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Joseph DANDO - (abt. 1781 - 1860)

Joseph DANDO, the elder, was born in Rodborough in Gloucestershire in about 1781. He was the eleventh of twelve known children of John DANDO and his wife, Ann (nee BROTHERS) and was baptized in Rodborough Calvinistic Methodist Tabernacle on 3rd September 1781.

A video clip of Rodborough Tabernacle and The Little Chapel is available in the Gallery.


Joseph married Ann MURCH in Bristol in 1801. The International Genealogical Index (IGI) lists the following details...

Husband: Joseph Dands (should read Dando)
Wife: Ann Murch
Marriage: 15 JUL 1801 St Philip And St Jacob, Bristol, Gloucester, England

And the Bristol Diocese Parishes as transcribed onto CD by Bristol & Avon Family History Society shows...

Date: 15.7.1801
Groom: Joseph Dando
Bride: Ann Murch
Parish: St Philip & Jacob
Reg: 3C
Page: 192
Number: 741


Joseph followed in the footsteps of his father and became a hat manufacturer.

He was mentioned in his father's will dated 13th October 1809, which was proved on 10th February 1810. An excerpt follows...

(Note: Where a word is illegible, ....... appears in its place. Where a word is in doubt, ?? appears after the word)

"John Dando
This is the last Will and Testament of Mr John Dando of the City of Bristol hatmaker I give and devise my Messuage or Tenement now in the tenure or occupation of Hugh Howes?? situate in New Street in the Parish of Saint Philip and Jacob in the County of Gloucester with all its ....... unto and to the use of my dear Son Joseph Dando his heirs and Assigns for ever..."


In 1827 Joseph agreed to deal with creditors on behalf of a grocer and draper in Fishguard and a shopkeeper and general dealer in Nailsworth ten years later...

London Gazette - 29th June 1827.

NOTICE is hereby given, that Thomas Hughes, of Fishguard, in the County of Pembroke, Grocer and Draper, hath, by indenture, dated the 11th day of June instant, assigned over all his stock in trade, goods, wares, merchandises, debts, monies, securities, chattels, and personal estate and effects to Daniel Stanton, Sugar-Refiner, and Joseph Dando, Hat-Manufacturer, both of the City of Bristol, in trust, for the equal benefit of all the Creditors of the said Thomas Hughes ; and which said deed of assignment was executed by the said Thomas Hughes on the said 11th day of June ; by the said Joseph Dando on the 18th day of the same month of June; and by the said Daniel Stanton on the 19th day of the same month of June, in the presence of, and attested by, John Franklyn, of the said City of Bristol, Solicitor, at whose Office, in Small-Street, in the same City, the said indenture now lies for the inspection and execution of the Creditors of the said Thomas Hughes.

London Gazette - 3 March 1837.

NOTICE is hereby given that John Chapman, of Nailsworth, in the county of Gloucester, Shopkeeper and General Dealer, hath by indenture, bearing date the 11th day of January 1837, assigned all his estate and effects unto Francis Grevile Prideaux, of the city of Bristol, Wholesale Woollen-Draper, Silk-Mercer, and Warehouseman, and Joseph Dando, of the same city, Hat-Manufacturer, upon trust, for the equal benefit of all the creditors of the said John Chapman ; and that the same indenture was duly executed by the said John Chapman on the said 11th day of the same month of January, and by the said Francis Grevile Prideaux on the 21st day of the same month of January, in the presence of, and the execution thereof by them, respectively was attested by, Henry Brittan, of No. 17, Small-street, in the city of Bristol, Solicitor ; and that the same indenture was also duly executed by the said Joseph Dando on the 24th day of the same month of January, in the presence of, and was attested by, Thomas Harris, of Kingsbridge, in the county of Devon, Solicitor.

The Saturday, March 4, 1837; Issue 2454 of The Bristol Mercury included the above notice and added the following at the end...

And that the same indenture is now lying for inspection and execution by the Creditors of the said John Chapman, at the Offices of Mr. Henry Brittan, Solicitor, 17, Small-Street, Bristol.


Ann died in 1831 and ten years on, Joseph is to be found living with four of his daughters at Portland Square, Bristol, describing himself as a hatter. This was actually number 26. At the same time his son, Charles Tidmarsh DANDO and his wife Clarissa, were living opposite at number 13 Portland Square. Here are the census details for Joseph's household...

Joseph Dando
Age: 60 
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1781 
Gender: Male 
Civil Parish: St Paul 
Hundred: Bristol City 
County/Island: Gloucestershire 
Country: England 
Street address: Portland Square
Occupation: Hatter 
Registration district: Bristol 
Sub-registration district: St Paul 

Household Members: Name, Age 
Emma Dando 30 
Frances Dando 25 
Harriet Dando 25 
Joseph Dando 60 
Louisa Dando 30 
Caroline Gow 20 (Female Servant)
Matilda Sitter 30 (Female Servant) (Surname uncertain)

A video clip of Portland Square appears in the videos section of the Gallery. Photographs of the Square can be seen here.


By 1847, Joseph had moved to Ashley Down. The Methodist Quarterly Review published an article that year which offers a little insight into life in the Dando household. The names of Joseph's guests are unknown...

"It will not be out of place to observe before we take our leave of Bristol, that we were politely invited by Mr. Dando to partake of the hospitalities of his house. He resides in a most beautiful mansion on "Ashly Down," a fine elevated situation which overlooks the city. Here we had a most quiet and comfortable resting place during most of our stay in Bristol. Mr. Dando has three interesting daughters, one of whom, in particular, is a great admirer of Robert Hall, and has in keeping a hat which he wore, and which she did us the honor to place upon our head. Mr. Dando, the younger, was our guide to the wonders of Bristol; and, together with his excellent lady,-who, by the way, is a Philadelphian,-showed us and our fellow-travelers much attention, for which they are entitled to our gratitude. But for all these kindnesses we ought to confess our obligations to our old friend Stephen Dando of New-York, who was so kind as to herald our coming to Bristol to his respected brother and nephew."


Further references to Joseph were to be found in the following directories...

Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Bristol and South Wales, 1850:
Dando Joseph (firm of Dando, J. and C.T.), Ashley down

Mathews's Bristol & Clifton Directory, 1851:
Dando Joseph, Ashley down

Scammell & Co.'s City of Bristol and South Wales Directory, 1852:
Dando Joseph, Ashley down


Joseph was still at Ashley Down in 1851. His three unmarried daughters were also with him...

Name: Joseph Dando 
Age: 69 
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1782 
Relation: Head 
Gender: Male 
Where born: Stroud, Gloucestershire, England 
Civil Parish: Bristol St Andrew 
Ecclesiastical parish: St Andrew 
County/Island: Gloucestershire 
Country: England 
Street address: Ashley Down House
Occupation: Hat Manufacturer
Registration district: Clifton 
Sub-registration district: Ashley 
ED, institution, or vessel: 1d 
Household schedule number: 74 

Household Members: Name Age 
Edwin Burnell 10 
Elizabeth Burnell 6 
Jane Burnell 8 
Priscilla Burnell 34 (Servant)
Richard Burnell 34 (Servant)
Sarah Burnell 4 
Emma Dando 42 
Frances E Dando 35 
Harriet Dando 39 
Joseph Dando 69 
Ann Ricketts 42 (Servant)
Emma M Settem 41 (Housemaid - surname uncertain)

...Although the census shows Joseph's birthplace as Stroud, this is in fact very close to Rodborough.


Joseph DANDO, the elder died on 23rd June 1860 in Brunswick Square, Bristol, aged about 78 or 79. The Death Index states...

Name: Joseph Dando 
Year of Registration: 1860 
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 
District: Bristol 
County: Avon, Gloucestershire 
Volume: 6a 
Page: 27


Some time after Joseph had died, the 22nd December 1871 issue of the London Gazette mentioned Joseph DANDO the elder in connection with various trusts...

PURSUANT to an Order of the High Court of Chancery, made in the matter of the trusts of the settlement, dated the 24th day of June, 1846, and made between Joseph Dando the elder, of the first part; Joseph Dando the younger and Harriet Dando, his wife, of the second part; and the said Joseph Dando and Charles Tidmarsh Dando, of the third part; and in the matter of the Act 10th and 11th Victoria, c. 96, intituled "An Act for the better securing of Trustees." All persons claiming to be the children, or issue of children who have died, of Joseph Dando the younger, formerly of Bristol, in the county of Gloucester, afterwards of Dublin, in Ireland, afterwards of New York, and then of Philadelphia, in the United States of America, and afterwards of Belfast, in Ireland, are by their Solicitors, on or before the 7th day of March, 1872, to come in and prove their claims, at the chambers of the 'Vice-Chancellor Sir John Wickens, No. 12, Old-square, Lincoln's-inn, London, or in default thereof they will be peremptorily excluded from the benefit of the said Order. Thursday, the 21st day of March, 1872, at one of the clock in the afternoon, at the said chambers, is appointed for hearing and adjudicating upon tbe said claims - Dated this 8th day of December, 1871.
NOTE - The said Joseph Dando the younger is believed to have contracted marriages as follows :- In the year 1830 or 1831, to one Ellen Stirling or Sheriff, and to have been divorced from her in New York. In Philadelphia to one Jane Clark, and, after her death, to one Sarah Clark. In Philadelphia to one Harriet Catherine Williams. Any information respecting these marriages, and the issue of them, may be sent to Messrs. Meynell and Pemberton, of No. 20, Whitehall place, London, England.


A photograph of Joseph DANDO is displayed in the Photo Gallery section of this web site.


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