Jesse Draper

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 09/03/2020
© Christine Gambles

Jesse Draper



Jesse was born c1825 in Easterton Wiltshire. He was baptised on the 19th April 1825 at Market Lavington Wiltshire and was the son of Thomas & Sarah Draper (nee Clelford) who were married on the 13th May 1818 at Market Lavington.  At the time of Jesse’s baptism the family were living in Easterton and his father was working as a Shoemaker.

Jesse’s siblings were:

Samuel c1819   Rhoda c1821   David c1823   Benjamin c1827   Joseph c1829   Enos c1833   Elizabeth c1835

Jesse was a Sadler& Harness Maker. He married Harriet Messenger in Newbury in 1849 and they had the following children:

Charles Thomas c1850   Jane c1851   Jesse 1854   Lucy c1856   Frederick Messenger c1861   Harriet Elizabeth 1862   William Barnes c1864   Mary Messenger 1865  

Harriet also gave birth to 3 stillborn children who were buried in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the following dates: 29th August 1857, 12th October 1858 and 30th November 1859

In 1851 Jesse, Harriet and their daughter Jane were living in Pleasant Place Newbury. By 1861the family had moved to Purdue’s Yard (off Bartholomew Street) and by 1871 they had moved to Cheap Street Newbury.


Jesse Draper died aged 46 in 1871 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 18th September 1871.

His widow Harriet and his children, William Barnes and Harriet Elizabeth were also buried in the Newtown Road Cemetery.

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