Name: John GUMBLETON  O0070 
Born: 1808  Galway, Galway, Ireland
Parents: Unknown  Mary Unknown
Died:1872 Alderbury, Wiltshire, England
Buried: 1872  Alderbury, Wiltshire, England
Occupation:Policeman. Railway porter (1951), woodman (1861)   
Spouse 1Mary Ann SIMS
Married 28 Feb 1837
West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England
(Died 1868 Alderbury, Wiltshire, England)
Child 1 P0012 Solomon GUMBLETON 1837
Child 2 P0018 Harriet GUMBLETON 1839
Child 3 P0028 William GUMBLETON 1841
Child 4 P0046 John GUMBLETON 1844
Child 5 P0058 Mary GUMBLETON 1846
Spouse 2Frances POPE
Married 1868
Tisbury RD, Wiltshire, England
(Died 1885 Alderbury RD, Wiltshire, England)
John Gumbleton’s origins are something of a mystery. He was born in about 1808 and, in the later censuses, he gives his place of birth as county Galway, Ireland, although it seems unlikely that a native Irish family would have moved to the village of West Grimstead, Wiltshire, unless they had an existing connection to the place. Also the name of Gumbleton was very much associated with West Grimstead prior to his arrival. His mother, Mary, was Irish.

In 1838, he married Mary Ann Sims at West Grimstead. They went on to have five children.

In the 1841 census, John was staying with the Hayter family in Whiteparish, Wiltshire and was a police constable. His wife was living with John’s mother, Mary, in West Grimstead.

In 1847, John was mentioned as “the Downton superintendant of police” in the trial of a poaching case.

In 1851, John was again away from home, lodging with a family in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, and was now a railway porter.

In 1860, John’s son, Solomon, was married and noted his father’s occupation as “bailiff”, but, in 1861, John and Mary Ann were living in Clarendon Rd, Alderbury and he was a woodman.

Mary Ann died in 1868 and was buried at Alderbury. Later that year, John married Frances Pope. The 1871 census shows John (still a woodman) and Frances living in Clarendon Road, Alderbury.

John died in 1872 and was buried at Alderbury. His will, proved the same year, describes him as a “Land Steward’s Assistant”. 

28 Feb 1837 Marriage of John GUMBLETON and Mary Ann SIMS West Grimstead, Wiltshire, England Marriage index
6 Jun 1841 John Gumbleton (age 33) living in Whiteparish, Wiltshire in 1841 census Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England 1841 census
25 Sep 1847 Poachers: a scene in court Downton, Wiltshire View details
30 Mar 1851 John GUMBLETON (age 43) living in Bishopstoke, Hampshire in 1851 census Bishopstoke, Hampshire, England 1851 census
1859 John Gumbleton Membership of Wiltshire Friendly Society Alderbury, Wilts View details
3 Jun 1860 Named as father in marriage certificate of Solomon GUMBLETON and Maria Osman Kensington, Middlesex Marriage certificate
7 Apr 1861 John Gumbleton (age 53) living in Clarendon Rd, Alderbury in 1861 census Alderbury, Wiltshire, England 1861 census
1868 Sep Qr Marriage registration of John Gumbleton Tisbury RD, Wiltshire, England Civil marriage registers
25 Jul 1868 Marriage certificate of John Gumbleton and Francis Pope Tisbury Marriage certificate
29 Nov 1868 Named as father in marriage certificate of John GUMBLETON and Charlotte Jane CAPE Notting Hill Marriage certificate
21 Oct 1869 Named as father in marriage certificate of Charles BINNING and Mary GUMBLETON Alderbury Marriage certificate
2 Apr 1871 John GUMBLETON (age 63) living in Clarendon Road, Alderbury, Wilts in 1871 census Alderbury, Wiltshire, England 1871 census
22 Jan 1872 Will of John Gumbleton Alderbury, Wilts View details
1872 Mar Qr Death registration of John GUMBLETON Alderbury RD, Wiltshire, England Civil registration death registers
1872 Burial of John GUMBLETON Alderbury, Wiltshire, England Burials index

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