This is an exact transcription of a document typewritten, I believe, by my father, from Frank Reed's original.

This account differs slightly from a later one by Uncle Frank, where he gives a different version of the the Abel Heurtelieu "migration" from France; that account is available [HERE]

by Frank Reed
Auckland, N.Z.
Sep. 27th/1933

After perusal of the Will of my thrice great-grandfather William 
Wenman, Esquire of Edwinstowe, Notts., a large landowner in Notts. and 
Derbyshire, I am now able to endorse and supplement our family 
tradition.  The Will is dated 1750 and marked (P.P.C. Lord Greenley 1750 
406) (filed at Somerset House, Strand, London).  The said William Wenman 
traced his descent from Henry Wainman or Wenman of Beubury Co. Berks 
(living 1450) by his wife Emmota Hervey, whose descendants by another 
branch also included between 1628 & 1800, seven Barons and Viscounts 
Wenman of Oxen, in 1800 the titles of that brand became extinct and their 
estates descended by marriage to the Wykeham-Musgrave family (vide Burkes 
"Extinct Peerage").  Reference is made in the Will to his wife Ellen 
Farr, his only child Margaret - my great grandmother, to his two brothers 
- the Rev'd George and Richard of the Royal Horseguards (blue) who 
subsequently died without issue at Brussels.  Reference is also made to the 
Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley, born 1715, died 1785, daughter and heiress 
of the second Earl of Oxford, a famous court beauty who married William, 
second Duke of Portland.  This Lady Margaret was godmother to our 
ancestress Margaret Wenman, whom William Wenman disinherited, leaving all 
his Edwinstowe estate to William Cavendish-Bentinck, Marquess of 
Titchfield and later second Duke of Portland aforesaid, such estate now 
forming the heart of the famous Dukeries.  He thus refers to his only 
child Margaret "who in a very unkind and indiscreet manner disposed 
herself in marriage to one Mr. Abel Heurtley, without either our consent, 
knowledge or approbation."  Portraits of William, his wife Ellen and 
daughter Margaret as a child by Sir Godfrey Kneller the court painter, 
descended to us through William Heurtley, her son, - my brother Anthony 
had them, also one of the Captain Abel Hertuleu (Anglicized Heurtley) in 
wig and gold braided red coat, a French uniform, a dark young man.  Abel 
Heurtley, a Huguenot of Rennes, Brittany, migrated to England about 
1730-40, was a cadet or younger son of an ennobled French family whose 
coat of arms doubly crossed shows two crusades.  Abel had adopted as a 
crest (personal) above the family shield a "martlet" (heraldic swallow) in 
cadency the difference mark of a fourth son and landless.  He married 
twice, by his first wife, Dinah Stone, three generations named Abel are 
descended (see the pedigree herewith)) - scholars and intellectual men.  
By his second wife, Margaret Wenman, the Reeds are the only known
remnants.  The Owtrams or Outrams mentioned in my pedigree, are a very old 
county family resident in the Chesterfield district of Derbyshire and at 
Rayton Worksop for centuries.  Two of its members are buried in 
Westminster Abbey, viz. William Owtram D.D. born 1626, died 1672, also Sir 
James Outram (1603 - 1633), first Bart.  The famous Lt. Gen'l of the Army 
in India, who as a child with his mother and sister Anna, resided at 
Worksop for three years, with our great-grandmother Anna, nee Owtram (vide 
"Hist. Nat'l Biography" Vol. 42 p.366)

In notes on the poem "Rokeley", Sir W. Scott states "These Reeds were a 
very ancient family as may be conjectured from their deriving their 
surname from the river on which they lived.  An epitaph on one of their 
tombs affirms that the family held their lands on the
Reed, a tributary of the Tyne opposite Otterburn, for the incredible space 
of 900 years." (i.e. Anglo-saxon times - now over 1000 years), during 
which our branch (all) of the family have been born within a days walk of 
the river Reed and in the Diocese of the Bishop of Durham.


Had the Wenman estates been entailed they  would have descended to my 
eldest brother William Heurtley Reed upon my father's decease in 1881 and 
they would not be included in the Dukeries of His Grace of Portland.  NOTE 
- The Wenman Heurtley are buried at Worksop Priny, Notts. and the Parish 
Registers there between 1740 & 1860 should furnish dates, etc.  The Parish 
Registers at Edwinstowe or Ellerton, Notts. prior to 1755 should furnish 
Wenman family dates, etc. as does Burkes "Extinct Peerage".  The Parish 
Registers of Byers-Green, Durham, should furnish Reed family data to 1840, 
later those at at Bishop of Middleham, Durham, where the graves are of our 
great-grandmother, Frances, to this generation.  For earlier Reeds, i.e. 
17th century, to residence of Page Ban't near Byers Green, consult the 
Parish Register of the ancient church of St. Andrews, Bishop Auckland.  
The Reeds lineage is proved for 500 years.

"Frank Reed"


I enclose proof of my saga which was based on our family tradition, only 
in Wenman Christian names was I short but those of Miss Heurtley erred.  
Fact is sometimes stranger than fiction and this disinheritance of 
Margaret Wenman formed the subject of a county families romance for over a 
century later.  In fact, I heard it in New Zealand in the eighties from 
Sir Wm. Wastneys, Bart.  Wm. Wenman's punishment for his daughter was 
drastic, but he has my sympathy.  He naturally hoped for a suitable 
marriage for his only child, her social position, prospective wealth and 
family, fitted her for a nobleman's wife.  Captain Abel Heurtley was no 
chicken when he stole her, she was his second wife and doubtless 
infatuated with this flashy impecunious younger son, who had Anglicized 
his name at a time when Frenchmen were not persona grata and were our 
hereditary enemies (i.e. between the wars of Marlboro and Napolean).  His 
life-size picture shows him to be a dark sinister looking young man.  The 
Captain was no pious Huguenot to act as he did.  William Wenman also owned 
Bolsover Castle, now the Duke of Portlands, who was later created Baron