The Gumbley Family History Page
Links to the Contents
| Mailing List
| Family Crest
| Burke's Peerage
| Geographic Dispersal
| Chronological History
| Cast of Characters
Updated 22nd December 2006: Please note that this page has not been
updated fully in several years; In an
attempt to continue it, and revitalise my research into our family history, it
is being replaced with a Weblog - or blog, for short - with which all Gumbley
family members interested in our history can contribute.
Please Visit "The Gumbley Family History Blog"
To contribute, please read this introductory article and start recording your history today!
This page is very much unfinished.
- Corrected a few mistakes; Added my second and third children.
- Started section about the Australian side of the family.
Welcome to the Gumbley Family History page on the World-Wide Web!
This web page is an attempt at publishing the research done into the
Gumbley family history by John Gumbley and
Harold Gumbley of Staffordshire, England.
The web page is maintained by
Matthew James Gumbley of Kent (formerly
Newcastle-under-Lyme), England. Any mistakes are probably Matt's, not
John's research was mainly conducted with the help of the Family
History Library, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England. This
is run by the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints), who kindly collate and publish parish records from all over
the world on microfiche. (Matt's note: they may have a web site, and
their databases may be available online; I haven't checked yet)
Parish records only go back so far - the earliest date we have is
1564. (although the details of that haven't made it to this page yet)
Several times during this research, guesses have had to be made,
involving family members moving, getting married, remarried, having
children and dying. Wherever possible, John has tried to match people
he has found, when data has not been sufficient to link people with
This research follows the males of the Gumbley family, i.e. the family name.
Any insights into the female side are also gratefully received!
Are you a Gumbley, Gumley, Gumbly or similar? Do you know one? If so,
please get in touch - we'd like to add whatever information you have
to this web page. Please contact Matt for more
Also, if you're planning on having children, don't call them Henry,
Thomas or Joseph! Future Gumbley geneologists will get very confused
if you do! (Only kidding; my own son is called Thomas!)
Alleged family crest
Harold Gumbley discovered that we have a family
crest, although its authenticity is dubious!
Burke's Peerage World List of Gumbleys
Harold also obtained a copy of
"The Burke's Peerage World Book of Gumbleys" - a compilation of the
addresses of many of us worldwide. Matt currently has
this - if you would like him to search for a particular Gumbley (or
verify your entry), please email him.
This book contains general information about geneology, a table of
statistics about our worldwide distribution, and then the directory.
Origins of the Gumbley family
Years ago, people took their surname from their place of birth, or
profession. It's quite possible that we started out in the village of
Gumley, near Market Harborough, Northamptonshire. (See map reference
A13 below). Several Gumleys discovered in the course of this research
hail from Hillmorton (B12, near Rugby), Mancetter (A10, near
Nuneaton), and Hinckley (A11).
Matt has applied for permission to reproduce a section of a map, found
on pages 90-91 of "The Automobile Association / Ordnance Survey
Illustrated Atlas of Victorian and Edwardian Britain". ISBN
0-7495-0250-9. He is awaiting a reply.
[map image to go here]
Geographical dispersal of the Gumbleys
According to the Burke's Peerage book (which seems incomplete), we are
spread thusly (only countries which are listed as having Gumbleys are
||Total estimated households
||Total households in registry
||Total estimated population
||No. of countries, states, territories or provinces where
||Most populous county, state, territory, kanton or province
||New South Wales
Matt has been visible on the Internet since
October 1992. Since then, he has received email from around the world
from various Gumbleys. The above table indicates that most of us are
located in Great Britain, although he has contacts in the Isle of Man
(originating from Birmingham), Canada, and Australia.
John Gumbley (an Australian, in the UK) has sent the following information:
"... all the Gumbleys in Australia are related .. some more distantly than
others. Funny thing is my Dad (the oldest in his family born in 1921) is called
Harold Francis. Apparently, Harold and Francis were family names. My brother is
Paul Francis and I'm John James (apparently James was another family name). Now
here's what I can recall about our distant past in Oz :
All the family were butchers, stretching back to my great grandfather's day.
The great grandaddy made a lot of money out of his butcher's shop in Sydney and
apparently was big into horse racing. He helped set up Randwick Racecourse
which is the biggest and oldest in Australia. The trail runs cold pre- the
great grandfather's day but when I next speak to Dad I'll ask him for more
details. It would be great to be able to tell them about their Pommie
Can anyone else provide more information on the Australian branch of the
family? When did the first Gumbley move down under?
Chronological history of the Gumbley Family
Thomas Gumbley marries Sarah Pemberton. They have
children: Thomas, Joseph, Sarah, Henry, and Mary.
21st Oct. 1783
Henry Gumbley born to
Thomas and Sarah Pemberton.
15th Feb. 1821
Henry Gumbley married Sarah
Cooper at St. Giles Church, Newcastle. Henry was a feltmaker by
trade. Sarah Cooper was the daughter of John Cooper, also a feltmaker.
Hatmaking was a large industry in Newcastle. Henry was 37 and Sarah
(who couldn't write) was 25.
13th May 1821
Thomas Gumbley was born to
Henry & Sarah,
and baptised at St. Ebeneezer Church, Newcastle.
18th April 1927
Joseph born to Henry and
Thomas married Mary at the
age of 23.
30th March 1851
A census showed Henry and
Sarah living at 19 London Road (Newcastle),
together with Jane Blount (aged 16, a servant girl). Henry was 67,
4th Oct 1865
Joseph born to Thomas and
Mary. Thomas was 38 years old.
Thomas and Mary living at 74
London Road. Thomas was a labourer at a sugar refinery close to the
convent in Refinery Street off London Road. The Boat and Horse public
house adjacent was the end (terminus) of the Stoke-Newcastle
Note: Around 1992, Matt used to work as a software
engineer at a software house next to the Boat & Horse pub. The convent
is still there, but there's no refinery to be seen...
Joseph (son of Thomas and
Mary) married Mary Downs. Joseph was 22, Mary was
possibly 24. Thomas his father was 66. They have children: Nellie
Owen, Annie and Joseph Henry.
Joseph (son of Thomas and
Mary) marries for the second time, this time to
Emily Whittaker. He is listed in John's notes as living at 27
Ashfields Road. They have children: Harold,
Lenard, Florrie, Elsie, Emily, Arthur Reg, Fred, Frank and Alex
Harold born to
Joseph and Emily Whittaker.
Harold marries Ellen. They have
children: Harold, Jean,
Peter born to Harold and
Jean born to Harold and Ellen. Jean has a huge family
tree all to herself, but since none of them are technically Gumbleys, they
haven't made it in here yet.
John born to Harold and
4th November 1929
Harold born to Harold and
23rd March 1967
Harold and Dorothy
4:30am, 22nd February 1969
Matthew born to Harold and
Dorothy, at North Staffs. Maternity Unit. 3lb
6th April 1989
16th November 1990
Harold marries Vera.
12th September 1998
Matt marries Angela.
13th November 2000
Natasha born to Matt and Angela.
27th December 2002
Hannah born to Matt and Angela.
22nd September 2004
Thomas born to Matt and Angela.
Cast of Characters
Links are shown to ancestors or descendants either on the basis that
they are perpetuating the family name. This list is probably not
The earliest Gumbley we have found is Thomas.
The responsibility of carrying on this strain of the family name rests with
Paul and Matt. Paul has
children; Matt has three: Natasha, Hannah and Thomas.
Angela Margaret Gumbley
Children: Natasha, Hannah and Thomas
Dorothy Irene Gumbley (nee Titterton)
21st February 1929-6th April 1989
Hannah Ruth Gumbley
Parents: Matt, Angela
Children: Harold, Jean,
4 Nov 1928-17 Apr 2000
Siblings: John, Peter,
Wives: Dorothy. Married Vera after Dorothy's
Child by Dorothy: Matt.
Children: Thomas, Joseph.
Siblings: Harold, Peter,
18th April 1827-xxxx
Parents: Henry, Sarah.
4th Oct 1865-23rd November 1929
Parents: Thomas, Mary.
Wives: Mary Downs, Emily Whittaker.
Children by Mary: Nellie Owen, Annie, Joseph Henry.
Children by Emily: Harold, Lenard, Florrie,
Elsie, Emily, Arthur Reg, Fred, Frank and Alex Melvile.
Mary Gumbley (nee ?)
Matthew James Gumbley
Parents: Harold, Dorothy.
Contact: See this page for contact details.
Natasha Lauren Gumbley
Parents: Matt, Angela
Parents: Peter, Doreen.
Siblings: Harold, John,
Children: Paul, Linda, Marie.
Sarah Gumbley (nee Cooper)
Thomas Edward Gumbley
Parents: Matt, Angela
Wife: Sarah Pemberton.
Children: Thomas, Joseph, Sarah, Henry and
13th May 1821-xxxx
Parents: Henry, Sarah.
To be drawn...
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