WELL KNOWN MAUNDERS  -  page 1

THE MAUNDER FAMILY, QUEEN ELIZABETH II,
THE MAYOR OF LONDON AND THE YMCA

NANCY MAUNDER and GEORGE HITCHCOCK
(by the way, just WHO were Nancy's parents?)

Anne (Nancy) Maunder and George Hitchcock married and had a daughter, Helen Jane Maunder Hitchcock. In 1853 Helen married Sir George Williams, who was the founder of the YMCA.

George Williams, number eight in a family of eight children, was born on the 11th of October 1821 (or some say 10th November 1821) at Ashway Farm, Dulverton, Somerset. Later, in London, he described himself as a "careless, thoughtless, godless, swearing young fellow".

In the town of Bridgwater where he was learning the draper's trade, he became a devout Christian. Prompted by the knowledge that London was full of young people who had come there for work, such as himself, and were faced with terrible living conditions and with very few recreational opportunities other than saloons and brothels, he gathered a group of young men together for prayer and reflection. This developed into the YMCA.

As well as being memorable as founder of the YMCA, George was a crusader for improved working conditions such as shorter hours (a standard working day was 15 or so hours). In time he became a successful businessman, giving away approximately two-thirds of his income.

Sir George Williams has been commemorated by a stained glass window in Westminster Abbey and is buried in St. Paul's Cathedral. These honours are among the highest bestowed on English citizens.

The information below can be found on the following website: www.thepeerage.com

Helen and George Williams had, in 1863, a son whom they named Albert Henry Williams. Albert married Edith Ann Cook. They had, in 1896, a daughter Beatrice Helen Williams.  In 1917 Beatrice, who was known by her middle name, married Captain Evan Cadogan Eric Smith (known as Eric).  Their eldest child was Ann Fortune Smith, born in 1920.

ANN FORTUNE SMITH

On 12th October 1946 Ann married Hugh Denis Charles FitzRoy, the 11th Duke of Grafton. She held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for the County of London in 1949. She held the office of Lady of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II between 1953 and 1966. Ann was invested as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 1965. She held the office of Mistress of the Robes to HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1967. In 1970, Ann was invested as a Dame Commander, Royal Victorian Order (D.C.V.O.). As a result of her marriage, Ann added the title Duchess of Grafton on 11 November 1970. She held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for West Sussex between 1972 and 1990. Ann was invested as a Dame Grand Cross, Royal Victorian Order (G.C.V.O.) in 1980.

Her eldest child, James Oliver Charles FitzRoy (deceased) was the Earl of Euston. He married Lady Claire Amabel Margaret Kerr, daughter of Peter Francis Walter Kerr, 12th Marquess of Lothian.

Her third child, Lady Virginia Mary Elizabeth FitzRoy, married Lord Ralph William Francis Joseph Kerr, son of Peter Francis Walter Kerr, 12th Marquess of Lothian.

Ann and cousin Boris Johnson (below) are distantly related to Queen Elizabeth II - via King George II
of England.

ALEXANDER BORIS de PFEFFEL JOHNSON - known as
BORIS JOHNSON
Born in New York City in 1964, Boris's family moved (back) to England soon after Boris was born.
Boris studied at Eton College, became a journalist, a newspaper editor, then a politician -
becoming Mayor of London, England, in 2008.
Boris is descended from Nancy Maunder and George Hitchcock (see above) and is a
second cousin (twice removed) of Ann Fortune Smith (shown above).