My main incentive for posting about Family History is the collection of letters and other documents which I inherited am am attempting to curate. I am filling in the gaps by Internet research, but there are some things I have not been able to find. I am listing them on this page so I can find them easily to research at suitable opportunities.
Reputed to have been ‘a friend and admirer of General John Burgoyne’ (1722-1792), he was reputed to have named his son William Burgoyne Webster, He was a military man who traveled around a lot.
Having William Lawrence Burgoyne Webster (1867-1869) in the family lends credence to this, but I can’t find the son. The earliest William Webster I have good information about was William Webster (1796-1888), born and baptised in Canterbury.
Was the Harriet G. Wilson (niece – born about 1878) staying with Percival J Webster (1865-1904) in the 1901 Census related to Martha Ellenor Frances Enstone Wilson (abt 1873- ?) – who married Arthur Reuben Webster (1858-1936) on 17 Feb 1901 – his second marriage
When did Bessie Manning (1844- ?) (Arthur Reuben Websters first wife – married 14 May 1882), who had been married to Adolphus Hamilton (1846-1880), die – it must have been after 1891 (when she is in the Census with Arthur) and before 1901 (when he is a widower)
When did Emma May (Born 5 Jan 1852) die, and where was she in the 1871, 1881 and 1901 Censuses (she is with her parents, aged 9 in 1861, and at 4 Chipstead Street in 1911, and Fulham Hospital in 1939.
Is Jane Alexander Bryson who married Sir Arthur Hulin Gosling (Director General of the Forestry Commission and KBE in the 1955 Birthday Honours) in 1931 and died in 1969 related to the Brysons in the family tree ?
How many Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh were nominated by William Thompson
Research Electric Light in Leith (in relation to William Alexander Bryson)
Who was the William Langdon (and his son) who were owners of the Foundry at Marahamchurch. (John Brimmel married an Ann Langdon in 1852).
When did Mr Langdon (the son) sell the Foundry – was it 1856 ?
Who are the C and W Hillman (longstanding employees) who bought the Foundry in 1912.
Where are Henry and Edward Box (owners of the Foundry up to 1886) in the 1881 Census (and the 1891 Census)
Who was living at the Foundry from 1891 onwards ? (or even 1887 onwards).
I have not found a Census record for these Braunds
George Brand (1812-1901) – 1891 – Ann, his wife, and George and Agnes are at Strancliffe, but he is not there.
William Braund (1798-1890) – 1891
Mary Braund (1796-1876) – 1871
John Reitze, son of Justus, was born on 25th September 1830, but is missing from the 1841 Census. Did he die before then.
I can not find an 1851 Census record for Justus, or Elizabeth (his wife, rather than daughter).
Death date for Elizabeth Reitze – it is before the 1871 Census.
Mary Ann Lines (1850-1882)
Census 1871 (working as a housemaid at 100, Guildford Street, St Pancras)
Marriage Certificate to Benjamin Fitzhenry in 1875
Who made the chess table ?
When my grandmother died she left it to my cousin, Toby, as he had given her a set of Staunton chess pieces to go with it. Unfortunately he has died, and I have no idea what has happened to that chess table.
According to family lore it, and the one in the Queen’s Dolls House had been made by a relative, but I do not know who that would be. According to the Royal Collection Trust it was made by Jaques of London, and “This rosewood chess table is an exact copy of a Chippendale table in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. It was made in 82 pieces and inlaid with rosewood and ivory squares.”
It could have been made by Arthur Williams Box – as he left other items to my grandmother.