The lives of Wilhelmina Sophia Garsia, James Waddell (Boyd) and their descendants.
The list below summarises Wilhelmina’s branch of the family tree. The numbers on the left give the generation number with Wilhelmina Sophia and James number one. Note that between 1857 and 1858 James Waddell, confusingly for us genealogists, changed his name to James Waddell Boyd (sometimes hyphenated). To reduce the need to repeat the rather long names I use initials as indicated. Details of all the individuals mentioned are given in the later section along with references to the sources of information. A major event in the life of this branch of the family was to inherit a substantial fortune on the death (1872) of Catherine Waddell Boyd the first cousin (cousin-german) of James Waddell Boyd.
1 Wilhelmina Sophia GARSIA (WSG) b. 25 Jun 1832 d. 22 Jan. 1900
m. James WADDELL (BOYD) (JW) b. circa 1816 m. 6 Nov. 1856 d. 26 Sep 1888
2 Catherine Helena WADDELL (BOYD) (CHWB) b. 29 Oct. 1857 d. 8 Feb 1935
m. Charles Tatton TURNER (CTT) b. circa 1847, m. 11 Sep. 1889
2 Mary WADDELL BOYD (MWB) b. 7 Aug. 1859 d. 28 May 1943
m. Edward Arthur SALWEY (EAS) b. 26 Mar 1865 m. 20 Sep 1888
3 Ruth Blanche SALWEY (RBS) b. 6 Jun 1889 d. 24 July 1979
2 James Thomas WADDELL BOYD (JTWB) b. 23 Apr 1861 d. 27 Nov. 1901
2 Wilhelmina Jane WADDELL BOYD (WJWB) b. 28 June 1865 d. circa 1938
m. John Colin MATHESON (JCM) b. circa 1869 m. 13 Sep. 1892
2 Helen Butter WADDELL BOYD (HBWB) b. 30 Aug. 1867 d. 28 Jul. 1961
4 Rachael Cumming WADDELL b. 7 Dec. 1807 Jamaica d. 22 Apr. 1826 Jamaica
3 Janet WADDELL b. circa 1748
3 Elizabeth WADDELL b. 24 Feb. 1745 Dumfries
3 Peter WADDELL b. circa 1765 d. 1794 Jamaica
3 Jane WADDELL b. circa 1755
m. Thomas BOYD b. circa 1753 m. 30 Oct. 1782 Edinburgh d. 24 Mar. 1822
4 Catherine WADDELL BOYD (CWB) b. circa 1801, d. 4 Apr.1872.
4 James WADDELL BOYD b. 3 Jan. 1787 Dumfries.
3 Katherine WADDELL b. 5 Jun. 1746 Dumfries. d. 26 Jun. 1818 Royal Exchange, Edinburgh.
3 William WADDELL b. 1 Jun 1755 Dumfries
2 John (1) WADDELL b. _____ d. in childhood
2 Elizabeth WADDELL b. _____ d. in childhood
2 Mary WADDELL b. 20 Mar. 1720 Dumfries d. in childhood
2 Robert WADDELL b. _____ d. in childhood
2 John (2) WADDELL b. _____ d. in childhood
2 Sarah WADDELL b. 12 Mar 1727 Dumfries
Time line for this branch of the family identifying significant dates, events and locations.
Circa 1800Catherine Waddell Boyd is born.
Circa 1816James Waddell born in Jamaica.
Before 1822Catherine Waddell Boyd’s brother died leaving her as the only child of Thomas Boyd.
22 Sep. 1822Thomas Boyd (father of Catherine Waddell Boyd) died.
25 Jun. 1832Wilhelmina Sophia Garsia born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1851 censusNo Garsias listed in either Scotland or England.
6 Nov. 1856WSG and JW married in London.
29 Oct. 1857Catherine Helena Waddell (Boyd) (CHWB) is born at 27 Forth Street, Edinburgh.
Between 1857 and 58JW changed his name to Waddell Boyd.
7 Aug. 1859Mary Waddell Boyd (MWB) is born at 27 Forth Street, Edinburgh.
23 April 1861James Thomas Waddell Boyd is born at 27 Forth St., Edinburgh.
1861 censusWSG, JW, CHWB and MWB living at 27 Forth Street, Edinburgh. (Also Adelaide Sarah Garsia).
28 Jun. 1865Wilhelmina Jane Waddell Boyd is born at 1 Coburg Place, Perth.
31 Aug. 1867Helena Butter Waddell-Boyd is born at 1 Coburg Place, Perth.
1871 censusWSG, JW, CHWB, MWB, JTWB, WJWB and HBWB living at 1 Coburgh Place, Perth.
1871 censusCatherine Waddell Boyd living at Nellfield age given as 70.
1872 Apr. 4Catherine Waddell Boyd died at Nellfield, Burntisland, Fife.
1881 censusWSG, JW, CHWB, MWB, WJWB and HBWB living at No. 4, Paragon, Clifton, Bristol, close to other members of the family,
1888 3rd quarterJW died.
1888 Sep. 20 WMB married Edward Arthur Salwey RN at Portsea.
1889 Sep. 11CHWB married Charles Tatton Turner (CTT) RN aged 42 in Sussex.
1889 Jun 6Ruth Blanche Salwey (RBS) was born in Greenwich.
1891 censusWSG, CHWB (now Turner), WJWB and HBWB living at No. 26 Lennox Road, Portsea, Portsmouth. This is near where SAM was living in 1881.
1891 censusMWB (now Salwey) with husband EAS and daughter RBS living at 19 Elphistone Place, Portsmouth.
1892 Sep. 13WJWB married John Colin Matheson (JCM) (Royal Engineers) in Sussex.
1897 Jul. 28CCT retired from Navy rank of captain (£400 a year).
1900 Jan. 22WSG died at Lennox Road, Portsea.
1901 censusHBWB, MWB (Salwey), RBS, CHWB (Turner), CTT and WJWB living at No. 26 Lennox Road, Portsea, Portsmouth.
1901 censusWJWB and JCM living at Gillingham, Kent.
1901 Nov. 27JTWB died at Gillingham, Kent.
Circa 1925HBWB and Matheson buy Carlton which became the family home.
After 1905Salwey family move between England and Paris (4 rue Clavel)
1931 Dec. 21CCT died at Lymington, Hampshire. He leaves his estate (£3700) to CHWB.
Before 1935CHWB a widow living at Lymington, Hampshire.
1935 Feb. 8CHWB died at Carlton, Fareham.
1926 Apr. 26JCM retired from army.
1937 Jan. 27JCM died at Carlton, Fareham leaving his estate (£2000?) to WJWB.
During WW2Salwey family interned in France by the Germans.
1943 May 28MWB died at 4 rue Clavel, Paris leaving her estate (£1300) to RBS.
1961 Jul.28HBWB died leaving her estate (£90,000) to RBS.
1979 Jul. 24RBS died at 26 Osborn Road, Fareham leaving her estate (£42,000) to a friend called Ethel Gray who is a mystery but described by Ruth as her ‘adopted daughter’.
With Ruth’s death this branch of the family died out with £42,000!!.
Detailed family history.
[Many of the of the sources referred to below include mention of (DOCxxx) and (00Mar31.doc)
etc. These are reference numbers to my own notes, often consisting of copies of official records, which are not published here.]
Wilhelmina Sophia Garsia (WSG) was the second child of Sarah Ann Melhado (SAM) and her husband Aaron Garsia (AG). Her baptism is listed in the transcripts of the Anglican Church records of Kingston, Jamaica which also gives her date of birth as 25 June 1832 but baptised two years later (as seems to have been common for girls) on 18 August 1834 and at the same time as their first daughter Adelaide Sarah and son Willoughby Marston. We have no record of her childhood but she probably grew up in Kingston until she was sixteen when her father died. For the next decade again we have no information about her till she appears in a rather confusing IGI record for Edinburgh reporting her birth in 1837(!) (although also correctly in a second record) and marriage to James Waddell Boyd (JW) about 1858. While useful in alerting us of her presence in Scotland this IGI record is misleading. A check of the Scottish births records showed no one of that name listed. The church record of their marriage at the Trinity Church in Paddington parish shows that JW called himself James Waddell (i.e. before he changed his name to Waddell Boyd) and that the wedding was attended by Wilhelmina’s mother SAM. It is also worth noting that her father’s name is given as Aaron Garsia (deceased). This is the only time we have found his proper name being used in the UK on official documents. Also there is an announcement of her marriage in the Times of London for 10 November 1856. The system of civil registration had not started in 1856 (it started on 1 July 1857) so there is no record of their wedding in the G.R.O. Index.
At some stage after their marriage they must have moved to 27 Forth Street, Edinburgh (A house belonging to JW’s cousin Catherine Waddell Boyd – see her will) where on 29 October 1857 their daughter Catherine Helena Waddell Boyd (CHWB) was born. Also in Edinburgh their daughter Mary was born. Her birth certificate shows that Boyd, Mary Waddell (MWB) was born on 7 August 1859 at 27 Forth Street, Edinburgh . The 1861 census return shows James and Wilhelmina with their two children and Adelaide Garsia Wilhelmina’s sister all living with four servants (one of whom Elizabeth McLean, aged 62 was born in Jamaica). In the same year their son James Thomas (JTWB) was born. His birth record shows that he was born on 23 April 1861 at the same address as his sister Mary. Forth Street is not far from Albany Street where their aunt Adelaide was living in 1862. Between 1861 and 1865 the family moved from Edinburgh to Perth where two further daughters Wilhelmina Jane Waddell-Boyd (WJWB) and Helena Butter Waddell-Boyd (HBWB) were born. WJWB’s birth record shows that she was born on the 28th of June 1865 at 1 Coburg Place, Perth. The birth record for HBWB gives her date of birth to be 31st August 1867 and at the same address. The family with two servants is recorded in the 1871 census living at 1 Coburgh Place.
By 1881 they had moved to be closer to other members of the Garsia family in Clifton, Bristol. The census returns show them living at number 4, Paragon, Clifton. JW is recorded as head of the household, with his wife WSG. Their four daughters are still living with them but their son who would have been twenty years old is not listed. He appears in the Army Lists for the year 1880 as a 2nd lieutenant (see below). The GRO deaths index for JW shows that he died in the September quarter of 1888 at the age of 72 in Portsea. The family is in the 1891 census living in Portsea (very near where WSG’s mother SAM was living in 1881) but this time WSG is marked as ‘head of family’, a widow, aged 56 and living on own means. CHWB, WJWB and HBWB are still living with her but not MWB and with only CHWB marked as married and with the name Catherine Turner. In addition there is Sophie Turner, a visitor aged 29 and three servants. The 1891 census also shows Mary (MWB) married to Edward A. Salwey and living at 19 Elphistone Place, Portsmouth with their daughter Ruth (RBS). On 13 September 1892 WSG was a witness at the wedding of her daughter WJWB to John Colin Matheson in the parish church of Pulborough, Sussex (see below for details). Her death certificate shows that she died on 22 January 1900 aged 65 years, widow of James Waddell-Boyd, Colonel 56th Regiment. The informant of her death was her son-in-law Charles Turner of Heathcote, Lymington, Hants. Her will shows that probate was granted to her executrices Catherine Helena Turner (CHWB) and Mary Salwey (MWB) on 6 March 1900. In her will WSG leaves her estate, valued at almost £3,000, but presumably includes the Waddell-Boyd money passed to her by her late husband, for the use of her unmarried daughter HBWB till such time as she marries and then to divide it among the survivors of her five children. Her will was dated 17 August 1899 and witnessed in Southsea. At some stage before she died she had her portrait painted which we were able to find hanging in the upstairs sitting room of the house in Fareham where her daughters lived till they died. By 1901 the census shows only her daughters HBWB, MWB and CHWB living at the family address above.
The following table summarises the family tree of James WADDELL who was Wilhelmina’s husband’s great grandfather.
1 James WADDELL
m. Elizabeth ROBINSON
2 William WADDELL b. circa 1712 Dumfries. d. 3 Apr. 1781 Dumfries
m. Jean BUTTER m. 8 Apr. 1744 Dumfries.
3 James WADDELL b. circa 1760 d. 1826 Jamaica
m. Mary-Dunbar CUMMING d. 1826 Jamaica
4 James WADDELL b. circa 1816 Jamaica d. 26 Sep 1888 Southsea, Hampshire.
m. Wilhelmina Sophia GARSIA m. 6 Nov. 1856 London, England b. 25 Jun 1832 Kingston, Jamaica d. 22 Jan. 1900
James Waddell (Boyd) (JW).
The best information we have about his birth comes from the census return (referenced above) which shows that in1881 he was 59 years old (making his birth year 1822) and was born in Jamaica, West Indies. There is also a date obtainable from a report he made to the War Office on his marriage which leads to a birth date of 1816 (see note below). The age given on the record of his death also leads to a birth date of 1816 (see below for details). It has not been possible to find a record of his birth in the Jamaican records held by the Mormons. The Army Lists show that he joined the 56th (The West Essex) Regiment of Foot as an Ensign on 3 Feb. 1836. At this stage he was known as James Waddell. His promotions are recorded in editions up to 1860-61 when he becomes known as James Waddell-Boyd Major, 10 Oct 1858, Half pay 14th Regiment of Foot, Staff Officer for Pensioners. In the 1870 edition he appears in the list of officers in receipt of unattached pay. He is located in Perth and has the rank of Lt. Col. This continues to 1880 by which time he has risen to be a colonel retired on full pay (Captain) [This probably means he had the pay of a captain despite having the more senior honorary rank]. A search for his service record revealed only a record of his marriage prepared for the War Office. After the death of his cousin Catherine W-B in 1872 he moved into the house Nellfield in Burntisland, Fife which he inherited from her although as noted above by the 1881 census he had moved with his family to Bristol. The GRO records show that he died in the last quarter of 1888, his will gives the date 26 Sep. 1888. James W-B’s will from The National Archives of Scotland consists of two documents one of which is the will and the other an itinerary listing his estate mostly shares and including a list of those he held in trust from his cousin the late Mrs Catherine Waddell Boyd of Nellfield, Burntisland. In his will he leaves his estate valued at about £3,500 to his wife; his children having been provided for under the will of Mrs Catherine Waddell Boyd.
Second and third generations.
Children of Wilhelmina Sophia Waddell Boyd (née Garsia) and James Waddell (Boyd):
1. Catherine Helena, b. Edinburgh 29 October 1857, m. 11 September 1889 Charles Tatton Turner, d. 8 February 1935 at Fareham.
2. Mary, b. Edinburgh 7 August 1859, m. 20 September 1888 Edward Arthur Salwey, d. 28 May 1943 in Paris. Daughter: Ruth Blanche Salwey, b. 6 June 1889, d. 24 July 1979 at Fareham.
3. James Thomas, b. Edinburgh 23 April 1861, d. 27 November 1901 in Gillingham, Kent.
4. Wilhelmina Jane, b. Perth 28 June 1865, m. John Colin Matheson 13 September 1892, d. 1937 in Fareham.
5. Helen Butter b. Perth 30 August 1867, d. 28 July 1961 in Fareham.
Catherine Helena Waddell (Boyd) (CHWB).
There is a record (see above for the reference) of her birth on 29 October 1857 in Edinburgh. As already noted she appears with her parents on the 1861 and 1871 censuses in Edinburgh and Perth and then in the 1881 census return for Clifton, Bristol also with the rest of her family.
In her marriage to CTT on 11 September 1889 in the Apuldram parish church, Sussex, he is described as Commander R.N. aged 42 years. In the certificate her age is given as 25 years while it was actually 32. There is also a record of her marriage in CTT’s Naval Service Record (see notes below on CTT). As noted above she is recorded in the 1891 and 1901 censuses returns living in Portsea, Hampshire with her widowed mother (1891 only) and sisters at 26 Lennox Road where she is listed under her married name Catherine Turner. Thus it appears that after eleven years of marriage no children have been born. It may be that she moved with her sisters to their house in Fareham especially if CTT was away at sea. Fareham would be convenient if his ship put into Portsmouth from time to time. Together with her husband CTT she moved to Moreton House, Lymington, Hampshire probably when he retired from the navy in 1897(see notes for CTT below). At some stage after CTT’s death in 1931 she may have moved back in with her other sisters in Fareham. Her will shows that she died on 8 February 1935, at age 78 years, at Arlington Nursing Home, Fareham. She is described as Catherine Helena Turner of Mapleton, Lymington, Hampshire, a widow. Probate was granted to JCM and RBS on 27 March 1935. The stated net value of her estate is £2585-8s-9d.
Charles Tatton Turner
CTT was born in the third quarter of 1847 at Swanage, Dorset. According to his service record he joined the navy as a naval cadet on 11 September 1860 and served on various ships rising to Midshipman on 7 March 1862, Sub-lieutenant on 5 December 1866, Lieutenant on 27 December 1870 and Commander 4 July 1888. On 11 September 1889 he married Catherine Helena Waddell-Boyd in Apuldram parish church, Sussex as already noted. They appear not to have had any children (none is listed living with them in the 1901 census). He retired due to age on 28 July 1897 with a captain’s rank and pay of £400 a year and died on 21 December 1931. His will confirms the date and that he died at Moreton House, Lymington, Hampshire. Probate was granted to his widow Catherine Helena Turner (there is a note to say that in the will she is referred to as Catherine Wilhelmina Turner) of Moreton House as above on 4 April 1935. The net value of his estate was £3697-15s-6d. In the will dated 17 March 1909 at Lymington he appoints his wife the sole Executor. He leaves his estate to his wife for her lifetime and then to the children of his brother Arthur Whichcote Turner – another indication that he had no children of his own.
Mary Waddell Boyd
Mary’s (MWB) birth record (referenced already above) shows that she was born in Edinburgh on 7 August 1859. Presumably she moved to Perth with her parents where her two sisters were born (1865 and 1867). Fifteen years later in the 1881 census returns (like the 1861 and 1871 censuses already referenced above) she is listed as unmarried and living in Clifton, Bristol with her parents and sisters. On 20 Sep. 1888 she married Edward Arthur Salwey (EAS) a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy at Portsea where presumably her parents had moved (1891 census already referenced above). The 1891 census also records Mary and Arthur Salwey at a different address in Portsea and with a daughter Ruth aged 1 year born in Greenwich, Kent. In the 1901 census (already referenced above) she is listed living at 26 Lennox Road, Portsmouth with her sisters and daughter Ruth but no husband who was probably away with the navy. She is marked as married and ‘living on her own means’. Ruth is the only child listed and, as emerges later, the only one to be born to them. After her husband (EAS) left the Navy and the Coast Guard service in January 1905 the family moved between Paris and England. They seemed to regard their house at 4 rue Clavel in Paris as their real home. During WW2 MWB with her husband and daughter was interned by the German authorities first at Besançon (6 December 1940 to 7 March 1941) and later were under house arrest at 4 rue Clavel till the end of the war. Her will shows that she died there on 28 May 1943, before the end of WW2. Probate was granted to her daughter RBS of Carlton, Fareham, Hampshire on 6 July 1946. The value of her estate is given as £1290-9s-6d. In her will she appoints RBS to be her Executrix and Trustee. She makes a few legacies and leaves the residue to her daughter Ruth who is directed to pay £100 a year to AES her husband for the rest of his life but without setting up a trust. The will is dated November 1938.
Edward Arthur Salwey.
There is a website providing details of the genealogy of this family. It gives Edward Arthur Salwey’s birth date as 26 March 1865, confirmed by his service record, and shows his marriage to Mary Waddell Boyd. His naval service record gives details of his career of which the following is a summary. He joined the Navy on 15 July 1878 at the age of 13 years as a naval cadet. Over the first ten years of his service he had a series of glowing reports from his senior officers culminating in a recommendation that he be given early promotion. He was made midshipman on 20 February 1881, promoted to sub-lieutenant on 20 February 1885, Lieutenant on 20 February 1887 and Commander on 31 December 1899. On 31 March 1905 he was placed on the retirement list on his own request. On 29 March 1899 he was responsible for an accident to a torpedo boat ‘due to a grave error not to be expected from an Officer of his experience’. In July 1904 he was reported for ‘conduct in sheet preaching and distributing tracts to Catholics causing disturbance in Kinscle. Placed on half pay by Board Order 18 July 1904. Granted permission to proceed to France and informed that officers whether active or retired are not to proceed abroad without first obtaining permission from the Admiralty’.
After he left the navy the story of his life is reported on by his daughter RBS in her biography of her father ‘The Beloved Commander’. From this it appears that he devoted the rest of his life to ‘saving souls’ in the UK as well as France, Spain, Italy and Ireland where he regularly got into trouble with the authorities and as a result spent periods in jail. It is not clear what his wife WJWB thought of this but his daughter RBS seems to have supported him but without the same dedication. He appears to have been a religious fanatic. When the Second World War started he chose to stay in Paris and was interned along with his wife and daughter first at Besançon (6 December 1940 to 7 March 1941) and then under house arrest at their home in Paris. MWB died there on 28 May 1943 before the war ended. EAS and RBS returned to the UK for a few years but returned to Paris at his request in January 1949 where EAS died on 2 May 1949. His death on 2 May 1949 at 4 rue Clavel, Paris was announced in the Times. His will confirms the date and place of his death. Probate was granted to the solicitors acting for RBS on 5 August 1950. The value of his estate is given as £876-2s-9d. The will includes a codicil. He appointed RBS to be executrix gives four legacies and leaves the residue to RBS.
Ruth Blanche Salwey (RBS) was born in Greenwich, Kent of parents MWB and EAS in the third quarter of 1889. A few years later she is recorded in Portsea with her parents in the 1891 census returns as already noted. Ten years later she is listed in the 1901 census returns living with her mother and aunts in Portsmouth. Most of the later information we have about her comes from her book which is a biography about her father but includes much about herself. At the beginning of the twentieth century her father had been moved from the Navy to the Coast Guard Service and located in the north east of England. In 1905 he retired from the Coast Guards and moved to Ireland to carry on his work in ‘saving souls’. It is not clear if RBS, who would be about 16, and her mother went with him. It is probably about this time that Ruth went through her ‘literary phase’ in London. She talks of “A series of spiritual ups and owns, a series of harassing reverses following a passion for writing – journalism, verse, etc. — the entry into a semi-professional literary set in London, which entailed many late nights with club dinners and lectures, coloured this period, and the thirst for the artistic and beautiful, the mystical and idealistic side of life made me an ardent and zealous Anglo-Catholic (a High Church Anglican group which emphasizes its Catholic tradition) for three years”. During WW1 she had worked in a London Red Cross hospital. About 1921 she moved with her parents to Brittany, France for a couple of years before settling in rue Clavel in Paris. Each summer they returned to London (probably to 10 Finchley Road) for six months. During this period her father continued with his evangelical work and it is not clear if Ruth helped or not. There is no evidence that she was quite as fanatical as he was. Although they were in England when WW2 broke out in September 1939 the family returned to their home in Paris. When the German army reached Paris they were interned in Besançon (south east of Paris) from 6 December 1940 to 7 March 1941 when they were allowed to return to their home in Paris but were under house arrest. Ruth became involved in the French resistance and was instrumental in saving Jews, blacks and allied airmen from the Germans. For this work she was recognised by being awarded a medal. This is pictured on a website with her identity card but no information about where it came from or who awarded it. Her mother died in Paris during the war and after it she and her father returned to London where his physical condition deteriorated and at his wish she took him back to their home in Paris to die which happened on 2 May 1949. She must have returned to England some time after that and may have lived with her aunts in Fareham which is the address given in the grant of probate for the will of her aunt Helen Butter Waddell-Boyd who died on 28 July 1961. By the terms of the will she inherited the house in Fareham where presumably she lived after her aunt’s death. Also by the terms of the will she inherited the Waddell-Boyd fortune including the family pictures and miniatures. Joy and I visited Fareham and were able to see the portrait of WSWB which was hanging in an up-stairs sitting room of 26 Osborn Road. I took a rather poor photograph of it. I did a search for her will at the Probate Office and found it giving me her death date as 24 July 1979 aged 90. She died at ‘Carlton’, 26 Osborn Road, Fareham. On another visit to Fareham on 11 August 2005 Joy and I made contact with John Coghlan who was able to tell us that Col. John Matheson, his wife Wilhelmina, Helen Waddell-Boyd and her sister Catherine were all buried in the church yard of Holy Trinity, Fareham. He also said that Ruth Salwey whom he remembered well was buried in the Wickham Road Cemetery, Fareham. The head stones of the graves in Holy Trinity had been removed and used to pave the drive to the front door of the church. In her will RBS leaves a large number of legacies and bequests; the residue of her estate to Ethel Gray whom she describes in her book as her ‘adopted daughter’. Ethel Gray is something of a mystery.
It seems that the house Carlton (now Bishopsgrove) was bought by HBWB and JCM in 1925 and sold to the next owner in 1981 who sold it to the Church Commissioners in 1995.
James Thomas Waddell Boyd.
His birth certificate (referenced above) gives his name as James Thomas Waddell Boyd born 23 Apr. 1861 at 27 Forth Street, Edinburgh. He missed the 1861 census but is listed in the 1871 census as James T. Waddell-Boyd, a scholar aged 9, with the rest of the family in Perth. He appears in the Army Lists for 1880 as a Second Lieutenant in the Sixth Royal Lancashire Regiment with the date 24 March 1880. I have not searched for his service record. He is not listed in the 1881 census with rest of the family in Clifton, Bristol. By that time he was 20 and probably still in the army or maybe off to the Far East. His father’s will (see above) makes reference to him being in Jahore in 1885 presumably with the army at that stage. On his death record (he died on 27 November 1901 at 11 Kingswood Villas, Gillingham, Kent) the informant is given as J. C. Matheson described as brother-in-law thus confirming his identification. James Thomas is described as a ‘planter’ of 39 years at the time of his death. He died at the home of his sister Helen Butter (HBWB) a few doors from another sister Wilhelmina (WJWB) and her husband (JCM). His will was written on 18 August 1889 in Singapore. In it he leaves his estate to his mother and on her death to his sisters. He appointed Colonel M.C. Garsia and Dr. Willoughby Garsia as executors and trustees. It is interesting that this is the only occasion where reference is made to these members of the wider family in any of the Waddell-Boyd papers. His estate was valued at £730 and his personal estate £663. (See the notes for his mother WSG where reference is made to the will of Catherine Waddell-Boyd his father’s cousin.)
Wilhelmina Jane Waddell Boyd (WJWB)’s birth record (referenced above) shows that she was born on 28 June 1865 at 1 Coburg Place, Perth and was given the name Wilhelmina Jane Waddell Boyd. She is included with the rest of the family in the 1871 census in Perth and in the 1881 census for Clifton, Bristol at 4 Paragon living with her parents and sisters. Similarly in the 1891 census she is recorded living in Portsea/Portsmouth with her widowed mother and sisters. Her marriage certificate shows that she married John Colin Matheson a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 13 September 1892 at Pulborough parish church, Sussex. She is listed with her husband in the 1901 census for Gillingham, Kent with the recorded age of 31 (She was really 36). Her husband is given as John C. Matheson age 31 Captain in the Royal Engineers. There are no children listed with them after nine years of marriage. Her death record shows that she died in the fourth quarter of 1938 and is buried in All Saints Church yard, Fareham. I have not searched for her will.
John Colin Matheson (JCM) was born in the second quarter of 1869. His army service record gives the date as 26 April 1869 at Hampstead, Middlesex.
He joined the Royal Engineers from the Cadet Company as a Second Lieutenant on 17 February 1888. He rose steadily through the ranks becoming a Colonel on 9 April 1920. His will (DOC. 336) confirms the date of death and shows that he died at Carlton, Osbourne Road, Fareham, Hampshire. Probate was granted to his widow Wilhelmina Jean Matheson at Winchester on 20 March 1937. It is not clear from the will how much he left. The net value is given as £940-4s-9d. but there is another amount maybe for which he was responsible as a trustee of £2099-11s-4d.
In the will dated 21 January 1932 at Fareham he leaves all his estate to his wife Wilhelmina Jean and in the event of his wife dying before he does, to Helen Butter Waddell Boyd.
Helen Butter Waddell Boyd (HBWB). Her birth record and her listing in the censuses for 1871 (Perth), 1881 (Perth) and 1891 (Bristol) have all been referenced under her mother’s notes above. In the 1901 census she is listed as ‘Head of the household’ and ‘living on own means’ with two sisters (MWB, CHWB), her niece (RBS) and brother-in-law (CTT) at 26 Lennox Road, Portsmouth presumably on the money her mother left her. Her death on 28 July 1961 (thus aged 94) is reported in the London Gazette. Her will dated 15 November 1956 shows that she died at Carlton, Osbourne Road, Fareham, Hampshire, a wealthy woman with an estate worth just over ninety thousand pounds. Probate was granted to a solicitor and to Ruth Blanche Salwey on 18 December 1961. In the will she appoints her friend Martha McLaughlin Thomas (replaced in a codicil by RBS) and her solicitor to be Executors and Trustees. She gives a number of legacies including one of £100 to Beryl Garsia her cousin and the residue to RBS.