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Derbyshire / Ann(e) Bradbury
« on: Saturday 25 November 23 11:25 GMT (UK)  »
Ann(e) Bradbury was probably born in Leek in Staffordshire in 1756, though there are trees on Ancestry with different opinions. From the little evidence I have seen, I would favour Leek in 1756.

What is known for sure is that she married Robert Gettliffe on 13 May 1777 at St Oswald in Ashbourne. At their marriage, he is resident in Ashbourne and she in Leek.

Robert was a tailor. They had at  least 8 children together, several of whom went on to become tailors.

Robert died on 30 Sep 1820 at Ashboune.

We know that he was survived by Ann, as she placed an advert in the Derby Mercury on 4 Oct 1870 stating that despite the death of her husband that all their businesses would carry on as usual.

There was another advert, several years later on 15 Feb 1832, also in the Derby Mercury, offering for sale a number of premises belonging to the family, including some in the possession of Ann Gettliffe. So assuming that this is the same Ann - it was a common name in the family - she was still alive in 1832, which is not impossible as she would have been 76 years of age.

Anyway, the point of this post is that I can't find a death or burial for Ann, which is surprising as the family were clearly quite prominent and reasonably wealthy. The births, marriages and deaths of other family members feature in the local press, but I can't find any mention of Ann, who was clearly an important figure in the family and its businesses.

Any help in locating her death would be greatly appreciated.

Staffordshire / Looking for two burials
« on: Thursday 23 November 23 18:19 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to locate two burials, one for Annie TOPLIS(S), née LANE, and one for her husband Francis TOPLIS.

Annie died on 06 Nov 1903 at Danbury, Burton upon Trent.

Francis died on 13 April 1926 at Draycott in the Clay.

Any help or insight would be welcome.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / John Daniels
« on: Tuesday 18 April 23 13:30 BST (UK)  »
can anyone help transcribe this will?

If so I would be very grateful.

London and Middlesex / Missing daughter
« on: Monday 17 April 23 17:29 BST (UK)  »
Alice DANIELS - an actress aged 30 - appeared according to numerous newspaper reports in North London Police Court on 28 Oct 1899, charged with attempted suicide.

She had been cohabiting with a "man of foreign appearance", with whom she had evidently quarrelled,  giving rise to her suicide attempt. At the first hearing - date not clear from reports - the defendant's daughter was left in the charge of the man she had been living with. The daughter is described as being approximately 18 months. At the subsequent hearing, the man asked to be relieved of caring duties, asking for the defendant to be released on bail so as to be able to care for the child. This was refused and the court ordered the child to be taken to the workhouse. Presumably the Islington workhouse. The refusal was based on the fact that the defendant had been up before Guildhall court the previous month for an earlier attempt at suicide.

Eventually - at a third hearing? - the court released both the defendant and her child, on the condition that they moved into a safe environment, a "nursing" home for the acting profession, championed by a Mr Holmes, who seems to have been a proto social worker attached to the court.

I have discovered that Alice was admitted to Islington Workhouse on 11 Oct 1899 and discharged on 13 Oct 1899. This seems to pre-date the second suicide attempt, though I must admit I am finding it difficult to keep track of the dates. I cannot, however, find an admission date for her daughter.

Indeed, her daughter remains a total mystery, even her name remaining unknown. According to reports she was 18 months to 2 years of age.

I would very much like to discover what happened to Alice and her daughter in the immediate aftermath of the court hearing. Where and what was this nursing home for the acting profession? When and where was the daughter born? And what was her name?

Alice - though I am not certain that it is her - next pops up according to the 1901 census as a boarder at the home of Hattie Taylor in Retcar Street, St Pancras. If it is her, she has no daughter.

There are numerous newspaper reports on FindMyPast relating to the case. And of course Workhouse records are to be found on Ancestry. I am, however, having great difficulties in weaving a coherent story from the various threads and sources. I find the workhouse records particularly problematic. So any help would be gratefully received.


Armed Forces / John BIRD
« on: Thursday 13 April 23 12:58 BST (UK)  »
On 14 Nov 1802, John BIRD married Anne HEAD in Edmonton, Middlesex. According to the baptism of their daughter Mary Ann in 1814, John was a soldier.

In 1817, Anne gave birth to another daughter named Eliza, though the father according to the baptism record was not John BIRD but rather a John ROBERTS.

In 1824, Anne married John ROBERTS in Edmonton. According to the marriage record she was a widow and he a widower.

So what happened to John BIRD? It would appear that Anne was co-habiting with John ROBERTS from 1817 onwards, though she didn't marry him until 1824. I am guessing that John BIRD must have died sometime between 1814 and 1824. I am further speculating that he was still alive in 1817, as Anne did not marry John ROBERTS until 1824.

I know that the Napoleonic Wars were raging around this period. The only mention I can find of John BIRD in military records is on Ancestry recording his presence as a member of the 20th Foot at the battle of Vitoria in 1813. I am not sure whether this is the correct John BIRD.

Is there anybody out there with the necessary research skills to find out some more about John BIRD, who would have been my 4x GGF. All I really know about him is that he married Anne in 1802. Apart from Mary Ann born in 1814, there are two other likely children: John, b 1807 and William, b1812. All three were baptised at All Saints in Edmonton, where John and Anne had been married. Given the dates there were possibly other children, though the gaps could be explained by military service.

Any help would be gratefully received, especially from some of you military experts.

Suffolk / James SMYTH
« on: Tuesday 17 January 23 16:27 GMT (UK)  »
James SMYTH - if the census is to be believed - was born in Orford in 1812.

He married Susannah GILBERT in 1843 in Lambeth. According to the marriage certificate, he was an iron founder. His father was named as Henry SMYTH, a wheel-wright.

He died in 1865 in Greenwich, described as an iron moulder.

I can find no record of his birth, by which I mean his baptism. Nor can I find him prior to his marriage, in the 1841 census.

I have tried looking for his father in 1841, also without success..

Any help appreciated.

Armed Forces / Unit?
« on: Sunday 14 August 22 11:19 BST (UK)  »
Does anybody have any idea on the unit?

Not even sure which war. Could be WW1, but then again.

Thanks for any help.

London and Middlesex / Anna Mary WALTERS
« on: Thursday 04 August 22 14:59 BST (UK)  »
The above woman turns up in the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses in the Islington area. In all four, she is described as single and a dress-maker. The references are: RG11 246 14 22, RG12 141 7 11, RG13 159 27 45 and RG14 800. All four censuses are clear that she was born in St Albans in 1843. She died in Islington in July 1917 and was buried at St Pancras Cemetery.

I can't find any record of her birth or baptism, perhaps because she is almost certainly Catholic. Nor can I find her in the 1851, 1861 or 1871 censuses.

I am particularly interested in her, as she had a close relationship to the Connelly family. In 1866, she was the informant on the death certificate of James CONNELLY. He died at Red Cap Cottages, whilst her address was Whittington Place, the same address as the 1881 census. So why isn't she there in 1871?

She also took in Hannah Connelly, the daughter of the above James, following his death. According to newspaper reports on FindMyPast, she was Hannah's "aunt".

She was also a witness at the marriage of another daughter, Jane Connelly, in 1884, at St Saviour de Sales in Tottenham.

Finally, she was a witness at the re-marriage of James Connelly's wife, Mary Ann Connelly (née Boyd) to John King in 1872 at the Sacred Heart in Islington.

I am really trying to research the Connelly family, but I am being hindered by not understanding the relationship of Anna Mary Walters to the family.

The Common Room / Catholic burials
« on: Thursday 04 August 22 13:46 BST (UK)  »

I am trying to locate a number of Catholic burials in the Islington and Tottenham areas, varying in date from 1850 to 1920.

General searches on Ancestry and/or FindMyPast are not finding them. Can anyone suggest more specific indexes to search?

I also have some baptisms to find. So once again can anyone suggest some good places to begin a search?

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