Fourth Generation (Continued)
John JARRETT JP, DL (Herbert Newton3, John2, Herbert Newton1)
. Born on 4 Jul 1802. John died on 25 Apr 1863; he was 60. Buried in Camerton Church, Somerset. Occupation: High Sheriff of Somerset, 1840-41. Education: Eton; Christ Church, Oxford. Residence/Property: Camerton Court, Somerset.
On 15 Jul 1823 when John was 21, he married Anna Eliza WALLER, daughter of Sir (Jonathan) Wathen WALLER Bart, GCH & Elizabeth Maria SLACK, in St George’s Church, Hanover Square, London. Born on 25 Feb 1803. Anna Eliza died on 26 Mar 1868; she was 65. Buried in Camerton Church, Somerset.
They had the following children:
According to WJK, as children John Jarrett and his siblings Anne and Stephen “had a great dislike to being ‘shown off’ to visitors when they called at Camerton, and many a time did they climb the big cedar tree and hide whilst they were being looked for all over the place.
“On the occasion of a large dinner, John and Anne were wandering about the house waiting for the summons to appear in the dining room at dessert, when in the room of one of the guests they saw a ‘shower bath’. The children evidently had never seen such a thing before, and after inspecting it, John said, ‘Oh, what a nice little house, let us hide in it.’ Having cautiously entered and thinking themselves quite safe, they now began to look about, and observing the ‘string’, John at once seized it, saying, ‘Oh, here’s a bell, let’s ring it.’ The consequences are easier imagined than described. The poor children were not only half frightened out of their wits, but thoroughly wet into the bargain.”
WJK tells us that John Jarrett “was one of the most liberal of men [in the sense of generous with money], indeed too much so through life for his own interest”. He tells how once when the young John Jarrett was “home for his holidays, after the death of his father, and out walking, most likely at Camerton, it being a Sunday, he wore a ‘tall hat’, which was said to be a new one.” Suddenly, “a rabbit ran across the path, ... [and] bang went John’s hat at the rabbit! He must have been reproved for this, as it was remarked behind his back: ‘Oh, he doesn’t care! He knows he will be a rich man.’”
Later, as an undergraduate at Oxford, he “many a time ... drove the Mail Coach between that town and London. A handsome tip to the driver settled this arrangement.” On another occasion, at his sister’s wedding, “just as the carriage with the bride and bridegroom was on the point of starting, John placed an envelope in his sister’s hand when saying good bye, and laughingly said it was a present from him to pay the honeymoon expenses.”
In 1823, John Jarrett married Anna Eliza, younger daughter of Sir Wathen Waller, of Pope’s Villa in Twickenham, who was a Groom to the Bedchamber of King William IV. “They resided for some years at Marelands in the parish of Bentley, North Hants, and also at a place called Hale in Hampshire.”
When John Jarrett’s mother died in 1830, “he succeeded to the estate of Camerton, and about the year 1838 commenced the erection of the present mansion from the design of George Repton Esq, a celebrated architect, which building was completed about 1840. The old residence, Camerton House, which was close to the Church, was pulled down, and the new building called Camerton Court.” While all this was going on, the family lived in London at 27 Grosvenor Square.
Like the rest of his generation of Jarretts, John was “fond of all kinds of field sports” and was a member of the exclusive Houghton Club, “a very celebrated trout fishing society [which still exists] on the River Test, near Stockbridge, Hants ...”25 The club had just twelve members, who in 1838 were the Earl of Harwicke, Lord Saltoun, W.H. Whitbread, Henry Warburton, Edward Barnard, G.W. Norman, the Rev. F. Beaden, Francis Popham, Colonel Mudge, Colonel Long, John Jarrett and Richard Penn.
While John Jarrett and his family lived at Camerton, he was a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset and High Sheriff of the county in 1840-41. He was also a member of the Carlton Club in London. According to WJK, as “a County Magistrate [John Jarrett] was most popular. The following anecdote was told the Compiler:
“A poacher was brought before Mr Jarrett, but before being sent to prison the man asked permission to say a few words. This being granted, he said, ‘Sir, you be a good sportsman and a kind master. I have a dog; he’s a real good un, sir. I love my dog, and I don’t know what’ll become of him. I’ll give un to you, if you’ll take him. I shall then know he has a good home.’ Mr Jarrett feeling sorry for the man took the dog and said he never had a better.”
Around 1853 the family moved to London, where they lived at 38 Harley Street. Reading between WJK’s lines, one gets the impression that John Jarrett’s open-handedness with money had resulted in the need to retrench a bit. It was also thought that a few years in London “would be more advantageous” for the Jarretts’ two teenaged daughters. Presumably they let Camerton, and a few years later the Jarretts themselves took a let on Sherbourne House in Warwickshire, where they were close to John’s cousin, the Rev. Wilfred Lawson Jarrett, at Offchurch. Wilfred Lawson Jarrett was only a year younger than John and clearly a close friend and perhaps advisor as well as a relative.
In April 1863, “Mr Jarrett died at the comparatively early age of 60, ... His remains were taken to Camerton, and he was buried in a vault under the North Chapel at that Church on 1 May [of the] same year. In 1894, a brass memorial tablet was placed by Miss Emily E. Jarrett, under one of the windows in the North Chapel in the memory of her father.”
Anne JARRETT (Herbert Newton3, John2, Herbert Newton1)
. Born on 11 Jan 1804. Anne died in Eaton Terrace, London, on 15 Jun 1885; she was 81. Buried in Stainton in Cleveland, Yorkshire.
On 9 Jul 1822 when Anne was 18, she married Rev. William GOOCH, son of Lt Colonel William GOOCH & Jane WILKINSON. Born on 18 Sep 1798. William died on 27 Feb 1876; he was 77. Buried in Benacre, Suffolk. Occupation: Canon of York; Rector of Benacre, Suffolk; Vicar of Stainton in Cleveland, Yorkshire.
They had the following children:
WJK: “At the age of 18, Miss Jarrett married ... the Rev. William Gooch, only son of Colonel William Gooch, 4th Dragoons, a younger brother of Sir Thomas Sherlock Gooch of Benacre Hall, Co. Suffolk. The happy pair seem to have spent a most enjoyable honeymoon, driving from place to place in their own carriage, visiting Italy and elsewhere.
“On their return to England, they resided for some time at Warmsworth Hall, near Doncaster, and the Rev. W. Gooch, not having any cure of his own, took part in the services at Sprotborough Church. Curiously enough, the Sprotborough estate, with its fine mansion, now belongs to their grandson, Robert Calverley Alington Bewicke-Copley ... About the year 1833, the Rev. William Gooch was presented by the Archbishop of York to the living of Stainton-in-Cleveland, near Stockton-on-Tees, and there they resided till 1866.
“On 5 February 1841, a great grief fell upon them by reason of a fatal gun accident to their eldest son, Herbert Wilson, who was then at home from Sandhurst, it being the vacation. He was out by himself, shooting over the glebe, and was found mortally wounded. They carried him home to the Vicarage alive, but alas! he only survived a few hours. It has been said he was a youth of great personal gifts and promise.
“Other sorrows came again in the year 1847, when their two loved children died from scarlet fever, Henry Sherlock dying on 8 December, and his sister, Dulcibella Emily, on the 15th of the same month. They also lost another daughter at Stainton - Caroline Jane, who died of consumption on 5 October 1858.
“The memory of these children was very dear to Mrs Gooch, and she always expressed the wish to be buried beside them.
“Mrs Gooch, like all the Jarretts, took a keen interest in sport, and in her youth had been a fine horsewoman. Nothing she enjoyed more than hearing the sporting adventures of her sons. She was a good musician, also a most beautiful worker with her needle, especially in various kinds of embroidery, and her love of flowers was a great characteristic. She was never tired of gardening. All these occupations and amusements served in a great measure to lessen any tendency of feeling the quiet life of a country vicarage somewhat dull for one so fitted to shine in society.
“Mrs Gooch was also a very great reader, the number of books with which she was acquainted being prodigious; but, as a rule, her tastes inclined rather to light literature than to scientific or historical studies, but her great powers of memory and facility of expression made her a most agreeable companion in conversation on literary topics, and her refined taste and judgement were clearly shown in the kind of writing she valued and appreciated, as vulgarity and coarseness were perfectly detestable to her, as well as any flippancy in dealing with religious subjects, on which, though not much given to talking of, she thought deeply and with innate reverence.
“Her manner was bright and winning, and she shared to a great extent the generous disposition of her brother John, and also his quick and ready wit and humour, even in her last days, when as a great sufferer at times, she always had a keen appreciation of any amusing stories or incidents.
“Mrs Gooch, on the death of her husband at Benacre, ... moved to London, and at the time of her death was residing at 95 Eaton Terrace, and when actually on her deathbed, at over 80 years of age, worked for her son, the Rev. Francis Harcourt Gooch, a most beautiful altar cloth for his church at Brandeston, Suffolk ... It is composed of sprays of tacsonia [passion flowers] on a white ground, and it is so artistically done and finished that from the other end of the church, it has the look of real flowers hanging down in front of the altar. Much of this work was done without the aid of her spectacles, as her sight was extraordinarily good to the last, and, indeed, this was the case with all her faculties.
“During her last illness, she received loving attention from her sons and daughters and from many friends, notably from Sir Thomas Waller [her brother John’s brother-in-law] ... , who seldom passed a day without coming to sit for half an hour or so to chat with her.
“Mrs Gooch peacefully passed away on 15 June 1885, in her 82nd year, mourned for by all who knew her. According to her often-expressed wish, her remains were taken to Stainton, and she is buried in that churchyard beside her children. There was a great manifestation of feeling at her funeral on the part of the poor people of Stainton; her generous kindness to them for so many years had not been forgotten.”
Stephen JARRETT (Herbert Newton3, John2, Herbert Newton1)
. Born on 5 Nov 1805. Stephen died in Clifton, Bristol, on 12 Oct 1855; he was 49. Education: Eton; Magdalen College, Oxford.
Stephen Jarrett features quite frequently in the diaries of Camerton’s rector, the Rev. John Skinner. Often, the references are unfavourable - on one occasion, Skinner describes the teenaged Stephen Jarrett as “puffed up”, on another as an “upstart”. One gets the impression of a young man rather conscious of his “position”, with some promise and probably missing the influence of a father - he had lost both his younger sister and his father when he was five.
Skinner also gives us more positive glimpses of him. The rector was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable antiquarian, and by the time Stephen Jarrett was an undergraduate at Oxford, he was showing similar interests. In January 1828, Skinner notes that Stephen Jarrett “called and shewed [sic] me a list of coins which the University of Oxford wished him to procure for them. They are all of the scarcest kind. I gave him a silver Honorius, which was on the list.”11
Two years later, Skinner records the day of Stephen Jarrett’s mother’s funeral: “About three Mr Gooch [see above] and [the now 24-year-old] Mr Stephen Jarrett coming into the parlour, I shook hands very cordially; Stephen was in tears, and I really felt for them as though they had been my relations.”
Two years later again, in September 1832, he writes: “I found the Jarretts had sent three brace of birds, so we were well stocked. We called to thank them after breakfast, and found only Mr Stephen and his aunt, Mrs Anne Stephens, at the Manor House. I think his [Stephen Jarrett’s] manners are much altered for the better. Adversity is a good tutor, and he has experienced losses in his West India property26, which may be of real benefit if it teaches him humility, as well as a determination to employ his own talents, and rely on his own resources more than on uncertain wealth.”
Whether or not Skinner’s hopes for Stephen Jarrett were fulfilled is hard to assess from WJK’s account of his life. According to him, Stephen Jarrett “was the owner of the estate of Gilsborough [or Guilsboro] in Jamaica, one of the estates that had belonged to his grandfather, John Jarrett ...
“For many years he lived at Crane Lodge, Salisbury, some time at Brighton, and afterwards in Clifton, where he died ... at the early age of 50. He was unmarried. By his will he left the whole of his personal estate, including a handsome service of gold plate to ... [his cousin] Charles Berners Jarrett ...”