07 June 2009

John Graham Weall 1877-?

Here we have three photos of a rather debonair young man. In the first one he is with his younger brother Horace Graham Weall.

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  • Horace Graham Weall 2 yrs 5 mths & John Graham Weall 5 yrs 5mths

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  • John Graham Weall 10½ years & 13½ years (Sep 1890)

The WEALL surname seems to be not such a common name, a dream to research. This time I'll start at the beginning with John's great-great-great-great-grandfather Benjamin Weall.

PROB 11/754 Will of Benjamin Weall of Harrow on the Hill , Middlesex

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I Ben: Weall of Weald in the Parish of Harrow on the Hill in the County of Middlesex do give unto my Wife Esther Weall all I shall dye possessed of, my debts and funeral expenses being paid during her life and after her decease do order it to be equally divided between my sons John and Thomas Weall.
Feb 26 - 1746=7.Witness my hand Benj: Weall. Witnesses Sam: Parr, Mary Tate.

On the twentieth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and forty seven administration with the will amended of the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Benjamin Weall late of the Hamlet of Weald in the Parish of Harrow on the Hill in the County of Middlesex deceased was granted to Hester otherwise Esther widow the relict of the deceased and universal legatee? for Life named in the said will for that us Executors appointed therein being first sworn duly to administer.

The will of son Thomas Weall was dated 12 Apr 1800 and proved on 1 Sep 1803. I'll spare you the full four pages:-

Thomas Weall of Hatch End in the Hamlet of Pinner in the County of Middlesex, gentleman. Thomas left a lot of houses, land & money to various relatives with no mention of a wife or children, they are:-

John Weall nephew; children of said nephew John - Thomas, John, Benjamin, Ann, Elizabeth & Mary
Nephew Benjamin son of my late brother John
Niece Ann daughter of my late brother John
Ann daughter of my said nephew Benjamin
Joseph Hill of Sudbury in parish of Harrow on the Hill, a friendship token

The will of Thomas' nephew John Weall was dated 21 Mar 1818 and proved on 2 Nov 1822. Six pages this time, he was mainly making sure the husbands or future husbands of his two daughters didn't get their hands on their wives inheritance!

John Weall of Hatch End in the parish of Harrow in the County of Middlesex, sheep dealer. No wife mentioned, again a lot of houses, land & money was left to:-

My eldest son Thomas
Sons John & Benjamin
Daughters Elizabeth & Ann wife of Henry Rice
Brother Benjamin
Sister Ann
Late Uncle Thomas Weall (mentioned)

In the last two wills there were houses and/or land mentioned in various places including Pinner in Middlesex and Watford in Hertfordshire.

John's eldest son Thomas was born about 1781 in Pinner, Middlesex, about 1808 he married Margaret & from 1809 to 1828 they had twelve children all born in Beddington, Surrey. There was Ann, Thomas, Mary, Margaret, John, William, Elizabeth, Sarah, Charlotte, Fanny, Benjamin & Isabella.

Son John, bap 11 Jun 1815, married Susannah White in 1843 in Watford, Hertfordshire. From various sources I found five children for them - Annie Susannah 1844; Mary Ann 1846; Ellen 1847; John 1850 and William 1852. They were all born in Watford but by 1861 the family were back in Pinner where Susannah died in 1868 and John in 1879.

Their son John married Annie Jane Graham in 1876 and from then on all descendants had the middle name of Graham, either that or their surname was now Graham-Weall although all sources like GRO Indices & census listed their surname as only Weall. John died in 1918 and Annie in 1939.

And so we reach John & Annie's chlidren - John Graham 1877; Dora Mary Graham 1878; Horace Graham 1880; Annie Margaret Graham 1881; Dudley Graham 1883-1885; Thomas Graham 1884; Gladys Victoria Graham 1887; Elsie Graham 1890 and Violet Graham 1892.

Marriages Jun 1903
Burnand  Emma Phyllis    Watford  3a 1317   
Weall  John Graham     Watford  3a 1317

John & Emma had six children - Susan Phyllis Clemence Graham 1905; John Lawrence Graham 1906; Lavinia Jane Graham 1910; Dominic H Graham 1914; George O Graham 1920 and Charles V Graham 1922.

In the early part of the 20th century John Weall & his son John Graham Weall (and others) were in a business partnership (of Surveyors, Land Agents, Auctioneers, Valuers and Architects, in Hertfordshire) that advertised in the London Gazette upto as late as 1937. During that time grandson, John Lawrence Graham Weall, also joined the firm. On or about 22 Apr 1938, John Graham Weall of 17 High St, Watford, was appointed a Land Tax Commissioner.

References:
ancestry.com
FreeBMD
The London Gazette
UK National Archives

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If anyone knows anything about or is connected to the Weall family please do contact me, I would love to hear from you & it may be to your advantage. All the information on this family may also be seen on WorldConnect here.

 

Dawn Scotting
pandora@kc.net.nz

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