Category Archives: Ellis

Marianne Burbidge (1813 – 1885), publican’s daughter

Yesterday’s announcement by findmypast that they have published more than 1.3 million parish records from Westminster online is a huge cause for celebration among those of us with London ancestors.  As the announcement says: The records cover the vast period … Continue reading

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John Blanch and the mysterious second christening

My fellow family historian and distant relative Ron Roe has alerted me to a problem with the records for my great-great-great-grandfather, John Blanch. John was a shoe and boot maker in Mile End Old Town, Bethnal Green and finally Soho. … Continue reading

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William Holdsworth in Woodford

A few weeks ago I discussed the theory that my great-great-great-great-grandfather William Holdsworth (born in 1771) might have been a carrier, running carts between between Whitechapel and Woodford, Essex, perhaps with his brother John. If true, this would contradict, or … Continue reading

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Edward Ellis, undertaker

The will of Thomas Ellis, builder and ‘gentleman’ of Richmond Street, Soho, reveals that Thomas and his wife Sarah had a number of children about whom we had not previously known. Since coming across the will, I’ve been trying to … Continue reading

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The Blacklocks of Bostock Street, Wapping

In my recent update on the Ellis family of Richmond Street, Soho, I wrote about Mary Ann Ellis, who was born in 1817 to Thomas and Sarah Ellis, and who married Whitechapel stationer John Blacklock on 6 May 1841 at … Continue reading

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What can we learn from the will of Thomas Ellis?

In my last post I included a transcription of the will of Thomas Ellis (1780 – 1838) of Richmond Street, Soho. In this post, I’ll summarise the new information provided by the discovery of this document. The first revelation is … 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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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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Alfred Henry Blanch Ellis

I’ve just found a record of the marriage of Henry Ellis, son of Richard and Marianne Ellis, a discovery which has thrown up some interesting new information. But first, some background. The first we hear of Richard and Marianne’s youngest … Continue reading

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Blanch, Ellis and Roe families in 1871

Continuing with this series: The years between 1861 and 1871 were a time of great change and tragic loss for the family of John Blanch. On 23 July 1862 John’s oldest daughter Mary Ann (Blanch) Roe gave birth to my … Continue reading

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