Great grandson of Hannah Mussett, Karl, believes she left Mersea for London and
married a Mr Mott. Karl’s grandmother Hilda Mott was brought up in Mersea and London.
Karl himself remembers his mother telling stories of visiting the ‘house’ just before
the war. He, himself, visited the Island about 20 years ago and spoke to a man running
the oyster shed ( Douglas Mussett) He talked a little about the family and shared
some oysters. Last year on a return visit he found the shed now selling boats and
a new house built on the site opposite. He now lives in Suffolk and is looking for
family photos and more information
Ron has looked up some information on Hannah and family but as yet not found any
more about Mott
In the 1881 census Hannah 11 years listed as daughter of George and Emma Mussett
In 1901 George Mussett (63) was a fisherman on his own account
Wife Emma (60), Clark (26) unmarried, Moses (20) unmarried and Charles (9) a scholar
Re: Albert Kirby - one time proprietor of the Fountain Hotel
Just before Christmas we received an email from the great grandson of the above.
Albert Kirby was proprietor of the Fountain Hotel sometime before 1927 when he died.
He moved to Mersea sometime after 1908, fought in the Boer War and was a member
of the Buffaloes. He also played football for Mersea.
One of Albert’s daughters, Edith, married Robert Salmon, son of farmer Thomas Salmon.
One of his sisters, Mabel, lived on the Island all her life
Albert’s great grandson, Andy, has asked Ron if he can provide any further information.
Ron has managed to find out a bit about this family
A 1929 ‘Kelly’s Directory’ lists Charles S Kirby as proprietor of the Fountain Hotel
The 1936 Register of Electors lists Mary, Emily Robert and Edith Salmon living at
Weathercock Farm, West Mersea
The 1901 Census lists Thomas (42), wife Mary (38) Emily (9) Grace (8) and Constance
Emily M Salmon resided in Weathercock Cottages in the Register of Electors of 1969
but not in !980. There wa a Mis or Mrs salmon living in the cottage in the lane
leading to Weathercock not so long ago Ibelieve I have some details but cannot find
them at presentBrian Jay is checking if he can find further information from his
more extensive archives
If any reader can offer more information it will be passed on to Andy who may be
visiting Mersea later this month
Re Ebenezer Ward
On return from holiday Ron was interested to find an email from Carolyn Ward. Carolyn,
currently tracing her family history, was enquiring about Russells Hall Farm at East
Mersea, whether it actually existed in the early 1800s. She had it on good authority
that Ebenezer Ward was a young boy growing up in Mersea at the time. He lived at
the said property which belonged to his great grandfather, John Ward of Colchester,
who died in 1826and passed the home on to his son , another John Ward. When Ebenezer
was 8 years old, he was placed at Dumpton Hall, a Collegiate School established by
Sir Samuel Morton Peto of Peto, Brassey and Betts. The Brassey of that firm was
the father of the then present Lord Brassey of Sunbeam Farm and at one time Governor
of Victoria (maybe in Australia), Sir Samuel acquired his baronetcy in recognition
of the rapid construction of his firm, of the railway from Balaclava to Sebastopol
in the early times of the Crimean War
Carolyn requested help to verify the above information which has come into her possession
to be able to include or discount from her family’s history
Carolyn added that Eebenezer Ward emigrated to Australia and was First Minister for
Agriculture in South Australia. He resided in parliament there from 1894 to 1900.
He was later laid to rest in Karrakatta Cemetery in Western Australia in 1917
I can tell you that Rewsalls Farm is still very much up and running and, by the look
of the house, it has been there many hundreds of years. What records I have, of the
Ward family living there, come from the Census returns , the earliest of which comes
1841 - John Ward 35 (farmer), Sarah Ward 35, Sarah Ward 30 Elizabeth Ward 24.
I do not have the returns for 1851
1861 returns - John Ward (farmer) employing 17 men, 4 boys on 225 acres born St Giles,
Colchester, Mary Ann Ward 50 (wife) born West Mersea, Sara Ward 56 and Elizabeth
Ward 45 unmarried sisters (John’s) born Colchester, John Woodward 8 (nephew) scholar
born West Mersea, Emmie Ward 21 unmarried visitor born Colchester, 2 servants.
1871 - John Ward 64 (farmer), Mary Ann Ward 60 wife, Sarah 66, Elizabeth 54 (John’s
sisters) John Woodward 18 (nephew), same 2 servants.
1881 - Mary Ann Ward (widow), occupier of 200 acres employing 11 men, 2 boys, John
Woodward 28 (farmer), Alice Elizabeth Woodward 26 (wife) born Sheerness, Beta May
Woodward 2 (daughter), William H Woodward 6 months both born Mersea.
I do not have returns for 1891 or 1901.
There is no mention of Ebenezer but he could have been there between 1841 and 1861.
I hope this may be of some help to you and if I can find out more, I will let you
Kay Chittenden has asked if Ron knows about the vessel Mersea Pearl. His findings
are that it was a yacht owned by the late Bill Newman who took her to the Mediterranean.
It passed to Bill’s daughter, then is believed to have been sold to an Italian who
gave it to his daughter for a wedding present
Kay Chittenden (nee Quigley) former Mersea Girl now living in California has asked
about the vessel Mersea Pearl. Ron has made some enquiries. It seems she was a yacht
owned by the late Bill Newman who took her to the Mediterranean. She was later passed
to Bill’s daughter, who then sold her on to an Italian who gave her to his daughter
as a wedding present. Both Ron and Kay would be pleased to receive any further information.
31st March 2007 (email received)
Hello Ron & Wendy,
Ron, Would you please have any information, on a William Dowsing, listed as a farmer,
in 1860. On the marriage certificate, of his daughter Emma Cecilia Dowsing to Benjamin
I believe he may have farmed at East Mersea, would dearly love to know which farm?
The 1841 census for East Mersea shows Charles Dowsing, farmer at Dowsings Farm
I have no other information for that year as I don't have the complete census for
East Mersea for that year
However , there is still a cottage at the bottom of Shop Lane called 'Dowsings'
The 1861 census for East Mersea shows the following:-
Charles Dowsing head 26 farm labourer born East Mersea
Eleanor Dowsing wife 28 "
Rebecca " daughter 9 months "
Mira Dowsing widow (of Charles the 1841 farmer?) 52 afflicted, born Langenhoe
Lucy Dowsing daughter 15 waits upon mother
born East Mersea
1881 census for East Mersea
Charles and Eleanor Dowsing with children - John Charles 28 lab, Henry J.15 lab.
Moses C. 10 sch. Anna M. 8 sch. Elizabeth M 5, Maud E.1
High Road( next to Home House Farm)
Maria Dowson head widow 70
Edward Clarke son in law widower 35 Farmers son born E.Mersea
Minnie Clarke daug.11 sch
Walter " son 8 sch
George " son 6 sch
Margaret " daug 3
West Mersea census for 1851
George Hews head 55 superannuated coast guard born Bradwell
Benjamin Hews son 13 sch born South Benfleet
I don't have all the census returns for East Mersea so I'm afraid there are some
gaps but I hope this imformation will be of help
Fountain Hotel (watercolour)
23rd November We recently had a request for information about the Pooley family
of Hall House (Mary Mahala b. 1865) of East Mersea. Ron looked up entries in the
1861 census which listed ten family members and he has now found 2 entries in 1851
William Master Shoemaker born in Suffolk and daughter Sarah plus a visitor Thomas
Mott. Other than that he was unable to help further. Should anyone know any more
Jacqui is researching the family tree