Joseph Hume was born in Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland on April 20th 1756. He married Catherine Elizabeth Gwennap, the youngest daughter of Captain Walter Gwennap and Rachel nee Douglas on 12th December 1796 in Bideford in Devon. Catherine was born on 11th November 1770.
They had seven children; George Walter Hume 20th November 1798, Jane Rebecca Hume 1st January 1801, Caroline Hume 22nd December 1802, John Gwennap Hume 27th June 1804, Eleanor Hume 11th May 1806, Catherine Elizabeth Hume 23rd May 1809 and Louisa Hume 23rd January 1811.
They had two other children who died young; Catherine who was born in Southampton in October 1807 and died in London in January 1808 and Douglas William who was born November 1813 and died February 1814.
In the 1841 Census they were living in Marylebone, St Pancras. Living with them at that time were Caroline Lewis aged 38 their widowed daughter, a younger daughter, Eleanor Rodney aged 35 with her daughter Dora aged 4, Joseph Worthy and three servants.
We assume that some time after the census Joseph and Catherine Elizabeth came to live in Thornbury to be near three of his daughters and son John Gwennap Hume.
Joseph Hume died on 18th October 1846 aged 90 years and was buried at St Mary’s Church in Thornbury. All that we know of his life was written in his obituary which said; “1846 October 18th at Thornbury in his 91st year Joseph Hume Esq for many years a well known practical and scientific chemist in London and Corresponding Member of most of the Learned Societies of Europe. His numerous valuable discoveries will be long remembered as benefits to mankind.”
In his will dated 20th September 1837 Joseph left Catherine all his household effects and £1,000 worth of East India stocks. He also left all the money invested in public funds either in their joint name or her name. The rest of his estate he left to Catherine only for her life time and thereafter to be divided amongst their children or if any of the children had died, that share was to go to his or her children.
His wife Catherine Elizabeth died 24 January 1847 aged 76 years. In her will she confirmed that her husband’s estate was to be divided amongst the children. She left her clothing and trinkets to her daughters Caroline, Eleanor, Catherine and Louisa. Her only son, John Gwennap was given his choice of the furniture, an estate of 75 acres near Caerleon, £1,000 worth of East India stock and the remainder of the lease of their house in Middlesex, providing he paid the rent etc. Catherine was obviously wealthy in her own right because she also left a considerable amount of money over and above her husband’s estate. Caroline Lewis was given £5,000 invested at three per cent in consolidated annuities. Catherine then appointed trustees to invest £5,000 each for Eleanor, Catherine and Louisa so they could ensure that the money would be paid to them – presumably because they were married women and as such their money would otherwise become their husbands’ property. She also left £5,000 invested for Elizabeth and John George Worthy the children of her deceased daughter Jane Worthy. The balance of the estate was to be divided amongst her daughters.
Of their children;
George Walter Hume. George Walter Hume appears in the “Examiner” published by Leigh Hunt in 1826 where his marriage was announced to Josephine Stutely the daughter of Joseph
Jane Rebecca Hume. Jane married John Worthy on 25th March 1820 in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster.
Caroline Hume. Caroline married William George Tredennick Lewis on 15th February 1825. Read more about Caroline Lewis.
John Gwennap Hume. John married Annette Moore on 14th February 1839 at St David’s Church Hobart Town in Van Dieman’s Land. Annette was born in Dublin on 27th June 1817. The births of their children in Aden and India tell the story of his military career. The first three were born in Aden. Catherine was born in 1840, Caroline in 1841 and Walter in 1843. Mary Dorothea was born in Poona in 1845 and John in Karachi in 1847. The youngest Anna Maria was the only child born in England. She was born in Thornbury on 4th August 1848 and baptised on 14th October. We have been given the photograph on the right by Carol McCormack the great great grand-daughter of John Gwennap Hume. She tells us that Anna Maria Hume is the one on the right of the two ladies.
John Gwennap Hume’s will was made 8th June 1848 says that he was a major in the East India Company’s 10th Regiment of Native Infantry in Bombay. He served 38 years in the Bombay Army and stayed with his regiment during the Indian mutiny of 1837, despite his doctor’s concerns about his failing health. He returned to Europe in May 1858 and was only in England four days before his death.
He nominated his wife Annette, his widowed sister Caroline Lewis of Thornbury and his brother in law Edmund Lloyd also of Thornbury as executors of his estate.`
We know that Stokefield House in Thornbury was advertised for sale in 1854, when it was said to be “until lately the home of John Gwennap Hume.” There is a memorial to him in St Mary’ Church in Thornbury “To the memory of JOHN GWENNAP HUME Colonel in the Bombay Army who died May 17th 1858 at Olveston and is buried here.”
The probate record for 1889 says that John’s will was “unadministered” by his widow Anna (otherwise Annette Hume) and by his sister Caroline Lewis, a widow.
In the 1861 Census John’s widow Annette Hume was living with his sister Caroline Lewis who was also a widow aged 58 in Paddington in London. Annette Hume may have needed help as she had six children; four daughters; Caroline, Mary, Anna and Eleanor and two sons; William and George. They also had two servants.
The 1871 Census shows us Annette Hume aged 53 (the widow of Colonel Hume) was living in in Old Castle House, Castle Street in Oldcastle in Kent. Also in the household were her daughters; Mary Dorothea Hume, Caroline Jane Hume born in Aden and aged 39 and Eleanor Constance Hume born in Deesa in India and aged 17 and two sons; William Jackson Hume aged 18 a military cadet, George Douglas Hume aged 15 both born in India. Caroline Lewis the widow of Captain Lewis and sister in law of Annette Hume also lived there. Annette’s nephew Rodney M Lloyd aged 29 and a Commander in the Royal Navy, born in Thornbury was another member of the household.
In St Mary’s Church in Thornbury the plaque reads “Also of ANNETTE his wife who died September 15th 1888 at Chagford and was buried there. Also of WILLIAM JACKSON, their third son who died May 2nd 1882 at sea. GEORGE DOUGLAS youngest son who died August 10th 1880 at Tambo, Queensland.”
Eleanor Hume. Eleanor married John Stratford Rodney on 23rd December 1826 at New Church St Pancras. Read more about Eleanor Rodney
Catherine Elizabeth Hume. Catherine married Edmund Lloyd 23rd May 1833. Click here to read about Catherine Lloyd
Louisa Hume. We are grateful to David Litchfield for photographs of Louisa Hume and her husband. Louisa (shown here on the right) married John Hatherly a solicitor on 19th August 1837 at St Pancras Parish Chapel. At that time the Hume family lived at Upper Charlotte Street, Fitzroy Square in London. In the 1841 Census Louisa and John Hatherly (shown here on the left) were living in Alfred Place St Giles in London with two sons, George born 1838 and John Curtis born 1840. We believe they had other children; Josephine born 1842, Henry Reginald born December quarter 1843, John Rodney born 1845 and Catherine born 1847.
Sadly the Morning Post of December 2nd 1843 shows that John Curtis Hatherly died of Scarlet Fever in Thornbury on 27th November of that year aged only three years and six months. At that time the family’s address was given as Alfred Place in London.
We believe that the family moved to France. The Morning Post of 30th August 1862 announced the wedding of Josephine Hatherly, eldest daughter of John Hatherley esq to George Kettlewell son of Major-General Kettlewell. The marriage was performed by the British Consul at Boulogne-sur-Mer. John appeared to be continuing in his career as a solicitor, even though the family lived in France. In the Times of October 14th 1875 for example there is an advertisement for a large hotel for sale in Boulogne sur Mer. John was acting as an agent for the sale. John Hatherly was buried in the Protestant section of the cemetery at Boulogne in 1879. On 9h August 1880 the death was announced of another daughter, Eliza Hatherley Louisa and John’s second daughter.