Penelope Warland born 1738 / John Place - Links with Australia

Note: Some of the information on this page was provided by Jennie Andrews in Australia.

Penelope Warland (1738 - ?) was the daughter of Robert Warland (1694 - 1758) and Ann King (1701 - 1784). (See link for names of her siblings).

Penelope Warland married John Place (1730 - 1800) on 1 or 7 November 1766 at St Andrews, Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset. Witness to the wedding were Mary Dean and Anna Austen. John Place may have been the son of Conyers Place and Magdalene Glisson although this is not proven and is speculation. John and Penelope had one child, Mathew Wasse Place (1776, Canford Magna, Dorset, England - 15 March 1834, Chichester, Sussex, England).

Family of Mathew Wasse Place (1777 - 1834)

Mathew Wasse Place married Frances Growden Jeffery (6 May 1788 - 10 Dec 1864) on 8 or 26 April 1808 in Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England. They had the following children:

George Augustus Place was the surgeon at the Wimborne Workhouse from March 1838, after he won a tender, until his resignation in August the same year. According to a news article, he resigned because of conflict between him and the Poor Law Guardians. The article, quoting researcher Margaret Roebuck, states 'It seems the guardians had attempted, illegally, to insist that medical officers should, in the absence of a colleague, attend the colleague's patients'. At an acrimonious meeting held on 30 July 1838, George was accused of not fulfilling his contract and resigned within the week.

The following December, after an outbreak of smallpox in the workhouse, letters - later attributed to Place - appeared in the Times and Standard newspapers criticising the working of the New Poor Law and citing the poor management of Wimborne's smallpox outbreak as an example. On the day the letter appeared, Wimborne residents held a public meeting to demand that steps be taken to prevent the disease spreading. The Poor Law Commissioners sent their assistant commissioner to investigate and his report exonterated the guardians.

George was not satisified, however, and publicly accused the guardians of negligence. A second report exonerated the guardians and George published an address to the local people, claiming that vital evidence had been omitted, altered or reported incorrectly. George's portrait is held by the Priest's House Museum in Wimborne.

Family of Christopher Henry Place (1814 - 1881)

Christopher Henry Place married Elizabeth Court (16 Oct 1838 - 1915) on 22 May 1858. They had the following children:

Children of Christopher Henry Place (1814 - 1881)

Family of Mathew Henry Place

Mathew Henry Place (1858 - 1943) married twice. The name of his first wife is unknown, his second wife was Elizabeth Ballam, whom he married in January 1886. They had three children:

No other details are known.

George Augustus Place (1860 - 1904) married Elizabeth Kircher (21 Feb 1857 - 23 Mar 1944) on 18 April 1882. They had the following children:

Christopher Warland Place (1872 - 1922) married Elizabeth Keeping (1862 - 1952) on 22 Sep 1899. They had the following children:

Page created 13 July 2014, updated 14 September 2016. Copyright Andrew Warland