James Pursey & Joanna Durston

The family of James Pursey and Joannah Durston

James was the second son of William Pursey and Hannah Hawkins, born 1775. A labourer, he died in 1839, leaving everything to his “beloved wife Johanna” (nee Durston). By 1851, Joannah is listed in the census as a turf dealer.

James and Joannah married in Catcott in 1796. They subsequently had nine children.

The eldest daughter Maria married Joseph Durston and possibly John Jones later on. Sister Sarah married John Tucker.

Then came James, a thatcher then inn-keeper, born 1801. With Eliza Every, he had seven children. He married Ann Cox in 1851. He died January 1857. Of James and Eliza’s first three children – all daughters – two (Janetta and Constance) died young. Hannah, on the other hand, lived till 92 years of age, having married Robert Barnett and moved to Cardiff, Wales. She and Robert had nine sons and a daughter! She had another son prior to meeting Robert.

Then came John who married Louisa Pocock from Ashcott. He moved to Louisa’s village and their six children – James, Jeremiah, Thomas, Clara Jane, Janet and William were all born there. After John came Joseph Every, Thomas and Jane.

In his will, James left his house and goods in trust to his uncle Joseph (yeoman) and once the mortgage was paid, half would good to his wife Ann and half to his four children John, Anna Barnard (Barnett), Joseph and Thomas.

James and Joannah’s forth child was William, born 1803. He was married three times – first to Mary Haxton, then Ann Treloggan and finally to Fanny Goodwin. In 1851, William was originally a thatcher becoming a turf merchant by 1861. It appears he took over his mother’s business as she died in 1860 and older brother James had pre-deceased her.

William and Mary had five children – Anna Maria, John, William, James and Eliza. John was a baker/grocer and married Louisa Bailey before emigrating to Iowa, USA where he became a farmer. He died in Maltby, Washington in 1911 followed by his wife in 1912. Curiously, William was not mentioned in his father James’s will.

After William, came Elizabeth in 1805 and then Thomas in 1807. Thomas married Rebecca Badman. He was an agricultural labourer then farmer of 60 acres by 1861. Thomas and Rebecca had three children – Joseph Thomas, Mary Ann and Silas Dibbsdale. William died in Wedmore in 1873.

Then came Joseph. He must have died young as he was followed by another Joseph in 1817. Joseph was a baker who married Johanna Lawrence in Bristol in 1840. Joseph and Johanna had five children – James, Elizabeth, Ellen, Emma and Walter Harry – all born Bath.

He emigrated to Massachussetts in 1864 where he remarried twice at least – to Sarah Crapper in 1871 and Mary Oakes in 1875. He died in Boston in May 1876.

See also Stuart Bartrum’s post which attempts to trace what happens to the grand-children of James and Joannah: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/eng-somerset-street/2013-09/1378954468

James and Joannah’s last child was son John who died in his first year.