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Richard Ferard (m.1742)

Richard is recorded as getting married 28 December 1742 to Margaret Watts, at Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire. We have no other records of this Richard Ferard at all, and the 'English' Ferard family was still to our knowledge embedded in the Huguenot community in London (in 1754 John Ferard was baptised as 'Jean'), so either there is a whole side of the family history missing or, more likely, this is a variant spelling (when spelling was not yet standardised) of 'Ferrard', and is no relation.

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William Ferard (1848-1910)

William was the son of Samuel Fezard (note the different surname), born at Stalbridge, Dorset where he lived for about 30 years and where he was later buried. As with Richard Ferard (above) there is no known connection with the extant Ferard family line in England, so either they are a separate Ferard family (the male line of which did not survive, or possibly emigrated), or it is a misspelling for 'Fezard', his father's surname.

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Daniel Agace (1751-1828)

There is a curious possible connection between Daniel's uncle, Zachariah Agace, and Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) the great painter. Sir Thomas's father, also Thomas, was born in 1725 and was left an orphan after the death of both his parents and his older sister (an older brother had been sent abroad). He was adopted by Zachary Agace, a prosperous professional man and perhaps a relation, with property in Sunninghill. This Zachary can probably be identified with Zachariah Agace d.1778, a London master-weaver of some wealth, whose widow Martha left money in her will to Thomas Lawrence (father)”s children. [source: Michael Levey: Sir Thomas Lawrence]

Ann Ferard (1776-1850)

Ann was baptised 2 November 1776 at Saint Martin In The Fields, Westminster, London, and must surely have been born in 1776 too. Her father was John Ferard 2 (1755-1834) and her mother is recorded as Hannah. Nothing further is known about her mother except that John's other children were much later and by a different mother (Kitty). It is possible that Ann was born out of wedlock.

Ann was 11 when Daniel Agace bought Ascot Place in 1787, the year before her eldest half-brother Daniel was born. Perhaps when John Ferard”s new wife Kitty gave birth to a son named after his great friend Daniel, this same friend kindly offered to make a home at Ascot Place for Ann aged 12, employing a governess (mentioned in his will) to educate her.

Ann was 52 when Daniel Agace died in 1828; she inherited his substantial fortune but most of it was left out of her control to her children (in the usual fashion of the time, boys in descending age order and then girls likewise) and then similarly to the children of her brother Daniel Ferard. Daniel Agace's will, or rather a disputed third codicil to that will, resulted in a court case Griffin v. Ferard which went up to the House of Lords. It concerned £20,000 3% government bonds - producing income of £600 each year. The plaintiffs argued that this third codicil was valid, formed part of the estate, and gave this stock away from the main estate (which passed to Ann) to some other Agace relatives. The contrary argument was that this document, although clearly written by Daniel Agace with this intention, was not 'testamentary' because Daniel Agace had believed he did not own the stock in the first place, which was why he did not bother to have this codicil properly witnessed. The logic of the court was that legally Daniel Agace did own the stock, had not satisfactorily given instruction for it to pass away from his estate, and so the bonds remained with the estate - and with Ann. She did not marry, and when she died in 1850 at the age of 74 Charles Cotton Ferard, eldest child of Daniel Ferard, inherited.

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Bingham Arthur Ferard (1830-1898) and descendants

Bingham was the younger brother of Charles Cotton Ferard and Elizabeth Ferard. He travelled out to New Zealand and is recorded there in 1860; there are also some letters written to and from him while he was there between 1862 and 1875. He was a Member of the House of Representatives for Napier in 1869 (and earlier, it would seem).

He married Theadosia Elizabeth Wilson on 28 December 1868 at Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He is later recorded as married to Elizabeth Helen, who survived him (perhaps the same person). The family tree created by George shows that they had two children, Mabel Hildebrand (31 December 1868-14 January 1962) and Beatrice Ferard (1870-?). At some point between 1875 and 1891 the family moved back to Sussex, England.

Mabel married Godfrey Lake Hildebrand in Sussex (date unknown but probably 1894 or 1895), and went with him to America in 1895 (he had emigrated from England in 1886). He was the son of Margaret Ann Lake and Godfrey Chadwick Osbert Hildebrand and was born in Roorke, India in August 1868. They were in Marin Co. California in 1910. They had five children: Godfrey Eric b. 1896 California, Emanythe b. 1900 Ca., John Ross 1903 Ca., Helen Katherine b 1906 Fawkham England (presumably on a visit to the homeland), and Dorothy B. b. 1909 Marin Co. California. The family is found in the US 1920 and 1930 Census in Kelsyville, Lake Co. California. [More information about the Hildebrands here.]

There is a record of the accidental death on 23 September 1944 of Godfrey Eric Ferard Hildebrand (b. April 1896), husband of Mildred (no mention of children) at the age of 48. (He was deer stalking near his home in Kelseyville, California.) He was the elder son of Godfrey Lake Hildebrand, husband of Mabel Ferard (see above).

Arthur George Ferard (1858-1943)

Arthur was awarded the CBE in 1920.


Mary Evelyn (Molly) McMullen (nee Armstrong) (1881-1905)

Molly, daughter of Emily Rose Armstrong (nee Ferard) (1852-1923) sadly died of sepsis shortly after her only child Launcelot (1905-1990) was born. Through him however she went on to have 4 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren (with thanks for this information to Colin McMullen in 2021). She is one of the girls seen here (c.1896).