© Collingbourne Ducis Parish Council 2017
My name is Harry Masterson and I would be most grateful if you could kindly help me with tracing my well known ancestors who lived at Long Thatch in Collingbourne Ducis.  I have visited St Andrews Church and two Masterson’s have been commemorated on the plaque of the first and second world war. My main interest is the family of Robert and Jane (nee Carter).  Robert had produced the Suffolk Corn Drill and had a thriving business when both Robert and Jane died 20/5/1888 and 4/3/1888 respectively leaving 4 sons.  First child died 31/3/1868.  James Robert born/baptised 26/4/1872 (buried in St Andrews ChurchYard) - John George bap. 10/11/1874 - Christopher Edward born/baptised 26/11/1877 and Harry Gerald born/baptised 7/12/1883. At the time of their death the foundry was sold by the local school teacher to Bourne Iron Works and the children were left with a small amount of money as the eldest child was just 17.  Does anyone in the community or there are records of what happened to Long Thatch after Robert and Jane died as it appears to have disappeared from the family? I have found that Christopher was admitted to Bridewell Royal Hospital, King Edward’s School, Witley from home on the 13/6/1888 as a fatherless or orphan boy, Christopher’s guardian was a Mr. T Carter, an unspecified relative presumably a relative of Jane Carter. Would there be any Parish Records of what happened to the other boys being so young.  In later life 3 went into the army, including my grandfather and Christopher went to sea.  These boys excelled in their occupations, Christopher saving lives at sea and commendations won at various battles during wars. As it was such an awful loss of parents I wondered if the matter was raised at Parish Council Meetings at the time and if any records were kept as it would be interesting to find where they went, hopefully the community were able to help this sad family. I appreciate it was a long while ago but hope there is some record that may be able to help me in my quest for tracing what happened to these young boys and the family home. If you have any imformation which might be of help to Harry please to theclerk know who will then pass it on. parishclerk@collingbourne-ducis.com