My mother was Pascha Trevenen James (1919-1978), and this page is a guide to the material on the website about her ancestors and relations. The pages linked from here include family trees (pedigrees) and pages discussing the relevant family history (including biographical notes on family members). I plan to add links to the relevant source document catalogues.
The family trees can be viewed either in SVG format (which can be scrolled up, down, left and right in a normal web browser) or as PDF files, which can be downloaded and printed. Family trees showing living people are protected by a password, and are intended only for my cousins shown on them - please contact me for the relevant access details.
Updated 17 Dec 2020
- James, Trevenen, Coulson and Leah
- Rosher, Hindle and Mackinnon
- Pearsall, Hamilton-ffinney and Lee
My mother's maiden name was James, and her male-line ancestors came from West Cornwall, where they intermarried with other Cornish families including Trevenen (a name which continues to be used as a given name by many of my cousins), Coulson and Leah. Though there were relatively few marriages between people who were already related by blood (i.e. who had a close common ancestor), there were a lot of marriages between people who were already related by marriage, and the following family trees try to show these rather complicated connections diagrammatically:
Some biographical and other information on my James ancestors is given on the following pages:
- James family history
- Lionel James (1868-1948) - my grandfather, who was a classical scholar and Headmaster of Monmouth School
- Harold Hindle James ("Huck") (1894-1969) - my mother's first cousin, who spent much of his life in the Middle East, including RFC and RAF service there, and who left extensive personal memoirs
- Augustus Frederick James (1842-1912) - my grandfather's uncle, who left some interesting memoirs of his Cornish childhood in the 1840s; his wife Katherine Anna Geale was an artist, and several of her paintings are still in the family
- James coat of arms - granted to my great-great-grandfather Trevenen James on 20 Feb 1845
My first cousins on my mother's side, and their descendants, are shown on the following family tree:
My grandfather Lionel James had just three first cousins on his father's side, shown on the James, Coulson and Leah pedigree. Only one of them had any issue, in the form of the remarkable Peggy Scott (1897-1996), who I remember well and who married for the first time in her early eighties, and lived to be 99; I am planning to write some biographical notes about her.Rosher, and her male-line ancestors came from northwest Kent, initially in Rotherhithe, and later around Gravesend; they became rich and successful businessmen and philanthopists and for several generations they also owned Trewyn, an estate in Monmouthshire. The Roshers had a tendency to both fecundity (including several families with ten or twelve children) and longevity. Lionel James had no less than twenty-eight first cousins on his mother's side, born between 1857 and 1876, seven of whom lived into their eighties, four into their nineties and one (Mary van Straubenzee, née Rosher) died just short of her 102nd birthday in 1967, the only centenarian I have so far identified among my blood relations. The following family tree traces them back to the early seventeenth century:
Lionel appears to have had relatively little contact with most of these cousins, which is unfortunate, as some of them had quite interesting connections. His first cousin Charles Henry Rosher (1858-1936) was the father of the multiple Oscar-winning cinematographer Charles Rosher, and grandfather of the Hollywood actress Joan Marsh. Percy White Rosher (1859-1928) married the niece of the revolutionary political philosopher, and co-author of the Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Engels (who was a neighbour of the Roshers on Regents Park Road in London). Extraordinarily, Engels seems to have given financial support to Percy Rosher, despite the latter's involvement with his own family's substantial business interests - this is a subject for further research!
Lionel James's eldest brother, Henry Rosher James (1862-1931), known as Bobby, married Mary Edith Hindle (1864-1947). Through they were not related to each other, his uncle George Rosher (1832-1877) was already married to her aunt Mary Hindle (1834-1919), and the following family tree shows their connections to several other families (including Henderson, Neville, Radcliffe, Pennington, Templeton and van Straubenzee):
I have drawn this tree mainly to show the links to various relations that are mentioned in the memoirs of two of Henry Rosher James's children. His elder son Harold Hindle James is mentioned above, and his daughter Mary Hindle Mackinnon ("Mollie") (1899-1996) also wrote some memoirs, which were privately published. She married an Australian, and was the only one of Henry's children to have children of her own, shown on the following family tree:
Clabburn, and her male-line ancestors came from the city of Norwich, where they had been weavers and shawl manufacturers for generations, building an extremely successful family business in the mid-nineteenth century. Given the popular caricature of Norfolk people as highly inbred, it is notable that my researches into this family have yet to identify any marriages between relatives (even ones related only by other marriages) whereas there are several such instances in other branches of my ancestry. The following family tree shows the Clabburn family back to the late 18th century:
- Clabburn family history illustrated with family portraits painted by the pre-Raphaelite artist Frederick Sandys
- Arthur Edward Clabburn (1849-1901) - my great-grandfather, who made a career as a freelance artist after a short spell in the army
- Ethel de Pearsall Clabburn (1879-1960) - my grandmother, who got a job as matron at Monmouth School, where she eventually married the headmaster
- Descendants of Ethel [PDF] (password required) - including those of my mother and her four siblings, mainly in England and Wales, though with some now in France, Germany and Norway
- Descendants of Charles and of Adèle [PDF] (password required) - Charles emigrated to New Zealand and adopted a daughter there, while Adèle emigrated to Australia with her husband
- Descendants of Walter [PDF] (password required) - Walter joined his sister and brother-in-law Australia, and married there
- Descendants of Dorothy and of Viva [PDF] (password required) - Dorothy's descendants live mainly in England, though with some in Hungary and the USA, while Viva eventually married in the USA, where her descendants still live.
Biographical information on some of the Pearsalls is given on the following pages:
- Robert Lucas Pearsall (the elder) (1795-1856) - amateur musical composer, who lived in Schloss Wartensee in Switzerland
- Robert Lucas Pearsall (the younger) (1820-1865) - son of the above, and an officer in the Imperial Austrian Army
- Rosey de Pearsall (c. 1861-1922) - daughter of the above, and my great-grandmother