_John WITT __________+ | (1703 - 1772) m 1747 _William WITT _______|_Ann ROBERTON _______ | (1749 - 1831) m 1773 (.... - 1783) _George WITT ____________| | (1793 - 1871) | | | _John LUBSON ________+ | | | (1714 - 1757) m 1740 | |_Hannah LUBSON ______|_Ann DUKE ___________ | (1752 - 1821) m 1773 (1718 - ....) _George Henry Smith WITT _| | (1820 - 1856) m 1849 | | | _____________________ | | | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | | | |_Jane (surname unknown) _| | | | | _____________________ | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | | |--Henry Huskisson WITT | (1850 - 1918) | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | | _________________________| | | | | | | _____________________ | | | | | | |_____________________|_____________________ | | |_Selina Calkwell BOLER ___| (1829 - 1908) m 1849 | | _____________________ | | | _____________________|_____________________ | | |_________________________| | | _____________________ | | |_____________________|_____________________
Notes: By the time of the 1871 census, Henry had changed his surname to
De WITTE, as had his sister, Letitia. The reason they did so is unknown,
but both used it thereafter, with one exception. At her 1875 marriage,
Letitia reverted to WITT, although she was De WITTE again when her children'
births were registered. Their mother, Selina, used WITT throughout her
married life, but her death was registered as De WITTE. The informant
was presumably one of her two children, because Selina was still a WITT in her
According to the 1900 US census, Henry arrived in the US in 1873. He married for the first time in 1874, to Erna MULLER They appear to have had no children. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1893. His first wife died in 1897, and he returned to England the same year. Before long, he was back in the US, and his future second wife, Charlotte HALLIWELL, is presumed to have accompanied him, because they married in New York in 1900. They stuck around for the 1900 census, but then came back to England, because they were in Southport, Lancashire (where Henry's mother still lived) for the 1901 census. Some time later, the couple are thought to have migrated to Australia. Charlotte returned to England in 1910, and was around for the 1911 census, but Henry seems to have stayed in Australia.
1871 Chemist &c (census)
1874 Chemist (marriage to Erna MULLER)
1879 Journalist (City directory of Washington DC, as Dr Henry H DE WITTE)
1880 Journalist (US census)
1884 Newspaper Reporter (House of Representatives Committee Report, at which he was a witness)
1897 Reporter (New York to Liverpool ship's passenger list)
1900 Journalist (US census)
1901 Chemist & Druggist (census)
Source: Approximate year of birth calculated from:
1851 census of Birkenhead, Cheshire - aged 6 months, born Cheshire Birkenhead [recorded by his initials H H]
1861 census of Great Crosby, Lancashire - aged 10, born Cheshire Birkenhead [recorded as Henrie]
1871 census of West Derby, Lancashire - aged 21, born Cheshire Birkenhead [recorded as Henry H DE WITTE]
1874 marriage to Erna MULLER - aged 30, born England [recorded as Henry H DE WITTE]
1880 census of Washington DC, USA - aged 34, born England [recorded as Henry DE WITTE]
1900 census of Brooklyn, New York, USA - aged 3, born Oct 1897 in New _? [recorded as Henry DE WITTE, his age, birth month & year, and birthplace, must be clerical errors, because he was married, and a naturalized citizen who had been in the USA since 1873]
1901 census of Southport, Lancashire - aged 50, born Cheshire Birkenhead [recorded as Henry DE WITTE]
In the online GRO births index, must be..... "Dec 1850, Henry Huskisson WITT, BOLER, Wirral, 19 312".
 Source: 'Cheshire, England, Parish Registers, 1538-1909', an online transcript at Ancestry.co.uk.
 Source: A Google search found the year and place of death of Henry Huskisson DE WITTE, but further details require a worldwide subscription to Findmypast. A Google search also found a newspaper reference (The Advertiser, Adelaide, South Australia) to the 1919 Letters of Administration for, "Henry H. DE WITTE, Renmark, £600".
Source: Scanned copy of marriage register, online at Ancestry.co.uk, which
records the parties as follows:.
Henry DE WITTE, 30, Chemist, born England, son of George H S & Selina, first marriage.
Erna MULLER, 25, [no occupation], born Germany, daughter of Theodore & Miriam, first marriage.
 Source: New York, Extracted Marriage Index, 1866-1937, onine at Ancestry.co. uk, which records the marriage of Henry DEWITTE & Charlotte HALLIWELL.
__ | __|__ | __| | | | | __ | | | | |__|__ | _James YULL _________| | (1761 - 1853) | | | __ | | | | | __|__ | | | | |__| | | | | __ | | | | |__|__ | | |--Anna YULL | (1798 - ....) | __ | | | __|__ | | | __| | | | | | | __ | | | | | | |__|__ | | |_Mary THOMPSON ______| (1764 - 1830) | | __ | | | __|__ | | |__| | | __ | | |__|__
1851 Charwoman (census)
Source: Baptism register.
Approximate year of birth only, calculated from:
1841 census of Ashill, Norfolk - aged 40, born Norfolk
1851 census of Ashill, Norfolk - aged 52, born Ashill
1881 census of Ashill, Norfolk - aged 83, born Ashill
 Source: Baptism register (on microfiche, purchased from Norfolk Record Office, who hold the original records)
 Source: Marriage register on microfiche, purchased from the Norfolk Record Office, who hold the original registers. Both bride and groom were single and 'of this parish'.