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Suffolk / BORRETT/DAY/HURREN in Suffolk
« on: Wednesday 10 February 10 17:00 GMT (UK)  »
My cousins and I have long been searching for the birth parents of John Borrett, born approx. 1804-07.  Census of 1851 (Greenwich, Kent) gives his birthplace as Sudbury, Suffolk, but record searches there have thus far turned up nothing.
He married Catherine Gardner in 1832 in St. Giles, Camberwell, London, so John probably left the Sudbury area as a young man or perhaps as a child.

Among his children were John HURREN Borrett (b.1840) and Catherine DAY Borrett (b.1851), which leads us to believe the surnames Hurren and Day (fairly common Suffolk names) have a connection to John Borrett's ancestry. All three surnames seem to appear in records of villages near to Sudbury.

Can anyone offer ideas or help with our search?

London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Harling in Southwark & Lambeth
« on: Monday 16 July 07 14:45 BST (UK)  »
For many years I have been unable to determine the parents & siblings, if any, of MARY ANN SOPHIA HARLING.  She is my 3rd great grandmother, born 1 Jan 1815 in Southwark (according to family bible).  She married JOSEPH CHEETHAM, 3 Apr 1836 at St. John the Evangelist, Lambeth.  She died 8 Dec 1897 at Holborn Workhouse, residence at that time Richmond Road, Hoxton New Town. 
(There is also a marriage of WILLIAM HARLING & MARY FRANCIS in the same church, 29 Jan 1832, and I've wondered if this might be a sibling).
Does anyone researching Harlings in the area have any idea where Mary Ann Sophia fits in? 
I have a database on RootsWeb World Connect under the title "islandqueen", for reference.
Thanks for any replies.
Wayne, Ohio, USA.

England / Morgan Lewis Williams family
« on: Monday 09 July 07 01:06 BST (UK)  »
I am searching for further information about the family of Morgan Lewis Williams and his wife Catherine Elizabeth Thorne, who lived on Ireland Island, Bermuda, at least between 1910-1922. They may have also had residence in Portsmouth, England, before, during or after this period.

Morgan Williams was an engineer, apparently born in Turkey abt. 1873, but a British subject. His parents possibly were Welsh. He sometimes, with or without his family, made numerous crossings between Southhampton & New York, and between Bermuda & New York during the stated period. Children who appear on passenger lists include Mora Winifred & Vera Williams. 

My connection to the family is through Catherine, daughter of my 2nd great grandaunt.  Catherine was born in Portsmouth around 1879, her father Charles William Thorne a Royal Navy engineer, her mother Catherine Day Borrett a native of Greenwich.

I've learned that Ireland Island was home to a Royal Navy base, so perhaps there is a link.

According to information on LDS Family Search, Catherine (Thorne) Williams died in Reseda, California, and her husband in England six years later.  I am very interested in learning the story behind these relatives and perhaps communicating with  descendants, if they exist.

Any help much appreciated.

Wayne, Ohio, USA.

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