Woolaston, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Woolaston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire. Lancaut and Alvington are chapelries of Woolaston.

Alternative names: Wollastone, Woollaston, Woolaston with Alvington

Other places included in the parish: Brockweir

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1688

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic

Parishes adjacent to Woolaston

Historical Descriptions

Woolaston

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Woolaston, a parish in the hund. of Westbury, but locally in that of Blidesloe, union of Chepstow, county of Gloucester; 5 miles north east of Chepstow, on the river Severn. Living, a rectory, with the curacies of Alvington and Lancaut annexed, formerly in the archd. and dio. of Gloucester, now in the dio. of Gloucester and Bristol; rated at £13 11s. 5d.; gross income £548. Tithes, moduses, &c, commuted in 1810. Patron, in 1841, the duke of Beaufort. In 1833 here were 3 daily schools: one of them endowed with £2 per annum. Endowed charities, in 1827, £8 per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £318 13s. The petty-sessions for the forest division are held alternately here and at Newnham. Acres 3,160. Houses 200. A. P. £3,159. Pop., in 1801, 613; in 1831, 880.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Brockweir

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Brooks-Weir, or Brockware, a village in the parishes of St. Briavell’s, Huelsfield, and Wollastone, hund. of St. Briavell’s, county of Gloucester; 5 miles north of Chepstow, on the eastern bank of the Wye. It is a place of some trade and activity. Vessels belonging to Bristol ascend the river to this place, for the purpose of receiving goods brought from Hereford and Monmouth in barges on the Wye. The tide seldom flows to any considerable height above Brooks-Weir, except during spring-tides.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Marriages

Marriages at Woolaston 1696 to 1837

Note. – This parish, described as the Rectory of Woolaston with the chapelry of Alvington, was originally in the diocese of Hereford, the Forest of Dean district having been taken over from Hereford when the diocese of Gloucester was constituted in 1541. The Registers of the Church of St. Andrew, at Woolaston, date from 1688.

Volume I has 20 parchment leaves, not all perfect, measuring 13 ½ inches by 7 ¾ inches, and is bound in cardboard. It contains Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials from 1688 to 1736.

Volume II has 36 parchment leaves, measuring 13 inches by 8 inches. It is bound in leather, and contains Marriages from 1737 to 1755, and Baptisms and Burials to 1796.

Volume III contains Baptisms and Burials only.

Volume IV (in paper cover) contains Marriages from 1757 to 1809.

Volume V contains Marriages from 1809 to 1812. The two last volumes are in conformity with Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act.

Volume VI contains Marriages from 1813 to 1837. All, with the exception of Volume I, are in good preservation.

These Marriages have been extracted by the Rev. W. F. A. Lambert, M.A., Rector of Woolaston with Alvington, who has collated the proof with the Registers.

Marriages at Woolaston 1696-1837 - UK Genealogy Archives

Transcriptions

Woolaston Marriages 1825 to 1837

John Croome & Charlotte Evans, 25 Jan. 1825

Joseph Lewis & Anne Randell, 16 May 1825

Henry Beach, of Bream, & Mary Roberts, 25 Sept. 1826

Thomas Craddock & Amelia Hawker, 23 Nov. 1826

Henry Price & Maria Croome, 26 Dec. 1826

Charles Williams & Harriet Price, 31 Dec. 1826

Isaac Cleverly & Sarah Long, 23 Jan. 1827

George Hayward, of Lydney, & Eleanor Gilbert, 8 Feb. 1827

William Croome & Anne Phillips, of Chepstow, 13 Sept. 1827

John Garsed, of Newland, & Harriet Brettell, lic., 29 Sept. 1827

Thomas Davies & Sarah Jenkins, 5 Nov. 1827

James Price & Margaret Williams, 4 May 1828

William Thomas & Rachel Reeks, 10 June 1828

John Cox, of Lydney, & Elizabeth James, 22 Sept. 1828

John Spring, of Awre, & Mary Richards, lic., 23 Oct. 1828

George Ball & Anne Ball, 28 Nov. 1828

Thomas Preest, of St. Arvans, & Elizabeth Martin, 9 July 1829

Benjamin Philips & Anne Davies, 13 July 1829

Abraham Morgan & Rebecca Harris, 23 July 1829

Thomas Reeks & Charlotte Thomas, 14 Sept. 1829

William Brittell & Anne Trumper, of Mangotsfield, lic., 18 Oct. 1829

James Williams & Anne Harris, 14 Nov. 1829

William Roberts & Charlotte Powell, 5 Dec. 1829

Thomas Farmer & Sophia Smith, 23 Feb. 1830

William Maddocks, of Alvington, & Elizabeth Drinkwater, 17 May 1830

John Young, of Alvington, & Hester James, 10 June 1830

Daniel Smith & Eliza Thomas, 5 July 1830

Thomas Tullet & Sarah Davies, 8 July 1830

James Davies & Sarah Morgan, 19 July 1830

George Williams & Margaret Davies, 1 Aug. 1830

Isaac Cleverley & Elizabeth Griffiths, of Alvington, 8 Aug. 1830

James Davies & Hannah Wicksen, of Alvington, 8 Aug. 1830

William Maybrey & Sarah Ellaway, 11 Oct. 1830

William Thomas & Eliza Parry, 27 Jan. 1831

William Williams & Harriet Davies, 6 May 1831

George Griffiths & Elizabeth George, 29 May 1831

Francis Young, of Michael Troy, & Eliza Davies, 13 June 1831

Francis Williams & Hannah Roberts, 5 Sept. 1831

George Cox & Hannah Evans, 23 Oct. 1831

John Parker, of Tidenham, & Anne Hicks, 5 Apr. 1832

John Phillips & Elizabeth Price, 23 May 1832

James Henry Ball & Anne Price, 4 Oct. 1832

Thomas Williams & Elizabeth James, 2 Dec. 1832

James Williams, of Alvington, & Mary Ball, 12 Mar. 1833

Samuel Edwards & Mary Maria Morse, 5 June 1833

Adam Barber & Mary Anne Jackson, 4 Nov. 1833

Philip Jones & Sophia Cross, 21 Dec. 1833

Thomas Maddox & Frances Saunders, 16 Apr. 1834

William Morgan & Sarah Stockham, 13 May 1834

William Kear & Ann Richards, 9 Nov. 1834

John Shillam & Margaret Knight, 4 Feb. 1835

John Ball & Elizabeth Lewis, 2 July 1835

William Reavenhill & Emma James, 3 July 1835

George Lewis, of Caerwent, & Elizabeth Symonds, 4 Aug. 1835

Abraham Davis & Mary Ellaway, 5 Aug. 1835

Samuel Croome & Sarah Jones, 31 Dec. 1835

Maurice James & Charlotte, Jottam, 4 Apr. 1836

George Fletcher & Elizabeth Richards, 15 Apr. 1836

James Williams & Ann Williams, 6 May 1836

James Ellaway & Johannah Taylor, 7 May 1836

Daniel Shillam & Anne Eddell, of Alvington, 1 June 1836

Richard Benfield & Susan Biggs, 5 Nov. 1836

Thomas Williams & Anne Cicell, 26 Dec. 1836

Richard Mapps & Ellen Jones, 18 Feb. 1837

Benjamin Davies & Sarah James, 5 May 1837

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XIV. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1908.

Woolaston Marriages 1800 to 1824

George Williams & Mary Pritchard, 26 Dec. 1800

Edmund Woodroffe & Elizabeth Delaroche, lic., 26 Dec. 1801

Thomas Ivans & Susanna Thomas, 6 Apr. 1802

Benjamin Walters & Elizabeth Barber, 3 May 1802

James Reeves & Elizabeth Price, 2 June 1802

William Darby & Betty Ball, 8 June 1802

Thomas Lewis, of Alvington, & Sarah Hicks, 22 June 1802

Richard Crome & Betty Davis, 16 Aug. 1802

Edward Baldwyn & Anne Williams, lic., 1 Jan. 1803

David Jones & Sarah Thomas, 12 Mar. 1803

William Reeves & Ann Knight, 11 June 1804

James Price & Mary Thorn, 18 Sept. 1804

Thomas James, of Newland, & Elizabeth Hoskins, 9 Oct. 1804

Thomas Buckingham & Rebecca Griffiths, lic., 22 Apr. 1805

Charles Barrow, of Castle Combe, co. Wilts, & Elizabeth Holloway, lic., 11 July 1805

John Reeks & Amelia Sims, 25 July 1805

Moses Fisher, of Alvington, & Mary Reeks, 23 Oct. 1805

John Lewis & Prudence Watkins, 2 Dec. 1805

Samuel Joseph Harris, of Gloucester, & Eleanor Thomas, lic., 4 Aug. 1806

James Fletcher & Rachel Edmund, 16 Oct. 1806

George Reeks, of Tidenham, & Elizabeth Thomas, 18 May 1807

Charles Thomas & Alice Mercy, 28 June 1807

Richard Exell & Fanny Reeks, 13 July 1807

James Watts & Sarah Fletcher, 6 Apr. 1808

John Stockham & Mary Rees, 31 May 1808

James Price & Ann Reeks, 13 June 1808

John Price & Elizabeth Owen, 1 Nov. 1808

William Thomas & Martha Williams, 26 Nov. 1808

William Drew & Sophia Lewis, 11 Dec. 1808

George Williams & Anne Ball, 22 May 1809

Samuel Carter & Mary Williams, 24 Dec. 1809

William Ball & Sarah Hyett, 3 May 1810

William Power & Ann Saunders, 17 June 1810

Richard Martin, of Hewelsfield, & Elizabeth Mapps, 27 Mar. 1811

William Williams, a seaman, of Barmouth, & Anne Knight, 23 Aug. 1811

Thomas Harlland & Frances Excell, 16 Dec. 1811

John George & Rachel Williams, 25 Jan. 1812

William Fletcher & Sarah Evans, 21 Feb. 1813

Richard Croome & Mary Powell, 24 Dec. 1813

William Watkins & Ann James, of Tidenham, lic., 1 Feb. 1814

John Williams & Anne Croome, 7 June 1814

William Howell & Betty Cook, lic., 31 July 1814

John Ball & Sarah Power, 22 Nov. 1814

William Hurdman Jane, of Chepstow, & Hester Hammond, lic., 20 Dec. 1814

John Morgan & Rachel Hoskins, 30 Jan. 1815

Thomas Morgan & Mary Mapps, 2 Apr. 1815

John Barber & Anne Stephens, 16 Apr. 1815

John Croome & Jane Dobbs, 5 Oct. 1815

Benjamin Lewis & Mary Randall, 6 Oct. 1815

Charles Fisher & Mary Harrad, 5 Dec. 1815

David Jones & Elizabeth Jones, 21 Dec. 1815

George Blower & Sophia Reeks, 2 July 1816

John Jones, of Lydney, & Frances Fisher, 15 Oct. 1816

Jacob Reeks & Elizabeth Price, 8 Dec. 1817

William Neale, of Alvington, & Anne Parry, 3 Feb. 1818

Joseph Reeks & Keziah Ball, 21 Apr. 1818

William Davies & Sarah Lewis, 4 May 1818

Francis Dornford & Catherine Maria Forbes, lic., 23 Sept. 1818

John Thomas & Elizabeth Williams, of Tidenham, 6 Oct. 1818

John Thomas & Franciss [sic] Hartland, 27 Oct. 1818

William Ball & Martha Davies, of Bristol, 17 Nov. 1818

Richard Hodges, of Hewelsfield, & Martha Thomas, 18 May 1819

Stephen Clutterbook & Elizabeth Craddock, 13 Dec. 1819

William Jackson, of Ross, & Mary Harvey, 30 Dec. 1819

William Harris & Abigail Shillam, 27 Jan. 1820

Joseph Lewis & Sarah Watkins, 1 June 1820

William Skinner & Elizabeth Davies, 20 July 1820

James Harris & Mary Anne Williams, 26 Aug. 1820

George Lewis & Diana Griffiths, 23 Sept. 1820

Charles Gwilliam, of Newland, & Sarah James, 25 Sept. 1820

Thomas Fisher & Louisa Watts, 30 Jan. 1821

William Maddox & Mary Gilbert, 31 Jan. 1821

George Thomas & Elizabeth Watkins, 28 Feb. 1821

Joseph Williams & Anne Clements, 2 Oct. 1821

John Licel & Ann Jenkins, 30 Oct. 1821

Thomas Vaughan & Jane Evans, 30 Dec. 1821

James Williams & Jane Polkinghorne, 16 May 1822

John Shillam & Sarah Morse, 10 Sept. 1822

Thomas Fletcher & Ann Price, 20 Oct. 1822

Thomas Henry Ball & Elizabeth Hurd, 13 Nov. 1822

William Davies & Sarah Fisher, 26 Nov. 1822

James Vaughan & Mary Blower, 17 Dec. 1822

George Fletcher & Charlotte Lewis, 3 Apr. 1823

Thomas Roberts & Ellen Davies, 8 July 1823

James Maps & Margaret Davies, 28 Sept. 1823

James Bond & Elizabeth Price, 23 Dec. 1823

Roger Jenkins & Hannah James, of Lydney, 31 Dec. 1823

[1824 no Marriages]

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XIV. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1908.

Woolaston Marriages 1785 to 1799

John Weight & Mary Cox, 3 Jan. 1785

George Thomas & Ann Worgan, 2 Mar. 1785

James Price & Margaret Reeks, 23 Mar. 1785

John Ward & Mary Sadler Harris, lic., 10 June 1785

James Davis & Ann Carrier, 26 July 1785

Richard Philips & Jane Ball, lic., 28 July 1785

John Jones & Abigail Price, lic., 15 Oct. 1785

Robert Williams & Sarah Taylor, 22 Dec. 1785

James Foords & Mary Phillips, 15 Aug. 1786

Anselm Moulton, of Tidenham, & Jane Powell, 9 Dec. 1786

James Darby & Rachel Lewis, 1 Feb. 1787

William Knight & Margaret Morgan, 10 Apr. 1787

Edmund Fletcher & Martha Richard, 16 May 1787

Edward Llewellyn & Sarah Cox, 18 June 1787

John Williams & Anne Parry, 9 July 1787

William Carter & Mary Lloyd, 14 Aug. 1787

James Rudge, of Tidenham, & Anne White, lic., 28 Apr. 1788

Thomas Jenkins & Ann Lagas, 12 May 1788

Sampson Mortimer, of Alvington, & Sarah Gwillim, 7 July 1788

William Davis & Elizabeth Worgan, 28 Oct. 1788

William Hayward & Sarah Barber, 1 June 1789

Richard Parry & Sarah Jenkins, 27 Oct. 1789

Samuel Davis & Susannah Hoskins, 18 Jan. 1790

John Thomas, of St. Briavels, & Elizabeth Robert, lic., 22 Jan. 1790

William Thomas & Margaret Martin, 9 Apr. 1790

James Symonds, of Tidenham, & Rachel Swingle, 17 June 1790

William Craddock & Prudence James, 21 Sept. 1790

[1791 no Marriages.]

James Griffiths & Frances Smith, 18 June 1792

Joseph Prosser & Mary Hughes, 15 July 1792

Edmund Ormond & Joyce Williams, 24 Sept. 1792

John Thomas & Mary Morgan, 2 Oct. 1792

Joseph Williams & Mary Jones, 13 Nov. 1792

William Croom & Margaret Knight, 22 Jan. 1793

William Bevan & Ann Lewis, 11 Feb. 1793

John Wheeler & Ann Hughes, 23 Feb. 1793

George Bannister, of Newland, & Charlotte Stephens, lic., 12 Apr. 1793

John Davis & Maria Bayton, 29 July 1793

John James & Mary Thomas, 11 Aug. 1793

Morris James & Elizabeth Tute, 24 Sept. 1793

James Fryar, of Berkeley, & Sarah Howell, lic., 3 Oct. 1793

Thomas Jenkins & Mary Davis, 9 June 1794

John Price & Mary Phillips, 24 July 1794

James Vaughan & Elizabeth Beal, 21 Sept. 1794

Edward Beard & Ann Barber, 7 Oct. 1794

James Williams & Thomasin Bond, lic., 25 Nov. 1794

James Lewis & Ann James, 30 June 1795

John Thorn & Mary James, 25 May 1796

John Blower & Elizabeth Morgan, 18 July 1796

John Bowen & Susannah Hopkin, 27 Sept. 1796

John Wade, of Lidney, & Margaret Thorne, 3 Oct. 1796

David Jones, of Tidenham, & & Francis Griffiths, 20 Nov. 1796

Samuel Evans & Ann Thomas, 6 Dec. 1796

William Barber & Ann Crocket, 27 Feb. 1797

James Griffiths & Margaret Reeves, 19 May 1797

Charles Clark & Dinah Shaw, lic., 19 July 1797

James Dart & Hannah Clarke, of Monmouth, 1 Nov. 1797

Thomas Reeks & Mary Reeks, 28 Dec. 1797

John Rogers & Ann Price, 3 Oct. 1798

James Hughes & Sarah Morgan, 17 Dec. 1798

Henry Hughes & Sarah Stephens, 20 Aug. 1799

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Register. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol. XIV. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1908.

Directories

Woolastone Kellys Gloucester Directory 1856

Woolastone, or Woollastone, a village and parish and railway station, 5 miles north-east from Chepstow, 12 south-east from Monmouth, 11 south-west from Newnham, and three-quarters of a mile north from the station on the Gloucester, Swansea and Carmarthen line, situated on the western bank of the river Severn. The village, which is very much scattered, partly lies on the high road from Newnham to Chepstow. It is in the Hundred of Westbury, Union of Chepstow. The church is an ancient and curiously formed structure, in the Norman style; living, a rectory, worth about £800 yearly, with residence, in the archdeaconry of Gloucester and bishopric of Gloucester and Bristol; patron, the Duke of Beaufort; the Rev. Charles Bryan, M.A. is the incumbent, and the Rev. John Browne, B.A., is curate. Here are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, and a daily and Sunday school. The acreage is 3,169; rateable value, £4,950. The Duke of Beaufort is lord of the manor, and chief landowner.

GENTRY

Blundy Mr

Browne Rev. John, B.A. (curate), Rectory

Purchas Mr. Robert Nathaniel

TRADERS

Ball Edward, farmer

Brettell Josiah, farmer, Madjett

Butler Charles, blacksmith

Clarke Francis, tanner & currier

Fletcher Joseph, boot & shoe maker, Common

Fletcher William, ‘Old Duke’s Head,’ & butcher

Higgins Henry, farmer, Grange

Higgs James, shopkeeper, Common

Howell Nigel, farmer, Woodside

James John, ‘Swan’

James Thomas, grocer, draper & postmaster

Jones James, beer retailer, Common

Leedham William, shopkeeper

O’Hare John, shopkeeper, Common

Packer William, relieving officer & registrar of births & death for Lydney district

Proctor George, farmer

Proctor John, farmer

Rymer Charles, farmer

Sandford, paper maker

Shillam George Lodge, boot & shoe mkr

Shillam John, shopkeeper & shoemaker, Common

Silcox Thomas, blacksmith

Smith George, parish clerk

Sperrin William, farmer

Stephens James, farmer

Tamplin Richard, ‘Queen’s Head,’ & mason

Wade Thomas, farmer

Willett William, farmer

Williams James, fisherman

Woodroffe John, farmer

Worgan Edward, shopkeeper

Post Office. – Thomas James, receiver. Letters arrive by foot post from Lydney at 9 a.m.; dispatched 6 p.m.; Lydney is also the nearest money order office.

Insurance Agent. – Star Life, W. B. Robinson

Registrar of Births & Death & Relieving Officer (Lydney district), William Packer

Parish Clerk, George Smith.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol. Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.

Administration

  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Chepstow
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Hereford, Post-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol, Pre 1836 - Gloucester
  • Rural Deanery: Forest
  • Poor Law Union: Chepstow
  • Hundred: Westbury (Gloucestershire)
  • Province: Canterbury