Rising Family Home Page

Martham has never had a single landed gentry family. It has had Lords of the Manor, but they have mostly been large land-owning farmers who lived away. This is almost certainly because in medieval times there was a larger than average number of freeholders in the village who owned just a few acres each. This did not provide the basis needed for the emergence of any really large estates, hence there were never any stately homes. There were, however, a small number of yeoman or gentleman farmers who managed to accumulate perhaps 200 to 400 acres and in relative terms were wealthy in comparison with those eking out a living from three or four acres plus use of the common land.

Rising Family Summary

The Risings were the most important of the larger landowners and they came to prominence all over Flegg including, Horsey, Somerton, Caister and Martham in the 19th century. This section of the website does not attempt to cover the whole Rising family but instead concentrates on the members that lived in, or contributed to, life in Martham. There are two branches of the family featured on this page who were  cousins.

Spanning a period of almost 200 years they were mainly property owners and farmers. In 1812 the principal family members owned 295 acres of land in Martham and thirty years later in 1842 this had increased to 425 acres. In addition, they owned additional land at Repps, Potter Heigham, West Somerton, Horsey and Caister. They were also estate managers, barristers, magistrates, chief constables, churchwardens, overseers, cattle & horse breeders and pillars of the community. At various times they owned some of the most impressive properties in the area including Cess Farm, Elmside, Grove House, Martham House, Moregrove, Rose Farm, Sutfield House, Bell Meadow and its cottages all at Martham and Horsey Hall and West Somerton Hall as well as elegant properties in Great Yarmouth. Some had large families but many children died as infants. They made good marriages with other eminent families, but also had affairs and had their fair share of illegitimate children. One kept a farming diary giving us an insight into their daily lives.

Much of their wealth was gained by hard graft and acute business acumen but ultimately, perhaps as a result of accumulated wealth, they moved on. Some lost interest in working the land, others spread their wings across the globe to America, Canada and South Africa.

Gradually family members died or moved on and life styles changed. Many of the properties the family owned were rented out or sold and the main estate in the village based at Martham House and its farmland had passed down to Benjamin Howes Rising but he was a Vicar at Moreton in Staffordshire. After his death in 1902 his Trustees managed the estate for a while but put it up for auction in 1908. The last tenant/leaseholder was Alfred Mabbott Wiseman and he had died in 1905. The advert for the auction showing the extent of the estate can be seen below. The purchaser was William James Bracey.

Despite having such a significant presence in the village for so long there are now no Risings (that I know of) living in Martham other than extremely distant ancestors by marriage – but they are not forgotten!  

Short Stories

  • Which Rising couple had 14 children, 32 grandchildren and at least 39 great grandchildren?  Find out by clicking HERE.
  • One Rising kept a farming diary – click HERE to find out more about his life in 1815.
  • A land owning Rising and his wife have a grand brass memorial plaque in St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Find out who they are HERE.
  • One Rising took a gamble and purchased a flooded estate. Click HERE to find out who he was and what happened. 
  • A Rising moved to a farm “On the Hill” at Caister. Who was he? Answer HERE.
  • Did a Rising have 1, 2, 3 or more illegitimate children with his mistress? Find the correct number HERE.
  • One of the Rising daughters married into the Bane family of grocers and millers of Martham. Which one was she? Read about her HERE.
  • There are several Risings called Robert but one turned a fairly nice house into a grand mansion. Click HERE to read about him.
  • A Rising son became a Vicar in Shropshire after serving with the 76th Regiment in Corfu. Find out who he was by clicking HERE.
  • Click HERE to read the amazing story of the Rising who joined the navy, fell out with his commanding officers, ran off with a married lady from his village, died in England but is buried in Canada.
  • Who is the lady who became a Rising, was an artist and has a stained-glass window dedicated to her memory?  She is HERE.
  • Which Rising remained single, lived at Cess for about 30 years and had two servants there?  Find him HERE.
  • How was it that Anne Rising came to live at Grove House, Black Street, Martham? The answer is HERE.
  • How are the Risings linked to the very successful Francis farming family of Martham? Read HERE to find out.
  • What unique feature links one branch of the Risings to each other?  Answer HERE.
  • Which Rising owned more than 130 acres of land in Martham in 1842. Spot him HERE

The Risings in Detail

There were two branches of the family associated with Martham. They were cousins but I have divided them in two for ease of explanation.  

We can start with Branch ‘A’ by looking at William Rising (1701-1771) and his wife Mary Tilney (1704-1779) who moved from Acle to West Somerton and it was their descendants that had such an effect on Martham. Their son Robert married Ann Manship and had 14 children at West Somerton Hall. Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are listed on the large chart below. After that there are thumbnail sketches of all the family members in the chart and for key family members there are 19 separate, linked pages giving far more information about them.

Branch ‘B’  is based on Thomas Rising (1713-1773) and his wife Martha who were also  from Acle and their son Thomas Rising (1742-1794) and his wife Mary Burton (1748-1832) who moved to Martham. Their descendants are shown on another chart under Branch ‘B’ which you can click on and jump to if you wish.

Branch ‘A’ Chart

Branch ‘A’

Generation 1

  1. Robert Rising and Ann Manship
    Robert Rising(1) was born in 1732 in West Somerton. He married Ann Manship, the daughter of William Richard Manship & Susanna Sutten on 11th February 1768 at St Mary’s Church, West Somerton by licence. Ann was born about 1741 at West Somerton. She died on 18th June 1797 at West Somerton. Robert died on 24th July 1797 at West Somerton. Robert & Ann had 14 children you can see here under Generation 2. For more information about Robert & Ann click HERE.

Generation 2

1.1 Robert Rising (2) was born in 1768 at West Somerton. He married Mary Preston, the daughter of Isaac & Mary Preston on 17th November 1800 at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth. See below under Generation 2 for details of their children. Mary was born in about 1776 at Lowestoft, Suffolk. Robert and Mary both died at Horsey Hall; Robert on 26th June 1841 and Mary in 1862. Robert & Mary had four children. For more information about Robert & Mary click HERE.

1.2 William Rising(1) was born in 1769 at West Somerton. He married (1) Mary Ann Page on 30th October 1792 at Ludham, Norfolk by licence. William was a bachelor, Mary a spinster. The witnesses were John Page and Mary Rising. Mary died on 28th April 1841. William then married (2) Elizabeth Howes, the daughter of Richard Howes & Ann Neave on 27th May 1841 at St Mary the Virgin, West Somerton. Elizabeth was born in 1789 at Potter Heigham, Norfolk and died on 26th April 1868 at Great Yarmouth. William died in 1846 at West Somerton. William & Elizabeth had six illegitimate children. The first three had the surname Howes and the second three, Rising. You read more about them under Generation 3 numbered 1.2.1 to 1.2.6. For more information about William, Mary and Elizabeth click HERE.

1.3 Stephen Rising was probably born in about 1770 at West Somerton Hall and died in 1834 at Horning but there is some doubt about these records.

1.4 Tilney Rising was born in 1770 at West Somerton Hall. He married Margaret Bidwell on 20th April 1790 at Exminster, Devon. They did not have any children. Margaret was born in 1770 in Exmouth, Devon. Tilney died in 1819 in Norway.

1.5 Mary Rising was born in 1773 at West Somerton. She married Thomas Francis the son of Thomas Francis & Elizabeth Proctor on 9th December 1794 at St Mary’s Church, West Somerton by licence. They had a daughter called Anne Rising Francis (chart No 1.5.1.) who was born on 16th April 1795 at Ingham, Norfolk. She married her first cousin George Edward Francis, the son of John Francis & Elizabeth Cubitt, on 23rd January 1824 at Kensington, Middlesex.  Thomas Francis was born in 1771 at Martham and died there on 30th March 1820. Mary died on 23rd June 1844 at Martham. For more information about Mary & Thomas click HERE.

1.6 Edward Rising was born in about 1773 but nothing more is known about him. It is likely that he died in infancy.

1.7 Thomas Sutfield Rising(1) was born in 1774 at West Somerton. He never married and died in 1855 at Martham and is buried at St Mary the Virgin graveyard section G, plot H3.

1.8 Benjamin Rising (1) was born in 1775 at West Somerton Hall. He married (1) Sarah Sowels on 22nd November 1804 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. They do not appear to have had any children. Sarah was born in about 1780 and died on 20th February 1824 at Martham. Benjamin then married (2) Mary Clementina Garnham  the daughter of Richard Garnham & Mary Cubit on 15th March 1827 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Mary was born in 1782 at Martham and died on 24th November 1832 at Moregrove Farm, Damgate, Martham. They did not have any children. Benjamin died on 17th March 1835 also at Moregrove. For more information about Benjamin, Sarah & Mary click HERE.

1.9 John Rising (1) was born in 1776 at West Somerton. He married a lady called Mary on 16th October 1802 in Surrey but nothing more is known about her. John was an Army Captain and died in 1809 in Arras Prison, Hautes-Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees, France. There is no record of any children for the couple.

1.10 Anne Rising was born in 1777 at West Somerton. She married Robins Purdy(1) the son of Robert Purdy & Jane Creasey on 22nd November 1804 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. See below under Generation 2 for details of their children. Robins was born on 8th October 1780 in Norwich, but possibly at Tunstead. He died in May 1842 at Martham. Anne died in 1844 at Martham. Anne & Robins had eleven known children between 1806 and 1818 details of which can be seen by clicking HERE.

1.11 George Rising was born in 1779 at West Somerton. He married Mary Beart on 14th January 1808 at Hemsby. Mary was born in about 1783 at Gorleston and died in 1852 at Great Yarmouth. George died in April 1859 at Martham and was buried at Great Yarmouth. There is more information about George & Mary and their seven children which can be seen by clicking HERE.

1.12 Charles Rising was born in 1781 and died in October 1783 probably at West Somerton.

1.13 Rebecca Rising was born on 6th February 1782 at West Somerton. She married George Clabon the son of Robert & Martha Clabon on 16th February 1801 at Ashby with Oby, Norfolk. George was born in about 1781. Rebecca died in 1813. Rebecca & George had three children you can see details of under Generation 3 as 1.13.1 to 1.13.3.

1.14 Frances Rising for which I have no other information.

Generation 3

1.1.1 Robert Rising (3) was born on 7th September 1801 at West Somerton as the son of Robert Rising & Mary Preston. Robert married Elizabeth Parish the daughter of Charles Compton Parish & Elizabeth Cory on 12th February 1830 in Middlesex.  Elizabeth was born on 13th April 1807 at Great Yarmouth. She died on 10th July 1882 at Aylsham, Norfolk. Robert died on 8th March 1885 at Horsey Hall, Norfolk. You can see more details about Robert & Elizabeth and their seven children by clicking HERE.

1.1.2 William Rising (2) was born in 1802 and died in July 1805. He was buried at Horsey on 4th July 1805.

1.1.3  William Rising (3) was born and died in 1807 at Horsey, Norfolk.

1.1.4 John Rising (2) was born in 1816 and died in 1817 at Horsey, Norfolk.

1.2.1  Harriet Rising Howes was born on 5th February 1811 at West Somerton Hall as the illegitimate daughter of William Rising & Elizabeth Howes. She married William Harrison Wells the son of William Wells & Sarah Harrison on 9th May 1832 at St Mary the Virgin, West Somerton. William was born on 24th September 1805 at Martham. He died on 31st December 1874 at Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich. He was a miller at Martham. Harriet died on 16th July 1871 in Norwich during the same year that her brothers Robert and William also died. Harriet & William had ten children between 1833 and 1871 listed as 1.2.1.1. to 1.2.1.10. on the ‘Branch A’ chart.

1.2.2. William Rising Howes who was born on 24th September 1812 at West Somerton Hall as the illegitimate son of William Rising & Elizabeth Howes. He married Martha Walpole the daughter of Thomas Walpole on 18th September 1860 at St Pancras, London. Martha was born between 1822-1828 at Ormesby St Margaret and died on 3rd December 1901 in Norwich. William died on 7th September 1871 at Martham on the same day as his brother Robert and a few months after his sister Harriet. Martha Walpole had two daughters before marrying William Rising and they went through life with the surname Rising. Their details can be seen under Generation 4 as 1.2.2.1 to 1.2.2.2.

1.2.3 Robert Rising Howes was born in about 1814 at West Somerton Hall as the illegitimate son of William Rising & Elizabeth Howes. He married Mary Hawkes on 24th June 1841 at St Mary’s Church, Bryanston Square, Marylebone, London. Mary was born in about 1817 at Himley, Staffordshire. She died in 1884 at Gravesend, Kent. Robert died on 7th September 1871 at Row 59, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on the same day as his brother William and during the same year as his sister Harriet. Robert & Mary had five children and see on ‘Branch A’ chart.

1.2.4 Thomas Sutfield Rising (2) was born in 1825 at West Somerton Hall as the illegitimate son of William Rising & Elizabeth Howes. He was baptized at St Mary’s West Somerton on 10th September 1825. He never married. He died on 29th July 1899 at Martham where he is buried at St Mary the Virgin section F, plot Q1. You can also see more details about Thomas by clicking HERE.

1.2.5  Benjamin Howes Rising (2) was born in 1827 at West Somerton Hall as the illegitimate son of William Rising & Elizabeth Howes. He married Sarah James in 1862 at Newport, Shropshire. Sarah was born in about 1841 in Lillishall, Shropshire.  Benjamin had a spell as an Ensign in Her Majesty’s 76th Regiment in Corfu before becoming a priest and spending most of his life as a vicar at Lichfield, Staffordshire, and Moreton, Shropshire. He died on 29th August 1902 at 19 West Parade, Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales.  Benjamin & Sarah had two children. William James Sutfield Rising who was born in 1863 at Lichfield, Staffordshire and a daughter called Ethel Maude Rising who was born in 1870 at Crosall, Staffordshire. Neither ever lived in Martham. You can read more about Benjamin & Sarah by clicking HERE

1.2.6 Eliza Howes Rising was born in 1829 at West Somerton Hall as the illegitimate daughter of William Rising & Elizabeth Howes. She married James Bane, the son of James Bane & Esther Martin, on 4th August 1870 at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth. James was born on 31st August 1822 at Reedham, Norfolk. He died in 1883 at Great Yarmouth.  Eliza died in 1895 at High Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth. Eliza & James had a daughter called Eliza Catherine Harriet Rising Bane who was born on 6th July 1871 at Martham. You can also see more details about Eliza & James by clicking HERE.

The children of Anne Rising & Robins Purdy:

1.10.1 George Purdy who was born in 1806 at Tunstead, Norfolk. He died in 1882 at Norwich.

1.10.2 Robins Purdy (2) who was born and died in 1807 at Tunstead.

1.10.3 Ann Purdy who was born and died in 1808 at Tunstead.

1.10.4 Robins Purdy (3) who was born in about 1810 at Tunstead. He died on 16th December 1886 at Southtown, Gorleston. He married his cousin Mary Ann Purdy, the daughter of William Purdy & Mary Ann Miller, on 31st October 1837 at St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth. Mary was born in 1815 at Great Yarmouth. She died on 11th December 1898 at Martham where they are both buried in the family sarcophagus – shown right.

1.10.5  Thomas Purdy was born at Tunstead in 1812. He never married and died in 1883 at Great Yarmouth.

1.10.6 William Purdy (1) was born and died at Tunstead in 1813 but is believed to have been buried in the family sarcophagus at St Mary’s, Martham.

1.10.7 William Purdy (2) was born in 1814 at Tunstead. He married Caroline Mary Hird, the daughter of Charles Hird, on 28th February 1846 at Old Church, St Pancras, London. Caroline was born in about 1825 at Westminster, Middlesex. She died on 4th November 1914 at The Lodge, Heathfield Road, Croydon. William was a surgeon and died in 1851 at Islington, Middlesex aged only 36.  William & Caroline had two children you can read more about under Generation 4 as 1.10.7.1. and 1.10.7.2.

1.10.8 Anne Purdy was born in 1814 and died on 23rd February 1851 at Great Yarmouth.

1.10.9 Benjamin Rising Purdy was born on 13th July 1816 at Tunstead. He married Elizabeth Steward Forder, the daughter of Richard Forder & Mary Steward, on 29th December 1857 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Also known at Betsy, Elizabeth was born in 1835 at Martham. She died in 1906. Benjamin died on 13th July 1891 at Martham and has a gravestone in section F, plot R1 as shown on the right. Benjamin & Elizabeth had the five children you can read more about under Generation 4 as 1.10.9.1 to 1.10.9.5.

1.10.10 Horace Purdy was born in 1817 at Tunstead and died on 28th July 1890 at Southtown, Great Yarmouth. He married Julia Perks at Warwick, Warwickshire on 29th September 1846.

1.10.11 Charles Purdy was born in about 1818 at Tunstead. He married Elizabeth Mary Garnham, the daughter of Robert Garnham & Martha Dalliston, on 10th November 1852 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Elizabeth was born on 18th October 1825 at Irmingland near Aylsham, Norfolk. She died on 10th December 1914 at Martham. Charles died on 13th August 1880 at Martham where they are both buried at St Mary the Virgin in the Purdy family sarcophagus as shown above.

The children of George Rising & Mary Beart.

1.11.1 Mary Rising is thought to have been born on 14th January 1809 at Hemsby but nothing more is known about her.

1.11.2 Anne Rising was born on 29th January 1810 at Hemsby. She married Henry Danby Palmer on 27th October 1842 at Caister-on-Sea. Henry was born in 1815 at Great Yarmouth and was the son of George Danby Palmer & Maria Cross. Henry died in 1871 and Anne in 1880 both at Great Yarmouth. 

1.11.3      George Rising was born and baptised in 1812 at Caister-on-Sea but nothing more is known about him.

1.11.4 Sarah Louisa Rising was born in about 1816 at Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth and was recorded as living at Sutfield House, Martham in 1901. She died in 1904.

1.11.5 Helen Maria Rising was born in 1818 at Caister-on-Sea and was still there in the 1841 census but died in 1850.

1.11.6 Bright Rising was born in 1822 at Caister-on-Sea and in 1851 was living at Southtown, Great Yarmouth but nothing more is known about him.

1.11.7  Benjamin William Rising was born on 13th October 1821 at Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth. He married Harriot Gillett, the daughter of Richard & Mary Gillett on 2nd October 1860. Harriot was born on 29th May 1827 at Halvergate, Norfolk and died on 27th July 1913 at Martham, aged 86. Benjamin died on 20th March 1897, aged 75. Benjamin & Harriet had five children you can read more about by clicking HERE.

The children of Rebecca Rising & George Clabon:

1.13.1  Elizabeth Clabon was born on 8th April 1802 at Great Yarmouth. She married (1) Daniel Green, the son of William & Rebecca Green, on 19th October 1826 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Daniel was born about 1798 at Potter Heigham, Norfolk and died on 14th July 1828 at Potter Heigham aged only 30. Elizabeth then married (2) William Henry Garnham, the son of Richard Garnham & Mary Cubit, on 25th May 1830 at Potter Heigham. William was born in 1797 at Itteringham, Norfolk. He died in 1862 at Edmonton, North London, Middlesex aged 65. Elizabeth died in January 1881 at Edmonton, North London, aged 78.

1.13.2  George Clabon was born in 1803 and died in 1805, probably at Great Yarmouth. 1.13.3  Mary Ann Clabon was born on 24th January 1805 at Great Yarmouth but nothing more is known about her.

Generation 4

The children of Robert Rising & Elizabeth Parish:

1.1.1.1. Mary Elizabeth Rising was born in 1831 and died in 1834 probably in London.

1.1.1.2. Emily Caroline Rising was born in 1833 at Great Corum Street, Bloomsbury, London. She married George Septimus Frederick on 23rd September 1851 at Horsey All Saints Church and they had 15 children between 1852 and 1874. George was born in 1805 and died on 17th January 1891 at Great Yarmouth. Emily died on 30th November 1925 in Bristol, Gloucestershire.

1.1.1.3. Robert Arthur Rising was born on 29th March 1836 at Pimlico, Middlesex, London. He married Rosa Sweeting on 29th August 1864 at St Saviour, Jersey. Rosa was born in 1841 at Frome, Somerset. They emigrated to Los Angeles, USA in 1875 where Robert later died on 13th May 1920. They do not appear to have had any children.

1.1.1.4. Edward Cartwright Rising was born on 19th April 1840 at Great Yarmouth and died, aged 10, in 1851 at Tunstead, Norfolk.

1.1.1.5. Charles Compton Rising was born on 4th November 1841 at Horsey Hall, Horsey. He married (1) Catherine Ursula Reynard on 7th November 1874 at St George’s, Hanover Square, London. Catherine was born on 22nd August 1847 at Sunderlandwick Hall, Driffield, Yorkshire. They had a son called Francis Simon Rising in 1878.  Catherine died on 8th December 1890 at Horsey Corner, Horsey, Norfolk. Charles then lived with Ellen Seymour as husband and wife, but they did not marry. Ellen was born on 20th January 1859 at Little Munden, Hertfordshire. They had four children together between 1892 and 1899. Charles died in 1913 at Ipswich but his ashes were interred at Culross Cemetery, Ontario, Canada because they were taken there by his common law partner Ellen who had emigrated after his death. You can read more about the story of Charles by clicking HERE.

1.1.1.6. Alfred Thomas Rising was born in 1843 at Horsey Hall, Horsey. He married Kate Pontin in 1870 at Reading, Berkshire. Kate was born in 1849 at Newbury, Berkshire. They had five children between 1871 and 1882. Alfred was a solicitor and died on 4th October 1923 at Great Yarmouth. In 1881 they lived at 26 Princes Road, Great Yarmouth in a fine gentleman’s residence with three servants. Today the same property is better known as ‘The Pub on the Prom’ opposite Britannia Pier. Alfred was named as an Executor and Trustee in his father’s Will but renounced the probate and execution thereof leaving his brother Charles as the only Executor and Trustee.

1.1.1.7. Henry Alexander Rising was born in 1845 at Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk. He married Harriet Webb on 3rd July 1864 at Norwich and they had four children between 1866 and 1871 none of whom ever lived in Martham. Henry died in 1890 and Harriet in 1914, both at Norwich.

The Children of Martha Walpole who took the name of their stepfather William Rising:

1.2.2.1  Harriet Tilney Rising was born on 15th May 1854 at Croydon, Surrey actually as Harriet Tilney Walpole, her mother being Martha Walpole who later married William Rising in 1860. Harriet married Benjamin Lorkin Cross in 1884 in Suffolk. She died at Norwich on 27th February 1932.

1.2.2.2  Polly Blanche Tilney Rising was born on 7th March 1859 at Croydon, Surrey actually as Polly Blanche Tilney Walpole, her mother being Martha Walpole who later married William Rising in 1860. She was only 16 when she died in Suffolk in Feb 1876 and was buried at St Mary the Virgin, Martham graveyard section F, plot P2.

The children of William Purdy & Caroline Mary Hird:

1.10.7.1  Caroline Ann Purdy was born in 1847  at Islington, London. She never lived in Martham.

1.10.7.2.  William Robins Purdy was born in 1848 but died in 1849 at Islington, London.

The children of Benjamin Rising Purdy & Elizabeth Steward Forder:

1.10.9.1 Herbert Rising Purdy was born on 10th October 1858 and died in 1860 at Martham and is buried at St Mary the Virgin in an unknown plot.

1.10.9.2  Horace Rising Purdy was born at Martham in 1860 and married a Fanny Elizabeth Mitchell at Portsea Island, Hampshire in 1889.  He died at Martham on 9th July 1898 and was buried in the same grave as his father at  St Mary’s graveyard, section F, plot R1. The broken gravestone is shown on the right.

1.10.9.3 Mary Elizabeth Anne Purdy was born in 1863 at Lowestoft and lived with her parents in Martham in 1871. She married Henry Harrington Payne at Stratford, St John, Essex on 3rd May 1894.

1.10.9.4  George Steward Purdy was born in Lowestoft in 1867 and married Alice Skeet in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1888. They both died in Rayleigh, Essex, George in 1928 and Alice in 1941.

1.10.9.5  Helen Maud Purdy was born about 1879 at  Abbots Roothing, Ongar, Essex but little else is known about her.

The children of Benjamin Howes Rising & Harriot Gillett:

1.11.7.1 Helen Harriett Rising who was born on 8th September 1861 in Martham and lived for many years at Sutfield House and Hope Cottage, The Green, Martham. She died in 1944 at Kensington, London.

1.11.7.2 Harold Benjamin Rising was born in 1863 at Tunstall, Halvergate, Norfolk. He spent his younger years living with his parents at Sutfield House, Martham. As an adult he moved to South Africa and died in 1944 at Heidelberg, Tansvaal.

1.11.7.3 Mary Louisa Rising was born in 1865 at Tunstall, Halvergate, Norfolk. She married Arthur Douglas Cowburn on 31st July 1895 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Mary died on 7th June 1952 in Surrey and Arthur died in 1944 at Earls Court, Kensington, London. Arthur was called to the Bar in 1903 by the Middle Temple and was Medical Officer of Health to the Honourable Societies of the Inner and Middle Temples. In 1912 he was appointed Deputy Coroner, County of London, and later became Coroner, Southern District of London until 1939 when he retired.

1.11.7.4  Rupert Wyllys Rising was born on 8th February 1870 at Martham. He spent his younger years living with his parents at Sutfield House, Martham. As an adult he moved to South Africa and died in 1941 at Durban. 

1.11.7.5  Maria Anne Rising was born on 23rd November 1872 at Martham. In her formative years she lived with her parents at Sutfield House, Martham and towards the end of her life she lived at Hope Cottage, The Green, Martham. She died on 31st August 1962 in The Nursing Home, Hemsby and was buried with her parents at St Mary the Virgin Graveyard Section G, plot C1.

Branch ‘B’

All the people in this branch are cousins of those in Branch ‘A’ as shown on this chart:

Those in Branch ‘B’ are unique in that many of them are commemorated by decorative tiles set in the main aisle of St Mary the Virgin. The tiles relate to:

Thomas 1713-1773.
Thomas 1742-1794 and his wife Mary, nee Burton 1748-1832.
Thomas 1777-1824 and his wife Ann, nee Cadge 1775-1841.
Thomas 1804-1815.
Edward 1808-1834.
Charles 1818-1819.

Branch ‘B’ Chart

Generation 1

2.0 John Rising was born in about 1673 but very little is known about him going back that far other than his marriage to Elizabeth Creasey who was born in about 1674 at Filby where she was baptised in that year. Her parents were John & Bridget, and their surname was spelt Crecy at that time. Elizabeth was buried at St Edmund’s Church, Acle on 1st March 1714 – shown on the right. They had two known children shown under Generation 2 as 2.1 and 2.2.

Generation 2

2.1. Elizabeth Rising who was born on 15th January 1706 and was baptised at St Edmund’s Church, Acle as the daughter of John & Elizabeth Rising on 28th January 1706.

2.2. Thomas Rising was born in 1713 at Acle as the second child of John Rising & Elizabeth Creasey and he was baptised at St Edmund’s Church in Acle on 21st January that year. When he was 25, he married Martha in about 1738. According to his burial record he had been a shop keeper at Martham before he died there in 1773. He was buried on 29th October 1773 at St Mary’s but the exact plot is unknown. Thomas is the first of this branch of the family that has a commemorative tile in the aisle of the church. Thomas & Martha had five children you can read more about under Generation 3 as 2.2.1. and 2.2.5.

Generation 3

The children of Thomas Rising & Martha:

2.2.1  Martha Rising was born in about 1741 probably at Acle. She married William Hubbard, a butcher from Martham, on 27th May 1770 at St Mary’s but she died only six months later and was buried at St Mary’s on 27th October 1771. Her burial plot is unknown.

2.2.2 Thomas Rising was born about 1742 in Suffolk.  He died in 1794 in Martham aged 52. Thomas married a lady called Mary Burton and both of them have a commemorative tile in the aisle of the St Mary’s. Thomas and Mary had two children who you can read more about under Generation 4 as 2.2.2.1 and 2.2.2.2.

2.2.3  Sarah Rising was born in about 1742 as the third child of Thomas Rising & Martha. When she was 38, she married James Kegg on 16th March 1780. They do not appear to have had any children.

2.2.4 Rebecca Rising was born about 1744 as the fourth child of Thomas Rising and Martha. When she was 21, she married John Benslin on 14th November 1765 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Rebecca died in 1775, aged 31 and was buried at St Mary’s at section F, plot D6 – her gravestone is shown on the right. John & Rebecca had two children as follows: Mary Benslin who was born in 1771 at Martham and John for whom I can find no other information.

2.2.4 Rebecca Rising was born about 1744 as the fourth child of Thomas Rising and Martha. When she was 21, she married John Benslin on 14th November 1765 at St Mary the Virgin, Martham. Rebecca died in 1775, aged 31 and was buried at St Mary’s at section F, plot D6. John & Rebecca had two children as follows: Mary Benslin who was born in 1771 at Martham and John for whom I can find no other information.

2.2.5  Elizabeth Rising was the fifth child of Thomas Rising and Martha. Her date of birth is unknown. She died in 1771 in Martham and  was buried on 17th July 1771 at  St Mary’s in an unknown plot.

Generation 4

The children of Thomas Rising & Mary Burton:

2.2.2.1 Sarah Rising was born in 1779 at Martham as the daughter of Thomas Rising & Mary Burton and was baptised on 15th November 1779 at St Mary’s. I have no other information about her.

2.2.2.2. Thomas Rising was born in about 1777 at Martham and was baptised on 8th July that year. When he was 23, he married Ann Cadge at St Peter & St John at Hoveton on 6th May 1800.Thomas died in 1824 at Martham and was buried on 22nd October at St Mary’s in an unknown grave. Both Thomas and Ann are commemorated with a tile plaque in the aisle of St Mary’s. Thomas & Ann had seven children who you can read more about by clicking HERE.



Generation 5

2.2.2.2.1. Mary Ann Rising was born on 17th September 1801 at Martham to Thomas Rising & Ann Cadge and she was baptised at St Mary’s on 20th September that year. She died on 5th November 1826 at Great Yarmouth.

2.2.2.2.2 Thomas Rising was born on 19th February 1804 at Martham to Thomas Rising & Ann Cadge and was baptised at St Mary’s on 20th February that year. Sadly, he died when he was only 11 and was buried at St Mary’s on 31st August 1815 in an unknown grave but he does have one of those commemorative tiles in the aisle of the St Mary’s.

2.2.2.2.3 Jane Rising was born on 26th April 1806 at Martham and was baptised the day after at St Mary’s as the third child of Thomas Rising & Ann, nee Cadge. In 1851 she was living with her brother George at  Ivy Cottage, Martham. She remained a spinster and died at Martham on 19th February 1860 where she was buried on 24th of that month. Her gravestone can be seen at section A, plot K3 at St Mary’s and is photographed on the right.

2.2.2.2.4. Edward Rising was born on 25th April 1808 at Martham and was baptised on 29th of that month at St Mary’s as the fourth child of Thomas Rising & Ann, nee Cadge. He was only 26 when he died in 1834 at Martham and was buried at St Mary the Virgin Graveyard Section C, plot A1. Edward also has a commemorative tile in the aisle of the St Mary’s.

Edward Rising memorial tile
Edward’s grave with his parents

2.2.2.2.5. Bridget Rising was born in about 1810 to Thomas Rising & Ann, nee Cadge. She died in 1897 at Rollesby but was buried in an unknown plot at St Mary the Virgin, on 6th August 1897, aged 87. 

2.2.2.2.6. Charles Cadge Rising was born in 1818 at Martham to Thomas Rising & Ann, nee Cadge and was baptised at St Mary’s on 28th December 1818. He died only about nine months later on 18th October 1819 and was buried at St Mary’s in the family grave. Charles also has a commemorative tile in the aisle of the St Mary’s.

2.2.2.2.6. Charles Cadge Rising was born in 1818 at Martham to Thomas Rising & Ann, nee Cadge and was baptised at St Mary’s on 28th December 1818. He died only about nine months later on 18th October 1819 and was buried at St Mary’s in the family grave. Charles also has a commemorative tile in the aisle of the St Mary’s.

2.2.2.2.7. George Rising was born on 23rd July 1812 at Martham to Thomas Rising & Ann, nee Cadge and married  Bridget Christmas on 12th February 1845 at Rollesby, Norfolk. He inherited land from his father and farmed just over 130 acres in 1842. You can read more about George and Bridget by clicking HERE.

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