George Appleton: A Bad Apple

George Appleton 1873-1934 Habitual Criminal of Hadleigh, Essex and Cleveland, Ohio, and my half fourth great uncle Since I have spent so much time researching my mysterious bigamous disappearing ancestory, Angelina/Leanor Appleton/Collins/Moxon, her siblings were a natural point of interest.  I knew two of her younger full siblings had emigrated to California and two of … Continue reading George Appleton: A Bad Apple

Seaman Cooke Beale: A London Wharfinger

Seaman Cooke Beale,  1742-1789. Wharfinger of London, and my 4th great grandfather. It's the ancestors closest to home that get neglected.  After all, I've lived in London all my life.  I am very familiar with London Bridge - I used to live a short walk away.  I've walked past Southwark Cathedral a million times.  There … Continue reading Seaman Cooke Beale: A London Wharfinger

George Pillcher Hill: The Disappearing Husband

George Pillcher Hill, 1869-1943 Hairdresser of Bletchley and Southend and the husband of my third great aunt.   A common peril for genealogists is falling down a rabbit hole.  Not just the literal rabbit holes at Sutton Road cemetery in Southend, where I nearly broke an ankle, but the distraction of a rather interesting individual who … Continue reading George Pillcher Hill: The Disappearing Husband

Leonard and Ada Brent: The Grandparents I Never Knew

Leonard Norman Brent, 1892-1966, Jam Factory Manager and my grandfather. Ada Jane Beale, 1895-1973, his wife and my grandmother. I never knew my paternal grandparents. Leonard died eleven years before I was born and Ada four. In fact, I didn't even know their names, and the realisation of this fact was what prompted me to … Continue reading Leonard and Ada Brent: The Grandparents I Never Knew