The Cranborne Lockyers

William Lockyer

William married his first wife, Martha, in Damerham. She was from South Newton in Wiltshire, the eldest daughter of Frank Blake and his wife Elizabeth. William and Martha had three children, shown below. The youngest, Edgar, was just one year old when, sadly, his mother died. She is buried in the churchyard of St.George's Church at Damerham. Clara Alice lived until 1978.

William and Martha's family

ParentsWilliam Lockyer*30 August 185725 September 1878
Martha Blake*14 April 1854
ChildrenClara Alice3 July 1879
Sidney William*28 August 1881
Edgar Ernest29 January 1884

William was a brewer and, after Martha's death, he moved a few miles up the road to Fordingbridge in Hampshire to manage the brewery there. Later, he set up a carter/carrier's business in the town. Being left with three young children to bring up, it is not surprising that William married again and it was in Fordingbridge that he married his second wife, Louisa.

Photo of Louisa Devenish William's second wife, Louisa Devenish

William bought about half an acre of land with the intention of building four pairs of semidetached houses, but managed to build just one pair, one of which became the family home. With his second wife, William had two more children, shown below. He was Captain of Bellringers at St Mary's Church in Fordingbridge for many years and eventually died from tetanus.

William and Louisa's family

ParentsWilliam Lockyer*30 August 185717 February 1887
Louisa Devenish1858
ChildrenElsie Anne Louise1892
Donald Richard Hugh10 May 1900

In the 1891 census, William's parents are recorded to be living in Fordingbridge. I do not know what happened to their son John, William's younger brother, who was living with them in Damerham ten years earlier. If anyone can provide any information about him I shall be grateful.

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