This is the last will and testament of me Joseph Manning Enefer of Hockwold-cum-Wilton in the County of Norfolk, retired Farmer made this sixth day of June, One thousand eight hundred and ninety four as follows (that is to say)
1. I appoint my son Luke Enefer and my daughter Eliza Flack, (widow), Executors and trustees of this my Will.
2. I devise all those my two freehold cottages situated in Hockwold-cum-Wilton aforesaid with the gardens and outbuilding thereto as the same are now occupied by George Fuller and Foget Green and also the two Wash-rights belonging thereto to hold the same unto my daughter Ellen Cater the wife of George Cater of Hockwold-cum-Wilton aforesaid her heirs and assigns forever.
3. I devise to my said daughter Eliza Flack all those my two freehold cottages with the outbuildings and gardens thereto containing altogether about one acre as the same are now in the occupation of myself and the said Eliza Flack with the Wash-right thereto belonging and also all that my piece of land situate in the Fen at Hockwold aforesaid containing nineteen acres or thereabouts and abutting North on Colis Drove and South on the River Bank. To hold the same unto and to the use of my said daughter, Eliza Flack, her heirs and assigns forever, subject nevertheless to the payment by my said daughter Eliza Flack of the sum of forty pounds to my daughter Lavinia Greenfield and also of the sum of ten pounds each to the four children of my late daughter Emma Fuller, such sums to be paid within one year from the time of my decease and I subject and charge the property devised to my said daughter Eliza Flack with the payment of the said respective sums accordingly.
4. I devise all that my dwelling house and premises situate in the fens at Hockwold-cum-Wilton, aforesaid together with the Twenty Six acres (more or less) of land thereto adjoining (part freehold and part copyhold) and the two wash-rights (one belonging to the said dwelling house and the other being a Wash-right purchased by me). All such property being now in the occupation of my son Luke Enefer to hold the same unto and to the use of my said son Luke Enefer his heirs and assigns forever.
5. I devise all that my freehold cottage with the garden and outbuildings thereto situate in the Fen at Hockwold-cum-Wilton aforesaid and now in the occupation of Albert Palmer and also the Eight acres of land (more or less) adjoining and abutting on the Cross Ditch which land is occupied by the said Albert Palmer and Luke Enefer. To hold the same unto and to the use of my daughter Harriet the wife of Kent Palmer of Lakenheath her heirs and assigns forever.
6. I devise all that my piece of freehold land situate in the fen at Hockwold-cum-Wilton aforesaid containing Nine acres (more or less) lying between the Drove-way and the Middle Ditch and now occupied by the said Luke Enefer to hold the same unto and to the use of my son Jesse Enefer his heirs and assigns forever.
7. I devise all those two cottages with the gardens and outbuildings thereto situate in the Fen at Hockwold-cum-Wilton aforesaid as the same are now occupied by William Malt and Edward Johnson. And also one of the Wash-rights purchased by me to hold the same unto my housekeeper Mary Batch for and during the term of her natural life she keeping the buildings in Tenantable repair and insured against loss or damage by fire in a sum sufficient to cover the value thereof.
8. And from and after the decease of the said Mary Batch I devise all that the aforesaid cottage or tenement with the garden and outbuildings occupied by the said William Malt and also the said Wash rights to hold the same unto and to the use of my grandson Joseph Manning Enefer his heirs and assigns forever subject to the payment by him to his sister Anne Enefer within six calendar months from the death of the said <Mary Batch the sum of Ten pounds and I charge the said Cottage and premises with the payment thereof accordingly.
9. And from and after the decease of the said Mary Batch I devise all that the aforesaid cottage or tenement with the garden and outbuildings occupied by the said Edward Johnson unto and to the use of my grandson John Enefer, his heirs and assigns for ever.
10. I bequeath to the said Mary Batch one half of the furniture and other household effects in the cottage now occupied by me (including a bedstead, feather bed and bedding) for her use absolutely.
11. I bequeath the rest of the furniture and effects unto my said executors and direct them to divide the same amongst such of my children (including themselves) and in such manner, as they shall think fit.
12. I bequeath all my money and the residue of my personnel estate whatever (including the funeral allowance from the Branch of Oddfellows to which I belong) unto my said Executors upon trust there out to pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the sum if Eight pounds (or such less sum as the balance may amount to after such debts funeral and testamentary expenses have been paid) to the said Mary Batch and in case of any surplus remaining after such payments I give and bequeath the same to my said Executors in equal shares.
13. I revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first before written – Joseph M. Enefer.
Signed by the said Joseph manning Enefer the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses -- Odden F. Read Solr. Mildenhall -- Arthur Adams his clerk
On the 9th day of February 1901, probate of this will was granted at Norwich to Luke Enefer, the son and Eliza Flack, Widow, the daughter, the Executors.
Calendar of Probate states that the effects were valued at 814 pounds, 10s 9d., that Joseph died on the 1st December 1900, aged 82 years, at Hockwold-cum-Wilton, and that Luke was a farmer.
The following is an extract from an email sent by Jerry Vernon to Dale Halliday regarding this Will.
In item (3) Colis Drove should read as Cowles Drove. Cowles Drove is a local Dirt road that bisects the Hockwold Fen and the Fenland it runs across is currently a huge carrot farm with a very large modern farmhouse. The old Luke Enefer house, (which was pulled down 40 years ago), at River Bank Farm was located down towards the West End of Cowles Drove. In item (8) to his grandson Joseph Manning Enefer. He had a son Joseph Manning Enefer, Jr. who predeceased him, he had a grandson Joseph Morley Enefer, with a sister Anne, who migrated to Vancouver with his family and died here.
Joseph Morley Enefer was the father to Joseph Lawrence, Alfred, Jack, Reginald, Alice, etc, who all lived and died here plus several others who died in Norfolk as infants. The sister Anne referred to would have been (Anna (Annie) Margaret Enefer, who also migrated to Vancouver and was married to Albert Brittany.
I wonder why he would have singled out Joseph Morley Enefer of all his grandsons, for a bequest? Joe Snr., (as he was known here) was not even the eldest of his grandsons, having an older brother George William Manning Enefer in the village. This was “Whiffer” Enefer, so called because he apparently liked to take a drink or two and who settled in Winnipeg.
1. Luke Enefer is my maternal grandfather. His sister Eliza Flack married Thomas Flack (d 1893) and is one of the two Enefers paternal great-grandparents of my half sister Sharon. Her son Enefer Frederick Flack, married Beatrice Maude Enefer (Auntie Beattie to all), daughter of Jesse Enefer and she was Sharon’s paternal grandmother (i.e. my step father’s mother). Oh such a complicated family!
2. I don’t know if I have a George Fuller on my sheets but the Fullers did intermarry with both the Enefers and the Flacks several times. The Greens also married into the Enefer Family and I do recall seeing the odd name of “Foget Green” in the Church Records. Ellen (Enefer) cater and her husband George…. Their daughter, Ada Cater, married Daniel Joseph Morley Enefer. The name Cater is also spelt Cator in the records and Cator’s Cottage, was the former home of Cater Lawrence, son of Ada and Daniel Lawrence.
3. This land sounds like the land immediately West of the North South road to Lakenheath between the Little Ouse River and Cowles Drove. There was a small cottage on the riverbank near the road and bridge that had been lived in by family members. Lavinia (Enefer) Greenfield was the 2nd child of Joseph Manning Enefer and Mary Eastgate. She was the 2nd Lavinia, b 1853, the 1st had only lived between 1849 –1851. Her younger sister Emma was Elizabeth Emma (Enefer) Fuller. I did not know when she died or how many children she had. I now know she died before her father’s death in december 1900 and had four children. Luke was the 4th Offspring of Joseph Manning Enefer and Mary . Only Luke and Lavina survived to 1900.
4. This description appears to fit River bank farm, where Luke Enefer lived and raised his family until he came to Vancouver in 1912.
5. I do not have Albert Palmer placed on my sheets at the moment but there was no shortage of Palmers in the village…. And they intermarried many times with the Enefers (and continue to do so). Harriet (Enefer) Palmer was the daughter of Joseph Manning Enefer and his first wife Dinah (Morley?). Both Harriet and her brother Jesse married Palmers. (Jesse and Rosina Augusta Palmer where the grand parents of Rosina.
6. Jesse Enefer was the older half brother of Luke, and the head of the family of Enefers that still remain in the village and still own grazing land in the area.
7. Not sure who these are but I recognise the Names William Malt and Edward Johnson. Also I think I have seen the name Mary batch in documents before…. Probably Census.
8. Anne Enefer and her brother Joseph Morley Enefer have been discussed.
9. John Enefer was the younger brother of Anne and Joseph Morley Enefer, b 1875. In the 1881 Census he was living with his mother Selina Elizabeth, the widow of Joseph Manning Enefer Jr, then re-married to William George Oxer, proprietor of the Ferry Boat Inn. In the 1891 Census, he was living with the George Cater family… i.e. Aunt Ellen and Husband
10. – 13 No comment
Joseph Manning Enefer Sr. gravestone is the Hockwold Churchyard (St Peter’s Anglican) along with those of his wives Dinah and Mary and his son Joseph Manning Enefer Jr.
I hadn't been aware of the Hockwold-cum-Wilton web site until advised of it a couple of days ago by fellow Enefer family researcher Dale Halliday, of Toronto. I spent much of last evening wading through the site, and still have to work on the most interesting part...the History pages. I had a quick look, and found the maps of great interest.
My late grandfather, Jesse Enefer, came out to Canada and the U. S. in 1907, but returned to Norfolk in about 1909/10 to farm and marry. His brother Sidney remained in Vancouver, and a brother, sister, and cousin came out to Vancouver via the SS Megantic (had booked on the SS Titanic, but couldn't tolerate a delay in sailing) in Mar/Apr 1912. My grandfather returned to Vancouver in October 1912(SS Empress of Ireland), along with his father Luke, his stepmother and her sister, most of his brothers and sisters, their wives, plus several Enefer and Flack cousins, and all six members of the Mayes family (who had operated the Ferryboat Inn on the river South of the village). This party consisted 33 in all, including my mother's infant brother, who either died en-route across Canada or almost immediately after their arrival here. The only survivor, unless some of the Mayes girls are still alive, is my Aunt Mary Ann King (age 95).
My grandfather never did go back to England again, although several of his brothers and cousins went overseas in the First World War. I have visited Hockwold-cum-Wilton four times now (1979, 1987, 1990 and 1998), and had hoped to go again this spring. Maybe next year! When I am in the village, I stay with cousin Rosina Plumpton (nee Enefer), and do a lot of running around to cemeteries, County Record Offices, the church records at Little Downham (birthplace of great-grandmother Mary Ann Harrison), as well as obligatory visits to the museums at Duxford and Old Warden, and the Mildenhall Air Show.
The Enefer family is a complicated one, and the confusion didn't stop when they came to Canada. My stepfather, Alan Flack, was the son of Beattie Flack (nee Beatrice Maude Enefer), daughter of Jesse Enefer the elder, aunt to the current Hockwold Enefers, and a publican herself (The Anchor), so my half-sister has 3 out of 4 grandparents who were Enefers (Jesse Enefer, Beatrice Maude Enefer and Enefer Frederick Flack)!
Although I haven't examined the entire site yet, I have a couple of items to suggest (if not already on site) that I'm sure you could borrow from Rosina Plumpton (15 Kemps Lane, 01842-828326) and put on line. Rosina has two 5 x 7 prints of photos that I got from the son of the late Joseph Lawrence Enefer ("Little Joe") who was well-known in the village from his many trips back home in connection with soccer. One is a very nice "antique" shot of the New Inn, which was operated by my grandfather's uncle and namesake, Jesse Enefer, and the other is of the Mayes family standing in front of the Ferry Boat Inn. I would say that these photos date from the early 1900’s and the Ferry Boat Inn photo must have been taken very close to the time they left Norfolk (Oct 12), judging from the ages of the 5 daughters. Rosina and I visited the old Ferry Boat Inn on my last visit. It is now a farmhouse, set back from the river bank (unlike in the photo, when the river was higher and wider, but the wrought iron hanger for the inn sign is still on the corner of the farmhouse!
These two photos had a nice antique sepia colour to them, and I copied them onto 35-mm slides, so the sepia colour comes through when prints are made. I also copied a large collection of vintage photos and postcards from Joe Enefer's son, and was able, in almost all cases, to stand in the same spot and take a modern photo of the same house or building on one of my visits...the churches, pubs, village green, Main St. views, general store, etc. The main difference is the sidewalks and TV aerials now!
I will be visiting my U. S. cousins, the Lovgreens, this coming Saturday, so I am anxious to examine the rest of the History pages later today, so I can fill them in.
I did notice there is an Enefer family tree page. Although I am not familiar with this gentleman, I see that he credits Cousin Rosina as a contributor. It appears that Rosina has shared with him my research sheets and charts, which is a welcome thing she has done. I must contact him soon, as I see I have more information to fill in, that I haven't transmitted over to Rosina by way of updated charts.
I have been very involved since the late 1970's with both the Enefer family tree and history and with aviation history...Canadian military and civil aviation, World War Two, warbirds and detailed research into certain individual aircraft types, particularly some of those that I worked on the RCAF (Auxiliary) in the 1950s and 1960s. For many years now, I have been the President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society.
Over the past few years, thanks to the Internet, I have had contact with a number of other researchers working on the Enefers and related families, in the UK, Canada and the U. S. Two of the UK researchers are John Esgate (Eastgate, Estgate, Esgate, etc.) and John Pendall (another family that married in and out of the Enefers). When I was over in the UK three years ago, Rosina and I went over to church at Little Downham, and met Ethel Taylor of the Waddelow Family Society (Waddelows married Harrisons, Harrisons married Enefers). I also met with a Harrison family researcher up in Edinburgh, whom I had exchanged e-mails with.
A couple of years ago, John Esgate e-mailed me a copy of a 3-part article by Bruce Morrell Pointon titled "Old Norfolk - Tough Times: Life in Norfolk England in the 18th and 19th Centuries". I think it originally came from ROOTSWEB. I sent John a lot of supporting comments relating to this article, as recalled from things my grandfather told me about his life in Hockwold in the late 1800s and early 1900s...life on the fens. I'd be glad to dig that out from the archives and forward it to you, Bill Gates et al willing!
There has been a real mystery going on for several years, since we discovered Enefer families in Brandon, and that Joseph Inifer/Enefer was born there too, as well as two Brandon born Inifer/Enipher/Enefer women of the same age bracket who married Hockwold men (not included in the chart on the web site...one of those things I'll have to pass on to him). The mystery is that Brandon was (is?) in Norfolk for census purposes, but in Suffolk County for other purposes, including church records, etc. I will therefore have to go to Bury again to see what there is on the early Brandon Enefers. I also worked out on the large scale Ordnance Survey map that a defined area of farms on the Suffolk side, South and West of Brandon and North of RAF Lakenheath had the same treatment. The fellows I was working with at the time couldn't come up with an explanation...perhaps I will rework that item into a Question to post on the website. Somebody must have the answer!
Did you know there were about 40 different variations of the spelling of the name "ENEFER", not included the possibly related Welsh or Cornish "Jenifer", "Jennifer", "Gwenever", " Guinevere", etc. I have often wondered if the pauper family "Heifer", in some of the early Hockwold church records, is also a miss spelling?
On my 1990 visit, I hit it lucky, and was in the village for Sally Enefer's wedding, where I was able to meet more of the Enefer and Harrison kin. That time, I had taken the Rhine River cruise, and found it was very handy to fly into Norwich from Amsterdam and back out the same way, including a couple of days at the old Norwich Records Office. On the last trip, I stayed with Cousin Malcolm Cole-Wilkin, near Aylsham, while hitting the new Records Office.
Did you know…..
The half brother of Yvonne De Carlo, (real name Peggy Yvonne Middleton), was married to Lillian Enefer. Yvonne was famous for playing Lily Munster in the Munsters TV Series, (1964 –1966)
The Waddelow Society is a non profit Family History Group, established in 1988, interested in reasearching the Waddelow/Wadlow name.
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