Category Archives: Holdsworth

The Champain family of London and Epping

I’ve written before about the appropriately-named John Champain, wine cooper of Tower Street, London, and later of Epping, Essex. His daughter Ann married Richard Collins of Epping, the older brother of John Collins, who was the first husband of my … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Gibson: a life in Georgian England

I’ve written a fair amount, under various headings, about my great-great-great-great-great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth, formerly Collins, née Gibson, who was born in 1733 and died in 1809. However, I thought it might be helpful to put everything we know about … Continue reading

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Analysing the will of John Mortimer of Shelf

In my last post I reproduced a transcription of the will of John Mortimer of Shelf, Yorkshire, who died in 1742, and who might turn out to be my 7 x great grandfather. In this post I want to explore … Continue reading

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The will of John Mortimer of Shelf (died 1742)

Recently I wrote about the Yorkshire origins of my 5 x great grandfather, Joseph Holdsworth, who died in South Weald, Essex, in 1795. In that post, I mentioned the theory that Joseph was the son of John Holdsworth of Sowood … Continue reading

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Can these people really be my ancestors?

My mother’s father was a gardener at the City of London Cemetery. His father was a grave-digger and came from a long line of farm labourers. My mother’s mother was the daughter of a manual labourer, who was himself the … Continue reading

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The Yorkshire connection

My 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Collins, née Gibson, married her second husband, my 5 x great grandfather Joseph Holdsworth, on 20 May 1763, at the church of St Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey. After their marriage, Joseph and Elizabeth lived in … Continue reading

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More records for Joseph Greene, goldsmith

Freedom of the City (of London) Admission Papers, for the years 1681 – 1925, have recently become available at the Ancestry site, and I’ve just found the certificate for my 7 x great grandfather, Joseph Greene, citizen and goldsmith. Born … Continue reading

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William George Bonner (1795 – 1863)

In my recent posts I’ve been revisiting the Bonner family, and specifically the children and grandchildren of Captain Michael Bonner (1733 – 1802) and Frances Gibson (1735 – 1802), the latter being the sister of my 5 x great grandmother … Continue reading

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Mary Ann Bonner and John Godfrey Schwartz

In the last post I wrote about John Harker Bonner (born 1782), son of John William Bonner (1762 – 1817) and Sarah Ford (1759 – 1833). In this post, I want to summarise what we know about his sister, Mary … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Bonners

I’ve written before about the links between my Gibson ancestors and the Bonner family. My recent discovery of the marriage between John Godfrey Schwartz and Mary Ann Bonner has renewed my interest in the Bonners, and in the next couple … Continue reading

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