Category Archives: Blanch

The Cushees of Clerkenwell

A few months ago I mentioned that new information had cast doubts on our previous understanding of earlier generations of the Blanch family. I’m connected to this family through my maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Priestley Roe (1862 – 1947), who was … Continue reading

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The Nonconformist burial of Sophia Sarah Blanch

For some time I’ve been trying to find out what became of Sophia Sarah Blanch, who was the sister of my great-great-great-grandfather John Blanch. Both were the children of James Blanch and his second wife Sophia Atkins. Until now, the … Continue reading

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The will of Thomas Ellis, gentleman, of Richmond Street, Soho

Further to my recent update on the Ellis family of Richmond Street, Soho: I’ve now tracked down the will of Thomas Ellis (1780 – 1838). He was the father of Richard Ellis, whose life and the lives of whose children, … Continue reading

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The will of John Dickson, Holborn baker

Following my discovery of the will of John Rodbard, I’ve now managed to track down the last will and testament of ‘John Dickson of Greville Street in the parish of St Andrew Holborn in the county of Middlesex, baker’, which … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Ellis family

I’ve written before about the Ellis family of Richmond Street, Soho, and the mystery of their connection to my Blanch and Roe ancestors (follow the links under their surname to the right of this page). I’m still trying to discover … Continue reading

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The will of John Rodbard of Edgware, gentleman

I wrote recently about my discovery that Sarah Dickson, who married David Blanch in 1835, was the daughter of Holborn baker John Dickson and his wife Sarah, and that the latter was born Sarah Rodbard in Little Stanmore, Edgware. John … Continue reading

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John Holdsworth (born 1765)

I’ve written recently about my great-great-great-great-grandfather William Holdsworth, who was born in South Weald, Essex, in 1771 and lived for most of his adult life in Stepney. William’s daughter Eliza married Biggleswade shoemaker Daniel Roe; their son, another shoemaker named … Continue reading

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Sarah Holdsworth and Thomas Parker

In the last post, I suggested that the Sarah Holdsworth who married Thomas Parker in Stepney in 1821 was the daughter of William Holdsworth, rather than – as had previously been thought – his brother John (both of them were, … Continue reading

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The Holdsworth siblings at the turn of a century

In this post I want to ‘flesh out’ the timeline for the Holdsworth siblings, in the closing years of the 18th century and the first decade of the 19th, that I set out in a recent post. Viewing the events … Continue reading

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The Holdsworth siblings: a timeline

In the last post I shared some new discoveries about Edward Porter (d. 1799), the first husband of Sarah Holdsworth, and in an earlier post I reported what I’d learned from the will and burial wishes of  Sarah’s mother Elizabeth … Continue reading

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