Category Archives: Holdsworth

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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John Blanch and the mysterious second christening

My fellow family historian and distant relative Ron Roe has alerted me to a problem with the records for my great-great-great-grandfather, John Blanch. John was a shoe and boot maker in Mile End Old Town, Bethnal Green and finally Soho. … Continue reading

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What can we learn from the will of John Mortimer of Paddock (died 1823)?

In the last post I reproduced my transcription of the will of John Mortimer, gentleman of Paddock near Huddersfield, who died in 1823. I’m interested in this will, partly because it was the document that prompted the first attempts to … Continue reading

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The 1823 will of John Mortimer, gentleman of Paddock, near Huddersfield

I’m afraid this will be quite a lengthy post, as I’ve decided to share full my transcription of the unusually long will of John Mortimer, gentleman of Paddock, near Huddersfield, who died in 1823. This is a very important document … Continue reading

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The Collins family of Epping

A  few days ago I wrote about the family of John Champain (d. 1756), a wine cooper in eighteenth-century London. Like my Gibson ancestors, who were also from London, the Champains married into the landowning Collins family of Epping, Essex. … Continue reading

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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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