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Charles John Brandling
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Life History

Charles John Brandling (Lieutenant-Colonel) was born 14th November 1797 at Thorpe and christened on the 26th December 1797, the eldest son of Ralph Henry Brandling.

Charles John joined the army and in 1823 was promoted to Lieutenant:

War Office, April 26, 1823
10th Regiment of Light Dragoons Cornet Charles John Brandling to be Lieutenant, by purchase, vice the earl of Yarmouth, promoted in the Cape Corps; George Lister Kaye, Gent. to be Cornet, by purchase, vice Brandling. [1]

The following year he married Henrietta, youngest daughter of Sir George Armytage of Kirklees:

MARRIAGES: On the 2nd inst, at Hartshead, Yorkshire, Charles John Brandling, Esq. of the 10th Royal Hussars, to Henrietta, youngest daughter of Sir George Armytage, Bart. of Kirklees. [2]

The couple had two children:

Charles Brandling BIRTH. On Thursday morning last, the lady of Charles John Brandling, Esq. of Middleton Lodge, near this town, of a son. [3]

Henrietta Emma Brandling

In 1841 Charles John was residing at Middleton Lodge, Middleton, Rothwell, Leeds:


Name Age Profession etc. Same County
Chas. Brandling 40 Army H P Y
Henrietta Brandling 40 Y
Charles Brandling 48 Y
Henrietta Brandling 10 Y
John Prudhoe 25 M S N
Tomasine? Cowaad? 30 F S N
Eliza Hickling 25 F S N
Maria Gibson 30 F S Y
Mary Rogerson 25 F S Y
Ruth Binks 20 F S Y
Elizabeth Peel 20 F S Y         [4]

In 1851 Charles was living in Hammersmith Village where he is recorded in that year's census returns:

Name Relationship Condition Age Rank, Profession or Occupation Where Born
Charles Jon. Brandling Head M 53 Lieut. Colonel of 2 West Militia
Magistrate & Deputy Lieut.
York Rothwell
Henrietta Brandling Wife M 51 York Baitshead
Henrietta Brandling Dau U 20 Northumberland Gosforth
Margaret Denning Serv U 28 Housekeeper Northumberland Blagdon
Mary Anne Denning Serv U 26 Housemaid Northumberland Blagdon
Emma Johnson Serv U 23 Cook Notts Charlton
Charles Hoath Serv U 24 Footman Sussex Teouest? Hill?         .rf[5]

In 1855, Charles John retired from the army:

MEMORANDUM That Lieutenant-Colonel Charles John Brandling, who retires from the 2nd Regiment of West York (Light Infantry) Militia, is allowed by her Majesty to retain the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. [6]

8th May 1855 Commissions signed by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Riding of the County of York, and of the City and County of the City of York.
2nd Regiment (Light Infantry} of West York Militia.
Captain Charles Augustus Cobbe to be Lieutenant-Colonel, vice Brandling retired.
Dated 26th April, 1855. [7]

Charles died on the 28th June 1856 at Middleton Lodge and was buried at Middleton, near Leeds [8] . His inscription reads:

In memory of Charles John Brandling, Esq. who deceased 28th June 1856, aged 58

28th June 1856 Death
At Middleton Lodge, near Leeds, aged 59,
Col. Chas. John Brandling, eldest son of the late Rev. R.H. Brandling, of High Gosforth. [9]

His death was recorded between July and September 1856 [8] :

Died, at Middleton, near Leeds, aged 58, Colonel Brandling, only son of the late Rev. R. H. Brandling, of Gosforth House, Northumberland. [9]

Charles' estate was an issue of contention in the High Court:

Pursuant to an Order of the High Court of Chancery, made in the matter of the estate of Charles John Brandling, and in a cause, Henrietta Emma Brandling Spinster, against Henrietta Brandling, Widow, the creditors of the said Charles John Brandling, late of Middleton Lodge, in the county of York, Esquire, the testator in the proceedings named, who died in or about the month of June, 1856, are, by their Solicitors, on or before the 14th day of December, 1857; to come in and prove their debts, at the chambers of the Vice-Chancellor Sir John Stuart, No. 12, Old-square, Lincoln's-inn, Middlesex, or in default thereof they will be peremptorily excluded from the benefit of the said Order. Monday, the 21st day of December, 1857, at twelve o'clock at noon, at the said chambers, is appointed for hearing and adjudicating upon the claims.
Dated this 4th day of November, 1857. [10]

The daughter, Henrietta is recorded as still living at Middleton in 1861:

Household Middleton Lodge, Top of the Wood, Middleton

Name Relation Marital
Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Henrietta Brandling Daughter Unmarried Female 30 Gosforth House,
Margaret Denning Servant Married Male 48 Shotton Durham House Servant
Jane Thwaites Wife Married Female 48 Northumberland House Servant
Mary Thwaites Daughter Unmarried Female 19 Northumberland House Servant
Margaret Thwaites Daughter Unmarried Female 15 Northumberland House Servant         [11]

Charles' wife, Henrietta, died between October and December, 1864, at Salisbury. [12]

DEATHS: BRANDLING - On the 5th inst., at Salisbury, Henrietta, widow of Charles John Brandling, Esq., of Middleton, in her sixty-fourth year. [13]

The probate of Henrietta Brandling 1865:

8 September
The Will of Henrietta Brandling late of Salisbury in the County of Wilts Widow deceased who died 5 October 1864 at Salisbury aforesaid was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Charles Brandling of Eccleston-square in the County of Middlesex Esquire the Son the sole Executor.
Effects under £450. [14]

Both Charles and his wife were buried at Middleton, their inscriptions as follows:

In memory of Charles John Brandling, Esq. who deceased 28th June 1856, aged 58 and In memory of Henrietta, widow of Charles John Brandling, Esq. deceased 5th October 1864, aged 63.



[1] The Morning Post, Monday, (London, England), April 29, 1823

[2] The Examiner (London, England), Sunday, November 14, 1824

[3] The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, October 27, 1832

[4] census

[5] census

[6] The Morning Post, Wednesday, 25th April 1855

[7] London Gazette Issue: 21709 Page: 1788

[8] Death. Jul-Sep 1856. Hunslet. Vol:9b Page 151.

[9] Local records; or, Historical register of remarkable events, which have ... John Latimer

[10] The York Herald, Saturday, 14th November, 1857

[11] census

[12] Death. Oct-Dec 1864. Salisbury. Vol:5a Page 129.

[13] The Morning Post (London), Saturday, 8th October, 1864.

[14] England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941

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