Facts and Events
||18 Oct 1810
||Winsham, Somerset, England
||20 Oct 1811
||Winsham, Somerset, EnglandIndependent Chapel
||8 Jan 1833
||Crewkerne, Somerset, Englandto Edmund Wilkins Hutchings
||6 Jun 1841
||Crewkerne, Somerset, EnglandWoolminstone
||30 Mar 1851
||Winsham, Somerset, EnglandWhatley
||7 Apr 1861
||Northover, Somerset, EnglandIn Street
||2 Apr 1871
||Broadwindsor, Dorset, EnglandLittlewindsor or Swilletts
||24 Oct 1872
||Broadwindsor, Dorset, England
Mary Ann Forsey was born on 18th October 1810 at Winsham in Somerset, daughter of Sarah Forsey, formerly Hawkins, and her husband Francis Forsey, a labourer. She appears to have been the fourth of five children the couple had together. Mary was baptised at the Independent Chapel in Winsham when she was just over a year old, indicating that the family at that time were probably non-conformists, although her elder siblings had been baptised at Winsham parish church. Her younger sister Susan would also be baptised at the Independent Chapel.
When Mary was ten years old her mother died. Two years later her father remarried an Elizabeth Pye, with whom he would have another son in 1824, who was therefore Mary's half brother.
Mary was married on 8th January 1833 to an agricultural labourer named Edmund Wilkins Hutchings. They married at Crewkerne, which is where he was from, and initially settled in the parish of Crewkerne, living in the hamlet of Woolminstone to the west of the town itself. Some of their children's baptisms specify that they lived in Woolminstone, and they also appear there in the 1841 census, living with Edmund's father. Mary and Edmund appear to have had seven children together between 1833 and 1850. The first five children were born in the parish of Crewkerne, after which the family moved back to Mary's native Winsham, where the other two children were born. The 1851 census finds Mary and Edmund living in the hamlet of Whatley in Winsham parish. Edmund was then working as a farmer, and Mary's occupation was given as a farmer's wife.
Some time between 1851 and 1861 the family moved some distance away from the Crewkerne and Winsham areas of south Somerset. The 1861 census finds the family living at Northover, just outside the town of Ilchester in central Somerset. They moved again between 1861 and 1871, back closer to Crewkerne and Winsham, but this time just over the county boundary into Dorset, where the lived at Littlewindsor in the parish of Broadwindsor. The 1871 census finds Edmund working at a farm bailiff. They also had their granddaughter Kate May (their daughter Ann's daughter) living with them on census night.
Mary died in 1872, very close to her 62nd birthday (possibly a day or two either side of it). She was buried at Broadwindsor. Edmund outlived her by nineteen years, in which time he went to live with his daughter Ann and her family, who had moved to Plymouth in Devon.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Winsham (Independent) baptisms, in United Kingdom. FreeREG - British Parish Register Transcripts and Indexes, Primary quality.
Born: 18 Oct 1810
Baptised: 20 Oct 1811
Name: Mary Ann
Parents: Francis & Sarah
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 940; Book 1; Folio 20; Page 9, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.
Address: Woolminstone, Crewkerne, Somerset
William Hutchings, male, 60 [1776-81], Ag Lab, born in county
Edmund Hutchings, male, 30 [1806-11], Ag Lab, born in county
Mary Ann Hutchings, female, 25 [1811-16], born in county
Ann Hutchings, female, 7 [1833/4], born in county
William Hutchings, male, 3 [1837/8], born in county
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 1928; Folio 208; Page 7, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.
Address: Whatley, Winsham, Somerset
Edwin Hutchings, head, married, male, 40 [1810/11], Farmer, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
Mary Ann Hutchings, wife, married, female, 39 [1811/12], Farmer Wife, b. Winsham, Somerset
Marey [sic] Hutchings, daughter, unmarried, female, 18 [1832/3], Farmer Daur, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
Ann Hutchings, daughter, unmarried, female, 16 [1834/5], Farmer Daur, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
William Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 13 [1837/8], Farmer Son, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
Alfred Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 9 [1841/2], Farmer Son, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
G.H. Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 6 [1844/5], Farmer Son, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
Herbert Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 3 [1847/8], Farmer Son, b. Winsham, Somerset
J. Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 8 months , Farmer Son, b. Winsham, Somerset
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, Class RG9; Piece 1645; Folio 27; Page 8, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.
Address: In Street, Northover, Somerset
Edmund Hutchings, head, married, male, 49 [1811/12], Ag Lab, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
Mary A. Hutchings, wife, married, female, 48 [1812/13], b. Winsham, Somerset
Henry Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 16 [1844/5], Ag Lab, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
John Hutchings, son, unmarried, male, 10 [1850/1], b. Winsham, Somerset
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 2025; Folio 24; Page 15, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.
Address: Littlewinsor and Swilotts, Broadwinsor, Dorset
Edmund Hutchings, head, married, male, 55 [1815/6], Farm Baliff, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
Mary Anne Hutchings, wife, married, female, 54 [1816/7], b. Winsham, Somerset
Kate May, granddaughter, female, 8 [1862/3], b. Devonport, Devon
The top of this census page says "Littlewinsor and Swilotts" (i.e. Littlewindsor and Swilletts to use the modern spellings) but there is nothing to distinguish which families were at the hamlet of Littlewindsor and which were at the hamlet of Swilletts. The Hutchings were probably at Littlewindsor, because that was given as their abode when Mary died the following year.
- ↑ Burials register, in Church of England. Parish Registers of Broadwindsor, Dorset. (Dorchester: Dorset Record Office), Primary quality.
BURIALS in the Parish of Broadwindsor in the County of Dorset in the Year 1872
Name: Mary Ann Hutchings
Abode: Little Windsor
When buried: Oct[obe]r 24
Aged: 61 [1810/11]
By whom the Ceremony was performed: S.C. Malon, Vicar