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Ancestors who catch the imagination?


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Have any of you had ancestors who have caught your imagination, and become attached or slightly obsessed with a certain ancestor?

I always get obsessions with an ancestor who had a colourful life, such as they married 3 times or moved around a lot. I have become attached to Thomas Roberts for being married 3 times, and moving around, plus a 25 year army career. I have become attached to all of my London ancestors for being born there but I think the one I am most interested in is William Thomas Coombs born 1828 in Soho. Until he settled in Fitzrovia, W1 in 1856 he lived all over the capital. Born in Soho, grew up in Marylebone, lived in Westminster in 1851 and married in Hackney in 1856.

Others include William Wilson, Sarah Brain, Mathias Butler, Mary Ann Walder, Ellen Edgington and many others.


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