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The Seeking pages in Your Family Tree are a place where you can turn when you've hit the proverbial brickwall when researching your ancestors. Write in and see if fellow readers can help you track down more information about that illusive great-greatgrandfather's brother. The subject of your enquiry doesn't have to be a person, though. You can request information about a building, business or barge... anything that you're having trouble with in your research. If you have a photograph and you want help identifying the subjects, send it in with the clues you have.

Our Seeking pages are proving popular and successful. Recently, reader Charles Williams received enough pointers from fellow readers to find records of his great-grandmother Margaret Jane Williams and her eight siblings in the baptismal register at a church in Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire. Do scan through the entries here. If you see a name or family you recognise, drop the person who sent in their query a line. It could make all the difference to their research. Equally, we have a section where you can pass on certificates you've ordered that turned out to be of no use in your own investigations.

If you'd like to send us an entry, you can do so by post, by email, and you can also post it on our new online forum at http://forum. All we'd ask is that you try to stick to the format and style you see here in the magazine. Write in plain English, don't use difficult-to-understand abbreviations, and it's worth giving your entry a quick read-through before hitting Send just to make sure it reads clearly.

Akeman - My great-grandmother was an Annie Selina Akeman, born in Twickenham in 1858. I have been unable to find her birth registration, but do have her marriage certificate to George Robert Lumby in September 1877 in Brentford. They had several children, one whom was Florence Rose Lumby, my grandmother. Most were born in Hull, where I live. Her father was down as deceased, and his name was Robert Akeman. I have been unable to find any more Akemans and would love to hear from anyone with connections to this side of my family.

Pat Savage (nee Thacker)

381 James Reckitt Avenue, Hull, HU88LH

[e] [email protected]

Benzies - I am from Canada and have been working on the Benzie family tree for a long time now. I've come across my brickwall. I know of a Jennet Benzie who was christened on 20 Oct 1661 in Melrose. I am just trying to find a starting point on the name, and which is the correct spelling. I have found different ways of spelling it. Around 1254 there was Bensy, Pentsey, Bency, Benzey. If there is anybody out there that can help with my family problem, please do so. Rick Benzies

114 Holland Street West, Apt 807, Bradford, Ontario, Canada [e] [email protected]

Blatter - Any info on the Blatter family who had French/Swiss origins would be of great help. George F Blatter settled with his family in Clerkenwell, London between the censuses of 1881 and 1891. They had a small briar pipe business in the area which burnt down in the 1890s. George left England a few years later with some members of his family to briefly set up pipe workings in South Africa and then went on to Canada, where his descendants still produce pipes under the Blatter name today. I am George's great-great-grandson, and would appreciate help with researching French/Swiss records and also learning more of the briar pipe industry of London. Andy Ledger [e] [email protected]

Looking for information on a particular ancestor? Send in your query and see if your fellow readers can provide any clues

Brothers - Edward Wright Brothers was born in Nottingham c1833 and married Elizabeth Broughton Holdsworth in Lancashire c1858. They emigrated to New Zealand c1859 accompanied by Edward's sister Maria Brothers. Edward W Brothers was the youngest (we think) of a large family some of whom are believed to have emigrated to Australia. If there is anyone who is researching their family tree and has the Brothers as part of that tree I would love to hear from you. John Dixon

9 Chester Street, Levin 5500, New Zealand

[e] [email protected]

Cook(e) - I am tracing my Cook(e) family from Derbyshire. I have a Samuel Cooke who married Sarah Cotterill in 1817 in Pinxton. I believe Sarah died and Samuel married Ellen (formerly Slack but nee Fletcher) in the 1830s and they had a son called Dewes, born in 1836. The spelling on the 1841 Census is unclear. In 1841 they lived in South Normanton in Derbyshire. I have not been able to trace them after this time, nor their deaths, etc. Has anyone come across these people living anywhere else at all? Samuel's parents were Thomas Cooke and Sarah Marlow from Derbyshire. In the IGI it says that Thomas's father was John Cooke from Chesterfield. Lynne Morley 12 Covert Close, Hucknall, Nottingham, NG15 7RH [e] [email protected]

Crosher - My mother, Florence Crosher, started at a school in Borgard Road, Woolwich in 1912. This was a Church of England school attached to the St Michael & All Angels Church, also in Borgard Road. Her younger sister Edith also attended there. The problem is that it seems to be impossible to trace old records or photographs of the school. I have tried all the usual places and record offices, but it is as if the school never existed. It was pulled down in 1967 and replaced with a council primary school with a completely different name. My mother died in 1949, in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, when I was two years old, so I am eager to trace any details of her. My father, James Delbridge (1920-2002), whom she married at the end of the War, always said he knew nothing of her life before they married. She is also reported to have run a tea-shop in Catford during the 1940s, which was later bombed out. Jill Cowen

26 Marlborough Road, Southend-on-

Sea, SS1 2UA

[e] [email protected]

Day - I am desperate to find possible descendants of my halfbrother, Gordon Tyler Day. He was born in 1884 in Auckland, New Zealand but the family was back in England by 1901 and he was given as my father's next of kin in WWI with an address at Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. I went there and met an elderly gentleman who had actually watched him and my father playing cricket on the Green but could tell me nothing else. I belive he was at Bambers Green, Takely, Bishops Stortford. Gordon was born when my father was 19, and I was born to a second marriage when my father was in his sixties. His first marriage was never mentioned and Gordon would have been 65 before I even knew he existed. My father was Ernest Southgate Day. I would be most grateful for any suggestions. Elizabeth Smith 3 High Road, Britford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4DS

Dyke - I am seeking information on the origin of Aaron Dyke, known to have married Sarah Cheeseman of Otford, on 13 Nov 1800, at Kemsing, near Sevenoaks, Kent. Aaron and Sarah had at least nine children baptised at Kemsing during the following 20 years. Aaron was buried at Kemsing on 21 March 1821, aged 52. Sarah died at Kemsing in 1852, aged 77. It is possible Aaron had brothers called Jesse and Robert since both names first appear in local registers in the early 1800s. Jesse seems to be a family name since one of Aaron's sons and several grandsons carried the name. Any information would be much appreciated.

Bob Dyke

16 Scugdale Close, Yarm, Cleveland, TS15 9UG

[e] [email protected]

Edwards - Does anybody have any information on my late grandmother, Ethel Serena Edwards, who was the daughter of a titled lady, we think in the East Sussex area. Please supply as much info on this family as you are able. Miss D M Edwards

[e] [email protected]

English - I am looking to find a cousin called Richard Brian English, along with his father and grandfather, Brian Albert English and Albert Brian English respectively. I once met Richard when he worked at BP Shipping in Harlow and being both into family histories exchanged data. I have lost contact with him and can now make the correlation between both family lines and need to make contact.

John English

42 Gandalfs Ride, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WS

[e] [email protected]

Fell - Amy Fell was my paternal grandmother, born c1878. She died on 4 March 1954 in Nottingham. It seems that her parents were travelling entertainers and that she was born while they were travelling. One suggestion is that she may have been born in Leith, Edinburgh, although we have nothing but a vague memory from my mother about this! I have searched various websites and come up with a number of Amy Fells, but I have no way of knowing if one of them is my grandmother. She was married twice - once to a Mr Davies (by whom she had three daughters: Winifred, Dorah and Elsie). Later she married my grandfather, John Henry Fothergill, in Nottingham in 1910/11. My father, Stanley, was born in August 1911. I would appreciate any suggestions or help. Keith Fothergill

Petit Provence, Les Reines, Forest,

Guernsey, GY8 0JD

[e] [email protected]

Fussell - I'm trying to find members of the Fussell family living in Gloucester, Somerset and Bristol between 1830 and 1890. Samuel Fussell was a licensed victualer born 1830-32, living in Lime Kiln Lane, Parish of St George, Brandon Hill, Bristol. He was the landlord of the Bell Inn, Broadweir, Bristol from 1852-1861.George Fussell, an engineer and son of Samuel Fussell, married Elizabeth Thomas on 24 July 1854.

They lived at the same address as his father. Joseph Henry Fussell was an agricultural labourer, and son of George Fussell. He was born in 1856 and married Alice Cross of Bedminster (born 1858) on 14 Nov 1875. I would be very grateful if people could provide me with any additional information on the family or their siblings from that area. I have information and certificates for Joseph Henry Fussell, family and children when they moved to Swansea. Harold Fussell

43 Dol Y Coed, Dunvant, Swansea, SA2 7UQ

[e] [email protected]

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