Burke and Grubbe Families Pt 1

Some photos from the day above, including all my finds that day.

Setting the scene……….Taking you back to Summer 2016, I was at Ford Car Boot sale in Sussex & searching through one seller’s large collection of CDV’s (about two hundred) looking for ones that took my fancy, maybe 1860’s ladies wearing beautiful crinolines, that also may have writing or a date or something of interest that takes your eye & I spotted this lovely lady (Below) seated with the most wonderful dress & lace shawl & then I saw her name on the back Burke and instantly I thought of Burke’s Peerage, as I had not long ago bought secondhand the Burke’s Landed Gentry Book & the Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage. Surely I wouldn’t be that lucky to find someone with a connection!

So I actually stood there for a long time & went through every single one that the seller had, looking on the back for any writing & put them in a little pile. Then I went through them all again looking at the photo fronts & picked out any from the same 1860’s era that looked like well to do people, hoping they may be all connected, the seller said they were all from a couple of house clearances. I would have loved to buy them all, but he was charging too much for them!

These are some of what I bought. This is the first CDV I spotted, the photo is also taken in a very nice setting & super to have the lady’s name & dates!


Frances Constance Burke

So I started my research with her. The photo was taken in Sudbury, Suffolk so I looked in that area first but I was surprised to find on the first census I looked at for 1851, that this young lady at age 10 was living in London.


and WOW what a household!! She was indeed part of a very upper-class family! Her parents were James St George Burke & Anne Eliza Grubb/e I began a family tree for her, hoping to add the people from the CDV’s I had found that were named.

Who they are: I was very lucky indeed because as I added more people connected to her, the more I realised that this was indeed a very well known family & hugely documented, and my first hunch about the Burke’s Peerage was amazingly also confirmed! The founder of Burke’s Peerage etc John Burke was born in 1786 and was Frances Constance Burke‘s 1st cousin, twice removed. Views of my two glorious Burke’s books below, fabulous to be able to use them and research from them, they are huge! Direct link for more information: Burke’s Peerage

10 June 1833
10 Jun 1833

This wonderful picture below is on Burke’s Peerage Foundation Website. This picture below was painted by Adam Buck and was part of a couple of Adam Buck exhibitions in 2016, one being the Crawford Gallery, Ireland.

John Burke (1786–1848) and his son Sir John Bernard Burke, CB (1814–1892)
John Burke (1786–1848) and his son Sir John Bernard Burke, CB (1814–1892) by Adam Buck at the Crawford Gallery Exhibition Feb 2016.

Below, an interesting review of John Burke’s work in May 1832 from the Gentleman’s Magazine, Or Monthly Intelligencer, Volume 33. Burke’s had been first published in 1826.

Review May 1832 from the Gentleman’s Magazine, Or Monthly Intelligencer, Volume 33.
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A small part of the Burke family tree I’ve compiled, showing the connection between James St George Burke (Frances Constance Burke’s Father) and John Burke, both descended from sons of John Burke and Lucinda Plunkett.

Burke Family History.

Frances Constance Burke‘s father James St George Burke was born 20 Dec 1804 in Lisbon, Portugal as the first child of John French Burke 1776-1854 and Catherine Sarah Thorne 1775-1826. He died on 25 Feb 1881 at St Bartholemew’s Hospital, London.

James St George Burke was baptized on 28 Sep 1818 in Saint Nicholas, Deptford, London, England. He was living in Greenwich, Kent in 1825, in St Margaret, Middlesex in the 1841 census. Moved to Paddington, Middlesex in 1851 (Relationship: Head). In the 1861 census, he’d moved to St Marylebone, Middlesex (Relationship: Head) Although by now he had bought the Auberies at Bulmer in 1857. Then in the 1871 census, he was residing at The Auberies, Bulmer, Essex.

James St George Burke married Anne Eliza Grubb/e (More on the Grubbe family later) on 3 Dec 1835 at the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Horsendon, Buckinghamshire, England. The couple had the following children including Frances Constance:

1. Edmund St George Burke was born in 1836 in Middlesex, he sadly died at 6 years of age in May 1842 in Pancras, London. He was buried in the family vault at Horsendon, Buckinghamshire.

2. Hubert Plunkett Burke was born 15 Nov 1837 in Westminster, Middlesex, England. He died on 28 Sep 1881 at the Auberies, Bulmer, Essex, England. Earlier in that year the census details for him state ‘Head of household, unmarried. Major 8th Hussars Active Farming 420 1/2 Acres Employing 36 Men And 6 Boys‘ He was with five of his siblings, and two uncles living at the family home ‘The Auberies’ see below:

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3. Anna Rosa Burke was born in 1839 in Westminster, St Margarets, Middlesex, England. She died on 4th Nov 1865, aged 26, as reported in the Ipswich Journal, ‘after an illness of only a few days, eldest daughter of J.St George Burke of the Auberies, near Sudbury
4. Frances Constance Burke (Picture I found) was born in 1840 in Westminster, Middlesex, England. She married Walter Johnson Weller Poley on 12 Dec 1882 in Kensington, London, they had no children that I have found or listed. She died on 17 Dec 1888 in Cosford, Suffolk. Here’s her Obituary from The Queen, Sat 29th Dec 1888: ‘Mrs W. WELLER-POLEY. On the 17th Dec at Edwardstone House, Boxford, Suffolk, aged 46, Mrs Walter Weller-Poley. She was Frances Constance, second daughter of the late James St. George Burke, Esq of the Auberries, Balmer, Essex, by his marriage with Anne Eliza, daughter of John Grubbe, Esq. of Horsendon House, Buckinghamshire, and married in 1882 as his second wife, Walter, youngest son of the late George Weller-Poley, Esq and brother of the present John George Weller-Poley, Esq of Boxtead Hill, near Bury St. Edmunds’. She was also known as Constance.
5. Walter St George Burke was born on 27 Apr 1842 in Westminster St Margaret, London. He had married Mary Ann Amy Macrae Cockburn on 06 Jun 1877 in Richmond, Holy Trinity, Surrey. They had ten children. In the census of 1881 he was a Captain in the Royal Engineers, in 1891 he states he was a Mayor. He died on 17 February 1916 in Essex at the age of 73. Obituary here from British Newspaper Archive  written in the Chelmsford Chronicle on Fri 25th Feb 1916: ‘BURKE, J.P. Lieut.-Col. Walter St George Burke, •J.P. of the Auberies, Bulmer died on Feb. 17. He was third of Mr James M. George Burke, Q.C., who died in 1881. His mother was Anne Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr John Grubbe. J.P, D.L, Horsenden House, Buckinghamshire. Lieut -Col. Burke was born in 1842 and served in the Royal Engineers. He inherited the family estate at Bulmer in 1881 from his brother. Lieut.-Col. Hubert Plunkett Burke, Bth Hussars, and was a J.P. for Essex and Suffolk. He married in 1877 Mary Anne Amy Macrae, daughter Mr George F. Cockburn formerly H.E.I.C.S.(Honourable East India Company Service) and their eldest son, Mr Redmond St. George Burke, who was born 1879, is in the Indian Forest Service. The funeral took place Monday at Bulmer Churchyard, in the presence of a large concourse of mourners from all parts of the neighbourhood. 

The family mourners were: Mrs Burke, Major Herbert Burke. R.G.A., Sec.-Lieut. French Burke, R F.A, Mr E. Plunkett Burke, Michael Burke (King Edward’s Horse), Mrs Francis Braithwaite. Miss Burke, Miss Audrey Burke. Mr Frank Burke. Mr Harold Burke. Mr Roland Burke. Hugh Burke, Mrs Charles Burke, Messrs. Walter Francis, and Eustace Grubbe, Francis Grubbe. Mr Crief Cockburn and Sir James and Lady Hay. Two sons and one daughter were unable to present – the eldest son, St. George. who is India: Commander Dominick R.N. who is with the Fleet; and the second daughter, Mrs Turner, who is in Burma. The burial service was conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. A. P. Pannell’. There is always such a wealth of information to be found in the Newspaper archives!
6. Ulick John Burke was born about 1843 in London, Middlesex, England. He was a Barrister at Law. He married Edith Charlotte Barnardiston in 1870, they had four children that I have found. He died on 12 Mar 1913. Firstly from the Portsmouth Evening News: ‘The death of Mr Mark G. Burke* (Name incorrect!)of Manor House, Newton Valence, Alton, J.P. for Hampshire and Essex, took place with painful suddenness at his residence Wednesday about midday. Deceased preparing to out for a drive, and had a seizure, death resulting in an hourAnother from the Eastbourne Gazette: ‘Mr. Roland Burke has sustained great bereavement in the lamented death of his father Mr Ulick John Burke, of The Manor House. Newton Valence, Hants. Mr Burke, senior who succumbed suddenly on Wednesday of heart disease, was 69 years of age. The funeral took place on Saturday. Mr Roland Burke has been obliged to cancel all his engagements, and will not be able to attend to any business for the present. The meet of the Duke of Devonshire’s (Eastbourne) Foxhounds, announced for Saturday, was abandoned‘.

Ulick John Burke 1911 Census
Ulick John Burke with wife & household on the 1911 census.

It seems that his wife stayed at the Manor House after his death as I found this online: ‘Mrs. Ulick Burke lived at the Manor House in 1931 and she opened the gardens for the Queens Institute of District nurses (Times online 1931).

Manor House, Compton Valence
What a beautiful place to live! This picture found on a public property market site.

7. Rowland Henry Burke was born on 24 Aug 1844 in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England. ‘He died on 28 Jun 1861 in Sudbury, Suffolk in his 17th year‘. This was just a short notice in the newspaper. He appears on the 1861 census, not long before his death, as a scholar with his family all living at 27 Upper Harley Street, Marylebone, London. Harley Street has been the home of many notable people in history, especially known for private services in medicine and surgery.

8. Rachel Edith Burke was born on 19 Nov 1845 in Westminster, Middlesex, England. Rachel never married nor had any children. She died on 15 Jun 1913 in Suffolk, England.

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Rachel Edith was a member of the local parish council
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The sides of the grave were lined with Ivy.
Often the advantage of researching upper-class families is that the Newspapers published so much about them! A bit like present times!

Rachel Edith Burke

The two sisters, Rachel above and Mary below, were living together with various servants and a nurse in the 1911 census in Bulmer Lodge (so was Rachel poorly then? she died in 1913) on the Auberies estate, as they were in 1901 and 1891. In the 1881 census in their 30’s they were still living with the rest of the family in the main house. They obviously decided they wanted their own space. Earlier in the 1861 census both of the girls were pupils at a private girls School at 31 Kensington Street, London, I haven’t found out anything about the School, but the Principal Miss Elizabeth H Parkinson ‘Principal of JL establishments‘ was still operating the School at the same address in the 1871 census.

9. Mary Alice Burke was born in Jul 1847 in Woolmer Lodge, Hampshire, England. Mary never married nor had any children. She died on 29 Oct 1931 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. Found a little detail on Proni (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland) on the Will Calendars: Burke Mary Alice of Bulmer Lodge Sudbury county Suffolk spinster died 29 October 1931 Probate London 8 January to Ernest Carrington Ouvry and Dorothy Burke spinster. Effects in Northern Ireland £71 17s. 6d. Re-sealed Belfast 6 April.
10. Francis Eustace Burke was born on 8 Nov 1848 in Paddington, Middlesex, he was a Civil Engineer, I found him as a student in the records in 1869. He died on 08 Jan 1927 in Rye, Sussex. He had married Mary Alice Addison on 16 Apr 1884 in Holy Trinity, Brompton, they had one son in June 1885 John Addison Burke.
11. Harold Arthur Burke was born in 1852 in Paddington, St Mary, Middlesex, England. He was an Artist, he died on 05 Jan 1942 in Findon, West Sussex, England. He had married Beatrix Mary Clifford Aveling in 1893. (She was born in the famous Restoration House in Rochester, Kent. It was the family mansion so-named because Charles II stayed there on the eve of his restoration to the crown in 1660. Charles Dickens made it the model for Miss Havisham’s home, Satis House)Beatrix’s fatherStephen Aveling, an illustrator and decorator, took down walls and added stained-glass roundels “of dubious heraldry”. His romantic murals depicting the story of Geraint and Enid now have hinges so that you can peek behind to discover the door used by Charles II‘ this I found on Telegraph online by Serena Fokschaner

Mrs Harold Burke 1898 by by James Jebusa Shannon.
Portrait of Beatrix Mary Clifford Burke (Aveling)by J.J.Shannon in 1898 when she was 24.

Harold was educated at Cheltenham College and Liège University and studied at the Royal Academy in London and then in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts under Gerome and E. Vernet Lecomte. Harold Arthur Burke’s artistic accomplishments were ultimately minor ones, perhaps in part because he had no pressing financial need to succeed. His chief exhibition outlet was the Royal Society of British Artists of which he was vice president from 1915 to 1919. He had exhibits at R.A. He was Master of W. Company of Skinners, 1906-1907; Governor of Sir Andrew Judd’s Foundation and Skinners’ Schools‘ Information from various art sites online.
12. Charles Carrington Burke was born on 08 Jul 1853 in Bayswater, Middlesex, he graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire in 1878 with a Master of Arts (M.A.) After then it seems he was a ‘Gentleman’. He married Frances Phillipine Mary Anne Addison on 07 Dec 1882 in St Peter, Cranley Gardens, they had one son who never married Hugh St. George Melville Addison (15 June 1884-16 March 1922 at age 37) Charles Carrington Burke died on 22 May 1904 in Surrey, he left over £20,000 in his will, equivalent now to about two and a half million pounds!

A portrait of Charles Carrington Burke also by J.J.Shannon.

13. Anne Eliza Burke was born on 10 Nov 1855 in Paddington, Middlesex, England. She died in Apr 1876 in Sudbury, Suffolk. Again just a short notice of her death in the local newspaper dated 10 June 1876, The Ipswich Journal: Burke. 3rd inst at The Auberies, Essex. Anne Eliza (AMY) youngest child of James St George Burke Esq.Q.C. in the 21st year of her age. Checking in other newspaper reports they all say she was known as AMY so is this lovely photo I found of her? It seems very likely.

The newspapers back then as now, seemed to report everything about well know families, here’s another example dated 11 Nov 1876 in the local Bury Free Press;

SUDBURY. Accident to Mr Burke. —Mr. Burke, of the Auberies, with his son, Capt. Burke, was driving home on Wednesday evening when in Sandy-lane, a very narrow thoroughfare, the trap was overturned and Mr Burke and his son, with the groom, were thrown out, and Mr Burke dislocated his shoulder. reaching home he was promptly attended by Mr Lynch, surgeon, and no dangerous results are likely to ensue’.

I found some wonderful information about The Auberies on the Bulmer History Website Bulmer History Then and Now  including another version of Anne Eliza (Grubb) Burke’s burial, originally I had found this: After her husbands’ death in 1881 she was reburied with him at Bulmer according to Eustace Grubbe Family History information. Here below is another version, that I must admit looks more likely. These below are screenshots of the relevant parts about The Auberies, a fascinating account of life at the Auberies for the family. Local history sites are a great place to visit, they have such a wealth of knowledge, great to add to your own family history.

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Mother Anne Eliza Grubb/e was also from a hugely well-known family, the Grubb/e family also like Burke’s they have extensive published records dating back many years. She was born on 13 Jun 1811 in Ide, Devon, England as the second child of John Grubb/e and Sarah Anne Carrington. (More about the couple’s emigration to Canada later in Blog) She was baptized on 25 Aug 1811 in St James, Paddington, Middlesex, England. She lived in Paddington, Middlesex, England in 1851. She was buried on 21 Nov 1855 in All Souls, Kensal Green, England. She was in Speen, Berkshire, England in 1861 (Relationship: Daughter). She had thirteen siblings, namely:

1. Anne Mary born 16 April 1810 in Ide, Devon and died 31 July 1875 at The Auberies in Bulmer, Essex. CDV picture I found taken in Jersey, maybe on holiday, see below, then next comes

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2. Anne Eliza b 13 June 1811 in Ide, Devon. Was baptised 25 Aug 1811 at St James, Paddington Westminster, Middlesex. She had married James St George Burke on 3 December 1835 in Horsenden, Buckinghamshire. They had 13 children in 19 years. She died on 16 November 1855 in Porchester Terrace, Paddington, Middlesex, at the age of 44, and was buried in Kensal Green, Middlesex.

3. William Henry was born on 17 October 1812 in Ide, Devon. He went to India and served in Madras Artillery (E.I.C) in the Koord War, & also the 1843,4,5 in War of the South Mahratta Country, left India in 1846, & the Army in 1848, settled in Barrie, Canada 1847. He had married Eliza Conwell on 1 Sep 1836 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India and they had three children together. Eliza died on 31 July 1845 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. He then married Maria McGeagh in Moneymore, Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the following year on 28 Oct 1846 and they had five children together. In the 1886 directory of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada he was listed in the Directory as being a Builder. He died on 29 January 1891 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, aged 78 years, and was buried there, his widow Maria died in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada on 24 Jan 1900.

A lithograph was Drawn by WH Grubbe in 1853 of Barrie, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada (Lake Simcoe) found on the Toronto Public Library Website.

4. Anne Frances Harriett was born on 17 April 1814 in Horsenden, Buckinghamshire, She married Alexander Henry on 17 July 1841. They had four children during their marriage. The youngest Francis Alexander I believe was born just before she died as a young mother on 16 February 1849 in Holborn, Middlesex, at the age of 34, and was buried in Kensal Green, Middlesex. Her husband remarried in August 1856 to Elizabeth Stringer.

5. John Eustace b1815 also at Horsenden & d1899 in Southwold, he became a Barrister, then after described as a Parliamentary Agent (Parliamentary agents are solicitors who are licensed (together with the firms they belong to) by the Houses of Parliament in the UK to draft, promote or oppose Private Bills,  Private bills are a specific class of legislation promoted by organisations outside Parliament to obtain powers for themselves that differ from the general law). Then later he is described as: ‘MA. Barrister at Law of the Inner Temple, JP for Suffolk & Southwold, Parliamentary Agent, retired 1885. Mayor of Southwold 1867/75 & 1879/91 in Suffolk

(c) Southwold Town Council; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
John Eustace Grubbe, Mayor of Southwold. (c) Southwold Town Council; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

John Eustace married Julia Catherine Hall on 25 Mar 1845 at St Cross, Holywell, Oxfordshire, they had 12 children that I have found so far, 3 daughters and 9 sons.

Firstly I have a photo of Margaret Elizabeth their 12th and last child who was just three and a half when she died. b Mar 1864-d 18 Nov 1867. Her death reported in the Ipswich Journal Saturday 23 Nov 1867: ‘on 18inst at Southwold in the fourth year of her age, Margaret Elizabeth, the youngest child of J.Eustace and Julia C Grubbe’.

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Two of their sons above, another of my photos, these young boys above are: 11th child Reginald Hall Grubb who was born in January 1862 in Middlesex, he died in July 1938 in Tendring, Essex, at the age of 76. 9th child Edmund Alexander Grubbe born in 1858 in Southwold, Suffolk, he died on 16 June 1920 in Suffolk at the age of 62. Neither of these brothers married, Reginald was a Vicar at Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex and Edmund became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Connaught Rangers, he was also a member of the Masons.

Another of their daughters their 10th child Constance Mary Grubbe born in 1860, died in 1937 this is another I found a named CDV of. She was never married. What a beautiful picture of a very serious looking little girl here below:


Another CDV I found is of another of their sons 3rd child Walter John Grubbe b25 Oct 1848-d1926 Quite a serious looking young man, he never married.


Walter John became a Barrister like his father, when he grew up, and one of the cases in 1903 he was involved in was written about in the book The Moat Farm Murder by M.W.Oldridge, the pen name of writer and true-crime researcher Mark Ripper. Samuel Herbert Dougal was a serial seducer, liar, thief and, finally, a murderer! He was hanged. There have been lots written about this famous case & some good books too.

Read the full story here in this free PDF from Essex Police Museum about the case..   Essex Police Museum info

Moat Farm Mystery
Book written about the case

More information about the case here from Jacqueline Cooper, SAFFRON WALDEN HISTORICAL JOURNAL: Moat House Murder

Back now to the children of John Grubb and Sarah Anne Carrington

6. Anne Constance. Known as Constance in the family,  Anne Constance Grubb was born on 28 October 1816 in Horsenden, Buckinghamshire. She married James (Leighton) Draper on 26 November 1844 at St Margarets, Westminster. They had one child during their marriage, a daughter Mary Constance Rosalie b 1856 d 1927 (she never married & had no children) Anne Constance died on 24 December 1911 in Tenterden, Kent, at the impressive age of 95.

This photo of Anne, the writing and newspaper clipping I found all stuck on a piece of card among the box of old photos, what a fantastic find!

Isn’t her dress just so beautiful, all those frills and bows! Although she herself looks glum, I just love the details in this clipping and writing, such a treasure. ‘My sister Mary chose to call him Leighton as she didn’t like James!’ Ha Ha. This below is a separate CDV of Anne, also one of my finds.

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As you can see the Photographer is from Jersey, so it may have been taken while on holiday there. The pencil writing is from me. It seems she was known as Constance in the family, all the girls in the family had the first name of Anne.
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Above: More information on the couple from the National Archives website relating to records held in Buckinghamshire.

7. Anne Elizabeth b1818 in Horsenden d1902,

Eleanor Blanche with Mother Anne Elizabeth Haviland (Grubbe)
This is NOT my photo, I found this on a Public Tree on Ancestry, isn’t it super, it was also in publications including the Island Magazine, link to this article in full, a little further down in the blog. This is Eleanor Blanche with Mother Anne Elizabeth Haviland (Grubbe)

What a life this lady made for herself, here’s what I found on the Canadian Encyclopedia Online  a brilliant article by Caroline Harris, Historian and Author, Not just about Anne Elizabeth but also super information about the family emigrating to Canada. This here is the direct link to her super Blog, lots of Canadian History articles, a great read: Caroline Harris Blog  Content here: ‘Anne Elizabeth Haviland, née Grubbe, botanist and collector (born 28 September 1818 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England; died 10 November 1902 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island).
Anne Elizabeth (Grubbe) Haviland assembled the earliest known collection of botanical specimens in Prince Edward Island. The collection is now housed in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England. She married Thomas Heath Haviland, one of the Fathers of Confederation and lieutenant-governor of Prince Edward Island (1879–84)’.
Early Life and Emigration ‘Anne Elizabeth Grubbe was born in Horsenden House, a stately home in the Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, acquired by one of her ancestors in the mid-17th century. Anne was one of 13 children of John Grubbe and Sarah Anne Carrington, members of England’s landed gentry (landowning upper class). Little is known of Anne Grubbe’s education, but her upbringing in rural Buckinghamshire may have sparked an interest in the natural world.

In 1841, her father John Grubbe immigrated to Prince Edward Island with Sarah Anne, seven of their children, including 23-year-old Anne, a housekeeper, and eight servants. The Grubbe’s were among the wealthiest landowners on the Island. In 1842, Grubbe purchased 280 acres of land on the Hillsborough River and commissioned a stately home, called Falcon Wood and established himself as a gentleman farmer. Along with her mother and sisters, Anne joined the Ladies Benevolent Society, which raised money for the poor on the Island‘.
Marriage ‘In 1846, John Grubbe died when an outbreak of “dysentery or a species of cholera” (according to the Charlottetown Islander) struck the Island. Sarah Anne and her children remained on the Island for a few more years but eventually returned to England. Unlike her mother and siblings, Anne Elizabeth stayed after she married Thomas Heath Haviland, a lawyer from one of the Island’s most prominent political families, in 1847. While records vary, they had as many as nine children, two of whom did not survive to adulthood. Like the Grubbe’s, the Haviland’s came from the English landed gentry and were part of the conservative “family compact” that dominated Island land ownership (see PEI Land Question)‘.
Botany ‘During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, making collections of carefully labelled objects from the natural world such as dried flowers, shells, butterflies and fossils were considered a suitable pastime for upper-class women. For people interested in botany who immigrated to Canada, the landscape provided plenty of material for collections. There were already prominent female botanists in British North America at the time of Grubbe’s arrival, including Catharine Parr Traill, author of The Backwoods of Canada (1836).
Anne Elizabeth Haviland’s collection dates from the early years of her marriage, between 1849 and 1854. She gathered her specimens on the grounds surrounding Falcon Wood and other country homes on the Island. The plants in her collection include the Rhodora shrub (a rhododendron), prevalent in damp regions of eastern North America, the sheep laurel shrub, the dogwood tree, two species of wintergreen, four species of ground pine (or creeping cedar), one flowered wintergreen and trailing arbutus (or mayflower).
When the Botanical Society of Canada was founded in 1860, the founder, Dr. George Lawson, remarked in his opening address, “We already have observers from Red River in the West to Prince Edward Island in the East,” which may have been a reference to Haviland. It is not known whether Haviland continued to collect botanical specimens later in her marriage, as her social responsibilities increased with the advancement of her husband’s political career‘.
Confederation and Later Life ‘Anne Elizabeth Haviland’s husband enjoyed a long political career, serving in the legislature for 30 years, from 1846 to 1876. He became one of the Fathers of Confederation, a member of the Senate of Canada from 1873 to 1879 and the province’s third lieutenant-governor from 1879 to 1884. As the wife of one of the most prominent political figures of the province, Haviland acted as a society host and philanthropist. As the consort of the lieutenant-governor, Haviland was described as presiding over Government House with “taste, grace, and dignity, proving a charming hostess.” Thomas Heath Haviland died in 1895. Anne Haviland outlived him by seven years, living in Alma Cottage in Charlottetown until her death in 1902‘.
Legacy ‘Anne Elizabeth Haviland’s botanical collection was transported to England by one of her relatives during her lifetime, possibly her niece Julia Grubbe, who collected specimens in Southwold, England. It is also possible that Haviland herself left the collection with her relatives when she visited them. The collection was lost until her great-grandniece Margaret Grubbe rediscovered it during the Second World War when the family home in Southwold, Park Villa, was requisitioned as an army storehouse and the contents were packed up and removed.
Margaret donated the collection to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (better known as Kew Gardens), London, where her friend M.M. Whiting volunteered. Kew Gardens is a world-renown scientific, conservation and horticultural research centre. Whiting published a paper in the Kew Bulletin in 1948 announcing the significance of Haviland’s collection, noting that “after careful enquiries in every quarter, no trace can be found of anything earlier from Prince Edward Island.” Haviland’s specimens remain the oldest known botanical collection from Prince Edward Island‘.

More here on this great article about the Family’s history and Mrs Haviland Plants, 3 pages PDF from Island Magazine

8. Anne Margaret b1820 Horsenden & d1824 Horsenden, just 4 years old.

9. Edward Walter (Twin) b 25 June 1822 Horsenden-d1907 and 10.Robert Samuel (Twin) b 25 June 1822-d1891 Bayswater, London. From all the records I have looked through it seems the Twins were inseparable in life, both going to school at Eton, both training to be Engineers, all the Census records has them together, after leaving home at Horsendon they rented rooms together until Robert’s death in 1891. Neither of them married or had any children, I imagine Edward must have missed Robert dreadfully after his death. Edward was a lodger, renting rooms until his death in 1907 aged 86.

This is a record of Eton College in 1835 with information on both of the Twins. They both became engineers.

While researching the Grubb/e family I came across some items for sale on Ebay, including photos of the Twins and their elder brother John Eustace Grubbe, and through finding these photos and various letters I found that the Auction House Bonhams held an auction in March 2015 of a huge number of records described here:

An extensive archive of letters, diaries, notebooks, photographs, sketchbooks, works on paper and personal ephemera relating to the Grubbe family of Priory House, Blythburgh, Suffolk and Horsenden House, Buckinghamshire, running from the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century, comprising material relating to John Eustace Grubbe (1816-1899, magistrate, parliamentary agent and Mayor of Southwold) and his sons and daughters; including papers of Edmund Alexander Grubbe, Captain in the 88th Connaught Rangers Regiment, diaries and letters home to his mother and sister from his time in India between 1885 and 1901c‘ etc etc……....The whole lot went for £3,125 inc premium. So I imagine that the collection has now been spread far and wide, oh what a tragedy! Heartbreaking! But I have at least kept a little of the collection together with the original items that I found, I’m so pleased I bought a few of the old photos and some letters from Ebay, to keep all together. I will share the rest with you on my Part 2 of this Blog.

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Dated 1861. John Eustace Grubbe b1815 and brother Edward Walter Grubbe b1821 (Twin)             (I found & bought from Ebay)
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Robert Samuel Grubbe 1821-1891 A civil engineer (I found & bought from Ebay)

11. Laurence George b1824 Horsenden & d1834 Horsenden just 10 years old,

12. Edmund Arthur (Major) b1825-d1863 at sea, 38 years old.

In the family records by Eustace Grubbe: ‘Was in the 24th Bengal N.I.(E.I.C.S.) He was present at the Battles of Ferozeshuhur (wounded), Moodkee, and Aliwal (Medal & two clasps) A Captain in the regiment when the Mutiny broke out, retired with the rank of Major in 1863. He died on board the ‘Indiana’ on 12 Nov 1863 on his voyage home and was buried in the Bay of Biscay‘. Cause of Death: ‘Abscess of the Liver’

Edmund Arthur Grubbe 1863 Death
Deaths at Sea record found on Ancestry.

Edmund Arthur had never married nor had any children.

13. Charles Septimus (Reverend) born on 3 May 1830 & died 30 October 1910 in Creek Cottage, Woodside, Lymington, Hampshire. He was Archdeacon of Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa 1861 to 1865, then Vicar of Mentmore, Buckinghamshire from 1868. His CDV photo is another of my finds below:

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He was a J.P. and D.L. for the County of Buckinghamshire,  Rev. Charles Septimus Grubbe M.A. of Jesus College, Cambridge. Charles married Alice Mackenzie of Portmore, Peebleshire (Alice was born in Edinburgh on 8 Sep 1823) in the Chapel of St Mary, Bishopstowe, Natal, South Africa on 26 Nov 1861. The couple had two daughters Sarah Louisa born at Bishopstowe on 29 Oct 1862 and Constance Anne born at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire on the 25 September 1867.

14. Anne Louisa was born 7 Dec 1831 at Horsendon, Buckinghamshire. She married Peter Thomas Ouvry on 26 Oct 1858 in Speen, Nr Newbury, Berkshire. He was the Vicar of Wing, Buckinghamshire from 1850-1885. (He had previously been married to Jane Nicholls from 1846 until her death in 1856 at Wing, Buckinghamshire). There were four daughters born from Peter Thomas Ouvry’s first marriage, two died young, leaving these two young ladies below, found on Keven Quick’s site on Flikr.

Then he had four sons and four more daughters with Anne Louisa Grubbe. Anne Louisa d1884 in Wing, Buckinghamshire aged 52.

What a stunning photo! This is described on Keven Quick on FLIKR as ‘Carte de visite photo by Sebright, Linslade. Image shows Front and back. Originally from a Grubb family album with family details:
Sisters Mary Grace Willink née Ouvry (1850-1918) and Harriet Delamain Clarke née Ouvry (1852-1944).

I couldn’t write this Blog without giving you all some more information about Horsendon House, it was such a big part of the Grubbe Family lives, here is some good information from Google Free EBooks online (a great resource): The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham, Volume ” by George Lipscombe:

Horsendon page 1Horsendon Page 2

Horsendon Page 3Horsendon Page 4

This is another of the CDV’s I found with initials all around it, isn’t it fabulous, who could be in it? This photographer is W.Fox from Sandbach and Alderley in Cheshire. A young ladies School or College?

There are two initials here that have a B for the surname, could these be girls from the Burke family, E.B. and M.B. or even a young lady from the Grubbe family? There’s a E.G.?

Once again I have thoroughly enjoyed researching these two families, they were all so very lucky to have such a privileged life. But just like any family both the Burke’s and the Grubbe’s lives had happiness and heartache, both families lost children at various ages, some very young.
I still have more to share with you, more photos and also some wonderful letters, all coming up soon in part 2. Meanwhile here is the direct link to the Public Family tree I have compiled on Ancestry  Burke and Grubbe Family Below this is my very favourite photo find, isn’t it just fabulous!

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Afternoon tea for the Grubbe family out in the garden.

Till next time then………………


  1. This is fantastic! What a huge project! I can’t believe someone would sell all these family treasures for 3100 pounds, that is nothing compared to their historical and emotional value… One day some member of these families will discover their passion for genealogy and all these treasures are gone, some of them forever… Thank you for this fantastic research and keeping at least some of together for future generations!

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    • Absolutely dreadful wasn’t it! Made very sad reading, I couldn’t believe it! Thank you, hope you enjoy my second part next week, I just had to buy the other photos & letters, at least it all makes a small varied collection. Would be great if an ancestor comes to light! Lynn x


  2. My goodness, what patience you have Lynn. . The photo of the Old Manor is lovely, and Oh ! that gorgeous dress Beatrice Mary Clifford Burke is wearing, it’s out of this world. Thanks again for a wonderful post, so interesting.

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  3. Just stunning! I adore your blog but rarely comment. The work it must take is amazing, but I see you are deeply dedicated and addicted! I love the old photos you find and the history you dig up. Thanks so very much!

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    • Thank you very much for saying! So glad you enjoy my blogs and finds. I do get very involved with the families & photos I research & yes it’s definitely addictive 😂
      But I love it😊Lynn x


  4. Do you have Arthur’s Grubbe diary by any chance? I bought a lot of Laurence Grubbes materials a few years back but have been looking for this ever since…thanks! Dr j Lavoie

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    • Good Morning. No sadly I don’t, isn’t it an absolute tragedy that all the families collection was split far and wide. So sad. Good luck with your search. Kind Regards Lynn


  5. It surely is! But you did a wonderful job of researching this family and pulling this archival info together. I agree with you- feel like there was an amazing unified story here that will now have to suffice to as an occasional webpage, article or chapter instead of the one story that would pull them altogether…thanks again (you will definitely get a mention in my book).

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  6. Hello Lynn
    Nice to see the Ouvry Girls up above – I’ve got a lot of Ouvry/Grubbe photos on my tree, the ‘Davies Williams’ tree: Ouvrys are my wife’s family – Mary Grace was her great grandmother. My pictures come from Mary Grace’s photo albums kept by her husband H G Willink. There are several get-togethers with their Grubbe relatives – my favourite was Rev. Charles Septimus who fell out rather spectacularly with his Bishop in Natal…If you find my Ancestry tree I’m just adding some of your photos – I hope you don’t mind – I’ll attach acknowlegements when I get around to it
    Lovely work!
    Best wishes

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    • Glad you enjoyed reading my two blogs about the family. Don’t mind at all re the photos Duncan, will look forward to having a look through your tree, Kind Regards Lynn


  7. On ebay is a Pewter tankard f
    rom Eton college awarded to a member of grubbe family in 1872.I wonder if he is related
    ? G C Grubbe ebay

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  8. Hello Lynn.
    I came across your website while researching my family tree.
    My fathers cousin had done a lot of research in to our family tree. One of my great grandfathers was born illegitimate, and my dads cousin came up with a name you have listed, Hubert Plunkett Burke. It would appear he fathered a son Arthur, with a Great Great Grandmother named Sarah Gibbons in 1866, sadly she died about three years later. Was you aware the the “Auberies” estate was once owned by a Mr Robert Andrews and his wife. They were made famous in a painting in 1750 painted By Thomas Gainsborough.

    My dads Cousin wanted me to try and find out more about the Grubb(e) family.
    I hope to show him what you have discovered.
    Kind Regards
    Ian G Gibbons

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    • Hi Ian. Thanks so much for getting in touch with me. I didn’t go into the history of Auberies at all, so that’s really interesting, thanks. Fascinating aboutHubert Plinkett Burke, do you have absolute proof and evidence of the birth or the birth certificate? I have had a quick look this morning and have found one possible Arthur but not with the mother Gibbons. I have added Sarah Gibbons as a maybe on my tree but I would love to know what information you have about her? Son Arthur also, who did he marry? and have you got any more detailed information that I can add to my tree. Kind Regards Lynn


      • Hello Lynn
        Thank you for your very prompt reply.
        I need to see my cousin a Peter Taylor. He is the one who claims to have some proof as to the father of Arthur Gibbons.
        I hope the following link works for Sarah from 1851 census.
        I have used, https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl for several of my searches. Sometimes you have to look under Essex, sometimes Sudbury. As the family was at different addresses in and around Foxearth, Bulmer and Sudbury.
        If I remember correctly in the 1871 census where Charles Gibbons is listed as head of the family there are two children listed as age 4 one as a son and one as a grandson (Arthur). When I first saw this several years ago I thought it was a Typo.
        Arthur went on to marry a Catherine Tuffen on 24th Fed 1889 in Sudbury.
        My grand father Arthur Earnest was born 21st December 1893 and his sister Clara Ann ( Peters mother ) was born 16 May 1897. Sadly Arthur drowned 17th Feb 1900. See entry Feb 21st. https://foxearth.org.uk/1900-1904SuffokFreePress.html
        A E G married in Sept 1919 in Blackheath. My father Dennis being born in the September 1920, he married in 1947 and I was born in 1948.
        Going back to Hubert Plunkett, when Peter gave me his name I found a website
        https://thepeerage.com And traced the Burke family to 1664 living in a Castle dating back to the Twelfth Century, Clondagoff Castle Co. Galway.
        Peter had asked me to search some of the Grubb(e) family and I am now searching information on your site if it relates to the part of the family he is interested in. I hope to visit Peter in the care home he is in and show him what information you have.
        Looking forward to communicating with you as and when relevant info comes to light.
        Kind Regards

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