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Immigrants & Emigrants - General / Whatever happened to Barakia Parnacott?
« on: Thursday 15 October 20 23:51 BST (UK)  »
Some time ago, whilst researching Henry Binden, a bacon and cheese seller early 19th century London, I found him referred to in the Morning Chronicle 16th January 1829, the victim of crime.
The criminals were a pair of youngsters called John King and Barakia Parnacott, and though I have tried to find out more about them, I have failed.
It is easy to assume what hardships this pair faced in their daily lives and what troubles the future held for them and it is sadly predictable that the only trace of them in the historical record seems to be when they came into contact with the law.
If anyone can add more to their story other than what happened when they crossed paths with my family, I would be fascinated to know. Did they get transported to Australia and did they survive the journey? Also, is there any evidence of their lives before this point?
I feel there is a fascinating story here waiting to be told.

Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark / Marriage Look up, Dignam / Swift, please help
« on: Tuesday 18 August 20 20:35 BST (UK)  »
A friend of mine is having some trouble tracking down a marriage certificate for his parents and has asked for help- he thinks they might have married in Jersey, although his Dad was from Dublin and his mother, a Londoner.

The marriage possibly took place in 1960-61

The Groom was Richard Valentine Dignam ( also known as Joe, middle name might be different )

The Bride was Sylvia Ann Swift

Thank you in anticipation of all your trouble.

Hi, last night I found, after a lot of searching, my Grandmother's Uncle John Sullivan.
He was tragically killed in the First World War.
I previously had only been able to find him in the 1901 census but after that, nothing. Turns out he joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry in 1911, adding a few years to his age which is how I hadn't been able to pin him down.

As well as his service record, which gives his assumed death as 26th October 1917, I was also able to find a marriage record. He married Florence Elnaugh in 1915, he also adds a few years to his age on this, he was also Roman Catholic but marrying in a Church of England ceremony ( I doubt his kin would have liked that).

In searching for other records, hoping to find what happened to Florence after his death, I found a marriage for her in 1911 to a Robert Henry Cowderey. On the part of the marriage record which is signed by the happy couple, it says something like, "the above parties did not present ........" then the handwriting is a bit scrawly.

My question is... did Florence go through with this marriage- maybe they didn't go through with it in the end and that's what this scrawl is at the bottom ? Or was her marriage to John a bigamous one ?
She remarried in 1921 to George Frederick Higgs.

I don't think John and Florence had any children.


World War One / John Sullivan PO/15914 R M L I
« on: Tuesday 14 April 20 22:15 BST (UK)  »
I have finally managed to find my Grandmother's Uncle after so much searching thanks to the free access at Ancestry over the weekend. He had been hard to find because like so many, lied about his age to sign up. The date of birth he gives is 10th Feb 1893 when he appears in the 1901 census of Lambeth aged 6.
Unfortunately he didn't survive the war and his service record shows that he was presumed dead on
26th October 1917, whilst serving in the Royal Marine Light Infantry- 2nd RM Battn RND,  he is commemorated on the memorial at Tyne Cot.

Am I right to assume he was killed at 2nd battle of Passchendaele, could anybody offer any more information that might help add some colour to this lost hero.

He signed up in 1911, married in 1915 ( I will post a separate question about this).

Thank you

Ireland Resources / Competitive Cycling in 1950s Ireland- access to records
« on: Monday 04 March 19 22:35 GMT (UK)  »
Sadly my father in law died a couple of weeks ago and we are preparing his funeral service which is happening on Friday.

He was a talented cyclist in his youth in Ireland, competing in and winning many races and my better halfís mother has just told us he won the Leinster Hill climb, either several times or holding the record for many years, or both.
Can any one throw some light on this?
Iím sure some of his achievements made the papers because we have a couple of press photos though no clippings.
The name to look for is Edward Dalton and he was probably racing in the 1950s. It would be nice to be able to include details of his wins in his eulogy.
Thank you.

Surrey Completed Look up Requests / Streatham Park Cemetery, look up request
« on: Monday 12 November 18 20:49 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, my Dad has been passed a box full of items belonging to his parents and one of these is a reference card for Streatham Park Cemetery. We assume it might be the grave of a Binden or a Sullivan family member but we know not which.
Please can someone help us and save us a trip to the smoke?

The Grave number is 15919 Sq 7D in the Roman Catholic section

Thank you

London and Middlesex / King Edward Walk Southwark in World War 2
« on: Wednesday 08 August 18 15:31 BST (UK)  »
I have found my grandmotherís family living at 23 King Edward Walk in the 1939 Census, namely Benjamin S Bindenís family and His inlaws. The story passed down the family was that they returned home after an air raid to find the house destroyed, only the budgie survived!
 I am hoping that someone might know if it was this house that was bombed, when I looked on google street view I can see number 23 still stands but the other side of the road is newer, is it possible that the street was renumbered after the war? If not then I must assume they moved to another address that was subsequently bombed.
Thank you.

Shropshire / Photographer J F Wood, More Info Please
« on: Monday 10 April 17 20:20 BST (UK)  »
I have just been reunited with a photograph that belonged to my late mother that I am pretty sure she referred to as being of her Grandmother Alice Elizabeth Pugh (born 1896) as a child. I would be grateful if anyone has any information on the photographer "J F Wood Halfway House Shrewsbury".

The photo is now my avatar

Thank you for looking.

Wicklow / William Dalton and Elizabeth Doyle of Ballinagee, where next?
« on: Friday 10 June 16 21:52 BST (UK)  »
Hi, For some time now I've been researching my Father in Laws Dad who fought at Gallipoli in the Dublin Fusiliers. The only concrete documentation I have found is his war record and an entry in the 1901 census where he is a young boy living with his future in laws in Ballinagee ( his age in this entry is wrongly transcribed). I am getting desperate to establish what his roots are but cannot find a birth record. According to his war record he was born in Dublin but the only evidence I have of him is in Ballinagee.

 I'm in Ireland and have just got hold of his marriage certificate. William Dalton wed Elizabeth Dalton in May 1931 in the RC church in Kilmacanogue. The groom's age is frustratingly given as "full", which is no help and his occupation is listed as Trapper (the family story was that he worked on the Powerscourt estate so we assume this was his employer.)  The groom's father is Edward Dalton occupation, gardener. The Bride's details confirm what we already knew, her father was George Doyle, labourer. They were living in Ballinagee near Enniskerry.

I can't find an Edward Dalton in the Irish census 1901 or 1911 with the occupation Gardener although there is a van driver in Bray in 1901 with a son also called Edward which would tally with what we know.
Can someone suggest what we should do next? I think we are going to have to order William's death cert to establish his age and pin him down, though I wonder if there are any workers records from the Powerscourt estate surviving, I hope they didn't get lost in the fire.

Any help would be appreciated, my father in law is not in the best of health and it would be lovely to find out more about his Dad for him.

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