Josiah Dornford

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birthc.1.1785CSORN
Baptism14.1.1785 - St Botolph Bishopgate, London CSORN
First Known Service29.4.1802CSORN
WifeElizabeth MacNab - Married 12.1810NBD1849
SonJosiah James Dornford (d.1847)NBD1849
BrotherFrancis Dornford (d.1878)NBD1849
Last Known Service1.6.1844CSORN
Date of Death2.3.1855NBD1849
Will Probated24.4.1855, PROB 11/2210

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
29.4.1802 LieutenantCSORN
25.3.18201.6.1844Appointed Coast GuardNBD1849


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book

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Posted by Cy on Wednesday 14th of November 2018 08:27

Hi Heather and thanks.

I've corrected the error and created the two as seperate records.

Posted by Heather Pritchard on Wednesday 14th of November 2018 00:54

This record is a combination of two people, Father and Son. The death is that of the son
DORNFORD (LIEUTENANT, 1842) – JOSIAH JAMES DORNFORD is eldest son of Lieut Josiah Dornford, RN.
This officer entered the Navy 18 April 1828; passed his examination 25 Feb 1837; and after serving for some time in the Mediterranean, as Mate of the HOWE 120, Capt Robt Smart, was promoted to his present rank 10 March, 1842. His appointments have since been – 16 April, 1842, to the HECATE steam-vessel, Capt Jas Hamilton Ward, on the same station – 26 July, 1843, and 28 March, 1844, to the STAR 6, Capt Robt John Wallace Dunlop, and as First-Lieutenant, to the FERRET 6, Capt Josiah Oake, off the coast of Africa – and, 8 Jan, 1846, to the SCOUT 14, Capt Wm Loring, in which vessel he is now serving in the East Indies, also as Senior-Lieutenant. (Ancestry – A Naval biographical Dictionary: Every Living Officer in Her Majesty’s Navy (Jan 1845) – p 297) [NB - published 2 years before his death]
DORNFORD (LIEUT 1802, F-P 43; H-P 9) – JOSIAH DORNFORD, born in Dec 1785, is son of a gentleman who for some time was Deputy-Commissary-General in the West Indies; where his uncle, the late Josiah Dornford, Esq, was at the same period Commissary-General.
This officer entered the Navy, in Feb 1795, as a Volunteer, on board the ACTIVE 38, Capt Thos Wolley; previously to the sailing of which ship for Newfoundland, he received a severe wound in the head, and another in the knee, by the falling of two blocks from the mizzen-top. Between Jan 1796 and his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, 29 April, 1802, he afterwards served, chiefly on the Home station, and principally as Midshipman, in the PRINCESS AUGUSTA yacht, Capt Edw Riou, ARETHUSA 38, Capt T Wolley, BARFLEUR 98, Capt Jas Rich Dacres, ARETHUSA, again, MAGAERA fireship, Capts Peter Turner Bover, Tristram Robt Ricketts, Henry Hill & John Newhouse, and, a third time in the ARETHUSA. When in the latter frigate, in 1799, he accompanied the Duke of Kent to Halifax, where he officiated on shore as attendant Midshipman to His Royal Highness; in the MEGAERA we find him chiefly occupied in repeating the signals made from the flag-ship. A short time previously to the peace of Amiens, Mr Dornford appears to have been taken captive by the French privateer Le Brave, while returning to port in charge of a prize. During the five years immediately subsequent to his promotion, he successively joined the NEPTUNE 98, Capts Fras Wm Austen and Wm O’Brien Drury, L’AIGLE 36, Capt Geo Wolfe, ACASTA 40, Capt Rich Dalling Dunn, LOIRE 38, Capt Fred Lewis Maitland, and as First-Lieutenant, the PHOEBE 36, all employed on Home service. From 28 July, 1807, to 14 July, 1814, he next commanded the THREASHER gun-brig; and, during that period, he joined in an attack made in April, 1809, on a strong division of the Boulogne flotilla, a great part of which was either captured, destroyed or greatly damaged. Towards the close of the latter year he took an active part also in the expediton to the Walcheren; after which, in 1813, he brought over to England the officer charged with the important intelligence of the French having been driven across the Rhine, and , on another occasion, the Russian General Tchhaplitz, to whom had been intrusted the keys of Hamburgh, Mr Dornford’s next appointment was, 25 March, 1820, to the Coast Guard; in which service he continued until his admission to Greenwich Hospital, 1 June, 1844.
He married, in Dec 1810, Miss Elizabeth Macnab, of Dumfries, by whom he has, with five other children, a son Josiah James, Lieutenant, RN, and a daughter married to Commander Sam Mercer, RN. AGENTS – Pettet and Newton. (Ancestry – A Naval biographical Dictionary: Every Living Officer in Her Majesty’s Navy – p 297)
Josiah was buried at Greenwich Hospital on 9 March 1855, according to their burial register. He was baptized 14 Jan 1785 at St Botolph Bishopgate, London, the son of James & Mary Durnford, having been born the previous December. This appears to be a spelling mistake in the register, as many other sources call his father James Dornford. His will, dated 27 Feb 1855, proved 24 Apr 1855, refers to artefacts "brought from Africa & China by dear deceased son Josiah James" (TNA - PROB 11/2210)

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