Joy Clist, d. 1935


The QUICK Family

by Elizabeth Rossiter
Six pages of handwritten notes found among Priscilla Easdale's memorabilia in 2010, apparently written by her second cousin Lizzie Rossiter of Shoreditch, Taunton. Contains details of her maternal grandparent's descendants (Simeon and Mary Quick) and details of her paternal grandparent's (Edward and Elizabeth Rossiter). The folio comprises: a transcription of the letter, scans of the six pages, and a scan of the envelope.

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Transcription of The QUICK Family

Roger Clist, April 2011

 1—Page A   Lizzie Rossiter's notes   Roger's commentary 
  Possible origin of the name:

  • Anglo-Saxon word - HWICA - meaning living, as in a living, QUICKSET hedge, a hedge made of sprigs of evergreen planted (which then grew) usually of HAWTHORNE.
  • QUICK: he who dwelt by the Quickset hedge, or clump.

The family probably came from the adjoining county of DEVON, especially East Devon, as in the 16th century the Lords of the Manor of NEWTON ST CYRES - a village about 6 miles S/E of EXETER was named QUICKE. There are still farmers named QUICK living in the village today; but whether they are relatives to the Lords of the Manor, forbears of our family, I do not know. The village of OTTERFORD again just over the Devon border, is also known as the place where many families named QUICK living all over the world, originated.

The earliest QUICK relatives whom I know of lived at NEWTOWN, BUCKLAND ST MARY, a village in the Blackdown Hills, which lie on the border between the counties of SOMERSET and DEVON, and is about 9 miles from TAUNTON.
In my transcription of Lizzie's handwritten notes, I have preserved her spelling of names and conformed to her practice of capitalising the first mention of a person's name. She also spelt some place names in capitals.

We need to bear in mind that Lizzie did not have access to records which are so easily searched over the internet today.
  I do not know their Christian names, those who were my QUICK great-grandparents, but her maiden name was GOODLAND, another name of the Somerset/Devon borders. Other names associated with them - in the form of cousins in their generation I think, are KNIGHT and BUSSEL. (In a parish history, compiled by the local schoolmaster, which I have, the only mention of the name is that of a WILLIAM QUICK who was a parish overseer in 1894 - possibly a relative.)

Mr and Mrs QUICK (neé GOODLAND) had a small farm at the hamlet of Newtown, but there is perhaps a possibility that they once lived at a slightly larger house on what is now the main Taunton/Chard road. I do not think that either lived to any great age, but they had fifteen children, all of whom reached adulthood. Their names are as follows.
Lizzie's great-grandparents were Simeon Quick who married Mary Goodland.

Her notes are remarkable and a fitting tribute to her role in corresponding with many members of the extended family.
1 *JOHN Oldest son, in turn, butcher, innkeeper, farmer - the callings of butcher and farmer were often combined, especially in country districts. He had a reputation for meanness, especially with money. Married BESSIE - they had two sons, oldest called FRED, he in turn married, had sons and grandsons and his descendants are farming in various places today - but that is all I know of them. WALTER married ANNIE HOARE of Taunton. He farmed at Thurlbear, between Taunton and Buckland St Mary; two sons, JIM and SAM, both married and one (I don't know which) married GLADYS FALCONER of Stockbrick Near Ilminster, both are dead, but again leave farming descendants in Somerset. John and Bessie also had two daughters LAURA and MAY. Laura married a man named PYN and was widowed when her daughter DOLLY was a baby; so Laura became housekeeper to her Uncle William, and DOLLY married EDGAR TOUT who ran a business threshing corn, etc. No children. May married, rather late - JOHN CHIPLING - farmer, they had one son, also JOHN, who is a farmer.

*JOHN QUICK died 30 Nov. 1931 aged 78 years.
Married twice. First wife name unknown. One daughter - lived in Yorkshire, further history unknown. Second wife name LYDIA but also known as FLO, two children. ELSIE who married a man named ENGLAND who lived in Ilminster. There were children. Son SIMEON, married HILDA JENNINGS. No issue. William, or Uncle Bill (Uncle Bull behind his back, which wasn't a bad description?) was also a farmer. Florid of face and quick in temper as in name - a bit of a bully. In fact, also could drink quite heavily. I have a photo of "Uncle Bill Quick" yet to be shown on this site.

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 2—Page B   Lizzie Rossiter's notes   Roger's commentary 
3 SIMEON Little known of him. Always heard that he died quite young, but he evidently lived long enough to marry and beget a son as comparatively recently, members of the family met up with his grandson who farms, in Devon. The son lived to be well over eighty.  
4 SAMUEL Not a farmer. He went to work on the railways - in Kent, and evidently did well. He never lived in Somerset after his boyhood, but owned, or partly owned a farm at Buckland St Mary at one time. Not known if he ever married.  
5 MARK Became a gardener; and lived and worked at (I think) Rumsey in Hampshire. A kindly gentle man, he visited from time to time his relatives in the Taunton area. Nothing known about his marriage but he had children some of whom were living around the 1930ies in the Frome district of Somerset, also known some were teachers and connected with the Quakers.  
6 JAMES Also a gardener - was gardener at a mental hospital in Devizes (Wiltshire) - had a daughter JOY, she married a man named TOWNSHEND and they had two children, boy and girl. The Townsends lived in Newport, S. Wales. Lizzie gives two spellings here - Townshend and Townsend.
7 EDWIN Worked as a butcher; when first married to EMMA LEE of Wrantage, near Taunton, they lived in Bristol and there four sons were born to them, FRANCIS, SIDNEY, ARCHIBALD and FREDERICK. Later they moved to Taunton where a daughter Ethel was born. When she was 5 months old, Edwin (Ned) died and his widow brought up and maintained her children by running a tiny shop selling groceries and cooked meats - she was a marvellous cook and a wonderful woman. All her sons married, but Fred was the only one who had a child, JOHN, and he died as a toddler. Frank and Sidney were mechanics; Fred, Archibald and Ethel in the grocery trade. Fred aged 86 and Ethel 81 who never married, still live in Taunton. We have a photo of this family, not yet on this website.
2 April 1924
55 yrs
A farmer, farmed at various places including a farm at Buckland St Mary and at the time of his death was farming at Ilton, or Ilminster, in Somerset. He married ROSA MATTRAUERS. They had two daughters, LUCY and MABEL, both of whom married farmers. Lucy, the elder was married to FRED ROSEWELL. I have heard that it was not a particularly happy marriage. Fred had plenty of money but certainly liked to hang on to it. They had children, one of whom at least is still alive, and I think is a teacher, somewhere in the Taunton area. Mabel married ALBERT SHIRE farming at Denyatt near Ilminster. Mabel and Albert both dead now of course, but I think their children, another ALBERT and PEGGY I think still alive and probably farming in their home areas.  
9 FRANK The youngest son and possibly the youngest of the family, also a farmer. He married MAUD (Sharks?) and they farmed at Buckland St Mary. They had three daughters, RHODA, MAY (Cissie) and MABEL. Frank himself died as a comparatively young man in a tragic accident in the hayfield, being thrown from a wagon. His wife and daughters carried on the farm. Rhoda the oldest (continued on next page)

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 3—Page C   Lizzie Rossiter's notes   Roger's commentary 
(...cont.) daughter married a fairly well-to-do farmer named STANLEY HOPKINS, he has been dead many years and Rhoda still alive and living in the BUCKLAND ST MARY area. When they were farming I believe it was in Devon, where I believe their only child, another STANLEY is now farming. He did not always farm in Devon. At one time he was in Gloucestershire, where on a couple of occasions he aspired to become a Member of Parliament, but was unsuccessful; thereupon he retired from the fray, saying he intended to give more time to the family farms. I've never met him, but I think the general opinion was that he has a pretty good opinion of himself!

MAY married ABRAHAM (Abie) GRABBHAM again a farmer, but a very different type. A well liked and worthwhile person. He died some years ago. Their two children, FRANK and MARY also married and had families. I think that Frank's wife died a few years ago and he has married again. They lived in the Blackdown hills at Churchinford.

MABEL married TOMMY SUSSEX and they still farm at Buckland St Mary. They have three children DESMOND, GRAHAM and JOY. All are married, but one of the sons, I think it is Graham, has suffered from chronic kidney disease since childhood, so he has spent much of his life in hospital. A few years ago he had a kidney transplant which perhaps gave him some relief. I don't think that he has any children, but Desmond and Joy both have families. All are engaged in farming.

  That is the tally of the sons, now come the daughters.  
  I think that the oldest daughter must have been your grandmother MARY, but I'm not putting any of the children in chronological order, so I will add her last, then you will be able to append her history yourselves. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter and Mary a few months younger, I believe.
10 ELIZABETH Went into domestic service, eventually as a cook I think, in mid and north Somerset, where she met and eventually married, JAMES HENRY ROSSITER (they were my grandparents). Henry James was a gamekeeper. When they were first married they lived at Halsbury, near Wells, in Somerset (I know very little about the Rossiter family, but they seem to abound in North Somerset; there is more than one Rossiter Road around towns there, also in Bristol). Their three eldest children MARGARET, EDWARD and JOHN were born at Halsbury, and then the family moved over the border into Wiltshire to the village of Dilton Marsh, which is between Westbury (Wilts.) and the town of Warminster, there the three younger children, VIOLET, CHARLES, and HARRY were born and James worked as a gamekeeper on the Chalcott estate. But difficult days were ahead. As the result of financial losses (continued on next page) Lizzie's is a bit confused here. Her grandfather was Edward Rossiter and her father Edward James Rossiter.

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 4—Page D   Lizzie Rossiter's notes   Roger's commentary 
(...cont.) by the family who employed him, James lost his job as a gamekeeper. That would have been around the years 1884/5 and any sort of work on the land was not easily found at that time. For a long time he went to Devon where he had some work catching rabbits, but he couldn't get much work for some time then his wife, Elizabeth fell ill, her sister Mary went up from Taunton to nurse her, but she died, leaving her little family around the turn of the year 1897/8 (possibly early 1898). Thereupon the out-of-work James decided to see if America would give him a better chance. The Quick relatives took the children all except Margaret who was already in service (she was 15) in I think, the Isle of Wight. Harry the youngest was three years old; he was taken into the family of Sidney and Rosa, Violet went to Uncle Bill, (where she didn't have the easiest of lives!) Edward and Charles were taken by George and Mary Clist. I think John was supposed to go to somone in the Taunton area also, but when the time came for them to leave he was nowhere to be fopund. He had gone to his Uncle Jim in the Devizes area, who brought him up and for the rest of his life - except for a period in the First World War, when he joined the Royal Flying Corps, and saw service in Europe and also in Ireland - he was a carpenter and cabinetmaker and lived in Devizes.  
  James duly sailed for America, but sadly he did not survive long there. Within a few months the family had news of his death but the details have never been clear, and I do not know to what part of the continent he went, or where he died. Some of his children and grandchgildren have tried to find out more from time to time, with no success. Understandably I don't think members of the Quick family were very pleased with him, after all they were left with the children but from what I have heard from my father - he was thirteen when he lost his parents - they seem to have had a happy home life, and until his father lost his job, they seem to have been better provided for in the way of food than a good many families in similar circumstances were at that time. He told us that his father wanted to take him to America also, but he wanted to stay with his brothers and sisters, and so the father decided to go alone and send for his children when he could provide for them - but sadly, it was not to be.  
  Of the children, Margaret married Sam Rogers, who was in the merchant navy. They had four children GRENVILLE, HAROLD who died as a toddler in Scotland, MARGARET and BERT. The family emigrated to Western Australia when Margaret was about 2 years old and (continued on next page)

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 5—Page E   Lizzie Rossiter's notes   Roger's commentary 
(...cont.) Bert was born in Australia. Sam Rogers carried on various jobs in Australia, once as an auctioneer I think. He died many years ago. Margaret died in 1971 at 90 years of age, I think. GRENVILLE married a nurse, also now dead several years, they had four sons two of which were KENNETH and PETER. I think Kenneth was a Rodeo Rider with a circus. Margaret, the daughter married VICTOR TOMICH of Yugoslav parentage, they have two sons ROSS and BRUCE (the youngest) and a daughter CAROLINE. All are married Ross has two sons, as also has Caroline, her husband is of Dutch extraction I think. BRUCE is a geologist and his wife is Chinese from Penang they also have two sons, BRIAN and STEPHEN. "Grenville" may be Granville (refer Freda Vince's notes)
  EDWARD married Emily Ethelynd HARDWIDGE, they lived all their married life at Shoreditch where Edward first worked with and then succeeded his Uncle George CLIST as blacksmith, becoming quite well known for his skill at wrought iron work. Three children ELIZABETH EMILY, CHARLES EDWARD and HARRY. After the Second World War ELIZABETH trained as a nurse, CHARLES who joined the RAF and was in MALTA during most of the siege, afterwards had his own little business at Shoreditch as a Television and Radio engineer. He died on the 12th May 1985 being unable to work for the last 10 years of his life. HARRY was for a time working with his father but eventually worked as plumber and water engineer with the local council, now retired. He married EMMA RING and they have one son JOHN. EMILY ROSSITER died on the 9th March 1959 aged 73 years and EDWARD on 21st July 1973 just ten days short of his 89th birthday. Edward and Emily are Lizzie's parents, and this gives me assurance of the spelling of Emily's names. George Clist is my great-grandfather. We visited Edward (Ted) on 29 May 1973, and were likely his final family visitors before his death just 7 weeks later.
  JOHN married DAISY (?Chivers) of Devizes, they had three children GORDON (Don), FREDA and BASIL. Daisy died a number of years ago, and John in, I think 1972 in Devizes. GORDON also is dead; he was in the Royal Navy and was killed in a peacetime gunnery accident and is buried in Malta. He was married and left two daughters Jennifer and Janet - of whom I know nothing. FREDA married ALBERT VINCE, they had a daughter JANET and sons ALAN, NIGEL and COLIN. All except Colin have married and Janet and Nigel divorced and remarried. There are I think grandsons and one grand-daughter. Freda and Bert now live in North Wales.  
  BASIL did not marry until he was in his fifties, PAMELA INGRAM. He was a qualified Architect and town planner, but being a severe diabetic has had to retire early. He and Pam now live in Coventry.  
  VIOLET married TED PALTERNAN. He was a gardener, but severely injured in the First World War, and was to some degree a sick man for the rest of his life. He died many years ago, and Violet in 1973 not very long after Edward. They had one son CHARLIE a mechanic he married DORIS LAWRENCE, now dead no children. Charlie is still alive but of course retired.  
  CHARLIE. Lived at Shoreditch until in his late teens he emigrated to New Zealand, where he first worked as a blacksmith and then farmed. He married first GLAYDS LORD. They had one son RAYMOND. Gladys died many years ago and Charlie eventually married again RITA a widow. He died in the early 1970's aged 81. Rita died about three years ago. Ray is also farming. He is married to Kitty they have three children John, Rosalie and Diana in turn they too have married and there are several grandchildren.

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 6—Page F   Lizzie Rossiter's notes   Roger's commentary 
  HARRY, the youngest and the only one who did not reach his eighties! I think that he was 76 when he died in 1971. He was a farmer at Kingston St Mary near Taunton. He married RHODA GIBSON soon after the first world war. They had seven surviving children, but Rhoda was quite young when she died, leaving Peggy the eldest girl to be little mother to the family at 13 years.
  • TED the eldest married and has one daughter.
  • PEGGY married ALBERT TATTERS no children.
  • JACK married INGER a Swedish girl they have two boys KARL and INGERMAR.
  • PATRICIA married CROFTON HAYES they have three sons all married and there are grandchildren.
  • JIM married KATHLEEN SHATTOCK they have a son JAMIE and daughter SUZANNAH.
  • DOROTHY married ERNIE WISE, they have a son MICHAEL. Ernie is in the aircraft industry in the north east of England.
  • DIANA married BARRY POTTER - divorced, no family.
JIM and JACK are both farmers, farming at Kingston St Mary.
Freda Vince's history of the Rossiter family gives:
  • "Ted" is Edward
  • "Peggy" is Margaret
  • "Jack" is John
Also, Ernie "Wise" is Ernie Wide.
11 EMILY EMILY married a farmer called GREADY, two sons BOB and ARTHUR, worked on the railways, married, no children. Two daughters LUCY married a widower, had one child FRED. When he was a schoolboy his mother died and his uncle BOB and wife brought him up. He was a policeman, retired now has one daughter who is married. The other daughter LIZ married a farmer called GRINTER, both dead, one son, don't know his name, he also is a farmer.  
12 ANNE Nothing known about her beyond the fact that she was last heard of in the London area, working I believe at an inn or hotel.  
13 REBECCA Also lived in the London area. Her husband was I believe a postman called STOKES she had a son also both husband and son died comparatively young. There was a granddaughter named MILLY who I believe lived in Kent.  
14 LUCY The youngest girl, who married a farmer named DIMOND they emigrated to Canada before I was born, having two children TOMMY and ETHEL. I think there were other children, and I have a memory of some being killed in an accident involving poisoned cherries. But there are descendants, who have been to this country in recent years. I think the family went to the province of Saskatchewan to farm.  
15 MARY I will leave you to write that history. Li

Note: the terminating characters are unclear, it could be "hi" (unlikely??)

Lizzie is referring to her second cousin Priscilla Easdale (neé Jenkins).

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 Envelope       Roger's commentary 

The envelope is addressed to John and Priscilla Easdale in Argentina.

The date-stamp reads "TAUNTON SOMERSET 6 APR 1987 12-45 PM".

No information on the back of the envelope.

The writing at left is Priscilla's.

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