b. christened 10 July 1797 in New Windsor, Berkshire, England.

d. 4 January 1864 in Spring Gardens, New Windsor, Berkshire, England.

Married MARY ANN SIMMONDS (parents ROBERT SIMMONDS and ANN) c.  1818 in New Windsor, Berkshire, England. 

b.  c. 1798

d. 27 March 1831 at Shaw Farm Cottages, New Windsor, Berkshire, England.


Death Certificate: DANIEL was 67 when he died, and his occupation had been a gardener.  He died of bronchitis.  William Rolfe was present at the death.

As confirmed by the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, most of the papers of William IV were destroyed by his executors, and as he worked for the royal family, little documentation on either DANIEL or GEORGE will have remained.  There are a couple of papers that talk briefly about Daniel, but none were found about George.  The first document on Daniel is dated 1842 and records that he had been employed for 20 years in Frogmore Garden, he was aged 44, a widower with 5 children, two of them still dependent on him, and that he was very industrious.  The second, dated 1861, records thaht he is aged 64, has been in royal service for 38 years and is no longer able bodied.

Link to the payslip for DANIEL:  frogmore1.JPG

When GEORGE and HENRY were born, they lived at Peascod Street, and then moved to Shaw Farm Cottages.


i   GEORGE WITNEY, christened 27 February 1825 at New Windsor Parish, Berkshire, England.  d.  30 November 1906, Nelson Hospital, Nelson.  Married LUCY ELLIS 23 Jun 1844 Paddingdton, Middlesex, England.  

ii  HENRY WITNEY, christened 27 February 1825 at New Windsor Parish, Berkshire, England.

iii ELIZABETH WITNEY, christened 11 February 1827 at New Windsor Parish, Berkshire, England.

iv DANIEL WITNEY, christened 8 March 1829 at New Windsor Parish, Berkshire, England.  Married HANNAH DRURY on 4 March 1855 in Trinity Church, St Mary's Newington, Surrey, England, and had 7 children.  His second marriage was to MARIA HOBBY in 1873 in St Georges, Hanover Square, London, England.  d. c. 1897 in St Georges, Hanover Square, England.  Owned an inn in Whitchurch.

v  MARY ANN WITNEY, christened 20 February 1831 at New Windsor Parish, Berkshire, England.

1841 Census:  (link)

Old Hospital, New Windsor:  Daniel Witney, 40, Ag Labourer; Daniel Witney, 13, Ag Labourer; Henry Witney, 12, Ag Labourer.

Daniel Witney is on the Family Search website as being christened 9 March 1829.

1851 Census: (Link)

Daniel Witney was a servant in Frogmore House in New Windsor (the census reads as the head of the house being the "HRH, The Duchess of Kent").  He was 54 years old, the Under Gardner and a widow.  Daniel Witney (his son) appears in the census until 1891, and marries a Maria.


Back to Home