....s.......William Everett & Mary

1839R.........James...............s.......Henry & Priscilla

1839S.........John.................s.......William & Ann

1839S.........James..............s.......Elisha & Mary

1837S.........Elisha..............s.......Elisha, lab & Mary

Burials - Send

1872 (March 19) Mary Hersey age 67
1877 (Feb 19) George Hersey age 51

 
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