John Jeans of Pokesdown, Bournemouth

Generation 2

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John Jeans of Pokesdown, Bournemouth b.1817.

First son of Stephen Jeans of Pokesdown, Bournemouth, gamekeeper to the Parson at Pokesdown.

Married (1) unknown but widowed.

Married (2) 8 April 1855 at Saint Luke's Church (25 yards from the Bulpit home) Maria Bulpit b.1831, daughter of Charles Bulpit of 4 Lyon Street, Southampton, baker. The couple made use of a special 1d (one penny) Easter Day rate for marriage.

They had the following children:

M i John Charles b.20 March 1856 at Southampton.
Married Mary Ann Ives b.18 December 1858 at Lambeth.
M ii Stephen
M iii James
M iv Thomas

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Stephen Jeans was reputedly transported to the colonies for poaching. The Vicar of Pokesdown provided for the schooling for some of the children. Stephen was present at his son John's marriage as a witness.

In an old letter from a Helen Jeans of Inverness we find that Stephen Jeans had a brother who went to Liverpool and sired the Liverpool Jeans line (Sir James Jeans, Isabel Jeans and Ursula Jeans).

John Jeans was landlord of the Parkgate Inn at Southampton.

One of John's three younger sons, probably Thomas, was a fisherman and lived at Fisherman's Walk in Bournemouth. His wife was known as Aunt Jinny, whose father owned a laundry. Another brother, a fisherman from Hastings, is reputed to have signed on a ship which voyaged to the South Seas where he was eaten by cannibals.

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

Deepest thanks for some fantastic pictures and for writing the wonderful book 'Jobs for the Boys' to Hew Stevenson, which you can see on

And the rest

Thanks also to all who have written in with information, advice, help and, most importantly, corrections.

© John Hibbert 2001-2013

28 February, 2021