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Joseph Hugill's Monument,
St Lawrence, Darlaston.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Joseph Hugill's Children - Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill

Joseph Hugill D.D. was the Rector of St Lawrence, Darlaston from 1840 to 1842.

Mary Steatham was baptised at St. Lawrence, Darlaston, Staffs, on Sunday the 14th February 1841, by the Rector Joseph Hugill D.D.

Mary Statham/Steatham (1840-), was the mother of Charles Steatham, the founder of this unique branch of the Steatham Family tree.

I have been contacted by Leanne Emmett who is a 3rd Great Grand Daughter of Joseph Hugill.

What follows is a fascinating glimpse into the life of his first child Elizabeth Tweedy.

I am grateful to Leanne for the information she has provided on Joseph Hugill, this has enabled me to create this page.

Note - I have recently undertaken a Steatham Visit to Grantham to research the churches that Joseph Hugill was Curate at before he came to St Lawrence, Darlaston.

I would read this page first and then Click here to read about the visit.

The visit unearthed lots more information about Joseph Hugill, some of it has been reproduced here but not all of it, so to see the whole story of Joseph Hugill the visit page must be read in conjunction with this one.

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill (1827-1883).

Detailed Research

Photo of Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill's' baptism

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill's' baptism.

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill was born in Burton Le Coggles on Tuesday the 16th October 1827, and was baptised on Thursday the 16th October 1827.

Burton Le Coggles church.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Joseph Hugill was the Stipendiary Curate at Burton Le Coggles, Lincolnshire. The Stipend was £100 per annum, with surplice fees, and the use of a house.

The Anglican church is dedicated to Saint Thomas a Becket. The Diocese refer to it as St Thomas Canterbury.

The Anglican parish register dates from 1565.

The Nave and Chancel belong to the reign of Edward I (c.1250) and the church tower is over 700 years old. The church was restored and reseated in 1874.

Burton-le-Coggles, originally “Byrton-en-les-Coggles” – named for the path of cobbles (or coggles) which ran through the area – is mentioned in Doomsday, when it had several farms, extensive woods and a mill.

The Church consists of a Tower, Spire, North and South Aisles, Porch and Chancel.

The most remarkable feature of the Church is its Early English Tower and Spire (c.1200).

Until the early 20th Century, there was a Musicians’ Gallery at the West end.

To view the church in GoogleEarth, open GoogleEarth and click the following link:-

GoogleEarth - Saint Thomas a Becket, Burton Le Coggles, Lincolnshire.

Knights in the porch - Burton Le Coggles church.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

Within the Porch are two recumbent effigies of knights of the reign of Edward II (d.1327), although they may also be Crusaders from the third Crusade (1190).

They were found buried in the Churchyard during digging operations, their feet are missing and they are known locally as "Bill & Ben".

Photo of Font - Burton Le Coggles church

Font - Burton Le Coggles church.

Copyright 2010 - Nigel James Wright.

There is a plain octagonal font, of the decorated period (pre-1400) set upon a plain solid square base. On the photo is Liz Wright, who is a 3rd Great Grand Daughter of Robert Steatham.

The poor of the parish have 8 acres of land left by an unknown donor. The revenue from this plot is distributed among the poor each year.

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill's' marriage.

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill [Elizabeth, not Elizabeth from now onwards] married Alexander McGowan on Saturday the 1st May 1852, in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

They had eight children,

Alexander William McGowan, born 1854 in Geelong, died in infancy in 1854.

Fanny Jane McGowan, born abt 1855, died in 1889 at Ballarat, Victoria.

Annie Maria McGowan, born 1856 in Ballarat East, Victoria.

Emily McGowan, born 1859 in Ballarat East, Victoria, died 1918 Mordialloc, Victoria.

Mary McGowan, born 1861 in Ballarat, Victoria, died in infancy in 1861.

Elizabeth Hugill McGowan, born 1863 Ballarat, Victoria.

Martha Elizabeth McGowan, born 1865 Ballarat East, Victoria, married in 1886, Howard John Carr. Martha died 2 years later in 1888 at Tower Hill, Victoria, aged just 23.

Finally we have,
Alexandra Mary McGowan, born 1867 in Ballarat, East Victoria.

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill's' death certificate.

Elizabeth Tweedy McGowan [nee Hugill] died on the 18th October 1883, aged 56, at ? Doveton street, City of Ballarat, County of ?

Elizabeth died of cancer of the breast, which she had had for ? years, she was last seen by her doctor D Bradford on ? the 15th October.

Parents were stated as Joseph Hugill Clergyman, and Mary Hugill mn [maiden name] Walker.

The informant was a Thomas Wallington Undertaker, employed at Ballarat, and the death was registered on Saturday the 20th October.

It states Elizabeth was born at Burton Coggles, Lincolnshire, and that she had been in Victoria for 32 years.

Elizabeth aged 25, had married Alexander McGowan, at Geelong.

Children in birth order [present age in brackets] listed ;

Alexander William [dead],
Fanny Jane [28],
Annie Maria [27],
Emily [24],
Mary [died],
Elizabeth Hugill [29],
Martha Elizabeth [19],
Alexandra Mary [16].

Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill's daughters
in Electoral Records.

But the story is not quite over and we have a final glimpse of Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill's children in the Electoral Records for Brunswick, Melbourne for 1903.

We can see ;

Alexandra Mary McGowan, was performing home duties, [aged 36],
Annie Maria McGowan, was a School Teacher, [aged 47],
Elizabeth Hugill McGowan, was a Governess, [aged 40],
Emily McGowan, was also performing home duties, [aged 44].

All at 139 Blyth Street, Brunswick.

All the girls are enrolled as their maiden name of McGowan, so we can assume they were all unmarried at that time.


What an interesting story this is.

In the 1841 census we have living with Joseph Hugill, a John Tweedy, of independent means, aged 70.

Now Joseph named his daughter Elizabeth Tweedy Hugill, who was born in 1827.

We also see the same John Tweedy as one of the Executors of Joseph Hugill's will, where it states he is from Gonerby, so I suppose we can assume that he went back there with Mary after Joseph's death.

I will check death records and the 1851 census to see if we can find him.

So who is this man, which I suppose we can assume, Joseph named his daughter after?

Joseph had a Methodist connection, we find his wife Sarah died at Gonerby, which is where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, regularly preached in a Chapel in Gonerby which is now the Post Office.

The village became a Methodist stronghold resulting in a Gonerby group introducing Methodism to Grantham and Lincoln.

The Wesleyan Methodists and Primitive Methodists both had small chapels here, as for a while did the Independents (all built prior to 1841).

In 1842, there were 1,049 inhabitants of Gonerby.

Interestingly 5 miles east of Gonerby is the village of Welby where Joseph preached.

Research - Additional Planned.

In Progress.

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