Family - Kendall Connection

The Kendall Connection

I'm not yet entirely certain of the chronology, but at some point during late 1954 or early 1955 a young woman newly-widowed, newly-impoverished and with a teenage son at boarding school to provide for, arrived back in England from Baghdad. She had been born and brought up in the Middle East, had spent most of her adult life out there (apart from the war years), and had few if any contacts back in the Home Country – apart from her kindly and supportive mother.

This young woman, Daphne Kendall, and her son Christopher, two of the most remarkable people it has been my own personal good fortune to have encountered in this Vale of Woe, were most extraordinarily interlinked with both my father's family and my future wife's family, and would have the most profoundly benevolent influence on my own haphazard teenage and twenty-something years, and indeed the irrepressible emeritus Professor Kendall into whom Christopher has metamorphosed is still, I am very glad to say, an iconic feature of our personal landscape.

But let's first get the genealogical background established. The tables that follow are based on three quite distinct resources (and some of the dates are still a little bit fuzzy):

The frequent recurrences of May Prussia in these interconnected lineages are highlighted in what might well be described as Prussian Blue!



Above: May Prussia, Mrs Shields, Mrs de Courcy, and Mrs Matthews

But May Prussia notwithstanding, by far the most interesting and colourful member of the family was her cousin Edward James Corbett, Jim Corbett, the renowned big-game hunter, of tigers and leopards in particular (though he only shot man-eaters). He was quite possibly the prototype of Beachcomber's Big White Carstairs and the solar-topee'd heroes of innumerable jungle adventure stories in Boys Own Paper and the like. But he was also a trail-blazing naturalist, conservationist, ecologist, author and thoroughly nice guy. Do follow the link to his Wikipedia profile.

The Kendall Lineage

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑2George William Kendall
(b ~1871)
(Engineer, Businessman)
Phillis (sic) Arabella
(b ~1869)
Oliven Phillis (sic) Frances
(b ~1901)

William George St Clement
(b ~1905, d ~1954)
‑1William George St Clement Kendall
(b ~1905, d ~1954)
(m ~1935/6)
Daphne Shields Matthews
(28 Feb 1918 – Oct 2000)
Christopher George St Clement Kendall
(b ~Jan 1938)
0Christopher George St Clement Kendall
(b ~Jan 1938)
Diane Lynn Bowman
(b ~1953)
(m 14 Jul 1973)
Alda Elizabeth

Emma Sarah

The Shields Lineage

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑42 sisters

Harry Shields

brother
‑3Harry ShieldsMay PrussiaAlice Shields

Marie Shields

Edith Shields
(b ~1889)
‑2Alice ShieldsX Wallace-CoxIan Wallace-Cox

Derek Wallace-Cox
‑2Marie ShieldsX Bartelette 
‑2Edith Shields
(b ~1889)

"Granny Matthews"
John Marcus Matthews
(b ~1888)
Keith Matthews

Dudley Shields Matthews
(2 Dec 1914 – Sep 1970)

Daphne Shields Matthews
(28 Feb 1918 – Oct 2000)
‑1Keith Matthews Carol Matthews
‑1Dudley Shields Matthews
(2 Dec 1914 – Sep 1970)
Margery Constance Burroughs
(7 Dec 1906 – 2001)
(m 2 Feb 1946)
Michael Matthews
‑1Daphne Shields Matthews
(28 Feb 1918 – Oct 2000)
William George St Clement Kendall
(b ~1905, d ~1954)
(m ~1935/6)
Christopher George St Clement Kendall
(b ~Jan 1938)
0Christopher George St Clement Kendall
(b ~Jan 1938)
Diane Lynn Bowman
(b ~1953)
(m 14 Jul 1973)
Alda Elizabeth

Emma Sarah


Above: Edith Matthews (née Shields) with her children Daphne, Keith and Dudley

The Matthews Lineage

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑3May PrussiaFrank Matthews

Lassie Matthews

Harry Matthews

John Marcus Matthews
(b 1888)

Arthur Matthews
‑2John Marcus Matthews
(b ~1888)

(Civil Servant,
High Commission of India)
Edith Shields
(b ~1889)

"Granny Matthews"
Keith Matthews

Dudley Shields Matthews
(2 Dec 1914 – Sep 1970)

Daphne Shields Matthews
(28 Feb 1918 – Oct 2000)
‑2Arthur MatthewsMay Prussia / Shields / de CourcyNone
‑1Keith MatthewsCarol
‑1Dudley Shields Matthews
(2 Dec 1914 – Sep 1970)
Margery Constance Burroughs
(7 Dec 1906 – 2001)
(m 2 Feb 1946)
Michael
‑1Daphne Shields Matthews
(28 Feb 1918 – Oct 2000)
William George St Clement Kendall
(b ~1905, d ~1954)
(m ~1935/6)
Christopher George St Clement Kendall
(b ~Jan 1938)
0Christopher George St Clement Kendall
(b ~Jan 1938)
Diane Lynn Bowman
(b ~1953)
(m 14 Jul 1973)
Alda Elizabeth

Emma Sarah


Above: May Prussia with her Matthews children Arthur, Frank, Lassie and John


Above: John and Edith Matthews with their children Dudley, Keith and Daphne

The Prussia Lineage

Great credit is due to www.mundia.com for the data in this table.

I've never read Trollope or Tolstoy, but I rather suspect the Prussia family narrative was also, in its way, a dramatic generational epic, though enacted against the vast backdrop of Imperial India in all its riotous colour, heat and confusion rather than prim Victorian England or frozen Czarist Russia. India to this family was their native land, not England or Ireland. In a very real sense they, and all the other families with whom they intermarried, were Indians, of just a particular caste, creed and colour.

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑5John Prussia
(1804 – 16 Sep 1844)
Mary Oliver
(m 28 Jul 1835)
Mary Jane Prussia
(12 Mar 1837 – 16 May 1924)

John Prussia
(2 Jun 1838 – Apr 1845)

George Duncan Prussia
(b 31 May 1840)
‑4Mary Jane Prussia
(12 Mar 1837 – 16 May 1924)
Charles James Doyle
(23 Dec 1829 – 8 Dec 1858 KIA)
(m 1851)

His children were brought up with the Corbett family
Dr Charles William Doyle
(Aug 1852 – 2 May 1903)

Eugene Mary Doyle

Evangeline Doyle

George Doyle
Christopher William Corbett
(11 Sep 1822 – 21 Apr 1881)
(m 13 Oct 1859)

Previously married to Ann Morrow, with one son & one daughter
Thomas Bartholomew Corbett
(b 18 Sep 1860)

Harriet May Corbett
(b 23 Jul 1862)

Christopher Edward Corbett
(b 28 Dec 1864)

John Quinton Corbett
(b 1866)

Maurice Corbett

Edith Corbett

Margaret (Maggie) Winnifred (sic) Corbett
(b 21 Jan 1874)

Edward James (Jim) Corbett
(25 Jul 1875 – 19 Apr 1955)

Archobald (sic) D'Arcy Corbett
(b 1879)
‑4George Duncan Prussia
(b 31 May 1840)
Emma Lavinia Bates
(b 22 Aug 1842)
Emma Mary (May) Prussia
(b 4 Jan 1862)


Alfred Bates Prussia
(1863 – 27 Feb 1930)

George Bates Prussia
(b 1868)

Maud(e) Eleanor Prussia
(b 11 Sep 1869)

Daisy Prussia
(no documented dates,
but evidently b 1870)

Ethel Bates Prussia
(b 1871)

Harry Bates Prussia
(13 Nov 1872 – 26 Dec 1951)

Hugh Prussia
(24 Jun 1876 – 11 Apr 1895)

Clare Hill Prussia
(1877 – 24 Sep 1952)
‑3Emma Mary (May) Prussia
(b 4 Jan 1862)
Harry J Shields
(d <1891)
(m 8 Oct 1880)
Alice Shields

Marie Shields

Edith Shields
(b ~1889)
William Blennerhassett de Courcy
(b 1850)
Frederica Stuart de Courcy
(4 Mar 1892 – 2 Jan 1975)
Arthur MatthewsNone
‑3Alfred Bates Prussia
(1863 – 27 Feb 1930)
Nina Mary Colman
(m 10 Nov 1888)
None
‑3George Bates Prussia
(b 1868)
Mary E E Walker
(m 1893)
None
‑3Daisy Prussia
(b 1870)
Mr LawMay Law

Gladys Law

Charles Law

Maud Law
‑3Ethel Bates Prussia
(b 1871)
Mr HillNone
‑3Harry Bates Prussia
(13 Nov 1872 – 26 Dec 1951)
Dorothea Angelo
(16 Sep 1872 – 11 Jan 1908)
Harold Duncan Prussia
(Dec 1903 – 23 Mar 1906)
Sarah Adelaide McIntosh
(31 May 1887 – 5 Mar 1955)
Geoffrey Bates McIntosh
(26 May 1914 – 13 Oct 1985)

Denis John McIntosh
(26 May 1914 – 3 Dec 1996)

Naomi Catherine McIntosh
(?17 Dec 1918? – 11 Nov 1985)
‑3Clare Hill Prussia
(1877 – 24 Sep 1952)
Edwin Godfrey Rivett
(1869 – 1940)
(m 1895)
Norah Muriel Rivett
(24 Jan 1896 – 1975)

Dorothy Clare Rivett
(b 4 Oct 1898)

Bernard Henry Duncan Rivett
(10 Jun 1904 – Jun 1979)

Lewis Godfrey Rivett
(22 Oct 1910 – Jan 1986)
‑2Gladys LawMr MolesworthBobby Molesworth

Marianne Molesworth
‑2Geoffrey Bates McIntosh
(26 May 1914 – 13 Oct 1985)
May (Mamie) Harvey Price
(2 Nov 1910 – 3 Jul 2009)
Two sons
‑2Denis John McIntosh
(26 May 1914 – 3 Dec 1996)
PrivateOne daughter

One son
‑2Naomi Catherine McIntosh
(?17 Dec 1918? – 11 Nov 1985)
Leslie Bernard Chappell
(12 Mar 1912 – Feb 1995)
Three daughters

Ian Bernard Chapell (sic)
(11 Aug 1944 – Jul 1987)

Jennifer Sarah Chapell (sic),
(28 Dec 1945 – Sep 1987)
‑2Nora(h) Muriel Rivett
(24 Jan 1896 – 1975)
Col Douglas Howard Gwyn McCririck
(1893 –1947)
(m 1917)
Claire Marian McCririck
(1919 –1987)

Lt Patrick Rerick Howard McCririck
(1924 – 21 Aug 1944)

Josephine McCririck
‑1Cla(i)re Marian McCririck
aka Lady Rendlesham
(1919 –1987)

Vogue fashion editor in the 1960's
Charles Anthony Hugh Thelluson
8th Lord Rendlesham
(15 Mar 1915 – 1999)
(m 1947)
Charles William Brooke Thelluson

Sarah Ann Thelluson

Antonia Thelluson

Jaqumine Thelluson
(b 21 Aug 1960)


Above: George Duncan Prussia with his wife Emma (née Bates) and their family. May is on the extreme left, and CGStCK identifies the seated figure next to her as Harry Shields – which enables the four sons to be confidently identified by their evident relative ages from L to R: Harry, Hugh, George & Alfred. Not quite so unequivocally, I'd say the four daughters are from L to R: Ethel, Clare, Maud & Daisy.

And considerably less than a century later, a very different concept of style



Lady Rendlesham with her daughter Antonia walking Tess D'Erlanger's dachshund,
at London's Serpentine, Vogue May 1959,
photographed by Norman Parkinson.

The Blennerhassett de Courcy Lineage

Great credit is due to pages 4 and 5 of www.blennerhassettfamilytree.com/pages/BH56_MISC_BH_middle_name_BMN.pdf for the wealth of data in this table.

The descendants of Francis Henry Douglas de Courcy were established via ancestry.co.uk

#IndividualSpouse / PartnerFamily
‑4Robert Stuart de Courcy
(1804 – 20 Dec 1857, suicide)
SarahFrederika Blanche de Courcy
(b 15 Dec 1847)

William Blennerhassett
de Courcy (b 1850)

Sarah Matilda de Courcy
(1853 – 7 Jul 1895)

Robert Stuart de Courcy
(16 Mar 1854 – 7 Sep 1861)

Annie Rachel de Courcy
(b 1858)
‑3Frederika Blanche de Courcy
(b 15 Dec 1847)
George Edwin Lambert
(b 11 May 1823)
(m 6 Jul 1863)
Frederick de Courcy Lambert
(b 22 Aug 1864)
‑3William Blennerhassett de Courcy
(b 1850)

Clerk of the Small Cause Court at Lahore 1869

District Judge 1891

Punjab Commission 1895

Deputy Commissioner of Gujranwala Province 1898

Deputy Commissioner for Punjab 1899
 Mary de Courcy
(b 1866)
Catherine Frances Conlan
(18 Jul 1850<1891)
(m 8 Sep 1869)
William Blennerhassett de Courcy (b 27 Jun 1870) *

Francis Henry Douglas de Courcy
(6 Aug 1872 – 3 Oct 1939)


Robert Stuart de Courcy
(b 28 Nov 1874)

Katheline Violet de Courcy
(b 3 Mar 1876)

Annie de Courcy
Emma Mary (May) Prussia
(b 4 Jan 1862)
(m 2 Mar 1891)
Frederica Stuart de Courcy
(4 Mar 1892 – 2 Jan 1975)
‑3Sarah Matilda de Courcy
(1853 – 7 Jul 1895)
Nathaniel Haig Penhearow
(b 17 Jan 1839)
(m 28 Dec 1869)
William Haig Penhearow
(1871 – 27 Dec 1873)

Minnie Rachel Penhearow
(b 29 Dec 1879)

Florence Harriot Penhearow
(b 13 Aug 1883)

Norah Ethel O'Hague Penhearow
(26 Dec 1886 – 22 Oct 1940)

who produced a good many descendants in Australia and England (see reference)
‑3Annie Rachel de Courcy
(b 1858)
Charles Samuel Faddy (b 1850) 
‑2Francis Henry Douglas de Courcy
(6 Aug 1872 – 3 Oct 1939)
Victoria
(1876-1969)
(m 1905)
Michael Conrad de Courcy
(1909 – 2 Jul 1961)

Silvia Blennerhasset
de Courcy (1910-1991)

Gerald Lisle de Courcy
(1917-1981)

William Blennerhasset de Courcy (twin)
(11 Feb 1917 – 2001)
‑2Frederica Stuart de Courcy
(4 Mar 1892 – 2 Jan 1975)
Charles Percival (Percy) Dudley Beatty (23 Nov 1885 – 8 Apr 1940)
(m 6 Oct 1915)
Esme May de Courcy Beat(t)y
(24 Aug 1917 – 14 Apr 1981)

Rosemary de Courcy Beat(t)y
(8 Jul 1926 – 22 Feb 2003)
‑1A tremendous amount of detail about subsequent generations down to the present day (including, for example, the internationally-renowned classical trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins) can be seen on the Mundia website - simply enter the names and dates of Francis Henry Douglas de Courcy and view his family tree.

* Educated at King William's College (aka King Bill's), Isle of Man, (who made claims against his father for unpaid school fees in 1888, 1894 and 1895!)

Meanderings

I have understood that it was, to the last, her proudest boast that she never had been on the water in her life except upon a bridge and that over her tea (to which she was extremely partial) she, to the last, expressed her indignation at the impiety of mariners and others who had the presumption to go "meandering" about the world. It was in vain to represent to her that some conveniences, tea perhaps included, resulted from this objectionable practice. She always returned, with greater emphasis and with an instinctive knowledge of the strength of her objection, "Let us have no meandering."

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, p 2

The meanderings of our hero, the distinguished Professor C G St C Kendall, would probably require an entire website to do them justice, so let us simply record what we know of his parents' and grandparents' peregrinations, in an era where one went everywhere by steamship, when lengthy voyages could still take weeks (including stop-overs) rather than a few hours, or a day at most, by the intercontinental jets of the 1960's and 70's onwards.

FamilyJourney DetailsDatePanelList
Edith
Daphne
dep London to Bombay7 Oct 1921linklink
John
Edith
Daphne
arr London from Bombay13 Nov 1931linklink
Edith
Daphne
dep London to Bombay5 Oct 1934linklink
Dudleydep So'ton to Malacca26 Feb 1938linklink
 
FamilyJourney DetailsDatePanelList
William
Daphne
Xtopher
arr London from Bombay20 Jun 1938linklink
William
Daphne
Xtopher
dep Glasgow for Basra11 Apr 1946linklink

It's evident that a good many journeys, both eastwards and westwards, are missing from these tables, but it's clear that the John Marcus Matthew and William George St C Kendall family units lived intensely peripatetic lives.

The Rude Forefathers1

In 1608, in the small colonial settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, which was beset by starvation and disease, struggling for its very survival, one of its most prominent members became the first person in North America to be officially executed (Francis Drake's execution of Thomas Doughty on 2 Jul 1578 was in Patagonia, South America, and was legitimised by Drake's authority as captain of a sea-going vessel), in circumstances which have been disputed ever since.

The protagonist in this curious drama of long ago was Captain George Kendall (~1570 – 1608) and his principal antagonist was Captain John Smith (~Jan 1580 – 21 Jun 1631).

The Wikipedia article on Kendall is quite bizarrely lacking in any context or explanation for the paranoid accusations that were levelled against him, and we must dig deeper, but it can be said right away that he was quite possibly more sinned against than sinning.

A priori, his true misdemeanours might have been any of the following

  • He was a common-or-garden mutineer
  • He was in the pay of Spain to betray the colony
  • He was a patriot attempting to defuse John Smith's dictatorial ambitions

The first and second of these propositions are examined in

Captain George Kendall: Mutineer or Intelligencer?, Philip L Barbour, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol 70, No 3 (Jul 1962), pp 297 – 313, published by the Virginia Historical Society



Captain John Smith

The scorpion in the carpet slipper was undoubtedly John Smith, and his track record prior to the Jamestown imbroglio must first be briefly recapitulated.

(To Be Continued)

By a quite extraordinary coincidence, on the very day I am writing this, a newspaper report has described gruesome fresh evidence of the plight in which the Jamestown settlers found themselves during the winter of 1608/9 – no longer a problem for the unfortunate George Kendall, though.

1: I've recently been asked the origin of this phrase – it comes from a line in Thomas Gray's Elegy written in a Country Churchyard, once quite possibly the best-loved and most-quoted poem in the English language, apart from Richard Burton's Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, but nowadays sadly neglected – the paths of glory lead but to the grave, as one might say. Gray does sometimes veer nearer poesy than is now the taste, but it's all triple A.

My trusty dictionary lists nine distinct meanings for the word "rude" and in the present context we can take it to mean humble, lowly, robust and sturdy – just as we would expect our rural forefathers to have been when Adam delved and Eve span, and indeed in just the respectful sense that Gray implied. The rustics in A Midsummer Night's Dream were described as "Rude Mechanicals", of course, to suggest their unsophisticated simple-mindedness, which just goes to show that words take their meaning from context as well as lexicography.