Reg Mayhew's Family History


My Norrington family link is by way of my paternal 3 x Great Grandmother, Jane Norrington, the youngest child of Benjamin and Betty (nee Holly) of Calne, Wiltshire.

From Jane, I've traced my Norrington ancestry back to my 8 x Great Grandfather, William Norrington. Where William originated from is not known. He had 4 children, all baptised in Calne, the youngest of whom, Benjamin (1686-?), was my 7 x Great Grandfather.

Benjamin Norrington, my 7 x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 1st August 1686 at Calne, Wiltshire. He married Elizabeth Davis on 24th June 1707 at Bremhill, Wiltshire. Benjamin and Elizabeth had 5 children, all boys, the 2nd of whom was my 6 x Great Grandfather, Benjamin junior (1710-1779).

Benjamin Norrington, my 6 x Great Grandfather, was born on 16th August 1710 and baptised at Calne, Wiltshire. Benjamin, a Cloth Worker (see Note below), married Betty Burgess on 1st September 1731 in Calne. They had 5 children of whom William (1735-?), the eldest boy, was my 5 x Great Grandfather. Benjamin died in 1779 and was buried in Calne. He held a number of leasehold properties in Calne (in Cow Lane and the Quarry) which are mentioned in his Last Will & Testament dated 27th February 1779.

Note - "Calne had a significant woollen broadcloth industry in the 18th century, and evidence of this can be seen set around the triangular green by the parish church, where 24 listed buildings remain, five at Grade II including the Tounson almshouses for the neediest poor and Georgian era clothiers' houses. Nearby are some of the 20 original cloth mills along the River Marden." - Wikipedia 2020

William Norrington, my 5 x Great Grandfather, was baptised in Calne on 22nd October 1735. William, a Weaver, married Sarah Martyn on 9th June 1758 in Devizes, Wiltshire. William and Sarah lived in Calne and had 5 children of whom Benjamin (1759-?), the eldest, was my 4 x Great Grandfather. Two of William's brothers, Thomas and Joseph, were also recorded as Weavers.

Benjamin Norrington, my 4 x Great Grandfather, was baptised in Calne on 26th October 1759. Benjamin married Betty Holly on 13th October 1782 in Calne. Benjamin and Betty had 7 children, the youngest of whom was my 3 x Great Grandmother Jane (1800-1852).

Jane Norrington, my 3 x Great Grandmother, was born in Calne, Wiltshire on 14th January 1800. She married my 3 x Great Grandfather, Jasper Wheeler, a Sawyer on 12th March 1821 at Bremhill, Wiltshire and they had 6 children, including my 2 x Great Grandmother, Jane Wheeler. Jane senior died, of Chronic Bronchitis, in 1852 in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

The Family name of Norrington



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