Tuesday, 5 January 2016

William Kemble (Policeman) and family

These named old photos were among a box of cabinet cards and CDV's all from one seller. He said they had come from different sources and what he had had left, he just put in this box. My husband done his usual haggling and we got the whole lot for a great price! Over 80 in total, all mixed. But when I have come to sort them, several were named on the back, all belonging to the same family..Kemble..with a connection to Devon.

Pic 1
Pic 1 is of William Kemble, who was born in Tedburn St Mary on 10 December 1840.
 His parents were John Kemble 1811-1869 and Mary Ann Lethbridge 1820-1890.
John and Mary Ann had married in June 1840, and their first born William arrived later that year, he was 6 months old at the time of the 1841 census on 6 June 1841.
They went on to have Jane in 1848, Ann in 1850, Samuel in 1853 and Robert in early 1861.
John (Father) was born in Cheriton Bishop, Devon. John died in 1869. Will below.

Mary Ann, now a widow in the 1871 census, just had her youngest son Robert still with her, aged 10.
In 1881 Mary Ann also had another son Samuel back at home, Samuel was 27, a carpenter, Robert was now 20 and a labourer.
 In the previous census 1871, Samuel had been living locally as a servant Carpenter aged 17, head of family was a Carpenter, so I wonder if he was an apprentice...
In the 1891 census I was unable to find Mary Ann, so I assumed she had died...
Son Samuel was now married and living with his wife and family in Cheriton Bishop, Devon.
Son Robert was also married, with a young family, but was now living in Glamorgan, Wales, and was a servant, Stone Mason. Head of household was a Railway contracter, so was Robert an apprentice also?
While looking for Mum Mary Ann's death record, I found that sadly she had entered the Devon Asylum in Exminster on 7 January 1890 and died there on 15 February 1890. See Below..Click to enlarge..

Eldest son William (Pic 1) went down a very different path in life..
In 1865 he married a lady called Mary Toley (Pic 2..Below)

There were members of the Kemble family living in the London area, so I assume Mary had her photo taken on a visit there...
William and Mary had eight children that I can find..John b 1867, Annie b 1869, Emily b 1870, Mary b 1873, William b 1875, Elizabeth b 1877, Jane b 1879 and James Toley b Aug 1880.
There are an awful lot of Kemble family to be found in Devon and London areas, so I can only best guess some of the people and dates..if you were researching thoroughly, you would need to get many certificates to confirm everyone, as the family used a lot of the same names for members, so lots of cousins all born about the same time have the same names...and you would need to establish the correct parents for each...
So back to William and Mary..here they are on the 1871 census in Northleigh, Tedburn St Mary.
1871 census
 William (30)  is training to be a Policeman with Devon County Constabulary.
 Although his father John was a labourer, it also says on William's marriage certificate that he was a Bailiff, so could he have been a Farm Bailiff or a Court Bailiff ? Maybe this is why William chose a profession in law & order.
In the 1881 census William and Mary with family in Thorverton, Devon (about 12 miles from Tedburn St Mary) This time he is a County Police Constable, there are just 6 children listed on the census, the 2 eldest missing.
 John is a servant (page) aged 14, working for a Mr Clapp and his family in Exeter, Mr William Clapp is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in London. 
Annie is just 12 years of age and working as a General Domestic servant for a Farmer Tom Babbage Plucknett, who lives just a few doors away from William and Mary and the family in Thorverton.
1881 census
In the 1891 census William was living with his family at the Police Station in North Tawton, Devon, he was now a Police Sergeant.
 Sadly later that census year Mary his wife died.
Two years later in June 1893 William (52) remarried... a lady by the name of Ann Osborn Stoneman (b 1863) she was about twenty years younger than him. They married in North Tawton, Devon. They went on to have three children of their own..Phillip J b 1894 Ide, Devon. Lucy G b 1896 Ide, Devon and Harry b 1903 Ide, Devon. Strangely I found that William (59) was a Postman in the 1901 census..So I had to search for some records..found this record on a public Ancestry tree, and also other records of his time as a Policeman from 1865 to 1886...
But the last...a newspaper clipping explains a lot about the type of man he was !!
(1) William
Last name     Kemble
Year     1865
Date     30 Apr 1865
Place     -
Description     date of return 30/04/1865 location D DIVISION HONITON number 26 rank 3RD CL CONST Collar 79 name WILLIAM KEMBLE station YARCOMBE
Dataset     Devon Constabulary Monthly Return as at 30th April 1865
Record type     Police returns

(2) First name(s)     William
Last name     Kemble
Year     1871
Date     30 Apr 1871
Place     Northleigh
Description     date of return 30/04/1871 location D DIVISION, HONITON number 9 rank 2ND CL CONST Collar 79 name WILLIAM KEMBLE station NORTHLEIGH
Dataset     Devon Constabulary Monthly Return as at 30th April 1871
Record type     Police returns

(3) First name(s)     William
Last name     Kemble
Year     1876
Date     30 Apr 1876
Place     Thorverton
Description     date of return 30/04/1876 location C DIVISION, CULLOMPTON number 15 rank 2ND CL CONST Collar 79 name WILLIAM KEMBLE station THORVERTON
Dataset     Devon Constabulary Monthly Return as at 30th April 1876
Record type     Police returns
County     Devon

(4) First name(s)     William
Last name     Kemble
Year     1881
Date     30 Apr 1881
Place     Thorverton
Description     date of return 30/04/1881 location C DIVISION, CULLOMPTON number 5 rank 1ST CL CONST Collar 79 name WILLIAM KEMBLE station THORVERTON remarks SICK
Dataset     Devon Constabulary Monthly Return as at 30th April 1881
Record type     Police returns
County     Devon

(5) First name(s)     William
Last name     Kemble
Year     1886
Date     30 Apr 1886
Place     Lynton
Description     date of return 30/04/1886 location A DIVISION, BARNSTAPLE number 6 rank 1ST CL CONST Collar 79 name WILLIAM KEMBLE station LYNTON
Dataset     Devon Constabulary Monthly Return as at 30th April 1886
Record type     Police returns
County     Devon

Published 3rd June 1893
If you look at the first document you will see that he retired from the Police on 1st June 1893, when he married Ann Stoneman, so I would think that after the court application he came to an agreement that suited him. So that's how come he was a Postman in 1901 ! mystery solved.......
He was retired by the time of the 1911 census...
1911 census
Later that year on the 10th June he died....
Buried on the 18th June 1911. His home was listed as Primrose Cottage in Ide, Devon. 
The other photos that were named are Pic 3..Bessie Kemble..below..who I believe to be Elizabeth Kemble, William and Mary's daughter born in 1877.
Pic 3
 Next (Pic 4) is I believe another daughter, born 1870..Emily Kemble..see below..
Pic 4
This next one (Pic 5) has written on the back..'William or James Kemble'..
William their son was born in 1875 and James in 1880....So it could be either of them...see below
Pic 5
Last but not least is this very lovely Pic 6 of a Mum with her two children..and on the back is written
'Polly wife of John Kemble with Ethel and Olive'
William and Mary's eldest son John married a Mary ( also known as Polly) Taylor, their children were Mary Ethel b 1892 (1911 census, went to Avery Hill College, a teacher training college)
 Olive Francis 1893 and John Albert Edgar 1897... So the date of this picture must be about 1896....
Pic 6
John Kemble moved away from Devon, following in his fathers footsteps, and way beyond..In the 1891 census he was living in Twickenham with his wife Mary (born in Ireland) listed as a Police Constable, in the 1901 census he was living in Lambeth, now with wife and three children still in the Police. But in the 1911 census below, the family are all living in North Woolwich. John is now aged 44 and a Police Inspector !!
Bet his life story is interesting..............
One last bit of info I found, is of the obituary in the newspaper of Ann Osborn Kemble (Stoneman) William's widow,  in 1949.
What a treasure trove of names for a family historian....
Once again with my research I have found so much information online about this family of Kemble...I could go on and on .........
Till next time then..........

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

The Yule Log

The Book is in the shape of the Yule Log and has a lovely coloured cover with Gold writing and a plum coloured ribbon holding it all together.
I am guessing at the age, but was thinking late Victorian, maybe one of you can help on date.
I can't seem to find out who actually wrote this poem about The Yule Log, but as you can see it was sold in Brighton. Published by Ernest Nister who also opened up a branch in London in the late 1800's. 
It also doesn't say who illustrated the little book either. Just Click on pictures to enlarge
Isn't it just lovely.................
Wishing everyone a very Happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.......

Till next time then.........................

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Francis Phillip Bedingfield, born 1817.

Just a small CDV card, but a name written on the back !!
I have found a likely match to the above photo...
Francis Phillip Bedingfield born on 9 May 1817 in Catsfield, Sussex. Christened on 11 June 1817 in Catsfield, Sussex, parents were Frances Phillip Bedingfield (An army man, living in Kent on 1841 census, a widower) and mother Mary Delicia Rose (died bet 1826 and 1841 census) married on 15 March 1815 at Saint Clements, Hastings, Sussex.
I have found siblings for him, Charles De Longueville Bedingfield born abt 1820, Mary Bedingfield born abt 1821 Thomas Forrester Bedingfield born in 1818, Howard Downman Bedingfield born abt 1826.

I found a Will record for his brother Charles in 1866, he died 1859 and lived in Mauritius a Police Officer.
Part 1

Part 2

Francis Phillip Bedingfield was living in Deal, Kent at the time of the 1841 census, with his widowed father and siblings.
Sometime between 1841 and 1848 he went to the West Indies, maybe joined the Army like his father. He married a lady called Myra Jane who was born there, they had three children in the West Indies before they came back to England in around 1852.
Eliza Elinor born 1848, Myra Emmaline born 1850 and Francis D or R born 1852.
The family are living in Birkenhead, Cheshire in the 1861 census, Francis as a Clerk, and now with four more children all born in Cheshire, Richard Augustus born 1854, Henry Havers born 1856, Selina Catherine born 1859 and an infant daughter called Mary Coralie who is just 1 day old on the census and unamed, born 6th April 1861. Then another son in 1862 who they called Charles De Longueville Bedingfield, I assume after Francis's brother who had died in 1859.
Between 1861 and 1867 they moved down south to London.
Sadly at the age of 45 Francis's wife Myra Jane died, source= 1867, Kensington, April Q, Vol 1a, page 95. Listed on FMP as Bedingeld and Ancestry as Bedingfeld.
Francis Phillip is still in Kensington, London at the time of the 1871 census, Frances a Landowner, with three of his children, Eliza 23, Henry 15, Charles 8. Selina (listed as Selma) and Mary the youngest two girls are pupils at Roxborough Park School at Harrow, Middlesex. Have found also in the 1871 census a Francis R Bedingfield aged 18 at a public school, as a boarder pupil in Portsea, it might be correct.
Francis Phillip Bedingfield died on the 27 June 1874. And surprisingly didn't leave a lot in his will.

Here's 90/98 Bleinheim Crescent, Nottinghill, London now (See photo below) just the other side of Hyde Park is the Photographers Bassano at 122 Regent Street, where the CDV was taken, sometime between 1866 and 1874 as that is when he was operating at that address.

There are a couple of family trees on Ancestry if you are interested in the Bedingfield family, there is so much more info there to be delved into too, looks a very interesting family...
Till next time then................................

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Cecil Edward Wilkins, Royal Navy Commander

The story behind another of my old photos.

This lovely military cabinet card really took my eye as this chap looked so young, and on the back a name and a date ! So lucky !
Here's what I have found out so far..
Cecil Edward Wilkins was born on 3rd October 1886 in Surrey, third child to parents George Wilkins born about 1847 in Warminster, Wiltshire and Jessie ( Sims Hodgson) born about 1848 in Peckham, London. George and Jessie had married in October Q 1879 in Woolwich, London. 
Cecil had an older sister Evelyn, and older brother George.
Father George died in Crawford Gardens, Margate in the first week of January 1909, but buried in Walton on Thames, he was 62 and Mum Jessie died on 26 April 1932 in Walton on Thames, Surrey, she was 83. This is her will below...
A nice tidy sum left to the two remaining children.....It seems they were a fairly well off family, Father George who was one of six children, came from Warminster in Wiltshire, where his father was a Bank Manager. So he must have realised early in life that money was the business to be in...
Here are the census records for the family.....
1881 census
1891 census
1901 census
 I was unable to find the 1911 census for mother Jessie on Ancestry but luckily Find My Past came up trumps, its very badly damaged but still good to see.
Cecil's 1911 census presented a mystery to me..see below..A patient at 15 Welbeck Stree, London. Matron was Clara Nelson Smith..???
Thank goodness for google !
It was called the Welbeck Clinic, a very expensive and discreet clinic, the matron Clara Nelson Smith was awarded the Royal Victorian Order after a member of the royal family had died in the Welbeck nursing home. The cause of his death was unknown and his will was sealed, creating a precedent for future royal wills. Evidently the matron had been rewarded for her discretion.
The royal in question was Prince Francis of Teck, better known as Frank, one of four children of the Duke and Duchess of Teck. Story below, from Marylebone Lives book p 223-7..click on link...
Prince Francis of Teck..5th Nov 1910 Death
I also found another very fascinating story concerning the clinic, see link below...it was the perfect place for secret births aswell as deaths....
Micheal Holroyd, The Guardian, story 
 I would imagine there are many many more secrets that were held by Clara Nelson Smith..she lived to the age of 107 ! 
I have no idea why our man Cecil was there, but it must have been quite some place as there were only 8 patients...Luxury I imagine...
I have found that Cecil married Marjorie Lucy Barrett in 1913 on the Isle of Wight, her family were also well to do..In the 1911 census they are listed, Alfred and Lucy Barrett, with two daughters (including Marjorie aged 20), and servants, are at Old Charlton, Baring Road, Cowes.
I have found one child from the marriage Micheal Humphrey Wilkins born in Kensington, London in 2nd Q 1917.
I found that Son Micheal went to New York in 1947 on the Queen Elizabeth, aged 30, listed as married and a company director being able to speak French and English. Was it just a business trip? he had no-one travelling with him.
I have found one probable marriage for son Micheal to a  Rachel Grotrian in 1941 in Ripon, Yorkshire where she lived, but then I found she married someone else in 1949 using her maiden name, so did they divorce or maybe Micheal stayed in the USA and Rachel simply remarried bigamously?
Back to Cecil Edward Wilkins..He sadly died of pneumonia in Brindisi, Puglia, Italy, where he is buried in the Bari War Cemetery, Bari, Provincia di Bari, Puglia, Italy. Plot 15..G.37.
Information on the CWGC website. Very tragic to have died so young.
On the back of the photo Cabinet card it says 24th May 1901 (He was just 15) and had enlisted earlier in that month on the 15th May. It seems that HMS Britannia was used for training cadets like Cecil, so that's why its written on the back of the Cabinet Card. 
His record of service is at TNA online.
I found this info too...
At the time of his death acting Commander Cecil Edward Wilkins, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Lowestoft. 
Sub-Lt. Cecil E. Wilkins is recorded as serving on H.M.S. Dee in 1908.
He was Minesweeping on HMS Falmouth in August 1916 and awarded a silver medal.

 Cecil has a memorial stone on the Isle of Wight......

Memorial stone for Cecil with his wife Marjorie's family in St Mildred's Churchyard, Whippingham, Isle of Wight.Commander Cecil Edward Wilkins, Royal Navy, H.M.S. Lowestoft. 
Sub-Lt. Cecil E. Wilkins is recorded as serving on H.M.S. Dee in 1908.
These other two Cabinet cards I bought from the same seller at the time, but she didn't know whether they came from the same source..
They look very similar to Cecil I think ..Him or even his brother George ? 
What do you think ??
As usual with me while I was researching Cecil, there was such a lot of other information that I could have written about, and so many other paths to go down....some stories could be never ending...
Till next time then..................

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Ashby Family, Fred, Emma, George and Will from Cambridgeshire.

What a super photo I thought when I spotted it, lovely family group of children..and then when I came to scanning it with the others I had bought on that day, I thought wow !!! Names on the back ! 
Fred Ashby, Emma Ashby, George Ashby and Will Ashby.

First of all I looked up information about the Photographer E.A.Garlick to get the area they lived in, as there is no address on the CDV card. But I thought that it looked like the fashions of about 1880 which hopefully would help.
I found him... Edward Agar Garlick b 1838 Lincolnshire d.1914 Lincolnshire. He was a Photographer 1871 and 1881, so that fits with what I thought.
I started with the 1881 census records and found them all in the neighbouring County of Cambridgeshire.

Dad Jesse b.1838 was a Blacksmith, Mum Elizabeth (nee Smith) b.1838, and the children in the photo.
After a bit more research I have their full names.
Emma Ashby born 1865
Frederick James Ashby born 1868
George Francis Ashby born 1873
William Smith Ashby born 1875
Here are the whole family on their 1911 census records........Mum and Dad first, sadly they had lost one child at some point. Maybe that's why the photo was taken.....
Jesse and Elizabeth Ashby

Emma m Edward Day 1892 and had 5 children
Frederick had 2 children
George had 4 children
William had 1 daughter
53 High St, Holywell cum Needingworth (Now) was Hammer and Anvil Pub and Blacksmith 1881 census
The family Ashby lived in the Hammer and Anvil, High Street, Holywell cum Needingworth at the time of the 1881 census, see picture above.
Interesting to see that all the boys became Cycle makers and repairers even though they moved away, their Dad was instrumental with that I presume, according to his history listed on local website below, he could turn his hand to anything and everything.
During my research I came across this fabulous website all about the village, its history and people. Do take a look there is so much information on here, especially is you have ancestors from the area.
 It may be a great help to you..click on link below..
Ashby family on village website
 On Ancestry there are some family trees listing the Ashby's some with other photos if you are interested in the family.
Going on the age of William the youngest child in the photo I think it was taken about 1878/9.

Till next time then...........................