The Gamekeeper’s Daughter

Thomas William, the younger brother of Robert DENNIS (Monday’s post) married Mary Eleanor GORING in 1880. She was born at Beaumanor Park, Leicestershire, where her father was a gamekeeper to William Perry HERRICK. I checked on this representative of the landed gentry to see how distinguished he was and my spirits lifted to discover he had been photographed by Camille SILVY. When I first became entranced by the Art of Photography, Camille’s River Scene was an early favourite.

Courtesy J. Paul Getty Museum, Open Content Program

You can read about the photograph here. Camille Silvy spent some years in London and made many portraits, including this self-portrait with a young boy. William Perry Herrick is just William on the FamilySearch Tree, with the male line stretching back to the 13th century but he died without issue.

I don’t lnow why Beaumanor’s gamekeeper moved up to Yorkshire. In 1881 he is enumerated at the Keeper’s Cottage in Kirby Knowle with his wife, their recently married daughter, son in law and perhaps their first grandchild, Thomas Goring DENNIS.

In the next ten years Mary Eleanor gave birth to five more children but died in 1891, aged only thirty-three. Four years later, Thomas William married a widow whose husband had likewise died young, leaving her with three children aged two to five. All of these children have yet to be brought together on the Shared Tree.

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