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ADLAM - Dilton/Dilton Marsh

I am trying to trace my ancestors.  What I know as fact is that Josph Adlam married Mary Glover at St. Michael's, Bath 7 November 1832.  They are appear on the 1841 census wiith 4 children:- James from whom I am descended, Hannah, Joseph and Charles (who died not long after the census).  The Census also shows that Joseph and Mary were not born in Somerset.  Mary died in 1844 and Joseph remarried to Sarah Earl in Bath Baptist Chapel.  The marriage entry record Joseph's father as James Adlam, a glover by trade.  My problem is that the only Joseph I can find is born December 1810 twin of Mary and son of James and Betty who had several children.  Some of the Dilton Marsh Baptisms records Betty as Elizabeth and James is listed as being a breeches maker.  I think Betty was born Betty Parsons.  Some of this information has been found via FMP records.  If anyone can help me further that would be fantastic.  One more thing - Joseph took the family to South Africa in 1850 sailing aboard the ship 'Emily'.  The family are now scattered all over the globe.  EDWIN EUSTACE


ANDREWS - Upavon

I am researching my mother's family ANDREWS.  Her grandfather was born in Upavon.  Does anyone have access to the parish registers for St. Mary's Upavon?.  Or could someone visiting the WSHC do a look up.  Than you.  JOANNA MONIGATTI (JoMoni)



Ida Margaret Harnes married Albert Bissaker in Birningham in 1919.  Daughter Joan was born i King's Norton in 1922.  Albert Bissaker died in Birmingham in 1959.  Sometime between 1922 and 1928 Ida is known to be living with Naylor Hughs with who she presumably has several children Gladys and James Harnes, Frederick, Margaret, William, Mary, Christina and Amy Bissaker the younger children being born in the Pewsey area.  After the death of Naylor Hughes the children are split up some remaining with Ida, some going to a childrens home and James was sent to Australia aged 12 in 1939 under the name of Bissaker.  No death nor further trace of Ida can be found.  Neither can any trace of a birth for her be found although she is listed on the 1911 census as a 9 year old living with her parents Thomas Harnes (born Wrexham) and Elizabeth Maybury (born Leeds) and they married in Birmingham in 1900.  Ida would have been born around 1902.  If anyone can shed further light on this family please get in touch.  TRACY KELLY


BLACKMAN - Charlton (Pewsey)

Am looking to confirm a birth/baptism for William Blackman c1813.  His mother's name was Elizabeth.  If anyone can help or could look up the original registers at Chippenham please contact the Administrator.  LAURENCE GRIFFIN (eagion)


BUTCHER - North Bradley

I am a descendant of the Butcher family on my paternal grandmother's side.  She was a Butcher by name who married a Hawken (who was a butcher by trade).  I have traced the family back to William Butcher who married Mary White 04 Nov 1852 in Trowbridge. William's father appears to be Samuel Butcher who married Hannah.  William was born abt 1801 North Bradley and Hannah was born abt 1804 Southwick.  Butcher is sometimes spelt Boucher.  Samuel and Hannah appear on the 1841 census (aged 40 and 35 resp) and on the 1861 census (aged 60 and 57 resp).  This is as far as I can go.  Please can you help?  I would be very grateful for any help you can give me. BARRY HAWKEN


CONEY - Fisherton Anger

I am trying to find details for Robert Coney who married Hester Arnold 01 Jan 1802 Fisherton Anger. My ref is Family Search IGI Batch No M152081.  I am trying to find if Robert Coney came from Cranborne Dorset.  I cannot find a death for Hester Coney anywhere either.  I believe she may have died 1812 (from a reference in the Salisbury Journal online).  Did Robert Coney remarry Louisa Jane Dalley 21 Sep 1824 at Salisbury St Martin?  Any CONEY references for this time would be appreciated.  ROBERT CONEY


COX/COXE - Steeple Ashton

I am researching my family's emigrant ancestor, William Cox or Coxe born about 1598.  William travelled to Virginia in 1610 on the Godspeed as part of The Second Virginia Company of London.  I have seen conflicting reports of him being born in Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire and of him being born in Hertfordshire. I would appreciate any assistance you might be able to provide with a baptism date and parents names.  DAVID COX


CROOK - Tytherton Kellaways

Please take a look at the article on the Tytherton Kellaways parish page if anyone can help with further information about the Crook Family.   BARRY HALLETT


FOREMAN - Westbury

I can find no trace at all of Charles Foreman born Westbury 1834.  He is in the 1851 Census with his mother (Mary maiden name Kellow) & step father Isaac Brown.  His father John died in 1834.  I am wondering if he died between 1851 & 1861.  I think All Saints was their family Church.  ANN VERRALL (marthaday)


FOWLER - Marlborough/Ramsbury

Can anyone help from the information supplied here:- William Fowler died 1668?  He was firstly married to a Foster and secondly to ---- Israelie & they had 6 children.  Am also looking for information on John Fowler who married Mary Day in Ramsbury in 17/2/1749 -- Does anyone know who his parents were?   DON FOWLER



I am looking for Jacob Gaby married Elizabeth Heredge born Oxford.  Married 11 Jan Westminster 1818.  Children:- Frederick Gaby Born 1820 Albury Oxford ? - Sarah Ann Gaby  Born 1821 ? - Jacob Thomas Gaby Born 1823 Westminster - Jacob Henry Gaby Born 1824 Westminster - Elizabeth Gaby Born 1825 Tower Hamlets; Married Thomas Spaull Married 17 Aug 1846  Jacob Gaby is on the marriage paper. Richard Gaby Born 1830 Westminster; Married Elizabeth Bowman Jacob Gaby is on the marriage paper.  I would like to know is Jacob Gaby Born 17 Feb 1796 Bromham Wiltshire my Jacob.  The Family Search  Batch CO 5432-1  Father Jacob Gaby Mother Mary. I cannot Find this death and he is not on the census. There is a merchant seaman? I found last week.  Gardener and Green grocers are on birth cert or married cert of the children.  JOHN MANNING


GILES - Chilton Foliat

Thomas Giles b.1760 Chilton married Hannah Bartholomew b1764 Great Bedwin in 1786 Great Bedwin children Mary b1787,William b1791, Phebe b1793, John b1799 and Zachariah b1802 all born Chilton. John my 3XGrandfather was sentenced to Death later commuted to Life and transported to Australia. He was tried in Hungerford, Berks. Would love any info on family. JAN HUMPHRIES


GILES - Marlborough

We are trying to trace the marriage of an Edmund Giles born about 1791, who married an Elizabeth. We know he lived and worked in Marlborough before coming to London. He had Brothers James and Thomas and sisters Elvina and Anne. Edmund is the father of a little girl who was orphaned and put in the workhouse at the age of 4 at Fulham in London. She finally had an assisted passage to Australia where her descendants now all live.  If anyone has any relative information we would love to hear from you.  SUE HOLLINS



I am looking for baptisms for the following children in Bremhilham - Parents are John Godwin and wife Edith.  John, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary.  All born/bapt between 1750-1761.   If anyone can help please get in touch.   BEV EDMONDS (bedmonds)


GRIFFITHS/TANNER - Westbury/Dowlais (Glamorganshire)

Am looking to confirm the births of Edwin Samuel Tanner born 1849 who married Martha Griffiths born 1850.  They both believed they were born in Westbury until they were adults.  My third cousin believes they were both born in Dowlais in Glamorgan as Martha is her GGGDads big sister.  If anyone can help please get in touch   SIOBHAN O'DONNELL (Shevvy)


GUNTER - Chilton Foliat

I am trying to find information about the wives of Humphrey Gunter born abt 1543 Kintbury.  He was possibly married to Elizabeth Parvis, the daughter of Henry Parvis of Chilton Foliot.  I have found Henry Parvis' will dated 1587; Humphrey is mentioned with two of his children, Ann and Humphrey. His second wife was Mary Creswell, married in 1611, one son was born named Thomas Gunter.  Mary Creswell was the Ward of Lettice Knolly but I have not been able to establish which line of Creswell's she came from.  I have found a large family group of Creswell's in the Berkshire/Wiltshire area.  LINDA CERULLO



Gordon Lewis author of Limb and Blood - The Story of a Wiltshire Family,  has a request for assistance in identifying people in a photograph of a coronation celebration believed to be that of George V in 1911.   Coronation Photograph 1911   Contact Teresa Lewis


HENLY - Bremhill and Somerset

Can anyone help identify and confirm the people in these three images.  It is known that the lady pictured alone is Florence Jane Henly born in Frome, Somerset in 1877 and married Fred Pickford in 1903 (The photograph we believe was taken on her wedding day).  The couple sat at the table are believed to be John Henly born in Bremhill 1841 and Jane Hawkins his wife who was born in Warminster in 1846 (they moved to Frome, Somerset where they raised their family).  The last image of the lady in the doorway of a cottage is believed to be another daughter of John Henly.  If anyone recognises anyone in these images please get in touch.  TERESA LEWIS

HENLY or HENLEY - Wiltshire

Can anyone identify the couple in this linked photograph - date between 1867 and 1880? It has been suggested they are Squire Henley and his wife of Priory, Wiltshire although as yet this has not been proved.  The photograph is carte-de-visite, copied from an oil painting.  The producers are Wm. Hanks, Artist in Photography High Street, Malmesbury. (A note on the reverse states that duplicates may be obtained for 1/- each, the negative being carefully preserved).  From Kelly's Directory of Wiltshire:
1855 & 65       Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - saddler and harness maker
1867               Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - artist and photographer
1875 & 80       Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - stationer/bookseller/artist/photographer
1885, 89 & 98  Wm Hanks, High St, Malmesbury - stationer                                                       TERESA LEWIS     


HUGHES - Wiltshire

Our 2nd great grandfather is William Hughes. The only information we have on him is obtained from the birth certificate of his daughter Charlotte in 1862 who was born in Young, New South Wales. His occupation was that of a miner, born in 1828 somewhere in Wiltshire. Charlotte was one of five traceable children born to William and his wife Elizabeth Leonard (Lennard) who was from Kent.  The children were born in several different gold fields around NSW.  William and Elizabeth married in NSW on 15 July 1851.  Unfortunately his marriage certificate does not include his parents' names - often in Australian records this omission indicates a convict, but once again I can find no record of him. He uses a mark to indicate his signature, so not of a family able to afford or value education. On consulting "Family Search"the LDS site, records of two William Hughes - one born in Chippenham 17 Nov 1828 and the other 15 June 1828 in Bromham are found. I find no definitive record of immigration. I realise this could be a 'needle in a haystack' search, but one is always hopeful.Since many men with this name immigrated to New South Wales or were transported during this period, I have no clues about how to proceed with my search. Any information about the Hughes family would be a great help.   WENDY HOPE (wendyjhope)



I am researching the family of John William KILMISTER. He was born in 1843 in Oaksey but later lived in Ashton Keynes with his family until about 1851. The 1851 census has him living at Westham Farm on Somerford Road in Ashton Keynes. They then moved to Church Farm in Coate. I would love to have any information I can get on this individual. His father's name was John Kilmister, his father's wife's name was Mary Matilda (Vaisey) I'm not sure if she is his mother or not. He was born 8 years before they were married and there are no other children until after their marriage so I think she is his step mother. I am stumped, I am not sure if they were non-conformist's or not. His half brother who I am descended from emigrated to Canada and belonged to an Anglican church, but that is not conclusive.  If any one can help pelase contact me via the Contact Us Tab on the home page and selecting Research Requests.  TAMI BARNES (Family Snoop)



I am trying to locate a baptism record for my ancestor who was named Samuel Morris. According to the record of his second marriage in Trinity, Newfoundland, his year of birth would be 1749. This same marriage record indicates that he was "of the Parish of St. Edmunds, Salisbury" although he had been living in Trinity from 1782 onwards. His second wife was 45 years younger than him so I suspect there was probably a very good reason for including this parish information - I just haven't worked out what it is yet! I know that this could mean that he had worked for at least 6 months in Salisbury instead of him being born there but I thought it best to start with finding/eliminating a birth/baptism record. I have looked at Bishops Transcripts but there is a gap at the critical point so I am wondering if you have access or know of anyone with access to the original parish baptism records. I have no idea who his parents may have been so I cannot link the Morris marriages around that time period to him.   LINDA MORRIS 


POPE - Liddington

I am trying to find to find any documentary evidence that the Pope family of Liddington, were in any way linked to the Pope family of Bishopstone (nr Shrivenham) and Potterne Wilts, in the 18th century. If anybody has researched Liddington families and are able to help, please get in touch via the OPC contact link on the home page. JOHN POPE


PURNELL - Sherston/Tetbury Gloucestershire

Am researching Edward Purnell born in Pinckney, Sherston Magna around 1821.  Am unable at this stage to confirm his parentage although we do know that his father was also Edward.  This is confirmed on the marriage certificate when Edward married Sarah Hardy in St. Margaret's, Westminster on 23rd January 1845.  The first three children of this marriages were all born in Gosnall, Staffordshire Edward the eldest being baptised there on 29th August 1847.  The 1851 and 1861 Census has Edward down as an Innkeeper at Oak Hill, Tetbury Gloucestershire.  If anyone can help determine who Edward's parents are or can help to take this line back further please contact me via the Contact Us link on the home page and selecting Research Requests from the drop down list.  VAL RUSHTON


SAINSBURY - Salisbury/Shrewton

I am trying to find information on Jane Sainsbury born 10 Jun 1829 Salisbury Wiltshire.  All I know is that she is the daughter of Thomas Sainsbury as shown on the 1841 census and the mother of Alice Matilda Sainsbury born 10 Jan 1847 Shrewton Wiltshire.  Although Alice was born Matilda Goodman (this was researched fully and this is definitely Jane's daughter).  I would like to find out if Jane had any siblings.  Any help would be appreciated greatly.  MICHELLE RANCE


SIMS - Alvediston

My family lived in Alvediston from 1898 until 1963. I would appreciate any knowledge of the Sims family.  My father was Tom Sims, my grandfather was Thomas Henry Sims, my uncle was Benjamin Sims and my aunt was Gwen Gillam.  KEITH SIMS


STEVENS - Ramsbury

Lucy Ann Stevens was born in Ramsbury in 1853, married Richard David Kenton in 1878 and died in Dover 1923.  Her father was Charles Edwin Stevens who was either in the military and served in India or was a farmer in Ramsbury and emigrated to Patagonia South America.  Either way, Lucy was of dark complexion.  If anyone is able to provide further information on this family, please contact JOHN POPE (OPC Bishopstone). Photograph (and one of an unknown sister) in the Ramsbury People Gallery.


STRONG - Enford, Figheldean, Melksham and Upavaon

I am stuck with three problems and wonder if you can help or give some advice.   1. John Strong born 1798 (place not known but poss. Wilts) married Sarah Green 1817 at Figheldean, Wiltshire. I would like to find his parents and hopefully further back to link John to my Thomas Strong. John was shown on his marriage as "of Enford".  2. Sydney Robert Strong, born 2 June 1865 at Enford. I found him in a London (Westminster) hotel in the 1901 census (window cleaner) but cannot find any 1911 record for him, nor any death record. Would love to know where he went!  3. Percival Arthur Strong, born 1903 in the Upavon area. Married Dorothy M Drewitt in 1958 Swindon district. Dorothy was born in 1904 (Melksham area). Percy died 1978 in the Swindon area. I would like to find the name of his mother (possibly no father listed).  Many thanks for any help you can provide. I live on the Sussex coast so visiting Wiltshire to research is difficult.   GRAHAM STRONG


WEBB - Shalbourne

I am looking for the baptism and parentage of Edward Webb who according to the 1851 census was born in Shalbourne circa 1785-1786.  It is understood he married Jane Levy in 1807.  There are Webb baptisms recorded in the Shalbourne parish register for that period but Edward is not among them.  If anyone has further information that can help me I would really appreciate it.  MARGARET CHALLICE

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