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Kent / West Kent Probate Records
« on: Wednesday 10 September 08 16:28 BST (UK)  »
Hi all

I need to start looking at probate records for my ancestors from Brenchley and Horsmonden and have come across a CD for sale "The West Kent Probate Index, 1750-1858".

Has anybody used this index?


Lancashire Lookup Requests / 1851 unfilmed census
« on: Wednesday 26 March 08 09:34 GMT (UK)  »

Can anyone help with the 1851 census for Henry Morris please?

This is Henry in 1861

1861 Census
Henry Morriss Head Mar 25 Cotton Spinner and manufacturer b Manchester
Fanny L Wife Mar 23 b London
Charles G Son 2 months b Salford
Rebecca Saville Serv 26 Lady’s Maid b Essex
Jemima Hughes Serv 26 Cook b Wales
Ref RG9  2906 f 13

I believe this is Henry in 1841

1841 Census
William Morris 35 Spinner Cotton Manufacturer
Mary 35
Henry 6
Mary 4
Isaac 2
Priscilla 5 months
2 servants
HO107 543/1 f 5

The 1851 census would help me confirm I am looking at the correct parents for Henry and round off the information I already have on this family.



The Lighter Side / Microfilm/fiche reader and printer - views please
« on: Sunday 02 March 08 13:22 GMT (UK)  »
The microfilm/fiche reader/printer at our local archive has died and we are looking at replacing it.

I wonder if anyone has used a ScanPro 1000 (or similar) which is a computer attached fiche and film reader?


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / RFA Photograph
« on: Thursday 31 January 08 17:18 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Photo Restorers

Atom has been giving me some information on this photo on the WW1 Board.,281168.0.html

My grandfather is the one marked with no less than 3 "X".  ::)

Could one of you please give the photo a clean and get rid of the offending X marks for me ?


World War One / William Joy RFA
« on: Thursday 24 January 08 16:16 GMT (UK)  »
My grandfather William Joy was in the RFA, Reg No 38455. His records have not survived. which is particularly unfortunate, as he served for over 14 years.

I am trying to fill in some of the gap using the papers that I do have  (his Discharge and Conduct Certificates) and some photos.  My father has my grandfather’s medals.

Discharge Certificate
Enlisted at Southend on Sea 6 September 1905
Discharged after 14 years 122 days with the Colours and 85 days in the Army Reserve

Character Certificate
Date of discharge 3 March 1920

The writing on both these certificates is now very faint.

When he married in July 1913 he was a Bombardier at Woolwich No 1 Depot.

From the Medal Rolls I have found that when he disembarked for France on 9 September 1915 he had the rank of Sergeant.

This is one of the photos of my grandfather and I wondered what you can tell me about it.  I can rescan specific parts if that would help.  (By the way I did not put the marks on the photo!)

Any help much appreciated.

Barbara  :)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Dating and clean up please
« on: Wednesday 23 January 08 16:53 GMT (UK)  »
I hope this is going to work as it is the first time I have posted an image - fingers crossed.   :)

I have been told that this is a photo of my great grandparents but would like to have your views on the date please.

Also if you could clean up the photo I would be really grateful.


The Common Room / Court of Chancery- Sale of Property
« on: Tuesday 20 November 07 11:35 GMT (UK)  »
I have found a notice in the Times, 24 May 1834, advertising the sale of property in Eltham that had belonged to Richard Lewin, one of my husband's ancestors.
Richard had died on 7 June 1832 and his will required that all his property be sold within 3 years of his death.  His will was proved on 2 November 1832. I was not therefore surprised at the sale but the advertisement states that property is

"To be peremptorily sold pursuant to an Order of the High Court of Chancery made in a cause "Lewin v Lewin"

So, should I asume from this that there had been some dispute about the will?
Can anyone tell me where I can find out more about the case?

Any help on this would be much appreciated as it is totally new territory for me.  :)


Lancashire / Herbert Sinclair Morris
« on: Friday 28 September 07 16:01 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to do some research on H S Morris as our St Ives Archive has been donated some of his photographs.

This is the man in the 1901 census

St Ives, Cornwall
Herbert S Morris Boarder 25 Mining Engineer b Manchester

and his birth registration

Births Dec 1875   
Morris  Herbert Sinclair    Salford  8d 2

I have tried to trace him back through the censuses but have been hampered by my poor knowledge of the Manchester area.  I have set out below, what I have found and would be grateful if someone could check through my findings. 

1861 Census
Henry Morriss Head Mar 25 Cotton Spinner and manufacturer b Manchester
Fanny L Wife Mar 23 b London
Charles G Son 2 months b Salford
Rebecca Saville Serv 26 Lady’s Maid b Essex
Jemima Hughes Serv 26 Cook b Wales
Ref RG9  2906 f 13

Henry Morriss Head Mar 35 Cotton Merchant & ?? b Manchester
Chas G Son 10 b Pendleton
Amy G Dau 8 b Pendleton
Edith E Dau 6 b Pendleton
Walter F Son 3 b Pendleton
Rebecca Saville Visitor 36 Retired Ladies Maid b Essex
Deborah Lloyd Serv 26 Cook b Mold Flintshire Wales
Sarah Ankers Serv 47 Nurse b Chester
Ref RG10  4011 f 32

Pendleton in Salford
Fanny C Morris Mar Wife 39 b Middlesex
Charles G Son 20 Artist b Lancashire
William F Son 12 b Lancashire
H S Son 5 b Lancashire
3 servants

Fanny G Wife Mar 58 b London
Amy G Dau 28 b Eccles
Edith E Dau 26 b Eccles
2 servants
Ref is RG12  3204 f 41

St Ives, Cornwall
Charles G Morris Boarder 30 Artist Painter b 1860 Eccles

Applethwaite,Westmoreland (School)
Herbert S Morris Boarder 15 b Eccles Scholar

I am not sure of the second initial for Fanny, Herbert's mother. I have also not been able to find her on the 1871 or 1901 census.  Her husband, Henry is missing from 1881.  Neither have I found a marriage for Henry and Fanny.  I am still looking  ;)

Thanks in advance.


The Common Room / Baptism - Fictitious Father
« on: Wednesday 29 August 07 16:49 BST (UK)  »
I know that it was quite common for illegitimate children to "invent" a name for a father when they married but has anyone come across a fictitious father at a baptism?
I have the birth certificate for Isabella Headington born 14 April 1840 at 4 Chicksand Street.  Mother is Hannah Headington.  No father is named. A fellow researcher has found Isabella's baptism at St Mary Whitechapel. Isabella Eddington, mother Hannah, address Chicksand Street, but also a father, Richard Eddington, a Butcher.
In a small rural parish it would have been difficult to try to hide illegitimacy at a baptism in this way but maybe it was possible in a busy London parish.
I am particularly interested in views on this as I think that Hannah Headington's older sister may have, similarly, invented a father when her son Richard was baptised in the same parish in 1835.

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