Family History


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  Simon 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
Total 250

He was a beneficiary in his brother William's Last Will and Testament.

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.

Monumental Inscriptions at St. Peter & St. Paul and Cemetery Horndon-On-The-Hill

  33 Headstone, round top with flat shoulders, and footstone.
       Sacred I to the memory of Mrs ANN SLATER late wife of Mr JAMES SLATER of this parish who died Jan l0th 18(0)9, aged 51? years (four lines of text illegible)

34 Headstone with oval at top.
Sacred to the memory of Mr JAMES SLATER son of JAMES & ANN SLATER of this parish who died Sept 22 (nd) 1806 aged 27 years
My day, on earth are pall which were but few weep not for me dear friends it is in vain your loss I hope is my eternal gain.

79. Ann FRETTON.  She was baptized on the 14 Oct 1753 in Childerditch, Essex. She was buried on 16 January 1809 in Horndon on the Hill. Children were:

child  James SLATER
child  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.
child  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.
child  Thomas SLATER was christened on 18 Jan 1786 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
child  Anna Maria SLATER was christened on 10 Apr 1791 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
child  Elizabeth Mary SLATER was christened on 28 Jul 1793 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
child  Henry SLATER was christened on 22 Jul 1798 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
child  Joseph SLATER was christened on 22 Jul 1798 in Horndon-on-the-Hill.

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