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the Bassett arms, and the furnaces in the kitchin, in our house
furniture about the bed in the chamber I now lye in, etc.; to my daughter Mary, my wooden bowl, etc.; my daughter Joanna Westcombe, my silver pottenger; my daughter Mary, all my small pieces or utensils of brass; tables in the parlour to son William, to remain as standards in the house ; Mrs. Elizabeth Saunders; residuary legatees and executors, son William and daughter Mary; my kinsman Gyles Estcourt, of Nimpsfield, gent., and John Jackson, clerk, now minister of Uley, to be overseers. Witnesses—John Clarke, Jane Hill, and Elizabeth Saunderson. Proved by both executors, 7 Aug., 1710.
P.C.C., Smith, 175.
Cam Independent Chapel. — On the first page of the registers at the independent chapel at Upper Cam are entered the following resolutions, which will be of interest as illustrating the management of a dissenting congregation in the early years of the last century:
AT the Meeting House in Cam Novbr gth 1704
It is agreed 7" That there shall be made at ye doors of our assembly four quarterly Collections in a Year for pious and charitable uses.
2 That the Money which has been and shall be so collected shal be deposited in the hands of Daniel Fowler.
3 That Joseph Twemlow, John Phillimore, senior, Richard Hickes, William Hickes, Thomas Small, Michael Bayley, Daniel Fowler, Daniel Phillimore, John Phillimore, Junior, Sam" Oliver, Thomas Pope, John Pope, John Baker, & George Minett shal have an equal & joynt right to dispose of this Charity money.
4 That no particular person shall dispose of any of this money, but when any Case is offer'd notice shal be given on ye Lord's day before, for such as are concerned to meet, & a majority of them ye appear at y time shal have a right to determine ye Case either not to give any thing to it, or to fix yo sum to be given.
5 That the several sums so agreed to be given, shal be disburst by Daniel Fowler out of ye money y* is in his hands to yo Persons & for ye uses agreed upon.
6 That a distinct Acc be kept in this Book of the particular sums put into Daniel Fowler's hands, of every Collection, & of y' several sums paid out by him pursuant to ye fore specifyed Agreem. • December 13th 1704
It is agreed
1" That two shillings & six pence by Quarter shal be paid to Eliz. Purchase for cleaning ye Meeting house, the first payment to commence at Christmas next
2 That one shilling and two pence shall be the stated sum to be given to every Brief and if it be thought necessary to allow more, notice shall be given on the Lord's day for the members to meet that they may determine what shal be given.
3 That the Money collected at every sacramshall be deposited in the hands of J: Phillimore; that the next Lecture day after ye Sacram® y® Members shall meet to determine what poor Members of ye Congregation shal share in that Charity & what shall be given to each of them & that a distinct Account of this matter shal be kept in this Book.
In another part of the volume we find :
Memorandum there is always allowed to the Woman that fetches the Elements, threepence for Bread, and sixpence for her Trouble in making the Elemts ready by cutting the bread, and for washing the Table-Cloth.
A Gloucestershire Superstition. - An old Peninsular veteran who lived at Uley, and had lost his leg while on service, and was present at Corunna, told me when he was a little over 90, that he could just recollect a skeleton being found in a ditch near his home. It was believed to be that of a Scotch pedlar who had been lost sight of, and probably murdered some time before, and he added “It was taken up to the church, and laid in the porch three Sundays.” “Why," I asked. “Because,” he said, “if the man as murdered him came by, it would bleed.
A. M. B.
Queries and Replies.
*The Oliver Family.
[Reply to No. 1964, Vol. iv., p. 672). 1. JOHN OLIVER, of Bristol, ironmonger, owned lands in
Bedminster. Will proved P.C.C. in 1713. By Hannah,
his wife, he had issue:i. Thomas Oliver, of Bristol, cheesemonger. Will proved
P.C.C. 1739, married Margaret, and had issue a daughter, Dorothy, wife of John Watts. ii. James Oliver. iii. Joseph Oliver, living 1750, married Dioness, daughter of Thomas Warren, and had issue
1. John Oliver, married Mary, daughter of ........ 2. Joseph Oliver, of Christ Church, Oxford, matricu
lated 20 April, 1761, æt. 19, B.A. 1765, died at Bristol, 30 Sep., 1765. Will dated 26 July,
1765. 3. Thomas Oliver, a linendraper. 4, 5, 6. Dioness, Hannah, wife of Thomas Young,
P.C.C. 1746. Owned lands at Bisport in Bedminster, and
25 Feb., 1790, æt. 67, M.I.
vi. Edward Oliver, of whom below, II.
vii. Elizabeth, married Job Charlton. II. EDWARD OLIVER, of Bristol, ironmonger, owned lands at
Musbury, Devon. Will dated 8 Dec., 1744; proved 2 June, 1746 [187 Edmunds). Married Jane, daughter of Thomas Hungerford, of Yatton, co. Somerset. Her
will proved 1772, P.C.C., [375 Taverner,] and had issue:i. Hungerford Oliver, his successor, of whom below, III. ii. Jane, married John Powell. iii. Ann. iv. Katherine, married Henry Morgan.
III. HUNGERFORD OLIVER, of Old Swinford Grange, co.
Worcester, æt. 21 on 12 Feb., 1761; died 22 Sep., 1807; married Prudence, daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Milward, of Wollescote Manor, and of the Inner Temple, and had issue, besides four other daughters who died
unmarried :i. Edward Milward Oliver, his successor, of whom below. ii. Thomas Milward Oliver, of Burslem, surgeon. iii. Jane, married Henry Burbach, of co. Leicester. iv. Prudence, married Rev. Matthew Booker, Vicar of,
Hitchen, co. Bucks. He died 20 May, 1817, at Lye,
near Stourbridge. IV. EDWARD MILWARD Oliver, of Wollescote, m. at St.
George's, Hanover Square, 30 March, 1787, Ann, daughter of Joseph Harper, of Calthorpe, co. Leicester. She died at the Heath, Stourbridge, 2 Nov., 1843, æt. 82. They
had issue :i. Edward Milward Oliver, of Wollescote House, and later
of the Brake, Hagley, in 1874. ii. Thomas Milward, Capt. 58th Reg, bachelor, died
before 1874. iii. Maria Anne, married, 1823, William Davis, of Grimsend,
co. Worcester. A portion of the above pedigree is from the Herald and Genealogist, p. 516, vol. VIII. Engraved on a silver snuff-box was “ Thomas Oliver, 1695, and the Arms: Ermine, on a chief Sa., 3 lions rampant Arg. ; Crest, a demi-lion rampant Gu.; Motto,” Dieu est mon appin.”
On a mural tablet in the tower of St. Paul's, Bristol, is the following inscription :
“Sacred to the memory of | THOMAS OLIVER, Esq., 1 the last Governor of the States of Massachusetts, North America. / On the independence of that country, | he relinquished considerable estates from attachment to his Sovereign, | and died in this City, | the 29th of November, 1815, | aged 83 years. I Also HARRIETT, his wife, I who died the 16th of July, 1808. / aged 50 years."
Above, on a shield, are his arms—Ermine, on a chief Sable, 3 lions rampant Argent. Governor Oliver, born at Antigua, 5 Jan., 1733-4, was ist son of Robert Oliver of that island, who emigrated to Dorchester, Mass., where he died in 1762. This
Robert Oliver was son of Col. Richard Oliver, Speaker of Antigna, in 1704, later of H.M. Council, who died in 1716, leaving large plantations in Antigua and Virginia. His brother, Robert Oliver, died 1705; his sister, Joan, married in 1702, Cape James Porter, surveyor-general of Antigua. Another sister, Mary, was wife of Mr. Cheshire. Others of the family were William Oliver and Margery, his wife, parties to a deed of sale 1689 (he was also granted 100 acres in 1679), and Thomas Oliver, party to a deed of 1673.
I have reason to think that this family emigrated from Bristol, and shall be thankful for any information on the subject.
Richard Oliver, of Bristol, merchant, in his will dated 1676, gives 300l. to his wife Susannah, and 800l. each to his only son, Richard, at 21, and to his daughter, Susanna, at 19, and names Richard and Edith, children of his brother, Thomas Oliver, of Lee, co. Wilts, and Edward, Richard, Robert, Mary, Elizabeth, and Johanna, the children of his brother, Edward Oliver, of Bristol. He particularly requests that the Court of Orphans, of Bristol, shall have no cognizance of his will. [P.C.C., 185 North]. Recorded also at Bristol.
1628. March 25. James Oliver, of Bristoll, merchant, servant to the Honble Company of the English now trading to the East India, and cheefe of the English in the factory of Mocho. The President of Surratt to let out my goods for my wife and 4 children, and to give security, otherwise, all sums to remain in the hands of the fathers of the Orphans of the City of Bristol. Letters of administration to Frances, the relict of testator, who died in the parts beyond the seas, 6 August, 1629. Endorsed St. Stevens. Recorded at Bristol.
I shall be glad of any additions or corrections to these notes. Sumner Grange, Sunninghill.
V. L. OLIVER
Grumbald's Ash hundred.—[Vol. IV., No. 1964). In reply to R. S. T. as to the derivation of the name of this hundred, it seems probable that it originated from the hundred court having been held near some noted ash tree called after one Grimbald or Grumbald. A prominent tree was often a landmark in early time, just as the Tortworth chestnut is at the present day. In Domesday Book the hundred was known as