Buttles of Trunch
There have been BUTTLES living in Trunch since before 1729 when Stephen and Elizabeth had a son Henry christened in the Church and there were several other families in the 1700s, probably all related. A sad story of the BUTTLES emerges through the census and parish records. John Buttle (born 1812) married Maria LEE and one of their children was William born in 1835. John himself died at the young age of 36 and his widow married Richard BULLEN who brought up the children. William worked as a thatcher's labourer and a brick maker and in his turn he married Maria COVELL. They had 6 young children when William died in 1866 aged only 31. Maria could obviously not cope without him and 1871 finds her in West Beckham Workhouse with 4 of William's children and an illegitimate son. Two other children from the workhouse had died.
The 2 eldest children however were living with their grandparents, who had moved from Worstead to Seaton Deleval in Northumberland and Robert aged 15 was working as a coalminer. Things looked up for Maria as in 1876 she married Hezekiah LAMBERT in Yorkshire. He was a widower from Croxton in Norfolk and I wonder whether they met in Norfolk or Yorkshire. The 1881 and 1891 census shows the combined families living in Keighley, Yorkshire, with Hezekiah and most of the children working in a woollen mill.
Hezekiah died in 1898 and rather sadly Maria, a widow for the second time, in 1901, gives her birth place as Beckham, whereas before it had always been Sco Ruston or similar.
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