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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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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

STANICH of California

My aunt, Betty WILSON (nee CASTLE), who lived from 1923 until 2009, lived in Nottinghamshire. Her father's mother, Harriet CASTLE (1853-1940) emigrated from England to San Francisco in about 1910, following the death of her husband. Some of her children went with her to California and her daughter, Mary CASTLE (b1879) married a man called Jan/Jean STANICH. They had two children, Mary Hildred STANICH born 31 July 1916 and Ivan Allan STANICH born 15 February 1915. Mary is not on the 1920 Census, so must have died before that time, but Harriet lived until 1940,dying aged 87, and was buried at the Golden Gate Cemetery, San Bruno. Jan STANICH is on the 1930 Census. I believe Ivan died in 2007 in San Luis Obispo, CA as has an Alan J STANICH b 15 Feb 1915, died 12 March 2007. I would be very pleased to know what happened to Hildred, and whether she or her brother have living descendants. I could give them much information on their English forbears! Andrew Wilson