Person:Mary Forsey (4)

Mary Ann Forsey
m. 6 Nov 1788
  1. Elizabeth Forsey1793 - 1874
  2. Sarah Forsey1797 - 1853
  3. Francis Forsey1803 - 1885
  4. Mary Ann Forsey1810 - 1872
  5. Susan Forsey1815 - 1890
m. 8 Jan 1833
  1. Mary Hutchings1833 - 1897
  2. Ann Hutchings1834 - 1910
  3. William Hutchings1838 -
  4. Alfred Hutchings1841 - 1910
  5. George Henry Hutchings1844 - 1901
  6. Herbert Hutchings1847 - 1927
  7. John Adolphus Hutchings1850 - 1870
Facts and Events
Name Mary Ann Forsey
Gender Female
Birth[1] 18 Oct 1810 Winsham, Somerset, England
Christening[1] 20 Oct 1811 Winsham, Somerset, EnglandIndependent Chapel
Marriage 8 Jan 1833 Crewkerne, Somerset, Englandto Edmund Wilkins Hutchings
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 Crewkerne, Somerset, EnglandWoolminstone
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Winsham, Somerset, EnglandWhatley
Census[4] 7 Apr 1861 Northover, Somerset, EnglandIn Street
Census[5] 2 Apr 1871 Broadwindsor, Dorset, EnglandLittlewindsor or Swilletts
Burial[7] 24 Oct 1872 Broadwindsor, Dorset, England


Mary Ann Forsey was born on 18th October 1810 and baptised just over a year later at the Independent Chapel in Winsham, Somerset. She was the daughter of Sarah Forsey, formerly Hawkins, and her husband Francis Forsey, a labourer. She appears to have been the fourth of five children. In 1821 Mary's mother Sarah died, when Mary was still only ten years old. Two years later her father married Elizabeth Pye, who thus became Mary's stepmother. A half-brother for Mary, Samuel, was born in 1824.


Mary was married on 8th January 1833, aged 22, 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, when she was said to be 61 years old. She was buried at Broadwindsor on 24th October 1872, suggesting she died very close to what would have been her 62nd birthday. 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. 1.0 1.1 Births & baptisms register, in Winsham Independent Chapel. Parish Registers of Winsham Independent Chapel. (London: The National Archives), Class RG4; Piece 2934, Primary quality.

    Register of Baptisms Wm Durnford Pastor
    Mary Ann Forsey, Daughter of Francis and Sarah Forsey was Born Octo[be]r 18th 1810 and Baptized Octo[be]r 20th 1811

    Whilst no named connection has been found linking the family of the adult Mary who married Edmund Hutchings to the family of the Mary baptised in 1810, it is considered that the evidence is sufficiently compelling that it must be her. The adult Mary consistently claimed to have been born around 1810 at Winsham. No evidence has been found to suggest that the Mary born in 1810 died young, married someone else or moved away. It seems highly unlikely that one Mary Ann Forsey would disappear and another with the same age and birthplace appear in her place; we therefore conclude she is the same person.

  2. 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

  3. 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 [1850], Farmer Son, b. Winsham, Somerset

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6.   Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. Mary Ann HUTCHINGS, December Quarter 1872, Beaminster Registration District, Volume 5a, page 231, aged 61 [1810/11]

  7. 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