Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Phoebe Vlieland

The 1939 Register was taken in Sep 1939.  Phoebe was living in Buckinghamshire; at "Upalong" Oxford Road , Eton. 

Dudley had been dead for many years.  Like many of the female respondents, Phoebe took a year of her age and is shown as a housewife ("unpaid domestic duties" ).  Many of the men were already missing on expected war duties and the right hand column shows the expected additional war work of those who remained.  She was shown as a member of the Women's Voluntary Service, a billeting Officer for the expected evacuation

Monday, 22 August 2016

Vera E Vlieland from Liverpool to New York

First name(s) VERA E
Last name VRIELAND
Gender Female
Marital status S
Occupation SPINSTER
Departure year 1910
Departure day 13
Departure month 8
Departure port LIVERPOOL
Destination port NEW YORK
Destination NEW YORK
Country United States
Destination country United States
Ship name ARABIC
Ship official number 118023
Ship master's first name WILLIAM
Ship master's last name FINCH
Shipping line WHITE STAR
Ship destination port NEW YORK
Ship destination country USA
Ship square feet 17446
Ship registered tonnage 15801
Number of passengers 671
Record set Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960
Category Travel & migration
Subcategory Passenger lists
Collections from Australasia, Great Britain, Ireland, United States

In the index her name cones uo as Emily Vere Vlieland?

Friday, 19 August 2016

C.A:Vlieland 1 assistant Secretary

The Singapore Free Press, 19 December 1925, Page 8

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Luncheon party

he Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 29 June 1937, Page 11

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 5 July 1924, Page 16

more about Sungei Ujong

Monday, 15 August 2016

Mrs Vlieland and her pretty daughter

The Straits Times, 5 April 1936, Page 21

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Mr C.A.Vlieland secretary to resident

The Straits Times, 7 October 1924, Page 8

Friday, 12 August 2016

Annie Chamberlain Monfries

Richard Morgan & Annie Chamberlain Monfries
marriage Jun qtr 1885 Cardiff 11a 429

Annie is the mother of Dorothy Margareth Morgan.
She is mentioned in the book `The asbestos mask`by her son in law .Charles Archibald. Vlieland 

She was born as a daughter of James Lawrie Monfries and Charlotte Monfries (born Chamberlain).

In the census of 1901 we find
1901 Census Station Rd Llanishen
Richard Morgan 39 Sec to Ltd Co b Cardiff
Annie C wife 37 b Guernsey
DOROTHY M 14 b Cardiff
Margery dau 11 b Cardiff
Charlotte Monfries m-in-law widow 77 Living on own means b Exeter
Marion Monfries s-in-law 41 Living on own means b Guernsey
Sarah Jones 23 servant
Annie Preece 22 Cook

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Richard Morgan

891 Census 20 Ruthin Gdns St John Cardiff
Richard Morgan 29 Secretary to Coal Company b Cardiff
Annie C wife 27 b Guernsey
DOROTHY M dau 4 b Cardiff
Margery M dau 1 b Cardiff
Minnie Jones 20 servant

1901 Census Station Rd Llanishen
Richard Morgan 39 Sec to Ltd Co b Cardiff
Annie C wife 37 b Guernsey
DOROTHY M 14 b Cardiff
Margery dau 11 b Cardiff
Charlotte Monfries m-in-law widow 77 Living on own means b Exeter
Marion Monfries s-in-law 41 Living on own means b Guernsey
Sarah Jones 23 servant
Annie Preece 22 Cook

1911 Census Hillerest Llanishen nr Cardiff
Richard Morgan 49 Chartered Secretary to Ltd Co b Cardiff
Annie Chamberlain Morgan wife 47 b Guernsey
Dorothy Margaret Morgan dau 24 b Guernsey
Eveline Hall 28 cook
Rose H Hood 29 servant

Richard Morgan & Annie Chamberlain Monfries
marriage Jun qtr 1885 Cardiff 11a

Richard worked as a secretary for the coal company of John Cory

The control of the affairs of the Company was in the hands of five directors, Messrs’ John and Richard Cory and their sons Messrs’ S. Campbell Cory, Herbert B. Cory and Clifford John Cory, Mr John Cory being chairman. The secretary of the Company is Mr Richard Morgan. Seeing that the chairman of the company Mr John Cory now 78 years of age has throughout his life been intimately connected with colliery owning, coal exporting, ship-owning and railway work, it goes without saying that he possesses an unequalled commercial experience. But, in addition, Mr John Cory presents an example of untiring energy. Irrespective of his own firm, which is the largest exporting firm in the world, he is deputy-chairman of the Barry Railway and a director of the Vale of Glamorgan Railway.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

C.A.Vlieland visiting Ceylon

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 9 April 1930, Page 3

Monday, 8 August 2016

Bright colours for Mrs Vlieland

The Straits Times, 3 May 1936, Page 21

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Adelphi speaker Charles Archibald Vlieland

Every time I watch Indian Summers  it reminds me of Charles Archibald Vlieland  .
The Mister Wheland in this episodes could be our Charles .
If you think the name rings a bell ....read this blog once more.
The people and the time give an indication of what it looked liked allthough it is fiction and in India. It is all filmed in Malaysia by the way.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Champions of Johore

Allthough it is not an Olympic event is was quite thrilling
The Straits Times, 18 November 1936, Page 5

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Thomas Vlieland

Barbara researched Henry Crofts Sercombe in the hope that our Vlielands were banking there and guess what.
She received a letter from a very helpfull lady that reads
We have a record of a Thomas Vlieland, who was apparently a customer of Drummonds Bank in 1780. Drummonds is one of our private banks in London and we have an excellent set of customer ledgers which detail income and expenditure.
Thomas Vlieland's account only covers one year, so I don't know how interesting it would be even if he is related to your family, but I thought you might like to know that there was definitely a Vlieland in London in 1780!

I think this must be Thomas Michiel Vlieland .
He came from Belgium to settle in Zeeland a part of the Netherlands .
He bought and sold a house there .
He worked for the Dutch East India Company.
So maybe that is the reason for banking in London for one year.

He attended a funeral in Sri Lanka.

But so far that is all we know.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Emmeline Pidsley neé Haydon

She married Richard Hayward Pidsley in March 1874 and their son Richard Hayward Pidsley was born in June 1874.
After the death of her husband in March 1877  she had a lodging house .
Looking for more information on Emmeline we find this .

Will of William Lambert of Wallon, Esq., only son of William Lambert, otherwise William Lambert Gorwyn, of Wallon deceased, 1853

Bequeaths to his son William Lambert the younger Waterland in Cheriton Bishop, previously in the possession of John Gale and now in the possession of the testator. Also bequeaths to William 5 properties with shop, garden, orchard and field called the Three Lions previously in the possession of John Gale and then in that of Samuel Gregory, all of which descended to the testator as heir in law of his uncle John Lambert Gorwyn.
Bequeaths £400 to the Rev. William Ponsford and his brother John Ponsford, both of Drewsteignton, in trust for his granddaughter Elizabeth Emily Lambert, only child of his deceased son John, to go to her on reaching the age of 21 or marriage if earlier, with remainder to his son William. During her minority the income is to be used for her upkeep and education.
Bequeaths to the same trustees Wallon and the property called Millhouse with Wear Mill, both now in the occupation of the testator and William Phillips, in trust for his son William during his life and then to his second son Charles James and his male heirs, with remainder to the younger sons of William and their male issue, and failing them to William’s eldest son William Henry and his heirs. His son William may during his life rent out part or all of these properties for a term not exceeding 21 years.
Bequeaths to his son William all his other estate real and personal, including estates vested in him as mortgagee. Aloso appoints William his executor.

Source: DRO, a copy of the will having been preserved as a document in an 1875 legal case involving Emmeline Pidsley, possibly his daughter-in-law remarried. William’s dates were 1780-1853 (see Table 3).
I think there is a mix up.
Emmeline Pidsley is Emmeline Haydon and she married in 1874 Richard H.Pidsley.
In the census of 1891 she is 44 .So born in 1847.

In her lodginghouse are living three members of the Gould family .probably relatives from her husbands first wife Anne Gould.

The other Emmeline is Emmeline Mary Cole born 1824.
 William Lambert Gorwyn (1810-1887) .Has Twin  
He became a solicitor in Exeter, with chambers first in Queen Street and the Castle Street.  In 1851 he was living at The Close with his family, plus an articled clerk, 2 nurses, a cook and a housemaid. He and his family dropped the Gorwyn from their name.
m. Emmeline Mary Cole (1824-1891) in 1844. Daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Cole of Whitestone. Her dates were 1824-1891. They had five children:

(6) William Lambert  (c. 1845-1878).  Apparently unmarried.

(6) Emmeline Elizabeth Lambert (1849). She died in 1849 aged 10 weeks.

(6) Charles James Lambert of Exeter (1850-1923). Unmarried. He became a well-known solicitor in Exeter and died seems to have owned property in Exeter as well. Left effects (excluding real estate) of £1,747. Devon County chess champion – seewww.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/Pioneers/cjl/base.htm

(6) John Speare Lambert of Exeter (C.1855-1928). He became a medical officer in the Royal Navy, serving on a number of different ships and retiring in 1904 with the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals and Fleets.  Unmarried. When he retired he went to live with his brother in Exeter.

(6) Emmaline A.  Lambert, b. about 1857. She was living with parents in 1881 at 6 The Crescent, but appears to have died not long after.

Will of Henry Lambert of Wallon, Drewsteignton, surgeon, 1853

  • Bequeaths £500 to his niece Elizabeth Emma Lambert, the daughter of his brother John. If she dies under 21, the funds are to be distributed between the children of his brother William Lambert. During Elizabeth Emma’s minority, the money is to be invested in government securities and used for her maintenance and education.
  • Bequeaths £1000 to his dear father.
  • Bequeaths £19 19s each to his sisters-in-law Emily Eliza Lambert and Emmeline Lambert; and to his nephews William Henry Lambert and Charles James Lambert.
  • Bequeaths his real estate and the rest of his personal estate to his brother William absolutely. William is also appointed his executor.
Source: Inland Revenue Wills. Henry Lambert’s dates were.1818-1853 (see Table 3). His effects valued  at  £3000

Sydenham E.S. COX, born in Malta about 1861. In 1881 living in Tiverton, Devon, in the household of his aunt Emma C. Pidsley

Richard Hayward Pidsley Marriages Mar 1874 Emmeline Haydon

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 20 March 1931

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Murrayton House

Address: Murrayton House, St Martins, Looe PL13 1NZ,  Shown as the family address at the baptism of Lewis William Murrayton Murray, the ancestral home of the Murray family.

Murrayton House was built about 1854-64 as the country residence of the Murrays.  It is built with an outstanding view as the family’s country residence.View from the veranda, Murrayton -

The 1861 census shows William Murray Sr (born 1893) watch maker and Sherriff’s Officer, now a widower, in Castle Street, Liskeard with son William, also a watch maker next door at Castle Villa.  The Cornish Times carries notices that “MURRAYTON lodge ALL PERSONS who are desirous in future of bring admitted to the Grounds of the above place, must make application to the Proprietor at his residence Castle Villa”.
Although the local paper reports the Marriage in October 1842 “ On the 25th ult., at Liskeard, MR. WILLIAM MURRAY, jun., to MISS CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH WORGAN". (Cornwall OPC Register CRO Ref: DDP/126/1/26) the Marriage has broken down and William Junior is with his housekeeper Jane Whitford and their three children, including Lewis William Murrayton Murray.
The birth of Lewis is registered as “Lewis William Murrayton Murray Whitford” - q2 1856 Liskeard Volume 5C Page 86 and his baptism shows Mother: Jane - single woman of Borough; showing both his father's surname (Murray) and address (Murrayton).  The 1961 census acknowledges him as his son and three years later the parents marry.  The Marriage is announced in the 1894 paper “At the parish church of St. Martin’s-by-looe, October 20, by the Rev. Mr. Farwell, William Murray, Esq., jun., of Murrayton-lodge, Liskeard, to Jane, daughter of the late Captain Whitford”.
William dies on 18 Aug 1883 and is shown as “late of Murrayton Lodge”.  Jane dies 1 Aug 1922 and the probate confirms her address as, still, Murrayton. The picture shows her late in life “Mrs Murray and her daughter Mrs Boucher”.

Murrayton Lodge is now owned by charity, Wild Futures.http://www.wildfutures.org/ The Monkey Sanctuary was founded in 1964 by Len Williams, father of classical guitarist John Williams, as a cooperative to care for rescued woolly monkeys. https://www.justgiving.com/wildfutures

Murrayton House is about 9 miles from Liskeard, where Castle Villa (the Murray's town property still stands. The latter is now known as Eventide Care Home.(Castle Villa, 14 Castle Street, Liskeard PL14 3AU) LISKEARD EVENTIDE HOME LTD

A WARM WELCOME TO LISKEARD EVENTIDE HOME Liskeard Eventide Home is located within easy access of the town and local amenities.

thanks Ray

Monday, 1 August 2016

Ellen Sarah Pearman

Ellen Sarah Pearman is the sister of Mary Kate Pearman and daughter of James Pearman.
Ellen Sarah Pearman

Gender: female
Father: James Pearman

Family 1
Partner: William Allnatt (1810-1879)
Charles Atherton Allnatt (1846-1916)
Blake Pearman Allnatt (1851-1938)
Francis St John Allnatt (1864-1909)
Agnes Alma Allnatt (1854-1924)
Ellen Joanna Allnatt (1857-1924)
Emily Polehampton Allnatt (1858-1940)
Martha Kate Allnatt (1861-1949)

The family tree can be found here 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The gold and turquoise cross

The last picture of the family heirlooms is this pendant.
The turquoise cross is set in gold and could be as early as 1820 although at this date it would have been on a ribbon not a gold chain ,which will have been added at a later date.

It is not easy to find something on the internet about this cross.

What did we find .
From the goldstamps  there is perhaps more to tell.
The stone could be turquoise or lapis lazuli.
It is hard to tell where and what time it is from.
Regarding the brooch it could be from a `the grand tour `as well .
At 1870 you see " look a like crosses " inlaid with pearls or coral.
It could well be 1820 where again "look a like " crosses are found in Belgium and the south of the Netherlands.

But please tell us if you know more and help us solve this puzzle as well .

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Georgina Myrle Stevens

Georgina Myrle Stevens
F, b. 19 September 1925, d. 9 March 1956


Allan Randolph Stevens b. 17 Nov 1880, d. 30 Apr 1972 


Viviana "Georginia" "Vyne" S. Shantz b. 19 Apr 1882, d. Nov 1925 
Kenneth George Atkinson
M, b. 20 February 1931, d. 29 October 2000

Kenneth George Atkinson was born on 20 February 1931. He died on 29 October 2000 at age 69.

Georgina Myrle Stevens was born on 19 September 1925. She died on 9 March 1956 at Manchester, Durham, ON, CA, at age 30. She was buried circa 12 March 1956 at Brooklin, Durham, ON, CA.

Ruby Doris Stevens

Ruby Doris Stevens
F, b. 25 June 1919, d. 5 March 2004
Allan Randolph Stevens b. 17 Nov 1880, d. 30 Apr 1972


Viviana "Georginia" "Vyne" S. Shantz b. 19 Apr 1882, d. Nov 1925

Ruby Doris Stevens was born on 25 June 1919 at Foremost, AB, CA. 

As of 13 July 1938,her married name was Lester. 
As of 5 August 1977,her married name was Gordon. 
She died on 5 March 2004 at Medicine Hat, AB, CA, at age 84. 
She was buried circa 8 March 2004 at Medicine Hat, AB, CA.


William Lester b. 21 Mar 1904, d. 20 Dec 1953
William Lester

M, b. 21 March 1904, d. 20 December 1953


Thomas Lester


Mary Catherine Whitfield

William Lester was born on 21 March 1904 at UK. He died on 20 December 1953 at Foremost, AB, CA, at age 49.


Ruby Doris Stevens b. 25 Jun 1919, d. 5 Mar 2004

Birth: Jun., 1919

Alberta, Canada

Death: Mar. 5, 2004

Alberta, Canada

Family links:


Allan Randolph Stevens (1880 - 1972)


Ruby Doris Stevens Gordon (1919 - 2004)

Claude Pearman Stevens (1921 - 2005)*

*Calculated relationship

Friday, 29 July 2016

Ellen Mary Stevens

She is the daughter of Thomas Pearman Stevens and Ellen Pidsley.

She is born in 1883 .

First name(s) Ellen Mary
Last name Stevens
Birth year 1883
Birth date 24 Apr 1883
Baptism year 1883
Baptism date 28 May 1883
Denomination Anglican
Baptism place Exeter, St Thomas
Father's first name(s) Thomas Pearman
Mother's first name(s) Ellen
County Devon
Archive South West Heritage Trust
Archive reference 4781A/PR/1/8
Record set Devon Baptisms
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Births & baptisms

She could be send to Canada for her health .
But so far we did not find a trace.

Name: Ellen Stevens
Event Type: Death
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration Year: 1961
Registration District: Gosport
County: Hampshire
Event Place: Gosport, Hampshire, England
Age (available after 1866): 78
Birth Date (available after June quarter 1969):
Birth Year (Estimated): 1883
Volume: 6B
Page: 367
Line Number: 100

She is the daughter of Thomas Pearman Stevens and Ellen Pidsley.
Name: Ellen Mary Stevens
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1891
County: Wiltshire
Parish: Corsham
Ecclesiastical Parish: CORSHAM
Registration District: Chippenham
Residence Note: Pickwick
Gender: Female
Age: 7
Marital Status:
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated): 1884
Birthplace: Exeter, Devonshire, England
Schedule Type:
Page Number: 19
Line Number: 6
Registration Number: RG12
Piece/Folio: 1592/ 104

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Thomas Pearman Stevens Head M 46 Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire, England
Alice Stevens Wife F 34 Turnham Green, Middlesex, England
Violet Maud Stevens Daughter F 12 Heavitree, Devonshire, England
Allan Randolph Stevens Son M 10 Heavitree, Devonshire, England
Ellen Mary Stevens Daughter F 7 Exeter, Devonshire, England
Tom Pearman Stevens Son M 3 Corsham, Wiltshire, England
Paul Pearman Stevens Son M 2 Corsham, Wiltshire, England
Alice Kate Jones Boarder F 26 Ealing, Middlesex, England
Emily Turner Servant F 23 Bitton, Gloucestershire, England
Lucy Ann Collier Servant F 21 Heddington, Wiltshire, England
Florence Ada Burgg Servant F 23 Warleigh, Essex, England

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Thelma Gertrude Kingsbury

Birth: Oct. 14, 1923 Lethbridge Alberta, Canada

Death: Jan. 21, 2010 Lethbridge Alberta, Canada

Thelma Gertrude Kingsbury was born 14 Oct 1923 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to Nathaniel Ira Kingsbury and Edith Belle Greenup.

She married Claude Pearman Stevens 21 Jun 1942 in Canada. Claude passed away 2 Nov 2005 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Surviving children are Evelyn Joyce (Bob) Sera, Marlene Stevens, and Donald Wayne (Sue Graf) Stevens, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, as well as sister Nellie Bair and Doris Adam, all Canadian residents.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband. Thelma was 86 yrs. of age when she died.

Family links:


Nathaniel Ira Kingsbury (1885 - 1962)

Edith Belle Greenup Kingsbury (1895 - 1953)


Claude Pearman Stevens (1921 - 2005)


Myrtle Estelle Kingsbury (1917 - 1925)*

Nellie Leona Kingsbury Bair (1918 - 2012)*

Doris Rose Kingsbury Adam (1920 - 2014)*

Thelma Gertrude Kingsbury Stevens (1923 - 2010)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Richard Hayward Pidsley

Richard Hayward Pidsley farmer and auctioneer.Son of John Pidsley Yeoman.


Father of Ellen Pidsley.

20 Jan 1848 • Broadclyst, Devon, England
Their fathers: John Pidsley and Abraham Gould, Yeomen (both parties signed)

Grantham Journal 22 August 1874

Name: Richard Hayward Pidsley
Event Type: Death
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration Year: 1874
Registration District: Exeter
County: Devon
Event Place: Exeter, Devon, England
Age (available after 1866): 50
Birth Date (available after June quarter 1969):
Birth Year (Estimated): 1824
Volume: 5B
Page: 59
Line Number: 325

little moor farm



Richard Hayward Pidsley, of Moor Farm, Sowton, Devon, farmer and auctioneer.On Saturday a much respected auctioneer at Exeter, named Richard Hayward Pidsley, was engaged in cleaning his gun, a double-barrelled breechloader, when by some means it went off

Emmeline Haydon was born in 1847.
She married Richard Hayward Pidsley in March 1874 and their son Richard Hayward Pidsley was born in June 1874.
After the death of her husband in March 1877  she had a lodging house .

census 1841

PIDSLEY  John Male 40 years Ag Lab Devon

PIDSLEY Mary Female 40 years

PIDSLEY Mary Ann Female 10 Devon
PIDSLEY Richard Male 5 Devon
PIdsley Harriet Female 5 Devon
Pidsley Peter Male 5 Devon

Are they Triplets ???

2nd Lieutenant Hayward Gould Pidsley of "A" Coy, the 2nd Battalion, the Rifle Brigade. Son of Hayward Gould and Kate Pidsley (née Cockeram) and member of a well-known Exeter family of brewers. Born in Exeter in the September Quarter of 1896. Died 21 May 1915 aged 20. Commemorated on the Harbertonford War Memorial.