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Ann DAVIES married my gt-grandfather, Henry WILSON (1862-1945) in Lincoln in 1887 and they then lived at Carlton-on-Trent, Notts until her death in 1899. Ann came from the parish of Llancynfelyn in Cardiganshire and her parents were HUGH DAVIES, a hatter, and Elizabeth JONES. I would be interested to hear from anyone who may be interested in the same family, Andrew Wilson
Charles Felix Goodfellow was born in Marylebone, London in about 1817. In 1852 he and his wife Ann, and children, emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia. Charles was a tailor, and he seems from internet references to have been quite an eccentric character. I am trying to trace his parents, and other ancestors. If anyone has any ideas, I should be pleased to have them. Charles's grandson James Edward Goodfellow was married to my great uncle's second wife! Andrew Wilson
It is, as you all must have found, much easier to search for ancestors with rare names. One name I came across recently, and had not heard of before, is Costerdine. A Mary Costerdine was married in 1602, in the City of London, to Thomas Goodfellow. There is a Matthew Costerdine, who was apprenticed to the Guild of Stationers in 1590, and I discovered, however, that there are quite a few people by that name in Manchester, and Cheshire, at least in past centuries. Andrew Wilson
My maternal grandfather, Thomas MacNaughton Davie, was born in Edinburgh on 11th September 1889, the last child of John Davie (1846-1914) and Helen MacNaughton (1851-1916). He trained as a doctor in Edinburgh, and served with distinction in World War I, being badly wounded twice. After the war, as he regained his strength, he studied law and became drawn to the study of the mind. In 1927 he was appointed Medical Superintendent of the Broadgate Mental Hospital, on the outskirts of the east Yorkshire town of Beverley. He held that post until his retirement in 1954. He died in Beverley on 4th July 1966 and was buried in the nearby village of Walkington. He was a gentle and learned man, with a great interest in people.
I shall say something about his ancestry. His father John Davie was born at Grimbister, in the Orkney Islands, in 1846 and as far as is known, all of John Davie's forbears came from Orkney. John's parents were another John Davie born 1809 and Jean Johnston b1818. The Davies were, before about 1690, named Grimbister and one researcher has claimed that they descend from the Viking warlord, Thorfinn the Skullsplitter, who ruled Orkney in the tenth century! John Davie b 1846 moved to Edinburgh and in 1879 he married Helen MacNaughton. She was born on 26th March 1851, in Colinton, Edinburgh. Helen was the last of many children of Joseph MacNaughton and Helen Falconer. They were married in February 1831 at Duddingston and the marriage records state that they were living in the Edinburgh district of Portobello at the time. Helen Falconer's parents were William Falconer, a miller, and Georgina Gilmour. Joseph MacNaughton's ancestry is very mysterious, as he is believed to have come from the north of Ireland to Edinburgh to escape violent republicans, and to have changed his name from McNaught. Perhaps he changed his first name as well. He died in 1853, aged 46, and is buried in the Church of Scotland graveyard in Colinton.
There is so much that could be written, but one thing I do not wish to omit is that several of the Davies went from Orkney to Canada to work with the Hudson's Bay Company. These included one James Davie, who is father of the John Davie born in 1809. He had only returned from Canada the previous year, when he married Grace Esson. One of the Davies stayed in Canada, and gave birth to many descendants!
Eveline Nickols is my father's mother. She was born in Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire in 1893 and married my grandfather, John Wilson, of Carlton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire in 1920. She then lived in Willoughby (nr Norwell) and Ossington, both Nottinghamshire, until her death at the early age of 59.
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.
Thomas Goodfellow sailed from London in the 1630s, as part of the Puritan Great Migration. He was in Hartford by 1639, and he had a son also named Thomas who was apprenticed to a blacksmith in 1673 and married in 1681 (to Mary Grant). They had several children. I, and others, are trying to discover which of the Thomas Goodfellows in London in the early C17th is the right one! One was born in 1604, parish of St Lawrence Jewry; another in 1611 in the parish of St Mildred Poultry. If anyone has any helpful information I would be pleased to hear it!
A Lincolnshire relative of mine, Edward Stanton (born in Heckington in 1784) is grandfather of a London pianomaker, Joseph Stanton. In 1896, in London, Joseph Stanton married Jeanne Marguerite Feuvrier. She was born in about 1869, in France, a daughter of Gustave Feuvrier, a watchmaker. I am trying to trace her ancestors, but without luck so far. There are many Feuvriers in the area close to the Swiss border. Any suggestions would be welcome! Andrew Wilson
Lilias Tweedie was born in 1837 in Glencorse, Midlothian, the first child of Andrew Tweedie and Margaret Robb. Attached is a photograph of a portrait of Lilias. If anyone is interested in her family tree please contact me!