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The Common Room / Company director information
« on: Thursday 04 April 13 07:08 BST (UK)  »

Does anyone know if it's possible to get UK company director information dating back to the 1920's/30's?  I am researching someone that I know would have been director of several companies and I'd like to find out the company names and area of business they traded in.

Any advice appreciated.


Europe / Baron Andre D'Erlanger
« on: Wednesday 03 April 13 09:21 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to find out some information about the famous French racing driver of the 1920's, Baron Andre D'Erlanger.  I've found quite a lot about his racing achievements including his 3rd placing in the 1929 Le Mans driving bobtail Bentley with Dudley Benjafield, but haven't been able to find anything else such as his family background and BMD information.

He was one of the well-known 'Bentley Boys' although I've not been able to ascertain if he was based in London or France during his racing career.  There were some D'Erlangers living in London around this time but can't work out if he had a family connection with them.

Any information greatly appreciated.


London and Middlesex / Stroud Haxton
« on: Sunday 17 March 13 09:38 GMT (UK)  »
I'm interested in finding out some more information about (Alfred) Stroud Haxton who was a violinist/society musician in the early 1900's.

He was born 1884 in the Strand district of London, son of Richard Haxton and Louisa Harriette Webb.  At the time of the 1911 census he was living with his parents in Dollis Villas, Neasden.  His father was an electrician, Stroud's occupation is shown as violinist/concert agent.

Just prior to WW1 he was performing with his band at a club called The 400 in Old Bond Street, London.

He married Leah Primrose Barnato, daughter of diamond millionaire Barney Barnato, in 1916 in Westchester, New York.  Stroud and Leah had one child, a daughter called Olive Primrose born 1915 in Connecticut.  A US WW1 draft registration card dated September 1918 shows his occupation to be President of the Trego Motors Corporation.  They were living at the Hotel Knickerbocker, Times Square, New York at this time.

The couple divorced.  Stroud married again to a woman called Marjorie May Maxine and he died in 1931 in Roehampton in Surrey.  His first wife Leah Barnato married Carlyle Blackwell, star of many silent films, in 1926 at St George Hanover Square, London  Leah died in 1933 in Westminster.

Any further information gratefully received.

Norfolk / Christopher Adamson 1673-1744 Wereham
« on: Sunday 28 October 12 14:28 GMT (UK)  »

I'm looking for any information about Christopher Adamson, born around 1673, died Wereham, Norfolk 25/Sept/1744.  He married Martha Clark and had at least 5 children: Christopher, Benjamin who was to become High Sheriff of Wiltshire, William, Martha who married John Heaton of Plas Heaton in Denbighshire, and Richard.

Any information will be most appreciated.


Buckinghamshire / Ward family of Stony Stratford
« on: Saturday 06 October 12 07:53 BST (UK)  »

One of my ancestors, Thomas Ward, owned a residential property in Horsefair Green in Stony Stratford and also rented, and was the publican of the White Hart Inn in the Market Square.  He fell into financial trouble and the properties were put up for sale by auction in October 1840.  Up until the late 1830's Thomas Ward and his family had been living in Olney where he was schoolmaster of the National school from the early 1820's but latterly became an insurance agent, an auctioneer/surveyor, and partner in a maltster business.  Thomas was born around the mid 1790's, birthplace & parents unknown.

I've now seen that a Ward family had connections with the White Hart and White Horse Inns in Stony Stratford in the early 1800's.  A Thomas Ward and his wife Frances were publicans in the town.  In the 1824 town directory Frances Ward is listed as the publican of the White Hart.  This Thomas Ward died in 1808, Frances was buried in Stony Stratford in 1831.

IGI has entries for three of their children:
Sarah Ward born 1789 in Stony Stratford married William Willcox Carr, a farmer, in 1833
Elizabeth Ward born 1792
Frances born 1798 married John Bennett, a veterinary surgeon in 1823.  John Bennett was originally from Stowe, Bucks and they seemed to have had one child who survived, Thomas Ward Bennett, a draper

I'm wondering if/how my ancestor is connected to this Ward family.

I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has any information about Thomas & Frances Ward or anything about the White Hart and White Horse Inns which may be relevant to the Ward family.


Yorkshire (West Riding) / Emily Mitchell 1877 Bradford
« on: Wednesday 03 October 12 14:36 BST (UK)  »

I'm having difficulty tracing one of my great-grandmothers, Emily Mitchell, who was born around 1877/8 in Bradford.

Emily married Robert Williams on 19/May/1902 in the parish of Heeley on the outskirts of Sheffield.  Emily's father was shown on the marriage certificate as James Mitchell, a wheelwright.

Robert & Emily had been living as man and wife in Ecclesall Bierlow at the time of the 1901 census. The census return indicated a daughter , Martha, aged 5 at the time of the census.

At the time of the 1911 census Robert, Emily and 5 children were living at Wellhead Road in Ecclesall Bierlow.   Emily's birthplace was given as Bradford.

I have tried to locate Emily in the 1881 census and have found an instance where the father's name is James, but his occupation is given as a warehouseman.  This James Mitchell was born 1853 in Undercliffe, Bradford and he married Clara Richardson in 1876 at St Peter's cathedral.  James's occupation changed from one census to the next: coal miner, police constable, warehouseman, labourer.  At no point was this chap a wheelwright so I'm assuming it's not the correct family for my Emily Mitchell.

I've not been able to trace Emily in the 1891 census.

Can anyone offer any advice or suggestions?


London and Middlesex / Clara Eva Ward 1871 Haggerston
« on: Friday 28 September 12 12:25 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to trace this lady in the 1901 census and wondered if anyone could point me in the right direction.

Clara Eva Ward was born in 1871 in Haggerston, the daughter of Charles Darby Ward and Caroline Eliza Scales.  I have found Clara in the 1891 census when she was living with her parents at 10 Bay Street, Dalston, a shop assistant aged 19.

She married Frederick William Rice in 1904 at St Peters Islington and both were living at that time at 20 Vincent Terrace, Islington.  They had three children born between 1906 and 1911: Frederick Lawrence, Minnie Florence and Leslie William.  In the 1911 census the family were living at 29 Millfields Road, Clapton where Clara and Frederick lived for the rest of their lives.  Clara died 1949, her husband Frederick died in 1960.

I have two further pieces of information which complicate the story:

The birth certificate of the eldest son, Frederick Lawrence, gives the mother's names as Clara Eva Rice, late Hewett, formerly Ward.  This therefore implies Clara had been married prior to marrying Frederick Rice but I can not find a marriage index for such event.

Secondly it transpires that Clara Eva had an illegitimate son in 1902 who was subsequently adopted by her sister Minnie Harriet and brother-in-law Sydney Fox.  The birth certificate for the child, Sydney Walter Ward (who was baptised at the age of two as Sydney Walter Fox) shows the mother as Clara Scales married to Walter Ward.  I think the father Walter Ward, supposedly a journeyman bootmaker) was a fictional character made up by Clara.  Clara was the informant when the birth was registered and gave her address as 12 Cassimer Terrace, Prout Road, Upper Clapton.   Cassimer Terrace no longer seems to exist but Casimir Road adjoins Prout Road in Clapton.

Any help greatly appreciated.


Dublin / Richard O'Keefe, born 1878, groom at the Curragh
« on: Saturday 18 August 12 13:22 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to find some information about Richard O'Keefe and his family.  He was born  in 1878 in Co. Kilkenny, son of John O'Keefe.  He supposedly worked at the Curragh racecourse and died as the result of a horse riding or horse training accident around the 1914-15 timeframe. 

Richard married Bridget Fagan in 1903 in Dublin South and they had six children: Thomas, Evelyne, Mary, Nellie, Richard and Bridget (my wife's grandmother).  Bridget Fagan was born 1877 in West Meath, daughter of John Fagan.  Richard & Bridget's 1911 census return indicates the family was living in Murphystown at that time.

The family seems to have broken up following Richard's death.  The daughters were placed in a convent home.  We have little information beyond this point and would appreciate anything which could cast any light on the family, particularly about what happened to the mother.


London and Middlesex / Robert Sewers 1806-1873
« on: Saturday 21 July 12 11:45 BST (UK)  »

I'm trying to find some material about Robert Sewers, jeweller, of Panton Street, Haymarket.  He was born in Curry Rivel, Somerset around 1806 and married Marie Antoinette Le Monnier in 1835 at St George Hanover Square.  He joined R & S Garrard Co (Crown Jewellers) as a partner of the company in 1859.

By the 1861 census he had retired to Curry Rivel where he lived with his daughter Louisa Mary Sewers.  Louisa subsequently married Thomas Darby Berry in 1868 in Currey Rivel and Robert died 5 years later in 1873.

Any further information about Robert or his wife Maria Antoinette would be greatly appreciated.


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