Samuel Brandon
(Cir 1714-1755)
Anne Liversidge
(1718-1786)
Richard Brandon
(1738-1812)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Elizabeth

Richard Brandon

  • Born: 1738
  • Christened: 12 Dec 1742, Newington, Kent England
  • Marriage (1): Elizabeth
  • Died: 29 Dec 1812, Newington, Kent England at age 74

  Noted events in his life were:

source. Frank Locke where it is written:

Richard, my great-great-great-great grandfather, was the oldest of a family of about eight children, His parents are uncertain, but they could be Samuel and Anne (nee Liversidge) Brandon (m. 1738). We have no certain evidence of this, except for the uncommon name `Liversidge', which also occurs as one of the names of the children.
It is not known when the Brandon's first came to live in London at Rotherhithe and Newington. The earliest record we have is of 1771 when a lease was agreed naming Thomas Brandon, the third oldest of the family, in regard to land at Rotherhithe (1). Thomas Brandon, and his brothers Samuel and Richard are named in the dealings over the leasehold land. They already owned some freehold land in the area, so the family could have lived in the area for some time previously. We do not have records of where any of the members of the family of eight were born or christened. The family appears to be well off, and belonging to the upper class, indicated by their ownership of land, and how Richard (Richard and Elizabeth's son) and Henrietta are well dressed in a copy of a painting we have.
The only information we have about Richard comes from a grave inscription at St. Mary's Newington. "To the memory of Mr Richard Brandon, late of little Queen Street, Westminster, who died 29th December, 1812, aged 75 years."(4) There is also there an inscription of his wife, Elizabeth, who died before him on the 2nd August 1803, aged 64 years, which would make her just two years younger than her husband. There are three children recorded from their family, Richard, Thomas and William.
His brother, Samuel (1741-1818) may have lived at Old Kent Road where there is still a row of old terraced houses built in 1777 where he is named as the original owner, though of course they have been refurbished since then. At the time this was a posh area of London to live in, although it is now an old area. In his funeral notice, Samuel Brandon is recorded to have lived at Park House, Walworth. He was married to Sarah, and they had only one child recorded.
The next brother, Thomas (b? - 1796) was recorded as having lived on Old Kent Road. His funeral notice says that "he possessed and occupied large garden grounds, by which he is said to have amassed a very large fortune. He has left one son, an attorney in London." His wife was Mary (nee Crouch?). They had a family of five children.
A brother William Brandon is mentioned in the will of Thomas Brandon. He was recorded as dying on the 7th April 1804.
Another brother, Benjamin, born 1746, who is mentioned in the 1860 Act, died prior to 1816. He married and had three children.
The only record we have of another brother, Liversidge (d. 10th July 178- aged 34 years), is his burial inscription at St. Mary's, Newington.
A sister, Sarah Anne, is mentioned in Samuel Brandon's will . She married Mr Trehearn.
Brandon's Estates (2).
The history of our Brandon forebears in London is tied up strongly with the Brandons Estates in Newington. It is such a complicated story that it is hard to untangle. In fact it took many Acts of Parliament and suits in Chancery over a period of more than 60 years to try to sort it out. In 1771 Henry Penton, with the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury and Thomas Brandon, market gardener and lessee of the property known as the 35 acres, obtained permission by Act of Parliament to let land called Walworth Manor in the Parish of St. Mary Newington. Penton granted building leases of much of his property to Thomas Brandon and others.
Maps of the 1780's depict Walworth as a pleasant country neighbourhood with a few newly formed roads stretching across the gardens and fields. But in the 80's and 90's 18th Century houses were pulled down and replaced by blocks of dwellings and three storey houses.
In 1789 Thomas Brandon and his brother Samuel were granted a 99 year lease in common of the property previously held by Penton, and they jointly purchased freehold land of 27 acres in the manor as well. They raised a mortgage of 10,200 pounds to purchase the land. Thomas died in 1796, leaving his estate in trust for his three daughters and their heirs. Samuel, who died in 1818, also left his estate to trustees, but remained intestate as regards one ninth of his property. The position was further complicated by a number of mortgages and exchanges, and the purchase by Samuel of other freehold property. In 1805 an Act was passed for confirming certain building leases, and attempted unsuccessfully to clarify the situation on the basis of the status quo. There was a further Act in 1811 followed by a long series of Chancery suits culminating in an Act of Parliament in 1860 which partitioned the part of the Brandon Estates held in common between the heirs of Thomas and the heirs of Samuel Brandon. By this time more than 100 beneficiaries were involved.
In 1860 there were over 4,000 houses built on the Brandons Estates, and the area had been divided up by many streets. The development created legal difficulties where some houses were built partly on Brandon freeholds and partly on leased land. The cost of all the legal proceedings must have been huge, and reduced the wealth of the Brandon family.
Charles Dickens in his book `Bleak House' is quite critical of the huge cost involved in Chancery, and is thought to have based some of his novel on the Brandon vs Brandon case (3):
[For Jarndyce and Jarndyce read Brandon vs Brandon]. "Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in time, become so complicated, that no man alive know what it means. The parties to it understand it least; but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes, without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises... Jarndyce and Jarndyce has passed into a joke. That is the only good that has come of it.
It has been death to many, but it is a joke in the profession. Every Chancellor was `in it', for somebody or other, when he was counsel at the bar. Good things have been said about it by blue nosed, bulbous-shoed old benchers, in select port-wine committee after dinner in hall. Articled clerks have been in the habit of fleshing their legal wit upon it... How many people out of the suit, Jarndyce and Jarndyce has stretched forth its unwholesome hand to spoil and corrupt, would be a very wide question...
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good... The receiver in the cause has acquired a goodly sum of money by it, but has acquired too a mistrust of his own mother, and a contempt for his own kind. "
After the 1860 Act. the situation probably changed for the Brandon's use of the estate. With less wealth, they would have found it harder to continue. It is not clear what would have happened at the end of the original 99 year lease period in 1885-90. This may have been the reason why my grandfather, Richard, left the market gardens in Rotherhithe and eventually came to NZ. By means of two exchanges of property carried out in 1866 and 1876 all the rights of Church Commissioners in the part of Walworth Manor Estate held by the heirs of Samuel Brandon were extinguished. The leases of the second part of the manor and also of the 35 acre estate to the heirs of Thomas Brandon were renewed from time to time, but after 1900 were gradually allowed to lapse as the under-leases fell in. After 1941 the trustees surrendered their remaining interest in the estate to enable the Commissioners to repair the extensive damage done to the houses there by enemy action.

connection. 717 My connection to Ray Wooster through my Larkinson line is as follows:
Raymond Wooster (1957)
His father is Kevin Wooster (1936)
His father was Robert Wooster (1918)
His father was Charles Wooster (1879)
His father was Charles Wooster (1847)
His father was Henry Wooster (1807)
His father was Thomas Wooster (1775) & he also had Jane Wooster (1809) who married Samuel Brandon (1800)
His father was Richard Brandon (1770)
His father was Richard Brandon (1738)
His father was Samuel Brandon (c1700) & he also had Thomas Brandon (1740)
He had Thomas Brandon (1770)
He had Thomas Brandon (c1800)
He had Maryann Brandon (1824) who married Montmorency Stokes (1809)
They had Charles William Stokes (1853)
He had Charles Montmorency Stokes (1891) who married Winifred Thorn (1891)
Her father was Frank Thorn (1857) who married Annie Whitehead (1864)
Her father was John Whitehead (1834) who married Ann Stephens (c1843)
Her father was Charles Stephens (1809) & he also had Martha Stephens (1850)
She had William Stephens (1877)
He had Elsie Stephens (1919) who married Arthur Hiscock (1907His father was Frank Hiscock (1873) who married Emily Wallis (1875)
Her father was William Wallis (1849) who married Victorine Groube (1851)
Her father was Reve Horatio Groube (1814) & he also had George Groube (1847)
He had Edith Groube (1880) who married Percy Howe (1866)
His father was Robert Howe (1833)
His father was Frederick Howe (1805)
His father was James Howe (1777)
His father was George Howe (1741) & he also had Sarah Howe (1775)
She had Alexander Moss (1811)
She had James Moss (1846)
He had Laura Kershaw Waldock or Moss (1864)
She had Winthrop Larkinson (1889)
He had Dulcie Larkinson (1926) who married Colin Davies (1925)
She had me- Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

Ray Wooster's connection to my Davies line is as follows:
Raymond Wooster (1957)
His father is Kevin Wooster (1936)
His father was Robert Wooster (1918)
His father was Charles Wooster (1879)
His father was Charles Wooster (1847)
His father was Henry Wooster (1807) who married Henrietta Brandon (1813)
Her father was Richard Brandon (1770)
His father was Richard Brandon (1738)
His father was Samuel Brandon (1700) & he also had Thomas Brandon (1740)
He had Thomas Brandon (1770)
He had Thomas Brandon (c1800)
He had Maryann Brandon (1824) who married Montmorency Stokes (1809)
They had Charles Stokes (1853)
He had Charles Stokes (1891) who married Winifred Thorn (1891)
Her father was Frank Thorn (1857) who married Annie Whitehead (1864)
Her father was John Whitehead (1834) who married Ann Stephens (1842)
Her father was Charles Stevens ()1809) who married Ann Prior (1811)
Her father was Samuel Prior (1785) who married Louisa Phipps (1784)
Her father was Ralph Phipps (1761) who married Ann Brookwell (1760)
Her father was Thomas Brookwell (1722) & he also had Thomas Brookwell (1748)
He had Elizabeth Brookwell (c1783) who married Thomas Dearling (c1793)
They had Rebecca Dearling (1819) who married George Knight (1806)
They had John Knight (1844)
He had Florence Knight (1883) who married James Collette (1880)
** His father was Arthur Collett (1848)
His father was Phillip Collett (1819) who married Lucy Bean (1825)
Her father was James Bean (1788) & he also had Emma Bean (1827) who married John Hoy (1817)
His father was Timothy Hoy (1785) & he also had Charlotte Hoy (1835) who married William Toft Pullen (1834) & he also had Rebecca Ann Pullen (1856) who married Henry Davis (1861) who also married Adelaide Gosper (1873) father was George Gosper (1838)
His father was Thomas Gosper (1798)
His father was Thomas Gosper (1768) & he also had John Gosper (1880)
He had Archibald Gosper (1842)
He had Amy Gosper (1872) who married William Shrimpton (1869)
His father was Richard Shrimpton (1826) & he also had Richard 3rd Shrimpton (1855) who married Susannah Jeffery (1857)
Her father was John Jeffery (1834)
His father was John Jeffery (1808)
His father was James Jeffery (1781) & he also had William Jeffery (1803)
He had James Jeffery (1837)
He had Mary Jeffery (1860) who married William South (1854)
They had Annie South (1891) who married Leslie Rice (1885)
They had Hazel Rice (1913) who married Emmett Whyte (1899)
They had Sandra Whyte (1943) who married Colin Parker (1936)
His father was Arthur Parker (1894)
His mother was Martha Parker (1872)
Her mother was Elizabeth Roser (1844)
Her father was John Roser & he also had John Roser (1838)
He had George Roser (1868)
He had Charles Roser (1897)
He had George Roser (1923) who married Olive Elliot (1924)
Her mother was Doris Emery (1903)
Her mother was Phoebe Davies (1876)
Her father was Joseph Davies (1852) & he also had G. A. Davies (1894)
He had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)
Wooster's connection to my Nicol line is as follows:
Raymond Wooster (1957)
His father is Kevin Wooster (1936)
His father was Robert Wooster (1918)
His father was Charles Wooster (1879)
His father was Charles Wooster (1847)
His father was Henry Wooster (1807) who married Henrietta Brandon (1813)
Her father was Richard Brandon (1770)
His father was Richard Brandon (1738)
His father was Samuel Brandon (1700) & he also had Thomas Brandon (1740)
He had Thomas Brandon (1770)
He had Thomas Brandon (c1800)
He had Maryann Brandon (1824) who married Montmorency Stokes (1809)
They had Charles Stokes (1853)
He had Charles Stokes (1891) who married Winifred Thorn (1891)
Her father was Frank Thorn (1857) who married Annie Whitehead (1864)
Her father was John Whitehead (1834) who married Ann Stephens (1842)
Her father was Charles Stevens ()1809) who married Ann Prior (1811)
Her father was Samuel Prior (1785) who married Louisa Phipps (1784)
Her father was Ralph Phipps (1761) who married Ann Brookwell (1760)
Her father was Thomas Brookwell (1722) & he also had Thomas Brookwell (1748)
He had Elizabeth Brookwell (c1783) who married Thomas Dearling (c1793)
They had Rebecca Dearling (1819) who married George Knight (1806)
They had John Knight (1844)
He had Florence Knight (1883) who married James Collette (1880)
** His father was Arthur Collett (1848) who married Rebecca Sutherland (1858)
Her father was John Sutherland (1832) & he also had Elizabeth Sutherland (1863) who married John Nicol (1844)
They had Margaret Helen Nicol (1889) who married G. A. Davies (1894)
They had Colin Davies (1925)
Who had me (1950) - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)
Wooster's connection to Robert's Dawes line is as follows:
Raymond Wooster (1957)
His father is Kevin Wooster (1936)
His father was Robert Wooster (1918)
His father was Charles Wooster (1879)
His father was Charles Wooster (1847)
His father was Henry Wooster (1807) who married Henrietta Brandon (1813)
Her father was Richard Brandon (1770)
His father was Richard Brandon (1738)
His father was Samuel Brandon (1700) & he also had Thomas Brandon (1740)
He had Thomas Brandon (1770)
He had Thomas Brandon (c1800)
He had Maryann Brandon (1824) who married Montmorency Stokes (1809)
They had Charles Stokes (1853)
He had Charles Stokes (1891) who married Winifred Thorn (1891)
Her father was Frank Thorn (1857) who married Annie Whitehead (1864)
Her father was John Whitehead (1834) who married Ann Stephens (1842)
Her father was Charles Stevens (1809) who married Ann Prior (1811)
Her father was Samuel Prior (1785) who married Louisa Phipps (1784)
Her father was Ralph Phipps (1761) who married Ann Brookwell (1760)
Her father was Thomas Brookwell (1722) & he also had Thomas Brookwell (1748)
He had Elizabeth Brookwell (c1783) who married Thomas Dearling (c1793)
They had Rebecca Dearling (1819) who married George Knight (1806)
They had John Knight (1844) who married Ellen Pearson (1846)
Whose father was James Pearson (1813) & who also had Mary Pearson (1843) who married Richard Dawes (1845)
Whose father was Edward Bannister Dawes (1813) & he also had James (1843) who married Charlotte Peck (1843)
They had Annie Florence Dawes (1873) who married Arthur Augustus Bray
Who had Albert Bray (1896)
Who had Robert Alfred Bray (1920)
Who had Robert Arthur Bray (1947) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

Wooster's connection to William Toft Pullen (1834) is as follows:
Raymond Wooster (1957)
His father is Kevin Wooster (1936)
His father was Robert Wooster (1918)
His father was Charles Wooster (1879)
His father was Charles Wooster (1847)
His father was Henry Wooster (1807) who married Henrietta Brandon (1813)
Her father was Richard Brandon (1770)
His father was Richard Brandon (1738)
His father was Samuel Brandon (1700) & he also had Thomas Brandon (1740)
He had Thomas Brandon (1770)
He had Thomas Brandon (c1800)
He had Maryann Brandon (1824) who married Montmorency Stokes (1809)
They had Charles Stokes (1853)
He had Charles Stokes (1891) who married Winifred Thorn (1891)
Her father was Frank Thorn (1857) who married Annie Whitehead (1864)
Her father was John Whitehead (1834) who married Ann Stephens (1842)
Her father was Charles Stevens ()1809) who married Ann Prior (1811)
Her father was Samuel Prior (1785) who married Louisa Phipps (1784)
Her father was Ralph Phipps (1761) who married Ann Brookwell (1760)
Her father was Thomas Brookwell (1722) & he also had Thomas Brookwell (1748)
He had Elizabeth Brookwell (c1783) who married Thomas Dearling (c1793)
They had Rebecca Dearling (1819) who married George Knight (1806)
They had John Knight (1844)
He had Florence Knight (1883) who married James Collette (1880)
** His father was Arthur Collett (1848)
His father was Phillip Collett (1819) who married Lucy Bean (1825)
Her father was James Bean (1788) & he also had Emma Bean (1827) who married John Hoy (1817)
His father was Timothy Hoy (1785) & he also had Charlotte Hoy (1835) who married William Toft Pullen (1834)

Raymond Wayne Wooster connection to William Toft Pullen (1834) (who he is researching) is : William Toft Pullen [236172]'s wife's brother's wife's grand nephew's wife's 4th cousin once removed *'s husband's 5th cousin twice removed *


Richard married Elizabeth. (Elizabeth was born in 1744 and died on 2 Aug 1803.)


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