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2nd October 2017

Gerry Flynn:

Anyone who lived in mountjoy from 1960 to 1964?

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Westfield Place

13th September 2017

Nicholas Saville:

I think you used to live at 'Derbys' just down the road frm Tanyard Where my 3 brothers and I lived from 1942 till 1948.
Mr Shorey was the name of the chauffeur but I don't remember him driving madly. I remember Lady Newton well; we used to go fishing in the lake where I caught my first pike.

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Veness Family History

5th June 2017

Mark Grace:

Should have mentioned that Betsy VENESS recorded on the marriage record of her son is a female as the occupation is clearly "tailoress". If anyone is interested in the record, I have a copy.

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Veness Family History

5th June 2017

Mark Grace:

Hello Robin - My apologies for the late reply and acknowledgement as I was engaged elsewhere. Your message is most appreciated.

I have, just today, concluded discussions with a direct descendant of Samuel VENESS & Sarah STONESTREET, which conclusively eliminates the late baptism, as you have already indicated. All their 10 children were baptised sequentially.

I will follow up the Kent connection. I was having doubts about SSX too due to the lack of records and that most VENESS families I could find in Brightling and surrounding areas were ag labs. I had hoped that being a silk dyer would possibly indicate a father's trade. Plus, it is not clear why he named his eldest son James, and then his second son Samuel. I had visions of his father being James VENESS, silk dyer somewhere.

The name at Charles Henry's marriage is fortuitous as his mother was Betsy (Elizabeth)and she was working as a tailor at the time, even though she was going by the name of Elizabeth PARTRIDGE, the mistress of John. The only time I have seen a mother inserted rather than the father. A curiosity if the incumbent decided he should add the mother where no father was declared.

I am hoping my atDNA in due course will indicate whether there is any genetic link to John Bacon VENESS's reported father of John SMITH of Lincolnshire, who is the father of my Elizabeth VENESS, his sister. When John married (as VENESS, having lived his life from after baptism as SMITH), the incumbent assumed his father was VENESS, but had the name and profession of John SMITH correct.

Some of his children's records are confusing that has now been sorted out. He had a couple prior to marriage and on one census he returned to SMITH and on another he was recorded with the surname of the family his eldest daughter married into. Some of the children did vary the names, and having a John William and William John who also reversed their names doesn't help!

I have very much appreciated the interaction and feedback on this forum.

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Westfield Place

6th April 2017

Amanda Williams:

My great grandfather was a groom and domestic at Westfield place in 1901. His wife and my grandfather also lived there. Harry John skipper. Is Westfield place still there. What kind of building was it. 10 years later he is working as a coachman in Chelsea London. Anyone help me?

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Wood from Battle

1st April 2017

John Fuller:

Hi Darren,

My Email is j.fuller7410@btinternet.com
look forward to hearing from you.

Regards John

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Wood from Battle

22nd March 2017

Darren Farmer:

Hi John,

If you let me have your email address I will send you some photos I am repairing a lot more and will let you have a copy once I have finished sorting them out.

Darren

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Wood from Battle

21st March 2017

Barbara Carberry:

Hi John,

I hope Darren gets in touch,good to see more photos.

Love,

Barbara

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Wood from Battle

21st March 2017

John Fuller:

Hi Darren,

Your mother was my first cousin. We are the Fuller side of the family. we live not
to far from Battle in Darlington.

Have a number of photo's, some from Barbara.

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Wood from Battle

19th March 2017

Barbara Carberry:

Darren,

Please contact by email.

Barbara

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