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Samuel Talbott 1797- 1870 and Charity Way 1792-1866 and their family history
The Talbott family history research starts with the the bible of Samuel Talbott and his wife Charity Way in which they kept a list of their offspring. Samuel and Charity were both living in Sparkford when their marriage there on 19 June 1820 was witnessed by R Way and A Talbott. Samuel was a wheelwright, family tradition linking him to the London-Exeter wagons and all that is known about Charity Way is that she was born in Wincanton.
In January 2013 we know that Samuel’s father was Philip Talbott 1774-1851 born in Stawell, near Bridgewater, Somerset who married Eliz Humpharis on 3 July 1796 in Sparkford, Somerset. Philip 1774-1851 was a carpenter and his 1803 bill for work he carried out in an unspecified church was found in the back of an old Oram family atlas.
Jeff Clew in his book “Sparkford Memories of the Past” related a few stories about the Talbott family, including some about James 1821-1907 that are included in James’ entry. The first story is about the church’s barrel organ “its handle turned by Samuel Talbott. On one memorable occasion it refused to stop playing and was carried into the churchyard where it continued to play the ‘Old Hundredth’ amongst the gravestones.”
Jeff Clew recounted how the Talbotts lived close to Sparkford Church. ” Although the building is now demolished, Philip Talbott, the village carpenter, had lived there at the turn of the 19th century. His son Samuel, a wheelwright, was accustomed to rising early once a quarter,when he would eat his breakfast, drink a glass of cider, then walk the 25 miles to Bridgwater to purchase what he needed before he walked back home. The goods would be sent by boat to Langport and a day or two later Samuel would send a horse and wagon to pick them up from the wharf. When the goods arrived in Sparkford he thought nothing of asking his son James to pick up a plough share and carry it to Bruton where there was an iron foundry. To a young lad carrying a heavy plough share ten miles, it must have seemed at least five times the distance.”
The Oram family oral tradition is that the Talbott family had lived in Over Stowey, a west Somerset village. After blaming witchcraft for the death of their cattle they moved east about thirty miles to Sparkford.
In 2012 we are inclined to question the ‘Over Stowey’ oral tradition as there are so many places with a similar sounding name. In the 1851 census Philip Talbott gave his place of birth as Stawell, Somerset. Stawell is in an area prone to flooding just to the east of Bridgewater and about 15 miles to the west of Sparkford. Stawell is a better candidate than Over Stowey, or the oral tradition could refer to another part of the family.
Philip and Eliza had a number of offspring and their family tree is not simple. We propose to wait until the Sparkford parish records held by the Somerset Archive become available on-line before making a fuller family tree.
Chris and Carolyn
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