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'The Wight at War', 3 May 2014

April 10, 2014 5:48 PM
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Harry Willis Fleming will be presenting a paper at this year's Isle of Wight Family History Society annual conference, held on Saturday 3rd May 2014 at Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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Studio photograph of John Brown Willis Fleming (1815-1872), eldest son of John Willis Fleming and Christopheria Buchanan. The photograph is not dated.
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Murray's Hand-Book for Travellers in Northern Italy (London, 1854) with bookplate of Christopheria, Lady Downes (1799-1860) and manuscript date 30 September 1855. A further manuscript note of ownership and autograph by Christopheria's daughter, Harriet Elizabeth Vansittart (1821-1906) (nee Willis Fleming).
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An over-painted photograph of Christopheria, Lady Downes (1799-1860). Christopheria Buchanan married firstly John Willis Fleming (1781-1844) in 1813, by whom she had eight children. She married secondly Ulysses de Burgh (1788-1863), Lord Downes in 1846. The photograph is not dated.
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A studio portrait of Lord Downes (1788-1863) by Camille Silvy, taken on 17 October 1860, the day before his second wife's death. Downes had married Christopheria Willis Fleming (1799-1860), widow of John Willis Fleming (1781-1844), on 4 August 1846.
An excellent review of the recent Tudor Revels study day by the Come Step Back in Time blog, with some wonderful images and insights:

"A truly inspirational day for historians and anyone who loves Tudor history. I went home stimulated and inspired to revisit this important historical period. The obvious popularity of the event is proof that history really is enjoying a surge in popularity and long may it continue."
Event: "Money, Class & Wealth: Rescuing Forgotten Lives"
Tudor Revels Study Day, Sunday 10 June 2012, 11am-4pm The Dolphin Hotel, High Street, Southampton

Using original archive material: written documents, material remains and portraiture, we discuss the practical ways of constructing biographies for the people of Tudor Southampton. Case studies include Nicholas Fuller, scholar and lawyer whose portrait hangs in Tudor House; The Flemyngs who for centuries played a leading role in civic and mercantile life in and around Southampton, rising to the ranks of the landed gentry during the 1500s; and the Dyperes who left just one will and 10,000 descendants.

Harry Willis Fleming will explore the broad range of evidence from which to piece together a fresh genealogy of the Fleming family in the Tudor period and earlier. He will discuss the surviving paper trail of records such wills, property deeds, and court records; Herald's Visitations and published pedigrees; the role of one-name studies and DNA testing; and also draw some preliminary conclusions from the People Project database.

Hosted by The Dolphin hotel - owned in 1570 by Edward Wilmot, merchant and innkeeper, who left a complete inventory of all the furnishings in The Dolphin - this study day will be an introduction to the Tudor People Project, using archives for genealogical research and will look at the challenges of finding out the stories of those who lived five hundred years ago. The event is FREE but booking is essential, lunch is provided at a cost of #6.95 and needs to be pre-booked.

For further details, see: Tudor Revels - Events.
img321-lowwww.jpgThe arms of the Fleming family appear alongside several others on the north side of the Bargate in Southampton. They were added to the building early in the eighteenth century. Today the arms are rather indistinct, but in the mid-1980s they were clear and vivid as this photograph shows. The shields were last repainted in 1998. (Photo: Robert Barrett)

From Records to Revels

Printed pedigrees of the Fleming family of Stoneham

Posted by Harry Willis Fleming on April 24, 2012
The details of the early Fleming family of Stoneham given in the standard genealogical publications have always been scanty. The printed pedigrees took as their starting point the seventeenth-century Heralds' Visitation of Hampshire. This named only the father of Thomas Fleming, the Lord Chief Justice - as John Fleming of Newport. The excerpt below is from the Harleian Society transcript of a manuscript copy of the Visitation of 1622-34.

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William Berry's Pedigrees of Families in the County of Hants (London, 1833) extended the pedigree back one generation, adding several pieces of information (see below). By citing the Heralds' Visitation in this way, Berry gave the misleading impression that the Visitation was the source for the additional information and that the John (d.1531) had featured in that document. One historian took this as 'proof of the excellence of his [John's] position'.[1]

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The 1835 edition of Burke's Landed Gentry used the details given in Berry and added nothing new (see below). This information was repeated in all subsequent editions.

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How might the early family tree start to now be redrawn?


[1] W. H. Davenport Adams, Nelsons' hand-book to the Isle of Wight (London, 1862), p. 181.