Birth: 17 June 1791

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Kilmersdon, Somerset

Baptism: 5 September 1791

Place of Baptism: St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Kilmersdon, Somerset

Death: 4 June 1866 - Aged 74

Place or Registered Place of Death: Cranmore Hall, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Date of Burial: 9 June 1866

Place of Burial: St. James, East Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Father: John Paget

Mother: Jane Snow

Spouse(s): Elizabeth Jane Doveton

Date of Marriage: 4 October 1827

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Mells, Somerset


Florence Snow Paget (1829-1829)
Arthur John Snow Paget (1830-1863)
Jane Blanche Somerville Paget (1828-1896)
Margaret Doveton Paget (1834-1931)
Richard Horner Paget (1832-1908)
Helen Mary Paget (1839-1876)


Oxford University Alumni
Paget, John Moore, s. John, of Kilmersdon, Somerset, arm. Queen's Coll., matric. 12 April, 1810, aged 18; of Cranmore Hall, Somerset, high sheriff Rutland, 1851, died 4 June, 1866.

The Gentleman's Magazine - 1827
October 4
At Mells, John Moore Paget, esq. of Newberry House, Somerset, to Elizabeth Jane, eldest dau. of the Rev. John Fred. Doveton, Rector of Mells and Leigh upon Mendip.

He died from an attack of bronchitis.

John Moore Paget, of Cranmore, JP, DL;? born 17 June 1791; High Sheriff Rutland 1851; sold Clipsham 1865; bought the Manor of Doulting, Somerset; married 4 Oct 1827 Elizabeth Jane (died 22 Dec 1881), eldest daughter of Rev John Frederick Doveton, JP, DL, of Everdon Hall, Northants, Rector Mells-cum-Leigh and Burnet, Somerset, and died 4 June 1866.

The Gentleman's Magazine - Volume 221 - 1866
June 4. At Cranmore Hall, Somerset, aged 74, John Moore Paget, Esq.

The deceased was only son of the late John Paget, Esq., of Newberry House and Cranmore Hall, Somerset (who was sole representative of that branch of the Anglesey Pagets, which migrated from Daventry about 1685, and purchased the manor and advowson of Pointington, in Somersetshire), by Jane, eldest daughter and co-heiress of the Rev. Paul George Snow, of Clipsham Hall, Rutland, some time Prebendary of Wells Cathedral.

Mr. Paget was born on the 17th of June, 1791, educated at Queen's College, Oxford, and succeeded his father in the family estates in 1825. He was a magistrate for the counties of Rutland and Somerset, of which latter he was also a deputy-lieutenant; he served for many years in the North Somerset Yeomanry, resigning his commission as Major in 1834, and was High Sheriff of Rutland in 1851. Quietly zealous in all his duties as a country gentleman, his retiring nature and domestic habits prevented him from accepting any prominent position in the county; but, being one of the first to recognise the advantages of railway communication, he became an early and active promoter of Somersetshire railroads, and was subsequently one of the chief contributors to the East Somerset line, of which company he was for some time vice-chairman. For his refined and classical tastes, and especially for his love of archaeology, Mr. Paget was much indebted to his father, from whom he inherited, with a library of curious and valuable books, a decided taste for bibliology. A book- hunter from his youth, his constant delight in after life was to search old book-stalls, and add from time to time some scarce or quaint old work or rare engraving to his increasing collection. Of other branches of archaeology, his favourite pursuit was architecture, which he followed with earnestness in practice as well as theory, being rarely without some work in hand, either of improvement or restoration. In 1848, he rebuilt, from the designs of T. H. Wyatt, Esq., the parish church of East Cranmore, on the site of the old edifice. In 1849 he contributed largely to the building and endowment of the district churches of Wednesfield and Wednesfield Heath, near Wolverhampton, where he possessed estates inherited from his sister, Mrs. Gough, of Perry Hall. The perpetual advowson of Wednesfield church he afterwards presented to the Bishop of the diocese; and in 1855-8 he restored and beautified the parish church at Clipsham, Rutland. His latest work was the erection of the Cranmore Tower, a plain, massive structure of 120 feet high, standing 1000 feet above the level of the sea, at the eastern extremity of the Mendip hills, and commanding a grand panorama of the neighbouring counties. The completion of this he happily just lived to witness, as also the conclusion of the sale of his Rutlandshire property (which had been in the possession of his maternal ancestors, the Snows, for 200 years) and the purchase in its stead of the Doulting estate, nearly adjoining the manor of East Cranmore. Mr. Paget died from an attack of bronchitis, and thus closed an honoured life, having justly won for himself, by his upright and consistent character, his genial, kindly manners, his genuine liberality and goodness of heart, the love and respect of all who knew him.

Mr. Paget married, in 1827, Elizabeth Jane, eldest daughter of the late Rev. John Frederick Doveton, of Everdon Hall, co. Northampton, and rector of Mell-cum-Leigh, Somerset, by whom he has left an only surviving son, Richard Horner Paget, Esq., M.P. for East Somerset, who was born in 1832, and now succeeds to the family estates.


1841 Census:

Cranmore Hall, East Cranmore
John Paget - 49 - 1792 - Independent - Somerset
Elizabeth Paget - Wife - 35 - 1806 - Somerset
Margaret Paget - 7 - 1834 - Somerset
Hellen Paget - 2 - 1839 - Somerset

1851 Census:

John Moore Paget - Head - Married - 59 - J.P. - Kilmerston, Somerset
Elizabeth Paget - Wife - 46 - West Monkton, Somerset
Jane Blanch Paget - Daughter - Unmarried - 22 - Kilmerston, Somerset
Frederick B. Doveton - Brother-in-law - Married - 45 - 1806 - Captain, Hon. East India Service - Blagdon, Somerset
Harriet Eliza Doveton - Sister-in-law - 46 - Reading, Berkshire

1861 Census:

Cranmore Hall, East Cranmore
John Paget - Head - 69 - Acting Justice of the Peace - Kilmersdon, Somerset
Elizabeth J. Paget - Wife - 56 - West Monkton, Somerset
Hellen M. Paget - Daughter - 21 - East Cranmore, Somerset


Florence Snow Paget was born about 2 July 1829 at Newbury House in Somerset and she died during the same month of that year. Florence was buried on 27 July 1829 at St. James, East Cranmore, Shepton Mallet in Somerset.

John Moore Paget, J.P., D.L.