The Holborow Family


The HOLBOROW family of North Wraxall is linked in a number of ways to West Littleton families and has been traced back four generations from the Dorothy Anne HOLBOROW who married Thomas Osborne HILLIER, and whose memorial is shown with detail on the FRANKCOM and HILLIER family research pages.


Chart of the HOLBOROW family of North Wraxall showing links to FRANKCOM AND HILLIER families From the research to date, a William HOLBOROW is head of this part of the Holborow Families of North Wraxall.  (see chart above)
William HOLBOROW was born abt. 1671, and died 1748 in North Wraxall. His will of 1748 /49 he is described as a Yeoman of North Wraxall.  He also describes his Estate as including lands in Hawksbury and Old Sodbury both in the County of Gloucester.

His children were:

  • Isaac HOLBOROW   1707 - 1795 was born at North Wraxall and is buried at Christchurch Swindon. He married Martha (1707 – 1745) and is also buried at Christchurch Swindon. (See further details below)
  •  Joseph HOLBOROW, who married and had three children William, Daniel and Martha
  •  Daniel HOLBOROW
  •  William HOLBOROW who married and had four children Ann, Martha, Betty and Daniel
  •  Francis HOLBOROW

Isaac HOLBOROW 1707 - 1795 and Martha had four children:

  • Isaac   1735 -  1813, (North Wraxall); married Dorothy FRANKCOM, (see note below) 
  • George
  • Ann
  • Martha (born 1741 North Wraxall).  She married Edward TYLER.

Isaac HOLBOROW 1735 – 1813
Isaac was born abt. 1735, and died May 1813 in North Wraxall.  He married Dororthy FRANKCOM on 1st Jan 1772 at Tormarton with West Littleton.  She was born abt 1743, and died December 1824 in North Wraxall.
The Burial records provide the following detail –
Isaac  HOLBOROW           Died 25 May 1813 aged 78.  "Gentleman.  Husband of Dorothy"
Dorothy HOLBOROW        Died 11 Dec 1824 aged 81.  "Wife of Isaac"

Isaac and Dorothy had three children –

  • Isaac  HOLBOROW, b. 1782, North Wraxall; d. 31 May 1852, Marshfield, buried North Wraxall.
    Isaac married Mary PENLY
  • Martha HOLBOROW

Isaac HOLBOROW 1782 – 1852
Isaac HOLBOROW was born 1782 in North Wraxall, and died 31 May 1852 in Marshfield, and is buried at North Wraxall.  He married Mary PENLY 12 Jun 1806 in her birth parish of Alderley.   They had four children - Dorothy Anne, Martha Eliza, Betty, and Isaac.
The 1851 census shows Isaac and Mary HOLBOROW living at Main Street, Marshfield with daughter Martha E. Holborow unmarried aged 32.  Isaac is described as a Landed Proprietor aged 68 born North Wraxall, Wilts and his wife Mary aged 70 born Alderley, Glos.   Although described on this census as a Landed Proprietor, he is also described as a Maltster (on his father’s will) and a Farmer.
31 May 1852 Isaac HOLBOROW dies aged 69 and his son Isaac HOLBOROW and son in law George HOLBOROW are the executors of his will.     
Isaac was buried at North Wraxall and the burial record describes -

                       "Husband of Mary only son of Isaac & Dorothy"

The four Children of ISAAC HOLBOROW and MARY PENLY were :

  • MARTHA ELIZA HOLBOROW, was born about 1819, North Wraxall;  d. July 1891, Richmond Hill, Clifton, Bristol.
  • In the 1871 Census she is living at 4 Sunderland Place, Clifton, Bristol.  Also, at the same address was Mary E Hillier (niece to Martha)

    In the 1881 Census Martha is living at 4 Richmond Hill, Clifton.  Still at the same address was Mary Hillier described as Niece to Martha.  Martha is described as occupation of - Income from Property (Interest of Money) and Mary's occupation is "Income from Land (and Interest of Money)
    At the time of the 1891 Census both Martha and her niece Mary Emily Hillier are living at 5 Richmond Hill, Clifton Bristol.  Both are "Living on own means"

    Martha died July 1891 and the burial records for North Wraxall describe –
    “Buried on 9 July 1891, 
    Martha Elizabeth HOLBOROW of Clifton youngest daughter of Isaac and Mary”

  • DOROTHY ANN HOLBOROW  was born 28 Jul 1807, North Wraxall; d. 3rd April 1874; she married Thomas Osborne HILLIER, 29 Oct 1829, North Wraxall  (see HILLIER family page for more details)

  • Isaac HOLBOROW, born 09 Jul 1809, North Wraxall; d. 01 Dec 1904, The Cabin, Melksham, Wiltshire; married SARAH ARCHER TAYLER, 1848, Castle Combe;  Sarah was born abt. 1827, Castle Combe; d. 20 Jan 1917, Badminton Lodge, Overhill Rd. Downend.

  • Betty HOLBOROW the youngest daughter of Isaac and Mary.  She was born abt 1812 North Wraxall and married George HOLBOROW on 2nd May 1837. She died 28th February 1900.