Myths & Legends: Viscounts Lifford

Updated: 6 November 2013 The Myth Our Hewitt family is descended from the Viscounts Lifford, whose family name is Hewitt. This one has been doing the rounds for more than a hundred years.  As I detailed in 'The Elusive John Hewitt', my Field cousin Henry Claylands Field wrote to William Hughes Field in 1897 that …

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Hewitt Family Photos

My new found cousin Olivia has kindly provided some photos of the Hewitt branch of the family to share with everyone.  There are three generations centering on my gg-grandfather Walter Augustus Hewitt: his parents, uncle and mother-in-law one of his brothers, a sister-in-law, Walter's wife and her sisters' families his children Unfortunately, there are no …

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A 19th Century Scandal: D.I.V.O.R.C.E

Updated: 27 November 2013 - with a photo of Fanny! Two of my gg-grandfathers were not living with their respective gg-grandmother when they predeceased their wives (see the other in ‘Bigamy’).  I like to think it’s because the wives wanted to be happy.  This is the story of Fanny Keeling and William Webb Venn (jnr). …

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A 19th Century Scandal: Bigamy?

Updated 14 February 2013 Two of my gg-grandfathers were not living with their respective gg-grandmother when they predeceased their wives (see the other in D.I.V.O.R.C.E).  I like to think it’s because the wives wanted to be happy.  This is the story of the Rose Anne Maria Buxton and James Ebenezer Nicholls. I’ve already mentioned that …

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GG-Grandparents – Paternal Side

Updated: 30 March 2016 My father's side is where the majority of the scandals are.  I suspect this is not because they were any more scandalous, but because they were more affluent and things got written down! General note: children with a '+' are known to have descendents, those with a '-' are known not …

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