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Annie Mariah Bryon (1854 to 5 December 1943)




Annie was born at Green Lane, Battersea on 30 December 1854. She was baptised at Battersea on 18 February 1855, daughter of William Byron and Margaret Ann. 





1861 Census – Battersea


Harriet Byron, 37, married, char woman, born Liverpool (but this was not her mother who was Margaret Ann nee Dempsey). There is no record of a Harriet Byron born in Liverpool in 1824. Who was this?

William H Byron, 9

Annie M Byron, 6


1871 Census – Ampthill, Bedfordshire


Annie M Byron, 16, a boarder with the Mepen family, pupil


1881 Census – Annandale Road, 70 Lorne Terrace, Battersea


Annie Byron, 26, lodger, teacher (elementary school)




Annie Byron married Walter J Chapman (1851 to 1937) at Cambridge in 1881.


The marriage certificate was signed William H Byron, her father.




·         Margaret Sophie Chapman, 1882 to 1963. Margaret was born on 22 September 1882 in Croydon. She married Robert Norman (1879 to 1967).

o   Their son was Robert Charles Eric (Eric) Norman (1914 to 1974). Eric married Sybil and they had two children, Angela and Nicola.

o   Their daughter was Etheldreda Norman who was born on 14 June 1943. She was also known as Joy. Joy married Ronald Holman. Their children were Julia and Tania.



Margaret Chapman and Robert Norman



Eric Norman (‘Uncle Eric’)


·         Etheldreda Annie Chapman, 1885 to 1972 – see above.


·         Harold Byron James Chapman, 1888 to 1917 (Harold married Gertrude Peck 1890 to ?, and their daughter was Monica Chapman (1917 to 1998). Monica married Robert Alexander Symes-Schutzman (Bob Symes) on 4 December 1946 at Fulham).


·         Reginald Cecil Chapman, 1892 to 1966 (Reginald married Dorothy May Appleby (1894 to ?) at Wandsworth in 1923


o   Their son was Anthony (Tony) Paul Chapman (23 January 1925 to 2006). Their children were Philip and Victoria.




1891 Census – 4 Stanton Road, Croydon


Walter Chapman, 40, ironmonger

Annie M Chapman, 36, schoolmistress (born Battersea)

Margaret S Chapman, 8

Etheldreda A Chapman, 6

Harold B J Chapman, 2

Sophia Chapman, 68



1901 Census – Eversholt, Staton Road, Croydon


Walter Chapman, 50, iron founder’s salesman

Annie Chapman, 46, his wife, school teacher

Margaret Chapman, 18, school teacher

Etheldreda Chapman, 16

Harold B J Chapman, 12

Reginald Chapman, 8

Sophia Chapman, mother, widow, 78




Annie Chapman died on 5 December 1943 at Mill House, Findon, the widow of Walter Chapman, retired ironmonger, aged 89.









Harriet Byron, born 4 December 1826 and baptised at Epsom on 13 January 1827 was the daughter of George Anson Byron, Lord Byron, Peer of Great Britain and Elizabeth Mary.

 William Henry Byron (1825? To 1900?)




William Byron was born in about 1825




William Byron married Margaret Ann Dempsey (1824 to ?) in about 1850.




It is believed that William Hery Byron was a lawyer’s clerk at Cambridge.




William Henry Byron (31 August 1851 to 1924). In 1881 William H Byron was a footman out of employ, single, 29 living at 46 Falcon Grove, Battersea. William, a school board officer, married Annie Kirkham (b 1862) in 1889 at Wandsworth and their son was Albert William Byron (1893 to 1895). In 1891, William H Byron, 39 at Candahar Road, Battersea, was officer to school and his wife Annie, 29 (born in Nottingham) was a cigar maker.


Annie Mariah Byron (1854 to 1917). See above.




When William Henry Byron his son married in 1889, William Byron senior, a former builders clerk, was deceased.









The 7th Baron Byron was the 6th Baron’s Cousin, Admiral George Anson Byron


Admiral George Anson Byron, 7th Baron Byron (8 March 1789 – 1 March 1868) was a British nobleman, naval officer, peer, politician


He was the only son of Honorable George Anson Byron and Charlotte Henrietta Dallas, and grandson of the admiral and explorer The Hon. John Byron, who circumnavigated the world with George Anson in 1740–44.


He married Elizabeth Mary Chandos Pole on 18 March 1816. She was the daughter of Sacheverell Pole Esq., of Radbourne Hall, b. 16 June 1769. During this man's lifetime, he became of representative of Sir John Chandos, K.G., and by sign manual, or deed poll assumed the additional surname of Chandos. Elizabeth was descended from a well documented long line of the Pole family, including Cardinal Pole, who at the time of Henry VIII, was the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury and the son of the last Yorkist heiress, Margaret, countess of Salisbury. Elizabeth's mother, Mary, was the daughter of the Rev. Henry Ware, D.D., Rector of Balrothey.[2] The couple had seven children:


The Hon. Mary Anne Byron (c.1817–1885)

Captain George Anson Byron, 8th Baron Byron (1818–1870)

The Hon. Francis Xavier Byron (1820–??)

The Hon. Frederick Byron (1822–1861)

The Hon. Georgiana Byron (1824–1893)

The Rev. Hon. Augustus Byron (1828–1907)

The Rev. Hon. William Byron (1831–1907)




George Gordon Byron, The Lord Byron, 6th Baron Byron




22 January 1788




Poet and politician




He married Anne Isabella Milbanke in 1815 and they separated in 1816

His partner was Claire Clairmont




Ada Lovelace

Allegra Byron

Elizabeth Medora Leigh (presumed)




19 April 1824






Captain John (“Mad Jack”) Byron


Captain John Byron (1757 – 2 August 1791) was a British Army officer and letter writer, best known as the father of the poet Lord Byron. In 1824, an obituary of his son gave him the nickname "Mad Jack Byron", and though there is no evidence for this in his own lifetime, it has since stuck – certainly he was called "Jack" by his family members and referred to himself as such.






Married 1


In 1778, Jack became embroiled in an affair with the married Amelia Osborne, Marchioness of Carmarthen, daughter of Robert Darcy, 4th Earl of Holderness. Shortly before Christmas they ran away to Rottingdean, where they were discovered in bed together by one of her husband's servants. Her husband, Francis Osborne, later 5th Duke of Leeds, filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery in 1779. Byron married Amelia in London on 9 June 1779 and they went on to have three children.




Sophia Georgina Byron, died in infancy

Unnamed boy, died in infancy

Augusta Maria Byron (1783–1851), later married George Leigh


Amelia died in London in 1784.


Married 2


Byron then married Catherine Gordon, heiress of Gight in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, daughter of George Gordon and Catherine Innes, on 17 May 1785. In order to claim his wife's estate in Scotland, Captain Byron took the surname Gordon.[6] They had one child, born on 22 January 1788:


George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788–1824)


Having attempted to live with his wife in Aberdeen and squandered her fortune, Jack eventually left both his wife and son in Scotland and went to France to live with his sister, Frances Leigh. Having never managed to take control of his spending – which continued to go on parties, theatre trips and courtesans - Jack died in August 1791 at Valenciennes, while still in his mid-thirties.


Though his son Lord Byron claimed many years later that his father had cut his own throat, there is no contemporary evidence to support this. The fact that Jack mentioned coughing up blood and losing weight, and that his sister Sophy described his "long and suffering illness" supports the idea that he died from a consumptive illness such as tuberculosis.


Had he survived, Jack would have been next in line to inherit his uncle's title as Lord Byron. Instead, it fell to his ten-year-old son George in 1798.








Vice Admiral The Hon John Byron


Vice-Admiral John Byron (8 November 1723 – 1 April 1786) was a British Royal Navy officer and explorer. He earned the nickname "Foul-Weather Jack" in the press because of his frequent encounters with bad weather at sea.[1] As a midshipman, he sailed in the squadron under George Anson on his voyage around the world, though Byron made it only to southern Chile, where his ship was wrecked. He returned to England with the captain of HMS Wager. He was governor of Newfoundland following Hugh Palliser, who left in 1768. He circumnavigated the world as a commodore with his own squadron in 1764–1766. He fought in battles in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution. He rose to Vice Admiral of the White before his death in 1786.


His grandsons include the poet Lord Byron and George Anson Byron, admiral and explorer, who were the 6th and 7th Baron Byron, respectively.








On 8 September 1748 he married his first cousin Sophia Trevanion, daughter of John Trevanion of Caerhays in Cornwall and Barbara Berkeley, the sister of his mother. They had two sons and seven daughters




Frances Byron (1749–1823), later married Charles Leigh

Sophia Byron (died in infancy)

Isabella Byron (died in infancy)

Juliana Elizabeth Byron (1754–88), later married her cousin Hon. William Byron (d. 1776, son of William Byron, 5th Baron Byron)

Sophia Maria Byron (1755–1821), the 'maiden aunt' of the poet George Gordon Byron

John "Mad Jack" Byron (1757–91), who in turn fathered the poet George Gordon Byron, the future 6th Baron Byron

George Anson Byron (1758–93), noted navy officer and father of George Anson Byron junior, another admiral and explorer and later the 7th Baron Byron

Charlotte Byron (died in infancy)

Augusta Barbara Charlotte Byron (1762–1824), later married Admiral Christopher Parker









The Fifth Baron Byron was the 6th Baron’s Uncle


William Byron, 5th Baron Byron (5 November 1722 – 19 May 1798), was a British nobleman, peer, politician, and great-uncle of the poet George Gordon Byron who succeeded him in the title. As a result of a number of stories that arose after a duel, and then because of his financial difficulties, he became known after his death as "the Wicked Lord" and "the Devil Byron".






William Bryon, The Fourth Baron Byron


William Byron, 4th Baron Byron (4 January 1669/70 – 8 August 1736) was an English nobleman, politician, peer, and Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Prince George of Denmark.


Lord Byron firstly married Lady Mary Egerton, daughter of John Egerton, 3rd Earl of Bridgewater and Lady Jane Powlett, in 1702/3, but they had no children.


Secondly he married Lady Frances Wilhelmina Bentinck, daughter of Hans William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland and Anne Villiers, in 1706. All four of their children died in childhood or infancy:


George Byron (1707–1719)

William Byron (1709–1709)

William Henry Byron (1710–1710)

Frances Byron (1711–1724)

Frances Wilhelmina died on 31 March 1712.[1]


He married thirdly Frances Berkeley, daughter of William Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley of Stratton and Frances Temple, in 1720. They had six children:


Isabella Byron (1721–1795), wife of Henry Howard, 4th Earl of Carlisle

William Byron, 5th Baron Byron (1722–1798)

Vice-Admiral John Byron (1723–1786)

Reverend Richard Byron (1724–1811)

Charles Byron (1726–1731)

George Byron (1730–1789)