William Willis lived here

William was born in Poulshot in about 1811. It was in this old Northbrook cottage that he lived with wife, Eliza, and their family.

William Willis once lived in this old cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington. The photo was taken in about 1910.

William Willis once lived in this old cottage on Northbrook, Market Lavington. The photo was taken in about 1910.

His wife had been Miss Eliza Dark and they married on 25th October 1832. Eliza was a Market Lavington lass, the daughter of Moses and Martha.

The 1841 census is missing for Market Lavington but in 1851 the family consisted of 40 year old William – a pauper, his wife Eliza and three children. Ann was 13, James was 11 (and employed as a farm labourer) and John was 9.

In 1861 William was a widower and working as an agricultural labourer. The same three children were at home with him with both young men being agricultural labourers.

We think William had probably died by 1871.

It’s thought that the picture of his old cottage dates from about 1910. No trace of it remains today.

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