While doing research into the Family name it has been interesting to come across
several examples of Kearvell being used as a christian name.
I know that our Tree's founding father, Gordon Kearvell from Slough, has a grandson
Ashley who has been given the name Kearvell as a third christian name. I guess as
Ashley grows up he might question the choice of name until he learns about our unique
Family name and the superb original work done by his grandfather in compiling the
first tree. Gordon's children are both daughters and it seems a very fitting tribute
to enable the name to live on in that branch of the family.
Another example is with the family of Eliza Kearvell (1848-1925), one of a West Stoke
family said to be of fifteen children, although records for fourteen only have been
found. Eliza married Thomas Read, a Gardener, and for much of their married life
they lived at Slinfold Lodge where they were both in service. One of their children
was Bertha (1882-1976) who eventually married a Boot Repairer, Athur Kine from Havant
and, by coincidence, moved back to Slinfold when a business opportunity became available.
Arthur and Bertha had two children, a girl Pansy and a boy named Kearvell after his
grandmother. I have spoken with Pansy and Kearvell and they both are fiercely loyal
to the Kearvell name. Indeed Pansy is a great source of information about the West
Stoke Kearvells as she knew many of them quite well when she was a young girl. As
an aside from the family name, Pansy has written a booklet about her mother's life
and poetry which gives an insight into village life in Slinfold in the first half
of the 20th century and it is a joy to read. The booklet is no longer in print but
if anyone would like to loan my copy please let me know. Also, interestingly, Pansy
still has two of the wooden childs' stools made by her Great Grandfather George Florence
Kearvell, a Carpenter, about 150 years ago. He had at least fourteen children and
probably made quite a number of these stools!
The third example I know of concerns the family of Emily Kearvell (1802-1873), the
eldest daughter of George Kervell (1775- 1855) and Sarah Florence (1779-1855), who
was born in East Marden Sussex. Emily became the second wife of Robert Brickell Colbourne,
a Gardener, in 1824 and named one of her sons, George Kervell Colbourne after his
grandfather. This George subsequently served in the Royal Navy and had several children
one of whom, born when the family were stationed in Malta, was also named George
A fourth example can be found in the 20th century in the Evershed family. Margaret
Kearvell Evershed (1912-1995) was one of the children of Henry Evershed (1878-1941)
and Ellen Florence Gander (1885-1961). Ellen Gander was the daughter of Albert Gander
(1852-Unk) and Caroline Harriett Kearvell (1850- 1893) another of the family of West
Stoke, Sussex Kearvells. Another example of Grannie Kearvell in a family being remembered.