Neville, Charles

Collection date: Aug 1908

Area: Somerset - Yeovil & Crewkerne


Charles Neville of East Coker (1849-1928): age 59, 14 songs 2 Sept 1908: Charles was a useful singer for Sharp – 2 of his songs (‘Barley Mow’ & ‘My Man John’) were selected for Folk Songs from Somerset vol5 and 1 of his songs (‘Geordie’ FT1840) featured later in The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs (AL Lloyd and R Vaughan Williams 1959). Click vwml link.

Charles Nevil was born Jly qr 1849 (reg Yeovil X 500) and baptised at East Coker church 14/10/1849, eldest of 7 children of William Nevil, labourer and his wife Mary, a glover. In the 1871 census William changed the spelling of his surname to Neville. Charles Neville married Mary Young, a servant, at East Coker church on 8/6/1874. He could sign his name but she could not. They had 8 children, of whom Alfred was the youngest. Charles was a woodman and a carter on a farm throughout his life. Mary died in 1900 and in the 1901 census (RG13/2297 f21 p10) Charles had his aged mother-in-law Emma Young, 89, as well as 5 children at home with him. On 25/6/1902 Charles, 52, remarried Louisa Stevens, widow 49, at East Coker church and they were together in 1911 census. Charles died Jan qr 1928 5c 447 aged 78.

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