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Thomas Ostle 1763 - 1820

Farmer

Mary Ostle (Drape)

John Ostell 1761 - 1808

Gentleman

Margaret Ostell (Norman / Parker)

Thomas Ostell I 1778 - 1807

Bookseller of Ave Maria Lane

John Ostle 1794 - 1861

Farmer

John Ostle 1828 - 1890

Farmer

Mary Ostle (Biglands)

Thomas Ostell II 1804 - 1841

Bookseller & Publisher of Leadenhall Street meticulous. Here was a real mystery, we had to get to the bottom of it.

I contacted two of my cousins: Pauline Harkness, who lives near Cockermouth in Cumbria, and Joan Palmer in Oxford. Both these ladies were Ostles before marriage and are indefatigable family historians.

Before long the three of us came to the conclusion that there must have been two Thomas Ostells who were booksellers in London. So, to avoid confusion we rather grandly gave them regnal numbers. Thomas I was the man who published Hazlitt's book and had his office in Ave Maria Lane. Thomas II was the bookseller mentioned on my website. He had premises in Leadenhall Street.

Joan Palmer had already spent months researching Thomas II. She had traced his short but eventful life though a great variety of sources.

Thomas II was born in 1804, the youngest son of John and Peggy Ostle who lived at Moorhouse, five miles west of Carlisle. They were quite well-to-do, coming from the only branch of our family ever referred to as 'Gentlemen'. His birth is recorded in the Quaker Meeting records. His father died when Thomas was four and, seven years later, his mother took her four surviving children to the Parish Church. They were baptised in a batch and received into the Church of England.

WHAT MY ANCESTOR DID: Scans from Ostell's New General Atlas containing Distinct Maps of Principal States and Kingdoms Throughout The World, published by Thomas I about 1806

Rachel Ostle (Harrison)

Thomas Ostle 1763 - 1820

Farmer

John Ostell 1761 - 1808

Gentleman

Thomas Ostell I 1778 - 1807

Bookseller of Ave Maria Lane

John Ostle 1794 - 1861

Farmer

John Ostle 1828 - 1890

Farmer

Mary Ostle (Biglands)

Thomas Ostell II 1804 - 1841

Bookseller & Publisher of Leadenhall Street

Rachel Ostle (Harrison)

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