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Norfolk Lookup Requests / Re: STALLWORTHY 1891 request
« on: Sunday 22 March 15 10:36 GMT (UK)  »

Hi Stuart

Welcome to RootsChat.

Thank you for your offer of sending a photo of the plaque dedicated to Rev George Burnett STALLWORTHY who was my gr-grandfather's half brother.  I believe that Rev George was at Billingshurst for only about a year from 1921 until his death on 11 August 1922 (according to the Surman Index of Congregational Ministers).

If you post a reply here, the private messaging facility will be activated so that I will be able to send you my email address.


Technical Help / Re: Ancestry message boards
« on: Thursday 19 March 15 14:59 GMT (UK)  »

Apparently their technical support are aware of the problem, but don't know when it might be fixed.


Census and Resource Discussion / Re:
« on: Friday 13 March 15 10:56 GMT (UK)  » is a publically traded corporation based in Provo, Utah. Stock symbol ACOM

Ancestry stopped being a publicly traded company when Permira, a London-based private-equity firm, bought it in 2012.

Source: BloombergBusiness

The Common Room / Re: How to show unmarried parents on a handwritten tree
« on: Thursday 26 February 15 10:40 GMT (UK)  »

I've always used the "not equal to" sign:

John SMITH  ≠  Mary JONES


The Common Room / Re: Explanation please - "admitted burgess"
« on: Saturday 31 January 15 09:10 GMT (UK)  »
The Bristol and Avon Family History Society website had a good explanation, from which the following bits are taken:

    "The freedom of the town and the freedom of the craft guilds were also closely linked, and it was difficult, and at some periods virtually impossible, for a man to set up as a master in his own craft or trade and take apprentices without first being admitted a freeman.

    Until 1835, admission to freedom was fourfold.  As early as 1344 it was laid down that a man could claim admission: 
    1. as the son of a freeman,
    2. by serving at least seven years apprenticeship to a burgess,
    3. by marrying the widow or daughter of a freeman, or
    4. by redemption, ie by paying a large sum to purchase the privilege."

    "The most interesting of these four ways is apprenticeship.  Since apprenticeship could lead to freedom, it was necessary for the Corporation to keep an accurate record.  Master and apprentice would come before the mayor and particulars of the apprenticeship indentures would be taken. "

    "Many burgesses must have had the right to claim admission in two or more ways, for the sons of freemen would also serve an apprenticeship to their trade.  It was common for men to take up freedom shortly after completing their apprenticeship.  No-one could become a burgess until he was twenty one.

    There was another important and interesting privilege attaching to the status of freeman.  Until the Reform Act of 1832, Bristol's two Members of Parliament were elected by the votes of the freeman of the City. "

One of my 2x gr-grandfathers is recorded as taking his burgess oath in Nottingham in 1858.


Added: Found the link at last for the article on the bafhs website:

The Common Room / Re: Where to find Marriage Licence/Allegation
« on: Tuesday 30 December 14 11:16 GMT (UK)  »

Ancestry has marriage bonds and allegations for London and Surrey, 1597-1921, from London Metropolitan Archives' holdings.

Any use?

New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Still Chasing the ST. HILL Family
« on: Tuesday 02 December 14 10:31 GMT (UK)  »

... and I think he might have been a JP???

Gidday tartanpixie

As far as I know, Henry Charles St HILL (1783-1861) didn't hold any particular post in NZ it was his eldest (illegitimate) son James Henry who was a JP and Resident Magistrate for Wellington.

I also still keep an eye out for any new St HILL information that might come to light.  Yes, it would be really good to confirm Richard's branch of the family once and for all, and Lawrence's lot from South Africa/Australia too.

All the best to you and yours.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Use of 'Friend' in 19th C Will
« on: Tuesday 21 October 14 09:31 BST (UK)  »
It's good to see that OED definition because I have a couple of other wills where it is not obvious that a named friend might be a relative must go back and study them again.

CastleBob: yes, the testator was a first cousin (same surname) and his own and his executors' full London street addresses were very helpfully included so I was never in any doubt. 


PS.  I don't know if the fact that the will appears to have been drawn up in Scotland has any bearing on the useage of friend. (The witnesses' addresses are both in Aberdeen).

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Use of 'Friend' in 19th C Will
« on: Monday 20 October 14 15:31 BST (UK)  »

One of my (English) lot wrote his will in 1880 and named his cousin and another man as executors.  He referred to them only as my friends.

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