The Bumpus Biographies

16 May 2010

Please note that the page is under construction. 

Where addresses are given, they may only be associated with the family and not the individual.

I am now renewing my efforts on BUMPUS trees, particularly the ever-growing BOMPAS family tree, family code  B1/2, which is descended from the AW1 BW trees. In the past I have thanked the Browns: Nick and Charlotte (nee Bompas Smith) and Terrence BOMPAS for their help.  I would like to thank Gwin BOMPAS for his generosity in supplying more information about the BOMPAS family and, in particular, the South African branches, and also Colin CORNES for his research on Cecil Henry BOMPAS, and Gillian GRANT for her research about her great grandparents John HIBBERT and Katherine Delane BUMPUS.

Also, as a result of recent research, much more data has been collected, which will be added  to the LS / L1 branches in 2010.

Since it is taking considerable time to merge all the material that I have received from several sources, I have decided to post the basic data on this page, which will be improved on when time allows.

 If you have a specific query about any of these family groups, please let me know and I will consult my extensive files.

Source material that I have been able to consult is often interesting in its detail, as shown by this snippet:
'At Christmas 1859 we removed to 6 College Crescent, a pleasant light abode found by Uncle William and our mother, and though it was a trial to leave the home of so many associations, the scene of all our joys and sorrows, it had then become much less pleasant from the growth of London beyond. The smoke spoiled the garden, the house was out of repair, and the noise of the constantly passing omnibuses made it very different from the countrified residence entered in 1830 looking across the park with scarcely any obstruction to the Zoological Gardens...'


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The Bumpus Biographies I: The early Bumpas families of Aston sub Edge, Weston sub Edge, Bredon... who gave rise to the BOMPAS families of Bristol


John BOMPAS d/bur 1585/6 (WILL 1586 John BUMPAS husbandman of Aston sub Edge, GLS (will) prov 25 Jan. PROB 11/69 (PRO online) [Wife: Jone; sons Anthony, Henry, John, Richard, Robert, Thomas, William. Mickleton burial]=Joanne of Aston Subedge d/bur 1593-6 (WILL 1596 Joan BOMPAS, widow of Aston sub Edge, GLS (will) [Widow of John (above) Sons: Richard, Henry (+dau Elizabeth], Anthony, Thomas [+dau Ann & dau Elizabeth], Robert, William. Mickleton burial GLS R.O. ref 1596/85 )

1563  John BUMPER(E)S, Aston Subedge, ref GDR 20 p78, GLS R.O. re abandoned wife, John appears as guardian of Henry WALKER

Children of John BOMPAS d1585/6:
1. Richard BUMPAS bap 16 Mar 1544 Aston Subedge d/bur c1614 (WILL 1614 Richard BOMPASSE/BUMPASSE, husbandman, Aston sub Edge, GLS (will) [Sons: Richard + Robert BUMPASSE; wife Alice; dau Elizabeth]#GLS R.O. ref 1614/156) 23 May 1593 Aston sub Edge=Alice MEDLEY
i Elizabeth BUMPAS bap 21 Feb 1595
ii. Johanna BUMPAS bap 11 Mar 1597 Aston Subedge
iii Roberti BUMPAS bap 3 Nov 1599 Aston Subedge
iv Richard BUMPAS bap 11 Sep 1602

2. Henry BUMPAS bap 7 Aug 1545 Aston Subedge, = ?,

Children of Henry BUMPAS b1545:
i. John BUMPAS bap 12 Apr 1584 Aston Subedge (Servant of John WAKEMAN 1608?)= (?Alice);

Children of John BUMPAS b1584=:
1. Ann BUMPASSE bap 20 May 1612 Aston Subedge
2. Margaret BUMPASSE bap 7 Dec 1613 Aston Subedge
ii. Izabella BUMPAS bap 19 Jun 1586 Aston Subedge, =?
iii. Anthony BUMPAS bap 8 Jan 1588
iv. Robert BUMPAS
bap 12 Jun 1591Aston Subedge
v. Anna BUMPAS bap bap 14 Jan 1593 Aston Subedge, =?
vi. Thomas BUMPAS bap 28 Oct 1596 Aston Subedge
vii ?Maria BUMPAS bap 21 Mar 1600 Aston Subedge, =?
viii ?Anna BUMPAS bap 16 May 1606 Aston Subedge

3. ? Grysigone BUMPAS bap 8 Jan 1547 Aston Subedge, 12 Dec 1574 Aston Subedge GLS=Henry ROBBYNS


4. Anthony BUMPAS bap 28 May 1554 Aston Subedge =?,

Children of Anthony BUMPAS:
i. Grizigona BUMPAS bap 24 May 1584 Aston Subedge

5. William BUMPAS bap 7 Aug 1554 Aston Subedge
6. Thomas BUMPAS
7. Robertus BUMPAS bap 6 Apr 1556 Aston Subedge, 25 Oct 1581 Aston Subedge GLS=Joanna MEDLEY,

Children of Robertus BUMPAS bap 6 Apr 1556 Aston Subedge, 25 Oct 1581 Aston Subedge GLS=Joanna MEDLEY:
i. Margaret BUMPAS
bap 27 Sep 1581 Aston Subedge
ii. Thomas BUMPAS bap 26 Oct 1586 Aston Subedge
iii John BUMPAS bap 12 Oct 1588 Aston Subedge
iv Frauncis BUMPAS bap 2 Aug 1591Aston Subedge
v Maria BUMPAS bap 30 Nov 1593 Aston Subedge
vi Anna BUMPAS b/bap 21 Aug 1596 Aston Subedge
BW later B1/2

H. A. Cody said about this family in An Apostle of the North, Memoirs of the Right Reverend William Carpenter Bompas, D.D. (London, Seeley, 1908):
'The Bompas family is of French extraction, and the name still exists in the West of France,......Bonpar, Bonpart, and de Bonpas in Languedoc, Provence, and near Caen in Normandy, of which last one writer says, "They bear the coat of three lions rampant." There is a tradition that the motto "C'est un Bonpas" was given on the field of Crecy to an ancestor, who was knighted by Edward the Black Prince for his valour in the fight. A bystander remarked, "C'est un Bonpas," and the knight replied that he would take that for his motto.'

However, CHB commented that when ' Sergeant Bompas had to put up his arms in the Inner Temple Hall, he used the Mason arms.  When my father had to do the same thing as treasurer of the Inn, he had great searchings of heart as to whether he should give his father away by applying for a grant of arms.  He was advised to let well alone.

There are no Bompas arms and we have no right to the crest, with the motto, C'est un bon pas, which the family have used.'

In information collected by Cecil Henry Bompas, he stated that he believed his family came from Bredon in Worcestershire, on the border of Gloucestershire, only 3 miles from Tewkesbury.  Although he had found 22 entries of BMDs between 1563 and 1600, he had not been able to form a tree.  However, on the basis of information collected and received during the last 20 years, this is the line of descendancy that I have established so far, although it is inevitable that there will be gaps:

Robert BUMPAS=? ,Children:
1.Edmunde BUMPAS bap 24 Aug 1565 Bredon
2. Frances BUMPAS bap 26 Nov 1567 Bredon

3. Thomas BUMPAS(SE) yeoman of Westmancote, Bredon, bap 7 Mar 1573 Bredon dc1665, (WILL 1665 to BUMPASSE, JEENES & RICKARDS individuals GLS R.O. ref 1665/183), 9 Jun 1605 Kemerton= Ann BROFORDE (?bur 16 Jun 1635 Bredon?), Children:
i. Anne BUMPUS bap 26 Nov 1608 Bredon
ii. Margaret BUMPUS bap 21 Apr 1611 Bredon
iii. Joane BUMPUS bap 30 Apr 1612 Bredon, =William JEENES >children: William, Thomas, Samuel, Charles, John, Mary
iv. Goodyth/Goodeth BUMPUS bap 8 Apr 1615 Bredon
v Robert BUMPASSE birth/baptism unknown

4. Margaret BUMPAS bap 9 Aug 1576 Bredon
5. Elizabeth BUMPAS bap 31 Jan 1577 Bredon
6. Richard BUMPAS 13 May 1579 Bredon

7. John BUMPAS bap 7 Jul 1566 Bredon, =?Margaret Children:
i.  John BUMPAS bap 21 May 1597 Bredon
ii.  Elizabeth BUMPAS
bap 5 Apr 1602 Bredon

Thomas =?, Children
i. male BUMPAS bap 3 Dec 1576 Bredon
ii. Joane BUMPAS bap 26 Feb 1579 Bredon

Jane/Jone BUMPASSE Children:
i. Anis illegitimate daughter bap 27 May 1638 Norton by Bredon WOR

Robard (Robert BUMPASS), ?Bredon 30 April 1668= Sarah READE, Children:
i. Anne BOMPAS b? 4 Mar 1668 ?bap 5 April 1669 Bredon
ii. Robert BUMPASS bap 23 Mar 1671 Bredon  (Westmancote, Parish of Bredon, Worcestershire)

[Robert BUMPASS aged 27+, by licence 4 Nov 1703 Bredon WOR, Q3/24p92, GLSRO]St John the Baptist church, Gloucester. =Anne GWINNETT of Great Shurdington, b1674 (Great grandson George Gwinnett BUMPASS became known as BOMPAS. See main Bumpas page, 1789 for details of Robert.) Anne was related to the GWINNETTs of St Nicholas, Glamorgan, an ancient family of that name in north Wales, family of Button GWINNETT. She was fourth in descent from George Gwynedd aka Gwyneth, gent., born Carnarvon, who settled in Gloucestershire and died in 1604.  Her mother died at Bredon in 1715). 

She later bought the manor of Great Thurdington (Thurelington) 1601 name, in Gloucestershire, Sherrington or Shudington, and nowadays Shurdington, the manor house of which is Badgeworth Court. Anne Gwynnett’s relative, Button Gwynnett / GWINNETT (1735-1777) b 1735 Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire, married in St. Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton on 19 April 1757 Anne BOURNE, a grocer’s daughter. For several years he was engaged in the export business with his father in law. By 1765: he had settled in Savannah as a merchant. October 1765: he purchased land on St. Catherine’s Island but was as unsuccessful a planter as a merchant and as a consequence suffered financial difficulties. However, he was a skilled politician and joined the revolutionaries.  March 1777:  he was appointed as the Governor of Georgia and was one of the signatories of the famous American Declaration of Independence. Ten mponths later, he was killed in a duel about an affair of honour involving General McIntosh’s planned attack on the British in which he interfered and was judged to be culpable by the Assembly.
(There is a county called Gwinnett, near Atlanta in the state of Georgia in honour of Button Gwinnett.)


B1/2 family begins

Children of Robert BUMPASS, 4 Nov 1703 =Anne GWINNETT of Great Shurdington, b1674 :

1.Anne BUMPAS bap Jan 1705 Bredon

2. Robert BUMPAS b 22 September 1704=?  

Children of Robert b 1704:

i.  George BUMPAS, yeoman and baptist of Bredon, d 1766, Upton-on-Severn, WOR, 6 November 1758= Elizabeth BATCHELOR b1720-1730?

For his son, see next block below

[A descendant, clearly linked to family lands, but, as yet, not assigned to parents: Robert of Coberley d by 1829, ([Robert BUMPASS (BAMPASS), =by licence 3 June 1780 Swindon GLS, Q3/72 p33 GLS RO] Swindon GLS 11 June 1780=Ruth COX), Ashchurch 7 Jul 1814=Elizabeth BAYLISS, 2nd=5 Dec 1829 Tewkesbury by lic, Edmund Callow NEW, widower of Beckford]



The Bumpus Biographies III: The Bompas Family - Medicine, the Law and the Church BW >B1/2
Children of George BUMPAS, yeoman and baptist of Bredon, d 1766, Upton-on-Severn, WOR, 6 November 1758= Elizabeth BATCHELOR b1720-1730?

1.  Dr George Gwinnett BOMPASS (BUMPASS of Upton on Severn) Snr, b1759, d1820, (great grandson of Robert BUMPASS of Bredon bc1671-6,=Anne GWINNETT of Great Shurdington b1674), 'of Longden Heath# Gentleman'* at marriage, 28 March 1786 Stapleton by licence=Selina CARPENTER b 1767 d 14 Jun1809 daughter of Sarah MASON b1741-1781,=Wm CARPENTER d1773
Witnesses to George Gwinnett BUMPASS's marriage: Caleb EVANS, John COX, Elizabeth COX, Charlotte ?CARPE

# [part of mother's home, Upton]  Frederick Bompas who emigrated to South Africa is recorded as believing that the family owned land at Down Hatherley and Longden Heath for several generations, the connection being through marriage.

elsewhere: “country gentleman of Badgeworth and Down Haverly (also spelt Hatherly) Glos. and Longton Heath, Worc."

Selena (Selina) was the grand daughter of Dr. Joseph MASON (1711- 28 September 1779) who founded a lunatic asylum called “Fishponds”. Fishponds, established as an asylum in 1860, was the second site of Mason's Madhouse founded by Joseph MASON in Stapleton in 1738.  After MASON's death and until 1788, Mason's married daughters, Elizabeth Cox and Sarah Carpenter, continued the asylum.

Joseph MASON married three times - 1) Ruth COOMBS died 1746; 2) Mary KING died 1756; 3) Sarah STENNETT died 1775. He had two daughters by his first marriage, Elizabeth MASON 1739 -1824 = 1757 John COX, d 14 June 1788, a grocer and tea dealer; and Sarah MASON 1741-1781 = William CARPENTER d 13 November 1773. One report states that William Carpenter was a Wiltshire clothier and another that he was a doctor living at Downing.

1788: Joseph Mason COX (1763 - 1818), a grandson of Joseph MASON, took Fishponds over. His Practical Observations on Insanity (1806) presented the theory that insanity can be cured by inducing the symptoms of severe physical illness in patients.

CARPENTER's sister was Selina CARPENTER b1767 d1809=George Gwinnett BOMPAS snr.

  • After his children's birth, GGB Snr experienced personal difficulties (' did something shady' according to CHB) and was therefore financially embarrassed. He deserted his wife and family in 1809 and went to Quebec (another report states Pennsylvania) where he lived on an allowance until his death in 1820. After her husband's departure, Selina and 4 children were rescued from homelessness by her COX cousins, and they were invited to Overn House next to Fishponds Asylum, by Dr. Joseph Mason COX., Selena’s cousin,  whose only daughter had died at eight months old. At this time the three Bompas sons, George Gwinnett, Charles Carpenter and Joseph Cox were 20, 18 and 16 years old respectively and Joseph Mason Cox undertook the responsibility for the completion of their education.
  • He was wealthy and he bequeathed property to Joseph Cox Bompas (Joseph Cox COX in 1820 in order to inherit the estate of his cousin, Dr Joseph Mason Cox, who died without heir).
  • It had been expected that Miss Emilia GWINNETT [sister of Button GWINNETT], of Penline Castle and Badgeworth (b1741 - d1807) would leave her property to GGB Snr or his children  However, although her father, Rev Samuel Gwinnett (d 1775) had been vicar of Down Hatherley, and, although, as third cousins, Emilia and George had probably been acquainted, the family's expectations came to nothing.  A Bompas family story asserts that GGB Snr gambled away his reversion to the Gwinnett estates  at the card tables (ref. Letter from Edward to GGB. 1870-1949).  Whatever the truth, the inheritor of her property was William Shute HAYTOR who assumed the name of GWINNETT in 1840.
Children of Dr. George Gwinnett snr, 1786=Selina CARPENTER

1.Sarah BOMPASS, b7 Feb 1787 Broadmead Baptist Bristol, d 23 Dec 1809 bur 1810

2. George Gwinnett BOMPAS(S) Jnr, b 6 Jun 1789 Broadmead Baptist Bristol, Dr and Superintendant of Fishponds Lunatic Asylum (the eldest of the adopted family, who assisted  Joseph Mason COX for many years, took over August 1818 following Mason COX's death on 11 July 1818 ), (largest asylum outside London), d night of 26 Feb1847 bur in the burial ground of Downend Baptist Church. (WILL).
George jnr qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (?FRCS) of London in 1809, but did not join the asylum until December 1810. His MD degree was granted by the University of Leyden in June 1817 (thesis De Insania). Dr John Mason Cox had succeeded his grandfather in the management of Fishponds Asylum, and, after his death, it was taken over by GGBJnr.  On 1 January 1844: the Asylum had 49 patients. 1 pauper and 48 private. CHB noted that GGBjnr shared some of his father's characteristics, i.e. often short of money not as a result of frittering it away, but because he did not often submit his account even though he had a busy practice. On one occasion he was unable to pay his coachman, 'who thereupon sued him; cheerfully drove him down to court in his stylish carriage and took him home again when the affair had been amicably settled.'

He had 15 children between 1812 and 1839, many of whom died young, 3 of whom achieved medical qualifications. His obituary notice in London and Provincial Medical Directory for 1848 stated that he "possessed of considerable scientific attainments, especially in his own branch of the profession - the relief of mental disease. He was of mild and amiable deportment, a model of the Christian gentleman, and all his actions were influenced by a feeling of deep responsibility..". His management appears to have been unremarkable and he did not acknowledge developments which recommended non-restraint for patients.

11 Nov 1811 St James's Church, Bristol=Frances Henrietta SMITH, born 1792 Batheaston ref x1/5, died 27 April 1863, reg B1863 Clifton, daughter of Joseph SMITH, Bristol barrister
Family in Fishponds; Upper Park St, Clifton in 1856; Walton Villa, Wellington Park, Clifton; 15 Stanley Gardens, Kensington; 8 Clifton Park, Rd, Bristol; Battersea

3.Charles Carpenter BOMPAS(S), b15 Feb 1791 Broad Mead Baptist Bristol GLS b 23 June 1791, 29 February 1844)

As a young man in 1817, he published a book “On the nature of heat, light and electricity”, the name on the title page being still spelt Bompass. Charles Carpenter BOMPAS was called to bar at Inner Temple 1815; Serjeant-at-Law 1827, leader of the Western Circuit, Dissenting Deputy, d 29 February 1844 , reg A1844 Marylebone, 
19 Dec 1822 Broughton HANTS= Mary Steele TOMKINS d 1861, daughter of Joseph TOMKINS of Broughton Hants
9 Kings Bench Walk, London; Park Road, Regents Park, MDX and had eight children by her.

*Below, quoted excerpts from their daughter Selina Anne's memoirs The Story of the Steeles of Broughton

'The first school to which our father went (with, I think, our Uncle Joe) was but a rough one, for I have heard him speak of the school-mistress coming out from her blazing fire, fat and flourishing and rubbing her hands and saying, "I do not feel it cold", while he and his school-fellows were miserably shivering outside.  He afterwards went with his brothers to the school at Tottenham kept by Mr. Wood and Dr. Thorowgood, at that time and for some time afterwards one of the principal Non-conformist schools.'*

They married 'after a long engagement and a still longer attachment on our father's part.  Our grandfather would not give his consent to the marriage till our father had acquired a specified sum such as he considered adequate for their comfort.' * According to his daughter, Charles was ' a very sanguine, ardent disposition and apt to hope more than was possible.  During the long years of suspense when he was not allowed to visit the house, he used sometimes to come to Broughton and watch outside in the evening to see her through the window, and they would only hear, ........that he had been for a night at the inn.'*

On the day of Charles's marriage, he 'felt more than rewarded...for all his pains and patience, and they walked across the meadow path, decked in bridal snow, between the Broughton "Pigeon House" and the church....... He was 30; she was 29.  ...Our father took his bride to their first home at Frenchay near Bristol.'*

'Our father was then a barrister in practice at Bristol having left the merchant's office of Mr Bruce as he thought a professional career would be more pleasing to Mamma.'

'He was seldom at home in the evening and often had not time in the morning, as he had to hurry down to Court generally immediately after breakfast, by 9.30 in term time, I think, but rather later during Sittings.  As he always sat up till 12 at the earliest to make sure that no brief would come, and generally did not leave Chambers till that time, he was naturally not up very early...'*
barrister and sergeant-at-law, it is thought that he was the inspiration for Charles Dickens's Serjeant Buzfuz in Pickwick Papers. (23 June 1827 Inner Temple: ref C202/216/23 National Archives)

'he was 5ft 10ins, and with higher, broader forehead, a thoughtful yet most beaming happy face, full of benevolence.  He had blue eyes and red hair, but we can only remember it as grey and sandy, his wig, so much worn, having turned it early, thin at the top of his head but curly round.'*

'Mamma was equally thin with  beautiful black hair, getting rather grey latterly, and hazel eyes (green-grey like Grandmamma's) not brown chestnut, a thin narrow face, a beautiful profile.'......................'Her nose, slightly aquiline, had been broken by a fall when a child..............I suppose it was Lord Truro (as T. Wilde) who, as uncle George tells, compared her to one of the light Alpine bridges which vibrate if an antelope springs over them, but will not break if an army marches across.'*

They lived at North Bank near Park Road for a year, then to 11 Park Road until Christmas 1859 when they moved to 6 College Crescent.

At his death, Lord Truro, Lord Chief Justice commented that he thought CC's intellect was the quickest in Westminster Hall.  Since he was a professed Baptist, this would have prevented him  from being appointed a Judgeship.  Initially, he practised in Bristol, moving to London in about 1827.  Also, in 1817, he published a book in the name of BOMPASS entitled On the Nature of Heat, Light and Electricity.  When he died, he left 8 living children and his wife only had £300 pa, and so members of the Western Circuit repaid his former generosity by raising £800 to help educate his children.

4. Joseph Cox BOMPOSS, later Joseph Cox COX, Physician of Park St Bristol, b 2 Jun 1793 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol, GLS, d 28 Aug1851, bur in St Mary's church, Fishponds, precincts.
Tradition has it that Joseph Cox substituted the second COX for BOMPAS to inherit estate from Dr. Joseph Mason COX. Studied Leyden University > 1837 MD (thesis on pulmonary embolism) He worked in Ryde, Isle of Wight, then because of his asthma and the past deaths of his children from croup and scarlet fever, he decided to move his family to a more sympathetic climate, at Castelmare near Naples, returning to take over Fishponds Asylum, which he ran for a short time until his death.
=Charlotte SKEY b1788 d 1851 elsewhere 1798 - 1865
There is a memorial window in Fishponds church dedicated to Joseph and to his wife
Children: Dr George Gwinnett BOMPASS jnr b6 June 1789, d1847, 1811=Frances Henrietta SMITH

1.George Joseph BOMPAS, b 6 Sep 1812 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol./Stapleton, ref x2/5; MD and Schoolmaster in Fishponds House, d 23 Jun 1889.
Family: Fishponds; Upper Park St, Clifton in 1856 when school moved from Upper Fishponds
1832-6 studied at Edinburgh University> MD (thesis on 'Unsoundness of Mind and its Relations to Jurisprudence') Before taking up medicine, GJB spent 2 years with a publisher.

reg C1839 ROMSEY, 7 Aug 1839=Marianne BEDDOME b 17 Jun 1815 Romsey HANTS ref x 2/5; 8C d 24 Dec 1912 Quebec, daughter of John Reynolds BEDDOME b12 Mar 1787 d 26 Dec 1859=Rebecca WINTER bc1793 d10 Jun 1821.

7th May 1841: 15 members of Foster Baptist Chapel, Downend told their pastor, Rev. J. Mitchell, they had "associated themselves as a separate body of worshippers". Four of the body were three brothers and a sister, members of a local well-known and influential family named Bompas, of Fishponds. The elder brother, Dr. George Gwinnett Bompas, lived in a large house on the site of Victoria Park, Manor Road and infants school. After gaining experience elsewhere, George Joseph BOMPAS worked at Fishponds as a doctor.  The house was an asylum, managed from 1818 to 1847 by Dr. G. G. Bompas. and in 1860 it became a private school for boys aged 8 to 11. By 13 January 1844: George Joseph Bompas had given up practising medicine and opened a school for boys at Upper Fishponds called Beechwood House.1855: he moved his school to Clifton. 1856: he moved it to Redland. 1859: he was declared bankrupt.  It is believed this news item may refer to him, Ellenborough School was run by George Thomas BOMPAS who had been at Fishponds House in 1847. "In 1857 he was in Ellenborough Buildings in Redland and was facing bankruptcy proceedings. He had £1859 debts among them the sum of £5 18/- wages owing to Fanny SHORLAND, his servant. He stated that his insolvency had been brought about by overwhelming misfortune and he had struggled against a long course of disasters. The magistrate agreed that Mr Bompas did not seem to have been extravagant in his expenditure."

Around 1860/1: he emigrated with his wife and twelve children to Quebec, Canada. 1881: Appears as artist in 1881 Sherbrooke, Quebec. 23 June 1889: GJB died in Canada. At his death, his wife renounced her right to her late husband's administration.

Children of George Joseph BOMPAS b1812=Marianne BEDDOME; their sons went to South Africa with their sisters

i. Edward Gwinnett Gwinnett BOMPAS was Mayor of Nairobi in King George V's Jubilee Year.

ii. Frederick William

iii. Selina 

iv. Sophia.

2. Frances Maria BOMPASS b21 Oct 1813 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol, GLS died 28 September 1833.

3. Selina Jane BOMPASS, b7 Feb 1815 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol, d 21 November 1831 at WITT Household 22 Prince's Lane, Westminster

4. Mason Cox BOMPAS b? 1815, bap4 Oct 1816 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol / Stapleton, GLS. He married in 1835 but died three years later without issue.

5.Charles Smith BOMPAS, b13 Jul 1818 Stapleton, surgeon, d 3 Nov1886 Busselton, Australia, from nephritis.
1836 admitted to medical school >MRCS and LSA, London 1841. He was medically qualified at Bristol, worked at Fishponds. House surgeon to Bristol General Hospital. After change in Asylum management, he moved to Manchester and 1853 was the District Medical Officer and vaccinator to Manchester. Between 1853-1865 he moved 6 times. He married  23 June 1862= Betty (Elizabeth) KENYON, widow, bc1826-36 Accrington ref 2/7; housekeeper ref 8
9 Beech St, Cheetham;180 Rydal Mount, Cheetham, LAN. They had one daughter Frances Henrietta, who married Rev. F.A.M. Parker in 1890. After his daughter's birth in 1863, he moved to western Australia (about 1865) to become the Resident Medical Officer at Camden Harbour, leaving family behind. From 1869 he held various government appointment, such as Medical Officer of Greenough and Dongara; house surgeon at Perth.  In 1866, as he was anxious to make a collection of specimens of natural history, he accompanied T. Hooley on part of his expedition up the Murchison River to find a practicable route for driving stock to the North District of Western Australia. A range of low mountains near Geraldton, at the top of the sharp bend in the Murchison River, long. 115 degrees 19 minutes, was named BOMPAS Hills by T. Hooley in 1866 to commemorate his friendship with Charles BOMPAS. There is also Bumpus island a few miles north of Camden Harbour.

Charles was not very co-operative with the Governor of North Western Australia and objected to submitting monthly returns e.g. the disposition of “Medical comforts” being consumed by other than the patients. He then held various medical posts:
1869: District Medical Officer, Greenhough Flats
1872: Colonial Hospital, Perth
1873: Medical Officer, York
1875: Resident Medical Officer and Vaccinator, Vasse. He retired on pension in 1886 and died of nephritis at Busselton, Western Australia.

6.Sarah BOMPAS b28 elsewhere 29 Oct 1819 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol / Fishponds / Stapleton, GLS
 ref1/7;3/7;12/8; x1/5, died 4 September 1883.
15 Stanley Gardens, Kensington; Walton Villa, Wellington Park, Clifton; Unmarried 1881, lodger with sister Sophia Cox BOMPAS at DYKES household, 5 Glentworth Terrace, Weston-super-Mare

7.Maria Grace BOMPAS b 23 Apr 1821 elsewhere born 28 April 1821 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol/Stapleton, GLS, died 1857
16 May 1843=Edward KELLER, gentleman of St Louis, Illinois, USA

8. Joseph Carpenter BOMPAS MD, b24 Jan 1823 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol/Stapleton, GLS ref 53/1, 4th son
assistant Colonial Surgeon; Resident Surgeon of Adelaide Asylum and Hospital, resigned 1855 (ill health) d 29 Sep 1855 on board the "Harlequin" on voyage to Swansea.
Joseph was a student at University College, London, 1841-6. He achieved a 1st class BA  Honours  in medicine and physiology in 1845; BM (Medicine and physiology) 1846; appointed physician's clerk and went on to become assistant at University College Hospital. MRCS 1849. At 24, when father died, he took over the management of Fishponds at his relatives’ request and further passed the examination of membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1849. Unhappily Dr. Joseph Carpenter Bompas’ reign at Fishponds was disastrous, and the Gloucestershire magistrates ordered an enquiry into the management of the Asylum in 1848. When the results of the Gloucester JPs Inquiry (ordered by the last Court of Quarter Sessions to be printed, and sent to every acting magistrate in the County of Gloucester) were reported in 1849 (mainly receiving patients without certificates; harsh and neglectful treatment of the patients; it was said of him that he gave 'a lame defence made by a person labouring under nervousness.') he withdrew his application of the renewal of his licence. Other members of the family, including Dr J.C. Cox "late of Naples" who died in 1851.1852: Fishponds taken over by Dr J.D.F. Parsons, previously proprietor of White Hall House, near Bristol and it was closed in 1859.  He married Ruth Conquest Bompas (born about 1823), who was head of a school in Middlesex in 1881.

28 September 1847 Romsey, reg C1847 Romsey= Fanny (Frances Henrietta) BEDDOME (his sister-in-law's sister) bc 1819 d 16 Sep 1852 Adelaide daughter of Dr. John Reynolds BEDDOME, (grandson of Rev Benjamin BEDDOME of Bourton on the Water), a highly respected doctor who counted Lord Palmerston and Florence Nightingale amongst his patients.  They had four children.  They lived at 50 Albany Road, Camberwell 1851.

6 May 1852 he emigrated to Adelaide, Australia on the “Caroline Agnes”.  He was appointed the house surgeon at the Adelaide Hospital and resident medical officer at the Adelaide Lunatic Asylum where he held office until 1855. He experienced a double tragedy in the death of his son Herbert Gregory on 30 August 1852 and that of his wife on 16 September 1852.
6 Dec 1853 Congregational Chapel, Freeman St, Adelaide=Ruth Conquest SCRUTTON, Head of School (1881) at 2 Cleveland Garden, Ealing, Middlesex, (1856 Kingsdown, GLS) bc1823, Kingsland, MDX, ref 5/8;4/9;1, d reg C1905 Nuneaton, 2nd daughter of Alexander SCRUTTON of London
Upper Park Street Bristol; Kingsdown; 2 Cleveland Gdns, Ealing; The Vicarage, Church St, Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

 He died on a voyage returning to England for health reasons, on 29 September 1855.

9.Sophia Cox BOMPAS 28 Oct 1824 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol/Stapleton, ref x1/5; 1/7; 3/7;12/8;3/9;1/B1;

CHECK Jun 1866 Stockbridge=John F. SMITH, unitarian minister, ref 3/9
8 Clifton Park Rd, Bristol; Battersea

She emigrated to East London, South Africa and ran a school for young girls and boys together with her sister, Selina Carpenter. In about 1894 one of the sister’s health deteriorated and they were forced to close the school. She died a spinster at 5 Kimberley Terrace, East London on 18 December 1908, aged 84 years.

10. Jane Smith BOMPAS b 22 July, bap 8 Oct 1826 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol/Stapleton, 7 September 1847, reg C1847 Clifton=William Henry TOOKE, jeweller of Ely Place LND.  By a strange coincidence, while G.G.B. (1931) and G.G.B. (1960) were at Michaelhouse, the former as a teacher and the latter as a scholar, her great granddaughter Rosemary and her husband Rev. Harold Clarke who was the school chaplain, was also there. The Clarkes later emigrated to New Zealand.

11. Anna(e) Caroline BOMPAS, b 28 / 29 Apr 1829 Stapleton, ref x1/5She married George Bean THOMAS in 1857 and died on 29 July 1874.

12.Edward Gwinnett BOMPAS, b 13 March, bap15 Mar 1831 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol/Stapleton ref x1/5; 3/7

Walton Villa, Wellington Park, Upper Park St, Clifton

He was an architect and came to East London, South Africa.  With the development of Natal he entered the Colonial Engineers Office as an architect in 1888, but lost the post in 1894. He applied to the Public Works Department for employment as a Clerk of Works for the New Colonial Offices in Pietermaritzburg and in December 1894 was appointed temporary resident architect. In January 1895 he helped survey the competitive designs for the Colonial Offices. He acted as Clerk of Works until 1897 when he was removed from the post at the request of W.H. Powell, the architect. He was getting on in years and rather forgetful and was not of very robust health and was thus unable to climb the scaffold and supervise in an efficient manner. Through compassion he was given a minor post in the drawing office of the P.W.D. and was allowed to continue his private practice, which he did until 1902. Works under the Colonial Engineer included Ladysmith courthouse, Lunatic asylum PMB., Mounted Police Barracks PMB, Newcastle Post Office, Camperdown School, Howick School, post office, court house and magistrate’s house. He did private work for Mr. Ellis of Hilton College, Miss Scottson-Clarke of St. John’s school and Mr. Woodburn. While in PMB, he lived at Mrs. Paley’s Private Boarding House at 225 Loop Street from 1895 until 1902, and then at The Gables, Chapel Street. He returned to East London and, in 1907, his address was 3 Fullers Lane. He was nursed by Miss Clough, for the last few months of his life and died a batchelor, aged 85, on 3 August 1915 at 5 Kimberley Terrace, East London. He was buried in East London, South Africa.

13. Selina Carpenter BOMPAS b 29 Jul 1833 Broad Mead Baptist, Bristol/Stapleton ref x1/5; 1;3/7;9/8;3/9;1/B1; 31/112.

She emigrated to East London, South Africa and owned the school for young ladies and gentlemen at which her sister assisted. A notice advertising this school appeared in the East London Dispatch dated 21 July 1886. She died a spinster on 23 February 1915 and was buried in East London, South Africa.

14. Charlotte Skey BOMPAS b19 Apr 1835 Stapleton refx1/5; 14/8;11/9. By 1881: Patient in Warneford Hospital, Oxford, classified as 'lunatic'. Died 21 October 1912.

15. Frederick William BOMPAS, the youngest child, was b June 1839 Stapleton ref x2/5, d 16 Sept 1904 Doornfontein, youngest son.  He married Elize (Elizah, Elisa) Catherine Thomson (1850-1932) on 19 September 1869.

He is the founder of the South African branch of the Bompas family. He arrived in South Africa in about 1865, in his twenties, and became a clerk in King William’s Town but moved to East London in about 1872
where he set up his business (F.W. Bompas and Co., Landing , Shipping and Forwarding Agents). He later diversified into other activities e.g. hardware stores, insurance agent, 1877 served as Lt >Capt in Kaffrarian Volunteer Artillery; 1878 appointed as JP for East London. Involved in local municipal politics.
He married Elize (Elizah, Elisa) Catherine Thomson (1850-1932) on 19 September 1869 but in about 1865, after the death of his mother, he returned to England and persuaded his unmarried siblings to follow him to East London viz. Edward, Sophia and Selina.

Catherine was the daughter of the Rev. William Ritchie Thomson, a Presbyterian missionary and his second wife, Isabella Abercrombie-Smith. (The latter’s uncle was Charles Abercrombie-Smith, a prominent member of the Molteno government, who was later knighted for his endeavours.) The Rev. Thomson set up a missionary at Balfour, Katberg and later a second mission station at Hertzog where Catherine was born in 1850. The family returned to Balfour sometime later and had some unenviable experiences in the early Kaffir Wars. The house in which they lived, was twice burned down by the rebellious natives. When the Kaffirs made their attacks, the family took refuge in a small fort known as Fort Armstrong.

Frederick William and Catherine had eleven children, ten of whom were born in the Eastern Cape and the last, Mary, in Johannesburg. While still in the Eastern Cape, he suffered heavy financial losses during the “Great Depression” and his firm went into bankruptcy in 1888 after which he left East London to start a new life in Johannesburg , taking all the household goods and chattels on the train as far as Aliwal North where the railway line ended and then onto Johannesburg on an oxwagon. He served as a secretary to the Central Langlaagte Gold Mining Company. . Frederick William died of a brain haemorrhage on 16 September 1904 and was buried in Doornfontein.


Children of Charles Carpenter BOMPAS b1791, d 1840, 19 December 1822= Mary Steele TOMKINS

1. Charles Steele BOMPAS b 24 September 1823 Frenchay, the eldest son became Assistant Secretary to the Zoological Society.  He died of smallpox at the age of 24.

Family nurse, Chatto, helped with Charles and subsequent sister.

2.  Female BOMPAS, b and d 1824-5 Frenchay, buried Downend Chapel burying-ground.

3. Mary Jane BOMPAS, 7 January 1826 Grenville Street, Bedford Square, London, d 24 Jan 1881 Milby nr Sherbrooke Canada, eldest daughter.  She kept house for brother Henry in Avenue Road.

4. George Cox BOMPAS, b18 Apr 1827 Grenville Street, Bedford Square, London ref1/7;1/8; 33/1
Solicitor in city firm for 59 years (retired 1903) & astronomer, d 23 May 1905 (reg B1905 Paddington) at 121 Westbourne Terr,, Hyde Park, bur Putney Vale Cemetery,

CHB described him as 'a tall handsome man, with exceptionally charming and courteous manners and of a very fine generous nature'.  Apart from the life of his brother-in-law, Frank Buckland, GC also wrote papers on Aerolites, which were published by the Royal Astronomical Society.
10 Jul 1860 St Thomas, Marylebone, London, September Q1860 Marylebone LON

=Mary Ann Scott BUCKLAND bc1829-1830 Christchurch, Oxford/Yorkshire (ref1/7;1/8; 69/1), eldest daughter of the later Very Rev William BUCKLAND DD, Dean of Westminster, d 23 Aug 1915 at 121 Westbourne Terrace [where the family lived from c1870s - 1937], bur Putney Vale Cemetery
19 Coleman St, London; 15 Stanley Gardens, Kensington; Paddington

5. Joseph Tomkins BOMPAS b13 Jul 1828 ?Fishponds, third son
emigrated to Canada. By Christmas 1859 (1854?) with wife + son to farm, and died there.

6.  Selina Anne BOMPAS b 1830 11 Park Road, Regent's Park, London

7. William Carpenter BOMPAS, b 20 January 1834 at 11 Park Road, Regent's Park, London, the fourth son of Charles Carpenter Bompas, Serjeant-at-law, one of the most eminent advocates of his day, and Leader of the Western Circuit, 19 December 1822= Mary Steele TOMKINS, daughter of Mr. Joseph Tomkins, of Broughton, Hants.

Kensington B1874 (7 May 1874)= his cousin, Charlotte Selina, 'Nina',  COX b 24 Feb 1830 - 21 Jan. 1917 in Montreal, linguist, musician, & creator of Yukon branch of Women's Auxiliary, younger daughter [and therefore cousin of WCB] of Joseph COX MD of Montague Square, LON (part of whose family owned Overn Hill and Fishponds manor house, Bristol)=Charlotte, dau of George SKEY of the Hythe, Upton-on-Severn, descendant of Sir William SKEYE who came to England with Queen Matilda in 1137.
Babbacome, Torquay

William was a shy boy possibly because of being tutored privately at home by Mr Elliott.  He loved walking, and sketching churches and other buildings that he encountered. His early gardening hobby was useful in later life when planning for the mission-farms in his northern diocese.

At 16, he was baptized by immersion by the Hon. and Rev. Baptist Noel. In 1852, he was articled to a firm of solicitors, where brother George worked, and he worked there for five years. He transferred to Ashurst Morris and Co where he worked for two years, until 1858 when he suffered some sort of breakdown and spiritual crisis.  It is thought now that this was connected with his ill-fated proposal to his cousin. He left legal work and, in 1859, he was confirmed by the Bishop of London at St Mary's, Bryanston Square.  Later that year, on 18 December, he was ordained Church of England deacon by Dr. Jackson, Bishop of Lincoln as a literate candidate for Holy Orders,; appointed curate to Rev H. Owen, rector of Trusthorpe and Sutton-in-the-Marsh Lincolnshire, he served there until 1862. Brief appointments followed to other curacies, (curate of New Radford, Nottingham, curate to Holy Trinity; South Lincolnshire; 1864 curate to Rev H. Oldrid at Alford, LINCS).

He was a talented linguist and learned Hebrew by private study to add to his knowledge of Latin and Greek.

In May 1865 Bompas heard a sermon preached in London by David Anderson, formerly bishop of Rupert’s Land, in which Anderson called for a volunteer to replace the ailing missionary Robert McDonald in the Yukon district of the Church Missionary Service’s North West America mission. Bompas applied, was accepted by the CMS, and on 25 June was ordained priest by Anderson’s successor, Bishop Robert Machray, who had just been consecrated successor of Bishop Anderson.

During the three weeks before his departure, he gave away his worldly goods and, on 30 June 1865, Mr. Bompas left London for Liverpool, where he boarded the steamer Persia, bound for New York. Arriving there on the 12 July, he continued to Niagara by train and then on to Chicago.  Having continued by steamer and then again by railroad, his journey was delayed because he could find no one to take him to Red River from St Cloud, presumably because of fears for personal safety after the 1862 Sioux massacre.

Bompas and his party were advised that they should take an English flag, which might give some protection, and so Bompas made a flag to fly from their cart.  Once in the safety of red River, Bompas booked his journey north on board one of the Hudson B ay Company boats.  Their journey to Portage la Loche took 63 days, but ,since their arrival on the 12 October was too late for them to meet any northern-bound boat, they booked a canoe and two local guides.  He ignored advice about the impending cold weather and then proceeded on snowshoe into the Mackenzie district. William West Kirkby, the CMS missionary at Fort Simpson (N.W.T.), was amazed when Bompas, unencumbered by luggage, and without suitable cold-weather clothing, strode into the post, completely unannounced, on Christmas Day, 1865.

He was greeted by Rev. W. W. Kirkby, who told him that Mr. McDonald had recovered from ill health and was able to continue his work. Therefore, Bompas began to learn the Indian language at Fort Simpson, assisted by Mr. Kirkby, with whom he remained until Easter 1866.

Bompas travelled to the Mackenzie River area of northern Canada and worked as a missionary and priest; later he was appointed  first Anglican Bishop of Dioceses of Athabasca (1874 -1884).

Then in the early summer of 1873 he learned that the CMS had decided to divide the enormous diocese of Rupert’s Land and create the diocese of Athabasca in the northwest; he had been nominated first bishop of the new jurisdiction.

Bompas was not pleased at the prospect as he preferred the simplest form of church ceremony, seeing bishoprics as a “Romanish” institution. It took Bompas from July until New Year's Eve to travel from the Yukon to Red River.  His unkempt appearance on arrival at Bishop Machray's residence in London, the servant mistook him for atramp and initially denied him entrance.  He resolved to turn down the post, but he was persuaded that diocesan organization was necessary to put the North West America mission on a firmer foundation.  On 3 May 1874, Bompas was consecrated bishop of Athabasca at St Mary’s Church in London. Four days later,
on 7 May, he was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Cox, he was married to his cousin Charlotte Selina Cox, (who had refused his offer 20 years before), by Bishop Anderson, assisted by the Rev. John Robbins, Vicar of St. Peter's, Netting Hill, and the Rev. Henry Gordon, Rector of Harting, and the couple returned almost immediately to Fort Simpson.  Mrs. Bompas was also a linguist like her husband and her proficiency in Italian was accompanied by her detailed knowledge of Dante's works.  She had shown little interest in religious matters in the past, but when news came of a murdered missionary Bishop in Melanesia in 1871, she appeared ready for a challenge and accepted her cousin William Bompas's marriage proposal, perhaps little realising the loneliness and deprivations that awaited them.

On 12 May 1874, the Bishop and Mrs. Bompas left England, reaching Fort Simpson, on 24 September. Fort Simpson was situated at the confluence of the Mackenzie and Liard Rivers, and formed the most convenient point for managing the vast diocese. It was there that Mr. Kirkby had built the church and mission house. Mr. Hardisty, the chief officer of the Hudson's Bay Company and the whole settlement came to the shore to meet Mr and Mrs Bompas. Most of the men around the fort had been sent away as food supplies were low, aqnd made more so with the arrival of Bompas and his party. Fortunately, at the critical moment, two Indians arrived, bringing fresh meat.

The conditions that he and his wife endured took a great toll on their health, and she frequently suffered from severe headaches and had to leave for medical treatment and rest.  In 1883, the provincial synod of Rupert's Land agreed to divide the diocese, thereby appointing Bompas as Rt Rev Bishop of Mackenzie River, Canada (May 1884 -1891).  When it was divided again, Bompas became Bishop of Selkirk, now Yukon (1891 - 1905). At each subdivision of his Diocese, he retained the most northerly, and therefore most difficult section. His headquarters were at Forty Mile on the Yukon River. His new diocese of 200,000 square miles was more than twice the area of Great Britain, and the third largest diocese in British America, stretching from the Diocese of Caledonia, on the south, to the Arctic Ocean on the north, and was separated on the west by the 141st meridian longitude from the United States territory of Alaska. To this new diocese the bishop gave the name of "Selkirk."

He was an able linguist who translated many religious works into northern native dialects and wrote many translations of hymns and scripture into Beaver, Slavey, and Tukudh.   In the 1903 Who's Who he reported his activities as 'Syriac studies or school keeping'.  His wife Nina took a particular interest in native women, which was aided by her speaking of the Slavey language.  She played the harmonium to the delight of their native congregations and was well known for her attitude towards local children, not only instructing them but also caring for them in the event of parental absence or illness. She informally adopted two of these children, planning to raise them as her own. The first, Jenny (Jeannie), died as an infant and the second, Owindia (baptized Lucy May), apparently died in England as a toddler. Nina also undertook medical work in the diocese. She was a firm believer in homoeopathic remedies and always carried the appropriate supplies. During her husband’s absence in summer 1876, she travelled to Fort Chipewyan (Alta) to make preliminary arrangements for the establishment of a new mission, but, by winter, she was so ill that she had to travel to Winnipeg the following Spring to recuperate.

Two years later, she went back to mission work at Fort Simpson, but, in 1883, she went to England and gave talks to raise the profile of missionary work, and she also arranged for the publication of her book Owindia.
In 1886–87, she returned to her missionary work, which was once more hampered by ill health and she returned to England once more, before returning to Montreal where many of her activities also involved fund-raising as the CMS was gradually withdrawing its support. On 31 January 1890, William Bompas was living at Fort Norman, living in the church, with a large stove, and eating more flour, so he tells us, than he had done for twenty-five years.

As the Rev. W. Spendlove remarked, he had few needs, "An iron cup, plate, or knife, with one or two kettles, form his culinary equipment. A hole in the snow, a corner of a boat, wigwam, or log hut, provided space, six feet by two feet for sleeping accommodation. Imagine him seated on a box in a twelve-foot room, without furniture, and there cooking, teaching, studying, early and late, always at work, never at ease, never known to take a holiday."

On 5 August 1891, Bompas wrote to his wife in England from Fort Norman, "I am now engaged in packing up, with the view, if God will, of shortly and finally leaving Mackenzie River for the far west."

While Nina was in Montreal, the new diocese of Selkirk was created and Bishop Bompas moved to Buxton mission at Forty Mile, on the Yukon River where Nina joined him in 1892.  They were both well-respected by the miners as shown by the gold nugget presented to Nina on Christmas Day 1892.  In 1896, she visited England again because her elder sister was seriously ill;, but when she returned to the Yukon, encountered the Klondike gold-rush. She rose to the challenge of providing a mission centre to give a warm welcome to the newcomers.

In 1901 Bishop Bompas moved his permanent headquarters to Caribou Crossing (Carcross).  Initially, they had Bishop Ridley's tent for shelter until they were able to rent a bunk house, albeit infested by gophers, for $150.  Three years later Nina went on a tour to speak to women’s auxiliaries in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec. She raised $800 in Toronto so that a church could be built at Carcross.

On 31 October 1905, Bompas resigned as Bishop of Selkirk, and on 9 Jun1906 he died and was buried there.

On 9 June 1906 William Bompas, the Bishop who ate his bbots during a difficult winter season, died and Nina decided to move to Montreal to live with two nieces in Westmount. Until she died in 1917, she continued to be an inspiring speaker about northern mission work.


  • An apostle of the north: memoirs of the Right Reverend William Carpenter Bompas written by H A Cody (Toronto and London, 1908) .
  • A heroine of the north; memoirs of Charlotte Selina Bompas (1830–1917), wife of the first bishop of Selkirk (Yukon), with extracts front her journals and letters, comp. S. A. Archer (London, [1929])
  • Owindia: a true tale of the Mackenzie River Indians, North-West America (London, [1886?]) by Charlotte Selina Cox Bompas
  • Northern lights on the Bible; drawn from a bishop's experience during twenty-five years in the great north-west / by William Carpenter Bompas.


8. Henry Mason BOMPAS, b1836 Marylebone ref7/8;5/9;14/1, d 5 March 1909 (reg A1909 Kensington) at 4 Phillimore Gdns, Kensington, educated by Mr. Elliot, attended a private day school; his brother, George, paid for him to attend University College where he won a scholarship at the end of the first year, and another at the end of the second, which could be drawn by attending only 2 lectures a week. 

He  won a Sizarship at St John's; attended St John's College, Cambridge, while coming up to London for his 2 weekly lectures.  At the end of his first year at Cambridge, he took his BA at London, winning the University Scholarship for Mathematics, with Honours in Classics and Animal Physiology.   At the end of his third year, he took his MA at London, winning a Gold Medal for Mathematics at London University.

At Cambridge he became Fifth Wrangler, and while there an Act was passed allowing Nonconformists to take their degree.  However, the Fellowship that would have automatically been his was denied to him.  As a result he supported himself through his studies by coaching University College students.

He was looked after in Avenue Road by sister Mary Jane before marriage.

C1867 Marylebone=Rachel Henrietta WHITE bc1845/6 Hereford (ref7/8;27/1) d 19 Sep 1923 South Kensington, eldest daughter of Rev Edward WHITE of Holloway

1871 he presented his paper The Best Means of Evangelising the Masses, at the annual meeting of the Baptist Union.
Gloucester Road, Regent's Park; Abingdon House [built by him 1872], Green Hill Rd, Hampstead, where they attended Dr Horton's Congregational Church [CHB commented 'There were fields all round when we went there, with a field path up from Swiss Cottage, where the Metropolitan railway then ended.  The house was sold in 1894.'; Headingley Leeds; 1 Roland Mansions, South Kensington; He took silk in 1877, and became a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1881.  The gate of the Temple to the Strand was repaired while he was Treasurer of the Inn, and so the gate's incorporated his initials.  Queens Counsel in Actual Practice; unsuccessful Parliamentary candidate three times; 1884 Recorder of Plymouth; Leader of the Western Circuit until 1896 when he accepted the County Court Judgeship of Bradford Circuit.  On retirement he lived in Phillimore gardens, Kensington where he died.

9. Anna Selina BOMPAS b14 Sep 1855 Stapleton, b reg D1852 Clifton.
Park Road, Regent's Park, London

10. Sophia Cox BOMPAS  =John Frederick SMITH, Unitarian Minister > Henry Bompas SMITH, educationalist, Professor at Manchester University; Mina Steele SMITH, tutor at Newnham.
Children of George Joseph BOMPAS, b 1812 , 1839=Marianne BEDDOME. 

1. Theresa Jane BOMPAS b4 Aug 1839Stapleton
ref x2/5
Fishponds House, Bristol; Redland, Gloucester
=Edwin TAMBS> 6 known children

2.Catherine Frances (Catharine Fanny) BOMPAS 20 Nov 1841Stapleton, reg Clifton D1841,ref x2/5
=William MANNIX b 7 Nov 1842 County Cork, (son of William McCarthy MANNIX=Mary HAMILTON) emigrated to Quebec 1860 and believed to have settled in Saskatchewan.

3.Helen Marianne BOMPAS c1843 Stapleton, ref x2/5

4.Arthur George BOMPAS, commercial clerk/bookkeeper, b10 Feb1844 Stapleton, reg A1844, ref x2/5; 4/8;2/9;2/B1; 13/1
d 24 Apr 1928, 
24 Feb 1869, A1869 Lymington=Frances (Fanny GATTRELL) b24 Mar1844 Lymington d 11 May 1932 (ref4/8;2/9;2/B1; 56/1)
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney
Arrived, 'of Barnett',  at Ellis Island 8 Oct, 1903, on 'Aurania' from Liverpool, and on 6 Mar 1921 on 'Imperator' from Liverpool

5. Edith Winter BOMPAS, telegraph operator, b reg C1845 Clifton, ref x2/5
Lodger at DUNN household, North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Maine, USA

6. Edwin Mason BOMPAS b reg B1847 Clifton, b24 Apr 1847
ref x2/5
Fishponds House, Bristol; Redland, Gloucester

7.  Mason Winter BOMPAS/BUMPASS, bank clerk, b reg A1849 Clifton/Bristol, ref4/7;10/8;
d reg A1887 Greenwich.
Lodged at 12 Bernard St, Bloomsbury
St Saviour A1884=Anne bc1850-2 Huntingdon (ref10/8) ? Annie Eliza d reg B1888 Huntingdon
171 Church Rd MDX

8. Adelaide Sarah BOMPAS,  twin daughter b reg B1849 Clifton, b1 Mar 1849 ,ref x2/5, d as a child,
Fishponds House, Bristol; 50 Albany Road, Camberwell 1851; Redland, Gloucester

9. Florence Maria BOMPAS,  b reg B1849 Clifton, b1 Mar 1849 ,ref x2/5d 20 Jun 1943, twin daughter
Fishponds House, Bristol; Redland, Gloucester
=Thomas William BOWN jnr son of Capt. Thomas BOWN snr=Mary Ann SHARMAN> 8 known children

10. Frances Isabel BOMPAS b reg B1850 Camberwell,ref 6/9; 45/1, d A1902 Islington/?1892?, deaconess/supt, boarder at Deaconess Houses, Mildmay Park, Islington, MDX ,
Fishponds House, Bristol; Redland, Gloucester
50 Albany Road Camberwell 1851

11.  Alfred Barnard BOMPAS c1844-51 Stapleton/Marylebone, ref x2/5;13/8;
d C1902 Pancras, auctioneer's clerk/house surveyor
at Matilda CAGNY's (BARNARD), widow and aunt, b Alfriston, SSX
69 Huntingdon St, Islington, MDX; St Pancras
C1902 Pancras= (or son's marriage?)

12.?? Anna Selina BOMPAS b reg D1852 Clifton
See14 Sep 1855

13. John Beddome BOMPAS, d as a child, bc1850 overseas

14. Alice Margaret BOMPAS b 7 Apr 1855 Stapleton

15. Rosamond Mary BOMPAS, teacher, b4 Jul 1859 Stapleton, ref 8C
With parents in Sherbrooke, Quebec 1881
Children of Dr. Charles Smith BOMPAS b1818,  1862= Betty (Elizabeth) KENYON:

1.Elizabeth K. BOMPAS c1856/7 Manchester ref2/7;2/8
9 Beech St, Cheetham;180 Rydal Mount, Cheetham, LAN.

2.  Thomas H. BOMPAS bc1863 Manchester, ref2/8
Manchester 1856; 9 Beech St Cheetham

3. Frances Henrietta (Fanny) BOMPAS bap 22 Apr 1863Christ Church, LAN
Manchester, ref 2/7
daughter and only child(?)
1890 Waddington Lancs(reg B1890 Ulverston)=Francis Ambrose Neville PARKER
Children of Joseph Carpenter BOMPAS MD, b1823, (1)1847 = Fanny (Frances Henrietta) BEDDOME; (2)1853 Adelaide=Ruth Conquest SCRUTTON:

1. Herbert Gregory BOMPAS b1851 London, d/bur 31 Aug 1852

2.  John Reynolds BOMPAS, b23 Aug 1852 Adelaide, d 14 Nov 1852 Adelaide,


Children of George Cox BOMPAS, b 1827, 1860 =Mary Ann Scott BUCKLAND: 

1. Charles Steele Murchison BOMPAS, b reg C1862 Kensington, ref1/8;49/1
solicitor's articled clerk>solicitor (Bischoff, Coxe, Bompas & Hischoff),
19 Coleman St, London; 15 Stanley Gardens, Kensington; Paddington; 4 Great Winchester St, LND; Paddington

2. Harold Buckland BOMPAS c1864/5 Kensington / Notting Hill, ref1/7;11/8; 9/1
scholar at Charterhouse, Goldalming, Surrey, later barrister at law,
Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park; Paddington; Plainfield USA; 6 New Sq, Lincoln's Inn
Arrived at Ellis Island on 'Mauretania' out of Liverpool

3. Katherine BOMPAS bap 3 Nov 1864, St Peter's, Cranley Gardens

4. Winifred Mary BOMPAS bap 10 July 1867  St Peter's, Cranley Gardens ref1/7;1/8;1
19 Coleman St, London; 15 Stanley Gardens, Kensington; Paddington

5.  Alan Chantrey BOMPAS, b reg C1873 Kensington/Notting Hill, d 28 Jan 1927of heart failure, solicitor's clerk, 
19 Coleman St, London; 15 Stanley Gardens, Kensington; Paddington
C1909 Paddington=
Children of Henry Mason BOMPAS, bc1837,1867 =Rachel Henrietta WHITE

1.Cecil Henry BOMPAS, b1868 Pancras, d Romsey, Deputy Commissioner Singbhoom, Bengal,
 28 April 1897 Cathedral, Calcutta=Geraldine BARTON of Faindreg, Dundaik
Broughton HANTS, 1911=Nita Frances

Son, Eric Ainsley BOMPAS bc1915, Lt 116524 attd. 1 (Hong Kong) Regt., Hong Kong & Singapore Royal Artillery, died 21 Dec 1941, Stanley Military Cemetery China.

2.Ethel Aldersey BOMPAS c1869/70 Pancras, ref7/8;73/1 Came out to see her brother Cecil in Calcutta in 1909.
31 Oct 1911, St Peter's Belsize Park, Hampstead (reg D1911 Hampstead)=Herbert Philip DUVAL I.C.S.  Ethel was awarded an OBE for her organisations of the supply 'of comforts to the native troops in Mesopotamia during the war.'.

3. George Cuthbert BOMPAS, D1870 Pancras, ref7/8; d 11 March 1929 Bradford, B1907 Southwell=Katherine BAYLAY.
Abingdon House, Green Hill Rd, Hampstead; Headingley Leeds; 1 Roland Mansions, South Kensington

After failing to get in the army, he went to Johannesburg and worked, unsuccessfully, as an assayer at a goldmine.
It is said, but there is no proof, that he took part in the Jameson Raid in South Africa in 1896. (See G.G.Bompas 1870 ). Volunteered in 2nd Boer war 1899-1902, Sgt. 1st Scottish Horse.  On returning home, he was appointed High Bailiff of the Bradford County Court by his father.
After having 2 sons, they separated and Katherine devoted the rest of her life to Women's Suffrage.

Sons, Henry Mason and Mervyn Ainsley

 4. Margaret Alice BOMPAS, A1873Hampstead /Pancras MDX, ref7/8;1
St Bartholomew's hospital nurse after training there.  Then she ran a nursing home at Beaumont street, Marylebone, with Miss Brailsford.
Abingdon House, Green Hill Rd, Hampstead

5. Maurice Edward BOMPAS b reg D1874 Hampstead, died in infancy.
Abingdon House, Green Hill Rd, Hampstead

6.  Rachael Mary Dorothea BOMPAS b reg B1877 Hampstead ref7/8; 32/1.  Joined an Anglican sisterhood.
Abingdon House, Green Hill Rd, Hampstead; Headingley Leeds.

7. Gladys Ainsley BOMPAS b reg A1879 Hampstead,ref7/8; 66/1, became a hospital almoner.  1929, first Chairman of the public Assistance Committee in Poplar.
Abingdon House, Green Hill Rd, Hampstead; Headingley Leeds

8. Hugh Steele BOMPAS, b 9th Dec 1881 Hampstead London, ref10/1
barrister until WWII, then Secretary for Education to the Dental Board, d 1944
Abingdon House, Green Hill Rd, Hampstead; Headingley Leeds; 1 Roland Mansions, South Kensington
2 Garden Court, Temple.

C1907 Leeds?=Violet Dorothy LUPTON >sons, Anthony Hugh d in infancy; David Aldersey

=Dorothy Cathcart Wight JONES

Batting: Right-hand batsman and Wicket-keeper
Teams: Cambridge University (Main FC: 1901-1903); London County (Main FC: 1901)

Children of Arthur George BOMPAS, b1844 1869 =Frances (Fanny GATTRELL)
1. Florence Martha G. BOMPAS, b c1869/70 Lymington, ref4/8;10/9;2/B1; 55/1
stationer's assistant,3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney
Florence arrived at Ellis Island 29 Mar 1903 by 'Philadelphia' from Southampton

2. Arthur George S BOMPAS, b reg D1871 Lymington, ref4/8;37/1
commercial traveller,
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; apprentice at11 High St, Lymington; St Andrew, Newcastle upon Tyne
B1906 Barnet=?Florence M WHITE?

3. Cecil Gwinett BOMPAS b 1873, dC1873 Lymington 

4. Frances Marianne BOMPAS, B1874Lymington, ref4/8;10/9;2/B1; 28/1
shorthand writer and typist,  
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney

5. Alfred Ernest BOMPAS, b reg A1876 Lymington,ref4/8;2/9; 72/1
 jnr clerk/window dresser, 
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney

6. Lily Eliza BOMPAS, A1878 Christchurch HANTS/Boscombe, ref4/8;2/9;2/B1;35/1draper's assistant, 
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney

7. Edward Anstie BOMPAS, b11 Nov 1880, 16 Feb 1909=Lizzie Mary FRASER b 28 Oct 1885 d 10 Feb 1975
D1880 Lymington, ref4/8;2/9;2/B1; 59/1
ministerial student, d 22 Apr 1956, 
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney

8. Gertrude Alice BOMPAS, b reg C1882 Lymington, ref2/9;2/B1; 60/1; shorthand writer/typist, Hackney C1908 Edmonton=
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd,

9.  Dora Beatrice BOMPAS, b reg D1883 Lymington ref2/9;2/B1; 54/1
draper's apprentice, 
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney
B1908 Edmonton=

10. Herbert (Henry?)William BOMPAS, b 10 Nov 1884 Lymington,
ref2/9;2/B1; 12/1; warehouseman / clerk
Arrived, 'of Barnett',  at Ellis Island 8 Oct, 1903, on 'Aurania' from Liverpool, and on 6 Mar 1921 on 'Imperator' from Liverpool
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney

Admiralty: Registers of Seamen's Services: online, ref cat no ADM188/589 service no F14638

11. Arthur George BOMPAS bc1890, (?son of Arthur George BOMPAS,
3 Bellevue Terrace, Gosport St, Lymington; 15 Penshurst, and 123 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney?)
Arrived at Ellis Island 29 Mar 1903 on ''Philadelphia' from Southampton

Children of Frederick William BOMPAS, the youngest child, was b June 1839 Stapleton ref x2/5, d 16 Sept 1904 Doornfontein, youngest son.  19 September 1869= Elize (Elizah, Elisa) Catherine Thomson (1850-1932):

1. George Gwinnett Bompas born 15 June 1870, died 31 January 1948. He was born in King William’s Town, Nairobi, educated at the local public school, prospected and joined PaarlCental G.M. in 1889 and then assisted his father who was then the secretary of the Central Langlaagte Gold Mining Company. He later moved on as an accountant to the Consolidated Gold Fields in 1898. Although no documentary evidence exists, it was said that George Gwinnett and some friends either organised a warehouse to store arms and ammunition for use in the Jameson Raid 1896 or owned the warehouse and rented it to a third party. Probably the actual involvement was a commercial opportunity but we have in our possession a set of books that belonged to Jameson and which were given to George Gwinnett. He was a Rand pioneer and had a street in Dunkeld, Johannesburg named after him. He married Alice Maud Mitford Bowker (1882-1929) daughter of a prominent settler family in the Eastern Cape on 21 January 1901 and three children were born. He was a governor of King Edward School in Johannesburg in 1912 and in 1913 he emigrated to Nairobi, Kenya where he was twice elected mayor. He died in London on 31 January 1948 after an operation.

2. Frederick William Ritchie Bompas born 24 March 1872- 1953? in King William’s Town, =. Rose Pakeman >one child. He was educated at the local school and was on the Headquarters Staff of the Colonial Defence Force in K.W.T. during the Boer War and won the S.A. medal. He was affected with polio during his life and towards the latter part of it, was confined to a wheelchair. He was a registered public accountant who came to the Transvaal in May 1889 and later was also the secretary of Veasays Engineering College.

3. Catherine Frances Isabel Bompas (Katie) born 6 November 1873-1963. = Dr. Charles MacNab of Balfour, Eastern Cape. No issue.

4. Lilian Jane Bompas (Lily) 17 October 1874-1937. 1897= John Osborn > six children, one of whom, Dr. Tom Osborn was a Rhodes scholar and a Labour member of the South African government.

5. Mary Theodora Bompas born 15 June 1877. Died December 1877.

6. Charles Abercrombie Bompas born 22 January 1879. Died 22 August 1879.

7. Francis Gwinnett Bompas (Frank) born 12 November 1880, died 2 July 1932, 25 January 1908= Mona Frances Watkins Pakeman, his sister-in-law’s sister >three children by her.

He was educated at the Diocesan College, Rondebosch, Cape Colony from about 1895 to 1897. He joined the Kaffrarian Rifles at the outbreak of the Boer War and won the Queen South Africa Medal 5 bars (now in the East London museum). He was wounded and discharged and subsequently joined Kitchener’s Fighting Scouts.
He went to the Transvaal in 1899 and was the chief agent for the Scottish Union and National Insurance Co. And General Life Assurance.

8. Reginald Gwinnett Bompas born and died 1882.

9. Eleanor Freda Bompas (Nellie) born 5 January 1885-1943, = Max Honnett, a director of a mining company and was widowed in 1925 > two children.

10. Grace Ethel Bompas. Born 15 October 1887 and died in 1918 on active service when the “Galway Castle” was torpedoed.

11. Mary Dorothea Gwinnett Bompas 18 April 1892 - 20 January 1977. She was an artist =Edgar Arnold Packer, the cartoonist “Quip”. Both she and her husband were associated with the newspaper “The Star” in Johannesburg for many years, where she was the art and music critic. She was also invited to exhibit her art at the S.A. Academy of Art. No issue.

Children of George Gwinnett BOMPAS, 21 January 1901= Alice Maud Mitford BOWKER:

1. George Gwinnett Bompas 15 November 1901-22 December 1970, =Muriel Millicent Gay > two sons.

Born and educated in Johannesburg he later went with his father to Kenya and by 1931 was the chief engineer of the East African Power and Lighting Company in Mombasa.  In 1956 the family left Kenya and returned to South Africa where George Gwinnett farmed in Merrivale, Natal. He later retired to Durban where he died on 22 December l970. He was buried in Howick, Natal.

2. Frederick William Gwinnett Bompas 7 March 1906-15 November 1972, 1929=Elizabeth Walton Charlotte ELLIS>three sons.

Educated in Johannesburg he went to Kenya and was a founder member of the Kenya Regiment and held the rank of Major during the WW 2.  In 1958 Frederick William was elected to represent the Kiambu constituency as an independent on the Kenya Legislative Council and later took an active part in the Lancaster House Conference in London which formulated the constitution for independent Kenya. He was a director of many Kenyan companies as well as Norwich Union, and was also the president of Nairobi Rotary Club. He returned to South Africa in 1964 and died in Durban on 15 November 1972.

3. Agnes Catherine Gwinnett Bompas 22 February 1917-8 September 1984, = John Anthony Budge, from Stroud.

?also Richard J bc1910 who travelled with Alice Maud to Plymouth, England from Durban on Llandovery Castle, arriving in London c18 December 1915.


The Bumpus Biographies II:   The Bumpus families of Stretton, Stow, Shipston and Stratford

Richard BUMPAS(S) bc1724 ?Ascott under Wychwood/Stretton on Fosse, d/bur17 Jun 1790 Stretton on Fosse, Barcheston 1 Jan1754=Martha HANKS b Willington c1732 d (? bap 30 Dec 1733 Condicote, daughter of Wm=Frances HANKS ?) d1813 bur 11 Mar St Peter's, Stretton on Fosse
 Martha was living in a third of a house called Halfords in Stretton in1810. Her son Richard was part of a deal with the LONGFORDS for the purchase of Halfords and his cottage.
Children of Richard BUMPAS(S) bc1724 Barcheston 1 Jan1754=Martha HANKS b Willington c1732

1. Frances/Francis BUMPAS bap 25 Dec 1754 Stretton on Fosse,
13 Oct 1788 Holy Trinity Stratford on Avon WAR=Robert POOLE, Witness: Wm Edmonds and Thomas Taylor;>5 POOLE sons, Wm bap 1790; Richard bap 1791; John bap 1794; Thomas bap 1796; Robert bap 1798 (continued on Edith PITCHER'S tree)

2. Rachael BUMPAS bap 24 Oct 1756 SoF

3. John BUMPUS b 8 Oct 1758, bap 8 Nov 1758 SoF, Ebrington 26 Oct 1789= Mary PROCTER bap 8 May 1768 Ebrington, daughter of Richard PROCTOR=Elizabeth

4. Rachel BUMPAS 25 Oct 1758 SoF, 18 Nov 1782 Stretton on Fosse=William ALCOCK b17 Apr 1760 Halford, son of William=Mary

5. Mary BUMPAS b 22 Mar 1761 SoF, Stretton on Fosse 10 Aug 1783=Francis SMITH (children: 4 daughters and Thomas Francis SMITH b1804, 1827 Stretton on Fosse/Chipping Campden=Elizabeth WITHERS b1806 Chipping Campden)

6.?Richard BUMPASS bap 3 Jun 1763 SoF

7. Richard BUMPIS/BUMPAS, farmer, b 30 Nov 1766, bap10 Dec 1766 SoF, ref 4
farmer,  d 'of old age' 29 Dec 1842 Stretton on Fosse, reg A1843 Shipston on Stour by Elizabeth KEEN of Stretton on Fosse, bur 2 Jan 1843 Stretton on Fosse, Stretton on Fosse 1 Feb1789= Mary SORRELL bap 21 Jul 1765 Temple Guiting, daughter of Henry SORREL=Eleanor, ref 4, d B1843 Shipston on Stour, bur Stretton on Fosse 25 Apr 1843
Richard was involved in the 1810 deal re Halford's

8. Martha BUMPAS bap 20 Aug 1769
Did she (as BUMPUS) marry Peter SMITH at St James's Westminster 1797?

9. Anne BUMPAS bap 20 Aug 1769 Stretton on Fosse
Children of John BUMPUS b1758, 1789=Mary PROCTER

1. John BUMPUS bap 15 Aug 1790 Stretton on Fosse

2. Mary BUMPUS bap 29 April 1792 Stretton on Fosse
Children of Richard BUMPAS b 1766, 1789=Mary SORRELL

1. Richard BUMPUS bap 5 Oct 1789

2. Eleanor BUMPUS bap 12 Dec 1790 , Honington 14 Oct 1813=Robert GARDNER

3. John BUMPUS/AS, ag lab/farmer of 28 acres in Stretton with 1 lab, annuitant in 1871, ?built pub called The Star, bap 6 Dec 1792, ref 4; 5;6;7, dA1876 Shipston, 8 Dec 1819 Ebrington by banns=Mary Ann(e) GREENWAY bc 1789-1805 Ebrington ref 4, GLS d/bur D1867 Shipston on Stour (ref 5;6)

4. Joseph BUMPUS, labourer/farmer, bc 1797 place unknown ref 4, d reg C1847 Shipston on Stour, labourer, (Charlotte KING present at death) Shipston on Stour 2 Aug 1819=Elizabeth HORNSBY d by 1841; Langley Common with BRADSHAWs
Children of John BUMPUS/AS bap 1792, 1819=Mary Anne GREENWAY

1. Mary Jane BUMPASS bap 11 Jun 1820 SoF, 4 May 1841 Holy Trinity, Stratford on Avon (B1841 Stratford) =William HATHAWAY bc1819 ?Todenham, carpenter
36 Graingers Lane, Rowley Regis, STAFFS

2. Jemima BUMPUS/BUMPASS, bap 23 Jun 1822

3. Caroline BUMPUS bap 31 Jul 1824 SoF, (?d reg A1901 Shipston on Stour)

4. Jemima BUMPUS bap 31 Jul 1824 SoF, (d reg C1839 Shipston on Stour?)

5. Sarah BUMPUS bap18 Mar/ 4 Apr 1827 SoF, ref 4, Stretton on Fosse 7 Mar 1848=Edward PORTER (daughter Anne PORTER bap 23 Jun 1848 Stretton on Fosse)

6. Martha BUMPUS, domestic servant, bap 11 Aug 1829 SoF, ref 4;5
Servant in HARDY household, Bridge St Bank, Stratford 1851

7. Elizabeth BUMPUS bap 10 Jun 1832 SoF, ref 4

8. Richard BUMPUS(S)/BUMPAS, ag lab/farm lab/pork butcher, bap 14 Dec 1834 SoF, ref6;7;38/8;5/9; 1, d1928, =Caroline EDWARDS b c1829 Banbury d A1901 Shipston on Stour (ref7;6;38/8;5/9)
Father as annuitant with them in 1871.
See group photograph taken outside the Golden Cross Inn c1910, which includes Richard, in Donald Holdsworth's Stretton-on-Fosse, A South Warwickshire Village

9. Ann BUMPUS/BUMPASS, bap 18 Jun 1837 SoF, d/bur 6 May 1838 Stretton on Fosse, d reg B1838 Shipston on Stour

10. John BUMPAS/BUMPUS/BUMFRIES (ag lab, plate layer (Midland Railway), (retired) gardener (worked at Cossington Hall, LEI) Shipston on Stour B1839, bap 5 May 1839 Sof, ref 4; 5; 7; 8; 2/9;1, d 22 Oct 1921, Stretton on Fosse 22 Jul 1865 (witnessed by brother Richard and sister-in-law Caroline) reg C1865 Shipston on Stour= Ellen BARNES bc1844-6 Hidcote d C1878 Barrow on Soar (ref7) daughter of John BARNES labourer
Barrow on Soar B1883=Hannah ALLEN bc 1846 Sileby (ref2/9)
King St, Sileby; 12 Ratcliffe Road, Sileby

NB There is also a baptism in bap 30 Jan 1842 Stretton on Fosse  for John BUMPUS.  Is this a duplication or is he the son of another BUMPUS?

11. Joseph BUMPAS/US b reg Shipston on Stour A1842, bap 30 Jan 1842 SoF, ref 5;6;7; 2/1, d reg D1903 Leicester, ag lab / brickmaker / bricklayer's lab, Todenham 16 Sep 1867, C1867 Shipston=Elizabeth Jane PHILLIPS b c1846 Todenham GLS (ref7;3/9;2/1)daughter of Richard
Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester

12. William Richard BUMPUS bap 2 Jun 1842 SoF

13. William Nimrod BUMPAS b 2 Jun 1844 SoF, d B1845 Shipston on Stour,
Children of Joseph BUMPUS bc1797 and place unknown, d reg C1847, 1819=Elizabeth HORNSBY

1. Martha BUMPASS/BUMPERS b29 Feb 1820 SoF, bap 21 Jun 1820 Shipston on Stour WOR

2. Catherine /BUMPAS(S) bap 23 Jun 1822 SoF/Shipston on Stour, Shipston on Stour 20 Nov 1843= Thomas FREEMAN
Is it Catherine who is a lodging house keeper in 1881 at 94 Wynn Styreet, Birmingham, with daughter Caroline FREEMAN bc1860, boot machinist, and son Arthur A. FREEMAN bc 1862, a wood carver and gilder?)

3. Richard BUMPUS(/AS), excavator/ farm lab/stone breaker, bap 20 Oct 1827 SoF, ref 6; 3/7;37/8;, d 21 December 1915 of congestion of lungs at 17 Bertram Rd 'age 91 years', reg 21 December, D1915 Sparkbrook, by Laura Bumpass, daughter in law of same address; 2 Aug 1852 St Phillips Birmingham (C1852)=Ann BOLUS, midwife, bap 29 May 1831 St John's Deritend and Bordesley, (ref 6; 3/7;37/8;)(of Wheeler Street at marriage) daughter of William BOLUS, apron plater, and Ann (?BISHOP)
Moseley Road, King's Norton; 48 Vere Street, Birmingham; Belgrave St, King's Norton; Farm Street; 2 Baker St Aston
Shop on St Andrew's Rd nr Birmingham City football ground; went bankrupt?

4. Diana BUMPUS bap 3 Apr 1831 SoF

5. William BUMPUS(S)  bap 26 Apr 1833 SoF

6. Martha BUMFRIES b Aston reg C1837
bap15 Oct 1837 St James the Less, Ashted, WAR
Children of Joseph BUMPUS bap 1842, 1867=Elizabeth Jane PHILLIPS

1. William BUMPUS bap 31 Dec 1867 SoF, d/bur 8 Aug 1868 Stretton on Fosse (C1868 Shipston),

2. Mary Jane BUMPUS, hosiery worker, bap 2 Jan 1870 SoF, ref7;3/9
Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester
? C1894 Leicester=
OR, less likely
?A1889 Walsall=George HARRIS bc1871 Cornwall, jobbing gardener of Kenilworth

3. Richard BUMPUS, shoe finisher, b reg Shipston on Stour D1871, bap 3 Dec 1871 SoF
ref3/9; Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester

4. Jemima Bessie BUMPUS, cigar maker, b reg C1873 Manchester, ref3/9
Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester
D1893 Leicester=James Gilmore JENKINS
Kirby Muxloe

5. Anne ('Annie') BUMPUS, shoe fitter, B1875 Barrow on Soar,
Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester

6. Ethel Frances BUMPUS, cigar maker, b reg D1878 Barrow on Soar, ref 3/9; 1; Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester; D1898 Leicester=Arthur TURNER bc1878 Leicester, boot/shoe clicker

7. Frank William BUMPUS, bricklayer, b reg C1883Barrow on Soar, Sileby LEI ref2/1; Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester

8. Fred BUMPUS/BUMPES, errand boy in toy shop, b reg C1887 Leicester ref3/9;2/1; Stretton on Fosse; 86 Mostyn St, Leicester
Children of Richard bap 1827, 1852=Ann BOLUS

1.  ? Mary Ann BUMPUS bap 18 Jul 1852  ?SOF daughter of?

2.  ? Richard BUMPUS bc1853 ?SOF, tailor, (?relative of Thomas, master tailor of Newhall Hill, Birmingham) (?son of Richard bap 1827, 1852=Ann BOLUS or?) =Ann bc1852-4 Aston/Birmingham ref 3/9; 41 Warner Street, Aston

3.  Mary BUMPUS b Bordesley 8 Nov 1853, b reg C1853 Aston

4. Richard BUMPUS b 21 November 1857, d 21 November 1857, reg D1857 Kings Heath, WOR

5.  William BUMPAS bc 1860 in King's Heath, Worcestershire. He had a variety of occupations: farm labourer; brewer's labourer; mechanic, and, at his marriage, he was a window cleaner, whereas, on his son's marriage certificates he is called a general labourer. He married Laura WILKINSON in the June Q of 1889 in Aston Birmingham. Laura WILKINSON was born b 26 September 1865 in Pritchett Street, Aston, and she died on d 30 August 1956 in Selly Oak Hospital. Her death was registered on that day by her daughter, Sarah Ann APPERLEY of Monica Road, Small Heath. At the time of her death, Laura was living at 3 South Sea Terrace, Baker Street, Birmingham, 10, the widow of William BUMPAS, labourer.  Addresses occupied by the family include: 11 Back 479 Moseley Rd, Deritend; 8 Court 11 Palmer Street, Aston; 2 Eversley Road, Aston.

6. Francis BUMPUS b 3 October 1865 at Belgrave Street, King's Norton, reg D1865 King's Norton, an errand boy, who died 1894, registered Jun Q 1894 Birmingham.


Children of John BUMPUS b1839 /1842, d 1921, 1865= Ellen BARNES b1846 d 1878

1. ?John Henry BUMPUS b reg June Q1868 and d reg March Q 1869 Shipston on Stour

2. John BUMPUS was born in 1870 in Stretton-on-Fosse (registered June Q) and died in 1871 (registered September Q Shipston on Stour).

3.  Another John BUMPUS   is believed to have been born in 1880 in Stretton-on-Fosse.  We think that he was a brickmaker, later of Leicester.

4.  Henry BUMPUS, a boot rivetter/shoemaker (birth reg Henry BUMFUS reg December Q 1872 Shipston).

5. Mary Anne BUMPUS was baptized on 5 Nov 1865 in Stretton-on-Fosse. Her birth was registered in 1865.  It is believed that she may have married in 1888 in Barrow on Soar.

Children of John BUMPUS b1839 /1842, d 1921 1883=Hannah ALLEN:

1. Ada BUMPUS, (birth reg December Q 1884 Barrow on Soar).

2.  Alfred BUMPUS, a shoe machinist of SILEBY (birth reg December Q 1886 Barrow on Soar).

3. Allen Richard BUMPUS shoe edge setter / shoemaker, b Sileby, b reg Barrow on Soar Sept Q 1889;
Barrow on Soar re Sept Q 1914, St Peter's Church 15 August 1914=Louisa WHEELDON> 6 children



Children of William BUMPAS bc 1860 King's Heath, June Q of 1889 Aston = Laura WILKINSON

1. Sarah Ann BUMPAS( aka BUMPUS) (Sally) b 25 Aug 1892 Birmingham reg Dec Q 1892 Aston
Birmingham, d 10 June 1974 Florence Hammond House, Bordesley Green, reg June Q1974 Birmingham, Bordesley 3 Apr 1920=Frederick William APPERLEY, gun assembler/ retired storeman at death, b 8 Jan 1894 Aston d reg Sept Q1978 Birmingham.  11 Back 479 Moseley Rd, Deritend; 8 Court 11 Palmer Street, Aston; 2 Eversley Road, Aston. Monica Road, Small Heath.

2. Herbert BUMPAS, b reg June Q1895 Aston, 7 April 1895 born at home, 8 Court 11 Palmer Street, Aston
d 11 Aug 1986 Highcroft Hospital, Erdington, grocer's assistant/ motor driver/bus inspector
11 Back 479 Moseley Rd, Deritend. At both marriages his surname is shown as BUMPAS or MOUNTFORD
Herbert signed as MOUNTFORD, 14 March 1923 Register Office, B'ham, reg Birmingham Mar Q1923=Florence Lilian O'COY, domestic servant, b reg Dec Q1896 Aston, of The Oaks, Plymouth Road, Barnt Green, d reg Sept Q 1924 King's Norton, daughter of the late George O'Coy, bedstead maker; Herbert signed as MOUNTFORD, 23 April 1927 All Saints, Small Heath, reg Birmingham South, June Q 1927=Florence Gertrude NEWMAN, capstan hand, b1905, of 1/407 Bolton Road, daughter of George Henry NEWMAN, signal man.
17 Bertram Road, Small Heath; 3 Lichfield Terrace, Bolton Rd; Heybarnes Road; Sheep Close Drive, B'ham

3. Florence BUMPUS (Dolly) born 30 Jun 1904, reg Sept Q 1904 Aston,  d 4 Apr 1992 Aston
11 Back 479 Moseley Rd, Deritend; 2 Eversley Road, Aston.=Albert Edward SMITH b20 Apr 1902 d 13 Jul 1967
'Dolly' lived with her mother in Burlington Rd Birmingham and later her mother moved to Baker St.


Children of Sarah Ann BUMPAS( aka BUMPUS) (Sally) b 25 Aug 1892 d reg June Q1974 Birmingham, Bordesley 3 Apr 1920=Frederick William APPERLEY

1.  Living

2. Ronald William

3. Living


Children of Herbert BUMPAS, b 1895 Aston, d 11 Aug 1986  Erdington, Herbert signed as MOUNTFORD, 14 March 1923 Register Office, B'ham, reg Birmingham Mar Q1923=Florence Lilian O'COY, b 1896 Aston, d reg 1924 King's Norton;Herbert signed as MOUNTFORD, 23 April 1927 All Saints, Small Heath, reg Birmingham South, June Q 1927=Florence Gertrude NEWMAN, b1905.



Children of  Florence BUMPUS (Dolly) b1904, d 4 Apr 1992 Aston=Albert Edward SMITH b1902 d1967

1. Son





The Bumpus Family IV: The Bumpus booksellers of London

I would like to thank James Griffin for his help with the following Bumpus data.  Please note that Page IV is also still under construction.

Contents of the Page IV

Family history with details of their bookselling business in the early days

  • Introduction to the biography of the Bumpus group (L1 family code); also includes details of the LS family group

  • Sources used

  • Narrative pages (explanation)

  • Family origins

  • Narrative pages (A - AA)

The Bumpus bookselling business in the twentieth century

  • Later History of John & Edward Bumpus Limited

  • Appendix: Extract from C F Rae Griffin's memoirs [1968]

Bumpus publishers and authors (including non-L1 individuals)

  • Books published by Bumpus and Griffin

  • Some details of books published by 'Bumpus'

  • Books written by 'Bumpus'

  • Bumpus authors date ranges


Introduction to the Biography

Welcome to the first biography of a Bumpus family group.  Every family has at least one interesting story to tell and the bookselling Bumpuses are no exception.  The family first drew my attention when I was browsing through the 1881 census and discovered that there were many Bumpus individuals involved in the book trade.  Curious, I decided to find out more about them.  However, I was surprised at how little I was able to discover, and so I was delighted when James Griffin contacted me.   His insider knowledge of the book trade and his growing interest in the family have fuelled our research.  As a result, we have been able to pool our collected data to form an overview of the family, although, as you will see, there are still many unanswered questions.  If you have any information about the family that you would like to share, please contact me.

October 2007:  I would like to thank James Griffin for his generosity in entrusting into my care his Bumpus research, especially his painstaking work on the Bumpus booksellers of London.

 Rosie Wells

(Please be warned that we try to ensure the information contained on these pages is as accurate as possible.  If there are mistakes, tell us!  We have tried to indicate sources wherever possible.)


A list of sources follows, below.  References occur in square brackets on the narrative pages.

British Library Index  Internet index of BL stocks.
Bumpus 1930 Company brochures containing a few sparse facts about the early firm.

Griffin 1920            


Centenary Volume of Charles Griffin and Company Ltd Publishers.  A history of JG's family company.

Griffin records        


Research material and other papers on JG's family, held by JG in Saffron Walden.
Marylebone Reference Library    JG's 1983 notes when discussing Bumpus records as held by MRL.
Munby & Norrie 1974    Bookselling and Publishing, 5th edition, Jonathan Cape.  A history of main firms.  JG holds a copy of the page concerning Bumpuses.

Stowe 1598             


A Survey of London.  Reprinted, Alan Sutton, 1994.



Times digital archive (1785 to 1985) at 22 November 2003

Narrative pages

Most individuals have a narrative page to themselves, identified by A, B, C…  (In most cases, spouses appear on the same sheet; in a few cases children are grouped on a single sheet).

Each sheet contains the main statements of fact known about the individual (drawn from RWs' data, plus JG's sources and research notes).  In addition, JG's suppositions and other analyses also appear on these sheets.


Family origins

The bookselling Bumpuses (L1 family group) came from the Cotswolds.  In 1749, John Bumpass married Hester/Ester Clark(e) in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.  They had at least four children, all baptised in Lower Swell: Richard b1750; Mary b1751; John b1754 and James BOMPHUS aka BUMPOS b1765 bur 23 June 1817 St Bartholomew, Camberwell, 'late of Upper Tooting gentleman, now of Camberwell Toyman' [WILL, 1817]).  He was married to Anne. John b1754 and his wife (?Mary) had at least three children, all also baptised in Lower Swell:  John b1783; Thomas b 1789 and James b 1785   John, Thomas and James became booksellers, of 6 Lower Holborn; of 5 Goswell Street; of Camberwell Green (all quoted in an 1817 directory.

It may also be of interest to Bumpus researchers that the L1 family group is related to the Bumpus group of Bourton on the Water/Stow/ Naunton/ The Slaughters/Guiting Power and, much later, Reigate (LS family group).  In the first half of the nineteenth century, George Bumpus and his wife Mary (nee WILKINS), bc1801 Bourton on the Water, d reg 1876 Stow, were the bakers/millers/flour dealers who lived in the Manse House on the High Street of Bourton on the Water.  They had at least four children, the sons following their parents' trade: George b c1834 d 1902 Reigate (it is believed he married his cousin, Mary BUMPUS b1830, daughter of Thomas, b1789 d 10 May 1872 (WILL), 23 Oct 1814 St Luke's, Finsbury=Frances WILLIAMS d pre 1872); Eliza b 1822 d 1832 Lower Slaughter; John b1824 d1871, and Elizabeth b 1832.  (More details can be found on the Bumpus Births page.)


Please note that these are James Griffin's original notes as a result of his extensive, painstaking research.  Since posting the information, more information has come to light, which will be added to these pages when time allows.


Notes and suppositions


Assuming the Lower Swell connection to be correct, if John started his business in or around 1790, he must have been aged 36. (However, the business may have been started by his father, John b 1750 Lower Swell.) His youngest known child was born in Lower Swell in 1789.  So his migration to London was presumably very soon after that date.  [It is, of course, possible that he went to London alone, before the rest of his family.]   Bumpus' bookselling advertisements placed in The Times in 1918, 1939 and 1958 claim the actual date of foundation was 1790.  Their publicity in 1930 says 'c1790'.

Where did John learn the book trade?  His bookshop address was close to the Gentleman's Magazine printing house [Bumpus 1930].  At this date the GM's printer was John Nichols.  His involvement extended to editing the periodical, and as such was in touch with many literati over the years.  In fact, his interests were quite similar to those of Bumpus' later publisher/booksellers.  We have no evidence, but perhaps Bumpus worked more closely with Nichols than just geographically.  [Internet, University of Leicester]

St John's Gate still stands, straddling St John's Lane and resembling a gateway through a medieval town wall. 

The company's move to Holborn Bars appears to be in or before 1817.  In 1824, two books were published (one by 'Bumpus', the other by 'J Bumpus') with their place of origin given as 'Holborn' rather than 'London'. Also, John's son Thomas [note B]—who we know ran the firm after John—had his first two children baptised at St Luke's, Finsbury, his third at St Andrew's, Holborn, his fourth back at St Luke's, Finsbury, and his other five children all at St Andrew's. [There is obviously a possibility that one was baptised at the church nearest to the new Holborn shop, but one was 'brought back to the old church', nearest to the old shop, before the family settled down properly in the new location.  However, see also note F.]

One member of JB's family later gave his address as '5 and 6 Holborn Bars', and another as '6 Holborn'.  Presumably the former phrase reflects a business expansion.  In 1918, the second address is given in one place as '6 Lower Holborn'.  See the separate notes on the Holborn area.

Thomas continuing the business implies that the name did not change.  We know how the firm styled itself in its early days; see separate charts.  The earliest publishing identity was 'J Bumpus' (1805) and 'John Bumpus' (1811), with the unqualified 'Bumpus' occurring on a book of 1813.  'Thomas' first appears in print in 1835, so John may have died (or retired shortly before this date.)

However, in 1870, Thomas left money to his brother John's son. So it is not clear which 'John Bumpus' is involved in some publishing imprints; see further in note C.

It looks as if books commissioned by an individual Bumpus bore his initials or name, the family bookshop providing a central address and selling facility.

In 1831 to 1834, when RTG and his company traded with a John, which John was involved? If the above assumptions of removal and death dates for John are accepted, the partnership could still have been with John the elder as well as the younger.

The debt extant in the Griffin archive occurred after the publication of the partnership's known books. Either an expansion of the partnership was envisaged; or a debt was being renewed.

Why did RTG (or JJG) choose John Bumpus as a partner? (From 1827, JJG was a partner in his elder brother RTG's Richard Griffin & Co in Glasgow, which company had already published several of JJG's books on similar subjects). JJG may have chosen Bumpus because things looked 'difficult' about the Griffin company in Glasgow; and RTG was by that time ill and 'on his deathbed' [Griffin 1920]. It might also be that JJG wished to establish himself in London, despite his brother's trading success in Glasgow.

JJG may also have been involved with the bookseller Thomas Tegg [of Cheapside], under whom his elder brother RTG trained between 1815 and 1820. In fact, RTG's company was a partnership between himself and Tegg, who ran the London end of the business. Was JJG known to Bumpus? Was it RTG who suggested the connection (it was he who put up the money)? Or was the family connection even JJG's and RTG's father Joseph? Perhaps one of Joseph's daughters married into the Bumpus family…??Charles GRIFFIN, ?1847 Woodstock=Esther BUMPAS

The J Griffin bookseller bankruptcy entry was very probably 'John'; but which John? See note C for further speculation.

The death date I surmise for John Bumpus—c1834—would suggest an age at death of about 80 years.

Although no firm data exist for John's wife, ?Mary, we can speculate a little. We believe that his eldest son John was born in 1783. So the elder John's marriage was in the early 1780s, with his wife's birth date around 1760. ??John BUMPASS, 1776 Withington=Mary HATHAWAY



John Bumpus (senior)

Born in 1754, baptised as John BOMPHUS on the 18 August  in Lower Swell, Gloucestershire, the third of four children of John BUMPASS and Hester [or Ester] CLARK(E) who were married in 1749, Winchcombe / Sudeley, Gloucestershire .  [RW]

Founds a firm in c1790 'near the church gate of St John of Jerusalem by Smithfield in Clerkenwell, and close to the press where the Gentleman's Magazine was printed.' [Bumpus 1930; Munby & Norrie 1974].

'Soon' moves to the Holborn area, to 6 Holborn Bars, near the 'Blue Posts' where the Hampstead coach started [Bumpus 1930; Munby & Norrie 1974].

A John Bumpos, bookseller of Holborn Bars, is left money by his uncle in 1817 [Will]. 

His [second] son Thomas carried on the business [Munby & Norrie 1974].


A John Bumpus member of this family trades with Richard Thomas Griffin [RTG] and/or John Joseph Griffin [JJG] in 1832 (the £471-17s-8d debt still being outstanding in 1834).  The partnership was with JJG, and published four books in 1831 and 1832 on glassblowing, chemistry and literature.  A codicil (dated 14 August 1832) to RTG's will states that £676-17s-8d is involved [different ledgers in the Griffin archive record this as £671-17s-8d].  £200 of this is stated to be a private debt owed by John Bumpus, despite the whole being shown as due from Bumpus and Griffin.  RTG asks his executors not to harass Bumpus or JJG. The will then assigns £442-2s-11½d of RG & Co's trading accounts to his London-based partner, Thomas Tegg, and then directs that as these are paid by Tegg, the proceeds are to be used to pay off Bumpus and Griffin's debt. [Griffin data]

A 'J Bumpus, bookseller of Newgate Street' was mentioned in the London Gazette re a bankruptcy in 1831.' 

There is no information found on death date in will search in period 1858 onwards.  [JRG]

[(? Mary) Bumpus]

RW's 8 December 2003 tree identifies John's wife as perhaps Mary. 

RW's update: ?John BUMPASS, 29 April 1776 Withington=Mary HATHAWAY

Mrs Bumpus is said to have hosted students and passengers for Hampstead in her back parlour [Munby & Norrie 1974].

At least three children were born, John [note C5], bap 30 Mar 1783 Lower Swell; James [see notes on James Bumpos will], bap 6 Feb 1785 Lower Swell; and Thomas [note B3], bap 14 Jun 1789 Lower Swell.  [RW, JRG]

On 1 March 1833, the sum of £10-3s-6d was paid to 'Mrs Bumpus, for [Sarah Bond, RTG's natural daughter]' by RTG's company.


Thomas Bumpus (b 1789 d 1872)

Was born in 1789, baptised 14 June 1789 in Lower Swell, Gloucestershire [RW].

Took over his father's firm. [Munby & Norrie 1974]

Married 23 October 1814 [or 1816], St Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury.

Had nine known children, (baptised between 1817 and 1832 at St Luke's, Finsbury and St Andrew's, Holborn).

Was a friend to the literati of the day, numbering among them: Dickens, Lamb, Thackeray, Wordsworth, Sydney Smith, Thomas Campbell and Thomas Moore.  [Munby & Norrie 1974]

Published three books between 1835 and 1852.

Late of 6 Holborn Bars, City of London, bookseller (1870).  Of 11 Compton Road, Islington, gentleman (1870, 1872).

Died 10 May 1872, reg B1872 Islington

Appointed his sons Thomas Benjamin, John and Edward as Executors and Trustees in his will.

B4 Wife: Frances (nee Williams)

d reg Dec Q 1865 Islington

Thomas BUMPUS, 23 Oct 1814 St Luke Old St Finsbury LND=Frances WILLIAMS


Notes and suppositions


Thomas was the second child of John and (?) Mary.  [RW].

St Luke's, Islington, may have been his wife's parish, but in any case was not far from Thomas' own place of work (assuming that it was the Clerkenwell shop at the time).  His first two and fourth children were baptised there: 1817, 1818 and 1820.

Munby & Norrie say that his son was born in 1812; this does not tally with our data.

Following the firm's move to Holborn Bars (probably c1817), his fifth to ninth children were baptised at St Andrew's, Holborn. (So was his third child in 1820; why he was 'out of sequence', I don't know).

The distance between St Luke's, Old Street and the Clerkenwell shop is about ¼ mile; and between St Andrew's, Holborn and the Holborn Bars shop is about 200 yards.

See note A for notes on the move date and the firm's name.

Publishing by 'Thomas Bumpus' occurred in the date range 1835 and 1852.

[Further check: Biographies and collected material of the various writers mentioned in the above.] Analysing the birth and death dates of the writers listed yields the following.

Forster's Life of Charles Dickens does not mention Bumpus in the index. Dickens himself was not famous until 1837 [Pickwick], and died in 1870.

Charles Lamb was born in 1775 and died in 1834.

William Makepeace Thackeray was born in 1811 and died in 1863.

William Wordsworth was born in 1770 and died in 1850.

Sydney Smith was born in 1771 and died in 1845.

Thomas Campbell was born in 1777 and died in 1844.

Thomas Moore was born in 1779 and died in 1852.

Assuming that none of these writers achieved fame until their 20th year, the range of dates for Thomas Bumpus to have been friendly with them ranges from 1790 to 1870. In practice Thomas' own age suggests 1815 to 1872 for the most likely date range.

[Note, however, that the Westminster City archive includes extensive correspondence with major writers of the day, writing to ask Bumpus to publish their work. Was Thomas' stated 'friendship' based on this archive? By itself this might suggest that the correspondence was based more on business than friendship.]

In 1870 he describes himself as 'Gentleman' which, with the phrase 'Late of 6 Holborn Bars', strongly suggests that he was retired. It would seem logical that he lived in Compton Rd even while working. This road is within yards of Highbury and Islington station, so is well placed for a commuting journey.

Thomas' wife had died 1865 (reg Dec Q islington) by the time he made out his will [1870].



 John Bumpus (brother of Thomas Bumpus)

Born 1783, the first son of John and (?)Mary, in Lower Swell [RW].

Had at least four children, baptised St Andrew's, Holborn, in 1816, 1820, 1823 and 1826  [RW]. 

The second child was baptised on the same day as one of his brother Thomas's children.

For the John Bumpus, bookseller of Holborn Bars, left money in 1817 (who may be this John), see John Bumpus senior.

Age 49 of London buried 17 Nov 1832 St Giles Camberwell, this is probably the  John who committed suicide in Surrey Canal in 1832.


No data.

Died post-1826, possibly June Q 1843 Bloomsbury?


Notes and suppositions


His son being left money in his brother's will [1870, proved 1872] is the only reference of relationship.

RW's data lists the baptism of four (possibly eight) children of John and Susannah, the second one being the legatee.

Possibly this is the 'John Bumpus' with whom RTG does business in 1831 and 1832.  See also note A.

The reference to the 'J Bumpus, bookseller of Newgate Street', see note A.  By expanding this to 'J Bumpus, bookseller, of Newgate Street', the extra comma would imply that he lived at 85 Newgate Street, while working elsewhere (i.e., at Holborn Bars).  This would give a range of 'commuting' distance for him of 200 to 800 yards, depending upon which part of Newgate Street he lived in.  In 1815 RTG's house was in New Union Street and he worked in Cheapside; that is, his journey to work was about ¼ mile.  

Some of the unknown Bumpuses in this area of London may well be further children of John and Susannah.

Also note that Newgate Street used to run into Skinner Street, and this is the address of one 'John Bumpus, bookseller' mentioned in the 1836 will of Elizabeth Mary Bumpus [see separate notes]. That address for John Bumpus is given as at 1827.

[It may even be that Susannah died in 1826, and John Bumpus married Elizabeth Mary (McMichael) in 1827. See separate notes on Elizabeth Mary Bumpus' will. NB this is entirely speculation.]

UPDATE Elizabeth Mary BUMPUS born 1808 Birmingham, bur 6 March 1836 St Giles Camberwell




Thomas Benjamin Bumpus  (bp 1817 d 1916) son of Thomas b1789


Baptised 28 Sep 1817 at St Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury.


Was appointed as an Executor and Trustee in his father's will, 1870, 1872.


Published six books between 1882 and 1902.  Published one book with his son in 1903.


In 1881 his occupation was 'Bookseller/Publisher'. 


Proved his wife's Administration in 1890.


Of 27 Birchin Lane, London (1864) 

Of 2 George Yard, Lombard Street, London (1872)

Of 5 & 6 Holborn, London (1880)

Of 29 Clissold Road, Stoke Newington (1881)

Of Glebelands, Clissold Road, Stoke Newington (1890)


Died 1916


D8 Wife: Francis Georgina nee SKELTON (d 1890)


Born about 1826


Sep Q 1846 Clerkenwell=


Two children born about 1862


1881 of 29 Clissold Road, Stoke Newington


Died 1890 at Glebelands, Clissold Road. (reg Mar Q1890 Hackney)



Notes and suppositions



When the firm opened its Oxford Street branch in the 1850s, TBB and his brother Edward seem to have remained in Holborn Bars, while his brother John and his children all use the Oxford St address.


TBB's two sons were born in the 1860s and registered in the district of Stoke Newington. One of FGB and TBB's sons bore the second Christian name 'Skelton',  FGB's maiden surname.


In 1864, TBB was a co-signatory to a letter to the Times, writing as a 'City Bookseller'.  He wrote from the Birchin Lane address, which adds weight to the idea that he was trading independently from other members of the family.  Birchin Lane  lies a quarter of a mile due north of London Bridge (at the other end of Cheapside from Holborn, beyond the Bank.)


In 1870, his father's will appointed him co-executor, and in 1872 was proved to him.  He was then of the Lombard Street address. Within eight years, however, he gives his address as Holborn Bars, and one year later Clissold Road, Stoke Newington. [George Yard, Lombard Street, is parallel to Birchin Lane just a few yards away.  Clissold Road runs SE from the southern side of Clissold Park in N16, about 2¾ miles north of Holborn Bars as the crow flies. Presumably, no. 29 Clissold Road was called 'Glebelands'.


The Lombard Street address seems to confirm the idea that TBB had struck out alone. Did he then fail, and return to the family shop?  All of the 'T.B. Bumpus'-published books date from after the use of 'Holborn Bars' as an address for TBB.


TBB published six books on his own and one with his younger son. These ranged in publication date from 1882 to 1903.   Of these, one was written by his younger son, and three by his elder son (details see notes O and P).  The subject matter of the other three books was very varied: a book on factory life; advice to master mariners; and a history of Dulwich College.


The 1881 census lists occupations, and states TBB to be a Bookseller and publisher.  It would seem that TBB's activities took place within the family firm, although each family member's area of publishing interest appears to be different.  The entry for TBB does not show him as an employer of others, however; whereas I note that it was TBB's brother Edward, and his brother John's three sons who, in 1881, return their occupations in the census as:

               Bookseller employing 5 men and 1 boy (Edward)

               Bookseller employing 11 men and 2 boys (each of John's three sons).

As all of these quoted the family-firm addresses, to me this implies that, as the firm progressed, each family member progressed his interests, perhaps within different departments.  [But note that this is mere speculation.]


We do not have a death date, but the last known publications date is 1903.




John Bumpus (b1818 d1880)son of Thomas b1789

Baptised 22 Mar 1818 at St Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury.

His seven known children born between 1847 and 1858.  They were registered in the district of Marylebone, the second child being baptised at St Andrew's, Holborn.

Was responsible for opening the 158 [later renumbered as 350] Oxford Street branch in the 1850s [Bumpus 1930].  By this date the firm was called 'John & Edward Bumpus' [Munby & Norrie 1974]

Was appointed as an Executor and Trustee of his father's will, 1870, 1872.

Of 158 Oxford Street (1872)

Late of 158 Oxford Street; of 53 Portsdown Road, Maida Vale (1880)

Died in 1880.

His will was proved to his brother Edward Bumpus, and to his son John Barton Bumpus, 1880.

E10 Wife: Emma Louisa BARTON

According to census information, Emma Louisa may have been born between 1825 and 1827 in Lambeth.  However, it is believed that  John BUMPUS (2nd son of Thomas BUMPUS of Holborn), 23 April 1846 St Mark's Kensington (?B1846 Lambeth)=Emma Louise BARTON, bc1823-7 Lambeth d 3 Feb 1892, reg A1892 Hampstead, (Admons 1893 - probate to Thomas BUMPUS, bookseller) (51/8;9/9) , youngest daughter of the late John BARTON Esq of Cheltenham Place, Lambeth

Children born between 1847 and 1858

In 1881 his widow's address was 17 Greville Place, London.

Of 14 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead (1892)

Died 1892.  (reg Mar Q 1892 Hampstead)

Will proved, worth £205 0s 0d, to her son Thomas Bumpus, 1893.


Notes and suppositions


[To check the registration boundaries in the mid 19th century.]  I suspect, someone living in the Oxford Street area would have been within the district of Marylebone, while someone born in the Holborn area would have some other district name.  Their second daughter was baptised in Holborn but registered in Marylebone.  I can only think that the family returned to their old church to have their early children baptised.  [To check the baptismal churches of later children].

If the above assumption means that all their children were registered from Oxford Street, the family's move into that area may have preceded the new branch opening. [This is actually unlikely.]  According to the obituary of JB's son, John Barton Bumpus in 1918, JB 'left the original firm and set up on his own 70 years ago in Oxford Street'.    [That would suggest 1848 as the start of what the later firm called its Oxford Street branch.]

Munby & Norrie give the bookshop name as 'John & Edward Bumpus',  although the individual members of the family seem to have published under their own names.  However, between 1893 and 1955, books were published jointly by 'John & E' (2 books), 'John & Ed' (2 books), 'John & Edward' (28 books) and 'John & Edward Ltd' (2 books).

In 1855 a new law had been enacted, the Limited Liabilities Act.  From that date it was lawful for companies to register under that Act, and call themselves '… Ltd'.  I suspect that this may have dated from the first joint publication in 1896 [although the earliest reference is actually 1930, when a catalogue was so named (I have a copy)].  Because the present John had died in 1880, the style 'John and Edward' probably referred to John Barton Bumpus [the present John's fourth child, see note S] and the present John's youngest brother Edward, see note L.

Meanwhile, books had continued to be published by 'J Bumpus' and 'John Bumpus', but which John is involved is difficult to say.  The founder may have died in about 1835 (note A); but he had a son also called 'John' (note C), and I do not know if he was a publisher or not.  Assuming that the present John's uncle was not a publisher, then books published between 1857 ['J'] or 1861 ['John'] and 1880 [his known death date] were probably his.  There were ten books published in this grouping.

Portsdown Road is not listed in the current A to Z, so has either been renamed or demolished.

There are two Greville Place roads in London now, one in the Upper Walthamstow area of north London; the other in Maida Vale in the west.  I imagine it could well be from this latter one that John commuted the 2 miles (as the crow flies) westward to Oxford Street.

Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, is not far from Finchley Road Station.




Evan Evans Bumpus (bp 1820 d 1872 reg Pancras) son of Thomas b1789

Baptised in 1820 at St Andrew's, Holborn

Married 1845 Mary FRIEND (St James's Westminster? RW)

Children born about 1849 and 1860.

Perhaps of 146 Kentish Town Road, Middlesex.

Died 1872 reg Pancras

F12 Wife: Mary Bumpus (nee Friend; b c1822, d 1890)

She was born about 1822 in Islington.

Her two known children were apparently born in 1849 and 1860.

Died 1890.


Notes and suppositions


His baptism is in not in the church which the family regularly attended for such events (until, I argue, the whole family moved.

His relationship with the bookselling family is established by Thomas Bumpus' will naming him as 'my Son'.

Provisions are made in Thomas' will, which, besides married and unmarried daughters and bookselling sons (notes D, E, G, I, K and L), I suggest point to an infant death (note H), and possibly two wayward sons (note J and this present son, Evan Evans.  The will leaves a special provision to EEB, only matched by Arthur (note J).  Money is left in trust to pay EEB each week for the rest of his life. It also specifically mentions the circumstances of EEB going bankrupt.   From this, I suspect that EEB and his father did not see eye to eye about what EEB was doing with his life.

The wording makes specific provision for EEB's wife and children, without naming them.  I therefore wonder whether it is no more than normal legal practice to make sure it is clear what happens to the money when EEB dies. 

However, we know that he did actually have a wife and at least two children. EEB married Mary FRIEND at St James's in 1845.

Children were born in 1849 (Frances) and (Evan Henry) about 1860: however, see also note W.

He was not a bookseller or publisher, nor did he write. 

He did not survive until the 1881 census.

Mary's birth year is, I assume, related to the age given in the 1881 census.  If so, it may be 1821 or 1822.



Frances Margaret HAYES (nee BUMPUS) b 1822 daughter of Thomas b1789

Baptised in 1822 at St Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury.

In 1851 a marriage settlement was agreed into the Hayes family. This family was landed, with property in Dublin. There are links between the Hayes and Sidey families.

She married Michael Augustus HAYES in 1851. Had at least three children, born between 1851 and 1871.

Her death was registered December Q 1872 Islington.

Notes and suppositions

Papers are held about the marriage settlement by Marylebone Reference Library.

In her father Thomas' (1870) will, money left to her is later diverted by codicil dated 18 August 1871 to her children; and a second codicil (24.2.1872) specifically refers to her being deceased.

[No research has been done on 'Hayes' births or deaths.]



Benjamin Bumpus (bp 1825)son of Thomas b1789

Baptised 25 May 1825 at St Andrew's, Holborn.

Not mentioned in Thomas' will.

No other information known.


Notes and suppositions


Presumably BB died in infancy

Given that Thomas' eldest son survived and bore this name, a question mark remains.  (See note D on naming practices within companies.)



Margaret Ann Shephard (nee Bumpus; b 1826) daughter of Thomas b1789

Born 1826, St Andrew's Holborn.

She married George Frederick SHEPHERD in 1857.  The marriage was registered in the Sept Q of 1857, West london.

No details of any children.

Left money in Thomas' will, 1870, 1872.

Living with her brother Thomas Barton Bumpus at 29 Clissold Road, Stoke Newington, 1881.

Died post-1881.

George Frederick Shepherd (d pre-1881)

 No details.


Notes and suppositions


'b 1826 St Andrew's Holborn', which I take to be her parish of birth as stated in the 1881 census.



Arthur Bumpus [or Bumpers] (bp 1828 d 1885)son of Thomas b1789

Baptised 1828 at St Andrew's Holborn.

In 1870, 1872, his father's will left him money.

Died in Paris in 1885

Will proved to his brother Edward, 1886.


Notes and suppositions


RW's notes quote the 'Bumpers' variation, presumably the way the clergyman heard the surname. In other documents, he appears spelt in the usual way.

In his father Thomas' will, special provision is made for him, the wording being nearly the same (but not quite) as his elder brother Evan Evans Bumpus, see note F.  A sum is left for his benefit, but no weekly payment is required.

If he 'ran off' to Paris as a wayward young man before 1870, that might explain why his treatment was not the same as most of the rest of the family.  However, I note that in the will Thomas' trustees are to pay him, so they must have known where he was.  (Of course, he may not have been living in France at that date anyway, but moved there at some time in the 15 years before he died).



Mary Bumpus (bp 1830) daughter of Thomas b1789

Baptised 1830 at St Andrew's Holborn.

Unmarried in 1870, 1872, when her father left her some of her late mother's property, as well as money. This was specially in recognition of the care she had given to him in his last lingering illness.
Notes and suppositions

Presumably she lived in her father's house (11 Compton Road, Islington).

Is it possible that she is the Mary Bumpus who married George Bumpus in Abingdon in 1872?



Edward Bumpus (b1832 d1896), son of Thomas b1789

Baptised in 1832 at St Luke's, Old Street, Finsbury.

Ran the company with his brother John (and later John's sons).  Until the 1850s, John opened a branch in Oxford Street, Edward continuing the shop in Holborn Bars.

'E' (7 books), 'Edward' (9 books), 'Eduardi' (1 book), 'Edw' (1 book) and 'Edwards' (1 book)[presumably the last two are British Library indexing errors]; these imprints used in books published between 1865 and 1888.

[See note E on John Bumpus for details of the firm's name change.]

'JE' [perhaps British Library indexing error for J & E'] (2 books), 'John and Edward' (28 books), 'John & Ed (2 books), 'John & Edward Ltd (2 books); these imprints published between 1893 and 1955.

In 1870, 1872, he was appointed an Executor and Trustee of his father's will.

In 1879 (Mar Q 1879 Thanet) he married Eliza J. Hudson, who was born in Birchington, Kent.

Of 6 Holborn Bars, 1872, 1886.

In 1881 Edward's occupation is given as 'Bookseller in charge of 5 men and 1 boy'.

His address in 1881 was Tooting Hall, Mitcham Road, Tooting Graveney, Surrey.

Died 3 October 1896 at 30 Crescent Grove, Clapham, Surrey and of Holborn Bars). Death registered 1896 Wandsworth

Obituary in The Times 9 Oct 1896:

"his knowledge of books was extraordinary"

"the two great book emporiums in Oxford-street and Holborn Bars owe not a little to his excellent judgement and business tact"

Will proved to his widow Eliza Jane.

L21 Wife: Eliza Jane BUMPUS (nee HUDSON) b1850/1 d 1930)

Born 1850/1, Birchington, Kent. Birth registered June Q 1853 Thanet.

Died at Green Down, The Parks, Minehead, Somerset, on 3 November 1930.
Edward BUMPUS, Thanet March Q 1879=Eliza Jane HUDSON

But note that there is record of a marriage between Mary Anne PAIN bc1837 and an Edward BUMPUS in 1851 (marriage registered Dec Q 1851)


Notes and suppositions


Birchington is at the western end of the town of Margate, just inland from Westgate on Sea.

The Bumpus [1930] records say that the whole of Bumpus' moved to Oxford Street in 1880.  Four possibilities occur to me. (a) the move was actually after the 1881 census date. (b) The move was not quite complete at that date, leaving a small number of people in Holborn 'clearing up after the move'. (c) The new structure in Oxford Street actually consisted of several 'sub-shops', with Edward running one of them.  (d) After the move to Oxford Street, Edward went his own way and ran a separate shop (this option I feel is unlikely).

Assuming options (a) and (c), we could picture the whole company as a 22-man firm, split into two sites (or parts), with four director/managers and 19 staff.

Tooting Graveney is a part of Tooting quite close to 'Tooting' station (as opposed to Tooting Broadway or Tooting Bec stations).  Mitcham Road runs NW/SE down to that station.  Tooting station has a direct connection with London Bridge and Cannon Street stations, and therefore with Holborn via underground or bus.  The address 'Tooting Hall' sounds grand, and it may be, since the family was wealthy at this period [Marylebone Reference Library].

Crescent Grove, Clapham, lies at the north-east corner of Clapham Common, quite close to the tube station of that name.



[Children of John Bumpus and Susannah]

M22 George Henry Bumpus (bp 1820)

born 8 September 1820

Baptised in 8 October 1820 at St Andrew's, Holborn.

[No other data known]

Henry Thomas Hurst Bumpus (bp 1823)

[See note N23]

M24 Alfred Bumpus (bp 1826)

Baptised in 1826 at St Andrew's, Holborn.      


Notes and suppositions


George Henry's baptism took place on the same day and at the same church as his cousin Evan Evans Bumpus (see notes B and F).

Because GHB is not named in his uncle Thomas' will (1870, 1872), he may have died by that date.



Henry Thomas Hurst Bumpus (bp 1823)

Baptised  4 Aug 1823 at St Andrew's, Holborn.

 printer's assistant storekeeper,

Left a legacy in his uncle Thomas' will (1870, 1872).

?Death registered Dec Q 1885 St Saviour.

Wife:  Maria bc1825-9 Stepney, Middlesex, d A1895 Islington

Lived at 35 Woodpecker Rd, Deptford; 114 Westmoreland Rd, Newington, SRY


N23i Frederick bc1856 Lambeth, printer's warehouseman, =Milly bc1856 Deptford (ref54/8)

Lived at 8 Richmond Terrace, Newington, SRY

         N23i1Son: Frederick bc1880 Camberwell

N23ii Jessie Caroline bc1865 Clerkenwell,

= 1886 Islington

Also, possible children included:

Maria Sarah b reg Sept Q 1845 St Saviour; Susannah b reg Sept Q 1847 St Saviour; Mary Frances b reg Sept Q 1871 Islington?


Notes and suppositions


HTHB's elder brother George Henry was not named in his uncle Thomas' will (1870, 1872).  Nor is his younger brother Alfred.

Furthermore, since HTHB is also called 'Henry', this suggests quite strongly that the elder brother died in infancy.

We do not know HTHB's mother's maiden name.  Perhaps it was 'Hurst'.



Thomas Francis Bumpus (b 1862 d 1916)

Birth registered Stoke Newington Sep Q 1862 [RW].

Bookseller/publisher/writer on church matters [RW].

As there are more than one contemporary 'Thomas', the British Library index list of Bumpus publishing does not enable one to establish which books TFB published.  At this date, none is listed as 'TF Bumpus', only as 'TB Bumpus' (his father), or 'T Bumpus', (maybe his cousin or himself).

His writing (54 books, including reprints and new editions) spanned the publication years 1881 to 1914.  New editions and reprints extending the publication range until 1946.

In 1881 of 29 Clissold Road, Stoke Newington [RW].

'1913 letter in BL Add. MSS.

Died 1916 [British Library index].


Notes and suppositions


TFB's books include a history of St Andrew's Church, Stoke Newington (which I take to be his 'home' church). He also wrote a series of books on the cathedrals and churches of various European countries.  These books were first published, either by himself or his father, but later taken over by the London firm of 'T Werner Laurie'.  American editions were also produced.  After TFB's death, a reviser was used to update several of these.

The Clissold Road address is that of TFB's parents.

The death date quoted appears as a biographical annotation against one particular book within the British Library list (giving a birth and death year).  No will for TFB is listed around this date, nor up to 1936.


John Skelton Bumpus (b 1861 d 1913)

Birth, 1861,  Stoke Newington [BL Add. MSS; RW].

Bookseller/writer on churches and architecture [RW].

JSB was also a publisher. [British Library index].

Librarian of St Michael's College, Tenbury [RW] Librarian antiquary [BL Add. MSS]

JSB published one book in collaboration with his father, in 1903 [British Library index].

His writing (14 books. Including reprints and new editions) spanned the publication years 1891 to 1923.  New editions and reprints extending the publication range until 1982 [British Library index].

In 1881 of 29 Clissold Road, Stoke Newington [RW].

Letters and library catalogues, 1893 to 1913 [BL Add. MSS]

Died post-1913 [BL Add. MSS].


Notes and suppositions


JSB's books include an ecclesiastical dictionary, and various writings on church music.  

The Clissold Road address is that of JSB's parents.



Emma Louisa Bumpus [or Emma Bumpus; or Emma Louisa Allitsen] (b 1847 d 1923)

Emma Bumpus born 1847, registered JUN Q in Marylebone.

Of 17 Greville Place, London, 1881.

Of Testcombe, Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Died at 19 Lansdowne Place, Hove, spinster.

Her estate was valued at £16,630-17s-1d when proved in 1924.


Notes and suppositions


ELB's parents married 23 April 1846 The third child, also a daughter, was registered as 'Bumpus'.

At the 1881 census, her father's widow and all his family lived in Greville Road.

I note the high value of her estate, presumably a large house in Hampshire. [The village of Stockbridge lies on the River Test.]

That she died in Hove may mean a nursing home, perhaps.  I don't think any relative lived in Hove.




 Mary Frances Bumpus [or Francis Bumpus; or Francis Allitsen; or Frances Allitsen] (bp 1848 d 1912)

 Birth registered MAR Q 1849 in Marylebone

 Baptised 30 December 1848, St Andrew's, Holborn

 Of 17 Greville Place, London, 1881

 A composer and singer, using the name Francis Allitsen as her pseudonym.  Correspondence and music, 1885 to 1896; and diary, January to March 1911 [BL Add. MSS]

 Of 20 Queen's Terrace, St John's Wood, Middlesex, 1912

 Appointed her brothers John Barton Bumpus and Thomas Bumpus, booksellers as her Executors

Died 30 September 1912, at 20 Queen's Terrace, spinster, buried West Hampstead cemetery.  Chief mourners: brother John Barton Bumpus; brother-in-law J. Hibbert; nephew Geoffrey Hibbert; Mr. T. Faithfull, Mr. Evans Griffiths, Mr & Mrs Hayden Coffin and Mr. J.M. Levien,, representative of the Philharmonic Society.

 Her estate was valued at £3,364-8s-3d, and re-sworn at £3,805-8s-3d, when proved in 1913.


Notes and suppositions


Her birth must have been very close to the end of 1848, since the registration was dated in the following year. One internet entry has 'born 30 December 1848'.

Her use of the name Allitsen appears to be something of a mystery.  If my assumptions (see note Q) are correct, the choice of 'Allitsen' as a pseudonym is not a problem on the face of it.  The same name was also used by her elder sister, which appears to be strange.  As yet there is no evidence to explain the choice of the name, which does not appear anywhere else as a surname, to our  knowledge. 

At the 1881 census, her father's widow and all his family lived in Greville Road.

Her singing debut was made in 1882 (in her mid-30s).  She studied at the Guildhall School of Music.  She composed popular, patriotic songs (sung by such famous names as Hayden Coffin and Clara Butt).  She also composed songs based on poems, as well as song cycles and cantatas. She published an opera. A diary survives in the British Library [Grove History of Music].

Queen's Terrace is a short road close to and parallel with Finchley Road, just north of St John's Wood station.

The re-swearing of her estate probably resulted from some late or overlooked item.  The difference between the two estate values (£441) could be anything from a country cottage to late-declared royalties on some of her music.  We may be able to get a clue when her will is looked at.

Additional data from RW, May 2010:

R29:  Katherine Delane BUMPUS bc1860 - 1867 Lee?  NB There was a female BUMPUS registered in Lewisham in March Q1867.  Is there any link with the individual Mary Lawrence BUMPUS, widow who died in Lee.  Her will was registered in Lewisham in 1921.  ?Attended Collegiate school, Folkstone 1881 or was that a daughter of a different BUMPUS family?  Her death was registered at Paddington in 1919.

11 December 1886 by banns at St Paul's, Avenue Road, Hampstead LON: Katherine Delane BUMPUS '19', spinster of 12 Fellows Rd,  daughter of the late John BUMPUS of Fellows Road Hampstead, bookseller=John HIBBERT, bach, '25', clerk of 18 Lancaster Rd, son of the late Capt James HIBBERT of Walthamstow, shipowner.

 Their son John Geoffrey HIBBERT is Gillian Grant's grandfather.


 Euphemia Bumpus [or Effie] (b 1850 d 1915)

 Birth registered JUN 1850 in Marylebone (as Effie)

 Of 17 Greville Place, London, 1881

 Of 370 Finchley Road, Hampstead, 1915

 Died at 370 Finchley Road, Hampstead, spinster

 Her Administration was proved to her brother John Barton Bumpus bookseller

 Her estate was valued at £2,490-19s-5d, and re-sworn at £2,514-13s-11d, when proved in 1915.


Notes and suppositions


At the 1881 census, her father's widow and all his family lived in Greville Road.

370 Finchley Road is further out than Queen's Terrace. It must be close to where Westfield College stands/stood.

She made no will, so it is not perhaps surprising that only one brother proved her estate, compared with her sister Mary Frances appointing two brothers.  John Barton was the older of the two.

The re-swearing of her estate probably resulted from some late or overlooked item.  The difference between the two estate values is smaller than her sister's (at £23-14s-6d), which certainly looks like some late-declared item.



John Barton Bumpus  (b 1851 or 1852 d February 1918)

son of John BUMPUS (2nd son of Thomas BUMPUS of Holborn), 23 April 1846 St Mark's Kensington=Emma Louise BARTON youngest daughter of the late John BARTON Esq of Cheltenham Place, Lambeth

Birth registered MAR   1852 in Marylebone

Educated at Blackheath Proprietory School and King's College, London [Times obituary 1918]

Entered the firm at age 17  [Times obituary 1918]

Of 158 and 297 Oxford Street, 1880

Appointed co-Executor to his father's estate, 1880

Of 17 Greville Place, London, 1881

Bookseller in charge of 11 men and 2 boys, 1881; bookseller, 1912, 1915

Appointed Executor to his sister Mary Frances' estate, 1913

Proved his sister Euphemia's Administration, 1915

Of Inglenook, 370 Finchley Road, Hampstead and 350 Oxford Street, 1918

Appointed his brother Thomas to be his Executor

Died at 370 Finchley Road, Hampstead, 16 February 1918. 

Buried Wednesday 20th February 1918, at noon, in Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Road  [Times obituary 1918]

His estate was valued at £3,789-13s-1d, when proved in 1918

"a man of much personal charm and unassuming manners; he had read widely, and had an extraordinary memory for all matters relating to books and authors.  His unfailing courtesy will be missed" [Times obituary 1918]


Notes and suppositions


His Times obituary states him to be aged 65 in 1918, which gives a birth date-range of 1852-1853.  As other sources give '1851-1852', this strongly confirms 1852.

His parents probably sent him to school as a boarder (although it is not impossible to commute between the City and Blackheath, it is more than eight miles away), before going on to King's College, London.  Blackheath Proprietary School was opened in 1831 just south of Blackheath Station.  The school adopted rugby football, and the old boys founded the well-known Blackheath Rugby Club.  King's College, London, was founded by King George IV in 1829, and became part of the university of London.  It is, and always was, situated in the Strand, next to Somerset house.

He probably entered the firm in 1869.

At the 1881 census, his father's widow and all his family lived in Greville Road.  His job is given as 'Bookseller employing 11 men and 2 boys'.  This phrase, (the official wording required to be used by employers), is also used by his younger two brothers (see notes U and V).

John Barton is the only person to refer to the street numbers 158 and 297 Oxford Street. This occurred in 1880, the year when a lot of rebuilding of the Bumpus bookshop in Oxford Street took place [Bumpus 1930].  We know also that the original Holborn Bars shop was closed at this time, and that another building was acquired next to the original Oxford Street shop. Another minor problem is that the street numbers were changed along Oxford Street (such that the original '158' became '350'), but we don't know exactly when.  Number 297 should, theoretically be part of the original numbering. Unfortunately, without knowing how the street was numbered, it isn't possible to place number 297. [Research continues]

Clearly the whole family lived at 370 Finchley Road, which this will tells us was called 'Inglenook'.  See note R for the siting of this house.

JBB made a will, appointing his next-younger brother as Executor.

Hampstead Cemetery is only a few hundred yards from JBB's family home. 'Fortune Green' was the green 'before the village' [OE ford tun].

 The estate's value is nowhere near as large as that of his grandfather (note B), but a lot larger than his own father (note E).  The high-value estate is that of JBB's brother Thomas Barton, note U.



Thomas Barton Bumpus  (b 1853 d 1920)

Birth registered SEP 1853 in Marylebone [apparently without 'Barton']

Of 17 Greville Place, London, 1881

Bookseller in charge of 11 men and 2 boys, 1881; bookseller, 1893, 1913, 1918

Appointed Executor to his mother's estate, 1893; his sister Mary Frances' estate, 1913; and his brother John Barton's estate, 1918

Managing Director of John and Edward Bumpus Ltd in 1918 [Times obituary notice of his brother John Barton Bumpus]

Of 370 Finchley Road, Hampstead and 350 Oxford Street, 1920

Died at 370 Finchley Road, Hampstead, 15 November 1921

[Will not proved to a Bumpus (but a solicitor).]

His estate was valued at £30,491-12s-0d, when proved in 1921. Described as Head of J&E Bumpus Ltd. All books and copyright of books published by firm + bequest to nephew Harry Meredith Bumpus; bequests: to nephew Leopold Bumpus; to sister, Emma Louisa Bumpus; to John Hibbert; to secretary David Scott Peddie; to housekeeper and to housemaid.


Notes and suppositions


Only in his own will is the second forename 'Barton' used; (in other places only as 'Thomas').  Perhaps he adopted the name to differentiate himself from his cousin Thomas Francis(?)

At the 1881 census, his father's widow and all his family lived in Greville Road.  His job is given as 'Bookseller employing 11 men and 2 boys'.  This phrase, (the official wording required to be used by employers), is also used by his elder and younger brothers (see notes T and V).

Clearly the whole family lived at 370 Finchley Road, which brother John's will tells us was called 'Inglenook'. 

See note R for the siting of this house. TBB made a will, the value of which (in the period 1858 to 1936) is second only to that of his grandfather (note B).  Until it is read we do not know how his estate was disposed.

Managing Director of J & E Bumpus Ltd in 1918 [Times obituary of his brother John Barton Bumpus.]


Additional son recently discovered

Richard (?Carroll) b1855


Henry F…… Bumpus  (b 1858 d post-1903)

son of  John BUMPUS, bookseller, bap 22 Mar 1818 St Luke, Old St, Finsbury, LND,ref 11/7 d 19 Jul 1880 d reg C1880 Kensington, (WILL), 23 April 1846 St Mark's Kensington=Emma Louisa BARTON bc1823-7 Lambeth d 3 Feb 1892,ref (51/8);11/7 reg A1892 Hampstead, (Admons 1893 - probate to Thomas BUMPUS, bookseller) (51/8;9/9) Biog 10E, youngest daughter of the late John BARTON Esq of Cheltenham Place, Lambeth

Born about 1858, Marylebone

Of 17 Greville Place, London, 1881

Bookseller in charge of 11 men and 2 boys, 1881

Published one book in 1903 [BL]

A1885 Marylebone=Elizabeth JENKINS bc1860 Pembray S WALES ref 3/9
 Inglenook, 370 Finchley Rd Hampstead; 4 Messina Av, Hampstead




Harry Meredith BUMPUS b C1892 Swansea,
Christ Church (Anglican) Cathedral (Victoria, Vancouver Island), 1937=Barbara Mary Frances TWIGG , only daughter of Capt Harold Despard TWIGG.
Henry Meredith appears as Henry BUMPHRIES registered in Chelsea in the 1901 census. We believe that his mother may have died later in 1901.
Chelsea; of Brandon, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies

Inherited £2,000 and all books and copyright of books published by the firm from Thomas Barton Bumpus of Finchley Road.

Michael b reg Mar Q 1890 Swansea


Notes and suppositions


At the 1881 census, his father's widow and all his family lived in Greville Road.  His job is given as 'Bookseller employing 11 men and 2 boys'.  This phrase, (the official wording required to be used by employers), is also used by his elder two brothers (see notes T and U).

Clearly the whole family lived at 370 Finchley Road, which brother John's will tells us was called 'Inglenook'.  See note R for the siting of this house. 

The assumed death date is derived from the publication date of one book.  It is not impossible that this is not the right publisher, which would take the death date back to 'post-1881'.



Frances Bumpus [or ?Frances Isabel Bompas] (bp 1849)

Baptised 30 November 1849 Old Church, St Pancras

Married in 1873 George C KRECKLER b1844 d1890

Married Edward LASHBROOK b1851 in 1901


Notes and suppositions


Described as a dressmaker


Evan Henry Bumpus  (b reg 1860 Pancras d reg Sept Q1891)

Book salesman of 146 Kentish Town Road, 1881

X35 Wife: Martha Florence FLAVELL

Dec Q 1884 Kensington= Martha Florence FLAVELL bc1864 St Giles, d post 1898 (ref12/9)

Bookseller of 5 & 6 Holborn Bars, Middlesex, 1891

He died at the Brompton Hospital, Middlesex

Death registered SEP Q 1891 Chelsea

No will; Administration to his widow, 1898.  Estate value: £85-0s-0d.


Notes and suppositions


His widow describes him as a bookseller in 1891, ten years or so after the Holborn branch is said to have closed [Munby & Norrie 1974].  I suspect that M&N are in error, and that it was the administration of the whole business than transferred to Oxford Street in the early 1880s. That EHB is said to have been working at Holborn Bars (in fact this is given as his address) may be a further indicator at the 'semi-isolation' of this part of the family, see note F.

I assume that dying in the Brompton Hospital had the same chest-disease connotations in this period as it does now, and that EHB probably died of 'consumption' or of lung cancer…

Two possible children: Florence Winifred b1886, d reg 1888 Lambeth; Winifred Annie b reg March Q 1891 Holborn



George Hamilton Hayes  (prob b c1852)

Eldest child of Frances Margaret Hayes (nee Bumpus, married 1851)

Left money in his grandfather's will 1872


Notes and suppositions


The will names him, with the normal legal phrase relating to the children reaching the age of 21 years before inheriting.  From this I assume that in 1872 he was under that age, hence the assumed birth date.



Augustus Thomas Hayes  (prob b c1853)

Second child of Frances Margaret Hayes (nee Bumpus, married 1851)

Left money in his grandfather's will 1872


Notes and suppositions


The will names him, with the normal legal phrase relating to the children reaching the age of 21 years before inheriting.  From this I assume that in 1872 he was under that age, hence the assumed birth date.



Jane Frances Hayes  (prob b c1854)

Third child of Frances Margaret Hayes (nee Bumpus, married 1851)

Left money in her grandfather's will 1872


Notes and suppositions


The will names her, with the normal legal phrase relating to the children reaching the age of 21 years before inheriting.  From this I assume that in 1872 she was under that age, hence the assumed birth date.

By Victorian naming practices, she should have been called 'Frances' after her mother (and perhaps 'Jane' after her mother-in-law).


Later History of John & Edward Bumpus Limited

In 1918, at the time of John Barton Bumpus' death, his next-youngest brother, Thomas Barton Bumpus, was Managing Director.  TBB died in 1920 (leaving the second largest estate of any of the bookselling Bumpuses).

We do not know the death date of the youngest Bumpus brother, Henry F., but although he was five years younger than TBB, it is most probable that he had retired from active participation in the bookshop—or died—by 1927.

In that year, the present writer's father joined Bumpus' for work experience [see appendix at the end of this note].  The man in charge was J G Wilson.  When the company moved premises in November 1958, this remarkable man was still chairman at the age of 82!

It is quite possible that the last Bumpus family member actively involved in the company was TBB.  That the family shareholders should appoint an unrelated manager would be logical; that they chose J G Wilson was incredibly lucky: his expertise kept the business flourishing much longer than many other independent shops.

Under Wilson's direction, though, I believe that the family may well have continued to control the firm through their holding of company shares.

During the Depression and the difficult years that followed, right up to the start of the Second World War, the firm continued to promote its literary connections and the high reputation developed by JBB's grandfather.

·        1918          "For many years the firm of J & B Bumpus has been one of the leading bookselling houses in London." [Times]

·        1926          Royal warrant: "to His Majesty the King" (George V). [Times display advertisement]

·        1927/8       The writer's father recalls visits to the shop by Queen Mary and by leading authors of the day [see appendix below]

·        1930          "All the books you hear about, the books you see reviewed or advertised, are at Bumpuses." [Times display advertisement]

·        1932          A "Lewis Carroll Exhibition opened at Messrs Bumpus's in Oxford Street," [Times]

·        1932          "At Messrs Bumpus's bookshop in Oxford Street, W, is to be seen a puppet-show performance." [Times]

·        1933          Royal warrant used in an advertisement. [Times]

·        1933          "Additions to the Bumpus Exhibition of author's mss made." [Times]

·        1934          An exhibition by "Messrs. J & E Bumpus of 350 Oxford Street, W, [of] a copy of every book produced at [William] Morris's Kelmscott Press". [Times]

·        1934          An exhibition on parliaments and the press staged by Bumpuses. [Times]

·        1934          An exhibition of Coleridge and Lamb material on their centenary at Bumpuses.  [Times]

·        1934          Bumpus's Toy Theatre: "The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood".  [Times]

·        1935          Royal Warrant used.

·        1938          Book of T E Lawrence's correspondence published (and/or publicised) by J & E Bumpus Ltd.  The Royal Warrant used for the last time in this sequence of Times advertisements.

After the war, the company (now operating out of a new address in Oxford Street), moved to Baker Street, nearer to the Mayfair clientele it considered its best market.  The firm continued to trade, but by the early 1960s was running at a loss.

That it managed to continue was, it seems, largely due to its association [no details of acquisition, foundation, etc] of The Book Society.  This was stated to be in profit in 1963, while the bookshop was making quite a large loss.  The net balance was a smaller loss.

In September 1963, a battle was said to be brewing between bidders for Bumpuses.  W H Smith had made an offer, and another group was said to be interested.  By November, W H Smith had been outbid by a third contender (the Daily News group).   But the Daily News was more interested in the Book Society than the bookshop. Accordingly, the Bumpus board supported the lower bid from W H Smith.  They promised to keep the bookshop going "for as long as possible."

The shareholders—about 40 of them—were dominated by the five directors.  The Chairman, Mr Jocelyn Gibb, and the Managing Director, Mr Gordon Grimley, and their three co-directors held a controlling interest of 54%.  58,500 one-pound shares [one report says 58,550] had been issued; the five directors owned 31,617 of them.  As only 55% was needed to confirm the sale [32,202 shares], it was almost certain that the sale would go ahead.

However, late in November 1962, a completely new, independent, bidder trumped all the rest with a bid of 12/- per share.  Later he raised it to 13/6d.  The Daily News' reaction was to increase again, but later withdrew (as W H Smith had done when the rise to 13/6d was made).  The new buyer's price was accepted by the Bumpus board, as Mr Robert Drummond had assured them that the bookshop would remain a separate entity.

Three years later, Robert Maxwell bought "the famous London bookshop founded nearly 200 years ago." [Sic! The firm had claimed a 1790 foundation for some time which is actually "176 years ago".]  The seller was the family of Mr Bendor Drummond, who presumably had inherited Robert Drummond's estate.


Appendix:  Extract from C F Rae Griffin's memoirs [1968]

"On my return from Scotland I joined Bumpuses the booksellers, [then] in Oxford St, and began my contact with books at the end of production.  I was first in a small department dealing with "subscriptions", where standing orders existed for new books of a certain class or from any limited-edition press. The names on the subscription list were formidable – with Lord Chief Justice for one, Somerset Maugham, and the like.

"The old Queen (Mary) was a shopper at Christmas time – the shop was cleared of all customers for this. She made a choice of 60 or more books, for presentation, and yet nobody would ever dream of sending in an account for them!  As "Warranty booksellers" (shared only with Hatchard of Piccadilly) it was an honour and perfect publicity. 

"We had a one-armed lift man at Bumpuses – and he was quite blasé with Royalty. Therefore, when I got the stand-by job of working the lift (during his lunch-hour) I persuaded him to go off – so that I could say I had driven the Queen! In fact, I had to warn her Majesty to "mind the step" – because this lift had no automatic stop arrangements at all – you just had to "shut-off the juice" at the exact moment, before the stop, according to the load you happened to have!

"At the next desk to mine was a very nice chap, Frank Doubleday – and I got along very well with him – in fact, I did with everyone.  But he was – and is – an exceptional character with a brilliant brain and a kindly nature.  No falseness about him whatever – and yet forthright, courageous, and decided in his views. I was sorry, in March 1928, when I left to go to CG&Co – in leaving his friendship there.

"There was an outstanding bookseller in charge – J.G. Wilson. Ex John Smith, Glasgow, he was a prodigious figure in books.  His friendship was sought by all the celebrated authors of the day.  "Lawrence of Arabia" was a friend, and one of the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" (there were only a few copies) [was] on show and it was one of my jobs to put this in a window each morning – and take it out and put it in a strong-room every night.

"The deputy was Garland – who was very old when I went there and lived to over 90. He was a character – and brusque at times.  The stockroom manager was a man named Bland. His memory was (and is still) absolutely phenomenal.  He could put a publisher to any title you liked to name – and changes too if there had been any. Would also tell you what forms of edition there were – and prices of the moment. Another assistant – senior of the shop staff – was a man named Kreatzer.  A bit of a tartar and one who had risen from the ranks of a collector (pushing a box tricycle around) he was somewhat uncouth.

"Other staff were a Mr Butterfant – an expert on maps, BRAHAM pronounced Brarm – a complete bookseller's assistant!  There were many other staff members – I believe 90 (?) in all, from packer to Wilson himself.  But one of the most outstanding was the stockroom manager BLAND about whom I referred a page or so back, He had served in his young days in the Navy, as a CPO stoker. A man of exceptional memory power, he was also a Salvationist and, when searching on the shelves for something somebody had misplaced (he never made a mistake himself) would hum "The church's one foundation" in alternation with the most awful swearing and oaths that I think I have ever heard in my life, and a smile on his face all the time!

"The location of the shop when I was there was 350 Oxford Street, where the Dolcis shop now is.  It was Marshall and Snelgrove who owned Bumpuses, actually, and just as I left very big plans for an internal rebuild were started.  Unfortunately after a great deal of money was spent and much reorganization of the place completed, the business was sold and moved right along towards Marble Arch where trade drastically altered and shrunk.

"J.G. [Wilson] was a bit of a tartar and driver and would keep everything to himself: he therefore had no successor – the son who did show an interest was only a shadow of his pa. in aptitudes and capabilities.  Doubleday left after I did, to become manager of the Epworth Bookshop, City Road, and was there to 1967 end."

[James Griffin notes on the above (partly from other conversations with my father and partly from later research):

1                    A regular caller at the shop was Cecil William Mercer [Dornford Yates].

2                    Queen Mary was born in 1867.

3                    Hatchards is still a bookshop holding a Royal Warrant. 

4                    T E Lawrence had eight copies for people to approve of (before having proper editions printed).  One of these was "the Windsor copy", and this was sent to J G Wilson.  There is a letter reproduced on the Internet from TEL to JGW that makes it clear that this copy was sent to King George V.

5                    A 'collector' was a member of a bookshop staff whose job was to call on publishers' trade counters to pick up books required for customers.

6                    My father also described the calls at Bumpuses of senior publishers' representatives [i.e. those promoting new books], saying that some were awesome personalities in top hats.




The Bumpus Biographies V:  The Bumpus Slateworkers of Stonesfield

It is now thought that this group's ancestral roots are in Charlbury and Little Compton.  For the moment, the tree from the early 19 century will be shown.

Family 1W1+W2+IF(+IFr)
SUMMARY John Bumpus b1814(Family 1A)>6 Known children
John BUMPUS, tailor, bap 27 Mar 1814 ref 9/7d11 Apr 1876 reg B1876 Hackney (WILL 1876 Prob to Mary) burial entered 17 April Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref058847, sectI06, index 2S11, son of Thomas BUMPUS, labourer, bap 8 Apr 1787 Stonesfield d/bur 24 Jan 1858 (WILL - probate to son John of Windsor Coll, London St, William St, Caledonian Rd, MDX), 12 Sep 1813 Combe, [witnessed by J. HARRIS and Ann BISHOP]=Charlotte EATON of Combe, bap 2 Oct 1791 Combe, d/bur 1 Dec 1852 Combe, d reg D1852 Woodstock, daughter of Thomas=Sarah
(D1838) 15 Nov 1838 All Souls, Marylebone=Mary KING b1818 St Pancras ref 9/7, d 14 Mar 1905 (WILL 1905 Probate to Jane King BUMPUS, spinster) burial entered 18 March, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref109077, sect I06, index 5S04
10 The Green Woodford; 495 Kingsland Rd, MDX; 14 Adelaide Rd, Leyton ESS

  • SUMMARY Thomas King Bumpus b 1839 (1B)>12 known children
    1A>BThomas King BUMPUS, banker's cashier/merchant's assistant, 1839 Witney ref16/7;17/8;31/9;19/1
    d 22 Jan 1919 Teignmouth (WILL 1919 Probate to Arthur Cecil BUMPUS bank clerk)
    N.B. burial entered 12 Sep 1919 Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref 132765, sectI06, index 7S01,
    1st marriage: =Emily TRUBY, his second cousin, d1875 (6 children 1865-1873) ref 16/7
    2nd Marriage: C1877 Gravesend=Mary Pearl BURROWS, of Old Charlton, Kent b1843 Calcutta d A1898 Lambeth (ref17/8;31/9) (5 children 1879 -1885) d 21 February 1898 @ St Thomas's Home
    15 Clarendon Villas, 245 Barry Rd Camberwell; Surrey; 103 Lansdowne Rd, Old Charlton
    3rd Marriage:B1899 Greenwich=Mary Lawrence IRVINE bc 1842 Stepney ref 19/1, (no children)
  • 1B>AHenry Alfred (Harry) BUMPUS, bank clerk, 1865 Islington ref16/7;17/8;1
    15 Clarendon Villas, Barry Rd Camberwell; Surrey; Charlton
    D1903 Reigate=Florence Edith BURROWS bc 1865-1872 d1937
    Arrived @ Ellis Island from Liverpool on board the 'Umbria' 1 Sep 1906 and on the 'Campania' 9 Oct 1909. Believed to have settled permanently in Plainfield, New Jersey.

1BCharles Edward BUMPUS bc1867 dB1869 Hackney, bur 27 May 1869 ref043651, Sect107, Index 2S02,

15 Clarendon Villas, Barry Rd Camberwell; Surrey; Charlton

1B>BThomas Truby BUMPUS, clerk>bank manager, b1869 Dalston d of a fever 1 Aug 1905 of Saigon, Cochin, China, (Admons 1906 to Thomas King Bumpus, bank cashier)
at absent grandparent's house in 1881: 17 Cobham St, Gravesend, Kent; 26 Dunsmure Rd, Hackney
1B>CArthur Cecil BUMPUS, bank/mercantile clerk, twin brother of Emily Mary, B1872Hackney/Kingsland
15 Clarendon Villas, Barry Rd Camberwell; Surrey; Charlton and boarder at Hanover Sq.
1st Marriage C1899 Woolwich=Clara Mary WARD d 28 Mar 1902 Stone, KENT, reg A1902 Dartford, (Admons 1902 Probate to husband)
2nd marriage C1909 Wandsworth=Harriet 'Maude' Effie MORRIS b1884, d1973>Geoffrey

1BEmily Mary (Emy) BUMPUS, infirmary nurse, twin sister of Arthur Cecil, d unmarried 19 Jan 1927 @ Hanwell Mental Hospital, Hanwell, MDX (WILL 1927 Probate to Arthur Cecil BUMPUS, bank official) burial entered 25 Jan @ Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref 145595, Sect 106, Index 7S12, 
15 Clarendon Villas, Barry Rd Camberwell; Surrey; Ryde IOW; 103 Lansdowne Rd, Old Charlton, KENT
1BKate Ethel BUMPUS/AS, district nurse, D1873Hackney/Stoke Newingtonref17/8;31/9;46/1
d unmarried 1 May 1935 @ 1 Highbury Terrace, Highbury MDX (WILL 1935 Probate to Arthur Cecil BUMPUS, retired bank official),
15 Clarendon Villas, 245 Barry Rd Camberwell; boarder in Paddington; 92a Alexandra Rd, Hampstead
1BElizabeth Pearl BUMPUS 1879Gravesendref17/8;31/9;1
15 Clarendon Villas, Barry Rd Camberwell; Paddington; 92a Alexandra Rd, Hampstead, MDX
1B>DGerald William BUMPUS, insurance clerk, drowned at sea, D1881Camberwell/Dulwichref31/9;1 Charlton
Arrived @ Ellis Island 21 Dec1911 on the 'Philadelphia' from Southampton
1BMabel BUMPUS bc1882/3,died A1883 Camberwell,
1B>E Bernard Ebenezer BUMPUS, engineer's apprentice/engineer, Military Motor Cyclists Corps, No 7848, Corporal; 2nd Lt, 12th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers, B1883 Camberwell/Dulwich ref17/8;31/9;1
d 3 Jul1916 France, Thiepval Memorial Somme (WILL 1916 - probate to Arthur Cecil BUMPUS bank clerk), son of Thomas King BUMPUS, merchant's assistant/banker's cashier, b 1839 Witney d 22 Jan 1919 (WILL),
1st marriage: =Emily Sarah TRUBY, his second cousin, d1875, burial entered 23 Oct Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref057728, Sect I07 Index 2S10 (6 children 1865-1873)
495 Kingsland Road, Hackney; 10 The Green Woodford
2nd Marriage: C1877 Gravesend=Mary Pearl BURROWS, of Old Charlton, Kent b1843 Calcutta d A1898 Lambeth (ref17/8;31/9) (5 children 1879 -1885) d 21 February 1898 @ St Thomas's Home
15 Clarendon Villas, 245 Barry Rd Camberwell; Surrey; 103 Lansdowne Rd, Old Charlton
3rd Marriage:B1899 Greenwich=Mary Lawrence IRVINE bc 1842 Stepney ref 19/1, (no children)
Clarendon Villas, 245 Barry Rd, Camberwell etc
1B>FJohn Gerald BUMPUS, 1885Dulwich ref31/9;1, d 1949,
= Mary PEAL > John = Gladys WHITE in 1916> Bernard who was born in 10 May 1921 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He died 1 October 2004. His obituary is in The Times.,,60-1326854,00.html
1BGrace Dorothy BUMPUS, nurse,D1889Camberwell/Dulwich/Stoke Newington ref31/9;1

SUMMARY John Bumpus b 1841 (Family 1C)>7 known children

1A>CJohn BUMPUS, commission agent/M/C Warehouseman, C1841 Witney ref21/8;22/9;13/1
d 12 Mar 1920 (WILL 1920 Probate to Samuel Thomas Adams BUMPUS, bank of England clerk), Manchester warehouseman,  
D1869 Hackney=Alice Sarah ADAMS bc1842 London, MDX (ref21/8;22/9;13/1) d/bur 4 Dec 1917 Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref 128948, SectK08, Index 6S10
Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Alexandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London; 26 New Road, Hornsey.



  • 1CJessie Adams BUMPUS b reg B1871 Hackney/Dalstonref10/7;21/8;22/9;12 Sandringham Rd Hackney;Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Alexandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London; 26 New Road, Hornsey.
    = B1899 Edmonton
    Grange Road, Finchley, MDX
  • 1CAlice S. BUMPUS c1873 London ref21/8;22/9;31/1    10Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Alexandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London; 26 New Road, Hornsey.
  • 1C>AJohn Ernest BUMPUS C1872Chorlton Manchester ref21/8;
    Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Alexandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London
  • 1C>BCharles Alder BUMPUS, commercial traveller (cotton), A1876 Croydonref21/8;22/9;32/1
    d/bur 25 Sep 1937 Southend, (Admons) 
    C1902 Edmonton ESS=Lydia MABEY
    Grange Road, Finchley; Pee Tor, Orchell Dr, Hadleigh, ESS; Putney
  • 1CMaggie M. BUMPUS c1878/9 Londonref21/8;22/9;13/1
    Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Alexandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London; 26 New Road, Hornsey.
  • 1C???Nellie May BUMPUS D1881Barnet/Woofword, ref19/8;2/9;17/1

    Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Alexandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London;
  • 1C>CSamuel Thomas Adams BUMPUS, Bank of England clerk, A1883Barnet ref 13/1
    Grange Road, Finchley, MDX; 583 Al exandra Park Rd, Wood Green MDX + 42 Bow Lane, London; 26 New Road, Hornsey.
    29 Springfield Avenue, Wood Green


SUMMARY Jane King Bumpus b 1845 (Family 1A>?)>no known children
1AJane King BUMPUS, c1845 Witney ref19/7;19/8;31/9
spinster in 1905, burial entered 27 May 1929 Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref150012 sect I06, index 7S14, daughter of John BUMPUS bap 27 Mar 1814 Combe OXF tailor, d/bur 11 Apr 1876 reg B1876 Hackney (WILL), (D1838) 15 Nov 1838 All Souls, Marylebone = Mary KING b1818 St Pancras d 14 Mar 1905 (WILL 1905 Probate to Jane King BUMPUS, spinster) ref 31/9
495 Kingsland Rd, Hackney;10 The Green Woodford ESS
SUMMARY William Henry Bumpus b 1846 (Family 1D)>8 known children
1A>DWilliam Henry BUMPUS C1846 Witney ref9/7;19/8;2/9;17/1
d 17 Jan 1920 25 @ Mowbray Rd, Cricklewood, cremated Golder's Green, (Admons 1920 Probate to Alfred William BUMPUS, civil engineer), stocks & share broker,
D1871 Hackney/Witney?=Elizabeth Ann ROBSON bc1846/7 Peckham Rye, SURREY(ref19/8;2/9;17/1) d 10 July 1926 Ruira, Kenya Colony
10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood, LND; 148 Walm Lane Cricklewood, MDX; 8 Park Hill Rd, Beckenham KENT
  • 1DEdith Gertrude BUMPUS C1872Hackney ref 2/9
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood LND
    B1900 Bromley, 18 June 1900 St Mary's Church, Shortlands, Kent,=Henry BILLINGSHURST bc1875 Blackheath, Lewisham, d 1954 Burnham on Crouch> Mary F, b1900-1977, Lewis Rhodes, b1902
    Sumatra Road, Hampstead.Essendon, Burnham on Crouch.
  • 1D>AWilliam Henry T BUMPUS D1872Kensingtonref 18/1
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood, LND; 148 Walm Lane Cricklewood, MDX; 8 Park Hill Rd, Beckenham KENT?Kensington A1897=Annie Maud FAREBROTHER bc1872 Kensington ref 18/1
  • 1D>BFrancis Henry BUMPUS, stocks and shares broker, ?7057 East African Pay Corps; Lieutenant East African Labour CorpsA1876 Hackney
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood, LND; 148 Walm Lane Cricklewood, MDX; 8 Park Hill Rd, Beckenham KENT
    B1901 Camberwell=Mabel ADAMS

children: Phillis Annie B1902 Bromley; William Francis Henry Cecil b reg A1904 Bromley; ?Robert John; ?Arthur


  • 1D>CLeslie Rider BUMPUS, stock broker's clerk, Lt, 6th Bty. 2nd Bde, Australian Field Artillery, C1883
    West Ham
    New Wanstead, ESSref19/8;1d 22 Jul 1917 Belgium, Reninghelst New Military Cemetery Belgium,
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood, LND; 148 Walm Lane Cricklewood, MDX; 8 Park Hill Rd, Beckenham KENT
  • 1DElla May/Maude BUMPUS ?  May be confusion re 2 women of similar names and same birth yearD1881Barnet
    Woodford ref19/8;2/9;17/1

    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood, LND; 148 Walm Lane Cricklewood, MDX; 8 Park Hill Rd, Beckenham KENT
  • 1DDora Mildred BUMPUS B1889Bromley
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood, LND; 148 Walm Lane Cricklewood, MDX; 8 Park Hill Rd, Beckenham KENT; Weston super mare
  • 1D>DAlfred William BUMPUS, civil engineer, c1874 Dalston ref19/8;9
    =Mary Elizabeth d 18 Feb 1926 at 19 Hendon Lane, Finchley, bur Hendon Park cemetery, (WILL 1926 Probate to Alfred William BUMPUS, civil engineer)
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood; Student boarder at Darlington House, Eastbourne SSX; 42 Arden Rd, Finchley, MDX
  • 1DMiriam Grace BUMPUS 1878 Woodford ref19/8;28/1
    10 The Green, Woodford; 45 Fordwych Rd, Cricklewood,; Beckenham KEN; Hornsey
SUMMARY James Bumpus b c1849 (Family 1E)>5 known children
1A>EJames BUMPUS, Inspector to Life Assnce Socy,A1849 Witney ref9/7;20/8;32/9
 d 21 Mar 1893 reg A1893 Hackney (Admons 1893- probate to wife), burial entered 25 Mar at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, ref089928, SectI06, Index4S02, Inspector to Life Assnce Socy,
A1876 Edmonton=Edith Alma BROWN bc1855 Bethnal Green, MDX d 12 Jan 1933 (WILL); (ref20/8;32/9;11/1)
5 The Green Terrace, Woodford, ESS; d at 26 Dunsmure Rd, Stamford Hill, MDX; 12 Clifton Avenue, Finchley


  • 1EEllen Mary BUMPUS B1877 Hackney
    Dalston ref20/8;11/1
    5 The Green Terrace, Woodford; Camberwell
  • 1E.AFrederick (?Frank) James BUMPUS, insurance clerk/gent, c1878/9 Woodford Greenref20/8;32/9;11/1
    5 The Green Terrace, Woodford, ESS; (26 Dunsmure Rd, Stamford Hill, MDX; 12 Clifton Avenue, Finchley)
  • 1E>BStanley George BUMPUS, bc1881 Woodford, d15 May 1956 Barnet Green Hospital, St Mary's Church, Finchley, Private 631461 20th London Regt; bank clerk /company secretary, church warden, 5 The Green Terrace, Woodford, ESS; 26 Dunsmure Rd, Stamford Hill, MDX; 12 Clifton Avenue, Finchley; Camberwell
  • 1E>CHarold Arthur BUMPUS, insurance/bank clerk, c1884/5Woodford Greenref32/9;11/1
    5 The Green Terrace, Woodford, ESS; (26 Dunsmure Rd, Stamford Hill, MDX; 12 Clifton Avenue, Finchley); Camberwell
  • 1E>DDonald BUMPERS  c1888/9Woodford, ref32/9;1
    5 The Green Terrace, Woodford, ESS; 26 Dunsmure Rd, Stamford Hill, MDX; 12 Clifton Avenue, Finchley
    =Laura Mary QUAIFE
    ?Son Donald, 19/1/1946 =Winifred Willison SIMMONDS d 16 July 1966, Felixstowe
SUMMARY Mary Bumpus b 1855 (Family 1F)>?children
1A>FMary BUMPUS aka BUMPIRS ?bc1855 Witney ref45/1