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James MILLARD c1756-1845
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 28/06/2019 - 21:40

Who were the parents of James MILLARD?  He only appears on one census - 1841 - when he was living at Cross in the parish of Compton Bishop, with his second wife, Elizabeth, and described as a Somerset-born, 80-year-old farmer.  The tithe map of 1838 shows that he owned just over 2 acres of land. As a widower, he had married Elizabeth SEGAR on the 19th Sept 1832 at Compton Bishop Church.   In October 1787, as a bachelor, he had married Jane PARFREY in Axbridge and they had 9 children, the first baptised in Axbridge in 1788 (surname MILLAR) and the rest all christened in Compton Bishop.  His first wife, Jane, died in 1809

When James died in 1845, his age was given as 88 - but where was he born and who were his parents? 

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Leslie & Angela HOLLOWAY
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 09/06/2019 - 22:19

This is a query received from member Joan Sparke  You can contact her by clicking on her name, or by adding a comment to this Research Query

Leslie HOLLOWAY 1904-1996 and Angela HOLLOWAY 1907- 2010

She writes: " My Aunt and Uncle Lived in a bungalow named 'Langtree' on the Locking Rd in Weston. From pre-war until about 1956 Leslie and his Father ran a printing business in premises behind the bungalow and Angela had a hairdressing business in the front part of the house. In wartime they had an evacuee, Stanley WARNER, who attended the Grammar School, did well in life and always kept in touch with the Holloways.
The bungalow was demolished and a Church now exists on the site.
In the 1939 register (Claude) Leslie HOLLOWAY is a master printer & ARP warden.  Angela is listed (domestic duties) but there is no sign of her business. I would be pleased with any memories or information about the HOLLOWAYS or Stanley WARNER during the war years"

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published by Pat Hase on Sun, 02/06/2019 - 10:14

My husband's 5 x great grandparents were John CAVIL and Elizabeth COLESERRY who were married at Over Stowey, Somerset on the 13th May 1746 with John CAVIL said to come from Spaxton and Elizabeth COLESERRY of Over Stowey.  I have found this christening of an Elizabeth COLSERY [sic] in 1723 in Over Stowey but need help in deciphering exactly what it says.

What is on the next line?  Who was buried the following day?  Thank you.

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Frederick BAKER
published by Eddie Prest on Tue, 28/05/2019 - 9:26

A red weeks ago I posted a question here about the above gentleman as I could not trace a death for him. I think he would be well over 100 now if still alive!

I cannot see that I have received a reply? Can anyone help please? Thanks.


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Where was Mary Ann SYMMONS or SIMMONS or SYMONS in 1851?
published by Pat Hase on Thu, 23/05/2019 - 23:20

When Mary Ann SIMMONS (or variant) was christened at Berrow in  May 1831 she was unceremoniously described as a "Base born child" and her mother Harriet was entered as a single woman.

Harriet SYMMONS married James MILTON at Burnham on Sea in 1835 witnessed by her father John SIMMONS and on the 1841 census Mary Ann SYMONS is living with her mother and step-father at Wick, South Brent (Brent Knoll).

When Mary Ann SYMONS married John PUDDY at Mark in 1860 she gave her father's name as John SYMONS who was actually her grandfather.  But where was she in 1851?

On the 1861 census she gave her birthplace as Lympsham

She was my husband's great grandmother and I'd like to find out what happened to her.

Thank you.

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Charlotte MARSHALL nee WOODBURN 1811-1887
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 03/05/2019 - 18:55

Although this is a little outside of this area I need some help to sort out the WOODBURN (and variants) who lived in Wells, Somerset. 

Charlotte WOODBURN married John MARSHALL on Christmas Eve in 1835 in Shepton Mallet.  The marriage was witnessed by a Charles MARSHALL who I believe was John's brother. Their father, Jesse MARSHALL, was born in Winscombe.

John & Charlotte MARSHALL were my husband's gg grandparents and when their son Frederick was born in 1838 the informant was a Ann CARDWELL who was described as "aunt of the child, present at the birth"

There is a marriage in 1828 at St Cuthbert's Church in Wells of an Ann WOODBURN to a Joseph CARDWELL, which suggests that Ann and Charlotte WOODBURN might be sisters.  Later census entries give birth dates of  Ann about 1807, and Charlotte about 1811.  I haven't found a christening of an Ann WOODBURN but a Charlotte WOODBURN was christened at St Cuthbert's Church in June 1811, the daughter of Mary WOODBURN of East Wells. 

There are three more christenings of daughters of a Mary WOODBURN at St Cuthbert's - Jane in 1813, Caroline in 1814 and Mary Anne in 1816.  Is this the same Mary WOODBURN who married William CLARK in St Cuthbert's in 1819 and was he the father of her children?

I look forward to your suggestions



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