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The Common Room / Messenger to Board of Enquiry
« on: Monday 05 April 21 12:32 BST (UK)  »
Just had a massive breakthrough and found my ggggg grandfather who was married in 1805 in Dublin.  He is said to be a "Messenger to the Board of Enquiry".  This is the ONLY mention I have every found of him.

Any ideas where I might look next, please?  What was the Board of Enquiry?  Was it military? Might this explain why my ggggg grandmother ended up in Dublin from a small village in Rutland at the age of 18?

I'm v excited and v curious at the same time.

(Didnt know whether to put this in Occupations or Ireland, so it's here).

Thanks for any help.

The Common Room / Settlement Certificate and second wife
« on: Tuesday 25 August 20 17:05 BST (UK)  »
My gggg gf (Edward Plant) died in 1795 in Halesworth.  His widow (Sarah) then moves to Wisbech with her several surviving children.  I cannot find a birth for either Edward or Sarah.

I cannot find a settlement/removal for Sarah.  However, in 1769, there is a settlement cert for an Edward Plant, wife Eliz, 2 children and one on the way at Crowland which states that Edward's legal place of settlement is Wisbech.  Elizabeth died shortly after this.

So is it likely that Sarah has moved to Wisbech because that is her late husband's legal settlement place?  I know at least one of her children was apprenticed by the Overseers as a tailor.  Edward and Sarah had moved around quite a bit (poss IoW, Great Yarmouth and Halesworth), but he was a cooper so that could explain it.  If this settlement certificate is my Edward, I also think he may have left his second wife and married Sarah bigamously.

Furthermore, they lived in Halesworth for around 11 years (well 6 childen were baptised there) so wouldnt they have acquired that as their place of legal settlement?

Thank you for any suggestions.

Hampshire & IOW Lookup Requests / Whippingham PR - Plant m Turner 1781
« on: Monday 24 August 20 14:39 BST (UK)  »

I was wondering if anyone has access to the original PR or BTs for this parish, please.

Edward Plant m Sarah Turner there on 22/10/1781.  The original document is not available on any of the commercial sites - only a transcript and the names and date is all I have.

I was wondering if there was any further detail in the register such as occupation, single or widowed, witnesses etc, please.

This is potentially my gggg grandfather and mother.  I'm trying to break down a brick wall and was hoping  (most likely in vain) that additional information may help with this.

Thank you.

I know how helpful people are on this board, and I realise that this will probably not be allowed - Admin, if so please delete, but please dont ban me!!!!!

It is my grandparents' 68th wedding anniversary next week.  (Yes, I keep telling Nanna that she should have whacked him on the head 67 years ago and she'd have been out by now  :P).  I just (ie within the last hour) came up with an idea of putting their wedding pic on a card for all the guests at the party to sign.  The party where I am doing the speech, which I havent written yet (work is being a bit of a ****** atm) but the speech will be in the guise of a poem which I shall print on the inside of the card.

I have two pictures of their wedding - both of which have an odd line at a diagonal through them.  Is there anyone on here would would be prepared to try and clean them up for me please?  I do not feel I can publish the pictures since they and their bridesmaids are still very much  alive.

I cant afford to pay anyone (the engine on the car just went fizz bang).  YOu would earn my unerring thanks and make a couple in their 90s quite happy.  Cheeky I know.  But I had to ask.  This is probably our last anniversary since my grandad has become quite weak in the last couple of months.   :(

If anyone feels able to help, please say.  Thank you very much for anyone who even considers helping.

The Common Room / Damages for Personal Injury in 1850s
« on: Saturday 11 June 16 12:21 BST (UK)  »
No.  This isnt one of those "Have you been hurt in an accident" adverts!!  (I was tempted to entitulate this post thus, but thought I might get banned!).

In the late 1850s an ancestor of mine was working in the GNR Loco works in Peterborough as a labourer.  A very short newspaper report tells me his left arm was trapped in some belting and he was hoisted up to the ceiling.  He was released and taken to the surgeon but alas they were unable to save his arm and it was amputated.  (Ouch ouch ouch, I'll bet he wasnt very well anaesthetised either).

This must have been devastating for a young man with a wife and children.  However I have found in his obituary an interesting comment namely "The amount of the levy at the time meant he was able to invest in property".  Any ideas what this means?  Did employers pay compensation then?  Was there a fund for such injury?

It must have been a reasonable amount since by the time he died 50 years later he was the largest private ratepayer in the entire city.

Ireland / Thomas Goodall
« on: Friday 06 May 16 12:45 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to find out a bit more about Thomas Goodall.

He was born approx 1792 in Wexford - father Charles.  I cannot find a marriage for him but certainly in 1816 he and his wife, Mary (formerly Bishop, m/s Darrippe) have a daughter in Carlow.  By the early 1820s he has moved to Wisbech with his wife, daughter and her four children from her previous marriage.  I have got a pretty good idea of his life after he moved here the bit I am struggling with is his birth and his marriage.

I would happily pay a subscription to join a paid site for Irish ancestry (I already have FindMyPast and Anc**try) but I dont know which one would be best. 

Any suggestions, please? 

The Lighter Side / The Family Treasure Chest is opened!!!!!
« on: Sunday 01 May 16 14:48 BST (UK)  »
A couple of years ago whilst looking for some papers (his birth certificate), my elderly grandfather decreed they thought they were in a locked tin box.  After the best part of a day spent with a hacksaw trying to get the lock off, the box was at last opened to reveal its "treasures". 

Inside was:

a gold "railway" 15 jewelled pocket watch dated 1908 from America with the inscription "AS" (of no family significance whatsoever).
a white metal pocket watch from America
a gold ladies wristwatch dated 1910 from America
a George III silver coin, well rubbed with a hole drilled in it (presumably to be worn as a pendant)
a gold sovereign dated 1913.

No one has any idea from whence these articles came.  Indeed, they have been in a locked box for probably the best part of 50 years. We are fairly certain none of his family ever visited America and none of the items have ever been mentioned.  However, they clearly came from his family and they were clearly treasured enough to be put in a locked box (although the key is long gone).

Thus I have a number of theories:-

the proceeds of a robbery committed by Grandad's less than honest uncle (although his normal MO was other people's pigs and chickens - I dont recall he was ever nicked for housebreaking).
payment made for services rendered (to his grandfather for board and lodging when he ran a pub NOT those sort of services you dirty minded people  ;))
Given to Great Grannie by Grandad's putative father (no he doesn't know either)

All in all its a bit of a mystery.  So what family heirlooms do you have that are provoking some thought as to their origin?!

The Common Room / Catherine Bishop/Robbins - help needed, please.
« on: Sunday 01 May 16 14:25 BST (UK)  »
This woman is one of my brick walls.

She was born Catherine Bishop in 1811 (or thereabouts) to Joseph Bishop and his wife, Mary in Ireland (possibly Carlow).  In 1828 she marries Marshall George Robbins in Wisbech (he was for sometime in partnership with her stepfather, Thomas Goodall, and brother, Joseph Bishop).

5 children are born to Marshall and Catherine.  Marshal G (1830); Amelia (1830ish); Joseph (1832); Catherine (1834) and Mary Ann (1836).  Catherine is not present in the family home on the 1841 Census and I cant find her on it at all but I think she must still be alive because I think she died in 1855 in Wisbech.  By 1851 it looks like the eldest son has joined the Merchant navy and three of the children (Joseph, Catherine and Mary Ann) are in the Workhouse.  I imagine there was some disharmony in the family because the partnership between Marshall and his stepfather in law was dissolved in 1836.

In 1851, when her aunt dies, she leaves Catherine the sum of 2 shillings a month until the sum of 12 has been paid.  The Aunt also leaves each of the children the sum of 19.  She is very descriptive stating that she leaves to "the children of Mrs Robbins whom she had by her husband Marshall George Robbins......" and then names them.  That is quite prescriptive and makes me wonder if there were other children by another man.

I am at a loss to know how these poor children ended up in the workhouse - particularly when their Uncle and Step Grandad were relatively successful in business and their maiden great aunts were very wealthy indeed.  I do hope that they received their 19 and it helped them to improve their sorry situation.  Where was their mother in 1841 and 1851?  Any suggestions, please?

Realistically, I guess I shall never know but it is one of those niggling things that has piqued my interest!

If there is anyone with some sharp eyes out there and some time on their hands, I'd be grateful for an extra pair of eyes, please.

Looking for James Miller Thurlby, born 1868 in Uffington, Lincolnshire, son of John Thurlby and Frances Bemrose.  I've got him in 71, 81, 91 and 1911.  I think it possible (but not sure) that in May 1900 he was in Argentina I cannot find when he went out there or came back (he was def back by 1904 because he got married here).

Can anyone else help, please? 

Sorry, Mods if this is the wrong place - its kind of one foot in the CRs and one foot in travel!!!

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