Edward BEAVEN/BEVIN of Melksham, Wilts,
I have a link
in my tree to James Edward BEAVEN born in Whaddon, near Melksham, Wiltshire
in 1835. His father was also James Edward BEAVEN born about 1805 in Melksham.
I have searched the Melksham registers and have found a baptism for a
James Hayward BEVIN on 19 May 1803, son of Christopher and Mary
BEVIN. I think this must be him, it's easy to see how his middle name
could have mutated from Hayward to Edward as it probably had not been
written down other than in the church register. I would appreciate any
evidence to confirm or deny this.
I began by
finding that my WISEMAN ancestors didn't stray far from Ringwood in Hampshire,
about 30 miles from where I live. I soon found a family tree on FamilySearch
that went back to about 1540. It seemed too good to be true - and it was!
When I checked the data against the parish records there were discrepencies.
As the WISEMANs had been fairly static, I decided to extract all WISEMAN
records from the parish registers and then see if I could construct a
tree that way. I have gathered the data but it does not form a contiguous
tree. There are small related groups but without connections between them.
This is not helped by some gaps in the parish registers, one as much as
20 years (1680-1700). I have also collected data from the adjoining parishes
(Ellingham, Ibsley, Harbridge, Sopley, Fordingbridge and Christchurch
to date - see below) to see if that helps. I suspect that some of the
links assumed in the FamilySearch data will never be proven to an absolute
level of certainty.
I have transcribed
information from the church registers of St Peter & St Paul's, Ringwood,
Hampshire from michrofiche records and the transcriptions made by Dr Little
in the 1960s. The data collected is as follows:
- Births, banns, marriages & burials involving WISEMANs.
- Births, banns, marriages & burials involving WITTs
- Births, banns, marriages & burials involving CURL/Es
the period from the beginning of records (about 1580) to about 1840.
Ellingham, Sopley, Ibsley, Fordingbridge and Christchurch Parish Registers
I have also
copied all WISEMAN, WITT and CURL/E records from the available transcriptions
of these registers. I have also checked the microfiche of the actual registers
for Harbridge, Ellingham, Sopley and Ibsley and I am in the process of
extracting information from the microfiche of Fordingbridge and Christchurch.
Again this information covers the period from the beginning of records
(about 1580) to about 1840.
Morant Family Papers
family owned the manor of Brockenhurst, which includes Ringwood, from
1792 to about 1918 (having bought it from Lord Arundell). I have extracted
information about WISEMANs, WITTs and CURL/Es from these records held
in Hampshire Record Office. They mostly relate to farm and house tenancies.
I have collected
over 800 WISEMAN, WITT and CURL records in addition to those in my Family
Tree plus another 160 surnames related to them by marriage - all records
are pre-1840, click
here to see a list. If you have an interest in any of these
families in the south west area of Hampshire, email me the details and
I will look them up in my data described above. Equally any information
you have will be gratefully received. Included in the above are some records
I have collected from east Dorset and south west Wiltshire as I have researched
other family branches in those records.
and TROWBRIDGEs of Wiltshire & Dorset
grandparents were James BENNETT and Dinah TROWBRIDGE of Tollard Royal,
Wiltshire. I have traced their families back and after only two generations
they end at the same place - they were apparently cousins descended from
John BENNETT (born 1723) and Sarah BENNET. I am still looking for the
baptism of their daughter, my great great grandmother, Rachel BENNETT,
about 1816. I have a number of unpublished records from south west Wiltshire
and east Dorset parishes - see FREE
of Waldron, Sussex
I have done
some research on-line and in East Sussex Record Office into the Waters
family that were resident in Waldron and the surrounding area back to
Richard and Mary WATERS about 1740, but there are no WATERS records in
the Waldron registers before this. I would appreciate any information
on the family whereabouts prior to this or additions and corrections to
my published data.
My great grand-father
was Amos FOSTER (b 17 Jul 1850, Whetstone, Middx), son of Mary Ann FOSTER
and allegedly Charles FOSTER. He gave Charles as his father when he married
Louisa PENNICOTT (father Joseph Pennicott) at St Mary's Church, Portsea,
Portsmouth on 24 Sep 1871, but his birth certificate shows no father's
name. I searched the 1851 census for a Mary Ann FOSTER to see if I could
find a likely mother, but to no avail. After much searching (pre-online
census data) I found him in the 1861 census as a boarder, age 10, with
a family called COOPER (husband, wife and six children). This quickly
led me to the 1851 census where he is with the same family as a 'foster
child', age 8 months. It was some time afterwards that I noticed that
the wife of the COOPER household was called Mary Ann !! Could this be
the answer? Again after much trawling through the Portsmouth area church
marriage records I found the marriage of William COOPER to Mary Ann FOSTER
in Alverstoke on 14 Aug 1826 - Bingo?! Unfortunately the marriage record
is of the style that does not give the fathers' names so it is difficult
to trace her parents and siblings. I have checked the Whetstone area in
the 1851 census for COOPERs and FOSTERs but there is no obvious link and
so I'm convinced that she must have had a married sister (or another non-COOPER
relation) in Whetstone, Middx., otherwise why would she go there to have
the baby? If you know anything about these COOPER and FOSTER families
that had a link with Alverstoke (Gosport) in the 1820s I would like to
hear from you.
Louisa had twelve children between 1873 and 1891. I have searched all
the Portsmouth churches but cannot find a single baptism for these children,
nor are they in the civil registrations. Also I have failed to find any
birth record for Louisa nor can I find her parent's marriage. All help
of Belfast/Antrim, Northern Ireland
When my great-grandfather
James Bill joined the army in Belfast in 1868 he gave his place of birth
as Shankhill Road, Belfast (born 1848). The army records indicate that
he was a Presbyterian. I visited PRONI in Belfast in June 2004 and searched
the St Anne's, Shankhill Road records and found a record in 1849 that
could have been James BILL or BELL - there appear to have been many Bills
and Bells in Antrim at this time. The date and the father's name, William,
fitted and the mother was Ellen McC(ALLON). I widened the search to other
Belfast parishes and eventually to other denominations but with no success.
So I'm fairly certain that this is James BILL but would like to find some
and GAVINs of County Clare,
was Mary TUOHEY who was born in Feakle, County Clare in 1860. Her father
was Patrick TUOHEY and her mother Catherine GAVIN. They had at least five
other children, Bridget (1862), Michael (1863), Catherine (1866), Patrick
(1868) and Edmund (1870). There were no other GAVINs in Feakle at this
time so I would appreciate any information on Catherine's history and
on Patrick's as well. Any information gratefully received.
of Birr, County Offally (King's County),
was Michael EGAN (b1812). He married an Ellen CARROLL about 1830/40ish
but I can't find the marriage (it may pre-date the church registers that
start about 1838). I searched the 1821 Census for Birr and found the following
five Ellen CARROLLs within an acceptable age range:
A - Ellen
CARROLL (b 1819) of Tim (b 1771) and Catherine (b 1786)
B - Ellen CARROLL (b 1818) of Daniel (b 1789) and Catherine (b 1792)
C - Ellen CARROLL (b 1814)
D - Ellen CARROLL (b 1812) of Michael (b 1776) and Eliza (b 1783)
E - Ellen CARROLL (b 1810) of John (b 1770) and Mary (b 1786)
Portsmouth from 1799 but where before that?
My cousin Ted Wiseman and I have traced
his maternal line of LOVETT back to 1799 when John
LOVETT, the youngest son of Thomas LOVETT
and Sarah CASSELL, was baptised in St Thomas's, Portsmouth on 18 Sep 1799.
According to the 1841 census Thomas and wife Sarah were both born about
1761 and Thomas was born outside Hampshire. Help with locating this LOVETT
family before 1799 would be most welcome.
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