Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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William Markham, Archbishop of York,
born 1719.
See Wikipedia and Wikitree and thepeerage.
He mar 1759 to Sarah Goddard.
They had issue:

George Markham, Dean of York,
born 1763.
See Wikipedia and Wikitree and thepeerage.
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, by his 2nd wife Anne Williams].
Sir Richard Sutton is descendant through Wingfield of Edward I.
In 1791 George became Rector of Stokesley, Yorkshire.
Wife's adultery and divorce:
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 Markham died 1822.
On his death his unmarried daughters went to live at Ightham, Kent.
Elizabeth fl 1843.
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, 1820-1821.
    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. Henrietta Alicia Markham,
    born 1791.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
      She is heir in Will of Cecilia Markham 1866. Except she then died before Cecilia.
      She died 1878.

  5. George Markham,
    born 12 Feb 1796.
    See Ch.XIX (p.129) of [Markham, 1913].
    Served in Royal Navy.
    Lieutenant 1819.
    He had an affair in summer 1822 with Elizabeth Tweddell [born 1800] and had issue.
    He did not marry her.
    He died unmarried at his sister Cecilia's house Nunton, 22 Jan 1834, age 37 yrs.
    He was bur in Nunton church.
    George had natural issue by Elizabeth Tweddell:

    1. George Tweddell,
      George Markham Tweddell, born 1823.
      Publisher, poet, author and activist. See search.

  6. Edward Markham, born 1801.
    See Ch.XX (p.131) of [Markham, 1913].
    He mar 1stly, 1840, to Charlotte Longden. No issue.
    He mar 2ndly, 1861, to Harriet Rumsey.

  7. 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.

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

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

Memorial to George Markham (died 1834) in Nunton church.
See larger and full size. Photo 2008. From Duncan and Mandy Ball.
See other photo and other photo.
See floor slab. Photo 2008. From Duncan and Mandy Ball.

Autograph of an unidentified Markham, found in Gibbon autographs.
See full size.

Extract showing this family in [Foster, 1874].




Sources yet to be consulted


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