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Chaloner Family at Burnt Leys
(Taken from Wills, Tithe Map, Parish Records and Census Returns)

1801 Thomas Challoner
1839 William Challoner aged 55
Mary Challoner aged 33 his wife
Thomas Challoner aged 23 son
Jane Mary Challoner daughter
1841 August 13th.  An illegal prize fight (bare knuckle) was held on Burnt Leys land.  Crowd of 10,000 turned up.  Pedestrians, horsemen, coaches and carts encircled the fighting area.  Lasted three and a half hours.  Purse 100
1843 William Chaloner farmer died 9th December aged 62.  His will was made 8th February 1843, details as follows:

After all debts and funeral expenses paid he leaves to his 3 children, Jane Mary (wife of Alexander Lithgow), john and Charles Chaloner 150 each to be paid within 12 months to Jane Mary and John and 24 months to Charles.
A codicil dated 18th March 1843 changes the amount they receive to 100.
To his eldest son Thomas, one half part of all that is left and he is to continue the farm.
To his wife Mary Ann, the other half part for the time of her natural life providing she continues to live at Burnt Leys and remain a widow.
But if she does re-marry she does not (as was usual) lose all her share.
Two 'indifferent' persons to be appointed, one by Mary Ann, one by Thomas, and these two persons to appoint a third as umpire.  They are to value Mary Ann's share, and this amount is to be paid by Thomas in 3 equal installments, a third in 6 months, a third in 12 months and a third in 18 months, and the executors who in turn are to pay Mary Ann 100, put the rest into Government Real or other security and pay her the interest.  Her new husband to have no control over this money - it is hers.  When Mary Ann dies, the principal and all other money is to be divided equally between the three younger children, Jane Mary, John and Charles.
His brother Charles Challoner, timber merchant Liverpool, and brother in law John Morton, farmer of Steetley appointed Executors.
Probate granted 18th April 1844

1847 Mary Ann Challoner died aged 66 (So she didn't remarry).


In the 1851 Census
Thomas Challoner, aged 41 (?) farming 350 acres at Burnt Leys
Mary, aged 33, wife.
John, aged 8, son
William, aged 2, son.
6 farm workers recorded.

no further record of the Chaloner/Challoner family there.

8 years later, the Smith family at Burnt Leys.

(Information gathered by Jo Wheldon - Group Secretary)


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