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Comment by Jessie Hatch on October 26, 2009 at 2:19am
I know so much and yet so little about James Marchant from census & marriage records. All have conflicting info on his place of birth --- Soho, St Giles, Clerkenwell. These are all in the greater London area & all records show him still in the area & yet I can't find his birth/christening dates etc. Calculating his age from census he was born about 1825. From his marriage, fathers name Charles. Where can I go from here. He is out there somewhere. Any ideas & help would be so much appreciated,
Jessie Hatch, Queensland,Australia
Comment by Joan Lesley Hempel [nee Nicholls on October 25, 2009 at 2:37pm
Am researching my paternal side of the family - surname Nicholls. I live in South Africa. I managed to get a copy of a Nicholls Pedigree chart drawn up by another branch of the family, but giving me some info about common relatives to me. I would dearly like to find some photos, if possible, of addresses which I have, of my great-great grandfather, great-great-great grandfather and my great-great-great-great grandfather. Of course, I realise that some of these houses may not longer be standing, but it's worth a try. Greatx4 grandfather, William Nicholls - address, King Street, Parish of St Georges, Hanover Square [now Culcross Street] off Park Lane, London, and my greatx4 grandmother, Judith Cramp married on 24 June 1794 at St Georges Church. Then my greatx3 grandfather, also William Nicholls died at 3 The Terraces, Fore Street, Edmonton, Middlesex, and my greatx3 grandmother, Frances, died at 7 Cloudesley Terrace, Islington, Middlesex. Then my greatx2 grandfather, George John Nicholls died at 8 Courtfield Gardens, Kensington, London and is buried in Brompton Cemetary. His wife, my greatx2 grandmother, Lady Mary
Ann Heiden [sp] died at 58 Holland Road, Kensington.
It would be much appreciated if anyone at all could assist in my endeavours.
Comment by John Colin Boggess on October 25, 2009 at 6:17am
Hello folks. Glad to join you all here. I have been researching my surname BOGGESS for several years now, but cannot take my line farther than a John Boggess (ca. 1560-?) of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. I would appreciate greatly any information regarding this surname in 1600's England and prior. Furthermore, I'd like very much to collaborate with any others interested in this surname. Cheers!
Comment by Jessie Hatch on October 24, 2009 at 11:25pm
Just joined your group. I am continuing research for my husbands ancestors on his mothers side. Although I am a long way from London ( Queensland, Australia ) I hope that I may be of some help to others. Happy to do look-ups for Australian records.
I sent an email out to the group but realized after that maybe i should have posted that request on the "comment wall". Still finding my way around.
Comment by Alan Holloway on October 24, 2009 at 4:16am
A longshot, I know, but I would dearly love a photo of maternal Gparents home in Old Brentford. It was Collins Cottage, Layton Road, Old Brentford. We visited earlier this year, but the last surviving in the row was the one next to it! We presume it was bombed in WW2. Does anyone have old photos of Layton Road?
Comment by Allyson on October 23, 2009 at 7:20pm
I am interested in anything that relates to the Le PLASTRIER family. If anybody comes across anything that includes information on this family, I would be very interested.
Comment by A. Boyd Nielsen on October 23, 2009 at 7:57am
I am researching the surname McMurdie (Mackmurdie, Macmurdie, McMurdy, etc) in the greater London area. I am also interested in the Farmer and Bond surnames who intermarried with the Mackmurdie family.
Comment by Brian D Muckleston on October 23, 2009 at 4:51am
I have interest in any information on the MUCKLESTON/E family or its derivatives in the London, Surrey, Middlesex and Kent area. I am a member of The Muckleston Family History Group and would be very pleased to hear from any family member.
Comment by William Douglas on October 23, 2009 at 2:48am
Thomas Willan (abt 1755-1828) was a wealthy man - he was stagecoach proprietor and had between 800 and 1000 dairy cows on what is now Regents Park. He built the gothic styled Twyford Abbey and was a landowner. But who was he? Who were his parents and who was his wife? His daughter, Isabella, married a Douglas, hence my interest.

Col Frank Willan (b 1846, d bef 1875) also married a Douglas, whose father had been killed in Dehli in the Indian Mutiny. We know this Willan was the son of John James Willan (1799-1869), also a stagecoach operator on the Brighton run, based in London at the Bull and Mouth Inn, which was at some time owned by the Willan family. Other Willans were involved in procuring horses for the army and were landowners in South Weald.

I am trying to understand how these families link together. They clearly had some influence at the time, but their stories appear to be undocumented.

If anyone can throw light on the Willan family of London and Middlesex, I would be delighted to hear about it.

Yours aye,

Comment by Lindsey Dedden on October 4, 2009 at 12:02am
I found the London parish records on Ancestry a few days ago and finally found my great grandmother, Harriet Ann Gould's birth and baptism dates after looking for three years! By chance my cousin's daughter in Australia with whom I have been collaborating for 3 years found the same thing a day or so earlier.

We have finally laid to rest a family myth that she was a Russian immigrant. This myth was perpetrated by a descendant of one of my grandmother's siblings but I don't think he has accepted the fact that she was born in Chelsea of parents who also were born in Chelsea. I have found the family in several of the C19 census returns so was convinced that the Russian immigrant story was a myth but could not satisfy my distant relative.

Family myths can be funny and a pain. I searched for "Scottish" ancestry in my mother's family having been told that my grandfather was born in Dumfries. I found his birth record in Battersea and then found his father in a Census return in C19 in Sussex! I have since found a huge "clan" of his family in E Sussex ( I commend the site to anyone with sussed ancestry. It has been of great help to me finding "my" Brookers!

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