Category Archives: Holdsworth

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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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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