I decided to take up Randy Seaver's Saturday night genealogy challenge to do some random research.
- I went to The Random Name Generator and obtained the random name Cornelia Dalton.
- I searched for the name at Ancestry.co.uk
- The results showed only one Cornelia Dalton, who appeared in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses.
- Using various sources (see below), I put together the following research report:
Cornelia Chisholm Neale Dalton was born on 2 December 1875 at Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, England. Her parents were Rev William Edward Dalton (1841-1928) and Matilda Harriet nee Chisholm.
She came from a distinguished family. Her uncle, Rev John Neale Dalton, was chaplain to Queen Victoria and personal tutor to the future King George V. Her first cousin, Hugh Dalton, would later become Chancellor of the Exchequer. Her brother, Llewellyn, became Chief Justice of Tanganyika.
Cornelia was recorded in the census on 3 April 1881 at Eye, Suffolk, where her father was the curate of the parish church. In 1890 he became vicar of Glynde, two miles east of Lewes in Sussex. The living was in the gift of the Dean and Canons of Windsor and gave him an income of £180 a year, plus 12 acres of glebe land in addition to the vicarage. In the census of 5 April 1891 Cornelia was recorded as a pupil at school in Albion House, Albion Street, Lewes.
She was recorded in the census on 3 March 1901 as a nurse at St George's Hospital, London. It was probably there that she met her husband, Frederick William Longhurst, a consultant anaesthetist, whom she married on 3 August 1907 at Lewes.
Their son, Geoffrey Dalton Longhurst, was born in the June quarter of 1909 in London.
Frederic, Cornelia and Geoffrey were recorded in the 1911 census at 4 Hobart Place, London SW1.
Geoffrey married Patience Mary Gaubert in Calcutta, India, on 30 June 1947. At the time of the marriage, Frederic and Cornelia were living at Shalford, Surrey.
Cornelia died in the June quarter of 1958 at Eastbourne, Sussex.
1881 Census, RG11/1855; Folio 84; Page 6, William E Dalton & family
1891 Census, RG12/798; Folio 36; Page 32, Cornelia C Dalton
1901 Census, RG13/90; Folio 165; Page 24, Cornelia Chisholm Neale Dalton
1911 Census, RG14PN436, Frederic William Longhurst & family
Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976, Geoffrey Dalton Longhurst, 1947 marriage, www.ancestry.co.uk
British Medical Journal, 14 May 1955, page 1225, Frederic William Longhurst obituary, http://goo.gl/bAg2w
GRO Births, 1876 Q1, Winslow 3a 601, Cornelia Chisholm Dalton
GRO Marriages, 1907 Q3, Lewes 2b 395, Cornelia Chisholm Dalton, Frederic William Longhurst
GRO Deaths, 1955 Q2, St Austell 7a 165, Frederic W Longhurst
GRO Deaths, 1958 Q2, Eastbourne 5h 260, Cornelia C Longhurst
Kelly's Directory of Sussex, 1899, www.ancestry.co.ukBarker, G. F. Russell, comp. The Record of Old Westminsters, 1927, Chiswick Press, London, 1928, volume 2, page 590, Frederick William Longhurst, www.ancestry.co.uk
Wikipedia, John Neale Dalton, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Neale_Dalton
Wikipedia, Hugh Dalton, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Dalton
Wikipedia, Sir Llewellyn Chisholm Dalton, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llewelyn_Dalton