Category Archives: Holdsworth

The family origins of John Gibson (1699 – 1763)

In the last two posts I’ve tried to summarise what we know about the life of my 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson, and the story of his family following his death. But what do we know about John’s origins? … Continue reading

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The Gibson family after the death of John Gibson

In the last post I produced a timeline for my maternal 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson (1699 – 1763), updated to include what I’ve discovered recently about his work as a coal factor and his imprisonment for fraud. John … Continue reading

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New information about John Gibson (1699 – 1763)

I’ve been searching for a long time, without success, for the will of my maternal 6 x great grandfather, John Gibson. Then, a few weeks ago, while browsing the National Archives site, I came across a reference to a ‘probate … Continue reading

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Roe and Blanch families in the 1850s and 1860s: new information from land tax records

The newly-available London land tax records have provided me with important information about the movements of my Roe and Blanch ancestors in the 1850s and 1860s, supplementing what I’d already gleaned from census records and parish registers. My maternal great-great-grandparents, … Continue reading

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Captain William Greene: what do we know?

I’m turning my attention back to my earliest confirmed ancestor, Captain William Greene of Ratcliffe, Stepney (died 1686), and it’s useful to begin by setting down what we already know for certain about him. We first found out about William … Continue reading

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Radicals and reactionaries in my family tree

I’ve written about the political affiliations of some of my ancestors, over at my politics blog, Martin In The Margins.

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More Mortimer wills

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the last will and testament of John Mortimer, gentleman of Paddock near Huddersfield, who died in 1823. It was this will that prompted my Holdsworth ancestors to begin researching the family’s history, … Continue reading

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