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George and Ann Gillett

George Gillett of Brize Norton married Ann Andrews, daughter of William Andrews, butcher, by licence, on 16th August 1836 in Bampton. Thomas Burrows officiated and the witnesses were George Andrews and Mary Smith. [George Gillett has a niece called Mary Smith who is the daughter of Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Gillett].

George was the fifth son and youngest of the nine children of John and Susanna Gillett née Wright and was baptised in Shilton, Berkshire on the 21st December 1804.

Ann and George were living at Astrop Farm, Brize Norton in 1841 and 1851. They had  four children, Susanna 1837,  William 1839, John 1840 and Joseph 1842.

This picture is believed to be of Ann c1870.

George died at the farm on the 24th April 1858 after a long illness (disease of the liver and brain paralysis), aged 54.

On 7th April 1861 Ann was a farmer of 280 acres employing 8 men 5 boys in Brize Norton. The address was Lower Astrop Farm House. Ann outlived all her children. Her daughter, Susanna, died in January 1863, her son, John, in March of the same year and her grandson, William’s son George Horatio, died in May. Ann’s son William died in 1868, leaving a daughter, Elizabeth. Joseph, their youngest child took on the farm. He married Elizabeth Woodbridge in 1869 and they were living at Astrop Farm in 1871 and 1881. In 1881, the farm was 288 acres and he employed 5 Men 4 Boys. They had four children. Joseph died in 1882.

Ann was still living in Brize Norton in 1871. Also in the household was Amy Monk, a visitor aged 76 born in Shilton, who was Ann’s sister-in-law (She married James Monk). In 1881 and 1891, Ann was living in Broad Street, Bampton. Also living with her were her granddaughters, Emilie Gillett, daughter of Joseph, and Lizzie Gillett, daughter of William. Ann was recorded then as a retired farmer. She died suddenly during the night of “disease of the heart” on 20th April 1891 in Bampton. She was buried on the 33rd anniversary of George’s death.

SUDDEN DEATH – We much regret to announce the death of Mrs Ann Gillett, of Broad-street, the widow of the late Mr. George Gillett, of Astrop Farm, Brize-Norton. Mrs. Gillett retired to bed apparently in her usual health on Sunday night, but on Mrs. Warner, a neighbour, who was sleeping in the house, going into her room on Monday morning, the poor lady was found to beb dead, having evidently passed away peacefully in her sleep, for there was not the slightest evidence of any pain or any disarrangment of the bedclothes. – An inquest (of the most formal character) was held on Monday evening, when a verdict practically in acordance with medical testimony was give, viz,. “disease of the heart” in conjunction with old age. Mrs. Gillett will be greatly missed in the town where she has resided for many years. She was much respected, and nothing but a feeling of regret is manifested by her friends, altho’ that regret is somewhat alleviated by the knowledge that the end was so peaceful. The remains were interred at Shilton to-day (Friday), the Rev. E. G. Hunt, vicar of Bampton, officiating. Many relatives and friends followed the cortége. The deceased was 77 years of age.
Jackson’s Oxford Journal (Oxford, England), Saturday, April 25, 1891; Issue 7205.

Ann had her estate probated in Oxfordshire. Personal estate: £69 2s. Sole executor: Edmund Robert Farbrother, of the Grammar School Bampton, schoolmaster.

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