Monday, 20 April 2009

Alice Edith Millen

Alice Edith Vlieland née Millen

Alice Edith Millen was born 31 Mar 1861 Stalisfield Kent and died September  1944 in Surrey N.E.

She was the daughter of William Millen and Phoebe Millen née Coulson.
Wiliam Millen was a well to do farmer and land owner of Syndale Valley Stalisfield,Faversham .

Alice Edith Millen was the wife of Charles James Vlieland.
She and Charles James Vlieland had 4 children.
Francis Maude Vlieland born Sept 1884 ST.Thomas Devon and who married Reginald Peel in June 1906 ST.Thomas Devon.
Dorothy Vlieland born March 1886 ST.Thomas and who died June 1917 Exeter.
Phoebe Mary VlielandChristening: 05 FEB 1888 Ospringe, Kent, England who married Dudley Eugene Batty in June 1912.
Charles Archibald Vlieland

In the London Archives we find.
spinster Alice Edith, wife of Charles James Vlieland of , doctor Premises: 1 Friars Walk Consideration: £400 Date: 20 January 1920 With schedule of deeds, 1869-1911. [Devon Record Office, Devon Record Office...] Date: 1920.
Source: Access to Archives (A2A): not kept at The National Archives.
1. Elsie McLaren
Mary Penelope Barnes
Alice Edith Vlieland
2. National Provincial Bank Ltd.
Premises: 1 Friars Walk, Exeter
Date: 17 June 1927
With schedule of deeds, 1831-1927
Endorsed: Reconveyance, 17 August 1928
To be Commanders of the Civil Division of
the said Most Excellent Order

We know she known in the family as `Lally`

Alice Edith. Mrs. .Vlieland. For political and
public services in Exeter gazette 4 january 1927

brothers of Alice are
Name: James George Millen
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date: 17 Jul 1862
Baptism/Christening Place: Stalisfield, Kent, England
Baptism/Christening Place: St.James, Croydon, Surrey, England
Name: Frank Millen
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date: 18 Jul 1869
Baptism/Christening Place: Stalisfield, Kent, England

As the wife of the mayor ,the mayoress , she was involved in all kind of social functions.

She was a great in attending  Bazars and shows and concerts
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Alice Edith's Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) was at least partly awarded for her work looking after new and expectant mothers in the lying-in (maternity) wards of what were then the inner-city Exeter slums of Heavitree. Mothers from poor homes were often badly nourished so that their children were born underweight and child mortality was very high; puerperal fever (child-bed fever) was also endemic in the crowded wards: it was only after the First World War that it was fully realised that doctors and midwives themselves could spread the usually fatal disease from mother to mother.

Alice Vlieland Health Centre in Exeter is named after her.

But it is sad there is no photograph or sign to explain her importance for Exeter.

The existence of local entrepreneurs in the field of public health who were independent of the council was indeed possible at this period. Mrs Vlieland, who created what was dubbed the ‘Society of Worrying Women’ and through them a network of Infant Welfare Centres for Exeter (Browne, E&E 30 Oct 1929)

was one such individual.
Saturday 01 January 1927 Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (extract)

No honour in the list is more thoroughly deserved than that. of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire which has been bestowed on Mrs. C. J. Vlieland, of Southernhay, Exeter, and it will give genuine satisfaction to her large circle of friends and those among whom he has worked so hard. The honour has undoubtedly to a great extent been given to Mrs. Vlieland in recognition of her untiring and unselfish work among the mothers and children of Exeter.

It is now 21 years since Mrs. Vlieland and a number of other’ enthusiastic members of the National Union of Women Workers embarked upon their infant welfare work in the city. The work was that of pioneers, for Exeter’s first infant Welfare Centre was started in the same year that the first similar organisation in London-St. Pancras -was established. ...

Mrs. Vlieland was one of the first lady Governors of the Royal Devon. and Exeter Hospital, for which her husband has done valuable work. She is also President of the Exeter Blanket Charity and a member of the Exeter Lying in Charity. In another phase of public work Mrs. Vlieland has done yeoman work. We refer to her work for the Conservative Party in Exeter. Up to quite recently she has been Chairman for a good many years of the women’s branch of the Conservative and Unionist Association.

Wednesday 11 December 1929 - Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (extract)

The Court having been opened, the Town Clerk read the resolution of the Council in regard to the freemanship. It recorded that Mrs. Alice Edith Vlieland, C.B.E., be admitted an honorary freeman of the City and County of the City of Exeter in recognition of the eminent services rendered by her to the city, and that a record of such admission be illuminated and suitably framed for presentation …

Mayoral Tribute “You, Mrs Vlieland, have devoted your life to the welfare of the city (Hear, Hear)…during the whole of the years that have passed you have devoted practically the whole of your life to those who have needed it most, to the helpless little children, especially the children of the poor, those who, without your help would not have bad half the chance of life your work has enabled them to have.”

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Margaret Frances Morgan Vlieland

Margaret Frances is the daughter of Charles Archibald Vlieland and Dorothy Margaret Morgan.
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 5 October 1917, Page 4

The forum club

She married Brigadier Edward John Clervaux Chaytor, son of Maj.-Gen. Sir Edward Walter Clervaux Chaytor and Louisa Jane Collins, on 12 November 1938.

She died on 19 March 1969.
From 12 November 1938, her married name became Chaytor.
[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 756.
Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Cornelius Vlieland and the Wasp

Today we will present another Vlieland of which we like to know more .
his name is Cornelius Vlieland and he has everything to do with The Wasp and general Pulaski.
You can read the whole story of general Pulaski.

By the afternoon of October 15, 1779, Captain Bulfinch had no room to take any more passengers. When another wounded officer, Lt. Cornelius Van Vlieland, who had lost an arm in the siege of Savannah, asked him for passage to Charleston, Bulfinch arranged to send him on another ship. In the sequence of events, it looked as if the visit of Lt. Van Vlieland came before the death of Pulaski. Otherwise, Pulaski's death created a vacancy on the Wasp, and had the young lieutenant waited, Bulfinch would have had space for him.

Partly because of his occupation with the one-armed officer, Bulfinch was not entirely aware of the preparations on the Wasp to make a coffin out of pine boards either at hand or on the plantation for Pulaski's body. From the evidence of their work, as was seen in 1853 and 1996, the officers and crew of the Wasp prepared to bury Pulaski's body in his military uniform with a flag draped over it.

What happened next?
After reading all about general Pulaski we know there was a Cornelius Vlieland .
And this is about his death.

On the internet we found yet another Vlieland in the U.S.A. in 1779.
Cornelius van Hempstead Vlieland.
The  Hempstead  may have been standing  for either Hemel Hempstead, England or the Dutch city of Heemstede

we heard of the dead of Cornelius  together with General Pulaski  and the siege of Savannah
Unwaried Patience and Fortitude: Francis Marion's Orderly Book
Door Patrick O'Kelley

from general Pulaski 
By the afternoon of October 15, 1779, Captain Bulfinch had no room to take any more passengers. When another wounded officer, Lt. Cornelius Van Vlieland, who had lost an arm in the siege of Savannah, asked him for passage to Charleston, Bulfinch arranged to send him on another ship. In the sequence of events, it looked as if the visit of Lt. Van Vlieland came before the death of Pulaski, as Pulaski's death certainly created a vacancy aboard. Had the young lieutenant waited, Bulfinch would have had space for him. 

The day I found Bulfinch's letter to him from Thunderbolt, or "Tunder Bolt" as he spelled it, was especially important. On October 15, 1779, Bulfinch wrote: 
Sir, I beg leave to acquaint you that agreeable to your orders I took on board nine pieces of the artillery which was the most I possibly could take on. Mo'over, I even was obliged to put some of the carriages on board the Schooner that carry the French wounded. I likewise took on board the Americans that was sent down one of which died this day and I have brought him ashore and buried him. They have put only one lad on board to attend the sick. I should be glad your Excellency would order some others on Board to attend them. Capt. Vlyland (sic) came down this afternoon. There was no place to put him. The Eagle whom he was to have gone on board, went away this morning and left him. I made interest with the French Gentleman who has the directions of putting the wounded on board the other schooners for Charleston and got him on board one of them. I am with the highest esteem, Sir, your most Re Obdt Sevt Sam Bulfinch 5 Immediately after the Wasp left Thunderbolt Bluff at high tide the following morning, quite possibly the only remaining people who knew where Pulaski's body was buried were the denizens of Greenwich plantation, across the road from Bonaventure, home to Mrs. Jane Bowen, her four children, her brother, and their servants. At the time Bonaventure was not occupied by the plantation owners. During the British occupation of Savannah, the Tattnalls and the Mulrynes, who owned the plantation, fled to Savannah or one of the British islands in the Atlantic for safety

Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution. Volume II, K-Z

entered 1777

7/17/1779, a 2nd Lieutenant under Capt. Richard Bohun Baker. Transferred to Capt. Thomas Dunbar in August of 1779. Mortally wounded at Siege of Savannah 10/9/1779.

The foregoing were all of the Continental or Regular regiments which served 
during the struggle for independence. 
But there were other organizations of Militia which did much good service and aided our cause very considerably. The most celebrated of these was Marion's corps from South Carolina. 
When this body was first formed, Francis Marion received from the State of South Carolina the commission of 
and subsequently became a Brigadier-General. 
The other field officer was Major Horry, 
and both of them have been rendered celebrated by the pen of Weems. 
This organization would in these days be considered as "mounted infantry," and in the unsuccessful attempt 
to storm Savannah, Ga., in the Autumn of 1779, it suffered very much. 
Captain Charles Motte, Lieutenants Alexander Hume, James Grey and Cornelius Van Vlieland were 
killed, as was the brave Sergeant William Jasper who fell while attempting to plant the 
American colors on the parapet of Spring Hill redoubt.
Many of the men were killed and wounded in this sanguinary affair. Here too fell Count Casimir Pulaski, 
of Poland Brigadier-General of cavalry in the American service. 
After this action Marion retreated to the interior, whence he was able to harass the British for a long time. 
The movements and actions of these troops were of a most romantic character, and the 
name of their leader is one of the most highly honored in our Nation. 

It was perhaps because of the Siege's reputation as a famous British victory that Charles Dickens chose the Siege of Savannah as the place for Joe Willet to be wounded (losing his arm) in the novel Barnaby Rudge.