I am trying to confirm some details re my
GG Grandparents who came from the Somerset area. I have their
immigration details of 1853 (per Trafalgar to NSW) and am unable to be
certain of the town my GG Grandmother came from.
The papers seem to clearly read as Acton or Anton Somerset. I have
been unable to locate a town by this name there and am wondering if it
was common habit to refer to Iron Acton as just Acton.
The names of my ancestors are: Charles FRANKS of Acton (or Anton)
My GG Grandmother was Martha STEELE (or Steel) of Nunney, Somerset
Married in Frome 1848 ( I am awaiting the arrival of the marriage
certificate which I have applied for from GRO)
Of their 3 children born in England, 2 , aged 3 and 2 at time of
departure, were born in Laverton and the last in Heywood, Wiltshire
listed as an infant (not long before they emigrated to NSW.)
If you could help clarify the likely place name and perhaps tell me a
little about it or forward me an online link I would be most grateful.
My Great Great Grandfather
was a Clement CHAMPENEY born 1818 in Wedmore Somerset, he was a Farmer.
I know he had one daughter Louisa CHAMPENEY who died shortly after
giving birth to My Great Grandfather Harry CHAPMAN. Louisa
married a George CHAPMAN born 1831 in Winscombe Somerset. Any help would
be most welcome.
I am researching my husband's family and several
members are buried in the Uphill Churchyard - Mary Elizabeth
and her husband Fred
and his wife Minnie Dix COOPER
(my husband's grandparents); Ernest
and his wife Tryphena
Ernest's parents Joseph and Fanny Elizabeth MARCROFT;
Also some of Ernest's sisters - Fanny Elizabeth; Helen and sister
in law Lucy Ann
(married to Charles Albert
died in Passchendaele .. we recently visited the churchyard and the
inscriptions on the graves are very hard to read - is there a map or
a plan of the churchyard indicating who and where people are buried.
Also interested in Charles Albert
- according to one
site found on the Internet, he is commemorated on the Uphill World War
One Memorial, but we couldn't find his name at all - he is actually
buried in the Tyne Cot War Cemetery, but his widow Lucy Ann was
living in Uphill at the time of the Memorial being built. Any help
at all would be gratefully received.
I am working on my family tree and I have found
data on my family in two different areas of Somerset. But I can't seem
to find any more information on my great-great-great-great grandfather
John WHITE who was born in Clutton, Somerset, England. All I know is
that he was born in 1777 and married to an Anna. Any information would
be greatly appreciated.
I have been trying to find a birth record for
Jennie Mable HEARST (spelling may vary) born 27 Sep 1870 supposedly in
Somerset. She came to US abt 1889 and married William ELDRED - I have
information from her marriage on but need to find her birth. Oral
tradition was that she came to US with an older brother and perhaps a
sister and that her father was a '"vetinarian " or more likely a
Ferrier in England - again supposedly was credited as being the first
one to set a horse's leg verses shooting the horse- it was thought his
name was John. The 1900 census says she immigrated in 1889; the
1910 census put it at 1870; the 1930 census put her coming in 1880.
Family members remember her talking about coming over as a young child
so I would guess somewhere between 1880-1889 (she married William 3 Sept
1889. It was also believed she was a cook for the
Leavenworth KS Warden's family.
ANY information that would help me find her
birth in England would be great!
I am researching the name PENNY and my search has led me to the Radstock
area of Somerset,now I am stuck. I have a marriage for Robert
PENNY and Ann HORLER for September 21st 1795, in St. Nicholas Church,
Radstock. Robert shown as "from Kilmersden" and Ann "from Buckland
I have not been able to find either of their births/baptisms.
Any help would be gratefully received.
I am researching the life of Fanny NEWMAN, my Great Grandmother.
Her Father was William NEWMAN who was a tinsmith in Wincanton, and in
1861 owned "The Bear Inn" in Wincanton. Fanny was born on
September 8th 1848. She does not appear with her family in the
1861 census. It is known that she went to New Zealand where she
married George Arthur OBORN, on May 11 1868. Her Mother has the
surname of GREEN and I am seeking the history on her Mother's side.
I am also trying to find out how and when she travelled to New Zealand. Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated.
My great grandmother was Elizabeth HIPPISLEY
born 23/9/1856 in Yatton. On her marriage certificate her father
John is described as a plate layer. I believe this John may have
been bom about 1820, again in Yatton but then it all becomes rather
confusing as there were different HIPPISLEY families in the
area and some being Quakers. I would like to find John's wife,
parents and siblings if possible so if anyone out there can help I'd
be very grateful.
I'm looking for the parents of my 3rd great-grandfather, John
CRIDGE. He was born in 1790 in Chard (near Taunton). His parents
might be Thomas CRIDGE and Sarah CHANNING. John
was a carpenter. He married Maria BEATON on March 19, 1826 at
St. Mary Magdalene in Taunton. The CRIDGEs lived at Harmony
Row in Thurlbear until they immigrated to New York in 1832. Also,
does anyone have access to pre 1832 Somerset directories? I'd love
to know if any CRIDGEs are listed in Chard and at Harmony
Row. For more information check out my web page at
findagrave.com Any help would be gratefully appreciated.
Diane and Graham
I am trying to find any records for my great
grandfather William George DARBY born C1859 Taunton,
Somerset and his family. I have not been able
to locate any birth/christening records or any census record prior
to 1891. Here is the information I have so far:
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Marriage certificate for George
& Susan POMEROY – married
03 April 1889 Registers Office, Stoke Damerel,
Devon. George’s age is listed as 30yrs on the
marriage certificate. Fathers name is listed as Samuel
DERBY. The occupation for George is
listed as labourer. I’m not sure of his father Samuel’s
occupation as it is hard to read but looks like Malaster.
Death certificate of Susan DARBY
(nee POMEROY) – husband shown as William George DARBY
occupation general labourer who was present at time of
death. Living at time of death Blindwell, Millbrook,
1901 census – George DARBY listed
as born c1865 Taunton
Somerset. Occupation listed as clay
1891 census – George DERBEY listed
as born c1857 Marilan Somerset
(have not been able to locate a place called Marilan).
Occupation listed as general laborer
Children of George DARBY & Susan
POMEROY were all born Millbrook, Cornwall
and are Maud 1891, George 1897, Mabel 1898 & Samuel 1900.
According to the 1911 census there was a 5th child
(deceased) this could be Elizabeth
born St. Germans Cornwall 1889.
I would appreciate
any leads to my ggggg grandfather, James POPE, born about
1720 in England, married to Mary LNU, about 1746 possibly in
Smarden, Kent, England, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA,
sometime after 1760. He and his wife had three sons, George
Whitefield POPE, possibly christened September 22, 1751, in
Taunton St. Mary, Somerset, England; Richard, born about 1748 in
England; and, Charles, born in England between 1746 and 1748. A
report in the Rowan County, North Carolina library says that James
POPE was related to Alexander POPE, the poet, but I
have not found anything to back this up. Mary POPE, by then
a widow, settled with her three sons in Guilford County, North
Carolina, between 1775 and 1780. George Whitefield POPE
became a prominent Baptist minister in North Carolina, and died
about 1818. I do not know what became of his brothers, Richard and
Charles, other than they also apparently took up residence in
Guilford County, North Carolina. Mary POPE, the widow of
James POPE died in Guilford County, North Carolina, date of
I have for some time been
researching my family and have one branch that comes from St
Cuthbert, Wells. My GG Grandfather was John Henry COX a
mariner born in Wells, we have a copy of a death record for his
father Henry COX which showed him as a garden worker and that
he was 'accidentally killed' age 30 record date 31st January 1848
(ref No 1661) however I cannot find any BMD death details and cannot
therefore request a death certificate. Could anyone suggest a way
forward with this? I shall be coming to Shepton Mallet area in May
this year and would like to visit the local records office to
continue my search. I have details that Henry Married Jane PETVIN
from Street and my GG Grandfather John Henry COX was born
c1842, I now know he had a sister Ann born c1844 and a brother
Charles c1847 and I have copies of their baptism records but have
been unable to find any further details for them. Could someone
please direct me to the relevant office's. I have just joined the
Somerset & Dorset FHS and am waiting for their confirmation of my
researching one Stephen GUNNING B 1815-1887 who was resident in and
around Wells Somerset in St Cuthbert Out. He married a woman with
the name of a Hebrew origin - Tirzah. I am trying
to find out if there was a Jewish community in the area at the time
or if it was a fashionable thing to take a Hebrew based name.
Tirzah means delightful-pleasant. Would be
grateful for any information. Thanks in anticipation.
am seeking information about my great grandfather, Thomas
JEFFERIES (JEFFRIES) who was born in Crewkerne, Somerset, UK, in
1838. I have no knowledge of his parents or siblings, have not been
able to find him on the census or bmd, but am told that as a young
boy he emigrated (or stowed away) and jumped ship in Newfoundland,
Canada. The first documentary evidence I have is of his marriage to
Jane Langdon on Exploits Island, Newfoundland in December 1867.
information would be most welcome. Many thanks.
My Grandfather Douglas LLEWELLYN was born on November 24
1881, in Bath, to Salome LLEWELLYN, a teacher of music,
The Father was not listed. I am unable to find any records on
Salome LLEWELLYN in any BMD, 1881 or any other census
returns. Any help on how I may be able to trace my Grandmother
would be gratefully appreciated.
Alice Lockwood Brenner
I am trying to find more
information on the following WEBB
WEBB b. Oct 28,
1826 in Somerset England married Ruth ROBINSON
b. Feb 19 1829 in Somerset, England. James
WEBB's father was Jonathan
1805 who married Elizabeth ROUSE
b. 1805. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks to all
John O. ROOKE was born 28 Oct
1814 son of William ROOKE and Sarah CRIDGE. He was
apparently christened at Stogumber. Left England abt 1837 and came
into Canada and then United States. I have an 1841 Eng Census which
a Wm ROOK and a Sarah ROOK. This is all the start I
have to find my William, Sarah and family. Any help would be
My brick wall is that I know my ggg grandmother was born in the
Taunton area about 1789. Her names was Sarah DIBBLE. I have
found 3 Sarahs born/baptized around that time in Lydeard St
Lawrence. My Sarah married Henry WILLOUGHBY in Cheltenham
9th April 1817. I hope that there may be someone at the Somerset
end who knows that their DIBBLE family moved to Cheltenham.
If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear from you.
My great-great-grandfather WILLIAM
POOLE was baptised in Bridgewater, Somerset,
January 1800. His father JOHN was married to Elizabeth, daughter of
John and Sarah PRIOR, on 13 December 1782 and buried, I
think, on 1 March 1840. Is there any further information about him
or his forebears. My guess is that he is a grandson or great
grandson of JOHN , who married Grizil SEALY in 1688.
Any help with this brick wall would be gratefully appreciated.
I am researching my SMITH family
connections in South Wales, but it appears that they originated in
Somerset. My 2 x great grandfather was James SMITH who
I think was born in Pensford in 1846. From his marriage
certificate I know that his father was Joseph SMITH, but I am
having trouble in establishing his details from the 1851 census
where there are several possible matches. If anyone has access
to parish records or the like, any help in resolving this would be
My 3xggrandfather William
COUSINS married Hannah PRIDIE 1810 in Oxford, Hannah
died in 1829. William married again to Fanny JACKSON.
The only marriage I can find for this is 20 Jan 1830 in Walcott,
Somerset. Is there SKS who could look up this marriage and
see if there are any more details?
Fanny Jackson nee` PRIDIE
was the sister of Hannah (an unlawful marriage, which might
explain why they married in Somerset instead of Oxford where
they were from). I think Fanny died in Weston Supermare
Somerset in 1864, (waiting for the certificate). William
and his family were non-conformists so the marriage might have
been in a Chapel. Any help would be very much appreciated.
Our family name is COUNSELL.
It comes from the Country
Somersetshire in England. I have been doing a lot of research on
the name and found out that Somersetshire at one time was called the
Counsell land due to the land grand’s that they were given. I would
like to find out more info on this if possible. I am doing history
on our family tree and I have got up to the 7th
generation of the COUNSELL family. Is there anyone that can
give me more info? I am a COUNSELL
and a descendent of King James 1. Thank you
I am seeking any information on the
THOMAS, born March 29,1663 in North Petherton, Somerset Co.
EnglandName of the Wife(?) of the above John THOMAS.
John THOMAS, born November 20, 1686 in North Petherton,
Somerset Co. England. Married (1)Joan WHITE, born,
Novermber 29, 1710 in North Petherton, Somerset Co England.
Married (2) Jonne DYKE, December 26, 1729 in North Petherton
Somerset Co England
Any information on the following John
THOMAS's who were born in North Petherton from1588 to 1699
John Thomas born 10 January 1588----Father
John Thomas born 9 February 1617----Father
John Thomas b 29 March 1663---Father John Thomas,
John Thomas born 8 September1678---Father William Thomas, Mother
John Thomas born 20 November 1686---Father John Thomas, Mother Joan
John Thomas born 10 December 1699---Father John Thomas, Mother
Any Information on Francis THOMAS,
(Sr). born July 24, 1724 in North Petherton
Mary PARKHOUSE--- Have no information on Mary Parkhouse
Could not find a marriage
for Francis and Mary---A Bastardly Order was issued by Church
Wardens for support of Francis Jr.
Any Information on Francis
Thomas (Jr) PARKHOUSE born 30 September 1766 in Cheddon
Fitzpaine Somerset England. Francis Thomas(Jr.) PARKHOUSE
at some point moved to Bath, Walcot Parish and married Eleanora
DISCUNB who was born in 1764 in probably Devon County England
I would appreciate any information
on these THOMAS's in Cheddon Fitzpaine.
have researched my family tree back to Somerset but now I'm at a
relative is William GRIFFIN (born 1575 in West Pennard,
Somerset, England/died 1666) - he was married to Mary ROGERS
(born 28 Apr 1576 in England). They had at least one son, also
named William (born 26 May 1596). If you have any suggestions,
it would be appreciated.
I am not sure
what the procedure is joining/asking for help? I have a lot of
ancestry in Somerset who came over to South Wales during the coal
1) I have
managed to get back to Thomas COOK/E married in Brent knoll
in 1823 to a Maria NORRIS. I have found her, but he remains
very elusive before that date. I have tried all the usual sources.
They are down in 1841 as living in 'Vole'
2) Ditto for
his son Gilbert Alfred COOK/E, born in 1824,brent knoll,
married Sarah FISHER (mark) in 1848, had a son Edward in 1851
in Shapwick, but ALL these disappear until Edward turns up in
Cardiff in 1881 only to disappear again-although family rumour has
it this time he left his family and went to the US.
Where on earth
does one go now! I have been trying to overcome these problems for
about 8 years. Time is always against me!-so any lead would be
I am trying to
find information regarding my 2x great uncle Henry COX who
was born at Brean Somerset on the 25th March 1879. His father was
Jeffrey COX and his mother Adelaide Cox nee PETHERAM.
The family lived at Plaish Farm in Mark Somerset.
I have found Henry
still living at home with his parent's on the 1901 census but cannot
trace him after that. Unfortunately I do not know if he married or
not so am unable to provide any other info. Family thought he may
have gone to Canada like his sister Una but research there has also
drawn a blank.
are able to help in any way I would be very grateful.
g-g-g-grandfather was John ROWLAND (jnr), b. c. 1816, a
native of Ruishton, Somerset (?), whose parents were John ROWLAND
(snr) b. c. 1782, and Jane SULLEY (birth date unknown), John
jnr's parents married in St Mary's Church, Taunton on 29 Dec 1806.
siblings were - John b 1807 (d. before 1816), Elizabeth b 1810, who
married Ephraim COZENS c. 1834, Hannah b. 1812, Mary b. 1814
and Martha b. 1817. John's mother Jane d. c. 1839.
I would be
interested to know any information on John jnr's grand-parents, and
Jane SULLEY's parents & grand parents.
Looking for Descendants of James PHILLIPS & Caroline
Newland PHILLIPS b: 04 FEB 1889 in Wellington, Somerset, was
the youngest son of James PHILLIPS (1844 - 1898) & Caroline
BOWERMAN (1848 - 1892) who were married 27 SEP 1871 in
Wellington, Somerset, England. Newland was a home child sent to
Canada by the Dr. Barnardo organization, arriving in St John, New
Brunswick, Canada aboard the SS Scotsman 03 APR 1899, with his older
brother Harry PHILLIPS b: 1887. Newland and Harry were
separated and Newland lost track of Harry's whereabouts and
unfortunately had no further contact with his family back in
England. Newland died 31 JAN 1986 in Victoria, British Columbia,
I am researching my new
son in law's family who emigrated from North Curry / Stoke St
Gregory and married in Western Australia. I have been unable to
trace any evidence of when he emigrated. Charles Henry Dare Hawker b
1873 in North Curry, Somerset. He was still resident in 1881 in
North Curry and married in 1898 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
(Mabel Taylor). Any help much appreciated.