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Thank you for your very generous offer. There are many members who cannot afford to join sites if they are not locally based so your offer will open up new avenues.

I am looking for confirmation of the town in Nottinghamshire for

James Otter he married Hannah E ? problably in Sturton.

He had a son Jim (Grandpa Otter) b. 1879

Jim was born in Gainsborough but it appears the family moved back to Nottinghamshire and Jim then immigrated to South Africa and married here.

Any info would be appreciated

1881 census

1 metcalf building, gainsboro

James Otter head 1851 born sturton nottinghamshire store keeper
hannah e otter wife 1850 born sturton nottinghamshire
annie otter daughter 1871 born sturton nottinghamshire scholar
francis otter son 1873 born new holland lincoln scholar
jim otter son 1879 born gainsboro, lincoln

1891 census sturton

anne otter head 1817 born sturton nottinghamshire farmer
james otter son 1851 born sturton nottinghamshire farmers son
ann otter daughter in law 1851 branston lincolnshire
jim otter grandson 1879 sturton nottinghamshire scholar

1901 census
37 cross street, sturton

james otter head farmer (own account) 1851 born sturton le steeple
ann otter wife 1851 born branston, lincolnshire
ann otter mother 1817 born sturton le steeple

hope this is of some help, if you would like anything else looked up just ask

unfortunatley i could not read the address on the 1891 census but it looks something like 47 leposs street
Hi Clanger ;D

Would you mind Looking up for me:

Ada PORTWOOD b 02/05/1903
m James Henry GRANGER 14/04/1924
d 17/01/1981

I'm looking for her parents. She was born in March, Cambs

Could you also try to find James Henry's parents as well!!

James Henry GRANGER b 25/02/1903 March Cambs
d 10/02/1977 Chatteris Cambs

While you're there!! (Sorry!!)

Could you look for a marriage for me? Arthur William MUFFETT b 12/01/1898 in Downham Market (which I think is part of Norfolk) married a lady called Louisa (sorry no surname) who was born c1900

Thank you, thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

Hope you can help

Hi Dawn

There are 10 Portwoods in March in the 1901, but only George (b. 1871) and Saul (b. 1844) could be Ada's father.
Saul has already got a daughter called Ada, so here's George's entry

West End, March
George Portwood 30 Railway Goods Porter Norwich, Norfolk
Lilly 28 Chatteris, Cambs
Clara 8 March, Cambs
Lydia 6 "
George 2 "
Harriet 1 month "

The Grangers - there's a choice of three males in March 1901 - Fred & two Georges, so ypu'll need to get a birth cert for him to be sure.

Can't help with the marriage I'm afraid.

Hi Ian ;D

Thanks for that. I knew about Saul Portwood but doubted that he was my Ada's father. For a bit, whilst having a blonde moment, I thought that maybe Ada was Ada's mother but then I realised that, duh, she would have changed her name when she married :redface: George sounds like a good possibility though - problem is he was born in Norfolk and the parish registers are notoriously difficult to get hold of. The people in Norwich don't believe in sharing information :mad: Will take the info you've kindly given me and will dig deeper (only problem is that the hole is getting so deep I'm worried that I may not get out!!)

Hi Dawn

This might help

1871 William Street, Norwich

George Portwood 36 Labourer b. March, Cambs
Lydia 34 Wenhaston, Suffolk
Clara 4 Lowestoft, Suffolk
Emma 2 Norwich
George 9 days Norwich (census date wss 2nd April)

1851 Bell Mettle, March

John Portwood 51 Ag Lab b. Emneth, Norfolk
Mary 48 Upwell, Norfolk
John 20 Ag Lab March
Elizabeth 19 "
George 17 Ag Lab "
Susanna 16 "
Mary Ann 11 Scholar "
Saul 9 " "
Emma 7 " "
William 5 " "

A trip through the wilds of Norfolk to the records office will get you access to the parish records
Hi Clanger,

Can I impose on your generosity as well.

I am looking for Henry Healey Sanders born 1891 in Kettering, Northampton.

Married 1915 in Kettering to Annie.E. Gibson born 1892

Father was Robert Sanders born 1848 Rothwell
Mother was Emma Healey born 1853 Kettering.

I have found him on the 1881 census but nothing after as I don't subscribe.
He was suposed to have adopted a daughter Mary but that detail is unclear.

All info I have comes from the family bible which started at Robert, so doesn't mention grandparents
Any help you can find will be greatfully appreciated.

Regards Peta
Hi Peta


21 Glanville St, Kettering

Robert Sanders 53 Shoe Clicker b. Rothwell
Emma 48 Kettering
Ernest H 19 Shoe Finisher "
Florence H 16 Corset machinist "
Herbert J 14 Shoe Press "
Harold 13 Shoe Heel Builder(?) "
Henry H 9
Sidney R 8

Robert Sanders has proved elusive in 61, but here's Emma Healey

Gas Street, Kettering

Henry Healey 37 Shoemaker b. Kettering
Maria 38 "
William 15 Shoemaker "
Elizabeth 13 Silk Winder "
Emma 8 "
Ellen 5 "
Mary Ann 2 "


Thanks Ian,

The 1901 details confirm what I gleened from the family bible. I had nothing on Emma though. looks like my henry healey was named after his maternal grandfather.
I found Robert elusive as well. I need to find his parents I think.
Thanks for your help. Youv'e helped put more pieces in on my puzzle.

Cheers Peta
hi there,,,,,,,,, please would you look up .... esther margaret hunter bain born wick caithness scotland 1909/10
her mother was elizabeth jane bain not sure of dod i have tried but cannot get any info at all
:)I would appreciate if you could look up for me on the 1841 census for
James crane born 1776 suffolk uk
also see if it could be same man died 1847 woodbridge suffolk in the BMD
From the 1841 census

James Crane 65 Builder born about 1776
Mary Crane 50 born about 1791
William Crane 35 Labourer born abt 1806
Eliza Crane 25 born abt 1816

All born in Suffolk
Living in Woodbridge Road
Civil Parish Bredfield
Hundred Wilford
County Suffolk

From the BMD Index

James Crane
Died Jan/Feb/Mar 1847
Thank you so much for your kind offer for a lookup in Ancestry. I seem to have hit a brick wall!!
The person I am trying to locate on the census for 1891 and/or 1901 is Matthew Coulsey. He was born in North Shields on 8th September 1871. His parents were Robert and Mary Ann. I hope you are able to come up with something as I am at a loss!!
Kind regards Joan McEwan (in Australia) which makes it pretty difficult!!!!
In 1891 Matthew Coulsey aged 19 was living with his parents and siblings, Chirton, Tynemouth, North Shields the address looks like Coulsey Cottage.

Robert age 48 born Norfolk
Mary Ann age 39 born Northumberland
Mary Jane age 12 born Northumberland
Charlotte age 4 born Northumberland.


Matthew is living with wife and children, Chirton, Tynemouth, North Shields address unclear. Mathew occupation is also unclear looks like cart-------

Bridget wife age 29 born Dublin, Ireland
Mary A daughter age 5 born Northumberland
Charlotte A age 4 born Northumberland
Arthur E. Turnbull nephew age 11 born Northumberland
Edward Hague? age 17 boarder born Northumberland.

There are 2 marriages listed for Matthew 1. 1894 Tynemouth to a Bridget Cecila Fagan vol. 10b p398 June 1/4.
2. 1904 Tynemouth March 1/4 vol 10b p288.

1901 oct/nov/dec 1/4 district Tynemouth a death for Bridget C. Coulsey born abt 1872

Dear Julie,

Thank you so much for the information you looked up and sent to me. You have answered a lot of unanswered quetions I seem to have been having. I am really grateful to you, all the searching I have done and have been unsuccessful.

I will now start searching for a death for Matthew, he was my Grandmothers brother.

My thanks again

Kind regards Joan
Can I impose again for a lost relative.
I am looking for a Henry Healey Sanders B 18/4/1891 in Kettering, Northamptonshire.I have found him in the 1901 census. My querie is that in our family bible he is listed as marrying an Annie.E. Gibson on 1/8/1915. It would have been in Kettering. I have been unable to find a listing anywhere for this marriage. I am at a loss as where to look now. :'(