Category Archives: Seager

The Robbs in the East End

I’ve written extensively recently about the lives of one side of my mother’s family – the Roes, and their Holdsworth and Blanch relatives – in the ‘old’ East End in the early 19th century. But I’m fascinated by the fact … Continue reading

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Samuel Hurst Seager (died 1837)

My distant relative and fellow family historian Richard Seager has made an important breakthrough in our knowledge of Samuel Hurst Seager – one of my great great great grandfathers. Samuel was married to Fanny Fowle and their daughter, Fanny Sarah … Continue reading

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More Seager photos

Following on from the last post, and once again thanks to Richard Seager (and permission from Canterbury Museum in New Zealand), here are some more photographs of the Seager family. First, two pictures of my great great grand uncle (?) … Continue reading

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Two photographs of Esther (Coster) Seager

Further to my reference in the previous post to the haunting power of old family photos, here are two strikingly different pictures of Esther Coster, courtesy of Richard Seager in Australia. Born in 1836 in Charfield, Gloucestershire, Esther was the … Continue reading

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Ngiao Marsh on the Seagers

The New Zealand-born crime writer Ngaio Marsh (1895 – 1982) was the grand-daughter of Edward William Seager (1828 – 1922), brother to my great great grandmother Fanny Sarah Seager – and thus (if Family Tree Maker is to be believed) … Continue reading

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The religious journey of the Robb family

How did the Robb family transform themselves from Episcopalians and Anglicans into staunch Methodists in the course of a generation? My 3 x great grandfather, Charles Edward Stuart Robb, baptised his children in Episcopal and Anglican churches, his older brother … Continue reading

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William and Fanny Robb in the 1840s

In the 1841 census ‘Fanny Rob’, 25, an embroideress and ‘Fanny Seager’, 55, a laundress, can be found living in Hemlock Court, St. Clement Danes. Hemlock Court was a narrow street that ran off Carey Street, just north of the … Continue reading

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