Chant

The Chant Family of Merriott

The CHANT family (sometimes spelt CHAUNT) seem to have arrived in Merriott around the beginning of the 1770s.  

[There is a CHANT burial before this – on 4 March 1716, Gerard CHANT was buried, but there are no other references to the name in the records back to 1645.]

The surname ranked as the 22nd most common of all surnames mentioned in the censuses of 19th century Merriott.  The latest mention in the Merriott records I have looked at is 1946.

18th Century CHANTs in Merriott Records

MARRIAGES

MALES FEMALES
20 August 1771 William Chant m Elizabeth Osborne
25 September 1791 Thomas Chant m Joan Lawrence
20 October 1788 Joanna Chant m George Hooper

BAPTISMS  (or BURIALS as noted):

John & Mary CHANT Baptism 6 September 1772 John
William & Elizabeth (nee Osborne) CHANT Baptism  16 February 1772 Joan
Baptism 20 June 1773 Elizabeth
Burial  20 October 1776 Susannah
Baptism  25 December 1775 Susannah
Baptism  6 June 1777 Susannah
Baptism  23 May 1779 Kitty Parker
Burial  12 December 1779 William
Baptism  13 October 1780 William
Burial  5 May 1782 Joseph
Burial  6 August 1782 Joan
Baptism  25 December 1783 Joan
Baptism  30 April 1786 Hannah
Thomas (a Labourer) & Joan (nee Lawrence) CHANT Baptism  26 October 1791 Diana
Baptism  25 August 1793 Elizabeth
Baptism  18 May 1795 Robert
Baptism  18 March 1798 Thomas
Baptism  6 April 1800 John
Baptism  31 May 1802 Joseph
Baptism  26 May 1805 William
Baptism  5 April 1807 William
Baptism  26 December 1808 William
Baptism  26 May 1811 George
Baptism 18 April 1813 Diana
Baptism 3 May 1818 Hannah
Elizabeth CHANT  Baptism 4 September 1796 Hannah, BC 

The origins of Thomas, John &  William are unknown.

OTHER BURIALS

MALES FEMALES
20 December 1775 Thomas Chant
18 July 1782 Robert Chant
23 Aug 1782 Joan Chant
22 October 1786 Hannah Chant
3 February 1799 Elizabeth Chant

19th Century CHANT Families

MARRIAGES pre 1837

MALES – 6 FEMALES – 3
21 January 1816 Robert Chant m Luce Osborne
24 September 1820 John Chant m Jane Daw
1 January 1827 Joseph Chant m Hannah Sweet
10 January 1830 William Chant m Maria Follett
30 August 1830 Robert Chant m Elizabeth Shutler
5 May 1833 George Chant m Hannah Trask
21 June 1811 Joan Chant m Thomas Raindle
7 December 1823 Elizabeth Chant m Charles Lawrence
14 November 1831 Susanna Chant m William Williams

Post 1837 Marriages – extra detail

Date

Year

Forename

Surname

Spouse

Age

Condition

Signed?

Abode

Occupation

Father

Father’s Occ

Witness

31-Mar

1840

Sarah

Chant

Frederic Higgins

19

Spinster

No

Higher Street

Servant

John Chant

Traunter

George Meecham

31-Mar

1840

Frederic

Higgins

Sarah Chant

23

Bachelor

No

Higher Street

Sawyer

Thomas Higgins

Gardener

Isaac Osborne

25-May

1841

Hannah

Chant

William Lawrence

24

Spinster

No

Sherrimore Hill

Servant

Thomas Chant

Labourer

Ann Lawrence

25-May

1841

William

Lawrence

Hannah Chant

25

Bachelor

No

Sherrimore Hill

Labourer

Enos Lawrence

Labourer

William Young

12-Oct

1850

Elizabeth

Chant

Jesse Wills

23

Spinster

No

Lower Street

Dress Maker

Joseph Chant

Carter

John England

12-Oct

1850

Jesse

Wills

Elizabeth Chant

23

Bachelor

Yes

Sherrimore Hill

Weaver

William Wills

Weaver

Job Wills

16-Feb

1858

Joan

Chant

James Wills

full

Spinster

Yes

Merriott

 


John Chant

Labourer

Harriot Wills

16-Feb

1858

James

Wills

Joan Chant

full

Bachelor

Yes

Merriott

Fireman, Brewery

Samuel Wills

Carpenter

H Parker

16-May

1858

Jane

Chant

George Wills

full

Spinster

No

Merriott

John Chant

Labourer

Ellen Pattemore

16-May

1858

George

Wills

Jane Chant

full

Widower

Yes

Merriott

Weaver

Samuel Wills

Labourer

Matthew Pattemore

23-Oct

1860

Joseph

Chant

Maria Young

58

Widower

No

Merriott

Labourer

Thomas Chant

Labourer

William Chant

23-Oct

1860

Maria

Young

Joseph Chant

41

Spinster

No

Merriott


William Young

Labourer

Anne Osborne

25-Dec

1861

Henry

Pattemore

Anna Chant

21

Bachelor

No

Merriott

Labourer

William Pattemore

Labourer

Simon Pattemore

25-Dec

1861

Anna

Chant

Henry Pattemore

22

Spinster

Yes

Merriott

George Chant

Labourer

Sarah Ann Bishop

5-Sep

1864

William

Dodge

Elizabeth Chant

full

Bachelor

Yes

Merriott

Weaver

Thomas Dodge

Weaver

James Lawrence

5-Sep

1864

Elizabeth

Chant

William Dodge

full

Spinster

Yes

Merriott


George Chant

Labourer

Ellen Trask

25-Dec

1868

Solomon

Chant

Emma Lawrence

23

Bachelor

No

Merriott

Gardener, Labourer

Jane Chant

Single Woman

Charles Lawrence

25-Dec

1868

Emma

Lawrence

Solomon Chant

20

Spinster

No

Merriott

Henry Lawrence

Labourer

Mary Jane Chant

13-May

1883

Rosa Lavinia

Trask

Thomas Chant

21

Spinster

No

Broadway


Robert Trask

Labourer

Mary Ellen Trask

13-May

1883

Thomas

Chant

Rosa Lavinia Trask

19

Bachelor

Yes

Lower St

Factory Hand

Joseph Chant (deceased)

Labourer

James Raison

BAPTISMS

Joan CHANT (later married Thomas RAINDLE in 1811) 24 December 1809 Susanna, BC
John (a Coal Carrier/Labourer) & Jane (nee Daw) CHANT 23 December 1821 Sarah
16 May 1825 Jean ? Jane
14 January 1827 Mary Anne
31 May 1829 John
28 September 1834 Henry
22 January 1837 Joan
Joseph & Hannah (nee Sweet) CHANT.  Joseph married
(2) Maria Young in 1860
14 January 1827 Elizabeth, B. B. of Hannah Sweet
George (a Labourer) & Hannah (nee Trask) CHANT 22 February 1835 George
25 December 1836 Elizabeth
6 January 1839 Hannah 
11 March 1840 Matilda Trask
29 December 1841 Joseph
10 December 1842 Elizabeth 
William (a Labourer) & Maria (nee Follent of South
Petherton) CHANT
Note: The couple’s first four 
children not baptised at Merriott.
26 November 1837 Joseph
5 April 1840 Elizabeth
2 October 1842 James
5 January 1845 Maria 
4 April 1847 Ann
20 May 1849 George
19 June 1851 Robert
15 March 1854 Sophia
Jane (a Servant/Glove Sewer) CHANT (married George Wills in 1858) 18 August 1845 Solomon, BB 25 December 1848 Mary Jane, B. B.
Joseph (a Labourer) & Maria (nee Young) CHANT 13 September 1863 Thomas
Soloman (a Labourer) & Emma (nee Lawrence) CHANT 9 May 1869 Annie Jane
14 May 1871 Samuel 
13 July 1873 Mary
19 June 1876 Ellen 

 

BURIALS

MALES – 4 FEMALES – 12

14 February 1843 George Chant 32
26 February 1806 William Chant
8 May 1808 William Chant
8 March 1809 William Chant

10 November 1801 Susanna Chant
21 September 1813 Diana Chant 6 mo
6 January 1842 Elizabeth Chant 5
18 March 1853 Elizabeth Chant 79
14 February 1830 Hariet Chant 1 mo
14 January 1858 Jane Chant 58
13 September 1831 Joan Chant 63
11 October 1884 Louisa Chant 2 y 6 mo
27 June 1830 Lucy Chant 70
19 November 1892 Maria Chant 72
27 February 1820 Mary Chant 82
4 February 1846 Matilda Chant 6

CENSUSES (excluding 1881)

YEAR REF ABODE PERSONS  
1841 6 Called the Knob Chant William 33 Ag. Lab
Chant Maria 32
Chant Hannah 11
Chant Elenor 10
Chant Caroline 9

Chant William 6
Chant Joseph 4
Chant Elizabeth 1
[Note:  All Born Somerset]
1841 8 Lower Street Chant Joseph 35 Ag. Lab Born
Som
Chant Hannah 35 F Born Som
Chant Elizabeth 15 F Born Som
1841 12 Templeman’s Lane Chant John 40 Ag. Lab
Chant Jane 40
Chant Jane 15
Chant Mary 14
Chant John 10

Chant Johanna 8
Chant Henry 6
Chant James 4
Chant Louisa 1
[Note: All Born Somerset]
1851 317 035  Lower Street Chant Joseph Head M 49 Carter Som, Merriott
Chant Hannah Wife M 50 F Wife Som, Merriott
Harwood Maria Lodger U 12 F Serv Som, Misterton
Wills Jesse Son-in-law M 24 M Handloom weaver Som, Merriott
Wills Elizabeth Dau M 24 F Dressmaker Som, Merriott
 1851 332 029 Higher Street Chant William Head M 42 Ag. Lab Som, Merriott
Chant Maria Wife M 42 F Wife Som, Sth Petherton
Chant Hannah Dau U 21 F Som, Sth Petherton
Chant Ellen Dau U 20 F Som, Sth Petherton
Chant Caroline Dau U 19 F Glover Som, Crewkerne
Chant William Son U 15 M Som, Crewkerne
Chant Joseph Son U 13 M Som, Merriott
Chant Elizabeth Dau U 10 F Som, Merriott
Chant Maria Dau U 6 F Som, Merriott
Chant Ann Dau U 3 F Som, Merriott
Chant George Son U 2 M Som, Merriott
1851 339 078 Higher Street Chant Jane Head W 47 Ag Lab Som, Merriott
Chant Jane Dau U 26 F Glover Som, Merriott
Chant John Son U 22 M Steam Weaver Som, Merriott
Chant Henry Son U 17 M Colier Som, Merriott
Chant Joan Dau U 14 F Glover Som, Merriott
Chant Louisa Dau U 12 F Glover Som, Merriott
Chant Thomas Son U 10 M Scholar Som, Merriott
Chant Solomon Son U 3 M Som, Merriott
1851 349 021 Broadway Chant Hannah Head W 40 Glover Som, Merriott
Chant Hannah Dau U 12 F Glover Som, Merriott
Chant Elizabeth Dau U 8 F Glover Som, Merriott
Ashmore Frederick Niece’s child U 6 m M Som, Merriott
1861 29 022 Broadway  Chant Hannah Head W 51 F Washer Som, Merriott
Chant Anna Dau U 22 F Glover Som, Merriott
Chant Elizabeth Dau U 18 F Glover Som, Merriott
1861 38 120 Lower Street Chant Joseph Head M 59 Ag. Lab Som, Merriott
Chant Maria Wife M 40 F Som, Merriott
1861 50 028 High Street Wills George Head M 45 M Out Door Servant Som, Merriott
Wills Jane Wife M 35 F Som, Merriott
Wills Lucy Dau U 17 F Factory Flax Spinner Som, Merriott
Wills Caroline Dau U 14 F Factory Flax Spinner Som, Merriott

Wills Emily Dau U 10 F Factory Flax Spinner Som, Merriott
Wills Francis Son U 8 M Som, Merriott
Wills Henry Son U 2 M Som, Merriott
Chant Soloman Son U 15 Factory Servant Som, Merriott
1861 52 060 High Street Young Emily Head U 53 F Labourer Som, Merriott
Lawrence William Boarder U 45 M Ag. Labourer Som, Merriott

Chant William Boarder U 20 Labourer Som, Clapton
1871  6 012 Higher Street Trask Robert Head M 35 M Ag. Lab Som, Merriott
Trask Jane Wife M 32 F Som, Merriott
Trask Saml Son U 13 M Som, Merriott
Trask Emily Dau U 9 F Scholar Som, Merriott
Trask Edward Son U 7 M Som, Merriott
Trask Joseph Son U 4 M Som, Merriott
Trask Anna Dau U 1 F Som, Merriott
Chant William Lodger U 30 M Som, Merriott
1871  6 015 Sherrimore Hill Chant Solomon Head M 25 Ag. Lab Som, Merriott
Chant Emma Wife M 22 F Glove Maker Som, Merriott
Chant Ann Dau U 22 F Som, Merriott
Chant Samuel Son U 1m M Som, Merriott
1871 8 034 Lower Street Sweet William Head M 50 M Ag. Lab Som, Merriott
Sweet Ellen Wife M 42 F Som, Merriott
Sweet Edward Son U 9 M Som, Merriott
Chant Elizabeth Lodger W 39 F Som, Merriott
Eason Jane Lodger U 3 F Som, Merriott
1871 9 046 Lower Street Plowman Robert Head M 40 M Commercial Clerk/ Canvass Factory Tail Mills born Som, Crewkerne
Stubbs Mary Housekeeper U 21 F   Lambeth, Walk
Plowman Henry Rush Son U 7 M Som, West Chinnock
Plowman William Edwin Son U 4 M Som, West Chinnock
Chant Mary Jane Domestic U 22 F Domestic Servant Som, Merriott
1871 63 034 Lower Street Chant Maria Head W 52 F Needle Woman Som, Merriott
Chant Thomas Son U 8 M Scholar Som, Merriott
Greenham Thomas Lodger U 24 M Sail cloth Weaver Som, Merriott
Pattemore George Lodger U 19 M Sail Cloth Weaver Som, Merriott
1891 7 145 046 Lower Street Chant Maria Head W 70 Parish Relief Merriott
Chant William Boarder S 45 Ag. Lab  Merriott
Trask Joseph Boarder S 48 Ag. Lab  Merriott
Wills Thomas Boarder S 37 Ag. Lab  Merriott
Eason John? Boarder W 47 Parish Relief Merriott
1891 16 149 102 Shiremoor Hill Chant Solomon Head M 43 General Labourer Merriott
Chant Emma Wife M 42 Merriott
Chant Annie Dau S 22 Shirt Maker  Merriott
Chant Mary Dau S 18 Shirt Maker  Merriott

Chant Ellen Dau S 16 Linen Yarn Spinner  Merriott
Chant Bessie Dau 14 Scholar Merriott
Chant Henry Son 11 Scholar Merriott
Chant Louisa Dau 6 Scholar Merriott
Chant Alice Dau 4 Scholar Merriott
1891 37 160 250 Broadway Chant Thomas Head M 27 Labourer in Flax Spinning Mill
Merriott
Chant Rosa Wife M 29 Merriott
Chant Emma Dau S 9 Scholar Merriott
Chant Henry Son 7 Scholar Merriott
Chant Charles Son 5 Scholar Merriott
Chant Mary E Dau 1 Merriott
1891 8 45 043 Hermitage Higher St, Crewkerne Pattemore Henry Head M 50 Farm Labourer Merriott
Pattemore Anna Wife M 50 Merriott
Pattemore Ella Dau S 21 Shirt Machinist  Merriott
Pattemore Mary Dau S 11 Scholar Crewkerne, Somerset
Chant Hannah Lodger W 81 Retired Nurse Merriott
1891 28 17 156 North Street, Crewkerne Chant Annie Border S 19 Sail Cloth Factory Hand  Crewkerne, Somerset
Chant Ellen Dau S 14 Dressmaker Apprentice  Crewkerne, Somerset
Chant Edwin Son S 13 Tailor Apprentice Crewkerne, Somerset
Chant Fred C Son S 8 Scholar Crewkerne, Somerset
Chant Minnie Granddau S 1 Crewkerne, Somerset
1891 11 75 068 South St Hospital, Crewkerne Chant Henry Inmate S 17 Baker’s Assistant Montacute, Som
1901 31 70 229 Shiremoor Hill Chant Solomon Head M 55 Parish Relief Merriott
Chant Emma Wife M 50 Merriott
Chant Harry Son S 21 Labourer in Brewery  Merriott
Chant Louisa Dau 16 Button Hole Machinist  Merriott
Chant Alice Dau 13 Canvas Factory Spinner Merriott
Chant Charles Son 9 Merriott
Chant Ethel Dau 7 Merriott
1901 33 71 238 Higher St Bailey Mary Head W 67 Ruler Canvas Sail Cloth Merriott
Mitchell Emily Granddau 10 Merriott
Chant William Lodger S 70 General Labourer Merriott
Lawrence Robert Lodger S 64 General Labourer Merriott


Crewkerne Overseers Accounts 

Transcribed by Diane Ellisor.
30 Oct 1830 Paid Wm Joy for seven weeks Board & Lodging for Thos Chant of Merriott with a fractured thigh (2.9.0) Paid a person for attending him (0.2.0)
Wm Trump for his cart to take him home (0.4.0)

20th Century CHANTs in Merriott Records

A few marriages & burials appear in the All Saints Parish Registers in the early 20th Century.

For more information about these CHANTs, please email sue@merriottfamiliesgenealogy.net

1911 census

No entries.