Author Archives: Martin

A Seager family photograph?

Jill Hiam has contacted me from Melbourne, Australia, asking for help with identifying the people in an old photograph apparently taken at a golf club. Jill explains: My Great Great Grandfather was Henry Fowle Seager, his daughter, Annie, my Great … Continue reading

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Eliza Holdsworth (1801 – 1885): a life in service

In recent posts I’ve been exploring the lives of two of my maternal great-great-great-grandmothers, who happened to be first cousins. In the last post I wrote about Keziah Holdsworth, and this post I want to set down what we know … Continue reading

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Keziah Holdsworth (1804 – 1881): from Oxford to Ealing via Stepney and Soho

In the previous post I wrote about two of my maternal great-great-great-grandmothers who were first cousins: Keziah and Eliza Holdsworth. In this post I want to tell Keziah’s life story, and in another post I’ll set down what we know … Continue reading

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Keziah and Eliza Holdsworth: two cousins and their connections

One of the intriguing things about my maternal family tree is the fact that two of my great-great-great-grandmothers were cousins. My great-great-grandfather Daniel Roe married my great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Blanch on 30th October 1848 at St Anne’s church in Limehouse, … Continue reading

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The family of Anne Byne of Burwash (born 1605)

In yesterday’s post about the family of Sussex-born London apothecary John Manser (1631 – 1681), I concluded that he was the son of Christopher and Anne Manser of Burwash, and that his mother Anne was the daughter of a certain … Continue reading

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John Manser, apothecary, revisited

Yesterday I wrote about Josiah Keeling, one of the witnesses to the will of John Manser, the London apothecary who died in 1681 and who described my 8 x great grandfather John Byne as his ‘kinsman’. Today I’m taking another … Continue reading

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Josiah Keeling: conspirator, informer, and witness to my ancestor’s will

One way of filling in the background of your ancestors’ lives is to take a closer look at the people they mention in their wills. Finding out more about the individuals who are beneficiaries of, or witnesses to a will … Continue reading

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The Forrests of Aldgate

Thomas Forrest, a citizen and haberdasher who lived at Little Tower Hill and who was buried at the church of St Botolph, Aldgate on 12th January 1679, was my 9 x great grandfather, and my earliest confirmed London ancestor. His … Continue reading

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The family of Stephen Byne (1647 – 1675)

In the last post I reviewed what we know about Magnus Byne junior, a Southwark apothecary at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the younger brother of my 8 x great grandfather, London stationer John Byne. In … Continue reading

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The family of Magnus Byne, apothecary

My 8 x great grandfather John Byne (1651 – 1689), a London citizen and stationer, was the youngest son of Rev. Magnus Byne (1615 – 1671), rector of Clayton-cum-Keymer in Sussex, by his first wife Anne (1611 – 1661). After … Continue reading

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