Henry Horsell’s daughter, Ann Tidd

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March 12, 2015 by auntkatefirmin

UPDATE: It appears that Henry’s daughter was indeed Ann Tidd (not Titt or some other variation). While I have not yet found a marriage for Ann, I have found an Ann Tidd with a husband William who had a number of children in Swindon between 1748 and 1761.

What makes me think this is the correct Ann Tidd (besides the uncommon name) is a bit of serendipity. Many members of the Blackford and Wayt families were butchers. However one of the last known butchers to sell meat in the market in Swindon used his own portable shambles and his name was not Blackford or Wayt but Tidd – according to William Morris in Swindon 50 Years Ago on page 229.  (Thanks again, Liz.)

Undated watercolor of a butcher by Heneage Finch (1751-1812) fourth Earl of Aylesford. Paul Mellon Collection. Yale Center for British Art.

Undated watercolor of a butcher by Heneage Finch (1751-1812) fourth Earl of Aylesford.
Paul Mellon Collection. Yale Center for British Art.

Looking for a butcher named Tidd in 1800 in Swindon, I discovered Thomas Tidd, butcher of Swindon, bondsman for a marriage that took place in 1806. That in turn led me to a baptism for Thomas in 1761 which showed his parents as William and Ann Tidd, so the dates all fit.

Thus if my surmise is correct, Thomas Tidd the butcher was the grandson of Henry Horsell and the cousin (by marriage) to another butcher, Robert Blackford (husband of Rebecca Wayt who was the daughter of John Wayt the butcher and his wife Elizabeth, the sister of Ann Horsell Tidd).

In many records Thomas’s father William is referred to as William Tidd or Holloway, and the Holloway family also included members who were butchers in Swindon (including Elizabeth Horsell Wayt’s possible second husband John Holloway), so I suspect there’s more of a story to uncover.

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