John Mucklow was my great-great grandfather. John was born 21 August 1821 in Oversley near Alcester, Warwickshire and baptized in the Arrow Parish Church two days later.
He married Hannah James 11 September 1843 in Alcester. They lived most of their lives as a couple in the same area. The census records show where they lived. In 1851, the family was living in Oversley. In 1861, they were in Exhall and in 1871 in Haselor. It looks like they spent their latter years of their lives in Aston Cantlow (1881-1901 census records). John and Hannah had eleven known children.
John was a gamekeeper for Sir W. Throckmorton. It is not known whether he worked for anyone else. He presented the case of two men with snares on property belonging to Mr. Lane in the parish of Haselor on the 14th ult. In an article from the Redditch Advertiser, Redditch, Worcestershire and it was dated 6th ending with ber in the month 1863. So the case was before the court during September, October or November.
Closer look at the clipping shows a small heading that is partly cut off.
"PETTY SESSIONS. NOVEMBER [?] - Before [-?- -?-], [-?-] Fisher, and J. Brown, Esqrs.Only one brief mention of John but oh so important in the story of his life.
GAME - Charles Tredgall and George Louch, of Alcester, were charged with [?] snares for the destruction of game on land belonging to Mr. Lane, in the parish of Haselor, on the 14th, ult.
John Mucklow, gamekeeper to Sir W. Throckmorton, [laid?] the information, and Woodward, a witness proved the case stating that between five and six o'clock in the evening of the above day, he met the defendants in the lane leading from Haselor to Aston, and there saw the defendant Tredgall set a snare in a [meuse?] or run on the bank, and saw several snares that were set within a short distance along the road that defendants came, and the defendant Louch signalled to Tredgall that some one was near, but did not see Louch set any snares, or with any in his possession. . . .
The Throckmortons have been owners of Coughton Court since 1409. This large estate is still lived in by the family but it is now part of the National Trust system.
John must have been a well loved servant for his tombstone bore the inscription.
In Memory of
a Faithful Servant
Born Aug. 21 1821
Died Nov. 6 1904
John is buried in John the Baptist Church Cemetery in Aston Cantlow, Warwickshire, England.
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