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Who was George HILL?
published by daveerasmus on Tue, 24/09/2019 - 18:41

According to UK and Tasmanian Criminal and Court records that I have seen, George HILL was:

  • born in Langford c1810-1812
  • a labourer
  • tried for Burglary (entering the house of Matthew TAVERNOR and stealing 40 Sovereigns) on 2 January 1831 at Wells Sessions
  • found guilty and sentenced to death (commuted to transportation for life)
  • moved from Shepton gaol to Ilchester on 6 August 1831
  • transferred to the Captivity Hulk Devonport on 12 September 1831
  • transported to Van Diemens Land arriving on 24 August 1833.

I am interested in George because I am a DNA match to one of his descendants. 

I am a direct descendant of John HILL and Mary WHITE who were married in Churchill on 31 March 1806. They had numerous children all of whom were baptised in Churchill from 1806 (my 3x GGF John) and 1821 (Sarah). There was no George as far as I can tell. Nor can I find any George HILL baptised in Churchill from 1800 to 1820.

Any thoughts on when, where and to whom George was born would be appreciated, please.

One possibility is that he was the son of John Porter HILL who was baptised in Wrington on 26 September 1790. I don't think he was the John HILL who married Mary WHITE in 1806. I believe John Porter HILL was living in Bedminster in 1841 and 1851 with wife Mary and children Thomas, Mary, Charlotte and Elizabeth. "My" John HILL stayed in Churchill. I haven't found a marriage for John Porter HILL or baptism records for his children.

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Where was Martha GRANT born?
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 22/09/2019 - 0:34

When William ELLY and Martha GRANT, my 3 x great grand parents were married on the 6th Dec 1803 at Swainswick near Bath they were both described as Sojourners.  I took this to mean that neither had been born in Swainswick.  

However there is a baptism of a William ELLY in Swainswick in 1782 s/o Isaac & Susannah ELLY.  As William & Martha's first child was a Susannah and they also had an Isaac I am inclined to believe that this is my Wiliam ELLY. 

William was buried in Swainswick in 1832 but Martha lived until 1865.  On the 1851 and 1861 censuses her birth place is also given as Swainswick.  I can find no suitable baptism for Martha GRANT - Can anyone help me find her birth?

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What happened to Noah SMITH?
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 17:58

My great grandmother born Mary Susannah WATTS (known as Susan) was born 18th June 1848 in Cam, (near Dursley) Gloucestershire.  She was married twice - the first time to Stephen Hadley SMITH in Cam on the 6th April 1866.  According to FreeBMD Stephen's birth was registered with both surnames in 1843

Births March qrt 1843

HADLEY Stephen Dursley 11 317

SMITH   Stephen Dursley 11 317

Stephen and 2 of his brothers, Walter (registered as Walter SMITH in 1841) & Charles, were all christened on the 12th June 1848 at Cam Parish Church as the sons of Stephen and Sarah HADLEY.

Stephen HADLEY Senior had married Sarah SMITH, a widow, on Dec 6th 1846 at Cam.  Sarah's father was Joseph HORWOOD.   Sarah HORWOOD had married a  Noah SMITH 1st Nov 1829 and I have found two children for them - Esther SMITH in 1829 and another Noah SMITH in 1832 - But what happened to their father?

Except for his wedding, Stephen Hadley SMITH was always known as Stephen HADLEY and he and Susan had 6 children.  He died in 1876 and after his death, in 1879, Susan HADLEY (nee WATTS) married John HILL and they had 2 children, the first one born in 1878, before their marriage, and the last being my grandfather Ashton Bertie HILL in 1880. 

But I am still curious about Noah SMITH - not a blood relation - but did he die between 1831 and 1841 or did she just leave him?


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Wadham Street Baptist Weddings
published by Pat Hase on Sat, 17/08/2019 - 22:37

It had been drawn to my notice that some marriages had been omitted so I've attached the latest version.  Please check it!  If you have more or you see that I have not added one which you have sent then please let me know!

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St. Jude's Church
published by Derrick Norton on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 20:06

Dear Pat,

My Canadian 3rd cousin, advised locally cousin by David Hockey, tells me that George Dyer 1826-1905 built St. Jude's Church (now a Greek Orthodox?).

My research shows he was a tailor in all censuses 1851-1901.

I wonder if his younger brother William Dyer 1838- 1919 was the builder, who was responsible for much house building as a land agent, Town Commissioner, and his obituary is in Weston Library. You helped me with him previously.

How would I find any records for St. Jude's Church, please?

Derrick Norton

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published by Bill Caple on Fri, 09/08/2019 - 15:15

George JENNINGS born 1892 not sure where, married and lived in Weston-s-Mare I believe he married in the Emmanuel Church.

Served in the Gloucester Reg. in W.W.1, army No 11271 he won a bravery medal but was later taken prisoner of war.

Any more information would be most welcome.

Thank you,

   Bill Caple


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