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Cannington Draycott area
published by msgrant256@btinternet.com on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 9:31

The Surname for Draycott is Durbin, Cannington Caswill, Farthing 

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Draycott, cannington areas
published by msgrant256@btinternet.com on Thu, 30/06/2022 - 10:54

I am trying to find  help with these 2 areas. Although my paternal side is Weston my maternal  side is more South Somerset, of course we were all So reset once 

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Hewish and Puxton Harvest Festival Committee 1927
published by zumrob on Sat, 11/06/2022 - 10:24

This photo appeared in the Western Daily Press Fri, Sep 7 1927 in an article entitled "Hewish and Puxton Harvest Festival". 

My Great Grandfather must be on this photo somewhere - otherwise my Nan would not have kept it.

In the article the Hewish & Puxton Committee for 1927 were named as (and I have expanded who I think they were)

Rev EJR Lutley (President)  - Edward James Reece LUTLEY born abt 1882 (Oake, Somerset), died 1969 (Devon)

Rev W Haines (Vice-President)  - Walter Charles HAINES born 1862 (Oxford), died 1947 (Weston)

Mr G Frost (Vice-President)  - Gilbert FROST (Farmer) b 1865 Puxton, died 1928 (Congresbury)

Mr J Tripp (Vice-President)  - John TRIPP (Farmer) b 1872 (Worle), died 1942 (Hewish)

Mr WH Redding (Chairman)  - Walter Hudson REDDING (Dairy Farmer) b 1886 (Wedmore)  d 1961 (Hewish) 

Mr PG Edwards (Vice-Chair)  - Percy George EDWARDS (Dairy Farmer) b 1887 (Kewstoke) d 1974 (Worle)

Mr WA Bell (Treasurer)  - William Alfred BELL (School Teacher) b 1882 (Stonehouse, Devon) d 1957 (Weston)

Mr H Nichols (Hon Sec) - Harry NICHOLS (Platelayer, GWR) b 1879 (Congresbury) d 1931 (Weston)

Mr A E Wreford (Hon Sec) - Albert Edward WREFORD (baker) b 1902 (Rolstone) died 1975 (Somerset)

What I don't know is if the 9 senior members of the committee named are the 9 pictured at the front of the picture (but I suspect that they are).

I think I have identified:

1) Rev EJR Lutley - centre 2nd row from front (the dog collar was a bit of a giveaway)

2) Rev W Haines - presumably to Rev Lutley's right (he looks the oldest)

3) Mr WH Redding - a picture from Ancestry would suggest he was the man to Rev Lutley's left

4) Mr Gilbert Frost - a family photo (again from Ancestry) would suggest he was to Mr Redding's left.

5) Mr A Wreford - much younger than the others - on the left in front row.

I have not got a photo of my Great Grandfather, Harry Nichols - he was killed in a collision with a motor bike 4 years after this photo was taken. I always thought it was the chap sitting to the right of the 2nd row (as we look at it) but I suspect now that this could be the School Teacher Mr Bell. 

So now I think my g/grandad is on the right at the front of the picture.

Hope that you can help - potentially a lot of people could have one relative in the photo.

Many Thanks

Rob Clarke (b Weston-s-Mare), now residing in Liverpool

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COLES family from Publow, Pensford and Stanton Drew
published by Pat Hase on Mon, 06/06/2022 - 17:32

Not within the stated area of this society but I'm getting very confused with this family and need help!

When my 4 x great grandmother died in 1829 this newspaper entry gave me some information which has intrigued me.  It stated that she was the mother of a Mrs PAYNE.

The 1841 census of the Carriage Inn at Monkton Combe shows a John PAYNE as Publican and Eliza PAYNE as his wife.

I found a marriage of a John PAYNE to an Eliza COLES in 1823 in St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol witnessed by a James COLES and with John entered as a widower.

An earlier marriage at St James Bath was of John PAYNE and a Catherine COLES in 1814 when the witness was a Frances COLES.

So, was Eliza the daughter of my direct ancestor? - or was it Catherine?  - or could it have been both and he married his "Deceased wife's sister"?  

Eliza PAYNE did not die until 1888 and I have just sent for her Will in the hope that she mentions others of the COLES family.  There are 2 COLES girls with her in 1841 and various COLES nieces in later censuses. 

Thanks for reading this far and perhaps taking a look at my problem.

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The MAY Bible
published by Pat Hase on Tue, 31/05/2022 - 21:13

We have been given a Family Bible in order to trace a member of the family it belonged to.  It contains these inscriptions:

and this one:

Albert MAY was born in Yatton in about 1908 and Edith's maiden name was RICKETTS They lived in Langford.  There is a picture of their grave in Churchill with the MIs on our web site.  Millicent BALL was unmarried and a Nurse - she was also born in Yatton but christened in Kingston Seymour.  No MI for her.

If you recognise these people please let us know so that the Bible can be returned to the family. Thank you.

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Richard Clapp b 1780
published by on Wed, 25/05/2022 - 11:40

I'm researching my 4th Gt Grandfather Richard Clapp and family. He was born in Chapel Allerton in 1780 and baptised on 25 Dec 1780.  I have come up against a brick wall finding his date of death and that off his wife Fanny Tucker born 1778 in Weare and some of his children.

It seems Richard and Fanny had nine children sadly with early deaths:

Harriet 1802 - 1808

Charlotte 1803 - 1803

Charles 1804 - 1885 (my 3rd Gt Grandfather - I have a reasonable amount of info about him)

John 1806 - 1808

Harriet 1808 - 1808

George 1809 - 1810

Richard 1811 - ?

Fanny 1813 - ?

William 1814 - ?

From the baptism records of his children is seems Richard was a farmer in Stone Allerton.

If anyone can throw more light on this family, it would be greatly appreciated.


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