Family History - tales around the tree
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Bradley - Suffolk & Essex Campleman - Hull & SE England Catt/Cattley - Kent & London Courtney - Wirral & Liverpool Coyne - Ireland & Chester De Normanville - France, London & South Australia Divall - Sussex & Lewisham Greenway - Sussex & London Griesel - Germany, London & Essex Grubb - Lewisham Holbrook - London & Essex Hopkins - North Shields, Wirral & Liverpool Laird - Surrey & London Lovel - North Shields Milleman - Holland, Kent, London & USA Molnar - Hungary & London Murray - Kincardineshire, London & South Australia Paver - Hull & London Pearl - Suffolk & Essex Robson - Lewisham & London Skinner - Essex Smart - Essex, London, Canada & Seattle Starr - Norfolk & Westminster Still - Kent/Sussex, Essex Tales around the tree unrelated stories I’ve come across in the course of research and too good to ignore
Thursday 14th February 2018 - Charlotte Laird & Pearson Boyd On the 31st July 1859 Charlotte Laird gave birth to a son in Tunbridge Wells. When she registered his birth she gave him the name Pearson Boyd, and as is the way with illegitimate births he officially acquired her surname. He was baptised in Tunbridge Wells as Pearson William Laird on the 30th October that year, when his parents are said to be William and Charlotte Laird; I have a suspicion that Charlotte’s brother was standing in for the real and absent father. In the 1861 census the baby appears as William P. Laird, living in Martin’s Place, Basinghall Street, Tunbridge Wells, with his mother Charlotte, uncles William and Frederick Laird, and widowed grandmother Elizabeth, née Lawrence. Read more … Sunday 30th December 2018 - Harriet Eliza Paver It’s taken a couple of years, but I have at last completed Harriet Eliza Paver’s story … Harriet Eliza Paver was born on 20th April 1855 at Beavor Lane in Hammersmith. Her family subsequently moved to Marshgate Lane, Stratford in Essex, and then to Rotherhithe. Harriet and her step-sister Emily Campleman spent most of the rest of their lives living and working in pubs, losing three husbands between them to possible alcohol poisoning. Harriet married three times: Alfred Jeffery in 1880, Charles Frederic Murray in 1884, and Frederick Riley Ingersoll in 1906, and had eight children, six of whom survived to adulthood. Harriet died in Lewisham in 1914, where some of her descendants were still living at least 50 years later. Read more … Sunday 7th October  2018 - Some descendants of Hannah Clifford Hannah Clifford, who was born in Corsham in Wiltshire in 1784 was, as Ancestry puts it, the “2nd great-grandmother of husband of sister-in-law of great-aunt”, so not a particularly close connection! She does however lead into an interesting and somewhat complicated story involving railway navvies, Lambeth fishermen, Greenwich pensioners, multiple bigamies and even a music hall banjo player. Read more … Saturday 22nd September 2018 - George Watson Stacy Bush x 2 It seems unlikely that two men who share the same combination of names as above would be unrelated but so far I can’t find a link between the two who both give this as their name in the 1911 census. Read more … Monday 17th September 2018 - The Reverend George Anguish The Reverend George Anguish died on the 5th July 1843 aged 79. As the heir to the not inconsiderable Somerleyton estate in Suffolk most of his will  with its three codicils is taken up with making sure it all passes safely to his nephew Lord Sidney Godolphin Osborne. However one section is taken up with the provision of £20,000 in trust to provide annuities for two women and their four children. Read more … Tuesday 28th August 2018 - John Robson - Coachman? Between June 1841 and March 1843 Susannah Divall had a relationship that culminated in the birth of Louisa Frances Robson at the end of December 1843 in Lewisham Village. Louisa was baptised on the 31st January 1844 and her birth was registered on the 8th February 1844. On Louisa’s baptism her parents are named as John and Susannah Rosina Robson, and Susannah, who registered the birth, names herself as Susannah Rosina Robson formerly Divall. On both occasions it says that Louisa’s father is John Robson, a coachman. Which is all perfectly as it should be, except that there does not appear to be any marriage for Susannah and John. Read more … Friday 13th July 2018 - What is it about men called Henry Armstrong? I was following up one Henry Armstrong who married into my Bradley family back in 1878. He was possibly born in Suffolk, and worked as a Coachman for a time. He married Jane Lewis two years after their first child was born, and two months before the next arrived. He was possibly strong-armed up the aisle - or to the Poplar Register Office - by her brother and sister. In the 1881 census he gives the wrong surname, and by about 1885 he vanishes, leaving Jane with five children, who all ended up in the Norwood Schools. Jane relied on the support of her sisters to keep herself out of the workhouse. The Henry Armstrong I think he probably was, was born near Stowmarket in 1854, and appears in the 1861 census as Harry, the son of James and Jane Armstrong, members of the family originally from Shelland. This Harry is not the one who went to Iowa, as some Ancestry family trees claim; that one was born in Australia, was back at a Reform School in north-east England in 1871, and working as coal-miner in Durham in 1881 before going to the States in 1882 where he continued his coal- mining. While he had two children born in the Sunderland registration district in 1880 and 1882 with the mother’s maiden name Parry, I can find no suitable marriage. So while looking at Armstrongs I thought I’d revisit others of that name in the family. This lot were descended from a family of Millwrights from Wooburn in Buckinghamshire. By the time we get to Henry John Armstrong, also known as John Armstrong, the family trade is plumbing. Thanks to the censuses we can see that he had children with two women (not at the same time!), the first called Elizabeth, and the second called Ellen. From the GRO online birth indexes their maiden names appear respectively as Freeman and Carter, unfortunately there don’t appear to be marriages listed for either of them. 15th May 2018 - Alexander Robb and Eric Finlason and the Tailors of Aberdeen and the Murrays Cousin Alexander “Deacon” Robb was a famous local character in nineteenth century Aberdeen, a Deacon of the Tailors in the Incorporated Trades and a published poet - with perhaps more in common with William McGonagall than Robert Burns. His father, also Alexander Robb, married Isabel Murray, Andrew’s sister, on 14 July 1781 in Banchory Devenick. Read more … On the 6th February 1855 in the Free Presbyterian Church, Port Adelaide, Margaret Murray  married Eric Finlason. Sadly just over a year after her marriage, Margaret died. Her death certificate states that she died from natural causes in Forest Creek, and had lived three years in Adelaide, and one year in Victoria, which confirms her arrival in South Australia in 1852. Read more …
With family members from most of the counties of England (also Scotland, Ireland and continental Europe, and probably Wales and the Isle of Man) this is a collection of  stories about people whom I have found interesting. This page reflects my current research and the sidebar lists the main names already researched to a greater or lesser extent.