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Carden Family History
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Opera Australia to mark 60th anniversary with a performance to raise the roof
Sunday, 8 May 2016
A non-religious funeral took place at Worthing Crematorium on February 8th. We held a celebration of her life in London on May 7th.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Saturday, 26 December 2015
ROBERT HUNTER (1745-1803). Portrait of Sir John Craven Carden, 1st Baronet, half-length, wearing uniform. Oil on canvas, 74 x 62cm.
This portrait of John Craven Carden is in the uniform of the Templemore Light Dragoons, a volunteer regiment raised in response to the withdrawal of regular troops required for the American War but which rapidly acquired political leverage. Carden had inherited large estates in Tipperary acquired in the Cromwellian settlement of the 17th Century. Although without parliamentary influence, Carden represented landed interests which the Castle administration were keen to control. Bribes were measured and Carden was made a baronet in 1787. He proved to be a sound man in the 1798 rebellion and by fortifying the Market House in Templemore denied the town to the rebels. He also leased the land for a barracks (now the Garda Training College) and donated the site of the Catholic Church in 1810.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Thursday, 20 August 2015
Monday, 13 July 2015
Photograph taken during a family visit to the exhibition featuring Admiral Sackville Carden
Monday, 22 June 2015
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
“CSFs are now standard treatment and every year the number of people alive because Don’s work grows,” said Professor Douglas Hilton, director of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute off Medical Research.
George Frederick Carden (1872-1942), a wealthy businessman and Melbourne City Councillor, left most of his money to establish the fellowship because of family disagreements, described in the Bendigo chapter of my book Carden of Cheshire. He was a son of John Moss Carden who emigrated from Cheshire as a teenager and in due course became a member of the Ballarat and Bendigo stock exchanges. He was a younger brother of Joan’s grandfather William Henry Pearson Carden of Kalgoorlie.
Thursday, 26 March 2015
I am now organising a mini-gathering of family members in Portsmouth on Saturday July 11th to view the exhibition and exchange information. 15 members of the Tipperary branches have already said they are coming and of course everyone else is most welcome to join us. Please contact me at email@example.com for details.
Those interested may like to visit http://www.nmrn.org.uk/myth-and-memory-exhibition
My book Carden and the Dardanelles is now available from me or from www.lulu.com, for £7.50, copyright consent having been received.
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
I hope to add these pictures in due course to the chapter on Sir John Valentine Carden in my book Carden of Templemore.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Here is a summary.
Monday, 19 January 2015
Those who have a copy of Carden of Templemore will have seen the a chapter on the Lockwood family, which intermarried with members of the Carden family on no less than six occasions, and were important people in the locality, especially in Cashel.
Roger Carden Depper has studied the family in depth. He writes that he would very much like some help with Richard Lockwood who may have been born in about 1660. Did he come from England with Cromwell? He was buried at St John Church, Cashel on 16 March 1735. In 1713/1714 he was Mayor and then Alderman of Cashel. He and his son Richard had vested interests in the development of the Town of Cashel. They were involved in land transactions with the Smith/Barry estate and the Church. Land agents. In a letter dated 1700 Ann Wansbrough states that her sister Lucy had married her steward and clerk Richard Lockwood. The Wansbrough family came from Shrewton in Wiltshire.
Friday, 5 December 2014
Another feature that has ceased to exist is Paul Walsh’s bookshop in the Main Street, established by his grandfather, author of a history of Templemore. It used to stock my books, but they can still be found in the library, I am glad to say.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Sir John Valentine Carden, the tank designer, built Carwarden House near Camberley in Surrey, England, in 1932, soon after he inherited the title. He knew he should have spelled it Cawarden without the ‘r’ but apparently the mistake was made when the name board was painted!
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Monday, 19 August 2013
Saturday, 30 March 2013
The picture alongside is reproduced from the back cover of his book.
For more about the book see post below dated 19 March 2012.
(Added December 2013). CARDEN IN AMERICA has been revised to mention Chuck's death.)
Thursday, 28 February 2013
He corresponded with me about a DNA test in 2008, but we lost contact.
(Added in December 2014). As will be seen from a visit to Wikipedia, David has now rejoined his law firm and is based in Singapore. We have corresponded and he has put me in touch with his brother Douglas, who has bought Chuck's book and one of mine. Their great grandfather was Allen D. Carden, born in 1862, who lived in Gratz, Owen County, Ky.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
The above book is now available from http://www.lulu.com/ where the following description will be found -
With encouragement from Arthur Carden, Chuck Carden has agreed to make available for posterity, in book form, a large part of his research on the family, which includes entries for over 5,900 Carden descendants and spouses living in USA. They mostly descend from one or more immigrants from Cheshire, England. An attempt is made to indicate which Carden males have submitted samples for DNA analysis and what conclusions can be drawn. Though only twelve branches of the family in America are covered the book will be of widespread interest. Purchase now is advised, as the next edition in a few months' time will be more expensive.
The next, more expensive, edition will contain only minor improvements such as better artwork on the cover.
I personally believe that this 570-page book, densely packed with information and with an excellent index, should be in the library of every American member of the family, whether they belong to one of the twelve branches or not.
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Saturday, 8 October 2011
More about Walter Thomson and Father Demetrius, whose photographs appear here, will appear in my forthcoming supplement to Carden of Barnane.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
More information can be found in Antigua and the Antiguans: Also an Impartial View of Slavery and the Free Labour Systems; the ... by Flannigan, Lanaghan (or Mrs Lanaghan), Saunders and Otley, 1844. (Internet Archive edition digitised by Google from Harvard University collection and The History of the island of Antigua one of the Leeward Caribbees in the West Indies, from the first settlement in 1635 to the present time by Oliver, Vere Langford, Vol 1, London, 1894. (Internet Archive edition digitised by Boston Public Library).
Here is a quotation from the former -
MURDER OF COLONEL CARDEN. The fate of Colonel Carden was truly shocking. Soon after the French had abandoned Antigua, a party of Caribs landed, and cruelly treated the defenceless inhabitants. At length they proceeded to the house of the ex-governor, Colonel Carden, who treated them very kindly, and administered to their want. Upon their leaving, they requested their entertainer to accompany them to the beach, who instantly complied ; but the Caribs, more treacherous than the wild beasts that haunt the desert, had no sooner reached the place where their canoes were stationed, than they fell upon their kind host, cruelly murdered him, and broiled his head, which they afterwards carried with them to Dominica.
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
The Worcester and Birmingham Canal: Chronicles of the Cut by Revd. Alan White, 2005. Thomas Carden of Worcester (see my book on that branch) was one of the original promoters of this canal and a member of the committee all through its construction and chairman most of the time. He continued to be actively involved until 1827 at the age of 89.
The Anderton Boat Lift by David Carden, Black Dwarf Publications, 2000. See my book "Carden of Tonbridge."
The boat pictured here is believed to belong to David Carden of the Chalfont branch. He and half a dozen other members of his immediate family came to the 1998 Gathering and all stayed at the Carden Park Hotel. Subsequently they adopted a pheon-like symbol for their firm, which appears on the boat, I'm glad to see. You will find it on their website at http://www.whcarden.co.uk/
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
He died in July 2010 aged 73.
A note about his brother Ted (and his Carden Car) appears later in this blog.
These two remarkable Cardens descend from a Lincolnshire branch called the Cardens of Rigsby. A document on the branch is available from Arthur Carden.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
The sitters are, respectively,
Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Bt by Sir Leslie Ward, watercolour,
published in Vanity Fair 11 December 1880
Sir Robert Walter Carden, 1st Bt by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company,
woodburytype print on paper mount, 1870s-1880s
Sir Sackville Hamilton Carden by Bassano, vintage print, 1915.
The NPG has 16 Carden portraits but only these three appear on its website.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
The above illustration appears on the web site with the caption: “… St. Thomas, Middle Island (St. Kitts) dated December 1867. John and Agnes were married here and John and his father and several Cardin children are buried in the graveyard. …”
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
PROOF THAT THE TIPPERARY CARDENS CAME FROM CHESHIRE. Though some early documents claimed that the first Cardens to arrive in Tipperary came from Cheshire, there was no firm evidence. It was hoped that DNA results would prove the matter, by showing a match with descendants of Cheshire Cardens. Unfortunately results for myself and two other Barnane Cardens are unique and implied that our ancestor, John born 1699, was not the biological son of Jonathan, the first Barnane Carden, though he made him his heir. Results for the only other two Tipperary Cardens to submit samples were inconclusive. In February, however, results for Peter O'Neil Carden of Australia were received, which exactly match (at all 37 loci examined) those descended from Cheshire Cardens. Wonderful!
CARDEN DNA PROJECT. Eddie Carden, a geneticist from North Carolina USA, and his father also called Eddie both of whom were at our recent Carden Gathering, have agreed to join me as joint administrators of the project. This will ensure it continues after my demise and will soon, I hope, lead to a more efficient operation. Several new results are in the pipeline, like the one above.
CARDENS OF MONMOUTH. I was recently contacted "out of the blue" by Steve Carden of this branch, and we can now trace its earliest member as William Carden born 1823, whose son Thomas was born in 1848 only a mile or two from Carden Hall in Cheshire.
My son Mark recently saw this portrait of Sir Lionel in the dining room of Pratt's House at Eton College, where one of his godsons, James Richardson, is at school. The latter's father, Phil Richardson, kindly drew it to Mark's attention.
The portrait is signed H.J.Thaddeus 1912, so it is interesting that it was made at about the time he received his KCMG awarded for his services in Guatemala, just before he returned to Mexico where his policies infuriated President Woodrow Wilson.
Mark appears in the picture.
(posted 16 March 2010 and amended 18 March)
A 16th century dwelling house probably oblong in plan and containing three storeys, the lowest of which may have been vaulted. A feature of interest was the south west angle which was borne on a continous corbelling of four members. The round was provided with shot-holes pointing downwards.The masonry is rubble, Four and a half and Four and three quarters Feet thick but, the round and its corbel were of ashlar. The tower has been thirteen and a half feet wide internally but its length is indeterminate.This ruin stands on a rock overlooking the Gelly Burn in the Den approximately one mile south east of Cardenden Railway Station.
Royal Commission Ancient and Historical Monuments Scotland.
The estate of Carden first appeared in records associated with the family of Martyne in 1482 when King James 4 confirmed a charter by the deceased John Martyne of Medhope,Linlithgowshire to his son, Henry, of the lands of Cardwan, in the Constabulary of Kinghorn.It remained in that family until the death of Andrew Martyne without issue in 1549. No heir entered into possession for 50 years.In 1582, James 6 granted the lands of Carden to George Mertyne who claimed it through his mother, one of the Duries of that ilk. George Mertyne appears to have been the last of that family in Carden.In 1623 David Wemyss was served heir to his father, Duncan Wemyss, in the lands and Barony of Carden.
By 1642, David Betson was successful in a petition to have his Barony of Carden disjoined from the Parish of Kinghorn and adjoined to Auchterderran. In 1707 it was disposed of to the Earl of Melville and in 1725 the estate of Carden became the property of Ferguson of Raith.
Until 1988 we thought that the earliest record of Carden was in 1482 when James 4 confirmed a charter of John Martyne of Medhope in Linlithgowshire which granted to his son.Henry Martyne, the lands of Cardwan in the Constabulary of Kinghorn. However,having searched all the usual historical sources, we decided to write to Geoffrey Barrow at the Department of Scottish History in Edinburgh.Imagine our excitement when he wrote back saying that he had recently come across a completely unknown charter of William the Lion, dated around 1170, which referred to "my forest of Carden". According to Professor Barrow, it would seem likely that Carden was an area of woodland in the 12th Century which the Kings of Scotland kept for their private hunting. The King would appoint one of his servants as keeper of the forest and, no doubt, he built himself a home there. The obvious site would be the cliff overlooking the Gelly Burn where he could command a good view over the area and defend himself if necessary. The name Carden which means "high fortified place" and the site itself, high up above a ravine, suggest that this may well have been the site of a much earlier fortification.
Back in the Middle Ages, the pattern was that keepership of royal lands and forests usually became hereditary. This may have been the case with the Mertynes of Carden. We have certainly found references to them holding the lands of Carden during the 15th and l6th centuries and it must have been this family who built the sturdy sandstone tower-house. By the early l7th century the Mertynes are no longer mentioned and charters refer to the Wemyss family being in possession. By 1642 ownership had changed again and we find David Betson petitioning the Crown "to have his Barony (of Carden) disjoined from the Parish of Kinghorn and adjoined to the Parish of Auchterderran".
On the Hearth of 1694 we found that Lady Carden was paying tax for 4 hearths, and in the 1695 Revaluation of the Parish of Auchterderran the estate of Carden was still valued at £1292. However, when we looked up the Register of Sasines for the same period it became clear that the Betsons were in financial difficulties and, not long after, the lands passed into the hands of the Earl of Leven and Melville, from whom Robert Ferguson of Raith purchased it, along with Raith, in 1725. We can be certain that the Tower was still being lived in when the Hearth Tax was paid in 1694, but once the land passed to the Earl of Leven and Melville it is likely that it was abandoned. Certainly by 1725 it was a ruin because in that year Robert Fergusson of Raith prohibited the removal of stones by local people.
Thanks to Anne Mead for this contribution.
I myself have found (in the Edmonstone MSS at the Historical Manuscripts Commission, 1909) a reference dated 1651 to Sir Archibald Stirling of Carden, Knyght. Also (in the Laing MSS at Edinburgh University) a statement that Sir Archibald Carden, 7th Laird of Keir, died in 1668, and a reference to Lord Carden, Laird of Carden in the Proceedings of the House of Lords for 1709.
I have found no other references to Carden in Scotland prior to about 1750. From this I deduce that the family name Carden did not exist in Scotland until Cardens arrived from England in the past two centuries, but that a member of the Stirling family was known as Lord Carden, his title having been taken from the place of that name.
There is therefore unlikely to be any truth in the belief of many Cardens in USA that they are descended from a Scottish Carden family.
(posted 15 March 2010 - pay no attention to date at top)
On April 11 2006 I posted the following note to the CARDEN-L mailing list.
Names of ex-slaves. Those who have read my report on our Carden DNA project will have seen that
one of those whose DNA matches the Cheshire (England) haplotype exactly was James Eugene Carden, who wrote "I am African American and have never met another 'Black' Carden except for my immediate family until about 2 years ago when I visited Halifax County (Scottsburg) Virginia. I think this is where my Great Grandfather, James H. Carden was born."
I had supposed that James' family took their surname from that of their former owner at the time they obtained their freedom. But discussing our DNA project recently with Jane Reid (who is descended from a sister of the Eleanor Arbuthnot whose attempted abduction by John Rutter Carden in Tipperary in 1856 is a well-known story), Jane drew my attention to "The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925" by Herbert G Gutman, Oxford 1976. It has an absolutely fascinating chapter about the surnames used by ex-slaves, from which it appears that they very seldom used the name of their most recent owner, and the name they used often showed a great interest in their own family background right back to their earliest known ancestor who arrived from Africa, and the name chosen was often that of the original owner or even of the man who transported them from Africa.
Of course it is possible, even probable, that in the case of James' family a white Carden took a black wife and married her formally, and they gave their surname to their children in the normal way.
I am sending this note to the list as well as to James, as I think it may be of general interest. I hope James does not mind, and will respond with further information.
Reply from James E Carden, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama. James replied almost immediately as follows, and I am reproducing his reply with his permission.
As I stated earlier, My Grand Father was James H Carden, who apparently was born in Halifax County (Scottsburg) Virginia. When I started my research, I found his name in the Virginia (Halifax) census of 1900. (Roanoke; ED 56 sheet 3). It appeared his mother's name was "Bady", which created a problem with further research.
After more records became available on the Internet, I discovered that there was a Bettie (Bady?) listed in the Halifax County 1870 census. In that census, she and her sister Frances were listed as "Black" and were living in the household of Bryant Carden (Black).
In the 1880 census, she and Frances were enumerated as "White" and were living in the household of John Carden (White). It also listed John's brother as Peter Carden, a Physician.
Earlier I had found a Planter, John B. Carden, who was listed in the 1860 Slave Census as owning 20 slaves (9 male and 11 female). The plantation was located on land along Key Fork and Boston Road in Wilmoth tract, as identified in deed book 66, page 507, Halifax Co. Virginia (1873).
When I visited Halifax County in 1999, I found about 50 black Carden families in the same area. I was told these were the descendents of two Carden lines that they referred to as the "Black and White" Cardens.
James also sent the following, including a photograph of his grandfather. Grandfather James H Carden, born Apr 1885 in Halifax County Virginia. Listed in 1900 Virginia Census with mother Bettie (Bady?) Carden. Bettie Carden was born in approximately 1860 in Halifax County. Apparently was born a slave on the plantation of John B Carden, located at Key fork and Boston Road in the Wilmoth tract, Halifax County Virginia.
The following is to be found at http://www.rootsweb.com/. From Branch Jackson Carden, Jr.:
"Into this area, in the year 1642, moved ROBERT CARDEN recently a migrant colonist from the British Isles. The land grant office in Richmond now contains the records of these early immigrants who came to the eastern shore of Virginia from 1623 to 1666. The original lists have been indexed in recent years. During the 43-year period approximately 25,000 colonists entered the Virginia Colony. Many came with land grants obtained before embarking from England. Others came as headrights for other individuals who already possessed land grants or for companies organized by British firms for the purpose of establishing grants. ROBERT CARDEN is listed as a headright for Abraham Turner and Co. Whether or not he was also an indentured servant is not known, but he did, eventually, acquire land of his own."
After claiming that Robert Carden above was a brother of the first JOHN CARDEN of Tipperary, he continues -A number of other Cardens came to the Virginia Colony from England in the1600s, among these are:-
1635, March 28 - Joseph Curden arrived on the "Speedwell", listed as age 22;
1642 - Another Robert Cardin arrived, this time from Hillington Parish,Middlesex;
1642 - John Carden arrived;1650, October 18 - Grigory Cordon arrived transported by Lewis Burwell;
1663, June 3 - Edwin Cordon arrived transported by John Hughlett;
1672, March 23 - Roger Carden arrived transported by Edward Revell;
1672 - Robert Cardin arrived transported by Thomas Gouldman;
1674, April 8 - James Carder arrived transported by Richard Whitehead.
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Monday, 14 July 2008
Thursday, 13 March 2008
The 2008 Gathering was held near Brighton, England, on September 12th, 13th and 14th, followed by visits to Carden sites in Cheshire and Staffordshire on September 15th and 16th, and in Tipperary on September 18th, 19th and 20th. Nearly 150 family members came to the Brighton event, about 40 to Cheshire and 11 to Tipperary.
Ten years before, the 1998 Gathering was held in Cheshire, where the earliest ancestors of most Cardens, worldwide, lived. The 2008 Gathering was held in Brighton because the neighbourhood holds the largest concentration of family members in England, and because of the renown of Sir Herbert Carden “the maker of modern Brighton.”
Organisers of the 2008 Gathering were principally Richard (a member of the Fishmoyne branch of the Cardens of Tipperary) and David Carden, town clerk of Burgess Hill in Sussex (a member of the Virgo branch of the Cardens of Brighton). I mostly concerned myself with genealogical matters.
A book “Cardens of Brighton” was written by David Carden and Arthur Carden specially for the event, and a revised edition was issued in 2009. The front cover appears above.
Joan Carden, the famous Australian soprano and member of the Bendigo Branch the origins of which are on the Cheshire border, writes:
This "action" photo was taken at the Australian Musical Association's concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in I think 1990, by Andrew McKinnon, who organised the participation of the Australian RESIDENT singers, Suzy Johnston and me, in this fundraiser for both the AMA and Jose Carreras's Leukaemia Foundation. As we walked to the post-concert reception in the Crush Bar, I told Mr. Carreras of my family's G.F. Carden Leukaemia Research Foundation, whose funding facilitated Dr. Metcalfe's treatment which had famously saved Mr. Carreras's life. He seemed stunned by the paradox of a Carden giving her services to raise funds for HIS leukaemia foundation.
All the singers and the conductor are Australian except Jose Carreras. We're singing the bubbly Drinking Song "The Brindisi" from the first act of LA TRAVIATA, at this moment all pronouncing the word "voi"!
Left to right:
Yvonne Kenny, Jose Carreras, Joan Carden, conductor Charles Mackerras, mezzo Suzanne Johnston, and baritone Jonathan Summers.
A condominium development with the above name was promoted in 1990 and the following is taken from the sales brochure.
Archive maps reveal that a portion of the Carden Beach property was acquired in 1739 by James Barrow, who started a cotton plantation. By marrying the Widow Barrow, William Coakley, Sr. assumed ownership in 1745, and the stone and coral mills were built by 1754.
In 1781, by consolidating the Barrow parcel with the adjacent Thayler and Potter lands, John Carden, son-in-law of John Coakley, Sr., formed Carden Plantation, which remained in the Carden family for nearly half a century, producing sugar, then molasses and rum.
In the two hundred years since John Carden first walked this shoreline and gazed toward Buck Island, the land has found its place in history. A battery was constructed here in 1794 to protect Carden residents from seafaring privateers . . .
(Perhaps this was connected in some way with the John Carden who served in the Caribbean at the time of the American Revolutionary War)