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published by Brian Airey on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 14:31

St Mary, Whitechapel records show baptism of Henry CHRICHARD, son of Thomas & Sarah (nee SHALLEY)  of Lambeth on 22 September 1765.An indenture dated 1783 shows Henry, son of Thomas CHRICHARD apprenticed to a hatter.

On 9th November 1788 Henry CHRICHARD married Hannah LOOKER in St Olave, Southwark. A Hannah Gordon LOOKER was born 1 March 1771 and baptised 24 March 1771 daughter of Stephen and Penelope (nee CAPORN) LOOKER. No other record mentions “Gordon” and I can’t find any relative with that as a surname. This would appear to be the same Hannah, as she is recorded as being buried aged 76yrs in 1846 in Australia, See later.

Land Tax records for St Olave show Henry at Maze East side and Maze Baptist records show burial of Henry CHRICHARD aged 68yrs on 3 January 1834. 

Henry and Hannah had 9 children, 3 of whom had “Freeman” as a second christian name. I can find no reason for this addition. Where would this have come from? 

Elizabeth CHRICHARD was baptised on 22 July 1792 in Aldergate. An Elizabeth Freeman CHRICHARD married William CREW on 21 April 1817 in St Mary’s church, Newington.  Witnesses included a Mary GLANNON and Henry CHRICHARD. 

Hannah Freeman CHRICHARD was baptised 1795 and a Hannah CHRICHARD aged 2years was buried in 1797.

 Jane Freeman CHRICHARD was baptised 7 October 1798 in St Saviour, Southwark. She is shown as a daughter of Henry, a hatter, and Hannah CHRICHARD. 

Mary Ann CHRICHARD, baptised 11 February 1805 in St Saviours, Southwark married Alexander FRASER on 17 March 1831. The witnesses were sister Jane and brother in law William CREW.  The FRASERS and “Miss CRITCHARD” arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on the barque “Rubicon” in June 1832. They went into partnership as milliners. 

On 1 September 1832 Ann Maria CHRICHARD married William Daniel CHARD, a master mariner, in Hobart. Alexander FRASER and William HEATH were witnesses. Can we assume the “Miss CRITCHARD” above was Ann Maria? 

It would appear that Hannah, nee LOOKER, and two children followed the above to Hobart about 1834, although there is no record of their departure or arrival yet found. 

A Jane Buckland CHRICHARD married Hugh MCLIVER (or MCLIVEN) in Hobart on 26 February 1839. Witnesses were Alexr & Mary FRASER.  If so, when did the “Freeman” change to “Buckland”? 

Jemima Isabella CHRICHARD married William HEATH on 11 August 1840 in Hobart. Witnesses were Alexr & Mary Ann FRASER. 

St Andrews Presbyterian records show Hannah CHRICHARD died 23 March 1846 and is buried in the same plot as her grandchild Hannah Janet FRASER who died 24 October 1842.

Alexander FRASER became a member of the Legislative Council in Melbourne.  A notice in The Mercury, Hobart on 5 February 1877 shows the death of “FRASER – on 28th inst at “Aldourie”, St Kilda, Mary Ann Glannon aged 66yrs, dearly beloved wife of Alexander FRASER M.L.C”  Is this the Mary GLANNON who witnessed the marriage of Elizabeth CHRICHARD & William CREW? Where did “Glannon” come from?  Alexander FRASER died at the same address in 1888.

 Brian & Pam


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Locking Road School 1936
published by daveerasmus on Mon, 11/05/2020 - 12:07

Attached (at the foot of the page) is a photograph - taken, we think, in 1936 - of the Locking Road School class that my mother was in. Her name was Thelma PARKER and she has asked me to post this. Although she was 90 a few months ago, she can recall the names of most of the children. Obviously I can't name them on here in case they are still alive - hopefully many of them are. Mum would be interested to know if anyone can identify themself or a parent/grandparent?

Mum is sitting at the very front, third from the left, with the black hair.

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Uphill Primary School
published by daveerasmus on Fri, 08/05/2020 - 19:37

I was at Uphill Primary School from 1955 to 1961. My sister was 2 years behind me. We have a couple of Class photos from our time there. I can remember some of the Teachers from that time, but not all. Are there any online records that might help jog my memory, please?

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the family name "Shougat" - what might it really be
published by Helenh49 on Wed, 06/05/2020 - 12:08


In the transcriptions for Cheddar, there is a marriage in 1722 with the family name of Shougat.  I can't find this as a family name anywhere else and so I'm looking for suggestions as to what it could really be.


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published by rockerjt9 on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 13:44

Are there any descendants of Franz Heinrich (known as Henry) HORSTMANN and his second wife Christine Louise PFAFF who would like to tell me more about their watchmaking ancestors?

This German couple married Nov 7th 1893 in the Parish church of Christ Church in WsM.  She was probably the sister of witness Friedrich Wilhelm Ewald PFAFF - the German bandmaster in WsM.  (however, PFAFF is also the name of many German watch & clockmakers who came to UK to learn/improve and market their wares).

I am (slowly) researching material for a book on German watch & clockmakers in the UK and came across this couple...

What also intrigued me was, on the same page as their marriage entry, the details for a John RICH marrying Charlotte Mary HARSE...she of 35 Meadow St and d/o Joseph HARSE, butcher...how about that for coincidences....?!!

Jenny Towey


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Lavinia LEWIS my 3x Great Grandmother
published by Graham Payne on Tue, 21/04/2020 - 9:02

Lavinia Lewis was born about 1827 (Yatton/Churchill according to various census) She married George Land in Bristol 6 September 1846. According to the marriage certificate Lavinia's father was John Lewis. The only other information I have established for Lavinia was that in the 1841 census she was recorded as a farm servant aged 13 working for William & Samuel Harris in Yatton.

I would appreciate any help in finding Lavinia's baptism, actual place of birth and mother.

Thank you


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