family were all born in Bristol (Avon), England - my great-grandfather was a pilot on
the tug boats, and my Grandmother was a cook (place unknown). My
grandfather was a tanner in Bedminster, Bristol. He died at the age
of 48. My Father, apart from being a Royal Marine, also worked at
Rolls Royce in Filton, near Bristol, and died at the age of 60.
We know that Bedminster is where my grandmother and grandfather lived until after WWII - then they moved to Southmead in Bristol.
I would be appreciate if any person reading this can 'link' to this family, or provide further information, to contact me. Email - siralecbintos @ hotmail.com
Hi , I am hoping you may be able to
help me, or know of someone who can. I am
looking for any reference to a James John Cleveley. All I
really have on him at present is this:
James John Cleveley - Born Abt. 1840 at
Bethnal Green, London, England.
Appears on the 1881 Census at 9 Abingdon Street, Bethnal Green, Middlesex - Head, married, age 40, a cigar maker, born Bethnal Green.
He married :Clara Mary Wigg - Born 1844 at Harleston, Norfolk, England, Birth source: GRO Sep Qtr 1844 Depwade.
Appears on the 1851 Census - Broad Street, Redenhall, Norfolk - Daughter of Susanna WIGGS, age 6, scholar, born Harleston [source: 1851 Norfolk Census CD.
Appears on the 1881 Census - 9 Abingdon Street, Bethnal Green, Middlesex - wife of James CLEVELEY, age 33, born Harleston, Norfolk [source: 1881 UK Census CD.
Marriage Notes - source: GRO Mar Qtr 1867 Bethnal Green 1c 513; FreeBMD website. They married : 1867 at Bethnal Green RD, London, England.
I think I have all their children, viz. - Stephen Cleveley born Abt. 1869 : John Cleveley born Abt. 1873 : James Cleveley born Abt. 1875 : Gilbert Cleveley born Abt. 1878, but if it's at all possible I would really like a bit more information about James John Cleveley - any help you can give me will be very much appreciated, Thank you, Dee. dee_j_au @ yahoo.com
John Clevely, c.1745-1786,
oil on canvas; 68.5 x 122.1 cm
THE CAPTAIN COOK
JOHN WALKER'S HOUSE, GRAPE LANE, WHITBY,
NORTH YORKSHIRE, YO22 4BE
TELEPHONE (01947) 601900
Dear Mr. Clevely,
I have researched your enquiry and find the following information. James Clevely (carpenter) sailed on the Resolution on Captain
Cook's second voyage 1776-1780 (reference Beaglehole page 503). He joined the
Resolution on 10th February 1776 and although employed as a
carpenter it was stated that "has a talent for drawing". He made
scenes on the voyage from which his brother, John, worked up a series
of paintings and lithographs which were published 1787/1788.
I have researched your enquiry and find the following information.
James Clevely (carpenter) sailed on the Resolution on Captain Cook's second voyage 1776-1780 (reference Beaglehole page 503). He joined the Resolution on 10th February 1776 and although employed as a carpenter it was stated that "has a talent for drawing". He made drawings of scenes on the voyage from which his brother, John, worked up a series of paintings and lithographs which were published 1787/1788.
The museum has
4 hand coloured aquatint paintings by John Clevely (1747-1786) who was a
well known marine painter. The
scene depicting the death of Captain Cook is thought by many to be the
most accurate representation of that event.
The four paintings that are at the museum are:
1. View of Morea (one of the Society Islands)
View of Matavia Bay, Otaheite (Tahiti).
3. View of Huaheine (one of the Society Islands).
Kealakekua Bay, Owyhee (Hawaii) showing the death of James Cook.
After a thorough
search this is the only information I can find
CHARITY NO.517546 REGISTRATION NO. RD133
A welcome submission by -
1 Wimbledon Road, Westbury Park, Bristol. BS6 7YA
Roy E. Cleveley. roy.cleveley @ blueyonder.co.uk
Family History Interest.
CLEVELEY OR CLEVELY SURNAME
Information of interest to persons whose surname is
spelt as either of the above.
In July, 1979, the BBC ran an arts-TV programme which included some 18th century marine artists, one being a John Cleveley, the elder, 1712 – 1777. A painting of his depicting a launching at Deptford Docks, London, was duly signed at the base of the painting and this prompted me to write to the BBC for further information, because he and I shore the same surname. They gave me some useful, linked, information but also referred me to contact the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich where many ‘Cleveley’ paintings are kept.
The museum supplied me with a deal of historical information and invited me and three of my male cousins to visit Greenwich and view these works, over 100 of them in one form or another! These were painted by John Cleveley the elder and his two twin sons, John and Robert. There was another son, James, believed to be the eldest, who was adept at sketching quickly and accurately but he did not paint scenes as such. Whatever he did of topical interest, one of his twin brothers would firm up his etchings in a finished painting.
Four of us Cleveleys spent an excellent day at Greenwich, browsing through many written records on this family of artists, also seeing a great number of their paintings in a well-protected storage building some distance away.
On returning to our home in Bristol, we were keen to draw up a family-tree and to see exactly where our genealogy lay. This gave us a direct link with those London Cleveleys of the early to late 18th century.
It transpired that the issue from John, the elder, eventually established a wine-merchant business in Southwark, known as Parrot & Co., for which there is a printed logo to prove this. Three brothers ran the business and it prospered. However, one of the brothers, Henry, would travel to Bristol regularly from London concerning imports of sherry in particular as this was a port famous for its trade with Portugal. In Bristol, Henry eventually met and married a Dorcas Haskins, which angered his brothers who considered he had ‘married beneath him’ - not an uncommon accusation in those days! Henry remained firm in his resolve however, so his brothers dismissed him from their business in London. Henry remained in Bristol and settled down there with his new wife, who was apparently not at all kind to him! She was the daughter of a builders’ merchant who lived in Old Bread Street, close to where the present giant firm of Gardiner-Haskins now stands. Bread Street remains in situ to this day, although in a rather dilapidated, unbuilt-up area.
We are fairly sure that the present Gardiner Haskins grew out of that building merchants’ business because it deals in all manner of building and electrical goods. There is no firm proof of this, however, and when the firm was approached about looking up their records, they replied that most of their historical documents were destroyed in the blitzes on the city! Coincidence is strong, however but must be left there.
In reading on your site of the Cleveleys living in and around Bristol, we are convinced that Henry and Dorcas were the ‘founder-members’ of our progeny. Most of the Cleveleys found in the local Bristol telephone directory, for example, are related in some way or another. Those others in the Midlands, Scotland and beyond, such as Canada, could well have emanated from any of those London artists and their forebears. We hope to obtain a direct link with us in the south west with one or more of them.
As for those artists’ paintings and etchings, they are all of a very high standard and it is believed that HM the Queen owns one of John Cleveley’s – the elder – paintings, which probably hangs in Windsor Castle.
I conclude with an abridged version of the National Maritime Museum’s information given to me by letter of July, 1979.
‘John Cleveley, the elder, was born approx. 1712, the son of Samuel Cleveley of Southwark, a joiner. John became a shipwright, married and had twin sons, Robert and John, whiles living in Deptford, plus another son James.
John died in 1777 and was buried at Deptford on 27th May 1777. His wife was given charge of all his goods and chattels. The parish of St.Paul’s, Deptford, records his death thus -
Cleveley, carpenter, belonging to His Majesty’s ship the Victory, in
the pay of His Majesty’s navy.’
Twin sons were born in 1747 and John junior also became a shipwright and received instruction in water colour painting from Paul Sandby, drawing master at Woolwich!
In 1772 John joined Lord Mulgrave’s expedition to the north polar seas and was also supernumerary aboard the ‘Adventure’. Cook’s second voyage 1772-75, was as draughtsman to Banks. It is said that John painted a series of watercolours from the sketches made by his older brother James who was possibly carpenter on Cook’s ‘Resolution’. This was Cook’s third voyage, in 1776-80!
Robert became a caulker and outlived his twin brother by 23 years. He was appointed marine painter to the Prince of Wales, and marine draughtsman to the Duke of Clarence.
Robert concentrated his painting on marine battles, for which he is apparently well known .
James’ sketchbooks are part of the Sheepshank’s Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.’
Several books about horticultural matters have been written by Andi Clevely, many are available for sale through the 'Net and other "bookshops".Do you of any other interesting Clevelys (or similar spellings)?
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