Hiram Bartlett HAMBLING

Male 1822 - 1897  (75 years)    Has 72 ancestors and 75 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Hiram Bartlett HAMBLING 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 1822  Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptised 16 Jan 1822  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1851  Cornish Arms, West Street, Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lodging in the inn at the time of the 1851 census,
    Occupation 1851  Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Gun maker 
    • Lodging in Tavistock at the time of the 1851 census so presumably working there.
    Occupation From 1858 to 1891  The Foundry, Duke Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Gunsmith 
    • Hiram is consistently shown as a gunsmith, in the PR at time of his daughter's bapt (1860), in all of the censuses from 1851 - 1891, and in an 1890 directory.
      The latter also shows he was a "dealer in ammunition".
      In 1851 he was lodging in Tavistock; the first evidence I am aware of of his being in Kingsbridge is an advert in the Kingsbridge Gazette of 4 September 1858.
      It appears that the foundry was destoyed by an air-raid in 1943 (noted here
    Hiram Advertises his work making guns
    Hiram Advertises his work making guns
    Residence 1861  Church Street, Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence From 1871 to 1881  Court Farm, Churchstow, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Though shown as a farmer in 1871 census, residence shown as "Churchstow Village" - I don't know if this could have been Court Farm House.
      In 1881 he clearly was shown as a farmer living at Court Farm House.
    Occupation From 1871 to 1881  Court Farm, Churchstow, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    Occupation From 1876 to 1890  The Foundry, Duke Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Bell founder / hanger 
    • Hiram never included "bell founder" in his occupation in the censuses, suggesting this was a minor part of his work.
      A card showing the work he claimed to have been involved with includes church bells "cast by my late Father and self", but some of these were when he was quite young, the first before he was even born, so the work was clearly "severally" as well probably as "jointly". John Scott suggests he never cast any church bells independantly of his father. Hiram's card shows him also as a founder of house bells, and it is probable that his father and maybe Hiram too made some school and chapel bells. 
      Hiram clearly was involved in rehanging etc. - the work that he lists in this regard was all after his father's death. All the work was close to where he was living in Dodbrook or Churchstow, the furthest being Stoke Fleming - perhaps because he had a brother living there. (The work is mentioned in the book produced about Stoke Fleming in celebration of the 1953 Coronation.)

      Hiram was the only bell founder listed in White's 1890 directory, he was also there with a number of others under the heading 'bell hangers' but was the only one with '(church)' after. In White's Directory (1890) under Kingsbridge he had an entry: 'Hambling Hiram B, bell founder and hanger, gunsmith and dealer in ammunition, Church street, D (also listed under 'Bell Founders (Church)' - D = Dodbrooke

      I am guessing the dates here; I imagine he may well have assisted his father as a boy of 12, and he was advertising himself as a bell founder in 1890. Although I show a location of Kingsbridge, in his early years he would have worked in Blackawton, or accompanied his father to the towers.and of course bell hanging has to take place in the given tower.

      Although his father died in 1864, he seems not to have cast any church bells after 1852, and there is then quite a lull before Hiram's first known independant bell-work, in 1876. The fact his advert in the Kingsbridge Gazette in 1858 made no mention of bells does suggest to me that there was a real break. The work in 1876 was in Dodbrooke, where he had lived and was working; I guess that he was well known enough in the area to be approached or to put himself forward and so be involved.
    Hiram advertises his work as a Bell founder
    Hiram advertises his work as a Bell founder
    Account of his work as a bell founder
    Account of his work as a bell founder

    William Bartlett Hambling, bellfounder


    A description of William's work as a bellfounder, and the bells made by him, together with links to more information about the craft of bellfounding.
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    Residence 1891  41, Church Street, Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Seems to have given up farming now and moved back next to the foundry.
    Died 18 Aug 1897  Kingsbridge Reg Dist, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: q3 1897 Kingsbridge Reg Dist 5b 123
      Date from gravestone
    Buried St. Thomas à Becket Church, Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Gravestone (upright, marble, mason: T. Yalland):
      "Hiram Bartlett Hambling
      D: August 18th 1897
      aged 76 years
      Elizabeth Jane
      wife of the above
      D: March 14th 1909, aged 77."
    Person ID I229  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2017 

    Father Clerk William Bartlett HAMBLING,   b. 1787, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1864, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth BAKER,   b. Abt 1794, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1880, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married 14 Jan 1812  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • both signed, James Hambling witnessed
    Children 12 children 
    Family ID F22    |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Jane CAME,   b. Abt 1831, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1909, Kingsbridge Reg Dist, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married 16 Feb 1860  St. Andrew’s Church, East Allington, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Came, Elizabeth Jane; Hambling, Hiram Bartlett; q1 1860 Kingsbridge RD 5b 329

      Date and place from DFHS index to PR entries (has Carne instead of Came)
      (there is a small possibility this is the first reading of the banns and not the marriage)
    Children 2 children 
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F154    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1822 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 16 Jan 1822 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - Cornish Arms, West Street, Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gun maker - 1851 - Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gunsmith - From 1858 to 1891 - The Foundry, Duke Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah Elizabeth ("Sally") HAMBLING - Jun Q 1860 - Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Feb 1860 - St. Andrew’s Church, East Allington, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - Church Street, Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ellen Came HAMBLING - Mar Q 1866 - Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From 1871 to 1881 - Court Farm, Churchstow, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - From 1871 to 1881 - Court Farm, Churchstow, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Bell founder / hanger - From 1876 to 1890 - The Foundry, Duke Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - 41, Church Street, Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Thomas à Becket Church, Dodbrooke, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Wills (transcripts)
    The will of William Bartlett Hambling
    The will of William Bartlett Hambling
    (a 4 x great grandfather of mine)