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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 8, February 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX02068307

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 8, February 1, 1855

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


which the sum of 700 [pounds], raised by mortgage, was to go to Samuel [Gunn], the youngest, (my father,) upon his coming to age; which it was considered made the portions of the two last nearly equivalent, as much of the South Newington land was unfenced &c. Trustees, (Munton & Goldby,) had the superintendence of this. The widow [Sarah Wyatt Gunn], of course, remained in the Neithrop house; whither in possession till Richard [Gunn] came of age, (he was within a few years of it a boy of eleven) I know not, she may have had, too, special monies willed to her. Very speedily however she married again, and became Mrs Henry Bolton. Her husband was a notable man in his way, as the event will show. He was born in a Warwickshire cottage, and started in life as a farm labourer, thence became a cattle-dealer, till by the pecuniary aid of a brother, (who had thriven too,) he commenced farmer. I have heard him spoken of in country parlance as a “pig-porker.” He did not abandon his cattle dealing, when farming, and ‘twas through this coming to the Neithrop farm about purchasing a calf that he became acquainted with the widow Gunn. He was a keen, thrifty and not scrupulous man, ever with an open eye to self interest, a severe chapel goer, intolerant of idleness, and liked to pique his men to do their utmost by exciting rivalry amidst them. He’d meet and make purchases of droners on market-days, perhaps selling out again at profit a few hours later. He always paid punctually. Well, he took up his abode at Neithrop, whether with the determination to make it and and the farm his own I know not, but few years passed ere it became so. His wife does not appear to have made a happy marriage, although three children [Joseph Bolton, Henry Bolton, and William Bolton] were the result of it, one of whom died young [Joseph Bolton]. She would give my father a cake or halfpenny secretly,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-01

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Farms


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