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In the 19th Century, ignoring the extended family of the Baronets of Massingham who were spread between Warwickshire and Somerset with homes in London's West End, there were three main concentrations of Mordaunts, London, Ireland (Co. Wexford, with some in Dublin) and Lancashire.
This page attempts to trace the non-aristocratic Mordaunts in London. The main concentration were in the areas of the City and to the east and north: Whitechapel; Shadwell; Bethnal Green; Hackney; Shoreditch; Islington and St Pancras, all in the old county of Middlesex. Some others were found in the leafy western and southern suburbs of Kingston Upon Thames and Croydon across the Thames in Surrey.
Before 1837, the records of parish churches were the most helpful, although the records of the Old Bailey were illuminating. Birth, Marriage and Death records were kept after 1837 and the first national census was held in 1841. It is clear none of these records were efficiently compiled in the early years with many slipping through the net.
Identifiable family groups
(before 1818 - ?). She married a mariner, Thomas Waters, St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, on 7th October, 1839. A Charlotte A. Mordaunt was listed in the 1871 census boarding in Christchurch, Spitalfields, age given as 61 years, working as a hawker and born in St. George in the East. She was originally entered as unmarried but this was overwritten as widow. Despite this discrepancy and another about her age, she is a good match.
George Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1817 - 1894) is recorded as born in St George in the East, situated immediately east of Whitechapel, between Stepney, Shadwell and Wapping. Like his father he worked as a hairdresser and he appeared in every census 1841 - 1891. His records are very confusing. In the 1841 census he was a hairdresser in Tower Hamlets. On 12th October, 1842 at St. Mary's, Lambeth, he married 1. Sarah Ann Kent, spinster (abt 1813 - 1865) but, in the following 1851 census, he is living with a wife Sarah and two stepsons whose surnames were Girling(?), Thomas (b. abt. 1837), who was still living with them in the 1861 census working as a mariner, and Henry (b. abt 1840), who by 1861 had apparently moved on. After Sarah's death he married at St James's, Shoreditch, on 12th November, 1867, 2. Amelia Hypatia Stratford (abt. 1842 - ?), a milliner born in Reading, daughter of a teacher. However, the 1871 census and the 1881 census record him as having moved to Lewisham, across the river in Kent and that his wife's name was Mary Ann. He didn't marry 3. Mary Ann Weaver (abt. 1818 - before 1887), described as a widow, until 31st December 1883 at St. John the Baptist, Kentish Town. She didn't have much longer to live and he then married 4. Eliza (Liza) Welch (abt. 1829 - 1905), a widow born in Newbury in Berkshire, in St Luke's church, Camberwell on 17th January, 1887. In the 1891 census he was still recorded as a hairdresser in Lewisham. His death was listed in Lewisham Workhouse on 11th March, 1894, his age given as 76 years. (Workhouses often acted as the local hospital). Eliza, now a widow, was recorded in the 1901 census, boarding at a different address in Lewisham, working on her own account as a needlewoman.
Augustus Frederick Mordaunt (? - 1851?) presents a problem. He was the last named of the three siblings baptised on 2nd February, 1821. That suggests he was the youngest, perhaps born late 1820 or early 1821. That fits in very well with the 18 year-old Augustus Mordaunt (abt. 1821 - ?) found guilty of theft at the Old Bailey in 1839 - sentenced to three months confinement. He had been a journeyman gun-spring maker (journeyman - one who, having served his apprenticeship to a handicraft or trade, is qualified to work at it for days' wages; a mechanic who has served his apprenticeship or learned a trade or handicraft, and works at it not on his own account but as the servant or employee of another; a qualified mechanic or artisan who works for another. Distinguished on one side from apprentice, on the other from master. - O.E.D.). There are some transcription errors in the Old Bailey webpage - particularly that he had been promised "more wages", not "meter wages." Was he also the August Mordaunt transcribed on a www.Findmypast.co.uk webpage as an army deserter in 1840? If so, he made up for it; an Augustus Mordaunt fought with the 61st Regiment of Foot, later the South Gloucestershires, in the battle of Chillianwalla in the second Sikh War on 13th January 1849, though he apparently missed the campaign's final battle, Goojerat, on 21st February 1849. The record states he died in 22nd May 1851, presumably still in India.
- A Patrick Mordaunt of Spring Street was buried at St. Paul's, Shadwell, on 27th October 1798. The name Patrick suggests Irish origin. Perhaps he was the father of
- Patrick Mordaunt (? - 1815) who, with his wife Margaret were the proprietors of "a house of ill fame and bawdy houses", according to the accused at an Old Bailey trial in 1794 (Page 1 and page 2). They certainly ran a public house, the Ship, Spring Street, Shadwell, at an earlier Old Bailey trial in 1782, when Margaret Mordaunt is also described as a pawnbroker. Spring Street, (scroll down this link), possibly named from one of two mineral springs in the district at the time, no longer exists; it was in the area dug up to create Shadwell Basin. A trade directory of 1839 names four Ship Inns in Shadwell but none of them in Spring Street. Perhaps after Patrick's death, it was the home of his son, George, which burnt down in 1817, see below. A description of Shadwell at this time is given on this British History On-Line webpage. Patrick and Margaret were frequently in court at the Old Bailey either as a victim or as a witness, attending also in 1776, 1781, 1793, and again in 1793.
Curiously, he became a member of the Worshipful Company of Needlermakers in 1776, which apparently he could do by payment of a "larger fee or fine", which then gave him the status of Freeman of the City of London. Perhaps before he became an innkeeper, he had completed an apprenticeship in needle making, perhaps he just wanted the status.
His (surviving) children were named in his 1798 Will, and I have listed them in the order given. Although he "made his mark" on his Will, perhaps that was due to infirmity. His signature appears on marriage records
- Theresa Mordaunt (b. after 1776 - ?), who married Joseph Bourne from Northumberland at St Paul's, Shadwell, in 17th September 1797. She was under 21 years old at the time.
- Charlotte Mordaunt
- Maria Mordaunt. Could she be the 65 year-old "idiot" in Wapping workhouse in the 1841 census. The birth date would be about right but the census states she was not born in Middlesex. And this Maria Mordaunt must surely be whose burial was recorded at St. John of Wapping on 13th July, 1849, from Wapping Workhouse, although the age was given as only given as 64 years.
- George Edward Mordaunt (? - before 1867 when he is described as "deceased" on his son George's marriage record). Unless there was another George in the family, he is presumably the George Mordaunt listed in a 1811 trade directory described as a "dealer in fresh & salt provisions, Great Spring Street, Shadwell." In January 1812, by patrimony, he became a member of the Worshipful Company of Needlermakers and, hence, a Freeman of the City, although, like his father, there is no evidence of his ever manufacturing needles. On 18th July, 1812, he married Ann Bartlett at St John at Hackney. At his daughter, Mary Ann's christening he was described as a victualler. He may well have been the unfortunate officer, George Edward Mordaunt, whose house burnt down destroying the vital evidence for the trial of Joseph Bell at the Old Bailey in 1817 but it seems he went back to being a victualler and then a hairdresser, although in the record of his daughter, Charlottes's, wedding he was described as a "city officer.".
The next three children were baptised together at St Mary, Lambeth, on 2nd February, 1821. They are entered below in the order they appear in the Parish Register. By this date, their father's profession is given as hairdresser.
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (14th May 1813 - ?) was christened on 15th July 1813 at St Saviour, Southwark. Her date fits in with a 28 year old Mary Mordaunt, a dressmaker(?), lodging at 33 Devonshire Street, St Marylebone, in the 1841 census. Might she even be the Mary A. Mordaunt, unmarried, a needlewoman, listed in the 1871 census, although her age was given as 63 years, born abt. 1808?
- Georgina Amelia Mordaunt (14th October 1814 - 1818) was baptised at St Saviours, Southwark on 17th March 1815. Her father is described as a victualler, resident in Union Street. She died aged three and was buried at St. Paul's, Shadwell, on 6th August, 1818. Her address was given as Upper Turning(?)
So, what is the problem? This - an Augustus Frederick Mordaunt married Hannah Basford at St John, Shoreditch, on 7th January, 1832. He did not required parental consent and therefore was born before 1811, So, the records suggest that there were two Mordaunts with the improbably grand names of Augustus Frederick living at the same time in close proximity in the East End, one born before 1811 and the other born 1820/21.
Peter Mordaunt? and Peter Mordaunt?. Two Peter Mordaunts were buried in St. Paul's, Shadwell, one in 1781 and one in 1782 (see just below). Speculatively, they could have been sons of Patrick and Margaret.
Edward Mordaunt married Mary Cooker at the church of St George in the East on 17th August, 1777. Witness was a Patrick Mordaunt
Ann Mordaunt married Alexander Winerbury at St Paul's, Shadwell, on 15th February, 1780. Again a witness was a Patrick Mordaunt who could have been a brother, father or any other relation. The signatures in the registers are not the same and Patrick Mordaunt of the Ship Inn made his mark on his 1798 Will, so there are no clues there.
Peter Mordaunt (? - 1781) of Spring Streetwas buried at St. Paul's Shadwell, on 8th July, 1781.
Peter Mordaunt (? - 1782) of Spring Street was buried at St. Paul's, Shadwell, on 1st November, 1782. The parish record for both Peters states that they were burials with Affidavit, a reference to the requirement under the Burial in Wool Acts 1666 - 1680 for an affidavit to be sworn in front of a Justice of the Peace confirming burial in a shroud of pure English wool, to the exclusion of foreign textiles. The Act was repealed in 1814. (from Wikipedia)
There were several other Peters at the time who could be connected but perhaps weren't because they lived a little distance away. Peter Mordaunt, son of Peter and Ann Mordaunt of Catherine Street Alley, was baptised on 26th February, 1761, at St. Mary's (destroyed in WWII) , in neighbouring Whitechapel. Or the Peter Mordaunt, son of Patrick and Mary Mordaunt born 10th February 1779 and hastily baptised 11th February 1779 at Lying in Hospital, Endell Street, Holborn, transcribed on the www.familysearch.org website. And the Peter Mordent (sic) (abt. 1722 - 1781), age given as 59 years, of Malden Road Court(?), who died of dropsy and was buried at St. Giles, Cripplegate, on 8th November, 1781.
Patrick's Will appointed as one of his Executors
a Martin Mordaunt, an undertaker. Other references to a Martin or Martins are as follows: 1. a Martin Mordaunt witnessed the marriage of Catherine Mordaunt (below) on 13th August 1772 in St. Paul's, Shadwell. 2. The burial of a Martin Mordaunt (abt. 1742 - 1823) was recorded at St George in the East, now in Tower Hamlets, on 20th July 1823; they were certainly contemporanious if not the same person. 3. Another Martin Mordaunt, age unknown, was buried from an unnamed madhouse at St Matthew, Bethnal Green, in 6th November 1839.
Catherine Mordaunt, who married Peter Brady on 13th August 1772 in St. Paul's, Shadwell. A witness to the marriage was a Martin Mordaunt
Other Mordaunts with (possible) connections to Shadwell around this time, but whom I cannot with certaintly connect, were:
- Frederick Mordaunt (? - before 1826), who married Temperance Boulter at St Paul's, Shadwell, on 10th September, 1808.
Temperance, as a widow, is recorded marrying William Neale, a widower, at St. George in the Borough, Southwark, in January, 1830.
- Phebe Mordaunt (1818 - 1904). The records of St Mary, Newington, across the river in Surrey, show that Phebe was born on 14th January 1818 and baptised as late as 15th February, 1826, by which time her father had died. She is identified in the Duniam family tree on www.ancestry.co.uk as the Phoebe Mordaunt who married Hubert Duniam (1801 - 1855) at Launceston, Tasmania, on 1st March 1838, according to local records, and died in Wynard, Tasmania on 5th May, 1904. The Duniam family tree shows they had ten children. She would have been under 20 when she married and one has to wonder why such a young girl was in Tasmania at that time. Her name has not turned up so far on any transportation list.
- Margaret Mordaunt, who married Edward Riley on 19th October, 1809, in St. Paul's, Shadwell. The church was in a poor state of repair and in 1811 the roof collapsed. It was repaired from funds voted by parliament to celebrate victory in the Napoleonic war and reopened in 1820.
I shall also include in this section, only because of the connection with St. George in the East
- William Mordaunt, aged 45? years, from Guys Hospital, who was buried in St. George in the East on 2nd September, 1793.
John Mordaunt and his wife Sary/Sarah Ewer (daughter of Roger Ewer and Sarah Stiles?), married at Saint Olave, Southwark, on October 18, 1719, were recorded in 1720 as the parents at the christening of a son at St. Bartholomew Exchange. By date and social standing, he could speculatively be the John Mordaunt, vintner, son of Lewis and Easter/Hester, of the "Mordaunts of the Hill" (Tudor and Stuart Mordaunts webpage) christened in 1696 and married to Sarah. A problem with this is that he did not mention any children in his Will, which is unusual for the time if he had had any.
- John Stiles Mordaunt (1719/20 - 1781) was christened at St. Bartholomew Exchange in the city of London on 22nd January 1721 (1720 according to the Julian calendar). In 1740 he began working for the East India Company in London as an assistant warehouse keeper in the Tea and Drug Warehouse. In 1760, after 20 years service, and now the warehouse keeper, his salary was £60 a year, a position and salary he held until his death. According to research by Jane Wherity (née Mordaunt), his wife was Jane (? - 1769?) who clearly died before his last Will in 1770, proven in 1781, which makes provision only for his surviving children. A Jane Mordaunt was buried in St. Giles, Camberwell, on 15th December 1769, and so it was quite reasonable for him to make a new will on his wife's death.
The children are listed here in the order listed in his Will: John, Sarah, George, Jenny, Ewer and Sophia. John Stiles Mordaunt was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell, Surrey, on 15th September, 1781.
- John Mordaunt (? - 1851) is mentioned in his father's 1770 Will and his sister Jenny's Will of 1804. He qualified as a surgeon. It seems at that time you qualified as a surgeon by taking an apprenticeship! On Thursday, 18th June, 1801, John Mordaunt, surgeon of Hackney, paid the required "Duty for an Apprentices' Indentures" for one Tho. Brailsford. He was listed in a 1811 trade directory as a surgeon at Mare Street, Hackney. He was recorded at that address in the Electoral Rolls for Tower Hamlets in the years from 1832 - 1849.
I have not discovered his first marriage but he is named as the father of the bride when his daughter, Sophia, took as her third husband her cousin,Octavius Dillingham Mordaunt, below.
Between 1804 and 1806 the father, John, married Elizabeth Griffin (? - 1810) whose Will of 1806 names her husband and George Mordaunt as parties to the marriage agreement under which she was entitled to £2,000. They had one daughter, after which I have not found evidence of a further marriage. The burial of John Mordaunt, surgeon, was recorded at Christ Church, Spitalfields, on 25th July, 1851, nine years after a Mary Mordaunt, probably his daughter.
- Sophia Mordaunt (abt. 1785 - ?). Was she the Sophia Mordaunt who was an apprentice school mistress with a Sarah Dean of Bethnal Green in 1798? Whatever, she was at quite an advanced age for the period when she married William Rudall, a naval officer, at St Leonard, Shoreditch, on 21st February, 1819. Witnesses were a W? Mordaunt and another Sophia Mordaunt. He died, apparently without fathering any children, and she remarried, in 1830, a Mr Pugh. In betweentimes she was engaged to a Henry Hylton Riches. The report of the law case Mr Riches brought against Sophia and her husband for breach of promise, Riches v Pugh and Wife, 19th June 1832, went over two pages of the Times newspaper of 20th June 1832 (page 1, right hand column, and page 2), suggesting great public or legal interest in the case, or maybe it was simply a slow news day. It was a case not without an element of amusement. The judges summing up was reported as follows:
Lord Tenterden (the judge) in summing up the case observed, that there could be no doubt on the evidence, that the defendent, Sophia Pugh, did promise to marry the plaintiff, Mr Riches, nor could there be any doubt that the promise had been broken, because she had married another man. He (Lord Tenterden) could not say, as a matter of law, that there appeared to be any intention on the part of the plaintiff to abandon the contract. If, indeed, it had been made to appear that he had consented to put an end to the contract, he could not be entitled to support the present action, but he (Lord Tenterden) must say that the letters which had been written before the marriage of Mrs Rudall with Mr Pugh, did not convey to his mind the impression that it was intended to break off the contract. It was clear by the lady's letters, that she had desired the plaintiff to desist from visiting her, and she no doubt wished to put an end to the engagement, but it did not appear that he had consented to do so, for he wrote in a tone of kindness to her, and seemed anxious to retain her affection. The jury would, however, judge for themselves, from the whole of the facts, whether the plaintiff on his part relinquished the contract. If he had not, he would be entitled to their verdict; and then came the question of damages. With a view to their determining that question he would direct their attention to the situation of the two parties. The plaintiff was 27 or 28 years of age. The lady 45 or 46. She was a widow and competent to make an engagement of this kind for herself. Before she had entered into such an engagement she would have inquired a little into the situation in life and circumstances of the plaintiff. Her income was £100 a year, - all the interest of stock, and £50, the amount of a pension which she received as the widow of a half pay officer in the navy (an officer not actually serving on a ship, in reserve, in effect). The plaintiff's money, it appeared, was £120, payable quarterly. After the lady came to London from Oxfordshire, she had some communication with her brother, Mr Mordaunt, on the subject of her proposed marriage with Mr Riches who had, it seemed, candidly informed her that he was in some pecuniary difficulty, and Mr Mordaunt advised her, that the match would not, in his opinion, be a prudent one on her part. Not long after this conversation with her brother she married Mr Pugh, her present husband and certainly that was not a marriage which he (Lord Tenterden) could consider at all creditable (to) her, she being of the age of 45, and Mr Pugh of the age of 76. Such a marriage could hardly take place with any other than that of a sordid motive. Every woman has a right to endeavour to better her condition in life; and if she were under no pre-engagement, no one has a right to question her conduct. The plaintiff, it appeared, had made himself acquainted with the fact of this lady's marriage with Mr Pugh calling at the house. Just about that time he was arrested for a debt of £30, and expected a (unreadable) against him for another debt, an old one for £20, and he thought it proper to write to Mrs Pugh for the loan of £50. That letter was not answered, and certainly he had no right to expect that the wife of another person should advance him a sum of £50. Nothing more transpired till the 7th February, 1831, when the plaintiff wrote the letter which had been so much commented on. It was undoubtedly a most improper letter - a letter evidently written with a view to extort money from this lady and her husband, under a threat that he should be able to produce, before a court of justice, such evidence as they would not like to have brought forward - evidence of something which, he said, had taken place between him and Mrs Pugh. Such a letter might, certainly, weigh with the jury forming their estimate of the damages. It was a very, very improper act. The jury would say, upon the whole, what amount of damages they thought the plaintiff was entitled to. It appeared that Mrs Pugh was a comely and agreeable person, and, she was, it seemed, a woman who was likely to have retained his affections, and they might have lived comfortably together. The jury would take the whole (unreadable) into their consideration. Unless they thought that the plaintiff had voluntarily relinquished the engagement he would be entitled to their verdict, and then they would say the amount of damages he should receive. If they viewed his conduct in a very improper light, they would say so by giving as very small amount.
After consulting for a minute of two, the Jury found for Riches and awarded damages of one farthing - the lowest possible. The plaintiff was denied his costs.
As already mentioned, Sophia took as her third husband her cousin, Octavius Dillingham Mordaunt, see below, married at St. Marylebone Christ Church on 21st October, 1837, in her early fifties, swapping a husband in excess of 77 years for one of 27 years! One can see the great value both men and women placed in marrying for financial security.
- John Mordaunt was the brother referred to. He may well have been older than his sister; I have no way of knowing. A John Mordaunt was an apprentice surgeon to a James Street in Chichester in 1798. Perhaps this was he.
- Mary Mordaunt (1808 - 1842) was christened at St John's, Hackney, on 26th October, 1808. The burial of a Mary Mordaunt burial was recorded at Christ Church, Spitalfields, on 15th August, 1842. The record gives her address as in South Hackney. While this seems most probably this Mary, another Mary Mordaunt, born about 1808, died in St Marylebone workhouse on 4th December 1871. (Workhouses often acted as the local hospital). She had been admitted on 21st October 1871. The record does not make clear if this second Mary was single or married
- Sarah Mordaunt married Henry Terry (? - before 1804) at St. Sepulchre, Holborn, on 30th December, 1773. She was described in the church record as " of the parish of Trinity of the Minories" as were both William and George below. According to a Wikipedia entry, the church of Holy Trinity Minories was outside the eastern boundaries of the City of London and today would be within the borough of Tower Hamlets; it ceased to be used in 1899 when the parish was united with St. Botolph's, Aldgate, and the building was finally destroyed by bombing in WW II.
Presumably husband Henry died soon after because a Sarah Mordaunt married William Gee (1745 - 1809) according to the Thompson-Pennant-Webb Family Tree on the Public Member Trees page of www.ancestry.co.uk. I am very grateful to a correspondent, Alistair Rabagliati, a descendent of William from his second marriage, who wrote to confirm this. "George Mordaunt of the East India House, gentleman" was an executor of William Gee's will, persuasive evidence that William's wife, Sarah, was George's sister. After giving birth to at least one child, Sarah died. William then married a Mary Early. Alistair refers to a site http://www.wargs.com/other/middleton.html, which lists
- William Gee (abt. 1778 - 1851) as one of many 4 x great grandfathers of Catherine (Kate) Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.
- George Mordaunt (abt 1753 - 13th January, 1834). In 1772 He followed his father into the East India Company in London but with, apparently, greater success. An 'established' clerk in the Coast and Surat warehouse he was earning £40 a year, rising to £70 (more than his father) by 1774 and to £1,550 a year by 1819. George married 1. Dorothy Curling (abt. 1756? - 1792?) at the church of Holy Trinity Minories on 22nd December, 1778. They appear as parents of a number of children christened at the church of St. Andrew Undershaft in the city of London. It was presumably this Dorothy, age 36 years of the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, who was buried at St. Mary, Whitechapel, for some reason, on 18th May, 1792. (Dorothy was the daughter of George Curling (d. 1783) of who was living at Mile End, Middlesex at this time. Dorothy's sister Mary married a John Gibson and they had a daughter, Mary, who married Jane Austen's brother, Francis. I am grateful to Ronald Dunning, a descendent of Mary Gibson, for this information).
The Will of George's sister Jenny, written in 1806, lists only three surviving children of his first marriage; George, Dorothy and one I cannot clearly decipher but which can with a bit of imagination be interpreted as Henry. This agrees with a Curling family tree compiled in the 19th century which shows George and Dorothy Mordaunt having three children, George, Dorothy and Henry. George's later own Will of 1834 lists two surviving children of his first marriage, George and Dorothy.
- George Mordaunt (21st December 1779 - ?) was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 15th January 1780. He followed his grandfather and father into the East India Company in London in 1796, as a 'established' clerk in the Coast and Surat warehouse. By 1808 he was already earning more than his uncle Ewer. By 1819, with 23 years experience, he was earning £540 a year. An, otherwise so far by me unidentified, George Mordaunt of Mare Street, age given as 69 years, was buried at St John of Jerusalem, Hackney, on 6th February 1849.
- Dorothy Mordaunt (12th June 1781 - ?), was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 6th July 1781.
- Ann Mordaunt (? - 1783) was buried at St. Giles. Camberwell, on 3rd May, 1783. I have not found any record of her birth.
- Sarah Mordaunt (1782 - ?) was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 20th March, 1783. I do not know if she was a twin or older or younger than her brother John christened on the same day.
- John Mordaunt (1782 - 1783) was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 20th March, 1783. He was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 6th September, 1783, just three days before his younger brother was baptised with the same name.
- John Mordaunt (28th August 1783 - ?) was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 9th September, 1783.
- Henry Mordaunt (23rd September 1784 - 15th September 1820), was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 21st October 1784. He became a "Bengal Cadet" with the East India Company in 1799. His death, as Captain Henry Mordaunt of the 7th Regiment Native Infantry, at Malwa(?) in the East Indies, on 15th September 1820, was reported in the Times of 20th March 1821; "an officer highly esteemed and universally regretted by all who knew him" - I don't think that is they quite what they meant to say!
- Charles Mordaunt (27th January 1786 - 1787) was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 3rd March 1786. He was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 27th March, 1787.
- William Mordaunt (19th September 1790 - 1791), was christened at St. Andrew, Undershaft, in London on 18th November 1790. He was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 16th April, 1791.
George, now a widower probably into his 40s, married 2. 16 or 17 year-old Mary Coward (abt. 1778 - 1864), about the same age as his oldest son, at the church of St Andrew Undershaft on 4th December, 1795, and they appear as parents of children christened in the churches of St. Andrew Undershaft and Old Church, St Pancras between 1797 and 1811. Mary, born in Lambeth, was widowed by the 1841 census, living with her son John, listed in Southampton but possibly on the Isle of Wight.
George Mordaunt was appointed guardian of his brother Ewer's children under Ewer's Will. He does not seem to have been generous towards them; while his own children in general went on to prosper, his wards in contrast declined in status and wealth.
- Mariam Mordaunt (? - 1799) was buried at St. Andrew's, Undershaft, on 9th August 1799. I am guessing she was a daughter of George and Mary as George is the only Mordaunt I have found with associations with St. Andrew's, Undershaft.
- Emily Mordaunt (1796? - 1796) was buried at St. Andrews's, Undershaft, on 30th September 1796. I am guessing she was a daughter of George and Mary as George is the only Mordaunt I have found with associations with St. Andrew's, Undershaft.
- Caroline Mordaunt (18th September 1797 - ?) was christened at St. Andrew's, Undershaft, on 7th October, 1797. A Caroline Mordaunt married John Gray of Edinburgh at St Mary at Lambeth on 12th October, 1825, witnessed by John Mordaunt and O.D.(Octavius Dillingham?) Mordaunt
- Mary Mordaunt (1798? - 1798) was buried at St. Andrew's, Undershaft, on 12th September, 1798. I am guessing she was a daughter of George and Mary.
- Frederick Mordaunt (8th November 1800 - 1862?), born in Middlesex or maybe, according to the 1841 census, in "foreign parts". He was christened at St. Andrews, Undershaft, in London on 4th December 1800 and married Fanny Augustina (abt 1810 - 1846), also described as born in "foreign parts". He was described in the 1841 census as an artist, a term that legitimately at the time could describe an actor, in which case he may have been the Frederick H. Mordaunt appearing at the Adelphi Theatre in 1831 - 1832. He was not, apparently, very successful as, by the 1851 census, already a widower, he was working as a Post Office Clerk. He could still afford to pay one live-in servant, however. In 1841, the family had been living in St James, Westminster but in 1851 were in Clapham. A Frederick Mordaunt is listed in the British Postal Services Appointment books published on www.ancestry.co.uk, appointed as an "Extra Clerk" to the Accountant General's Office, "if qualified," on 21st July 1847. From the same source, on 12th August, 1854, he was one of several appointed as Supplementary Clerks in the Secretary's Office, wherever that may have been, at a salary of £80 a year. In 1861 census, Frederick and the two younger children were recorded staying with his brother, Octavius, and family in Kingston. The death of a Frederick was recorded in Wandsworth district in 1862.
- Bertha Annie Augusta Mordaunt (abt 1837 - 1881) She is listed as having been born in Vienna. In the 1851 census, aged 14 years she was a scholar visiting an address in Thugston, Kinston Upon Thames. She married Philip Scoones in St George, Hannover Sq, in 1855.and they had seven children
- Florence Mordaunt (abt 1839 - ?) was born in Middx. After 1841 she disappears from the records.
- Octavius Conrad Mordaunt (1840 - 1841).
- Otto Octavius Mordaunt (1843 - 1910). He was baptised in St. Mary's, Southwark, on 31st August, 1853, aged 10 years, curiously three years after his younger sister. Was it to do with getting him into the right school, even in those days? He was given the name Octavius, although he does not appear to have been the eighth child, but in later life he followed the example of his celebrated namesake by changing his name to Augustus. In the 1871 census he was lodging in Paddington working as a photographer. photoLondon, a database of 19th Century photographers and allied trades in London 1841-1851, tracked him to Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, New Southgate, Barnet, in 1901, where he died nine years later.
- Adele Fanny Frederica Mordaunt (1844 - 1918). She was baptised in St. Mary's, Southwark, on 9th August, 1850. In the 1871 census she was teaching in Tonbridge and in the 1891 census was a governess in with the Prior family in Portsmouth. Then, in 1901 she was described as a general servant to Dorothy Barker, a widow of her own age in Hackney. In the 1911 census she was boarding in East Dulwich.
- Georgiana Mary Mordaunt (27th December 1801 - 1848) was christened at St. Andrews, Undershaft, in London on 22nd January, 1802. I am grateful to "salmo261" on www. ancestry.com who informed me that she married Rev. George Robert Kensit (1805 - ?) at St Mary's, Lambeth on 25th March, 1830. They had five children. In the 1841 census they were living in Betchworth, Surrey.
- Susannah Sophia Mordaunt (15th January 1804 - ?) was christened at St. Andrews, Undershaft, in London on 7th October, 1804.
- Alfred Mordaunt (4th March 1805 - 1st October 1862) was born in Aldgate and christened at St. Andrews, Undershaft, in London on 30th March, 1805. He married Mary (abt 1801 - 1864), born in Marylebone. He was working as a chemist at the 1841 census and living at 58, Above Bar Street, Southampton. They were still there at the 1851 census, with nephew William H. Mordaunt as a guest. For the 1861 census, Alfred was staying with his brother John in London while his wife, Mary, described as the wife of a retired chemist, was lodging with her daughter in Southampton. Mary was granted Letters of Administration to his estate in 1863.
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (abt 1833 - ?) was born in Hampshire. She lived with her mother in Southampton and continued living there after her mother's death. She was listed in successive censuses in Southampton, never at the same address twice, living on annuities, in the 1871 census, the 1881 census, the 1891 census. She was, however, at the same address for the 1901 census and the 1911 census.
- George Frederick Mordaunt (abt 1835 - 1861) was born in Hampshire.
- William Henry Mordaunt (abt 1806 - 1845). Oddly for George's children, I have found no Internet record of his birth or baptism. I only place him here, in George's family because, at the 1851 census, a 16 year -old William H. Mordaunt, therefore probably his son, was staying with Alfred, immediately above, described as Alfred's nephew.
William Henry, described as of the parish of St. Mary, Lambeth, married 1. Charlotte Foxon( or Foxton?) Becke (1810 -?) at St. George the Martyr, Queen Square, on 3rd April, 1830. She died within a year and was buried at St. George the Martyr on 19th March, 1831. William, now of St. Olive Jewry parish, married 2. Lucy Mary Inwood (? - 1883) at St Pancras parish church on 3rd August, 1833. They appeared in the Scottish census of 1841. He was described as a East India merchant, living in Magdelene Green, Dundee. They returned to England where, described as of Lansdowne Terrace, Notting Hill, lately of Charing Cross Hospital, he was buried at Kensal Green All Souls cemetery on 22nd September 1845. In the 1851 census widow Lucy was living in Arundle Square, Islington. In the 1861 census she was in Park Terrace, Islington, with her daughter Alice and with her son, William Henry, an army captain, paying a visit. In the 1871 census, only Henry O. In the 1881 census (page 1
continued on page 2), in Hornsey Rise, Hornsey, Henry was named head of the family although their ages were reversed, Henry 71 years, his mother, 36 years! Living with them was Lucy's granddaughter, Edith, then aged 21 years, one of the daughters of Mary Rosina. Probate records show she died while living at 13 Harringey Road, Crouch End, Middx. on 12th July 1883, her personal estate valued at £3,048 1s. 6d.
I am very grateful to an Australian correspondent, Denise Hare, who kindly provided me with a host of additional information about William Henry's family, more than I have reproduced here.
- Mary Rosina Mordaunt (abt 1833 - 1877) was born in St Pancras and baptised on 13th November, 1833. She married James Darling (b. 1826 - 1868) on 16th March, 1859. In the 1861 census, he was a bookseller/publisher in Islington, at St. John the Baptist, Kentish Town. They had six children. After his death, the 1871 census shows Mary living with only one son; the other five children were scattered around orphanages and institutions. She could still afford a servant, however.
- William Henry Mordaunt (abt 1835 - 1919) was born in a variety of places in Middlesex depending which census you look at. At the time of the 1851 census he was staying with his uncle Alfred and family in Southampton. He joined the army and at the 1861 census was visiting his mother with the rank of captain. By the 1871 census, when he was the manager of the business of a Spanish merchant, he had married Amy Maria Appleford (1849 - 1917), 14 years his junior, at Christ Church with St. Paul, Forest Hill, Kent, on 22nd June, 1869. Their two families had been both living in Arundle Square in the 1851 census when William would have been 16 years and Amy 2 years! He was absent from the 1881 census (page 1 and page 2) but they were together at the 1891 census when they were in Chilsehurst, Kent, where he was working as a wine merchant. In the 1901 census they were in Lewisham and in the 1911 census, with children Ethel, Zoë and Harry, they were at 118 London Road, Bromley, Kent. William Henry died 1st March 1919 while living in Montrose, London Road, Bromley, Kent, his estate valued at £1781 8s. 7d.
- William Henry Mordaunt (abt 1871 - 1949) was born in Upper Holloway and baptised in St. Mark's, Tollington Park, on 26th July, 1871. In 1891 he was living with his parents working as a stockbroker. His address given as Southwark Bridge Road and described as a tea merchant, he married Jessie Helen Barry (abt. 1866 - 1934) at St. Saviour, Southwark, on 3rd September, 1896, his mother Amy a witness. At the 1901 census they were living with her parents in Croydon. By the 1911 census he was still a tea merchant, living at 12, Dornton Road, Croydon. The National Archives (ref: J77/2910/65) has record of Jessie's application for a judicial separation in 1931. He died in South Africa on 6th December 1949, described as late of Ewhurst, Surrey and Tower Hill E.C.
- William E. Mordaunt (1898 - ?) was born in Lee, Kent. He was not at home for the 1911 census.
- Monica Helen Mordaunt (1905 - 1986) was born in Croydon. In 1932 she married Harold Rapkin (1870 - 1965) in Paddington. In the 1911 census, when Monica was 5 years old, a 40 year-old Harold Rapkin was a visitor at the house!
- Ethel Amy Mordaunt (1874 - ?) was born in Islington and baptised at St Mark's, Tollington Park, on 25th February, 1874. She qualified as a doctor, pretty good for a woman then, on 30th October. 1908. In the 1915 Medical Register she was listed as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh; a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and a Licenciate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. In the 1911 census and the Medical Register she was unmarried and living at home at 118, London Road, Bromley, Kent. In 1913 she was the first woman to be elected onto the Bromley Municipal Council and was still a councillor when she died in 1920. (With thanks to Suzanne North, researching Ethel, who kindly contacted me with that additional information.)
- Alice Zoë Mordaunt (1875 - 1920) was born in Islington and baptised in St. John's, Holloway, on 2nd August, 1876. In the 1911 she was still unmarried and living with her parents in Bromley, working as a private secretary. She married Edward G.M.Clark in Newhaven in 1933.
- Harry Mordaunt (1877 - ?) was born in Islington and baptised in St. John's, Upper Holloway, on 7th November, 1877. He is not mentioned in the 1901 census but was living at home, unmarried in the 1911 census, working as a bank clerk.
- Frederick Mordaunt (abt. 1838 - ?) was baptised in St. Pancras on 24th October, 1838. Perhaps he died young as he was not listed with the family in the 1841 Scottish census
- George Mordaunt (abt 1839 - 1913) was born in a variety of places in Middlesex depending which census you look at. He was baptised in St. Pancras on 18th September, 1839. In the 1861 census he was in Kennington with his wife Ellen Jane Linging (abt 1835 - ?), born in Kennington, working as a Russia merchant. In the 1871 census they were in Islington and in the 1881 census (page 1 continued on page 2) they were in Coulsdon, Surrey. For the 1891 census they were in Croydon. By 1901, George and Ellen appear to have separated. In the 1901 census and in the 1911 census, Ellen was living with daughter Grace only in Wallington. George had his own establishment in Oakland Road, Horley, Reigate in the 1901 census and in the 1911 census. He died there in 1913 with effects valued at probate at £27,028. This included a second property at 1a St. Helen's Place, London.
- Francis George Mordaunt (1861 - 24th August 1930) was born in Islington and baptised on 4th December, 1861 . He was still living at home in 1891 but then married Jean (abt 1862) from Scotland and at the 1901 census was in Reigate, working as a produce broker. At the 1911 census he was boarding near Folkestone. He married Ann Maria Bussell in Elham, Kent, in 1924. As his widow, she was granted probate of his effects of £865 11s. 1d.
- Frances Galloway Mordaunt (1895 - ?) was born in Chingford, Essex. In 1927 she married John Fraser in Holborn.
- Elizabeth Fraser (b. 1928) was born in Headington.
- Isobel M. M. Fraser (b. 1930) was born in Headington.
- Elsie Ellen Mordaunt (1896 - ?) was born in Chingford, Essex.
- Dorothea Jean Mordaunt (1899 - ?) was born in Redhill, Surrey.
- Edgar Henry Mordaunt (1863 - ?) was recorded as born in Islington and baptised at St. Mark's, Tollington Park on 9th December, 1863. He married Amy Catherine Oldaker (abt 1874 - ?) in St. Alban's, Streatham park, on 10th September, 1896. At the 1901 census he was a produce broker in Croydon. He was an oil merchant living in Purley in the 1911 census. With them was a 10 year-old nephew, Jack Mordaunt Walmisley, presumably the son of Edgar's younger sister Dorothea below.
- Joseph Henry George Mordaunt (1897 - 1929?) was born in Croydon. He was not with the family in the 1901 census but was with his aunt, 34 year old Alice Oldaker, staying in St. Leonards, Sussex, perhaps enjoying a seaside holiday, with a great-uncle, 78 year-old Sir Joseph Pulley, Bart, former Liberal M.P. for Hereford, 1880 - 1886. (Amy and Alice were daughters of Sir Joseph's younger sister, Letitia, and Thomas Oldaker of Hereford - with thanks to Dr. Finian Leeper of Cambridge University, who made contact through my Guest Book, for that family link). At the 1911 census he was at a boarding school in Croyden. Joseph Henry George married Ivy Marie Richards in Croydon in 1926.
- Gwilym Joseph Henry Mordaunt (b. 1927 - 1980) was born in Croydon. He seems to have married three times. 1. To Denise Sheppard in Croydon in 1948
2. He married Lilian A. Gibbs in Croydon in 1956
- Yvonne C. Mordaunt (b. 1949) was born in Croydon. She married Heinz Dorler in Wandsworth in 1971
3. He married Gwendoline E. Portsmouth in the Hounslow registration district in 1968
- Paul J. Mordaunt (b. 1958) was born in the Mid Surrey district
- Janet E. Mordaunt (b. 1958) was born in the Croydon district. She married 1. Steven P. Maskell in Croydon in 1981 and 2. Jeffrey R. Mercer in October 1987
- Simon Joseph Mercer (b. 1980) was born in Kent
Karen, writing under the pseudonym "Kazpod," contacted the Unofficial Christ's Hospital Forum, writing the following about her father:
- Janette Lydia Mordaunt (b. 1967) was born in Chiswick, in the Hounslow registration district. She appears in the www.ancestry.co.uk Birth List twice, in the last quarter of 1967 and the third quarter of 1968. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. She married Andrew Page in Chiltern, Buckinghamshire in 1999
- Karen Anne Mordaunt (b. 1970) was born in the Hounslow registration district.
My Dad Joseph Mordaunt attended CH from 1936 - 1943 I believe. He was dismissed in 1943 for apparently
participating in making a bomb which damaged another boys hand.
He was in Maine B and his master was G.W. Newberry. I received this information about him by a fellow student contacted via friends reunited, but am looking for any further information I can gather about his life as he passed away in 1980 when I was 9 years old and without going
into my life story have few photos or information about him. My sister and I did contact the school but they did not have on record the reason for his removal!
Could anyone help me on the right path please. It would be great to have a picture of him, I know he lost some teeth
to rugby and was a keen sportsman, can anybody remember him???.
- Phyllis May Mordaunt (1899 - ?) was born in Croydon.
- Marjorie Mordaunt (1900 - ?) was born in Croydon. In 1929 she married John Thomas in Croydon.
- Susan M. Thomas (b. 1931) was born in the Reigate district
- A Charles Robert Mordaunt (1909 - ?) was born in Croydon who could be another son.
- Hugh Lee Mordaunt (1865 - ?) was born in Islington. He was baptised in St Mary, Hornsey Rise, on 13th May, 1865. In the 1871 census he was staying with an unmarried aunt, his mother's sister, in Earls Colne, Essex. He then disappears from the official records and it seems he followed his younger brother to South Africa and farmed in Swaziland. He married Beatrice Thompson (1878 - ?), born in Derby, in Durban in 1897. Hugh died in Nairobi and Beatrice afterwards married a Captain Ansell in 1915. I am very grateful to Hugh and Beatrice's great granddaughter, Leslie Crowie, who wrote to me with information about his family, further details of which are on the 'Mordaunts in Africa' web page.
- Lucy Mordaunt (abt. 1866 - ?) was baptised in St Mary, Hornsey Rise, on 13th May, 1865. I have not found her in any later census and she presumably died young.
- Archibald Quintin Mordaunt (1869 - 1935) was born in Islington. He was baptised at St Mary's, Hornsey Rise, Middx., on 23rd October, 1869. In the 1881 census he was at a boarding school in Croydon with his brothers Charles and Robert and then seems to have gone to Africa.
A history of Swaziland on Google Books relates:
(In 1898) a growing estrangement between the king and his mother appears to have been generally suspected. Labotsibeni (the mother) was said to be losing faith in Bhunu's (her son's) suitability for the kingship and was looking more to his younger brother, Malunge, who, according to the rumour, was being doctored in preparation for kingship. There was another disturbing rumour circulated by Zombodze watchers. Three days after Mbhaba's assassination, Smuts wrote to Milner: "For more than a year I have known that the Paramount Chief and his mother have not been on good terms, and that he suspected Mbhaba of having illicit intercourse with her." Swazi custom laid down strict and somewhat complex rules about relationships between the sexes: and a violation of the code by a senior chief and a widowed queen could be considered a grave offense, punishable by "killing off." When Labotsibeni sent Mordaunt a British trader who was a friend, to inform Smuts of Mbhaba's death, he said that she wa s terrified for her own safety; and as Smuts informed the High Commissioner: "Mr. Mordaunt tells me that he gathers the charges against Mbaba (sic.) are that he tried to poison the Paramount Chief, that he spent his money, and that he has had illicit intercourse with his mother. He thinks that Longcanga, Zibokwana, Inslaba and Jokuvu are the men who instigated or advised the Paramount Chief to order Mbaba's death." ("The Kingdom of Swaziland: studies in political history" by D. Hugh Gillis, published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999)
Footnote 78 to an article of the South African Military History Society quotes an article in The Natal Mercury (17th August 1901) that a Mordaunt was one of three British civilians taken prisoner by the Boers at Bremersdorp (now Manzini) in July 1901 in the Anglo-Boer War. The town was burnt by the Boers which may have included his property.
After the Anglo-Boer war, Swaziland was occupied by a British force and fully incorporated into the British Empire. Under the land partition of 1906-07, some 60% of the land area of the country passed into colonial and settler hands. Swaziland Archive RCS 450/11 is a letter from A. Q. Mordaunt, honorary secretary of the Swaziland Farmers Association, to the Government Secretary dated 29th November 1911 arguing, according to an article in the Journal of South African Studies, 1st April 1985, that (Swazi native) tenants should no longer have responsibility to their chiefs and should not be regarded as constituents for tax collection purposes, a proposal which was rejected by the Resident Commissioner.
He had children with more than one Swazi women whose names I have not discovered. The children include:
A Herbert Mordaunt (1899? - ?) accompanied Archibald Quintin on a voyage from Durban to Southampton on the SS Saxon, arriving 2nd August 1913. I suspect it was his nephew, but one Internet family tree says he was his son.
- Archibald Mordaunt about whom I know nothing more.
- Walter William Mordaunt (1909 - ?) (1906 - 1982) who is listed in the Mormon familysearch.org site. Born on 8th May 1906 in Hlatikulu where he is also buried (died on 27th July 1982). His family may be followed on the African Mordaunts web page.
In 1914 Archibald seems to have been back in England where he married Annie Poole(s) in Croydon. They returned to Africa and had daughters
He died 30th May 1935 while living at Southbroom, Port Shepstone, Natal. His wife was named as Nancy in the National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations).
- Margaret Joyce Mordaunt (18th February 1915 - ?). She married Stephen Jewitt and they had four children A granddaughter is Jenni Clarkson who contacted me through the Guest Book.
- Nell Mordaunt (13th June 1916 - ?). She married Bill Baker and they had three children. She made notes of her family's history which passed down to her grand niece, Jenni
I am very grateful to Jenni Clarkson, Archibald's great granddaughter, who contacted me through the Guest Book with a lot of information about her family originally recorded by her great aunt Nell and photographs, all of which can be seen on the African Mordaunts web page.
- Charles Heath Mordaunt (1870 - ?) was born in Islington and baptised at St. Mary's, Hornsey Rise on 5th July, 1870. In the 1881 census he was at a boarding school in Croydon with his brothers Archibald and Robert. He was at home for the 1891 census. He married Jessie Mabel Tucker. (abt 1876 - ?) from Harberton in Devon, in 1900 in Totnes. In the 1901 census he was a wine merchants clerk in Wallington, Surrey and in the 1911 census a wine merchant's representative, living at Mavis Croft, Chipstead, Surrey.
- (Nell) Veronica Mordaunt (1909 - ?) was born in Chipstead. Acording to a public family tree on ancestry.co.uk she married Eric Neale Dalton (1890 - 1972) but I have not yet found another record of this.
- Norman Mordaunt (1911 - ?) was born in Chipstead. Famous as the co-founder of the internationally celebrated Mordaunt-Short loudspeaker company. He married Marianne C. Dean in Chelsea in 1939.
- John A. C. Mordaunt (b. 1942) was born in Surrey. He married Jane M. Clements in Cuckfield, Sussex, in 1970.
- Katie Jane Mordaunt (b. 1975) was born in Huntingdonshire.
- Christine J. Mordaunt (b. 1943) was born in Surrey. She married Jozsef F. Szarvas, a refugee after the 1956 Hungarian uprising, in the Westminster registration district in 1964.
- Joseph Paul Szarvas (b. 1965) was born in the Lambeth registration district. He married Alison Cook in West Surrey in June 2002. They have three sons and a daughter. I am very grateful to Alison for writing to me and telling me about her family.
- Juliet Elizabeth Szarvas (b. 1966) was born in the Lambeth registration district.
- Elizabeth M. Mordaunt (b. 1947) was born in Surrey. She married Donald M. Sinclair in Surrey in 1965.
- Neil McGibbon Sinclair (b. 1969) was born in the Surrey.
- Archibald Raleigh Mordaunt (13th May, 1914 - January, 1996). I have not found a birth record but a public family tree on www.ancestry.co.uk., places him as the third child of Charles and Jessie, born in Coulsdon, Essex. He married Diana Patricia Gresty (1917 - 1994) in Epping in 1941 and died in Lewes, Sussex.
- Ruth K. Mordaunt (b. 1942) born in Surrey. She married David Hutchinson in Uckfield, Susssex in 1965
- Benedict William Hutchinson (b. 1968) was born in Cuckfield, Sussex
- Justin David Hutchinson (b. 1970) was born in Lewes, Sussex
- Alexander James Hutchinson (b. 1974) was born in Lewes, Sussex
- Francis D. Mordaunt (b. 1944) born in Surrey. He married Gillian D. Longley in Wallesey, Cheshire, in 1969
- Terence Charles Mordaunt (b. 1947) born in Surrey. His biography may be read on the Debrett's People of Today webpage
- Clare L. Mordaunt (b. 1952) born in Surrey. She married Roger G. Vlitos in Uckfield, Sussex, in 1974
- Robert Ernest Mordaunt (abt 1872 - 1925) was born in Highgate and baptised in St. Mary's, Hornsey Rise, on 2nd September, 1871. In the 1881 census he was at a boarding school in Croydon with his brothers Archibald and Charles. He married Gladys/Gwladys Dillon (abt 1887 - ?), a stage actress, in Croydon in 1906 but they divorced in 1914 (National Archives Divorce Court File 4837). In the 1911 census he was described as an oil broker, living with his mother-in-law who seemed to have run a boarding house, at 27 Clarendon Road, Wallington, Croydon. Passenger Lists show that Robert and his two sons (then aged about 12 and 10 years) sailed to Durban, South Africa, from London in 1919. They ended up settling in South Africa. Gwladys marrried a Christian C. Fischer in 1916.
I am indebted to Marilyn Schliesser and Pamela Naude, his granddaughters, who made contact with me and provided all the subsequent information.
Robert remarried in South Africa and had another son
- Frederick Dillon Mordaunt (1907 - ?) was born in Wallington, near Croydon.
- Peter Mordaunt (b. 1932) now living in Natal, South Africa
- Michael Mordaunt (b. 1938) now living Natal, South Africa
- Robert Mordaunt. He may be the Rob Mordaunt listed as an alumni of Westville Boys High School, KwaZulu Natal, in 1986, who is now owner of Allied Transport in the Durban area
- John Mordaunt
- Charles Robert Mordaunt (1909 - ?) was born in Wallington, near Croydon. In South Africa he married Irene Ethel Hughes
- Marilyn Francis Mordaunt (b. 1947) who married Peter Wilhelm Schliesser and is living in Essen, Germany.
- Clive Edgar Mordaunt (b. 1950) was born in Johannesburg and is now living in Langebaan, Cape.
- Mark Mordaunt was educated at Noordgesig Senior Secondary school and when was last heard was a systems engineer at Avusa Media in Johannesburg
- Pamela Jane Mordaunt (b. 1956) was born in Johannesburg and is now living in Langebaan, Cape.
- Robert Ernest Mordaunt (1925 - 1999), who was born in Durban
- Debra Mordaunt, now Debra Edwards. I am very grateful to Debra for writing to me with informaton about her father and family
- Michelle Mordaunt and her twin sister
- Hayley Mordaunt, now Hayley Burnett. I am very grateful to Hayley for writing in my Guest Book
- Grace Margaret Mordaunt (1873 - ?) was born in Highgate and baptised in St. Mary's, Hornsey Rise, on 6th April, 1873. In 1901 and 1911 she was living with her mother in Wallington. According to Jenni Clarkson, a great grand niece (see above), she did not marry.
- Dorothea Mordaunt (abt 1876 - 1964) was born in Islington and baptised in St. Mary's, Hornsey Rise, on 3rd July, 1875. Curiously Dorothea is not recorded in the Birth List. I am grateful to Julian Wakefield-Harrey, her great-grandson, who wrote to me and helped weave togrther small strands of information about her. She married Walter Robert Geisin Fleetwood Walmisley in Bromley, Kent, in 1896. They were recorded in the 1911 census in Wallington, Surrey, and were to have five children.
- Alfred Edwin Mordaunt (17th April 1840 - ?) was born in St Pancras and christened on 15th May, 1840. Mentioned in the 1841 Scottish census, he was not mentioned with the family in the 1851 English census. He tried a career at sea and obtained his certificate as a second mate in 1862. Perhaps that is what took him west, to Canada, while others of his family were going south, to Africa. In Canada he married Sarah McAuley (abt. 1851 - ?) at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Victoria, on 2nd July 1869. He seems to have died before the 1881 Canadian census by which time Sarah was apparently a widow and is described as born in British Columbia of Scottish extraction and a Reformed Episcopal church member listed at Johnson Street Ward, Victoria. She was listed in a British Columbia directory in 1882 as a dressmaker but died the same year leaving her young family, one hopes, in the care of her parents.
- Ada Caroline Mordaunt (abt. 1871 - ?) born in Durban in Victoria, BC, Canada, married Thomas C. Griffitts (sic) on 19th October 1892 in Manhattan
- Henry George Mordaunt (27th November 1872 - 1901/02). Henry can be traced to the 1900 US census, when he was a gold miner, living in White Pines, Nevada, with his Utah born wife, Alice (December 1880 - ?). Alice had been remarried 8 years by the 1910 census.
- Violet M. Mordaunt (August 1899 - ?) was born in Nevada.
- Percy Innwood Mordaunt (28th July 1875 - ?)
- Ellen Mary Mordaunt (18th May 1877 - ?) married Robert Charles Jardine Macfarlane in Victoria, British Columbia, on 3rd October 1899
- Lucy Mordaunt (abt 1842 - ?) was baptised in St. Pancras on 22nd July, 1842. I have not found her in later records and assume she died young.
- Alice Lucy Mordaunt (27th January, 1844 - ?) was born in Hampstead and baptised in St. Pancras on 29th May, 1844. She married Wallace(?) Wright at St. Mark, Tollington Park on 8th July, 1862.
- Henry Octavius Mordaunt (abt 1845 - 18th January 1931), Octavius indicating the eighth child, was born in St Pancras and baptised at St. John the Evangelist, Notting Hill, on 3rd December, 1845. He lived with his mother for most of his life, such as in the 1871 census and the 1881 census 1881 census(page 1 continued on page 2) when they were living in Hornsey, Middlesex. Passenger records show numerous sailings made by him to the Canary Islands (8 voyages), Jamaica, Lisbon, Madeira, Marseille, Gibralter and Sydney between 1895 and 1925. He was a witness at a trial at the Old Bailey on 28th June 1880 when he descibed himself as an oil broker with his brother, but which one is anyone's guess. He died while at the Regina Hotel, Malaga. Probate on his estate, valued at £12,462 13s. 2d., was granted to his nephew, Edgar Henry. His address was given as The Constitutional Club, Victoria Embankment.
- Emma Mordaunt (1806 - 1806?) was buried at St. Andrews, Undershaft, in London on 9th July, 1806. I am guessing she was a daughter of George and Mary as George is the only Mordaunt I have found with associations with St. Andrew's, Undershaft.
- Arthur Mordaunt (1808 - 1808?) was buried at St. Andrews, Undershaft, in London on 10th October, 1796, seven days old. I am guessing he was a daughter of George and Mary as George is the only Mordaunt I have found with associations with St. Andrew's, Undershaft.
- John Mordaunt (? - 1879) was baptised at St. George, Bloomsbury, on 30th November, 1808. He too worked as a chemist and he married a Mary Ann (1816 - 1874) who was born in Southampton. In the 1841 census (page 1 and page 2) they were living in the old civil parish of St. Lawrence in Southampton (with three living-in servants) but by the 1851 census they had moved to Reading, Berks. At the 1861 census, the family were in London and John was working as a Parliamentary agent. They were finally listed in the 1871 census. Probate on Mary Ann's effects was granted in 1876.
- Helen Mary Mordaunt (abt 1839 - 1908) was born in Hampshire. After the death of her parents she went to live in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, where she was listed in the 1891 census (when she seems to have lost ten years off her age) and the 1901 census, living with two servants, "on her own means". At her death her "own means" were valued at £7,616 6s. 7d.
- Jessie/Georgina/Georgiana Mordaunt (28th May 1841 - 1908) (unless they were two separate infants, Jessie dying as a baby and Georgina born soon after) was born in Hampshire and baptised at All Saints, Southampton, on 25th June, 1841. A Georgina Mordaunt married in Reigate, Surrey in 1862. This was presumably her, to Arthur J. Pearson (1831 - 1919). They had six children between 1867 - 1876, the eldest being
(I am grateful to Jim Walker, researching the Head/Pearson family, who contacted me with additional information. All his information is on www.ancestry.com under Ferney/Walker.)
- Edith Mary Pearson (abt. 1867 - ?) who was listed in the 1871 census staying with her grandparents, John and Mary Ann.
- Francis Mordaunt (before 1809? - ?). A Francis Mordaunt was recorded on the Tottenham electoral roll of 1872 at the same address as a John Mordaunt and Octavius Dillingham Mordaunt, Harringay Villas, Green Lane. I have no other information about him but Octavius would be a name given to an eighth son just as Decimus (see below) would be the name of a tenth son. That means two sons are missing from the list of George and Mary's children I have found in other records. I am guessing therefore that Francis was an elder brother to Octavius but where he fits in terms of date of birth I do not know.
- Octavius Dillingham Mordaunt (12 November 1809 - 1890). You would expect an Octavius to be the eighth something, child or son, but from the information I have found to date he was neither. Perhaps there are a couple of sons of George and Mary missing. He was working as a solicitor and living with his brother, Frederick, at the 1841 census. He had been baptised on 10th July, 1811, at St. Pancras Church, Middlesex. The records show two marriages. The first was at St. Marylebone Christ Church on 21st October, 1837, to his cousin, twice widowed, Sophia Pugh, previously Sophia Rudall, née Sophia Mordaunt, when he was still 27 years-old and she would have been about 52 years-old. Strangely, I have not found them in the 1841 census. She presumably died soon after and he married again, this time to 2. Maria Sarah Purdie (abt 1827 - 1878), at St. Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, replacing a wife nearly twice his age by one nearly half his age. The evidence suggests some Victorian "hanky-panky." The wedding was recorded on 16th April, 1853, but the 1851 census has Mrs Maria Mordaunt and babies Georgina and an, as yet unnamed, infant visiting friends in Berkeley Sq., Cambden Town, while Octavius was left behind in their house in Petersham! In the 1861 census (page 1 continued on page 2) they were living in Orchard Road, Kingston,. With them was his widower brother, Frederick with his son, Otto. At the 1871 census they were living in Tottenham. Maria seems to have died in Edmunton, Essex, in 1878. Not one to stay anywhere too long, by the 1881 census, Octavius was living in Hornsea. At his death on 15th April, 1890, he was living at 14 Harringay park, Crouch End. His estate was valued at almost £6,000.
- Georgina Mordaunt (12th August, 1848 - 1908) was baptised on in St. Mary's, Southwark, on 8th January, 1856 at St. Mary Magdalene's, Southwark, on the same day as her brother George when she was about 7 years old. This seems, like some others on this page, to leave it very late and I wonder if it was to do with getting them into the right school, even in those times! She did not marry. After the death of her father she moved with her sister Maria to Sevenoaks (1891 census) and later to a private hotel in Fowey, Cornwall, where she died, her effects, valued at £5,195 8s. 7d, passing to her sister Maria.
- George Mordaunt (24th August, 1851 - ?) was baptised on 8th January, 1856 at St. Mary Magdalene's, Southwark, on the same day as his sister Georgina when he was about 6 years old. He married Catherine Alicia Sophia Jarvis (abt 1859 - 27th June 1939), born in Twickenham, in Kingston in 1879. They do not seem to have had any children and lived for the rest of their life comfortably on "private means". In the 1881 census they were living in Kingston, in the 1891 census they were visitors in Stoke D'Abernon, in the 1901 census were lodging in Falmouth and in the 1911 census were living, with two live-in servants, in Fowey, Cornwall. The widowed Catherine died in 1939, still living in Fowey, with her effects valued at the sizable sum of £7,268 13s. 4d.
- Maria Mordaunt (7th December 1859 - 1911) was baptised on 4th January, 1860 in Kingston. She did not marry. After the death of her father she moved with her sister Georgina to Sevenoaks (1891 census) and later to Fowey, Cornwall, where she died.
- Mary Mordaunt (30th January 1812 - ?) was baptised on 24th August 1814 at St. Mary, Lambeth. I have discovered nothing more about her.
- Decimus St. John Mordaunt (abt. 1818 - 1818). Like his brother Octavius I should expect a Decimus to the the tenth child or son and although I do have him two after Octavius, neither seem in the correct numerical position. He was baptised on 7th February. 1818 at St. Mary, Lambeth, and then was buried there, three weeks later, on 16th February, 1818.
His death at age 80 years, as a former employee at East India House, is recorded among the documents in the India Office of the National Library
- Jenny Mordaunt (abt.1759 - 1809). She did not marry. Her Will, dated 1804 and proved in 1809 was, for me, the key that united a number of strands of this family I had previously listed here separately. She was buried on 15th May, 1809, at St. John, Hackney; the entry is for Jane, and then overwritten, Jenny.
- William Mordaunt was also of the parish of Holy Trinity Minories. He married Elizabeth Sugden on 26th May, 1778, at St. Saviours, Southwark. William, "late of Charles Square Hoxton in the parish of Saint Leonard" died "on or about" 15th November 1819 and was buried on 20th November 1819 at St John at Hackney. Elizabeth Mordaunt, then living in the parish of St John, Hoxton, was buried 1st June, 1836 also at St John at Hackney. London Metropolitan Archives has an application for a letter of Administration to the Consistory Court of London from daughter Sophia, dated 20th January 1852(!) applying for William's effects valued at £200. Why did she wait 33 years?
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (? - 1779) was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 6th October, 1779.
- Sophia Mordaunt (13th June 1781 - ?) was christened at the church of Holy Trinity in the Minories on 27th July 1781. She did not marry and curiously waited over 30 years to apply for letters of administration for her father's estate. She died 7th April 1861, living in Curtain Road, Shoreditch. (National Probate Calendar).
- Lewis Mordaunt (1759 - ?), who was christened at St. Olave, Hart Street, in the City of London on 17th November 1759. He presumably died young as he is not mentioned in any later source that I have yet found.
- Ewer Mordaunt (1761 - 1808), who was christened at St. Olave, Hart Street, in the City of London on 1st October 1761. Like his father and brother George he went into the East India Company in London in 1777 as an 'established' clerk in the Tea and Drug Warehouse. Less successful than his brother George, his salary was £150 by his death in 1808. He married 1. Philippa Francis (? - 1801) on 15th January, 1789, in St. Botolph's Church, Bishopsgate. A witness at the wedding was a Jane Mordaunt; his mother? His Will, dated 1807 and witnessed by his sister Jenny, proven in 1808, lists his four sons Ewer, Charles, John and George. His son Ewer's wedding certificate describes him as a gentleman, a word with very specific meaning at the time, but clearly the family became impoverished over time. Phillippa was buried at St Benet, Paul's Wharf, on 17th August, 1801.
As a widower, Ewer senior married 2. Ann Francis (? - 1807) (his sister-in-law?) on 17th June, 1802. Curiously the marriage is recorded twice, in the records of in the Church of St Mary, Lewisham, and in the church of St Peter, Lee, Lewisham; same minister, same witnesses. She did did not live for much longer and was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 15th March, 1807. Ewer made a new Will dated 1807 for which his brother George was appointed Executor. He was buried at St. Giles, Camberwell on 11th February, 1808, presumably with his second wife, leaving his first wife all alone in St. Benet, Paul's Wharf.
- Ewer Mordaunt (1790 - 10th April 1852) was baptised at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 3rd September 1790. He is recorded as an apprentice ironmonger to Geo. Brooks, Mount Street, St. Geo. Hanover Square in 1805. He married Elizabeth Buttrey (abt. 1791 - 1858?) at Christchurch, Spitalfields, on 28th July, 1811. He had a variety of jobs. On 26th June 1812 he started as a writer (register no. 2186) at the East India Company Tea Warehouses (ref: Records in the India Office of the National Library) yet, three years later, his son's baptismal record describes him as a smith (back to his ironmongery?). He was recorded living in Church Street in the Electoral Rolls for Tower Hamlets for the years 1835 - 1840. They are listed in the 1841 census living in Bethnall Green where he was working as, I can't quite make out. His death was recorded in the parish of St Giles, Camberwell. The death of an Elizabeth was recorded in Shoreditch in 1858.
- Ewer Buttrey Mordaunt (1813 - 1849) was baptised in St Lukes, Islington, on 24th March 1815. He started as an apprentice feltmaker in 1827. He married Frances Jones (abt. 1820 - 1890), born in Blackgrover(?), Surrey, on 24th March, 1839, at St John at Hackney. Later that same year , On 10th August 1839, Ewer Buttrey fearlessly arrested a pickpocket and appeared as a witness at the subsequent trial at the Old Bailey. The family appeared with their 8 month year-old son, George at Hare Street, St. Matthew, Bethnal Green in the 1841 census (page 1 continued on page 2), when Ewer was working as a hatter. Widowed by the 1851 census (page 1 and page 2), in the 1861 census (page 1 and page 2), she had a sister and brother living with her and the family, Jemima and James Jones. Only James is mentioned in the 1861 census (page 1 continued on page 2); he too was working as a hat trimmer. The family appear again in the 1871 census.
- George Mordaunt (22nd September 1840 - 1885?) who was baptised in St. Matthews, Bethnal Green, on 10th January, 1841. In the baptismal record he was simply George, but in his daughter Beatrice's marriage record he was George Henry. He is not named in the 1851 and 1861 censuses but married Eleanor Elizabeth Nonin in St Matthews in Bethnal Green on 6th April, 1863, and emerges finally in the 1871 census working as a waiter and living in St. Leonards, Bromley with a number of children. The death of a George Mordaunt, born abt. 1840, was recorded in the Islington district.
- George Mordaunt (23rd January 1864 - 1905?) was born in Mile End Old Town. He was baptised in St. Matthews, Bethnal Green on 29th May, 1864. His mother's name was recorded as Elizabeth Ellen. There are two mentions of a George Mordaunt, born about 1864, both or either of which may or may not be he; A George Mordaunt was recorded in the 1901 census in the Bermondsey Salvation Army City Colony on the night of 31st March 1901 described, along with many others, as a "waste paper porter;" then the death of a George Mordaunt was recorded in Camberwell in 1905.
- Henry James Mordaunt (1865 - 1899) was born in Mile End Old Town. His Army service record is on www.findmypast.com
- Walter Mordaunt (1867 - ?) was born in Bethnal Green.
- Elizabeth Eleanor Mordaunt (1869 - ?) was born in Bethnal Green.
- John William Mordaunt (1870 - ?) was born in Poplar.
- Beatrice Mordaunt (abt. 1872 - ?) married William Alexander Foster, a printer, at St. Thomas's, Islington, on 16th September, 1894. Her mother, a witness was not able to sign her own name but Beatrice had a neat signature. It was a double wedding with her husband acting as the witness to the second wedding that day!
Was she the Beatrice Mordaunt, listed under those "unplaced" at the bottom of this page who, according to the 1891 censuswas born in Bow in about 1872/73 and was working as a general servant to a family in Hornsey . In which case, did she have an older sister Ellen Mordaunt, also born after the 1871 census, listed with her below. Was she also the Beatrice Mordaunt whose illegitimate daughter Christine Mordaunt was born on 21st May, 1892, and baptised in the parish of St. Mary, Islington?
- Elizabeth Frances Mordaunt (4th November 1842 - 1904) who was baptised in St. Matthews, Bethnal Green, on 4th December, 1842. In 1861 she was living at home working as a "hairnet worker". She was a witness at the wedding of her brother, George, and herself married Frederick Adolphus Carr in St. Matthews, Bethnal Green on 12th October, 1880, aged 37 years! Her death was recorded in the West Ham district.
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (4th November 1844(coincidence?) - 1909) was born in Bethnal Green and baptised in St. Jude's, Bethnal Green, with her sister Phillipa on 10th January 1847. In 1861 she was living at home working as a "hairnet worker".She does not seem to have married and in the 1891 census is listed as a woolworker in Bethnal Green. Living with her was her 6 year-old niece, Maud Dawton. In the 1901 census she was providing a home for number of her sister, Phillippa's, children. Her death was recorded in the West Ham district.
- Phillipa Mordaunt (22nd September 1847 - 1893) was born in Bethnal Green and baptised in St. Jude's, Bethnal Green, with her sister Mary Ann on 10th January 1847. She married Thomas Dawton, a boot and shoe manufacturer, in St James the Less, Bethnal Green, on 3rd August, 1874. Her death was recorded in the Greenwich district. The following children were living with their aunt Mary in the 1901 census:
- Thomas Augustus Dawton (abt 1876 - ?), a compositor in the 1901 census
- Phillippa Florence Dawton (abt 1878 - ?), a wool crochetiere in the 1901 census
- Alice Mary Dawton (abt 1880 - ?), a cigar maker in the 1901 census
- Maud Jesse Dawton (abt 1885 - ?), a book folder in the 1901 census
- Henry Mordaunt (1792 - 1792) was baptised at St Giles, Camberwell, on 4th May, 1792, and buried there one week later on 11th May.
- Charles Mordaunt (1793 - ?) was baptised at St Giles, Camberwell, on 7th June, 1793.
- John Mordaunt (2nd May 1796 - ?) was christened at the church of St Benet, Pauls Wharf on 3 June, 1796. He does not appear in the later census records.
- George Mordaunt (1st March 1799 - 3rd July 1818) was christened at the church of St Benet, Pauls Wharf on 2nd April, 1799. A record held in London Metropolitan Archives dated 25th August 1819 states "On which day appeared personally Ewer Mordaunt and alledged That George Mordaunt late Seaman belonging to the Merchant Ship Sir Godfrey Webster deceased died on the 3rd day of July last year a Bachelor Intestate without a Parent That he the appearer is the natural lawful brother and one of the next of kin of the said deceased...."
- Sophia Mordaunt (1762 - ?) was the last of John Stiles Mordaunt's children to reach adulthood. She was baptised at St. Olave, Hart Street, on 21st December. 1762. On 20th January. 1785, she married William Swaffield Esquire, from the parish of St Peter le Poor, at St. Martin, Ludgate. Witnesses include G. Mordaunt (brother), H. Terry (brother-in-law) and Jennie Mordaunt (sister)
- Richard Mordaunt (1766 - 1766) and Thomas Mordaunt (1766 - 1766) who were both baptised at St. Olave, Hart Street, on 3rd May, 1766, and buried on 21st May.
Somewhere in this family fits
John Mordaunt, speculatively the son of Ewer, above (b. 2nd May 1796) who, with his wife Agnes and living in Cambridge Heath, Hackney, had children
At the first baptism, John was described as being in the East India Company's service. For the second he was the mate of a freetrader, and at the marriage of his daughter Annes was a master mariner. I do not think it unreasonable to speculate that this is the John Mordaunt, "formerly Chief Mate of the Ship "Medina" afterwards Master Mariner but late of the City of Adelaide in South Australia in charge of the Powder Magazines there deceased who died 27th September 1865 at Adelaide" whose estate was claimed by his widow, Agnes Mordaunt, whose address was given as Black Rock, Cork, Ireland, in the National Probate Calender, page 1 and continued on page 2.
- Sarah Emma Mordaunt (15th December, 1825 - ?) was baptised at St. John at Hackney on 15th June, 1826
- Agnes Sophia Gertrude Mordaunt (abt. 1828 - ?) was baptised at St. John at Hackney on 16th November, 1828. She married James Todd, a physician, on 21st July, 1846, at St. George in the East. She was granted Letters of Administration to the estate of Sophia Mordaunt, daughter of William, above, on 4th June, 1861. She was clearly, therefore, closely related. Perhaps Sophia had a brother, other evidence of whom I have not yet found, and this Agnes was her niece or, as I have otherwise speculated, she was Sophia's cousin.
- John Henry Mordaunt (abt. 1830 - ?) was baptised at St. John at Hackney on 28th April, 1830
Joseph Mordaunt and his wife Ann are recorded as the parents of
- Charles Mordaunt (8th March 1801 - 1886), christened at the church of St. John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey on 10th May 1801. He was listed in the 1841 census as a tailor living in Southwark. He married Anne Elizabeth (Eliza) Cook (after 1805 - 1876) at St. Matthew's, Brixton, on 2nd July, 1826. However, to confuse matters, a record of Banns published for St. Matthew's, Brixton, gives the date of the Banns as 25th February, 1827! I have not found them in the 1851 census but in the 1861 census they were in Cannon Street in the City and by the 1871 census were in Hackney, where he was suddenly described as a Commercial Clerk. Was this a grand name for a shopworker? He lived to a grand age and was last listed, now a widower, in the 1881 census, described as a retired tailor. Many of his children did not marry and after the deaths of the parents continued to live in the house, 242 Amhurst Road, Stoke Newington.
I am grateful to Jane Wherity née Mordaunt, descended from Charles through his son Baron or Barron, who kindly contacted me and filled in some of the gaps in the census and other record
- Charles John Cook Mordaunt (27th April 1827 - 1904) was born in Brixton, Surrey. He was christened at Christ Church, Southwark, on 1st April, 1832, along with his sister Mary Ann and brother Frederick. The family were living in Nelson Square. He married Jemima Smith (11th October 1836 - 4th April 1905) at Willesdon Church on 27th January, 1857. They hop in and out of the census list. He is first listed with his family in 1841, he next appears in the 1871 census with his wife living in Clapham with one daughter. Following his father, he was a drapers' shop assistant. They had moved to Croydon for the 1881 census when he was described as a woolen salesman. In the 1891 census (where, curiously, his wife is listed as Annie), he was described as outfitter's clerk. In the 1901 census, now 73 years-old, he was described as a retired clothing salesman.
- Charles John Mordaunt (20th January 1858 - ?) was born in Forest Hill, Kent, and christened at Christchurch, Forest Hill, Kent, on 17th February, 1858. He went to Australia where he married Nora Agnes Byrne (1862 - ?) from Perth at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Adelaide.
- Charles John Mordaunt (5th October 1884 - 1913) was born in Adelaide.
- Christiana Mary Mordaunt (30th August 1886 - ?) was born in Adelaide.
- William Frederick Mordaunt (12th August 1888 - ?) was born in Glanville Port, Adelaide.
- Richard George Mordaunt (2nd August 1890 - ?) was born in Adelaide.
- Alice Mordaunt (28th July 1893 - ?) was born in Adelaide.
- Maud Alice Mordaunt (6th October 1860 - ?) was born in Walworth, Surrey, and baptised at St. Mary, Newington, on was baptised on 4th November 1860 . She married Dunham Cooper at St. Saviour's, Croydon on 11th August 1888.
- Charles Dunham Mordaunt Cooper (19th July 1889 - April 1933) was born in Croydon but emigrated to Australia where he died in Adelaide.
- John Sydney Cooper (3rd October 1893 - ?) was born in Croydon.
- Dorothy Cooper (12th January 1889 - 1985) was born in Croydon. She was also Jane Wherity's maternal grandmother.
- Frank Mordaunt Cooper (31st October 1896 - 1917) was born in Croydon. He served in WW I and was killed at Ypres.
- Mary Ann Lydia Mordaunt (abt 1829 - 1898) was born in Surrey. She was baptised at the same ceremony as her older and younger brothers at Christ Church, Southwark, on 1st April, 1832, along with her brotherrs Charles and Frederick. She did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of her parents, taking on the role of housekeeper. As such she was listed in the 1891 census. She was buried in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington.
- Frederick Matthew Mordaunt (abt 1831 - 1915) was born in Surrey. He too was baptised at Christ Church, Southwark, on 1st April, 1832, along with his brother Charles and sister Mary Ann. He worked as a draper's sales assistant. He did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of his parents working as a clerk. As such he was listed in the censuses of 1891,1901 and 1911.
- Eleanor Eliza Mordaunt (abt. 1835 - 1913) was born in Surrey and christened in Christ Church, Southwark, on 3rd July 1835. In 1881 she was living with her parents, working as a needlewoman. She did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of her parents working as a milliner. As such she was listed in the censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911. She was buried in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington.
- Louisa Isabella Mordaunt (21st August 1836 - ?) was born in Surrey and christened in Christ Church, Southwark on 12th July, 1843, with her brother Baron and sister Flora. She did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of her parents working as a milliner. As such she was listed in the censuses of 1891,1901 and 1911.
- Barron Alexander Mordaunt (18th October 1838 - 11th February 1916) was born in Surrey and christened with his sisters Louisa and Flora on 12th July, 1843. He married Mary Allsup Pallet (abt 1839 - 1901) in 1865 at Emmanuel Church, Forest Gate, West Ham, London. In the 1871 census they were in Rendlesham Road, West Hackney, where he was working as a commercial clerk and bookkeeper but by the 1881 census they had moved to Brooke Road, Hackney. He worked most of his life in insurance and was a deputy underwriter in the 1891 census (page 1 continued on page 2) but in the 1901 census was recorded as a mercentile clerk (or is that still in insurance?). None of the children seem to have had employment nor to have married before the 1901 census. In the 1911 census he was described as a late marine insurance bookkeeper, living at 32, Anson Road, Cricklewood with daughters, Gertrude, Jessie and Violet, none of whom appeared to have had any occupation. He died living by the sea at 10, Palmeira Avenue, Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, now demolished and replaced by a bland, modern apartment block.
- Mary Amy Mordaunt (1867 - ?) was born in Hackney. She married in Hendon in 1892.
- Gertrude Edith Mordaunt (1868 - ?) was born in Hackney and baptised on 3rd July, 1869. She was still living with her widowed father in the 1911 census.
- Kate Lilian Mordaunt (1870 - ?) was born in Hackney. She married in James Charles Trotter in Christchurch, Brondesbury, Willesdon, on 29th July, 1896.
- Sydney Allsup Mordaunt (1873 - ?) was born in Hackney and baptised on 7th September, 1873. He married 1. Alice Brown (1870 - ?) on 11th September 1907 at Prittlewell parish church, Rochford, Essex. The family appeared in the 1911 census in Cricklewood when he was working as an insurance clerk.
He married 2. Lilian Brighton in 1925
- Roy George Allsup Mordaunt (21st August 1908 - 1994) was their only child. He married Joan Sturge (at St. Augustine's, South Croydon, on 12th March 1936. Joan lives in Goring, West Sussex. They too had only one child
- Jane Diana Mordaunt (1938 - ?) was born Hampstead, Surrey, and married US citizen, Jerome Wherity in Worthing in 1965. Jane has two sons currently living in California but she lives in Hove, West Sussex. She kindly provided me with much of the information about her family.
- Jessie Beatrice Mordaunt (1875 - ?) was born in Hackney and baptised at St. Mark's, Dalston, on 21st March, 1875. She was still living with her widowed father in the 1911 census. A Jessie B. Mordaunt married Alfred Brown in Rochford, Essex, in 1924.
- Violet Annie B. Mordaunt (1877 - ?) was born in Hackney and baptised at St. Mark's, Dalston, on 24th January, 1877. She was still living with her widowed father in the 1911 census.
- Flora Amelia Mordaunt (15th May 1841 - 1914) was born in Hackney and christened in Christ Church, Southwark on 12th July, 1843 with her two elder siblings. In the 1881 census she was in the district smallpox hospital, Homerton, West Hackney; she clearly recovered. She did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of her parents working as a milliner. As such she was listed in the censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911. She was buried in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington.
- Clarissa (Clarice) Lavinia Mordaunt (6th April, 1844 - ?) was born in Hackney and christened, along with her younger sister Emily, on 11th September, 1846, in the parish of Clapham. In 1881 she was living with her parents, working as a needlewoman. She did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of her parents working as a milliner. As such she was listed in the censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911
- Emily Rosina (Rosa) Mordaunt (15th August, 1846 - ?) was born in Hackney and christened, along with her elder sister Clarissa, on 11th September, 1846, in the parish of Clapham. In 1881 she was living with her parents, working as a needlewoman. She did not marry and stayed in the family house after the death of her parents. In the 1891 census she was described as a music teacher but by the 1901 census she had taken over from her late eldest sister as housekeeper to the family. She was with all her elder brothers and sisters still at the 1911 census. A 1902 Kelly's Directory lists a Miss Emily Mordaunt at 49, High Street, Stoke Newington N.
Frederick Mordaunt (abt 1813 - 1875) is difficult to follow. First apearing in the 1851 census his birthplace was given as Lambeth; in the 1851 census it is given as Midlands, not known. He married Margaret (given as Mary A. in the 1851 census) (abt. 1823 - 1879), born in Dublin. They moved around, as their children were born in different towns, but by 1851 they were living in Bethnal Green. In the 1861 census he was described as a silk weaver.
- John Mordaunt (abt 1842 - ?) was born in Manchester, perhaps where his father learnt his weaving skills. In the 1851 census he was a 9 year old silk weaver working for his father. He was not at home for the 1861 census. He married Louisa Ann Anderson (abt 1842 - ?), born in Islington, at St. Thomas's, Bethnal Green on 19th May, 1866. His sister Alice was a witness. They too moved about, the birth of their eldest son given as Jersey, but by the 1871 census (page 1 continued on page 2) they were back in Islington where he was working as a wood turner. Clearly restless, they emigrated to the USA in 1875, aboard the SS Republic, passengers 302 - 308; curiously the ship's manifest refers lists him as a farmer. They are almost the only family traceable through UK birth records, UK census records, steam ship passenger lists and the US census (1900), where they finally settled in Leavenworth, Kansas. Further detail can be found on the Mordaunts in America webpage.
- Frederick G Mordaunt (abt 1867 - ?) was recorded as born in Jersey.
- Louisa Mordaunt (1868 - ?) was born in Islington.
- Alice Mordaunt (1870 - ?) was born in Islington
- Sophia Mordaunt (1872 - ?) was born in Islington
- Margaret Mordaunt (1874 - ?) was born in Islington and baptised in St. Matthias, Bethnal Green, on 8th March, 1874
- Henry C. Mordaunt (3 Jul 1878 - ?) was born in Missouri. He was drafted for service in World War I while he was living in Buchanan, Missouri, just over the state border from Leavenworth.
- Ernest H. Mordaunt (17 Jan 1880 - ?) was born in Missouri. Sometime he married Carrie A. and lived in Seattle. He too was drafted for service in World War I.
- Ernest J. Mordaunt (abt 1910 - ?) was born in Washington state.
- Alice Mordaunt (abt 1846 - ?) was born in Newton Heath, Lancs. She married William Duncombe in St Matthews, Bethnall Green, on 21st July, 1870.
Lucy Mordaunt (abt 1805 - ?), born in Oxfordshire but living in St Pancras at the 1851 census, was already a widow. Of course, the census no information about her late husband. The childen were aged 23, 9, 2 and 1 year-old. There were, presumably, a few more children in the middle? Lucy and the oldest daughter and a 21 year old niece living with them, all worked as milliners. The family appear again in the census of 1861, by which time daughter Ellen was married. By the 1871 census another married daughter has returned to the family and they were now lodging house keepers. They appear again in the 1881 census, after which Lucy presumably died and the family scattered.
With them in 1851 was a 21 year-old niece from Oxford, Hannah Hunt.
- Emma Mordaunt (abt 1823 - ?) had been born in Oxfordshire. She married a ? Robinson and was away from the family in 1851 and 1841 but joined the family for the 1871 census.
- Ellen Mordaunt (abt 1828 - ?) had been born in Oxfordshire. Almost immediately after the 1851 census she must have married a ? Walsh because, by the 1861 census, still living with her mother she had three children. Her husband was never listed with her in any census. Affter living with her mother most of her lifetime she was living with her daughter Emily, who had married a pub landlord, in the 1891 census.
- Emily Walsh (abt 1850 - ?) was recorded as born in St. Pancras district.
- Frances (Fanny) Walsh (abt. 1853? - ?) was recorded as born in St. Pancras district.
- Francis(Frank) T. Walsh (abt. 1855 - ?) was recorded as born in St. Pancras district.
- Minnie E. Walsh (abt. 1861 - ?) was recorded as born in St. Pancras district. She was not listed in the 1861 census but appeared in the 1871 censuss.
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (abt 1842 - ?) had been born in Oxfordshire.
- Henry Mordaunt (abt 1846 - ?) had been registered in St. Pancras. He was missing from the 1851 census but appears in the 1861 census, working as an engineer. Then he was missing again
- Emily Mordaunt (abt 1849 - ?) had been registered in St. Pancras.
- Edwin Mordaunt (abt 1850 - ?) had been registered in St. Pancras. I have found no further refereence to him.
George Alexander Mordaunt (Alexander George in earlier records) (abt 1827 - ?), born in Southwark and living in Camberwell, Surrey, appears in the 1861 census working as a ship surveyor. He was married to Harriet Wilson(?) (abt 1827 - ?), born in Deptford, Kent. After this fleeting appearance in the record, they disappear again. I have no idea where the name Sweeting given to the children came from.
- Ernest Sweeting Mordaunt (14th October 1854 - ?) was baptised in St. Andrew, Holborn, on 15th August, 1855.
- Alice Sweeting Mordaunt (5th November 1856 - ?) was born in Camberwell. She was christened at St. Andrew's, Holborn, on 25th, June, 1857. A 24 year-old Alice Mordaunt was recorded in the 1881 census working as a governess to the family of a Dutch merchant in Marylebone. There seems no other likely candidate.
- Lily Agnes Sweeting Mordaunt (15th August, 1859 - ?) was born in Deptford and baptised in St. Andrew's, Holborn, on 10th December, 1860. In the 1871 census she and her sister Rosalina were with their maternal grandmother in Hatcham, Deptford. She married in Wandsworth in 1887.
- Rosalind Sweeting Mordaunt (6th July, 1861 - ?) was baptised at St. Andrew's, Holborn, on 31st July, 1861. She was not listed with the family in the 1861 census. In the 1871 census she and her sister Lily were with their maternal grandmother in Hatcham, Deptford. In the 1881 census she was a teacher, boarding in Lewisham.
- Percy A. Mordaunt (?). The death of a Percy A. Mordaunt (abt. 1864 - 1866) was recorded in Camberwell. I only place him here because of the Camberwell connection. He may have been no relation.
Alfred G. Mordaunt (abt 1878 - ?), born in Bermondsey, appears "out of the blue" in the 1911 census working as groom assistant for a vetinarian, living in Frith Park, Lingfield, Godstone, Surrey. The census lists as his wife Mary Elizabeth Peters (abt. 1872 - ?) but their marriage was actually recorded in the last quarter of 1917. Was their son's death in September 1917 instrumental in their decision to finally get married?
- Arthur Mordaunt (4th March 1894 - 22nd September 1917) was born in Epsom. In 1911 he was working as a chemist's errand boy. He later worked for the Southdown and East Grinstead Brewery Company, Lewes. He joined the Territorial Army in 1913 and was mobilised at the outbreak of World War I in the Royal Sussex Regiment, late the Lewis Gun Section. He served on the western front from February 1915 to his death at Vlamertinghe in 1917. He was buried there.
Isaac Mordant (sic), a Huguenot refugee whose wife was Elizabeth, was buried in St. Matthew's, Bethnal Green on 24th July, 1747. He was listed His Will was dated 1738 and probated 1747. No children are mentioned in the will but, speculatively, they were the parents of
- Pierre Mordant who married Marie Elizabeth Laune or Launey who had at least two sons
- Pierre Mordant (10th June, 1722 - ?) who was baptised 1st July, 1722, at the French Huguenot church in Threadneedle Street, according to the transcription on www.familysearch.org. Presumably he was the Pierre Mordant who was married to Marguaritte and had daughters
- Marie Mordant (11th May, 1750 - ?) who was baptised 13th May, 1750, at the French Huguenot church in Threadneedle Street, according to the transcription on www.familysearch.org.
- Elizabeth Mordant (29th September 1752 - ?) who was baptised 30th September, 1752, at the French Huguenot church in Threadneedle Street, according to the transcription on www.familysearch.org.
- Isaac Mordant (15th February, 1728 - ?) who was baptised in the French Huguenot church in Threadneedle Street on 18th February, 1728, according to the transcription on www.familysearch.org. Again speculatively, based entirely on the otherwise scarcity of the name Isaac within the family, he was a mariner who married Mary Melvin at St. Michael's, Workington, Cumbria, on 2nd December, 1751, according to the transcription on www.familysearch.org. Henceforth, the spelling of the name was transposed to Mordaunt, possibly because there were Mordaunt's living in the area, and that is how the children's names were recorded
All this seems confirmed by a descendent through their daughter Elizabeth, Margaret Greer, who kindly wrote to me with additional information. In 1721 - 1723 great-grandfather Isaac and his wife were resident at Brick Lane, Spitalfields and in receipt of the King's Bounty. (French Refugees in Great Britain in the early 1700s). Margaret believes that Isaac was Pierre's father. "My grandmother told me that our family had Huguenot ancestors and I'm almost 100% certain that this is my family. I think they came to England via Rotterdam and originated in Lintot in the Haute-Normandie region of France ( Temoignages passed to me by a member of the Huguenot Society)".
- Sarah Mordaunt who was baptised 21st December 1752, in St. Michael's, Workington.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who was baptised 26th November, 1758.
- Isaac Mordaunt who was baptised 1st August, 1765.
- Eldred Mordaunt who was baptised 3rd January, 1769. The remaining family history of the children is given in the Cumbria section of the Mordaunts in Britain webpage.
Louis Mordant (sic) (abt 1827 - ?), born in France but a British subject and his wife Amelia (abt. 1829 - ?), I cannot read where she was born, were in Hertford Street, Westminster, now and possibly then a very prestigious address, in the 1851 census where he was working as a wine merchant. They then disappear until the 1891 census when a Lewis Mordant (sic), born in France but a British subject, now 64 years old, is listed boarding in Ashley Place, again a smart address, working as a finance agent. He was, however, listed as single, unmarried.
John Thomas Valentine Mordaunt (abt 1823 - before 1891?) was, according to Pauline Hyland, one of his descendents through his son Henry, born John Thomas Valentine Moore, son of John Moore, who was working with HM Customs in Newfoundland. He had a brother, Courtney Moore. He is listed in the 1851 census as John Mordaunt, born in Newfoundland and working as a comedian living in Shoreditch. ( According to the OED the word 'comedian' at this time meant "one who plays in comedies, a comic actor." The first recorded use in its common modern meaning as a stand-up joke-teller was not until 1898). He seems to have been among several actors on both sides of the Atlantic who took the name Mordaunt as a stage pseudonym, but in his case he seems to have kept it and given it to his children. His wife, born in Hoxton, Middx, was Mary (abt 1824 - 1892). They were listed in the 1861 census and again in the 1871 census. I have not found them in the 1881 census but Mary, as a widow, was listed in the 1891 census, in Richmond Road, Hackney. Living with her were daughters Isabelle and Grace and, I presume her granddchildren, William and Catherine Taylor, although the page describes them as her daughters.
I am very grateful to Pauline Hyland, a descendent through Henry Mordaunt and his daughter, Ada, for kindly contacting me and telling me of John Mordaunt's origins. Until that point he had been a bit of a mystery.
- Henry Mordaunt (abt 1842 - ?) was born in St Pancras. He started by following his father as a comedian (1861 census) but by the 1871 census was working as a share dealer, still living at home. By the 1881 census he had married widow Caroline Phillips (abt 1851 - ?) and taken on a stepson, Albert Phillips (1876 - ?). He was working as a share broker and they were living, with one servant, at 79, Palatine Road, in neighbouring Stoke Newington. He clearly prospered in stock broking as, by the 1891 census (page 1 continued on page 2), he felt able to retire although only 51 years old. They were still at the same address in Hackney at the 1901 census. In the 1911 census he was described simply as a "gentleman." Still living at home were daughters May, Daisy and Isabell with her son Percy
- Ada Mordaunt (1st July, 1880 - ?). Her birth was registered in Hackney and she was baptised at St Philip's, Dalston, on Easter Day, 17th April, 1881 . She married Edward Robert Hyland, described as a "polisher," at Holy Trinity, Dalston, on 31st March, 1900.
- May Mordaunt (abt 1883 - ?) Her birth was registered in Islington.
- Mary Isabel(la) Mordaunt (abt 1885 - ?) Her birth was registered in Hackney. As simply Isabel, she married 25 year-old divorcee Claude Preston Evans, a timber merchant, at St. James the Less, Bethnal Green on 28th September, 1907. In the 1911 census, described as a machinist and married, she was visiting or living with her parents with her son, Percy.
- Percy Evans (abt 1909 - ?)
- Daisy Mordaunt (abt 1889 - ?) Her birth was registered in Hackney. A Daisy Mordaunt, (b. 18th July, 1888) was baptised at the hospital chapel in the parish of St George the Martyr, aged 10 years, on the 8th May, 1889. The curious thing is that her father was described as a "paper hanger." Your speculation is as valid as mine.
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (abt 1844 - ?) was born in Shoreditch. I cannot trace her after 1851.
- John Mordaunt (abt 1849 - ?) was born in Shoreditch. He married Elizabeth H. (abt 1845 - ?), born on the Old Kent Road, and in the 1891 census, 1901 census and the 1911 census he was working as a legal clerk/solicitor's clerk living at 99 Maynard Road, Walthamstow. A John Mordaunt, born abt. 1849, was tried for manslaughter at the Old Bailey in 1864 after shooting another youth. He was found not guilty, which is a bit of a surprise after reading the witness statements.
- Effie (or Eppie or Effice) Mordaunt (abt 1881 - ?) was born in Hackney. In 1901 and 1911 she was living at home but working as a governess.
- Pollie Mordaunt (abt 1883 - ?) was born in Hackney. She is not recorded as having any occupation.
- Reginald Mordaunt (abt 1884 - ?) was born in Hackney. In the 1901 census and the 1911 census he was working as a commercial clerk for a gold mining company, living at his parent's home. In 1927 a Reginald Mordaunt married Doris R. L. Pope in West Ham. They seem to have waited 12 years for their son
- Joseph R. Mordaunt (b. 1939) was born in Eltham, Surrey
- Hilda Mordaunt (abt 1887 - ?) was born in Walthamshow. In 1911 she was living at her parent's home listed as a shorthand writer for a firm of solicitors.
- Catherine (var. Katherine) Mordaunt (abt 1851 - ?) was born in Richmond. She married a William Taylor before 1871 and they were living with her parents at the time of the 1871 census, described as a pantominists (was that an all year-round trade?).
- William Taylor (abt 1872 - ?) and his sister were living with his grandparents in the 1891 census when he was working as a corn merchants clerk.
- Catherine Taylor (abt 1873 - ?) and his mother were living with her grandparents in the 1891 census.
- Isabella/Isabelle Mordaunt (17th March, 1856 - 29th May, 1933) was born in Shoreditch. Curiosouly, she was baptised one week short of her 22nd birthday at St. Mary's, Haggerston on 10th March, 1878. She did not marry. In 1891 she was living with her widowed mother in Hackney and working as a boarding school teacher. In the 1901 census she was described as a visitor at her sister Ellen's house in Hackney. In the 1911 census she was living and teaching in Brighton, living with her sister Grace at 28 Eaton Place, Brighton. She died while living in Watford, Herts, her effects valued at £477 7s. 4d. left to her widowed sister, Ellen Knight.
- Ellen Alicia Moore Mordaunt (abt 1858 - ?) was born in Shoreditch. She married schoolmaster George Knight at St. Philip's, Dalston, on 11th March, 1882. Her sister Isabella was staying with her in the 1901 census
- Eliza Mordaunt (abt 1860 - ?) was born in Shoreditch. I cannot trace her after 1871 when she was living at her parents' home
- Grace Mordaunt (abt 1862 - ?) was born in Shoreditch. She did not marry. She was living with her widowed mother in 1891 and in 1901 was living in Bushey, North London. In 1911 census she was living with her sister Isabelle.
Two Mordants (sic) appear in the records, born in Swansea within three years of each other, so it is hard not to assume they were brothers. As such, I have put them together here
Frederick Mordant (sic) (abt 1834 - before 1901) was born in Swansea, according to the 1891 census, and arrived via Islington and Birmingham in Kilburn. His wife was Ellen R. (abt. 1843 - ?) from Marylebone and he was described as a commissioning agent. He had died by the 1901 census. Later, at his son, Alfred's, wedding in 1903 he was described as a mortgage broker. Ellen was living with her son, Henry, in Highbury. at the 1911 census.
- Catherine D. Mordant (abt 1866 - ?). She was recorded in the 1891 census as born in Islington, working as a school governess. She was not at home for the 1901 census.
- Esther R. Mordant (abt 1869 - ?) She was recorded in the 1891 census as born in Islington, working as a professional singer. Called Stella in the 1901 census, she was at home with no employment recorded.
- Adelaide Louise Mordant (abt 1876 - ?) She was recorded in the 1891 census as born in Birmingham. She married Arthur Evan Davies, a merchant, at St. Mary, Kilburn, on 26th September, 1896. Perhaps it was because of the wedding that she was baptised as an adult at St. Mary's, Islington, on 3rd September, 1896.
- Henry E. Mordant (abt 1877 - 1916?) He was recorded in the 1891 census as born in Birmingham. In the 1901 and 1911 censuses he was recorded at home, working as a hatter's assistant. He witnessed his brother's wedding in 1903. I assume he was the Henry Emanuel Mordant, a porter, whose death was recorded at St. Pancras Infirmary on 18th December, 1916.
- Alfred John Mordant (13th October 1878 - ?) He was recorded in the 1891 census as born in Birmingham. In the 1901 census he was at home, recorded as a commercial traveller, which was also his description when he married Jessie Mabel Muchmore at St. Paul's, Kilburn Square, on 26th August, 1903. Perhaps it was because of the wedding that he was baptised as an adult at St. Paul's, Kilburn Square, on 21st July, 1903. By the 1911 census they were living in Maida Vale and had three children.
- Olive Mabel Mordant (abt 1904 - ?) was born in Kentish Town.
- Lionel Alfred F. Mordant (abt 1907 - ?) was born in Paddington.
- Lionel Alfred Mordant was born in India
- Marc Mordant was born in Singapore and is now living in London. I am very grateful to Marc for writing to me with some details of his family.
- David Mordant was born in Singapore and is now living in Oxfordshire
- Garnet Howard Mordant (abt 1909 - ?) was born in Paddington.
Alfred Mordant (sic) (abt 1837 - ?), born in Swansea, Glamorgan was a Stockbroker living in Edgbaston with his family in the 1881 census (page 1 continued on page 2). His wife, Rebecca (abt. 1843 - ?) was from Birmingham. By the 1891 census they had moved to Hampstead in London and he was described as a valuer auctioneer. It is a bit of a mystery to me where the family were at the 1871 census and then the 1901 census but they re-emerge at the 1911 census, by which time the parents Alfred and Rebecca had died and four of the children were living together.
- Florence Mordant (abt. 1864 - ?) born in Swansea. She was living with her brother Arthur and two sisters at the 1911 census.
- Julia Sarah Annie Mordant (abt. 1866 - 18th March 1937) born in Swansea. She was living with her brother Arthur and two sisters at the 1911 census. Probate was granted to her brother, Arthur.
- Sophia Mordant (abt. 1869 - ?) born in Swansea. She was living with her brother Arthur and two sisters at the 1911 census.
- Arthur David Mordant (abt. 1872 - ?) born in Swansea. In the 1891 census he was described as a clerk valuer CC(?). At the 1911 census he was recorded as a surveyor, supporting his three eldest sisters. When granted probate on his sister Julia's estate he was described as an auctioneer.
- Annie Mordant (abt. 1874 - ?) born in Birmingham. It is a reasonable guess that she married Charles Cohen, described in the 1911 census as a financier. At the census her brother Frederick and his family were visitors.
- Rebecca Cohen (abt 1902 - ?)
- Morris(?) Cohen (abt. 1904 - ?)
- Lionel Cohen (abt. 1906 - ?)
- Philip Mordant (abt. 1876 - ?) born in Birmingham. In the 1891 census he was described as a clerk accountant
- Frederick Mordant (abt. 1878 - ?) born in Birmingham. Around 1906 he married wife Nellie and they were recorded as visitors to the home of his sister Annie at the 1911 census when he was employed as a jeweller's shop assistant.
- Alfred Mordant (abt 1908 - ?)
- Douglas Mordant (abt. 1909 - ?)
So far, "unplaced" references
- Mordaunts in Clerkenwell
These Mordaunts overlap the Tudor and Stuart era and are therefore included on both pages
- A Sir John Mordaunt (abt 1637 - 1723) of Islington made his Will in 1723, leaving his property in neighbouring Clerkenwell between his wife Elizabeth and one named son. He was buried in the parish church at Islington, described as "Sir John Mordaunt, late of Tangier, Knight Banneret." He could possibly be the John Mordaunt of Oakley, above, who married Elizabeth Gurnay,he could be John Mordaunt, grandson of George Mordaunt, younger brother of L'Estrange, the first baronet, or he could be from some other quite separate branch of the family
Some doubts have to be expressed. Knights banneret were created only in the field of battle by the King or a general. According to the website of the Imperial Society of Knights Batchelor, the last knight banneret was created in 1642, when this Sir John would have been about five years old. England had nothing to do with Tangier until it was occupied by an Army garrison from 1661, when it was received from Portugal as part of Catherine of Braganza's dowry on her wedding to Charles II. It was evacuated in 1684. (Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough was sent as its first Governor and Charles Mordaunt, later 3rd Earl, also served there briefly as a sort of gentleman adventurer). So, how and when was "Sir John" made a knight banneret? The evidence can be interpreted as suggesting he may have been a bit of a fraud.
- John Mordaunt.
- A daughter Mordaunt is mentioned in Sir John's will
- John Mordaunt (? - 1736) of the parish of St Ann, Westminster was clearly comfortably off. His wife, remembered in his Will, was Jane. Despite his main property and financial assets, clearly that dearest to his heart was his share in the playhouse in Drury Lane, which he made sure to preserve for his grandson's use. Only one child is mentioned in his Will, a daughter.
- Diana Mordaunt who married a John Furbar. I am grateful to Rosemary Gardiner, conducting her own research, who contacted me through my Guest Book with the information that he was to rise to the rank of Major General in the army. They had, by the time of her father's Will in 1736, one son
She is, presumably, the Diana Mordaunt, daughter of John and Jane Mordaunt, who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 23rd February, 1709, in which case she had a sister
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 30th August, 1710. She would have had to have died by the date of her father's Will written in 1736.
- John Mordaunt married Elizabeth Flood at St James, Clerkenwell, on 1st July, 1715. This is the same church and around the same time as the family above but whether there was any connection with this family I do not know.
These bits of information could be forced together as follows:
Conversely, this tree could equally be completely wrong! In any case, I have not been able to fit Mary Mordaunt into the picture at all.
- Sir John Mordaunt (abt 1637 - 1723) of Islington, whose first wife is not known, had one surviving son
Sir John, a widower, married Elizabeth Flood at St James, Clerkenwell, on 1st July, 1715.
- John Mordaunt whose wife was Jane. They had children:
- Diana Mordaunt who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 23rd February, 1709, and who married John Furbar(?) and they had, by the time of her father's Will in 1736, one son
- Elizabeth Mordaunt who was christened at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 30th August, 1710. She would have had to have died by the date of her grandfather's Will written in 1723.
At first glance nothing to do with Clerkenwell but curiously linked by a court case was the following L'Estrange Mordaunt. I am grateful, not for the first time. to my correspondent, Bruce Roy who brought to my attention a case from the National Archive, document C 11/2593/10 Mordaunt v. Mordaunt:
Plaintiffs: Lestrange Mordaunt, gent of St Margaret Rochester, Kent (youngest son of Sir John Mordaunt bart, formerly of St James Clerkenwell, Middlesex, but late of St Mary Islington, Middlesex, deceased) and Sarah Mordaunt his wife.
Defendants: John Mordaunt, esq, Dame Elizabeth Mordaunt, widow and John Steell.
Date of bill (or first document): 1723
While the name L'Estrange suggests links with the family of baronets, I have not yet found any other evidence for this L'Estrange Mordaunt being the youngest son of Sir John Mordaunt (1643 - 1721), 5th baronet. He is not listed in any genealogy and is not mentioned in Sir John's will. Of course, he could have been illegitimate, or he could have been making false claims.
- Captain L'Estrange Mordaunt (? - 1751) married Sarah Pearce in Rochester, Kent, on 25th July 1721. They had three children baptised at St. Margaret's, Rochester, Kent. She died before 1737 when he married 2. Elizabeth Thurstone at Chalk, Kent, on 25th August 1737. Elizabeth was interred in Rochester Cathedral on 9th August 1745. L'Estrange made his Will in 1749/50.
The Roy and Royes Family website records, from Commissioned Officers of the Royal Navy 1660 - 1815, www.ancestry.co.uk, that he was listed as a lieutneant on 31st January 1706. as a commander in 1st March 1740, and was no longer on the list in 1752. In 1739 he was captain of HMS Phaeton, a fire ship when she docked in Woolwich on 21st March 1739 to be inspected for ice damage and undocked on 27th March. On her return to Woolwich in May 1740 she had a new captain.
He was not the only Mordaunt connection with an HMS Phaeton. A 1934 Leander class light cruiser of that name was transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and renamed HMAS Sydney. Petty Officer Writer Francis Xavier Mordaunt (1915 - 1941) was among the crew lost when she was sunk in 1941 (see Mordaunt Family in Australia webpage).
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (1723? - ?) was baptised at St. Margaret's, Rochester, on 30th July 1723. She married ? Phillips but was widowed by the date of her brother's Will in 1766.
- Sarah Phillips
- Charles Phillips
- Sarah Mordaunt (1724? - 1783) was baptised at St. Margaret's, Rochester, on 12th January 1725. She married Edward Hougham (1722 - 1759) at the church of St. Agnes and St. Ann, Gresham Street, on 21 July, 1751. Details of her descendents can be traced on the Roy and Royes family history website; I am grateful to Webmaster Bruce Roy in Australia who kindly made contact through my Guest Book in August 2008 and has provided me with more information than I have been able to provide in return.
- Charles Mordaunt Hougham
- George Hougham
- Sarah Hougham
- Charles Mordaunt (1728? - 1768) was baptised at St. Margaret's, Rochester, on 11th September 1728. He married Anne (Bromley?) (? - before 1766 as she was not mentioned in her husband's Will) and from his Will, written in Southwark, dated 1766 and proved 1768, had only one child
- Anne Bromley Mordaunt (1754(?) - 24th November 1824) was christened at St. Dunstan's, Stepney, on 23rd November 1754. I am grateful to Treva McNally, from Canada, who, researching the Shairp family, wrote to inform me that Anne married William Shairp (? - 30th July, 1817) and that she had found indications of five chidren, William, Alexander S. (Treva's third great grandfather), Thomas, John and Ann. At the time of William's death they were living in Villiers Street, The Strand. Anne died in St. Botolph Street, Colchester. Treva wrote that "the name (Mordaunt) appears as a surname in many generations of Shairp thereafter."
Also in Clerkenwell at this time was
- John Mordant, of Paretree(?) Court, who was buried at St. James, Clerkenwell, on 27th May, 1721.
- Henry Mordaunt, of Clerkenwell who had a son
- Henry Mordaunt who in 1724 was an apprentice vintner (or so it seems to me, the writing is difficult) to a Tho. Perry.
- Mary Mordaunt (? - 1725) was buried in St. James, Clerkenwell, on 18th July, 1725. I wonder if she was wife to the older Henry and mother to the younger.
- Mordaunts in and off Fleet Street: St Dunstan in the West and St Bride
- Elizabeth Mordant married Laurence Harwood at St. Dunstan in the West on 22nd December, 1698.
- Charles Mordent, a vintner of the ?? Tavern in Fleet Street buried his son:
Presumably be was the same Charles Mordent of Fleet Street, who, with his wife Frances, had baptised:
The next child of a Charles Mordent of Fleet Street to be baptised in St. Dunstan in the West had a mother Elizabeth Mordaunt. If his first wife, Frances, had died, he did not waste much time in finding a replacement!
- George Mordent at St. Mary's, Acton on 24th August 1706 (1705 in the Julian Calendar). What he was doing so far west, I have no idea.
He is presumably also the Charles Mordaunt, citizen and vintner, who took on an apprentice in 1709 and who is then recorded in a City of London 1713 poll list voting for the Tory candidate in the general election.
St Bride's church, Fleet Street, is now some 30 yards south of Fleet Street, down St Bride's Lane, behind a row of shops. A 15th century church was burnt down in the Great Fire 1666 and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren.
Salisbury Court still exists in the shadow of the church's tall spire. Now offices, it was quite a respectable address in the 1660s when Samuel Pepys's sister and cousin both lived there. The church records show baptisms and burials from Salisbury Court every week, suggesting over 100 families must have been resident there, including:
- Frances Mordant of Salisbury Court was buried at St. Bride's, Fleet Street, on 25th February, 1719 (1718 in the Julian calendar). The parish record says she died of a fever.
- Henry Mordaunt and his wife Mary who christened their son
- Henry Mordaunt of Salisbury Court, married to Margaret, presented children for baptism at St Bride, Fleet Street. Maybe he is the son Henry immediately above.
Then there is a daughter baptised whose parents are given as Henry Mordaunt, presumably the same Henry, and his wife Mary, both of Salisbury Court, but whether she is the same person as Margaret or a new wife I have no idea.
- Edward Mordaunt on 5th December, 1732
- Thomas Mordaunt on 15th July, 1734. The parents' address now given as White's Alley. The only White's Alley I have been able to trace is some distance away, south of High Holborn, in the space between Fetter Lane and Furnival Street. Perhaps there was another one off Fleet Street.
- Henery (sic) Mordaunt of "Fleet Street" was buried at St. Dunstan in the West in Fleet Street church yard on 10th February, 1731 (1730 in the Julian Calendar). Maybe he was the older Henry.
Bell Savage Yard, with its variant spellings, named from an old inn and playhouse, was on the north side of that part of Fleet Street now known as Ludgate Hill. It is difficult to tell from reports and illustrations I have found to date whether is was a smart or poor area at this period.
- Elizabeth Mordant "of St Brides at Mr Harwoods in Bell Savage yard" (a servant perhaps?) married Peregrine Tawney of St. Olave, Silver Street, a watchmaker at Mr Hantons(?) near Surgeons-Hall in Mugwell Street on 3rd December 1702 at St Anne and St Agnes, Aldersgate, London.
- George Mordant "of Belsauage Yard" was buried at St. Bride's, Fleet Street, on 30th July 1717. He was recorded as dying from convulsions. Nowadays convulsions are associated with epilepsy but, as convulsions seem the commonest form of death in the parish record, interspersed with fever, dropsy and consumption, they presumably meant something else in those days, maybe a stroke.
- St. Marylebone
I have brought together a number of Mordaunts baptised or married or buried in the church of St Marylebone, but I can see no other connection between them.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (? - 1753) was buried at St. Marylebone, on 26th January, 1753.
- William Mordant (sic) was buried at St. Marylebone on 3rd April, 1755.
- Charles Augustus Frederick Mordaunt (? - 1772), a child, was buried at St. Marylebone, on 27th August, 1772.
- James Mordaunt (? - 1784) was buried at St. Marylebone on 20th December, 1784.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, 'of the same parish' married William Pitcher at St Marylebone on 10th October, 1791. She was unable to sign her name and made her mark on the church record.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (abt. 1780 - 1851) whose burial was recorded at St. Marylebone on 11th January, 1851, age given as 71 years. Perhaps she was the Elizabeth Mordant (sic), recorded as a nurse in Marylebone in the 1841 census together with, presumably, a daughter
- Louisa Mordant (sic) (abt. 1816 - ?) who in that census was described as working as a Broker.
- Margaret Mordaunt (? - 1797) was buried at St. Marylebone on 20th February, 1797.
- James Mordaunt and his wife Elizabeth had daughters
- Mary Ann Mordent (sic) (b. 26th May, 1803) who was among a batch of twenty five children baptised on 12th July, 1803. Five of them were called Mary Ann.
- Louisa Mordaunt (b. 17th April, 1807) who was baptised on 3rd March, 1807, at St Mary's, Marylebone Road, Marylebone
- Samuel Mordaunt and his wife Mary had children
- Mary Mordaunt (23rd March - 1811 ?) who was baptised on 28th April, 1811, at St Mary's, Marylebone Road, Marylebone
- William St. Clair Mordaunt (11th January, 1813 - ?) who was baptised on 25th January, 1813, at St Mary's, Marylebone Road, Marylebone
- There were two burials recorded in relatively quick succession in the parish of St. Mary, Sunbury on Thames:
Charlotte Mordaunt (about 1753 - 1816) on 28th October 1816, age given as 64 years
Charles Mordaunt (about 1738 - 1820) on 29th January 1820, age given as 82 years. Both were recorded as from St Marylebone.
- Charles Mordaunt, (? - before 1823), wire worker, deceased, appears on the marriage certificate of his daughter
- Elizabeth Sarah Mordaunt (abt 1823 - ?) who married George Jones, a tailor, at All Souls, St Marylebone, on 27th July, 1846.
- Mary Mordaunt (abt 1808 - 1871) died of an "apoplexy" in St Marylebone workhouse and was buried on 4th December 1871. She had been admitted on 21st October 1871. The record does not make clear if she was single or married.
- Patrick Mordaunt's name appears on a calender of indictments prepared for the September 1709 Middlesex Sessions. The name Patrick suggests an Irish connection. I wonder also if there is any connection between this Patrick and the Patrick Mordaunt of the Ship Inn, Shadwell, above, some 70 years later.
- The following all occurred in a short space at St. Andrew's, Holborn.
- Elizabeth Mordent (sic) of Red Lyon Street (no longer exists with that name) was buried in St. Andrew, Holborn, on 5th August, 1713.
- John Morduant (sic) and his wife Jane christened their daughter
- Elizabeth Morduant on 20th August 1713 at St Andrew, Holborn, London, according to a www.familysearch.org transcription.
- Sarah Mordent (sic) of Holborn was buried in St. Andrew, Holborn, on 3rd June, 1724.
- Mary Mordant (sic) of Saffron Hill was buried in St. Andrew, Holborn, on 29th September, 1724.
- Nathaniell Mordent (sic) of Tash Street (no longer exists) was buried in St. Andrew, Holborn, on 30th May, 1729.
- John Mordaunt's name appears on a calender of indictments prepared for the January 1715 Middlesex Sessions. The crime and outcome are not listed. The record abbreviates the Latin Johanes
- Susan or Susanna Mordaunt's name appears on a calender of indictments prepared for the April 1715 Middlesex Sessions. The crime and outcome are not listed. The record is an abbreviation of a Latin name
- George Mordant (sic) "of Hornby parish, Gentleman," and his wife Margret (sic) had baptised their daughter
- Mary Mordaunt married John Davids, both of Richmond, at St. Mary's, Teddington on 18th May, 1721.
- Peter Mordant (sic) was buried at St. Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, on 12th September, 1724.
- Elizabeth Mordant (spelt Mordaunt in the Transportation list), was sentenced to transportation to the American colonies in 1723 for stealing 10 pence, (about 4p in modern currency). She was tried for the theft of 7 guineas (£7.35 in modern currency); if found guilty she faced hanging but the jury was merciful and only found her guilty of stealing a sum under 1 shilling (5p in modern currency), which meant she received what was considered, amazingly, a lenient sentence. Was it simply one of life's curious coincidences that the crime was committed at "the sign of the Ship" when Patrick and Margaret Mordaunt (see below) were proprietors at "the sign of the Ship", in the same vicinity, 50 years later?
The trial summary makes mention of another case aganst an Elizabeth for which she was already in custody. A list of sentences carried out since 1720 and dated 2nd October 1734 records an Elizabeth Mordant receiving the death penalty for stealing more than 1 shilling, (5p in modern currency), but regretably no account of the trial. Was that just coincidence? Was it the same poor Elizabeth?
- Elisabeth Mordaunt of the parish of St. Mary, Islington, parents not listed, married John Leigh of Portsea, Hants, at St Benet, Paul's Wharf, on 23rd February, 1726 (1725 in the Julian calendar).
- Mary Mordent (sic) (? - 1730), a child, was buried at St. Anne and St. Agnes's, Aldersgate, on 12th July, 1730.
- Mary Mordaunt (? - 1730) was buried at St. Mary's, Islington, on 7th August, 1730.
- Mary Mordaunt, a widow, is a particularly interesting enigma. In his will, proved in 1738, a "citizen and haberdasher of London," Dennis Langton, gave a guinea to a Mr Richard Langton for a ring and all the remainder of his possessions/estate to Mary Mordaunt of the parish of St. Clement Danes, widow, also named as sole executrix.
According to the Hallmarks Database and Silver Research website "Subsequently Hannah Langton , Dennis Langdon's widow , contested the will but judgement was made in favour of Mary Mordaunt. (sentence PROB 11/698 of 22nd November 1739)
Some details of the lawsuit are in National Archives PROB 18/51/57 Langton v Mordant, concerning the deceased Dennis Langton, citizen and haberdasher of St Luke, Middlesex.
This shows that Langton left two wills, one of 1724 leaving virtually everything to his "Loving and indulging Wife Hannah Langton " and a later will of 1738 leaving virtually everything to Mary Mordaunt.
Hannah Langton claimed that Dennis Langton and Mary Mordaunt "lived together in open adultery for several years before and to the time of the Deceased death and that during such time living together she had several Bastard or base begotten Children born by her and begotten by the said Deceased..."
It was probably the same Mary Mordaunt, possibly acting as executrix of Dennis, who petitioned for the bankruptcy of another silversmith, Thomas Moulden of Fleet Street in 1739. ( I am very grateful to Clive Taylor who first contacted me with these intriguing titbits.)
- Martin Mordaunt (abt. 1742 - 1823) whose burial was recorded in the parish of St George of the East, Tower Hamlets, age given as 81 years, on 20th July, 1823. His address seems to read Sprusom's Island, but I have not found any reference to such a place. Perhaps it's Prusoms Island, now a very expensive area to live, like a lot of the old East End..
- Frances Mordaunt was baptised at St. George's Chapel, Hyde Park Corner, no other details given, on 28th July, 1750. The chapel record 1740 - 1753 is intriguing. In 1741, 1742 and March/April 1743, (remember New Years Day was 25th March) there are a mass of baptisms, several a week. Then suddenly they slow to a trickle. On 24th April 1743 a 22 year-old black man, a slave, was baptised. After that, among the few baptisms taking place, nearly third described as "Black."
- John Mordaunt was appointed an "Established Letter Carrier in the Room of Richard Strong, Discharged" on 14th September, 1739, from the British Postal Appointments Books, published on www.ancestry.co.uk. Pity it does not give the location.
- Anne Mordaunt, parents not listed, married Joseph Norman at Spitalfields Christchurch, Stepney, on 8th January 1748
- Ann Mordant (sic) was buried at St. John at Hackney, on 3rd August, 1749.
- Ann Mordant (sic) was buried at St. John of Wapping, on 22nd May, 1750.
- Eliz. Mordaunt, who had married a Captain William Betts and had at least one son
A short family tree on the www.geni.com site gives details of a family I have not otherwise come across:
- Joseph Mordaunt (abt. 1667 - ?) of Bermondsey had a son
- Charles Mordaunt (abt. 1688 - ?) of Bermondsey, who married Mary Cox. They had a daughter
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (1718 - 1768) who married William Betts. The tree lists four children but no Henry.
- Charles Mordaunt (? - 1755) was buried at St. Matthew, Bethnal Green, on 11th October, 1755. Was he any relation to Elizabeth, buried in the same church in 1769 (see below)?
- Ann Mordaunt married Matthew Wheatley at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, on 2nd August 1759
- Peter Mordaunt, married to Ann, presented his son for baptism
- Peter Mordaunt was christened at St Mary, Whitechapel, 26th February, 1761.
- Sarah Mordante (sic) (abt. 1761 - after 1841) was recorded in the 1841 census, a 80 year-old seamstress, at the St. James's, Westminster, district workhouse. Unfortunately the 1841 census did not record marriage status.
- Elizabeth Mordant (sic), "a woman," was buried at St. Luke's, Finsbury, on 18th May, 1762.
- Charles Mordaunt married Anne Lisle at St Nicholas, Rochester, on 14th April, 1763.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (? - 1767) was buried at St. Thomas, Southwark, on 9th December, 1767.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (? - 1769) was buried at St. Matthew, Bethnal Green, on 10th December, 1769. Was she any relation to Charles, buried in the same church in 1755 (see above)?
- Charles Mordaunt and his wife Ann had a daughter
- Ann Mordaunt (b. 7th July, 1774) who was baptised on 14th July 1774 at the Lying in Hospital, Endell Street, Holborn.
- Richard Mordaunt of St Sepulchres, a pawnbroker, was a witness at the trial of 8 year-old Charles Billingsly in 1744 for the theft of 2 silver spoons valued at 15 shillings (75 new pence but of course worth much more at that time than now). He was sentenced to 7 years transportation. In the 1870 US Census, 1,042 Billingslys are recorded. I wonder how many are his descendents? Presumably the same Richard Mordaunt, pawnbroker, was a witness in a case in 1769.
- Patrick Mordaunt and his wife Mary had a son
- Peter Mordaunt (b. 10th February, 1779) who was baptised on 11th February, 1779 at the Lying in Hospital, Endell Street, Holborn. (I wonder the wife's name, Mary, is a possible mistranscription for Marg. and that these are the proprietors of the Ship Inn, Shadwell, above.)
- Margaret Mordant (sic) was buried at St. Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, on 10th August, 1779.
- John Mordant (sic) and his wife Martha had a son
- William Mordant who was baptised on 7th January, 1781, St. Peter andd St. Paul, Harlington.
- William Mordaunt married Mary Whiting in Chatham, Kent, on 18th October 1783. according to a www.ancestry.co.uk parish record transcription. The same source shows they had a number of children
- John Henry Mordaunt (1785 - 1840) was christened in Chatham, Kent on 27th March 1785. His burial on 20th December, 1840, was recorded in the parish of St. Mary Magdelene, Woolwich. His address was given as St Mary Street. A Mary Mordaunt (about 1775 - 1855), living in the same street, was buried in the same church on 11th March 1855, age given as 80 years.
- James Mordaunt was christened in Chatham, Kent on 16th March 1787
- Margaret Mordaunt was christened in Chatham, Kent on 31st July 1789
- Charles Mordaunt was christened in Chatham, Kent on 21st May 1794
- Richard Mordaunt, a constable, was a witness at a case at the Old Bailey in 1784
- Hannah Mordent (sic), married James Lockey, both of "this parish" at Harmondsworth, Hillingdon, on 13th November, 1784.
- Margaret Mordant (sic) (abt. 1760 - ?), married William Bell, both of "this parish" at St. George the Martyr, Queen Square, on 13th October, 1785.
- Sarah Mordaunt married Thomas Ditchett at the church of St Magnus the Martyr, by London Bridge, on 27th July, 1788. While signing her own name in the church record, it was not in an elegant hand.
- Esther Mordaunt, 'of the same parish' married John Dowden at St Luke, Chelsea, on 9th July, 1792. He was unable to sign his name and made his mark on the church record
- Elizabeth Mordaunt, a lodging house keeper(?) but this time in London's West End, was a witness in a case at the Old Bailey in 1795
- Maria Mordaunt (abt 1776 - 1849?) was described in the 1841 census as an "idiot" in The Shadwell and Wapping Workhouse, Stepney. Although by date she is possibly connected with Patrick and family above, the census records her as being born outside the county. She must surely be the Maria Mordaunt whose burial was recorded at St. John of Wapping on 13th July, 1849, from Wapping Workhouse, although the age was given as only given as 64 years.
- Mary Mordant (sic) (abt. 1781 - ?), aged 60 years, was working as a porter in Clerkenwell in the 1841 census.
- William Mordant (sic) (abt. 1781 - ?), born in Middlesex, was a 70 year-old visitor to cheesemonger Robert Wilson in Vigo Street, just off Regent Street, in the 1851 census
- Gertrude Christina Mordaunt (abt. 1783 - 1828). She was apprenticed as school mistress in 1798 to Elizabeth and Rosamond Paty. Her burial at St. John, Hackney, was recorded on 17th September 1828, age given as 45 years and the address as Cambridge Row.
- Sophia Mordaunt The census records show two, maybe three or four, confusingly closely contemporary, Sophia Mordaunts
- Sophia Mordaunt (abt. 1785/1791 - ?). The 1851 census lists a Sophia Mordaunt, aged 60 years (ie, born abt. 1791), born in India, boarding in Oxford Terrace, Marylebone, (which no longer seems to exist). Obviously a concern to the government at the time, she was recorded as being deaf. A Sophia Mordaunt was one of three illegitimate children baptised in Calcutta, Bengal, on 1st April, 1790, according to East India Company records held at the National Library, the children of a John Mordaunt, Captain, Artillery. Her age was given as 4 years and 4 months (ie, born December 1785). Serving in the East India Company army, her father was quite possibly illegitimate himself and could conceivably have been the rakish son of Charles Mordaunt, 4th Earl of Peterborough, and his then mistress, Robiniana Brown.
- Sophia Mordaunt (b. in the 1780s - ?) was listed as an apprentice school mistress to a Sarah Dean in Bethnal Green in 1798. She was speculatively the much married granddaughter of John Stiles Mordaunt above,
- however, a Sophia Mordaunt, a teacher of drawing, born in Shoreditch in about 1791, was lodging in Shoreditch in the 1851 census
- A Sophia Mordaunt (abt. 1791 - ?), was living or lodging with a Sarah Collett in Shoreditch in the 1841 census, described as living on independent means. She could be either or any of the above, or she could be neither/none.
- And then a Sophia Mordaunt (abt. 1781 - 1861) was buried in Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, on 10th April, 1861. The location does not suggest that this was the Sophia Mordaunt born in India.
- John Mordaunt was an apprentice surgeon to a James Street in Chichester in 1798. He was speculatively the brother of Sophia and grandson of John Stiles Mordaunt above.
- Esther Mordaunt married Charles Conry at St Mary at Lambeth on 6th August, 1800. She was unable to sign her name and had to make her mark.
- Thomas Mordaunt (abt. 1785 - 1803) was buried, aged 28 years, at All Hallows, Tottenham, on 1st January, 1804.
- Charlotte Mordaunt of 11, St Agnes Crescent, Old Street Road (not now in existence), was a victim of crime in 1805
- John Mordaunt married Mary Tidd on 16th June, 1806, and it is recorded in both the records of St Mary's church and St Peter's, Lee, both in Lewisham. This was the same church and only three years after Ewer Mordaunt married Ann Francis, above, but that is not enough to connect John with Ewer.
- Sarah Mordaunt married Henry Hall on 7th October, 1810, at St. Leonards, Shoreditch.
- Ann Mordaunt. An insurance policy dated 26th August 1813 in the National Archives was taken out by Peter Donald, The Black Bull, New Gravel Lane, (wherever that may have been), victualler, in trust for an Ann Mordaunt. Another property named was The Rose and Crown, Union Street. There is such an establishment today in Southwark. She could be one of the Ann Mordaunts listed in the family trees above - I just do not know.
- Charlotte Mordaunt married Patrick Burke at St. Botolph without Aldgate, on 10th October, 1813.
- Margaret Mordaunt married John Wells at St Mary at Lambeth on 28th November, 1813.
- Margaret Mordaunt, a widow, married Charles James Jackson at St Botolph withoutt Aldgate on 19th January, 1814. Neither bride nor groom could sign their name and had to make their mark in the parish record.
- There were several, possibly related, children's deaths:
Ellen Mordaunt (abt. 1814 - 1815) was buried at St Mary at Lambeth on 1st September, 1815
Decimus St John Mordaunt (abt. 1817 - 1818) was buried at St Mary at Lambeth on 26th February, 1818
John Francis Mordaunt (abt. 1811 - 1821) was buried at St Mary at Lambeth on 27th September 1821. However, the entry says he was aged 10 years from the workhouse.
- James Mordant in 1815 was sentenced at the Old Bailey to 14 years transportation to Australia "for feloniously and without lawful excuse, having in his custody and possession a forged bank note for the payment of £2, knowing it to be forged".
- Henry Mordaunt Esq had published a work of fiction "Chronicles of the Ton; or a Spring and Summer in London" in three volumes in 1815. I have no evidence for assuming he was living in London - just a supposition.
- Henry Mordaunt, a widower, married the widow Anne Steward at Christ Church, Greyfriars, Newgate, on 17th April, 1815.
- Robert Mordaunt married Jane Taylor at St George in the East, on 17th September, 1818.
- unnamed Mordaunt was mentioned in a report in The Times of 7th December 1818 on the case of Wood v. Lee and others:
"Mr Pulley stated, that the plaintiff (Mrs Wood) was a single woman, about 37 years old, who had purchased of one Mordaunt a public house, called the Half Moon and Seven Stars, in Ratcliffe-highway (now The Highway, Poplar, east London). This house she afterwards agreed to assign to Lee, and unfortunately suffered him to enter before he had paid all he had agreed to pay. Finding he would not complete his purchase, or quit the house, she went there with a determination to regain possession, and it was upon this occasion that, after sitting there from two until eleven, she was carried out with the unnecessary violence complained of.
Apparently not a family member to be proud of!
"The witnesses then called for the plaintiff then stated, that she had gone there in company with others at two o'clock, on 30th March, as we understand, had stayed ??, and conducted herself very quietly; only four pints of beer were drunk. At eleven o'clock, Lee dropped the shutter, called the other defendents, two of whom were public officers, out of an adjoining room, put out the gas-light and said, "Now for a good fight." The plaintiff was then hurled and dragged about violently, turned out of the house, and the sleeve of her gown torn. When the plaintiff asked for her money, Lee called her a d....d b...h, and refused to pay her. The plaintiff was conveyed to a watch-house, and kept there till eleven the next morning. She was considerably bruised on the breast and arm, and obliged to go to a doctor a week after.
"The counsel for the defence stated, that Mordaunt was an insolvent, and the plaintiff his servant: that after she had agreed to assign to Lee the house assigned to her by Mordaunt, Mordaunt had given Lee notice not to pay the money; that she had behaved with the greated violence in the public house, and that no more force had been used to turn her out than was absolutely necessary. The plaintiff's witness had admitted that when the money was demanded of Lee he had said Mordaunt had given him notice not to pay it to Mrs Wood (etc
"The Jury, thinking that the defendants had not used more violence than was necessary, found a verdict for them."
- Ann Mordaunt married Nathaniel Robarts at St Pancras parish church on 1st January, 1822. They had already had a relationship for some years as two children had been baptised five years earlier
- Nathaniel Roberts Mordaunt (9th August, 1816 - ?) was baptised in Chelsea on 2nd November, 1817.
- Melvinia Roberts Mordaunt, a twin possibly? was also baptised in Chelsea on 2nd November, 1817.
- Mary Mordaunt married James Seafield Hogan at St. Giles in the Field on 18th April, 1825.
- Theresa Maria Mordaunt married Frederick Newman at St. James, Paddington, on 24th September, 1826. There is an unattributed LDS source, not usually to be trusted but I'll repeat it anyway, which states she was born in Teignmouth, Devon, in 1805 and was buried 25th April 1850 at Cemetery St Joo'e de Norde A'Faubourg, Brussel, Brabant, Belgium, an address I cannot find.
- Ann Mordaunt married Thomas Henry Hilsby at St. Luke's, Chelsea on 26th November, 1828.
- Miss Mordaunt (Louisa Mordaunt) appears in a number of issues of The Times between 1829 and 1832 in notices for, and reviews of, comedies performed at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Mordaunt was her stage name. Her real name was Louisa Cranstoun Macnamara (1st April, 1812 - 16th January, 1858).
An account of her life is given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Miss Mordaunt (Mrs Nisbett) as Constance in 'The Love Chase', Worthing Theatre, 21st September 1838, by James Godsell Middleton
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
- Jane Mordaunt, according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography the sister of Louisa, above, was also an actress and also took the name Mordaunt as a stage name. She appeared at the Adelphi Theatre (I had a link but it has been broken) in 1835, at the Theatre, Canterbury, for 'Canterbury Cricket Week' in 1842 (another broken link), St James Theatre before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, as reported in the Illustrated London News on 1st May 1847, at a benefit in Drury Lane in 1848 (yet another broken link), in Wilkie Collins' "A Court Duel" in 1850 and presumably a few other things before, between and after. Sadly she did not earn an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
I am grateful to Nina Dean who came across her name while researching another actor and very kindly first drew her to my attention by e-mail.
- William Mordaunt married Charlotte Becke at St. George the Martyr, in 1830
- Georgina Mordaunt of the parish of South Hackney married Thomas Green at St. Andrews, Holborn, on 1st May, 1831.
- Martin Mordaunt, age unknown, was buried from an unnamed madhouse at St Matthew, Bethnal Green, in 6th November 1839.
- There were three burials within nine years at Christ Church, Spitalfields:
Mary Mordaunt great granddaughter of John Stiles Mordaunt, above
Ann Mordaunt (abt. 1801 - 1847) was buried at Christ Church, Spitalfields, on 27th October 1847. Was her physical and temporal proximity to John and Mary Mordaunt just coincidence? Her address was the delightfully named Frying Pan Alley (The frying pan was the emblem once used by braziers and ironmongers. It was the custom for ironmongers to hang a frying pan outside their premises as a means of advertising their business. The number of such businesses in this alley led to its being named Frying Pan Alley. - from www.walksoflondon.co.uk)
The Christ Church was barely 150 yards from Frying Pan Alley and was clearly her local church.
John Mordaunt, grandson of John Stiles Mordaunt above, father of Mary Mordaunt
- Montague Mordaunt (? - 1838). His death was registered in The Strand in 1838.
- A number of Mordaunts were, in a relatively short space of time, found guilty of criminal offences at London's central criminal court, the Old Bailey, which is either a complete coincidence or leads to speculation of a possible relationship between all or two of them
Richard Mordaunt (abt. 1858 - ?) was sentenced to six months hard labour for "unlawfully uttering a counterfeit coin" after a trial at the Old Bailey in 1892
George Mordaunt (abt. 1867 - ?) was sentenced to nine months hard labour for theft and assault, having pleaded guilty at a trial at the Old Bailey in 1895.
Hugh Mordaunt (abt 1874 - ?) was sentenced to fifteen months hard labour after pleading guilty to theft and obtaining money under false pretences at the Old Bailey in 1901. If they were all related - what a criminal family!
- Mary A. L. Mordaunt (abt 1819 - ?), born in Clapham, with no occupation, was listed in the 1861 census lodging in St. Mary, Lambeth.
- Francis Mordaunt (abt. 1820 - ?) His lone entry in the 1881 census comes as a mystery to me. Given as born in Southwark, aged 61 years, a widower, described as a hat trimmer, he was recorded in Bethnal Green living with his daughter
- Mary Ann Mordaunt (abt. 1845 - ?), born in Bethnal Green and working as a wool worker.
- Eliza Mordaunt (abt. 1821 - ?) was recorded in the 1841 census apparently living independently at rather a tender age in a prosperous area off Portland Place and Devonshire Street.
- Eliza Mordaunt (abt. 1823 - ?), birthplace given as Chelsea, age as 58 years, described as a domestic servant, was an inmate in the Chelsea district workhouse infirmary in the 1881 census.
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1823 - ?), a widow born in Ireland was working as a cook to a family in Battersea in the 1881 census. She was still with the same family in the 1891 census and in the 1901 census although they had moved upmarket to Kensington
- George Mordant (sic) (abt. 1824 - ?) was a comedian (comic actor) born in Streatham, married to Caroline (abt. 1829 - ?) from Brighton, living in Valentine Place, Southwark, in the 1851 census.
- Thomas Mordant (sic) (abt. 1834 - ?) was an apprentice shoemaker at the 1851 census, born in living with his apprentice master in Clerkenwell.
- Edward Mordant (sic) (abt. 1834 - ?), born somewhere in Ireland, was working as a market porter in Wapping, Tower Hamlets in the 1861 census
- Eliza Mordant (sic) (abt. 1839 - ?), an artificial florist born somewhere in Middlesex, made an appearance in the 1861 census, lodging in Belgrave Street, St. Pancras.
- Fanny Mordant (sic) (abt. 1839 - ?), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, made an appearance in the 1861 census, working as a live-in domestic servant to a Congregationalist Church minister and his family in Broadstairs, Kent.
- George Mordant (sic) (abt. 1841 - ?) was a waiter, born in Bethnal Greeen, within the parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate, in the 1861 census.
- Edward Mordaunt (abt. 1841 - ?) was listed as a scholar, aged 10 years, at a private school in Islington in the 1851 census. He was recorded as born in London.
- Lydia Mordaunt (abt. 1842 - ?), married, born in Ross-on-Wye, Herts, was listed on her own in the 1891 census boarding in Fulham working as a dressmaker. She was listed again in the 1901 census lodging in Kensington.
- Fanny Mordaunt (abt. 1845 - ?), born in "Middlesex London," made an appearance in the 1881 census, working as a live-in servant to a leather merchant in Brick Lane, Spitalfields.
- Adela F. F.(?) Mordaunt (abt. 1845 - 1818), born in "Notting Hill," unmarried, appears in the 1901 census, working as a live-in servant to a widow in Hackney. Her death was recorded in the Wandsworth district in 1918.
- William T.(or is it F.?) Mordaunt (abt. 1847 - ?), born in Middlesex, St. Martin's, was a 4 year-old nephew of Sarah Vaughan, an army pensioner widow, living in Margate in the 1851 census. The relationship was clearer in the 1861 census, when they were in Hougham, Kent. In the 1871 census they were still all together but now lodging in Finsbury. Aunt Sarah Vaughan was described as a Colonel's widow and William, now 23 years-old, had no occupation
- Herbert Mordaunt (abt. 1849 - ?), born in Hampshire, appeared in the 1881 census boarding in Marylebone and working as a clerk.
- Francis (Frank) Joseph Mordaunt (abt. 1849 - ?) married Sarah Ann Tice (abt. 1843 - ?) at St Mary's, Portsea, Hants, on 28th March, 1870. What they were doing in Portsea is anyone's guess; in the 1881 census he was described as born in Redditch, Worcs, and she was from Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. By then they had moved their business to St. Pancras, London. At their daughter Elizabeth's baptism, and in the 1881 census, he was described as a green grocer. A widowed Annie Mordaunt (abt. 1849 - ?), born in Bury St. Edmonds, was listed in the 1891 census, working as some sort of maid, classed as a visitor, to the Metropole Hotel, Brighton. Then in the 1901 census there is a Annie Mordaunt, born in Bury St. Edmonds, working as the housekeeper to a very substantial house, Nostel Priory, in Huntwick with Foulby all the way up in Yorkshire.
- Emma Mordaunt (abt. 1879 - ?) A Supposition by me. An Emma Mordaunt, 12 years-old, born in Islington, appears in the 1891 census, the niece of unmarried Emma Tice, the keeper of a rather smart lodging house in Arlington Street, just off Piccadilly. They were still together in the 1901 census, (as Emmie), now in Portnall Road, Paddington, still a sizeable house, looking at Google Streetview. 22 years old, she was working as a "showroom assistant."
- Elizabeth Mary Mordaunt (1880 - 1881), whose birth was registered in the Westminster district in the last quarter of 1880. She was baptised at Christchurch, St. Pancras, on 4th April 1881. She died shortly after, her death registered in the St. Pancras district.
- Ellen Mordant (sic) (abt. 1851 - ?), born in Westminster, a widow, was recorded in the 1901 census living alone, taking in washing, at her home in Islington, St. Thomas parish.
- Alice Mordant (sic) (abt. 1854 - ?), born in Staffordshire, appeared boarding in Westminster working in the "professional theatre" in the 1881 census. Use of the stage name Mordaunt/Mordant seemed popular in the 19th century on both sides of the Atlantic; the possibility arises that this might have also been a stage name.
- Thomas Mordaunt (abt. 1856 - ?), born in Woolwich, appears in the 1901 census, an Able Seaman, in Cardiff married to Mary (abt. 1866 - ?) from Ilfracombe. He had left the sea by the 1911 census when he was in Glamorgan working as a general labourer.
- Albert E. Mordaunt (abt. 1904 - ?) born in Cardiff. In 1926 he married Olive Mayled in Cardiff.
- Peter J. Mordaunt (b. 1930) was born in Cardiff. He married Joan Puckering in Westminster in 1950
- Harry Thomas Mordaunt (? - before 1866) deceased, was named as the father of:
- Louisa Mary Ann Prestage Mordaunt (? - ?) who married James Paris jnr., a grocer, at St. Pancras on on 10th July 1866
- William Mordant (sic) (? - before 1877) deceased, was named as the father of:
- Emma Mordant (sic) (abt. 1858 - ?) who married Charles Taylor at St. James the Great, Bethnal Green, on on 27th May 1877
- Thomas ?? Mordant (sic) and his wife Hannah Lee Mordant were named as the parents of:
- ?? Lilly Mordant (sic) (abt 1883 - ?) who was baptised at St. Mark's, Old Street, on on 17th April 1883. The clerk's writing is illegible!
- Born in Bow. The following all appear in the 1891 census, all about the same age and all born in Bow
- George Mordaunt (1862 - ?), born in Bow, was a general labourer at the 1891 census, boarding in Islington. I am guessing he is the G. Mordaunt listed in the 1901 census in Bushey, Herts.
- Charles Mordaunt (abt. 1868 -?), born in Bow, was working as a agricultural labourer in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, in the 1891 census.
- Ellen Mordaunt (abt 1872 - ?), born in Bow, appears in the 1891 census and the 1911 census as a live-in servant in Islington. In the 1911 census she was working as a waitress and boarding in Islington.
- Beatrice Mordant (sic) (1873 - ?), born in Bow, was a general servant to a family in Hornsey in the 1891 census. Was she the Beatrice Mordaunt whose illegitimate daughter Christine Mordaunt was born on 21st May, 1892, and baptised in the parish of St. Mary, Islington?
- Harry Mordaunt (abt. 1886 - ?), aged 16 years, born in Bethnal Green, was working as a barman at the Green Man, Bethnal Green at the 1881 census. Unfortunately the image does not come up on ancestry.co.uk.
- Arthur Mordaunt (abt. 1868 -?) was a ship's fireman from New Zealand boarding, presumably temporarily, in Poplar at the 1891 census.
- Ellen Mordant (sic) (abt. 1870 - ?), born in Nottingham, was recorded living in Southwark, apparently without employment, in the 1891 census. As Ellen Mordaunt (b. abt. 1868) she was recorded in the 1901 census as a patient in the Camberwell St. Saviour Union Infirmary.
- George Mordaunt (abt. 1871 - ?)) is listed in the 1911 census in Greenwich, unmarried, a greenhouse maker. It gives his place of birth as Kensington but his nationality as French. Even allowing for this last to be an error, I still cannot place him elsewhere.
- Charles Gilpin Mordaunt (? - ?) is mentioned in a manuscript concerning 238 Clapham Road in the parish of St Mary, Lambeth, dated 25th February 1874.
- Algernon Mordaunt (abt. 1886 - ?) was, according to the 1901 census, born in Brighton. He was 15 years old and working as a pageboy in a nursing home in St. Marylebone, London.
- Francis Little Mordaunt and his wife Jane Edith had four children baptised All Saints, Rotherhithe, on 27th June, 1888.
- Ethel Frances James Mordaunt.
- Arthur Percival Mordaunt
- Thomas James Mordaunt.
- Francis Robert Mordaunt
- Mary Anne Mordaunt presumably married James Ernest Augustus Toop after the banns of her marriage had been published at St. Cuthbert's, West Hampstead, in August 1892. She might have been any one of two or three possible Mary Ann(e)s in families listed above.
- Kate Mordaunt, whom I have not yet identified, no father named, presented a son for baptism
- Leonard John Pavillet Mordaunt Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, 1900, Licenciate of the Royal College of Physicians, London, 1900 (? - ?) appears on 9th February 1900 qualified as a doctor. In 1900 he was appointed Junior House Surgeon to the Miller Hospital according to the British Medical Journal of 10th March 1900 and according to the Medical Register 1903 was at the County Asylum, Stafford. In 1911 and in 1915 he was in Upper Tooting, London. In 1914 he was listed as a member of The Royal Society Club. Apart from these, he does not seem to have been born, to have been caught by any census, and not to have died.
- Mary Mordaunt (d. 12th September 1909). Probate records give her address as 3 Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington but she died across town in St. Joseph's Hospital, Hackney. Her effects were valued at a modest £88. She may be listed among families above but I cannot place her with any certainty.
- Sarah Annie Mordaunt (d. 4th November 1918), a widow of 95 Kilburn Lane, Willesdon, left £778 14s 2d. Probate awarded to Frederick McQuay, a retired draper.
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