Johnson / Bryans Families

Tracing the ancestry of Pamela Murdoch Bryans and Maurice Alan Johnson

Fanny Curtis Mitchell

Fanny Curtis Mitchell

Female 1895 - 1982  (86 years)

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  • Name Fanny Curtis Mitchell 
    Nickname Fay 
    Born 27 Mar 1895  Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 9 Jun 1895  Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Census 1901  43 Church Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Census 1911  2 Thornton Hill, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1939  Queensberry Hotel, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Military Service Aft 1939 
    Residence 1945  Little Manor, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Travel 28 Dec 1955  Southampton, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Travelling to Sri Lanka 
    Travel 27 Mar 1956  Tilbury, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Coming back again 
    Name Fay 
    Residence 1982 
    Address:
    1 Stockholm Court, St Cross Road
    Winchester 
    Residence Bef 3 Mar 1982  Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 3 Mar 1982  Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Probate 21 Apr 1982  Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I0174  Johnson Tree
    Last Modified 14 May 2020 

    Father Hugh McPherson Mitchell
              b. 24 May 1863, 88 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Mar 1901, Lanauli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Agnes Lockhart Nisbet
              b. 19 Oct 1866, West Hampstead, London, Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 13 Jun 1955, Park House Nursing Home, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1894  Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Siblings 2  
    Family ID F0076  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Husband Henry Murdoch Bryans
              b. 29 Jan 1892, Foots Cray Cottage, Foots Cray, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 3 May 1985, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 13 Aug 1916  Wimbledon St Mary's, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Children 
     1. Pamela Anne Murdoch Bryans
              b. 16 Nov 1917, Dorking, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Jan 2013, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    Last Modified 10 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F0064  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Early Life
      Fanny ("Fay") was born on the 27th of March 1895 in Khandwa, Bengal (now Madhya Pradesh), India, to Hugh McPherson Mitchell and Agnes Lockhart (nee Nisbet). At the time, her father was working as a civil engineer on the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. Her younger brothers Hugh and Geoffrey were born in 1896 and 1898 respectively (though Hugh died as an infant and Geoffrey became subsequently known as Hugh, his middle name).

      In 1901, on the 18th of March, Fay's father died of pneumonia in Lanouli, Bombay, and Agnes moved the family very rapidly back to England; Fay was only six at the time. By the 1901 census which was taken on the 31st of March (just 13 days later) the family is listed as resident in Wimbledon, at 43 Church Road (this would have been Fay's grandparents' house). The census lists 8 people and 6 servants in the property. So it must have been either a very large house (unlikely, given that it appears to be a fairly standard terraced house) or a temporary squeeze to accommodate the new widow and her family until they got settled somewhere else.

      By 1911, Fay, aged 16, was living at 2 Thornton Hill, Wimbledon, with her mother and two servants. Her younger brothers may have been at boarding school as they are not listed at this address. She was still living here in 1916 when she married.

      Family Life
      Fay married Henry "Hal" Murdoch Bryans on the 13th of August 1916, at her local church Wimbledon St Mary's. Fay was 21 and Hal was 24. Their only daughter, Pamela Anne Murdoch was born a year later, on the 16th of November 1917. They apparently had no more children, though why this was the case is not clear.

      Fay and Hal loved to travel. They would often go to Kenya to visit Fay's brother and other records show them going on a three month journey, leaving Southampton for Sri Lanka in December 1955 and returning from Australia in March 1956.

      For lots more on Fay and Hal, see Hal's own entry.

      2nd World War
      In the 1939 Register, Fay and Henry are listed as resident at the Queensberry Hotel, in Amesbury, Wiltshire. Perhaps this was a temporary posting, as part of her and Henry's mobilisation? She is listed as a member of the Women's Voluntary Service.

      Residences

      • 1901: 43 Church Road, Wimbledon. Home of her grandparents Harry Curtis Nisbet and Louisa Margaret (nee Bruce). It looks like this building was knocked down and rebuilt, as the modern building looks way too small to house the 8 people and 6 servants described in the 1901 census.
      • 1911: 2 Thornton Hill, Wimbledon. This is the house at the very top of the road, just at the junction with Thornton Road.
      • 1938: Little Manor, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire. Guppa has photos of this house, and it is listed as Fay and Hal's address in the wedding announcements for their daughter Pam.
      • ?: Lithend, Bishop's Waltham
      • Up to 1975: In 1975, at the time of drafting his first will, Hal and Fay lived at "Martins", Chilbolton, Stockbridge in Hampshire. This looks like it would have been a property on Martins Lane in Chilbolton; the exact house is not given.
      • From 1975 until her death: Flat 1, 92 St Cross Road (Stockholm Court), Winchester. This would be where I (Charlie) have the vaguest of vague memories of visiting them (I would have been aged between 3 and 6).

      Death
      Fay died on the 3rd of March 1982, in Winchester, three years before her husband.

      Memories
      From Aunt Helen:
      Hal and Fay were a devoted couple, uncommonly for that time, I should imagine. I think Pam’s upbringing was very sheltered and protected, and she absolutely adored her father, who was pretty well stone deaf, thanks to being a gunner in WW1. Fay had been a “Beauty” when she was young, petite, vivacious and extrovert she also had an extraordinary talent for colour and decoration, and the ability to see the value of things like antiques. Fay was, admittedly, bossy and very much liked getting her own way (Lala said spoilt by her husband). I think that they were quite a quiet family, interested in gentle pursuits, certainly not loud, boisterous and keen on blood sports like the Johnson brothers. Though Hal was an avid fisherman and spent most of the summer pursuing fish in one river or another.


      The Mitchell surname
      Patronymica Brittanica1 has the following on the origin of the Mitchell surname:
      The Anglo-Saxon mycel, great, or mickle, would be a tolerably satisfactory etymon, and this may in some instances be the origin of the surname; but I think in most cases it is derived from Michael, a very popular baptismal name in many countries, through its French form, Michel. This view is confirmed by the existence of the surname Mitchelson.

      Footnotes
      [1] Patronymica Brittanica, A Dictionary of the Family Names of the United Kingdom, by Mark Antony Lower, Publ. London 1860


  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Mar 1895 - Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 9 Jun 1895 - Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - 43 Church Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - 2 Thornton Hill, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Aug 1916 - Wimbledon St Mary's, Wimbledon, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1945 - Little Manor, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - Travelling to Sri Lanka - 28 Dec 1955 - Southampton, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 3 Mar 1982 - Winchester, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 3 Mar 1982 - Winchester, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 21 Apr 1982 - Winchester, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Fay Mitchell (c. 1953)
    Fanny Curtis Mitchell
    4 Generations of Bryans Women

  • Sources 
    1. [S0400] India Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Fanny Curtis Mitchell; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FG6N-LLR : 5 February 2020), Fanny Curtis Mitchell, 1895., 9 Jun 1895.

    2. [S0303] England and Wales Census, 1901, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Mitchell; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9XX-8GK : 20 May 2019), Agnes Lockhart Mitchell in household of Harry Curtis Nisbet, Wimbledon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, 1901.

    3. [S0303] England and Wales Census, 1901, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Nisbet; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9XX-8GJ : 20 May 2019), Lousia Margaret Nisbet in household of Harry Curtis Nisbet, Wimbledon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, f, 1901.

    4. [S0313] England and Wales Census, 1911, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Mitchell; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XW8T-BBV : 8 July 2019), Agnes Mitchell, Wimbledon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing, 1911.

    5. [S0076] 1939 Register, Ancestry, (ancestry.co.uk), Reference: RG 101/7140I.

    6. [S0052] The Times, Wedding Announcements - Pamela Ann Bryans, 15 Sep 1945.

    7. [S0302] England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007, FamilySearch, (FamilySearch.org), Fanny Curtis Bryans; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZ3-71B1 : 4 September 2014), Fanny Curtis Bryans, 1982; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death Registration, Wi, 1982.

    8. [S0119] England & Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858-1966, 1973-1995, Ancestry, (ancestry.com), Fanny Curtis Mitchell.

    9. [S0402] India Marriages, 1792-1948, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Nisbet; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FGJR-HMC : 5 February 2020), Agnes Lockhert Nisbet in entry for Hugh McPherson Mitchel, 1894., 16 Jul 1894.

    10. [S0045] Newspapers.com, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/35684295/.

    11. [S0301] England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005, FamilySearch, (familysearch.org), Henry Bryans & Fay Mitchell; (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26FM-ZLF : 13 December 2014), Henry M Bryans and null, 1916; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1916, qu, 1916.

    12. [S0120] Dublin Daily Express, British Newspaper Archive, (British Newspaper Archive), Page 4, 11 Aug 1916.