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Henry Mobbs, born in Norfolk, England in the mid 1830s

A Henry Mobbs was born in Norwich in 1867 and in 1891 he married Ann Hardy.His father was another Henry Mobbs, described as a cloth hawker. I think he is the Henry Mobbs buried in Norwich in 1903, born roughly 1835. Now, there was a Henry Mobbs born in 1836/7 in Yarmouth to shoemaker Edward Mobbs and Hannah. The older Henry is very elusive. Does anyone have any information?

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Mary Patricia Wake born Rotorua, 1924

Mary Patricia Wake was born on 25th May 1924, in the Rotorua area of New Zealand. Her mother was Agnes Veronica Wake, born in England in 1900 and known as Veronica. Mary's father is unknown, but may have come from a well-to-do family. In 1925 they moved to New South Wales, where Veronica married Frederick Shields. Veronica died in Australia in 1974. Does anyone have any thoughts or comments?

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John and Florence McINNES, married in England in 1942

Florence Edith Adams was born in 1920 in the Thakeham area of Sussex, England.In 1938 she gave birth to a son, Paul, in Hastings, Sussex, who was adopted in 1940.In 1942 Florence married John J McInnes, believed to have been a Canadian serviceman. They had two children during the war, Ronald and Pauline and it is certain that they all emigrated to Canada after the war. I am helping Florence's grand-daughter. Does anyone have any information about Florence and John, and where they lived in Canada?

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Norfolk ancestors of John Nickols (1848-1915)

My great-grandfather John Nickols spent almost all of his life in south Lincolnshire, but he was born in Norfolk, in the village of Wormegay (near Downham Market) in April 1848. His parents were Thomas Nickols and Ann Shawl. Thomas was born in Wormegay in 1824, a child of John Nickols and Sarah Moulton. She is elusive, but John Nickols was a son of Thomas Nickols and Ann Broffit, who were married in Wormegay in 1766. Ann was born in Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene in April 1744. Very sadly, her mother died as a result of the birth. She was Ann Holliday, who had married William Broffit in Congham in 1737. William remarried (Mary Roslin). Ann Shawl was born in East Winch in 1827, a daughter of Thomas Shawl (1790-1840) and Mary Patrick (1793-1866). Thomas Shawl was a son of Patrick Shawl (1755-1842) and Ann Sutton, married at West Winch in c1782. Patrick Shawl's parents are Thomas Shawl, a shoemaker and Sarah Crisp, who were married in South Creake in 1749. He died in 1763 and she in 1780. There are earlier families named Shale, Shales etc in the area, but I cannot tie them together. Mary Patrick's parents are Matthew Patrick (c1761-1822) and Elizabeth Rust (b1767). Matthew was most probably born in Middleton and I believe him to be a son of Henry and Judith Patrick. Henry died 1761 and Judith remarried. According to a 1741 lists of apprentices, Henry Patrick is a son of John. On the document the name is spelled: Partrick. Elizabeth Rust is a daughter of Matthew Rust (c1734-1808) and his second wife, Elizabeth Mason. They married at Wighton in 1763, his first wife Mary Jell having died. Matthew Rust may have come from Sculthorpe. Mary Patrick was born in Great Walsingham in 1793. I feel that she is related to the Henry and Matthew Patricks mentioned on other sites, who came from Thursford, Baconsthorpe and other villages. I hope someone who reads this may be connected with one or other family mentioned. Andrew Wilson

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Gillisons in Australia

I am descended from a sister of Reverend Andrew Gillison (1868-1915), who emigrated in 1905 from Scotland to Australia. He later went as a military chaplain to Galipoli, where he was shot dead as he tried to save a wounded soldier. He has many descendants in Queensland, NSW and elsewhere and if any of them (or anyone else) is interested in their Scottish roots I can certainly give them information.

Robert Cawston, born Essex c1809

Robert Cawston came from Essex to London, and in 1839 he married Elizabeth Coulsell at St Saviour's, Southwark. He was a hatter, and on his marriage certificate it states that his father was Joseph Cawston, farmer (presumably in Essex). On Census returns he gives his birthplace as Colchester. Intensive searching has failed to find Robert's baptism, or other details. He died in London in December 1862, aged 53. There is a Robert Cawston recorded in the Poll Book for the 1830 election in Colchester, so he must have been 21 at the time of the election in that year. Andrew Wilson