Sunday, 12 April 2015

A Link To Queen Victoria?

In the past I have mentioned a distant branch of my family who married into the gentry, and thus along with their descendants appear in the Peerage. 

My 5x Great Grandparents were Alexander and Sarah Barrass, who lived all of their lives around the Earsdon area of Northumberland. Together the couple had ten children. Their youngest son Matthew married his first cousin, Ann Hempseed, and they lived in Killingworth, Northumberland. By trade Matthew was a farmer, although later in life hw was a shipowner. 

Presumably it was through the shipping trade that his daughter Sarah Ann met and married John Rogerson who was a civil engineer, iron merchant and a shipowner. John Rogerson the man behind Rogerson & Co., opened a shipbuilding and repairing yard on the river Tyne and also founded an improved line of steamers, the Red Star Line. The Rogerson family soon moved into Croxdale Hall, Durham.

John and Sarah Ann's marriage notice.
Married on 18 August 1863 at Longbenton.
John and Sarah Ann's children led quite a privileged life in comparison to some of their cousins whose fathers were still very much working class, remaining as farmers or butchers. The Rogersons' daughters married into other wealthy families and their sons had the best education possible at Durham, Harrow and later Trinity College, Cambridge. Their eldest son John Edwin Rogerson in later life was a Conservative MP for the Barnard Castle constituency.

In March 1921 the engagement of John Edwin Rogerson's daughter Aileen Mary, to Captain Griffin Wyndham Edward Hanmer, the son of Sir Wyndham C H Hanmer, 6th Baronet, was announced. The couple went on to marry in November of the same year, and so Miss Aileen Mary Rogerson became Lady Hanmer.

The engagement.

Griffin Hanmer known as Edward, was the great-grandson of Victoria, or Victoire Conroy the daughter of the notorious Sir John Conroy. John Conroy was close friend (and possible lover) of the Duchess of Kent, Queen Victoria's mother. 

He was also the creator of the Kensington System, which Princess Victoria lived by up until she became Queen. The Kensington System was a cruel one which did not allow Princess Victoria to sleep alone, or even walk down the stairs without holding an adult's hand. She was kept isolated from other children, except for Victoria Conroy and her siblings. Princess Victoria grew to hate her mother and the Conroys.

Showing the connection to
Sir John and Victoria Conroy.
Lady Aileen Mary Hanmer was the third cousin of my Great Grandmother, Margery Rudd. The current Baronet Hanmer is my 5th Cousin Once Removed.