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Family History Beginners Board / Re: Bonnett...French?
« on: Wednesday 25 April 18 16:03 BST (UK)  »
A Lewis/Louis Bonnet was living in London where he married "Mariana Bureau" in 1698 and had issue John Lewis Bonnett among others. I'm trying to trace him as he was the cousin of my 8G grandmother Anne who m James Margetson, Archbishop of Armagh.

London and Middlesex / Re: SMITH Family
« on: Sunday 13 August 17 07:32 BST (UK)  »
Go to and you can download a Gedcom of his family.


West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) / Re: Vance Family Harthill
« on: Wednesday 08 February 17 17:26 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks, May. My interest is solely in the Vances; I'm happy to share my info with you if you want.

Wigtownshire / Re: Charles McDowall - Kirkinner
« on: Wednesday 11 January 17 17:29 GMT (UK)  »
Goodness, you haven't looked very far for the origin of the name! The Vans Agnew family was one of the principal families of Wigtownshire with properties at Sheuchan and Barnbarroch and may people worked on the estates or were in some other way connected to them by social ties. Some children christened '- Vans Agnew' may have been illegitimate offspring of the family I suppose, or were simply called that in homage to the family.

Anyway, that's where the name come from - Vans Agnew, with an s on the Vans, by the way.


I have seen the Van Agnew name used in other families as middle names around this area.

Scotland / Re: 1841 census look up - Completed
« on: Saturday 05 September 15 19:02 BST (UK)  »
Hi Michelle, I have loads of info about that family if you'd like it and can connect you with living "step-relatives"! Do get in touch!
Jamie Vans.
mailjamievans (at)

One Name Studies: T to Z / Re: VAUS - London
« on: Monday 25 August 14 13:56 BST (UK)  »
Do you have a coherent version of the Sussex Vaus family? I'd be really grateful to someone to share that with me to save me redoing all the research.

Sussex / Re: A 30+ year brickwall - William Vaus?
« on: Sunday 24 August 14 18:52 BST (UK)  »
By the way, I see there are a number of references to the name Varns (and similar) in Sussex. In Scotland, the reason that Vaus turned into Vans is that, with a long Scottish 'a' the two sound very similar. To this day in Wigtownshire where my Vans family comes from, the locals pronounce Vans as 'Varnce'.

Sussex / Re: A 30+ year brickwall - William Vaus?
« on: Sunday 24 August 14 18:32 BST (UK)  »
Hello All,
I research all Vance, Vans, Vaus (and variants of the name) families - see where I have data on 23,500+ individuals. Now I've started on these Sussex Vaus references - does anyone have a fairly complete version they would give me to save me duplicating all your research (if I even can, you've all obviously got some depth to yours!)? I'd be most grateful.

One Name Studies: T to Z / Re: VAUS - London
« on: Sunday 24 August 14 17:06 BST (UK)  »
Thank you, he's new to me, I'll track him down!

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