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London and Middlesex / Re: Disappearing act of Michael & Bridget Brennan
« on: Monday 05 August 13 13:23 BST (UK)  »
Hello, Thank you very much!

That definitely looks like him. I did a quick search of the 1871 census and there were no Michael Brennan's (of a similar age) in Lambeth, which gives further weight to this option.

Thanks again :)

London and Middlesex / Disappearing act of Michael & Bridget Brennan
« on: Sunday 04 August 13 03:20 BST (UK)  »

I have just got the marriage certificate of Francis Blunt and Margaret Brennan, which is:

10 June 1878, Parish Church in St James, Westminster
Francis Blunt, full age, bachelor, fishmonger, residing at 2 Peter St., father Samuel Blunt, boot closer
Margaret Brennan, minor, spinster, residing at 7 Green's Court, father Michael Brennan, labourer (dec'd.)
Francis left a mark, Margaret signed. Witnesses were Samuel Blunt (mark) and Louisa Blunt (signed), parents of Francis.

So the main confirmation is that Michael Brennan was deceased by 1878: so far I have absolutely no trace of Michael or his wife Bridget after the 1871 census.

Michael was born about 1825 in Kilkenny, and worked as a labourer.
Bridget was born about 1831 in Roscommon.

I believe they married in 1856 - with Bridget's maiden name being Joyce (haven't got that certificate yet, as I'd like to trace their lives before going back further).
However, there is no trace of them before the 1861 census. I'm not sure when they came over from England. It may have something to do with the famine, looking at the dates.

2 years ago I had some wonderful help locating Michael and Brennan in the 1861 and 1871 census, where they were listed as "Brinen" and "Brenan" respectively:
They lived in the Strand/Westminster area.

What I am determined to find now is any trace of Michael and Bridget after the 1871 census. So Michael's death between 1871 and 1878, and anything about Bridget.

If anyone could help in anyway I would greatly appreciate it.

Census Lookup and Resource Requests / Re: George Whittle - Censuses Please?
« on: Thursday 23 May 13 10:21 BST (UK)  »
Hi Tilley, sorry for taking so long to respond - I just saw your messages!

It seems like we are related (I am also descended from Elijah and Sarah Ann).

Maybe we can share emails through personal messages?

Yes, lovely picture put what an awful way to die  :(

8 April 1855, my 5xgreat-grandmother Cornelia Bergman died in Ter Aar, Zuid-Holland aged 74. She was a widow of German tailor Frans Levahrt, who had died in 1836. Cornelia had had a daughter before she was married, who is my ancestor.

8 April 1871, my 4xgreat-grandfather Isaac Tivey died in Dudley, Worcestershire aged 68. His death probably came as a relief. Isaac had a very hard life. He was declared bankrupt and served in debtor's gaol in 1856, and struggled with alcoholism, delirium tremens and a head tumour. He attempted suicide on 7 July 1869 by cutting his throat with a razor, but his thick beard saved him. He was found slumped over a fence in a field called "Soldier's Leascowe" in Snow Hill, Sedgley, Staffordshire. He was arrested and after a trial released into the care of his son and son-in-law in Dudley. He was living with his son, working as a tailor, on the 1871 census, six days before he died.

Europe / Re: Italian records
« on: Sunday 07 April 13 11:30 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

This doesn't directly answer your question but may be of help. I used this site:

To ask some questions about my Italian ancestors. Someone put me in touch with a local expert, and he soon sent me several emails full of original records and documents!

Of course, this won't happen for everyone, but it's a really helpful site, much like Rootschat, and you can use English.

3 April 1747 - my 6xgreat-grandfather, Jacob Kluitenberg, was born in Epe, Gelderland. His parents were Aalbert Jacobs and Fenneke Jansen. His father was a farm worker on a place called Kluitenberg, that's where the name comes from. Jacob was married three times and died in 1810.

3 April 1854 - my 5xgreat-grandmother, Cornelia van Spijker, died in Welsum, Overijssel aged 41. She was a housewife to Reijnder de Winter, a clog maker, and they had one son. She was survived by both her parents.

(mother of above):
3 April 1866 - my 6xgreat-grandmother, Everdina Gerrits Neuteboom, died in Nijbroek, Gelderland aged 78. She was married to the farmer Peter Lubberts van Spijker and was also a farmer. She had several children, but outlived most of them.

4 April 1757 - my 6xgreat-grandmother, Hilletje van Grieken, was born in Roelofarendsveen, Zuid-Holland. She was first married to Johannes Bakker, who died in 1807. She then married Pieter Kornelisz van Veen in 1811 in Alkemade, and remained there until her death in 1828.

4 April 1813 - my 6xgreat-grandparents, Gillis Blok and Antonia Mandel, married in Zierikzee, Zeeland. At the time Gillis was a 25-year old painter and Antonia was 26 with no occupation. Their fathers had both died (Antonia's father, Adriaan Mandel was a marine captain who died in France), but their mothers were both living in Zierikzee - Martina Verseput and Sara Bergwerf, both with no occupation. Gillis and Antonia went on to have five children but sadly Antonia died in 1822, and Gillis in 1826, shortly into his second marriage.

4 April 1824 - my 6xgreat-grandmother, Johanna de Meij, died in Leiden aged 68. She worked as a cotton spinner. She had four children with a local merchant, Johannes Brouwer, but I don't believe they married.

4 April 1849 - my 4xgreat-grandparents, Mannes Overmars and Antje Banté, married in Olst, Overijssel. At the time they were 25 and 23 respectively, and both working as daily-hired labourers. The marriage was a double wedding, with Antje's cousin Albertus Beltman. At the time, both of Mannes' parents were still living - Willem Overmars and Willemina van Putten. Antje's father Willem was still alive, and both the fathers were also daily-hired workers. Mannes and Antje were married until Antje's death in 1865, and Mannes remarried and later worked as a farmer, dying in 1902.

Armed Forces / Re: Uniform Identification please (early 20th century)
« on: Saturday 30 March 13 09:37 GMT (UK)  »
Wow, I'm amazed at all that information you could get from the photo. It just shows what having an expert opinion can give.
Thank you very much Ady

Armed Forces / Uniform Identification please (early 20th century)
« on: Saturday 30 March 13 09:24 GMT (UK)  »
Good morning,

I have attached a photograph of a relative born in 1875, born in Hertfordshire and grew up in Surrey. He is said to have served in the Boer War and the First World War, and it is believed this photo was taken during the latter. I have very little to go on, and his name is very common (Smith) so I can't pin down any army records. I'm hoping if I can get a uniform ID it may help be trace his army record.

(added: Ernest is the seated man, but both seem to be wearing the same anyway)

Any suggestions or observations greatly appreciated  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Last column on 1901 census - help please
« on: Saturday 30 March 13 09:17 GMT (UK)  »
Hi again Malky, thank you  :)
Unfortunately the link doesn't work for me, is there something I can search for to get it?

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