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Father: William WELLER
Mother: Ann HOUSE
Born: 1761
Baptised: 1761-06-03
Died: 1823 (aged 62 years)
Buried: Penn churchyard.
= Married  =
on: 1786-04-11
at: Penn
Charlotte MORRIS
Father: Stephen MORRIS
Mother: Mary FLOYD
Born: 1763-12-23
Baptised: 1764-01-18
Died: 1845-05-21 (aged 81 years)
Buried: Penn churchyard.
Children:   |
Born: 1787
Died: 1868
Born: 1789
Died: 1830-10-25
Born: 1790
Born: 1792
Born: 1795
Born: 1798
Died: 1853
Born: 1800
Died: 1857-06-09
Born: 1802
Died: 1883-08-27
Born: 1805
Died: 1826-12-23
Born: 1807

Further information for Thomas WELLER.

Birth place: High Wycombe
Profession: Butcher
Domiciles: Chepping Wycombe



The fact that Thomas was the second son of William 1st. and Ann is confirmed by the entry in the Family Bible in the possession of Lt.Col. Eric Weller. Born in 1761, he married Charlotte Morris of Penn in 1786 and was then described as a butcher. Charlotte's father, Stephen, lived at Putnam Place, where, it is said, Queen Catherine of Aragon lived for a time while waiting for Henry VIII to divorce her. The house was converted to tenements at one time and is now a farm - as it presumably was in Stephen's time for he was a farmer, according to his Will. In 1810 Putnam Place was assessed for rates at ?60. Stephen married Mary Floyd of High Wycombe in 1762 and Charlotte was their only child.

Thomas Weller was noted as a Bachelor from the Parish of Amersham and Charlotte Morris was noted as a Spinster from the Parish of Penn at the time of their wedding. Witnesses on the certificate were: Thomas Aldridge, Mary Weller and Stephen Morris.
Information from the marriage certificate supplied by Norma Lawler.

Thomas and Charlotte lived in Penn (where their children were baptised) or perhaps in the adjoining village, Tylers Green. The shop which was until recently King's the butchers has the initials T C W on one of the bricks so it is tempting to suppose it was their home. There is also the date 1797 on two of the bricks, and over what used to be the shop is written King's, est .1782. It is now a private house.

Gravestone inscription

Sacred to the memory of Thomas Weller of this parish who departed this life June 20th. 1823 aged 62 years.

Also Charlotte his wife who died May 21st. 1845 in the 82nd. year of her age.

Also Mary Treacher daughter of the above, died October 25th. 1830 aged 41 years.

Also Elizabeth Prindible their daughter who died June 9th. 1857.

August 1993. New information from Mr. Green of Tylers Green. In 1803 Thomas bought the two adjoining cottages known as Dell Cottage, on Church Road, Tylers Green, for ?90. He sold them in 1810. Tyler Cottage, on the other side of the road, was left to Charlotte in her Mother's Will of 1810. Did Thomas and his family move to Tyler Cottage? In the 1841 Census Charlotte is 75, of independent means, living with Rebecca and Elizabeth Weller, ages 11 and 3. (her grandchildren, daughters of John and Rebecca, nee White.) There is a declaration made by Harry Hawes, aged 85, in 1868, that he remembered The Dell being built by Thomas Weller, but there is a conveyance, 1803, Mr. John Venables to Mr. Thomas Weller, ?90. (Perhaps Thomas made the two into one, to accommodate the eight children he had by then, and that is the building remembered by Mr Hawes.

Stephen's parents were Jonas Morris of High Wycombe and Ann Wingrove of Penn, married 1730. Stephen was born in 1733. In 'A History of the Parish of Penn' by Gilbert Jenkins he notes, from the records of 1742, 'paid Jonas Morris for meat for Ann Yarrow and Ann Child when they had the smallpox'.

In his father's Will Thomas, with his brothers John and William, was made a trustee. He inherited a house in High Wycombe and, after a number of legacies to his brothers and sisters, a quarter of the residue, but he had no interest in the brewery.

Thomas and Charlotte had ten children; the eldest, Stephen, became my great-great-grandfather. His wife was Elizabeth, writer of the little diary that was so useful to us in our research.

Thomas died in 1823. We have been unable find his Will in spite of much searching. Charlotte died intestate in 1845; both are buried in the churchyard at Penn but the stone has gone.

[Barbara Taylor]

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