The Pullman Family, linked to my maternal lineage

The Pullman family are distant relatives on my mothers side of the family, with direct links to the Priday clan.

As far as I have been able to discover the story starts witrh James Pullman who was born during 1795 in Beaminster (pronounced Bem-Ster), Dorset, England. Unforunately I know very little about James because official records of the day are in short supply.

Beaminster, Dorset
Beaminster is a small town and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately 15 miles northwest of the county town Dorchester. It is sited in a bowl-shaped valley near the source of the small River Brit. In its history Beaminster has been a centre of manufacture of linen and woollens, the raw materials for which were produced in the surrounding countryside. Beaminster parish church is notable for its architecture, particularly its handsome tower.

St Marys Parish Church Beaminster DorsetSt. Mary's church, Beaminster, Dorset
Beaminster has had a church since Saxon times, although the current building stands on an earlier Norman structure. The tower dates from around 1500 and has been described as 'one of the glories of the West Country' and features 41 stone 'crocketted' pinnacles, showing devils and mythical animals.

It is possible that both James & his wife were involved in the linen & woollen production indistries but just as likely that James was an Agricultiral worker.

James Pullman was the great grandfather of the husband of one of my third cousins once removed and the actual lineage is:

  • James Pullman (1795 - 1819)
  • John Pullman (1818 - 1858) - son of James Pullman
  • Frederick Mintern Pullman (1847 - 1916) - son of John Pullman
  • Ernest Owen Pullman (1886 - 1964) - son of Frederick Mintern Pullman
  • Naomi Ruth Price (1890 - 1973) - wife of Ernest Owen Pullman
  • George Price (1864 - 1897) - father of Naomi Ruth Price
  • Maria Sheward (1840 - 1917) - mother of George Price
  • William Sheward (1810 - 1883) - father of Maria Sheward
  • Edward Sheward (1775 - 1853) - father of William Sheward
  • Richard Sheward (1817 - 1870) - son of Edward Sheward
  • Herbert Sheward (1843 - 1906) - son of Richard Sheward
  • Mary Louisa Sheward (1880 - 1967) - daughter of Herbert Sheward
  • Alice May Priday (1917 - 2009) - daughter of Mary Louisa Sheward
  • William G Hyde - me

James is shown to be married to Jane Best and I think they married becvause Jane was pregnant with their only son John. I have no details of Jane at this time other than she is recorded on both James & John's records as wife & mother respectivly.

Unfortunately James Pullman died a year after his marriage and in the year of the birth of his only son and he was buried on 18 January 1819 at St Mary's, Beaminster, Dorset, England. He was just 24 years old.

John Pullman (son of James Pullman & Jane Best)

John Pullman was born on the 2nd January 1818 at Beaminster, Dorset, England and he was Baptised at St. Mary's (the parish church), Beaminster on the 1st February 1818.

When he was 18 John is recorded as marrying Elizabeth Mintern during 1836 at All Saint's chruch, Wyke Regis, Dorset, England. Elizabeth was born during 1817 in Hook, Dorset, England.

Hook, Dorset
Hook is a small village & parish on the river Froom 4 miles East by South of Beaminster. The principle industry of the area is Agriculture.

The parish church of St. Giles is an ancient building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, and an embattled south-western tower, containing one bell: in 1875 it was restored and almost entirely rebuilt, at the sole expense of Blanche late Countess of Sandwich, who died 20 March, 1894: there are 110 sittings.

Wyke Regis, Dorset
Wyke Regis village is in south Dorset and is now part of the south western suburbs of Weymouth, on the northern shore of Portland Harbour and the south-eastern end of Chesil Beach. Wyke is 9 miles south of the county town, Dorchester.

Construction of the parish church of All Saints' started around 1451, it took 4 years to build and was dedicated on 19 October 1455. The church is constructed of local stone brought from quarries on Portland and at Upwey. The victims of the wreck of the Earl of Abergavenny, including its captain John Wordsworth, brother of poet William Wordsworth, are buried in the churchyard as are bodies recovered from the wrecked East Indiaman Alexander.

Following their marriage, John Pullman & Elizabeth Mintern moved to Margate in Kent and set up home at 4 La Belle Alliance. John Pullman was a Tailor & his wife was shown in 1851 to be a Baording house keeper. The address was possibly a Tailors shop on the ground floor with boarding house & home rooms above.  Just why they moved from Dordset to Kent is unknown at this time.

They raised a family at 4 La Belle Alliance of five children:

  • Jane Elizabeth Pullman (1840 – ?)
  • Emily Pullman (1844 – ?)
  • Frederick Mintern Pullman (1847 – 1916)
  • Matilda Pullman (1849 – ?)
  • Samuel James Pullman (1854 – ?)

John Pullman died, at Ramsgate, during January 1858.

His wife Elizabeth is next shown to be, in 1861, living at 4 Lawley St, Ramsgate where she is shown to be the Head of her family, a lodger at the address and a Seamstress, so perhaps she and the young family had to move out of La Belle Allianceon John's death.

By 1871 Elizabeth was living at 2 Mount Place, Ramsgate and she was shown to be a Tailoress. And by 1881 she had moved to 56 Hardres St, Ramsgate where she was shown to be a Needlewoman & Christchurch Pew Opener. A church pew opener was an Usher and oftyen these jobs were undertaken by the poor in return for small fsavours (charity) from the church.

Elizabeth died during January 1892 in Ramsgate, probably at 56 Hardres St.

Jane Elizabeth Pullman (daughter of John Pullman & Elizabeth Mintern)

Jane Elizabeth Pullman was born during July 1840 at 4 La Belle Alliance, Ramsgate.

By 1861 when she was 21 Jane Elizabeth was living at Gilda Brook Road, Eccles, Lancashire where she was a Nursery Nurse (Servant) in the household of Benjamin Shelmerdine, Cotton Merchant.

In 1866 Jane Elizabeth Pullman married Christopher Henry Miller in Ramsgate. Christopher Henry Miller was a Fisherman and originally came from Brixham, Devon.

Emily Pullman (daughter of John Pullman & Elizabeth Mintern)

Emily Pullman was born during January 1844 at 4 La Belle Alliance, Ramsgate.

When she was 17 in 1861 Emily was a Servant at the home of Thomas H Davies perpetual Curate to Christ Church. She was living in at 15 Royal Crescent, Ramsgate. And for now, this is where the trail goes cold.

Frederick Mintern Pullman (son of John Pullman & Elizabeth Mintern)

Frederick Mintern Pullman was born during January 1947 at 4 La Belle Alliance, Ramsgate.

At the age of 23 he married Ann Upham Sherred at Christ Church, Vale Square, Ramsgate in January 1870. Ann Upham Sherred was born during July 1848 in Ulcombe, Kent.

The family home was at 56 Hardness St, Ramsgate, however in the 1871 Census Frederick Mintern Pullman was shown to be on board the "Ocean Ranger" (fishing smack) in the North Sea off the Kent coastline. Frederick is shown to be the Master & owner of the smack.

ramsgate smackA Ramsgate fishing smack was described as usually being operated by two men or two men and a boy, with much of the hauling done with a steam winch, hard work but rewarding.

Frederick & Ann Upham raised a family of 7 children:

  • Elizabeth Ann Pullman (1873 – ?)
  • Sidney Frederick Herbert Pullman (1875 – 1953)
  • Herbert Pullman (1877 – 1916)
  • Emily Pullman (1879 – ?)
  • Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman (1883 – 1940)
  • Ernest Owen Pullman (1886 – 1964)
  • Tom (Thomas) Penny Pullman (1888 – 1917)

Ann Upham Sherred died during October 1889.

In 1906, at age 59 Frederick Mintern Pullman married Alice Maud White, a widow who already had a son Leslie (with a man named Andrews) who was born in 1900. The marriage took place in Ramsgate, possibly at Christ Church and Frederick & Alice Maude set up home at 33 Bellevue Road, St Lawrence, Ramsgate where in 1906 the last of Frederick Mintern Pullman's children, Freda May, was born in 1906.

On the 9th February 1916 the local newspaper The Kent Times published an article about Frederick Mintern Pullman and his sons and its contents are shown below:


Mr. F. Pullman, of 3, Arklow Terrace, Ramsgate, has six sons serving his King and country. This is a splendid record, and je is naturally proud of it.

One Pte. Herbert Pullman, of the 8th Buffs, was killed in action in France on January 23rd (1916).

His parent has not yet received official intimation, the sad news being learned from a letter sent by Pte. F. Miller, also of the 8th Buffs. Pte. Miller wrote as follwos "I am very sorry to say that I have some very painful news for you. Poor young Herbert was shot by a German sniper yesterday (Jan 23rd) and he died shortly after. Luet. Lindley and one of the "Queens" risked their lives in going out to fetch him back and he died just as they reached a place of safety. I cannot tell you any details yet. Everyone sympathsises with you and your wife and family."

Pte. Herbert Pullman enlisted soon after the outbreak of hostilities, and procceded to "Somewhere in France" with his regiment on October of that year.

Pte. Herbert Pullman is a married man, and his wife resides at 15 Priory Road, Ramsgate.

Another of Mr. and Mrs. Pullman's sons Lance Corpl. Harry Pullman of the 2nd Buffs, is a prisoner of war in Germany. He joined up a few weeks after the war broke out. He was taken prisoner at the memorable fighting around Hill 60.

Lance Corpl. Tom Pullman is serving with the 125th Canadian Contingent, now in Canada.

Another of Mr. Pullman's sons, Ernest is a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers. He enlisted in December of 1914 and went to the front last March (1915).

Petty Officer Sidney Pullman is on H.M.S. "Pembroke", and the sixth son is also in the Navy.

A stepson, Leslie Andrews, is serving on H.M.S. Thunderer.'

Frederick Mintern Pullman died on 6 October 1916 at 3 Arklow Terrace, Ramsgate and left his Estate of Effects + £2845 17s 10d to Henry Lepper Summers (smack owner) of Ramsgate.

His second wife, Alice Maud White married Alfred George Whitmore in 1919 and eventually died on 6 January 1954 at Wanstead, Essex, England.

Elizabeth Ann Pullman (daughter of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Elizabeth Ann Pullman was born during January 1873 in 56 Hardness St, Ramsgate, Kent, England and was the sister-in-law of my third cousin once removed.

Currently I have no records for her after her 18th birthday, although I assume she went into service and then onto a marriage. If I get any more details I will update this part of the record.

Sidney Frederick Herbert Pullman (son of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Sidney Frederick Herbert Pullman was born during April 1875 at 56 Hardness St, Ramsgate, Kent, England and was the brother-in-law of my third cousin, once removed.

Sidney Frederick Herbert was baptised at Christ Church, Ramsgate on the 27th June 1875.

When he was 16 (1891) he was living in the household of Jane E Miller and was described as a Nephew. He was working as a Ships Chandlers Assistant. By 1901, Sidney Frederick Herbert was in the Royal Navy serving as a Petty Officer and on Census day was recorded as being at sea, off Plymouth, Deveon.

In October 1904 Sidney Frederick Herbert married Minnie Georgina Crothers at Sheppey, Kent. Minnie Georgina Crothers was born April 1875 in Sheerness, Kent, England. By 2 April 1911 Sidney Frederick Herbert & Minnie were living at 2 Hilbernia St, Ramsgate and it seems he had completed his voluntary Royal Navy service and was now a working (for someone) as a Bill Inspector.

During 1913 the couple had moved to 33 Camden Square, Ramsgate.

HMS Pembroke (Chatham) Drill HallWhen war was declared on 4th August 1914 I assume Sidney Frederick Herbert was recallled to the Royal Navy (almost all who served & left prior to the start of WW1 were in the Royal Navy Reserve and could be called up at any time). At the time The Kent Times article was written in February 1916, Sidney Frederick Herbert was a Petty Officer at H.M.S. Pembroke.

HMS Pembroke was the name given to a shore barracks at Chatham. It was commissioned in 1878, moved ashore in 1903 and was paid off in 1983. A number of ships were renamed Pembroke while serving as base and depot ships for the establishment and the First World War period was covered by 2 ships - HMS Trent was HMS Pembroke from 1905 until 1917 & HMS Nymphe was HMS Pembroke from 1917 until 1920.

His first wife must have died prior to 1945 because during March 1945 Sidney Frederick Herbert Pullman married Poppy Merle E Page at Canterbury, Kent, England. Poppy Merle E Page was born in Caterbury, Kent on 10 November 1928.

Sidney Frederick Herbert Pullman died during June 1953 at Ramsgate, Kent. His widow Polly died during December 1991 at Canterbury, Kent.

Herbert Pullman (son of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Herbert Pullman's life & death are documented here in the WW1: The Ultimate Sacrifice section.

Emily Pullman (daughter of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Emily Pullman was born during April 1879 at 56 Hardness St, Ramsgate, Kent, England. She was the fourth child of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred. Emily Pullman was the sister-in-law of one of my third cousin's once removed.

When she was 22, in 1901, Emily married Charles Arthur White at Christ Church, Vale Square, Ramsgate. Charles Arthur White was born 29 July 1877 at 11 La Belle Alliance Square, Ramsgate, Kent, England. Charles was the son of a Ramsgate Smack owner & he himself was a Fisherman (although not a Smack owner) when he married Emily.

Charles Arthur White & Emily Pullman set up home at 6 Louisa Terrace, St. Georges Rd, Ramsgate where their one child, Winifred Pullman White, was born in April 1906.

By the 1911 Census, Charles Arthur White, Emily Pullman & Winifred Pullman White were living at 20 Sailsbury Avenue, Ramsgate and Charles Arthur is described as a "Mariner", so perhaps he was now a Smack owner. Emily's brother, Ernest Owen Pullman, was boarding with them and is described as a "Fisherman" and is perhaps crew for Charles Arthur White.

I know that Charles Arthur White died on the 10th December 1959 in Ramsgate, however I do not know as yet what happened to Emily. Winifred, their daughter, died during September 1977 in Shepway, Kent.

Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman (son of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman was born during October 1883 at 56 Hardness St, Ramsgate, Kent, England. He was the fifth child of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred. He was the brother-in-law of one of my third cousins once removed.

When he was 19 during October 1902, Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman married Ellen Eliza Twyman at Christ Church, Vale Square, Ramsgate. Ellen Eliza Twyman was born on 11 July 1883 in Ramsgate, Kent, England. Her father, Stephen was also born in Ramsgate and was a Gardener by trade.

Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman & Ellen Eliza Twyman set up home at 139 Boundary Road, Ramsgate, Kent, England and set about raising a family of 6 children:

  • Doris Maud Pullman - (1903 – 1989) - born & died in Ramsgate, married to James Neil Gibbens
  • Percy James Pullman - (1905 – 1924) - born & died in Ramsgate
  • Ethel Winifred Pullman - (1907 – 2000) - born in Ramsgate & died in Cannock, Staffordshire
  • Hilda May Pullman - (1908 – ?) - born Ramsgate, married Thomas Holmes
  • Frederick Minton Pullman - (1909 – 2000) - born Ramsgate & died Bromley Kent, married Nellie Julia Boyce
  • Mabel Frances Pullman - (1911 – 2004) - born in Ramsgate & died in Kent, married Merfyn Ellis

In the 1911 Census Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman was shown to be a Ship's storeman (possibly at a Chandlers) and on his Army Enlistment form he was described as a Sail Maker.

Henry Frederick (Harry) Pullman volunteered for the Army once war was declared and joined as a Private in the Buffs (East Kent) Regiment with Regimental Number 840 on 26 October 1914. Unlike his brother Herbert, Henry/Harry survived and eventaully went on to die at Holsworthy, Devon, England in September 1940 at age 56.

His wife, Ellen Eliza Twyman, died in Stafford, Staffordshire, England during June 1973.

Ernest Owen Pullman (son of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Ernest Owen Pullman was born during July 1886 at 56 Hardness St, Ramsgate, Kent, England. He was the sixth child of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred. He wasthe husband of one of my third cousins once removed. It is via Ernest Owen that I am related to the Pullman family.

In the 1911 Census, taken on 2nd of April, Ernest Owen Pullman was living at 20 Sailsbury Avenue, Ramsgate, the household of his sister Emily & her husband Charles Arthur White. Ernest Owen Pullman was described as being a Fish Salesman.

On the 19th June 1911 Ernest Owen Pullman married Naomi Ruth Price at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Hardres Street, St Lawrence, Ramsgate. Naomi Ruth Price was born on the 14 January 1890 at 2 Oakland Villas, St Lawrence, Ramsgate. Her father, George Price, is a direct relative of the Sheward family & my maternal grandmother. George Price was found dead at the foot of the cliff, Pegwell Bay, Ramsgate on 22 January 1897. Naomi Ruth's mother, Alice Ruth Pritchard, married Robert Harris (milkman) and Naomi Ruth was raised in the Harris household at 5 Cornwall Terrace, Ramsgate.

Ernest Owen Pullman and Naomi Ruth Price set up home at her stepfather's home, 5 Cornwall Terrace, Ramsgate. Their own daughter, Muriel Ruth, was born on 5 September 1919 however they adopted a child from Robert Harris, Wilfred Foreman May, who was born 29 May 1912 in Ramsgate .

Ernest Owen Pullman enlisted in the Army on the 5th February 1915 and joined the Royal Engineers as a Sapper. His regimental number was 68077. He joined the Inland Waterways & Dock Companies and was soon promoted to Lance Corporal (6 Feb 1915). he embarked for France 6 March 1915 and in theatre was appointed Acting Second Corporal on 30 March 1916 and again appointed Acting Corporal on 2 December 1917. He was ultimately discharged from service on 9 February 1919 and transferred to the Royal Engineers Reserve.

At the time he joined the Army, Ernest Owen Pullman was described as being a Fishmonger.

Ernest Owen Pullman died at 92 South Eastern Rd, Ramsgate on 24 June 1964 and left £513.00 to his daughter Muriel Ruth Pritchard Judd (who by then was a widow). His wife, Naomi Ruth died in Ramsgate during Seotember 1973.

Tom (Thomas) Penny Pullman (son of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Ann Upham Sherred)

Tom (Thomas) Penny Pullman's life & death are documented here in the WW1: The Ultimate Sacrifice section.

Freda May Pullman (daughter of Frederick Mintern Pullman & Alice Maud White)

Freda May Pullman was born on 31 March 1906 at 33 Bellevue Road, St Lawrence, Ramsgate, Kent, England and was the sister-in-law of one of my third cousins once removed on my mothers side of the family.

Freda May married William Stewart Brown during September 1937 at Blean, Kent, England. William Stewart Brown was born on 20 January 1908 at 73 Caledon Road, East Ham, Essex, England.

Freda May Pullman died during December 1973 in Wandsworth, Surrey, England and as far as I can tell had no children.

William Stewart Brown died on 14 February 1973 in Waltham Forest, Essex, England.

Leslie Andrews (stepson of Frederick Mintern Pullman & son of Frederick's second wife Alice Maude Andrews nee White)

Leslie Andrews was born during 1900 at Ramsgate, Kent, England and as far as I can tell he was illegitimate. His mother was Alice Maud White. Leslie Andrews was the stepson of the father-in-law or one of my third cousins once removed on my mothers side of the family.

His mother married Frederick Mintern Pullman during 1906 and she and Leslie moved into 33 Bellevue Road, St Lawrence, Ramsgate. Alice Maud White went on to marry Alfred George Whitmore in 1919 following the death of Frederick Mintern Pullman on 6th October 1916.

By 1915 leslie Andrews had enlisted in the Royal Navy and he became part of the ships crew of H.M.S. Thunderer, a Royal Navy Orion-class battleship and the last ship ever to be constructed by the Thames Iron Works. She was the last and largest warship ever built on the River Thames, and after her completion her builders declared bankruptcy.

H.M.S. Thunderer was was 580 ft 9 in long overall. She had a maximum beam of 88 ft 6 in and had a draft of 27 ft 6 in. She had a displacement of 22,200 tonnes at normal load and 25,870 tonnes at full load. She had quadruple propellers driven by Parsons direct drive steam turbines.

She was armed in the main Battery with 10 x 13.5" guns arranged in five twin turrets all mounted on the centre line. Her secondary battery consisted of 16 x C50 Mark 7 installed in 14 casement mounts and 2 open mounts. 4 x 3-pounder signalling guns were also fitted. In addition she had three submerged 21 in torpedo tubes, one firing on each beam and one astern.

Thunderer's design was dominated by wireless equipment: the Royal Navy led the world in the adoption of the Marconi system, and Admiral Fisher was adamant that the new ships should have "No masts or fighting tops: only a pole for wireless. The necessity for masts and yards for signalling does not exist." So only a single tripod was fitted to carry a tall WT pole; eliminating the after mast, and slinging the aerials down to a short stump aft saved 50 tons of top-weight.

Thunderer was also fitted with the Dreyer fire-control table designed by Frederic Charles Dreyer, which was effectively the world's first automatic computer and ten years ahead of any other navy's developments. She was also the first of her class to carry Captain Percy Scott's new director firing system, which made her top-shooting ship in the 1912 trials, when she delivered over six times the hits of Orion into her sister's target in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

H.M.S. Thunderer WW1 Record

On commissioning in June 1912 Thunderer and her three Orion-class sisters – Orion, Conqueror and Monarch formed the 2nd Division of the 2nd Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet and she remained with her sister ships throughout.

In December 1914, she was refitted. She was present with her squadron at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916, firing 37 13.5" shells. She suffered no damage.

At the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 all four of the Orions were present under the leadership of Rear Admiral Arthur Leveson flying his flag in Orion, her CO was Captain O. Backhouse, followed by: Monarch – Captain G.H. Borret, Conqueror - Captain H.H.D. Tothill and Thunderer- Captain J.A. Fergusson. Thunderer fired 37 x 13.5" shells. She suffered no damage.

After the Battle of Jutland the Orion class ships spent their time on routine fleet manoeuvres and in 1917, Thunderer was fitted with flying-off platforms on her upper turrets – "B" & "X".