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Occupation Interests / Re: Female bricklayer in 1851?
« on: Thursday 30 January 14 13:33 GMT (UK)  »
In 1850 the term bricklayer had a much wider meaning than it has today.  It encompassed what we would now call a builder and included  some of the functions we would today attribute to an architect.

At that time one of my ancestors was a bricklayer at the gunpowder factory at Waltham Abbey.  Subsequent research proved him to be the second most important person on the site, with only the manager senior to him.

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Wonder if he left a will
« on: Tuesday 31 December 13 11:17 GMT (UK)  »
If you go to the previous page in the London Gazette you will see that the listing where you found him is for Fleet Prison.

David

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Wonder if he left a will
« on: Monday 30 December 13 12:59 GMT (UK)  »
It is unusual to find the third report of someone in Fleet Prison without finding some earlier reports.  I initially found this using google but couldn't see the actual date or the prison as I couldn't easily go to the previous pages.  I agree that there doesn't seem to be anything else in the London Gazette.  I wonder about other newspapers.

If it is a bankruptcy or imprisonment for debt, you can usually also find the various stages of progress to the eventual discharge.

David

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Wonder if he left a will
« on: Sunday 29 December 13 14:14 GMT (UK)  »
A brief search seems to indicate that he was at some stage declared bankrupt.  A more detailed search of the London Gazette will give you the exact years and the progress of the bankruptcy.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/

This may explain the lack of a will.

David

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: *COMPLETED* Sick in Uxbridge in 1851
« on: Wednesday 04 December 13 10:06 GMT (UK)  »
Supermouse.

It sounds as though you have an indexing project coming on.

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Buckinghamshire Lookup Requests / Re: Ellen Elizabeth Saunders
« on: Tuesday 03 December 13 13:57 GMT (UK)  »
A Nellie Saunders was born Q2 1895 in Thame Oxfordshire.  Nellie was a usual variation for the name Ellen.  The registration district of Thame extends to the Buckinghamshire border and Brill is just over the border.  More than that I have a fairly extensive tree of the Thame Saunders family who are my wife's ancestors and Nellie does not figure in that family.  There were Saunders in Brill for most of the 19th century but I have so far failed to establish a link betweenthe two families.

David

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Sick in Uxbridge in 1851
« on: Sunday 01 December 13 10:41 GMT (UK)  »
Barges certainly did enter the Grand Union at Brentford from the Thames.  However as their average speed was about four miles an hour hitching a lift hardly seems viable.  Also when the lock into the Thames could be used was dependent on the tide.

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Sick in Uxbridge in 1851
« on: Saturday 30 November 13 13:18 GMT (UK)  »
The barges used on the stretch of the Grand Union from Brentford to Uxbridge were much larger than the narrow boats used elsewhere on the Thames.  Old photographs of this stretch of canal show cranes being used to unload and so it is very possible that he could have been employed on the canal as a deal porter.

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London & Middlesex Completed Lookup Requests / Re: Sick in Uxbridge in 1851
« on: Thursday 28 November 13 15:50 GMT (UK)  »
In 1851 the only place was probably the Uxbridge Union Workhouse.  Uxbridge Cottage Hospital that only had six beds was opened in 1868.

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