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Sussex Lookup Requests / Marriage of Thomas Bonyface and Ann Sinnock (widow)
« on: Monday 07 July 08 20:26 BST (UK)  »
All,
Please can somebdy look up the marriage of Thomas Bonyface and Ann Sinnock (widow) that took place in Hailsham on 5 Apr 1825.  I think that the marriage is in the SMI but I didn't take that disc on vacation with me!  I believe that Ann was a widow and would like to try and figure out who her first husband was.

Regards

Mark

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Sussex / William Bodle - b 1810 in West Firle or Alfriston?
« on: Monday 21 April 08 01:56 BST (UK)  »
All,
I need your help is trying to help break down a brick wall.  Many years ago I became aware that there is an Alfriston in Auckland, New Zealand.  I was able to ascertain that this part of Auckland was named by Dr George Edward Bodle after Alfriston, Sussex.  However, George was born in Sydney, Australia in 1844 with no obvious links to Alfriston, Sussex.  I was able to learn that George Edward Bodle was the son of George R Bodle and Anne Butler.  They married in Sydney, Australia where George was serving in the army (80th Regiment of Foot).  Descendants of George Edward Bodle have informed me that George Bodle was born in West Firle in 1812.  They speculate that George's parents were William Bodle and Sarah Susan.  William and Susan had 4 children that were christened in Alfriston - Mary (1801), Ann (1803), Jane (1805) and Anna (1806).  All of these christenings are listed in the IGI.  Additionally, William and Susan may have had three children born in West Firle - Susanna (1808), William (1810) and George (1812).  These latter children are not listed in the IGI.

After serving with the 80th Regiment of Foot in Australia (on convict duty) and New Zealand (a whaling dispute), George Bodle was posted to India where he gradually moved through the ranks, becoming Paymaster.  By 1853, he was in Ireland serving in a Depot Batallion.  By the time that he retired (about 1870) he had risen to the honorary rank of Major.  His military service can be traced through the Hart's Army list.  The 1866 edition describes his military service thus:  Major Bodle served in the 80th Regiment throughout the Sutlej campaign of 1845-6, including the battles of Moodkee, Ferozeshah, and Sobroan (Medal and two Clasps).  Also in the Burmese war of 1852, including the capture of Martaban, operations before Rangoon on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of April, and capture of the Great Dragon Pagoda (with the storming party), and capture of Prome (Medal with clasp for Pegu).  Interestingly, a picture of George's India General Service Medal can be found on the internet (http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=17372).

George Bodle and Anne Butler had 4 children in Ireland.  William Crawford Bodle (1853); Francis Joseph Bodle (1857); Robert Arthur Bodle (1856) and Mary Ann Grace Eliza Bodle (1862).  Anne Bodle died in 1866.  It has been reported that George was heartbroken and left Ireland, never to return.  However, it is not known where he went to, although it is reported that he attended George Edward's wedding in London in 1870.  However, he had a falling out with his children (they didn't agree with something that he had done).  He hasn't been located in the 1871 census.  In the 1872 Hart's Annual List it states that he took a commuted allowance in lieu of half pay.  It is unknown when or where he died.  Although George Bodle can't be found in the 1871 census, his three youngest children can be found in the 1871 census (as well as George Edward Bodle, his wife Eliza and their 3 month old daughter Annie).  William Crawford Bodle has not been found in the 1871 census, although he may have been in India by that time.  It is reported that he died in 1872 (drowned while taking a rope to a boat).  Francis and Robert can be found in New Shoreham, Sussex, where they were attending the Protestant Grammar School (deceased mother being Catholic).  Mary can be found in London (Tower Hamlets), living in the household of William and Priscilla Bodle.  Unfortunately, Mary's relationship to William is not easy to read.  Ancestry claims that it is daughter but that isn't correct.  The reference for the census is Class: RG10; Piece: 575; Folio: 70; Page: 37.  William Bodle had married Priscilla Brodrib and was working as an Exam Officer, HM Customs.  He moved back to Alfriston, Sussex after Priscilla died in 1873.  He remarried to a Catherine Willard in Dec Q 1874.  William died in 1890 and Catherine died in 1894.  His age fits with a William Bodle listed in the IGI as being christened in Alfriston, Sussex on 6 May, 1810 and being the son of Thomas Bodle and Hannah.

All four of George Bodle's surviving children (George Edward; Francis; Robert and Mary) emigrated to New Zealand in the 1870s.

That was a lot of background information, but it was necessary to set the scene for the questions that I need help with;

1)  What was the relationship between William Bodle (m Priscilla) and Mary Bodle (daughter of William Bodle and Anne Butler)?
2)  Who were the parents of William Bodle (b 1810 in West Firle) and George Bodle (b 1812 in West Firle)?
3)  What happened to George Bodle after he left the army?

Any help would be appreciated.

Regards

Mark Milton

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Sussex Lookup Requests / Sellens Marriages in Ticehurst
« on: Monday 27 August 07 03:49 BST (UK)  »
Hi,
This may not be that easy, but has anybody come across reference to the following marriages in parish records in the Salehurst area:

Thomas Sellens and Mary Bright (Mar Q 1849 in Ticehurst District)
Sarah Sellens and William Rummery (Dec Q 1872 in Ticehurst District)

The reason that I ask is that the BVRI (vol 2) lists the marraiges as being

Thomas Sellens and Mary Bright (1 Feb 1849 in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire)
Sarah Sellens and William Rummery (23 Oct 1872 in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire)

The BVRI cites a FHL film 1040810

It looks like there is an error in the BVRI.  I have tried to search the LDS website and can't find any entries for this film.

Can anybody help confirm that this branch of the Sellens family did get married in Sussex and didn't go to Herts to get married.

Regards

Mark


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Sussex / St Andrew's, Alfriston
« on: Friday 27 April 07 04:22 BST (UK)  »
Hi,
Can somebody confirm that there is a memorial plaque to Insp John Bodle, BSAP inside St Andrew's church in Alfriston.  If so, does it give any dates?

Regards

Mark

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Sussex / Sellens, Baker and Wimble
« on: Sunday 08 April 07 15:00 BST (UK)  »
Hi,
Can anybody shed any light on the following family?

In the 1880 US census there is an entry for a John Sellens in Portage, Michigan.  He is listed as the father-in-law of
William W Brownell (b abt 1815 in Vermont).  William's wife was Mary Brownell (b abt 1831 in England).  John Sellens was born in about 1803 in England.
In the "Portrait and Biographical Record of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren Counties" it states that William W Brownell was married, Aug 30, 1842 to Miss Mary, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Baker) Sellens, natives of England.  The mother died in Warren County, Pa., while the father who came West, passed his last days at the residence of the subject.  She was the eldest of the two children born to her parents, her natal day and birthplace being November 16, 1825; Sussex England.

I can find John Sellens (Sellins) in PA in 1850 but canít find him in England or the US in 1840/1841.

The Sussex Marriage Index does not list a marriage between John Sellens and Elizabeth Baker.  However, it does list the following marriage:

Mountfield, Mar 21 1821.  John Sellens and Elizabeth Wimble (wid of Fairlight)

The previous marriage of Elizabeth Wimble can be found in the SMI

Fairlight, East Sussex, 22 Oct 1808:
John WIMBLE and Elizabeth BAKER

So, who was this John Sellens?  Possible candidates are

John Sellens, chr 19 Jul 1801; Son of John Sellens and Sarah Golden
John Sellens; b abt 1801 in Mountfield; Son of Thomas Sellens and Elizabeth Noakes
John Sellings; chr 17 Apr 1803 in Burwash; Son of John Sellings and Mary

Can anybody shed any light on to this topic?


Regards

Mark

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Armed Forces / The sinking of the Trawler Margaret in Rye Bay, Dec 1916
« on: Monday 27 November 06 03:16 GMT (UK)  »
Hi,
I am looking for information on the sinking of the Trawler Margaret on 17 December 1916.

The little that I know is as follows:

Margaret, 54grt, 17 December 1916, Between Hastings and Dungeness, mined and sunk, 6 lives lost including Skipper

This is from the website, http://www.worldwar1atsea.net.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site, I know that the Skipper was:

FOORD, WILLIAM JOHN, Son of William John Foord; husband of Elizabeth S. Foord, of 25, Mann St., Hastings.


I gather that there is a memorial to William and his crew in Rye Cemetery.

I'd like to learn more about the incident, in particular who were the other members of the crew.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Mark

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Sussex / Sinking of the Trawler Margaret in Rye Bay, Dec 1916
« on: Monday 27 November 06 03:11 GMT (UK)  »
Hi,
I am looking for information on the sinking of the Trawler Margaret on 17 December 1916.

The little that I know is as follows:

Margaret, 54grt, 17 December 1916, Between Hastings and Dungeness, mined and sunk, 6 lives lost including Skipper

This is from the website, http://www.worldwar1atsea.net.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site, I know that the Skipper was:

FOORD, WILLIAM JOHN, Son of William John Foord; husband of Elizabeth S. Foord, of 25, Mann St., Hastings.


I gather that there is a memorial to William and his crew in Rye Cemetery.

I'd like to learn more about the incident, in particular who were the other members of the crew.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

Mark

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The Common Room / US Place names - burg or burgh
« on: Tuesday 24 October 06 02:20 BST (UK)  »

This morning on NPR (the equivalent of the BBC) in the US broadcast a story about how some towns were forced to drop the silent "h" at the end of their name (Pittsburgh became Pittsburg).  It was quite interesting and helps explain why some towns changed names (albeit slightly) at the end of the 1800s.  The transcript and audio can be found at


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6243297

Regards

Mark

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The book "Sussex Archaelogical Collections"  Vol XVII has been digitized by Google and can be found at www.books.google.com.  It contains information on Inscriptions in Alfriston Church and Churchyard.  The book can be found by searching for Alfriston and Inscriptions.

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