Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.


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View of York Minster, published 1805.
Dedicated "To the Very Reverend George Markham, D.D. Dean of York".
See full size. From BL.


George Markham, Dean of York,
born 1763.
From 1783 on he researched the Markham family history.
He mar 1789 to Elizabeth Sutton [dau of Sir Richard Sutton, 1st Baronet, of Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire].
She is descendant through Wingfield of Edward I.

In 1791 George became Rector of Stokesley, Yorkshire.

Elizabeth was unfaithful to him for 5 years before discovery (apparently 1797-1802).
On 6 Apr 1802 he became Dean of York. Dean until his death 1822.
He discovered her adultery and sued her lover John Fawcett for criminal conversation. He received a verdict on 6 May 1802 against him, with substantial damages.
They divorced in 1803.
Elizabeth and her lover John Fawcett married after the divorce and had issue. Her wealthy cousin Laura Pulteney, 1st Countess of Bath supported them, and she left Elizabeth a huge fortune in 1808. John Fawcett changed his name to John Pulteney in 1813.

George died 1822.
On his death his unmarried daughters went to live at Ightham, Kent.
Elizabeth fl 1832.
John Pulteney (former John Fawcett) died 1849.
George and Elizabeth had issue:

  1. Elizabeth Markham,
    eldest dau, born 1790.
    She mar 1815 to Sir Rufane Donkin.
    She died 1818 in India.
    He was acting Governor of the Cape Colony, South Africa, 1820-21.
    He named the new city of Port Elizabeth after his late wife.
    The modern city has population 1.1 million. It has been officially renamed "Gqeberha" but the old name is still in use.

  2. Cecilia Markham,
    3rd dau, born 27 Oct 1792, Stokesley, Yorkshire, NOT London,
    bapt 27 Nov 1792, Stokesley, Yorkshire.
    "Cecilia" in her will and on gravestone. NOT Cecelia.
    Parents divorced when she was a child.
    She mar 26 June 1827 [her age 34, him age 33] to Rev. George Augustus Montgomery [born 7 Nov 1793]. No issue.
    They mar at Ightham, Kent.

  3. Anne Markham,
    Anne Isabella Markham, or Ann, born 1795,
    mar 1825 to Major James Chadwick,
    had issue:

    1. Isabella Chadwick,
      Isabella Henrietta Maria Chadwick, born 1826.
      Mentioned in 1837 codicil of Will of Rev. George Augustus Montgomery.
      Mentioned in Will of Cecilia Markham 1866.
      She died 1878.

  4. Sarah Markham, born 1802.
    Youngest child.
    We put her as the Dean's daughter. But the divorce case said there was doubt over who her father was. See [Thomas, 2009, note 42].
    Mentioned in Will of Cecilia Markham 1866.
    She died unmarried, 1884.

Markham divorce case verdict, 6 May 1802.
From pp.399-400 of Annual Register, 1802.

Memorial to Elizabeth Markham. Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Erected 1820 by her husband Sir Rufane Donkin.
Photo 2011. From here.
See street view.

Entry for Cecilia Markham on pp.80-81 of vol.2 of [Markham, 1913].

Extract from Will of Cecilia Markham, 14 Apr 1866.
Executors are her sister Sarah and her niece Isabella Chadwick.


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