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The DART (DARK) Families

of Fordington, Dorchester and Stinsford

©Compiled by Michael Russell OPC for Fordington 2012 [Last updated February 2014]

Pedigree Drawn up by the Rev Richard Grosvenor Bartelot (1868-1947)
Local historian, author and genealogist




Among the many notes that left to the Dorset History centre By the Rev. is the above pedigree of one part of the Dart Family of Fordington


Background


Research suggests that we have a number of families with the surname 'DARK' migrating into Dorset from Devon during the early 18th Century. As we would expect there are various spellings of their surname with changes in spelling often occurring as the families moved parish or we had a new scribe involved. These include DART; DARTT; DARTE; DARK; DARKE etc.

'DARK' appears to be used more often in earlier records with a solid progression to 'DART'. I have not found any evidence to suggest, at least in this rather limited area of Dorset, that there are distinct and separate 'Dart' and 'Dark' families. For the sake of simplicity and consistency I will use the surname 'DART' Throughout.

A similar situation occurs with the surname 'PEDHAM' [Variations also include PERAM; PERRAM; PERREM; PERHAME; PELHAM ] but is generally recorded and known as 'PERHAM'. The difference is that families of this surname can be found in these parishes as far back as records go - a Nicholas PERHAM for example was a Burgess in Dorchester and Richard PERHAN a Bailiff in the time of Henry VIII. A Ralph PERHAM owned land in Holy Trinity and Fordington in the early 17th Century.

Turning to the Rev RG Bartelot's Pedigree shown above it starts with a William DART of Fordington who has married twice - first to a Sarah and then to a Mary.


William DART & Sarah PERHAM
The first Family

The earliest meaningful record we have is when William DART arrived in Fordington and has to quickly marry a local girl Sarah PERHAM at Stinsford on 30th May 1737. Researchers on Ancestry.com maintain that he originated from the parish of Dalwood which used to be in Dorset until an act of parliament changed it to Devon in 1842. His baptism if correct is recorded there on 12th Feb 1716 as William the son of William & Julia DARKE . Given that their first child is named Julian and we know there was a general migration in this surname from Devon I think this is quite likely to be a correct assumption. His father seems to have died in the parish in December 1748.

Sarah is already 4 months pregnant at the time of her marriage and as was traditional she returned to her home parish of Stinsford, and presumably the support of her family, to give birth. Sarah actually lived at Fordington with her husband William and she subsequently gave birth there to three more children:-

    (1) Julian Dart (1737-NK) a daughter bap Stinsford on 23 Oct 1737. Nothing further is known.

    (2) Jane Dart (1739-1797) (Jeney) bap Fordington 2nd Dec 1739. She appears to have remained a spinster and been buried at All Saints church in Dorchester on 19 Mar 1797

    (3) Elizabeth Dart (1744-1830) (Betty) bap Fordington 29th Apr 1744. She married at Stinsford to William Christopher. Follow link for more information.

    (4) James Dart (1751-1791) bap Fordington 11 Apr 1751 he married Mary Christopher (1759-1833) on 26th Jan 1777. [Mary Christopher is the 1st cousin once removed of William shown above ] James & Mary had seven children the first four of which were all baptised at Fordington before they returned to live at Stinsford in 1787:-

      (4.1) Mary Dart (1777-1848) she married Henry Coward at Stinsford on 27th Oct 1800 and died at Bockhampton being buried at Stinsford on 21st Apr 1848
      (4.2) Olive Dart (1780-1823) she married George Downton at Stinsford on 29th Dec 1800 and died at Bockhampton being buried at Stinsford on 7th Nov 1823
      (4.3) William Dart (1782-1860) he married Susannah Purchase at Stinsford on 13 Apr 1801, & raised a family of 9 children at Higher Bockhampton(2) buried at Stinsford on 9th Feb 1860
      (4.4) James Dart (1785-1786) he died in infancy being buried at Fordington on 26th Feb 1786 shortly before the family moved to Stinsford
      (4.5) James Dart (1788-Nk) although born in 1788 he was not baptised until the age of 5 in 1793 together his younger 4 year old brother John. Nothing else known.
      (4.6) John Dart (1789-1846) he married Phillis Bishop (1782-1832) and raised a family of 4 children at Bockhampton before his burial at Stinsford on 1st Oct 1846
      (4.7) Rebecca Dart (1790-1826) she had an illegitimate son Thomas in 1811 before marriage to john Cosh at Stinsford on 16th Nov 1817 for who she produced 2 more children. She died at Bockhampton and was buried at Stinsford on 9th mar 1826
    James Dart (1751-1791) is actually listed on the Rev Bartelot's pedigree as the son of William and Sarah and he gives a faint dotted line leading to a list of one line of descendancy from him - via his son William Dart (1782-1860), through his son Levi Dart (1822-1895) who married Esther Oliver, and onto his son Charles Dart (1847-1934) who marries Mary Stone (1850-1894).
    The baptism of James in 1751 however gives us a big anomoly which I have so far been unable to resolve as records suggest that Sarah actually died and was buried at Stinsford (her home parish) on 02 Mar 1745/6. This record is then followed in 1750 by the marriage of William DART (who is recorded as being from Dalwood in Devon) to Mary Presly at St Peters church in Dorchester. This would be fine except for the fact that both these records pre-date the baptism of James. (1) He was buried at Stinsford on 5th Oct 1791. Mary nee Christopher his widow lived until she was 74 when she died at Bockhampton and was buried with her husband at Stinsford on 12th Sep 1833.
William is listed at Fordington in 1758 as being a labourer and eligible to serve in the Dorset Militia. The only other record I can locate is his burial at St Georges Church in Fordington on 19th April 1774 which also appears on the Rev Bartelot's pedigree chart..
William & Mary DART
The second Family

If we return to the Rev Bartelot's pedigree . It also lists two children of William DART of Fordington by his second marriage to Mary. These at least are readily identifiable: -

    (1) William Dart (1765-1820) bap Fordington 25th Dec 1765. Bartelot informs us that he was 'part of the Dorset Militia when they were sent to Ireland to suppress the Rebellion in 1798 and at Carrick-on-Suir . I know that the Dorset Militia was certainly mobilized and sent to Ireland then as Elizabeth's son Thomas Christopher went with them and he returned with the unit, being demobilized in 1799.

    William clearly also returned to Fordington as he married Martha READER (1783-1836) in St Georges church on 13th December 1803. Bartelot says that she was of Honiton Clyst and her father was, a Captain in the Royal Navy but I have not been able to locate where this information comes from and such a marriage seems to be out of step for William who is the son of an agricultural labourer. I would have thought she was more likely to have been the daughter of James & Martha READER and baptised at Upwey on 31st Jan 1783. It's difficult to tell as most of Devon's parish registers still have to be transcribed but no baptism has so far been recorded by the church of later day saints for a Martha Reader in Devon around 1782. Another reason I think the Rev Bartelot might have got her origins wrong is the fact that William & Martha were clearly poor. On the 15th Nov 1817 Martha was convicted of stealing turnips , presumably because she needed food to feed her husband and 2 surviving children, and as she could not pay the fine of 20 shillings she spent a calendar month in Dorchester Prison.

    William died at the age of 55 and was buried at Fordington on 13th Feb 1820. Martha was also buried there, on 25th Sep 1836 aged 54. Although the pedigree lists two children they also had a third that died in infancy:-

      (1.1) Mary Dart (1806-1871) bap F 17th Aug 1806 she married Jonathan FUDGE at Fordington on 31st Aug 1831 and they raised a family of 4 children there until Jonathan's daeth in 1847. Mary lived until she was 65 being buried at Fordington on 23rd March 1871
      (1.2) Elizabeth Dart (1811-1812) bap F 27th May 1811 and buried at F 13th Sep 1812
      (1.3) Eleanor Dart (1814-1865) bap F 31st Jan 1814 as shown in the pedigree she married Thomas GROVES (1811-1871) at F on 17th June 1833 and they had a large family one of which was Walter Edwin Groves. By the age of 24 Walter was already on the path to success and prosperous enough to have secured the position of Clerk to the Dorset County Hospital and be living on Fordington Hill in better accommodation than his parents who lived in the notorious Mill Street in Fordington. In 1881 he married Jemima Yalland a native of Loddiswill in Devon and by 1891 he had qualified as an accountant and moved again to live at 'Valetta' at number 4 Icen Way in Fordington. Walter by 1895 had been elected an as auditor for the Corporation of Dorchester and died at his home on 6th may 1925 leaving an estate of £616.1s.5d. Walter & Jemima produced a son also named Walter Edwin Groves who later became an Architect.

    (2) Mary Dart (1768-NK) bap Fordington 26th Dec 1768. She married Peter WEST at Fordington on 30th April 1791. They settled at Stinsford raising a family of 6 children that I know of ,some of which died in infancy. Mary West died at Bockhamton in Stinsford at the age of 78 on 2nd Dec 1846.
As I stated in the section above we only have the one suitable burial for a William DART and that is on 19th April 1774 as shown in the Rev Bartelot's chart. So everything fits apart from James DART's baptism being very late in 1751.
Charles DART & Ann READ
The third Family


In 1771 we have another family arrive in Fordington when Charles DART (bur.1802) marries Ann READ (bur.1827) in St Georges Church on 30th May 1771.

Charles DART appears as a witness at the wedding of Samuel Garland and Ann Casher at Fordington on 26th Oct 1795 and his name appears on the Fordington Militia List for 11th Jan 1796 when his name was crossed off because he had 7 children to support. He also appears in the land tax returns for Fordington as the occupier of meadow land owned by William Clavill in returns from 1797 to 1800. He and his wife had the following children

    (1) Ann Dart bap F 16th Feb 1772; she married Edward Keats at F 20th May 1793. Ann was buried at F on 7th Nov 1839 aged 68 and left a Willproved 20 Nov 1840.
    (2) Charles Dart bap F 15th Jan 1775
    (3) Elizabeth Dart bap F 5th April 1778
    (4) Mary Dart bap F 27th Aug 1780
    (5) Martha Nightingale Dart bap F 14th Dec 1783
    (6) Sarah Dart bap F 3rd Oct 1784
    (7) Maria Dart buried at Fordington on 26th Dec 1787
    (8) Maria Dart bap F 26th Dec 1792
    (9) Joseph Dart bap F 6th Jan 1799. Joseph married Ann ALLEN at Fordington 1st Nov 1819. He was probably the Joseph DART a Carpenter who was charged with rioting 8th Jan 1821 when he said he was married with no children and aged 26?
Charles Dart senior was buried at F on 20 Jan 1802 and Ann at F aged 76 on 4th Mar 1827 They have


Genealogical Notes:-

(1)
It's possible that this is an older Sarah and that Sarah Dart nee Perham died later but there is no record of such a death. William's marriage to Mary Presly also predates James baptism. This could be a different William but again no evidence for separate existance has so far come to light. James could have been born earlier say 1746 but the only evidence we have for his age is a Militia Record which states that he was 23 in 1776 which gives a birth date of cica 1753. Whilst clearly not correct it suggests that he was born around the time he was baptised rather than earlier.

(2) William DART (1782-1860) & Susannah Purchase (1780-1852) had 9 children:-

    (1) John Dart (1802-1876) He married three times initially to Elizabeth Oxford (1799-1842) on 7th July 1825 at Piddlehinton where they settled and by whom he had 8 children 7 of which were baptised at Piddlehinton between 1826 and 1837; the last child John being baptised at Stinsford after they moved to live at Lower Bockhampton, a hamlet in the parish. Elizabeth was returned to Piddlehinton for burial on 23rd Nov 1842. John's second wife was Elizabeth Warren (1806-1857) whom he also married at Piddlehinton on 22nd June 1843 by whom he had a daughter Mary at Stinsford circa 1845 (no baptism?). Elizabeth nee Warren appears to have been buried at Poole on 15th July 1857. His third marriage was to Mary West (1810-1891) a native of Christchurch in Hampshire at All Saints church in Dorchester on 29th May 1859. They moved to live at Binfield in Berkshire where John died in the 3rd quarter of 1876

    (2) Sarah Dart (1803-1857) She married John Hardy (1803-1866) at Stinsford on 17th Nov 1825 and was buried there 23 July 1857. John Hardy being buried at Dorchester Civic Cemetery on 23rd Oct 1866

    (3) James Dart (1809-1860) He married Barbara Hatcher (1806-1853) at Holy Trinity Church in Dorchester on 17th July 1832 and raised a family of 7 children at Fordington being buried there on 9th Mar 1860. He was pre-deceased by Barbara who was buried at fordington on 12th july 1853

    (4) Rebecca Dart (1811-1890) She had two illegitimate children (Emily in 1836 and Frederick in 1852) and was buried at Fordington on 28th May 1890

    (5) Charles Dart (1813-1901) He married Elizabeth Grant (1818-1852) at Stinsfird on 9th Jun 1834 and lived at West Stafford in Dorset where they had 2 children before they emigrated to Adelaide in Australia. Mary Ann their 2nd daughter died on the voyage out to Australia on the ship Plantina but Elizabeth gave birth to many other children after their arrival. Charles was buried on 13th May 1901 at Victoria Australia and Elizabeth in Landergrove South Australia in 1852

    (6) Maria Dart (1815-NK) Nothing known

    (7) Isaac Dart (1817-1889) Described as an agricultural labouerer and also at times a groom he married Jane Legg (1813-1879) at Stinsford on 29th Oct 1838 and they raised a family of 4 children at Fordington and Woodsford in Dorset before his death in the 1st quarter of 1889.

    (8) Charlotte Dart (1820-1821) She died in infancy being buried at Stinsford on 1st April 1821

    (9) Levi Dart (1822-1895) he married Esther Oliver (1823-1894) at Stinsford on 24th April 1843. He worked as an agricultural labourer and later as a carter raising a family of 4 children in Stinsford.

Research

Chronological listing of all records located in the three Dorchester Parishes; Fordington and Stinsford with relationship notes

14 Apr 1694    Joseph PERHAM alias DARK & Jane VIVIHAM alias HOGGARD were married at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester

30 May 1737  William DARK married Sarah PEDHAM at Stinsford

23 Oct 1737    Julian daughter of William & Sarah DARK baptised (of Stinsford) [1st child from marriage of William DARK to Sarah PEDHAM on 30 May 1737 at Stinsford]

02 Dec 1739    Jeney daughter of William & Sarah DART baptised at Fordington [2nd child from marriage of William DARK to Sarah PEDHAM on 30 May 1737 at Stinsford. The marriage and baptism of their 1st child were registered at Stinsford and the family then settled in Fordington where a different parish clerk would have recorded this baptism and presumably heard the surname as DART rather than DARK]

29 Apr 1744   Elizabeth daughter of William DART and Sarah his wife baptised 29th April 1744 at Fordington [3rd child from marriage of William DARK to Sarah PEDHAM on 30 May 1737 at Stinsford - Elizabeth DART / DARK married William (Trask) Christopher at Stinsford 25th Jan 1762]

02 Mar 1745/6 Sarah DARCK buried at Stinsford [This could be the death of Sarah nee Pedham but Wm and Sarah lived at Fordington and had another son James bap there on 11 Apr 1751. She could of course have been returned to Stinsford for burial. As Elizabeth Dart (29 Apr 1744) above married William Trask Christopher and James Dart married Mary Christopher who were both from the same family I have assumed this is not the case and she is possibly another older relation still living in Stinsford.

06 Nov 1750   William DARK of Dalwood married Mary PRESLY of West Niton [i.e. West Knighton] at St Peters Church Dorchester (PR) [Note:- Dalwood was a chapelry of Stockland in Fordington Liberty, originally in Dorset, Dalwood was transferred to the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter in 1836 and added to Devon by Act of Parliament in 1842. I do not have access to parish registers for Dalwood but the burial transcription on the OPC site suggests quite a large DARK family in this parish so others may also have come to Dorchester around this time. William & Mary would have married in Dorchester because it’s close to Mary’s parish of West Knighton (2 miles from Dorchester) and she was probably working there as it was the major town for employment in the area.

They do not seem to have settled immediately in Dorchester as they had a child Elonor baptised at West Stafford (just over a mile from Dorchester) which is very close to Mary’s parish of West Knighton in Dec 1755. If this is the William DART of Fordington in the pedigree its interesting to note that his son bap in 1765 went on to marry and name one of his children Elenor.They may then have moved again as there is a baptism for a Thomas son of a William & Mary Dark bap at Holwell on 6th Feb 1760 and possibly returned to Fordington for baptisms in 1765 and 1768 see below. Information however is sparse so difficult to be sure this is all the same family

11 Apr 1751   James son of William DART & Sarah his wife baptised at Fordington [4th child from marriage of William DARK to Sarah PEDHAM on 30 May 1737 at Stinsford – on RGB Pedigree]

1758                William DARK a labourer is on the Militia List for Fordington [William DARK and Sarah Pedham who married in 1737 were resident in Fordington from 1739 until after 1751 as such William is likely to have been between the ages of 18 and 45 and therefore eligible for selection to serve in the Militia. This list was drawn up by the parish constables not the parish clerk]

29 May 1759   The marriage after Banns of John DARTT of full age a Widower a Cordwainer resident All Saints father William DARTT a Labourer and Mary WEST of full age a Widow [no occupation given] (X her mark) resident All Saints father Robert PAYNE a Labourer witnesses Levi Dartt (X his mark) and Rebecca Dartt (X her mark); by Rev J.P.F.Davidson Curate

25 Jan 1762    Stinsford Parish Marriage Register Banns of Marriage between William CHRISTOPHER of Cheselbourne and Betty DARK of this parish were regularly published in this church and married by Banns this 25th day of January 1762 by me John Randal Vicar of Stinsford both their marks in the presence of John Peaty and Robert Coward

25 Dec 1765    William son of William & Mary DART baptised Fordington [Note: - 1st known child of Wm & Mary. This William (the son) was buried at Fordington aged 55 on 13 Feb 1820 – See my  Notes 6th Nov 1750? – On RGB Pedigree]

26 Dec 1768    Mary daughter of William & Mary DART baptised Fordington [Note: - 2nd known child of Wm & Mary - See my  Notes 6th Nov 1750? ? – On RGB Pedigree]

30 May 1771 Entry 26 Charles DART of this parish & Ann READ of the same parish were married by banns 30-May-1771 by me Nathaniel Templeman both their signatures wit: Mary Coombs and John Lucas [Charles unknown origin]

16 Feb 1772    Ann ye daughter of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [1st child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

19 Apr 1774   William DART buried at Fordington [William DART husband of Sarah Pedham see their marriage 30th May 1737]

15 Jan 1775    Charles son of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [2nd child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

13 May 1776  Militia Meeting at the Kings Arms: - 13th May James DART of Forthington a labourer aged 23 (i.e. born circa 1753) height 5.7” Single enrolled for service in the Militia for a period of 3 years

26 Jan 1777    Entry 52 James DART of this parish (Fordington) & Mary CHRISTOPHER of this same parish were married by banns on 26-Jan-1777 by me Nathaniel Templeman both their marks witnesses George Frampton and George Lester [Note: - James Dart was the 4th child  of William and Sarah Dart and baptised in Fordington on 11th April 1751. He married Mary the daughter of James & Holloway Christopher and she was also baptised in Fordington on 25th June 1759. They had 8 children the first five being baptised in Fordington between 1777 and 1785 followed by three more baptised in nearby Stinsford]

07 Dec 1777    Mary daughter of James & Mary DART baptised Fordington [1st child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington - Mary junior married Henry Coward at Stinsford 27 Oct 1800 ]

05 Apr 1778   Elizabeth daughter of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [3rd child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

19 Mar 1780   Olive daughter of James & Mary DART baptised Fordington [2nd child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington -  Married George Downton at Stinsford on 29 Dec 1800]

27 Aug 1780   Mary daughter of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [4th child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

10 Mar 1782   William son of James & Mary DART baptised Fordington [3rd child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington - Married Susannah Purchase Stinsford on 13th April 1801]

14 Dec 1783    Martha Nitingale daughter of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [5th child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

03 Oct 1784    Sarah daughter of James & Ann DART baptised Fordington [Note: - Think this is  an original clerical error for Charles and Ann Dart as militia return dated 11 Jan 1796 states Charles has 7 children]

20 Nov 1785   James son of James & Mary DART baptised Fordington [4th child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington – buried F 26 Feb 1786]

26 Feb 1786    James son of James & Mary DART buried at Fordington [4th child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington –Bapt F 20 Nov 1785]

11 Oct 1786    Richard DARK residing in the parish of All Saints in Dorchester & Elizabeth GOODALE of the parish of All Saints in Dorchester were married by Banns 11 Oct 1786 by me Rev. Thomas Bryer Rector (his sig: her mark) wit: Samuel Bailey and Thomas Payne

10 Nov 1786   Benjamin DART a stranger buried a pauper

09 Sep 1787    Ann daughter of Richard & Elizabeth DARK baptised at All Saints Church Dorchester [Note: - 1st child from the marriage of Richard DARK to Elizabeth Goodale 11th Oct 1786]

26 Dec 1787    Maria daughter of Charles and Ann DARK [or DART?] buried at Fordington

08 Jun 1788    Richard DARK a witness at the wedding of John Frampton to Hannah Higgins All Saints Dorchester [Note: - Richard DARK married  Elizabeth Goodale 11th Oct 1786]

18 Jan 1789    Jane daughter of Richard & Elizabeth DARK baptised at All Saints Dorchester [Note: - 2nd child from the marriage of Richard DARK to Elizabeth Goodale 11th Oct 1786 Jane buried All Saints 26th May 1789]

26 May 1789   Jane daughter of Richard & Elizabeth DARK buried at All Saints Church Dorchester [Note bap 18 Jan 1789]

25 Dec 1790    Rebecca daughter of James & Mary DART baptised (of Stinsford) [7th child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington – Married john Cosh 16 Nov 1817]

29 Mar 1791   Richard DARK a witness at the wedding of Abel NEY and Margaret jasper at All Saints Church Dorchester [Note: - Richard DARK married Elizabeth Goodale 11th Oct 1786]

30 Apr 1792    Peter WEST married Mary DART at Fordington

05 Oct 1791    James DART buried [Husband of Mary Christopher whom he married 26th Jan 1777]

16 Dec 1792    Elizabeth DARK a prisoner buried All Saints Church Dorchester

26 Dec 1792    Maria daughter of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [8th child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

17 Feb 1793    James son of James & Mary DART aged 5 years baptised (of Stinsford) [5th child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington – unknown fate?]

17 Feb 1793    John son of James & Mary DART aged 4 years baptised (of Stinsford) ) [6th child from the marriage of James DART to Mary CHRISTOPHER at Fordington – married Phillis Bishop 9th Apr 1810]

20 May 1793   Edward KEATS married Ann DART at Fordington [Note:- They have 3 children bap at F Mary 4th Jan 1795 ; Anne 7th Feb 1799 and Charles 8th May 1803 who is also buried there 28th July 1806]

26 Oct 1795    Charles DART a witness at the wedding of Samuel Garland to Ann Casher at Fordington

11 Jan 1796    Charles DART a labourer with a wife and 7 children to support was crossed off the Militia List for Fordington because of dependencies. He is also recorded on the original listing as being a labourer and 5feet 5 inches tall

19 Mar 1797   Jane DARK buried All Saints Church Dorchester [Can’t be sure but by process of elimination i suspect that this is Jeney DART dau of William & Sarah bap 2nd Dec 1739]

06 Jan 1799    Joseph son of Charles & Ann DART baptised Fordington [9th child from the marriage of Charles DART to Ann READ on 30th May 1771 at Fordington]

27 Oct 1800    Henry COWARD of Stinsford married Mary DART of Stinsford by banns Witnesses John Bishop and William Lister [Mary sister to James]

29 Dec 1800    George DOWNTON of Stinsford married Olive DART of Stinsford by Banns Witnesses Henry Coward and John Oliver [Olive sister to James]

13 Apr 1801   William DART of Stinsford married Susannah Purchase of Stinsford by banns witnesses Andrew Vacher and William Lester [Wm brother to James]

20 Jan 1802    Charles DART buried Fordington [Note: - husband of Ann nee READ they married 30th May 1771 at F]

13 Mar 1802   John son of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: - he married twice Elizabeth Oxford 7th July 1825 & Mary West 29 may 1859]

08 Oct 1803    Sarah daughter of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: - 2nd child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 – She married John Hardy 17 Nov 1825]

30 Nov 1803   Mary DART buried Fordington [Could be 2nd wife of William Dart or dau of Charles & Ann?]

13 Dec 1803    William DART married Martha READER at Fordington [Had 3 children see marriage on OPC]

1 Oct 1804      Jane DARTT witness at the wedding of John Norris to Joanna Childs at Fordington

17 Aug 1806   Mary daughter of William & Martha DART baptised Fordington [Note 1st child from the marriage of William DART to Martha READER in Fordington on 13 Dec 1803- She married Jonathan Fudge 31st Aug 1831 on RGB Pedigree]

04 Oct 1806    John WILLIAMS residing Fordington & Jane DART residing in Fordington were married by Banns 04-Oct-1806 by me John Palmer Vicar his mark her signature witnesses Ann Matthews & Thomas Whittle

09 Dec 1807    James DART a witness at the wedding of James Oliver of Stinsford to Ann Parrick of Hazelbury Bryan by Banns witnesses John Knight and James Dart [Probably James born 1788 bap 1793?]

11 Jun 1809    James son of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford [Note: - 3rd child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 - James DART of West Fordington married Barbara Hatcher HT Dorchester 17 July 1832 and was Buried at Fordington aged 50 years on 9th Mar 1860]

09 Apr 1810   John DART of Stinsford married Phillis BISHOP of Moreton by Banns witnesses  James Christopher & William Lester [John brother to James & James Christopher father of his mother Mary Dart nee Christopher]

20 Jan 1811    Thomas son of Rebecca DART baptised (of Stinsford)

05 May 1811 Rebecca daughter of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: - 4th child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 – Remained a spinster had 2 base children & buried  F 28 May 1890]

27 May 1811   Elizabeth daughter of William & Martha DART baptised Fordington [Note 2nd child from the marriage of William DART to Martha READER in Fordington on 13 Dec 1803- Elizabeth was buried 13 Sep 1812at F]

17 Sep 1811    Frances DART married James QUINN at Fordington

09 Feb 1812    James son of Joseph & Phillis DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: Married Hannah Collins 7th Aug 1839 ]

13 Sep 1812    Elizabeth daughter of William & Martha DART buried Fordington [Note: - baptised F 27 May 1811]

17 Mar 1813   Charles son of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: - 5th child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 – He married Elizabeth Grant 9th Jun 1834 at Stinsford. They settled at West Stafford and had 2 children Deborah Maria bap 4th Apr 1835 and Mary Ann 6th May 1838 before emigrating to Adelaide in Australia arriving on 9th Feb 1839 Mary Ann having died on the voyage.

31 Jan 1814     Eleanor daughter of William & Martha DART bap Fordington [Note: - 3rd child from the marriage of William DART to Martha READER at F on 13 Dec 1803- RGB states she married Thomas Groves of Bincombe see 17th June 1833]

13 Mar 1814    Joseph DART a witness at the wedding of John ROBINSON to Elizabeth MASTERS at Fordington

05 Jun 1814    John son of John & Phillis DART baptised (of Stinsford)

12 Jun 1814     Joseph DART a witness at the wedding of William BYE & Mary KEATES at Fordington

19 Mar 1815   Maria daughter of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: - 6th child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 -

18 Jun 1815    John DART buried (Stinsford) aged 1 year [Bap 5th Jun 1814]

21 Sep 1817    Mary daughter of John & Phillis DART baptised (of Stinsford)

15 Nov 1817   Dorchester Prison Register  date of Warrant 15th; When brought to prison 15th; Number  101; Name  Martha the wife of William DART; aged  35 years [born circa 1782] Parish Fordington; Trade  labourer; Condition  married; Number of Children  2; By whom committed   James Frampton Esq; Crime  Stealing Turnips; Event of trial  Imprisonment 1 calendar month  unless 20 shilling be sooner paid; Behaviour  orderly; when discharged  15th Dec 1817;

16 Nov 1817   John COSH of (Winterbourne) Came & Rebecca DART of Stinsford by banns witnesses William DART and Charlotte Coward  [Rebecca sister to James]

05 Oct 1817    Isaac son of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Stinsford) [Note: - 7th child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 -

01 Nov 1819   Joseph DART of Fordington & Ann ALLEN X her mark of Fordington were married by Banns by John Palmer Vicar; Witnesses Joseph WELLMENT and Ann BARTLETT[Joseph son of Charles & Ann DART bap F 6th Jan 1799]

13 Feb 1820    William DART aged 55 years buried Fordington [Note Wm baptised 25 Dec 1765 son of William & Mary DART he married Martha READER at F 13 Dec 1803]
31 Mar 1820   Elizabeth daughter of John & Phillis DART baptised (of Stinsford)

20 Aug 1820   Joseph & Ann DART witnesses at wedding of George Skinner to Sarah GARRETT at Fordington [Joseph married Ann Allen F 1st Nov 1819]

20 Aug 1820   Stinsford baptism register: Entry 124 Aug 20th 1820 Charlotte DART daughter of William & Susannah DART resident at Bockhampton in the parish of Stinsford a labourer by Rev Francis Oakley Curate[Note: - 8th child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 –buried Stinsford 1st Apr 1821]

08 Jan 1821    Dorchester prison Register:date of Commitment  6th; when brought to prison 8th; number 172; Name Joseph DART ; age 26 [born circa 1795] ; Parish Fordington; Trade Cabinet Maker; Condition Married; number of children blank; By whom committed - By the Court Borough Dorchester sessions 8th Jan 1821; Crime Rioting; Stature 5’6 and three quarters ; hair very dark brown; eyes  very dark hazel; complexion Sallow; marks :- A cut on the left side of the head & one thin cut on the right side of the upper lip & a cut on the left eyebrow ; Event of Trial : Imprisonment 1 week; Behaviour orderly ; When discharged 15th Jan 1826 [Likely to be son of Charles Dart and Ann Read bap F 6th jan 1799?]

01 Apr 1821   Entry 57 Charlotte Dart daughter of William & Susannah DART abode Bockhampton in the parish of Stinsford buried 1st Apr 1821 aged 7 months [Bap 20 Aug 1820]

21 Feb 1822    Levi son of William & Susanna DART baptised (of Bockhampton) [Note: - 9th child from the marriage of William Dart to Susanna Purchase who married 13 Apr 1801 -

26 Oct 1822    Joseph DART a witness at the wedding of Robert King to Frances Quinn at Fordington [Likely to be son of Charles Dart and Ann Read bap F 6th jan 1799?]

19 Jun 1825    John DART otp & Elizabeth Oxford  of the parish of Piddlehinton banns 19th and 26th June and 2nd July 1825 Married 7th July 1827 at Piddlehinton John DART of Bockhampton in the parish of Stinsford & Elizabeth Oxford otp Piddlehinton both sig wit Elizabeth Old and John Paine [Note:- John is the son of Wm & Susannah bap Stinsford 13 Mar 1802 – Elizabeth dies 1842 he remarries 1859 to Elizabeth Warren in 1843]

17 Nov 1825   John HARDY of Stinsford and Sarah DART of Stinsford by banns witnesses John DART and Martha HARDY

01 July 1826   Dorchester prison register: Number 116; Date of Warrant July 1 ; By whom committed CB Woolaston Esq; When brought to prison July 1; Name Ann DART wife of Joseph DART ; Parish Fordington; Trade Servant; Condition Married;  age 33 years [born circa 1793] ; Crime: further examination; Event of trial Discharged on commitment ; Behaviour orderly; When discharged  July 8th 1826 [See marriage Joseph Dart to Ann Allen F 13th Oct 1819]

04 Mar 1827   Ann DART aged 76 years buried Fordington [Widow of Charles DART nee Read]

28 Apr 1827    Dorchester prison Register: number 61; Date of Warrant 25th; By whom committed WM Pitt Esq;When brought to prison  25th; Name Ann DART; [Rest of details blank] Crime: Stealing wearing apparel; Before whom tried The Hon Sir James Burough Keet? ; When tried Sum: Assize 1827; Event of Trial 7 years transportation; behaviour orderly; date discharged 24th June 1827: She appears in the Australian Convict Transportation Register on 12th July 1827 for transport to Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land). Entry 1833 Married to John Ackton?

08 Jun 1829     William DART witness at the wedding of John Hurding of Stinsford to Charlotte Coward of Stinsford by Banns wit: William DART and Elizabeth West

20 Aug 1831   James and Mary DART both witnesses at the wedding of Robert Welch of Pilsdon and Martha DIMENT of Stinsford by banns

31 Aug 1831    Jonathan FUDGE married Mary DART at Fordington [Witness Eleanor DART and Banns of marriage were read at F 9th 16th and 23rd Jan 1831 – On RGB Pedigree Mary Dart was bap at F 17 Aug 1806 the  daughter of William & Martha DART]

19 Feb 1832    Phillis DART buried (Stinsford) [Phillis wife of John DART]
26 Mar 1832   Eleanor DART a witness at the wedding of William Edwards to Mary READER at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester [Note: - Eleanor is the - 3rd child from the marriage of William DART to Martha READER at F on 13 Dec 1803 and was bap at F on 31st Jan 1814]

17 July 1832   James DART married Barbara HATCHER at St Peters Church Dorchester [James is the son of William & Susannah DART and was bapt at Stinsford on 11 Jun 1809 - Barbara was buried at F 12th July 1853 aged 38]

1833                Devon record Office: Ref 2044A/PO 369 Settlement Examination of Mary Dart relating to Robert (11), John (10) & William (8) Wilkins, (her grandchildren) - they are the children of the late Richard WILKINS & Joanna, his wife (nee Dart) - Joanna died 14.4.1832 - Richard W was born in All Saints, Dorchester - Mary Dart agrees to support her grandchildren

09 Jun 1833    Frederick son of James & Barbara DART baptised at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester [Note: - 1st child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher 17th July 1832 - Frederick DART of Grove Buildings Fordington became a Journeyman Carpenter and was living with his parents at F Grove Buildings in 1851 Census aged 17 he was buried at F on 12 May 1851 aged 17 years]

12 Sep 1833    Mary DART aged 74 buried (Stinsford) [Mary Dart nee Christopher widow of James DART]

17 Jun 1833    Thomas GROVES married Eleanor DART at Fordington [Jonathan and Mary Fudge witnesses & banns were read At F 2nd 9th and 16th June 1833 - Eleanor is the - 3rd child from the marriage of William DART to Martha READER at F on 13 Dec 1803 and was bap at F on 31st Jan 1814]]

09 Jun 1834    Charles DART of Stinsford & Elizabeth GRANT of Stinsford by banns witnesses Joseph Bishop and Susan DART [Note:- Son of William & Susannah DART bap 6th May 1813 emigrated to Australia]

05 Nov 1834   James DART a witness at the wedding of James Arnold to Hannah Hatcher at Fordington [Husband of Barbara Hatcher]

16 Nov 1834   Frances Anne daughter of James & Barbara DART baptised at Fordington – James a carpenter [Note: - 2nd  child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher 17th July 1832 - buried at F aged 6 years 22nd July 1841]

14 Mar 1835   Elizabeth DART aged 14 buried Stinsford [Elizabeth daughter of John & Philis]

07 Feb 1836    Emily daughter of Rebecca DART a single woman base born baptised (of Stinsford) [Rebecca daughter of Wm & Susannah – Emily married at the age of 20 to Charles HURST at Holy trinity Church Dorchester on 9th Sep 1856]

25 Sep 1836    Martha DART of Mill Street buried Fordington age 54 widow of William DART whom she married as Martha READER on 13th Dec 1803

25 Dec 1836    Georgiana Leah daughter of James & Barbara DART resident Grove Buildings baptised Fordington [Note: - 3rd child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher 17th July 1832 Known as Leah DART she married the widower John Cosh 20th Aug 1866]

29 Oct 1838    Isaac DART of full age a bachelor a servant resident at Dorchester father William DART a labourer & married Jane LEGG of full age a spinster resident at Stinsford father Job LEGG a mason witnesses Thomas Legg and Susan Legg [Isaac son of William & Susannah]

07 Aug 1839   James DART of full age a bachelor a hay dealer resident at Stinsford father John DART a Hay dealer married Hannah COLLINS of full age a spinster a servant resident at Stinsford father Robert Collins witnesses Thomas Hardy and Mary DART [Note:- James son of John & Phillis Dart bap Stinsford 9th Feb 1812]

29 Dec 1839    Alfred son of James & Barbara DART baptised Fordington James a Carpenter resident Grove buildings [Note: - 4th child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher 17th July 1832 - Buried F aged 20 on 16th Dec 1859]

29 Nov 1840   John son of John & Elizabeth DART baptised (a shoemaker of Bockhampton) [8th child of John DART and Elizabeth Oxford]

27 Dec 1840    James son of James & Hannah DART baptised at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester  [1st child from the marriage of James DART to Hannah Collins at Stinsford 7th Aug 1839]

22 July 1841   Frances Ann DART of Grove Buildings Fordington buried aged 6 years [Note:- 16 Nov 1834            Frances Anne daughter of James & Barbara DART baptised]

18 Oct 1841    Mary DART a witness at the wedding of William Downton son of George Downton to Charlotte Keats

20 Oct 1841    Mary DART witness at the wedding of John TRIM the son of James TRIM to Martha Downton of Higher Bockhampton

29 May 1842  Frances daughter of James & Barbara DART baptised Fordington James a carpenter resident at Grove Buildings [Note: - 5th child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher 17th July 1832]

25 Dec 1842    Mary daughter of James & Hannah DART baptised at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester [2nd child from the marriage of James DART to Hannah Collins at Stinsford 7th Aug 1839]

15 Feb 1843    John DART of Bockhampton buried Stinsford aged 2 years [Son of John Dart & Elizabeth Oxford]

02 Apr 1843    Emma Jane daughter of William & Frances DARK baptised, abode Pease Lane, a blacksmith baptised at Holy Trinity church Dorchester

24 Apr 1843   Levi DART of full age a bachelor a labourer resident Bockhampton; father William DART a labourer married Esther OLIVER of full age a spinster of Bockhampton father George OLIVER a carpenter by banns witnesses John DART and Anna Oliver

22 Jun 1843 John DART of full age a widower a tradesman resident at Stinsford father William DART a labourer married to Elizabeth WARREN of full age a spinster a servant resident at Woodsford father Thomas WARREN a dairyman his signature her mark witnesses Mary Ann Atkins & the mark of Isaac DART [Note:- 2nd marriage of John Dart son of Wm & Susannah she dies at Poole in 1857 & he remarries to Mary West in 1859]

30 Jun 1844    Francis son of James & Barbara DART baptised Fordington James a carpenter resident at Grove Buildings [Note: - 6th child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher 17th July 1832

17 July 1844   Robert Russell of full age a widower a gardener to Mr Williams resident at Bockhampton father James Russell a labourer; married Mary DART of full age a spinster resident Bockhampton father John DART a hay trusser after banns witnesses James & Hannah DART

01 Oct 1846    John DART aged 58 at Stinsford [John son of James & Mary Dart widower of Phillis]

11 July 1847   Charles son of Levi & Esther DART baptised (a labourer of Stinsford) [1st child from the marriage of Levi DART to Esther Oliver 24 Apr 1843]

13 Sep 1847    Esther DART a witness at the wedding of James Legg son of Joseph Legg to Esther Hurst daughter of William Hurst [Esther wife of Levi Dart]

18 May 1849  Dorchester prison Register: Number 159; Name Frederick DART; aged 14 years ; Received 18th ; Committed 18th ; By Whom Committed Christopher Arden Esq Mayor ; Offence Stealing money etc; When tried Midsummer assizes; Event of trial 1 week solitary; Parish West Fordington; Trade Cabinet Maker; Condition single; When discharged May 23rd 1849 Bailed

12 May 1851  Frederick DART buried of Grove Buildings Fordington aged 17 years [Note:- 09 Jun 1833            Frederick son of James & Barbara DART baptised at Holy Trinity Church Dorchester]

25 Jun 1851     Eleanor Gibbs DART daughter of Thomas & Mary Ann DART of Grove Buildings Fordington baptised at Christchurch

07 Sep 1851    Mary Jane daughter of Levi & Esther DART baptised (a labourer of Higher Bockhampton) [2nd child from the marriage of Levi DART to Esther Oliver 24 Apr 1843]

1852                Slaters Trade Directory Dorchester: William DARKE a Blacksmith recorded as living in North Square

11 Jan 1852    Frederick son of Rebecca DART of Bockhampton baptised a single woman [Note: - 2nd base child of Rebecca DART daughter of Wm & Susannah]

17 Jan 1852    Susan DART of Bockhampton buried Stinsford aged 72 [wife of William DART whom she married 13 Apr 1801]

25 Dec 1852    Charles DART witness at the wedding of Henry Coward to Mary Blane at Fordington

12 July 1853   Barbara DART buried Fordington aged 38 of Grove Buildings F [Note: - wife of James DART they married at St Peters Church Dorchester on 17th July 1832]

22 Aug 1854   Mary Jane DART age 3? Higher Bockhampton [Daughter of Levi & Esther]

25 Jun 1854     Georgiana daughter of Sarah DART a labourer of Bockhampton baptised
25 Dec 1855    Anna Emily daughter of Levi & Esther DART a labourer
of Higher Bockhampton baptised [3rd child from the marriage of Levi DART to Esther Oliver 24 Apr 1843]

09 Sep 1856    Charles HURST of full age a bachelor a sergeant in the militia resident Holy Trinity Dorchester; father William HURST a gardener , married after banns to Emily DART a minor a spinster [no occupation given] resident Holy Trinity Dorchester father [blank] a Labourer witnesses Henry Wellspring & Ann Dart by Rev Osmund Fisher Officiating Minister [Note:- Emily was the illegitimate daughter of Rebecca DART and Emily was bap Stinsford 7th Feb 1836. banns were read 24th and 31st Aug and 7th Sep 1856]

29 May 1859  29 May 1859 the marriage after Banns of John DARTT of full age a Widower a Cordwainer resident All Saints father William DARTT a Labourer and Mary WEST of full age a Widow [no occupation given] (X her mark) resident All Saints father Robert PAYNE a Labourer witnesses Levi Dartt (X his mark) and Rebecca Dartt (X her mark) ; by Rev J.P.F.Davidson Curate [Note:- Banns read 8th 15th & 22nd May [Note Levi and Rebecca were his siblings]

17 Jun 1859    Eliza Hannah DART of West Fordington aged 12 years buried Fordington [7th Child from the marriage of James Dart to Barbara Hatcher at F 17th July 1832 – no trace of baptism but birth at GRO 1st qtr 1847 Dorchester district]

16 Dec 1859    Alfred DART buried Fordington abode West Fordington aged 20 years [Note:- 29 Dec 1839 Alfred son of James & Barbara DART baptised Fordington]

11 Jan 1858     Ann DART witness at wedding of Edward West to Susan Lock

24 Jan 1858    George William son of Levi & Esther DART a labourer of Higher Bockhampton baptised [4th child from the marriage of Levi DART to Esther Oliver 24 Apr 1843]

29 May 1859   The marriage after Banns of John DARTT of full age a Widower a Cordwainer resident All Saints father William DARTT a Labourer and Mary WEST of full age a Widow [no occupation given] (X her mark) resident All Saints father Robert PAYNE a Labourer witnesses Levi Dartt (X his mark) and Rebecca Dartt (X her mark) ; by Rev J.P.F.Davidson Curate [Note:- Banns read 8th 15th & 22nd May – [Note:- This is John Dart son of William & Susannah bap Stinsford 13 Mar 1802 - his 3rd marriage ]

16 Dec 1859    Alfred DART Buried Entry 1058 from West Fordington age 20 years

09 Feb 1860    William DART buried at Stinsford of Higher Bockhampton aged 78 [Widower of Susannah nee Purchase]

09 Mar 1860   James DART of West Fordington aged 50 years buried at Fordington [Son of William & Susannah DART bap Stinsford 11 Jun 1809]

12 Apr 1860   Mary DART daughter of John DART a Cordwainer aged 15 years buried at Civic Cemetery [Note:- Daughter of  John Dart by his 1st wife Elizabeth ]

1865                Harrods Trade Directory for Dorchester Francis DART recorded as a shopkeeper in North Square

29 Oct 1865    Between Francis DART a bachelor of West Fordington & Eliza Jane STEVENS a spinster of the parish Melbury Osmund, Banns were published 29th October; 5th & 16th November 1865 [Note:- They married in the parish church at melbury osmund on 20th Nov 1865 Francis DART of full age a bachelor a carpenter resident at West Fordington Dorchester father James DART a carpenter married Eliza Jane STEVENS of full age a spinster resident Melbury Osmund father William STEVENS a gardener both their signatures witnesses William Stevens & Sarah Ann Dawe her mark – Francis son of James Dart by Barbara Hatcher who married 1832 Francis bap 30 Jun 1844]

20 Aug 1866   John COSH of full age a widower a tailor resident West F married Leah  DART the daughter of James DART a full age spinster and servant at Christchurch West Fordington

18 Jun 1867     John FRY of full age a bachelor a railway porter resident at Redbridge Milbrook Hants father John FRY a groom; married Anne DART of full age a spinster a servant resident at Stinsford Vicarage father John DART a shoemaker after banns witnesses Mary Selena Shirley and Martha Purchase

03 July 1867   Hannah DART wife of James DART a hat dealer aged 56 from All Saints parish Dorchester buried at Fordington

28 Jul 1867      William James son of Francis & Eliza Jane DART resident West Fordington baptised at Christchurch [Note;- Buried F 4th Mar 1868 aged 10 months]

04 Mar 1868    William James DART of West Fordington aged 10 months buried Fordington [Note:- Baptised F 28th July 1867]

17 Dec 1868    Probate copy of will for James DART Hay Dealer dated 17th Dec 1868 Probate granted 27 Jun 1881 Held at DHC Ref D/LRL/1/715  17 Dec 1868. Nat Probate Calendar: Probate granted 27 Jun 1881 The Will of James DART late of Dorchester in the county of Dorset Hay Dealer who died 11 September 1880 at Dorchester was proved at Blandford by James DART of 85 Donnington road Reading in the county of Berks Railway Goods Clerk the son the sole executor personal estate £1,683. 9s. 10d

25 Jul 1869    Samuel Francis son of Francis and Eliza Jane DART of Grove Buildings West Fordington baptised at christchurch [Note son of Francis DART and Eliza jane Stevens who married at Melbury Osmund]

18 Mar 1872    Ernest Arthur DART of West F buried at Fordington aged 5 months

28 May 1890  Rebecca DART buried Fordington [Note:- Daughter of Wm & Susannah bap Stinsford 5th May 1811]


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