May 2016....Simon Pears granted "Freeman of London"
follow up of sn inscription on a gravestone of an ancestor in
Trichinopoly has led to some very interesting stories. Preliminary
research shows him on the battelefield of Saratoga (American
Revolution/Independence) and also under the command of the Duke of Wellington. His family connections appear to go
back to the very early settlers of Quebec. Will update here when
ready to publish full story
good insight into the Bussell family around 1851 can be gleamed from
this newspaper article of the time reporting a case of ;Breach of
Promise' brought by Adelaide Bussell.
Feb 2015...Old Guest book now defunct... new one started
Nov 2014...migrated the site
to a new place. Please change
all references you have for pearsfamily.fsworld.co.uk to pearsfamily.co.uk.
The old site (fsworld) will no longer be maintained and will become
defunct at some time in the future.
1st December 2012: A
friend of mine, Peter Selley, discovered that John Bussell and
Christina SJ married each other twice in the same
updated with the puzzle.
3rd November 2012:
Obtained the will of George Bussell (husband of Hester) made in 1689.
It was short and simple. Confirmed the names of children.
20th October 2012: Bussell and Tree page
updated. Wills of Thomas Bussell from 1728 and Hester Bussell from 1702
deciphered and new information added
25th July 2012: Updated
Links page with Rhys Dowling (grandson of Dunstan Pears) -
Australian Junior Squash champion.
12th June 2012: Bussell page
updated. Some new photographs of Devon and a small write up
about the earlier Bussells and Bartletts added.
23 March 2012: Bussell page updated
with additional photographs kindly provided by Teresa Brown.
5 March 2012: Tree and Bussell page updated
with information of Bartletts of Exeter.
26 February 2012:
Found details of
Jeremiah Coghlan. Born Rathcormac, Co Cork. See Coghlans
for more details.
updates to Bussell
17th January 2012:
Tree with details of Peter Waters (b1814 Derynuse, Co.
Armagh) and with a sketch of his life in the army (63rd Foot).
13th January 2012: Eureka!
Had been searching for occupation/profession of Warwick Dashwood
Bussell for years...suddenly found it. See Bussell
January 2012: Information
about JJ de Mey and HJ Buse, plantation owners in Berbice in the early
1800s, has been added to the Bussell side of the family.
Dec 2011: Admiral SIR Charles
K.C.V.O., Royal Navy (2 November, 1854 – 23 February, 1945) was a
nephew of Warwick Dashwood Bussel; son of his sister Adelaide. WD
Bussell was a great grandfather of George Pears. In other words one of
the Admiral's grandfathers (John Bussell) is an ancestor of this Pears
family through Maude (Coghlan) Pears.
information available on 'The
Most places connected with the family are in
South India and England, places in India such as Madras,
Bangalore, Cuddalore, Coonoor, Ootacamund, Trichinopoly, Tanjore,
Pondicherry, Negapatam, Villupuram. Note
that these names
are the names used in British India. Many of these have changed to
Indianised versions in recent years.
in Devon England (Heavitree, St Sidwells,
Teignmouth, Colebrooke, Whipton) and Berbice in the West
Family names from the past include: Pears,
Wood, Coghlan, Coke, Rabel, Gallyot, Bussell, Peppin, Waters, White,
Jones, Coelho, Mulder, de
Mey (de Meij), Norrish, Coke, Adams, Bartlett, Buse, Penny.
site has been developed to provide information about this Pears family and their connections.A school project for
Bethany, to do a family tree, got us started. We began by tracing the
line of George Pears (Bethany's great grandfather).
came up with 3 generations. After its initial use as a school project,
inquisitiveness got the better of us and a quest was started (not
obsessively) to trace the family back as far as we could.
Bethany's grandfather took over the project as researcher and as
identity protection purposes the site does not contain
any detailed linkages or connections to individuals later than
2. The story so
of 2011 we have been able to trace some lines to the early
1600s, some twelve generations from the current generation. If
we found every ancestor that far back we will have to find
approximately 4096 (yes twelve generations ago one would have had
around 4096 ancestors). We have found about 10 definites
from the 1700s and a few
maybes. Still work in progress.
tracing back a family's past there is
always the chance of finding a few skeletons or coming across
something like "we are descended from or related to royalty or someone
famous". Remember the 4096 ancestors mentioned in the previous
paragraph, well if we had a famous ancestor say 500 years ago, we would
also have had another 32767 that kept a low profile. Click here
interesting and entertaining article on this subject of
ancestors written by Brian Pears (no relation as far as we can tell)
3. Skeletons and noteworthies?
Thus far no skeletons have rattled
nor have any very famous names popped up.
Some ancestors found, lead back to
the East India Company. Charles White (d 1813) was a
Lieutenant in the 7th Bombay NI and
Warwick Dashwood Bussell was a Sergeant Major with the 3rd Madras Light
Cavalry in Bangalore. Also in Bangalore was Jeremiah Coghlan (sergeant)
with Madras 2nd Light Infantry and Peter Waters was with 63rd
Bussell family were both a prominent
and wealthy Devon family. Prominent descendants include Admiral
Coke noted for the part he played in the Lusitania
incident and David Ronald de Mey Warren, the inventor of
4. More information available
A lot of information is
available from the Tree
page. It is filled with
links to further information about a person or to places with
a connection. Please refer to that page and click on the provided links.
Lindau to Trichinopoly
Mission- a historical biography set in the early 1800s
Still Looking For:
of place and date of birth of Frederick Joseph Pears (circa
1850 possibly Magna Dalby Leicestershitre)
of birth of Ethelinda Gallyot, b 1864, (wife of FJP)
of birth of Wilfred Joseph Pears, b1882, son of FJP
Place and date of birth of Thomas Alexander
Wood circa 1850
news at all on James & Mary Peppin mother of Mathilda Mary
Wood, wife of Thomas Alexander Wood
Family name of
Elizabeth who married Jeremiah Coghlan ~ 1850 in Bangalore..
news at all of Mary Ann?? (circa 1820) wife of Peter Waters.
news at all of Alexandrina Helena Coelho (circa 1810s), wife of Eugene
news at all of Johanna Charlotte Mulder (circa 1810s), wife of Henry
of birth of Anthony Rabel (b 1814), father of Clement Rabel.
House now a recentlyclosed Exeter NHS Children's Care home
was owned and lived in by
the Bartlett and Bussell
A bookcase belonging to John Bussell was
recently acutioned at Christies for £32000.
JJ de Mey
and HJ Buse were plantation owners in Berbice in the early 1800s.
indebted to the many
people who found us on the net and gave us additioanl
information of interest. We will be very happy to hear from any
readers with any additional information/photographs (especially old
ones) you may have about the family.
addition, if you are part of the family or
a friend of the family and would like more information then please
email the with as many
details as possible of your request. We will then seek
permission from appropriate parties and provide you with what
information we can.
will update this site from time to time.
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