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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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published by Brian & Pam Airey on Tue, 27/09/2022 - 12:34

I have just found baptism 13 Oct 1843 in Preston of a John Charles WORTHINGTON son of Richard & Mary, father a farmer. John is in 1851 census with rest of family so am happier with info originally posted


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published by Brian & Pam Airey on Tue, 27/09/2022 - 11:33

We have a Robert son of Richard WORTHINGTON , a licensed victualler  baptised in Preston in 1837. He is with family in 1851. We can't find him in 1861 but on 23 December that year a Robert WORTHINGTON, full age, a national school teacher married Fanny GODFRAY in Leicestershire. Robert's father is given as Richard a Farmer. Fanny died and Robert married  again in 1875 to Alexandrina SMITH in Chester, again stating father was a farmer.(deceased)  Richard was a licensee all his life and we have tracked each pub he was in. He was certainly deceased by the time Robert married again in 1875.

There appears to be only one Richard WORTHINGTON who was a farmer in Lancashire (aged 82 in 1861 census) but he did not have any son called Robert.

We have assumed Richard is not happy calling his father a pub landlord as he is in an exulted position of teacher. Do you think we are correct as in all censuses Robert is shown as born in Preston?.

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Zacharius Basilius GORTZACOFF
published by Pat Hase on Thu, 08/09/2022 - 0:58

My 1st cousin 3 times removed, Emily Ann BURROWS, born in Bristol, married Prince Zacharius Basilius GORTZACOFF (a Russian Prince , or so she thought) at All Saints Church, Knightsbridge on 14th Oct 1872.  In reality he turned out to be Sir Basil ZAHAROFF, a Turkish Arms Dealer of dubious morals.  He is the subject of this article in the Smithsonian Magazine. 

I would like to find the date of Emily's death.  The Weekly Dispatch (London) ran a couple of interesting articles about her in December 1936  - they can be seen in the British Newspaper Archives.   

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Stone or Brown - Confused
published by on Thu, 18/08/2022 - 21:54

I am researching Peggy Edith Norrish Stone who was a Stone in the 1939 census but married in 1950 with the name Brown, she married Percy Teall in WSM

Her father was Edwin J Stone in the 1939 census

Any info would be great regarding which is her surname


Name Peggy E N Brown
Registration Date Oct 1950
Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration district Weston super Mare
Inferred County Somerset
Spouse Percy W Teall
Volume Number 7c
Page number 567





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Puddy family
published by Les Martels on Thu, 18/08/2022 - 21:10

Is anyone researching the Puddy family that seem to have lived in Mark, East Brent and Brent Knoll.  There are so many different branches to the family that I fear I have lost my way.

I have James Puddy born ? died 1803 married to Joan Nash born c. 1765 and buried 1841 at East Brent aged 75.  She remarried after the death of James to Stephen Hole.  James and Joan's last child was born 1802 so feel happy that I have the right death for James in 1803.

I cannot find a baptism for him assuming he was about the same age as Joan so I wonder if the only baptism I have found for a James is son of Grace in 1749 Mark, a love child.  She was baptisd 1725 daughter of Richard and Sarah and buried in 1754.

I had James as the son of Samuel and Jane until I found their marriage in 1770 and realised it could no be right.

Does anyone have Grace in their tree or James for that matter who could put me straight before I delete a lot of Puddy's that may not be part of this branch of the family.

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