Category Archives: Holdsworth

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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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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