Generation Five – Jane Best

47 Generations of Family History
Generation Five
Jane Best
(1792 – 1870)

Introduction

I decided to put these posts together to showcase my family’s journey through time, I will include as many sources as I can and in some cases explain how I found the records and what records are available. In most cases I will be looking at the facts rather than writing a detailed biography on each person.
A full list for each generation can be found on my new Generations page, and this page will be added too as I move through my family history.
My journey begins in Essex, England in 1930 with the birth of my Grandmother – Rosie May Janes and I begin by following her maternal line to the County of Dorset and then onto a new family line, different county’s and eventually different countries.
I hope to showcase how you can research your family history beyond the Parish Records and how a family line can alter as we move further back in time.

Facts

Name: Jane Best
Birth: abt December 1792
Place of Birth: Hook, Dorset, England
Parents:
Father: Robert Best
Mother: Hannah Mintern

Spouse: Richard Gale
Marriage: 20 August 1817
Place of Marriage: St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset, England.

Children: They had 9 children.

i. Hannah Best Gale (1818 – 1875)
ii. Mary Gale (1820 – 1895)
iii. John Best Gale (1822 – 1888)
iv. Thomas Gale (1825 – )
v. Martha Gale (1827 – 1852)
vi. Emma Gale (1829 – 1871)
vii. Robert Best Gale (1832 – 1905)
viii. Richard Gale (1835 – 1924)
ix. Jane Gale (1838 – 1872)

Death: 16 January 1870
Place of Death: Compton Valence, Dorset, England.
Cause of Death: Natural Decay

Burial: 21 January 1870
Place of Burial: St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England.

Relationship to me: 4 x Great Grandmother.

A Brief Biography

Jane BEST is the daughter of Robert BEST and Hannah MINTERN [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]. She was born Abt. December 1792 in Hook, Dorset, England. [4, 5, 6, 7, 8].
She was born into a family of general means, slightly better than most. Her father’s occupation is unknown as he died in 1832, before the England Census returns began in 1841 and his occupation isn’t listed on any other document, but Robert was the only son of John Best (1745 – 1767) and Jane Darby (1723 – Death Unknown) and his father was a shoemaker by trade and lived in Powerstock, Dorset. I would like to think that he continued this business, but it’s very unlikely as John Best died when Robert was only a year old, and his mother is hard to trace. I would presume she remarried, but no record has yet been found.
Her mother Hannah Mintern was daughter to a moderately wealthy land owner, Henry Mintern (1740 – 1812), although the land was inherited by the eldest sons.

Jane Best is a key generation in my families journey, how you can be born and connected to a well-respected and wealthy family and yet by the end of your life die a pauper.
All generations after her will struggle, many children will die and some will find the Workhouse a close call.

Neither of Jane Best’s parents left wills, so any wealth they did have was spent very early on in their lives.

Jane was the eldest of six children, one of which died in infancy. She was named after her grandmother Jane Darby. The surname ‘Darby’ I find very interesting and may have grand connections in the past although the furthest back I have managed to research is 1564. (When researching, keep an eye out for specific Surnames, some have origins dating back to the conquest of England, and others have ties to more recent peerages. For example; there is no point in hoping to research very far with the surname Baker, but there is with the surname Marshall.)

Jane Best was baptized on 29 January 1793 in St Giles, Hooke, Dorset, England [1]. Her grandparents Henry and Mary Mintern would have been present and the church where the ceremony took place shares a long history with the Mintern family.

Shortly before 1817, Jane had moved from the village of Hooke, to Powerstock, Dorset a short distance of less than 4 miles. I guess she was employed in the area and possibly as a domestic servant or even as a labourer. She was illiterate, which surprises me because her mother Hannah was not. So the sort of employment Jane could take would have been very basic.

It was here in Powerstock that she met Richard Gale and on the 20th August 1817 they both married at St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England. More than a year later they had their first child Hannah Best Gale who was born sometime around December 1818. Over the next twenty years they had eight more children.

Marriage of Richard Gale and Jane Best - 20 August 1817 - St Mary the Virgin, Dorset, England. Source Citation: Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish Registers. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.

Marriage of Richard Gale and Jane Best – 20 August 1817 – St Mary the Virgin, Dorset, England.
Source Citation: Dorset History Centre; Dorset Parish Registers.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. Dorset, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Dorset Parish Registers. Dorchester, England: Dorset History Centre.

By 1841 Jane’s grandparents and parents had all passed away, and any land that had once existed now belonged to two Uncles who were more than happy to see their family struggle. I say that, because one of Jane’s uncles Henry Mintern (1769 – 1850) served time in prison for Vagrancy, whilst his brothers inherited what still existed of Hooke Manor Farm, and lived rather comfortably.

In 1841 Richard and Jane Gale had moved their family to Compton Valence, Dorset and the family all worked the farm and were employed as labourers (they had little time for an education).

Jane’s husband Richard died on the 7th July 1844 from a rupture of the stomach (possibly a work based injury). For the next twenty six years, widowed and penniless, Jane struggled to survive.

Jane Best is recorded as having witnessed at least two weddings, the first was her daughter’ Emma Gale (1829 – 1871) to a Joseph Diskett (1828 – 1893) on the 28 September 1852 and the second was her son’ John Best Gale (1822 – 1888) to Anne Watts (1823 – 1883) on the 11th November 1852, both of these marriages took place in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England.
By 1861 Jane Best, who was to elderly to work and was listed on the census as a pauper and so possibly survived on charity from both her parish and her family, she died on the 16th January 1870 from Natural Decay and was buried on the 21st January in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence.[3, 7].

Jane Gale - Death Certificate - 16 January 1870 - Compton Valence - Dorset

Jane Gale – Death Certificate – 16 January 1870 – Compton Valence – Dorset

Richard GALE is the son of Nicholas GALE and Anne RIGLER [ 1,  2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19]. He was born Abt. Jun 1797 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [12, 13, 16].
Baptism on 02 Jul 1797 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 18]. Occupation
1829 in Powerstock cum West Milton, Dorset, England (Carter) [17]. Residence 1841 in
Compton Vallence, Dorset, England ((No address listed)) [12]. Cause of Death on 07 Jul 1844
in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Supposed Rupture of the Stomach). He died on 07 Jul
1844 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England [13, 14]. Burial on 11 Jul 1844 in Compton Valence,
Dorset, England.

Richard GALE and Jane BEST. They were married on 20 Aug 1817 in St Mary the Virgin,
Powerstock, Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset, England [2, 2, 2, 9, 15]. They had 9 children.

  • i. Hannah Best GALE [20, 1, 21, 2, 2, 3, 22, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29]. Baptism on 11 Jan
    1818 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 1, 1, 23,
    28]. She was born Abt. Dec 1818 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [21, 3, 24, 25, 26].
    She married Joseph SAMWAYS. Their marriage on 09 Apr 1843 in St
    Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Marriage Banns) [2, 2,
    22]. Occupation 1861 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Outdoor Servant).
    Residence 1861 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 43Relation to
    Head of House: Head) [24]. 1861 Census Notes 1861 in Compton Valence,
    Dorset, England (was living next door to her mother’ and two of her brothers).
    1871 Census Notes 1871 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (was living
    next door to her brother’ John Gale). Death Informant on 10 Mar 1871 in
    Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Present at Death and Informed GRO of
    her sisters death). Her death Jul 1875 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England
    (Age: 57) [21, 3]. Burial on 25 Jul 1875 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton
    Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 57) [3].
  • ii. Mary GALE [21, 2, 2, 22, 22, 23, 30, 24, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36]. She was born Abt. Jan 1820 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [21, 30, 24, 31, 32, 33, 34]. Baptism on 28 Jan 1820 in St
    Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Powerstock, Dorset, England [23]. She married
    George SHORT. Their marriage on 05 Dec 1846 in Compton Valence, Dorset,
    England (Banns of Marriage) [2, 2, 22]. Occupation 1861 in Compton Valance,
    Dorset, England (Post Mistress). Residence 1881 in Bradford Peverell,
    Dorset, England (Age: 61Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status:
    Married) [34]. Her death Abt. Feb 1895 in Bradford Peverell, Dorset, England
    (Age: 75) [21, 30]. Burial on 07 Feb 1895 in Bradford Peverell, Dorset, England
    (Age: 72) [30].
  • iii. John Best GALE [20, 1, 21, 3, 22, 23, 24, 37, 38, 39, 25, 40, 41]. He was born Abt. Jul 1822
    in Powerstock, Dorset, England [21, 3, 24, 38, 39, 25, 40]. Baptism on 04 Aug 1822 in
    St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset,
    England [1, 1, 23, 37]. Witness to Marriage on 28 Dec 1847 in St Thomas a
    Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England (was witness to the marriage of
    his sister’ Mary Gale and George Short). Residence 1851 in Compton
    Valence, Dorset, England ((No address listed)) [39]. He married Anne WATTS.
    They were married on 11 Nov 1852 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton
    Valence, Dorset, England [20, 22]. Death Informant on 16 Jan 1870 in Compton
    Valence, Dorset, England (Present at his mothers Death and Informed GRO).
    Occupation 1881 in Compton Vallence, Dorset, England (Carter on Farm). His
    death Jan 1888 in Slape Netherbury, Dorset, England (Age: 66) [21, 3]. Burial on
    25 Jan 1888 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England
    (Age: 66) [3].
  • iv. Thomas GALE [23, 42, 43, 44]. He was born Abt. Jan 1825 in Powerstock, Dorset,
    England [42, 43]. Baptism on 17 Jan 1825 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock,
    Dorset, England [23]. Occupation Abt. 1841 in Compton Vallence, Dorset,
    England (Agricultural Labourer (It looks as tough the entire family was
    responsible from working and helping out with farm-life)). Residence 1861 in
    Compton Valence, Dorset, England ((No address listed)) [43].
  • v. Martha GALE [1, 3, 23, 37, 45, 46, 47, 48]. She was born Abt. Jun 1827 in
    Powerstock, Dorset, England [3, 45, 46]. Baptism on 01 Jul 1827 in St Mary the
    Virgin, Powerstock, Powerstock with West Milton, Dorset, England [1, 1, 1, 23, 37].
    Witness to Marriage on 28 Dec 1847 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton
    Valence, Dorset, England (was witness to the marriage of her sister’ Mary
    Gale and George Short). Occupation 1851 in Compton Valence, Dorset,
    England (Housemaid, working in the parish Rectory for Reverend William
    Percival Ward). Residence 1851 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age:
    24Relation to Head of House: Servant – Address; The Rectory) [46]. Her death
    Abt. May 1852 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 25) [3]. Burial on
    06 May 1852 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England
    (Age: 25) [3].
  • vi. Emma GALE [20, 1, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 3, 22, 22, 23, 54]. She was
    born Abt. Aug 1829 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 3]. Baptism on
    28 Sep 1829 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 1, 1, 1, 23].
    Occupation Abt. 1841 in Compton Vallence, Dorset, England (Agricultural
    Labourer (It looks as tough the entire family was responsible from working
    and helping out with farm-life)). Residence 1851 in Compton Valence, Dorset,
    England ((No address listed)) [51]. She married Joseph DISKETT. Their
    marriage on 28 Sep 1852 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset,
    England ((sourced from marriage certificate of Joseph Diskett and Emma
    Gale)) [20, 22, 22]. Cause of Death on 10 Mar 1871 in Compton Valence, Dorset,
    England (pulmonary consumption (Tuberculosis)). Her death on 10 Mar 1871
    in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 41) [52, 3]. Burial on 17 Mar 1871 in
    St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 41) [3].
  • vii. Robert Best GALE [ 1, 21, 2, 2, 22, 23, 24, 37, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61]. He was born Abt. Oct 1832 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [21, 2, 24, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60]. Baptism on 25 Nov
    1832 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 1, 1, 23, 37]. Witness to
    Marriage on 11 Nov 1852 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset,
    England (witnessed the marriage of his brother’ John Best Gale and Anne
    Watts). He married Amelia BURRIDGE. Their marriage on 15 Mar 1857 in St
    Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Banns of Marriage)
    [22]. Occupation 1901 in Parkstone, Dorset, England (Gardener). Residence
    1901 in Parkstone, Dorset, England (Age: 68Relation to Head of House: Head
    – Address;Church Street – Farm Cottage) [60]. His death Oct 1905 in Poole,
    Dorset, England (Age: 73) [21].
  • viii. Richard GALE [20, 1, 1, 62, 22, 23, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 37, 72]. He was born Abt. May 1835 in Powerstock, Dorset, England [62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71]. Baptism on 21 Jun 1835 in St Mary the Virgin, Powerstock, Dorset, England [1, 1, 23, 37]. Witness
    to Marriage on 24 Nov 1859 in St Thomas a Beckett, Compton Valence,
    Dorset, England (Witnessed the marriage of his sister’ Jane Gale and Charles
    Bridle Marriage). He married Sarah BRIDLE. Their marriage on 15 Jun 1862
    in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Marriage Banns) [22]. Household
    Information 1881 in Bradpole, Dorset, England (In 1881, Richard Gale and
    family had living with them, his niece – Amelia Diskett (22yrs) and a lodger –
    Sarah Paull (22yrs), a shoe thread winder). Occupation 1891 in Bradpole,
    Dorset, England (Groom and Gardener). His death Mar 1924 in 15 Argyle
    Road, Weymouth, Dorset, England (Age: 89) [62, 71]. Burial on 28 Mar 1924 in
    Radipole, Dorset, England (Age: 89) [71]. Residence in England [37].
  • ix. Jane GALE [21, 73, 3, 22, 22, 24, 74, 75, 76, 77]. She was born Abt. 1838 in Compton
    Vallence, Dorset, England [21, 73, 3, 22, 24, 74, 75, 76]. Education Abt. 1851 in Compton
    Valence, Dorset, England (Scholar). Witness to Marriage on 28 Sep 1852 in
    The Parish Church, Compton Vallence, Dorset, England ((sourced from
    marriage certificate of Joseph Diskett and Emma Gale)). She married Charles
    BRIDLE. They were married on 24 Nov 1859 in St Thomas a Beckett,
    Compton Valence, Dorset, England [22, 22]. Residence 1861 in Winterbourne
    Abbas, Dorset, England (Age: 23Relation to Head of House: Wife) [24]. Her
    death Jun 1872 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 34) [21, 3]. Burial
    on 13 Jul 1872 in Compton Valence, Dorset, England (Age: 34) [3].

The Pedigree of Jane Best

The Pedigree of Jane Best

The Pedigree of Jane Best

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6 thoughts on “Generation Five – Jane Best

  1. It’s rather interesting to read these in reverse chronological order. When you said she came from a comfortable background, I was surprised after reading about her daughter’s hard and very poor life. What made you decide to do these in reverse order? I’ve thought sometimes about doing that, but somehow my linear brain always wants to start with the oldest known relative and tell the story forward (although my research, of course, goes the opposite direction—from most recent to oldest.)

    • Hi Amy, I think the reason I have chosen to move backwards in time is because when I speak to my family members and tell them about who we descend from, they find it very difficult to understand and relate to this. I too have trouble relating to ancestors from distant past. I find if you follow your ancestors back in time, generation by generation a picture begins to slowly build and you see how these connections are made. (one step at a time) This lineage I am following includes King Edward I and all that came before him, If I begin with Edward for instance it’s much harder to understand that a link like that could be possible.

      Also, History confuses a lot of people, especially if you have no interest in the subject. people have trouble understanding how somebody could be descended from Royalty and not live in a castle, what they fail to understand is they have 100’s of thousands of descendants and usually, only the eldest child inherits.

      The same apply’s too Jane Best, whom you mention, her mother Hannah was not the eldest and her family only inherited ‘One Shilling’, Hannah’s eldest brother Samuel on the other hand inherited Hooke Manor Farm, and became very wealthy.

      • That all makes a lot of sense to me, especially since you can trace your family back so many hundreds of years. Since mine at most goes back only to about 1800, I don’t have that same issue.

        Either way, since I love history, I really enjoy reading your family story backwards or forwards!

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