Bitton Families




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We have some indirect BROOKMAN connections, by marriage. We have not as yet found connections amongst these BROOKMAN families.

Our 1804 Joseph THOMPSON m abt 1804 Virtue BROOKMAN, 1832, St. Swithins, Bath. Per FreeREG, she was d/o John/Jane BROOKMAN, bap Swinford. This family lived in North Stoke, Somerset.

Our 1809 George Bush THOMPSON m abt 1814 Sarah BROOKMAN, born Publow, 3 Sep 1832, Temple, Bristol. Their family lived in Publow.

Our 1821 Thomas THOMPSON m abt 1819 Sarah BROOKMAN 1852, St. John Bedminster. Sarah was b abt 1819, Compton Dando, Somerset; d/o James, a labourer (per their marriage entry). This Sarah d bef 1856 and Thomas remarried. There were no children.

I have traced my BROOKMAN ancestors back to the late 1600s in Churchill, Stock, Burrington area of Somerset. Frederick BROOKMAN, farmer of Lower Langford, was born 1804 Churchill Somerset and died or was buried 11th April 1874 Holy Trinity Burrington. He m.  Hannah nee VOWLES born Nempnett Thrubwell in the County of Somerset in 1804 (d/o Samuel and Elizabeth VOWLES nee BROOKS, farmer of Nempnett Farm. Hannah died July 1875 and is buried in Holy Trinity Burrington.

My GG grandfather, Benjamin BROOKMAN (b abt 1844; d 1915) moved from Lower Langford to Bitton by the 1871 Census. He m. Elizabeth nee KNOWLES of Stoodleigh, Devon in 1865. Elizabeth was born 1842/3 died March 1903 in Bristol. Eight of their ten children were: 1867 Samuel; 1869 Frederick James; 1870 Joseph Thomas; 1871 Benjamin; 1877 Fanny; 1879 Emanuel J; 1881 Frank; 1884 Hannah C.

We think he moved to find work in the coalmines of that area because by 1881 census he is a Foreman in Coal Yard (Dwelling Warmley Tower; housing estate set up for the workers in Bitton area, which sadly became so rundown it was demolished).

Their son, 1870 Joseph Thomas BROOKMAN (b Bitton) m. Kate GODFREY (b abt 1871, d/o Samuel Frederick GODFREY) 1891, Warmley. His son, my grandfather Victor William Walter BROOKMAN, was a Bristol Policeman after WW1. He died about 1936/37 in his late thirties of TB. Joseph fought in the Army Service Corps in the Balkans Campaign of WW1 which was better known or famous for the landings at Gallipoli (a large beach area at the mouth of the Bosphorous leading up to Constantinopal. I have photos and medals. Both Joseph and his son Victor fought there and one of them was decorated with the Oak leaf for being Mentioned in Dispatches. I was told it was my Grandfather Victor but don't know for sure.

Benjamin had a number of children so the descendants, I believe, are still living in Bristol. I have been contacted by relatives in Australia, descendants of Thomas Vowles BROOKMAN, Benjamin's brother who emigrated to Australia in the mid 1800s. Another brother of Benjamin, Joseph Vowles BROOKMAN, farmed at Cleeve. I have been contacted by his descendants and we visited his farm. VOWLES by the way was the maiden name of my GGG grandmother who married Frederick BROOKMAN about 1837.

Another BROOKMAN from Canada said his Ggrandfather lived at Saltford and worked in the Brass mills, living in Brass mill lane. Saltford is next to Bitton, but we haven't found a direct relationship yet.


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