Re: Edward Gilley & Jane Soper m.1821 in Devon, England
I was really pleased to see your message about the family of Edward Gilley and Jane Soper. I have often wondered what happened to their son, William Gilley. In his mother's will she mentions a 'set of china belonging to my son William I request my daughter Miriam to take charge of until she hears from her brother' - which indicates that she has lost touch with him. There is a hint of some estrangement in my branch of the family too.
My husband is descended from William's youngest sister Matilda who was schoolmistress in Lustleigh for a couple of years. She married George Castle, a carpenter from Zeal Monachorum on 16 July 1857 and 9 days later her daughter, Mary Ann was baptised in Lustleigh. The entry in the register 'Mary Ann, daughter of Matilda Castle now married to George Castle' and the fact that they left home soon afterwards leaving Mary Ann living with her parents, seemed to indicate that the child was probably not George's.
In the 1861 census, George and Matilda are living in Tormoham.As you no doubt know, also living in Tormoham in 1861 is Matilda's brother William, now a fisherman; he is lodging with a fish dealer and his family. Later that year Matilda gave birth to a son, Richard William Gilley Castle, who was privately baptised in Lustleigh on 29 June 1861.Soon after Matilda and family went to London to live, where 2 daughters were born. After the suspicious death of George Castle in a gravel pit in 1871, Matilda was married a second time (or not! - I have not found the marriage) to William King, and had 2 more sons, the eldest of which was George Castle King, my husband's grandfather. Matilda died on 5 September 1899, in Stoke Newington.
I have quite a bit on Matilda's Lustleigh ancestors. I would love to hear about your line.