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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 7, February 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX02067664

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 7, February 1, 1855

Description: Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.


February. 1855.

1. Thursday. Here am I, abiding for the present at Neithrop, and shall at no time have fairer leisure and opportunity to put down all I have learnt of our family on the fathers side. It is in its detail characteristic of country life nearly a century ago, no-wise creditable, though not without its interest. / The Gunn family were farmer folk and lived in this old house ‘time out o’ mind. It was then more spacious, including the adjoining building (on the left side,) the rear buildings however (rebuilt over half a century ago as a dwelling house,) were then barns and stables. Like most houses and cottages hereabouts, it is of yellowish colored stone, partly thatched, partly roofed. Two or three Tudor shaped windows indicate that the older part may have stood two centuries, while at the end, (as you enter from the road through the big blue gates,) you can spy traces of some former porch or doorway, in a stone arch, forming part of the wall. The Gunn name is not uncommon hereabouts, and the tombstones in Banbury churchyard testify that many of ‘em lie there. My Grandfather [Richard Gunn] was a sturdy farmer, known by the nickname of “Golden Gunn” from a liking of his to recieve and make payments in specie. Old Dumbledon, (Banbury’s “oldest inhabitant” some years ago, dead now,) told me some few of his characteristics. He had worked for him, spake praisingly terming him “Gentleman Gunn,” and said that though a chapel-goer, (a smack of Puritan Banbury here,) he frequently attended church-service on work-day mornings. He dying when my father [Samuel Gunn], his youngest born, was but a child a child left three sons [Richard Gunn II, Thomas Gunn, and Samuel Gunn], and their mother [Sarah Wyatt Gunn]. To Richard the eldest was left the Neithrop house and farm; to Thomas the next, the South Newington one, from

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-01

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Farms
Architecture, Domestic


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