|Ronald and Victor wish you a happy year in 2003. This is the 17th Annual
Letter and in that time the numbers of the Loosemore Family have grown so that
there are now over 7,600 names on our data base.
In England and Wales since 1837, births, deaths and marriages have been
registered, but it was not until 1875 that it was an offence not to do so.
There are not many registered, after that date, who have not been placed into
their family. However during past year the number of new entries has lessened.
We do ask you to inform us from time to time of any additions and changes in
the family, so that our family trees can be kept up to date.
We have to report the sad news of the sudden death of Ronald's eldest
grand-daughter Charlotte ((Lottie to all her many friends). on 15th May 2002,
at the young age of 18.
Lottie had taken her 'A' exams, the previous summer and gained her university
place but had decided, with her parents Stephen and Mary, to delay entry for a
year to travel abroad. She was fluent in Spanish and arranged to spend 4-6
months in Argentina teaching conversational English to secondary schoolchildren
in the city of Salta, on the edge of the Andes. All went well until two months
after her arrival, when she died suddenly and unexpectedly from a severe heart
attack. No other reason for her tragic death has been forthcoming. Stephen and
Mary with their younger daughter Claire flew out to bring her home. As Lottie
was a keen and competent flautist they have founded a 'Charlotte Loosemore
Music Bursary' in her memory at the Prebendal School, Chichester, Sussex, where
her interest in music was first encouraged. If you feel you would like to
contribute towards this, I have an address: The Bursar, Prebendal School, West
Street, Chichester PO19 1RP indicating Charlotte Loosemore Music Bursary or to
Ronald whose address is in the heading of this page and he will forward it.
During the past year Ronald and Victor have been writing up the story of the
Loosemore Family. Ronald's book, "Loosemore of Devon" may be
downloaded from his home page shown above, or from my Home page, also. (Chapter
9 may not yet have been completed, as we write)
Ronald had researched and produced a book some years ago.. This he has updated
and will exist in nine chapters, with appendices. It deals principally with
three branches of the Loosemore family, the titles of which are names of the
place where the branch started, namely Tiverton, Rose Ash and Churchstanton..
The Tiverton family were prosperous but the Loosemore name was lost in the 17th
Century, but the other two families have expanded.
Hint on using the index:
On the home page click Family tree on the left-hand side, then click Index,
then surname. Select , then scroll down and click the name of the individual
required. It is always better to find the wife's maiden name, especially if you
are looking for a William OR John Loosemore. This will display the family and
the parents will be shown. Click the father, when the display will show him and
his wife in the central position, with the children underneath and his
grandparents above. By continuing in this way you will be able to find the male
line back to the earliest member recorded.. Navigation is not as easy as he
would like. The version of our main database which can be transferred to the
web is a summary only, excluding all notes and much other information. Dates
are given as a year only.
Victor has been writing up the Bishop Nympton Family, but the style is
different. He has divided the Bishop Nympton Family into separate family units.
So far there is (1) The Family that lived in Bishop Nympton and have eventually
settled principally in Bournemouth and Cardiff by 1918, and (2) family from
Bishop Nympton that had settled principally in Southampton and the Isle of
Wight by 1918. There are other branches of the Bishop Nympton Family yet to be
completed. The accounts are in two separate forms: the story and the charts.
For each chart the name at the head may be found in the contents of the
previous chart. The two books written so far can be downloaded from the home
pages mentioned above.
This year there appear to be a preponderance of items from Canada and the
United States. This occurred because of the more recent discoveries. Victor
would welcome items of interest in your family unit. He is indebted to Jean
Loosmore who keeps a watchful eye on the Western Mail and the South Wales press
for pertinent items of family news which appear.
Fred Loosemore 4/2 ID 7604 Information requested about Wilderness
Adventure , Canada C J Loosemore (Chuck) 4/4 ID 7618 Information
requested about family
Robert McCordic 4/5 ID Vice President of Finance, Ontario Genealogical
Society. He has provided many Loosemore Family details
Leila Loosemore 4/6 ID 7552 Husband Morley Loosemore died this year.
They had been married for 42 years. Leila has given us useful information about
her late husband's family. His ancestors were from Bishop Nympton
Rick Hyne 4/8 I.D Rick asked if we could find a Ronald Loosemore a
brother of Dorothy Ivy Loosemore. We found his birth and his sister Dorothy
Ivy, but she is in Canada and but we cannot trace Ronald or his son or
Stephanie Loosemore 4/14 ID connected to the late Morley Loosemore
Doreen Hillier 4/15 ID 2150 We located her on the Bishop Nympton Family
A member of the Tunkin family. Susannah Tunkin was her great Aunt and married
William Loosemore of Upton Pyne (see Victor's Home page for the Cardiff and
Bournemouth Family .
David Phillips 4/16 ID 5347 See Family Filing Cabinet under his name
Jean Ward 4/17 ID 6122 We located her Mother Betty Joan Loosemore She is
on the Rose Ash family line. And can be found in Ronald's Book under Index
Rosemary Crawley 4/18 ID 6800 Keen Genealogist. Descendant of George and
Mary nee Addicott She had prepared a family tree with their descendants 6
children, 23 grandchildren, 53 g grandchildren, 26 g.g. children (known) 32
g.g.g. Grandchildren (known)
Don Loosemore 4/19 ID 6779
Jason Loosemore 4/11 ID 3458 He is clerk to the Hereford Racecourse.
His father is Christopher
Frank Loosemore and is on the Bishop Nympton Family tree
George Loosemore son Michael. Michael's marriage is listed in the GRO
index in 1991Q4; the exact date was supplied by Jane Rowles. After qualifying
as a doctor he worked first in a psychiatric hospital. In 1994 he was living at
Wendover, working in a doctor's practice.
In 1998 he was a successful G.P. practising in Wendover. A new surgery
incorporating lots of new facilities (physiotherapy, chiropody etc) had just
In 2001 he was a Senior partner in the Wendover Health Centre. He is also one
of the Medical Officers for the Amateur Boxing Association and has acted for
the Formula 1 Grand Prix racing organisation.
He was the doctor for the English Boxing team in the Commonwealth games 2002 in
Valerie Loosmore ID 5017 Wife of Brian Loosmore, MD. Edmonton, Canada.
She is a keen classical dressage rider, keeps goats and hens and ducks and
grows as much of their own food as possible. The goats provide meat, milk,
cream and cheese etc.
(Please advise Victor if he has omitted anyone)
| Sarah Loosemore
|Extract from the Western Mail 1 July 2002
Former Wimbledon player raising a new hope
Ancestor:-William Lowsemore (c1500 - 1539) Bishop Nympton
|The youngest ever woman British competitor at Wimbledon is raising a new
hope for the championship - her toddler son.
Sarah Loosemore was a 17 year-old Welsh schoolgirl when she first carried the
torch of British hopes at Wimbledon back in 1988. Now she wants her
18-month-old son Samuel to follow in her footsteps. "He is a real live
wire, always on the go" said Sarah. " I am really enjoying being a
full time mum - but it is even more exhausting than playing at Wimbledon. At
least being a mum you don't get half the world watching your every move like
Wimbledon. But with tennis at least you get a break - it's non stop being a mum
to a toddler."
Samuel was given his first min-tennis racket by his grandmother Pam Loosemore.
Sarah said "He's not quite got it yet. I must admit Samuel is only little
and I'm sure he'll get a lot of practice with my family. But at the moment he
gets a little bored and throws the racket down."
Samuel is the latest in a tennis-playing family dynasty. Grandmother Pam is a
tennis coach and his aunt and uncles - Mark, 32, Kim,28, and David, 27 - all
play to a high standard. Sarah swapped one court for another.
|She gave up professional tennis for a law degree at Oxford University -
following in the footsteps of her father, John, the Cardiff solicitor.
She is married to Chad Lion-Cachet, a former Oxford University rugby captain
and a South Africa under 21 international. Sarah gave up the hectic life of a
London solicitor last year to become a full-time mum to Samuel. Chad, a
management consultant, and Sarah now live in Surrey but regularly travel back
to Wales. Sarah still plays at County level for South Wales.
Sarah's big wish is to see British success at Wimbledon - and to have a little
brother or sister for Samuel. She said, "I must admit that Samuel needs
someone to play with. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for both
|AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY
Clive Loosemore:- Ancestor: William Lowsemore (c1500 - 1539) Bishop Nympton
Wesley Loosemore:- Ancestor: John Lowsemore b 1510 Rose Ash
CLIVE LOOSEMORE with his wife Edna and son David went to North Michigan
for his holiday to visit WESLEY AND HELMI LOOSEMORE in August 2002. They
first met them when they came to England in June 2000 to attend the dedication
of a memorial to the 303rd Bomb Group, which were based at Molesworth, England.
After a few days in London, they came to Three Legged Cross, Dorset to meet up
with Victor , Sylvia, Clive and Edna Loosemore to drive to Devon to visit the
church and cemetery of Atherington, Devon, and saw the grave and stone where
Wesley's ancestor was buried.. They also visited Exeter Cathedral and saw the
Loosemore organ built originally in 17th century by John Loosemore and noted
his memorial stone in the chancel aisle.
The American Journey
The journey of Clive, Edna and David, their son, to the home of Wesley and
Helmi took two days. Nine hours flying time to Detroit and then 500 miles to
the home of Wesley; in the small township of Skanee, near L'Anse, North
Michigan.. They stayed in a chalet bungalow close to the southern shore of Lake
Superior. Several of Wesley's family had joined the party .
This part of the United States is beautiful country, wooded in parts with
rivers flowing into the lake. The temperature was in the 80's during their ten
days stay and they took advantage in seeing many interesting features, rocky
structures, waterfalls, old copper mines in what was previously Indian country.
The pleasant beaches with the clear water of Lake Superior were ideal swimming
or for resting on the sandy shore practically in isolation.
Clive and Edna lead busy lives: Clive as a project manager for Taylor Woodrow
and Edna at the Veterinary Horse surgery next to their home. So the break was
ideal to recharge their batteries as well expand their knowledge of American
|This area is favoured by the people living in the busy City of Detroit for
a restful holiday, as were the friendly folk who occupied a neighbouring chalet
bungalow. They joined their evening camp fires.
During the week, the whole family party met many times in Wesley's home for
communal meals and friendships were made or cemented.
On one day Wesley drove them for a days exploring the delights of his favourite
They broke their journey back to Detroit to visit the car free island of
Mackinac in Lake Superior, a very popular resort. 200 miles further on they
visited the home of Wendy and Ed. and stayed the night before catching the
plane from Detroit to England.
From left : Wesley, Helmi, Clive Loosemore
at the Copper peninsular, Lake Superior
Part of the House party at Skanee
A happy ten days stay when old friendships were renewed and others made and
their thanks for the real American hospitality of Wesley and Helmi they
John Loosemore,born c1794, who married Hannah Aplin ib 1829 and died in 1866,
was one of two brothers who were solicitors in Tiverton Devon. He died in 1866.
His youngest son William Henry emigrated to Australia, first spending some time
in Mauritius where the family has business connections. In Queensland he
married Ann Duncan Auchterlonie whose family have been traced to one of the
Lairds in Scotland. In Australia William Henry successfully prospected for gold
|FROM DEVON TO NORWAY VIA MAURITIUS AND AUSTRALIA
Ancestor:- John Lowsemore b 1510 of Rose Ash
One of his sons, Francis Albert, worked on farms and railways in Queensland and
had four children, one of whom was Doris Margaret Anne.Loosemore.
A double union
In 1938-9, Doris worked on a Brisbane newspaper as a reporter, called The Daily
Mail. George Speare, who had come from Swindon, worked on the Circulation
Department of the Courier These two newspapers amalgamated and became 'The
Courier Mail; now part of Rubert Murdoch's empire. Doris and George were
married on the 20th July 1940
Their eldest child was Judy now married to Arild Kokkinn and lives in Oslo,
Norway. They have a son Robert and a daughter Anne. Robert has completed his
studies and is now a psychologist and works in one of the psychologist units
connected with the Ulleval University Hospital in Oslo. His wife, Sara is a
registered nurse in a Haematology unit of a large hospital in Oslo dealing
mostly with leukaemia patients. She is temporarily in the unit for infectious
Their daughter Anne Elisabeth trained at the Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in
West Kensington, London: Whilst in England she was in an episode of "Heart
Beat", Yorkshire Television. In Norway she has worked with three different
productions in Bergen Krisrtians and on tour to many small cities in Norway..
In September 2002 she started on a new tour of small cities with a production
of Dostojevskij's 'Crime and Punishment'
Arild and Judy spent some time in the Lake District last summer. They specially
loved Bowness on Windermere and Gracemere where Wordsworth spent many
Thomas was living at Goodmayes, Essex when he enlisted in 1916 at Ilford as
Private 20298, 4th Bn., Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Rgt) and died of
wounds at Étaples, France. He is buried in Étaples
MilitaryCemetery, Pas de Calais; his grave ref. no. is XII. E. 3A. The cemetery
was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
|Thomas Edward Drake Loosemore
youngest son of Revd Robert Wood Loosemore, Priest at Salhurst Sussex.
Ancestor:- John Lowsemore b 1510 of Rose Ash
Further details are given in a History of his regiment. "In the first half
of November 1916 the 4th Battalion was involved in the battle of the Ancre.
Returning to the Somme sector for the first time since 11th July, the battalion
arrived at Brigade HQ at Hedauville at 3pm on 14th November, the day after the
initial failed opening attack of the Battle of the Ancre. Detailed to act as
Brigade Reserve they moved up to Station Road, east of Harnel by 2 am on the
morning of 15 November. They were third in line, behind the front line and the
support line trenches. The 4th Middlesex remained in reserve until the morning
of the 18th, furnishing; carrying and working parties for the battalions in
front of them. By that time, however, Thomas was dead. During those three days
the trenches were shelled heavily at intervals and as a result suffered 40
casualties.. Thomas was amongst those casualties, injured but not so grievously
as to succumb close to the front line, where, after assessment ,he was moved to
one of the base hospitals at Étaples.
Extract from a letter from E.R.H Cooke of the 4th Middlesex Regiment:
'We had been together since we joined up and he was one of the nicest
fellows one wished to meet. We were both walking together on the night of the
first day of entering the trenches, going to draw rations when a shell came
over and knocked us both down and unfortunately hit Mr. Loosemore on the right
shoulder. I took his equipment off and his tunic and did what I could for him
until the stretcher bearers came along. I handed him his haversack and we said
goodnight to each other.
I certainly did not think he was so seriously hurt. This is the first
chance I have had of writing to you since I left the firing line and I could
not find out what hospital your husband was in.".
Soon after the 1851 census Thomas emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada , aged
9 years, with his parents and eight children. In May 1852 the North Devon
Journal for 6 May carried a report from South Molton parish headed:
|FROM SOUTH MOLTON TO MICHIGAN
Thomas Loosemore son of John and Jane (nee Hancock) of South Molton, Devon
Ancestor:- John Lowsemore b 1510 of Rose Ash
Soon after the 1851 census Thomas emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada ,
aged 9 years, with his parents and eight children. In May 1852 the North Devon
Journal for 6 May carried a report from South Molton parish headed:
When the family arrived in Canada they settled into a farm at Barton Township,
which later became Hamilton Ontario. Here the family increased to ten with the
birth of Anne and Charles. Eventually they settled at Pleasant Lake, a few
miles west of Grand Rapids, on Lake Michigan.
For this account I will follow first the descendants of the eldest son
Robert, aged 33, married Fidelia Mc Masters, aged 19, at Spring Lake, Michigan.
Their eldest son, George Clinton, Loosemore, was born in 1872 in Michigan, but
the family moved from Michigan to work in the Lumber industry. George was
married to Lille May Valley, aged 15, in Lousiana . They had 9 children of whom
we know little except in February 1904 Earl Clinton Loosemore, the second son,
was born in Burnside, Louisiana. Earl Clinton married Marie Anna Pointer and
they two daughters, Marianna and Ruth.
Marianna was a professor of Theatre, now retired. She married late to
Mr. Bruce Albertson, but retains her maiden name Marianna Loosemore. In 2001,
she was working as an actress and director in New York. Ruth married William
Harris Rosenthal and has a son, David Laurence Rosenthal and a daughter, Sarah
Rachel. Ruth holds a doctorate from a U.S. University and in 2001 was a
clinical psychologist. working in Michigan USA.
Ruth and Marianna inherited from their father, a large parcel of land in
Louisiana. They had their own homes so they decided to establish a Limited
Liability Company to develop the land. Their father's own property, Earlscourt
on Loosemore Road. was divided into nine lots. A buyer could chose from 4
different house plans and then either build themselves or have the house
The land next to Earlscourt was also inherited from their father. Engineers are
designing road drainage and other civil necessities for 23 houses. They will
have built one or two houses and sell the other plots for buyers to build on.
They will name this estate 'Loosemore Valley'
Both projects are on Loosemore Road in Gonzales, Louisina
We now follow the family of Thomas the third son of John and Jane.
Thomas married Margaret Piarre, a lady of Irish descent. They had eleven
children. Although his wife was a devout Catholic and he was nominally
converted our informant says "I don't think he ever was a staunch RC
although the children were all baptized at St. Anne Church, Hamilton, Thomas's
death in 1933 is taken from the burial records at that church.
In this account, we will follow one of the sons, John William
He married Mildred Helena Murphy in 1910 while still in Hamilton, and they had
three sons, John Vincent, John Williams (called Jack) and Joseph Thomas. John
William moved to the U.S.A. to work in the Steel Co. plant in Gary, Indiana,
near Chicago, with his wife and their three sons.
In this account, we will follow one of the sons, John Vincent.
He married Irma Maurine Leyton in 1935 and had two sons, John Kent and Robert
Edward. Soon they moved from the industrial zone of Chicago to the more rural
Crown Point, Indiana, located at the South end of Lake Michigan. Kent describes
the land as very flat, lending itself to large tracts of farmland, which is
becoming home sites for those working in the area and in Chicago. There are
several State Parks, to attempt to preserve some of the natural resources of
the area. Kent is a volunteer at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, a development
of some 300 acres being turned back into native prairie lands, wetlands and
woodlands. The official opening was in September 2002.
Married to Patsy Sue Nelson, they have five children : Rodney Kent, Kimberley,
Sue, Cheryl Lynn, Nikki Joe, Keri Denise.
John Kent worked for Calumet Title Company, from copy boy to State Manager for
Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Ending his career at the home office of
Ticor Title Insurance in Los Angeles as National Control Manager, overseeing
the technical training department responsible for creating training programmes
throughout the United States.
Nikki Joe Norwine nee Loosemore, is one of Kent's daughters. she lives in
Indiana but works in Chicago Illinois. . She was then reading for her Master's
degree in "Instructional Design". i.e. the process of assessing
learners' and clients' needs, and then developing training and educational
materials to fit those needs. She said in a dated letter she should graduate in
December 1999. She said "I write real estate textbooks for folks trying to
obtain their licenses."
In the baptismal entries of his four children of his first wife he was
described as an Innkeeper or Publican but when he moved to Bridgend the
certificate of a second marriage described him as a policeman. In 1838 he was
appointed by the inhabitants of Bridgend to serve as their town policeman., in
full 'Peeler's uniform. (They were called Peelers because Robert Peel, Home
Secretary, introduced this service). In 1841 he was appointed to the newly
formed Glamorgan Constabulary, but this incident relates to his early service
|John Loosemore - a man of many parts
Born in YARCOMBE , Devon 1802 and died in Cardiff 1880
Ancestor: Aaron Luesmore (bu. 1696) Churchstanton
Quotation from Balls, Bell and Lock up - some tales of Old
Younger lads found a covered area, suitable for playing marbles to the
annoyance of the people of the neighbourhood. Eventually the Magistrates
declared that the playing of such games had to be stopped and John Loosemore,
the one and only policeman of Bridgend, was ordered to arrest them.
Eventually John caught three or four youngsters playing marbles and ordered
them into a cell. This they refused to do complaining that it was too small for
all of them. John assured them that it was not and led them into the cell. Once
inside the boys slammed the door and took the key away and ran off, throwing
the key into the river. News spread quickly and a crowd gathered outside the
window of the cell to enjoy the officer's predicament.
Evening was now coming on and John had no alternative but to order the door of
the cell to be broken down. So much damage had been done that the cell was
never used again. John had the dubious pleasure of being the last prisoner to
use it. There was no mention of the punishment meted out to the youngsters but
the first policemen appointed had a difficult time to earn the respect of the
John became a Police Sergeant, in the newly appointed Glamorgan Assembly but
left the service in 1845 and became a lime burner and later a coal merchant.
His death certificate states that he was a county court Bailiff aged 77, the
cause of death - 'paralysis 12 years
In North Molton, a small village close to Exmoor, North Devon. there was until
the 1850's, copper mines and the village itself sustained several mining
families. Among these were William and Eleanor Dobbs. They were married in 1835
and had six children. We will follow two of these, namely the eldest William
who married Margaret Bawden in 1860 and John who married Jane Lousa Fling in
1863. Jane Fling had been born in Australia but we do know how she would have
| NORTH MOLTON TO ONTARIO
The family of William Loosemore (1809 - 1881) and Eleanor Dobbs(married
Ancestor William Lowsemore (c1500 - 1539) Bishop Nympton
Three of William's children emigrated to Canada. William James married, Bertha
Douglas in 1896, and George Bowden, died in 1897, aged 12 years, both in Brooke
Township , Ontario. Peter Bowden died in Alviston, Ontario in at the age of 90
as far as we know a bachelor.
It is only through the interest of Leila Loosemore, whose husband Morley has
recently died that the continuity of William's family chain had been found.
Leila has told us that William James had a son Keith and a grandson Morley
Loosemore. It was Morley who died in 2001 having been married to Leila for 42
years. We hope Leila will fill in more details of William's family in
Three children emigrated to Canada, Frederick George, Samuel Harold, and Arthur
Ernest. Frederick married Elizabeth Alice Cunningham in 1905 at Inwood, Ontario
and Samuel married Kate Lawes and Ernest married Elizabeth Ann Lawes, sister to
Kate. For John's family there is held a family reunion each year in Southern
Ontario for a 'Lawes and Loosemore reunion' .
We are indebted to Darlene Loosemore for providing us with information of
Frederick George's son Frederick Thomas who is Darlene's father.
We look forward to establishing contact with more of this family and unite them
to other descendants in England who did not emigrate. Robert McCordic,
mentioned in 'New Correspondents' is helping us with this family in Canada.
Victor, who is writing up this Bishop Nympton Family Story next on his list,
would welcome any information e.g. occupations or interests of the
A note to any who receive this letter by mail. If you
are on the internet and have an e-mail address will you kindly let Victor have
it. I will then let you have an address to download it. It will save time and
money for postage.