Irish Gernons

Well gone as far back to my Gr. Gr. Grandparents, James Gernon and Ann Cash, both born in Dublin b. around 1824, but cannot go back any further, just hit a brick wall, so Irish Genealogy.


Historical Gernons, Roger de Gernon 1st of Galway

Researching  the Historical Gernons, as my Gr. Grandfather and Gr. Gr. Grandfather James Gernon who were born in Dublin, I am now looking at Roger de Gernon who I am hoping is the Irish link to my Gernon Family.  Roger de Gernon’s father was Robert de Gernon.

Discovering your ancestors

When we start on our journey of discovering our ancestors we will find that we  have a member of our family that played a part in ww1, we salute you all and we will always remember.


G041 Edward Hugh Gernon (LH)

Edward Hugh Gernon, he is my 1st cousin twice removed

As we all remember those that gave there lives in ww1, here is a photo of my 1st cousin twice removed
Edward Hugh Gernon

Mountfitchet Castle

Mountfitchet Castle is a national Historic Monument, protected by the Department of the Environment.

Mountfitchet Castle History

It is believed to have been an early Iron Age fort and Roman, Saxon and Viking settlement. Artefacts found on the site from these periods support this belief.
In 1066 the site was attacked by the Normans and Robert Gernon, the Duke of Boulogne, built his castle here, making it his chief seat and the head of his Barony. There is some evidence that Robert Gernon was a close relative of William the Conqueror.

Robert Gernon (or Robert Greno as he is referred to in the Domesday Book) came over from France with William the Conqueror, and was rewarded with this Lordship and several others in the County.

The male line of the Gernon family continued for only five generations.
The time of Robert Gernon’s death is unknown. William, his son and heir, dropped the name of Gernon and took the name of Montfitchet, which was used thereafter by his descendants. William founded the Abbey of Stratford Langthorne in West Ham. Of William’s son, Gilbert de Montfitchet, little is known. Gilbert’s son, Richard, held the office of Forester or Keeper of the Forests of Essex, with the custody of the King’s House at Havering and other houses in the Forest, given to him by King Henry II.

In 1203, Richard died, leaving his son Richard II a minor. He became a royal ward of King John and was placed in the care of Roger de Lacey, Constable of Chester and, subsequently in 1211, became a ward of his mother.
As soon as he became of age (the exact date is unknown), Richard de Montfitchet II seems to have joined the Baronial opposition to the King.

His motives and the order of events are both obscure. The opposition to King John seems to have begun with a number of north country Barons who “then made common cause with a group of magnates, drawn together by family ties or by private or public grievances, whose sphere of influence was chiefly centred in Essex”.

Mountfitchet Castle Today


King John and Mountfitchet Castle

These disaffected Barons include the son of Richard’s former guardian, two brothers-in-law and a cousin which would give some reason for young Montfitchet being drawn to this group. But King John was swift to react when it was in his power to do so. Two of the rebel leaders, Eustace and Fitzwalter, were in 1212 found guilty of treasonable designs and outlawed. King John followed this up by destroying as many of his opponents’ castles as he could and Mountfitchet Castle seems to be one of these.

Last Remains of the 12th Century Castle

When the Barons gained their seeming victory at Runnymede in 1215, Richard de Montfitchet II, in spite of his youth, was one of twenty-five Barons chosen to enforce the observance of Magna Carta. Henry Laver in his article on The Castle at Stanstead Mountfitchet describes Richard de Montfitchet II as the youngest, yet one of the three bravest Knights in England.

Richard died in 1258, having regained royal favour under Henry III, who restored all his estates, but he lacked heirs as he apparently never married and the Montfitchet possessions were divided among his three sisters, thus bringing an end to the reign of the Montfitchets.

After the attack on the Castle around 1215 by King John, the stones were taken by the villagers to build their houses and the castle site lay overgrown and forgotten for over 700 years until its re-construction today.

Digital photo’s

Thanks to one  family member (Gernon side) has digitally restored quite a lot of old photo’s on my Gernon side, brilliant

The cricketing career of Herbert Strudwick

Doing research on the Strudwick side of the family (adopted side) found out that Herbert strudwick was a famous cricketer, played for Surrey and England, so did some more digging and found out the information about his cricketing career and what a career he had.

Full name: Herbert Strudwick
Born: 28th January 1880, Mitcham, Surrey, England
Died: 14th February 1970, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Teams: England (Test: 1909/10-1926); Surrey (Main FC: 1902-1927); Marylebone Cricket Club (Main FC: 1903/04-1924/25); Players (Other FC: 1903-1926); Rest of England(Other FC: 1903-1926); Lord Londesborough’s XI (Other FC: 1908); South of England (Other FC: 1908-1926); England (Other FC: 1909/10-1926); Marylebone Cricket Club South African Touring Team (Other FC: 1910); GL Jessop’s XI (Other FC: 1911); Marylebone Cricket Club Australian Touring Team (Other FC: 1911-1925); Surrey and Middlesex (Other FC: 1912); Players of the South (Other FC: 1920); LH Tennyson’s XI (Other FC: 1923); Capped (Other FC: 1923); Lord Cowdray’s XI (Other FC: 1924); AER Gilligan’s XI (Other FC: 1925); CI Thornton’s XI(Other FC: 1926); Surrey Second XI (Minor Counties Championship: 1899-1905); All teams
Surrey cap: 1903
Wisden Cricketer of the Year: 1912
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics
Pictures: The MCC Team
Last resting place of Bert Strudwick

Test Career Batting and Fielding (1909/10-1926)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
England 28 42 13 230 24 7.93 0 0 61 12

First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1902-1927)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Overall 674 835 243 6445 93 10.88 0 9 1237 258
First-Class Career Bowling (1903/04-1925)
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Overall 138 2 102 1 1-9 102.00 0 0 138.00 4.43


Wisden obituary 
Bert Strudwick, who died suddenly on February 14, a few days after his 90th birthday, held the world record for most dismissals in a career by a wicketkeeper. One of the greatest and assuredly one of the most popular players of his time, he helped to get rid of 1,493 batsmen, 71 of them in Test matches, and he established another world record which still stands by holding 1,235 catches. His stumpings numbered 258. He set up a third record in 1903 when taking 71 catches and bringing off 20 stumpings, but Fred Huish, of Kent, surpassed this eight years later.

Strudwick figured regularly behind the stumps for Surrey for 25 years and, becoming scorer afterwards, served the county altogether for 60 years. He played 28 times for England between 1911 and 1926 during the period when Australia and South Africa were their only Test match opponents and would doubtless have been chosen more often had he not been contemporary with A. A. Lilley, of Warwickshire, a better batsman. Four times he toured Australia, in 1903-04, 1911-12, 1920-21 and 1924-25 and visited South Africa with M.C.C. in 1909-10 and 1913-14. In addition, he was a frequent member of Players teams against Gentlemen. For England at Johannesburg in 1913-14, he dismissed seven South African batsmen in the match. His best performance in a single innings was six catches against Sussex at The Oval in 1904 and in a match eight victims (seven caught, one stumped) against Essex at Leyton in 1904.

No more genuine sportsman, in every sense of the word, than the teetotal, non-smoking Strudwick ever took the field for Surrey. An idol of the Surrey crowd, he was always ready to proffer helpful advice to young players. He never appealed unless sure in his own mind that a batsman was out, and such was his keenness to save runs that he was frequently known to chase a ball to the boundary. Sir H. D. G. Leveson Gower, the former Oxford, Surrey and England captain, once wrote: When you walk on to a certain cricket ground and you find Strudwick behind the wicket, you feel that you will not only get full value for your money, but you will participate in the cheerfulness that his presence always lends to the day.

In an article, From Dr. Grace to Peter May, in the 1959 Wisden, hailed by the critics as one of the best published by The Cricketers’ Bible for many years, Struddy, as he was affectionately known throughout the cricket world, described how hard was life as a professional cricketer in his young days. Then, one dare not stand down because of injury for fear of losing a place in the side and consequent loss of pay. Compared with that of today, the equipment of wicketkeepers was flimsy and the men behind the stumps took a lot of punishment, especially as, on the far from perfect pitches, it was difficult to gauge how the ball would come through. The article mentioned that F. Stedman, Strudwick’s predecessor in the Surrey side, habitually protected his chest with a South Western Railway time-table stuffed into his shirt, and on one occasion, after receiving a more than usually heavy blow, he remarked to a nearby team-mate: I shall have to catch a later train tonight. That one knocked off the 7-30!


Herbert Strudwick Wicket Keeper for surrey & England

Herbert Strudwick
Wicket Keeper for surrey & England

Herbert Strudwick, England & Surrey wicket keeper

Herbert Strudwick, England & Surrey wicket keeper

Gernon/Davies/Harris website

Welcome to the Gernon, Davies and Harris website. I was adopted when I was a baby in 1952, about 9 years ago I found my real family (which is the Gernon side of my family) which come from Warrington where I was born.  We did have a reunion in Warrington and of course had plenty to talk about.  This is how I got in to doing my family tree I wanted to know more about the family and who my ancestors were.  I was lucky I was sent quite a lot of old photo’s which have been digitally restored.  The Gernon side goes back William the Conqueror.

Now I have just started on my adopted side of the family which is the Davies/Harris side which I have found very interesting plus also have some old photo’s.

Well I got hooked so my journey so my journey begins.

Hope you enjoy my blogs, stories and photo’s that I put on.


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