Some Stray Marriages at Foxcote

 

In 1690 Robert SMITH of Frome (1654-1714) bought the Manor of Foxcote, near Bath, and went on to acquire the adjacent manors of Stoney Littleton and Combehay and also Shaw near Melksham, the seat of their cousin Thomas SMITH (1674-1723). The Foxcote SMITHs maintained relations with other prosperous clothiers in Frome and West Wiltshire and intermarried with them.

 

Both Robert SMITH and his son Robert were connected with Rook Lane Congregational Chapel, and the latter’s wife Margaret nee KINGMAN even more so.  In the early 18th century associates of the SMITHs – including Elizabeth SINGER who, as Mrs ROWE, became a noted poet – were married at the tiny church of St James, Foxcote; but as well as spouses whose abode was the Parish of Frome there are a number from Whatley and Mells. Great Elm was another place where many marriages were held away from the home parish of the participants, often by licence: perhaps the ministers were sympathetic to nonconformist beliefs, or perhaps nonconformists preferred to marry in little country churches rather than in the full public view at St John’s. Harding’s Marriage Act of 1754 required marriages to be held in the home parish of one of the spouses unless a licence was obtained.

 

In 1720 a new church was built at Foxcote. In due course the SMITHs became scions of the Established Church and started appointing members of the family as Rectors.

 

The following marriages are transcribed from film of the original registers at Bath & North-East Somerset Record Office. There are quite a few more strays after 1715 which I have not included.


David Smart

Date

Names

 

Description

18 Aug 1706

John

PRUFLOW [?]

of Whatleigh

 

Sarah

READ

of Mells

 

 

 

 

9 May 1708

John

ASHMAN

of Mells

 

Mary

LONG

of Whatley

 

 

 

 

1 May 1709

Thomas

BUDGETT

of Whatley

 

Priscilla

BROWN

of Whatley

 

 

 

 

9 Apr 1710

Thomas

COOPER

of Whatley

 

Sarah

ALDAM [ADLAM]

of Walcot

 

 

 

 

11 Jun 1710

Abraham

READ

of Mells

 

Anne

CAYFORD

of Whatley

 

 

 

 

23 Jun 1710

Thomas

ROWE

Mr, of Holborn, London

 

Elizabeth

SINGER

Mrs, of Frome Zelwood

 

 

 

 

14  Sep 1713

Saml

CAYFORD

of Whatley

 

Anne

PHELPS

of Mells

 

 

 

 

29 Feb 1714

Samuel

BALNE [?]

of Froome

 

Martha

GIBBINS

of Whatley

 

 

 

 

5 Jun 1715

Willm

WEST

of Midsomer Norton

 

Jane

GAGE

of Whatley

 

 

 

 

20 Sep 1715

Samuel

BURGES

Mr, of Mells

 

Anne

WALDRON

Mrs, of Mells

 

 

 

 

20 Feb 1715/6

Edward

PHRIP [FRIPP]

Mr, of Norton St Philip

 

Betty

BULL

Mrs, of Norton St Philip

 

 

 

 

14 Sep 1716

John

CREES

of Whatley

 

Geartrude

ROBINS

of Mells

 

 

 

 

14 May 1720

William

PICKFORD

of Froome

 

Mary

THATCHER

of Whatley

 

 

 

 

29 Jun 1730

James

FUSSEL

of the psh [of Foxcote]

 

Susan

HALL

of Farley Castle

 

 

 

 

15 Feb 1734/5

Benjamin

OSMAN

of Woolverton

 

Ann

SMITH

of Woolverton

 

 

 

 

25 Aug 1737

William

ACKRE [?]

of Frome

 

Mary

SHRAPNEL

of Woolverton

 

 

 

 

3 Oct 1744

Micah

GIBBS

Mr

Licence

Ann

WHITCHURCH

Mrs, of Frome Selwood