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Josiah Poole (b. Abt. 1849, d. July 24, 1887)Josiah Poole (son of Josiah Poole and Leah Holland) was born Abt. 1849 in Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England, and died July 24, 1887 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.He married Hannah Hulbert on October 7, 1871 in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, daughter of William Hulbert and Hannah (Hulbert).
Notes for Josiah Poole:
Information as remembered by L.D.G. from stories told by my Great Aunt Louie when we visited her in Chippenham in the late 1940's.Auntie Louie was the widow of Josiah Poole, brother of my grandfather Frederick Poole.She knew her mother-in-law Hannah (Hulbert) (Poole) Sawyer very well, in fact the old lady may have lived with them because Aunt Louie and Uncle Joe lived in the old family home at 88 Wood Lane.She related how Joe's father Josiah died young leaving his widow with five boys and Hannah then married Mr. Sawyer and was referred to by Aunt Louie as Grandma Sawyer.A large photographic portrait of Grandma Sawyer dominated the cottage living room and she was evidently a woman of great presence and determination but Aunt Louie spoke of her with great affection.At that time, about 1946, and for several years after, my parents, brother Tom and I made short visits to Chippenham, sleeping either at the cottage or with neighbours.No. 88 Wood Lane was the end house of a small terrace of brick cottages, dating from the 1850's, with long narrow gardens in front.At the bottom corner of the garden, that is, against the hedge which divided the garden from the next door garden and close to the street, stood the outdoor privy which in modern times had been fitted with a flush toilet but which was still the only sanitary facilities for the cottage.I believe that there was a cold water tap laid on to the kitchen sink and I do not remember how Auntie Louie cooked but would guess it might have been by gas and lighting was certainly either by gas or by oil lamps.There were two rooms (kitchen and living room) on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs.Washing was done with ewer and basin at the bedroom washstand and chamber pots were used to avoid the walk to the outdoor privy during the night.In 1881, here lived Hannah and Josiah Poole with three sons, Arthur age 6, Frederick 4, and Albert 2.Josiah and Sidney came soon after.
The Census also records the elder Josiah and his family living separately on Wood Lane.I recall on visits to Chippenham in the late 1970's, visiting cousins who lived on Wood Lane but across the street, in a somewhat larger brick cottage, and this might have been where the older Pooles lived.
Regarding the younger Josiah Poole's death in 1887, Auntie Louie told us that he was on his way to work at the factory (he was a woollen cloth weaver) when he saw someone drowning in the canal.He jumped in and saved them and went on to work all day in his wet clothes and died afterwards of pneumonia.I was curious and sent for a copy of the death certificate which records the cause of death as "Phthisis, 4 years".Random House dictionary defines phthisis as "a wasting disease of the lungs" which sounds like an industrial disease associated with the woollen mill.No doubt if he had a lung infection the muddy waters of the canal might bring on pneumonia.The death occurred in July so that cold was probably not a factor.
Aunt Louie said that her father in law had come to Chippenham with his family at the age of about six which would have been in 1855 or 56.The whole family walked the 14 miles from Heytesbury to Chippenham to find work.From Census returns it seems that Josiah Poole, Senior, came with his younger brother William and their wives and children.Another brother, Thomas, and his wife Mary Ann and family are found in Trowbridge in the 1881 Census records.
More About Josiah Poole:
Church Affiliation: Primitive Methodist.
Occupation: Woollen cloth weaver in factory.
Residn. as Adult: Aft. 1856, Chippenham, Wilts. see Notes.
Residn. as Child: Bef. 1856, Knook village, Heytesbury & Chippenham.
More About Josiah Poole and Hannah Hulbert:
Marriage: October 7, 1871, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.
Children of Josiah Poole and Hannah Hulbert are:
- +Arthur Poole, b. Abt. 1875, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, d. date unknown.
- +Frederick Poole, b. October 30, 1876, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, d. May 3, 1926, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.
- +Albert Poole, b. Abt. 1879.
- +Sidney Poole, b. Abt. 1883, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, d. Abt. 1965, U.S.A..