Yet to be summarised.
Parents and family
Alternate spellings include KILMESTER,
KILLMASTER, KILMISTER, KEYLMASTER, of which KILMASTER appears to be
amongst the most common in the area in question.
The KILLMASTER family was a well to do farming family
at least one of whom was associated with Paynes Farm. Descendants of
these KILLMASTER's farmed at Shilton
(in 1868 there is a record of a Mr KILLMASTER beginning
reaping on 11
July 1868 and the 1873 Return of Landowners has a
owning 5a 0r 36p and paying an estimated rent of £10 6s.)
There is a bond catalogued amongst the Secker Family papers in the
Oxford Records Office (ref: Pickford/I/i/1) & dated 1 May 1779
which Richard KILMASTER of Swinbrook
described as Yeoman. (in other
words a wealthy peasant landowner, freeholder, or local village
The 1851 census still has KILLMASTERs farming in the area. It
John KILLMASTER, born in Swinbrook
farmer of 300 Acres. It
also lists a Robert KILMASTER farming 300 Acres near Whitney (about 4
miles downstream from Swinbrook
birthplace is not known but he
married Letitia HOWSE from Swinbrook
and had children born in Shilton (Robert abt 1849 & Ann abt
and Paines Farm (Richard abt 1847 & Mary L abt 1845).
About 1760 from age at death. Her relations are all in the West
Oxfordshire area so it is likely that she was born in that vacinity.
Childhood and education
Sarah herself may have had connections with the well to do of
Berkshire. On her application to marry her place of abode is given as
and she married
there. It is interesting to note that there is a Kilmester's Farm in
Buscot (sometimes placed with the village of Eaton Hastings instead),
though no link has yet been proved. Kilmester's farm appears to have
two wells supplying water to Lechlade (a fact that is of no
significance as yet).
Sarah married John
Hatton (abt 1750-1811)
, at Buscot, on whose page can be found
details of their married life, such as are known.
Shortly after Sarah & John were married at Buscot
mansion of Buscot Park was occupied by its original
builder, the wealthy and influential Edward Loveden Loveden
(formerly Townsend). Loveden was one of the prime movers
behind the Thames & Severn
venture in which Sarah's son Richard appears to have had business
The years as a widow
6 Mar 1811 he husband John died at the family's home village of
Widford, Oxon (then Gloucs). Then, on 11 Mar 1811, he was buried
in the same tomb as his parents at Swinbrook, Oxon.
John instructed in his will that his Widford, Oxon.
) property should be sold and the sale
gone through in
1813 when the Freeman & Mitford families of Morton in the Marsh
deposited the Title Deeds to land they had aquired at Asthall
The Gloucestershire Records Office have these deeds amongst
the Batsford Park Estate papers (ref D1447/1/260). The scope &
content description refers to messuages, fields, Lower Ham,
Comfort, and Ten Acre Piece, 2 Cottages, a paper mill and a corn mill,
all in Widford,
Oxon. (then Gloucs.
messuages and land in Asthall,
a small piece of land
(abuttals) in Shilton,
Oxon. (then Wilts.)
1810 Will of John
, Paper Maker of Widford,
he grants Sarah's son Richard HATTON the right to a lease on the mill
Upton, provided he meets certain criteria.
In 23rd August
1814 the London Gazette carried the notice of the bankruptcy of
Richard HATTON of Upton Mill.
An Excise list of 1816 has Sarah's son William HATTON noted as
Master Paper Maker of Upton Mill (excise mill no.226 ). Clearly,
Richard HATTON's bankruptcy had not proved terminal for the HATTON's
the change of ownership of the Widford Mill, Sarah appears to have
stayed on in
administrative control there, for an Excise list of 1816
lists one Sarah HATTON paying duty there.
In 1825 an advertisement appeared in Jacksons Oxford Journal for the
sale by auction of Upton Mill. For
a view of the same, prospective buyers were instructed to 'apply to
Widford near Burford; and for further particulars, to Mr. Hatton,
Cheltenham'. The Mrs HATTON referred to was probably Sarah as the Mr
HATTON was her son John HATTON. It notes that tenure
was 'freehold of inheritance', and that immediate
possession was offered.
Last Will and Testament
On the 10 Jun 1830 Sarah left a short Will, the details of which may be
Hatton of Swallowfield, Wilts
transcription has been produced for the probate record for this will,
Probate Records Index.
She had purchased two shares that were due to go to her sons Richard
& William on her death. The money from these was now to be
amongst her Daughters Esther White [Wife of Edward Skeate White the
younger of Reading, Berks], Rachel , Helen and Martha
(no surname mentioned but
she had younger daughters by these names).
£100 debt owed by her Son John Hatton to be divided between these
daughters, the interest on the debt to be surrendered apart from
£5, in lieu of £5 of the debt that had already been repaid.
Esther appointed executor and residuary legatee.
Witnessed by William Benham & Elizabeth Eed
Signed – 10 Jun 1830
Proved – 20 August 1830
The two shares mentioned here were possibly from the will of John
Hatton and due to go to his sons upon her death.
Edward Skeate White appears to have been a resident of Reading around
Sarah died in Swallowfield
She was buried on 9 Jul 1830 at Swinbrook, Oxfordshire, in the same
tomb as her
Church records give: Age
70, name Sarah HATTON, widow, from Swallowfield, Brks, formerly of
Inscription on the south side
|In memory of John Hatton
(late of Widford)
who died March 6th
Aged 61 Years
Also the wife of
Who died ** ****
Thomas Hatton Son of
Sarah and John
HATTON family tomb
There are several KILLMASTER Graves in Swinbrook
and the HATTON tomb is in the same area. Sarah's brother Richard
KILLMASTER and his wife Ann (nee SMITH) are buried beneath a huge slab.
Nearby is a smaller upright tombstone belonging to John KILLMASTER
(Grandson of the above Richard KILLMASTER) and
his wife Charlotte (nee HOWSE / HOUSE). After John's death
Charlotte married again, this time to William
MORRIS (the Grandfather of William MORRIS, Lord Nuffield).
There are also a large number of Killmaster burials in Eaton Hastings
Descendants and notable relations