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James Margetts was farming in Quenington during the 1860s but details are sparse. He was not from a farming family. He was born in Quenington in 1831, his father Cornelius a wheelwright, later a carpenter. He was at home until 1861. In 1851 he, his widowed mother and his brother Henry were all working as carpenters. In 1861, still in Quenington with his widowed mother and working as a tea-dealer. The following year he was in Westminster, London, to marry Mary Auscott who had been born in Quenington, a carpenter's daughter, but who was living in London. Details below.
Two sons were born in Quenington in 1863 and 1866, and it was in their baptism documentation that James is shown as a farmer; also in 1891 in the marriage certificate of one of the sons. James died in 1867 at the age of 35 and was buried at Quenington.
The Margetts had been property owners. In 1842-46 father Cornelius was a voter by virtue of having freehold houses and land, which was occupied by an Edmund Wheeler (no information). He died in 1849. Much later, in the 1880s and 1890s, two of James's sons, George and Edwin, would each own a house in Quenington. It is not known whether these were continuities of the earlier possessions.