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Offline mofid42

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Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« on: Sunday 05 February 12 15:22 GMT (UK) »
I've always enjoyed the novels of Jane Austen and would love to find a family connection no matter how distant.....sadly I never have!

Just wondering if any of you have found a unexpected family connection to a well known figure from the past that you have admired?
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 05 February 12 15:28 GMT (UK) »
Two in fact!

I found out quite early in my research of the link to John Constable (he of "Haywain" fame!).
His paternal grandmother was a Garrad.

And then, of course WDYTYA shows that Barbara Windsor was also linked!
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 05 February 12 15:39 GMT (UK) »
...And does painting and acting run in the family? :D
Seeking baptism for Thomas Peter Nugent c1802-10 and Charles James Nugent c 1805-10 somewhere/anywhere in London
NUGENT Westminster Bermondsey Walthamstow
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Mary Ellen/Ellen Mary ARCHER c 1875 Derby????


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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 05 February 12 19:03 GMT (UK) »
I found out just the other day that my husband's great aunt's son & grandson started the Scottish blood transfusion service in 1930. It's not really fame & glamour, but a wonderful cause just the same. ;D
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 05 February 12 19:14 GMT (UK) »
That reminds me....I am distantly connected to the man who invented the distemper vaccine for animals. Not bad for a man who's grandmother came from a long line of poor basket makers in Kent. Don't know how the family managed to find the money for him to learn to be a vet unless it was 'on the job' training as he started as a vets assistant
Seeking baptism for Thomas Peter Nugent c1802-10 and Charles James Nugent c 1805-10 somewhere/anywhere in London
NUGENT Westminster Bermondsey Walthamstow
COLLIER & OWEN Bermondsey
HAMBLETON Bermondsey
MORETON Hampshire
GROVER Burghfield Berkshire
HALL Buckinghamshire Walthamstow Norfolk
Mary Ellen/Ellen Mary ARCHER c 1875 Derby????

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 05 February 12 20:30 GMT (UK) »
I have a connection with George Edalji who was the first black man to be sucessfully cleared of charges brought about due to racism in the UK.  His case was taken up by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Unfortunately, he never received any compensation from the state.

There is even an book written about the case.

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 05 February 12 21:15 GMT (UK) »
My grandmother's cousin played football for England in 1903 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Must have been really exciting for the family at the time.

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 05 February 12 21:27 GMT (UK) »
My G-G-Grandparents Peter Richardson and Elizabeth Owen were married in 1841 at Daresbury Parish Church in Cheshire by the perpetual curate Charles Dodgson.  Reverend Dodgson's son was also called Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen-name of Lewis Carroll ....... author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and other stories and poems.  Not much of a claim to fame I admit but the best I've found in my research so far!  :)

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 05 February 12 21:56 GMT (UK) »
  Reverend Dodgson's son was also called Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen-name of Lewis Carroll ....... author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and other stories and poems. 
Jim

My 3x great grandfather was butler for Rev. James Dalton who was rector at Croft before the Rev Dodgson. Do I win a prize for a tenuous connection? ;D
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