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Reflections on the will of James Champain

The last will and testament of James Champain, the London wine cooper who died in 1785, a transcription of which I reproduced in the last post, contains some useful information about James and his family. Firstly, we learn that at … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of James Champain (died 1785)

In the last post I wrote about James Champain, the London wine merchant whose sister Ann married Richard Collins of Epping, brother of John Collins, the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809). I’m exploring … Continue reading

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James Champain, wine merchant (died 1785)

I’m continuing to explore the Champain family, who were were connected by marriage to the Collins family of Epping, as were my Gibson ancestors, as a result of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson‘s marriage to John Collins. I’m … Continue reading

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Collins, Champain and Stumphousen

Continuing my exploration of the life and times of John Collins of Epping (1733 – c.1763), the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809), I’m taking another look at what we know about John’s … Continue reading

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The brothers and sisters of John Collins

The last post looked at the lives of the uncle and aunts of John Collins of Epping, the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson. In this post I’m continuing my exploration of John Collins’ family by … Continue reading

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The uncle and aunts of John Collins of Epping

Richard Collins (1693 – 1748), the Epping landowner whose will I discussed in the previous post, was the father of John Collins (born 1733), the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson. Richard Collins was himself the … Continue reading

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Reflection on the will of Richard Collins of Epping (died 1748)

In the last post I reproduced my transcription of the will of Richard Collins of Epping, Essex (1693 – 1748). He was the father of John Collins (born 1733), the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson … Continue reading

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The will of Richard Collins of Epping (1693 – 1748)

Last week I summarised what I’ve been able to discover about the family of John Collins of Epping, the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809). I’m revisiting the Collins family in the hope of … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Collins family of Epping

In the previous post I declared my intention to revisit the life of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1759), and particularly her connection with the Collins family of Epping in Essex. Elizabeth’s first husband, whom she … Continue reading

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Revisiting the life of Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809)

I continue to be fascinated by the life of my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth, formerly Collins, née Gibson. Born at Tower Hill, London, in 1733, Elizabeth was the daughter of coal factor John Gibson and his wife Mary Greene, and the … Continue reading

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