John SQUIRE

John SQUIRE

Male 1881 - 1952  (70 years)

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  • Name John SQUIRE 
    • John Squire was born on 7 September 1881, at Staunton Cottage, Staunton Meade, Alcombe, Somerset, Eng. I have a photocopy of his birth certificate. On the birth Certificate of his son, Ken, he describes his birthplace as Hemyock, Devon, England.

      He came to Australia prior to 1914, and settled at Pt Wakefield, working as a Wheelwright for the South Australian Railways. On 31 October 1914, he married Ethel Gill of Pt. Adelaide. They were married in the Pt. Adelaide Methodist Church (in Dale St.) by Rev. Robert Ernest Stanley. Constance M Stanley and Maude H Rann were witnesses. Their only child, Ken, was born at Sister Whitford's Private Hospital, Hamley Bridge, and grew up in Pt Wakefield. The family moved to 37 Stephens Terrace, Torrensville, prior to 1943. This was possibly on John's retirement as a coachbuilder. Ethel died on 6 April 1943, at the Torrensville residence, and is buried at Centennial Park Cemetery.

      John and Ethel are recorded in the Sands and MacDougal directories as living in Port Wakefild in 1919, 1936-43.

      Source documents

      From The Advertiser Marriage Notices - SQUIRE-GILL - On October 1931, at the Methodist Church, Port Adelaide, South Australia, by the Rev. Robert Stanley, John, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Squire, of Alcombe, Somerset, England, to Ethel, youngest daughte of the late Mr and Mrs W Gill, Bristol, England.

      From The Advertiser Death Notices - on July 16 at his late residence, 41(?) Stephens Avenue, Torrensville, John, beloved husband of the late Ethel Squire, loving father of Kenneth, father-in-law of Connie, and grandfather of Graham and Jeffrey. Aged 71 years.

      From The Advertiser Death Notices - Squire - The friends of the late Mr John Squire are respectfully informed that his Funeral will leave his late residence 41(?) Stephens Avenue, Torrensville, on Thursday at 4:00pm, for the Centenial Park Cemetery.
    Born 7 Sep 1881  Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1891  Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1901  Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1911  5 Uphill Road Horfield Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Emmigration 1911  London to Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 16 Jul 1952  Stephens Avenue, Torrensville, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried 19 Jul 1952  Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I21  Squire
    Last Modified 14 Sep 2015 

    Father Isaac SQUIRE,   b. 02 Dec 1846, Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1924, Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Emily GILL,   b. 15 Apr 1851, Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1939, Lynmouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1877  Exton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • In the 1881 census, Emily was at Hemyock with William and Mary; no sign of Isaac, and had four of their children here. They had moved to Staunton Cottage Alcombe Dunster by 1886 when Lottie was born. Emily's family is always shown as living in Lower Alcombe, so we guess the Gill family lived in Staunton Cottage. Emily's mum died in 1886 which coincides with the Squire's moving to Staunton Cottage. James Gill is shown on censuses as living with the Squire family in 1891 and 1901.

      The Smith family were neighbours to the Squire family, and in 1896, Charles Smith (b 1894) came to live with Isaac and Emily. Charles' mother had died, and his father was supporting a four year old severely disabled lad and several older children. Charles was still with the Squire family in 1901, but went on to serve in WW1 and later returned badly injured to live a long life in Bristol.

      Isaac and Emily's youngest daughter Lottie probably went into service in London, and met Thomas Isaac Gilson. They married and moved back to Alcombe, bringing two children. Interestingly, they lived next door to Charles' brother Harry. In 1914, Wally Gilson was born at the Squire's cottage.

      Isaac Squire died on 22nd December,1924, at the age of 78 years. They were still at Staunton Cottage, Staunton Meade. This cottage belonged to the Luttrell family, of Dunster Castle. After Isaac's death, Emily went to live with Thomas and Lottie Gilson, who had moved from Alcombe to Lynmouth (North Devon). Faith and Reg visited the U.K in 1985 and visited their grave, placing flowers from the garden at Staunton Cottage.

      I visited the cottage in 2007 with Wally Gilson, and met the current owner. We were invited to have a look inside, and I could visualise how different it must have been 100 years ago. Wally could describe to the current owner what the place was like in the 1920s. Many thanks to Mary Chorley from Bridgwater Somerset for the information about her grandfather Charles Smith and for the photo of Isaac and Emily, and to Daphne of Minehead-Online for the postcard photo of Staunton Cottage.
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ethel GILL,   b. 31 Oct 1884, Bedminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1943, Stephens Avenue, Torrensville, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1914  Methodist Church, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
    +1. Kenneth John SQUIRE,   b. 15 May 1917, Hamley Bridge, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1984, Glengowrie, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2012 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Sep 1881 - Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1891 - Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - Alcombe, Dunster, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - 5 Uphill Road Horfield Bristol Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmmigration - 1911 - London to Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Oct 1914 - Methodist Church, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jul 1952 - Stephens Avenue, Torrensville, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Jul 1952 - Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Squire
    John Squire
    Family; John and Ethel Squire, with son Ken
    Family; John and Ethel Squire, with son Ken
    Headstone John and Ethel Squire
    Headstone John and Ethel Squire
    Transcript ; In loving memory of Ethel,
    beloved wife of John and mother of Ken.
    died 6 April 1943 aged 58 years.
    Also John, died 16 July 1952, aged 70 years.
    Reunited.
    John Squire 1881-1952
    John Squire 1881-1952

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] Births UK Civil, 22 Mar 2012.
      Certificate of Registry of Birth - I the undersigned do hereby certify that the birth of John Squire born on the 7th day of September, 1881, has been duly registered by me on 18 October 1881. Robert Channon, Culmstock sub-district (England).
      Needs checking for full information.

    2. [S7] 1891 Census (Findmypast website), 10 Mar 2012.
      Staunton, Dunster, Rodhuish, Somersetshire.
      GILL, James, Head, Widower, M 77 1814, Retired Farm Labourer, Dunster Somersetshire
      SQUIRE, Isaac, Son-In-Law, Married, M 41 1850, General Labourer, Wiveliscombe Somersetshire
      SQUIRE, Emily, Daughter, Married, F 39 1852, Dunster Somersetshire
      SQUIRE, Mary, Granddaughter, F 11 1880, Hemyock Devonshire
      SQUIRE, John, Grandson, M 9 1882, Scholar, Hemyock Devonshire
      SQUIRE, Annie, Granddaughter, F 6 1885, Scholar, Hemyock Devonshire
      SQUIRE, Lottie, Granddaughter, F 4 1887, Scholar, Dunster Somersetshire
      RG12, Piece 1864, Folio 23, Page 12.
      Reg. District Williton, Sub District Dunster, Parish Dunster, Enum. district 3.

    3. [S8] 1901 Census (Findmypast website), 10 Mar 2012.
      SQUIRE, Isaac, Head, Married, M 52 1849, Agricultural Labourer, Hemyock Devonshire
      SQUIRE, Emily, Wife, Married, F 49 1852, Dunster Somersetshire
      SQUIRE, John, Son, Single, M 19 1882, Coach Builder, Hemyock Devonshire
      SQUIRE, Annie, Daughter, Single, F 16 1885, Hemyock Devonshire
      SQUIRE, Lottie, Daughter, F 14 1887, Dunster Somersetshire
      SMITH, Charlie, Visitor, M 6 1895, Dunster Somersetshire
      RG13, Piece 2262, Folio 31, Page 30.
      Reg. District Williton, Sub District Dunster, Parish Dunster, Enum. District 2, Ecclesiastical District Dunster St. George.

    4. [S9] 1911 Census (Findmypast website), 22 Mar 2012.
      5 Uphill Road, Horfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.
      Butler, Alfred, Head, Married, M 32 1879, House painter, born Gloucester Bristol.
      Butler, Sarah, wife, F 31 1880, born Gloucester Bristol.
      Squires, John, boarder, single, M 29 1882 Coach Wheeler, Devon Hemyock.
      Reg. District Bristol, Sub District Ashley, parish Bristol, Enum. District 28.

    5. [S26] Emmigration from UK (Findmypast), 14 Sep 2015.
      Name John SQUIRES, Date of Departure 14 Sep 1911, port of Departure London, Destination Port Hobart Australia, Single, Male, Wheelwright.
      Ship Athenic, No. 115239, Master C H KEMPSON, Steamship Line Shaw Savill and Albion Co Ltd.
      Tonnage 7833, Passengers 685.

    6. [S12] Deaths South Australian Civil, 30 Mar 2012.
      On 16 July 1952, at 41 Stephens Avenue, Torrensville.
      Buried 17 July 1952 at Centennial Park Cemetery, Springbank, South Australia.
      John Squire, male, Widower, 71 years, carpenter.
      Residence 41 Stephens Avenue, Torrensville South Australia.
      Birth at Culmstock, England, resident fo 41 years.
      Issue, living M 1. none deceased.
      Cause Chronic Myocardinal Degeneration [for] years.
      Informant F W Blackwell, 55 Maesbury Street Kensington, South Australia. Funeral Director 21 July 1952.
      District Hindmarsh, Cert 224.

    7. [S21] Centennial Park Cemetery Adelaide, 9 Apr 2012.
      Centennial Park Cemetery ; RelativeSearch.
      John Squire of Torrensville, Date of Death ?, Age 71 years.
      Interment Details Burial, Section General, Row ? Path 9, Site 536.
      License Number 800, Expiry Date 7 Apr 1993.

    8. [S37] Marriage England Parish Records, 25 Jul 2018.
      On 8 August 1877, in the parish of Exton, Somerset.
      Groom Isaac SQUIRE, age 28 years, bachelor, occ labourer, res Hemyock Devon, father Isaac SQUIRE, dairyman.
      Bride Emily GILL, age 26 years, spinster, res Exton Somerset, father James GILL, labourer.
      Witnesses James SIMS, Elizabeth Charlotte LOCK.
      Transcribed from a parish marriage index (Findmypast on-line record).

    9. [S13] Marriage South Australia Civil, 16 Mar 2012.
      31 October 1914
      John Squire, age 33, batchelor, born Hemyock, Devonshire, England. Occupation wheelwright, Residence Port Wakefield. Father Isaac Squire.
      Ethel Gill, age 30,spinster, born Bristol England. Domestic duties. Residence Port Adelaide. Father William Gill (deceased).
      Married at Methodist Church Dale Street Port Adelaide
      Witnesses, Constance M Stanley, Domestic duties, Port Adelaide; and
      Maud H Rann, domestic duties, Port Adelaide.
      Officiated Robert Ernest Stanley.
      Registration District Port Adelaide, book/page 261/295, Cert. No. 1914/245.