Q. Aunty P asked: I would be very interested in your transcript of burial records as I know my family [the Woollard's] are buried in the churchyard. I'm currently exploring my family tree and it would be of great help.
A: Blackmore’s Burial Register after 1893 (first entry 20 Oct) is held in the Church Safe. I have checked my transcript of the first 224 entries (to 5 July 1920) and have found the following relating to this family:
#162. William Walter Woollard. Buried: 8 Nov 1913. Age 48
#188. William Wollard. Buried: 5 Apr 1916. Age 81
#219. Lavinia Hephzebah Wollard. Buried: 18 Feb 1920. Age 55
In all cases their abode is recorded as Blackmore and the officiating minister was Revd. Walter Layton Petrie, who was Vicar from 1888 to 1922.
The 1881 census has the following as living in Blackmore.
William Woollard. Born 1836. Head of household. Place of birth: Ingatestone, Essex
William Woollard. Born 1866. Son. Place of birth: Rainham, Kent
Agnes Woolard. Born 1846. Servant. Place of birth: Writtle
… and living away from Blackmore
Sarah Wollard. Born 1832. Head of household. Born: Blackmore. Residence: Mill End Old Town.
A Mrs Woollard is mentioned in connection with a newspaper report on the Mothers’ Union New Year Party in 1907. See entry on 1.12.07 or search for Woollard.
The 1910 Electoral Roll records two Woollard names eligible to vote, William sen. and William jun. See www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/1910roll.html
Three Woollard men came through the First World War: Pte G Woollard (Essex Regt), Ft Sgt J Woollard (DSM), A/B W Woollard (RN). See www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/blackmorewwonesurvivors.html
Finally Joy Kathleen Woollard died on 8 January 1943, during the Second World War. She was Aircraftwoman 1st Class serving in the Women’s Auxillary Air Force. She is buried in the churchyard of St Laurence, Blackmore.
Reply: Thank you so much for all this information. William Snr and Lavinia were my great grandparents and George was my grandfather. Many thanks once again. Pauline