Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire Family History Guide

Mitcheldean is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Gloucestershire.

Alternative names: Great Dean, Dean Magna, Michel Dean.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1680

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Independent/Congregational, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Mitcheldean

Historical Descriptions

Mitcheldean

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MITCHELDEAN, MITCHELL-DEAN, or DEAN-MAGNA, a village and a parish in Westbury-on-Severn district, Gloucester. The village stands in Dean Forest, 1 mile E of the boundary with Hereford, 2 S of Mitcheldean Road r. station, and 5 NNW of Newnham; is an ancient place; takes its name partly from the word "mickle'' or great, and partly from its situation in Dean forest; and has a post office, of the name of Mitcheldean, under Newnham, a good inn, a police station, and fairs on Easter Monday and 12 Oct. The parish comprises 680 acres. Real property, £2,637. Pop., 689. Houses, 144. The property is divided among a few. The manor and much of the land belong to the representatives of the 1ate Maynard Colchester, Esq. The Wilderness is the seat of Mrs. H. Davis. Coal and iron ore are worked in the neighbourhood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £176. Patrons, the representatives of the late M. Colchester. The church is chiefly later English; was recently restored; consists of nave, S aisle, two N aisles, chancel, and porch, with tower and lofty spire; and contains an ancient font, some wall-paintings of the time of Edward IV., and several old monuments. There are an Independent chapel, an endowed school with £81 a year, and charities £27.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Lea

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Lea, 1 m. N. Mitchel-Dean. P. 209

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Davies John, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, draper, Oct. 23, 1821.

Directories

Great Dean or Mitchel-Dean Gloucestershire Universal British Directory 1791

Great Dean, or Mitchel-Dean, was formerly a staple for wool, but it much decayed;  it is a small ill-built town, of very inconsiderable trade; has a market on Mondays, and two annual fairs, viz. Easter-Monday and October 10.  it is the principal town in the forest, otherwise called the Forest of Dean; for a farther account of which see the end of this article.
Dean is distant from London 120 miles, Gloucester 12, Newenham 6, Ross 6, Coleford 9, and from Monmouth 14.  It has a good church with a handsome spire, and the town consists chiefly of one street. Cloth and pins have bee the principal articles of its manufacture.

The post comes in, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and goes out, Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Mr. Henry Bossoms is the post-master
The Monmouth and Brecon wagons pass through Dean every week.  The principal inn is the George.
At Gunn’s Mills, two miles from this town, Mr. Joseph Lloyd carried on a very capital paper-manufactory; and at Flaxley, four miles distant, are very large and extensive iron furnaces and forges, the property of Sir Thomas, Crawley Boevey, Bart.

The following are the principal inhabitants:

Gentry.
Aldridge John, (F.) Gent.
Colchester John, Esq. (F.)
Pickersgill Paul, Esq.
Palmer Mrs. Mary
Pearce Mrs. Jane
Sargeant Edward, (F.) Gent.

Clergy.
Harris Rev. John, (F.) Vicar

Physic.
Trigg Wm. Surgeon and Apothecary

Law.
Bayley John, (F.) Attorney
Bayley Thomas, Attorney

Traders, &c.
Barrett William, (F.) Sadler
Baynham Mary, Shopkeeper
Bowery James, Mason
Bennett Thomas, Mealman
Bossom Henry, Post-master
Coleman Richard, (F.) Mercer
Coleman William, (F.) Shopkeeper
Coleman William, Baker
Cross Elizabeth, Mercer
Dobbs Samuel, Butcher
Evans Thomas, Fellmonger
Griffiths Thomas, Mason
Hale Joseph, Maltster
Hartland William, Innkeeper, (George)
Hartland Miles, Gaol-keeper
Hartley Henry, Victualler
How Edward, Cooper
Hughes Joseph, Mercer
James John, Carpenter
Marfell William, Maltster
Miller Richard, Taylor
Partridge Thomas, (F.) Hatter
Pearce William, (F.) Victualler
Powell William, (F.) Mason
Powell John, (F.) Mason
Rudge James, Maltster
Sargeant Thomas, Baker
Stephens John, (F.) Currier
Symonds John, Shopkeeper
Voyce George, Clock-maker
Wallden William, Breeches-maker

In the vicinity of the above town, is Flaxley Abbey, the seat of Sir Thomas Crawley Boevey, Bart. (F.) and Abbenhall, the seat of Tho. Blunt, Esq. (F.)

Little Dean is three miles distant from Great Dean; it is a very small town, on the verge of the forest, and had formerly a market.  The only branch of manufacture carried on here is making of nails; and those made in this place are esteemed superior to most in the kingdom.  Contiguous to this town, has been lately built a penitentiary-house and bridewell for the forest-division of the county.  Newenham is the post-town. – the following are the principal inhabitants:

Gentry, &c.
Brookes William, Gent. (F.)
Cullimore William, Esq.
Evans – , Gent.
Morton William, Esq.
Pyrke Joseph Watkyns, Esq. (F.)

Clergy.
Frier Rev. William, Curate
Webb Rev. Benjamin, (F.) Vicar of Dean

Traders, &c.
Robinson Philip, (F.) Proprietor of capital Coal and Nail-works
Boughton Joseph, Timber-merchant
Taylor Thomas, (F.) Nailor

The forest of Dean comprehends that part of Gloucestershire which lies between the Severn and Monmouthshire, and contains twenty-three parishes, and four market-towns.  The forest once contained 30,000 acres of land, being twenty miles long, and so full of wood, that it was very dangerous to travel through it.  Its oak was famous for shipping; it was the glory of our own, and so much the envy of other nations, that the famous Spanish armada had it in special charge to burn it.  The great number of iron forges near it has greatly lessened, though not consumed, the wood, which is still preserved with much care.  It is subject to forest-laws; and the iron-miners have here a court also.  From hence to Gloucester is all a rich country, and a fine river, but narrower, to the Northward, till, a little short of Gloucester, it ceases to be navigable by ships of burden, but continues to be so by large barges above one hundred miles further, not reckoning the turnings and windings of the river; besides that, it receives several large and navigable rivers.
Lord Gage, captain Berkley, and Mr. Edwin, attended by the commissioners of the land-revenue, have lately had a meeting with the minister, respecting the repairs of the turnpike-road that runs across the forest of Dean.  This road is eleven miles in length.  It seems that it is the province of government to keep it in repair; of late years, however, this business has been so much neglected as to render it impassable for stage-coaches, &c. which are obliged to take a circuitous road, some miles out of the way.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791

Marriages

Marriages at Michel Dean 1680-1812

Marriages at Michel Dean 1680-1812 - UK Genealogy Archives

Transcriptions

Michel Dean (Mitcheldean) Marriages 1805 to 1812

Thomas Webb & Catharina Worgan, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 18 May 1805

William Powell & Ann Voyce, 21  July 1805

Edward Aston & Susan Jones, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 30 Nov. 1805

William Powell & Sarah Gibbs, 27 Jan. 1806

William Dobbs & Elizabeth Williams, lic., 13 Feb. 1806

Richard Overton & Mary Canning, 1 May 1806

Thomas Painter & Jane Barnes, both of Dean Forest, 11 May 1806

John Young, p. Linton, & Dinah Coleman, lic., 15  July 1806

John blunt & Hannah Watkins, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 5 Oct. 1806

Thomas Siville, p. Barrow, co. Worc., & Hannah Williams, lic., 20 Nov. 1806

Robert Davis, of St. Briavels Hundred, & Ann Watkins, p. Longhope, 30 Dec. 1806

Thomas Tyler & Ann Jerris, 1 Feb. 1807

James Mills & Kezia Croft, 23 Apr. 1807

John Dobbs & Mary Powell, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 10 May 1807

John Tudor & Mary Bowery, 18 May 1807

Thomas Manning & Charlotte Gibbs, 20 July 1807

George Godwin & Mary Meek, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 16 Aug. 1807

Jacob Jones, p. All Saints, Hereford, & Margaret Price, 14 Aug. 1808

William Hawkins & Elizabeth Griffiths, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 1 Oct. 1808

John Clowdley & Anne Gough, 27 Oct. 1808

Thomas Lloyd & Mary James, lic., 27 Oct. 1808

John Voyce & Jemima Trigg, 15 Dec. 1808

Thomas Mackey & Ann Gay, 22 Dec. 1808

William Symons, of Dean Forest, & Charlotte Boldin, 25 Dec. 1808

Charles Jones & Mary Lloyd, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 17 Aug. 1809

Thomas Hall & Maria Williams, lic., 19 Oct. 1809

James Davies & Jane Elby, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 26 Oct. 1809

Thomas Edwards, p. Newland, & Hester Yearsley, 26 Dec. 1809

William Davis & Mary Roberts, both of Dean Forest, 29 Jan. 1810

William Rickards, w., & Mary Davis, w., of Dean Forest, 30 Apr. 1810

Edward Thompson, w., & Ann Harris, w., of Dean Forest, 30 Apr. 1810

John Barton, p. Abenhall, & Elizabeth Hartland, w., lic., 14 Nov. 1810

William Griffiths & Benedicta Ellis, w., 17 Nov. 1810

Nathaniel Williams & Harriet Jones, lic., 13 Dec. 1810

William Lewis & Sarah Cribb, 30 Dec. 1810

John Ball & Letitia Ferris, 1 Jan. 1811

John Jordan & Sarah Coleman, lic., 5 Jan. 1811

George Gibbs & Abigail Gibbs, lic., 10 Jan. 1811

John Yearsley & Elizabeth Coleman, lic., 21 Feb. 1811

Thomas Evans & Ann Read, both of Dean Forest, 7 July 1811

James Powell, p. Newland, & Ann Powell, 15 Oct. 1811

William Parsons & Elizabeth Green, 12 Mar. 1812

Philip Edwards & Mary Tingle, 16 Mar. 1812

William Simmonds & Sarah Stevens, both of Dean Forest, 22 Mar. 1812

Henry Bullock, p. Longhope, & Elizabeth Gay, lic., 23 Apr. 1812

John Bagot & Amy Husbands, 2 July 1812

Thomas Bayly & Mary Jenkins, w., 29 Oct. 1812

William Yem & Mary Yearsley, 4 Nov. 1812

William Dobs & Dorcas Cooper, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 6 Dec. 1812

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol IX. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1903.

Michel Dean (Mitcheldean) Marriages 1800 to 1804

John Butler, p. St. Nicholas, Glouc., & Nancy Wilkes, lic., 1 June 1800

William Keyse & Sarah Hewish, both of Dean Forest, 11 Aug. 1800

Thomas Needy & Mary Hammond, both of Dean Forest, 4 Nov. 1800

John Jenkins, p. Ross, & Ann Marfell, 31 Dec. 1800

Job Yearsley, of Dean Forest, & Esther Bower, 25 Feb. 1801

Thomas Morgan & Elizabeth Keyse, both of Dean Forest, 27 Aug. 1801

Thomas Teague, of Dean Forest, & Elizabeth Stephens, lic., 4 Oct. 1801

Joseph Green, p. Huntley, & Ann Coleman, lic., 20 Oct. 1801

James Dawes & Mary Maddox, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 3 Nov. 1801

James Preece, p. Ross, & Charlotte Marfell, lic., 5 Nov. 1801

Edward Howe & Mary Stephens, 20 Dec. 1801

John Davies & Martha Gibbs, 24 Mar. 1802

Richard Elsmore & Elizabeth Pinnell, lic., 29 Apr. 1802

William Stephens, p. Newland, & Sarah Pearce, lic., 20 May 1802

Richard Ambrey & Susanna Jones, both of Dean Forest, 30 May 1802

Thomas Bennett & Ann Gibbs, 30 May 1802

William Baglin & Mary Evans, both of Dean Forest, 6 June 1802

Joshua Smith, p. Llanddewi-Rhydderch, w., & Jane Stephens, lic., 9 June 1802

William Dawes, of Dean Forest, & Sarah James, 2 Aug. 1802

Joseph Clark, p. St. Nicholas, Glouc., w., & Elizabeth Partridge, lic., 5 Aug. 1802

William Davis, of St. Briavels Hundred, & Jane Trigg, 12 Nov. 1802

James Smith & Sarah Dobbs, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 17 Jan. 1803

John Morgan & Hannah Witherstone, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 31 Jan. 1803

Edward Knight & Ann Plaister, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 8 Feb. 1803

John Smith & Mary Jones, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 26 Mar. 1803

William Tomblins & Blanch Powell, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 4 Apr. 1803

William Wills & Elizabeth Parry, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 4 Apr. 1803

John Ellis, p. Newent, & Jane Pearce, 14 Apr. 1803

Thomas Newell & Ann Hillery, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 19 Apr. 1803

Edward Shot & Nancy Kayce, both of Dean Forest, 26 June 1803

Christopher Matthews & Susannah Baldwin Manning, 8 Aug. 1803

William Maybury & Mary Hawkings, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 21 Aug. 1803

William Tampling & Deborah Gwynn, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 21 Aug. 1803

Isaac Baglin & Elizabeth Woolley, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 21 Nov. 1803

William Williams & Sarah Taylor, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 27 Nov. 1803

Samuel Shott & Mary Davies, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 20 Dec. 1803

Philip Jones & Susanna Cooper, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 1 Jan. 1804

William Prothero & Elizabeth Eley, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 23 Jan. 1804

Richard Edwards & Elizabeth Tumlins, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 24 June 1804

William Matthews & Elizabeth George, both St. Briavels Hundred, 12 July 1804

Thomas Jones & Hannah Dodds, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 4 Aug. 1804

John Jenkins & Mary Gibbs, 3 Sept. 1804

Benjamin Small & Margaret Coleman, lic., 6 Sept. 1804

William Jones & Mary Williams, lic., 13 Sept. 1804

Thomas King & Sarah Saysell, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 1 Oct. 1804

Thomas Bailey & Sarah Gardner, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 6 Nov. 1804

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol IX. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1903.

 Michel Dean (Mitcheldean) Marriages 1784 to 1799  

Volume III.

[The Marriages are contained in a separate Book of 39 leaves of parchment, the last 18 of which are blank.  The entries (154 in all are wrongly numbered in the Register.]

Thomas Davies & Sarah Bollock [sic], lic., 29 June 1784

Jonathan Strachan & Sarah Pearce, lic., 30 Sept. 1784

Thomas Morgan & Mary Deleany, both of the Hundred of St. Briavels, 17 Oct. 1784

James Jones & Winifred Clark, lic., [no date]

John Deleany & Winifred Matthews, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 25 Nov. 1784

John Monnin & Ann Baldwyn, 10 Jan. 1785

William Jones & Mary Morgan, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 11 July 1785

John Bennett & Margaret Powell, lic., 24 May 1786

James Gibbs & Abigail Clark, lic., 26 July 1786

Henry Viner & Martha Gibbs, lic., 26 July 1786

William Pready & Ann Griffits, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 14 Nov. 1786

Thomas Attwood, p. Longhope, & Mary Walding, lic., 17 June 1787

John Collins & Sarah Ferris, 18 July 1787

Thomas Clayton & Winifred Cutler, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 2 Sept. 1787

William Bagland & Sarah Bybee, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 25 Nov. 1787

William Harris & Eleanor Nicholas, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 11 Dec. 1787

Thomas Jordan & Ann Dunn, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 9 Mar. 1788

Richard Barnord & Sarah Mathews, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 5 May 1788

William Hinder & Mary Jones, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 6 May 1788

William Trigg, surgeon, & Susannah Millard, p. Holy Trinity, Glouc., lic., 27 July 1788

William Mayo & Sarah Scudamore, lic., 15 Aug. 1788

Henry Hartley, w., & Elizabeth Minzies, p. St. John, Glouc., lic., 2 Sept. 1788

James Tatersall & Eleanor Brain, 25 Sept. 1788

Thomas Walden & Mary Barnard, w., 23 Nov. 1788

John Wintle & Martha Viner, w., lic., 5 Feb. 1789

John Howe & Elizabeth Hill, 7 May 1789

Thomas Harris, p. Longhope, & Mary Scudamore, 13 May 1789

Thomas Thomas, clerk, p. Newland, & Elizabeth Dobson, lic., 26 Aug. 1789

William Gough & Sarah Matthews, 17 Apr. 1790

Edward Howe & Mary Pitt, w., 16 May 1791

William Lodge, p. Lea, & Elizabeth Pearce, lic., 7 June 1792

John Symmonds & Sarah Brobyn, both of Dean Forest, 18 Oct. 1792

George Thomas & Mary Matthews, both of Dean Forest, 12 July 1793

George Cribb & Hannah Tippings, 31 Aug. 1793

John Groves & Mary Bondey, both of p. St. Briavels, 30 June 1794

John Dee & Ann Ruck, 1 Dec. 1794

William Hawkins & Mary Harris, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 1 Dec. 1794

Richard James & Elizabeth Parry, 28 May 1795

John Taylor & Elizabeth Richards, both “extra-parochial”, 14 June 1795

Thomas Griffiths & Elizabeth Bullock, 22 June 1795

Richard Prince, gent., p. Longhope, & Mary Parrot, lic., 22 June 1795

Richard Dillone & Mary Bussey, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 5 Aug. 1795

Thomas Pick & Jane Harland, lic., 10 Sept. 1795

John Tirrell & Sarah Williams, 24 Nov. 1795

Richard Bybee & Hannah Wittengam, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 20 Jan. 1796

John Hale & Beata Hartland, lic., 2 June 1796

William Simmons & Susan Fox, both “extra-parochial”, 16 Sept. 1796

Thomas Aston, w., & Mary Fox, w., both of St. Briavels Hundred, 19 Aug. 1797

James Voyce & Ann Evans, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 3 June 1798

Joseph Roberts & Nancy Herbert, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 18 June 1798

William Rosstons, w., & Ann Charles, 16 July 1798

Richard Barnard & Elizabeth Beaven, of St. Briavels Hundred, 5 Aug. 1798

John Taylor, w., & Mary Dowle, both of St. Briavels Hundred, 14 Sept. 1798

William Williams & Betty Wyesam, w., 22 Nov. 1798

Thomas Playstead & Mary Young, 22 Dec. 1798

Richard Barnard & Hannah Gibbs, 15 Feb. 1799

Robert Williams, gent., & Maria Bayly, lic., 28 Mar. 1799

George Marshall, of St. Briavels Hundred, & Winifred Taylor, 16 Apr. 1799

William Evans & Sarah Eley, both of Dean Forest, 18 Nov. 1799

Source: Gloucestershire Parish Registers. Marriages. Edited by W. P. W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L., Vol IX. Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124, Chancery Lane, London. 1903.

Administration

  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Westbury on Severn
  • Probate Court: Post-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory), Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Hereford
  • Diocese: Post 1835 - Gloucester and Bristol, Pre 1836 - Gloucester
  • Rural Deanery: Forest
  • Poor Law Union: Westbury on Severn
  • Hundred: St Briavels
  • Province: Canterbury