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    Railway Ancestors

    Many thanks, Julie - every snippet helps to build the picture. Just one thing - would that £1 5s wages be weekly? If so, it seems that this was a pretty good rate of pay for those days.
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    William Henley, upholsterer

    Hi Nightryder - Think you most likely are right about that! It would explain a lot. By the way, note that you're in Canberra, I envy your nice spring weather! Starting to get cold here. Lived in Canberra (rented a house in Deakin) for a couple of years in early '70s, but the city has changed a...
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    Henry Augustus DALBY - NZ

    Hi gibbo - yes, it doesn't help a lot, and yes I do already have it! Problem also with the deathc errtuficate if I order it is that it won't add much if anything. All the evidence (or lack of it!) suggests that from at least 1860 onwards Henry was living alone, and it's likely that nobody in New...
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    Henry Augustus DALBY - NZ

    Hi, gibbo - Good thinking. I've found him in the NZ BDM search so could order the certificate. However, this is the only Dalby death recorded in New Zealand before 1896. Also there's only one marriage recorded (Henry Dalby and Elizabeth Pilcher, 1843), and no births within his lifetime, so...
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    William Henley, upholsterer

    Hi, Nightryder - thanks for the suggestions. Almost certainly he did work at the Abbey, as would at least half the population of Woburn. One of William's cousins, Catherine, was a housemaid, another was the Watchman, and another became head gardener. But the fact is that he left Woburn never to...
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    Henry Augustus DALBY - NZ

    Yes, maybe worth taking further. The ship sailed from Melbourne, so clearly Elizabeth (+children?) would have had to travel from NZ to get there. I can understand her reverting to maiden name, but still not sure about the Mr Pilcher. However, there certainly was another Pilcher family in NZ at...
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    Nattriss, Nattrass in London

    Hello dochines - that's a very interesting idea. Do you think that the Nattriss or Nattrass surname in London might actually be a corruption of a Huguenot surname rather than derived from the Durham family? When were the main waves of Huguenot migration to London?
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    Albert James Vine married q4 1887 Stepney

    Many thanks indeed, Barbara - that's the one. Although his father's first name was James, towards the end of his life he was calling himself William - for example in the 1871 census he was William Vine. Certain it's the same one because right age and born in Brighton.
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    Henry Augustus DALBY - NZ

    Hi oznannie - Many thanks for the reply. Yes, I had H.A.Dalby in the Taranaki electoral roll, also his deat notice in the Taranaki Herald. Visited New Plymouth in March this year but was unable to add much to what I already had found. Yes, the 1840 marriage in England is the same person. He was...
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    Nattriss, Nattrass in London

    These names originate in the north-east (mainly Durham / Northumberland), but there have been some Nattrisses, Nattrasses, Nattresses in London since at least the 18th century. My Nattriss ancestors trace back to John Nattriss, tailor, born 8 July 1763 in Shadwell. His father's name was also...
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    William Henley, upholsterer

    Railway upholsterers? Now there's a thought. Unfortunately for most or all of his career, no railways. However, he could have been in coachbuilding. The big problem is a gap without any records at all. I have some evidence of him in Woburn until about 1816, then he vanishes. His son John, born...
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    Albert James Vine married q4 1887 Stepney

    But who did he marry? Could have been Margretta Louisa Muller or Mary Ann M. Rothon. Of course that's as far as I can get with FreeBMD, and this isn't my direct line of ancestry so buying a certificate would be a bit extravagant. If anyone has access to parish records this would be a great...
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    Seaside Piers.

    Interesting points about the French flag and the cavalryman. However, it is definitely Brighton chain pier. A bit of background: it was painted in about 1840 (we don't know the exact date). Henry Bodle was a son-in-law of William Vine who had operated a windmill in Brighton and we believe was a...
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    Henry Augustus DALBY - NZ

    Henry Augustus Dalby (my ancestor's nephew) was one of the earliest NZ settlers, arriving New Plymouth on the Amelia Thompson in 1841. This isn't the mystery. He set up first as a carter (having the only bullock cart in town), and later opened a general store. In 1844 he married Elizabeth Naomi...
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    Coachman 1881

    I had an ancestor in Stratford (east London) who was listed in 1861 as a "coachman on omnibus" - i.e. a bus driver. So it was horse-drawn - but I suspect that most 'coachmen' in London in the mid to late 19th century were actually omnibus coachmen.
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    William Henley, upholsterer

    Unfortunately I have only 3 facts about my ggg-grandfather William Henley: born Woburn, Bedfordshire in 1781, married Anne White in Woburn in 1805, and he was an upholsterer according to the marriage certificate of his son John in 1838 (in Brighton). I don't know where he plied his trade. I...
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    Railway Ancestors

    Hi, Pete - This may be a tricky one as he wasn't actually a railwayman but a railway policeman. Jasper Boniston Dalby, in the 1841 census was in the Metropolitan Police, but between then and his death in 1866 he worked for the London & South-Western and London & North-Western Railways at...
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    Seaside Piers.

    How about a picture? This is a painting of the Brighton Chain Pier, by Henry Bodle, son-in-law of my g-g-g-grandfather William Vine
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    Introducing - Steve Henley

    Hello, all. I'm Stephen Henley. Living now in Matlock, Derbyshire, but origins scattered all over. London's East End, Brighton, Woburn, north Germany, Sheffield, Howden and a few more places besides. I have also traced relatives to many more places: quite a few to Australia and New Zealand, and...
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