Location: Norfolk, England
Surnames/tags: Nelson Ward Smyth
The text of an article from the Norfolk Chronicle 7 April 1906 page 3.
Copied from the image from the British Newspaper Archive at Find My Past.
Norfolk and Norwich Notes and Queries
(755) Ward and Smyth Families
Allusion was recently made by "Eldred" to the burial place of Nelson's daughter, Horatia, said by a writer in the "Guardian" to be at Trimingham in Norfolk. To this I replied that, to my knowledge, she is buried at Pinner, but that her name not long ago was added to a tombstone in the chancel of Trunch Church, Norfolk, where her descendants have lately restored the memorials to her husband's family the Wards; also those in the adjacent church of Gimingham.
The Rev. Philip Ward, who married Horatia at Burnham Westgate in 1822, was born at Trunch in 1795. He was the son of the Rev. Marmaduke Ward, buried at Trunch October 13th 1813, whose father, another Marmaduke Ward, was also there interred on January 31st 1772.
The first Marmaduke, who was of the family of Ward of Beauchief Abbey, Derbyshire, born 1711, was of St John's College, Cambridge (1732), Rector of Beeston Regis and Swafield, Norfolk, 1746, and curate of Trunch 1746 to 1772. He was buried there between two wives, Anne (died 1739, first wife) and Mary Buck (second wife, married Spetember 5th 1740). His son Marmaduke Ward, born November 24th 1749, was of Christ Church, Cambs., BA in 1772, Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxord; buried in Trunch chancel under a large stone inscribed:
- Sacred to the memory of the Rev. Marmaduke Ward, A.M., Rector of Hossington in the Parish of Lincoln and many years curate of this parish. He died the 13th of October 1813 aged 64 years.
- Also to Eleanor his wife; died June the 26th 1823, aged 65 years.
- Also to Harriet, their second daughter; died January 1809 aged 25 years.
- And William, the second son, lieutenant in the Royal Marines; died at sea 24th December 1812, aged 21.
On a tablet: Sacred to the Memory of George Ward, eldest son of the Rev. Marmaduke Ward, of this parish. A youth of most amiable manners and promising hope, who died of a fever of Brest on board his Majesty's ship The Dragon, in which he served from the 8th of August 1798, to the day of his death of the 4th day of March 1800, in the 17th year of his age.
The inscription recently added to the slab in the chancel reads:
- Also to the memory of the Rev. Philip Ward, son of the above Marmaduke and Eleanor, vicar of Tenterden, Kent; died 16th January 1859.
- And Horatia Nelson his wife, died March the 6th 1881
The said Rev. Philip Ward matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, at the age of 17 on January 14th 1813; B.A. in 1817; M.A. 1820; curate of Burnham Westgate, Norfolk, appointed vicar of Tenterden, Kent by William first Earl Nelson in 1833, and was there buried on January 18th 1859. His wife Horatia was buried at Pinner (county Middlesex) on March 6th 1881, aged 80.
Of the Rev. Philip Ward's surviving sisters, Mary married Mr. Henry Green of Great Chesterford, Essex, and Eleanor's marriage is this given in vol. i NS "Gentleman's Magazine"
March 31st 1834 "The Rev William Rees, vicar of Horsey, Norfolk to Eleanor, third daughter of the late Rev. M. Ward, rector of Hossington, Lincoln."
The Rev. Mr. Rees, of Aberavon, County Glamorgan, matriculated at the age of 21 at Jesus College, Oxford. He was appointed to St. Mary's, Walsham in 1817, Vicar of Horsey 1827 and headmaster of the Paston School. He was buried in North Walsham church beside his first wife thus:
- The Rev. Wm. Rees of Jesus Coll. Oxon., died 25th July 1855, aged 48
- also Anne, the wife of the Rev. William Rees, died 12th May 1833. aged 41.
Mr. Rees was succeeded at Horsey and in the Mastership of North Walsham school by his brother, the Rev. Samuel Rees, who was married at Wroxham on December 18th 1838 to Anne, youngest daughter of the Rev. J. D. Churchill, Rector of Blickling and Erpingham.
Eleanor Ward, widow of Wm. Rees was buried at Tenterden S.P. in 1882. But the interesting point in the Ward pedigree to the East Anglian Nelsonic Historian lies in the fact that the Rev. Philip Ward's mother was Eleanor Smyth, of the family of Smyth of Blickling, Gimingham and of East Dereham. Of the latter was James Smyth, of East Dereham and West Bradenham Hall (buried in the church there May 15th 1800, aged 85). This James Smyth, about 1741, was married to Mary, daughter of Edmund Nelson of East Dereham (a first cousin of the Rev. Edmund Nelson, rector of Hilborough, grandfather of the Admiral).
The pedigree, although difficult to grasp by reason of the many Edmund Nelsons arrnages itself by a careful study of the wills and marriage licences, and is also set forth in Carthew's "History of the Hundred of Launditch."
Therein will be found, in a pedigree of the Smyths of Wendling, the connection with James Smyth of Gimingham, the ancestor of Mrs. Eleanor Ward. This last James Smyth was the second son of Thomas Smith of Blickling, by Anne Gryme of Gimingham..
His elder brother, Richard, by Ann Watts (see Carthew), was ancestor of James Smyth, who married Mary Nelson aforesaid. These Smyths bore the arms of Smyth of Ostenhanger, County Kent, granted to Thomas, alias Customer Smyth, in the time of Queen Elizabeth. Symon Smyth, brother of Customer (says Carthew) settled at Blickling.
In Farrers' "Church Heraldry of Norfolk" are several armorial tombs to Smyths of Ostenhanger, notably one at Blickling, and another at West Bradenbury. Carthew (part III, page 471 "History of the Hundred of Launditch") gives the Smyths of Ostenhanger from the year 1371, and refers to several wills (which he has apparently seen) and to papers supplied for his inspection by the family. The Smyths of Gimingham now represented by the Wards and the Greens are, it is believed, extinct. (To be continued).