Family of William HILLIER and Alice FRANKCOM
Click chart for a larger view
The Hillier and Osborne family feature on a number of the memorials in the church, and there are a number of generations featured on this memorial.
WILLIAM HILLIER was born Abt. 1770, and died 2nd March 1836 (St Mary Magdalen, Tormarton with West Littleton).
He married SARAH OSBORNE on 6th April 1790 in Warminster, Wilts. Sarah Osborne was born baptised on 9th August 1769 in Warminster, daughter of James and Edith Osborne. Sarah died on 8th June 1829.
James and Edith OSBORNE are also commemorated on a memorial in the church (see Osborne family information)
WILLIAM HILLIER and SARAH OSBORNE had three children
The Census records show for 1841 to 1871 show Thomas and Dorothy living in West Littleton and in 1861 Thomas is described as a “Farmer of 200 Acres” and in 1871 a “Land owner”.
THOMAS OSBORNE HILLIER and DOROTHY HOLBOROW had nine children.
Those named on the memorial are the two children who died young
The other children of Thomas and Dorothy were :
Frances William Hillier was living at Marshfield at the time of his marriage and in the 1881 Census he is described as a Retired Farmer and is living at 12 New King Street, Walcot, Bath at this time. Frances William Hillier died in 1886 in Bath, and his wife Lavinia died in 1903 also living in Bath at the time of her death.
Thomas, Sarah and Edgar remained in West Littleton after their father’s death, but the census of 1901 and 1911 show Edgar as the only one of this part of the Hillier family still in the village; he is living at Home Farm with George Blake and his family. He died in 1919 and at the time of his death was living with his sister Helen (Lansdowne) and her family in Bristol.
Laura Hillier, left West Littleton after the death of her parents, and moved to various addresses in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. She died in 1922.
Clara Hillier also left West Littleton after the death of her parents, and lived for a short time with her brother Frances William Hiller, and then moved to various addresses in Bristol until her death, the exact date of which is unknown at this time.
Sarah Hillier is living with her sister Helen Ann and brother in law Lewis L. Lansdowne, in Barton Regis in the 1891 census. Lewis Lansdowne was a chief clerk at Bristol Water works and died in 1916. His wife Helen A Lansdowne died in 1937 at the age of 90. They had eight children:
One of those eight children also has a memorial in the church of St James’ West Littleton –
IN MEMORY OF
WIFE OF KENNETH BROWN
AND YOUNGEST DAUGHTER OF
LEWIS LAWRENCE AND HELEN ANNE LANSDOWNE
WHO DIED AT BLEGBERRY HARTLAND
18TH MAY 1961