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Lincolnshire / Re: william tateson:marriage witness, grimsby
« on: Wednesday 12 October 11 08:43 BST (UK)  »

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Lincolnshire / Re: william tateson:marriage witness, grimsby
« on: Wednesday 12 October 11 08:12 BST (UK)  »
Hello Dyan,
Seen your message and welcome. I also have notes of your branch.

I come down from Harriett Tennyson Williams

As to those searching, we are a growing band of descendants, all on the Tennyson Williams hunt.

Please send your e mail address and we can swap notes.

Michael Priest

Lincolnshire / Re: william tateson:marriage witness, grimsby
« on: Wednesday 06 July 11 07:53 BST (UK)  »
Hello Susan,

Like you, I'm descended from Harriett TW and, if I'm not mistaken, we have corresponded before.

Could you confirm this, please.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Jonathan Bell - Rangiora, Canterbury
« on: Thursday 17 March 11 07:56 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Barcroftlad,

Thanks for the reply - the family tree sounds to be very interesting and I wait with bated breath .......................


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Jonathan Bell - Rangiora, Canterbury
« on: Wednesday 09 March 11 11:32 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Barcroft Lad,

Yes, I'm still around and pleased to hear from you, perhaps we can compare notes sometime. This brief note is just to establish contact


Lincolnshire / Re: martha shepherd
« on: Wednesday 12 September 07 16:20 BST (UK)  »
Hi Janet,

I'm doing Shepherds in Claxby by Normanby near Market Rasen, starting with William Shepherd (about 1776 at Claxby) and his wife Frances Shaw (about 1781 - Tealby) - married 1799. There is a daughter of that marriage, Martha,  christened in 1805 at Claxby.
Your dates do not seem to coincide, so may be related, but not direct lines.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Jonathan Bell - Rangiora, Canterbury
« on: Tuesday 24 October 06 21:15 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

Again my thanks for all your help - I did promise to fill in the English bit - which your efforts helped me to unravel - the key clue being knowledge of Jonathon's daughter, Lucy and her marriage to Edmund, which rather set Jonathan's age range

Jonathon Bell, New Zealand Immigrant

He is, certainly, one of the children of William Bell and Ann, who lived at East Allington. They had thirteen children between 1781 and 1808.Jonathon was chr 12 Aug 1798, followed by Catherine (my line) 19 Aug 1800, Elizabeth 6 Feb 1803, Lucy 13 Aug 1805, and Mary 16 Oct 1808.
Jonathon Bell married Elizabeth Lowe, 4 Apr 1825, subject to verification and has recorded, children, (via IGI batch No C055341, for Foston) Anne Bell  23rd Nov 1828, Lucy 27 Feb 1831, Mary 6 Apr 1834, and Elizabeth 15 May 1836, and by census record, Jonathan Bell born in 1843.
(The Jonathon Bell recorded as being chr 16 Oct 1832 was a son of Daniel Bell, a brother of Jonathon Bell, and Lucy Charles and can thus, now, be discounted)

1841 Census for Foston: Jonathon Bell, 40, Ag Lab; Elizabeth Bell, 35; Sarah Singleton, 20; Ann Bell, 13; Lucy Bell, 10 and Elizabeth Bell, 5 (No Mary Bell, 7,  or a Jonathon Bell as a son)
1851 Census for Foston: Jonathan Bell, 52, Ag Lab, born Allington; Elizabeth Bell, Wife, and Dressmaker 49, born Gt Grimsby; Elizabeth Bell, Daughter 14, born Foston; Jonathan Bell, Son 7, born Foston

A Jonathan Bell, classified as a labourer, emigrated to Lyttelton, Christchurch, New Zealand on the "Caroline Agnes" arriving 16 August 1855, after leaving London on 19th April 1855. He was accompanied by a wife and son (not  named). There were two passengers, classified as female servants with the names of  L and E Bell. (Could these have been Lucy and Elizabeth Bell?)
If this is the 'right' Jonathon Bell, then he would have been about 57 when he emigrated - this seems to make sense as his daughter Lucy would have been about 24 at the emigration, and about 25 when she married Edmund Land in 1856. (The Jonathan Bell born about 1832 would have been too young to have a marriagable daughter in 1856!)

All the best,


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Jonathan Bell - Rangiora, Canterbury
« on: Sunday 22 October 06 12:51 BST (UK)  »
Hello Jean,
Thanks ever so much for your information - not only putting flesh on the bones, but for the skin and the hair also - a bonus!

I'm glad you mentioned the origin of the name Foston, as this has solved another puzzle - Jonathan Bell's baptismal place was Allington.............. and  it turns out that Foston is about half a mile north of Allington, they both being small villages near Grantham - it certainly removes any lingering doubts about this being the 'right' Jonathan Bell.

I suppose then next step is to trace the chldren and grandchildren to see whether any became watchmakers..........

Thanks again for your digging and help.


New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Jonathan Bell - Rangiora, Canterbury
« on: Sunday 15 October 06 23:40 BST (UK)  »
Thanks a lot.

It started out as an enquiry to solve an unsent letter.....................

Now, I can see myself having fun for months following up the details you've sent me.

I'm very grateful, and I will try to keep you updated on progress.

Thanks again,


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