William Lucas

William Lucas was born in Sydenham, Oxfordshire in 1789. He married Sarah Holder in 1811 and spent the rest of his life in and around Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire. He seems to have been involved working as a coach driver, employed by Inns in the town. Colnbrook was on the Bath Road (A4) and his addresses in the censuses after 1841 are next door to a number of Inns. Continue reading →
Last updated on 2 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Isaac Morgan

Isaac Morgan was born in the small Somerset village of Luccombe in 1771 on the very edge of Exmoor. He was baptized in the parish church of St Mary’s on 16 June 1771. The very next entry in the Parish Register is that of Joan Steer baptized on 2 Aug 1771. The two were to marry each other on 20 April 1800 in St John the Baptist in Bristol. Continue reading →
Last updated on 2 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Edith Ogden

Mary Isabel Edith Ogden was born in Allahabad, India on 23 January 1874. Her mother, Charlotte Edith Ogden (nee Warburton) apparently died in childbirth and her father, serving in the British Infantry in India, had her shipped back to her mother’s uncle Charles Richard Ogden Evans in Wolverhampton. Continue reading →
Last updated on 30 November 2018 by JJ Morgan

Frances Anne Dimmack

Frances Anne Dimmack was the only surviving child of Edward Bagnall Dimmack, a wealthy iron founder. She was born in Bilston in 1834 and baptised at the Independent church in Oxford Street, Bilston. In 1854, she married Henry John Marten an acquaintance of her father, who was eventually to become his full business partner. In her short life she had seven children before dying at the age of 28, twelve days after giving birth to her youngest child, Frank. Continue reading →
Last updated on 31 March 2018 by JJ Morgan

Thomas Bradney Shaw Hellier

Thomas Bradney Shaw-Hellier was born on 2 Oct 1836 and was effectively the last of the Shaw-Hellier line when he died in Italy on 23 Dec 1910. Continue reading →
Last updated on 13 November 2018 by JJ Morgan

Beacon Lodge

Beacon Lodge was owned by the Downing family as a shooting lodge from about 1912 to 1939. Continue reading →
Last updated on 17 January 2018 by JJ Morgan

Elizabeth Jane Treleaven

Elizabeth Jane Treleaven, known as Ginny, was born at 23 Claremont Street in Plymouth in 1854. Her father, George Treleaven, was a Ropemaker in the Royal Navy. Continue reading →
Last updated on 2 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Hannah Pitt Showell

Hannah Pitt Showell was born in Oldbury on 2 March 1855. She was the eldest of thirteen children of Walter Showell and his wife Sarah (née Hartill). Her father was a successful brewery owner in the town of Oldbury. Continue reading →
Last updated on 25 October 2017 by JJ Morgan

Margaret Sarah Chiswick

Margaret Sarah Chiswick was born in Poplar on 29 Sep 1851 the eldest daughter of Daniel Chiswick and Margaret Lucas. Her father was a cooper, whose family had practised the trade in Bethnal Green for more than a century. Continue reading →
Last updated on 31 March 2018 by JJ Morgan

James Shaw-Hellier

James Shaw-Hellier was born in Dudley in 1759 the eldest son of Thomas Shaw, the perpetual curate of Claverley and vicar of St John’s Wolverhampton. In 1786 his father inherited the estates of Sir Samuel Hellier and changed their name to Shaw-Hellier. The family then moved to the Wodehouse in Wombourne. Continue reading →
Last updated on 31 March 2019 by JJ Morgan