is a list of the Mayors of Dudley from 1584 to 1947 inclusive.
If your ancestor is amongst these and you would like any biographical
detail published as part of this page then please email me. I
will hopefully place some biographical detail on as many of the
names as possible. My research does lead me to some interesting
snippets, however, please do not ask me if I can carry out research
on any specific individual as my research time is limited to a
book I am jointly writing with the Blackcountryman magazine editor).
regard to mayors of Dudley in the second half of the 18th century,
local government at that time still revolved around a Court Leet,
which assembled monthly at the Old Town Hall - a fine pillared
market hall built during the Commonwealth years, which stood in
Middle Row where the market place now exists - or, more frequently
it seems in later years, at the newly built Dudley Arms. An early
photograph of the Old Town Hall (demolished in about 1860) survives,
enabling us to see where the mayors conducted their mayoral business.
Here, public matters were discussed, petty crimes dealt with and
fines levied, etc. Jurors consisted of ordinary, upstanding freeholders
of the parish - though this duty to serve was often viewed as
a burden. Constables were elected as the need arose - they being
the only law enforcement at that time - and a bailiff was elected
annually. It was usual for the bailiff, on completing his year
of office, to become mayor for the following year.
(Thanks to Carl HIGGS for this information - also see his research
below on various HANCOX mayors, also to
Geoffrey Frogley for his research into Abiather Hawkes).
Pearson (for email link see foot of page)
|Humphrey Jukes St. Thomas (Terrier)
|Richard Foley St. Thomas (Terrier)
|Thomas Finch (St. Edmund's Register)
||Henry Money Wainwright
|John Bageley (St. Thomas
|William Parkes Senior
||Edward Lowe Cresswell
||Edward Fisher Smith
||Charles Francis George Clark
||Henry Money Wainwright
||Henry M Wainwright
||William Elwell Walker
||William Squires Gorton
||Henry Griffin Walker
||Gilbert Henry Claughton
||The Right Hon. The Earl of Dudley
||George Henry Dunn
||George Frederick Thompson
||Frederick William Cook
||Sir George Bean
||Joseph Alfred Hillman
||Sir George Bean
||Samuel Cook Lloyd
||Thomas Willetts Adshead
||Herbert William Hughes
||Thomas William Tanfield
||Francis James Ballard
||John Harry Molyneux
||Henry Joseph Golding
||John Harry Molyneux
|Thomas Oldham Chinner
||William Charles Williams
||Joseph Leonard Hillman
||Alexander Elliott Young
||Bertie Thomas Horwood
||Harry Clifford Whitehouse
||Thomas Edward Bennett
||Arthur Lionel Hillman
|Joseph Green Bourne
||Thomas Edward Bennett
||John Collcott Price
|Edward Dodson Salisbury
|James Bourne Jnr.
|Joseph Cartwright Brettell
|Joseph Green Bourne
|Henry Dudley Bourne
|Charles Fleetwood Hewitt
I am trying to chase information for my Father who is now in his early 70’s.
His Great Grandfather (GGF) is reported to have been Mayor of Dudley at one time and owned much land in/around Leamington Spa.
My Father believes his GGF collected rent from local tenant families and, upon being attacked and robbed one night,
died after drowning in a small pool of water. The family surname is Marsh. Where the link between Dudley and Leamington happened
I do not know but any information would be greatly appreciated.
Anyone wishing to contact
Debbie about her GGF please email web master
Good afternoon from beautiful
Port Macquarie N S W Oz where we have just had 3 inches
of rain to break our dreadful drought. Firstly, thank you
all for these great Web sites that allow those of us who
live down under to learn some of your history. I saw the
names of two Mayors who were our ancestors. Cornelius Cartwright
1821 & his nephew Joseph Cartwright Brettell 1830. Cornelius
is well documented re his part in riots, what kind of a
Tory was he? Joseph I found interesting, he was a mine surveyor
& went to the Middle East searching for tin and oil
until they were hunted out by the then powers to be.
Kath Connors (N S W. Australia)
Anyone wishing to contact
Kath about the CARTWRIGHT'S please email web master
the brother of Thomas Tinsley and the family lived in Sedgley
almost certainly Theophilus lived in the Limes, which is
now the offices of a computer company. Mrs Eliza Tinsley,
the widow of Thomas and a famous name in Cradley Heath,
spent the latter years of her life at the Limes.
I have noticed that the Black Country Bugle contains an
article suggesting that someone named Tinsley fought at
Balaclava, in the charge of the Light Brigade. it also suggests
that Tinsley Street, Great Bridge is named after this gentleman.
My researches show that Mrs Tinsley set one of her sons
up in a business and the street was named after the company.
I did contribute an article in 1982 which contains a reference
Anyone wishing to contant
Geoff about the TINSLEY family please email web master.
If you have any further information on Theophilus please
If Geoff Webb sees this could he
please email the Editor as the email address on record appears
not to be working
I am descended from Abiathar Hancox
(1709-1777) who was mayor in 1766. I have researchd my Hancox
ancestors in detail - though I don't really know anything
about their mayoral duties, other than that official court
sessions then took place at the old 17th century town hall
(demolished in 1861), which stood where Dudley market now
is. More often than not, however, I get the feeling that
the court would adjourn to the adjacent "Dudley Arms"
whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Abiathar Hancox the cooper, who became mayor in 1766, was
granted with Richard Keelinge, gent. of Kingswinford, the
joint lease of a cottage with barn, stable and garden, together
with a glasshouse and adjoining offices - all situated at
"Brettell" (now Brettell Lane, between Amblecote
and Brierley Hill) on his marriage to Esther Bourn in Decmber
1743. This was in
consideration of £60 having first been paid to Esther's
father by Richard Keelinge. However, this property was also,
in part, a dowry from Esther's father, Richard Bourn, in
consideration of property in Dudley and Tibbington (Tipton),
which was owned by Abiathar's parents and which they had
first conveyed to Richard as a 'provision' for Esther, should
she outlive her intended husband. Later, in 1770, Abiathar
owned a house and garden in Hampton Lane (now Wolverhampton
Street, Dudley). According to the Dudley rate books for
1787, Abiathar's widow, Esther then owned two houses in
Wolverhampton Street, as well as a house in God's Lane (near
the Presbyterian Old Meeting House) in Dudley. Abiathar
and Esther had ten
children, of whom seven are known to have survived infancy,
though two of these surviving children died tragically in
early adulthood, both at the age of about twenty.
Herbert Hancox (1712-1772) - mayor in 1764 - was Abiathar's
younger brother. They were both sons of Abiathar and Judith
Hancox of Dudley. The elder Abiathar was a nailor of the
town but, far from suffering the impoverishment so often
associated with such a humble trade, he was also Yeoman
and landholder, whose children did equally well for themselves
in the early 18th century. Herbert became a currier (leather
worker) whilst Abiathar jnr. worked as a cooper (cask maker).
Both sons married well; Herbert married Elizabeth Dudley
in 1736 and Abiathar married Esther Bourne, daughter of
Richard Bourne the baker, in 1743. Both the Dudley and Bourne
families were prominent townsfolk. Thomas Dudley, who interposed
as mayor between Herbert and Abiathar in 1765, was, I think
Herbert appears as an even more prominent landholder throughout
the 1750's and 60's, holding property in Hampton Lane and
Eve Hill Close, Dudley, as well as land at Bare Hill,
Rowley Regis, and also premises in Bromsgrove, Worcs. His
wife Elizabeth died in 1760 and Herbert remained a widower
until his own death in 1772. His property was bequeathed
to his seven surviving children in his will of that year,
which also names Edward (mayor in 1784) as his heir. The
type of houses which Abiathar and Herbert's families occupied
in Hampton Lane, may well have been similar to those 17th
century dwellings in the same street as illustrated in Blocksidge's
Almanac. Herbert's brother-in-law Thomas Dudley (mayor in
1765) was a tallow chandler (candle maker) by trade. Thomas
and Elizabeth Dudley appear to have been children of William
Dudley, described as a 'Yeoman of Dudley' in 1737.
The other Hancox mayors are also related.
John Hancox (1752-1815), was mayor in 1782, a son of Abiathar
and Esther. He also married well, to Elizabeth Finch, from
yet another prominent Dudley family. John's burial was recorded
at New Street Baptist Church, Dudley. He was recorded as
Deacon of the New Street Baptist Church in 1809. John's
wife, Elizabeth Finch, was already a widow on their marriage
and they did not have any children together. Elizabeth was
also listed as a member of the Baptist church in 1809. She
predeceased John in 1814.
Edward Hancox (1748-1814) who was mayor in 1784, was John's
cousin and a son of Herbert and Elizabeth Hancox. He was
a currier, like his father, but also acquired much property
in his lifetime and became a notable banker in Dudley (He
appears to have been instrumental in the setting up of the
first Dudley Bank in 1787), he was also described as a dealer
and chapman (in 1803 - the year he was declared bankrupt
- having to surrender
much of his acquired property, including that formerly held
by his father, to his creditors). A five-guinea banknote
of 1801, signed by Edward Hancox, and issued by the Dudley
Bank has been preserved. However, misfortune befell Edward
Hancox, as shortly after this date he went bankrupt! It
is thought he and his wife Hannah then lived in Stourbridge.
The first name 'Abiathar' (with the stress on the i, as
in "rice") which appears regularly through the
generations of the Hancox family, is biblical. It refers
to the high priest in the First Book of Kings who supported
Adonijah as king in place of Solomon, thus incurring Solomon's
However, as Abiathar had been entrusted to convey the 'Ark
of the Covenant' containing the Ten Commandments, together
with Zadok the Priest, he was spared. Abiathar the cooper's
father was the first known Abiathar Hancox (born around
1675-80). Likewise, the eldest son of Abiathar the cooper
was also given this name - he was one of the two children
who survived to adulthood but died at the age of twenty.
Interestingly, use of this name was not confined to the
Hancox family in Dudley. It also appears amongst several
generations of the Hawkes family - as testified by the name
of another Dudley mayor, Abiathar Hawkes, in 1824! Use of
this first name continued amongst descendants of the Hancox
family well into the 19th century. It perhaps implies strong
Hoping this may be of relevance and interest. All the above
comes from my own research into the family, drawing on original
documents - including parish and nonconformist registers,
wills, deeds, and rate books, many of which are held in
Dudley Borough Archives. I have written this research up
as a fuller family history in several chapters, with footnotes
and transcripts of original documents etc., however, only
a few copies of this were printed and distributed privately.
A copy was placed in Dudley Archives several years ago,
but I have since updated this history and am now hoping
to print a 'new edition' with revisions and amendments.
Any interest from local publishers would be greatly welcomed!
One question that has always been in my mind, is whether
there are any portraits or other likenesses of any of these
early mayors and, if so, where they might be?
If anyone has any further
details about the HANCOX mayors please email the web master,
if you want to make contact with Carl, email me and I will
make contact with him.
I am researching members of the Bagley
family from Dudley in the C17th. John Bageley (sic) was
the father of Edward, Dudley, John Bagley and others and
was closely associated with Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley.
Edward's son, also Edward Bagley, became a pewterer in London
and was the principal beneficiary of Lady Elizabeth Bernand's
will when her Stratford upon Avon estate was sold in 1675.
Elizabeth Hall, as she was born, was the only child of Susanna
Shakespeare, William Shakespeare's eldest child and heiress,
and John Hall, physician. She married twice, firstly to
Thomas Nash and secondly, John (later Sir John) Bernard
or Barnard) of Abington, Northampton. She was Shakespeare's
last direct descendant.
My research is involved in establishing the family connection
of the Bagleys to Lady Bernard.
Apart from the mention of John Bagley in the register for
St.Thomas which you mention, he is also found several times
in the Churchwardens Book for St. Thomas 1618-1725. This
also mentions some other mayors, which may help fill some
of the gaps in your list for some of these years. For example,
on p.151 for 24 March 1667, Edmund Wells is named as mayor.
Thomas Wells, his son, also mentioned in the book, married
Dudley Bagley's granddaughter, Grace. Other mayors mentioned
include, Oliver Dixon Maior April 22nd 1690 (who you already
have listed), John Bowers Mayer 5 April 1670 and Will Lowe
meare April 21 1674.
John Bagley, Edward's grandfather, was probably employed
initially by Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley to look after some
of his interests, but seems to have prospered and become
a substantial property and landowner.
Lord Dudley, whilst married, had a mistress, Elizabeth Tomlinson,
who bore him between 11 and 14 children. One of these, Dudley
Dudley is well known and documented as a pioneer of smelting
iron with coke. Although, so many of his children were born
out of wedlock, Lord Dudley provided for them and most married
gentry. Dugdale's Visitation of Staffordshire in 1662/3
provides information on these offspring at that time. However,
he spent so much of the family fortune on his interests
in iron works with his son Dudley, that the family verged
on bankruptcy and he was compelled to marry his legitimate
daughter, Frances, to a wealthy Londoner, Humble Ward, who
became the first Lord of Birmingham. The Sutton line passed
down this route and the Wards are, I believe, still the
successors of the ancient and distinguished Dudley Sutton
There is a strong possibility that John Bagley married a
relative, probably a sister, Ann or Agnes Tomlinson, of
Elizabeth Tomlinson. Edward Bagley, John's eldest son, had
children Ann, Suttone, Edward and John. The last three are
stated as with his wife Olive. Edward was to become an apprentice
pewterer in 1656 and eventually the beneficiary of lady
Bernard's will. Ann, who was the first born in 1634, it
is claimed married a man called Brinton, became a Quaker
and emigrated to America. From this line it is claimed,
descended Richard Nixon. I have not pursued this line of
enquiry, as it was not directly relevant to my own research,
but I know that it has been researched by various American
researchers and that there has been considerable controversy
over the relationship of the Tomlinson women as this impacts
on the descendants of Ann Bagley in terms of their connection
to the noble line of the Dudley Suttons.
If anyone has any further
details about John Bagley please email the web master, if
you want to contact John pleas eemail me and I will make
contact with him. Also see John's series of articles on
the subject in the Blackcountryman magazine, the first part
is in the Autumn 2005 issue (38/4)
sure that the Herbert Hughes that appears on your list of
Dudley Mayors (1920/21) is the same Herbert William Hughes
that is listed on your page about Baggeridge Colliery as
"Herbert W Hughes, mining engineer to the Earl of Dudley..".
I believe he was the colliery manager (owner?) at Lye Cross
Colliery. He published a mining text book in the late nineteenth
century in which he included some of his underground photographs.
He was friends with the Cornish mine photographer J C Burrow
and they often worked together. In the Royal Institute of
Cornwall there are many pictures as part of the Burrow/Hughes
collection - One of these is a photo which is almost identical
to the engraving of Wrens Nest Limestone Mine on your page
about the Earl of Dudley
South Glos Mines Research Group Chairman
(photograph referred to by David - by David
Cox (1831), one of many in a book of Dudley Engravings.
Thanks to Peter Glews for pointing this out)
|I was interested in the
reference to Abiathar Hawkes and am seeking further information.
There was a George Wright Hawkes who came to South Australia.
He was a Magistrate then Assistant Treasurer to the South
Australian State Legislature (State Parliament). As far as
I can determine from the IGI, George was the son of Abiathar
Hawkes & Mary Ann nee Wright, and born in Dudley Sep.
16th. 1821. He was baptised at St. Thomas, Oct. 1st.
I suspect, seeing he held such a high profile position
here, that he was the son of the Lord Mayor of Dudley? George
married here in Adelaide at St. Johns (Anglican) church
on Halifax street, Edith Jane Stewart nee Bayley, Dec. 19th.
1854. Around Halifax street was a very upper-class residential
area during the 18th Century. It still is, but most of the
old mansions are doctors and specialists practices, lawyers
As yet I have not been able to locate any children, but
George died at North Adelaide, Jan. 5th. 1908. I still have
some chasing to do, but I suspect he was buried at either
North Road Cemetery (Collinswood) or West Terrace Cemetery
in the City. Think the Bayleys were associated with
the Customs Department here?
There is a photo of George Wright Hawkes on-line in the
State Library of South Australias South Australiana
collection, and a few other references. He was also a member
of the Marine Board of South Australia from 1865 - 1869
which is where my interest comes in. Im trying
to sort out the Marine Board of South Australia as to who
was who, and the certificates issued for ship captains,
etc. 15 years and Im still going. The original records
are a shocker! One volume was used as the portable
They opened the volume to put their
and ripped the pages out when it became too
soiled. As for dates or places born, etc.
Very lateral interpretations required!
According to the Biographical Index of South Australians
1836 - 1885 (South Australian Genealogy & Heraldry Soc.)
George Wright Hawkes arrived aboard the Gratitude in 1848.
He was also Trustee of the Point Mc, Leay (Aboriginal) Mission.
Until 1960, Aboriginal people were restricted to missions
if not working for pastoralists (usually on the large cattle
stations in the North of the State). A Protector of
Aborigines was appointed by the State government
to administer the missions, so Id guess George was
running Point. Mc. Leay.
It could be his brother Abiathar Hawkes who according to
Alumni Oxonienses 1715 1886 was born at Cape Town,
South Africa around 1814. He matriculated from Wadham College
May 17th. 1832 at age 18 with a Batchelor of Arts, and Master
of Arts in 1846. Abiathair was rector of Rushton, Northampshire,
in 1856. The LDS transcripts of the 1881 census shows:
Abiather HAWKES Head M Male 67 Cape Of Good Hope Cape Town
Rector Of Rushton
Isabel HAWKES Wife M Female 68 Rickmansworth, Hertford,
England Rectors Wife
Joseph MAJOR Serv U Male 25 Birmingham Groom & Gardener
Sarah HAWKINS Serv U Female 30 Layton, Huntingdon, England
Mary J. CHAPMAN Serv U Female 21 Warkton, Northampton, England
Dwelling Rushton, Northampton, England Census Place Rectory
Family History Library Film 1341379
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 1577 / 50 Page Number 2
Geoffrey Frogley Port Augusta, South Australia
My wife is descended
of a Thomas Fereday,
"...a gunmaker of Birmingham in very good circumstances.
His wife died at the birth of (the writer's) grandfather
(Abt 1815) who was taken by the servant to live in London..."
Our Thomas must have been born in the late 1700s, and had
sons, two of which were John and Caleb. Thomas is listed
on Caleb's marriage record in 1840, but no wife is listed.
In 1849-51, Caleb was the proprietor of Jaggers and Fereday,
sugar refiners of Dublin, Ireland.
Is it possible that the Mayor was our Thomas? Do anyone
know anything of the mayor's profession? Our Thomas would
have been perhaps around 60 at the time.
Michael A. Shoemaker
If you wish to contact
Michael for information or to provide information please
email me at the email address below. I will then forward
your email or communication to Eugene.
|Joseph Payton 1770-1842
Joseph Payton, eldest son of Joseph Payton and his wife
Barbara [Austin], of the Old Square Birmingham, was baptised
on 9 July 1770 at St Philips, Birmingham. His father had
left Dudley in the 1760s but the rest of his family still
lived there, and Joseph the younger returned to Dudley as
a young man to start employment as an auctioneer and appraiser,
and as a carver, gilder, and print-seller.
Joseph's grandfather William Payton [1690-1749], was one
of a long line of George and William Paytons in Dudley.
In 1732 William married as a widower Mary DIXON [1702-1766],
the daughter of Hugh Dixon, locksmith, of Netherton, Dudley,
and his wife Joyce Hodgetts. When he died in 1749 this item
appeared in Aris's Birmingham Gazette:
Sat. died suddenly at Dudley, Mr.Payton an Officer of
the Excise in that Town, who appear'd well, and dined
heartily at Noon, and was dead by Three o'Clock."
[Mon.12 June 1749]
William and Mary's youngest son Joseph Payton [1741-1818]
moved to Birmingham before his marriage in 1768 to Barbara
AUSTIN [1739-1801] daughter of Thomas Austin of Birmingham,
where he was recorded as an appraiser and auctioneer of
The Old Square, Birmingham, until his death.
When he was in his early twenties their eldest son Joseph
[1770-1842] returned to live in Dudley where his uncle and
aunts were still living. As an appraiser and auctioneer
like his father, and also a print-maker, carver, and gilder,
Joseph wanted to bring himself to the attention of people
who could help his career. In 1794, when he was 24, he published
'An Authentic History and Description of the Castle and
Priory of Dudley', dedicated to Viscount Dudley who bought
24 copies, with 12 in "fine paper".
'Dudley as it was and as it is today'  has a reproduction
of a painting of the "Smoking room, Dudley Arms Hotel,
1825" which includes Joseph Payton (misspelt "Peyton"),
and several references to him, including a mention of the
above book 'An authentic History and Description of the
Castle and Priory of Dudley' . It has been wrongly
written in several bibliographies that "J. Payton"
(sometimes James Payton), a Quaker of Dudley,
was the author. This error was traced back to an early bibliography
of Quaker authors, where the compiler had concluded that
because his surname was Payton, and because there was a
prominent Quaker Payton family in Dudley, this book must
have been written by one of them. However there was no "James
Payton" or any other J. Payton other than Joseph Payton
in Dudley Quaker records, parish registers, or P.O. and
trade directories at that time.
Additionally, the bibliography compilers had not noticed
the page near the back of the book, headed:
Carver, Gilder, and Print-Seller, Dudley.
"Having been honoured with the commands of many of
the principal Nobility and Gentry, returns his most grateful
acknowledgments for favours received; and respectfully
informs them, that he continues to manufacture every article
in the Carving and Gilding business upon the lowest terms.
At the same time he begs leave to recommend his new and
elegant mouldings (in burnished gold) for cornices, furbases,
&c. which will be found upon inspection unequalled
for elegance, cheapness, and durability.
Looking-glasses of all dimensions, superbly gilt and ornamented;
paintings cleaned in the best manner, and old frames regilt
to look equal to new.
Noblemen and gentlemen waited upon with patterns, and
their work executed at their own houses, if desired.
auctioneering and appraising business continued as usual,
and every attention paid to the interest of his employers."
Joseph Payton was listed in various trade directories under
'Auctioneers & Appraisers' and also under 'Carvers &
Gilders' as Joseph Payton of High Street, Dudley. These
included 1808, 1809-11, & 1820 Holden's Triennial Directory;
1820 & 1823 Worcestershire Directory; 1828-9 & 1835
Pigot and Co.'s National Commercial Directory; 1839 Robson's
of miniature of Joseph Payton,
courtesy of Sue Pedersen
In 'An Authentic History and Description of the Castle
& Priory of Dudley' Joseph Payton mentioned the Dudley
Locust and some of the geologic and mining features of the
area. In 1827 he was the author of a short, untitled article
on Dudley fossils: 'Fossils found in the neighbourhood of
Dudley, Specimens of which may be seen in the Collection
of Mr. Payton, Dudley.' In the publication Bentley's History
and Guide to Dudley, Dudley Castle, and the Castle Hill,
and Alphabetical and Classified Directory of the Borough
of Dudley, 1839?, Joseph Payton was listed as a "fossil
dealer" (p. 120) and "auctioneer, &c."
Joseph married Ann HUGHES of Newtown Linford, Leics on
27 Oct.1795, and their nine children were baptised at St
Thomas, Dudley from 1796 to 1809. Ann was baptised on 1
Oct.1769, the daughter of William Hughes & Ann Mee,
and was buried at St Thomas, Dudley on 26 July 1814 aged
Joseph Payton, widower, died 3 Oct.1842 aged 72 Gent.,
Old Age" at the residence of one of his sons, in Himley,
by Sue Pedersen, if anyone wants to contact Sue please email
me and I will forward your email.
My family have connections
with Edward Grainger 1899-00. Edward's Sister Harriett married
my Grandfather James Edward Beddard. Edwards Nephew Arthur
James Beddard was killed on 13th April 1918 during active
service in France. Edward Grainger's Niece Doris Beddard
formally of 19 Stanmore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, emigrated
to the USA . I think, following the death of her uncle Edward.
I appreciate you are unable to carry out research but wonder
if you may have any knowledge at all of Mayor Edward Grainger
in your notes.
Anyone who has any information
about Edward Grainger, or may be related, please email me
and I will pass on your details to Mike
|George Bagott, mayor in
1871, was my great great grandfather. He was the son of John
Bagott, a Dudley tailor who seems to have been quite wealthy,
judging from the amount of property he left in his will. I
have not traced John Bagott any further back with any certainty,
but I think he must be a connection of the Bagot family of
Blithfield (probably illegitimate!).
George Bagott was a 'Chemist, Alderman and JP', and lived,
with his wife Ann Blakeway and their 13 children, at a house
called The Laurels, 45 Wellington Road, Dudley. George was
one of 10 children, all of whom did well for themselves.
One of his older brothers, John Bagott, was an eccentric
character who ran a clothiers in Bilston, and who was murdered
in his house by intruders in 1861. This was widely reported,
as he was apparently a 'Scrooge'-like character, and regularly
kept as much money as £200 in
a sack under the floorboards in his bedroom. The murderers
got him drunk, and then returned to rob him, having found
out where he kept his money.
Another of George's brothers, Edward Bagott, was also an
Anyone who has any information
about George Bagott, or may be related, please email me
and I will pass on your details to Jane.
I have been browsing
the Mayors of Dudley and noticed a Frederick William Cook
in among them.1906-7 I believe he could be the brother,
or half brother, of my G Grandad Elijah Cook.Does anyone
have any info on Fred please.Much appreciate it if they
Anyone who has any information
about FW Cook, or may be related, please email me and I
will pass on your details to Sylvia.
As a Black Country
boy earning a crust in Yorkshire I was intrigued to see
mention of one Benjamin Hingley (Mayor 1887-88). My maternal
grandfather was also a Benjamin Hingley and my mother (now
85 yrs young) claims that granddad was either a nephew or
a 2nd cousin. Could you please find time to see if this
is in fact true? If it helps I think granddad (who died
very shortly after my birth- shock probably) married May
Robinson, but I dont know when.
Anyone who has any information
about Benjamin Hingley, or may be related, please email
me and I will pass on your details to Rodger.
My name is Sandra
Jukes, The first Mayor of Dudley is my line, Humfrey Jukes/Jewkes.
His family were from Knightwick and areas around Worcester,
before that Essex and Lincolnshire their names then were
Joselyn/Duke/Hyde. In the 1400s Alice Duke Married Thomas
Joselyne, he was a decendant nephew of St Gilbert of Sempringham
near Bourn Lincolnshire who was a grand child of the daughter
of Louis 4th. They were called the de Gaunts and Baldwin
the 4th of Flanders they were called Jocelynus they were
Knights of royal parentage. The English kings tried to get
rid of them in the 1400s thinking that the kings of France
wanted England, Alice and Thomas died early 1400s and their
family scattered and changed the spelling of Duke taking
the J,S from Joselyneus, there is no Jewkes/Jukes before
1450. Those that stayed Duke had to leave England on the
orders of Cromwell to West Indies then America.
That is why they say the there is a hidden biblical tablet
it must have been put there in Shropshire at the time of
John Duke to Alice Campinion of Northumberland about 1450,
they lived at Cotton, Shropshire, their son was Thomas,
his grandfather's name. The Joselynuses were decendants
of Baldwin the 1st whose parentage was from a Princess of
Jerusalem, they were called the Knights Templers John was
Joselyne not Duke but took his mother's name
Samuel Jewkes of Dudley became second in charge of the Mormons.
I have been looking at books and the computer for several
years, I have been to Sempringham
and found this out, there is a castle in Belgum of the Joselynus
family, and in France of the de Gaunts.
Hope this is of interest to some folk in Dudley and areas
Sandra Ybert nee Jukes
A further update from Sandra:
I have taken this family back as far as 800 AD, if any
one has pictures of the Jukes/Jewkes/Jux
Dudley/Sedgley/Tipton/family, I would like to see them up
on the site. My interest came as I was looking at the IGI
for names and the name went back as far as Humfyreson, now
Knightwick by Martley Worcestershire and Shrewsbury Jewkes,
We seem to be the only
DUKES left in England. That was not our name it was Joselynus,
one married Alice Duke
and then being a Land owner went out of fashion with the
King in 1450 he wanted the Barrons out of England, because
he thought the de Gaunts who were us, might give England
to the French. We had to move Quick out of the line of fire
so we changed our name, but still used the J some used Jockes
at first. A Baldwin the 1st of flanders married a Princess
of Jerusalem, we were Crusaders and it is possible that
this family did bring the Holy Grail from Sempringham in
Lincolnshire to Shropshire or Worcestershire.
Sempringham was a watering hole for the Normans they kept
all their un-married women there in convents and that's
were they put the daughter of the last king of Wales. She
lived there for 52 years. St Gilbert the great grandchild
of Balwin the 1st and grandchild of Baldwin 4th and the
grand daughter of Louis 4th of France had a Brother Geodfrey
that is our line.
All the men who started the industrial revolution must have
come from good family as they could read and write in the
14/1500s they must have got this from monks, only the Normans
had this teaching no one else could afford it. there was
a teaching monastary at Holt then by Worcester
Frances Jewkes Martley Engraver artist 1750
Samual Jewkes 2nd in charge of the Mormons born Kateshill
went to Salt lake city 1860
Joseph Beete Jukes Geologist Knighted 1850
Joseph Jukes Fancy button maker1750
John Jukes his son carried on trade 1750
John Jukes of Bordesley 1800
Leonard Jukes Sign Writer 1920/50 B,Ham and Alvechurch
Leslie Albert Jukes of "Jukes and Curiton Advertising",
William Jukes landowner Birmingham 1700
And Humfrey Jukes the first Lord Mayor of Dudley
Anyone who has any information
about the above information, or may be related, please email
me and I will pass on your details to Sandra. Especially
if anyone knows where paintings can be found of the persons
If Sandra reads this - please email
me, I have forwarded a couple of emails recently with no
responses - thanks - editor
I've recently started
to put together my family tree - mainly because of looking
at a very old photograph album that belonged to my grandfather
(Arthur Lionel Hillman 1884 - 1958) who was mayor in 1944.
Joseph Leonard Hillman (mayor in 1935/6) was actually the
father of my godfather, and my grandfathers first cousin.
Joseph Alfred Hillman (mayor in 1909-1910) was Joseph Leonard
Hillman's father. So - three Hillman mayors of Dudley. All
that is really quite straightforward. The reason behind
the letter to you (and Sandra Jukes) is because Joseph Alfred
Hillman's father was Joseph Hillman and he was married to
Lucy Vanes. Lucy Vanes had a sister called Fanny (born in
1821 in Dudley) who married John Jukes. So..albeit rather
a tortuous route...there is a connection between the Hillman's
and the Jukes's. I know there are a lot of Jukes's in Dudley,
but I wondered whether John Jukes (b 1822) was a relative
of Sarah? Just to add another twist to the saga...yes, you
probably guessed right from the start, the photograph album
has got various handwritten annotations against certain
pictures...and one of these is written beside a Billy Jewkes
(?). I have not as yet actually got around to connecting
Billy to the Jewkes/Jukes family but am sure it must be
the same family. Looking at the family tree again, I note
that I have a William E Jukes (born 1866) there. I suppose
that this could be "Billy".
An interesting addition
to the growing jigsaw, maybe Sandra and Chris can compare
notes on Hillman and Jukes mayors and help to join some
of the strands together. As always any further questions
or information please email me.
|William North became mayor
in 1877, one of his achievements was to create a free library
in Dudley. A public meeting was held in September 1878, it
took a while to persuade those in attendance, but after former
mayor Joseph Stokes proposed a motion, seconded by the then
vicar of St Andrew's, Netherton, Rev. SJ Marriott, a vote
unanimously agreed to adopt The Public
Libraries Act, 1855 and Amendment Act, 1866. The first
books were issued by the library in October 1884. Netherton
and Woodside also benefitted from new libraries by 1894.
(Much more information can be found in the Black Country Bugle
John Renaud was proprietor
of the Castle Foot Glassworks, Tower Street Dudley. He held
many posts in the town. He presented to the Countess of
Dudley on the occasion of the opening of the newly erected
fountain 17th Oct 1867a beautiful glass goblet designed
and made at his glassworks with an exact representation
of the fountain engraved thereon. He was also instrumental
in obtaining from the government the two cannon now sited
on the castle keep.
The Renaud family, they were originally from Switzerland,
one Daniel Renaud b.1697 was their ancestor, arriving in
England as a boy of 13, he became rector of St Dubricius,
John Renaud was the son of Edward and Ann (formerly) Price
of Birmingham. John's obituary notice in the Dudley Herald
(Saturday May 27th 1893) is well worth perusal for it refers
to his introduction into glassmaking and details of his
earlier life. Philip Rufford of the Heath Glassworks at
Oldswinford had married Margaret Price sister of John's
mother and thereby became his uncle by marriage.
The family lived at various locations at Dudley but in 1900
the business was sold by auction and Edward John Renaud
1838-1919 (son of John) retired to London. There is a picture
of John with a group of Dudley worthies taken at a castle
fete c.1857 and I think it is in a book associated with
E. Blocksidge, a Dudley printer.
John Renaud died at High House, (now Stirling House) Hagley
Road, Oldswinford and is buried in the family vault at St
Sincerely Yours Derek Garforth (a descendant)
have just returned from New Zealand to visit relatives and
to try to fill in a little more of my family tree. I have
discovered that a Golding was mayor of Dudley and looking
on web site Mayors of Dudley I have come across Henry Joseph
Golding - 1933. I understand that he/and or members of the
Golding family have to do with some stained glass window
in St Andrews church, Netherton. I am wondering if you can
1. Information regarding the stained glass windows at St
Andrews - have they to do with the Golding family - or can
you point me in the right direction for further information
2. Can you clarify the dates that Henry Joseph Golding was
Mayor of Dudley for me please.
3. Do have any other information regarding the Golding family?
Thanking you in anticipation.
Jancis E. Barlow
As always, any information
to me and I will pass it on to Jancis
|Was it you who was compiling
the Mayors of Dudley? (The “Contact” address has
lost its link.) I had a hard drive crash in Feb., and lost
all my old addresses.
I sent you the Joseph Payton info some years ago, and thought
of you when I saw this bio of one of the mayors of Dudley
Sue Pederson sent me this
link relevant to Hollier (Hollies)
I have been told that there were 5 Mayors
of Dudley named Bourne, and a street named after one of
them. Having managed to find the list of Mayors, I then
followed on and have delved into your website for the first
time. I notice that Carl Higgs has written a very thorough
history of his forebears. Amongst them is Abiathar Hancox,
a cooper, who married 1743 an Esther Bourne, daughter of
As my forebears are from Dudley, I am writing to try to
find links to the Mayoral Bourne's.
I was born 1937, West Smethwick, and from
7 months old, brought up in Wolverhampton (Wv). My father
Arthur was born 1908, Wolverhampton, as were my GF Roland
1879 and 1xGF William 1852.
Along with all previous known Bourne forebears,
my 2xGF William was born about 1819 Dudley, died 1882 Wv.
He married 21 Mar 1842, Christ Church, West Bromwich, Eliza
Deel(e)y b ?1819 Oldbury, Shropshire. It appears that they
moved to Wv between their marriage and the birth there of
Anne in 1846, and there were at least 3 more girls and a
second boy, all born Wv
My 3xGF James b ?1794 Queen's Cross, married
30 Mar 1819 St. Thomas, Mary Ann Cartwright ?1794 Oaken,
Staffs. I think that they had a son Josh Christened (Chr)
6 Oct 1816 St. Thomas (possibly hers but not his?) - a known
total of 4 sons, 3 dau's.
My 4xGF ?James Chr 7 Jan 1762 St. Thomas,
married 21 Dec 1786 St. Thomas, Elizabeth Green. Their first
of twoknown sons, Joseph Green Bourne b 31 Dec1787, married
18 Sep 1823 St. Thomas, Eleanor Bennitt b ?1802. He is likely
to be the 1832 Mayor. They had a son also Joseph Green Bourne
b 26 Sep 1826. He was a witness on a marriage cert which
My 5xGF ?Joseph Chr?9 Apr 1746 St. Thomas,
married 23 Oct 1770 St. Thomas, Mary Finch Chr ?12 Apr 1748
St. Thomas. Interestingly, Carl Higgs has John Hancox (1752-1815),
the son of Abiathar and Esther Bourne, as marrying a widowed
My 6xGF ?Joseph b ?1715 married an Elizabeth
?. I think that they also had a dau Jane Chr 27 Jun 1734
I would dearly like to know if anyone has
any further information, especially relating to Esther Bourne
and her father Richard, along with proof of my 3x though
6xGF's names and details.
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