Marriages of Soldiers of the 40th Foot (2nd Somersetshire) 1799-1820

These are a selection, a number of them have been individually submitted by family historians,

but the Taunton St. Mary’s (Somerset) entries are from marriage register transcriptions by Roy Parkhouse

and the Taunton St. James’  (Somerset) entries are from marriage register transcriptions by Martin Southwood.

Others from internet research.

If you have a marriage to contribute, please send it to me for insertion in this table.

Last updated Nov 21, 2016. With many thanks to all.

See also Other 40th Foot Soldiers below this marriages table.

 

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Marriages of Soldiers of the 40th Foot 1799-1820

(1st Battalion unless otherwise stated and known at time of marriage.)

Soldier

Spouse

Date and Place of Marriage

Further information

BARRY John

Sarah Lackie

15 Dec 1817 at Glasgow

 Only one battalion at this time.

BIRD John

Elizabeth Hellard

28 May 1805 at Taunton St Mary's

 

BIRT/BURT James

Elizabeth Tucker

2 Feb 1818 at Long Load, Somerset

Served in Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo. Wounded.

CORRAM Thomas

Honor Nepthorn

20 Jun 1805 at Taunton St Mary's

2nd battalion

CURTIS John

Hannah Pedrick

21 Jul 1799 at Taunton St James

Only one battalion at this time.

DAVIES Thomas

Sarah Atkins

08 Jan 1811 at Taunton St Mary's

bn. Langedward, Wales, corporal

DIAS,  Robert

Isabella Ross

15 Dec 1817 at Glasgow

Only one battalion at this time.

EDWARDS, Joseph

Elizabeth Cuff

19 Jul 1824 at St. John, Frome, Som.

Daughter born at Glasgow, 1819. Married after army service (1807-21).

FUDGE, George

Maria Sealy

03 Feb 1818 at Ruishton, Somerset

Battalion not known. Married after army service (1809-14).

FURBER (Ferbor), Francis

1793, Somerset

Peninsular War Medal; of Somerset

HAMM, Richard

Sarah?

1815, Colyton?

At Waterloo.

HANNABUS William

Maria Foot

22 Apr 1811 at Taunton St Mary's

 

HAWKINS James

Mary Stevens

26 Jun 1803 at Taunton St James

Only one battalion at this time.

HEYLAND, Arthur (Major)

Mary Kyffin (bn. Wales)

1803

Regiment commander; twice wounded at the Peninsular; killed at Waterloo, bn. 1781. Joined 40th in 1804 from another regiment. Click here.

HILYAR George

Rachael Godfrey

11 Aug 1812 at Taunton St Mary's

 

JAMES Joseph

Anne Burray

29 Jun 1818 at Gorbals, Glasgow

Click here (bn. Taunton, Somerset) Only one battalion at this time.

KNIGHT (Night), James

Isabella Green (bn. Ireland)

6 Apr 1819 at Gorbals, Glasgow

Only one battalion at this time. With regiment in Australia, 1823-29.

LAWRENCE, William

Clotilde Clairet

Abt 1816, France

Rank of sergeant.  Born and died at Dorset. d. 1869.

LIDFORD William

Mary Ann Reynolds

30 August 1823 St. Nicholas, Rochester, Kent.

Born c1793 Wincanton, Somerset, joined regiment 7 March 1808 at Wells.

LUG? William

Jane Knot

30 Aug 1807 at Taunton St James

LUKKER George

Mary Clarke

21 Jun 1805 at Taunton St Mary's

2nd battalion

MARLER Henry

Sarah Mills

27 Apr 1809 at Taunton St Mary's

2nd battalion

MARSHALL Joseph

Ann Watters

25 Jul 1799 at Taunton St James

Only one battalion at this time.

MILLER, Henry (Captain)

Jane Morepeth (bn. Ireland, 1787)

Ca. 1808, Londonderry

1784-1866; rank of Lieutenant when at Waterloo. Later important citizen of Australia.

MILLS Abraham

Margaret Joseph

11 Jul 1817 at Barony, Glasgow

Only one battalion at this time.

MORRIS William

Mary King

27 May 1818 at Gorbals, Glasgow

Only one battalion at this time.

NEWPORT, Francis

Susannah Perry

15 Oct 1816 at North Cadbury, Som.

Detailed history in PDF form.

OLIVER William

Mary Brown

04 Mar 1805 at Taunton St Mary's

2nd battalion

OWENS Robert

Sarah Pollock

19 May 1818 at Gorbals, Glasgow

Only one battalion at this time.

PAUL William

Martha Wilkinson

22 Oct 1812 at Taunton St Mary's

 

PRICE Thomas

Ann Sims

24 Mar 1799 at Taunton St James

Only one battalion at this time.

PURNELL, Samuel

Augustine Sophia Wargny

25 July 1816 at Beugny, France

Spouse from  Trescaut, Pas du Calais

RADFORD George

Mary Pearce

11 Nov 1815 at Chard, Somerset

Only one battalion at this time.

ROGERS Henry

Catharine Gently

3 Aug 1799 at Taunton St James

Only one battalion at this time.

SKINNER, William

Mary Lerwill

14 Aug 1808 at Barnstaple, Devon

Battalion not known. Wm. Appears to be of Barnstaple.

SLEDGE John

Ann Huntley

25 Jan 1813 at St. John, Frome, Som.

Drummer, battalion not known. witness Saml Holloway (Sgt Drummer)

TAYLOR Thomas

Hannah Melhuish

03 Jun 1805 at Taunton St Mary's

2nd battalion

TAYLOR William

Joan Saunders

23 May 1805 at Taunton St Mary's

2nd battalion

TIBETT (Tibot), John

Agnes Sulferage

28 Jan 1819 at Gorbals, Glasgow

Joined 1st btn. from 2nd  btn on 25 Sep 1813

WEST William

Mary Tucker

17 Jun 1799 at Taunton St James

Only one battalion at this time.

WHYBURN George

Janet Thompson (bn. Scotland)

19 May 1818 at Gorbals, Glasgow

Click here (born Bampton, Devon) Joined regiment September, 1808 at Taunton.

WINTER Henry

Charlotte Cornish

23 Jun 1810 at Taunton St Mary's

 

 

Other 40th Foot Soldiers (no knowledge of marriage to date):

 

Burford, Charles – served 40th Foot Regiment, discharged 26th May 1816 at Dover Castle

after 11 years 222 days service (Sergeant 4 years, Corporal 3 years, Private 4 years)

aged 34, having lost one finger & the use of another finger & the thumb of the right hand

by a wound at the Battle of Waterloo. 5’ 7” black hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion.

Enlisted age 22. Labourer. Served South America, wounded in the leg at Montevideo;

served during the whole Peninsula War & received wounds in the body at the Battle of the

Pyrenees, and in the hand at the Battle of Nivelle; served in Flanders including Battle of

Waterloo. Very excellent character. Brave soldier. Of South Petherton, Somerset.

 

Clarke, Phillip – served in 40th Foot Regiment, discharged 26th November 1816 being

infirm after 17 years 125 days of service (including 2 years for Waterloo) aged 36. 5’ 6”,

grey hair, grey eyes, dark complexion. Private. Enlisted 25th Feb 1799. Labourer.

Of South Petherton, Somerset.

 

Gentle, Thomas – served 40th Foot Regiment, discharged 19th June 1819 after 15 years

321 service (including 2 years for Waterloo service) aged 30. Conduct very good. Served

South America, Peninsula War and North America & at Waterloo & was wounded in left

hand at Vancouver. 5’ 5 1/4” brown hair, grey eyes, sallow complexion. Private.

Of South Petherton, Somerset.

 

Gully, Samuel – served in 40th Foot Regiment, discharged 19th January 1819 after 21

years 186 days (with 2 years for service at Waterloo) aged 44 because of diseased lung

from frequent attacks of pneumonia occasioned by long foreign service. Unfit for service.

Private. Very good conduct. Served in Holland, South America, Peninsula, North America

and at Waterloo. 5’ 6 3/4” black hair, black eyes, brown complexion. Enlisted Bristol 18th

July 1799 aged 24. Labourer. Of South Petherton, Somerset.

 

Lettey, James – served in 40th Foot Regiment; 2nd Royal Veteran Battalion. Discharged

1814 after 10 years of service, aged 27. Of South Petherton, Somerset.

 

Vile, William – served in 40th Foot Regiment and discharged 18th August 1826 after 23

years 202 days (including 2 years for Waterloo service – 9 as Sergeant, 3 as Corporal & 9

as Private) aged 39. 5’ 11” brown hair, grey eyes, fair complexion. Of South Petherton, Somerset.

 

Source for all the above: http://www.southpethertoninformation.org.uk/south_petherton_soldiers.htm

 

Franklin, John - native of Langford, Beds who joined the
2nd Battalion, 40th Foot in 1805 and was discharged in 1814. In 1809 he was
at the battle of Talavera and had a leg amputated. (
Source: Rootsweb)

 

Skeels, Thomas - Of Laugharne, Wales. Signed up on 22 of August 1807

in the 1st Battalion the 40th Regment for 7 years

after serving in the Somerset Militia for 4 years.

Fought in the actions of VEMIERA ROLEIA TALAVERA
and was there wounded by a musket shot
in the breast which remained in (this way) until his eventual death.

Wounded at the Battle of Talavera, Peninsular War, 1809.

He was a prisoner of the French from 6th August 1809 until May 1814.

Died June 17, 1850 aged 69 Years.

(Source: various Internet links)

 

On Monday, April 17th died Nicholas SWEETMAN, the last of the veterans of the Battle of Waterloo

resident in this neighbourhood, at the age of 85 years.

He belonged to the 1st Battalion of the 40th Foot, and saw active service throughout the Peninsular War

for which he received a medal in 1848 with five bars for Pyrenees, Vittoria, Ciudad Rodrigo, Busaco and Vimiera.

He was also in the thickest of the fight on the plains of Waterloo, where he fell, having wounds in his hand and ankle,

and a severe cut across the abdomen. Before he was carried to the rear, however,

he had the satisfaction of seeing the enemy in full retreat.

He wore the Waterloo medal with pride. He was buried on Sunday last.

(Source¨ Western Gazette; Friday 28 April 1871, WINCANTON - Obituary (courtesy of Martin Burt)).

 

LONG SUTTON: James BURT, a Waterloo and Peninsular veteran died on Monday last week

 and on Sunday his remains were interred in the churchyard in the presence of a large concourse of people.

Burt was in two sieges, two stormings and 14 general actions, besides skirmishes in retreats and advances:

from the result of which he received no less than nine wounds. On 10th November 1813, he was wounded by a bullet in his right thigh,

which at the time of his death had got down as far as the calf of the leg, it never having been extracted.

In the memorable battle of Waterloo in 1815 he received a posterior wound from a shell,

from the effects of which he lay among the dead for two days and three nights before he was picked up.

During the above action he was several times in single combat and always subdued the enemy.

Burt had five brothers, all of whom served in the Army.

He had also four sons in the service of Her Majesty, two of them serving in the Crimea.

(Source¨ Western Gazette; Friday 13 December 1872, WINCANTON - Obituary (courtesy of Martin Burt)).

See also his marriage entry (above).

 

William MCGLYNN (ca. 1794 - 13 January 1890)

Hamilton, Monday. Another of the few remaining of those who fought at Waterloo passed away yesterday

at the residence of his son at Huntly,at the ripe old age of 96.

William MCGLYNN served under Wellington in the Peninsular campaign, and took part in the battle of Waterloo.

He was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, and enjoyed perfect health up to a few days before his death.
(Source: New Zealand Herald, 14 January 1890, Page 5, as shown at http://www.thetreasury.org.nz/waterloo/vets.htm)

NOTE: William MCGLYNN served in No. 5 Company, 40th (Somerset) Regiment of Foot. He is indexed in the Waterloo Medal Roll as William MCGLINN.