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Wiltshire / Help finding out info on Charles Hawkins (c. 1795 - 1873)
« on: Thursday 14 May 20 23:38 BST (UK)  »
Hi Everyone,

I am trying to get some info on my great x4 grandad, Charles Hawkins.

Charles was born approx. 1795 in Wiltshire and married Jemima Maclin or Macklen on 19 Jul 1818. I have Charles on the 41-71 census but can't find any baptism, so can see no way that I can go any further back on this line. The census records that he was born in Manningford Bohum/or Manningford Bruce. Charles died in 1873, RD Pewsey, Wiltshire.

There are lots of public trees on Ancestry showing a mother and father but none have any records or evidence that I can see to back up this info.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated as always :) thank you in advance.


Wiltshire / Help looking for my Challis family beyond 1763
« on: Sunday 03 May 20 14:48 BST (UK)  »
Afternoon all,

With the help of various resources (and people on RC :)) I have managed to trace back to my Great Grandfather x5. I don't have his baptism record but have the of my Great Grandfather x4, Thomas Challis - baptised on Nov 8th 1795 in Aldbourne, Wiltshire - father Thomas Challis, Mother Ann.

According to Familysearch, Thomas Snr was born in 1763 and his wife Ann in 1767. They apparently married on 28th July 1788 but I can't find any records for either birth or marriage. Can anyone suggest how I can find out more about my great,great,great,great,great grandparents? Should these details be in Parish records?

Thank you in advance and sorry if this is a stupid question :)


I am trying to find out more info on my great great grandmother, Emma or Emily Jane Harriet Williams.

Emma/Emily was 99 when she died and I have her death certificate. She died 1957 in Willesden, Middlesex. I also have Emma/Emily on the 91,01 and 11 census. She is recorded as Emily Williams on each and on the 11 census shows as being married to my great great grandad Thomas Williams for 30 years. Needless to say, I can't find any sort of marriage certificate for them. Emma/Emily was showing as being born in Reading, Berkshire on each census return.

A long story short, my great great grandad Thomas was actually Thomas Challis, not Williams. Thomas was originally married to Mary Lambden (died 1890) but then shows on the 91,01 and 11 census as Williams. From this, I have assumed that they used Emily's surname but I have no idea or evidence to why they did this.

Based on all the above, all I know is that Emma/Emily was born approx 25 Nov 1857 (from 1939 register) and was from Reading.

Can anyone suggest how I can try to find out more on Emma/Emily? Many thanks in advance :)

Armed Forces / Thomas Williams - Royal West Kent Regiment - 1910:
« on: Wednesday 06 July 16 13:14 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,

I have recently discovered that my great great uncle was part of the Royal West Kent Regiment and sadly died in 1910. I have tried searching both Ancestry and FindMyPast for any sort of records but can't find anything.

His death details below (I have ordered a copy of his death certificate):
Thomas Williams
Birth Place   Fulham
Death Date   19 Jan 1910
Death Place   QA Mily Hospl Millbank London
Rank   Private
Regiment   Rl West Kent Regiment
Regimental Number   6386

Can anyone offer any advise to whether any of his service records etc. would be available anywhere?



London and Middlesex / Help finding Thomas Challis (Williams) - After 1901:
« on: Sunday 03 July 16 19:12 BST (UK)  »
Evening All,

I am trying to locate my great great uncle Thomas Challis (otherwise known as Williams).

Thomas was born on 10 Oct 1884 in Fulham, London. A family name change (long story) means he is on the 1891 Census, Thomas Williams - 6 - Stanwell, Middlesex and 1901 Census - Thomas Williams - 16 - Carter on farm - Orpington, Kent.

Hes brothers service record states that Thomas was also in the army, within the 2nd Battalion West Kent Regiment. i can't find any army records or locate Thomas on the 11 census. Searching generically for a Thomas Williams is impossible, as you can imagine.

Any help or advise would be much appreciated :)



Armed Forces / What is this soldier number?
« on: Tuesday 21 June 16 13:44 BST (UK)  »
Afternoon All,

I have the army service record for my great uncle Henry George Williams (8804). Within the very badly damaged record, I can see that his brother Thomas Williams is listed. Can anyone help with the number and address? I think the number looks like 6386 but I can't find anything when searching for this.



Afternoon all,

This may take a while to explain, so please bear with me...

My great great grandad was Thomas Challis. Thomas was married to Mary Lambden (20 May 1877 in Berkshire) both were from Berkshire and they had five children. Mary Challis (born 26 Sep 1877 in Berkshire), my great grandad William Challis (born 19 Dec 1879 in Berkshire), Ellen Challis (born 11 Apr 1882 in Fulham), Thomas Challis (born 10 Oct 1884 in Fulham), Henry George Challis (born approx 1885, can't find a birth) and John Challis (born approx 1887 in Fulham). Mary Challis (nee Lambden) died on 14 Apr 1890 in Fulham.

On the 1891 census, Thomas and the kids are in Stanwell, Middlesex. Thomas appears to have a new woman in his life, Emily. One thing. Rather than using the surname Challis, they are down as Williams. Thomas, Emily and the kids are on the 1901 census in Orpington, Kent and Thomas and Emily are on the 11 census back in London, West Kilburn. From the 91 census onwards, the family have adopted the Williams name. Even my great grandad is with his family on the 11 census with wife and kids using the Williams name.

Thomas Challis  (Williams died on 26 Feb 1935 in Willesden, Middlesex). The informant on the death certificate is E Williams. On the 1939 register, John Williams (who was Thomas's grandson) is with a Emma J Williams. Her DOB was showing as 25 Nov 1857. I then have Henry George William's wife (Thomas and Mary's son) and her new husband on the 1946 electoral register. They are with Elizabeth Williams (Henry George's daughter), John Williams (Thomas's grandson) and Emma J H Williams.

I now have the death record for Emma J H Williams and it shows occupation, widower of Thomas Challis and the informant, H.G.Williams, son. This would imply that Emily Williams is actually Emma Williams. If so, why would she show as Emily on all the census records, and then suddenly start using Emma? I am confused. Can anyone offer any advise on where to go next?



Hey everyone,

I am trying to find some more info on my great great uncle and his children.

Henry George Williams was married to Kathleen Fielding and they had three children (Kathleen and Henry separated and Kathleen re-married a Mr Ryan).

Kathleen Williams - born 1923
Henry George Williams - born 1925
Elizabeth Williams - born 1927

I have the birth certs for all three of the kids. I know that Elizabeth died in 1950 aged just 23 (TB). However, I am trying to find more info on Kathleen. I have looked for a marriage but there are too many Kathleen Williams marrying in London 1947 +- 10years to be sure. Can anyone suggest what my next move should be?



Ireland / Irish research - where do I start? Patrick Leahy
« on: Tuesday 31 May 16 13:56 BST (UK)  »
Afternoon All,

I think that it's time I started on the Irish side of my family but don't really know where to start  ???

My grandad, Patrick Leahy, moved to England in approx 1945. I have found his birth record on familysearch and know that he was born in Loughrea, Ireland in 1930. His mothers maiden name was Rooney. This is all I know about him or his family in Ireland. My grandad passed away a few years ago.

Can anyone suggest where I would start? I am guessing maybe ordering a copy of his birth certificate? Does this work the same way as ordering a cert in E&W? I know that Leahy is a very common surname in Ireland so I'm fearing the worst.

Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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