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Surrey / Who did Francis TWEEN marry? - 1928 Southwark
« on: Monday 05 July 21 22:44 BST (UK)  »
FreeBMD has the following entries for Jun qtr 1928, Southwark:
    GAUNTLETT-MUNN    Juila A    HEARN    Southwark    1d   102
    Hearn    Harry    Gauntlett Munn    Southwark    1d   102
    Munn    Julia A G    Hearn    Southwark    1d   102
    Tween    Francis W    Alard    Southwark    1d   102

The first three entries obviously refer to one marriage, but the fourth entry stands alone.  I have tried a fuzzy search for a marriage for ALARD but come up blank.  I have tried searching blank with spouse TWEEN and come up blank.

So who was Ms ALARD?  Can anyone throw any light on her?

There is also a marriage of a Francis W TWEEN in Romford in 1930 to Julie HART, but as my Francis' wife was known as "Did" I need to confirm which marriage was his.

(For info, my Francis William TWEEN was born Jun qtr 1905 Mile End, parents Frederick TWEEN and Esther nee BRYERS.  There was also a Francis William TWEEN born Sep qtr 1896 in Mile End mmn HART).


Armed Forces / Which UK medals were engraved?
« on: Monday 21 June 21 13:52 BST (UK)  »
I am sure I must be missing something obvious, but I can't find a helpful website to learn which UK medals were engraved with the serviceperson's details when issued.  Can anyone help?

My current belief is:
Awards and decorations - don't know.
General Service medals - don't know.
Pre Great War campaign medals - I think engraved, but not sure if all were.
Great War campaign medals - engraved.
WW2 campaign medals - not engraved.
Post WW2 medals - don't know.

Apart from adding to my general knowledge, I would like to know if my late father's medals (Korea pair and General Service with Cyprus clasp) would have been engraved; if not then I will never find them.


Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / MyHeritage puzzling DNA results
« on: Wednesday 19 May 21 18:22 BST (UK)  »
MyHeritage gave my DNA results as:
North & West European 52.0%
English 41.4%
Scandinavian 4.8%
Finnish 1.8%

I am having trouble reconciling this with two of my ancestral lines going back to Ireland.  Of course I understand that some of my ancestors were English (C-of-I or nonconformist) settlers, but I cannot account for two 3xgreat-grandmothers from entirely different lines.

(1)   I have proved my descent by original BMD and baptism records from Ellen CALANAN who married George CRISPIN in 1812 in Clonakilty, County Cork (Catholic Church).

(2)   I believe (but have not yet conclusively proved) that Catherine GERAGHTY was the mother of Eliza Aldwell SANDYS (born c1841, father Basil SANDYS).  This family supported the Catholic Church.

So, given that CALANAN and GERAGHTY are solid Irish names, why do I not have Irish DNA?

Can anyone offer any suggestions?


The Common Room / "Known Unto God" and DNA identification
« on: Thursday 01 April 21 20:52 BST (UK)  »
This post could go into either DNA or Armed Forces - so I post it in The Common Room.  :-\

I am wondering what it would cost (assuming CWGC would give permission!) to mount a project to exhume the graves of unnamed servicemen from the Great War and extract DNA.  I think it is now CWGC practice to extract DNA from newly discovered remains, but I don't know how many graves exist where the names are unknown.  It occurs to me that, with the continuing increase in the numbers of DNA results on family history websites, it should be possible to identify a significant percentage.

(NOTE - I think the "Unknown Soldier" is a national symbol and should remain unnamed).

What are your thoughts?  Perhaps a petition or fundraising?  Or should the unnamed dead be left undisturbed?

Surrey Lookup Requests / Where did Eliza Jane BOWBRICK end up?
« on: Monday 08 March 21 16:52 GMT (UK)  »
I have a problem finding what happened to Eliza Jane BOWBRICK after 1901.  What I have so far found is:
Born Sep qtr 1859 Southwark, one of six children of William BOWBRICK and Elizabeth CRISPIN
On 1861 census with her parents and siblings.
On 1871 census with her parents and siblings.
Son Henry BOWBRICK (no mmn) born Sep qtr 1878 St Saviour Southwark.
Not found on 1881 census.
Eight BOONE mmn BOWBRICK children born 1884 to 1899 Camberwell, Greenwich, Southwark.
On 1891 census as wife of James A BOONE born c1852 London, gas fitter's labourer, with surviving children.
On 1901 census with some of her children, all surnames BOWBRICK, described as a widow.
Named in 1905 will of her father as Eliza Jane GOULD.
No trace after 1905.
No trace of any marriage.

I have found out what happened to all the children, but where did Eliza Jane end up?  Any suggestions or solutions will be gratefully received.

Cornwall Lookup Requests / Who was Ulalia (wife of Thomas TEAGUE of Redruth)?
« on: Sunday 14 February 21 19:28 GMT (UK)  »
Thomas TEAGUE (1673-1732) had ten children baptised in Redruth from 1703 to 1720.  On those where a mother is named, she is Ulalia/Eulalia.

But who was she?

I can't find a marriage in Cornwall.  I can't find a burial (which might give a rough age).  Thomas and his siblings were baptised in Redruth, so they were not newcomers to the parish.

Online trees suggest she was Eulalia LYDGEY baptised 27 April 1672 in Redruth, daughter of William LYDGEY and Margaret SANDOE, but they don't list a marriage, so I can't rule out other candidates:
Ulalia SANDOW bap 1677 Redruth (possibly bur 2 Mar 1715 Redruth)
Ulalia PENROSE bap 1682 Redruth (NOT Ulalia bap 1679, bur 1682 Redruth)

Can anyone help solve the mystery?

Technical Help / Windows Explorer default settings
« on: Wednesday 12 August 20 13:18 BST (UK)  »
Whenever I create a new folder the default view is for large icons.
Whenever I move a folder the view changes to large icons.
This is very annoying because I prefer viewing files in a list.

Is there a way to change the default setting to list view?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / More words from a 1624 will
« on: Tuesday 10 March 20 12:01 GMT (UK)  »
Second and final query on this will.  Thanks to wonderful fellow Rootschatters the first query is completed.

The last few lines are giving me trouble.  I have:

It I doe gyve & bequeath to Rychard Sprye the yonger
fortye shyllings.  Mor unto my daughter Margaret one (Chyste?)
(? ?)
in Treleage? & unto Jane Jenken one Lyttell
Chyste more unto my daughter Margaret one (?) & one
blanket one payre of (?) & one boulster (?) & one

Coverlet ^ to my god children xiid a peece It I doe make & ordayne Ambrose Jenken

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / C17th clothing - deciphering needed
« on: Tuesday 10 March 20 06:07 GMT (UK)  »
Could someone help with the missing words in this 1624 will?  I have most of the text but I have no idea what the missing words could be or what they mean.

Gowne & my beste Coate & my best Aprone & my beste
stomager & my beste (gyvrett?) & my beste hate.  Itm I doe gyve &
bequeath unto my daughter Margaret four pounds & xxx
Two yards & halfe of wollen Cloth & my second beste Cote
& xxx my second beste hate & one fetherbed & one boulster & one
pyllowe.  Itm I doe gyve & bequeath unto my daughter
Constance four pounds & my second beste Gowne & one (?)
(?) (Lustygallante?) & one stummager & one hate.  Itm I doe

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