Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family v2/21 - Person Sheet
NameSir Joseph Whitwell PEASE 1st Bt , 5648
FatherJoseph PEASE , 5645 (1799-1872)
MotherEmma GURNEY , 5745 (1800-1860)
1Mary FOX, 5655
FatherAlfred FOX , 1254 (1794-1874)
MotherSarah Ann LLOYD , 1255 (1804-1890)
ChildrenJoseph Albert “Jack” , 5161 (1860-1943)
 Alfred Edward , 5656 (1857-1939)
 Maud Mary , 5671
 Helen Blanche , 5672
 Lucy Ethel , 5673
Notes for Sir Joseph Whitwell PEASE 1st Bt
Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, 1st Baronet (23 June 1828 – 23 June 1903) was a British Liberal Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1865 to 1903.

Pease was a member of the Darlington Pease family, being the son of Joseph Pease and his wife Emma Gurney, daughter of the Joseph Gurney of Lakenham Grove, Norwich. His father was a quaker merchant of Darlington and was M.P. for South Durham from 1832 to 1841. Pease was educated privately and was an owner of coal and ironstone mines in Durham and Yorkshire and a director of North Eastern Railway. He was a J.P. for Durham and a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for the North Riding of Yorkshire.

At the 1865 general election Pease was elected Member of Parliament for South Durham. He held the seat until the seat was reorganised under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885.[2] He was created a baronet of Hutton Lowcross and Pinchinthorpe in 1882. At the 1885 general election he was elected MP for Barnard Castle. He held the seat until his death in 1903.

Towards the end of his life, Pease's business had problems and in 1902 the Pease Bank failed. He was forced to sell his art collection. He died the following year in Falmouth, Cornwall aged 75.

Pease married Mary Fox daughter of Alfred Fox of the Fox family of Falmouth on 23 August 1854. They had two sons; Alfred Edward Pease, 2nd Bt and Joseph Albert "Jack" Pease, 1st Baron Gainford.


Joseph Whitwell Pease, the eldest child and my Great-grandfather, (1828-1903), continued the business tradition of his father. He married into the Fox family of Falmouth, (He married Mary Fox), yet another Quaker dynasty and continued to maintain the tradition of a politically active Quaker industrialist. Before the close of his life, he was twice approached for accepting elevation to the Peerage, but refused on both occasions. He did however accept a baronetcy in 1882 from Gladstone. Alas, tragedy was on the horizon and by 1903, owing to a combination of poor trade, depressed markets, the failure of the family bank in the previous year and a prolonged and bitter inter-family row with the Earl of Portsmouth, (Newton Wallop) and his wife, (Beatrice Pease, Joseph's niece), the family fortunes totally collapsed, leaving Joseph Whitwell an unhappy and broken man. The story of course continues from that point, but for the moment, I shall go no further.
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