The Family of Peggy Best and William Crouch


Peggy was born in 1828 at Blandford. She married William Fisher Crouch, a yeoman, dairyman, baker and carrier. William's father had a 90 acre farm at Shroton, Dorset (now Iwerne Courtney). In 1861, William and Peggy lived at 40 Crews Yard, Shroton.

When William died, Peggy and the family lived with Thomas (William's unmarried brother) and their widowed mother, Maryanne. Peggy continued with the bakery business and young William helped his uncle and became a farmer. He prospered sufficiently to buy Hamoon Manor and farm when he married Ada Stone.

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