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Brentford Dynasties - Neville


The Neville family moved to Brentford from Buckinghamshire about 1810 and about 3 generations lived in Brentford until the 20th century. They were in trades of market gardening, coopering and tailoring. Towards the end of the 19th century a few of them including my great grandfather Fred Neville became teachers in Brentford and Ealing. Fred Neville retired to Whitstable, Kent along with his brothers and sisters, Joseph, Amy and Augusta. Fred built his own cottage in Whitstable which is still there I believe.

Family Tree

Earliest Neville: Thomas Neville (born ca 1720 - 1740, died 1764); lived Hambleden, Bucks
His children included: James Neville (born 1759, Hambleden, died 1806, Great Marlow, Bucks); married Elizabeth Onion (1759 - 1783)
Their children included:
  1. Thomas Neville (born 1786, Reading, Berks); Thomas was a Sergeant in the 15th Hussars and was wounded in the Battle of Waterloo (read a letter sent to his sister Amy shortly after the battle)
  2. Amy Neville (born 1792,Henley, Oxon), married William Jacobs (born 1792, Radbourne, Wilts) at Isleworth in 1813; they had a daughter:
    1. Amy Jacobs (born 1817, Brentford, died 1907) married her first cousin Joseph Onion Neville (born 1819, Brentford, died 1888);see photos of Amy from the 1860s and 1890s;
  3. James Neville (born 1794, Henley, Oxon), married Ann Tyndall at Hanwell, 1818; they had a son Joseph Onion (born 1819, Brentford, died 1888) and 5 other children; Ann Neville nee Tyndall died and James remarried Caroline Quinion, by whom he had 6 more children
See the family tree showing the branch which settled at 165 High Street, New Brentford

See the family tree showing descendants of James Neville (born 1794) who settled at 264 High Street, Old Brentford.

Photo taken in the 1880s showing Joseph Onion Neville, his wife Amy nee Jacobs and their 7 children.

List of accounts, 05/11/1888 - 10/03/1890, which include references to several Brentford people


Alister Neville is the great great grandson of Amy and Joseph Onion Neville.

Contact address: 5 Ridley Gardens, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1BY


In December 2015 Dianne of Australia got in touch with more details of her branch of the family. Joseph Onion Neville appears in Alister's notes above:
Joseph Onion Neville (b 1819 Brentford, d 1888) m Amy Jacobs 1844); 8 children including

  • Alfred Onion Neville b 1848 m 1875 to Emma Mison b 1854; 6 children including
    • Alfred Mison Neville b 1877 m 1902 to Lizzie Crystall; 2 children including
      • Dorothy Edith Neville b 1904 m 1926 to Walter John Sylvester Smith; 3 children including
        • Earle Sylvester Neville Smith m 1952 Audrey Bowser; 3 children including
          • Dianne M Smith m 1996 Raymond S McCombe; no children

Dianne adds 'I remember as a child my grandmother's father Alfred Mison Neville and some of his sisters. Some of Alfred Onions Neville's children I have had contact with over the years, being Joseph William Neville who married Lydia Lambert. They had 8 children. Their immediate descendants live in Brisbane and I have met several of them'.

Published June 2006; updated December 2015