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and Mary Jecks
family research recorded by Murray G Jecks-Johnston and John
Isaac Jecks was born 03 Feb 1756 in Wisbech and Norwich and his baptism on 04 Jun 1756 was at All Saints Church, Norwich, England. He was the son of Robert Jecks and Ann Coleman.
Isaac married Mary Bloomar on 21st Nov 1782 at Newark upon Trent, Nottinghamshire. Mary was born 6th Dec 1759 in St Mary, Nottingham to parents Newcombe Bloomar and mother Sarah nee Barrett.
Most of Isaac's early and middle life was spent at Wisbech, a town just out of Norfolk into Cambridgeshire. In 1803 and his business partner Richard Dawbarn Banbury, he established himself as a draper and grocer in the "new Market" of Wisbech. A householder at 7 North Brink, Wisbech 1802 he also had a property in 1806 in West Walton, Cambridgeshire. Just behind the house was the yard of the first of his timber premises and another, to the north of the town was operated by sons William and Charles.
10 of his 11 children all baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Wisbech and were staunch members of the Unitarian Baptist Church for all their lives.
In their eighties, Mary and Isaac lived in Chapel Field in the Parish of St Gules, Norwich, guardians along with daughter and son-in-law Susannah and Joseph Newsham, of the motherless Hill children, Margaret, Ida Eliza and Kate.
Isaac's died at his house in Chapel Field, Norwich aged 85.
"Few men have descended to the grave with a more spotless reputation or more deservedly respected. During eighty years Mr Jecks has never known a day's illness and was walking about his home within an hour of his death. Lamented and respected by a numerous circle of friends, it may be truly said that strict integrity and universal benevolence marked his character."
Mary died 04 Jan 1851 at son William's home, Framingham Pigot, Norwich.
1. Mary Jecks Born: 10 Nov 1785 in
St Peters, Wisbech Died: 04 Jun 1829 in Tydd St Mary Burial: 09 Jun 1829
Tydd St Mary Married: 15 Oct 1806 in Hemingford Grey Parish Church,
Huntingdonshire to Charles Hursthouse Born: 05 Jan 1781 in
Tydd St Marys, Lincoln Father: John Hursthouse Mother: Sarah Hannah
Died: 22 Jun 1854 in Okoare, New Plymouth They had nine children
2 Susannah Jecks Born: 1787 Died: 1787
3 Thomas Jecks was born in 1788 and lived most of his short life near London where he carried on a livelihood as a merchant. He married Mary Gaches who was born 1789 - she died 1852. Thomas died in Februnary 1822 in Hertfordshire mar Their
i Fanny Jecks Born: 1809 Died:
in Ceylon mar 1849 to James Emerson
ii Mary Jecks Born: 1810 Died:
1899 in USA mar 1837 Henry
iii Isaac Jecks Born: 1812 Died:
iv Thomas Jecks Born: 07 Jul
1814 in St Ives, Huntington, England Died: 24 Jan 1856 in Australia
His marriage 03 Jun 1837 in C/E Guildford, Western Australia
was to Elizabeth Jones Born: 1810
in Wales.(Father: Walter Jones Mother: Tabitha Chaplin Daniells) She died: 21 Feb
1888 in Guildford, Western Australia where she was buried 22 Feb 1888.
Thomas Jecks came to Western
Australia in 1829 by the vessel Gilmore aged 15 years. The boat carried a total of 182 men, women, and children as passengers, in addition to general, cargo, three' horses, four cows, three
calves, pigs, fowls, etc. He maried Elizabeth Jones who
had arrived at Fremantle by the ship James Patterson. For some time
he was employed as a clerk by a firm at Fre mantle, and while there he
spent his leisure hours learning carpentry by watching carpenters at
work. Later an uncle arrived with merchandise from England, and
started Mr. Jecks in business at Guildford, where he built the Rose
and Crown Hotel in Swan itreet. It was the third hotel to be erected in
the district, and for a number of years the annual dinner of the
Agricultural Society was held there. The premises were years
later delicensed and then run as a boarding house by g nieces. He
built at the western end of Guildford. In addition to storekeeping, he
kept a small warehouse on the river's edge and had a wharf. He also
constructed two boats, the largest being four tons, for use
between Guildford and Fremantle. Timber for jetty construction at
Fremantle was obtained from the Toodyay and Greenmount districts, and
was hauled by means of a whim and 18 bullocks to Woodbridge. Large
floats were used to get the timber down the river to Fremantle, piles
being loaded onto their decks and logs swung on either side in the water
by winch and crane. Often, boats got stranded on the bar across the
mouth of the river when taking sandlewood and other cargo for
export by anchored steamers. "Thomas Jecks Commonwealth Ale"
(4.5%) This brown ale is named after the original proprietor of the Rose
and Crown Hotel,established 1841 at Guildford.
v Emma Jecks Born: 1815 Died:
1881 in U K mar 1842 to David
vi Isaac Bloomer Jecks Born:
1817 in Southery North Downham, Maret, England Died: 1892 in USA
mar 1857 Ely, England to Mary Ann Stokes Born: 1831
4 Susannah Jecks Born:
1789 in Wisbech Died: 1790 in Wisbech
5 Susannah Jecks Born: 1790 in
Wisbech, Cambridge, Died: 12 Aug 1853 in Framingham Pigot Henstead,
Norfolk mar 02 May 1814 in St Peters, Wisbech, Cambridge County
to Joseph Newsham Born: 1796 in
Wisbech, Cambridge His father: John Newsham and mother
Elizabeth Booth Died: 12 June 1842 in Hackney, London Burial: 15 Jun
1842 Abney Park Cemetery, London
6 William Jecks Born: 1791 in
Wisbech. William did not marry and lived North Brink, Wisbech and at Framingham Pigot, until his death 1 Aug 1864 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
7 Sarah Jecks Born: 1793 in
Wisbech Died: 1822 mar John
Coote Born: 1786 Married: 1815 John was a farmer and corn merchant at Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire. He died 1873. Their
son Thomas Coote Born: Mar 1817
Died: 1906 mar Ann Browning
Green Born: 1819 Died: 1904 in UK
8 Charles Jecks Born: 1795 in Wisbech
With his family Charles moved along with parents Isaac and Mary Jecks in 1835 to Norwich where he lived at Thorpe and remained listed in the 1838 directory as a timber and shipowner at North Brink, with partner brother William. William continued to live there until the brothers sold the property in 1946.Died: 1884 mar  Sarah Ann
Wright Born: 1836 Died: 1917; mar  on 6 Oct 1821 in Tydd St Marys,
Lincolnshire to Maria Robertson
Born: 1801 in Glasgow She died 1873, Below, their family:
i William Jecks Born: 1824 in
Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire Died: 1885 in South Africa Married:
1846 to Maria Cooper Born:
1827 in Essex Died: 1884
ii Charles Jecks Born: 1827
Charles died: 1912. He married twice: Married 1863  Hannah Horsey Born: 1843 Died: 1871 in New
Zealand Charles Jecks Married
1878 Anna Martin Born: 1841
iii Mary Eliza Jecks Born: 1822
Died: 1847 in Thorpe,Norwich mar Wingrove
9 Ann Jecks Born: Abt. 1797 in
Wisbech Died: 23 Nov 1823 Married: 1818 in St Peters Church
Wisbech to James Hill Born: in
Modbury, Devon (Father: James Hill) Died: 1870.
i Julia Hill Born: 1819 in North
Brink, Wisbech Died: 1894
ii Frederick Hill Born: 1820 in
North Brink, Wisbech Died: in Died an infant
iii Louisa Hill Born: 1822 in
North Brink, Wisbech Died: Feb 1842 in Bath
10 Isaac Jecks Born: 05; Died:
1874 in Great Yarmouth Mar 1801 Sarah Ogle Born: 1787 Died: 1868
11 Eliza Jecks Born: 06 Oct 1802
Died: 28 Oct 1832 in Wisbech. She married the widow of her sister Ann.
James Hill was a banker of Wisbech and his family originated from Modbury, Devon. His father James Hill had been born in Uppingham, Rutland and moved to Peterborough in 1794 where he opened a bank which son James, eventually took over.
James was a leading advocate for liberal reform, an advocate for pro-free trade and a founder of the Unitarian School in Deadman's Lane in 1803 which was intended to carry out the educational system proposed by socialist Robert Owen - this was to fail. He and 1st wife Ann lived at North Brink, Wisbech until her death on Nov 20th 1823 at age 26 years.
James remarried Ann's younger sister Eliza on May 31st 1825. The laws of England made it illegal to marry a sibling of a spouse then, but James flouted any rules he was intellectually or spiritually opposed to.
In the autumn of 1825 the Wentworths Bank in Yorkshire collapsed and James's Bank became one of the casualities in the national financial panic that followed, bankrupting both him and his father with a debt of £14,000.
After paying off creditors James turned his talents to trade and became a prosperous corn, wool and timber merchant. Eliza died and James remarried Caroline Southward Smith on 2 Nov 1832- they had 5 children. His bank reopened in the 1830's and he founded a weekly Wisbech newspaper in 1836. As part of his reform measures he fought against the current harsh justice meted out for minor crimes and founded a mechanics institute and a lending library. In 1840 he again became bankrupt in another countrywide financial panic - his family split up and daughter by his 2nd wife went to live with their maternal grandparents and Aunt Sussanah Newsham. His daughter Gertrude by 3rd wife was adopted by her paternal grandfather and James and wife Caroline went to live in Epping, Sussex.
i Margaret Hill Born: 1827 Died:
1924 mar Andrew Whelpdale
ii Arthur Hill Born: 1829
iii Ida Eliza Hill Born: 1831
Died: 1899 mar Francis William
Paddock Married: 1862
iv Kate Hill Born: 1832