Posts Tagged ‘Mallion’

A Canadian Soldier

May 28, 2016

A while ago I did a post about a somewhat distant relative called Harriet Selden . She was a part of my Mallion tribe and today’s post is about one of her grandchildren. His full name was William Caleb Selden Mallion and he was born in 1892 in Eastbourne in Sussex. William was truly a distant relative – a third cousin three times removed. We have to go back to my five greats grandfather, born in 1765, to find our common ancestor.

When William was born his dad, Caleb Mallion, was a plasterers labourer and his mother was a laundress.

On Feb 28th 1907 young William set sail for Canada on the Dominion Line ship, Southwark. Other members of the family made the crossing at different times. I think the family may have been fragmented for a while but they are all together on the 1911 Canadian census.

In 1915 William signed up for the Canadian Army – to come back to Europe and join World War One. We have his attestation papers.


These are great documents. They sort out a bit of family history although I wonder why William gave his mother as next of kin rather than his father. Page two gives a brief description of William.image004So we know William, by today’s standards was of slight build – not all that tall and certainly not big around the chest. We know he had a light complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. As far as religion was concerned he was a salvationist.

It is good to report that William returned to Canada and at the time of the 1921 census he was married, with a daughter and was working, as far as it can be read, as a painter.

Harriet Selden

February 10, 2016

Sometimes, when you seek old family photos you end up with rather remote relatives or relatives by marriage only. This is one of them.

Harriet Selden married my cousin five times removed – George Mallion. In my early days doing family history I rather concentrated on Mallions, largely because nobody else had. I so enjoyed sharing data and ideas with distant cousin Mark in New Orleans. It was such fun to keep discovering more.

But I have never managed to find any photos of my closest Mallion relative, Caroline, who was my Great Great Grandmother and she lived from 1850 to 1926 marrying Fred Kesby. If anybody has a photo I really would love to see it.

Caroline’s father, John Mallion would have been the cousin of George so he almost certainly knew him and his wife Harriet for they all lived in an area close to Sandhurst in Kent, very close to the Sussex border.

And here is the photo I have of Harriet Selden, a Mallion by marriage.


Harriet was born in 1833 in Bodiam, Sussex. Her father, almost inevitably was a farm labourer and the whole family can be found on the 1841 census living at ‘New House’ in Bodiam. They were still there in 1851.

Towards the end of 1854 Harriet married George in the Cranbrook district. In 1861 the couple and four children were living at Fontridge Cottages in Burwash, Sussex. The oldest two children had been born at Sandhurst Kent.

In 1871 the couple, now with 8 children were living at Old Forge Cottages in Ticehurst. This was a fairly recent move as their youngest, one year old, had been born at Burwash.

Two further children were born in the 1870s, one at Ticehurst and the youngest at Goudhurst in Kent. A granddaughter, the same age as the youngest son completed the household at Hurst Green in the parish of Etchingham.

In 1891 the widow, Harriet was in Etchingham with an adult single son and the youngest child.

I haven’t located the end of Harriet’s life.

She looks quite a formidable lady in the photo. I suppose back in that Victorian era, with ten children, you had to be.


September 21, 2014

My three greats grandparents married at Newenden Church which is just in Kent. It is sited alongside the River Rother which is still navigable for quite large boats. I have visited it several times most recently, earlier this month.

But first, let’s mention those ancestors with a Newenden connection. John Mallion was born in Sandhurst, a few miles from Newenden back in 1815. The little village of Sandhurst in Kent was where the Mallions lived, en masse. There would have been a time when loads of my relatives lived there.  John’s mother was Mary Mallion, also born in Sandhurst in 1792. His father, named on his marriage certificate, was John Brissenden. I have never been able to trace him with any certainty.


In 1841 John married Jane Huggett who was born just over the border in Sussex, at Peasmarsh. She was born in 1813 to Henry and Hannah. The Huggetts had a long association with Peasmarsh and Rye.

Judging by the birth places of their children, John and Jane were in Newenden for 5 years or so.

So let’s take a look at the little place.

You can get a kind of overview of the little village whilst riding on the Kent and East Sussex Railway.


And very pretty it all looks in its setting – with the church where the couple married in view. We do not know where they lived, but it may well have been away from their village centre for John, like many of my ancestors, was a farm labourer.


There’s the elegant little church which once had a more solid tower.


I’d have preferred that. That little spire doesn’t look quite right to me.


The pub is set more or less opposite the church.

And here’s the river.


It was being dredged and was just a bit of a mess whilst we visited.


I’d feel very happy to watch a cricket match on the field at Newenden, under the delightful wind vane.


John and Jane would not have known cricket, but they had their first three children christened in this font.


I do like visiting the places where the ancestors lived. They may have changed, but it still makes me feel closer to the old folks.