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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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