Berrett, William

Inscription

IN THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
WILLIAM BERRETT
OF LEA HURST, PORTSWOOD ROAD
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 26TH MARCH 1891

HE BEQUEATHED THE SUM OF FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS
TO THE CHURCHWARDENS TO BE INVESTED FOR THE
BENEFIT OF THE DESERVING POOR OF THIS PARISH

The brass engraved tablet is attached to the west wall, north of the west entrance.

Other Information

Birth recorded for William Berret, Jan-Mar 1841, Christchurch, Vol. 8, page 161.

In the 1851 census, William Berrett was a scholar, one of 8 children of Henry (b.1815, Christchurch, Hampshire) and Frances (b.1821, Salisbury, Wiltshire). Henry was a farmer of 400 acres in Sopley, Hampshire, employing 15 labourers. The other children were; Thomas Henry (b.1839), Charles (b.1840), Caroline Lara (b.1843), John Henry (b.1845), Diana (b.1846), Frances Mary (b.1848) and Henry (b.1851). They were all born in Christchurch. They employed two domestic servants; Jane Cooper (b.1835, Hampshire) and Ann Hendle (b.1834, Christchurch).
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1667; Folio: 263; Page: 5; GSU roll: 193574.

In the 1861 census, William was an apprentice ironmonger in Fordingbridge. He was living on the High Street in the home of the ironmonger, Charles Hallam (?) and his family.
Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 669; Folio: 19; Page: 32; GSU roll: 542681.

Marriage recorded for William Berrett to Elizabeth Holmes, Apr-Jun 1864, Fordingbridge, Vol. 2b, page 918.

In the 1871 census, William and Elizabeth (b.1831, Derbyshire), were living in Bridge Street, Fordingbridge, Hampshire. William was an ironmonger.
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 1182; Folio: 49; Page: 10; GSU roll: 827807.

In the London Gazette of January 25th, 1878 a notice is posted regarding the transfer of Sanby & Berrett, an Ironmongers, Smiths, Cutlers and Bellhangers, at 6 Bridge Street, Southampton, to the sole ownership of William Berrett by mutual consent.

Death recorded for Elizabeth Berrett, aged 50, Oct-Dec 1879, Southampton, Vol. 2c, page 16.

In the 1881 census, William Berrett was a widower, living at 6 Bridge Street, Holy Rood, Southampton. He was an ironmonger master employing 6 men. Living with him as his housekeeper was his unmarried sister-in-law, Mary Holmes (b.1845, Derbyshire) and her son, who was also his apprentice, George Holmes (b.1865, Shropshire). He had one other apprentice boarding with him, C.S. Willis (b.1865, Surrey) and a general domestic servant, Sarah Newman (b.1858, Hampshire).
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 1214; Folio: 38; Page: 27; GSU roll: 1341297.

Death recorded for William Berrett, aged 50, Jan-Mar 1891, South Stoneham, Vol 2c, page 44.

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