Category Archives: Holdsworth

The life of Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817)

As part of my continuing effort to understand the life of my 5 x great grandmother, Elizabeth Holdsworth, formerly Collins, née Gibson, I’ve been revisiting the information I’ve managed to gather about her younger brother, Bowes John Gibson. I only … Continue reading

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A property passed down through five generations

On 24th January 1689, just a few months after the so-called ‘Glorious Revolution’ that deposed King James II and put the Dutchman William of Orange on the throne of England, my Sussex-born 8 x great grandfather John Byne, a citizen … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Schwartz family

Reflecting on a crucial ten-year period in the life of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth, formerly Collins, née Gibson, has reawakened my curiosity about some of her close relatives. In the previous post, I noted that Elizabeth’s younger … Continue reading

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Reflection on ten years in the life of Elizabeth Gibson

Setting out the events of my 5 x great grandmother’s life, in the years 1753 – 1763, in chronological order, as I did in the previous post, throws some light on her key relationships in this decade. The births of a number … Continue reading

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Ten years in the life of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson: 1753 – 1763

I’ve been revisiting the life of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson, trying to solve some of the mysteries that still surround her story. In the past week or two, I’ve been researching the lives of some of Elizabeth’s … Continue reading

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The children of Richard and Ann Collins

In the last few posts I’ve been exploring the lives of Richard Collins (died 1770) and his wife Ann Champain. Richard was the older brother of John Collins of Epping, the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the will of John Champain (died 1756)

What can we learn from the last will and testament of John Champain, the London citizen and wine cooper who died in 1756, and what light, if any, can it throw on the lives of his daughter Ann, her husband … Continue reading

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