15 October 2016

The CHUCK Family of Marlborough

From the pages of the James Spencer White Album

Esther Elizabeth Chuck was the mother of Spen White’s wife Ivy Zilpha. In this photo we have Esther’s brother, George William Chuck, his wife Edith Emma neé Westwood and George Pash (unknown so far).


The next two photos in the album were titled ‘Dolly & Rita Chuck, Uncle George’s daughters’.rita16-dolly14-chuckrita-and-dolly-chuck

Cousins Arthur & Fred were brothers of Ivy Zilpha. Here we have a slight anomaly, Dolly is normally a nickname for Dorothy but in this case it seems that Dolly was actually Nita Alexandra!

George William Chuck, son of Joseph Chuck and Bithiah neé Burgess, was born in NZ in 1869, he married Edith Emma Westwood on 6 Oct 1897, theirs was the first marriage in the new church in Shannon, Marlborough. George & Emma’s first child was Rita Cornforth born 9 Jan 1899 so these two photos must have been taken sometime before June 1915. Their next child was Nita Alexandra born 19 Jun 1901, so that certainly fits in with the date written on the back of the first photo of them.

The next photo is nameless but I’d swear that the man on the right is the same person in the first photo named Uncle George, and therefore his wife Emma next to him and I think the other man looks almost to be George’s twin so maybe a brother & his wife?


George was for many years a prominent miller in the Foxton area but about 1918 he moved to Mangonui to resume his old trade of saddlery. He was living in Mangonui, Northland when he died aged 62 on 7 Sep 1930 and is buried in the Old Cemetery there along with his wife Edith Emma who died on 25 Apr 1944 aged 65.


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12 October 2016

Five Botham Sisters

From the pages of the James Spencer White Album


I had previously just glanced at this photo and thought I wouldn’t be able to identify them because it was nameless. On having another good look at it today I realised that was Charles Botham in the background not looking at the camera and after comparing the photos I have of four of his daughters I was able to identify at least two of them.

Zella on the left, she was the youngest born in 1906, she looks to be about 12 or thereabouts, the one at the other end of the front row is Vivian, the next two beside Vivian are Florence & Almira but I’m not sure which is which, so that leaves the eldest Alice Clinton (btw I don’t think that’s a hat on her head, it’s some sort of blob on the photo).

As to who the other three men are I have no idea although the young man standing next to Alice could be her future husband Ebenezer Ben Erskine.

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02 October 2016

The Charles Botham Family of Tuamarina

From the pages of the James Spencer White Album

With the next lot of photographs we need to go back a few generations to Charles Botham born about 1808 in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Charles was baptised there on the 8 May 1808 in the St Editha Church, his parents were John Botham and Sarah neé Brant who had been married on 23 Jun 1805 at the St Leonard’s Church in Wollaton, Nottinghamshire, seen in this photo:-


Charles’ parents probably had other children but I haven’t researched them, just sticking with his line. Charles seems to have married twice to two women with the same name – Ann Entwistle, the first marriage was on the 3 Aug 1828 in the St Mary's Church in Cheadle, Cheshire, the witnesses were Henry & George Smith. Charles & Ann had four sons before she died in 1837, just a few months after giving birth to fourth son William, who had been baptised on the 12 Jul 1837 in St Mary’s Church in Stockport, baby William’s death is registered in the first quarter of 1838 in Stockport. Their first three sons were:-

John Cartledge 1830-1913; Henry Brant 1932-1908; Charles Entwistle 1835-1907.

After Ann died Charles married the second Ann Entwistle on 24 Sep 1838 in the Manchester Cathedral in Lancashire, he was listed as a widower and she a spinster & a minor, their fathers were: John Botham printer & John Entwistle labourer. Witnesses: Robert & Elizabeth Cambe.

Charles & second wife Ann had one more son whom they also named William, he was baptised on the 6 Jun 1841 in St Mary’s Church, Stockport. Coincidentally that was the same date as the census and their address on both the baptism and census was King St West, Stockport, so we know we have the right family. Sadly this William seems to have died also as I cannot find him in any census after the 1841 when he was aged 3 mths, there is a burial on the 12 Feb 1845 for a 4 year old William Bothams recorded in the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Edgeley (Cheadle parish) that might be him.

The two eldest sons, John Cartledge & Henry Brant, both emigrated to New Zealand but Charles Entwistle stayed in Cheshire where he married & died in Bramhall. Strangely he was the father of one of my other orphan photographs I found last year of Sarah Ann Botham, you can read about her here.

Henry Brant Botham was living with his future wife, Mary Ann Entwistle & her parents in the 1861 census in Stockport, he’s listed as a nephew so he & Mary Ann must have been cousins. They were married on the 3 Oct 1861 in St Mary’s Church in Cheadle and in 1863 they emigrated to New Zealand where their seven children were born. I haven’t researched this family much as I was going down brother John’s line but I did find these two photos of Henry & John online in a brochure about the Methodist Church in Tuamarina:-


John Cartledge (or Cartlidge) Botham was born on 21 Jan 1830 & baptised in St Mary’s Church, Stockport on the 30 May 1830. He married Martha Oldham on 21 Mar 1856 in St Mary’s Church, Cheadle and a few years later they emigrated to NZ according to his obituary which you can read here.

John Cartledge & Martha had six children (that I’ve found), the eldest being Elizabeth Ann, the mother of James Spencer White, second child was Charles the subject of the following two photos and the other children were George, Martha, Caroline & Alice Eva.


Charles was not named on either of these photos but I was able to ascertain who he was from the names of the two girls in the second photo who are his daughters, the woman in the first photo I presume is his wife Elizabeth neé Goodall, they were married in New Zealand in 1897.



Here we have four of Charles & Elizabeth’s five daughters, they were:-

Alice Clinton 1898-1920; Florence Eleanor 1900-1971; Martha Almira 1901-1947; Vivian Goodall 1905-1963 and Zella Isherwood 1906-1988.

Charles died & was buried in the Tuamarina Cemetery on the 3 Nov 1942 aged 79 and Elizabeth was buried there also on the 4 May 1920 aged 53.

References: methodist.org.nz; FindMyPast; ancestry.com.au; familysearch.org 


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Fred William Thomas 1894-1917

From the pages of the James Spencer White Album


James Spencer White’s wife, Ivy Zilpha Thomas, had a brother named Fred William Thomas so I’m presuming he is the Fred Thomas in these two photos found in Spen’s album.

Fred was born in Blenheim on the 12 Jun 1894, the son of David Thomas and Esther Elizabeth neé Chuck. Fred joined the NZ Expeditionary Forces in WWI and on the 23 Sep 1916 he embarked for England on the vessel ‘Pakeha’. Sadly he was killed in action at Messines in Belgium on the 24 Mar 1917, he is either buried or his name is on the monument at the St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

I found the following photos & memorial card on the Auckland War Memorial Museum website, he certainly looks to be the same person.


References: AWMM Online Cenotaph


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01 October 2016

Are they sisters Caroline Ella & Martha White of Onamalutu?

The next two photos from the James Spencer White Album are not named but I think they could be two of Spen’s sisters, possibly Caroline Ella on the right and one of her older sisters, perhaps Martha who was six years older and never married.


The second photo and the young woman on the right in the other photo look to be the same person, her hair style and large white ribbon makes me think she is the one sitting next to her father in the family group photo from the last post. The woman on the left looks to be the same woman standing behind her mother in the family photo.

However, this is just speculation on my part and as the photo of the two women was taken in Wellington and they both lived in Onamalutu (as far as I know) which is near Blenheim in the Wairau Valley, it may not be them although they could have been visiting Wellington as it was only a boat trip away!

Caroline Ella died in Oct 1914 aged 21 and is buried in the Tuamarina Cemetery along with other members of her family including Martha who died in Sep 1935 aged 47.


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James Spencer White 1891-1971


According to the inside cover of this small post card album it once belonged to one J S White who turned out to be James Spencer White known as ‘Spen’. Inside are many lovely old photos from before and after the turn of the century, unfortunately there are many with no names but some are named so I will attempt to identify as many as I can. The first photo in the album is obviously a family group and luckily I’ve been able to identify the father as being Charles White MBE of Onamalutu in Marlborough, New Zealand (There’s a photo of Charles White found in a Temperance Newspaper dated 1916 & reprinted in the book ‘Plum Duff & Cake’). Charles was Spen’s father, possibly he is the one sitting next to his mother Elizabeth Ann neé Botham.


I originally thought the photo might have been taken about the same time as the date on the album – August 1914 – but on further investigation I found that their eldest daughter, Ann, had died on 15 May 1913 aged 33 so it must have been before that date. The young lady on the extreme right standing at the back looks to be quite young, maybe 14 or thereabouts and their youngest daughter, Elizabeth Alice, was born in 1898. Charles & Elizabeth had at least nine sons and five daughters (that I’ve found), they were:-

George 1878-?; John James 1881-1881; Frank Oldham 1882-1924; Charles Botham 1885-1907; William Botham 1890-1924; James Spencer 1891-1971; Albert Henry 1895-1981; Alfred 1897-1897 & Robert 1900-1900.

Ann 1879-1913; Mary 1883-1941; Martha 1887-1935; Caroline Ella 1893-1914; Elizabeth Alice 1898-1984.

The only person I don’t have a death date for is eldest son George so if he isn’t in the photo then it would have been taken before the death of son Charles Botham in 1907, in that case Elizabeth Alice would have been less than 9 years old and she’s definately older than that!

References: Marlborough Museum; Papers Past; NZBMD Online


If you can help identify anyone in this photo please leave a comment including a contact email address. More photographs of this and other families from the album to follow.
(With many thanks to Chris Ward for his help).


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13 August 2016

Two Clifford Sisters

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album


I’ve had to do a lot more research on the Clifford family to make sure I had the right two women in this photo, I’m still not 100% sure but I think I’ve found most of the Cliffords in the branches who are connected to the husband of the owner of this album Lucy Jessie Norman.

Lucy’s husband, William Wigram Clifford, had two sisters named Ellen Thomas and Emilia Templeton, both with the intials T C but none with the initials of E T C and there is no female in the family with the initials of E T C (in the right time frame) so I’m presuming that here we have Ellen and Emilia, as to who is who don’t ask me!

Apart from finding an Ellen T Clifford aged 42 in the 1881 census, single and living with/visiting her mother’s brother in Wales, I can find absolutely no other source for her at all except for this photo. In other trees on ancestry they give a birthdate of 1837 and a death date of 1916 but with no proven sources.

Her elder sister was Emilia Templeton Clifford, born 31 Jan 1833, date found in another tree with no proven source, however, her death was registered in the 1qtr of 1898 aged 65 in the RD of Bawnboy in Co Cavan, Ireland. The woman standing in the photo looks to be older than the other one so I’m presuming she is Emilia. Emilia married the Venerable Reverend William Creek on 22 Sep 1863 in the Kildallon Church, Co Cavan (see previous article on their daughter Isabella Ogle Creek).

I found the following information on The Irish Bomfords website here:-

In addition to the Cliffords at Greenville, mention should be made of their cousins of Carn Cottage at the other end of the Parish of Kildallan. Both branches of the Clifford family worshipped at Kildallan Church in which there are a number of Clifford wall memorials and many were buried in the churchyard. Robert Clifford, 1792 - 1855, a Captain of the East India Marine (HEICS), bought Carn Cottage around 1833 and brought up his eight children there, but on his death his wife Mary Jane let the place in 1858. Incidentally the marriage of Captain Robert and Mary Jane in 1825 was an unusual double wedding of two brothers, Robert and Richard Clifford, and two sisters, Mary Jane and Catherine Morgan-Williams. General Robert Clifford, 1839 - 1930, Captain Robert’s second son known as ‘Bob’, of the 22nd Sam Browne Cavalry and the 2nd Punjab Cavalry who served during the Indian Mutiny, settled his family of six children at Carn Cottage in 1881, and lived there himself after his retirement in 1894 until he died in 1930. Carn Cottage was sold in 1933 for £l,900 by the General’s son Jack, 1877 - 1970, and is now derelict. And so two generations of Cliffords, the children of Captain Robert and those of General Robert, were brought up at Carn Cottage and a number died there and were buried at Kildallan Church where General Robert’s brother-in-law, Archdeacon William Creek, was Rector until he died in 1899. Thus in 1882, when Frederick Bamford arrived at Killashandra, there were five unmarried daughters at Greenville and four at Carn Cottage.

Like the Martins, these Cliffords were either living in Co Cavan or working in India. Even the sad death of two Cliffords in the Indian Mutiny of 1857 did not deter them from going out to India. The story of these two from the Carn Cottage branch is worth recording. General Bob’s sister, Mary Jane, had gone out to India to keep house for her brother, Wigram Clifford of the Bengal Civil Service, and also, no doubt, to find a husband. When the Mutiny broke out Mary Jane was in Delhi acting as a bridesmaid for the daughter of the Delhi Chaplain. When the mutineers arrived the girls tried to hide under a sofa but were dragged out and murdered. Meanwhile Wigram heard that the mutiny had erupted locally and immediately set out on horseback on the long ride to Gurgaon south of Delhi to warn the garrison there, only to discover that they had got the news on the previous day. He was soon after murdered at Gurgaon together with many loyal soldiers and civilians. Agatha’s father, Richard Henry Clifford, survived the mutiny but only after many escapes; he finally dressed as an Indian and took refuge with the family of one of his loyal servants. General Bob Clifford just missed the Mutiny because the ship taking him to India as a cadet broke down in the Atlantic and was six months under repair on the east coast of South America. When he arrived in Calcutta the Mutiny was over and he learnt of the deaths of Wigram and Mary Jane. An American missionary told him that his sister was known as “the beautiful Miss Clifford” and that Wigram, being in the ICS, had no business to leave his post and join the troops.

Carn Cottage, Belturbet, Co Cavan, Ireland


The General Robert Clifford mentioned above as ‘Bob’ was the younger brother of Ellen & Emilia and the older brother of William Wigram, his daughter Helen is the subject of this photo which luckily included her address and date the photo was taken on the back. When I found the above article it all fell into place, well most of it! Helen was born in India on 22 Jan 1876 which puts her age at 13, looks about right. On the 5 Mar 1897 she married Robert Montrésor Lowis in India.






The information on this photo was written in black ink on a dark brown background on the back of the photo so it was barely readable and unsuitable to scan!

So far the only Catherine in the right time frame for this photo is Catherine Mary Clifford, first cousin once removed, of William Wigram Clifford. She was born on 20 Apr 1868 in India, daughter of Richard Henry Clifford.

However, according to the same article on the above website Catherine’s nickname was Kitty not Katie so she may be another Catherine that I haven’t found yet.












I’ve only just noticed my typo, it should say Francis not Frances of course! Strangely I had to go back three generations to find the link between Frank’s family and William Wigram’s, they are third cousins once removed.

Francis Awdry Clifford was born 14 Oct 1884 in India, the son of Miller Hancorne Clifford and Louisa Mann neé Peterson. Miller Hancorne & William Wigram shared 2xgreat-grandparents - Robert Clifford 1690-1761 & his wife Mary neé Boyd.


These are the last photographs that I’ve been able to identify from the Clifford/Norman Album, please do contact me if you are interested in anyone from these families. Sadly I haven’t been able to identify anyone in the two large photographs in the front of the album that were probably taken in India.

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15 July 2016

Lucy Jessie Norman 1856-1924

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album


This is the best I could do with this photo, it didn’t scan well and obviously my knowledge of PhotoShop is not as good as I thought it was! Someone had done a bit of colouring with what looks like a crayon so that didn’t help either.

I can’t say with 100% certainty that this is a photo of Lucy Jessie Norman but from what is written on the back it seems quite likely. Someone named L J N was sending it to W W Clifford and as William Wigram Clifford was Lucy Jessie Norman’s future husband it seems she was sending him a photo of herself while she was either living in or visiting Lausanne in Switzerland in 1874, they were married on the 19 Oct 1876 in Jhansi, Bengal, India.

Lucy would have been aged 19 when this photo was taken, she was born in India about 1855, unfortunately a birth or baptism for her doesn’t seem to exist so that’s why it took me so long to unearth just who L J N was. Luckily I finally came across her marriage certificate that showed her father was Sir Francis Booth Norman, presumably her mother was his first wife Eliza Ellen neé Nisbett.

As far as I know William & Lucy Clifford had seven children, they were:- Frank Robert; Paul Adams; Lucy Emilia; Norman Hopper; William Patrick; Edith Melville and Maud Mary.

Sometime soon after Maud Mary was born in 1890 the family emigrated to the South Island of New Zealand where they settled in Timaru.

William died on the 7 Jan 1920 and Lucy on the 24 Apr 1924, they are buried together in the Timaru Cemetery in Canterbury, New Zealand.


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11 July 2016

Frances Ellen Norman 1857-1932

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album


I’m not quite sure just what this name is, it looks like Facey Mantt but in the end I decided upon Mrs Fanny Marett or Marrett 1891, what do you think, and is that Miss or Mrs? It was sitting in the album next to Henry Norman Marrett and his mother was Frances Ellen neé Norman, she would have been aged 33 when this was taken, she does have a young looking face with lovely skin but quite matronly for a 33 year old I would have thought.

Frances Ellen Norman was born in Punjab India on the 16 Oct 1857 and baptised there on 13 Jan 1858, the daughter of Francis Booth Norman and Eliza Ellen neé Nisbett, and the sister of Lucy Jessie the presumed owner of this album. Frances married Henry Richard Marrett in Bengal India on the 11 Mar 1878. In the English 1911 census they had been married 33 years and had two children both of whom were still alive, they were Ida Evelyn and Henry Norman Marrett.

Henry Richard Marrett was a Colonel in the Indian Army, he passed away in Ealing, Middlesex on 3 Jul 1916 aged 64 and Frances Ellen joined him on the 14 Oct 1932 aged 74, she had been living in Sandon, Essex.


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08 July 2016

Henry Norman Marrett 1878-1961

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album


This young boy was the nephew of Lucy Jessie Norman, the eldest child of her sister Frances Ellen Norman who married Henry Richard Marrett in 1878 in Jhansi, Bengal, India.

Henry Norman Marrett was born on 15 Dec 1878 and baptised on 30 Mar 1879 in the St John’s Church in Peshawar, India:-


I’ve added his baptism here because as you’ve probably noticed he was actually born in 1878 rather than the 1879 written on the photo. I’m not sure you’ll be able to read it, if you click on the image you’ll get a larger version of it. Peshawar is now in Pakistan right on the boundary with Afghanistan.

Henry went on to become a doctor and was in charge of the Merivale open-air sanitarium in Essex for many years.


In 1909 Henry married Florence Dering Mathew-Lannowe and they had three children:- Norman Dering Marrett 1910-2008; Joan Marrett 1912-2005 and Henry Rex Marrett 1915-2003.

After Henry retired he & Florence are to be found on many ships’ passenger lists including travelling to the USA, South Africa, India & Mozambique. Florence died at home in Sandon near Chelmsford, Essex on the 7 Apr 1945. In 1961 he was living in Kellythorpe, Sandon but later that year Henry died in Bangalore, India on the 24 Dec 1961.

References: British Journal of Tuberculosis; FindMyPast; Ancestry.


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07 July 2016

Catherine Jessie Norman 1847-1916

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album


Catherine Jessie Norman was the sister of Henry Wylie Norman and one of twins born to Sir James Norman and Charlotte neé Wylie. Kate, as she was known, was born on 10 Dec 1847 and baptised on 1 Feb 1848 in Calcutta, India, her twin was Lucy Margaret.

On 12 Jan 1870 in India she married Charles Paton Keyes who later became a Knight of the Realm. Their children were:- Norman Babington; Roger John Brownlow; Dorothea Agnes; Charles Valentine; Terence Humphrey; Catherine Mary; Phyllis Marion; Adrian St Vincent and Madeline Helen.

General Sir Charles Paton Keyes died on the 5 Feb 1896 and Lady Catherine Jessie Keyes on the 10 Mar 1916 at Hampton Court Palace. Her burial service was in the St Lawrence Church, Seale, Surrey but her body was subsequently removed to Shorncliffe by order of the Home Secretary. She is probably buried with her husband in the Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, Kent.


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06 July 2016

Henry Wylie Norman 1826-1904

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album


The first photo of Uncle Henry also has the initials ‘LJN’ written on the back, once I’d found who LJN was it was easy to work out that Uncle Henry was Henry Wylie Norman, the brother of Lucy Jessie Norman’s father. Then I found the other photo of him online and knew I had the right person. There is an excellent article on Field-Marshal Sir Henry Wylie Norman on this webpage, he had a very distinguished career.

Henry Wylie Norman was the son of Sir James Norman & Charlotte neé Wylie, born on 2 Dec 1826 and baptised at the St Luke Old Street Church, Finsbury, London on the 11 Jan 1827.

Henry married three times, first to Selina Eliza Davidson on the 14 Apr 1853 at West Bengal, India. Their children were:- Mary Lucy 1855; Helen Campbell 1856; Annie Forde 1857; Jessie Macleod 1860 and possibly a son Henry Alexander who died at sea in 1858. Selina died in 1862 aged 30 of an abscess on the liver.

Henry’s second wife was Jemima Ann Knowles who died a year after they married in 1864, no children.

Henry’s third wife was Alice Claudine Sandys, their children were:- Walter Henry 1871; Grace Alice 1873 and Claude Lumsden 1876.

This photo was also in the album, probably from LJN’s first cousin Helen Campbell Norman, sent from India when she was 19 years of age, compare this photo with another one of her taken 10 years later, on this webpage here:-


This next one from the album is a bit of a mystery, on the back it says ‘LJN – Aunt Claudine W. 1870’, the only Claudine I’ve come across so far is the above Henry Wylie’s third wife, Alice Claudine neé Sandys. She might have been known as Claudine rather than Alice but if so what does the ‘W’ stand for? It was taken in 1870, the year she married Henry Wylie Norman and she does look like she might be dressed to be married BUT there are other photos of Alice Claudine claiming to be her and I don’t think they look alike, so perhaps my Aunt Claudine W belongs somewhere else that I haven’t come across yet, what do you think?




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05 July 2016

Eugenie Elizabeth Huddleston & Maud Goodenough Hayter

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album



This photo was not in the Hayter Album as one would expect but in the Norman/ Clifford Album. The two people in the photo are not named but it is signed on the back by Francis Hayter so I presume they are his wife, Eugenie Elizabeth, and one of his daughters.

Francis died in 1891 while he was in England for an operation and so he would have had to have sent this photo before then. I had originally thought the young girl was about 12 or so and the only one of his daugthers to have been old enough by 1891 is Maud who was born in 1880. The next daughter is Gwendolyn who was born in 1884 and I think the girl in the photo is older than 6 or 7, what do you think?

So the Hayter & Clifford families obviously knew each other long before their children, Graham Goodenough Hayter and Edith Melville Clifford, met and married in 1910 in New Zealand.


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03 July 2016

Charles Boswell Norman 1846-1926

From the Norman/Clifford Family Album

Now that I’m fairly sure that the Clifford/Norman album originally belonged to Lucy Jessie Clifford neé Norman I’m able to pinpoint a little more accurately just who some of photos in the album are. On saying that these next two photos are somewhat of a guess as they don’t give a full name.


These two photos were sitting next to each other in the album, named as shown.

Charles Boswell Norman was born in Calcutta, India on the 9 Jan 1846 and baptised 3 Feb in Fort William, Bengal, the 4th son & 6th child of Sir James Norman & wife Charlotte neé Wylie. In 1876 he married Jessie Maude Rogers in London.

In the 1881 & 1911 census he’s listed as being a ‘retired captain in the Army’.

In this family there are many men in the Army and any of them could have been a Captain at any stage of their Army career, so it’s hard to say for sure if this is Charles Boswell, he would have been Lucy Jessie Norman’s uncle, brother of her father Lieut-General Sir Francis Booth Norman.

M Norman may be Captain Norman’s wife if she was known Maude rather than Jessie. If she is Jessie Maude she would have been aged 27 when this photo was taken.

I would love to hear from anyone who might know for sure who they are.


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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 Rev’d William Creek and Emilia 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.


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