The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Hunt Family

Progress Report

Progress To Date

Great Grandparent: William Hunt
- His Parents: William Hunt and Elizabeth Sheldrake
- His Grandparents: John Hunt and Barbara Spall

Mini Family Tree (Direct Ancestors)

The family tree to date may be summarised:

Hunt Family

John Hunt b c 1763 d 30.10.1836
Married 9.10.1791
Barbara Spall b c 1770 d 9.4.1830

William Hunt b 16.04.1805 d 1885
married at Norton 25.12.1826
Elizabeth Sheldrake b c 1809 d 1860

William Hunt b c 1830
married Crowfield 22.01.1851
Harriet Farrow b c 1831

Arthur Henry Hunt b 1.07.1866
Married 25.12.1889
Eliza Marjoram b 11.04.1870

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

Christine Elizabeth Collier b 26.03.1946
Married 15.10.1966
Colin Bower b 12.01.1944

Link to Family Tree

William Hunt & Descendants

Summary of Research Undertaken To Date

Very good progress has been made because the Family lived in the Debenham area of Suffolk for many years and the parish records were indexed by one of the villagers.

We have made a number of enjoyable visits to the Debenham area including one when we went on to see the chapel in Crowfield where William Hunt married Harriet Farrow in 1851.

One of the problems was differentiating beween two William Hunts with the "other" William marrying Mary Chilcot and moving to Northampton with descendants in New Zealand with whom I have corresponded.

Birth Marriage & Death Certificates Held
- Births: 2
- Marriages: 3+1 Unwanted
- Deaths:

Certificates Held - Hunt Family

Census Records Obtained
- 1841 William Hunt Senior & Elizabeth (Sheldrake) Hunt & family
- 1851 William Hunt Senior & Elizabeth (Sheldrake) Hunt & family
- William Hunt Junior & Harriet (Farrow) Hunt & family
- 1861 William Hunt staying with John & Elizabeth Hunt
- William Hunt Junior & Harriet (Farrow) Hunt & family
- Samuel & Eliza Hunt
- 1871 William Hunt
- William Hunt Junior & Harriet (Farrow) Hunt & family
- 1881 William Hunt
- William Hunt Junior & Harriet (Farrow) Hunt & family
- 1891 Arthur & Eliza (Marjoram) Hunt & Family
- 1901 Arthur & Eliza (Marjoram) Hunt & Family

Census Records Held

Other Research Undertaken
- IGI - Sheets for Suffolk held
- Parish Records - Debenham
- Wills
- Businesses
- Correspondence - very useful information from relatives in the Enfield area and New Zealand
- Visits - a number of pleasant visits to the Debenham area of Suffolk and Record Offices at Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds
- Photographs
- Misc Info/Documents

Progress 2004

The research into the Hunt family name is dormant and exchanges of correspondence have dried up. Things should develop again when I type up my records and identify the next areas of potential research. Unexpectedly by 1901 Jeremiah Marjoram had moved to the Enfield area and was living with his daughter Eliza Hunt. His daughter Susan Marjoram appears to have been living next door at the time of the Census.

Progress 2005


Progress 2006

The 1901 Census had a surprise in that Arthur & Eliza Hunt moved from Debenham in Suffolk and at one time lived at Toot Hill in Essex where there daughter Daisy Hunt was born. In 2006 we made a brief call at Toot Hill to see the village and village pub (though we did not go in).

Visit to Toot Hill in Essex

Progress 2007

I obtained the birth certificate of Daisy Ella May Hunt. She was born at Stanford Rivers, Chipping Ongar and her father's occupation is given as cowman.

Progress 2008

There was a lot more activity in 2008:

Hunt Family - Progress 2008

We also added entries from the 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1891 Censuses

Progress 2009/17


Progress 2019

1939 Register - Our Parents & Grandparents

We started the year with another look at the 1939 Register of England & Wales.

1939 Register

Until then we had not looked up all of the entries for our parents and grandparents:

Our Parents & Grandparents in the 1939 Register

My grandparents were still living in the East End of London, i.e. before their houses were destroyed in the Blitz.

Things we wish we knew

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