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I wonder if anyone could assist me or can look up details in the Channel Islands

I am researching Essex Photographers and have an Ephraim Lawton (b. abt 1813 in London, England British Subject – d. 17 May 1901 in Mile End Road, Middlesex).
I cannot find details of his marriage to Caroline (b. abt 1829 in Whitechapel, Middlesex (British Subject)) or birth/baptism of their 3 children – Abraham, Louis and Betsy (all born in the Channel Islands).

I believe he was originally a Master Chair and Sofa Marker/Carver and Upholster, who moved with his family from Jersey, Channel Islands to Bethnal Green and then to Southend on Sea, Essex.
In Southend, from 1874 he is shown as a Photographer and seems to have been based at Station Road and Cliff Town Road, Southend until about 1891.
There are references to Mr Ephraim Lawton having been one of the founder members of the East London Synagogue.
(Does anyone know where I can confirm this?)
He seems to have remarried to Mary Ann Taversham (no details) and her daughter Susannah (Taversham/Lawton)
(b. 1846 in Stepney, London - d. 18 Mar 1896 in Croydon, Surrey) is shown in the 1881 census in Southend. She is married to Soloman Poppelsdorf (Popelstopp) (b. abt 1851 in The Netherlands – d. 1883 in Mile End Old Town, London). He is also a Photographer, but I can find nothing about him.

I not sure, but think Ephraim’s father could be John Lawton (b. abt 1823 in St Georges East, Middlesex) married to Jane (b. abt 1831 in London, Middlesex). He is shown as a Master Chair Maker in Jersey, Channel Islands (1851).

I would be most grateful for any information on Ephraim Lawton’s family and career.

I have a newspaper cutting from Essex Standard dated 30 July 1887
which mentions two photographers
Thomas Henry Sippitt and Benjamin Rundle, both at Clacton on Sea, Essex.
Cannot find any information about them in census.
Could anybody do a look up confirming them in Clacton.
Much appreciated
Bobfilm :)

Trying to find info on Herbert Cass Numa Bunkall (b. 31 May 1847 in Porto Nova, Madras, India – d. 28 Feb 1931 in Leyton, Essex).
Father: Herbert Keene Bunkall (son of Keene Robert Bunkall) and mother: Amelia (or Arabella) Adela
I have note of his birth from a ‘British Subject. Record from Baptisms at the Chaplains Stations in the Diocese & Archdeaconry of Madras’ and his baptism on 5th August 1847 (Abode: Porto Nova) showing father’s profession as Accountant.

He seems to be in England as a UK, Railway Employment Record - 15 Apr 1872 has him working for Great Western at Slough Station. He marries Mary Ann Lawrence on 19 Feb 1874, where his occupation is a Railway Clerk. A newspaper report has him sent for trial - Reading Mercury - 11 March 1876   
"C. M. Bunkall, ticket-office clerk at the Trowbridge Station of the Great Western Railway, was charged with embezzling the sum of 91., belonging to his employers. The prisoner pleaded guilty to second indictment, charging him with falsifying the books"

If I have the right person he is next resident in Chelsea, London (1881) as a ‘Coml Clerk’ and the following year at  Clifton Terrace, Kensington and Chelsea. In 1891 at Claremont Villa, Shrewsbury Road, Willesden, Middlesex as a Mercantile Clerk. He has 7 children in UK with Mary Ann and from 1901 – 1911 is resident in Leyton, Essex as a Photographer.

I also have mention of relation Caroline Edis (b. 1828 in Marylebone, London) who married Thomas Edis (b.1821 in Cosham, Hampshire) Occupation – Grocer. In 1901 she is a widow in Heston, Middlesex with Nieces - Maud Bunkall (b. 1882 in Chelsea) and Nellie Bunkall (b. 1880 in Chelsea).  Herbert’s fifth child is named - Edith Lawrence Edis Bunkall.

Any assistance on his birth/family in India, connection in UK and his connection to Caroline Edis welcomed. I am not related, but am researching Essex Photographers.
Regards - Bobfilm :)

Can anybody assist me with a look up in Scotland?

I have a John Mitchell (b. abt 1843 in Forfarshire, Scotland – before 1901)
married (no date) to Jessie ??? (b. abt 1844 in Montrose, Scotland).
She is shown as a Sailor's Wife in 1881 living at 11 Gibson Place, Montrose, Scotland.

I have found 4 children (but think there maybe more)
Agnes Mitchell (abt 1869 in Montrose, Scotland)
John Mitchell (abt 1871 in Montrose, Forfarshire)
David Mitchell (abt 1874 in Montrose, Forfarshire)
William Mitchell (abt 1879 in Montrose, Scotland)

They seem to move to West Ham, Essex, as in 1891, John is a Shipwright and they are living at 12 Clarence Road, West Ham. They stay at this address and in 1901, Jessie is now a widow. By 1911 she has moved to 32 Clifton Road, Canning Town, West Ham.

There grandchildren are also resident with them during this time (I cannot find their parents ?):
John Brick (abt 1887 in Dundee, Scotland), Nellie Brick (abt 1893 in Canning Town, Essex) and Jane or Jennie Brick (abt 1898 in Canning Town, Essex) as well as Nephew - James Brick (abt 1881 in Montrose, Scotland).
Any information on ‘Bricks’

Both daughter Agnes and son William are shown as Photographers (c1900s), but I can find nothing else ?

Any assistance welcome
Regards - Bobfilm

I would be most grateful if anyone can find information about Thomas Symmons (b. 1843 in Clerkenwell, London) who I believe may have emigrated to Australia.

I think he married Julia Sarah Hartnoll (b. 27 Aug 1848 in Poplar, Middlesex – d. abt 1910 in West Ham, Essex) – no date for marriage? He is shown as a (Wood?) Engraver (1881) and as an Artist & Photographer (1901) both in Woodford, Essex. I found a reference that he migrated to Perth and became a landscape painter?
He is also credited with engraving drawings by Henry French and Fred Barnard - "The Dickens Illustrator".

His son Wilfred Hubert Symmonds (b. 1883 in Woodford, Essex – d. 12 Nov 1952 in Rye, Sussex) was also a photographer in Woodford and Leytonstone, Essex (c 1900s). Any info on him also appreciated.

If anyone has a Australia contact, I would be grateful.

I have reference in the book – ‘Form and Fancy: Factories and Factory Buildings by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, 1916-39 by Joan Skinner that Thomas Wallis married on 4 Oct 1899 at Christ Church, Streatham, his first cousin Edith Elizabeth Wallis (abt 1875 in Balham, Surrey – 5 Nov 1946 in Worthing), the daughter of James Wallis (Master Builder) and Sarah (nee Norris) of 42 Streatham Place. It says that the respective fathers of Thomas and Edith were brothers and the sons of Thomas Wallis and his wife Charlotte (nee Copling).

I have traced Thomas Wallis (22 June 1873 in Norwood, Surrey - 4 May 1953 in Worthing) married to Edith Elizabeth Wallis (abt 1875 in Balham, Surrey – 5 Nov 1946 in Worthing),

His grandfather was
Thomas Wallis (1817 in Reigate, Surrey - 27 January, 1889 in Norwood, Surrey) married to Charlotte Copland (not Copling) (1819 in Brixton, Surrey - 19 April 1895 in Norwood, Surrey). He was a Bricklayer/Builder and Publican of The Bricklayers Arms, 29 Chapel Road, West Norwood SE27. His great grandfather was possibly James Wallis, born 1787 who was a Bbricklayer married to Mary.They had ten children - Edward Samuel, Thomas James, Charlotte, Emily, Albert, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Alice Maria, Ellen and Marian Wallis.

His father was
Thomas James Wallis (abt 1841 in Norwood, Surrey - ???) married to Sarah Ann Hinslea (abt 1838 in Sheffield, Yorkshire - 1898 in Lambeth, Surrey). He was a Bricklayer, later a Builder and Grocer in Norwood, Lambeth, London.

Thomas became a famous Architect setting up Wallis, Gilbert and Partners who were responsible for an impressive numbers of buildings, including the Firestone Tyre Factory and Victoria Coach Station.

My problem is that Thomas’s wife - Edith Elizabeth Wallis father James Wallis (abt 1842 in Brixton, Surrey - Jun 1898 in Hendon, Middlesex) who married Sarah Matilda Norris on 5 Feb 1872, gives his father as William Wallis, occupation – Builder. His baptism on 2 Jun 1841 also records them as his parents. James is shown as a Master Builder at 13 Streatham Place (1881) and as a Builder at 42 Streatham Place (1891).

I can only find his father - William Wallis (abt 1805 in Surrey - ???) and Sarah (abt 1806 in Surrey - ???) at New Park Road in 1871 where he is a Bricklayer.

I have also found a John Wallis (abt 1805 in Reigate, Surrey - abt 1865) married to Susan Cole    (abt 1806 in Lambeth, Brixton, London - 1879 in Lambeth, Brixton, London). He was a Bricklayer in Lambeth in 1851 and his eldest son was James (abt 1844 in Brixton, Surrey).

If anyone can assist me in confirming information on Wallis brothers and their families and if any information exists on the Wallis forefathers as builders, I would be grateful.
Bobfilm  :)

Family History Beginners Board / George Boucas - Artist / Photographer - 1879-1941
« on: Saturday 24 August 13 15:49 BST (UK)  »
I would be most grateful for information on George Boucas (AKA George I. Bougioukas) Born 1879 in Agia Paraskevi, a town of Mytilini on Lesbos Island, Greece. He seems to have moved to England in 1897 with his brother Eustace J. Boucas (b. 7 Nov 1880 in Lesbos Island, Greece - 1965 in America?) and married an English woman?.
He opened a photographic studio at 120 Mile End Road, Stepney. Exhibited at the Royal Photographic Society Exhibition in 1901. From 1902 until 1910 shown as having a photographic studio at 195 High Road, Ilford, Essex.  In 1912 he opened a studio in Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) and was the official photographer of the Greek royal family. He may have married for a second time and may have died c.1941.
His brother Eustace emigrated to Massachusetts, USA where he married and was also a photographer.

Any info or leads welcome
With thanks - Bobfilm  :)

Trying to find any connections and marriages for Christopher (Frederick) Nickels.

I want to find out if Christopher Frederick Nickels (b. abt 1806 in Colchester, Essex - d. 19 Jun 1860 in Camberwell, Surrey) was the son of
John Pells Nickels (b. 1 Jun 1768 in Ipswich, Suffolk - d. Sep 1828 in Colchester, Essex), a cabinet maker and Elizabeth West (b. 1767 – d. 1827 in Colchester, Essex).
As far as I know they had 8 children - Henry, Charlotte,, William, Benjamin, Hannah Rebecca, Christopher Frederick, Sophia Matilda and Lucy Emma – all born in Colchester, Essex.
John Pells Nickels parents were - James Nickells (b. 1741 in Ipswich, Suffolk) and Elizabeth Pells (b. 1736 in Suffolk).

Did Christopher Frederick Nickels marry Elizabeth (nee Dixon?) (b. abt 1817 in Portsmouth, Hampshire - d. 24 Sept 1873 in Walthamstow, Essex)?
(also shown as b. 1816 in Portsea Town, Hampshire - d. 13 Apr 1871 in Camberwell, Surrey)
He may have also married earlier? a Jane Cliff Fuller on 30 Jan 1826 in Clerkenwell St James, Islington.

In 1851 - CFN is a Gutta-Percha Manufacturer, married to a Elizabeth with 2 children - Charles and Henry, living in Camberwell, Surrey.
In 1871, Elizabeth is a widow living in Camberwell, Surrey with children - Elizabeth, George, Charles, Henry, Walter and Ernest.
Her probate (24 Sept 1873) shows her in Walthamstow, Essex (Why?) and Henry Waterloo Nickels   (b. abt 1815 – d. 1888 in Shoreditch) - Foreman at Gutta-Percha Works as son and next of kin?
(His Father is John Nickels - Cabinet Maker) which has me confused?

Just to add confusion, I would like to know if Edward (Edouard) Nickels (b 26 April 1829 in Paris, France (British subject) – d. 1894 in Tunbridge Wells, is a son of Christopher (Frederick) Nickels.. Their is mention that CFN lived in Paris and had a shop in Monmartre.

Can any clever detective assist me.

I am trying to connect Charles William Vick (b. abt 1860 in Staveley, Derby) as a son of William Vick (b. abt 1833 in Ebley, Gloucestershire – d.15 April 1911 in Raynes Park, Surrey).

William Vick married a Mary Ann ??? (b. abt 1836 in Marylebone, Middlesex) and was a photographer with premises at the junction of Clarkson Street and London Road, Ipswich, Suffolk from 1868 until at least 1891.
I have found 3 children - Henry William Vick (abt 1867 in Cainscross, Gloucestershire), Eleanor Mary Vick (abt 1871 in Ipswich, Suffolk) and Anne Maud Vick (abt 1874 in Ipswich, Suffolk)
According to his will (1911) he was a widower and lived at 50 Fordwych Road, Cricklewood, Middlesex and died at St Johns Lodge, Nursing Home Grand Drive, Raynes Park.

Cannot find his or her parents or when they married.

Charles William Vick is shown at 50 Fordwych Road, Cricklewood, Middlesex in 1911, with his wife and children. He was a Baptist Minister at Brondesbury Baptist Church, Kilburn High Road. He married ? Agnes Mabel ??? and they had 5 children:
Charles Julian Vick   abt 1885 in Leicester, Leicester - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mabel Joyce Vick   abt 1886 in Loughborough, Leicestershire
Gladys Mary Vick   1887 in Loughborough, Leicestershire - 1968 in Barrie, Ontario
Kenneth Jesson Vick   1890 in Loughborough, Leicestershire – 5 July 1917 in England
Donald William Vick   abt 1896 in Willesden, Middlesex
(There is a previous enquiry under ‘Help! Where did this memorial come from?’ regarding his son - Kenneth Jesson Vick).

There is mentioned of a Revd Charles Vick, at Winchmore Hill Baptist Church who resigned in 1929 ?, but I cannot find when or where he died.

Any assistance or leads very welcome.

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