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The Darwin family appear to have come to Elston from Lincolnshire towards the close of the seventeenth century,
the manor being brought into the possession of William Darwin through his marriage with the heiress of Robert Waring of Wilford.
William had two sons, and Elston was left to Robert, the younger, in whom the taste for scientific research began to develop."


              Robert Darwin of Elston
              b.1682
              d.1754
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              m.
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              Elizabeth Hill
              ?
              b.
              d.
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Robert          William       John           Erasmus           
waring          alvey         |              |               
b.1724          b.1726        rector         b.12dec1731
d.1816          d.1783        of elston      d.18apr1802
******          |                            |
                m.                           m1.dec1857..... m2.1781
                |                            |               |         
                ?                            Mary            Eliza collier
                ?                            Howard          sacheveral-Pole  
                b.                           b.1740          b.1747
                d.                           d.1770          d.1832
                |                            |               |   7 children
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William        Ann     Charles  Erasmus  Eliz.    Robert     Frances anne  Francis
brown          |       |        |        |        waring     Violetta      sacheveral 
b.1774         b.      b.1758   b.1759   b.1763   b.1767     b.1783
d.1841         d.      d.1778                     d.1848     d.1874
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m.                                                m.
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Elizabeth                                         Susannah  dau of Josiah
?                                                 Wedgewood 
b.                                                b.1758
d.                                                d.1817
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Charlotte     Sarah       francis                 Charles
                gay       alvey                   robert         
 b.1824                    b.                     b.12feb1809
 d.                        d~1850                 d.19apr1882
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 m.
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 Francis 
 Rhodes  (took the name Darwin on wife inherting Elston from her brother)
 b.1825
 d.1920
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 rev.arthur
 william  
 b.1866
 d.1919
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 m.
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 Margaret hawksmore
 Caton  
 

Francis, né Rhodes Darwin, 1825–1920 Magistrate . Assumed the name Darwin in 1850 after inheriting the estate of his brother-in-law, Robert Alvey Darwin. Resided at Creskeld Hall, Yorkshire, and Elston Hall, Nottinghamshire. Justice of the peace for Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, a role in which he was very active. Sources: Alum. Cantab.
The Times 27 april 1882
The funeral of Charles Darwin
The procession were met at the west entrance by members of the family 
and others, whose names follow:—

Mr. William Erasmus Darwin, chief mourner; 
Mr. George Darwin, F.R.S., 
Mrs. William Darwin, Miss Darwin, Mrs. Litchfield, 
Mr Francis Darwin, Mr. Leonard Darwin, Mr. R. B. Litchfield, 
Mr. Horace Darwin, Mr. Leonard Darwin, R.E., 
Mr. Darwin of Elston-hall, Mr. F. Alvey Darwin, 
Captain Charles Darwin, Mr. Reginald Darwin, of Buxton, 
Mrs. Vaughan Williams, Miss Wedgwood, the Rev. Charles Parker, 
Mr. Robert Packer, Mr. H. F. Bristowe, Q.C., Mr. Francis Galton, F.R.S., 
Mr. Ernest Wedgwood, Mr. Hensleigh Wedgwood, 
Mr. T. H. Farrer, Secretary of the Board of Trade, Mrs. Farrer, 
Mr. Godfrey Wedgwood, Miss A. Wedgwood, Mrs. Ruck, the Rev. Arthur Wedgwood, 
Mr. J. C. Hawkshaw, Mrs. Hawkshaw, Mr. George Allen, Mr. Henry Allen, M.P.; 
servant, Mr. William Jackson, and Mr. Joseph Parslow.

Elston is a small village in Nottinghamshire to the southwest of Newark, and a mile from the A46 Fosse Way. The parish of Elston lies between the rivers Trent and Devon, with "the village itself set amongst trees and farmland less than a mile from the A46. The historic market town of Newark is just five miles to the north, with the cities of Lincoln and Nottingham some eighteen miles north and southwest respectively."[1] The village lies "very snugly and prettily ensconced in the midst of a pleasing landscape. Nearly opposite each other are the Hall and vicarage, both occupying delightful situations, and built in elegant and stately style. The church has been handsomely restored, and is singularly rich in its memorials of the Darwins. This eminent family appear to have come to Elston from Lincolnshire towards the close of the seventeenth century, the manor being brought into the possession of William Darwin through his marriage with the heiress of Robert Waring of Wilford. William had two sons, and Elston was left to Robert, the younger, in whom the taste for scientific research began to develop."[2] Elston "currently has about 650 residents in 280 households. A number of new homes have been built within the last twenty years on once open spaces and there continues to be infill development on some of the large gardens."[3]
Elston Hall was "the home of the Darwin family from 1680 until just after the Second World War, when the estate was sold. Its most famous resident was the savant Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin. Erasmus was the founder of the Lunar Society, which included Robert Boyle, Joseph Priestley and Benjamin Franklin."[5]
DARWIN, ARTHUR WILLIAM Initials: A W Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Gunner Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery Age: 29 Date of Death: 19/07/1915 Service No: 1899 Additional information: Son of Henry and Elizabeth Darwin, of 57, Edward Rd., Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: B13. 367. Cemetery: BIRMINGHAM (LODGE HILL) CEMETERY
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