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

Category: What's New at Hibbitt.org.uk

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.

Resources > Hibbitt Family Tree Biographies section

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.

Resources > Family Tree Reports section

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.

Resources > Hibbitt Family Tree Biographies section

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

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Site Updates - James Smale, yeoman of Shebbear - Biography page

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Resources > Biographies (Hibbitt Family Tree) section

I've created a new biography page for my 6 x great-grandfather, James Smale. The biography mainly consists of a transcript of James' will which he wrote in October 1811. James died within the year and probate was granted to two of his sons, Edward and Richard Smale. The value of the estate was under 200, a tidy sum in 1812.

You can access James' biography from the Hibbitt family Biographies index page or by clicking on the Biography link on one of James' family pages; here or here. I've also placed a photo of Shebbear on his family page with first wife, Thomasine.

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Site Updates - Joseph Dando and his wives and children

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I've been doing a little more digging on my 3 x great-grandfather, Joseph Dando, the younger, and as a result, I've added more facts and updated his biography. Here are the latest findings:

  • I found a marriage licence between Joseph and Helen Shirreff [probably Sheriff] in Dublin in 1829. I knew that Joseph had been in Dublin before moving to America but I hadn't considered that he and Helen, who was his 2nd wife, might have married in Ireland before travelling to America. They divorced in New York.
  • Joseph's 3rd wife was Jane Clark. I now know the date of their marriage in Philadelphia - 7 September 1836. Jane died a little over 3 years later.
  • I discovered that Joseph's 4th wife was Sally Ann Bell Clark, rather than Sarah Clark, as previously thought. It's worth noting that Sally can be a nickname for Sarah. I discovered they married in Philadelphia on 7 August 1841. Sally might have been related to Jane (perhaps sisters) as both Jane Dando and a Sally Clark were parties to an act in February 1939 to confirm the title of both of them to certain lands situated in Baltimore. Sally's fate is unknown.
  • Other details include Joseph's church membership and Confirmation which took place on 28 February 1841 in Pennsylvania. Listed as Communicants in 1844 were Joseph, his 5th wife Harriet Catherine Williams (my 3 x great-grandmother), and a Harriet Richards. This was probably the same Miss Richards who was described as a servant and accompanied the Dandos on the journey to England in August 1844.
  • I found a death notice for Joseph in the Belfast Newsletter which confirmed he died at his home in Carlisle Street, Belfast. It also stated that he was to be buried in the Shankhill Burying Ground.
  • I've added details of Joseph's will, which was straightforward: he left everything to his widow, his 6th wife, Sarah, nee Walker. Sarah and her sister, Martha Walker, were appointed to be his executors. Only Sarah obtained probate although Martha reserved the right if the need arose.
  • I discovered yet another child, Joseph and Sarah (Walker's) first child was a son called Alfred, who was born in 1867. Their middle son, Samuel John, died as an infant. In 1873, Sarah travelled to New York with her second husband, John Hamilton, her sister, Martha Walker, and her 4 year old son, George Dando, the youngest of Joseph and Sarah's three boys. I've yet to learn what happened to Alfred though.
Place names: Dublin and Belfast in Ireland, New York and Philadelphia in USA.

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Site Updates - Surnames: Woodall, Lee, Rusby, Smale, French, Cooper, Fryer, Applegate + new Picture Gallery

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Additions include:

Place names: Hatfield (near Doncaster) & York, both in Yorkshire, Black Torrington & Shebbear in North Devon, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

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Recent changes:

Resources > Dynamic Family Trees section

Both family databases in the Dynamic Family Trees section have been updated.

Picture Galleries

Altered the order of the links in the navigation bar on the main site. The old Gallery link is now called 'Pictures' and is the entry point to two separate photo galleries. Added new Barnes Family Picture Gallery with the following albums:

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Site Updates - Surnames: Harvey, Keigwin, Tregurtha, Paul, Trenwith, Hutchen, Dawes, Barnes, Wright

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After recently taking another trip with Harvey to the depths of Cornwall, I've made the following additions to some of Harvey's Cornish family lines.

Place names: Newlyn and Paul near Penzance in Cornwall.

Resources > Dynamic Family Trees section

The Barnes family database in the Dynamic Family Trees has been updated, most notably, try beginning with Harvey's grandmother, Lizzie Annie, nee Harvey, by choosing her from the Database menu (top left of the screen).

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Site Updates - New Dynamic Family Trees

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Resources > Dynamic Family Trees

NEW! I've added a brand new facility to the main website called Dynamic Family Trees. They're not a substitute for our standard FAMILY TREES which contain a great deal more information and are always the most up-to-date. After viewing our Dynamic Family Trees, I recommend you explore our standard FAMILY TREES if you haven't already done so.

Our Dynamic Family Trees provide a way of displaying our families in an interactive Pedigree format, offering quick and easy navigation through the generations but contain basic birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial details only.

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The Dynamic Family Trees page can be accessed in a number of different ways:
  • The Home Page under the Resources section.
  • The Resources Page itself.
  • The Sitemap Page under the Resources section.
  • The standard Family Trees introduction page underneath the two trees.
  • Every page within the standard Family Tree pages, just below the navigation bar (see image below).
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My thanks to Michael Horey, author of the Dynamic Family Tree Compiler, for creating and making available this Freeware program.

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Site Updates - Home Page and Tree Reports

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Home Page

I've updated the front page of my website with some new graphics in order to highlight the various sections and make it easier to read.

My thanks to VintageKin.com for making many of these graphics available.

Resources > Family Tree Reports section

Updated the following family tree reports for Annie's HIBBITT family.
  • Complete Paternal Family Tree (single and multi-page).
  • Complete Maternal Family Tree (single and multi-page).
  • Ancestors of Charles George Hibbitt.
  • Ancestors of William Hellyer Geake.
  • Ancestors of Phyllis Grace Weaver.
The main Family Tree web pages will continue to be the most up-to-date information for our family trees.

Site Updates - Surnames: Hibbit (with variants), Leeson, Skillet, Tubbs, Bottom, Peesegood, Greensmith, Barnet, Newman

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Relevant place names: Exton, Oakham and Braunston, all in the County of Rutland.

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