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Kent / 16 Kempthorne Street, Gravesend in 1924
« on: Friday 23 December 16 10:29 GMT (UK)  »
A merchant seaman, Thomas Wells aged 62, arrived from Brisbane as a Distressed British Seaman in 1924 and his UK address given as the above, but I'm unable to find any more after his arrival. I'm thinking it may have been a seamen's refuge of some sort. I believe he had joined the navy in Swansea aged 16, but I have very little info on him apart from his birth origins in Portsea.

Does anyone know the history of 16 Kempthorne Street? It seems to be in a shopping centre nowadays, interestingly a Forces Charity Shop?  Is that coincidental or connected with it's history as some sort of refuge?

Any snippets gratefully received. Many thanks and Happy Christmas to you all.

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Occupation Interests / City Magistrates Officer - Edinburgh
« on: Tuesday 18 August 15 06:27 BST (UK)  »
One of my relatives is described on his marriage and death certificate as variously "City Officer" or "City Magistrates Officer".   He lived in Edinburgh from 1801-1865.
I cannot find this occupation on Scotlands People or my other usual online resources.  ??? Sounds like law enforcement of some kind? Can anyone enlighten me, please?  Thanks ??? :)

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The Common Room / Phil Taylor - Ice Skater
« on: Monday 17 March 14 13:00 GMT (UK)  »
I am hoping someone can help me to find out more about Phil Taylor's birth and family - parents, grandparents. Googling his name tells me he was born 1895 (but where??) and died 1959 in New York. From his marriage record to Jane Elizabeth Olwen Bicknell (born Liss, Hampshire) in 1917 his father was George Henry Taylor, a Butcher. Other than that I and an Australian descendant have drawn a blank on his family background.

His daughter (Olwen) Megan Taylor became a professional figure skater and is fairly well documented. It's her father that's the mystery ??? ???

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Lancashire / Trying to trace 19C adoption
« on: Sunday 27 October 13 13:05 GMT (UK)  »
My widowed Gt Grandmother married George William Frampton, widower, in Chorlton in 1909. I'm looking into George Frampton and first wife Mary E Adams' adoption of George F Woodcock (for a descendant unable to do her own research) who is living with them in South Manchester in 1901. George Woodcock's birth is recorded as c1893 Harrogate, Yorkshire. As he married under the surname Frampton in 1916 I am wondering whether the adoption was official and therefore theoretically traceable? George Frampton and Mary are fellow lodgers in the 1891 Leeds Census.

Not much to go on, I know. But if anyone has any ideas where more records might be found I'd love to be able to find out more and pass any info on to George Woodcock's descendant.  :-\ :)

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Midlothian / 13 Wardlaw Place, Edinburgh
« on: Tuesday 18 December 12 23:46 GMT (UK)  »
I'm really hoping someone can help me identify which area of Edinburgh Wardlaw Place was in in 1901 and 1911 as I'm trying to track down my relative Robert Douglas b.1872 in Newington, Edinburgh who was a Mason by trade. It could be him living at 13 Wardlaw Place in 1901 with wife Lizzie and children Catherine, George and Marjory but I cannot pin them down in 1911. There are pŤople with these names and about the right age in Edinburgh in 1911 but they all seem to be in different parts of the city, so I'm stumped.† :( :-\

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World War One / Long Long Trail/Great War Forum
« on: Tuesday 26 June 12 14:44 BST (UK)  »
Oh dear can anyone help me ??? ???† I've registered with the Great War Forum but am "not allowed" to reply to any post or make a new post.† Isn't registering the same as becoming a member?† Could some kind person explain what I'm doing wrong please!! :( :'(

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Sussex / Inquest Report Surrey 1955
« on: Monday 11 June 12 13:48 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know from where I might order a copy of an inquest report of a fatal road accident in 1955?  From his death cert we know that the gentleman in question died later in Redhill County Hospital, Surrey. At time of death his residence was Crawley, Sussex.

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Armed Forces / WWI Intelligence Corps
« on: Wednesday 23 May 12 11:18 BST (UK)  »
Hoping to fill in some gaps for this relative -

Bertrand James Stevenson b.1878 Edinburgh, died 1953 Beckenham Hospital, Kent (resided Upper Norwood, London for many years until death). From London Gazette Archives I know he became a P.O. Telegraphist in 1894 and in 1903 moved to the Engineer-in-Chief's office as a 3rd Class Clerk.

From a document found on Ancestry he worked in the Intelligence Corps and was sent to France in 1915, rank Captain. All I have found so far on his Army career is from the National Probate Calender which says he was a retired Army Major and at some point had been awarded the OBE.

I know he married Rose Adam in 1951 (probably his only marriage) and that his mother Annie Bryson Stevenson nee Hogg lived with him until she died in 1942.† No other info on his wife, no death/remarriage found at least in Bromley reg district.

Anyone have any ideas how I can find out more about his life, in particular his military career?† What sort of "missions" might he have been involved in during WWI?† ??? ???




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Peeblesshire / Eddleston Pre 1855 MIs Look Up Please
« on: Wednesday 16 May 12 17:41 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I have some Traquair relatives who lived in Eddleston.   Would some kind soul let me know if any of these couples or their children are there please and do their MIs include any additional family information?

John Traquair and Elizabeth Brackenridge/Brakenrij - known children James (m. Janet Dalgleish), John and Nancy.

James Traquair & Janet Dalgleish.  Known children Janet poss. d.1770  and Elizabeth who m. John Leadbutter.

Many thanks in anticipation :D Linda





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