This month’s brick walls

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS -


I would ap­pre­ci­ate any as­sis­tance in try­ing to iden­tify the birth/bap­tism date of Daniel Clapham, who was buried on 27 April 1797 in the parish of St Mary Madga­lene, Wool­wich, Kent. His wife was Sarah, but I don’t know her maiden name. I would also be grate­ful for any in­for­ma­tion about their mar­riage. His known chil­dren were: El­iz­a­beth Clapham (bap­tised on 4 April 1787), Ann Mary Clapham (bap­tised on 10 July 1789) and Hannah Clapham (bap­tised on 31 De­cem­ber 1794) all at St Mary Mag­da­lene, Wool­wich, Kent. Ian Beck­ett, by email


I have looked through the 1901 and 1911 cen­sus and var­i­ous web­sites but am un­able to find my great aunt (whom my fa­ther knew as Gin­nie Hunter), born ap­prox 1896 – pos­si­bly in Waltham­stow. She was the daugh­ter of Ge­orge Wil­liam Hunter (b1869) and Mary El­iz­a­beth Petts (born 1868). She had 11 sib­lings: Henry Charles (b1899), Ed­ward Star­ling (b1903), Al­fred Percy (b1895), Elsie Maud (b1907), Gla­dys El­iz­a­beth (b1894), Ge­orge Ed­ward (b1891), Wil­liam James (b1898), Leonard (b1907), Alice Louise (b1892), Mary El­iza (b1889), and Char­lotte Florence (b1901). Can any­one find her?

Jon Hunter, by email


I am try­ing to trace the births and par­ents of my 4x great grand­par­ents Peter Bal­lard (born about 1791) and Sally Co­p­ley (born about 1790). The 1841 cen­sus shows them living in Port­sea where all their chil­dren were born in­clud­ing my 3x great grand­fa­ther Peter Bal­lard (b1814) and his sis­ter Sarah Bal­lard (b1817 or 1821), who was the mother of Vic­to­rian actress Dame Ellen Terry. The cen­sus says that they were both born in Hamp­shire but fam­ily ru­mour has it that Sally was the daugh­ter of Sarah Bean from Dublin and Joseph Co­p­ley. Most of the books writ­ten about Ellen Terry say that Peter was an Ir­ish builder. I hope some­one can help. Sue Richards, by email


I am try­ing to find some de­tails about my an­ces­tor Ge­orge Jack­son (1812-1874). His fa­ther, also Ge­orge, was born in 1786 and died in 1849 and lived all his life in Hork­stow. Lin­colnshire. Ge­orge ju­nior died in 1874 in Gu­jarat, In­dia. I can­not find any ex­pla­na­tion of why he was out there. Any ideas?

David Cheetham, by email


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