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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

Henry Beckles GALL 1804-1862 Demarara & Barbados

Henry was born in Demarara (British Guiana)and married Sarah
Halman Margaret HITZLER around 1827. Nothing is known about
his early life until the founding of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Scoiety in 1840 where he becane Secretary and Actuary.

Henry Gall died on 17th August 1862, notification being made officially in the half-year report of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society as follows:

It has fallen to the lot of your Directors to convey to you
the sad intelligence of the death of their much esteemed
Secretary and Actuary, H.B.Gall, Esq. Having complained of
declining health, he obtained leave of the Board to pass a
few months at a watering-place, and returned to his duties
in July, as was believed, invigorated in body; but the seeds
of that disease which was to remove him from the scene of labour
and care had been too deeply sown, and after a few days' illness
he fell victim to congestion of the liver.

Thus has a connection with your Society of twenty-one and
a half years been, by the unerring Disposer of eartly events, abruptly terminated, and the responsible duty of supplying
his place fallen on your Directors.

Of Mr Gall's services to this Society the Directors feel they
need say but little, as they are too well known and appreciated
by all right-thinking individuals. They think it right, however,
to embody in this Report a Resolution which they recorded on the Minutes of the Board at their first Meeting after his death, as expressive of their feelings towards him:-

"That it is with much pain that the Directors have to record
the sudden death of their much esteemed Secretary and Actuary,
Mr H.B.Gall at his late residence 'Dalkeith' on Sunday night
last, the 17th instant.

His long connection with the Society, and his resonsible position
in it as one od its projectors, and the one under whose special supervision it has been so successfully worked for nearly
twenty-two years, render his loss one of peculiar importance
to the general interests of its Members.

In the discharge of his duties, his uniform courtesy towards themselves, as also the proprietary body generally, his
disinterested integrity towards the interests of the Society,
and his unwearied efforts to promote its well-being, has secured
him the confidence and esteem of all who have sat at this Board.
He has gone to rest; but he has left behind him in this noble Institution an unfading momento of his invaluable services to
this country."

The Meeting passed a vote of sympathy and condolence with the
Widow and family in their bereavement, and voted the sum of
?500 in acknowledgement of the late Mr Gall's long and faithful services.

source: A History of the Barbados Mutual Life Assurance
Society 1840-1940.


Their children were:
Catherine Elizabeth b. 11 December 1827 d. 04 October 1900
Henry Beckles b. 13 September 1830 d. May 1865
Sarah Louisa b. 20 May 1833 d. Aug 1899
William b. 19 July 1835 d.Mar 1868
Arthur b.07 September 1836 d.12 July1894
Henrietta b.06 April 1838 d. May 1887
Eileen b. 31January 1840 ---
Frederick Adolphus b.19 October 1841 d. 28 July 1912
Julia b. 21 September 1843 ---
Geo L A b. 29 December 1847 d. 11 March 1920
Evalina Hitlzer b. 07 June 1853 d. 02 October 1884
Clara Augusta b. 01 September 1845 ---


The Gall family vault was built by Henry Beckles GALL in February 1853 and bears a plaque recording this. It is in the graveyard of St.Michael?s Cathedral, Bridgetown, Barbados, under a large Breadfruit tree. [url]http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ocarroll/gallresources.html#vault [/url]

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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WILKIN of Montserrat

William Wilkin b.1810 came from England in 1835 and in 1851 married Sarah Evelina Tucker who was born in 1832 in Antigua. William died in 1883 and Sarah in 1904...both in Montserrat.

The family tradition is that the Wilkin family originally came from Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire in England. We know of six siblings, presumably born in Yorkshire, three of whom lived in the West Indies ? Henry, William Henry and John Richard. There was another brother ? Thomas and two sisters Louisa and Mary. These were all named in Henry?s Will made in 1883.

William came to Montserrat with his friend Thomas Masters Howes (a Yorkshire doctor) to sell ploughs. The story goes that one day in Yorkshire, Thomas was walking on a country road when a lady in a trap passed with runaway horse. Thomas stopped the horse and saved the lady. Her husband, a Mr Johnson was so grateful to Howes for saving his wife?s life that he offered Howes a job as a manager of his estate (Roches) in Montserrat. So Thomas Masters Howes and Wm.H Wilkin I [and a Francis] came to Montserrat in 1835.

And so it was that William came to live in the West Indies and marry SarahTucker. The children of William and Sarah were: Eva Mary, Ada Ann, Laura, Margaret, William Henry, York and Emily.

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.