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an­ces­tors bit.ly/ 2jOC1H5 Does any­one have a con­nec­tion to the fam­ily name of Clay­ton, linked to County Gal­way and, in par­tic­u­lar, the town of Loughrea?

Ac­cord­ing to the 1881 and 1891 cen­sus, my great great grand­fa­ther John Clay­ton was born in Loughrea, Ire­land, in around 1838.

Where do I start my search? Mad­dyco Sarah Ann Stephens for­merly Jones bit.ly/ 2xV0LE1 Sarah Ann Jones was born on 3 Fe­bru­ary 1867 at Brad­field near Manch­ester.

Her fam­ily moved to War­ring­ton. She mar­ried James Shirley Stephens in War­ring­ton on 23 Septem­ber 1889. A son, Fred­er­ick James, was born on 15 Oc­to­ber 1890 at Percy Street, War­ring­ton.

On the 1891 cen­sus, Sarah and James were in Lon­don with James’s par­ents and his sib­lings. There is no men­tion of Fred­er­ick, who was bap­tised at St Barn­abas Church, War­ring­ton, on 20 Septem­ber 1893 with an ad­dress at Well­field Street, War­ring­ton.

This is the last trace so far of Sarah Ann Stephens. James Shirley Stephens, who was an ac­tor, formed a new re­la­tion­ship with ac­tress Lu­cie Vic­to­ria Cooper and a daugh­ter, Agnes, was born to them on the 6 June 1897 in Barns­ley.

Does any­one have any idea of what hap­pened to Sarah? CliveStephens Hadleigh Loyal Vol­un­teers c1810 bit.ly/ 2fDesfU Can any­one help me find my 5x great grand­fa­ther John Cam­pion?

This paint­ing ( right) is of him c1810 by the artist WS Leth­bridge. John was in the Hadleigh Loyal Vol­un­teers and his mar­riage record in 1795 says he was a Valet de Cham­bre.

The fam­ily story was that he worked for a duke. His mar­riage and son’s birth are reg­is­tered in Es­sex, so I am won­der­ing why he was part of a reg­i­ment in Hadleigh. Can any­one tell me any­thing about the Hadleigh Loyal Vol­un­teers or, from his uni­form, what rank John Cam­pion was? I can’t imag­ine he was an or­di­nary sol­dier if he com­mis­sioned a paint­ing like this.

John’s son was Ge­orge Bryant Cam­pion, a fa­mous wa­ter­colourist. en­er­giz­erdel Christo­pher Walker death bit.ly/ 2fcLX8c I’m look­ing for a death for Christo­pher Walker. Christo­pher was born on 31 Oc­to­ber 1839 at Pitt House Lane, West Rain­ton, Durham and chris­tened on 18 De­cem­ber 1839.

He was mar­ried on 24 Novem­ber 1862 in Long­ben­ton par­ish church, Northum­ber­land, Eng­land.

Christo­pher Walker died some­where in the US in 1879 – maybe Penn­syl­va­nia. Jonathan Walker School­ing for Vint­ners’ Com­pany chil­dren bit.ly/ 2fCPMEe My an­ces­tor was a mem­ber of the Wor­ship­ful Com­pany of Vint­ners ( WCV) from 1790 to c1841 when he died. He lived in Step­ney/ Hack­ney/ Mile End Old Town, Lon­don. He had three sons in the late 1790s; two pro­gressed to be­ing mem­bers of the WCV. Where might the boys have been ed­u­cated, based on their fa­ther’s lo­ca­tion? GELGreen­land

What clues about John Cam­pion, or the Hadleigh Loyal Vol­un­teers, could this c1810 paint­ing hold?

Clay­ton Ir­ish

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