1790 to 1859: Tenant farmers
c.1790-1812: Captain Thomas Blomfield
Update (27/5/13): The Blomfields did not live at Dagworth Hall - see
newspaper item to the right & discussion pages
This chapter of Dagworth's history features Captain Thomas Blomfield farming
somewhere in the hamlet (exactly where requires further discussion). We know
quite a lot about Thomas and his family because his son Thomas Valentine
Blomfield settled in New South Wales and a collection of family letters has been
We know that Thomas senior and his second wife Mary Seaman lived at
Dagworth from at least 1793, because their son Thomas Valentine was born here
on 14 February 1793. Thomas senior married his third wife Sarah Kimmance at St
Mary's, Old Newton on 22 March 1800. Valentine joined the 48th Regiment of Foot
(Northamptonshire) as an ensign on 8 June 1809, and served throughout the
Peninsula War before being posted with his regiment to New South Wales, where
he married, sold his commission, and obtained a land grant of 2,000 acres on the
Hunter River, which he named Dagworth.
We know that Thomas senior moved away from Dagworth in 1812 because we
have a letter from him dated 25 July 1812 from Dagworth, and another dated
"Thursday end of 1812" from "St John's"; we also have a letter from Thomas
Valentine dated 9 March 1813 to his brother-in-law John Edwards that concludes
“I hope my father will be comfortable in his new habitation”; and another dated
9 November 1813 to his father addressed to “St John’s near Bungay”.
Thomas Blomfield died at Haughley on the 4th June 1833 in his 83rd year.
Click here for more information and references concerning the Blomfield family.
c.1812-1824: John Jacob & Anna Edwards
The altar tomb just outside the East window of Old Newton parish church carries
the following inscription on its South face: "In this vault is deposited the body of /
John Jacob / of Dagworth Hall in this parish / Died June 1st 1824 / Beloved –
lamented / also Anna Jacob / widow of the above / Died January 12th 1863 / aged
95 years". John's death was reported in The New Monthly Magazine Vol XII 1824
p335: "Died...At Dagworth Hall, Mr. J. Jacob". A copy of his will is held by Bury
Archives, RefNo FHU/2/1/6/4, and I have produced a transcript here.
John's will lists Elizabeth Jacob, spinster, as a beneficiary, presumably John's
sister. The East face of the altar tomb carries the inscription: "In memory of /
Elizabeth / Jacob / Born Dec 27th 1768 / Died Oct 23rd 1833"
Following John's death, Anna moved just across the river to live at Sorrell's House,
and she is shown there in the census returns in 1841, 1851 and 1861.
John and Anna married at Wetheringsett on 17 September 1793 ("Jn. Jacob, of Old
Newton, s. m., & Anna Edwards, of Wetheringset, s. w., at same. Bn.: Thos.
Edwards, of same. 17 Sep 1793." - Book: 12.The Hearth Tax. Charles 2nd.
Collection: Suffolk: Sudbury - Marriage Licences, 1782-1814).
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