James Snelgrove c1783-1863

Research on his roots
1851 census states that 68 year old retired ironmonger James was born in Downton, Wiltshire.  1861 census just gives Wiltshire.

Only possible Downton C of E baptism is 23 February 1786 son of Edward and Sarah. An Edward Snelgar married Sarah Quinton on 24 April 1772 in Downton both ‘of this parish’ witnesses Wm Dove and George Quinton.

Edward and Sarah also had Sam and Sarah Snelgar baptised 20 Aug 1774,

Edward Snelgars were buried in Downton: 26 Nov 1775, 16 Nov 1783 (a pauper) and Edward Snelgar Sr buried 24 Oct 1783. NB all these dates after Edward and Sarah married and BEFORE James was baptised. Could just mean a rather late baptism.

Elizabeth wife of Edward Snelgar buried 16 January 1773, could be wife of above Edward Snelgar Sr buried 24 Oct 1783

An Edward Snelgar was baptised 7 October 1740 son of Edward and Elizabeth.

Sarah Snelgroves were buried 14 Jan 1828, 11 July 1822 born 1745, and widow and pauper buried 13 Sep 1800 born 1754.

BAPTISTS findmypast: 1754 Samuel Snelgar registered a Particular Baptist Meetinghouse in Downton. May explain late baptisms.

Research on his roots
1851 census states that 68 year old retired ironmonger James was born in Downton, Wiltshire.  1861 census just gives Wiltshire.

Only possible Downton C of E baptism is 23 February 1786 son of Edward and Sarah. An Edward Snelgar married Sarah Quinton on 24 April 1772 in Downton both ‘of this parish’ witnesses Wm Dove and George Quinton.

Edward and Sarah also had Sam and Sarah Snelgar baptised 20 Aug 1774,

Edward Snelgars were buried in Downton: 26 Nov 1775, 16 Nov 1783 (a pauper) and Edward Snelgar Sr buried 24 Oct 1783. NB all these dates after Edward and Sarah married and BEFORE James was baptised. Could just mean a rather late baptism.

Elizabeth wife of Edward Snelgar buried 16 January 1773, could be wife of above Edward Snelgar Sr buried 24 Oct 1783

An Edward Snelgar was baptised 7 October 1740 son of Edward and Elizabeth.

Sarah Snelgroves were buried 14 Jan 1828, 11 July 1822 born 1745, and widow and pauper buried 13 Sep 1800 born 1754.

BAPTISTS findmypast: 1754 Samuel Snelgar registered a Particular Baptist Meetinghouse in Downton. May explain late baptisms.

Downton Snelgroves born about time of James who survived to census times:

  • John b1775 m Mary No birth record
  • Rowland b1781 m Sophia [Shering of Hale, Hants in 1802] died 1842, shoemaker.  Burial Rowland 1783-1842 in Redlynch, Downton, Wiltshire.  Will: Daughter Sarah Fisher, Eliza and Elizabeth, sons James and George. Witness William Snelgrove.
  • William b1781 m Mary
  • Monumental inscription John 1776-1860 m Ann [Ann Tremain in 1798]