Sunday, 30 September 2012

Fire in the mill

In the Henderson family tree we found .
In 1882 a boy tripping over a lantern started a fire that consumed his, and other, factories and manufactories in Merrimack.
Here the newspaper article

From the Sacramento daily 1882 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Lawrence Ford

FORD, LAWRENCE: son of James Ford (1), Burgess and Freeman; Burgess, 5 July 1797; adm Freeman, Sep 21 1804; active, 1804-31; Boxmaster (1812); Deacon (1814-15);
 in 1813 took lease of the weaver-trade lapping-house and calendar, but "resiles from his engagement and throws up his bargain" (Thomson, P 263); m 29 April 1805 Emelie Duff; with sons, James (2) and Robert emigrated to America before 1837
Lawrence A Ford
Born in Dunfermline, Scotland to James and Ellen (Elder) Ford. He came to the US when he was 2 with his parents; they settled in Chicopee Falls, Mass until 1851 when they moved to Wisconsin. He married Amelia Henderson, 20 Nov 1863; they had 5 children, one dying in infancy, another 3 weeks after her father. They lived mostly in Vienna where he owned the Brausen Hotel for a time. Later held various offices in the city.

Saturday, 22 September 2012


Last time we had the Hendersons in view.
The grandfather  of Jenny Amelia Ford (daughter of Amelia Henderson) was married 4 times .
And about his 4th wife Fanny Burnap there are some stories to tell.
 This Fanny Burnap was he widow of Jacob Burnap son of the first minister of Merrimack.

Her sisters  in law invented  The BURNAP "LEGHORN BONNETS"
here the full storie.
According to the oral town history, presented at the Bicentennial celebration in 1946 (written by my grandmother, Mattie Kilborn Webster): "The Burnap sisters, daughters of the first minister [Jacob Burnap], had other ideas of a woman's usefulness. It is claimed that in this Town [Merrimack] they invented the making of "Leghorn hats" or bonnets, as they were called.
Some of these bonnets were of black leghorn straw trimmed with peach colored crepe, and crowned with a beautiful bouquet of half-blown roses, lilacs and field flowers. 
They were often ornamented with a bow of ribbon, long ends or streamers on one side. A bouquet of wild poppies was sometimes placed in front surmounted by a plume of marabout feathers. 
The ribbon was either straw colored or striped. A little later the style changed. 
Pieces of brim was cut away at the back and drawn up at the crown with a large bow. Strings and rosettes were over the right ear. Some were sold in Boston for as much as $50. John Stark bought one for his wife Molly and it can be seen at the Historical Building (at Concord).
They not only made bonnets but other things from grass or plated straw. 
This certain kind of straw was known as "Dunstable straw." Surely those early women deserve to be remembers for their spirit of industry."
" It [Merrimack] claims the credit of making the first Leghorn bonnets, which often sold for forty or fifty dollars," is also noted in the book: "The Merrimack River; its source and its tributaries. 
Embracing a history of manufactures, and of the towns along its course; their geography, topography, and products, with a description of the magnificent natural scenery about its upper waters," by J. W. Meader., published in 1869.
"In the History of Dedham, MA, there is an extract from the Norfolk County Advertiser of August 1821: 'On Monday last was sold at auction at Merchant's Hall the elegant Bonnet which has been for several days exhibited at the store of Messrs. Hall J. Howe & Co., made by Misses Bernaps of Merrimack, N.H. of a wild grass discovered by them in that town. It was knocked off to Josiah Bradlee for Fifty Dollars. The execution of the Bonnet was very superior to the one lately sent to England from Connecticut. We understand that one of the above mentioned young ladies is now visiting at Medford and that the money was presented to her yesterday afternoon. Thus shall the skill and industry of our countrywomen ever be rewarded.' "[from The Burnap-Burnett genealogy by Henry Wyckoff Belknap; Salem, Mass.: Essex Institute, 1925, page 119]
One Sophia Woodhouse of Wethersfield CT plyed her trade in the bonnet making business, about the same time as the Burnap sisters, however she patented her design in 1821.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Amelia Henderson

Amelia <i>Henderson</i> Ford
1. Amelia Henderson, born 22 Oct 1837 Lowell MA [Lowell MA recs]; d. 16 Nov 1918 in Waunakee, Dane Co. Wisconsin;she m. 20 Nov 1863 in Madison, Dane Co WI to Laurence A. Ford, son of James & Ellen (Elder) Ford.
Lawrence A Ford

He b. 10 Oct 1833 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland and d. 10 Feb 1895 in Waunakee, Dane Co Wisconsin.
Children [FORD]:
Ellen Malvina (b 10 Jan 1865 Vienna, Dane Co WI), 
Jennie Amelia (b 28 Aug 1866 Vienna WI),
William Laurence (b 23 Jan 1868 Vienna WI),
 Bessie Grace (b 24 Dec 1872 Vienna WI), 
and Ida Agnes(b 19 Apr 1874 Vienna WI).

Amelia Henderson is the daughter of James Henderson and he is the son of John Henderson and Elizabeth Greenlaw.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

David Henderson

David Henderson, son of James and C/Katherine Henderson, was born 1 Aug 1811 in Crossgate, Fife, Scotland.
He died 7 June 1886 and is buried in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack NH.
He m1) abt 1836 to Amalia/Amelia Ford.She was b. 1818 in Dunfermline Scotland and d. 11 Sep 1848 (bur. Last Rest Cemetery). 
He m2) 3 July 1849 Melvina (Houghton) Nourse. She was b 1817 and d. 5 Aug 1853 (buried Last Rest Cemetery).
He married 3d) Margaret Henderson, b. 1835, d. 22 Dec 1862. 
He married 4th) Mrs. Fanny (Buxton) Burnap, widow of Jacob Burnap. She was b. 1816 and d. 10 Sep 1881. 
He was a woolen mill owner and manufacturer in Merrimack NH, Holton & Henderson, from 1860 to 1880, i.e. producing carpets, cotton and woolen goods.
In 1882 a boy tripping over a lantern started a fire that consumed his, and other, factories and manufactories in Merrimack.
U.S. Census > 1860 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack
David Henderson 49 M Manufacturer 10,000/14,000 Scotland
Margaret Henderson 25 F wife NY
Amelia Henderson 22 F Teacher MA
James Henderson 20 M Dyer MA
William Henderson 18 M Flannel Finisher MA
David Henderson 16 M Carder MA
Josiah Henderson 7 M NH
George W. Henderson 2 M NH
Charles T. Henderson 8/12 M NH
William Henderson 27 M Teacher NY
Lona R. Houghton 60 F Boarder Maine
U.S. Census > 1870 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack
Henderson, David 57 M W Woolen Manufacturer 15,000/20,000 Scotland [b abt 1813]
Henderson, Fanny J. 54 F W Keeping House Vermont
Henderson, George W. 11 M W at home NH
Henderson Charles T. 10 M W at home NH
Henderson, Jennie C. 8 F W at home NH
Henderson, Malvina 13 F W at home NH
Census > U.S. Census > 1880 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack > District 140
Henderson, David W M 68 manufacturer Scotland Scotland Scotland
Henderson, Fannie J. W F 64 wife House keeping VT NH Mass
Henderson, George W. W M 21 son works in mill NH Scotland NY
Henderson Charles F. W M 20 NH Soctland NY
Henderson Jennie C W F 18 dau at home NH Scotland NY

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Henderson family

While looking for information about Jenny Amelia Ford  the wife of Herbert Bloomfield Vlieland  we found an extended  family tree of the Henderson  family  which you can read here now .
Jenny Amelia Ford was the daughter of Laurence A Ford and Amelia Henderson .
click on the tree and you will see a clear picture .

David Henderson, son of James and C/Katherine Henderson, was b. 1 Aug 1811 in Crossgate, Fife, Scotland.
He d. 7 June 1886 and is buried in Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack NH. He m1) abt 1836 to Amalia/Amelia Ford.She was b. 1818 in Dun Fermline Scotland and d. 11 Sep 1848 (bur. Last Rest Cemetery). He m2) 3 July 1849 Melvina (Houghton) Nourse. She was b 1817 and d. 5 Aug 1853 (buried Last Rest Cemetery).He married 3d) Margaret Henderson, b. 1835, d. 22 Dec 1862. He married 4th) Mrs. Fanny (Buxton) Burnap, widow of Jacob Burnap. She was b. 1816 and d. 10 Sep 1881. He was a woolen mill owner and manufacturer in Merrimack NH, Holton & Henderson, from 1860 to 1880, i.e. producing carpets, cotton and woolen goods.
In 1882 a boy tripping over a lantern started a fire that consumed his, and other, factories and manufactories in Merrimack.
U.S. Census > 1860 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack
David Henderson 49 M Manufacturer 10,000/14,000 Scotland
Margaret Henderson 25 F wife NY
Amelia Henderson 22 F Teacher MA
James Henderson 20 M Dyer MA
William Henderson 18 M Flannel Finisher MA
David Henderson 16 M Carder MA
Josiah Henderson 7 M NH
George W. Henderson 2 M NH
Charles T. Henderson 8/12 M NH
William Henderson 27 M Teacher NY
Lona R. Houghton 60 F Boarder Maine
U.S. Census > 1870 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack
Henderson, David 57 M W Woolen Manufacturer 15,000/20,000 Scotland [b abt 1813]
Henderson, Fanny J. 54 F W Keeping House Vermont
Henderson, George W. 11 M W at home NH
Henderson Charles T. 10 M W at home NH
Henderson, Jennie C. 8 F W at home NH
Henderson, Malvina 13 F W at home NH
Census > U.S. Census > 1880 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack > District 140
Henderson, David W M 68 manufacturer Scotland Scotland Scotland
Henderson, Fannie J. W F 64 wife House keeping VT NH Mass
Henderson, George W. W M 21 son works in mill NH Scotland NY
Henderson Charles F. W M 20 NH Soctland NY
Henderson Jennie C W F 18 dau at home NH Scotland NY
Children of David & Amalia/Amelia (Ford) Henderson:
1. Amelia Henderson, b. 22 Oct 1837 Lowell MA [Lowell MA recs]; d. 16 Nov 1918 in Waunakee, Dane Co. Wisconsin;she m. 20 Nov 1863 in Madison, Dane Co WI to Laurence A. Ford, son of James & Ellen (Elder) Ford.
He b. 10 Oct 1833 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland and d. 10 Feb 1895 in Waunakee, Dane Co Wisconsin.
Children [FORD]: Ellen Malvina (b 10 Jan 1865 Vienna, Dane Co WI), Jennie Amelia (b 28 Aug 1866 Vienna WI),
William Laurence (b 23 Jan 1868 Vienna WI), Bessie Grace (b 24 Dec 1872 Vienna WI), and Ida Agnes
(b 19 Apr 1874 Vienna WI).
2. James Henderson, b. 7 Sep 1839 Lowell MA [Lowell MA recs]; a veteran of the Civil War
3. +William Henderson, b. 26 Oct 1841 Lowell MA, baptized 12 Nov 1843 in Lowell MA; d. 20 June 1914, buried
Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH
4. David Henderson, Jr. b. 1843 MA; a veteran of the Civil War, Enlisted as a Ordinary Seaman on 23 July 1864
at the age of 21. Enlisted in Navy Regiment U.S. Navy on 23 Jul 1864.Received a disability discharge from Navy
Regiment U.S. Navy on 23 Feb 1865 at New York, NY.
5. Catherine Russell Henderson, bap 10 Oct 1847 in Lowell MA; d. 5 Dec 1847, buried Turkey Hill Cemetery, Merrimack NH
Children of David & Melvina (Houghton-Norse) Henderson:
6. John Russell Henderson, b. 1849 Merrimack NH, d. 1857 Merrimack NH, buried Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack NH
7. Josiah Robert Henderson, b. 1853 NH; in 1907 living in Nashua NH, a house on Nashua and Manchester Roads; a foreman at David R. Jones; m. Emogene Coney.
Children of David & Margaret (Henderson) Henderson:
8. George Washington Henderson, b. 18 June 1859 Merrimack NH , d. 5 Jan 1929, buried Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack NH; in 1907 living with sister Jennie C.; d. 5 Jan 1929 Merrimack NH
9. Charles Talbot Henderson, b. 1860 NH; d. 9 Feb 1929, buried Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack NH
10. Jennie Catherine Henderson, b. 1862 Merrimack NH; d. 14 Jan 1929 Merrimack NH, unmarried; in 1907 brothers
Charles T. and George W. living with her on Nashua Road in Merrimack NH.

-----------Second Generation------------

William T. Henderson, son of David & Amalia (Ford) Henderson, was b. 26 Oct 1841 in Lowell MA; d. 20 June 1914, buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH. He married 13 Sep 1865 Hannah Eliza "Anna" Mitchell, daughter of Dwelly and Eliza (Smith) Mitchell. She was b. 7 Aug 1844 in Bedford NH and d. 7 Dec 1919. She was buried in Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH. In 1907 a contractor and builder living on Main St. in Merrimack NH;
a veteran of the civil War. Enlisted as a Private on 8 February 1862 at the age of 20. Enlisted in Company E,
3rd Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 20 Feb 1862. Discharged from Company E, 3rd Infantry Regiment New
Hampshire on 1 Mar 1865 at Wilmington, NC.
U.S. Census > 1880 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack > District 140
Henderson, William W M 38 Soddy Manufacturer Mass Scotland Scotland
Henderson Anna E. W F 35 wife housekeeping NH Mass NH
Henderson Clara E W F 13 dau attending school NH Mass NH
Henderson, David D. w M 11 son attending School NH Mass NH
Henderson, H. Amelia W F 8 dau NH Mass NH
Henderson, Lena A W F 6 dau NH Mass NH
Henderson, William T. W M 2 son NH Mass NH
Henderson, Josiah N. W M 1 son NH Mass NH
Children of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson:
1. +Clara Eliza Henderson, b. 12 March 1867; d. 2 Oct 1954, buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH; she m.
4 May 1886 Edward A. Haskel of Malden MA
2. +David Delly Henderson, b. 28 Sep 1868 Merrimack NH; m. 19 May 1890 in Lowell MA to Elmor/Emo/Emma M. Richards,dau of Albin & Mary (Clough) Richards. She b. abt 1867 in Manchester NH. Had at least 2 children [see census recs above]
3. +Hannah Amelia Henderson, b. 16 Aug 1871; d. 1901; m. Charles H. Fields*
4. +Lena Alice Henderson, b. 6 Apr 1874; d. 5 Dec 1867, buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH;
5. +Josiah Nelson Henderson, b. 9 March 1879; enlisted during WWI
6. +Norris Ela Henderson, b. 8 Feb 1882, d. 10 Dec 1940
7. +Lucretia Henderson, b. 4 Jan 1887; d. 30 March 1961, buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH; m. 10 July 1912 to Francis E. Hadley

-----------Third Generation------------

Clara Eliza Henderson, dau of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson was b. 12 March 1867; d. 2 Oct 1954, buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH; she m. 4 May 1886 Edward A. Haskell of Malden MA.
U.S. Census > 1900 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Rockingham > Windham > District 218
Haskell, Edward A. Head W M June 1856 45 married 13 yrs MA MA NH Farmer
Haskell, Clara E.H. Wife W F March 1867 33 married 13 yrs 1 ch 1 living NH MA NH
Haskell, Mark H. son W M Sep 1892 5 single NH MA NH
U.S. Census > 1910 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Rockingham > Windham > District 274
Haskell, Edward A. Head M W 55 m1x 23 yrs MA MA NH Farmer general Farm
Haskell, Clara E. H. wife f W m1x 23 yrs 2 ch 2 living NH MA NH
Haskell, Mark H. son M W 18 single NH MA NH
Haskell, Anna D. dau F W 7 single NH MA NH
U.S. Census > 1920 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Rockingham > Windham > District 157
Haskell, Edward A. Head M W 56 married NH MA NH
Haskell, Clara B. wife F W 58 married NH MA NH
Haskell, Mark H son M W 25 single NH MA NH
Haskell, Anna O. dau F W 17 single NH MA NH
Census > U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Rockingham > Windham > District 51
Haskell, Edward A. Head M W 75 married at ate 33 MA MA NH
Haskell, Clara E. wife F W 65 married at age 20 NH MA NH
U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Hampden > Springfield > District 96
Haskell, Mark H. Head M W 35 married at age 23
Children of Edward A. & Clara E. (Henderson) Haskell:
1. Mark H. Haskell, b. Sep 1892 Windham NH
2. Anna O. Haskell, b. abt 1903 Windham NH

David Delly Henderson, son of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson was b. 28 Sep 1868 in Merrimack NH;
m. 19 May 1890 in Lowell MA to Elmor/Emo/Emma M. Richards, dau of Albin/Alban & Mary (Clough) Richards.
She b. March 1866 in Manchester NH. Had at least 2 children [see census recs above]. She married 2nd) abt 1902 to Frank P. VanWoert/VanWorst?.
U.S. Census > 1900 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Manchester Ward 1 > District 90 [Dean Street]
Henderson, Emma Head W M March 1866 33 married 10 yrs 3 ch 2 living NH NH NH
Richards, Alban Father W Oct 1800 59 widow NH NH NH Worst Worker
Henderson, Elmon D. son W M Dec 1891 8 single NH NH NH at school
Henderson, Florence dau W F Jan 1900 5/12 single NH NH NH
Johnson, Elfrid L Boarder W M May 1848 52 widow 0 ch Maine Maine Can-Eng
Van Worst Frank Boarder W M May 1877 23 single NY NY NY Bobbin Shop Finisher
U.S. Census > 1910 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Nashua Ward 7 > District 168
Vanwoert? Frank P. Head W M 35 m1x 8 yrs NY NY Y bond -- lumber shop
Vanwoert? Emma W. wiffw F W 42 m2x 8 yrs 3 ch 2 living NH NH NH
Henderson, Alma O. son-in-law [should be stepson] W M 18 single NH NH NH
Henderson, Florence A> dau-in-law [should be stepdau] W F 18 single NH NH NH
U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Nashua > District 93
Henderson, Elmer D. Head M W 38 married at age 21 NH NH NH Dressing, Cottom Mill
Henderson, Regina wife F W 33 married NH NH Canada-French
Henderson, Hazel dau F W 16 single NH [b. 6 Feb 1914 Nashua NH and d. 22 Oct 2002 at Oakland Care Center in
Oakland NJ; m. J. Eastman Hardy who d. 1983. Had ch: Paul (& Shirley) Hardy of Nanuet NY; Faith Fast and Joyce Hardy of Lancaster PA, Judith & Bob Sadler of Schoharic NY; Priscilla and Donald Klemanski of NYC; Kathleen Hardy of Suffern NY]
Henderson, Ernest son M W 13 single NH [b 3 June 1916 Nashua NH, d. 1 May 2003; m. Frances Lillian Mycue
who d. 9 March 1998; 2 sons Roland (& Susan) Henderson of Atlantic Beach Fl, and Donald (& Jacqueline) Henderson of Nashua; 2 daus Sandra (& Richard) Netto of Nashua, and Terry (and Tom) Shea of Nashua]
Henderson, Frank son M W 11 single NH; m. Theresa --, res. Nashua NH.
Henderson, Florence dau F W 9 single NH
Henderson, Arthur son M W 6 single NH; aka "Bob" Henderson
Henderson, Phylis dau F W 4-5/12 single NH
Henderson, Norris son M W 1-3/12 single NH
Children of David D. & Emma M. (Richards) Henderson:
1. Elmer David Henderson, b 16 Dec 1891 in Nashua NH, and d. Dec 1966 in NH; m. by 1913 to Regina Demanche.
Had issue [see 1930 census above]
2. Florence Henderson, b. Jan 1900 in NH; m. July 1947 in Hudson NH to Everett Lewis Relation, son of Mrs. Cora Relationof Nashua NH.

Hannah Amelia Henderson, dau of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson, was b. 16 Aug 1871; d. 1901; m. 27 July 1904to Charles Hermon Fields, son of Hermon Scott & Susan F. (Hill) Fields. He was b. 9 Dec 1870 and d. Apr 1957, buried LastRest Cemetery, Merrimack NH.
Children of Charles H. & Hannah A. (Henderson) Fields:
1. Mary L. Fields, b. 1901, d. Feb 1924, buried Last Rest Cemetery, Merrimack NH
2. Dorothy Amelia Fields, b. Sep 30, 1906; m. George W. Chaplin; removed to Pittsburgh PA
3. Marion Lena Fields, b. 15 Aug 1910; m. Robert C. Parker; removed to Yardley PA.

Lena Alice Henderson, dau of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson was b. 6 Apr 1874; d. 5 Dec 1867, buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH; m. 22 March 1893 to Rev. Elisha Ayers Keep, only son of Marcus Rodman & Hannah Maria (Taylor) Keep. She d. 5 Dec 1896 at Conway NH. He was b. 22 Dec 1854 in Ashland, Aroostook Co. Maine. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Maine and NH, practicing for 6 years at New Market NH. During his residence at New Market he was for 5 years superintendent of schools. He entered Andover Theological Seminary in 1885 and graduated in 1888. While studying at the Seminary he preached for a year at East Andover NH. He was ordained and installed pastor of the First Congregational Church at Merrimack NH on 28 June 1888 remaining nearly 7 years. In 1891 he took a trip abroad. During his pastorate at Merrimack NH nearly 96 members were added to the church. He was very active in the movement that resulted in the establishement of a free public library in Merrimack NH. He was dismissed from the Merrimack pastorate in December 5, 1894 at his own request. He was pastor of the church at Conway NH until June 1897. On 6 Oct 1897 he was installed pastor of the church at Walpole NH. He married 2nd) 18 Oct 1899 to Jane Conway Hale, dau of Matthew & Jane E. (Caverly) Hale. She was b. 19 Feb 1873, a descendant of Major Samuel Hale. In 1900 living in Walpole, Cheshire. Co NH with 2nd wife and son John (b. April 1895 in NH).
In 1910 living in Conway NH with his mother and her parents.
Children of Rev. Elisha A. & Lena A. (Henderson) Keep:
1. John Marcus Keep, b. 13 Apr 1895; in 1920 U.S. Census shown as a member and officer of the US Military
and Naval Forces in Baltimore MD; the census states he is single, an Ensign, residing at 900 Chicopee St. Holyoke Mass.

Josiah Nelson Henderson, son of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson, was b. 9 March 1879; m. 14 Apr 1900 to Margueritte M. Bushes. Enlisted during WWI. a superintendant at David R. Jones Co in Merrimack NH. In 1942 when he registered for WWII, he was a cabinet maker, living at DW Highway in Merrimack NH. He was the first chief of the Merrimack Fire Department after it was organized in 1924. Mrs. Henderson (Marguerite) was the third librarian of the Merrimack Public Library.
Children of Josiah N. & Marguerite M. (Bushes) Henderson:
1. Ruth Worthington Henderson, b. 6 Apr 1907
2. Lawrence William Henderson, b. 29 Jan 1911, d. 10 Jan 1991; m. 24 Oct 1936 Frances L. Davidson of Plymouth NH; In 1951 chairman of the Field Appeal Tribunal, Dept of Labor of NH. In August 1950 a funeral for their daughter, Heather Henderson of Auburn NH, 8 yrs old, who drowned while fishing was held in the Merrimack Congregational Church, and she was buried in the family plot at Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH. At that time Lawence was working at the New Hampshire Unemployment Security Division of the Labor Bureau.
3. Grace Lorraine Henderson, b. 11 Jan 1916; m. Norman Cameron

Norris Ella Henderson, son of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson, was b. 8 Feb 1882, d. 10 Dec 1940; m. 2 Oct 1907Elizabeth M. Sanborn, dau of Charles & Julia B. (Coley) Sanborn. In 1907 directory a clerk at Osgood F. Upham and residing on Main St. in Merrimack NH.
U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack > District 79
Henderson, Norris E. M W 48 married at age 26 NH NH NH Farmer
Henderson, Elizabeth S. wife F W 55 married at age 33 NH NH NH
Henderson, Alden S. son M W 21 single NH NH NH
Henderson, Paul W. son M W 18 single NH NH NH
Henderson, Laton M. son M W 15 single NH NH NH
Children of Norris E. & Elizabeth M. (Sanborn) Henderson:
1. Alden Sanborn Henderson, b. 17 Nov 1908 Merrimack NH, d. Jan 1985 Conway, Carroll Co NH
2. Paul Wesley Henderson, b. 17 Jan 1912, Merrimack NH, d. 8 Sep 2001 in Nashua NH; m. 29 Aug 1933 Alice Schneiderheinze.In 1951 he served as president of the Nashua Branch of the University of NH Alumni Association. He worked for the Nashua Trust Company, and served on many board of directors.
3. +Laton Mitchell Henderson, b. 26 Oct 1914, Merrimack NH; d. 3 Jan 1990 in New Richmond, WI

Lucretia Henderson, dau of William & Hannah E. (Mitchell) Henderson was b. 4 Jan 1887 NH; d. 30 March 1961,
buried Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack NH; m. 10 July 1912 and his 2nd wife to Francis Ervin Hadley, son
of Amos Erwin & Maria (Worthley) Hadley. He m1) 30 March 1903 to Bertha A. Hammond, dau of Asa G. & Mary (Arlin) Hammond. She b. 30 March 1884 in E. Concord NH and d. 22 March 1908. He was b. 16 Oct 1877 in New Boston NH, and d. Oct 1964 in NH. In 1928 living in Nashua NH a woodworker res 37 Amherst St. In 1942 per his WWI Draft Registration card, he was living on HighlandsStreet in Merrimack, Hillsborough Co NH., working at International Shoe Co in Merrimack NH.
U.S. Census > 1920 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Mont Vernon > District 81 [Mont Vernon Road]
Hadley, Francis E. Head M W 42 married NH NH MA mail carrier [b abt 1878]
Hadley, Lucretia H. wife F W 33 married NH MA NH
Hadley, Mary S. dau F W 14 single NH
Hadley, Ethel M. dau f W 11 single NH
Hadley, Persis C. dau F W 1-3/12 single NH
U.S. Census > 1930 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Hillsborough > Merrimack > District 79
Hadley, Francis E. Head M W 53 married at age 36 NH NH MA House Carpenter
Hadley Lucretia H. wifw F W 43 married at age 25 NH MA NH
Hadley, Persis E dau F W 11 single NH
Hadley, Chester E. son M W 9 single NH
Children of Francis E. & Bertha A. (Hammond) Hadley:
1. Mary S. [or Mary Bertha] Hadley, b. abt 1906 NH
2. Ethel M. Hadley, b. abt 1909 NH; res. Newark NJ in 1947
Children of Francis E. & Lucretia E. (Henderson) Hadley:
3. Persis C. Hadley, b. abt 1918 NH
4. Chester E. Hadley, b. 4 June 2005 NH, d. 4 June 2005 in Reading, Berks Co PA; in 1951 residing in Somerville MA. He graduated from McGaw Institute and was a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, holding the Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster and four battle stars. After WWI he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 21 July 1947 he married Helen Saad, dau of Nicholas Saad of Manchester NH at Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester NH. She was a former member of the Woman's Marine Reserve and a graduate of Central High School.

-----------Third Generation------------

Laton Mitchell Henderson, son of Norris E. & Elizabeth M. (Sanborn) Henderson, was b. 26 Oct 1914, Merrimack NH; d. 3 Jan 1990 in New Richmond, WI; SS# issued to him in District of Columbia prior to 1951, and he resided also in Christiansburg VA; he married 21 Aug 1937 to Lillian Mae Hock, dau of Frank Hock. She b. 12 Oct 1914 in Reeds Ferry (Merrimack) NH and d. May 1977. They had four children. According to the Nashua Telegraph (June 9, 1949) he was a former 4-H Club box and a graduate of the College of Agriculture, University of New Hampshire in 1936. Then he spent a year getting a master's degree at Pennsylvania State College where he was Northeastern representative of the American Jersey Cattle Club. His next job was teaching in the dairy department at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Then Mount Ararat Farm in maryland with 300 yead of cattle hired him to build up their creamery and retail milk business. A reserve officer he was called in the service at the start of WWII. He served throughout the war in the Pacific area coming out as major. He then went to work for the Southern Dairy Company and was stationed for three years at Miami FL where he was manager of a large farm which carried from 900-1000 milking cows. In 1949 he was working for the Southern Dairy Company as a manager of a large dairy processing plant at Christiansburg, VA, with 50 men working under him. He wrote many brochures and papers on the quality of milk, and a manual for milk testers in New Jersey.
Children of Laton M. & Lillian M. (Hock) Henderson:
1. Bruce Henderson, b. bef 1948
2. Laton Henderson, b. bef 1948
3. Barbara Henderson, b. bef 1948
4. ? Henderson, b. after 1948

Some Sources:
1. John Keep of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, 1676-1680, and his descendants
2. Descendants of Samuel Hale []
3. 1850 to 1930 United States Census
4. WWI and WWII Registration Forms
5. City Directories, Nashua, Merrimack and Manchester NH

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Paulus Kriek and Catharina Engelbrecht

Witnesses at the birth of Catharina Fris are Paulus Kriek and Catharina Engelbrecht 
Her aunt and uncle.
Her mother and Catharina are sisters
Paulus Kriek, born 1726, bapt 07-04-1726 Leiden.
banns 02-08-1748 Leiden, marriage 17-08-1748 Leiden Catharina Engelbrecht, born 1727, bapt (rc) 06-11-1727 Leiden, daughter of Johannes Engelbrecht (Engelbregt) en Maria Ferie
from this marriage
1. Guilielmus Kriek, born 1749, bapt (rk) op 10-07-1749 te Leiden.
2. Maria Kriek, born 1750, bapt(rk) op 13-11-1750 te Leiden.
banns 22-04-1774 Leiden (witness' his uncle Arnoldus van den Broek and her mother Catharina Engelbrecht), marriage 07-05-1774 te Leiden met Everardus Kemperman (Evert), geboren 1748, gedoopt (rk) op 04-02-1748 te Leiden, zoon vanArnold Kemperman en Wilhelmina Kniest.
3. Joannes Kriek, geboren 1752, gedoopt (rk) op 17-08-1752 te Leiden.4. Cornelis Kriek (zie VI.14 klik hier).
5. Gulielmus Kriek, geboren 1755, gedoopt (rk) op 20-08-1755 te Leiden.
6. Joannes Kriek, geboren 1758, gedoopt op 22-05-1758 te Leiden.
7. Wilhelmus Kriek, geboren 1761, gedoopt (rk) op 26-10-1761 te Leiden.
family tree Engelbrecht 
Family tree Engelbrecht 
John Philip Engelbrecht ( Engelbregt ) , born in 1695 in Leiden , christened ( rk ) on 02-05-1695 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : Martin Jansen ) .

Banns ( 1 ) on 13-04-1720 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : Claas Engelbregt his father and mother Jannetje Jans ) , married on 04-05-1720 in Leiden with Mary Frie ( Ferie , Parrie ) , born ca 1700 Alkmaar , daughter of Frie and Jannetje Jans Van Gronenbosch .

Banns ( 2 ) on 08-09-1742 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : his brother Pieter Engelbregt and her sister Anna Witmans and daughter Sara Burch High ) . He bet of Marijtje Frie and Adam Fresh, married 27-09-1742 in Leiden with Maria Witmans ( De Wit ) .

From the first marriage :

1. Johanna Engelbrecht , born in 1720 , christened on 10-05-1720 in Leiden .
2. Maria Engelbrecht , born in 1723 in Leiden , Leiden baptized . On 17-03-1723
Banns on 25-04-1744 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : his stepfather John Engelbregt and her stepmother Marijtje Witmans ) , married on 16-05-1744 in Leiden with Johannes Fresh, born in 1724 , christened ( rk ) on 10-01 -1724 Leiden , son of Adam Fris ( Frits ) and Maria Witmans ( De Wit ) .
3. Margarita Engelbrecht , born in 1725 , christened ( RK ) on 22-07-1725 in Leiden .
4. Catherine Engelbrecht , born in 1727 , christened ( rk ) on 06-11-1727 in Leiden .
Banns on 02-08-1748 in Leiden , Leiden married with Paul Kriek , born in 1726 , christened on 07-04-1726 in Leiden , son of Wilhelmus Kriek and Anna Havermans ( Avermans , Aveman ) . On 17-08-1748
5 . Bartholomew Engelbrecht (see IV.37 click here ) .
6. Joanna Engelbrecht , born in 1732 , christened ( rk ) on 30-06-1732 in Leiden .
Banns on 08-10-1751 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : Fresh Geertruij his mother and her father John Engelbregt ) , married on 23-10-1751 in Leiden Jacobus Van den Berg , born in 1733 in Leiden , christened ( rk ) Leiden , on 16-03-1733 son of Jan Van den Berg and Gertrudis condition .
7. John Engelbrecht , born in 1734 , christened ( rk ) on 11-09-1734 in Leiden , deceased before 1741 .
8. Alijda Engelbrecht , born in 1735 , christened ( rk ) on 30-11-1735 in Leiden .
9. John Engelbrecht , born in 1741 , christened ( rk ) on 03-04-1741 in Leiden .
10 Pieter Engelbrecht , born in 1753 , christened in Leiden. On 03-01-1753
Banns ( 1 ) on 09-07-1779 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : Engelbregt his brother Henry and her mother Hester Carpentier ) , married in 1779 to Ida Lambooij , born in 1750 , christened on 13-02-1750 in Leiden , daughter of Jan Lambooij and Hester Carpentier .
Banns ( 2 ) on 14-04-1791 in Leiden ( witness (es ) : Engelbregt his brother Henry and her father Isaac Landa ) . He wed Ida Lambooij , married in 1791 with Dirkje Landa , born in 1771 , christened on 25-12-1771 in Leiden , daughter of Isaac Landa , lake worker, and Katrina Van Koot ( Catherine Van Campen ) .
From the first marriage :
1. John Engelbrecht , born in 1780 , christened on 18-06-1780 in Leiden .
2. Pieter Engelbrecht , born in 1781 , christened on 30-05-1781 in Leiden .
3. Ida Engelbrecht , born in 1782 , christened on 15-12-1782 in Leiden .
4. Hendrik Engelbrecht , born in 1784 , christened on 18-03-1784 in Leiden .
From the second marriage :
5 . Hendrik Engelbrecht (see V.5 click here ) .
6. Geertruijda Catherine Engelbrecht , born in 1792 , christened in Leiden. On 04-11-1792
7. Dirkje Engelbrecht , born in 1794 , christened in Leiden. On 15-10-1794
8. Antonie Cornelis Engelbrecht .
9. Jacob Engelbrecht , born in 1799 , christened on 08-12-1799 in Leiden , deceased before 1802 .
10. Jacob Engelbrecht , born in 1802 , christened on 25-03-1802 in Leiden .
11. Geertruij Catherine Engelbrecht , born on 19-03-1807 in Leiden , christened on 26-03-1807 in Leiden .
 In Google names are translated as well , so the names are translated as well , so Jan becomes John and so on .

Monday, 17 September 2012

another William Batty

 Looking for William Batty , father of Dudley Davison Batty .We find all sorts of William Batty´s who provide us with lot of stories.
We have a circus director , one with a bible and today we found this William Batty.
Who had a letter from Horatio Nelson,

"served as his Servant on His Majesty's Ship Boreas"Horatio Nelson

Document signed ("Horatio Nelson"), with his right hand, certifying that William Batty "served as his Servant on His Majesty's Ship Boreas under my Command from the 24 March 1784 to the 1 January 1786, and as AB from that time to the 1st of May following, and from which time to the date hereof he served as Midshipman of the said Ship, during which time he behaved himself with diligence and Sobriety and was always Obedient to Command"; with a detached docket recording Batty's length of service as Servant and Midshipman, one page, folio, trimmed at the edges, laid on a backing sheet, but overall in good and fresh condition, "Given under my hand on board His Majestys Ship the Boreas in Nevis Road the 8 May 1787"

Sold for £6,000 inc. premium

William Batty served with Nelson as gentleman volunteer on the Boreas for over six years (four years six months and six days as Servant, and one year nine months and twenty-four days as Midshipman). In June 1786 Nelson put him in command of the American schooner Brilliant, impounded for trading in contravention of the Navigation Act (see Nicolas, Dispatches and Letters, I, pp.181 and 184). With the lot is a note by Agnes Batty, Batty's daughter-in-law, dated 1880, recording that he had been forced to leave the Navy through ill-health when still a Midshipman. It has remained in possession of the Batty family to this day.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

George Alan Terry

Terry, George A. (1872–1957)

Mr. George A. Terry, who died at Rouse Hill House, near the village of Rouse Hill, N.S.W., on the 24th of last month in his 86th year, was a member of well known pioneering families. He was a son of the Hon. Samuel H. Terry, M.L.C., and Mrs. Terry, whose maiden name was Caroline Weaver, also a pioneer family.

Mr. Terry was a great grandson of Samuel Terry, who arrived in New South Wales at the beginning of the 19th century and with two others founded the Bank of New South Wales in 1817. Samuel Terry helped with the development of the Colony in many ways, and so did Mr. Terry's uncles, Richard, of Denistone, and Edward, of Eastwood Estate, both at Ryde, N.S.W., who were prominent citizens of their day. Also, Mr. Terry's father played his part as M.L.A. for New England and Mudgee before being appointed to the Upper House.

For nearly 50 years Mr. Terry owned and managed Box Hill, in the Rouse Hill district, a property of 4000 acres where he was born, as also was his father. He was educated at Katoomba, N.S.W., and privately before taking over the family estate. Whilst at Box Hill he was master of the Sydney Hunt Club from 1900 to 1910 and was the last M.F.H. of the club, which had been founded 30 years earlier by Edward Terry, of Eastwood, who also founded the Sydney Coaching (four-in-hand) Club. Mr. George Terry, who was always a keen horseman, rode in amateur and picnic races with A. B. ("Banjo") Paterson and other leading riders of his day, and won a Corinthian Plate and several steeplechases.

He married Miss Nina Rouse, a daughter of Mr. Edwin Rouse, of Rouse Hill Estate, who was a brother of Mr. Richard Rouse, of Guntawang Station, N.S.W., and of Mrs. A. A. Dangar, of Baroona, Singleton, N.S.W. Rouse Hill Estate, where Mr. and Mrs. Terry had resided for the past 25 years, was a grant to Mrs. Terry's great grandfather, the first Richard Rouse, by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The grant was affirmed in 1816, but the land was occupied by Mr. C. J. Rouse in 1813. In 1817 Richard Rouse commenced building the homestead, which was completed in 1822, the whole of the materials for it being taken by bullock waggons from Parramatta. This fine old edifice of sandstone, brick, and red cedar still receives much attention from the Historical Society of New South Wales.

Mr. Terry is survived by his widow and five sons—Geoffrey, Roderick, Edwin, Gerald, and Noel—as well as numerous grandchildren.

Original publication
Pastoral Review and Graziers' Record, 16 September 1957, p 1067 (view original)
 Citation details

'Terry, George A. (1872–1957)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 September 2012.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

wedding of George Alan Terry

The bridegroom,attended by Mr Charles Edgar Terry, 
his brother,as best man. was early at the Church. 

Mr Charles Edgar Terry  wife is Virginia Batty 

Fashionable Wedding at Rouse Hill.

The long-looked-forward-to Wedding of Miss Nina Beatrice Rouse with Mr George Alan Terry was celebrated OnWednesday, 24th inst, atChrist Church, Rouse Hill. The weather wasperfection itself. ; ¡Great > preparations had beenreade »by friends of both bride and bridegroom sothat the decorations should be artistically complete: The pretty village Church had its wallswreathed' in serpentine chrysanthemum chains.Initials were suspended over the door, while overthe pair to be married were hung five huge wedding bells from pearl's, the florist's. The pulpitwas enveloped in white flowers, and panelled inwhite satin ; and the altar-rails were traceriedover in white flowers-while over the altar-tablewere.two handsome wreaths. The bridegroom,attended by Mr Charles Edgar Terry, his brother,as best man. was early at the Church. ' Shortlyafter, to the peal of the organ, entered the. charming bride, 'whose dress was of ivory duchessesatin with long - train, the bodice being trimmedwith . Flanders lace and chiffon. Her veil wasfastened by the bridegroom's present, a crescentof diamonds, and as necklet she wore the chain ofgold and pearls with heart attached, a gift fromher lather. Attending the bride were her sister,Miss Kathleen Rouse, chief bridesmaid, and berthree cousins, Miss Rouse (of Guntawang) andthe'Misses Phyllis and Grace Dangar1 (of Baroona). - The bridesmaids- wore cream figuredsilk dresses, with chiffon fichus and hangingpockets fastened by violets. The hats were: picture ones of violet; velvet, trimmed with violetsand white feathers. The bridal group, from thecoloring chosen, was, both, artistically andaesthetically, most effective. The Revs E Hargrave and C Blackett officiated', the service beingchoral. After the ceremony, the folk from milesaround made two lines, between which Mr andMrs Terry had to pass to their carriage amidshowers of floral tributes and rice: On reachingthe home gate, the horses were taken from thecarriage by the stalwart men from the bride'sown village, and she and her husband Weredrawn in . state to the bouse, amidcheers as ioud and prolonged as they were heartfelt and sincere.. Over the entrance-gate wats anelaborate arch erected by Mr Faviel from his owndesign, with the initials of both done in Romancharacters, and also in signalling flags. Mr andMrs G A Terry received the congratulations oftheir friends in the drawing-room, after whicheveryone sat down to a wedding breakfast set out in the Arcade at Rouse Hill House, 'which hadbeen elaborately decorated. Rev Mr Hargrave,in choice and terse'ipr ms j proposed ihe health ofthe bride and bridegroom, to which Mr G ATerrymade a .most appropriate reply. . Mr C E Terryproposed the bridesmaids' health, and Mr Goslingresponded. As there were nearly a hundred/guests present, we cannot gi ve all the barnes, butthe following are some of the dresses :--MrsWingate, black silk and duchesse lace; TheBride's, Mother, green silk and velvet« trimmedwith, most .handsome; embroidery, and bonnet tomatch ; Mrs A A Dangar, black flowered foulard,black,satjo sleeves, .pink and green in bonnet MrsC B-Cairnesi:dark green, black lace and velvet;Mrs.H .Terry, terra cotta, covered with blacklace; .Mrs.Rouse (Guntawang), black crepon, relieved with panel of brown, brocaded With pinkand green, bonnet with feathers to match ; Mrs Harhurton-Bossley . brown silk flowered with blue,brown and velvet bodice relieved .with silk, toqueto match ; Mrs R -J Black wore black and greenwith bonnet to match ; Miss Elsie Dangar, electric ¡with brown velvetpicture-hat, trimmed' with brown-feathers and'eleerie blue velvet ; Miss Dangar, in handsomedress of blue and black, with black satin sleeves,bodice trimmed with black satin fur and jet.


Friday, 14 September 2012

Richard Rouse junior

Rouse, Richard (1842–1903)

This is a shared entry with Richard Rouse
Richard Rouse (1842-1903) and RICHARD junior (1843-1906), pastoralists and stud-breeders, were first cousins and grandsons of Richard Rouse of Rouse Hill. Richard was born on 2 January 1842 at Guntawang, near Mudgee, New South Wales, eldest son of Edwin Rouse, grazier, and his wife Hannah Terry, née Hipkins. Educated at Dr Woolls's school at Parramatta, in 1861 he managed Guntawang, 4000 acres (1619 ha) on the Cudgegong River near Mudgee and inherited it on the death of his father the next year. Using the 'Crooked R' brand made famous by his grandfather, Rouse bred pedigree carriage horses, cattle and merino sheep and Guntawang became noted for its lavish hospitality. He also held other properties.
In 1870 gold was discovered in the district and Gulgong was founded. In March 1872 Rouse became the principal shareholder in the Guntawang Freehold Gold Mining Co., which was moderately successful. He represented Mudgee in parliament in 1876-77 and in 1879. In 1895 he published The Australian Horse Trade, an address to the United Service Institution, in which he stressed the breeding advantages of the 'Yorkshire coach-horse'. He was a magistrate and regularly sat on the bench, first president of the Gulgong Turf Club in 1871, mayor of Gulgong in 1876 and 1899-1903 and a member of the Union Club. On 25 July 1865 in Hobart Town he married Charlotte Emily (d.1902), daughter of James Barnard. Rouse died at Guntawang on 2 March 1903, survived by three sons and a daughter. His estate was sworn for probate at over £12,400.
Richard junior was born on 15 May 1843 at Jericho, near Windsor, New South Wales, son of George Rouse (d.1888) and his wife Elizabeth, née Moore. He was educated at The King's School, Parramatta, and then learnt wool-classing. In 1867 he managed the Biraganbil stud flock near Mudgee, founded by his father in 1864 with rams and ewes bought from N. P. Bayly of Havilah and later from E. K. Cox of Rawdon. He kept careful pedigree records and bred sheep with fine strong wool of abnormal elasticity and won many prizes at the Mudgee, Dubbo and Warren shows. He was also noted for breeding race-horses, including the champion, Marvel, and was reputed one of the best judges of horses in the colony. He inherited Biraganbil in 1888 and held three other stations.
In May 1872 Rouse had 1000 shares in the new Biraganbil Gold Mining Co. Ltd. He was a councillor of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales, sometime president of the Gulgong Hospital, chairman of the Mudgee Pastures and Stock Board, a sheep director for Mudgee, a member of the Australian Jockey Club and a magistrate, although he rarely sat on the bench. He died at Biraganbil on 12 February 1906 and was buried in the Anglican section of Mudgee cemetery. He was survived by his wife Mary Helena (d.1922), daughter of Charles Bland Lowe of Goree, Mudgee, whom he had married on 29 July 1869, and by two sons and two daughters. His estate was valued for probate at nearly £24,000. His eldest son Leslie, solicitor, was an Australian Jockey Club stipendiary steward and keeper of the Australian Stud Book.

Select Bibliography

  • C. McIvor, The History and Development of Sheep Farming From Antiquity to Modern Times (Syd, 1893)
  • Votes and Proceedings (Legislative Assembly, New South Wales), 1878-79, 1, 263, 2, 33
  • New South Wales Government Gazette, 1872, 1876
  • Sydney Mail, 5 Aug 1865, 14 Aug 1869, 15 Apr 1871
  • Town and Country Journal, 7 Jan 1871, 21 Feb 1906
  • Gulgong Guardian, 25 Mar, 1 Apr 1871, 30 Mar, 13 Apr, 25 May, 12 Oct 1872
  • Mudgee Guardian, 16 Feb 1900
  • Mudgee Liberal, 22 Mar 1900, 14 Feb, 20 May 1901
  • Sydney Morning Herald, 4 Mar 1903, 14 Feb 1906.

Citation details

Lenehan, Marjorie, 'Rouse, Richard (1842–1903)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 9 September 2012.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 6, (MUP), 1976

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Edwin Stephen Rouse

Rouse, Edwin Stephen (1849–1931)

Mr. Edwin Stephen Rouse, who died at his residence, Rouse Hill House, Rouse Hill, on Tuesday, was a member of a very old Australian family. He was 82 years of age.
Born at Guntawang, he was the younger son of the late Mr. Edwin Rouse of Guntawang and Rouse Hill and a grandson of Mr. Richard Rouse, the pioneer. He was educated at Macquarie Fields and resided at his home at Rouse Hill since 1854. In 1874 he married Miss Elizabeth Ann Buchanan at St. John's Church, Darlinghurst. He and his brother Richard Rouse of Guntawang, were the breeders of a noted breed of carriage horses and also were successful on the turf, winning the Sydney Cup for two successive years with their mare, Viva, the trainer being the veteran Mr Harry Rayner of Randwick. Mr. Rouse was for 60 years a member of the Union Club. Mrs Rouse predeceased him. Two daughters survive him.
The funeral took place at St. Matthew's Church of England cemetery, Windsor, after a service held in the Rouse Hill Church.
The chief mourners were—Mrs. G. A. Terry and Miss Kathleen Rouse (daughters), Mr. G. A. Terry (son in law), Messrs G. R. E. G. and N. Terry (grandsons), Miss Marian Rouse (niece), Mrs. Stanley Rouse (niece), Mr. John G. Rouse (nephew), Mrs. R. B. Terry (granddaughter), Among others present at the graveside were:—Mr. W. Young (representing Mr. R. R. Dangar (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Gosling, Miss Pringle, Miss Pendergast, Mrs. Haigh, Miss Mildred Callaghan, Mr. and Mrs. Crowley, Mr. Norman Cox, General Paine, Messrs. J. B. Johnstone, Horsley, Cecil Iceley, Arthur Thompson, Wright, Pearse
(senior), E. and C. Pearse, Jamieson, and Nash and the staff of Rouse Hill House.

Original publication

Citation details

'Rouse, Edwin Stephen (1849–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 9 September 2012.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

William Batty

The father of Dudley Davison Batty was William Batty and his mother Mary Agnes Batty.
We have the pedigree  of the Batty´s to find out for you  who is who.

While searching for William Batty we found some interesting stories , Allthough they are possibly not about this William.
We find one William Batty with a familybible .
and we find William Batty owner of Batty's Grand National Hippodrome in Kensington.
William Batty (1801–1868) was an equestrian performer, circus proprietor, and longtime operator of Astley's Amphitheatre in London. Batty was one of the most successful circus proprietors in Victorian England, and helped launch the careers of a number of leading Victorian circus personalities, such as Pablo Fanque, the versatile performer and later circus proprietor (best known today from his mention in The Beatles song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"), and W.F. Wallett, one of most celebrated clowns of the era. Also, while in operation for only two years, Batty's most lasting legacy is probably Batty's Grand National Hippodrome, also known as Batty's Hippodrome, an open-air amphitheate he erected in 1851 in Kensington Gardens, London, to attract audiences from the Crystal Palace Exhibitionnearby.

Batty was an equestrian performer as early as 1828, and by 1836 he was operating his own circus. [1] In that year, Pablo Fanque was performing with him in Nottingham as a "rope dancer." In the ensuing years, Batty's circus travelled throughout the United Kingdom; in 1838 he was at Newcastle and Edinburgh, and in 1840 at Portsmouth and Southampton. When Astley's Amphitheatre suffered its third fire, Batty was in Dublin, and boarded the next steamer to London to arrange for its rebuilding in Westminster Street. Batty put W.F. Wallettin charge of the management of his circus in Dublin, while Batty made plans for a temporary circus in Oxford and until Astley's could be rebuilt. While Batty was at Oxford in 1841, Pablo Fanque left Batty to start his own circus. Wallett joined him.[2] On occasion, business would reunite Batty and Fanque over the next twenty years.

Batty managed Astley's Amphitheatre from 1842 to1853. All the major circus acts of the day performed at Astley's, including Pablo Fanque who performed there for twelve nights in March 1847. Batty leased the building to William Cooke in 1853. Cooke would run Astley's until 1860.[2][3]

While managing Astley's in the autumn of 1850, Batty acquired land in Kensington Gardens, London, to begin construction of an open-air arena for theatrical and equestrian events. Batty chose the site, which covered a large area at the end of the Broad Walk (now occupied by DeVere Gardens), in order to attract visitors to the Crystal Palace Exhibition, five minutes away. Architect George Ledwell Taylor designed the structure, which the firm Haward and Nixon constructed of iron and wood. The arena consisted of an eight-row grandstand, to seat 14,000 people, surrounding an oval space 360 feet by 260 feet. Named Batty's Grand National Hippodrome, or Batty's Hippodrome, the arena opened in May 1851, with a French troupe from the Hippodrome in Paris. In addition to equestrian events, Batty staged camel and ostrich races, and balloon ascents. Batty's Hippodrome opened for a second season in 1852, during which a balloon launch went awry, causing serious injury to its occupants after the balloon averted a collision with the Crystal Palace Exhibition and crashed into a nearby mansion. Batty ceased performances at the Hippodrome after the 1852 season and the arena operated as a riding track for several years until its demolition. No trace of Batty's Hippodrome remains today.[2][4][5][6]

When Batty died in 1868, he was reportedly worth a half a million pounds sterling.[2]

^ Charles H. Day and William L. Slout (1993, 2007). "Joe Blackburn's A Clown's Log," first published in serial form in New York clipper in 1880. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
^ a b c d J. Griffin. "Frost, Thomas (1881), "Circus Life and Circus Celebrities." London: Chatto and Windus". Retrieved 2011-06-27.
^ Illustrated London News, March 20, 1847.
^ English Heritage, Hermione Hobhouse (General Editor) (1986). "'De Vere Gardens area', Survey of London: volume 42: Kensington Square to Earl's Court". Retrieved 2011-06-26.
^ Wroth, Warwick William (1907). Cremorne and the Later London Gardens. London: Stock. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
^ Timbs, John (1855). Curiosities of London. London: David Bogue. pp. 372–3.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Richard Rouse and Rouse Hill

We know Dudley Batty and his brother Aubrey went to Rouse Hill and Dudley made photographs of the house and the farm.
But what about his grandparents and Rouse Hill House

The whole article can be found here.

Rouse, Richard (1774–1852)by Marjorie Lenehan
Richard Rouse (1774-1852), public servant and settler, was born on 26 February 1774 in Oxfordshire, England, the eldest son of Richard Rouse and his wife Elizabeth, née Taylor. He married Elizabeth Adams on 6 June 1796 and, with a letter of recommendation from the Duke of Portland, arrived in the Nile at Sydney in December 1801 as a free settler with his wife and two small children, one of whom had been born on the voyage. In March 1802 Governor Philip Gidley King granted Rouse 100 acres (40 ha) and he was soon well established on a farm at North Richmond on the Hawkesbury River. In July 1805 he was appointed superintendent of public works at Parramatta. He moved to a house opposite the gates of Government House, Parramatta, and Margaret Catchpole, a convict servant of the family on the voyage and in the colony, was left as overseer at the North Richmond farm.

In 1806 Rouse welcomed Governor William Bligh as a man strong enough to protect the settlers from the despotism of the Rum Corps and was one of the governor's staunchest supporters. He signed several memorials sympathizing with the governor and was named by Bligh as one of the witnesses he wished to take to England. However, the trip did not eventuate as Bligh changed his mind.

This loyalty had cost Rouse his position as a public servant, but he turned his attention to his farms; on 14 January 1810 he was reinstated by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and in October 1814 was appointed auctioneer at Parramatta. He superintended the construction of many buildings, tollhouses and turnpikes in the vicinity of Parramatta, Windsor and Liverpool, including the renovation of Government House, Parramatta, in 1815 and the erection of the Parramatta Hospital in 1818, and gave evidence before Commissioner John Thomas Bigge on these building activities.

On 8 October 1816 Rouse was granted 450 acres (182 ha) near the site of the battle of Vinegar Hill, in the Bathurst district of Sydney; at the suggestion of Macquarie the grant was named Rouse Hill. The actual possession of the land had taken place a few years previously, as theSydney Gazette had first mentioned Rouse Hill on 27 November 1813, and the homestead was begun soon afterwards. It took a few years to build and was a two-storey, twenty-two room house, which has been occupied by members of the Rouse family ever since.

In 1822 Rouse sent his sons in search of good pasturage in the area north-west of the Blue Mountains which had just been thrown open for settlement; in 1825 they took up land for him ninety miles (145 km) north of Bathurst at Guntawang on the Cudgegong River near Gulgong, which had recently been relinquished by George and Henry Cox because of the hostility of the Aboriginals in that region. This grant of 4000 acres (1619 ha) was gradually increased, and became two stations, Guntawang and Biraganbil, which were inherited by his sons Edwin and George. Both properties prospered and the Rouses were connected with progressive movements in the towns of Mudgee and Gulgong for many years. Rouse also acquired Ewenmar on the Castlereagh River, Gillendoon near Warren, Cobborah near Wellington and other land at Bathurst as well as the properties at Penrith and Richmond. By 1828 he possessed about 10,000 acres (4047 ha), but by then he had retired to Rouse Hill. There he devoted his time to the raising of sheep and cattle, the breeding of thoroughbred horses and the management of his various properties. He became well known for the quality of his stock, which he improved from time to time with imported sires, and he was the original owner of the 'Crooked R' brand, which was afterwards used by his sons.

Rouse was the type of pioneer that the colony needed, a devoted family man, a loyal member of the Church of England, a hard-working and honest public servant and a very efficient grazier. His many properties ensured the future of his three sons and four daughters who survived childhood, including Mary, the eldest, who married Jonathan, son of the missionary Rowland Hassall; Jane who married Alfred Kennerley, premier of Tasmania in 1873-76; Eleanor who married first John Terry of Box Hill, son of Samuel Terry and after his death, Major Thomas Wingate; George, one of the first boys enrolled at The King's School, Parramatta, when it opened in 1832; and Elizabeth Henrietta who married Robert, son of Richard Fitzgerald of Windsor.

In 1847 W. Griffiths of Parramatta executed crayon drawings of Richard and Elizabeth Rouse, both then aged 73, and these are still at Rouse Hill. A copy of the portrait of Richard Rouse is hanging at the Australasian Pioneers' Club, Sydney. Mrs Rouse died in December 1849 and Richard on 10 May 1852. He was buried in a vault at St Peter's Church, Richmond.

Select Bibliography
Historical Records of New South Wales, vols 5-7
Historical Records of Australia series 1, vols 3-11
Sydney Gazette, 7 July 1805, 14 Jan 1810
G. H. F Cox, History of Mudgee (State Library of New South Wales), pp 46, 56
title deeds for Rouse Hill (privately held)
manuscript catalogue under Richard Rouse (State Library of New South Wales).

Related Entries in NCB Sites

view family tree
Dangar, Mary Phoebe (granddaughter)
Rouse, Edwin Stephen (grandson)

Citation details

Lenehan, Marjorie, 'Rouse, Richard (1774–1852)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 9 September 2012.

This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, (MUP), 1967

Richard Rouse (1774-1852) appears to have begun building at Rouse Hill in 1813 although the grant of 450 acres was not made until October 1816. Sometime between 1818 and 1825 Rouse, his wife Elizabeth (1772-1849) and their family moved from Parramatta to the new house. The son of an Oxfordshire cabinet maker and shop-keeper, Rouse came to the colony, free, in 1801. Prospering quickly, by 1805 he was Superintendent of Public Works and Convicts at Parramatta.

In this role he supervised the building of Governor and Mrs Macquarie's additions to Government House, Parramatta in the mid 1810s. It is possible that these works influenced Rouse to build a bigger house than he first intended, adding larger, longer rooms behind the front range.

He sited his new house prominently, and possibly with an eye to its possible use as an inn, on the hilltop adjacent to the toll house (also built by him) on the Parramatta to Windsor Turnpike. Rouse acquired other properties, more fertile than the Rouse Hill farm, but Rouse Hill had the advantage of its strategic siting. While other early colonial homesteads overlooked their crops or pastures, Rouse Hill has always overlooked the busy Windsor Road. It was from here that Rouse and his descendants oversaw their distant pastoral and agricultural interests, rather than the estate itself being the focus of those interests.

Rouse was not bred to the land, but was shrewd and capable, careful of money and acquisitive of property. He left, on his death in 1852, extensive holdings throughout the colony. His second son, Edwin (1806-1862), inherited Rouse Hill. With his English-born wife, Hannah (nee Hipkins), Edwin brought the plain, solid Georgian house up to date. After years of living at Guntawang, the principal family property west of the mountains, Edwin and Hannah renovated Rouse Hill, probably engaging the architect-builder James Houison. They added the canopied verandah and the two storeyed service wing, installed marble chimney pieces on the ground floor and bought furniture in the fashionable Louis revival style.

It was Edwin Rouse's other land holdings, beyond the mountains, rather than the Rouse Hill House & Farm, that supported the Rouse family. This wealth was enjoyed into the next generation by Edwin's son, Edwin Stephen Rouse who, aged twelve, inherited Rouse Hill on his father's early death in 1862.

Edwin Stephen (1849-1931) married well, in 1874, and Bessie Buchanan (1843-1924) became the mistress of Rouse Hill. (His mother, Hannah, lived much of the remainder of her life in England with two of her daughters). Again the house was redecorated, in Bessie's fashionable taste for Art Decoration, while Edwin Stephen improved the estate, notably by the building of impressive stables in 1876 designed by the architect John Horbury Hunt.

Edwin and Bessie's two daughters, Nina and Kathleen were born in 1875 and 1878, into the leisurely confident world of the late 19th century squattocracy, but the financial troubles of the 1890s - the economic depression that affected city and country alike - cast shadows over this sunlit landscape of picnic races, house parties and seasons in town. Those shadows grew with the 20th century and Edwin Stephen's lack of business sense.

In 1895 Nina Rouse made a socially suitable match with George Terry of nearby Box Hill, where they lived extravagantly for a few years and brought up their five sons, but returned to Rouse Hill, bankrupt and resented by Kathleen, soon after Bessie's death in 1924.

Kathleen, in love with a Latvian emigreé refused residency in Australia and working in Manchuria, travelled to see him in 1930 and again two years later. She never returned from Manchuria; in August 1932 she was murdered in Harbin. The exclusion of her sister and her nephews as beneficiaries of her will caused further conflict within the family and the furnishings of the house narrowly escaped dispersal.

Nina and George Terry remained at Rouse Hill, George dying in 1957. Nina lived on with her reminiscences and the remnants of an affluent past until her death in 1968. As her grand-daughter, Caroline Thornton has written 'Granny seemed to hold the key to another world'.

Attrition of the farm through subdivision left only 100 acres, but in and around the house little was changed, little was added. Nina's son, Gerald, and his family lived in the cottage beyond the farmyard; another son Roderick lived nearby. After further subdivision between her sons, all that remained of the estate was 20 acres (13 hectares) in the ownership of Gerald and Roderick Terry. In 1977 Roderick sold his share of Rouse Hill to his daughter Miriam, and her husband Ian Hamilton.

Gerald Terry and the Hamiltons held Rouse Hill as equal co-owners until its compulsory acquisition by the New South Wales Government in 1978. Gerald sold his share of the contents to the Government, and together with his wife and his brother Roderick, was allowed to remain living in the house. Roderick shared his quarters with the Hamiltons until his death in 1980. When the Hamiltons were subsequently asked to leave they complained to the State Ombudsman, but despite the Ombudsman's finding that the Planning and Environment Commission's past conduct was 'wrong' and 'unreasonable' the Hamiltons were evicted from Rouse Hill in 1983. Not wishing to separate the contents from the house, the Hamiltons left their half share of the contents in situ.

The real estate and the Government's half share of the collection were transferred to the Historic Houses Trust from the Department of Planning in 1986 and a new period of negotiation with the family began. In 1987 the Trust leased the Hamiltons' collection and in 1994 it was acquired by Rouse Hill Hamilton Collection Pty Ltd, a private company jointly managed by the Historic Houses Trust and the Hamilton family. In 1996 the Historic Houses Trust acquired a small residual collection from Gerald Terry.

Mr Terry continued living in the house until 1993 when he moved to a hostel for the aged. He retained the right to live at Rouse Hill, which he regarded as his home, until his death in February 1999.

With the goodwill of the family Rouse Hill's completeness has now been assured. Conservation work has continued and the collection has been catalogued. Rouse Hill House & Farm was opened to the public in 1999.

Clearing and Climate

Before European settlement Aborigines were attracted to the area now occupied by the Rouse Hill House & Farm by freshwater shellfish in the stream, and by the shelter of the denser tree cover along its banks. Richard Rouse (1774-1852) sought the free-draining rise above Second Ponds Creek as ideal land for his sheep and horses. The surrounding open woodland was dominated by grey box and forest red gum, with some narrow-leafed ironbark on ridges, and these timbers were used for early slab buildings and fences on Rouse Hill. Clearing and stumping began as early as 1810 and the shelter afforded by timber was lost almost immediately. By 1890 almost the entire district had been cleared, some areas more than once. Rouse Hill is a dry garden established on an exposed shale ridge in a rain shadow area. It is in a climate where plant damage from low rainfall in late winter may be exacerbated by frosts and strong winds, and a dry spring may extend into summer drought.

Of Grass and Grove

The first garden at Rouse Hill was a subsistence plot for the toll house. It was well established by 1816, but it is unlikely to have been on the site of today's garden. The present garden was fenced in 1817, as the main house was being completed. Richard and his wife Elizabeth (1772-1849) were in residence at Rouse Hill by 1825. At this time the garden acquired its basic decorative elements. The squared form emerged, with gravel paths laid and edged in the ordered vernacular forerunner to Gardenesque, familiar to the Rouses from England and used locally in the garden of Government House, Sydney. Vistas were accentuated by paths extending from the newly-defined carriage sweep. Stone pines, and at least two oaks raised from acorns reputedly from Governor Macquarie, were planted along the Windsor Road frontage. The hedge of African olive was established between drive and garden before 1859, and the Moreton Bay figs now flanking the front of the house were being nurtured in pots, covered by casks against the frost Specimens such as funeral pines and early hibiscus were introduced.

In the furthest section to the east of the house Richard developed a citrus orchard bordered by paths. He probably obtained stock from Suttor's Baulkham Hills nursery. By 1838, Rouse Hill's 'luxuriant grove of orange trees' greeted the traveller on the road to Windsor. In 1854 oranges were marketed, and more trees purchased. The potting shed on the south side of the garden probably survives from the 'orchard era'.

An Englishwoman's Garden

Edwin Rouse (1806-1862) and his wife Hannah, nee Hipkins, (1819-1907) inherited from Richard Rouse a plain garden of grass and some mature trees, and immediately instituted 'improvements'. Even before Edwin's death seven years later, the educated and energetic Hannah had begun to create a pleasure garden to frame the still-exposed house. The newly-canopied verandah provided shelter for pot plants and created a link between house and garden. Verandah furniture such as the steamer chairs and benches seen today date from this period. Hannah's long friendship with Margaret Browne, who, as 'Mrs Rolf Boldrewood', later wrote The Flower Garden in Australia (1893), suggests that Hannah took Mrs Browne's advice on country gardens and then added her own sense of style enhanced by European tours. Others to influence Hannah's garden may have been noted amateur botanist, the Reverend Dr William Woolls of Parramatta, and Major Thomas Wingate, husband of Edwin's sister, Eleanor.

Wingate's photographic view of the eastern garden c.1859-65 shows an edged gravel path flanked with citrus, loquat, and other trees, with more citrus beyond. [1] The vista of open paddocks remained, but the picturesque 1856 bath-house indicates Hannah's vision. The summerhouse (c.1860) terminated the vista along a parallel path whose gutters carried run-off into a well beneath. An olive hedge and shrubbery on the east boundary replaced some of the orchard, turning the view inward, and establishing a microclimate.

For Pleasure and Practicality

When Edwin Stephen Rouse (1849-1931) married Bessie Buchanan (1843-1924) in 1874, Bessie's father gave the couple an extremely practical gift - a water system for the house and garden. It is still evident in the tankstand built to his design, and the numerous garden taps. On either side of the tankstand creeper-covered archways led to the southern section of the garden. The smaller arch, closest to the house, is still in place. [3] Aspiration to fashion is seen in the diamond-shaped rose bed [2] established at the top of the front lawn c.1890, but this was more ephemeral, disappearing by 1910. Pot plants remained integral to dry-climate gardening; geraniums, belladonna lilies, and small shrubs filled hollowed logs and corrugated iron containers.

South of today's garden Edwin Stephen established fowl pens. Beyond, a short walk through the back gate from the laundry, was a fenced drying green, planted with white cedars. Behind the arcade another gravel carriage sweep was formed, with a grass circle and small areas of lawn beyond the garden fence as carefully edged as paths within the garden proper. [4]

The other major construction of the 1880s was the trellis over the two eastern paths that intersect above the summerhouse: of untreated timber, the trellis cross-beams were interspersed with bush poles supporting Isabella grapes and wisteria: around the uprights grew geraniums, with roses beyond. The trellis area was used for entertaining, with Bessie Rouse conducting 'wisteria teas' beneath the bower. [5]

20th Century Blues

Drought and Depression in the 1890s had an impact on the garden - lack of water and less staff saw its gradual decline in the 20th century. Bessie, and later, her daughter Nina Terry (1875-1968), maintained the sunny eastern garden with its terraced herb and asparagus beds below the bath-house. The summerhouse was still used regularly but appeared threatened by encroaching shrubbery. [6]

Behind the house the white picket fence covered with clipped plumbago enhanced the view of the arcade, and by 1910 the peppercorn tree was rapidly filling the rear carriage circle with another shading the southwest corner of the house. [7] Here the path from drive to western door was marked by a small trellis covered in a yellow Banksian rose.

Bessie introduced plants from her family home in 1899, a bird's nest fern and a Kentia palm. Both flourished against the eastern verandah, surrounded by pots of ferns and more delicate plants, some arrayed on the tiered plant stand now in the arcade. [8] The Kentia still looked healthy in the 1930s [9] but today ivy grows over its stump outside the dining room window.

The 1930s Depression, culminating in the 1938 drought, further devastated plant stock. However, oxalis, freesias, ixias and sourgrass coloured the lawn, and blue plumbago contrasted with yellow lantana to the east of the laundry block. Along the drive the grey of the olive hedge was interspersed with red geraniums, and hardenbergia, arum lily, button flowers, morning glory, and spirea still flourished. As Miriam Hamilton remembers, in a 'good season' the garden could still look wonderful, if only for a moment.

In the 1940s a fence was erected just beyond the path east of the house, and stock grazed around the summerhouse. Ornamental grasses, once confined to Edwardian-era beds, escaped into the native grasses of the lawn. The hedges grew, and the creation of the Windsor Road cutting dropped the level of the road below the garden, increasing the sense of isolation. Nina Rouse continued to garden near the house, occasionally getting help to keep paths in order, however by the 1960s she wrote there were 'too many trees here to make flower growing a success'.

Maintaining Memory's Bower

The garden today carries echoes of its evolution, particularly in the remnant forms of its paths and pleasure walks and structural elements such as the summerhouse that have already been retrieved. Plant stock is more problematic - with a long history of almost continual replacement it now requires active intervention to select those specimens to retain and those to reintroduce to maintain the ambience created by earlier owners.

This garden is sometimes characterised as time 'standing still'. But this is something a garden does not do: as English naturalist and entomologist Miriam Rothschild has observed, 'Only time separates a garden from a nature reserve.' Time remains a potent element in the garden of Rouse Hill.