|Relationship to me:||Great Great Grandmother||Gen -4|
|Died:||Spring of 1875# presumably buried in Yeovil|
|Father:||Rev. George Jekyll||1776 - 1843|
|Married:||Edwin Newman c.1828||1803 - 1884|
|Children:||Edwin||1829 - c1883|
|George Henry||1830 - 1858|
|William||1832 - <1885|
|Charlotte: Baptised Yeovil - September 3 1833||1833 bur. Jan 3 1834|
|Joseph Jekyll||1834 - 1876|
|Walter||1836 - 1896|
|Charles : baptised Yeovil February 15 18391||1838 bur. May 15 1839|
|Henry : baptised Yeovil April 22 1840||1840 bur. Jun 13 1848|
|Charles Octavius||1841 - >1911|
|Arthur||1843 - 1915|
|Rowland||1845 - 1919|
|Henrietta||1847 - 1914|
# The date of Charlotte's death is taken from Bob Osborn's website. Previously it was believed that she had died in 1876, the same year that Edwin Newman married Catherine Paynter. Hence 1875 seems a more likely date.
1. Charles: Somerset Records Office shows Charles being born July 25 1838, and baptised on February 15 1839. They also show his burial as May 15 1839 at the age of 9 months. There is a contradiction here.
Somerset County Archives sent me a copy of an 1851 census which records Henry's wife as "Caroline". This is just a scribing error.
Extract from Edwin Henry Armstrong Newman's obituary which hints at interesting connections on the Jekyll side of the family:
Mr.Newman, on his mother's side, was a descendant of Sir Joseph Jekyll, Lord Chief Justice of England, Great Master of the Rolls. Mr.Newman's mother (I think they must mean grandmother on his mother's side) was the daughter of Dr.Armstrong, son of the Rev.Armstrong, Rector of Stamford-le-Hope, a direct descendant of "Johnnie" Armstrong, the Laird of Gilnochie, chief of the Armstrong Clan. The deceased's great grandfather (on his mother's side) was Captain Jekyll R.N., an old shipmate of King William IV, and was always at court with the old King. Had the King lived a few months longer he would have had his suite of apartments at Hampton Court as a reward for the services he rendered his country. He was the inventor of the first lifeboat and ship's pumps, which were taken up by the Navy, also gun carriages that have only been superseded within the last 35 years. Captain Jekyll had to sell his estate at Roundhill, Somerset, to cover the expenses of his inventions and went to live in Paris where he died. His daughter married Henry King Armstrong MD. She was the late Edwin Henry Armstrong Newman's grandmother.
The above story is also to be found my father's papers, in which I have found three hand-written "histories" of the Newman and Jekyll families all of which are practically identical and parts of which are identical to parts of the obituary notice.I have copied one of these "histories" onto a separate page, however a much more detailed and certainly more accurate Jekyll family history can be found at http://www.archerfamily.org.uk/ (or if that is inaccessible the relevant page can be found at this link, which I have copied with the kind permission of its author, Jeremy Archer.
Page last updated 20th Dec 2014: Date of death
changed from 1876 to Spring 1875 - see note #.
Page updated 2nd Jan 2007: Link to Jekyll Family History added
Updated 11 Feb 2005: links to Joseph Jekyll's page added; erroneous references to EHA Newman deleted.