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William WARD of Leeds, Yorkshire 1893-1910

William was born on 28th February 1893. Along with his brother John he was admitted to Leeds Grammar School on 25th August 1856. William left in 1859 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1866. He became Public Prosecutor for Leeds (1874-1909) and vice-consul for the USA.
As a Major in 2nd West Yorkshire Volunteers, he was awarded the Volunteer Officers' Decoration. This badge was institued in 1892 to reward "long and meritorious service of Officers in the Volunteer Forces in Great Britain". The badge awarded to Major Ward was hallmarked 1892 which may mean that he was one of the first recipients of the award.

Last address 36 Hyde Terrace, Leeds. He died on 2nd January 1910 and is buried in Lawnswood Cemetery on the outskirts of Leeds.

details of the Volunteers Officers' Decoration

GEORGE GALL born 1847 Barbados>Victoria BC>Montreal

George L A GALL was born in Barbados in 1847. He persuaded his mother to leave their large home -Dalkeith- in Barbados after his father's death in 1862. They arrived in the United States in 1866 on their way to Montreal where they lived for many years.They moved to Victoria on Vancouver Island and when his mother died in 1887 she was living at Yates Street. Her name was Sarah Halman Margaret (nee Hitzler) GALL.

George was still living in Montreal at the time of the 1881 census living with his wife Alicia and children George, Henry and Arthur. Also in the household was Ellen GALL (born around 1808) and Eveline his sister born in 1859.

George's father was Henry Beckles GALL 1804-1862 who was one of the founders of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society.

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DUKE of Sligo and Montserrat

Family tradition is that our ancestor was Robert Duke of Newpark, Sligo, Ireland who died about 1677 but there is a gap in the family tree which I am trying to fill. There was another Duke in that location, John Duke, and it is equally possible we are descended from him.

These Dukes arrived in Sligo in the 17th century from Scotland as Cromwellian settlers (he paid off his army by giving them land in Ireland. The earliest mentions of the title I have found were in the commission of January 1655 which gave land to John Duke and Robert Duke in the barony of Corran and in the 1659 census of Sligo).

I have found links with the Parke family in Ireland. There is a letter dated 1802 from John Parke to Jemmett Duke and families were joined through marriage. Robert Duke married Lucinda Parke in 1756 and their son Robert King Duke married Anne Parke in 1797.

Mansergh Pace Duke married Emily Wilkin(1869-1932) in 1893.
Their children were: (1) Elmina, (2) Manserge Val (Vanty), (3) Oriel (Konks), (4) Sybil (m. Rev Bolton), (5)Ina Aileen (m. Gall), (6) William, (7) Ismay (m. Winter), (8) Rawson, (9) Sarah (m.Hardy), (10) Manserge Pace (Toony), (11) Basil.

TUCKERS of Bermuda

The Tuckers of Bermuda can trace their roots to Captain Daniel Tucker, Governor of Bermuda.

I am researching the descendants of Henry Tucker born in 1714 nearly one hundred years after the 1615 charter was granted to 117 British noblemen who founded the Bermuda Company and took over the administration of the island. We believe Henry was a descendent of Captain Daniel Tucker who was appointed Governor. It was said of him that he was a harsh man who enforced labour and paid with the "hog pennies", brass coins stamped on one side with the symbol of the Bermuda hog.


Captain Daniel Tucker
Daniel Tucker born about 1560, died 10 February 1625. A planter in Virginia when called to be Governor of Bermuda, May 1616. He came to Bermuda aboard the ship George. He succeeded the first Governor of Bermuda, Richard Moore. He was Governor until 1619.

Captain William Tucker
In May1623 in Jamestown Captain William Tucker concluded peace negotiations with a Powhatan village by proposing a toast with a drink laced with poison prepared by Dr. John Potts. 200 Powhatan Indians died instantly and another 50 were slaughtered. [source: Keith Archibald Forbes - www.bermuda-online.org/history.htm

Captain John Tucker
Born about 1645, died about 1715. Styled as "Captain" in deposition of his sister Mary, in John Tucker vs Paul Turner.

Known as "John the Elder", succeeded his father as secretary of the Bermuda Company. 1681 held office till disolution of the company in 1684. Will dated 30 August 1715, proved November 4. Mentions by name John, known as "John the Younger" & Henry. Source [2]

Henry Tucker - (contrast with next entry)
Henry Tucker born 12 March 1658, married about 1681 to Jehrida Seymour daughter of Florentius Seymore, Governor of the Bermuda Company. Henry was brought from England as a child in 1662.

Henry Tucker
Henry Tucker was born in 1714. Family tradition is that he married Jehoiddea Seymour, the daughter of the Governor, Florentius Seymour. But this seems unlikely as Seymour was governor from1663 to 1668, and 1681. IT SEEMS MORE LIKELY THAT THIS HENRY WAS THE SON OF J.SEYMOUR.

Henry Tucker - acting Governor
Henry Tucker born in 1742, died 1800, married Frances Bruere daughter of Governor Bruere. There is a tablet to Henry's memory in St. Peter's Church.

In the Bermuda Gazette of 12 November 1796, he called for privateering against Spain and its allies, and with advertisements for crew for two privateer vessels. He acted as governor on four occasions between 1797 and 1806

George Tucker was born in 1739. Family tradition is that the son of Henry and Jehoiddea. He married Mary Auchinleck. [Was he the brother of Henry 1742-1800?]

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Arthur Henry Beckles GALL 1870-1937

A Tribute to the late Arthur Henry Beckles Gall
Arthur Henry Beckles Gall died at Waltham on 16th inst. He was the son of the late Arthur Gall at one time Treasurer of Grenada.

As a young man of seventeen, Mr.Gall started his planting career in Montreuil under his uncle the late Douglas Alexander. In a few years his planting ability was recognised and he was appointed Manager of Waltham in 1894 which position he held until his death.

Mr.Gall was of a quiet and retiring disposition, a man of sterling character, beloved and respected by all with whom he came in contact, for his generous, kind an straightforward manner towards life.

He was one of the finest planters that the West Indies had seen, and his opinion on all things agricultural was sought for, not only in this island [Grenada], but in the neighbouring islands of Trinidad and Tobago. It is no exaggeration to say that it will be found very difficult to fill his place.

In his younger days he was a very keen and fine tennis player, and he always took the greatest interest in all kinds of sport.

Of later years he has been far from well but his indomitable spirit and extraordinary love for his calling kept him in harness until the last.

He leaves his widow, his sister Mrs P.A.F. Macleod, and his brother Mr H.F.D Gall to morn his loss.

It is not amiss to say, now that he has passed away from amongst us, "Well done thou good and faithful servant"

[source: Undated press cutting found with Cynthia Gall's papers on the Montreuil Estate] AHB died 16 December 1937 aged 67.

William Sykes WARD 1815-1885

William Sykes WARD 1815-1885

William was born on 29th October 1815. He married Caroline BYWATER in 1841 in Leeds. He was baptised at Leeds Parish Church on 10th January 1816 on the same day as Sarah Ward (b. 15th November 1815) the daughter of William and Elizabeth Ward, Inn Keeper, Briggate.

He joined his father as an attorney in Leeds. He was secretary of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society between 1840 and 1869 and patented improvements to atmospheric railways in 1845. He gave over fourteen lectures between 1836 and 1871 on a wide range of subjects from "The atomic composition of matter" to the explanation of the process by which milk is converted to powder- The Desiccated Milk of Commerce.

In 1826 he was living in his father's house at Leathley Lodge, Hunslet Lane. In 1856 he was at Claypit House and by 1861 he was at Denison Hall, Hanover Sq, Leeds. This was a fashionable area of Leeds at the time. William is mentioned in an article on the Heaton's of Claremont:

So here in 1856 we have Dr and Mrs Heaton moving to 23 Clarendon Road, and eighteenth century merchant's house, which he name Claremont....He was later to buy the kitchen garden with glasshouses from the then owner of Denison Hall, Mr Sykes Ward...At that time Woodhouse Square consisted of elegant Georgian houses on the south side. In Clarendon Road and the surrounding area new villas and large terrace houses were being built.

Aspects of Leeds. Ed. Lynne Stevenson Tate. Wharncliffe Publishing Ltd, Barnsley 1998 isbn: 1-871647-38-x


The O'Carrolls are an ancient family that can trace their roots in the early history of Ireland. But in less ancient times(!) Teige O'Carroll defeated the forces of King Richard II which had invaded the Kingdom of Ely O'Carroll in 1395. The O'Carrolls had withstood the most powerful of armies of the time and repelled them. But by 1590 the O'Carrolls had lost most of their power and by the Cromwellian confiscations, most of their territory. So by 1690 the O'Carrolls fought at the Battle of the Boyne in a desparate bid to regain independence for Ireland.

My website includes information about the descendants of Col.Thomas O'Carroll. He fought and died at the Battle of the Boyne leaving two young sons. He was the brother of Charles Carroll who emigrated to Maryland in 1688, the grandfather of Charles Carroll of Carrollton who signed the American Declaration of Independence. The orphaned boys were removed from their hearth to families far away. One was to become a farmer in Moira the other we know not where. This boy prospered, married and had many children. By the end of the eighteenth century some of his 10 grandchildren had moved to Cork and in 1800 Edward, who had inherited the homestead sold up to a neighbour and emigrated to the USA settling in East Liverpool, in what is now Ohio in 1801. The family in Cork moved to England at the end of the nineteenth century.

GALL - West Indies (Barbados, Dominica, St.Lucia) & Demerara

The Gall family lived on many islands in the West Indies and in Demarary/British Guiana. The earliest records of Galls in Barbados go back to the baptism of Mary GALL in the parish of St.Michael on 20 August 1675.

It is thought that this family originally came from Scotland.

My research is on my web site.