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Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

Rev. John Owsley[1]

Male 1742 - 1835  (92 years)


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  • Name John Owsley 
    Title Rev. 
    Education 1735  Merton College, Oxford Find all individuals with events at this location 
    B.A. 
    Born 29 May 1742  Glooston, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Church Affiliation 1765  Hallaton, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Curate. 
    Church Affiliation 22 Dec 1765  Chapel Royal, Whitehall, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Ordained deacon, Church of England. 
    Church Affiliation 1767  St. Giles Church, Blaston, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Priest. 
    Residence 1835  Blaston, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "Blaston Hall, now demolished, stood on the north side of the road near the west end of the village. The Revd. John Owsley (d. 1835), who was lord of the manor, Rector, and patron of Blaston St. Giles for 68 years, built the house to his own design in the 1790's, when it was described as 'a neat house on a pleasing eminence'. (fn. 10) He used part of the material of the old hall house of the Nevill family which stood on lower ground to the south-west. (fn. 11) Before its demolition c. 1930 (fn. 12) Blaston Hall was a compact two-story stone house with a threewindowed front and a rear wing at right angles to the main block. (fn. 13) The sash windows had prominent keystones and there were stone vases to the front parapet and to the parapets of the truncated gableends. The lower story had been altered by the addition of a continuous wooden projection across the front in which was incorporated a pedimented doorway, opening upon a balustraded terrace. These alterations were probably the work of Thomas Hardcastle in the late 19th century. His son, T. A. Hardcastle, was the last to occupy the house before its demolition. It had been reported empty in 1924. (fn. 14) All that now remains are the late-18thcentury gate piers of two entrance drives, brick stables (also contemporary with the house), and a detached billiard room (probably built by Thomas Hardcastle)." 
    Died 1835  Blaston, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Giles Church, Blaston, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12129  Dickinson
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 

    Father John Owsley 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F3424  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth Wright,   d. 5 Oct 1806 
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F3425  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine Mason Reed,   d. 7 Mar 1813 
    Married 4 Apr 1810 
    Children 
     1. John Charles Newdigate Owsley,   b. Mar 1811,   d. May 1812  (Age ~ 1 years)  [Birth]
     2. William Poyntz Mason Owsley,   b. 7 Aug 1812, Blaston, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1868, Hallaton, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 15 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F3426  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Genealogical Facts of the Owsley Family in England and America, Harry Bryan Owsley, (Chicago: Wisconsin Historical Society, 1890), 52-53.

    2. [S26] British History Online, (University of London & History of Parliament Trust).
      'Blaston', A History of the County of Leicestershire: Volume 5: Gartree Hundred (1964), pp. 22-27. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22038 Date accessed: 15 July 2014