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Occupation Interests / Re: Silk ribbon weaver in London
« on: Friday 11 April 08 17:35 BST (UK)  »
Charles Sansom said that he was born inLondon on the 1851 and 1861 census. I think that he was born between the years 1815-1818.  If only I had a birth place I would at least be able to narrow my search. I have tried many London registers but its like looking for a needle in a haystack.  ???

Kent / Re: MAIDSTONE and surrounds
« on: Thursday 10 April 08 18:52 BST (UK)  »
Thank you to all who have answered on this `brickwall` of mine. Lots of information to start me looking seriously at the S.O.G records (which are in a pretty rough state). If not then a welcome trip to the Centre for Kent Studies may be called for.  Again thank you all.

Best wishes

Kent / Re: MAIDSTONE and surrounds
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 22:57 BST (UK)  »
Betty, thanks for the information. I can find no other references to the name Welchgray so wonder if it should be son of William Welch and Jane Gray. My ancestor said on all the census returns that he was born in Maidstone.

The Common Room / Re: Strange transcription
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 22:43 BST (UK)  »
I think that I may have found an ancestor (with many thanks to another member of this site). I have been searching for many years for my ancestor Charles Welch born Maidstone c1804. I now think that the IGI has him down as Charles Welchgray son of William and Jane (?Gray).  I am off to the S.O.G to prove (or disprove)  that this is another brickwall that may come down soon.

I always though with 15 years of FH experience that I knew what to expect. I now know just to expect the unexpected. I suppose that there is a moral here somewhere.

Kent / Re: MAIDSTONE and surrounds
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 22:34 BST (UK)  »
Yes I am 99% sure that they have them. I did try to have a look last time I went but the records were very difficult to read. I now have a good reason to stay the course and find the records to either prove or disprove that this is indeed MY Charles Welch.

Kent / Re: MAIDSTONE and surrounds
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 21:41 BST (UK)  »
I have promised myself a trip to the S.O.G next week as I had a yearly subscription from my daughters as a Christmas present. I am going to look at the Parish Records that they have there.
Charles called his 1st daughter Jane (my ggrandmother) so maybe she was named after his mother.
Again many thanks to all who have helped. :)

Essex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: WIDDINGTON
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 19:46 BST (UK)  »
This is a possibility as Joseph and Sarah had a son James who was my gggrandfather and he was living in Regent Street in London as a china warehouseman on  the 1851 census. I will have a look.  Many thanks for your help.

Kent / Re: MAIDSTONE and surrounds
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 19:35 BST (UK)  »
That would be about the correct dates so I will try for that........... thank you so much for your time and effort. It is much appreciated by me. Maybe this is the brickwall I need to break down. :)

Occupation Interests / Re: Silk ribbon weaver in London
« on: Wednesday 09 April 08 19:21 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the quick replys. The only information I have is ...... A marriage certificate for Charles Sansom to Eliza Bowler 1839 in St Pancras. I found them on the 1841 census living in Shoreditch. No luck anywhere on the 1851 census. By the time of the 1861 census Charles had married Sophia Sharpe (of Suffolk) and was living in Clerkenwell where he died a few years later. The first marriage cert shows his father as a Silk Ribbon Manufacturer and the second as a Silk Weaver. Charles was always a Watch/Clockmaker. This family has been my brickwall for 10 years. I am desperate to find out more and to establish (or not) if they had Huguenot beginnings. Any help/advice would be appreciated.

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