James Milverton was born in 1722 in Winsham, Somerset, England to parents James Milverton (1692-1773) and Amy Bailey (1694-1765).
James was baptised on 11 Nov 1722 at St Stephens, Winsham.
At the age of 24 James married Elizabeth Scriven on 3 June 1747 at St Stephens, Winsham.
Elizabeth Scriven was born in 1726 in Winsham to parents Robert Scriven and Mary Bennett. Her father Robert died in 1758 and her mother Mary died in 1756.
Elizabeth had several siblings – Joan b 1714, Robert b 1716, George b 1720, Mary b 1722, John b 1724 and she was the last child born in 1726.
Winsham was a small village in Somerset situated 2 1/2 miles of Chard. In 1870 the population of the village was 1033 people, in only 204 houses. The Winsham Web Museum provides more information on the area.
James and Elizabeth had nine children –
- James b 1747 & d 1829 Winsham. Marr Sarah Stanton. 9 children.
- Mariah b 1750 Chard
- John b 1753 d 13 Jan 1767 Winsham
- Sarah b 1756 & d 1756 Winsham
- Henry b 1757 & d 1761 Winsham
- William b 1760 & d 1826 Winsham. Marr Martha Pulman. 3 children.
- Elizabeth b 1763 & d 26 Jan 1767 Winsham
- Charles b 1766 & d 1 Mar 1767 Winsham
- Elizabeth b 1769 married Thomas Miller, 6 children.
Tragically James and Elizabeth lost five children in a few years – and three within weeks of each in 1767 – John, Charles and Elizabeth, so perhaps a childhood disease tore through the family. So it appears only 3 out of 9 children made it to adulthood, married and had families of their own.
James Milverton died in January 1773 in Winsham at the age of 50 and was buried at St Stephens in Winsham on 31 January 1773.
His wife Elizabeth died five years later in October 1778 also at Winsham and was buried with her husband at St Stephens on 8 October 1778 aged 52.