Julia Minna(?) Nugent Ayrton

Julia Minna(?) Nugent Ayrton

b: 25 JUL 1867
Ann Mendell writes of Julia:

"What I know, or think I know, is that she was a cousin of my granmother's - Audrey - and of course of yours too. She was very beautiful, also trying. She became Julia Charles and perhaps went out to live in Africa - Kenya? It seemed that "everyone" - that is, the family when I was about 7 - knew her. I have a photo of her.

Ayrton Chaplin's scribblings in my book have proved useful. From what he wrote it seems that Julia Ayrton was the daughter of Edward Nugent Ayrton by his second wife - Fraulein Althoff - (so) she was a half-sister of Prof William Ayrton. Two of Juliana Ayrton's granddaughters, Julia Ayrton and Julia Chaplin, where thus named after her."

Census records:

1891: (Sent by Raymond Airton)

North Kensington, London (Parish of St John)

No 54, Lansdowne Rd.

George Squire Head M 52 Ink Artists colorman Born London
Emma S Squire Wife M 50 Born Germany, Paderborn
Julia N Ayrton Step-daughter S Living on own means. Born London
John H Squire Son 12 S Born London
Jane Stimson Servant S 28 Born Surrey, Dorking Julia Nugent Ayrton

The daughter of Edward Nugent Ayrton and Emma Althof, she was born in 1867 in Marylebone, London, and named after her grandmother Juliana Ayrton. Professor William Edward Ayrton FRS was her half-brother.

Ann Mendell writes that she was said to be very beautiful (see photo) but also very trying. She married Thomas William Cranston Charles, a doctor, and Ann thinks they may have gone to Kenya – see Family Historian.

Alan Ray-Jones

1829 To her son Frederick
[Letter to Lieut. F. Ayrton, Bombay Artillery, Matoonga, East Indies (Matoonga deleted, Ahmednuggun substituted), postmarked post paid London 22 Sep 1829, from his sister Matilda Ayrton and his mother. Almost all the letters of this period are without obvious punctuation and written as continuous text without line breaks. Normally I insert paragraphs where the subject changes and add sufficient punctuation to make them easily readable, but these two, both written on the same large piece of paper, have been transcribed more or less as the original, as a sample. I imagine that this custom and the custom of letters written twice over with the second text at 90 degrees to the first, was a means of saving on paper or postage]

Monday. London, September 21st, 1829

My dear Fred,

Mamma has already thanked you in my name for the Parasol Stick you were so very kind as to send me, it is very beautiful as are also the other things. Edward came home the Saturday after the things arrived (for he comes home every fortnight now he is Captain Ayrton) - he was highly delighted with the Chessmen, he spent the whole evening in packing and unpacking(?) them(?). Grandmama has given him to little box for them, in which he intends making divisions that they may not scratch each other. Acton and John have not yet seen theirs, but will at Michaelmas, they come home Saturday next. I shall be very glad to see their rosy cheeks, and I wish you were here to see them too; they would not be sorry either to see you though they are too lazy to write to you, except John, who has written once or twice. We have been staying nearly a month at Potters Bar with Mrs Carpenter. We did not go out much, for we have had such wet weather. It has rained everyday but yesterday, ever since the 29th of June, on which account the Boys did not enjoy their holidays so much as they would otherwise have done; their principal amusement was on the water, from Putney Bridge to Hammersmith, one day we had a water Party to Richmond, the party consisted of us five, Mr McCann, Jane Basden’s Husband, Miss Smith of M(?), & a Miss Dakins, a pleasant Girl, whom you know nothing about, and the Waterman: when we woke on the morning of the appointed day we found it terribly wet and much feared being obliged to put it off till the next day. However, about 11 it cleared up and we set off and arrived at Battersea Bridge all safe, when Mr McCann joined as and we all started at 12 - the Merchant Tailors’ barge was going to Richmond, so we were accompanied all the way with their music -- very delightful it was -- but unfortunately just as we got to Hammersmith Bridge we were caught in a pelting shower, - however we sheltered under the Bridge, where we all got out bringing up our things to dry, took each glass of wine, and made ourselves perfectly happy till the shower was over, when we all packed up and went off again, - but before we had gone far Mr McC. missed his coat and waistcoat which he had forgotten to put on, but we found it: when rowing hard to get up to the Barge Mr McC. tumbled backwards twice, to the great amusement of Edward and Acton, who pride themselves on their good rowing. We arrived without another incident at Richmond, where we walked about till five o'clock when we went into the B(?) with (?) appetites and tucked into Lamb, Ham, Veal Pie, French rolls, Salad etc. which we brought with us, as if we had tasted nothing for a week -- indeed we had had nothing since breakfast at nine o'clock.
After dinner we washed our plates and dishes for we took them with us, packed them up in their respective baskets, and set off again home, arrived at Battersea Bridge at half past nine, delighted with our experience. I wish you had been there just what you would have enjoyed. The Boys say that Jeffreys the Boatman at Kew always asks after you. Gay doings at Court Lodge -- a Ball tonight -- they wrote to invite us without asking us to stay so we could not go, besides Captain Bruce(?) is so surly. Georgina goes to school and likes it very well; Charlotte is in a very bad state and quite foolish; Louisa’s lameness is nearly well, she walked to RobertsBridge(?) and back. Poor John is in a very bad way -- he expects to go to the workhouse, Turner and Townshend (?) are both trying for the Engineers, Acton intends doing the same, I hope they may succeed. We drink your Health always and often wish you were here. Have you seen Louie Basden? he has sent Grandpapa a very handsome carved Tortoiseshell snuff box, for which if you see him, do not forget to thank him. Grandpapa and Grandmama are both very well indeed -- the latter trots out every day. They both send love. Mamma is going to write to you and I have said all I had to say so good bye, God bless you.
Believe me dear old fellow,
Your most affectionate Sister,
Matilda Ayrton

[There follows a second letter on the same sheet]:

My dearest Boy,

I see Matilda has given you a description of our water party, but if we had been as long going as she has in describing, we should have been benighted - she looks all the better for her country excursions -- Miss Carpenter is quite well, often talked of you. Is your Perspectograph useful? I am greatly disappointed - young Guy (?) called and I should have asked him a thousand questions about you. Grandmama A. wrote (?) he would (?). I sincerely hope my dear child you will still keep well and like the climate. The (?) will take this letter. I should be saved the long walk into the City after this time as a receiving house for Ship letters is to be opened this week in (?) it will be a great convenience in every way as the post office will be kept open till seven o'clock. I hear the bell ringing of the Park Men is to be abolished they of course are not pleased with it -- the Lady East is expected every day. I hope it will bring a letter from you. The Xmas letters have been amazingly dilatory this ano it is now a month nearly since they were issued -- though they are not due till January 1st. Those who send them have nothing to do with that but should dispatch them by the next ship (?) as late as the 8th of April came a (?) ago. I hope you have been able to see about it -- everyone is so angry who has money in India -- I hope the money you so very kindly and generously laid out on us has not been any inconvenience to you. Walter has never sent any of his family the value of a pin’s head except the £20 a yr he gives John - wretched young man I cannot imagine what will become of him. His family are with his uncle at Guildford -- you will be glad Louisa has so much recovered, she danced a Quadrille party Mrs Watts gave and I suppose is at this moment dancing away. She is a fine girl and always admired greatly -- Walter according to the East India Kalender was away on furlough(?) - they fully expect him next year. (?) Basden has sent a picture of himself done at (?). Tell him when you see him that he should have made the artist swallow it as a small punishment for producing such a caricature as I am sure it must be. Matilda says it looks like a Methodist Preacher. Mrs (?) has disappointed us all by giving birth to a dead child however as her life is spared we should all be thankful. She has been in imminent danger -- it would been a great shock to her husband. They are such an affectionate couple. Mrs Sharpen is just come from Suffolk not at all well but looking very pretty her husband Steven has got same command up the Country. Mrs B is looking pretty well – Mrs Bowerbank called while I was from home she read your letter with such pleasure she called the very day I accompanied Mrs C to Potters Bar. Matilda was received with such delight at Mrs Smith on Sunday – they all made kind enquiries after you. Edward Chaplin is married I hear she is a very nice young woman. M has not been able to go (?) her dear Sal yet – do you recollect that was your elegant appellation for her. (?) called which he never did before, while I was away. The rabble rout(?) came home on Saturday – Edward will not leave this quarter to the great disappointment of Master Goode ………has been sometime at (?) and is returned pretty well. did you ever hear that Pratt was thrown out of a gig coming from a Boxing Match and was killed on the spot the day before he came of age to his 100,000 - the young Man who was with him broke both his legs and was confined 10 months - should anyone ever ask you for a school pray think of Ealing – I hope our long letters do not tire you in the reading . If you had time to write equally long ones they would not fatigue us. I hope Mr (?)’s account of (?) has not been correct - how completely Mr (?) shuts himself up – no one ever sees him and the house looks so forlorn. Mr Carpenter has a very pretty house it is about ¾ of a mile from (?) & the child is grown a very nice little girl - Mrs (?) still lives with them she hoped Mr Frederick had got to the end of his journey. Tell me how you pass your time do not forget to mention whether you pay postage for your letters as I would always write on the sort of paper I wrote last time. God bless you always.
Your affectionate Mother

I have written every month since you went. The Hallets are still at (?). Charles not having sailed – do you know John H? Tuesday morn a lovely day for our Walk. M. is quite delighted at the idea of seeing the City an event that has not (?) to her above four times in her life. Grandpapa and Grandmama are so well (?) in West Lane. God bless you again and again My dear boy. Take care both of your mind and body. The Dardises are quite well, their money matters are (?) they have now about 700 a yr with them. Your ever aff’t Mother. J.A.
I am (?)

1831 - To her daughter Matilda
[Addressed to Miss Ayrton, 8 Hartland [or Portland] Place, Leamington, Warwickshire]

My dear Matilda 27 August 1831

You see I have taken a most formidable sized sheet of paper which seems to imply I have got a great deal to say -- though I hardly know what about -- for my mornings have been chiefly employed till 1 o'clock in rummaging and ranting. When I have made myself decent, and gone out with G’mama in the Insect, and a rough insect it is, for it jolts me to death, I am sure it must do Grandpapa more harm than good -- he is quite well again now. Doctor Bree found him looking thin. They came to town on the 25th and are off again on Monday to Ash. Today Acton [then just 15] and I have them to dinner at G’mama. I have not gone out this morning having to write to you and Master Jack.

Yesterday we called on Miss Barnacle etc - she is living with her sister Mrs Jackson. Mr Wilson, Mrs Grosvenor has decided, will marry again in October when his house is finished doing up and his six months widowhood expired - perhaps the poor Man has never even dreamt of such a thing. We dined in B St(?) last Monday and went to a party at her house. Acton postponed going home I reading Blackstone till he fell asleep on the sofa where I found him. There were eight of us – little (?) Miss G. and self at the Casino Table, Mrs G so fidgetty -- the poor doctor’s patience was nearly exhausted -- there were four more at the Whist Table, a Mrs (?) Shepherd was there, a very pleasant woman. I think we have met some of the same crowd at some of the parties, for it was very familiar to me. Tuesday we called on the Marshalls -- they have not arranged their affairs yet but think they shall not leave Town. We then called on Mrs Boyce, then I sat at G’mama‘s and read the paper and by all these manoeuvres missed the Chaplins. Acton and I had fixed to go there that evening. They sat here they said above two hours -- at 7 o'clock we began our peregrinations, out of Compliment to the young ladies I suppose he had his hair cut, for he was looking like a Wild Man of the Woods. It was a lovely Evening -- we got there a quarter to 8. The Graces three were walking in the shrubbery, Adonis and Apollo were in the Refectory -- Apollo very agreeable, he has given me a small book for you, a War Song of the Poles. Very enthusiastic, the original he did in French, then made a prose translation which he is versifying -- he had only published part of the latter, a fit of inspiration came on him after Tea for he worked muttering up and down the passage and then into the Garden. They said they heard from you which seemed to please them. John [then aged just 25] I believe only staid a day in Town. We had a beautiful moonlight walk home and got in by half past 10 and I was not so fatigued as gasping(?) it was so very warm. I think I told you the girls had called once before and I was out. How very natural and beautiful the (?) is that they have made -- Sarah has not begun singing yet. She looked very pretty. Louisa looked tired and Anne had her face tied up again.

I had an invitation that day to dine with Mrs Carey to meet Mrs Notram(?) - not wanting to go to C. Town I declined. Mrs C. leaves Town on the 1st. She is not going to move out of this for the Man having agreed to do up her house -- she (?) called, she asked whether I saw her Tom before he went away. He has been very ill in Paris and is expected home soon. Young Fairburn is returned. I was there yesterday, she sent her love to you both. I met that the fair Hicks there, he is pleasant to hold converse with. He is very like (?) Miss L(?) - his mother was a Ward of Mr (?), makes them so intimate – he is an only only son and no Profession - his mother lives at Brussels. She has beged of him to come for that place is so unpleasant now. Josephine and her party are returning. I hear Dover is crammed with people from Belgium waiting to see whether they can return. The Blanes are at Walmer. Ramsgate is so full that I was offered for half a Bed, Mrs Dione wrote to Mrs Sharpen when she wrote for the lodgings for Lady C. I wonder how she will manage -- she called here on Wednesday at 5 o'clock being tired having been half over the Town. Mrs C. was not to go for a (?). While she was out Mr Sharpen had been there Mrs S. told me the next day when G’mama and I called on Michael's Place -- Eliza had not got gav(?) directions -- she wanted to write to you -- she will tell you all about Mrs McCann and Mrs S’s brats. Neither Mrs B. or she looked well. Miss Lipy has grown thin again. I saw such a magnificent set out of a double Phaeton and two servants belonging to Mr Vale who I understand was once a Brichlager. I am ashamed to say I have not seen anything of the Smith party yet but shall take an early opportunity next week of going – my new lady comes on Monday evening.

Caroline has been in extra grief. Mr Asinbrook departed on Wednesday at half past one rather unexpectedly, they thought he had only fainted and the poor old Warren is in great grief. I shall recommend her to take Caroline to live with her "to be unto her as a daughter." Maria told Grandmama she was sure Caroline was very fond of him for she was near always there. GP has not yet decided which house he will have. I think he should draw lots -- he was pleased with the perusal of your letter. Grandmama says you promised to write to her next so let your next communication be addressed there – (?) will also be glad to hear from you, he has been very ill with a bowel attack. They were obliged to send for a doctor. He sat up for a couple of hours last Saturday but he wrote would he should soon be well. Mr W. is in hope to get a curacy in Berkshire that will be a good deal nearer town.

Mary (?) is just come in, put my Ideas to flight and will hinder me sadly. I am determined to send this today -- I perfectly understood your Plan -- I should like to have been of your party. I have not heard that Mrs Carpenter is at Brighton. The Colonel called two days ago but (?) was out. The Hutchinsons are still at Ramsgate he wrote Mr Basham (?) he was so comfortable and quiet he should remain another fortnight. Mr Basham Acton says was so amazed he wanted a holiday himself. A. at present has no time for Master. When his return I shall try to makes some arrangement for him to come earlier to dinner -- now it is generally near 6. We breakfast at 9 exactly and on Tuesday (?) at ½ past 8. I am glad you get up early, I shall expect to see you looking well -- and blooming. The party at Mrs Scott’s turned out very pleasant, there was a pleasant Miss Stewart there then came in a Captain & Mrs Stewart -- he also very agreeable and the two families had never met before. Miss Knight is going one day to Greece(?) with another (?) the London University. (?) is quite young and smart. Acton has got a beautiful blade to your knife put in by Thomas (?) in Oxford. (?) is very careful did I tell you -- he sports grey with gloves and a very smart coat and dandy umbrella in dubious weather. Mary says I am sure you cannot write much more, what a deal of news there must be in it. God bless you my dearest Girl, all (?) a great many enquiries after you. I must now write to my other deary on the folds. Jack I think cannot have a letter today he is in (?) with his study where he sometimes has (?) Tea Party (?)

Your affectionate

Mother, J.A.
I could write more had I time.

My dear Zena [or Lena],

This time I give you a flap, next time I shall give Miss (?) one -- to business now - the Bed. I suppose you have got the man steward one Mr Ticknell indeed gave it me. Mr (?)um I paid last Saturday. I have not been able to call on him today but shall on Monday. Hope however the p. [piano?] is arrived - and Matilda's playing brilliantly -- the Cloak sold for four shillings the (?) I hope good. (?) last I did not think so (?) as the last (?) is a nasty thing so physically. M tells me you have been very kind in taking her about. I wish I was with you -- young Howard called his mother with him (/) Miss White was looking so well – Mr White is getting young I think. I would advise you to set your comb at him and then he might transfer his ardent gaze to you. I saw Lord N yesterday & learned (?) he did not or would not (?) one - n’importe. I presume M(?) and a few more cheats like it help to pay Miss Bamberger (?) Chaise. (?) -- you did very right to go away from the Ball instead of going to it Miss (?) had dancing enough this Season. Acton’s ears and mine have been regaled these two Evenings with a most delightful Band for at least two hours, higher up. I had heard Leamington was empty from the B(?) & Coleys(?) tell Matilda Grandpapa lived at the beginning of the Town it was an Hotel – I suppose quite altered now -- am glad your garden still looks a little beauty. I have a superb Geranium (?) of amusement to Acton as well. (?) terribly (?) plants have suffered terribly from these green (?).

I am sorry poor Louisa has got her cough. How truly happy the Liddiards will be to have the Land it is in a (?)


  • 25 JUL 1867 - Birth - ; Marylebone, London
Frederick Ayrton
1780 - 24 NOV 1824
Edward Nugent Ayrton
13 MAR 1815 - 28 NOV 1873
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Edward Nugent Ayrton
Birth13 MAR 1815Richmond, Surrey, christened Saint Mary Magdalen, Richmond 23 April 1815
Death28 NOV 1873 Buried at Bexhill, Sussex, west of St Leonard's, NOT Box Hill.
Marriage28 AUG 1866to Emma Sophie Althof at Parish Church, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
FatherFrederick Ayrton
MotherJuliana Caroline Rebecca Adriana Nugent
PARENT (F) Emma Sophie Althof
Marriage28 AUG 1866to Edward Nugent Ayrton at Parish Church, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Marriage13 MAR 1875to George Squire
FatherHerman Althof
MotherWilhelmina? ?
FJulia Minna(?) Nugent Ayrton
Birth25 JUL 1867Marylebone, London
Marriage3 AUG 1893to Thomas William Cranston Charles , MD, MRCP
MWilliam Edward Ayrton , F.R.S.
Birth14 SEP 1847London (see obituary)
Death6 NOV 190841, Norfolk Square, Hyde Park, London, England
Marriage21 DEC 1871to Matilda Charlotte Chaplin , M.D. at Saint Matthew, Bayswater, Kensington.
Marriage6 MAY 1885to Phoebe Sarah (Hertha) Marks at Mr and Mrs Hancock's house in Queen's Gate
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Thomas William Cranston Charles , MD, MRCP
BirthABT 1850
Marriage3 AUG 1893to Julia Minna(?) Nugent Ayrton
FatherDavid Hughes Charles
PARENT (F) Julia Minna(?) Nugent Ayrton
Birth25 JUL 1867Marylebone, London
Marriage3 AUG 1893to Thomas William Cranston Charles , MD, MRCP
FatherEdward Nugent Ayrton
MotherEmma Sophie Althof
[S12758] Ann Gregory (Mendell)'s copy of 'A short account of the Families of Chaplin and Skinner........' with annotations by Ayrton Chaplin & others
[S37942] Raymond Airton emails etc from 19 July 2006 (and some earlier)
[S11527] Birth Certificate
Descendancy Chart