What do you make of this obituary?

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While working on a collateral Almond line today I found the obituary attached to the linked profile.  The obituary includes the exciting gem, "Mrs. Withrow was descended from Vice Admiral [Philips van] Almonde, and Almond of Loretto, founder of a widely known boys' college in Edinburgh."   (Exciting in the context that I haven't traced my Almond line out of the U.S. yet genealogically.)  The MRCA of Catherine and I is Matthew Almond, a Quaker born in North Carolina in 1781, as best I have been able to determine with online sources.  My Y-DNA haplogroup suggests ancient British Isles ancestry.

I don't know the descendants of either of the men referenced above, but Wikipedia indicates that "Almond of Loretto" refers to Hely Hutchinson Almond, born in 1832. (!)  I'm no stranger to family myths, such as my Gates line being descended from Gen. Horatio Gates, but I wonder if the intention was to say she shared ancestry with said Almond of Loretto?

WikiTree profile: Catherine Almond
in The Tree House by Brian Almond G2G3 (3.3k points)
I think it is meant to read cousin of.

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Perhaps the newspaper article meant "distantly related to" and not actually "descended from". I just glanced at the Dutch Wikipedia entry on Philips van Almonde. It says that he never married nor was he known to have had any children. ("Hij is nooit getrouwd en er zijn geen kinderen van hem bekend.") Seems that one or the other of these sources is twisting the truth, and either one is equally imaginable.

by Marta Johnson G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)
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The direct ancestors of Hely Hutchinson Almond are mentioned in this  biography.https://archive.org/stream/almondoflorettob00mack#page/4/mode/2up Using that it was possible to get back quite easily to the early 18th C.

  Hard at this point to see any  possible connection with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philips_van_Almonde

 The biography says that his great grandfather was the headmaster of Derby School . There is a published transcript of their 'registers' online.


  Rowland Almond of Northallerton , was  father of

 Rev. George Almond  Head of Derby School c. 1750-61. (father mentioned on Rev George's record at :http://db.theclergydatabase.org.uk/jsp/search/index.jsp ) He was admitted to Trinity, Camb 1728  ( b circa 1710?) He was vicar of Kellington York, 1735-1763,   (vicar of Chellaston* Derby, 1758-63? see below )

 George married Mary Fox  on 25 Apr 1752  at St Peter's Derby).He was  buried at St Peters  26 Nov.1763


1)Rowland Almond,  baptised, 23 April 1755, at St Peters,   bookseller,  buried 29 Sept 1787 St Peter's

2)George Almond,  baptised 10 June 1755 at St Peter's, (businessman in Leicester?)

3)William Almond, baptised 15 Dec 1756 buried 18 Dec, St Peters

4)Samuel Almond, baptised 24 Nov 1758, buried 29 Nov, St Peters

5)Samuel Almond (appears to be posthumous child baptised 2 Jan 1764

George Almond (son of Rev George) baptised 1755  was a businessman (wonder if the bookselling business with his brother) He was father of

George Almond,  who according to the biography was a business man, then a  captain of the militia during the Napoleonic wars, then took orders in 1820 and became minister of St Mary's Episcopal chapel in Glasgow. 

He was father of 9 children by his first wife

By his second wife, Christina Georgina Smith ( married in  1823) he had two sons,one died in infancy, the other  was  Hely Hutchinson Almond b 12 August 1832 

(baptisms and marriages in Derby, on Family Search) 

( * He does not seem to  been V of Chellaston.  The school register and  the extract from Alumuni Cantabrigiensis on the CCED both  say that George was buried at Chellaston,  and that  he was  vicar  there. There is no actual record of this in his clergy record.  The church at Chellaston was  a St Peters and  at the time was a tiny village with a perpetual curate .

The  school register  includes the baptismal dates of George and Rowland and the burial date for Rev. George  These   match  the records for St Peter's Derby a different church.  "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12872-138263-33?cc=1911752 : 2 April 2015), Derbyshire > Derby, St Peter's Church > Baptisms, marriages, burials 1755-1771 (vol 3) > image 3 of 70; Record Office, Matlock.

puzzling over that took far longer than finding the names of the ancestors as hadn't realised that the images were on FS!) 


by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (297k points)
edited by Helen Ford
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FYI, did you see this book for sale on ebay (UK site) today: Almond of Loretto, from the Letters of Hely Hutchison Almond:


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