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Walter Swyer Spicer
Mary Talbot
James Frizell
(Abt 1750-1800)
Mary Tice
(Abt 1747-1835)
Robert Talbot Spicer
Sarah Rosanna Frizell
William Spicer


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1. Elizabeth Oram

  • Frank Spicer+
  • William Robert Spicer+
  • Emily Wallis Spicer
  • Elizabeth A. "Bessie" Spicer
  • James Spicer+

William Spicer 56

  • Born: 1820, Tolpuddle, Dorset, England 56,1115,1116
  • Christened: 9 Jul 1820, Tolpuddle, Dorset, England 1073
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth Oram 2 May 1843 in Owermoigne, Dorset, England 1065,1066
  • Died: 10 Jan 1888, Wool, Dorset, England at age 68 56,75

bullet  General Notes:

Confusion over another brother, born later, named William.

There is another William Spicer, son of Robert & Sarah Spicer, baptised at Affpuddle on 18 May 1823, and buried on 4 Jul 1824 (age given as 1 year). Some speculation in the registers whether this child is son of a Charles & Elizabeth Spicer. (Charles and Elizabeth are crossed out in favor of Robert and Sarah.

Probably married Elizabeth Oram in Weymouth RD, Q2 1843. She was baptised (as Betty) 10 Nov 1811, daughter of William and Mary (nee Rose) Oram, at Lady St. Mary chapel. Parents were married 13 Mar 1806 at Wareham. William was specified as 'sojourner' (temporary resident).

William died Q1 1888 in Wareham RD aged 67.

1851 Census at Sutton Poyntz: William (29, head, M, miller, b. Tolpuddle), Elizabeth (39, wife, M, b. Wareham), Elizabeth A (7m, b. Sutton Poyntz), Emily W (2, b. Sutton Poyntz), Frank (7, scholar, b. Sutton Poyntz), William (5, scholar, b. Sutton Poyntz), plus 1 servant, Elizabeth Oram (15, b. Wareham). The servant was probably related to William's wife, e.g. neice. She was baptised 29 Dec 1836 at Lady St Mary, dau of John and Susan Oram, millwright.

William is listed as miller in the 1849 PO Directory and 1855 Kelly's Directory. The mill and the Mill House were used by Thomas Hardy in his novel "The Trumpet Major" as the setting for "Overcombe" and feature extensively in the novel. [Source:]

1861 Census at Bovington Farm, Wool: William (40, farmer employing 10 labs & 2 boys, 542 acres, b. Tolpuddle), Elizabeth (wife, 49, b. Wareham), Frank (17, farmer's son) William Robert (15, farmer's son), Elizabeth Ann (dau, 11, farmer's dau), James (8, farmer's son), Ellen Packham (3, neice, b. Maiden Newton), plus 2 servants. All children born at Sutton Poyntz. [RG / 1346 / p50]. N.B. see Kitty Branston for info re. Bovington Farm.

Emily (12, b. Sutton) is a boarder at a school in Melcombe Regis.

1861 Census (RG9/1345 - Registration District Wareham, Sub-Registration District Wareham) shows both Wiliam Spicer and Henry Spicer as enumerators.

1871 Census at Bovington: William (50, head, mar, farmer 560 acres employing 10 men & 5 boys, b. Tolpuddle), Elizabeth (59, b. Wareham), Frank (27, son, unm, farmer's son, b. S. Poyntz), Emily W (22, dau, farmer's dau, b. S. Poyntz), Elizabeth A (20, dau, unm, farmer's dau, b. S. Poyntz), James (18, son, unm, farmer's son, b. S. Poyntz), Eliza King (18, servant, b. Winfrith), Maria Bullock (69, widow, laundress, b. Stoke Abbott).

1881 census at Bovington, Wool: William (60, farmer, b. Tolpuddle), Elizabeth (69, wife, b. Wareham), Elizabeth (dau, 29, unm, b. Sutton Poyntz), Mary Hardy (27, servant, b. Wool). At Owermoigne: James (28, head, M, farmer employing 10 men/boys, b. Sutton Poyntz), Lucy Mary (29, wife, b. Hurst), William S (8m, son, b. Tincleton).

1891 census at Fordington, Dorchester: Elizabeth (79, head, wid, retired farmer, b. Wareham), Emily (42, dau, U, b. Sutton Poyntz), Eliz A (40, dau, U, b. Sutton Poyntz), Eliz L (18, g dau, U, b. Tolland Royal), James (8, g son, scholar, b. Tincleton). 56


bullet  Events

Marriage, 12 Feb 1839, Stinsford, Dorset, England. 1088 Banns published January and February.
OPC Dorset online has additional information that is questionable except that he was of Holy Trinity Dorchester which is on the Banns.

Census: UK, 1841, Owermoigne, Dorset, England. 1099 Census page has the following houses and households on the same page: John Cree (60 - Independant); William Symes (50 - Yeoman); Sarah Spicer (55 - Ind); Thomas Masters (25 - Farmer)

Occupation: Miller, 1843, Owermoigne, Dorset, England. 1117

Census: UK, 1861, Wool, Dorset, England. 1118 Bovington Farmer of 542 acres employing 12 men and 7 boys.

Census, 1871, Wool, Dorset, England. With wife Elizabeth, son Frank, dau Elizabeth, dau Emily, son James.

Marriage, 24 Nov 1869, Corfe Castle, Dorset, England. 1119

Census, 1881, Wool, Dorset, England. With wife Elizabeth and daughter Elizabeth. RG 11/2101

Probate, 5 Dec 1871, Dorset, England. 1120 Effects under 5,000. Late of Holworth Farm proved by William Spicer of Bovington, George Saunders, Sr. of Taunton, and Thomas Hooper of Turners Piddle, nephew.

Probate, 21 Feb 1888, Blandford, Dorest, England. 75 Effects 3729 10s 6d. ...late of Bovington Farm....was proved at Blandford by James Spicer of Snelling House Moreton near Dorchester...the Son and Henry Spicer of Affpuddle...the executors.


William married Elizabeth Oram, daughter of William Oram and Mary Rose, 2 May 1843 in Owermoigne, Dorset, England 1065.,1066 (Elizabeth Oram was born in 1811 in Wareham, Dorset, England, christened 10 Nov 1811 in Wareham, Dorset, England 56,1121 and died Mar Q 1899 in Dorchester, Dorset, England 1122.)

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