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London and Middlesex / Lunatic Asylum - Suggestions?
« on: Sunday 24 August 14 22:46 BST (UK)  »

Hi all,

If a working class person living in Homerton in the 1920s/1930s and had a nervous breakdown, which asylum might they be sent to? The most local one, out to Colney Hatch, or further beyond still?

Many thanks,

~ Jacobea

London and Middlesex / Ambrose P. Pomeroy - Zeppelin
« on: Monday 04 August 14 23:26 BST (UK)  »


Have any of you local historians out there ever come across mention of an Ambrose P. Pomeroy as a victim of the September 13th 1916 Zeppelin attack on London? He died at Guy's Hospital on the 15th September (according to his probate) and I am wondering if there is a connection.

I have been searching for a Pomeroy - first name lost - who was a fiance of a great-great-aunt of mine. He died, according to family lore, as the result of "a bomb dropped from a flying craft. It was behind where they lived." Ambrose P. does not quite fit the latter, but given his dates, he seems to me to be a fitting candidate for the bomb story.

Many thanks,

~ Jacobea

Worcestershire / Worcestershire Huguenots
« on: Wednesday 24 July 13 19:52 BST (UK)  »

Evening all,

I have found a few scattered references to Huguenots in Worcestershire, connected to the weaving industry, but nothing definite. Does anyone have any idea whereabouts they settled - in Worcester, or did they move further afield? When did they move into the county? Are there any Huguenot surnames connected to Worcestershire?

Many thanks,

~ Jacobea

Essex / Mid 19th Century Essex Epidemics
« on: Friday 25 May 12 20:54 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

While compiling information on my Shorten ancestors, who lived around the three Belchamp villages, I couldn't help but notice that there seemed to be a high number of deaths, particularly children, in the decades 1840 through to 1880 (and worst in the 1850s/early 1860s). My 2x great-grandfather, for example, was one of eight, of whom six died before they were twenty years old.

Of course, it could just simply be very bad luck, but I'm curious to know what, if any, epidemics were going about (north) Essex during the mid 19th Century, if anyone knows.

Many thanks :)

~ Chloe

Wiltshire Lookup Requests / Painter/Chivers Marriage Warminster
« on: Thursday 24 May 12 19:39 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

Would anyone who has copies of the records be able to look up a marriage for Henry Painter to a Martha Chivers in Saint Denys Church, Warminster, in 1834? FamilySearch provides no date, and I am particularly interested in Henry's condition and his and Martha's ages/place of origin, if given at all.

Immense thanks :)

Wiltshire Lookup Requests / Maslen Marriage in Stanton St. Bernard
« on: Sunday 20 May 12 15:02 BST (UK)  »

Afternoon all,

If anyone has copies of the parish records for Stanton St. Bernard, I would be immensely grateful for a look-up of a marriage that occurred circa 1815/1816 between Daniel Maslen and Mary UNKNOWN, who was born in the village. As her husband wasn't married in his, I'm now wondering if they were married in hers.

Many, many thanks :)

~ Jacobea

Northamptonshire Lookup Requests / Sidney Mills at Woodford Baptism
« on: Sunday 13 May 12 23:00 BST (UK)  »
Evening all,

I would be very grateful if anyone with easy access to the 1860s baptism records for Woodford near Thrapston could see if there is any occupation given for the father of Sidney Mills, baptised the 16th August 1868 at Woodford. He seems to have started out in domestic service, then ended up on the railway at some point by the 1871 Census, if I have indeed found the right John Mills!

Many thanks :)

~ Jacobea

London and Middlesex / Sessions Papers - Contents?
« on: Monday 01 August 11 14:41 BST (UK)  »
Hi all,

I have found references to a probable (90%) ancestor of mine, Jane Dolder (as Dalder). She and her daughter Eleanor were both brought up for recieving stolen raw silk in 1764 that they prepared and sold to a weaver. I cannot find them on the Old Bailey site records, bar mentions, though that of the thief is there, yet in the Sessions Papers, there are transcripts for Jane and Eleanor. It's a source I'm not familiar with.

My question is, would these also contain what their punishment was, somewhere? I'm expecting it to be quite severe as they took in 20 worth!

Many thanks :)

The Common Room / London to Ramsgate by Rail 1850s
« on: Sunday 10 April 11 19:23 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,

Does anyone know from where someone would have been able to travel by train in the late 1850s? I've been trying to research this for a friend, but railways just arn't my forte.

What line would they have had to have taken, and from which London station? Am I right in thinking that in the late 1850s, a traveller had to change at Ashford?

Many thanks :)

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