64 Regency Ancestors

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George Alexander Knott (1787-1865) & Rebecca Scott Boutell (1793-1877)
Charles Frederick Warman (1794 – 1866) & Jane Winder (1802 – 1869)
Joseph Webster (c1777 – 1833) & Jane Uings (?1779- )
George Evans (c1795-1842) & Jemima Drage (1801-1886)
Thomas Pike (1800 – 1865) & Jane Pike (1802 – 1882)
Robert Mather Watson (1801-1872) & Frances Pratt (1811-1894)
Thomas Homewood (1806 – 1885) & Louisa Stephenson (1806 – 1871)
John Brown (1808 – 1878) & Margaret Stolker Pattison (1812 – 1864)
John Holmes (1812 - 1868) & Jane Tomlinson (1816 - 1894)
Charles Moorby (1806 - 1873) & Sarah Cardus (1809 - 1884)
Thomas Gill (1789 - 1866) & Ann Lambert (1793 - 1876)
John Binns (1809 - 1890) & Sarah Emmott (c1813 - 1860)
Richard Fenning (1818 - 1881) & Elizabeth Pudney (1815 - 1884)
George Wilson (1826 - 1899) & Jane Walker (1825 - 1901)
Richard Hine (1804 – 1847) & Susan Treeby (1808 – 1870)
Nicholas Knox (1812 - 1885) & Mary Butler (1812 - 1852)
Thomas Jack (1788 - 1841) & Janet Carswell (1797 - 1870)
Robert Gardner (1801 - 1876) & Helen Alexander (1801 - 1880)
Richard Gibb (1795 - 1830) & Barbara Watson (1794 - 1865)
Cumming Naismith (1803 - 1860) & Ann Telfer (1811 - 1890)
Hugh Gray (1785 - 1839) & Violet Inglis (1787 - 1832)
James Taylor (1778 - 1852) & Jean Taylor (1784 - 1866)
James Gaff (1765 - 1837) & Helen Henderson (1774 - 1833)
Henry Gayford (1795 - 1858) & Sarah Clarke (1802 - 1884)
John Palmer (1800 - 1881) & Elizabeth Jessup (1810 - 1875)
Henry Smart (1805 - 1874) & Isabella Margaret Hutson (1807 - 1852)
William Lloyd (c1800 - 1882) & Elizabeth Northover (1799 - 1891)
Henry Ridley (1771 - 1853) & Jane Lee (c1773 - 1854)
Sarah Mingings (1796 – 1864) & Lancelot Bird (1792 - )
Thomas Moor (1787 - 1861) & Frances Coulthart (1787 - 1870)
William Lawson (1798 - 1847) & Jane Hind (1794 - 1872)
Tree showing descent from the above + mini-biographies of direct ancestors

Each of us has sixty-four great-great-great-great-grandparents, but only my children have the sixty-four here*. Rather than tracing back a long list of names, this site looks at the lives of one generation and offers a glimpse into British 19th century life. It delights me to think that, in the years leading up to the end of the Georgian Age in 1830, all of them were alive, spread out across this island from Edinburgh to Devon, and yet most of them did not know each other.

None of them is famous, but most are skilled tradesmen and/or literate, so they have all left records behind. Differing attitudes to illegitimacy; desperate attempts to be accepted into the middle classes; crime; national events; all form regular parts of their stories. Together they form a fascinating picture.

Genealogy has two attractions for me: the social history and the detective work. If some people just want to stick together larger and larger trees, even when all logic tells them that they cannot be true, let them; but they are missing the point and the enjoyment. Perhaps it shouldn't make us any more interested in the past simply because a distant relative is involved, but it does. And if the journey there involves putting together several separate pieces of evidence, so much the better: finding Richard Gibb's parents was an example of that.

Have I been fortunate in being able to find out so much? Probably; although the number of unpromising starts that eventually led to interesting places suggests that others could have similar success. That George Knott's biography is the longest and most detailed is partly down to his living in London; but more so because it was the first to be written and had the most time spent on it.

Richard Knott


The depth of red/yellow represents the amount of information and personal anecdotes that have been found for that individual. Over time most biographies will have more background detail on the area and local events added. This tends to be greater for those living in cities.

Most details
Many details
Reasonable details
Some details
Fewest details


I am happy for any information on this site to be used by others. All the research is original (with some helpful individuals on Rootschat finding a few important baptisms and other facts that eluded me - I hope I have credited them all in the footnotes), although I am used to some of it coming back to me as if discovered by others! I would be happy to hear of any errors that are spotted and delighted to know of any new information. In time, all the evidence behind the biographies will be published, but the first task is to get something down for each of them.

In the short term any contact will need to be via 'RJKnott' on Rootschat or directly using rjk AT canford.com

  • Actually only sixty-two as Richard Gibb and Barbara Watson appear twice.


Genealogical problems that still need solving


Although this site focuses almost exclusively on one generation, occasionally interesting families appear in earlier generations. These are some of those families:

The Mathers of Newcastle. Maternal ancestors to Robert Mather Watson
Christopher Watson: builder of the First Fleet ships and inventor of the floating dry dock. Paternal ancestor to Robert Mather Watson
The Stephensons: mapmakers and surgeons. Paternal ancestors to Louisa Martha Stephenson
The Wells: helping to build Cheltenham but then split by a scandal. Maternal ancestors to Louisa Martha Stephenson