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Offline Guyana

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #27 on: Wednesday 08 February 12 16:59 GMT (UK) »
My great great grandfather's brother married a girl called Eliza Bassett. Her dad George founded a sweet-making firm, who are quite well known :)
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #28 on: Wednesday 08 February 12 18:52 GMT (UK) »
That's great, DudleyWinchurch.    My most interesting find about one of my great grandfathers recently was that he gave evidence to an Election Commission (when he was only 17) about a prospective member of parliament buying votes to get elected in 1880 in Evesham.

The MP actually got away with it and his agent carried the can, but the election was declared void.
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #29 on: Thursday 09 February 12 20:47 GMT (UK) »
According to my grandmother (died 1992) we are related to Sir Christopher Wren...I have yet to find a connection...My grandmother gave one of her sons the middle name of Wren.....

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #30 on: Friday 10 February 12 18:49 GMT (UK) »
I am a distant cousin of two infamous figures, the Kray Twins. Their 3xgreat gran was the sister of my 5xgreat grampy.
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #31 on: Saturday 11 February 12 11:54 GMT (UK) »
I am distantly related by marriage to Frank Lloyd Wright, Lilian Gish and George W Bush.
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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #32 on: Sunday 12 February 12 19:57 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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I was delighted to read this as I have written a book about the famous Edalji family, which also includes details on the Stoneham, Swann and Thompson families.  See www.outrage-rogeroldfield.co.uk.  What is your connection?

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #33 on: Sunday 12 February 12 21:48 GMT (UK) »
I have as 3rd cousin thrice removed James Stockley who was in the CID at the time of the Ripper murders and was involved in the case.

Also a close relative of his Charles Stockley Collins reputedly the first to use fingerprints in a British criminal case.

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #34 on: Sunday 12 February 12 22:27 GMT (UK) »
According to "The Times", a Christopher Tatham was aboard either the Olympic or the Titanic when she was taken out for sea testing (?), with Bruce Ismay also on board.  My gt grandfather's name was Christopher Tatham - but then, it was also the name of a number of his cousins (family get-togethers must have been a hoot!).  However, gt-grandad was already in Oz by that time ...  I am yet to figure out which Christopher Tatham took that little sea trip

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Re: Who has a surprise connection to an historical figure?
« Reply #35 on: Monday 13 February 12 13:37 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.

Rishile

I was delighted to read this as I have written a book about the famous Edalji family, which also includes details on the Stoneham, Swann and Thompson families.  See www.outrage-rogeroldfield.co.uk.  What is your connection?

Roger Oldfield


Hi Roger

I am really interested in your book. Thompson and Catherine Stoneham were my Gtx5 grandparents. Can I get your book on-line?

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