The Family of Eleanor Clark formerly Castle (1792 – 1840)

She was baptised as Hellen 29 April 1792 at Whitfield, a daughter of Stephen Castle and Mary formerly Howis.

She was mentioned in the 1812 will of her brother William Howis Castle.

She was unmarried and under 21 in 1813. 

She married Thomas Clark at Whitfield 17 June 1816.

There is a burial of Eleanor Clark in 1840 with an age indicating a year of birth of 1792 at Eythorne Baptist Church.


Thomas and Eleanor’s children were:

i)        Thomas Clark, baptised 7 April 1818 at Eythorne Baptist Church.

ii)      William Castle Clark, baptised21 July 1819 at Eythorne Baptist Church.  He married Sarah Knott Wanstall in the December quarter 1843 in the Eastry district.

iii)    Elenor Clark, baptised 30 June 1821 at Eythorne Baptist Church.

iv)    Elizabeth Clark, baptised 1 September 1823 at Eythorne Baptist Church.

v)      Samuel Clark, baptised 17 December 1824 at Eythorne Baptist Church.

vi)    Alfred Clark, baptised 17 June 1828 at Eythorne Baptist Church.

vii)  Mary Howis Clark (1831 – 1911), baptised 25 October 1831 at Eythorne Baptist Church.  She married John Lade Bradley in the December quarter 1852 in the Eastry district and in 1881 was living at Cooper Villa, Harold Street, Dover.  She was aged 49 and born in Eastry.  Her husband was aged 49 and was a Justice of the Peace and a Corn Merchant, born at Staple.  Their children were William, aged 21, Edwin aged 20, Eleanor aged 18 and Augustus M aged 15, all born at Dover.  John Lade Bradley was mayor of Dover in 1881.  In 1911 Mary Howis Bradley was living in the Dover district aged 79.  Mary’s death was probably registered in the Eastry district in the December quarter 1911.  She was aged 79.  Mary and John’s children were:

(a)    William Bradley, birth registered in the June 1859 quarter in the Dover district.

(b)   Edwin Bradley, birth registered in the March 1861 quarter in the Dover district.  He married Emmeline Mary Page (died 30 December 1956 aged 91) in the September quarter 1886 in the Southampton district and died 3 December 1945 aged 87.  He was a Justice of the Peace and a corn merchant, and buried in St James, Dover with his wife.  Edwin and Emmeline’s children were:

(i)     George Lynton Howis Bradley (1888 – 1924), birth registered in the March quarter 1888 in the Dover district.  He was the eldest son of Edwin and educated at Dover College.  He was an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and 2nd Lt Royal Engineers, was wounded in the war (battle of Loos) and died from his wounds 11 August 1924 at Leyburn House, Dover.

(ii)   Geoffrey Montagu Bradley (1893 – 1914), birth registered in the March quarter 1893 in the Dover district and baptised 27 April 1893.  He was educated at Dover College and Jesus College Cambridge, and was killed in action 21 December 1914 aged 21.

(c)    Eleanor Bradley, birth registered in the March 1863 quarter in the Dover district.

(d)   Augustus Montague Bradley (1865 – 1953), born 23 April 1865 at Dover and birth registered in the June 1865 quarter in the Dover district.  Col Sir Augustus Montague Bradley (he was knighted in 1910 for services in helping to form the Territorial Army in 1908 and known as ‘Montague’) was educated at Dover College, qualified in law at London 1886 and after a career in the army became a solicitor in Dover (1918, 22 Castle Street).  He married Hilda (daughter of Sydenham Payn of Dover) in the June quarter 1894 in the Dover district.  In 1920 he, his wife and his two sons emigrated and lived at Grovedale, Natal, South Africa.  Hilda died 23 December 1945 in South Africa.  He died 9 June 1953 in South Africa.  Montague and Hilda’s children were:

(i)     Vaughan Montague Bradley, birth registered in the December quarter 1895 in the Dover district.  He died at Kloof, Natal, SA in 1991.  He married Irene Geraldine Pantin at Otterhampton, Somerset. 

(ii)   Cyril Montague Bradley (1897 – 1917), birth registered in the March quarter 1897 in the Dover district. Lt 237 Brigade of the Royal Horse Artillery/Royal Field Artillery, he was killed in action near Peronne France 2 April 1917 aged 20.  He was buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery in France.

(iii) Gordon Montague Bradley, birth registered in the March quarter 1905 in the Bridge district.  He married Merle Joan Binny Moritz in 1928.  They ran a Chinese and Japanese Importing Business – Moritz and Bradley – at 47-48 Berners Street, London and the partnership was dissolved 21 June 1934 by mutual consent.  Merle continued to run the business on her own.

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Posted February 2014