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Joseph STOKES married in Easton in Gordano in 1778
published by Pat Hase on Sat, 16/06/2018 - 20:18

When Joseph STOKES married Rachel COX on the 20th Aug 1778 in Easton in Gordano he said he was from Wraxall (she was from Easton in Gordano). They appear to have children christened at Clapton in Gordano (see our transcriptions) between 1779 and 1789 and  there is also  a son called Joseph christened at Wraxall in 1795. (transcribed on Ancestry as Joseph HOKES).

A mysterious Joseph & Martha STOKES had a son christened at Wraxall in 1793 (also transcribed on Ancestry as HOKES).  I can find no trace of a marriage of a Joseph STOKES  & Martha, nor trace of more children for them, nor a burial of a Martha STOKES of a suitable age.   Can I assume that an error has been made in the original Christening Register and Martha has been substituted for Rachel?

I've asked this before see here  but did not receive any suggestions then - I have now found a burial for Rachel STOKES at Wraxall in 1840, suggesting a birth date of 1754 and would be grateful if anyone can offer help to sort Rachel and Martha out.  I'm just going round in circles and as Joseph & Martha's son, Samuel, is my 3 x great grandfather I would welcome any ideas.  Was Rachel entered as Martha in 1793?  Thank you

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Phillips family of Worle 1790s
published by PJPhillips75 on Fri, 01/06/2018 - 23:11

Help! I've been researching my family for about 10 years now off and on but there is one brick wall I keep hitting. Does anybody know who the parents were of John Phillips c.1800-1877. I can not find him on any parish records before 1820. He lived in Kewstoke and Worle, was a dairy farmer and married to Ann Rogers of Kewstoke and Worle. I am sure the family trees on Ancestry are wrong they say his parents were John and Elma with no evidence to prove this. Any ideas please?

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Eames family
published by HistoryBird on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:27

Has anybody any info .  Fanny Watkins married an Eames of Weston-Super-Mare

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What happened to Mary Parsons?
published by Parsonsphilipg on Wed, 02/05/2018 - 19:54
Can anyone help in solving the mystery of what happened to my Great Great Grandfather's first wife. He was Joseph Drake Parsons born at Kewstoke in 1820 and his first wife was Mary Herman or Hurman born at Burnham on Sea in 1823. They married at Kewstoke on 25 December 1843 and together had four or possibly five children (Ann - 1844; James - 1846; George - 1848; Joseph - 1850). The first two were born at Huntspill whereas the others were born in Weston Super Mare. There was possibly a fifth child, Henry, also born at Weston in 1854, but Mary might not have been his mother. Joseph moved to Taunton and married Mary Ann Vickery in 1858, but I cannot establish what happened to Mary Herman. Can any of your membership help me? On a separate point, their child Joseph was an inmate at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight in 1871 so must have committed some serious crime. Can anyone point me in the direction of finding the answer to what that was?
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Bisdee from Worle and Banwell.
published by Davina on Wed, 02/05/2018 - 18:25
Hi my name is Davina, I am a decedent of James and Harriet Bisdee from Worle. James and his son Edgar were transported to Australia for stealing sheep and chickens) James is Thomas Bisdee of Hutton brother) I have been doing my research since 2011,and I am obsessed and always on the hunt for more information or finding more links to distant family. I have found a lot of information on James and Edgar. I am willing to share and collect more! ( on iPad right now so will put more up later.)
I would love to find some other family researching or information too! Please don't hesitate to contact me.


( I am aware of my distant cousin Bisdees in Tasmania, I don't think my Western Australian Bisdees kept in contact, I do know James never sent for his wife, he re-married ( funny story that) only 4 years after being sent here and Harriet married 7 years after, presumably on desertation. )
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Banwell Children 1935
published by nige on Sat, 21/04/2018 - 18:02
I have a post card which may be of interest to members of this group. I do not know any names to faces.... maybe someone does
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