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Ancestors of Ivan Simon Cary Elwes

Generation No. 4

      8. Gervase Henry Elwes, born November 15, 1866 in Billing, Northampton, England; died January 12, 1921 in Boston, MA. He was the son of 16. Valentine Dudley Henry Cary-Elwes and 17. Alice Geraldine Ward. He married 9. Winifride Mary Elizabeth Feilding May 11, 1889 (Source: DNB (1921-30) "Gervase Henry Elwes", LG (1972) "Elwes of Roxby").

      9. Winifride Mary Elizabeth Feilding, born Abt. 1869 (Source: age 90 at death); died February 24, 1959. She was the daughter of 18. Rudolph William Basil Feilding, Earl of Denbigh and 19. Mary Berkeley.

Notes for Gervase Henry Elwes:
from "Dictionary of National Biography" (1921-1930 supplement):

"ELWES, GERVASE HENRY [CARY-] (1866-1921), singer, born 15 November 1866 at Billing, Northamptonshire, was the elder son of Valentine Dudley Henry Cary-Elwes, of Billing Hall and Brigg Manor, Lincolnshire, by his second wife, Alice, daughter of the Hon. and Rev. Henry Ward, and niece of the third Viscount Bangor, of Castle Ward, North Ireland. He was educated at the Oratory School, Edgbaston, under Cardinal Newman, and at Woburn School under Lord Petre; and subsequently, from 1885 to 1888, at Christ Church, Oxford. Deciding to enter the diplomatic service, he went in 1889 to Munich for a year: there he studied German and French and also the violin. Returning to London he engaged in further study for his career, and in 1891, on the advice of Sir Nicholas O'Conor, took a post as honorary attache' to the British embassy at Vienna, where he spent a year; he also widened his musical knowledge by composition lessons, and became personally acquainted with Brahms. He then moved to Brussels, where he spent three years, incidentally studying singing with Demest. This was his last diplomatic assignment. Owing to his father's failing health, he resigned his profession in 1895 and returned to England, settling down on his father's Lincolnshire property and working at forestry. Five years afterwards he was advised by Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty to adopt singing as a career; and he studied at London with Henry Russell and for two winters with Bouhy in Paris, completing his technique under his chief master, Victor Beigel. He sang in public for the first time in Paris in December 1902, and in London in the spring of 1903. He owed to Miss May Wakefield (the organizer of the Westmorland festivals) and to Professor Johann Kruse some of his earliest important engagements. Sunsequently he sang several times in Belgium and Holland, and also, in 1907, toured Germany with Miss Fanny Davies. He went three times to America, and on his third visit was killed (12 January 1921) by an accident at Boston (Backbay) station, either overbalancing himself or being struck by a moving train.

"Elwes married in 1889 Lady Winefride Mary Elizabeth Feilding, fourth daughter of the eighth Earl of Denbigh, and had six sons and two daughters. In 1909 he succeeded, on his father's death, to the family property: at the same time he discontinued the used of the name Cary which he had previously borne.

"Some few months after his death, a 'Gervase Elwes memorial fund' was instituted by his friends and admirers, the income being utilized for the assistance of young musicians of talent and for the furtherance of various musical causes in which he had taken personal interest. On 14 December 1922 a portrait bust of Elwes, the work of Malvina Hoffman and the gift of herself and other American admirers, was unveiled at Queen's Hall, the scene of most of Elwes's important London concerts.

"For many years Elwes held a position of special prominence in the English musical world. A man of a personality both lofty and winning, he was in touch with an unusually large circle: a singer of great accomplishment and high artistic conscience, he always refused to compromise with unworthy music. His tenor voice was not in itself exceptional in power or sensous charm, but it was more than adequate for all purposes of artistry; and his singing was marked by rare intellectual insight and, so to speak, spiritual dignity and feeling. He was especially at home with Bach and Brahms and in the title-role of Elgar's _The_Dream_of_Gerontius_ (a work with which he had the most intimate sympathy): but he was by no means a narrow specialist and was always active in the encouragemen of young composers."

from _Encyclopaedia_Britannica_ (1958):

"Elwes, Gervase Cary (1866-1921), English tenor singer, son of Valentine Cary Elwes, of Billing hall, Northants., was born at Billing on Nov. 15, 1866, and educated at the Oratory school, Edgbaston, and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1889 he married Lady Winefride Feilding, daughter of the 8th earl of Denbigh. In 1891 he was appointed to the diplomatic service and became honorary attache' at Munich and later at Vienna and Brussels. He studied music under Mandyczevski in Vienna, under Demest in Brussels and under Bouhy in Paris. He entered the musical profession while still in the diplomatic service, which he finally abandoned in 1895. He made his first public appearances in 1903 at the Westmorland festival and at a concert of the Handel society in London, subsequently achieving wide popularity at the hands of the most critical public.

"Elwes took part in more than 150 performances of _The_Dream_of_Gerontius_, with which his name became indissolubly associated, while he excelled also in the interpretation of Bach. He was killed in an accident at Boston, Mass., on Jan. 12, 1921, while on a tour in the United States. The exceptional quality of the public esteem which he enjoyed was attested by the medallion erected to his memory in the Queen's hall, London."
Child of Gervase Elwes and Winifride Feilding is:
  4 i.   Simon Edmund Vincent Paul Elwes, born June 29, 1902 in Hothorpe Hall, Northampton, England; died August 06, 1975 in Sussex, England; married Hon. Gloria Ellinor Rodd November 25, 1926.

      10. James Rennell Rodd, Baron Rennell, born November 09, 1858 in London, England; died July 26, 1941 in Ardath, Shamley Green, Surrey, England. He was the son of 20. Major James Rennell Rodd and 21. Elizabeth Anne Thomson. He married 11. Lilias Georgina Guthrie October 27, 1894.

      11. Lilias Georgina Guthrie, died September 20, 1951. She was the daughter of 22. James Alexander Guthrie of Craigie and 23. Elinor Stirling.

Notes for James Rennell Rodd, Baron Rennell:
from "Dictionary of National Biography" (1941-1950 supplement):

"RODD, JAMES RENNELL, first BARON RENNELL (1858-1941), diplomatist and scholar, was born in London 9 November 1858, the only son of a Cornishman, Major James Rennell Rodd, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, by his wife, Elizabeth Anne, third daughter of Dr. Anthony Todd Thomson. He was a grandson of Vice-Admiral Sir John Tremayne Rodd, from whom he may have inherited his devotion to the sea, and James Rennell, the geographer [q.v.], was his great-grandfather. He was educated at Haileybury and at Balliol College, Oxford, where, as a commoner, he was awarded a third class in honour moderations (1878) and a second class in _literae_humaniores_ (1880). He won the Newdigate prize for English verse in 1880 with a poem on Sir Walter Raleigh.

"After a period of travel abroad, in France and Italy, Rodd much frequented the artistic and literary world of that time in London, and associated with men like (Sir) Edward Burne-Jones, who urged him to become a painter, Oscar Wilde, and J. A. McN. Whistler [qq.v.]. He eventually decided, however, in favour of diplomacy, in which, beyond a formal nomination for examination for the diplomatic service from Lord Granville, he had no sort of official or family influence to help him; yet his rise was rapid and at all important stages in his career he received approbation and expressions of confidence from successive secretaries of state. In 1884 he was sent as attache' to Berlin, being promoted third secretary in 1885, and during his service there he won the esteem of the Crown Prince and Princess. With the help of materials given to him by the Empress Frederick he published in 1888 _Frederick,_Crown_Prince_and_Emperor_, a biography which gave great offense in imperial circles at Berlin. That he might have said more than he did was apparent from his letters to _The_Times_ in 1928 which showed that the initiative in summoning (Sir) Morell Mackenzie [q.v.] to attend the Crown Prince came from German doctors rather than, as was freely alleged, from the Crown Princess.

"From Berlin, Rodd was moved in 1888 to his first post in that area where his most important diplomatic and scholarly work was done, and became second secretary at Athens. Three years later he went to Rome, which he could remember in the days of the temporal power, and which he had visited in 1879 and 1880, and thence in 1892 to Paris. His stay was short, for in 1893 he was in charge of the British agency at Zanzibar and acting commissioner for British East Africa. As such he was in command of the expedition known as the second Witu campaign, and was present at the actions of Pumwani and Jongeni. From Zanzibar he was transferred in 1894 to Cairo where he worked with devotion and admiration under Lord Cromer [q.v.] in whose absences on leave he was in charge. His first important mission was in 1897 when he was sent to Abyssinia to negotiate a treaty with the Emperor Menelik. By it he secured permanent British representation at the Emperor's court, a most-favoured-nation arrangement in regard to commerce and to prevent munitions of war for the Mahdists passage through Abyssinia, and a definition of frontiers on the north and east of that country (but not on the south and west). He was rewarded by appointment as C.B. and in 1899 as K.C.M.G. for his management of the work in the agency at Cairo during the Fashoda crisis. Returning to Rome in 1902 as first secretary, he negotiated several treaties of delimitation of African territories with the Italian Government, and after the promotion to the rank of counsellor of embassy he was transferred to Stockholm as minister, receiving the G.C.V.O. in 1905.

"There now followed the most notable appointment in Rodd's career. During his tenure of the embassy at Rome from 1908 to 1919, not only did he prove to be _persona_gratissima_ in all circles but his judgement was invaluable to the British Government during the anxious days before Italy joined the Allies in 1915. Convinced that it was merely a matter of time and opportunity before Italy joined the Triple Entente, Rodd, acting in close understanding with his French colleague, refrained from exerting direct pressure and preferred, as a matter of psychological tactics, to allow the logic of events to weigh with the Italian Government in choosing the course of action felt to be in harmony with higher Italian interests as well as compatible with Italy's legal obligations under the Triple Alliance. The event justified his policy and he was rewarded with the G.C.M.G. He left the embassy in 1919, on being transferred to Lord Milner's special commission on the status of Egypt, and, having been promoted G.C.B. in 1920, he retired from the diplomatic service in 1921.

"Retirement did not mean the close of Rodd's active work in foreign affairs. In 1921 and 1932 he was a representative of the British Government at the General Assembly of the League of Nations; in 1925 he was president of the court of conciliation between Austria and Switzerland; in 1928 he sat on the permanent commission for the advancement of peace between the United States and Venezuela. In that same year he turned to home politics and represented St. Marylebone as a Conservative from 1928 to 1932. In 1933 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Rennell, of Rodd, in the county of Hereford. He had been sworn of the Privy Council in 1908.

"Considering what heavy claims were made on Rodd's time by his official work, his output of literary and scholastic work was remarkable. Between 1881 and 1940 he published some twenty volumes including a number of collections of poems, of which those to become the best known were _Ballads_of_the_Fleet_, first published in 1897, and some renderings from the Greek Anthology (_Love_, _Worship_, and _Death_, first published in 1916). His reminiscences (_Social_and_Diplomatic_Memories_, 3 vols., 1922-5) give an authentic and pleasing account of the years of his official life. His classical and medieval studies bore fruit in _Customs_and_Lore_of_Modern_Greece_ (1892) and _The_Princess_of_Achaia_and_the_Chronicles_of_Morea_ (2 vols., 1907). His detailed knowledge of the city of Rome is exhibited in what, outside learned circles, is his best-known work, _Rome_of_the_Rennaissance_and_Today_ (1932); but his most important achievement may be held to be his _Homer's_Ithaca_ (1927), where his scholarship, local knowledge, seamanship, and common sense were all used to refute the theory propounded by Doerpfeld that the home of Odysseus was not in Ithaca but in Leucas (Santa Maura). His exposition led to excavations being carried out which have been held to confirm Rodd's thesis.

"Courteous, unassuming, modest, but resolute, Rodd must be given a high place among the diplomats of his generation. He quickly won the devotion of his subordinates, the respect of the statesmen with whom he had to deal, and the affection of the learned men at Rome. His hobby was archaeology, and in pursuit of it, at the age of seventy-six, he narrowly escaped shipwreck. Whenever it was possible he owned or chartered a sailing yacht. Wherever he went he was greatly assisted by the talent and enterprise of his wife whom he married in 1894, Lilias Georgina (died 1951), fifth daughter of James Alexander Guthrie, of Craigie, Forfar. They had four sons and two daughters, and he was succeeded by his eldest son, Francis James Rennell (born 1895), a distinguished geographer and public servant. Rodd received numerous honours in foreign countries such as the Italian Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus and the Greek Order of the Redeemer, but none did he appreciate more than his election to the Accademia dei Lincei. He died at Ardath, Shamley Green, Surrey, 26 July 1941...."

More About James Rennell Rodd, Baron Rennell:
Christening: December 20, 1858, St. Mary, St. Marylebone, London
Child of James Rodd and Lilias Guthrie is:
  5 i.   Hon. Gloria Ellinor Rodd, died October 1975; married Simon Edmund Vincent Paul Elwes November 25, 1926.

      12. Sir John Macfarlane Kennedy, OBE, born October 12, 1879; died August 31, 1954 in Shalford, Surrey. He was the son of 24. Sir Alexander Blackie William Kennedy and 25. Elizabeth Verralls Smith. He married 13. Dorothy Farrer 1904.

      13. Dorothy Farrer, born October 24, 1879; died Aft. 1966. She was the daughter of 26. Thomas Charles Farrer and 27. Ann Richards McLane.

Notes for Sir John Macfarlane Kennedy, OBE:
Knight Bachelor, 1943
Child of Sir Kennedy and Dorothy Farrer is:
  6 i.   Geoffrey Farrer Kennedy, born October 30, 1908; married (1) Daska Ivanovic-Banac; married (2) Daphne Summersell 1950.

      14. Ivan Rikard Ivanovic, born 1880 in Osijek, Croatia; died February 1949 in Genoa-Quinto, Italy. He was the son of 28. Ivan Ivanovic and 29. Bettina. He married 15. Milica Popovic July 1912.

      15. Milica Popovic, born February 26, 1888 in Osijek, Croatia; died 1970. She was the daughter of 30. Stevan Popovic and 31. Bella Nikolajevic.

Notes for Ivan Rikard Ivanovic:
member of the Croat Parliament 1905-1918, National Assembly of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes 1918

Doctor of Law, Vienna
Children of Ivan Ivanovic and Milica Popovic are:
  7 i.   Daska Ivanovic-Banac, born 1915 in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia; married (1) Geoffrey Farrer Kennedy; married (2) Lt. Col. Neil Loudon Desmond McLean November 14, 1949 in Rome, Italy.
  ii.   Vladimir Ivanovic, born 1917.
  iii.   Ivan Stevan "Vane" Ivanovic, born June 09, 1913.

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