The Children of Charles Thomas Gaskell and Charlotte Bruce

Charles Bruce Gaskell: 1833 - 28 March 1899


Charles was the eldest son of Charles and Charlotte, baptised on 29th October 1833 at Great Stanmore, Middlesex.

According to the 1851 Census, Charles was an Officer Cadet at Sandhurst

The will of his father, Charles Thomas, in 1858 indicates that there was a problem between father and son. Hugh Selwyn Gaskell writes in his memoirs that Charles was sent off to Australia by his father for some minor prank he committed. On his father's death he was called back from Australia by his mother and lived firstly at 17 Oakfield Road, Clifton (address in his will of 1894) and later at 6 Mortimer Road, Clifton, Bristol, where he died. All family information is from Hugh Selwyn Gaskell’s memoirs.

In 1881, the Census of that year records Charles' presence at his sister, Annie's home - 24 Upper Gloucester Place, Marylebone, with Annie, brother William and Aunt Elizabeth Ann Rouse.  Later in 1881, Charles married Evelyn Frances Caroline Davies  in Crickenhall. Breconshire, Wales. Evelyn, born in c.1856, was the daughter of George S Davies and Sarah A Davies, nee Corke of Crickenhall; George, in 1881, was Solicitor and Registrar to Breconshire County Council.

According to Kelly's 1889 Directory for Somerset with Bristol, Charles was living at 2 Downfield Road, Bristol

Charles and Evelyn

Charles and Evelyn  had six children:

Marion Evelyn Annie Gaskell  born in Guestling, Sussex in mid 1886 and died in 1931.

Arthur Bruce Gaskell born mid 1889 in Guestling, Sussex. He  married Dorothy Davies in early 1915 in Crickhowell, Breconshire, Wales. Arthur had two daughters and died in 1922

Florence Charlotte Gaskell born late 1891 in Bristol  She married a Mr Graham

Eileen Blanche Gaskell born mid 1895 in Bristol.. She married a Mr Smith.

Dorothy Pamela Bruce Gaskell, who married Richard Godfrey Seys, the son of Godfrey William Seys, and had three children:

Dale Seys

Evan Seys

Virginia Seys

June Gaskell, who also married, issue unknown.

Marion and Arthur when children

According to the 1891 Census Charles was living at 2 Downfield Road, Clifton, Bristol.  He was alone then with 2 servants and was living on his own means.

Also, According to the 1891 Census, Evelyn and her children, Marion and Arthur, were present at Evelyn's parents home at Doney Castle House, Crickhowell, Breconshire. George and Sarah married at St Andrews Church, Clifton, Gloucestershire on 17th January 1849. Details of those present were:

George Sydney Davies, aged 64, a solicitor employing staff and born in Crickhowell.  He married Sarah Ann Corke on 17th January 1849 at St Andrew's Church, Clifton, Gloucestershire

Sarah Ann Davies, his wife, aged 73, and born in Bristol

Helen E A Davies, his daughter, aged 40, and born in Wimbourne Minster

Isabel M Davies, his daughter, aged 33. and born in Crickhowell

Richard H A Davies, his son, aged 31, a solicitor, and born in Crickhowell

Eveleyn E C Gaskell, his daughter, aged 35 and born in Crickhowell

Marion E A Gaskell, his granddaughter, aged 4

Arthur B Gaskell, his grandson, aged 2

Charles died in Bristol on 28th march 1899.

According to the 1901 Census, Evelyn was living at 6 Modernet Road, Clifton, Bristol with Marion, Arthur, Florence and Eileen plus a servant

William Gaskell:  February 1835 - 26 March 1835

William was the second son of Charles and Charlotte. He was baptised on 28th February 1835 at St Peter, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks and buried, aged 7 weeks, on 31st March 1835.

The date of death appears on a Memorial in Chalfont St Peter Church.

The address at burial is given as Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks.

Major William Plumer Gaskell: 1836 - 13 August 1923

William Plumer was the third son of Charles and Charlotte. The baptismal record of St Peters, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks records William's baptism on 13th March 1836.

According to the 1851 Census, William was an Officer Cadet at Sandhurst

At the Society of Genealogists,  the Army list of 1868 was viewed - List of Majors. William Plumer of 24th Foot. In the 1855 Herts Army list he was of the 94th Foot.

Rank promotions are listed as follows:

Ensign              21 Sep 52       

Lieutenant         29 Dec 54       

Captain            1 April 59        

Major               13 Feb 67

In the 1879 list of Majors who have retired William Plumer is listed as retiring 3rd Feb 67, 10 days before he was made a Major.

In the will of William's father, Charles Thomas, 24th July 1858, he is referred to as in the Army in India and, according to the will received almost all the family  money.             

From a painting of William 

He is described as an Ensign in the 94th Foot 1854   


On 15th June 1864 William married Ellen Sophia Maghee, daughter of Rev J L Maghee, Chaplain of the Forces, in Dublin, Ireland (Gentlemans Magazine 1864 pt 2 pg 234). They had two sons:

William Guy Gaskell (known as “Guy”). The baptismal records of St James' Fulmer record William's baptism on 1st May 1868. On a tombstone to the left of the north entrance to Fulmer Parish Church is written “Sacred to the memory of William Guy, son of William Plumer and Ellen Sophia Gaskell, who died February 1888”. Guy died unmarried in Germany of tuberculosis, according to Hugh Selwyn Gaskell.

Charles Wilfred Gaskell (known as “Wilfred”) The baptismal records of St James' Fulmer record Wilfred's baptism 31st March 1872. Alumni Cantabrigiensis records that Wilfred was Admitted pensioner (age 22) at Jesus College October 1894.

Prior to 1898, Wilfred emigrated to the USA

Wilfred attended the Sewanee Medical College. University of Tennessee Southern School of Osteopathy of Franklin Ky from January 5th 1898 until 4th April 1901. He married Patty Ann Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania c.1880

Wilfred and Patty Ann had two children:

Charles Wilfred Gaskell who was born on 29th May 1899 in Tennessee. On 12th September 1918 he was drafted into the Army. According to his Draft Card he was tall, slender with blue eyes and blond hair. His home address was noted as 449 Lake Street, Los Angeles, California. His job before signing up was a Clerk & Conductor on the Californian Railroad. His next of kin was his mother, then Patty Ann Francisco. He and his sister appear in the 1920 Census living with their mother in District 64, Los Angeles. Charles was 20 and Patty Ann 17. Also present was a son of their mother, Don S Francisco aged 7 and born in California. Charles appears in the 1930 Census, aged 30, living in San Francisco with his wife Marjorie B Gaskell aged 31 and born in California; The were married c.1925. also present are Marjorie's sister H Klingen, aged 31 and two children, Natalie Klingen, aged 3 and Jacqueline Klingen, aged 5.  Charles died on 15th July 1983 in Los Angeles and Marjorie remarried at the age of 86 Gerald L Ardon, aged 87, on 12th July 1985 in Orange County, California

Patty Anne Gaskell who was born on 17th November 1902 in Iowa. 

Wilfred’s died 5th November 1906. His wife, Patty Ann must have remarried prior to 1913

 William and Wilfred when teenagers

William, their father, refers to them in his 1918 will in that certain items are to be delivered to them, duty free; he does not say where they were.

In Hugh Selwyn Gaskell's memoirs he writes that while he was at Park House school 1890 - 93 "Wilfred" (Charles Wilfred) gave him a violin from Dresden which Wilfred bought for £25. Wilfred was a professional violinist in Dresden. Charles Wilfred is not mentioned in William’s will.

At the Baptism of William Guy, 1st May 1868, William is described as a Major in the 24th Regiment.

According to the 1871 Census, William was resident at his mother’s home, Fulmer House, as a retired Major, 24th Foot and Landowner. His sister Annie was also present

In 1873, William appears in the “Returns of Owners of land” with 148 acres in Fulmer and a rental value of £264.5s

William records in his will of April 1918 that he retired in 1870.

At the Baptism of Charles Wilfred on 31st March 1872 at Fulmer, William is described as a Gentleman.

The death certificate of William Kynaston Gaskell on 12th July 1877 reveals that his nephew was then still living at Fulmer House, but as executor of William Kynaston’s will, proven on 28th July 1877, his address was given as Chalfont St Peter’s, Gerrards Cross.  Possibly he moved in that month.

In 1881, according to the Census of that year, William was at the home of his sister, Annie, at 24 Upper Gloucester Place, St Marylebone.  As well as Annie, whose house it was, and William, brother Charles Bruce and Aunt Elizabeth Ann Rouse were also in residence, plus four servants.  

In the British Library there is a pamphlet partly by William called "Emigration from Ireland - being the Report of the Committee of Mr Tuke's Fund. Together with statements by Mr Tuke and Major Gaskell". Published June 1882 by The National Press Agency Ltd, 13 Whitefriars Street, EC. Price 6d. The Pamphlet contained two lengthy letters by William of 21st May and 12th June 1882, addressed from Recess, Galway. They were about the problem of emigration from Ireland. During the Winter of 1882, William visited Canada in connection with the Report. The Sessional Papers of 47 Victoria 1884 (14) contain the annual Immigration Report from the various Agents and include the following reference:-

"During the winter of 1882, Major Gaskell visited Canada on behalf of the Irish Emigration Commissioners, in order to make an arrangement for the settlement for a certain number of Irish families from the congested districts in the south and west of Ireland, during the summer. Mr. Hogdkin, accompanied by Father Nugent, on behalf of of Mr. Tukes' Committee, also visited Canada with the same object in view. These two went to Manitoba, where they made arrangements with the Catholic authorities for the settlement of a certain number of families in that Province. All these gentlemen also visited Toronto, and reported that they had made arrangements with the Ontario Government, assisted by the Catholic authorities, for the distribution and settlement of a number of Irish families within the Province of Ontario. These gentlemen also visited other Provinces in the Dominion, having the same object in view, making arrangements for the settlement of an many Irish families as they learned, could, with prudence, be taken.

On the visit of these gentlemen to the Department, I informed them that the most favourable facilities which were offered to other immigrants, would be extended to the Irish immigrants they proposed to send. Major Gaskell also desired that a special Irish Agent should be placed on the trains to receive and give advice to these families in passing through, such Agent to speak the Irish language. He further desired that the salary of such Agent should be paid by the Commissioners; the selection, however, to be made by the Minister of Agriculture. Further, he desired that there should also be a female Agent with the same qualifications, in order to see to the special needs of the women. In accordance with this request, and agreement to pay salaries, Mr. Hoolohan and Miss Phelan, were selected by me for that duty during the summer."

In the book “The County Families of The United Kingdom” 1883, published by Chatto & Windus of London an entry appears as follows:  “GASKELL, WILLIAM PLUMER, Esq. of Fulmer, Bucks.  Eldest son of the late Charles Thomas Gaskell, Esq., by a daughter of Plumer Esq; b 18 - . Is a Magistrate for Bucks (Acres 148.264) - Fulmer House, Bucks” - William was not the eldest son but his mother could have been a Plumer before being adopted for the name is not otherwise a Gaskell name.

On a plaque in St James Church, Fulmer there is reference to the increase in Bells from four to six as a result of the gift of a Tenor and a Third by Major William P Gaskell J.P., a former Churchwarden - dedicated on 20th September 1884.

Hugh Selwyn Gaskell advised that William lived at Fulmer House until the inherited money ran out sometime in the late 1880’s, when the family sent him and his family off to Dresden in Germany where he lived until he died. He was treated well by the Germans during the First World War. However, he appears in England in 1899 as Grantee of probate for the will of Charles Bruce Gaskell, his oldest brother.

The Register of burials 8th February 1924 records the burial of his ashes, having died in Germany, living finally at 30/2 Stephanien Strasse, Dresden, Saxony. Ellen's ashes, who also died in Germany, were buried with those of her husband. His Effects at death were valued at only £468.15.8

William’s will records that Administration was granted to Hugh Selwyn Gaskell on 27th October 1923, the executor.

Memorial in the churchyard of St James, Fulmer.

“Sacred to the memory of William Plumer Gaskell who died August 13th 1923 aged 87 years. Also of his wife Ellen Sophia who died October 1889”

Charlotte Gaskell: 1837 - 16 August 1855

Charlotte was the eldest daughter of Charles and Charlotte. She was baptised at St Peter, Chalfont St Peter on 9th July 1837.

Her death in 1855 at the age of 18 is mentioned in Gentleman's Magazine pt 2 Pg 442. and she was buried in St James churchyard, Fulmer on 23rd August 1855.

On a tombstone to the left of the north entrance to Fulmer Parish Church - in addition to reference to the sacred memory of Emma “Also of Charlotte, eldest daughter of the above who died August 16th 1855 aged 18 years”

There is an identical reference on a plaque inside the church above the north door.

Major Robert Bruce Gaskell: 1838 - 3 February 1917

Robert was the fourth son of Charles and Charlotte. He was baptised at St Peter, Chalfont St Peter on 9th September 183

On the 24th July 1858 his father's will states that he was living abroad.

However, according to the 1861 Census, he was aged 22, and a Lieutenant, stationed with a detachment of the 21st Fusiliers at Dover Castle, Kent.

Robert’s Aunt, Mary Gaskell, refers in a codicil to her 1871 will in 1877 to the fact that Robert was in India and likely to remain there.

According to the 1881 Census, Robert, aged 42, then a retired Army Major, was living at the home of his brother Thomas Kynaston Gaskell and his family at the Rectory, Folksworth, Huntingdon

According to the 1891 Census, Robert was living at 4 Durham Terrace, Paddington, aged 50, and living on his own means. His sister, Annie, aged 47, was also present and living on her own means plus two servants.

According to the 1901 Census, Robert, aged 62, was living at 54 Mount Street, Ealing, with his sister, Annie, as a visitor, and two other visitors, Edith and Catherine Howorth.

Hugh Selwyn Gaskell wrote that Robert was unmarried, invalided from the army in India and a keen photographer. Annie Gaskell’s will of 1902 records that in recognition of Robert’s many kindnesses, she would leave him her house for his life - 54 Mount Park Road, Ealing, London where he died.

According to probate he was a Captain in his majesty’s army and his effects were valued at £15,687.17.10d.

Rev. Thomas Kynaston Gaskell: 15 February 1840 -13 September 1915

 See following note.

Emma Gaskell: 1841 - 30 June 1847

Emma was the second daughter of Charles and Charlotte. She was baptised at St Peter, Chalfont St Peter on 18th July 1841

The Burial Register of St James, Fulmer, records her burial on 6th July 1847.

On a Tombstone to the left of the north entrance to Fulmer Parish Church “Sacred to the memory of Emma, second daughter of Charles Thomas and Charlotte Gaskell who died June 30th 1847 aged 6 years”.  There is an identical reference on a plaque inside the church above the north door. 

Annie Gaskell: 1843 - 6 January 1908

Annie was the third daughter of Charles and Charlotte. She was baptised at St James, Fulmer on 24th September 1843.

Annie is listed in the 1851 Census as aged 7 and in the 1861 census as aged 17 and a scholar with a French Governess.

According to Hugh Selwyn’s memoirs Annie lived with her mother, Charlotte until her death in 1880, and then moved to 24 Upper Gloucester Place, Marylebone, where she was in 1881, for the Census of that year records Annie at home with her brothers William and Charles plus Aunt Elizabeth Ann Rouse and four servants. In 1991 she was living with her brother Robert, at 54 Mount Park Road, Ealing.

They were joined in Ealing by Thomas Kynaston and Horatia soon after 1900.  Hugh Selwyn wrote “Annie was a kindly, humorous and generous spinster, whose jolly round face was forever dimpled in smiles”.

Annie never married

Probate valued her effects at £9,291.4.10d


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