78. James SLATER was born about
1748. He was buried on 21 Oct 1822 in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex.
James was a publican at each of Horndon-on-the-Hill's pubs. From
the Victualler's Sureties Register it has been established that
he was the publican at 'The
Swan' from at least 1781 to 1800, and at 'The
Bell' from 1805 to 1813.
The Bell Inn - Photo courtesy of
Ward (via Flickr).
The Swan - Photo courtesy of
Terence Stevens (via Flickr).
He appears in the Horndon-on-the-Hill Land Tax records
from 1781 - 1800 (only years checked so far) paying the tax on
land/properties owned by others.
A typical years entry is that of 1789 :-
Owner Mr Graves / Occupier James Slater £1-8s
During the 1811 census extra details were collected in this
Parish than normally were for that census and these have
survived. For James Slater it lists :-
Slater Jas., Victualer, Household of 3 males & 3 females.
Royal Exchange Insurance Policy :-
16 July 1787
James Slater of Horndon-on-the-Hill, Victualer.
On household furniture in his dwelling house & brewhouse afs
or adj? (aforesaid/adjoining?) timber built and tiled situate in
the Parish afd (aforesaid) £80.
On wearing apparel £15.
On Plate £10.
On utensils & trade £95
On utensils & stock na stable? and ...... £50
He was a beneficiary in his brother William's Last Will and
It is not known where he originated from. The will of his brother list the
siblings and their parishes, however they are spread out from South Essex, up
through North Essex and Suffolk. A possible clue is that two of the
beneficiaries in that will were from Overton and Otton Belchamp in North Essex.
There are Slater families in this area, in particular Toppesfield, however the
Parish Register was neglected in the period around James birth. A James Slater
married an Ann Boreham in Toppesfield in 1770 giving rise to the possibility
this is my James as when he married Ann Fretton in 1778 he was a widower.
He was married to Anne Fretton on 2 April 1778 in Great Burstead, Essex.
79. Ann FRETTON. A possible baptism for
her is on 9 June 1749 in Stifford, Essex. She was buried on 16 January 1809 in
Horndon on the Hill. Children were:
i. William SLATER was christened about 1782
in Horndon-on-the-Hill. This baptism was recorded but
undated. It was in the Register in a period circa the early
1780's where the Register was not adequately maintained.
ii. John Charles SLATER was born on 8 Jan
1785 in Horndon-on-the-Hill. He was christened on 18 Feb
1785 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
iii. Thomas SLATER was christened on 18 Jan
1786 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
39 iv. Anna Maria
SLATER was christened on 10 Apr 1791 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
v. Elizabeth Mary SLATER was christened on 28
Jul 1793 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
vi. Henry SLATER was christened on 22 Jul
1798 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
vii. Joseph SLATER was christened on 22 Jul
1798 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.