Additional data on the Leadenham Branch

Courtesy of Rachel Theaker

The Leadenham Theakers - Walter's Line

Thomas and Elizabeth Theaker of North Collingham

Thomas and Hannah Theaker of North Collingham Notts.

John Theaker (the first Theaker of Leadenham) was baptized 7th August 1768 at North Collingham. He was the son of Thomas and Hannah Theaker. John married Jane Puttergill, daughter of Henry Puttergill and Patience Jackson on 28th May 1792 at Leadenham. John died in 1830 and Sarah in 1837. They had 17 children?

William Theaker baptized 4th January 1801 in Leadenham, was the son of John and Jane Theaker. He married Sarah Johnson 30th November 1826 at Leadenham. Sarah was the daughter of John and Mary Johnson and was baptized 7th October 1805 at Welbourn. They had 6 children. Sarah died 18th September 1871 and William died 9th August 1881 aged 80 at Leadenham.

Frederick Theaker born 1827 (baptized 27th September 1827 at Leadenham) was the eldest son of William and Sarah. He married Rachael Pearce on 20th August 1848 at Leadenham. They had 11 children. Frederick died August 1878 and Rachael died 17th February 1910, both in Leadenham. After Frederick's death Rachael traded as a Coal Dealer and in 1881 was living at Bayards Leap with her children including Walter who was a gardener.

Walter Edward Theaker born 28th January 1867 at Leadenham, the 10th child of Frederick and Rachael. He left school at the age of 10 and worked as a carter boy for a short time, afterwards going to Mansfield where he was employed by a firm of furnace builders. Attending night schools he improved his position and travelled extensively, fitting furnaces and bakers ovens. Later he took up building and was foreman for J.K.Cooper & Sons, Maidenhead and afterwards he went into business as a builder on his own at Maidenhead for a number of years. He went to live at Brimpton, Nr. Reading about 1907. He became interested in local affairs and was a member of Kingsclere Rural District Council from 1928 until the amalgamation with Whitchurch Rural District Council in 1932 after which he served until 1945. He died at Brimpton near Reading, Berks on 26th January 1952 just two days short of his 85th birthday. Married Norah Soper in 1893 at Wolverton Church

They had two sons (one died young)

The other was Norman Edwin Theaker who was born 30th August 1894 and died 9th September 1967 aged 73. Norman served in the First World War enlisting first in the Berkshire Yeomanry and then transferring to The Royal Engineers, serving in Salonika and was at the Dardanelles fighting the Turks. He was a very clever motor mechanic. Prior to the 1914-18 war Norman Edwin Theaker was employed by a Mr. McMullen at Brimpton (near Brimpton School) making cars (make unknown). He worked there until he enlisted. It is understood that due to the war the manufacture of cars at Brimpton ceased and Mr. McMullen went to the War Office and through him Norman Edwin Theaker transferred from the Berkshire Yeomanry to the Royal Engineers. He married Emily Evelyn Stevens at Burghclere Parish Church on 10th November 1926. Emily was born on 11th June, 1892 at Burghclere. Her mother was Jane Stevens and her father Henry Stevens , a Sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery. The best man at Norman and Emily's wedding was Reginald Charles Theaker, possibly from Birmingham. There was also a cousin called Ethel. Surname unknown

They had two sons -

1. Alan Norman Theaker born at Newtown, Near Newbury, on 4th November 1927
He married Rachel Clint on 17th April 1954. Rachel was born at Southampton 
on 4th May 1929. They had two children -

Paul Alan Theaker born 2nd February 1957 at Kingsclere, Near Newbury. He
married Michele McCrea (nee Halvey) on 3rd August 1996.

Ann Rachel Theaker born 12th February 1959 at Kingsclere. She married
Martin James Watts on 9th August 1980. They had two sons -

James Andrew Watts born 27th October 1985 at Poole, Dorset
Dale Alan Watts born 7th July 1987 at Poole Dorset

2. Brian Arthur Theaker born 28th October 1928 at Newtown, Nr. Newbury.
He married Veronica Hilton at Oldham on 26th December 1953
They had three children
Michael, Cheryl and David

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