Am I a True Brent?

George Brent 1831-1898 Miner of St Dominick, Cornwall, and my 2nd great grandfather... or possibly not... The main reason I started tracing my family tree was because I knew next to nothing about my father's family.  He died when I was seven, and I had very little contact with the only living relatives on his … Continue reading Am I a True Brent?

Who Was Elizabeth Beale?

Elizabeth, wife of Richard Beale (1663-1757) Clothiers of Biddenden, Kent and my 6th great grandparents There's been quite a few posts on this blog about unidentified fathers, but this is my first unidentified mother! I was very pleased to get an email from my Beale cousin, Geoff West, the other day.  Geoff was one of … Continue reading Who Was Elizabeth Beale?

Frederick Harold Whibley: The mysterious disappearing family

Frederick Harold Whibley 1878-1921 Gardener and Store Keeper of Lambeth, Mitcham, Epping, Woolwich and Guildford and my 2nd great uncle. I've been continuing my delve into all things Whibley, determined to find my connection with my mysterious DNA probable second cousin once removed "Ronan Quick", and this has involved probing the lives of the brothers … Continue reading Frederick Harold Whibley: The mysterious disappearing family

Whibley Wobbles: who is the father of Ambrose Whibley Remington?

Ambrose Whibley Remington, 1762-1846 Gardener of Hunton, Kent, and my 4th grandfather I will confess my sins now.  When I was very new to genealogy, I committed one of the cardinal sins.  Excitedly coming across some other people's family trees that featured my ancestors, I copied names, dates and places to my own tree without … Continue reading Whibley Wobbles: who is the father of Ambrose Whibley Remington?

Arthur Charles Baldwin: The Boy Who Killed His Sister

Arthur Charles Baldwin 1898-1950 Miscreant child of Southend on Sea, Essex, and my second cousin, three times removed. Whilst metaphorically leafing through old issues of the Southend Standard on FindMyPast, ever hopeful of finding something new about my ancestors, I chanced upon an article about the family of my first cousin, four times removed, Thomas Henry … Continue reading Arthur Charles Baldwin: The Boy Who Killed His Sister

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

Eleanor Hope: An 18th Century Single Mum

Eleanor Hope, 1767-1838 Single Mum and Garden Digger, Frittenden, Kent, and my 5th great grandmother I wrote a little about Eleanor Hope when I told you about her son, Thomas Sharp Hope, the ancestor who took my genes to New York, Kalamazoo and beyond.  Last week I visited the Kent Archives in Maidstone in the … Continue reading Eleanor Hope: An 18th Century Single Mum