EUSEBIUS CORNWALL
and his descendants

from 1816 onwards

To the left is a portrait, not of Eusebius, but of his wife Mary Ann's father, Colonel Brome Walton, of the 1st Life Guards.
Date and artist --- see below!

With many thanks to Bill Cornwall.

January 2012. Now see here!


Of the Reverend Peter Monamy Cornwall's seven sons the uniquely-named Eusebius may have shown his parents the greatest promise. As a scholar and exhibitioner, after a period assisting his father as a schoolmaster in Wootton-under-Edge, his life must have seemed set fair in the church, one of the few options open to an unlanded married man with academic leanings. His wife, Mary Ann, was the daughter of Colonel Brome Walton, of the 1st Life Guards. A monograph in the British Library provides more details of the Brome-Walton family.

Eusebius published two small books of verse, Miscellaneous Poems, and Sacred Gleanings. To the right is a sample. Among their subscribers may be noted the Rev J. Papillon, of Chawton, Hants, of whom Jane Austen once said "depend upon it, that I will marry Mr Papillon, whatever may be his reluctance or my own". See Jane Austen, and her world, by Marghanita Laski, 1975, which incidentally highlights the links between Church and Navy in this era.

     
from Miscellaneous Poems, 1828      

With what pious self-admonishment did the author resign himself to witnessing the deaths of five daughters and a son (who I have now learned, from information sent by Michael Cornwall, died at sea in the Navy), and was he still able to find it within himself "to kiss the hand divine" ? Of the four children who survived their father's death in 1858 the eldest was:

Arthur Walton Cornwall followed his father into the Church, after studies at Durham University. Spells as curate of Horsham, 1851-55, Flimwell, 1857-61, Bepton 1861, culminated in the cure at Midhurst, Sussex, in1865, where he had also been Chaplain to the Midhurst Union Workhouse since 1861. His early death at the age of 45 left his widow with the task of bringing up five small children of her own, as well as two step-children. She seems to have spent several years at 20, Goldhurst Terrace West, South Hampstead, before leaving for Australia to join her sons, Walton, Edward and Frank, in Melbourne, Australia, perhaps some time in the late 1890s or early 1900s.

Walton Emerson Cornwall held a position as Registrar of Melbourne University, and Frank, who had qualified as a solicitor in 1889, practised in the firm of Cornwall, Stodart & Co in Melbourne. Edward William was also living in Melbourne in 1919. I have now (11th Dec 2002) heard from Mr Bill Cornwall in Australia, the son of Geoffrey Walton, that there are several flourishing families there, the children of Bill and his elder brother Michael. See here.

The other surviving son of Eusebius Cornwall was the Reverend Albert Philip Cornwall, who must have spent most of his life in Chichester, Sussex. He lived at number 28, South Street. From a codicil to his will, dated 1921, it is clear that he bequeathed a large portrait of his maternal grandfather, Colonel Brome Walton, to his great-nephew Geoffrey Walton Cornwall, whose father had just died. The portrait was sent out to Australia after A.P.Cornwall's death in 1924. Other beneficiaries of the will, first drawn up in 1919, were his nieces, Constance May Davis, a widow, living in Preston, Lancashire; Blanche Ethel Cornwall, living in Farnham, Surrey; and his nephew, the Reverend Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch, then at The Vicarage, Aylesbury, Bucks, who was also an executor of the will. The will was witnessed by M.L.Buckell, of West Pallant House, Chichester, his cousin (and my great-grandmother).

Quite a lot of information about A.P.Cornwall can be gleaned from Concerning Himself, an autobiography à clef by Victor Whitechurch, to whom he stood in loco parentis. A.P.Cornwall's sister Matilda had "made an unfortunate marriage". Her husband, the Reverend W.F.Whitechurch, must have been an extreme eccentric, incapable of holding a clerical post for more than two years at most. In about 1869 the couple separated, and Matilda seems to have died not long afterwards. In Concerning Himself, chapters IV and XVIII, there are veiled accounts of these circumstances. By contrast, the life of Canon V.L.Whitechurch was notably successful, as he became the author of 24 books, some of which have never been out of print, and his career was otherwise distinguished.


V.L.Whitechurch


Bertha James

These photographs of Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch appeared in Sussex Life, November 1970, where he is the subject of an article by Philip Bober. Brief details about him can be found on the net: here, and here. He wrote: "many mystery and detective short stories, mostly featuring railways. Several were published in The Strand magazine. Later on in life he wrote several full-length detective novels. His most famous detective was Thorpe Hazell (created to be as unlike Sherlock Holmes, as possible)."

The only child of Victor and Florence Whitechurch was Bertha (incorrectly described by Bober in the Sussex Life article as the "Canon's sister"), who married Philip James, sometime Arts Director of the British Arts Council. To the left is a portrait of Bertha, painted by her daughter Caroline in 1955.


Outside Blewbury Church

Bertha and Philip James's son and daughter were named Paul Monamy (1932-1996) and Caroline (1935-1984). Both married, and have descendants. Below is a picture of a brigantine, oil on board, painted in 1962 by Caroline, Peter Monamy's great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter.


with arbitrary colouring


Descendants of Peter Monamy Cornwall in Australia & New Zealand


Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Mercator Brome Walton
by John Francis Rigaud, 1742-1810
Oil on canvas; 39¼ x 31¼; auctioned New York, 25 Jan 2012

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