|Ray Jerrems, Jerrems Genealogist||
You Should Recognize Some of These Names
William George 1V (Jerry) (son of William George lll) b1926. Children set out later.
Donald Edwin lll (son of Donald Edwin ll) b1942 mSharon Wright June 15 1970. No issue.
Alec Nicholl (son of Donald Edwin ll) b1942 mDarlene c1960. No issue.
William Scott (Scott) (son of Donald Edwin ll) b1947 mVirginia Lay (Jenny) c1970, d1999. No issue.
Susan Nicolette (daughter of Donald Edwin ll) bAugust 18 1952 mDidier Begat c1985. Daughter Vanessa b1987.
Warren Kirk (son of Donald Edwin ll) bNovember 23 1952 mMia Snapp (bMay 7 1959) c1988. Daughters Jacqueline bNovember 31 1990, Olivia bNovember 3 1991.
Brian David (son of Alexander Stapler and Eva) bc1960, mVictoria Lee. No issue.
Charles (“Chick”) (son of Sydney Ann and Charles Keller) bNovember 5 1946 mCarol Iddings (bSeptember 16 1948). Three children Jennifer Leigh b1975, Andrew Scott b1978 and Charles Christopher b1983.
Hugh (“Jerry”) (son of Sydney Ann and Charles Keller) bJul 22, 1950.
William Alan (son of Sydney Ann and Charles Keller) bNov 4, 1960.
Helen Elizabeth (Betty) (daughter of Marjorie). Born 1919 Ohio d2004 Cherokee Village. Married (1)Rizzo and (2) Martin Meisenheimer (dec’d). Children Nancy Byford Rizzo (m James Maguire, dau Remmy) and Richard Jerrems Rizzo. Source-obituary. Virginia (Ginny) (daughter of Marjorie). Born c1923, mDavid Skowlund.
Mary, daughter of Arthur Wallace Jr by first marriage, born in mid 1920s in Chicago, grew up in Barrington, Chicago. Nothing further known.
Marquette Ambrose (Mark) and Vincent (Vince) Healy (sons of Vincent and Pat Healy). Born in CA in 1944 and 1948 resp.
Let us know if we missed any Jerrems.
|Ray Jerrems, Jerrems Historian||
Finding Evidence of our Legacy
In an earlier Newsletter there was an article on “Jerrems Spur” in Australia. We have now located a Jerrems Hill near Mottisfont, in Hampshire, in southern England.
The website of Test Valley Borough Council shows the address of the chairman of Mottisfont’s Parish Council (Mr John Millns) as “Hillside Cottage”, Jerrems Hill, Mottisfont, Romsey.
Our forbears came from Lincolnshire, in northern England. I thought that it would therefore be very unlikely that the hill would have been named after one of them, but who was it named after?
I would like to be able to say that Jerrems Hill was the site of a famous battle led by Sir Raymond Jerrems and Sir Donald Jerrems, the champions of Good Queen Bess, defending her honour against the dastardly outlaw Marmaduke Fotheringham. But, alas, this would not be true.
I wrote to John Millns and he replied as follows:
“The name 'Jerrems' has always puzzled us, particularly as we have noted that it appears on some Ordnance Survey maps, but not others. I enclose two maps (dated 1946 and 1967) showing it. The enclosed photo shows our cottage (known as 'Hillside View' in 1946) in the foreground and what we think used to be called Jerrems Hill Cottage, in the background (now Hope Cottage).
Jerrems Hill Cottage was originally a toll keepers cottage and I have contacted the previous owner who owned it from 1964 to 1997. He thinks the name “Jerrems” could well be that of the first toll keeper, but that is not certain.
There is an official roadside nameplate bearing the name “Jerrems Hill”, also.”
A toll keeper would have been employed to collect tolls from users of the main road passing over Jerrems Hill.
Subsequently John found an 1871 map which shows “Jerrems Hill TP” (Jerrems Hill Toll Place), confirming that the cottage was used for collecting tolls.
John estimates that Jerrems Hill Cottage and his cottage were both built in the early 1700s (believe it or not, he sent me a copy of the 1737 insurance policy for his cottage!). The cottages were smaller when they were originally built.
The fact that Jerrems Hill Cottage was built on an unusually small block of land for a rural area and it was unusually close to the road may indicate that it was built specifically for the tollkeeper. If the cottage was built in the early 1700s and Jerrems was the first tollkeeper then we have a person born slightly earlier than our earliest established ancestor, William Jerom (born about 1720).
The Hill is about 3 kilometres north west of Mottisfont. Mottisfont is on the River Test, which flows into the English Channel at Southampton, and it boasts such famous neighbours as Dunbridge, Kimbridge, Awbridge, Kings Somborne and Michelmersh (just joking). Seriously, it has a famous 13th century Abbey which is owned by the National Trust. Well worth a visit. And don’t forget to drive up Jerrems Hill and thank John for the time and trouble he went to in doing the research for us.
So it seems that the mysterious person after whom the Hill was named may have simply been the toll keeper, not a Sixteenth Century Sir Raymond Jerrems or Sir Donald Jerrems or any other such heroic notion.
Photo (TwoCottages above) This photo shows John
Millns’ house in the foreground and Jerrems Hill
Cottage in the background. John’s house has pink
roof tiles because they were made from pink clay.
|Furnished by a Member of the Paparazzi||
It's that Gate Crasher, Old Ray, Again
If you remember Sydney-girl Nicole Kidman married Keith Urban at Manley Point in June. (Manley Point was mentioned in our July issue; it is where Great Uncle Charles lived out his last days in the early 1900's.)
At the Manley Point wedding ceremony, the paparazzi were in full form taking thousands of pictures. The picture below was taken as Nicole was leaving the ceremony.
And who, prey tell, is escorting her? It is that Old Rascal Ray, who for 200 years has been haunting the shores of Manley Point and other parts of Australia.
Where will Old Ray show up next?
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