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Murder of Thomas BECKET
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 19/04/2024 - 11:00

Has anyone researched the history of the knights who were involved in the assasination of Thomas a BECKET?  We have have had a query about William de TRACY 1133-1189.  One story says that he was buried on Brean Down.  A west country knight, there are several theories about his life and death and a possible descendent who lives in Bristol is keen to discover more.

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Austin Mitchell - 1869 - 1904
published by Kathryn Warner on Tue, 09/04/2024 - 10:59

Good morning, I am researching my Great Great Uncle Austin Mitchell, his death certificate states he died from drowning on yacht called Dorothy. I haven't been able to find out anything about the circumstances around the incident, there was an inquest carried out but haven't been able to find any of that information, I was hoping you may be able to help. Thank you Kathryn Warner

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Smalls Quarries Ltd
published by Peter de Dulin on Mon, 08/04/2024 - 14:23

Hi. Wondered if any of your members would have any information regarding a former company called 'Smalls Quarries Ltd' that operated out of Backwell Hill in the past. I came across an old 'Mines & Quarries Act 1954' completed form on a board that was issued to the company in March 1965 and would really like to add some provenance to it.
Best regards
Wayne Bennett (Felixstowe, Suffolk)

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Inebriated Women
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 31/03/2024 - 21:22

I have been approached by a student  who is researching inebriated women in Weston at the turn of the 20th century.  She has compiled a short list of women who appeared in the Weston Mercury or Gazette at that time.  If any of you recognise any of these or have come across them in your own research please let me know – either by posting a comment or by contacting me directly so that I can pass on any information.

  1. Elizabeth STAPLES – maiden name PALMER
  2. Georgina PODGER – maiden name YOUNG - may be Georgianna, Hannah or Anna
  3. Elizabeth Emma JONES  - probable maiden name RADFORD, born 1853, East Brent
  4. Annie MATTHEWS – probable maiden name STONE married to James MATTHEWS
  5. Sarah Ann COX – may be from Burtle
  6. Mary BENNETT – older than the rest?  see image of newspaper entry
  7. Emily GROVES – probable maiden name SHADDOCK, SHATTOCK, SHATTICK or SHADDICK born Bridgwater born 1873 and married to William GROVES
  8. Catherine McCARTHY – a pedlar, connections with South Wales?

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media question
published by Brian & Pam Airey on Wed, 28/02/2024 - 18:24

I have a family history programme which produces a media file for all media attached to individuals. It shows there are 2354 files. When I wish to edit a file it is automatically loaded into Picasa but the number of files are only 2048. The file endings on both FH file and Picasa are identical. Can anyone suggest why and how I can remedy the difference please?


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William Tripp Marshall
published by msgrant256@btinternet.com on Sun, 18/02/2024 - 18:32

I am trying to trace my great grandfather William Tripp Marshall married Isabella Gray had several children.  My grandfather Victor launcelot Marshall I wondered if any members have any info on this family.  

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