Bulmer & District
Bulmer & District History Group
John Orbell 1831 – 1871
John Firmin Orbell -
In 1860 he married Mary Ann (Marianne) Lucy Catt and settled in Bulmer, farming rented land at Goldingham Hall.
April 3rd 1860 Bury Free Press
Married at Spitafields, London-
Early in the 1860s they had a son, John, then three daughters Edith, Mary and Emma. At the end of 1867, Philip was born.
But Philip died aged 15 months in February 1869. His death was followed by the birth of another daughter, Janet.
By 1871, John, Mary and their five children were living in Goldingham Hall with Mary’s sister, a governess and two servants.
That year John died, aged 40, outlived by his father. But Mary was pregnant and in September gave birth to another son. She named him Philip after the son who had died.
April 22nd 1871 Bury Free Press
Died on the 18th inst of consumption, John Firmin Orbell of Goldingham Hall, Bulmer, Essex
In the summer of 1878 Mary too died. Her youngest child was just 7
By the census in the summer of 1881 son John, aged 19, was head of the household.
At that time Goldingham Hall was 450 acres and employed 14 men and 3 boys.
But in the autumn the property and its contents were auctioned
September 17th 1881
Goldingham Hall, Bulmer. To be sold by auction by George Coote and Son and Henry Meekings jointly on Wednesday
September 27th 1881 Haverhill Echo
Live and Dead Farming stock to be sold by auction at Goldingham Hall, Bulmer by George Coote and Henry Meekings, auctioneers.
29 horses including foals and a dun pony -
John junior moved to Hundon where he managed a farm.
He died in 1931