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Essex Lookup Requests / John Whitmore Garrad
« on: Tuesday 08 February 11 08:56 GMT (UK)  »

My 2nd great grand uncle, John Whitmore Garrad was born in Colchester 5th November 1827, and died there 24th January 1897.

In between times he was a Veterinary Surgeon with the Bengal Army (9th Light Cavalry) and the Indian Army (1854 - 1875).

Can anyone find an obit. for him?

JW was unmarried, and I have his birth & death records.
I have census records for 1841, 1851, 1881 and 1891.
I also have a copy of his will.

Army records for vet's are few and far between - especially for the Indian Army - so I have few details of his life.

Census and Resource Discussion / This gave me a chuckle!
« on: Monday 31 January 11 14:37 GMT (UK)  »
Found in 1901 census RG13/1327/85/23

Address: Met in Holly Bush Lane

Tobias Loveridge  age 1  born: Cambridgeshire (In a barn)

 ;D ;D ;D

Dublin / Abraham Garrad d 1868
« on: Sunday 05 December 10 09:48 GMT (UK)  »
This is a long-shot, but here goes!

My 2xG Grandfather, Abraham Garrad, was born in Essex in 1821.
After his first wife died (1851+), he moved to Dublin.

He appears in the Dublin Street Directory in 1862, at 32 Dawson Street, where he was running a Livery Stables.

There are also various advert's in the Irish Times around that time.

He married Catherine Poynton at St Annes on 8th May 1861.
3 sons were born: Francis (1862, Abraham (1865) and Henry (1867), and a daughter Margaret (dob unknown).

Young Abraham and Henry were apparently born (or baptised) in Kilkenny as Catholic. Why?!

Elder Abraham died on 9th July 1868 in Tallaght, of TB.

My questions:
Where would Abraham be likely to have been buried?

What happened to the family?

World War One / Albert Ardis
« on: Tuesday 16 November 10 15:15 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to trace the Military career of my GF's great-grandfather, Albert Ardis.

So far I have 3 sets of records - and I think they are all linked!

28th June 1911, Reg No 9660, Albert Ardis of 14 Albert Street Belfast joined the Royal Irish Rifles.
After 11 days(?!) he bought himself out for 10 pounds.

26th September 1914, Reg. No 41294, Albert Ardis (the same - as he mentions the Royal Irish Rifles) of 1 Selina Street, Belfast joins the RAMC
14th November 1914 he is discharged as unfit.

Then there is a Medal Record for Albrt Ardis, Reg nos 3791 and 266372, R. Highlanders for a Victory Medal and a British medal.

Fianlly, a member of the family has a framed "Honourable Discharge" paper for Sergeant Albert Ardis, of the Black Watch, dated 1919.

My question is: are there any further records out there I can use to potentially link these documents to the same person?


The 1911 Ireland census has just 1 Albert Ardis of the right age; the 1901 census has 2 Alberts!

Dublin / Which cemetery? Garrad
« on: Monday 11 October 10 12:03 BST (UK)  »
My G-G-Grandfather, who was English, arrived in Ireland some time in the 1850's.
I found him in Dun Loaghaire in a street directory, and by 1860 he was working/living at Dawson Street, Dublin in livery stables (he was a Vet. Surgeon). His first wife having died in 1849/1850.

He married at St Annes 8th May 1861 to Catherine Poynton (aka Kate), and had at least 3 children - Abraham (1865), Henry (1867), and Margaret (?). The 2 boys were baptised RC in Kilkenny.

Abraham died 9th July 1868, in Tallaght, of TB.

So, which cemetery would he likely be found?

Also (long shot, I know!) if anyone can find details of Catherine or the children, it would be greatly appreciated.



Armed Forces / Army Veterinary Surgeon
« on: Wednesday 06 October 10 08:41 BST (UK)  »
My ancestor, John Whitmore Garrad, was a vet who signed up with the Bengal Army (9th Light Cavalry) in 1854.

After the Indian Mutiny (or War of Independence!) he was with the British Army at Muttra (1855) and Kurantadhee(1873). He was with the Stud Department, so maybe that's Indian Army or Civil Service?

The Irish Times of 23rd December 1874 has an announcement of his imminent retirement.
The 1881 census has him back home in Colchester.

To date I can find no trace of an Army record or Pension Record.

Has anyone got any ideas?



Devon / Non-Conformist Registers
« on: Monday 04 October 10 10:02 BST (UK)  »
I thought I would pass on this piece of information, as it had me foxed for quite some time!

The various Methodist sects (Wesleyan, Bible Christian, to name but two) organised their churches on a "circuit" system.
The ministers would travel around a circuit of churches, rather than being directly associated with just one.

Consequently all baptisms (and preumably marriages and burials) are registered under the name of the circuit.

The Kilkhampton Circuit (for both Wesleyan and Bible Christian) covers parts of North Devon as well as parts of North Cornwall!

I have recently found that ancestors I had thought to be Cornish were, in fact, from West Putford in Devon!

So, if you are looking for (particularly) North Devon ancestors, don't ignore a possible Cornish connection!



Channel Islands Lookup Requests / Vanstone family, St Helier
« on: Monday 04 October 10 09:30 BST (UK)  »

My G-G-G-Grandfather, Ascott James Vanstone, was (apparently!) born in Jersey in 1842.
His brother, Matthew John Vanstone, was born 1844, also in Jersey.
Father James Vanstone (b 1812), mother Mary Ann (b 1814) both from Devon. They were married in Devon in 1836.

To date I have found no records of either birth.

When I was recently in Jersey, with a couple of hours to spare before a flight, I did some searching at Societe Jersiaise I found the family in the 1841 census, mis-transcribed as Veanstone, living at Upper Don Street, with a Dorothy aged 3, and an Arscott (transcribed as Anscott) James aged 1.

When the family moved to Bath (by the 1851 census) neither child appears, although there is an Ascott James, aged 9.

So, the family were only in Jersey for a few years and, I suspect, that they were involved with the Bible Christians (Methodist) sect.

Can anybody find for me:
1) Baptism records for Ascott James or Matthew John?
2) Death records of either Dorothy or Arscott James?
3) Are there any records relating to the Bible Christians in St. Helier?

Many thanks,


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