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The Common Room / Emma Sills
« on: Monday 12 March 18 04:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hi. I'm very much hoping someone can help me to locate the background history of EMMA SILLS, born on the South Island of New Zealand 13/7/1869.
She married a GEORGE BEVINGTON ROWE 1896 (although I've also heard 1899) in Rangiora, Canterbury, NZ.

Emma's father's name was ROBERT.

Word coming down through history is that Emma Sills was of Mexican/Spanish decent ( but there has also been a rumour of Greece).

It would be SO good if we could find out one way or another. Please help if you can. THANK YOU!!! A BIG ask, I know...gulp!

World War One / Service numbers
« on: Friday 09 March 18 03:05 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone. I've had no joy finding records of my grandfather's war service, however on photos he always wears the same badge. A relative messages me that it has the number 102146 on it. Is this a service number? I can't make out what the badge actually looks like or says. His name is William King though. Help.

The Common Room / Seeing for myself
« on: Saturday 10 February 18 22:48 GMT (UK)  »
I've now managed to form a good idea of how my ancestors lived, and where they lived, at the end of the 19th Century. I have loads of addresses which beckon to me to do a bit of a "nostalgia walk" around the streets of Beswick/Ancoats M/c

It's a very long way to come. Which begs the question " is there much of the original vista to see"? Or has the area been altered drastically with modern housing developments. I'm assuming the latter is more likely?
Is there anyone local who can tell me. Thanks.

World War One / William King
« on: Friday 09 February 18 03:08 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, my ancestor, William King (BORN 26th OCT, 1896, Beswick, /M/C, UK) was one of the British Home children emigrated out to Canada as a boy. He was still there in 1913 but was thinking about returning to England the following year, and I know he went to fight in WW1 but how do I find out whether he went with Canadian Forces or with the English?

Does anyone know how to sleuth this out?
Thanks  :)

Family History Beginners Board / Emma Jane King/Bibby
« on: Friday 09 February 18 02:21 GMT (UK)  »
Hi there, I have sourced much information about my grandfathers family but as yet have no idea what anyone looked like.
Does anyone out there have photos of Emma Jane King (nee Madeley) born 4 July 1873 in M/c England, and her 1st husband, William King and sons William, Samuel, Albert and Richard

and/or her 2nd family with John George Bibby with his son Albert Bibby, and their children together, Ada Bibby (born1910 in Ardwick) and Alice Bibby (born 1911 in Ardwick).

Thanks  :)

Family History Beginners Board / SS Virginian 1909
« on: Thursday 08 February 18 10:35 GMT (UK)  »
Hi everyone, my grandfather was one of Britain's thousands of youngsters from poorer families emigrated out to Canada in the early 20th Century. He travelled from England (Liverpool) on the SS
Virginian on the 2nd April 1909.

Does anyone know what this crossing was like? Weather conditions etc.
A tough ask I know....but no harm in asking. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. :)


Lancashire / Finding Agnes King of Wythenshawe
« on: Monday 16 April 12 05:41 BST (UK)  »
Hi everybody
It's been a while since I posted anything but I'm having such trouble finding the final resting place of Agnes King who died at Withington Hospital, Manchester, in 1959 (April I think) that I wondered if anyone can help me? I've checked Manchester City Council's burial lists with no joy so far, but I'm sure she must be there somewhere. Agnes was the wife of William King of Wythenshawe/Northenden. Agnes was 60 when she died I think. Here's hoping that someone out there can give me a clue. Very many thanks in advance.  :)

Lancashire / Help from a theatre buff needed!
« on: Wednesday 05 October 11 00:40 BST (UK)  »
 :) Hi everyone, I'm trying to find evidence of a person who seems to have been on the stage in some capacity but we don't know whether this was as an actor, comedian etc.The person I'm looking for is either John Larkin (born 1870ish) or John Bentley (born 1885ish). My mother remembers seeing him in a newspaper article when she was about 5 years old (in 1935) and remembers that this person was related to her. She was living in Manchester at that time. She is keen to find out more about him. If anyone knows anything about him it would be great to hear from you. Thanks heaps.

Lancashire / Manchester KINGS/Madeley
« on: Friday 22 July 11 23:41 BST (UK)  »
I'm really fortunate to be related to KINGS! Does that make me a Princess  :)

I would love to make contact with relatives of William King and Emma Jane Madeley who married on 21st December 1895 in Beswick, Manchester. They had 4 Children, William (my grandfather), Samuel, Albert and Richard.
William was emigrated to Canada as a 9 year old child when his father died suddenly, he returned to England before WW1 then married Agnes Bentley in 1922.
Samuel spent some time in a childrens home (possibly Nicholls Hospital in Manchester) and later married and had 2 children...Sam and Doreen.
As yet I don't have  info about Albert or Richard.
I would LOVE to find photos of some of these people, or hear news of their lives. A BIG ask I know....but miracles DO happen! Many thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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