Chapter VIII -- The Children of Thomas Pownall Boultbee and Caroline Frances Lawrence and Their descendants
ADDITIONAL CHAPTER IX
THE CHILDREN OF JAMES BOULTBEE [JB], HIS FIRST WIFE MARIANNE
SIMMONS, AND HIS THIRD WIFE MARY RUCKER SANKEY, AS LISTED BY HIM BUT
WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND INCLUDING THEIR DESCENDANTS.
- James William born January 16, 1851,
married Ethel Vernon August 15, 1888. James William was educated at
Leeds Grammar School where he was an outstanding athlete and
long-distance runner. He entered the Civil Service in the Home Office
but did not stay long emigrating to Australia in 1876. After a period of
sheep-farming, in 1887 he became Superintendent of Artesian Watering
Places for the Lands Department of the Government of New South Wales.
The famous Terry-hihi and Pera bores were constructed under his
supervision as Senior Field Officer. Such works were for the
conservation of water for stock purposes. In 1890 he was appointed Chief
Inspector of Public Watering Places in New South Wales. When the work
was transferred to the Mines Department in 1903, he became a
Metropolitan Bail Magistrate which post he held until his death in
Sydney in 1911. He returned to England for a visit in 1902. He married
in 1888 Ethel Vernon, daughter of Donald Vernon and Ellen Jenkins. She
died in 1956, aged 90. Their children were:-
- Marjorie Ellen Vernon born 1889. After James William's
death his widow bought a typing/copying business with five typists and,
at the age of 19, Marjorie Ellen started work in the business. In 1928
she married Frank Dunn Benson. They had one son, Frank Vernon, born in
1930, who married Neryl Patricia O'Reilly, and they and their children
and grandchildren live in the Sydney area. Marjorie Ellen died in 1962.
- Donald Vernon born 1892. Educated at Shore Church of
England Grammar School, Sydney. Aged 15 he started work with W.D. and
H.O. Wills, the tobacco company. He joined up in the Australian Army in
1914. During the 1914 - 1918 War he served in France and Belgium in the
12th Field Company, Royal Engineers, 4th Australian Division. After the
war he returned to Wills until retiring. He did not marry and died in
- Frances Marianne Vernon born 1898. After attending a
private girls' school, she went to another school with her younger
brother. At 14, she joined her sister in their mother's business which
she remembered as enjoying. In later years she looked after her mother
and brothers at home in Sydney. She became a keen golfer and won many
trophies. She died in March, 1994.
- James Maxwell Vernon born 1905. Also educated at Shore
Church of England Grammar School, Sydney. As a very young man he was
articled to a firm of Sydney solicitors, but after some years decided
not to pursue a career in law. He then bought a library at Roseville,
Sydney which he ran until he enlisted in the Citizens' Military Force --
C.M.F. -- in the 1939 - 1945 War. He was posted to an internment camp
for Italian and Japanese prisoners-of-war at Hay, some 350 miles west of
Sydney, where he was an orderly and did occasional guard duty. However,
his health began to be affected, leading to his discharge and return
home. After the War he began working in ceramics and was one of the six
best potters working in Sydney. His artistic talent also included a gift
for tapestry. Editor Elizabeth has seen some of his beautiful flower
studies and other pictures, perhaps his magnum opus being a large
wallhanging of Stordon Grange, the same view as in the last black and
white photograph reproduced in the section on Stordon Grange . Max, as he is known in the family, lived
in a retirement village at Castle Hill near Sydney from 1982 with his
sister Frances and continued to do so after her death. He died in March
- Walter Ernest
born June 13, 1853, he died December 6, 1897 at 3:00
p.m. Married Ellen Baker, April 30, 1885. He was also educated at Leeds
Grammar School. He joined the Civil Service and became Private Secretary
to three successive Chief Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police --
Sir Charles Warren (at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders in
Whitechapel, London), General Munro and Sir Edward Bradford. He died
while Secretary to the last named. He married, in 1885, Ellen who was
the eighth of the nine daughters of Henry Baker, a London Russia
Merchant, and Thirmuthis Mayo. She was born in 1847 and died in 1926.
They had two sons:-
WALTER ERNEST BOULTBEE
(1853 - 1897)
- Walter Richard Pownall born November 8, 1886. He was
educated at Berkhamsted and Merchant Taylors' Schools and commissioned
2nd Lieutenant, Royal Marine Artillery, 1904. He served in many famous
pre- and post- 1914 - 1918 War Royal Navy ships. From 1913 to 1917 he
was Commanding Officer of the Royal Marine garrison on Ascension Island
in the South Atlantic, and in 1919 was on the ill-fated Allied
expedition to North Russia. He was a gunner and from 1929 to 1932 was
Instructor to the School of Land Artillery attached to Eastney Barracks,
Portsmouth. He retired in 1943 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He
was a strong Freemason -- Worshipful Master of the Navy Lodge, London,
1941 -- London Grand Rank, 1953 -- and Provincial Rank, Grand
Sword-bearer, Province of Kent, 1954.
He married in 1918, in Scotland, while on
leave from North Sea convoy duty, Daisy Laura Agnes Holbech, younger
daughter of Captain Edward Ambrose Holbech, R.N. and Mary Louisa
Gresley. She was born in 1886.
[I still remember the naval shout of 'gangway
old man' as he came down the passage of his home in Rochester which
would make one, as a small child of about 6 or 7, jump out of one's
skin. His voice was particulary loud a side effect of his deafness
caused by the noise of the guns he used to command. RHB]
Walter Richard Pownall died in 1975 and Daisy Laura Agnes in 1961. Their children are:-
- Daisy Elizabeth born 1922. Educated at St. George's
School, Ascot, Berkshire, and trained as an architect 1939 - 1943. She
worked on schools, hospitals, and Chemistry and Engineering laboratories
at Cambridge University. She retired in 1981, and does voluntary work
for various local organisations.
[She is of course one of the joint editors of this new version of the history. RHB]
- Thomas Holbech born 1925. Educated at King's School,
Canterbury, and Keble College, Oxford, 1943 - 1947, taking a degree in
Chemistry. He worked on Research, Development and Marketing in the
Plastics Industry, 1947 - 1983. He served in the Territorial Army, 1949
- 1960, Captain, Royal Artillery (T.A.). In 1955, he married Zoë Le
Grys Cottis, daughter of Percy Everitt Cottis, M.C. and Jessie Mildred
Le Grys at Dedham, Essex. Their children are:-
- Richard Holbech born 1956. Educated at Dulwich College,
1966 - 1975. He is a computer programmer and systems analyst with the
Ministry of Defence, London. In 1983 he married Tina June Miller at
Hayes, Kent. Their children are:-
- Charlotte Ann born 1984.
- Thomas Holbech born
- James Edward born 1989.
- Hugh Edward born 1958. Educated at King's School,
Canterbury. He is a computer programmer in London and the owner of a
historic property on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
- Frances Jane born 1961. In 1985 she married Jeffrey Charles Vagg, an accountant, at Hayes, Kent.
- Thomas Edward Mayo born December 23, 1889. Educated at the
King's School, Canterbury, and Merton College, Oxford. He trained for
the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and was ordained at Canterbury in
1914. He had various curacies including Stratford-on-Avon, 1920-1931.
Priest-in-charge Shottery, 1926-1931 and Vicar of Bishopton,
Warwickshire, 1922-1931. He became Vicar of Gaydon with Chadshunt,
Warwickshire in 1931, and in 1943 was presented by his College to the
Vicarage of St. Cross, Holywell, Oxford. In 1926 he married Monica Mary
Pippet, daughter of the Reverend William Archibald Pippet and Mary Anne
Evans. Thomas Edward Mayo died in 1950 and Monica Mary in 1974. They
had one daughter:-
- Judith Monica born in 1927, educated at the Croft School,
Stratford-on-Avon, and the Shropshire College of Domestic Science. From
1947-1951, she was Head Cook at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, and
Assistant Head Cook at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital. From
1951-1953 Manageress Oxford County Council Canteen, Oxford. From
1953-1960 she was attached to the R.W.V.S. Overseas branch in Germany
and Singapore with U.K. service personnel, and this period included two
years in Malaysia working with Gurkha Regiment families. On returning
home from 1961-1963 she was Students' Warden at a Nursery Nurses
Training College in London. In 1962 she married John Nedderman, a civil
engineer, and they and their two adopted daughters, Sarah Judith Mary,
born in 1969, and Helen Monica, born in 1974, now live in Chapel Hill,
Brisbane, Australia. In Australia Judith Monica has done Domestic
Science work in Melbourne, Perth, and also Papua, New Guinea. She now
does voluntary work at a Brisbane Private Hospital.
- Alice Emily Maria born March 17, 1855. Her brother, Hugh Edmund wrote -- She
never left home, remaining with her father and acting as mother to his
younger children. She was a singularly lovable soul, possessing a
restful spirit with a strong vein of humour in her character. She was a
true Christian and her Home Call, so sudden from a stroke of paralysis,
caused a great blank in the lives of her father and surviving brothers
and sisters. She died January 12, 1914 and was buried at Reading.
- Henry Travis
born October 22, 1856. He was educated at Stourbridge
and Leeds Grammar Schools. After a short career in commerce he went to
Gloucester Theological College and was ordained at York Minster in 1883.
He was Vicar of Hornby, Yorkshire, in 1894 where he was also Domestic
Chaplain to the Duke of Leeds, and Burton-on-Trent in 1903. He retired
in 1916 to Guildford and finally to Cheltenham. He married in 1884 Mary
Augusta Dalton, daughter of the Reverend George Forster Dalton and Susan
Augusta Vale. Henry Travis died in 1940 and Mary Augusta in 1933. Their
(1856 - 1940)
- Violet Mary born February 12, 1885. She was a Guider, and also occasionally did Missionary work. She did not marry and died in 1968.
- Harold Dalton born 1887. He was an aircraft engineer and
designer. Managed aircraft section of Proctor's, Lincoln, during
1914-1918. He was a designer with Gloster Aircraft and also worked with
Handley Page, de Havilland and Pobjoy Aircraft Co's. In 1912 he married
Ivy Shercliff, daughter of Richard Shercliff and Emma Stephens. Ivy was a
writer and artist. Harold Dalton died in 1967 and Ivy in 1976. They had
- Anthony Shercliff, born in 1916, now retired but formerly
an aircraft maintenance and missile development engineer. He married, in
1945, Simonne Marie Lazennec, daughter of Jean-François Lazennec, a
pre-World War II Sea Captain and Seine River pilot and Marie-Louise
Hervé. Simonne is a bilingual translator. Their children are:-
- Richard Lazennec born 1947. He married Frances O. Wickett
in 1970. They have a design/workshop in Dyfed, Wales specialising in
slate carving. Their children are:-
- Eleanor Robin born 1975.
- Alice Jo born 1977.
- Françoise Marjorie born 1949. She married in 1970 Richard
Johnathan Edwards, and is a specialist in computer graphics. Their
children are: Daniel James born
1975, Duncan Mark born 1977, and Claire Marie born 1982.
- Marjorie born August 24, 1889. In 1932 she married the Reverend Hugh Birley. She died in 1951 and her husband in 1939.
- Hugh Edwin born March 21, 1859, died May 29, 1859. Buried at Bidford.
- Eliza Frances born December 9, 1860. Eliza Frances did not
marry and devoted her life to teaching the deaf and dumb to speak or
lip-read, work to which she was drawn by the disability of her sister
Anne Gertrude. She was well-known as a teacher and wrote among other
books her best-known, Help for the Deaf. She died in 1925 and was buried
- Marianne Agatha born October 12, 1862. She married in 1904 her cousin Francis Graham Moore and died in 1920.
- Anne Gertrude born December 18, 1865, died September 12, 1887. She was deaf and dumb but was taught to lip-read by her sister Eliza Frances.
- Hugh Edmund born June 23, 1868. Like his elder brothers he
was educated at Leeds Grammar School and like his father, was initially
apprenticed to the railway engineering trade with Handswell, Clarke and
Co. at their Railway Foundry, Leeds. However, eventually he decided to
take Holy Orders, and after studying at Durham University was ordained
in 1893. After curacies at Doncaster and Southwark, London, he became
Vicar of Clifton, Bristol, followed by Greyfriars, Reading, in 1905,
Surbiton Hill, Surrey in 1915 and finally Bebington, Wirral, Cheshire,
in 1918 where he was also Mayor's Chaplain. In 1895 he married Amy Lumb,
daughter of George Lumb and Ann Pollard. Hugh Edmund died in 1941 and
Amy in 1940. [The Editor Elizabeth remembers well as a
small child, in about 1928, staying at the Vicarage at Bebington, a
very large mid-Victorian house with its cavernous old-fashioned kitchen
with a stone-flagged floor.] Hugh Edmund and Amy's children follow the picture below:-
REVEREND HUGH EDMUND BOULTBEE AND HIS WIFE AMY (née LUMB)
Back row: AMY WINIFRED, JAMES, EDITH CECILIA MARIANNE
Front row: MARGARET JOYCE, JOSEPH HUGH (photo about 1909)
Hugh Edmund was the youngest of JB's children by his first wife,
Marianne. There were no children by his second wife, Fanny. His children
by his third wife Mary, were:-
- James born December 5, 1895 at
Doncaster. He was educated at Reading Grammar School and then entered
St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford, but his time there was interrupted by the
1914-1918 War. He joined the Army and was commissioned in the Royal
Berkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. He saw service in France with the 8th
Division in the very heavy fighting in the closing months of the War,
many of his brother officers being killed. He returned in 1919 to Oxford
to complete his studies at St. Edmund's Hall. He trained for the
Ministry at Wycliffe Hall and was ordained in 1920. He was Curate at St.
Clement, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, 1920-1925, and St. Mary, Cheadle,
1925-1927. He was Vicar of St. Luke's, Wolverhampton, 1927; St. Mark's,
New Ferry, Cheshire, 1938, and St. Nicholas, Tolleshunt Major, Essex, in
1954, from where he eventually retired to Bridport, Dorset. It was in
his retirement that he transcribed the Journal of a Rambler. He married,
in 1924, Winifred Mary Langrish Warne, elder daughter of William
Frewing Warne and Mary Stephens. James died in 1987 and was buried at
Bridport. Their children are:-
- Joan born January 29, 1925. She trained as a Nursery Nurse
at Birkenhead. After a short period nursing at Great Ormond Street
Children's Hospital, London, from 1950-1957 she was in charge of a
Convalescent Home for Mothers and Babies at Birkenhead, and from
1957-1960 in charge of a Home for Mothers and Babies at Croydon, Surrey.
She married in 1960 Henry Lavender Frost, and lives in Essex.
- Peter James born March 3, 1928. He trained at Liverpool
University Medical School, qualifying in 1951, M.B., Ch.B. After a year
at the Royal Southern Hospital, Liverpool, as Physician Houseman, from
1952-1954 he was a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, as R.M.O.
attached to the 1st Dorset Regiment in Hong Kong. He returned to the
Royal Southern as House Surgeon. Through Dr. Charles Evans, a well-known
mountaineer, in 1955 Peter joined, as Medical Officer, a six-month
expedition to climb several peaks in the Nepalese Himalayas. He then
specialised in Anaesthesia and after posts in the Liverpool area was
Consultant Anaesthetist at Broad Green Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Unit in
1965. In 1968 he moved to the Isle of Man where he was Consultant
Anaesthetist at Noble's Hospital until he retired. In 1956 he married
Elizabeth Cynthia Evans, a nurse whom he had met at the Royal Southern
Hospital, daughter of Thomas Charles and Gertrude Florence Evans, at
Tolleshunt Major, Essex. Their children are:-
- Sarah Jane born 1957. She married in 1986, Paul
Watterson. Their children are: Florence Hannah Jane, born 1989, Rachel,
born 1991, and Thomas Edward Paul, born 1994.
- David Neil born 1959, an officer in the Meteorological
Bureau based at Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man. In 1985 he married
Fiona Judith Lewthwaite, daughter of Peter and Priscilla Lewthwaite.
Their children are:-
- James Peter born 1986.
- George Henry born 1988.
- Lydia Charlotte born 1989.
- Joanna Ruth Helen born 1964. In 1987 she married Robert Glew. Their children are: Jacob Samuel born 1988, and Sophie born 1991.
- Katherine Mary Ann born 1965. In 1986 she married Philip John Bonson. Their children are: Jessica Catherine born 1990, and Joseph David born 1993.
- Amy Winifred born April 14, 1897. She did not marry and died in 1991.
- Edith Cecilia Marianne born August 19, 1899. In 1933 she
married Alexander Reginald Wakefield Richardson. There is a surviving
son, Hugh. Marianne, known in the family as Mary, lives in Northern
- Joseph Hugh born March 17, 1903. He was educated at King's
College School, Wimbledon and Birkenhead School. He qualified in
medicine at Liverpool University, during his studies taking a course in
Midwifery at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. He joined the Indian Medical
Service in 1929. He returned from India on leave, with the rank of
Captain, in 1935, and did further studying at the Rotunda. In 1936 he
married Dorothy Rosa Rachel Solomons, also a doctor, who had held a post
at the Children's Hospital, Dublin, and daughter of Edwin Maurice
Solomons, of Dublin, and Rachel Marion Michaelson. Joseph Hugh then took
a senior officer's course at Milbank Military Hospital, London, and
also studied for the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists. He and his wife returned to India in 1937, but were
forced to leave the following year due to his serious illness.
On sick leave until 1941, he returned alone
to India to Agra, Dorothy then working at Port Sunlight Hospital,
Birkenhead. He was appointed Professor of Obstetrics at Allahabad and
was about to take up that post when illness recurred. He was invalided
home with the rank of Major in 1942. He practised as a G.P. in Suffolk
for two years at Wickhambrook and Bury St. Edmunds, and they finally
settled at Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire in 1945 in partnership.
He died in 1971 and was buried in the village churchyard. He was most
skilled at tapestry, and made a beautiful altar frontal for the church
at Frampton. Their children are:-
- Joseph Edwin born in 1939. He was educated at the King's
School, Canterbury, and trained as a doctor at Trinity College, Dublin.
After house posts at Gloucester and Portsmouth he went to Guy's
Hospital, London in 1968, training there in Radiology, until 1975. In
January, 1976 he went to Durban, South Africa, as a Consultant and
Senior Lecturer in Radiology, also doing research. From 1980 he has been
Consultant at the Charing Cross Hospital, London, specialising in
Diagnostic Radiology. He married in 1976, in Durban, Margaret Fletcher,
daughter of Jack and Lorna Fletcher, of Sydney, Australia. Their
- Nicholas born in 1978.
- Anna Clare born in 1980.
- Frances Dorothy born in 1943. She was educated at St.
George's School, Ascot, Berkshire, and trained as a teacher at the
Froebel Institute, Roehampton. She taught at Haberdasher Aske's, Acton;
Abbots Leigh County Primary School, Bristol; St. George's English School
at Rome, Italy; and Clifton College. She married in 1972, Charles Nigel
Sommerville, a solicitor, younger son of William Sommerville and Mary
Whiskard, at Frampton-on-Severn. Their children are: Peter Joseph born
1981, and Matthew William born in 1985.
- Margaret Joyce born April 18, 1905. She did not marry and died in 1989.
- Agnes Clara born September 19, 1875. She married, in 1906,
the Reverend James Wallace, Vicar of St. Andrew's, Thornhill Square,
Barnsbury, North London. From 1914 to 1919 her mother lived with them
after JB's death. Agnes Clara died in 1951 and her husband in 1927.
- Richard Augustine born December 8th, 1877, died November 29, 1889.
Chapter X -- William Boultbee, his Wife Frances Ann Appleyard and Their Children and Descendants