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Cheshire / William Courthorpe Townshend Wilson born 1895, Birkenhead
« on: Tuesday 28 April 15 07:16 BST (UK)  »
I would appreciate help finding some further information about this man and his family.

William Courthorpe Townshend Wilson was born 1865 in Birkenhead, son of Richard Duff Wilson and Catherine Dora Townshend.

William Wilson was a barrister at law (Grays Inn), member of the Northern Ireland Parliament, Vice Chancellor of the County Palatine of Lancaster and was awarded KC knight bachelor in the 1930 New Year's honours.

He married Catherine Amelia MacDonald on 8th July 1892 at the Wesleyan chapel, Amhurst Park in London.  Catherine was the daughter of James Alexander MacDonald, Wesleyan minister.  The 1891 census shows Catherine Amelia to be 28 years old, Matron of the Bootle Borough hospital.

William and Catherine had 5 children, the first three born in Birkenhead between 1893 and 1897, the last two born in Formby, Lancashire:

1. Dorothy Frances Harriet Wilson (1893) became only the second woman to be ordained as a minister of religion (Congregational church).  I believe she was trained at Mansfield College, Oxford and, because of ill health, served a series of short term ministries until she died in 1956 in South Africa.

2. MacDonald Wilson (1895) became a Lt Colonel in the British Army, possibly the Loyal North Lancs regiment.  He married Dorothy Emily Scull in 1919 and they had two children: John Macdonald Courthorpe Wilson (1920-1943) and Shirley Wilson (1923).

3. Roderick James Wilson (1897) no information beyond the 1911 census.

4. Catherine Townshend Wilson (1899) she may possibly have married a man called Alexander Hart.

5. Barrington Wilson no information beyond the 1911 census, likely died 1980 in Knowsley, Merseyside.  William Wilson's probate calendar entry describes Barrington Wilson as a 'manufacturer'.

Catherine Amelia Wilson died 1940 in Liverpool.  William Wilson died four years later at 'Belmont', Great North Road, London N2.

Any information or suggestions greatly appreciated.


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Amy Johnson, aviator 1930 photo
« on: Wednesday 08 October 14 13:11 BST (UK)  »

I found this rather scrappy photo when I was looking through an album belonging to my grandfather.  He was a London copper from about the mid-1920's.  The photo is in a dreadful state and I've scanned it as best I can.

I believe it shows Amy Johnson, the famous aviator, when she took part in a London street parade in July 1930.  Apparently close to a million people turned out onto the streets to see her so it was quite a big event of the time.  It's likely my grandfather was on duty on the streets at the time of the parade, hence why he kept the photo as a memento.

Can anyone confirm this is Amy Johnson?  Does anyone have a better copy of this photo or something similar from the parade.

Best regards,

London and Middlesex / Abraham Carter, weaver, mid 1700's Spitalfields
« on: Saturday 29 March 14 11:47 GMT (UK)  »
I'm trying to trace Abraham Carter, a weaver who lived in Christ Church Spitalfields.  He married Susanna Casel on 24th December 1750.  They had 9 children, one of whom was born 5 years before the marriage.

The marriage has been entered in the Clandestine Marriage register....not sure if I understand the possible significance of this so would appreciate if someone could explain.  Abraham was a widower when he married Susanna and it is known he was a weaver by occupation.  Susanna was from the parish of St Matthews, Bethnal Green

I can't trace either Abraham's or Susanna's baptisms.  I have seen some earlier records for a Le Casel family who were Huguenots and wondered if Susanna may have been a descendant of Huguenot immigrants.

I can not find any trace of a plausible earlier marriage record for Abraham.

Any help or suggestions how I could go about tracing this family would be appreciated.


Angus (Forfarshire) / Bryson family of Dundee
« on: Saturday 22 March 14 18:38 GMT (UK)  »

I'm trying to find out some more information about this family, particularly James Fyall Bryson born 1897 in Dundee.  He was the son of David Sibbald Bryson and Mary Jane Fyall.  He had a brother, David Sibbald junior and a sister Florence born 1891 and 1901 respectively.

David Sibbald Bryson senior and his sons ran a company D.S. Bryson & Sons Ltd, oil refiners, paint and varnish merchants and ship stores merchants.  David senoir died in 1921 and the sons carried on the business until 1926 when it was dissolved and David Bryson junior re-formed the company under his name and ran it alone.  Meanwhile James Fyall Bryson went into partnership with William Miller to form the company Miller & Bryson, paint and general merchants, dry salters, etc, trading from 9 Barclay Place in Edinburgh.  William Miller retired in 1937 and James Bryson carried on the business on his own.

James Fyall Bryson married a woman called Katherine and died 27th January 1952.  His brother David died in 1966.

Any further information about this family gratefully received.


London and Middlesex / Violette Cordery, racing driver 1900-1983
« on: Saturday 01 March 14 12:30 GMT (UK)  »

I've been trying to trace this lady but have been hampered by a lot of confusing records and name changes.

It appears Violette Cordery was registered at birth as Violet Cordery Lane, born 10/Jan/1900 in Clerkenwell.  She was the daughter of a tobacconist called Henry Lane and his second wife, a French lady called Berthe or Bertha.

Violette Cordery married John Stuart Hindmarsh on 15/Sept/1931 at Stoke D'Abernon in Surrey.  At the time John Hindmarsh was a Lieutenant in the Royal Army Tank Corps but, in his own right, he went on to become a famous racing driver and aviator in the 1930's and won the 1935 Le Mans race with Luis Fontes.  He was sadly killed over Brooklands in 1938 while test flying a Hawker Hurricane.

Violette's father Henry Lane firstly married a woman called Mary and they possibly had three children (Minnie, Maysie and Harry Cordery Lane).  Mary may have died at or just after the birth of Harry.  There's a death index for a Mary Jane Lane in the June quarter in Holborn which tallies with Harry's birth index of same quarter 1892 also in Holborn.  Mary was born in Devizes, Wiltshire around 1863. I've not been able to find a marriage record for Henry and Mary.

Henry Lane is indicated to have been born in New York, USA in the 1891 census, and Scotland in the 1901 census.  He possibly married the French lady Berthe sometime between 1892 and 1894.  They had a daughter Leslie born 31/Mar/1894 in Clerkenwell, then Violette, Ivy Cordery Lane in 1904 and Alfreda Cordery Lane in 1906.

Violette Cordery had another younger sister Evelyn who I've not been able to account for with the exception that the 1931 electoral register shows Violette, Evelyn and Berthe living together at Fairmile in Surrey.  Evelyn was also a racing driver.  Her older sister Leslie married Albert Noel Campbell Macklin, car maker (Invicta and Railton) and boat designer.

Violette died 29/Dec/1983 in Oxshot, Surrey.

I'd appreciate any further information or assistance to help unravel some of the confusion.

Best regards,


I'm trying to find out a little more about these families.

John Victor Scholefield born 1882 in Cook County married Frieda Schultz in 1904.  They had a son, also called John Victor born 1907 who married Catherine Caraher in 1936 in Cook County.

John Victor senior died 1936, just a few months after his son married.  John Victor junior died in 1937, 18 months after his marriage.

Can anyone help me find out what happened to the wives and whether John Victor junior had any siblings or children?


New Zealand Completed Requests / Houchen family living near Auckland
« on: Monday 03 February 14 10:49 GMT (UK)  »
The reverend Edward Houchen born 1829 in Norfolk married Anne Gilham in 1865 and had nine children between 1866 and 1881.  In 1883 or thereabouts the family emigrated to New Zealand.  They built a house which they called Porthcurnow in Takapuna near Auckland.  Anne died there in 1891, Edward died 1902.

One of their sons Henry Houchen married Eliza Katherine Owen in 1906 at St Barnabas, Mount Eden.  She was the daughter of George Burgoyne Owen who was a prominent Auckland merchant and his wife Selina (nee Osbourn).  Henry & Eliza had at least one child, Harry Owen Houchen born 1907 in Auckland.  Harry Owen Houchen married Beatrix Elizabeth Ellett in 1935 in Westminster, London.

I would appreciate any further information on any of the above.

Best regards,

London and Middlesex / Nora Hardy MacCaw 1894-1971
« on: Thursday 26 December 13 07:43 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone help me with any information about Nora Hardy MacCaw?  She was the daughter of William John MacGeagh MacCaw, born 1894 in India, died 1971 in Paris, but she appears to have spent much of the 1930's living in Chelsea, London.  I've found her in the 1911 census where she was a boarder at a young ladies finishing school in Queen's Gate.  I'm interested from the point of view of her subsequent ownership of a number of Bentley motor cars.


Buckinghamshire / William South, publican of the White Hart Inn at Stony Stratford
« on: Monday 11 November 13 10:09 GMT (UK)  »

I'd appreciate any information about William South who was publican at the White Hart Inn, Stony Stratford around 1830.

He apparently married Elizabeth Ward and they had at least one child, Martha who was baptised at St Mary Magdalene Stony Stratford on 23/Sept/1823.

I'm struggling to find any other information about this family but an particularly interested to learn about Elizabeth Ward as she was the sister of my 3rd great-grandfather.

Any help greatly appreciated.


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