Contacts or photos are listed below on this page for the following families:
Atkins, Atterbury, Bates, Ross, Barden, Barratt, Benbow, Burton,Chambers, Chaplin,
Cleaver, Collins, Collings, Cooke,
Deyns, Draper, Featherstone-Knight, Guy, Burrass,
Hall, Hammond, Howes, Irons, Kent, King, Leech, Milard,
Mundy, Munday, Norman, Odell, Orr, Ping, Pint, Ross, Tansey/Tansley,
Tims, Tucker, Waite, West, Woodward, Timms and Wootton.
The following people are mentioned in the Henry
Mundy memoirs: George Atterbury, Jenny Baldwell, Dick
Bodily, Thomas Brice, Mr Britten, John Brown from Shenley, Bett, Bett,
Jack, Joe and Will Clark, Betsy and Sally Cook, Rev
Davies, Sally, Tom and Will Day, Col. De Laps, Dr Ghent of Little
Brickhill, Mrs Hart, Mr Harvey of Cold Harbour, Tom
Holmes, Mr Kent, Judy and Will Lane, Tom Lovel, Mr Middleton
of Walton, Mary Norman, Squire Pinfold of Walton, Moll Perry, Jack
Timms, Sall West, Sam West, Ephrain Wooten, Rev A B Wynter, Mr Charles
Philip Wynter, as well as many members of the Mundy (Munday) family.
Family researchers might also wish to check
for family names in the History
Society's booklet, "Bow Brickhill during the Great War".
Click here to view an image of an auction
poster from 1889 complete with names of those living in the cottages for
The Bow Brickhill History Society
has documented the
churchyard complete with photographs of all gravestones and memorials.
Also completed is a transcription of press coverage, Bow Brickhill
Parish Council minutes and School Log Book records relating to World War
email to obtain a list of surnames mentioned in this booklet. BBHS
ublications are available to purchase - read
If you would like information
posted on this page so that other researchers can contact you, please e-mail
Various names appear on the War
Memorial and the plaque on April Cottage which commemorates the sale of
the heath. View pictures here.
Gary Curran has been trying to locate information about his great
grandfather William Edward Ross (died 1934) who was the blacksmith in Bow Brickhill.
William was married to Sarah and had five children: Ada, Emily,
Lilian, Ethel Jane, Grace,l and William Joseph, Percy Douglas, Evelyn
Murial, and Dora. Emily, Gary's grandmother,
married Allan Atkins and apparently lived in the village until
1960s. She was known among the villagers as Polly
Atkins and it is thought that she was a recluse.
If anyone has any photographs of the old blacksmith's shop Gary
would like to hear from them, and he'd be delighted if he could make
contact with any other members of his family and find a
photograph of William Ross. If you can help Gary with his
research email .
George Atterbury was born in Bow Brickhill in 1826 to Thomas Atterbury
and his wife Sarah nee Banford. He was the only one of their children
to survive infancy and was brought up in the work house when Thomas
died leaving Sarah destitute.
Sarah later married John Butcher in Bow Brickhill and George grew up
to be a friend of Henry Mundy and appears in Henry's memoirs - (see
Munday pages). George moved to Staffordshire and married Sarah Fisher
in Tipton in 1847. They lived in
and George worked as a coal miner and furnace builder for 30 years.
They had six children Sarah, William, John, George,
and Edward, all but the last born in
. George obviously
remembered his roots and friends in Bow Brickhill, as son Edward was
born there and a few years later George and his wife Sarah moved back.
He became a Parish Councillor
in 1894 and continued to live in Bow Brickhill
until his death in 1903. Some of his descendants still live in
West Bromwich, but others are scattered as far as
We are in direct contact with Bernice
in Canada - family name Barden
(possible spellings also Balden, Bawling, Baldwin)
- who has now produced a draft family tree. More
details are here.... Click here for the
Barden memorial east window at All Saints Church, Bow Brickhill.
Peter Barratt was born in Wood Lodge in November 1929. His
father was a gamekeeper for the Woburn Estate and Peter went to school
in the village. The family left in 1935. Read here
what Peter says about the village.
Bev and her sister
are researching the Benbows. Their grandmother, Elizabeth Maud
Benbow (born 16.5.1898), was a teacher and migrated to West Australia,
Australia in 1923 to join her brothers Charles John (23.3.1899 )and
Frederick George. There was another sister Rosa Edith (known as Bud),
who married Ernie Beany. Their parents were John James Benbow and Rosa
Edith Benbow (nee Morris). Contact Bev at
Burrass - see Guy
William Edward Burton was headmaster at Bow Brickhill school in the
1930s. He married Frances Coleman of Fenny Stratford. Pictures of
the families can be seen here.
Ian Chambers is researching his family. The
relevant information he has is as follows: James Chambers (born
circa 1807), married Mary Powell who was born circa1811), at Bow
Brickhill on 9th October 1827.
Their son, Thomas Chambers, (born circa 1828) married
Mary Ann Souster at Bow Brickhill on 13th October 1851. (Mary's father
was James Souster.)
Their son, Joseph Chambers, (born 13th April 1852), married Elizabeth
Barden, (born 7th June 1855), at Bow Brickhill on 7th September 1874.
(Elizabeth's parents were Robert and Ann, (nee Frost) Barden.)
Although there are mentions of Chambers in the parish registers
before James' marriage in 1827, Ian has not been able to link him to any
of them. You can contact Ian at
Diana Burns is tracing her branch of
the Chambers family of Bow Brickhill. Her ancestor was
George, brother of the Thomas Chambers from whom Ian Chambers (above)
has traced his ancestors.
George was born in 1833 and married
Caroline or Catherine Clark(e) of Bow Brickhill in Lambeth in
1851. They had five surviving children - George (b1850 Bow
Brickhill); Emma (b1851 Hoxton); William John (b1855 City of London);
Elizabeth (b 1856 Christ Church, Surrey) and Caroline Julia (b 1858
Christ Church, Surrey).
Diana's great grandfather was
William John Chambers who married Elizabeth Bourne of St Albans
in 1877, and they moved to Hertfordshire. There they raised
William Ernest (b 1879), Horace George (b 1880), Francis Henry (b
1882), Ethel Caroline (b 1885), Edith Mary (b 1887), Frederick John (b
1889), Herbert Stanley (b 1891), Rose (b 1893) and Sidney (b
1896). Diana has never been able to trace any descendants
of her branch of the Chambers - can anyone help? Email
Joshua Chaplin gained some notoriety in the parish when he was a
party to the sale of the heath. This unpopular act is commemorated on a stone
plaque in the village. The Chaplin family believes that Joshua and
his younger brother William made their own spirits or beer and fell foul
of their boss when discovered and that their boss took over the brewing
himself. Could this have been another of Colonel De Lap's unpopular
actions? The relatives of William (who married Rebecca Willmer in 1836)
would like to hear from any members of the Chaplin/Willmer family. It is
known that one of their sons, Samuel, was living and working in Bow
Brickhill in the 1900s and another, Charles, was a stonemason. To make
contact with the Chaplin family email
Jane Norman is researching the Cleaver family. Simon Cleaver married Elizabeth Clarke 29th February 1788 in Bow
Brickhill parish church, both described as 'of this parish' in
the register. Their first three children were born in the village: Simon
baptised 16.11.1788, Thomas baptised 29.9.1790,
baptised 25.3.1793. The family then moved to Milton Bryant where
further children were born, and finally settled in Toddington. John
Cleaver married Catherine Hammond 24th September 1789 in the parish
church. They had a daughter, Elizabeth, baptised 29th August 1790.
Catherine Cleaver was buried in Bow Brickhill 18th January 1791. John
Cleaver then married Elizabeth Lane 9th January 1804.They
had moved to Flamstead by 1806 when the first of their
children was born. To contact Jane email
has confirmed that his great-great grandfather Thomas Collins moved to
Bow Brickhill and married Hannah (also known as. Anna) Eliliza Millar
(also written as Millard or Miller) a local Bow Brookhill girl on 19
November 1860 at All Saints church. Thomas was a besom broom maker
(witch’ s broom) and Hannah was a straw hat maker. Thomas and Hannah
were buried in the churchyard at Bow Brickhill on 7 July 1910 and
16 May 1885, respectively. Jesse Collings was the illegitimate child of
Hannah (born 31 August 1858) and adopted the family name after her
marriage. Children from the marriage were Arthur Thomas Collings
(born 1866), Alfred (born1871) and Julia (born1874). Despite his
humble origins, Jesse joined the Buckinghamshire Constabulary in October
1879, eventually retiring as an Inspector in the Northampton
Police Force ...more. Arthur also moved to Northampton and entered the boot and
shoe trade although a document has come to light which shows he sold a
property in 1931at Bow Brickhill known as The Pines, 2 Church Road
and his occupation was given as a retired fishmonger. Please send any
information you may have about Collings/Collins or Millar/Millard/Miller
living in or around Bow Brickhill to
The Cooke family were Quakers in the parish in
the 1600s. A branch of the family remained in the village until the end of the 1800s. I've set up a Cooke
page with more information.
Curtis - John Curtis was a Baptist Preacher in Bow Brickhill in
the mid 1800s ... more
- pictures of Captain and Mrs Deyns - also see
Henry Mundy mentions Betty Draper a gypsy and one descendent of the
Draper family living locally is doing research into the
gypsies. Email if you have information on gypsy families from the area or the Draper family in particular.
Guy & Burrass
Mary Werkhoven is researching her great grandfather Thomas Guy who lived in Bow Brickhill (and in
Ponds). He married Elizabeth Kent in 1836 in Bow Brickhill. His
mother, John and Mary Guy, died in the Woburn Poor House in the
1850s. She has not been able to find the marriage of John and Mary anywhere
Bedfordshire although their children, Sarah, William, Thomas, and
were born in Woburn between 1800 and 1812.
There is a record of a John Guise marrying a Mary Burrass in Wavenden
in 1799. There are Burrasses - William, Joseph, Hannah - born in Bow Brickhill
years 1800 onwards, and these could be cousins of Mary's great
Thomas Guy who was born in 1808. You can contact Mary on
Gerald - pictured here - grandson of the Rector of Bow Brickhill, lived here for a
time. His fascinating life is detailed in this . An airman during the first World War, he was captured in
Germany, escaped and made his way back to England. Gerald
Featherstone Knight MC, is commemorated on
Bow Brickhill's war memorial. The book he
Bosch' published in 1919 can be downloaded and
Canadian, Peter Smith is tracing Ephraim Hall, born
in Bow Brickhill probably in 1842. He married a Mary Mallett of Wing,
Bucks and was a chemist in Luton by 1860's. Their 13th child,
Peter's grandfather was born in Luton in 1885. If you can help
Peter Smith email him on .
Mary is trying to
find members of Hall family too. Ann
baptised 17 August 1806 at Bow Brickhill was the daughter of Thomas Hall
and Martha. There would appear to be several Halls in Bow
Brickhill at that time - John, Thomas, Joseph and possibly Richard. Contact
Mary at .
Kay has a great great great grandmother called Hannah
Hall who was born in Bow Brickhill in 1800. She married Edwin Saunders
from Waddesdon and apparently moved to the USA
in 1841. Contact Kay at
A descendent of Eliza Hammond is seeking information about her
ancestor. Eliza born in Bow Brickhill, daughter
of Robert a farmer (born 1791)
and Ann (born c. 1796) was
baptised on 8 October 1831. Robert and Ann are recorded living in
Great Brickhill in the 1841 & 1851 census. Eliza married in
1860 John Hallworth a farmer & miller in the Ampthill area,
and they had seven children, and she appears aged 69 in the 1901 census
of Cookham. More information about the family can be found here
A story of true love involving Lizzie Howes and George William
(William George) Munday - click here.
Marilyn is tracing her mother's Irons family tree .18th and 19th century Irons are from
Edlesborough /Eaton Bray /Northall Bucks but a William Irons marrying Mary Arpen/Arpel in
December 1750 in Bow Brickhill. Contact
Diane Sambrook is researching her
great-great-great grandfather, Samuel Kent (born 1801). He married
Susannah Leach (born 1803). Diane would welcome contact from any
Kent or Leach researchers, also Gadsden, Woodward or Sinfield. Contact
You can read a declaration made by Mr George Kent in
Russell King is trying to confirm that one of his ancestors owned the
Wheatsheaf pub in Bow Brickhill around 1820. When he died he
left the pub to his youngest son William who inherited the pub around
the 1850s according to his father's will. Here's Russell's
web site If anyone can help him to confirm this fact please email
In the St Lawrence Jewry, London, parish register the
marriage on 20 June 1772 of John Lotan and Elizabeth Knight of Bow
Brickhill, County Buckingham, widow, is recorded. One witness
was Willam Stevenson.
married a third time to Ralph Bayly in 1783, in Hertfordshire.
Contemporary newspapers tell us that on the night of Monday 1st
July and the early hours of the next day Assistant gamekeepers, Joseph
Leech and Benjamin Elliott encountered three poachers. There was a
scuffle, a chase and one of the poachers, a William Chandler, “struck
Leech an almighty blow across the head which felled the man.” The
poachers escaped and Leech was taken to a house in Bow Brickhill where
he died a few days later. He
was buried in the churchyard of All Saints.
, who came from Stewkley, was captured at Winslow and one of other
poachers, Joseph Keen was taken in
. The third man, apparently, was never caught. An inquest was held at
The Plough Inn.
and Keen were committed to the Bucks Assizes where Keen was acquitted
was found guilty of manslaughter and ordered to be transported to
for 15 years. If you have any further information about this crime or in
particular Joseph Leech or family please contact email@example.com.
Please see above for Collings/Collins
Munday - click here for the Mundy/Munday pages
Norman - click here
for the Norman family in 1800s and here
for the Norman family circa 1950.
The O'dells were in Bow Brickhill for generations. Recently some
photographs have been uncovered and so this site now has an O'dell
is looking for any information about Harold Orr and/or his
descendants. Harold, an architect, was the son of Robert Hamilton Orr
and Ethel Beatrice Hands. Both Robert & Ethel were Lt. Cols in the
Salvation Army and died in Australia
in the 1950’s. Harold is Eve’s first cousin; he was also in the
Salvation Army. He was an architect in Australia
and left there around 1935, having won a four year travelling
scholarship. Eve has discovered that he remained in England
for much of that time. On 20 July 1940 Harold, who was then 29,
married Ethel Nora Deyns (19) of Rectory Farm, Bow Brickhill, daugher of
Edward Fuller Victor Deyns "gentleman farmer". Ethel Nora was
a hospital nurse. It is
thought that the young couple may have returned to
Australia, possibly to Sydney.
Click here for a picture of Captain Deyns,
Marie Ping is researching her family. She writes: My granddad
- William Leslie Ping born 1914 and my great uncle George was probably
born in the Brickhill area. My great granddad - Herbert George
Ping born 1890 in Great Brickhill. My great great uncles are Aubry
(born 1898), Percy (born 1893) and John (born 1883 in Little Brickhill).
My great great granddad is William Ping (born 1859 in Great Brickhill)
and he married Mary nee Souster in 1880. Williams brother is
Josiah Ping born 1862. My great great great granddad is John Ping
(born 1817 in Little Brickhill) and he married Mary who came from
Sheffield. Contact Marie at .
Ross (see also Atkins/Ross above)
The great grandchild of the cobbler Edwin Waite, who
lived at the Yews wrote of the Ross family: "The cottage was part
of a pair, the one on the left being lived in by Mr Ross and his
family. I can remember being told that he worked very hard and
obviously became quite dirty during the course of his work each day
but afterwards he was immaculate. I can remember being told he
wore spats. The whole family would go to church - I seem to
remember quite a few daughters - and they were all very smart.
"My grandparents came back to Bow Brickhill and lived at the
blacksmith's which had then been converted into a bungalow, and called
the Old Forge."
Janet, in Australia is
looking for information about John Smith, Christened in Little
Brickhill in 1749 and married to
Ann Lake in 1772 at All
Saints Church Bow Brickhill. Email
Gilbert William Smith was born 1908 in Coombe Fields,
Warwickshire, the son of Joseph William Smith, gamekeeper
at Little Brickhill, and Lilian Smith nee Norgate. Gilbert had a brother Kitchener Joseph Stanley Smith, also known as
Joe, and two sisters: Ivy Smith who married Sidney Joseph Stone and
Joan Smith who married John Charles Betts. After Joseph died in 1917 Lilian later married Harry
Devereux and had two sons. Gilbert was living
at 1 Hillside, Bow Brickhill at the time of his mother Lilian's death
in 1944. Lilian was buried 4th October 1944 at All Saints, Bow
Brickhill. If this is part of your family then email
Tansley & Woodward
John Stevens is looking for
information on the Tansley (with possible variants including Tansey
and Tinsley) and the Woodward families during the 19th century and
early 20th century. John is a direct descendent of Anna Tansley, born
about 1826 in Bow Brickhill and of Thomas Woodward, born about 1811 in
Wavendon but living in Bow Brickhill by 1847 before eventually dying
there in 1877. The Tansley/Woodward connection arises as a consequence
of Thomas' son William marrying Sarah Elizabeth Tansley (Hannah's
daughter), born October 1849 in Bow Brickhill. John last met Enid
Woodward, born September 1914 in Bow Brickhill, his first cousin once
removed, on her 86th birthday in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she
moved to soon after WWII and still lives to this day aged 96
(3.12.2010). Some pictures of the Tansley and Woodward family are shown
here. You can contact John at .
John Tansey (1786-1855) ran the village shop (“a grocer’s shop, the
only one in the village” according to Henry Mundy) for many years in the
middle of the 19th century; the
house is still there, at the bottom of Church Road
near the village green. John was
, but married Elizabeth Peerton of Bow Brickhill in 1818 and presumably
started in business in Bow Brickhill at about that time. After his death, Elizabeth and their daughter Susan continued running
the shop for some years; indeed it
was still the village shop at least into the 1970s. John and Elizabeth had had
six daughters, two of whom died in infancy;
however the Tansey/Tansley name was continued through Susan who had an
illegitimate child, George. After
growing up in his grandfather’s house. George
married Caroline Wootton, youngest daughter of John Wootton the village
wheelwright.; in the late 1870s,
he moved with his family, now including five children, to Woburn Sands where
he too ran a successful shop (which is still in business as the Co-op).
Pictures of George & Caroline Tansley can be seen here.
Hugh Tansley is researching the branch of the family and you can contact him
Bernard Ratcliffe (Bernie), who has collection information on the Timms
family in Oxfordshire going back to 1723, told how his third
great grandfather Emanuel Timms was born 1785 at Cassington Oxfordshire. Emanuel married Mary Watts from Weedon Beck in Northamptonshire at Bow
Brickhill in April 1810. Their children, all born at Bow Brickhill were
William (born 1810, married Mary Teagle about 1832), Emanuel (born 1813
married Mary Ann Gaudern in 1834), Thomas (born 1816 married Sarah ? about
1834), Richard (born 1820), John (born 1826 married Sarah ? about 1857),
George - from Bernie's line (born 1823 married Ann Burt or Birt from Weedon
Beck in 1843), Hannah (born 1830 married John Thomas Wootton in 1848).
Timms researcher whose mother is the great great great granddaughter of
Emanuel, says Emanuel's son George married an Ann Burt, was widowed in
1845 and remarried Ann Rogers in 1849 in Lambeth. George died in 1906 in
Aldershot where his son John who had joined the army lived in North
Town. John's daughter Eliza Ann married Willie Griffin, also in
the army and also in North Town - both of them dying in 1942. Please
email stating which family you are interested in to be put in touch with
Timms family researchers.
Tucker/West (see below)
Jenny is hoping to make contact with relatives of Dorothy Myra West
and Kenneth Desmond Tucker, her grandparents who were married at Bow
Brickhill on 2 March 1940. Dorothy's parents were Thomas Ephraim
West and Annie Elizabeth Bates married here also on 16 December
1901. Please email Jenny at
Edwin Waite was a cobbler and had his workshop to the
right of his house, the cottage with two yew trees in the front next
to the gate - The Yews. The cottage was part of a pair, the one
on the left being lived in by Mr Ross and his family.
Alice and Aubrey Waite, moved to Coventry when they married, but
returned to Bow Brickhill for the funeral of Edwin's wife. During that
night there was a Coventry blitz and their house was demolished.
Eventually they came back to Bow Brickhill and lived in the blacksmith's
which had then been converted into a bungalow, and called the Old
Forge. Both The Yews and the Old Forge exist today and can be found
almost opposite the Wheatsheaf pub. For a picture of the Waite
family pictured outside The Yews click here
An old photograph of the West family, early in the 20th century,
can be seen here.
Gary West, who resides in Essex, recently traced his lineage
back to the Wests of Bow Brickhill around 1815. He would welcome
contact from anyone that has information of the Wests around that
period, or can help taking the name back even further. I'm
particularly interested in Susannah West who was born 1815 and died
1852, was a Lace maker by occupation, and lived and died in Bow
Brickhill. Contact Gary at
Woodward - see Kent and Tansley above.
The Woottons were wheelwrights and Henry Mundy talks about them quite a bit
in his memoirs - Ephraim (Lavinia's brother) was a friend of Henry.
Sheila Moore has been tracing the Wootton family. Harry
Wootton was 35 years old in
1891 and Sheila would particularly like to know whether there are any
descendants of his still in the locality. You can contact Sheila
on 01209 712441. The tallest girl in Thomas Webster's
"A Village Choir" is thought to have been Lavinia Wootton, 1828
- 29 January 1907. Click here for a photograph
taken of her later in life.