Thomas Pullen and Sarah Bannister  - my great great great grandparents



Thomas Pullen was born in Pencombe in about 1799 and was baptised on 14th April 1799 at St Mary the Virgin, Bishop Frome. His Parents were Isaac Pullen and Ann née Hodges. Sarah Bannister was born in Much Cowarne in 1799 and baptised on 10th September 1799 at St Mary’s, Much Cowarne. Her parents were  Joseph Bannister and Margaret Godwin. Thomas and Sarah married on 26th May 1825 at Much Cowarne, Herefordshire.

Thomas was an agricultural labourer. He lived at Much Cowarne, Hailow near Bosbury, Bishops Frome, and Froom’s Hill. By 1861 he was blind, and described as a pauper. He died apparently in March quarter 1874 in Bromyard district. Sarah died in October 1867 in Bromyard district.

Thomas and Sarah had 7 children: -

Elizabeth Pullen was born in 1825 at Much Cowarne and baptised on 24th October 1825 at St Mary’s. She probably married after 1841, but this has not been found.

Thomas Pullen was born in about 1828, and baptised on 17th January 1829 at Much Cowarne. He was convicted with Benjamin of housebreaking and stealing bread, cheese and bacon in Canon Frome in 1843, and a second offence when Thomas was convicted of stealing a quantity of potatoes in 1845 saw him transported to Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) for 7 years. He settled in Tasmania.

Benjamin Pullen, my great great grandfather, was born in about 1829 and baptised on 7th November 1829 at Much Cowarne. He married Mary Ann Bishop on 12th October 1856 at St Mary the Virgin, Bishops Frome, and had three children, moving to the Broadheath area of Worcestershire between 1857 and 1860. He was an agricultural labourer. see here for more about the family. Benjamin died in December quarter 1909 in Worcester Union Workhouse, buried at St Clement's, and Mary Ann’s death has not been found, but this is after 1881. Convicted with his brother Thomas see below.

Charlott Pullen was born in about 1832 in Much Cowarne and not seen after 1841.

Edwin Pullen was born in about 1835 in Avenbury or Bishop’s Frome, and baptised at Much Cowarne on 19th January 1835. He married Margaret Amelia Langley in March quarter 1863 in Upton district, Worcestershire. He was a stoker. He died in 1895 in Martley district. They had 5 children. There has been confusion about two different Edwin Pullen’s and this is not entirely sorted out.

Anne Pullen was born in July quarter 1837 at Much Cowarne and was baptised on 17th July 1837 at Much Cowarne. She was not seen after 1851

Joseph Pullen was born Oct 1841 at Bosbury. I also cannot locate him after 1851.


There can be little doubt that the family was grindingly poor.

Firstly two of the sons stole food from a house in Canon Frome, see article bottom left.

Then Thomas stole some potatoes, see article below right, and was transported to Australia.

Then the article below in 1846. Thomas senior convicted - he must have been desperate


   Hereford Journal  20.5.1846

Hereford Journal 1843

According to another report they were convicted for stealing a quantity of bread, cheese and bacon.

Hereford Journal 1845

Again the theft involves food

 Hereford Journal 16th July 1845

Thomas Pullen sent to Millbank Prison

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