Kate Webster was the third child of William Webster & Elizabeth Winder born October 13th, 1855 at Dorney & christened November 11th, 1855 at Burnham, Bucks.
In 1861 & 1871 she was living with her parents & sisters at Dorney Wood Farm.
Kate (known as Kitty) married Arthur George Barnett on November 18th, 1873, at the parish church Burnham, Bucks. They were married after the calling of banns on November 9th, 1873. Arthur was a bachelor of full age, a yeoman, of Remenham. Arthur was the fourth child of Joseph Barnett and Hannah Olivia Allingham and a twin of George Arthur Barnett. He was born in Remenham Hill, Berkshire, on June 20th, 1839 at half past 12, and baptized on the day of his birth. His father was a yeoman. Kate was a spinster and a minor of Dorney Wood. Kate’s father was also a yeoman. Witnesses on the copy of the marriage cert obtained are William Webster, Harriet Webster, Thomas Webster & Kate Webster. (NB additional witnesses presumably found on original parish entry by Lorraine Wuth were John & George Webster).
At the time of the 1881 census, Arthur, Kate & family – Hannah (5), Arthur Reeve (2) & George (8 months) were living at Hampstead Farm, Eye & Dunsden, Oxon. Arthur was 39 years old, a farmer of 400 acres employing 10 men and 5 boys. Visiting was sister-in-law Ellinor Webster (12) (Helena on census) & nephew Arthur Sampson (14) who was helping on the farm. Arthur was the son of Arthur’s sister Olivia Barnett & husband Henry Atkins Sampson.
The Reading Mercury of February 19th, 1887 shows an advertisement for a governess to teach 4 young children English, music & French & to assist with needlework. The advert was placed by Mrs A G Barnett (Kate) of Hampstead Farm. The post was advertised again in the Reading Mercury of June 7th, 1890 ‘to take charge of & teach 3 little girls aged 4 to 8 English & music. Must be a good needlewoman & been out before.’
Arthur & Kate were still at Hampstead Farm when the 1891 census was taken. Children at home were Rose (8), Kathleen (7), Ellinor M (4) & Harry W (3). The first 3 children were boarding at school.
A notice in the Reading Mercury of September 17th, 1892 shows Arthur had decided to sell Hampstead Farm & gave notice that a number of cart horses, colts & shorthorn heifers were for sale, as were poultry, barley, corn, wheat & oats.
Kate photographed on an outing to Burnham Beeches c1900.
Standing left to right: Jack Bradford, Emily Webster, Fan Bayley, Harry Baldwin (Captain of Fire Brigade), Edith Bayley, George Webster [we.9.3], Fred Bayley. Seated left to right: John Webster [we.9.2], Kate Webster (Mrs Barnett), Alice Webster (Mrs Bradford) [we.12.5], Madeline (Daisy) Webster [we.12.9]
Photograph courtesy of Michael H H Bayley & reproduced from the book 'Around Burnham' by Dorothy Blackman & Daphne Chevous (first published 1993), with kind permission of Amberley Publishing, Stroud, Gloucestershire
By 1901 Arthur and Kate had moved to ‘Remenham’, Priest Hill, Caversham, Oxon, and his occupation was given as corn & coal merchant. At home were Hannah (25), Arthur (22) a corn & coal merchant’s assistant, George (20) an office clerk, Kathleen (16), Eleanor (14 – spelling?), Harry (13) & Marjorie (8). Only Rose was not at home.
By 1911 Arthur had retired as a corn merchant & he & Kate were living at 33A Prospect St, Caversham. With them were sons George, a clerk at a biscuit factory, & Harry Webster, a Lance Corporal in the 3rd Coldstream Guards of which he had been a member for 8 and a half years. It was noted on the census that Kate & Arthur had had 11 children, only 8 of whom were still living.
Arthur died on 18th December 1913 at Yewstocks, Hardenhuish, Wiltshire. He was 75 years old and his occupation was given as retired farmer. The cause of death was a cerebral haemorrhage which was certified by J Hobart Nixon M.D. The informant on the death certificate was his son-in-law Thomas G Church, present at death, of Yewstocks, Hardenhuish, Chippenham.
The 1939 register shows widowed Kate living alone at Woodside, Binfield Heath, Henley.
Kate of Woodside, Binfield Heath, Shiplake, died on March 11th, 1941 at the War Memorial Hospital, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, aged 85. The informant of her death was daughter Kathleen who had married Albert Osman.
Kate’s Will was a form one.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Kate Barnett of Woodside Binfield Heath Henley-on-Thames in the County of Oxfordshire made this 7th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirty six.
I heareby revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofore. I appoint George Barnett and Albert Osman to be my Executors, and direct that all my Debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my Executors the sum of ten pounds each free of legacy duty.
I bequeath to my daughter Hannah Church my gold wrist watch. To my son Arthur Reeve Barnett my dining room clock. To my son George Barnett my old ? china now in drawing room. To my daughter Rose Fry my gold necklaces. To my son-in-law Bert Fry my barometer. To my daughter-in-law Dolly Barnett my green and white tea & coffee services. To my daughter Kathleen Osman my gold ring with hair in it. To my daughter Marjorie Heffer my green & gold platter. To my son-in-law Albert Osman my old oak bureau. I direct that the residue of my effects not mentioned above and all other assets of which I may die possessed shall be sold, and the proceeds divided equally between my eight children but in the event of any of them predeceasing me, his or her share to go to his or her children, but if any child of mine predeceases me leaving no issue I then direct that his or her share shall be brought into my estate.
I bequeath to my daughter Marjorie Winifred Heffer my escritoire.
Signed by the said Testator in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
Arthur Bulpitt – Post Office Binfield Heath, Oxon
Annie May Bulpitt – Post Office Binfield Heath, Oxon
The value of her estate was £691/8/10.
At the time of proving the Will, son George was living in Talfourd Avenue, Reading, Berks and his occupation was given as retired Departmental manager. Albert Osman, her son-in-law, was living in Surrey at Nigleside, Cedar Road, Cobham and he was a Surrey master builder.
The children of Arthur George Barnett and Kate Webster were:
b.126.96.36.199 Hannah Barnett born Jan-March 1876 at Dunsden & christened April 17th at Sonning, Berks; died October 16th, 1945 at Albany, Western Australia
b.188.8.131.52 Arthur Reeve Barnett born April 8th, 1878 at Dunsden; died April-June 1949 at Wokingham, Berks
b.184.108.40.206 George Barnett born July 16th, 1880 at Dunsden; died April 22nd, 1961 at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
b.220.127.116.11 Rose Marion Barnett born May 20th, 1882 at Dunsden, died December 23rd, 1958 at the Lawn Hospital, Lincoln
b.18.104.22.168 Kathleen Barnett born April 2nd, 1884 at Dunsden; died March 10th, 1950 at Royal Country Hospital, Guildford, Surrey
b.22.214.171.124 Ellinor Mary Barnett born Oct-December 1886 at Dunsden; died 1961 in Wellington, New Zealand
b.126.96.36.199 Harry Webster Barnett born November 16th,1887 at Dunsden; died 1939 in New Zealand
b.188.8.131.52 Marjorie Winifred Barnett born 15th April 1892 at Dunsden & christened June 19th, 1892 at Shiplake, Oxon; died September 1974