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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Will of John Turner
« on: Monday 21 June 21 01:50 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

I'm hoping someone can help here. The attached image comes from the will of a possible ancestor John Turner from Sussex. The problem I am having is deciphering where this John was from. It looks like it says "John Turner of Tableherst in the countie of Sussex gentleman" however I can't find any place called "Tableherst" [or any other spelling].

Does anyone know if I'm reading this right or can anyone say where this place is?

Thanks everyone

Kent Lookup Requests / Smith-Cox Marriage Canterbury 1875
« on: Tuesday 15 June 21 16:16 BST (UK)  »

I am trying to find out if a marriage that took place in Canterbury in 1875 is available to view online. The marriage was between Emily Jane Smith and Edward Cox and took place in the September Quarter of 1875 at Canterbury. Unfortunately I don't know which church it took place at.

Does anyone know if the registers for any Canterbury churches are available to view online for this period? I am looking to view the original image rather than a transcript.

Many Thanks


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Hicks or Wicks?
« on: Thursday 01 April 21 23:36 BST (UK)  »
Can anyone here make out what the bride's surname is in this Kent marriage from 1610. The groom is John Bing and her first name is Jone. I can't decide if her surname is "Wicks" or "Hicks", or even "Nicks". Can anyone offer a suggestion?


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Mary Ann's Surname
« on: Friday 26 March 21 00:37 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone here make out what the surname of the bride [Mary Ann] in this parish register extract is? The groom is Samuel Durnford Ryall but I can't make out her surname.

Many Thanks


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Charlotte Scott [Gray] [2nd marriage?]
« on: Monday 22 March 21 00:55 GMT (UK)  »
I'm hoping someone here might be able to help here.

The attached image shows my relative Charlotte Francis Scott [nee Gray] in the 1939 Register. What is puzzling me is what is written above it. This usually indicates a later marriage and shows that the register was amended at a later date. What puzzles me is that as far as we know Charlotte was only married once and I can't find any record of a second marriage under her name of "Scott".

The entry [written in blue] looks like either Berrett or Bennett [maybe Bekkett] but I may be wrong.

Thanks for any ideas.


London and Middlesex / Presbytarian Mystery
« on: Tuesday 09 March 21 00:55 GMT (UK)  »
I wonder if anyone here can shed some light on a mystery I have recently uncovered surrounding the family of my great grandmother Mary Ann Gray.

I know when and exactly where Mary Ann was born as I have her birth certificate. I also have her on the census in all the years prior to her marriage. As well as this I have the dates of birth for her and all her siblings taken from a family bible.

Until now I had not found any christenings for any of them which I always thought odd. Also there has always been mention of a link to Scotland. My nan used to say the Grays came from Scotland but Mary Ann and her siblings were born in Lambeth so that seemed to poo poo that theory.

However, I have now found Mary Ann, all her siblings, and also their father William Thomas Pearce baptised at the Camden Road Presbytarian Church much later than I expected. William was baptised there on 21 March 1886 as an adult and five of his children were done on exactly the same day.

Mary Ann was baptised in April 1891 the year after her birth [1890].

On Ancestry [where I found these] the records are listed as being the "United Reform Church" but on the top of the register pages it says "Camden Road Presbytarian Church". I don't know if they are the same.

As far as I know the Presbytarian church is Scottish so could the theory about a link to Scotland be correct?

Can anyone say why all the children and their father were baptised on the same day? Were mass baptisms a thing for the Presbytrian church?

Thanks for any suggestions and ideas.


London and Middlesex / Long shot with the Donovans
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 02:18 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all

I am hoping someone may be able to help me track down christenings for three people or possibly locate them in the 1939 Register.

The first person is Edward Richard Donovan who was born in St George in the East and was the youngest son of Florence Donovan and Emma Esther Murray.

Although I have him on the 1901 census I can't find him beyond there and I also can't find a burial or death for him.

I'd love to know what happened to him so hope someone can help.

I have christenings for the following people but have been unable to find either of them in the 1939 Register:

William John Donovan born 15 November 1885 Wapping

George Henry Donovan born 26 October 1886 St George in the East

Can anyone help with these people?

Many Thanks

Surrey / Alice Carder
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 02:04 GMT (UK)  »
Hope someone may be able to help here.

I am trying to find a birth or christening for Alice Augusta Carder who was born in Forest Hill, Surrey in about 1876 or 1877. Alice married my  great grandfather Harry William Richardson in Fulham in 1898 and died in Watford, Hertfordshire in 1909.

Can anyone help here?


Kent / Frederick C Richardson 1884
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 02:01 GMT (UK)  »
I hope someone can help here. I am trying to find the christening of Frederick Charles Richardson who was born on 9 August 1884 possibly in the Kennington area of Kent. Frederick was my grandfather's uncle and I have his date of birth from a family bible/journal which includes the birth dates of all Frederick's siblings and their children.

Frederick's parents were James Keene Richardson and Mary Ann Spice who married in Ashford at the Weslyan Chapel in 1868. All of their children were born in either Boughton Aluph or Kennington and presumably christened in those parishes as well.

Can anyone identify where Frederick was born or even christened?

Alternatively can anyone find him on the 1939 Register or 1911 census. I have found two Frederick C Richardsons in the 1939 Register but they are both in Yorkshire and the dates of birth don't match with what I have.

Many Thanks

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