Category Archives: Blanch

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 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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John Bodington: son-in-law and apprentice to William Greene, chirurgeon

I’m extremely grateful to Joy Thomas, archivist at the Worshipful Company of Barbers, for her speedy and helpful reply to my query about John Bodington, barber-surgeon of Stepney, who I believe was either the father or grandfather of the John … Continue reading

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Magnus Byne and the Quakers

In recent posts I’ve established that my Byne ancestors definitely had their roots in rural Sussex. To recap: Mary Byne (born in 1683), who married goldsmith Joseph Greene, was my 7 x great grandmother. She was the daughter of John … Continue reading

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Roe and Blanch families in the 1850s and 1860s: new information from land tax records

The newly-available London land tax records have provided me with important information about the movements of my Roe and Blanch ancestors in the 1850s and 1860s, supplementing what I’d already gleaned from census records and parish registers. My maternal great-great-grandparents, … Continue reading

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James Blanch in the London land tax records, 1787-89

The past week has seen another useful addition to Ancestry’s online collection: London land tax records between 1692 and 1832. This makes it possible to identify or confirm the exact addresses for one’s London ancestors – particularly useful for the … Continue reading

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The other Euphemia Dickson (1775 – 1831)

Finding the will of Euphemia Dickson (1812 – 1827) has made me take another look at the records for her namesake – her aunt, the younger sister of her father John. Why this interest in somebody who is not a … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of Euphemia Dickson (1812 – 1827)

Via Ancestry I came across the 1827 will of Euphemia Dickson. She was the daughter of baker John Dickson of Greville Street, Holborn, and his wife Sarah Dickson née Rodbard. Born in 1812, Euphemia was only 15 years old when … Continue reading

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The Blanch family in 1818

Ancestry has just added some useful new records – from UK poll books and electoral registers between 1538 and 1893. Searching this archive for evidence of my Blanch ancestors, I came across this entry: This listing can be found under … Continue reading

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Radicals and reactionaries in my family tree

I’ve written about the political affiliations of some of my ancestors, over at my politics blog, Martin In The Margins.

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