This photo labelled "Noble and Family in Hong Kong" was found at Gilford Castle [Thanks to Christine Wright]. Thanks to help from HSBC archivist Tina Staples, it is now certain that the man in the photo is George Edward NOBLE who worked with Sir Thomas JACKSON at HSBC. Based on the birth date of the infant daughter, this photo was taken in 1890. I would guess that this boy was born in the early or mid-1880s.
September 2012: I have written and posted two pieces to my blog, one on George Edward NOBLE and one on Frances Bertha Marion SEXTON. NOTE: Both of these blog pieces need to updated with new information, and there are a few errors in them. They are on my very long to-do list.
GRAB BAG OF SOURCES & KNOWN FACTS (the following is overdue for a rewrite - and is on my to-do list)
The probate of his will shows
that George Edward NOBLE died at 37 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park in the County of
were his nephew Henry Heywood NOBLE (a son of Henry NOBLE) and Dr. William HARTIGAN (who
was physician for HSBC and a brother-in-law of Sir Thomas JACKSON). I
ordered this will on line, but several pages were unavailable because
of how they were bound. It will take a visit in person to get the
rest of the information. Regrettably, that will be the information
that matters most!
At the time of her daughter "Molly's" engagement, Frances or Francesca NOBLE lived at 37 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park, London. SOURCE: HK PRO. [Thanks to Dr. Eileen Scully for this.] Francesca NOBLE, was in attendance at the funeral of Sir Thomas JACKSON in December 1915. SOURCE: The London and China Telegraph December 24, 1915.
George Edward NOBLE and Frances SEXTON were married in Bombay. SOURCE: Recollections of H.D. Sharpin in the HSBC archives. Sharpin's father was Frederick Lloyd SHARPIN, Archdeacon of Bombay at the time and officiated at their wedding. Her family was of Irish descent. At the time of the 1911 Census, her sister Myrna - who was born in Ireland abt 1875 - was staying with them.
In February 1866, G.E. Noble was recruited from the Commercial Bank Corporation of India where he had already been working as an agent in Bombay. (NOTE: Seven months later, Thomas JACKSON was hired.) Going from NOBLE's birth records, he was merely 19 years old when he started work with HSBC. [NOTE: There are likely to have been other NOBLE family connections in India. I continue to consider the relationships of dozens of other NOBLE families in India. Also of interest is the name of George Noble TAYLOR, mentioned in the Madras Civil Fund Family Register.]
As far as George E. NOBLE's banking career went, he had many of the same experiences as Sir Thomas Jackson - Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bombay . Both starting young and rising through the ranks (small as they were at the start). In 1882, he was brought to Hong Kong as sub-manager and in 1886 was appointed Inspector. He eventually succeeded Sir Thomas JACKSON on January 1, 1889 (when Sir Thomas took a short leave). Regrettably for NOBLE, his reign was short. He became ill and in March 1890 and was in urgent need of emergency sick leave. In appreciation, the Board offered him $10,000 to tide him over.
From the 1901 Census and from his will, we learn his date of death, age and confirm the name of his wife ("Frances" in the Census - but "Francesca" in the HK PRO files). He died at home at 37 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park in the County of Middlesex. His two daughters were aged 10 & 12 and living at home. In the same residence in 1901 was also a relative, Myna SEXTON (described as a son-in-law born in Ireland - but I suspect she was female as her first name is a common name for an Indian woman) a Johanna ROCHE and five servants: Agnes REARDON, Kate FIELD, Elizabeth ? and Alice PERRY.
George Edward NOBLE's son, J.F.S. NOBLE also served in the HSBC from 1896-1903. His highest rank was as a junior in Hong Kong and he left the Bank during his first home leave. Also, George Edward NOBLE's wife's youngest brother, G.H.N. SEXTON [George Henry Noble SEXTON] also served from 1896-1903 and his highest rank was as a junior in Bombay. His family was described by Frank H.H. King as Anglo-Indian. He subsequently left the Bank for the Catholic priesthood (King. Vol. I, p. 578).In the HK PRO records, there are records relating to: Septimus Sexton; Shanghai; Macau; James Logan Sexton Machado; Robert Woolfsen Sexton; Maria Anna Machado Sexton; George Henry Noble Sexton; Hk And Shanghai Bank.
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