The Troublesome Oldhams ….

I started looking at my Nottinghamshire based Oldham family back in 2012 and came up against a bit of a brick wall. My Great Grandmother was Alice Oldknow Oldham the daughter of William Oldknow Oldham (1854-1886), the son of Thomas Oldknow Oldham (c1834-1904). My problem has been in finding a baptism for Thomas – there just isn’t one! In the 1841 Census he is living … Continue reading The Troublesome Oldhams ….

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way ….

Way back in October/November last year the UK probate office reduced the price for its Wills (1858-1996) from £10 to £1.50 – a huge saving. Not surprisingly it was overwhelmed with requests for Wills, so I held off applying for the ones I was after for a few months. I eventually requested seven in total, all direct ancestors, and they arrived pretty quickly. My 2x … Continue reading Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way ….

All Saint's church in Aston, Derbyshire.

Brown Whyman ….. This is Your Life

So in my earlier blog post, I found that my 7x Great Grandfather was Brown Whyman. He has a pretty unusual name which makes him a little easier to find in the records than, say, a John Smith! His baptism took place on the 1st January 1703 at All Saint’s church in Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire. Brown’s parents Henry and Rebekah Brown were married a couple of … Continue reading Brown Whyman ….. This is Your Life

The memorial to Frederick Richard & William Allen in York

A York Memorial….

We recently visited a Van Gogh exhibition, held in a deconsecrated church – York St Mary’s on Castlegate in York. The exhibition was wonderful, but being a family historian I couldn’t help but notice the handful of memorials still visible on the walls. This one piqued my interest so I thought I’d see what I could find out about the family In Remembrance of Frederick … Continue reading A York Memorial….

Onto the Theobald Family… and Further….

As my Jowett family are proving difficult I’ve decided to look at Martha Theobald’s ancestry. Martha is my 4x Great Grandmother, she married Edmund Jowett in Wilne, Derbyshire in 1807. I located a baptism for her quite easily – it’s on the same page as her future husband’s at St Chad’s in Wilne in 1787. Her parents were Richard and Hannah from Draycott. I found … Continue reading Onto the Theobald Family… and Further….

Going Backwards With the Jowetts…

In my previous post I looked at Edmund Jowett & Martha Theobald, my 4x Great-grandparents & a couple of their descendants I’m now going to try to go back another generation and research their parents. Edmund Jowett was baptised At St Chad’s Church, Wilne on the 28th October 1787 – the son of John & Elizabeth of Draycott. His future wife, Martha Theobald is on … Continue reading Going Backwards With the Jowetts…

A Jowett Mystery ….

After I’d found and corrected my mistake with Edmund Jowett’s parents I started trying to follow my newly discovered 4x Great Grandparents backwards. I found a marriage for Edmund Jowett and Martha Theobald in 1807 at St Chad’s in Wilne, Derbyshire. The marriage entry revealed that they were both born in that parish, so I was able to find baptisms for them both. Edmund (recorded … Continue reading A Jowett Mystery ….

A Jowett Burial in Basford Cemetery… Continued

Following on from my previous post on William Jowett (1853-1910) and his wife Eliza Wright I have now received the certificates I ordered from the GRO. Their marriage record shows that they married, after Banns, on the 17th December 1870 at St Mary & All Soul’s church in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire. William was working as a twisthand and notes his father as Edmund Jowett, an engineman, … Continue reading A Jowett Burial in Basford Cemetery… Continued