John Titheridge of Itchen Ferry (1739 – 1824)
John Titheridge was a mariner at Itchen Ferry. We do not know anything about John’s origins or how he acquired so much land and property. Itchen Ferry was a small village on the East bank of the River Itchen in Hampshire. At that time there was no bridge across the river Itchen so the small fishing boats were used to ferry foot passengers across the River Itchen to Southampton.
John Titheridge was born about 1739. He died in October 1824 in Southampton, Hampshire aged 85 and was buried on 31 Oct 1824 in Southampton, St Mary Extra. He married Mary Tucker on 09 October 1768 in Southampton, St Mary. She was born in 1743 and died March 1817 aged 74 and was buried on 13 March 1817 in Southampton, St Mary Extra.
John Titheridge and Mary Tucker had the following children:
John Titheridge born in 1769 in Southampton. He died before 1784
Mary Titheridge born about November 1770 in Southampton. She married John Cooper in 1789 in Hound.
Sarah Titheridge born about April 1772 in Southampton. She married Powell Diaper in July 1791 in Southampton, St Mary. Sarah died 17 August 1824.
Anne Titheridge born about August 1773 in Southampton. She married Robert Giles on 22 November 1794 in Southampton, St Mary.
Elizabeth Titheridge born about January 1782 in Southampton. She had a child with William Paskins. The child Eliza Titheridge was born about Feb 1803 in Southampton and died aged 2 and was buried on 07 April 1805 in Southampton, St Michael Extra. Elizabeth married James Wheeler on 09 December 1806 in Southampton, St Mary.
John Titheridge born in 1784 in Southampton, Itchen Ferry. He died in December 1869 in South Stoneham. He married twice, first to Harriett Diaper on 26 Sep 1807 in Southampton, St Mary. John and Harriett had one son John who died shortly after birth in 1808 and Harriett died shortly afterwards in 1810. John’s second marriage was to Jane Peckham on 03 June 1811 in Southampton, St Michael. John’s father in law who lived in Itchen wrote a will in 1829 leaving his boat “The Jane” to Jane (nee Peckham) and John Titheridge. John Titheridge and Jane Peckham had the following children all born in Southampton John Titheridge (born in 1812), Eliza Jane Titheridge (born April 1815 died March 1818), Joseph Peckham Titheridge (born in 1820 and died in March 1873 in South Stoneham) and James Titheridge (born in 1823 and died on 20 April 1873 in Itchen, South Stoneham). He married Sarah Hurst in March 1859 in Southampton.
We know of John’s wealth due to a copy of his will at Winchester Record Office. John’s will was written just before he died on 19 October 1824. He appointed James Wheeler and Robert Giles his sons in law as executors of his will. He described himself as John Titheridge of Itchen Ferry, mariner. His property, 4 houses, butcher’s shop, stable, copy hold premises with gardens and fishing boat and tackle, is divided thus.
“I give the property in which I reside called the Old House unto my son John for and during the term of his natural life and after his decease then I give the said house and premises unto and amongst all his children to be divided equally between them as Tenants in common.”
“I give the butcher’s shop and stable next in adjoining the old house to my daughter Elizabeth for and during the term of her natural life. And after her decease then I give the said Butcher’s shop and stable unto and amongst all her children to be equally divided between them as tenants in common.”
“I give the house adjoining the butcher’s shop and stable unto and amongst all her children to be divided between them equally as tenants in common.”
“I give the house adjoining the Butcher’s shop and shed now in the possession of myself to my son in law Paul Diaper of Portsmouth, mariner for and during the term of his natural life or while he remains a widower and after his decease or intermarriage (which ever shall first happen) hence I give the said house and premises unto and amongst all his children to be equally divided between them as tenants in common.”
“I give the house shed and yard in front now occupied by Robert Giles unto my daughter Ann his wife for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease then I give the said house shed and yard unto and amongst all her children to be equally divided between them as tenants in common.”
“And I give the House next adjoining the last mentioned House now or lately occupied by Mr Herley, butcher unto my daughter Mary Cooper for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease then I give the said house unto and among all her children to be equally divided between them as tenants in common.”
“Also I give the garden grounds belonging to my copy hold premises as follows one third part thereof unto my said daughter Elizabeth” “ one third to unto my said son John “ “ one third for the said Paul Diaper” all for and during the term of their natural life then to be divided amongst the children as tenants in common and I direct that my said daughters Ann Giles Mary Cooper and Elizabeth Wheeler and their assigns shall have free liberty to draw and have water from the well belonging to the said copyhold premises given to my other children.”
“I direct my executors to sell my fishing smack or vessel with all her tackle and furniture thereunto belonging as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, And the money arising therefrom together with the rest and residue of my personal property and effects which I possess or am entitled to I give and bequeath the same to my said children and son in law the said Paul Diaper to be equally divided between them share and share alike.”
“It is my will that the said son John and my said daughters Mary and Elizabeth my said son in law Paul Diaper shall have equal possession of the yard in front of the butcher’s shop”
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