Charles DOWNTON

Charles DOWNTON

Male 1857 - 1934  (77 years)

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  • Name Charles DOWNTON 
    Born 17 Feb 1857  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptised 5 Apr 1857  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census Apr 1861  Minterne Parva, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census Apr 1871  Cattistock, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census Apr 1881  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation From 1882 to 1892  Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a shepherd 
    Census Apr 1891  Nether Cerne, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation From 1892 to 1907  Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a shepherd 
    Census Mar 1901  Loverstone Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census Apr 1911  Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation From 1912 to 1934  Rushcombe, Downers & Rowridge Farms, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a tenant farmer 
    Died 17 Aug 1934  Rowridge, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried 18 Aug 1934  Mount Joy Cemetery, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Notes 
    • Born Tuesday, 17 Feb 1857, in the Sub-district of Cerne in the County of Dorset (Registration District: Dorchester). Charles, son of John Downton (Agricultural Labourer) and Elizabeth Downton, formerly Haynes, registered 18 Mar 1857 by Elizabeth (Birth record Dorchester 5a 370, Mar Qtr 1857).

      Six weeks later, on Sunday 5 April, Charles was baptised at Holy Rood, the Parish Church of Buckland Newton.

      The family continued to live in or near Buckland Newton until at least 1866, where his sisters Sarah, Mary and Amelia, and brothers Robert, Tom and William were baptised. In 1861 they were living in Minterne Parva, a hamlet that forms part of the parish of Buckland Newton. Between 1866 and 1871 they moved to Cattistock.

      1860: Charles' 2nd sister Mary Ann died at the age of 1.

      1861 census entry found, 19 Dec 2002 in Dorset 1861 Census Archive CD Book
      1861 census: Minterne Parva (part of Parish of Buckland Newton), Dorset
      Class: RG9; Piece: 1357; Folio: 68; Page: 7
      John DOWNTON M 28 M Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset Rel: Head Occ: Carter
      Elizabeth DOWNTON M 24 F Plush, Dorset Rel: Wife Occ: Glover
      Sarah Jane DOWNTON U 5 F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Daur
      Charles DOWNTON U 4 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son
      Emilia Ann DOWNTON U 2months F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Daur

      In 1861 Minterne Parva comprised a Farm House (Farmer William Cross or Coombes), farmer of 341 acres employing 8 men and 3 boys, and 11 cottages. 56 people were recorded in the census, 28 male, and 28 female.

      1871 census: Cattistock, Dorset (Record 26)
      Class: RG10; Piece: 2016; Folio: 23; Page: 4
      John DOWNTON M 40 M Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset Rel: Head Occ: Labourer
      Elizabeth DOWNTON M 35 F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Wife
      Sarah DOWNTON U 16 F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Daur
      Charles DOWNTON U 14 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son Occ: Labourer
      Ann DOWNTON U 10 F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Daur
      Robert DOWNTON U 8 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
      Thomas DOWNTON U 6 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
      William DOWNTON U 4 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son

      1874 saw the death of Charles' father John, at the age of 41 years

      27 Jul 1879: Charles Downton, 22, Bachelor, Labourer of Buckland Newton married Emily Maria Cole, 18, Spinster of Buckland Newton. Both Fathers recorded as deceased. Witnessed by Andrew Cole & Charlotte Thorne

      1880: Labourer, at time of baptism of Andrew

      1881 Census: Dwelling: Buckland Newton Tything
      Census Place: Buckland Newton, Dorset
      Source: PRO Ref RG11 Piece 2114 Folio 40 Page 8
      Charles DOWNTON M 24 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Head Occ: Ag Lab
      Emily M. DOWNTON M 18 F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Wife Occ: Glove Maker
      John DOWNTON 1 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son

      1882-1891: Shepherd when Frederick, Elizabeth & Bessie were baptised and in 1891 census

      1886-7: Living in Winterbourne Abbas

      1890: Living in Nether Cerne

      Member of Oddfellows while he lived in Dorset.

      1891 Census: Dwelling: 3 Census Place: Cerne Nether, Dorset
      Class: RG12; Piece: 1656; Folio 67; Page 1
      Charles DOWNTON M 32 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Head Occ: Farm Shepherd (employed)
      Emily M. DOWNTON M 30 F Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Wife
      Andrew J DOWNTON 11 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
      Frederick DOWNTON 8 M Buckland Newton, Dorset Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
      Elizabeth M DOWNTON 4 F Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset Rel: Dau
      Bessie M DOWNTON 4mnths F Cerne Nether Rel: Dau
      Note: The 1891 Census records the number of rooms occupied if less than 5, all other entries on this page show number of rooms except that of the Downtons, so assume this home had 5 or more rooms.

      May 1892 (approx - when Aunt Bess was 18 months): moved from Dorset to Isle of Wight. They must have moved sometime after 6 Apr 1891 and before 26 May 1893 (when Charles was born). Should be able to be more precise by looking at school records for Buckland Newton (don't seem to exist) and/or Shorwell (where Frederick & Elizabeth certainly attended before going to Chillerton). Its also possible of course that they went somewhere else first.

      1893: Shepherd of Shorwell (Rushcombe Farm according to IW County Press).

      23 Feb 1895: Gatcombe parish council received application from Mr C Downton of Chillerton to lease 1 acre pasturage from Mr Seely, M.P. (Reported in the IW County Press)

      1901 census: Schedule No: 43, Loverstone Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight
      Class: RG13; Piece: 1022; Folio: 66; Page: 8.
      Charles Downton Head M 42 Shepherd Buckland Newton, Dorset
      Emily Downton Wife M 40 Buckland Newton, Dorset
      Andrew J Downton Son S 21 Ordinary Agricultural Labourer Buckland Newton, Dorset
      Elizabeth M Downton Daur S 14 Winterbourne Abbass [sic] Dorset
      Bessie M Downton Daur S 10 Nether Cerne Dorset
      Charles E Downton Son S 7 Shorwell, Isle of Wight
      Percival G Downton Son S 4 Chillerton, Isle of Wight

      1902: Emily, his first wife died at the age of 40.

      1907: Occupation, Shepherd (according to Frederick's marriage certificate). Lived at Rowridge Farm, IoW

      1911 census: Chale Green, Isle of Wight
      RG14PN5760 RG78PN262 RD93 SD5 ED11 SN76
      Charles Downton Head 52 Widower 33 6 5 1 Shepherd Buckland Newton
      Bessie Melena Downton 20 Daughter Single Housekeeper Nether Cerne
      Charles Edwin Downton 17 Son Single Shepherd Shorwell
      Percival George Downton 14 Son Single Shepherd Lad Chillerton

      1912: Living at Downers, Chale at time of 2nd marriage to Henrietta.

      2 Nov 1912: Marriage solemnized at the United Methodist Church, Newport in the District of Isle of Wight in the County of Isle of Wight. Charles Downton, 53 years, Widower, Farmer residing at Downers Farm, Chale Green, Chale, son of John Downton, Farm Carter (deceased) to Henrietta Jane Northover, 34 years, Spinster, Housekeeper, residing at Downers Farm, Chale Green, Chale, daughter of Thomas Northover, Oil Merchant. Married in the United Methodist Chruch according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Methodist Church by Certificate by David Warkins, Minister, and J Moore, Registrar. Marriage solemnized in the presence of Alice Louisa Bacon [believed to be Henrietta's sister] and E J Kemp.

      1914: Living at Downhouse, Chale Green when Rhoda was baptised.

      1917-1920: Living at Rancombe when Leonard, Rhoda & Lloyd were admitted to Shorwell School. Left district on 10 Nov 1921, presumably when they moved to Rowridge. Note: Rancombe Farm was on the Parish boundary of Shorwell and Brighstone, 1/2 mile north of Limerstone. Nowadays there is no sign of the farm, but the name lives on as a house on the main road through Upper Limerstone.

      1921 (approx): Took Rowridge Farm (tenant of Sir John Simeon, Bt).

      1927: Listed in Kelly's Directory as Farmer, Rowridge Farm.

      1934: Died at Rowridge, buried at 2pm at Mount Joy Cemetery, Carisbrooke, IoW on Saturday 18 August (Cemetery record Z122 (COM)).
    Person ID I167  Baker Family Tree
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    Father John DOWNTON,   b. 22 May 1832, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1874, Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth HAINES,   b. 1836, Plush, Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1908, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 27 May 1855  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F114  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Emily Maria COLE,   b. 5 Nov 1861, Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1902, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Marriage Banns 6 Jul 1879  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Banns 13 Jul 1879  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Banns 20 Jul 1879  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 27 Jul 1879  Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Notes 
    • 27 Jul 1879. Charles Downton, 22, Bachelor, Labourer of Buckland Newton married Emily Maria Cole, 18, Spinster of Buckland Newton. Both Fathers recorded as deceased. Witnessed by Andrew Cole & Charlotte Thorne
    Children 
    +1. Andrew John (Jack or Dancer) DOWNTON,   b. 13 Nov 1879, Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1950, Newport Road, Northwood, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +2. Frederick DOWNTON,   b. 26 Oct 1882, Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1909, Woolston, Christchurch, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    +3. Elizabeth Mary (Mary) DOWNTON,   b. 12 Dec 1886, Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1971, Fareham, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +4. Bessie Melina (Bess) DOWNTON,   b. 18 Nov 1890, Nether Cerne, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1989, Niton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    +5. Charles Edwin DOWNTON,   b. 26 May 1893, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1969, Weymouth, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    +6. Percival George (George) DOWNTON,   b. 22 Feb 1897, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1960, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Family ID F12  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Henrietta Jane (Ett) NORTHOVER,   b. 6 Jul 1878, Longfleet, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1961, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1912  Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Notes 
    • 2 Nov 1912: Marriage solemnized at the United Methodist Church, Newport in the District of Isle of Wight in the County of Isle of Wight. Charles Downton, 53 years, Widower, Farmer residing at Downers Farm, Chale Green, Chale, son of John Downton, Farm Carter (deceased) to Henrietta Jane Northover, 34 years, Spinster, Housekeeper, residing at Downers Farm, Chale Green, Chale, daughter of Thomas Northover, Oil Merchant. Married in the United Methodist Chruch according to the rites and ceremonies of the United Methodist Church by Certificate by David Warkins, Minister, and J Moore, Registrar. Marriage solemnized in the presence of Alice Louisa Bacon and E J Kemp.

      Alice Louisa Bacon could be Henrietta's sister (Alice L)
    Children 
    +1. Leonard DOWNTON,   b. 26 Jan 1913, Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1998, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. Rhoda Strickland Howe DOWNTON,   b. 15 Jul 1914, Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1982, Childers, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. Lloyd Thomas Asquith (Tom) DOWNTON,   b. 6 Feb 1916, Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 1980, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +4. Ruth DOWNTON,   b. 21 Feb 1917, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F125  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Feb 1857 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 5 Apr 1857 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1861 - Minterne Parva, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1871 - Cattistock, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Banns - 6 Jul 1879 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Banns - 13 Jul 1879 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Banns - 20 Jul 1879 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Jul 1879 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Andrew John (Jack or Dancer) DOWNTON - 13 Nov 1879 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1881 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a shepherd - From 1882 to 1892 - Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Frederick DOWNTON - 26 Oct 1882 - Buckland Newton, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Mary (Mary) DOWNTON - 12 Dec 1886 - Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Bessie Melina (Bess) DOWNTON - 18 Nov 1890 - Nether Cerne, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1891 - Nether Cerne, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a shepherd - From 1892 to 1907 - Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Charles Edwin DOWNTON - 26 May 1893 - Newport, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Percival George (George) DOWNTON - 22 Feb 1897 - Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Mar 1901 - Loverstone Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Apr 1911 - Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a tenant farmer - From 1912 to 1934 - Rushcombe, Downers & Rowridge Farms, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Nov 1912 - Newport, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Leonard DOWNTON - 26 Jan 1913 - Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Rhoda Strickland Howe DOWNTON - 15 Jul 1914 - Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Lloyd Thomas Asquith (Tom) DOWNTON - 6 Feb 1916 - Chale Green, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ruth DOWNTON - 21 Feb 1917 - Newport, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Aug 1934 - Rowridge, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Aug 1934 - Mount Joy Cemetery, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
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    Charles Downton
    Charles Downton
    This picture shows Charles Downton at what presumably is Newport Market
    4 generations of Downtons
    4 generations of Downtons
    This photo shows 4 generations of the Downtons:Front: Charles Downton, Gladys Keen, Back: Ivan Guy, Audrey Downton, Trevor Chiverton & Andrew (Jack) Downton. This dates the photo to 1933/1934.
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    Hedley Guy

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  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Birth Certificate, 492, 18 Mar 1857.

    2. [S35] British Vital Records Index, FHL Number 1279489.

    3. [S32] Bishops Transcripts, FHL Number 1279489.
      Wiltshire County Record Office, Charles son of John & Elizabeth Downton of Buckland

    4. [S8] Isle of Wight County Press, 18 Aug 1934.
      DOWNTON - Aug 17 at Rowridge Farm Carisbrooke, Charles Downton passed peacefully away after much suffering, aged 77. Funeral at Carisbrooke Cemetery today (Saturday) at 2pm.

    5. [S141] IOW FHS Searchable Registered Death Index, Isle Of Wight Family History Society, (http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/deaths/bmd_d_search.html), N58/E110, 1934.
      Newport district; Charles Downton, 77

    6. [S8] Isle of Wight County Press, 18 Aug 1934.
      DEATH OF MR C DOWNTON - Many residents in the district [Carisbrooke) will learn with regret of the death at Rowridge Farm on Thursday week, of Mr Charles Downton. Deceased, who was 77 years of age, had been ill for about five years. He had been at Rowridge for nearly 14 years as the tenant of Sir John Simeon, Bt., and he was very well known in the surrounding countryside, especially as a shepherd. Mr Downton originally came from Dorset, and had also been at Rushcombe Farm, Shorwell, and Downers, Chale, before taking Rowridge. He was a member of the Oddfellows in Dorset. Much sympathy is felt with his widow and family in their sad loss. The funeral took place at Carisbrooke Cemetery on Saturday, and was conducted by Mr A James, T.C., of Gunville. The mourners were Mr and Mrs J Downton, of Chale, and Mr and Mrs G Downton (sons and daughters-in-law), Messrs C., L. and T Downton (sons), the Misses Rhoda and Ruth Downton (daughters), Mr and Mrs G Harley [sic, should be Hardy] (son-in-law and daughter),. Mr I W Pitman, of Newport, and Mr F F Hollis, C.C. Mrs Downton was unable to be present. There were several choice floral tributes. Mr A A Westmore, of Blackwater, carried out the arrangements.
      Mount Joy Cemetry

    7. [S3] Parish Register, 266, 27 Jul 1879.
      Buckland Newton, Dorset

    8. [S10] General Register Office Index, General Register Office, 5a 531, Sep 1879.
      Dorchester, Charles & Emily Maria Cole

    9. [S22] Marriage Certificate, 78.