The Vandewalls arrived in England from Holland some time in the late Sixteenth Century.
1679. John Vandewall I of Harwich marries Susannah Cottisford. c.1684, perhaps related "The Frankford Company" had become the purchasers of a large tract of about 25,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania, part of which was already located by Jacob Vandewall, and most likely had their agents scattered through Germany to induce young and active men to emigrate thither with their families.
1710. John Vandewall II, Draper and citizen of London marries Martha Diamond.
1713. John Vandewall II, marries Anne Moore the mother of Samuel Vandewall.
1719. Birth of Samuel Vandewall at Crutched Friars.
1728. John Vandewall II marries Martha Goldney eldest daughter of Thomas Goldney the elder. (See The Goldenys of Bristol, A Bristol Merchant Dynasty. Bristol Records Soc.1998).
1730. Death of John Vandewall II. His executors are Sylvanus Bevan, FRS, Apothecary of 2 Plough Court, Lombard Street, London. Thomas Goldeny of Clifton, Bristol (of Goldney Grotto fame) and Joseph Moore of London ( the father of his wife). His estate is left in trust for his children.
The Copperas industry consisted of turning nodules of copperas (bisulphide of iron) into green copperas or green vitriol ( ferrous sulphate of iron). Green copperas was used, amongst other things for the dyeing of cloth and leather black, and the manufacture of black ink. This industry seems to have been a virtual Quaker monopoly at this time.
1733/4. Marriage of Harris Neate of the island of Jamaica, merchant, to Martha Barrow (later Vandewall) daughter of Jonathan Barrow of the County of Monmouth.
At about this time both Harris Neate and Samuel Vandewall had their portraits painted (attributed to George Knapton). These two portraits are currently still with the family.
- Birth of Thomas Neate at Laurence Pountney Hill, City. Harris Neate & Co Merchants noted in Kent's Directory of London.
- Birth of Martha Neate at Laurence Pountney Hill. City.
1742. Death of Harris Neate. Died of fever. Described as of Lawrence Pountney Hill, City of London.
1744. The Marriage of Sam. Vandewall and Martha Neate formerly Barrow, recorded at Hereford Worcester and Wales Quaker Meeting House.
C.1744 - 1746. The portrait of Samuel Vandewall is painted by Thomas Hudson (1701 - 1779) (former pupil, and son in law of Jonathon Richardson, an intimate of Alexander Pope). In 1745, Hudson was living at 55 -56 Great Queen Street. Hudson accompanied Roubiliac to Rome in July - October 1752. Joshua Reynolds was a pupil of Hudson.
1747. Death of Joseph Vandewall aged 2 ½. There is a portrait of him (above) painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds (see British Pictures, Christies 15, April 1994).
1748. The portrait of Thomas Neate, his sister Martha and their Tutor Mr Needham is painted by Joshua Reynolds.
Martha Neate, married John Williams of Panthowell, Trelech a’r Betws, Carmarthenshire, in 1766.
Her brother, Thomas, married Charlotte Seward in
1771 and they settled at Binfield, Their first child and heir was the Reverend
Thomas Neate, born in 1775.
Note: Mr Needham was possibly John Turberville Needham (1713 - 1781).
1753. Sam. Vandewall subscribes £5 to a fund for the suppression of Lawlessness at Blackheath.
1754. Sam. Vandewall purchases the Lordship of the Manor, and the Rectory of Aldenham, Hertford from the Prime Minister - Thomas Pelham Holles, the Duke of Newcastle (1693 - 1768), who lived two doors away from the Vandewall family at Lincolns Inn Fields. (Newcastle was Prime Minister (1754 - 1756 and 1757 - 1762).
1760. Easter Term, 1760, Court of Kings Bench, Rex v Vandewall, presided over by Lord Mansfield.
Lot 1 - Sotheby's, Olympia (March 06, 2003).
- Death of Sam. Vandewall Esquire at Lincolns Inn Fields. See The Gentleman's Magazine.
In his will he leaves his wife Martha £500 / year, and gives her a further sum of £5,000, he also gives her the house in Lincolns Inn Fields “where he resides when in London and also gives her all his furniture, books pictures etc. at both his houses at Lincolns Inn Fields and at Greenwich.
Of upright cartouche form, the lid inset with a panel of banded creamy grey agate within pierced and chased rocaille decorations, reeded gold rims and bow-shaped thumbpiece, the shaped sides also chased with rocaille ornament and flowers, the interior of the lid set with an enamel miniature of Mrs Vandewall, by Gervase Spencer, signed and dated: G. S 1757, wearing an ermine-trimmed blue dress, lace collar and baroque pearl earrings, in rose gold frame and plaited light brown hair border, the interior of the base later inscribed: Martha / Vandewall / Apl 1798, the gold unmarked.
Portrait of Mrs. Vanderwall
They say c. 1766.
By Benjamin West (English (born America), 1738–1820).
Oil on canvas.
(81.3 x 108 cm).
Gift of Philip and Muriel Berman, 2004.
Accession Number: 2004-8-3.
C.1770. Both the portraits of Mrs Vandewall and her son Thomas Neate were painted by Benjamin West. R.A. There is an old hand written label on the back of the portrait of Thomas Neate stating “Thomas Neate with boar spear the boy of Sir Joshua's picture..... He lived for many years at Binfield Lodge, Berks .... Neate”
The family appear to have rented the house that was rebuilt on the site of Alexander Pope's former home at Binfield, some time after the death of Samuel Vandewall.
Notes. Binfield Lodge was the family home of Alexander Pope from 1705 -1716, when Catholics had to reside at least 10 miles from the City of London.
Popes father was a linen draper who dealt in ‘Hollands’ - very fine Linens originally produced in the Low Countries
The house was at this time in the occupation of the one Thomas Holmes as tenant…
After the Batsons, the house was sold to Rev Edward Fane, who sold it to Gerald Fitzgerald Esq in 1841 – passing, upon his death in 1873, to his son Lucius – the author of the article. I’m not sure where Fitzgerald obtained his information – but it is backed up by the notes of Frank Donaldson, who makes reference to the catalogue of sale at Reading Reference library – which detail the contents of the sale in 1887, when Fitzgerald sold the house – shortly after which, the article was published in the Parish Magazine.
In 1754 William Pitt the Elder bought and rebuilt the Manor at Binfield from the Catholic John Dancastle a close friend of Pope.
1771. Marriage of Thomas Neate to Charlotte Seward, the sister of William Seward, of Red Cross St. London.
1791 - 1796. Thomas Neate resided at 13 Lansdown Crescent, Bath (info. from Bath archives. - Bath Loyal Ass. 1792).
The Seward / Vandewall bust of Pope then disappears from view for nearly 200 years and reappears in 1967 with Philip and Margaret Andrade, antique dealers of White Oxen Manor, Nr. Rattery, South Brent, Devon TQ10 9JX. 01364 72454.
1967. The bust was sold to dealer Robin Eden of Pickwick Manor, Pickwick, Corsham, Wilts. who then sold it to -