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The Common Room / Re: Family story or fairy story?
« on: Saturday 19 May 18 21:30 BST (UK)  »
  My grandfather told me that his father, when in the Navy, "raised the British flag on the Kuria Muria Islands" Where? you may well ask - off the coast of Oman. I was able to prove it was almost true. His ship called there on the way to Australia, and the captain negotiated the hand-over. They hoisted the flag and left two natives in charge of the flagpole!

Kent / Re: Help please to find a Kent Baptism
« on: Sunday 13 May 18 21:49 BST (UK)  »
   I had just reached that conclusion. It is rather odd that after the records for St Peter and Paul, there is a much longer list for Charlton taken from Familysearch. Is this St Barts?

The Lighter Side / Re: Who Do You Think You Are 2018 celebs named
« on: Saturday 12 May 18 19:26 BST (UK)  »
  I know they don't do "ordinary" people, but have they ever had any one with English ag lab ancestors? Then they could show that it was not only Irish/Scottish/Russian/ you name it/ peasants who suffered back in the 1830s.

The Common Room / Re: On FindMyPast but not on Ancestry
« on: Tuesday 08 May 18 13:24 BST (UK)  »
   I would agree that it says Carpenter on FindMyPast.

The Common Room / Re: 1851 civil marriage
« on: Monday 07 May 18 20:18 BST (UK)  »
   The banns in 1844 is just one of the oddnesses. I think they should have married then as there were two children born about that time named as ... Coltham File, to Mary File.
 Perhaps her father objected and they eloped to Canterbury in 1851!
 It may have to be a certificate.
   Thanks for all your thoughts.

The Common Room / Re: 1851 civil marriage
« on: Monday 07 May 18 11:33 BST (UK)  »
   Just come back on and found all these replies! I need to read through and absorb.

The Common Room / Re: 1851 civil marriage
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 22:13 BST (UK)  »
   Thank you - yes I know all about them except where they got married!

The Common Room / Re: 1851 civil marriage
« on: Sunday 06 May 18 21:24 BST (UK)  »
   There is no church marriage listed in the Canterbury Archdeaconry marriages on Findmypast.
  They were James Coltham and Mary File 1851.

The Common Room / Re: 1851 civil marriage
« on: Saturday 05 May 18 21:46 BST (UK)  »
   I was unsure whether a marriage that early could take place in a register office, but it seems it could.
Presumably the District Register Office would be in the nearest town? It sounds as if it was quite a complicated procedure. The bride's brother and sister were both married in the village within a year or two, but there are odd goings on with this couple!

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