George Kellaway and Sarah Sargant were married on 29 January 1788 at St George′s Southwark but his origins, born about 1763, remain a mystery. We know his descendents carry the same DNA as the US Peter Callaway line but so far this link has not proved decisive. We also know that for some reason he was buried in Dorchester, Dorset, but again the motive for this is unknown.

George′s son Thomas was born and Baptised 1790 in Newington and he married Esther Clark 28 June 1820. They had 16 children of which 12 survived to adulthood. The unusual forename Lauriston comes from Esther′s Parents Robert Clark and Susanna Laureston married 01 December 1783 Newington

Here are some of the photographs and memorial cards which relate to the family.

Thomas Kellaway
Esther (Clark) Kellaway


Thomas died 24th Jan 1868Esther died 30 Aug 1875
Memorial Card for Thomas Memorial Card for Ester
With thanks to Ian Welch for these photographs


Thomas′ eldest son was George Thomas Kellaway (1812-1866). George′s eldest daughter Mary Ann married a printer and bookbinder John Diprose of Messrs Diprose & Bateman in 1868. These are their graves at the Diprose plot in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.

Funeral arrangements were made by Herbert Arthur Kellaway Undertakers of Camberwell and Dulwich, the son of Mary Ann′s brother Thomas Charles Kellaway.

The Diprose Graves
Mary Ann and John Diprose′ grave is in the centre
The Inscription
Diprose Graves In Loving Memory
The beloved wife of
of St Clement Danes Strand
Died 11th April 1899
Aged 62 Years
also of the above
Died 25th November 1899
Aged 59 years
On earth though parted not for long
In Heaven they reunite
With thanks to Ian Welch for these photographs

Thomas Kellaway′s youngest son was Walter Kellaway 1834-1909. He married Maria Basham 21 June 1856 and they had 2 sons and six daughters.

Walter died 31 March 1909Maria died 16 April 1916
Memorial Card for Walter Memorial Card for Maria
With thanks to Ian Welch for these photographs

Walter and Maria′s oldest daughter Maria Elizabeth married James Allen in 1892 and the third daughter, Esther married Henry W Balman 1884. The eldest son Walter James married and had 3 daughters and one son but died young in 1897 aged 34. Sarah Amelia died unmarried in 1939 and son William, also unmarried, died in 1910.

Here are their memorial Cards.

Maria Elizabeth Allen d.1923Esther Balman d.1939Walter James Kellaway d.1897
Memorial Card for Maria E Memorial Card for Esther Memorial Card for Walter J
With thanks to Ian Welch for these photographs

Sarah Amelia Kellaway d.1939William Robert Kellaway d.1910
Memorial Card for Sarah A Memorial Card for William R
With thanks to Ian Welch for these photographs


Thomas and Esther had another son Edwin Lauriston Kellaway whose descendents became quite famous in the entertainment world.

Edwin′s eldest son was Edwin John Kellaway b.1847. He first married Ann Butcher in 1867 and had 3 children with her before she died in 1882. Edwin and two sons moved to South Africa before 1887 where Edwin married Rebecca A Brebnor known as Bertha. They had 7 children, 2 daughters and 5 sons. 6 were born in South Africa and one son on a brief return to the UK in 1900-1901.

Of the sons 4 became actors, dancers and entertainers initially in South Africa. Cecil Kellaway was a Holywood actor and moved to Australia and then California where he died 1973. Alexander (Alec) with wife Sylvia and Herbert Brebnor (Jack) Kellaway moved to Australia where they were known as comedians and entertainers in various troupes. Harold Lionel Jack known as Leon Kellaway was a successful ballet dancer and teacher in Australia. While dancing he toured in many countries but finally settled in Sydney and opened his ballet school in 1937.

These entertainers claimed that they were cousins of the British Actors Arthur Chesney and Edmund Gwenn Kellaway (and vice versa). This it not true. They shared a surname but were from totally different Kellaway lines. The South African entertainers on the Newington and Walworth line and the British actors on a Devon line. DNA from these two lines is different showing that they are not related. SEE Newington families AND The British Actors

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