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EDGOOSE, Benjamin John

Male 1852 - 1853  (1 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Benjamin John 
    Born 19 May 1852  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 20 Apr 1853  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Oct 1853  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I364  Edgoose
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2017 

    Mother HUDSON, Patience,   b. 5 Jan 1817, West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1906, Tilney St. Lawrence, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Family ID F225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Headstones
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    Edgoose BenjaminEdgoose 364 259.jpg
    Benjamin Edgoose (1854-1928) was buried in West Walton cemetery in Norfolk.
    On the right can be seen the memorial to George Batterham (1867-1937), his sister Frances Batterham (1852-1917), and Elizabeth Lovock who died in 1915 aged 65.

  • Notes 

      Benjamin John EDGOOSE was born at West Walton, Norfolk, on 19 May 1852, the illegitimate son of Patience EDGOOSE, widow of Stanton EDGOOSE.
      (GRO June Q 1852 [HUDSON] Wisbech 03B 600)

      Benjamin John, son of Patience EDGOOSE of West Walton, Norfolk, farmer, unmarried.

      He died at West Walton on 25 October 1853 aged 17 months. The Cambridge Chronicle dated 29 October 1853 carried the following report under the heading West Walton: "...On Thursday, an inquest was held at the same place, before Mr. Press, Coroner, on the body of a child of Mr. EDGOOSE, farmer. The poor little thing was about a year and a half old; it got into the yard where there was a vessel filled with water, fell in, and was drowned. - Verdict, Accidental Death."
      (GRO December Q 1853 Wisbech 03B 367)

      He was buried at West Walton on 28 October 1853.

      Who was the father of Patience EDGOOSE's illegitimate children?

      Patience EDGOOSE's husband Stanton died on 17 March 1845 in the presence of Joseph BATTERHAM. Subsequently Patience gave birth to James (Great Grandfather of Michael James EDGOOSE) on 2 April 1847, Charles on 19 May 1849, William on 19 October 1850, Benjamin John on 19 May 1852, and twins Benjamin and Selina on 1 August 1854.

      Burt EDGOOSE told me that he thought Robert, Stanton's elder brother, whose wife Judith had died in April 1842, was the father. He certainly never remarried and thanks to the land and money which his wife inherited from her grandfather a few years before she died he was able to describe himself as an 'annuitant' or 'of independent means'. He may well have thought it his duty to look after Patience and her children. Whilst no documentary evidence has been found, DNA tests in February 2006 on Michael James EDGOOSE and John Samuel EDGOOSE proved conclusively that Robert EDGOOSE was the father of Patience's son James EDGOOSE.

      Before she died Bertha CURTIS (nee EDGOOSE) told me that as a young girl in West Walton she had heard a whisper that George BATTERHAM was the father of Benjamin. Impossible as it happens as he wasn't born until 1867! Raymond BENNETT told me in 1969 that the father of Benjamin and Selina was called BATTERHAM. Intriguingly, Joseph BATTERHAM was present when James EDGOOSE died and he informed the registrar. Joseph BATTERHAM married Mary Ann, the daughter of Joseph OLDFIELD who had married Stanton EDGOOSE's sister Ann in 1818, and had sons George BATTERHAM and John Stanton BATTERHAM. Of course this proves nothing, but it does prove that Joseph BATTERHAM and Patience EDGOOSE knew each other. Raymond BENNETT also told me that Patience was Joseph BATTERHAM's cousin.

      There is absolutely no documentary evidence that Robert EDGOOSE, brother of Patience's late husband Stanton EDGOOSE, is the father of Benjamin John or any of her other children except James. All that has been proved is that DNA testing has shown that Robert was the father of Patience's son James EDGOOSE born in 1847.

      (revised 12.03.2017)