Ousley Family Genealogy Forum
My father was born Frederick Joseph Ouseley in 1915 to General Ralph Glynn Ouseley (great grand nephew of Frederick Arthur Gore) and Annaline Holt. He was the fifth illegitimate child of their union. A baronet, Ralph was
married to Lily Hague, with whom he had two daughters (I believe). Through a series of coincidences, we found a distant cousin of my father's, Evelyn Ouseley Kneale, who was a graduate of RAM and my piano teacher in Southern California during the 1960s. Tracing back over generations, my father documented his family genealogy and I have a family tree.
Ralph deserted my grandmother prior to my father's birth and Annaline descended into deep depression, dying in a mental hospital during the influenza epidemic of 1917. My father was put in informal foster care by his father and at the age of 12, was apprenticed on the Mountbatten's estate, Broadlands, as a kitchen scullion. At his father's direction, he changed his name to Holt at that time. His mother, Annaline, was the illegitimate daughter of George, the 10th Duke of Bedford and Sarah Ball0-Green, a farmer's daughter who worked on the estate as a seamstress. So my father, Fred Holt, who died in May of 2000, came by an aristocratic heritage on the wrong side of the blanket. I was born in London in 1952 and my family emigrated to the U.S. in 1958.
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