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MOUSLEY, Edward Lawford Girling

b.1870 – d.1909 Early Life Edward was born on 8th July 1870 in the village of Cranleigh, Surrey, sometimes recorded as Cranley, registered under Hambledon near Godalming. He was the 6th child of 12 found born to Thomas Henry Mousley, a certified National Schoolmaster, organist and choir master and his wife Martha Tricker. Edward was… read more »


b.1876 – d.1910 Finding the correct Minnie The search for Minnie Deverill has proved difficult as there was limited information to link her to any family. With only a Grave number, an age and a death certificate number and no knowledge of her status, all avenues had to be considered. Fortunately, her surname is not… read more »


b.1876 – d.1902 Highly possible but not certain (yet) story for John Collins According to the GRO Death Index, John Collins was aged 25 when he died in Epsom, which would give him a birth year of ~1877. Collins is quite a common surname, but we believe the following is a possible record of John’s… read more »


b. 1843 – d.1906 This is the story of Augustus ‘Justus’ Pfaffenbach, a German Tailor who came to London, married, had children but then suffered with his mental health. 1870s We first find Augustus on the 1871 census, taken on the 2nd April, where he is residing as a 28 year old lodger at 31… read more »

DOODY, Thomas

b.1849-d.1902 Thomas’ parents Owen Doody and Caroline Amelia Wilson married on 3 August 1845 in St Nicholas Church in Deptford, Greenwich. Four months later, on 14 December, Thomas’ older brother, Owen William was born. He was baptised on 11 January 1846 in St Alphage Church, Greenwich. It seems that Owen was the only child to… read more »

SIMMONS, William

b.1868-d.1910 Early life William Henry Simmons was born in the April to June quarter of 1868 in Rotherhithe. Although later evidence suggests his birth date may be 16 March 1868. His parents were William and Martha Simmons and they married around 1858 when William’s eldest sister Elizabeth was born. No positive trace of their marriage… read more »

JUDD, Minnie Marie Ann

b.1885 – d.1906 Minnie’s birth was registered in the 1st Quarter of 1885 in the District of Fulham. She was born on the 11th January at her parent’s home at 54 Station Road, Shepherds Bush. PARENTS The General Register Office (GRO) shows her mother’s maiden name was NIND. With that information we can trace the… read more »


b.~1871 – d.1950 Intro This story has been built from a combination of online resources, family notes and historical paperwork. It tells the story of Polish nobility ‘szlachta’ losing everything during WW2 and how this once wealthy woman became buried in an unmarked grave on a now abandoned plot of land in Surrey. Felicja Staszewicz,… read more »


b.1860 – d.1902 Mary’s age was recorded by the General Register Office as being 42 when she died unmarried on 21 September 1902. This would give her year of birth around 1860. Mary has not been found in any of the Censuses, so it is unknown exactly when and where she was born, but searching… read more »

LEVELL, Nellie Louisa

b.1899 – d.1914 Nellie Louisa Levell was born on 17th November 1899 in Paddington, London. Her parents were Alfred Levell and Ellen Hodghton. Nellie was the fifth of six children. Family Pre-Birth Nellie’s parents lived around the Paddington area. Her father was born in Barnes, Surrey but by 1892, Alfred and Ellen were living together… read more »


b.1882-d.1910 1880s Ethel was born on 14th September 1882 and was the fifth child of John Hamilton McDonald and Augusta Mahala Annie, née Page. They had married on 31st May 1873 at Christ Church, Bermondsey. John is described as an engineer and Augusta, the daughter of a wood turner from Rotherhithe. John was in fact… read more »

LEWIS, William Grosvenor Joseph

b.1873-d.1918 William’s parents and older siblings William’s parents were John James Lewis and Louisa Lewis, née Jenkins. John was born in the December quarter of 1844, reference Strand 1 377. The Strand Registration District covered the parish of St Clement Danes. John and Louisa were married on 4 June 1865 at St Mary’s Church, Tower… read more »

GUILMARTIN, Patrick Thomas

b.1844-d.1902 The Find a Grave website states that Patrick Thomas Guilmartin was born in Toem, Tipperary, Ireland but this is incorrect. Patrick was the eldest child of Michael and Ellen (née Keiley) Guilmartin, and was born on 24 March 1844 at 13 Mary Street, Poplar, London. Both his parents were from Ireland and had married… read more »

PASTEAU, Maurice

b.1881-d.1913 Early years Maurice’s parents were Louis Stanislav Pasteau and Mary Ann Thoumine. Louis was born in Sarthe, a region in the North West of France, in 1850 or 1851 and Mary Ann was born in Guernsey in 1854. It is not yet known how his parents met or where they married but their first… read more »


b. 1849 – d.1902 Caroline Blomquist [Karoline Kirstine Blomquist, formally Jensen, nee Sørensen] Caroline was Danish, and although she and her family have been found in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 Danish censuses, the translated transcriptions do not give much more than the basic information of name, age, place of birth, marital status, and address…. read more »


b.1861-d.1910 1860s Eliza’s maiden name was Rhodes and her parents were Richard and Sarah Rhodes. I have been unable to accurately trace their marriage, although it could have been prior to the birth of her older sister Mary Ann, in the quarter of June, 1860, in Rotherhithe. This has been verified by tracing her sister… read more »

TENNANT, Herbert John

b.1858-d.1910 1850s Herbert was born at Saham Toney in Norfolk in January 1858. He was the sixth child of Edward and Mary Ann Tennant. His parents were married on 18th November 1842 at Beachamwell, near Ely. His father a carpenter, aged 23 at the time, and his mother Mary Ann Bellaman, aged 21, a milliner… read more »


b.1864-d.1910 1860s James Murrell’s parents were married on 29th December 1862 at St Giles’ Church in Camberwell. It was a second marriage for his father James Murrell senior, his first wife Margaret having died only a short time beforehand. His mother, Jane Dale, was the daughter of a boot maker. His father’s occupation was shown… read more »


b.1878-d.1910 Initial difficulties researching the Emblem family The surname of Emblem seems to have a number of variations such as Emblen/Emblin/Emblan/Embling/Emblow/ Embler. This has made tracing difficult. Variations are often caused by the person writing the name mishearing, not asking how it is spelt, or a transcriber misreading a document. We are able to trace… read more »


b.1872-d.1910 Starting research Although the burial note describes Charles Blackwell as aged 28, no trace could be found including a Death Certificate. Searching under Blackwell in the relevant quarter, a Death Certificate can be found for a Cecil Charles Blackwell aged 38. Searching under this uncovered the following story. 1850s to 1860s Cecil’s parents were… read more »