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Site Updates - Surnames: Dando, Oliver, Geake, Bishop, Gwyn, Hoskings, Jones

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Place names: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and London. Also, Merthyr Tydfil, Tonypandy and Ystradyfodwg in Glamorgan, and Sirhowy and Blackwood in Monmouthshire.



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Site Updates - Surnames: Feaston, Tyeth, Clarke, Oliver

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Place names: Launceston in Cornwall, Upton Park and Kilburn in London.



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Site Updates - Surnames: Oliver, Woodall, Styring, Woodhead, Moore, Gill

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  • Added detailed information and notes for my 3 x great-grandparents, John Oliver and Sarah Woodall.
  • Added the names of their childrens' husbands and wives. The names include Styring, Woodhead, Moore and Gill.
Place names: Bramwith Woodhouse, Doncaster and Leeds in Yorkshire, Blackpool in Lancashire.

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Site Updates: Stephen Free from Hadstock in Essex

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  • Added information found in various local street directories to Stephen Free's profile. Also added details of the grant of probate and the sale of his land and property after his death.
Place names: Hadstock in Essex.

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Updated Stephen Free's Biography page with the above information.


Old newspaper articles often add to the detail of the lives of our ancestors. Stephen Free's estate was put up for auction in August 1883 when The Chelmsford Chronicle published the following advert...

HADSTOCK
FREEHOLD ACCOMMODATION LAND
AND
COTTAGE PROPERTY
(With Possession).
______________

Mr. Cheffins

Will SELL BY AUCTION, on Saturday, August, 25th, 1883, at the Rose and Crown Inn, Saffron Walden, in Six Lots, by direction of the Executors of the late Mr. Stephen Free.
THE Valuable Small ACCOMMODATION FARM, comprising a dwelling-house, homestead, productive orchard, and 7a. 0r. 3p. of highly fertile land, situate fronting the road leading to Bartlow; an orchard and one inclosure of Accommodation Land, containing together 3a. 3r. 16p., situate in Siggins-lane.
TWO Plots of Superior ARABLE LAND, situate fronting the Bartlow-road; and
FIVE COTTAGES situate in the Village, in several occupations of Hills, F. Fordham, Culter, and G. Fordham.
Particulars and Condition of Sale may be obtained of Messrs Freeland and Bellingham, Solicitors, Saffron Walden; and of Mr. Cheffins, Saffron Walden.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Weaver, Twogood, Street, Munckton + Picture Gallery additions

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I initially had the wrong Sarah as a wife of my 4 x great-grandfather, Robert Weaver (1789-1869). Beforehand, I had found a marriage in 1810 in Curry Rivel, Somerset, between a Robert Weaver and a Sarah Munckton, both previously widowed. However, there were always difficulties with this. Firstly, they were so young that they didn't seem to have had time to have been married before, I could find no obvious first marriages for either and their children didn't start coming along until 1817.

With my FindMyPast subscription, I recently discovered another marriage between a Robert Weaver, bachelor, and a Sarah Street, spinster. The couple were married in Curry Rivel on 26th March 1816. I now realize this is the better fit for my 4 x great-grandparents.

Whilst I don't have absolute proof, it's reasonable to assume the Weaver/Munckton marriage was the second wife of Robert's father, also Robert Weaver (1757-1832). Robert senior's first wife, Ann (nee Twogood/Toogood), may have died in 1809 as there is a burial in the Curry Rivel parish records of an Ann Weaver on 30th August 1809. There are no other Robert Weavers in the locality as far as I can tell.

This is a lesson in having to be very careful using datasets with various cut-off dates. Some websites, commercial and non-commercial, may not have all the parish records for a particular parish and so it's important to recognize this.

Updates include:

Place names: Curry Rivel in Somerset.

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Updated the Ancestors of Phyllis Grace Weaver report.

Barnes Picture Gallery

Added the following albums:

  • People - (Individuals) > Barnes - so far, the album contains one image of Harvey's great-aunt, Cissie Barnes. More Barnes photos to follow in due course.
  • Graves & Memorials > Rouen, France - St Sever Cemetery Extension - Harvey's great-grandfather, George Harvey, is buried here.
Dynamic Family Trees

The Dynamic Family Trees section has been removed. With the numerous devices on the market which don't have flash player installed, I've decided to concentrate my efforts on researching and updating the main family trees.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Barnes, Gardner

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Place names: Newlyn in Cornwall and Plymouth in Devon.

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Added a biography page about Cissie Barnes in the new Barnes family biographies section.

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Site Updates - Elizabeth Gale (later Hellier)

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  • Added further details and notes for my 4 x great-grandmother, Elizabeth Gale.
So what have I discovered so far?

Elizabeth Gale was married to Samuel Hellier in Tavistock in 1815. She was most likely widowed before 1841 as she appears on the census with her grand-daughter, Sarah Hellier, and a Grace Gale, who was probably a relative but I've yet to discover who Grace was. Residing in West Street in 1841, Elizabeth and her grand-daughter lived at Ford Street Alms House in 1851 and 1861.

Elizabeth lived to be about 78 years old and was still working as a laundress 3 years before she died. She was probably born in Widecombe-in-the-Moor as stated on the 1851 census, although the 1861 census puts Tavistock as her birth place. This might easily have been an error - whoever gave the enumerator the information might have guessed or said 'Don't know' so perhaps Tavistock was chosen because this was where the family were living at the time.

I need to undertake further research to discover Elizabeth's roots but, as I don't currently have access to baptism registers for Widecombe, this will be placed on hold for the time-being.

Place names: Tavistock and Widecombe-in-the-Moor in the county of Devon.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Hellyer/Hellier, Congdon, Sillick

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Upon researching my 2 x great-grandparents, John Gale Hellier & Mary Ann Congdon, I've discovered more about their children.

After one of their twins, May Amelia Hellyer, died under the age of 2, they also lost another daughter, Alice Maud, at 10 months old. A second son (and 10th child), John, was born in April 1890, just a few months before his mother died.

John senior found himself widowed with 8 children whose ages ranged from 12 years to 4 months. It's not surprising that by the following year (1891) two of his daughters, Lily Elizabeth and Sarah May (my great-grandmother), were living with extended family members. The young boy, John, was adopted by Thomas Simpson (a naval pensioner and perhaps a friend of John's father) and his wife, Mary. Sadly, the boy died at the age of 9 years.

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Place names: Tavistock and also Devonport in Plymouth, both in the county of Devon.

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Amended the biography page for John Gale Hellier.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Geake, Dinner, Arscott, Pengelly, Walters, Dearing, Ball, Edwards, Sillick, Hellier, Gale, Hibbitt, Pitcher, Newbold, Day

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With my new FindMyPast.co.uk subscription, I've been delving into my maternal family, taking advantage of the many Devon records in their databases.

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The Church at Peter Tavy
The Church at Peter Tavy

Place names: Milton Abbot, Marystow, Peter Tavy, Wapsworthy, Cudlipptown, Mary Tavy, Tavistock, Okehampton, Hatherleigh - all in Devon; plus Birmingham and Ireland.

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Updated the report for the 'Ancestors of William Hellyer Geake'.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Hibbitt, Pitcher, Young, Gardner, Applegate, Holt, Ellen, Byden

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Place names: Ladywood in Birmingham; Uley, Coaley and Rockhampton in Gloucestershire; Bath, Northwick and Keynsham in Somerset.

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Place names: St Saviour, Southwark in Surrey; Islington and Holloway in London; Bedford in Bedfordshire; Manchester; Edmonton and Muswell Hill in Middlesex; Penzance in Cornwall; Reading in Berkshire; Seaham Harbour in Durham.

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Added biography page for Benjamin Pitcher (abt. 1775-1857) .

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