In previous blogs, I’ve written about:
- William St. Thomas Evison and Fanny Finch
- William Evison and Ellen Wickham
- William St. Thomas Evison and Lucy Frost
- Jonathan and Hannah Wickham
- Joseph Finch Jr. and Mary Anne Fillmore
- Joseph Finch Sr. and Hannah Pillborough
Since I’ve recently broken through a brick wall, I’m still researching my Ashley ancestors and they will be the focus of a future blog. So this blog will be about the Fillmore branch of my family tree.
I can reliably trace my Fillmore ancestors back to my 4th great grandfather, Richard Fillmore.
I’m almost certain that Richard is the son of William Fillmore and Hannah Hersey and that he was baptised in Merton, Surrey (England) on 16 Apr 1769. But I’m relying on other family trees on Ancestry and a transcription on familysearch.org to “prove” it. I’ll update this blog if I find an original document for his baptism.
Richard married Frances “Fanny” Constable, by banns, on 9 Aug 1789 in St Leonard’s Church, Streatham (Surrey, England);
Frances is likely the daughter of William Constable and Jane Mason — but again I’m relying on other trees on Ancestry as “proof”.
Both Richard and Frances signed their Marriage Certificate with an “X” which means that they were illiterate.
Richard and Frances (also known as Fanny) had eight children who were all baptised in St. Mary’s Church in Merton, Surrey, England)
- George Fillmore (b: abt Dec 1790) – my great, great, great grandfather
- Fanny Fillmore (b: abt May 1794)
- Hannah Fillmore (b: abt Feb 1797)
- Richard Fillmore (b: abt Oct 1799)
- Harriet Fillmore (b: abt May 1803)
- William Fillmore (b: abt May 1806)
- James Fillmore (b: abt Mar 1808)
- Sophia Fillmore (b: abt Nov 1810)
Richard died almost 20 years later — in 1834, at age 65. He too was buried in Merton, on 2 Mar 1834.
I assume that they were buried in the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church in Merton although I couldn’t find any photos or transcriptions of the headstones in the graveyard.
An interesting fact about the Fillmores is that they lived in Merton at the same time as Lord Horatio Nelson – a legendary Admiral in the British Navy, famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars.
St. Mary’s was Lord Nelson’s parish church from September 1801 until his departure for Trafalgar in October 1805. His pew in St. Mary’s Church is still there!
I can almost picture Horatio sitting there in his pew during the baptism of my ggggreat aunt, Harriet Fillmore 🙂
My next blog will be about Richard and Fanny’s oldest son, George Fillmore, who is my great, great, great grandfather.