Newport High Street around 1910
The Southampton Times and Hampshire Express
18 June 1910
Councillor AJ Cheverton
Cheverton sisters - May Beer with her sister Frances Howard
The Cheverton (or Chiverton) family, descended from the Norman Barons of
Chièvres, with substantial land holdings in Cornwall
and the Isle of Wight, has an illustrious history. Strangely, it appears the most
difficult part of our ancestry to investigate.
Over ten years of searching have failed to take us further back into our
Cheverton history than James Cheverton, who appears to have been born in
Newport, Isle of Wight in 1813. (This date is confirmed in the 1851 and subsequent
censuses,) The 1841 census shows him (if we have the right person) in High
Street, Newport and described as a "Statuary Mason", living with his mother
Jane. His marriage certificate shows his father's name to be "Edward
Chiverton" whom we have been unable to identify.
James married Charlotte Godwin, our great-great grandmother, at St Mary's
Church, Southampton, on 12 January 1845.
James and Charlotte had seven children, the sixth of whom was Alfred John
Cheverton, our great grandfather.
Alfred John Cheverton, was born in Southampton in 1857. He worked as
an accountant and some of his progress can be seen from the
census records. Professionally he was known as a leading auctioneer and estate
agent. He was active politically, holding office in the Liberal Party in
Southampton and becoming a prominent town councillor.
Alfred John Cheverton married Caroline Elizabeth Thring and they had three
children. The eldest was Mary Kate Cheverton, the report of whose wedding is on
this page. She married Matthew Beer in June 1910, and this part of the story is
continued in the
Godwin of the Dever Valley
The father of Charlotte was described at his marriage as "Thomas
Godwin alias Holdaway of Micheldever".
Born in Hunton to Mary Holdaway, the Parish Register shows
Thomas's father simply as "Godwin". In 1812 Thomas married Mary Ford
in Wonston. They had four children. of whom Charlotte Godwin was the third.
There is strong evidence that Charlotte, before she married James
Cheverton, had a son Thomas Godwin, who was baptised on 9 June 1839.
(see baptismal extract below).
Charlotte's son Thomas does not appear in the Registrar General's Index of Births,
but he can be found in the 1841 census at his grandmother's home in Shepherds Hill,
The 1861 census shows Charlotte's son Thomas as a police constable in the
Metropolitan Police at Twickenham. In 1868 he married Ellen Tilbury.
Their daughter Rose was born in 1869 but, sadly, died in 1872.
The 1871 census shows that he had had changed ccupation and was now working for the
Charlotte's brother Thomas was sentenced to 10 years transportation at
Winchester on 19 October 1841 for burglary, arriving in Tasmania on 21 July 1842 on
Norton Manor, photographed by Maisie Beer, August 1934