Monday, 14 January 2008

SMITH line

The SMITH line has grown this year and thanks to Paul SMITH making contact with another descendant of James SMITH I also have scanned copies of photographs of Fanny SMITH aged about 19 in about 1891 and a group photograph of other members of her family.
The group consists of James, his mother Mary Ann, his son James, Emily CARRINGTON wife of the younger James, their daughters Lilian and Florence and Edith Fanny's sister. This photo was taken about 1901 and Mary was born about 1817.
The IGI has possible ancestors for Mary which will need confirming but assuming the family stayed in Bulkington and the transcriptions are correct we may have them back to late 17th century.
Hannah's father proves somewhat elusive. Her mother was widowed in 1838 and Hannah was born 1846 some 6 months before her mother's marriage to William ELLIS.
Maria, Hannah's mother, also had 3 more children before Hannah and after the death of her first husband none of whom were her first husband's offspring. She had 4 children with her first husband John CHAMBERLAIN and had at least 1 more George ELLIS. On the 1881 census they are using the surname Messenger and this has been added as a middle name on the 1871 census.
There were several grandchildren on the census who appear to be children of an unmarried daughter so at least one of them followed in mother's footsteps.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

News on the GADSBY and WARD branches

As promised I shall continue with some of the breakthroughs this year.
On the GADSBY branch I have not managed to progress further forward and am still hunting for proof as to the parentage of Nathaniel GADSBY who was born about 1787 in Lincolnshire.
I have been unable to find a death registration for him and his exact place of birth remains elusive.
I have found out more about the family of Clarissa GADSBY who married Stephen James BLYTHER via a genesreunited contact.
One of my early GADSBY contacts has been back in touch and I have updated her with my finds and other shared information.
A descendant of Mary Ann GADSBY has been in touch and has helped fill another gap.
I have also made some progress with the ELLIS family and had a couple of contacts with ROSLING connections so that some of the side shoots are filling out.

The WARD side of the family has had some shakeup this year.
Having found a possible link to family who emigrated to Australia it was then realised that the Richard WARD who married Mary GRAY was not the son of William and Catherine WARD but the illegitimate son of Catherine WARD.
Catherine's parentage and marriage to Joseph PATCHETT in 1812 is well documented and Richard had a number of siblings from this marriage. This has also lead to the discovery of WARD ancestors as early as 1676 as the WARD family stayed in Croxton Kerrial for centuries.
It is quite likely that there are still descendants from this line in the village today.
From having been stuck with the couple William and Catherine the tree now goes back another century.
Thanks to the hard work of Paul SMITH who transcribed some of the Croxton Kerrial parish records many dates have been filled in on this WARD line.

I will continue with the SMITH and the Norfolk WARD family on the next post.

Happy New Year

Hope you all had a great start to the New Year.
I will continue my review of last year on my next post.
We were in Lincolnshire for the New Year festivities staying with my sister in law in Crowland.
I didn't get chance to do any research and as we came back a day earlier than intended we did not have chance to visit my mother in law's cousin as I had hoped.