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Sunday, 25 September 2016

From England to the World

Family migration around the world
I recently tried to find a list of family members who had emigrated from England to the rest of the world.  Despite finding historic passenger lists in various place putting together a comprehensive list proved impossible.

I have taken the opposite approach and found the family groups around the world and then tried to work out how they got there, not always with success.  Using this approach I have produced a list of male family members I know have emigrated and settled around the world.  Some of these individuals settled and produced large family groups in their new country; others have no surviving children with the family name; others returned home deciding life abroad was not for them and others died young in the harsh conditions of their new country.

The list is not complete and I am sure I have missed some emigrants.  If you know some family member who ventured abroad and is not on the list is please share you knowledge as a comment, or in an email or write an article that I can share on the blog.

In the interest of privacy I have only listed the families where the person who emigrated was born before 1916.

List of male family members (born before 1916) known to have settled around the world

James Fabian Titheradge born 1809 in Portsmouth, Hampshire; emigrated to USA about 1838*** 

Alfred Titheridge born in 1833 In Winchester, Hampshire; emigrated to Australia about1854

Henry Titheridge born in in 1836 in Winchester, Hampshire; emigrated to Australia in 1856

Robert Titheridge born in 1839 in Winchester, Hampshire; emigrated to Australia in 1856

James Titheridge born in 1840 in East Meon, Hampshire; emigrated to New Zealand about 1873

Frederick Titheridge (later called Titheradge) born 1842 in Droxford, Hampshire; emigrated toAustralia

James Titheridge (later called Titherage) born in 1844 in Kilmeston, Hampshire; emigrated to Canada about 1881, later the family moved to USA

William Tidridge born in 1845 in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire; emigrated to Ireland about 1882

George Sutton Titheradge (and second wife) born in 1848 in Portsmouth, Hampshire; emigrated to Australia about 1878

John Tytheridge born in 1849 in Kent; emigrated to South Africa about 1900

Walter Robert Tytheridge born in 1849 in Kensington, London; emigrated to New Zealand in 1904

Daniel Pitt Titheridge born in 1850 in Winchester, Hampshire; emigrated to Australia in 1870

Alfred born in 1850 in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire; moved to Wales 1886

Alfred Titheradge born in 1859 Paddington, London; emigrated to USA 1887*** 

Joseph Tytheridge born in 1868 in Chislehurst, Kent; emigrated to USA about 1895

Arthur Earnest Titheridge born 1869 in Stoke Newington, London; emigrated to South Africa about 1891

Alfred William Tidridge born in 1871 in Millbrook , Hampshire; emigrated to USA about 1890s

Henry Augustus Lionel Titheradge born in 1873 in Newcastle, emigrated to Australia about 1891

Sutton Wallace Titheradge born in 1877 in Leicester; emigrated to Australia about 1898

Ainslie Burton Tytheridge born in 1878 in Richmond, Surrey; emigrated to Canada about 1900s

John Harry Tidridge born in Ireland in 1883; emigrated to Canada in 1919, later some of the family moved to USA

William Edward Titheridge born 1884 in Hartley Witney, Hampshire; emigrated to Canada before 1930

Alan Courtney Tytheridge born in 1889 in Epson, Surrey; moved to New Zealand with family then emigrated to Fiji in 1914 and later Japan

James Berte Titheridge born in 1890 in St Olave, London; emigrated to Australia at an unknown date before 1970

Jack George Ralph Titheridge born in 1895 in Portsmouth; emigrated to Australia some time before 1957

Eric George Titheradge born 1898 in Paddington, London; emigrated to South Africa in 1947

Albert Edward born in 1910 Alverstoke, Hampshire; emigrated to New Zealand in 1926***

Kenneth Edwin Titheridge born in 1912 in Alverstoke, Hampshire; emigrated to New Zealand in 1928*** 

The individuals marked *** have already been mentioned in earlier blogs. Over the next few blogs I will go into some more detail on the rest these family groups and what I know about their new life around the world.

Please help us fill in the gaps with missing names, information and pictures so that our picture of family migration can be complete.   Please add a comment or send an email  to 

Monday, 19 September 2016

"And her mother came too"

Recently while watching TV I saw a reference to the film “Gosford Park”, a film released in 2001 which won awards for best original screenplay and best director.

So what you might ask has Gosford Park got to do with the family surname?

I don’t suppose many people know that this film contains a song written by another of our talented family members.  It is the song “And her mother came too”.  The music is by Ivor Novello but the witty words were written by Dion Titheradge.

Dion Titheradge was born in Australia in 1889 but later moved to London where he died aged 45 in 1934.  He was the son of George Sutton Titheradge famous Victorian Actor, brother of Madge Titheradge the famous actress and father of Peter Titheradge.  Dion was a well known writer and actor in the early twentieth Century.

The song "And her mother came too", was written for the revue “ A to Z” and was originally performed by Jack Buchanan at The Prince of Wales Theatre London in October 1921.  The revue ran for 428 performances and starred Jack Buchanan, George Hestor and Gertrude Lawrence with the Music by Ivor Novello and Helen Tri.x

If you want a listen to it being performed in the film Gosford Park click the link below.

The Lyrics of "And her Mother came too"  by Dion Titheradge
Music by Ivor Novello

I seem to be the victim of a cruel jest,
It dogs my footsteps with the girl I love the best.
She's just the sweetest thing that I have ever known,
But still we never get the chance to be alone.

My car will meet her--And her mother comes too!
It's a two-seater--Still her mother comes too!
At Ciro's when I am free, at dinner, supper or tea,
She loves to shimmy with me--And her mother does too!

We buy her trousseau - And her mother comes too!
Asked not to do so - Still her mother comes too!
She simply can't take a snub, I go and sulk at the club,
Then have a bath and a rub - And her brother comes too!

There may be times when couples need a chaperone,
But mothers ought to learn to leave a chap alone.
I wish they'd have a heart and use their common sense
For three's a crowd, and more, it's treble the expense.

We lunch at Maxim's - And her mother comes too!
How large a snack seems - When her mother comes too!
And when they're visiting me, We finish afternoon tea,
She loves to sit on my knee - And her mother does too!

To golf we started - And her mother came too!
Three bags I carted - When her mother came too!
She fainted just off the tee, My darling whispered to me –
"Jack, dear, at last we are free!" But her mother came to! 

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Family Name

My maiden name Meaker is much more common than my married surname of Titheradge, and yet I have never come across another person with the surname spelt either Meaker or Meeker.  The nearest I have got is to see the local signs for a company called “Meaker Fencing”.

The surnames Titheridge, Titheradge, Tidridge and Tytheridge are very rare and yet on several occasions I have come across people with the name or related to the name.  Can you tell us if the same has happened to you.

The first time this happened was on our first visit to the local library way back in 1988 when we were trying to start our genealogy research.  An elderly member of Sussex Family History Society called Albert  noticed that we didn’t have a clue what we were doing and came to our aid and showed us the indexes available.  When we told him the name we were interested in he said with a big smile, “the man in the flat above me is called John Titheridge”.  A week later we received a letter from 82 year old John Titheridge giving us some scant details of his family, although he had no knowledge beyond his parents and had no contact with other family members.

A year later on our first visit to Hampshire Record Office in Winchester we ordered some parish records to look at.  The girl called out our name and when we sat down a gentleman came over and said “Did she say Titheridge?” This was genealogist Roy Daysh who was related to a Titheridge and he had researched the family name.  On the spot he presented us with a copy of our first family tree of the “Titheridges of Droxford”.

On another visit to the Hampshire Record Office a lady was making conversion and asking who I was researching.  When I said Titheradge she said “Oh!  I’ve researched the Titheridges of Itchen Ferry”.  Alas, I lost her contact details and never did benefit from sharing her information.

When I worked a Brighton Hospital one day I answered the phone and was rather startled to hear the person at the other end say “Hello this is Dr Titheridge…”

A few years ago my friend reported to me that she had been very surprised to go into a bank in West Sussex to find that the name card of the person behind the counter was “Ann Titheridge”

Last year my son went out with some people from work and their friends.  He was talking to one of the friends only to find that her grandparents were called “Titheradge”.

So has this ever happened to you?– have you come across people associated with your name in unexpected places?  If so please tell us about it.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Brave Hussar - Part 2

William Henry Titheridge 1892 - 1951
The Article on the Brave Hussar appeared on the Blog in February 2016.

The article was about William Henry Titheridge of the 13th Hussars who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in World War 1.  The article was read by Peter, a relative of William's, who has kindly provided us with a picture of William in full dress uniform. You will notice the left arm has the badges from the 1920 Royal Tournament when his squadron won the rifle shooting; also the sword on sword which he also won.

As a reminder this was the entry in The London Gazette on 1 May 1918 

His Majesty the King has been pleased to award the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned for gallantry and distinguished service in the field:

Sgt W H Tetheridge (Stockwell SW) of 13th Hussars - For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  During a mounted attack a horse carrying a machine gun broke loose.  After several attempts he succeeded in catching it among the trenches occupied by the enemy and brought it in under heavy fire.  He showed splendid coolness and resource.