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The Common Room / Re: Help me find the Collyers!
« on: Friday 22 October 21 01:17 BST (UK)  »
Just found a reference to Nancy, as Kelley, being left a “fortune” in 1949, by an old family friend.  The article states that she had separated from her husband and spent twenty years travelling with this older gentleman.  It is the same Nancy, as I could trace her sister mentioned back to the marriage report, and also that Nancy was a bridesmaid for that sister.

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The Common Room / Re: Help me find the Collyers!
« on: Friday 22 October 21 01:08 BST (UK)  »
There are a number of references to Ernest in the British Newspaper Archive, including a report on their wedding, a photo, and information on his will.  The wedding report states that her father was deceased.

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The Common Room / Re: Relatively recent searching
« on: Thursday 14 October 21 20:50 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for those points DianaCanada. I think we can now be certain that the newspaper item does not refer to John's wife Alice. It looks like all I can do is trawl the newspaper archives hopefully and/or consider wether these people are worth the cost of a speculative certificate or two. (even though it might still not be obvious if it is the right person.) I'll have to have a think.

You're welcome, Garden Genie!  I always think 20th century families will all fall together but I have several knotty problems I am working on too.

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The Common Room / Re: Relatively recent searching
« on: Thursday 14 October 21 14:27 BST (UK)  »
There is an Alice Davenport b. 25 May 1871 living at 101 Oakfield, Birmingham, widow, in 1939. Paid domestic work.  Very close in age to the one who died in 1945.

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The Common Room / Re: Relatively recent searching
« on: Thursday 14 October 21 14:08 BST (UK)  »
Rather odd, newspaper says 73, FreeBMD says 64, yet her date of birth on the 1911 census says 18 May, 1899.

My read on the FreeBMD is that her age was 72, which jives with the newspaper article saying she was in her 73rd year.
I found one other possible marriage for an Alice Williams to a Devonport:

Mar 1903 Birmingham

Edward Devonport
John Henry Lane
Lily Spencer
Alice Williams

I think I have found John Henry Lane and wife Lily on the 1939 in Birmingham, there are a number of Lane-Spencer children listed in FreeBMD, and two females with them match for age to be two of the children listed as Lane/Spencer.

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The Common Room / Re: Relatively recent searching
« on: Thursday 14 October 21 13:51 BST (UK)  »
Rather odd, newspaper says 73, FreeBMD says 64, yet her date of birth on the 1911 census says 18 May, 1899.

My read on the FreeBMD is that her age was 72, which jives with the newspaper article saying she was in her 73rd year.
I found one other possible marriage for an Alice Williams to a Devonport:

Mar 1903 Birmingham

Edward Devonport
John Henry Lane
Lily Spencer
Alice Williams

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The Common Room / Re: Francis Hardy Family from...somewhere...
« on: Wednesday 13 October 21 14:47 BST (UK)  »
Thought I might just mention DNA testing.  It might sort something out for you.

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The Common Room / Re: Francis Hardy Family from...somewhere...
« on: Wednesday 13 October 21 14:41 BST (UK)  »
I am not sure now what you are trying to prove.  It seems well documented that Francis Sr. Was from Templemore, including info. on his death record found on ANC.
Are you missing something in between?
Is it The Irish connection you are stuck on?  Have you tried Protestant records?  On his death record Francis is stated as Methodist.
Of course Irish records are not the easiest to find. 

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The Common Room / Re: Francis Hardy Family from...somewhere...
« on: Wednesday 13 October 21 13:33 BST (UK)  »
http://www.huntclub-ottawacanada.com/history/42-text.htm

Article above mentions Francis Hardy.

The area is quite familiar to me, as I travelled Hunt Club road for several years due to work.

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