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James Richard Anderson 1824-1872

James Richard Anderson
Born: 1824 Northaw, Hertfordshire
Died: 1872
Thomas Anderson 1795-1872
Lydia Gould 1795-1854
Mary Anderson 1821-
John Thomas Anderson 1822-
Elizabeth Julia Pellew 1827-1890
Mary Elizabeth Anderson 1848-1880
Edward Thomas Anderson 1850-1872
James Winthrop Anderson 1851-1927
William Donald Anderson 1853-1923
Helen Margaret Anderson 1856-1953
Florence Lydia Anderson 1858-1924
Arthur Robert Anderson 1859-1950
Georgina Gertrude Anderson 1863-1953

James Richard Anderson was born in 1824 at Northaw Place in Hertfordshire, the country home of his grandparents Thomas Gould 1752-1829 and his wife née Frances Hunt. He was educated at school in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Barningham Winter Church

Barningham Winter Church

West Beckam Church

West Beckam Church

On 1 April 1842 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1846 and was ordained deacon in that year at Ely Cathedral and priest in 1847 in Worcester Cathedral. He was Rector of Barningham Winter in Norfolk from 1851 to 1866 and priest-in-charge of West Beckham near Cromer in Norfolk from 1856 to 1866 (1).

He married Elizabeth Julia Pellew at in Bury St Edmunds on 19 August 1847 (2). She was born in 1827 at Teignmouth in Devon, daughter of the Honorable and Reverend Edward William Pellew and his wife née Marianne Winthrop. Her father was the incumbent of St James's church in Bury St Edmunds.

They had the following children:

Mary Elizabeth Anderson. She was born at Wolverton, Warwickshire in 1848. She died in 1880.

Edward Thomas Anderson. He was born in 1850, and was educated at the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds. He served in the Indian Police, and died unmarried in 1872.

James Winthrop Anderson. He was born on 29 August 1851 at Felsham Rectory in Suffolk (3), and was educated at the King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1872 with his brother William Donald Anderson, where they became farmers. In 1880 he married Margaret Montgomerie 1862-1914, the second daughter of Captain Alexander Montgomerie of Annick Lodge, Ayrshire in Scotland and of Eaglesham, Wanganui in New Zealand and his wife née Elizabeth Wright. She was the sister of Bettie Montgomerie who became the wife of his brother William Donald Anderson. He died in 1927.

William Donald Anderson. He was born at Barningham Winter in 1853, and was educated at Marlborough College. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1872 with his brother James Winthrop Anderson, where they became farmers. In 1879 he married Bettie Montgomerie, the eldest daughter of Captain Alexander Montgomerie and his wife née Elizabeth Wright. She was the sister of Margaret Montgomerie who became the wife of his brother James Winthrop Anderson.

Helen Margaret Anderson. She was born at Barningham Winter in 1856. In 1884 she was married to William Forster Mills of Ruddington House, Ruddington in Nottinghamshire, and died on 27 February 1953 at Cullompton in Devon. Her husband died on 1 January 1918.

Florence Lydia Anderson. She was born on 4 January 1858 at Barningham Winter. On 16 May 1883 she was married to the Reverend Hugh Hornby Birley, son of Thomas Hornby Birley and his wife née Frances Sophia Harter. He was born on 30 January 1859 at Somerville, Pendleton in Lancashire, and died in 1958. Florence Lydia Birley née Anderson died on 25 April 1924.

Arthur Robert Anderson. He was born at Barningham Winter in 1859. He become a clergyman, and died on 21 December 1950.

Georgina Gertrude Anderson. She was born in 1863, and died in 1953. In 1884 to 1885 she visited New Zealand with her mother and wrote an account of her visit, sailing on the SS Doric and describing their arrival in Wellington, travelling to Wanganui by land, the wedding of her sister at Wanganui and then travelling to the South Island via Palmerston North, Masterton and Wellington, sailing to Christchurch, back to Wanganui, the Pink and White Terraces at Rotorua, the Blue and Green Lakes, Taupo, Tarawera, and their voyage back to England on the SS Rimukaka (4).

Metton Church

Metton Church

Felbrigg Church

Felbrigg Church

In 1866 their father the Reverend James Richard Anderson became Rector of Metton (5) with Felbrigg near Cromer.

He died in Erpingham, Norfolk in 1872, and was buried at Metton.

Their mother Elizabeth Julia Anderson née Pellew died on 16 July 1890.

Her Will was proved on 25 August 1890 (6).


(1) Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1868 page 11; Alumni Cantabrigienses Part II 1752-1900 Vol I (1940) page 53.
(2) Ipswich Journal 21 August 1847; Essex Standard 27 August 1847; Norfolk News 28 August 1847. The ceremony was conducted at St Mary's church by the Reverend Benjamin Winthrop, uncle of the bride.
(3) "BIRTHS ... On the 29th ult., at Felsham Rectory, the wife of the Rev. J.R. Anderson, of a son." Morning Chronicle 3 September 1851. Also Norfolk Chronicle 6 September 1851.
(4) Anderson Family Papers MS Papers 10737-3 National Library of New Zealand.
(5) Metton is wrongly called Melton in Alumni Cantabrigiensis Part II 1752-1900 Volume I (1940) page 53.
(6) "ANDERSON Elizabeth Julia. 25 August. The Will of Elizabeth Julia Anderson late of Whiting-street Bury St. Edmunds in the County of Suffolk Widow who died 16 July was proved at Bury St. Edmunds by John Thomas Anderson of Felsham in the said County Esquire the Reverend Hugh Hornby Birley of Pelton Vicarage Chester-le-Street in the County of Durham Clerk and William Forster Mills of Tapton-grove Chesterfield in the County of Derby Esquire the Executors. Effects £5,500 16s 1d." England and Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966 (1890) page 97.