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WALTER JOHN AND HANNAH SON NATHANIEL BISHOP TREE 8/2C1A

 

NATHANIEL (KNOWN AS NAT) WAS BORN IN LONDON  WAS A STRICT BAPTIST.

 

 NAT FELL IN LOVE WITH KATHERINE IN THE BELGRAVE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN, CLAPHAM ROAD, LONDON.

 

.KATHERINE A SURGEON WAS WEARING HER WHITE COAT AGAINST WHICH HER CHEEKS LOOKED AS RED AS APPLES AND HER LASHES AS BLACK AS EBONY.

 

IN HER ARMS SHE HELD TENDERLY A 'DIRTY SQUALLING' SLUM BABY WHOSE EYES SHE HAD CALLED NAT IN TO EXAMINE.

HE HARDLY NOTICED THE BABY'S RUNNING EYES OR SNOTTY NOSE. HE WAS ENSLAVED.

 

NOW THIRTY-FIVE, NAT HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED SEVERAL METAMORPHOSES IN HIS LIFE.

 

 AFTER LEAVING THE CITY OF LONDON SCHOOL AT SIXTEEN (WHERE HE GOT BAD MARKS FOR REBELLIOUS BEHAVIOUR), HE WENT TO WORK ON THE BALTIC EXCHANGE IN LIVERPOOL

 

 HERE THE BAPTIST MISSIONS TO SEAMEN TOOK HIM UP AND SOON HAD HIM TRAINING FOR THE MINISTRY AT THE REGENT'S PARK COLLEGE. BUT THIS FIRST 'CALL' WAS SOON TO BE OVERLAID BY A MORE INSISTENT ONE TO BECOME A MEDICAL MISSIONARY.

 

THAT MEANT A STEP HITHERTO UNHEARD OF IN HIS FAMILY: GOING TO UNIVERSITY FOR A MEDICAL DEGREE.

 

 HIS FATHER WALTER JOHN CANNOT HAVE APPROVED, FOR NAT'S BROTHER SYDNEY HAD TO LEND HIM THE MONEY FOR HIS FEES. (SYDNEY WAS WORKING AS A SILVERSMITH IN LAMBERT'S, WHICH WAS TO BECOME HARMAN & LAMBERT.)

 

NAT OBTAINED A DOUBLE FIRST AT CAMBRIDGE AND WAS UNLUCKY NOT TO BECOME AN ANATOMY FELLOW OF ST JOHN'S COLLEGE.

 

 DASHED BY THIS FAILURE HE SERVED IN THE BOER WAR AS A CIVILIAN CONSULTANT TO THE ARMY.

 IN 1902 HE BECAME AN EYE-MAN', EXAMINING AND PRESCRIBING FOR THE EYES OF LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL SCHOOLCHILDREN AND TEACHING IN HOSPITALS.

 

NAT  ALSO SET UP IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AT AN ADDRESS IN QUEEN ANNE STREET, OFF HARLEY STREET. HIS FEMALE COMPANIONSHIP CONSISTED OF 'METHUSELAH', THE OLD SERVANT AT QUEEN ANNE STREET, AND HIS MOTHER HANNAH AND SISTERS AT BALCOMBE HOUSE.

 

WHEN NAT MET HIS FUTURE WIFE KATHERINE IN 1904 HIS FUTURE LOOKED PROMISING. HAVING FAILED TO SECURE THE DESIRED FELLOWSHIP AT HIS CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE, HE HAD VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE FOR A YEAR AS A CIVILIAN CONSULTANT IN THE BOER WAR. WHEN HE RETURNED TO LONDON.

 

NAT BEGAN TO EXPERIMENT IN THE MAKING OF INSTRUMENTS FOR CATARACT OPERATIONS; THESE WERE SUCCESSFUL AND WAS MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF IN MEDICAL CIRCLES.

 

KATHERINE MUCH ATTRACTED TO NAT, BUT ALTHOUGH THEY HAD MUCH IN COMMON THEY WERE DIVIDED BY RELIGION.

 

KATHERINE CHAMBERLAIN WAS ALSO A DOCTOR; SHE HAD TRAINED FROM 1893 TO 1899 AT THE ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL, IN NORTH LONDON.

 

 WHICH THEN INCLUDED THE WOMEN'S MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR LONDON UNIVERSITY.

FINALLY NAT HARMAN MARRIED KATHERINE CHAMBERLAIN AT THE  OLD MEETING HOUSE IN BIRMINGHAM ON 4TH SEPTEMBER 1905 .

 

IN SEPTEMBER 1905 NATHANIEL (NAT) HARMAN, AN UP-AND-COMING OPHTHALMIC SURGEON, BROUGHT HIS NEW BRIDE, KATHERINE CHAMBERLAIN, TO LIVE AT 108 HARLEY STREET.

  

ELIZABETH, THE FIRST OF THEIR FIVE CHILDREN, WAS BORN: ON 30TH AUGUST 1906. JOHN, THE ELDEST SON, WAS JOHN  1907, KITTY IN 1909, ROGER IN 1912 AND MICHAEL IN 1914. ALL THE  CHILDREN WERE BORN AT HOME.

 

HAVING RENOUNCED HIS FATHER WALTER JOHN'S FAITH FOR THE SAKE OF THE WOMAN HE LOVED, NAT DOUBLY RESOLVED TO PRESERVE HIS FATHER'S "WORKS" HIMSELF.

 

WHEN HE BECAME A FATHER NAT BELIEVED, AND EXPLAINED HIS RIGID INSISTENCE ON THE -STANDARDS OF OBEDIENCE, SOBRIETY AND DISCIPLINE THAT NAT HAD EXPERIENCED AT THE HANDS OF HIS OWN FATHER. WALTER JOHN.

 

BROTHERS AND SISTER LIVED IN THE NURSERY QUARTERS AT THE TOP OF THEIR THREE-STORIED HARLEY STREET HOUSE. THREE FLOORS BELOW, THE COOK REIGNED IN THE BASEMENT WITH A HOUSEMAID AND PARLOUR MAID, WHO SHARED THE DOMESTIC CHORES BETWEEN THEM. A HOUSEHOLD STAFF OF FIVE WAS ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A COMFORTABLY-OFF PROFESSIONAL MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILY DURING THE EARLY YEARS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

NEVERTHELESS, ELIZABETH HIS DAUGHTER MEMORIES OF HER EARLY YEARS ARE NOT OF LUXURY OR EVEN OF COMFORT. THERE WAS NO LIFT IN THE HOUSE AND NO BEDSIDE LAMPS, READING IN BED BEING CONSIDERED DECADENT.

 

THE COLD NURSERY BEDROOM UNDER THE ROOF WAS UNHEATED; THIS THE TWO SISTERS SHARED UNTIL ELIZABETH LEFT HOME TO BE MARRIED AT THE AGE OF TWENTY-FIVE.

 

DURING THE WINTER THE WHOLE HOUSE WAS INTENSELY COLD, FOR THE SINGLE ELECTRIC FIRE WAS IN HER FATHER'S CONSULTING ROOM.

 

THE ONE RADIATOR IN THE HALL WAS OF LITTLE USE ON ACCOUNT OF THE ICY BLASTS ADMITTED AS THE FRONT DOOR WAS OPENED AND SHUT FOR THE PATIENTS.

 

ELIZABETH AND HER SISTER KITTY WERE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECT OF THE COLD ON THEIR ADORED MOTHER KATHERINE AND ONE CHRISTMAS THEY PRESENTED HER WITH A PAIR OF FLEECE-LINED BLOOMERS.

 

NAT HARMAN EXACERBATED THE AUSTERITY OF 108 HARLEY STREET BY INSISTING ON VERY PLAIN FARE FOR THE CHILDREN.

 

MATTERS WERE NOT IMPROVED BY THE OPEN-SIDED LIFT, WHICH NAT HAD CONSTRUCTED HIMSELF AND INSTALLED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE.

 

THIS HOISTED FOOD FROM THE BASEMENT KITCHEN TO THE NURSERY QUARTERS ON THE TOP FLOOR, ENSURING THAT NURSERY MEALS INVARIABLY ARRIVED COLD.

HOT SUNDAY LUNCH WAS CONSEQUENTLY REGARDED AS A GREAT TREAT.

THIS WAS THE ONLY MEAL AT WHICH THE BROTHERS AND SISTER JOINED NAT AND KATHERINE IN THE DINING ROOM, RESERVED AS THE PATIENTS' WAITING ROOM DURING THE WEEK.

ON SUNDAYS A JOINT OF BEEF WAS SERVED, FOLLOWED BY APPLE PIE. HIS DAUGHTER ELIZABETH, AND HER SISTER'S  DRESSED IN A WHITE STARCHED FRILLY APRON OVER HER SUNDAY FROCK, WOULD BEG FOR A SECOND HELPING, ONLY TO BE STERNLY REFUSED BY HER FATHER.

 

THE CHILDREN'S  EARLY YEARS WERE SECURE AND HAPPY, IF SOMEWHAT REGIMENTED. THE RESTRICTIONS EASED IN 1913 WHEN NAT HARMAN RENTED LYNCHFIELD, IN THE VILLAGE OF DETLING, NEAR MAIDSTONE, KENT.

FROM THEN ON THE HARMAN'S SPENT ALL THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AT LYNCHFIELD.

 

NATHANIEL HARMAN WAS A TALENTED DRAUGHTSMAN AND WATER-COLOURIST BUT, EVER THRIFTY, HE DREW THE CHILDREN'S PICTURES ON THE BACKS OF USED ENVELOPES OR SCRAPS OF PAPER FOR THE CHILDREN.

 

THE CHILDREN RECALL BEING ALLOWED TO LAUGH AT THEIR FATHER. NAT HARMAN MISSED HIS FOOTING ON THE RIVER BANK AND FELL FULLY CLOTHED INTO THE WATER; TO EVERYONE'S RELIEF HE WAS AMUSED BY HIS MISHAP, SO HIS CHILDREN WERE ABLE TO GIVE VENT TO THE LAUGHTER THAT THEY HAD ATTEMPTED TO SUPPRESS.

 

NAT AS HE GREW OLDER BECAME MORE HUMAN IN HIS APPROACH TO LIFE AND SPECIFICALLY THE GRAND CHILDREN.

 

NAT WAS GETTING OLDER TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH ELIZABETH HIS DAUGHTER WAS SUFFERING FROM A SEVERE ATTACK OF CONJUNCTIVITIS, SHE HAD TELEPHONED HER FATHER FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

THIS WAS TO BE THE LAST TIME THAT HE COULD OFFER SUCH HELP. AT SEVENTY-SIX HE WAS WORN OUT, HAVING NEVER FULLY RECOVERED FROM A FALL FROM A LADDER DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

 

NAT WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOR SALINE INJECTIONS TO RESTORE HIS FAILING STRENGTH, BUT DIED LATER IN THE DAY.

 

WHEN KATHERINE HARMAN TOLD HER DAUGHTER OF NAT WAS MISERABLE  AT HAVING TO GO TO HOSPITAL, ELIZABETH MADE UP HER MIND THAT IF SHE WERE EVER RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELL-BEING OF A DYING PERSON, SHE WOULD DO HER UTMOST TO ENSURE THAT PERSON COULD DIE AT HOME.

 

 

A GIFTED OPHTHALMIC SURGEON, NAT HARMAN HAD BEEN ALMOST BRUTAL IN THE REGARD TO THE HEALTH OF HIS OWN CHILDREN. STRICT, PURITANICAL AND PARSIMONIOUS, HE WAS CASUAL TO THE POINT OF NEGLECT IN HIS OWN DRESS. 'WHO IS THAT SHABBY OLD MAN?' ENQUIRED NAT'S OWN BROTHER-IN-LAW AT A FAMILY WEDDING.

 

IN LATER AGE, HOWEVER, NAT MELLOWED AND, ALTHOUGH HE REMAINED INTOLERANT OF NOISE, HE COULD BE ENDLESSLY PATIENT WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN.

 

NAT  SENT THEM MINIATURE LETTERS FILLED WITH NEWS. THESE HE FOLDED INTO TINY MATCHING ENVELOPES MADE FROM SCRAP PAPER, ON WHICH HE WROTE AND ILLUSTRATED THE ADDRESS. AND A MINIATURE STAMP.

AT LEAST ONE HAS SURVIVED, ADDRESSED TO PADDY AT CHADLINGTON ROAD. A YEAR OR TWO BEFORE NAT'S DEATH.

 

NATHANIEL BISHOP HARMAN DIED AT THE AGED  76. .IN 1946.

 

KATHERINE HARMAN DIED ON 10TH JUNE 1960, AGED EIGHTY-SEVEN. SHE HAD OUTLIVED HER HUSBAND NAT BY FIFTEEN YEARS

 

CHAMBERLAINS OF BIRMINGHAM.

 

KATHERINE (KATIE) CHAMBERLAIN'S FAMILY WERE ORIGINALLY LARGER THAN THE HARMAN'S BY ONLY TWO - NINE SURVIVING CHILDREN AGAINST SEVEN - BUT SOCIALLY THEY WERE TEN TIMES THE SIZE, BEING AUGMENTED BY THE ENORMOUS COUSINSHIP', NOW IN THE SECOND GENERATION. THE KENDRICK COUSINS WERE ESPECIALLY CLOSE.

 

 ARTHUR'S WIFE LOUISA AND JOE'S SECOND WIFE FLORENCE KENDRICK BEING TWINS, WHILE JOE'S FIRST WIFE HARRIET KENDRICK HAD BEEN THE TWINS' FIRST COUSIN. AND THE KENDRICK WERE ALREADY RELATED TO THE CHAMBERLAINS THROUGH THE MARRIAGE OF MARY, SISTER OF JOE AND ARTHUR, TO SIR WILLIAM KENDRICK OF THE GROVE, HARBORNE.

 

A FORMIDABLE FAMILY TO MARRY INTO.

 

IT WAS FROM THE WELSH KENDRICK'S THAT KATIE GOT HER VERY DARK HAIR AND EYES, WITH PERHAPS A CONTRIBUTION FROM HER MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, MARIA PAGET, WHOSE FAMILY CAME FROM THE AUVERGNE IN FRANCE.

 

KATHERINE BELONGED TO THE FAMOUS BIRMINGHAM FAMILY WHO HAD MADE THEIR MONEY IN IRONWORKS AND THEIR MARK AS RADICALS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

 

 SHE WAS CLOSE TO HER UNCLE JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES UNDER THE SALISBURY CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT, WHO HAD SHOWN HER MUCH KINDNESS AROUND THE TIME OF HER MOTHER'S DEATH.

 

JOE AND HIS THIRD WIFE, MARY, HAD ARRANGED A LONDON SEASON FOR KATHERINE IN 1891 WHEN SHE WAS EIGHTEEN. IN THE 1890S, WHILE SHE WAS STUDYING AT THE ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL, SHE HAD A STANDING INVITATION TO SUNDAY LUNCH AT THE CHAMBERLAINS' HOUSE IN WEST LONDON.

 

HER COUSIN NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN WAS EXTREMELY FOND OF ELIZABETH. IT WAS MOOTED THAT AT ONE TIME HE WISHER TO MARRY ELIZABETH. . BUT ELIZABETH DID NOT TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY.

 

WHEN KATHERINE CHAMBERLAIN REGISTERED THERE WERE ONLY 378 WOMEN DOCTORS IN ENGLAND AND WALES. THE GENERAL PREJUDICE AGAINST WOMEN DOCTORS WAS NOT SHARED BY KATHERINE'S

 

ARTHUR CHAMBERLAIN, HER FATHER, HAD NAMED ONE OF HIS HORSES LADY DOCTOR IN HER HONOUR

 

HER MOTHER, LOUISA CHAMBERLAIN, HAD DEVELOPED RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS IN 1890 AND HAD CHOSEN ONE OF THE NEWLY QUALIFIED WOMEN PRACTITIONERS TO SUPERVISE HER OWN MEDICAL CARE.

 

 THIS WAS AN UNUSUAL STEP AT THE TIME, WHICH REFLECTED A GENUINE TRUST IN THE COMPETENCE OF WOMEN DOCTORS. LOUISA DIED TWO YEARS LATER, BEFORE KATHERINE HAD COMPLETED HER TRAINING.

 

 

 

THE HARMAN FAMILY INTO WHICH KATHERINE WAS MARRYING HAD ORIGINATED IN SUSSEX WHERE THEY WERE YEOMEN FARMERS.

 

 EARLY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY THEY HAD MOVED TO LONDON WHERE THEY HAD ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES AS MERCHANTS; NONE OF THE HARMAN'S HAD A PARTICULAR INTEREST IN POLITICS.

 

KATHERINE HARMAN DIED ON 10TH JUNE 1960, AGED EIGHTY-SEVEN. SHE HAD OUTLIVED HER HUSBAND NAT BY FIFTEEN YEARS AND HAD KNOWN TWO OF HER GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, ANTONIA'S DAUGHTERS, REBECCA AND FLORA.

 

 THE FAMILY  HAD ALWAYS BEEN CLOSE TO THEIR  MOTHER KATHERINE. FOR SHE WAS THE ONE WHO GAVE THEM THE PROTECTION WHEN NEEDED FROM THEIR FATHERS PURITANICAL OUT LOOK ON LIFE.

 

NAT & KATHLEEN’S DAUGHTER ELIZABETH

 

ELIZABETH WAS BORN AT 108, HARTLEY STREET LONDON IN 1911.

 

ELIZABETH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FROM THEIR MOTHER KATHERINE, WHO INSTRUCTED THEM IN THEIR UNITARIAN FAITH.

 

 FROM THEIR EARLIEST YEARS SHE HAD READ GOSPEL STORIES TO THEM, CARE-FULLY STRESSING THAT JESUS WAS A GOOD MAN BUT THAT HE WAS NOT GOD AND WAS BY NO MEANS PERFECT.

HAD HE NOT RUN AWAY FROM HIS PARENTS, CAUSING THEM SORROW?

 

 IN HER MEMOIRS WRITTEN OVER SIXTY YEARS LATER, ELIZABETH RECALLS HER MOTHER'S LOW, SERIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL VOICE, WHICH 'MADE ME FEEL EVERYTHING SHE SAID MUST BE TRUE.

SHE ALSO REMEMBERS HER MOTHER TEACHING HER THE 'OUR FATHER' BESIDE THE LAKE IN THE REGENTS PARK BOTANICAL GARDENS.

 

ELIZABETH THE CHILD ADORED HER MOTHER KATHERINE AND GREATLY LOOKED FORWARD TO HER NIGHTLY VISIT TO THE NURSERY WHEN SHE WOULD SIT ON THE END OF ELIZABETH'S BED TO HEAR HER NIGHT PRAYERS: 'PLEASE GOD BLESS ME AND KEEP ME SAFE THIS NIGHT.

 BLESS MOTHER

 

IN 1922, WHEN ELIZABETH WAS FIFTEEN, SHE GAINED THE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE WITH SIX CREDITS, ACHIEVING THE BEST RESULTS AT HER SCHOOL.

  

IT SEEMED TO BE EVERY POSSIBILITY THAT SHE COULD GO ON TO STUDY AT THE SLADE SCHOOL OF FINE ART' BUT ELIZABETH HAD HER SIGHTS SET ON A SCHOLARSHIP TO READ ENGLISH AT LADY MARGARET HALL, OXFORD.

ELIZABETH WAS NOW BECOMING IMPATIENT TO MOVE INTO THE ADULT WORLD. IN 1923 WHEN SHE WAS SIXTEEN HER MOTHER GAVE HER A MODEST MONTHLY ALLOWANCE, WHICH ENABLED HER TO BUY HER OWN SHOES, STOCKINGS AND HANDKERCHIEFS, WHILE MRS. HARMAN CONTINUED TO CHOOSE THE REST OF HER CLOTHES. WITHOUT ANY REFERENCE TO ELIZABETH.

 

HER FATHER REFUSED TO ALLOW HER TO CUT HER HAIR AND STILL LESS TO WEAR MAKE-UP. ONE DAY WHEN HE MET HER LEAVING THE HOUSE WEARING 'TANGEE' LIPSTICK, A LIPSTICK SO DISCREET AS TO BE ALMOST INVISIBLE, HE TOLD HER THAT SHE LOOKED LIKE A TART' AND MARCHED HER BACK INTO THE HOUSE TO REMOVE IT.

 

 EVENTUALLY MRS. HARMAN PERSUADED HER HUSBAND TO ALLOW ELIZABETH TO HAVE THE LONGED-FOR BOB, BUT SHE COULD NOT PERSUADE HIM TO CHANGE HIS VIEWS ON MAKE-UP.

 

IN DEALING WITH ELIZABETH'S INCREASING MATURITY, MRS. HARMAN'S APPROACH WAS SUBTLER AND MORE SUCCESSFUL. SHE DISAPPROVED OF SMOKING, BUT RATHER THAN ISSUING A DIRECT PROHIBITION SHE OFFERED A BRIBE: ELIZABETH, THEN AGED EIGHTEEN, WAS PROMISED 25 IF SHE NEITHER SMOKED NOR DRANK ALCOHOL BEFORE SHE WAS TWENTY-ONE.

 SHE OBSERVED THE BAN UNTIL SHE WAS TWENTY AFTER WHICH SHE SMOKED AND DRANK FREELY.

 

ELIZABETH TOLD HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT IN FUTURE SHE WOULD PREFER TO BE KNOWN BY HER FULL NAME ELIZABETH, RATHER THAN THE DIMINUTIVE 'BETTY'.

 

THE 'NEW' ELIZABETH, SLENDER AND VIVACIOUS, WHO IN LATER YEARS WOULD LOOK AS GOOD AS HER ADULT DAUGHTERS IN A MINISKIRT, SURPRISINGLY LACKED CONFIDENCE IN HER APPEARANCE. SHE HAD A BROAD BROW, REGULAR FEATURES AND A READY SMILE THAT BEGAN WITH HER EYES; YET SHE DISLIKED HER BROWN HAIR, PALLID COMPLEXION AND EVEN HER ELOQUENT EYES, REGRETTING THAT THEIR COLOUR HOVERED BETWEEN GREY AND BLUE. WHAT SHE COULD NOT KNOW WAS THAT HER GREATEST CHARM LAY IN HER ENTHUSIASM, WHICH LIT HER WHOLE BEING WITH A GLOW THAT WAS TO PROVE IRRESISTIBLY INFECTIOUS.

 

FRANK PAKENHAM FIRST MET ELIZABETH IN 1927 AT OXFORD, BUT LITTLE DID SHE NO THAT HE HAD FALLEN IN LOVE WITH HER.

 THEN ASTONISHINGLY IN 1930 HE ARRIVED AT HER HOUSE UNANNOUNCED . THAT WAS THE START OF THEIR COURT SHIP AND EVENTUALLY THEY MARRIED ON THE 31ST OF NOVEMBER 1931 AT ST: MICHAELS WESTMINSTER LONDON.

THEY EVENTUALLY HAD EIGHT CHILDREN.

 

ELIZABETH HARMAN KNEW ALL THE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN SOCIETY, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY GEORGE THE 6TH QUEEN ELIZABETH ( LATER TO BE KNOWN AS QUEEN MOTHER) AND HER DAUGHTER THE PRESENT DAY QUEEN & HER HUSBAND PHILIP.

 

IT IS SURPRISING HOW FAMILY FORTUNES CHANGE OVER THE COURSE OF GENERATIONS. SOME BRANCHES LIVING IN POVERTY, WHILST OTHER FOR REASON OF OPPORTUNITY BECOME RICH.

 

IT IS MY OWN OPINION THAT CIRCUMSTANCES IN THIS PARTICULAR LINE CHANGED WITH THE MARRIAGE OF EDWARD HARMAN TO THE WIDOW  ELIZABETH NORRIS IN LONDON IN 1769 MAIDEN NAME ELIZABETH GODFREY  BEING ORIGINALLY OF OXFORD. WHO IN ALL PROBABILITY WAS A RICH WIDOW.

FOR OTHER BROTHERS OF EDWARD DID NOT HAVE THE SAME ADVANTAGE AS EDWARD, NOR THEIR DESCENDANTS. BUT THAT IS THE WAY OF LIFE AND HISTORY.

 

HOWEVER MOST HARMAN'S SEEMED TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO SUCCEED IN WHAT EVER THEIR STATION IN LIFE.

THEY WERE ALSO LAW ABIDING ,HARD WORKING AND AS HISTORY SHOWS BY NEWS PAPER REPORTS AND FIELD RESEARCH IN MOST CASES WELL RESPECTED REGARDLESS OF THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES.

 

AFTER THE DEATH OF HER FATHER ELIZABETH WAS CONVERTED TO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC FAITH.

THIS I CANNOT UNDERSTAND, THAT A WOMEN WITH SO MUCH INTELLIGENCE SHOULD BECOME INVOLVED WITH A RELIGION  THAT DOMINATES WITH POPERY, RICHES AND UNJUST RULES, AND AS  WITH ALL RELIGION, SHOWN SUCH HATRED OF INHUMANITY TO MEN & WOMEN OF THE WORLD.

AS FAR AS I AM CONCERN THERE IS ONLY ONE RULE TO YOUR TREATMENT OF OTHERS.

 

DO UNTO THEM AS THEY WOULD DO UNTO YOU.(F.W.W.Harman )

 

BUT MAN IS THE CRUELLEST OF ANIMALS AND IF HE SUPPOSEDLY TO BE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, THEN GOD MUST BE A TERRIBLE PERSON, BUT MAYBE IT IS THE RULES OF MEN THAT MAKE UP THE STORIES AND RULES OF RELIGION.

AS YOU CAN GUESS I HAVE NO INCLINATION TO ANY RELIGION.

 

FRANCIS AUNGIER PAKENHAM. Born 3 DEC 1905 . Died 4 AUG 2001 CHELSEA & WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL.

 

He married ELIZABETH HARMAN. Born 1911 . Children of FRANCIS AUNGIER PAKENHAM and ELIZABETH HARMAN are:

 

1. ANTONIA PAKENHAM. Born 27 AUG 1932 .

2. THOMAS PAKENHAM. Born 14 AUG 1933 .

3. PADDY PAKENHAM. Born 17 APR 1937 .

4. JUDITH ELIZABETH PAKENHAM. Born 14 AUG 1940 .

5. RACHEL PAKENHAM. Born 11 MAY 1942 .

6. MICHAEL PAKENHAM. Born 3 NOV 1943 .

7. CATHERINE ROSE PAKENHAM. Born 28 FEB 1946 . Died 11 AUG 1969 CREMATED AFTER REQUIEM MASS AGE 23.

8. KEVIN JOHN PAKENHAM. Born 1 NOV 1947 .

 

TONY BLAIR PRIME MINISTER OF THE GOVERNMENT STATED THAT LORD LONGFORD WAS A GREAT MAN ,A MAN OF PASSIONATE INTEGRITY AND HUMANITY. ALSO A GREAT REFORMER.

LORD LONGFORD ATTRACTED CRITICISM FOR PERSISTENTLY SPEAKING OUT YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT FOR PAROLE FOR THE MOORS MURDERESS MYRA HINDLEY.

 

HOWEVER MOST OF HIS LIFE WAS A POLITICIAN FOR THE LABOUR PARTY.

HIS WIFE WAS ELIZABETH HARMAN AND THAT IS HOW HE APPEARS ON OUR  FAMILY TREE'S..

 

ELIZABETH HIS WIFE EXPRESSED DEEP SADNESS ,AND ADDED "IT WAS A GREAT LIFE AND HE WAS A GREAT MAN.

 

ELIZABETH HIS WIFE  died on 23 OCT 2002 @ EAST SUSSEX AGE 91 AT HOME

 

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