TOOLEY, Whitwell, St Pauls Walden, circa 1880
David Hilton-Barber (info @t kingswalden.co.za) 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.
|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|
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.
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.
ASSAULT AND PROVOCATION,
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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