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slade somerset/lympsham
published by phil heeks - 2 months 26 days ago.
Hi Bill Ive been searching the parish registers for Lympsham & have found a few Slade's for ytu 24MAR1878 Arthur s/o Edward/Amelia SLADE p41 no323 25DEC1881 Richard s/o " / " " p47 no374 25DEC1881 Frances s/o " / " " p47 no373 there is nothing in the registers to say these are twins so I would imagine one was baptised late 29APR1883 Fred Pointer twin s/o Edward/Amelia SLADE p49 no392 29APR1883 Walter Porter twin s/o " / " " p50 no393 3JUL1896 Clifford John s/o " / " " p55 no436 27NOV1887 Advent Sunday Ada Amelia d/o Edward/Amelia SLADE p56 no 448 I think this is the lot at Lympsham for this couple as I went on searching till I got to 1913 All the very best Phil Ps the source for these baptisms is the image of the actual parish registers for Lympsham

Hi family
published by doreenhuck961 - 3 months 1 day ago.
I answered we are connected on different braches but share the same 4th grandfatherCharles and Emm Weakley who had 16 kids. There are other branches living in Queensland cheer cousin. doreenhuck961@outlook.com

published by doreenhuck961 - 3 months 1 day ago.

Hi you and I share a 4th great grand father Charles Weakley 1831to 1905 Worle he married Emma Woodward 

Thereson Edward married Mary Jane Kingsberry in Worle StMartins Churck moved to kewstoke You come down through them I come down from Charles and Emma’s son Albert  and son john married Ellen Morris in Worle st Martins church and moved to Queensland  my email is doreenhuck961@outlook.com I have a tree on ancestry Happy to meet you family  also Brian Airay from Keewstoke sent me tree on Weakley  They have a Weakley Family Tree in the hall and the is a jack contact me and  I will give you dates and places Cheers Doreen (Weakly) Huck 

Betsy Shepstone's Marriages
published by john osmond - 3 months 3 days ago.

I think it unlikely that James Keedwell (brother of my gggrandfather, John Walker Keedwell) married two Betsy Shepstons. If Betsy was the Elizabeth Shepstone who married John Beacham in 1837 there is a problem with her first marriage to James Keedwell in 1841. If John Beacham was dead she was incorrect in identifying herself as a spinster. If he was alive she committed bigamy. There was something clandestine about the marriage. James and Betsy lived in Bristol or Beminster and produced three children but failed to inform James' rich Uncle James Keedwell, who named James Junior as his residual heir in 1841. In 1844,  James Senior attached a codicil to his will excluding from the trusts "any children of  the Woman the said James Keedwell now cohabits with who is the wife or reputed wife of one John Beacham and before her marriage or reputed marriage with him called or known by the name of Betsy Shepstone", There is no mention of James actual marriage. in 1841. I think James and Betsy were using John Beacham - dead or alive - as some kind of cover for their relationship. Their third child, Rachel was baptised as Rachel Keedwell but registered as Rachel Beacham. This pretence was kept up in the Census of 1851 but dropped in 1861. When James' will was proved in 1879, his friend, Austen Smith made a declaration that "Rachel was always acknowledged as the daughter of Betsy Keedwell and the said James Keedwell born before his marriage to her." On 29th June 1849 James and Betsy married again with Betsy now identified as a widow. I think they did this to give themselves a proper legal status to replace the dubious first marriage. Uncle James had died in 1848. If Betsy was a different Betsy Shepston, what happened to the first and when did it happen? I cannot find a death record or any other indication..

This all seems to show James and Betsy in a dishonest light. But I see it differently. In 1841 they were two young people living in the same house under a very dominating head of the family who would have disapproved of what he would have seen as an inapropriate marriage. They found their own way out which might have been incorrect but their marriage seemed to be very succesful. They had three more fully legitimate children and James became a prominent figure in the Backwell area. Betsy died in 1876 and James in 1878, according to his obituary in the Bristol Mercury "deeply lamented by all who knew him."  


WEAKLEY Kewstoke
published by Pat Hase - 3 months 3 days ago.

If you look under Members' Surname Interests you will see that we do have a member in Canada who is researching the WEAKLEY family.  She might be able to help you.

In the meantime, your grandmother's name was Florence Irene COLE - registered as Flory Irene COLE and she married your grandfather in 1942.  Leonard's first marriage was to a Florence M PROCTOR who he married in Cardiff in 1925.  He was a widower in 1939 as Florence M had died shortly after the birth of their second child in 1928. 

So the elusive member of your family might be connected with WEAKLEY, PROCTOR or COLE.

Philip Shepstone of Sandford 1811-1878
published by jt.upton@hotmail.co.uk - 3 months 4 days ago.


I have quite a lot of data about Philip and his descendants, including his will and outlines of a few court cases.  He may have been a son of John Shepstone and Sophia (nee Stowell), who emigrated to New England before 1841, However, I have found no proof of this.  All the data is on my Ancestry.co.uk tree.  I'd be interested in anything new.


John Thompson

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