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Who did Samuel STOKES marry?
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 19/09/2021 - 0:36

My 2 x great grandfather Charles STOKES  was christened in Wraxall on the 2nd Jan 1820, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth STOKES.  Samuel was described as a labourer.  I think that Samuel and Elizabeth could have been married at St James Church, Bristol on 23rd Oct 1815.  They later had 3 children.

I haven't found the birth of an Elizabeth PEATES who fits the requirements to be the mother of Charles.  Could she have been a widow?

There is a newspaper account which might have been her  in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette Publication date:  Thursday 05 August 1824  which has this entry

"Patients who have been discharged from Bath Hospital included:   Elizabeth STOKES, Wraxall, Somerset, pain and weakness of her joints and limbs from rheumatism - much better"

I do have a death for Elizabeth STOKES in 1838, after which Samuel marries again.  An Elizabeth STOKES was buried in Wraxall Churchyard 25 March 1838, aged 44 which suggests that she might have been born in about 1794.  Can anyone find any information about Elizabeth PEATES?


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19 Broad Weir, Bristol
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 12:42

This is the business card of my great great grandfather, Thomas LONG who lived and worked at 19 Broad Weir in Bristol.  Inspired by a "House Through Time" I am looking at the history of this address which was one house in from the corner of Philadelphia Street. 

On the 1841 Census no house number is given for Thomas & Martha LONG but they were listed with the first son, Walter, as living in Broad Weir. In 1845, when my great grandfather, Samuel Thomas LONG  was born his birth certificate states that he was born at 2 Broad Weir and on the 1851 census they are also listed at No 2 Broad Weir.  My query is  - did they move or was the road re-numbered?  

In August 1942, 19 Broad Weir was destroyed by a bomb which fell on several buses parked outside causing a large number of deaths and in 1944 the then owners, Printers, Taylor Bros, gave a compete history of the house to the Bristol Archives. These date back to 1624 but it was existent before that.  Thomas LONG did not own it - he was a tenant - but there are numerous newspaper accounts linking him to it as well as the births of his children and as my grandfather became a compositor he often spoke of Taylor Bros and the premises in Broad Weir which he remembered.

I know this is out of our area but we have many members with connections to Bristol and I wondered whether anyone else had researched this area of Bristol which is now between the Galleries and Cabot Circus.

19 Broad Weir occupied by Taylor Bros (after 1875)      Copyright - Bristol Libraries 

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Pennant - Journal of the Nailsea Historical Society
published by Sandra D on Sat, 04/09/2021 - 5:53

I am a new member looking for an article in Pennant no 42 which is not on the NHS website on Lawrence King Harman and Moorfields House in Nailsea by Roger Smallwood. The reason being that my Grandmother had an association with Lady Geraldine King Harman and just trying to link up the dates. They were close in age and I wonder if they were friends? Any information might help. I do know that Lady Geraldine was in the Territorial Nursing force between 1914 and 1920. Many Thanks for any assistance.

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WW2 Letter from Royal Artillery
published by Pat Hase on Wed, 01/09/2021 - 9:45

This letter has been found in Weston behind a fireplace.  It has lost the signature at the end but I would love to find out who wrote it.  Can anyone help with suggestions?

It is probably dated in the 1940s as it later mentions

"when we leave Tidworth we start combined operations training, beach landings etc. - this is the only thing that prevents us being really browned off - the thought of landing on the continent, which I am sure will come off soon"

I contacted the Royal Artillery Museum who sent the attached document but I would like some advice on how to proceed.

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Free to view pages on the British Newspaper Archive
published by gricharduk on Thu, 12/08/2021 - 11:52

The British Newspaper Archive has announced that 1 million pages, covering the years 1720 to 1880, are now available free of charge. A subscription is not required, however, you will need to register to view and download pages. In partnership with the British Library, and other projects, they hope to grow the number of free to view pages to around 3.5 million over the next three years. See here for more information: Introducing Free to View Pages on the British Newspaper Archive



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Emily Janetta JARVIS
published by Les Martels on Tue, 03/08/2021 - 13:29

I am trying to find the baptism of Emily JARVIS born 29th April 1864.  I suspect she was the illegitimate daughter of Ann JARVIS b.1843 and possibly Harry Han(d)cock. 

The family lived in Brent Knoll and Emily married there to William COX in 1897. 

I have looked under the name HANCOCK as well but it is possible she was not baptised.  As the family, on the whole baptised their children, I would be surprised if Emily was the exception.

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