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The Cumpstons of Hull - Master Mariners and their families

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book on 1st December 2010.


This publication has taken 10 years to research and copies came with me to the CUMPSTON REUNION in Canberra.


It tells the story of my CUMPSTON relatives in Hull going back to William Cumpston and Mellisint Watson who married on 13th July 1790 in Hull.


It includes details of their children:


(1/1/) Thomas christened 30th October 1793 who married Mary Ann WHITTY 26th November 1815;  Thomas drowned in 1850


(1/2/) William (George) christened 26th January 1798 who married Jane Lidgett on 21st December 1819.  He drowned on 30th March 1836.  Jane Lidgett died on 27th August 1860;


(1/3/)  Joseph Nell Cumpston christened 7th November 1800;


(1/4/) James who married Mary GAMBLE on 11th September 1827 and their descendents.


The Chapters cover the following:


1.  Introduction and the CUMPSTON name


2.  Some key aspects of Hull

     Hull as a growing town

     The Hull Docks, past and present

     Trinity House, Hull


3.  William Cumpston and Mellisint Watson

     Family Tree

     Inquest of (1/1/) Thomas Cumpston

     (1/2/) William George and Jane Lidgett


4.  (1/1/) Thomas Cumpston and (Mary) Ann Witty

     (1/1/4/) John Cumpston inquest 1894

     (1/1/6/) Charles West Cumpston


5.  (1/1/7/) Watson Cumpston's Naval Career


6.  (1/1/7/) Watson Cumpston  and his family


7.  (1/2/4/) (William) Henry (Lowthorp) Cumpston and Mary Ann Batchelor


8.  (1/2/4/5/) (William) Henry Cumpston


9.  The Australian Connection

    (1/2/1/) George Lidgett Cumpston and Ann Bolton


10. The Story of Withernsea Pier and Watson Cumpston


11.  The Next Generation


Plus Appendices and large index.


Cover design by Clare Brayshaw.

Prepared and printed by: York Publishing Services 64 Hallfield Road Layerthorpe

York YO31 7ZQ Tel: 01904 431213


This link will enable you to order an advance copy direct from the printer.  


Price £15 plus postage and packing

"The largest number of Cumpston descendants originated among the bleak fells of Westmorland.  This book tells the story of one branch who found their way to the port of Kingston upon Hull in the mid-eighteenth century and made their livelihoods in trades associated with the sea.  It charts the development of the port and the fortunes (and misfortunes) of them as Humber pilots, coopers, block and tackle-makers, and even a poet with aristocratic connections who was convicted of attempted manslaughter.  


Principally it focuses on a family of master mariners of adventurous spirit who plied their trade around the world.  Some made their lives in the new Commonwealth of Australia where they came to distinguish themselves in the arts, public health, the law and twentieth-century Antarctic exploration.


This is a stirring tale based on careful and detailed genealogical research undertaken over many years which took the author across the Southern Ocean on expedition to the huts of Scott and Shackleton”.



You can

order the book here.



THE CUMPSTONS OF HULL – Master Mariners and their families


by Glenys Marriott


The tale of the Cumpstons of Hull follows the journey of a family from Westmorland to Kingston upon Hull and then outwards to the rest of the world, each generation building and learning from the experiences of the last.


The ups and downs and changes of family life are recorded here with empathy.  Glenys Marriott skilfully manoeuvres the reader through a plethora of family history information through simple displays which enables a lot of information to be easily readable and understandable.


Each individual in the family is brought to life by a wide ranging variety of evidence, photographs and interviews all carefully referenced.


The mind boggling web of family inter-relationships is clarified by a clear numbering system, so the reader knows instantly  from which original family an individual is descended. For example 1/2/3/4/7 would mean that 1 is the first generation noted, 2 is the second child of the first generation etc. This book would appeal to anyone interested in the seafaring history of the port of Kingston upon Hull and its associated trades in the 19th century. By using this book as a reference, it would give confidence and inspire a family historian to set down the layers and dramas of family life, thus creating their own piece of history. Novice researchers would gain a comprehensive view of the differing variety of resources available from which to glean information about their ancestors.


How lucky are the current Cumpston families to possess such an heirloom?


Pam Smith

Family History Tutor and Researcher

Associate Member of AGRA

Guild of One Name Studies 4961