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Faith W

Faith W, Battle, East Sussex

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Selmes Family History

14th August 2011

Faith W:

How terrific to get your confirmation! I just uncovered the will of Simon Selmes, which likewise confirms that "Sarah" was known as "Sal." I was previously confused by the two forenames, not knowing if I'd fallen upon the right spousal couple. The last line of the will says "proved at London, 28 January, 1824 before the judge by the oathed Sarah (in the will, written Sal Selmes) widow . . . "

According to the Criminal Registry, Solomon was tried and found guilty of "Riot" in Sussex, August 1, 1835. He was "discharged with sureties." I'm a Canadian gal (whose mother is from England), and I'm not well schooled in Sussex history. My only association with possible riotous acts around this time is the Reform Bill of 1832. Would you happen to know what sort of riots may have been happening in Sussex at this time?

I'm assuming that you're a descendent of the Selmes line yourself. Such a fascinating bunch!

Thanks again,
Faith

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Selmes Family History

11th August 2011

Faith W:

I'm researching my maternal line and am stuck at Solomon Selmes, who was born about 1797 in Mountfield, Sussex (just north of Hastings). He is the father of Spencer Selmes (born abt. 1819 in Mountfield) and the husband of Eliza Goodwin. I believe Solomon's father may have been a Simon Selmes of Sedlescombe, but I can find no firm documentation. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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