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This page was last amended on 19th December, 2012.
The registration of birth, marriages and deaths was introduced in Britain in 1837 but was not made complusory until 1872. Complete censuses began in 1841
Indexes and summaries of these record have been transcribed onto several website of which I have used www.ancestry.co.uk. Transcribed by hand, there are numerous and inevitable transcription errors but they are still good starting points before visiting or contacting the National Archives to see the originals
The 1841 census lists only 70 Mordaunts in England. It soon becomes clear that many are missing and that the real number could be even double that figure but, even so, by any standards it was not a common surname. Lancashire was one of the three main clusters of Mordaunt families in the British Isles in the mid 19th Century; the others were the London area, inevitably, and County Wexford in Ireland.
The 1841 census shows 5 Mordaunt Family Households in Lancashire, the 1881 census, seven, the 1891 census, eight. It is a reasonable supposition that there was a relationship between several of them, especially those living in close proximity in the Ormskirk, Aughton and Bickerstaffe area.
In 1543 John Mordaunt, Knight, Lord Mordaunt, Robert Mordaunt and others were plaintiffs in a case of deforciant (Law : A person who deforces another or keeps him wrongfully out of possession of an estate. From "deforce" (verb, transistive) - Law : To keep (something) by force or violence (from the person who has a right to it); to withhold wrongfully - O.E.D.) against Henry Farington, Knight, over the manor of Farington and a sizeable area of other land, messuages, mills, cottages and rent in Farington, Preston, Leyland and Ulnes Walton. While "Lord Mordaunt" is self-explanatory, I am not entirely certain as to John Mordaunt, Kt, or Robert Mordaunt
William Mordaunt "of Oakley" (in Bedfordshire) and his wife Agnes clearly had interests in the manors/estates in Preesall with Hackinsall in the period 1540s - 1570/80s.
It was William and Agnes's daughter Jane Mordaunt who married Richard Bold and was in possession of Bold Manor when, as a widow, she later married John Edwards of Chirk although two thirds of estate where sequestered in fines for recusancy in 1612.
Ormskirk registration district
At the start of the period for which I have found record, the Mordaunts were living in the Ormskirk area, including Aughton, Bickerstaffe, Dalton, Lathom and Skelmersdale. Over the following period some of them inevitably drifted towards the growing port of Liverpool. The evidence is that most of the Mordaunt's of Lancashire were Catholic, perhaps a remnant of the "notorious recusant" family of the 16th/17th centuries or perhaps suggesting they were returnees from Ireland. Notwithstanding, they were obliged to use the Anglican churches for marriages and burials and occasional baptisms. Especially helpful are the many Lancashire parish records that volunteers have put on-line. Unfortunately, the records are not always complete. The earliest record I have found to date is:
- George Mordaunt is recorded as marrying Jenet Latham on 19th May 1756 in the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the parish of Ormskirk. "Jenet" seems to have been a family name among the Lathams around that time. Both were past the age of requiring parental consent and were therefore over 21 years.
The Lancashire parish records then show a number of Mordaunts born very soon after this wedding. It is possible they were brothers and sisters, George and Jenet's children. It is also possible they were cousins. Either way, they were clearly the "next generation" from George and Jenet. They in turn were followed by the "third" generation, born in the 1780s and 1790s, and then a "fourth," born in the 1810s and 1820s".
A curious incident
One of the above must have been involved in a curious incident reported in The Times on 15th September 1863
"EXTRAORDINARY PROCEEDINGS.-On Friday after noon, Mr. W.S.C.Standish, of Duxbury Hall, near Wigan, one of the magistrates for the petty sessional division of Chorley, Lancashire, formerly in the regular army, and at present holding the position of lieutenant in the D (Lord Skelmersdale's) troop of Yeomanry Hussars, came forward to answer the charges of having shot at a man named Michael Burke, and of having wounded another named Thomas Hesketh, on the highway in Lathom, near Ormskirk. It appeared that for some days Mr. Standish had been drinking rather freely, and on Tuesday last, about noon, obtained from a shoemaker in Tarleton, near Ormskirk, about an ounce and a half of No.3 shot. With this he loaded a cavalry pistol, and rode away. In the evening he came up to four harvestmen near Mathom-house. He presented his pistol at three of them in succession, firing at the third man, and hitting him on the shoulder. He then galloped off to Lathom-house, where he was met by Sergeant-Major Nunnerley, of Lord Skelmersdale's troop, to whom he delivered two pistols, one empty and the other charged, and began to talk incoherently about there being a riot at Ormskirk, and the troop being called out. After a short stay, Mr. Standish again took the road to Ormskirk. Presently they were met by Inspector Jervis, of the Ormskirk police, and Mr. Standish was called upon to surrender, but he declined to do so, turned his horse round, and galloped off furiously, brandishing his sword. While thus engaged, he came up to Hesketh and another man named Mordaunt. The latter threw himself down and escaped, but Hesketh received a cut on the chin and fell to the ground, where he was subsequently found bleeding. The police inspector obtained a horse and went in pursuit of Mr.Standish, but after riding about two miles all trace of him was lost, and the chase was abandoned. Mr.Standish eluded capture till Wednesday, at noon, when he was apprehended at Newburgh, a few miles from Ormskirk. He then said he was very sorry for what had occured; that it was a mad freak, and that he did not intend to hurt any of the men. The wounds were described as not in any way serious, Burke's being nothing more than an abrasion, and Hesketh's an incised wound about two inches long, but not deep. The pistol with which Burke had been shot appeared to have been loaded with blank cartridge only, and the charged pistol which Nunnerley received was found to contain a piece of paper, a thimbleful of powder, and a wad. Burke identified Mr.Standish, but Hesketh and his companion would not swear to him as he rode at them quickly, and was out of sight before they recovered themselves. For the defence it was contended that there had been no wounding within the statute. There was a total absence of malice on the part of Mr.Strandish, who had never seen Burke before, and as regarded the wounding with the sword, the wounded man had not identified Mr. Standish. The magistrate, however, held that prima facie cases had been established. It was his painful duty to commit Mr.Standish for trial at the next Liverpool assizes. Mr.Standish was accordingly committed, but admitted to bail."
On 23rd December William Standish Carr Standish stood trial at the Crown Court and was sentenced to be imprisoned for one month and fined £300.
- Too many John Mordaunts - In the transcribed records on www.ancestry.co.uk there are weddings of three John Mordaunts in fairly quick succession in Ormskirk and I have not yet been able to find out which is which.
- In 1914 a John Mordaunt married Elizabeth A. Gregson at Holy Trinity, Bickerstaffe
- Phyllis Mordaunt (1918 - ?). She married Thomas Esp in Ormskirk in 1942
- In 1923 a John Mordaunt married Lily Hodge at St. Thomas, Lydiate.
- Lily Mordaunt (1923 - ?) was born in the Ormskirk district
- Frank Mordaunt (1924 - ?). He married Margaret McAdam in Ormskirk in 1950
- Brian Mordaunt (b. 1958) was born in Ormskirk.
- Colin Mordaunt (b. 1959) was born in Ormskirk. A Colin Mordaunt married Lorraine M. Griffiths in Sefton in 1982
- Victoria Mordaunt (b. 1982) was born in Sefton
- Sarah Mordaunt (b. 1984) was born in Sefton
- Kimberley Mordaunt (b. 1985) was born in Sefton
- Philip Mordaunt (b. 1988) was born in Liverpool
- George Mordaunt (1926 - ?) was born in Ormskirk. He married June M. Smith in Liverpool in 1956
- Jeffrey G. Mordaunt (b. 1961) was born in Ormskirk. He married Wang J. Lian in West Lancashire district in September 1999
- John C. Mordaunt (b. 1965) was born in Ormskirk.
- Douglas Mordaunt (1928 - ?) was born in Ormskirk. He married Irene Widdup in Liverpool in 1962.
- Vera Mordaunt (1932 - ?). She married Edmund Pinnington in Ormskirk in 1957.
- Linda Pinnington (b. 1961) was born in Ormskirk
- Alan Mordaunt (1934 - ?). He married Sheila A. O'Brien in Ormskirk in 1968
- Ian Mordaunt (b. 1970) was born in Ormskirk. He married Janet Fell in Sefton in 1993
- Emily Jane Mordaunt (b. 1993) was born in Liverpool
- Jessica Katherine Mordaunt (b. 1997) was born in Liverpool
- Joseph Christopher R. Mordaunt (b. 2003) was born in West Lancashire district
- In 1927 a John Mordaunt married Lilian A. Prescott, registered in Liverpool. Was it just coincidence that a John Mordaunt (above) married a Mary Elizabeth Prescott in Aughton in 1892? Anyway, this appears to be a bit of a shotgun marriage. In the same quarter of the year they married they registered the birth of a daughter
- Gladys Mordaunt (b. 1927) in Ormskirk. A Gladys Mordaunt married Donald G. Jenkins in Ormskirk in 1951.
- Ian Jenkins (b. 1952) was registered in Liverpool North.
- Susan Jenkins (b. 1953) was registered in Prescott.
- Anthony D.Jenkins (b. 1956) was registered in Ormskirk.
- Elsie Mordaunt (b. 1934) in Ormskirk. An Elsie Mordaunt married Kenneth G Ellis in Ormskirk in 1958.
- Linda V. Ellis (b. 1959) was registered in Ormskirk.
- Colin D Ellis (b. 1962) was registered in Ormskirk.
- James Mordaunt (b. 1939) was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He moved to Lancashire and with his partner, Joy Smith, he had a number of children born in Leigh, within the Ormskirk registration district, and Wigan
James married Ann M. Bennett in Leigh in May 1985 but sadly they divorced a few years later.
- James Anthony Mordaunt (b. 1970) was born in Ormskirk. He married Michelle Green in Salford in September 2003. Today he lives in New Zealand, where he is better known as Tony Mordaunt.
- James Mordaunt (b. 2009 )
- Martin Francis Mordaunt (b. 1971) was born in Leigh. He is now living in San Francisco
- Maria Louisa Mordaunt (b. 1973) was born in Leigh. She married Neil Capner in Wigan in April 1991 but has since divorced.
- Shaun Frederick Capner (b. 1993) was born in Wigan
- Tara Sarah Mordaunt (b. 1981) was born in Wigan and now lives in Leigh.
- Ollie Michael Grimes (b. 2006)
- Oscar Mark Grimes (b. 2010)
I am very grateful to Shaun Capner for finding my website and spotting gross errors and I am very grateful to his mother, Maria Mordaunt, for writing to me and correcting them as well as providing much additional information about her family.
- "Criminal Records" references in Lancashire in this period show two Robert Mordaunts at a time when, so far, I have only discovered the name Robert among the Ormskirk district Mordaunts:
- Robert Mordaunt 1 on 11th August 1852 was found not guilty of burglary at Liverpool Assizes. It is tempting to think it may have been blacksmith Robert, born 1820s above.
- Robert Mordaunt 2 on 19th October 1876 was found guilty of "Larceny from a Quay" at Liverpool Assizes and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. It is tempting to think it may have been Robert, born 1844, son of Thomas, above who was living in Liverpool at this time.
- "Unattached" references in the Internet records in the Ormskirk district are:
- Jane Mordaunt was born about 1805 and died in Aughton in 1879 aged 74 years. I do not know if she was married or a spinster.
- Margaret Mordaunt of Dalton is recorded as the mother of illegitimate William Mordaunt, baptised at St. Paul's church, Skelmersdale, on 24th October 1841. She was, possibly the daughter of William and Hannah Mordaunt who seem to have lived in Dalton.
- Alice Mordaunt married James Valentine at St. Peter's, Ormskirk, in 1844
- Ellen Mordaunt of Bickerstaffe is recorded as the mother of illegitimate Mary Hannah Mordaunt, baptised at St Paul's church, Skelmersdale, on 20 July 1845.
- John Mordaunt, a labourer from Ormskirk, and his wife Julia were recorded as the parents of
- William Mordaunt (1846 - ?), baptised at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, on 10th May 1846.
- Ellen Mordaunt married John Pope in 1848 in the presence of the Ormskirk registrar which suggests, to me, a Catholic marriage service.
- Jane Mordaunt died 1838 aged 7 years in Bickerstaffe
- Elizabeth Mordaunt born 1861 in the Ormskirk district. The only family having children at about this time were Edward, son of the innkeeper, John, and his wife Catherine. An Elizabeth Mordaunt died in 1879 in Bickerstaffe aged 17 years.
- Alice Mordaunt was born and died in Bickerstaffe in 1864
- Ellen Mordaunt was born and died in Aughton in 1882
- James Mordaunt (1883 - 1888) in the Ormskirk district
- Josiah Mordaunt (1906 - 1907) in the Ormskirk district
- Robert Edward Mordaunt (1904 - 1904) in the Ormskirk district
- James Mordaunt (1892 - 1892) in the Ormskirk district
- Joseph Mordaunt born 1895 in the the Ormskirk district
- Mary Ellen Mordaunt born 1891 in the Ormskirk district
- Rebecca Mordaunt born 1890 in the Ormskirk district
- Robert Edward Mordaunt born 1904 in the Ormskirk district
In the early records, West Derby was a different registration district from Liverpool, although the expansion of the city of Liverpool has long since overtaken and absorbed West Derby. And, as the city expanded, it attracted a number of Mordaunts from other districts, such as Ireland and modern Cumbria as well as from Ormskirk.
Appearing in the West Derby registration district was
- Patrick Joseph Mordaunt (abt 1814 - ?) from Dublin, listed in the 1851 census. A widowed cordwainer (pronounced "cordiner" - a skilled shoemaker) with a 13 year old son., his record really belongs on the Irish Mordaunts page.
Patrick then married Caroline Gunnell (? - 1852/53) in Liverpool in 1851. She died soon after the death of their son.
- Gerald Mordaunt (abt 1838 - 1868). Married Elizabeth Rogers (abt 1837 - ?) in Our Lady & St Nicholas and St Anne, Liverpool, on 12th May 1856, while working as a "boot closer"(?) and lived with his in-laws in Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Starting early, they already had a number of children by the 1861 census. A shotgun marriage? In the 1871 census, then a widow, and again in the 1881 census, she was working as a "monthly nurse" (who attended women in the first month after childbirth). In the 1891 census she was one of 900-odd patients at an asylum in Eccleston. She probably died in 1897, recorded in the Prescot district.
- Mary Mordaunt (abt. 1857 - ?). She disappears from the record after 1871
- Gerald Mordaunt (29th July 1858 - ?) was christened at St. Peter's, Liverpool on 9th August 1858. He is not mentioned after the 1861 census and perhaps went off to sea at a young age; he was described as a seaman when he married widow Bertha Scott (abt. 1861 - ?) at St. James's, Walton on the Hill, (which no longer seems to exist) on 9th December, 1896. A Gerald Francis Mordaunt was born and died in the Toxteth district in 1898. Was it their child? The death of a Bertha Mordaunt, born about 1862, was recorded in the Toxteth district in 1900. Was it his wife? He was at last recorded in the 1911 census, a widower, living or staying with his widowed sister, Elizabeth.
- Margaret Ann Mordaunt (abt. 1860 -?). She was baptised in St. Peter's, Liverpool on 12th March, 1860. In 1881 she was living with her mother, working as a children's maid. She possibly married in 1892.
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (22nd May 1862 - ?) was christened at St. Peter's, Liverpool on 9th June, 1862. In the 1881 census she was working as a "under nurse domestic servant" in a large household in Great Crosby. She did marry, perhaps in Liverpool in 1892, a ? Flanagan but was widowed after eight years and three children. At the 1911 census she was working a charwoman. As well as her three daughters, her brother Gerald was also in the house and a 19 year-old nephew, so far unidentified by me, William Butler.
- Mary Flanagan (abt 1894 - ?) was born in Liverpool
- Ivy Flanagan (abt 1895 - ?) was born in Liverpool
- Florence Flanagan (abt 1898 - ?) was born in Liverpool
- Rebecca Mordaunt (14th July, 1864 - 1870s) was christened at St. Peter's, Liverpool, on 15th August, 1864. She is not mentioned after the 1861 census.
- William John Mordaunt (22nd August 1867 - 1892) was christened at St. Peter's, Liverpool on 3rd March 1868.
- Frances Mordaunt (abt 1869 - ?). In 1891 census, described as born in Ireland, she was servant to a family in Upper Pitt Street in Liverpool. She married in the West Derby district in 1896
Patrick tried a third time, marrying Mary Ann Malone/Maloney in 1853
- Elijah Mordaunt (1852 - 1938) is listed in the birth records born in the West Derby district. Elijah's mother died shortly afterwards. His father remarried and, leaving Gerald behind in Liverpool, disappears from the records, probably returning to Ireland with his third wife new family. Elijah eventually joined the Navy. He appears in the marriage list, marrying Elizabeth "Betsey" (1859 - 1946) in the Naval port town of Medway in 1876. He appears as a stoker on HMS Defence in the 1881 census. After leaving ther Thereafter, he succesfully evaded any official recorder but his offspring appear in the birth lists and 1901 census in Caistor and Grimsby.
Details of all his numerous children and grandchildren are given on the Lincolnshire page but a number of his sons did return to Liverpool to work and settle.
- Joseph Robert Elijah Mordaunt (abt 1881 - 1943) is described in the 1911 census as a cashier, living at 203, Roberts Street, Grimsby.
He married 1. Jane Williams (1878 - 1977) in 1901.
He married 2. Frances Rehill (1905 - ?)
- Joseph Samuel Elijah Mordaunt (1902 - ?). He married Caroline C. Nicholson in Liverpool in 1928
- Kenneth Mordaunt (b. 1929) was born in Liverpool
- Donald Kendal Mordaunt (b. 1931) was born in Liverpool. He married Margaret Hampton in Liverpool in 1956
- Alan Mordaunt (b. 1956) was born in Liverpool. He married Jill Osbourne in Sefton in 1985
- Louise Mordaunt (b. 1992)
- Brian Mordaunt (b. 1964) was born in Liverpool. He married Catherine Cronin in Knowsley in 1990.
- Michael Mordaunt (b. 1990) was born in Liverpool
- Sally Mordaunt (b. 1992) was born in Liverpool
- Rachel Mordaunt (b. 1996) was born in Liverpool
- Joseph Robert Mordaunt (b. 1936) was born in Liverpool. He married Dorothy A. Morrow in Liverpool in 1958. I am grateful to Joseph and Dorothy's son Michael for contacting me and explaining that they emigrated to Melbourne, Australia, in 1971. Their further details can be found on the Mordaunts in Australia and New Zealand page. With thanks also to Brian Mordaunt, (just above), who also also contacted me with similar information.
- Michael J. Mordaunt (b. 1959) was born in Liverpool.
- Mark R. Mordaunt (b. 1961) was born in Liverpool. He obviously returned to England to marry Alison Reid in Nottingham in 1994
- Kimberley Mordaunt (b. 1962) was born in Liverpool
- Anthony T. Mordaunt (b. 1964) was born in Liverpool
- Doris Mordaunt (b. 1944) was born in Prescot. She married Francis Wood in Liverpool in 1964
- Leonard Mordaunt (1906 - ?). He married Elizabeth Jordan in Liverpool in 1929
- Leonard P. Mordaunt (b. 1930) was born in Liverpool
- Colin W. Mordaunt (b. 1931) was born in Liverpool
- George Edward Mordaunt (1912 - 2001). He married Muriel Smith in Grimsby in 1936
- George R. Mordaunt (b. 1943) was born in Liverpool. He married Josephine M. Elaine Dixon in Abingdon, Berkshire, in 1966
- Julia Elaine Mordaunt (b. 1969) was born in Windsor
- Sarah Christine Mordaunt (b. 1971) was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She married Robin W. Clarke in Chiltern, Buckinghamshire, in 2003.
- Patricia Jane Mordaunt (b. 1976) was born in Windsor
- Susan M. Mordaunt (b. 1945) was born in Liverpool. She married Gordon W. Morrey in Widnes, Lancashire, in 1969
- Pauline Sandra Morrey (b. 1972) was born in Liverpool
- Brian William G. Morrey (b. 1974) was born in Liverpool
He married 3. Bertha Elizabeth Rehill (1902 - 1994)
- Eugene (Gene) David Mordaunt (1929 - 2005). He married Doris Williams and they moved to Toronto, Canada, where his children and grandchildren still live.
- Paul Mordaunt (b. 1940)
- Maria Mordaunt Mordaunt (b. 1940)
Patrick, Mary Ann, Elijah and Rachel then disappear from the UK records and it is assumed they all moved back to Dublin, until Elijah re-emerges in the English 1876 marriage index
- Rachel Mordaunt (1857 - ?) was christened at St. Peter's, Liverpool, on 9th April, 1857
"Unattached" references in the Internet records in West Derby registration district are:
- Elizabeth Mordant (sic) (abt. 1816 - ?) and her brother John Mordant (abt. 1819 - ?), described as an upholsterer, both unmarried, born in Liverpool, were listed living together in Toxteth in the 1891 census.
- Alfred Mordaunt (1887 - 1888) in Toxteth Park
- Bertha Mordaunt (abt 1862 - 1900) died in Toxteth Park.
- Caroline Mordaunt (died 1853) in West Derby
- Dorothy Mordaunt (died 1840) in West Derby
- Edward Mordaunt (died 1863) in West Derby, age 41 years
- Eliza Mordaunt (abt 1825 - 1874) died in West Derby
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (died 1837) in West Derby
- Ernest H. Mordaunt (abt. 1869), described as a Professor of Music born in Middlesex, appears for one time only in the records in the 1891 census, lodging at the home of a Police Sergeant Wier at 72, Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth Park.
- Gerald Francis Mordaunt (1898 - 1898) in Toxteth Park
- John Mordaunt born 1866 in the West Derby district
- Rachel Mordaunt born 1858 in the West Derby district
- Robert Mordaunt born 1855 in the West Derby district
In the Liverpool registration district were
- John Mordaunt (abt 1816 - 1877), born in County Wicklow, Ireland, was possibly the John Mordant (sic) (abt. 1821 - ?) listed in the 1841 census aged 20 years (in the 1841 census, adult ages were often rounded up or down to a number divisible by 5) and a general labourer. He married Eliza/Elizabeth Looney (abt 1818 - 1863) from the Isle of Man in Liverpool in 1843. The Registrar was in attendance, suggesting to me a Catholic marriage ceremony. In the in the 1851 census he was described as a Warehouseman. They had a house not only big enough for themselves but to take three lodgers. At the 1861 census he was a "forwarding clerk". In the 1871 census they were in Upper Beau Street, Everton. He was described as a Shipping Clerk. They had children:
- Elizabeth Mordaunt (1844 - 1879). She did not marry. On her death, administration of her personal estate, (named as Eliza) was granted to her brother, Joseph.
- Edward Mordaunt (11th July 1846 - 1848). His baptism was recorded at St. Anthony's Catholic church, Scotland Road, Liverpool, on 16th July 1846. The burial service for an Edward Mordaunt was held at St Anthony's on 25th November 1848.
- Catherine Mordaunt (1848 - 1904). She did not marry. In the 1871 census, living at her parent's home, she was working as a dressmaker. After her parent's and elder sister's deaths, she is listed in the 1881 census as living with her brother Peter. In the 1891 census she was with her sister Agnes and her family and working as a dressmaker.
- Joseph Mordaunt (1850 - 1884). In the 1871 census, living at his parent's home, he was working as a customs Clerk. On 18th June 1871 he married Ann M.(Main?) Smith (abt 1849 - ?) at St. Joseph's, Liverpool. His sister Mary was a witness. At the time of the 1881 census he was employed as a shipping clerk. After his death, his widow is recorded as Annie in the 1891 census when her daughters Hannah and Agnes and 12 year-old niece, Eliza McMahon, were staying with her. Agnes and Eliza were still with her at the 1901 census, although they had moved house.
- Mary Mordaunt (1850 - before 1891?). In the 1871 census, living at her parent's home, she was working as a milliner. She was a witness at her brother Joseph's wedding in June 1871. She married James McMahon at St. Francis Xavier's church, Everton, on 28th September 1875. Her brother Peter and sister Catherine were witnesses.The family address was given as Lloyd Street. She had at least one baby daughter in the 1881 census when she was already a widow and living with her brother Peter and sister Catherine.
- Eliza A. McMahon (abt 1879- ?). She was living with her grandmother and aunt in 1891 and in 1901 when she was recorded as being a dressmaker.
- Peter Edward Mordaunt (23rd November 1855 - 1883). He was baptised on 25th November 1855 in St Anthony's Catholic church. He was at home for the 1871 census, working as an office boy. After his parent's and elder sister's deaths, in the 1881 census he was in Bootle, described as the head of a family consisting of his sisters Catherine and Mary and May's daughter, Eliza. Like his brother Joseph, above, he was a shipping clerk.
- Agnes Mordaunt (1858 - ?). Agnes married Hubert Lyons in 1881. In the 1891 census her sister Catherine was staying with her.
Still in the Liverpool district:
- Edward Mordaunt, a mariner, is listed in a Liverpool Poll Book of 1832 in Stanhope Street, Toxteth Park. The 'S' after the entry denotes he voted for the candidate, Lord Viscount Sandon. The Election was held on Wednesday, 12th & Thursday, 13th June 1832 and the result was as follows:-
Mr. Ewart & Lord Sandon being elected. The fact that Lord Sandon was elected caused considerable unrest! "Strong excitement" is the way it is described!
Mr. EWART 4,931
Lord SANDON 4,260
Mr. THORNELY 4,096
Sir Howard DOUGLAS 3,249
- Isaac Mordaunt is listed in the parish records of St. Michael's, Workington, marrying Mary Melvin on 2nd December 1751. Petra Mitchinson notes that an Isaac, a French Huguenot, was born 15th February 1728, baptised 15 February 1728 in Threadneedle Street, London, the son of Pierre & Marie Elizabeth Mordant (née Laune). This seems confirmed by a descendent through their daughter Elizabeth, Margaret Greer, who kindly wrote to me with additional information. In 1721 - 1723 they were resident at Brick Lane, Spitalfields and in receipt of the King's Bounty. (French Refugees in Great Britain in the early 1700s). Margaret believes Pierre's father was an Isaac Mordant whose Will was dated 1738 and probated 1747. "My grandmother told me that our family had Huguenot ancestors and I'm almost 100% certain that this is my family. I think they came to England via Rotterdam and originated in Lintot in the Haute-Normandie region of France ( Temoignages passed to me by a member of the Huguenot Society)".
This Isaac was described in the parish record as a mariner, which would explain how he would have gone to Workington, then a busy port. Isaac and Mary seem to have big gaps between their children but, either some are missing or he could have been away at sea for long periods. Details of other the members of the family are shown in greater detail on the Mordaunts in the Rest of Britain webpage.
- Sarah Mordaunt
- Elizabeth Mordaunt
- Isaac Mordaunt was baptised 1st August 1765. The marriage of an Isaac Mordaunt to Frances Lowe is recorded at St. Michael's, Workington, on 13th December 1787. Then another apparent long wait for children!
- Eldred Mordaunt (baptised 3rd April 1791, but birth given from 6 to 11 years later in 1841/51/61 census records - died 1863), presumably named after his uncle, born in Workington, is listed in the Cumberland Parish Registers as a master mariner, marrying Margaret Cannon (1805 - 1898) on 11th October 1828. They are listed in the 1841 census (page 1 and page 2), by which time he had become a shipowner and then again in the 1851 census when they were living at brow Top, Workington. Probate of his estate was awarded to his widow, Margaret.
Soon after, by the time of the 1861 census, they had moved to 61 Bedford Road, Abercromby, Liverpool. Described as a "landed proprietor", Eldred and his wife Margaret (abt 1805 - 1898?) took with them their two, then still unmarried, youngest daughters, who both found husbands in Liverpool. After Eldred's death Margaret continued to live in Liverpool in some comfort. I have not found her in the 1871 census but in the 1881 census she was listed in Botanic Street, Liverpool. Staying/living with her was a 20 year granddaughter, Mary Wilson, born in Cockermouth.
. She was listed in the 1891 census in Bedford Street where she died in 1898. Probate of her effects was valued at £22,220 and granted to her widowed daughters, Margaret and Jane.
- Dorothy Mordaunt (1829 - ?) was baptised in St. Peter's, Liverpool, on 1st September 1829. I have found no further reference to her and suspect she died young, certaily before the 1841 census.
- Mary Frances Mordaunt (abt 1832 - ?). She married in Cockermouth in 1855. This was presumably to a Mr Wilson; a Mary B. Wilson (b. abt. 1861) was staying with her grandmother Margaret in Liverpool in the 1881 census.
- Margaret Cannon Mordaunt (abt 1835 - ?). Another source transcription gives her second name as Cameron. She married Edward Ogden on 6th June, 1866 at St. John's, Blackpool.
- Jane Lowe Mordaunt ( abt 1837 - ?). She married George L. Anderton at St. Bride with St. Saviour, Liverpool, in 1865.
- Eldred Mordaunt
- John Mordaunt (abt. 1817 - 1845), described as born in Lancashire appears in the 1841 census as a police officer in Carnforth in the civil parish of Wharton, near Lancaster. Shortly after he married Esther Parker and they had a daughter
Tragedy was to strike. All in the space of 12 months: John died and was buried at the church of St. Michael and All Angels, Hawkshead on 25th February 1845; Esther had been pregnant and gave birth to their son
- Mary Hannah Mordaunt who was baptised at St. Oswald's church, Warton, on 24th September 1843.
the widow Esther then quickly married another policeman, Joseph Jackson, at the same church on 22nd November 1845; then, baby Mary Hannah died and was buried at the church on 25th January 1846.
- John Mordaunt (1845 - 1917) who was baptised in St. Michael and All Angels Church on 31st August 1845;
I am grateful to Kate Kirk from Tasmania, who wrote to me to take up the story from here. The Jackson family, with little John Mordaunt, emigrated to Australia. They arrived at Port Phillip, Melbourne, on 29th September, 1852, on the ship Tippoo Saib as unassisted passengers. John Mordaunt, jnr, married Jennettah McLaren in Melbourne, in 1874. According to Kate the children were registered under the spelling, Mordant.
- Esther Mordant (1875 - 1948)
- Lily Mordant (1877 - 1936)
- John Mordant (1880 - 1926)
- Colina Mordant (1880 - 1980)
- Colin McLaren Mordant (1883 - 1933)
- Rober Parker Mordant (1885 - 1923)
- William Mordant (sic) (? - before 1871), a blacksmith, was named as the father of
- "Unattached" references in the Internet records for Liverpool and the rest of Lancashire are:
- George Mordaunt is recorded as marrying Anne Fravis at St. John's, Preston, on 23rd August 1824, according to the Latter Day Saint's transcript of the parish register
- Sarah Mordaunt married John Hewet in Sephton (sic), on 12 February, 1830, according to a www.ancestry.co.uk parish record transcription.
- John Mordant (sic) (abt. 1821 - ?) was listed in the 1841 census aged 20 years and a general labourer. He was not Lancashire born and was possibly from Ireland.
- Henry Mordant (sic) (abt. 1827 - ?) was born in Manchester according to 1851 census. He was a cordwainer and seemed to be attending a cordwainer convention, staying there with several others from all over. Glossop was a booming cottton mill town but maybe there was also a shoe factory.
- Ellen Mordaunt married William Aspinall at St. Annes's, Liverpool, in 1848.
- Edward Mordaunt (died 1848) in Liverpool
- Margaret Mordaunt married John Conin at Our Lady and St. Nicholas and St. Anne in Liverpool in 1855.
- Charles Mordaunt (abt 1834 - 1899) died in Prestwich
- Lewis Mordaunt (sic) (abt 1848 - ?) was a French sailor, born in Bordeaux, serving a term of imprisonment in Walton Gaol in the 1881 census.
- Frank Mordaunt (abt 1851 - ?) is listed in the 1871 census, a 20 year-old ventriloquist, having been born in Liverpool but lodging at the time in Great Bolton. He was born, in fact, Thomas Sweeney on 15th July 1850, son of Edward and Sophia Sweeney. Frank Mordaunt was his stage name. I am grateful to a correspondent, Rowan Gibbs, who kindly contacted me to provide this information in June 2016).
- Charles Mordant (sic) (abt. 1853 - ?), aged 18 years, born in Liverpool, was working as a carter at the Stag Inn, Pentre Bagillt, Flintshire, now part of Clwyd, at the 1871 census.
- Gladys Hope Mordaunt (1892 - 1892) in the Chorlton district
- 6 year old Margaret Mary A. Mordaunt (1875 ?) was living/staying with an uncle/aunt in Skelmersdale. Born in Prescot, it is difficult to work out whose daughter she was.
- William Mordaunt (abt 1848 - ?), age given as 33 years and born in Liverpool, he was listed in the 1881 census working as a clerk in Broughton, Salford.
- Fr. Wilfred Mordaunt (abt 1848 - 1895), was one of four curates at the Holy Name Presbytry, Chorlton on Medlock, Manchester, in the 1891 census. Originally from Middx, although I have found no record of him there, he was previously recorded as a curate in Wakefield, Yorks, in the 1881 census. He was to die in Preston in 1895.
- A George Mordaunt, who I have not yet identified in any other part of this website, was described on his son George's marriage certificate as a horse dealer but where I have not yet discovered. His son George was born in Prescot, Lancashire, but I have not been able to identify a suitable George the father among the Lancashire Mordaunts. If it were not for the Lancashire connection I would guess he was from County Wexford in Ireland. He married ? Bradshaw sometime before 1913 and Bradshaw is a name particularly centred on Lancashire. I can find no record of such a marriage. The death of a George Mordaunt, age given as 83 years (born 1872/3) was registered in Prescott in 1956; a tenuous connection but it may be the same. Among any other possible children George and his wife had were
- George Wilfred Mordaunt (1913 - 1978) was born in Prescot, Lancashire. He joined the army, in the Prince of Wales Volunteers(South Lancashire Regiment) and it was probably while serving at Catterick Barracks in Yorshire that he met and married 1. Ellen Hird (abt. 1913 - ?)in Reeth, North Yorkshire, in October 1932. According to his daughter, Germaine, making an enquiry for more information on the www.ancestry.com website, George died in Hervey Bay, Queensland.
He married 2. Florence Dawson in Bootle, Lancashire, in 1949. This was sometime after the birth of four of their children recorded in the Birth List for England and Wales.
- Margaret J. Mordaunt (b. 1934) was born in Devonport, Cornwall. She stayed in the UK and married Ryszard Janczarek in Nottingham in 1955
- Janet Mordaunt (b. 1936) was born in Richmond, Yorkshire. She stayed in the UK and married Dennis Dilks in Notttingham in 1956
- Shirley M. Mordaunt (b. 1937) was born in Richmond, Yorkshire
- Kathleen Mordaunt (b. 1940) was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
- Josephine. Mordaunt (b. 1942) was born in Richmond, Yorkshire
They emigrated to Queensland in 1950. A 1950 passenger list from Southampton to Sydney includes Mordaunts with initials G., F., S., K., J., P., R., G. and W. They had further children
- Peter G. Mordaunt (b. 1942) was born in Bootle, Lancashire. He now lives in Perth
- Richard Mordaunt (b. 1943) was born in Bootle, Lancashire. He now lives in Queensland. I am grateful to his former wife, Jacqueline, who kindly contacted me with additional information about the family.
- Amber Melanie Mordaunt (b. 1977)
- Nigel Richard Mordaunt (b. 1980)
- George D. Mordaunt (b. 1944) was born in Bootle, Lancashire. He now lives in Sydney
- Walter F. Mordaunt (b. 1946) was born in Bootle, Lancashire. He now lives in Queensland
- Dorothy Mordaunt (b. ?). She now lives in Melbourne
- Anne Mordaunt (b. ?). She now lives in Queensland
- Violet Mordaunt (b. ?). She now lives in Queensland
- Lloyd Mordaunt (b. ?). He now lives in Newcastle, NSW.
- David Mordaunt (b. ?) He now lives in Newcastle, NSW.
- Germaine Mordaunt (b. ?). She now lives in Queensland
- Bruce Mordaunt (b. ?) who died aged 5 years of leukemia
- Frederick W. Mordaunt (1916 - 1942) was born in Prescot, Lancashire. and married Lean Elliott in Sheffield in 1935. In WWII he enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York's Own). He died 8th July 1942.
- Barbara Mordaunt (b. 1935) was born in Sheffield. She married David A. Clarke in Sheffield in 1955
- Steven Clarke (b. 1956) born in Sheffield
- Paul R. Clarke (b. 1960) born in Sheffield
- Andrew Clarke (b. 1961) born in Rotherham
- Christine Clarke (b. 1963) born in Sheffield
- Debbie Clarke (b. 1964) born in Sheffield
- Jeanette Mordaunt (b. 1937) was born in Sheffield. She married Derek M. Shaw in Sheffield in 1958
- Gail Shaw (b. 1960) born in Sheffield
- Glenn F. Shaw (b. 1960) born in Sheffield
- Garry Dean Shaw (b. 1961) born in Rotherham
- Doris Mordaunt (b. 1939) was born in Sheffield.
- Roy F. Mordaunt (b. 1941) was born in Sheffield. He married Jean Wilkinson in Sheffield in 1964
- David John Mordaunt (b. 1966) born in Sheffield. He married Maxine P. Fenton in Sheffield in 1987
- Samantha Aistling Mordaunt (b. 1989) born in Sheffield.
- Kellie Louise Mordaunt (b. 1991) born in Sheffield.
- Ben Lewis Mordaunt (b. 1994) born in Barnsley.
- Diane Michelle Mordaunt (b. 1969) born in Sheffield
- Mary Mordaunt (b. 1918) was born in Prescot, Lancashire.
- Violet Mordaunt (b. 1916) was born in Prescot, Lancashire. She married Edward Bramhall in Warrington in 1947.
- Mary Mordant (sic) born 1845 in the Wigan district
- William Mordant (sic) born 1841 in the Wigan district
- Frances Mordaunt (abt. 1869 - ), aged 22 from Ireland was working as a general domestic servant to a joiner and builder in Liverpool in the 1891 census.
- Charles C. Mordaunt born 1960 in Liverpool. His mother's name was Butler. Was he the Charles C Mordaunt who married Karen P. Cox in Greenwich in 1963? Did they have a daughter Natasha Jane Mordaunt, born in Lincoln in June 1991 or is the mother's name Cox simply coincidence?
- Sisters Chloe Charlotte Mordaunt born 1996 and Erin Jane Mordaunt born 2002 were both born in Liverpool. Their mothers' (maiden?) name was Conroy
The Mordaunts of Halsall Hall
- Charles Mordaunt was a nephew of Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough, and the son of Lewis Mordaunt, the third son of John Mordaunt, Viscount Avalon, and his wife, Elizabeth Carey. He acquired Halsall Hall, near Ormskirk through marriage
"Two sisters were co-heirs of the properties: Elizabeth, who married a distant cousin, Digby, fifth Lord Gerard of Bromley, and died in 1700, leaving a daughter and heiress Elizabeth, who married James duke of Hamilton; and Charlotte, wife of Thomas Mainwaring, who left a daughter and heiress Charlotte, who married Lord Mohun, and died in or before 1709. Lord Mohun, by the will of the second Lord Macclesfield, became owner of his wife's share of the Gerard estates, and the duel between him and the Duke of Hamilton, in which both were killed (15 November, 1712), originated in a dispute about the division. His widow was made the heir to his part of the estates, which included Halsall, and carried them to her third husband, Colonel Charles Mordaunt. Though Colonel Mordaunt had no issue by her, he remained in possession of the Gerard and Fitton properties, and Halsall descended to his son by a second wife, Charles Lewis Mordaunt, who at one time resided in the hall at Halsall. Eventually he sold the manor to Thomas Eccleston, lord of the adjoining manor of Scarisbrick, and the advowson of the rectory to Jonathan Blundell of Liverpool. He died at Ormskirk on 15 January, 1808, aged seventy eight."
From: 'Townships: Halsall', A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3 (1907), pp. 191-197.
So, his first wife, Elizabeth, Lady Mahon brought him the estate but no children. His second wife was Ann Scroope, daughter of Viscount Howe by his second wife.
This Charles Mordaunt and his son Charles Louis Mordaunt have numerous Internet references, many of which are, at best, contradictory and confusing and, at worst, simply wrong. More details of the elder Charles and his family can be found on the Earls of Peterborough page of this site.
He had three sons, none of whom married.
- Charles Louis Mordaunt (8th September 1729 - 15th January 1808). The family bible spells his name Louis although many sources spell it Lewis. He too is often given the title Colonel in some Internet references. He sold Halsall Hall before his death.
- Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (30th January 1730 (old calendar?) - 13th February 1809) is listed in most anthologies of English Verse and books of quotations for his lines written in the Seven Year War (1756 - 1763)
- Henry Mordaunt (20th October 1732 - 1778).
There is some confusion among Internet sources about the painting "Colonel Mordaunt and the Cockfight" held by the Tate Gallery in London. Some Lancashire sources say that the Colonel Mordaunt of the picture was Charles Lewis Mordaunt, above, describing him as such a wealthy cock fighting enthusiast who took his prize birds on an international tour to India, such as Online Encyclopedia. However, the eponymous Colonel in the picture is John Mordaunt, illegitimate son of an Earl of Peterborough and therefore most probably of Charles, the 4th Earl.
There appears to be no close relationship between the Mordaunts of Halsall Hall and the Mordaunt families that were already living in the Ormskirk district, detailed above
With grateful thanks for additional information from:
Michael Lonsdale who passed me the findings of research he did on probate and church records for John Mordaunt of Ormskirk. His valuable contribution filled in a few holes, confirmed some of my guesses and corrected some of my errors.
Tim Wheeler for information on Elijah Mordaunt
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