History of the Frederick and Whitaker families
associated with Bampton Manor in Oxfordshire.
Written by Franz von Recum of New York in 1951.
This is an excellent, well-researched history written in an easy to understand style based on the 'Burke's Landed Gentry' format. The story starts with the death of Susanna Frederick in 1798. Susanna, the daughter of John & Elizabeth Frederick, was born on the family estate at Bampton. The first part of Von Recum's story deals with Susanna's anticeedants and that of the Bampton estate, roughly from the late 16th century onwards. It then deals in some length with the relationship surrounding Edward Whitaker of Wellingborough, his inheritance of Frederick property, and his wife Sarah's connection with Susanna and her siblings, in particular Gascoigne Frederick. The story then follows the career of the Whitakers until the Bampton property is sold in the 1880's.
My father Bernard Rawes purchased a photographic copy of a typed manuscript deposited in the Library of the Society of Genealogists in London. He had written on the first page the name of the author and date. My father also purchased a similar work by Franz Von Recum on the Humphrey's of Blewbury in Berkshire. The 20-page copy was poor and therefore had to be re-typed to enable it to be replicated as a webpage document.
Franz von Recum was the descendent of Susanna, the second child of Frederick and Susanna Whitaker of Bampton and therefore sister of Elizabeth Whitaker, the wife of Cabel Roope, from whom descends our branch of the family.
An appendix has been added in the same style as von Recum's to show the connection between the Whitaker and Rawes families.
On the death of Miss Susanna Frederick in 1798 her entire property at Bampton in Oxfordshire including the old Manor of Bampton was willed for life to Edward Whitaker & then to his eldest son, Frederick Whitaker, my great great grandfather.
I have tried to trace back the origin of this Bampton property in connection with the Frederick family & their ancestors as well as the ancestry of Frederick Whitaker & his family connections to establish the reason for his being chosen as heir to this estate.
At the Public Record Office in London among documents relating to a lawsuit between Edward Whitaker (1760-1825) & his son Frederick Whitaker (1787-1834 which lasted from 1823 to 1826, there exists a long schedule of deeds & leases concerning the Bampton property from the year 1589 on down. Part of this property was freehold, whereas the Manor itself was copyhold of the Dean & Chapter of Exeter.
The earliest lease of March 13th in the 31st year of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1588) was made to LAUNCELOT THOMPSON & GEORGE THOMPSON are mentioned.
GEORGE THOMPSON, Yeoman of Bampton, made his Will in 1609 of which he named his wife JOAN & his niece JANE HANKS Executors. He left no issue. His property at Bampton, Aston, Lewe & Weald was left by him to the daughter of his sister ALICE GURLEY or GORLEY, JANE GURLEY, the wife of WILLIAM HANKS. This Will was proved in P.C.C. London on Feb. 4, 1604. JOAN THOMPSON, his widow, made her Will on Jan. 1, 1611 and was proved in P.C.C. on Dec. 18, 1613. She left bequests to all the children of WILLIAM & Jane Hanks as well as a "black Heyfer" to Alice Gurley.
This Alice Gurley, the sister of GEORGE THOMPSON, had a daughter JANE GURLEY, who married WILLIAM HANKS before 1604, when his name first appears in leases concerning the Bampton property & they had five sons and five daughters, who were:-
WILLIAM HANKS died in 1627, his Will being proved in P.C.C. that year & his wife JANE HANKS made her Will on Aug. 17, 1654, which was proved in P.C.C. on Nov. 20, 1658. In this Will she referred to a deed made on Aug. 1, 1654 by which all her part of the Manor of Bampton & all other property at Bampton & Aston were made over to her son JOHN HANKS for the maintenance of her five daughters & her sons WILLIAM & JOHN HANKS & their families. JOHN HANKS thus inherited most of the Bampton property, including the Manor there. He had been born in 1618 & entered Exeter College at Oxford on Sep. 5, 1634, becoming a B.A. in 1638 & a M.A. in 1641. Some time before 1686 he married DOROTHY, the daughter of STEPHEN & CATHERINE GASCOIGNE of Taynton, Oxen., who bore him two sons WALWYN & STEPHEN HANKS. JOHN HANKS died intestate in 1670. The administration of his estate was granted on No. 17, 1670 to his widow Dorothy HANKS, who with her father Stephen Gascoigne of Taynton gave the bond. As her sons were juniors at that time, the Bampton Estate became the sole property of Dorothy Hanks. Both Walwyn & Stephen Hanks were living in 1686, when they are mentioned in the Will of their maternal uncle Stephen Gascoigne, but died without issue before 1702.
- THOMPSON HANKS, who died in 1680/1 leaving issue.
- ANDREW HANKS, who died without issue in 1646.
- HENRY HANKS, who died without issue in 1646.
- WILLIAM HANKS, who died in 1664 leaving issue.
- JOHN HANKS, who was born in 1618 & died in 1670, of whom hereafter.
- CONSTANCE HANKS, the wife of RICHARD BALLOWE.
- ANN HANKS, the wife of WILLIAM MALLARD.
- JOAN HANKS, the wife first of THOMAS WARD & then of -------- Messenger.
- MARY HANKS, the wife of ------ COXETER.
- ALICE HANKS, the wife of ------- BROWNING.
After 1692 DOROTHY HANKS remarried a man by the name of LODER & maintained residences at Bampton & at Islington, Middlesex. She made her Will on March 20, 1702, which was proved in P.C.C. on April 1, 1708. Her sons having died, she left her share of the Manor of Bampton to her sister MARY CROFT for life with the remainder to her nephew JOHN FREDERICK & his heirs, who falling to her other nephew JOSEPH FREDERICK & his sister MARY FREDERICK successively. To her sister MARTYHA FREDERICK - HOLT she left for her own use independently of her husband RICHARD HOLT land called "Low Lees" in Bampton for life with remainder to her nephew JOSEPH FREDERICK "if her sister thinks he deserves it" & if not to be hers absolutely. To her niece MARY FREDERICK she left a parcel of land at Bampton called "Moore lands". She left legacies to the poor of Bampton & Taynton in Oxfordshire. Thus the Bampton properties passed out of the Hanks family to the descendants of the Gascoigne family.
In the Seventeenth century two brothers, THOMAS & STEPHEN GASCOIGNE, were living at Taynton in Oxfordshire.
THOMAS GASCOIGNE, Gent. of Taynton & Bampton, was born in 1621. He married by license dated London Nov. 4, 1661 ELIZABETH TUDSLEY of Stanton St. John, Oxon., who was born in 1611 & died in 1677. Administration of her estate was granted to her husband on April 25, 1677. They had no issue. After her death THOMAS GASCOIGNE went to live at Bampton with his niece DOROTHY HANKS. He made his Will there on March 22, 1692, which was proved in P.C.C. May 27, 1693 leaving his residuary estate to DOROTHY HANKS.
STEPHEN GASCOIGNE, Gent, of Taynton, Oxon., had by his wife CATHERINE two sons & four daughter. When in 1666 the Poll Tax returns for the village of Taynton were made, he was assessed for £1. 04 00. In a list for the tax on fire hearths at Taynton of Oct. 1, 1662 the name of Stephen Gascoigne is the second on the list & he paid 10 shillings for this tax. In 1662 he leased some of the Bampton property. He died in 1665. On Feb. 16, 1685 administration of his estate was granted to his daughter MARTHA FREDERICK.
STEPHEN & CATHERINE GASCOIGNE had the following issue:-
As the Bampton property had passed to the Frederick family, I must give an account of the immediate family of JOHN FREDERICK of London & Barbadoes, who had married MARTHA GASCOIGNE before 1680.
- the Hon. STEPHEN GASCOIGNE, who had settled in Barbados & married HESTER STEDE, the sister of the Right Hon. Edwyn Stede, Lieutenant Governor of
Barbados. They had an only son, WALWYN GASCOIGNE.
The Hon. Stephen Gascoigne made his Will in Barbados on Aug. 28, 1686 appointing his brother Walwyn Gascoigne of London as Guardian for his only son.
He left legacies to the poor of Taynton, Burford & Bampton in Oxfordshire & mentioned his sister Dorothy Hanks as well as her two sons, his sisters Mary Croft,
Martha Frederick & Elizabeth Matthews.
- WALWYN GASCOIGNE, who entered St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, on Dec. 14, 1643[?], became a merchant (armiger) of the Parish of St. Peter Poor in London. He
died without issue in the Parish of Thomas Apostles in London on March 10, 1698 & was buried in the church of St. Mary Aldermary's on March 24, 1698. By
his Will dated June 20, 1698 & proved in P.C.C. on March 16, 1699 he left his estate at Westcott in the County of Gloucestershire to his three sisters Dorothy
Hanks, Mary Croft & Martha Frederick for life with the remainder to the latterís sons John & Joseph Frederick.
- DOROTHY GASCOIGNE, who married, as stated before, JOHN HANKS & after his death ----- LODER.
- MARTHA GASCOIGNE, who married about the year 1679 JOHN FREDERICK of London & for some time a resident of Barbados. After becoming a widow in
1690 she married before 1702 RICHARD HOLT & died in 1723 or 1724.
- MARY GASCOIGNE, who married ROBERT CROFT & was living in Jamaica in 1604. He died before 1698, when she returned to England. In 1702 she inherited
for life her sister Dorothy Hanks-Loder's share of the Manor of Bampton. She made her Will in 1717 leaving legacies to the poor of Bampton, bequests of money
to her sisters Martha Frederick & Elizabeth Matthews, to her nephew Joseph Frederick & her niece Mary Frederick-Holt. She left her pearl necklace to her
niece Elizabeth Frederick. Her oldest nephew John Frederick became her heir to the Bampton estate. She died in 1720.
- ELIZABETH GASCOIGNE, who was married to WILLIAM MATTHEWS of Goosey in the County of Berkshire at the Parish of All Hallows, London Wall, in 1684.
They had one son WILLIAM MATTHEWS Jr. who married twice & left at least five children, four daughters ELIZABETH & JENNY MATTHEWS, BELINDA the
wife of JOHN POVEY of Abingdon & AMELIA, the wife of JOHN HEADING & a son WILLIAM MATTHEWS, Gent. of Goosey & Wantage, Berks. This latter
WILLIAM MATTHEWS made his Will on May 31st, 1784, which was proved in P.C.C. on July 27, 1784 by which he left part of his lands to the sisters of his
cousin the late Gascoigne Frederick of Bampton.
The founder of the FREDERICK family in England was CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK, Master of the Barber Surgeons Company, of which he had been a member since June 9, 1595, who married as his second wife MARY SAUNDERS, by whom he had six sons & six daughters. He died in October 1623 & was buried on Oct. 10, 1623 in the church of St. Olave's, Old Jewry, in London. His widow was buried in the same vault on June 6th 1636.
Of their twelve children the second son was CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK, who was baptized at St. Olave's, Old Jewry, on June 10, 1598. He married in 1631 ELIZABETH SMITH of St. Martin-le-Grand, London by license dated July 9, 1631 by the Dean & Chapter of Westminster. Christopher Frederick had died before 1684 when his brother Sir John Frederick, Lord Mayor of London & who was knighted on June 26, 1660, made his Will.
Christopher & Elizabeth (Smith) Frederick had with two daughters, one son JOHN FREDERICK, who was born shortly after 1631 & who married about the year 1670 MARTHA GASCOIGNE. In 1680 they went to Barbadoes. Camden Hotten's list of people residing in Barbadoes in 1680 gives as resident there one John Frederick with wife & six hired servants & prentices, after his return to England, he lived with his family at Islington, Mddx. & made his Will on July 14, 1694 appointing his wife Martha Frederick & his son John Frederick, when of age, to be his Executors. He left no real estate. Part of his property consisted of a bond given by his brother in law Robert Croft, at that time living in Jamaica. He directed that his estate was to be divided among his wife & three children, with remainder to his first cousin Thomas Frederick (1650-1720), the son of Sir John Frederick, Knight. JOHN FREDERICK died in 1696 & his Will was proved to P.C.C. on Aug. 5, 1696. MARTHA FREDERICK remarried before 1702 RICHARD HOLT & resided at Bampton. |She died in 1723 or 1724. On March 5, 1724 a grant was given to John Frederick, son & Administrator of Martha Frederick alias Holt surviving Executrix & one of the residuary legatees of her late brother Walwyn Gascoigne.
JOHN & MARTHA (GASCOIGNE) FREDERICK had the following three children:-
JOHN FREDERICK, Esq. of Bampton Manor, the eldest son of JOHN & MARTHA (GASCOIGNE) FREDERICK, was born, probably in Barbadoes, on May 10, 1680 & entered the Merchant Taylors School in London in 1662. On June 2, 1701 while residing in the Parish of St. Andrew's Holborn, in London, he obtained a License from the Vicar General to marry ELIZABETH SHEPPARD, the daughter of John Sheppard of London by Susanna Copper, his wife. By her he had eight children. She died at Bampton & was buried there on Oct. 15, 1720. On Jan. 12, 1722 JOHN FREDERICK married at St. Benet's Pauls Wharf, in London ANN BUCKERIDGE of the Parish of St. Matthew, Friday street in London. This marriage remained childless. JOHN FREDERICK died & was buried at Bampton on Sep. 29, 1739. He does not seem to have made a Will. His widow ANN FREDERICK died & was buried at Bampton on Dec 7, 1762.
- JOHN FREDERICK, Esq. of Bampton, 1680-1739 see hereafter.
- JOSEPH FREDERICK, who was born in London & baptized at St. James Clerkenwall on July 29, 1686. He inherited the "Low Lees" land at Bampton from his
maternal aunt Dorothy Banks-Loder & resided there. He did not marry & made his Will at Bampton on Dec. 16, 1724, in which he left legacies to his nieces
Dorothy, Martha & Susanna Frederick& the residue of his estate to his brother John Frederick.
- MARY FREDERICK, who married RICHARD HOLT of London & had one son, likewise called Richard, who was mentioned in the Will of his great aunt Mary
Croft of 1717.
JOHN & ELIZABETH (SHEPPARD) FREDERICK had the following eight children:-
- JOHN FREDERICK, Esq. of Wellingborough in the County of Northampton, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Oct. 5, 1703. He matriculated at University College, Oxford, Oct. 31, 1722, graduated B.A. from All Souls' in 1727 & M.A. in 1733. He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1728 & became a Bencher in 1744. On Nov. 29, 1731 he married HENRIETTA MARIA SOMERSET, who died having had one son JOHN SOMERSET FREDERICK, in September 1748 & was buried at Pauntley, Glos. This lady, as stated in the Gentleman's Magazine Vol.II, page 633, brought her husband a fortune of £10,000. She had two sisters Ann Somerset & Caroline (Somerset) BRICKENDEN. Ann Somerset made her Will on Feb. 27, 1764 leaving her estate to Gascoigne Frederick of the Inner Temple & to Arnold Russell of Hereford as Trustees for sister Caroline Brickenden & after the latterís death for Henry, Duke of Beaufort. Among many other bequests she left legacies to Mary, Elizabeth, Martha & Susanna Frederick. This Will was proved in P.C.C. Sep. 4, 1764. Caroline (Somerset) Brickenden of Hereford made her Will on April 20, 1769 which was proved in P.C.C. on Jan. 24, 1771. Among other bequests she left a legacy to Gascoigne Frederick. In 1733 JOHN FREDERICK inherited one third of the estates, manors & lands in the counties of Northampton, Huntingdon & Cambridge from his cousin Thomas Sheppard (1700-1733),. This included the Manor of Wellingborough, of which he later acquired the other thirds from his cousins Susanna (Sheppard) Gray & Mary (Sheppard) Jackson, which they had likewise inherited in 1733 from Thomas Sheppard, here he resided to the end of his life.
His second wife was ANNE BANKS, who was born in 1727 & who had no children. JOHN FREDERICK made his Will in May 1772, which was proved in P.C.C. by his widow in 1777. He died at Wellingborough on March 3, 1775. As his only son had predeceased him, he left legacies to his brother Gascoigne Frederick & to his sisters at Bampton. Among other legacies we find in his Will the first mention of EDWARD WHITAKER, the "younger" of Northampton, who was to receive the sum of £20. The residue of his estate he willed to his wife. He was buried in the church at Wellingborough, where there is a fine monument erected to his memory. ANNE (BANKS) FREDERICK died at Wellingborough on March 16, 1788 at the age of 61 years. She left all her property entirely to her own relatives. Her long Will has some curious provisions. She desired to remain unburied for a fortnight, & her body to be clothed in a shift, stockings, petticoat, night cap & bedgown, then wrapped in a holland sheet & pillowcase used of the same kind as those in which her late husband was buried. To be put into a shell lined throughout with linen, then a leaden coffin & finally a strong outside coffin of oak. She wished to be buried on a day not Sunday at eleven o'clock in the morning in the Parish Church at Wellingborough in the same vault as her husband.
The only son of John Frederick by his first wife Henrietta Maria Somerset was JOHN SOMERSET FREDERICK, who was born about the year 1732 and died unmarried in January or February 1763. He desired to be buried near his mother in the Somerset family vault at Pauntley in Glos. He made his Will on Dec. 2, 1762 with a codicil dated Jan. 14, 1763, which was proved in P.C.C. on Feb. 19, 1763. He bequested all his property in Gloucestershire to Noble Walwyn Pytts & appointed his two aunts Ann Somerset & Caroline Brickenden as Executors & heirs to his residuary estate, which he had no doubt inherited from his mother, his father being still alive at the time of his death.
- MARY FREDERICK, the eldest daughter of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Sep. 15, 1704. She never married & in 1780 succeeded with her sisters Elizabeth Snell & Susanna Frederick to the Manor of Bampton on the death of their brother Gascoigne Frederick. She died at Bampton & was buried there in the family vault of the church of St. Mary's on April 26, 1785. In her Will she left her share of her brotherís estate to her two surviving sisters.
- ELIZABETH FREDERICK, the second daughter of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Nov. 6, 1706. She had no issue. She died at Bampton & was buried there in St. Mary's church on Jan. 2, 1788. Her Will, which was a very lengthy one, was made on June 29, 1787 & proved in P.C.C. on Jan. 26, 1788. She named her last surviving sister Susanna Frederick & Edward Whitaker as Executors of her estate. This was the second mention of EDWARD WHITAKER in the Frederick family Wills & this time he was given the testators share of two copyhold estate at Bampton & Aston & her share of two freehold estate at Brize Norton for his life & after his death for his eldest lawful son. Should Edward Whitaker die without male issue these estates were to go to Sir John Morsehead, Bart. & his heirs. The latter had married in 1778 Elizabeth, the eldest daughter & co-heiress of Sir Thomas Frederick, Bart (1731-1770). In case Sir John Morsehead inherited these estates after the death without male issue of Edward Whitaker, he was to pay an annuity of £50 to the wife of Edward Whitaker. Young Edward Whitaker was, as we will see hereafter, a grandson of a first cousin of Elizabeth Snell's & therefore a rather distant relative to be left this very important legacy & at the time, 1788, he was only 27 years of age & married to Sarah ...., his wife, since a very short time. I feel it is significant that a special provision was made in this Will for Edward Whitaker's wife. Elizabeth Snell willed the reversion of the estates in Northampton, which had belonged to her brother John Frederick & at that time belonged for life only to his widow, to the children of her late aunt Susanna ((Sheppard) Gray & the share she owned of the estate inherited from her brother Gascoigne Frederick of Westcott in Gloucestershire to Joseph Vines, another distant relative, the greatgrandson of her aunt Mary (Shephard) Jackson.
- MARTHA FREDERICK, the third daughter of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Oct. 10, 1708 & died unmarried at Bampton in January 1763.
- GASCOIGNE FREDERICK, the second son of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Sep. 8, 1709. He was called to the Bar & became Treasurer of Gray's Inn as also of the Inner Temple. He inherited the Bampton property from his father & elder brother & the estate at Westcott in Gloucestershire from the Gascoigne family. On May 4, 1768 the Bishop of London leased the Manor & Rectory of Paddington to Gascoigne Frederick for the benefit of his sisters. After his death these ladies deeded this very valuable London property on Feb. 5 & 6, 1781 to the Trustees of the Will of Sir John Frederick. The estate deeded for 10 shillings a piece was to be used one half each for the marriage settlements of the two daughters of Sir Thomas Frederick, Elizabeth who married Sir John Morsehead & Selina, who married Robert Thistlethwayte. Gascoigne Frederick never married & died intestate at the Manor House at Bampton on Jan. 20, 1780. He was buried in the family vault in St. Mary's church on Jan. 25, 1780. In order to explain the bequest to young Edward Whitaker of all the Bampton property once owned by Gascoigne Frederick, it has been said in the family that Sarah Whitaker, Edward's wife, was the illegitimate daughter of Gascoigne Frederick. I have neither been able after two years of research to prove or to refute this supposition. Not one single clue to Sarah's origin have I been able to find. Her origin has been so well hidden, that it would seem it has been done purposely & with the exception of her name as Sarah Whitaker in the Register of Burials at Bampton & on her tombstone over the Frederick family vault in St. Mary's church at Bampton, she is mentioned in none of the documents of the period. Even when she had to be mentioned in the Will of Elizabeth (Frederick) Snell, she is only referred to as the wife of Edward Whitaker. The fact that her origin has been so well hidden, is perhaps an indication that she might have been Gascoigne Frederick's daughter, brought up & married off by her old aunts at Bampton to their distant cousin Edward Whitaker, who on account of this marriage was made their principal heir.
- SUSANNA FREDERICK, the fourth daughter of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Aug. 8, 1711. She died unmarried at the age of 86 years at Bampton on May 27, 1798. She was buried in the family vault there on June 1, 1798. In her Will she left the entire property to Edward Whitaker & to his heirs male in tail, bequeathing her diamond earrings & her pearl necklace to the latterís daughter Ann Whitaker. Her Wellingborough & Bedfordshire property she left to her distant relative Joseph Vines, who with Edward Whitaker were named as Executors of her Will. With her death the Frederick's of Bampton become extinct.
- DOROTHY FREDERICK, the fifth daughter of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, was born at Bampton & baptized there on March 18, 1715. She died unmarried at Bampton & was buried there in the family vault on Sep. 14, 1765.
- RICHARD FREDERICK, third son of John & Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick, died in infancy at Bampton & was buried there on Dec. 14, 1717.
With Susanna Frederick's death the Bampton property passed out of the Frederick family & in order to establish the relationship between the last Frederick's & the new heir, EDWARD WHITAKER, we have to follow up the family of the mother of the last Frederick's, the SHEPPARD'S of Hilton in the County of Huntingdon.
THOMAS SHEPPARD, Gent of Hilton, was first married to JUDITH ...., who died & was buried at Hilton on Feb. 24, 1654 having had five sons. On April 27, 1663 Thomas Sheppard married at Risely in Bedfordshire DOROTHY HILL, by whom he had one son & two daughters. He made his Will on Jan. 2, 1667, which was proved in P.C.C. on Oct. 4, 1670 & desired to be buried in the church at Hilton before his pew next to his first wife. To his son Thomas Sheppard he left a house called "The Dolphin" & a farm at Godmanchester & to his son John Sheppard he left £400 specifying that the latter should be maintained at School & University in order to make him a scholar. To his eldest son Charles Sheppard he left all the residue of his estate. He died at Hilton in September 1670 & was buried there on Sep. 5, 1670. His second wife, DOROTHY SHEPPARD remarried at Risely on Sep. 18, 1671 DAN BANLEYS, Gent.
THOMAS SHEPPARD had the following issue:-
The five children of JOHN & SUSANNA (COOPER) SHEPPARD were:-
- CHARLES SHEPPARD, Gent. of Hilton, who purchased the lease of the Manor of Wellingborough & died without issue being buried at Hilton on Oct. 12, 1719. In his Will, which was dated Nov. 27, 1717 & proved in P.C.C. on Nov. 26, 1719, he left the lease of the Manor of Wellingborough, held of Lord Brook & the lease of Hilton, held of St. John's College, Cambridge, to his nephew Thomas Sheppard, expressing the wish that the latter "may have male issue to possess it from age to age to pay rents & fines & keep the name Shappard there". Among other legacies he left £100 each to his nieces Elizabeth (Sheppard) Frederick & Mary (Sheppard) Jackson, £100 to the latterís daughter Elizabeth (Jackson) Page & £50 to her other daughter Ann Jackson.
- THOMAS SHEPPARD, Gent. of Northampton, the second son of Thomas & Judith Sheppard, lived in the Parish of St. Giles, Northampton. He married JUDITH ... & had two sons. He died at Northampton & was buried there in St. Giles church on June 20, 1701. In his Will made on April 29, 1701 & proved on July 7, 1701, a copy of which was communicated to me from a collection of Wills at the Society of Genealogists at London, he left his lands at Shelly & Billborow, Co. Notts., in the town of Northampton, in Risely, Co. Beds. & at Aslety, Co. Lincs., to his son Thomas Sheppard subject to payment of an annuity of £150 to his wife Judith in lieu of her jointure of £1,500. He directed that these lands should revert to the sons of his brother John Sheppard in the event that his son died without issue. After his death JUDITH SHEPPARD remarried Mr. ... SHUKBURGH, by whom she had a son JOHN Shukburgh.
- THOMAS SHEPPARD, Esq. of Wellingborough, who was born at Northampton on July 21, 1700. He did not marry & died in April 1733. He was buried at Hilton on April 15, 1733. In his Will dated Feb. 8, 1732, which was proved in P.C.C. on April 24, 1733 he left the Manor of Wellingborough as well as all his lands, manors etc. in the counties of Northampton, huntingdon & Cambridge in trust to his cousins Susanna (Sheppard) Gray. Mary (Sheppard) Jackson & John Frederick, Councellor at Law, on condition that they were to sell the lands & share the proceeds equally, one third each. Thomas Sheppard had inherited the Manor of Wellingborough in 1719 from his uncle Charles Sheppard.
- THYNNE SHEPPARD, second son of Thomas & Judith Sheppard, was born at Northampton on Nov. 24, 1701 & died there in February 1702. He was buried at St. Giles, Northampton, on Feb. 12, 1`702.
- FRANCIS SHEPPARD, third son of Thomas & Judith Sheppard of Hilton, was born at Hilton & baptized there on Dec. 26, 1650. He died & was buried at Hilton on April 30, 1662.
- JOHN SHEPPARD, fourth son of Thomas & Judith Sheppard of Hilton, was born at Hilton & baptized there on April 27, 1652. According to his father's Will he was to be sent to the University to become a scholar. He however was living in the Parish of St. Giles in the Fields in London in 1669, when 17 years of age & on April 17, 1669 he obtained a marriage license to be married at Brampton, Kingsthorpe or at St. Giles, Northampton, to SUSANNA COOPER of Kingsthorpe, who was the daughter of John Copper of Kingsthorpe. I have not found any information about John Sheppard, who did not become & scholar, but was a Merchant of the City of London & was still living in 1693, when he is mentioned in the Will of his brother Hill Sheppard. JOHN & SUSANNA SHEPPARD had five children:-
- CORNELIUS SHEPPARD, the fifth son of Thomas & Judith Sheppard of Hilton, was born at Hilton & baptized there on Feb. 23, 1654 & died the same day. He was buried at Hilton on Feb. 23, 1654.
- DOROTHY SHEPPARD, the first daughter of Thomas Sheppard of Hilton by his second wife Dorothy Hill, was born at Hilton & baptized there on March 18, 1664. She married Mr. ... ROWLETT. She inherited a farm at Risely called "Parkers Farm" from her brother Thomas Sheppard in 1701.
- MARY SHEPPARD, the second daughter of Thomas Sheppard of Hilton by his second wife Dorothy Hill, was born at Risely, Co. Beds., & baptized there on June 19, 1666. She apparently died in infancy.
- HILL SHEPPARD, the sixth son of Thomas Sheppard of Hilton, was born at Hilton & baptized there on April 14, 1670. He died unmarried at Northampton on Jan. 3, 1694 & was buried at St. Giles, Northampton on Jan. 7, 1694. He made his Will on Dec. 28, 1693. In it he stated that his brothers Thomas & John Sheppard had lent him money "to put him out an apprentice & to maintain him beyond the seas" & he therefore bequeathed to them his farm at Risely, Co. Beds., called "Fishers Farm", he further left "Parker Farm" at Risely to his brother Thomas Sheppard in trust for their sister Dorothy Rowlett for life & thereafter to her three children, his house at Risely called "Stayners", which had belonged to his maternal grandmother Mrs. Mary Hill to his brother Thomas Sheppard & several cottages & land at Risely to his brother John Sheppard in trust for the latterís five children.
Thus we have come to the WHITAKER family, the origin of which lies in BUCKINGHAMSHIRE. Edward Whitakerís first known ancestor, WILLIAM WHITAKER had come to Northampton at the end of the Seventeenth century from Newport Pagnell, in Buckinghamshire. A thorough search of the old Parish Registers of Newport Pagnell revealed that several families by the name of Whitaker & its variants such as Whytacres, Whittaker etc. lived there already at the end of the Sixteenth century. A John Whitaker & his wife Mary had a daughter Elizabeth born at Newport Pagnell in 1593 & three of their children John, William & Robert were buried there in 1600; a Thomas Whitaker was born at Newport Pagnell in 1586 & died there in 1636. Later Jeremiah or Jeremy Whitaker was married at Newport Pagnell on Nov. 23, 1632 to Alice Laughton. Two children of this marriage were born at Newport Pagnell, Liddye, a daughter, in 1634 & Thomas, a son in 1636. The latter died in 1637. After this date however not a single Whitaker entry was found in the Newport Pagnell Registers. In 1524 Richard Whyttacre was assessed at Buckingham for £2, Thomas Whitacre was assessed at Olney for £1 & Robert Whitaker was assessed at Mulsoe for £1. The latter place is only a few miles from Newport Pagnell.
- THOMAS SHEPPARD, who lived & died unmarried at Wellingborough in March 1722. He made his Will on Feb. 20, 1722 with a codicil dated Feb. 20, 1722, which was proved in P.C.C. on April 2, 1722.vIn this Will he is styled as Thomas Sheppard of Wellingborough, Gent. son of John Sheppard of the City of London, merchant, deceased. He left all his land, tenements etc. in the City of London & in the parish of Risely to his brother William Henry Sheppard & a legacy of £20 to Elizabeth Gawthorne, a spinster of Wellingborough.
- WILLIAM HENRY SHEPPARD, second son of John & Susanna Sheppard, was styled "of Staple Inn, London" in the Will of his brother Thomas Sheppard in 1722 & also in his own Will dated Aug. 12, 1724, which was proved in P.C.C. Nov. 17, 1724. He died unmarried in 1724 & left his estate at Rushden, Co. Northampton, to his sister Susanna (Sheppard) Gray for life & then to his nephew John Frederick, also to his sister Susanna Gray a share of the rent of a house in Cheapside & a house in Weld Street, St. Giles in the Fields, London, for life with the remainder to his nephew John Frederick. To his nephew Gascoigne Frederick he left his estate at Risley, Co. Beds., & to his niece Martha Frederick £500 to be raised of his estate at Hull, Co. York. He appointed John Frederick sole Executor of his estate. After expressing the wish of being buried privately with only two persons present he closed his Will with the following words to his brother-in-Law John Frederick "brother Frederick, I beg you will put sister Gray's youngest daughter out to apprentice when she is fit".
- SUSANNA SHEPPARD, daughter of John & Susanna Sheppard, married Dr. ROBERT GRAY & was living at Islington in 1733. She made her Will at Wellingborough, being "aged & infirm" & a widow on June 20, 1753, which was proved in P.C.C. on April 30, 1755. She left her property in equal shares to her two sons-in-Law. She died in 1755. Her two daughters were:-
a: ELIZABETH GRAY, who married RICHARD CROUCH. She was a widow in 1772 when John Frederick, Esq. of Wellingborough, left her a legacy of £40.
b: MARY GRAY, who married HENRY CLEETS of Wellingborough & had a son baptized there on April 16, 1743. She likewise received a legacy of £40 from her cousin John Frederick in 1772.
- ELIZABETH SHEPPARD, daughter of John & Susanna Sheppard, married by license dated June 2, 1701 JOHN FREDERICK, Esq. of Bampton (1680-1739). See above.
- MARY SHEPPARD the fifth & youngest child of John & Susanna Sheppard, was called "Molly". She married at St. Peter's, Northampton, on July 8, 1712 JOHN JACKSON, a Haberdasher of London. Later they moved to Wellingborough, as in the Will of Thomas Sheppard John Jackson was styled as "now or late of London" in 1732. He died in 1747. On March 11, 1747 Administration of the goods of John Jackson of Wellingborough was granted to Mary Jackson, widow & relict.
Mary Jackson had two daughters & died at Wellingborough in 1753. Her Will was dated Dec. 9, 1752 & proved in P.C.C. on May 19, 1753. Her daughters having both predeceased her, she left all real & personal estate to her three granddaughters Molly Sheppard Page, Elizabeth Jackson Page & Ann Page. She left to her friend Mrs. Mary Dawson, a widow, the sum of £10 & an annuity of £10 "so long as she continue to live with testators three granddaughters, which she desires her to do for their better instruction & education". She appointed her nephew John Frederick Executor, Trustee & Guardian of her granddaughters. John Frederick had purchased of her the reversion of her estate in Northamptonshire & had given his bond for the consideration thereof. In her Will she permitted him to pay to her granddaughters the interest thereon until they reached the age of 21 years, in case he found it inconvenient to redeem this bond at the time of her death.
JOHN & MARY JACKSON had two daughters:-
HENRY & ELIZABETH PAGE had three daughters:-
- ANNE JACKSON, of whom little more is known then that she was mentioned in the Will of Charles Sheppard of 1717. She died before her mother.
- ELIZABETH JACKSON, who married HENRY PAGE, a Farmer of Wellingborough, who was born at Wellingborough & baptized there on Aug. 24, 1698, the son of James Page & his wife Elizabeth Cottle. Henry Page made his Will at Wellingborough on July 16, 1740, which was proved at the Arch. Court of Northamptonshire on March 13, 1741. He left his estate to his wife Elizabeth Page, who was to have the guardianship of their three children. He appointed his father-in-Law John Jackson & his wife Elizabeth Page as Executors. He died at Wellingborough & was buried there on Feb. 8, 1741. In May 1741 the Inventory of his estate was made & set at £473. 10. 0. & subscribed on Aug. 30, 1742 by John Frederick. Elizabeth (Jackson) Page died at Wellingborough & was buried there on Oct. 24, 1746.
- MOLLY SHEPPARD PAGE, who was born at Wellingborough & baptized there on Jan. 16, 1736. She married at Wellingborough on Jan. 12, 1757 in the presence of Richard Crouch, as witness WILLIAM VINES, the son of the Schoolmaster of Wellingborough Joseph Vines, who was baptized at Wellingborough on Feb. 8, 1733. William Vines was a Glazier & Plumber & died at Wellingborough & was buried there on Aug. 21, 1783. Molly Sheppard Vines, who had given birth to sixteen children, died at Wellingborough & was buried there on June 15, 1779.
The eighth child & second surviving son of William & Mary (Molly) Vines was JOSEPH VINES, who was born at Wellingborough & baptized there on Nov. 8, 1785. He inherited the estate at Westcott in Gloucestershire from Mrs. Elizabeth (Frederick) Snell & the Wellingborough & Bedfordshire property from Susanna Frederick in 1798. He was likewise one of the Executors of the latterís Will. He married MARY ... & had an only daughter MARY FREDERICK VINES, who was born in 1802 & married Mr. ... STUART. She died at Bampton, Oxon., on May 10, 1882. JOSEPH VINES, of "Thavies Inn, Holborn" made his Will on April 15, 1802 in which he advised his wife to sell her share of the Westcott property only on the advice of "his good relation Edward Whitaker". His Will was proved in P.C.C. Oct. 19, 1805.
- ELIZABETH JACKSON PAGE, second daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Page, was born at Wellingborough & baptized there on Nov. 25, 1736. I have found no further record of her.
- ANN PAGE, third & youngest daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Page, was born at Wellingborough & baptised there on Dec. 21, 1737. She married EDWARD WHITAKER of Northampton at Wellingborough on June 8, 1759. The witnesses at the wedding were John Russell & William Vines, her brother-in-Law. She had two children & became a widow in September 1762, after which there is no further mentioned of her to be found. Her eldest son EDWARD WHITAKER inherited the FREDERICK property at Bampton.
WILLIAM WHITAKER of St. Giles Parish, Northampton, came there from Newport Pagnell as recorded in the Marriage Registers of St. Giles church at the time of his marriage on Dec. 25, 1699 to MARY STARMER. Since there is no record of his baptism in the Newport registers, it is to be presumed that her was born near there & either came there as a child or was in trade in Newport Pagnell before he moved to Northampton. Mary (Starmer) Whitaker had seven children & died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on April 9, 1733. William Whitaker died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Dec. 16, 1739. WILLIAM & MARY WHITAKER had the following seven children:-
EDWARD WHITAKER, the third son of William & Mary Whitaker, was born at Northampton on Dec. 25, 1703 & was baptized at St. Giles on Dec. 31, 1703. He married at St. Giles, Northampton, on July 15, 1725 ELIZABETH DAWES, the daughter of John Dawes, a Basketmaker of the Parish of St. Giles & his wife ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON. She was born at Northampton on Oct. 5, 1702 & baptized at St. Giles on Oct. 11, 1702. JOHN DAWES, her father, was the son of JOHN DAWES Sr. of St. Giles, Northampton, who had married at All Saints, Northampton, on Oct. 7, 1666 MERRION COLLSON & after her death remarried at St. Sepulcher, Northampton on Dec. 12, MARY LAWRENCE. John Dawes Sr. died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Feb. 16, 1707. His son John Dawes Jr. married at St. Sepulcher, Northampton on Nov. 10, 1687 Elizabeth Williamson & died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Feb. 17, 1740.
- WILLIAM WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton on Sep. 10, 1700. & was baptized at St. Giles on Sep. 15, 1700. He died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Dec. 6, 1701.
- WILLIAM WHITAKER, second child of William & Mary Whitaker, was born at Northampton on May 19, 1702 & was baptized there on May 24, 1702. He died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Nov. 11, 1711.
- EDWARD WHITAKER, third child of William & Mary Whitaker, was born at Northampton on Dec. 25, 1703. For further details of his life see hereafter.
- BENJAMIN WHITAKER, fourth child of William & Mary Whitaker, was born at Northampton on May 18, 1706 & baptized at St. Giles on May 25, 1706. He married at St. Giles, Northampton, on Oct. 7, 1731 ELIZABETH SPICER. Benjamin Whitaker died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Jan. 25, 1784.
- MARY WHITAKER, fifth child of William & Mary Whitaker, was born at Northampton & died there in infancy being buried at St. Giles on Sep. 18, 1710.
- ELIZABETH WHITAKER, sixth child of William & Mary, was born at Northampton on Nov. 30, 1711. She married at St. Giles on Oct. 5, 1736 JOHN RICHASON, who died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Dec. 14, 1748. She died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on June 16, 1748.
- WILLIAM WHITAKER, seventh child of William & Mary Whitaker, was born at Northampton on May 17, 1714 & baptized at St. Giles on May 21, 1714. He died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on July 23, 1717.
Edward Whitaker & Elizabeth Dawes had nine children. In 1748 he was a pparitor(sic) of the town of Northampton & owned his own house in Abington Street. In a Poll for Knight of the Shire for the County of Northampton taken on June 8th, 9th & 10th of the year 1730 we find that Edward Whitaker had voted for the candidate Sir Justinian Isham. From 1749 to 1754 Edward Whitaker signed the Parish Registers as Church-warden. Some time before 1753 Edward Whitaker owned an Inn in Northampton called the "Catherine Wheel" which was situated in Abington Street. Notes & Queries of 1802 published the following details about the Catherine Wheel. "It was situated on the North side of Abington Street nearly opposite Fish Street". From the pages of the Northampton Mercury of August 13, 1753 we find: "To be sold; a very good new-Milch' d Ass & a foal just five weeks old. Enquire at Mr. Whitticars at the Katherine wheel & on Sep. 19, 1757 "We hear a Gentleman, who was great Practice & success in Inoculation has taken a convenient house two miles from this Town, a mile from any town; and fitted up with beds & all other proper convenience for that Purpose; and all persons desirous of undergoing that Operation (the time of year now coming on) by applying to Mr. Edward Whittaker at the Catherine Wheel in Abington Street in this Town, my time between this & Michaelmas next, may knew the terms on which it is performed". Some time before 1766 Edward Whitaker had evidently given up the Catherine Wheel, as in that year it was owned by a Mr. Collins. When in 1762 Edward Whitaker lost his only surviving son Edward Whitaker Jr., Administration of the effects of the latter was granted on Dec. 10, 1762 to "Edward Whitaker the grandfather, curator & guardian assigned to Edward Whitaker, an infant, natural & lawful son & only child of the deceased for use & benefit of the said infant until he shall obtain the age of 21 years". Ann (Page) Whitaker, the widow & relict of the deceased having first renounced & consented. (P.C.C.) It was unusual for a grandparent to assume guardianship for a child while the mother was living. The reason for this may have been that Ann Whitaker herself was in ill health or already seriously ill, as she seems to have died soon after her husband. Edward Whitaker Sr. had made his Will on June 2, 1748 & had left everything he owned to his wife for life & then to his son. He named his wife, her brother John Dawes, a Butcher in Northampton & William Bicknell, a Gunsmith, Executors of his Will. He died at Northampton in August 1772 & was buried at St. Giles on Aug. 6, 1772. Elizabeth (Dawes) Whitaker died at Northampton in February 1773 & was buried at St. Giles on Feb. 28, 1773. The nine children of EDWARD & ELIZABETH WHITAKER were:-
He married at Wellingborough on June 8, 1759 ANN PAGE, the daughter of HENRY & ELIZABETH (JACKSON) PAGE, see above. She was born at Wellingborough & baptized there on Dec. 21, 1737. Edward Whitaker's signature in the register of marriages of Wellingborough is in very neat & clear handwriting. He died at Northampton in September 1762 & was buried at St. Giles on Sep. 4, 1762. His widow seems to have died soon after her husband, as it is known by family tradition that their only surviving child Edward Whitaker was early left an orphan. Issue of EDWARD & ANN (PAGE) WHITAKER:-
- WILLIAM WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton & baptized there at St. Giles on the same day, Dec. 27, 1726. He died & was buried at St. Giles on Dec. 30, 1726.
- MARY WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton & baptized at St. Giles on Nov. 14, 1727. She died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on Nov. 16, 1727.
- MARY WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton on Nov. 10, 1728 & was baptized at St. Giles on Dec. 4, 1728. She died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on April 23, 1729.
- ELIZABETH WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton & baptized at St. Giles on Oct. 10, 1729. She died in infancy, as she was not mentioned in her fathers Will of 1748.
- WILLIAM WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton & baptized at St. Giles on March 16, 1731 & died there, being buried at St. Giles on July 27, 1735.
- JOHN WHITAKER, who was born at Northampton & baptized at St. Giles on March 24, 1732. He died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on March 31, 1733.
- EDWARD WHITAKER, the only surviving child of Edward & Elizabeth Whitaker, was born at Northampton on May 29, 1736 & baptized at St. Giles on June 14, 1736.
- MARY WHITAKER, the eighth child of Edward & Elizabeth Whitaker, was born at Northampton on June 16, 1737, baptized at St. Giles on July 4, 1737 & died at Northampton being buried at St. Giles on Sep. 14, 1737.
- JAMES WHITAKER, the ninth & last child of Edward & Elizabeth Whitaker, was born at Northampton on June 10, 1741 & baptized at St. Giles on June 20, 1741. He died at Northampton & was buried at St. Giles on July 2, 1741.
EDWARD WHITAKER, the only surviving son of Edward & Ann (Page) Whitaker, was born at Northampton on Aug. 23, 1760 & baptized at St. Giles on Sep. 24, 1760. He was not quite two years of age, when his father was a dying man & lost his mother very shortly afterwards. Until his thirteenth year he was brought up by his paternal grandparents & after their death it is believed that John Frederick of Wellingborough took an interest in him. At all events when the letter made his Will in 1772 he left Edward Whitaker the younger of Northampton the sum of £20. Subsequently the old sisters of John Frederick at Bampton took him in. After he was grown, he seems to have helped these old ladies at Bampton with the administration of their large estates & when Elizabeth (Frederick) Snell made her Will on June 29, 1787 she not only left Edward Whitaker her share of the Bampton Estates but named him Executor of her Will with her sister Susanna Frederick. Some time before this date, probably at the end of 1786 or very early in 1787 Edward Whitaker had married. The Christian name of his wife was SARAH. It has been impossible through years of painstaking research to find our anything further about her. At the time of her death in July 1799 she was registered in the Bampton church Registers as "Sarah, wife of Edward Whitaker, aged 39" & on her tombstone over the Frederick vault in the church of St. Mary's at Bampton it says "Sarah Whitaker, wife of Edward Whitaker, died July 21, 1799, aged 40". She was therefore born in the second half of 1759 or before July 1760. There is no record of her marriage at Bampton & the banns for her marriage were not published at Bampton. The marriage licenses of Oxfordshire, preserved at the Bodleian Library, were likewise searched without any success. A thorough search was made of the Vicar General's licenses, of those of the Faculty Office, covering the whole of England & of the Bishop pf London's licenses without finding a trace of her marriage. The marriage registers of Northampton also yielded no clue. It would seem that all record of her marriage & maiden name had deliberately been avoided. Five months before the birth of Sarah's first child, Elizabeth Snell in her Will named Sarah as the beneficiary of an annuity of £50 & even in this Will she only described Sarah "... Whitaker, wife of Edward Whitaker". Considering the close ties between the old Frederick Ladies & Edward Whitaker & the fact that Edward & his wife lived at Bampton, where their first child was to be born a few months later, it is highly improbable that Mrs. Snell did not know her name. Had she disapproved of Edward Whitaker's marriage, she would not have made special provisions for his wife's future in her Will. When Susanna Frederick made her Will in November 1793 she left Sarah Whitaker, this time mentioning her married names, another annuity of £50 out of the Bampton estate in case she should survive her husband Edward Whitaker without leaving living male issue. This shows that the Frederick Ladies were concerned about Sarah's future, which they wished to assure either because they were fond of her, or because they felt that Sarah had the right to such a claim on the Frederick estate.
- EDWARD WHITAKER, Esq. of Bampton, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, 1760-1825. See hereafter.
- WILLIAM WHITAKER, second child of Edward & Ann Whitaker, was born at Northampton on July 24, 1761, baptized at St. Giles on Aug. 31, 1761 & died at Northampton being buried at St. Giles on Oct. 10, 1762.
My late relative, Mrs. Florence Horatia Suckling, a cousin of the wife of my great great grandfather Frederick Whitaker of Bampton, Sarah's eldest son, who in her youth knew the Whitakers well, wrote to me in 1919 the following ".. now to the origin of the Whitakers. I always heard that it was a subject the Frederick Whitaker's did not care to discuss" and on Dec. 1, 1923, just 10 days before her death at the age of 75 years, she wrote: "One mistake I must not leave on your mind. The "scandal" that the old papers pointed to was not of a Miss Frederick but of Mr. Gascoigne Frederick. His sisters tried to cover it up & to leave the property to the grandson, if I remember". This would seem to be correct, because the grandson in question would have been Sarah's eldest son, Frederick Whitaker & by the Wills of both Elizabeth Snell & her sister Susanna Frederick the Bampton estate was left to Edward Whitaker only for life & entailed on his eldest son. There are other reasons to suspect that through his marriage to Sarah Edward Whitaker had become more important to the last Frederick's as an heir to their finest property, for when in 1772 John Frederick made his Will, he only left Edward Whitaker a small bequest in money, showing by this that at that time he did not think Edward as the eventual heir to all the Frederick property. It was only after his marriage to Sarah that he became the heir to Bampton. Though a distant relative of the Frederick's, he was not in the same social class as they were & yet they preferred to leave their estate to him rather than to their Frederick cousins, who were only named as heirs in case of the death without male issue of Edward Whitaker. This seems to demonstrate very clearly that Edward Whitaker had at that time a stronger claim on Bampton than the heirs of Sir Thomas Frederick, though Edward Whitaker was himself a more distant relative of the last Frederick's. Another indication of a close relationship may be given by the fact that of Edward' & Sarah Whitaker's four sons all were given names of the Frederick family, viz: Frederick, Gascoigne Frederick & two were name Edward Frederick Whitaker. In the next generation we find the Frederick & Gascoigne names perpetuated again & my great great grandfather Frederick Whitaker used the Frederick coat of arms on his silver, as did his daughter Susanna Frederick Whitaker, who married Mr. J.J. Nilkins. On the other hand when Edward Whitaker has remarried after Sarah's death & had eight more children, he only used the name of John Frederick, his original benefactor, for his sons & gave the others all names reminiscent of his own ancestry such as William Henry & Charles Sheppard. I have dealt on this at great length & hope that some day the mystery of Sarah's origin may yet be solved.
Sarah Whitaker died at Bampton on July 21, 1799 & was buried in St. Mary's church on July 27, 1799. On June 21, 1800 Edward Whitaker was married by license of the Bishop of London dated June 19, 1800 at Marylebone to ELEANOR ROBERTS, who was born in 1769 or 1770. They had eight children, bringing the number of Edward's issue up to fourteen. Edward Whitaker became Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Oxford. In the year 1811 he appointed his eldest son Frederick Whitaker to act as Steward & Solicitor of the Bampton estate & in 1814 he agreed to convey to his son in consideration of a sum of £1,930.3.6. as much Freehold land as would produce the sum of £100 a year. He however never signed any conveyance, but paid his son £100 every year. When in 1823 Edward Whitaker had not yet signed the conveyance, & had failed to renew certain leases, Frederick Whitaker, evidently fearing that after his father's death the issue by the latterís second marriage might cause trouble, made a lawsuit against his father, which dragged on for three years & was not settled until after his father's death in 1826. He complained that when pressed his father would cut him off with excuses, sometimes that no agreement had been made & at others that he, Edward Whitaker, had never obtained the land in question from the estate of Susanna Frederick & therefore was not seized of it. Edward Whitaker answered that his son as Steward & Solicitor of the estate had obtained possession of many of the Deeds & copies of the Court Rolls. He admitted that he had not always renewed the leases excusing himself on the ground of monetary pressure on account of the enclosure of lands. On April 20, 1825 Edward Whitaker made his Will, by which he left all his Freehold land in trust for his wife Eleanor Whitaker for life & then to be divided among his ten surviving children excluding his eldest son Frederick Whitaker from any inheritance. The only references in his Will to the latter is in the following paragraph: "I hereby authorise and empower my said trustees & executors at their discretion to adjust, settle, compromise and compound all accounts reckonings transactions matters and things whatsoever respecting my estate and effects and particularly all such questions controversies matters and things are now in Suit or which at the time of my decease or at any time afterwards may be in suit or litigation with my eldest son Frederick Whitaker respecting the property left by the Wills of Mrs. Elizabeth Snell and Mrs. Susannah Frederick respectively..". He appointed his wife Eleanor Whitaker, his son-in-law William Hanbury Jones & a relative of his wife John Roberts Esq. of Wokingham, Berks., as Executors & Trustees of his Will. Edward Whitaker died at Bampton on June 16, 1825 & was buried by the side of his first wife Sarah Whitaker in the Frederick family vault. Eleanor Whitaker later left Bampton & retired to Reading, where she died at No. 8 Abbots Walk on January 7, 1856 at the age of 86 years. She was buried at Bampton on January 15, 1856.
Issue of EDWARD WHITAKER by two marriages:-
FREDERICK WHITAKER, the eldest child of Edward & Sarah Whitaker, was born & baptized at Bampton on Dec. 5, 1787. He was educated at Oxford & studied law becoming a Solicitor. He married in London in 1810 SUSANNA HUMFREY, the oldest daughter of William Humfrey of Red Lion Street, London & of the Holt near Wokingham, Berks., by his first wife Susanna Braffett. She was born at Red Lion Street, Queen's Square, London on Sep. 6, 1783 & baptized at St. George the Martyr on Oct. 5, 1783. John Roberts Esq. of Wokingham, who was named Trustee by Edward Whitaker of his estate in 1825, was likewise a friend of William Humfrey of the Holt & it is probable that Frederick Whitaker first met his wife through this family connection. They lived after their marriage at the Manor House of Bampton, where their nine children were born. From 1811 on Frederick Whitaker acted as steward for the Bampton estates. He later became a Justice of the Peace & Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Oxford. From 1823 to 1826 the lawsuit against his father by which frequent visits to London were necessitated was a time of worry & great expense. I quote a description of this period from a letter to me dated Dec. 1, 1823 from the late Mrs. Florence Horatia Suckling which was accompanied by a small water colour painting of the Manor House at Bampton: "I am now sending you a picture I want you to have, for our weather has been severe and has attacked me. So, before I become ill, I wish to post Bampton to you. Look at it & I think of it in its quiet surroundings near a rural village say, in 1830, with a beautiful young girl with blue eyes & light brown hair looking from one of its windows. A girl brought up in ignorance of the gay world with the quiet amusements of the country English life. In the days when there were no railways & people travelled by stage coach or in their carriages with post horses, to be changed on the road. Often the men rode with saddle bags. Going to London was an awful expedition, rarely indulged in. The head of the Manor House, the Squire, like most English Squires had a great idea of his own importance, dispensing justice in a high handed way & looked up to as a sort of royalty. Hot tempered, none too brilliant of intellect, or too well educated - thinking more of sport & politics than any thing else - such as I have heard was Frederick Whitaker. Just the type of his class to whom the old rhyme applied - God bless the squire & his relatives & keep un in our proper places - with a tiny meek little wife at his beck & call whom he kept in "her place", but on the other hand found his skittish pretty daughters rather a handful. The most skittish & the least intellectual & strong minded was Susanna, the one at the window I introduced you to. I donít know when it happened in the career of the girls, but after a time there was a lawsuit to depose Mr. Whitaker from the estates & they all suffered a long time of anxiety. He used to pace the long room or that terrace for hours, followed a few paces behind by his little wife. Then he went to London several times, riding I believe; he stayed at my uncle, Mr. William Loaden's house, who lived in Bedford Square. On one or more occasions Mr. & Mrs. Whitaker also posted to London & while they were away at my uncle's the "mice" at home, in the person of Caroline & Susanna, had a good deal of play at home with young Oxford Under-graduates, James Newman * his friends & relations. I donít know how Susanna got to London, but she visited friends there alone & met Mr. Nilkins. He inspired her with the money she would have & the liberty & foreign travel & she was bent on the match. Her people were horrified & her father furious. Quiet country folk at those times were utterly ignorant of all foreigners & lumped up all Nations in their mind as "French Frogs". Also the Whitakers were of the old fashioned type church people & Catholics were something quite unknown".
- FREDERICK WHITAKER, Esq. of Bampton Manor, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Oxford & a Solicitor. For further details see hereafter.
- ANN WHITAKER, second child of Edward & Sarah Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Aug. 8, 1789. In 1798 Miss Susanna Frederick left her a pair of diamond earrings & her pearl necklace. Ann Whitaker never married. She resided at Bampton, where she was active in Church & Parish work & for many years was the Organist at St. Mary's church. She died at the age of 80 years in February 1870. In her Will she left her personal property to the daughters of her sister Sarah Hanbury Jones.
- EDWARD FREDERICK WHITAKER, third child of Edward & Sarah Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Dec. 21, 1791. He died & was buried at Bampton on June 7, 1792.
- SARAH WHITAKER, fourth child of Edward & Sarah Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Aug. 6, 1794. She married at Bampton on March 19, 1821 WILLIAM HANBURY JONES, Esq. of Lincoln's Inn, a Barrister, who was born at Woburn, Beds., in 1793. They had seven children, two sons Edward Gascoigne & Lionel Hanbury Jones & five daughters, Henrietta Sarah, Lucy Phillippa, Gertrude Isabella, Frances Ann & Sophia Hanbury Jones. The latter married the Reverend Richard Hooper of Upton, Berks. The four former all died unmarried.
- GASCOIGNE FREDERICK WHITAKER, fifth child of Edward & Sarah Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Nov. 2, 1796 & died unmarried at Bampton on Nov. 8, 1818. He was buried at St. Mary's on Nov. 17, 1818.
- EDWARD FREDERICK WHITAKER, sixth child of Edward & Sarah Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Oct.. 7, 1798, he became a Merchant at Cheltenham & later retired to the Village of Bampton, where he acted as Registrar. He married JANE AUGUSTA ..., who was born in 1802 & died Bampton on Dec. 31, 1882. By her he had two sons. Edward Frederick Whitaker died at Bampton on Feb. 28, 1884. His sons were:-
- GASCOIGNE FREDERICK WHITAKER, who was born at Cheltenham in 1827 & entered Wadham College, Oxford, on Jan. 22, 1845. He became a Clergyman & was Rector of Horden in Norfolk from 1856 to the time of his death in 1883. He was married at St. Mary's Bathwick, on April 5, 1853 to ANNE MARY AMYE, the daughter of the late J. Newell Amye of Palgrave, Suffolk. After her death he married at Gissing on Aug. 18, 1864 TERESA FRANCES HADDOCK, the daughter of the Rev. Joseph Haddock of Gissing Rectory, Norfolk, who survived him. He died at Horden, Norfolk, on Nov. 24, 1883.
- FREDERICK ALEXANDER WHITAKER, who was born at Bampton on June 28, 1847 & died young.
- JOHN FREDERICK WHITAKER, first child of Edward Whitaker & his second wife Eleanor Roberts, was born at Bampton & baptized there on June 5, 1801. He died at Bampton & was buried there on Oct. 7, 1802.
- ELIZABETH WHITAKER, second child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton on Aug. 7, 1802 & baptized there on Oct. 27, 1804. In her father's Will she is referred to as Eliza Whitaker. I know no more about her.
- JOHN FREDERICK WHITAKER, third child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton on Aug. 20, 1803 & baptized there on Oct. 27, 1804. He was He was alive when his father made his Will in 1825.
- WILLIAM HENRY WHITAKER, fourth child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton on April 9, 1805 & baptized there or as the Bampton church Registers state, received into the church on Sep. 27, 1806. On Oct. 16, 1834 he married MARY HUMPHREY, the daughter of William Humfrey of the Holt, Wokingham, Berks., by his wife Susanna Braffett, who was born in London on June 6, 1785 & thus 20 years his senior. They lived at Fyfield in Berkshire, where Mary Whitaker died without issue on Aug. 2, 1839.
- CHARLES SHEPPARD WHITAKER, fifth child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Sep. 27, 1806. He lived with his mother at Reading, where he died unmarried in March 1863. He was buried at Bampton on March 12, 1863.
- LEWIS DUNCAN WHITAKER, sixth child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on July 10, 1868. He survived his father.
- ELEANOR LENA WHITAKER, seventh child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Sep. 28, 1810.
- ALFRED HANBURY WHITAKER, eighth child of Edward & Eleanor Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there in September 1812. He was admitted in to the church there on Oct. 4, 1817. He survived his father.
Frederick Whitaker finally won the long drawn out lawsuit, but he had to mortgage Bampton heavily, which was in the end the reason that his own eldest son had to sell Bampton after the death of both Frederick Whitaker & his wife. Frederick Whitaker died at Bampton on April 7, 1854. Susanna Whitaker died there on Jan. 7, 1862. Both are buried in the graveyard surrounding St. Mary's church at Bampton. FREDERICK & SUSANNA WHITAKER had the following nine children:
- Sir FREDERICK WHITAKER, K.C.M.O., who was born at Bampton on Sep. 23, 1812 & baptized there on Sep. 20, 1814. He was brought up to the profession of a Solicitor. In 1829 soon after he had qualified, he emigrated to Sydney, Australia, & thence went on to New Zealand in 1840 settling down to practise in Kororaroza, then the seat of the Government & moving to Auckland with the Government in the following year. In 1842 he was appointed a County Court Judge, but when these courts were abolished in 1844 he returned to the practice of his profession. He built the first stone house in Auckland. In 1843 he married LETITIA GRIFFITHS, from the West Indies, the adopted daughter of Alexander Shepherd, Colonial Treasurer of New Zealand & had eight children. Later he became Attorney General of Auckland, New Zealand, & became Premier of New Zealand. In February 1884 he was created Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael & St. George. His wife died at Auckland on Sep. 2, 1884.
After the death of his mother in 1882, Sir Frederick sold the Bampton properties, as he did not wish to return there with his large family & the heavy mortgages on the property left very little income to live there with. In 1890 his health began to fail & he decided to retire from business. He died however at his office at Auckland on Dec. 4, 1891 & was buried in St. Stephens Cemetery with Masonic honours & much sign of public mourning. His children were:
- FREDERICK WHITAKER, who married CATHERINE COX & died in 1886 leaving issue.
- HERBERT LIONEL WHITAKER, who in 1892 married FLORA MACDONALD & left issue.
- JANE SUSANNA WHITAKER, who in 1862 married Mr. ... ARMFELDT.
- EDWARD WHITAKER
- ELIZABETH WHITAKER, who in 1865 married Mr. ... MINRETT.
- CAROLINE WHITAKER, who died unmarried in 1867.
- FLORENCE ISABEL WHITAKER, who in 1884 married Mr. CHARLES BAKER of Perak, Straits Settlements.
- EMILY WHITAKER, who married in 1901 Mr. NOEL WALKER.
- SUSANNA FREDERICK WHITAKER, the second child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton on Dec. 6, 1813 & baptized there Dec. 30, 1813. She married at Bampton on Oct. 5, 1837 JOHANN JACOB NILKINS, a Wine Merchant of Coblenz on the Rhine. He was the son of Gerard Nilkins of Nieukerk, Geldern, Germany & his wife Catherina Theresia Sibylia Witthoff & was born at Nieukerk on Feb. 23, 1784. After their marriage they lived at Coblenz until the year 1848 when Mr. Nilkins bought the Villa Sicambria near Eltville on the Rhine. They had five children, of which only two survived their parents. Mr. Nilkens died at Eltville on Feb. 25, 1857 & was buried under a chapel erected by him outside the Roman Catholic church at Eltville. On May 4, 1858 Susanna Frederick Nilkins remarried at Eltville a long time friend of her family FRANZ CARL von BIRKENSTOCK, a landowner of Erbach on the Rhine. He had been born at Erbach on April 28, 1812, the son of Carl Christian Birkenstock & his wife Theresia Ackermann of Erbach. In 1859 Mr. von Biorkenstock became seriously ill & the family went to Nice in the South of France for his health. He died there on Dec. 9, 1859. There was no issue from this marriage.
On May 21, 1861 Susanna Frederick von Birkenstock married for the third time at Eltville Mr. RUDOLPH HENRY ROSENTRETER, who was born at Berlin on June 20, 1812 the son of the Banker Rudolph Rosentroter & his wife Eugenie Caroline Henry. Mr. Rosentrater was a widower with one daughter Hedwig, who later married Dr. Ferdinand von Heusa. Susanna Frederick Rosentrater died at the Villa Sicambria on June 4, 1871 & was buried in the Nilkins chapel at Eltville. Mr. Rosentrater retired to Wisebaden, where he died on May 6, 1877.
The only surviving daughter of Johann Jacob Nilkins & his wife Susanna Frederick Whitaker was THERESE JOHANNA NILKINS, born in Colblenz on Nov. 10, 1844, who married in Frankfurt/Main on Nov. 20, 1860 Baron OTTO von RECUM of Kreuznach/Nahe, Germany. She died at Nice on July 17, 1889 having had five children.
- MARIA WHITAKER, third child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Feb. 11, 1815. She devoted her life to her parents & to charitable work at Bampton & died unmarried at Bampton on May 27, 1859. She was buried by the side of her father.
- CAROLINE WHITAKER, the fourth child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on July 24, 1816. She married there on Feb. 21, 1843 the Reverend WILLIAM JAMES NEWMAN, the son of William Newman, Esq., of Dartmouth & his wife Harriet Durnford who was born in 1819 & was educated at Winchester & Wadham College, Oxford. He became the Rector of Hockworthy, Devon, where he had a nice large house built for him by his father. Of the life at the Vicarage at Hockworthy when William & Caroline Newman's children were young, Mrs. Florence Horatia Suckling wrote the following in a letter dated Nov. 17, 1923: "Caroline Whitaker's husbandís father was a very wealthy man & her husband was his only son. Mr. Newman Sr. built the Vicarage as a gentleman's house more than as a parsonage for his son & also the church & school. All of the grey stone of the country. There were very good stables & they kept a number of horses for riding & driving. It was a very bright merry family party in the depths of the country, & a joy to me coming from my home as an only child. They kept some of their land in their own hands for a few cows for a house & the Dairy woman made "Devonshire cream". The Newman's kept open house for all of the Whitaker family. The boys from New Zealand, who came to school or college, made Hockworthy their holiday home & Roope's from Oporto & every two years came a cask of Port wine to Mr. Newman. The bottling was a great event. Then there were the Bousfield children from schools & a girl from George Whitaker in America. I have seen lots of them in my time. Mrs. Newman for all her being so strictly devout, was a great dresser. She wore the richest & most costly garments of subdued colours & she was, as her husband said "a very extravagant woman". He was devoted to her, a most gallant & handsome lover to the last". The Rev. William Newman died at Hockworthy on Jan. 5, 1880 & soon afterwards his widow retired to Torquay, where she died July 4, 1883. They had had two sons & three daughters, of whom only their eldest son, the Rev. William Frederick Newman married & left a family.
- GEORGE WILLIAM WHITAKER, fifth child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton on Aug. 26, 1817 & baptized there on July 18, 1818. He like his father & elder brother studied law. He married at Hanley in Staffordshire on July 1, 1841 CATHERINE ALCOCK, who was born at Burslem, Staffordshire, on Aug. 16, 1818 of a well known family of Potter Manufacturers. After their marriage they resided for a time at Bampton & then, after traveling extensively on the Continent, they immigrated to the Unites States, where George W. Whitaker practised law. Later he purchased a large property on Long Island near the old town of Southampton, called Long Springs Farm, where they resided in the summer & in the winter months he practised law in the town of Sag Harber, N.Y., a few miles away from his farm. George W. Whitaker died at Sag Harber on Dec. 29, 1891 & his wife died on May 20, 1893. Both are buried at Sag Harber. George W. & Catherine had the following children:
- SUSANNA FREDERICK WHITAKER, who was born at Bampton in 1842 & married in America the Rev. DAVID F. MACDONALD. She died at Southampton, N.Y. in 1909 without issue & is buried at Sag Harber.
- EDITH WHITAKER, who was born in New York in 1846 & married in 1865 Mr. C. SHARP. After his death she married THOMAS F. BISGOOD, who was born in 1829 & died in 1895. She died without issue in 1888.
- ARTHUR WHITAKER, who settled in California & married CARRIE ... leaving a son FREDERICK WHITAKER & a daughter EDITH WHITAKER.
- ALICE MARY WHITAKER, who married the widower of her sister Edith THOMAS F. BISGOOD, who was born in 1829 & died in 1895. She left two sons.
- GEORGE WHITAKER, who died in infancy in America.
- EDWARD GASCOIGNE WHITAKER, who was born in New York on April 13, 1858. He was educated abroad & studied law at the University of Breman in Germany. He was an eminent lawyer & became Justice of the Supreme Court of New York City, Assistant Attorney General & President of the New York Bar Association. He married in Brooklyn on Feb. 26, 1884 SARAH (SADIE) KISSAM INNESS, who was born in Brooklyn in Sep. 21, 1858. They had two children. Mr. Justice Whitaker died at Southampton, N.Y. on July 25, 1931. His widow died in New York on May 2, 1937. Both are buried at Southampton, N.Y. EDWARD G. & SADIE WHITAKER had the following children:
- INNESS WHITAKER, who was born at Albany, N.Y., on May 22, 1886 & likewise became a lawyer. He married on March 17, 1919 RUTH TOWNSHEND. He died without issue in New York on Nov. 3, 1934. His widow has since died.
- KATHLEEN WHITAKER, who was born at Albany on Oct. 12, 1888, married on May 22, 1913 Dr. WARREN HILDRETH of Southampton, N.Y. He was born at Southampton on Feb. 7, 1884 & died there on Oct. 18, 1937. Kathleen remarried on March 6, 1847 EDWARD B. HIXSON of New York City. By her first marriage she has three children: Hope Hildreth, the wife of George Arents Humphreys, Priscilla Hildreth, the wife of Frederick Graham & Edward Whitaker Hildreth.
- AMELIA FREDERICK WHITAKER, sixth child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton on Jan. 9, 1819 & baptized there on Jan. 18, 1819. She married on Nov. 22, 1853 the Reverend WILLIAM BOUSFIELD, who died in November 1877. She had died in 1864 having had a son & two daughters, none of whom left issue.
- CATHERINE SARAH WHITAKER, seventh child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on June 2, 1820. She married at Bampton on June 17, 1851 the Reverend WILLIAM SYMONS NEWMAN, the son of Richard Newman, Rector of Coryton, Devon, & his wife Eleanor Durnford, who was born at Dittisham in 1818. William Symons Newman was a first cousin on both his fathers & motherís side of the Rev. William James Newman, who had married Caroline Whitaker, as their fathers were brothers & their mothers were sisters. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford & became like his father Rector of Coryton. He died there on April 27, 1880, Catherine Sarah Newman went to live at Reading, where she died in April 1909. They had three sons & two daughters.
- ELLEN WHITAKER, the eighth child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton on Nov. 17, 1821 & baptized there on Sep. 27, 1822. She lived with her widowed mother until after her death she married at Coryton, Devon, on July 31, 1862 FREDERICK NEWMAN, the son of the Rev. Richard Newman & his wife Eleanor Durnford, who was born in 1827 & was the brother & first cousin of her sisters husbands. Ellen Newman died without issue at St. Neot, Huntingdon, in 1898. Frederick Newman died at St. Neot in February 1909.
- ELIZABETH FREDERICK MARIE WHITAKER, the ninth child of Frederick & Susanna Whitaker, was born at Bampton & baptized there on Sep. 14, 1829. She married at Bampton on Nov. 18, 1851 CABEL ROOPE, the son of Cabel Roope & his wife Susan Newman, a sister of both William Newman & the Rev. Richard Newman. Cabel Roope was thus a first cousin of the three Newmans who had married his wife's sisters. He was a Wine Merchant at Oporto in Portugal & & died there on March 15, 1880. His widow died on Feb. 10, 1901, having had five sons & four daughters.
Elizabeth Frederick Marie (1829-1901) and her husband Cabel Roope (1823-1880), Wine Merchant of Oporto, Portugal, had the following issue:-
- CABEL ROOPE, eldest son of Cabel & ELizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, born at Norwood in Surrey 5, Aug. 1852 and baptised at Bampton. Cabel died in Oporto 19, Dec. 1911.
- FREDERICK ROOPE, second son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, born in Oporto 31, Aug. 1853. A Commander in the Royal Navy. Frederick married on 16, April 1907, ANN JULIA (Nancy) EWENS. He died 27, April 1911 and was buried at Berrow, in Somerset. They had an only son named FREDERICK CABEL ROOPE, born 27, April 1911 and died in Norfolk in 1986. He married Rita Watts and had two children: Clover Catherine Roope, born 1937 and Noel Cabel Roope, born 1938.
- RICHARD ROOPE, second son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Aguardente in 1854, died 1855.
- SUSANNA ROOPE, eldest daughter of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Aguardente on 13, Feb. 1856. Susanna married in Oporto 1878, ALFRED VICTOR DOCKERY, US Consul to Leeds in England, Oporto in Portugal and Stettin in Germany. Victor Dockery was from a long established family in North Carolina. They had three children but the marriage did not last long. Victor returned to North Carolina and Susanna lived Oporto where she became a water-colour artist, mostly of rural scenes surrounding Oporto. Susanna exhibited her works in London on a number of occasions under the name Susanna Roope Dockery. For further details of her life and works, please see another section of this website. Susanna died 20, Sep. 1927 and was buried in the English Cemetery in Oporto. They had the following children:-
- RODERICK DOCKERY, eldest son of Alfred Victor Dockery & Susanna (Roope) Dockery, was born 1879 and died of TB in 1912.
- GEORGE DOCKERY (twin to Susanna May Dockery), was born in Leeds in 1883 and was shot in mysterious circumstances in Kenya in 1924.
- SUSANNA MAY DOCKERY (twin to George Dockery), was born in Leeds in 1883. Susanna married in Oporto to PRESCOTT RAWES of Oporto. Prescott was the son of Francis (Frank) Curteis Rawes of Oporto and ran the Oporto based firm Rawes & Co., Insurance agents to Lloyds. In the 1930's, they settled in Burnham on Sea in Somerset. Susanna Rawes died 1974 in Cheltenham and was buried at the Cheltenham Municipal Cemtery. Prescott Rawes, died in 1955 and was buried in Burnham on Sea Cemetery. They had issue: Francis Roderick, Bernard Frederick, Marion Lavender, Michael.
- ELLEN ROOPE, second daughter of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Campo Pegueno, Portugal on 25, April 1857. She married ARTHUR STANDRING of Oporto. She died in England in 1924. They had the following children:-
- ELIZABETH MARY STANDRING, eldest daughter of Arthur & Ellen (Roope) Standring, born 1863. She married RUPERT COVERLEY and died 1953. They had the following issue:-
- ELIZABETH COVERLEY, eldest daughter of Rupert & Elizabeth (Standring) Coverley, born 1909, married with two daughters.
- VIOLET COVERLEY, second daughter of Rupert & Elizabeth (Standring) Coverley, born 1911, married with two sons & one daughter.
- GRACE COVERLEY, third daughter of Rupert & Elizabeth (Standring) Coverley, born 1914, married with one daughter.
- JOCELYN COVERLEY, fourth daughter of Rupert & Elizabeth (Standring) Coverley, born 1920, married with two sons & one daughter.
- MARY COVERLEY, fifth daughter of Rupert & Elizabeth (Standring) Coverley, born 1923, married with one son & one daughter.
- AMY STANDRING, second daughter of Arthur & Ellen (Roope) Standring, born 1885, died 1909.
- BEN STANDRING, eldest son of Arthur & Ellen (Roope) Standring, born 1856, died 1914.
- GRACE SUSANNA STANDRING, third daughter of Arthur & Ellen (Roope) Standring, married FRANCIS LESLIE and had 1: Ben, born 1920 and died 1987. He married with one daughter. 2: Peter. born 1921.
- EDWARD ROOPE, third son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Campo Pegueno, Portugal in 1858 and died 1861.
- HARRIS ROOPE, fourth son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Campo Pegueno, Portugal in 1859 abd died 1881 at Le Mard?, U.S.A.
- MARY ROOPE, third daughter of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Campo Pegueno, Portugal on 6, Mar. 1861. She married Harold Morgan and had issue. Mary died in England in 1918. Mary and Harold had the following children:-
- FREDERICK MORGAN, eldest son of Harold & Mary (Roope) Morgan, killed Gallipoli 1915.
- ALICE MARGARET MORGAN, eldest daughter of Harold & Mary (Roope) Morgan, born 1, July 1886. She married JAMES MORGAN, born 3, May 1881, died Oporto 30, May 1914. They had Eileen (or Margy?) who married ..... JESSMAN.
- LEWIS MORGAN, second son of Harold & Mary (Roope) Morgan, died 1918.
- BARBARA MORGAN, second daughter of Harold & Mary (Roope) Morgan, married K. BALL, and had Kenneth and Geoffrey. Geoffrey married Francis and lived in Bristol. They had James, Edward and Victoria.
- WALTER MORGAN, third son of Harold & Mary (Roope) Morgan, killed at Gallipoli 1915.
- MOLLY MORGAN, third daughter of Harold & Mary (Roope) Morgan, married Mr. WROTH and died England.
- ALFRED ROOPE, fifth son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Campo Pegueno, Portugal in 1862 and died in Queensland, Australia on 12, Aug. 1885.
- EDMUND ROOPE, sixth son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Quinta Camarella, Portugal 1863 and died in 1873.
- WALTER ROOPE, seventh son of Cabel & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Roope, was born at Quinta Camarella, Portugal 9, Jan. 1866.
- CATHERINE ROOPE, fourth daughter of Cabel & Elizabeth Roope, was born at Lavadores, Portugal 11, Aug.1869. She married ARTHUR MEAD DAGG, born 3, Sep. 1855, died 20, May 1927. Catherine died 22, Jan. 1956. They had no issue.
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Transcribed from the original by Julian Rawes, 2009