This page provides a location for information about early
families of Wheathampstead. It is for general interest and to enable those
that have descended from the families to contribute into the source of information.
08 March 2016
CHARLES ANSELL was born about 1811 and died 14
July 1880 at Nomansland Wheathampstead. His mother was ANN
ANSELL and his sister was PHOEBE ANSELL. Charles was a farm
labourer. He married first MARY WARNER 4 September 1842
at Hatfield. She was born about 1814 in Hatfield and died 19
August 1852 in Wheathampstead. No children of this marriage have
been found. Second he married NAOMI CATLEY15 February 1857
in Wheathampstead. She was born about 1821 and died 18
November 1913 in Gustard Wood Wheathampstead (see my entry under Catley).
Children of CHARLES ANSELL and NAOMI CATLEY
EMMA CATLEY born 28 November
1842 in the Union Workhouse St Michaels St Albans and christened at
Wheathampstead 10 October 1852. She married ABEL ADAMS 3
May 1863 at Wheathampstead. Abel was born 23 October 1834
at Wheathampstead. They had a daughter ROSE ADAMS born about
1864. Emma died at St Albans 16 July 1898.
MARY CATLEY born 28 May 1852
at Wheathampstead. She was recorded in the 1861 census as Mary
Ansell. In 1871 she was living with her sister Emma in St
Albans St Peter. She married FREDERICK BANFIELD 1 January 1873
at Patricroft, Lancs. Their children were Emily, Elizabeth,
Arthur and Albert. She died 29 April 1940 at
Peel Green, Eccles, Lancs.
JOHN CATLEY born 9 December
1855 at Wheathampstead died 5 March 1856 aged 3 months.
CHARLES ANSELL born about
1858 was later a railway worker. He married LOUISA GIDDINS.
She was born about 1856 at Hatfield Herts. Their children,
all born at St Albans, are:
MARY ANSELL born 1881.
She married JESSE ALBERT PUGH in 1905 and they had a
daughter Maisie Pugh.
FRED ANSELL born 1883.
He married MABEL ANNIE HAWKINS 20 July 1908 at St Albans and they
had a daughter, ConstanceMabelRitaAnsell
born 25 September 1913.
EMMA ANSELL born 1886.
She did not marry.
EDITH ANSELL born 1888.
ANNIE ANSELL born 1891.
CHARLES ANSELL born 1893.
He married EMILY E. KEEN in 1913. They had a daughter and
ALFRED ANSELL born 8
August 1895. He was twice wounded during the Great War and in 1918
was awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct. Later he was a
platelayer on the railway. He married EMILY DICKINSON 24 June 1922
and they had two daughters Irene F. Ansell born 26 December 1922
and Gwendolyn Ansell born 7 October 1924. Alfred died 8
February 1982 at London Colney, Herts.
WILLIAM ANSELL born about
1861 at Wheathampstead. He was a bricklayer. He married MARY ANN
ODELL in 1881. She was born 1859 in Wheathampstead.
William died 2 November 1932 and Mary 16 December 1933.
Their children are:
ELIZABETH ELLEN ANSELL
christened 27 November 1881 at Wheathampstead. Known as Betty.
She married FRANKMUNT in 1913. Their
children were Ruth and Rita (twins) and Vincent.
WILLIAM FREDERICK ANSELL was
born 1884 at Wheathampstead. He was originally a bricklayer.
Known as Bill. He married BLANCHE MAY WALL (known as May)
in 1909. They immigrated to Canada. Their
children were Frederick and Rita (born in England),
Mildred, Albert, Mae and Ethel. William
died January 1944 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
EMILY ANSELL christened 31
October 1886 at Wheathampstead. She was also known as
Dot. She married JAMES W. SAUNDERS in 1918.
They had no children.
BERTHA NAOMI ANSELL born 8
August 1889 at Brewhouse Hill Wheathampstead. She married
EDWARD GEORGE GOODSHIP 22 April 1916 at Wheathampstead. She
died of pneumonia aged 32 on 7 January 1922 at Notting Hill,
London. Bertha Naomi Ansell and Edward George Goodship are my maternal
VINCENT ALBERT ANSELL born
1892 at Wheathampstead was a bricklayer. He followed
William to Canada. In December 1914 he joined the 28th
Canadian Infantry. He was engaged in heavy fighting in the Ypres
sector and on the Somme, and was wounded and taken prisoner. After
repatriation and demobilisation he returned first to Wheathampstead then
to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Later he returned to England, married
ROSA COOPER in 1930 and had a daughter June born
1931. He died 2 October 1932.
HAROLD VICTOR ANSELL was born
1892 at Wheathampstead; he later lived in Hounslow, Middlesex.
He worked for the London Passenger Transport Board with whom he took out
a patent on “Improvements in or relating to Chair Seats.” He
married ALICE M. ARCHER in 1918. Their son VINCENT A.
ANSELL was born 28 September 1920 and their daughter
AUDREY was born 27 May 1928.
MARION BEATRICE ANSELL b. 1894
at Wheathampstead. She was christened Miriam and called
Mirry or Peg. She married EUSTACE C. SLOUGH.
Their children were Joan and Frank.
JAMES JOSEPH ANSELL born about
1864 was later a farm labourer and gravedigger. He married
MARGARET MARDELL. She was born about 1861 in Welwyn. Their
children, all born at Wheathampstead, are:
CHARLES ANSELL born 1885. His
son RobertAnsell was born in 1925.
ARTHUR THOMAS ANSELL born
1888. He married ROSA BURTON 29 December 1909 at
Wheathampstead. There were four children: Gladys Lydia born 16
May 1910, Arthur Kenneth born 9 February 1912, Douglas
born 3 July 1914, and Cecil Thomas born 26 May 1916. (Arthur)
Thomas was killed in action 30 November 1917 at the Battle
of Cambrai. He is commemorated on a memorial in St Helens Church,
LIZZIE LYDIA ANSELL born
1891. She married WILLIAM G. FREEMAN in 1913.
ANNIE NAOMI ANSELL born
1893. She married EDWARD DAYTON in 1915.
MAGGIE ANSELL born 1895.
She married CECIL HILLIARD in 1921.
ALBERT JOHN ANSELL born about
1898. He died 6 December 1954.
Contributed by Anthony M. Carter
with valuable assistance from Fred Ansell, Lesley Boot and Maggie
(3 Nov 2008)
I finally made
it to Wheathampstead on Saturday but did not attempt to link up with
you as I was accompanied by two members of the extended Ansell family.
Charles and Naomi Ansell had three sons born 1858-1864 and our party
included a representative from each of these lines. There are two sons
of one of the brothers buried at St Helens. Albert we knew of and he
had no kids. The other is William (1902-1977), buried with wife Annie
(1901-1989). We had only just discovered William's existence
through the 1911 census. His wife's full name was probably Annie
Rosina Hills with the marriage in 1922. I have tried searching for
children but got rather a lot of hits so perhaps there was another
Ansell-Hills couple in the area. There is, however, a Raymond Ansell
among them, born 1934. You mentioned Ray's widow last year and it did
not ring any bells. Now it does.
On my branch Marion Ansell married Eustace Slough.
We found their gravestone and that of their son and daughter-in-law,
Frank Ansell Slough and Nellie June, who was born Seaman. These graves
look quite well groomed so perhaps their kids Elisabeth and Alan are
still living nearby.
I was quite overwhelmed by all the new impressions.
Maggie remembered the cottage at Gustard Wood (beside the golf course)
where her grandma brought up 4 kids on a widow's pension. Her husband
was the A.T. Ansell on the war memorial. This group of cottages is
almost certainly where so many of my Catley, Ansell and Goodship
families once lived.
However, despite excellent guides, I still do not
know the location of the Fenwick Owen brickworks and no-one could
explain what is meant in the census by New Marford and Old Marford.
Thus there is still much for you to show me on my next visit.
Does anybody have any information on the Arnold family which lived in
Wheathampstead around 1901. Any info greatly received. Many
Thanks email -
added May 2006
I am looking for any info on the French family, Mayles family and Arnold
family. All from the Folly.
added May 2008
The first record that I have
traced for the Arnold family of Wheathampstead is:
married in Harpenden (1801) to Sarah Carter from Hatfield, born
in 1779. 9 children:
1 Ann Arnold 1804-1884.
2, Sarah Arnold 1806-?, 1822 married Andrew
3, Joseph Arnold 1808-1877, married Rebecca
? from Reading, lived in the London area - 3 children.
4, Eliza Arnold 1810-1810.
5, William Arnold 1812-?
6, Albert Arnold 1815-1887
7, Mary Arnold 1821-1892 married John Spriggs
in 1850, had 2 children.
8, Charles Arnold 1822-1894 married HarrietDolling in 1849,
13 children. On their Marriage Cert Charles
was a groom, his father a
Miller and his father in law as a Publican at
I believe The Goat PH, Sopwell Lane, St.Albans.
9, Thomas Arnold 1818-1888 married in Sandridge to
ElizabethHedges in 1852. 3 children - George, (my great grandfather ) Joseph and Julia.
This last one married a Henry Humphreys
and produced a large number of children.
There are Arnold's in
Codicote that have been there for centuries - a TV programme on
Codicote that Michael Woods did a few years ago, had documentary
evidence, back to the 1200's, however I have found no trace of
anything to link my family.
I can provide more names of
children etc and more details from the various census returns.
Still a great site, love the info need more help my grandparents
David and Dora Bacon lived at no.1 Coldharbour Lane, Batford where
I was born. Nextdoor lived the Gunnell family. Any info on my grandparents
(David was a milk man, used horse and cart) pleased to hear from anyone.
Sylvia Castleman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
submitted 01 June 2005
The first thing to note is that neither was from
Hertfordshire. He was from Houghton and she came from
Totternhoe; both are in Bedfordshire. They probably were married
at Totternhoe 13 November 1820. The bride’s name is transcribed as
MaryFowlks. William son of John and MaryBailey was baptized at Houghton Regis 4 August 1793. Mary
daughter of John and AnnFooks was baptized at
Totternhoe 28 November 1802. William was a farm labourer and
Mary a straw plaiter. The census returns suggest 9 children but a
son died before the census and probably a daughter was married as the
surname is unusual for Wheathampstead. The following dates are from
the IGI transcription of Wheathampstead parish registers:
FrancesBailey who married
WilliamWilsher 30 May 1828.
AnneBailey born 22 March
baptized 4 May 1823. She probably married James Rolph
at Sandridge 14 July 1844.
WilliamBailey born 10 March 6
May 1827; died 18 July 1831.
ElizabethBailey born 10
December 1829 baptized 10 January 1830. She was a dressmaker in
JohnBailey born 20 December
1831 baptized 15 January 1832.
MaryBailey born 11 January
baptized 23 March 1834.
AmyBailey born 5 January
baptized 13 March 1836.
GeorgeBailey born 1 May
baptized 3 June 1838. In 1851 George was a live-in servant at
CrossFarm. The grandson living with William
and Mary in 1861 may have been George’s son. He
married LizzieFarr 4 August 1885.
James Bailey born 10 April
baptized 17 May 1840
baptized 7 August 1842. He was an agricultural labourer in 1851.
HarrietBailey born about 1846.
She was a bonnet sewer in 1861.
Anthony M. Carter email:
18 Aug 2010
I am presently tracing my family tree and have discovered a
relative living at Ayres End, Wheathampstead. His name was
William Bailey and he was an agricultural labourer. His wife was
called Mary. This is all the information that I have, at present, but
I am trying to find out more about him.
Ros Coombes nee Bailey email
submitted 29 April 2010
I am helping my uncle Alfred Barnes to find
out more information about his great great grandfather James Barnes who
lived at 1Lamar Way Wh'sted in 1861 until 1871????.
He was a retired glazier who had lived in
Peckham in 1842 and retired to Wh'sted with his wife Mary.
She died in 1852 and is buried in St Helens
He is trying to establish when James and his
widowed sister Maria Merril died and if they were both buried in St
Helen's churchyard. We have found the grave of James wife
who died in 1852. Do you have any information or other
photographs of this period that might relate to the above. On the
1861 Census he was living in Lamar
Lane with his sister, Maria M, a visitor, his 7 year old granddaughter
and a servant girl. Any help you can give
would be very helpful
since my uncle lives in Cornwall and is just up for a few days in Radlet.
Tel 01923 859834 if you have any
information about the above.
update 1 June 2002
'Manuscript entitled 'The Narrative of a
Tour, 1842' written by James Barnes (1794 -1871??), a London
glazier living in Peckham, Surrey in 1842. he and his wife Mary
(Buried St Helen's Churchyard 1852) travelled over 1000 miles
using their own chaise and pony from July to October 1842. Covered 13
counties from London to Kent, along the coast to Dorset, through
Somerset and back home via Bucks., Herts. through to Peckham'
- The manuscript has been researched in some depth by Alfred
Barnes, great, great grandson of James. Approaching
publishers in about 3 months for possible publication. Alfred now lives
Leslie McCann email -
Webmaster comment: 1881 Census for Wheathampstead
shows Marian BARNES Unmarried aged 21 - Visitor.
Also buried 13 Feb 1926 aged about 70 in St H Churchyard. Also
buried in St H churchyard were James W T Barnes died16 Nov 1952 aged 75
and Eliza Jane Barbes died 1 Feb 1960 aged 85 'Reunited'. However
Leslie believes these are not related to their family of interest.
1851 Census -
Barnes : Lamer Lane:, Whstd
James Barnes, 57, Retired Glazier b London City, London
Mary Barnes, wife 61 b Glenham, Suffolk
Hannah England, Serv. Unm, 18, House Servant, b Sandridge, Herts
I am researching Betty
Black a New Zealander who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary during
WW2 and lived in Wheathampstead during the fifties and perhaps earlier and
later as well. Now deceased, she listed her address in a fifties ATA
newsletter as Keepers Cottage, Water End. She was married to the de
Havilland test pilot Christopher Dalton Beaumont at the time.
I'd like to find out something about her life
there and would be happy to mention the village as well. There is very
little info available here and I'm sure as pilots they would have been known
in the village at the time so near the war, and wonder if in fact they
moved there for 'flying reasons'. She returned to NZ later on.
I've spent a great deal of time tracing the
genealogy of my husband's (and children's!) family, and much of it is
centred on Wheathampstead. The name Boon comes up in
one of your stories, and I've verified that a John Boon
(grandfather to Ernest, who was my husband's grandad) was in the 1881
census, and listed as having been born in WHS. Prior to that,
there are LOTS of Boons - back another 150 years. Why
is it, then, that we are unable to find any trace of them in the local
graveyard? We tried St.Helen's, but after three hours, no
luck. Someone mentioned another place (in a woods?), but no
luck finding it. Anyone have any ideas? All assistance would
be greatly appreciated.
Susan Boon email -
Orangeville, Ontario, Canada - 01:37:51 Friday 27 September 2002
1851 Census -
Boon: at Gustard Wood
John Boon, Mar, 27, Ag Lab, b Whstd
Ellen Boon wife 51, b Redbourn
James Mathews son-in law, Mar 22 Ag Lab, b Kimpton
Eliza Mathews Dau-in-law Mar 20 b Kimpton
Thomas Wheeler son-in-law Unm 17 Ag Lab b Whstd
Henry Wheeler son-in-law 15 Ag Lab b Whstd
John Wheeler son-in law 6 b Whstd
Another Boon at Gustard Wood
Henry Boon, Mar, 72 Ag Lab b Whstd
Elizabeth Boon wife, 63 b Southwold Beds
Henry Boon son, unm, 20 Agr Lab b Whstd
Maria Webb, lodger, unm 26, straw Plait, b Redbourn
1901 Census searched just by surname and
Wheathampstead (showing age, where born, occupation)
Alfred Boon 21 Herts Wheathampstead, Gravel diggers
Arthur Boon 30 Herts Wheathampstead , Gravel diggeer
Fred Boon 1 Herts Wheathampstead
George Boon 27 Herts Wheathampstead , Ordinary agricultural labourer
James Boon 32 Herts Wheathampstead , Woodman
Lydian Boon 61 Herts Kimpton
Sarah Boon 39 Herts Wheathampstead
My name is Ron Bowles and I was born in
Bride Hall Cottage in 1933. My parents were in the
employ of Sir Gerald and Lady Lenanton and I have many fond
memories of the time I spent growing up in Ayot and going to the
village school. When I became a young man Sir Gerald gave me the use of
the room above the barn for me to make my radio controlled model aircraft
which I still do. My sister Margaret and I ended up living at
Bride Hall, she was in service there and Lady Lenanton felt
safer having a man in the house due to passed burglaries. My sister
Margaret married Brian Seeby from Wheathampstead, my
sister Mary married Bill Field from Wheathampstead
and she worked at the Brocket Arms for many years. My
youngest sister Sylvia moved away but later cam back with her
husband and settled in St. Albans. I married in 1959
and with my wife Yvonne (South) from Hemel Hempstead
and immigrated to Australia and we are both now retired and live on
a property at Karangi about 12klms from Coffs Harbour.
As kids I was great friends with the Penny's from Ceasers Road
and still keep in touch with Tony and his wife Barbara
who now live in Devon.
I remember the Welbike being
used by the army during the war when they occupied Bride Hall.
The Welbike was specially developed for airborne forces by the
Research Station at Welwyn in Hertfordshire. It was used during the
war by the troops that were occupying Bride Hall.
I have many stories I could tell of those years which I will never
Ron Bowles. e-mail
I stumbled across the picture on your
web page associated with reminiscences about the Welbike.
The picture is wrong for two reasons: firstly, the bike in the
picture is a Corgi, built by Brockhouse in Southport for civilian
service after the second world war and later sold in the USA as an
Indian Papoose (after Brockhouse bought Indian); secondly,
although a very small number of Corgis may have been sold to (and
used by) the US air force as airfield runabouts after the war,
it's wrong to present them as a military machine (which the
Welbike certainly was).
Alan Rawlinson email
Senior lecturer in online journalism
University of Central Lancashire
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I have, recently, been
looking at Bozier’s
data to expand the information on the Kimpton Roll of
Honour (which I originally produced in 2001/2) and came
across the Wheathampstead information.
I am informed that the
lived in a cottage in Kimpton
Church Lane and I assumed that Laurence would have been
born there. Kimpton is within the Hitchin
registration district and his birth was recorded in the
April to June records Vol 3a page 1485 (dob
Photo evidence shows he
was an Assistant Patrol Leader in the
1st Kimpton Scout Troop
He became a Sgt in the RAF Reserve being W/Op/Air gunner
in a Lancaster, taking part in a 133 plane raid on
21/22 June 1944
was shot down and all crew killed. Crew buried in
Lanklaar Community Cemetery graves 1 –
Pictures available on
Kimpton web site – History – roll of honour
Herbert 1879 Kimpton – March 1952
Matilda 1879 Codicote - No death date so far
- updated Oct 2012
Family tree of Bozier and associated names
stands at approx 475 names at present. I would be pleased of any
enquiries or information concerned with Boziers in Wheathampstead.
I am also interested in info about Gustard Wood and
The extent of my research stretches from
about 1800 to the year 2000. I know of Boziers in Greenwich,
Deptford, Berkshire, these I know are connected, and a recent addition
Hello! My paternal grandfather was George Gray (grocer in Harpenden) who married
Alice Maud Bracey, born in Wheathampstead in 1880) in July 1901,
at St Nicholas in Harpenden. (to see photo of the wedding party click thumbnail
picture on right - then click 'Back' on browser to return to this page .) Alice’s mother was
Maria Bracey, a bonnet-maker in 1881), mother of 5 children but apparently never married.
Thomas Bracey, Maria’s brother, lived on
Wheathampstead Hill, as Maria did, a few houses away, in 1881, with his wife
Charlotte, and in that census he is shown as Thomas Bracey
(Gray). I don’t know the significance of that and would be glad to hear from anyone who does. The mystery of Alice's (and her siblings') father remains unsolved, but I haven't given
up. If anyone reading this has any Bracey or Gray information,
however trivial, I shall be MOST interested to hear from them.
In the photo above these are some of the names as my late father, Bert Gray of Harpenden, gave them (but his accuracy is not guaranteed): Standing, left to right: Unknown; Bert Bracey; Unknown (possibly Maria Bracey); Unknown; George Gray’s sister May;
H. Howe; the bridegroom George Norman Gray; Unknown; George’s brother, H.S. Gray; Unknown Bridesmaid (possibly Betty Byrd); Unknown; Unknown. Seated, left to right: Unknown; George Gray’s mother, Mary Ann nee Best; George’s sister Floss; George’s sister Ethel; the bride Alice Maud Bracey; Unknown; Unknown.
Anne Treadwell email -
323 Abbotts Harbour Road
Middle West Pubnico
Nova Scotia B0W 2M0
All of these households were at Wheathampstead
Hill, Wheathampstead for the 1881 Census
(Name, Marr, Age, Sex, Birthplace)
Danil BRACEY M 67 M Saundridge Rel: Head Occ: Labourer
George BRACEY 29 M Wheathamstead
Joshua BRACEY M 59 M Harpenden Rel: Head Occ: Shepherd
Sarah BRACEY M 58 F Wheathamstead Rel: Wife
Phebe C. BRACEY 14 F Wheathamstead Rel: Daur Occ: Straw Plaiter
Lilly BRACEY 6 F Wheathamstead Rel: G Daur Occ: Straw Plaiter
Henry PHILLPOTT W 61 M Codicote Rel: Lodger Occ: Labourer
Maria BRACEY U 35 F
Wheathamstead Rel: Head Occ: Bonnet Maker (Mill)
Charles BRACEY 10 M Wheathamstead Rel: Son Occ: Shepherd
Earnest BRACEY 6 M Wheathamstead Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
Burt BRACEY 2 M Wheathamstead Rel: Son
Alice BRACEY 6 m F Wheathamstead Rel: Daur
Thomas BRACEY ((GRAY)) M 30 M
Wheathamstead Rel: Head Occ: General Labourer
Charlotte BRACEY M 28 F Wheathamstead Rel: Wife Occ: Laundress
Edward BRACEY ((GRAY)) M 28 M
Wheathamstead Rel: Head Occ: Agricultural Labourer
Ann BRACEY M 26 F Wheathamstead Rel: Wife Occ: Wife
Emily BRACEY 7 F Wheathamstead Rel: Daur Occ: Scholar
Lizey BRACEY 5 F Wheathamstead Rel: Daur
Mary MITCHEL W 62 F Preston, Hertford Rel: Mother In Law Occ: Straw Plait Sewer
1851 Census -
Bracey, Daniel at Whstd Hill
Bracey, Daniel, Mar, 36, Bricklayers Labr, b Sandridge
Mary A Bracey, wife, 36 b Whstd
John Bracey, son-in-law, 15 agr lab b Whstd
Francis, son 12 Ag Lab b Whstd
Edith, dau, 7, all b Whstd
Maria, dau 5
Anne dau 3
Thomas son 2
infant son 1 wk = probably George
are 3 photographs - One is of a crowd outside The Nelson pub on VE
day, Harold Smith my uncle is just in front of the door to the right
with a cap on his head. Mrs Ellis, Mrs Dear, and I think but not
sure that Harold Goodship is also in the photo. Also Aida & Lou the
managers at that time are sitting in the front.
This picture is of my Uncle Harold
Smith sitting on the steps of 86 Marford Road with my cousin
Also my Auntie Ellen Brothers when
she was a nurse in the first world war. (My father was born in the
Ship Pub in about 1895.)
Hope this will all help towards the
Regards Diane Taylor (nee Brothers).
I stumbled across your very interesting site when looking for info on
I have been doing a trawl through the available census forms on the net
in search of the "Brothers" branch of my family. They link to several
of the pubs in question. (I am fairly certain about the info, the names and dates certainly tie up).
The earliest reference is in the 1861 census, my Great, Great, Great
Grandfather Abraham Brothers, aged 67, "Retailer of beer and shoemaker"
(wife Elizabeth 60, and children Sarah 23, Abraham 2, and
John 18) - all residing at the Royal Exchange.
In 1881, living at the Royal Exchange was
Abraham Brothers (The younger) his wife Sarah, his sister also
Sarah, and children Elizabeth, Ellen, and Henry.
As the first Abraham Brothers was quite old at the time of the
1861 census I guess that it is possible that the family were involved with
the Royal Exchange for a long period in the 1800's.
In 1881, John Brothers, son of the 1st
Abraham, with wife Rhoda is running "The Cherry Trees The Travellers Friend Beer
House" John is described as a beerhouse keeper. I've gone thru the children below, but
in addition there was Rhoda's father George Rowe, 60,
In 1891, John Brothers , son of the 1st
Abraham, by now a widower, shows up in The Ship with sons including
John, Abraham, Isaac, Mark, Mathew, Jacob, - (must have been working his way thru the Bible until
his wife died). Daughter Elizabeth, and sister Sarah who had moved from
the RoyalExchange. Although the family apparently ran the pub,
John is listed as a gardener. I guess pubs then were not a full time job.
By the 1901 census, the references peter out, my
"Brothers" line moved to a more military course, although my Great Grandfather
FrederickBrothers, Bisley marksman, and son of the second Abraham returned to pub
keeping after a long army career. He took on the Falcon at Royston, and
apparently went bust within 12 months.
I don't know if this is of use/interest for your site. At least the
Brothers family must have been well known around your area.
Best regards, Kevin Delaney--
Contributed 9 May 2005
35 Rivers Reach Frome Somerset BA11 1AQ UK
Tel: +44(0)1373 465379
updated 7 Dec 2006
The continuation from Kevin Delaney's write up of the
Brothers family goes like this:-
The John Brothers that owned the
Ship Pub who was a widower, then married again to a Rosie
who had two children - another Harry John Brothers (called
John) who was my father, and Ellen his sister my aunt. My father was born in the
Ship Pub in 1894 and he married when he was 40yrs old, and I am his daughter now 72yrs of age. My name was
Diane Brothers I now am Diane Taylor, and I was evacuated during the war at
Wheathampstead with my aunt who was Helen Smith & Harold Smith her husband. We lived at
86 Marford Road. Rosie is buried in Wheathampstead church yard. My
father left Wheathampstead when he was about 14 years of age
and moved to London to become a telegraph boy, and his sister stayed
in Wheathampstead all her life, and that is how I became evacuated
there during the war.
I went to school at St Helen's when
Mr Housden was
headmaster. One day in 1944 I was up all night with pains in my stomach and being sick, so my Aunt went to the village and called up
Dr Smallwood, who came immediately to our house with my Aunt in his car.
He immediately diagnosed peritonitis. It was a thick foggy morning, but between Dr Smallwood and my aunt they cradled a chair with there arms, and took me straight to the then
Oster House Hospital where they performed the operation at once.
When my mother and father came up from London and spoke to the surgeon, he told them that I would have had only about 20 minutes to live, so between
Dr Smallwood the surgeon and my aunt they saved my life.
Kind regards, Diane Taylor. email -
1851 Wheathampstead - Royal Exhange
Abraham Brothers, 57, Boot & Shoemaker & Beerseller, b
Holwell, Beds (1794)
Eliza Brothers, 50 wife b Whstd (1801)
Sarah 18 dau (1833)
Diana 15 dau (1836)
Abraham 11 son (1840)
John 8 son (1843)
Note: Abraham Brothers married Elizabeth Peacock Aug
14, 1824 Wheathampstead
They also bapt Elizabeth Brothers 1824
& Ann Brothers 1828 d 1832
My Father was born in BATFORD in 1922 at the
Gibraltar Castle Public House. I am researching the family history - his name is
Arthur BRUTON. Arthur BRUTON senior was landlord to my knowledge between
1901 and until his death in 1934. His parents were Frederick and Ann
(nee ARNOLD) who lived at the thatched cottage at Batford
Other BRUTONS lived at the Red Cow in Cold Harbour -
William and Sarah with children, Margaret and Hephzibah.
If anyone is interested in the history of the Gibraltar Castle I may be able to help.
I do have a photograph of Batford Football Club in 1907-8
season. Names of players F.Chennells, H. Woodfield, G. Warwick, F. Church, G. Williams, A. Archer, E. Archer, T.A. Archer, Jas. Gunnell, W. Gunnell, W. Shadbolt, G. Course
(Captain) Mr. W. Bellamy (Hon.Sec) and Mr. A. Bruton (Treasurer) who was my grandfather.
I am not sure whether Batford would fall within the area of interest for
Wheathampstead families but someone may find a connection and if
so I would be pleased to hear from them.
Wheathampstead Brewery - Can anyone
tell me if this building is still in existence? I was looking through a
photograph album that belonged to my great aunt the other day and found a
small snap with the words 'Wheathampstead Brewery 1903' underneath it. On
looking very carefully I could make out the words over the door 'Harriet
Elizabeth Burg (my great aunt) licensed common brewer and dealer in
I was aware that the family had been
brewers in Lincolnshire in the 19th century but I was not aware of any
Hertfordshire links. Can anyone
tell me anything about the history of this brewery or when my family's
involvement with it began or ended?
As far as I know, no one in the family ever
lived in Wheathampstead. At the turn of the century, when the picture
was taken, my great aunt lived with her parents, my great grandparents,
in London. The family was originally from Lincolnshire but moved to
Jersey in the 1870s and then moved to London in the 1890s. I believe my
great aunt must have inherited the business from her father or
grandfather: my great great great grandfather Henry Bugg had a
brewery and a number of pubs in and around Spalding.
I don't believe my great grandfather ever
'soiled his hands' with trade. He described himself as a gentleman and was
a qualified doctor of medicine, although he never practiced as such, and
it was he who changed the family name from Bugg to Burg. So
the family's involvement with the brewery must have been a very hands off
one. However I would very much like to know what happened to the business
-was it sold and if so, when and to whom?
I had a look at the 1881 Census, which I
have on CD, out of interest. I found a brewhouse on Brewhouse Hill but
none of the names associated with it was familiar to me. It would be
nice if someone could fill in the blanks on this aspect of my family
Lesley O'Connell email -
(Webmaster's note - the picture is clearly
Barton House in Brewhouse Hill although nearest part is now houses)
Found your site while trying to locate the
place name Gustard Wood (as the Shambrook records for the Herts 1881
census had got a blank in the county section). I'm tracing a large
number of family names including 4 on your list, which may or may not
tie into Wheathampstead families. I have compiled fairly large general
files of people with the same surnames as my family. Four are
surnames on your list; Burgess; Foster; Rolf and Shambrook.
I welcome contact with other people
interested in researching these names. E-mail me at
1851 Census -
Burgess, at The Swan Inn
Charles Burgess, Mar, 37, Innkeeper, b Tewin, Herts
Maria, wife, 33 b St. Margarets (Stanstead)
Alfred W. Hewson, son-in-law 7 scholar, b Whstd
Laura Hewson, dau in law 6 scholar b Whstd
Edward Hewson son-in-law 2 b Whstd
Frederick Burgess son 2m b Whstd
family living with 2 servants and 3 lodgers
1901 Census searched just by surname and
Wheathampstead (showing age, where born, occupation)
Amos Burgess 26 b East Hyde Beds, Gardener
Emily Burgess 27 b Harpenden Herts
I am trying to trace a Gertrude Bygrave who was born in Wheathampstead in
1873. She moved to St. Albans with her Grandmother Eliza at and was there as shown in the
1881 Census. I have tried the Wheathampstead Baptism records and there is no trace of Gertrude. Any
With thanks in advance for any help you could give me.
Jackie Campion Email me at
webmaster notes (not necessarily related to above
Monuments in St Helen's -
Edith Caroline BYGRAVE, died 22 Jan 1930 aged 41
William BYGRAVE died 1 Sep 1945 aged 63
1851 Census -
Bygrave: at Gustard Wood
John Bygrave, Mar 72, Journeyman Smith, b Red Hill
Sarah Bygrave, wife 75, Plaiter, b Redbourn
Martha dau unm 26, Plaiter, b Ayot St. Lawrence
married SUSANNA CARTER at St. Katherine Creechurch, City of
London on 17 April 1792. They had moved to Wheathampstead by
1802. William was a shoemaker; he was born about 1768
and buried at Wheathampstead 25 September 1823 aged 55.
Susanna was the daughter of William and Rebecca Carter. She was born
at Wheathampstead 22 August 1768 and buried there 8 March 1834.
Children of William
and Susanna were:
CATLEY was christened 2 June 1793 at St Mary Whitechapel, London.
He married ELIZABETHWAGSTAFF 8 December 1812 at St
Peters, St Albans. Their daughter ELIZABETH was christened 29 January
1813 at St Marys, Watford. They have not been traced in Hertfordshire
later than this.
CATLEY was born about 1798 probably in London. He married
NAOMI BUNYAN 26 November 1820 at Codicote Herts.
She was the daughter of THOMAS and ELIZABETHBUNYAN
born 16 October 1798 and christened 9 June 1799 at
Bethel-Independent Welwyn. William was a bricklayer by trade. A
Removal Order for WilliamCatley and family from
Wheathampstead to St Katherine Creechurch, City of London, was issued 26 May
1834. It was suspended because he was unfit to travel and indeed he
was buried at Wheathampstead 22 July 1834 aged 36 years. Three years
later Naomi died and was buried at Wheathampstead 8 December 1836
aged 39 years. They left three teenage daughters:
was born 1821. She married CHARLESANSELL on 15
February 1857. She had three children before her marriage and three
thereafter (see my entry under Ansell). She died 18 November 1913
aged 92 at Wheathampstead. She is my great great grandmother.
was born about 1824. On 11 February 1840, when she was
sixteen and at Hitchen Union Workouse, she was the subject of a Removal
Order from Codicote to St Katherine Creechurch, London. She
was at City of London Union Workhouse in 1851 and probably died
there in 1854.
CATLEY was born about 1826. She married WILLIAM
LAMBLEY, a gas meter maker, 9 June 1865 at All
Hallows Barking, London. After his death she lived at St Albans with
her niece EMMAADAMS (nee Catley). She died there in
CATLEY was born 24 June 1802 at Wheathampstead and buried
there 4 September 1826 aged 23 years.
was born 2 June 1805 at Wheathampstead. She was a domestic servant in
Kimpton and on 24 April 1851 married the village blacksmith EDWARD TOMLIN
who had become a widower. They had no children of their own.
The Catley family was
quite separate from the Catlin family and the surname existed in
Wheathampstead only for the first 40 years of the nineteenth century. Their
Ansell descendents live there still as well as in Canada, Australia, France
In the 18th and
19th centuries, my direct ancestors from Wheathampstead, specifically from
Gustard Wood [or from Kimpton], were named Swallow, Henley, Hopkins,
Catline, Read, Woods, Crawley, Hawkins. Colateral branches include Lovell,
Studman, and Thompson.
I would be happy to
correspond with anyone who has forbears from these same families or who
has information about the social history of Gustard Wood.
When my studies are readied in a suitable form I would be happy to link
them or make them available through your site.
Tony Hughes (New
York NY). email -
1851 Census -
Catlin at Gustard Wood:
George Catlin Head, Unm 37 Agr Lab b Whstd
living with 2 unm lodgers Susan Studman 47 and Ann Swallow 8
1851 Census -
Carter at Gustard Wood
William Carter, Widower, 74, Carpenter journeyman, b Whstd. (wid of Mary Olds)
William Carter (s/o Wm Carter & Mary Olds) Mar 42 Ag Lab b Whstd
Caroline Carter wife 35 Straw Plait b Kimpton
Amelia dau 9 straw plait b Whstd
Ann M dau 6 straw plait b Whstd
Moses son 1 b Whstd
Carter at Gustard Wood: (George is the s/o Wm Carter & Mary Olds)
George Carter, Mar 37, Ag Lab b Whstd
Mary Carter, wife 36 b Sandridge (nee Cobb)
Caroline, dau 12 straw plait, b Whstd
Sarah dau 9 straw plait b Whstd
Mercy dau 4 b Whstd
William son 1 b Whstd
Betweem 1881 - 1895 George Carter was Landlord of
The Park Hotel, No-mans Land (1881 with first wife Margaret , in
1891 with second wife Sarah. He died 9/11/1895). His
son, also named George Carter, was listed at the Nelson Inn in 1901.
George and his son, George, were born in Hertford and Bromley respectively
Contributed by, Dan Foster GGG
Grandson of George the elder.
Contributed April 2012
Carter Gt Grandfather William Carter had 4 sisters. The
following is from the 1861 census.
1861 Census: Gustardwood, Wheathampstead.
George Carter 49 head ag lab
" 46 wife Sandridge
Caroline " 20
dau plaiter Wheat. Sarah
19 " "
13 " "
9 son "
7 " "
2 " Emma
Contributed by Linda Shields Feb 2014
21 The Hill, Wheathampstead Built by Mr. Jesse Chennells
The picture includes Mr & Mrs Wilkie from New Zealand on a visit
(Yvonne Wilkie being a Chennells decendant).
The initials J C are part of the railings
above the front door
I was reading through some of the transcripts of old
articles and noticed the one about four sisters visiting, one of which
claimed to be 106. This was in The Hert Advertise & St Albans Times
1876 Oct 7th p.8. The 106 year old would have been Sarah (Allen)
Ward. Her sister Charlotte (Allen) Paul would have been about
84 (died the year following this article, 1877) was
married to William Paul of Sandridge, and they were the parents
of Charlotte Allen Paul who married Jesse Chennells. In
the 1871 census, Sarah Ward is listed as living with her
sister KeturahLines, aged 84, in Wheathampstead.
So those are three of the four sisters. If anyone should know anything
about them and/or who the fourth was, I am obviously interested.
Attached is a picture of Sarah, age 1041/2 or 103
(a little confusing). On the back of the picture is written " Mrs.
Sarah Ward, Aunt of Charlotte Allen Paul (Chennells), sister of
Charlott Allen (Paul), at 104 1/2 when this photo was made
she could walk ten miles, keep house, read and do fine straw plaiting
The fourth sister would probably have been Dinah
Allen Barker, b. 1797 d. 1879, married to James
Barker. In addition, there were four other Allen sisters ; Ann1781-1858
m. Edward Rainsden, Elizabeth b. 1783, Rebecca 1789-1867
m. James Dunham, and Maria 1791- m.Francis Dunham.
Charlotte Beatrice Chennells
is 7th adult from the right in the back row peering over shoulder of
man. Jesse Chennells and his second wife
(nee Paul) had 11 children.
There were also 7 children to his first wife Phillis
(nee Gray) - total of 18 children as
far as I know. Charlotte would have
been about 17 years old here. Photo taken prior to her marriage in
1900 and shows 20 family members.
I feel the younger children
are probably grandchildren. I wonder if anyone can identify any
added Aug 2010
Gentleman with hand on railing is Jesse Chennells with his
second wife, Charlotte, just behind him. He was a lay
preacher at the United Reform Church. Also shown is his son
FrederickHoraceChennells and next to him LionelBruce (died 1908). Lionel and his wife Jesse
were buried in front of the United Reform church in Wheathampstead.
added Sept 2010
Jesse Chennells & family
- Gibraltar Lodge Wheathampstead c. 1895/8
The Gibraltar Lodge was demolished to make way for the
road called Gibraltar Lodge (Batford)
This may be a bit
of a shot in the dark, but, looking into the CHENNELLS families of Great
Gaddesden/Berkhampstead, I have been wondering whether the WheathampsteadCHENNELLS' come from the same stock and whether all of them had
not, at some time earlier, perhaps at the beginning of the 18th c., moved
from the Whaddon area in Buckinghamshire. Perhaps you
know of a person in the area who may be especially interested in research
into the CHENNELLS family and its origins. If so, I should be most
grateful for a contact address. My interest is that my CHENNELLS
brother-in-law and nephews come from this Great Gaddesden line and
I am aiding them in research.
thanks, Stephen email -
Descendants of William Chennells contributed
by September 2003
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(Section on Charlotte Beatrice Chennells
updated in Sept 2010 with information from Yvonne Wilkie, New Zealand
1 William Chennells b: 1734 d: January 31, 1808 +Hester (Ester) Lines b: 1736 d: 1821 in Wheathampstead
2 Mary Chennells b: December 22, 1761 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England +William Bolton
2 Sarah Chennells b: 1763 +William Dunnham
2 Ann Chennells b: February 12, 1765 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
2 Francis Chennells b: September 28, 1766 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
2 William Chennells b: March 13, 1768 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: 1829 +Amelia b: 1801 in Tewin, Hertfordshire, England d: Aft. 1831 in Wheathampstead
3 Jesse Chennells b: April 28, 1821 d: June 21, 1902 +Phyllis Gray b: Unknown d: Bef. 1862
4 Jesse Thomas Chennells b: April 1850 d: Abt. 1900
4 William George Chennells b: November 05, 1851 d: April 11, 1897
5 Nellie Chennells b: Abt. 1880
5 Tricie Chennells b: Abt. 1882
4 Phyllis Chennells b: March 1853
4 Ellen Chennells b: August 1854
4 Jesse Ernest Chennells b: February 04, 1856 d: Unknown +Grace Jane Brewster b: Abt. 1867 in Kent Dover d: Unknown
5 Jesse William Chennells b: 1892 in BMD Woolwich 1d 1222 qt end 1892 d: 1893 in BMD Woolwich 1d 894 qt end Dec 1893
5 Phyllis Chennells b: 1890 in 1901 census age 11 born London, Woolwich
4 Edwin Chennells b: May 25, 1858 in Whetstone d: Unknown in Anerley near Croydon, Surrey +Alice Harriet Coxhead b: May 09, 1861 in St. Marylebone,London, England d: Unknown
5 Ada Chennells
5 Blansker Chennells b: 1885
5 Reginald Horace Chennells b:February 28, 1886 in London, Hackney d: April 06, 1953 +Edith Barbara Emma Stone b: May 25, 1893 d: April 19, 1964 *2nd Wife of Reginald Horace Chennells: +Emily Marion Wilkinson
5 Irene Chennells b: 1888
5 Madeline Chennells b: 1890
5 Dorothy Chennells b: 1892
5 Leslie Chennells b: 1893 in Surrey, Balham
5 Ellaline Chennells b: 1895
5 Hubert Walter Chennells b: 1897
4 Albert Henry Chennells b: January 26, 1860 *2nd Wife of Jesse Chennells:+Charlotte Allen Paul b: September 06, 1835 d: March 29, 1919
4 Louise Blanche Chennells b: January 07, 1863 in Wood Green, England d: Aft. 1934 in Newark, NJ +Charles Millard b: July 03, 1860 in Shoreditch, St. Leonard's, London, England d: December 10, 1899 in Allegheny City, PA
5 Jesse Charles Reginald Millard b: August 13, 1893 in Newark, NJ d: March 10, 1955 in Staten Island, NY +Gladys Cornish Barr
b: June 10, 1893 in Bloomfield, NJ d: Unknown
5 Philip Sidney Millard b: April 30, 1896 in Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ d: 1967 in Orlando, Orange, FL +Jennette Rhoda Kent
b: 1909 in Newark, NJ d: 1981 in Orlando, Orange, FL *2nd Husband of Louise Blanche Chennells: +George Whitehead
4 Arthur George Chennells b: March 04, 1864 in Wood Green, England
4 Kate Alice Chennells b: January 17, 1866 in Wood Green,England
+Friedrich Whilhem Reiche b: Abt. 1866 d: Bef. 1934
4 Frederick Horace Chennells b: November 02, 1867 in Wood Green, England d: Unknown +Jessie Battson b: Abt. 1867 d: Unknown
5 Edward Chennells b: Abt. 1912
5 Mary Chennells b: Abt. 1913
5 Jesse Chennells b: Abt. 1914
5 Walter Chennells b: Abt. 1916 d: Unknown +Ruby Pallett b: Abt. 1916 d: Unknown
5 Gladys Chennells b: Abt. 1917
5 Marjorie Chennells b: Abt. 1918
4 Thomas Austin Chennells b: July 17, 1869 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: Unknown +Clara Edith Long OR Annie Feenie
5 Jesse Norman E Chennells b: 1895 in BMD 1d 840 Camberwell qt end June 1895
5 Alfred A B Chennells b: 1897 in Camberwell 1d 843 qt end Mar 1897
5 Edwin John Chennells b: 1900 in BMD Camberwell 1d 958 qt end Jun 1900 d: 1900 in BMD 1d 573 qt end Sep 1900
5 Albert Victor Chennells b: 1901 in BMD Camberwell 1d 996 qt end Mar 1901
5 William Leonard Chennells b: 1902 in BMD 1d 979 qt end Sep 1902
4 Leila Maud Chennells b: May 03, 1871 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: November 03, 1878 in date given by Louise Blanche Chennells
4 Minnie Azeila Chennells b: December 18, 1872 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: Aft. 1946 +Frank St. Clair Brown d: Bef. 1934
4 Edgar Allen Chennells b: October 12, 1874 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
4 Walter Harry Chennells b: July 19, 1876 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England +Florence Mary Jackson b: May 11, 1879 in Netheredge Rd, Sheffield, England d: January 09, 1942
5 Vera Chennells b: December 29, 1903 in Sheffield, England d: 1986 +Val Pierce b: Abt. 1900 d: Unknown
5 Sidney Austin Chennells b: January 05, 1905 in immigration shed, Saskatoon, Canada d: Unknown +Margaret Keele b: Abt. 1905 d: Unknown
5 Irene Chennells b: 1908 d: 1965 +Jack Keene b: Abt. 1908 d: Unknown
5 Allan Chennells b: 1915 d: 1987 +Beth b: Abt. 1915 d: Unknown
4 Charlotte Beatrice Chennells b:June 26, 1878 in
Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire, England d: March 02, 1951 Auckland NZ
+ August 15, 1900 in St Helens Church Wheathamstead Charles Roger
Hammond Davy b:January 14, 1872 d: June 13, 1943 Auckland NZ
5 Charles Roger Hammond Davy b:
September 30, 1901 in Stoke Newington England d: April 15, 1934
Auckland NZ + June 02, 1926 Flora Stringer b: February 01, 1904 d:
July 09, 1993
5 Jesse Edward Davy b: February 24, 1903
in Harpenden England d: March 30, 1958 Auckland NZ + October 14,
1933 Clara May Elmbranch b: Abt 1895 d: June 02, 1992
5 John Baxter Davy b: August 01, 1904 in
New Southgate England d: March 19, 1983 Auckland NZ + Georgiana
Alleyne Litchfield b: April 04, 1900 d: August 18, 1976
5 Felix Caughey Davy b: January 15, 1906
in New Southgate England d: April 28, 1980 Auckland NZ + March 23,
1937 Myrtle May Giles b: September 28, 1913 d: August 04, 1987
5 Charlotte Elizabeth Davy b: May 17,
1908 in Hither Green Lewisham Kent England d: July 31, 1990 Auckland
NZ + March 18, 1933 Gordon Wellesley Attwood b: January 30, 1897 d:
May 29, 1985
5 Joseph Allen Davy b: February 02, 1910
in Lewisham England d; April 24 1992 Auckland NZ + August 08, 1942
Louisa Bell b:March 18, 1910 d: July 06 2005
5 Marie Helen Davy b: September 20, 1916
in Auckland NZ d: March 13, 2000 Tauranga NZ + September 07, 1946
Frank Ernest Parker b: Abt 1915 d: October 20, 1974
5 Benjamin Davy b: October 16, 1920 in
Auckland NZ d: July 08 2003 Auckland NZ + July 27, 1946 Ruita Martin
b: July 13, 1920 d: November 26, 2009
4 Charlotte Beatrice Chennells b: June 26, 1878 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England +Charles Roger Hammond Davy b: January 14, 1872
5 Charles Roger Hammond Davy b: September 30, 1901 d: Unknown +Flora Stringer b: Abt. 1900 d: Unknown
5 Jesse Edward Davy b: February 24, 1903 d: Unknown +May Elmbranch b: Abt. 1903 d: Unknown
5 John Baxter Davy b: August 01, 1904 d: Unknown +Georgina ? b: Abt. 1904 d: Unknown
5 Felix Caughey Davy b: January 15, 1906 d: Unknown +Myrtle Giles b: Abt. 1906 d: Unknown
5 Charlotte Elizabeth Davy b: May 17, 1908
5 Joseph Allen Davy b: February 02, 1910 d: Unknown +Louise Bell b: Abt. 1910 d: Unknown
5 Marie Helen Davey b: Abt. 1912 d: Unknown +Frank Parker b: Abt. 1912 d: Unknown
5 Benjamin Davey b: Abt. 1913 d: Unknown +Ruita Martin b: Abt. 1913 d: Unknown
4 Lionel Bruce Chennells b: May 20, 1881 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: October 01, 1900
3 George Chennells b: August 19, 1822 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: 1883 in BMD St. Albans 3a 262 qt end Sep 1883
3 Amelia Chennells b: February 04, 1824 d: 1830
3 Adam Thomas Chennells b: January 29, 1826 in Wheathampstead, Hertford, England d: Unknown in New York +Sarah Garret b: February 12, 1829 in Richmond, Va d: Unknown
4 Amelia Chennells b: 1851 in Virginia d:1921 +Thomas A Burleigh b: Bet. 1845 - 1855 d: Unknown
4 Thomas D. Chennells b: 1854 in Virginia d: 1862
4 Arabella Chennells b: 1857 in Virginia +Frederick Fielding
5 Adelaide Fielding b: 1882 d: 1885
5 Warren C. Fielding b: 1885 d: Unknown +Florence Moulton b: Abt. 1885 d: Unknown
5 Howard Fielding b: 1887 d: Unknown
5 Franklin Fielding b: October 04, 1890 d: Unknown +Ruth Reinisch b: 1889 d: Unknown
4 George B. Chennells b: September 1860 in Virginia d: Unknown +Minerva Robinson McCabe b: Abt. 1860 in Virginia d: Unknown
5 Elliot M. Chennells b: September 02, 1883 in NY d: October 1971 in FL
5 Clifford G. Chennells b: October 07, 1885 in Manhattan, NY d: Unknown
5 Edna Maud Chennells b: October 14, 1887 in NY d: Unknown +J T Bennett b: Abt. 1884 d: Unknown
5 Harold William Chennells b: September 19, 1890 in NY d: 1935
5 Doris Chennells b: June 05, 1894 in NY d: September 12, 1989 in New canaan, Fairfield County, CT +Harold Stevens Gardner b: Abt. 1894 d: Bef. 1989
5 Mildred Chennells b: August 18, 1896 in NY d: Unknown +Friedman b: Abt. 1890 d: Unknown *2nd Husband of Mildred
Chennells: + Leslie "unknown" b: Abt. 1890 d: Unknown
5 Ruth Chennells b: October 16, 1898 in NY d: 1916
5 Miriam Chennells b: June 22, 1901 in NY d: June 1984 in New York, NY
5 Franklin Chennells b: November 24, 1904 in NY d: February 1986 in NY +Peggy "unknown" b: November 24, 1904 d: Unknown
4 Adelaide Chennells b: May 19, 1864 in New York d: May 16, 1892 +William Wilson McClelland b: Abt. 1864 d: Unknown
5 Flora McClelland b: Abt. 1884 d: Unknown
5 Malcolm McClelland b: Abt. 1885 d: Abt. 1885
5 William Fredrick McClelland b: January 25, 1889 d: Unknown
4 William F. Chennells b: 1868 in England d: 1927 +Emma C. Butler b: Abt. 1868 d: Unknown
5 George Chennells b: Abt. 1889 d: Unknown
5 William Chennells b: Abt. 1890 d: Unknown
5 Harriet Chennells b: Abt. 1891 d: Unknown
4 Alice Maude Chennells b: 1874 d: Unknown
4 Edward Milton Chennells b: 1878 d: Unknown +Florence Moore b: Abt. 1878 d: Unknown
5 Milton Chennells b: December 04, 1903 in New York d: May 1971 +Margaret b: May 02, 1905 in New York d: November 15, 1993 in Tenafly Bergen NJ
5 Margaruite Chennells b: May 02, 1905 d: November 15, 1993
5 Mabel Chennells b: February 18, 1906 d: November 23, 2001 +Frank Paul Guth b: Abt. 1900 d: Unknown
5 Virginia Chennells b: July 06, 1907 in NY d: July 20, 1983 in Waterbury, CT +Stanley Kovel b: Abt. 1900 d: Bef. 1983
5 Roy Chennells b: June 13, 1912 in NY d: September 1981 in Beachwood, Cuyahoga, OH +Dorothy b: March 31, 1916 d: February 1995 in Beachwood, Cuyahoga, OH
3 Willm. Frederic Chennells b: 1827 +Mary b: 1820
3 Thomas Chennells b: 1829 d: in Australia +unknown
4 unknown Chennells
4 unknown Chennells
3 John Chennells b: April 22, 1830 d: December 31, 1905 +Anne Joyner b: April 20, 1841 d: December 09,
4 Nellie Chennells b: July 01, 1867 d: October 06, 1943 +George Nash b: June 07, 1851 d: June
4 Frank Chennells b: October 07, 1876 d: July 24, 1950 +Stella b: May 26, 1883 d: June 18, 1921
5 Minnie Chennells b: Abt. 1911
5 Edward Frank Chennells b: February 08, 1913 d: September 22, 1968 +Kitty May b: December 14, 1916
5 Joyce Chennells b: Abt. 1915
5 Lena Chennells b: Abt. 1915 *2nd Wife of Frank Chennells: +Maggie b: Abt. 1880
5 John Chennells
5 Una Chennells
5 Roy Chennells
2 Margaret Chennells b: April 22, 1770 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
2 Maria Chennells b: January 31, 1772 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
2 Hester Chennells b: January 18, 1774 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
2 John Chennells b: November 23, 1775 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: 1776
2 Samuel Chennells b: June 11, 1777 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England d: 1777
2 Rebecca Chennells b: May 28, 1780 in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
1851 Census -
Chennels at Whst Hill
Amelia Chennels Wid, 50 Farmer of 80 acres employing 4 b Tewin, Herts
George Chennels son, unm 28 Farmers son b Whstd
John son unm 20 Farmers son b Whstd
John Mumford lodger unm 40 Butcher Master b Hertford, Herts
at Wheathampstead Street
Ann Chennels Head, Unm 86, Annuitant b Whstd
Esther Chennels, Sister Unm 77 Annuitant, b Whstd
at Brewhouse Hill
William Chennells Mar, 23 Farmers son b Whstd
Mary Chennells, wife 31 b Whstd
1901 Census searched just by surname
and Wheathampstead (showing age, where born, occupation)
Annie Chennells 59 b London
Charlotte Chennells 66 b Sandridge Herts
Frank Chennells 24 b London Wheathampstead, Clerk in Post Office
Frederick Chennells 33 b Wood Green Midx, Cabinet Maker
Jessie Chennells 79 b Wheathampstead Herts, Butcher & farmer
John chennells 70 b London Islington, Chemist & Grocer
I found your website while looking for
information on WILLIAM CHENNELLS. I do not have location information for him, only that he married
ELLE KELLCHER and they had a daughter, BEATRICE ELIZABETH aka
TRIXIE. She was my great grandmother on my maternal grandfather's side.
If you could post this, I would appreciate it, and anyone with information can contract me at
We have traced our
family back to Sandridge. The first Cobb we have found who went to
Gustard Wood was MaryCobb when she married George Carter
Cobb of Sandridge, Caroline and Benjamin. in Gustard Wood (he was 12
and an agricultural labourer).
married William Hale.
married Sophia Young of Kimpton. 1883 Sophia joined the
Congregational Church. 1887 Benjamin also joined and later became
a lay preacher. Children - Carline, Sarah, Fanny, Susan, Herbert
married Anne Burton (related to the Thompsons).
1912 Herbert (the father) was in the Gustard Wood Minstrel Group
organised by Miss Robins. Annie belonged to the Mother's Union and
Wheathampstead Women's Institute. Children - Elizabeth, Bessie,
Herbert (known as Bert)
married Doris Holland. Children - Rita, Patsy, Raymond,
Janet. As older villagers would know Bert Cobb ran the 'Serenaders' Concert Party for many years. Patsy still lives in
Wheathampstead. See more about the
Bert and the Serenaders
1901 Census searched just by surname
and Wheathampstead (showing age, where born, occupation)
Annie Cobb 31 b Herts Wheathampstead
Benjamin Cobb 71 b Herts Sandridge, Ordinary agricultural labourer
Bessie Cobb 2 b Herts Wheathampstead
Herbert Cobb 32 b Herts Wheathampstead, Ordinary farm labourer
Lizzie Cobb 6 b Herts Wheathampstead
My ancestor, James Cole is the one mentioned in this web page. My
grandfather, Charles Percy Cole, was born to James Cole and
Sarah (nee Booth) Cole in Water End house (after the census of 1881) and emmigrated to
Canada after 1900. My grandfather is mentioned in the census of
1885. I am told that other Cole ancestors of mine are buried in
St Helene's churchyard.
David Cole email:
22 February 2005
From the series of
"Hertfordshire Monumental Inscriptions" for
At the United Reformed Church ILMO James William Cole/ who died July 5th 1923/
aged 72 years/ "Resting"/ also/ Edith Sarah/
eldest daughter of the above/ who died April 6th 1930/ aged
50 years/ "Thy will be done"/ also Sarah Ann
loving wife/ and mother of the above/ who fell asleep July 5th 1939/
aged 84 years.
At St Helen's Church
Leslie W Cole/ 15.5.1903 - 18.2.1982/ and/ Stella O Cole/
6.1.1902 - 6.3.1983/ "Reunited"
See the history
section of the Collins business page.
** 1851 Census -
At Holly Bush Hall:
Mary Welch Head, wid, 65, charwoman b Whstd
Francis Collins son Mar 26 Ag Lab b Whstd
Ann Collins wife 31 b Kimpton
William Collins grandson 3 b Whstd
George Collins grandson 0 b Whstd
Edward Welch, Son of the Widow 19 Ag Lab b Whstd
** Note: Thank you
for the web page. It has been most helpful. However, the entry under
Collins is likely an error. The surname appears to be
Catlin but the t in Francis Catlin was not crossed and
the name has been transcribed as Collin. The other members of
the Catlin family do have the t crossed. Francis
Catlin is found with Mary Welch in 1841 and
1861. In all likelihood, MaryWelch was b.
Catlin or Catline.
With kind regards, Anthony Carter, Odense, Denmark
Just visited your web page and found my direct family
John Deamer my Great Grandfather. Living at Cross Farm, I visited there several years ago and the same family owned as did in the census, they kindly let me see that in the early 1900s Deamers were noted as working during the harvest periods. They still had the wage records
Charles was known as George and went on to live to be over 100 and I have newspaper articles from the Harpenden paper confirming this.
There were further children Bertie, Rose, Lizzie, William (my Grandfather) and
Ezra. I met him aged 99 when he lived in Wheathampstead near the post office.
Regards, Brian Deamer
contributed May 2006
a good site. You are certainly getting known I was told about it by a
contact in America! I have two families on the list of old
Wheathampstead Families - Swallow and Deamer. Susannah Deamer
married George Swallow 25 July 1797 at Wheathampstead.
my grandparents were born in Harpenden, Arthur Goodyear and Ellen
Louisa Swallow. My grandfather was born 'Near the GNR Station,
Harpenden'. I had ancestors living at Leyton Road, Harpenden, Breadcroft
and Cravells Road.
Abbott email -
08 June 2002
1851 Census -
Deamer at Gustard Wood
Phebe Deamer, Wid, 70, Straw Plait, b Kimpton
George Deamer son unm 36 Ag Lab b Kimpton
1881 Census (2 housholds) Dwelling: Horse & Jockey Marford
George DEAMER M 58 M Codicote Rel: Head Occ: Labourer
Ann DEAMER M 50 F Albury Rel: Wife
Herbert DEAMER 14 M Codicote Rel: Son Occ: Labourer
Katy DEAMER 8 F Wheathamstead Rel: Daur Occ: Scholar
Arthur DEAMER 5 M Wheathamstead Rel: Son Occ: Scholar
Dwelling: Cross Farm
John DEAMER M 32 M Kinsbourn, Hertford, England Rel: Head Occ: Farm Labourer
Mary DEAMER M 31 F Hunsdon, Hertford, England Rel: Wife Occ: Sewer(Str)
Frederick Charles DEAMER 8 M Thrailsend, Hertford, England Rel: Son
John Joseph DEAMER 5 M Wheathamstead, Hertford, England Rel: Son
Charles DEAMER 2 M Wheathamstead, Hertford, England
1901 Census searched just by surname and
Wheathampstead (showing age, where born, occupation)
Annie Deamer 75 b Herts Albury
Arthur Deamer 25 b Herts Wheathampstead, Bricklayer
Eliza Deamer 53 b Herts Wheathampstead
Fanny Deamer 27 b Beds Lily
Herbert Deamer 3 b Herts Codicote, Gardener domestic
Owen Deamer 18 b Islington London, Bricklayer
My Grandfather Leonard Crawley was born in Wheathampstead
in October 1887 to Samuel Crawley and
Amy Crawley (nee Frost). He was number 5 of 7 children.
He is buried in St Helen's just inside the gate from the High Street along
with his father.
I attach a scanned copy of Amy Crawley
together with a grandchild but no date is known but Amy
died in 1912. You will just about see a poster in the
window advertising the Sunday School Anniversary and
mention of a Mr R Hawkins and a public meeting.
Unfortunately I cannot see any date visible but you may know whether there
was a significant anniversary around the turn of the century.
My Uncle Jack Crawley now almost 93 has
many other photographs that he is looking out for me.
Contributed by Len Aspell (son of Irene Amy Crawley who was the daughter
of Leonard Crawley)<![endif]>
[<![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]>New email info. from Daphne Ballard in March
2016:<![endif]><![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]> In the photograph of Amy Crawley outside no 3
Wheathampstead Hill the baby in the Photo is of my mother Gladys Elizabeth
Skeggs daughter of Kate Skeggs.<![endif]> I would like to add that my mother
Gladys Elizabeth Skeggs lived at 3 Wheathampstead Hill with her mother
Kate and brother Frederick (their father died in 1910). Gladys lived
there until her marriage in 1930. After Amy died Samuel
Crawley moved in with his daughter Kate Skeggs and family he lived with
them until his death in 1927. The photo of Amy Crawley with her
granddaughter Gladys was taken in 1911. Best wishes From Daphne
Ballardgranddaughter of Kate<![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]> (nee Crawley) a sister of Leonard.]<![endif]>
I am trying to find some information about my father,
David Davies who was buried in St Helens churchyard in
Wheathampstead in 1941. I was born in St Albans 1940
and at the time my family lived at 1 Alma Cottages, Nomansland.
He was in the BEF in 1939 and invalided out in
1940, he then joined the home guard and I believe had a
military funeral in 1941. I wondered if I can get any records
of his service and his funeral.
I'm looking for any information on the following
My Great great Grandfather Richard Dawes (b 1821 in Codicote) who
married Ann Field Smith in 1850 and lived in Wheathampstead
with there family William (1851), Ellen (1854),
Betsy (1856), James (1859), Ann (1851),
Richard my Great Grandfather (1863) and Sarah (1868)
My Great Grandfather Richard married Emily Hill in
Ayot St Peter in 1887 and lived in Nomansland with there children
Arthur (1890). Bertha (1892) and William
Richard (snr) had a brother David (b1825) who I believe married
Mary Ann East and started there family off in Wheathampstead Augusta (b1855) and Alfred (1858)
Any information please email me on
An article from
the Hert's Advertiser 14th
June 1985 - Profile
Firmly rooted in a rural way of
By Ronald Riggs
We sat in the cosy inglenook of the 16th
century cottage next to the Nelson pub, in
Wheathampstead, and Bess, a border collie, came up wagging its tail.The old red brick glowed where it caught the
sunshine and Dickie Dawes looked very much at home in his
fireside chair. And so he should, for he
was born in the cottage, his mother was born there and so was her mother –
no family has its roots deeper in the ancient village. "You should have been here
last week," said Dickie."We've just reared twin lambs
from two-days-old.They were fed on the bottle – and my girls
took them for walks down the village on a collar and lead.There was a tear or two when the had to go
back to the farm." Dickie, who is 56, has the stamp of an outdoor man.And a home-loving man, for who could help
identifying with a house which has been the family home for
The part of the cottage which is 400-years-old has a
preservation order on it.A side part was added a mere 200 years
ago and a still later extension, adjoining the sitting room, was
completed only three years ago.
Like most other Wheathampstead children, Dickie went to
the village school.The headmaster was notoriously "very handy"
with the cane and under his strict supervision the pupils bent to their
desks, minded their Ps and Qs and left at 14, reasonably
went to work on the railway at the Hatfield depot
of the LNER."I began depot of the LNER."I began as an engine cleaner
and cycled to work at ,
I didn't much care for the oil and the dirt, but I couldn't have met a
finer bunch of men anywhere.The pals I made on the railway I've stuck with
Dickie's career seemed set.He became a fireman and then a driver.He'd take a train from Hatfield to
Leighton Buzzard, stopping at various country stations.
"Wheathampstead was a model Victorian station and I was
sorry to see it go.Now I'm the parish grass-cutter.I look after the mound where the station house
used to be and if I have a minute, I walk where there is a trace of the
old platform beneath the vegetation.Then the memories come flooding back." Dickie and his chums would
explore the village lanes, finding wild flowers and greeting familiar
"Bernard Shaw was a great walker and if we chanced to
meet him he would nod and say "Good morning, persons."I always thought that a little odd and now my
schoolboy son uses the expression." (the picture shows Dickie
Dawes and friends engine drivers - their names L to R are
Dicky Dawes, Joe Payne, Jack Richardson and A J Wilson).
Dickie retired from the railway in 1966 after 21 years service."Beeching was dropping his
axe all over the place and I decided to start up on my own.In my spare time I had worked on farms, so
I bought my own tractors and ploughs and the farmers were
glad to employ me.
"I still do all the cultivation for Mr
Titmuss, of Herons Farm, Gustard
Wood, where 350 acres
of arable land keeps me fully occupied."
Sadly the Wheathampstead he knew has changed over the years."Something has gone out of the village, with
all the new developments," said Dickie."I once knew everyone
I met in the High Street, but now they are mostly strangers and I can even
walk into my local without seeing anyone I know."
Dickie was christened, confirmed and
married to Brenda Osborn, the post
mistress's daughter, at St Helen's
Church.As a boy, he sang in the choir.
The couple have two girls, and a boy – Kareen, 13. Wendy, 12. and
Richard, who is 15."They all attend WheathampsteadSchool
and with luck will finish their education before any threatened closure
takes place." It
was getting dusk as we sat talking and Dickie recalled the days when
the cottage was lit by lamp-light.Outside, there was only the moon for company
in the sequestered lane.
"We'd sit in the inglenook and have a merry time,
playing the tin whistle and singing. Lovely times, they
were when the Christmas spirit lingered on through the year."
He brought two framed photographs from another room.They had been taken within the space of only a
few years, from exactly the same spot.One showed the side of the cottage and
the Nelson pub nestling at a bend in a leafy lane.The other was bleak-looking by comparison,
with a tarmac road stretching into the distance.All the greenery had gone.
Dickie said: "We are frequent visitors to Porlock, in Somerset,
where there is still the unchanged countryside.If miracles could a happen I'd like to fly
over the rooftops and drop this little cottage into one small corner of
The following limited information I do know the following
from basic national census records:
1.William Dorban - Born abt 1796 - Wheathampstead,
Herts (William was shown as an agricultural labourer and probably died 1850
– 60) Married Susan……? Born abt
1800 - Wheathampstead, Herts (Susan shown on 1861 census as
washerwoman for farmer Charles Lattimore, )Wheathampstead
William Dorban - Born abt 1836 – Gustard Wood, Herts
least 4 other children Sarah 1830, Ann 1832, Jane 1834
and Mary 1840
2.William Dorban - Born abt 1836 – Gustard Wood,
Herts Died 1927 (89) (William was shown boarding as an agricultural labourer
at Reed Hall
Farm, Wheathampstead in 1851, in 1861 he was married to Caroline and living
with her parents at Kimpton, in 1871 and 1881 he was a ploughman at
Ballslough Farm in Kimpton. In 1901 census he is shown as Farm Foreman /
Farm Bailiff living in Hitchin, Herts age 63.)
Married Caroline Hawkes - Born abt 1834 -Kimpton, Herts Died after
1901. She was one of at least 5 children of George (abt1796)
and Mary (abt1796) Hawkes of Stevenage and Welwyn, Herts
Son (3) Edwin Dorban
- Born abt 1862 0 Kimpton, Herts
At least 6 other children
Louisa 1864, Albert 1866, Emily 1868, Lizzie 1872 –
1934, FlorenceElizabeth 1874, Frederick 1876
3. Edwin Dorban - Born abt 1862 - Kimpton, Herts -
became a wheelwright but moved away from the area around 1900. Died
1924 Oundle, Northants (63)
Edwin Dorban is my great grandfather on my mothers side.
I am tracing
2 sets of Dunhams. My research
indicates the following:
Dunham and Sarah (Chennels). Had a son James
and (I think) Rebecca (Allen) had a son Charles was born to in
Wheathampstead 1827 and he married Ruth in London in
Dunham and Ruth Randall had a son Frederick in
Codicote in 1849. I
think Charles died quite soon after as I can’t find any more children
and Ruth re-married in 1861 to William Dunham and they had a child
James married Ellen Jane Goodwin – he produced up to 18 children I have
the names of 16 – Ellen, Florence, Mary, Emily, Frederick, Alf, Maud,
Henry, Kate, William, George, Alice, Ada, Rose, Ernest and May. Some
were born in St Albans and some Wheathampstead they lived at the
Freetrader, HighSt, Wheathampstead moving to
James 2nd marriage was to Clara (Latchford) and they had a child
in 1889. Fred and both his wives are buried at
St Helens in
**Henry George (Harry) Dunham and
Dunham married in 1910 at East Hyde Church
Harry and Ada lived from late
in Cold Harbour Lane they had a son Arthur (my grandfather) born
1910 he married my grandmother Constance Elizabeth Hilliard in
had two children Robert and Brian in the 1940’s they moved to
Road moving to 100 Lower Luton Road in 1965.
side of the family are also Dunham, just to confuse matters they are as
Samuel Dunham was possible born late
1700 early 1800 had a son Reuben was born approx 1824. I cannot find any
information on Reuben except he died in 1875 aged 52.
Reuben Dunham married Sarah Elizabeth (Wright) and had a son Samuel was born in 1846 in
Wheathampstead the other
children were William, Elizabeth, Caroline, Emma, Sophia, Henry, George,
Mary Ann, Charles and Harriet most, all except Samuel and William were
born around the East Hyde area. They lived around Peters Green area with
Sarah living at Perry Green in 1881 (Samuel died in 1875).
Dunham married Maria (Whitworth), the children were Alice, William, Jane,
Ann, Mary, Alfred, John, twins Eliza and **Harry born 1887, Arthur and
Samuel. They were all born in East Hyde/Peters Green area.
They lived around East Hyde area and in 1901 they were in Cold Harbour
* and ** this shows where the two
families came together.
I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have
Richard Dennison email -
added 14 March 2005
added 3 May 2005
I researching my gr-grandmother's family - she was Mary Ann Sophia DUNHAM born 14 November
1873 in St Albans. Her parents were Frederick James DUNHAM and
Ellen Jane GOODWIN. Frederick and Jane had at least 11 children before
Ellen died in 1885. Frederick then married Clara LATCHFORD and went on to have at least another 5 children.
The DUNHAMs lived in Wheathampstead for many years and I have managed to trace the family back to
James DUNHAM who was baptised on 20 Nov 1790 in Wheathampstead.
I would love to hear from anybody with a link to this family.
Dorothy Stephenson e-mail
further addition 23 July 2005
When I have traced the family back through the censuses I have found that the family lived in
The Ship for many years.
In 1861 the occupier was James Dunham, age 72 and described as a bricklayer and
retailer of beer.
In 1871 James' son William lived there, although he is only described as a bricklayer.
In 1881 William's stepson Frederick James Dunham was the occupier. Again, he was not described as a publican (he was a carpenter by
trade). Frederick was my gr-gr-grandfather. Frederick's father
Charles Dunham died when Fred was very young and his mother subsequently married her brother-in-law, William.
By 1891 Frederick had moved out of the Freetrader and was living at
Hamwill (Amwell?) Farm Cottages. As far as I know the family had nothing further to do with the pub.
Dorothy Stephenson e-mail
contributed 20 Oct 2008
I have been researching my husband's family
history for about two years now.
I have traced back to his 3xG Gran, Rebecca
Dunham who was born in 1835 in St Albans. She was
the daughter of WillamDunham and Sarah (nee
George?) who married at St Stephens, St Albans 13/4/ 1834.
Sometime after Rebecca was born William& Sarah
moved to Clerkenwell, North London, but subsequent children
were baptised at St Michael in St Albans, and in the Church
records their abode being noted as Clerkenwell, London.
I believe that the Dunham family can be
traced back to two brothers, as Land Tax records dated
1757-1829 that I looked at on a visit to HALS that I made in
April this year, mention a Richard & Benjamin Dunham located
at North Side, Wheathampstead.
I would be interested to hear from anyone
researching the family, especially as three William Dunham's
are born approx the same time, and although they are obviously
related, it would be nice to be able to clarify one line from
Have just found your great site and read it right through.
Read through Gay O'Neils piece on Lines the Blacksmiths, and her extract from Volume V,
which stated that Robert Dunkley had the Harpenden Smithie prior to Mr.
Lines, who had it in 1860s and 70s. Haven't yet tracked Robert's origins,
but he married Martha Ivory 12 Aug 1799 and they had daughters
Elizabeth, Maria, Eliza, Ann and Elenor, between
1802 and 1820. Maria married Isaac Luck1836, Eliza married William Hale1837, and
Ann married Solomon Bradshaw1835, all at StPeters, in StAlbans, each being witness at each other's marriage.
Maria and Issac had a daughter Mary Ann in 1836, and
Maria died in 1843. My G/G/Grandmother's name was Mary AnnDunkley, and she gave her father as Isaac Dunkley on her wedding cert. 30 May
1862, again at StPeters, StAlbans, but no
Isaac Dunkley is to be found in the area, however, as above,
Maria Dunkley married to IsaacLuck, so wonder if
Maria's Mary Ann was brought up by her Dunkley grandparents, and therefore opted to use her
grandparents surname, and is thus one and the same as my G/G/Grandmother.
Would be interested to hear from anyone with any of the above family
connections, I have found two other Luck/Dunkley marriages, also
Dunkley/Peacock, and another Dunkley/Ivory. Other family names in area
Lonnan/Lunnan & Lee (Redbourn), Pearce
(StAlbans), Sexton (Hemel). Again, a lovely site, knew the area well as a teenager cycling and revisit
when visiting family.
Antony Dunkley ex St Albans now Devonport, NZ email