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Is there anyone in Machester, St. Helens areas with above Surname ? I believe the name may originate from France, maybe when Louis the ??? " chased all the Hugenots out of Fance in the 16th. or 17th. centuries,, there are many Bellard"s in England, France, the USA, and more countries, Some lived in Hull, Yorkshire, Skidby, nr. Hull, South Cave nr. Hull( 15th. and 16th. centuries } Alfred Bellard left Hull in the 1850s. to join the Civil War in 1861 in USA... Joseph Bellard was a Town Crier, Lamplighter, Cordwainer, in Skidby in 1830,....Please contact if interested.
Posted: 2013, Member logged in: 2021
I am looking for desdendents of John and Maria Shannon. In the 1871 Census, it shows them living in Nightingale Street, Cheetham, Manchester with their children. Children listed as; Ellen (born abt 1854), Thomas (born abt 1855), John (born abt 1857), Joseph (born abt 1860), Mary (born abt 1862). Edward (born abt 1865) and James (born abt 1868) all in Manchester. I believe that the Thomas Shannon is my direct ancestor but need some sort of confirmation. Can anyone help please?
Posted: 2012, Member logged in: 2021
red mail Surname JOYCE
Searching for any descendents of John JOYCE and Elizabeth (nee) HOWARTH. 2 known sons. Joseph Joyce bn Manchester (Possibly Hulme area) c1912 and his brother John L Joyce (May have been known as Jack. I believe that John Junior was a Hypnotist/ psycotherapist during the 1940s and possibly later, in the ALTRINCHAM area. I am related to them through their mother Elizabeth(nee) Howarth. Any help appreciated
Posted: 2011, Member logged in: 2021
WHITE family Wythenshawe M/c
Trying to contact any member of the WHITE family,particularly Maureen who would have been born c 1939. The family lived in BRUNDAGE ROAD, WOODHOUSE PARK WYTHENSHAWE M/C in the 1950s. I am tracing one particular branch of my family history and believe that they are related to me. Any info from anyone who knows of their wherabouts much appreciated. many thanks
Posted: 2008, Member logged in: 2021
Manchester Newspapers lookup please
Hi, I wonder if someone has access to the Manchester Newspaper Archive. I need someone to look up newspapers in 1838/1839, the best bet would probably be the Manchester and Salford Advertiser 1825-1848, although there are others. What I'm looking for is a report on the trial of Edwin Buckley in Lancashire Quarter Sessions, Salford. He was first tried in January 1838, prosecuted by Ann Standing, and again twice in May 1839 prosecuted by Thomas Chapman and Joseph Bavis (I think). In both of these cases he had an accomplice, Joseph Collinge. One of these trials was on 27 May 1839 where he was prosecuted for shoplifting and sentenced to 7yrs transportation to Australia. I am trying to find clues to his birth, he was transported in 1840, so he won't be in the 1841 census. He said on his daughterÂ’s birth record that he was born in Oldham, but so far I haven't been able to find him there. I hope someone can help. Thank You, Faye
Posted: 2006, Member logged in: 2021
red mail BROOKS, COLMAN, Manchester
looking for an Esther BROOKS born in Manchester about 1841, migrated to New Zealand in 1862, Married William Arthur BROOKS B: 1827 from Norfolk in 1863. Migrated to Footscray Victoria Australia in about 1866-8. 4 children - Arthur B:1864, William B: 1866, John B: D: 1868, Catherine 1870. hope someone can help Denise
Posted: 2018, Member logged in: 2020
red mail Bernard Smith
Hoping to find descendants of Bernard Smith from County Cavan in Ireland who was born on 2 July 1901 and who died in Manchester on 20th May 1929, aged 28. He left behind a wife and two children. On his death certificate, he is survived by his wife (initial M - possibly Mary or Margaret). His address was 168 Lloyd Street, Moss Side. Any information gratefully received. Burial details:Southern Cemetery Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
Posted: 2018, Member logged in: 2020
red mail W A Brown photographer
I am trying to date an old photograph printed by W.A.Brown & Son. He had studios in Camberwell Rd in London and for some years 60 Oldham St in Manchester. However the photo I have names his Manchester address as 9 Market Street. Can anyone tell me what years he was at this address please?
Posted: 2007, Member logged in: 2019
red mail Joshua Barker
I am looking for confirmation that Joshua Barker, who had 2 children by Harriet Peele in Todmorden, continued to live and work in Manchester after his second child Vincent was christened at Manchester Cathedral. Joshua was a painter and decorator and should be in trade directories between 1870 and 1900? Ted
Posted: 2006, Member logged in: 2019
red mail Alfred John Wallwork
I am looking for information about my Great-great grandfather, Alfred John Wallwork, who was from the Manchester region. According to a brief family history that was put together around 1992 based almost solely on the recollection of my grandfather, Geoffrey Haynes Wallwork, the basic information about him is: b. April 1853 d. June 1921 in a place called Glossop, Derbyshire. The booklet starts with, "Alfred John Wallwork was a bookbinder by trade..." It also mentions that he was in the military and had a nickname locally in Manchester of 'Old Kroger' (or something that is similar to that) I believe his wife's name was Mary E... (I do not know what the 'E' is for) the history mentions that she owned a haberdashery shop. This is the point where the story gets confusing because my Grandfather's memory wasn't 100% sharp! AJW may have simply gone by 'John' and he had a sister called 'Betty' but so far I've not found a 'Betty' in official documents. I do know she was quite a vocal spokesperson for the Manchester division of the Women's Suffragist Movement. I'm hoping to find out - who was 'Mary E'? Who were her parents? Who were AJ Wallwork's parents? Who is Betty Wallwork? Any help would be great! Laura Brown My line--Geoffrey Haynes Wallwork > Alfred Wallwork > Alfred John Wallwork.
Posted: 2015, Member logged in: 2018

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