|Our Own Genealogy - Some Research Queries
|Surname interests, short personal
pedigrees and some queries
Here are just a few examples of where we would like to discover a
little more. In some cases we may have perhaps hit a dead end with
our research or we may have an unresolved question that you may know
the answer to. The queries are sorted alphabetically by the surnames
(shown in capitals) in the question. Please email us if you know the
Queries relate to the following surnames:
CLAY | EXELL
| FRANKLIN | HARD(E)Y | HATTON | HAYWARD
SWAIN | WALKER
Links to other sites mentioned on this page
| The Prison Disciplinist and other members of the CLAY family
- Reverend John CLAY (1796-1858), who could be described as a
philanthropist, was the prison chaplain at Preston Goal for many
years. He was very involved with prison reform and believed in
separating prisoners so that young, first timers would not be
influenced by more hardened criminals. He also was instrumental
in improving conditions within Preston House of Correction. He
was immensely talented as he was able to speak several languages
and was a highly accomplished amateur artist. He invented the
Clay chair for people "suffering from spinal complaints"
and "an improved bow and arrow which long bore his name".
(Dictionary of National Biography).
His son was Alfred Borron CLAY (1831-68), the painter, whose picture
of 'Charles IX and the French court at the massacre of St Bartholemew'
is in the collection of the Walker Gallery, Liverpool. It is currently
on loan to Croxteth Hall, Liverpool.
If you have any information on the two men, their works or inventions,
or if you are a descendant, Ann would be really pleased to learn
more - Please email. She would also
be delighted to hear from anyone related to them through his
sisters or brothers, including with those with SWAINSON or INMAN
- Frederick Lord CLAY (bap.30 Mar 1813 in Bishopwearmouth, DUR),
a distant relative, went to Australia. He was a Solicitor in
Port Phillip in the mid nineteenth century and was listed as
a passenger on The True Briton in 1868. Are you linked to him?
Fred CLAY married first at Gretna Green and then married his
wife again about a month later in his home parish church. - Please
email. Ann has already been in touch with some descendants
More on Gretna Marriages
See links to Port Philip
- Descendants of Robert CLAY of Philadelphia, PA, USA, who died
at sea in 1716, include Slater CLAY and Curtis CLAY. The family also lived in Newcastle, DE,
USA. Some family members died in the American Civil War.
Please email Ann if those names feature
amongst your ancestors. She has already been in touch with some
descendants in the USA
- Reading born William EXELL and his wife Louisa Jane (nee PAGE)
were both living in Binfield, BRK (as EXALL) in 1861 but we cannot
find them after this. William was a tailor by trade.
Please email Andy if you know anything
| Chuff Chuff Chuff
- A family story is that one of Andy's Great Grandfathers, Henry
FRANKLIN (1844 - 1925), drove a Royal Train at some point. He
was certainly an engine driver on "God's Wonderful Railway"
(or GWR) and it is possible that he drove the train that carried
Queen Victoria's body in 1901, following her death. Henry retired
in 1903 for health reasons. Is there a GWR buff out there who
can shed some light on Henry or the funeral event?
- Henry's mother Elizabeth was born in Bisley, GLS and her father
was Thomas FRANKLIN, a mason. From Thomas backwards we have drawn
Please email about either queries
| The HARDY's (HARDEY's) of Ashley and Dunham Massey,
- John Timperley HARD(E)Y, born in 1813 in Dunham Massey, CHS,
was a farmer in the small village of Ashley. The population
in 1851 was only 379. He married Sarah CALDERBANK, who was b.
Bowdon in 1813, on 16 Jul 1833 in Manchester Cathedral. The
couple had 14 known children, all born in Ashley, the eldest
of whom was Ann's 2x great grandfather James and the youngest
was called Marlborough. We have located most of them in 1901
but where did they all go after then? One of the girls is supposed
to have gone to Canada and we now know that Marlborough went
to New York.
- There were at least three HARD(E)Y
males who were given the first name of Marlborough. What happened to the ones who left Cheshire?
Please email about either queries
| "A soldier, believed
dead or overseas". Was a regiment in North Devon about 1809?
- In the baptism register for 1809 in Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple,
DEV the parents of Mary HAYWOOD are recorded as follows: the mother's
name is given as Mary but her father, James HAYWOOD, is described
with the words above. Can we dragoon anyone into giving Andy information
on regiments based in the Barnstaple area in the immediate preceding
years and where did they go on active service? Please
| Gretna Green Marriages
- Great great aunt Anne Fanny SWAIN (nee DAWSON), the wife of
Edward SWAIN, lived in her later years next door to the famous
blacksmith's at Gretna Green, Scotland - where many eloping
couples from England were able to marry without parental consent.
She helped with many of the weddings over the anvil and her
signature is in the registers that the blacksmith's shop still
hold. Great Aunt Fanny was there when Richard Rennison was an
anvil priest and remained there until at least 1930. Does anyone
know anything more about her time at Gretna? She died, aged
93, at Castle Carrock in Cumberland during the Second World
War and, because it was wartime, a neighbour dealt with her estate.
Fanny was born in Wellington, SAL and Edward was born in Newtown,
Links to Gretna
| The French Connection
- One of Ann's WALKER ancestors married a girl who, according
to family legend, came from somewhere on the French/Belgian border.
There may be a connection with the Huguenots. She probably married
in the Bradford area before 1810 but we cannot be more precise.
If anyone has found a Mr WALKER marrying a French girl we would
like to hear from them.
- Ann's great uncle, Edgar Seymour WALKER, emigrated to the USA
and lived in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was born in
Bonsall, DBY in 1888 and was still alive in the 1950's as his
sisters were corresponding with him. Can anyone
help with any more information?
- Randolph WALKER married twice and by his first wife, Harriett
ORME, had a daughter called Annie
who was born in 1873. She and Harriett lived in Little Horton,
Bradford. Annie married Joe HARGREAVES and had a daughter called
Florence. What happened to Florence?
1891 Directory of Bonsall, DBY, where Randolph lived for some
Please email about these queries
| Where is the Family Bible?
- In 1907 Thomas HATTON of Derby, Ann's 2x g grandfather, left
his mother's family Bible to his daughter Agnes Ann GASKIN,
then living in Derby. The whereabouts of this Bible is unknown,
but it may contain details of the both the HATTONs and the HAYS
Please email if you know the answer
Elsewhere on the Internet
Green Blacksmith's Shop
Port Phillip Almanac and Directory 1847