William Bishton  Garnett-Botfield

William Bishton Garnett-Botfield

Male 1816 - 1903  (86 years)    Has 47 ancestors and 37 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William Bishton Garnett-Botfield 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 27 Jun 1816  Nantwich, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Jan 1903  Decker Hill, Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I270116  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 

    Father William Garnett,   b. 1766,   d. Mar 1829, Tilston, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Sophia Bishton,   b. Dec 1798, Donington, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1869, Haughton Hall, Bunbury parish, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 16 Sep 1815  Lichfield Cathedral, Stafford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Family ID F108945  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Emily Jane Wright,   b. Abt 1839, Hersham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1902, Decker Hill, Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 1872 
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 
    Family ID F109197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Dutton,   b. 1823, Halkyn, Flintshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1867, Decker Hill, Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 2 Nov 1848  Birkenhead Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • [garnett.FTW]

      [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 6, Ed. 1, Tree #4590, Date of Import: May 30, 2000]

      William Bishton Garnett, Curate of Dindon, Sussex, eldest son of the late William Garnett of Tilston, Cheshire, married on 2 November, 1848, at Birkenhead, Sarah, second daughter of William Dutton.

      Source: Gentleman's Magazine, January 1849, page 80.

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      Custom Field:<_FA#> 2 Nov 1848Gentleman's Magazine, January 1849, p. 80
      Willia m Bishton Garnett, Curate of Dindon, Sussex, eldest son of the late
      William G arnett of Tilston, Cheshire, married on 2 November, 1848, at
      Birkenhead, Sar ah, second daughter of William Dutton.
      Source: Gentleman's Magazine, January 1849, page 80.
    Children 
    +1. William Egerton Garnett-Botfield,   b. 16 Aug 1849, Findon, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1906, The Hut, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     2. Alfred Stanton Garnett-Botfield,   b. 25 Sep 1850, Findon Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1891  (Age 40 years)
     3. Grace Catharine Garnett-Botfield,   b. 1853, Findon, Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1930  (Age 77 years)
    +4. Lucy Sophia Garnett-Botfield,   b. 1853, Findon Sussex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1899, Bolton Hall, Wilberfoss, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +5. Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield,   b. 16 Jun 1854, Bunbury, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1933  (Age 79 years)
    +6. Annie Augusta Garnett-Botfield,   b. 1857, Bunbury, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1931  (Age 74 years)
    +7. Charles Ramsey Garnett-Botfield,   b. 7 May 1858, Bunbury, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1932  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 
    Family ID F109198  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 



    • William Bishton GARNETT, was born on June 27, 1816, the first son of Reverend William GARNETT and Elizabeth Sophia BISHTON. His brother Alfred Ingilby GARNETT was born 6 years later.

      He was educated at Shrewsbury School and later took an M.A. at Brasenose College, Oxford. He entered the ministry, serving as Curate of Findon near Worthing (county Sussex) and in 1853 was preacher at Bunbury Church, Tarporley.

      It was largely as a result of his efforts that the Bunbury Grammar School was completely transformed and a full time certified teacher (William Bailey) was hired. Garnett and Bailey together originated a novel scheme by which the children of families in any sphere of life could receive an excellent education at the school by paying tuition fees based according to the family's means.

      On November 2, 1848 he married Sarah DUTTON, daughter of William DUTTON of Halewood House, Lancashire. Their first son, William Egerton Garnett was born August 16, 1849. Another son came along the following year, Alfred Stanton Garnett, born September 25, 1850. In 1853, daughters Grace Catharine and Lucy Sophia arrived. These first four children were born at Findon, Sussex while Reverend William Bishton Garnett was a Curate there.

      The following year, the family moved to Bunbury to take up new parish duties and Walter Dutton was added to the rapidly growing Garnett brood.

      The last two of their children, Annie Augusta and Charles Ramsay Garnett rounded out the family in 1857 and 1858 respectively.

      When the 1861 Census was taken (April 15, 1861), the family of the Reverend William Bishton Garnett (age 44 and preacher at Bunbury Parish Church) was living at Bunbury Heath. Besides Rev. Garnett, his wife Sarah (age 37) and their seven children, the house was also occupied by his widowed 62-year old mother (Elizabeth Sophia Bishton Garnett), and his unmarried sister-in-law Anne Dutton (age 35).

      There were also four house servants living with the family: Anne Moulton (age 59, housekeeper), Sarah Moulton (age 54, housemaid), May Rolf (age 26, nurse), and Effie Lydraid (age 17, housemaid). The Garnett family appear to have lived a comfortable and well-attended life for a humble preacher.

      In 1863, the life and fortunes of the Garnetts took a remarkable turn for the better.

      As it happened, William Bishton Garnett's cousin, Beriah Botfield (son of Beriah Botfield "the elder", and the nephew of Lucy BISHTON's sister) died without off-spring or heirs in that year.

      Beriah Botfield was a Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Norton (from 1840-1847; 1857-1863), and had married Isabella LEIGHTON on October 21, 1858 at Alderbury.

      Under a clause in the last Will and Testament of Beriah's uncle, William Botfield, if there were no heirs upon the death of his nephew, then the Botfield estate, property and family name was to pass to the Reverend William Bishton Garnett.

      When Beriah Botfield died, his wife Isabella Leighton Botfield was asked if she was pregnant with an heir. She replied in the negative and "there was great jubilation" among the Garnetts.

      The Botfield estate yielded an income of about 8,000-pounds a year (after some 20,000-pounds had been insured in trust for the younger children).

      By Royal license dated October 30, 1863, William Bishton Garnett was also granted the right to take the surname BOTFIELD in addition to and after that of GARNETT and to use the arms of Botfield quarterly with those of Garnett. From that point onward, this branch of the Garnett family bore the name of GARNETT-BOTFIELD.

      The income from the BOTFIELD inheritance and estate supported the family of Rev. William Bishton Garnett-Botfield in a high style of life. The 1871 census shows the following hired help living at the Garnett-Botfield Decker Hill estate: a governess, housekeeper, cook, laundry maid, house maid, ladies maid, under housemaid, kitchen maid, butler, footman, coachman, two gardeners, groom, garden laborer, and a game keeper.

      William Bishton Garnett-Botfield was appointed Justice of the Peace for Decker Hill, Shifnal and Chairman County Magistrates for Shifnal Petty Sessional Division in 1891. He was a strong supporter of local charities and a wall monument in his honour can still be seen at the parish church in Shifnal. In politics he was an extreme radical [a devoted liberal] who advocated free education and the establishment of a federation of British colonies---an idea that perhaps foreshadowed the formation of the British Commonwealth many years later.

      In his account of the Garnett Family History, George Garnett in 1910 recounts his boyhood recollection of the Reverend William Bishton Garnett as "an extreme radical but otherwise a good fellow, told a story well and gave me [George Garnett], when I was a boy, a 5-pound and 10-pound note. He was a good fly fisherman for trout and a popular man."

      Of the children of William Bishton GARNETT-BOTFIELD and Sarah DUTTON (who died February 18, 1867), the following information is currently known:

      William Egerton GARNETT-BOTFIELD, born August 16, 1849, was educated at Oxford. He married Elizabeth Clulow HOWARD-McLEAN on February 24, 1881 and had two sons and one daughter. He died April 3, 1906.]

      Alfred Stanton GARNETT-BOTFIELD, born September 25, 1850, was educated at Rugby and Brasenose College, Oxford (B.A.) He died unmarried on January 15, 1891.

      Grace Catherine, who was born in 1853, and died on January 4, 1930. She continued to live unmarried at Shifnal where she became closely identified with all local good works. She was secretary of the Shifnal District Nursing Fund, head of the Mother's Meeting and an associate of the Mothers' Union. Grace Catherine was also president of the lcoal Woman's Institute and honorary treasurer of the Woman's Conservative Association.

      Lucy Sophia, born also in 1853, married Thomas Newman Frederick BARDWELL of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire in April, 1880. They had no children. She died November 20, 1899.

      Walter Dutton GARNETT-BOTFIELD, born June 16, 1854 was educated at Rugby and the Royal Military Academy (R.M.A.), Woolwich. He became a Major in the Royal Artillery, and married Susan Katherine Houldsworth McConnel of Hale Carr, Bowdon, Cheshire on August 2, 1894. Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield died December 6, 1903 leaving one daughter: Ruth GARNETT-BOTFIELD who married her cousin Major-General Douglas Fitzgerald McConnel of Heath Ends, Basingstoke on April 29, 1920.

      Annie Augusta, born in 1857, married Thomas ALDERSEY on April 19, 1887. They had three children: Thomas Francis Garnett ALDERSEY, Walter Massie ALDERSEY, and Gladys Valentine ALDERSEY (Sister Mary Veronica). Annie Augusta died March 8, 1931.

      Charles Ramsay GARNETT-BOTFIELD, born May 7, 1857, was educated at Harrow and Magdalen College, Oxford (M.A. 1884). He went into the ministry and became Vicar of Moreton, Oswestry. In 1886, he married Ida Mary ALDERSEY, the sister of his brother-in-law, Thomas ALDERSEY. He died September 19, 1932 and was succeeded by his son Jack Massie GARNETT-BOTFIELD (1890-1938).

      William Bishton Garnett-Botfield died on Sunday, January 11, 1903 at the age of 86 years. He was well-known and highly regarded throughout Shropshire and his original home county of Cheshire, and a long obituary for him appeared in the "Wellington Journal" on the Saturday following his death.

      After an illness extending over some period, the
      Rev. W. B. Garnett-Botfield of Decker Hill, Shifnal, passed away on Sunday, at the ripe age of 86 years. The
      rev. gentleman, who was well known throughout Shropshire and Cheshire, had resided at Decker Hill for a great number of years.

      He was a justice of the peace, and had for a considerable period taken an active part in the magisterial proceedings at the local and county sessions. As a landlord he was thoughtful and kind, and was a friend true and loyal. Always sympathetic to the cry of the distressed and needy, he identified himself with many works of a philanthropic nature, and the poor of Shifnal and the neighbourhood especially constantly benefited by his deeds of generosity.

      In politics he was a Liberal, and for some years had been the president of the Newport Divisional Liberal Association.

      Born in 1816, the deceased was the eldest son of the late Rev. W. Garnett of Haughton Hall, Chester, rector of Church Tilston, his mother being the only daughter and heiress of Mr. J. Bishton of Kilsall House, Shropshire.

      He was authorised by Royal license in 1863, in compliance with a proviso contained in the will of Mr. W. Botfield of Decker Hill, to take the surname of Botfield in addition to Garnett, and to bear the arms of Botfield quartered with those of Garnett. He was educated first at Shrewsbury School and afterwards at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1840. In 1853 he was appointed "The Preacher" of Bunbury, Cheshire, which appointment he held until 1863.

      The Rev. gentleman married in 1848 as his first wife the daughter of Mr. W. Dutton of Halewood House, Lancashire; she died in 1867 leaving four sons and three daughters. The eldest son, Mr. W. E. Garnett-Botfield of The Hut, Bishop's Castle, succeeds his father. Some years after his first wife's death, the deceased gentleman married a daughter of Mr. A. Wright of Dover, and this lady predeceased her husband only in June last.

      The funeral of the deceased gentleman took place at Shifnal Parish Church on Wednesday. The cortege left Decker Hill in the early afternoon, and was met near the entrance to the town by a large concourse of local tradesmen and the general public, who followed the procession to the church.

      All business houses were closed, and houses along the route had their windows closely shuttered. The procession was headed by a detachment of police, which was followed by the hearse, containing the coffin, and the bearers.

      The principal mourners and private carriages came next, and after them a number of the neighbouring gentry and magistrates. Following these were representatives of the Shifnal Rural Council and Shifnal Parish Council, the local fire brigade (in uniform), tradesmen, members of the Foresters' and Oddfellows' Friendly Societies, and the general public.

      On arrival at the church gates the cortege was met by the Re. W.E. Malaher (vicar) and the Rev. J. T. Peters (curate), both of whom took part in the service.
      The hymn, "The King of Love my Shepherd is", was sung in the church, and before leaving the edifice the organist (Mr. R. Owen) played the "Dead March".

      The church was crowded, but special arrangements had been made for the seating of the congregation by the churchwardens, assisted by Messrs. W. J. Fenn,
      H. L. Lawrence, and J. Morton (sidesmen).

      At the graveside the surpliced choir sang "Glory to Three".

      The mourners were: Mr. and Mrs W. E. Garnett (son and daughter-in-law), Major and Mrs Garnett-Botfield (son and daughter-in-law), Rev. C. Botfield (son), Mr. Aldersey (son in law), Mr. Craven Garnett, Mr. J. Dutton, Mr. H. Stanton, Mr. C. H. Smith, Mr. A. W. Gilmour, Mr. J. R. Howard McLean,
      Mr. N. Howard McLean, and Mr. C. W. Harvey (agent),

      [A long list of mourners and also those who sent floral tributes are printed here].

      William Bishton Garnett-Botfield's will was probated on April 3, 1903.
      The net value of his estate amounted to L41,239-0s-5d.

      To oversee his wishes, he appointed three executors and trustees: his two sons William Egerton Garnett- Botfield and Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield, and his son-in-law Thomas Newman Frederick Bardwell.

      The first part of the will outlines the provisions of a trust fund which he established in 1870 for the benefit of his wife and children. The funding of this trust fund was based on an Indenture put upon his manor and estates at Haughton and elsewhere in Cheshire as well as on moneys payable from certain life insurance policies.

      One-sixth shares of this trust fund had already been paid to three of his children: Lucy Sophia Bardwell, Annie Augusta Aldersey and Charles Ramsey Garnett-Botfield at the time of their respective marriages.

      Under terms of the will, the trustees were to administer the distribution of two additional one-sixth shares of the fund to two other children, namely---Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield and Grace Catherine Garnett-Botfield. The last remaining one-sixth share [that share belonging to Alfred Stanton Garnett- Botfield who had died intestate and unmarried in 1891] was to be split among all of his surviving children.

      At his death, Alfred Stanton Garnett-Botfield had also left a messuage and land near Cwm Maur Dingle, other real estate properties, and L1,500 in ready money. The administration papers had turned these properties and cash over to William Bishton Garnett-Botfield as rightful next of kin.

      In the terms of his own will, William Bishton G-B bequeathed the property at Cwn Maur Dingle to William Egerton Garnett-Botfield on condition that W.E. G-B pay the sum of L400 to Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield. If after 12-months this sum wasn't paid, then the property was to revert directly to Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield completely. The trustees are instructed to divide the L1,500 in cash among all the other children [except W. Egerton G-B].

      All the balance of Alfred Stanton's possessions held by Wm. Bishton G-B is bequeathed to Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield.

      Further bequests are made as follows:

      I bequeath to the said William Egerton Garnett-Botfield my presentation plate from Bunbury, all the family portraits in oil which I brought with me to Decker Hill and my oak chair made of wood from Bunbury and presented to me by my old parishioners there.

      I bequeath to the said Walter Dutton Garnett-Botfield all my furniture and other effects at the Camp Caradoc's Well near Bishop's Castle.

      I bequeath the household furniture, linen and other household effects now contained in my residence at Decker Hill and placed there by me since my succession to the estate and also my presentation plate from Findon and all other of my silver plate to my daughter Grace Catherine Garnett-Botfield absolutely.

      And all other of my chattels and effects at Decker Hill and placed there as aforesaid among such of my children (other than the said William Egerton Garnett-Botfield) as shall be living at my decease in equal shares as they shall mutually agree to divide the same.

      I give and bequeath the following pecuniary legacies (all free of duty) namely To each of the children of my late brother Alfred Ingilby Garnett, two hundred pounds.

      To Eliza Wright Rosa Campbell and Alice Gilmour (my sisters-in-law) twenty pounds each.

      To the said Thomas Newman Frederick Bardwell and James Roger Dutton twenty pounds each.

      To my said son William Egerton Garnett-Botfield that he may not think I have forgotten him though he is amply provided for, fifty pounds for a ring or watch.

      To my Estate Bailiff John Leech1, twenty pounds.

      To my indoor servant William Higgins, thirty pounds.

      To my Coachman James Higgins, ten pounds.

      To my Gardener John Barnett and my servant Martha Vaughan, twenty pounds each.

      And to my said daughter Grace Catherine Garnett-Botfield fifty pounds to be distributed by her at her absolute discretion among my servants or any of them in such shares and manner as she shall think best. And I declare that in the case of a legacy given to a servant the same shall only take effect provided the legatee is in my service at the time of my decease.

      And lastly I devise and bequeath all the residue of my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever (including all Policies of Assurance on my life) and all my real estate of every tenure and wheresoever situate not hereby otherwise disposed of (including as well real as personal estate over which I may have any general power of appointment or disposition by Will) unto and to the use of my trustees their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively upon trust to sell call in collect and convert into money the same and to pay there out my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and the pecuniary legacies bequeathed by this my Will or any codicil hereto and the duties on the said pecuniary legacies and subject thereto in trust for all or any my children or child living at my death [except William Egerton Garnett-Botfield] and the children of child then living of any then deceased child of mine who being male attain the age of twenty-one years, or being female attain that age or marry; if more than one as tenants in common, equal shares but so that the children of any deceased child of mind shall take equally between them as tenants in common only the share which their parent would have taken had he or she survived me and attained a vested interest.

      In witness whereof I have to this my Will contained in this and the preceding three sheets of paper set my hand this twenty sixth day of September one thousand nine hundred and two.

      The personal library and papers of William Bishton GARNETT-BOTFIELD are today preserved for historical and genealogical study in the Shropshire Public Record Office at Shrewsbury, Shropshire.




      GARNETT, William Bishton
      [aka GARNETT-BOTFIELD]
      [1816-1903]
      William Bishton GARNETT, was born on June 27, 1816, the first son of
      Reverend William GARNETT and Elizabeth Sophia BISHTON. His brother
      Alfred Ingilby GARNETT was born 6 years later.
      He was educated at Shrewsbury School and later took an M. A. at Brasenose
      College, Oxford. He entered the ministry, serving as Curate of Fin don
      near Worthing (county Sussex) and in 1853 was preacher at Bunbury Church,
      Tarporley.
      It was largely as a result of his efforts that the Bunbury Gramm ar School
      [The Aldersey School] was completely transformed and a full time
      certified teacher (William Bailey) was hired. Garnett and Bailey together
      ori ginated a novel scheme by which the children of families in any sphere
      of lif e could receive an excellent education at the school by paying
      tuition fees b ased according to the family's means.
      On November 2, 1848 he married Sarah DUT TON, daughter of William DUTTON
      of Halewood House, Lancashire. Their first s on, William Egerton Garnett
      was born August 16, 1849. Another son came along the following year,
      Alfred Stanton Garnett, born September 25, 1850. In 18 53, daughters
      Grace Catharine and Lucy Sophia arrived. These first four chil dren were
      born at Findon, Sussex while Reverend William Bishton Garnett was a
      Curate there.
      The following year, the family moved to Bunbury to take up ne w parish
      duties and Walter Dutton was added to the rapidly growing Garnett br ood.
      The last two of their children, Annie Augusta and Charles Ramsay Garnett
      rounded out the family in 1857 and 1858 respectively.
      When the 1861 Census w as taken (April 15, 1861), the family of the
      Reverend William Bishton Garnett (age 44 and preacher at Bunbury Parish
      Church) was living at Bunbury Heath. Besides Rev. Garnett, his wife
      Sarah (age 37) and their seven children, the house was also occupied by
      his widowed 62-year old mother (Elizabeth Sophia Bishton Garnett), and
      his unmarried sister-in-law Anne Dutton (age 35).
      Ther e were also four house servants living with the family: Anne Moulton
      (age 59 , housekeeper), Sarah Moulton (age 54, housemaid), May Rolf (age
      26, nurse), and Effie Lydraid (age 17, housemaid). The Garnett family
      appear to have liv ed a comfortable and well-attended life for a humble
      preacher.
      In 1863, the life and fortunes of the Garnetts took a remarkable turn
      for the better.
      As it happened, William Bishton Garnett's cousin, Beriah Botfield (son
      of Beri ah Botfield "the elder", and the nephew of Lucy BISHTON's sister)
      died witho ut off-spring or heirs in that year.
      Beriah Botfield was a Conservative Mem ber of Parliament for the riding
      of Norton (from 1840-1847; 1857-1863), and h ad married Isabella LEIGHTON
      on October 21, 1858 at Alderbury.
      Under a cla use in the last Will and Testament of Beriah's uncle, William
      Botfield, if t here were no heirs upon the death of his nephew, then the
      Botfield estate, pr operty and family name was to pass to the Reverend
      William Bishton Garnett.
      When Beriah Botfield died, his wife Isabella Leighton Botfield was asked
      if s he was pregnant with an heir. She replied in the negative and "there
      was gre at jubilation" among the Garnetts.
      The Botfield estate yielded an income of ab out 8,000-pounds a year (after
      some 20,000-pounds had been insured in trust f or the younger children).
      By Royal license dated October 30, 1863, William Bi shton Garnett was
      also granted the right to take the surname BOTFIELD in addi tion to and
      after that of GARNETT and to use the arms of Botfield quarterly w ith
      those of Garnett. From that point onward, this branch of the Garnett
      family bore the name of GARNETT-BOTFIELD.
      The income from the BOTFIELD inheri tance and estate supported the family
      of Rev. William Bishton Garnett-Botfiel d in a high style of life. The
      1871 census shows the following hired help li ving at the Garnett-Botfield
      Decker Hill estate


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