Emily Jane  Wright

Emily Jane Wright

Female Abt 1839 - 1902  (~ 63 years)    Has one ancestor but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Emily Jane Wright 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born Abt 1839  Hersham, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Jun 1902  Decker Hill, Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I270196  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 

    Father Alexander Wright,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Family ID F109222  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Bishton Garnett-Botfield,   b. 27 Jun 1816, Nantwich, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1903, Decker Hill, Shifnal, Shropshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 1872 
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2001 
    Family ID F109197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 



    • Reverend William Bishton Garnett-Botfield's second wife, the former Emily Jane Wright, died just seven months before he did.

      She had been a shadowy, unknown figure in our family history until her obituary was discovered in the newspaper morgue of the Wellington-Shrewsbury Journal. Although it says little about her life and personal accomplishments, it is still of interest to us for the sincere admiration and public outpouring of sympathy that occurred throughout the town of Shifnal on the occasion of her death. The obituary is also of note for the synopsis of the BOTFIELD family [much of which is incorrect] which occupies more than half of the eulogy.

      The funeral of Mrs. W. B. Garnett-Botfield, whose decease was announced in the last issue of the Journal, took place in Shifnal Parish Churchyard on Monday afternoon.

      The mournful cortege on its way from the hall was met near the top of High Street by the members of the deceased's Sewing Meeting, which included some of the oldest inhabitants of the town, and by a large body of tradesmen and others who joined in the procession.

      The following order was observed; The hearse containing the coffin, a carriage with the bereaved husband and members of the family, mourning coach, Mr Howard McLean's carriage, another mourning coach, the servants from the hall and work people on the estate, members of the Women's Sewing Meeting, tradesmen, and the general public.

      Throughout the town windows were shuttered and blinds drawn and at every point testimony was borne to the high qualities which had made the late Mrs. Garnett-Botfield beloved of everyone. The procession was met at the Parish Church by the Rev. J. Lavis-Brown (vicar) and the Rev. C. Garnett-Botfield (son of the deceased), who ushered the coffin into the sacred edifice.

      The hymn "For ever with the Lord" was sung by the choir and congregation, and the opening portion of the burial service was taken by the Vicar. Afterwards the hymn "Peace, perfect peace" was sung, and as the church as left Mr. R. Owen (organist) played the "Dead March".

      The body was interred in a grave beautifully lined with moss and flowers. The service at the graveside was jointly conducted by the Vicar and the Rev. C. Garnett-Botfield, the Rev. J. T Peters (curate) being also present.

      Numerous floral emblems were placed on the coffin and grave.

      The chief mourners were: the Rev. W. B. Garnett-Botfield husband), the Rev. C. Garnett-Botfield, Mr. W. E. Garnett-Botfield (Bishop's Castle), and Major Garnett-Botfield (sons); Mr. Bardwell and Mr. Aldersey (sons-in-law), Mr. Gilmour (nephew), Mr. J. R.Howard-McLean (Aston Hall), Mr. N. Howard McLean (Donington), Mr. J. W. Brooke (Haughton Hall), Mr. A. C. Lyon (Albrighton Hall), and Mr. Harvey (agent).

      [There follows at this point a long listing of other mourners and well-wishers not directly connected with the Garnett-Botfield family]

      The ancient family of Botfield of Decker Hill and of Norton Hall, co. Northampton, is a branch of that formerly spelled "Botevyle", founded by Geoffrey and Oliver Botegyle, who assisted King John to war against the barons in 1210.

      Fifth in descent from Sir Geoffrey was Thomas, the father of two remarkable men---John, ancestor of the Shropshire Botfields (which family is merged in these modern times, and now known as Garnett-Botfields); and William Botefelde; no other than the powerful man of old known also as William De la Inn, founder of the Thynnes, bearing the noble titles of Marquises of Bath, and other territorial lords.

      The grandson of John (brother of De la Inn) was that William Botevyle of Church Stretton, whose family spread. Of these, John's son Thomas, there was a still wider extension of the family, branches of which thrived at Shrewsbury, Frodesley, and other places, until in the Stuart period, Thomas Botfield of Dawley had a son named Beriah, in 1702, just 300 [it should say 200] years ago.

      Beriah's son, Thomas of Dawley and Ditton Stoke, was born on St. Valentine's Day, 1736. That gentleman took to wife, Margaret, only daughter of William Baker of Worfield, and Margaret Botfield lived right on until 1803, and her husband, Thomas Botfield lived until 1841.

      Their eldest son, also named Thomas, of Decker Hill and Norton Hall, was childless, but the younger brother Beriah was father of the learned gentleman who, besides being a justice of the peace for Salop, was a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Society of Antiquaries; was M.P. for Ludlow from 1840 to 1847, and a Chevalier of the Order of Albert the Brave of Saxony.

      But his learning was against his marrying. Another younger son of Thomas and Margaret Botfield was William, the one who kept to Decker Hill, the elder being on the Northamptonshire estates.

      William, son of Thomas and Margaret, was he who, by his marriage with Lucy Bishton (daughter of John Bishton of Kilsall) gave the Bishton name as a baptismal one to the Rev. William Bishton Garnett-Botfield, who now in 1902 is again left a widower.

      But this William Botfield of Decker Hill, husband of Lucy Bishton, died childless at Christmas, 1850, and his widow lived but one short year longer. Thus the brothers, William and Thomas Botfield, both died without leaving children, and the only other brother, Beriah, had, by Charlotte, daughter of Dr. Withering of Edgbaston, the son Beriah, whose learning appears to have unfitted him for the softer side of domestic life.

      Here then ends the Shropshire line of the formerly powerful Botfields, whilst that descended from that oddly named "John o' th' Inne" (corrupted to Thynne) still goes on in the noble folk known as relatives of the Marquise of Bath.

      The Garnetts for some generations were settled at Bunbury, Acton, and Nantwich. The Rev. William Garnett of Haughton Hall, the rector of Church Tilston (he who died in 1829), was the fortunate husband of Sophia, daughter of Mr. John Bishton of Kilsall House, Salop. The son of this rev. gentleman is the aged owner of Decker Hill---the Rev. William Bishton Garnett-Botfield, who on Coronation Day, 1902, will enter upon his 87th year.

      His mother, it will be seen, was Sophia (otherwise Elizabeth) Bishton. It was not until 1863 when he was 47 years of age, that the Rev. gentleman took the name of Botfield. This he did by Royal license, taking at the same time the Botfield arms as lodged at Heralds College, London. The date of the license is 30th Oct. 1863, and it was in compliance with the will of William Botfield, who died in 1860, leaving the Rev. gentleman the Decker Hill real estate.

      The Rev. William Bishton Garnett-Botfield, now of Decker Hill, was twice married; first on 2nd November, 1848, to Sarah, daughter of Mr. William Dutton, and secondly (his first wife having died 18th February, 1867), to Emily, daughter of Mr. Alexander Wright of Guildford Law, Dover in 1872.

      This lady died 6th June, 1902. There were seven children by the first-named lady---1. William Egerton, born 16th August, 1849, who married in 1881 Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr. J. Howard McLean of Aston Hall.
      He is a J.P., and lives at The Hut, Colebatch, Bishop's Castle; 2. Alfred Stanton, born 1850; 3. Walter Dutton, born 1854; 4. Charles Ramsay, born, 1868. And their three sisters are Lucy Sophia, Grace Catherine and Anne Augusta.

      Emily Jane Garnett-Botfield appointed as the executors of her Will, her sister Eliza Mary Wright and her nephew Alexander Wallace Gilmour.

      Under the terms of her will, she gave the following specific legacies, free of all duty:

      ...to the said Eliza Mary Wright, my diamond brooch;
      to the said Alexander Wallace Gilmour my old silver coffee pot and silver mug; to my sister Rosa Montgomery Campbell, my diamond hoop ring and sapphire and diamond rose ring and two silver salt cellars; to my sister Alice Sophia Gilmour, my diamond and sapphire hoop ring and diamond star and two silver salt cellars; to my stepdaughter Grace Catherine Garnett-Botfield, my single diamond ring and I request her to bequeath the same on her death to my goddaughter Constance Rosemary Garnett-Botfield, but it is not my intention to create or impose on her any trust condition or obligation in that behalf.

      And if the said Grace Catherine Garnett-Botfield shall die in my lifetime, then I bequeath to my said goddaughter Constance Rosemary Garnett-Botfield my same single diamond ring.

      To my stepdaughter Annie Augusta Aldersey, my ruby ring; to my stepdaughter-in-law Susan Katharine Garnett-Botfield, my diamond and red enamel brooch;
      to my stepdaughter-in-law Ida Garnett-Botfield, my signet ring and gold bangle; to my maid Margaret Cromer if she shall be in my service at the time of my death, all my wearing apparel but not including any lace attached thereto.

      And as to all the remainder of my furniture, plate and plated articles, china, glass, books, prints, pictures, watches, jewels, jewellery, lace, trinkets and other articles of domestic and personal use or ornament wheresoever situate of which I may be possessed at the time of my death, I give and bequeath the same to my said sisters Eliza Mary Wright, Alice Sophia Gilmour, and Rosa Montgomery Campbell to be divided between them in as nearly as may be equal share as they shall arrange between them or in the event of the death of any of my said sisters in my lifetime then I give and bequeath the same articles to the survivors or survivor of them.

      ...I give and bequeath the following pecuniary legacies all free of duty: to the said Annie Augusta Aldersey and Grace Catherine Garnett-Botfield the sum of one hundred pounds each; to my godchildren William Henry Coffin Bolton, Grace Frederica Bardwell, Francis Garnett Aldersey and the said Constance Rosemary Garnett-Botfield the sum of twenty pounds each...

      ...to my butler William Higgins if he shall be in my service at the time of my death the sum of twenty-five pounds; to my cook Martha Vaughan if she shall be in my service at the time of my death the sum of twenty-five pounds, to Kate Masters of 4 Guilford Lawn Dover the sum of twenty pounds; to Bertha Christian of 21 Carlton House Terrace London the sum of twenty pounds; to my said maid Margaret Cromer if she shall be in my service at the time of my death the sum of one hundred pounds.

      In the remainder of her Will, Emily Jane Garnett-Botfield instructs her two executors and trustees to put into a trust fund any and all remaining securities, property, "the fortune settled by me on my marriage by deed" [the deed dated December 10, 1870], or inheritances due to her, and to invest such sums into a trust fund.

      The income from this trust fund was to be paid to her husband during his lifetime, and after his death the trust was to be paid to her three sisters and to their children---any sons to be paid their share upon attaining the age of 21 years, and any daughters to be paid at age 21 or upon their marriage.

      The will was signed and dated on December 7, 1901 in the presence of witnesses John Lavis Brown [Vicar of Shifnal] and Isabelle Ross, nurse. The will was probated on July 11, 1902 and granted to the named executors Eliza Mary Wright and Alexander Wallace Gilmour.


      Reverend William Bishton Garnett-Botfield's second wife, the former Emily
      Jan e Wright, died just seven months before he did.
      She had been a shadowy, unkn own figure in our family history until her
      obituary was discovered in the new spaper morgue of the
      Wellington-Shrewsbury Journal. Although it says little about her life
      and personal accomplishments, it is still of interest to us f or the
      sincere admiration and public outpouring of sympathy that occurred
      t hroughout the town of Shifnal on the occasion of her death. The
      obituary is also of note for the synopsis of the BOTFIELD family [much of
      which is incorr ect] which occupies more than half of the eulogy.
      The funeral of Mrs. W. B. Garnett-Botfield, whose decease was
      announced in the last issue of the Journal, took place in
      Shifnal Parish Churchyard on Monday afterno on.
      The mournful cortege on its way from the hall was met near the top
      of H igh Street by the members of the deceased's Sewing Meeting,
      which inc luded some of the oldest inhabitants of the town, and by a
      large body o f tradesmen and others who joined in the procession.
      The following order was observed; The hearse containing the
      coffin, a carriage with the bereaved husband and members of the
      family, mourning coach, Mr Howard McLean's carriage, another
      mourning coach, the servants from the hall and work people on the
      estate, members of the Women's Sewing Meet ing, tradesmen, and the
      general public.
      Throughout the town windows w ere shuttered and blinds drawn
      and at every point testimony was borne t o the high qualities
      which had made the late Mrs. Garnett-Botfield beloved of
      everyone. The procession was met at the Parish Church b y the Rev. J.
      Lavis-Brown (vicar) and the Rev. C. Garnett-Botfield ( son of the
      deceased), who ushered the coffin into the sacred edifice.
      The hymn "For ever with the Lord" was sung by the choir and
      congre gation, and the opening portion of the burial service was
      taken by th e Vicar. Afterwards the hymn "Peace, perfect peace"
      was sung, and a s the church as left Mr. R. Owen (organist) played the
      "Dead March".
      The body was interred in a grave beautifully lined with
      moss and flower s. The service at the graveside was jointly
      conducted by the Vicar and the Rev. C. Garnett-Botfield, the Rev.
      J. T Peters (curate) being als o present.
      Numerous floral emblems were placed on the coffin and grave.
      The chief mourners were: the Rev. W. B. Garnett-Botfield
      husband), the Rev. C. Garnett-Botfield, Mr. W. E.
      Garnett-Botfield (Bishop's C astle), and Major
      Garnett-Botfield (sons); Mr. Bardwell and Mr . Aldersey
      (sons-in-law), Mr. Gilmour (nephew), Mr. J. R.Howard-McL ean (Aston
      Hall), Mr. N. Howard McLean (Donington), Mr. J. W. Brooke (H aughton
      Hall), Mr. A. C. Lyon (Albrighton Hall), and Mr. Harvey (agent).
      [There follows at this point a long listing of other mourners and
      well-wi shers not directly connected with the
      Garnett-Botfield family]
      The ancient family of Botfield of Decker Hill and of Norton
      Hall, co. Northampton, is a branch of that formerly spelled
      "Botevyle", founded by Geoffrey and Oliver Botegyle, who
      assisted King John to war against the barons in 1210.
      Fifth in descent from Sir Geoffrey was Thomas, the father of
      two remarkable men---John, ancestor of the Shropshire Botfiel ds
      (which family is merged in these modern times, and now known as
      Garnett-Botfields); and William Botefelde; no other than the
      powerfu l man of old known also as William De la Inn, founder of
      the Thynnes , bearing the noble titles of Marquises of Bath, and
      other territorial lords.
      The grandson of John (br


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