Amelia Elizabeth Barnes  (59), the second daughter of Ann Smith and John Barnes.


She was born in 1829 at Blackmore in Essex.


 Village Pond and Green, Blackmore Village




In 1841 she was living at Witham in Essex, and ten years later she was recorded at Stoke Newington Green, Hornsey.


She had married, on 28th November 1847 in Hastings, Sussex.




Her husband was Joseph Pemberton (68) born in Beauchamp Roothing, Essex in 1817. If that name rings a bell it is because his elder brother William and married Amelia’s elder sister, Ann. 


It might seem strange to some that two brothers might marry heiress sisters and move away from the farming background that they had been brought up into. After all Joseph had taken over from William at Wood End Farm and was now, in his turn, handing the same farm over to the third brother, George Pemberton, who may well have been pleased with his own good fortune.


In 1861 the Pembertons were living at No 16, The Marina, St Mary’s, Hastings in Sussex. They had returned to Havering-atte-Bower by 1871 and were living at The Bower House. Joseph Pemberton died on 16th October, 1873 in Havering.


National Probate Record




Amelia liven on for over 30 years without re-marrying. She lived in the Round House at Havering until her death on 9th July,1909. Her probate record shows that she was nearly penniless.


National Probate Record



Something strange seems to have happened to the fortune left by Thomas Barnes back in 1818. As will shortly be seen the fortune was not the only thing passed down through the family.



Joseph and Amelia Pemberton had a family of four children:


Helena Pemberton                                Born 1847


Joseph Hardwick Pemberton                  Born 1853


Sydney Bedford Pemberton                   Born 1856


Amelia Florence Pemberton                   Born 1858