|1. Ernest Arthur Merryweather, b. June 15, 1872||See Ernest Arthur Merryweather & Henrietta Knight|
|2. John Edward Merryweather, b. July 01, 1868||See John Edward Merryweather & Jessica Ethel Wilkinson|
|3. Alfred George Merryweather, b. December 21, 1877||See Alfred George Merryweather & Annie Clarissa Fletcher|
|4. Elizabeth Merryweather, b. bef. September, 1875||See Frank Petty & Elizabeth Merryweather|
|5. William Henry Merryweather, b. March 09, 1866||See William Henry Merryweather & Elizabeth Knowles|
St Cath's Birth Ref V15 P628 Mar 1839 Southwell
St Cath's Mar Ref V7b P361 Mar 1865 Newark
Shown as Henry Merywether
It was in the Autumn of 1856 that Henry, the youngest son of Henry
Merryweather, saw a man carrying a basket of very fine apples, and asked
whence they came. It seems they had been picked from a tree in Mr.
Bramley's garden at Eastthorpe, Southwell, this man was a butcher by
trade and his mother-in-law was a Mrs. Betsy Brailsworth, who had one
afternoon put some apple seeds into a flower pot, one of them grew; she
had this seedling growing in her window. It was given to Mr. Bramley and
he planted it in his garden. Henry Merywether knew all the apple s of
consequence but he did not know this one. Henry later inspected the tree.
Mr. Bramley gave him permission to take what grafts he wanted. Henry
worked up a stock of these trees. Later the apple was placed before the
Royal Horticultural Society. Henry sent 16 apples weighing 16 pounds, and
so received the first award conferred on this apple. Later Henry
Merywether became President of the Royal Horticultural Society. There are
Bramley orchards not only at Southwell, but also in Essex and Kent.
Source=Some Notes on the Family of Merryweather of England and America.
1871 census shows age 32 living at Norwoodfield, Southwell,
Nottinghamshire. Occ Gardener.
1881 census shows age 44 ( this is two years out to the above source but
no other Henry fits ) , living at Mansfield Rd, Southwell,
Nottinghamshire, Occ Nursery Man 5 Acres Grass 13 Acres Nursery employing
February 23 1898
The annual meeting of the Southwell Horticultural Society was held at the
Crown Hotel Southwell last night chaired by General Warrand.
The chairman emphasized the many great advantages to be derived from the
pursuit of horticulture. It was as Lord Bacon once said the purest
recreation in existence and brought into especial play the virtues of
patience watchfulness and care.
On behalf of the committee Mr H. Merryweather said the society gave
pleasure not only to members but to a large section of the general public
as well. The annual show attracted a large number of people to the town.
Celia Steven whose great-grandfather was Henry M gives talks on the
St Cath's Death Ref V7b P266 Sep 1904 Southwell, age 64.