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NEMBHARD OF JAMAICA (3)
(Contributed bv Miss Mabel Nembhard before 1909. )
[Continued from Nembhard 2]
Written in pencil by Capt. Evered 2 Dec. 1892
Record of dates of births and deaths of members of the late Mr. T. H. Nembhard's family found amongst his papers. (Signed) J. G. C. Evered, R.N.
I was married on Thursday Sept. 12, 1792.
My husband was born Oct. 25, 1769.
Ages of the family
My mother was born Oct. 21, 1737.
My sister Edwards April 21, 1756.
My brother John Aug. 1, 1758.
My brother Ballard Aug. 7, 1761.
My sister Letitia Dec. 17, 1765.
Elizabeth Jane Mar. 6, 1768.
My brother William Ellis July 10, 1771.
My sister Charlotte Dec. 31, 1774.
Departed this Life.
John Frederic Nembhard aged 39 years & 2 months Oct. 29, 1797.
Died Ann Payton E., aged 44 years & 3 months Ju1y 14, 1800.
Died my dear Mother aged 69 years Julv 25, 1806
Died Charlotte Rose aged 34 years & 8 months Sept. 25, 1809.
Died William Ellis 11th of Dec. 1829 aged 58 years & 5 months.
My Sister Hibbert's children:
Ann born August 31st 1786.
Thomas born July, 29th 1788.
Robert born Nov. 28, 1790
John Nembhard born March 11, 1796.
Letitia Hamilton born May 27, 1798.
Ann was married to Thomas Tipping, Jany. 1810. Their children:
Gartside born Dec. 3rd 1810.
Maria born April 4, 1812.
Vernon born Aug. 22, 1813.
Edmond born May 6, 1815.
Alfred born May 2, 1817
Francis born Nov. 5, 1820.
Tom was married to Miss Caroline Cholmondeley Jan. 23rd 1823. Their children:
Thomas Francis born Dec. 19, 1824 (Died July 10, 1830).
Essex Caroline born Aug. 4, 1826.
Dorcas Dora born Nov. 18, 18. .
Hugh Robert born Dec. 19, 1828.
Reginald John born Dec. 14, 1830.
Georgina Charlotte 22nd Aug. 18 . .
Letitia Octavia, 15th Dec. 18 . .
Robert was married to Miss Charlotte Drummond Nov. 27, 1823. Their children:
Frederic Drummond born Nov. 9, 1824.
Leycester born Mar. 6, 1826.
Henry? Robert born Oct. 25, 1827.
Henry Robert died Dwc. 19, 1828.
* . . . . born Oct., 1829.
*Robert died Dec. 17, 1829.
John Nembhard Hibbert was married to Miss Jane Ann Alexander on the 6th Aug. 1833.
My brother John's children:
*John Frederic born May 10, 1796, married Miss Ellen Parke Jan. 182l. Their children:
.....A girl dead born May 21, 1822.
.....A boy John born April 18, 1823.
.....Elizabeth Jane born April 1825.
.....A boy Edward born
*John Frederic died in Jamaica Dec. 22nd 1827 aged 31 & 7 months.
Mrs. Milne died at Paris Sept. 17, 1822. John's mother.
My brother Ballard's children:
Ballard Jaques born Aug. 7, 1789.
Letitia born June 18, 1791.
Henry born May 4, 1795.
William born Dec. 22nd 1796.
Elizabeth born Mar. 3, 1802.
Edward born Dec. 30, 1804.
Thomas Hay born Nov. 27, 1809.
My sister Nembhard died Aug. 2, 1818, aged 53.
My brother Ballard died June 11, 1821
My nephew Ballard died Mar. 19, 1822.
My nephew William died Oct. 8, 1833.
Letitia Nembhard was married to Mr. William Rainsford Taylor Mar. 29, 1817. Their children:
Letitia born June 22, 1818.
Henrietta born Jan. 21, 1820.
Charlotte born Sept. 13, 1821.
Louisa Frances born Oct. 27, 1822.
Charles William born Feb. 19, 1824.
Georgiana born Dec. 21, 1825.
Eliza Nembhard was married to Robert Du Pre Alexander Sept. 17, 1833. Their children:
A son born July 4th 1834, died aged 5 months.
A son born Dec. 23rd 1835.
1826. John Hibbert's children:
Jane Lydia born May 26, 1808.
John born Jan. 29, 1811.
Robert born Oct. 25, 1813.
Eliza Cecilia died Aug. 1, 1819 aged 18 years.
Sophia born Oct. 22, 1803, died Feb. 23rd 1820 aged 16 years & 4 months.
Charlotte died Feb. 13, 1823 aged 16 years & 4 months.
Robert died at Madeira the 18th Dec. 1833 aged 20 on 25th of Oct. last.
My husband's sister, Cecilia Hibbert died the 28th of Sept. 1825 aged 63.
George Cosen's (?) children:
Ellen born Dec. 1798.
Robert born April 1811.
"Jamaica, Wednesday 29th Aug. 1792. On Monday morning I return to town (Kingston) and the remainder of the week continue at Cockburns, going down" (to his country house at Liguanea) "occasionally. Mrs. H." (his wife) "left alone the Ladies all preparing for Eliza's marriage."
(Mrs. Nembhard lived at Liguanea after Dr. N.'s death.)
"Monday Sep. 10, 1792. Ballard" (Nembhard) "and Chester go down early. Colville Mrs. H. and the child" (his son Robert) "and self stay Breakfast; we then go down" (to Liguanea) "and call on G. Pinnock at Clifton, and Mrs. H. thence carries the Child to Mrs. N's" (Nembhard's) "where we dine, and Mrs. H. and self then go to Town where we stay till Wednesday the 12th on which auspicious day my Cousin storms poor Eliza's fort and compasses his point by Torches. We all dine, but the males sleep in town except the married men."
"Wed. 15 May 1793. W." (William Ellis) "Nembhard comes here from Clarendon to go over with Ballard to his Brother's Wedding."
"May 26. William B. N. & ux." (uxor [wife]) "and all the family dine, they having returned from the Doctor's wedding the day before."
"Sunday 13 July 1800. Holles Street." at that time, the Hibbert's town house). "We prepare for Mrs. N." (Nembhard) "and Mrs. E" (Edwards) "& Charlotte who were to have come on Tuesday. On Monday we get a Letter from Charlotte informing us of Mrs. E. having had a relapse on Saturday noon. Tuesday Mrs. H." (his wife) "goes to Richmond to see her but finds her dead, and she returns that evening."
"Birtles, Sunday 27th July 1806. About 4 p.m. R. H." (his cousin Robert) "& myself set out in a gig for Leak, Matthew with us. We sup and sleep there having heard of Mrs. Nembhard's Death that Morning, which happened on Friday the 25th."
He records, Friday Aug. 1st as the date of her funeral: "Mrs. Cosin, Mrs. Foster, Miss Mosel and Stevenson, R. H. junr. and myself are all the attendants. We return from Richmond about 5."
The following day, Saturday: "I prepare for my Departure" (from London) "write to Ballard" (then in Jamaica) "with a copy of Mrs. N's will and embark." (on a coach) "that night."
"Birtles, Wed. Aug. 9th 1809. My cousin Robert, Eliza and Charlotte arrive from East Hyde and we amuse them as well as we can all the week, which is however very wet."
"Sunday, 13th Aug. 1809. My brother T. H." (Thomas of Chalfont) "and cousin R. H. with Eliza and Charlotte with us all the week. On Wednesday a great part of us dine at Hare Hill" (the William Hibberts) "Charlotte sick & does not go."
"Thursday 31st Aug. 1809" (Robert had been away and returned that day). "We find the Ladies (all except Charlotte who has been left by R. H. & ux. & in the care of Mr. Holland" (a doctor) "all gone to dine at Hare Hill."
"Sunday 17th Sep. 1809. No one now at Birtles but Mr. and Mrs.," (himself and his wife). "Anna & Letitia" (his daughters) "& poor Charlotte. At this period our prospects, independent of the weather, are gloomy enough. A Pestilence at Walcheren, Wellington retreating in Spain, America said to be on the eve of a treaty with France, & a war with us; of (in?) consequence no work for our manufacturers, and a famine from the incessant & relentless Rain; & Miss Nembhard dying in the house. On Wednesday we send for Dr. Ferriar but he cannot come till Friday; he then gives us but slender hopes. On Friday Miss N. continues all that day and all Saturday as ill as possible to be alive."
The following, under date Sunday 26 Sep. 1809, really covers a whole week:
"We have some Reason in the course of last Night and this morning to think Charlotte better, but more symptoms occur in the course of the Day, and we are very impatient for Mr. Holland who comes about 4 p.m.: he thinks her much better and dines here and leaves her about 7 with great hopes that all would still be well. Notwithstanding this she dies about half past one on the Monday Morning. The weather miserably bad: I arrange matters for the funeral. Tuesday I go to Prestbury about the grave for poor Charlotte: get terribly wet, and on Saturday the burial takes place, raining all the time. Procession as follows." Then comes a list of those attending the funeral.
"Wednesday 22nd July 1818. I leave town for East Hyde and Mrs. H." (his wife) "thinks of following me on the Friday, but Fate orders otherwise. Mrs. B. Nembhard is taken desperately ill and I receive a letter announcing that they could not stir from Town till her fate was determined."
He returns to Birtles, and continues:
"Sunday 2nd of Aug. 1818. I have no Letter this morning from town but the accounts yesterday and the day before from Mrs. N. were very bad. It appears afterwards that she lived till Sunday afternoon and then died."
(Said to have been from internal gout brought on by eating an ice when heated.)
"Thursday June 14. 1821. That same evening we hear of the death of old Ballard Nembhard, which happened on Monday."
"Sunday, 4th Aug. 1833. Eliza N." (Nembhard) "and I leave Chalfont in order to be present on Tuesday the 6th at Captain John's marriage with Miss Jane Alexander, which accordingly takes place at Mary la Bonne Church on Tuesday the 6th of August, after which the party returns to Sir R. Alexander's in Charles St. & John and his wife set out on their travels. Our family returns to my Cousins in Welbeck St." (the other Robert Hibbert's ) "Eliza & myself back to Chalfont & Mrs. H. and Laetitia to Tunbridge Wells."
"Chalfont Friday Sep 13 (1833). I have a complaining letter from Gleed about another Clergyman being intended for the marriage of Eliza. My cousin & his wife come on Saturday. Sir Robert & Lady Alexander with his Cousin & Miss" (illegible) "arrive."
"Tuesday 17th. Eliza's marriage takes place. Young Blencoe marries them and stays till Thursday."
[A Mr. Gleed was Vicar of Chalfont St. Peter's from 1830 to 1868.]
The Diary ends the following year. The original is in the possession of Robert Fiennes Hibbert, Esq.
"Jamaica, Sept. 26, 1795
My dear Anna.
....I cannot express how much I long to see you, and your dear Brothers--but that great Ocean, that is between England and Jamaica, prevents me of that happiness. I hope long before this, you have had the pleasure of seeing your Cousin Ballard" (Ballard Jaques Nembhard), "you and your Brothers will be very fond of him, he is rathcr bashful at first, but that will soon wear off, as he becomes more acquainted, I can answer that your Mamma will be a second Mamma to him. I wish I could persuade your Uncle Ballard to send your cousin Letitia to England, she would be a nice little play mate for you, he says when there is a Peace he will send your Aunt Nembhard and all the Children to England, she has two very fine boys, the name of the eldest is George, the other is Henry. Your Cousin Lettice Orgill (who I make no doubt you recollect seeing at your Papa's House in England) is now living with me, she arrived in the last Fleet from England, she has lost her Grand-mamma (Mrs. Cleland) who she was to have lived with. Your Uncles, Aunts and Cousins, all join in best affections, to your Papa, Mamma, Brothers and yourself, and I remain my dear Anna's
affectionate Grand Mamma
My kind compliments to your English Mamma Mrs. S. (Samuel) Hibbert."
[The original is at Davenport Hall, Cheshire.]
"Southampton July 29th 1820.
My dear Sister,
. . I will with much pleasure obey your summons to Chalfont, but I do not believe I shall be able to leave this until the 7th or 8th of next month. I am sorry to add that the Boys " (Tom and Edward) "cannot accompany me, as they had seven weeks holidays and had become so wild, living out of doors from morning to night and frequently not coming home to dinner, that it was quite time for them to return to School, which they did this morning. I thank you for the particular account you give me of Eliza," (his daughter, who had lived at Chalfont since her mother's death) "and would repeat my acknowledgments of all your kindness to her, if I thought you were not sufficiently convinced of my grateful sense of them. As I mentioned to you before, I shall be perfectly satisfied with whatever sum you may think necessary to be expended for her dress etc. without troubling yourself with particulars of the Bills, the sight of which would not make me a bit wiser; but as far as I can judge, the amount you have mentioned appears to me as little as can be fixed on to enable her to appear as decently in your family as you and I could wish, and which I beg you will allow to her in any way you think proper." He goes on to complain of the extravagance of his three eldest sons: "It makes me melancholy when I reflect that out of three Sons grown up, not one of them is possessed of common prudence in whom I can place any confidence in the event of an accident to me, and that I must trust to the chance of finding some person that will kindly undertake to execute my Will as far as respects the rest of my Family, which it ought to be their province and duty to do. . . . As I hope soon to see you I shall conclude with begging to be affectionately remembered to all at Chalfont and that you will believe me always.
Your affectionate Brother
B. B. Nembhard.
[The original is owned by Mabel Nembhard.]
Gt. Ormond St., Saturday Octr. 24th (1829)
I cannot leave England my dear sister without saying farewell to you, it is doubtful whether we go on board tomorrow, the Tide not being sufficiently high for the ship to go out of Dock yesterday, my husband is gone in the City & I shall know for certain this Evening. We is went on board the Ann last week; Jane (Hibbert, her niece) expressed a wish to see the ship & most comfortable & commodious Apartment we have, Sam (Hibbert)* has been very attentive in seeing that everything is put in for our accommodation, he is to go with us as far as Gravesend. I am now going to tell you of a circumstance that will surprise you. I have had an interview with our Brother (William Ellis Nembhard), my Husband met him yesterday about Edward's money, he told him where I was and asked if he would not call & see me which he promised to do, as he did not come before dinner I gave up all thoughts of seeing him as he was to leave Town early this morning however in the middle of Dinner who should walk in but our Brother looking uncommonly well with the assistance of Rouge but much older than when I last saw him, he gave me a hearty kiss & appeared glad to see me, after we retired in the Drawing room he soon followed us, he then told me he wish'd to say a few words to me in private. I went out with him he then took hold of both my hands and said it had been a great grievance to him the manner in which he had been treated by the family ever since his marriage, he then said a great deal about the respectability of his Wife's relations & could at any time show the certificate of their marriage. I told him he ought to have announced his marriage & not have kept it a secret.... Just before he took leave of me he said: "Eliza write a few lines to my Wife" .. . . . I told him I must consult with my Husband, that seemed to satisfy him, he then took an affectionate leave of me which I believe was sincere...... I am sure I shall be most happy should it please God that we return again to this country to be on Sisterly terms with him, being now only three it is lamentable that we should not be united. God bless you my dear Sister I pray that we may again meet, much happiness attend you and yours
ever your affectionate E. H."
*The Hibberts owned their own fleet of merchantmen. - M. N.
[The original in the possession of Mabel Nembhard.]
"Henbury, Aug. 25, 1836. Sent Charles" (Parke) "& John Nembhard to
"Jan. 24, 1837. The five boys" (one of them should be John Nembhard) "all with us for their holidays, house quite full."
"Dec. 20, 1838. Mention of Jack (Nembhard) as having, come home with...."
" Dec. 27. Jack mentioned as riding a certain pony."
" Aug. 3, 1840. ...Jack & ...... are come."
" Aug. 14, 1840. Jack leaves for India."
"March 5, 1849. Cap. Nembhard 56th, succeeded to the command of that regiment." (Battle of Chillianwallah.)
"March 23. A letter from Jack, Camp Chillianwallah, his sword shot off and a ball through his pantaloons on Jan. 13, has been engaged twice. 1st time on 3rd Dec., out of 665 men and 15 officers, 238 killed & 8 officers killed & wounded" (of the regiment only. The total English loss was, in killed and wounded, 2338 men. M. N.)
Capt. John Nembhard was mentioned in despatches for his services on this occasion. M. N. (See below.)
"He" (Sir William Gilbert) also expresses his thanks to Lieut. Colonel Jack . . . . Major Bamfield, commanding the 56th Native Infantry, who was mortally wounded . . . naming likewise Capt. Nembhard of the 56th, who succeeded to the command of that Corps."
* J. F. Nembhard was nominated to his commission by his uncle, "James Parke, Planter, of Jamaica." W. Nembhard, 55 Bengal N. I., was given his by one of the Alexander family.
"Henbury, Dec. 21, 1841. Ned arrived for his holidays. Ned is grown."
"Nov. 1844. Edward Nembhard came from Henbury having taken leave of Letitia" (her daughter).
"Nov. 25. I went . . . . & . . . . . . After taking leave of poor Ned--these partings are melancholy."
"Dec. 5th 1851. Heard through his brother of poor Edward Nembhard's death on 12 Oct. 3 miles from Delhi. Consumption, doubtless lungs gone. He has not been as regards this life happy or prosperous-- it is consolatory to reflect that his was a gentle amiable spirit."
"London, March 16, 1841. Drove to see Eliza & Ned Nembhard."
"March 17. Eliza spent the afternoon."
"Jan. 1, 1844. Eliza & Ned Nembhard at Henbury. Blandford ball, took ... & Eliza, Ned ..."
"Jan. 29. Eliza & Ned left."
"Sept. 26, 1846, Mr. Parke & Letitia" (her husband and daughter) "to town to attend Eliza Nembhard's wedding with Rev. Logan Dobinson."
George William Nembhard,
Master of H.M.S. Vesuvius,
died suddenly, 19 June, 1844, aged 34.
Erected by Commr. Erasmus Ommaney and officers of the ship.
("Notes and Queries," 11 S., ii., 483.)
To the memory of George William Nembhard
of the island of Jamaica,
late of her Majesty's steamship Vesuvius,
who died off Gibraltar, June 19th 1844, aged 33,
and was there buried.
This tablet was placed here by his friends John and
Katharine Kaye of Fulmer Grove in this parish,
to record his worth
and their affection and regret.
"I hope George Nembhard has got afloat again, and has got his rank. Please remember me to him."
"Sep, 26, Monday. Proceeded to Chichester, where Papa ordered luncheon at the Dolphin, and we went out to see the Cathedral while it was preparing... Saw what we believed to be the Tomb of Mr. J. (Sic) Nembhard's Father; Mr. J. Nembhard is a protegee (sic) of Aunt John's.
George Nembhard arrived from Jamaica with letters of introduction to the Kaye family of Fulmer, who received him kindly, and became so much attached to him that, on his death at Gibraltar, they put up a tablet to his memory in Fulmer Church. There was some mystery about his birth, and though George was a great deal at Fulmer, and the Kayes were acquainted with the Hibberts of Chalfont (only about four miles from Fulmer), he was never taken there, nor were the Hibberts made aware of his existence. Young Miss Kaye's conjecture was probably correct. The wife of Robert Hibbert, junior, sister of William Ellis Nembhard, hints at something of the kind in one of her letters.
1854, Jan. 31. At Knowbury parsonage, near Ludlow, Jane, relict of Ballard Jaques Nembhard & f. the wife of the Rev. J. Llovd Jones, Plas Madoc, Denbighsh. ("G.M.", 335.)
1854, April 1. In Hyde Park sq. aged 88, Letitia Hamilton, relict of Robert Hibbert, of Chalfont Park, Bucks. She was the daughter of Fred. Nembhard of J. & was married in 1785. (Ibid., 559.)
On a tombstone in the churchyard:-
To the Memory of
wife of the
Revd. HENRY NEMBHARD,
who died the 10th June, 1862,
Also in memory of
Revd. HENRY NEMBHARD,
Husband of the above,
who died October 18th. 1876,
Ann Edwards died 14 July and was buried 18 July 1800, aged 44 years, but there is no tablet nor tombstone.
Anne Nembhard from London was buried in 1806.
1818, Aug. 8. Ann Nembhard, St. Marylebone. Age 51.
1833, Oct. 12 William Nembhard, Great Marylebone Street. Age 37.
No vault has been yet found. Ann would have been buried in the ground at the back of the old chapel in the high Street, and William in that of Paddington Street, now a recreation ground.
See M.I. to Ballard Beckford Nembhard, ante, III, 235.
On a headstone at the top of the churchyard:
wife of the Rev. LOGAN LOGAN
Rector of Lockington Yorkshire
Born April 4th 1825: died December 30th 1887
(Also inscriptions to two sons on the north and east faces.)
This is to certify that it appears from the records of the Bengal Military Orphan Society in this Office that Mabel daughter of the late Major General William Nembhard, Bengal Staff Corps, Retired, was born on the the 5th January, 1862. (Accountant-General's Department, India Office, Whitehall).
On page 2 the Crest should be a demi-lamb, and on p. 38 the demi-bear is also a case of mistaken identity.
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