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Can anyone help me trace this family on the 1841/1851 census, in the Stepney area of London. Listed below is what I have on the family so far.

John Newmna and wife Elizabeth. In 1862 John was a carpenter.(from edaughter Elizabeth's marraige cert)
John and Elizabeth had 4 children:
Elizabeth b June Q 1839 Stepney District ch 12.9.1841 St Sephulchre, London
Mary Ann ch 12.9.1841 St Sephulchre, London
Emma Newman ch 26.11.1843 St Sephulchre, London
John Newman ch 27.1.1846 St Sephulchre, London.

Daughter Elizabeth is my 2x great grandmother, so I have her down to present day and also details of the son John Newman (1846) to present day from a connection on GenesReunited. I'd love to be able to find out more about their parents.

Is anyone able to help? :)

Gloucestershire Lookup Requests / 1851/61/71 census Bisley Glos, Fawkes family.
« on: Monday 01 October 07 19:35 BST (UK)  »
Is anyone able to trace the following family on the 1851/61/71 censuses for Bisley, Glos? Any of them will do. :)

In 1841 the family are:
William Fawkes 38 sawyer BIC
Anne Fawkes 40 BIC
Hannah Fawkes 8 BIC
Roda Fawkes 6 BIC
Elizabeth Fawkes 4 BIC
William Fawkes 2 BIC

There is another William Fawkes floating around Bisley at the same time, but this one is mine. Daughter Hannah went on to marry Joseph Ballard in Middx.
I have also seen the name as Faulkes, Fokes and even Hawkes if that is any help :-\


Hertfordshire / CATO Mystery - Need Help!
« on: Thursday 06 September 07 09:40 BST (UK)  »
Are any rootchatters able to help with my (growing) Cato mystery?

Thomas Cato and Maria Peters were married 28.9.1800 Amersham, Bucks.Info from IGI. In 1837 Thomas was a shoemaker. I know they had two children baptised 1.10.1837, Elizabeth and Rebecca. Both were baptised in Tring, Herts. Records checked.

My ancestor is George Cato b c1816 Amersham, Bucks. He was a shoemaker, and from 1841-1881 (he died 1883) he lived in Tring, Herts with his wife Maria and children. The IGI entry for George shows him b 1810, but the census and his death indicate he was b c1816.George's first two children were baptised on the same day as Thomas Cato and Maria Peters, they are all together in the records...Family link? Again records checked.

From GenesReunited I have got together with two others who have Cato's from Amersham, Bucks. They are:

Selina Cato b c1808 Amersham. Married Thomas Beaumont 1835 Rickmansworth, children all b Watford. In 1841 Maria Cato aged 60 is living with Thomas and Selina Beaumont. Her mother?

William Cato b c1805 Amersham, Bucks. Occupation shoemaker. Married Charlotte Varney 1828 tring, herts. Two children b Tring, Herts.

I have had a researcher check Amersham records, and there are no Cato baptisms 1800-1837 anywhere.

Is it likely that Thomas Cato married Maria Peters in HER parish Amersham, and that Maria went home to have her children? So Thomas could have been b elsewhere?

Thomas and Maria Cato had 2 children baptised in 1837, Elizabeth and Rebecca, but they married in does this make sense ?

Is it possible/likely that Thomas and Maria Cato are also the parents of William and George?

There are a lot of Cato families in Tring, Herts. Some of the later one's do relate to my side, or to William and Charlotte's children.

Any ideas anyone?


The man on the far right of this group is my great grandad, John Smallman. Next to him is his daughter Elizabeth, my Nan. This is the only photo there is of him and I wondered if it's possible to enlarge him /make him clearer so I can see what he looked like. It's so hard to see from the photo as it is.


Herts Completed Lookup Requests / 1891 Census - CATO - Tring
« on: Wednesday 05 September 07 12:09 BST (UK)  »
I have the 1841-1881 census for my Cato family. George Cato died in 1883, but Maria Cato, his wife, may still have been around. :-\ In 1881 they lived at 15 Brook street, Tring, herts.

In 1891 Maria Cato would have been around 75 years of age.

Is it possible for anyone to see if she can be found?


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Can this photo be lightened please?
« on: Tuesday 04 September 07 16:39 BST (UK)  »
When I print this photo it's really dark and I wonder if anyone is able to lighten it for me please?

Is anyone able to look up a baptism at HALS for me?

I have a William Sear that I have been pursueing via the censuses, but he cannot be found in the 1841/51 census. The Williams that are there are not the correct ones. See,231749.0.html

It has been suggested that the way forward on this may be to look up the baptism. The details I have are as follows:

William Sear b c1831 Hemel Hempstead, Herts (the 1861-1881 all agree with this year of birth and birthplace. The 1901 census shows his birth year as c 1828 St Albans, Herts, but William is in a Workhouse then, which may explain the discrepancy)

William married 25.11.1856 St Bartholomew, London, and his father is listed as Richard Sear, occupation Baker.

So if a baptism for William Sear b c 1828-1831 Hemel Hempstead, with a father Richard Sear, a baker could be found it would just be wonderful ;D

I hope this isn't too confused.

Leicestershire Lookup Requests / Rebecca Greensmith, Rearsby, Leics
« on: Thursday 16 August 07 11:02 BST (UK)  »
Rebecca Greensmith married John Shaw 25.11.1781 in Syston, Leics or Rearsby, Leics. (The IGI states the marriage took place in both places on the same date)

John Shaw was born in Syston and I have most of his family. John and Rebecca's children Thomas 1782, Elizabeth 1791, Isaac 1795 and Hannah 1804 were all born in Syston.

Rebecca Greensmith was according to the IGI  born c1760 Bearsby, Leics...obviously Rearsby! I don't have anything else on her or her family, and there are no other Greensmith's from Rearsby on the IGI. Is anyone able to help trace Rebecca and her family?


Bedfordshire / HALL & FIELD from Whipsnade?
« on: Wednesday 01 August 07 14:02 BST (UK)  »
I'm looking for information on Thomas or Richard Field and his wife Mary Hall. According to the IGI, Thomas Field married Mary Hall 23.10.1809 Whipsnade, Beds. Another entry gives the same details, but names him as Richard Field. Mary's year of birth is given as "about 1788, of Whipsnade"

The 1841 census shows them living in Edlesborough, Bucks (transcribed as Fiela) as Thomas and Mary Field.

It would seem Mary Hall is from Whipsnade, although I don't know about Thomas. Their 3 children Ann 1811, Mary 1823 and David 1830 were also born in Whipsnade.

Is it possible to:
1.Confirm if Thomas IS Thomas as it would seem, and not Richard?
2. Trace Mary Hall's baptism/parents.?
3. See if Thomas/Richard was from Whipsnade too?


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