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
Joseph Leonard Downing: Another Bigamist Ancestor
Joseph is a relative that I still have many unanswered questions about - so you may find this post resurfaces in future with some updates. Who was his first wife, and where did she go?
James Dorr: Transported to Australia
When I first read the 1819 will of the Southminster Downing patriarch Joseph, one thing stood out. Joseph had stipulated that upon his wife's death, his capital should be divided equally amongst his children, "except my daughter, Sarah Daw [Dorr], the wife of James Daw [Dorr], who has before been provided for". Read more...
Angelina Appleton: A Victorian Bigamist
Angelina Appleton, born 1848 Bigamist of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and my 4th great aunt Angelina Appleton was baptised on 30th April 1848, the fourth child of William Appleton, gardener of Leigh-on-Sea, and his wife Elizabeth. Her older sister, Harriet, was my great great great grandmother, and the wife of Henry Downing, the subject of my last … Continue reading Angelina Appleton: A Victorian Bigamist