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Family History Beginners Board / Did James have any brothers and sisters?
« on: Saturday 13 August 22 10:49 BST (UK)  »
Dear Rootschatters,
I do hope you can help me please. :)

 My 2 x great grandfather was James Cochrane Smith born 11 Dec 1813 Marylebone, Middlesex,died 24th Nov 1882 Beckenham, Kent. His father was William Smith (bef 1795- aft 1849), a baker, and mother was Mary Clements.

James married Elizabeth Stiller in Wimbledon 13 Sep 1849 and together they had 8 children.

I cannot find whether James Cochrane Smith had any brothers and sisters or any more detail on his parents William and Mary. The census I have found start in 1851.

It would be so good of you to bring your expertise to this and I thank you very much.

Kind regards

Armed Forces / Soldier - London Scottish perhaps
« on: Saturday 30 July 22 11:07 BST (UK)  »
Dear Rootschatters,

I attach a photo of a relative or close family friend from my Grans photo album. The photo does not show name or date but was taken at W.E. Wright and Sons in Forest Gate. It must be WW1 or before I think and just maybe the London Scottish Regiment.
I have four candidates who it might be but I have not had the where with all to identify them.
Grant - either William 1867-1939 or Thomas 1877-1946
Ewing - either Alfred Peter 1893-1988 or Robert 1895-1981.

It would be wonderful to know who this might be and which Regiment. I do hope you can help me please.

Thank you so much

Family History Beginners Board / Cannot find any trace of two relatives
« on: Friday 10 July 20 10:44 BST (UK)  »
Dear All,
I do hope you can help me as on my own I just cannot find out what happened to two of my relatives.

My great grandad was William Smith (1855-1905) and Annie Read Luckhurst (1857-1934).

On the 1911 census it shows they had had 13 children of which 7 had survived. The 13, all Smiths, born in Forest Gate, Essex were;

Florence Annie Louise b 1882 d 1894.
Lilian Alice Ormesby b 1883.
Annie Elizabeth (not entirely sure this is correct name or date) b 1884.
Sydney b 1886 who married Florence Hollis Bailey and died sometime between 1911 & 1939.
Mabel Victoria b 1887 d 1905
Ruth Emmeline Salmon b 1889 d 1971
Horace b 1890 d 1908
Leonard b 1891ish
Winnie b 1892 d 1913
Oswald b 1893 I think Oswald and Victor died very young
Victor b 1895
Herbert (my grandad) b 1896 d 1947
Reginald b 1898 d 1912.

I found an old newspaper cutting on the funeral of my grandad Herbert Smith on 15th March 1947 and was intrigued to read flowers from;
 Miss L Smith
 Mr L Smith and P Hodgson.

I wonder if Miss L Smith is Lilian Alice Ormesby
I wonder if Mr L Smith is Leonard Smith and P Hodgson is Phyllis Hodgson who I found in my Nan's old date book with 18 December written beside it. I do not know who Phyllis is.

I can find no trace of Lilian nor Leonard after 1911census nor whether Leonard is partnered with Phyllis. I was heartened to read about the flowers at the funeral. However I am completely flummoxed though.

Would anyone be able to willing to lend their expertise in tracing what happened to Leonard and Lilian after 1911 and together with any titbits on the other children that you might find on the way too. I would be so very grateful.

Very many thanks

Family History Beginners Board / Clerk at GPO savings Bank
« on: Friday 03 July 20 09:53 BST (UK)  »
Dear All,
I hope you can help me. My great grandfather was William Smith born in Pembury 1855 and died before 1911. He is recorded on the various census as a civil servant and latterly as a clerk at GPO savings Bank.

William and his wife Annie Read Luckhurst lived for most of their married lives and their children were born in Forest Gate, Essex (Sydney Road, Disraeli Road and Hampton Road).

I cannot ascertain Williams death date nor where he is buried sadly.Would there be any record of his death and pension from the GPO savings bank.

Please let me know if you need any further information which can assist.

I am, as always, extremely grateful for your kind help

Armed Forces / Frederick Prime 1886 - 1963
« on: Friday 15 May 20 13:56 BST (UK)  »
Dear All,
I wonder if you can help me. My deceased relative, Frederick Prime (1886 in St Luke, London - 1963 Essex) was in WW1 and we believe at Gallipoli. I have a medal card that I believe it is for him but I cannot find an attestation that firmly links the soldier to the Family either by a relative name or address etc. In the photo the cap badge looked to be from the 10 London Regiment Hackney. The medal card shows a Pte number 1925 420866.
Frederick was living in Alverstone Road Manor Park in 1911. He grew up and returned to Islington after WW1.

Frederick was married to Louisa Charlotte Violetta Smith from January 1904. His mother was Emma Prime nee Harrip. His father Obadiah had passed away before the beginning of WW1.

I would be so grateful if your knowledge and expertise could help me so that I can be sure Frederick is the soldier depicted in the medal card. With many thanks. Roger

Family History Beginners Board / Emigration to USA via Canada
« on: Wednesday 13 November 19 17:44 GMT (UK)  »
Dear All,
I would like to find out the ship, route and date detail that took one of my deceased relatives to Canada and then the USA. It would be wonderful if you can solve this puzzle for me.

Herbert Grimwood was born in Jan 1867 in Yoxford Suffolk England (parents Joseph and Emily). Herbert died in Polk City Florida in Sept 1959.

I can find him on the 1881 census living at home in Suffolk and then he appears on a USA census in 1900 in Pennsylvania. I am sure he went via Toronto and spent some time there.

Herbert was a Preacher of the Gospel.

Would love to know his passage details and also when and how he moved into the USA

many thanks

Family History Beginners Board / Metropolitan Policeman career, postings etc
« on: Friday 18 October 19 09:55 BST (UK)  »
Dear All,
I am trying to find the record of a PC (died in 1965) who worked for the Metropolitan Police. I have checked the MEPO records and know his years of service which are from 21 April 1902 until 25 April 1927. I have seen the Pensions register and this gives his last posting to H division. I know his warrant number too.
I am interested in his career timeline, where he was posted and dates etc. I presume it would not be possible to know what his activities in the police were.
Also would there be a police photo somewhere - presume no ID cards in those days.
Just wondering what a realistic expectation of what I can find out and where to look.
I have his name, warrant number and dates of service if anyone is interested in helping. I presume this is OK to share as he died fifty years ago?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Deciphering a name on a marriage certificate
« on: Friday 18 October 19 08:42 BST (UK)  »
Love any experts to have a look at the middle name of James Manning on the attached marriage certificate. We are at a loss and cannot believe it would be Typhus!
Many thanks

Family History Beginners Board / I expect someone knows
« on: Friday 27 September 19 10:16 BST (UK)  »
Dear All, My deceased father was born on 2nd Jan 1925 in 39 Balfour Road Ilford, Essex. I have his birth certificate which was issued by the General Register Office on 29th February 1968. His mother is shown as Winifred Sophia Mary Gurney - a Milliner. No father is listed. I wonder if Milliner is her maiden name but I did not think Mothers professions were shown on birth certificates.
He was adopted but I do not know when but believe before 1929 (the adoption was a shock to him and I believe this became known when he applied for a passport). His adopted parents changed his name to Kenneth Nathaniel Butler.
I would like to know more about Winifred Sophia Mary Gurney - my blood grandmother. I have found one via Ancestry but cannot be sure its the same Lady. There is never any record of the profession Milliner.
There must be some record somewhere otherwise how can the birth certificate have shown Winfred and her profession (or is it maiden name).
Any help, tips and pointers gladly received
Thank you so much

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