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Wadham Street Baptist Church
published by Pat Hase on Sun, 07/04/2019 - 0:50

I am trawling through the newspapers online to find announcements of marriages which took place at Wadham Street Baptist Church.  The records were lost during the blitz and the Registrar's copies have not been transcribed. I've found about 50 so far and there are many more to find - I haven't finished those available online yet.  If you have a marriage in this Chapel in your research would you be kind enough to let me have the details so that I can add it to the list.  Interestingly, although the newspaper details omit things like age and witnesses (and in most cases occupations) they often include the position of the bride and groom among their siblings.

I'm attaching the work in progress - it needs tidying up as well as additions but with your help I hope it will be a useful resource.

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ROF Bridgwater
published by Brian Airey on Fri, 05/04/2019 - 11:08

My father in law was (allegedly) a policeman at ROF Bridgwater during WW2. Are there any records of personnel? I have tried Somerset Heritage

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Help with READ
published by Lesley A on Wed, 03/04/2019 - 14:59

Henry Read was the father of William ( baptism records found) William is my direct ancestor. The only baptism record I have found for Henry is son of John in Cranbourne Dorset 1734 ( date would fit )His siblings have all been baptised or buried in Somerset. 

Sarah died 1752 buried in Winford no baptised found for her

Susannah baptised 1736 in Porlock died 1759 buried Winford

Samuel baptised 1756 Chew Stoke buried 1756 Winford

I have never found a marriage for Henry but on all his children’s baptism records there is a wife Alis or Uls or Allice His children were

Betty 1747 baptised Flax Bourton 

Sarah 1749 baptised Flax Bourton 

William  1752 baptised Winford 

John 1755 baptised Winford 

Sarah 1762 baptised Winford 

Can anyone help 

many thanks


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Edward Lionel MORSE
published by Eddie Prest on Thu, 28/03/2019 - 16:16

The above gentleman was born on 1st April 1904 and died in the last quarter of 1957. For some reason I am unable to find his actual date of death, but I am sure that his death was in WsM.

He married Isabella Louisa BAKER, and they had two children - Victor and Joyce, whose details I have tied up.

Please can anyone assist me in tying up this loose end.


Eddie Prest

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Cousins both called Arthur James HASE born 1883
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 22/03/2019 - 22:39

William & Amelia HASE had 7 children in Weston and two of their sons William Barnard HASE born in 1855 and Francis (Frank) Western HASE born in 1863 presented them with grandsons in 1883 both called Arthur James HASE.

Frank's son was born 4 July 1883 in Milton and was christened at Kewstoke Church the following month.  I know that this Arthur James HASE emigrated to America in 1907 via Canada and I am in touch with some of his descendants.

William's son, the other Arthur James HASE, was born 10th Oct 1883 at 16, Galton Street, Queen's Park, London but not christened until 20 August 1884 at St Augustine's Church Paddington.  I believe he probably married a Rosina NEWMAN 11 Jan 1910 at St Mary Magdalena, Paddington but his name is listed as Arthur James HAYES - father given as William HAYES with an occupation of Platelayer.  The same occupation as William HASE his father on the 1911 census which was a GWR Platelayer.

Then the track goes cold with this Arthur James HASE/HAYES.  I'd be grateful for any ideas for tracing what he or they did next.   His father died in 1919 and is buried in the Kensington & Chelsea Cemetery and his mother, Eleanor Charlotte died in 1930 and is buried in the same cemetery. Thank you


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Mystery Photographs
published by Pat Hase on Fri, 22/03/2019 - 10:18

Can anyone read this name on the back of a photograph found in an old album rescued from a skip in Weston some years ago?

Here is the full back view from Bill Caple.

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