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The Common Room / Re: Messenger to Board of Enquiry
« on: Monday 05 April 21 18:46 BST (UK)  »
Thank you, Jim.

Unfortunately, I do not know where he was born or where he died or anything else.  I only know he married my gggg gm in Dublin and my ggg grandfather and three sisters were their children.  He was obviously off the scene by 1816 since my gggg grandmother had a daughter with another man (although I cannot find a marriage).  Sometime between 1816 and 1824 the famly moved to Wisbech.  I did wonder if there was a naval connection since there are quite a few links with either the navy or overseas trade in other branches (they all lived very close to each other).

The Common Room / Messenger to Board of Enquiry
« on: Monday 05 April 21 12:32 BST (UK)  »
Just had a massive breakthrough and found my ggggg grandfather who was married in 1805 in Dublin.  He is said to be a "Messenger to the Board of Enquiry".  This is the ONLY mention I have every found of him.

Any ideas where I might look next, please?  What was the Board of Enquiry?  Was it military? Might this explain why my ggggg grandmother ended up in Dublin from a small village in Rutland at the age of 18?

I'm v excited and v curious at the same time.

(Didnt know whether to put this in Occupations or Ireland, so it's here).

Thanks for any help.

The Lighter Side / Re: Tall tales or truth?
« on: Tuesday 25 August 20 23:27 BST (UK)  »
I think so.  I'm rather fond of her.  Wish I had met her.  I refer to her as "Naughty Joyce".

I wrote her life story (and with apologies to Charlotte Bronte) I titled it "Reader, I married him.  And him.  And him. And him"......

The Common Room / Settlement Certificate and second wife
« on: Tuesday 25 August 20 17:05 BST (UK)  »
My gggg gf (Edward Plant) died in 1795 in Halesworth.  His widow (Sarah) then moves to Wisbech with her several surviving children.  I cannot find a birth for either Edward or Sarah.

I cannot find a settlement/removal for Sarah.  However, in 1769, there is a settlement cert for an Edward Plant, wife Eliz, 2 children and one on the way at Crowland which states that Edward's legal place of settlement is Wisbech.  Elizabeth died shortly after this.

So is it likely that Sarah has moved to Wisbech because that is her late husband's legal settlement place?  I know at least one of her children was apprenticed by the Overseers as a tailor.  Edward and Sarah had moved around quite a bit (poss IoW, Great Yarmouth and Halesworth), but he was a cooper so that could explain it.  If this settlement certificate is my Edward, I also think he may have left his second wife and married Sarah bigamously.

Furthermore, they lived in Halesworth for around 11 years (well 6 childen were baptised there) so wouldnt they have acquired that as their place of legal settlement?

Thank you for any suggestions.

The Lighter Side / Re: Tall tales or truth?
« on: Tuesday 25 August 20 15:21 BST (UK)  »
There was a family rumour that my gg grandmother was a French countess. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that she was the daughter of a farmer from Peterborough who left her husband and small children to remarry to a soldier, then a farmer, then a coke dealer (the stuff for fires, for the avoidance of doubt).  Her husband eventually caught up with her and there was a scandalous divorce. She did marry once again legally after that to her last husband.  I think she really liked wedding cake.

I think she may also have had a daliance with the french master at the school where her husband was the Head.

I can imagine it gave her husband a bit of a headache since his school promised to educate young gentlemen with moral virtues!

Hampshire & IOW Lookup Requests / Re: Whippingham PR - Plant m Turner 1781
« on: Monday 24 August 20 15:09 BST (UK)  »
Drat!  Thank you, Trish.  I'd forgotten about Freereg.

Oh well, another brick in that wall!!!

Hampshire & IOW Lookup Requests / Whippingham PR - Plant m Turner 1781
« on: Monday 24 August 20 14:39 BST (UK)  »

I was wondering if anyone has access to the original PR or BTs for this parish, please.

Edward Plant m Sarah Turner there on 22/10/1781.  The original document is not available on any of the commercial sites - only a transcript and the names and date is all I have.

I was wondering if there was any further detail in the register such as occupation, single or widowed, witnesses etc, please.

This is potentially my gggg grandfather and mother.  I'm trying to break down a brick wall and was hoping  (most likely in vain) that additional information may help with this.

Thank you.

I know how helpful people are on this board, and I realise that this will probably not be allowed - Admin, if so please delete, but please dont ban me!!!!!

It is my grandparents' 68th wedding anniversary next week.  (Yes, I keep telling Nanna that she should have whacked him on the head 67 years ago and she'd have been out by now  :P).  I just (ie within the last hour) came up with an idea of putting their wedding pic on a card for all the guests at the party to sign.  The party where I am doing the speech, which I havent written yet (work is being a bit of a ****** atm) but the speech will be in the guise of a poem which I shall print on the inside of the card.

I have two pictures of their wedding - both of which have an odd line at a diagonal through them.  Is there anyone on here would would be prepared to try and clean them up for me please?  I do not feel I can publish the pictures since they and their bridesmaids are still very much  alive.

I cant afford to pay anyone (the engine on the car just went fizz bang).  YOu would earn my unerring thanks and make a couple in their 90s quite happy.  Cheeky I know.  But I had to ask.  This is probably our last anniversary since my grandad has become quite weak in the last couple of months.   :(

If anyone feels able to help, please say.  Thank you very much for anyone who even considers helping.

The Common Room / Re: Damages for Personal Injury in 1850s
« on: Saturday 11 June 16 13:20 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Mike.  In later censuses he is either described as a gentleman or a householder or living on his own means.  When he died in 1913 he owned almost 300 houses.  Its a real rags to riches story.  Sadly the generations between me and him spent it all..........

I hadnt thought about a collection though.  Nice idea!!!

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