Some of the Bunnetts from Holt, and then Skipton, are my ancestors. Simon John Bunnett and Rosetta Bell are my g.g.g.grandparents. Your research is wider than mine - I have not yet discovered who they were related to in 19th Century Skipton and why Rosetta moved there after Simon John died in 1867. Perhaps you can help me with this?
I can give you some corrections about this branch of the family. ALL of Rosetta's children were born in Holt, Norfolk. There were at least nine children - Eliza, Sarah Ann, Mary, John, Elizabeth, William, Caroline, Agnes and Rosa. Some of them moved to Skipton with her after her husband's death. I notice that you have listed two Elizabeths as Rosetta and Simon John's children. I think it is unlikely that they gave two children the same name. However, there is a discrepancy in the age of Elizabeth as recorded in the Census records. She is variously registered as b. c.1850 and c.1856. I have not yet solved this mystery!
Simon John, born in Skipton, 1878, was not Rosetta's son - he was her grandson. This Simon John (named after his grandfather) was the illegitimate son of Rosa (b.1860). Birth Certificate states 'Father Unknown'. When Simon John (the younger) was about four-years-old, Rosa married Thomas Henry Blades. It would seem that Thomas was not Simon John's father because the child, apparently, did not go to live with Thomas and Rosa - and Thomas was only about 16/17 years old when this baby was born. If Thomas was baby's father, why did he not marry Rosa much earlier?
An interesting aspect of this marriage is that Thomas's father, Henry Blades, murdered Thomas's mother, Margaret Blades, in 1880! I have a transcript of the newspaper report. Fascinating reading!
I have not confirmed this but I think that Simon John (the elder's) father was John Bunnett, b.c.1774. I think he married a Mary, b.c.1780. If this is the case then there are several other siblings to track. When Rosetta left Holt, several other Bunnett families remained there. I have yet to track the relationships between all of these families.
One of the families who remained in Holt was that of Simon John and Rosetta's son, John, b.1845. This John married a widow, Sarah Hendry, nee Herring, and at least five of her children lived with them. Eventually, they moved to Belgrave, Leicester, UK. Sarah was much older than John and left him a widower. One of Sarah's daughters, Agnes, was also widowed and, with her children, went to live with John in Leicester. I am cheered to know that John was not alone in his old age.
I have more information about the Bunnetts of Skipton. I am one of them! My brother's name is John Bunnett - definitely a 'family name'! Rosa's son, Simon John, is my g.g.grandfather. I'm afraid the pattern of illegitimacy and poverty did not end there!
I am willing to share information - and keen to receive information - about the Holt/Skipton Bunnetts. Please get in touch and let me know how we may be related!
I visited Norfolk, UK, earlier this month - and returned home with more questions! For instance, are the 'Holt Bunnetts' related to the 'Binham Bunnetts'? Binham is only seven miles from Holt.....
I look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to share my research - and anyone who can answer my questions!
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