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Sussex Lookup Requests / prison records - 1882
« on: Saturday 26 May 18 07:56 BST (UK)  »
I found a news item in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer dated Sat 12 Aug 1882 which indicated that at the Hastings Borough Bench on the previous Thurs (ie   10 Aug 1882) that James LANE was sentenced to 2 months hard labour for common assault.

I am asking if there are any prison records available (or any other records) which would give the age/ description of the prisoner.  I am interested to see if this James Lane is a relative.

I have searched the Catalogue for the East Sussex Archives with no success.

Thank you, Gazania

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Armed Forces / Invalided out of Navy - "Penelope"
« on: Wednesday 25 April 18 07:25 BST (UK)  »
My request may sound a bit picky.....

My relative had signed up for 10 years with the Royal Navy. Some dates:

11-13 Jul 1882: on board the "Penelope" at the battle of Alexandria (confirms family story)
Jul 1882:    Not on Newspaper casualty lists of wounded/killed on the "Penelope"
6 Oct 1882:   Naval record shows invalided out of Navy (confirms family story)
7 Nov 1882:  "Penelope" returns to Home Port in UK

My question is are there any records which tell me whether he was discharged while on the "Penelope" and remained on board until the ship docked in Nov.  Or could he have been taken off the ship and brought home earlier?  What was the usual practice?

On a 1890 record, his father said he had suffered sunstroke in the past.

Thanks, Gazania

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The Common Room / Mistaken Identity - possible effects
« on: Tuesday 24 April 18 00:29 BST (UK)  »
In this our technological age, mistaken or stolen identity is a very serious matter.  Has this happened to any of our ancestors? And what were the repercussions?

My great aunt was a teacher in Queensland in the era when teachers were subject to compulsory transfers around the State.  I obtained her employment record but did not at first check closely the dates of events as most of the places she served were known to me.  However, a closer inspection of the earlier dates, clearly showed appointments well before my great aunt had migrated, and when she was clearly living with her family in the UK on the 1881 census.

It is now obvious that some clerk has confused my great aunt's record with someone of the same name and just tacked it on which made some sense chronologically.  I now wonder if this bureaucratic error affected her career and her standing in the teaching service.  A book has been published about local teachers and my great aunt was named as a bit of a rebel for objecting to some transfers.

I have yet to research the other teacher with the same name and see why her file was not closed off. 

Any thoughts?

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Hi,
I think I have broken down a brick wall, which in turn has thrown up more questions.

I have found from FreeReg and Familysearch the following could be my ancestors:

William Skevington, widower of St Mary, Bedford, married Sarah Richardson, spinster, by licence at Clophill, St Mary, on 10 Aug 1767.

As far as I can be sure, they had at least two daughters, baptised at St Mary. Bedford. namely

Mary bapt 31 May 1769  (my ancestor and who married Joseph Rock at Clophill on 10 Apr 1803)
Martha bapt 5 Feb 1772.

I would appreciate any information on Wm Skevington, his previous marriage, any other children.  I have not found a PCC will for him or anything that would connect him to the Skevington families of Bedford or Turvey.  Similarly, I have drawn a blank on Sarah Richardson.

Thank you, Gazania

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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / X chromosome - confusion? False negative?
« on: Sunday 04 February 18 06:14 GMT (UK)  »
I have tested autosomal with FTDNA.  I have recently been contacted by a match, I shall call her MA.  Our extremely well documented paper research confirms our links.  We have a common male ancestor, with a very rare surname, I shall call GC.  Our paper trail confirms she is a third cousin, once removed from GC.  We share 47 centimorgans and long block 16.  So far so good.

MA is descended directly along the female line, from the youngest daughter and only surviving child of GC,  from his first marriage.  I ( a female) am descended from the son of GC 's second marriage.  In other words MA is descended from my ggrandfather's half sister.

MA and her family still live within the vicinity of the small town in Yorkshire.

The problem I have:

MA and I share the X chromosome at 5.51cms.  (So does her daughter but at a smaller level)

According to my charting of relationships and the Xchromosome, MA could get the X from our common ancestor GC through his daughter.  But not me as I am descended from his son, albeit from a second marriage.

My confusion arises from how can this be? or is the 5.51cms too small to worry about? or is there something else going on? or I have misunderstood the whole concept?

I do hope this makes sense to read.  Thank you, Gazania

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The Common Room / Old will - 1729 - Easy to decipher?
« on: Sunday 31 December 17 00:12 GMT (UK)  »
I have identified on a will index, a will for a possible ancestor.  The will is dated 1729 and the person is described as a yeoman.   How easy will it be to decipher a will of this date?  (I have poor eyesight)  And will a will of this date have much information?  I have to purchase the will through an Archives office.  Thanks Gazania

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The Common Room / GRO Indexes - which to believe?
« on: Thursday 30 November 17 05:25 GMT (UK)  »
At the risk of sounding pedantic:

A christian name  is spelt: "Cattell" on the "old" GRO birth index.

On the digitised "new" index it is spelt "Cattill".
(Reference:  Sep qtr 1875  for Thomas Catte(i)ll Bromwich CLAYTON)

This difference is no big deal in the scheme of things,but may have implications for the research of surnames. I am not likely to buy the certificate which may show the recorded spelling.  How accurate are both indexes anyway?  Gazania



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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / First cousin marriage and DNA
« on: Tuesday 07 November 17 10:43 GMT (UK)  »
I am pretty new to understanding my DNA results.  I understand the randomness of inheriting DNA from parents, grandparents etc.  However, according to all documentary proof, my gggrandparents were first cousins.  is it reasonable to expect that a first cousin marriage would affect the degree of inherited DNA?  Has anyone had any experience of interpreting the matches from a first cousin marriage?  Thank you. Gazania

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The Common Room / Gentleman - 1790
« on: Sunday 21 May 17 06:53 BST (UK)  »
I am interested in the use of gentleman as a descripture or occupation, particularly, as far as I can find out, for the family that has no "noble" connections.

For example,  an ancestor of mine in 1790 was describes as a gentleman on his marriage licence.  His address was Richmond, Surrey.  All other known records describe him as a grocer.  He did not leave a will, that I can find.  His brother, lived in Fulham.  He left a will where he was described as a gentleman but I have not found any other record of any other occupation.

These two brothers and their sister were mentioned in the will of their maternal uncle, who was a victualler.

Is this a common use of gentleman as  the family's attempt to be recognised as having some status in their society?

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