I have a lot of information about Edward Barnfield. He was born 12 March 1748 in the parish of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire (probably in the small town of Nailsworth, but not recorded as such since it wasn’t a parish at that time). He was the illegitimate child of Ann Barnfield. The father was almost certainly called Holliday, for Ann records the child’s name as Edward Holliday Barnfield in the parish register. I have found no other references thereafter to him as Edward Holliday Barnfield, only just plain Edward Holliday. Edward married Hester Archer on 25 July 1774 in the parish church in Horsley, Gloucestershire. (A few miles from his home in modern Nailsworth). At that time he was described as a weaver. He could not sign his name in the register. His father-in-law, Matthew Archer left a large property (Newmarket House & surrounding land) to Edward Barnfield & his wife on his death in 1784. She died 16 December 1789, leaving him quite a wealthy man. Edward re-married Sarah Blackwell, the daughter of a wealthy clothier and property owner, John ‘Gentleman’ Blackwell (1736-1824), six weeks later on 10 February 1790 in the parish church of Avening. By time he was able to sign his name and describes himself as a clothier.
A few years later he bought the neighbouring estate of Lot House and its surrounding land. The Gloucestershire Record Office has details of various property deals he was involved in – buying and selling properties. He died 11 April 1814, a wealthy man despite his inauspicious entry into this world. He had five children – Sarah, who married Thomas Gardner a grocer from Cainscross, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, Edward Blackwell Barnfield, who emigrated to the US, Phebe, who married Enos Dyer, Charlotte, who married Thomas Wall, Benjamin and who married Sarah Foxwell and had a butcher’s shop in Cheltenham.
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