John Vernum and Joanna Jones

- a Brightsmith from Bristol -
My Great x 4 Grandparents

John Vernum was born approx 1793 at St Mary Redcliffe Bristol, possibly to Robert and
Mary Vernum. He was one of six siblings baptised on 29th December 1799 at Temple
Bristol. John was a brightsmith.

Johanna Jones was born about 1791 in Llancarfan, Glamorgan, Wales according to her
census records, however I suspect she may have been older since she had a daughter old
enough to be married in 1828.
She may have been a widow when she married John Vernum.

John and Joanna were married by Banns on 2nd December 1816 at St Stephen's Church,
Bristol [Ancestry Com: Bristol Register of Marriages]

Their Children include:

Louisa Vernum
, born 17th February, 1818. Louisa married Charles William Dolton on 4th
August 1840 Holy Trinity Abbots Leigh.

William Jones Vernum,  born 6th September, 1819, Bristol. Married Caroline MILSON
[father John MILSON] of Staffordshire NK on 5th April 1839 at Holy Trinity Bristol.  

Matilda Vernum, born 7th April, 1821 [??]
[These three chidren were all Baptised at St Mary Redcliffe on 25th May, 1823.]

Rebecca Jones Vernum, baptised 4th June 1824, St Mary Redcliffe. Died 10th October
1824. The Bristol Mercury carried a death notice stating father John Vernum as a
brightsmith living at Thomas Street.

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette dated 31st January 1828 reported the marriage of Mr
Charles Smith to
Joanne Thomas, daughter in law of Mr John Vernum, Brightsmith.
[daughter-in-law would mean step daughter. Was Joanna Jones married before?]

The Bristol Mercury dated 30th May 1840 carries the following announcement:

To Be Sold at Auction by Mr James Fox
At the Talbot Inn situated in Bath Street Bristol on Wednesday 1st July next at 5 o'clock in
the evening, under and by virtue of power for Sale contained in a Mortgage Deed, as one or
more lots as may be agreed upon at ti e of Sale. All those four messuages or tenaments or
premises situated in Hoopers Court, Thomas Street, in the City of Bristol, now in the
tennure of John Vernum and others. These premises are held for the remainder of a term of
1000 years created by an indenture of lease bearing the date 13th Day of November 1746
are subject to the rent of a peppercorn and are supplied with water. For a view of the
premises apply to the said John Vernum and for further conditions and particulars of sale to
the Auctioneer or to Henry Pallin, Solicitor, Broad Street, Bristol.


The 1841 census shows John aged 45 and Johanna aged 44 living at [Vernum
Place/Court/Thomas Place] St Thomas, Bristol along with daughter Matilda Chick aged 20
and grandaughter Joanna Chick aged 1. Also in residence appear to be
Elizabeth Thomas
aged 65 Johanna's mother or mother-in-law] Anne Hermon/Hernons [Vernons?] aged 40
and Henry Lodge aged 15, a labourer.

The 1851 census places them at Goodman Place, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol . Matthews
Directory of 1851 and Schammels Directory of 1852, give a Ships Lane, Cathay, address
[possibly John's place of business] and list him as a brightsmith and bellhanger.

The 1861 census shows John living with grand daughter Johanna Rowland.

The 1871 Census shows John [Vernon] living with grand daughter Johanna Rowland nee
Chick at West Street, Bedminster, Bristol. He is aged 80.


Jo[h]anna Verum died in the March q of 1852 at Bristol.
Bristol Times dated 24th January 1852 reported:
Deaths: Ja
nuray 11, Joanna, beloved wife of John Vernum, brightsmith late of Thomas

John Vernum [aged 80] died June Q 1871 at Bedminster [ref 5c 492]
Last Update 15th November 2012