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Ann West from Witchampton

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Ann West was Ari’s 6x great-grandmother. She was born in Witchampton, Dorset, in 1759, the oldest child of Richard West and Mary Foyle.

Her baptism took place on 15 July at the parish church of St Mary, St Cuthburga & All Saints.

In 1777, Ann gave birth to a daughter, Sarah (who I only discovered when I ordered Ann's death certificate, which said that her daughter Sarah Frepp was present. Sarah was not a Dibben, but a West ("base born") and she married Cornelius Fripp in 1802.)

On 15 July 1792, Ann she married John Dibben, who was a widower with three children. His first wife, Hannah, had died two months before.

Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812

Their first son, George, was born in 1793. Mary came next, in 1796. Then Abraham in 1797. In 1813 he was apprenticed to John Hardman of Clarke Street, St James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, gold seal and watch chain maker (the indenture and correspondence is held at the Dorset History Centre).

Ann’s fourth child was Ari’s ancestor Isaac, born in 1799.

In 1818, Ann’s mother Mary died. Her will stated that:

“I give devise and bequeath unto my two daughters Ann Dibben wife of John Dibben of Witchampton aforesaid and Ruth West, spinster of the same place all my leasehold estate situate at Witchampton aforesaid for and during the term of their natural lives. … All my personal estate besides I give unto my said two daughters whom I do appoint my executrixes of this my will and to see me decently buried.”

Ann was described as a pauper when she died on 9 November 1837 (from "natural decay"), and she was buried at Witchampton on the 13th.

Ari, this is how you are related to Ann:

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