My mother is a direct descendant of Delia Serena Quaife of Catsfield (I am adopted and not a Quaife descendant). We have most of the descendancy from this line down to the present generation. She lived and died in Maldon, Victoria after immigrating to Australia.
Delia Serena Quaife had a daughter Delia Serena Quaife (my mother's line) known as the 'little princess' which is interesting because the story handed down through my mother's family is that Delia Serana Quaife Senior was a Lady in Waiting to Queen Victoria and even wet-nursed the last of her children.There is more to the story, too much to tell here. The daughter was not a Barham. The mother married or was married off to an Edward Petus Barham who so the story goes worked as a 'royal' gardener.
Does any one related to the Quaife's of Catsfield or researching them know of this story and of the event that occurred during their voyage out here on the James Baines in 1857 resulting in the sailors making and the giving a gold broach to Delia, the mother for her assistance in their time of need which is still in our family today and clearly displayed on the two Delia's in photographs?
This family line is documented by the LDS 'Dos' files but they incorrectly documented Delia Serena Quaife the 'little princess' (wife of Samuel Hoffman) as being born in Brighton, Victoria instead of Brighton, Sussex. We have a copy of her birth certificate.