24 May 2016

Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe 1848-1934

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Hon. H. J. A. Cuffe


It took me about two minutes to realise I didn’t have to do any research on this very distinquished gentleman and therefore I will leave it up to you and my friend Google, suffice it to say you will find everything you ever wanted to know if you Google his full name.

I’ve copied the following article from ‘Find a Grave’ website and from that I gather this photo might have been taken when he was a young midshipman in the Royal Navy, he is very young in this photo and the hat on the table is a giveaway!

Birth:     30 Aug 1848
Death:     4 Nov 1934

5th Earl of Desart, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Knight of the most Illustrious Order of St Patrick. Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. Member of the Most Honourable Privy Council of Great Britain. His Majesty's Lieutenant for the County Kilkenny, Ireland.

Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe, 5th Earl of Desart, KP, KCB, PC was an Irish peer and barrister. He was the second son of John Cuffe, 3rd Earl of Desart and his wife, Elizabeth, the third daughter of John Campbell, 1st Earl Cawdor.

In his early life he was a midshipman in the Royal Navy before becoming a barrister in 1872. In 1877 he was appointed as a secretary to the Judicature Committee and as a solicitor to The Treasury a year later. In 1894 he was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath and as Treasury Solicitor that year, as well as Queen's Proctor and Director of Public Prosecutions. On inheriting the earldom of Desart from his elder brother, William (who died without heirs male) in 1898, he was promoted as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.

In 1909, Dysart was created Baron Desart in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which enabled him to sit in the House of Lords. In 1913, he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed a Knight of St Patrick in 1919.

Participated as an Unionist delegate to the 1917-18 Irish Convention. He was also appointed Lord Lieutenant of Kilkenny in 1920, a post he held until the Irish Free State was formed in 1922, when all lord lieutenancies of Ireland (bar those of Northern Ireland) were abolished.

On 19 July 1876, Lord Desart married his second cousin, Lady Margaret Joan Lascelles (1853–1927), the second daughter of Henry Lascelles, 4th Earl of Harewood. They had two daughters: Joan & Sybil.

As Lord Desart was the last male descendant of the 1st Earl and died without male heirs in 1934, his titles became extinct.


Hamilton John Agmondesham Cuffe, 5th Earl of Desart
by Walter Stoneman
© National Portrait Gallery, London
© Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.


Dawn Scotting

Henry Goodenough Hayter 1831-1925

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Henry Goodenough Hayter


The first photo above was named in the album as Henry G Hayter, the second photo was in the album on another page and was unnamed. It’s obvious they were taken in the same studio and perhaps on the same day, if that is the case they are two different young boys. Although they seem to be dressed very similar there are differences, the main one being the second boy is taller than the first so probably a few years older. The second photo is quite blurred so the detail isn’t the same but I think the motif on the first boy’s trousers is different on the second boy’s trouser, second boy’s ears also stick out a little bit more and the shape of his face is rounder.

If the second boy is an older brother then he would be Charles Frederick born 23 Jul 1826.

Henry Goodenough Hayter was the fifth child of Goodenough Hayter & Emma neé Chilton, born 12 Jan 1831 and baptised on the 19 Feb in the Holy Trinity Church in Islington, London. He was at home with his parents in Camberwell, Surrey in the 1851 census. On the 4 Jun 1859 in the St Luke’s Church in Chelsea he married Janet Druce, the daughter of William & Catherine Druce.

Henry Goodenough & Janet Hayter went on to have sixteen children over the next twenty four years:-

Edith Catharine 1860-1943, did not marry
Francis Goodenough 1861-1897, did not marry
Henry William Goodenough 1862-1915
Janet Emma 1864-1950 m Arthur Francis de Rougemont
Emma 1866-1949 m Oswald Osmond Wrigley
Alfred Goodenough 1867-1929, did not marry
William Goodenough 1869-1924 m Alethea Slessor
Richard Goodenough 1870-1920
Charles Goodenough 1872-1872
John Goodenough 1873-1934
Catharine Mary 1875-1951 m Robert Frederic Bayford
Owen Chilton Goodenough 1876-1961 m Violet Marie Wakefield
Hugh Charles Goodenough 1878-1879
Robert Dickinson Goodenough 1879-1880
Phoebe Judith 1882-1920, did not marry
Dorothy Julia 1884-1943, did not marry

Like me, you may think it very strange that they named some of their children with the same name as another one ie Henry William and William; Janet Emma and Emma; Hugh Charles and Charles; Edith Catharine and Catharine Mary. At first I thought they were using their middle names in various census until I searched further and found baptisms for all of them on different dates and they were each in a census at home with their parents, so there definately were 16 children, born out by the fact that in the 1911 census Janet said she’d been married 51 years and had given birth to 16 children with 12 of them still living.

On the 3 Feb 1847, at the age of 16, Henry Goodenough became an apprentice to learn the trade of ‘army packer & merchant’ in the Cloth Making Industry, for the term of seven years:-


It was to bring him good fortune and he became a very wealthy man and the father of many distinquished children, amongst them a judge in Egypt and an adviser to the Egyptian government; a well-known satirist/caricaturist & editor of 'The Eastern Sketch' a comic paper in Shanghai and chairman of the China Printing Co; the Superintendant of Police in India; and a Knight of the Realm.

Henry Goodenough Hayter was living at ‘Winterbourne’, Sidmouth in Devon when he died on the 9 Sep 1925 at the great age of 94, his wife Janet died on 4 Aug 1933 also at the age of 94.


Dawn Scotting

15 May 2016

Charles Frederick Hayter 1826-1921

From the Francis Hayter Album

Case Study: Charles Frederick Hayter



Charles Frederick Hayter was the 4th child of Goodenough Hayter & Emma neé Chilton. Charles was born on the 23 Jul 1826 in Muswell Hill, North London and baptised on the 16 Sep 1826 at St Mary’s Church in Hornsey. He went to Oxford College where he matriculated from Magdalen Hall in 1847 aged 20, he earned himself a BA in 1852 and an MA in 1858, he then went onto become the Rector of East Mersea in Essex and finally the Vicar of Claybrooke, Northants from 1871. His older brother, George Goodenough Hayter also went to Oxford where he matriculated from Brasenose College in 1838 aged 17, he went on to become the Vicar of Burnham Overy in Norfolk. George is mentioned in the album but there is no photo, there was one of his wife Mary but again the photo is missing.



This photo possibly taken while he was at Oxford and before he wore a dog collar, although I must say he doesn’t look to be younger than he is in the first photo!

In 1866, at age 40, Charles married 26 yr old Mary Curtois, daughter of Peregrine & Mary Curtois. Charles & Mary didn’t have any children, according to the 1911 census when Charles said he had none. Mary had earlier died in 1893, Charles lived to the good age of 94 when he died on the 10 Apr 1921 at Leslie Lodge in Worthing, West Sussex. The probate of his will went to his neice Anna Catharine Druce, the daughter of Charles’ sister Anna Susan Druce who had also been living at Leslie Lodge, Worthing when she died in 1919.


Dawn Scotting

14 May 2016

Francis Hayter Album

When I first opened this recently acquired photograph album I must admit I was very disappointed to see so many photographs missing from it. At the same time I was happy to see a nice selection of photographs that are named if somewhat obscure as yet. I also acquired another album at the same time and it seems they are connected somehow.

After googling Francis Hayter I was somewhat disappointed again to find that he was a well known figure in the early days of the Nelson settlers and that my genealogical detective skills were not needed in his case as he is very well documented on many a webpage online. On reflection I find that I’m more delighted than disappointed to find such a wealth of knowledge on the HAYTER family.

So, as I go along looking into each named photograph I will post it with whatever information I can find about that person rather than document all of the Hayter family which has already been done by many more competent than myself.


There is no photo of Francis in the album but I did find the above photo online so I’ve superimposed it on top of the album cover.


Francis Hayter was the youngest child and sixth son of Goodenough Hayter & Emma neé Chilton, born in Camberwell, Surrey on 7 Oct 1843 and baptised in the St Giles Church on the 3 Nov 1843.


Francis had previously been in New South Wales, before coming to NZ about 1876, and that is where his partnership with Henry Wharton started:-


From Francis’ will dated 27 May 1878 it is interesting to note that he was still in partnership with Henry but in 1882 the partnership was dissolved, Francis died in 1891 after travelling to England for an operation where he died on the operating table, obviously he hadn’t changed his will between 1878 and 1891:-




Starting with the photograph from the album that has not stood the test of time unfortunately but has interesting names on the back, it has faded so much that I couldn’t really do much with it apart from showing that there are four men in the photo:-




As this photo was taken in Australia I’m wondering if this group of men -Sam Kirby, Tod Hunter, Wharton & Self - had just purchased some land there as the sign one of them is holding says ‘Free Select 640 Acres’. There is mention of a ‘Mr Cruickshank, Mumblebone’ in the album although the photo is missing, however, I seem to remember seeing somewhere that Francis Hayter’s first property was named Mumblebone. I found him living at ‘Mumblebone, Warren’ in the NSW Police Gazette of 1875 where he’s listed as a newly appointed Magistrate of the Colony. Mumblebone is not far from Dubbo.






And from the Dubbo Stock Report of 25 Nov 1869 a small mention of J Cruickshank of Mumblebone:-



Dawn Scotting

Hayes, Wells & Buffham Family Album

This old album that dates back to the mid 1800s was found in a deceased house lot of goods. The person who purchased them kept the album for five years in the hopes that someone in the family would come back for it, they didn’t.

The people in it all seem to have originated from England, so far I haven’t found why it ended up in New Zealand.


These are the first two front pages inside the album, although the photograph is not named in the album I presume her to be Mary Elizabeth Hayes, the mother of Francis Bertram Wells who updated the album in 1978. Unfortunately the album and photos are not in the best of condition as sellotape has been used which has not lasted over the years. However, I have managed to find out a bit on the families of some of the photos in the album, sadly only a few of them are named.  Also included inside the album was this typed list of names plus an original marriage certificate that I’ve had to divide into two to scan as it was too long otherwise:-



Strangely there is no wedding photo for the above marriage in the album, apart from this unnamed bride, it’s hard to say if she is the same person as the one in the front of the album:-


This is the groom, William George Wells, who is in various named photos:-











The photo with the question mark was not named but I took a gamble because he’s the spitting image of the guy in the photo below him who was named. It seems William may have been an actor of sorts as I don’t think that’s his everyday wear above!

He also belonged to a cycling club and on the evening of the 5 Apr 1894 he was out with his friends in Midhurst, Sussex:-


William George & Mary Elizabeth had three sons - Clement Victor 1896-1955, Francis Bertram 1897-1990 and Sidney Gordon 1899-1974, all of them with named photos:-




William George Wells was the son of Joseph Wells & Sarah neé Betteridge, born 1873 in Andover, Hampshire. Joseph (Grandad) & Sarah (Grandma) had seven children, that I found, five of them with named photos in the album:-



I’ve searched the newspapers online for a report on Grandad’s exposure in the snow but couldn’t find anything. It looks like these two photos were taken on the same day in front of the same wall with the climbers in the background.

William George was their eldest son, then came Lottie known as Tots born 1875, she married Harry Cornelius in 1905 and as far as I know didn’t have any children:-


After Lottie came Fred 1879-1881, then Florence May born 1882, she married Frank Benjamin Bone in 1904 and had two daughters, Eva May & Phyllis Mary Bone. There are no named photos of Fred or Florence in the album.

Next was Beatrice Lillian known as Lil, she was born in 1884, married in 1937 to Archibald Shearing:-



Then comes Bertie 1886-1951, he marred Louisa Jane Howard in 1912 and they may have had two children, Laura & Kenneth. Lastly came Stanley Ernest born 1893 & killed aged 24 in Belgium during WWI, buried in Flanders:-



These two small candid photos were loose in the album and from them I was hoping to find something about the business ‘Wells the Bacon People Ltd’, obviously belonging to William George Wells, in the newspapers of the day but as you may appreciate the word ‘Wells’ is just too common, I would have been searching for weeks to find anything of interest, no matter what combination of words I tried there were just too many hits. It’s a shame really as I would have liked to have fleshed out this family a bit more:-



I haven’t been able to find anything about Maltby House either, apart from Maltby being the maiden name of W G W’s wife’s grandmother.

Mary Elizabeth Wells neé Hayes was the second of the nine children of John Hayes (no photo) and Martha neé Buffham who I presume is Grandma Hayes:-


Martha Buffham was the fifth of the nine children of Charles Buffham and Mary neé Maltby, she was born on 7 Sep 1842 in Woolwich, Kent where her father was stationed in the Royal Marines at the time. Charles served 21 years and was discharged in 1845 when he returned to Lincolnshire, the county he was born in about 1805, he became a Police Officer & High Bailiff of the Spalding District County Court.

There are no named photos of any of Mary Elizabeth’s siblings or father in the album.


Mary Elizabeth’s son, Francis Bertram, would have been about 80 when he decided to renovate & edit the photograph album in 1978, on the back page he has glued a photo of his marriage to Violet Irene Edna Chandler on 2 Oct 1932 and on another page I found one other named photo of Violet:-




Francis & Violet may have had any number of children as there are quite a few Wells/Chandler births registered in England after 1932 but only one of them was in Rochford - Alan M Wells born 1937. In 1869 Alan married Christine Lester and just a few moments ago I came across an Alan & Christine Maltby Wells listed in the New Zealand Electoral Roll in 1978 & 1981 - their surname is listed as Maltby Wells so it may not be them but the names seem to be too much of a co-incidence don’t they? Alan seems to have been alive & living in Auckland up until 8 years ago so if any of his family see this please do get in touch with me.

I would also love to hear from anyone else who may be connected to the families in this album, it should be returned to a family member.







Dawn Scotting