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New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Houchen family living near Auckland
« on: Saturday 17 October 20 18:42 BST (UK)  »
Have seen the message and will be in touch shortly.

Surrey / Re: S.B. Peck of Surrey
« on: Wednesday 08 July 20 09:03 BST (UK)  »
Hi Fanny,

I'm pleased I opened up a thread that's attracted some interest from the family.  I hope you can make some good contacts here.

If you have any photos of Sydney's cars I would love to see them.

Best regards,

Isle of Man / Re: TG Moore 'The Manx Millionaire'
« on: Monday 24 February 20 15:21 GMT (UK)  »
Many thanks.  Always nice to add interesting detail.


So Elizabeth Ward married Charles Woollam junior in 1801.


Thanks for all this information.  I just found the Charles Woollam will.  I got details of his marriage to Penelope and his children from the Burke's family record and I misread some of the details.  Burke's says Charles Woollam died 1796 which is in line with the will.  It also says he married Penelope Barber, widow of D Barber and that she died 1813.  Some inconsistencies here in Burkes.

I do have this marriage record for Elizabeth Ward marrying a Charles Woollam in Bruton in 1801, so I'm now wondering who this Charles Woollam was!

Yes I have Edward Burges & wife Ellen (nee Parry) living in Clifton, Bristol in 1851, so Penelope was likely visiting her daughter when she died in 1855....thanks for identifying the death index.

I have Charles Woollam junior born 1788 but I'm not confident my source is accurate....thanks for providing the baptism details.


Yes, that must be her although I wasn't aware of her middle name, Diana.

Her father, Charles Woollam had married Penelope Barber in 1777 and had four children.  Penelope Diana was the eldest child.  The mother died in 1796 and Charles married Elizabeth Ward from Bruton, Somerset.  Elizabeth was the daughter of George Ward, a silk mill owner in Bruton.  The Woollam family eventually went on to own silk mills in St Albans (Abbey Mills).

I think Charles Woollam died in 1813 although I haven't yet found details of his birth.  I'm guessing he may have been 20+ years older than his second wife Elizabeth.

Charles and Penelope had two other children, both sons: Charles 1788 and John 1790.


Yes, that's a good point since he was 12 years older than his wife Penelope.  By the way, Penelope Woollam was born in Wrexham or thereabouts according to the 1951 census return.

If there was another marriage then I don't think this led to any children as I would have expected any offspring from a first marriage to be mentioned in his will.  He left everything to Penelope in the first instance,  but an annex to the will explains his estate was transferred across to the two daughters he had with Penelope.

The marriage transcript just gives basic date and place details unfortunately.


Many thanks for all the gives me something to work on.


I'm having difficulty locating a baptism record for William Parry, born around 1771 in Ruabon, Denbighshire. He was a solicitor, formerly of the Inner Temple in the City of London, who died in Hereford in 1855.

He married Penelope Woollam in 1816 at St Clement Danes, Westminster. Penelope was the daughter of Charles Woollam who was involved in the silk throwing industry in St Albans.

They had two daughters: Penelope Parry born 1818 who married William Peete Musgrave, rector of Eaton Bishop in Herefordshire, and Ellen Parry born 1821 who married Edward Burges, a Gloucestershire solicitor.

At the time of the 1841 census William Parry and his daughter were staying with his brother-in-law John Woollam in St Albans. In the 1851 census, William Parry, now aged 80, and his wife Penelope are shown living at Broad Street, Hereford. His place of birth is shown as Rubon (presumably Ruabon near Wrexham), Denbighshire.

William Parry's will is brief and he simply left everything to his wife Penelope. I suspect Penelope died shortly after William as the will also contains a short annex added a year after probate was granted in February 1855 which transfers items of his estate across to his two daughters. I've not yet found Penelope's death or burial record.

Any assistance finding William Parry's baptism record would be greatly appreciated.


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