I don't mean I popped round to their house and threw about accusations until they all argued and fell out with one another.
No, I spent most of the day, well to be honest all the day, comparing gravestone inscriptions, census returns and wills until I managed to create order out of chaos. And given the odd mis-transcribed date I think I can now safely say I've got them all sorted.
As you've already seen their father William's Will included personal items such as beds and bedding, a mahogany tea table and his old Chestnut Hackney which he stated should not be sold or disposed of but be kept so long as it shall live.
His son John was brief and to the point - he left everything in equal proportions to his two spinster sisters Sarah and Mary.
But it was Anne's Will that tied in all the strands and helped me locate everyone.
William and Sarah Dore had a large family of whom eight survived to adulthood. Dore basecamp was Wick Farm, the children born across a twenty year period. I don't as yet have birthdates for all of them but it would seem that Elizabeth was the eldest born in 1773 and Joan the youngest born in 1794.
Elizabeth married William Beames on April 16, 1805 and farmed at Windmill Leaze Farm.
William and his wife Martha began married life at Marsh Farm before moving into Swindon where they lived in Bath Road.
Peter married Elizabeth Large in May, 1805 and at the time of the 1841 census he was farming at West End, Bishopston with his three sons William, John and Peter and his daughter Sarah.
Joan, the baby of the family, married Thomas Plummer and farmed at Lord Bolingbroke's Brook Farm, just a stones throw from her childhood home. They had two surviving children - Thomas and Sarah.
The other four children, John, Mary, Anne and Sarah, never married.
At the time of the 1841 census Anne and her widowed sister Elizabeth Beames lived together in the High Street, Purton in a cottage next to the Angell Inn. Ten years later and Elizabeth had died but Anne remained there with sisters Sarah and Mary. Although Sarah is described as the head of the household, it would seem from Anne's Will that the property was hers.
In her Will dated January 31, 1851 Anne makes provisions for her siblings who are still alive and for her nephews and nieces, which links everyone in very nicely.
The Angel, an Arkell's pub, is still in business today, see below, but take a look at the aerial view of the High Street, Purton. Could the property next door be the one where the four Dore sisters lived more than 160 years ago?
|Wick Farm - once the Dore family home.|
|Marsh Farm - once home to William and Martha Dore|
|Anne Dore and her sister Elizabeth Beames recorded in the 1841 census, next door to the Angell Inn.|
|Sarah, Anne and Mary Dore|