Category Archives: Gibson

Eliza Holdsworth (1801 – 1885): a life in service

In recent posts I’ve been exploring the lives of two of my maternal great-great-great-grandmothers, who happened to be first cousins. In the last post I wrote about Keziah Holdsworth, and this post I want to set down what we know … 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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‘When the Queenes Maiestye is satisfied’: the Elizabethan will of John Manser

(Note: the will transcription included in this post was updated on 3rd March 2014) Mary Manser or Maunser of Wadhurst in Sussex was my 10 x great grandmother. In 1611 she married Stephen Byne of Burwash. Their son, Rev. Magnus … Continue reading

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Windle, Connop, Thirlwall, Holdsworth

In the previous post I wrote about Thomas Windle, a gentleman and magistrate who lived in Mile End Old Town at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, and who was one of the executors of the will of … 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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Who were the Windles?

My 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth née Gibson died on 1st March 1809 at the age of 76 and was buried a week later in the churchyard of St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney. In her last will and … 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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Analysing the 1733 will of Alice Byne

Yesterday I posted a transcription of the last will and testament of Alice Byne, my newly-discovered 8 x great grandmother. When Alice wrote her will in 1733, George II was in the seventh year of his reign and Robert Walpole … Continue reading

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The will of Alice Byne (died 1738)

In the last post I wrote about my 7 x great grandmother Mary Greene née Byne, the wife of London goldsmith Joseph Greene, and my discovery of new information about her family. The document that definitively confirmed that Mary was … Continue reading

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On discovering my 7 x great grandmother – and a whole new branch to my family tree

A couple of weeks ago I reported that a sudden whim had led to an important discovery about my 8 x great grandfather, Stepney mariner Captain William Greene (1626 – 1686). By searching for information in a slightly different way, I … Continue reading

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