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May 2012

About this newsletter

This family history newsletter is published three or four times a year usually when some interesting family items have been added to the website.  An email including a link to it is sent to all my family history contacts.  Please feel free to forward the email or a link to this page to any family members who may not have seen the website.

1 Bellmanism

2 DNA testing and family history

3 Merge of the two main Ennever branches

4 Joseph Ennever, Freeman of the City of London (and founder of the Jamaican Ennever/ors?)

5 Robert Ennever (author)


1 Bellmanism

Bellmanism Mind - Minus - Memory

Several family histories have documented the story of Pelmanism, The Pelman Institute and its founder, William Joseph Ennever, and these include an excellent biography written by John Karp.  The history of Pelmanism includes the possibilities of collaboration or plagiarism of ideas and material related to mind and memory training and the riches to rags story of William Joseph himself.

It was probably inevitable that a popular and successful mind and memory system would have had its critics although documented references to them appear to be limited to Maria Corelli, authoress of My 'Little Bit', who disliked the system of paid-for testimonials, and a humorous and rather uncommon satire by someone who clearly wished to remain anonymous. The author of 'Bellmanism', which was published by Gee & Co. in 1921, purports to be published by Whizz Publishing of London.  There are no clues as to the author's real identity who describes his work as a 'Little Gay Book', a take-off of the Pelmanism 'Little Grey Books'.

2 DNA testing and family history

Simply put, genetic genealogy is DNA testing that is done specifically for the purpose of learning about one's heritage.  The DNA tests used by family historians are more restricted, and in a sense, more innocent, than those you see on TV shows such as 'CSI' and 'Silent Witness'. If police wanted to use these tests to find suspects, they would be forced to round up hundreds or even thousands of our distant cousins. And although some wish they would, these tests do not shed any light on your predisposition for certain medical conditions.

Surname studies are by far the most popular DNA application, but many are unaware that there is now a range of tests available and for those who aren't keen on needles, the good news is that all commercial testing companies use mouth swabs, so the whole process is blissfully painless.   

The next logical step in a journey to discover more of our family's history and origins, which featured in a recent newsletter, seems to be to start a family DNA study so watch this space!  If anyone else is interested in participating please contact me so that we can explore the various options.

Sources: BBC


3 Merge of the two main Ennever branches

Merge of two Ennever family branches

Two Langwith brothers have unknowingly merged the two largest Ennever family branches. The marriage of Samuel Langwith to Mary Ann Britten in 1832 and his brother Charles's second marriage to Sarah Jane Parker have merged the two largest family branches by linking both branches to the 'Essex3' Enevers.

Sarah Jane Parker or Jane Sarah, also known as Henrietta and Naomi, was the daughter of Charles Langwith and Sarah Jane Parker but no birth registration for Jane nor a marriage for her parents has been found. Jane married John Henry Moralee in 1889 when she was known as Henrietta Thomers Jane and was using her mother's maiden name of Parker.  John & Henrietta's son married Dorothy Frances Ennever, a descendant of William Enever and my father's cousin.  This marriage links the Essex3 Enevers to the main Ennever branch.

It has always been believed that the 'Somerset' Ennevers headed by Jonathan Ennever and his wife, Dorothy, were descended from 'Essex' Ennevers headed by William Enever who was born in the 16th century but the proof has yet to be found.  The 'Somerset' Ennevers are in turn linked to the 'Essex3' Enevers by the marriage of William Thomas Enever and Margaret Penfold and this branch is further complicated by a marriage between Enevers (see FAQ Q2 and click 'Show details' for more information on the family branches and a diagram of all these links).

I would like to thank Helen Broomfield and members of the Moralee family for their help in identifying Henrietta as the same person as Jane or Sarah and thereby creating this unusual link between branches.

Please note: if you have had a login userid for a branch of the 'Somerset' Ennevers the merger of the branches will probably have caused your login to fail.  If you still require access please request another userid and I will authorise these as quickly as I can for you. 


4 Joseph Ennever, Freeman of the City of London (and founder of the Jamaican Ennever/ors)?

Joseph Ennever, freeman of the City of London
Joseph Ennever, Freeman of the City of London

Many people will assume that the Freedom of the City of London is purely an honorary award, presented only to the great and the good. However, this is true of only a very small number of City Freemen. The Honorary Freedom of the City of London is indeed the highest honour the Corporation of London can bestow, but it is granted very rarely. The vast majority of City Freemen were, and are, admitted by other means, and represent a very broad cross-section of the population. Over the last 300 years, about 300,000 ordinary people have been made Free of the City of London. Even today, many men and women continue to be admitted to the City Freedom, although most of the privileges and practical reasons for doing so have long disappeared.

Before the mid-19th century, the Freedom of the City of London was a practical necessity for those who plied a trade or made their living in the City of London. Indeed, certain groups of people were compelled, on pain of prosecution, to be Free of the City, including retail traders within the City (until the 1850s) and licensed victuallers in the City of London (until 1853).  Because Joseph was admitted as a a City Freeman in 1827 he would first have become a Freeman of one of the City Livery Companies (as the successors to the medieval trade and craft guilds are known). In Joseph's case this will probably have been the Vintners' company.

Joseph Ennever was a wine and brandy merchant plying his trade in the City of London from the 1820s until his death in 1845.  He was born near Bath in Somerset, the son of Joseph & Anne (nee Duggan ) of Walcott.  Being born there he was in a prime position to have travelled to Jamaica from Bristol, which was a major port for trade with the West Indies.  The first generation of Jamaican Ennevers all have christian names used within his family and it is possible that he lost touch with his English family as his will wasn't proved until 1860 although he died in 1845.  Proving the link will probably be almost impossible but it is just may be that our DNA may offer us an insight into this possibility.

Sources: City of London website


5 Robert Ennever (author)

The Chaos Vortex by Robert Ennever
The Chaos Vortex by Robert Ennever

Rob Ennever was born in Sydney, Australia in 1933. He attended North Sydney Boys’ High School and graduated as a pharmacist from Sydney University in 1954.

After marrying his childhood sweetheart he opened a number of successful pharmacies on the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney, inaugurating Chambers of Commerce and Merchants’ Associations in the process. The birth of a son and daughter during this time added to his happy life.

An inveterate seeker of new challenges, at forty-nine Rob sold his pharmacies, to become a property developer and student of Mid-Eastern History and the Italian language. Then came the call of the land, when he devoted his time and energy to farming a fifteen hundred acre cattle and wheat property in the Cowra region of New South Wales, down-sizing nine years later to start Australia’s first ‘Goosey Gander Geese’ farm, along with a Tukidale carpet-wool sheep stud, on three hundred acres in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

In her mid-fifties Rob’s wife developed a progressive degenerative neurological disorder and he became her full-time carer until finally she had to be admitted to a Nursing Home when he served as a Community Representative on the Division of General Practice.

It was during this time Rob developed a love of writing. It provided him with a degree of escape from the reality of the shattering of their life together. Over this period he wrote five novels in total, including Anna’s Story which speaks of his wife’s tragic illness and its impact on their lives. The Chaos Vortex, Fee-Jee, the Cannibal Islands, Sinclair’s Retreat, Sardinia, the Society of Orso and Anna’s Story were all penned in the early hours while his wife slept.

Rob has remarried and now lives on a mountain-top at Mittagong, New South Wales with his second wife Trish. His passion for the land has now been replaced with a passion for large scale gardening. He is also a teacher of Italian, a keen tennis player and enthusiastic traveller.

Source: Robert Ennever and Bendermere Books

In addition to these items I have added many hundreds of new people, events and documents to our families so it is always worth a regular look at the 'What's new' page.

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Barry Ennever

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