Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Barbara Vlieland Peel.

Barbara Vlieland Peel was Frances Maude's Vlieland and Reginalds Peel second surviving child,born in Sirwi in November 1911.

She was shipped home to England in 1914 after her mother's death and was brought up by her grandparents Charles james Vlieland and Alice Edith Millen along with Clifford; she was deeply attached to her father's memory and reverted to 'Barbara Peel' 1932 or 1933, when she was 21.

She wanted to follow Charles James as a doctor and trained at (I think) the Westminster Hospital, but failed one exam and so ended up doing other jobs in medicine.
She married Archibald Graham Petter, another actor, in February 1943, and had a son, Graham, who was stillborn, in 1945, and a daughter in December 1946.
They were 25 years apart in age –Archibald Graham Petter born September 1885 in Middlesex, was only a few years younger than Reginald Peel and only a few months younger than Frances Maude, so that when he died in November 1964 it was as if Barbara Vlieland Peel had lost her parents all over again, and she suffered a breakdown and died in August 1976
We have this information from Charles James his great-granddaughter Barbara.

Today in the Telegraph.25 August 2016
Thursday 25 August is:
In Memoriam: Barbara Petter, neé Barbara Vlieland Peel, 25 November 1911–25 August 1976. 

Remembered on the 40th anniversary of her death. Barbara.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

The passport of the reverend

Today we received copies of the passport of Jerome Vlieland the Reverend .
Knowing the Vlieland family , their will be letters and postcards or memories from this trip .But lets start with our journey.
The passport was issued in London on the 6th June 1856.
Stamps on the passport start 27th June 1856 with mention of Paris and Belgium in the stamp .
On 15 July 1856 after 18 days into the journey there is a Paris stamp.
What were they doing for so long in Paris and why is there a stamp leaving or reentering Paris.
Could he have been on a ship out of France as there is no stamp of another city on the continent?
We know from the stamp they stayed in the hotel Girard in Paris.
A week later is the next one 23 th July a stamp Rijkspolitie -Rosendaal .
Which means entering Holland by train from Belgium.
On the same page a Rotterdam stamp and in letters next to it in Dutch
gezien gaande naar Amsterdam en terug naar Brussel.
Which means free seeing going to Amsterdam and back to Brussel.
by inspector first class .
On the 25 th July there is mention of Amsterdam and `s Gravenhage.
In Den Haag they stayed in a very luxury hotel Du vieux Doelen .
The etching is from the same period.
De gevel van het Hotel de Oude Doelen met een diligence voor de entr?e. Achter de gevel de toren van de St. Jorisdoelen.; vervaardiger: onbekend; 1860
on the last page there is another stamp is for entering France 27 June 1856
and one of 15 july 1858 which suggest a second journey.
Although the copies from copies are not that good it gives a picture.

On this list is the passportnumber of Jerome Nicholas the younger.

The railway was expanding at this time and a company was trying to get the a direct line fromFaversham to Paris .
Maybe this had something to do with our vicar.
“The Times” in June 1847 noted that with the opening of the Boulogne and Amiens Railway to Abbeville, it was now possible to reach Paris from London in 14 hours, the Folkestone – Boulogne crossing taking 1 hour 45 minutes.
The railway finally reached Boulogne in 1848 although in those days the steamers operated from the Quai des Paquebots, on the other side of the harbour from the berths used today, and some distance from the station. Even so, the London to Paris through time was reduced to 12 hours 30 minutes and was further cut by another ninety minutes in time for the Great Exhibition of 1851

Friday, 21 January 2011

William Ernest Parker

William Ernest Parker is the son of John Parker and Maria Heath Vlieland .
He was Bap.12 September 1867 Norwich Norfolk England.

he married Annie Isobel GRIEVE
bd. 8 Sep 1867, St. Johns, Newfoundland
dd. 2 May 1941, Crowborough, Sussex, Age: 73
We find them in the Plantagenet Roll of the Blood Royals
Annie Isabel Grieve, b. 8 Sept. 1867 ; m. 4 Oct. 1899, Rev. William Ernest Parker, Missionary, East Africa ; and has issue Id. Id. Bruce Vlieland Parker, b. 28 Sept. 1901.
In the 1891 census .
PARKER Annie Maria Govnss S F 24 Governess(Em'ee) Overseas - British - Malta
PARKER William Ernest Willand Visitr S M 28 Schoolmaster Norfolk - Norwich
They live then Silver Street, Vicarage Barnstaple -Devon

William has kept up the family tradition and also becomes a clergyman (like his uncle Jerome Nicholas )of travel and he travelled as a missionary to Africa.
Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow, Volume 9 shows him as "Master Middle Class School Barnstable elected as an ordinary Member of the Geological Society at the Societys Rooms 207 Bath Street 12/12/1889"
and in the book Signal on the mountain: the Gospel in Africa's uplands before the First World War by Elisabeth Knox) shows him:
"3/0/1896 to East Africa Mombasa, 13/8/1900 to Fenland (return to Mombasa 10/2/1902) to England and withdrew 1905" (in other words just after their second child Henrietta was born.
So he and his wife Annie had three children .

In the 1911 census, age 43 he and wife Annie are at 3 Wellington Square Cheltenham Gloucs with 3 children and servant.
The childrens names are Bruce Vlieland Parker,
Henrietta Vlieland Parker bd. 8 Jan 1905, Greenock West
dd. 8 Dec 1957, Age: 52
and Robert Vlieland Parker.20 Mar 1909, Hardingham, Norfolk
dd. 5 Aug 1990, Age: 81 who married Stella Dye and they have two children.
Michael Howard PARKER
Patricia PARKER

The children of William and Annie have been born in Southend on Sea Essex in 1901, Nambord German East Africa in 1905 and Hardingham Norfolk in 1909
the parents of Annie Isobel Grieve are
Robert GRIEVE bd. 11 Jun 1835, Greenock West
dd. 22 Apr 1898, Age: 62
Henrietta Elizabeth POOLE
bd. 15 Oct 1842
dd. 25 Oct 1881, Age: 39
There is a story about their family bible in which they recorded their family 
They had 14 children
Mary Elizabeth GRIEVE
Ellen Hunter GRIEVE
Lilias Henrietta Sarah GRIEVE
Andrew Richardson GRIEVE
Annie Isobel GRIEVE
Isabel Crawley GRIEVE
Robertha Poole GRIEVE
James Henry GRIEVE
Florence Amy GRIEVE
Hilda Charlotte GRIEVE
Edward Leonard GRIEVE
Robert George GRIEVE
Henrietta Margaret GRIEVE
And to complete the story Robert Grieve bd. 11 Jun 1835, Greenock West is the son of
James Johnston GRIEVE retired merchant and Mary Jane RICHARDSON

The story of the family bible 

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Samuel Ethelbert White

Samuel Ethelbert White was born about 1828 in Canterbury. A chorister there at six, he becomes a supervisor for Her Majesty’s Excise. At the time of the 1951 census “White Samuel E” age 23, an Officer Of Inland Revenue - born in Canterbury, Kent is shown as a “Visitor” at a lodging house at Elm Hill, St Peters Hungate, Norfolk. Samuel Ethelbert married Catherine Veri Vlieland in Plea Norwich, Norfolk on the 2nd of August 1855. Samuel Ethelbert White married Catharine Veri Vlieland
born 1831 - Norwich, Norfolk, England
Daughter of Jerome Nicholas and Sarah Heath.

She married 02 of august 1855 at ST Michaels at Plea Norwich with Samuel Ethelbert White.
An article in "The Era" on 12th November 1881 shows Samuel Ethelbert White as a Freemason - a visitor from Lodge No 922 of the Lodge of Asaph at the " installation meeting of this celebrated dramatic and musical Lodge held on Monday evening at Freemasons Hall". (this is a typo since he was actually Initiated into Augustine Lodge No 972, Canterbury in 1878 before the family moved to London).
He was born in 1830 and died June 1886 in Fulham at the age of 56.
His father Samuel White was a Gentleman.
Catherine died 1 april 1916 in London Bow.

Unlike his ancestors, Ethelbert seemingly did not stay in one place for long. Perhaps his job as an Inland Revenue Officer of the Excise regularly moved him or perhaps he moved on promotion. Certainly the Caledonian Mercury (Edinburgh, Scotland), for Monday, January 26, 1857; Issue 21009 reports under "Home Intelligence - Inland Revenue Department" that “Samuel Ethelbert White, officer of Gye-Ryde has been appointed on promotion to be officer of Southampton forth division - Isle of White collection". Forgetting about any moves not picked up by the census, they had moved from Norwich to Southampton. They then moved from Southampton after the birth of their two year olds Charles Ethelbert and Elisabeth Mary Mills Annie (Bessy) and before the birth of Bertha Susanna in 1860. They are at 22 Sussex Street, Winchester in 1861 and he is an Excise Officer.
they are still at Winchester for the births of Ethelbert Ernest, William Blomfield (named after Catherine's Aunt's husand the Bishop of London) and finally Samuel (Athelstan) in 1870. The census shows them at home with a live in servant.

At the age of 68 Sarah is living in the family of her daughter

This presumed ‘settling’ is not to last. The family have moved to London by the time of the 1871 census. Samuel Ethelbert is not at home on census night. Instead White Samuel E age 43 (Supervisor Of Inland Revenue [Excise Branch]) is shown as a Lodger at 23 Market Place, Warwick. So not simply an Officer by now, but promoted again to Supervisor. He is at home at the time of the 1881 census. By then they have moved, again, from Waterside, Jew's Row, Wandsworth to 9 Alfred St Lucas Terrace, Bow, Stratford-le-Bow. Samuel is a Freemason.
An article in "The Era" on 12th November 1881 shows Samuel Ethelbert White as a Freemason - a visitor from Lodge No 922 of the Lodge of Asaph at the " installation meeting of this celebrated dramatic and musical Lodge held on Monday evening at Freemasons Hall". (this is a typo since he was actually Initiated into Augustine Lodge No 972, Canterbury in 1878 before the family moved to London).
Samuel Ethelbert’s death is registered in Fulham in 1886. He had made a fresh will only the previous year. Although one witness is a clerk William Staunton, the other is a master mariner; Frederick John Davis of Belle Vue Gibbons Street Plymouth – a friend or someone from ‘off the street? The Death Duty Register for that year suggests that the executor of his will was wife Catherine and that Probate was granted (affidavit 8096 folio 2226). The will itself, though, shows Charles Ethelbert as sole executor but that Catherine Fritz White (widow) is the lawful attorney (presumably since Charles is in Bombay).

in Samuel’s will obtained from the probate office, he is left a house in “Ryde Street in the Parish of Saint Dunstans in the City and Borough of Canterbury”. William Blomfield and Samuel Athelstan, his brothers, are also left a house in the same street. Bertha Susannah White (spinster), his second daughter, is left number one Ryde Street. Although the houses are no longer there, pictures of the street in the 1940’s show Ryde Street as a terrace of six houses numbered one to six and from the front at street level they simply looked like a terrace of brick/white painted tiled roof cottages (much like many normal early Victorian ones) BUT from the back and high up it was obvious that five and six were later additions with a separate pitched roof and nos 5-6 were not even rendered at the back. (The properties were still occupied when the council took the pictures). It seems clear that Samuel Ethelbert owned the whole original terrace (1-4).

In addition his eldest son Charles Ethelbert is left his Fathers old residence at 6 Blackfriars (currently tenanted by William Jennings Esquire) together with his main address at 36 Chesilton Road, Munster Place Fulham. His wife also receives his A shares in the Civil Service Supply Association Ltd and the balance in his Inland Revenue Building Society Account and, of course, all the rents and revenues for the rest of her life. After his wife’s death these are also to go to daughter Bertha.

Their son Ethelbert Ernest White was my G grandfather. A master fishmonger, he was born in Winchester, Hampshire (the county town of Hampshire) on 2nd September 1862. According to the records, the boy Ethelbert was sent back to Canterbury by his parents to what is understood to be the oldest school in England (Leach – Hist Med Schools - Methuen 1915), The King's School. According to the school register he left in April 1877.
Catherine survives husband Samuel Ethelbert for nearly thirty years. The houses in Ryde Street do not stay in the family for that long. In 1907 the following advertisement appears in the Canterbury papers – “Four empty freehold cottages, Ryde Street, St. Dunstan's Canterbury, what offers. Contact Lepine, 43 Broad Street, Canterbury” The street, in the St Dunstans area of the city is a historic suburb centred on the route towards London.

Older Daughter Bessy (Elizabeth Mary Mills Annie) was not mentioned in the will. Had she married or died since she was shown in the 1881 census living at 9 Alfred St Lucas Terrace, Bow? There is a plethora of Elizabeth White’s in the appropriate records and I cannot yet tell for certain…
Younger sister Bertha Susanna White marries on the 7th of June 1888. Her husband Edward Brice Presland is a company secretary. The witnesses are her Mother Catherine Veri and Adolphus Charles White a Professor of Music living in Park Road Hampstead. He was born in Canterbury and is then 57. He is a widower, his wife Eliza A White an artist painter born in Chelsea is deceased. He is not the only Mr White, a professor of music in the lives of the White siblings. Bertha, however, is not to inherit for almost thirty years. At the time of the 1901 census Edward Bertha and their daughter Helen Bertha age 21 are living in Putney (an area they have been in since the birth of their daughter). Helen Bertha marries Leslie Miller in 1914.
Catherine is also in Putney in 1901– a widow of 67 “living on her own means” and is still in London at the time of the 1911 census. Her death is recorded in Kensington in 1916; aged 82. She has lived alone for some time. At the time of the 1891 census, however, she is a widow of 57, living at 26 Waldemar Ave Fulham ‘on her own means’ and two of her children are home that night.
William Blomfield is shown as a captain in the merchant service and Samuel Athelstan is a commercial clerk. Later, the South Africa magazine of December 12, 1896. under "Domestic Announcements" reports a marriage, on December 1, at St. Peter’s Church, Brockley, Deptford, London by the Rev. C. H. Grundy of William Blomfield White, Chief Officer S. S. Inyoni, to Jessie, second daughter of the late James Tench White, of Canterbury. One of the witnesses is her Mother Sara. Jessie had been born in 1874 to another professor of Music born in Canterbury; living at 42, St Georges Street. His name is James Tench (or Tench James) White.
Charles Ethelbert has joined the Navy. He is in Bombay in 1886 at the time probate is granted on his father’s estate and the London Gazette shows the Admiralty Notice of the l5th January, 1890 showing that he is appointed sub lieutenant from 31 Dec 1889.
Perhaps it is fitting, that Samuel Ethelbert White became a supervisor for Her Majesty’s Excise. since his father Samuel White was a collector of ‘poor rate’ taxes for the Crown at the time of the 1851 census although Stapleton & Co’s Topographical History and Directory of Canterbury…August 1838 directory records him, not only as “S White – collector of poor rates” but as the Parish Clerk of St Mildreds (near the Cathedral) and All Saints (Eastbridge) and also as the Deputy Registrar of births and deaths and living at 6 Blackfriars. It also shows a Mrs Samuel White under “Milliners and Dressmakers” at St Georges. It is possible that this was his wife…
Samuel White (Senior) had been born in Canterbury in 1802, married Elizabeth Mary Hatton, also a ‘Canterbury lass’, in 1822 and lived in the St Alphege area of Canterbury (in the shadow of the Cathedral) all his life.
Not only did Samuel name his first and second sons Ethelbert (first Christian King of Kent), but his first born Bertha, the name of Ethelbert’s wife. (But then his last born he called Athelstan. Athelstan (or Æthelstan) called the Glorious, was the King of England from 924/925 to 939 – effectively the first King of England!)

Looking for more information of Catherine or her spouse Samuel Ethelbert White we
found Ethelbert White and we wondered if the name is the only link or that it could be a grandson of Catherine.

Ethelbert Whites biography
Ethelbert White was born in Isleworth, Middlesex. In 1911 studied St.John's Wood Art School under Leonard Walker, a watercolourist who also acheived much acclaim for his beautiful decorative stained glass windows. In 1911 also married Elizabeth Crofton Dodwell, always known as Betty, the couple shared a liking for a simple and unconventional way of life, full of fun, friendship, music and travel. Lived in a little 18th century cottage in Hampstead Grove, Camden. Travelled around countryside in their gypsy caravan 'Reading', Ethelbert producing paintings of village life and Betty playing the lute. The couple became very popular and attracted social gatherings. Befriended Mark Gertler and C.R.W.Nevinson. White exhibited at London Group and New English Arts Club from 1916. First one man show at Paterson and Carfax Gallery in 1921. Was a regular exhibitor at the RA and RWS. Memorial exhibition at the Fine Art Society in 1979. His work is represented in many public collections.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

John Parker

John Parker 1834, Burgh St. Peters, Norfolk
dd. 24 Apr 1886, Age: 52
married on the 21 September 1865 in Stalisfield
Maria Heath Vlieland


Her brother J.N.Vlieland was the officiating Minister at the wedding.
They were the godfather and godmother of Florence Adele Vlieland as you can read in the prayerbook

The children of John and Mary are:
John Herbert Parker
Bapt.19 August 1866 Norwich St.Ethildred Norfolk England
William Ernest Parker
Bap.12 September 1867 Norwich Norfolk England
Charles Edward Parker
Bap.Sep 1869
Arthur Heath Parker
Bapt 1871
Edith Mary Parker
Bapt 21 March 1873 Norwich,Norfolk England.
Frank Vlieland Parker
Bapt.23 March 1875 Norwich, Norfolk,England.
Percy Jerome Parker
Bapt.June 1876 Thorpe
census 1881 Church lane 4 years old.
George Frederick Parker
Bapt 1878
Grace Ellen Parker
Bapt 1880
Catherine Maria Parker
Bapt.02 December 1883 Thorpe-next-Norwich,Norfolk England
Deaths Sep 1884 Parker Catherine Maria age 0 Norwich 4b 88

There is also another Vlieland Parker .He is the son of William Ernest and therefore the grandson.
Bruce Vlieland Parker.
Robert Vlieland Parker born April 1909 Mitford Norfolk
Became reverend and married Stella Dye and they had a son Michael Howard PARKER
27 Sep 1943, Kingsteignton, Devon,and a daughter Patricia Rosemary Parker .

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


To avoid being captured the fishermen went in to mailservice.
The mail was important and should be intact on arrival.
So the ship and crew were regarded as neutral and were not captured.
Jeroen Vlieland had a mailservice Rotterdam -Topsham and advertised both in England and in Holland with his mailservice.
We know his brother Hendrik was captured with his ship the Young Elisabeth and those prizepapers are in Kew.
The letters on ships were important and always saved.It was a way of gathering information.But there was also regular mail.
In the National Archives in London are still thousands of those letters lying unread holding their information.
Think of the men at sea who were sailing to far away places and missed their wife and children for years .
Think of the wifes who had to deal with everything on their own.The money,the raising of their children,sickness ,death in the family.
Imagine not knowing what goes on in your family for a year.
The letters they wrote went back and forth with other ships.
Unless they were captured and never reached the crew or his family.
The letters where discovered some years ago in Kew and are now photographed in the National Archives and then in Holland translated and digitalised.
It sometimes breaks your hart reading them.
The sorrow,dispair and courage.
There are 3 books wich contain some letters.
But there our thousands waiting to be discovered.
The National Archives and the Sailing Letters project are working together in an effort to uncover the letters.
Maybe we learn more about Jeromes father or his uncles someday .

Series reference HCA 30
High Court of Admiralty, and Supreme Court of Judicature, High Court of Justice, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division ...

HCA Records of the High Court of Admiralty and colonial Vice-Admiralty courts
Division within HCA Records of the Admiralty Registrar and Admiralty Marshal
Record Summary
Title High Court of Admiralty, and Supreme Court of Judicature, High Court of Justice, Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division: Admiralty Miscellanea
Scope and content This series consists of miscellaneous Admiralty papers.
In addition to papers relating to the jurisdiction of the courts, the series includes the following:
accounts in respect of ships detained under embargoes, 1806 to 1840
affidavits, 1662 to 1807
an apprentices' (fishermen) register, 1639 to 1644
letters of attorney (prize), 1700 to 1858
bail bonds (prize agents), 1803 to 1827
marked cause books, 1860 to 1868
correspondence register concerning appeals business before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, 1861 to 1902
records concerning droits, 1608 to 1833
proceedings in foreign courts or languages, c1550 to 1778
draft instruments etc, 1773 to 1855
intercepted mails and papers, 1652 to 1811
judges' order books, 1860 to 1880
list of records in Admiralty registry in 1878, keyed with current HCA references
naval prize account registers, 1855 to 1916
prize minute books, 1779 to 1827
notes by Sir John Nicholl and Dr James Henry Arnold on Admiralty etc cases, 1781 to 1838
precedents and papers relating to the office of Admiralty Marshal, 1772 to 1882
printed and unprinted case papers, 1856 to 1948
prize claims 1643 to 1703
prize commissions, c1660 to 1820
prize etc registers, 1854 to 1916
proctors' appointments and admissions 1727 to 1841, and certificates sent to them from Navy Pay Office to enable next of kin of seamen dying intestate to obtain letters of administration, 1795 to 1807
prohibitions from King's Bench and other courts against Admiralty jurisdiction, 1531 to 1645
registers and copies of instruments and documents exhibited, 1625 to 1776
registrar's draft reports and other records including precedents and office appointments, 1649 to 1926
ships' books and papers, 1624 to 1818
ships' logs, 1862 to 1888
slave trade papers and proceedings, 1805 to 1877
Vice-Admiralty courts' papers, 1740 to 1860
including some arising from the enquiries of the commissioners on fees, 1832
summaries of proceedings of the wreck commissioner, 1876 to 1880
warrants for appointments, 1604 to 1853
Pieces containing papers etc. from Dutch prizes 1652-1832 are catalogued in greater detail than those of other nationalities. This is because of research undertaken by the Royal Dutch Library in 2005, the results of which were kindly made available to The National Archives.
Covering dates 1530-1948
Related material See also the records of the High Court of Delegates in
additional finding aid ZBOX 1/92/1
additional finding aid ZBOX 1/91
See also Records of the Slave Trade Adviser in Division within HCA

Separated material Miscellaneous objects, artefacts and documents have been transferred from this and other series to HCA 65

Held by The National Archives, Kew

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Charles Dickens

At Christmas it would be lovely to find a connection between Dickens and the Vlielands would not it.
Dickens came often to Exeter. But years before Charles James was living there.
Dickens leased Mile End Cottage in Alphington for his parents and their youngest son. He wrote "I took a little house for them this morning"...."and if they are not pleased with it I shall be grievously disappointed. Exactly a mile beyond the city on the Plymouth road there are two white cottages: one is theirs and the other belongs to their landlady." - written on 5 March, 1839, from the New London Inn in Exeter. They lived there for three and a half years. He also stayed at the New London Inn on 29th October 1842 before visiting his father in Alphington and then travelling on to Lans End.

Dickens also refreshed himself at the Turk's Head Inn in the High Street. It was while sitting in the corner that he observed the customers that frequented the tavern and that became characters in his novels. The Fat Boy in Pickwick Papers was straight out of the Turks Head. He was also inspired by his observations to create the characters of Mrs Lupin of the Blue Dragon in Martin Chuzzlewit, and Pecksniff.

Dickens also visited Exeter to give a reading of a Christmas Carol, in August 1858 at the Royal Public Rooms. The Flying Post reported on the event with "... Mr. Dickens possesses great dramatic ability, wonderful powers of facial expression, and a rich sonorous voice, of which he is a perfect master–changing it from the rough tones of Scrooge to the sweet and delicate key of Tiny Tim with an easy and remarkable facility."

But then for the descendants of Jerome that have been abroad for the holidays .
We consult Jeromes own books.
Christmas, noel ; christmas eve, la veille de noel ; christmas gifts, des étrennes.

new-year's day, le jour de l'an ; the first day of the year, le premier jour de l'an: and in generai, when expressing the era ; as, The year of our Lord, L'an de notre Seigneur. N. B. New-year's day is very often expressed by le jour des étrennes ; as it is on that day presents are inade, as in England on Christmas day : étrenne, new-year's gift.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Cricket and Charles James Vlieland

The name of Charles James Vlieland is connected with cricket as we will show you with some more clippings.