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Major Henry Hotham McCarthy

Born: 1820
Died: 7th October 1903

Birth Location
Tipperary, Ireland
Death Location
Broadstairs, Kent

Intro, Biographical Information, Notes etc:

Tom said ...

I guess this the same McCarthy;

Does anyone have dates etc?

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 02:03
Michael Schneider said ...

Here's what I found in census records:

  • 1841: living at Royal Marine Barracks, Stonehouse, Plymouth
  • 1851: Lieut R M; living at Alverstoke, Hampshire; married to Eliza (27) from Torquay, Devonshire
  • 1861: [?] Master Marines; living at Woolwich, London; members of the household are his wife Eliza (37) and children Mary (9, born Gosport, Hampshire), Justin M (8, born Freshford, Somerset), Edward (4, born Charlton, Kent) and Martha (3, born Charlton, Kent) as well as sister-in-law Fanny Hopkin (41, born Torquay, Devon)
  • 1871: Retired; living at Broadstairs, Kent; members of the household are his wife Elizabeth (47), his children Martha (13), Theodora R (9, born Woolwich, Kent) and John D (3, born New Charlton, Kent) as well as two female servants
  • 1881: not found
  • 1891: Retired Major R M; living at Ealing, Middlesex; members of his household are his wife Elizabeth (67), his children Martha (33), Theodosia (29) and John (23) as well as a female servant
  • 1901: not found

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Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 04:06
Timothy Stunt said ...
Henry W [sic] and his wife Elizabeth are in the 1901 census as boarders at Broadstairs in the boarding house of a widow Mrs Harriet Walker. Their name has been transcribed at McCartty [sic] Timothy Stunt
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 05:13
Michael Schneider said ...

Thanks a lot, Timothy!

FamilySearch transcribes McCarthy's age here as 30 instead of 80! Apart from the wrong spelling this was probably a second reason why I didn't find him ...

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 05:49
Michael Schneider said ...

Noel describes McCarthy as follows (vol. 1, p. 140):

MAJOR H. H. McCARTHY, an Irishman, and formerly a Roman Catholic. He was a very able teacher in the scriptures, and a faithful servant of the Lord.

In 1876, McCarthy's accusations against Margaret Ann Lowder née Peters of Ryde (Isle of Wight) were one of the reasons for the division at Ryde which later led to the Ramsgate/Kelly split in 1881. In the Sibthorpe Collection there is a letter which he wrote to Darby from Canada in 1877 (JND/5/152); if he stayed there for longer, this might be the reason why he cannot be found in the 1881 England Census. In 1890 he was one of the leaders of the Anti-Raven (a.k.a. Lowe) party.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 06:49
Tom said ...

Shame I can't find a photo. Not much about him on Ancestry either. He is buried in St. Peter's Broadstairs so could have a look for that sometime.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 : 15:23
Jonathan said ...
His son "John D" referenced above was named John Darby - per A F Willis' autobiography :-)
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021 : 04:05

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