Frederick Swaine LE GRICE, 18381902 (aged 63 years)

Frederick Swaine /LE GRICE/
Given names
Frederick Swaine
Birth March 14, 1838
Colonel in Royal Horse Ar

Death March 1, 1902 (aged 63 years)

Possibly Major Frederick Swaine Le Grice who saw service in the Zulu wars of the 1870's

Major in Keynsham Light Horse, Anglo=Zulu War 1875


Found in Rugby School Yearbook Vol II 1850 - 1874


<1838> Birthplace Great Gransden, Huntingdon, England Age 43 Occupation Major Royal Horse Artillery & Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Marital Status M <Married> Head of Household Frederick Swaine LE GRICE Relation Head


9.MARY HOLWORTHY. Baptised at Elsworth on September 18, 1763, the ninth child and final of six daughters born to Samuel Smith Holworthy and Elizabeth Haddock. She was married to John Le Grice, son of Charles Le Grice and Ann Whitaker, on 28 September 1785 at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. The minister presiding was Mary’s brother-in-law Thomas Cooke, and witnesses were her brother-in-law Framingham Thruston and her mother Elizabeth Holworthy. A son, John Le Grice, was born on Christmas Day 1789 and baptised the following year at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Other children included: Frederick le Grice:Born 1798, Bury St. Edmunds. Became the Rev. Frederick Le Grice, vicar of Great Gransden, Huntingdonshire. He died on 25 Jan 1884. Married Elizabeth Peers Gregory Swaine on 6 March 1837.Children Frederick Swaine, France and Emily Swaine. Henry Le Grice: born July 1800, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Solicitor. Sophia Le Grice: married William Malton Esq in May 1820. Daughter Emily Malton. Frances Le Grice: married Dr. George Gregory M.D of Weymouth St, Portland Place, London, in April 1829. Caroline Le Grice: married the Reverend Henry Thomas Wilkinson M.A of St.Peters College, Cambridge,3rd son of the Rev. M. Wilkinson, Rector of Redgrave, Suffolk, in January 1831. Emma Le Grice: married George Elers Esq of Ightham, Kent, and Crowcombe, Somersetshire,in July 1831.

Mary Holworthy’s husband John Le Grice was a very well-respected attorney and solicitor in Bury St. Edmunds. He died on April 22, 1835, at the age of 91 years. His will, written in 1831, states that his wife predeceased him. Through his brother Charles Le Grice, he was the Uncle of well-known Charles Valentine Le Grice, poet, scholar and author, who was a close friend of Charles and Mary Lamb and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.(“ Charles Valetine Le Grice was the son of the Reverend Charles Le Grice, Lecturer at St James, Bury St. Edmonds, being born 14th February 1773, descended from a Le Grys (a follower of William the Conqueror) who subsequently acquired lands particularly in East Anglia. Sir Robert Le Grys, an earlier member of the family, preceded Charles Valentine Le Grice in Cornwall to become the Governor of St. Mawes Castle in 1633.

The Reverend Charles Valentine le Grice was affectionately known to his family as ‘CV’ . He was an urbane, witty intellectual who thrived in the company of his school friends, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Lamb and Leigh Hunt. He was somewhat of a literary person writing prolifically on all manner of subjects. He ran the estate efficiently and played an active part in local affairs, as magistrate and curate. He maintained a very strong friendship with Coleridge and contact continued throughout their lives. Reverend Le Grice was an early friend of Sir Humphrey Davy, meeting him first on Battery Rocks on the seafront of Penzance and then speaking with Sir Isaac Newton. In 1806 he was appointed perpetual curate of St Mary’s Church for his time as a model clergyman enjoying good and lively sermon, good company and a hearty wit and very fond of the use of the pun”. From:

10.CHARLES HOLWORTHY. Francis Holworthy's great grandfather, Charles was baptised on October 21, 1764, at Elsworth, Cambridge, the tenth and final child born to Samuel Smith Holworthy and his wife Elizabeth Haddock.

Charles was only a year old when his father passed away in 1765. Despite living on for another 44 years, his mother Elizabeth Haddock Holworthy never remarried, and did an excellent job of seeing her five sons well educated, and her surviving daughters married into respectable families. Charles Holworthy attended Oxford University and graduated with his B.A on December 18, 1786. In 1795 he was instituted as the Vicar of Bourn, Cambridge, a position he held until his death in 1853. With very few exceptions the vicars of Bourn from the mid 16th century were graduates, and many of them fellows, of Christ's College, who were the patrons of the Bourn church. Charles Holworthy, vicar 1795–1853, did not reside and employed a curate who lived in the vicarage and performed all the vicar's duties. Charles Holworthy married Henrietta Want on August 27, 1791.

The Want family of London and Huntingdonshire have proved to be fascinating to research. Warwick’s great-great-great grandmother Henrietta Want was one of seven daughters born to London attorney Robert Want and his wife Eden Fuller. Robert married Eden on April 25, 1747, at Oxford Chapel, Vere Street, London. Over thirty years of marriage they had eight daughters, seven of whom lived to adulthood. Robert practised in London, and it was here at his house in Fetter Lane that he died in August of 1777. His widow Eden Want spent her last years in Huntingdonshire with her seven daughters. She died in March of 1781, 3 ½ years after her husband Robert died, and on March 13, 1781 was buried in the graveyard of St. Mary Magdalene, Brampton, Huntingdonshire. Eden Want’s will was fascinating. It read in part: “ I have seven daughters all unmarried ( to wit) Catherine Eden, Cassandra, Elizabeth, Arabella, Charlotte, Henrietta and Caroline Matilda. It being my ardent wish and desire that they should while they remain single live together as their patrimony when joined will definitely support them while if they were to live separate and apart from each other would I fear be insufficient therefore and for that reason I make this disposition of my estate as follows- I give and bequeath unto my friends William Welby and Edward Wilmot, both being of the Middle Temple, esquires, upon trust my estate..... .....and lay out such money as they in their discretion shall think proper in the purchase of a house for the residence of my said unmarried daughters...the eldest of my daughters to have the care and management of said house.” The will was made on August 8, 1779, and proved on May 16, 1781.As well as providing the names of Henrietta’s sisters, it also explained where the name ‘Wilmot’ came from when Henrietta named her son ‘Charles Wilmot Holworthy’. Of the seven sisters that were unmarried at the time of their mother’s death in 1781, only three remained so...Catherine Eden, Arabella and Charlotte. A brief rundown on the lives of the Want sisters is as follows:

  1. Catherine Eden Want: b c. 1751. Did not marry. Lived in Brampton with sisters Charlotte and Arabella Want until her death in 1811, aged 60. In her will, Catherine left all of her possessions solely to her sister Arabella. She was buried at Brampton on April 26, 1811.

2.CASSANDRA WANT: Married Robert Godby of a well-known Huntingdonshire family. He was the son of Robert Goldby, who until the time of his death in 1791, aged 68, was land-steward to the Earl of Sandwich ( whose son Basil Montagu married Cassandra’s sister Caroline Matilda). Cassandra and Robert had a family of two daughters and five sons: • Robert Godby baptised April 14, 1783, St. Marys Huntingdon. • Henry Godby baptised May 17, 1785,St. Marys, Huntingdon. • Anna Godby baptised August 4, 1786, St. Marys, Huntingdon.

• Edward Godby born July 17, 1787. Baptised September 18, 1787. • William Godby born June 14, 1790. Baptised February 10, 1792, St. Marys,Huntingdon. • Cassandra Godby born December 6, 1791. Baptised February 10, 1792, St, Marys, Huntingdon. Died December 1, 1794. • Vincent Roberts Godby born December 8, 1794. Died August 1831

3.ELIZABETH WANT: Married the Reverend John Smith. One of their sons, John Smith, married his first cousin Henrietta Holworthy ( their mothers, Elizabeth and Henrietta Want, being sisters)

4.ARABELLA WANT: Another of the spinster Want sisters who lived together in their house at Brampton. Born c. 1757.She wrote her last will and testament on October 7, 1837, and in was proved on March 27, 1838. The Free BDM site had her death as being registered in the March ¼ of 1838.

In her will, Arabella requested to have her body ‘deposited in the Church of Brampton by the side of my late sister Catherine Eden Want.” She also appointed her niece, Caroline Matilda Holworthy (child of Arabella’s sister Henrietta) as her sole executrix and residuary legatee. Amongst other items in her will, Arabella left the following bequests: -I give to my niece Caroline Matilda Holworthy the five hundred pound legacy left to my late sister Catherine Eden Want and myself by Edward Wilmot Esq. Also the two small debts of £79 and £42 due to me by my late sister Charlotte Want. Also Miss Trulove’s gift of £60 left to my late sister Catherine Eden Want and myself. ( If Caroline Matilda Holworthy was to die before Arabella, Arabella reverted her bequests to her niece Henrietta Smith, the wife of my nephew John Smith.)

  • “The £500 moiety of the £1000 left by my dear mother to her unmarried daughters, it being now my sole property as her only surviving unmarried daughter, I leave as follows: £300 to my niece Caroline Matilda Holworthy £200 to my niece Anna Godby “( daughter of Arabella’s sister Cassandra)

  • “The £100 legacy of my late sister Charlotte Want to my sister Catherine and myself I leave to my nephew Charles Wilmot Holworthy (Warwick’s great-great grandfather)in trust for the use of his son Arthur Layton Holworthy until he reaches the age of 21.”

  • “I give to my niece Henrietta Smith, the wife of my nephew John Smith, County Roxburgh, the £838-11-6 interest on the joint stock...(hard to decipher)...and after her death Ieave it to my niece Caroline Matilda Holworthy in trust for the use of the children of my before-mentioned niece Henrietta Smith, her sister. (If the children died, the Bank stock reverted to Caroline Matilda Holworthy).

  • “The brooch with my dear sister Godby’s hair in it I leave to her daughter Anna Godby, my niece. I also leave her my watch which is gold except for the case.”

  • “In the distribution of my property I have considered those whom I think have the greatest claim to my attention and hope and trust in my ardent wish to benefit those I love and for whom I have the greatest and surest affection and for whose future happiness I am interested, I shall not lose the satisfaction.

  • “I wish to give all my furniture, plate, china, linen, books, and trinkets to my different relatives as I thought fit on my coming to reside with my brother-in-law the Reverend C. Holworthy and his daughter, my niece Caroline Matilda Holworthy, in the year 1835.” This very descriptive will not only established family groupings and relationships, but also the interesting information that Arabella had spent the last three years of her life with the Holworthy family. Ararbella Want was buried at St. Mary Magdalene , Brampton, on February 24, 1838, aged 81 years.

5.Charlotte Want: born c. 1759. Was the first of the three spinster Want sisters to pass away. She died in 1802, aged 43, and was buried on November 12, 1802, at St. Mary Magdalene, Brampton. Like her mother and several sisters, she has a memorial floor slab in the church at Brampton. Charlotte left the most wonderfully detailed will which ran to over ten pages. Much of it was boring legalese, but many relationships were mentioned. The most interesting of these were as follows: -“ Unto my sister Catherine Eden Want, spinster of Brampton, and Herbert Brace of the Middle Temple, London, Gentleman, £150 capital stock in trust for the sole and separate use of my sister Henrietta Holworthy, the wife of the Rev. Charles Holworthy....

  • ...£50 to my sister Catherine Eden Want
  • ....£50 to my sister Cassandra Godby, wife of Robert Godby, Esq.
  • ...£50 to my sister Elizabeth Smith, wife of the Reverend John Smith
  • ...£50 to my sister Arabella Want -...£50 to Herbert Brace -...I give and bequeath unto my sister Henrietta Holworthy all of my ___ and consumable articles in the house at my decease and all of my wearing apparel for her own sole and separate use. -...I give and bequeath the full and free use and enjoyment of all of my household furniture, plate, household linen, china, prints, pictures, books, watches ( except the watch hereinafter otherwise disposed of to Charles Wilmot Holworthy, son of my said sister Henrietta Holworthy), trinkets, jewels and ornaments of my person whatsoever unto my said sister Henrietta Holworthy for and during her life exclusive and independent of her said present husband or any future husband with whom she may happen to marry. ( If Henrietta died, her bequest was to go to her daughter, Caroline Matilda Holworthy) -...I give and bequeath my double gold watch unto the said Charles Wilmot Holworthy, son of the said Henrietta Holworthy, the same to be delivered to him upon his attaining the age of 21. -...Lands, tenants, messuages etc at Little Ealing, Middlesex, some time since in my possession but now in the occupation of Mrs Trimmer(??)to Catherine Eden Want and Herbert Brace to use in order to be able to grant the following bequests: -Yearly sum or annuity of £150 to my sister Henrietta Holworthy
  • £ 60 yearly sum to my sister Elizabeth Smith wife of Reverend John Smith -£50 annuity to my sister Cassandra, wife of Robert Godby, after the death of her husband. ..then followed pages and pages of legal jargon and specifications, then another bequest to Henrietta Holworthy and her daughter Caroline Matilda, and requirements of inheritance of the children of her sisters Henrietta Holworthy, Cassandra Godby and Elizabeth Smith
  • ...Bequest to Basil Montagu, the younger son of my late sister Caroline Matilda by Basil Montagu Esq.
  • ... £200 each to Anna Godby, daughter of my sister Cassandra Godby, and Basil Montagu the Younger, and each and every child of my sister Elizabeth Smith who shall be living at the time of my decease.”

Charlotte’s will was made on April 21, 1802, and proved on March 17, 1803.

6.SOPHIA WANT: baptised September 9, 1762, St. Andrews, Holborn. No other mention. Presumably died young.

7.HENRIETTA WANT: Francis Holworthy's grandmother. Baptised May 5, 1765, St. Andrews, Holborn. More about her later!

  1. CAROLINE MATILDA WANT: The final child born to Robert and Eden Want, she was baptised on September 20, 1768, St. Andrews, Holborn. When she was 22 years old, Caroline’s life became entwined with that of a young student named Basil Montagu, and her marriage to him in 1790 caused her to become part of a fabulous 18th century story. Basil Montagu was the natural born son of the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, and his beautiful mistress, Martha Ray. He was born on April 24, 1770, and was always acknowledged by his father. When only nine years old, Basil’s mother Martha Ray was murdered in sensational circumstances. The following is taken from a book written about the event by Martin Levy:

“ Martha Ray (1742 – April 7 1779) was a British singer of the Georgian era. Her father was a corsetmaker and her mother was a servant in a noble household. Good-looking, intelligent, and possessing a talented singing voice, she came to the attention of many of her father's patrons. She is best known for her affair with John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. She lived with him as his mistress from the age of seventeen, while his wife was suffering from mental illness. She gave birth to five children, one of whom was Basil Montagu. During this time, she conducted a successful singing career, for which she became well-known, as well as completed her education with Lord Montagu's support. Montagu set Ray up in a residence in Westminster, and gave her a generous allowance, allowing her a place to stay during periods in which she did not wish to remain at his home. In public, although Montagu was married, the two acted as husband and wife. During this period, Ray was introduced to a soldier, James Hackman, by Montagu. Hackman became a frequent visitor, and is thought to have proposed marriage to Ray on several instances, but she declined each time. Also by this time, Montagu was deeply in debt. It is believed that while Montagu was financially generous to Ray, he did not offer her any long term financial security, which may have been what led Ray into tolerating Hackman's advances. In 1779, James Hackman left the British Army to join the church. At some point, believed to have been around 1778, Ray and Hackman had become involved romantically, but this affair was short-lived, by most reports due to her believing he lacked the financial means and social status to support her. However, Hackman was completely infatuated with Ray, becoming increasingly jealous, and continued to pursue her. On April 7th, 1779, in the company of a female attendant, Ray left to attend an engagement. She had been approached by Hackman earlier that evening, but she declined to tell him where she was going. He, however, took to following her to observe her movements. She was murdered on April 7th, 1779, in the foyer of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden by Hackman, who was by that time a clergyman. Hackman murdered her due to his belief that she had taken another lover, Baron Coleraine William Hanger, whom Hackman witnessed her meeting at Covent Garden. Whether she and William Hanger were involved in an affair has never been established beyond some doubt. Montagu was devastated by her death. Hackman attempted to shoot himself to death following his murder of her, but only wounded himself, and was arrested. Two days after her April 14 burial, Hackman was sentenced to hang, and the sentence was carried out on April 19 in front of a large crowd in Tyburn, London.” Reference: Martin Levy (2004), Love and Madness: The Murder of Martha Ray, Mistress of the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, Harper & Brothers (ISBN 0-06-055975-6)

Basil was brought up at Hinchinbrook, Huntingdonshire, and educated at the Charterhouse and Christs College, Cambridge. He was still studying law at the time of his marriage, graduating with a B.A in 1790 and his M.A in 1793. Basil’s marriage to Caroline Want infuriated his father, as he did not think the marriage was suitable- in other words, he considered Caroline, the daughter of a London attorney, to be an inferior match for his son. Father and son had a falling out, and never really mended their relationship. Basil was only twenty years old when he married, and Caroline 22, and I really admire Basil for having the strength to stand up to his father for a woman whom he obviously loved. Their marriage was cut tragically short, however, when in 1793 Caroline died in childbirth, delivering their only child, a son named Basil Caroline Montagu. There is a memorial floor slab in the church of St.Mary Magdalene, Brampton, Huntingdonshire for ‘Caroline Matilda, wife of basil Montagu, died 1793.’ Basil Montagu was very close friends with the famous Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, and when Caroline died Basil the Elder struggled along for four years raising his small son until William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy offered to care for the young child. As one report concerning Basil Montagu the Elder read:- “Montagu had class on his side, but little else. While a Law student in London he married against his father’s wishes, only for his wife to die giving birth to a son, Basil Caroline Montagu. In 1795 his father deprived him of his inheritance, leaving him in such straitened circumstances that William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy offered to take care of Basil Caroline for him, which they did for several years.”

Basil Caroline Montagu even appeared in several of Wordsworth’s poems- he was the “Edward”of Wordsworth's poetry. The following was taken from an internet source: "... Wordsworth returned to Racedown and fetched four-year-old Basil, the motherless child of his barrister friend Basil Montagu who paid the Wordsworths a modest sum to bring him up and, for part of the Alfoxden year, paid nothing. This child who had been a pale, miserable little creature when they took him, played in joyful freedom at Alfoxden, familiar with trees, stones, birds, animals. He grew hardy and happy and stayed out in all weathers. Generally he played alone, but at times he played with a Holford cottage child whom Dorothy considered very spoiled, and was taken with him to play on the shore at Kilve. ... ... Basil Montagu came again to see his little son who figures as “Edward” in Wordsworth's poems. Seventeen years later Mrs Coleridge wrote to Tom Poole that he must surely remember the little boy he used to see playing at Alfoxden. She had just seen him at Southey's house, a youth fearfully stricken by consumption, being blistered and bled while blood came from his lungs and Dorothy Wordsworth nursed him with the aid of an old servant and remained constantly at this bedside. On a mild March morning Wordsworth wrote his verses To My Sister' at a small distance from the front of the house and put them in little Basil Montagu's hand to take to Dorothy whom they summoned to feel the sun' instead of working indoors. In the poem he called the boy by the name Edward just as in `Ancedote for Fathers' in which he describes him as a fair, fresh, active boy of five years. So Dorothy too described him in a letter, but at greater length. That morning when Basil ran in with the poem in his hand the robin whose song Dorothy always mentioned with such pleasure in her journal was singing in the tall larch near the door. ..." Basil Caroline Montagu, son of Basil Montagu and Caroline Matilda Want, died in 1830, aged 37. As a post script, basil Montagu the Elder went on to marry twice more and have a large family of children. His second wife was Laura Rush, who he married in 1801 and had three sons before she died. His third wife was the wealthy widow of Thomas Skepper of Yorkshire, with whom he had two sons and a daughter. Basil Montagu died in 1851.

Now..back to Henrietta Want and her husband Charles Holworthy. After their marriage in 1791, the Reverend Charles and his wife went on to have a family of two daughters and one son that I can locate, all born in the family home at Brampton, Huntingdonshire. As previously mentioned, although Charles Holworthy held the position of Vicar of Bourn, he never lived there, preferring to hire a curate to carry out ecclesiastical duties and allowing him to live at Brampton with his wife and family. Charles’ wife Henrietta Want Holworthy died at Brampton, Huntingdonshire, on May 16, 1835, in her 71st year. She was buried at St. Mary’s, Brampton, and has a memorial slab in the floor of the church. By 1841 her widowed husband Charles had moved to London to live with their elder daughter Caroline Matilda Holworthy in Hampstead. Caroline died in 1845, so Charles moved on to his younger daughter Henrietta Holworthy Smith, who had lost her husband in 1844. The Reverend Charles Holworthy died on June 25, 1853, in his 89th year. He died at his home in Hampstead, and his will contained several interesting bits and pieces: “ Charles Holworthy of Hampstead in the county of Middlesex,Clerk. Having given all of my plate, watches, books, china, glass, household linen and furniture to my daughter Caroline Matilda Holworthy shortly after my coming to reside with her at Hampstead, I give and bequeath after the payment of all my just debts, funeral and other expenses and a sufficient sum being set apart for the payment of the following amenities for life viz £50 to my daughter Henrietta the wife of John Smith of Darnick near Melrose in the county of Roxburgh £20 to my niece Anna Godby of Brampton in the county of Huntingdonshire The residue of my property to be equally divided between my son Charles Wilmot Holworthy and Caroline Matilda Holworthy.” Charles Wilmot Holworthy and Caroline Matilda Holworthy were appointed executor and executrix of their father’s will, written on March 1, 1843. It was proved on July 6, 1853, by Charles Wilmot Holworthy, his sister Caroline having died before her father in 1845. A brief rundown on the three children of the Rev. Charles Holworthy and Henrietta Want is as follows:

•CAROLINE MATILDA HOLWORTHY: born c. 1796, Brampton. Lived most of her life at Brampton, retiring to Hampstead, London, in her later years where she lived with her elderly widowed father. The 1841 census saw Caroline and her father Charles living at Weatherall Place, Hampstead. Charles was stated as being 75 years old, a clerk, who had not been born in London. Caroline was 45, independent, and also not born in London. In February of 1845, just before her death, Caroline wrote her last will and testament. Those to benefit from her will included her cousins Henry, Anna and Edward Godby (children of her mother’s sister, Cassandra Want Godby); her sister Henrietta Smith, widow of John Smith Esq; Sarah Allen of Brampton; and her brother Charles Wilmot Holworthy.

•HENRIETTA HOLWORTHY: Born at Brampton, Huntingdonshire, c. 1798. Married her first cousin, John Smith, the son of her maternal aunt Elizabeth Want, on February 3, 1827, at Edinburgh, Scotland. Their children were as follows: a) Henrietta Caledonia Smith: born October 30, 1828, Denny Parish, Stirling. Baptised Christmas day, 1828, Denny. Known as ‘Caledonia’. Did not marry. Lived with unmarried sister Matilda in Cannon Place, Hampstead, for many years. Died Hampstead, 1918, aged 89. b) Charlotte Striveling Smith: baptised Christmas Day, 1830, Denny, Stirling. c) Denny John Smith: born July 2, 1832, Darnick, Melrose Parish, Roxburgh. Baptised September 9, 1832, Melrose. Died June 13, 1840, aged almost 8 years. d) Caroline Melrose Smith: born September 12, 1835, Melrose. Baptised Christmas Day, 1835, Melrose. e) Victoria Roxburgh Smith: baptised July 1, 1838, Melrose. f) Matilda Darnick Smith: baptised March 31, 1842, Melrose. Remained a spinster. Lived with sisters Caledonia and Caroline in Hampstead, where she died in 1908, aged 65.

The 1841 census of Scotland also revealed that 7 year old ‘Edina Smith’ was living with the family at Darnick, but unless this is a nickname, there is no trace of a daughter by that name being born to John and Henrietta Smith. The residents in the house on the night the census was taken were: John Smith esq/ 45/ independent/ born England Henrietta Smith/ born England Henrietta Smith/ 12/ born Scotland, not in Roxburgh. Charlotte Smith/10/ born Scotland not in Roxburgh Edina Smith/ 7/ born in Scotland not in Roxburgh Caroline Smith/5/ born in Scotland, Roxburgh. Eliza Smith/ 50/ b c. 1791, England/ independent Caroline Smith/ 45/ b c. 1796, England/ independent Plus three female servants.

The two elder English-born Smith women, Eliza (or Elizabeth) and Caroline Smith, are most likely John Smith’s sisters.

John Smith and his family lived at Darnick Cottage, parish of Melrose, Roxburgh. He died there on February 6, 1844. He didn’t leave a will, but his inventory was published on the scotlandspeople website. His wife Henrietta swore to the fact that her husband’s property was as follows: -Leasehold property in Middlesex and Surrey £1642-7-4 Shares in Australasian Bank (61 shares) £2735 Deceased’s shares in Australasian bank Under the will of the late _ortin(??) £645 Legacy under the will of the late Mr. –Ortin £500 Estate in Scotland not more than £400 sterling.

Henrietta and her surviving daughters returned to England, where in the 1851 census she is living at Weatherall Place, Hampstead. It is the same address where her sister Caroline was living with their father in the 1841 census, and it looks as though the widowed Henrietta took over the care of Charles Holworthy after the death of Caroline in 1845. Information on the census return was: Henrietta Smith/ head/ widow/ 53/ landed proprietor and fund holder/ born Huntingdon, parish of Brampton. Reverend Charles Holworthy/ inmate to head( whatever that means!!)/ widower/ Vicar of Bourn/ birthplace county and parish not known to householder (strange!!!) Henrietta Caledonia/ daughter of occupier/ unmarried/ 22/ born in Scotland Matilda D Smith/ daughter/ 9/ born Scotland Also resident are two female servants and the six year old son of one of them.

No other children are mentioned- there is no sign of Charlotte, Victoria or Edina, who would have been aged about 20, 13 and 17 respectively. I had originally included daughter Caroline Melrose Smith in the above group, until I located her in the ’51 census at s small London boarding school under the entry of ‘Melrose Smith, aged 15, pupil, born Scotland.’

The 1861 census reveals that after the death of her father, the Reverend Charles Holworthy in 1853, Henrietta and her daughters moved to Cannon Villas in Hampstead. Their residence was: Henrietta Smith/ head/ widow/ 63/fundholder & landed proprietor/ b Huntingdonshire, Brampton. Henrietta C.Smith/ daughter/ unmarried/ 32/ born Scotland Caroline Smith/ daughter/ unmarried/ 25/ b Scotland Matilda D Smith/ daughter/ unmarried/19/ b Scotland Plus a housemaid and a cook.

It can be seen that Caroline Melrose Smith has returned to the family home after being away at school in the 1851 census.

1871 finds Henrietta Holworthy Smith still living with two of her daughters in Cannon Place, Hampstead: Henrietta Smith/head/widow/73/ no occupation given/born Huntingdonshire, Brampton. Caroline M. Smith/ daughter/ unmarried/35/born Scotland Matilda D. Smith/daughter/unmarried/29/born Scotland Ann Codrington/visitor/married/47/ born Surrey, Norwood Plus two servants. Henrietta Caledonia Smith, aged 42, was absent from the family home because she was boarding at a house in Brighton, Sussex. The boarding house was owned by a 57 year old widow with the wonderful name of Loyalty Phillips. The three unmarried Smith sisters were still at their home in Cannon Place in 1881, but their mother Henrietta Holworthy Smith had passed away in late 1877 at the age of 80 years. Henrietta C. Smith/head/unmarried/52/ born Scotland Caroline M. Smith/ sister /45/unmarried/born Scotland Matilda D. Smith/sister/unmarried/39/ born Scotland Arthur L.H Holworthy/visitor/married/49/’none’ for occupation/ born Bloomsbury, M’sex. Frances Holworthy/visitor/married/ 50/ born Huntingdon Plus two female servants. (Arthur L.H Holworthy was the cousin of the Smith sisters, and Frances was his wife. Arthur’s father, Charles Wilmot Holworthy, and the Smith sisters’ mother, Henrietta, were siblings.) Ten years later, only Henrietta Caledonia and Matilda Smith were left at the Cannon Place home: Henrietta C. Smith/head/single/62/ living on own means/born Scotland Matilda D Smith/sister/single/49/living on own means/ born Scotland Caroline M. Holworthy/cousin/single/58/living on own means/born Marylebone. Plus one cook and a housemaid.

Their sister Caroline Melrose Smith died in the latter part of 1890, aged 55 years. The Caroline M Holworthy living with them was their first cousin, only daughter of their uncle Charles Wilmot Holworthy, and sister of the Arthur Holworthy who was living with them in the previous census. 1901 census: Cannon Place, Hampstead. Henrietta C. Smith/head/single/72/living on own means/born Scotland Matilda D. Smith/sister/single/59/living on own means/ born Scotland Henrietta Codrington/visitor/single/47/born Old Kent Rd, London Plus two female servants.

Matilda Darnick Smith died at Hampstead in 1908, aged 65 years. Her surviving sister, Henrietta Caledonia Smith, died at the grand old age of 89 in 1918, still living at her Cannon Place house in Hampstead.

Thus ends the summary of the lives of the two daughters of the Reverend Charles Holworthy and Henrietta Want. There is only left now their son, Charles Wilmot Holworthy, Francis Holworthy's father....

• CHARLES WILMOT HOLWORTHY: Born in Brampton, Huntingdonshire, in c. 1792, only son of the Rev. Charles Holworthy and Henrietta Want. Married Mary Margaret Townsend on October 28, 1825, at his family church, Brampton, Huntingdonshire. I just can’t find any information on Mary Margaret Townsend...there is one about the right age, born August 2, 1802 and baptised 1803 in London, daughter of Samuel Smith Townsend, a solicitor, and his wife Lydia Wiegand (marr 23 July, 1798, London). When I obtained Samuel Smith Townsend’s will, however, there was mention only of his son, Edward Townsend, and his daughter Lydia Thomas-no mention of a daughter Mary Margaret Holworthy.

Charles Wilmot Holworthy and Mary Margaret Townsend had a family of four sons and a daughter. In keeping with family tradition, their daughter was named Caroline Matilda, and like the Caroline Matildas who were her predecessors, she never married. Of their four sons- Wilmot Wadeson, Arthur Layton, Francis Charles and Matthew Haddock- only Wilmot and Francis went on to have sons. A brief summary of the issue of Charles Wilmot Holworthy and Mary Townsend is as follows: •CAROLINE MATILDA HOLWORTHY: born February 11, 1833. Baptised March 18, 1833, Old Church, St. Pancras. Did not marry or have children. Died in Hampstead in 1909. •WILMOT WADESON HOLWORTHY: born September 5, 1834. Baptised October 1, 1834, Old Church, St. Pancras. Married Edith Jane Hoblyn in 1863. Died in January of 1869, murdered.Issue: 1. Charles Edward Holworthy b 1864, Kilburn, London. Married Euphemia Scott Abel, and in Shanghai had twins-a son named Arthur Wilmot Wadeson and a daughter named Edith (she married Captain Mainwaring in 1921). Charles Edward died on September 27, 1927, at 2 Cannon Place, Hampstead, aged 63.His son Arthur went on to become a famous Major-General in the Army. 2. Winifred Kathleen Holworthy: born Kilburn, London c. 1866. Educated at St. Agnes’ School, St. Margaret’s Convent, East Grinstead, Sussex, with her sister Melrose. 3. Melrose Murial Holworthy: born Hong Kong c. 1868.

Late in 1866, Wilmot and his young family boarded the ship ‘Maori’ in London and set sail for New Zealand. Wilmot, his wife Edith and children Charles and Winifred were amongst the 77 passengers who made the 117 day trip, arriving in the Port of Auckland on January 24, 1867. The local newspapers noted “Amongst her passengers are two gentlemen attached to the Military Store Staff- Messrs Wilmot Holworthy and McDermott.” Wilmott was murdered in early 1869. Edith Holworthy, Wilmot’s widow, married again almost ten years after her husband’s death. She married Charles Cohen in 1878.

•ARTHUR LAYTON HOLWORTHY: born c. 1832, London. Was a clerk of one kind or another in his early life. In the 1851 census was living with his parents at Finchley Rd, Marylebone, and employed as a ‘clerk to a merchant’. In 1861, at the same address and ‘Military Store Clerk, Tower’ was his occupation. Ten years later, Arthur was still unmarried and living with his widowed mother at Finchley Road, but his occupation was ‘Australian merchant’. In 1874, Arthur married Frances Margetts of Huntingdonshire ( 1831-1897), the daughter of William Margetts and Marianne Cooch. There is no sign of any children being born to the couple.

In July of 1879 there was a notice in the London Gazette of the dissolving of a business partnership between Arthur L.H Holworthy and his second cousin Joseph Matthew Holworthy, carrying on business as merchants at 30 Great St. Helens, under the style of Josh. Holworthy & Co. Joseph was the son of the Reverend William Henry Holworthy, the latter being the first cousin of Arthur’s father Charles Wilmot Holworthy. It was through this business that the first Holworthy association with New Zealand may have come about. The first mention I can find of a Holworthy in New Zealand is the arrival of Wilmot Wadeson Holworthy in 1867 in his capacity as being attached to the Military Store Staff. As he was murdered in Hong Kong two years later, his stay in New Zealand must not have been long. Joseph Matthew Holworthy, however, had long been exporting into New Zealand as a merchant...a notice in the Tuapeka Times on November 15, 1893, stated: “Bankrupt Dividends- A further dividend of 1s 2 5/8 d is announced in the estate of J.M Holworthy & Co, one of the oldest export houses shipping books, stationary etc to New Zealand who failed some years ago.” Joseph’s sons, Charles Joseph ( often also named as Charles Matthew) and Frederick W, both ended up in New Zealand. Fred was advertising his ‘picture exhibitions’ of engravings, statuary, photographs and the like in 1883, and Charles Joseph married the wealthy widow of Sir Patrick Buckley, Lady Alice Buckley(nee Fitzherbert) in London in 1900 after they both travelled from New Zealand back to London for the wedding. Neither found England to their liking, and they returned to New Zealand in 1903. The couple died within a very short time of each other- Alice Jane Holworthy on November 1, 1910, aged 61, and her husband Charles Joseph Holworthy, aged 55, the following week.

Arthur Layton Holworthy and his wife Frances at the time of the 1881 census were living with his spinster cousins, the Smith sisters- Caledonia, Matilda and Caroline- at Cannon Place in Hampstead. By the time the next census rolled around in 1891, Frances was a widow. I can’t locate her husband Arthur’s death anywhere-at the moment it is a mystery as to when, where and how he died. Frances Holworthy returned to her home town of Huntingdon after Arthur’s death. In the 1891 census she was living at 156 High Street, Huntingdon, with two of her paternal aunts. Head of the house was 86 year old Margaret Margetts, a spinster living on her own means. With her was her 79 year old widowed sister Agnes Hocker. Looking after the old sisters and their 60 year old niece Frances Holworthy were three female servants. All three Margetts women were dead by 1898....Agnes died first in 1894 aged 82, followed by 66 year old Frances Holworthy in 1897 and 94 year old Margaret Margetts in 1898.

•MATTHEW HADDOCK HOLWORTHY: Born 1843, Marylebone. Remained a bachelor all of his life and lived mainly with his parents at their Finchley road, London, home until their deaths. The census returns of 1851, 1861 and 1871 find him at Finchley Rd, the latter return stating that the 27 year old Matthew had “no occupation’. After his mother Mary died in 1879, Matthew moved to Dorking in Surrey where he lived for a time with his unmarried sister Caroline Matilda Holworthy. Aged 48 and 37 respectively, Caroline and Matthew both had as their occupations “Rent of houses and dividends”. I can’t locate Matthew anywhere in 1891, but in 1901 he is boarding in a house at 8 Clifton Place, Brighton in Sussex. It was here that he died the following year, on April 23, 1902, at the age of 59 years.

That only leaves one more child born to Charles Wilmot Holworthy and Mary Margaret Townsend...Ruth Hughan's husband,Frances Charles Holworthy. Before his quick summary to tie this report up, following are the census returns that feature Charles Wilmot Holworthy and his family:

1841: Grove Terrace, St. Marylebone. Charles Holworthy/ 45/ clerk/ not born in county Mary Holworthy/ 35/ born in county Arthur Holworthy/10/ born in county Caroline Holworthy/ 8/ born in county Wilmott Holworthy/ 6/ born in county Frances Holworthy/3/ born in county.

1851:Finchley Road, Marylebone. Charles W. Holworthy/head/married/58/clerk in general post office/ born Brampton, Huntingdonshire. Mary M. Holworthy/wife/40/born St. Pancras,Middlesex. Arthur W. Holworthy/son/19/clerk to a merchant/ born Middlesex ____ Caroline M. Holworthy/daughter/18/ born Marylebone Wilmot W. Holworthy/son/16/ born Marylebone Frances C. Holworthy/son/12/ born Marylebone Matthew H. Holworthy/son/7/born Marylebone. Plus two servants.

1861: Finchley road, Marylebone. Charles W. Holworthy/head/68/civil service-super/ born Brampton, Huntingdonshire. Mary M. Holworthy/wife/57/ born London Arthur L.H Holworthy/son/26/military store clerk-Tower/ born London Caroline Holworthy/ daughter/28/ born London Wilmot W. Holworthy/son/29/ general merchant/ born London Francis C. Holworthy/son/23/mate in the P & O Steam Serv./ born London Matthew Holworthy/son/17/scholar/ born London. Plus two servants. (NOTE: the ages of some of the children are ‘out of whack’ for this census...whoever filled out the form didn’t correctly give the ages)

1871: Finchley Rd, ,Marylebone. Mary M. Holworthy/head/widow/67/ born London Arthur L.H Holworthy/son/unmarried/39/Australian merchant/born London Matthew H. Holworthy/son/27/unmarried/ no occupation/ born London Caroline Holworthy/daughter/unmarried/37/ born London. Plus two servants.

From this point the family splits even further than it had in the 1860s...both parents were dead, and Wilmot had married in 1863, with Arthur finally following his lead in 1874. Unmarried siblings Caroline and Matthew remained living together for a period, and brother Francis Charles had boarded a ship and sailed for warmer climes some time during the 1860s. Posted by Sherro46 at 3:02 PM 2 comments:

Richard said...

Arthur Layton Horridge Holworthy was born on the 13th June 1831. He was a business partner of his cousin, Joseph Matthew H, and died at sea in 1887, hence the difficulty in finding details of this event. He was buried at St Helena.

His brother, Wilmot Wadeson H,was murdered in the first Boxer Rising in Hong Kong on 25 jan 1869. Wilmot's son, Charles Edward, my grandfather, fought in the second Boxer Rising in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Defence Volunteers in 1898 and I have his campaign medal.
March 11, 2011 at 9:52 AM 

Sherro46 said...

Hello Richard,
That is fantastic! Thank you so much for solving the mystery of Arthur L.H Holworthy's death for me...I had turned myself inside out trying to locate when and where he died, and I so much appreciate you going to the trouble of contacting me with this information.
How wonderful that you have your grandfather's campaign medal.He was a remarkable man- I came across many references to him and his achievements during my brief romp through the amazing Holworthy history.
You are certainly part of a remarkable family- even though they only fleetingly brush my family tree, I loved investigating them, and found it very difficult to present a brief rundown of the family in my blog when in fact there were so many fabulous stories that a hefty tome could have been published.
Great to hear from you, and many thanks again, Jen
March 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM 

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