Bacon, James (1743-1827)
Purchased brickworks by public auction from Sir George Mannock. Freeman of Colchester in 1768-1807.
Bacon, Susan (b.1780)
In 1802 sued James KING for a bastard.
Barker, Michael (1782-16 Nov 1800
In the 1796 census Michael was 14 years and living in the poorhouse. He must have been an orphan. Michael had to have his leg amputated which was probably done by Dr Fox of Dedham or it could have been done by Bedford. The vestry paid for Mr Bedford, carpenter to make a wooden leg. He recovered but died of smallpox 4 years later.
Bedford, John (1734-1801)
Carpenter and timber merchant as well as a wheelwright. He farmed land called the Downs as well as Pods Land now called Elm Park. Constable in 1777 and 1783, OP 1779-80 AND 1793-4. Provided coffins and provided a wooden leg for a boy called Barker. Owned the village Pesthouse.
Biggs, James (b.1791-1874) & Buck, Peter (b.1786).
1823 Biggs and Buck fought outside the Red Lion Door.
Boggis, Nightingale (1731-1797).
In the 1796 census Nightingale was living in the poorhouse and was 65 years. He had been a tramp in the past and had been the 'thorn in the flesh of the Ardleigh Overseers'.
Bloomfield, Henry (1746-1809).
On list of Yeomans willing to provide waggons and horses in case of the invasion by France in 1796.
Bromley, Philip (1746-1808).
'Standing a quarter-mile south of the Fox Street section of the Harwich Road is Moze Hall (More Hall).......The land near the farmhouse is rather too steep or too heavy to be suitable for cultivation, and this fact, coupled with its nearness to the Salary Brook and its watermeadows causes it to be a dairy farm........Three different mapmakers (1636, 1726 & 1806) .......show that the old original approach to this farm was from a chase starting at the bottom of Jonnyboys Hill and it was only at the coming of the railway in 1844 that the new approach from Fox Street was made' Today it is still a dairy farm which is accessed from Fox Street. He also farmed the school farm (Fenhouse) and other lands. Was a constable 1777, Overseer 1788-1790, surveyor of the highway 1794 and churchwarden 1784-1789 and 1795-1805. On Yeomanry list in 1796 for the invasion emergency.'
Carde, Susan (1763-1798).
Her first son John was illegitimate. She was a widow in 1795 and had a daughter Louisa after 'taking up James HURREL and keeping him all night'.
Cardinall, Mr. D. E.
Earthquake in Ardleigh on 22nd April 1884, Mr. D. E. Cardinall, living at Bovill's Hall, stated '.......the walls of the room undulated, all the household were shaken rapidly from side to side as in a poor railway carriage on a badly laid line'.
Also known as John Jackson, born in Ardleigh, in the early 1800s. He was kidnapped by the Samoans whilst on a whaling voyage. He spent four months with them and a further seven years in Fiji. He lived as a Fijian and records extensively his experiences. It tells of his adventures and travels of his trading amongst all the islands in the Pacific Ocean. Part of narrative was published in the appendix of 'Captain John Erskine's Journal of a cruise among the islands of the Western Pacific' in 1853 ' and extracts are in the book 'Cannibal Jack - The True Autobiography of a white man in the South Seas'. The complete manuscript the Diaper speaks of in nineteen copybooks has not been found. (Haven't been able to track down any more information, if you can help please contact me know. Thankyou).
Grant, Brodie, (Capt.)
On April 1808, Captain Brodie Grant of the 95th Regt. was shot at Harwich by Lieutenant Jonathan Layton of the same Regiment. Captain Grant is buried in Ardleigh Churchyard. Lieutenant Layton was indicted for murder but was then acquitted.
Howe, Edward (1776-1799)
He drowned in 1799 in Wivenhoe, Essex.
Jowers, Sarah (b.1771).
In 1796 census Sarah was 25 years and was living in a house SW corner of crossroads. It was a black weatherboarded shed to the west of the house, demolished for widening the road about 1965. Sarah had a child and Thomas Williams, son of the mill-hand on Johnnyboys Hill is cited as the father. Sarah is examined and a warrant is issued against Williams but he refused to marry Sarah. They extracted a bond from him instead. Her parents shut her out of the house so it was arranged that she lay-in at dame Bond's, the tailor's wife. However the infant died.
Kelly, John (Rev.) (b about 1750-1809)
Born in Bradden, Isle of Man. Went to Douglas Grammer School, Isle of Man, the chaplin enlisted Kelly to translate the Bible into the Manx language, he was 16 years when he started. When it was finished Kelly took his manuscript from Douglas to Whitehaven, the mainland, however he was shipwrecked and Kelly was swimming 5 hours holding the manusrcipt above his head. He received no pay for his translation but was awarded £200 for his devotion. In 1776 he began writing a dictionary of the Manx language, also doing two other Gaelic languages spoken in Ireland and Scotland. In 1776 Kelly was ordained and was appointed to the Scottish Episcopal church of Ayr.Duke of Gordon offered him the position of tutor to his son, the Marquis of Huntley. So in 1787 Kelly went with Lord Huntley to Eton as his private tutor. They both made a grand tour of the continent. In 1785 John Kelly married Louisa and had one son Gordon William. Came to Ardleigh in 1792. In 1793 took his Bachelor of Laws. In the 1796 census John Kelly created his census of the residence in Ardleigh he was 46 years . 1799 he took his doctorate. He wrote 'The life of John Dolland FRS' the subject being of his wife's grandfather. In 1800 he was made Justice of the Peace and Rector of Copford, a village ten miles away. In 1975 a set of postage stamps were issued and Dr Kelly was depicted shipwrecked and holding his manuscript. He is still revered in the Isle of Man today.
Lewis, Charlotte (b. 1775) & Went James (b.1775-1808)
Step-daughter of John CHILVERS. Had an illegitimate child with James Went (b.1775) the child was Elizabeth Lewis born 1797. He would not marry her so he was warranted to pay maintenance.
Lewis, Mary ( born in 1775).
In 1795 Stoke by Nayland admitted responsibilty for her as a pauper.
Lugar, James ( Rev.)(1786-1853)
Went to school in Christ Church Cambridge. BA in 1822, MA in 1824. In the Army in East Indies. Ordained in 1822. In Demerera WI in 1823-1853. Died in Barbados.
Merchant, William, (about 1777-1856)
Started preaching at the age of 15. 1799 ordained Congregational Minister. Pastor at Layer-de-la-Haye after 1799.
Polley, Matthew (1794-1828)
In 1820 Matthew was put in a straight jacket and taken to . Hoxton Asylum, Suffolk, England. He died there on 8 Dec 1828.
Known as the 'midnight baker'. He started his round at 11pm. If customers said he was late he would say he was early and that he should have been there in the morning.
Steady, Elizabeth (b.1787)
She was a worry to the Vestry and was taken to the magistrate for ill-behaving. The following year she was taken to prison at Manningtree. Then in 1816 she had an illegitimate child by the married man Frederick BOGGIS. He could not be made to marry her as he was already married. In 1818 she had a second child by Martha BOGGIS. In 1820 Lucy BOGGIS died and after a mourning period Jonathan BULL saw that Frederick and Elizabeth married. In the same year it was discovered that Frederick had settlement in the parish of St George in the East where he and Elizabeth were removed as paupers.
Warner nee Abbott , Mary
Born in 1736 and farmed at Home Farm until her son John Warner (b. 1775) would take over once he was 21 years. He fell from his horse and died a month after the 1796 census was taken. Edward Abbott Mary Warner's nephew took over the farm after she died. She was an overseer in 1785, 1784 and 1798. In 1798 she kept the accounts.
Wendon or Wynden, James (1791-1843).
In 1819 there was a removal order for James WENDON and family to Great Bromley.
Mary married Gordon William KELLY in 1830. Founded an exhibition at Isle of Man College. Also the Mrs Kelly' Charity, an Ardleigh benefaction dating from 1868.
Wyatt, Robert (b.1756-1823)
Lived in Abbott's cottage, it had black weatherboard and tiled, each part had one room upstairs and one downstairs. It had an outside wash-house. In 1819 Robert was an inmate of the workhouse.