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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

Costerdine, City of London

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

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Eveline Wilson nee Nickols (1893-1952)

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.

Lilias Tweedie, Midlothian (1837-1916)

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!

Charles Felix Goodfellow, of London and Adelaide

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

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Dr Thomas MacNaughton Davie (1889-1966)

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!

Andrew Wilson