Wilkin Mercy

Wilkin Mercy

Female 1811 - 1893

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  • Born  1811  Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  15 Feb 1893  Ealing, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I184  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  31 Aug 2013 

    Father  Wilkin T 
    Family ID  F98  Group Sheet

    Family  Summerhayes John,   b. 1809, Buckland St Mary Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  19 Mar 1831  Chard, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Summerhayes Rev Julius,   b. 1832, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1903, Isle of Wight Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Summerhayes Harry,   d. 1920, Ealing, London Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Summerhayes Mercy,   b. 1838, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920, Limpsfield Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Summerhayes Thomas,   b. 1833, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Summerhayes William,   b. 1835, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, Thame Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Summerhayes John,   b. 1837, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1837, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Summerhayes John,   b. 1840, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863, Seaton Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Summerhayes Mary,   b. 1846, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1849, Crewkerne, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  24 Nov 2012 
    Family ID  F78  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1811 - Crewkerne, Somerset Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Mar 1831 - Chard, Somerset Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Feb 1893 - Ealing, London Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    view from Mendip Hills looking south, Somerset
    view from Mendip Hills looking south, Somerset
    7 Mattock Lane, Ealing.
    7 Mattock Lane, Ealing.
    This is the house where Mercy ran a school during her later years as a widow. It's along the road from where her son Julius was the Vicar of St John's church, Ealing, and would have been almost new when she moved into it.
    Poples Well street sign, Crewkerne
    Poples Well street sign, Crewkerne
    Poples Well cottages, Crewkerne, where the Summerhayes family would have lived, with the church in the background up the hill. It lies on the edge of fields.
    Poples Well cottages, Crewkerne, where the Summerhayes family would have lived, with the church in the background up the hill. It lies on the edge of fields.
    Crewkerne town centre today
    Crewkerne town centre today
    1851 census record for John and Mercy Summerhayes
    1851 census record for John and Mercy Summerhayes
    1841 Census record for John and Mercy Summerhayes
    1841 Census record for John and Mercy Summerhayes

  • Notes 
    • We don't know anything about Mercy's family in Chard, Somerset, but her village was about 3 miles away from her future husband John's home village of Buckland St Mary. She is supposed to have been omne of his music pupils, even though she was only a couple of years younger, which shows both that her family must have been able to afford music lessons and also that she was musical herself. After they married she bore 8 children to her music teacher husband, and they lived in Pople's Well in Crewkerne, which is a set of cottages in a dip below the school where he taught, on the edge of town.

      After John died in 1863 Mercy moved to London, and showed both determination and some financial stability in setting up a small school. It was on the same road in Ealing where her son Julius was the Vicar, and had 10 students and 4 staff a couple of years before she died.

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      The marriage in 1831, Chard, comes from someone elses family tree, no primary source seen to prove it. Chard had 3 independent chapels then, so no C of E church

      1841 Census:
      The Summerhayes family are living in Popes Well, Crekerne.
      John Summerhayes is head, aged 30, a 'professor of music'
      Mercy is also aged 30. Children;
      Julius aged 9
      Thomas aged 7
      William aged 6
      Mercy Eliza aged 3
      John aged 1

      1851 Census:
      John Summerhayes, age 42, Professor of Music (born Buckland St Mary) lives at Popes Well in Crewkerne, with his wife Mary [sic] age 41 (born Chaffcombe?). Children;
      Thomas age 17, occupation Sailor
      William age 15
      Mercy Eliza age 12
      John Henry age 10
      Virtue wilkins a visitor aged 33

      1861 Census:
      John Summerhayes, age 52, Professor of Music (born Buckland St Mary) lives at Popes Well in Crewkerne, with his wife Mary [sic] age 50 (born Chaffcombe?). Children;
      Mary E age 22
      John age 20, student
      Henry age 18, medical student
      Virtue Wilkins, sister-in-law, landowner
      Harriet Lombard, age 27, house servant

      1881 Census:
      Mercy Summerhayes is head of a household in Mattock Lane, Percival Place, Ealing. She's an Annuitant widow age 69, born in Chard, Somerset.
      With her lives Mercy Summerhayes her daughter, unmarried, age 42 and a schoolmistress born in Crewkerne.
      Also there are a French governess, 3 scholars age 12-16, a cook and a housemaid.
      So Mercy seems to be running a small school.

      * Mattock Lane is right beside St Johns church in Ealing, where her son is the vicar in the 1881 Census, so the family are together.

      1891 Census:
      Mercy Summerhayes is head of the household as a widow, 'living on own means' in No 7 Mattock Lane, Ealing, age 81, born Chard in Somerset.
      Also there is Mary Eliza, age 52, schoolmistress. Its a very large household with a total of 17 people, and looks like a school. There are 2 governesses in their 20s - one a teacher of English, one of French - and 10 students from age 10 to 17, including 'granddaughter Minnie(something?) Summerhayes age 15. There are also 3 domestic servants.

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      Record of death 1893 Jan-Mar:
      Mercy Summerhayes, Brentford, age 83

      Death notice in the Argus, Melbourne, Australia (Friday Apr 14th 1893):
      'SUMMERHAYES.?On the 15th February, at Beresford-house, Ealing, Middlesex, Mercy, widow of John Summerhayes, of Crewkerne, aged 83 years. Deeply loved by all who knew her.'


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