At The Beginning – Richard John Loveday Snr.

Richard John Loveday (Snr.)1789 – 1867


St.Pancras Old Church 1815

Richard John Loveday, senior was a carpenter/cabinet-maker, born about 1789 in the district of London identified as ‘Strand’. In 1814 he married a girl called Ann, two years his junior, who, it is believed, had been born in Hertford, but no record of their marriage, is found in the registers of St Mary-le-Bone, St Pancras or Hertford over the period 1806.-1826.

Occasional marriages of Loveday’s can be seen in the St Mary-le-Bone registers through the late 17th and the 18th centuries. In the period 1821-1826 appear three other Loveday marriages in St Pancras, and four other Loveday baptisms in St Mary-Le-Bone.

Loveday is a given name, thought to derive from the Old English Leofdaeg or alternatively Lief Tag. Leofdaeg is composed of the words leof meaning dear/beloved or precious and daeg meaning day. Lief Tag literally translates to Love Day, and is thought to have existed in eastern Britain from around the 7th century.
Loveday was a common English medieval Christian name, which has now become confined to Cornwall, where it still survives in occasional use. The name was originally bestowed on boys or girls on a Love Day, a day appointed for a meeting between enemies and litigants with a view to an amicable settlement. The name is now only given to girls.
The name Loveday arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Loveday comes from the Old English given name Loveday and the Old English given name Leofdoeg, which is composed of the elements leof, which means dear or beloved, and doeg, which means day. This name was also a nickname for a person who had an association with a Love Day which, according to medieval custom, a Love Day was a day set aside for reconciliation and settlement of disputes or feuds.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents.  The name has been spelled Loveday, Loveden, Lovedon and others.

It is believed that Richard Loveday senior, had two brothers, Robert and William, but this has not been confirmed. The father of three of these baptisms, Robert, is recorded as a servant living in Russell Square, while William, the other father, was a labourer of St Mary-le-Bone.

The 1829 map shows Marylebone and St John’s Wood were then at the very edge where expanding London met the receding countryside allowing the space for Thomas Lord to relocate his cricket ground nearby, and the Household Cavalry to have set up their new barracks on the other side of Regents Park in Albany street.
Richard John Loveday, the elder, and his wife Ann had at six children born in or around
Ann 1815 -

George James 1827-1831
Elizabeth 1817 -

Emma Maria 1829 -
Richard John 1818- 1883

Caroline 1833- 1896
Mary 1825 -

Richard John Loveday was born on 19th’ December 1818, when his father Richard John Loveday senior, was resident in the old London parish of St Pancras. At the time the boy was baptised in the church of the adjoining parish of St Mary-le-Bone on 14th September 1823, his father was recorded as living in St Mary-le-Bone and his occupation was listed as “mechanic” (today the term ‘tradesman” would be used).

London 1820

Sadly, George James died at the age of four, leaving his brother Richard John as the only son. Richard John Loveday junior left home to join the British Army early in 1837. In the June 1841 census Mary, Emma and Caroline were living with their parents at 132 Edgeware Road, but Elizabeth (who married earlier in the year) and Ann had moved out.

Today the above address is part of a multi-storied apartment block and no trace of the old houses remain.

 Family folklore had said that Richard John Loveday, the father, was a member of the Royal Horse Guards. However examination of that units Pay and Muster Rolls between 1793 and 1853 at the Public Records Office, Kew, and personnel records held in the Household Cavalry Archives at the Combermere Barracks, has unearthed nothing to confirm this.

It is likely that the theory was based on Catherine Shea having written to the Horse Guards in 1856 seeking information about Private John Loveday, her son-in-law, and her daughter, Bridget. In those times, correspondence on all military matters was addressed to”Horse Guards”, a locality in London. In much the same way today people refer in general terms to Whitehall, Westminster or ‘Canberra’ as being the place to ask such questions

Previously the Royal Engineers had preferred to use civilian tradesmen, particularly in peacetime, rather than recruit their own. Living within walking distance of the Horse Guards Barracks, Richard John Loveday senior may well have done carpentry work for them on a contract basis. He would have seen a new opportunity for his son to do the same, but on a permanent basis – by actually joining the army and being trained in a trade.

The family saw their only son, Richard John, now a Lance Corporal and wife Bridget and their three grandchildren, Ann, Richard and Thomas, prior to them leaving England, from London in 1846. It is assumed that Richard and Bridget never returned to England. Richard’s marriage to Bridget was of concern to his parents due to the mix of religions. Bridget was Roman Catholic and Richard had been bought up Church of England, but all indications point to a happy marriage.

By April 1851, the aging parents were living at 20 Princess St, Marylebone with Emma (22) who would marry later in 1851, Caroline (17) and three male lodgers in their early 20s -.
William Turner, Lodger, 21, Bricklayer, Middlesex London
Frederick Taverner, Lodger, 22, Carpenter, Middlesex London
Thomas Fuller, Lodger, 22, Tailor, Cams, Wickham

It is assumed that this William Turner, was Emma’s future husband and they were said to have immigrated to Australia. Caroline had married John Stevens and they too immigrated to Australia in 1876. They had 5 children and both Caroline and John are believed to have died in the same year, 1896.

Their mother, Ann appears to have died late in 1852 aged 61.

In 1861 Richard John senior (71) was living at the same address, 20 Princess St, Marylebone with his unmarried daughter Ann (45) who had been working elsewhere as a cook, but had returned to look after her father.

Richard John Loveday, senior, died there in 1867 at the age of 78.



Grateful thanks go to my late father, George William Loveday, for the work and dedication that he and my mother, Louisa Loveday, put into the original manuscript from which much of this work has been drawn.

Thanks must also go to Julie Skarstrom for her contributions on the initial history of Richard John Loveday. Mention must also be made of the help provided by Anita Loveday in London for her work and resources.

The research provided by Ron Roberts on Richard John Loveday has been extremely valuable in supplying a clear picture of Richard John Loveday and his earlier years and thanks must go to him for his thorough work.

Acknowledgement must also be given to the South Australian State Library for the use of the reproduction of pictures of early South Australia.


A Change Of Direction

After a long time reading, reviewing and living with books, I believe that it is time for Bookmarks to change its direction. It’s time for me to close a chapter of my life that has been very fulfilling and rewarding. Being able to read a large assortment of books and review many of them has been a privilege. However, I find my time being challenged by other interests and my Family History has once again claimed centre stage for me.

Koala smallI won’t use the excuse of eye-sight issues, although this is a factor in my decision. More importantly is the issue of pursuing one’s main interests and using the time I have left to achieve a lasting chronicle of facts about my family.

So, the current Bookmarks Blog page will be transformed and will in the future be dedicated to my research into the Loveday, Taylor, Kluge, Fisher and Sadgrove families. I have compiled a large amount of facts and stories about all of these families and I will, over the months to come post some of this for those interested to see. However, there is a lot yet to discover and I welcome any news, facts, photos and stories about my family that may come my way.

Thanks to all those Authors who have entrusted their work to me for review; I do appreciate the trust given. Good Luck with all who put fingers to the keyboard and seek to have their work published.

Christmas Greetings

Hi to my loyal followers,

Please accept my sincere wish for a Wonderful and Peaceful Christmas and my Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year

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My apologies for an absence but health issues do take over. But I am back at maximum performance and look forward to providing some interesting posts next

We have had a fun lately with the completion of Kate Loveday’s  2 books now available in Printed and eBook format. And Inheritance has been published by Escape Publishing!

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Keep safe and Good Luck!

Review: The Man Who Refused To Die

Author:           Alan Thomas

Published:      Penketh Publications41lvI-xfZOL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-69,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

Reviewed:      15/10/2013

Available:   Amazon

Synopsis:        Nobody wants to grow old but what would you give for the chance of eternal youth? In this gripping novel an ambitious scientist sets out to prove that ageing is a ‘disease’ that can be cured – a quest that has devastating consequences.

Wealthy businessman Dimitry Yablonsky finds it unbearable to witness his beloved father’s descent into old age. So he decides to award a prize of $100 million to anyone who can find a way of halting the human ageing process.

Dr Jonathan Palmer, a brilliant Cambridge scientist, aims to do just that. Despite the opposition of his deeply-religious wife, his colleagues and the Law, he is determined to let nothing stand between him and the ultimate prize in science.

But Palmer’s work sparks off a chain of events that bring both joy and hope, bitterness and betrayal in their wake. He is prepared to sacrifice his marriage and even his life in pursuit of his quest, while Yablonsky risks losing his reputation and his liberty if a guilty secret is revealed.

Based on contemporary scientific developments, The Man Who Refused to Die confirms that today’s science fiction may soon be tomorrow’s science fact!


My Thoughts:

This is not a genre that I normally read, however, I found the Synopsis intriguing.

The story is well crafted and has some quirky issues that draw the reader into the plot. The background to Dimitry Yablonsky is interesting and he is certainly a ‘man of mystery’.  Having decided to offer a very large prize for the person who can successfully halt the aging process, we then meet an interesting cast of people who take us on a fateful journey.  

The main character is Dr Jonathon Palmer whose brilliance is matched by his impulsiveness and ruthlessness. His wife, Julie, is obsessed by her religious background and her devotion to her Chapel.  Many other characters enter the story which by now has become quite complex. The testing of advanced anti aging systems on humans leads to some dramatic and fateful results. The conclusion is stunning and breathtaking.

The plot has a good pace and the storylines intertwine into a complex web of deceit, fantastical probabilities, and a touch of sci-fi.

A fascinating debut novel that promises much for the future.


Format/Typo Issues:


I found no significant errors


Rating: *** Three stars


After an enforced break and much care and cosseting I am recovered from my Cardiac surgery and have once again picked up the pencil to write some reviews. My rehab has been supplemented with the reading of some good and bad books. I will omit the bad, but over time I will review some of the good books that have helped me recover.

I will also be adding some interesting snippets about my family history that I uncovered whilst recuperating

Its nice to be back!

How to Fix a Broken Heart

The romance novels have got lots of remedies and have many clichés used to advise one how to fix a broken heart. You know, the mournful C & W music, the bottom of a bottle, walking the streets at midnight. All those types of remedies.

No, I mean the physical kind of heart that has found that a less than perfect diet over the years, maybe not enough hard exercise, perhaps a tad too much red wine, has caused the arteries to become blocked with a build-up of fatty, waxy deposits on the inside of my arteries. 

These deposits are made up of cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the blood. Plaque deposits can clog the coronary arteries and make them stiff and irregular. This is called “hardening of the arteries.” There can be a single blockage or multiple blockages, and they can vary in severity and location. These deposits slowly narrow the coronary arteries, causing my heart to receive less blood and oxygen. This decrease in blood flow may cause chest pain (angina), shortness of breath or other symptoms.


Well, you guessed it, that is now my problem and the solution is to have a Coronary Bypass Operation.  Coronary artery bypass grafting, or “CABG” (pronounced “cabbage”), is a common heart procedure. A surgeon takes a section of a healthy blood vessel from my leg, chest, or arm. The vessel is then connected (grafted) to my coronary artery slightly past the site of the blockage. This creates a new path for blood to flow around (bypass) the blockage in the artery so it can get to my heart.(Acknowledgements here to Medtronic Inc of Sydney)


Now, there will be some who will be amazed that there is in fact a heart in there at all! Sorry to disappoint!

You know, there has been some pretty amazing heart stopping moments in my life so far, but none that will match this event. I am told that I will be attached to a heart-lung bypass machine whilst the surgeon does the grafting. Awesome!! The gruesome pic at the right is what is proposed and when compcad-graftbypass-lgleted will give me a new lease of life.

So, to all my handful of followers and to any other interested bystanders, there will be a pause in my blogs (unusual!) and in my other normal activities, but like all bad pennies and annoying smells – I shall return!

I can only marvel at the fantastic Medical Service that we have in Australia and am so grateful for what they can achieve.  This enforced rest will give me the time to read and review more great Australian authors. Kath and I will fight this together and maybe even write a book about How to Fix a Broken Heart.