Message from David Cook

Like David Cooper (who has produced an excellent history of the Cooper family), my father Christopher Seward Cook is also a great grandson of Charles Seaward Cooper.

My father celebrated his 100th birthday on 15th January 2017! His grandmother was Eliza, the second child of Charles and Sarah Cooper. Eliza married Walter Cook from Rusper and they had two children:

  • Seward James Cook (my grandfather) who married Clara Ethel Brain. Seward James was a member of London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade) and killed in World War 1 on 16 June 1917.
  • Florence Cook.

I am also trying to establish why Seward James Cook was apparently also called Sid.

Gravestone Image – Jesse William & Bessie Beatrice Marsh


Photo of gravestone taken in 2015 by Jan Marsh



Jesse William Marsh was born at Kingston on 14 May 1892 to Charles Marsh (1858-1936), a carter, and Sarah Marsh nee Tatchell (1858-1927) who were living at West Hill. Between 1901 and 1911, the family moved to Orchard Hill. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Jesse was serving his country. He is thought to have been with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Jesse married Bessie Beatrice Bray at Kingston on 11 September 1916. At the time Jesse was residing at South Farnborough. Bessie was born on 18 January 1894. Her father was named as William John Bray on the marriage record but further investigation suggests her father’s middle name may have been Henry instead. The witnesses were John Marsh (brother of Jesse) and Katherine Hunt.

Jesse and Bessie continued to live at Orchard Hill. It is thought they had three children (born 1920, 1922 and 1924) but none were living at home in September 1939 when Jesse gave his occupation as Farm Foreman.

Bessie saw the RAF airplane immediately before it crashed on 18 March 1938 – see Three Killed in R.A.F. Accident.

Bessie died on 22 December 1945 aged 51 and was buried at Kingston New Church two days later (Christmas Eve). Jesse survived her by just under eleven years. He died aged 64 on 1 December 1956 and was buried three days later.

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Gravestone Image – Edward John & Winifred Annie Marshallsay

Photo of gravestone taken in 2015 by Jan Marsh



Known information:

Edward John Marshallsay was born on 22 December 1892. He was known as John.

Winifred Annie Hobbs was born on 12 July 1899 to Leonard Hobbs (1866–1953) and Annie Hobbs nee Vincent (1858-1935). The family were living at Bushey in 1901 and 1911.

John married Winifred Annie Hobbs in the second half of 1930 and they are believed to have had two children, a son and a daughter. In September 1939, John, a clayworker and Winifred were living at Rose Cottage, Norden, along with one child (name not known).

Winifred was aged 76 when she died. She was buried at Kingston New Church on 7 August 1975. John lived to age 85 and was buried at Kingston New Church on 13 May 1977.

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Hezekiah & Fanny Wellstead

Hezekiah Wellstead was born in Wool around 1819 and his future wife Fanny Kellaway was also born there and baptised on 20 August 1820.

They married at Wool on 16 February 1840. Hezekiah gave his age as 22, his occupation as labourer and stated his father was John Burt. Fanny also gave her age as 22. Her father as Joseph Kellaway. Neither Hezekiah or Fanny could write and so both ‘signed’ with their mark. On the same day, the marriage of George Torafield [Tollerfield] and Eliza Bagg took place in the same church and Hezekiak and Fanny were witnesses!

Hezekiah & Fanny appear to have lived in Kingston a relatively short while in their twilight years. They were recorded on the 1901 census as living in South Street, with Hezekiah shown as an ‘ordinary agricultural labourer’ aged 82 and Fanny aged 80.

Hezekiah died on 20 November 1903 and his wife Fanny died just two months later on 19 January 1904. They were buried in the lower graveyard behind the old St. James’ Church, on 23 November and 22 January respectively.

Their gravestone is pictured below:

The gravestone commemorating Hezekiah and Fanny. Photo by Martin White in June 2009

The inscription reads:

In Loving Memory of



After their marriage, Hezekiah and Fanny remained at Wool for 10 years or more, where they had at least four children: Robert John, John Robert, Mary Ann and Charles. By 1861 the family were living at Arne, and Hezekiah and Fanny were still living there in 1891. Arne was part of the Eldon Estate and it was no doubt through this connection that they moved to Kingston.

The Ford Family

We’ve just added a page dedicated to The Ford Family. William Ford (1841-1898) was dairyman at Blashenwell Farm. His son William Ellis Ford (1869-1933) married Louisa Martha Hunt (1870-1936) at the old St. James Church, Kingston on 8 April 1892. See and read much more with special thanks to Scott Duncan and Belinda Norman 🙂

We’ve also added the probate records for William Ellis Ford (1869-1933) and his son Bertie Ford (1895-1918).

The Uphill Family

We’ve just added a newspaper report about the funeral of Harry Uphill who died in January 1940 aged 46 at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Harry was born at Encombe in 1893 to gardener James Uphill (1855-1923) and Fanny Uphill neé Brown (1861-1918). The family moved to Wimborne by 1901 and, in 1911, Harry was working there as an assistant outfitter, a profession he continued at Uckfield in Sussex after serving his country in World War 1.

We’ve also added the probate record for Harry’s grandfather James Uphill (1821-1887) who died at Encombe.