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Northamptonshire / Re: 1705 : Dots replacing mother
« on: Friday 23 September 05 18:44 BST (UK)  »
Are you looking at the original parish register or a transcription?  If it is a transcription it is very likely that the original contains the mothers name but the person traanscribing it could not read the name.  In that case it is worth looking at other sources like the IGI where someone else may have attempted to read it. 

I had one case in my family where the surname of the wife in a marriage was recorded significantly differently in three different secondary records.  Eventually I obtained a copy of the original register entry and of the Banns and as a result i was none the wiser. 

Occupation Interests / Re: What Is?
« on: Friday 23 September 05 14:48 BST (UK)  »
A blowing room major was the lead operative (supervisor) in the blowing room of a cotton mill.  This was the room where the bales of cotton were broken up and prepared before being passed on to the carding room.

You will also find a blowing room in glass manufacture but I am not aware of the title major being used there

United States of America / Re: Finding a parcel
« on: Friday 23 September 05 11:30 BST (UK)  »
I have been a clever boy and worked out for myself that its Minnesota.



United States of America / Re: Finding a parcel
« on: Friday 23 September 05 10:44 BST (UK)  »
Thank you for that Jorose.

Do you know is MN Minnesota or Main?


Berkshire Lookup Requests / Re: Wokingham Marriage 1677
« on: Friday 23 September 05 10:34 BST (UK)  »
Sorry nothing about these two particular people but since you are this far back I assume that you have you have picked up all the various bits of history of the Rance family in the town.  i can recall a few without diving into the local library.

One of the books of pictures of old Wokingham shows a shop owned by the family in the town.  Rances Lane is named after the beershop (not the same shop) which used to stand on the corner and was owned by the family.  This later became a public house called the Plough, which still later moved to its current site half a mile down the road.


Berkshire Lookup Requests / Re: walter
« on: Friday 23 September 05 09:41 BST (UK)  »
The main Walter family in the area were at Bearwood in Winnersh which today is Bearwood College, a boys boarding school.  This is only a few miles from Hurst.  There are a number of books written about the school, its history, and the family.

The house was only built in the 1850s by John Walter III but there are obviously two earlier generations.  He owned the Times the local Wokingham based newspaper, has a road named after him and built St Paul's church in Wokingham and St Paul's school previously called Walter Schools.

If this is your family then the histories of any of the above could lead you to a link and a lot of information.

I an fairly certain I saw a copy of the history of Bearwood in the local Wokingham Bookshop the other day.  Its called Bookends.

I hope the above helps


Reference Library / Re: Patrynomics
« on: Friday 23 September 05 08:48 BST (UK)  »
This problem of course is not just a Welsh problem.  If you go back to the 14th century in England exactly the same issues arise.  Here you will find William FitzEdlin son of Edlin FitzJohn de Burg.  Where the de Burg is not a surname but is simply being used to distinguish him from another Edlin FitzJohn and means from the walled town.  In another context some other ending might be used for the same person.

Occupation Interests / Re: Tallow Chandler
« on: Thursday 22 September 05 22:49 BST (UK)  »
This is an occupation to be wary of.  It may simply mean that he was a member of the Guild of Tallow Chandlers and like many of the London Guilds the members more recently have nothing to do with the original trade.  Any businessman of standing in London in the 17th century needed to belong to a guild to meet with other business men.

What can be an interesting genealogical trail is to find why he joined that particular guild.  It was common in the 17th and 18th century to find sons joining the Guilds of their fathers and then on marriage moving to the Guild of their father in law if it was a higher ranking Guild.

The target of course was the Goldsmiths the top Guild.

Occupation Interests / Pig Merchant
« on: Thursday 22 September 05 22:41 BST (UK)  »
You may think its obvious but it may not be.  It can also mean a hawker who sells pottery

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