Samuel Brazenor (1824 – 1900)

Samuel Brazenor was baptised at Cardington, Shropshire on 15 April 1824. He was the son of Thomas Brazenor and Margaret, nee Poole, who had married at Condover, Shropshire, in February 1824. Thomas and Margaret were to baptise two more children, Thomas and Mary, at Cardington before Margaret passed away in 1829, being buried at Church Preen. Thomas was farming at Cardington, but in 1835 he married his cousin, Sarah Dolphin at Westbury, Shropshire. They later settled to the north in Thomas’s birth parish of Alberbury, Shropshire, producing five daughters between 1836 and1844.

In the census of 1841, Thomas and Sarah were keeping a grocery shop at Coedway, on the Montgomeryshire border. With them were Thomas and Mary, the children of Thomas and his first wife Margaret Poole, but Samuel was not with them. However, it is possible that he was the Samuel Brazenor who was working for a Corfield family at Worthen, Shropshire.

Samuel is probably next heard of in 1845, when a 21 year old Samuel Brazenor was convicted at Shrewsbury Assizes for stealing a horse, for which he received 12 months imprisonment, presumably at Shrewsbury gaol. His whereabouts in 1851 are presently unknown, but on 12 February 1860, Samuel, the 36 year old son of Thomas Brazenor married Elizabeth Bodin, the 32 year old daughter of Samuel Bodin. They married at Pensnett, in Staffordshire, but their marriage was registered at Stourbridge, Worcestershire. Next year, in the 1861 Census, they were living at Alma Place, Dudley, Staffordshire. Samuel was a saddler, aged 37, born at Berrington, which is near Condover, Shropshire, while Elizabeth was a local girl, born at Dudley.

A decade on in 1871 and Samuel was still a saddler in the Dudley area but they were now living at Lye. In 1881, Samuel and Elizabeth were at Kings Norton, Worcestershire. Interestingly, his birthplace was given as Coydway (sic). In 1841, Samuel’s father, stepmother and siblings were living at Coedway, on the Montgomery/Shropshire border. Samuel may have spent some time at Coedway, however he was born in the Berrington/Condover area, south of Shrewsbury. It is not certain but it seems probable that by 1881, Samuel was also employed as a special constable. In March of 1881, a Police Constable Brazenor nabbed a W Bunday , who was fined at Malvern, Worcestershire, for leaving a cart unattended in Graham Road. In August of 1881, a PC Brazenor found a man lying severely injured on the Great Western Railway line, near Malvern racecourse. The victim, a Mr Turner, died the following day. A few years on, in August 1885, a PC Brazenor apprehended members of the Salvation Army for obstructing the Dudley road at Lye. He gave evidence at Stourbridge Court that the defendants were “sporting” in the road, and they were duly found guilty and fined 7 shillings and 6 pence. By the census of 1891, Samuel and Elizabeth had moved to West Bromich, Staffordshire, perhaps driven away by tambourine and trumpet playing Salvos. In December 1892, Elizabeth passed away at West Bromich, to be followed by Samuel in 1900, leaving no known descendants.

(In 1886, a Samuel Brazenor, who gave his occupation as farmer, was convicted of false pretences at Dorchester, Dorset. He was found guilty on three charges and was sentenced to prison with hard labour at Dorchester, the sentences to run concurrently. During the 19th Century there were no known persons named Brazenor or any variation thereof, who lived in Dorsetshire. Could this offender have therefore been a stray Samuel from West Bromich, Staffordshire, or alternatively, a stray Samuel from Worthen, Shropshire ?)

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