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Weston-super-Mare Temperance Hall. 1859
published by jenniem on Sat, 25/12/2021 - 23:02

Hello. I am seeking information on the WSM Temperance Hall.

In 1859, my 3 x gr grandfather George SUMMERS once gave a lecture on emigration to Australia, the gold rush and Australian aboriginals in this hall. I would love to know its 1859 location and if it is still standing today.  Thanks for any help.


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History of Buildings
published by on Mon, 13/12/2021 - 4:02

I was wondering if someone could tell me how to research the history of a pub in Nailsea. The Butchers Arms was apparently so named because a Butchery operated out of part of the pub.

My Great Grandfather Henry Durbin was a Butcher and I was wondering if he ever worked there. In addition his maternal Aunt Louisa White nee Hill was married to a Butcher John White and I think he may have taken over from her in 1881 according to the census Henry and wife Annie are listed as Lodgers. The address is Kingshill.

Would there be a directory of the area that may give some clues. I have spent some time researching newspapers but so far no luck?

Any help as to where I could look would be very welcome. 


Many Thanks


Sandra Davis

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My great grandmother - Sarah ELLY born Bath 1839
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 21/11/2021 - 0:58

I have just realised that I have never found Sarah on the 1841 census.  Can anyone find her for me? She is reputed to have made the christening robe in which many of my family were christened including myself and two of my grandchildren.

She was born on the 4th June 1839 and registered as Sarah ELLEY, daughter of John & Elizabeth ELLEY formerly STEPHENS or STEVENS at 3, Mount Beacon Row, Walcot, Bath.  When she was christened at St Swithin's Church Walcot on the 30th June 1839 their surname was entered as EALEY.

In 1851 they were still at 3 Mount Beacon Row entered as ELLY.  So, where were they in June 1841?

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Baptist Church near Rowberrow
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 17/11/2021 - 23:20

I have had a query which asked if someone was a Baptist and lived in Rowberrow in the early 19th century - where was the nearest Baptist Church?  Could it have been Cheddar, Burnham, Weston or somewhere else? I believe the Lynch Chapel in Winscombe may have originally been Baptist - can anyone confirm this?

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Army Lists
published by on Sat, 02/10/2021 - 0:55

Hi Pat you mentioned Army Lists in the latest newsletter. What information is available?

I have a few ancestors who were possibly in the Militia who lived in Somerset. Many Thanks Sandra Davis

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Who did Samuel STOKES marry?
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 19/09/2021 - 0:36

My 2 x great grandfather Charles STOKES  was christened in Wraxall on the 2nd Jan 1820, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth STOKES.  Samuel was described as a labourer.  I think that Samuel and Elizabeth could have been married at St James Church, Bristol on 23rd Oct 1815.  They later had 3 children.

I haven't found the birth of an Elizabeth PEATES who fits the requirements to be the mother of Charles.  Could she have been a widow?

There is a newspaper account which might have been her  in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Publication date:  Thursday 05 August 1824  which has this entry

"Patients who have been discharged from Bath Hospital included:   Elizabeth STOKES, Wraxall, Somerset, pain and weakness of her joints and limbs from rheumatism - much better"

I do have a death for Elizabeth STOKES in 1838, after which Samuel marries again.  An Elizabeth STOKES was buried in Wraxall Churchyard 25 March 1838, aged 44 which suggests that she might have been born in about 1794.  Can anyone find any information about Elizabeth PEATES?


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