Philip Murrell

b. 27 February 1794, d. 10 February 1881
FatherPhilip Murrell b. c 1752, d. 1817
MotherMary Bishop b. c 1762, d. 1835
     Philip Murrell was born in 1794 at Arundel, Sussex, England.
Philip Murrell was baptized on 27 February 1794 at St Nicholas, Arundel, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Philip Murrell and Mary Bishop.
Philip Murrell married Maria Mason on 15 November 1814 at Slindon, Sussex, England.2
Philip's first marriage to Maria Mason, was at St Mary's Church of England, Slindon. Witnesses were John Bateman, Frances Mason and John Ruff (clerk)). Their children were baptised in the Slindon Roman Catholic Chapel hence the latinised versions of their names.
Philip Murrell married Charlotte Evans, daughter of George Evans and Anne Cluer, on 28 August 1838 at Roman Catholic Chapel, Slindon, Sussex, England.3
Philip Murrell was a widower when he married Charlotte Evans.
The Roman Catholic Chapel, Slindon House, at Slindon was registered to conduct marriages on 18.12.1837 and was later transferred to St Richard's Church, Slindon on 21.11.1865. "Throughout penal times the chapel in Slindon House was continuously served by a priest. During the worst days of persecution Mass was said in a secret chamber under the roof. Later the chapel was on the first floor with an arched roof, and in close proximity were three priest's hiding places. The last to occupy one of these holes was Fr. Joseph Molyneux, (Slindon 1765 to 1778) who thus eluded arrest upon a search being made for him by order of a magistrate during a temporary outburst of "No Popery" fever (from: "Catholic Record Society, Miscellanea, Vol VI, Bedingfeld Papers, etc, published 1909" LDS Microfilm No. 1068700).
It appears that most Murrell's in Slindon were Catholics. This could come about from most of these Murrells being descendants or relatives of Jeremy Murrell of Slindon who was Steward to Lord Newberg according to his burial on 23.1.1763 (St Mary's Church of England Register). I suspect that Lord Newberg was a Catholic although I haven't thoroughly researched this yet. In the 1861 census it appears that Philp Murrell is a gardener for Anne, Countess of Newburgh.
Philip Murrell was an agricultural labourer on 7 June 1841.4
On 7 June 1841 Philip Murrell and Charlotte Evans lived at Slindon, Sussex, England.4
Philip Murrell was a gardener on 11 February 1846.5
Philip Murrell was a garden labourer on 30 March 1851.6
On 30 March 1851 Philip Murrell and Charlotte Evans lived at Dyers Lane, Slindon, Sussex, England.6
Philip Murrell was a gardener probably for Anne, Countess of Newburgh who was residing nearby in Slindon St on 7 April 1861.7
On 7 April 1861 Philip Murrell and Charlotte Evans lived at Slindon St, Slindon, Sussex, England.7
Philip Murrell witnessed the marriage of William George Buckran Marchant and Maria Murrell on 26 September 1865 at Slindon Chapel, Slindon House, Slindon, Sussex, England; in the Roman Catholic Church.8
Philip Murrell was an under gardener (out of employ) on 2 April 1871.9
On 2 April 1871 Philip Murrell and Charlotte Evans lived at Slindon Common, Slindon, Sussex, England.9
Philip Murrell died on 10 February 1881 at Slindon, Sussex, England, at age 86. Died of decay of nature.10
One of Phillip and Maria Murrell's sons (Dominic) is recorded as a servant of the Catholic priest Joseph Silviera on the 1841 census. "The Rev. Joseph Maria Silveira was born England 30.3.1794 son of Albert Garcia da Silviera of Lisbon, Spain. He was admitted to the English College at Lisbon on 8.7.1815. Left Lisbon in 1817 due to ill health and was admitted to Old Hall College. Ordained priest 6.8.1822. Between 1827 and 1829 he served at Gosport, Hampshire, 1829 to 1845 at Slindon, Sussex. In 1845 he retired from missionary work and served Havant, Hampshire 184956. His successor at Slindon was John Sheehan, another priest from the college at Lisbon. He served at Slindon 1845 to 1869."
from: "Catholic Record Society, Miscellanea, Vol VI, Bedingfeld Papers, etc, published 1909" LDS Microfilm No. 1068700.
The presence of a Spanish priest (albeit born in England) was an intiguing discovery for me. When I first started my family history research my mother told me that her mother had said "there was Spanish blood in the family". Is this something I have yet to uncover or is it a distortion of the Spanish priest story? There are also intriguing connections between Slindon and other areas in Hampshire (Catholic strongholds?). The Catholic priest Silviera served first at Gosport, Hampshire then Slindon then at Havant, Hampshire. (GGB).

Family 1

Maria Mason b. c 1795, d. 24 May 1830
Marriage*
Philip Murrell married Maria Mason on 15 November 1814 at Slindon, Sussex, England.2 
Children

Family 2

Charlotte Evans b. 10 Dec 1815
Marriage*
Philip Murrell married Charlotte Evans, daughter of George Evans and Anne Cluer, on 28 August 1838 at Roman Catholic Chapel, Slindon, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S25] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S26] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S49] Copy marriage certificate of Philip Murrell and Charlotte Evans, married 28 Aug 1838 in the Registration District of Chichester, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 7 Page 347).
  4. [S69] 1841 Census for England "HO107 piece 1099 folio 5/8 page 11."
  5. [S199] Copy birth certificate of Maria Murrell, born 11 Feb 1846, registered 23 Feb 1846 in the Registration District of Chichester, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 7 Page 342).
  6. [S18] 1851 Census for England "HO107 piece 1653 folio 74 page 3."
  7. [S70] 1861 Census for England, "RG09 piece 619 folio 43 page 15."
  8. [S48] Copy marriage certificate of William Marchant and Maria Murrell, married 26 Sep 1865 in the Registration District of Westhampnett, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 2b Page 551).
  9. [S71] 1871 Census for England, "RG10 piece 1114 folio 38 page 3."
  10. [S11] Copy death certificate of Philip Murrell, died 10 Feb 1881, registered 12 Feb 1881 in the Registration District of Westhampnett, Sussex, England (unknown repository, 413).