Site Updates - James Smale, yeoman of Shebbear - Biography page

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

Resources > Biographies (Hibbitt Family Tree) section

I've created a new biography page for my 6 x great-grandfather, James Smale. The biography mainly consists of a transcript of James' will which he wrote in October 1811. James died within the year and probate was granted to two of his sons, Edward and Richard Smale. The value of the estate was under £200, a tidy sum in 1812.

You can access James' biography from the Hibbitt family Biographies index page or by clicking on the Biography link on one of James' family pages; here or here. I've also placed a photo of Shebbear on his family page with first wife, Thomasine.

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Site Updates - Joseph Dando and his wives and children

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I've been doing a little more digging on my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando, the younger, and as a result, I've added more facts and updated his biography. Here are the latest findings:

  • I found a marriage licence between Joseph and Helen Shirreff [probably Sheriff] in Dublin in 1829. I knew that Joseph had been in Dublin before moving to America but I hadn't considered that he and Helen, who was his 2nd wife, might have married in Ireland before travelling to America. They divorced in New York.
  • Joseph's 3rd wife was Jane Clark. I now know the date of their marriage in Philadelphia - 7 September 1836. Jane died a little over 3 years later.
  • I discovered that Joseph's 4th wife was Sally Ann Bell Clark, rather than Sarah Clark, as previously thought. It's worth noting that Sally can be a nickname for Sarah. I discovered they married in Philadelphia on 7 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 1939 to confirm the title of both of them to certain lands situated in Baltimore. Sally's fate is unknown.
  • Other details include Joseph's church membership and Confirmation which took place on 28 February 1841 in Pennsylvania. Listed as Communicants in 1844 were Joseph, his 5th wife Harriet Catherine Williams (my 3 x great-grandmother), and a Harriet Richards. This was probably the same Miss Richards who was described as a servant and accompanied the Dandos on the journey to England in August 1844.
  • I found a death notice for Joseph in the Belfast Newsletter which confirmed he died at his home in Carlisle Street, Belfast. It also stated that he was to be buried in the Shankhill Burying Ground.
  • I've added details of Joseph's will, which was straightforward: he left everything to his widow, his 6th wife, Sarah, nee Walker. Sarah and her sister, Martha Walker, were appointed to be his executors. Only Sarah obtained probate although Martha reserved the right if the need arose.
  • I discovered yet another child, Joseph and Sarah (Walker's) first child was a son called Alfred, who was born in 1867. Their middle son, Samuel John, died as an infant. In 1873, Sarah travelled to New York with her second husband, John Hamilton, her sister, Martha Walker, and her 4 year old son, George Dando, the youngest of Joseph and Sarah's three boys. I've yet to learn what happened to Alfred though.
Place names: Dublin and Belfast in Ireland, New York and Philadelphia in USA.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Woodall, Lee, Rusby, Smale, French, Cooper, Fryer, Applegate + new Picture Gallery

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Hibbitt Family Tree section

Additions include:

Place names: Hatfield (near Doncaster) & York, both in Yorkshire, Black Torrington & Shebbear in North Devon, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

Barnes Family Tree section

Recent changes:

Resources > Dynamic Family Trees section

Both family databases in the Dynamic Family Trees section have been updated.

Picture Galleries

Altered the order of the links in the navigation bar on the main site. The old Gallery link is now called 'Pictures' and is the entry point to two separate photo galleries. Added new Barnes Family Picture Gallery with the following albums:

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Follow Friday: Wartime Farm - another great BBC series

Category: General

I've been avidly watching the BBC series 'Wartime Farm' and loving it. Some might remember my blog about the 'Edwardian Farm' - the latest series features the same three presenters but is set in World War II. So far, there have been two episodes which, if you missed them, are available to UK residents on the BBC iPlayer. Well worth a watch!

[Why Follow Friday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

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Site Updates - Surnames: Harvey, Keigwin, Tregurtha, Paul, Trenwith, Hutchen, Dawes, Barnes, Wright

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Barnes Family Tree section

After recently taking another trip with Harvey to the depths of Cornwall, I've made the following additions to some of Harvey's Cornish family lines.

Place names: Newlyn and Paul near Penzance in Cornwall.

Resources > Dynamic Family Trees section

The Barnes family database in the Dynamic Family Trees has been updated, most notably, try beginning with Harvey's grandmother, Lizzie Annie, nee Harvey, by choosing her from the Database menu (top left of the screen).

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Site Updates - New Dynamic Family Trees

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Resources > Dynamic Family Trees

NEW! I've added a brand new facility to the main website called Dynamic Family Trees. They're not a substitute for our standard FAMILY TREES which contain a great deal more information and are always the most up-to-date. After viewing our Dynamic Family Trees, I recommend you explore our standard FAMILY TREES if you haven't already done so.

Our Dynamic Family Trees provide a way of displaying our families in an interactive Pedigree format, offering quick and easy navigation through the generations but contain basic birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial details only.

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The Dynamic Family Trees page can be accessed in a number of different ways:
  • The Home Page under the Resources section.
  • The Resources Page itself.
  • The Sitemap Page under the Resources section.
  • The standard Family Trees introduction page underneath the two trees.
  • Every page within the standard Family Tree pages, just below the navigation bar (see image below).
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My thanks to Michael Horey, author of the Dynamic Family Tree Compiler, for creating and making available this Freeware program.

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Site Updates - Home Page and Tree Reports

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

Home Page

I've updated the front page of my website with some new graphics in order to highlight the various sections and make it easier to read.

My thanks to VintageKin.com for making many of these graphics available.

Resources > Family Tree Reports section

Updated the following family tree reports for Annie's HIBBITT family.
  • Complete Paternal Family Tree (single and multi-page).
  • Complete Maternal Family Tree (single and multi-page).
  • Ancestors of Charles George Hibbitt.
  • Ancestors of William Hellyer Geake.
  • Ancestors of Phyllis Grace Weaver.
The main Family Tree web pages will continue to be the most up-to-date information for our family trees.

Site Updates - Surnames: Hibbit (with variants), Leeson, Skillet, Tubbs, Bottom, Peesegood, Greensmith, Barnet, Newman

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Hibbitt Family Tree section

Relevant place names: Exton, Oakham and Braunston, all in the County of Rutland.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Larkworthy, Hopper, Martyn

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Relevant place names: Shebbear in North Devon.

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Military Monday: The Defence of Rorke's Drift

Category: Famous Connections

After my recent stay in hospital, Harvey (my hubby) decided to cheer me up by presenting me with a large print of a famous painting by Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville entitled 'The Defence of Rorke's Drift'. The print measures approximately 110 x 75cm, including the frame, and hangs conveniently in my stairwell.

Followers of my blog will know that I'm distantly related to 716 Pte. Robert Jones V.C., who took part in the battle on 22nd/23rd January 1879. Whilst there are many different paintings of the event, this is my personal favourite.

The Defence of Rorke's Drift by A de Neuville
The Defence of Rorke's Drift by A de Neuville
(Click the image above to see a larger version.)

Created in 1880, the original oil painting was commissioned by the Fine Art Society in London. It was bought by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1882 and is still amongst the collection to this day.

The caption underneath the print reads…

THE DEFENCE OF RORKE'S DRIFT
22nd January 1879

On January 22nd 1879, during the Zulu War, the small British field hospital and supply depot at Rorke's Drift in Natal was the site of one of the most heroic military defences of all time. Manned by 140 troops of the 24th Regiment, led by Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, the camp was attacked by a well-trained and well-equipped Zulu army of 4000 men, heartened by the great Zulu victory over the British forces at Isandhlwana earlier on the same day. The battle began in mid afternoon, when British remnants of the defeat at Isandhlwana struggled into the camp. Anticipating trouble, Chard set his small force to guard the perimeter fence but, when the Zulu attack began, the Zulus came faster than the British could shoot and the camp was soon overcome. The thatched roof of the hospital was fired by Zulu spears wrapped in burning grass and even some of the sick and the dying were dragged from their beds and pressed into desperate hand-to-hand fighting. Eventually, Chard gave the order to withdraw from the perimeter and to take position in a smaller compound, protected by a hastily assembled barricade of boxes and it was from behind this barricade that the garrison fought for their lives throughout the night. After twelve hours of battle, the camp was destroyed, the hospital had burned to the ground, seventeen British lay dead and ten were wounded. However, the Zulus had been repulsed and over 400 of their men killed. The Battle of Rorke's Drift is one of the greatest examples of bravery and heroism in British military history. Nine men were awarded Distinguished Conduct Medals and eleven, the most ever given for a single battle, received the highest military honour of all, the Victoria Cross.

[Why Military Monday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

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