Notes, Information, Stories
and Anecdotes about the families included
in this website, plus help required with reseaching.
I have not yet established
whether my Gilchrist's originated from Scotland or Ireland. My
furthest confirmed link is to a family of Gilchrist in Derbyshire thought
to have settled there after the Jacobite retreat in 1745.
They were weavers (weaving stockings in attic rooms).
name is German and Brian is currently trying to establish when the family
emigated to England..........any information or help would be gratefully
is the known father of Joyce Gilchrist.
agreement was formed between Tom and Joyce's Grandparents that he could
have contact with her (visit) until she was 16 years old unless she discovered
what his relationship was to her then his contact would have to stop.
his relationship before her 16th birthday and his visits stopped.
It is not known
why there was this agreement or whether Tom's family knew of Joyce's existence.
All that is known was that Tom kept up his visits.
have come to a problem of finding the whereabouts of William Dewson of
South Creake, Norfolk, England, who was convicted of theft in 1818 at Norfolk
assizes and sentenced to 7 years transportation.
Below is a transcript
from Brian Drescher's PRO visit (April 2001).
Some of the words
were difficult to read and some may have been mis-read:
Thetford on Saturday 14th day of March the 58th? year before the same Justices.
Convicted to be transported for 7 years. Wm. Dewson. Lab. 11 October last
at South Creake steal 1 hempen sack and 2 of 9 bushels of wheat £3.10. Goods
of Tho. Shackcloth and 1 sack of 2 of John Oliver and Theophilius Joy and
2 sacks 4/- 6 bushels of wheat £3 of Tho. Seppings Goods of Tho. Shackcloth.
[Grand Jury included
Honourable Geo. Walpole - a famous Norfolk family]."
What we are trying
to find is the transportation records for William, where was he transported
to? Did he die before he got to his destination or whilst he was waiting to
His wife, Frances,
was shown as widow on her next sons baptism after this trial. Was she a widow?
or was it just the shame of having her husband transported that made her declare
herself as a widow?
and his wife Betty(nee Johnson) m1822 had 10 children of which 3 where
triplets c 23 Oct 1836 and called Faith, Hope and Charity.
were not to survive. Hope was buried 1 Dec 1836, Faith buried
4 Dec 1836 and Charity buried 14 Nov 1846.
All are buried
at St Andrew's Church, Kirk Ella, East Yorkshire, England
Donald G. Birkbeck
attended Hymer's College, Hull and later University.
He served in the
army in WWII. Became a Senior Civil Servant in the Ministry of Defence but
had to retire prematurely with Multiple Sclerosis from which he later died
Summary of a version of the Founding of the Gilchrist Surname by the kind
permission of JR Gilchrist
J. Robert Gilchrist
Current Edition, February 23, 2001
In the latter part
of the Fourth Century, Ninian, an inspired young Scottish cleric addressed
himself to the fact that the state of Christianity amongst the Celts was in
a deplorable condition.
He was well-born
(circa 350 A.D.) and well educated, both his parents were Christians and his
father was a king, a term used loosely to describe the leader of a clan or
sect, in Galloway on the Irish Sea. Christianity, still in its infancy amongst
the various Celtic tribes, was being pulled and pushed by the very strong
influences of the earlier, well entrenched, cultural mores such as Druidism,
tribalism and even paganistic echoes of the recent past.
Instead of coalescing
at it should be, Christianity was fragmenting. Information came to Ninian
through the Roman occupiers of his section of Scotland that in Rome, a new
and strong approach to the practice of Christianity was in the process of
forming and, although the process was still malleable, it was taking good
directions and enthusiasm amongst Roman Christians was high. He decided to
take advantage of his familyís position of rank and fortune and travel to
While in Rome he
made the acquaintance of Martin of Tours and came under his tutelage. Martinís
enthusiasm worked its way into Ninian and he accepted many of the concepts
that Martin was pursuing. One of the most interesting was a concept from the
Middle East, probably originated by a sect of Jews, who formed a group of
self-sufficient religious enthusiasts into a community for the purpose of
preserving, recording and teaching the Holy Scriptures and living a holy life.
Martin felt that this approach would work well for Christians as well. Ninian
On his return
to Scotland (circa 385 A.D.), Ninian gathered as many willing Christians around
him as he could and, with his familyís help and on family property in Withorn
on the Irish Sea, embarked upon the construction of a monastery. The project,
called Candida Casa, followed according to Martin of Tourís leanings, tempered
by Ninianís own feelings. Word of the project spread and interest in it built
throughout the area. When the project was ready for teaching to begin, Ninian
let it be known that anyone who was interested in learning more about Christianity,
particularly about Roman Christianity, was welcome to come to Candida Casa.
The call went to the Celts in Scotland, Ireland, Britain, Wales, the Isle
of Man and along the north and west coast of France, anywhere there were Christians
wanting to participate. The call went to the Christian Norsemen in the area
The response was
uneven at first but gradually built to a steady flow. Itís difficult to ascertain
what the curriculum was or how lengthy the course of study but, judging from
Ninianís experience, zeal and obvious perspicacity, it must have been well-structured
and interesting enough to draw the numbers that it did. What is of particular
interest, though, is the fact that when a participant completed the course
of study at Casa Candida, he was awarded an honorific, that of Giolla (or
Gilla) Criosd, Servant of Christ. It is interesting, too, that the original
title was written in Irish. Many of the bearers of this distinctive appellation
returned to their native lands to spread the word of the new Christianity.
It is entirely possible that the concept of Christian monasticism, engendered
by a Jewish community, was further developed and fostered at Candida Casa.
The origin of the name Candida Casa as well as the date of its rededication
as the Monastery of St. Martin remain to be discovered. In the ensuing years,
Martin of Tours became a saint, Ninian became a saint and we, accordingly,
If you have
any comments on this text please email Bob on email@example.com
is a different and also a more in depth version of the founding of the Gilchrist
surname which can be found on Steve Gilchrist's web site, please take time
to visit and leave Steve your comments