Joseph DANDO - (1802 - 1870)
Joseph DANDO, the younger, was born in Bristol on 20th December 1802, the eldest son of Joseph DANDO, the elder, and Ann (nee MURCH). He was baptized at the Penn Street Calvinistic Methodist Tabernacle, Bristol, Gloucestershire, on 8th July 1805.
Whilst it is a little unclear whether the following entry in the Pigot's Directory of Gloucestershire, 1830, refers to Joseph the younger or his father, nevertheless he did enter into the family business of hat manufacturing at some stage...
Name: DANDO Joseph & Co
Rank/Occupation: Hat manufacturer / Dealer
Address: Castle Green, Bristol
Joseph married at least six times, the first time to Sarah Albinia PARKER on 1 July 1824. They had a daughter, Theresa Mary Parker DANDO who died before her fourth birthday. Then in 1829, Sarah died and it seems Joseph went to Dublin and probably married Helen SHERIFF whilst there, having obtained a marriage licence in 1829.
The couple travelled to America and Joseph published a book about practical book-keeping and also became a teacher of it. Joseph and Helen had a son, Joseph Clifford DANDO, who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 3rd February 1830, and also a daughter, Charlotte. However, the couple were divorced in New York.
On 7 September 1836, Joseph married Jane CLARK in Philadelphia but she sadly died in December 1839. His next wife was Sally Ann Bell CLARK whom he married on 7th August 1841. Sally might have been related to Jane (perhaps sisters) as both Jane Dando and a Sally Clark were parties to an act in February 1839 to confirm the title of both of them to certain lands situated in Baltimore. Sally's fate is unknown.
Joseph attended Church in Philadelphia between June 1840 and 1841 and he was Confirmed on 28th February 1841.
By 7th April 1844, Joseph was once again a Communicant at a Church in Philadelphia together with another wife, Harriet Catherine WILLIAMS, with whom he had at least six children, the first being born in February 1843. The church record states they moved to England in 1845, as did Harriet Richards who was a servant. In fact the two Harriets travelled from America to Liverpool in August 1844 accompanied by others, Joseph perhaps being one of them.
After his return to England, the 1842-1844 Pigot's Directory showed Joseph to be working in partnership with his brother, Charles Tidmarsh DANDO, in Bristol...
Dando Joseph & Charles, hat manufactrs. Castle green
Joseph and Harriet must have been on good terms with Joseph, the elder, in 1847 as the following article in the Methodist Quarterly Review shows they participated in entertaining his guests. The names of the 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."
The 3rd December 1850 edition of the London Gazette shows how Joseph agreed to deal with creditors on behalf of a draper from Tredegar in Wales...
NOTICE is hereby given, that Rees Davies, of Tredegar, in the county of Monmouth, Draper, hath by indenture of assignment, bearing date the 29th day of October 1850, made between the said Rees Davies, of the first part; Joseph Dando the younger, Hat Manufacturer, and William Williams, Wholesale Drapers, both of the city of Bristol, of the second part; and the several persons whose names or firms and seals were thereunto subscribed and set, by themselves or their respective partners or agents, and in the schedule thereunder written, respectively, creditors of the said Rees Davies, of the third part; assigned all his personal estate and effects to the said Joseph Dando the younger, and William Williams for the equal benefit of all the creditors of the said Rees Davies who shall execute the said indenture; and the said indenture was duly executed by the said Rees Davies, Joseph Dando the younger, and William Williams, on the said 29th day of October last; and the execution thereof by them respectively is attested by William Bevan, of the city of Bristol, Solicitor; that the said indenture of assignment is now lying at the offices of Messrs. William and Charles Bevan, Solicitors, Small-street, Bristol, for inspection and execution by the creditors of the said Rees Davies, who are requested to send a statement of their accounts to the said Messrs. William and Charles Bevan, and to execute the same assignment forthwith, or they will be excluded all benefit arising thereunder.
The Times published a very similar article six days later.
The Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Bristol and South Wales published the following listing in 1850...
Dando J. & C.T. & Co. hat manufacturers, 10 Castle green
1851 saw the dissolution of Joseph's partnership with his brother, Charles. The London Gazette published the following notice on 21st March of that year...
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between the undersigned, Joseph Dando and Charles Tidmarsh Dando, of the city of Bristol, Hat Manufacturers, was, on the 31st day of December last, dissolved by mutual consent; and that all debts owing to the said partnership will be received, and all debts owing therefrom, will be paid by the said Joseph Dando. -Dated the 14th day of February 1851.
C. T. Dando.
The Mathews's Bristol & Clifton Directory of 1851 reveals that Joseph was still at the Castle Green premises...
Dando J. & C.T. & Co. hat manufacturers, 10 Castle green
Dando Joseph jun. Castle green
The census taken on 7th April in the same year also confirms this...
Name: Joseph Dando
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1803
Spouse's Name: Maria C [should be Harriet]
Where born: Bristol
Civil Parish: Bristol Castle Precincts
Street address: 10a Castle Green
Occupation: Master Hatter employing 33 Men, 11 Ap and 13 Female Hatt Trimmers
Registration district: Bristol
Sub registration district: Castle Precincts
ED, institution, or vessel: 11b
Household schedule number: 19
Household Members: Name Age
Maria C Dando 29 [should be Harriet]
Joseph Dando 48
Susan Porter 37 (Servant)
Charles Porter 8
Mary Porter 13
Joseph and Harriet lost two of their children in 1854, George Washington DANDO, after a 'long and painful illness aged 6', and Catherine Emma DANDO who was less than 6 months old.
Joseph's father made a will on 6th April 1857 which seemed to indicate that relations with his son had become strained...
"...And as to one other seventh part of the net monies to arise from my said Real and residuary personal estate upon trust that during the life of my Son Joseph Dando my Trustees do and shall either pay such income to my said son or at the absolute discretion of my trustees or Trustee do and shall pay only part of it to him or entirely withhold or withdraw it from him for the whole of his life or for any shorter time or for any separate periods and as to such income or such part or parts thereof which shall not be paid to my said Son upon trust that my Trustees do and shall pay or apply the same to or for the benefit of all and every or such one or more to the exclusion of the other or others of the wife and present or future children of my said Son Joseph Dando at such time or times in such proportions and in such manner as my Trustees shall think proper and my trustees shall have power at any time or times after paying or applying the income or any part thereof to or for the benefit of the wife and children or any of them of my said Son again to pay the income or any part of it to him if the Trustees shall think proper And I declare that the Trustees shall not be responsible to my said Son or his Wife or Children for the exercise of the discretion hereinbefore given to the said Trustees but shall have absolute power and discretion in the premises And from and immediately after the decease of my said Son as to the said one seventh part or the investments thereof upon trust to pay the income thereof unto Harriet Catherine Dando the wife of the said Joseph Dando or permit her to receive the annual income thereof for her life if and so long as she shall continue his widow she maintaining educating and bringing up to the satisfaction of my said trustees the children of my said Son by her for the Time being under the age of Twenty one years not being or not having been married And from and after her decease or marriage again and the decease of
my said Son Joseph Dando (which of those events shall latest happen) Then as to the said one seventh part or the investments thereof with the future income thereof upon trust for the Child if only one wholly or for all the Children if more than one in equal shares of my said Son by his present wife Harriet Catherine Dando But if any of such Children shall die under the age of Twenty one years without leaving issue living at his or her decease Then In trust as to the original share and any accruing share or shares of any and every such child so dying for the other or others of such children of my said Son Joseph Dando by his present Wife And if more than one in equal shares but if there shall be no child of my said Son by his present Wife who shall attain the age of twenty one years or dying under that age shall have issue living at his or her decease Then as to the said one seventh share In trust for the executors and administrators of my said Son Joseph Dando as part of his Estate...
"...And I also empower my said trustees at their discretion to advance and apply any part not exceeding one half of the capital to which under any of the said bequests or dispositions each or any legatee shall be entitled or contingently or presumptively entitled in or towards his or her advancement or preferment in the world but no such application of a reversionary share shall be made without the previous consent in writing of the person on whose death the prior interest shall be determinable save that in the case of the children of my Son Joseph Dando the advances may be made by my trustees at their own discretion without any consent of my said Son..."
Matters must have deteriorated further because six months later, Joseph, the elder, felt the need to add the following codicil to his will...
"This is a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me Joseph Dando of the City of Bristol Gentleman which Will bears date the Sixth day of April One thousand eight hundred and fifty seven whereas by my said Will I have directed that the trustees thereof shall stand possessed of the net moneys to arise from my real and personal estate thereby devised and bequeathed Upon trust for sale and conversion into money in manner therein appearing And as to one seventh part of such net moneys Upon the trusts and for the purposes for the benefit or in relation to my Son Joseph Dando (hereinafter called Joseph Dando the younger) and Harriet Catherine Dando his present Wife and their children (and in the first of which trusts I mean by the words “such income” the income of the said one seventh part) And whereas for divers reasons I am desirous of making the alterations hereinafter contained in relation to the same trusts and purposes Now therefore I hereby revoke all the trusts powers and provisions in my said will contained as far as they relate to future children of the said Joseph Dando the younger And declare that all the trusts powers and provisions in my said Will or this Codicil contained which in anywise relate to the children of the said Joseph Dando the younger shall be read and construed as if the present children hereinafter named of the said Joseph Dando the younger were alone mentioned or referred to therein and by such present children I mean the following persons that is to say William Elbert Dando Augustus Dando and Louisa Kate Dando all children of the said Harriet Catherine Dando And I hereby also declare that if my Son the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando shall at any time after the expiration of twenty one days from my decease and whilst the Brother or any of the Sisters of the said Joseph Dando the younger shall be resident at Bristol or within ten miles thereof reside or stay continuously for the
space of fourteen days within fifty miles of the City of Bristol or come to or be present in that City except as hereinafter mentioned or if they or any of them shall at any time after my death in any manner whatever molest or annoy the Brother or any of the Sisters of the said Joseph Dando the younger whether resident at Bristol or elsewhere (by any of which acts or things I declare that the said Joseph Dando the younger and the said Harriet Catherine Dando) shall be respectively guilty of an offence within the meaning of this Codicil) Then and in any such case and immediately upon any such offence (whether committed by the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando or any of them) the trusts powers and provisions in my said will contained shall so far as they relate to the said Joseph Dando the younger and Harriet Catherine Dando or either of them absolutely cease and determine as if both of them were dead and the trusts powers and provisions in my said Will contained in favor of the children of the said Joseph Dando the younger and to take effect after his death and the death or marriage again of the said Harriet Catherine Dando shall (as varied and explained by this Codicil) be accelerated accordingly And if any such offence as aforesaid shall be committed (whether by the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando and whether in his lifetime or after his decease) and none of them the said William Elbert Dando Augustus Dando and Louisa Kate Dando shall attain the age of twenty one years or dying under that age shall leave issue living at his or her decease then and in such case the trust premises so provided by my said will for the said Joseph Dando the younger and his said present Wife and children as aforesaid shall be held In trust for the Brother and Sisters of the said Joseph Dando the younger named in my said Will in equal shares but so nevertheless that the share of each Brother and Sister therein shall
be held upon and for the same trusts intents and purposes as are by my said Will declared concerning the original one seventh share of such Brother or Sister (as the case may be) of and in the net monies to arise from my real and personal estate Provided always and I hereby declare that the trustees or trustee for the time being of my said Will shall in every case have full and absolute power to determine whether or not an offence has been committed in relation to the premises by the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando upon any evidence which the said trustees or trustee may deem satisfactory or upon their or his own personal information without any obligation on the said trustees or trustee to communicate to any person whomsoever the grounds or reason of such determination or upon what evidence or information the same shall have been made And the determination of the said trustee or trustees shall be final and conclusive upon all parties Provided always that the said trustees or trustee shall not be responsible for any monies which they or he shall pay or apply under my said will to or for the benefit of the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando or either of them after any such offence as aforesaid shall have been committed unless previously to such payment or application satisfactory evidence of such offence shall have been given to the said trustees or trustee provided also and I hereby declare that if my said son the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando shall at any time or times after the expiration of twenty one days from my death come to Bristol and stay therein only twenty four hours and shall not during that period visit his brother or any of his sisters then and in any such case the person or persons so coming to Bristol and observing all the conditions of this proviso shall not be deemed to have committed an offence within the meaning of this codicil And I
hereby declare that the distance of any place or places from Bristol shall for the purposes of this codicil be measured from the exchange in that city and by Road or Railway (whichever shall be the shortest) and not as the crow flies provided always and I hereby also declare that all sums which I shall at any time or times hereafter during my life pay or advance to or for the benefit of the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando whether by way of annuity or otherwise shall be considered as part of the net monies to arise from my real and personal estate devised and bequeathed by my said will in trust for sale and conversion as aforesaid And shall be deducted from and allowed out of the one seventh share of such net moneys by my said will provided for the said Joseph Dando the younger and Harriet Catherine Dando and their children as aforesaid But so nevertheless that the said Joseph Dando the younger or the said Harriet Catherine Dando shall not be called upon to refund any monies so paid or applied as aforesaid but shall be considered as absolutely entitled thereto And the residue only (after deducting such sums as aforesaid) of the said one seventh share so provided for the said Joseph Dando the younger and Harriet Catherine Dando and their children by my said Will as aforesaid shall be considered as settled by my said Will and this codicil And in all other respects I ratify and confirm my said will In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand the twenty ninth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty seven – Joseph Dando – Signed by the said Joseph Dando as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have here unto subscribed our names as Witnesses – James Livett Solr Bristol – Henry Livett Solr Bristol"
Harriet may well have been pregnant with her and her husband's youngest son, Henry Bayard DANDO, when the codicil was written which appears to deliberately disinherit him. Joseph DANDO, the elder, died in 1860. The reason for the dispute, or whether the younger Joseph and his wife kept to the terms of the will, is unknown.
It comes as no surprise to find Joseph and his family were living in Manchester in 1861. He had returned to his previous profession as an accountant, having left hats behind, and William Elbert DANDO, his son, was working as an accountant's clerk, most probably with him. The census details are as follows...
Name: Joseph Dando
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1803
Spouse's Name: Harriet C
Where born: Bristol, Gloucestershire
Civil Parish: Cheetham
Ecclesiastical parish: St Luke
Street address: 158 Rydal Mount
Registration district: Manchester
Sub-registration district: Cheetham
ED, institution, or vessel: 10
Household schedule number: 9
Household Members: Name Age
Augustus E Dando 10 (actual name - Edward Augustus Dando)
Harriet C Dando 42
Henry B Dando 3
Joseph Dando 58
Louisa H Dando 5
William E Dando 19
Bridget Wilson 46 (Servant)
Joseph was still an accountant in Manchester in 1863 when Harriet died. The following year a partnership between him and son, William, was dissolved...
London Gazette - 1st July 1864.
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Joseph Dando and William Elbert Dando, as Auditors and Accountants, is this day dissolved by mutual consent. - Dated the 30th June, 1864.
Wm. Elbert Dando.
Joseph married yet again on 26th October 1866 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, this time to Sarah, nee WALKER. Son, Alfred, arrived in 1867, then Samuel John in 1868 but he died as an infant and George was born in 1869.
In 1869, Joseph wrote a will as follow...
This is the last Will of me Joseph Dando, accountant, residing at No 24 Carlisle Street in the Town of Belfast I leave and bequeath to my Wife Sarah Dando (formerly Sarah Walker) all my furniture, bedding, linen, books and other chattels, also all money or monies which may belong to me or may be falling due to me at the time of my death. I appoint my said Wife Sarah Dando to be my residuary Legatee and also appoint my said Wife and her sister Martha Walker Executors of this my last Will …? testimony whereof I affix my name and seal this Twenty ninth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sisxty nine
Signed Sealed and Published and declared}-------------------Joseph Dando (seal)
To be his last will and testament by Joseph}
Dando in our presence who both of being present at the time and in his presence and in the presence of one another do hereby affix our names as witnesses on this 29th day of April 1869 William Stewart 44 Carlisle St Belfast – James Reynolds 28 Bruce St Belfast
Joseph was described in 1870 in a local Belfast directory as a public auditor and general accountant...
The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory - Year: 1870, page 487
Dando, Joseph, public auditor and general accountant, 24 Carlisle st
Joseph DANDO, the younger, died at home in Belfast on 28th September 1870, leaving his widow, Sarah. The Belfast Newsletter printed the following death notice...
DANDO-September 28, at his residence, 24 Carlisle Street Belfast, Joseph Dando, Esq. His remains will be removed from his late residence, for interment in Shankhill Burying ground, on this (Friday) morning, at nine o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation?
Sarah was the executor of Joseph's will, which was proved in October 1870...
Date Of Death: 28/09/1870
Date Of Grant: 31/10/1870
Effects: Effects under £100
The Will of Joseph Dando late of 24 Carlisle-street Belfast County Antrim Gentleman deceased who died 28 September 1870 at Belfast aforesaid was proved at Belfast by the oath of Sarah Dando of 24 Carlisle-street Belfast aforesaid Widow one of the Executors.
Probate was granted as follows...
Dando Joseph Deceased
Effects sworn under £100
Died at Belfast County Antrim
28 September 1870
The Last Will and Testament of Joseph Dando late of 24 Carlisle Street Belfast in the County of Antrim, Gentleman, Deceased, was proved in common form of Law and Probate thereof Granted by Her Majestys Court of Probate in Ireland in the District Registry at Belfast to Sarah Dando of twenty four Carlisle Street Belfast aforesaid, Widow of Deceased, one of the Executors names in the said Will – she being first sworn – power being reserved to make a like Grant to Martha Walker the other Executor when she applies therefor
Dated the thirty first day of October 1870
[illegible signature] Dist Reg
Extracted by Lucas Waring Solicitor - Lisburn
The following article appeared in the London Gazette on 22nd December 1871...
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 the 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.
On the marriage certificate of Joseph's son, William Elbert, in 1875, Joseph, although by now deceased, was described as a manufacturer.
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