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Armed Forces / 2245 Sgt. Henry Porter, 40th Regiment of Foot
« on: Wednesday 26 August 20 06:07 BST (UK)  »
Hello Forum members,
I am researching Henry Porter who died 1894 in New Zealand.
He arrived in New Zealand in 1860 with the 40th Regiment of Foot and remained in the country when the regiment returned to England.
I would be grateful for help in finding his enlistment details if possible.
Thank you,
John

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Hi,
I am researching the family of Henry William Porter, Licensed Victualler, born 13 Nov 1824, baptised 7 Feb 1826, St Matthew Bethnal Green.
He married Sarah Hannah Porter 20 May 1846, Parish Church, Bow, Middlesex.
Henry's parents were William Porter, Licensed Victualler, and Sarah Ann, surname unknown.

I have traced the family of wife Sarah Hannah Porter but have reached a brick wall with Henry's ancestry. I would be grateful for any leads there.

It is thought that this family was related to Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770) who married Susannah Kennet (c.1712-c.1781) in Chelsea, London. They had a son, George Philip Ehret, who became an apothecary at Watford, Hertfordshire. I have not yet found any links with the Porter family.

Thanks,
John

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Shorthand on Bible flyleaf
« on: Wednesday 04 March 20 00:23 GMT (UK)  »
Hello All,
I would be grateful for help in deciphering 2 lines of shorthand in a young girl's Bible written in the 1850's.
Thanks, John

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The Common Room / Deciphering shorthand in Bible
« on: Monday 09 April 18 18:52 BST (UK)  »
Hi All,
I would be grateful for help in deciphering two lines of shorthand found in a Bible.
It is possibly a biblical text.
Thanks,
John

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Scotland / Margaret RICHARDSON (1844-1905)
« on: Wednesday 07 March 18 20:07 GMT (UK)  »
If I may, I would like to ask a favour of anyone going to the Historical Search Room, General Register House, Edinburgh.

My wife is researching Margaret Richardson (1844-1905) who was one of the leading lights in Women's Emancipation in New Zealand. She worked in an Infirmary in Edinburgh 1867-1876, sponsored by a Ladies Association (found this in Edinburgh PO Directories).

There is possibly mention of her in the records of New North Free Church, United Free and Church of Scotland, NRS reference CH3/468,
CH3/468/4
Deacons' court minutes, 1854-1868
and
CH3/468/5
Deacons' court minutes, 1868-1886

Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks,
John in New Zealand

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Dublin / Margaret Elizabeth MILLER, born 25 Nov 1885
« on: Sunday 05 February 17 22:22 GMT (UK)  »
I would be grateful for help in tracing Margaret Elizabeth Miller born 25 Nov 1885, Islington, London.

Her parents from Scotland were David Miller and Mary Cundill who married 24 Dec 1883, in Holborn, London.

Their known children:
Margaret Elizabeth Miller born 25 Nov 1885, Islington, London.
Edith Mary Miller born 27 Jan 1888, Islington, London, died 5 Mar 1983. Co. Down.
David Cundill Miller born about Nov 1890, Dublin South, died 2 Nov 1891, Dublin South.
Margery Miller born 21 Mar 1893, Dublin South, died 23 Jun 1917, Dublin.

The mother Mary Miller died 9 Jul 1894, Dublin
Death notice for Mary in Dublin Daily Express, 12 July 1894:
MILLER -- July 9, at Cork Street Hospital, Mary Cundill, aged 36, the beloved wife of David Miller, Jewel-case maker, late of 18 Raymond street, South Circular road, deeply regretted by a sorrowing family. Funeral from Hospital at 9 30 this (Thursday) morning for Mount Jerome.

Two daughters Edith and Margery were placed in the Cottage Home for Little Children, Tivoli Road, Kingstown, Dublin in 1895. The orphanage records state "Mother dead leaving 3 children".

Their father David Miller appears in the 1901 Irish Census:
27 Vernon Street, Wood Quay, St. Peter's Parish, Dublin
Wilson Race, Head of Family, Church of England, Read & Write, 31, M, Jeweller's Shop Assist., Married, England
Esther Race, wife, Church of England, Read & Write, 32, F, Married, England
Edward Race, son, Church of Ireland, 6, M, Scholar, Not married, Dublin
Florence Race, daughter, Church of Ireland, 5, F, Scholar, Not married, Dublin
Ethel Race, daughter, Church of Ireland, 4, F, Scholar, Not married, Dublin
David Miller, Boarder, Presbyterian, Read and Write, 41, M, Jewel Case Maker, Widower, Scotland
William G. Simmonds, Boarder, Church of England, 25, M, Clock Maker, Not married, England.

Nothing further is known of first daughter Margaret Elizabeth Miller. She would have been aged 15-16 in 1901 Census but I could not find her there.

Thank you,
Tinto

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Dublin / Descendants of James Alexander Cain and Edith Mary Miller
« on: Wednesday 16 March 16 01:09 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Dublin folk,

I have only recently discovered that the cousin of my Scottish grandmother, Mary Parker Cundill, died in Dublin in 1894:

 Death notice for Mary in Dublin Daily Express, 12 July 1894:
 MILLER -- July 9, at Cork street Hospital, Mary Cundill, aged 36, the beloved wife of David Miller, Jewel-case maker, late of 18 Raymond street, South Circular road, deeply regretted by a sorrowing family. Funeral from Hospital at 9 30 this (Thursday) morning for Mount Jerome.
 Notes: Cause of death was Typhoid Fever.

 1901 Irish Census shows:
 27 Vernon Street, Wood Quay, St. Peter's Parish, Dublin
 Wilson Race, Head of Family, Church of England, Read & Write, 31, M, Jeweller's Shop Assist., Married, England
 Esther Race, wife, Church of England, Read & Write, 32, F, Married, England
 Edward Race, son, Church of Ireland, 6, M, Scholar, Not married, Dublin
 Florence Race, daughter, Church of Ireland, 5, F, Scholar, Not married, Dublin
 Ethel Race, daughter, Church of Ireland, 4, F, Scholar, Not married, Dublin
 David Miller, Boarder, Presbyterian, Read and Write, 41, M, Jewel Case Maker, Widower, Scotland
 William G. Simmonds, Boarder, Church of England, 25, M, Clock Maker, Not married, England.
 Notes: David Miller died in 1918, in London.

 1901 Irish Census
 Cottage Home for Little Children, Tivoli Road, Kingstown, Dublin
 Included in 47 children are:
 Marjory Miller aged 7, Inmate, birth place not known (was actually Dublin)
 Edith Miller, aged 12, Inmate, birth place not known (was actually London)
 Notes: Confirmed in the Cottage Home records that these are sisters.

 Sadly, Marjory MILLER died while employed at the Cottage Home in 1917

 but Edith Mary MILLER married James Alexander CAIN, School Board Officer, on 15 July 1914 at St Paul's Church, Dublin (Church of Ireland).

 I would be grateful for any help in tracing this couple and finding descendants to bring closure to this sad story.

 Thanks,

 John

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Armed Forces / Isaac DARKIN, Highwayman
« on: Monday 06 April 15 21:05 BST (UK)  »
Hi,

Isaac DARKIN, born 2 Apr 1740, Eastcheap, London, to parents Isaac Darkin, cork-cutter and Elizabeth Darkin, was a notorious highwayman and died 23 Mar 1761 on the gallows in Oxford.

In 1758 he joined the 48th Regiment of Foot and served briefly in Antigua. On his return to England he joined the navy aboard HMS Royal George in the position of midshipman.

I would be grateful for any assistance in obtaining details of service in the Army and Navy of this Isaac DARKIN.

Thanks,
Tinto

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London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Isaac DARKIN
« on: Monday 06 April 15 21:01 BST (UK)  »
Hi,

Isaac DARKIN, born 2 Apr 1740, Eastcheap, London, to parents Isaac Darkin, cork-cutter and Elizabeth Darkin, was a notorious highwayman and died 23 Mar 1761 on the gallows in Oxford.

In 1758 he joined the 48th Regiment of Foot and served briefly in Antigua. On his return to England he joined the navy aboard HMS Royal George in the position of midshipman.

I would be grateful for any assistance in determining the ancestry of this Isaac DARKIN.

Thanks,
Tinto

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