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Re: Anthony Adolph

Postby steveharnell » Fri May 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Many thanks to Anthony for taking part in our latest live webchat session. We'd also like to thank readers for posting questions. I'm sure you'll agree that Anthony has posted some great in-depth answers here which will hopefully help you to break through your brick walls.


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Re: Anthony Adolph

Postby Millst » Fri May 30, 2014 1:52 pm

Hello Anthony
Thank you for your advice which I will follow up. My 3 x great grandmother's surname was Hill.
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Re: Anthony Adolph

Postby ksouthall » Fri May 30, 2014 2:12 pm

Anthony Adolph wrote:
Dear Katherine,
Giving advice here really depends on knowing what sources you have tried, so if you see this during the live session maybe you could reply and let me know.

This includes many settlement certificates (which are also in the record office), which may tell you where Silas came from. If it was he who married in 1816, then this was straight after the Napoleonic War had ended, so maybe he was a demobbed solider.

Hello Anthony,

Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure if you'll get chance to read this. I am currently at The Keep looking up records and have just found an interesting reference to Silas Gower in an "Index to Nonconformist Chapels in Sussex", as follows:-

Hellingly - 10th November 1817
The house of Silas Gower and the property of Thomas Thatcher, registered for the worship of protestants.

I have also checked the nonoconformist records and it looks like baptisms may not have been recorded locally until around 1795, so it's possible Silas' baptism was not recorded anywhere.

Thanks for the advice, I'll follow up on your tips.

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Re: Anthony Adolph (brick walls)

Postby Victoria Powis » Sun May 29, 2016 7:01 am

I have been trying for several years to find a death certificate for my great grandfather Albert Bishop. He was born in 1867 in Radford Nottingham. He married my great grandmother Sarah Round in 1890 in Dudley. They had 5 children. On the 1901 census Sarah is living in Nottingham and Albert in London-by 1911 Sarah is living with a William Babb. What happened to Albert after 1901 is a mystery-I think I have tried most avenues of enquiry but nothing.
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Re: Anthony Adolph (brick walls)

Postby victoriasimpson85 » Fri Nov 10, 2017 1:36 pm

Hello Anthony

I have came across a brick wall in relation to the Lewis side of my family.

I have two names but little information:

Alfred G Lewis - born in clacton 1865, married 1966 but no death or census records
George walter lewis (father of Alfred) no records anywhere apart from his name on Alfred's married certificate which sates he was dead at the time.

I have tried looking at clacton records but with no luck, is there anything else I can try to find information about them?

thank you for your time

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Re: Anthony Adolph (brick walls)

Postby ianbee » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:24 pm

Victoria, I'm not sure if the esteemed Anthony will be coming back.
So, if it's allowed, I'll have to do!

Your marriage was in Notting Hill, 24 May 1896
Alfred Lewis and Sarah Caroline Green

In 1901 they are in Willesden with their two children, May, age 1, and Alfred, age 11 months
Alfred Lewis, 36, an Omnibus Driver, born London Clapton

In 1911 they are in Albany Road, Camberwell
Alfred Lewis 46 Bus Driver, born Clacton England
Sarah Caraline Lewis 47 Camberwell London
May Philesh Lewis 11 School Acton London
Alfred Ernest Lewis 10 School West Kilburn London

No offence, spelling may not have been Alfred's strong point!
Essex has been written later in red ink next to Clacton. Probably by the enumerator.
But I think it's more likely that Alfred meant Clapton in Middlesex/London.

The daughter's birth registration
March 1900 Brentford 3a 156
Lewis, May Felicia
mother Green

A possible family of Alfred in 1871 in Hackney
Ecclesiastical parish may have been altered to St James Clapton
piece 325 folio 121 pages 23 + 24
George Lewis 45 Launderer (or Laundress?)
Matilda Lewis 39 Ditto
Felicia Lewis 16 Ditto
George Lewis 15, same occupation
Harriet Lewis 13
Wm Lewis 11
James Lewis 8
Alfred Lewis 6

Parents were from Gloucestershire, children born MIddlesex London

I'm not sure if there is a birth registration for Alfred Lewis.
Two of the siblings -
Felicia Lewis, June 1854, Kensington, mother Ballinger
George Walter Lewis, Dec 1855, Kensington, mother Ballinger

The marriage was at St James Paddington, 30 March 1851
George Lewis + Matilda Ballinger

There is a baptism for Alfred at St James Clapton, 30 July 1865
parents George + Matilda Lewis
abode Brooke House Laundry Clapton
father a Fishmonger

In 1881 the Lewis family were in Chelsea. George was a Fishmonger.
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