Surname Saturday : Weeks

Weeks, an English surname that is topographical and/or occupational, has been one I’ve enjoyed researching.  Interestingly, my Weeks I have (thanks to FreeREG) managed to follow the line back to Stowey, Somerset.  However, this is based on parish records already transcribed, there could still be more and the information is only as reliable as the information that has been uploaded.

Thomas (the Younger) Weeks was buried in Stowey, Somerset on 21st February 1781.  His wife, Sarah, died 13 months earlier than he did.  Together they had at least 8 children, 7 sons and 1 daughter; Thomas (1733), Samuel (1736), William (1737), Paschal (1739), Sarah (1741), William (1742), Peter (1744) and Shadrach (1746).  All these children were baptised at St Nicholas & the Blessed Virgin Mary in Stowey.

Thomas and Sarah’s fourth son, Paschal, was baptised on 1st August 1739.  By 1765 he had settled down with Christian.  Paschal and Christian had at least 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters; William (1765), John (1775), Sarah (1777), Isaac (1778), Elizabeth (1780) and James (1782).  Like the generation before, Paschal’s children were also baptised at St Nicholas & the Blessed Virgin Mary in Stowey.

Paschal and Christian’s first son, William Weeks, was baptised on 7th May 1765.  He married Catherine Stickler, when he was 25 on 10th May 1790 at Holy Trinity, High Littleton, Somerset.  William and Catherine stayed in High Littleton for the remainder of their lives, having 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters; William (1792), Sarah (1793), George (1795), Elijah (1798), Jemima and Martha (1804) and Shadrach (1806).
At the time of the 1841 census, William and Catherine were living at Hallatrow Down Farm, High Littleton.  He was recorded as being 70 years old and his occupation a Sawyer.  Shortly after, in July 1841, William died.  He was buried on 18th July 1841 at Holy Trinity, High Littleton.   Catherine lived on for another 17 years and was buried in the same place on 8th April 1858.

William and Catherine’s first son, another William Weeks, was baptised on 8th April 1792 at Holy Trinity, High Littleton.  He married Harriett Parfitt on 14th February 1811 at St Paul’s, Bristol, Gloucestershire.  The couple had 8 children, Mary Ann (1813), Shadrach (1815), William (1817), Francis (1821), Meshach (1824), Abednego (1828), Jonah (1831) and Harriett (1833).
William died in 1833 and was buried at Holy Trinity, High Littleton on 5th April 1833.  His wife, Harriett, continued living in Hallatrow until her death in October 1846.  She was buried on 30th October 1846 at Holy Trinity Church.

Shadrach, the first son of William and Harriett Weeks, was baptised at St Augustine, Clutton on 15th October 1815.  His early life is a bit of a mystery at this stage, however, in 1839, he was living in Brynmawr, then a part of Breconshire.  Shadrach married Sarah Edwards on 10th June 1839 at the Parish Church, Llanelly, Breconshire.  Shadrach and Sarah lived at various addresses in Brynmawr, some of which still exist today… Tram Road, Clydach Street and Fitzroy Street.  Shadrach moved away from the trade of his father and grandfather (sawyer/carpenter).  He started off as a miner but later became a Farmer and Butcher.  In 1871 the family were living at Old Crown Farm in Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire.
Shadrach and Sarah had at least 11 children, Harriett (1844), Abednego (1846), Shadrach (1848), Mary Ann (1850), Meshach (1852), Emma (1855), James (1857), Sarah Jane (1859), Jonah (1862), William (1863) and Joshua (1865).
Shadrach died in 1876 in Bedwellty.  Sarah remarried Isaac Sim(m)s later that same year.   She died in 1896 in Bedwellty.

Jonah, born around June 1862 in Brynmawr, didn’t follow his father into the farming life and became a coal miner.  He married a Cornish girl, Selina Matthews, in 1884 in Glamorgan.  They lived in the Rhondda but by 1911 were living in Cwm, Ebbw Vale.
Jonah and Selina had 15 children including, Joshua (1884), Harriett Ann (1886), William Henry (1888), Albert (1890), Oliver (1894), Garfield (1897), Annie Maud (1901), Dora (1903), Stanley (1904), Doris Mabel (1907) and Gladys May (1908).   Their daughter, Dora, lived for 108 years and died in May 2011.
Selina died in 1920, Jonah lived a further 30 years and died in 1950 in Ebbw Vale.

My great great grandmother Harriett Ann Weeks, was born around Dec 1886 in Ogmore, Glamorgan.  She married William Williams in 1903 in Bedwellty Registration District.  Their 3rd child, my great grandfather, Ivor was born on 14th March 1908 in Cwm.
William died on 25th July 1954 in Cwm.  Harriett moved from the area after his death and a death has not yet been located.

Harriett Ann Weeks is my closest Weeks relative.  There are still a lot of Weeks’ living in the area and there is a company called Weeks Meats whose vans I see regularly and each time I wonder whether they are connected to my family.
One day, I will find the connection.


Comments

  1. Natalie Weeks

    April 17, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Beth and other Weeks’,
    I’ve been trying to figure out where the relatives of a William Weeks of Nailsea are from, as I think they may have moved to Nailsea in the 1800′s, and came across all the Weeks’ in nearby High Littleton in your post. I’m hoping to find a connection. I’d love to email with you, I’m at email removed for privacy (please use the contact page if you wish to make contact with Natalie) and am living in Canada. Thanks! Natalie


  2. hj

    October 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Am also tracing the Weeks family from the Midsomer Norton area of Somerset. My line comes through Pasque Weeks too but via son William, grandson Elijah, then his son Elijah, to his son George and on down. They were a very large family and the name is quite common in this area of Somerset. Am on Ancestry with it all if that any help.