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Derbyshire / The Last Will and Testament of William Etches
« on: Thursday 10 September 20 15:36 BST (UK)  »
I have been trying unsuccessfully to locate the will of William Etches which was supposedly made on 13th May 1839.

He had connections with Shipston-on-Stour, Northampton but ended up dying in Ashbourne, aged 79, on the 16th August 1839. He was described as a maltster.

Can anybody help me please?

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Family History Beginners Board / History of a House
« on: Thursday 03 September 20 14:29 BST (UK)  »
In the latter part of the 18th Century an ancestor of mine lived in a house just off Oxford Street The address was 19 Bryanston Street, Portman Square. I want to discover the history of the house and who lived there over the years. I suppose I should approcah HM Land Registry but if so I'm not sure what I should be askiing for. Can anyone help me please?

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The Common Room / John Etches - Princess Rose
« on: Thursday 30 July 20 20:34 BST (UK)  »
I'm researching members of the Etches family who were entrepreneurs in the 18th Century. They sent ships to the Northwest Coast of America to trade in sea otter furs. In a family document I came across the following: " John Etches lost an arm and a leg during a violent Pacific storm when the mast of the Princess Rose fell on him. So he decided to return to England aboard the Prince of Wales".
 I would like to find some corroborating evidence before accepting this as true but have no idea where to start to look. The Princess Rose was a small ship of 65 tons which sailed from Deptford on 23rd September 1786. It sailed around Tierra del Fuego in January 1787 and encountered some violent storms there. This may be where the accident occurred. It then sailed up to Vancouver Island to trade. John Etches was the supercargo and he sailed back to London in January 1789. I'd be very pleased if anybody could direct me to where I might find any proof that the accident had indeed occurred.

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London and Middlesex / Where the Bombs Fell - Earlsfield Road, Wandsworth
« on: Thursday 19 March 20 22:36 GMT (UK)  »
I'm writing my family history and know that my late Mother was lucky to escape death in 1944 when a German bomb landed at the spot where Inman Road joins Earlsfield Road in Wandsworth. I believe that this would have been in late June or July but can anyone tell me the exact date please ? My Mother always told me that the bomb was a "Doodle Bug" - the name given to V1 Flying Bombs, but the very useful document produced by Wandsworth B.C. some years ago describes it a High Explosive.

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Cumberland / Stag and Hounds, Howtown, Martindale
« on: Thursday 16 August 18 21:20 BST (UK)  »
In researching an ancestor of mine I have discovered that in the 1851 Census he is described as a victualler of the Stag and Hands at High How Town, Martindale, Westmorland. Looking at Howtown now online I see that there is the Howtown Hotel which looks old enough to have been around in 1851. However I cannot trace any information to show that it was formerly known as The Stag and Hounds. Can anyone help me please?

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World War One / George Plant
« on: Monday 19 February 18 13:21 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help me find more information about an ancestor of mine please? All I know so far is that he was born George Edward Plant in Wandsworth, South West London on the 9th February 1887. He fought in two regiments:
- as a Private in the Machine Gun Corps Reg. No. 9453
- as a L/Sgt in the East Surrey's Reg.No 26093
  I know that he fought in France with the East Surrey's but have no idea about what happened to him. His record shows that he was demoted at some stage for misconduct and according to his family he may have been drowned while abroad.

Any help would be very much appreciated.



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Warwickshire / Thomas Etches
« on: Wednesday 06 September 17 13:47 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to discover more about the death of one of my ancestors. His name was Thomas Etches and he was buried at St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham on the 6th November 1836. aged 35.  At the time he was living at Lady Well Walk, Birmingham and worked as a stonemason. I don't think that death certificates were issued until after 1836 but as he was a stonemason I'm wondering whether he belonged to a local guild or trade association and whether they would hold details. Can anyone help me please?

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London and Middlesex / Henry Seers
« on: Tuesday 15 August 17 12:15 BST (UK)  »
Hello, can anyone help me find the WW1 army service record of HENRY SEERS please? I have looked on Ancestry without success. I know that he served as a Private in the 23rd London Regiment. Henry was born on the 7th December 1895 in Chelsea, I believe, but later lived in Garratt Lane, Wandsworth. He was a baker's roundsman. He died in 1973 in Worthing. 

Many thanks

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London and Middlesex / May Nunn - Spanish Flu
« on: Monday 22 May 17 10:27 BST (UK)  »
I am researching the life of an ancestor, named May Nunn, who was born on the 1st May 1894 in Battersea. According to members of my family she was a victim of the Spanish Flu epidemic which, I believe, was prevalent in 1918. I've been unable to find a death certificate for her though and, considering the fact that she presumably died in the London area around 1918, I'm surprised that no record appears to exist. This has led me to wonder whether any special arrangements were in force to deal with Spanish Flu victims. For example, were they removed from major cities, and/or quarantined?
I'd be grateful if anyone can help me please. I think that her full name might have been Hilda May Nunn.

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