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Grave for Col. Frederick John Theodore DURIE
published by Clare Hayward on Mon, 23/01/2023 - 12:33

I was looking at St Andrew's Church, Thorn Coffin, Nr Yeovil and came across a grave for Col. Frederick John Theodore DURIE.

He was a Colonel in the Royal Artillary, born 15/2/1920 and died 05/10/2012 and he appears to have a residence in Mileham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

I can find very little information about this man but I was wondering why he was buried in the village of Thorn Coffin.  Does anyone know who he was and what his connection with the village was?

Thank you Clare Hayward (1258)

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Why marry twice to same woman?
published by Brian & Pam Airey on Tue, 17/01/2023 - 10:33

I have come across the below and wondered why did they marry twice. If Minnie wanted to prove marriage to he parents why not show certificate?!

1) St Peter & St Paul Aston Birmingham parish records page 158 entry 315 shows marriage after banns on 2 March 1889 of

John Robert Godfrey Worthington, 25yrs, bachelor, clerk, of 146 Witton Road, father Robert Noblett Worthington Tutor  to

Minnie Berry, 25yrs, spinster of 146 Witton Road father Charles Berry, gentleman

Both signed in the presence of John Fisher & Agnes Godfray Worthington


2) Parish church of Eccles page 20 entry 40 shows marriage after banns on 30 July 1890 of

John Robert Worthington, 26yrs, bachelor, clerk in holy orders of Handsworth father Robert Noblett Worthington, Gentleman  to

Minnie Berry, 26yrs, spinster, of Eccles father Charles Berry, gentleman.

Both signed in the presence of Charles & Martha Berry


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whitecross nursery
published by on Sun, 15/01/2023 - 13:13

Thanks for the opportunity to post my query, I have already spoken to some very helpful members. Basically, my surname is Brooks, and I am looking for any information that anybody might have about Whitecross Nursery in Walliscote Road. I know that my great grandfather owned the Nursery from late Victorian times until his death in 1924. I have one picture of the building at the time, which is sadly out of focus. I have already been sent some of the press adverts for Whitecross which were great, but I am really looking for pictures of the Nursery or of my ancestor William Brooks, or recommendations of people or sources from where I might get help. Many thanks, Graham.


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George WHITTINGTON - Hatter
published by Pat Hase on Thu, 15/12/2022 - 17:49

In the Weston Mercury of May 16th 1874  there appeared this advertisement reproduced courtesy of the British Newspaper Archives. 

Over the years a descendant of George WHITTINGTON, now living in Australia, has been trying to find out where he was born.  Please can anyone help?

George WHITTINGTON had arrived in Weston in about 1868/9. On the 1871 Census George his wife Caroline and 6 children were living at 7 Magdala Buildings with 2 female boarders who were Milliners.  George gives his birth place as Bristol. The last child mentioned on this census was born in Weston and was christened at Emmanuel Church in Nov 1869, but others had been born in Bristol and London before that.

His descendant believes that George (aged 7) and his sister Eliza (aged 10) appear on the 1841 Census at Lower Langford, Burrington at a school run by a Mary MANLEY. 

On the 1851 census George is listed in Bristol as a carpenter (surname WILLINGTON) with birthplace Weston-super-Mare alongside an Alfred BUSH who later married Eliza. 

There is a problem in that when George married Caroline KING he said his father was a John WHITTINGTON, Hatter  but when Alfred BUSH had married Eliza WHITTINGTON in 1852 she said her father was Henry WHITTINGTON, Yeoman.

There is another problem in that when Albert & Eliza BUSH emigrated to Australia in 1853, the passenger list giving Eliza’s parents as George & Sarah WHITTINGTON (deceased) which contradicts their marriage certificate!

If anyone is looking for a challenge – this is it!  Where was George WHITTINGTON born and who were his parents?  Was Eliza his sister?   Thanks for reading this and good luck!


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James Knowles of Yatton married 1744
published by on Sun, 04/12/2022 - 12:47

I have hit a brick wall with an ancestor and hope someone can help. The attached document explains my problem.

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Samuel NICHOLS - Wedmore?
published by Pat Hase on Tue, 08/11/2022 - 15:11

When my husband's 3 x great grandfather, Samuel NICHOLS or NICHOLLS was buried in 1843 in Wedmore he was said to be 68 years old suggesting a birth date of about 1775.  He was married to Rebecca DYER in Wedmore in 1798 and on the 1841 census was said to be born in Somerset.  Can anyone find his birth? Thank you.

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