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The first pedigree of the Nightingale family below
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Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" published London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited
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A second pedigree has been added (Oct 2012) to show
where Florence and her parents fit into the Nightingale family tree.


NIGHTINGALE Pedigree scanned by Ann Andrews and published originally in 1903 in Benjamin Bryan's "History of Matlock"


Several Nightingale's lived in or owned land in Matlock (see below) but probably the most notable Nightingale link to Matlock in the earlier generations was when, in 1771, Peter Nightingale (Generation 3 on the pedigree above) bought a considerable estate in the parish of Matlock from Edmund Morphy "running down to the river on the south-east slope of Riber Hill, called the Coumbs and Bough or Bow Woods"[1]. However, of all the family it is his 2 X great niece, Florence, who is remembered today for something far removed from the lead smelting that made the family fortune - her nursing skills.

Of the earlier Nightingale's, whose names appear on the top pedigree:

  • Generation 1: Thomas Nightingale of Lindway Lane was the eldest son of John and Frances Nightingale; he was baptised at Ashover on 25 Mar 1666. John and Frances had three sons, including Thomas, but after Frances died in 1695 John Nightingale remarried and had two more children[2].

    Thomas Nightingale was a Lead Merchant. He lived in Town Head House in the parish of Ashover which he had purchased from William Hodgkinson. In his Will (proved 27 Aug 1735[3]) he mentions numerous properties that he owned and their occupants. The beneficiaries of his estate were his wife, though he does not give her name; his son Peter; his son Henry who received his houses and lands in Matlock as well as other property; the Royalty of the Manor of Lea and Manor of Shirland; his son Paul; his daughter Katherine Bland and her two children Richard and Benjamin; his daughter Rebecca Milln; Mary, the daughter of Henry and her brothers and sisters; his brother Richard and his two sons; his servant Thomas Spenser and his old servant Anthony Elliote. Peter Nightingale was nominated as his executor and the Will was witnessed by Henry Flint, William Buxton and Richard Lisett. Additional names were included in the Will's codicil. Thomas Nightingale made further bequests to his grand son Thomas Bland; Anne and Thomas, the son and daughter of John Nightingale; his son in law Thomas Milln of Derby, whom he made joint executor with Peter. The witnesses to the codicil were Thomas Gell, John Watson and Richard Lisett.

  • Generation 1: Catherine Nightingale (nee Bowler) of Ashover also left a Will (Probate dated 7 Oct 1742[3]). In it she mentions her daughter Catherine Nightingale, though not by her married name; her son Henry Nightingale; and her son Peter Nightingale. The appraisers of the Inventory were Henry Flint and Joshua Killer.

  • Generation 3: Job Nightingale and Mary Wilmot were married at Matlock.
  • Generation 3: The death of Peter Nightingale, junior, was announced in "The Derby Mercury", Thursday, 30 June, 1803:
    "On Saturday last, at Wood-End in this county, Peter Nightingale Esq., aged 65.-He served the Office of High-Sheriff for this county in the year 1770." So he died 25 June, not 22 June as shown[4].

  • Henry Nightingale (Generation 2), Job Nightingale (Generation 3) and Job Nightingale (Generation 4) all lived in Matlock. See details of their Wills on Pre-1858 Wills & Administrations, Surnames N


Filling in some of the missing names on the top pedigree:

  • Generation 2: Henry Nightingale married Helen Bunting at South Wingfield on 3 Nov 1729.
  • Generation 4: Peter Nightingale married Rachel Cantrell on 19 Dec 1805 at Manchester Cathedral.
  • Generation 4: His sister, Ellen Nightingale, married Emanuel Cantrell at Manchester Cathedral on the same day that her brother married Rachel.


Florence Nightingale's name is not included on the Bryan pedigree above; nor are those of her parents. However, her grandparents were Mary Evans and her husband William Shore (Mary = William Shore, Generation 4 at the bottom of the top pedigree).

Mary married William Shore of Tapton at Matlock in 1792; William was a Sheffield banker[5]. The couple had two children:

  • A son called William Edward Shore, who was Florence Nightingale's father.
  • A daughter, Mary Shore.

They are shown on second pedigree, below, that explains how they fit into the Nightingale family tree.


NIGHTINGALE Pedigree, part 2, compiled by Ann Andrews


Some notes about the second Nightingale pedigree


Florence Nightingale's father, William Edward Shore, son of William and Mary Shore, added the surname Nightingale to his surname in pursuance of the will of his great uncle, Peter Nightingale.

  • He became William Edward Shore Nightingale in 1815[6].
  • William Edward Shore, who had become William Edward Shore Nightingale, married Frances Smith, the daughter of William Smith, M.P. for Norwich of Parndon, Essex and friend of William Wilberforce[7]. They married on 1 June 1818 at St. Margaret's, Westminster[8]; WESN died at Embley Park on 5 Jan 1874 and was buried at Wellow Church[9]. Frances died in 1880 and was also buried at Wellow[7].
  • William Edward Shore Nightingale and his wife Frances had two daughters.
    • Frances Parthenope, their elder daughter, was born in Naples in 1819. She was named after the city; Parthenope was the Greek name for Naples. She married Sir Harry Verney of Claydon[10], and became stepmother to his seven children. She died at Claydon on 11th May 1890 and was buried at Middle Claydon on 15th May[11]. "Parthe" researched and co-wrote, with S. R. Gardiner and Margaret Verney "Memoirs of the Verney Family during the Seventeenth Century", pub. 1904.
    • Florence, their younger daughter, became famous through her work during the Crimean War and did so much for the nursing profession throughout her life[4].

Mary Shore, Florence Nightingale's aunt Mai, married Samuel, son of William Smith of Parndon.

  • Amongst the couple's ten children was a son William, born in 1831, who eventually assumed the name of Shore-Nightingale[1]. He married Louisa Ellen Hutchins (d. of Samuel of Ardnagashel) in 1859[1] and died in 1894[12].
    • William and Louisa had two sons, Samuel and Louis Hilary, and three daughters[1].


More on site information about the Nightingale family and Florence Nightingale

The Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock contain numerous references to Peter Nightingale.

The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire, Surnames M-P, has further references to the Nightingales.

Matlock Biographies: see NIGHTINGALE
Photo of Florence NIGHTINGALE as a young woman
Coat of Arms: Description of NIGHTINGALE arms
Dethick, Lea and Holloway (Kelly's 1891 Directory)
Florence Nightingale's Balcony, Lea-Hurst, Nr. Matlock
Photo of Lea Hurst amongst scanned images from "Souvenir of Matlock Bath" can be seen on site
Find the Nightingale and Shore surnames in Eighteenth Century: Game Duty Lists | Nineteenth Century - Game Duty Lists

Anna Neagle starring in the 1951 film "The Lady with the Lamp".

External Links
National Portrait Gallery - search the collection for Florence Nightingale.
There is a CD of transcripts from Ashover's Parish Register available to buy. More details are available on the GENUKI site


Top pedigree: image produced from a copy of the pedigree in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews. Re-scanned © 2012.
Second pedigree: compiled, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written and researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited.
[2] Ashover Parish Register is held by Derbyshire County Record Office.
[3] Their Wills are available from Lichfield Record Office.
[4] See Biography
[5] The marriage of Mary Evans and William Shore was recorded in Matlock's Parish Registers. See the Onsite Transcripts
[6] Bryan says he assumed the name Nightingale by royal sign-manual, dated 21st Feb 1815.
[7] Obituary of Florence Nightingale, "The Times", 15 Aug 1910.
[8] "The Morning Post", 2 June 1818
[9] Death announcement in "The Morning Post", 8 Jan 1874. Report of burial from "The Hampshire Advertiser", 14 Jan 1874. His Will was proved on 21st 1874.
[10] The marriage of Sir Harry Verney and Frances Parthenope Nightingale was announced in "Jackson's Oxford Journal", 26 June, 1858. An obituary for Sir Harry appeared in "Jackson's Oxford Journal" 17 February, 1894
[11] "Jackson's Oxford Journal", 17 May 1890
[12] "The Hampshire Advertiser", 1 Sep 1894 reported the death of William Shore Nightingale, J.P. of Lea Hurst and Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire, on 23 Aug 1894 at 15 Albemarle Street, London.