William's family

Hanbidges appear to have originated in the Cotswold (Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire) area of England, probably weavers and farmers. Mary Hanbidge tracked down records of them in Cirencester in the late 1500s. A John Hanbidge went to Ireland with William III about 1688 and eventually settled in Merganstown, Dunlavin. A great, great grandson was William, born probably 16th April 1813, and who returned to England in 1858 as a London City Missionary. His first two wives, by now both dead, had borne him seven living children (his 'Irish family') and in London he married Mary Ann Warren by whom he had Mary (1866) - who wrote the book - and Henry (his 'English edition'). He had bought several of his Irish youngsters with him, and one, my great grandfather, Robert William Hanbidge, was to join the Army, marry a local Jewish girl and have an English family of his own. One of his sons, Lewis Lancaster Hanbidge (1890), was my grandfather.

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