Category Archives: Holdsworth

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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Revisiting the life of Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809)

I continue to be fascinated by the life of my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth, formerly Collins, née Gibson. Born at Tower Hill, London, in 1733, Elizabeth was the daughter of coal factor John Gibson and his wife Mary Greene, and the … Continue reading

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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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James Jemblin, Citizen and Salter of London

In the 1737 will of Captain Richard Boulton the elder we find the following (my emphasis): I give and bequeath to my Nephew John Jamblen the sum of five hundred pounds of like Lawfull money  And in a memorandum to … Continue reading

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‘When the Queenes Maiestye is satisfied': the Elizabethan will of John Manser

(Note: the will transcription included in this post was updated on 3rd March 2014) Mary Manser or Maunser of Wadhurst in Sussex was my 10 x great grandmother. In 1611 she married Stephen Byne of Burwash. Their son, Rev. Magnus … Continue reading

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Windle, Connop, Thirlwall, Holdsworth

In the previous post I wrote about Thomas Windle, a gentleman and magistrate who lived in Mile End Old Town at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, and who was one of the executors of the will of … Continue reading

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Thomas Windle Esquire of Mile End Old Town

In the last post I wrote about the family of Richard Eykin Windle, a London surgeon and apothecary at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, who acted as executor of the will of my 5 x great grandmother … Continue reading

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Who were the Windles?

My 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth née Gibson died on 1st March 1809 at the age of 76 and was buried a week later in the churchyard of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney. In her last will and … Continue reading

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John Gibson (1699 – 1763): a new address or a historical misprint?

Last week I wrote about the petitioning of Parliament by my 6 x great grandfather John Gibson, a coal factor, who was seeking release from the Fleet Prison and relief from debts resulting from a fraud against the Crown. I’m … Continue reading

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