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James Blanch in Soho: a timeline

The online availability of Westminster parish records, together with the records searchable at other websites such as London Lives, now make it possible to construct a reasonably clear timeline for my great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Blanch. Below, I set out in chronological … Continue reading

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More Mortimer wills

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the last will and testament of John Mortimer, gentleman of Paddock near Huddersfield, who died in 1823. It was this will that prompted my Holdsworth ancestors to begin researching the family’s history, … Continue reading

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The Gibson and Aldridge families

Some time ago I posted a transcription of the will of Mary Catherine Gibson, née Bretman (died 1826), the widow of East India Company broker Bowes John Gibson (1744 – 1817). Bowes John was the younger brother of my 5 … Continue reading

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Mary Ann Bonner and John Godfrey Schwartz

In the last post I wrote about John Harker Bonner (born 1782), son of John William Bonner (1762 – 1817) and Sarah Ford (1759 – 1833). In this post, I want to summarise what we know about his sister, Mary … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Bonners

I’ve written before about the links between my Gibson ancestors and the Bonner family. My recent discovery of the marriage between John Godfrey Schwartz and Mary Ann Bonner has renewed my interest in the Bonners, and in the next couple … Continue reading

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The inheritance of John Collins

My 5 x great grandmother, Elizabeth Gibson (1733 – 1809), was married twice. I trace my descent, on my mother’s side of the family, from Elizabeth’s second marriage, in 1763, to South Weald farmer Joseph Holdsworth (1735 – 1795). Her … Continue reading

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Matilda Henrietta Gibson and Bowes Charles Gibson

When Mary Catherine Gibson, widow of Bowes John Gibson, died in 1826, her youngest two children, Matilda Henrietta and Bowes Charles, were 17 and 13 years old respectively (see footnote * below). I don’t know what happened to the Gibson … Continue reading

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The sons of Bowes John Gibson, the Horn family, and the East India Company

In my first post about my newly-discovered ancestor Bowes John Gibson, brother of my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth nee Gibson, I noted that he was listed in contemporary trade directories as an auctioneer, in the service of the … Continue reading

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Is this William Greene ‘the younger’?

In an earlier post, I put forward the hypothesis that William Greene, the Ratcliffe mariner married to Margaret, was the son of the William Greene who wrote his last will and testament in 1634. What is the evidence to support … Continue reading

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Captain Greene: slave-owner?

The list of christenings for 1682 in the parish register of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, has the following entry for 24 December: John Boy (?) a black of Capt. Will. Green of wapping mariner aged 19 years of … Continue reading

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