TOOLEY, Whitwell, St Pauls Walden, circa 1880

January, 2004




Kings Walden



St Pauls Walden

David Hilton-Barber (info @t of Tzaneen, South Africa, writes: My wife, Sandra Patricia, is the only daughter of the second marriage of William Edwin Tooley, born at Kings Walden in 1878 and emigrated to South Africa in 1896. He founded Kings Walden near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province from which five generations of Tooleys have sprung. As this is the anniversary of Kings Walden here (where we have established a guest house of the same name) I am writing a history of the clan. I would be grateful if you could give me some background of the Tooley family in Hertfordshire or put me in touch with a family member.

I am afraid I cannot do wide searches, but I can give you some specific information on William Edwin Tooley. In the 1881 census the following family were living in the Mill, Whitwell, St Pauls Walden, a few miles from Kings Walden.

 Name  Relation Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
 James Francis TOOLEY   Head   Male   35   Aston End  Miller (Corn) 
 Bithia TOOLEY   Wife   Female   27   Pauls Walden   Wife 
 Ethel Marian TOOLEY   Dau   Female   9   Pauls Walden   Scholar 
 Edith Pertee TOOLEY   Dau   Female   7   Pauls Walden   Scholar 
 Henretta Louisa TOOLEY   Dau   Female   5   Pauls Walden   Scholar 
 Francis James TOOLEY   Son   Male   4   Pauls Walden    
 William Edwin TOOLEY   Son   Male   1   Pauls Walden    
 Fanny WELLS   Sert   Female   18   Pauls Walden   Domestic Sert 
 Sarah COOK   Sert   Female   18   Hertford   Domestic Sert 

This shows the infant William Edwin Tooley, his parents, and older siblings, in Whitwell - a large hamlet in the parish of St Pauls Walden. I note the following entries in Kelly' Hertfordshire directories

1882 Tooley James Francis, miller & corn merchant, St Pauls Walden

1890 Tooley James Francis, miller (water) & corn merchant    Whitwell

1912 Tooley Jas Francis (water & steam) St Pauls Walden Bury farm.

It should be noted that Hertfordshire - Little Guide, 1903, says "The mill at the E. end of the village, near the old tan-yard, was burnt down a few years ago, but has since been rebuilt." This may explain why James was in the mill at Whitwell in 1890 and had moved to St Pauls Walden Bury farm by 1912.

James Francis Tooley was born at Aston End, Aston, and a quick look at the 1851 Post Office Directory has the following entry - which probably refers to William's grandfather.

Tooley James, farmer

I am afraid I have found no direct connection between William and Kings Walden, but it is only a few miles away, so he would undoubtedly have known the village. 

October 2017

Peter Bagg emailed to say that he thinks he may be related to the Tooley family of Kings Walden he may be the  great great great nephew of the Tooley who emigrated to South Africa.

I reported that the original email address for David should be correct as it appears on the page describing Kings Walden Garden Manor, in South Africa.

I have also added the interesting story about James Francis Tooley assaulting Samuel Izzard in Hitchin market.



James Francis Tooley, miller, of Whitwell, was charged with assaulting Samuel Izzard, o[ Luton, and the latter was summoned by Mr. Tooley, for using obscene and profane language.

This case, arose in Hitchin market. The version of the complainant and his witnesses was that he (complainant). was calling out " muffins and crumpets " in Hitchiu market, and on passing Mr. Tooley, complainant called out " I sell crumpets four a penny, and if Mr. Tooley will pay use the sixpence he owes me I will sell five a penny," upon which Mr. 'l'ooley, with an ash stick, gave him (Izzard) a most unmerciful thrashing, causing the market people to cry shame of him, and the complainant was obliged to go to Dr. Foster, at Hitchin, and to a doctor when he got to Luton.

The defendant's (Mr. Tooley's) version was, that he had found it necessary to put Izzard in the County Court for a sack of flour sometime ago, and to commit him to prison in default of paying the instalments ordered by the Court, and ever since then Izzard had taken every opportunity of insulting him in public places, and on this afternoon he was haranguing the crowd and swearing about him in front of the Hitchin Corn Exchange. He put up with this until he repeated it before two hundred people when he could stand it no longer and did thrash Izzard.

Witnesses were called as to Izzard's profane language.

The Bench inflicted a fine of .2 and costs upon the defendant for the assault upon Izzard, and ordered Izzard to pay 20s . including costs for profane language.

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow, 28 March, 1884

If you can add to the information given above tell me.

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