Part of this story will be about a Lost Wife in the Fairfax part of our family tree.The interest for Yonita
had been that because of this wife, whose details have vanished, Yonita had been given Fairfax as a middle name.
Being a curious child, this intrigued her.
She wanted to know why and how it had come about .
The following documents about the Fairfax family explained this mystery to her and
she hopes it will help other memebers of the Fairfax family to find their bearings.
But first we will mention that quite by co-incidence Kate Middleton who is now married to Prince William Windsor,
comes down from William Fairfax, a 4th son. Then to John Fairfax a Non Conformist minister, then to Sarah Fairfax.
An American genealogist has confirmed this on to the world wide web, with some very complicated details,
but Yonita has worked out
a more understandable tree.
In the directory FAMILY see Kate Middleton
That part of Kate's family comes from the same Fairfax marriage as Yonita's grandfather,
Hugh William Maunsell Gabbette-Fairfax, from the line of the First Sons.
Namely that of Sir Thomas Fairfax of Walton and Gilling Castle,
to Lady Agnes Ann Gascoigne, daughter of Sir William Gascoigne of Gawthorpe,
Yonita's Grandfather Hugh 's ancestor was their daughter Lady Margaret Fairfax,
who then as a widow, a Femme Sole, married Richard
Maunsell, whose mother was Elizabeth Wingfield, perhaps brother or father from the
ambassadorial family, cf.Sir Richard Wingfield.
Perhaps the father of Elizabeth had been part of the diplomatic
Wingfields of the time of Henry VIII, who worked also as a diplomat, with Sir Thomas Boleyn as Ambassadords
to Austria. They went to Malines give support to Margaret of Austria,the Regent and daughter of
Maximilian I, who ran a very strict formal ' Finishing type establishment ' there for noble young ladies
- then sadly Thomas Boleyn had to write to her who had become his friend,
to bring back his daughter, Ann Boleyn when Henry broke away from the Habsburg connection.
The interesting letters caused huge controversy over Anne's age but it was decided from her handwriting
that Ann was a mature 12years old when she went to France to another very strict ' finishing school' type
Court of the Reine Claude, whom historians have confused with the Tudor Queen as she spoke of La Reine,
since she needed the strength to carry a train. Contrary to beleif Francois Ist court was strict in that it
did not involve his wife's ladies. Henry had decided to give his sister to the old French King. But according
to her, MaryRose Tudor, he had promised she could marry her own choice, second time round.
Hence Anne was being sent to France for the marriage of Henry's favourite
sister MaryRose Tudor to Louis XII, whom French History books say he then died two and half months
later, that it was of over exertion in the marriage bed!
Margaret had been a
widow of William Sawyer, a Gascoigne. Hence the marriage could well have been a family arrangement.
When marrying as a Femme Sole, one could
think that this new marriage was a love match for Lady Margaret. She married on 5 August 1535,
into the Maunsell family.
It seems there were courtiers in the family. Richard Maunsell was a 4 son.
The second brother Hugh's son, hence
Richard's grandson, was Groom of the Bedchamber to Henry VIII so he would have known William Carey,
also a Groom,
who had married Mary Boleyn. This Maunsell then became Marshall to the Hall of Queen Elizabeth I.
Ref. Burke, Maunsell family, Irish Records.page 799.
See below for the family tree details.LINE of FIRST SONS from Original document the
Moor Pedigree, Barbican Archives, left side page 187. And Burke Irish Records
The Lost Wife.
Yonita could be yelling in frustration as it has taken her
at least 30 years to locate The Lost Wife. But thanks to modern technology, and a book
which led Yonita to
fold back the layers and unearth many Fairfax family papers, she feels that she is
on the right track.
The book was written by a family member,
Sir Clements Markham, who took the trouble to have many family letters printed, rather
than throwing them away.
The papers and letters show a very loving family which was dedicated to doing
the best for their country at a high cost to themselves.
The Fairfaxes were an old noble Yorkshire family who had
always played their part in the county's history, and felt they were now being called up to help
the country itself, when they felt that King Charles I was not giving justice to the Country.
too high and bribery was rife.
They rose to the occasion as for example the letter of
Sir William of Steeton shows.
the letter is mentioned here. Sadly Sir William, a brave man, was killed at the siege of
Yonita feels very grateful to Sir Clements and to Brian Fairfax, who was the scribe for
the Parliamentary Commander,
Sir Thomas Fairfax, 3 Baron of Cameron, and also the scribe for Lord George Villiers,
2 Duke of Buckingham, (2 creation), who married Mary, daughter of Sir Thomas. In particular
Brian was active and helped during the period of the
recall of Charles II.
The Villiers as 2 creation is important to note. This is because
a family member,
on the Plantagenet side, Edward Stafford,who was 3 Duke of Buckingham had been executed,
and therefore the Stafford dukedom fell vacant, and was re-created for the Villiers family.
The son Henry Lord
Stafford married to Lady Urusla Pole was dispossessed of everything. There is an interesting
the favourite of Queen Elizabeth I who gives him some clothes.
So the Dukedom
was re-created by James I for his favourite George Villiers, father of 2 Duke.
Yonita felt the finding of the bones of Richard III opened up an avenue for her to show
how the Fairfax family
links with the Plantagenets. They did navigate between various political sides, as they
done. The Fairfax family of Gilling Castle remained Roman Catholic whilst the Steeton family
See Further down for Genealogical link Fairfax to Richard III FAMILY HISTORY
Often first wives feel they are more important since they are living the high life with
in the now; feel jealous even, and do not want to look at any past loves he might have had.
Yonita's mother Renee, was a
daughter from the next marriage of her father, Hugh William Maunsell Gabbette-Fairfax to
This French lady whom Yonita never knew, might even have been faintly annoyed at the interest
shown by her
daughter in this other wife, who will be called for ease, the Lost Wife.
As already stated,Renee and
Yonita spent many leisure hours with Burke looking for her, since she was Hugh's Fairfax cousin!
The Fairfax descent of the line the Lost Wife would of course not be the same one
as that of her grandfather, Hugh, who was on the line of the First sons, of Walton and Gilling Castle
to become Viscounts of Elmley, (Burke) or Elmly various spellings; of Tipperary, Ireland.
So Yonita's mother, Renee, must have asked her much older father the relevant questions, and
without those questions,
and her own, to her mother, much of the family connection would have been lost.
Because her mother started to
become a minimalist, to destroy papers,
and letters, therefore when Yonita saw this, even as a young child, she kept what she could.
She re-wrote the Gabbette Maunsell family tree, not even thinking of linking it to the Fairfax tree as
is now done, or to the Plantagenet connection provided by a friend .
The Gabbette paper needed to be so large that it became unmanageable, so not much progress
Even the date of birth of her grandfather was
contested by a cousin, who said he was in the same form at Uppingham. Hugh was either born in
1848 or 1849, he said. His second wife, Eugenie, put up a cross for him at Weymouth in the very old
cemetery of Melcombe Regis. Perhaps they lived there at one time.Another fact to reserch.
From the gravestone it says Hugh died in 1920, when he was 72.Sadly Eugenie's name does not appear. What
happened to her? It is thanks to her that there is a gravestone at all, and Eugenie also
had a monument erected to their son, Oliver, Renee's brother killed in WWI.
In the same 'vanishing' way Yonita did not ask what her mother did with Stanley Ward, her
husband, Yonita's father.
The question remains to ask what sort of records to keep, and for whom
which is also why Yonita is writing up these records, for any other member of the Fairfax family,
in particular those who came through the female line.
It might help someone - not having to delve for years into a vast
number of books as she has.
As we have said, Hugh himself was already a Fairfax from the Gascoigne marriage of the line of First Sons,
through Lady Margaret, daughter
of Sir Thomas Fairfax to Agnes Ann Gascoigne, but when he wanted to marry his Fairfax cousin, her mother stepped
She was a very determined lady. She would not allow this marriage unless her conditions were
These were that Hugh needed to promise that the FAIRFAX name would be kept in perpetuity in his family line.
This she said was because it had been
requested by one of her ancestors, Sir Robert, the Admiral, because so many sons had been killed
in the service of our country, and he did not want important family information to be lost.
Hugh promised her mother
and married his cousin.
Yonita wants to add here that her mother Renee stood by the promise. Yonita thought
she had made this clear to her sons, but they turned a deaf ear.
And it would appear that in Scottish history Charles II reign starts on the date of execution of
his father in 1649, and therefore ignores the period called the Interregnum.
Does this mean that the
civil war and its
valliant deaths for a Parliament for this country were also wiped out?
In English History the date of Charles II reign starts in 1660. It was
Sir Thomas Fairfax and other Generals who rode to the Netherlands and invited Charles back to reign
It is shameful that once King,he
did not honour the brave men of the civil war, who fought for justice, for the country especially
about honesty in law and fair taxation,
but had the 59 commissioners who were signatories to
his father's sentance executed, amongst whom were the Chaloner brothers, cousins of Sir Thomas.
Going back to the Lost Wife.
'Then what happened', Yonita asked her mother.
'She was killed in a tragic accident'. Since she had two children
from a previous marriage, Yonita presumed they were also killed since her mother did not elaborate further,
and she did not like to ask.
Hugh an engineer,
had a rubber plantation in Java, and when Krakatoa exploded, he lost everything.Then when the ship SSNaipal
went down, he lost 5 trunks, all his medals and diaries. All so very sad.
Yonita much preferred the name Fairfax
to her father's name, Ward, and felt grateful to have been given it.
She thought Hugh looked really
nice holding his Panama hat in a
photograph she saw of him.
After such a trajedy, she was really glad that Hugh had finally had a child he loved, her mother,
Renee, who lived. Because as well as losing his first wife, the Lost Wife, and his step children, then having
married again, to Eugenie, Oliver his son was killed in WWI but not declared dead for 5 years.
Frances the first daughter had died young.
The story must have affected Yonita.
Strangely enough one of her first Artworks was showing something similar to an explosion like the smoke from
a volano such as Krakatoa although the artwork 's content was felt,seen and taken as an Environmental Cry
The Genealogical tree of the First Sons of Walton and Gilling which shows Yonita's Grandfather's
connection is included here.
It is a copy of an Original handwritten Document from the Barbican Archives. And published here in full in
its original handwriting.
It was a huge tome
very heavy and for clarity the page has been split in two to show the Parliamentary Commander
on another page as he was on the right
hand side since coming from the lineage of a Second son, Sir Guy who built STEETON Manor house into a Castle.
Sir Thomas' daughter Lady Mary married George Villiers, 2 Duke of Buckingham, with whom she fell in love when engaged to be
married to someone else.
George built Cliveden and there was a house near De Villiers Street, Strand.
Then because of the way George Villiers, behaved by bringing in a mistress, a Talbot, to
live in the same house with Lady Mary Fairfax, one can imagine why there was no issue. This story is elaborated further on.
Various people have commented on this ' How could Sir Thomas let his daughter marry such a man?'
Hence the lack of issue means that the title moved accross and on.
In this instance one
needs to look to the right on
the family tree
over to the knights who lived on the DENTON side, inherited through a wife,
Then down to the
person who was living at
the time, who inherited and who then became the next 4 Baron of Cameron. This was Thomas, son of the
Rev. Henry. It was The Rev. Henry
who baptised the Chaloner and Stapleton children. Henry was the brother of Sir Thomas' father, hence
Sir Thomas' uncle.
Then one presumes this line leads to the current
holders of the Baron of Cameron title.
For Yonita's own specific family search,for the Lost Wife, we
go on to another line,
via Gabriel, various scandals, to the Castle of STEETON and the Manor house at NEWTON KYME,
then down to The Admiral Robert, to the above mentioned missing
member of the family; the Lost Wife, being the First wife of her grandfather
Hugh Maunsell Gabbette-Fairfax.