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Sussex Lookup Requests / Ann Pumfry Pumphrey 1841
« on: Sunday 23 February 20 01:32 GMT (UK)  »
Ann Pumfrey (also transcribed as Purefoy) age 50 in Brighton Sussex 1841.
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Can someone please tell me what her job was?  Possibly Narm or Nurm or Harm, no of which make sense to me.

The Common Room / Great Yarmouth shipping 1803 1824
« on: Sunday 11 November 18 01:18 GMT (UK)  »
Please can someone help with ships musters for 1803-24? William Edwards born 1785 was in Great Yarmouth, UK on the navy ship Majestic in 1803-6, then the Rodney 1810, then the Swiftsure 1812-4. At some stage he seems to have gone into merchant shipping because he is a mariner or sailor when his children are born, his wife was Mary. He disappears after 1824 when his daughter Emma Susannah Edwards was baptised in Gt Yarmouth.  The muster books for the Navy or Merchant shipping should have his record. Where can I find more complete copies especially for 1814 onwards please?
Many thanks

London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Elizabeth Ducker Valder 1791 to 1865
« on: Wednesday 31 January 18 23:11 GMT (UK)  »
Please can someone help me find the birth of Elizabeth Ducker? In the 1861 census it says she was born in St Lukes Middlesex about 1791. She was 74 when she died in 1865. Her married name was Valder having married James Valder in 1817 in St Lukes Old-Charlton Kent.  She may have been born there?
Many thanks

Kent Lookup Requests / James Valder born Ash Kent about 1796
« on: Wednesday 31 January 18 22:58 GMT (UK)  »
Please can someone look up the Parish Records for Ash Kent? I am looking for the birth record for James Valder. In the censuses he says he was born in Ash 1796 or 1797. He lived in London and Kent, and died in Elham 1884.
Many thanks

Herefordshire Lookup Requests / Samuel Hall born 1794 1795 Llangarron
« on: Wednesday 24 May 17 00:14 BST (UK)  »
Can SKS please look up Samuel Hall born at Llangarron (Langaren) Herefordshire in 1794 or 1795? He is in most census at East Dean and he dies about 1874 in Forest of Dean. He marries Hannah Morgan at Walford in 1819. They have about 10 children chr at Drybrook 1820-1843. There may be something on Ancestry in other family trees, but I cannot find a parish record of him at Llangarron, although there are several Hall families there at that time.

Gloucestershire Lookup Requests / Amos Williams 1837
« on: Monday 24 April 17 05:53 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for Elizabeth the mother of Amos Williams 1837-1906 who was at Ruardean Hill.

Amos' oldest brother was Samuel Hall Williams 1817-1874. He seems to have been baptised twice, once at Mitcheldean March 1817 and again at Drybrook July 1818.

Elizabeth was born in Broad Oak about 1800 but I cannot find the birth of Elizabeth Hall. Can someone help please?

Lincolnshire Lookup Requests / Anne Curtois (1752-1826) married William Fish
« on: Friday 17 March 17 02:53 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for the birth of Anne Curtois (born abt 1752- buried 9 Aug 1826 at Blyborough age 74). She married William Fish in Blyborough 5 Feb 1771. Can anyone help please?

This started as a search for the death of Charles Frederick Newby and ended up with various mysteries. Can you help please?

We can follow him from his birth certificate as Frederick Charles Newby in 1843 in Martham/Flegg, Norfolk, to Clapham where he married Emma Hook in 1866 (marriage cert), to Taunton (son born), to Oxford (sons died), to Clapham 1881 (he is in every census, mostly as a tailor). According to family tradition he died in 1884, but actually he was in Wandsworth in 1891. Next he is in Eastbourne where he marries Fanny Florence Watson in 1995 (marriage cert). His first wife is alive and there is no divorce. They then move to Weston Super Mare where he dies in 1916 (death cert). At each census he gets younger and at his 2nd wedding he had taken 16 years off his age!!

Fanny Florence Watson is an enigma. According to the marriage certificate her father was Thomas William Watson a civil engineer.  He can be traced from his birth in 1812 in Sunninghill, Windsor, to 1851 age 36 at St Johns Hampstead, married, with sister Eliza 42, to 1861 age 48 a widower with Eliza 54 in Putney, to 1871 age 58 a single civil engineer with sister Jane Fox 53 and Eliza 64 in Mortlake, to 1881 age 69 a widower in Mortlake.

We can trace Fanny and her mother Martha (Maud) Watson in every census where they give various names and inconsistent ages. But we can discover no marriage (of Martha Neville) to Thomas Watson and no obvious birth record for Fanny (or any of her 3 siblings). Thomas is not with them at census time. Something strange seems to have been going on...

Fanny is in the 1871 census in Peckham age 6 with her mother Martha (Maud) Watson age 32 an annuitant, and in 1881 Fanny “Rowley” (probably unmarried (with a new son?)) is with Maud 42 a widow, and in 1891 age 26 in Camberwell with Maude age 51 a widow!!. Martha Maud then goes to Swindon in 1901 to look after brother-in-law Fred Dean. Since she was born in Drayton and Fred’s wife Sarah Neville was born in Drayton in 1832, we can surmise that she was Martha Neville born in 1835. Strangely in 1861 Martha Watson was in Chelsea with two servants and two young children!! In this census she says Thomas Watson is not at home and Drayton is crossed out. Was he "keeping her" in Chelsea while he was in Putney with his sister?

Can some kind soul please check this and suggest if there is a better explanation than this tale of two wanderers and deserters (TW Watson and CF Newby)??

Northamptonshire Lookup Requests / John Keyston 1789 mother Hannah Keyston at Broughton
« on: Thursday 09 February 17 04:06 GMT (UK)  »
I am searching for my ancestors John Keyston and his mother Hannah.  There is a good record for John Keystone (1789-1878).  I found his birth record at Broughton, Northamptonshire where it says he is baseborn to Hannah Keystone.  His name is also given as Jno Keystone. He seems to have taken the name Salmons in later life and I wonder if his father was Salmons. There is an Abraham Solmon born nearby in Kettering in 1768 who may have been his father.

I would like to find more about Hannah Keystone but there seems to be no other record except for a Hannah who had a husband John Keystone and they had children Keziah and Job in 1771 and 1775. It would be strange if this was the same Hannah.  She would have been 14 years older in 1789 so it is not impossible. But I haven't seen baseborn ascribed to a married woman's offspring before.....Can anyone help please?

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