Wholesale garden robbery

Cabbage and broccoli? It wasn’t kids then. In the Western Gazette of 29 Nov 1867 we read the following:

Some time during the night of Tuesday, the 19th inst., a large quantity of cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables, growing in a garden at Staplehay, in this parish (Pitminster), and belonging to Charles Clarke Mattock, coachman to T. Dawson, Esq., of Maryville, Pitminster, were cut and carried away by some persons unknown. Part of a wall of a field in which the garden is situated was knocked down it is supposed by these miscreants im making their exit. £5 Reward has been offered by Mr. Dawson for the apprehension and conviction of the offenders.

Charles Clarke Mattock, baptised at Trull, Somerset on 1 Feb 1835 was my 3rd great-uncle. His parents were Robert Mattock and Sarah Enno and he was the fifth of 13 children.

Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1914 - Charles Clarke Mattock
Baptism

On 16 Aug 1864, he married Martha Foster, daughter of William Foster, at North Petherton, Somerset by Banns. The witnesses were Sarah Ann Crabb and William Foster. Martha was buried at St Mary Magdelene on 29 Jan 1876.

St Mary Magdalene Church
St Mary Magdalene Church
Wikimedia Commons Attribution: Roger Cornfoot

And in 1877 Charles married Mary Collings Pavey at Axminster, Devon.

Charles died 6 Jan 1894 at Frome, aged 58. For 18 years he had been the faithful servant of Mrs. Charlotte Augusta Pitt, Cricket Court, near Chard, Somerset. Charlotte was born in 1812 and was the daughter of Sir. H. M. Mainwaring, 1st Bart., and married to the Rev. George Pitt. In Jun 1890 Mrs. Pitt gave a sumptuous supper of roast beef and plum pudding to a large number of the VIllagers and the workers at Cricket Court in honour of the marriage of her youngest son. A very generous employer! In 1943 Lord Beaverbrook bough Cricket Court and 800 acres at Cricket Malherbie. The house is about two or three miles south of Ilminster.

 

 

 

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