James SUTTON William TURLE William Alfred TURLE Georgiana TURLE Charles TURLE Thomas TURLE Elizabeth SUTTON James SUTTON Frances GOODWYN Mini tree diagram


17th Nov 1798 - 25th Dec 1880


Life History

17th Nov 1798

Born in Taunton, Somerset

20th May 1801

Baptised in St Mary Magdalen Taunton


Resident in St Mary parish, Taunton

24th Jul 1820

Married William TURLE in Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset

D\P\b.hl 2/1/12 Witnesses to the wedding were Hy Popham, H Chilcott, H Miller, Elizabeth Sutton (and another unreadable).

5th Oct 1820

Birth of son William Alfred TURLE in Taunton, Somerset.3

12th Mar 1824

Birth of daughter Georgiana TURLE in Taunton, Somerset.3


Birth of son Charles TURLE


Birth of son Thomas TURLE

Aug 1827

Death of son Thomas TURLE in Taunton, Somerset

28th May 1834

Death of William TURLE in Taunton, Somerset.6

5th May 1851

Death of son William Alfred TURLE in Taunton, Somerset

7th Apr 1861

Occupation housekeeper in North Petherton, Somerset.1

7th Apr 1861

Recorded in census in North Petherton, Somerset.1

In 1861 Ann is living in North Petherton as a housekeeper to Henry Pearce, a 61 year old unmarried builder and Henry's son, Henry, age 21, a carpenter.

2nd Apr 1871

Occupation housekeeper in North Petherton, Somerset.2

2nd Apr 1871

Recorded in census in North Petherton, Somerset (North Petherton, Somerset).2

In 1871 Ann is living in North Petherton as a housekeeper to Henry Pearce, a 71 year old widowed builder.

23rd Jun 1872

Death of daughter Georgiana TURLE in Victoria, Australia.4,5

25th Dec 1880

Died in Taunton Union Workhouse, Taunton, Somerset

Natural decay


  • Ann spent her last days in the Taunton Union Workhouse but she had also been in there several times after she stopped working for Henry Pearce.

    She entered the workhouse before dinner on Thursday August 3 1871 from St Mary parish.
    Out August 9, 1871 (from Index D\G\TA 65/2 Somerset Record office)

    Admitted 6 March 1872,  9 April 1875, 11 April 1876, 11 May 1877, 28 January 1879 (age 76 from St Marys) 26 May 1880 age 78. (from Index D\G\TA 65/2 Somerset Record office)

    Discharged 26 December 1880 dead. (from Index D\G\TA 65/2 Somerset Record office)
  • Maria Glenn and James Bowditch

    At the Summer Assizes in Dorset in 1817 James Bowditch and others were tried for forcibly taking Maria Glenn from her family. They were found guilty based on the evidence of Maria Glenn. William Turle, Ann Sutton, Frances Sutton and Elizabeth Sutton all swore affidavits showing that Maria had lied about her relationship with James Bowditch.

    In October 1820 Maria was tried for perjury. Ann (by then William's wife)  and Frances Sutton corroborated the evidence of William and others that Maria and James had a close relationship at the time of the incident and thus she could not have been taken forcibly. Maria Glenn was found guilty.

    At the time of the case Maria was in France and it was not until 1823 that Maria, wanting to come home, asked to come before the Court for her judgement. She requested that the Judges papers from the first case were in court when she appeared but the Court refused to comment until Maria was present.

    In 1818 James Bowditch wrote a book called, "Abduction of Maria Glenn: The trial of James Bowditch and nine others, at the suit of the King, and on the prosecution of George Lowman Tuckett, esq., ...Before Mr Justice Park and a special jury."

    In 1821 the prosecutor, George Lowman Tuckett, wrote a book, "A narrative of the conspiracy, for the forcible abduction of Miss Maria Glenn"  Printed by A.J. Valpy (January 1, 1821) ASIN: B0008C5PQO

  • Pierce,  Henry aged 71 died Bridgwater  5c 282  Registered June quarter 1871.



  • 1. UK Census 1861
    • Ancestry.co.uk
    • RG9/1622 F17 P6
  • 2. UK Census 1871
    • Ancestry.co.uk
    • RG10/2381 F25 P21
  • 3. Parish Records - SRO
  • 4. BMD Index Victoria, Australia
    • http:\\online.justice.vic.gov.au
    • Registration 5243
  • 5. Correspondence
  • 6. Taunton Courier

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