HAFS Journal Vol 6 No 3 – May 2002


Townsend JW Hungerford: Historian and History-Maker, by Sue Hungerford;

Thomas Hungerford and the Boer War, by Betty Crowley;

Another Hungerford Letter: the Nohoval Inheritance, by W Hungerford;

Hungerford Heraldry – Part III, by Ron Mathieson;

The Will of Emanuel Hungerford, by Peter Sherlock.


Townsend Hungerford was one of a number of folk who, in the early nineteenth century, pursued the history of the Hungerford family. Unlike others, such as Richard Colt Hoare (author of Hungerfordiana), he bore the Hungerford name himself. His descendants, resident in New Zealand, have preserved his papers and various other heirlooms, and our long-time member Sue Hungerford presents some of this information. In future issues we hope to print further details of those of our predecessors like Townsend or Colt Hoare who took up the challenges of genealogical and historical research on such a large and complex family.

Our own members continue in this tradition of research, ferreting out previously unpublished documentation concerning members of the family, their activities and residences. In this issue, Betty Crowley tells us of her uncle Tom Hungerford, and his involvement in the Boer War which concluded a 100 years ago. Tom’s daughter, Amy Stewart Hungerford, herself led a fascinating life and we hope in a special publication to bring some of her autobiographical writings to light.

Kathy Tomkins has visited many of the places associated with the Irish Hungerfords and associated families such as Daunt and Becher. One of her most significant finds to date is reprinted here, throwing light on the Hungerford nineteenth-century landholdings in county Cork. Stan Hungerford has been preparing a gazetteer of Hungerford Ireland, and together with some other needed compilation of data we hope soon to know more about where the Hungerfords lived and how their properties affected the family’s wealth and lifestyle, as well as using information on the transfer of land to piece together more parts of the genealogical jigsaw.

Finally, we have the third instalment of Ron Mathieson’s authoritative series on Hungerford heraldry, taking us into the Down Ampney family and, like all the articles in this Journal, opening up some significant new questions for future work on the early Tudor Hungerfords.

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