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EDGOOSE, Benjamin

Male 1854 - 1928  (73 years)


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  • Name EDGOOSE, Benjamin 
    Born 1 Aug 1854  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 3 Jun 1855  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 365 
    _UID 51DDF72FD8C747DB8F37DDC6029B6232AFE2 
    Buried 1928  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 2 Apr 1928  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I365  Edgoose
    Last Modified 1 Oct 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

    Family CASH, Catherine,   b. 10 Apr 1855, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1944, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 8 May 1883  St. Augustine, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. EDGOOSE, Edith,   b. 30 Dec 1886, Emneth, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1966, Wisbech Registration District, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F256  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    BENJAMIN EDGOOSE (1854-1928) 08 MAY 1883

    A record of Benjamin's marriage to Catherine CASH at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on 8 May 1883 given to them by the vicar.

    Historical Directories
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    BENJAMIN EDGOOSE (1854-1928)

    Address: Honington House, West Walton

    Occupation: farmer

    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Norfolk

    Date: 1912
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    BENJAMIN EDGOOSE (1854-1928)

    Address: Honington House

    Occupation: farmer

    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Cambs, Norfolk & Suffolk [Part 2 Norfolk]

    Date: 1892
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    BENJ. EDGOOSE (1854-1928)

    Address: Honington House, West Walton

    Occupation: farmer

    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Norfolk

    Date: 1904
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    BENJAMIN EDGOOSE (1854-1928)

    Address: Honington House, West Walton

    Occupation: farmer

    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Norfolk

    Date: 1896

    Newspapers and Books
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    BENJAMIN EDGOOSE (1854-1928)

    Wisbech Property Sales, Thursday 4 July 1907

    (Stamford Mercury, Friday 5 July 1907)
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    BENJAMIN EDGOOSE (1854-1928)

    Wisbech Property Sales, 7 April 1900

    (Stamford Mercury, Friday 13 April 1900)

    Letters from ENGLAND
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    Family History Notes from BURT WALTER EDGOOSE (1901-1989) to his son JOHN STANTON EDGOOSE dated 1967 [PAGE 1]

    Mentioned are William Frederick Edgoose (1873-1954); Stanton Wicks (1883-1945); Bertha Curtis (1887-1967); Benjamin Edgoose (1854-1928), wife Kate (1855-1944) & daughter Edith (1886-1966); Geoffrey Pearse (1913-1981); Julia May EDGOOSE (1877-1958).
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    Transcript

    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 4 FEBRUARY 1967 [TRANSCRIPT]

    Re James EDGOOSE (1847-1892) and Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928.

    Re "The Cathedral of the Fens" at West Walton, Norfolk
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 4 FEBRUARY 1967 [PAGE 1]
    Re James EDGOOSE (1847-1892) and Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928.
    Re "The Cathedral of the Fens" at West Walton, Norfolk
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 4 FEBRUARY 1967 [PAGE 2]
    Re James EDGOOSE (1847-1892) and Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928.
    Re "The Cathedral of the Fens" at West Walton, Norfolk
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    Transcript

    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 28 MARCH 1967.

    Re her father's youngest brother Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928) and George BATTERHAM.

  • Notes 
    • BENJAMIN EDGOOSE 1854-1928


      Benjamin EDGOOSE was born at West Walton, Norfolk, on 1 August 1854, the illegitimate son of Patience EDGOOSE, widow of Stanton EDGOOSE.
      (GRO September Q 1854 [HUDSON] Wisbech 03B 575)

      He and his twin sister Serena were baptised at West Walton on 3 June 1855.
      (BTs)

      The 1861 census of Dam Lane, West Walton, Norfolk:
      Patience EDGOOSE, head, aged 44, widow, born at West Walton, Norfolk;
      Mary EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 18, born at West Walton;
      Stanton EDGOOSE, son, aged 16, born at West Walton;
      James EDGOOSE, son, aged 14, born at West Walton;
      *Benjamin EDGOOSE, son, aged 7, born at West Walton;
      Serena EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 7, born at West Walton.
      (RG9/1050/72/8)

      The 1871 census of Dam Road, West Walton:
      Patience EDGOOSE, head, aged 54, farmer of 35 acres employing 1 agricultural labourer, born at West Walton;
      Mary EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 28, born at West Walton;
      Stanton EDGOOSE, son, aged 26, farmer of 36 (sic) acres employing 1 agricultural labourer, born at West Walton;
      *Benjamin EDGOOSE, son, aged 16, born at West Walton;
      Serena EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 16, born at West Walton.
      (RG10/1617/76/8)

      At the time of the 1881 census he was living alone at Dam Road, West Walton:
      *Benjamin EDGOOSE, son (head), aged 26, unmarried, farmer's son, born at West Walton.
      (RG11/1697/81/7)

      He married Catherine CASH, daughter of George CASH, at St. Augustine's, Wisbech, on 8 May 1883. Witnesses were George CASH and Mary C. LOWE.
      (GRO June Q 1883 Wisbech 3b 997)

      In a poll book for the North West Division of Norfolk 1885-86 Benjamin EDGOOSE of Church End, West Walton, is listed under Occupational Voters, qualifying by means of a dwelling house at Church End.
      (X593)

      His daughter Edith EDGOOSE was born on 30 December 1886. She married Frank Hayward PEARSE in 1909 and died in 1966.

      The 1891 census returns for Mill Road, West Walton:
      *Benjamin EDGOOSE, head, aged 35, farmer, born at West Walton;
      Catherine EDGOOSE, wife, aged 34, born at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire;
      Edith EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 4, born at Emneth, Norfolk;
      James ROSE, farm servant, aged 19, born at Walpole, Norfolk;
      William WHITBY, farm servant, aged 17, born at Walpole.
      (RG12/1306/68/7)

      From Kelly's Directory of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, 1892:
      West Walton
      Edgoose Benj. farmr. Honington house
      Edgoose James, market gardener
      Edgoose Patience (Mrs.), farmer
      Edgoose Stanton, beer ret. Walton dam

      Benjamin EDGOOSE, farmer, is listed at Honington House, West Walton, in the Norfolk directories for 1892, 1896, 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1922.
      (Kelly's Directory of Norfolk 1904, 1912)

      "On Saturday........... and 4a. 1r. of arable land, copyhold of West Walton Collraine, to Mr. B. EDGOOSE, for 400l."
      (Stamford Mercury, Friday 13 April 1900)
      (www.findmypast.co.uk)

      According to the 1901 census returns for West Walton, Norfolk, he was a 47 year old farmer. Living with him were his wife Katherine (sic) EDGOOSE and 14 year old daughter Edith. There were three servants: Elizabeth HARDIMENT, a domestic servant; and two agricultural labourers, John SHARP and John RUDLAND.
      (RG13/1557/52/1)

      "WISBECH. - Property Sales
      On Saturday Messrs. Elworthy and Son offered for sale by instructions from the exors. of the late Mr. Joseph JOHNSON, the West Walton portion of his estate. The lots were disposed of as follows: - Lot 1, a cottage and 19a. 0r. 38p. of pasture land, Mr. B. EDGOOSE, 1260."
      (Stamford Mercury 5 July 1907)
      (www.findmypast.co.uk)

      "HOUSEKEEPER (good Working) wanted for farm house. Servant kept. No family. Aged about 30 to 40 preferred. - Apply B. EDGOOSE, West Walton, Wisbech."
      (Stamford Mercury, Friday 6 May 1910)
      (www.findmypast.co.uk)

      From the 1911 census of Walton, Wisbech:
      *Benjamin EDGOOSE, head, aged 55, married, farmer, born at West Walton, Norfolk;
      Robert Alexander, servant, single, aged 23, groom on farm, born at Terrington St.Clement, Norfolk;
      Jane Elizabeth ALEXANDER, servant, single, aged 20, housemaid domestic, born at West Walton, Norfolk;
      Alice BLYTHE, servant, single, aged 17, cook domestic, born at West Walton, Norfolk.
      (RG14PN9308 RD187 SD3 ED5 SN16)

      He owned 165 acres 2 roods 10 perches at the Grange Farm, West Walton, on the High Road between West Walton and Walpole which he bought from William Henry TRAFFORD Esq. in 1919.

      He was living at The Grange Farm when he died on 2 April 1928.
      (GRO June Q 1928 Wisbech 03B 604)

      He was buried at West Walton on 4 April.

      The 1929 sale particulars of the Grange Farm describe the farmhouse as follows:
      "THE HOUSE is Brick-built and Slated, and contains:- Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Morning Room, 2 Store Rooms, Pantry, Cellar, Kitchen, Scullery and Dairy, with 7 Bedrooms and Bathroom above, approached by front and back Staircases. Hot and Cold Water is fixed to the Bath and Marham Water is laid on."

      "EDGOOSE Benjamin of The Grange Farm West Walton Norfolk died 2 April 1928. Probate (save and except settled land) Norwich 24 August to Edith PEARSE (wife of Frank Hayward PEARSE) John Stanton BATTERHAM fruit grower and Frank SEARLE solicitors clerk. Effects 15,905 12s 7d. Further Grant 6 September 1928."
      (National Probate Calendar 1928)

      "EDGOOSE Benjamin of The Grange Farm West Walton Norfolk died 2 April 1928. Probate (limited to settled land) Norwich 6 September to John Stanton Batterham fruit grower. Effects 1035. Former Grant D. R. Norwich 24 August 1928."
      (National Probate Calendar 1928)

      The Will of Benjamin EDGOOSE:
      "This the last Will and Testament of me Bemjamin EDGOOSE of 'The Grange Farm' West Walton in the County of Norfolk Farmer.
      I appoint my daughter Edith PEARSE and my Friends Mr. John Stanton BATTERHAM of "Larkfield" Walsoken in the said County Fruitgrower and Mr. Frank SEARLE of 120, Norwich Road, Walsoken aforesaid Clerk executrix and executors and Trustees of this my last Will and I also appoint the said Edith PEARSE and John Stanton BATTERHAM and Frank SEARLE Trustees of this my Will for the purposes of the Settled Land Acts.
      I bequeath to the said Frank SEARLE the legacy of One hundred pounds to be paid or retained free of legacy duty as soon as can be after my decease. I bequeath to the said Edith PEARSE absolutely all my household goods and furniture plate and plated goods linien china glass books pictures wines liquors and consumable stores and provisions
      I devise and bequeath all the real estate (except as hereinafter mentioned) and all the personal estate (including all Farm stock both live and dead) not hereinafter bequeathed to which I shall be beneficially entitled at my death unto my trustees Upon Trust to convert and sell the same into money or such part thereof as shall not already consist of money and out of the proceeds to pay all expenses incidental thereto and my debts (including all Mortgage debts) funeral and testamentary expenses and the legacy hereinafter bequeathed and the legacy duty thereon and then to stand possessed of the ultimate surplus Upon Trust for my said daughter Edith PEARSE absolutely to whom I bequeath the same accordingly.
      I devise all that my Messuage tenement or Farmhouse stables Barn and other outbuildings and several pieces or parcels of Freehold land lying under and adjoining the same known as "The Grange Farm" situated in West Walton aforesaid and now in my occupation abutting upon the High Road from West Walton to Walpole and continuing according to the Ordnance Survey Map One hundred and Sixty-five acres two roods and ten perches (more or less) and which I purchased in the year One thousand nine hundred and nineteen of William Henry TRAFFORD Esquire unto my said daughter Edith PEARSE during her life she keeping the Buildings thereon in proper repair and insured in an adequate amount against loss or damage by fire and upon the decease of my said daughter Edith PEARSE I direct my Trustees to sell the said Farm and out of the proceeds to pay all incidental expenses and then to stand possessed of the ultimate surplus Upon Trust for the child if only one or all the children if more than one of my said daughter living at my decease or her decease whichever event shall last happen who shall then have attained or shall thereafter attain the age of twenty-one years such children if more than one to take in equal shares.
      I declare it my express desire that my trustees or trustee shall in all cases in which they may require legal advice or assistance in carrying out the trusts and powers of this my Will or any of them or in any matter arising under this my Will consult and employ Mr. Charles Ernest JACKSON of The Crescent, Wisbech, he having an intimate knowledge of my affairs and being cognizant of my views and wishes on points likely to arise under this my Will.
      And I revoke all former and other Wills.
      In Witness whereof I the said Benjamin EDGOOSE the Testator have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth - day of February One thousand nine hundred and twenty-three.
      Signed by the Testator in
      our presence and by us in Benjamin EDGOOSE
      his presence and in the
      presence of each other
      E HOLMES 22, Norfolk Street, Wisbech, Clerk
      Frank THISTELTON, 2, Clarence Road, Wisbech, Clerk"

      Monumental Inscription, West Walton Cemetery:
      In Remembrance of
      Benjamin Edgoose
      Born Aug. 1st 1854
      Died April 2nd 1928

      NOTES & QUERIES:
      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 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)