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Looking for members of Bannister family. Thomas Bannister (1830 Berwick on Tweed) daughter Rachel (1860) married Benjamin Watters (Scotland 1858) in Berwick 1878. Any info welcome.

Posted: 2007, Member logged in: 2021
Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland


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I am originally from the UK, born London, lived Edgware, Middlesex and later Royston, Hertfordshire, emigrated to Canada late 1960's. Researching both maternal and paternal families. My maternal OUVERIE, OUVRY or OVERY and CAMPART family were French Huguenot silk weavers and came first to Blackfriars then on to Spitalfields about 1695. The OUVRY family came from Luneray and Dieppe in France and the Campart(d) from Lintot, Normandie, they married into the Ouvry's. The Ouvry/Overys remained in Spitalfields and Bethnal Green, London as silk weavers until around 1850 when they went from comfort to poverty, the family dispersed and the trade within the family died out, with the exception of two elderly cousins with surname HIGGINS,(related to the Ouvry,FULCHER and BOIN families by marriage), living in Alma Road, Bethnal Green who continued wide and small loom silk weaving until 1938 when they obtained a weavers almshouse cottage in Wanstead owned by the Company of Weavers. Family legend says that these two sisters, together with two other silk weaver by the name of Frederick OWERS, and George DORAY (a Huguenot) wove silk for the Coronation robes of George V, George V1 and papal robes too. They worked for over 50 years at their home in Alma Road, Bethnal Green and did fine and intricate work and were commissioned by the silk manufacturer Warners from their factory in Hollybush Gardens just off Bethnal Green Rd, to weave patterned silk for the royal family. Other members of the Ouvry/Overy, SILK and HORNBLOW families emigrated to New Zealand and Australia and still flourishing there in the 21st century. Joseph OVERY, a silk weaver, married into the silk weaving BOIN/FULCHER families and most of the Bethnal Green, FULCHER family emigrated to Newark, New Jersey in 1852, started a Hat making and Millinery company located adjacent to the Stetson hat factory in New Jersey and by 1870 were wealthy. John Fulcher married Sarah BUTLER in Spitalfields, Middlesex, he died shortly after arriving in New York in 1854 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, New York City. His wife Sarah Butler Fulcher returned to Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England about 1858. The large house that the Fulchers purchased in Newark is still there today and shows how their lifestyle changed, the house had 7 bedrooms, stables, ice house 5 acre garden (not that size today) two kitchens for winter and summer, indoor greenhouse, bathrooms with running water, they had a "winter" home in Biloxi, Mississippi, a house with 10 bedrooms, long, large wrap around veranda, they were one of the first families in Newark to own a Ford motor car; what a difference from the 3 rooms they left behind in Wilmot St, Bethnal Green in 1852. There is still in existence a letter dated 1866 from Andrew Fulcher to his mother back in Bethnal Green describing his horse and carriage. His mother Sarah Fulcher nee BUTLER eventually returned to the USA in 1867 and died there in 1872, she lived with her son Andrew Fulcher. Matilda FULCHER married George ROLPH and they immigrated to New Jersey with sons George, Alfred and Jesse David. George Rolph deserted Matilda and Matilda fell on hard times but she was given a job in her brothers hat making factory and secured for herself and children a decent living. Martha FULCHER one of the two children to remain in Bethnal Green, married Joseph Overy, their long line of descendants lived in Bethnal Green until 2017 when the final male decendant died. The DRAKE family from East London and the CARTER family from Folkestone, Kent, a long line of mariners and fishermen, Raymond Carter joined the FULCHER family in their hat making endeavours and the Carter branch of the business eventually went permanently to Biloxi, Mississippi where William Raymond Carter opened a shop, they became famous in the early 1910-20's for making felt hats for the "new" Hollywood studios. Many of the early film stars, Bogey, Cagney, Tracy wore Fulcher-Carter hats. Quite a few of the Fulcher and Carter children(cousins) married each other. The movie "Laura" was made at the mountain cabin retreat of William Raymond Carter. A hat shaper used by the Carters survives today with a cousin living in Virginia. The AYRES family also married into the OVERY family. The NORVAL family were farriers, joiners ,and makers of combs and brushes for weaving looms, they were originally from Strathblane just north of Glasgow Lanarkshire, Scotland. In 1816 John Norval, (his wife Janet FOYAR was not in the ships manifest) sons John jnr and James along with John snrs brothers Archibald and William migrated to South Africa on the ship "Brilliant" as part of the Moodie settlers scheme where they built a horse farm and a bridge over the Orange River the area originally being called Port Glasgow and later re- named Norvals Pont, Norvals Pont was used as a POW Camp during WW1. Some Norvals in South Africa migrated to Patagonia, Argentina. Henry NORVAL, a younger son of John Norval, did not travel to South Africa with his family. Shortly after his family left Scotland, young Henry was picked up by the Glasgow constabulary for vagrancy and placed on a training ship, after 6 months he was sent to London to another training ship moored on the River Thames where he trained to became a farrier. The house and yard where Henry Norval plied his farrier business is still there in Heneage Street, Spitalfields Other members of the Norvals remaining in Glasgow used their joinery skills to form the Norval Billiard Co, famous for the manufacturer of some of the worlds finest billiard tables, another Norval later started the Norval Sensible Whisky Co this whisky was supplied to troops during WW1 as a christmas gift in parcels sent to the troops on the battle lines in France and Belgium. In 2020 it was discovered that Janet FOYAR NORVAL had remarried in Glasgow 1822 to Archibald INGLIS. The COBOURNs married into the Norval family, the Cobourns came from Eversholt in Bedfordshire where their trades were metal working/white smithing , tallow chandlers and candle making, Joseph Cobourn was known to make his children candlestick holders as a wedding gift, he was a tallow chandler and candlemaker but his brother was a metal smith so perhaps it was the brother who made the gifts, some of their handiwork has survived into the 21st century. Ann GAREY married Joseph Cobourn, he had previously been married to Charlotte BILES who died in childbirth. My paternal line of LEMMON/LEMON or LE'MON, James LEMON, a shoe maker, originally from the Wymondham, Norfolk area, James LEMON, son of Samuel LEMMON, family possibly originally from Scotland and Phillipa CUSTON, married Mary EYRE 1823, Mary died in childbirth 1824, James then married Sarah THOMPSON in 1825 (father James Thompson, a slater) The Thompsons were from Stamford, Lincolnshire and possibly earlier from Norfolk, with some Scottish connections, James LEMON and wife Sarah seem to have roamed through the southern England counties as most of the children were born in different towns from Lincolnshire,to Shropshire, to Dorset, but Winchester appears to be a place they put down roots in for a period of about 10 years. James LEMON and Sarah Thompson Lemon moved to Mile End, Middlesex, where James died in 1847, Sarah then remarried George INSKIP in 1849 and several of their assorted children married each other. GRIMSDALEs were originally from Hughenden and High Wycombe and in the 1880's moved to Bristol where they continued their cabinet making trade, making furniture for the large ships in the busy port. Early in the 20th century the Grimsdales moved to London and plied their trade as cabinet makers in the east end of London in the Hoxton and Shoreditch areas. Grimsdales are still living in Bristol in the 21st century. The PORTERs came from Southery, Norfolk and lived in the village since the 1600's. The Porter family gradually moved to the nearby village of Hilgay, Norfolk. One notorious character, a local landlord and publican was known as Mucky Porter and is reputed to have assisted King Charles 1 across the Fens thereby securing for himself after the death of Oliver Cromwell all the lands that he wanted as a favour granted by King Charles II. There is a folk dance named after Muckey himself. The London Porters were in the early 1800's a family living in Whitechapel and Stepney, Middlesex they appeared to fall into a decline in the 1850's. Names associated with families are Fox, Cook, Ayres, Fulcher, Kirkman, Rolph/Rolf, Pretty, Bickley, Porter, Butler, Huy, Hornblow, Silk, Berry, Carter, Grigg, Marchant, Drake, Weeden,Standgroom,Lawday Norval, Cobourn, Eason, Partleton, Carter, Inskip, to name but a few!!

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