HARE FAMILY GENEALOGY
(version 9/6/14)
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  1. Thomas Hare (c.1753-1818) of Upper Gravenhurst was probably born somewhere in Bedfordshire, England in the second half of the 18th century. He is likely to be descended from, or at least closely related to, Joseph Hare, Gentleman of Shitlington (today called Shillington), Bedfordshire, who left a will that was proven April 25, 1652 and is available in the National Archives, but this is a guess. It is likely that the Thomas Hare we seek is the Thomas Hare, son of Henry and Martha Hare, who was baptized on April 20, 1753 at the parish church in Clophill, Bedforshire. We know that Thomas married a woman named Mary, probably around 1776 or earlier, based on the birth dates of their children, and there is a 1776 marriage record for a Thomas Hare in Meppershall, which is adjacent to Clophill and Upper Gravenhurst. Furthermore, his first child was born in Meppershall, which is consistant with the previous supposition, but we have yet to see the marriage record to confirm the actual name of the bride.

    When Thomas Hare died he left a will, which was proven on March 4, 1819 and is also available in the National Archives. This will identifies Thomas as a "Yeoman (free land holder) of Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire" and mentions several of his children, who also appear in the Meppershall and Campton baptism registers. This will is the key document that identifies Thomas as the patriarch of the Hare Family of Upper Gravenhurst. Furthermore, we can assume that he is probably the Thomas Hare who was buried Nov. 21, 1818 at the age of 65 in the churchyard cemetery of St. Giles of Upper Gravenhurst. Because there is no mention in Thomas Hare's will of his wife, she must have predeceased him.

    Although the will of Thomas Hare names him as a landholder, the baptism records of several of his children identify him as a butcher who from at least 1783 to 1794 lived in the village of Shefford, which is adjacent to Campton parish. Furthermore, the 1779 mariage record from nearby Meppershall of one Simon Lucas, a minor and a butcher of Meppershall, to Martha Perrot records that Thomas Hare, butcher of Shefford, gave surety to Simon, which basically means that if Simon failed to marry Martha, Thomas would have to pay some agreed upon amount Marthas's family. Thomas must have done well as a butcher, or came upon a sizeable inheritance, as he obviously acquired land at some point in Upper Gravenhurst. Also, because we find him listed in the 1807 and 1820 (posthumously) poll books for the parish, we know that by those dates he not only was a free land holder but had sufficient assets to be eligible to vote for Members of Parliament when they stood for election.

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    • Martha Hare (b. c.1777) was probably born in Meppershall, Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on June 28, 1777 in the parish church.

    • Mary Hare (c.1778-1842) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on Aug. 29, 1778 in the parish church. She is identifed in her father's will as "Mary Mann, wife of James Mann of Upper Gravenhurst". Thus, she must be the same Mary Hare who married James Mann on Oct. 2, 1805 at St. Giles Church in Upper Gravenhurst. Also, she is most likely the same Mary Mann who was buried on April 7, 1842 at the age of 63 in the churchyard cemetery of St. Giles, Upper Gravenhurst.

    • William Hare (b. c.1779) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as he was baptized there on Sept. 11, 1779 in the parish church. He is mentioned in his father's will.

    • Sarah Hare (b. c.1781) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on Nov. 15, 1781 in the parish church. She might be the Sarah Hare who married William Poulter on Oct. 22, 1818 in Shillington, Bedfordshire, but this needs to be confirmed, as we did not find mention of her in her father's will.

    • Rebecca Hare (b. c.1783) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on March 21, 1783 in the parish church.

    • John Hare (b. c.1784) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as he was baptized there on Oct. 28, 1784 in the parish church.

    • Thomas Hare (b. c.1786) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as he was baptized there on March 9, 1786 in the parish church. He probably died before the 1790 birth of the second Thomas Hare of this same family.

    • Ann Hare (b. c.1788) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on April 2, 1788 in the parish church. She is identifed in her father's will as "Ann Dear, wife of John Dear of Shillington", whom she married on Feb. 17, 1814 in Shillington, Bedfordshire with her brother Henry and her sister Elizabeth as witnesses.

    • Thomas Hare (b. c.1790) , second child of the same name, was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as he was baptized there on Feb. 5, 1790 in the parish church. He is mentioned in his father's will. He might be the Thomas Hare who married Ann Millard on Feb. 9, 1819 at St. Giles Church in Upper Gravenhurst, but this is not certain and needs to be confirmed.

    • Henry Hare (c.1791-1846) who follows:

    • Enoch Hare (c.1793-1819) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as he was baptized there on Oct. 3, 1793 in the parish church. He is mentioned in his father's will. He was buried on May 30, 1819 at the age of 26 in the churchyard cemetery of St. Giles of Upper Gravenhurst.

    • Elizabeth Hare (c.1794-1867) was probably born in Campton, Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on Nov. 20, 1794 in the parish church. She is identifed in her father's will as "Elizabeth Flint, wife of Lewis Flint of Shillington". Thus, she must be the same Elizabeth Hare who married Lewis Flint (1792-1868) of Shitlington (Shillington) on May 30, 1816 at St. Giles Church in Upper Gravenhurst. Also, she is probably the Elizabeth Flint who died in July of 1867 at the age of 73 in the Shillington registration district of Bedforedshire.

  2. Henry Hare (c.1791-1846), the son of Thomas and Mary Hare, was born about 1791 (according to his tombstone) in Bedfordshire. Various online genealogies identify him as the Henry Hare who was baptized July 27, 1800 at Toddington, Bedfordshire to William and Sarah. However, we believe this to be highly unlikely, as he almost certainly is the Henry Hare of Upper Gravenhurst who is identifed as the son and primary heir in the 1819 will of Thomas Hare of Upper Gravenhurst. If true, this would identify him as the Henry Hare, son of Thomas and Mary Hare, who was baptized Dec. 29, 1791 in Campton, Bedfordshire to Thomas Hare, butcher and his wife Mary.

    The Henry Hare we seek was a farmer and land holder who married Elizabeth Burley (c.1792-1873) on Dec. 24, 1818 at St. Giles Church in Upper Gravenhurst. Elizabeth, who was the daughter of Henry's neighbors Thomas Burley and Elizabeth Whinwright (Wainwight), was probably born in nearby Shillington, also in Bedfordshire, as she was baptized there on Dec. 17, 1792 in the parish church. Although Henry's occupation was a farmer, he calls himself a publican (tavern keeper) on the 1833 parish record for the birth of his son John, which raises the interesting possibility that he may have had business dealings with another innkeeper in nearby Campton named James Bunyan, whose daughter Ann would one day marry one of Henry's sons. As Henry is never shown as proprietor of any particular inn, perhaps he was some sort of partner in the New Inn at Campton Turn, close to Henry's farm, where James was the proprietor. Henry died on Dec. 12, 1846 in Upper Gravenhurst. His wife Elizabeth, who had been born about 1793, survived him by many years, and died at the age of 82 on Aug. 15, 1873, also in Upper Gravenhurst. Their tombstones stand in St. Mary's Churchyard in Lower Gravenhurst next to their son Henry and his wife Ann.

    Henry and Ann Hare had the several children who follow. Some of the birth dates given below for them below are from public record, or from personal papers of Margaret Lucy Hare, but many are from the Dew Family Birthday Book, which in almost all instances seems to a reliable source.

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    • Henry Burley Hare (1819-1819) was born in 1819, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as he was baptized there on Oct. 17, 1819 in the parish church. He died two months later and was buried Dec. 2, 1819 in St. Giles Churchyard in Upper Gravenhurst.

    • Mary Hare (b. c.1821) was probably born in Upper Gravenhurst, as she was baptized there on June 10, 1821 in the parish church. She was a member of Henry Hare's household during the 1841 U.K. Census.

    • Elizabeth Hare (b. 1823) was born in 1823, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as she was baptized there on April 10, 1823 in the parish church. She was probably a twin. Although her twin sister died young, Elizabeth survived and was a member of Henry Hare's household during the 1841 U.K. Census.

    • Ann Hare (1823-1824) was born in 1823, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as she was baptized there on April 10, 1823 in the parish church. She was probably a twin. She died when she was only 13 months old, and was buried April 28, 1824 at St. Giles Churchyard in Upper Gravenhurst.

    • Henry Hare (1824-1892) who follows:

    • Anne Hare (b. 1826) was born March 20, 1826, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as she was baptized there on Sept. 3, 1826 in the parish church.

    • Charles Hare (b. 1829) was born May 10, 1829, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as he was baptized there on April 25, 1830 in the parish church. He became a butcher and married Fanny Elizabeth Brown in 1850 before emigrating with her and two of their children about 1859 to the United States.

    • John Hare (1833-1834) was born in 1833, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as he was baptized there on July 28, 1833 in the parish church. He died when he was only 14 months old, and was buried Sept. 8, 1834 at St. Giles Churchyard in Upper Gravenhurst.

    • John Hare (b. 1836) was born in 1836, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, as he was baptized there Dec. 25, 1836 in the parish church. He was a member of Henry Hare's household during the 1841 U.K. Census.

     

  3. Henry Hare (1824-1892), the son of Henry Hare and Elizabeth Burley, was born in Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, and baptized there on July 18, 1824 in the parish church. He married Ann Bunyan on Feb. 15, 1849 in Upper Gravenhurst. His occupation was a farmer, and he lived his entire life in Upper Gravenhurst, serving at various times as Treasurer and Mayor of the village. He died on May 22, 1892 in the same town where he was born, and his estate was settled in probate, with his son John Bunyan Hare named as heir, even though the oldest son George Henry Hare was still living. Henry's wife Ann died eleven years later in 1903, probably in Campton, where she had been living in 1901 with two of her daughters. All of the Hare children were born in Upper Gravenurst, but the official records give Ampthill as the location, as that was the seat for the registration district. Both Henry and Ann are buried with Henry's parents and their son James in the St. Mary's Churchyard in Lower Gravenhurst.

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    • George Henry Hare (1850-1899) was born on May 4, 1850 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on June 5, 1850 in the parish church. He does not appear to have married, and we find him in the 1891 U.K. Census living alone in West Ham, Essex and working as a dock laborer. Interestingly, when his father died in 1892, he was not part of the estate settlement. He died in 1899 in West Ham, Essex

    • James Hare (1852-1880) was born on July 4, 1852 in Upper Gravenhurst, and baptized there on Nov. 24, 1852 in the parish church. He died on Feb. 3, 1880 when he was just 27 years old. Although his death was reported at the Ampthill registration district, he probably died at Upper Gravenhurst. He is buried with his parents and grandparents in the St. Mary's Churchyard in Lower Gravenhurst.

    • Jane Elizabeth Hare (1854-1942) was born on Nov. 29, 1854 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on Dec. 19, 1854 in the parish church. There is a transcript that exists of a list of birth dates that gives 1856 as the year of her birth, but this is inconsistant with the record of her baptism. She was still a member of Henry Hare's household during the 1891 U.K. Census. She died a spinster in 1942 in the Biggleswade, Bedfordshire registration district.

    • Rosina Mary Hare (1856-1905) was born on May 20, 1856 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on July 9, 1856 in the parish church. She was a twin and went by the name of Rosa. She married Lewis Quenby in July 1891, probably in Upper Gravenhurst, though it is reported as Ampthill. Given that he was more than 20 years her senior, and she was 44-years old when they married, she probably never had children. She died in 1905 in Bedford, Bedfordshire.

    • Hephzibah Ann Hare (1856-1935) was born on May 20, 1856 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on July 9, 1856 in the parish church. She was a twin. She died a spinster in 1935 in the Biggleswade, Bedfordshire registration district.

    • Alice Amelia Hare (1859-1936) was born on Sept. 6, 1859 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on Dec. 26, 1859 in the parish church. She was known to her niece Dorothy Bunce as 'Aunt Milly'. She married Alfred Bouch in 1896 in the Biggleswade registration district, probably in the actual village of Upper Gravenhurst, and came with him in 1905 to the United States. They departed from Southampton on the SS St. Louis and arrived on May 14, 1905 in New York. Their ultimate destination was listed as Arizona, where Alfred at one time had lived near the famous Old West town of Tombstone and claimed to have known Wyatt Earp and his brothers. Alfred and Milly later settled in Pasadena, California, near the family of Milly's sister Margaret. Alfred is remembered by the family there as being a very proper Englishman, who liked to write poetry. Milly died on March 4, 1936 in Pasadena and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, with other members of her family. Alfred died March 2, 1940 and is buried near her. They did not have any children.

    • Margaret Lucy Hare (1861-1945) who follows:

    • John Bunyan Hare (1863-1943) was born on July 24, 1863 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on July 14, 1864 in the parish church. His niece Dorothy Bunce called him Uncle Jack. He married Rosa Payne (b. Dec. 22, 1868) on Oct. 11, 1893 at St. Helen Church in Kensington, London, and a short time later acquired Freeman's Farm near the town of Saffron Walden in Essex County, where he and Rosa raised five children. Although he listed his occupation as a draper at the time in 1892 of his father's death, the farm was probably his main source of revenue. This farm, which is located on Elder Street between the villages of Debden and Wimbish, continues to grow produce today. He died at in 1943 Saffron Walden.

      • Elea Adine Hare (1894-1926) was born in Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex in July to Sept. of 1894, and became a Red Cross nurse. She was a very close friend of her cousin Dorothy Bunce, who also became a nurse. Elea died Aug. 14, 1926 at the hospital in Saffron Walden.

      • Elsie Lena Florence Hare (1896-1971) was born on May 16, 1896 in Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex. She married Charley Wright in 1921 at Saffron Walden, and died in 1971 in Colchester, Essex.

      • Marjorie Phyllis Hare (1899-1959) was born in March, 1899 in Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex. She did not marry and died in 1959 in London.

      • Donald Bunyan Hare (1906-1967) was born in 1906 in Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex. He inherited Freeman's farm from his father, and started the D.B. Hare & Son Company, which continues to run the farm today. Donald died in 1967 at Saffron Walden. Donald Hare of Freeman's Farm was one of the family entries in cousin Dorothy Bunce's address book.

      • Norman Alan Hare (1909-1986) was born on March 7, 1909 in Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex; and died in Dec. 1986 in Cambridgeshire.

    • Albert Edward Hare (1865-1943?) was born on May 25, 1865 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on July 30, 1866 in the parish church. He was a member of Henry Hare's household during the 1871 U.K. census, afterwhich we find him apprenticed during the 1881 census to an ironmonger named William R. Grigg in Alfreton, Derbyshire. He then moved to Willesdon, Middlesex, where he is listed as a carpenter in the 1891 census. The 1901 census shows him in the village of Harlesden, which is in Willesden parish, but now married to a woman from Sussex named Jessie, with four children - Rosina Mary (b. 1892), Henry Edward (b. c.1894), Ethel (b. c.1897) and Herbert (b. c.1900). Lastly, the 1911 census shows single, and living with his son Henry Edward in Harlesden village (Willesden). There is an online genealogy that gives his wife's surname as Tilbury, but we have not found any marriage record to confirm this. He may be the Albert E. Hare who died at the age of 78 in 1943 in Hendon, Middlesex, which is near Harlesden, but this is not certain.

    • Selina (Lena) Mary Hare (1867-?) was born on Jan. 19, 1867 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on Feb. 17, 1867 in the parish church. She married a man named Harrison (b. c.1869), about 1897 or earlier, and moved with him to South Africa, where they had at least two children - Alice (b. c.1897) and Stanley (b. c.1899) - both born in Johannesburg in the Transvaal Colony. She apparently returned to England during at least part of the Boer War (1899-1902), as we find her listed as Lena Harrison in the 1901 U.K. Census, and living in Campton, Bedfordshire with her mother and two children, Alice age 4, and Stanley age 2. She is probably the Mrs. Harrison who on Aug. 21, 1915 departed from London bound for Capetown, South Africa on the ship Balmoral Castle with her husband Mr. S. Harrison and 22-year old daughter Ann Harrison. If so, then her husband at the time worked for the railroad, and we might hazard a guess that his name was Stanley. What ultimately became of them, we do not know.

    • Annie Marie Hare (1869-1938) was born on Jan. 20, 1869 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on June 5, 1876 in the parish church with two of her sisters. She eventually ended up in the town of Cambridge in Waikato, New Zealand married to a grocer's assistant and sometime Seventh Day Adventist minister named Frank Lewin (c.1861-1938), who appears from 1911 to 1938 on the Waikato electoral roles. Frank and Annie had at least four children (her cousin Dorothy remembers five) - Stanley Lewis (c.1897-1948), Francis Henry, Lena Mary (c.1905-1977) and Helena. Anne's husband Frank died on May 12, 1938 in Waikato, and she died on May 23, 1938, just a few days later. Both are buried with two of their children in the old part of Leamington Cemetery in Cambridge, New Zealand. Their daughter Lena Mary Lewin (c.1905-1977) became a nurse and moved to New South Wales province in Australia, where in her later years she cared for her sister Helena. Lena and her cousin Dorothy Bunce corresponded with each other, but probably never met. Lena died on Sept. 2, 1977 in a hospital in Sydney, Australia, and she is buried in the Avondale Adventist Cemetery in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia.

    • Frances Grace Adine Hare (1870-?) was born on Oct. 24, 1870 in Upper Gravenhurst, and baptized there on June 5, 1876 in the parish church with two of her sisters. She is believed to have married a man named Lloyd Paine.

    • Marianne Helena Hare (1873-1950) was born on Nov. 2, 1873 in Upper Gravenhurst and baptized there on June 5, 1876 in the parish church with two of her sisters. She emigrated to Arizona, probably to live near her sister Milly Bouch (Alice Hare), most likely sometime in 1903 after her mother's death, and married an Englishman named Edward Cornelius Purnelle (b. 1859) on July 13, 1909 in Cochise County, Arizona. They had at least three sons, all born in Cochise County. Both Marianne and Edward appear in the 1928 city directory for Douglas City, but not in the 1929 directory. Marianne died on Nov. 22, 1950 in Los Angeles County, California.

      • Edward Cecil Purnell (1911-1989) was born on Oct. 27, 1911 in Pirtleville, Arizona. He married Elsie Inez Pearson (1904-1996) sometime after 1940 (her second marriage), and died Jan. 7, 1989 in Long Beach, California, where he is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cypress). He is easily confused with another Edward Purnell of Long Beach, and the fact that Elsie sometimes gave her birthdate as 1911 adds to the confusion. Edward and Elsie Purnell of Long Beach were one of the family entries in cousin Dorothy Bunce's address book.

      • Francis Henry Purnell (1913-1913) was born April 16, 1913, and died two months later on June 15 in Douglas City, Arizona.

      • Henry Bunyan Purnell (1914-?) was born Dec. 31, 1914 in Douglas City, Arizona. As he does not appear with his parents in the 1920 U.S. Census for Pirtleville in Cochise County, Arizona, he almost certainly died as a child, and is buried somewhere in Arizona.

     


    Photo of the Hare family taken about 1878 at the farm in Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire.
    (Back Row, l-r, standing) Amelia, Rosina, George, Hephzibah, Margaret Lucy, John;
    (middle Row, l-r, chairs) Selina, Jane, Henry Hare (father), Ann Bunyan Hare (mother), James, Annie.
    (front Row, l-r, rug) Albert, Marianne Helena, Frances Grace.

     

  4. Margaret Lucy Hare (1861-1945), the daughter of Henry Hare and Ann Bunyan, was born Aug. 8, 1861 in Upper Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire and christened there on July 1, 1864 in the parish church. She married Robert Bunce on Dec. 27, 1884 in Upper Gravenhurst. According to daughter Dorothy, the marriage was arranged. Robert at the time was a draper's assistant, but he did try his hand at farming around 1890/91 in Hollesley, Suffolk, and later he may tried farming again at Upper Gravenhurst, probably about the time in 1892 of his father-in-law's death.

    The family moved about 1894/95 to London, where Robert eventually became involved in the sale of mining properties in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the United States. He made many trips back and forth to the States, often staying years at a time, while the family remained in England. Daughter Dorothy remembered good times with lots of money when her father was home, but the money would eventually run out when he was away, and there would be hard times until he returned. Robert appears to have been in the United States for the duration of World War I, and there is no evidence that he ever returned to England when the war ended.

    After Atlantic had opened up again for boat travel with the end of World War I, Margaret came to the United States with her son Harold, departing from Southampton on the SS America and arriving on Sept. 22, 1921 in New York. She then coerced her husband to put aside his wheeling and dealing in the gold fields, and made him settle down with her in Pasadena, California, where she eventually collected all of her children around her. She was joined at some point by her older sister Milly, who had originally emigrated from England to Arizona in 1905 with her husband Alfred Bouch. Another sister Marianne was in Arizona with her husband Edward Purnelle.

    Margaret is said to have ruled her family with a stern hand, and she was not happy when her sons eventually married and left the nest. None of her daughters married, and Madge and Dorothy took care of Margaret in her final years. Robert died Oct. 4, 1930 in Pasadena and is buried there in Mountain View Cemetery. Margaret outlived him by many years and died May 26, 1945 at her home at 609 Charter Oak Drive in South Pasadena. She is buried at Mountain View Cemetery beside her husband, and along with Alfred and Milly Bouch, and daughter Madge. Please see the Bunce Genealogy for the children of Margaret and Robert.

     

     


REFERENCES:

  • Interviews with Dorothy Bunce, and Family Papers.

  • The Dew Family Birthday Book was most likely started by Elizabeth Martha Davies (1855-1914), the daughter of Philip and Sarah Dew, and eventually passed down to her daughter Alice Ethel Nelson (1883-1936), who added more dates. Ethel died in 1936, and the book was probably lost or destroyed sometime after the death of her husband John. Fortunately, Ethel's son Geoff Nelson and his wife transcribed the contents of this booklet by hand, and their nephew Geoff Hindmarsh about 2004 made scans of their handwritten transcriptions. A typed version of the Birthday Book also exists that was prepared by Geoff Nelson and his wife, in which they grouped the entries by surname, and re-ordered them by year of birth. Where entires in the Birthday Book can be cross-checked to public records, almost everything seems to be correct.

  • U.K. Census Records, 1841-1901 and Parish Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records: online databases available on Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, and Find My Past.

 

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