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Somerset Families Group

This Group covers the county of Somerset in South West England, a beautiful area of many contrasts, coast, moor and the famous Somerset Levels. It has a rich history. The county town is Taunton. Come and join us.

Location: British Isles
Members: 75
Latest Activity: Mar 22, 2022


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Please reply to this message to introduce yourself to other members in this group. Be sure to add your Somerset Genealogy interests for all to see.

If you have any problems or brick-walls, let us known and we can all see if we can break these down for you. Tell us your new discoveries too.



Discussion Forum

Beacham, Brint/Brent, Wood in Kenn? Somerset, England

Started by Diane Simmons. Last reply by Charles Beacham Apr 4, 2014. 6 Replies

Payne Family on the Devon / Somerset Boarder

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Christine Gibbins Jul 2, 2010. 8 Replies

Somerset Record Office is relocating

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Christine Gibbins Jun 26, 2010. 1 Reply

My Somerset Family Surnames

Started by Sylvia Back. Last reply by beverly Jane watson Jun 16, 2010. 1 Reply

Nicholas Tobey, Merchant, 1674 Will

Started by Pj Sisseck. Last reply by Pj Sisseck May 3, 2010. 4 Replies

Ann Lockyer-Fisher

Started by Judi Palmquist. Last reply by Judi Palmquist Apr 14, 2010. 1 Reply

Somerset Heritage Centre

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Christine Gibbins Mar 5, 2010. 1 Reply

Somerset Records Office Help Needed!

Started by Joanne Lesley Dawe. Last reply by Joanne Lesley Dawe Feb 13, 2010. 4 Replies

Victoria County Historys

Started by Roy Louis Cox. Last reply by Roy Louis Cox Jan 23, 2010. 4 Replies

New to the group

Started by Chris Upwood. Last reply by Chris Upwood Jan 23, 2010. 2 Replies

On Line Books relating to Somerset

Started by Christine Gibbins Sep 15, 2009. 0 Replies

MILTON - Wellington; PETVIN - Street

Started by Kathy Nemaric Sep 5, 2009. 0 Replies

The funeral of WWI veteran Harry Patch, 6 Aug 2009

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Alison Smith (nee Hargreaves) Aug 6, 2009. 1 Reply

A brick wall with a WALL

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by Jill Muir Aug 4, 2009. 1 Reply

Carhampton Hundred

Started by Elizabeth Kipp nee Blake Aug 1, 2009. 0 Replies

Hill family on the Devon / Somerset Boarders

Started by Christine Gibbins Jul 30, 2009. 0 Replies


Started by Christine Gibbins Jul 30, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by beverly Jane watson on June 5, 2010 at 11:46am
Hey, I have Beachams in Taunton-drop me a line bev watson
Comment by Nicci Hartland on April 24, 2010 at 11:04am
Looking for any SWEET family members from the Frome area. The furthest I have gotten is George SWEET b 1643 who married a Mary. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Comment by Charles Beacham on February 2, 2010 at 4:04pm
Sue - I have tons on ALVIS - Peter ALVIS is the best resource - what do you need?
Comment by Christine Gibbins on February 2, 2010 at 3:28pm
Hi Pamela,
Had a quick run through on Google and not found any transcripts for St. Cuthberts, have you checked the links given above?
Also if you can give some names and dates others on the GW may be able to help. Good Luck
Comment by Ursula Ann Martin on January 21, 2010 at 7:02am
Hi Guys, found this site with Somerset Families.
Comment by Sue Hamer on November 13, 2009 at 4:40pm
Hi all - Researching the following in Somerset: ALVIS, BAKEHOUSE, CHAPLIN, FISHER, FUDGE, JOHNSON, KELSON, LIDDIARD, WILTON. Also interested in the people who built Bath during the 18th century especially Master masons such as Henry Fisher (1712-1791).
Comment by Linda Smith on September 16, 2009 at 3:52pm
Greetings All,
I am researching Calder; Lockyer; Cattle; Tilly; Yendole; Davidge names in Somerset.
My Great Grandfather was John Calder (1819-1905), born in Somersetshire to William Calder (1791-1847) and Elizabeth Lockyer (1796-1847).
John Calder married Fanny Elizabeth Cattle (1827-1920) in 1855 and they sailed for America the day after they married. She was the daughter of William Cattle (1799- ) and Hester (or Ester) Tilly (1799- ). William Cattle’s parents were James Cattle (1758- ) and Hannah Yendole. Hester Tilly’s parents were George Tilly (1757- ) and Francis Davidge (1757- ).
I know that William and Elizabeth Lockyer Calder both died in 1847 and are buried in the church yard of Stoke St. Gregory. They had 7 children: Anna, William, John (my G-Grandfather), Francis, Robert, and Frederick. My Grandfather John Calder, born in Chicago, IL, was taken to England to attend a school for the sons of Sea Captains called Broken Lodge I think, returning to the states in 1871. My G-Grandfather was a sailor and towards the end of his sailing career spent around 6 years with various expeditions in the Artic searching for the Sir John Franklin party.
Any help with the dead end of the Calder/Lockyer lines, the school, and any of the other families would be greatly appreciated.
Comment by Christine Gibbins on September 16, 2009 at 4:56am
Hi Ellen,
What an interesting will, sadly I cannot add any family for you, but he is mentioned on this website as Capt of the "Samll & Mary" in Isle of Wight County.

For those wondering where Saint George is, it is in North Somerset near Axbridge.
Comment by Ellen Ward on September 13, 2009 at 6:34am
I'm looking for information about Nicholas Tovey, Mariner of Saint George Somerset, and his family. He left a will proved 30 June 1675. His will can be found in the Calendar of Wills in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Nicholas Fouey [Fovey, Tobey, Toney, Tovey] of the parish of St. Georges in Somersetshire, England, Mariner. Will dated 9th day of January 1674; proved at London last day of June, 1675. To my brother Robert 20/- for a ring. To my brother George Whiting 15/- ditto. To my brother George Irish 16/- ditto. To my cousin Robert Whiting after my death and my wifes death a house in the Marsh of City of Bristol in King Street. To my friend Samuel Gibbons 4 pounds for a ring. To my loving wife Anne Fovey all of the rest and executrix. Samuel Gibbon to sell my estate etc. in Cecil County Maryland and to send it home to my wife. He refused to "intermeddle" and gave power of attorney to said John Ward. Witnesses: Henry Ward, John Gilbert, John Moll. [This will is prefaced by letters of administration granted to John Ward of Cecil County by Cecil, Lord Baltimore and witnessed by our dear brother Philip Calvert, Commisary General.] Dycer, 71.
Comment by Charles Beacham on August 20, 2009 at 1:22pm
Keith - I have a Thomas Skinner, sibling of James Skinner (b 1781), both sons of James Skinner (9 Mar 1751/2) from Yatton St Marys microfilm. There is a Skinner descendant in Ontario Canada with extensive Skinner documentation. You can email me at Who wa born in 1781 - Elizabeth or Thomas?

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