The Russell Family

Sir Walter Murton (1836 to 1927), was my grandfather’s Uncle.  He apparently wrote an autobiography entitled “Reminiscences”. I wonder whether you have seen, or know the whereabouts of any copies of this book.
One of my grandmothers was a Russell, who lived at and was married from “Golden Mead” in Mead Road, Chislehurst.  I have photographs of her wedding taken in the garden of “G M” in 1904.  Her father, William Campbell Russell, is buried in Chislehurst.

I also have family connections through the Russell family with the Teichman family of “Sitka” in Chislehurst.  I believe the family were involved with the Hudson’s Bay Company and the founding of Sitka in Alaska. Let me know, if any of this is of interest to your Society.

I attach photographs of the Russell family at “Golden Mead”, or possibly “Furzefield”.  The family group must be late 1800’s and, I believe, shows from left to right: my grandmother, Sylvia Russell, her grandmother, Rosetta Mantell, Edgar Russell, Mrs Russell and Rosetta Margaret (Daisy) Russell in front of the three servants and Noel Russell on the pony with the groom.

The wedding photos were on the occasion of my grandmother’s marriage to Cecil Murton Strouts on 19 July 1904.  I am not completely sure who’s who in the group photo.  The cleric may be the vicar of St Mary and all the Angels, who officiated at the wedding.

At present I do not have much more easily accessible information.  In passing I have a Napoleon III 5 franc piece from my grandmother.  Is this a fairly common coin for the people of Chislehurst to have from the time when he lived in exile?

Best wishes, Giles N Wilson


 A. We provided Giles with details of Walter Murton's book (details can be found on the Kemnal Road website), and he then provided us with the photographs shown here.

From left to right: my grandmother, Sylvia Russell, her grandmother, Rosetta Mantell, Edgar Russell, Mrs Russell and Rosetta Margaret (Daisy) Russell in front of the three servants and Noel Russell on the pony with the groom.
My grandmother’s marriage to Cecil Murton Strouts on 19 July 1904