Category Archives: Roe

New information on the Blanch family

My distant relation and fellow researcher Robin Blanch has concluded that our common ancestor, James Blanch, is not the person we had assumed he was. Here is Robin’s note from his tree at Ancestry: After many years of believing I … Continue reading

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New information about the family of William and Lydia Holdsworth

I’ve written before about my great-great-great grandparents William and Lydia Holdsworth and their family. Their daughter Eliza married Biggleswade shoemaker Daniel Roe, and their son, another shoemaker named Daniel, married Mary Ann Blanch of Bethnal Green. Daniel and Mary’s youngest son, … Continue reading

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The Roes of Luton revisited

In the last post, I speculated about a possible connection between the Huckle family of Biggleswade – one of whom, Elizabeth Milton nee Huckle, was looking after young Caleb and Eliza Roe at the time of the 1841 census – … Continue reading

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The Roe family in Biggleswade: double counting in the 1841 census?

The 1841 census finds my 3 x great grandmother Eliza Roe, 40, and her children Hannah Roe, 15, Daniel Roe, 13, Richard Roe, 12, Eliza Roe, 10, and Caleb Roe, 8, living at Sand Pitts, Biggleswade. At the same address, … Continue reading

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Eliza Roe, Blunham and Rev. Beachcroft

I ended the last post with a hint that there might be other reasons, besides possible family ties, for my 3 x great grandmother Eliza Holdsworth’s move from Stepney to the village of Blunham in Bedfordshire. In this post, I … Continue reading

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Eliza Roe and the Evans family

In the last two posts, I’ve written about the later years of my great great great grandmother, Eliza Roe, and particularly about her work as a servant for the Walbey and Merry families. Exploring her employers’ background and the local … Continue reading

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Eliza Roe and the Merry family

Some time between March 1851 and April 1861 my great great great grandmother, Eliza Sharp, formerly Roe, left her employment with the Walbey family of Bury Farm, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire (see my last post) and joined the household of Rev. Robert … Continue reading

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Eliza Roe and the Walbey family

In my last post, I mentioned that my great great great grandmother Eliza Roe, nee Holdsworth, can be found in the 1851 census record working as a nursery servant in the village of Nuthampstead. This was six years after her … Continue reading

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Roes in Layston and Barkway

When I started researching my family’s history a few years ago, I was under the impression that both sides of the family had been firmly rooted in the East Ham area for generations. Of course, I knew that the Robbs … Continue reading

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Joseph Priestley, St. Thomas Square and the Roe family: Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I suggested that there might be a religious reason behind the fact that Kezia Eliza Roe was born in St. Thomas Square, Hackney. The longstanding associations of Hackney with Protestant Nonconformity are well known, … Continue reading

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