Posts Tagged ‘Saunders’

Amram Saunders

November 19, 2015

Amram Saunders is a name that has cropped up a few times in this blog. We thought it was time to see the man. Amram was born in 1779 and died in 1849. This means there are no actual photos of the man. But the Saunders were well to do and a portrait was created – artist unknown – and we have a black and white copy of this.

Amram Saunders - 19th century Market Lavington corn miller

Amram Saunders – 19th century Market Lavington corn miller

On the face of it, Amram was a miller with a water mill, known as Russell Mill, which was then in Market Lavington. But in truth he had a wide ranging business, much of it based in Bath. His children rose to prominence in a variety of fields of endeavour and in a variety of places across the world.

This simple tree shows his children.

Amram's wife and children

Amram’s wife and children

Perhaps a major feature of the whole family was non conformity both in religion and politics. The non-conformity was very human in nature. The family were keen to see all people treated well. Sometimes they suffered themselves for beliefs truly held.

You can discover much more about this extraordinary family by visiting the museum.

William Saunders

November 13, 2013

One Saunders family, that of Amram Saunders, was well known in 19th century Market Lavington for their radical views and a commitment to helping people. If William Saunders, who we look at today, was related to them it was not a close relationship.

Our photo of William is in very poor condition as you can see below.

William Saunders - a road mender of Market Lavington

William Saunders – a road mender of Market Lavington

Despite the poor condition, we can see a fine, upstanding young gentleman. Let’s look into his history.

William Henry Saunders was born in 1876. His father, another William Saunders, came from West Lavington. His mother, Hannah (née Blagden) was a Market Lavington girl. In 1881 the family lived at Broadwell Cottage in Market Lavington. Father William was an agricultural labourer and Hannah’s mother was with the family.

In about 1883 our William gained a sister and in 1891 the family lived on New Street (AKA The Muddle) in Market Lavington. Young William was a labourer.

By 1901 the family lived on Church Street in Market Lavington. The Williams, father and son were both working as gardeners.

In 1905 William Henry Saunders married a widow – Elizabeth Pymont. In 1911 the couple, along with Elizabeth’s daughter from her first marriage and the couple’s own daughter were living on Church Street. William was a labourer on county roads – doing road repairs. That’s the job he’s remembered for in Market Lavington. Elizabeth had been born Elizabeth Kyte in Easterton.

William died in 1952 and is buried in the churchyard at Market Lavington.

Going back in history we know that William was a direct descendant of David Saunders, the pious shepherd of Salisbury Plain.

The photo was found in a cottage in Erlestoke where the Saunders’ daughter had lived and was given to the museum in 1998.