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The Conveyance of Property in Creech Saint Michael, Somerset County, England by the Extended Wyburn Family.

Job Wyburn's house, Laurel Villa
Laurel Villa in 1929 (This is the house on the property about which this history is written.)

Job Wyburn (aka Joseph D. Wyburn, Sr.) died in Hardin County, Ohio on 5 May 1892. In 1850 Job left his first wife, Ann Minson Wyburn, and their younger children who were living in Creech Saint Michael, Somerset, England on property which Job had inherited from his parents. Job emigrated from England to the United States, arriving in New York City in September, 1850. When Job traveled to the United States, he may have traveled with his eldest daughter, Mary, his son, John and John's recent bride, Sarah Coombes Wyburn. Mary, John and Sarah are listed as passengers on the Fredonia, a ship that arrived in New York City in September, 1850, but Job is not listed on the ship's manifest. During the years 1850-1856, Job apparently changed his name to Joseph D. Wyburn, married his second wife (despite the fact that he was still married to Ann who remained living on the property in Creech Saint Michael), celebrated the birth of his first son to be born in the United States and then further moved west to the state of Ohio.

When he abandoned his English family, they were living in Creech Saint Michael, Somerset County, England on property that may have been known as "Wellcock's Paddock". This land had been willed to Job/Joseph by his parents, Job Wyburn, the elder and his wife, Sarah Mitchell Wyburn. Job/Joseph's English wife, Ann, and their youngest son, James continued to live on this property until James' death in March, 1892. By the terms of the will of Job Wyburn, the elder, the land was to be divided equally by any living descendants of his son, Job, the younger, when he too died.

And so Job/Joseph's death led to the process by which each of the direct, living descendants of his English family were contacted by English authorities to gain their agreement for the sale of Potato End. What complicated this process was the fact that all of Job/Joseph's living descendants were living in the United States in 1892. His daughter, Isabella, son, Joseph, lived in Ohio, and his son, John lived in New York State as did three grandchildren who were the children of his diseased son, Robert.


If you would like to read what I found to be a complex document that documents this conveyance of land from the Wyburn heirs to a William Durman, you will find two documents for your "reading pleasure:"

  1. A copy of the original handwritten document from the files in Somerset County, England (click here).

  2. My best effort to make a transcript of the handwritten document. I have taken some liberties to add punctuation and formating with the objective of making this document somewhat more readable. I admit that there are some places that I simply could not determine what was written on the original, and so I have either guessed (enclosing my guess in square brackets or simply shown question marks. (click here)

For me the significance of this document is two fold. First, it shows that Job/Joseph did not completely abandon his English family as he left them the property which had been willed to him by his own father. Moreover, it suggests that there was some degree of communication among his children from his first marriage since it was possible for the English court to locate them all and secure their signatures for this conveyance. Second, it provides the documentation that supports my contention that the Job Wyburn, who married Ann Minson about 1826 in Somerset, England is the same person as the Joseph D. Wyburn who married Rachel Ann Ten Eych in the United States sometime before 1853 and who, with Rachel, raised a second family (with still another son named Joseph Wyburn) in Hardin County, Ohio.

Updated: 7 January, 2015

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