Category Archives: Robb

A Seager family photograph?

Jill Hiam has contacted me from Melbourne, Australia, asking for help with identifying the people in an old photograph apparently taken at a golf club. Jill explains: My Great Great Grandfather was Henry Fowle Seager, his daughter, Annie, my Great … Continue reading

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Magnus Byne and the Quakers

In recent posts I’ve established that my Byne ancestors definitely had their roots in rural Sussex. To recap: Mary Byne (born in 1683), who married goldsmith Joseph Greene, was my 7 x great grandmother. She was the daughter of John … Continue reading

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Radicals and reactionaries in my family tree

I’ve written about the political affiliations of some of my ancestors, over at my politics blog, Martin In The Margins.

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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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Marianne Burbidge (1813 – 1885), publican’s daughter

Yesterday’s announcement by findmypast that they have published more than 1.3 million parish records from Westminster online is a huge cause for celebration among those of us with London ancestors.  As the announcement says: The records cover the vast period … Continue reading

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James Blanch and William Barlow in the Westminster pollbooks

Following on from my last post: I’m going to assume for now that my great-great-great-grandfather John Blanch (1801-1870) was the son of James and Sophia Blanch. Sophia Atkins was James’ second wife: they were married on 21 March 1792 at … Continue reading

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Matilda Robb in the will of Lady Frances Basset

Some time ago I wrote about Matilda Robb (1805 – 1870), older sister of my great great grandfather William Robb (1813 – 1888) and eldest child of my great great great grandparents Charles Edward Stuart Robb (1779 – 1853) and … Continue reading

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The Nonconformist burial of Sophia Sarah Blanch

For some time I’ve been trying to find out what became of Sophia Sarah Blanch, who was the sister of my great-great-great-grandfather John Blanch. Both were the children of James Blanch and his second wife Sophia Atkins. Until now, the … Continue reading

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A walk through the past

This evening I happened to be in central London and found myself, quite fortuitously, passing by the end of Greville Street, Holborn, where my distant ancestor John Dickson had a baker’s shop; then a few minutes later walking past the … Continue reading

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Seagers (and Palmers) in Holborn

In my last post I wrote about law stationer and clerk William Seager, who I believe may have been related to my own Seager ancestors. One of my reasons for thinking this is that William’s homes in Little James Street … Continue reading

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