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Hello experts,

my research has brought me to a Mr James Gutteres (esq) born 1818 who went to India as a surgeon in 1840 and married in England in 1847, appears in the 1851 census with his wife and two daughters, was chairman of a mining company (newspaper clips) and disappears after he applies for a passport in 1853.

There are references to him in the Westminster rate books through the 1880s.
He bought a funeral plot in 1882.
And he wrote a will in Jersey Channel Islands in 1900.
But he is in none of the censuses after 1851, leading me to think that he lived most of his adult life overseas and came back occasionally and probably retired to the Channel Islands.

But my specific question is this:
* Who needed passports in 1853?
* And which countries would have required them?

These questions are intended to help me determine where James went.
But if you can find him in other countries by other means then please go ahead.

My blood relative is his wife, originally Susan Julia Hogarth Gooch (b, 1821).
The Gooch family seem to have been of high social standing in London and the daughters all married well.



Kent / Address known in Ramsgate in 1939 - but where are the occupants?
« on: Friday 28 September 18 14:16 BST (UK)  »
Hello people.

A newspaper extract dated Dec 15 1939 (Thanet advertiser) mentions Petty Officer Charles Henry Port and says that he lives in Avenue Rd, Ramsgate.

This is three months -ish after the formation of the 1939 register. I went looking for him or his family in the houses of that street but came up blank. Instead, the woman that I thought he married in 1912 is living in Mayforth Gardens with (whom I believe are) their children, she being Elizabeth Louisa Port nee Smith, born in 1884.

Can anyone help me to work out what is going on here?

() Maybe they moved house during those three months?
() Maybe I have misidentified Mr Port's wife?
() Maybe he is living alone and does not appear in the register because of his Navy career?

What I am hoping to achieve is to verify that I have 'married' the right people together.
Alternatively, if I have made a mistake, I would like that to be established.

Over to you.

-David C

Armed Forces / Returned from WW1 in 1918?
« on: Friday 21 September 18 14:06 BST (UK)  »
Hi people.

First of all, this is my first time posting in this category so I hope my question is suitable for discussion here.

Today I found evidence in the UK Electoral Rolls that indicates my grandfather, who served with the RAMC in WW1, was back in the family home in Cty Durham in time for compilation of the 1918 electoral roll. I was under the impression that all soldiers served through to demob in March 1919 (unless they were injured).  I have pictures of my granddad's three medals, and remember reading some years ago that upon enlistment the term of service was three years or until the end of the war, whichever took longest.

Can someone clarify for me whether soldiers were ever released from service before Nov 1918 on any basis other than injury?


Durham / births but no baptisms?
« on: Friday 14 September 18 02:38 BST (UK)  »
Hello people,

in reviewing my grandfather's siblings, all born between 1889 and 1908 in South Shields,
I have noticed that birth registration for all of these children exist (as found in FreeBMD)
but there are no matching baptism records (as would be found doing a Parish Baptisms/Christenings search in FindMyPast or FamilySearch for example).

There are ten children in this family. Should I see the lack of baptism as some sort of agnostic
statement by the parents or is it possible that baptisms occurred but were not recorded?

How common was it for children to be born but not baptised in those days and in that area?
Is it something that would have drawn consternation from the community?

Their names, in case you're curious are:
- Mary Ann Coulson (1889)
- Thomas Smith Coulson (1891)
- Wlliam Sewell Coulson (about 1893)
- Frederick Waister Coulson (1895)
- Joseph Sewell Coulson (1897)
- Jane Sewell Coulson (1898)
- Lilian Coulson (1901)
- Henry Coulson (1905)
- May Coulson (1908)


Durham / High House in Monkton, near Hebburn - history of the house & property?
« on: Sunday 09 September 18 04:13 BST (UK)  »
Hi people,

this thread grows out of some research done in a previous thread under my name on this topic.
I will link back to it in a moment when I can get hold of the link.

So my great grandfather lived in High House with his children circa 1920.
I think I once saw a notification that it is listed as a heritage site.
Aerial photography and comparison with old maps shows that the house is the same shape and size as it was a hundred years ago, when my family were there. It has a large section that looks as though it once had a barn or stables on it.

The house is on Monkton Lane opposite a new road called Cheviot Rd, a few kilometres from Hebburn. Be warned that Monkton Lane is a curious street broken in about three places, so it may be hard to locate the house if you are using Google Maps.

I am interested in knowing a bit more about the house; ownership, tenancy, especially if it is close to the time that my Coulson ancestors were there, circa 1920.

David C

Durham / 1891 - Coulson - South Shields - *The house, not the people*
« on: Thursday 06 September 18 08:32 BST (UK)  »
Hello again experts,

In researching my ancestry, one record in 1891 has been of particular interest to me:

Thomas Coulson etc etc
Page Number:   55
Registration Number:   RG12
Piece/Folio:   4170/ 82

The house is interesting because so many relatives are squeezed into it.

The house is 'headed' by Mr Forster, who is a painter.
We see his wife and a few children.
We also see the wife's father, Thomas Coulson as well as two of her brothers.
One of these brothers, William, is fresh back from London with his wife and their first baby.
There's also an aunt named Mary Ann Sanderson who appears to be visiting.

The spelling of these names by the way is absolutely attrocious.
Be warned. Sanderson for example is Suderson. Coulson is Corlson.

--> My interest is not the people but the house.
Please do not go wildly off into other censuses looking for these people because I have already researched these relatives quite intensely.
What I would like to know now is the nature of house and how all these people likely
crammed into it.

I have a picture in mind of a city row house (Coronation Street style), with two bedrooms upstairs and a living space below and a kitchen at the back. Please correct me if this is wrong. Then I superimpose not just one but two families, a single brother and a widowed grandfather, and a visiting aunt. How do you suppose these people distributed themselves throughout the house?
I imagine the two young families would occupy the two bedrooms upstairs (if in fact there were two bedrooms) and the others would spread themselves around the living space in the evenings after everyone had gone off to bed at night. Would there be a fireplace in the kitchen or in the living room, or both? If we can establish the geometry of the house we might get a better picture of how everyone lived in it.

I am trying to write a short history of my ancestors and I have reached this particular household in 1891 and want to paint a realistic picture, not let my imagination run riot.

Any clarification would be most welcome.

-David C

Lancashire / Thomas Carroll, last seen in Liverpool 1851. What happened next?
« on: Sunday 05 August 18 12:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi people,

Everything I know about Thomas Carroll comes from the 1851 census.
In that year he is in Wright Street, Liverpool with his parents (James & Catherine)
and sister (little Catherine).

He claims to have come from Ireland, born in the year 1835-36.
I can't find him in 1841 or any of the later censuses. He could still be in Ireland in 1841 so his absence from this particular census does not bother me much. But I would like to know what happened to him after 1851.

His parents moved to Chester Le Street by 1861 and it looks as though they died there soon after.

I have no idea what happened to sister Catherine.

In the case of Thomas, I can find several matches for him in 1861 and 1871 but they are scattered far and wide across England and none looks any more likely than the others.

I wonder, is there any clever way to separate him from all the lookalikes, based on the limited
information I have presented?


Durham / the earliest collinsons in wolsingham
« on: Monday 30 July 18 10:24 BST (UK)  »
Hello folks, a small question this time

in my study of the Collinson families in Wolsingham prior to 1820 I see that there are three distinct descent lines, one starting with a migration from Ireland 1800~1816 and the other two tracing back through Wolsingham records to the 1760s. The trail of records seems to stop fairly abruptly at that point, which could mean a number of things:

() Am I looking at the point at which all Wolsingham Parish records begin?
() Am I seeing evidence that the earliest Collinson lines migrated to this area circa 1760?

Is there a good place to find records of migration into Cty Durham in this period?


Durham / William Collinson in 1911 - quick lookup please
« on: Friday 20 July 18 02:50 BST (UK)  »
Hello team,

I am far from a library that offers access to the census,
so can I ask someone to look up a record for me?

1911: William Collinson, born "Stotleybridge" 1848, living in Tow Law, widower.
The record exists but I can't access the finer points that I need. 

I would like to know how many children he claims to have had, and how many of them have died.
I would also like to know how many years he claims his marriage to have lasted.
Both these items should be visible on the 1911 form.

For anyone that is keen, this is part of a broader search for the man and his family.
They do not appear in the 1881 census and so I am wondering if they went overseas for a decade.

Any and all help very much appreciated.

-David C

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