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ALEXANDER

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United Kingdom

28 February 2007
jackie.edmunds2@btinternet.com

I'm looking for information on Elizabeth Alexander who was born in Romsey Dec Qtr 1840. According to Elizabeth Alexander's Birth Certificate she was born 22nd Nov 1840 - "Graveyard"?
Her parents are William Alexander = Sarah Ann Brown.17/05/1840 married in Romsey but by 1841 they were living in Awbridge.
Any information will be gratefully received, especially the "Graveyard" where Elizabeth was born.
Thank you. Jackie Edmunds

Reply:
You could try the Awbridge website There is a contact there who might be able to offer some clue re this 'Graveyard'. It does sound odd, particularly as Awbridge Church wasn't built as early as 1840. Maybe it was a house name or something but even that sounds strange!

Regarding the Church for marriage of Elizabeth's parents - if they were married in Romsey it could have been any of the ones listed below. You need to contact each to see if they have their records available or maybe it would be better to contact Hampshire Record Office

Romsey Abbey
United Reform Church
Methodist
North Baddesley
Baptist

All the churches listed are marked on Romsey town map - pdf link on the home page.

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BAILEY

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20 July 2007

For almost 2 years in common with many other people I have been researching my family tree. My maternal family has roots in Dorset and my paternal family is from the Isle of Wight and the Portsmouth area. These were people with the name BAILEY who lived in the late 19th C in and around Middlebridge Street, Mainstone and a now defunct South Street.
It appears that my gg grandfather and possibly my great grandfather were both born in Romsey.

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EMERY

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United States

25 April 2007

My family originated in Romsey. I was wondering if I can locate info on the "EMERY" family Coat of Arms or Family Shield?
Thank you. Scott Emery. Pa, USA

Reply:
You could try the address below but there are plenty other links of one sort or another regarding coats of arms using Google. Free Coats of Arms
Had you thought of asking the various people who have made genealogy enquires regarding the name EMERY? There are entries on Romseynet Genealogy pages for 2000 / 2004 and 2006?

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FIGES

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23 April 2007
nascammell@ntlworld.com

Trying to find out more about the Figes family. They are on the list of grave inscriptions, but on a visit to Romsey we could find no graveyard. Anyone help? Nick Scammell

Reply:
Re the Grave stones inscriptions: I do not see the name Figes on the list of gravestones given in my link on the genealogy page so am wondering where you read it?

For a previous enquirer the LTVAS representative said:
"The burial ground on the north garth (at the Abbey) was levelled c1948-9 and many of the large flat headstones used to make a path to the cross in the middle. The stones have worn and are very difficult to read these days, a professional photographer did record them all back in the 1990s. LTVAS has a copy of this."

FINCH

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03 November 2007

See the FOOT name for details about this enquiry.

FLOYD

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26 October 2007
molyles@hotmail.com

See the WITHERS name for details about this enquiry.

FOOT

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3 November 2007
Email Romseynet

My grandfather, Albert Edwin Foot, married Elizabeth, Kate Finch, daughter of Jesse and Mary (of Lockerly and Michelmersh respectively), who had themselves married in 1855.
Another of their daughters, Edith, married a George Gay in December 1899. Later the Gays and their son, George, lived for a time at 33 Station Road, Romsey. I should be very pleased to hear from any of the Finch, Newell or Gay families.
A. E. Foot (Tony)

Reply:
This query was entered in the Romsey Advertiser on 02 November 2007. Please send any information to Romseynet in the first instance. Tony Foot has only given a postal address which is not applied here.

FOSTER FOOTNER

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19 May 2007
Annie Ingram Ingramaj@aol.com"

I am tracing my Family History and have discovered a link with the Footner family. I understand that Foster Lake Footner was Mayor of Romsey in 1922, 1930 and 1931. Could you help me in pointing me in the right direction of obtaining a photograph of Foster Footner.
Annie Ingram (Yorkshire)

Reply:
As promised I enquired from the Town Hall about your relative and they do have records, plus photographs, of all the former Mayors as far back as 1923. I am invited to go and look but they are all very busy just now until after the weekend of 9/10 June. This is because 2007 is Romsey's 400th year celebration of the signing of its Royal Charter, and the Queen is visiting next week for various Celebration Events.
I called in to the Town Hall today took a photo of Foster Lake Footner - complete with what looks like a Canadian Mounties hat on! Correction to the dates - he was mayor in the following years:1924, 1929 and 1930
Reply from LTVAS: "The Footners were prominent in Romsey from the 18th century onwards, and at the beginning of the 1800s formed one of the three main legal practices in the town (with the name still used for one of the practices today). I can give you quite a bit of information about the 19th century ones, if required) and where they lived but I'll have to check up on their 20th-century descendants. One of them I seem to remember was a leader in the WWII Home Guard but I can't remember off-hand which one it was."

Thank you so much for the information on Foster Footner (what a name!). Funnily enough I received a will yesterday that he had been an Executor on and saw his signature. Thanks for the correction to the dates that he was Mayor of Romsey. I'm really grateful to you for your interest, Annie Ingram

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GAY

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03 November 2007

See the FOOT name for details about this enquiry.

GAY

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23 April 2007
nascammell@ntlworld.com

Trying to trace a couple of branches of my family.The Gays, who I know lived in Spring Place mid 1800's, which now seems to be gone. Has anyone any images or can describe it?

Reply:
Re Spring Place: I am sending your email on to the LTVAS who may be able to advise about this.

GROVES

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Australia

06 September 2007
bidewell@austarnet.com.au

Looking for a birth date and family for a Louisa Groves born somewhere 1805-1815. Under her married name of Newman she is on 1851 Census and gives Romsey as her birth place. I would appreciate any info. Thanking you. Noelene Bidewell

Reply:
If Louisa was born in Romsey it could have been listed in any of the church records (list below). You need to contact each to see if they have their records available or maybe it would be better to contact Hampshire Record Office Hampshire Record Office for advice about parish records.
Local churches links:
Romsey Abbey
United Reform Church
Methodist
North Baddesley
Baptist
I will put your enquiry under 'N' as well in case that brings some results

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HOLLOWAY

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Canada

06 July 2007
cliveh@yorku.ca

From Clive E. Holloway - Canada
I have been able to trace my family tree back through Bristol in the 20th century to Romsey in the 19th century to my great great grandfather Jeremiah John Holloway, a wheelwright and his wife Mary Ellen (Jesser ?).
In 1891 he was living on Middlebridge street with some of his many children plus his widowed mother Elizabeth. I then managed to finally link Elizabeth with a husband Henry Holloway, a beer retailer, in 1851 in Romsey together with sons Henry, John (Jeremiah) and Charles.
In 1871 she appears to have been widowed and now running an inn. One of the guests had the name Isaac Newton but turns out to have been a journeyman tin-smith ! Somewhere in there appears a fleeting marriage of Richard to Lavinia Grey Russell, who then vanishes from the records until a Lavinia Grey R. Holloway (surely the same person) dies in Truro Cornwall in 1910.

Reply:
There are 10 people listed in the telephone book in Romsey with the name Holloway. One was a local pharmacist who recently died but his wife still lives here. Chances of a relationship to you with any of these, after all this time, is perhaps rather slim!
You mention Elizabeth running an Inn after being widowed - was this Inn in Romsey and do you have the name? There were and still are plenty such locations in Romsey and some history available about one or two of them which is why I ask.(You replied propably in Middlebridge Street)
If you haven't already done so, you could also try the Hampshire Record Office Hampshire Record Office or the local library might have literature/books on former Inns.

HOLT

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United States

03 November 2007
venus.harp2006@yahoo.com

I see that 3 other people have inquired in 2000 & 2001 with regards to the HOLT surname. I thought I would inquire as well. I was in your beautiful country in May 2007, (but only for a few days.) I am inquiring about Thomas Holt born around 1576. According to FamilySearch.org he was from Romsey, Hampshire, England. Any suggestions where to write to inquire about him?
Thank you. Margaret Holt

Reply:
I am sending your email on to Arthur Thomas - as named in the email enquiry below about another member of a HOLT family. I hope he can advise you further.

HOLT

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Australia

28 June 2007
Please reply to Romseynet

From Arthur Thomas - Australia
Enquiring about relative Nicholas Holt - born 1602, married 1632.
No records have been found to confirm this birth date. It is possible Nicholas owned or had something to do with a tanning business in Romsey, although no evidence of this has been found either. The following is an extract from Arthurs potted history about Nicholas Holt, and he is hoping other readers might be able to supply more details - not only in respect of Nicholas Holt, but also of the tanning which was indeed a principal industry in Romsey at the time.

Quote: "Tanning seems to have been the principal industry of Romsey. This town furnished the King's army more saddles, harness, shoes and body protectors than any other town of its size in the Kingdom. In all probability our ancestor was the proprietor of his own tanning establishment and that the king's bounty baskets hung from the walls of his building...." End quote.

Arthur says: "How or why was an audit taken to determine that Romsey "won the competition" (so to speak) over towns of a similar size in the kingdom....."?

Reply:
Details all given to LTVAS at an earlier date, but who could not find any further information for Arthur. Hoping the information here will bring some response.
Note: 2 other enquiries have been requested about Nicholas Holt - see Genealogy pages for 2000 and 2001. Arthur has tried to contact both without success. Please reply to Romseynet.

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KNIGHT

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21 June 2007
JNewman708@aol.com

I would imagine that Knight is a pretty common surname in England. However, I did have an ancestor, Richard Knight, who was born in Romsey Wiltshire, Hants, in 1604. He emigrated to Massachusetts, so he must have been a separatist. Are there any Knights still in the area? I would love to hear from them.
Thank you, Joan Newman Reno, Nevada, USA

Reply:
I feel that 1604 is rather a long way back to expect to find a relative of the same name still in this area. Even the recorded list of Abbey gravestones do not start until 1663.
There are two A4 page columns of people listed in the telephone book with the surname 'Knight', living in this area - not necessarily in Romsey itself, so too many to give you those details.
So the only thing I can do is to include your message on my genealogy page for 2007 for someone to read the information there who may be able to advise.
You could also try the Hampshire Record Office for the parish records, which may give more details of births in 1904.
Possibly Romsey Library may have some literature about the era and the separatist movement, but since separatists would have come from all over the country that may not be helpful in finding links to your relative.
Details about Romsey Library HERE
Note: Romsey is in the county of Hampshire (Hants for short), Wiltshire is a different but neighbouring county.

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LIDDLE

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09 February 2007
katherine.down1@btinternet.com

Edith Ellen Liddle
The surname that I am interested in is 'LIDDLE'. they lived in Middlebridge Street and Banning Street. All I know is that my Gt Grandmother who was called Edith Ellen, lived in Middlebridge Street, until recently the family believed she lived with her grandparents, but as it turns out she lived with her uncle Tom, and Aunt Fanny in Middlebridge Street. her mother's name was Martha Liddle and her father's name was William Flloyd. I know nothing else about her father, but her mother had quite a few sisters, one of whom was called Phoebe. She was born in 1880/1881 and later on she married Fred Lomax of Hursley. They were married at Romsey Abbey and they moved to Wimpson Lane at Millbrook.
Yours faithfully, Katherine Down.

Reply:
I suggest you might try contacting Romsey Abbey because they will have a record of marriages which should at least give details of witnesses and possibly addresses.
Romsey Abbey
Hampshire Record Office may be able to help since they will cover the areas for both Romsey and Southampton.
I will put your enquiry on my genealogy page in case other viewers may be able to advise. Sorry not to be of better help

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MAIN

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07 June 2007
B.Trickey@Sky.com

See the TRICKEY name for details about this enquiry.

MASON

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28 August 2007
ritchiemason@aol.com

James Mason
I am seeking help taking my Family Tree back a further generation. I have so far traced my family back to my Great- Great- Grandfather James Mason who I believe was born in Romsey around 1814. I also know he married an Eliza from Sussex and had 8 children: Robert Charles, Eliza, Charlotte, James, George, John, Frances Daws and Thomas.
I have so far been unable to discover who the parents of James were and where he got married. If anyone can help with this issue I would be most grateful
Richard Mason

Reply:
Have you tried any local parish records? Hampshire Record Office

MILLS

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26 October 2007
molyles@hotmail.com

See the WITHERS name for details about this enquiry.

MILNE

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23 April 2007
boncurry@bigpond.net.au

Milne family
I am trying to find the descendants of my MILNE family who moved to Romsey after the 1881 census. Joseph MILNE and his wife Mary RAMSAY both from Scotland had three children - James born 1866 Kincardineshire, Alice Ann 1869 Wales and Alfred Carl about 1876 Sweden.
In 1891 they (less James) were living in Latimer Street close to the Coachmakers Arms and by 1901 they were living at 11 Portersbridge Street where they remained till Joseph died in early 1916 followed by Mary later that year.
I would dearly like to find anything at all I can about their 3 children and if they remained in the Romsey area. I assume both the parents would be buried in the Romsey Cemetery, or whatever cemetery was used by the township back then. Can anyone help me please? Bonnie Curry

Reply:
I suggest you try the Hampshire Record Office for more details. They do have the parish records and useful details about how to get the information you require.
Your family might well be buried either in the Abbey grounds or the main cemetery in Botley Road. The Abbey is no longer a burial ground. Below is a reply from LTVAS to a previous enquirer:
"The burial ground on the north garth (at the Abbey) was levelled c1948-9 and many of the large flat headstones used to make a path to the cross in the middle. The stones have worn and are very difficult to read these days, a professional photographer did record them all back in the 1990s. LTVAS has a copy of this."

MITCHELL

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26 October 2007
molyles@hotmail.com

See the WITHERS name for details about this enquiry.

MOODY

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Australia

25 November 2007
pdjensen2000@yahoo.com.au

I am from Australia and have been doing a little family history research over the years and, having recently moved to the UK for a short stay, I thought I should attempt to dig a little deeper into my UK roots.
As my family name is Jensen, most of my father's side were from Denmark. However, I believe that my maternal grandmother's parents both came from the UK pre 1880 when they were married in Australia. Their names were Federick John Payn and Annet Amelia Fouchard.
The connection we have with Romsey is that as a child (up to about age 10), I can remember receiving books and Christmas cards from "cousin Rosa" who lived in Romsey. I believe that Rosa was a Moody, that she never married, and that she had a brother Will and (perhaps) a sister Mable (Mable may well have been Will's wife and a "Payn" - the oral history we have is vague on this point).
Now. The books stopped in the early 1960's but I do not know if that was because I had grown too old OR if she became too infirm OR if she passed on. Unfortunately, all who could provide me with directions in Australia have now passed on as well.
I noted from your Genealogy site that others have been asking of the Moody name and wondered if, by chance, you could help me with my enquiry? Would you be able to assist me in locating where Rosa/Will/Mable Moodys are buried? I presume that Rosa at least was buried in Romsey as that was where she lived for many years. Any other information you may have would be most gladly received as well.
I thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide in this matter.

Reply:
If you read again the details of the Moody enquiry on this Romseynet page you will see the Moody family are all buried at Romsey Cemetery in Botley Road . This will include your Aunt Rosa. There were 9 children in all and not one of them married and it says the last one died in 1974, but no name given to that person.
One son died in WWI and was buried in France.
13 Church Street is now the address of the Heritage Centre, (with Romsey Tourist Centre at the front of the house) but it is the same as mentioned in the query reply - namely the gun shop built by Charles Moody. Photograph on this page. Botley Road Cemetery is large and an inventory is being made of all the graves there but is not yet complete or ready for viewing, so possibly even a visit might take awhile to locate the family burial plots.
If you look at Romsey Heritage Centre they should be able to give you further details about the books mentioned on the genealogy page about the Moody family.
New information: Read more details about the Moody family of Romsey in this Romsey and District Society Newsheet.

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NEWELL

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03 November 2007

See the FOOT name for details about this enquiry.

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PORTER

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02 July 2007
emerysden@yahoo.com

I am looking for information on a Nathaniel PORTER from Romsey, Hants, England. He had a daughter named Frances who came with her husband Anthony Emery to Boston, MA in 1635 aboard the James of London. I would like to find out who his wife was and any dates I don't have. He was married about 1600 in England.

Reply:
1600 is a long way back to trace relatives - even the list of Abbey gravestones only goes back to 1663!
I suggest I place your enquiry on my genealogy page for 2007 in case anyone viewing can help. In the meantime you might try the Hampshire Record Office for parish records which go back further than the available ancestry data.
I note the 'Emery' surname and wondered if the following enquirers may have come across your Porter relative? There is an entry for Emery on the 1997 - 1999 page who also sailed to the States in 1635. More Emerys on the 2000 and 2001 pages for the same era and another on the 2005 page. No doubt you have seen all these but each has an email contact to try.

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ROUD

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United Kingdom

11 November 2007
amandaharr@hotmail.co.uk

I am looking for some information about my grandmother - Kathleen Mabel Roud. I believe she was born in the Romsey area in 1911 and lived in a cottage at Dunwood Manor ( ? ) She married my grandfather - Albert Weedon - in 1934 and moved to Battersea. Her father was Thomas Roud who worked as a gardener or gamekeeper at Dunwood Manor and also fixed clocks in his spare time.
My father's memories of his mother are very sketchy as she left my grandfather when my dad was about six. I just have a photo of her - any more information or suggestions on where to look would be great. Amanda Harrison ( nee Weedon )

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SALWAY

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17 August 2007
LanceSalway@aol.com

I am planning a visit to Romsey to find sites associated with my late father, Leslie Salway and his parents when they lived in Romsey in the early years of the last century. In particular, I am hoping to find the house where they lived - Oaklands in Winchester Road - and the house where my aunt was born (17 Cherville Street) and the first school she attended (Bickleigh House School). I wonder if you are able to tell me whether these buildings are likely to be still standing or whether they have been demolished. I would hate to make a wasted journey!
I would also like to find the graves of my late uncle, Stanley Salway, who died in infancy in 1915, and my great-grandmother, Emily Salway, who died in 1940. I assume that they were buried in Romsey cemetery; is it possible to discover whether or not this is the case? Does the cemetery keep records of burials? If so, how may I contact them? I will be extremely grateful for any advice you may be able to give me about these matters.
With many thanks - Lance Salway

Reply:
I am making enquiries regarding the school and Oaklands so will get back to you on that.
However the gravestones in the Cemetery in Botley Road are not yet fully recorded. It's a large cemetery and taking some time to do, but you might be able to get some information from Test Valley Borough Council.
Hampshire Record Office might be able to help with parish records for your relatives.
Cherville Street still stands and I would expect number 17 to be there too. If you look at Romseynet on the information panel there is a link to a town map which should indicate where these places are. Romsey Cemetery is about at the point of the arrow marking Botley Road, (on the right, lower corner of the map) The cemetery is on the left hand side of the road if traveling from Romsey. It has a small church attached.
Burials at the Abbey finished in the 1800s - no spaces left.

Further information about Bickleigh House School:
It began in 1887 under that name as a girls' boarding and day school run by the Misses Phillips (1905 the head was listed as Miss Helen Phillips). For the first 30+ years it was located in the Cornmarket in a property that is now the newsagents (on the map, its the space to the right of Bradbeers Department Store which now has an opening on to the Cornmarket as well as the bus station).
After WWI the school moved to Station Road to a large double-fronted house between Quoyne Court and the traffic lights, and currently up for sale. By the 1930s it was being run as a girls' school with boys admitted in the preparatory section. It must have closed sometime by the late 1960s because the building was used as a nursery school for a few years before ceasing to be an educational establishment in the 1970s

SILLENCE

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25 December 2007
zzepherdogg@earthlink.net

I am hoping to find any information about my grandmother's family. Her name was Bertha Emily Sillence. She was born in 1896 or 1888 They are from Romsey. She immigrated to the US at the end of WWI when she married my grandfather, an American soldier in the area for the duration of his service in the war.
Her mother's maiden name was Joan Phillipa Pasco, and her father's name was William or Henry. Her brother's name was William and there was a sister May as well as a sister Deborah. There was also an adopted (?) sister named Ivy. I have a picture of the house they grew up in on Palmerston Street. A family dwelling with a garden behind, attached to another, like in a row. She said it was a short walk to the Town part, and the picture does not indicate anything being a country residence. It appears very modest.
She was apprenticed, or trained with a tailor. Her nieces or nephews, who still live near Romsey, were involved in a nursery business. My mom and Aunt are 77 and 86, so I guess its getting late for anyone to have any memories of these folk, but it would mean so much for us to have any more insight into our missing family, as in this way we might better understand our beloved grandmother. (Exactly what recipe was used for the pastry on the little round mince pies she always made at Christmas, that we can't quite duplicate?)
Many thanks for your time, Jennifer Gunter

Reply:
I sent this PDF with my reply to you with my findings on the details you have given.

The picture in the above item is Palmerston Street in 1908. You can find it again and read a little about it from the link below. More info here

I can make a few suggestions about possible ingredients your Grandmother might have used in her pastry but I expect you have tried them all !
Since none of them grow in our climate, imported items were only available if you could afford them. She might have added some vanilla, cinnamon, ginger or ground almonds perhaps. Or possibly a drop or two of brandy or whisky which would of course have been available - at a price. Happy tasting!

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THIURSTON

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13 March 2007
email: tasmarcarswell@tsn.cc

I will be visiting Romsey from Australia, in April and I am researching the Thiurston family. One branch lived at Awbridge House for over 40 years. Can you tell me if you have any information regarding this family. If so, I could make a visit. I will be in Romsey as I wish to see the House. I have several photos which I will bring with me. Will look forward to hearing from you, Mary Carswell

Reply:
I will see if I can find out more about Awbridge House, but you could also try contacting the Awbridge website here.
Also here is a link to map showing the position of Awbridge House
It might be helpful if you could give some advice of the years the Carswell family were resident in the house?
Romsey Library might be of some help or Romsey Tourist Office and Heritage Centre, because I think Awbridge House hosts Scouting events or similar in its grounds.

TRICKEY

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07 June 2007
B.Trickey@Sky.com

I am trying to trace my aunt. Her name was Dorothea Mary Trickey, nickname Molly. She was born in 1915 at Weston Super Mare. She married Raymond Main on 8 July 1936 and I believe that they settled in Romsey and ran a post office. She was exceptionally good at embroidery.
Further to my research, I have found that my Aunt did move to the Romsey area when she married. I have not yet been able to establish if her husband, Raymond Main was a local man. The only recollections of my elderly relatives is that they ran a post office for a number of years. They had two children, Malcolm and Michael. I had hoped that some of your members may have remembered them as running a post office brought them into the public eye. I would appreciate any information about them.
Thanks. B.Trickey
2. Thank you for replying to my request. Further to my research, I have found that my Aunt did move to the Romsey area when she married. I have not yet been able to establish if her husband, Raymond Main was a local man. The only recollections of my elderly relatives is that they ran a post office for a number of years. They had two children, Malcolm and Michael. I had hoped that some of your members may have remembered them as running a post office brought them into the public eye. There is a possibility that Raymond had relatives so I would like to accept your offer of the telephone numbers.
3. Thanks again for the telephone numbers for Main. One of the numbers turned out to be that of my cousin. Unfortunately Michael did not wish to be part of any family history so I am back at square one. He did have a brother, Malcolm when the family ran the Post Office in Romsey, but he has emigrated to France.

Reply:
There are 14 people with the surname 'Main' in the local telephone directory and I could give you those numbers if you wish. None of them are actually in Romsey - all in the surrounding areas. It would be a long shot if any of them were your relations after this length of time but its always possible!
2. I have sent you the telephone numbers as requested.There are still quite a few post offices in the local Romsey areas but of course nothing like as many as there used to be so its difficult to know how to investigate that.
You could ask at Romsey Post office if there are records anywhere of such a thing. 01794 513159 (Note: this number is how it used to be but now there is one number for all Post offices and you are redirected. I just happen to have the original ! You could also try the Library and the Town Hall - both have a page or link from Romseynet.

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WHITE

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United Kingdom

28 July 2007
mark_pallot@hotmail.com

I am researching my relatives, the White family. All I really know is that a number of sisters lived in Romsey and passed away there. They owned a haberdashery in the high street in the 1960-70s The sisters were: Emmeline, Freda, Hilda, Muriel, Ernestine, Gwendoline (Gwen) and Joy White. I believe they were all spinsters. They were all born in Gosport and I have the death records of Muriel and Gwen but the other sisters and their parents Thomas White and Emmeline Mary (nee. Harcourt) I know nothing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Reply:
My 'Moles' have told me that it was Gwen and her sister who ran the shop. They both lived together in Plaza Parade - that is a small row of shops with living over the top, adjacent to the Plaza theatre - which I think then was the old cinema on the Winchester Road. They can't remember Gwen's sister's name, but perhaps it was Muriel since you also have her death certificate. Sorry I am not able to offer any help regarding the other family members.

WITHERS

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26 October 2007
molyles@hotmail.com

I am trying to find more about the Withers family of Romsey. I have got back to George Withers, born circa 1820, whose father's name was John. George married Jane Small (nee Mitchell) in 1844 and lived in The Hundred, Mount Pleasant, Middlebridge Street and finally Ashfield Lane Old Toll House (1891). I would love to know more about his parents. Can anyone help please?
Other names: George and Jane's son Frank married Harriet Floyd in 1878, they lived in Romsey until the late 1880s when they moved to Tottenham. I have traced Harriet's family back to Thomas Floyd, born 29 Dec 1730, with parents Gabriel and Susannah. I wonder whether Gabriel and Susannah are the ones mentioned on the list of monumental inscriptions from Romsey graveyard? Does anyone know how I could check this please?
George's wife Jane - her maiden name was Mitchell. I have found her father - Thomas Mitchell, a barge master, born 1795/8 with parents Benjamin Mitchell and Ann ? Collins (they married 31 Oct 1791). Thomas married Ann Mills (born c.1800) on 5 Nov 1820.
All the above lived and died in Romsey.
Lesley Molyneux

Reply:
Have you tried the Hampshire Record Office for the parish records? They might be able to tie up the church records and graveyards with Gabriel and Susannah. The graveyards list concerns the burials at Romsey Abbey so you could also try the Abbey church records. Maybe some of the family you mention were born or died in the parishes of the other Romsey Churches, if so the Records Office should be able to advise how to go about getting those details. However below is a list of the individual, local church links for you to try.
Romsey Abbey
United Reform Church
Methodist
North Baddesley
Baptist
A list of the graves in Romsey Cemetery, situated in Botley Road, is being drawn up and should be available on the Test Valley Borough Council website, hopefully in the not too distant future.
A map of romsey is available on the information link panel on Romseynet Home page. The churches are marked and Botley Cemetery is situated about the tip of the arrow of the Botley Road sign.

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