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Number of current requests : 225

DUNKINSON family
If I could ask for your help on a point of my family genealogy looking back to England from America!?! Very recently, I was quite excited to find that my Great Grandfather, born 1898, Ohio, USA, was not Leonard Duncanson, but rather Dunkinson, and quite interestingly, his father, Samuel Dunkinson, born 1851, was the son of Robert Dunkinson, born 1812, "Isle of White", England.
As a sailing fan, and knowing of the Cowes Regatta, I thought immediately that this must be a misspelling by the 1840 and 1850 census taker in Pennsylvania!? Later U.S. Census, and death certificate, report Robert's birth place as "England", omitting reference to his exact birth location on your beautiful island.
Your website has some information on Dunkinson genealogy, increasing my hope that "White" was in fact "Wight". My mother, of course, confirmed the spelling "Dunkinson" and remembered her mother saying that her great grandfather was born on the Isle of Wight... So much for my long believed Scottish heritage!? By 1840, Robert Dunkinson was married to Mary Boweon, born in Pennsylvania about 1811, living in Greene Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, with 3 children ages 1 to 9. By 1860, the family had moved a few miles south to Guilford Township, Franklin County, having by now a large family of 11 children, 7 living.
It would be a tremendous pleasure if either you or one of your members could consider my query, and perhaps direct me to information on my ancestor's birth or possibly to a family link, perhaps yet living on the Island!
Capt. David Lovingood [link opens in new tab or window]
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
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16 Oct 2014
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PORTER, Elizabeth
I would be pleased to know about Elizabeth PORTER,(ca 1759-1836) from Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. She is the mother of a drawer and painter who lived in France : Peter Tom Hawke.

Elizabeth PORTER married John HAWKE or HAWKES, a Roman Catholic, in Newport on 27 July 1795.
Thomas Porter was possibly a brother of Elizabeth ?
John PORTER and Henriette HOW or Harriet HOW are Elizabeth's father and mother.
I'm searching about which records may give John Hawke's parents.
The name of John Hawke's mother is 'S. HYNCH' or HINCH
(John died in Saint-Servan near Saint Malo in 1818 and Elizabeth Porter in 1836). They arrived in Brittany in 1815 but still owned properties in Carisbrooke.
Thanks for anythings about these families : -How, Porter, Hawke, Hynch
Marie-Françoise Bastit [link opens in new tab or window]
France
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25 Sep 2014
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COOPER, Gilbert William
Carisbrooke Castle Museum would like to reunite a WW I Victory medal with any descendants of the recipient's family - it was awarded to Pte 8213 Gilbert William Cooper, 2nd Battalion, Dorset Regiment who died on 5 June 1916 in India. He had connections with Freshwater and Sandown. If you can show a family connection we would be delighted to return it.
Wight at War : [link opens in new tab or window]
Carisbrooke Castle Museum
Submitted :
24 Sep 2014
Verified : 24 Sep 2014
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Georgian theatres in Newport
I've recently come across a pair of petitions from one James STRATFORD, renewing the licensing on his theatre in Newport, from 1807 and 1808 - would you or any of your members be aware of any theatres in Newport from that period? There's no further information on the petitions themselves (though I've included transcriptions below) and my own research has brought nothing up so far.

1807 NBC/18/7

To The worshipful the mayor & magistrates of the borough of Newport - The humble petition of James Stratford prayeth for the renewal of his licence for 60 nights from the date hereof until the sessions in October 1808 and your petitioner will at all time study to deserve the favour of the worshipful bench and be [-?-] a most grateful recollection of the preference they have been pleased to give him

Oct-26th-1807 - J Stratford


1808 NBC/18/7

James Stratford (the manager of the theatre) returns his grateful thanks to the worship:c the mayor and worthies of Newport for the preference & Protection they have so kindly given him for which he will ever remain thankful

Stratford entreats the renewal of his licence of the worshipful bench and assures(?) them his best endeavours will ever be exerted for this amusement When honoured with their permission & trusts(?) his conduct will always merit their fond opinion

Newport Oct 31st
Brice Stratford [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
27 Aug 2014
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St Andrew's Church, Norton : Memorial Window to George Frederick Cottrell
We've received a request for assistance which I quote :

" We are researching George Frederick Cottrell, who was stationed on the Isle of Wight with the 108 Heavy Artillery Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, from September 1913 to August 1914.
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924 regarding Cottrell who was killed in WW1, says that a stained glass window was placed in a church used by the Royal Garrison Artillery at Freshwater. We have been told that St Andrew's Chapel in Freshwater/Norton Green was the Garrison chapel, being nearest to the Golden Hill Barracks. The church is now a private house. However, when we made a visit there recently there was no stained glass that seemed to relate to Cottrell, nor did the owner have any information concerning the chapel's history although she had tried to find it. Canon Michael Weaver thought that there may be some information in the Archives of the Diocese regarding St Andrew's that could lead us to information regarding the stained glass window. We have contacted them and they are hoping to find something for us. We live in London and visit Freshwater regularly. We would appreciate any help that you may be able to offer regarding the Royal Garrison Artillery at Golden Hill Barracks circa 1913-1914 and history of St Andrew's Church, and any memorial windows."

Please let me know if you have any information and I will pass it on to these researchers.
Geoff Allan [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
07 Aug 2014
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JOYCE family
I am hoping someone can help me to find some more information about my paternal grandparents.
My grandfather was William George JOYCE born 12 March 1875 at 39 Union Road, Ryde.
His birth certificate states that his father was William JOYCE a cab driver and his mother was Jane JOYCE formerly KINGSWELL.
I can find no record of a William JOYCE marrying a Jane KINGSWELL.
On the IWFHS website it shows 6 children with the mothers name being KINGSWELL. William George b 1872 and died 1872, Anne born 1877, Charles Henry born 1879, Frederick Ernest born 1882 and Leonard born 1888.
William George JOYCE married Gertrude Holly HAYLES, the daughter of Charles James HAYLES and Elizabeth Ann MOUNCHER on 19 November 1902 where it states that his address was Rustic Cottage, Bellevue Road, Ryde.
In the 1901 Census there is a William and Jane Joyce living at 12 Bellevue Road, Ryde. There are 3 other family members at this address: Annie 24, Frederick 19 and Leonard 13.
I do not know if this is William JOYCE and Jane MARTIN or William JOYCE and Jane KINGSWELL
Sometime before the 1911 Census my grandfather changed his name to Harry SIMMS and was living in High Street, East Meon, Petersfield and working as a grocer.
My grandparents came to Australia between 1913-1915. My father and his twin brother still had the name Joyce on their birth certificates although their surname was Simms.
I believe that my great-grandfather William had a sister Emma who married a Henry SIMMS in 1866.

I do hope that someone in the IOW can throw some light on my history.
Wendy Sherry (née Simms) [link opens in new tab or window]
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14 Jul 2014
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HOOKER, George : descendants
My grandmother, Clara HOOKER was born in Northwood, Isle of Wight on 29 May 1877 to parents George Henry HOOKER and Elizabeth BAILEY. She and her sister, Jessie Annie Hooker (born 1875) travelled together to Australia in approx 1897.

We will be visiting the Isle of Wight for four days commencing 7th June 2015 and would like to make contact with any descendants of George Henry Hooker. We notice there are some Hooker names in the Isle of Wight white pages.

Please contact us if you can help.
Bob and Heather Weir [link opens in new tab or window]
Western Australia
Submitted :
06 Jul 2014
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WILLIAMS, Laura Jane and Florence Ethel
My great-aunt Laura Jane Williams and her daughter Florence Ethel Williams have been on my 'Most Wanted' list for a very long time and over the years, I have returned to their story again and again, sifting through the meager collection of records of their lives, hoping for one of those eureka moments.

This is what I know:
Laura Jane WILLIAMS was born 19 January 1867 at 31 St Johns Road in Ryde on the Isle of Wight to parents George WILLIAMS and Harriet STOREY and was baptised on 7 Apr 1867 at Holy Trinity Church in Ryde. She appears in both the 1871 and 1881 censuses residing with her parents on St. John's Road. On 9 November 1886, she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Florence Ethel WILLIAMS and when registering the birth, she gave her name as Lorry WILLIAMS and her occupation as a bookkeeper. Last seen in the 1891 census at her parent's house at 75 St John's Road in Ryde, she seems to have disappeared afterwards without a trace.

Laura's daughter Florence was born 9 November 1886 at 79 St Johns Road in Ryde and was last seen in the census records in 1901, living with her grandparents. After 1901, Florence Ethel WILLIAMS seems to have disappeared without a trace as well.

This entry originally appeared on my blog, Out of My Tree Genealogy, at http://bit.ly/1qlF2dW.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of descendants of these two ladies or what happened to them is urged to contact me!
Barb Starmans [link opens in new tab or window]
Ontario, Canada
Submitted :
29 Jun 2014
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The Poplars, Orchardleigh Road, Shanklin
I have been researching my mother's family, surname BRENNEN, and have found the IWFHS website extremely helpful and easy to use.
I visited the Island last year hoping to revisit my grandmother's old house, but sadly this had been knocked down and some smaller houses built in the area.
I am hoping you may be able to put me in contact with someone who will have some old photos of the area and maybe hopefully be able to purchase some copies of these photos.
The address of the house was: 13 Orchardleigh Road, Shanklin, I.O.W. The house itself was called The Poplars.
Linda Wright [link opens in new tab or window]
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22 May 2014
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PRESFORD family
I have been researching our family name "PRESFORD' for some years, and we always believed we were good northern stock until mentions cropped up in Devon several years ago.

But with ever growing additions to research sites, our name has now been thrown up in Newport.

There is also Presford Farm B & B (Presford Shute) near Shorwell.

The new mention is dated 1415 (a bit of a shock in itself) as John PRESFORD, bailiff of Newport. And also in 1398 as a witness, also Newport.

I'd just like to know if anyone else researching Isle of Wight families had come across the name ?

As I am not quite sure as how to tackle this new information, so any help would be most welcome.
Peter E Presford [link opens in new tab or window]
Buckley, Flintshire
Submitted :
11 May 2014
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BUTLER, James
This is an enquiry in respect of my Grandfather James BUTLER, born 1884, who was serving in the RGA (service no 24452) with 33 Coy at Cliff End Battery, Freshwater, when he married, on 26th Sept 1914, Lily Rose MELDRUM of 163 High St Newport, Isle of Wight.

Service Gnr. in 99 Coy R.G.A in N France 9/12/14, Discharged unfit for further military service (Silver War Badge) on 17/1/1919 in Dover.
Returned to IOW? When?
Army Pensioner 1923
Died 12th November 1946 at 39 New St, Newport Isle of Wight, aged 66 yrs (Former Master Tailor); his son Thomas M Butler, age 15 yrs was also resident at 39 New St, Newport.
Father was William BUTLER a Road Contractor.
James Butler is listed as a Tailor in an Institution and then as a Master Tailor.
What Institution? Are there employment records for them?
Hearsay has it that he originally came from Southern Ireland but confirmation or the location of this for him is uncertain and has not been fully beyond doubt established.
Any information would be most welcome.
Jean and John Filkins [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2959
Submitted :
07 May 2014
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BUCKELL, William
A group of colleagues and I are carrying out research into the 1815 Apothecaries Act in order to make contributions to a small seminar planned for July next year to mark the 200th anniversary of this Act which played a significant role in the development of medical education.

For my part I have chosen to research all the candidates who took the new exam (which later became known as the L.S.A.) during the first 12 months (i.e. August 1815-July 1816).

In order to be eligible to take the exam each candidate had to show evidence of at least 5 years apprenticeship to an apothecary, as well as demonstrating a minimum of 6 months Hospital training and having undertaken courses in anatomy and physiology, the treatment and practice of medicine, chemistry and material medica.

It appears that candidate No 51, who took the exam on March 7th 1816, had links to the Isle of Wight. The details recorded in the 'Candidates Qualifications Book' (MS 8241/1 Box 132 in the archives of the Society of Apothecaries) are as follows:-

William BUCKELL, age 21 years, apprenticed to William Jefferies BECKINSALE of the 'City of Newfarun' (? this is very indistinct) for 5 years. He took 4 courses in anatomy and physiology, 4 courses in the treatment and practice of medicine, 4 courses in chemistry, and 4 courses in material medica. He had also worked for 12 months as a Surgeon's Pupil at St George's Hospital. He was examined by Mr Brande and passed. No record was made at the time of his place of intended residence, but this was later shown, in a list compiled some years later of all the successful candidates in the early years, as being the Isle of Wight.

In these early years the exam was entirely oral so no other paper records exist. As I am sure you appreciate this early date (preceding the BMD register) makes life somewhat difficult.

Any thing at all that you can tell me about any of the above would be most greatly appreciated and if I find anything further I would be happy to share it. I know from my own past genealogical research just how helpful family historians can be.
Julie Papworth [link opens in new tab or window]
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07 May 2014
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WARNE, Jane
My name is Jill Norman and I'm searching for information regarding my great great-grandmother, Jane WARNE. She was born around 1834 in Ringwood, daughter of Peter and Ann Warne, but gave birth to a Sarah Warne in Carisbrooke House of Industry on 18 March 1853, no father recorded. Presumably she had been placed there as an unmarried mother, but I can find no record of her subsequently.

Sarah Warne eventually turns up on the 1861 Census, living with her grandfather and his second wife (Ann having died somewhen between 1841 and 1851).

I don't know what happened to the unmarried mothers placed in workhouses after the birth of their babies – would you know if they were "released"? If that's the case and she married, it will be difficult to find her. I haven't been able to find any record of her (Jane's) death, other than guesses.

If anyone could provide any information, I would be most grateful.
Jill Norman [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
27 Apr 2014
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POLLARD (née LININGTON), Margaret Gertrude ... and the Dame of Sark
My grandmother Margaret Gertrude POLLARD (née LININGTON) always talked about knowing and staying with The Dame of Sark (Sibyl Hathaway) : I know she travelled to Guernsey in Sept 1919 as I have her passport with entry stamps ! According to Sibyl's biography " ... and by Christmas 1919 were all happily settled in Guernsey, surrounded by my late husband's relations and many of my close friends..." and this was just after the death of her husband.

I also have two poems, hand written, on the back of a local shop receipt (not on writing paper!) and based on the theme of 'living on after the death of a loved one'.

The problem I have is ... she was from a totally different social circle; my grandmother claimed she had always worked in service for the people that lived in those big lovely houses (although I have never found it in the census).

The only logical answer is that she was invited to accompany one of her employers as a maid or travelling companion. Who was this? I have no idea but would love to know.

Any suggestions gratefully received.
Ken Lardner [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0455
Submitted :
10 Apr 2014
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Shooting Competitions
I am looking for information as to when (date or month in the year) competitions with rifle clubs on the Island would have taken place. I am interested in C H Richardson cup 1919 and The Fitzcox Ladies Cup 1927. My grandmother, Olive WADE, won the above two.

The reason for the request is so that I can check on any newspaper reports of the time - it makes it easier to find if a precise date is known.
Ginny Wade [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3132
Submitted :
15 Mar 2014
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PERRY family
I am seeking any information on the PERRY family who lived in Fishouse (Fishbourne) and Kite Hill, Wootton Bridge between 1710 and 1787. From the IOW Burial Card Index I have found an Elizabeth (wife of James Perry of Fishouse) registered at Holy Cross Church, Binstead in 1710, Robert (son of James) - 1741 at Holy Cross, Hannah (wife of James) - 1745, Elizabeth (daughter of James) - 1762. A James Perry died in 1786 and his wife Charity in 1787. From the above dates I think there were two or possibly three James. His daughter Mary married John POPHAM in 1787 and John became tenants at Kite Hill House and Farm.
Lesley Abraham [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0540
Submitted :
15 Mar 2014
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PETTY / TRUEMAN family
Why did the surname PATY/ PETTY change to TRUEMAN in the mid 1800s ?

Harriet PROUTEN married William PATY in 1847 in Brading. There is no subsequent record of this couple in the censuses but the IOWFHS database records the births of five children (with mother's maiden name PROUTEN) from 1848 - 1857, now with the surname PETTY. Given that on their Marriage Certificate neither William not Harriet could write, it's not unreasonable that PATY could have morphed to PETTY. But then in the 1851 and 1861 censuses there is no mention of this family as PATY or PETTY. They simply disappear. But a look through every page of the Brading census in 1861 reveals William & Harriet and their five children, all in correct name and birth sequence and exactly matching on age. Except that they were now TRUEMAN. The same for the 1851 and 1871 and 1881 censuses. Then in the 1881 census there is an 82-year-old Mary PROWTEN (who was Harriet's mother) living with two TRUEMAN families in Brading.

Does anyone have an explanation as to why the surname PATY/ PETTY changed to TRUEMAN?
Tony Miles-Prouten [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3137
Submitted :
15 Mar 2014
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BUCKELL, Thomas
I have traced the BUCKELL side of my family back as far as my gggg grandfather THOMAS BUCKELL (surgeon) who married ELIZA BARTON at Carisbrooke on 16 December 1818. As far as I know they had seven children: Frances J b. 1821, George A b. 1822, Eliza b. 1827, Thomas Barton b. 1832/4, Fanny Johnson b. 1834?, Leonard b. 1835?, Ann b. 1838.

THOMAS BUCKELL (surgeon) was born about 1790, baptised Godshill 15th May 1791. His parents were Robert Buckell and Mary. He died in Newport on 17th April 1846, the death being registered by Jane Buckell who was present at the death, Sea Street, Newport. Newspaper references show that a THOMAS BUCKELL living at West Standen Farm in September 1793 and Little Pann in October 1804, but these are possibly not him, but other relatives. ROBERT BUCKELL of Rookley farm may be his brother.

I have not been able to find firm evidence of his siblings, although I am fairly sure he had brothers - Robert and William, or of his mother's maiden name, although I think this may be KEMP.

I would welcome any information about the above.
Jenny Beasley [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3357
Submitted :
12 Mar 2014
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BARNES, Richard and COLLINS, Hannah
I am seeking information on a marriage 15th February 1798 Godshill Hampshire between Richard BARNES and Hannah COLLINS.

I am a member of Ancestry.com and my local Family History Society but have been unable to obtain the actual church record which I am hoping might contain a little more information, such as whether either party had been married previously, their age,occupation, witnesses etc.

Any assistance you are able to provide re this information or direction as to where I might obtain it would be appreciated.
Peter Curtis [link opens in new tab or window]
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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12 Mar 2014
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MANNERS, Ann(a)/Annie
I would like help in finding information on the following person/family.

Ann(a)/Annie MANNERS born Ryde, Hampshire ca 1863

I have found a couple of entries in the census returns :

1881 Census RG11/1159/F Page 38
Annie Manners 18yo Servant : 23 Ashburton Road, Portsea, Hampshire - born in Ryde IOW

1881 Census RG11/1178/F Page 23?
Anna L Manners 17yo Servant : 8 Princes Street, Ryde, Hampshire

1871 Census RG10/1162/F Page 6?
37 Upper Field Place, Carisbrooke, Newport, Isle of Wight
Manners Annie F 10 Daur Scholar Newport, Hampshire

I believe that an A MANNERS married my Great Great Grandfather Edward RANDALL B.1849 in Tring, Hertfordshire.

Any information would be hugely welcomed as I have been unable to get very far from ascertaining individuals etc.
Martin Sawyer [link opens in new tab or window]
Saxmundham, Suffolk
Submitted :
04 Mar 2014
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Royal Welch Fusiliers in WW I
Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum seek WW1 photos

We at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon are starting the mammoth task of looking for photos of individual soldiers from the RWF who were killed in the Great War.

We are trying to put each man's name on display on a screen on the centenary of his death and would dearly love to be able to add a photograph of each man to go with his name. It is a huge undertaking as there were over 10,400 men from the RWF that were killed. But even if we only get a fraction of the photographs we believe it is worth doing. Many of the RWF were from all over so we are asking please could you help?

You can help us by circulating our plea to anybody who is interested. Many families have photographs tucked away so this might prompt them to seek them out. We accept scans or copies and any that appeared in newspapers, which often carried obituaries including photographs.

We need as much information as possible to go with the photo to make sure we fit the right photo to the right man – but sometimes a name and date of death might be all we need.
Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum [link opens in new tab or window]
Caernarfon
Submitted :
25 Feb 2014
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RAYNER, Ruth Ann
Does anyone know of any portrait or photo studies that have images in the 1800s in Newport or Brixton/Brighstone? I am looking for pictures of Ruth Ann RAYNER who married Joseph SCOTT whose portrait I have. Ruth died in Brighstone in 1866 and is buried in Calbourne Church. Joseph came to USA first to Illinois then to Missouri.

I would also like a picture of Joseph's father John. Both Joseph and John were lease holders of Langbridge Farm, and Ruth married Joseph on the Farm. When Joseph's father died, the lease was passed to his mother, but when she died they lost the lease and moved to Hunnyhill, not the one in Newport but in Brighstone.

Thanks in advance if anyone can help ...
Norman Keaton [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1412, Illinois, USA
Submitted :
21 Feb 2014
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SCOTT-ROGERS, Reginald Williams
I am a Chinese Navy Researcher in Hong Kong, and I am doing research about the First Sino-Japanese War 1894-1895, in which Captain Reginald William Scott-Rogers, RN was involved.

Captain Scott-Rogers has a Memorial plaque at Thorley Church, where he was a benefactor. He lived from 1851-1910, and was unmarried. He is buried in Yarmouth St James' Church Cemetery.

Has anyone any further information on this Captain, and in particular any photographs of him ?

Many thanks if you can help ...
Sam Chow [link opens in new tab or window]
Hong Kong
Submitted :
20 Feb 2014
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WALDECK, John Casper
I'm looking for Information on the father of Ellen WALDECK, born 1823 in Lisburn, Ireland. Her mother is Elizabeth BOON, born 1786 in Hampshire. (died 5 April 1856 on the Island under the name Elizabeth WINDOVER. (She married Thomas WINDOVER 13 Sept 1825 in Cowes.)

Elizabeth met a "John Casper WALDECK" on the Isle of Wight. He claimed he was a soldier, but I don't know of any record for him there or as a military person on the Isle of Wight.

Elizabeth followed "John" to Ireland, (Again no records found for him) and she gave birth to Ellen WALDECK in 1823. Ellen and Elizabeth returned to the Iisle of Wight and were admitted into the house of industry. No records of marriage for Elizabeth to "John"

Elizabeth described herself as a widow and married Thomas Windover; they have a girl, Sarah. Elizabeth and Thomas both died in the House of Industry.

Ellen went on to work for and then marry, William Cushen MAYNARD. The pair are buried in Northwood Cemetery (9 March 1901).

I am trying to find out what regiments? Army? Military, ... anything that I can search to find the elusive Mr WALDECK. I've crawled through the Irish records for the date and only found Ellen's birth, no marriages etc.
Heather Pilcher-Chivers [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3337
Submitted :
19 Feb 2014
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WOODFORD, George and ENGLAND, Emily
I am currently researching my family history and have found direct ancestors that were born in the Isle of Wight. I am looking for help to find some information on the below people so that I can continue my search, or if someone can trace back further.

George WOODFORD, born about 1862, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Emily Ellen ENGLAND, born about 1864, Ryde, Isle of Wight

They migrated to Australia sometime before they got married in 1885 in Penrith, NSW. These are both my great great grandparents so I'm very interested to find any sort of information about them and the ancestors before them.
Jade Anderson [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
Submitted :
07 Feb 2014
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LEAL, Albert Henry
I would very much appreciate any assistance in researching my husband's family who came to Canada from the Isle of Wight.

My husband, William LEAL, is a descendant of Albert Henry LEAL and Charlotte GUBBINS who lived in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. Their son, Hugh Leslie Edward LEAL & wife Mary LIVINGSTON lived in Tweed, Ontario and had two children: a daughter Nina Jane LEAL and a son Allan Alexander LEAL, who is my husband's late father. Hugh & Mary LEAL moved to Windsor, Ontario and that's where we (my husband, son, and I) and a small clan of Leals still live today.

I was wondering if there are any members of this Leal family in the Isle of Wight today who share our common descendants that would be willing to share a little of their family history with their Canadian cousin?

Thank you very much. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Yvette Ladouceur Leal [link opens in new tab or window]
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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06 Feb 2014
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BREEN, John
My Great Grandfather was a John BREEN, born in Wexford, Ireland in 1831. His wife was a Mary GRIFFIN, who I believe was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1846 and they married in Greenwich in about 1862. I believe they had three children, Thomas, John and Susan. My Grandfather would be their son, John, who I understand was born on the Isle of Wight, when his father was serving at Yaverland. I have so far not been able to trace any birth record for him. He was supposedly born in 1866. By the 1901 census his family was back in Woolwich.

I am trying to get further back than my Grandfather, and so far have not been able to prove the above to be my Great Grandparents. Would very much like to get hold of a birth record for my Grandfather which would hopefully give me the relevant information.

I would be very grateful for any help anyone is able to offer.
Sally Argent [link opens in new tab or window]
Chichester, Sussex
Submitted :
24 Jan 2014
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CASS, William and Frances
I'm trying to find out when William CASS and his wife Frances Margaret CASS died.

They are at The Blacksmith's Arms in Albert St, Cowes in the 1891 Census and Frances is in the 1901 census as a widow of 76 yrs.

I wondered if the William Cass who died in 1899 in Cowes was him.

I have tried to find a death for a Frances Margaret Cass but the only one I can see about this time has an age of 31 yrs and is in London.

I wondered if any of your members could shine any light on them?

I would be willing to re-imburse any expenses they incur.

They are my great-great grandparents on my mother's side!
Keith Beddow [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
10 Jan 2014
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WALE / CAWES families
We are looking to further our knowledge of the WALE / CAWES families from Northwood or Newport pre-1820. Here's what we have so far and hope someone out there can take us back into the 1700's

Here's what we know so far:

William WALE and Elizabeth CAWES were the parents of Elizabeth WALE (b Newport 1814). Elizabeth first married William RICHARDS 20th Oct 1838 at St John's Northwood and then John GREEN in 1846 in London following William's death.

Any further information welcomed !
Bob & Penny Latham [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2649
Submitted :
03 Jan 2014
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CHIVERTON, Isaac and LEAL, Louisa (née Chiverton)
Isaac CHIVERTON and Louisa LEAL (née Chiverton)

I am researching my great-great-grandmother Louisa LEAL (née Chiverton) and her father Isaac.

We have a copy of a Chiverton family tree from the Pedigree Index of the IWFHS which gives Isaac's birth date as 1781. This fits with the census returns from 1841 and 1851. The tree says that Isaac was a son of James CHIVERTON and Elizabeth KINGSWELL (married 1774 in Newchurch). Despite our best efforts we have been unable to confirm this parentage as we have been unable to find a baptismal record for Isaac. We know from parish registers that Isaac married Ann LININGTON at Arreton on 6 July 1809, had four children (Hannah baptised 21 April 1811 Newchurch, Eliza baptised 10 April 1814 Newchurch, Louisa baptised 5 April 1822 Brading, William baptised 26 February 1826 Brading), and Isaac died in 1854, aged 72. He was on the Paupers' List in 1834, wherein he said that he was born in Langbridge, Newchurch. Can anyone confirm details of Isaac's birth and also his ancestry?

Isaac's daughter Louisa married Henry LALE at All Saints, Newchurch in 1843, although the family name became spelt as LEAL thereafter. Louisa died in 1886 and Henry in 1888, and they are both buried in the churchyard at St Peter's, Havenstreet. Our question is that, although we have a baptismal date for Louisa, we do not have a birth date, and there is a story within our family, which we have also had from elsewhere, that Louisa was a foundling of some sort. Needless to say, we are well aware that this story need not be taken too literally, but that there may be some elements of truth in it. Does anyone out there also know this story?
Chris Davis [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2800
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31 Dec 2013
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BANNISTER and SWIFT in and around Northwood
My family history interests are the BANNISTER and SWIFT surnames in and around Northwood ...

I am especially interested in tracing the death/burial of Elizabeth KING (née BANNISTER), born c. 1834. Her parents were James and Mary Ann (néw SWIFT). Elizabeth married in mainland England and seemed to travel around with her gamekeeper husband John as his job required. Their son John was born in January 1862 in Easton, Norfolk. (The KINGs were from Norfolk near Bridgham). The widowed father and his son came to Scotland sometime afterwards. Elizabeth remains a bit of a mystery and I’d love to trace her death certificate and her burial. The latter may be on the Isle of Wight.
Alison Cook [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0625
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03 Dec 2013
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YOUNG, Henry
I am researching my Great Grandfather Henry YOUNG (Brickmaker) who left the Isle of Wight in 1852 with his wife Ellen (née PITMAN) & son William. They arrived in Australia in February 1853; sadly both Ellen & William died within a couple of months of their arrival.

Henry's parents were Isaac YOUNG 1793-1863 & Kezia (née KENT) 1796-1865; they seem to have spent most of their lives in Newbridge,which is where they both died.

Henry had 2 brothers, William and George,who are listed as Baker and Miller in Census Records.

As I will be visiting the Isle of Wight next year I would dearly love to be able to wander around the area in which they lived; and especially visit their grave sites.

I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or ideas that may assist me.
Phyllis Honey [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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01 Dec 2013
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RIDE, George
I am looking for information on my 3 x great grandfather George RIDE, who was born about 1797 in supposedly, Newport in the Isle of Wight. I have not been able to find any records as yet of any RIDE/RYDE coming from here. He was married in 1815 in Sittingbourne, Kent and was a Miller and lived there until his death in 1855. He and Ann INGOLD his wife had about 8 children, but they all lived in and around Kent. I am considering getting a copy of his death certificate to see if this has any information on it.

I belong to the Guild of One Name Studies (6146) and RIDE/RYDE/WRIDE is the name I am researching. George is currently a brick wall in my own line as I do not know who his parents were.

Any Information would be appreciated.
Julie Ryde [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand
Submitted :
23 Nov 2013
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KIMBER, Joseph
I am looking for details of Joseph KIMBER - married to Mary BUTCHER 26 May 1774 in Freshwater, Isle of Wight.
I have a copy of the Parish Register entry for Freshwater for this event. However, I cannot throw any light as to where and when he was born. Latest information from the Isle of Wight House of Industry records show a Joseph Kimber being buried 13 May 1818 although I think somewhere along the line his name has been misread and reads 'Joseph Himber'. I think an 'H' and a 'K' can be easily misread. The House of Industry Records show him to be 79 years old when he died which perhaps places his birth date as circa 1739 and making his age on marriage as 35.
If anyone researching this family or can throw any light on birth/baptism and location of these events I would much appreciate hearing from you.
Alan Kimber [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1807
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22 Nov 2013
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Italian Prisoners of War WW II
Can anyone give me any information on Italian Prisoners of War who worked on the island, during and after WW II ?

My father, Benedetto SPANO, worked at Pear Tree Farm, Newport 1947, Springhill Farm, East Cowes 1948 and Idlecombe Farm, Carisbrooke 1949.
Rose Chiverton [link opens in new tab or window]
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09 Nov 2013
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TAYLOR, Henry
I am researching Henry TAYLOR, who came to my attention as being the third husband of my GGGGrandmother, Betsy SHEPPERD/GODDEN/READ. They were married in 1863 in Newtown, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Henry Taylor states that he is 40 years of age (born 1823), his father was James TAYLER (a gardener) and his mother was Martha BICKERTON (or BICKERSON - the hand script is a little unclear). He is a Mariner and he was born on the Isle of Wight. He and Betsy had two daughters - Martha Lydia (1863-1865) and Lydia Martha (1866-1868). This is the last reference, in 1868 on Lydia's death certificate, I have for Henry Taylor as he disappears from the records. Betsy TAYLOR takes up the rent on a cottage in Sussex Street, Sydney. She runs it successfully as a boarding house until her death in 1879 - all paperwork and legal work is in her name only.

The records which I find for Henry Taylor in IOW are as follows :-

* 1851 Census - Henry Taylor is a lodger with Charles and Fanny Grist at 10 Newtown St., Calbourne. He is 28, b. 1823, is a boatman, b. in IOW, unmarried. Next door lives Henry and Jane ABROOKE. Henry Abrooke is a mariner, born 1873 at Shalfleet, and Jane née TAYLOR, was born in Calbourne in 1784, died 1859. Was she a relative of Henry Taylor ?

* Henry Taylor seems to become a Mariner - recorded on the Fitzjames, Liverpool arr. Sydney 1860, Seaman, b. IOW, age 34.

* Henry Taylor - recorded as a Seaman on the Amherst - South Sea Islands, arr, Sydney 1862, age 37, from IOW., b. IOW.

* Did Henry Taylor go back to IOW after 1868? In Death records is found :- Henry Taylor Birth year - 1823, Age 50, [GRO reference: Mar qtr 1873, District Isle of Wight 2b. 359]

Any information regarding Henry Taylor and any for his family would be appreciated.
Nina Butler [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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07 Nov 2013
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DYER, Charles - Union Cottage, Seaview
I have been trying, without success, to find the rough location of the dwelling my gggrandparents (Charles DYER and Eliza STAMP) lived in at the time of the 1861 census. The address is given as Union Cottage, Seaview. The properties either side are given as Trelawney Lodge and Elm Cottage, although I appreciate that these may not have been immediate neighbours as experience shows that enumerators sometimes went from one side of a road to the other rather than up one side and then down.

Charles Dyer was a Trinity Pilot and I recall seeing a small photo with a very small dwelling in the distance, with nothing either side, labelled 'Pilot’s House'. This may or may not have been relevant as his father, Thomas DYER, was also a pilot and the photo may have referred to his dwelling.

Does anyone have any information on dwellings in Seaview at that time? Thank you. Shirley Casey (Membership No 1152)
Shirley Casey [link opens in new tab or window]
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03 Nov 2013
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JUDD family
I'm seeking any information on the family of John JUDD born 19 August 1787 Nether Wallop (Hampshire), who died 3 May 1865 at the House of Industry, Carisbrooke. His wife was Anne DENHAM born about 1793 in Arreton, who died October 1876 in Newport.

They had five children :
Eliza Judd
George Judd
Henry Judd
Charles Judd
Daniel Judd

I'm also trying to trace John's parents : -
James JUDD born 1765 in Nether Wallop, and I think his wife's name is Elizabeth PIKE born abt 1765 in Sussex. They were married 2 November 1786 in Nether Wallop.

If anyone could help I would be grateful.
Tammy Schutz [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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29 Oct 2013
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LEE, John Eastlake
This gentleman, who has a memorial in St John’s Church, Yaverland, married my great grand aunt Mary Isabella MACKESON in India in 1865. She died in 1870. In 1873 he married Alice Catherine FIELD. I am trying to find any children of his marriage to my gg aunt.
Heather Symoniw [link opens in new tab or window]
Queensland, Australia
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23 Oct 2013
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JOBLIN, Edith
I am attempting to verify the birth of my GGG Grandmother Edith JOBLIN and in particular who her father was. I believe she was born 11 October, 1821 in the House of Industry to Jane JOBLIN.I have a hint that her father was Edward DOWNER but nothing to verify this and have no idea about Jane’s reason for being there. I am also not sure if Edward was there. It doesn’t appear that they married each other as Jane married William HORNE in 1828 and was still a JOBLIN at this time. At this stage I am assuming that the Edward DOWNER in question, if in fact it is him, is the one born 1796 to Edward DOWNER and Ann CHIVERTON. He married Mary NEWNHAM the year after Edith’s birth.
Suzanne Honnery [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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19 Oct 2013
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Great Storm of 1987
My name is Sarah Perryman and I am currently a Journalism postgraduate student.

I am working on an anniversary piece for the Great Storm of '87 and would like to contact Islanders about the storm and the effect on the Isle of Wight and its residents.
Sarah Perryman [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
14 Oct 2013
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Isle of Wight Families over many generations
I work for Lion Television and I am currently in the process of looking into developing a programme about villages in Britain and families who have lived in the particular places for generations. The villages on the Isle of Wight are one area that I am looking for stories about.

Are you aware of many families that have lived in any of the villages for many generations and continue to do so? The programme is very much in the early ideas stage at the moment and I am presently looking for locations and the possibility that families have lived there for centuries.

The programme would also highlight how the landscape and life has changed since the family’s first ancestors settled in the area.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes

Rebecca Kidger

Development Researcher, Lion Television Scotland
14 Royal Crescent, Glasgow G3 7SL
Rebecca Kidger [link opens in new tab or window]
Lion Television, Scotland
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14 Oct 2013
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URRY, William and descendants
In my ancestry research I go back to the dates of 1670

William URRY 1670-1708 of Carrisbrooke HAMPSHIRE
His parents were John and Martha URRY.

Born 1670, William married in 1696 to Jane PARTRIDGE; she died in 1743.
They had 5 children between 1697 and 1708.
Jane, John, Mary, Ann and Elizabeth.

Their only son John married Ann [surname unknown]
They had 7 children between 1727 and 1741
Sarah, James, John, William, David, Ann and Mary

So the URRY generations go on through to 1820

Edward George URRY, born 1820 Newport HAMPSHIRE, married Maria DENNES born 1828
They married in 28 July 1844 in St Thomas Church Newport HAMPSHIRE.
Edward George URRY had 11 children.
One of these children was my G.G. Grandfather - Edward URRY born July 1855 Newport.
He emigrated to New Zealand about 1881.
Edward married Ann JONES in 1881 and they had one daughter in New Zealand, Winifred born 1881 (My G. Grandmother)
Edward died in New Zealand in May 1909 of epilepsy.

I am interested in contacting anyone who is connected to these URRYs in the Isle of Wight.
In particular Edward who was born July 1855 at Newport his parents being Edward George URRY and Maria DENNES.

I live in Australia but do plan to visit the Isle of Wight in the future and it would be a plus if I could meet other members of this family.
Yvonne Santos [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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10 Oct 2013
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GRIST family
I am trying to make contact with members of the GRIST family.
My maternal grand-mother was born Sylvia Janet GRIST in 1887 at Blackwater, although the family was from Calbourne from where they moved to Freshwater in 1892 to Rockstone Cottage.
My Great-Grand-parents were Joseph GRIST and his wife Gertrude née THORNE. Joseph was on the Freshwater Parish council for 27 years as was his brother Ben. I would like to know more about the GRIST family.
Kevin Murphy [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3021
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26 Sep 2013
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BARTLETT, William and descendants
My family research is into the Bartlett family.

My starting point is from my 3 x Gt grandfather William Bartlett, born in 1796 in Brading. He later moved to Lambeth, where he is traceable through the censuses and family Bible. I visited the IOW Record Office a year or two ago and copied out the Parish baptism, marriage and death records of the Bartletts from the index cards. This and the censuses and IGI have enabled me to be confident that my research is accurate to as far back as 1761. In this year a William Bartlett (father of my ancestor Thomas Bartlett b.1767 Godshill) married Mary Wallbrig. However, the IGI gives her birth as c1748, which would make her about 13 in 1761! So, something doesn't seem right unless she was married so very young. I haven't been to the Island for a year or two so can't double check her birth record and wondered whether any other member could throw some light on Mary Wallbrig and her family.

Grateful for any help.
Janet Dawson [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2400
Submitted :
23 Sep 2013
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H.M.S. Onslaught
I am a volunteer fieldworker for the Imperial War Museum assisting in populating their War Memorial Archive. During Warship Week March 1942 the Isle of Wight adopted the destroyer HMS Onslaught. To commemorate this the Admiralty presented an adoption plaque. The plaque will take the form of a large black shield with Onslaught's crest and a brass plate with 'Presented by the ... etc.' Plaques were normally displayed in town halls and council offices and will be somewhere on the island. If anyone knows the whereabouts could they please send me an image and also provide the full inscription on the brass plate. There may also be a presentation plaque given to the ship by the people somewhere.
Peter Schofield [link opens in new tab or window]
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23 Sep 2013
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Isle of Wight Railway 150th Anniversary
I am a member of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway (IWSR) Museum and Archives department, which is organising an exhibition to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Isle of Wight Railway (IWR) on 23 August 2014. The exhibition will be held in rotation from March 2014 at Ryde, Sandown and Shanklin Public Libraries and at the Haven Street HQ of the IWSR. It is intended to include material about the people who built, managed and used the railway. We are hoping to augment and extend the information that we already have with information, particularly about the following people involved with the IWR:

JOHN SIMPSON – Chairman
Capt. MARK HUISH – A Director of the railway and who was previously the General Manager of the London and North Western Railway
JOSEPH BOURNE – Manager IWR
HENRY BOND – Contractor who built the IWR
JOHN (later Sir) FOWLER – Engineer previously of the Metropolitan and other railways. We would like to obtain information about his time on the Island.
GEORGE HEMLEY – Engineman who drove the first train on the IWR. Although born in Leighton Buzzard it is believed that he was previously with the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.
JOHN WILLS – Ryde Station Master, dismissed for drunkenness in June 1865
A W HAYDON – Brading Station Master 1864
JOHN BUCKNALL –Sandown Station Master from 1864 until his death on 3 November 1877
ROBERT EDWARD WIGHT (OR WHITE) – Shanklin Station Master 1864, but moved to Ryde in June 1865

A longer term project of the the IWSR Museum and Archives Dept is to build a database of all Island railway personnel from the 1860’s to the present. To that end we are interested in hearing from anyone with such information, photographs etc. Please contact the undersigned by email, or in writing c/o Isle of Wight Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Haven Street, Nr Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS.
Bob Fowler [link opens in new tab or window]
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23 Sep 2013
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NEWMAN, Walter Saunders
I am researching a steam yacht (launched 1906) that was chartered by the Royal Navy in WW1 and came across an anomaly. When in private hands, the master of the vessel was Walter Saunders NEWMAN (1864-1932 born in Cowes); he appears to have married the same woman (Ellen Adele ROWE - born West Cowes) twice in 1887 and 1891 on the IoW. I have found some information on Ancestry.co.uk but wondered if there are family members still on the Island who could shed some light? I was hoping to find some details of Walter's WW1 service (possibly Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve as he would have been 50+) but so far no luck.

The yacht - Portia - owned by Herbert Anderton Foster, family partner in Black Dyke Mills, was registered in Southampton and the archive there has the crew lists for several years which is where I located his details.
Ted Robbens [link opens in new tab or window]
East Preston, West Sussex
Submitted :
23 Sep 2013
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ROWELL, Reginald
My great uncle Reginald ROWELL was killed in action in the Great War, on 13 November 1916, aged 36. He was serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment. He had previously served in the Royal Navy. See his biography page at Rowell, Reginald on the Memorials and Monuments website.

Has anyone, by any chance a photo of Reginald Rowell ? It would be much appreciated.
Trevor Rowell [link opens in new tab or window]
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19 Sep 2013
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BLAKISTON, Aubrey
My name is Lynn Mortimer-Couch. I am the great-granddaughter of Aubrey Blakiston, Master of Lamerton Fox Hounds who owned 'Castle House' (St Helens) in and around 1905.

Once my Great Grandmother Lelia (née Harris) Blakiston died in 1915 (she and Aubrey were estranged a long time), Aubrey married Mabel Freda Callaway (30 years his junior) who was born, raised and died on the Isle of Wight. Does anyone know of that family: father, Ernest Augustus Callaway and mother, Theresa Ida Burden?

Any assistance is appreciated
Lynn Mortimer-Couch [link opens in new tab or window]
Seattle, Washington, USA
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19 Sep 2013
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HEATH family
I am seeking information on three HEATH siblings and their descendants :

1. William George HEATH, b 10.2.1863 Yarmouth, d 4.1.1922 Newport, m 1901 Yarmouth, Ellen Kathleen BURRIDGE. Children: Alice Kathleen Heath, b 1902 Yarmouth; Phyllis Rosemary Heath, b 1911 Cowes.
William was a blacksmith and spent his later days living at Wootton.

2. Julia Harriet HEATH, b 12.7.1865 Yarmouth, d 14.2.1922 Sandown, m 1888 John Milton CAPEL. Children: Harry Mlton Capel b 1891 Rangoon, d 8 May 1942, Sandown, m Lilian Eva EDWARDS - they had a daughter Doreen; Reginald William Francis Capel b 7.12.1891 India.
John, Julia and Harry were publicans at different times at the Railway Hotel, Sandown.

3. Alfred Joseph HEATH b 26.1.1871 Yarmouth, d 9.10.1928 Ryde, m 1895 Maud May DAY. Alfred spent much of his life in the Royal Horse Guards. Children: Albert Victor Heath, b 1898 London; Violet Tugela Heath b 1900 Hyde Park Barracks, London, m Valderman Reginald ZIMMERMAN. Violet gave birth to Mary Zimmerman 7.4.1925 Thorley. On the birth certificate there is no entry for the father and that she was adopted out. Violet went on to remarry Harold Alfred HARDING 1930 Ryde, and had another child, Anthony Alfred Harding b 1930 Ryde.
Ann Phillips-Gray [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand, Member No 1684
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20 Aug 2013
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DALLIMORE, Louis [Lewis]
I have been trying to find information on Louis (sometimes spelled Lewis) DALLIMORE.

I know that he was born in 1880 (registered in Ryde) and died in 1950. He married Rose Helena MORRIS in 1902. Together they had one child, Cecily in 1906. Cecily married but had no children and died in 1987, so there are no direct descendants on the Isle of Wight.

However, Louis has been named as the Father on the Birth Certificates of three children born on the mainland between 1925 and 1931.

He is listed in the 1911, 1920 and 1927 Kelly's directories as being a carrier and a taxi cab proprietor. He is described as a Cab proprietor on two of the mainland birth certificates but on the 1931 birth certificate he is described as a grocer.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew the taxi cab business that Louis had or indeed from anyone who knew Louis. Some pictures would be fantastic even if it's just his Cab.

I would truly love to hear from anyone who may be able to help me in my quest.
Peter A Few [link opens in new tab or window]
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19 Aug 2013
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Kite Hill Farm
I am researching the tenants of Kite Hill House and Farm, Kite Hill, Wootton Bridge.

The house and farm were part of the large FLEMING Estages on the Island throughout the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s. I have looked at the Fleming Estate website but they only have a few names and dates which I have added to my list. So, if anyone knows of an ancestor who was a tenant at Kite HIll House and/or farm, please let me know.
Lesley Abraham [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0540
Submitted :
14 Aug 2013
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TROLLOPE, Arthur and Lydia
I am searching for a couple of my ancestors and I just wondered if anyone in the society had ever come across them.

They were Arthur and Lydia TROLLOPE. After getting married in Norwich, Norfolk in 1890 they moved to Freshwater on the Isle of Wight to take up the position of schoolmaster and schoolmistress. They had 4 children there although 1 daughter died aged 11 back in Norwich.

I know they were still there at the time of the census in 1911 but after that I seem to have lost track of them.

Thank you for reading this and any help you might be able to give is much appreciated.
Cliff Leeds [link opens in new tab or window]
Norwich
Submitted :
12 Aug 2013
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WILLIAMS, Edward Stephen and Sarah Ann
Edward Stephen WILLIAMS was born about 1855 to Henry WILLIAMS and Miriam PARKS on the Isle of Wight. He was one of 10 children, the others being Henry Parks, Miriam, Sophia Jane, Stephen Parks, Emmeline, twins George and Georgina, Elisha, and Herbert James.

On the 18th of January 1880 Edward married Sarah MCTAGGART from Scotland, Newport Street, Ryde. We are assuming that Sarah and Edward, who was a baker, met when she, Sarah was visiting her aunt Ann MCTAGGART then in the employ of a Miss Fanny SHEPHERD who was, in 1871, living in Ryde. (She later moved to Bath).

In 1882 Sarah Ann was born to Edward and Sarah. Sarah Ann's christening is recorded as being at Holy Trinity, Cowes.

In 1885, leaving her husband and daughter, Sarah (née McTaggart) sailed from Plymouth to Melbourne, Australia.

Sarah Ann later joins her great aunt in the employ of Fanny Shepherd in Bath.

We would very much like to know what happened to Edward, and Sarah Ann, and what the circumstances were surrounding Sarah's travelling to Australia.
Siubhan Leslie [link opens in new tab or window]
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08 Aug 2013
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SHEPARD, Ellen
My 2 x great aunt Ellen SHEPARD was born at Newport between April and June 1856. She appears in the censuses from 1861 to 1891, and married Frederick COTTRELL at the Isle of Wight Register Office on the 3rd October 1891. From then onwards I can find no trace whatsoever of either her or of her giving birth to any children despite trying various spellings of Shepard and Cottrell. Does anyone know what might have happened to her between marriage and death ?
Graham Culllin [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2075
Submitted :
05 Aug 2013
Verified : 03 Dec 2013
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Evacuees in WW II
I am producing a new book on British Evacuees and want to include some stories from the Isle of Wight.

Do any of your members have memories of being evacuated in 1939, or of having taken in an evacuee?

My most recent project was on the Guernsey evacuation of 1940, and I know that a number of Guernsey people spent the war on the Isle of Wight.

However, this new book will cover all kinds of evacuee, not just those from Guernsey.

I would also need an image to go with each story.

I hope you can help. Thank you for your kind assistance,

Gillian Mawson, History researcher, Derbyshire.

You can read about my previous evacuation project & book on my website: http://guernseyevacuees.wordpress.com/evacuation/
Gillian Mawson [link opens in new tab or window]
Derbyshire
Submitted :
29 Jul 2013
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MIDLANE, Mary
There are many of my relatives I would like to trace but particularly Mary MIDLANE.

In our family we possess a Sampler stitched by a Mary MIDLANE (and I know there are quite a few) when she was aged twelve; the last time I saw the Sampler I worked out that she was born in 1804. I have found two possible Marys in the Society's list and they both married a SNUDDEN.

There is also a Martha MIDLANE who lived in Westfield Road in St Helens in the early 1950's. My grandfather told me this as when moved to a bungalow in the same road he discovered his cousin living there with a sister. I have a feeling Martha was unmarried.

I hope with this small amount of information somebody may be able to help.
Joan Bartlett [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3195
Submitted :
29 Jul 2013
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MUNT, Moses & NEW, Emma
Emma NEW married Moses MUNT in 1858 at Brighstone. Mr Moses Munt lost his life in the lifeboat disaster at the time of the wreck of the Sirenia at Atherfield in 1888.
Emma NEW was from my direct line.
Whilst I have a lot of information regarding the MUNT family I do not have any photographs of either Moses or Emma.
Emma died in 1932 and this quote is from her obituary :

"Mrs Munt did admirable work in the district as a midwife and nurse, her plucky fighting against adversity and many estimable qualities gaining her the respect of the community"

I thought it was just a possibility that their photographs may have appeared in a local publication - can anyone help ?
Lee New [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0709
Submitted :
26 Jul 2013
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Bouldnor Battery in WW II
Did your father / grandfather / relative serve with the Island Territorial Forces in WW II ?

According to Adrian Searle's excellent book, "The Isle of Wight at War, 1939-1945", Bouldnor Battery was manned by the Newport detachment of 530 (Hampshire) Coast Regiment Royal Artillery (Princess Beatrice's Isle of Wight Rifles) - a territorial unit which was descended from the original infantry battalion the 1/8th Bn Hampshire Regiment (Princess Beatrice's Isle of Wight Rifles). It may be that some of these men are still alive; I would think that some of their children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren are around on the Island somewhere.

As you will probably know, service records for WW II servicemen are only released to their next of kin, but I expect there will be some family stories and artefacts which are out there somewhere.

I am publishing this request on behalf of the West Wight Landscape Partnership who are exploring the role of Island personnel at the Bouldnor Battery.

Please let me have anything which you think might help.

399 Bty, R.A. (IW Rifles) at Newhaven fort
(click to enlarge image)

399 Bty, R.A. (IW Rifles) at Newhaven fort. Sue Moran has identified her father, John Higgins (born in 1929) as the person third right front row standing. So this must have been 1945 or later.

Geoff Allan [link opens in new tab or window]
Chairman & Webmaster
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23 Jul 2013
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BENTON, John
I am trying to trace the parents of a John BENTON who died in Australia who according to his death certificate was born at Newport, Isle of Wight to John BENTON and Elizabeth W. about 1809. He moved to Australia in the early 1850s and was married to a Caroline STRANGWIGE. In the 1851 England census he is listed as an unmarried visitor at 29 Manor Place, Lambeth, London and she is listed as unmarried with 4 children as head of house under name Strangwige, occupation Lodging House keeper. The census also gives his place of birth as Isle of Wight and age 42 which correlates with being born about 1809. In the census he gives his occupation as assistant treasurer to a theatre. The Australia John Benton worked at Drury Lane, Covent Garden and Vauxhall Gardens from around 1832 to 1850. There is information that an Elizabeth BENTON worked at Drury Lane and was married to a John BENTON but her maiden name was CATNACH.

Hope you may assist me solve this piece of my family history.
Sam Murray [link opens in new tab or window]
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04 Jul 2013
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SNUDDEN, Sir William
I am looking for information about Sir William SNUDDEN my 9th Grand Grandfather born in 1581 at Niton Isle of Wight. He died in 1666.

He married Ann CHESSELL in 1612, any information and help would be appreciated.
John Johnson [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
Submitted :
03 Jul 2013
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BALLARD, Sarah
Can any one help me with some information about one of my ancestors, namely Sarah BALLARD, born in 1794 in Whippingham. Her parents I believe were Charles & Anne (née Read) Ballard who were married on 30 December 1788. Sarah had 2 siblings, Charles & Jane who were christened on 29th July 1792. That is all the information I have found on Sarah's family. Does anyone know anything else about her parents and siblings?

Also, after the birth of Sarah's first son, George in 1816 (no father known), she married a John URRY on 7th February 1819 at Whippingham with whom she had 2 children - Mary Anne, born May 1819 and Sarah Jane, born December 1828. After John Urry died, she married James WHEELER on 1st February 1841. This marriage supported 5 children of James Wheeler from a previous marriage and the 2 children of Sarah and John Urry. What I have been unable to determine is "Who was James Wheeler married to before he married Sarah?" James' children are William (1827), Charles (1829), Joseph (1831), Mary (1835) and Richard (1837). These birth dates are approximate. Can any one assist with this puzzle as its a big gap in my research.

Thanks in anticipation for your assistance with these 2 questions - Researching from Australia is not easy!
Robert (Bob) Ballard [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 3292
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14 Jun 2013
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BENNETT, Bernard & PASKINS, Ruby
Bernard Bennett click image to enlarge

The image shows Bernard LIONEL BENNETT (back centre), who was my grandfather, who married Ruby Julie PASKINS on 31 July 1919 at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Newtown, Isle of Wight, and I would like to know who the other people in the photo are.
Shirley Bailey (née Gatward) [link opens in new tab or window]
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26 May 2013
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BUCKETT, John
I am researching my family history but have come to a full stop with John BUCKETT who came from Carisbrooke. He appears to have been born in 1761 and died in 1823. I am having more joy with the female line - he apparently married a Betty JOLLIFFE.

If anyone could do a little digging for me I would be grateful for more information on John BUCKETT.
Lindsay Whitehurst [link opens in new tab or window]
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26 May 2013
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CUDLIP(P) family
I am hoping someone can give me a suggestion on who to contact regarding finding my husband's family. From what I can find out they left in April 1820 on the Brig Henry Clay bound for America. They arrived at Port of Havre de Grace, Maryland, Sept 1820. The family group consisted of :

Mother, Louiza CUDLIP (or CUDLIPP) age 38, son Frederick, age 11, daughter Louiza, age 12, Daughter Eliza age 12, son John, age unknown, son George 4.

The information I found said that they could have sailed from Portsmouth. All the passengers (apart from 2 who were French) are believed to have originated on the Isle of Wight.

I have been unable to locate Louiza Cudlipp's husband / the father of this family.

If anyone has information regarding births / baptism for this family, I would greatly appreciate it.
Myrna Cudlipp [link opens in new tab or window]
Dallas, Texas, USA
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18 May 2013
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GIBBENS, Thomas
I am looking for the death of Thomas GIBBENS, married to Leah GIDGE. Their children were Thomas Gidge Gibbens and Elizabeth Sarah Gibbens.Thomas was born 1829 in Blandford, Dorset. They lived in West Cowes. Leah died 1887 and I can find no further trace of Thomas.

Elizabeth GIBBENS married Isaac BRAKE. They had 2 children. Thomas GIBBENS is my gt gt grandfather.

Laraine Jaspers [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2830
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17 May 2013
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SIMMONDS / SPENCER
I am researching the following names from the Isle of Wight for a dear lady in her eighties, whose Mother was born there in 1907. Here is the information I have so far ...

Albert Joseph SPENCER married Alice Matilda LEE in the June quarter of 1887 in the IOW.

Apparently, there were five children, Alice Matilda (born 1887), Charles A (born 1889), Albert Joseph (born 1891), Harriett (born 1894) and Elizabeth (born 1896). There is a newspaper report in the Isle of Wight Observer dated 11th June 1898, suggesting, that four of the children had been neglected, and were sent to the workhouse, I feel, because their parents were sent to prison. There is also another neglect case in the same newspaper in 1899!

My brick wall starts with Alice Matilda Spencer born 1887, who 'married' Thomas Albert SIMMONDS, I say 'married' because I can not find a marriage of an Alice Matilda Spencer to a Thomas Albert Simmonds. I have their daughter's birth certificate, she was Alice Matilda Annie Simmonds, born in the IOW on 30th August 1907, parents, Thomas Albert Simmonds, a Private in the 1st Batt Royal Fusiliers, based in Parkhurst, and Alice Matilda Simmonds, formerly Spencer.

I am unable to find the death of Alice Matilda Simmonds, or her 'husband' Thomas Albert Simmonds. The additional problem being, that I really have no idea where Thomas came from, although his army records show Ealing, London, and I am really only guessing, that Alice Matilda Annie's Mother's family, are the Spencers mentioned in this request.

The Army records show that Thomas Albert Simmonds married Louisa PRATT, in Harmondsworth in 1911, and they had 2 daughters Louisa Irene (b 1911) and Dorthy May (b 1913) born in Brentford.

If anyone has any information which can give me more information about Thomas Albert Simmonds and Alice Matilda Simmonds (Spencer) such as whether she remarried, when and where they died, or if they emigrated, I would be most grateful.
Carol Penn [link opens in new tab or window]
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13 May 2013
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PHILLIPS, William
William Phillips Jr Hannah Christina Ryneal click images to enlarge

I am doing family history research on the Phillips family who originally came from the Isle of Wight, England.

I have attached a picture of my great-grandfather, William PHILLIPS, Jr. who was born on the Isle of Wight, March 24, 1832 - he married Hannah Christina RYNEAL from Ilsfeld, Germany (picture attached)
He came to American in 1840 with his family. I am trying to find information on my great-great grandfather, William PHILLIPS, Sr.
Any information would be helpful.
Janie Phillips Wentz [link opens in new tab or window]
Harrisburg, PA, USA
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11 May 2013
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PASKINS, Henry
Henry Paskins and King George V click image to enlarge

The image shows HM King George V at the helm of his yacht Britannia. On the left in dark clothing is Henry PASKINS, my Great Great Grandfather, acting as Pilot. Henry PASKINS had his own fishing boats on the Isle of Wight, I think it was oysters he caught. He died in 1935.
My Granddad was Bernard Lionel BENNETT who married Ruby Julia PASKINS at Holy Spirit, Newtown in 1919 and their children were Joyce and Donald. My mother was Joyce BENNETT who married Harry GATWARD.

Does anyone have any other information on Henry Paskins ?
Shirley Bailey (née Gatward) [link opens in new tab or window]
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11 May 2013
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HUTCHINGS, Giles -'The Hardington Murderer'
I am researching this man and have put together a list of events and hope to piece together more of his life on the Isle of Wight and visit some of the places he frequented.

The following are newspaper articles

1870 March : Stealing potatoes and assaulting a PC, East Coker, Somerset - no evidence, therefore discharged

1873 July : Violent assault to James Clark Yeovil. This was 3rd conviction of assault, following PC Cox in 1871 and Sergeant Holwill in 1872. Sentence 3 months hard labour. Fighting in Hayfield - Convicted and Fined.

1876 November 16th : Kicked PC Nathaniel Cox to death

1877 March 10th : Convicted of Manslaughter on PC N Cox of East Coker. Sentence 24 years penal servitude.

1878/79 : Hutchings escaped from Chatham Convict Establishment - Search carried out in the vicinity of Pen Wood - Many believe him drowned attempting to swim the Medway.

1881 November 16th Taunton Gazette : Capture of Giles Hutchings the Hardington Murderer

Isle of Wight Police captured Hutchings. He had been living in a small hut under a down near Niton. On the way to Newport the prisoner slipped away from the police and swam across a stream and ran over fields but was recaptured.

1897 : Released from Portland Convict Establishment.

1911 Census : Hutchings is recorded at Merley Cottage, Kingston, as an Agricultural Labourer, living alone. The next entry in the census schedule are a family by the name of BURT.

Giles Hutchings married Lucinda HALLETT in 1872 - her mother's second marriage was to a Henry BURT.

Therefore I believe he may have had connections in the Isle of Wight.

PC Cox's headstone and account of murder

I would be grateful for any information.

Also do you know if Merley Cottage, Kingston still exists?
Stella Greenacre [link opens in new tab or window]
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07 May 2013
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OWEN, Thomas
My 3x Gt Grandparents Thomas OWEN and Eleanor QUIGLEY were married in Carisbrooke on 27 July 1814. (Pallot's) The information I have from the OPR transcript is that Thomas was a 'Sergeant Garrison Staff'.
I have no further details about them and would like to trace their origins.
Can someone advise how I might find out more about them?
What does 'Garrison Staff' mean?
Was it regular army or militia?
I have tried online military records and have asked a Kew researcher, but am still no nearer understanding what role he played or which Regiment Thomas Owen was serving in.
I realise that the island was heavily garrisoned during the Napoleonic Wars, and would like to learn more.

Where did the Quigleys came from? I believe it to be an Irish surname and there still appear to be Owens and Quigleys resident on the Island.
We have Eleanor's death cert in 1872, when she is described as 'Widow of Thos Owen, gentleman'.

Another fact I'd like verified is the birth of their daughter Mary (and any other children) – I have her from census details as being born in Carisbrooke/Newport in 1816.

It would be great to be able to search the relevant OPR and glean more details.

I would really appreciate some help with this, especially for my dad, who is in his 80's and is called Thomas Owen after his Gt Gt Grandfather.
Sue Veitch [link opens in new tab or window]
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07 May 2013
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HAYTER, Maureen Linda (Lynn) (née REDMAN)
This is quite a long shot but having finally found my mother's brother Ronald William REDMAN b 1914 (deceased 1993) in New Zealand I find that his only known child Maureen Linda REDMAN had attended his funeral (referred to by her married name as Lynn HAYTER, her husband being 'Norm').

My great grandfather originated from the Isle of Wight prior to being posted to Malta as a member of the Royal Garrison Army and my hunch is that Maureen Linda Hayter (née Redman), born in Vienna in 1948, may just have returned to the UK and settled down somewhere close to where all of her former relations once lived i.e. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

I would like to contact my cousin if she is still alive, so if anyone has any knowledge of her (she usually used her middle name of Linda or Lynn) I would be pleased to hear from you.
Marcus Jones [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2838
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05 May 2013
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BRADING / HANHAM family
I have been researching my family whose name is BRADING and who come from the Island. So far I know that Jane Charlotte BRADING was born c. 1827. Jane died 26 December 1890. She lived in Flora Cottage, Arthur Street, Ryde. Jane had a son, William Frederick BRADING who ran Brading Coal Merchants in Mount Street Ryde. However I was told that William Frederick was brought up by his grandfather who ran a pub in Haven Street Ryde.

William Frederick married Jane Ann SIBBICK in 1876 from St Anthony’s in Cornwall. They had 11 children although Maurice died as an infant.

Frederick & Jane's children:
Mary Evangeline 1876
Alfred William 1878
Frank Cecil 1880
Oliver Percy 1882
Maurice Heckford 1883
Charlotte Emmeline 1884
Frances Sarah 1886
Nathaniel Heckford 1888
Stanley Ernest 1890
George Heward 1892
Reginald Robert 1893

William and Jane moved to Argyll Street, but the house is no longer there.

Frank Cecil BRADING (the third child) is my great grandfather. He had polio as a child and became a tailor. He worked in Basingstoke for a naval tailor (Burberry?) and there met and married Florence RAY in 1906. They returned to the Island and lived in Totland Bay where they had 2 lodgers and ran a tailors business. After this they moved to Mountfield. They had 3 children, Beryl, Aubrey and Dorothy Joan. I believe Mountfield became a caravan site. After this my great grandparents bought Dimbola in Freshwater Bay, which they ran as a hotel. They also had The Glen, Sentry Mead, The Granville and The Osborne. My grandmother is Beryl who married Edgar HANHAM and lived at Ashbourne House in Freshwater Bay. My gran helped run Dimbola and also helped my granddad in his grocery store. During the war Dimbola was used by the army and was returned in poor condition. My great grandparents moved to Parkstone in Dorset and retired. My dad was Patrick HANHAM and he returned to live in Ryde much later as did my grandmother. Both have now passed away.

I have quite a few photos but would love to know more about my great grandad's 9 surviving brothers and sisters and also who was Jane Charlotte's husband etc.

Sue Lupton (née Hanham) [link opens in new tab or window]
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22 Apr 2013
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The Dormers, Cowes
I wondered if anyone had information re The Dormers, Cowes, Isle of Wight. My great aunt Minne Allen TAYLOR married Reginald Stephen CHANDLER in Brighton on 22 Feb 1916.

I have a copy of a printed slip which says Minnie A Tayler (not Taylor) Married at All Saints Church, Brighton, February 22nd 1916, with Mr & Mrs Reginald S Chandler's compliments. The Dormers, Cowes, I.W.

The Dormers was their address after marriage. I wondered if that house still existed? It may have been Reginald's mother's address also (Matilda Mary YOUNG - she had remarried, her maiden name was RUGG), as he was born in Cowes, but Minnie was not. She was orphaned at a young age. (I can give more information on her family if required).

The YOUNG family, with Reginald CHAMBERS, were at 23 High St, Cowes in 1911, where they were involved in the cab trade. Matilda Mary YOUNG died in 1912, while her husband Albert Alexander YOUNG died in 1914.
Lynne Earland [link opens in new tab or window]
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15 Apr 2013
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WILLIAMS, David, b 1779 and WILLIAMS, Thomas, b 1762
DAVID WILLIAMS (my great great grandfather) was born at Wootton on the IoW, vide the 1851 Census, which gives his age in 1851 as 72: at that time he was living at 15 Medina Terrace, West Cowes. He died on 25 May 1856. His death certificate shows that he was then living at Sea View, West Cowes, and that he was aged 77.Both sources suggest a year of birth of 1779.

David apparently had many siblings - Ann (1764 -?), William (1764-1828), Richard (1767-1770), Margaret (1770-?), another Ann (1772-?), (which suggests that the first Ann had already died), Ralph (1776-?), Amelia (1787-1793) and Jane (1795-?) - but the sources that gave me these names have not been able to provide corroborating evidence.

David married Phebe Moore of Calbourne IoW on 16 May 1800 at Arreton IoW, and would have left IoW (probably between 1805 and 1808) to move to Cornwall, where he was a Coast Guard. He was still in Padstow at the time of the 1841 Census, but by the 1851 Census he had retired (with the rank of Inspecting Commander of the Coastguard) and had returned to the Isle of Wight, as above.

What am I hoping to find? I'm trying to find details of David's parents, and ideally back beyond them. I believe David's father was named William, but unfortunately have nothing to support that.

THOMAS WILLIAMS was born at Newchurch IoW in 1762 - England and Wales Christening Records 1530-1906 give a Christening date of 20 June 1862 and name his parents as William and Elizabeth Williams. William was a Royal Navy Captain who died on service abroad in 1778. Thomas was also in the Royal Navy, retiring as an Admiral and dying at Burwood in Surrey in 1841 (I have his death certificate).Pallot's Marriage Index for England: 1780-1837 records that in 1792 'Williams, Thomas (of New Church, Upper Ryde, Isle of Wight [married] Cooper, Jane (of Sonning, Berks). The marriage took place at Steventon in Hampshire, but they met when Jane was on holiday on the IoW with her cousin, Jane Austen.That Thomas was there at the time suggests to me that he still had family connections on the Island.I believe, but have not yet found the proof, that he had a brother Edward who was also a Royal Navy Captain and whom I assume was also born on the Island.

What am I hoping to find?Further details of Thomas's parents, William and Elizabeth; confirmation of the existence of a brother Edward, including date of birth; and if they exist, details of any other siblings.in addition, I'm trying to ascertain whether Thomas and David (first entry above) had a common ancestry - at the moment, Thomas is only an 'alleged' ancestor'. I am encouraged by the fact that their birth places were not far apart and that they both followed maritime careers, as did their descendants, but apart from that, all I have to go on is a long-standing but briefly documented family tradition that the two of them are related. There is also the fact that their fathers were both named William, but clearly they were different people. I have a tremendous amount of detail on both David's and Thomas's career, but nothing that helps me on the above points.
Tony Williams [link opens in new tab or window]
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26 Mar 2013
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GRANT, Emily
EMILY GRANT, b.31.01.1894 Chorlton Lancashire

Daughter of George Henry Grant (b.1867 d.1940 Ventnor) and Mary Hannah Robinon (b.1872 d.1949). They lived on Lowtherville Road, Ventnor.

Emily is my great grandmother and I am desperately trying to find out what happened to her as I have been unable to trace either a marriage or death record for her.

She had 3 children, Ivy b.1918, Derrick b.1926 and Leonard b.1928. Derrick and Leonard were born in Forest House Workhouse in Newport. Her last known whereabouts was Forest House, where she was sent back to in 1931 for theft of stockings. After this she seems to disappear. Searches at Newport records office have not turned up anything new to help us. It is unknown as to whether she stayed on the Island or went to the mainland.

The last anecdotal sighting of her was in Ventnor between the late 1960's-early 1980's.

Does anyone know of what happened to her? I would love to find out if she married and eventually find where she was buried. If anyone has any information at all (big or small!) I would be delighted to hear from you.
Liz Butler [link opens in new tab or window]
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18 Mar 2013
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BLAKE, Mary
I live in Tasmania and am trying to trace ancestors from the Isle of Wight.

I am looking for the parents of a lady called Mary BLAKE born c. 1810 whose birth was recorded (in Census returns) at Gosport but I believe came from Cowes. (According to a family tree drawn up in the 1940s by my father and grandmother). She married Henry GRIFFITHS in 1839 in Stroud. He was an Independent Minister who had worked on the Isle of Wight prior to their marriage. Henry was my great great grandmother's sister. According to a family Bible, Mary and Henry were both buried in Mary's father's grave in West Cowes. (She was buried on 7 July 1886, and he was buried on 20 August 1891).

I believe that Mary's father was called Thomas, but I know nothing of his history or the name of Mary's mother.

Henry and Mary Griffiths had two children - Medina Sarah (b 1840) and Ernest Howard (b 1852). Medina Sarah was a headmistress of a school in Saltaire which my grandmother attended for a time. I was named after Medina. I have in my possession a portable writing desk that was given to Mary Blake by her father in April 1830, and it has passed down in my family through other members also called Medina.

If you can help in any way I would be very grateful.
Sally Rackham (Sarah Medina) (née Lewis) [link opens in new tab or window]
Tasmania
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18 Mar 2013
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CATLIN, Valerie
I'm trying to find out a little more about an address in Sandown - Earls Court, Carter Street. It is the address written on the birth certificate of a Valerie CATLIN, born October 13th, 1943. Was this a maternity home, or just the home of the local midwife? The name of the house doesn't exist any more, and I don't know whereabouts in Carter Street it might be.

This would be my Dad's sister, but she was adopted at birth, we think. My dad and his brother did not know of her existence until we started our tree research. The family lived in St John's Crescent, Sandown.

Any help on the house or tracing 'Valerie' would be appreciated.

Natalie Dawkins [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3241
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11 Mar 2013
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TOOGOOD, John
My 4x grandfather left the Isle of Wight in about 1827. His name was John TOOGOOD and he was born in Northwood Parish, Cowes, in 1807. His parents' names were John and Mary.

John (1807) was a mariner and then an excise officer. He went to Liverpool in about 1828 and married in 1829 (Ellen POTTER). He died young, aged just 26, in 1833. He is buried in St Patricks, Toxteth (then a fashionable area). I believe he was a cholera victim.

The Toogood name is rare on Merseyside. There is another strand that originates from West Knoyle, Wilts. And maybe another from Bristol.

The Toogoods were artisanal and entrepreneurial.

We would like to know more about our Isle of Wight heritage. But we are in Liverpool and have no online access to Isle of Wight parish records for that period (and hopefully earlier).

Does anyone have any info regarding our Isle of Wight Toogoods?

I have a ref that a John Toogood co-rented some land in 1798 in Northwood, Cowes.

Our last Toogood is Amelia. She was born in Liverpool in 1862 and died there in 1918. She married a John McCARTHY (my 2x grandfather) in c. 1880.
Anthony McCarthy [link opens in new tab or window]
Liverpool
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08 Mar 2013
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RODMELL family
I have recently discovered that my mother and her two sisters were taken into care around 1929 and were sent to Ryde. I have a Communicants Manual that was given to my mother in 1929 in memory of her confirmation at All Saints, Ryde. My mother Louisa RODMELL and her sisters Alice and Rose were living in Stepney London when their mother died.

Can anyone help? I have tried entering children's homes and church schools in search engines that cover the Ryde area but did not come up with anything. I am assuming that the organisation that cared for my mother was run by the church rather than the state. I do not know the length of time the girls were cared for in Ryde I do know that they eventually returned to their father's care.

I have only just started to trace my family tree and would appreciate any assistance.
Linda Samuels [link opens in new tab or window]
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05 Mar 2013
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SMITH, Sydney George
I am trying to track my family contacts from Newport, Isle of Wight.

My maternal grandfather was Sydney George SMITH b. 1st May 1881 - birth registered 26th May 1881.

Father - Edward Joseph SMITH - housepainter.
Mother - Mary Ann Harriett SMITH née DAISH.
Residence 9 Clifford Street, Newport Isle of Wight.

He moved to Durban, South Africa in 1906. I have details of the date he sailed from UK, the ship on which he sailed, and the port from which he sailed.
He married a New Zealand lady whose full details I have tracked down, and I have a copy of her birth certificate. He died in 1960.

What information can anyone supply, or could you direct me to any contacts on either his father's or mother's side of his family?
Syd Oram [link opens in new tab or window]
South Africa
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27 Feb 2013
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PARKER, Ida
I am trying to find out about Ida PARKER, a widow, who I think came to the Isle of Wight in the 1920's and stayed until she came to Norfolk in 1958.
She lived at Little Alma, 7 West Street, Seaview in 1933. I understand she had very little money as her husband died of war wounds but after the war and she was not awarded a widow's pension. Can anyone tell me anything about her home at that time, how long she lived on the Island and if she always lived at the same place. Did she work?

Any information would be very much appreciated.
Charlotte Paton [link opens in new tab or window]
Norfolk
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27 Feb 2013
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AVERY / COOKE / DICKIE families
I am requesting help in trying to trace a family which would complete my AVERY tree.

Charlotte AVERY (1848/49 - 1889) married in 1872, at St Michael's Church, Swanmore, George Thomas WHITE (1852/53 - 1916). It appears they had one daughter :- Annie Florence WHITE (b.1873 Ryde d. 1948 East Isle of Wight).

An Annie Florence WHITE married a Frank William COOK in 1895 at St John's Church, Newport & this is the path I followed only to be told this morning by a person researching this line that I've gone completely off track & it now appears I should have been following COOKE instead of COOK.

Through your brilliant BMD I have found :-
1] William Henry COOKE (b.1900) who was either married 3 times :- 1918 = Mildred Rogers, 1922 = Lily Smith & 1927 = Daisy Catherine Pierce, or else there are 3 men named William Henry COOKE.
2] Eva Minnie COOKE (b.1901) who married a Robert DICKIE, in 1925 at St Mary's, Carisbrooke & I have their children as Jean DICKIE (b.1926), and Robert Cooke DICKIE (b.1928) - both born in Newport.

Any other information on this line would be gratefully received to complete a tree of this family who seemed to be torn apart after the early death of their mother.
Barbara Avery [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand
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27 Feb 2013
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DAVIS, William Albert
Has anyone any photos of staff from the Royal Spithead Hotel in Bembridge c 1913-16? - to try to identify a William Albert DAVIS who was head cook before he joined the 2nd and 1st Hants Yeomanry for 8 months before transferring to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves in June 1917. He died at Arras March 1918, aged 27 years. A cousin of mine has just got his name put onto the Southampton Cenotaph as it was missing and would very very interested in an image of him.
Sara Davis [link opens in new tab or window]
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20 Feb 2013
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WADE, Caroline
Whilst clearing my garage recently I came across a box of items from my late aunt that must have been there a few years! There were a lot of photos that would appear to have belonged to another aunt and also a bible with the inscription inside "Mrs Caroline WADE, St Helens, 1 Mar 1875" :- this would almost certainly come from the other aunt as she had quite a bit of family memorabilia.
My ggggrandmother was Jane WADE, who married Thomas DYER in St Helens on 6 Feb 1811.I am almost certain she was the daughter of Edward WADE and Elizabeth ARLOTT and had a sister called Caroline, but this is obviously not the same Caroline. Does anyone out there have a Caroline who married into the WADE family and would have been in St Helens in 1875?

I also think I have solved a mystery I have been struggling with for a long time and I wonder if this could be connected to the above.In 1851 and 1861 my gggrandparents Charles DYER and Eliza STAMP had a niece living with them named Mary DAISH. Recent investigation suggests Mary was the daughter of Benjamin DAISH (or DASH in later documents) and Elizabeth STAMP. Benjamin and Elizabeth had another daughter named Caroline and a son named Samuel; could this be the same Caroline? There seems to have been quite a bit of intermarriage.Elizabeth STAMP died in 1847, probably in childbirth or shortly after the birth of Samuel, and Benjamin subsequently married a Caroline WOODS.

Does any of this ring a bell with anyone out there?
Shirley Casey [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1152
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20 Feb 2013
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SALTER, Stephen
I'm trying to find any christening or marriage record confirmations that gives the parents of Stephen SALTER and Stephen's christening date (born approx. 1730-5).
I know he married Jenny Jane CHESSELL in Godshill on 11th July 1757. It's also been suggested that he is the son of Peter SALTER and Rebecca BLAKE, but I have no proof or source material.
As I work full time it's not always easy to get to the record office, so before I use that as a last resort, can anybody help me to get the information I am looking for?
Simon West [link opens in new tab or window]
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18 Feb 2013
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BURKE, Annie
During WWl (approx 1916/1917) my Great Grandmother returned to the UK from Brisbane Australia, while my Great Grandfather was serving in the War. I am trying to find more about her but all I have is a name and address on my Great Grandfather's 'Attestation Paper'.

Her name was Annie BURKE (née BISHOP) and the address is - Vallambrasa (?) St.Johns Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight.

As far as I know she never returned to Australia even though some of her children remained here. My Great Grandfather died at sea 1918 when his ship was torpedoed.

My Great Grandfather was Richard Joseph Burke born in Ireland c1868, who died 9th September 1918, when the ship he was on, the RMS Missanabie, was torpedoed of the coast of Ireland, returning to England from Canada. He enlisted in the army here in Australia in 1914, transferred to the Imperial Army 1915 and then to the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force - Canadian Forestry Corps 1916.

I don't have much other information except that family members seem to think they arrived in Australia between 1906-1910 and that my Great Grandmother returned to the UK when my Grandfather (deceased) was around 20.

Does anyone know of her or if the address in St John's Road is correct?
Maria Stewart [link opens in new tab or window]
South Australia
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11 Feb 2013
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Seaview Regatta 1911




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This is a photo of the regatta taken August 1911 glued to a letter from Jim COLES to Gerald SIRKETT. The post card has been written by Gerald's mother Mabel SIRKETT. It would be nice to see what she originally wrote and to whom so if anyone has advice about how to remove it from the letter without damage to either I would be grateful.

Jim COLES mentions the names of several of the people in the photo. (transcription below).

LANGTONS,
SOUTH WEALD,
BRENTWOOD,
ESSEX
June 22 1963

Dear SIRKETT
Many thanks for your "Those were the days" P.C. I was Secretary of the Visitors Regatta in 1910, so in 1911 was still very much in the swim of such things.
I recognise several faces viz. Mr OHLENSCHLAGER with the megaphone starting - presumably - a swimming race between the Diving Boards: he also used to start the Running Races from the Pier to the first Diving Board: my father inspired these.
He was the grandfather of Mrs Tony SOMERS (Shoreside) & of Col. WHITCOMBE's Son-in-Law Richard. Or {Dr}? Then from left to right Cynthia KENNEDY whose father built Crows Nest (now Bonny Blink) Noel BARRACLOUGH a London Magistrate Tracy FOWLER(d) husband of Connie (CAWS) Budge THOMPSON(d) (brother of Mrs Bertie DREW) & Dr CARTER sitting in our Berthon Canvas boat, recording: my Father sitting (side face) in our other Canvas Boat.
I'll put the Card with my Album of about the same date, and bring the lot down to Woodlands to show people - those WERE the days!

.............. {Post card glued on here}............

some wedges(?) & an Axe Yours Jim COLES
Cynthia Sirkett [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2539
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06 Feb 2013
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JUKES, George Morss
I am researching George Morss JUKES and I was wondering if there is any information available on a school set up by George in Ryde on the Isle of Wight between 1810 to 1819. In 1819 he opened a school in Le Havre, France. He was a banker in Gosport in the Jukes, Langley and Jukes bank that went bankrupt in 1810 and in an entry in the Salisbury and Winchester Journal, Monday 12th 1819 he advertised the opening of his school in Le Havre and said enquiries could be addressed to him at Ingouville, or Ryde, in the Isle of Wight.
Jennifer Giles [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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04 Feb 2013
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WAINWRIGHT family
My mother Mary WAINWRIGHT was born on the Isle of Wight on 25th December, 1918. Her father, Joseph Ernest WAINWRIGHT was stationed with 3rd (Training) Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, at, I believe, Golden Hill Fort.
The family were living at Stroud Cottage, Camp Road, Freshwater.
There would have been 4 other children with them at that time:- Eleanor aged 8, Joseph Jnr nearly 7, Elizabeth nearly 5 and Catherine, 18 months.
I wonder if there are any school records available for information regarding dates of entry and exit for the 3 eldest children, and any information in Doctors' or Midwives' records regarding my mother's birth.

I would appreciate any information on the above, thank you.
Mary Stokes [link opens in new tab or window]
2880
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04 Feb 2013
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SQUIRES family
Has anyone any information about the Squires family that were believed to be living in the Newport area during WW1? Rifleman Albert Thomas SQUIRES, private, Hampshire Regiment 3rd/8th Battalion, No33153, is commemorated on the memorial in the Drill Hall at Newport; and his name is also on the commemorative plaque at Carisbrooke. He died in Palestine on 19th April 1917. Born in 1883, he was the son of John and Ellen Squires of Portsmouth. He married - Maude(?) or Ethel Mary(?) - in Portsmouth in March 1908. His wife was the godmother of my husband's mother: Patricia Squires JOHNSON, who was born at Hunny Hill in July 1915. But all contact was lost when she was very young.

If you have any information about that Squires family, including photographs, please email me.
Jill Cooke [link opens in new tab or window]
Devon, Member no 3239
Submitted :
31 Jan 2013
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RIDGLEY, Kate
I wonder if anyone has my Great-great-grandmother, Kate RIDGLEY in their records? She is a lady of mystery it seems!

All I have found so far is as follows:

6/8/1872 Marriage to George JOYCE at Portsmouth Registrar's Office; gives her age as 23 (b1849?) and address as 14 Palmerston Road (Southsea), her father is given as William Henry RIDGLEY, painter.

1881 and 1891 Census : no record (she would have been in India with her husband)

1901 Census : 252 Forton Road, Alverstoke (Gosport) : - entry reads

JOYCE, Kate/ Head / Widow / F / 49 (1852?) / Tailoress /Ryde, Isle of Wight

1911 Census : 250 Forton Road, Alverstoke (Gosport) : - entry reads

Kate JOYCE / Housekeeper / 59 / Widow / Ryde Isle of Wight
(She has moved in with her neighbour (now a widower) and his son.) (I have omitted the marriage/ children details etc)

There is no record of her in the 1861 or 1871 Census. I suspect she may have changed her first name and date of birth to get married, as she may have been under 21. So far, I have been unable to find a birth, or death record either. Her father was born in Wootton Bridge where his father was a miller. The 1851 census shows William Henry RIDGLEY and his wife Mary as lodgers with Samuel MUMFORD and his family in Princes Street Ryde, but no children with them.
Eric Gray [link opens in new tab or window]
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20 Jan 2013
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DISCACCIATI, Charles
I am seeking information re Charles Ambrose DISCACCIATI born c 1780 (died 1840, Newport) and his son Charles Norbert Ambrose Discacciati born c 1828.

The above being ancestors of my paternal grandfather Alfred Nugent Taylor who married Mary Beatrice Ambrose Discacciati, a daughter of the above Charles Norbert Ambrose Discacciati.

I will be most grateful for any help.
Peter W Taylor [link opens in new tab or window]
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20 Jan 2013
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MIDLANE, James
My great-great-grandfather on my mother's side was one James Midlane. He was so named in his marriage record, all the census returns for which he was alive, and in various other documents, including the Letters of Administration issued when he died intestate in 1886 on the mainland, leaving a widow Jane nee Perkins. He was born about 1807/8 in Brading Parish but the only likely record I can find in that parish is for one James Jonathan Hopkins Midlane born on 23rd August 1807 and baptized on 6th September 1807; parents James and Mary Midlane.

Can anyone explain this anomaly, please? I can find no other trace in the records of a man with the three such forenames - nor any likely trace of a man with the name of Jonathan Hopkins!
Derek Lemarchand [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2692
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16 Jan 2013
Verified : 03 Dec 2013
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SALTER, Charles and Maria
I wonder if anyone can help me with a puzzle I have with my 3rd great grandparents.

I am trying to find out what happened to the SALTER family between 1853 and 1861. In the 1851 census Charles Albert Salter (1817-1885) and his wife Maria née CHESSELL (b 1816), were living at Holyrood Street, Newport, with their children Charles, William, Henry, Sarah, Albert, Maurice, Ellen and Emma. Their youngest child Mary Jane was born in Newport in 1853.

I can't find either parent in the 1861 census, but the siblings were dispersed, some of them to family in Farnham, Surrey. Two of the younger children Maurice (14) and Ellen (12) were with their grandmother Sarah Chessell in Northwood. I can't find any more information about the two youngest children, Emma or Mary Jane.

I know that Charles was a baker in 1869 as he was a witness at his son Maurice's wedding, and when his daughter Ellen got married in 1875 he was a grocer, but I can't find him on any census after 1851. Neither can I find anything at all about Maria, even a record of her death.

I'd be really pleased if anyone can help me with any information at all about any of the Salters.
Carol Morgan [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3126
Submitted :
14 Jan 2013
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Elm Grove, Newport
The styles of properties in this road make me suspect that it was developed in a piecemeal way. Can anyone answer these questions, or suggest where I could look for answers:

1. When was Elm Grove developed and who owned the land?
2. What was the tenure of properties in this road - leasehold or freehold?
3. If many of the properties were in fact tenanted, who were the landlords/was the landlord?
4. My husband's family has a connection with Nos 33 and 29. In the 1901 Census, his grandfather Frank COOKE, then aged 27 yrs, was the head of household and sole occupant. (Ten years later he was working as a miller and living at West Mill Cottage. There is no further reference to No 33.) No 29 is of greater interest. It was bought by the same Frank Cooke in the mid-1920s for his eldest daughter when she got married, and it stayed in the ownership of the Cooke family for over sixty years.

Jill Cooke [link opens in new tab or window]
Devon, Member no 3239
Submitted :
13 Jan 2013
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BOSWELL, Richard Elson
I am looking for information on Richard Elson BOSWELL born on a ship off the Isle of Wight 1861. He emigrated to Australia and married Catherine MULHALL. His father's name was Richard and his mother's first name was Jane.

I would appreciate any information anyone may have.
Sharyn Pryor [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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13 Jan 2013
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Roach's Mill, Carisbrooke Road, Newport in 1911
This would have been a flour mill, using - I think - traditional 'stone-ground' methods.

In the 1911 Census, my husband's paternal grandfather, Frank COOKE, was living at West Mill Cottage, Carisbrooke Road, Newport, with his young family. He describes himself as: 'General Miller and Stoneman Assistant, Roach's Mill'.

Does anyone know anything about this mill? Who was the eponymous 'Roach'? Are there any old photographs of the mill or of West Mill Cottage?

For interest, please note that in 1902 Frank COOKE had married Annie Louisa HAYTER (mentioned in an earlier post) at St Paul's, Barton.
)

13 Jan 2013 : This has now been identified as West Mill, owned by John Roach. Thanks to all who responded
Jill Cooke [link opens in new tab or window]
Devon, Member no 3239
Submitted :
10 Jan 2013
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1-2 St Thomas Square, Ryde in 1901
There must have been a Draper's shop at 1 & 2 St Thomas Square, Ryde in 1901. In the census, one housekeeper, fourteen draper assistants, and two domestic servants were recorded as living there. One of the servants was Annie Louisa HAYTER, my husband's paternal grandmother. She was then 22 and unmarried.

This seems to have been a big shop. Has anyone got any information about it, and/or photographs?
Jill Cooke [link opens in new tab or window]
Devon, Member no 3239
Submitted :
10 Jan 2013
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BROWN, Alexander James
I am really not sure that anyone can help me here but here goes. Alexander James BROWN's father Charles was born in Scotland and seems to have had a successful career, first as a builder and then a civil engineer with the Admiralty up till age 81 and beyond. Possibly that is how his son Alexander James Brown got a job on the IOW at a time when much building would have been in progress when Queen Victoria and Albert included the village of Whippingham as part of the Royal estate of Osborne House, which I think was administered by the Admiralty. Most of the details come from census records and the names, dates, ages etc., all fit in with what we already have. Their time on the IOW was fairly short about 3 or 4 years at most. Then they departed for NZ with 4 children and my Great Grandmother was born soon after their arrival in Auckland. I will add here, that my Grandmother was heard to say often "I do not know what happened over there on the IOW, but with all those poets there, who knows", not verbatim but obviously there is some question as to whether there was some kind of relationship with one of the poets over there.
My Mum, my Grandmother, my sister, myself and all of our children are very poetical and write poetry!
Helen Youngman [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand
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10 Jan 2013
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PAYNE, Cissie
I know this is a long shot but in the late 1960's I visited a relative's house in Swanmore, Ryde. My grandparents and I were treated to afternoon tea and while we were there my great-aunt (?) Cissie brought out the family album. As far as I recall her name was Cissie PAYNE but I have been unable to trace her. The album was enormous and packed full of old photos and she explained who everyone was and how the PAYNE / DOWNER / GATRELL families were intertwined over the years. She would have been born around 1900 or just before. Can anyone help locate her family or suggest where I might find this album ?
Linda Monkhouse [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 2908
Submitted :
28 Dec 2012
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YEATS family
I have three photos of my ancestors, who I have traced to the Isle of Wight. I attach them now in the hope that someone might know something about them.

They are Charles YEATS, born 1821 in Newchurch and his wife, Dinah WHITEWOOD, also born in 1821 in Newchurch, and their daughter, my great grandmother, Bessie YEATS, born in 1864 in Ryde. I'd be glad to hear from anyone who can tell me anything about them!



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Caroline Morrissey [link opens in new tab or window]
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17 Dec 2012
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FROST, George
I am looking into my English ancestry, Particularly my 8 x great grand father George FROST, whom I believe was from Binstead, but left for Winter Harbor, Maine, USA in 1635 with a Dr. Richard VINES and Captain Stephen REEKES on The "Swift". Do you know of any resources in which I might be able to find more information regarding him or others he may have left behind on the Isle of Wight? Anything you can do to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your consideration.
Jonah J. Frost [link opens in new tab or window]
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29 Nov 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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WADE, Edward
I have bought a little gaff cutter built in St.Helens Isle of Wight in 1907. The boat was built and designed by Edward WADE. I have found only a picture of the Wade boatyard (you can see my boat on my web site www.star1907.jimdo.com (the website is in Italian)) but I would like to investigate any information about the Wade family and their boats.


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Can you help me in any way?
Paolo Sivelli [link opens in new tab or window]
Milano, Italia
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16 Nov 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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DAVIES family


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Thomas DAVIES was a coastguard stationed at Needs, Ore, and also Lymington, Hayling Bridge, Southsea and Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. Born 1872 in Wales, he joined the Royal Navy and then the coastguard service. He also went to Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire before returning to the South coast. He had children born at some of these places, including one in 1917 whilst he was at Freshwater. He died on 13th May 1950.

This photo shows Thomas Davies (right) with two sons, David Edgerton James Davies (left) and Thomas John Davies (centre).

The child pictured centre, was born in 1917 at Freshwater, so the photo was probably taken ca1918/19.

The owner of this photograph (Kay Farndon) and I would like to find out if anyone having Coastguard connections has any information about the time that the DAVIES family were at the Freshwater Coastguard Station ca 1917 +
Ann Barrett [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0227
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12 Nov 2012
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BURDEN : Marine Supplies, Oakfield
I am looking for any information regarding a Marine Supplies Store in School Street, Oakfield, Ryde, Isle Of Wight which was listed in the 1911 Census :- does anyone have anything that relates to this?

It was the Business of George and Olive BURDEN; he was originally from the island.
Julie Giles [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3229
Submitted :
11 Nov 2012
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Rogerson, Stanley
I am looking for any background information about my wife's great Uncle Stanley ROGERSON born 1892 in Flintshire who moved to the Isle of Wight in the mid-late 1890's with his parents James William ROGERSON and Rosetta ROGERSON née POWNALL. He was a gardener in 1911. During WW1 he was a 2nd Lt. with the Gloucestershire Regiment and later a Lieutenant in the Army Cycling Corps, probably leaving the Army in 1922.

Thereafter he was a mystery, though I have a photograph said to be of him in about 1937 with other family members. He died in December 1961 and was described as a Nurseryman with a last known address at Spencers Mead, Three Gates Road, Cowes. He had a brother Percy ROGERSON who lived in Essex and later south London, but they may well have been estranged, and nobody who is left in the Rogerson family has any knowledge of what Stanley Rogerson was doing between 1922 and 1961.

Can anybody help ?
Martin Baker [link opens in new tab or window]
Buckinghamshire
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06 Nov 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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SMITH, George Henry
I have been researching my grandfather George Henry SMITH born 25th August 1866 at Curates Cottage, Freshwater Isle of Wight. His father was Edward SMITH, a gardener and his mother Emily Louisa PAGE, a servant. They had 5 children as follows:

Emily Elizabeth b 1863
Edward James b 1864
George Henry b 1866
John Walter b 1868
Catherine Louisa b 1874

George Henry left the island in 1884 to join the Navy, serving 10 years, after which he joined the merchant service, Union Castle in Southampton. He married a Southampton girl Emily JURD in 1909, and he served on hospital ships in the first world war.

We can find no record of when and where he died, except that he was still alive on my father's birth certificate in March 1918.

His wife Emily died in 1923. After this my father who was only 5 was looked after by his mother's sister, Elizabeth JURD.

Most of the SMITH family mentioned above stayed on the island, mostly around Freshwater village and with many links to All Saints church. I wonder if there are any living relatives still on the island or elsewhere, and if so, could they please contact me so we can share any information about our family links?
Diana Moore [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3192
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31 Oct 2012
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DAISH, Walter
I hope you can help me in finding as much information as possible on my Great Grandfather Walter DAISH, the Railway Station Master at Bembridge and Ryde in the 1899-1930 Period. Anything on his Railway service record. Any newspaper articles, local and national, any photographs. Anything you have or find would be very helpful.
If any renumeration is required for any research etc please let me know.
Eric David Daish [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3224
Submitted :
15 Oct 2012
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FOY, James and Mary
I'm in Townsville, Queensland & hoping to locate relatives who may still live on the Isle of Wight.
I am also hoping to find information about the family of James & Mary FOY, please.

Name: Elizabeth Mary Foy
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date: 26 Dec 1790
Baptism/Christening Place: Saint Thomas, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Birth Date: 20 Nov 1789
Father's Name: James Foy
Mother's Name: Mary
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Edward Colebrook
Bride's Name: Elizabeth Mary Foy
Marriage Date: 21 Sep 1808
Marriage Place: Northwood, Hampshire,England

Denyse Bonney [link opens in new tab or window]
Queensland, Australia
Submitted :
15 Oct 2012
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Wave Crest Hotel, Shanklin
I've been looking for a picture of the Wave Crest Hotel, Esplanade, Shanklin, Isle of Wight. It was merged with the Ocean View and is now called Shanklin Beach Hotel.

I have had no luck finding anything and have looked everywhere on the web, can anyone help me please ?
Kay Harris [link opens in new tab or window]
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12 Oct 2012
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Jewish community in Portsmouth
A request to all members please. I am assisting the Jewish community in Portsmouth build a comprehensive picture of their congregation and it has been noted that there were several Jewish families on the Island, plus several resident in the local hospitals treating TB. Should you chance across any lesser known records [i.e. not the obvious ones like census and civil reg] would you be kind enough to note down the details and pass them on to me? It goes without saying that if any members have found themselves to have a Jewish ancestor I will happily look in my database and pass on info. Please note that I am Anglican myself so I have only recorded the English data not the Hebrew, though I do have photos of virtually every Jewish headstone in the Portsmouth area now I believe and I am happy to share.
Terry Bridger [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 0322
Submitted :
08 Oct 2012
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BOWES, COUSINS, FOQUETT etc
I would like further information on this family :

Philip and Amelia BOWES : Newport, Isle of Wight.
Their son William is my gggg grandfather.
William BOWES married Elizabeth COUSINS, and their children were :

        Mary Springer
[ Mary Springer Bowes was the first child of Elizabeth Cousins and William Bowes. There is a bastardy report in Hampshire stating her father was a butcher named Springer, but she was named Mary Springer Bowes and born into the William Bowes household. ]
1798 Joseph
1800 John
1802 James
1804 Lancelot
1805 Charles
1806 Richard Foquett
1808 Elizabeth Foquett who is my ggg grandmother(married BARKER)
1810 Ann Cousins

All moved to Prince Edward Island [PEI] 1810 and I have a good deal of information of them from 1810 to the present.

Now to go backwards, I want to find the BOWES/Foquett connections.

Here is a list of the people I want to integrate into the roots of this family:

My William Bowes' father was Philip Bowes and his mother was Amelia Lewis.(documented) I got this from the IOW historical society... and it is backed up by the information at Keillor House archives in New Brunswick.

Philip Bowes is listed as a cabinet maker in Newport, 1766.
Our William Bowes, son of Philip, was in the English Army/Navy sent to PEI in 1810.
His first son William Foquett Bowes was born 1791 in London and went to PEI and Nova Scotia as a teacher.
John and James were in the printing business in Halifax NS.
Richard was a mariner.


Another William Bowes in the Isle of Wight was a tailor who married an Ann Foquett in 1767. He could have been a brother of Philip.
Jane Foquett of Carisbrooke was the daughter of John Foquett (1740) a tailor and she married, on 6 Dec. 1767, William Cousins of Newport, a tailor.
There is a John Foquett, tailor of Newport 1740
There is a John Foquett of Newport in 1723 probably father of the previous (1740) John Foquett.
There is a Lancelot Foquett between 1760 and 1786, a landwaiter with the Customs House. He is probably a son of John Foquett, 1740.

Then there is a John Bowes, cabinet maker in West Cowes 1777.
William Bowes, son of Phillip and Amelia, married Eliz. Cousins named one of their sons JOHN and another LANCELOT. What was the relationship between the two Lancelots?

AS FOR COUSINs COUZINS, CUSIONS there are many deviations who are probably just bad spellers, or unconcerned but nevertheless related in the IOW area.

According to the staff list IOW Customs Dept. :

1790 T (probably Thomas) Bowes was Chief Mate
1816 Richard Cousins was a Mariner
1816 William Cousins was a Mariner
1825 Thomas Couzins was a Glut Tidewaiter

And William Cousins, the tailor who married Ann Foquett 1767. The above Richard, William and Thomas are probably brothers and Wm Cousins and Jane Foquett could be their grandparents.

Any help would be appreciated.
Ms Winifred Cherry [link opens in new tab or window]
New Mexico, USA
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02 Oct 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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Seaview and St Helens parish addresses
I wonder if I could ask for help from our learned members.

I am trying to find the present location (if existing) of:

1. Morton Cottage, Northern Crossways near Seaview (1911 census)
2. A set of cottages named after precious stones on the 1881 census, Amethyst, Emerald, Diamond and Pearl cottages all in the parish of St Helens and the village of Elmfield.

Updated 10th November 2012 : Kevin has had a response to Morton Cottage from member Cecil Petty who as the telegraph boy remembers delivering to it in the 1930's.
Kevin West [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3116
Submitted :
01 Oct 2012
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SPANNER, Hannah (née HARVEY)
I have been researching my IOW ancestors for some time and have hit a brick wall with this lady.

Hannah HARVEY was born in Newport, 1805 - she married one William SPANNER in 1829, in Carisbrooke and had a large family (possibly 8/9 children) between 1830 and 1847.
Her husband died in 1851 and the last record of her appears in the 1861 census, where she lived in Ryde as a widow, with her youngest three children.
I can find no convincing evidence of her death, possible re-marriage or even emigration thereafter.
(I have tried IOWFHS, Ancestry, Family Search and The National Archives - all to no avail, or at least nothing convincing.)
I would be very grateful if you could give me a steer as to where I might have gone wrong, where I can go to further the search, or whether there is a Spanner/Harvey expert in the membership.
Alan Dummer [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3109
Submitted :
01 Oct 2012
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KIERAN, Laurence
I recently acquired a beautiful stained glass window from St Wilfrid's RC Church in Ventnor. Picture attached. I would be most glad to hear from any members who may also be able to share photos of the parish, or members of the former congregation itself. The memorial inscription for the window reads:

"Laurence Kieran, died 14 Dec 1873, aged 80".

However, I see no further connnection between Laurence Kieran and the Isle of Wight (he apparently was born in Co Louth Ireland in 1793).



Thank you for your consideration.
John Sullivan [link opens in new tab or window]
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25 Sep 2012
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BOWES family
I'm looking for help finding my ancestors from the Isle of Wight. I have a family history letter that indicates that my ancestor Joseph BOWES was married and had eight children on the Isle of Wight. I have no record of his spouse but his children were:

John Bowes
Robert Bowes
Nesbit Bowes
Joseph Bowes (Jr.)
Kate Bowes
Jane Bowes
Mary Bowes
Fannie Bowes

Joseph Bowes (Jr.) was born about 1822. The Family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada and then to the USA. We believe they arrived in the US some time before 1850 where we have US census Records.

Any help would be appreciated!
Jeff Bowes [link opens in new tab or window]
USA
Submitted :
14 Sep 2012
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DAWES family
I recently donated a lot of journals and magazines to your Society, and I am hoping therefore that you may be able to reciprocate by letting me know if you have anyone in the Society that knows if the DAWES family of St Helens has already been traced back further than Richard Daw/Dawes? I don't want to double up on something that may already be in print.

As I live on the island, I have been asked (by a friend who lives in the north of England (who has a family connection)) to find out what I can about Richard DAW and his wife Jane CALLOWAY, and their children. I am aware that a lot has been written about Sophie and her extraordinary life, but all I know of Richard is that he was a fisherman/smuggler out of St Helens.

The Daw/Dawes, or at least Richard (Dickey) and his daughter Sophie are so famous on the island, I cannot believe that this tree has not yet been totally unearthed. However, it appears that there is no record on-line or in the books that I have found of Richard's marriage to Jane in c1775, nor Richard's birth on the island. Nor is there a record on-line of the birth of Sophie, leading to a suspicion that she was baptised under another name, or her roots are a partial fiction.

I am hoping to go the Record Office next week to look at the parish records for St Helens and the workhouse records, but if you have a member who knows anything of interest about Richard Daw, I should be very pleased to hear from them. I am not a professional researcher. I am just an enthusiastic family history buff.
Mrs Brenda Bunkham [link opens in new tab or window]
Sandown, Isle of Wight
Submitted :
11 Sep 2012
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DYER, Charles
I am trying to find my Great Great Grandfather, Charles DYER (b 1823) in the 1851 census. He was a Trinity Pilot, lived in Seaview and was obviously not at home on the night. To date I have not managed to find him anywhere - any suggestions?
Shirley Casey [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1152
Submitted :
11 Sep 2012
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HUDSON, Walter
My Great Grandfather Walter HUDSON was born 17 Aug 1905 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, son of John and Georgina HUDSON. I have researched and found a lot of information on Walter up until the 1930's.

On the 1929 Electoral Roll it shows Walter Hudson and wife, Leah Selina Kate Hudson at 1 Market Hill, Cowes.

On the October 1931 Electoral Roll they were at Alma House Sun Hill, West Cowes with a William RAWSTHORNE as a Lodger.

By October 1932 none of these were registered at this address : in 1934 & 1935 Leah and William are living together at 3 Park Gardens, Uxbridge as per the Electoral Roll. However, since 1931 Walter has not been seen or registered anywhere that I can find, not even a death or remarriage.

No family members know what happened to him and my Great Grandmother never ever spoke of him. I'm really hoping that someone will be able to help me solve this problem and convince me that my Great Grandfather has not been buried under the patio!

Living in hope!
Denise Bull [link opens in new tab or window]
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11 Sep 2012
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SCOTT family, Calbounre
I am interested in the SCOTT family from Calbourne - my great-grandmother was Rosa Caroline SCOTT, youngest child of William SCOTT and Frances WAY.

William (b. 17 Feb. 1818) and Frances (b. 18 April 1821) married on 13 March 1840 and the family story is that they had to elope because of the opposition of Frances' father, David WAY, a miller. They had 12 children: Frances Jane (b.1841), Ellen Mary (1843), William Edward (1845), Emily Marian (1847), Selina Charlotte (1949), Annie Catherine (1851), Elizabeth Hannah (1853), Walter Way (1855), Arthur James (1857), Louisa Edith (1858), Charles Leonard (1959) and Rosa Caroline (1862). Of these, two died in infancy (William and Louisa) and two in young adulthood (Emily and Elizabeth).

My late father, who was born in Portsmouth and brought up in Gosport, recalled visiting cousins in the Isle of Wight as a child.

I have traced some of the family through the census records from 1841 to 1911 and I have found some very helpful information on your site but inevitably I have gaps! I would be most interested to hear from anyone else descended from this extensive family or who has researched the Scotts and of course I would be happy to share information.
Linda Briggs [link opens in new tab or window]
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25 Aug 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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NURSE, Betty
My Mum was evacuated to the Isle of Wight during the war from Portsmouth and I was wondering if there was any chance of finding out who she stayed with during that time. A very long shot I know!

My Mum's name was Betty Dorothy NURSE and she was born 19th July, 1926 in 14 Alexandra Road Portsmouth. Not too sure of the address where she was living at the time of her evacuation but it could have been Pretoria Road, Portsmouth. Her siblings were all quite a bit older so she was the only one evacuated during the war.

She used to tell the story that when she went back to Portsmouth her school had been destroyed in the bombing!!!!

I certainly do appreciate any help you may be able to give me
Barbara McGovern [link opens in new tab or window]
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22 Aug 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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COOPER, Percy Frederick
I am hoping to find information on my Great Grandfather Percy Frederick COOPER, born 25th May 1887, Newport, IOW, England to Henry COOPER & Annie COOPER (née NORRIS). Henry was also married to Charlotte HOLLIS prior to Annie.

Charlotte & Henry had 3 children - William Henry, Walter George & John COOPER.

Annie & Henry's children were Charlotte Ellen, Charles James, James Charlie, Edward Burtie, Alfred Harry, Lucy Annie, Leonard Henry, Henry George Leonard & Percy Frederick.

My great grandfather was part of the army in England prior to departing for Australia around 1911. I would like to be able to find out more about this time in his life along with any other information about his family.

Unfortunately I have found it difficult to trace my family history once I got to England. I don't know Henry's middle name & am not sure of any of the marriages or deaths that have occurred with Percy's brothers & sisters.

I do know that the name of the family home or its location was 'Bellmeade', however it may have been spelt differently.

Any help you may be able to offer me would be greatly appreciated.
Bec Oehm (née Cooper) [link opens in new tab or window]
Young, NSW, Australia
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06 Aug 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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GRANT, Harriet
I am looking for any conections to Harriet GRANT born 1805/1806, who was married in England to John HAYDEN possibly around 1825/1826; her parents may have been John and Betty GRANT.

Thanking you for any help you can give me.
Kath Ross [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 2755
Submitted :
30 Jul 2012
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APPLETON, Edith
I was on the Island in 2012 looking for some missing volumes of the diaries of my great aunt, Edith Appleton, who served in France and Belgium as a QAIMNS Sister throughout the Great War. Unsurprisingly, I didn't find them! However, the search continues and I am keen to speak to any individual collectors on the IoW who just might have picked up the items over the years. See http://www.edithappleton.org.uk/OriginalDiaries/IoW_hunt.asp for more information.

What I am after is some way of contacting people who may involved in what I guess would be a very informal network of collectors who may have picked up the diaries on a stall or table at a sale and are unaware of their significance. Given that my great aunt died over 50 years ago I realise that it is very unlikely the missing volumes are still around but if I don't try I shall never find them. The diaries themselves are in 4 'volumes'. Volume one comprises 19 typed pages and the other three volumes are handwritten in three journals covering a total of over 400 pages. There are a number of delightful small sketches in volumes 2 to 4 as well as a few other items: press cuttings, three poems, a sheet of used blotting paper and some rough notes pages. They can be seen here: http://www.edithappleton.org.uk/OriginalDiaries/OriginalDiariesPhotos.asp.

You can see more about Edith Appleton and her amazing diaries on the website I created for her here: www.edithappleton.org.uk. The website also has details of the book version of her diaries which was published by the Imperial War Museum this March. Extracts were also broadcast on Radio 4 in 2011.

I am grateful for any help you can give me.
Dick Robinson [link opens in new tab or window]
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17 Jul 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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VENN(E), Peter
I was hoping that someone might be able to help me find out more about a man named 'Peter VENN' who, according to the 1861 Census of England and Wales, was born in Italy. In the census record he is recorded as being born in Italy in 1824 and is a millwright by trade. He is a lodger in the 1861 Census, with the family of William (a millwright too) and Louisa HATTON, at Rupill Street (near Dyer's Court) in Newport on the Isle of Wight in Hampshire.

I think, but can't say for sure, that this 'Peter Venn' is my great-great grandfather, 'Peter Paul Louis Venn', a millwright, who on August 8, 1863 married Elizabeth DYER (1840-1901) in Andover in Hampshire. The truth is that I cannot find Peter Paul Louis Venn in the 1841, 1851 or 1861 censuses, and family rumour has it that he came to England from France, however, since most of us know so little about him, he might well have come from Italy. One person in the family claims that the surname was originally VENNE, but was Anglicised upon his arrival in England, which must have happened between 1851 and 1861.

In the 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 censuses, Peter Paul Louis Venn, claims that he was born in Drury Lane in London in 1832, not Italy and not in 1824. His marriage certificate records his father as Joseph VENN, a farmer, but I find it hard to believe that there were many farmers residing in Drury Lane in London in 1832, of course there might well have been.

Is there any chance that someone out there might have suggestions or tips on how to find out more about the Peter Venn born in 1824 in Italy who, according to the 1861 census, appears living with the Hatton family at Rupill Street in Newport?

Any tips or help would be so gratefully appreciated.
Erik Aasland [link opens in new tab or window]
Ottawa, Canada
Submitted :
28 Jun 2012
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COOPER, John & William
I was wondering if anybody had any information about a Cooper family from the Newport/Carisbrooke area of the Isle of Wight.

I have two brothers from the Isle of Wight living in Bromley Kent and recorded in Bromley's census from 1841 onwards.

John Cooper born 1805 approx (from census info)
William Cooper born 1808 approx (from census info)

They are both tailors by trade with a son of William taking over the business of John when his only son dies in his twenties.
Also according to family information (not proven) their father was called George and he was an Army Clothier who set up the original business in Bromley but both brothers consistently use Isle of Wight as their place of birth on Census returns.
I can see from looking at Newport census returns there seems to be quite a few "Coopers who are tailors" (possibly the same family?) so if anybody can shed some light on my strays or even link their family to mine I would be pleased to hear from them.

I am not asking for anyone to do lookups for me just if anyone has a tree or information linking to mine.
Julia Milne [link opens in new tab or window]
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24 Jun 2012
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MACKENZIE, James
I'm trying to find information on the ancestors of James MACKENZIE, who is buried in Old Windsor Churchyard, Berkshire. The inscription on the vault reads :

TO THE MEMORY OF/JAMES MACKENZIE ESQR, ONLY SON OF/JAMES MACKENZIE OF DEBOURNE LODGE ISLE OF WIGHT ESQR/WHO WAS BORN DECR 4TH 1772 & DIED SEPR 28TH 1852/THIS RECORD IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY HIS CHILDREN./TO THE MEMORY OF ELIZABETH ARUNDELL/WIFE OF JAMES MACKENZIE ESQR, THIRD DAUGHTER OF/ WILLIAM ARUNDELL HARRIS OF KENEGIE IN/THE COUNTY OF CORNWALL ESQR WHOSE REMAINS/ARE INTERRED AT WHIPPINGHAM ISLE OF WIGHT. /SHE WAS BORN MARCH 9TH 1767 DIED MAY 26TH 1800./TO THE MEMORY OF/MELISSA WIFE OF JAMES MACKENZIE ESQR, DAUGHTER OF/PENYSTON PORTLOCK POWNEY OF IVES PLACE NEAR/ MAIDENHEAD ESQR, & OF MELISSA FRANKLAND HIS WIFE/SHE WAS BORN MARCH 3OTH 1774 DIED FEBRUARY 28TH 1804. [ STONE ALSO READS:- ENTRANCE TO VAULT ]

(With acknowledgments to the transcribers of the Churchyard inscriptions - see http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/genuki/BRK/OldWindsor/Graveyard/index.htm
Susan Griffiths [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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24 Jun 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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FOSTER, Margaret & Ernest
I would like to find any obituaries for these two people who died on the Isle of Wight :

Margaret Betty FOSTER, died Jan 2003
Ernest Roland FOSTER, died Jan 2004

Thanks in advance

(Request being undertaken by a member as at 18 July 2012)

Brian Newell [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
24 Jun 2012
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BOZYK, Wasyl
I've been looking for quite some time for information about my grandfather, and I did find an address : 68 Sandcroft Avenue, Ryde - Isle of Wight. His name was Wasyl BOZYK. He was born 12 February 1908, and died in 12 April 1980. Since I am not sure whether it really is him I have attached a photo of him. Maybe someone can recognize him. I would be very interested if there are still family members living on the Isle of Wight.
I thank you in advance.

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Bernhard Howenwarter [link opens in new tab or window]
Austria
Submitted :
14 Jun 2012
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LORVE or LARIVEE, Midey
Has anyone any information on my husband's grandfather, Midey LORVE or LARIVEE? We have been told that he came from Canada and that he was French Canadian.We are unable to locate the ship that he arrived on from Canada [if indeed that is how he came?] He had a brother who was a priest in Canada. How he came to be on the Island is a mystery, he was a docker, not sure where, but we think that it might have been Cowes?

We have found that he joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment, enlisting on 22 July 1915 and was discharged 28 Feb. 1917, due to sickness. He married Annie DORE in 1918 aged 34. They had one child Mary Margaretta Emma LORVE. Mary was told that he died when he was riding a motorbike which hit a tree in 1931.

His Death Certificate shows that he died of a cerebal tumour at home in Niton. He is buried at St John's Baptist Church, Niton.
Joyce Wheatley [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2970
Submitted :
18 May 2012
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CURTIS burials at St Michael's Church, Shalfleet
Could somebody from the Shalfleet area possibly provide a digital photograph of a headstone or headstones at St Michael's Church, Shalfleet.Alice CURTIS née GREEN (died January 1946) and her two sons Harry Charles CURTIS (died Jan 1954) and Edward CURTIS (died April 1962). We're uncertain as to whether they are in a family grave or individual graves and it's also possible (although unlikely) that the grave/graves are unmarked.

We thank you in anticipation...

Editor's note : a quick visit to the Churchyard on 10 May 2012 revealed no obvious burial plots. Perhaps someone with more local knowledge can assist.

Penny (née Green) and Bob Latham [link opens in new tab or window]
France, Member no 2649
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10 May 2012
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HILBERT, Leon
ARE THERE ANY MEMBERS WITH EXPERIENCE OF FRENCH RESEARCH ?

My sister is trying to trace her husband's family, and we have become stuck! Leon Hilbert is described as a French Subject, born circa 1873. His father was Adam Hilbert. I cannot seem to find any (English) BMD websites for France. Neither of us speak French!

Leon Hilbert, shows in the 1901 and 1911 census, his year of birth is consistent at 1873, and he describes himself as a "French Subject". He died in 1935.

On his marriage certificate (1903) his father is noted as Adam Hilbert, Tailor, Deceased.

Family memories are various, suggesting his mother was Marie, Catherine, or Lidl; he was from the Alsace region; he had a sister 'Mimi'; the family later lived in the Montreaux area - but again no supporting evidence of any of this.

We do have a book, inside which there is a presentation label: "Ecoles Communales de Paris, Ecole de garcons, Rue Etienne Marcel 44" The book was a prize awarded to Leon in 1886.

Any help or pointers would be appreciated.
Tim Wheeler [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1443
Submitted :
28 Apr 2012
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HAYLES and Sons, builders, Niton
I would like any info about the HAYLES family of Niton, who lived in Fuchsia Cottage at the turn of the last century: George and Anne Hayles, buried somewhere in St. John's Church graveyard at Niton, but where? George was a builder who I'm told built a school and other buildings and houses in Niton -- any information on "Hayles and Son" or other builders from a century ago? Is Fuchsia cottage still there? Thank you.
Vicki Gray [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3111
Submitted :
21 Apr 2012
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ARNOLD and BLOW families
I have just returned from a superb weekend on the island, and it has re awakened a desire to trace some direct ancestors. If you will allow, I would like to request assistance through your website, and I am happy to cover any expenses etc.

My direct ancestor Mary ARNOLD was born in Newport c 1770/1.
Her father was James ARNOLD born c 1740/50 in Arreton and had the occupation of Haberdasher.
Her mother was Esther BLOW born c 1740/50 in Newchurch, and they married in Newchurch in 1761.

I would like to rebuild the Arnold and Blow families and their ancestries.
Mary ARNOLD married John WHITE from Moreton in Essex, but I don't know when, and she was living (aged 70) with one of her daughters in the 1841 census. She died in 1842 in Moreton.

My guess is that she came to Moreton in service and married John there.
A second guess is that John was in the military and married her on the island, but I have found no trace of military history.
Mike Burnham [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
18 Apr 2012
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CANTELO, Lilian Doris
Would it be possible to ask for help tracing LILIAN DORIS CANTELO.

She was born in 1919 at Rookley, Isle of Wight. Her mother died soon after and she then lived with her grandmother, Elizabeth Mary RYALL, at Main Road Rookley.
John Phillips [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3156
Submitted :
13 Apr 2012
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THEOBALD and BARNETT families
I am trying to trace any of my 'distant relatives' who might still live on the Isle of Wight. The ancestor names I am trying to trace are through Isaac BARNETT (born circa 1813) and Anna THEOBALD (his wife born circa 1815). Isaac was the son of Edward Barnett. Edward was in the Royal Navy and Isaac was a master mariner. Apparently Isaac died of Yellow Fever in Valparaiso, Chile - but I don't know any details other than that. Isaac and Anna are my gg-grandparents through my paternal grandmother.

Also I would like to trace members of Anna's family. They were a very large family. Her father's name was John THEOBALD who originated from Faversham, Kent - he was a Yeoman I believe. His wife's name was Elizabeth DORE - her father was Esquire Dore.That is all the information I have on them. All came from the Freshwater area.

Isaac and Anna's daughter Jane BARNETT was also born in Freshwater in 1854 and died in 1921 at Bromley-by-Bow, London E1. She had married a Frederick BRISTOW.

Can you give me any help or advice as to what I might be able to do to trace any living relations of Theobalds/Barnetts please ?
Sandra Holder (née Christian) [link opens in new tab or window]
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05 Apr 2012
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SALTER / SMALL / CHESSELL
I am looking for help in respect of three lines of research that I am carrying out :

ISAAC SALTER b 1710 possibly Newchurch Isle of Wight
WILLIAM SMALL b 1686 b Arreton, Isle of Wight
WILLIAM CHESSELL b 1743 Arreton, Isle of Wight

- does anyone have any christening details giving parental names or any lines further back?

I understand that the SALTER name may originally have been SALTERE and that there could be records concerning this family lineage. Any help at all on this would be really good!!
Mary Joan Hyland [link opens in new tab or window]
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03 Apr 2012
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ANDREWS / WALLER family
I was contacted recently by an individual who was researching the ANDREWS Family of Andover. Someone from rootschat.com had seen a post of mine detailing Charlotte Maria Andrews b 1 Sept 1786 Hurstbourne Priors d. 17 Jan 1871 Wedmore, Somerset. She married John Barrow 1787-1853 who became the Magistrate of Wedmore. Charlotte had a sister, Caroline Georgiana Andrews b 1792 Amport, Hampshire d 17 Mar 1860 who married Rev Robert Wylde (Wylde Family of the Commandery and direct scion of Viscount Robert Tracy II) 1774-1833. Ironically both of these sisters are in my direct line. Caroline Andrews Wylde's son, Henry Ernest Wylde b 1832 Claverdon, Warwickshire d 29 Apr 1881 New City, Rockland County, New York....married her sister, Charlotte Andrews Barrow's granddaughter, Elizabeth Barrow b 3 Jan 1836 Upper Clapton, Middlesex (London) d. 25 Nov 1911 New City, Rockland County, New York. So one sister's son married the other sister's granddaughter.

A woman from Australia contacted me about a younger sister Augusta b Oct 1804 Cole Henley, Hampshire d 1901 New South Wales, Australia. She had married John Butt b. 1796 Houghton, Hampshire.

This was one child I had not documented in my family tree and was happy to add her.

I had not done any research into their parents John and Jane Andrews. Michelle, this woman from New South Wales, had discovered some death dates and info about John having estates in Andover and info about him being a Major in the Hants. Militia.

With a copy of the marriage record, it was determined that Jane WALLER was probably the maiden name of Jane ANDREWS. I found a copy of the marriage record which stated Jane Waller and John Andrews from Andover... married 26 June 1784 in Whippingham, Hampshire Isle of Wight. From the Gentleman Magazine, I determined that Jane, wife of Major John Adams, died in Stockbridge on 25 Dec 1828. It appears that the service might have occurred at Houghton Parish Church. It appears she was born around 1765... but I could not find any records of any WALLER family at Whippingham.

I do hope that you might have some insight into this family. I wanted to help Michelle from NSW and I have helped with some information but am at a brick wall.
Carole Cummings [link opens in new tab or window]
Plano, Texas, USA
Submitted :
03 Apr 2012
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PURDY family
I have found that my Great Grandmother was named EBURNE / nee HOTCHIN.
She had a sister called Elizabeth, who married an Odessa PURDY, who had been born in Brightlingsea, Essex, and had been a ship's Master, later in life on the "Matchless". They had 5 children, one of whom was called Alec, whom I believe became a Mayor of Newport.

Are any of these children still alive, or are there any photographs of that family? I recall a story that Odessa served on the J class yachts, of the period, and reportedly saved a VVIP out of the Solent.

Thank you in anticipation of a favourable reply.
Roger K. Bridle [link opens in new tab or window]
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28 Mar 2012
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WHITE, Benjamin, miller
Are there any records of millers in the 18th C? My ancestor, Benjamin WHITE, was shown as a miller at Calbourne on his marriage in 1777 and his son was born there in 1783. I believe there were several mills at Calbourne at that time. He then seems to have moved to Brighstone, where he was buried 13 April 1797.
I wonder if any cause of death is shown as, if I am correct in placing his baptism at Fawley in 1761, he would have been quite a young man.
Barbara Clinton [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3146
Submitted :
28 Mar 2012
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HOLLIS, Benjamin Joseph
This is an ancestor of mine

I wonder if anyone can help with a little puzzle I have.

In 1891 Benjamin Joseph HOLLIS was living in Clarence Road and his occupation was Night Ferryman at the Floating Bridge.
In 1901 he was living in Clarence Road and his occupation was Night Ferryman

This is where it gets interesting

In 1911 he is living near Wimborne Dorset in what would appear a nice house and his occupation is stated as Retired Mariner (Living on own means) He was 46 at the time.
Now my guess is that a ferryman was not so highly paid that he could retire at 46 so where did he get his money ?
My thoughts are that he was perhaps more than a ferryman and had some interest in the company that ran the ferry.
My question is are there any records available to substantiate my thoughts ?
Trenuth Seager [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1831
Submitted :
06 Mar 2012
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COOPER, Frances Harriet
I have a puzzle and would appreciate some help or suggestions. My Great Aunt - Frances Harriet COOPER - was born, according to her baptism details, in Bembridge on 2nd September 1852. She married George Henry CREWS in 1873... Now the puzzle, I have copies for them of all the Census records up to 1891 still living on the Isle of Wight & then nothing. No Census records and no death records. Any suggestions would be most welcome.
Vel Hier [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3150
Submitted :
06 Mar 2012
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WALLIS, John
I am trying to locate the family of my grandfather who was sent out to New Zealand as a remittance man in 1904. His name was John WALLIS, born 1879/80 in Cowes, Isle of Wight. His father was Harry WALLIS (retired gentleman) and his mother was Emma (née GREEN).

All my attempts to find them have been in vain and I wondered if any of your members have heard of them or are related.
Don Wallis [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand
Submitted :
06 Mar 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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CATHCART, Albert Edward or Albert William
Albert Edward CATHCART / Albert William CATHCART

I am trying to find out if this is one and the same person. Albert was my maternal grandfather and was born in Freshwater either in 1882 or 1884. According to relatives his mother's name was Ann Marie MITCHELL, of Freshwater, who married a James CATHCART, on the island.

(James was born in Fulwood, Preston, Lancs. in 1855, of Irish parents)

The only records I can find are that Albert William was in the Union Workhouse at the time of the 1891 census, aged 7, and Albert Edward was a servant (labourer), aged 17, in the census of 1901.
From that point, only Albert Edward appears, firstly as an inmate at Weedon, Daventry, in the 1911 census, although the name is recorded as 'Cathcort', aged 27, and at his marriage to Gladys Emma Tubby in Northampton.
The Weedon connection is acceptable as this was the the training camp for the cavalry, and he served with the 17th/21st Lancers.
Dennis E. Nelson [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
22 Feb 2012
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HILL family
I am trying to trace the HILL family who were living on the IOW in the 18th century. I have Lt Colonel William HILL who was married to Elizabeth POPHAM (but no dates) - she died in 1809. They had children Lt Colonel Charles Fitzmaurice HILL, Vice Admiral Henry HILL ( my Great Great Grandfather), Archdeacon Justly HILL b 1783 in Bonchurch and Elizabeth HILL who married Thomas Trusty TRICKEY. I have visited St Boniface old church where there is a memorial on the wall inside to Rear Admiral Henry Hill and I believe he and his wife are buried in the church. Also there is a coat of arms on the wall called the Hill Hatchment which i would like to know more about.

I appear to be descended from an interesting family which I would love to know more about. I would appreciate any help I can get as when I search online records I always seem to draw a blank.
Sheila Carter (formerly Hill) [link opens in new tab or window]
Member No 3102
Submitted :
22 Feb 2012
Verified : 02 Dec 2013
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HUNT, Ann (née HOBBS)
I am trying to trace the HILL family who were living on the IOW in the 18th century. I have Lt Colonel William HILL who was married to Elizabeth POPHAM (but no dates) - she died in 1809. They had children Lt Colonel Charles Fitzmaurice HILL, Vice Admiral Henry HILL ( my Great Great Grandfather), Archdeacon Justly HILL b 1783 in Bonchurch and Elizabeth HILL who married Thomas Trusty TRICKEY. I have visited St Boniface old church where there is a memorial on the wall inside to Rear Admiral Henry Hill and I believe he and his wife are buried in the church. Also there is a coat of arms on the wall called the Hill Hatchment which i would like to know more about.

I appear to be descended from an interesting family which I would love to know more about. I would appreciate any help I can get as when I search online records I always seem to draw a blank.
Frank Hunt [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 2845
Submitted :
21 Feb 2012
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WICKENS, David
David WICKENS was my 4x great grandfather who married Elizabeth ALLCORN at Rotherfield, East Sussex in Jan 1800 and had 7 children - we are descended from the second child John b 1802. Despite many attempts over the last 4-5 years I am unable to go back any further to find out where David was born/baptised - definitely not Rotherfield as parish records are available back to late 1500s.

So far the only possibility remaining is a David WICKENS b 1782 at Godshill whose parents were John and Hannah. According to the IOW records office the only John to match would be one born 1740 at Newchurch, son of James and Betty Wickens. A James Wickens married Elizabeth Davis at Newchurch in 1737 so this could match. It has not been possible to trace James's birth on the IOW.

I have contacted all other members researching Wickens on the IOW - thank you to the 3 that replied to my email but sadly no possible connection. Mrs Pettit from Andover very kindly provided me with the details of her Wickens ancestors from Newchurch and Godshill back to 1699 but no connection with my David so far.

Are there any members who have knowledge of, or better still are descended from, David Wickens b 1782 at Godshill as I would very much like to include or eliminate him from my research. There were very many Wickens families based at Rotherfield between 1600s and about 1900, not that many now. So far I am unaware of a definite link between the IOW and Rotherfield. If there is one this could prove most interesting to quite a few Wickens descendants.

I continue to live in hope for that all important email or letter...
Joan Wickens [link opens in new tab or window]
Worthing, Sussex, Member no 3128
Submitted :
21 Feb 2012
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Occupations in the excursion trade 19th and 20th C.
I am researching families and individuals connected with the excursion trade, jobmasters, posting establishments and town omnibuses during the 19th and 20th centuries. Any information about such people will be welcomed.
Patrick Hall [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3114
Submitted :
23 Jan 2012
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RUSSELL, Martha (Maggie), née MONK
I am trying to discover how my grandparents met.

My Grandmother's name was Martha MONK (sometimes she added Margaret), and in later life she was known as Maggie; she was born in Horton, Shropshire on 1st July 1883, but by 1891 both her parents are dead and Martha and two siblings are in the Cannock Union Workhouse Staffordshire.
In April 1898 she was in service in Penkridge with Lady Hatherton (I have a Common Prayer Book with these details written in the front); she next shows up in the 1901 census as Margaret M Monk, domestic servant, in Shipton Under Wychwood by Chipping Norton. 1911 shows her back in Birmingham with her sister and her husband in their boarding house.

The family have always believed that Martha was orphaned and brought up in a children's home on the Isle of Wight, hence she met my Grandfather convalescing after being gassed in the trenches in France. I believe she was on the Isle of Wight after 1911 probably in service, met my Grandfather, came back to Birmingham with him where his young daughters were being looked after by his parents. They married on the 2nd October 1915. My Grandfather's name was Charles Gilbert RUSSELL - he was a widower who was conscripted in the war - he was in the Somersetshire Light Infantry and Army Service Corps regimental nos 18419, ES/58074. After being discharged from the Army he found it difficult to find work, so rejoined the Army and was in Cologne in February 1920 as part of the Army of Occupation, by 1924 he was working as a civilian attached to the Army in Cologne, by 1924 he had taken ill and died age 46 in Cologne where he had a Military Funeral, and was buried in Cologne - unfortunately we are unable to visit his grave as it was destroyed in the second World War.

Martha and my mother came back to England and lived with Martha's sister for a while, she then remarried and brought up a rather a large family of step children.

If anyone can help I would be very grateful
Mrs Janice Scott [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
10 Jan 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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WHITTINGTON / MUNT / YOUNG
I am looking for any information on three Newbridge men :

George Good WHITTINGTON b 1875 Calbourne (registration district) d 1954 (North-west registration district). He farmed at Eades Farm and Orchard Farm, Newbridge and died childless.

Alfred Dudley MUNT b 1882 Calbourne d 1958 North-west. Known as Dudley, he lived at several addresses in Newbridge and Five Houses and was employed by George Whittington.

William James YOUNG b 1892 Calbourne d 1973. He lived at Northlands, Newbridge and was also employed by George Whittington and was involved with the Methodist Chapel. He also died childless.

Any anecdotes or photographs of the three would be especially welcome.
Hilary Higgins [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
10 Jan 2012
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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MORRIS, Ellen Mary
I live in Australia and am looking for any information on ELLEN MARY MORRIS b. Oct. qtr. 1913 at Godshill (regn district). Parents are Reginald Lake MORRIS and Rose ALLEN m. 1912. Other children are Reginald George, Maisie Ellen and Harold Lake. I am a friend of Harold (Harry) - he is now 90, and he is anxious to find any information about Ellen Mary as he never knew her at all. e.g., marriage and a death etc. So far I have only found a birth for her.

I would appreciate any help you may be able to supply and if I can help in any way regarding Australian family history please let me know.
Elva Ogilvie [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
Submitted :
14 Dec 2011
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Isle of Wight Lace (book)
Can anybody help me trace a copy of "Isle of Wight Lace" by Edna Groves?

I am willing to pay a reasonable price for a copy.
Mrs Nita Doe [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2017
Submitted :
14 Dec 2011
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MORRIS, Henry
I am looking for a photo of HENRY MORRIS born 1830 Mottistone - died Newbridge 1915; also his wife FRANCES JANE YOUNG born Brighstone 1831- died Newbridge 1909. They are both buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Shalfleet. They were my paternal Great Great Grandparents.
Malcolm Morris [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2833
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05 Dec 2011
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PARKER, James
I'm searching for any information on James PARKER born about 1812 Freshwater, Isle of Wight. He was listed as a HM Customs Officer in 1861 Census in Cardiff.
Jennifer Robinson [link opens in new tab or window]
Cardiff
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17 Nov 2011
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SQUIBB family
I am currently researching the SQUIBB family history. I have managed to find photos of my Grandfather's brothers Frank and Albert SQUIBB but none of their brother John Henry SQUIBB who married Amy Rowland (born in East Ham London on 30th Aug 1900). They were married on 20th May 1922 at Church of St. Helen, Eddington Road, St Helens, Isle of Wight, England. John died 10 Apr 1974 and Amy died 11 Apr 1990. They had two children: Peter, who married Mary LAWS; and Betty Amy, who married John PRESCOTT.
Graham Squibb [link opens in new tab or window]
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02 Nov 2011
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TOOGOOD, Charles
I wonder if I can get some help finding the family of my Great Grand Father?

His name was Charles TOOGOOD b. 1827 Calbourne.

He had a brother called Thomas (I think) and a sister called Kate who is said to have died aged 100+ - there may have been another child. I would love to find out something about them. I think he worked for a family called Cardwell.
Noreen Rozwadowski [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand
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23 Oct 2011
Verified : 11 Nov 2013
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BARRETT, Henry Charles
I am hoping to find any information or family of my grandfather Henry Charles BARRETT born Cowes, Isle of Wight, 12 May 1882.
Mark Barrett [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 3103
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18 Oct 2011
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SMITH / TYNER
My great-grandmother, Jane TYNER (born Cork County, Ireland in 1837) married John SMITH (born Sheerness, Kent, UK, in 1830). John was in the Royal Navy and possibly met Jane when he was on board HMS Hawke when it was based in Queenstown, Cork. Their first two children Rebecca Jane and Joseph were born in Ireland (1860 and 1862 respectively). John Smith was nominated to the Coastguard Service in July 1861 and posted to the Isle of Wight. The next four children Richard William (1863), Samuel Robert (1865), Margaret Ann (my grandmother, 1866) and Mary Ellen (1869) were born on the Isle of Wight.

I would very much like to find out more about my great-grandmother Jane as I only know her date of birth in 1837 in Ireland and death in 1901 on the Isle of Wight.

Any information on Jane or her family would be greatly appreciated.
Sue Christie [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand
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17 Oct 2011
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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LOCK or JAMES, Alfred Leslie
I started researching my family history to try and find my grandfather but up to now have had no success and wondered if you would place a help wanted notice for me.

Has anyone any information about Alfred Leslie LOCK or Alfred Leslie JAMES. He was born Alfred Leslie JAMES on 26 March 1891 at Chillerton his mother was Rosa JAMES born 13 December 1867. Rosa married Frank Maurice LOCK on 21st September 1895 at Shalfleet. Alfred married my grandmother as Alfred Leslie LOCK and he disappeared just after the (first world) war and never heard of him again. My Grandmother's name was Lilian Heron PARTINGTON and they were married 23rd December 1916 at Preston Parish Church, North Yorkshire (near Hull). My grandmother, dad and myself were all born at Hull. I don't know if he still used the name LOCK or he reverted back to the name JAMES.

If anyone has any information I would be very grateful.
Patricia Mitchell [link opens in new tab or window]
The Netherlands, Member no 2563
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03 Oct 2011
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DENHAM, Frederick James
My 2 x great grandfather was Frederick James DENHAM and he was a founder member of the Cowes Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. He appeared in productions from 1898 to 1928 and I wondered if anyone would know whether there are any photographs of him anywhere.
Linda Wheeler [link opens in new tab or window]
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27 Sep 2011
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FULLICK, Joseph
I wonder if you would be able to help me find out more information about my maternal Grandfather Joseph Victor Leslie FULLICK.
From your great website I have already managed to find out a lot of information but we are still to find out where he was born and I still haven't seen a photograph of him, neither has my mother as he passed away when she was only a child and her mother did not talk about him.
He came to a sad end commiting suicide at just 37 years old, the story being told in the IW County Press of May 1960. We managed to find out that he was buried at Mountjoy Cemetery, but with no sign of a headstone which was upsetting to see.
Any help would be greatly received. We have a copy of his birth certificate and know he married twice. We believed he worked at Saunders Roe when he returned from the army and lived with his second wife, [Annie Cowdray SIBLEY, née TRIGG], on Worsley Road in Newport.
Grace Corney [link opens in new tab or window]
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18 Sep 2011
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LANEY family
My name is Simon LANEY and am researching the LANEY family in memory of the recent loss of my late Father David LANEY.

From my initial research it appears that the LANEY family is an old IOW family going back as far as 1770. It is at this point that things begin to dry up regards getting back any further. There is one possible theory that the Laney family originally came to the IOW as Huguenot exiles from what is now modern day Belgium. Any information would be welcomed.
Simon Laney [link opens in new tab or window]
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31 Aug 2011
Verified : 16 Nov 2013
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Dust Place, Whitwell
I have quite a few family members born in Dust Place Whitwell but I'm not able to locate its whereabouts. Perhaps its been demolished or had a name change? The earliest record I have of its existence is 1818.

Does anyone know of this place and even better have an old photograph?
Caroline Allen [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2647
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15 Aug 2011
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STRINGER family
I am researching my paternal grandfather's family; his name was Charles Frederick Lynam Owen STRINGER. His father died when my grandfather was a young child, and I have no information about the STRINGER family. My late grandmother told me Grandpa had been born on the Isle of Wight. So I was very excited tonight to find your website, and discover that my great uncle, Reginald STRINGER, was listed on your birth records, along with an older brother, Robert Henry, who died as an infant. However, my grandfather was not listed, so I assume he was not born on the Isle of Wight. I have a vague memory of my grandparents saying that Great Grandpa STRINGER had been a policeman. I do know that my grandfather, his brother and mother were living in Guildford, Surrey, running a pub, when my great grandfather STRINGER died (at his own hand, I believe).

I'm a retired, widowed teacher, living just out of Vancouver, B.C. Canada. I have a young granddaughter, who has inspired me to get started on family genealogy. I would love to make contact with anyone who could help me find out more about the STRINGER line of my family.
Elizabeth McArthur [link opens in new tab or window]
Aldergrove, BC, Canada
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15 Aug 2011
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GILBERT family
I am reasonably sure that George GILBERT (1820-1891) and Betsy GILBERT (1805-1872) were the children of Robert GILBERT (1771-1846) and his wife Sarah (1782-1870) whose maiden name was probably TOOGOOD.
But whilst everything points to my great great grandfather James GILBERT [who married Ann KING in 1836] being another sibling I have unfortunately no means of confirming it.
Traveling to the IOW is sadly no longer possible for health reasons.
If anyone is able to help me regarding information on this or know any other previous history for James GILBERT [Also entered as Jones], I would be most grateful and willingly reimburse any cost or make a extra donation to Macmillans Cancer Support. Thanking you in anticipation.
John Gilbert [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2596
Submitted :
15 Aug 2011
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Appuldurcombe House
I have found in the 1881 Census that my Great-Grandparents lived and worked at Appuldurcombe House when it was a Young Gentlemen's School.

My Great-Grandparents were James BIDDLECOMBE born about 1814 and my Grandmother was Jane BIDDLECOMBE born about about 1826 both of them were born in Shirley, Southampton. They were respectively the Gas Maker and Laundress at Appuldurcombe. Two daughters Eliza and Elizabeth BIDDLECOMBE were also Laundresses and the two sons William BIDDLECOMBE and Charles BIDDLECOMBE being the Footman and a Groom.

I was very thrilled to find that my roots traced back to Godshill as we spent many happy holidays in the Isle of Wight when our children were young not realising the connection.

I was wondering whether any members had photos of the School or any other information relating to it.
Ann Reynolds [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3048
Submitted :
12 Aug 2011
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ESTORFFE family
I am endeavouring to trace the movements of my great grandfather EMIL ESTORFFE. I have had very little success up to now but have over the years gleaned a couple of snippets of information that makes me certain that he was on the Isle of Wight during the period 1872 to 1890.

My father told me that he was a professional deep sea diver working on the docks in Siam so I will start my thoughts there. During the 1860s there was a great deal of unrest between the French and the local Siamese (Thai) people and I feel that he (Emil) who I believe was French left the area with his very young and pregnant wife and sailed for England where I think he arrived in Portsmouth some time in 1872 and resided a short while in Christchurch.

My thoughts are that he was invited by (at present unknown persons), to work on the construction of the various forts along the coast; of course being French he possibly would not be accepted by the English authorities and therefore became an illegal entrant with no identity papers and worked under subcontract to a building contractor and I believe he resided in or near Norton Lodge with his wife and son. But I do believe he had a benefactor probably connected to the Norton family.

My next clue is an entry in the 1891 census that a lady by the name of LOUISA ESTORFFE was residing in London at the residence of a ROBERT NORTON; she was listed as being a cook, and coming from Bedford - also on the list of occupants is a young man aged 19 listed as an accountants clerk also from Bedford, the link here his age is exactly the same as my grandfather, he has given his name as JOHN SPARKES but I think that it was a false name to protect him from any trouble should his mother be found to be in the country illegally.

If the young man was indeed my grandfather Frederick then the next thing I know is that he is back in the I.O.W. and has signed on in the army at one of the forts. I feel that he must have known my grandmother before he went to London; she was working at Norton Lodge and I believe lived in. It's possible that took him back and thought he could gain employment following in his father footsteps only to find that there was no further construction going on so he signed on in the royal engineers and was stationed at the fort just adjacent to Norton Lodge where he visited frequently and they were married in 1896. My grandmother's name was AGNES GOSDEN. [Note : Gosden family information has been provided to the Estorffe family by Hilary LLoyd (nee Gosden) already]

In order to get into the army I believe he had to tell a few white lies because he did not have a registered birth certificate and to make it difficult he said he was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, but I have done extensive research and have visited Christchurch and the address he gave does not exist but it would have been extremely difficult to get the information to the army and they probably did not even try. The rest of my grandfather's movements are well documented and known by me.

My request is: to find out more about the Norton family during that period, such as links with the navy or shipping in general, whether any of them were in any way connected to the building of the forts, was the gentleman in London, Robert Norton related to the Norton Lodge family?
Ben Estorffe [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
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24 Jul 2011
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STEVENS, Alfred
I am trying to trace Alfred STEVENS. He and his family (wife Julia, children Alfred and Julia) appear on the 1871 Census in Brighton where his place of birth is recorded as "Isle of White". His age is given as 53, making his birth year 1817/1818. I have had an E-mail from the record office on the Isle of Wight saying they can't find any records for them. I realise perhaps they were not married, but I can't find a baptismal entry for him.
So I am wondering if anyone else is researching Albert, and have they solved this problem.
Eric Stevens [link opens in new tab or window]
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21 Jul 2011
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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HIRTER family
I'm looking for information on a BLIND, DEAF AND DUMB school which was possibly in the Sandown area in the 1912 - 1920 period.

The family concerned were Hans HIRTER who married Mildred MANTELL in 1904; they had three daughters, Edelweiss Mildred Edna, Vera Nellie, and Audrey Gwendoline Marie, one of whom was deaf. They lived in Fort Road, Sandown at this time.
Keith Searson [link opens in new tab or window]
Portland, Dorset
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08 Jul 2011
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TAYLOR burials at Binstead
I have been advised that William James TAYLOR died 1941 and is buried April 1941 at Binstead Old Cemetery. His wife Annie Louisa TAYLOR died 1950 and is buried with William. Apparently there was a newspaper report when Annie Louisa died giving all these details.

Is there a plan of the cemetery or can someone perhaps advise me where this grave is?

I have an A-Z of IOW, is the cemetery situated in Cemetery Rd Binstead, is there a new Binstead cemetery as well as an old Binstead cemetery?

I am visiting IOW in July [2011] with a friend from USA who would love to visit the grave as William and Annie were her great grandparents. I know that they were married at Holy Cross church and will take her there also.

I would really appreciate any help you can give me.
Margaret Rose [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2681
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17 Jun 2011
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Refugees on the Isle of Wight in the 1950s
I wonder if any of your members could help answer a query I have about the Isle of Wight during the 1950s.

My husband's parents escaped from Hungary in 1956 during the revolution. They were both (separately) picked up by the Red Cross over the border and sent to a refugee camp on the Isle of Wight where they met and fell in love. They met up again months later in Calgary, Canada, married and have been together ever since.

My father-in-law has now sadly passed away and my mother-in-law can't remember where on the island the camp was.

My husband and I are coming, with our children, for a holiday to the Isle of Wight in the first week of July and I know it would mean a lot to my husband to visit the locale of the camp and I would be most grateful if anyone could find out its whereabouts for me.

(Please note that we live in London, not Canada, so have plenty of opportunities to visit the IOW if we cannot find out more in time for our visit in July 2011).
Mrs Justine Ragany [link opens in new tab or window]
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15 Jun 2011
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FAREY / GLASSPELL
I am currently researching the marriage and deaths of Annie Elizabeth Jane FAREY (nee PARSONS) (c1871-1937) and George Henry GLASSPELL (c1871-1945). (The variants GLASSPELL and GLASPELL appear in the records)

31 March 1901
(Census form) Annie (Elizabeth Jane) FAREY (Widow age 35) shown as a Boarder Housekeeper for a William ARNOLD (Widow age 70) and living at 1 Peartree Court, South Street, Newport, Isle of Wight.

31 March 1901
(Census form) George Henry GLASSPELL shown as a boarder and living at 1 Hazards Terrace, Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight

12 October 1901
(Marriage Certificate) Annie Elizabeth Jane FAREY (age 30) and living at 1 New Cut, Pyle Street, Newport, Isle of Wight married George Henry GLASSPELL (age 30) and living at 3 Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight

2 April 1911
(Census form) George GLASSPELL shown as Married and living with his parents at Brocks Lodge, Whippingham Road, Whippingham, East Cowes, Isle of Wight

2 April 1911
(Census form) Joseph Lockyer living at 2 Trafalgar Lane, Trafalgar Road, Newport, Isle of Wight

4 August 1937
(Death Certificate) Annie Elizabeth Jane GLASSPELL(age 71) ("Widow") died in Isle of Wight County Hospital, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Living at 2 Trafalgar Lane, Trafalgar Road, Newport, Isle of Wight. G. BURT living at the same address

8 December 1945
(Death Certificate) George Henry GLASSPELL (age 73) died at the house of Charles R. GLASSPELL (brother) 49 Adelaide Grove, East Cowes, Isle of Wight. No mention of wife.

Any assistance in ascertaining what happened to the marriage after 12 October 1901, why they were not living together on 2 April 1911, who G. BURT was and why they reported her death and why it is shown that Annie Elizabeth Jane was a widow on 4 August 1937 would be most gratefully received.
Melvyn Harrison [link opens in new tab or window]
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14 Jun 2011
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POTTER, Thomas and Mary
In April 1927 Newport had its largest military funeral it had ever seen of Lt Col Thomas POTTER DCM OBE of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He died at Oakholme, Staplers, (the family home I grew up in) sadly no longer there.He is buried at Parkhurst Military Cemetery. The County Press write up on his funeral said he had been Quartermaster at Stirling Castle and had served all round the world and in the early 1920's he was a leader in the Territorial Army in Drill Hall Road. Although I have found out a great deal of information on him I would dearly like to find out what happened to his widow Mary Isobella Potter. She was the same age as him being 57 in 1927. The County Press stated there were also 2 daughters at the time of his death. When Thomas and Mary married in 1908 it was in Chatham, Kent, her certificate said she was a widow then, surname GIBBS. I know she was born 1872 in Nairn Scotland, Mary Isabella NOBLE.I would dearly like to know where she went after Thomas died and what happened to the daughters who sadly I do not have any names for.

I wonder if through your site anyone may be able to help me.
Angie Cook [link opens in new tab or window]
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24 May 2011
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CROSSIN, Edward
Jane GROVES born c 1819 married Edward James CROSSIN (Shoe Maker) on the 25th. Mar 1839 in Carisbrooke.

I have found Jane in the 1871 & 1881 census, where she is listed as a widow.

Any information on Edward Crossin would be appreciated.
David Groves [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2016
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23 May 2011
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JACKSON, Richard and Susan
I am researching my 3x grandparents Richard and Susan JACKSON. They were both born in Devon and went to live in Southampton so that he could work for Andrews Coach builders as he was a coach trimmer. In the 1871 census they are living at Hope cottage, Arthur st. Ryde with their 2 daughters and grandson Richard (he is the son of my 2x grandparents who stayed in Southampton). In the 1881 census there are just Richard and Susan JACKSON and Susan stated she is a coach lining maker.

We understand from family letters etc. that Richard the coach trimmer went to the IOW so that he could help make a carriage for Queen Victoria at Osborne House. (I have located a coach made in the IOW by Chivertons at a carriage museum in Devon).

I would dearly like to find out more ... I did write to Windsor Castle and Osborne House, but they did not have any information. Does any of your members have ideas to where I should go from here ... Do you have any links I could try?

I was so pleased to find not only the records of their deaths on your website, but also a photo of Susan's grave. [this is actually on the Ryde Social Heritage Website as she is buried in Ryde Cemetery - Ed.] Susan died November 1883 and Richard 1895 (but I have not found his grave). Also Richard (the grandson) became an ornamental plasterer and worked on the Dunbar room at Osborne House. He served his apprenticeship with Jackson and Sons of London and they carried out the work ... (we are still trying to find the link with these Jacksons!) So any information on him would be good .. i.e. school records etc ... as would any information on their lives in the IOW. I am happy to research if I knew what I was looking for!!

Richard JACKSON B Exeter 1815
Susan JACKSON B Devon about the same time
Richard JACKSON (grandson) born Southampton 1863

I have really enjoyed browsing your site ... enjoyed the postcards ... (I wonder is there a picture of Hope Cottage or Arthur st. Ryde)
Sandie Lyons (née Jackson) [link opens in new tab or window]
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16 May 2011
Verified : 15 Nov 2013
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BROWNE, William Joseph
Please can you help! I visited the IOW records office in Oct 2009 but still need more information. My 3x great grandfather William Joseph BROWNE was born at Cowes in April 1774 but was taken by his parents to London to be baptised. When William baptised his first child Sofhia Brown(e) in 1800 it was at Carisbrooke but I am sure, because they came and went from the island, there must have been more family members there. Does anyone know of any records of addresses and residents at Carisbrooke in or around 1800 ? I do know that a place called Chappel Close may have been connected to the family.
Alan G. Browne [link opens in new tab or window]
Cheshire
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29 Apr 2011
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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BUCKLE, Judith
I am trying to locate my father's cousin Judith BUCKLE - her father was Frank Buckle and he was born and lived on Isle of Wight 1899 - his father was Matthew Buckle and mother Mary Elizabeth Buckle (née WATTON)

My father grew up in Africa and he used to correspond with her many years ago when they were still at school.

Any information would be most appreciated.
Moira Wight [link opens in new tab or window]
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28 Apr 2011
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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BAKER, Dorothy May
I am looking for any information on Dorothy May BAKER. I know she was living at South view, Bettesworth Road, Ryde in 1936 and I believe she lived in Salisbury at some point. If anyone has any information I would be beyond grateful.
Diane Howe [link opens in new tab or window]
Texas, USA
Submitted :
18 Apr 2011
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PETRE, Henry W.
I am a member of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway and its Museum Sub Committee. We are organising an exhibition in 2012 to celebrate the opening 150 years ago of the Cowes and Newport Railway on the 16 June 1862. We hope to include information about some of the principal people involved, one of whom was Henry W PETRE, a Director and Chairman of the Railway. Other names that are of interest are:

Henry PINNOCK - Director
Robert J JEWEL - Director
Henry MARTIN - Director and Joint Engineer
John S BURKE - Director and Joint Engineer
Charles W EASTCOURT - Secretary (a local Cowes Solicitor)
John LAMBERT - Director
Albert H FERNANDEZ - Contractor
Alexander HINDMARSH - reputed to be the driver of the first train from Cowes to Newport.

I would be pleased to hear from any member who has information about any of the above or who can assist in any way. Also, it would be very useful to obtain copies of photographs of any of these people.
Bob Fowler [link opens in new tab or window]
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Submitted :
01 Apr 2011
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BOWL[E]Y, Charles
For 20 years I have been trying to find the roots of my 5 x great grandfather Charles BOWLEY (Bowly). He spent many years as a Joyner at the Portsmouth Dockyard (from 1734 to 1782), he had his own pew in St George's Church, I have his Will giving details of all his children (no mention of his wife so presumably she had died), and I believe it is his burial I have found in St Mary's, Portsea in 1782. Also there is an Elizabeth Bowly (buried 1777).

Today I came across a marriage of a Charles BOWLY and Elizabeth HETHER on 8 September 1743 in the Newport Marriage Register Part 2 (taken from the Genealogist Site that I subscribe to). My Charles BOWLY had his first child Elizabeth baptised in St Mary's Portsea on 8 July 1744.

Does anyone know anything about any BOWLYs on the Island, or maybe it was his wife who lived there and he went there to marry. I would really like to try and make a connection.
Pam Miles (Bowley) [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
01 Apr 2011
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DAY, Thomas
After many months of trying I am unable to find any further information on the above.

I have found him on various Census Returns 1851~1891 in London, but cannot find any information on his birth etc on the IoW.
His father was also a Thomas Day (from his son's Marriage Cert: 1860 London) who was a Ship Agent.
Therefore, any information on Thomas Day snr. would be very much appreciated.
However, I do have information on the descendants of Thomas Day (1819) should any of your members have any interest.
Philip Day [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3033
Submitted :
11 Mar 2011
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WOOD, Dr Francis Henry
Does anyone have any information regarding a Doctor Francis Henry WOOD, of Ventnor circa 1880 ?

I know that he married Emily Florence Stoakes JONES (born 1849) at Dymchurch (Romney Marsh)) in 1869, and her address at the time of the 1881 census was 4, Marine Parade, Ventnor. Also that by 1891 she had been widowed, though I have been unable to locate a death certificate for him. Similarly I have not been able to identify if there were any children from the marriage.

As a quid pro quo I am happy to share my research on the Jones family around Romney Marsh, with connections to the Applefords and Westcotts of Ringwood/Millbrook.
Richard Jones [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
01 Mar 2011
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JACKMAN, Louisa
Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me find any information out about my gt gt gt grandmother. Her name was Louisa JACKMAN and she was born about 1833 in Newport IoW. By 1881 (on the Census return) she was living in Wolverhampton and married so she obviously left the Isle of Wight but since she was born before 1837 finding anything about her is difficult. She was married to a John MASON. All my other Mason ancestors lived in or around Wolverhampton so I thought that it was more likely that she left the Isle of Wight and met and married John Mason in England. She went on to have four children : William (12/9/1861) Alice (1864) Emily (1868) and Annie(1874).

I really wanted to know if there are other Jackmans living on the IoW around this time, is it a common name and does anyone have ancestors with the name of Jackman leaving the island between 1833 and 1861 (William was born in Wolverhampton) I wondered if her family had its roots on the Isle of Wight or if they were temporary as it were.
Emma Raynaud [link opens in new tab or window]
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23 Feb 2011
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POORE, Joseph
I am seeking information on my 3 x g grandfather Joseph POORE b 1793 Carisbrooke.
He married Elizabeth SNUDDEN 1817 Carisbrooke.
I would be grateful for any information on his parents and siblings.
Linda Khan [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 3023
Submitted :
20 Feb 2011
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TUTTON family
I have a question which one of our members may be able to help with : - I'd like any information about the TUTTON family who had a shop in Clarendon Road Shanklin between about 1932 to about 1950.

I believe that this was a grocer's and a cafe and was owned by my Grandfather Ernest Samuel Tutton with his wife (Ethel) Marion.
They had three children, Roy Ernest, who joined the Navy and was lost with HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow in 1939, Marguerite and Patricia.
I have no photos and have no further information.
Roy Stratton [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2995
Submitted :
20 Feb 2011
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BRISTOW, Martha
I am seeking information regarding Martha BRISTOW who married Peter LOADER on 3 April 1699 at St. Mary's, Brook, thus becoming my 7 x Great-Grandmother.
Brian Loader [link opens in new tab or window]
Western Australia
Submitted :
02 Feb 2011
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PHILLIPS, Walter
I am seeking information regarding my Grandfather, Walter PHILLIPS born in Whippingham in 1865. His father James PHILLIPS was born in Arreton in 1829 and his mother Pamela Elizabeth WILLIAMS was born in the Channel Isles in 1835. James PHILLIPS and Pamela Elizabeth WILLIAMS were married 12/5/1856.
Walter PHILLIPS married Matilda Blanche TRANTER in March 1894.
In the 1911 census, they resided at No.1 Westfield Cottage Freshwater. Walter served in the Dorset Regiment and fought in the Boer War. I understand he was employed by Charlie White as a builders labourer. He migrated to Sydney, Australia some time around 1912 - and joined the Australian Army and was killed at Gallipoli in August 1915, with no known grave.
Due to Walter being illiterate, he was listed in the army as Waterford Phillips, instead of Walter, with his next of kin's address being Mrs. Tilly PHILLIPS, Freshwater, Deeye, N.S.W., Australia. The correct address should have been, No 1 Oak Cottage, Tennyson Road, Freshwater, I.O.W.
Should any one be able to assist with information regarding Walter's employment, with Charlie White, or his service in the Boer War, or migration to Australia, or if there were any photos were available from the local press of the above events, it would be greatly appreciated.
Dave Edwards [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
Submitted :
01 Feb 2011
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CREECE / SPENCER / LININGTON
I would be grateful for any help or guidance before I plan a further visit to the IOW and the Records office.
My Maternal Grandfather was EDWIN GEORGE CREECE and as far as I can find he was born on the island in Feb 1876, he had a sister ALICE MAUD CREECE also born on the island in Dec 1874. The earliest reference to them found so far is on the 1881 census at Preston Place Cottage, Ryde. They are both shown as boarders of 5 and 6 yrs old with the head of the house Ellen Toms, 40, Laundress also Maurice O'Grady, 73, Labourer.
I believe they were both born to Edwin SPENCER a Commercial traveller and Elizabeth SPENCER formerly LININGTON of Surrey St in Ryde.(according to birth certs). If this is so why were they boarding in the same town ?
I have not found a marriage between these two and think that Edward Spencer was already married to Sarah Cheverton and Elizabeth Linington was unmarried and eventually moved to Cornwall and married another.
I have traced both the Spencer and Linington lines and think they are correct both from the evidence that I have gained and from information in the family.
A number of questions remain regarding some discrepancies with first names, occupations and addresses, but it could be deliberate to misguide others ! Is it possible that some arrangement was made to look after the children and could there be a record of this ?
Spelling of names have varied, as usual, but I have not found any connection to other Creece/Crease on the Island.
Philip Wilson [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2665
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29 Jan 2011
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BECKWITH, William
I am hoping to find information on my ggg x grandparents who lived in Newport around 1832 - 1840. William BECKWITH was a Wesleyan/Methodist Minister in Newport. He and his wife, Hannah (HODSON) Beckwith had three children :- Angelina Elizabeth, William John and Mary Mowbray. Hannah died on 5 July 1835 in childbirth. William later married Harriet COX and had another three children.

I have a photocopy of a letter that Hannah wrote to her parents in April 1832 and am in the process of transcribing it. The photocopy isn"t of the best quality and some lines are illegible or missing. The letter is written both down and across the pages which I understand was done to save paper and postage costs. The letter gives a lovely insight into her life as the wife of a minister, young mother, portrait painter and to some of the social customs at that time. Part of the letter refers to the expulsion of an incumbent minister at the Quarter Meeting. Also mentioned are the Mothering Sunday and Flowering (?) Sunday celebrations. Hannah also talks about her portrait painting and the difficulties experienced in pursuing this profession at the time.

Surnames referred to include: HAMBLETON, WILLIAMS, Mrs DAVIES and Mr P (a fellow minister)

I am wondering if you could direct me to any sources that may be able to provide information on the Ministers and Churches in Newport around that time. I would very much like to place this letter in the social context of Newport during those years.
Ann (Beckwith) Kerin [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia
Submitted :
20 Jan 2011
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HUGHES, Dinah
My Gt Gt Gt Grandfather Hugh Hughes (1779-Abt 1846) married a lady from the Isle of Wight, called Dinah. I have not been able to trace the marriage or any clue to her surname. The 1851 census, when she is living with her son in Eyton shows she was born about 1779 in the Isle of Wight :-

1851 Eyton (9 Eyton) [HO109_2502_462, p3]

John HUGHES, Head, M, 31, Taylor, Marchwiel, Denbighshire
Margaret HUGHES, Wife, M, 29, ---, Eyton, Denbighshire
Walter HUGHES, Son, -, 2, ---, Eyton, Denbighshire
Charlotte HUGHES, Daughter, -, 8 mos ---, Eyton, Denbighshire
Dinah HUGHES, Mother, Wid, 72, Annuitant, Isle of Wite [sic]

She died on 22 June 1855 at Eyton, Bangor Is Y Coed, Denbighshire, Wales.
The death entry reads :-

Died 22 June 1855 at Eyton. Dinah Hughes, widow of Hugh Hughes, Tailor. Cause of Death: Paralysis 11 weeks certified. Informant Richard X Jones, present at the death, Eyton on 25 June 1855

I recognise this is a long shot but does anyone have a clue as to this lady's identity?
Tim Sylvester [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
02 Dec 2010
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LEGGATT, Guy
Can anyone help me with my research regarding a soldier of the Great War please? Guy LEGGATT enlisted from Shorwell and his name appears on St. Peter's Church Roll of Honour as having enlisted from there but had since left. His address on enlistment as of 15th. September 1914 was Cheverton Cottage, Carisbrooke. He lists his occupation as a farmer. He serves through the Great War being discharged 23rd. September 1919 as Lieutenant R.F.A. Intended place of residence is given as Lee-on-Solent.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Joy Marshall [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
18 Oct 2010
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AUSTIN, George
My ancestor was George AUSTIN (1784-1833) who was married to Charlotte. Previous searches have named her as Charlotte COX or TAYLOR and I'm not sure which one she is. Their daughter Eliza had an illegitimate son, Leonard (1842-1879) who was my great, great, great grandfather. I would love to confirm Charlotte's maiden name and also George's parents. They could possibly be William and Rebecca or John and Hannah. I cannot confirm either. George was a Trinity Pilot in Ryde and I even know his height and hair colour yet cannot confirm his parentage. I would love any information on this family.
Janis Austin [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
08 Oct 2010
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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Lemon Villas, Ventnor
Does anyone know anything about LEMON VILLAS, Cliff Path, Ventnor?

My late husband's maternal family came from the I.O.W. and seemed to live in these villas from 1865 until 1911 census and perhaps afterwards. William and Elizabeth LAKE were there in 1911. On earlier Census returns the name LEMON is transcribed as LEMDY and another obscure name. Can anyone help with its location please?
Betty Stevens [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
28 Sep 2010
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BENTON and ABBOTT families
I am researching the BENTON and ABBOTT families. George Richard BENTON (born 1858) was the son of George Benton and Susan Benton (nee ABBOTT). While I can find evidence of his birth I am unable to locate him in censuses even as early as 1861. He migrated to Australia and married in Adelaide South Australia in 1883 so I know he survived to adulthood. There seems to be no record of him between his birth and migration. I have found a George Benton of the same age who lived with his aunt Sarah AYRTON (nee Abbott) at the time of the 1861 and 1871 censuses but cannot establish that Sarah is in fact Susan Abbott's sister.

Any light that can be shed on this puzzle would be greatly appreciated.
Liz Wright [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2906
Submitted :
20 Sep 2010
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Timothy Whites, Chemist, Ryde
Does anyone have a photograph of the old Timothy Whites chemist in the High Street at Ryde?
My partner's relation Sidney Chatfield was pharmacist there around 1954. All he can remember was that it was near the Catholic Church [?].
Lin Scott [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2009
Submitted :
18 Sep 2010
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RAYNER / BULL families
I am currently researching for a friend whose 3xgt grandmother was Emma RAYNER b about 1830 Arreton, living with John & Ann TRENT in 1841, married to William BULL 1850 Arreton. I am assuming she was 'adopted' by Trents, who were named as grandparents to her children in 1861 (her first 2 children had Rayner as mother's name and her 3rd had Trent).

I wonder if anyone can throw any light on Emma or indeed on which William Bull she married. I thought I had worked it out but am pondering an error now as the William I had decided upon states he was 'unmarried' and back with his parents in 1871, having not appeared on any but 1851 census with his wife.
Rachel Bright [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2366
Submitted :
13 Sep 2010
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LANG, Augustus
Augustus LANG married Violet WILKINS in 1932 in the Ryde district.
He died in 1968 aged 65, still in the same area. He was my great uncle; his father & mother were Robert & Mary LANG from Bicester Oxfordshire (my great grandparents).
I would be interested if any of your members could be connected?
David Lang [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
17 Aug 2010
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Hodges Coal yard, East Cowes
I was wanting to know if anyone had any information on what we think was a coal yard on or very close to Castle Street in East Cowes, near the chain ferry. It was owned or run by George Henry HODGES in the 1920s and 30s, of Yarborough Road - we even know he gave gifts of coal to people. After his death, ownership passed to his son, Charles or 'Charlie' HODGES. All that we know is that it was there. We don't know what it was called, when it started up, or exactly what it did - it does not even seem to be mentioned in 1935 Kelly's Directory for the Isle of Wight. As George Hodges was my great-grandfather, we have heard stories of this coal yard - long-gone relatives have even pointed out roughly where it was, but there seems to be no trace of it historically!! I was wondering if anyone had an old knowledge of East Cowes to tell us what it was called and what it did!
Kay Hodges [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2946
Submitted :
13 Aug 2010
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THORPE family
Dora Irene THORPE born 1895 Southampton, nee HILLMER, the daughter of William and Elizabeth HILLMER, married Percy George THORPE in 1921 at Steyning, Sussex. They had three sons Hillmer D THORPE (died in infancy), David Hillmer THORPE 1928 and Raymond G Hillmer THORPE 1931 all born Brighton. Percy and Dora moved to the island sometime after 1931, seemingly following her parents and remained for the rest of their lives. Percy died 1962 age 80, Dora died 1972. Could anyone kindly inform me where they lived, Percy's occupation, and where they are buried.

[Editor's note : Percy and Dora Thorpe appear in the 1938 Electoral Register at Palmyra, The Fairway, Lake; and in the 1947 Electoral Register at 9 St Catherine's Place, Ventnor]

An added and great bonus would be to learn if they have any descendants still on the island today.

[Editor's note : Using our BMD Index, David Hillmer Thorpe married Doreen O Hayles at St Mary's Church Cowes in 1956.]
Alan Booth [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
04 Aug 2010
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HILLMER family
I would like to find further information about William and his remarkable wife Elizabeth Zilpha HILLMER. This couple moved to the island possibly around 1925 from their home at Falmer near Brighton.
Elizabeth, who in her maiden name of MENTOR, from about 1890, was the proprietor of a chain of ten photographic studios from Barrow in Furness to the south coast, opened a branch at 14 High Street, Newport in 1890 which ran till 1897. (This was later taken over by Ernest E Smerdon).
I should like to know where the Hillmers settled on the island. A clue might be that their deaths were recorded in Ventnor - Elizabeth age 80 in 1941 and William age 94 in 1943.

[Editor's note : William and Elizabeth Hillmer appear in the 1938 Electoral Register at 4 Cliff Path, Sandown]

It would be a real bonus also to learn where they are buried and if memorial inscriptions are recorded. I have full details of Elizabeth's earlier life and information on the above would complete the jigsaw.
Alan Booth [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
04 Aug 2010
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FRIPP family
I have been researching my family history for many years. I come from ag labs born in Hilton, a rural Dorset parish. My great grandfather Robert was born in Hilton in 1841 and was there in 1851 and 1861, but married Eliza Lane at the Independent Chapel, Georgeford, Ryde in 1866. He had four children, the first two being born in the IOW in 1871 and 1872 (my grandfather Robert, born Blythes, Chale, 1872). Great grandfather's brother William Thomas was also born in Hilton but moved to the IOW to marry Susanna Hardy in Chale in 1869. By 1881 great grandfather had moved back to Poole, and William Thomas moved back back some time between 1875 and 1877.

A visit to the Newport record office several years ago showed many Fripps on the island, some of whom were there before my lot moved over.

My question is:

Do you know any reason why agricultural labourers should move to the IOW in the 1860's? The move must have been quite traumatic for an uneducated poor family. Granted, this was the time of agricultural depression in Dorset and elsewhere, but was the IOW immune? Was there plenty of work? And what happened to make them come back to Dorset a few years later? Was this pattern of migration typical?
John Fripp [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
15 Jul 2010
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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COOK, Marjorie Helen (née SHARPE)
I am looking for information on Marjorie Helen COOK (née SHARPE) who was born 6th February 1923 and died Isle of Wight 1999.
Lin Scott [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2009
Submitted :
14 Jun 2010
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British Pathé News
Your expertise is needed regarding local history in Isle of Wight.
British Pathé is the finest newsreel archive in the world and between 1897 and 1970, in addition to major world events, British Pathé recorded many hours of the way we live on the British Isles and this, naturally, includes footage of Isle of Wight.
Your society"s members can assist with identifying some of the people, places and events that are not included on the canister notes to ensure that the newsreel history of Isle of Wight is correct for future generations.
All you and your members need to do is visit the British Pathé website (www.britishpathe.com) and search for places, people and events in Isle of Wight and having watched the films check the notes. If you find an inaccuracy or omission please tell us the film id and the new information you have identified by emailing localhistory@britishpathe.com. To make things easier and, we hope, enjoyable for you, this can be done a few films at a time, simply e-mail us when the correction is identified. It does not matter if information is duplicated by different people as this helps corroborate the information.

We look forward to hearing from you and your members and thank you in advance for helping to ensure the nation"s newsreel archive is accurately documented.
Kind regards
Alastair White
General Manager
British Pathé News [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
01 Jun 2010
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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PARRY, Emma (née HARDING)
Please can you help in some way. My grandma was Emma HARDING; she was born in Liverpool on March 15 1892 and was a twin with Richard Edward HARDING. Grandma married Robert H PARRY in 1916 in Liverpool but sadly gran died in 1928 in Liverpool and so therefore I have never met her or even seen a picture of her, or grandad for that matter. Her brother Richard Edward Harding was a retired Royal Marine bandsman and served in the Marines from 1907 until 1945 in Portsmouth where he married Frances Ivy CARDY in 1926. At some point they both moved to the Isle of Wight where they both died, Frances in 1976 and Richard in 1981. I don't know if they had any children or not, but I am wondering if anyone on the Isle of Wight can help me in my quest to find my lost relatives. I am attaching a photo of Richard and I think Frances which you may want to publish.

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Ann Lawrence [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
27 Apr 2010
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SMITH family
I have found the death of Betty Smith 1875 at Ryde and would help in finding her grave site or any family members connected to Betty. Also I have a James Smith who is buried with parents Nicholas and Martha Smith is there any way of finding out what year James was buried? Martha Smith was buried 22/5/1817 St George's Churchyard Arreton plot ref C 51 and the entry also mentions her son James.
Kath Ross (née Smith) [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 2755
Submitted :
22 Mar 2010
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MILLER, Charles
Looking for information on Charles MILLER b: 1874 Newport - his father George MILLER b: 1852 Alverstone who married Harriet Millmore b: 1852 Calbourne.
George's father is possibly Robert MILLER b: 1824 New Church who married Mary Griffin b: 1829 at St.Mary's Church.
Any information or pictures would be greatly appreciated to help bring my gr.grandfather Charles and his relatives 'alive' for future generations.
Elizabeth Scott [link opens in new tab or window]
Vancouver, Canada
Submitted :
02 Mar 2010
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MILLER / HILLIER families
I wonder if anyone has photos of Harriet MILLER (née MILLMORE) born Freshwater 1852 ref. Ca5/P69. Harriet married George Miller and died at Newport in 1933 ref. N56/404.

I am also looking for any photos of William Hillier b 1849, James Hillier b 1851 and their sister Mary Ann b 1852. Their parents were Henry Hillier & Mary Ann READ. All the Hilliers were born in Freshwater but Mary A Read was from Southsea.
Bob Hillier [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2428
Submitted :
12 Feb 2010
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BILES or BYLES
I am trying to find out anything about Maurice Henry BILES (or Morris Henry BYLES) born in 1878 in Gunville, Newport, Isle of Wight who I believe married an Alice Emily LEE in 1918.
Also Maurice's sister Ada born 1883. I believe that their mother was Amelia Biles.
Lin Scott [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2009
Submitted :
20 Jan 2010
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Spirits of Gallipoli
We have been contacted by a member of the Spirits of Gallipoli website team in Australia. They are trying to find photographs of Australian servicemen who died during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. Several Island men joined the Australian forces and died in Gallipoli, so if any relatives have photographs of these men, we would be pleased to pass them on to the Spirits of Gallipoli project for inclusion on their website.

Those we know of include :


Alfred Chiverton
Newport
Thomas Coleman
Brighstone
George Austin King
Sandown
Alfred Stanley Rayner
Ryde
Reginald Jacob Saunders
Godshill
Frederick Thompson
Brighstone
Many members of the Isle of Wight Rifles also served and died in Gallipoli.

Please send any information to Geoff Allan, and he will pass it on to the Spirits of Gallipoli team.
Geoff Allan [link opens in new tab or window]
Webmaster
Submitted :
25 Nov 2009
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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COOPER, Ernest Frederick William
Does anyone have access to the records of the Ventnor Sanatorium for Diseases of the Chest.
I believe my grandfather Ernest Frederick William COOPER spent some time there. He was in the Rifle Brigade and enlisted at Parkhurst in 1906. He is proving to be very difficult to trace before 1920.
Laraine Jaspers [link opens in new tab or window]
New Zealand, Member no 2830
Submitted :
27 Oct 2009
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WILLIAMS, William b. 1817
The above information comes from a death certificate for William who died in New Zealand 6 August 1906 it states that his place of birth was Isle of Wight. His parents were William Alfred WILLIAMS (occupation Miller) and his mother Harriet WATERMAN.

William was one of the first settlers of New Zealand sailing out from London on the "Whitby" in 1841. He could read and write and was a mate on the vessel. He became the harbourmaster at Collingwood in NZ.

I am trying to help trace this person and his family on the island on behalf of a descendant there, can anyone help?
Ian Bullock [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2258
Submitted :
29 Aug 2009
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WHITE / SHEATH families
My great grandparents originated from IOW. Great grandfather was Stephen WHITE, born 1827, and Great grandmother was Maria SHEATH, born 1828. They were married in Hackney, London in 1855, presumably both having moved there to go into service. They then moved to Brighton, where they had 3 children, Annie, Elizabeth and George, my grandfather. I didn"t know any of them. I only have one picture of George and Carrie White, my grandparents, and none at all of anyone before them.

I am appealing for photos of the Whites and Sheaths. I know my oldest Aunt had albums of photos which were destroyed when she died, so presumably there were other copies of the photos.

Maria Sheath came from Whitwell, parents were Robert Sheath and Elizabeth STEPHENS. Stephen White came from Niton, parents were George White and Ann WOODNUTT.

Can anyone help?
Marion Hollingsbee [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1944
Submitted :
11 Jun 2009
Verified : 16 Aug 2010
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SMITH family, Newchurch
I have a brick wall in my research:- James Smith b. abt 1786, his wife Betty b. abt 1790/91 and son George c 1823 all at Newchurch - I'm trying to find siblings of George and parent's marriage; Betty was on census 1861 as mother of George; George Smith married in 1849 to Frances Young. Names I am researching FORD, HARBOR, PRICE, SMITH, WHITTINGTON, WOODFORD. Any help would be appreciated.
Kath Ross (née Smith) [link opens in new tab or window]
Australia, Member no 2755
Submitted :
27 Apr 2009
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WHITE, John Lee
John Lee WHITE: For some years I have been researching a 1905 Vauxhall 7/9hp motor car which was originally owned by John Lee White of 'Seafield', Ryde Isle of Wight.


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J L White, (born Mar qr 1862) was the eldest son from the first marriage of J Samuel WHITE the famous Cowes Shipbuilder. What I have been trying to find out is when and where John Lee died and if he left a Will. It is of note that he does not appear in J Samuel's Will although his wife Mabel does. Mabel White came from a farming family also named 'White' at East Farleigh / Wateringbury near Maidstone Kent. J L does not appear at the Seafield address after 1912 (Although he had a yacht built about this time) but his wife is there until some years later. Can anyone help please?

Tim Sargeant [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
21 Mar 2009
Verified : 01 Apr 2012
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Motor Vehicle Licensing Records - Isle of Wight 1903-1925
The Isle of Wight Motorists' Association. T B H Cochrane / J Lee White.
With reference the above query re John Lee White and his 1905 Vauxhall 7/9hp; It would appear that when the Motor Vehicle Licensing Office (MTO) at Newport closed the old Register of Motor Vehicles containing the records of vehicles registered on the Island with 'DL' registrations from December 1903 until 1925 was given to a private collector. In spite of letters in the IoW County Press and visits to the Island I have so far been unable to locate this old register. Would any members have any knowledge of this ? I am trying to ascertain what the original registration number for this motor car was; It would appear to have been registered around April 1905. I do have records of some surviving veteran cars registered around this time and know that the IoW buses were registered 'in time for Easter' 1905 and these were DL75 to DL81 from photos at IoW RO. J L White was a founder member of the Isle of Wight Motorists' Association in November 1903 with headquarters at Warburton's Hotel and their inaugural motor meeting was at Carisbrooke Castle on 27th July 1905 with a 'Motor Gymkhana'. The Vauxhall went back to the mainland about 1909 / 1910 and got re-registered in Surrey as was the rule in those days. The President of the IoW Motorists' Association was Thomas B H Cochrane Deputy Governor of the Island who had a Dennis registered DL68 illustrated below :

cochrane___dennis_car_1905
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I understand that there was somewhere on the Island a photograph of this event but the person who told me about it could not remember where he had seen it. The IoW County Press gave a whole column report in their edition dated 29th July 1905 but no picture. Any ideas anyone ?

Tim Sargeant [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
21 Mar 2009
Verified : 01 Apr 2012
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WHITE, Frederick
I am looking for assistance in tracing the descendants of Superintendent Frederick White of the Metropolitan Police.
Frederick was born in 1879, a son of Isaac and Maria White of Stag Road, Lake.
He had brothers Charlie, Frank, George, and Arthur, and sisters Kate, Ellen, Jane and Mary.
He joined the Met. in 1901, was made Sergeant in 1906 and retired in 1937 as Divisional Superintendent.
He went to live in Woolston, Southampton and named his house in Porchester Road, "Vectis".
As far as I know, he had two sons, Frederick and Robert, but there my information dries up.

Unfortunately, I am also lacking information on his youngest brother Arthur, who also moved to the mainland.
I enclose a family photo in the hope that it might mean something to somebody.

family photo
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Gwynn White [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2444
Submitted :
09 Feb 2009
Verified : 16 Aug 2010
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WILLIAMS family
I am intrigued how people found employment on the mainland that caused them to move from their homes in the IOW.

George Alfred WILLIAMS b 1858 IOW and his sister Florence Jane WILLIAMS b 1860 both appear in the 1881 census, employed and boarding with families they subsequently married into (George Alfred with the Thrussells in Battersea and Florence Jane with the Carpenters in Willesden.) Their brothers and sister subsequently followed them. Clearly employment prospects were better on the mainland. The families they worked for / boarded with / married into do not seem to have come from IOW so I am wondering how the work would have been found. Any ideas?

(I'm descended from George Alfred Williams.)
Angela Tjay-Mazuri [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2642
Submitted :
28 Jan 2009
Verified : 22 Aug 2010
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HARBOUR or HARBER
Please can anyone help me with the 'Harbour' family from around the Arreton area ?

I am looking for information about the parents of my great-great grandfather Charles HARBOUR, born 21.1.1811 and baptised at Arreton on 17.11.1811.
The parish register shows his parents to be James Harbour and Jane ?. I have been unable to find any other details, partly due to the missing Arreton records.
In 1832 Charles married Ann SAUNDERS (1814-1843): they had 4 children, George, Ann, Ellen and Daniel.
Charles's 2nd marriage on 16.9.1845 was to Ann BUBB (1826-1869): their children were Maurice/Morris, Julia, Fanny, Martha, Alice, Jeanette/Janet, Kate, James Henry William, Rose, Ernest Alfred and Mary Eleanor. One or two of the older children used the HARBER spelling.

With there being so many children I am hoping that someone may have a Harbour somewhere in their family tree. I would be very grateful for any assistance.
Jane Padfield [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 2550
Submitted :
08 Nov 2008
Verified : 18 Aug 2010
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REDFERN of Cowes
I am researching the Redfern family of Cowes, who were fashion designers in Cowes and Paris in the 19th Century up to the 1930's. John Redfern was prominent in Cowes as a Draper and supplied costumes to many of the notables of the Cowes yachting fraternity, and also it is reputed, to Queen Victoria. He had premises in the High Street. He died in 1895. The business was taken over by Charles POYNTER, who later styled himself Charles Poynter Redfern. John and Harriett (nee Beazley) Redfern had four children, Stanley William, born in 1849, Frank, born in 1850, Annie, born in 1855 (married George Scott in 1875), and Ernest Arthur, born in 1856. John Redfern, his wife Harriett, and son Stanley are buried in the family vault at Northwood Cemetery. The County Press obituary for John Redfern names the two sons as Stanley RUSSELL and Ernest RUSSELL - possibly an error on their part, or did the sons change their surname for some reason? I am particularly interested in the French branch of the business, Maison Redfern.
Joanna Bracey [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
18 Aug 2008
Verified : 06 Nov 2013
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RIDER / HARDING
Does anybody have links with George RIDER (b. 1839) or Frances A HARDING (b. 1840). They married in 1860 St James, East Cowes. They had 9 children, Alice, Frances, Edward, Frederick, Edgar, Mabel, Bessie, Dorothy and Linda. Frederick Rider married Grace Ellen Victoria BEART in Wesleyan Chapel, Bangalore in 1901. They had 3 children, Frederick (b. 1902), Percival (b. 1904) and Dorothy (b. 1906). Dorothy Phyllis Edna Rider married William Henry Charles WAYMAN in Wesleyan Chapel, Bangalore in 1926. They had 5 children - Dorothy (b. 1926), Edward Frederick (b. 1929), William Henry (b. 1931), Maureen Phyllis (b. 1933) and Leonard James Arthur (b. 1940).
Sheila Danks [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
02 Jul 2008
Verified : 18 Aug 2010
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BARDEN / WEST
I am looking for any information on the BARDEN family in Newport, 1870s- 1920s. The family were located in around the Gunville and Carisbrooke areas and latterly at Coppins Bridge, Hunnyhill and Whitcombe. My Great Great Grandmother, (Elizabeth) Grace WEST nee BARDEN was a well known character around Newport and was often seen selling flowers etc. door to door to get money for a drink! If anyone knew of her I'd love to hear from you.
Jo Davis [link opens in new tab or window]
Submitted :
10 Jun 2008
Verified : 18 Aug 2010
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ELDRIDGE, Sabina Albertha
I am trying to trace the burial place of my Grandmother Sabina Albertha Eldridge née Scott born 30 Nov 1896. She died in a railway accident on the 4 Dec 1939 at Waterloo Railway Station. At the time she was relocating back to the Island following the outbreak of war. The records of the inquest cannot be traced and I have drawn a blank with cemeteries around Hounslow where her husband was stationed at the Barracks. I believe she was Roman Catholic and may have been brought back to the Island for Burial. A check of Quigley's and the National Burial index has also proved negative.
Any information or advice will be gratefully received.
John Eldridge [link opens in new tab or window]
Member no 1313
Submitted :
18 Nov 2007
Verified : 20 Aug 2010
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