Emma Jane Whatman (nee Heath)
Born: 1821 and died 1884.
Youngest daughter of: George Heath (1779-1852) and Ann Raymond Heath (nee Dunbar,1787-1842).
Youngest sister of:
1. Julia Anna Harrison (nee Heath, 1807-1879), who married James Park Harrison.
2. Rev John Moore Heath (1808-1882), who married Marianne Harman (1816-1888).
3. Douglas Denon Heath (1811-1897).
4. Charles Heath (1814-1814).
5. Rev Dunbar Isidore Heath (1816-1888), who married Emily Mary Heath (nee Harrison, 18??-1897).
6. Adm Sir Leopold George Heath (1817-1907) who married Mary Emma Lady Heath (nee Marsh, 1826-1902).
Emma married: in 1845 William Godfrey Whatman (1819-1876).
Emma and William had issue:
1. George Dunbar Whatman (1846-1923) who married Francis Fuller (1850-1936). They had a son, Arthur Dunbar Whatman, born 13 February 1873, Dorking, Surrey and died 28 May 1965, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (aged 92 years 104 days). He played cricket for Suffolk and England.
2. Anne Whatman (1847-1870).
3. Edward Whatman (1850-1857).
4. Margaret Eleanor Malden (nee Whatman, 1852-1919) who married Henry Malden (1849-1931).
5. Emma Louisa Forbes (nee Whatman, 1854-1945) who married Rev John Gregory Forbes (1848-1917).
6. Mary Whatman (1856-1857).
7. Col William Douglas Whatman (1860-1929) who married Anna Buxton (1868-1934).
Emma Jane Whatman (nee Heath): An Overview
We know about Emma from the following sources:
1. Entry in the book "Records of the Heath Family Vol 1" by George Heath, 1913.
The entry in Records of the Heath Family Vol 1, page 79, reads as follows:
Emma Jane born in Euston Square, London, May 18th, 1821. For a few years she attended a school at Hampstead, and also stayed for some considerable time in Paris, under the charge of Mme. Guyet, her godmother. Details as to her early life are not forthcoming, and although my own recollections of her are still very strong, I can only add that on our annual visits to Kitlands she was kindness itself to us young people; always contriving some pleasures for our enjoyment; and the Christmas trees she gave were simply wonderful. Surrounded by mystery for several days of preparation, they were not disclosed to our wondering gaze till the evening, when all were gratified with a liberal distribution of presents from their branches. To those early days belong my recollections of Parkhurst, the head gardener, who had a wonderful skill in his art. At all seasons of the year an abundant supply of the choicest fruit appeared on the Kitlands mahogany, a sight which I always enjoyed, now alas! supplanted by the white table-cloth. Let me too recall Harry Carter, the farm bailiff and factotum for a long series of years. One day they showed him a clockwork mouse, but when it started, he thought it was alive, and did his best to crush it with his hob-nailed boot. Another trifle was an ironmonger's bill " For repairing the 'burn eater.' "
She married at Holmwood, May 6th, 1845, William Godfrey Whatman, banker, of 73, Lombard Street, youngest son of Jas. Whatman, of Vinters, Maidstone, and had issue surviving two sons and two daughters. The north aisle of Holmwood Church was built by the Whatmans to commemorate their marriage.
She died at Ramsgate, Dec. 10th, 1884, her husband having predeceased her Dec. 16th 1876. They are both buried at Coldharbour.