23 June 2016

Isabella Ogle Creek 1867-1930

From the Clifford Family Album




Isabella Ogle Creek was born on 19 Jan 1867 in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, Ireland, the daughter of The Venerable William Creek and Amelia Templeton Clifford – here we have the first intimation that we have a Clifford family connection! So far I haven’t found the Ogle name in her ancestors but I’m sure there must be one somewhere, otherwise why would you give a girl such an unfeminine name?


Her father was the Archdeacon of Kilmore and living in the Kildallon Rectory, Co Cavan when he died on the 14 Sep 1899 aged 62.

On the 18 Sep 1888 she married Lowry Cliffe Loftus Tottenham and they had 8 children, 7 of them still living on 2 Apr 1911. The first six were sons:- Harry Leslie William 1889-1970; Armar Cecil 1891-1891; Reginald Loftus 1893-1961; Edward Lowry 1894-1916; Arthur Henry 1896-1916; James Loftus 1897-1922; and the two youngest daughters Isabel Joice 1900-1926 and Eileen Etta 1903-1981 <-- and here we have a New Zealand connection. Eileen Etta met & married Stewart Bates Merrylees, who had been the commanding officer of her brother James Loftus during the war.

Eileen & Stewart emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 1953 where they lived until their deaths, Stewart in 1966 and Eileen in 1981, they are buried in the Waikumete Cemetery in Glen Eden, Auckland. According to the Tottenham/Lowry family tree on The Tottenham Family website they did have children. On the same website you’ll find photos of most of Isabella’s children, including Eileen Etta, and also one of her husband, none of Isabella though.


Dawn Scotting

14 June 2016

Dr David Morton Jack 1853-1890

From the Clifford Family Album

Case Study: Dr & Mrs D M Jack


David Morton Jack was born on 11 Nov 1853 and baptised on 9 Dec in the Girthon Kirk, Kirkcudbrightshire in Scotland, the son of the Rev’d Hugh Morton Jack and Martha Sharpe neé Forrester. By the age of 17 he was already a medical student and within the next few years had joined the Army and was in India where he married Dora Fanny O’Flahertie on the 10 Sep 1879. David & Dora had two sons, Hugh born in India and William born in England. Over the years David worked his way up to Surgeon General before sadly he died on 13 Sep 1890, at the young age of 36, in Sitapur India where he is buried in the British Cemetery in the Parish of Roti Godam. The probate of his will said he was ‘late of Farncombe Lodge in Godalming, Surrey’.

Dora Fanny O’Flahertie was born on 1 Aug and baptised on 2 Nov 1856 at St John the Baptist Church in Capel, Surrey where her father, Theobald Richard O’Flahertie, was the vicar for many years, her mother was Mary Anne neé Scott.


Her parents had a large family of 10 daughters & 4 sons and there is an excellent article on them and a small photo of the family including Dora on this website here - Oughterard Heritage. Unfortunately the photo was quite pixelated so not very clear, I’ve superimposed Dora on the photo I have of her, she does look to be the same woman so I feel sure I’ve found the right couple to go with these photographs. Dora passed away on the 29 Apr 1930 in Dulwich, Surrey and is buried in the churchyard where she was baptised 73 years before, St John the Baptist Churchyard, Capel.


I see from Dora’s burial record that she was known as Dora Fanny Morton Jack so perhaps Morton-Jack was a hyphenated surname?


Do please contact me if you have an interest in these two photographs.


Dawn Scotting

12 June 2016

Charlotte Christina Agnes & Eliza Hersey Wauchope

From the Clifford Family Album

Case Study: The Wauchope Sisters


These two delightful young girls are sisters Charlotte, nearly 12, and Hissey, nearly 11, Hissey/Hessey I’m guessing is a nickname for Eliza Hersey who was one year younger than her sister Charlotte Christina Agnes. They were the daughters of Robert Adam Wauchope and Amelia Henrietta neé Norman, both born in Rawul Pindee, Bengal, India, Charlotte on 3 Aug 1866 and Eliza on 10 Aug 1867.

Robert Adam Wauchope is much documented on the Internet so no need for me to go into too much detail, he was born Edinburgh in 1836 and seems to have served in the Army in India for most of his adult life, retiring as Major General at the age of 49, he died in Brighton, Sussex in 1885 aged 62. He & wife Amelia (Amy) had seven children, two of whom died as babies. Charlotte & Eliza were the two eldest.

Charlotte married civil engineer Edmund Batten Forbes in 1885 in Kent, England and they had at least six children born in various countries around the world including Chile & Mexico. They must have finally settled in London where Edmund died in 1924 and Charlotte in 1958.

Eliza married Joseph Francis Studholme in 1902 in Chelsea London:-


Joseph is listed as a New Zealand Sheep Farmer as well as his father John Studholme. I found this baptism for Joseph in the Knottingley parish records but I’m not sure whether it says he was born in New Zealand or Yorkshire! His parents abode is given as ‘Christchurch, New Zealand’ but he was born on 10 Mar 1866 and baptised on 22 Apr 1866 which doesn’t compute if you consider the sea voyage from NZ to England in those days would take at least three months! So I’m guessing (again) that his parents had been living in NZ and had journeyed to England for his birth before returning home again:-


Joseph & Eliza don’t seem to have had any children, I don’t think they had time as they did a lot of travelling around the world on various ships over the years. Joseph died in London in 1930 and Eliza in Masterton, NZ in 1948.

07 June 2016

Ellen Home Husband 1847-1936

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Ellen Home Husband


What do you think, is this the same woman? She looks like it to me, the same nose, the eyes & ears might be slightly different but she is wearing the same earrings and what looks like the same dark ribbon around her neck.

Written on the back of each photo is a different given name written in different handwriting, or is it:-


Here we have Nellie H Husband and what looks like Emma Husband, although the ‘Emma’ could be almost anything, all the letters flow into each other! I suppose it could be ‘Ellen’ but it certainly looks like an ‘a’ at the end. I also found these two unnamed photos in the album, both look to be either the same woman or at the very least sisters of the above:-


The third woman has the same wave in her hair as the photo named Nellie, she is also wearing the black ribbon with the same trinket hanging on it. The fourth photo was taken in England not Sydney (Australia) like the other three. As Nellie was only 5 years old when she emigrated to Australia it’s not a younger her, she later moved back to England when she was in her 30’s.


Ellen Home Husband was born in Bayswater, London and baptised on 27 Oct 1847 at the Holy Trinity Church in Paddington, daughter of James Husband and Caroline Jane neé Home. James & Caroline’s other children were:- Thomas 1831-32; Caroline Frances 1832; Cordelia Jane 1835; James Home 1836; Frances Home 1838; Herbert George 1840-41; Emma Jane 1844 and Emily Herbert Matilda 1850.

James Husband originated from Devonshire and their first six children were born in Stoke Damerel, Devon before they moved to London, the three youngest were all born in Bayswater.

On the 24 Dec 1852 Mrs Husband, her five daughters and son James, arrived in Port Jackson in NSW, Australia on the General Hewitt. I don’t know when husband James arrived but he was also living in Sydney until his death in 1878.

The photographer of the third photo is Mr Freeman who had by this time taken over Oswald Allen’s studio, in it the woman is wearing rings on her wedding finger so it may not be Nellie because she never married, however, they may just be dress rings.

Nellie was in Australia up until the 1881 census when she is now living back in England, visiting the White family in London, over the next few census she is listed as visiting various people in London & Dorset. On the 19 Apr 1936 she passed away at 18 Campbell Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset. The probate of her will went to the Westminster Bank so she may not have had any family left.

What connection, if any, the Husband family have to the Hayter family I have absolutely no idea! Although I’ve been told that the White family (who Nellie was visiting) are connected to the Hayter family, time will tell.

04 June 2016

Harold Selwyn Smith 1828-1891

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Harold Selwyn Smith


There doesn’t seem to be a family connection between the album owner, Francis Hayter, and Harold Selwyn Smith, however, I did find a connection between Harold’s second wife and the Fetherstonhaugh Album, see further in this article.

Harold Selwyn Smith was the son of the Reverend John Jennings Smith & his wife Anne neé Timberlake, born in Kingsholm, Gloucestershire and baptised in the St Michael’s Church in Gloucester on the 7 Oct 1828.harold-baptism2

Some say the Rev’d John was the illegitimate son of King George IV, although there doesn’t seem to be any proof of that it’s an interesting theory which you can read about in the excellent article on this website here.

On the 11 Jun 1839 John Jennings & Anne Smith, along with 8 of their 11 children, boarded the vessel ‘Amelia Thompson’ in London bound for Australia, they arrived in Port Jackson on the 28 Sep 1839. Amongst their children was 4th son Harold Selwyn Smith who later in various sources is listed as a ‘merchant of Melbourne’.

On 8 Oct 1853 Harold married Camilla Rosa Hart, they had four children:- Fanny Anne Lloyd 1854-1923; William Hamilton 1855-1857; Montague Selwyn 1857-1932 and George Charles 1858-1922 before Camilla passed away in 1860 aged 25, probably in childbirth as there as an unnamed Smith birth registration, with Camilla listed as the mother, in 1860.

Harold remarried on the 18 Feb 1864 to Madeleine Elizabeth Kelly (whose mother was Hannah Fetherstonhaugh & sister of this William Fetherstonhaugh of Grouse Lodge in Ireland, her father was also related to Robert Vandeleur Kelly, both of whom you’ll find in my Fetherstonhaugh Album). Harold and Madeleine had a further six children:- Hubert Selwyn 1864-1881; Alice Caroline 1867-1940; Cecil Selwyn 1869-?; Edward Selwyn born 1871 in Ireland; Emily Florence 1875-? and Madeleine Ethel 1877-1964.

Harold Selwyn Smith was a man of many talents, this is just a short timeline of his achievements:-

1839 - arrived at Port Jackson on the 'Amelia Thompson'
1860 - land & estate agent, accountant & arbitrator at 54 Queen St, Melbourne
1866 - director of The Southern Insurance Co at 31 Queen St, Melbourne
1867 - owner of the vessel 'The Torque' that was lost off North Cape, NZ on 7 Jun 1867
1871 - in Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland where son Edward was born (maybe visiting Madeleine's family)
1875 - arrived in NZ with wife Madeleine (& presumably their children) on the 'Alhambra'
1875 - appointed General Manager of the NZ Shipping Co at a salary of £1500 per annum
1876 - elected a member of the Philosophical Institute in Auckland (where his photograph was taken)
1876 - appointed clergyman's churchwarden at St Mary's Church, Merivale, Christchurch (where a  magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck on 22 Feb 2011 killing 182 people)
1877 - daughter Madeleine Ethel born in NZ
1877 - fined 40 shillings for having two unregistered dogs
1878 - marriage of eldest daughter Fanny Anne Lloyd Smith (her mother Camilla) in NZ
1879 - gave notice of his willingness to act as director (of NZ Shipping Co) if elected at the AM on 13 Aug 1879, still general manager at that stage
1879 - being considered for a select committee of the Diocesan Synod in aid of Church Day Schools
1879 - ceased as manager of NZ Shipping Co, no reason at present
1880 - donated a bust of Bishop Broughton, first bishop of Australasia, to the Canterbury Museum
1880 - bankrupt and left NZ suddenly
1881 - Justice of the Peace in Merivale, Ashfield near Sydney
1888 - member of the Social Purity Society (Australia)
1890 - accountant & arbitrator in Sydney

It seems he may have left NZ under somewhat of a cloud, he tried to explain in his own words "I venture to trouble you with a brief epitome of my introduction to your service, and the manner of my leaving it", in these letters from the NZTEC archives here (be prepared for a long read!). In the many newspaper articles I read about Harold there was nothing more after 1880 so he was obviously not charged with any wrongdoing although I did come across this sentence that leaves me wondering:-

Selwyn Smith proved himself worthy of his detractors' vituperation. He was found to have used the Company's funds to ease his private engagements and was placed in bankruptcy in 1880, owing also a considerable debt to the Loan Company.

Harold died on 14 Mar 1891 and is buried in St John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Ashfield, NSW and Madeleine on 6 Jul 1924 at South Yarra, Melbourne.

References: ancestry.com.au; NZETC; Paterson River History; FindMyPast; PapersPast; Trove; NZBMD Online; Christchurch Libraries.



St Mary’s Church, Merivale, built 1866, photos taken in 1916 and just after the 2011 earthquake.
© Christchurch City Libraries: IMG0046.

24 May 2016

Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe 1848-1934

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Hon. H. J. A. Cuffe


It took me about two minutes to realise I didn’t have to do any research on this very distinquished gentleman and therefore I will leave it up to you and my friend Google, suffice it to say you will find everything you ever wanted to know if you Google his full name.

I’ve copied the following article from ‘Find a Grave’ website and from that I gather this photo might have been taken when he was a young midshipman in the Royal Navy, he is very young in this photo and the hat on the table is a giveaway!

Birth:     30 Aug 1848
Death:     4 Nov 1934

5th Earl of Desart, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Knight of the most Illustrious Order of St Patrick. Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Member of the Most Honourable Privy Council of Great Britain. His Majesty's Lieutenant for the County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe, 5th Earl of Desart, KP, KCB, PC was an Irish peer and barrister. He was the second son of John Cuffe, 3rd Earl of Desart and his wife, Elizabeth, the third daughter of John Campbell, 1st Earl Cawdor.

In his early life he was a midshipman in the Royal Navy before becoming a barrister in 1872. In 1877 he was appointed as a secretary to the Judicature Committee and as a solicitor to The Treasury a year later. In 1894 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath and as Treasury Solicitor that year, as well as Queen's Proctor and Director of Public Prosecutions. On inheriting the earldom of Desart from his elder brother, William (who died without heirs male) in 1898, he was promoted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

In 1909, Dysart was created Baron Desart in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which enabled him to sit in the House of Lords. In 1913, he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed a Knight of St Patrick in 1919.

Participated as an Unionist delegate to the 1917-18 Irish Convention. He was also appointed Lord Lieutenant of Kilkenny in 1920, a post he held until the Irish Free State was formed in 1922, when all lord lieutenancies of Ireland (bar those of Northern Ireland) were abolished.

On 19 July 1876, Lord Desart married his second cousin, Lady Margaret Joan Lascelles (1853–1927), the second daughter of Henry Lascelles, 4th Earl of Harewood. They had two daughters: Joan & Sybil.

As Lord Desart was the last male descendant of the 1st Earl and died without male heirs in 1934, his titles became extinct.


Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe, 5th Earl of Desart
by Walter Stoneman
© National Portrait Gallery, London
© Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.


Dawn Scotting

Henry Goodenough Hayter 1831-1925

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Henry Goodenough Hayter


The first photo above was named in the album as Henry G Hayter, the second photo was in the album on another page and was unnamed. It’s obvious they were taken in the same studio and perhaps on the same day, if that is the case they are two different young boys. Although they seems to be dressed very similar there are differences, the main one being the second boy is taller than the first so probably a few years older than him. The second photo is quite blurred so the detail isn’t the same but I think the motif on the first boy’s trousers is different on the second boy’s trouser, second boy’s ears also stick out a little bit more and the shape of his face is rounder.

If the second boy is an older brother then he would be Charles Frederick born 1825.

Henry Goodenough Hayter was the fifth child of Goodenough Hayter & Emma neé Chilton, no baptism has been found for him but his age of 94 when he died in 1925 gives a birth year of about 1831. He was at home with his parents in Camberwell, Surrey in the 1851 census. On the 4 Jun 1859 in the St Luke’s Church in Chelsea he married Janet Druce, the daughter of William & Catherine Druce.

Henry Goodenough & Janet Hayter went on to have sixteen children over the next twenty four years:-

Edith Catharine 1860-1943, did not marry
Francis Goodenough 1861-1897, did not marry
Henry William Goodenough 1862-1915
Janet Emma 1864-1950 m Arthur Francis de Rougemont
Emma 1866-1949 m Oswald Osmond Wrigley
Alfred Goodenough 1867-1929, did not marry
William Goodenough 1869-1924 m Alethea Slessor
Richard Goodenough 1870-1920
Charles Goodenough 1872-1872
John Goodenough 1873-1934
Catharine Mary 1875-1951 m Robert Frederic Bayford
Owen Chilton Goodenough 1876-1961 m Violet Marie Wakefield
Hugh Charles Goodenough 1878-1879
Robert Dickinson Goodenough 1879-1880
Phoebe Judith 1882-1920, did not marry
Dorothy Julia 1884-1943, did not marry

Like me, you may think it very strange that they named some of their children with the same name as another one ie Henry William and William; Janet Emma and Emma; Hugh Charles and Charles; Edith Catharine and Catharine Mary. At first I thought they were using their middle names in various census until I searched further and found baptisms for all of them on different dates and they were each in a census at home with their parents, so there definately were 16 children, born out by the fact that in the 1911 census Janet said she’d been married 51 years and had given birth to 16 children with 12 of them still living.

On the 3 Feb 1847, at the age of 16, Henry Goodenough became an apprentice to learn the trade of ‘army packer & merchant’ in the Cloth Making Industry, for the term of seven years:-


It was to bring him good fortune and he became a very wealthy man and the father of many distinquished children, amongst them a judge in Egypt and an adviser to the Egyptian government; a well-known satirist/caricaturist & editor of 'The Eastern Sketch' a comic paper in Shanghai and chairman of the China Printing Co; the Superintendant of Police in India; and a Knight of the Realm.

Henry Goodenough Hayter was living at ‘Winterbourne’, Sidmouth in Devon when he died on the 9 Sep 1925 at the great age of 94, his wife Janet died on 4 Aug 1933 also at the age of 94.


Dawn Scotting

15 May 2016

Charles Frederick Hayter 1826-1921

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Charles Frederick Hayter



Charles Frederick Hayter was the 4th child of Goodenough Hayter & Emma neé Chilton. Charles was born on the 23 Jul 1826 in Muswell Hill, North London and baptised on the 16 Sep 1826 at St Mary’s Church in Hornsey. He went to Oxford College where he matriculated from Magdalen Hall in 1847 aged 20, he earned himself a BA in 1852 and an MA in 1858, he then went onto become the Rector of East Mersea in Essex and finally the Vicar of Claybrooke, Northants from 1871. His older brother, George Goodenough Hayter also went to Oxford where he matriculated from Brasenose College in 1838 aged 17, he went on to become the Vicar of Burnham Overy in Norfolk. George is mentioned in the album but there is no photo, there was one of his wife Mary but again the photo is missing.



This photo possibly taken while he was at Oxford and before he wore a dog collar, although I must say he doesn’t look to be younger than he is in the first photo!

In 1866, at age 40, Charles married 26 yr old Mary Curtois, daughter of Peregrine & Mary Curtois. Charles & Mary didn’t have any children, according to the 1911 census when Charles said he had none. Mary had earlier died in 1893, Charles lived to the good age of 94 when he died on the 10 Apr 1921 at Leslie Lodge in Worthing, West Sussex. The probate of his will went to his neice Anna Catharine Druce, the daughter of Charles’ sister Anna Susan Druce who had also been living at Leslie Lodge, Worthing when she died in 1919.


Dawn Scotting

14 May 2016

Francis Hayter Album

When I first opened this recently acquired photograph album I must admit I was very disappointed to see so many photographs missing from it. At the same time I was happy to see a nice selection of photographs that are named if somewhat obscure as yet. I also acquired another album at the same time and it seems they are connected somehow.

After googling Francis Hayter I was somewhat disappointed again to find that he was a well known figure in the early days of the Nelson settlers and that my genealogical detective skills were not needed in his case as he is very well documented on many a webpage online. On reflection I find that I’m more delighted than disappointed to find such a wealth of knowledge on the HAYTER family.

So, as I go along looking into each named photograph I will post it with whatever information I can find about that person rather than document all of the Hayter family which has already been done by many more competent than myself.


There is no photo of Francis in the album but I did find the above photo online so I’ve superimposed it on top of the album cover.


Francis Hayter was the youngest child and sixth son of Goodenough Hayter & Emma neé Chilton, born in Camberwell, Surrey on 7 Oct 1843 and baptised in the St Giles Church on the 3 Nov 1843.


Francis had previously been in New South Wales, before coming to NZ about 1876, and that is where his partnership with Henry Wharton started:-


From Francis’ will dated 27 May 1878 it is interesting to note that he was still in partnership with Henry but in 1882 the partnership was dissolved, Francis died in 1891 after travelling to England for an operation where he died on the operating table, obviously he hadn’t changed his will between 1878 and 1891:-




Starting with the photograph from the album that has not stood the test of time unfortunately but has interesting names on the back, it has faded so much that I couldn’t really do much with it apart from showing that there are four men in the photo:-




As this photo was taken in Australia I’m wondering if this group of men -Sam Kirby, Tod Hunter, Wharton & Self - had just purchased some land there as the sign one of them is holding says ‘Free Select 640 Acres’. There is mention of a ‘Mr Cruickshank, Mumblebone’ in the album although the photo is missing, however, I seem to remember seeing somewhere that Francis Hayter’s first property was named Mumblebone. I found him living at ‘Mumblebone, Warren’ in the NSW Police Gazette of 1875 where he’s listed as a newly appointed Magistrate of the Colony. Mumblebone is not far from Dubbo.






And from the Dubbo Stock Report of 25 Nov 1869 a small mention of J Cruickshank of Mumblebone:-



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Hayes, Wells & Buffham Family Album

This old album that dates back to the mid 1800s was found in a deceased house lot of goods. The person who purchased them kept the album for five years in the hopes that someone in the family would come back for it, they didn’t.

The people in it all seem to have originated from England, so far I haven’t found why it ended up in New Zealand.


These are the first two front pages inside the album, although the photograph is not named in the album I presume her to be Mary Elizabeth Hayes, the mother of Francis Bertram Wells who updated the album in 1978. Unfortunately the album and photos are not in the best of condition as sellotape has been used which has not lasted over the years. However, I have managed to find out a bit on the families of some of the photos in the album, sadly only a few of them are named.  Also included inside the album was this typed list of names plus an original marriage certificate that I’ve had to divide into two to scan as it was too long otherwise:-



Strangely there is no wedding photo for the above marriage in the album, apart from this unnamed bride, it’s hard to say if she is the same person as the one in the front of the album:-


This is the groom, William George Wells, who is in various named photos:-











The photo with the question mark was not named but I took a gamble because he’s the spitting image of the guy in the photo below him who was named. It seems William may have been an actor of sorts as I don’t think that’s his everyday wear above!

He also belonged to a cycling club and on the evening of the 5 Apr 1894 he was out with his friends in Midhurst, Sussex:-


William George & Mary Elizabeth had three sons - Clement Victor 1896-1955, Francis Bertram 1897-1990 and Sidney Gordon 1899-1974, all of them with named photos:-




William George Wells was the son of Joseph Wells & Sarah neé Betteridge, born 1873 in Andover, Hampshire. Joseph (Grandad) & Sarah (Grandma) had seven children, that I found, five of them with named photos in the album:-



I’ve searched the newspapers online for a report on Grandad’s exposure in the snow but couldn’t find anything. It looks like these two photos were taken on the same day in front of the same wall with the climbers in the background.

William George was their eldest son, then came Lottie known as Tots born 1875, she married Harry Cornelius in 1905 and as far as I know didn’t have any children:-


After Lottie came Fred 1879-1881, then Florence May born 1882, she married Frank Benjamin Bone in 1904 and had two daughters, Eva May & Phyllis Mary Bone. There are no named photos of Fred or Florence in the album.

Next was Beatrice Lillian known as Lil, she was born in 1884, married in 1937 to Archibald Shearing:-



Then comes Bertie 1886-1951, he marred Louisa Jane Howard in 1912 and they may have had two children, Laura & Kenneth. Lastly came Stanley Ernest born 1893 & killed aged 24 in Belgium during WWI, buried in Flanders:-



These two small candid photos were loose in the album and from them I was hoping to find something about the business ‘Wells the Bacon People Ltd’, obviously belonging to William George Wells, in the newspapers of the day but as you may appreciate the word ‘Wells’ is just too common, I would have been searching for weeks to find anything of interest, no matter what combination of words I tried there were just too many hits. It’s a shame really as I would have liked to have fleshed out this family a bit more:-



I haven’t been able to find anything about Maltby House either, apart from Maltby being the maiden name of W G W’s wife’s grandmother.

Mary Elizabeth Wells neé Hayes was the second of the nine children of John Hayes (no photo) and Martha neé Buffham who I presume is Grandma Hayes:-


Martha Buffham was the fifth of the nine children of Charles Buffham and Mary neé Maltby, she was born on 7 Sep 1842 in Woolwich, Kent where her father was stationed in the Royal Marines at the time. Charles served 21 years and was discharged in 1845 when he returned to Lincolnshire, the county he was born in about 1805, he became a Police Officer & High Bailiff of the Spalding District County Court.

There are no named photos of any of Mary Elizabeth’s siblings or father in the album.


Mary Elizabeth’s son, Francis Bertram, would have been about 80 when he decided to renovate & edit the photograph album in 1978, on the back page he has glued a photo of his marriage to Violet Irene Edna Chandler on 2 Oct 1932 and on another page I found one other named photo of Violet:-




Francis & Violet may have had any number of children as there are quite a few Wells/Chandler births registered in England after 1932 but only one of them was in Rochford - Alan M Wells born 1937. In 1869 Alan married Christine Lester and just a few moments ago I came across an Alan & Christine Maltby Wells listed in the New Zealand Electoral Roll in 1978 & 1981 - their surname is listed as Maltby Wells so it may not be them but the names seem to be too much of a co-incidence don’t they? Alan seems to have been alive & living in Auckland up until 8 years ago so if any of his family see this please do get in touch with me.

I would also love to hear from anyone else who may be connected to the families in this album, it should be returned to a family member.







Dawn Scotting