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Surrey Completed Look up Requests / Re: 1851 census Dorking, Dibble
« on: Wednesday 13 May 15 23:38 BST (UK)  »
Just so happened I photographed Lucy's gravestone today. The death date is 21st July 1846, and that of her husband James, March 5 1841.


The Lighter Side / Re: Memorial for many ~ Spanish accident 1959
« on: Wednesday 05 September 07 19:54 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Anna,

Further Googling has revealed that it crashed into a mountain shortly after take-off from Barcelona and was bound for Gatwick. The registration was G-AMZD.



The Lighter Side / Memorial for many ~ Spanish accident 1959
« on: Monday 03 September 07 23:15 BST (UK)  »
I have been to Brookwood cemetery today and spotted two memorials relating to air accidents. One relating to an Iberia flight from Malaga to London that crashed near Fernhurst, Sussex. The other was an Air Ferry DC-4 that crashed in the Pyrenees the same year.

However, next to these two memorials is one entitled "In Memory of those who died as a result of an accident in Spain on 19th August 1959".

28 people are listed and at least two were medical students.

Does anyone have any idea on this? I do not have a plane crash for this day, so perhaps a coach crash or hotel blaze perhaps?

I don't think there is necessarily a link with the local area.



Completed Census Requests / Re: Baptism 1785
« on: Tuesday 01 August 06 17:18 BST (UK)  »
Here we are:-

Cornelius Milles baptised 7 May 1786 at Cobham. Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth.

Also spotted this marriage in the index:-
19 October 1767 Benjamin Miles and Elizabeth Bullen at Little Bookham - by licence. I don't think Benjamin was from the parish, abbreviated as Cry which is not referenced, but maybe Croydon. Didn't have time to check that as they were closing!


The Common Room / Weddings in Newspapers
« on: Tuesday 20 June 06 23:55 BST (UK)  »
I am just wondering how many people have looked through old newspapers to find wedding reports - I'm talking 'ordinary' families here of course.

Was it regular practice for working class families to have their wedding reported or even announced in the local paper 90 years ago? I have a wedding photo from 1915  and would like to know who the bridesmaid was, and in another, I am just trying to get my hands on an exact date.


Bedfordshire Completed Look ups / Re: 1891 census look up Butcher
« on: Monday 13 March 06 15:51 GMT (UK)  »


66, Hartington Road, Southampton [RG13/1053 page 43 fo.149]
Civil Parish - St Mary's
Ecclesiastical Parish - St Lukes
Ward - Newtown

Sidney Butcher - head - married - 17 - ? worker - born Stanbridge Ford
Amelia Butcher - wife married - 28 - born Luton
Amy Butcher - daughter - 7 - born Luton
Florence Butcher - daughter - 1 - born Southampton

unsure over Sidney's occupation but my first guess was musician, but nurseryman possibly and it would fit with 1891. Florence's birth certificate would be helpful in that regard.


That's certainly him Sarah - he was a printer, so thanks.

I wonder why he ended up in the workhouse when his family stayed at home. I will have to look the records up next time I visit the LMA.



Hello Sarah and thanks for looking that up.

Joseph Petitt (spelt Pettitt in 1861 it seems) was born in Ipswich about 1807. I have him in Islington in 1851.

There is a possibility his middle name could be Edward but I've still got to check this out.

I'd be grateful if you could have a look for him in 1871 also, along with

Elizabeth (wife), born Islington 1811
Alfred (son), born Islington 1844
William (son), born Islington 1842
Charles (son), born Islington 1848
Henry (son), born Islington 1851

Many many thanks for your help..


I have a scan from the 1861 census showing Elizabeth Pettitt at 1, Frederick Place, Hackney.

She is listed at the very top of the page as 'Wife'  so I'm wondering if her husband is at the bottom of the previous page?

The reference is RG9/156 page 24

Could some kind soul check this out for me please?


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