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London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: 1795 Marriage Gunnis and Harding
« on: Saturday 30 January 16 08:09 GMT (UK)  »

Thank You Karenlee

How interesting.  I imagine the apprentices were quite young so that might place his birth somewhere
around 1755. 
Still looking for their births, deaths. 
Very hard in 18C with no census to verify families and fewer indexes online.

London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: 1795 Marriage Gunnis and Harding
« on: Wednesday 27 January 16 22:43 GMT (UK)  »


Not sure if this is relevant or not..  but....

On checking the Marriage between Arthur and Finetta, I see his surname as HEARDING and note that he is a widow. 

There is a Baptism for a Mary Reyner HEARDING in Bermondsey Surrey in 1783 to parents Arthur and Sarah. Father's occupation was Mariner.

I then found a marriage between and Arthur HEARDING and a Sarah REYNER in Liverpool Lancashire 9th Feb 1781, groom's occupation Mariner.


Thanks Karenlee

Well that accounts for Arthur seeming a rather old groom  ;D
because I could not find an index for a younger Arthur.

Finetta Gunnis remains a mystery.  In fact all the Finettas (Fanetta, Fenetta, even Ferretta ::))
going back to the 1700's are very hard to find.  I suspect one reason is that her name has nearly always been spelt incorrectly.  Now if only we knew the origin of the name..


London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / 1795 Marriage Gunnis and Harding
« on: Wednesday 27 January 16 15:49 GMT (UK)  »
Looking for birth/baptism information for Finetta Gunnis
and Arthur Harding (Stearding)
They were married in 1795 in London?
Any information much appreciated.

Hello Cat an Phil,

Thanks for your latest information.   I will have a look at the threads you have posted.   I'm sure to find more pieces of the puzzle.

Happy searching,


Somerset Completed Lookup Requests / Re: HARDING brickwall - breakthough appreciated
« on: Wednesday 02 September 09 21:42 BST (UK)  »
Hi Phil

Thanks so much for your reply.  I feel like an intruder onto your search for Henry!!!!  :-[ 
 I never meant that to happen. 

However, I am grateful because I have made a hole into my Henrys rather strong brickwall.

I haven't been able to go back with any degree of certainty prior to 1830.
However I don't have any site subscriptions and don't live in the UK so I am relying on Rootschatters, and FreeBMD etc..

Rootschatters have helped more than any other search I could do.  THANKS :)

Thanks for your help again.  P.S.  I hope your search continues with good results.


Somerset Completed Lookup Requests / Re: HARDING brickwall - breakthough appreciated
« on: Tuesday 01 September 09 21:53 BST (UK)  »
Hi Cat One,

Thanks for your interesting reply.   Rootschatters really are the greatest.    The g.....grandfather Henry that I am not finding is the one who had to be born before 1818-1820  (I think)   because his daughter Fenetta is listed in several places as being born in 1830.

The Henry you have found in Wales was born approx 1924?

I think this may be your Henry in 1861?

Henry Harding 37 Cordwainer South Molton South Devon
Mira 42 Dressmaker Blakeney Gloucestershire
Emma 14 Scholar Myrther South Wales
Fanette 7 Swansea South Wales
Elizabeth 5 Coleford, Gloucestershire
Mariah Helen 3 Coleford Gloucestershire

Newland Whitecliff, Coleford and Newland, Gloucestershire
RG9/3980 Folio 21 Page 36

I also saw him in Charles, Devon, in the 1841 census, a servant in the household of a farmer

Cat :)

Would it be possible that the above Henry is the son of the first Henry and therefore a brother  of the first

Finetta Hardin was an 11yr old servant in South Molton in the 1841 Census.  So no parents found in 1841

Is there an age for Henry in Charles, Devon in the 1841 census?  Maybe they were very poor or orphans?

There seems to be a definite link between the families, due to similar names etc.

I have an index for Fennetta Ann Hearding, b. Dec 1853, Swansea Vol 11A Pg. 388.  Shes the girl above that you found.

I kept that finding because she is surely connected to my g.....gran Fenetta.

They moved around a bit!!!!

Where did they end up??

In your second reply you mention In 1871 family at RG10/5531 etc...    Where do I access that??

In 1891 Pontypool, WALES Census Henry Hearding age 67 ,born S. Molton, Widow, shoemaker.

Thanks a million for all your work,  its given me hope of finding HENRY   ::)

Fenetta    :)

Hello Phil,

I too have reached a Henry Harding (Hearding) brickwall.  Hope you don't mind if I try to explain??

Fenetta Hearding b. 1830 South Molton (ggggrandmother) married Richard Mardles in Exeter in 1851.

Her father is listed on marraige cert as Henry Hearding, cordwainer.  I cannot find him or Fenetta's mother or siblings if any ::)  There is a Henry Hearding b. 1834 South Molton, shoemaker in Wales Census in 1891.
Maybe he is Fenetta's brother?

Fenetta is the name that runs through the generations, many female decendants were given that name.

But here are some of the possible spellings, Finetta Harding buried 1706 Wiltshire
                                                                       Frances Finetta Harding buried 1743 Wiltshire

I don't know if those Finettas are related to MY Fenetta but it seems possible

Many spellings of Harding also, Hearding, Hardin....

Look at these interesting men found in the 1841 Census living in Cadbury, Devon:
   8) John Herding b. Devon 1826
       Thomas Herrding b. 1827

Yes thats the way the names are spelt on the Census ???

Maybe you might come across my Henry in your search.  I will keep your Hardings in mind as I search also.

One thing for sure, they are not very easily found :(

Maybe they are connected???

Where is Somerset in relation to Devon?

Kind Regards


Cork / Re: Deasy Family Desertserges/ CountyCork/West Ham London
« on: Sunday 30 August 09 17:33 BST (UK)  »
Hello Denise,

That townland has a strange spelling.   Try to google Cork townlands and see what happens

Great news that I want the world to know,  the 1911 Census for all of Ireland has just become available online and FREE.   You will see townlands listed for CORK :)

National Archives of Ireland
Happy hunting,


Cavan / Re: Peter McGivney, Drumhirk, Cavan
« on: Sunday 30 August 09 11:50 BST (UK)  »
Dear Jane,

So glad you have found census.

Yes, Denn still exists.

Have you thought of putting a small advertisment in The Anglo Celt, Cavan's weekly newspaper?
Most Cavan people buy this paper.

That may be a good way to contact living relatives

Telephone directory might be a good place to look also.


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