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The Common Room / Marriage by Publication
« on: Wednesday 26 June 19 20:13 BST (UK)  »
My 5 x Great Grandparents were married in 1740.  The parish register states 'Marriage by Publication'.  I'm not sure exactly what that means.


The Common Room / Free access to FOLD3 until Tuesday
« on: Friday 24 May 19 09:02 BST (UK)  »
Not sure if this has already been highlighted but there is free access to FOLD3 until Tuesday


Northumberland / Robert Cowell married Jane - but who was Jane?
« on: Friday 01 March 19 13:17 GMT (UK)  »
I was wondering if anyone could help me to find out more about the parents of my 3 x great grandfather, Robert Cowell.
Robert and his two siblings were all baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth.  The parents of all 3 are named as Robert and Jane (from Freereg)
George COUL (bap 26 September 1814)
Robert COWELL (bap 10 November 1816) - my 3 x great grandfather
Alice COWELL  (bap 26 September 1819)

I have checked for a marriage between Robert Cowell and Jane
The only one I can find is at Mitford, St Mary Magdalene (Freereg) Ė Robert COWL and Jane WATSON on 14 June 1814
I looked for a baptism of Jane WATSON and found her baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Mitford on 31 March 1793; father Joseph Watson, mother Isabell.

I thought everything was fitting into place and added these events to my tree ....Unfortunately, I then discovered that Jane, daughter of Joseph Watson and Isabell had been buried at Mitford on 20 February 1797.
Now Iím wondering who was the Jane that was the mother of my 3 x great grandfather, Robert?
Can anyone help? 

The Common Room / New Series - A House through Time
« on: Saturday 30 December 17 16:27 GMT (UK)  »
Not sure if this has been highlighted, but I see there is a new series starting on Thursday 4 January at 9.00pm on BBC2 called A House through Time, following the history of a house and its occupants


Lancashire / William Gray Hacking - what happened to his parents?
« on: Saturday 15 July 17 14:54 BST (UK)  »
My G G Grandfather,  William Gray Hacking (also known as William Hacking Gray) was born in October 1835 in Accrington to Alice Hacking.
Alice Hacking and John Gray married on 14 November 1836 at St James, Accrington
Ellen Gray was born in January 1838 (mmn Hacking on GRO search)
So far, so good!
On 1841 census, William Hacking aged 5 is living in Union Street, Accrington in what looks like a lodging house.   HO107; Piece: 506; Book: 6;
In 1851, heís still in a lodging house run by the same woman but a different address  HO107; Piece: 2250; Folio: 542; Page: 5
I would like to know why would such a young boy be in a lodging house without his family?
I canít find the rest of the family on any census, so what happened to them?

I have plenty of information about William Hacking Gray's life but not his parents.

Thanks for helping

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Where is this scene by LS Lowry
« on: Friday 31 March 17 15:37 BST (UK)  »
I have this print by LS Lowry.  It is entitled 'A Country Road'  When I googled it for more information, it just says 'a road near Lytham'.  Can anyone give me a more precise location.  I'd love to go and have a look what the road looks like now.  The picture was painted in 1952

Many thanks  Chris

Lancashire / The mystery of James Rigby
« on: Saturday 24 September 16 16:44 BST (UK)  »
I am helping a friend to try and find out more details about her late fatherís early days
We have his birth certificate.  He was born on 23 July 1918 with the name James RIGBY
His mother is given as Winifred RIGBY, no occupation, of 16 Albert Road, Blackpool.
No father is named.
James was born at 30 Laurel Road, Registration District, West Derby, Liverpool.
He remembers being brought up by a Mrs LAWLESS in Liverpool until he was about seven.  He thought that she was his mother and that LAWLESS was his real name.  At aged seven she went to live in the poor house, and thereafter James (Jimmy) was "fostered" by a Mr and Mrs Power, before joining the army in 1939.  After the war Jimmy returned to Liverpool.
In 1951 in Coventry, he married Catherine Johnson (maiden name Cullen), and changed his name to James JOHNSON.  Catherine had two children who were born in Coventry before they married who assume they are Jimmyís children.  After their marriage, 3 more children were born in Stoke on Trent

I would like to find out more about Winifred RIGBY and Mrs LAWLESS or if anyone can give me an idea of how I can proceed, I would be really grateful


If anyone uses Facebook, there is a new Community page called Pitts, Potts and Oatcakes.  It shows some great old pictures of the Potteries and the Stoke on Trent area.


Lancashire / Windy Knowe Military Hospital, Blundellsands, Great Crosby
« on: Monday 17 November 14 15:39 GMT (UK)  »
Harry Light of the South Wales Borderers died of Lobar Pneumonia and Toxaemia on 20 February 1917 in Windy Knowe Military Hospital.
Has anyone got any information on the whereabouts of this hospital or even better a picture?


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