St leodegarius Church in Basford, Nottingham

Sorting Out The Jowetts …

I thought I’d more or less sorted out how my Nottingham Jowett family fits together. But whilst browsing through the baptisms for St. Leodegarius church in Nottingham I found two Jowett baptisms I hadn’t seen before; Edmund in May 1837 and John Edwin in March 1839. What concerned me was that their parents’ names were Edmund and Sarah Jowett – the same as my 3x … Continue reading Sorting Out The Jowetts …

A picture of Nazarth House today - it has been converted to apartments.

The Bates Family and the Sisters of Nazareth House..

My 3x Great Grandmother Mary Bates (nee Philips) was a resident of the Sisters of Nazareth House in Lenton, Nottingham at the time of the 1901 UK Census. I also learnt from her death certificate that she’d passed away there in January 1902. The part of the house still extant (seen above) was built in 1802. The Sisters of Nazareth moved their orphanage here in … Continue reading The Bates Family and the Sisters of Nazareth House..

Tracking Down a DNA Link

“This work is based on data provided through and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth” I’m still trying to get further back with my Bates family in Lincolnshire. I mentioned in a previous post that I have a DNA link with a friend and we’ve been trying to work out where that … Continue reading Tracking Down a DNA Link

Death certificate for Mary Bates nee Philips

Carry On Backwards…….

Following on from my previous post on the Bates family I have decided to fill in a couple of blanks with my more recent Bates & Philips ancestors and then to look a little further back with them before going forwards again and look for the Bates children in later census returns. The death certificate for Mary Philips my 3x Great Grandmother reveals that she … Continue reading Carry On Backwards…….

The Elusive Bates Family Baptisms…

Following on from my previous post I decided to look for the baptisms of the children of my 3x Great Grandparents Peter Bates & Mary Phillips. They lived in Lincolnshire around the hamlets of Hawthorpe and Bulby, according to the census returns Peter worked as an agricultural labourer, a fairly common occupation in that area. Using Family Search I found the couples’ first six children … Continue reading The Elusive Bates Family Baptisms…

The Bates & Phillips Families in Lincolnshire

Further to my previous post looking at the Bates family of Lincolnshire I’ve now received the certificates I ordered from the GRO. The marriage certificate for Peter Bates and Mary Phillips, my 3x Great Grandparents revealed that they were married in the parish of Bitchfield, Lincolnshire on the 10th June 1839. Both were employed as servants and they both had fathers called John who were … Continue reading The Bates & Phillips Families in Lincolnshire