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Eliza JUSTHAM

Eliza JUSTHAM

Female 1831 - 1918  (~ 86 years)    Has 32 ancestors and 20 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Eliza JUSTHAM 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From the 1911 census
    Baptised 16 Jul 1831  St. Andrew’s Church, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • PR entry shows "Eliza Jetson", dau of John and Elizabeth
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1841  Bickham Lodge, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • By the age of 9 Eliza was not living with her parents but about a mile and a half away at the isolated Bickham Lodge with William Hooper (carpenter) and his wife  Elizabeth and their 6 month old baby (1841 census; surname recorded as Jutson)

      I suspect Eliza may have been a Parish Apprentice, i.e. the Parish arranged for Eliza to be taken on where she would be taught a trade (probably housewifery); she would be unpaid but her keep provided for by her Master / Mistress.
    Occupation House servant in Inn 
    1851  33 & 34, Cornwall Street, Devonport, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birthplace given as "North Buckland" but I think it was this Eliza; age fits (19) and I don't believe there were others of the same age.

      Also present were Innkeeper Samuel Wood and his wife, and a lodger, 20 yr old Irish seaman Timothy Sullivan.

      (No name is given for the inn in the 1851 census)

      Cornwall Street is now a quiet mostly residential street, largely rebuilt, but it must have been very different in 1851. It leads down to Cornwall Beach, where at North Corner the Old Customs House and landing stage can still be seen indicating that this is where people came ashore and departed from for foreign climes.
      An information board informs us that the market boat and local feries called here regularly and it is said to be where convicts bound for Australia were embarked.
      A pub, the Steam Packet, is still present but the Eliza's address suggests the inn where she was working was in the middle of the street, not near the end. And a look through the others shows that there were a number of inns, as well as other eating and drinking establishments, as one would expect where there was so much coming and going. Besides catering for travellers, Cornwall Street also had the usual range of trades found everywhere - a butcher and a baker, a confectioner, shoemakers and tailors. A blacksmith, tallow chandler and masons could also be found. Given its close proximity to the Dock Yard there were not surprisingly various dockyard workers present - ropemakers, shipwrights and riggers. The odd seaman was resident but more households where the head was a "seaman's wife" or "sailor's wife".
      One wonders what Eliza with her very rural upbringing must have made of this busy area. And one fears for the safety of a young servant in an inn in such an area - and what duties were expected of a young female inn servant?
      She may have remained in the Three Towns for some years as she married in Plymouth eleven years later (I have yet to find her in the 1861 census), but thereafter the rest of her long life was spent back in the countryside, close to where she grew up.
    Residence 1871  Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • With husband and 5 sons (John, George, Richard, William and Isaac)
    Residence 1881  Barnpark, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • With husband and 3 sons (Isaac, Fred and Joseph)
    Residence From 1891 to 1901  Fairtown Farm, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • William and Eliza were alone in 1891; had a granddaughter Grace E. Bulley, aged 7, living with them in 1901.
    Residence 1911  Gift House, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • In 1661 a Sir Francis Drake, the 2nd Baronet and great nephew of the Sir Francis Drake, gave £120 to build an almshouse for 6 'pious persons', born and bred in Buckland Monachorum parish. It is believed that the Gift House is that almshouse. Into the C20th free rooms were given to five women by the owner of Buckland Abbey, but it is now a private house.

      In 1911, the 250th anniversary of the gift being made, living in the Gift House along with Eliza were 3 other widows: Ann Collacott (aged 75), Jane Brown (aged 88) and Ann Witheridge (aged 78).

      Life in the Gift House may not always have been as peaceful as intended. The village school log book has an entry in 1882  "Boys warned about interrupting the old ladies in the Gift House". But that was well before Eliza's time there.
      Assuming she stayed there until her death, or at least that she was still there in 1913, something far more disturbing than the interruptions of boys must have unsettled the old ladies.
      Actually, it must have shocked everyone in the parish, but especially so the old ladies in the Gift House as it occurred next door to them.
      The family living next door were the Greeps, although in July the youngsters in the family were there alone, as there father had died and mother was in hospital. On one terrible day the mother's eldest son, William John Coombs, aged 31, half siblings to her other children, who had recently come to live with the family after leaving the navy borrowed a gun from a nearby farm, on the pretence that he was going rabbiting, but instead returned home and shot one of his sisters, aged 18, and then killed himself.
    The Gift House, Buckland Monachorum
    The Gift House, Buckland Monachorum
    Looking down the main street in Buckland Monachorum, from the Gift House at the top to the church.
    The Gift House was an almshouse for over 250 years and was where my 4 x great aunt Eliza Bulley (nee Justham) was living at the time of the 1911 census.
    The cottage adjoining it (the unpainted one) is where a tragic murder and suicide occurred in 1913.

    By co-incidence this view is taken from almost the same spot as a photograph in Alice J. Bere's book "Buckland Monachorum". When this is out…
    Died Dec Q 1918  Tavistock Reg Dist, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Bulley, Eliza aged 87 q4 1918 Tavistock RD 5b 763
    Person ID I1134  All
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2018 

    Father John JUSTHAM,   b. Abt 1795, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1866, Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Mother Elisabeth OLIVER,   b. Abt 1794, Whitchurch, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1864, Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1814  St. Andrew’s Church, Whitchurch, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 24 Nov 2018)
      Shows John Justham of Buckland Monachorum, Elizabeth Oliver otp, married by Banns, John signed, Elizabeth made her mark, witnesses Richard Justham made his mark, Nicholas Symons signed.
    Children 13 children 
    Family ID F861    |  Family Chart

    Family William BULLEY,   b. Between 1835 and 1842, Denbury, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec Q 1906, Tavistock Reg Dist, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Mar Q 1862  Plymouth Reg Dist, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Justham, Eliza to Bulley, William q1 1862 Plymouth RD 5b 463
      (at the time of writing, on FreeBMD there is one groom missing on the page; William Bulley is listed with page as 46 which has to be wrong; looking at the image I believe I can see a faint 3)

      Finding this couple in 1871 shows the age and birthplace are consistent with this Eliza, and given the rarity of the surname Justham I'm pretty confident it's this Eliza.
    Children 8 children 
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F5855    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - - Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 16 Jul 1831 - St. Andrew’s Church, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1841 - Bickham Lodge, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - House servant in Inn - 1851 - 33 & 34, Cornwall Street, Devonport, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Mar Q 1862 - Plymouth Reg Dist, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - John BULLEY - Dec Q 1862 - Bickleigh, nr Plymth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - George BULLEY - Jun Q 1865 - Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Richard BULLEY - Sep Q 1867 - Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - William BULLEY - Jun Q 1869 - Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Isaac BULLEY - Abt Aug 1870 - Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Milton Combe, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Fred BULLEY - Mar Q 1872 - Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Joseph BULLEY - Dec Q 1873 - Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1881 - Barnpark, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From 1891 to 1901 - Fairtown Farm, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Gift House, Buckland Monachorum, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Sources 
    1. [S129] Books: The Book of Buckland Monachorum, Pauline Hamilton-Leggett, (Tiverton, Devon: Halsgrove, 2002.), 23, 27, 59. (Reliability: 3), 15 Aug 2013.

    2. [S168] website: British Listed Buildings, (http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/), accessed 15 Aug 2013), The Gift House, Buckland Monachorum (Reliability: 3).
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