The Family of Mark Wiedhofft (Whitgift)

Sgt Mark Wiedhofft

Mark Wiedhofft was born to Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft and his second wife Emma (Huntsman) Sinkler about December 1876 in Islington, London.

Sister Emma was born in the March quarter of 1878 in Islington .

Uncle Johann George died in the March Quarter of 1879 in Islington age 54.

Brother Frederick married Clio Newton on the 17th of May 1880 at St Marks Church, Clerkenwell. Frederick Augustus is described as a brushmaker and son Frederick as an oilman of 12 Gt Percy St.

Our first record of him is as a four year old in the 1881 census which shows him living with a number of "grown up" step brothers and sisters and his parents and sister Emma. (42 Upper St. Islington is close to the Angel, Islington on the main road towards Islington town hall and Highbury corner.)

1881 Census: Dwelling: 42 Upper Street Census Place: Islington, London, Middlesex, England Source: FHL Film 1341049 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0225 Folio 5 Page 9
Fredk.Augs. WIEDHOFT Head M 56 M Brush Maker St George The Martyr, Middlesex,
Emma WIEDHOFT Wife M 44  F . Brompton, Middlesex
Wm. WIEDHOFT Son U 19  M Clerk St Lukes, Middlesex,
Louisa WIEDHOFT Daur U 16 F Pupil Teacher St Lukes, Middlesex
Wm. HUNTSMAN Stepson U 20 M Brush Maker Islington, Middlesex
Chas. HUNTSMAN Stepson U 15 M Pupil Teacher Islington, Middlesex
Alfred HUNTSMAN Stepson . 11 M Scholar Islington, Middlesex
Mark WIEDHOFT Son . M   .Islington, Middlesex
Emma WIEDHOFT Daur . 3 F   .Islington, Middlesex
Elizth. VICKER U . 17   F Housemaid St Lukes, Middlesex
On the 6th of May 1882 Auntie Clio (wife of half brother Frederick) died of complications in pregnancy at 12 Gt Percy St. Clerkenwell.

1891 Census: Brenknoll, Grove Lane, Norbiton. Kingston, Surrey
Frederick A Wiedhoft Head M 67M Retired Furrier London, St George the Martyr
Emma do Wife M F   do, Knightsbridge
Mark do. Son   M Brush Dealer Aprentice do, Islington
Emma do Daur   F Scholar do, Islington
Jane Ottaway Serv   16F Domestic Surrey, Kingston
Although not shown in the census Mark would have been about 14 at this time. 28 Dec 1891 Just after Christmas Mark's father ( Frederick Augustus died) In Kingston, Surrey. As shown in the will below Mark is left a sum of £200 to start him in business when he reaches the age of 21.

This is the last Will And Testament of   Mr Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft of Brenknoll Villa , Grove Lane, Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey Gentleman. Whereas I give and bequeath all my furniture books and household effects w+ akowen and ready money belonging to me in my house to my wife for her absolute control use and benefit. And I give and bequeath all the residue of my estate and effects of whatsoever and wheresoever situate unto my trustee David Salmon my son in law of Kingsgate, Kings Road, Kingston on Thames, schoolmaster and my brother in law William Fleming Foreign Agent of 62 Tressillion Road St Johns Lewisham Kent upon trust at their discretion from time to time either to sell and convert into money all such parts of my said estate as shall not consist of money or permit the same or any part thereof to remain in this in the same state of investment as the same should be in alas?y time of my decease and I direct my said trustees to stand possessed of all moneys which may from time to time arise from the sale and conversioninto money of any part of my residuary estate and all moneys from time to time joining part of my said estate upon trust after payment woud of my pint gime and payment of my funeral and testamentory expenses to invest the same from time to time in their names in or upon any of the parliamentary stocks or funds of the United Kingdom or in any or upon real or leasehold security in or upon detrentive stock or preference shares in stock of my railway or other public Company in England or Wales incorporated by Royal Charter or special Act of Parliament which for the date of three years previous to the date of investment have paid a dividend on it's ordinary share capital with power for my said trustees from time to time to vary such investments by the substitution for them some other investment of a like nature hereby authorised And I direct my said trustees to stand possessed of all such investments of my said trustees of my residuary estate and of all investments thereof at the time of my decease and for the time being unsold and unconverted into money upon trust and I hereby bequeath as a first charge on my estate the proceeds of an assurance on my life in the Economic Life Assurance Society policy no. 10642K for my wife Emma for her sole use and benefit to be paid over to my wife by my said trustees as soon after my decease as the money is ?????????? from the aforesaid office - the sum so assured is my free gift to her in compensation for any deteriorations or loss that her private property may receive by being invested ??? short leasehold property in Myddleton Square Clerkenwell Which investment was made for run be April And further I devise that this sum? - be paid perfectly independent of her other claims on my estate and without prejudice to any other claim she may have upon this my last will and testament I will and bequeath to my wife the annual income from time to time arising therefrom or issuing thereout from my estate - for her use and benefit for the term of her life, provided that she remain unmarried, and to the intent that she shall thereout maintain educate all or so many of my children who shall at the time of my decease be dependant upon me for such maintenance education and bringing up And when my children shall each from time to time, attain the age of twenty one the charge shall cease from my wife And I appoint my Wife gaurdian of my infant children with full powers to appoint whom she may think fit to be their guardian of my infant children at her decease - And direct my said trustees to pay as soon after my decease as they possibly can the following sums to my ?????? after ?????? ????? < (inserted) to my daughter Ann fifty pounds> , to my daughter Louisa Florence - fifty pounds to my son Mark when he arrives at the age of twenty one the sum of two hundred pounds to start him in business to my daughter Emma fifty when she arrives at the age of twenty one - or sooner if she gets married with the consent of her guardian and in the event of my wife marrying then I direct my trustees to retain all interest and residue of my estate as hereinbefore mentioned for the use maintenance nd education of my infants And as the last one shall have arrived at the age of twenty one then I direct my trustee to divide the whole of residuary estate amongst all my children then living and if any of my children shall have become deceased If on their issue shall receive amongst them the share of my deceased child but this division of my estate of all ?????ise to be made during the lifetime of my wife provided that she remains unmarried And I hereby devise that all advances made by me at anytime previous to or since my decease be considered as account of the respective shares of estate to my children respectively to whom such shall be made And in the division of my said estate thereinbefore mentioned and directed such advances as shall be bought into hotchpot and accounted for accordingly Provided always that when the lump sum of all my estate is made after the bequests herein mentioned are made if from any cause it should not amount when divided into shares to the same amount for girls and boys then I declare the division to be made by my trustees shall be such that the girls of my family shall receive as near a sum for thevis as can be made to approach that which the boys have received but in no case shall a sum be taked from the sum provided for the starting in business of my sons Frederick, William Alfred and Mark And the receipts of the persons named herein shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my said trustees herein mentioned. And in the event of the trustees or trustee herein named dying or declining to act or becoming incapable then my wife if single shall have full power to appoint fresh trustees in the place of those mentioned. If however my wife shall have married then the existing trustee with the consent of surviving hives shall appoint another trustee and fill up any vacancy. And in every fresh appointment thi shall all the powers and authority hereby comjoured on my trustees as if he had been originally appointed by me. And the said David Salmon and Wiliiam Fleming Executors and trustees here of and I hereby revoke all former wills made by me and declare this to be my last will In witness thereof I have to this my will written on this and three preceeding pages set my hand this fifth day of August one thousand eight hundred and ninety one - Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft. --------- Signed by the said Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft as and for his last will and testament in the presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses --------- G J Thornton -------------- E Thornton.


of due execution files. the 24th Feby 1892 Probate of this will was granted to David Salmon and William Fleming. the Executors.

So, at the age of 15 young Mark has 6 years to wait before he can collect his legacy. Living in Kingston upon Thames and working (for his parent's company?) as a brush dealers apprentice. Just over three years later his mother was to pass away in Islington. He now inherits his dad's watch and chain and is given up to £25 a year for or towards his board and lodgings.

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me EMMA WIEDHOFFT of 48 Hawksley Road Stoke Newington in the county of Middlesex widow I hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions at any time heretofore made by me. I appoint my son William Huntsman of 42 Upper Street Islington to be the EXECUTOR and trustee of my will but should he predecease me I appoint my son Alfred Huntsman of 42 Upper Street aforesaid to act as executor and trustee in his stead. I give to my son Charles Huntsman my silver plate and larger diamond ring to my son Alfred Huntsman my smaller diamond ring clock and music to Laura wife of my son William Huntsman my small gold brooch and any of my china books pictures bronzes or other ornaments not hereby otherwise specifically bequeathed which she may select to my son Mark Wiedhofft the watch and chain which belonged to his father to my daughter Emma Wiedhofft my gold bracelet two silver bracelet my gold watch and chain and any of my brooches which may remain after the aforesaid gift to the said Laura Huntsman and subject to the aforesaid gifts I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal property whatsoever and wheresoever situate unto my trustee Upon trust to sell call in and convert into money the same or so much thereof as shall not consist of money and with and out of the moneysby such sale calling in and conversion and with and out of my ready money to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and to invest the remainder of the moneys with power for my trustee from time to time at his discretion to vary such investments And out of the income thereof to expend such sum not exceeding twenty five pounds per annum as my trustee may consider necessary in or towards providing my son Mark with board and lodging until he attains the age of twenty one years and I direct that my trustee until my said daughter shall attain the age of twenty one years or marry (whichever event shall first happen)out of the said income shall apply such sum not exceeding one pound a week as my trustee may consider necessary for my said daughters maintenance and benefit so that should she obtain a scholarship and desire to enter college then I direct that my trustee shall out of my said estate raise an pay the necessary fees to enable her to enter college and also shall provide her with a comfortable outfit therefor and whilst she is in residence at college instead of applying a sum not exceeding one pound a week for her maintenance and benefit as aforesaid shall pay her an allowance of ten shillings per week and so soon as my youngest living son shall have attained the age of twenty one years and my daughter Emma shall have attained that age or married or died under that age I direct my said trustee to retain such sum as he may consider necessary not exceeding One hundred pounds and to apply the same for the benefit of my grandson Roland Edgar Cooper during his minority And I give all the residue of my estate including the accumulations of income if any unto and equally between all my children William Huntsman Charles Huntsman Alfred Huntsman Mark Wiedhofft and Emma Wiedhofft or such of them as shall be living at my decease but so that the child or the children collectively of any of my said children should any of them predecease me shall take the share which such deceased child would have taken if living And I direct that until the period for the distribution of my estate as aforesaid my trustee out of the said income apply a sum not exceeding twenty pounds per annum in or towards the maintenance education and benefit of my said grandson Roland Edgar Cooper And I declare that all monies liable to be invested under this my will may be invested in or upon any stocks funds or other securities which my trustee may consider would be advantageous to my estate whether such stocks funds or other securities are such as trustees are by law authorized to invest trust monies upon or not And I also declare that my trustee may postpone the sale and conversion of any part or parts of my real and personal estate for so long as he may think fit notwithstanding that such part or parts may be of a wasting or perishable nature and that the rents profits and income to accrue from and after my decease of and from such part or parts of my estate as shall for the time being remain unsold and unconverted shall after payment thereout of all incidental expenses and outgoings be paid and applied in the manner in which the income of the proceeds of such sale and conversion had actually been made And I also declare that the executor and trustee for the time being of this my will may instead of acting personally employ and pay a solicitor or other person to transact any business or do any act required to be done in connection with the administration of my estate or the trusts hereby declared including the receipt and payment of money and any act which an executor or trustee could have done personally And I direct that should the income of my estate be insufficient thereout to make the aforesaid provision for my said son Mark my said daughter Emma Wiedhofft and my grandson Roland Edgar Cooper my trustee shall apply so much of the capital as is necessary together with the income to make such provision as aforesaid IN WITNESS wherof I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and ninety four --- EMMA WIEDHOFFT --- Signed by the testator as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us both prent at the same time who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses - BEATRICE A GURR 20 Canonbury Square N. - FRANK KIMBER BULL 65 Watling Street E.C. Solicitor -

ON the 10th day of April 1895 Probate of this will was granted to William Huntsman the sole executor -

He would have turned 21 at the end of 1897, but as yet we have no information about these years. He does not appear either as Wiedhofft or Whitgift in the 1901 census. However the photograph (above) shows him in a sergeant's uniform in 1903 and we know that on 1st April 1901 he was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal (Orange Free State & Cape Colony). The following year he was awarded a clasp for this medal (1st October), and the picture shows 3 clasps.

weddingOn the 4th of August 1906 at the age of 30 he married 27 year old spinster Annie Louisa Read at the Fulham Register Office. Mark is described as an electrical engineer late of 8 Loris? Road but now residing at 10 Agate Road, Hammersmith. son of Frederick Augustus Wiedhofft (of independent means). Annie of 72 Sherbrooke Road, Fulham was daughter of William John Read (Plumber? (machine?)). The witnesses were A M Read and William John Read (her parents?)

birthbirthA daughter Joan was born on the 26th June 1908 and a son Frank was born on the 5th May 1910 at the family home 7 Coulter Road, Hammersmith, London W. The birth certificate shows father Mark Wiedhofft (General Engineer) and mother Annie Louisa Wiedhofft. Handwritten addition to certificate. Surname changed to WHITGIFT in September 1910--- Parents and grandparents of British birth.

Mark and chums in WW1?
 The next document officially changed the family name from Wiedhofft to Whitgift in 1924.
I, MARK WIEDHOFFT, commonly known as Mark Whitgift, of 7 Coulter Road, Hammersmith in the county of London, Electricians' Salesman, do solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:-
1. That I am a natural born British Subject, the Son of Parents who were natural born British Subjects also.
2. That I am the Father of Joan Wiedhofft, commonly known as Joan Whitgift, who was born on the 26th June 1908 at St . Clements Nursing Home, Fulham Palace Road, Fulham in the said County of London, and she is the same person as Joan Wiedhofft a Certified Copy of the entry in the Register of whose birth is now produced and shown to me and marked with the letter "A".
3. That in September 1910 I assumed the surname "Whitgift" in the place of my surname of Wiedhofft and I and my family have been continuously known by the surname of Whitgift ever since.
4. That I have never executed any Deed Poll or other document in connection with my said change of surname, nor did I advertise the same either in the "London Gazette" or in any other paper.
AND I make this solemn Declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act, 1835.

Mark Wiedhofft signature

reaperOur next official entry is the death certificate of Mark Whitgift which shows that he died on the 7th May 1948 at 9 Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey age 71 an electrical engineer (also noted in the Rank/Profession area was o/5 Parkside, Cheam) The cause of death 1a. Coronary Thrombosis, 1b?, Arterio Schlerosis and more.

weddingTwo years later son Frank (39) married Iris Mary Cecil (35) giving his address as 5 Parkside, Cheam. The witnesses were Annie L Whitgift (Mother) and Frederick J Cecil Iris's father ( a retired musician). Frank and Iris went on to have a son David in 1955.

reaperMark's wife wife Annie died in about 1960. Their daughter Joan is believed to have died unmarried in the early 1970's .

Mark Wiedhofft (Whitgift)
b. Islington, London 1876,
m. Annie Louisa Read 1906 Fulham, London
d. 1948 London
Mark (Wiedhofft) Whitgift


Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft & Mary Elizabeth (Ruppersburg)


Frederick Augustus & Amelia (Pike)


Amelia 1850
Mary 1851
Frederick 1853
Charlotte 1855
Charles 1856
Ann 1859
William Alfred 1861
Arthur 1863
Louisa Florence 1865
____ with Emma____
Emma 1878


Joan 1908
Frank 1910



Mark's Queens South Africa Medal

Mark's Queens South Africa Medal 1901