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A new website

Now that my historical research has strayed into investigating the lives of people only tangentially connected to my ancestors, I’ve decided to set up a separate website, to record my work on 16th and 17th century Catholic recusants – and more generally, … Continue reading

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Email problems

The email account that I use for this site appears to have been hacked. Apologies to anyone who has received fake emails from me, appealing for money: this is NOT me. And my inbox has been emptied, so I have … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of Richard Collins of Shenfield

I’ve been exploring the life of Richard Collins, the brother of John Collins who was the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson, and his wife Ann Champain. By the time he made his will in 1763, … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of John Champain, citizen and wine cooper

I’m continuing to explore the Champain family and their links with my Gibson and Collins ancestors. In earlier posts I’ve discussed James Champain and his family, and in the last post I began to write about his sister Ann Champain who married Richard … Continue reading

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Reflections on the will of Captain William Burgundy Champain

What can we learn from the last will and testament of Captain William Burgundy Champain, R.N., who died in 1818? We discover, among other things, that his friends included Lieutenant John Guyon, R.N., who (it turns out) served on the … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of Captain William Burgundy Champain

I’m grateful to Christine Hoey for giving me permission to share her transcription of the last will and testament of Captain William Burgundy Champain, about whom I wrote in the previous post. The main reason for posting the will in full … Continue reading

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The uncle and aunts of John Collins of Epping

Richard Collins (1693 – 1748), the Epping landowner whose will I discussed in the previous post, was the father of John Collins (born 1733), the first husband of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson. Richard Collins was himself the … Continue reading

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