James Arkell

James Arkell (1850 - 1925)

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James Arkell
Born in Highworth, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Swindon, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 8 Feb 2020 | Created 11 Dec 2013 | Last significant change: 8 Feb 2020
13:59: Duane Merritt edited the Biography for James Arkell (1850-1925). [Thank Duane for this]
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James Arkell was born to John Arkell and Elizabeth Arkell (Hewer) in the town of Stratton St Margaret, Highworth District, in Wiltshire County, England, on 3 Sep 1850. John had emigrated to Canada and started Arkell's Brewery in the little community of Arkell, Ontario.(see Puslinch Historical Society/Research/Villages/Arkell)[1] He returned to England where his fiancee preferred to live. John continued in the brewery business in Stratton as they raised their family. [2]

James was the tenth child of twelve children that blessed John and Elizabeth. [3]

The 1871 Census indicates James 20, lived with his older sister, Susan in Stratton St Margaret, where he was a brewer in the family business. [4] In 1881 at 30, James lived with an older brother, Thomas, in Stratton. [5]

James married Laura Jane Rixon, born 1860 in Middlesex, England. Their marriage took place in Kensington, London, England during spring of 1887[6]

The England and Wales Census of 1891 indicates James and Laura Jane had their own home with two children, Laura, 3,and James G, a new baby, and four female servants. [7] They lived in the parish of Stratton St Margaret, near Swindon where they had the family brewery and barley farm.

James, at 74,died 26 June 1925 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. [8] He was buried in Highworth Cemetery, Wiltshire, England [9] His will showed his wife, Laura Jane, as first beneficiary and son, James G,as second beneficiary. [10]


  1. http://www.puslinchhistorical.ca/
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGZX-WZF : 8 November 2019), John Arkell, Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire, England; citing Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire, England, p. 8, from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  3. https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?cite=TphXJfL3Ss0xTPOTwOnt9A&scan=1
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFNR-2C5 : 28 September 2019), James Arkell in entry for Susan Arkell, 1871.
  5. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q278-NPV8 : 12 December 2017), James Arkell in household of Thomas Arkell, Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 7, Piece/Folio 2015/47, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,636.
  6. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DYX-RY3 : 13 December 2014), Laura Jane Rixon, 1887; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1887, quarter 2, vol. 1A, p. 303, Kensington, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  7. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:4VXW-JT2 : 3 May 2019), James Arkell, Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Wiltshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  8. https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?cite=Vl%2FHTHXDr%2FTc3PS%2B4r4Wgg&scan=1
  9. "BillionGraves Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7YBZ-62N2 : 30 April 2019), James Arkell, died 26 Jun 1925; citing BillionGraves (http://www.billiongraves.com : 2012), Burial at Highworth Cemetery, Highworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom.
  10. "England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QPLC-D6DP : 17 September 2018), James Arkell, 1 Dec 1925; citing Probate, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Great Britain.; FHL microfilm .

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