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William Rule Jeatt was born in 1814 at Dartmouth, Devon to Richard and Rebecca Jeatt. Richard Jeatt was in the Preventive Service and after William’s birth was stationed at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and is mentioned in  the local press on various occasions from 1816 to 1820 for seizures of contraband and capture of smugglers.

At the time of the 1841 census, William Rule Jeatt was a Coastguard at West Lulworth, living in one of the Coastguard Cottages which were built in 1824. In an adjacent cottage lived Graham Hewett, a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, along with servant Jane Harvell, the daughter of James and Hannah Harvell. Three years later, William Rule Jeatt was to marry Jane Harvell.

William & Jane had five children:

William Rule Jeatt (1844-1916)
Richard Brooking Jeatt (1845-1927)
Hellon Rebecca Gaze Jeatt (1847-1876)
Arthur James Jeatt (1850-1919)
Augustus Bisset Jeatt (1853-1932)

At the time of the 1851 census, Jane Jeatt was at the Coastguard Cottages in West Lulworth with her first four children. Meanwhile, her husband William was recuperating at the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar, near Gosport. His occupation was shown as Chief Boatman, Revenue Services.

On 12 March 1860, William Rule Jeatt (Senior) was promoted to Chief Officer at Chesil Coast Guard Station, Portland. When the 1861 census was taken, William, wife Jane, daughter Hellon and sons Arthur and Augustus were living in a private house in Portland. William’s occupation was shown as Chief Officer Civil Guard. Meanwhile, William Rule Jeatt (Junior) was aboard the Coastguard Tender ‘Defence’, meaning three generations of the Jeatt family had served in the Coastguard/Preventive Service.

The Portland Directory of 1865 showed the following entry:

Coast Guard Station: Chesil. JEATT, William R, Chief Officer and twelve men

In 1871, William and Jane, together with two of their sons, William and Augustus, were living in the Coastguard Houses at Weymouth. William (Senior) was shown as Coast Guard (Chief Officer), William (Junior) was shown as a Naval Pensioner and Augustus was shown as a Solicitor’s Clerk.

William (Senior) died in 1879 aged 65. There is no trace of Jane in the 1881 census but the 1891 census shows her living alone at 12 Hope Way, Weymouth. She died a few months later.

William also wrote poetry and several of his works are reproduced below.

Oh think of me dearest when morning is peeping
When day spring enliven the face of the sky
When bathed in nights dew drops the rose buds are weeping
Oh breath me one ——Oh waft me one sigh
Oh think of me dearest when sunlight is beaming
When nature is clothed in her richest array
I ask but one thought in thy sweet spirits dreaming
Oh remember me even on thy life’s brightest day
Oh think of me dearest when eves star is shining
When stillness is breathing oer———and thee
When memories of friendship & love are endearing
their flowers —my heart , then Oh think of me
Oh think of me dearest , when tenderly beameth
the light of the moon oer our own fertile sod
Oh remember the past for my fond heart yet dreameth
oh bright happy moments of pleasure have trod
oh think of me dearest when darkness obscurest
With midnights deep gloom the sweet moons gentle say
oh think of the friendship whichever endureth
which darkest of sorrow can neer chase away
Oh think of me dearest at mornings light waking
At noontide or eve or at night think of me
And I still beloved one thy feelings ————–
Will ever yes ever be —–on thee


Adieu then to sweet Lulworth Cove
My happiest moments were there
For those were the scenes that I love
And to them I would gladly repare

But I ne’er shall behold any more
The place where I lov’d so to roam
I must greet those repeals that are dear
To visit my friends and my home

I shall ever remember the day
When the sails of our Bark were unfurl’d
And she glided away from the Bay
Away from the noise of the World

The evening was calm & serene
Rude Boreas was lulled to repose
The Moon in her splendour was seen
As above the wide ocean she rose

We entered the Cove by her light
Few objects appeared to our view
All was hushed in the silence of night
Save the voices of  *  __

*Lulw Coast G Station

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