The following message was received from Richard Lander in Australia, who is trying to trace information on his ancestor John Hudden Lander. If anyone has information about this person, then please add a comment at the bottom of this article. Here is the contents of Richard Landers’ message :
I am the great-great-great grandson of John Hudden Lander who is mentioned who is mentioned in the article, “Just How Old is Broadstone?” on your website.
I have been researching my family history for more than 35 years but this man is one of my most baffling ancestors. I can tell you that he was an Ensign in Poole Volunteers (“The Purbeck Landers”). Other members of my Lander family had lived at or near Poole since at least 1640.
My 7th great-grandfather, Edward Lander, was baptised at Worth Matravers in that year. His son, William Lander, was baptised at St Edward’s Church, Corfe Castle in 1664 and was buried at Worth Matravers on 10 June 1705. He was a husbandsman. His son, also William, was a freeman of Poole and an “out of town burgess”. He was the captain of a coastal trading vessel called the “Minerva” which was involved in the London trade, especially in corn. Later he traded with Newfoundland, taking dried cod there and bringing back Newfoundland pine. Several of his offspring became master mariners in Poole. One became a Mayor of Poole and two were Collectors of Customs there.
My 4th great-grandfather was baptised and married at St James, Poole – to Mary Campbell. When he died in 1806, he was buried at Poole.
John Hudden Lander was their eldest son and the one I know least about. Their other children included David Osmond Lander who was a Freeman/Mayor/Alderman of Poole, Dorset. Freeman (1804); Mayor (1825-26), Alderman (1835). Collector of Customs at Poole 1802-1830. He married Elizabeth Humber Weston.
Their eldest daughter was Mary Campbell Lander who married Richard James Bourchier (also at St James, Poole). He became Postmaster of Malta on 1 April 1849.
Their third son, Charles Alexander Lander married Adèle Du Caurroy. He was Britain’s Consul or Vice Consul of the Dardenelles between 1828 and 1848.
Their second daughter and youngest child, Louisa Ann Lander married James Calvert, Esq. He was also one of a long line of British Consul’s in the Mediterranean area. Their seventh child, Frank Calvert, is now credited with discovering the ruins of Troy.
The point I am making is that John Hudden Lander was part of a very influential family. I am staggered that I cannot discover more about him and the comment in your article hints at a similar frustration from your researchers.
I can tell you that John Hudden Lander married Mary Ann Little from Nottingham in about 1802. Their eldest daughter, also Mary Ann, was baptised at St Marys, Nottingham on 9 Sept 1805.
Their second child, Henry Little Lander was born on the Isle of Guernsey in about 1809. He married Mary Ashworth from Nottingham at St Marys, NTT on 7 Jan 1834. He, like his younger brother Edward, my great-great-grandfather, who also married a Nottingham girl (Mary Ann Simpson) AT Nottingham on 11 July 1830. Both were machine lacemakers – firstly in Nottingham but later in Calais, France.
I hope that this additional material may help you discover more about my elusive ancestor. If you do find anything, I would be grateful if you could let me know the details.