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Family Group Sheet : Henry de Grey Warter/Harriett Benbow (F0232)

m. 07 Mar 1833



  • Father | Male
    Henry de Grey Warter

    Birth  26 Jan 1807  Cruck Meole, Pontesbury Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  05 Dec 1884  Longden Manor, Pontesbury Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Marriage  07 Mar 1833  [1, 2]  St Pancras Old Church  [1, 2] Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Mother | Female
    Harriett Benbow

    Birth  06 Nov 1799  Devonshire St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  14 Feb 1875  Lyme Regis Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Child 1 | Female
    + Eliza Mary Warter

    Birth  07 Apr 1835  The Grove, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  27 Nov 1897  Lemoenfontein, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial  abt Dec 1897  Bird St Cemetery, Beaufort West, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Meaburn Smith Tatham | F0018 
    Marriage  12 Apr 1860  Holy Trinity, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Notes 
    • Henry (senior) & Harriett possibly separated; not resid together in Apr 1861 & Apr 1871 census
    • Son Henry de Grey Warter, b Highgate 28 Jul 1834, bapt Aldenham 09 Oct 1834. Highgate School 1842-1843. Solicitors articled clerk Mar 1851, resid with family 1 The Grove, Highgate. No occupation Apr 1861, then resid Thorncombe, Dorset, with his mother & his aunt. Not identified in any later UK census.
      Marriage reg Plymouth 3Q1865; wife Marie Cruise.
      Remarried at St Mary, Acton, 15 Nov 1898, age 65, widower, independent means, resid 89 Churchfield Rd, Acton. Wife Regine Justine Hatzig, 32, spinster, resid 48 Campden Hill Square, Kensington, dau of John Hatzig, independent means.
      Died Kensington 01 Aug 1903 resid 53 Addison Rd. Probate 27 Aug 1903 to widow Regine, effects 73.
      See following note regarding his stage career.
      Distinguish from 1st cousin Lt-Col Henry de Grey Warter, RA (1837-1889) and others of same name.
    • Henry de Grey Warter, junior, and the theatre.
      Henry Warter was on the stage as a low comedian by 1860. Sometime before 1863 he changed his name to Richard Barker, seemingly on the coat-tails of Irish actress/comedienne, Maria Cruise, whom he was to later marry. He became an actor, and had been associated with the Bath amateurs. On joining the theatrical profession, he played Colonel Pointdexter in Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon, as a member of the Bristol company, but proved a poor actor. In his earliest association with Shakespeare on the Bristol stage, he appeared in King John as the messenger, a character to whom the Bard has assigned a dozen important lines; Barker rushed through the opening four of them, but then "dried up". He married Maria Cruise, under his birth name Warter, on 04 Jul 1865 in Plymouth, and subsequently migrated to London, where, having abandoned his wife, he achieved great success as a producer of comic opera.
      He became a pioneering British director of musicals and operettas, and spent a portion of his career in America. At the same time he pursued a career as a stage director for stock companies and, eventually, London productions. Barker excelled at musical burlesques, operettas, and opera comiques and was one of the first highly paid directors in London, his services considered worth the price. He was long associated with producer Richard D'Oyly Carte and staged many productions at the Savoy Theatre, including works by Gilbert and Sullivan. Barker came to New York in the 1880s and restaged some of his London successes, as well as new pieces, and then returned to England in 1900 to resume his association at the Savoy. Among his thirty-eight New York credits were The Lion Tamer (1891), The Little Trooper (1894), The Chieftain (1895), The Little Corporal (1898), and the first Broadway productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado (1885), Ruddigore (1887), and The Yeomen of the Guard (1888). In a day when directors of musical were little more than traffic managers on stage, Barker had very definite ideas about the movement of actors and the importance of creating an overall visual effect. His work in New York influenced the next generation of American directors and led to a more cohesive staging of musicals. He died in London on 01 Aug 1903.
      His wife, Maria, retired to Clifton, where she died at 8 Park Place on 28 Aug 1887, and was buried in Arnos Vale Catholic cemetery, Bristol, on 01 Sep 1887.
      [Information kindly supplied by George Ryan, 06 Dec 2014]

    Marriage:
    • 01 Mar 1833 per Curtis
    • Parish of St Pancras: Henry Diggory [sic] Warter, of Furnivals Inn in the City of London, Bachelor, and Harriett Benbow, of this parish, Spinster, were married in this Church by Licence, this Seventh Day of March in the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Three, By me W. Hannam, Curate. This Marriage was solemnized between us, Henry Diggory Warter, Harriett Benbow, In the Presence of John Benbow, John Henry Benbow, Eliza Benbow.

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St. Pancras Old Church, 07 Mar 1833.