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Re: DANNs in Maidstone, Kent, UK
Posted by: John Dann (ID *****2051) Date: December 05, 2008 at 12:03:57
In Reply to: Re: DANNs in Maidstone, Kent, UK by Ian Dann of 450

Hello Ian,

Thanks for your enquiry regarding Rebecca Masswarren.

George Dann, 1744 to 1793, and his wife Elizabeth, 1752 to 1836, nee Duddy, moved into Linton, near Maidstone in 1770. They had eight children. John, 1770 to 1817, George 1773 to 1834, Thomas 1776 to 1788, Mary 1778 to ? , Elizabeth 1782 to late 1830s, Ann 1785 to 1786, Rebecca 1789 to 1877, and Luke 1794 to 1855.

Luke is my GG Grandfather, and he moved to Maidstone in 1817.

George, born 1773, married Elizabeth Tupper in 1799. They had a son George in 1800, who married a Louisa. ( I do not know where or when)

Elizabeth married James Manwaring of Hythe, date unknown, and they had moved to Brighton by the late 1830s. James predeceased Elizabeth who died in the late 1830s.

Rebecca, Christened 24th May 1789, remained unmarried throughout her life. Despite being unmarried, she had two sons, Frederick chr. 13th August 1822, and Edwin chr. 14th May 1829. In the Parish Register both entries list her as being a single woman. Her mother also applied for Parish Relief for Rebecca for Frederick in 1825 for whom she got 2/- per week. Edwin unfortunately died in Brighton in 1841, aged 12.

Upon her Motherís death in 1836, Rebecca moved to Brighton to live with her sister, Elizabeth Manwaring. My guess is that at this date she adopted her sisterís married name to be her maiden name and probably referred to herself as a widow to cover the status of herself and her children. However, later on, I guess that Manwaring became corrupted to Masswarren.

Her son Frederick appears to have had a son, Frederick, in 1843, while unmarried, in Brighton.

Rebecca, her son and grandson went to live at various addresses in London. Frederick, her son then married Sarah Merrett in 1849, had two children in London in 1845 and 1850, and a further four, after emigration to Australia, from 1855 to 1863. Frederick, her grandson, stayed in London, and died at Kensington in 1875 age 32.

Rebecca died at Chelsea in 1877 age 89. Her death is registered as Rebecca Dan.

George Dann of Linton is descended from George Dann of Loose, 1655 to 1725.

I have an original letter written by James Hugh Ryse Dann, in 1835, to a solicitor in London to whom he owes money. In it he says that he has been unemployed for the whole of last winter, having been employed by Lord Cornwallis (of Linton Place), as a gardener, for the past 22 years. He says that Lord Cs has got rid of him due to his being old.

Do you know what evidence there is to show that James Hugh Ryse Dann was descended from George Dann of Loose other than convenience of names and dates?

Also, do you have any information on a George Dann, born in Maidstone c. 1795?

I have more information available if you would like it, and would be most grateful if you could let me know where you fit in yourself. I would suggest that I send it by email as it is somewhat extensive for this forum.

All the best,

John Dann

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