The Family of James Best of Durweston, Dorset

Thanks to Mrs Barbara Kennedy of Christchurch, Dorset, for her assistance researching this family

James Best was born in 1789 at Durweston, son of (Christopher) James and Peggy Roberts. Peggy died in September 1789, soon after James' birth.

James married Phyllis at Blandford Forum in March 1818. They lived at Langton Long Blandford, a small village just to the East of Blandford Forum for the next seven or eight years, before moving back to Blandford. From 1842 James had a carrying business, operating between Blandford and Poole.
James died in 1861. Philadelphia died later. They had ten children including one set of twins and one set of triplets. Only three of the children survived infancy