Hampshire deaths in old newspapers can reveal useful information about the deceased. Among the deaths listed in the Hampshire Advertiser of 22 December 1855 were several interesting announcements of deaths home and abroad. Combine the details with information from HGS parish indexes and a personal story emerges.
Two Simple Examples of Hampshire deaths
Mr G BURDEN aged 46 died on 17 December in St Mary’s Street Southampton. A quick check in the HGS Burial Index revealed that he was George Burden buried on 21 December in St Mary’s church Southampton.
Amongst the other Hampshire deaths was Thomas Harding BURKE aged 29. He died on 15 December at Shirley and the HGS Burial Index had his burial on 19 December in Shirley. The announcement stated that his brother was the late James Burke who had been captain on the Liverpool registered ship Patritian. James Burke was also a former Shirley resident.
Stray Hampshire Deaths
Not all notices relate to Hampshire residents but are often Hampshire related. George B BERNARD aged 65 died on 12 December in St John’s Road, London. The announcement stated that for many years he had been a resident of Romsey. The HGS Baptism Index revealed that George and Betty Ann, or Betsey, Bernard had children baptized in Romsey. There were seven baptisms between 1813 and 1824. This register also revealed that George was a schoolmaster.
A Personal History
The announcement made for John Walter WILKINSON is a good example with a personal history. He died on 17 December in Portchester aged 80 and was buried 26 December in Wymering. He was Assistant Com-General in the British Army. His service career included Holland and the whole of the Peninsular Campaign where he served under the Duke of Wellington. He was awarded a medal with three clasps.
Hampshire Deaths Overseas
Overseas deaths announced include Henry FLETCHER who died on 28 November aged 49. He was the only surviving son of Mr Fletcher of Beaulieu. Henry died from cholera in Brujuk, Tchekmaji near Constantinople. A check on the HGS Monumental Inscription Index for Beaulieu revealed that there is a stone in the churchyard of the Blessed Virgin containing seven family names. Henry’s father was James who died aged 63 on 27 January 1829. His mother was Ann who died aged 39 on 19 September 1812. The other names included Henry’s brothers, James Fletcher with his wife Sarah, and William Fletcher. The final name was his sister Ann WESTBROOK.
Deaths in Hong Kong
The reported Hampshire deaths extended to the Far East. William Henry DOLLER died in Hong Kong on 9 October 1855. He was aged 36 and died from dysentery and fever. He was the only son of the late Mr Doller of Winchester. Checking in the HGS baptism and burial registers found Henry’s baptism on 24 February 1830. This was in St Thomas’s church in Winchester to parents Henry and Louisa. His father aged 61 was buried on 28 March 1839 also in St Thomas.
HGS Research Centre
Winchester Independent Register – RG4-726
The registers for the Independent Chapel start in 1716 and many entries contain useful details. The spelling of the names written here are exactly as they were written into the register. Different ministers conducting the baptisms decided to record different items of information in addition to the dates and names.
Over Wallop village booklet now available
Over Wallop, once also known as Upper Wallop, (VB097) is located west of the A343 with the B3084 running through the Wallop valley from south-east to north-west. The Wallop Brook rises in the parish and flows south-east. The hamlet of Palestine is in the north
Stratfield Saye village booklet now available
Stratfield Saye village booklet Stratfield Saye (VB096) is located west of the A33 with the Berkshire county border along the Roman road to Silchester forming the parish boundary to the north. Originally the parish included Beech Hill in Berkshire until 1868 when that hamlet became a civil and ecclesiastical parish.
Don’t Always Believe It Update
Duplicate entries in parish registers Resulting from an enquiry recently received in the Research Center a very good example of duplicate entries in registers was found in Nutley and Preston Candover.
Poor Law Union Gazette – 1
Poor Law Union Gazette – 1 Newspapers are a very good source of information on some of our ancestors but they rarely give such detailed information on individuals as that found in the Poor Law Union Gazette.