Category Archives: Roe

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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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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Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817), East India Company auctioneer and gentleman of Mile End Old Town

As a result of my interest in the names of witnesses at an 18th century wedding, and thanks to the generous help of a genealogical contact via Twitter, I’ve discovered a whole new and fascinating branch to my family tree. … Continue reading

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Is this my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather?

A couple of months ago I wrote about Captain William Greene, mariner of Ratcliffe, who appears to be my earliest known ancestor. His son, City of London goldsmith Joseph Greene, had a daughter Mary who married a Lieutenant John Gibson. … Continue reading

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The will of Thomas Ellis, gentleman, of Richmond Street, Soho

Further to my recent update on the Ellis family of Richmond Street, Soho: I’ve now tracked down the will of Thomas Ellis (1780 – 1838). He was the father of Richard Ellis, whose life and the lives of whose children, … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Ellis family

I’ve written before about the Ellis family of Richmond Street, Soho, and the mystery of their connection to my Blanch and Roe ancestors (follow the links under their surname to the right of this page). I’m still trying to discover … Continue reading

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John Holdsworth (born 1765)

I’ve written recently about my great-great-great-great-grandfather William Holdsworth, who was born in South Weald, Essex, in 1771 and lived for most of his adult life in Stepney. William’s daughter Eliza married Biggleswade shoemaker Daniel Roe; their son, another shoemaker named … Continue reading

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The Holdsworth siblings at the turn of a century

In this post I want to ‘flesh out’ the timeline for the Holdsworth siblings, in the closing years of the 18th century and the first decade of the 19th, that I set out in a recent post. Viewing the events … Continue reading

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The Holdsworth siblings: a timeline

In the last post I shared some new discoveries about Edward Porter (d. 1799), the first husband of Sarah Holdsworth, and in an earlier post I reported what I’d learned from the will and burial wishes of  Sarah’s mother Elizabeth … Continue reading

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John Blanch: key dates and places

As part of my continuing review of what we know about the life of my ancestor John Blanch, I’ve drawn up a list of key dates and places associated with him (see below). These are the things we know for … Continue reading

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