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World War One / Help Please to search The London Gazette
« on: Wednesday 10 October 18 15:38 BST (UK)  »
I'm getting nowhere with a search in the London Gazette and wondered whether anyone could help me please.

I'm searching for the citation for Archibald GARRETT a Sergeant in the Royal Garrison Artillery, Regimental No. 75533, who was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, listed in the Peace Gazette, which I understand was dated 3rd June 1919. 

I have all the information but I cannot make the search work, whatever criteria I use! The date filters are faulty anyway, but I have managed to find the correct Issue number (I think) - 31390.

I am willing to believe it's just me being useless!  :-[

Thanks for any help or advice anyone can give.


Kent Lookup Requests / Tenterden Marriage 1807
« on: Wednesday 03 October 18 16:11 BST (UK)  »
Would any kind person be able to tell me whether this marriage was by Banns or Licence please.  And the residence details please.

16 August 1807 at St. Mildred Tenterden

John Sharwood widower and Sarah Barnett spinster

I have the names of the witnesses from FreeREG.

Thank you.


Technical Help / Problem with Googlegroups forum
« on: Wednesday 03 October 18 10:39 BST (UK)  »

I belong to a Googlegroups forum (nothing to do with FH) and have a very annoying problem.  I can read all the posts which other members of the group submit and can post stuff myself - but I cannot see my own posts in the group inbox.  It's really annoying and I've asked help from the moderator and other members.  I've also looked in Google Help and on their forum but the consensus seems to be that this is a silly Google glich which cannot be fixed. Any 'answers' posted there are completely unintelligible to me anyway.

By the way, I use gmail and Google Chrome.

Any advice please, or is this something I've just got to put up with?


Kent / Elusive Sarah BARNETT - Tenterden
« on: Wednesday 26 September 18 17:37 BST (UK)  »
16th August 1807 Sarah BARNETT spinster married John SHARWOOD widower in Tenterden.  They apparently had no children baptised in Tenterden.  I think this might be/am hoping (!) that this is the couple who went to live in Peasmarsh (Sussex).

But I cannot find anything else about Sarah.  Can anyone suggest a baptism, parents, anything before 1807 please?


Lancashire / Confused about Elizabeth BERRY nee CRILLEY
« on: Friday 10 August 18 17:13 BST (UK)  »
I'd be grateful for some advice about Elizabeth BERRY nee CRILLEY.

Elizabeth Crilley was baptised 20 October 1816 at St. Peter's Liverpool, daughter of Patrick and Ann nee NORBURY.

Betsay (sic) Crilley aged 25 appears with her parents and some siblings on the 1841 Census.  I naturally assumed that this was Elizabeth - until I found that on 8 July 1839 Elizabeth, of full age, married Isaac BERRY.  I cannot find much at all about Isaac and Elizabeth Berry, although I think he is probably the Isaac Berry born Liverpool 18 April 1820, a mariner.

If Elizabeth was really at least 21 in 1839 she must have been born by early 1818 at the latest.  I cannot find any other Crilley baptisms or burials suggesting that there were two Elizabeths in this family.

Any ideas please, or pointers for me to follow?


Kent / 1807 Banns entry Tenterden
« on: Friday 20 July 18 15:11 BST (UK)  »
Dear Kent Rootschatters

I need to obtain the information in a Banns entry relating to a marriage in 1807 at Tenterden St. Mildred.

It will cost 13.75 to get a digital image from Kent Archives.  Before I order it, I just wonder if any kind person has access to these records? Or is there another way to get hold of it? I would be happy with the information in the entry; I don't need an actual copy.

Please - and thank you!


Kent Completed Lookup Requests / Marriage in Tenterden 1807
« on: Sunday 15 July 18 17:51 BST (UK)  »
Hi foxglove (or anyone else who can help)

Please could you give me the full details of this marriage, found on Familysearch?

9th (or possibly 16th) August 1807 Tenterden
John SHARWOOD Widower m. Sarah BARNETT Spinster.

If you have access to Banns/Licence info. that would be appreciated too, please.

Many thanks,

Kent Lookup Requests / Burial lookup Wrotham please
« on: Saturday 14 July 18 17:07 BST (UK)  »
Please can anyone find a burial for Thomas SHORT who died in Wrotham 29th December 1847 aged 80?  In 1841 he was living in Borough Green if that's significant.

Thank you,

Kent / Death/burial of John FRY Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells
« on: Sunday 08 July 18 15:53 BST (UK)  »
I'm searching for the death/burial of John FRY 1851 - 1861 in Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells or Frant (Sussex).

According to census John was born Speldhurst c.1811, although I think he is most likely the one baptised Speldhurst 5 November 1809. He married Sarah MEPHAM 8 November 1840 in Frant and they had 3 daughters. 

Sarah died 12 July 1851 in Tonbridge (probably in the Infirmary where she was for the 1851 Census) and was buried 20 July in Frant.  Her death was registered by John Fry resident in Tonbridge, which I take to be her husband (although he is described as 'present at the death' rather than 'widower' or 'husband'. The only other John Frys on the 1851 Census for the town are aged 12 and 17, with no apparent connection).

For the 1851 Census John and daughters were living in Tunbridge Wells.  By 1861 the oldest daughter was living with her grandmother (re-married), and the two younger daughters were in Tunbridge Wells workhouse.  John was not in the workhouse, and I cannot find him anywhere else.

The following death registrations for John Fry are the wrong ages for my John:-
MQ 1851 Tunbridge aged 56 (and before the death of wife Sarah)
JQ 1859 Ticehurst aged 79; buried Frant May 1859
SQ 1859 Tunbridge aged 20

Can anyone help me find John or his death/burial please?

I'd be really grateful, thank you.


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