yeovil people

John Bide

Glove Manufacturer


Very little is known of John Bide. He was born in Yeovil in 1814, the the son of glove manufacturer William Bide (1780-1829) and his wife, Elizabeth née Mullins (1781-1864). John was baptised at St John's church on 24 July 1814. William and Elizabeth were to have six children; Elizabeth (1807-1881), William (1809- 1864), Mary Ann (1812-1857) Louis (b1813, Paris, d1885, Gloucester), John and Susan (1817-1830).

In his will, John described himself as a glove manufacturer like his father. Although the name of his wife is unknown, John Bide had a daughter named Seraphine. 

John Bide died in Yeovil in 1849, aged just 35. Seraphine "of the parish of Hendford" was married by license in October 1850 at Holy Trinity church to Stephen Denman, Gentleman, of Shepton Mallet. She died in Barton Regis, Gloucestershire, in 1877, aged 69.


The Will of John Bide, 1839



I John Bide of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Glove Manufacturer hereby revoke all Wills Codicils and other Testamentory dispositions by me made at any time or times heretofore and declare this to be my last Will and Testament I devise and bequeath all real Estate and all Personal Estate to which I shall be entitled either at Law or in equity at the time of my death or which I have power to dispose of or appoint by this my Will unto and to the use of my daughter Seraphine Bide her heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively according to the nature and quality thereof respectively And I appoint the said Seraphine Bide sole Executrix of this my Will In writing whereof I the said John Bide have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand at the end thereof this twenty fourth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine

John Bide

Signed by the said John Bide in the presence of us [word illegible] present at the same time and attested and subscribed by us in his presence
John Slade [name illegible] Thomas Udall

Proved at London 31st May 1849 before the Judge by the oath of Seraphine Bide Spinster the daughter the Sole Executrix to whom Adm[inistrat]ion was granted having been first sworn by [word illegible] duly to administer


Transcribed by Bob Osborn