A fourth Joshua Stopford, also a clergyman.

The 1915 article on Reverend Joshua Stopford (1635-1675) - see previous post - mentions a total of three ministers of the same name from this family, but the authors seem not to have known of a fourth. The precise connection between the two family branches is obscure.

Joshua Stopford was baptised on 24 June 1759 at St Michael's in Ashton-under-Lyne, the son of Thomas Stopford, felt-maker and hatter and Mary Hollingworth of New Mills in Derbyshire, as we would now call it. His parents had married in 1753 (more of them elsewhere). He seems to have been the second son, after James in 1755.

Joshua has two entries on the Church of England clergy database, CCEd 70479 and 108842, as it has proven difficult to disentangle him from his namesake, the son of Reverend William Stopford born in 1759 and active somewhat at the same time. There is no doubt however that these two entries in the database are of one and the same man.

According to  'Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900' by Venn and Venn:

STOPFORD, JOSHUA.
Adm. sizar at ST CATHARINE'S, June 3, 1778.
Of Lancashire. Matriculated Michaelmas. 1778; B.A. 1782.

Being admitted as a sizar meant Joshua probably had to do some menial duties around the college. I have been informed by St Catherine's that while at Cambridge his tutor was Philip Gardner/Gardiner who was born in Stockport son of Samuel Gardner, clerk, and who had been elected Fellow of the College in 1762 and took his B.D. in 1775.

Joshua was ordained in London at the Temple Church on 7 March 1784 becoming a deacon.

He seems to have been curate at Pett and Fairlight in East Sussex (today four churches are combined in a single benefice) from 1785 until 1805, as well as curate of the neighbouring parish of Udimore in 1805.

The Gentleman's magazine of August 1805 notes Joshua's appointment as Vicar of East Marden in Sussex, a post he held until at least 1815.

The House of Commons Journal Volume 64, 1809, lists Joshua as having the benefit of two livings: the Vicarage of East Marden was worth £84 18s. annually and was under the patronage of Rev. B. Phipps, and the Rectory of North Marden was worth £42 12s . 6d. and was under the patronage of Thomas Peckham Phipps whose house at Compton Park still stands and is used as a school.

From 1817 to 1832 he was Vicar at South Hayling and I think Rector at North Hayling according to the CCEd.

The Clerical Guide for 1817, published in November of that year, the entry for Joshua Stopford in the index lists "him" as being Vicar of North Marden and of Brantingham, Curate at Ellerker, Vicar at Hayling South and Curate of Hayling North. In the directory of places the population of Hayling Island in its entirety is given as 578 and the value of the two livings as £8 10s. The Vicar of East Marden was now C.P.Lyne but Joshua was still listed as the Rector of North Marden at this point, though the value was recorded as only £6 17s 8d in this publication. Of course the Vicar at Brantingham and Ellerker in Yorkshire is his namesake, the son of the Reverend William Stopford.

The entry for Joshua Stopford in the 1829 Clerical Directory still has Rector of North Marden and Curate of North Hayling but mistakenly gives him as Vicar of Southwood instead of South Hayling. The value has not changed since 1817 though the population of Hayling Island is given as 668 now. The living was in the gift of the Earl of Albermarle, at that time William Keppel the fourth Earl who was Master of the King's Horse among other things.

Joshua wrote his will on 20 April 1830 and identified himself as "the Reverend Joshua Stopford late of East Marden in the county of Sussex but now of Emsworth in the parish of Warblington in the county of Southampton, Clerk." He appointed his wife, Ann, and a friend named William Shean of Westbourne [buried there in 1859] as executors. In addition to leaving his estate to his wife, Joshua also left the capital after her death to the "several children of [his] brother Thomas Stopford of Ashton-under-Lyne, share and share alike". 

Joshua Stopford of West Street, Emsworth, was listed in the 1834 voters list for the district of Warblington - he evidently did not live on the island for which he was vicar.

Probate for his will was granted on 25 February 1836, he having been buried at Warblington on 24 December 1835 at the reported age of 77. In the mid 1990s a record was made of the monumental inscriptions in the graveyard of The Church of  St Thomas à Becket, Warblington. From this it can be seen that his widow Ann was buried in the same grave as Joshua on 30 Jul 1840 at the reported age of 74.

The Bank of England in 1836 recorded the provisions of Joshua's will regarding the public stocks (gilts as we would now call them) that he had accumulated and that reverted to his nephews and nieces on his wife's death, amounting to over £5122 - more than a quarter of a million in 2005 money according to the National Archives currency converter.

It does not seem that Joshua and Ann had any children. In her will of 1840 Ann makes provision for her niece Ann and nephew Benjamin - they have the surname Munn. She mentions William Slade the widower of her late niece Eleanor who on inspection of the original parish register (digitally at least) were married on 8 July 1823 at St Clement Danes in Westminster. The vicar who married them by license was none other than Joshua Stopford, Vicar of Hayling in Hampshire. The bride was from Eltham in Kent (at that time). I have not been able to make sense of these clues to Ann's identity as yet. Ann, Benjamin, and Eleanor may have been the children of a single brother or a single sister, or multiple brothers. There is a Benjamin Munn, Solicitor, aged 35-39 in the 1841 census in St Pancras parish, married to Sarah, but with an Ann Munn living with them, probably his sister. He seems to have married Sarah Slade in London in 1824. I cannot find Benjamin nor any of his family in the 1851 census to inspect the birthplace so it is not possible to cross reference this with the baptism records around 1802-06. He seems to have been articled in 1818 to a Cobbett Derby. 

There is in any case no marriage apparent between Joshua Stopford and Ann Munn, and of course if these nieces and nephews are children of a single sister their surname would be no help.

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