Whistler Family - Basingstoke Townsfolk

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Basingstoke Townsfolk

On 12 October 1811 William Whistler of Basingstoke and Elizabeth Hood were married at Monk Sherborne, the bride’s home village near Basingstoke (1). It appears that William was the nephew of Edward Whistler, a butcher of Old Basing, who died in 1817.

William and Elizabeth Whistler made their home in Basingstoke. Sons William and Charles were baptised, respectively, on 28 November 1813 and 3 January 1817 at St Michael’s Church, Basingstoke. Their daughters were Harriet, baptised on 18 July 1819, and Sarah, baptised on 2 September 1827. Two sons, Henry and David, died in infancy. In the Basingstoke baptismal register, for the Whistler children, the father’s profession was given as labourer.

The Whistler brothers, William and Charles, both found marriage partners from the Basingstoke area and settled in the Dartford district of Kent, attracted by work in the brewing industries. The opening of the railway to Dartford in 1849 encouraged many newcomers to settle in the area. The breweries, supplied by the hops grown in the Darent Valley, were a major Dartford employer (2).

Charles Whistler and Sarah, the daughter of William Cooper, were married in Old Basing on 26 November 1842. The wedding of William Whistler and Harriet Munday was celebrated in the village of Herriard on 28 May 1846.

A gravestone at East Hill Cemetery, Dartford has the lines: (3)

to the memory of
the beloved wife of
who died September 9th 1877,
aged 57 years.

Also the above named
who died March 6th 1881
aged 64 years.

The battle of our life is brief
the alarm, the struggle, the relief
then sleep we side by side

This stone was erected
by their two children
who died [October 25th] 1918

Appendix: The Family of William Whistler of Basingstoke in Census Returns


(1) Exactly one year later, on 13 October 1812, Sarah Whistler, possibly William’s sister, became the wife of John Hood(s) at a wedding in Basingstoke. The signature of William Whistler in the 1811 Monk Sherborne marriage record matches the signature of William Whistler who was a witness at the 1812 Basingstoke marriage of Sarah Whistler.

(2) Dartford history online.

(3) Memorial inscription by Phil Taylor, 2012, at Find A Grave .

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