I read the article on ‘Bastardy in Berkshire’ which
appeared in the March 2000 issue of the Berkshire Family Historian.
Mention was made of John Scoolt (Schultes). He was married twice,
firstly to Ann Middleton, whose father was Vicar of Melton Mowbray and
secondly to Joann Nell, apparently from St Olaves, London. His father
(from whom we are descended) was Rector of Wallingford for 44 years and
was married three times. I have found two marriages. Sarah, John Scoolt
junior’s, sister, our grandmother x times removed was illegitimate. She
was born in London in 1754 the daughter of Frances Clarke. John Scoolt,
senior, married her in 1758. His second wife, Ann Blackall, died the
Incidentally, the half-sister of John junior, Mary married
John Yarrow. Their son John Scoolt Yarrow married Sarah Yarrow, and
they had a son Edgar William Yarrow, who had a son Alfred Fernandez
Yarrow who became the first Baron Yarrow.
John junior was also involved in a court case in
Hagbourne, regarding the disposal of some funds. He did not answer that
summons either. It seems the Churchwardens did not care for him, or he
was the black sheep of the family.