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Magnus Byne (1615 – 1671): a life in turbulent times

In 1615, in the twelfth year of the reign of King James I and in the last year of the life of William Shakespeare, my 9 x great grandfather Magnus Byne was born, in the village of Burwash, Sussex.* He … Continue reading

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More information about my Byne ancestors

Following on from my last post, I’ve been exploring what Walter Charles Renshaw’s 1913 book about the Byne family of Sussex can tell us about my own direct ancestors. Renshaw informs us that Stephen Byne, as the eldest son of … Continue reading

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The Byne family and the Sussex connection

The will of my recently-discovered 8 x great grandfather John Byne, citizen and stationer of Tower Hill, a transcription of which I reproduced in the last post, provides a useful starting-point for exploring the history of the Byne family. In … Continue reading

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John Gibson (1699 – 1763): an updated timeline

Some months ago, I reported my discovery that my maternal 6 x great grandfather John Gibson was a London lighterman and coal factor who was convicted of fraud against the Crown and imprisoned in the Fleet. This new information enables … Continue reading

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John Ashenden, scrivener

My recent posts have explored some of the individuals and families mentioned in the 1652 will of Elizabeth Greene, widow of Stepney. In this post, I want to report what I’ve managed to find out about another family that features … Continue reading

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William Greene, chirurgeon, and the map-making Cumberfords of Ratcliffe

In my last post, I explored the possibility that William Greene of Ratcliffe in the parish of Stepney, chirurgeon, who died in 1656, might have been the father of my 8 x great-grandfather, Captain William Greene, who died in 1686 … Continue reading

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Roe and Blanch families in the 1850s and 1860s: new information from land tax records

The newly-available London land tax records have provided me with important information about the movements of my Roe and Blanch ancestors in the 1850s and 1860s, supplementing what I’d already gleaned from census records and parish registers. My maternal great-great-grandparents, … Continue reading

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The last will and testament of Euphemia Dickson (1812 – 1827)

Via Ancestry I came across the 1827 will of Euphemia Dickson. She was the daughter of baker John Dickson of Greville Street, Holborn, and his wife Sarah Dickson née Rodbard. Born in 1812, Euphemia was only 15 years old when … Continue reading

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Robb family burials at St Martin-in-the-Fields

Do parish registers ever get it wrong? The online availability of Westminster parish records has made it possible for me to find new evidence relating to my Robb ancestors. But one of the records I’ve discovered has left me puzzled. … Continue reading

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Thomas and Sarah Blanch in Holborn

As I suggested in my last post, my theory that my 4 x great grandfather James Blanch was the son of Thomas and Mary Blanch of Tewkesbury, still leaves a number of unanswered questions. One of them is why James … Continue reading

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