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Garry Horler's family

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Information about the families of the district

Births, Deaths & Marriages since 1837

Transcriptions from English & Welsh records,

an on going project.

At the last update on 11th June 2015 there were;

5371 Horler : 555 Horlor : 3 Harlar

440 Harler : 24 Harlor & 10 Horlar

Membership No.3233
A Family living in Somerset England since circa 1319

Up-dated May 2015

© December 2009

including the variants



The Early Days

The earliest records found so far are those of William de Horler. William was an official of the Archdeaconry of Wells Cathedral, 1319...1321...A Thomas Horlergh was living at Crekkelade according the Inquisitions Post Mortem during the reign of Edward III and Thomas de Horle, a monk of Reading, 1350

Sadly,this is the only information concerning the 14th century members of the family.

The 15th century is also very sparse with only a small collection of Marriages, Christian names and little detail, one interesting item is the fact that there were

John Horler, a priest of the diocese of Dublin, 1418 is the only family member found in Ireland, during this early period of research, much later some have been found there in the 19th century.

Clerks, Mercers & Miners

I have used this heading to cover the 17th & 18th century periods as there appears to be quite a number of our ancestors who were involved in these aspects of village life at this time.



Jerimy (Jeremiah) Horler, Clerk of St. Mary's Parish, Wedmore, Somerset 1654, later he came the Rector of Yate, Gloucestershire 1660. He served in this capacity until death in 1685 aged 60 years.

Michael Horler matriculated at Magdelan Hall 1683.

Jeremiah Horler of Yate, Gloucester, son of Jeremiah, Clerk, matriculated at St Edmund's Hall, 18th June 1702

Joseph Horler, BA. Preached at the Temple Church, Bristol in 1750 and was Master of the Free School at Wilton, nr Salisbury, Wilts.


A John Horler, Mercer, took up a lease of a messuage lying next to the Warminster highway at Beckington on the 5th October 1666 for the consideration of £180.00 with a annual rent of £1-16-8d.

Steven Horler, Mercer of East Pennard, Somerset who died sometime close to 28th May 1667 left a considerable amount of land at Hartsmoore, West Pennard, Hitching Moor, Dichaits(Dicheat) Hill, West Bradely, East Pennard & Somerton.





John Horler, a lead miner at Priddy on Mendip in 1612

Hercules Horler, a coal miner in Stratton on the Fosse in 1622 settled a dispute by marrying Elizabeth the daughter of Nicholas Everret. This union has many children attributed to it so it appears that the dispute was forgotten soon after the nuptuals


Since the advent of Civil Registration in England in 1837 family history information has become less difficult to access, but with this change has come a less personal, more uniform manner of transcribing details.

Happily,our descendants will not read extracts such as the following:

26th April 1609.

In the Village of Mells, Somersetshire,

John Horler married Elizabeth Gilbert,"what be virgin."

Census Information.

The census entries held are only those where details have been donated to or collected by the ONS to date, there are many missing because of errors made during transcriptions.

1785. Frome West. 3

1802.Radstck. 6


1841.North East Somerset & Monouthshire. 238.

1851.North East Somerset & parts of South Wales. 346.

1861. England & Wales. 268 persons.

1871.England & Wales. 380.

1881.England & Wales. 614

1891. England & Wales. 498 (not including Horter & Hosler errors)

1901. England & Wales 948 incl. mis-spellings

1911. England & Wales incl Horlor & Horler .1918 persons


The Victorian Era

During the Victorian era many members of this Somerset family started to leave the Mendip region and went to work elsewhere in the United Kingdom,

the Act of Settlement was repealed, therefore allowing a greater freedom to find work in areas other than the parish of ones birth, many left England entirely to find the employment that "foreign" climes.

19th century migration to South Wales

The move from Somerset


Most were voluntary migrants, but one wasn't;

Joseph Horler, Convict in Tasmania, 1835

Found guilty of Highway Robbery and transported for Life.

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