Category Archives: Roe

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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Marianne Burbidge (1813 – 1885), publican’s daughter

Yesterday’s announcement by findmypast that they have published more than 1.3 million parish records from Westminster online is a huge cause for celebration among those of us with London ancestors.  As the announcement says: The records cover the vast period … 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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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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