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Lucky to be here

You know, it is actually mind boggling when one stops to consider how did I get to be here … exist, that is. I mean, when you really think about all the dots that had to connect to make it possible for each one of us to be here … and then for our descendants to be here, it is actually amazing to ponder.

We all come from ancestors, who thankfully, lived long enough to begat our grandparents, our great-grandparents, our great-great-grandparents… well, you get the picture. And in those early days, that was no small feat.


Burial record for 4th great-grandmother, Celindah Court Brown, 9 March 1843 at St. Thomas Cathedral, Bombay, India

I’ve been hunting for evidence of my 4th great-grandmother, Celindah Court’s parents for years. She was born about 1805 in Calcutta, Bengal, India  and although I have found her marriage record, death records and records for all of her children, I have yet to determine who her parents were or even an exact birthday for her.

I have been fortunate enough to find an 1813 baptism record for her that took place in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England which lists her parents as Malay. Her father was English, of that I am certain, otherwise she would not have been able to marry as well and own property as she did, nor would she have been taken to England to be baptized. But, a Malay mother is certainly a possibility and my DNA does seem to back that up, showing that my genetic makeup consists of two percent of Asia East.

A couple of months ago, I came across a will for an Elizabeth Court, who recognizes my 4x great-grandmother in her will as her goddaughter. Obviously, my grandmother was very much loved, as she was left money, jewels and all of Elizabeth’s property and goods that weren’t specifically given to someone else . At first I thought that perhaps Elizabeth was Celindah’s aunt, possibly a sister to her father and was quite excited that Elizabeth could be my missing link to breaking down my break wall. Turns out, I believe my hypothesis is half right… more extensive review of the will shows that Elizabeth was a widow, which means Court was her married name. I now believe Elizabeth is Celindah’s aunt but her father’s sister-in-law. The next step was to figure out who Elizabeth’s husband was and I found that out tonight. Thomas Court married Elizabeth Fisher in 1799 in Calcutta, Bengal, India. How do I know I have the right man? Thomas and Elizabeth Court had a son named Thomas Rowland Court… who happens to be mentioned in Elizabeth’s will, confirming I am on the right track.

But, that still hasn’t helped me yet identify Celindah’s father, but I feel I am getting closer and the closer I get, the more I am aware that it is by happenstance that I am here… thinking… breathing… able to write these words in the first place. Elizabeth died at 50. Her husband, Thomas died at 40. Their son died at 25 and his daughter at two and his wife at 26. My 4x great grandmother’s parents were missing from her life at her baptism and she was only about eight years old then. Celindah, in fact died at 38 after having nine children with only six of them living when she passed. Four of them died before they were 30 years of age. One daughter lived to be 73 and yet, another daughter, my 3rd great-grandmother Celindah Elizabeth Jane Brown, her first born, actually lived to be be 94 years old. How lucky is that?


Birth/Baptism record of 3rd great-grandmother, Celindah Elizabeth Jane Brown, 25 April 1828 in Bombay, India

That grandmother, Celindah Elizabeth Jane, who was born in Bombay, India, married Francis Clough and had 10 children by the time she was 33, with my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Audin Clough being their firstborn. Celindah Elizabeth Jane lost three of those children by age 29 and her husband, my 3rd great-grandfather at 39.


2nd great-grandmother, Mary Audin Clough Panchaud (1846-1909)

My great-great-grandmother, Mary Audin, had been widowed twice and buried three children by age 30 when she met and married my 2nd great-grandfather, Louis Panchaud in England. He was 23 years older than she was and also a widower. Their marriage would only last 12 months before he committed suicide. Mary had given birth six months after their marriage and was pregnant with my great-grandfather, Louis Benoni Panchaud, when he killed himself. My great-grandfather was born eight months later and it’s quite possible his father had no idea he was leaving his wife with child. After a life full of heartache and death, Mary Audin died alone at age 63 in Dimboola, Victoria, Australia. Mary’s two sons did live to reach adulthood. My Uncle Albert became a man of the cloth, thus having no children, and also died at age 63 in Cornwall, England, a beloved parish priest.


Great-Grandfather, Louis Benoni Panchaud (1878-1950) and family, including grandfather, Louis William Panchaud (1922-2006) in sailor suit

My great-grandfather immigrated to Bermuda, where he met my great-grandmother and begat four children of his own, including my grandfather, Louis.

In the grand scheme of things, I consider myself quite lucky that I even exist. I mean, each one of my grandparents was a child that outlived their siblings. For all but a couple, they had to grow up without their parents. While familial lines were ceasing to exist on collateral lines, mine continued. When you think about it that way… it’s pretty amazing that I, let alone my children, are even here. But here we are and here we continue… and now my children are bringing the next generation to life.

Although, I haven’t been able to find who begat the first Celindah, I’d like to think that she is smiling down at what she started and perhaps she plays a small part in my trouble at finding her parents … maybe this is her way of ensuring that her memory continues and a reminder that without her, there would be no me.


Unknown Female Child

While researching today at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I ran across an interesting entry in a parish record that made me stop and do a double take. After magnifying the document so I could read it better, I was dismayed at what I had discovered – the burial of an unidentified child.

The parish record, which recorded the marriages and burials for the village of Harworth in Nottingham, England, held the following disturbing entry for the date of January 26, 1723:

An unknown female child found dead upon Harworth Comon & buried in Harworth Church Yard.

COLDCASE_1723No name, age or identifying marks, was used to describe the child and unlike the other burial entries, there was no father or mother’s name listed, claiming kinship. There was no evidence that this child was loved, missed or even remembered.

Unknown female child.

Somewhere, a family is missing a part of their family tree. An descendant doesn’t know that unknown female child is a part of their history – one of their ancestors.

Unknown female child.

Just thinking of those words, the only words left to history to remember her, bothers me and leaves me with so many unanswered questions. For almost 300 years, this child, somebody’s baby, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister, somebody’s loved one, has been known only as an unknown female child.

What happened to that little girl? Was she an infant? A toddler? Was she old enough to speak out? Did she have a family that loved her and missed her? Was it an accident? Did someone hurt her? Was it someone she knew or loved?

And the biggest question?

Why wasn’t she claimed?

Everyone deserves to be remembered. Every being deserves to know that they mattered. Every life deserves to be recorded.

Especially, an unknown female child.

A Christmas Gift

First of all Happy New Year! Tonight to celebrate, I decided to research a small Bible I had acquired and am ashamed to discover it has been 11 months since I have written… don’t know what I have been doing… well, yes, I do know. Living life but I have no idea where 2012 went and now we’re at 2013. My New Year’s resolution is to write at a minimum ONCE PER WEEK!  Okay, now on to my historical hunt and story for today.

With love from Mother

I love to purchase old items that I find with names in them. I enjoy researching the names and trying to discover who the previous owners were and to learn a small semblance of what their lives may have been like. After I’ve figure out a bit about their lives, I try to find current family members and work to reunited the items with the original owner’s family.


Tonight, to start off the new year, I researched the name of Miss Fannie I. Elliott, the name I found written in a small bible I discovered in a local antique store. On the facing page of the cover was the inscription, “Fannie I. Elliott A Christmas gift from her mother. Dec. 25th, 1884” I wanted to find out who Fannie I. Elliott and her mother were.

bibleThe book was with a batch of items that came from Ohio, so when I entered Fannie’s name into Ancestry.com’s search engine, I felt pretty good when the name appeared in Dover, Cuyahoga, Ohio. I was even more convince I had the right person after checking and linking other possible connections and family trees.

New Beginnings

Fannie Idella Elliott was born on Feb. 21, 1866 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to William George Elliott (Dec. 16, 1824 – Nov. 7, 1897) and Louisa Parfitt (May 5, 1825 – June 4, 1900). She was either the eighth or ninth child born to the couple, as she was a twin. Her sister was named Anna Luella. Her parents were both born in England. I discovered a christening record for her father for Jan. 2, 1825 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England naming him as the son of Jacob Elliot and Susanna and one for her mother, the daughter of James Parfitt and Mary, christened on 26 Jun 1825 in Bruton, Somerset, England.

Family genealogy trees located on the web all purported that Fannie’s parents were married in Dover, Cuyahoga, Ohio on Sept. 16, 1847, but while researching each of their 10 children, the oldest, Frank Riddle Elliot, is reported to have been born in England according to both his death certificate and christening registration, although the name on the christening registration lists his name as Riddle Frank Elliot, christened on Dec. 10, 1848 at Brewham, Somerset, England to William and Louisa. This could mean a couple of things… the family history trees have the marriage location wrong, the family traveled back to their home country and the babe was born in England while on the visit or Frank was born in England before they left but his parents weren’t married and they lied on the christening registration, and quite possibly, that could be why they left England.

William and Louisa, in addition to the twins and Frank (Nov. 6, 1848-Oct. 7, 1909), were the parents of James John Elliot (Jan. 18, 1850 – June 6, 1931), Sarah M. (1853-1932), Fred (1855-1930), Lettia Louisa (1858-1943), Thomas Henry (abt 1860 – ?), Gilbert Willson (July 5, 1863 – May 21, 1946) and Walter Edward (Sept. 1, 1868-Oct.1, 1951).


1860 federal census showing William Elliot and his family

On June 8, 1860, the census taker recorded William Elliot and his wife Louisa were living in Dover, Cuyahoga, Ohio with their children Frank, 11; James, 9; Sarah, 7; Fred, 5 and Lettie, 2. All the children, including Frank, were listed as being born in Ohio.


The 1870 census taken in Cuyahoga County, Ohio

The 1870 census shows the reality of the times of the building of America. Each family listed on the census form along with the Elliot family was an immigrant family, with every head of household affirming they were born in England, Germany or France. The ninth US census shows the family still living in Dover, Cuyahoga, Ohio but with additional children. Living in the home are William, 47 and his wife Louisa, 45; son Frank, 21, whose birth, along with his parents, are listed as in England, James, 19; Sarah, 17; Fred, 14; Lettie, 12; Henry, 9; Gilbert, 6; twins Anna and Fanny, 4 and one-year old Walter. William, as a farmer, was able to give his family a comfortable living as evidenced by the value of his real estate, $7,300 and his personal estate was valued at $1,00.

William Elliott and family in 1880 Federal Census Cuyahoga County, Ohio

William Elliott and family in 1880 Federal Census Cuyahoga County, Ohio

According to the 1880 US Federal Census, the Elliott family was living in North Olmsted, Cuyahoga, Ohio. William and Louisa are both 55 years of age and living at home were James J., 29; Thomas H. 19; Gilbert W. 16; Anna L. 14; Fannie I. 14 and Walter aged 11.

When Fannie was 18 she was given the bible, a copy of the New Testament published by the American Bible Society in 1872, on Dec. 25, 1884 according to the inscription written by her mother. I’m going to assume that since she was a twin, her mother Louisa, probably gave her sister Anne a bible as well. The bible’s pages are in remarkable condition, considering its 141 years, and unfortunately, I believe that’s from its lack of use.


A New Generation

By the time Christmas rolled around the following year, Fannie had become the bride of Walter R. Keyes (1864-Jan. 9, 1938) at the age of 19. They married on Dec. 24, 1885 in Rockport Township, Cuyahoga, Ohio. There is a notation on the marriage certificate that the consent can be found on doc. no. N, No. 1 file. Walter Keyes is the son of James H. Keyes from Gloucester, England and Martha J. Wilde of Scotland.

Marriage certificate for Fannie Elliott and Walter Keyes

Marriage certificate for Fannie Elliott and Walter Keyes

The young couple started their family with the birth of a daughter, Luella M. (1887-1947). A second daughter, Alta Keyes, was born on Aug. 12, 1888 in Rockport, Cuyahoga, Ohio and died before she was two. A son, Howard, was born on 1891, followed by Ada R. (1894-1936); Walter J. (1897-1980); Melvin (1900-1980) and baby Everest who was born in 1902 and died the following year.

1900UnitedStatesFederalCensusWalter was a hardware clerk in 1900 and the family lived in Rocky River, Cuyahoga. The 1900 federal census shows that Walter and Fannie had been married for 15 years and she was the mother of six children, with five of them living. The family had a 25-year old servant living with them named William E. Baker.

In 1910, the family is still living in Rocky River, Ohio next to Walter’s younger brother Edward and his family. Walter and Fannie were now 45 and 44 years of age respectively and had recorded on the census as having another child who had been born and died. Walter was listed as a hardware merchant, son Howard was a salesperson, working alongside his father and 16-year old daughter Ada/Ida was a bookkeeper for a local coal company.

Fannie and Walter Keyes in 1910

Fannie and Walter Keyes in 1910

Fannie and Walter were present at the weddings of their children, including Howard, who married Alma L. Mireau on June 3, 1912 and Ada, who became the bride of Arthur H. Hoag on Aug. 9, 1917.

The 1920 census shows the family living on Chapel Road in Madison Township, Lake County, Ohio. Only Walter, Fannie and their youngest son Walter, 21, are living in the home. In 1920, Walter has left the hardware business and lists his occupation as farmer and the son is a bank teller. The family is doing well and own their home free and clear.

Walter & Fannie living alone in 1930

Walter & Fannie living alone in 1930

The 1930 census shows that Walter and Fannie are in their mid-60s and are living alone back in Cuyahoga County. Walter is no longer working and they also own this home, located at 194 Loraine St., free and clear.

Although I have been able to locate the death certificate numbers for Fannie and Walter, I have been unable to find a copy of their actual certificates. Fannie I. Elliot Keyes died on July 5, 1932 at the age of 66. Walter passes a few years later on Jan. 9, 1938 at the age of 74. Fannie’s twin sister, Anna Luella married Bertrand H. Perrin and died on Oct. 16, 1938 in Geneva, Ashtabula, Ohio.

Death certificate of Anna Luella Elliott Perrin, twin sister of Fanny Idella Elliott Keyes.

Death certificate of Anna Luella Elliott Perrin, twin sister of Fanny Idella Elliott Keyes.

Panchaud & Cunning

The London Gazette, 6 June 1812

Take notice that the business of Clock and Watch-Makers, heretofore carried on by the undersigned, at No. 202, In Oxford Street, in the County of Middlesex, under the firm of Panchaud and Cunning was determined by mutual consent on the 15th day of April now instant; and that the said business will be for the future carried on by the said John Cumming on his sole account – Dated April 21, 1812.

Jane Ambrose,  Late Panchaud.

Jno. Cumming.
Liverpool, June 1, 1812




Pursuant to the Statute 22nd and 23rd Vic., cap. 35.
NOTICE is hereby given, that all persons having claims against the estate of Thomas Panchaud, late of 70, Willes-road, Kentish Town, in the county of London, retired Rate Collector, deceased (who died on the 2nd September, 1890, and whose will was proved in the Principal Begistry of the Probate Division of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice, on the 1st October, 1890, by John Foster and Thomas Simpson Enight, the executors thereinnamed), are required to send particulars,  in writing, of their claims to us, the undersigned, on or before the 22nd day of” November, 1890; after which
date the said executors will proceed to distribute the assets of the deceased amongst the persons entitled thereto, having regard only to, the claims of which they shall then have had notice; and they will not be liable for the assets of the deceased, or any part thereof, so distributed, to any person or persons of whose claims they shall not then have had notice.—Dated this 7th day of October, 1890.

CLARKE and CALKIN,- 25, John-street, Bedford row, W.G., Solicitors for the Executors.

St. Nicholas of Wilden & Albert Panchaud

St Nicholas Church

St. Nicholas Church, Wilden, Bedfordshire, England

The Church of England’s St. Nicholas at Wilden was built around 1200 AD and is built in the Gothic style of stone. The church consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a tower which holds three bells. The church is located in the small parish of Wilden in the county of Bedforeshire, England.

Earliest mention of the church is 1231 when it was in the King’s gift. In 1291 the living was valued at £13. 6s. 8d. The earliest church records date to the year 1545 and the following is the known list of rectors for Wilden St. Nicholas.

  • Nicholas de Breaut – 1222
  • Peter Ridel – 1237
  • Simon de Pabenham – 1246
  • Robert de Bueles – 1264
  • Malcolm de Harlye – 1273
  • Simon de Pavenham – 1298
  • John de Pabenham – 1321
  • Edmund de Pavenham – 1343
  • Robert Braybrok – 1361
  • Robert de Eston – 1362
  • William de Lokyngton – 1373
  • John Amy – 1375
  • John Seward – 1412
  • Thomas Gyles – 1416
  • Thomas Bylman – 1421
  • Richard Elstowe – 1456
  • Thomas Mychel – 1456
  • William Brande – 1472
  • Richard Kirkby – 1505
  • John Phillips – 1571
  • Walter Atkins – 1577
  • Richard Worsley – 1579
  • Francis Dillingham – 1600
  • Jasper Fisher – 1624
  • Thomas Watson – 1643
  • Thomas Rolt – 1657
  • John Nodes – 1695
  • Robert Paradine – 1718
  • Thomas Holme – 1742
  • William Fisher – 1747
  • Robert Holt Butcher – 1774
  • Edward Emily – 1779
  • Samuel Kent – 1781
  • William Morris – 1784
  • William Morris – 1806
  • John Vaux Moore – 1822
  • William Shove Chalk -1835
  • Richard Gregory Chalk – 1849
  • Edward W. Jones -1899
  • Robert Davies – 1905
  • John R. Pullan – 1907
  • Reginald Paddick – 1927
  • Albert L. Panchaud – 1931
  • Richard C. Chalk – 1941
  • Signey W. Golding – 1946
  • William R. Peverley – 1954
  • Leonard B. Impson – 1962
  • David Lewthwaite – 1975
  • Lawrence Griffith – 1980
  • John Heffer – 1988
  • Robin Rogers – 1992
  • Sheila Morton – 2008

Father Edmund de Pavenham survived the plague in which many victims were buried in a pit between the church and South Brook. And another famous rector, Francis Dillingham (1600-1624), was a translator of the authorized version, King James, of the Bible. He was buried at Wilden but no memorial or trace of the grave has been found.

Albert L Panchaud

The Reverend Albert Louis Panchaud, 1877-1941

My great uncle Albert Louis PANCHAUD was rector of St. Nicholas from 1932 until his death in 1941.

The Bedford Times

June 13, 1941 page 5


Loss to Two Bedfordshire Parishes

The funeral took place at Wilden Parish Church on Saturday of the Rev. Albert Louis Panchaud, late Rector of Wilden and Vicar of Ravensden, who died on 3rd June at the age of sixty-five years at St. Veryan, near Truro, Cornwall.

Mr. Panchaud was trained for the Ministry at the St. Aidan’s Clergy Training Hotel, Ballarat, Australia.  Ordained Deacon in 1904 and Priest the following year by the Bishop of Ballarat, he worked in the Church of Australia for six years.  He was for two years in India, and was teaching in England for five years, being for some time Head Master of Oak House School, Axminster, Somerset.  In 1918 he was in Egypt and Palestine.  Returning to England in 1919, he became Assistant Curate of Furneaux Pelham, Hertfordshire.  The next year he went to Throcking, Hertfordshire, as Rector, where he stayed until 1931.

Mr. Panchaud became Rector of Wilden and Vicar of Ravensden in 1931 and resigned last November because of ill-health.  He was popular in his parishes, had a good influence over young people, and took a great pride in the upkeep and beautifying of the churches.  Until he went to Cornwall three weeks ago, he had been residing at Home Farm, Ravensden.


A large and representative congregation from Wilden and Ravensden attended the funeral, the following clergy being present: The Rev. E. Fisher, Rector of Little Staughton, who read the opening Sentences; the Rev J. Luxford, Curate-in-Charge of Wilden and Ravensden, who read the Lesson; the Rev. H. F. D. Wynne, Rector of Colmworth, who said the Prayers in church; the Rev. W. G. Gould, Rector of Pertenhall, who read the Sentences at the graveside; and the Rural Dean, the Rev. J. Paulson, Vicar of Riseley, who said the Committal.  Miss M. Harrison was at the organ, and the choir was present.  The late Rector’s favourite hymns, “Jesu, lover of my soul” and “Fight the good fight,” were sung, and the Twenty-third Psalm was chanted.

Floral tributes were sent from: Brother and family, Bermuda; Clergy of Riseley Rural Deanery; Children and staff, Wilden School; Organist and choir, Wilden; Members of Ravensden P.C.C.; Hilda and Monty, Home Farm, Ravensden; Mrs. Harden and Nancy; All at Rosedale; Mr. and Mrs. Wootton and family; Miss Wiles, Bedford; Mrs. And Mrs. Whitmore and family; Mr. and Mrs. Dean and family; Mr. and Mrs. Coles and Mr. and Mrs. Draper and Mary; Mr. and Mrs. Pell; Mr. and Mrs. Filsell; Mr. and Mrs. Lovell and family; Mr. and Mrs. Pell; Mr. and Mrs. Croft and family; Friend Albert; Friend Marjorie.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Clarabut and Plumbe of Bedford.

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