Sunday, 7 August 2016

A London cemetery: BLUMBERG, O'BRIEN and PERRY Families

Are these your ancestors? During my visit to Kensal Green Cemetery in London, I came across two notices. They are notifications of conservation work to some of the monuments in the cemetery which have been listed as heritage buildings. The General Cemetery Company has stated that they attempted to contact the families, but are hoping to find out more information, and are appealing to the public for help.

If you can help, please get in touch. The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery;  c/o The General Cemetery Company;  London W10 4RA UK
Messages & enquiries 07530 676151 (mobile) or fokgc@hotmail.com   

An investigation on the families leads to a little bit more information . . .

General James PERRY and Sir Patrick O'BRIEN

The inscription over the door:
"To the dear loved memory of Sir Patrick O'Brien Bart. M.P. for King's County 1852-1885 D.L. for the City of Dublin JP of King's County who died April 25th 1895. This chapel has been altered and elaborated by his ever sorrowing wife Ida O'Brien RIP."

An obituary in the International Catholic News Weekly:
"The death of SIR PATRICK O'BRIEN, BART., on April 25, is announced. The deceased Baronet was the eldest son of the late Sir Timothy O'Brien, Bart. When the Corporation of Dublin was reformed in 1840, Daniel O'Connell was elected the first Catholic Chief Magistrate of the City since the penal times. Sir Timothy O'Brien was the second, and he was again subsequently elected when it became known that the Queen was to pay her first visit to Ireland. It was on this occasion, 1849, that the honour of a Baronetcy was conferred. He had then been member for Cashel since 1845 and continued such till 1857."

"Sir Patrick was born in 1823, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin, was called-to the Bar in 1844, and elected member for the King's County in 1852. He was 30 years in Parliament. He is succeeded in the title and estate by the well-known cricketer, Mr. Timothy Carew O'Brien, eldest child of the deceased Baronet's second brother Timothy, who married in 1860, Mary, only daughter of the late Mr. Carew O'Dwyer of Orlagh, co. Dublin. The Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday May 2, at St. Mary Magdalene's, Brighton, and the interment took place at Kensal Green Cemetery. R.I.P."

**From the Peerage website:
Sir Patrick O'BRIEN, 2nd Bt. M, #543446, b. 1823, d. 25 April 18951
He was the son of Sir Timothy O'Brien, 1st Bt. and CatherineMurphy
He married Ida Sophia Parlby, daughter of Commander James Parlby, on 29 August 1866.1
He died on 25 April 1895, without issue.
     He graduated with a Master of Arts (M.A.) He was a practising barrister. He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for King's County between 1852 and 1885. He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) He succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet O'Brien, of Merrion Square, Dublin and Borris-in-Ossory, Queen's County [U.K., 1849] on 3 December 1862.

Ida Sophia PARLBY was the daughter of Commander James PARLBY. F, #543447, d. 12 May 1910
She married, firstly, Lt.-Gen. James PERRY before 1866.1
She married, secondly, Sir Patrick O'BRIEN, 2nd Bt., son of Sir Timothy O'BRIEN, 1st Bt. and Catherine MURPHY, on 29 August 1866.

Please contact me if you'd like to have your contact details added to this article. 
Citations:
[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2965. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. 
[S37]  Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.

**From the Gazette:
Major Thomas Sweet, Madras Staff Corps, to rank as Major from 11th March 1863, in succession to Lieutenant-General J. PERRY, Madras Infantry, deceased.

Notice of Intention to Carry Out Works to This Monument at Kensal Green Cemetery.
      English Heritage commissioned a professional condition survey from Odgers Conservation Ltd in 2013 for this and a number of other monuments in the cemetery. This report includes recommended repairs and an indication of cost.
     The General Cemetery Company is now looking to ensure that the necessary conservation works are carried out in line with the report prepared by Odgers. We are working with English Heritage to arrest the decline of this monument and, ideally, to restore it.
      Letters have been sent to the last recorded owner who have legal responsibility for any works undertaken seeking written permission to carry out these works. This notice is part of that process and if contact cannot be made with a current owner The General Cemetery is seeking to make contact with any person who is an heir, executor or who has a family connection with the grave.
     According to our records, General James Perry and Sir Patrick O'Brien were interred in this Mausoleum in 1863 and 1895 respectively.
     We very much hope that you will engage with this project, and see the significant monument to General James Perry and Sir Patrick O'Brien conserved for future generations.
     It is now a Grade II Listed Building in recognition of its architectural and historic importance. It holds a key position in the historic core of this pre-eminent cemetery.
    The mausoleum consists of a chapel with a pitched roof and gabled ends with a door at one end and window to the other. Unfortunately, after years of neglect, this monument is now on the English Heritage Heritage at Risk Register. There are particular concerns about the poor condition of the roof, the covering is missing which has allowed water to damage the stonework and interior and there is some settlement movement.

The Blumberg Family
I was able to find some information on Rootsweb with a possible link to the family:
BLUMBERG, Ludwig Alexander b: ABT 1803 d: 1857 in All Souls, Kensal Green, Kensington, Middlesex, England
BLUMBERG, Nellie Jane b: 5 JAN 1872 in St Luke, Paddington, London, England d: 12 MAR 1872 in All Souls, Kensal Green, Kensington, Middlesex, England

david@highlandnoke.co.ukGardiner Family Tree - posted quite a bit of information which was last updated Jan.2016



Notice of Intention to Carry Out Works to This Monument at Kensal Green Cemetery.
      English Heritage commissioned a professional condition survey from Odgers Conservation Ltd in 2013 for this and a number of other monuments in the cemetery. This report includes recommended repairs and an indication of cost.
     The General Cemetery Company is now looking to ensure that the necessary conservation works are carried out in line with the report prepared by Odgers. We are working with English Heritage to arrest the decline of this monument and, ideally, to restore it.
      Letters have been sent to the last recorder owner who have legal responsibility for any works undertaken seeking written permission to carry out these works. This notice is part of that process and if contact cannot be made with a current owner The General Cemetery is seeking to make contact with any person who is an heir, executor or who has a family connection with the grave.
     According to our records, The Blumberg Family were interred in this Mausoleum in 1857.
     It is now a Grade II Listed Building in recognition of its architectural and historic importance. It holds a key position in the historic core of this pre-eminent cemetery.
     We very much hope that you will engage with this project, and see the significant monument to The Blumberg Family conserved for future generations.

If you know of these families and are able to provide information, please contact The General Cemetery Company at:  fokgc@hotmail.com 

My original post on Canadian Military Graves in Kensall Green Cemetery.

3 comments:

  1. I'm very pleased to see that you have posted about these fascinating mausolea. Whilst you spotted three such notices, orignally there were about 32 put up originally! There are 32 monuments and mausolea on the Historic England 'Heritage at Risk' Register, all of which need greater or lesser levels of conservation works. There is a programme of works being developed, as the notices state, but Historic England and the Cemetery Company are keen to trace the owners (the monuments would be handed down through wills) and indeed other descendants. You can see all the names of the monuments currently considered to be at risk by running a search using 'Kensal Green' as keywords and London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea here: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/advice/heritage-at-risk/search-register/ (I work on this Register). There is such a wealth of family history in the Cemetery and the Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery also love to hear from descendants - old photos and stories most welcome!
    Thank you
    Verena

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  2. Hello Verena,
    Thanks so much for adding great information to this article. If I remember correctly, there were other posted notices, but I found these intriguing, especially the inscription of the message from the wife of Sir Patrick O'Brien. Interesting family stories! I would be interested if this generates responses to Historic England. Are there any with Canadian links that you know of? Thanks again!

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  3. Hello Penny
    There were no descendants who made contact with either the Kensal Green General Cemetery Company or Historic England. There has been amazing progress made with the monument restoration - work is on-going with the Perry / O'Brien mausoleum and further research indicates that there are no direct descendants as none of the occupants had children. The baronetcy of Sir Patrick O'Brien passed to his nephew and is now in dispute. There doesn't appear to be a Canadian connection.

    However, we hope that restoration of the Blumberg mausoleum might take place in the next year or so. It's huge! I'm not yet sure which of the Blumbergs are in there beyond Ludwig Alexander. One of his grandchildren was the silent film director Wilfred Noy (buried elsewhere). Another grandchild, Frederick Thomas Blumberg, married Ada Rosalind Bare on 10 August 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They don't appear to have had children but maybe I just haven't found this out yet...

    I'm sure I have come across other Canadian connections in the monuments I've looked at so far; I'll list them here if I do.

    There are many other fascinating monuments in the cemetery so if you find you have ancestors interred there, I think you are probably very lucky! It's an amazing place to visit, as I think you found, Penny.

    Thanks for your interest.
    Verena

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