Monday, 31 December 2012

No. X To my Father’s Sister (Frederica Markham)

Cleveland Sonnet

No. X [To my Father’s Sister]
Rectory Manor, Walthamstow 1860
From Paul Tweddell's book on the Tweddell's
Addressed to my Father’s sister Frederica,
daughter of the late Dean Markham
Lady! thy name is doubly dear to me,
And shall be, whilst this o’ercharged heart can feel;
For, like an angel, in my poverty
Thou hast appear’d, my rankling wounds to heal.
Then can I less than bow before my God, 5
And in lowly reverence I kneel,
Beseech each blessing promised in His Word—
Peace here on earth, and then eternal weal
In Heaven on high, where golden harps e’er peal
Th’ Almighty’s praise from every holy chord,— 10
“Glory to God, the holy God, our Lord,
The God through all the universe adored!”
Oh! can I less than offer up for thee
A fervent prayer that such thy lot may be?

George Markham Tweddell

From North of England Tractates No. 7
Cleveland Sonnets (1870)

Sonnet 10 was addressed to my Father's sister, Frederica, daughter of the late Dean Markham. She was born at Stokesley Rectory, and ever cherished a strong love for Cleveland. An angel on her sojourn here, she is now one in heaven.George Markham Tweddell Stokesley April 23rd 1870

Frederica Markham  baptised 23rd Feb 1774
Died: 29th Apr 1860 (1863 according to Paul Tweddell's book)
"She was the sister of George Markham Tweddell's father - Royal Navy Lieutenant, George Markham, who had been born in 1797 in the Rectory, Stokesley. His father, another George Markham (1763-1822), was the Rector of Stokesley, whilst also holding the post of Dean of York, and his grandfather was Archbishop Markham (1719-1807), famed for saving the walls of York from demolition in the first decade of the nineteenth century with the help of the author Walter Scott. Lt Markham had lived an adventurous life in the Royal Navy, had been mentioned in dispatches during the late Napoleonic campaign on the Mediterranean coast of France and was wounded in the Siege of Algiers in 1816. Obviously, one must imagine that his dalliance with Elizabeth Tweddell (1800-1841) while on leave in Stokesley during summer 1822 resulted in George Tweddell's birth the next year and must have been a typical event in the pre-Victorian period. So too was the way the child was welcomed by this mother's yeoman family without social problems; George would be perceived as an extra worker in the family's various enterprises and brought the added advantages of 'noble blood' to add it to the Tweddell line."
From Paul Tweddell's - Tweddell History website

Frederica married Captain Heaviside and was known as Frederica Heaviside.

George made contact with Frederica, by then a widow at Rectory Manor, Walthamstow, Essex when it was still a village. In 1863 she left him an annuity of £100 per annum in her will to alleviate his poverty.

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