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John Hallett

(1764 - 1828)

John Hallett was born to William and Joan Hallett (nee Batt) in Kingsbury Episcopi, in 1764.

John married Mary Shepherd on 28 October 1787 in Kingsbury Episcopi. Mary is believed to be the daughter or sister of John Shepherd who was a local land owner / renter and land tax assessor in Kingsbury.

Their first child Ann, was baptised in Kingsbury Episcopi on 9 March 1788. Ann died shortly after and was buried in Kingsbury on 16 March 1788.

Kingsbury Episcopi parish records show two significant events on 23 April 1789. The baptism of a child named Mary to parents John and Mary Hallett and also a burial of Mary Hallett. It would appear that Mary may have died during or shortly after childbirth. Baby Mary died shortly after and was buried on 30 August 1789.

At the age of 26, John married Mary Bradford on 18 March 1790 in Martock. One of the witnesses was John Shepherd, father or brother of his former wife.

John and Mary had the following children:

1791 Joseph
1782 Mary
1794 Elizabeth
1796 John
1798 Sarah
1800 William
1803 Isaac
1804 Unknown female

 

The 1795 land tax records identify John owning and occupying a house, adjacent in the record to that of John Shepherd on one side and Robert Pittard on the other.

John is believed to be the John Hallett who traded with William Pittard whose farm accounts from 1785 to 1813 are held at the Somerset Records Office. Transactions involving John are detailed below.

Date Detail Receipts   Payments
    s d   s d
1785 None              
1786 None              
1787 None              
1788 Jun 8 Paid John Hallett for 1 pair of pumps 6/3           6 3
1789 Mar 8 Paid John Hallett for 1 pair of slippers 6/3           6 3
1789 Dec 18 Paid John Hallett for 1 pare of slippers 6/6           6 6
1790 None              
1791 None              
1792 Oct 4 Pd John Hallett for 1 pare of pumps           7 6
1792 Oct 4 Recd of Jn Hallett for 6 peck of monk(?) and 1/4 of hops   7 3        
1793 Mar 9 Recd of John Hallett for malt and hops had the 19th Feb   19          
1793 Mar 9 Pd John Hallett for 1 pare of shoos           7  
1793 Aug 11 Pd John Hallett for 1 pr of slippers           5  
1794 Mar 25 Paid John Hallett for a stone house called in money 25 (possibly 28) guineas but he is to have 6 mares covered for 2 - - - -         26    
1794 Oct 23 Pd John Hallett for a new pair of boots         1 2  
1794 Dec 7 Rec of John Hallett for 2 bags or turnips   2          
1794 Dec 7 Pd John Hallett for 1 pare of shoos           6 9
1795 Sept 19 Pd John Hallett for 1 pare of pumps           6 9
1795 Dec 3 Recd of John Hallett for 1 bag of turnips   1 6        
1795 Dec 4 Pd John Hallett for pounding 16 Gees           2 9
1796 Aug 24 Recd of John Hallett for malt and hops had Jun 22 23 25 1 13 10        
1797 Mar 29 Recd of John Hallett for malt and hops had 20th July   13 6        
1797 Mar 29 do for more had 25 Aug 13/-6 and for more had 13 Sept 1 /-7 and more had 5th Oct 1   6        
1797 Mar 29 Pd John Hallett for a pare of slippers           6  
1798 Feb 5 Rec of John Hallett for malt had 30 March   10 7        
  for more had 23rd of Apr 1 1 9        
  for more had 12th Jun   18 7        
  for more had 22nd July   19 6        
  for more had 31 Aug   19 6        
  for more had 21 Oct 1 2 6        
  for more had 26 of Oct last   6 6        
1798 Feb 6 Pd John Hallett for work as by bill           9 1
1798 Aug 18 Recd of John Hallett for malt and hops had since the 5th of feb last 3 5 3        
1798 Aug 18 Paid John Hallett for a new pare of shoos do for a pare of silk strops to tye them           8  
1798 Sep 22 Recd of Mr Wm Bridge by Jn Hallett for a debt due to me from (?) Westcott for malt and hops had Dec 3rd -94 2   6        
1799 Nov 8 Rec of John Hallett for malt and hops had since 18 Aug 98 5   6        
1799 Nov 8 do for 1 years interest 4            
1799 Nov 8 Pd Jn Hallett for a bill of boots and shoos for mother and me         4   4
1800 Nov 25 Recd of John Hallett for 1 years interest due 25th Sep last £4 4            
1800 Nov 25 Paid John Hallett for his bill for shoes and mending 10/9           10 9
1801 Jun 24 Recd of John Hallets son for 2 young ducks   1 10        
1801 Jul 20 Pd John Hallett for work & shoos by his bill           16 2
1803 Mar 11 Pd John Hallett for shoos by his bill         1 6 -
1804 None              
1805 Sep 23 Recd of John Hallett in part of interest £4 4s 0d 4 4          
1806 None              
1807 Jan 21 Recd of John Hallett for malt and hops had and for a leg of mutton had Oct 5th and for a dead horse i gave him 3 15 11        
1807 Jan 21 Pd John Hallett for work by his bill         2 0 11
1808 Jan 5 Rec of John Hallett for 1 years interest 4 10 -        
1809 Not yet checked              
1810 Not yet checked              
1811 Apr 12 Pd Jn Hallett his bill for shoos and mending harnesses         2 12 11
1811 Apr 12 Rec of Jn Hallett for meat as by bill on book 5 18 2        
1812 Not yet checked              
1813 Not yet checked              

 

The parish records identify that John also witnessed the following marriages:

1800 - John Vile, cordwainer, to Mary Willy
1802 - Samuel Cotterel, cordwainer, to Mary Sweeting

Johns father died in 1807, and left property to John and his brother in a will. The following is a transcript of the probate record:


Date of the Probate and Sum sworn. 30 Nov 1807 under 100 pounds
Name and Description of Testator or Testatrix : William Hallett of the Parish of Kingsbury Episcopi in the County of Somerset

Name and Place of Abode of Executor or Executrix: Thomas Hallett of Ash in So. County, Butcher and John Hallett of Kingsbury Episcopi afs, Cordwainer. Sons of Testator
Name of the Legatees, distinguishing the Residuary Legatee: Said Executors.
Degree of Kindred: Sons

Particulars of the several Specific Legacies, Bequests in Trust - and of the Residue: All his Messuages Lands Real and personal Estate whatsoever share and share alike.


John's wife Mary died and was buried in Kingsbury Episcopi on 27 July 1810.

John, worked as a cordwainer and appeared to be a respected member of the community as he signed and sealed that Land Tax collected was correct in 1810, 1811 and 1814. He also was a witness to several family weddings..

At the age of 53, John married Alice Pittard on 26 Jan 1818 in Kingsbury Episcopi. There are no family names as witnesses to the marriage but Land Tax records after 1818 show John's house going to his brother as Proprietor and changed names in the Pittards next door.


What became of John after this date is unknown. A John Hallett of Milton of about the right age was buried at Martock in 1828.

Much of the above information was provided by Geoff Hallett who lives in Canada and has researched the Hallett family in great detail. Significant contributions to Geoff's research on John Hallett's [ 1796 ] descendants have been made by Bob and Lynette Stunell of Adelaide, Australia and Bert Hallett of Kurri Kurri, NSW, Australia.

A separate page is available crediting sources of information with links to original documentation where available.