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The will of Thomas Fowle of Lamberhurst (1450 – 1525)

(Update 26th February 2014: for corrections to some of the information in this post, please see this post and those that follow.) In the previous post I offered an overview of the Fowle family of Kent and Sussex, with whom … Continue reading

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Keziah and Eliza Holdsworth: two cousins and their connections

One of the intriguing things about my maternal family tree is the fact that two of my great-great-great-grandmothers were cousins. My great-great-grandfather Daniel Roe married my great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Blanch on 30th October 1848 at St Anne’s church in Limehouse, … Continue reading

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Josiah Keeling: conspirator, informer, and witness to my ancestor’s will

One way of filling in the background of your ancestors’ lives is to take a closer look at the people they mention in their wills. Finding out more about the individuals who are beneficiaries of, or witnesses to a will … Continue reading

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The Forrests of Aldgate

Thomas Forrest, a citizen and haberdasher who lived at Little Tower Hill and who was buried at the church of St Botolph, Aldgate on 12th January 1679, was my 9 x great grandfather, and my earliest confirmed London ancestor. His … Continue reading

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The ‘cousins’ of Alice Byne (died 1738)

My 8 x great grandmother Alice Byne née Forrest, widow of London citizen and stationer John Byne, signed and sealed her last will and testament on 14th August 1733. She died nearly five years later and was buried on 15th … Continue reading

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The Boulton family: what we do we know?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been tracing the connections between my Forrest ancestors and the Boulton family. Here is a summary of what I think we now know about these two families.  First generation Some time in the early- … Continue reading

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New information about the Boulton and Crabb families

In my continuing search for more information about the Boulton family, I’ve come across two interesting and useful pieces of information, though unfortunately I can no longer trace the sources. The first was the revelation that Henry Crabb, who is … Continue reading

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Thomas Windle Esquire of Mile End Old Town

In the last post I wrote about the family of Richard Eykin Windle, a London surgeon and apothecary at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, who acted as executor of the will of my 5 x great grandmother … Continue reading

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The will of Abraham Maunser, apothecary (died 1690)

My last post was about Abraham Manser (born 1659), an apothecary living in East Smithfield, London, in the second half of the seventeenth century. Abraham was the son of John Manser (died 1681), another London apothecary who was a cousin or … Continue reading

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Exploring the Manser family

I’ve recently established that Magnus Byne (1615 – 1671), the rector of Clayton-cum-Keymer in Sussex and author of a famous diatribe against the Quakers, was my maternal 9 x great grandfather. He and his first wife Ann were the parents … Continue reading

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